Discussion in 'Guns/Reloading' started by Native Hunter, Dec 10, 2018.
Nobody is sorry they bought high quality. You get what you pay for.
So true, so very true.
That is the exact pistol I bought my wife for her birthday! She loves it! Excellent choice.
My wife has asked for this for Christmas. Having a hard time swallowing the price tag but your endorsement helps!
I’m hoping if I get her a gun she likes it will motivate her to practice more!
The size of this one makes it nice for a woman to carry in her purse. The only negative is that they need to either practice pulling back the hammer (it's a little stiff) or get an understanding of carrying it "Cocked and Locked" as many have accepted carrying a 1911 style (single action semiauto) handgun. That would be with the hammer already cocked but with the safety on. I'm not personally afraid to do that, but some people might be.
A possible better choice for a woman is the double action style (such as a Beretta Cheetah or Walther PPK). These guns have a long trigger pull on the first shot (feels like firing a revolver) but then are like a single action semiauto (1911 style) on the remaining shots. They are very safe to carry even without the safety engaged (similar to a revolver). The negative is a higher price tag and as a general rule a larger size - unless you went with a Beretta 21A or Tomcat, which are double action but retain a small size. But both of these, however, are smaller calibers than a 380 auto, so you lose some knockdown power. Unless there is one I'm not aware of, the Walther is probably the smallest double action 380 out there. But, there may be others - I'm really not that much into handguns.
What I wouldn't want is a Glock style action (ready to fire and no traditional style safety) stuck down in a woman's purse or stuck anywhere except the holster of a safe and well trained individual who understands it and is capable of using it safely.
Edit: Forgot to mention the little Airweight Smith 38+P revolvers (Like the stainless 637-2). These things are small and sweet and shoot so accurate you could head shoot a rabbit at a reasonable range. You can buy them with the Crimson Trace Laser Grips already factory installed. They are super little guns - absolutely love mine.
Nice pistol Native. Been looking at them, and with your target, seems to be my new gift for myself. I do have some autos but more a revolver type for a few reasons. I do have the Smith you mentioned and a nice carry but sure don't want to do a lot of target shooting with it at least without a glove as would be expected. The Walthers is a very nice purse carry pistol having bought that as a present before.
Having grandpups around has changed my pistol carry thinking. Those little monkees can figure out anything before you blink your eyes now matter how safe you think you have things so most my stuff is under lock and key and I no longer have one under the car seat.. A revolver is slightly safer in my mind as it is not quite as ready to fire in the wrong hands. Along those lines, each time the kids come up they want me get in the safe and show and let them handle the guns. They are taught proper handling techniques but what amazes me is their knowledge of various armiture that they learn from video games they play. Neat and scary at the same time. Their favorite weapon is the bayonet for some reason even after I explained how it is meant to be shoved into the gut of an unwilling.
Of course here in the mountains I just have my 44 mag stuck down my belt when going into wally world. Rough crowd at Christmas.
Walk softly and carry a big hog in the mountain version of Wally World. I can see you now riding in on your bike with the 44 hog stuck under the belt....
Nice. I bought a Ruger LCP as my carry gun years ago. Had a cop buddy recommend it because he said with my skinny frame anything much bigger would be a pain to conceal. I definitely don't have any targets like yours above with my 380! Thing is nice to carry but obnoxious as hell to shoot! Better than a sharp stick if one needed to get in a gun fight.
I didn't tell the whole story about the 380 testing. My son has a Beretta Cheetah (quite a bit bigger than the Kimber) and I have another 380 - a Colt Mustang. I ran several different shells through those 3 guns just to see what each one liked and test them against each other.
Overall (with lot of different shells) the Cheetah will outshoot the other two. But, that is to be expected because it is a larger gun (and more expensive). However, the Kimber did excel with those Remington shells I show above. Along with that group I shot another 4 shot group with that ammo. Three of the four were touching, and the other hit was not far out of the group. The Kimber with that one shell was actually better than the Beretta, but that Beretta shot everything else just a tad better (although not a lot better) than the Kimber.
The Colt was just so so. It seemed to throw one a tad wild from the group occasionally, but overall it would be just fine for the intended purpose of self defense at close range.
I did this testing for the fun, and to find out which ones would be okay to rabbit hunt with.... Overall, all three guns did just fine. I ran a lot of rounds through them and never had a hang up from any of them. The Beretta is definitely a good bunny gun, and the Kimber is too with the right ammo. The Colt will take some bunnies, but you will occasionally miss a rabbit head with it, because its groups are a little more open.
Bought a kimber custom carry II .45 with Crimpson Trace laser grips. Nice guns. Id suggest the all steel body 5" models for frequent target shooting and 3 or 4" aluminum body models for conceal and carry.
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Recommend y'all get one!
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I have this gun with the laser and like it pretty well. Nice conceal gun anyway
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