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Three Old Reliables

[…] And 5.0 grains with a 250-gr. bullet in either the .44 Magnum or .45 Colt makes for an accurate and pleasant shooting midrange load. By John Taffin >> Click Here AHSO12col Handgunner Sept/Oct 2012 Cover

“Factory” Low Recoil .45 ACP Loads?

[…] fps. For my test guns, since the query was about comfortable loads in the Colt Lightweight Commander, I went with my 45-year-old Lightweight Commander and a 5″ Kimber Custom CDP II with an alloy frame. I found the 200-grain loads over 5.0 grains of WW231 quite comfortable, and felt like I could shoot as many rounds as I wanted to without having to spend several days resting my hands. While I don’t want to get into the argument concerning carrying handloads in a self-defense pistol I felt factory loads should be an option. I carry handloads in the field but factory loads on pavement. Would it be possible to come up with factory low recoil .45 ACP loads, which would reliably function in a standard 1911 or Commander — without replacing the recoil spring? To this end I contacted Tim Sundles at Buffalo Bore and Mike McNett at DoubleTap. Both men agreed to see what they would come up with, although they were skeptical about the possible results. Both men also went the extra mile, and I thank them both for their willingness to work with us. By John Taffin >> Click Here AHND12col Handgunner Nov/Dec 2012 Cover

Handgun Esthetics

[…] before falling to an American good guy shooting a S&W Military & Police .38 or Colt Model 1903 or 1908 Pocket Pistol. Going back even farther to black and white movies on late shows, European or Asian bad guys sometimes would pull out Broomhandle Mausers. They were ugly too, but at least you wouldn’t mistake one for any other handgun. Some Flash? In fact, fancy after-market grips were probably the most common way professional gun-toters of a past era personalized their handguns. Used to be I always took note of what cops were carrying in their holsters, whether they were giving me a traffic ticket or just sitting at a donut shop. Those wearing stock, as-issued handguns, I would have bet couldn’t hit a bull in the butt at a dozen paces. When I saw a cop’s handgun with fancy grips, my estimation of their ability grew a notch or two. If the handgun was engraved or had some sort of fancier finish then I figured he must be a “pistolero.” I might have been wrong but those were my initial impressions. I’d like to know what our Editorship, Roy, packed in his 20-year career. Might be interesting, eh? (Check out the Insider in this issue! -Roy) Nowadays, all cops have big, square, black pistols. No fancy finishes, no custom grips, no pride of possession. Nothing to indicate which of them might even be a good shot. Well, some carry 1911s nowdays and I’ll bet some of those are gussied-up a bit. Usually a cop with a 1911 in his holster is a gunnie. As far as handgun esthetics goes, I’m glad I grew up in a bygone era. By Mike “Duke” Venturino >> Click Here AHMJ13_col AH MK 2013

Dry-Firing Facts

[…] I don’t dry-fire at all, even with snap caps. The Colt target model (left) and S&W K22 were made in […]

Favorite .38 Bullets

[…] to right: The Lyman #358311 and loaded in .38 Long Colt, .38 Special and .357 Magnum. The RCBS #38-150KT loaded […]

The Miracle Maglula

[…] how come she prefers an S&W J-Frame or her favorite Colt Detective Special? It’s actually quite simple. Before you can […]

Double Or Single Action?

[…] for articles on “Big-Bore Blasters” and “Reloading for the .45 Colt” and other topics you might have just glossed over […]

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