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Member Introductions / Re: hello! from ohio
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:27:46 PM »

What, if any, firearms do you have now?

General Pink Pistols Discussion / Re: Prevent another victim
« on: September 29, 2017, 06:07:40 PM »
Missouri authorities say they don't believe the killing of a transgender teen was motivated by the 17-year-old's gender identity, despite the horrific details of the gruesome death.

Reach out to somebody you know, tell them about the importance of not letting themself be a victim to a crime like this.
Agreed.  If the person is of age and is not otherwise disqualified, in most states they can apply for and get a license to carry firearms concealed.  I urge anyone to at least consider this option if it is available to you.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: Walther PPK/s 22
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:40:38 PM »
My PPK/s definitely seems to like the Remington ammunition, as I have put about 400-500 rounds (actually a lot more than that, but I am being conservative) throught it without a problem. 

Actually, there was one misfire, but a quick second squeeze of the trigger made it go 'bang'. 

Now, like I said earlier, this gun, while it has points in its' favor, also has some rather obvious limitations.  It is very inexpensive. Also, it is accurate and easy to shoot, and has almost no real recoil, so a person who has arthritis should be able to handle it.  That leads into the chief limitation:  that it's a 22, with almost no real power.

Is it useless for SD?  No; but please recognize its' limitations.  The gun  has to be kept clean, and it seems to be very picky about what it is fed.  Mine does well with Remington, and from I hear, this is not unusual.  I have yet to ry Federals and I KNOW it does not like Winchester.

So, keep these things in mind and the PPK/s should serve you well. Plus, it is also a hell of a lot of fun.

Member Introductions / Re: New Trainer In Oklahoma City
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:25:48 PM »
I sincerely wish you success.  I am in Northern Oklahoma.

Guns 'n Gear / Chiappa M1 Carbine 22 LR
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:15:40 PM »
I picked this little carbine up about four years ago and had heard some negative things about it expressed in other gun fora.

And to be honest, I had a few fears concerning this carbine as well, and they, along with the shortage of 22 rimfire caused me to not shoot this gun until today.

First, a description of the gun itself. It is a blowback rifle (carbine actually) in 22 Long Rifle that very closely resembles the Carbine, US, Caliber 30, M1. It even has the pseudo bayonet lug on it. I should say that it is the Standard M1 Carbine and not the folding-stock paratrooper's model, (the M1A1).

Like many blowback operated 22's, this gun is very picky about the type of ammo it likes. At first, I tried the Winchester and they jammed more often than not, although to be fair, I just tried 20 of them and then switched to Remington, which was much more reliable. Still not quite perfect, but much better than the Winchesters that I loaded and kept in the magazines for more than four years.

Today, I finally tried it out and except for the Winchesters that had been in the mags, the function-firing went well. I didn't bench test it today, although I likely will soon just to see what I and the carbine can do. Loading the rounds into the magazines was actually pretty easy and once I got the hang of it went fairly fast. Inserting the loaded magazines into the gun was a bit tricky, but once I figured out how to do it, they went in smoothly. (The bolt has to be held completely to the rear, unless you don't load it fully.) A note: even though it says ten rounds, the magazines I have actually hold eleven cartridges.

Functioning was not flawless, but keep in mind that the carbine is brand-new in terms of actual use and it still has to be broken in.

In short this little gun shows promise and if it breaks in well, I'll enjoy the heck out of it. It is intended primarily as a fun gun. It should do admirably in that capacity.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: Walther PPK/s 22
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:36:01 PM »
Interesting. I'm ready to reconsider my EDC gun and method and my two most likely guns I'm leaning toward would be either a little Smith snubby in .38 or .32, or else a very compact semi-auto in .380 or 9mm such as a Walther PPK or M&P Shield. I shoot a lot (and I do mean *a lot*) of .22lr (as well as .38 and .45) for Bullseye training and competition, so I too know well how finicky most any .22 will be.
I went through many brands and loads before finding the one my Smith Model 41 likes best of all.

I'll give the .22 Walther a look.
Thanks for the review.
Thank you for the kind words. I was 'shooting' it today and since I have plenty of Winchester ammo on hand, I decided to try that.  Not a good move. There was hardly a magazine-full that did not have BIG problems.  Failure to extract, for the most part, but also FTF.  I guess I'll have to stick to brands other than Winchester for this little Bond gun.  It just doesn't seem to like it.

Guns 'n Gear / Walther PPK/s 22
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:54:57 AM »
One of the things that I go by when picking up a new gun is does the manufacturer have a good reputation? Walther is a name with a sterling reputation among shooters including me and having shot two other Walther pistols (a P-38 in 9mm, and a PP in 32 ACP) I was expecting to sail through the function-firng session with flying colors.

The pistol proved unreliable, with scarcely a magazine full that didn't have a stoppage, or two.

All-in-all, I was disappointed in this pistol, but it could just be that it is new and needs to be worn in. Or possibly this particular gun does not like Winchester ammo. When it comes to ammo, I understand that 22 pistols are very finicky, so I'll experiment with various types and brands of rimfire ammunition. It is a good-looking pistol, and it is German-made, with a nice nickel finish, but the reliability issue has me somewhat concerned.

When it functioned properly, the pistol was great fun to shoot, and once this reliability issue is taken care of it will likely be one of my favorite plinkers. But that is job one: improving the reliability. Without that, the pistol is nothing, no matter whose name is on it.

This was reported some time back on another forum.

Here is a picture of the gun from the Walther site.

It seems that the feeding problems were taken care of by a gunsmith near me, and now the gun is a joy to shoot.  They were fixed, the smith said by deburring the frame and slide, and also by the breaking-in process.  Since the 22  ammo shortage has ended, I am now able to shoot it regularly, and after deburring, it is a joy to shoot.

I have over 500 rounds through it, and there have been very few problems.  One was probably when I did not hold it firmly enough and the slide malfunctioned.  Blowback (recoil-operated) pistols have to have resistence in order to function correctly, otherwise the frame moves back with the slide, and the case fails to eject.  A couple of others have been failures to fire (relatively common in rimfire rounds) but another hammer strike was all it took.

So, I think that the reliablity issue has been resolved, and now that I can depend on it going 'bang' reliably, it is a great little plinker. 

As for carrying it, there are a few things in favor of that idea.   Ten rounds, plus one up the spout, very accurate, and also very low recoil, and inexpensive ammo to boot, so a lot of practice can be had for relatively low cost.  Thoise are the plusses.  Overriding these very major advantages, is an almost total lack of stopping power.  Against (speaking rhetorically here) mice, rats, squirrels, it is good, but not as a self-defense cartridge against humans unless shots are placed very precisely or you just pour rounds into your adversary.

This said, it is better than nothing, and on those occasions when a bigger gun is notv prectical, it is oine option to consider.  When I see my healthcare provider, I have carried the PPK/s in a pants pocket and left it in my auto when I saw her.  Much easier than taking a belt holster off and replacing it when I'm done.

In short, if you are sensitive to recoil, as in arthritis or something similar, this pistol would be worthy of consideration.  But you have be aware of its' limitations.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: Friendly Dealers
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:49:27 PM »
after 3 days, likely none.

but throwing around insults and smears with no basis in fact is easy, lets you be part of the "cool" crowd, and requires no facts or reason or thought.

i'm shooting a match tomorrow.  anyone else hitting the range?
I wonder how that is being cool.  Probably the same way that a person who has never met me says quite dogmatically on the Kansas forum that I'd be better if I used his choice of 'efficient' equipment.

I'm shooting my Walther PPK/s a lot more now that we can get 22 rounds, so I might.  It depends on what the weather does.  Nothing formal, you understand;  I just have a few pizza boxes that need killing. I got back home a few minutes ago from Stilllwater where I had lunch with my girlfriend and her mom, and stopped at the WallyWord in Ponca City, picking up 1,000 rounds.

General Pink Pistols Discussion / Re: No parade for YOU!
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:24:40 AM »
everyone should be banned who support Trump. I don't like this guy and I think in the deep of my heart he will be cause of the problem on the global range. Sorry for my English.
Why a ban?  I don't understand your reasoning here.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: Friendly Dealers
« on: August 29, 2017, 07:37:33 PM »
Sorry if I wasn't specific. what I meant is: how does one buy a gun and ammo and find a shooting range without directly supporting the NRA as gun manufacturers and most ranges give the NRA a % of their profits and I'm not interested in supporting the racist, homophobic, misogynist agenda of NRA, not even a little bit.

i'm tired of this.

i'm a lifetime NRA member, have offered my free services on Operation Blazing Sword, and am not any of the smears you list above.

you cannot provide a single example of the NRA doing any of the above things.  the NRA does not discriminate based on race, based on sexual orientation, based on gender.  it doesn't exist.  so if you are looking for a non-NRA NRA, maybe you should start one and see how things go.

as for gun makers, gun shops, and ranges giving the NRA some percentage of their profits, people are free to do what they want with their money.  the NRA does not tax their members or gun makers or gun shops or ranges.  free people freely give what they want to causes they support.  just as you give money to things you support.

my offer stands:  if you want to learn the basics of shooting a pistol, i'll take you to the range free.  but i'm tired of being called things that I am not.

you will have a tough time in life beginning a conversation with someone else by insulting them with no basis.

in every gun shop I've ever been to, they want to sell you guns and gear that you want.  that's it.  they don't care how you are dressed, what you think, what you do outside of the gun shop.  do you have the same attitude when you shop for groceries?

end of rant.  good luck in your search for a good gun and gear.
Agreed 100%. I don't see any of these things in the NRA.

To the OP, what evidence do you have to support what you say?

Guns 'n Gear / Shooting at My Range
« on: July 30, 2017, 06:30:02 AM »
One of the gentlemen here was kind enough to bring his Ruger AC 556 rifle.  The rifle has a three position fire-selector switch; semi burst and automatic.    Provided you are willing to jump through the hoops required, such   rifles are perfectly legal to own.

Anyway, here is the video.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: S&W 44 Magnum Mountain Gun
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:44:26 PM »
I watched your video. Nice. Thanks for turning me on to another Smith revolver (my faves).
Are you Canadian or live near the northern border? I thought I head an "aboot" or two.  ;)
Uhh....I didn't do the video.  It was a good video of the MG on youtube, so I posted it.

I am an American, liviing in Oklahoma.  FWIW, I used to live in the Seattle area and was there with my girlfriend recently for my neice's wedding.

Guns 'n Gear / Re: S&W 44 Magnum Mountain Gun
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:48:22 AM »

Guns 'n Gear / S&W 44 Magnum Mountain Gun
« on: July 05, 2017, 05:42:18 PM »
One time, I was at an indoor range in Wichita with my 629 Mountain Gun, and I had just finished shooting it with 44 Specials, and was trying some magnums in it and this guy comes over and asks me what I am shooting as the MG was LOUD. He had been shooting a 22 or some such.
I said, "it's a 44 magnum MG. Would you care to try it?"
"Now I have to warn you that it kicks like hell."
He shrugged it off. "Aw, that's no problem."
All right I handed him the MG, and some Remington 180gr cartridges. He loaded the gun and cocked the hammer. You could tell he was not prepared for that recoil. He touched another one off and then one more. He handed the gun back.
"You f**ker."
"What are you talking about? I told you it kicked like helll."
"You told me." And he walked away.
With that introduction, the MG is a very good concept, IMHO, because even though it is chambered for the 44 Magnum, I regard it as a 44 Special that I can shoot Magnums in if I want to. But since I am not a masochist, that does not happen that often.

My particular specimen is around twenty-five years old, and it was produced in the early 1990's, right after S&W recognized that the Magnum rounds were causing timing issues, and I understand that they made some improvements to the lockwork to correct these problems and I have noticed the difference in other newer N-frames that I bought after the MG.

A description: it is a stainless steel six-shot revolver, built on the N-frame--that is, the large frame. This is also, I believe, one of the first of the round-butt N-frames. My impression is that they did this primarily to shave weight, and I note (somewhat ruefully) that whereever they could safely reduce weight on this revolver, they did so. I am talking here of reducing the outside diameter of the barrel, and they even bevelled off the front of the cylinder. In this regard, the caliber listed on the barrel is laser-etched on the right hand side and the manufacturere's name on the left side. Possibly, the barrel was too thin to allow the stamping that they normally do.

The result is a very lightweight revolver; one that weighs less than some of my L-frames.

One day, I decided to take it out and do some shooting, but not with Magnums. I didn't have any anyway. I didn't do a bench test, preferring to evaluate the practical accuracy of the revolver at what we on this forum typically use a handgun for: defensive-style shooting.

I shot about 50-60 rounds of some old remanufactured 240 grain RNFP ammo that I got from a local shop and some old Winchester 246 grain RNL and finally, some of the PMC 180 grain JHP stuff. There were no misfires, and the gun handled everything with aplomb. I did my usual shoot-while-move drill and if the poor target was not deader than old Marley before I started shooting, it certainly was after. I would shoot a couple of rounds and move back and to the side at the same time, then repeat the exercise while moving back and to the other side. Most of the time I did not use the sights, doing plain old point shooting.

All shooting was DA and there were no misfires.

Now, is this the ideal carry-gun? Of course not. It is an N-frame S&W and not everyone can conceal it effectively. But, if you can conceal it well, and are interested in a large-bore six-shot wheelgun, the MG might be the gun for you. Assuming, of course, that you can even find one.

Guns 'n Gear / MTM High-Low Shooting Table
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:58:43 AM »

This little table is impressive. Why? Because sitting on a tripod, it is as steady as a rock. In fact, it is better, that is, more stable than I thought it would be. The top fastens onto the tripod with a large hand-turned brass screw and the metal 'nut' is well embedded in the bottom of the polymer table top. The large surface atop the tripod also ensures stability.

The legs of the tripod are adjustable for length and the tension adjustment is strong.

If what you are looking for is a steady shooting rest that doesn't take forever to set up, I think you'd be well served by this.

This is one purchase I'm happy to have made

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