Everyone knows I’m a Ruger Fanboy so I thought I would share a freebie promotion. If you buy a Ruger LCP or Ruger SR22 before the end of November 2014, Ruger will give you a box of ammunition and a free magazine. I’ve written several times about the LCP in several posts and today’s topic reminds me I need to write about the SR22. You cannot go wrong with either provided you understand where they excel. Anyway, if you are in the market for a pocket pistol or a nice plinking pistol don’t let this promotion slip through your fingers.
My first reaction to the latest from Taurus was, wow, that’s ugly. Then I started to peel the onion and the firearm started to look more attractive. To start with it has an integral flashlight and laser and all the surfaces are curved to stop the pistol from snagging clothing. It also is, well, curved. The firearm twists convex, but IMO that is a slight bit of a flaw only favoring right-handed people. The idea is the firearm has an integral clip so it can be fastened inside the waistband, but for a left-handed person it would need to be concave or essentially a mirror image of the current offering. The magazine is not curved and holds six cartridges so with one in the chamber you have seven ready to go. Another oddity is the firearm has no sights, only a cross at the back. I see this very similar to a Ruger LCP, it is a get off of me pistol you use in close quarters to get someone to leave you alone and stop the threat.
With an MSRP of $392.42 I’d expect this puppy to hit the streets in the $350 or less range. I’m sure many will poo poo the firearm because it is Taurus, but let’s shoot straight for a minute. Taurus has had some quality issues over time, but they have always ironed them out in the end and stood by their warranty. Now I am hopeful this one is good out of the box unlike what Remington did with their R51, and I do believe most of the industry learned from Remington’s mistake in releasing a firearm before it was ready to be introduced.
FWIW, I still think this thing is kinda ugly, but it looks like it has a great personality and beauty is only skin deep so count me in the group who is keeping an eye on the Taurus Curve.
When they first came out I snagged a Verscarry and later I won one on their Facebook page. At first I was enamored by the lack of weight and bulk, but when I put my Ruger SR9C on it the immediate thing I noticed were the slide serrations catch on clothing. It is not a fault of the Versacarry directly, but in a way it is. A smooth slide would not catch, but a serrated slide might and you would not have those concerns in a normal leather or kydex holster. The other thing which I find potentially dangerous is the lack of a trigger cover on the old models and a one side trigger cover on the new ones. I really believe anything you can do to keep fingers and clothing outside the trigger guard is a positive. That may make you believe I don’t think the Versacarry is a worthwhile product. I never said anything close to that. I think with the right firearm it might be just the ticket. Using the Ruger LCP as our discussion point the LCP has such a strong trigger pull it is almost impossible to pull it without actually wanting to pull the trigger. The slide is rather smooth and so I believe it would be a good candidate for a Versacarry. Another good one would be a Radom P64. The P64 has a smooth slide and the trigger pull double action is a monster even with the springs replaced. It would work very well with a Versacarry. Another reason to have one would be to have less bulk from a standard holster. It is kinda nice to clip it to the pocket on some cargo shorts. So like all holsters this one certainly has a place, you simply have to decide if it is right for you.
If you’ve paid attention to the blog you know I am a Ruger Fanboy. You may have missed the snippet on my least favorite Ruger offering, the LC9. In truth what I don’t like about the LC9 is the position of the safety. It just doesn’t work for me to take drop it into the fire position with my thumb without repositioning the firearm in my hand. I’ve seen others who say it is perfect for them, but for me it just doesn’t cut it. If I had bought it outright instead of using my NRA Instructor credentials I’d sell it and say good riddance.
News this week broke about the Ruger LC9s. At first I didn’t see the difference, but upon closer inspection the pistol is striker fired instead of hammer fired. It’s still a single stack 9mm and uses the same magazines as the standard LC9, but has the same slide safety as well as a trigger safety. I suspect that safety on the slide would be something I would continue to despise, but you never know. If the safety was a little easier to drop off and into the fire position it might just make this on a winner especially considering the MSRP is the same as the standard LC9. The trigger pull on the standard LC9 was enough to make you pause to be sure you really wanted to pull that trigger. Not as tough as the LCP, but much less than the SR9C. I suspect the LC9s will be similar to the SR9C and many people, myself included, like that trigger. The thing I do like about the LC9 is the firearm is thing because it is single stack. It does have a bit of weight at 17.2 ounces so it doesn’t seem as light in the pocket as the LCP which is 9.4 ounces, but with an IWB holster it is a cinch to conceal. Ruger typically doesn’t release firearms before their time, so I expect this one is fully tested and ready to roll and will not become another Remington R51. Once I see it in the store the first thing I want to do is drop that safety and see if it is same old same old or something new. If it’s the same then it will be a pistol that just won’t work for me, however you might find it to be your cup of tea.
Just a few issues back Guns & Ammo featured the Heizer Double Tap. Essentially it is a palm sized pistol to use as a last resort. It has two barrels in an over-and-under combination and both fire at the same time. I guess I would think of it as a single (double) shot since to reload you would have to put in more rounds by hand. In case you may not be familiar with the pistol, here is a photo.
I think it is an odd and somehow neat looking pistol, but the price of admission was in the $400+ ballpark and I’d rather have a Ruger LCP which is similar in size and allows multiple shots. The LCP is brutal to shoot for more than a few rounds and I suspect this palm-sized .45ACP was no fun at all.
Now you may be asking why am I writing about a firearm I have never even seen in person? Great question, yesterday the inventor of the Double Tap sent out a letter to customers that production had been suspended and the relationship with Heizer has been severed.
I first saw the Double Tap on the show Person Of Interest when the character Root was kidnapping Finch to try to gain access to The Machine.
I thought it was interesting, and then the Guns & Ammo article published. I’m not sure the Double Tap has a place other than a backup pistol, but it might be a great choice for that type of service. At 12 to 14 ounces it is light enough to conceal easily and not be a burden. It will be interesting to see what happens with this design. Maybe someone can take it and make the action fire the top barrel and then on a second trigger pull the lower barrel like many Over-and-Under shotguns. then we’d have two shots, of course calling it a double tap wouldn’t quite work anymore. 😉
So yesterday I had to go to a semi-remote location to spray some weeds and figured I’d take along a pistol. It was a hot day so I was thinking about IWB, but figured I would also be sweating and did not really want to sweat up my holster or the gun. I took the IWB holster and put it with my Ruger SR9C into my lower right side pocket on my cargo shorts. The tip of the magazine and grip were slightly visible, but I figured who cares since I was going to be trouncing through a bunch of weeds.
As I suspected it was a sweat fest and once I got home I decided to remove the pistol from that pocket. What I discovered was over the time I had been spraying it had jostled position deep within the pocket and the pistol was now positioned with the slide up and the magazine down. It was even a bit of pain to get it out of the pocket. My takeaway from yesterday is to be sure once you have decided how you will carry a pistol to try it out and see if it really works the way you had planned. I would have been better off to just throw my Ruger LCP into that pocket. It would have been easier to retrieve had I needed to access the pistol.
I said it before when I was talking about making holster decisions, be sure to practice drawing the pistol from the holster or pocket. In all honesty I did practice drawing the SR9C from the IWB holster in the cargo shorts pocket, what I failed to practice was walking around with the pistol to see if/how it shifted position. I now see it is important to be sure how the position of the pistol might change as you sit, stand and move.
A few days ago I spent some time on the range with the Ruger LCP and put 50 rounds through the pistol. Prior to that visit I had shot perhaps 10 or 15 rounds to get a feel for the gun. What I found was you do not want to spend too much time on the range with the gun because of the long trigger pull, the heavy trigger and the amount of recoil. After about five magazines loaded with five rounds each I began to notice a tremor in my hand as I squeezed the trigger. By the tenth magazine it was more of a shake. The heavy trigger combined with the recoil had done a number on my hand.
The next day after firing a box of .380 Auto my hand was sore and my hand still had a very slight tremor. Now am I alarmed at this development, not really. The LCP is designed to be a very easily concealed pistol to use when you absolutely must and in close quarters. It was not designed to be a range gun which you go and shoot all day until you run out of ammo.
I did well on most of my shots until I became the shakiest gun in the west and still would have been able to qualify in a CCH course, but the target would not have been very pretty. What I may do is take the pistol on occasion and shoot two or three magazines at the end of the range session, but I do not plan to ever shoot it to that extent again. This made me realize something, if someone purchased this for their wife due to the size, they most likely hate it. It would fit well into a small hand, but the recoil combined with the trigger pull is ultimately punishing.
So if you want a range darling, this isn’t it, but if you want a gun to carry and use in a sticky situation, this is certainly one worth investigating.
Recently on a forum someone was asking how to choose a concealed carry semi-automatic pistol which would fit into the pocket or the palm of the hand. My only experience with them is the Ruger LCP (lightweight compact pistol) so I made a suggestion based on the limited number of rounds I had fired in the gun.
First off it is important whether the pistol will be carried loosely in the pocket or securely in a holster. If the second than a pistol with a shorter/less trigger pull would be fine, but if it is to be in the pocket you really do not want keys or a pen or something else to accidentally discharge the firearm. The LCP trigger is a beast. You basically squeeze and then squeeze some more to fire the gun. In reality that is a good thing since you are only going to pull out a concealed firearm when there is no other available option and you want to be 100% sure you must fire the gun.
Secondly the frame is so small that without the magazine grip extension I only hold the firearm securely with my middle finger and the extension allows my ring finger to engage the grip. With such a small frame the recoil is not pleasant, but do we really want a pocket gun to be a range love-joy or rather something functional on which we can depend. The magazine holds six rounds of .380 Auto and one in the chamber. In reality if you cannot do what you need to do in seven shots you should really rethink your ability to handle a pistol and whether or not you should be in the place where more than seven shots are required to stop the threat. Sure you could whip out the 9 mm with 15-17 in the clip, but why are so many shots required? You’re not Rambo trying to avenge those who drew first blood, you’re a girl or guy on the street who found themselves in a bad situation and are using the pistol to change the situation.
As far as which pocket rocket to choose, that is fodder for another post on another day, but there is an excellent comparison chart developed by an Ace Hardware in Lynchburg, VA. In my opinion a .380 Auto is a fine cartridge for a pocket pistol. Some say it doesn’t have the stopping power of a 9 mm and to them I say a 9 mm doesn’t have the stopping power of a 38 special which doesn’t have the stopping power of a 357 magnum which pales in comparison to a 44 magnum. Our goal is simply to get out of a situation or stop a threat and for that the .380 is an excellent choice.
On a forum someone pointed out a new firearm auction site called Bidgunner. I’ve won a few auctions on GunBroker and posted my thoughts back in March. Bidgunner adds a new wrinkle to the mix. First off it is a penny auction so the amount increases by a penny every time someone bids. Unlike normal auctions where you bid a price, you are bidding another penny. The second quirk is you have to purchase the bids for $0.65 or more each. The third quirk is the auction does not end until no more bids are placed for 10 seconds. So let’s say you wait and bid at the very last possible second then 10 more seconds are added and another person can up your bid by a penny. Now if you happen to not win an auction you bid on you money spent on bids will be applied to the FULL RETAIL price of the firearm.
Let’s run a scenario. There is an item worth $600 up for auction. You bid 100 times on that item in an effort to win it, but ultimately do not. You have spent at least $65 to bid on the item and the auction company has made $39,000 based on $0.65 per bid and 60,000 total bids. As I type this there is a $30 headlamp for auction on the site. It has $1.22 in bids meaning it has had 122 bids at a min of $0.65 each. So far Buds Gun Shop (the owner of Bidgunner) has made $79.30 in total or almost $50 in profit and it still has another day to sell. Another auction is worth $250 and has 360 bids so currently they have made $234 or a $16 loss, but keep in mind the prices are full retail so since they buy at wholesale they have already won.
One more example. There is a Ruger LCP with a value of $373 and an auction price of $14.38. That means it has received 1438 bids and at $0.65 they have raked in $934.70 on a gun that has a wholesale cost of about $275. Now some auctions do increase by more than a penny, but a quick check on our old friend the Ruger LCP indicates it is truly a penny auction. Not a bad gig if you figure you can make more than MSRP on the firearm and then if someone has spent a considerable amount on the firearm bids you can get them to apply it to full MSRP.
The full site rollout is tomorrow, but why not register today and start losing money? With the exception of bids I might get for free, I’m gonna take a pass on this one folks.