Handgun Radio 152 - Polymer Pistol Modifications

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad  from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd & I discuss modifications you might consider making to your polymer pistol!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Ruger Mk III Discontinued!!!

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Ruger SR1911 Target

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Drink Segment: Bar Equipment:   Jigger:  You can get a set of double jiggers, which is really classy looking,  but I get a LOT more versatility out of a graduated jigger.

Shaker:  Traditionally we use a Boston Shaker which is the pint glass with a metal cup.   I prefer a Cobbler shaker, which is a metal cup with a cap and attached strainer.

Strainer: If you use the boston shaker, or use a mixing glass for stirred drinks, you’ll need a strainer.   A Hawthorn Strainer is the metal spring that is most common,  but a Julep strainer which is just an oversized metal spoon will win you some style points.

Bar Spoon: Something I don’t have, but they’re really handy.   Of course you use them to stir your drink,  but you can also measure ingredients and even muddle with them.

Main Topic: Modifiying Your Polymer Pistol

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Stippling

Trigger Modifications

Magwells

Slide Modifications

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HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

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This week, I’m joined by Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy to discuss mastering the Glock trigger and the modifications that are made to Glock Triggers.

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Week in Review:

-Saw a really cool 3D printed gun in 10mm on the Firearm Blog. The gun is a highly stylized 1911 manufactured by Solid Concepts. It’s a pretty cool concept, but the 10mm has a history of battering 1911 frames, as evidenced by the early problems encountered with the Colt Delta Elite in 10mm. I would be interested in not only functional reliability but longevity as well.

-We will do the drawing for the Werkz Holster Giveaway at the end of the show!

Paul:

Main Topic: Mastering the Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

The standard Glock trigger can be difficult for some people to get accustomed to. If you are a revolver shooter, you probably will have the smallest learning curve. People accustomed to the straight back sliding trigger type on a 1911 may experience the biggest learning curve. It is all about your technique and your previous experience with similar trigger systems that will most likely determine the ease with which you adjust to the platform.

Glock Trigger Types (Mods):

Stock Trigger:  Typically a 5.5 lb trigger pull weight.

NY-1 Trigger: Gives a firm resistance to the trigger finger from the very beginning of the pull and brings pull weight up to around 8 lbs.

NY-2 Trigger: Same as the NY-1 unit in resistance, but brings trigger pull weight up to 12 lbs.

Competition Trigger: Typically gives a trigger pull of between 3.5 and 4 lbs. NOT FOR DEFENSIVE USE! Glock specifically states this is not to be installed in a defensive gun, it is simply TOO LIGHT. Mas Ayoob notes in his book that some people combine the 3.5 lb trigger connector with the NY-1 trigger module, which gives a revolver like pull of around 5 lbs.

According to Massad Ayoob in his book Greatest Handguns of the World, the NY trigger units give you a crisper, cleaner break than does the factory unit. The NY trigger units are also quite a bit more durable. Thanks to Mas for the above descriptions of the trigger systems.

What characteristics of the Glock trigger make it easy or difficult to train shooters on

How can the instructor structure training around mastering the trigger of the Glock pistol?

Compared to other handgun trigger systems, how do you feel the Glock stacks up? (Compared to Sig P-series, Ruger P-Series, XD’s, etc.)

Obscure Gun of the Week:

Ryan: Recreation of the Remington R53 in .45 ACP

Paul

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HGR 049 - What Makes a Good Handgun?

This week, Weer’d Beard and I discuss what makes a handgun a “good” handgun and what things you can look at to choose the most appropriate handgun for your needs!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - I found a supplier for the Colt 1903 rear and front firing pins! Hopefully I can have those ordered sometime soon!

-Saw a great article on the 9x23 Winchester! I think we are going to do another episode on Odd Cartridges very soon!

WEERD: no real shooting.   Was going to head to the range for Father’s day, but I was too sick.   I have time off this week where I hope to run some .22 through my revolvers to crank out the rust, and hopefully remove the mag disconnect on my M&P9c With a pen spring!

Main Topic: What Makes a “Good” Handgun?

Remember: we are not bashing certain brands or designs; we are just fleshing out why certain firearms are less easy to use or less effective to use in certain circumstances. Not everyone has unlimited training resources, and you must use those resources in the most efficient way possible.

Everyone has a different definition of “good”. It is very subjective. For our discussion, we will be touching upon some of the points that people use to determine whether a handgun is a “good” handgun (and whether or not those ACTUALLY determine that) and what can someone use as a yardstick to measure whether or not they’ve chosen a “good” handgun for themselves! Note, that we are primarily discussing guns that are used for self-defense and therefore need to be trained with and shot a lot. A Webley in .455 is a “good” handgun for the range, but maybe not so much for concealed carry.

What is it Good For?:   A handgun might be VERY versatile like a Springfield Armory 1911, or a Glock 17,   Good for Competition, good for carry, good for plinking, good for Home Defense, ect.

For instance, a S&W M&P 9mm can be customized for hand size, it can be used for home defense. With the right holster, a full sized duty handgun can be used for concealed carry. There are many handguns that do a lot of things pretty well, but can only excel in so many areas before you make sacrifices. See below.

Is it VERY specialized?   Say A STI 2011 in .40 S&W with 20 round magazines, a ultra-light trigger, tungsten internals and a reflex optic and compensator.   Might work OK for home Defense, but really it’s an ideal IPSC Open Class Gun.     Same With a 8” Freedom Arms in .454 Casull with a 4x Teloscopic Scope.    Not really ideal for most aplications, but an AMAZING hunting handgun!

Efficiency:

What is the Gun’s History?:  How long has this design or similar design been around? What is it’s reputation, and history?   Example M1911 pattern, SAA, or S&W Hand Ejector.   Glock’s reputation in the 80s and 90s, vs. Today.

See: Colt 1903 Example. If that gun was introduced today as a “pocket” gun, people would laugh at you. But back in the day, pockets of overcoats were larger, and the whole concept of a small automatic pistol for personal protection was really in its infancy. Something like the Ruger LCP is nearly half the size of a 1903, and fires a more powerful round. Context makes a HUGE difference.

What is the Gun’s Popularity?:  Popular guns will have more holsters, accessories, and parts.   Also popular guns generally have a good selection of ammo that is easy to find.

How Efficiently is It’s Construction and manual of arms?: Does the gun have bizarre parts, numerous parts?  More parts means potential for more breakage or failure.   Is it easy or difficult to field strip?   Does it have an excess of safeties, and are they easy to manipulate?

Ease of Use (sounds similar, but different from Efficiency.):

How easy is the gun to shoot? An Airweight .357 is an awesome pocket gun if you can control it.   Maybe .38 Loads mark the paper better?

Things like slide bite, or narrow grips can add discomfort in shooting or make it hard to have a good firm grip on the gun.

How Easy is the Gun to Deploy for it’s Use(s)?  Is the gun light enough to carry all day every day?   Can you Conceal it well?   The above .454 Hunting revolver is a great gun, but maybe not for hunting Antelope at 300 yards on the plains.

Fun Factor:

Do you LIKE the gun?  I will be the first person to say Glocks are awesome guns, and I recommend them.   Still to me they’re ugly, boxy, and I hate the grip angle.   Nothing wrong with the gun,  but if I had a Glock I’d never shoot it.   Actually LIKING a gun is a huge and personal factor for if a gun is great to you.

Can You Afford To Care and Feed It?  A gun like the Walther PPQ is from all reports a great gun, but magazines tend to be more expensive than comparable guns.   Will your wallet be able to handle buying all the mags you need for the gun?   Will you be able to simply throw a magazine away in the event it runs it’s service life?    In Massachusetts people hang onto their pre-ban magazines like they’re gold,  but how nice are they if the feed lips are worn out, or the floor plate is badly cracked?

Will you shoot the gun regularly?   A .45 ACP 1911 or Glock 21 is pretty awesome,   but a box of even the cheapest .45 ACP isn’t very cheap.    Will you be able to find .38 Super, or 5.7x28mm at your local gun shop or Wal Mart?    You may SAY you’re going to reload that box of Brass, but maybe once that new baby goes to bed the LAST thing you want to do is crank out 500 rounds for your next range trip.

Also you might be able to afford the dirt cheap practice ammo,  but will your gun like it?   Steel case ammo is great for shooting on a budget but a few guns won’t be able to function with it.   Same goes for .22 LR (when you could find it)   maybe that cheap Anguila stuff is awesome, but will your pistol run it, or do you need a specific, and more expensive brand?

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HGR 038 - Gun Shows & Listener E-Mails

HGR 038 - Gun Shows & Listener E-Mails

Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of Handgun Radio! This week, I’m going to discuss my trip to the recent gun show in Lewiston, ME, along with some short interviews I recorded there and some observations. Then I will address a couple listener e-mails!

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Week In Review:

  • Probably going to end up having the rear firing pin that is broken replaced with a part that I have fabricated. It really isn’t a complex part, just a piece of short rod with one milled cut in it. I’m thinking of just getting a piece of drill rod stock and having a machinist friend make the proper cut after I measure the original. Any thoughts from anyone with more experience with this?
  • Got to see the new(er) Ruger 10/22 takedowns with the threaded barrels and different colored stocks. Really a cool little plinker .22 that takes down for easy storage and easy cleaning too!
  • Looking into a pair of Altamont Boot Grips for my J-frame. I was looking at the Uncle Mike’s Boot Grips that were discontinued, but I am afraid they are too grippy for pocket carry. I think the wood grips would work much better, and look much nicer as well.
  • Picked up some .357/.38 Lead Hardcast SWC at the gun show from CB Bullets. I have purchased bullets from this company before and have been very, very impressed. He does run an online business, and he is located in Maine. If you are at the gun show, you can get a box of bullets for an amazing price. I paid $20 for 250 where I usually pay 30$ for 250 plated bullets at Cabelas, sometimes more. Check it out!
  • That about wraps it up for the week in review, so we will head into the main topic, the Lewiston Gun Show and then some listener e-mails!

Main Topic: Lewiston, ME Gun Show & Listener E-Mails

On March 29th I attended the Lewiston Gun Show in Lewiston, ME with my friend the Mad Aussie. He had a table there and was selling some firearms so I went to help him out, and also try to get some interviews with folks at the show. There is a video over at the YouTube channel showing some footage from the pre-show vendor preview and then during the actual show. It was pretty large for the area, with roughly 60 to 70 tables, and many different vendors. I got to speak with the Mad Aussie about what he was looking forward to at the show.

-Mad Aussie Soundbite-

He picked up an Arcus 98 DA, which is a somewhat copy of a Browning Hi-Power. I will be interested to see that when I get the chance!

I also got to speak with Jeff Zimba, the Firearms Policy Specialist for the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine & the proprietor of the Big Shooterist channel on YouTube about what SAM’s goals were while at the show.

-Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Soundbite-

Be sure to go check out both links above to help support SAM’s mission in Maine. Even if you aren’t a Maine resident, there are organizations like SAM all over the country, so try to find one near you to see what you can do to help preserve firearms rights and continue the tradition of firearms recreation & collecting!

For some people, they may not have ever been to a gun show. They may have no idea what goes on, what it looks like, etc. Some people may even be afraid of them, wondering how safe it can be with so many firearms in one place. I can say, they are extremely safe. All firearms are checked at the door that are brought in, and must be tagged with the action open, usually by way of a zip tie. It may vary from state to state, but in Maine, people can bring in firearms to the gun show, to sell to vendors, but they must be checked at the door. A gun without a tag usually gets the attention of someone very quick.

If you are someone who is absolutely, positively livid whenever a gun “muzzles” you, even when it is laying untouched on a table, then a gun show is not for you. Yes, there may be some not too bright folks who accidentally muzzle people while inspecting a gun, but generally that is not an issue. It is a matter of respect and safety and the majority of folks do their best to not muzzle anyone when inspecting the gun, even when it is tagged and locked open. I have however seen some people who get upset when the gun is laying on a table. There are only so many directons the gun can point while laying on the table, and almost every one of them will be in the direction of someone at a gun show.

Prices can be very very good at a gun show! While I was there, I got those bullets I mentioned earlier for $20.00 and I also saw a Smith & Wesson 642 with Altamont grips for $429.00! The MSRP on that gun is in the $600’s so I thought that was a good price. The real killer deal though was a Glock 22 1st Generation, with some holster wear for $210! I had never seen such a low price on a Glock, I guessed that something had to be wrong with it, but there was no indication of that. If I had 210$ on me, it may have come home with me.

A word about sales at gun shows; the media tries to portray gun shows as places where people engage in illegal firearms sales and don’t follow the rules, sell guns to felons, etc. THAT IS NOT THE CASE! In Maine, private sales between adults of legal age are permissible. If you have an FFL and have a table at the show, you still must perform the background check just as you would if they purchased the gun in the shop instead of the show.

Gun shows are a wonderful place to find deals on great firearms and gear, and you can oftentimes find just the right gun for you!

Listener E-Mail

Brad:

Hi Ryan, I would like to tell you that I really look forward to, and enjoy your show. I especially enjoyed the show on movie handguns. I really learned a lot! I was wondering if you could do a show on concealed carry handguns? I just shot my first revolver last week. I've been trying to decide whether to pick out a revolver, or a semi. I know you love the revolvers and I've actually been tempted to get a J frame for myself (are the bodyguards any good or am I better off with an air weight?) However, I mostly shoot semi so I'm torn. Maybe a round up or both types of small handguns would be nice. In the end I know it all comes down to personal preference, but I'd be interested what you (and anyone else on the network) have to say.

Matt:

Really impressed with your knowledge of handguns. It was really evident that two experts were just sitting back and conversing on the same level in your interview with Ian from forgotten weapons. A very enjoyable conversation to listen in on.

I have a question for you not pertaining to the last show. That question is in regards to the 1911 in 45ACP  and a possible cause of damage to fired cases. The damage is to the corner of the case head and looks like a hammer peened over, in one spot, the very edge of the rim with one strike. This makes the case unuseable for reloading. It's not my weapon just a friend who showed me the casings and it was winchester white box ammo. My thinking is too soft of a slide spring and not an extractor problem since the sidewalls of casings are not damaged by ejection port in any manner. Would a soft slide spring cause the case to strike the breech face while in partial ejection hard enough to peen over the rim? I do have some pics if my description is inadequate.

Kenneth:

Show suggestion: History of revolvers used by the United States Park Police. One of oldest uniformed police agency. It has come to my attention that they used Rossi .38 in the 1960's.

Wrap-Up:

Quick mention about Aker Leather's gun belt.

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  • I apologize for the short length of the episode, but I wanted to get to some listener e-mail on the air. Until next week, have fun and safe shooting!!!!

HGR 027 - SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

HGR 027 - SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

This week, Ryan and guest Matt discuss some of the new products that have been announced and will be introduced at this years SHOT Show!

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Week in Review:

Ryan -

  • Wrote an article over at the Firearms Insider about the new Remington R51 and where it came from. Here is the link for the article, be sure to go check it out along with all the other great content over at the Firearms Insider!
  • Been pretty busy with show stuff and preparing to help out the guys who are in Las Vegas this coming week for SHOT Show 2014! Jake and the rest of the team have a really good game plan for covering as much as absolutely possible while out there.  Each team of two has a high definition video camera to capture as much video of the new products that are going to be introduced.  Please visit www.shotshow2014.com for all the coverage by the Firearms Radio Network!
  • A friend of mine got a deal on a shrouded hammer .38 Special revolver. A close friend had the firearm and just wanted to get rid of it, as they weren’t really a gun person.  They let it go for $50.  It is a Taurus 851 with an alloy frame and a titanium cylinder. It has a shrouded hammer, which I don’t particularly care for, but otherwise looks to be a great little .38, especially for $50. It’s his first gun, so welcome to the world of being a gun owner Jeffery.
  • Matt
  • Finishing up work on my buddies 686, getting it ready for idpa/icore this year
  •           working with the 686 competitor just got
  •            working on my vcomp, fitting the new ti cyl

Main Topic: SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

This week we are just going to discuss some of the items we have seen announced for this years SHOT Show.  As we said before, Firearms Radio Network will have a lot of people on the ground for SHOT this year, getting as much footage and info as possible for you! Please visit the www.shotshow2014.com link for all the coverage!

We will just discuss these picks:

- All new S&W Revolvers!

- S&W Laser-less Bodyguard .380 ACP

- Ruger GP-100 Match Champion

- Magnum Research 1911U Sub-Compact

- Walther PPQ M1 (Limited?) & M2

- Remington R51 9mm

- Glock 42 .380 ACP

-Springfield Range Officer 1911 in 9mm

- Ruger LCRx Exposed Hammer

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Wrap-Up:

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Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 026 - Awesome Movie Handguns

HGR 026 - Awesome Movie Handguns

Ryan and guest Shawn from the WeLikeShooting.com and the We Like Shooting show discuss some of the cool handguns and favorite handguns from the movies. We had a pretty somber topic last show so this is just a fun, free-wheeling episode!

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Week in Review:

Ryan-

  • Picked up a nice Triple-K holster and some .451” roundballs for the .44 1851 Pietta Colt Navy at Cabela’s today! Finally I can get some shooting in, unless the temperature continues to stay below zero as it has been all week.
  • Saw some really cool handguns and rifles at the Cabelas gun gallery in Scarbourough, ME during our trip.  I got to handle a beautiful Remington Model 8 (I don’t know why I really like that rifle, but I do.) and also looked at some beautiful Colt and S&W revolvers that they had for sale.  Most were in somewhat obsolete or hard-to-find calibers such as .32 S&W or .38 S&W. There were a few vintage Steyr pistols and some odd looking Olympic target pistols chambered in .22 Short.  It is interesting to see what sorts of grips they put on some of those competition target pistols.
  • I am REALLY excited about the new Remington R-51 semi-automatic 9mm pistol.  I think the gun is really pretty revolutionary as it takes an old design concept that hasn’t been used in a very long time and revamps it for today’s marketplace.  The pistol uses a locking system designed by John Pederson and used by the Remington Model 51 pistol that was produced between 1918 and 1927 and was chambered in .32 ACP or .380 ACP.  The locking system allows for a fixed barrel like in a blowback pistol, but using a large, service size caliber that often just isn’t feasible in a blowback locking system.  I have fired the old Remington Model 51 and it is a very VERY fine handgun, and I cannot wait to see what Remington has done to update the design. Now if I could just convince Colt to make the Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless again……

Shawn-

  • New Glock
  • Reloading Mania

Main Topic: Awesome Movie Handguns

Ryan’s Picks:

1.) L.A. Confidential:

-Colt Detective Special

-S&W Combat Masterpiece (Model 15)

-Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

2.) Heat:

-Colt M1991A1 Series 80 Officers Model

-Star Megastar

3.)Sin City:

-Beretta 93R “Auto 9”

-Ruger Blackhawk .44 Magnum

4.)Beverly Hills Cop:

-Browning Hi-Power

-S&W Model 19 Snub 2.5” barrel

-S&W Model 629 Mag-Na-Ported

Shawn’s Picks:

  1. Die Hard
    • Beretta 92F
    • Walther PPK
  2. Cop Out
    • Sig-Sauer P226
    • Ruger GP100
    • Beretta 92FS
  3. Idiocracy
    • M1911A1
  4. The Avengers
    • Smith & Wesson M&P9
  5. Total Recall (2012)
  6. Cobra
    • Jatimatic SMG
    • Colt Gold Cup National Match 1911 in 9mm

Wrap-Up:

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Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 013 - Hunting With Handguns

HGR 013 - Hunting With Handguns

This week Ryan discusses the handguns and cartridges that can be used for hunting.

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Week In Review:

  • Got a chance to get some trigger time in with several firearms this weekend.  Got to shoot an MP5-SD 9mm, Ruger SR-22 .22 LR with Suppressor, Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum, Sig-Sauer 516, Sig-Sauer 556, Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm and a few others.  I have posted some videos of my shooting session this weekend and you can view them on my YouTube page.
  • I recently got a new microphone, so you may notice a difference in sound quality. Hopefully this microphone will make the speech a bit clearer for listeners.
  • If you haven’t yet done so, listen to last Thursday’s episode of the Gun Guy Radio Roundtable where Jake, Mike and the new addition to the FRN, Nikki Turpeaux discuss the upcoming Firearms Insider debuting on the 15th of October.  Many of your questions will be answered by watching or listening to the podcast. It is going to be really exciting to have the Firearms Insider Community as a part of FRN and I am really excited to be a small part of it.  Kudos to Jake and everyone else for their hard work in getting it up and running.
  • The Listener FAQ’s episode is coming right up! Be sure to get in any last minute FAQ’s to me via email! I’ve already gotten so many GREAT questions from listeners and I can’t thank you all enough!

Half-Truth Segment:

  • Back from an extended hiatus, the half-truth segment for this week involves the shooting at the U.S. Capitol this past week.
  • I have heard many talk show hosts, commentators, etc. discussing what THEY think the response by Capitol and D.C. Police should have been.  Their ideas have included shooting the tires out, ramming her with their cars to stop her, and using spike strips.
  • While their ideas have some validity in Hollywood, in real life you will RARELY, if ever see a police officer shooting out someones tires in car chase. First, if you puncture a tire at high speed, the risk of an accident is tremendous. You put other innocent lives at risk with such a maneuver.
  • Secondly, hitting small-ish objects from a moving vehicle with a handgun is not an easy task.  As we have seen demonstrated, many departments are not offering their officers the firearms training they need and typically rely on two qualifications sessions a year. The officer may not be as trained as he should and firing a weapon in a crowded area has the potential to injure others rather than the suspect.
  • The half-truth is, that the cops had another choice. These people will say they fully support the police, right up until they stop. Then they criticize.  I have but one point to make: these commentators were not the ones staring down a woman who had already shown herself to be a threat.  Whether or not she had a firearm is irrelevant.  She had already rammed a barricade. Okay, fine. But THEN she proceeded to hit two officers, and then ram her car into another police vehicle, injuring two more officers.  Lest we forget, the vehicle is a potent weapon. She was just as much of a threat as if she had stared down the officers with a loaded firearm.  She chose to initiate this series of events, not the police. Others have suggested the police shouldn’t have fired, as there was a child in the car.  My response is, how in the WORLD would the police have known there was a child in the car.  The police were just as much in the dark as the public was when the news first broke.  They made life and death decisions and they judged the threat presented to them.

Main Topic: Hunting With Handguns

This week, we will be discussing the handguns and cartridges that can be used to handgun hunt.  In order to have some organization, I have divided the categories into what size game you will be hunting, then discussing a few cartridges and guns from each category.

Category #1: Small to Smaller Medium Game:

(Ex: Rabbits, Squirrels, Fox, Coyote.)

  • In this category, the .22 LR and .22 Magnum will be the most often seen cartridges (Perhaps with the exception of coyotes.) There are other rounds, but we are talking small game hunting with a handgun and .22 LR is most prevalent.
  • The Ruger Mark Series of .22 LR handguns are very well suited to small game hunting, offering the versatility of mounting a scope or other attachment.
  • There is some difficulty with disassembly on the Mark Series of handguns, so take that into account if you are a person who does not like cleaning firearms.
  • Another attractive option is the Ruger SR-22 Pistol in .22 LR.  The Ruger SR-22 is a compact, yet accurate and reliable pistol that would be suitable for short to medium range small game hunting. The SR-22 also uses some polymer in its construction, resulting in some significant weight savings.
  • Another great small game option is the Smith & Wesson M&P .22. I have had quite a bit of experience with the M&P .22 and I believe S&W has hit a home run with this pistol.  It offers the controllability and ergonomics of the larger pistols but fires the .22 LR cartridge, making it VERY accurate and also offers provisions to mount a suppressor.
  • If you are more into revolvers, Ruger offers their SP-101 Double Action revolver in .22 LR.  I haven’t had any experience with it, but as with all Ruger products, they are typically top notch.
  • If you are more interested in the single-action variety of revolvers, Ruger offers the classic Single-Six revolver, along with their new Single-Ten revolver, holding 10 shots of .22 LR.
  • If you are pursuing small to medium game such as coyotes, then the Ruger Single-Nine may be more appropriate.  Chambered in .22 Magnum, it offers all the advantages of the Ruger Single-Action revolvers in an appropriately sized caliber.  .22 Magnum ammunition has made great strides in the past several years and has greatly improved performance.
  • Taurus also offers many great firearms in the .22 Magnum/.22 LR variety, most notably the recent introduction of the double-action Taurus Tracker in .22 LR and .22 Magnum with interchangeable cylinders.

Medium to Large Game:

(Ex. Deer, Elk)

  • With game such as Deer or smaller Elk, you want to stick with centerfire calibers of an appropriate size.  
  • In my opinion, for deer, nothing smaller than a .357 Magnum, and for Elk, nothing smaller than a .44 Magnum.  
  • In terms of auto pistol cartridges, the .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, and .45 ACP can be formidable handgun hunting cartridges, provided they are loaded properly. (i.e. with the proper bullet.)
  • From Smith & Wesson, the Model 627 in .357 Magnum would be an attractive choice for hunting where you may not be as concerned about scope mounting.  If you want to step up to the .44 Magnum, one of my top choices from the S&W lineup would be the Model 629 Stealth Hunter. It offers provisions for scope mounting.
  • Ruger also makes many great .357 Magnum & .44 Magnum revolvers, along with Taurus USA.  Be sure to check those out as well.
  • With auto pistols, I would go with a Glock 20 in 10mm Auto.  Mated with a long slide kit from Lone Wolf Distributors, it would be an attractive option for handgun hunting.  The 10mm Auto offers plenty of power for deer and smaller elk.

Dangerous Game:

(Ex. Bears)

  • I am aware that there are smaller varieties of bears, that may not require huge amounts of stopping power.  However, if I was personally dealing with bears, I would want a bit more power than I need just to be sure.
  • With larger dangerous game such as bears, penetration is the key, and expansion of the bullet is secondary.  Bears have large bones and large fat deposits that need to be broken through before the vital organs are reached. Emptying a bunch of hollowpoints that expand and stop in the bears fatty tissue will probably not deliver the quick stop you desire.
  • As discussed before, the 10mm Auto would be an attractive option for bears, especially with the long slide and barrel setup and some heavy, hard-cast bullets.
  • For me, I would pick something in the .454 Casull range.  A heavy loaded .44 Magnum might work well also.
  • In terms of .454 Casull revolvers, Freedom Arms offers some of the finest quality single action revolvers in all the major big bore revolver calibers: .500 Wyoming Express, .475 Linebaugh and others.
  • Ruger also offers their Super Redhawk in .480 Ruger and .454 Casull for those desiring a double action trigger system. Taurus also offers their family of Hunter revolvers in .454 Casull and .44 Magnum.
  • You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the .500 S&W Magnum or the .460.  The .500 may not be practical for all shooters, and the .480 and .454, while stout, may be easier controlled by a greater number of people.  The .460 is quite attractive though, and allows you the versatility of chambering not only the .460 S&W Magnum, but the .454 Casull and the .45 Colt (Long Colt).

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