Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rain, rain, go away...

...I wanna go outside and shoot today.

I really want to put another hundred rounds through the PPX, which would have it up to 485 rounds since I started counting.

I confess that I'm fascinated with the little volkspistole, the more details I notice about it. For instance, the reason it's hammer-fired instead of striker-fired is obvious once you note how much resistance the act of cocking the hammer applies to the slide. This allows them to go with a more lightly-constructed slide, since they're not counting as much on the slide's mass to resist unlocking forces.
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8 comments:

og said...

I'm very close to getting one. Partially because of all the little details you point out, and having put 50 rounds through one myself at GAT guns I can somewhat shoot it, and since I know you don't impress easily, and you seem somewhat impressed, well, that's probably plenty good enough for me.

Tam said...

The gun was very obviously designed to a price point, but unlike a lot of other guns that kludgily apply modern manufacturing techniques to late-19th/early-20th Century designs in order to try and keep them in a reasonable cost ballpark, this gun was deigned that way from the ground up.

I'm reminded of the Honda Fit; it's not fancy or very high performance, it's not luxurious and was obviously built to be affordable... and yet it's very competently-executed basic transportation. It's easy to make a shitty cheap car, and hard to make a good one. Likewise with guns.

og said...

Nicely said. I have pretty guns. Handmade ones, even. A carry gun should fit my hand, put bullets where I point it, and go bang every time. And not be so expensive I'm afraid to wear it daily, or can't afford to own two.

D.W. Drang said...

Oh, jeeze. Now I have to go compare prices on PPXs vs. Keltecs vs. Hipoints...

D.W. Drang said...

Gallery of Guns says $450 for the base model. Keltec P11 is $340. They don't list a Hipoint pistol at all.
Not sure what else there might be in that price range; I'm sure that all the folks buying their first gun will either go with what is least expensive OR what their cop/veteran father/brother/neighbor/coworker recommends.
They should probably go with the Walther...

1 With a Bullet said...

I've heard one after class account of the metal magazines gouging the inside rear of the polymer magwell after multiple hurried reloads. Supposedly this caused an impediment to further reloads and the burrs had to be carved away with a pocketknife. Any thoughts on the possibility of that occurrence?

Robert Fowler said...

My last flyer list a Hi-Point 9mm as 209 retail.

I'll forgo further comment on those fine products.

The Walther is sounding like a pretty good investment. I'm going to be curious about the failure rate per K rounds fired. Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

So, if you're going to attack Tam, best do it when the weather is bad, since that will be when she is least prepared.

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