Take a safety feature off a chainsaw and you are asking fro trouble. Yet, Glock fanboys justify the Glock not having a safety? Your finger is not a safety. There is an old saying, “always assume the presence of a belly button.” Which means we are all human and we all make mistakes. Safeties are […]
In the 1980s there were three events that helped influence my opinion on handguns and handgun calibers.
#1 – My dad and I were having a discussion on a revolver vs a pistol. Even though a revolver holds fewer rounds then a pistol, my dad liked the revolver over pistol the due to the reliability of the revolver. There was nothing to jam with the revolver like there is with a pistol.
My dad worked as a Jasper County Texas deputy sheriff during the 1970s. Even though I greatly respect his opinion, I feel that his opinion might have been influenced by organizations like the FBI who used a service revolver instead of a pistol like the 1911.
The service revolver my dad used was a S&W model 66 combat magnum. When I graduated high school in 1986, mom and dad bought me a model 66 combat magnum just like dads.
There were two major sticking points on the revolver vs pistol discussion my dad and I had. Those points where the effectiveness of the 357 magnum, and the reliability of the revolver.
If you are going to use a handgun, make sure its reliable and make sure the cartridge is large enough to get the job done.
Years ago I owned a Ruger P90. but my wife and I fell on hard times and the pistol had to be sold to catch up on bills. Selling firearms is something I do as a last resort. At this time I am 43 years old, and have only had to sell 3 firearms during […]
This topic has already been touched on in this post – Best Pistol Caliber for a Survivalist. But I wanted to touch on it again.
When picking the caliber for a survival situation, several factors should be considered:
Effective stopping power – how effective is the caliber against a given target. The 22 long rifle is great on small game, but terrible on grizzly bear. So use a caliber that is appropriate for the target.
Recoil – how much recoil does the caliber have? Try to pick something that most members of the family can shoot. There are people out there that will buy a 454 casull with no thought to how well their 14 year old daughter can shoot the pistol.
Price – how much does a box of ammo cost? Its not cost effective to buy some odd-ball caliber that cost $30 for a box of 50 rounds – not when you can get other calibers for a lot cheaper.
Pistol and Carbine – does the caliber have a pistol and carbine rifle option? Lets take the 357 magnum for example. There are lots of pistols for the 357, and several rifles, like the Marlin 1894 and the Henry Big Boy.