The Shooter’s Log is often asked about the ‘best’ handgun load. Unfortunately, many correspondents fail to share the intended mission of the load. The mission has a strong influence as to the desired bullet weight, velocity, and penetration. As an example, you may be perfectly happy to run the .44 Special or .45 Colt with a 255-grain SWC at 700 fps for cowboy action or target practice. If hiking in country in which the big cats or bears may be more than a nuisance, the same bullet up to 1,000 fps would be a better choice.
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Revolvers remain an important part of the handgun market. The niche for revolvers is stronger than ever, with the introduction of new revolvers and accessories. Among the most interesting accessories are revolver speedloaders. Many regard them as necessary for personal defense, as much so as keeping a spare magazine for the self-loading handgun.
Smith and Wesson has earned an enviable reputation for quality revolvers well suited to personal defense. The small five-shot revolver is among its most popular handguns, with the Model 649 carrying honors as the best of Smith and Wesson’s snubbie lineup. Read the article to see whether you agree.
The Pachmayr Guardian grip is among the most interesting yet and certainly the most innovative. The design is simple enough. This spring-loaded extension rocks into place and allows firing the pistol with much more comfort. A rough analogy is the difference between the flush fit and extended grip offered with compact self-loading handguns.
The Bodyguard is a concealed-hammer double-action-only .38 Special snubnose, which is obvious. However, the Bodyguard differs from other J frames in that the cylinder rotates in a different direction—to the right. This is the same as the now defunct Colt Detective Special. Further, if you open the cylinder by pressing the lever on the top of the backstrap, you are enjoying a different manual of arms.
I have been very happy with Pietta clones of the SAA, and when I saw the looks and price of the Traditions Liberty, it was love at first sight. The revolver features a beautiful blue finish. The engraving is nicely done with an appearance similar to acid etching, but the laser engraving is not as deep as old type German style engraving—and it costs a fraction of the original.
“From pistols designed for concealed carry to modern sporting rifles, all M&P firearms are jam packed with power, performance, and protection. Delivering superior products with versatile, easy-to-customize features, M&P adds undeniable value to every shooting experience. The .38 Bodyguard ups the bar for concealed-carry revolver performance.” That’s some pretty fancy marketing speak from Smith and Wesson. However, the author is ready to back that up and more with his review.
Shotshells for a revolver is great snake medicine and useful on other small game as well. For those who have been looking or are just coming around to the thought, CCI has stepped up to the plate with a full host of offerings above the traditional .22 LR.
Plus P (+P) ammo comes highly recommended to load in your personal defense firearm. But there are many who find the higher pressures, larger muzzle flash and more muzzle flip a little too much for arthritic and injured hands or wrists. What is one to do if +P is just too much? Will normal self-defense ammo do the trick? Gun blogger and firearms instructor, James R. Rummel specializes in training those who have hand injuries and in this article he explains the differences in standard pressure and +P ammo….do you think it will be subtle or not?
Guns kick, no getting around that. However, with proper selection of grips, ammunition and accessories such as grips, the problem may be manageable. Read this article for hints and tips on how to manage the recoil.