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Old 01-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #21
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Yeah, but "beauty is, as beauty does" can make up for lack of looks, at least to some extent. The, too, we don't carry to show off our guns. Just so used to 1991s, though, I'm afraid I'd be fumbling around trying to find the safety and also wondering where the hammer went. Not quite ready to take the Glock plunge.
A good woman don't need to beauty to make a super wife.....

Mac wants a Glock with a hammer and when I get perfected a little better I will make one for you .


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Old 01-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #22
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Well, update time. Found a brand new Colt XSE 1911 at our local pawn shop and fell in love. It's the full size, stainless version, but weight is down around 37 ounces, so should be a decent carry gun for my needs. Novak sights, great trigger, nicely finished gun, typical Colt and it is a Colt, so it won't ever go down in value. Had thought about buying a cheaper Springfield and building it up to what I wanted, but by the time I upgraded the sights, safety, slide stop and so on to make it the gun I want, I'd be close to what the Colt cost new and I'd still have a gun that I would take a loss if I ever sold it. One thing I've learned about guns is that it is always cheaper to get the features you want, up front, than to add them, later.

The bad news is that I had to trade three Marlin lever guns to finance the deal, but one thing I have to spare, is Marlins and I still have more Marlins than I can shoot on a regular basis. This Colt, though, will see PLENTY of action. Will post picks when I pick it up o Monday.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:54 AM   #23
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I like that XSE I saw it on you tube . It has all the bells and whistles the way I would want it . The guy had one complaint the trigger was too light . I guess he never shot a good 1911 before . I love it

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Thanks, TX. I suppose there is such a thing as too light a trigger on a 1911, depending on how you intend to use it, but too light a trigger out of the box? That's rare.

The Colt isn't exactly the way I would build a 1911 out of the box, but close enough. I can take or leave an ambidextrous safety, for instance, but that is easily changed. I've gotten along fine with the one on my SA. Not crazy about firing pin safeties, either, but not a deal breaker. Have used one on another 1911 and couldn't really feel it was there.
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I like the firing pin block . If you ever drop you 1911 it is the only thing that keeps the firing pin from moving and striking the primer . None of the original 1911 safety will stop the firing pin from striking the primer if dropped . A heavy firing pin spring helps but the firing pin block is 100% . You can remove it . I wish my Randall had one when I was doing all the combat matches with all the running and jumping we did . I never drop my gun in any matches even in the Cowboy Action shoots .
I don't care for the ambidextrous safety on a carry gun it is to easy knock it off just brushing against something and not know it is off . And I alway carry my 1911 cocked and locked . This my personal feeling and I'm not trying sway you . I know you know more then me on a 1911 but there are some people out there that know zero about how a gun works . Remember I carry a Glock

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I like the firing pin block . If you ever drop you 1911 it is the only thing that keeps the firing pin from moving and striking the primer . None of the original 1911 safety will stop the firing pin from striking the primer if dropped . A heavy firing pin spring helps but the firing pin block is 100% . You can remove it . I wish my Randall had one when I was doing all the combat matches with all the running and jumping we did . I never drop my gun in any matches even in the Cowboy Action shoots .
I don't care for the ambidextrous safety on a carry gun it is to easy knock it off just brushing against something and not know it is off . And I alway carry my 1911 cocked and locked . This my personal feeling and I'm not trying sway you . I know you know more then me on a 1911 but there are some people out there that know zero about how a gun works . Remember I carry a Glock
I don't have a big problem with the lock, either. As many of them that are out there and working with no problems, I think it is mostly a matter of the folks hating any deviation from the original 1911, even though those same folks have no trouble with beavertail safeties, grip pads and so on that are also less than original 1911.

Don't care for an ambi, either, but I can always change that out at a later date. Just seems that it comes as an automatic feature when your reach a certain price point, whether you want it or not.

Cocked and locked is the only way I carry a 1911 when it's in the holster. Thumbing back a hammer can actually be more dangerous and racking a slide in the event you actually need to draw your gun puts you at a disadvantage - unless you actually practice such a maneuver as per the Wild Bunch shooting crowd. Me, no way do I want to be fumbling around if I actually had to draw a gun in self-defense.
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There's always this route.

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Alright, you showed me yours, Here is the wife & my's main carry. We got a great package deal on 2 of them with 6 & 7 round mags, holster & hard locking case that is foam form fitted to the gun & accessories. The details are a Sig Sauer P238 with Tru-glow fiber optic front sight & Sig-lite night sight rear. It also has a Hogue wrap around grip & it came from Sig just as pictured. It is basically a mini 1911 style - the grip safety. And you are all correct, cocked & locked is the only way to carry this style of pistol. I like the look & have been considering getting a SS extended slide lock & thumb safety for my full size Para 1911.
I will at times carry a Ruger LC9 during the winter.


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I've never owned a Sig and everyone I know has one loves them . How spring are on the recoil rod . .
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My three carry guns.
Taurus model 85 with a Desantis soft tuck. Great little revolver I recently put a set of wollf springs on it, great trigger now. It also carries very nicely in the same Remora holster that I use for the SR6c and works great in a jacket pocket.

The SR9c works great in a Remora IWB but is sometimes a little thick and heavy for what I wear. Works great in the winter easy to conceal under a jacket. It is also my night stand gun with a 17 round magazine and it wears a Crimson Trace Railmaster.

My Kahr CM9 can go anywhere and usually does. Great little pistol, easy to carry and almost forget that it is there.

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Hey NCG! Look to the left<<<<<<<<<<<and pick one out!
OOOOH! such darn good tack drivers.
Course I'm biased!
So easy on the recoil too.
Took the 686 to the range today.
Had to find out if my reloads were up to par.
The S&W ate em for lunch, matter of fact they all were inside the 3" ring off handed.
Not a single tumble in the wheel weight 158 grain bullets.
Cleaned the 4" barrel and there was no leading that I could find.
I got to peak at the range owners two reloading stations.
Man they looked great. He was reloading copper clad wad cutters.
He was setting them flush with the brass.
Alll in all it was a good day.
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That's great shooting, KL. Good old 686. If and when I go back to revolvers, that's likely to be where I start.
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I've never owned a Sig and everyone I know has one loves them . How spring are on the recoil rod . .
It really is a range gun(P238). You can shoot these all day & marvel at the accuracy & comfort. 1 single recoil spring & they do recommend replacing every 1,500 rounds. I get them direct from Sig in a 3-pack for $12 & it includes 3 firing pin springs.

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Normal the single springs in super short barrel makes the gun a little picky on ammo . My Kahr CW45 is a single spring and works perfect and not picky . How is yours ? My Glock 27 and Kahr CM40 are dual spring and shoot and feed everything I put in it .
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Normal the single springs in super short barrel makes the gun a little picky on ammo . My Kahr CW45 is a single spring and works perfect and not picky . How is yours ? My Glock 27 and Kahr CM40 are dual spring and shoot and feed everything I put in it .
The Sig P238 is not picky at all. It takes all the reloaded range ammo we feed it. which is mainly 100 grain bullets from Berry's & Xtreme, round nose & flat point. i have tried 3 different self defense loads without issue & have made my own with new brass & Hornady XTP 90gr.HP bullets & everything feeds & functions great in both pistols. We have a routine of shooting our carry guns last at every range session & usually put 50 rounds each through them.
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The Sig P238 is not picky at all. It takes all the reloaded range ammo we feed it. which is mainly 100 grain bullets from Berry's & Xtreme, round nose & flat point. i have tried 3 different self defense loads without issue & have made my own with new brass & Hornady XTP 90gr.HP bullets & everything feeds & functions great in both pistols. We have a routine of shooting our carry guns last at every range session & usually put 50 rounds each through them.
That tell me Sig was on there game plan when they design it .
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Concealed carry guns

Usually this one, S&W 66-1. As much as I like semi-autos, I find this 6 shot Smith comfortable to carry. I carry .357 158gr JHPs in it.


Occasionally, I'll carry one of these; Taurus (top) or Rossi (bottom) 5 shot .38 special with 125gr JHP +Ps.


The revolvers easily go into a cargo pocket during warm weather, in colder weather with a heavy coat or a belt holster (I have never found IWB comfortable) I'll this:
Springfield Armory Ultra Compact, .45ACP
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I always feel well equipped with a K frame, especially with 125 JHP .357s in it. I have a 2 1/2" Blue Mod 19, a 3" Mod 65, and a 4" Nickel plated Mod 19. The K frame is about the ideal size for me for DA shooting.

I much prefer an IWB holster and have found it the only thing that works for for comfortable concealment without a jacket. My normal carry is a Kahr CW40 but if concealment was not quite so critical I would carry my Sig 239 in .40 S&W or my Mod 19 .357.
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My three carry guns.
Taurus model 85 with a Desantis soft tuck. Great little revolver I recently put a set of wollf springs on it, great trigger now. It also carries very nicely in the same Remora holster that I use for the SR6c and works great in a jacket pocket.

The SR9c works great in a Remora IWB but is sometimes a little thick and heavy for what I wear. Works great in the winter easy to conceal under a jacket. It is also my night stand gun with a 17 round magazine and it wears a Crimson Trace Railmaster.

My Kahr CM9 can go anywhere and usually does. Great little pistol, easy to carry and almost forget that it is there.

Lately I have been thinking about trading or selling the Taurus to pick up a target 22 pistol. Probably a MKIII. But I like the way it shoots now with the new springs. I would like a revolver in .357 too. Decisions decisions.
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I got my CM40 Kahr for my house carry gun . I love the gun my only complaint is the slide is so hard to cycle by hand . How hard is your CM9 to cycle ,

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