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Old 09-29-2018, 12:57 PM   #1
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Good range trip at last

I posted going in the Pit Stop, now I'm back! Had mid-70s, with a few fluffy clouds. Perfect except for a light breeze. No more than three other tables busy the whole time, and no "tacticool" idiots.

Stayed about 2 1/2 hours, shot 125 rounds of Auto Match through the Bearcat, no issues. First I've shot either Bearcat since I put Wolff base pin springs in them. I was having problems with slight bumps releasing the base pin a bit. Not anymore.

Fifty rounds through the Guardian 32. I did like my first trip, 25 of Aguila, 25 Remington, both FMJ. I can't tell any difference in them, except six dollars! No issues this trip and none before, so I'll consider it broken in now.

I shot both at 30 feet, and the Bearcat got boring at that distance, shooting my spinning rubber prairie dog. A few golf balls made it more interesting. I shot more golf balls with the Guardian, and hit them about half the time. Throwing dirt on the misses, I could tell it was a little low but windage was on. Not bad for a mouse gun at ten yards.

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Old 09-29-2018, 01:37 PM   #2
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Glad you could get out. Hitting golf balls at 10 yd is about all you can ask out of a gun that size. I still haven't bought a .32 to go with the one round of ammo I found in the parking lot back in MN.
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Sounds like a great day to me. Glad the .32 is working for you. I haven’t shot one so will look next range trip to see if they have anything similar to rent. Killing golf balls sounds like a blast. I tried to cut one in half many years ago. As soon as I got through about a third of the outer shell the damn thing blew apart into what looked like a million skinny rubber bands. Startled the snot out of me.
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I picked the 32 Guardian over the 380 version mainly because it's 6 ounces lighter loaded (15 oz) than the 380, and I'd read enough reviews about the 380 recoil being a lot harder. Being so light, my 32 kicks hard enough, about like my SP with 38s.

The only 32 autos in production now are the Guardian, Kel-Tec P32, Beretta Tomcat, and Seecamp LWS32. The draw backs of the others, to me, are: The Kel-Tec has a plastic frame. The Tomcat has an aluminum frame that's had cracking issues. The Seecamp is expensive, won't load FMJ in the magazine, and has a heel type magazine catch.

Golf balls are fun. They'll take several hits from a .22, maybe a couple from my .32. I always find a few that are still good for a few hits, but there are places that sell buckets of used ones cheap, like driving ranges.

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I like shooting golf balls & any toy that will move or make sounds. LOL

Glad you had a marvelous range day!
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I like shooting golf balls & any toy that will move or make sounds. LOL

Glad you had a marvelous range day!
Not so marvelous, really. I posted a while back about losing my enthusiasm for shooting; it's still not what it was. I just don't enjoy it like I used to. While Nobama was in, and the Great Rimfire Shortage was going, we felt like we were getting away with something. That made it more fun, I guess?
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I was searching for the Guardian and found this:
https://northamericanarms.com/shop/firearms/naa-25naa/

"25 Naa?" Never heard of it. Apparently it's impossible to find ammo unless you buy it from NAA.
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The 25 NAA cartridge is a .32 case necked down to fit a .25 bullet, with some extra powder, IIRC. The regular Guardian 32 is the base.

They also have the 32 NAA, same idea, a .380 case necked down to a .32 bullet. Using the Guardian 380 as the base. On both guns, they just have a different chamber and bore.

There are only a couple of companies making the ammo, Corbon and Hornady, if I remember right. It can be found without getting it through NAA, but not easy. It's possible to reload it, from what I read on the NAA forum.

It makes no practical sense to me. The case/bullet combination just gives a higher velocity because of more power and less bullet.

In the case of standard size .32 and .380, Buffalo Bore makes plus P ammo that nearly doubles the muzzle energy and adds 25% to the velocity. Almost as hot as the necked down rounds. I think all would be a bear to shoot and too hard on the gun.

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Buffalo Bore .32--Reminds me of a couple of guys I knew right after high school who spent all their money on speed parts for their VW Beetles.
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Not so marvelous, really. I posted a while back about losing my enthusiasm for shooting; it's still not what it was. I just don't enjoy it like I used to. While Nobama was in, and the Great Rimfire Shortage was going, we felt like we were getting away with something. That made it more fun, I guess?
Oh, you're one of those too

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Sounds like great fun to me! Glad you finally got out!
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Buffalo Bore .32--Reminds me of a couple of guys I knew right after high school who spent all their money on speed parts for their VW Beetles.
Oh, oh. My first car was a '65 Beetle. I added 4 Weber carburetors that got it past the 90 on the speedometer. Had a Hurst shifter, too....
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Oh, oh. My first car was a '65 Beetle. I added 4 Weber carburetors that got it past the 90 on the speedometer. Had a Hurst shifter, too....
Had a neighbor that had a Lime Green beetle with a Porsche engine, named it Hitler's Revenge!
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Lived in Florida for the first 50 years of my life and always wanted a Baja VW like this one to romp around the beaches. It never happened.
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Lived in Florida for the first 50 years of my life and always wanted a Baja VW like this one to romp around the beaches. It never happened.
I've known a few people that had one.The outset, oversize rear tires were tough on the transaxle. The dune buggy and sand rail bodies were more fun.

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One of my BIL's made his old VW bug into a log splitter.
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I've known a few people that had one.The outset, oversize rear tires were tough on the transaxle. The dune buggy and sand rail bodies were more fun.

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