Entries Tagged ‘pistol’

Why I switched from 9mm to 45 ACP

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.

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Buying a new 45acp

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 my adult life, and all three sells I regret.

I want a new 45acp pistol, and this time I want a 1911. The 1911 is more then “just” a pistol or a handgun, its an American tradition. Owning a 1911 is like owning a chevy, ford or dodge, its just one of those things that defines what its like to be a US citizen.

The question is, what make and model 1911 do I get?

My first choice, based on a recommendation from the buddy of mine was the Rock Island 1911. But after doing some research, I found out the Rock Island 1911 is not made in the USA. When given the choice, I would like to buy made in the USA products.

Lance, over at the Gun Slinger told me he had a Remington 1911 R1 in stock.  The plans are to make it over to the Gun Slinger in the next couple of weeks to take a look at the R1 and to get a feel for it.

I would like to add a light to the R1, but the pistol does not have a rail on it.   But since the R1 does not come with a rail,,, what can I do? I can either add an after market rail, something that clamps to the trigger guard, or buy a 1911 with a factory rail.  My ideal setup would be a light + tritium sights.   But if I have to go with just the tritium sights, then so be it; I keep a 3 D cell maglight under my side of the bed, + an LED on the computer desk.

Something else I have not mentioned, I like to bring a pistol while camping on the deer lease or camping on the river. If something wonders into the camp site, I would like to be able to protect myself and the people that are with me. I have been carrying a beretta 9mm, but would like to upgrade. Mostly what I am concerned about are animals with rabies, coyotes, snakes,,, stuff like that.

Even though I like the 9mm, I miss the 45.  There is just something about shooting a 45 that makes it a pleasure to fire off a few rounds.

I will keep yall updated as things progress.

 

 

Best survivalist pistol caliber

survivalist pistol caliberThis 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.

My 5 top picks for a survivalist pistol calibers:
5.  22 long rifle – effective on small game, ammo is cheap to stockpile, wide range of pistols and rifles on the market.

4.  38 special -low recoil, easy to reload, lots of brass and good selection of bullets for reloading.

3 & 2.  45acp and 9mm – two of the most popular rounds of all time, easy to reload, wide selection of pistols and a few rifles.

1.  357 magnum – effective on deer sized game, easy to reload, wide range of pistols to pick from, a few rifles to pick from.

Special mention:
41 magnum
44 magnum
40S&W
357 sig

I’am pretty sure there are a lot of people that would like to see the 44 magnum listed in the top 5 – but due to the excessive recoil, the 44 magnum has to get a special mention.

Post your comments in this forum thread about the best pistol caliber for survival.