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Guns 'n Gear / Re: S&W 44 Magnum Mountain Gun
« Last post by Booger Hooked Bang Switch on July 07, 2017, 09:30:00 PM »
Sounds like fun ;D
Any pictures?
Guns 'n Gear / S&W 44 Magnum Mountain Gun
« Last post by gerhard1 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.
It's a damned shame. There will be another case though.
Guns 'n Gear / Re: CC women's holsters
« Last post by Booger Hooked Bang Switch on June 29, 2017, 05:03:00 AM »
I Googled "concealed carry pants" and this page popped up:

Maybe I'm going blind, but there are no pants there. Lots of other stuff though, for men and women.
Guns 'n Gear / MTM High-Low Shooting Table
« Last post by gerhard1 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 / Re: Choosing a firearm
« Last post by Douglas on June 19, 2017, 01:32:42 PM »
if you are a new shooter, get a full size pistol to learn how to shoot.  it won't beat you up as much, has a longer barrel and sight radius (making it easier to aim and having better accuracy), and is a double stack 9mm.

if you go to Operation Blazing Sword, there are literally over 1000 instructors who have offered FREE training, and i'll bet most have more than one gun in their safe that they would take to the range and let someone try out. 

i have more than one (cough) pistol, and if you contacted me, we'd go to the range with several pistols to try out.

trying to learn to shoot with a small gun will make you very frustrated very quickly, you won't learn, you won't practice enough to get good, and ultimately, you will have wasted your time and money getting a pistol upfront that was not a good first choice.
Guns 'n Gear / Re: New Pistol Ordered
« Last post by SOS on June 19, 2017, 03:26:38 AM »
Congrats.  I love my P229.  They are very nice guns.
Guns 'n Gear / Re: Choosing a firearm
« Last post by SOS on June 19, 2017, 03:21:07 AM »
Choosing a gun for conceal carry is a personal decision because guns fit and feel differently based on the person.  It is also a compromise because a gun that may be easy to shoot, may not be as easy to conceal and a gun that conceals easy may not be as accurate due to size.

I recommend using a process to find the right gun:
- go to a couple gun stores and handle several guns - look at how it feels in the hand, can you reach and operate the magazine release, slide, slide stop, pull trigger.  Try to handle all that are recommended here.  If the store will let you try testing the guns in a position you think you might carry it using one of the universal holsters to get a feel if it could be concealed.  Write down several that feel good.
- Research all the guns that felt good when you were handling them.  Do they have good reputations and reviews.
- Go to a range (or may have to be a couple) that rents guns.  Try to rent as many of the guns that you liked when handling and researched showed to be good.  How do they feel when shooting?  Are you more accurate with one than others?  Are there certain features that you like or don't like as far as style?
- After narrowing it down to one or two, I recommend going back and renting the gun again, maybe even firing more rounds and possibly even a few of a defensive ammo to make sure that you know which one feels the best.

As far as specific recommendations,  there are some standard ones that are popular:
- SW Shield or MP compact
- Glock 19, 26, 43, 42
- Sig P229, P239, P938
- Ruger LCP, LC9, SR9c
Guns 'n Gear / Re: CC women's holsters
« Last post by SOS on June 19, 2017, 02:43:02 AM »
I have carried a P229, which is similar in size to the G19, AIWB in a Custom Carry Concepts Shaggy.  I am bigger than your cousin but I found AIWB to be the best position for me to conceal.  The Shaggy is the best AIWB holster I have found after trying several.
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