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post #3136 of 3148
I think there is much to be said for off-body carry--not so much in "fag bags" but in a dedicated briefcase with an integral holster and a quick-access feature. I know that such products have been offered although I am not hep to current offerings. I think carrying a serious fighting handgun in one of these devices with several extra magazines or speedloaders along with something like a Seecamp in a side-pocket holster would be a very good way to go armed in circumstances requiring extra protection.

I loathe IWB with anything but a very slim pistol--like my old Colt 1903. One IWB variant I rather like is a small revolver fitted with the Barami Hip-Grip. Unless you are going to be sitting down all day, I have never seen much use for ankle holsters.

By far the best carry mode, if trouble threatens, is to have the gun in your hand. Trying to "beat the drop" is very likely to prove fatal unless you have superhuman skills like my late friend Bill Jordan. My old colleague Dave Arnold, who saw many of the best pistol shots of our age in action and shot against many of them, once remarked that Jordan was the only man he ever saw who could consistently beat the drop.
post #3137 of 3148

I always hate discussions about carry.

 

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Originally Posted by A Harris View Post

Love that 41. I wonder how it compares to my favorite gun, a High Standard Victor. I have a hard time imagining a better shooting pistol than the Victor, it is freakishly balanced and accurate.

 

I've never shot a Victor; would love to though. Nice to see you around.

 

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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

For whatever reason, I find that I can often shoot tighter groups, in slow fire, anyway, with my K22 Masterpiece than with my Model 41.

The .356 TSW was a cartridge with a lot of interesting potential. It's too bad it came along just as the 1994 capacity ban was enacted. There would be few problems chambering any 9mm pistol for it. It would be more potent than the 9mm and would have offered increased firepower over the .357 SIG or .40 S&W. I had a Colt Gold Cup in 9mm (the limited-run Elite IX) rechambered to .356 TSW. After the .356 tanked, I had another 9mm barrel fitted to the pistol. I still have the .356 barrel, in the highly unlikely event this cartridge ever enjoys a revival.

 

That's a neat mod for the Elite IX -- the two tone was lovely. I really need to send the TSW back to Smith and get the 9mm barrel installed and fitted - the gun shoots too well to let it languish until I feel like burning some TSW ammo. I have the regular 1911 in 9mm just for fun (and a .45 or two and the Super - need a Delta and a .455!). I wish the TSW would come back, but all the kids are looking for flashy new calibers, not merely a stretched 9mm.

 

~ H

post #3138 of 3148
Longer I have it, the more I love my Walther PPKS in 380. So long as you don't try and put aluminum cased ammo through it, it's very good. Rather snappy recoil, but that just comes with the territory with fixed barrels. Post S&W recall, extended beaver tail...very nice.

Haven't gone shooting in way too long though, 380 has been very difficult to find here lately due to Obama-mania. May swing by Academy on my lunch break to see if the ammo shelf no longer looks like it would 3 weeks after a zombie apoc.
post #3139 of 3148
Are the aluminum casing jamming your .380? I seem to have this problem with my sig .380.
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post

Longer I have it, the more I love my Walther PPKS in 380. So long as you don't try and put aluminum cased ammo through it, it's very good. Rather snappy recoil, but that just comes with the territory with fixed barrels. Post S&W recall, extended beaver tail...very nice.

Haven't gone shooting in way too long though, 380 has been very difficult to find here lately due to Obama-mania. May swing by Academy on my lunch break to see if the ammo shelf no longer looks like it would 3 weeks after a zombie apoc.

The one time I shot a ppk was a range rental. It was great until it jammed. Damn thing took a lifetime to clear. Made me hesitant to trust it in a life-threatening situation. Although I do love it otherwise.
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

Are the aluminum casing jamming your .380? I seem to have this problem with my sig .380.

Yep, no problems whatsoever w/ brass. Just pony up and get the good stuff smile.gif

broken: Only time it's jammed on me was shooting alum cased.
post #3142 of 3148
I felt bad for a reloader at a SASS shoot who was having a bad show so bought some cases. Lesson learned.
post #3143 of 3148
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

I felt bad for a reloader at a SASS shoot who was having a bad show so bought some cases. Lesson learned.

I don't understand this. Do you mean aluminum cases...or what? I thought those CCI aluminum cases were non-reloadable. Didn't they use a special Berdan primer? I have never noticed any particular functioning problems with aluminum-cased cartridges. I don't recall whether I shot in any in .380 but think I must have.

I have a Manurhin-made PPK/S in .380 that is indeed an excellent little pistol. Earlier I had a Walther PP .22 LR that was sort of a lemon--not particularly accurate, nor very reliable. All those early postwar "Walther" PP-series pistols were either largely or entirely made by Manurhin, depending on whom you're listening to.
post #3144 of 3148
Here's a curious matter of guns in a movie that left me wondering why the makers of the movie would deviate from the author's account. The movie and book in question are both entitled Tracks and deal with the adventure of Robyn Davidson, an Australian woman who at the age of 25 led a team of three camels (and a calf) about two thirds of the way across Australia through some of the wildest, most desolate country on earth. She was sponsored by National Geographic and intermittently rendezvoused with a photographer from that publication. This took place in 1977.

In the book, she mentions having bought a Savage Model 24 over/under combination gun in .222 Remington/20 gauge, and she used it to get game, mostly rabbits, to feed her and her dog and to kill a couple of wild camel bulls that were threatening her safety at that of her team. In the course of her journey, she enlists the help of a venerable aboriginal tribal elder to guide her through an area filled with aboriginal sacred sites lest she inadvertently profane them by trespassing. In the course of their trek, he admires her gun and asks if he could have one like that. She arranges with the photographer to get such a gun for him, and they present it to him at the end of their journey of about 200 miles together.

In the movie, her gun becomes a high powered bolt action rifle of some sort (maybe a sporterized 1903 Springfield, I thought) that is forced upon her by a mentor figure even though she is reluctant to accept it. This would have been more useful for killing wild bull camels but of no use for bagging rabbits for the pot. At the end of her journey with Mr. Eddie, the tribal elder, the latter is presented, not with a nice new Savage Model 24, but with a crapped-out, sidehammer, damascus barreled side-by-side shotgun (with all the finish worn off), with which he appears to be delighted. Frankly, I found this sort of patronizing and at least borderline racist by making the simple-mind "darky" satisfied with an old piece of junk...instead of the practical modern gun he wanted and did receive in reality.

Curiously, at the end of the movie, as the credits are being run, there are photos from her actual journey, one of which clearly shows Ms. Davidson and Mr. Eddie with a Savage Model 24. I can't think of any good dramatic reason for the different guns in the movie. Any ideas?
post #3145 of 3148
The Original piece was too difficult to acquire, and the script was adapted to "contemporary" sensibilities?

Shocking.
post #3146 of 3148
Savage 24 is difficult to acquire?
post #3147 of 3148
In Australia perhaps.
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At 7 yards with a glock 23. A few jerky trigger pulls. The target is a cocktail plate. I shot off the Orange sticker Bullseye frown.gif
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