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General Pink Pistols Discussion / ????????????
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:05:20 PM »
Where in the heck is everyone?  Kidnapped by aliens or something?

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 / 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 / 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 / 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

Guns 'n Gear / S&W Model 617
« on: June 04, 2017, 06:16:16 AM »
This is S&W's latest K-22.  It is a 10-shot revolver in 22 Long Rifle.

Picked it up a  few days ago and my initial impression was mixed. It is a very sturdy-appearing gun, and it is amazingly heavy but on reflection, that should not have been surprising since it has a lot of metal in the barrel with the full under-lug and it being a 22, leaves a lot of material that would be taken out of a larger-caliber gun. The grips (the same ones as in the picture in the OP) were very comfortable and it seems to be well-made and exceedingly strong.

The thing that I was concerned with was the terrible trigger pull. I mean it was just plain terrible. It was rough, gritty and (in a major turnabout from S&W) quite stagy. Now, in all fairness, the gun was brand-new and this could be a major factor, and I expected that it would wearin as I shoot it.

Once I got it broken in, I was confident that I'd really like it.

Basically shooting it was a mixed bag. It is a fun gun to shoot (aren't they all?) and it seems to be accurate in my hands, but the trigger is still very rough and did not return sometimes. I put around eighty rounds down range and the bottle (empty, of course) of Diet Mt. Dew and the pizza box were well and truly killed, but pulling the trigger seemed to take a lot more effort than it needs to.

I think I'll give it a few more sessions and see if there is sufficient improvement and if I don't think there is, I'll contact the factory and see about sending it back for repair.

In short, the gun shows a lot of promise and now that I have found (for the moment at least) a dependable source of 22 LR ammo, it might mean that my range gets a lot more use.


The 617 is starting to wear in and and I can see some real improvement now after cycling it a few hundred times with my thumb slowing the hammer down. The trigger returns consistently now as well. I think that all it needed was to wear in and I think that this one handgun will see a lot of use.

As soon as it dries out (we just had a rain storm down here) I'll get the lawn mowed and and as soon as that's done, I'll do some more shooting.

Guns 'n Gear / Colt Cobra
« on: January 01, 2017, 05:18:14 PM »
Colt is back in the DA revolver business once more.

General Pink Pistols Discussion / Unbelievable Video
« on: December 31, 2016, 08:29:46 PM »
Not good at all.  I am disabled myself, but this was still grossly unsafe.

Some of you might have seen it already.  If you have, please bear with me, as this a perfect example of what NOT to do.

Guns 'n Gear / Colt Police Positive Special
« on: December 16, 2016, 08:55:25 PM »
A C&P of a review I did a few years back on another website.
Seldom have I ran into a gun that I plain love as much as I love this gun. According to the serial number data range that I found on Al Gore's invention, this little gem left the Hartford factory in 1958, and it was apparently a very good year. Here is a picture of one of somewhat earlier vintage.

Having a small quantity of Fiocchi 32 S&W Long cartridges on hand, I decided that it was time that I reviewed this particular handgun.

The Police Positive Special was one of Colt's more successful revolvers, as it was in production for longer than any other except for the SAA. It first appeared in 1907 and with brief production interruptions in the Second World War, it continued up to the late 1980's or possibly the early 1990's.

Produced on what was called the D-frame, it is small and easily concealed and is the basis for the famous Detective Special, first made in 1927 from the Fitz Special. Courtesy of raytracer, here is a picture of the Fitz Special:

Wisely, Colt did not produce the Fitz Special, but they seem to have used it as the basis of the Dick Special, which was a huge commercial success. The DS was produced with the trigger guard intact.

It went through some major production modifications in 1952, resulting in a much flatter top of the trigger guard and greatly improved and stronger sights, and then in 1965-1966 came the shortening of the grip frame. Along the way, the D-frame was made in lightweight alloy as the Cobra and the Agent, and the little-known Courier. Then in the 1960's came the Diamondback, essentially a scaled-down Python.

The D-frame went out of production completely about fifteen years or more ago.

Enough history.

A brief description of this particular gun is a Police Positive Special made in 1958. It takes the 32 S&W Long/32 Colt New Police cartridge and has the all-steel frame with the full-length grip frame. Like all Colt DA revolvers, the cylinder rotates clockwise from the shooter's POV and it is released via pulling the cylinder release to the rear. My particular specimen came with the hammer shroud but I took it off as I thought it looked strange, and I have never had the problem of the hammer snagging anyway.

I took the Colt and some of the Fiocchi ammo out to my range this morning and put the Colt through its' paces, shooting about 72 rounds of the wadcutters through it.

When I first got this gun several years ago, and tried the trigger out, I thought I had died and went to heaven. This little gem has an action that will--and I kid you not--put a Python to shame. I have never seen any other Colt with a trigger pull this smooth. The recoil was very mild even though the gun weighs just under a pound and a half. Functioning was flawless, and the Colt handled quite well. Point shooting, I did very well and I would absolutely would have ruined a mugger's day.

Even though it is no power-house, this is one Colt that I am very happy with.

Guns 'n Gear / S&W Model 22 45 ACP Revolver
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:49:30 AM »
Here is a C&P of a post I made on another forum several months  back.
Having had this particular wheelgun for about eight or nine years now, I decided to give it a formal review here in the GTR section.

Here is a stock picture of it from the IMFDb:

Mine differs only in the presence of plainclothes Magna stocks and a T-grip adapter.

It is an N-frame S&W in 45 Auto with a 4" barrel and loads with either moonclips or with the 45 Auto Rim (AR) cartridges. 45 AR is ballistically identical to the 45 Auto rounds but instead of being rimless, it has an ultra-thick rim allowing for proper headspacing. Personally, I use the moonclips. They are quite fast to reload with and also prevent the cases from scattering all over the place.

A fair description of it could be that it is a 4" version of the M1917 wheelgun from WWI. I have the 5 1/2" version of it as well. and there are two threads on it already.

Today, I took it out to my range and gave it a workout. About 70-80 rounds went downrange and the gun handled well. Most, in fact almost all of them were close range hip shots and the paper man was killed as dead as could be. The DA pull on this gun was quite good coming from the factory which is unusual, as many, if not most of this particular model as well as the M-1917 already referred to, had totally crappy triggers. Mine is good in that regard but the M-1917 was not and kanhunter had to do quite a bit of work on it before it was good.

I had an interesting encounter on my way to the range. I stopped and looked at some construction work and one of the local police chiefs happened by. I took the opportunity to show him my setup and he seemed to be favorably impressed with what he saw but suggested that I add some height to the berm, saying that if someone shot there who did not shoot well, it could be a problem. He also showed me the method of close-range hip or point shooting that the police are being taught down here. It is basically a version of the old speed-rock where the gun is held quite close to the body. It is no doubt familiar to many of you.


Anyway, back to the Model 22--if someone likes wheelguns and wants to carry a 45 ACP, this would be a good selection. It is rugged, and shoots a good combat-proven cartridge. I love mine.

Guns 'n Gear / S&W 686
« on: October 29, 2016, 09:17:10 AM »
About a week ago, my brother came for a visit and do some shooting with me. We shot various guns and the ones that we both seemed to like the best was his 686+ 3" and my 686 4".

It has been a long time since I shot my 686 and the first time with the Hogue Bantam stocks on it. Now I'm the first to admit that even though I am not normally a fan of Hogue grips, as they seem to extend too far from the grip frame and can be a hindrance to concealment, the Bantam stocks stop just below the frame and are easily concealable.

I couldn't C&P just the picture of the grips but here is a link to the Hogue site with a picture of them on a 686

I like these Bantams a lot. They are comfortable, hand-filling and at the same time, compact and concealing. My brother liked them as well. As I recall, his were factory-standard grips which I liked as well, though I preferred the Bantams

The Model 686 is a member of the L-frame family of the S&W clan, and it is really just a slightly beefed-up K-frame. S&W introduced the L-frame around 1980 or so, and it has been a great commercial success. Other examples of the L-frame are the 581, and 681 (fixed-sight); the 586 and 686 (adjustable sights) and the Model 69, a five-shot 44 magnum.  I might point out that neither of the fixed sight models are made any more.

All shooting was done at fairly close range and the vast majority of it was rapid-fire double action. A lot of it was shooting while and just after moving laterally. Both guns performed quite well, with my brother asking me after he shot mine if I had a gunsmith do an action job on it.   As I recall he did do an action job, and the result is a smooth trigger.

The guns both handled superbly and recoil was quite manageable even with the 357 loads. The majority of the shots were taken with 38 special rounds, including some Speer GDHP. In both of our hands the guns were quite accurate and we killed the poor pizza box well and truly.

When he retired from the police my brother was a captain, and in his career, had among other things, commanded special operations. This included SWAT, S&R, and IIRC the Harbor Unit, among others. And yet with all this he still carries a wheel gun as his EDC. This many years after his department went with semiautos. I found that gratifying.

In short, if either a 686+ (7 shot) or a 686 (6 shot) is chosen you will be very well-served. They are excellent guns.

He also said that he liked my range set-up because he could shoot and move around quite a bit and even shoot from the draw, which commercial ranges rarely permit.

Guns 'n Gear / New Pistol Ordered
« on: August 29, 2016, 01:48:53 PM »
SIG P229 9mm

I'll let you all know know what I think of it when it gets in. My LGS said they should get it later this week.

General Pink Pistols Discussion / Factors in Winning Gunfights
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:56:09 AM »
Here is a C&P of a post I did a long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

It has been my observation that when those of us who are into guns start talking about the defensive uses of guns, the only thing usually discussed is the caliber of the gun. I have read statements to the effect that caliber is crucial. Some folks seem to feel like this is the main factor in who will win or lose the fight if, God forbid, one occurs.
Hopefully, we can use this post to shed a little light on the subject. So, I am going to give you the most important rule of gun fighting right now. It is

Avoid them!!!

In spite of the ?castle doctrine law? that was passed the same year as Kansas? CCW law, saying in effect that we do not have a duty to retreat from anyplace that we have a lawful right to be, it is still a very good idea to retreat from the scene if you can do so without endangering either yourself or those that you have a duty to protect. The gun, which after a long and arduous process, you have finally won the legal right to carry, is there to protect your life or the life of your family in the event that the use of deadly force becomes necessary. It is not cowardly to retreat if you can; in fact, it shows prudence and good judgement on your part.
So, we now come to the question of what determines who wins a gunfight and who loses.
There are four main factors in surviving gunfights (always assuming that they cannot be avoided altogether). They are:

1. The willingness to shoot, sometimes called mental preparation. The most powerful wondergun in the world won't do you a bit of good if you are not willing to use it if you have to.
2. Sound tactics; i.e. the use of effective cover and/or concealment if there is any available. Don?t be like Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact, standing dramatically out in the open with your 44 Auto-Mag. If your foe shoots while you are doing something as stupid as this, that Auto-Mag might as well be a Jennings 22.
3. Bullet placement. A hit with 38 special beats the hell out of a miss with a 500S&W. Likewise, a 32 bullet hitting your spine is going to do more damage than a 45 in the muscle of your leg.
4. Caliber. This is the least important variable. About all a heavier caliber will do as opposed to a smaller one is give you little more margin for error.

So, don?t depend on caliber as the most vital factor. It is important, yes; but other things are far more important.
I only hope to God you never have to use this knowledge.
Hopefully, some of you will find the preceding useful.

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