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Reader Comments From Previous Weeks
As I have posted before, I have been carrying concealed for over 50 years, sometimes legally and sometimes not, but at any given time if I found myself in a situation where I could save innocent lives by using my concealed handgun, I would certainly bring it to bear. I have always maintained the rationale that if my armed intervention saved innocent lives, I would take my chances on whatever weapons charges might be brought against me…..even as a public school educator acting in defense of my students on campus.
The United States Concealed Carry AssociatIon (USCCA) provides legal protection to those who opt for that program, and as a USCCA Platinum Lifetime Member, I rest a bit easier knowing that as long as I do what I might do in concert with prevailing laws, said protection is there on my behalf.
Like you, I’m avid 1911 enthusiast. For a non-existent comparison to my P938 Nightmare, I also have an LC9, a PF9, and previously had an XDS. As stated, there is no comparison to any of them; the SIG being pricey, or not. An hour or two at the range will do the convincing, and after that your other small pistols will probably be relegated to paper weight status.
Great article. I am still using GI mags that I had acquired in Nam—have added others to my stockpile. Yes, I have been slacking in my maintenance on my mags. There is no free ride. I also never load my mags to the max; usually keep 2rds shy that is my input again great article. ~Bill
This was a well written piece. I try to read most all of what you write as I’ve found that you’re pretty practical in your thought processes and how you allow that to come out in what you’ve written.
That said, I may not have the age that you do (I’m 40) but, I’ve had the TruGlo TFO sights on my daily carry .45 ACP XDs only a month shorter than I’ve owned the firearm.
I really enjoy the benefit of having the fiber optic AS WELL AS the tritium. Since statistics (from what I’ve read) have shown that I’m most likely to be involved in a self-defense situation with low light availability, this provides options for low and no light.
In hindsight, the only thing I think I’d change about my selection is most likely having different colored sights in the rear than the front. At the time I ordered them, my sights were only available in one color for both front and back meaning, you got red or green. If there’s now the ability to order a yellow/amber rear sight for example, I’d probably want to do that so that I have an immediate and clear distinction of the front sight with the XDs having such a short sight radius (3.3″ barrel) coupled with the needed reaction time from actualization of threat to trigger break.
Growing up hunting with long guns, I’ve only recently been introduced to hunting with a pistol through friends who do. I’ve not paid any mind to their choice of sights. Until now. Thank you again!
I use Trijicon HD Sights in yellow on all my M&P pistols; makes picking up the front sight easy. The tritium tubes are great in low-light situations.
I would suggest that you store them full only for about a week at a time and then switch out to another magazine if you want one or more loaded for emergency purposes. A spring is just a spring and if you keep it compressed long enough I am sure it will loose some of its pressure as it will probably permanently bend the area where the spring folds and flatten it out eventually.
The reason I say this is when I have had magazines with overly tight springs that do not allow you to fill them completely I usually go through a process of prolonged compression until I can get the extra round in and then keep them in that state until I can load all rounds in a normal fashion.
In order to do that the spring must have stayed in that new state of compression. Just one opinion that should answer your question.
Only one thing I will add . Mind you , I love Rugers . But the LCP is built too close to “not stout enough” for me . If even ONE round of +p or a reload with ANY extra powder gets into the barrel , the barrel won’t hold the pressure . I have personally seen 2 Explode next to me on the practice range . LC9 yes, any of their revolvers -Yes, & I love their rifles… But an LCP – not for me buddy . I’ll stick with my Kahr 9mm or my .38 snubbie thx .
Wrong. Do some reading on that there buddy. Chrome silicon springs are resilient. I’ve had several mags of both USGI (D&H and Okay) and Pmags loaded for years. In the most extreme case, 4 years….when I finally took them out of storage and ran them at the range, they still functioned perfectly. I also have friends and acquaintances who’ve done the same, with the same results. Even on Magpuls webpage they state you can leave them loaded for extended periods of time… what wears a spring out is flexing it over and over (compressing it, decompressing it etc). Not simply keeping it compressed for a long period. To the OP who asked the question – if you’re talking ar15 mags, and they’re 17-7ph springs, you can leave them loaded for a LONG time.
Amen to that. I’m still waiting for a bunch of Hollywood liberals to leave the country…oh wait, liberals don’t keep promises, darn-it-all!
I just put the new Meprolight FT Bullseye sight on my Glock G34. It is by far the fastest sight ever. You get a single sight plane to focus on. No front sight needed. Truly a new concept.
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