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Member Introductions / Re: SFMitch from Vallejo
« Last post by stephen_r_mills@comcast on September 13, 2017, 08:46:31 AM »
Hi Mitch!
In Sacramento we are a welcoming group. We use MeetUp.com's Sacramento webtools to keep us all informed of monthly practice shoots on the last Saturday of each month and link to those shy about public postings.
Give us a shout if you want to drive this way to practice with highly safety-oriented Pink Pistols. We generally practice in a local indoor range, but any of us branch out to the other outdoor options in our community.

Cheers!
Stephen
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Member Introductions / Newbie in Sacramento
« Last post by stephen_r_mills@comcast on September 13, 2017, 08:40:34 AM »
Hi,
As a newbie subscriber to this new forum format, a dear friend and I co-founded the Sacramento Valley Pink Pistols in May 2003.
Now, with about 280 members and lots more to learn and practice about personal safety, I update my login here and hope to hear the insights of more of our sisters and brothers as responsible practitioners of personal safety skills.

Here is a glimpse into our group: 
Forbes - http://www.forbes.com/sites/mattdrange/2016/10/10/meet-the-gay-gun-rights-group-that-would-rather-be-at-the-range-than-talk-politics/#6b118c564c80
 
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYd2gZdXjQ&feature=youtu.be
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Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Northern Calif
« Last post by stephen_r_mills@comcast on September 12, 2017, 09:05:44 AM »
Hello to you fellow Northern Cali shooters and Pink Pistols.
Sacramento Valley Pink Pistols meets the last Saturday of each month for a practice shoot at the Sacramento Gun Club (an indoor range). Check us out in MeetUp (Sacramento) is you want to get more details and get acquainted.
Our group was founded in 2003 and has about 280 members with about 20 "frequent shooters."
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Guns 'n Gear / Chiappa M1 Carbine 22 LR
« Last post by gerhard1 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.

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Guns 'n Gear / Re: Walther PPK/s 22
« Last post by Booger Hooked Bang Switch on September 04, 2017, 02:20:40 AM »
[..]or else a very compact semi-auto in .380 or 9mm such as a Walther PPK or M&P Shield.
Have you considered a Seecamp? Tiny (and I mean TINY, they're smaller than a wallet) semi autos in .25, .32 and .380 auto. They're about $500 for the .25 and .32, $700 for the .380.
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Guns 'n Gear / Re: Walther PPK/s 22
« Last post by gerhard1 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.
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Guns 'n Gear / Re: Walther PPK/s 22
« Last post by HuckleberryFun on September 03, 2017, 11:09:39 AM »
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.
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Guns 'n Gear / Walther PPK/s 22
« Last post by gerhard1 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.
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General Pink Pistols Discussion / Re: No parade for YOU!
« Last post by Douglas on September 02, 2017, 06:40:16 PM »
I like it better when we just talk about gun rights, guns, and how to use them properly.
Frankly, I dont want to hear anyone's unrelated political opinions, and to be fair, I don't delude myself that you really want to hear mine.

When I'm with gun guys we just talk guns, when I'm with fishermen we just talk fish, when I'm with gay guys we just...well, umm.. well... talking is kinda optional.. cough cough. In each case when you don't let politics or the narcissism of small differences get in the way of shared interests it's amazing how well we can all get along.

well said.
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Member Introductions / Re: SFMitch from Vallejo
« Last post by HuckleberryFun on September 01, 2017, 10:41:55 PM »
Welcome. Formerly of Santa Cruz, now in Portland.
Bay Area members should be along soon to say hi..
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