Skip to comments.Firearms handling refresher Part I: Handguns
Posted on 11/08/2004 11:21:09 AM PST by bad company
First, make sure the gun is in proper working order. If theres any doubt, take it to your local gunsmith for a quick check-over. Review the owners manual. If you dont have one, they are readily available direct from the company that manufactured the firearm in question. If the guns manufacturer is no longer in business, J.B. Woods Gun Digest series on the disassembly of firearms is a good reference.
Next, make sure you have the right ammunition. The caliber should be stamped on the barrel or slide of your handgun. Ammo designations can get a bit confusing. You can fire .38 Special in a .357 Magnum revolver, but not .357 Magnum ammunition in a .38 Special revolver. Your gun shop may sell all manner of .45 caliber handgun ammunition, but not all of it will fit your semiautomatic pistol in that caliber. .45 Colt revolver ammo will not work in your autoloader, nor will .45 Schofield ammo reintroduced of late for cowboy action shooting. Neither will .45 Auto Rim, designed for revolvers chambered for the auto pistol cartridge (I told you it would be confusing). Nor should you load a standard .45 auto with the short new cartridge called .45 Glock, and your chamber and magazines will both be too short for .45 Winchester Magnum. Your conventional .45 caliber semiautomatic needs ammunition marked .45 Auto, .45 Automatic, or .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol). When in doubt, bring the unloaded gun to a gun shop and ask for advice. This is one of the many advantages of buying your arms and ammunition from a dedicated gun shop instead of the Monster Mart.
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Mas was one of the guys I started reading about a hundred years ago when I became interested in self defense. He knows his stuff.
Yes he does.
His "In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Defense" is still a great book to give to those considering getting a firearm for that purpose.
Now I really want to go!
My one complaint, if it can be called that, is that his books (In the Gravest Extreme, Stressfire, and Stressfire-II) are a little long in the tooth.
As a young man I came upon a road block set up by the Michigan State Police. One officer was in the middle of the road to access approaching autos. The other officer was across the hood of their car with a rifle pointed at the oncoming drivers. People ask me what size rifle was he using? My reply is "I don't know, what caliber is a bowling ball?" I have always been around guns but never viewed one from that angle. It gives one a whole new perspective.
Go, man, go!!!
I went to LFI 1 thru 4. Worth every penny.
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