Smart Guns: Dumb Idea

Make Believe

Make Believe

In the wake of Sandy Hook, yet another organ of the lamestream media has resumed praying at the altar of the mythical Smart Gun, which is alleged to be unable to fire for anyone except an “authorized user”:

Personalized guns touted as safety check

They aren’t the only ones yammering about the non-existent Smart Gun either:

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New Toy

Rimfire Fun

Sorry for the interruption in posting.  Life happens, and we had a bad storm in Connecticut as well.

I was looking for a .22 handgun that I could use for cheap realistic practice.  Since I already have a target pistol, this one was supposed to be a stand-in for a carry gun, with light weight and decent sights.

I considered a Walther P22 (which is actually made by Umarex).  The rear sight of the P22 is adjustable for windage, but the only way to change elevation is to change the front sight.  While they apparently modified the magazines to improve feed reliability, I still do not trust a gun with its slide made of Zamak.  So the P22 is out.

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Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm (Updated)

Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm

OK, let’s try this again.  If you saw my review of the Charter Arms Pitbull in .40S&W, you will understand the background to this review.

The sun actually came out for a while, so I headed to the range to put the 9mm version of Charter Arms Pitbull through its paces.

I had a variety of ammunition to try in it: Remington UMC 115gr FMJ, Remington 115gr JHP, Black Hills 115gr JHP, Federal Nyclad 124gr, Hornady 115gr and 147gr XTP hollowpoints.

The parts seemed to fit fine, and the trigger pull seemed slightly lighter than the .40S&W version.  So far, so good.

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First Impressions: Charter Arms Pitbull .40S&W (Updated, AGAIN!)

No rims? No problem!

(Scroll down for updates)  I have been looking at bigger-bore revolvers for a while now.  Wheelgun reliability + bigger bullets sounded like a winner to me.

The lack of .44SPL ammo availability (and the anemia of the ammo I have seen tested) pushed me away from a Bulldog and towards the Pitbull.  5-shots, stainless steel frame, DA with exposed hammer.  And since it’s a revolver, the chamber is “fully supported”.  LOL.

I saw one in the case at the newest gun store in the area, Woodbridge Firearms, and I pulled the trigger so to speak.  A more complete review will be forthcoming, but here are my initial impressions after a box and a half of ammo:

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More Ammo Testing…On The Way!

Big Brass Ones

After looking back at my ballistics testing, I find myself very troubled by the results of the .38 Spl ammo tests.

In addition to testing more 9mm in the short-barrel Kahr, and more .40S&W in the Glock and the carbine, I procured a batch of different .38 ammo to test. Oddly, not a single retailer stocked the old standby “FBI Load” (.38SPL +P with a 158gr lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoint)

I will be re-testing the Speer Gold Dot short-barrel .38 ammo.  I will be using two .38 snubnose revolvers to verify my findings, and a 4″ gun to give some perspective from a “typical” .38 revolver.

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