Full-Auto Handguns

Full-Auto Handguns

 

 Last night before heading to bed my wife and I were talking about full-auto handguns. She felt they would be a great weapon in a zombie apocalypse and I strongly disagreed. This morning I read an article in Guns&Ammo by Patrick Sweeney relating to full-auto handguns, and his experience with them lines up with what my thoughts on them have always been; they would be fun to shoot every now and again as a novelty, but they are not a practical weapon to have (especially during a zombie apocalypse scenario, yes, he stated that specifically).

I love shooting guns, and shooting any firearm that has full-auto capabilities is even more fun, but there comes a point in every shooter’s life when they start to ask some tough questions. These questions will range from “Should I purchase bullets or lunch?” all the way to “Does a full-auto handgun make sense when a submachine gun has so many more positive attributes?”

My opinion of full-auto handguns, or machine pistols, is that they were designed for a very specific situation or condition, but most of the time a submachine gun would still be a better choice. The one positive that machine pistols have is that they look like most other pistols, which in turn means people in general won’t freak out when they see police or security carrying them.

 

 The benefits of a submachine gun on the other hand far outweigh the “mundane” factor. As they were designed for full-auto fire, submachine guns usually have some way of bracing the weapon to better deal with recoil. Usually this is a stock of some sort but sometimes it’s a forward grip. This in turn makes them easier to be accurate with. Unless the point is suppression fire, hitting a target with more bullets is always a better than missing with more bullets.

Perhaps I’m getting old, but if I were given a choice of legally owning, or even just firing a full-auto pistol or a submachine gun, hands down I would go with the submachine gun. What are other people’s thoughts on this issue?

 

 

 

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Ruger .22 Single Six Review

Ruger .22 Single Six Review

 

When it comes to an inexpensive plinking gun, Ruger’s .22 Single Six fits the bill. Originally released in 1953 for $57.50, the Single Six has long since proven its value as an accurate and reliable .22 revolver. Although there is a lot of history behind this fine revolver, I’m only going to reference my personal experiences with it.

Several years back, my wife and I decided that we wanted to actively pursue shooting for recreation. I had experience with firearms due to my time in the military, but she was very new to them. I wanted to find a good starting gun that she could build up her confidence and skills on, so a .22 seemed like the natural choice. Some friends of ours have .22 semi-auto pistols and they had mentioned that failures of some sort or another are not uncommon. As such, a revolver once again seemed like the natural choice. After some internet searching, the Single Six began distinguishing itself as the perfect gun for our needs. Keep reading to find out more about what I liked about the Single Six.

 

Cost: As this was our first firearm, and my wife was just trying her hand at shooting, we decided to go the used route and paid a little under $200, where as a new Single Six typically costs between $400-$500. Since it shoots a .22 round, ammunition is incredibly inexpensive, which in turn makes regular practice both appealing and financially sustainable.

Accuracy: The revolver’s weight is just over 2 lbs and shoots a .22 lr round which results in recoil that is close to non-existent. Without having to worry about anticipating the recoil, both my wife and I could focus more on trigger pull. Being a single action revolver, you have to manually pull back the hammer for each shot. This simple action in turn forces you to slow down and make each shot more deliberate, which equates to better accuracy.

Reliability: The beautiful truth about revolvers is that they are as reliable as it gets. You don’t need to worry about the gun’s reliability so much as you do the ammo’s. Every time I pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger the gun fires. The two times it hasn’t in the thousand or so rounds I’ve put through it have been due to dud ammo. A gun doesn’t get any more reliable than that.

Fun Factor: I enjoy this gun immensely. There’s something about pulling the hammer back with every shot that really makes you feel one with the gun… It’s a bonding experience of sorts. Cocking the hammer prepares the revolver physically and the shooter mentally. When I’m not at the range and at a safe shooting location, I do enjoy occasionally using the wildly inaccurate “fanning” technique. I’ve read this isn’t necessarily good for the gun, but I’ve watched too many Spaghetti Westerns and sometimes my inner Clint Eastwood needs to come out.

Zombie Factor: Zombies are known largely to shuffle, so at 7 yards I’m feeling pretty good with the Single Six.

 Are there any other Single Six owners out there? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts or stories involving this fine firearm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concealed Carry Options

Concealed Carry Options

Between reading magazines, online forums, and stopping into local gun stores, I’ve noticed an increasing number of handguns that are designed to be highly concealable. Typically these guns feature a single stack magazine and noticeably smaller height, length, and width measurements. Included in this list would be the Berretta Nano, Walther PPS, and Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield amongst others.

 

I like the idea of a small gun for concealed carry, but when holding one my largest concern is not having enough of the grip in my hand. For me, this in turn often results in poor shooting habits and less accuracy. With more practice this could be overcome, but if I’m spending several hundred dollars on a gun I want a comfortable feel in my hand, even if it means a slightly larger gun.

Is the physical size of your gun an important factor to you when concealed carrying? What are your thoughts on these smaller guns meant for concealed carry? Would you buy one?

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Sig Sauer P224

Sig Sauer P224

Sig P224 Banner

The concealed carry movement isn’t slowing down, and neither is SIG Sauer’s Exeter, NH plant–they’re pumping out a new concealed carry pistol for 2012, the SIG P224.  In a nutshell, Sig pretty much cut off an inch from the front and the grip of their P226; in fact, that’s exactly what they did to prototype the idea.  The result is a sub-compact pistol that’s in between the size of a P226 and a P290.

Sig P224 Stainless

Any SIG owner, or frequent shooter of SIG’s P226 or P229 will be instantly familiar with the operation and features of the SIG P224.  The P224 will accept newer P229 magazines which will allow owners to carry a full capacity magazine as a spare, which a lot of concealed carry practitioners like to do. Sig’s new sub-compact will also feature full size SIGLITE night sights and a Double-Action-Only trigger.  Other common features include an overall length of 6.7″, overall height of 4.5″, overall width of 1.3″, a 3.5″ barrel length, and it weighs 24.5 ounces.  The SIG SAUER P224 will be available in 9mm, .40, and .357 SIG.  Suggested retail of the P224 is between $1,100-$1,200 depending on the model.

SIG will be putting out 4 different versions of the P224:

  • The SIG Anti-Snag (SAS) model features a de-horned slide and frame, and the new
    ergonomically enhanced one-piece grip. SIGLITE Night Sights will be standard in the Nitron®
    coated slide. The short-reset trigger (SRT) will be available in the DA/SA version.
  • A Nickel model will sport a black hard coat anodize frame as a contrast to the nickel slide and
    controls. Custom Hogue® G-10 grips and SIGLITE Night Sights round out this package.
  • As part of the Extreme family of handguns, the P224 will feature the distinctive black and grey
    Hogue Piranha grips, SIGLITE Night Sights and the SRT (in the DA/SA version).
  • The P224 Equinox® features the same two-tone accented Nitron slide treatment as the rest of the
    popular Equinox series. A Tru-Glo® fiber optic front sight is paired with a SIGLITE Night Sight in
    the rear. Nickel controls and Hogue black diamondwood grips make the P224 Equinox as striking
    as it is reliable.

See the video below for a quick look at the P224 at SHOT SHOW, along with some footage of me shooting it at the Media Day Range.

 Sig P224 SAS

P224 Equinox

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New HK MR762A1 and HK45 Compact Tactical

New HK MR762A1 and HK45 Compact Tactical

HK45 Compact Tactical

Heckler & Koch has a few new products to offer us this year which they’re debuting at SHOT SHOW next week.  There’s nothing really ground breaking here, but nevertheless cool.  The two new German guns that will be available to us civilians are the MR762A1 and the HK45 Compact Tactical.

MR762A1 pics

If you were on the fence for buying the HK MR556A1 because you wanted it in a .308, well then the MR762A1 was what you were waiting for.  As the name suggests, its chambered in 7.62×51 (.308).  The MR762A1 is manufactured here in America but with German HK parts.  Basically, its a civilian version of HK’s HK417.  The MR762A1 shares a lot of features with its 5.56 predecessor such as HK’s buttstock, a gas piston system, and HK freefloating quad picatinny handguards.

One aspect of the MR762A1 that I found particularly interesting is that the barrel is “swagged” with a smaller internal diamter at the muzzle end than the chamber end–which according to HK has a positive effect on bullet accuracy and velocity.  There’s also a two-stage trigger set between 4.5 and 5.6 pounds.  The MR762A1 has a 16.5″ barrel with an overall rifle length of 36″ (39.5 with stock fully extended) and it weighs 9.94lbs empty.  Those wanting their 7.62 HK rifle over the 5.56 version will have to shell out $1,000 more–the HK MR762A1 has an MSRP price tag of $3,995.

HK45 compact tactical

HK’s other civilian offering is the HK 45 Compact Tactical.  The new HK45 Compact Tactical is a smaller version of the HK45 with a threaded barrel.  This new silencer friendly .45 has an 8 round while the V3 model will have a 10 round magazine–all HK45 magazines will work with the new HK45 Compact Tactical.  Other specs include a double-single action trigger set at approximately 4.5 lbs for the single action, and 11.45 lbs for the double; the HK45 Compact Tactical has a 4.5″ barrel and weighs 1.82 lbs empty and sports a picatinny rail for attaching a light or laser.  Price for the new HK45 Compact Tactical should be slightly above the 1k mark.

Now, lets tease you guys (and girls) with something that most of you will never shoot unless you enlist in Germany –check out the new HK G28 pictured below.  It’s HK’s new DMR (designated marksman rifle) for the German Army.  The G28 was based on the European HK MR308 civilian competition rifle (which is a variant of the MR762A1) but it has some notable enhancements.  The G28 has the new STANMAG 4694 NATO handguards which extend a bit further for attaching night vision devices in conjunction with a day scope.  It also has a chrome-lined cold-hammer forged barrel, a two-stage gas regulator, and a raised cheek piece.  The paint job is more than just for looks, it has a low IR observable finish, making it harder to see with NV goggles on.  No price, because you can’t buy it anyway, so just sit there and drool or join the German Army.

G28 Pics

 

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