Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recent Acquisition: S&W Combat Magnum (19-3)

Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum
Model 19-3



The legendary Combat Magnum, chambered for the powerful .357 Mag.
Designed in 1955 to provide police officers with a light-wieght, yet powerful sidearm, the S&W Combat Magnum (Model 19), quickly gained popularity. Prior to the Model 19, an officer wishing to carry the more powerful .357 load, would have been required to carry the much larger and heavier model 27 or 28.

Weighing in at 36 oz, it's still heavy by todays standards, but considering the chambering, I wouldn't want it much lighter, anyway.
Mine has a wide trigger and hammer installed, with the original thinner set in a small baggy. Also included was a receipt from S&W for the work.
The tool kit includes a rod, bore-brush, and mop, which all seem to be unused, as well as a small screwdriver.
It came with all the original paperwork, and the blue-gray box.
The timing is great, and the trigger is smooth.

All and all, I think it's a pretty good find, especially from a collectors stand-point.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rossi M92 Ranch Hand

The Ranch Hand, chambered for 357 Magnum (or 38 S&W Special).


Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to try it with the Magnums, yet, but it's plenty of fun with the 38s. Easy to shoot, and accurate as any other handgun I've got.

There are a few things I'd prefer to change about it though... I'd have liked if the barrel was another inch or two shorter (like McQueen's), and if the hand grip was a bit shorter too. They probably could have taken a total of 3 or 4 inches off of the total length of the gun without much sacrifice.
Regardless, this is a fun gun to shoot, and I'm looking forward to getting to try some 357s in it.

EDIT: Having now tried firing some 357s, I have to say the it handles pretty much the same as it does with the 38s. Considering the size of this "handgun," the magnum round doesn't make much of a difference. I did have some trouble with the 357s feeding, the nose of the round occasionally got stuck on the top of the chamber. I'll need to try a few other brands.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Gun Coming Soon

I won't say what it is yet, but here are a few hints.

It's a handgun,
It has a 12" barrel,
It fires .38 and .357,
And there aren't a lot of holsters for it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Acquisition: CZ 75 P01 Compact

Stats:
  • Alloy frame
  • Double/Single action
  • Barrel length 3.5"
  • Overall length 7 ¼”
  • Height 5”
  • Width 1 1/8”
  • Land/groove rifling
  • magazine capacity 14-rds
  • White, Three-dot sights
I bought this used, in a technical sense. From the looks of it, the previous owner barely, if ever, fired it. It appears to have come with the factory oil still on it.

The steel slide is finished with a black poly-coat. Appears durable, only time will tell. The slide/frame fit is superb, with no rattle. Racking the slide is smooth.

The de-cocking lever drops the hammer to a half-cocked carry position.
The double-action trigger-pull is light, though rough. I suspect it will smooth out with use.

The grip panels are rubber-ish and contoured, providing plenty of grip. The pistol points naturally on the vertical plane, although slightly to my right (firing hand) horizontally. I need to work on my grip to correct this.

The magazine floorplate is coated in rubber, protecting the magazine from impact.

I took it to the range and I was quite impressed with the results.
The accuracy (from a bench) slightly exceeded that of my 941, although it's lighter-weight made it slightly less pleasant to shoot.

Included with the pistol was:
Sturdy carrying case
Cleaning tools (brush and rod)
One extra magazine
CD with digital user's-manual and product catalogs
Physical user's-manual
Test fire sheet (showing a 5-round group from the factory)

Not bad!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Acquisition: Jericho 941, Compact

Jericho 941, Compact

Imported as UZI Eagle, by UZI America

Stats:
  • Steel frame and slide
  • Double/Single action
  • Barrel length 3.64”
  • Weight w/empty magazine 2 lbs. 1.5 oz.
  • Overall length 7 ¼”
  • Height 5”
  • Width 1 1/8”
  • Polygonal rifling
  • magazine capacity 10-rds
  • Tritium night-sights
I bought this used, in pretty rough condition. After a COMPLETE disassembly, a bath in hot water, some rust remover, some steel-wool and sandpaper, a little cold blue, and a bit of CLP break-free... It's looking pretty nice.

It's a compact pistol, meaning that it's smaller than the full and semi-compact models. By to todays "itty-bitty" pistol standards, however, it is quite large. Its solid steel construction gives it an unloaded weight equal to that of an unloaded Beretta 92, despite it's much smaller dimensions. The weight makes this pistol very easy to shoot, though, a trait not commonly associated with compact pistols.
The trigger-pull was VERY heavy at first, but after the detail-strip, it's lightened quite a bit. I can't measure it, but seems pretty average for a double-action pull. I ordered reduced power hammer-spring from Wolff, but now that it's all clean, I'm not sure I still want to swap them.
EDIT: The spring I bought from wolff doesn't fit very well, despite being advertised as fitting this pistol. It actually INCREASED the trigger pull.

Something I particularly like about it is its safety/decocker. When you apply the safety, the firing pin retracts, the trigger disconnects, and the hammer drops completely. I like it much better than the decockers that only drop the hammer to a half-cock.

I took it to the range after a very brief cleaning (before the detail-strip), and I was quite impressed with the results.
The accuracy matched that of my PT 99, and it was just as easy to shoot. Despite the dirt, rust and grime, it didn't malfunction once, with either AA FMJs or WWB hollow-points.



Riding in a Don Hume J.I.T. Slide

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New OS: Crunchbang Linux



I recently installed Crunchbang (#!) linux, replacing OpenSuSe 11.3.
Here's a screenshot of the desktop.
I'm currently using Openbox and tint2 (both are default pakages with #!).

In the top left is conky, a system monitor which runs as part of the desktop.
The off-color box directly under that is an editable field made with xpad; simple click and type.
the web browser is IceWeasel, based very closely on FireFox... close enough that all the plug-ins and most of the themes work.

I was surprised that #! recognized my webcam and joystick without a problem. Also while it doesn't quite recognize my video or sound card, it displays and plays everything just fine; something OpenSuse just refused to do.

#! seems to be faster and more responsive than both Vista and Opensuse 11.

You can create a Live CD at http://crunchbanglinux.org/ which you can put in you computer when you start it, and sample the OS without installing or altering your current set-up.
Give it a try.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recent Acquisition: Taurus PT99


Taurus PT99
(Click for larger image)

Must of the guns I've purchased, I've done so with some specific reason in mind (summer carry, home defense, teotwawki, etc)... This one I bought it because I liked the wooden grips.

It shoots great, now I need to find a holster for it. I've got some nylon that'll fit it, but I think it'd look nicer in some leather.
It's accurate, and very easy to shoot. It is a HUGH pistol, though, especially for a 9mm.

The Taurus PT92 and 99, are clones of the earlier Beretta 92, back when they had a frame-mounted safety. In fact, when Taurus began production of the PT92, it was manufactured using Beretta machinery.
Since then, Beretta has moved their safety to the slide, while Taurus has kept it right where it ought to be. Due to a more minor design changes to both the PT92 and the 92FS, only some of the parts remain interchangeable; luckily, the locking-block is one of them.

The PT92 has a slightly thick trigger guard than the Beretta, meaning that any form-fitting kydex made for the Beretta might not fit the PT. This includes the Blackhawk SERPA, not that I'd want to use that anyway.