I have been warily circling some of the new tiny 9mms. It isn’t quite an itch that needs to be scratched, but I am aware of a potential need that I could be convinced to fill with minimal prodding.
Why? Well, I recall what former senator Phil Gramm once said when asked how many guns he had: “I have as many guns as I need, but I don’t have as many guns as I want.” And I agree, “want” is all the justification I need to provide.
But, I do try to be reasonable. I don’t want to invest in a defensive gun that uses oddball ammunition that I can’t easily locate (.32NAA anyone?). I don’t want to buy too many guns that successfully fill a single niche in the same caliber. I look for guns that will last for a lifetime (at least) of shooting without wearing out. I tend to avoid hot new trends until they prove their worth and any drawbacks are revealed (and hopefully rectified).
These little 9mms are flatter than a J-frame, while offering a similar or shorter length and height. Depending on wardrobe, they might be easier to conceal. And that would give me even more flexibility in wardrobe vs. carry tradeoffs. The ability to pocket-carry would be ideal.
When shooters look at the assortment of guns available for sale and compare them to the guns in their arsenals, there are certain categories of guns that we can all recognize the need (or at least the purpose) for. A basic .22 rifle; a target .22 rifle; a utility .22 handgun; a target .22 pistol; a defensive/offensive shotgun; a duck gun; a upland bird gun; a deer rifle; an Evil Black Rifle; a big/dangerous game rifle; and all the other general types of guns that are on the market.
Most shooters don’t need to own an example of every type of gun (acknowledging that need and want are 2 very different words). But most of us either consciously or unconsciously direct our purchases towards meeting the needs that we perceive that we have. And I doubt there are many shooters who have not had an unexplainable hankering for some rare or oddball gun.
Some people can pick up any gun and make it shoot well. Other people just don’t warm up to some guns, and can’t get them to shoot to their potential. Maybe it’s the sights. Maybe it’s the size or angle of the grip. Maybe it’s the trigger. But for this latter category of shooters, finding the “right” gun can be a long, expensive pain in the ass, usually leading to many gun purchases that end up as sales, trades or consignments (always at a loss). Some of these shooters get lucky, and eventually find their “right” gun. Others end up making do with a gun that is less “wrong” the other guns they have tried.
One common type of gun is the .22 target pistol. I think it is one of the types of guns that every shooter needs to own at least one of. Ammo is cheap, shooting it is easy on your hand, and those 2 attributes make it an ideal gun to get lots of practice with. And practice is always a good thing.
The humble .22LR.
A practical, useful cartridge for both handguns and rifles, and a staple of any arsenal. Great for practice, for small-game hunting, and for the fun of shooting tin cans (even if they aren’t stacked up next to Steve Martin). The affordability of .22LR ammunition makes it the perfect choice to keep shooting skills sharp.
All guns are ammunition-sensitive to some degree, and .22s are no different. Some ammo will shoot better in certain models of guns. The fact that there are so many brands and types of .22 ammo means there is an excellent chance that even owners of a finicky gun will be able to find an ammo that the gun shoots well.
But not all .22LR ammo is the same. Even allowing for the different bullet weights & designs on the market, there is a difference among .22LR ammunition that might cause some headaches for shooters who aren’t aware of it.
“Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning for the state of Connecticut, joins the ranks of other public officials who are choosing to simply ignore those rights they don’t believe citizens should have.
“In almost every situation you can imagine this happening in, it qualifies as breach of peace,” he said. “If you walk into a restaurant with a gun it’s almost by definition a breach of peace.”
That results in an arrest and sets in motion a chain of events that usually results in the revocation of an issued pistol permit, he said. And that’s the way it should be, Lawlor said. Anyone who walks into a McDonalds plainly carrying a firearm either intends to alarm people or is irresponsible, he said.
Here’s the problem: If you have a permit, it’s perfectly legal to walk into a McDonalds in Connecticut while plainly carrying a firearm. As Gideon notes, the problem is that too many cops in Connecticut simply don’t know the law. Lawlor’s solution isn’t to educate them, but to come up with creative (and baseless) applications of other laws that allow cops to continue to violate the rights of Connecticut citizens who exercise their right to carry.”