Sunday, April 19, 2009

Shooty goodness...

It's been a weekend filled with shooty goodness. I'll tell y'all all about it, but first I have to go do some more shootying.

Incidentally, noticing the weather outside has made me aware of a serious hole in my arsenal: I am in need of stainless rimfire handguns. A stainless Ruger 22/45, a 4" Smith 617, or a Model 63 or 651 would be the berries for those rainy days on the range. There's a roof over the firing line at Eagle Creek, but it's still going to be damp, and I don't want to drag my carbon steel K-22 or Model 34 out in weather like this if I don't have to.

8 comments:

Carteach0 said...

You bet!

Hey... I got some excellent news yesterday. Steel Matches are coming to my club! Fun matches the rest of this season, and next season begins real ones for points.

WHOO HOOO!

DSmith said...

For a 22 stainless may I suggest a Colt Cadet 22. I picked mine up for about $250 a couple of years ago and love it. There are some on gunbroker just to get an idea of what I am referring to.

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Ed Foster said...

DSmith, you are the man. I did the molds for it at Colt's, back in '91. The trigger was done by Kevin Kaminsky, who, along with people like Jim Taylor and Mack Qwinn, are some of the unsung greats in the world of firearms design.

No, I had nothing to do with the foolish magazine release, which prohibits it's use as a holster weapon unless you carry it empty. My serial number is from the first 50 pistols sold, something in the tens of thousands of rounds shot, and still tapping away smoothly.

Colt's, for some unspecified reason, gave the design and tooling to Beretta, so if you need a magazine, that's what you should ask for. Actually, it's just the old Hi-Standard mag done in stainless, with a modified catch latch hole. Why mess with perfection.

Also, I've found the newer, Beretta marked magazines feed a tad better than some of the original mags, but mine are mostly first run stuff I got with the pistol, so I might just have run into a teething problem. I like the heavy black Beretta floorplate more too.

The allen wrench that comes with the pistol is next to useless for takedown, get a longer one that clears the muzzle.

I haven't checked recently, but I would imagine the target conversion is still available from either Colt's parts, or more likely, Numrich Gun Parts in West Hurley NY.

It drops in like the regular barrel, but is longer and has a very decent target sight at the end of a cantilever extension that comes back over the slide.

Be nice to my baby, and she'll give you almost freakish accuracy, with forever reliability (assuming you find a bullet that doesn't have a serious shoulder behind the nose to mudge up the feed angle).

dave said...

I've played with both the Ruger Mk.(x) series and the Browning Buckmark and I much prefer the trigger on the Buckmark. There isn't nearly the variety of toys to hang on it, but then I go to the range to shoot, not to show off.

Also, everybody ought to have a Single Six. Mine's stainless, and entirely too much fun.

Tam said...

"There isn't nearly the variety of toys to hang on it, but then I go to the range to shoot, not to show off."

Dave, as a gun, I prefer the Buckmark over the MkII.

As a training tool, however, the 22/45 gives me the same grip shape and angle and control placement as my 1911s.

I, too, go to the range to shoot, not show off. And I shoot for a reason. :)

dave said...

See, there I go shooting (ha!) my mouth off again. I was thinking of the MkII, not the 22/45.

Of course, the same effect can be realized with a stainless-framed 1911 and an aluminum-slide conversion kit. It's not quite stainless, but close enough for government work.

And I wasn't mocking you, but rather 90% of the people at the retail counter in front of my range. Lord knows I wouldn't want to be on the opposite end of the two-way range from you.

(And I still think you need a Single Six.)


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Tam said...

"Of course, the same effect can be realized with a stainless-framed 1911 and an aluminum-slide conversion kit. It's not quite stainless, but close enough for government work."

Actually, the .22 I'm working on will be on a Rock River carbon steel frame, with C&S lockwork.

(And that is showing off! :D )

firefighter4884 said...

Tam,

Local dealer here in Evansville has a stainless 5.5" bull barrel 22/45 in the case for 359.00.

I have two of them, and love em.

He also has a 1903 hammer less in stock...

--Jim