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Raccoon Hunting With a Cannon

Posted on May 6, 2016 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

 

 

Known to action moviegoers as the “most powerful handgun in the world” that would take your head right off your shoulders, the Smith and Wesson .44 caliber magnum revolver is indeed a powerful handgun. I’ve only owned one in my career, but when I carried it I felt as though I was the mightiest warrior walking the face of the planet, afraid of neither man nor beast.

The time was the late 1970’s and I was nineteen years old. I was armed with this hand cannon and I had the authority to use it. That my friends is a scary thought, even to me. Now days you must be twenty one, undergo a battery of both mental and physical evaluations and successfully complete an approved police academy of at least 1600 classroom hours. Back when I started you were sworn in, handed a badge and a gun and told to go get the bad guys. Barney Fife was on TV and I had that role model and 80 hours of reserve officer training to work with.

Sometime in the next twelve months I had to complete a basic 240 hour police academy with a passing grade of 70% to get my peace officer license from the great State of Texas. Anyway back to the Model #29. This particular gun came from a very highly respected and wise old Sergeant named Lindsey Carlton of the League City Police department. He was in my opinion a top notch cop and a good friend to me. This was back in the time of the “wonder nine” pistols. These were high capacity auto loading pistols that were becoming very popular in law enforcement circles and I had already bought myself one. It was a 9mm blued version and I think it had a 15 round magazine. As usual I didn’t really think through my purchase and soon found that the back strap of the weapon that has the most contact with your sweaty palm had started to show signs of rust.

Sgt. Carlton was a big fellow and he had an affinity for large bore revolvers, however he also wanted my S & W model #59, so we worked out a trade. For some reason during our phone conversation about the deal he mistakenly believed that my model #59 was the hard chromed version. I am absolutely sure I didn’t lie to the man, because I respected him way too much for that and that wasn’t something that I could have hidden anyway. Well I trekked over to his house, (a palatial mansion for the day on a cops salary I thought), and we went about the dickering process. I un-wrapped the model #59 from the original brown waxed paper that protected it from rust, in the blue and silver trimmed Smith and Wesson box that had accompanied it from the factory of its birth. A normally jovial type person, I was surprised when I saw Lindsey’s face take on a sour look. He said, “I thought you told me that this was a Nickel plated model?” I stammered and stuttered and vehemently denied that I’d said it was nickel plated during our phone conservation, because I honestly think I told him what it was.

We dickered back and forth like an experienced horse trader and a wanna be cowboy there for a while as Lindsey scrutinized the Model #59 and I went over the Model #29. It had a short barrel of about 4″ and was quite heavy. What first caught my attention was the finish on the hand cannon. It wasn’t new by any stretch of the imagination and had been refinished. Now days it would be called a matte chrome finish or Colt fans would call it a Colt Guard finish. The #29 had the standard factory wooden stocks and a white outline rear sight and the blaze ramp style front sight that I’d already decided I liked in my short law enforcement tenure. Well it took a full glass of sweet tea, one blued Smith and Wesson Model #59 still in the original box and 75.00 hard earned extra job dollars (that my new Boss wasn’t aware I had squirreled away), but I had my model #29 and was on my way.

I went home and showed the new prize to the quite pregnant Boss and she wasn’t all that impressed. I don’t really think she had ever seen a “Dirty Harry” movie at that time, so she had no idea of the cool factor I had just achieved. Well when you get a new gun, you have to buy ammo for it so we loaded up in the family car, a 3/4 ton Chevy single cab pick-up truck that I had owned when we married. The Boss was multi-talented and could drive the manual transmission hay hauler with no problems, but as unborn #1 child grew that all changed, but that’s another story. Off to Marburger’s Sporting Goods we went, where I “badged” the clerk and he didn’t check my age. I bought a fifty round box of 240 grain Remington .44 magnum hollow point cannon ammo. Ok, now what’s any self respecting new gun owner with a box of fresh ammo first priority? To go shoot the damn thing and see how it works.

Back then we were newly married and the Boss was game for most anything, so we drove back to one of the most remote areas in Seabrook on Port road. There was nothing out there but pasture, so I wasn’t afraid of damaging anything. We drove out and parked along side of the road and with the Boss waiting in the truck acting as the lookout, I test fired the .44 by shooting into a bar ditch. I warned the Boss to hold her ears because I assumed it would be loud and I wasn’t disappointed. I touched off a round and a blue and yellow flame bellowed out of that weapon for what the Boss assured me was about 18″. Remember I hadn’t had any formal training on handguns at this point, so I didn’t know about sound deadening ear plugs or ear muffs that you’re supposed to wear when you shoot. I was raised in the country, you just went shooting. For the next round I kind of used my shoulder to protect one ear and stuck my left index finger in the other ear and I made the mistake of shooting the mighty Model #29 with one hand.

I was not too long out of high school where my favorite class was recess. During recess all I was required to do was lift weights and get ready for the next football season, so I got away with firing the nard kicking short barrel hand cannon once. I assure you, I never fired it one handed again though. It was for sure a two fisted handgun, especially with magnum loads. Well now that I was armed with what I called “Thor’s Hammer”, I feared no man or critter. Feeling that I had the power of the mighty Greek God “Thor” and the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ at my beck and call, I was good to go. So being the “I gotta have the latest and best kinda of cop” that I am, I set about acquiring all of the latest accruements for my new handgun. Back then we all wore either plain black leather or basketweave designed Sam Browns (gun belt), so this called for a trip to Houston to the F-15 police supply on Washington Avenue.

I bought a high rise lined thumb break plain black leather holster and a loop type ammo holder. (That’s a device that held 12 rounds of ammo on your gun belt and allowed you quick access for reloading.) I was now loaded for bear. I carried this gun for many months until the time came that I had to use it. Don’t panic I didn’t kill anybody; I was forced to shoot a raccoon. By forced, I mean that I had gotten a direct order to shoot this raccoon from the Chief of Police. I was aware of the penetrating power of the .44 magnum round. We were in an urban setting, but a citizen called the Chief and said that he had a problem with raccoons in his attic. So being the night officer I was sent over to shoot this raccoon.

Here’s what happened.

The homeowner and I were standing in the yard on the side of his house in an overgrown field. He pointed up to his attic and said “that’s where they will come out when I use a mop handle to make noise and drive them out”. I explained that I would not shoot towards his house, but if he would scare the raccoons out of the attic I’d take the shot if I got the chance. Well sure enough a big ole boar raccoon came out of the attic and jumped across onto a tree limb out near where I was standing. The homeowner returned and I asked him to hold my flashlight on the raccoon so I could shoot it. Well this wasn’t such a good idea because I realized without the flashlight, I couldn’t see the sights on the big Smith and Wesson. By this time I had watched enough T. J. Hooker episodes on television that I managed to hold the flashlight in my left hand and the revolver in my right, using the opposing force hold to brace my gun. I thumbed cocked the big cannon into the single action mode and took careful aim.

Ka-Boom.

Flames and smoke belched out of the muzzle and I could see that I had hit the big old raccoon in the stomach area because that portion of his body was no longer there. I had heard old men tell me that there was no critter as tough as a old boar raccoon, but I couldn’t believe what I saw next. The ole raccoon simply climbed down out of the tree, sneered at us, calmly walked over and climbed over a six foot chain link fence, then disappeared into the woods. People have asked me why I didn’t shoot again, but remember we were in an urban district and shooting horizontally would almost guarantee hitting someone’s house, so I chose to be careful despite what the Chief had told me. By the way that was the last raccoon call I made there, so apparently the ole boy was mortally wounded.

I kept my pet hand cannon till I moved to a larger department that mandated revolvers no larger than a .357 magnum, but I sure missed “Thor’s Hammer”. It was my first Model 29 and due to my retirement and advanced arthritis, it’s probably my last. Till next time grip it with both hands, aim true, and join the NRA to protect your gun rights. If you like this column you can email me at juniorsboy@santafegoodnews.com because the Boss likes it when I get fan mail.
Juniors Boy

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Posted on July 31, 2014 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

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I am without reservation a 1911 aficionado and I’ll admit it.  My very first handgun was an old chrome plated Colt Government model 1911 that was as shiny as a new car bumper complete with 14 karat gold accents.  It came to me in a plastic bag completely disassembled.  The days of chrome plating and gold accents are long past, but I sure wish I still had it and had not traded it in a quest for the latest and greatest.

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BOND ARMS – Made in Texas by Texans

Posted on April 22, 2014 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

The derringers of Bond Arms are light years ahead in design, construction, power, safety, and reliability from the original derringers of the 19th century. Greg Bond the designer of the Bond Arms derringer wanted a gun design that was robust, user friendly, and would be a quality firearm.

He also wanted his derringers not to be seen as cheap unreliable guns mostly used by criminals, so he designed it to be a quality firearm that has a simple manual of arms and can be opened, reloaded, and closed one handed. He also designed the to hammer spring into a half cock trigger position when the breach is closed so it’s NOT resting against the cartridge primer in order to prevent accidental discharges. The small, but usable sights line up with the bottom barrel enabling you to make accurately aimed shots.

All models of Bond Arms have interchangeable barrels, so you can purchase barrels of different calibers and lengths, and then all it takes is an Allen wrench to change out the barrel assembly to a different caliber. Barrel lengths are 2 ½”, 3″, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼”. As of the writing of this article Bond Arms has eleven different models of the basic pistol. (See the rest of the story on page 23 in the magazine by clicking here – it’s FREE & full of photos.) www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/TexasIssue.pdf

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Rimfire Ruger 22/45 Lite

Posted on October 25, 2013 by in Man Cave, Sittin' At The Gun Shop

I was down at the gun shop the other day when I spied a new addition in the display counter. It was the new Ruger 22/45 Lite and I was immediately drawn to it. I’d guess the styling of the pistol is what first attracted my attention, and when I hefted it I could see why they named it the 22/45 Lite. I know last month I reviewed the Ruger 10-22 International rifle, so I guess I’m stuck on the ubiquitous .22 rim fire cartridge for some reason.

It’s certainly NOT because the ammo is as cheap or plentiful as it used to be, I just grew up with a .22 rim fire and I’ve always liked them. I am also a big fan on the 1911 and this Ruger is so similar in feel and has almost the same ergonomics as a 1911. I am drawn to it as a training/practice gun.

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New Double Tap Defense Dynamo

Posted on August 26, 2013 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

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A lone horseman rides through a beautiful Colorado valley and approaches the outskirts of a 19th century town.  Suddenly a scurrilous looking bandit pops up from behind a junk pile with a rifle and announces to the aging horseman that this a robbery.  He tells the horseman to drop his gun, a visibly holstered Great Western revolver in .45 Colt.

The horseman complies, and then the bandit tells the horseman to throw over his wallet.  The horseman slowly goes into his coat pocket and throws his wallet towards the bandit, and when the armed bandit bends down to retrieve the loot, the horseman produces a Remington .41 rim fire derringer and shoots the bandit in the abdomen.

Yes, folks this is the opening sequence to “The Shootist”, the last movie John “The Duke” Wayne made and it shows the value of a derringer to a well-armed citizen.  It’s not a primary arm, but as a last ditch survival weapon that can save your life, it works well.

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Her Duty Gun

Posted on February 13, 2013 by in Man Cave, Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Her Duty Gun

Smith and Wesson 6906

 I was off and the kids were at grandma’s for a few days and I finally had a day to myself because the Boss was at work.  She had firearms qualifications that day and  I knew about it because she had me detail strip her Colt Commander and clean it till it looked like new.  The range officer for her department was a hard-ass who did pistol inspections like a like a Nazi SS officer.  He had gotten on to her the previous year for having a miniscule amount of burnt gunpowder under the forcing cone of her Smith & Wesson model 686 revolver.  She brought it home to me to clean and explained that she needed her gun to be re-cleaned because the range officer wouldn’t let her shoot her qualification course till her revolver passed his inspection. So this day she called me in a frantic tone and said that her gun wasn’t working right, and she couldn’t qualify with it.  I asked her what was wrong with it and she couldn’t tell me exactly, just that she couldn’t qualify with it.  I told her that I would be right there.

 

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Bobbed hammer, ambidextrous safeties.

I went to the range that her department was using and started looking at her gun.  She set me up a target and I fired a magazine through it at the seven (7) yard line and fired a small group.  Then she tells me that the problem was really at farther distances.  I had her move the target back to the 25 yard line and that’s when I had to actually look through the sights and found the problem.  The front sight was bent quite a bit to the left.  It was just enough that it changed the point of aim, but not enough to be easily noticeable by just looking at it.  She explained that she had dropped it several months ago on a set of concrete steps, but she didn’t think anything about it. Now that I told you about this so I can explain how the purchase of the Smith and Wesson 6906 happened.

She said she wanted a new pistol that was lighter and fired a 9mm bullet.  We went to Shooters Corner in Texas City and there happened to be a stainless steel 9mm in the display case.  She picked it up and commented on how light it was.  The 6906 has an alloy frame and a stainless steel slide.  It has a double action/single action trigger, meaning that the first round is fired like a double action revolver and the follow up shots are fired like her Colt Commander.  A deal was struck and the damaged Colt was traded for the new Smith and Wesson 6906. Now the Boss was happy, but that meant that we had to buy her a new duty holster to fit the new pistol and we decided on a Safariland SS-III high security holster.  She was always worried that in a tussle a suspect might gain access to her weapon.  We bought this holster and a new double magazine holder.  I changed everything out and off to the gun range we went so she could shoot it.  The new holster has three locks on it and she had to practice with it for several days before she could draw her pistol in a period of time that I didn’t have to measure with a sun dial.  I think she made about three hundred practice draws before the new holster got broke in and she could get her pistol out fast enough that I felt comfortable enough for her to go out on the streets with it on her hip.

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Rounded, white dot, fixed rear sight.

 

The Boss really liked the 6906 because it was light and the 9mm recoil was nothing compared to the .45 she had been shooting.  She commented that we should have started off with this pistol instead of the Colt Commander.  Anyway she was a great shot with the pistol and found it easy to transition from the first double action trigger pull to the single action follow up shots. With a fully loaded magazine she had twelve rounds plus one up the spout giving her thirteen 9mm +P rounds from the holster and two magazines loaded with twelve rounds each for a total ammo count 37 rounds.  She went off to shoot her annual qualification course and she shot in the high nineties on a hundred point scoring system. The Boss carried the Smith and Wesson 6906 for the rest of her law enforcement career without any problems.  When she transferred to the warrant division of another agency and wore plain clothes, the small light weight 6906 worked well for her there too.

 

After she decided to leave law enforcement the 6906 came to me and I had a use for it.  Because it was lightweight and stainless steel, I carried it for a backup gun when I was in uniform.  My bullet resistant (NOT Bullet proof) vest had a pocket in the front, and the 6906 fit perfectly in this pocket.  Mind you we were not allowed to carry back up guns at that time, so I had to hide it from my supervisors.  The flat profile never poked through the pocket, and my supervisors never knew about it till …… I was attacked by a suspect that ran up behind me while I was out on a disturbance call, and walloped me on the head with a four foot long barstool leg.  He was at a dead run when he did this, so all I could describe was a very fast youthful black male which is not much of a description.  My fellow officers had him identified and arrested by the next day, and he plea bargained for 27 years in prison.

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Flat sighting plane, and fixed white dot front sight.

 

After I was hit on the head, naturally I was bleeding like a stuck pig (No Pun Intended), I left the disturbance and drove myself to the emergency room.  My Captain came to check on me just about the time I was taking my uniform shirt and vest off.  This is when it I got caught.  The Captain moved my vest and the 6906 fell out of its pocket and clattered onto a steel cabinet top.  The Captain got angry and told me that I should have warned him that there was a gun in the vest.  The pistol was on safety and nothing happened, he was just scared because he didn’t expect to find a gun unsecured.  Anyway nothing else was said about it and I was happy because I could have been written up for a rules and regulation violation and gotten a suspension.  It ended well I guess, except that walloping I got manifested itself into a disabling injury that caused me to retire early from the profession that I so dearly enjoyed doing.

 

The S&W Model 6906 is a semi-automatic pistol, chambered for the 9mm cartridge. It is a model in Smith and Wesson’s well-regarded 59-series, envisioned as pistols that could be easily concealed, but possessed sufficient firepower to serve as service weapons as well. It has a traditional double-action weapon with a 3.5-inch barrel, equipped with a slide-mounted safety/decocker. The magazine capacity is 12 rounds, however it is also able to accept the 59 series magazines holding 15 rounds. It has a stippled, squared off trigger guard and a smooth combat trigger.  The fixed rear sight has a white outline and rounded edges and it is quite easy to pick up the white dot front sight.  The one piece grip is removable by punching out one pin that runs through the frame.  The 6906 was introduced when Smith and Wesson introduced its “third-generation” series of semiautomatics.  It has an alloy frame with a stainless steel finish.  The slide is stainless steel. It was the same pistol as the Model 6946, which was similar to the 6906 but operated in double action only mode. Although the 69-series of pistol is no longer produced, the polymer-framed Smith & Wesson M&P compact possesses similar dimensions, and the same barrel length and magazine capacity (in 9mm).

 

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Smooth combat trigger and stippled front trigger guard

In its retirement from active duty this Smith and Wesson 6906 9mm that served the Boss and I so well has been delegated to be her nightstand gun to deal with things that go bump in the night.  Each year she fires all of the loaded magazine rounds and they are replenished with fresh ammo.  Technically I guess it’s still on duty doing what it’s supposed to do.  Thanks Smith and Wesson for making a quality pistol that has protected the Boss and I for so many years. I hope you enjoyed this article and always remember to practice your shooting skills often, get a legal carry permit and above all – always be legal in thought and deed.  Till next time be safe out there and remember to support the NRA to protect your gun rights.

 

Juniors Boy

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Sitting at the Gunshop

Posted on January 15, 2013 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Sitting at the Gunshop

Colt Cowboy Revolver

A Legendary Revolver Modernized for the 21st Century

I was looking into the dark recesses of my gun safe the other day and I came across a Colt Cowboy revolver. I hadn’t thought about this gun in several years, and only remember that I have it when I do my semi-annual inventory. I recall buying this Colt Cowboy single action revolver late in 1999, the year after they were first introduced. I had already seen them in the gun magazines several months before and there it was in the display case at Shooters Corner. I just had to have it, and its reasonable price tag of ($589.00) helped me make my decision.

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Colt’s Cowboy Revolver, a modern Single Action Revolver.

Being a child of the fifties, I saw all of the black and white western serial shows and movies that came on the TV set during those days. The Lone Ranger, carried a nickel plated Colt Single Action revolver and loaded it with real silver bullets. When I bought this Colt Cowboy, I envisioned buying cowboy leather gear and joining the Single Action Shooting Society, (SASS) but alas I never seemed to find the time to do it. I already owned one true Colt Single Action Army and one Colt New Frontier single action, but I never fired either one of them because they were so expensive, I thought that shooting them might depreciate their value. I reckoned that I could fire this less expensive Cowboy as much as I wanted without causing much harm.

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A simple groove in the top of the frame serves as a rudimentary sight.

The Colt single action revolver was first introduced in 1873 for the U. S. Army. It has become the most instantly recognized and familiar revolver to the American public. Almost all little boys of my age had a silver plated cap gun that looked like the timeless Colt SAA. My new grandson will have one too as soon as I can find one. In this 21st century of political correctness they are not as prevalent as they were in my day. The design of the Colt Cowboy lends into self to close range instinctive shooting. With the 5 ½ inch barrel its balance in my hand is exceptionable and the barrel is just heavy enough to prevent excessive muzzle flip. With its 2.4 pound empty weight, it’s not a hideout gun. It’s meant to be carried in a holster on the belt by a man on horseback. The old cowboys set about twirling their peacemakers on their trigger finger to demonstrate their skills to the saloon girls, but this is NOT a safe endeavor with a loaded weapon.

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Barrel markings for the Colt Cowboy.

In my research for this article I watched a plethora of old black and white movies depicting life in the old west. (My job is so tough sometimes.) Both the hero and the villain utilized the Colt Single Action revolver in their deeds, good and bad. In one movie an older pistolero had become a saloon keeper. He had a sign above the front door of his saloon that read NO GUNS ALLOWED. Only he and his young employee who was sweet on his daughter were allowed to wear guns. Naturally this was fine with the law abiding town folk who turned their pistols in at the door and felt safer for doing it. Then along came three obvious outlaws who ignored the sign, (they probably couldn’t read anyway) and walked into the saloon wearing their Colt single action handguns. The old pistolero challenged them and demanded they surrender their guns before entering his saloon and a shootout occurred. The old pistolero managed to get off one shot before a barrage of outlaw lead cut him down. Only law abiding citizens are unarmed by gun laws, criminals will always find a gun somewhere when they need one.

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Faux case hardened adorns the frame on the Colt Cowboy Revolver.

My Colt Cowboy single action revolver has a blue-black finish on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and grip. The frame looks like its case hardened, but alas it’s just a very stylish applied finish that looks a lot like the real thing. The rear sight is just a grooved channel atop the back strap just like the original Colt Peacemaker SAA. The front sight is a simple blade sight and it not readily adjustable. (You have to file down the front sight to change the point of aim.) The trigger pull on this revolver is quite heavy. I’d estimate six to seven pounds of pressure is required to fire the weapon. (Probably some lawyer recommended this heavy trigger pull.) A good gunsmith that is familiar with the Colt SAA could bring this trigger pull down to an acceptable three or four pounds which would also aid in accuracy. I still say that this gun was designed for snap shooting at close ranges, so a light trigger pull might not be that useful after all.

The Colt Cowboy revolver has a modern transfer bar ignition system which allegedly allows you to carry it fully loaded, (six rounds) without fear of discharge if you drop it and the hammer is struck, however I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HABIT. I believe in the tried and true method of loading five rounds in the cylinder with the hammer resting on an empty chamber. Call me old fashioned, but this method has been working for 125 years and I see no reason to change it. If you know you’re walking into a gunfight at high noon, then maybe you would load all six rounds, otherwise LOAD WITH FIVE AND STAY ALIVE.

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Barrel finish is NOT a high polished item, but serves its purpose.

The old west had its share of pistoleros both good and evil, but the fastest I’ve ever seen in real life with a single action revolver is a gentleman named Bob Munden. His draw was so fast that the TV people had to show it in slow motion so it could be seen. His accuracy was so good that he could throw a simple aspirin into the air and draw and shoot the aspirin into tiny pieces before it hit the ground. Bob died recently this year at age seventy and he was still performing. He passed away on the way home from a performance while driving his car with his wife. Gods speed Bob Munden, a true pistolero and a fine gentleman.

Well I’ve just surpassed my allotted word count for this article, but as I close I want to remind you that a gun is just a tool that can be used for good or evil. It’s the hand of the man wielding said tool that decides how it’s used.  Remember to support the NRA to protect your gun rights. They are in the fight of their lives right now and need all of the support you can give them. Always shoot legally, proper practice prevents poor performance when it counts, and be safe out there.

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Common Sense Gun Control

Posted on January 15, 2013 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Common Sense Gun Control

 Common Sense Gun Control

Gun control is the ability to hit your target repeatedly in any circumstances. And rather than print the common Republican rant, we decided to come at this from hopefully a different perspective. History has proven many times that an unarmed populace can be turned into slaves of a tyrannical dictatorship and controlled or eliminated at will and we think that it can’t happen here for some reason.

Recent spree killings have prompted yet another round of politicians spouting off some more “feel good” gun control laws, meanwhile “we the people” who are not protected by armed security details are left out in the REAL WORLD trying to defend ourselves. I firmly believe that allowing lawful citizens to carry and protect themselves with a firearm reduces violent crime, and the FBI crime statics support this notion. 

I used to arrest people for unlawfully carrying a weapon which was a misdemeanor at the time, until the concealed carry law went into effect in my state.  When it happened I said to myself, “well at least the good guys will be able to defend themselves now.”  I never felt endangered when a licensed firearm carrier identified themselves to me on a traffic stop because I figured if they went to all the trouble to carry legally, I felt they wouldn’t be unlikely to harm a law enforcement officer.

We print GOOD NEWS, but we are not oblivious to the fact that evil exists in the world. People have been going to battle since God created the world. Thousands and perhaps even millions of times each year legal gun owners stop violent crime when confronted with it long before any police assistance arrives on the scene. (Untold numbers of crimes go unreported each year.)

What’s insane is people who think removing rights from responsible people will somehow keep them safe. Politicians can’t affect the behavior of criminals, they only think they have that kind of power.

I am no longer a full time police officer, but I maintain my reserve status and keep up my training to do so.  If you see me I will in all likelihood be armed and if someone needs my help, they will receive it. I feel that it’s my duty as a man and as a United States citizen. And I encourage all other law abiding honest citizens to legally carry a firearm and to do what you can to stop criminals.

Prison does not scare or stop criminals and it has no affect at all to stop the mentally ill. The only way to help stop the murder of our children and our neighbors is to maintain the right to own a gun to protect ourselves and each other. Some common sense might do wonders in this continuing battle to reduce gun violence.  Remember you can make a difference. Write to your elected officials and demand that they vote NO on any type of proposed law that limits your rights to protect yourself and your neighbor.

Juniors Boy

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That said, let’s look at some other facts.

• 1. Criminals will always find a way to get a gun if they want one. They DO NOT obey gun laws.

• 2. Legitimate gun ownership is a right guaranteed to United States citizens by the founding fathers in the 2nd amendment of the Constitution and was recently upheld by the SUPREME COURT of the United States of America.

• 3. Guns are inanimate objects. They have no heart or soul or free will. You can load them up and set them beside you on your desk and unless someone pulls the trigger, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. The man behind the gun determines how it’s used.

• 4. A demented person bent on killing helpless victims can kill with anything, a machete, a garden tool, or a simple match. Killers will find a way to kill. Cain killed Able with something, but it wasn’t a gun.

• 5. The protection of one’s life and/or property is the legal right and responsibility of every person in this country.

• 6. An armed society is composed of citizens of a country, an unarmed society become slaves to the leaders of that country.

Creating another gun law is like creating another drug law.

The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result.

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Glock Model #26 … 9mm

Posted on November 19, 2012 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Glock Model #26 … 9mm

Glock Model #26 … 9mm  A concealed carry champion, law enforcement model.

Greetings fellow gun aficionados, I normally do NOT trade in my guns or sell them for that matter, but for some time I’ve had two Glock Model 19’s pistols in my little armory. One wears aftermarket ghost ring night sights and the other one is stone stock. I use the one with the ghost ring sights as a duty weapon, and it stays close to the bed in case someone or something goes bump in the night. The other one is not used for anything, so I decided to trade it off for a Glock 26, which is simply a smaller Glock 9mm.

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White outline Fixed Rear Sight, and “Clip Draw” holster.

What led me to this choice is that several years ago, I had a baby Glock 27 in .40 caliber that I carried as an off duty gun for several years, and I really liked it. I qualified with it numerous times at my department, and it was lightweight and easy to shoot. One caveat to that statement is that it’s easy to shoot, if you’re in your prime and are used to shooting handguns all of the time. Now that I’ve gotten significantly older, I carry nothing but 9mm handguns for serious business, and occasionally I carry a S & W .380 Body Guard where proper etiquette in a social settings and hot Texas weather dictate you carry a small well concealed firearm. I gave this Glock Model #27 .40 caliber to my baby daughter when she graduated from the police academy to compliment her issue service weapon, a .40 caliber Glock #22.

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Glock Nitrite Treatment on Barrel, and Slide, Fixed White Dot Front Sight

The LE Glock 26, Gen III pistol came with two ten round magazines. I noticed that inside of the magazine there is a steel lining. This is new to me because all my other Glocks are Gen I models and their magazines had no steel liners in the magazines. There was also a magazine loader included in this package. This loader makes loading the tenth round a little easier, but I could load the first nine rounds with only my thumb and fingers. After loading ten rounds, I pointed the muzzle in a safe direction, racked the slide and loaded up a round. I then removed the magazine and reloaded it to capacity with the magazine loader tool. Because of the previous Glock Model #27 that I owned, I already had a Miami Classic shoulder holster from Galco www.usgalco.com which I used to wear exclusively when I was in the Criminal Investigations Division, along with the mandated suit and tie. I also had a Galco leather ankle holster, which I gave to my daughter.

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Polymer Frame reduces Weight, Finger Grooves and Stipled Grip aid Control.

I like to carry my off duty pistol on my left hip, gun butt forward in what they call the “Calvary Style”. I went to my computer and looked up the website for the holster system called Clip draw, www.clipdraw.com. This unique metal clip allows you to tuck your pistol into your waist band, and have it remain where your place it. I had one of these on my previous Glock #27 and it worked fine.

I can leave my shirt tail out of my blue jean shorts, and operate normally with the secure feeling my gun is not going to run down my pants leg and clatter across the floor. I’ve been using the clip draw for a very long time and I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a good way to carry a concealed weapon.

“It must be said that it’s not a fast draw holster, and if you’re not highly trained to keep your finger off the trigger, carry your Glock pistol with an EMPTY CHAMBER.”

 

Remember safety first.

 

The Glock pistol has what they call a “Safe Action System”. The GLOCK “Safe Action” System is made up of 3 independent, automatic safeties designed to ensure the pistol cannot fire unintentionally due to inertia or any impact. The trigger must be moved completely to the rear to deactivate these safeties. Once released, all 3 safety features reengage and the pistol is automatically secured again. This having been explained, what it all comes down to is having the mental capacity to always,

 

“KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER TILL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE SAFELY”.

I recall that when Glock first hit the firearms market place that I wrongly believed they were made out of cheap plastic and probably wouldn’t hold up under rough use. The GLOCK, non-fiberglass, reinforced polymer frame helped revolutionize the handgun industry by delivering a new standard in high-impact resistance, durability, and extended life—all while reducing weight by a full 90%. Stronger than most metals, polymer is temperature neutral, requires less maintenance, and most users report substantially less felt recoil than with metal frames.

“The only thing guns have to fear is rust and politicians”.

This quote hangs over the gun rack at Shooters Corner, and it’s absolutely true. I have owned several different models of Glock pistols over the years, and I’ve never had any troubles with rust or malfunction with any of them. The polymer frame cannot rust, and the steel slide and all parts are coated with the Glock Nitrite Treatment. All GLOCK metal parts are treated with a Nitration finishing process that optimizes the molecular structure of those surfaces. This progressive technology delivers a high degree of surface hardness, maximum durability, and exceptional corrosion resistance that provides many years of trouble-free service under the harshest environmental conditions.

I did hear a story from a deputy sheriff from a neighboring county that said that his Glock pistol jammed on him during a gunfight with some home burglars. I talked to him for a while and I finally got him to admit that he was limp wristing his Glock #21 .45 ACP, and that caused a failure to feed jam.

NOTE: Most semi-auto pistols will eventually jam if there is NOT a strong hold on the grip to allow the slide to go all the way back and strip a new cartridge from the magazine.

In my 33 years as a Texas Peace Officer, I have never heard of another malfunction under fire of the Glock family of pistols.

Most successful semi-auto or full-auto pistols have great magazines. Cheap mass produced, poorly designed or unmaintained magazines have plagued pistol shooters for generations. Often overlooked, the magazine is one of the most critical components of a pistol. The GLOCK precision-made, stagger-column, high-capacity device is designed to reliably feed all ammunition types. Lightweight and strong, with a polymer shell enclosing a metal liner, this easy to disassemble magazine insert is engineered to be a strong and secure unit for outstanding performance.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review of my new Glock. I like it and carry it most of the time. Till next time, shoot safely, practice often, and always act in a legal manner. Also don’t forget to join the NRA

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Juniors Boy

p.s. Since this article was written I’ve added two Pearce Grip extensions Model PG-39 that holds two more rounds of 9mm ammo, and give me a place to rest my little finger when I grip the gun.  Ten (10) plus (2) plus (1) in the chamber makes for (13) rounds of 9mm power in a small package.

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Taurus Judge

Posted on October 16, 2012 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Taurus Judge

A Fist Full of Power

“Courts in session and here comes da Judge”.  Words to an old rock and roll song by Pigmeat Markham, released in 1968, but for our purpose we’re talking about the Taurus Judge revolver.  It’s a .45 Colt cartridge / .410 gauge five shot, double action or single action revolver first released to the public in 2006.  “The Judge” name comes from the executive vice president of Taurus International, Bob Morrison.  This name was chosen when Mr.  Morrison learned that criminal court judges in the crime ridden area of Miami Florida were buying revolvers for self-protection.  It was advertised for use in home protection and carjackings that were popular activities of Miami’s criminal element.  Judges also used it for self-protection in their courtrooms.  Taurus International reported that “The Judge” is their top selling firearm.

The Judge is a derivative of the Taurus Tracker model revolver, and it comes in 3, 4, and 6.5 inch barrel lengths and in 2.5 and 3 inch cylinder lengths.  It comes in a stainless steel version (29 ounces) as well as in a blue finish.  There are several “Judge” models including an ultra-lite series (22 ounces) and all the way up to a (3″ cylinder) magnum “Judge”.  Crimson Trace laser grips are available for the standard models of this revolver.  These two models in the photograph are outfitted with the Taurus patented “Ribber” grip made from rubber.  I’ve shot many firearms, but never any with of these type stocks (grips).  They are a soft rubber compound that kind of molds to your hand like a memory foam mattress molds to your body when you lay down on it. Taurus Judge

I was at Shooters Corner in Texas City when I noticed these two in the display case.  I know that the “Judge” has been in showrooms for years and when they first came out they sold like hotcakes at a Sunday social.  People bought them to put in the nightstand to protect themselves against two and four legged varmints that go bump in the night. I know of one police officer who lives in rural Texas that has a rattle snake infestation around his place. He told me that the last snake he killed was shot with his .40 caliber duty weapon, but he thinks a Taurus “Judge” loaded with snake shot would make a great snake killer for those fast snap shots needed to kill a slithering snake.    It’s relatively heavy for a self-defense firearm, and rightfully so based on the caliber/gauge it’s designed to fire.  Most judges will probably never be fired at but the feeling of power and protection these guns give their owners cannot be measured in dollars.45 LC ammo                                                     Winchester .45 Colt Ammo

The .45 Colt round is what I call a “thumper”.  It’s a bullet designed to end an aggressive conflict with one well-placed shot, thus “thumping” the aggressor.  Think about it. Most of the old west gunfighters carried .45 Colt, single action army (SAA) revolvers because it fired a large powerful bullet and if you hit your opponent in the vitals, the fight was over.  The .45 Colt round was powerful enough to bring down an uncontrollable cayuse (wild horse) about to jump over a cliff with you aboard for the ride, or an angry mamma cow trying to gore you for roping and branding her new calf.  Most cowboys were not gunfighters, they considered their sidearm a safety item.  After all, the most common reason for the death of a cowboy in the 19th century was being thrown from a horse..410 Winchester Ammo

                                               Winchester .410 defensive ammo

I handled both of these “Judges” and their fit and finish looked very good for a production revolver just under the $500.00 price range.  The double action trigger pull was about eight pounds, but smooth enough to allow a clean sight picture while aiming.  The front sight is fiber optic type, bright orange colored and can be readily picked up in daylight through the fixed rear sight to allow for accurate shooting at a distance.

Taurus Fiber Optic Front Sight

                                          Taurus Judge Fiber Optic Front Sight

 I would imagine that this revolver would be useful for the snap shooting style needed to dispatch varmints and dangerous snakes. There is no provision for attaching a white light to this revolver, but a small flashlight in a proper hold would help identify your intended target at night before you unleashed a hailstorm of lead in their direction.Judge Ribber Grips                                                    Taurus patented “Ribber” grip

Well that about all of the space I have for this review.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you are looking for a snake charmer, or varmint eradicator in a small package you might consider buying a Taurus “Judge”.  It’s a handheld power house for a reasonable price, in my opinion.

Till next time shoot often, shoot safely, and above all make sure you shoot legally.  Also be sure to join and support the NRA to protect your gun rights.

Juniors Boy

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