Three Inch .357 Magnum Ruger LCRx

Ruger has gone and done it again. They seem to be really good at waiting until I purchase something that is close to what I want and then releasing the exact thing I was wanting. On the flip side, maybe I am just not patient enough…

Three Inch Ruger LCRx in .357 Magnum

In this case I just purchased a short barreled LCRx in .357 Magnum after deciding that Ruger wouldn’t release a three inch version. Well, yesterday I received an email that they did indeed release a three inch .357 Magnum LCRx…Doh!

I probably won’t run out and drop the cash on this model immediately, since I just bought the snubbie version, but one may make it into the safe at some point in time. Now that Ruger has taken the plunge on a three inch .357 Magnum LCRx it is very possible that a 9mm or .327 Magnum version could follow at some point. Both of which would also be very high on my “I want” list!

Take care and God bless!

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The Glock G43X

Glock G43x

It is apparently official (since I received an email on it this morning), Glock has released two new models including the much rumored G43X. The majority of the speculation on this handgun was that it would be a competitor to SIG’s P365.

Based on the specifications, that just really isn’t the case.

Like the P365, it has a opacity of 10+1 but it is larger than both the G43 and the P365 in every way. It is a quarter inch longer than the G43 and nearly an inch longer than the P365. It is also three quarters of an inch taller and will be significantly heavier when loaded with a full magazine.

Size-wise, this is more of a competitor to the Smith & Wesson Shield or Springfield XDs (although it is larger than the shield).

I will be interested to learn more about this pistol as details are released such as whether the magazines are compatible with the standard G43 (or anything else in Glock’s lineup).

Glock G48

Glock also announced the G48 which appears to be a Glock 19(ish) sized single stack pistol. The capacity on this pistol is also 10+1 so it may use the same magazines as the G43x. While the idea of a Glock with a thinner grip appeals to me (short, stubby fingers and all) I don’t know that I would be willing to trade off the extra capacity for a little thinner grip. Especially when the SIG P320 offers smaller grip frames that fit me very nicely without giving up any capacity…

Take care and God bless.

Ruger Single Seven: Merry Christmas To Me

Ruger Single Seven

I have a crazy fascination with the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge and, to be honest, with .32 caliber revolver cartridges in general. The .327 Magnum was designed specifically to provide similar ballistics as a .357 Magnum and do so with less recoil and out of short barreled revolvers (snubbies). Another advantage of the .327 Magnum is that, out of the same sized cylinder, you can get extra round. For example, my .327 Ruger LCR is a six shot revolver that is the same size and weight as a five shot .357 Magnum LCR. The five shot .38 Special LCR also the same size although a few ounces lighter.

I also love single action (cowboy) guns so when Ruger released the Single Seven chambered in .327 Federal Magnum it immediately rocketed to the top of my wish list…and stayed there.

A single action revolver is not terribly practical in the modern world. As a result, although this little revolver was at the top of the wish list other, more practical firearms were purchased instead of the Single Seven. Then last week something happened to change all that. I was passing time between meetings but browsing a local gun shop and asked about .32 caliber revolvers. They just happened to have received this one the day before. As soon as I held it the die was cast and it was just a matter of how much it would cost me…

I didn’t get a great deal on it but I didn’t get a horrible one either but in any case, Merry Christmas to me!

Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get it to the range.

Unfortunately, all is not roses and unicorns with the little Single Seven. The base pin that the cylinder rides on backs itself out under recoil binding up the gun. It started exhibiting this behavior after a few rounds of .327 Magnum but by the end of the range session it was even doing it with light .32 Smith & Wesson long rounds as well.

A quick call to Ruger an a replacement base pin is on the way. If that doesn’t resolve the issue it will have to be sent back to them for repairs. To say that I am a little disappointed would be bit of an understatement.

Take care and God bless.

Range Report: P365 Five Hundred Round Update

This will be a fairly short update because there is very little to report. The little SIG P365 ran through another 200 rounds (199 actually) without only one hiccup and that was an ammunition issue. One round failed to fire. There was a good indentation on the primer and the other firearms I had with me failed to fire that round either so I am chalking that up to a defective round. I should have brought it hope and opened it up but I didn’t think about it.

That’s 500 rounds of mixed ammunition, including Hornady, Speer, CCI, Magtech, Fiocchi, my own reloads, and S&B, and both FMJ and HP with no firearm related failures or malfunctions. It went through the entire testing without being cleaned or oiled.

There were no changes to accuracy or point of impact during the testing.

One note, it does appear that there is a little striker drag happening. I don’t know what this will mean for long term reliability and I will continue to watch it. I will also check my Glock 43 and see if I see any indications of this with rounds fired from it.

At this point the little SIG will get a good cleaning, a touch of oil and then after a function test will start to work its way into my carry rotation.

I really can’t say enough good things about this little pistol. It shoots well. It has proven itself reliable so far and it offers a significant improvement in capacity over similar sized pistols including the Glock 43 that I have carried for several years now. I really like it a lot.

Take care and God bless.

An Interesting New Speedloader

Yup, I am a revolver addict. I am also a speedloader addict. I typically only carry speed strips but every time I nee a speedloader I haven’t tried yet it will end up in on my order list. Most of the time I just go right on carrying the speed strips and the loaders become dust collectors on my shelf.

The Ripcord is one I have never seen before and I am excited to try it out:

Ripcord Speedloader™

Well since I ordered four of them (two for my five shot revolvers and two for my six shooters) I guess I should say that I am looking forward to trying them out. Here is the (really cheesy) video for them:

I’ll let you know how they work once they arrive and I have a chance to test them out.

Take care and God bless.

The Best .38 Special Ammunition For Self Defense

Smith & Wesson Model 36

I don’t think I have shared this before but if I did I apologize but it is very good information to have on hand if you carry a .38 Special for self-defense either has a primary or a backup.

Greg Ellifritz posted this article on this topic in September (Link)and I think it is good enough and valuable enough that I wanted to make sure I had passed it on.

In summary, here are the top rounds recomended and a link to some test results:

Speer Gold Dot 135 grain Hollowpoint (13.1″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Winchester Ranger 130 grain Bonded Hollowpoint (12.75″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Corbon DPX 110 grain copper Hollowpoint (13″ penetration and expansion to .52 in bare gelatin)

He also suggested considering the old standby 148 grain full wadcutter. Personally, I am very tempted to go with this round. The recoil is extremely mild and follow up shots are very quick. The accuracy has been awesome as well, shooting to point of aim consistently which you don’t always get from the other rounds recommended.

For the moment, I keep a small supply of them on hand for practice rounds and as a backup to pure self-defense rounds when traveling to parts of the US more restrictive gun laws. This is one of my favorite bullets to reload as well.

Anyway, if you carry a .38 Special take a look at it and maybe (like I have) bookmark it for future reference.

Take care and God bless

Range Report: P365 The Next 200 Rounds

After another quick range session this week the round count on the little SIG P365 is now up over 350 and no issues so far. I brought five different types of ammo along this time out including some of my reloads that are pretty lightly loaded and some Speer 124 Grain Gold Dots and, as I already stated, there were no issues feeding or extracting any of the rounds. The little SIG has not been cleaned yet and I notice the slide doesn’t cycle quite as smoothly as it did a few hundred rounds ago but, again, no malfunctions so far.

I always worry about the reliability of pocket-sized semi-autos. Lint, dust sweat, heat all tend to conspire to generate failures. The Glock 42 and 43 were exceptions to this rule and, so far, so is the P365. That gives me a good bit of confidence in the gun. The Kahr seemed to want to be cleaned and oiled nightly to be 100% reliable.

I plan to put another 150 rounds through it to see if it can maintain that level of reliability. The I will give it a much needed cleaning and check for any signs of wear that would be out of the ordinary after 500 rounds. If it still proves reliable it will probably make its way into my regular carry rotation.

I picked up an additional magazine for  the P365 and it ran just fine while at the range. It did highlight one down of the SIG vs. the Glocks, $50 dollar magazines instead of sub-$20 magazines. I have been able to find them on sale so one I bought was $40 and the other one was $30.

Still very impressed…

Thanks and God bless.