Swiss Auto Ejecting Revolvers

I think these are the coolest revolvers I have ever seen. They automatically eject spent cases and can be reloaded by inserting rounds on the other side.

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Range Report: Old Ladies…

In celebration of what would have been my grandfather’s 92nd birthday, we made it out to the range a few days ago. That’s the same day Wonderful Wife unloaded her logic bomb on me (link). We had a chance to do a couple of really cool things; shoot my grandfather’s Webley MKII and help my mom test a few revolvers. One of those was significantly more successful than the other.

My mom hasn’t been to the range in a while and was very nervous, hanging back and not getting too close to the firing line. She turned down the opportunity to shoot her father’s Webley. She even had to step out to the lobby for a bit to regain her calm. Definitely not a good sign.

It took her a while but eventually she decided she was ready to try her hand at shooting a revolver. I was a little concerned about what her reaction woud be and how she would handle it and started her out with a Ruger LCR in .22 Long Rifle. I showed her how to operate the button to release the cylinder, eject the rounds and reload it. The results were mixed. She was able to load and unload it easily and her accuracy was terrible.

The big problem, as I suspected it would be, was working the cylinder release. Ruger revolvers have a small button that must be depressed in order to release the cylinder. She had a lot of trouble with the small button. After about forty rounds of .22 LR I had her try and work the cylinder release on the Taurus 85. Although it takes more pressure to slide the release forward on the Taurus the release is much bigger and it was easier for her to operate.

Unfortunately, she was still very nervous and refused to try the .38 Special. I left it alone and she burned through another forty rounds or so of .22 Long Rifle. We had plans to meet the rest of the family for lunch so time was running short and I made one last attempt to see if she would try a center fire revolver. She reluctantly agreed.

I started her with a single shot in the Ruger SP101. I chose the SP101 because it is the heaviest revolver I have, other than the Webley, so it should have the lightest recoil. It took her a few minutes to work up the courage but she finally took the shot…

…and she was fine with it.

Next I loaded a single round in the Taurus 85 and let her have a go. No problem there either. She had time to burn through a few cylinders of .38 Special before we had to leave for lunch.

The bottom line?

She has no problem working the cylinder release mechanism and has no issue with the recoil. She loves the Taurus. She is not a very good shot anyway and a snubbie doesn’t improve that situation. Now that we know that this will be her new firearm of choice I’ll have to stock up on even more .38 Special so she can practice.

The primary purpose of this trip to the range was for my mom and my son to have a chance to shoot my grandfather’s Webley in celebration of his birthday. That didn’t go all that well.

The Webley is a Mark II that has been cut down to shoot .45 ACP. The issue is thet the pressure of the .45 ACP cartridge exceeds what this old gun was designed to handle. Continuing to shoot full power .45 ACP in this revolver will eventually result in a catastrophic failure. To avoid the destruction of the Webley (not to mention the hand of whoever might be holding it at the time) I have developed a light load to protect both. Unfortunately, I either made a mistake in my loading or the recipe was a little too light. In either case the result was a squib load…

I was able to shoot a full six rounds through the Webley but my son only managed a single round…

That shouldn’t be there…

Now I get to remove the failed round from the barrel. I will also be pulling all the other rounds that I made apart and testing them to see if I made a mistake or if the recipe is wrong.

From The Mouths Of Babes

Well in this case the use of the word “babe” could get me branded a sexist and all sorts of other nasty “ists.” It could also get me divorced except the babe in question is Wonderful Wife…

On a recent trip to the range I was trying to provide some instruction for Wonderful Wife on the proper grip and stance for shooting her handgun (in this case her Smith & Wesson Shield). She listened for a bit and then then politely ignored everything I had just shown her. Instead of working on grip, stance and a smooth trigger press she would grab the gun (one handed) and blast away at the target, reload and do the same thing over. A little later I noticed she added a variation. She would have my son start the man-sized silhouette target moving towards her and then repeat her previous grab the gun and empty the magazine, rinse and repeat. Her stance reminded me of the old-school cop training videos. She was holding the gun one handed and arm extended straight in front of her. She was standing bladed to the “attacker.”

Most definitely, not Wonderful Wife but similar gun handling

I was a little busy with my mom so I didn’t press the issue. The look on Wonderful Wife’s face told me it would be a waste of time but that rarely stops me. Later we had a chance to talk it over and she laid out her reasoning, point blank (so to speak). To paraphrase, this is what she told me:

I need to know how to operate the gun. I need to be able to draw it and hit an attacker quickly. I’ll never remember the proper stance, grip, etc. if I’m being attacked.

I wanted to argue and explain to her that if you practice the proper grip, presentation, aiming, etc. it would become second nature. It would be an automatic response and as natural as what she was doing…

Fortunately, common sense or maybe the stomach virus I was dealing with kept my mouth shut long enough for my brain to actually process what she has said.

She was right. Wonderful Wife likes to shoot but it isn’t on her top ten things to do every weekend list. It is, at best, a two or three time a year kind of thing only. She will not put in the time to get “trained and practiced up” the way conventional self-defense theory would suggest (demand) she should. Some would criticize or even say, “we’ll if she’s not serious about self-defense she shouldn’t have or carry a gun.”

I call bull poop.

Literally thousands of American citizens use firearms to successfully defend themselves and their loved ones every year. Almost none of them have what the experts would consider “proper” training, grip, stance, trigger press, etc…

What they can do is operate their firearm, get it into the fight and hit an attacking target. That’s it, no tactical reloads, transitions between handgun and long gun, or other tacticool gunkhana.

Am I saying no one should train past the very basics?

Nope. In a life and death situation I want every edge I canget and so do a lot of other folks. I also enjoy training with a firearm.

It is OK that some folks, who don’t want to spend the time and dollars to become gun-fighting blackbelts, just learn what is absolutely needed.

God bless

Pocket .380 With A Twist

Cimarron Firearms (of Fredericksburg, Texas) released an interesting little revolver. It is a replica of the Colt 1862 Police Pocket Conversion but instead of being a black powder revolver chambered in either .31 or .36 caliber it is chambered in .380 ACP.

Yup, the very same .380 ACP cartridge, developed by John Moses Browning in 1908, that is so very popular in today’s pocket pistols.

So, if you want a replica of of a classic and historic single action revolver but want it in a modern caliber, this gun’s for you.

God Bless

 

Old School ARs From Brownells

I grew up on a steady diet of Westerns and in the great state of Texas which means that lever action rifles were as common in my youth as iPhones are today. As a result (or maybe in spite of this) I have a passion for them which is why the release of the 1894 in .38/.357 is such good news to me (link).

On the other hand as a child of the 60’s and early 70’s the M-16 was the new and iconic rifle of the US military. Since even as a kid I was addicted to the news I saw the M-16 in action almost every night in scenes from Vietnam and other hot spots around the world.

The end result is a bi-polar love for cowboy guns and the plastic/aluminum guns of the space age.

While I truly enjoy modern AR-15 and the flexibility of the platform there is something really cool about the old school M-16s and original AR-10 prototypes and I have been contemplating an old school build for quite sometime. Last year Colt announced a few reproductions of old school ARs but Brownells has upped the ante…a lot.

They are offering a full line of retro ARs in both 5.56×45 and 7.62×51. For me, my first choice out of the lineup would be replica of the original AR-10 complete with top charging handle and slab side sans forward assist

Definitely Old School
No forward assist, slab side, top charging handle

These rifles are pricey but they are a lot less expensive than the originals.

God Bless.

Marlin 1894 .38/.357 Is Back!

Maybe the most exciting news out of the 2018 SHOT Show (for me) was the Marlin 1894 CST. This is a new edition of the classic Marlin lever action chambered in .38 Special/.357 Magnum that sports a 16.5 inch threaded barrel, black finished wood furniture, XS ghost ring sights, big loop lever and a a brushed stainless finish.

1894 CST

While I think this particular model is extremely cool the real reason I am so excited is that it signifies a return to manufacture of the 1894 in the .38/.357 cartridge. Since the Remington takeover (ruination?) of Marlin the pistol caliber carbines have been nearly as hard to find as honest politicians and carbines chambered in .38/.357 have been even more rare than that. Hopefully, this means a return to production for all the models in this line.

For around $300 less than the $1154 MSRP of the CST I would probably buy the plain Jane 1894C with the longer (20 inch) barrel.

Traditional 1894C

What it lacks in “tacticool,” if that can ever be applied to a lever gun, of the CST you get an extra four rounds of capacity and the $300 savings can go into better sights and more ammo. Now if I were to find a particularly good deal on the CST…that might be a different story.

God Bless

Another Interesting Release From Taurus

Ruger was at it a week or two ago and now I guess Taurus is trying to get some pre-SHOT show attention. This time it is with the (re)release of a six shot snubbie, the 856.

Taurus 856

Essentially, this is the same revolver as the 85FS I picked up a week or two ago but with a six round cylinder instead of five.

Cool, neat but not enough to get me to buy one unless I come across another great deal.

God Bless!