electrode wrote: One of a kind wrote: WoodpeckerWelder wrote:
Great piece of work. Nothing better than to see a need for a new tool for a specific purpose and to be able to build it yourself with the end result being a task accomplished!
Woodpecker, I reach in my bag of failures and successes everytime I start a new project, nothing is lost if I fail, nothing is gained if I don't try.
Great job on a useful tool if you do a lot of gun mods etc. I am still trying to figure out the best CC pistol and I really don't want to buy 20 of them to figure it out. Any tips?
That said...that's the right attitude. I know when I start a new (preferably small) project, I consider the first one the prototype and when it fails my perfectionist attitude I simply say "you have to start somewhere".
Then I make a second one from what I learned from the first one and sometimes it fails too. The 3rd one is always the charm.
But in some cases the first one turns out to be the best one. Go figure.
You're so right about having to make changes Woodpecker. I don't think I ever built a project that went as planned, often there is that one step I didn't think about or foresee until I got to it, and in order to finish the project I had to cut the project apart and do the misstep.
Woodpecker there are so many nice guns on the market these days, S&W, Springfield, Glock, Ruger, Kimber, SIG, Walther, Beretta, and kar its hard to say which handgun and caliber is right for you.
Things to keep in mind when considering a handgun is the condition of your hands, if you have arthritic or an injured hand that no longer can grip firmly, you probably would be better off buying a smaller caliber handgun, say a 9MM or even a 380 or 38 special revolver. Revolvers don't have slides that have to be pulled back in order to chamber a round. I carry my mom's S&W 38 special snub nose sometimes just because I like it. 38 specials have planted many a bad guy.
The amount of recoil you can handle is a very important consideration even if your hands are not injured or arthritic. But keep in mind your not going to shoot a hundred rounds in a self-defense situation, and your attacker is going to be somewhere between three and four feet away or on you when you defend yourself. I chose a Glock S30 for my carry piece for that reason.
Then you have to decide between a DA/SA semi-automatic pistol and a DAO semi-automatic type fire control mechanism.
A Double/Single-Action pistol fires the first shot Double Action with all subsequent shots being Single-Action.
A Double action only, only fires in Double action like a revolver, but like on a DA/SA handgun you still need to pull the slide back to chamber the first round.
Then you must choose between a pistol that has a magazine safety or one that doesn't.
If a gun has a magazine safety it can not fire if the magazine is out of the gun, I prefer a mag safety. A gun without a magazine safety can fire without its magazine in the gun. Some police officers don't like mag safeties because should they get into a fight with a perp and the perp hits the guns magazine ejection button, the gun won't fire until the magazine is slapped back in the gun.
Then you will have to choose a carry holster. When I have to travel through tough areas I put my gun under a towel next to me on the seat.
Finally, comes Ammo. I shoot Hornady ammo in my semi-auto handguns.
The best thing you could do is go to a gun shop that has all makes and models and feel how each gun feels in your hand, that way you can eliminate guns that look good to you but you shouldn't buy.
Remember this saying, " I promise dear, this will be the last one." you'll be reciting it a lot.