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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Carry On! A Diversion in .45 Cal

OK. I am back in Wilmington, now hanging drapes (Me! The worst handyman in the world!) and moving furniture and art work from where we had previously put it; the Diplowife had a new vision of where it all should be. Oh, Sisyphus, stop your whining! We will head back to Durham later today.

I wanted to write something on Democrats and dog whistles vs. steam whistles, but will have to put it off until tomorrow or so. The topic won't go away. Instead I will post about something much more fun.
This!





Yes, joining our family this week is a new Smith & Wesson E-Series 1911SC chambered in God's caliber, good ol' American .45ACP. Be gone ye little 9mm!

Look, I am an old fart, OK? In my 30-plus years overseas, I carried a variety of handguns. I started with my beloved 4 inch S&W .357 revolver. My colleagues shamed me into moving to semi-autos that carried a bazillion rounds, but my heart always hankered for the beauty and simplicity of the S&W revolver . . . until, of course, I discovered the 1911--yes, I discovered it; you didn't know that, did you? The 1911 has to be among the most if not the most iconic and cool handguns in the world. I carried regular-size 1911s, as well as 1911 Commanders and similar. Again, my colleagues laughed at my paltry seven, eight or nine rounds, and I ended up, again, for a time porting some 9mm pistols that had, well, a bazillion rounds. Yet, just as I still buy manual transmission cars, I hankered for the old-time icons. Now retired and with no judgmental colleagues, I can return to indulging my guilty pleasures of revolvers and 1911s.

I have several 1911s, and other .45 pistols, but when I read up on this offering from my favorite gun manufacturer, I knew I had to have it.

And, friends, have it, I do!

To start, it has a wonderful retro look. It's beautifully made, that's the first thing that strikes the objective observer--and if you don't agree, then in classic prog argument style, you not only are not an objective observer, you are a morally inferior being sold out to Russian and European interests and are a racist, to boot.

It has a 4.25 inch barrel, a steel slide, comes with a seven-round and an eight-round magazine, and has a light-weight receiver made of a super secret material called (switch to Homer Simpson voice) Scandium--which I understand S&W gets from secret mines on Mars. The thing is light, compact, and very smooth.

Does it shoot? Why, yes it does. I took it straight out of the box to a little family-owned range here in Wilmington, and ran 200 rounds through it. Look, I am not the world's best shot, and still have to concentrate on my grip, but it performed flawlessly. The gun, at first, felt smaller than it really is. I know it is being compared to a Commander, but feels smaller and lighter--But of course! It's the super secret Scandium--and took me a bit to get used to it. Once, I did, however, I got those groupings nice and tight.

I do most of my handgun shooting in the four-to-seven yard range. "Wimp," you anti-semitic racists say? Per the FBI, back when the FBI was the FBI, over 90% of all shootings take place at about ten feet, or three meters for the Euros in my paltry audience. A friend of mine in the FBI, back when the FBI was the FBI, told me some years ago that if you shoot somebody at a range greater than those distances, you run an increased risk of some over eager prosecutor, especially in a blue jurisdiction, coming after you--no imminent threat, you could have retreated, etc. I don't know if that's still true, but it makes sense. Let's face it, if you're defending yourself with a gun, it's probably in your house, on the sidewalk, or getting into your car as you come out of a whorehouse with your wife, in other words, relatively short distances. Might as well get good at those. These smaller handguns--such as the beauty pictured above--are easy to carry and quite good at that range, and not so good if you go too far beyond it.

There you have it, my totally unqualified and useless opinion--but it's free and worth every penny.

Anyhow, buy this gun.

43 comments:

  1. "It has a 4.25 inch barrel, a steel slide, comes with a seven-round and an eight-round magazine, and has a light-weight receiver made of a super secret material called Scandium"

    I've never heard of a gun with a non-steel slide. What is that, some new Democrat invention intended for 'gun control'?

    Gun-shaming is a real tragedy. We need an outrage over this. I'll contact facebook.

    - reader #1482

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  2. Gun-shaming is a national tragedy which can affect people of all genders, races, incomes, and regardless of the type of pets they own. We need federal programs and funding to deal with it, in addition to a major hashtag campaign.

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    1. oh man... I forgot the hashtag campaign. Showing my age... I was just about to send out a "forward this to everybody you know" email.

      - reader #1482

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  3. Without a doubt, a 1911 is a fine handgun, but I find them too heavy to carry concealed. The cocked and locked state has always made me a bit timid when carrying one. Program compliance is important to me, as I carry whenever and wherever I can. It’s all about carrying something that you are willing to haul around all the time. An important consideration for me is I live near crazy town Portland. Exposing a concealed carry could end up with me being shot, because these leftist nuts will call the police and exaggerate what they saw, and say I was brandishing. This will put police into adrenalin dump when they respond. I tend to down size into something that is very concealable when I venture into crazy town.

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    1. Sanity is south of Salem.

      - reader #1482

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    2. Not when you include Eugene. They are as un-hinged as Portland.

      Ive said it before, Oregon needs an Electoral College. This whole state is run by 3 counties.

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    3. I just got back from the gun show in Rickreall, Oregon. Yes, there is a whole different crowd down south. Really was comforting to be around those folks. Met Paul Harrell there, you might know him from YouTube, and he is an Oregonian.

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  4. I felt sorry for myself because I did not have a Smith & Wesson E-Series 1911SC until I met a man that did not have a 45.

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    1. Can there really be a creature so miserable?

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    2. Don't cry for him Lads...
      He prolly had a brace O'snubbys
      in his pockets loaded w/+p HP
      Off Duty~~~

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  5. Regardless of manufacturer...the 1911 is a divine piece of art graced by God and has been shown to increase testosterone in men just by holding one.
    The SCOTUS should interpret the 2nd Amendment to mean that the Government is required to provide one of these beauties to every citizen upon reaching their 18th Birthday.
    Happy Birthday, here's your 1911, a box of 50 rounds, and a voter registration form. Regards, Uncle Sam.

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    1. ...Regards,
      Uncle Sam."

      CIVICS 101
      On Watch~~~

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    2. Makes a lot more sense than the FedGov trying to take guns away from anybody, especially given a careful read of the Second Amendment. Seems like someone must be in charge of 'regulating' (organizing & training, maybe equipping) the 'well-regulated militia'.

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  6. I still don't know why you haven't been roped into an advisory spot somewhere in this administration!

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    1. 'Spect he's waiting till the Swamp's 1/2 empty...
      No sense being premature and getting the Tweeds all muddy. Next Term, is time enough to right the 'ship of state', and then in the 3rd term, turn over the Helm to Mike Pence, to finish pumping the bilges, and clearing the decks of remaining riff raff, including assorted foreign & domestic anti~American enemies!
      On Watch~~~
      >>--"Damn the torpedoes...full speed ahead"-->

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  7. It still seems odd that S&W makes 1911's. I do so enjoy my 59 Cadillac inspired "Performance Center" model.

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  8. Congratulations! You have gotten yourself a rather nice pistol!

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  9. Can there really be a creature so miserable? Why yes, there can and there is ... it's called the population of Australia.

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    1. I miss my old Gold Cop that Jackboot Johnnie declared was too much gun for a peasant because the Fuzz carry .40 S&Ws.

      Still shoot a 1911, in 9mm Para.

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  10. I believe that 10-ft is too close. We were taught that a 20-ft defense perimeter is defensible in court.

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    1. If that's true in the People's Democratic Republic of Illinois, it ought to fly anywhere.

      Michael Adams

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    2. The indomitable expert trainer Massad Ayoub discourses on this distance at 36:00 -min. in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXuBRxPYIoE

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    3. Yes, ten feet is VERY close but, according to the FBI, that's where most gun fights occur--and most gun fights involve no more than a total of three rounds fired. I have read that an average person can close 20 or so feet in about 1.5 seconds, so you do not have a lot of time if confronting an aggressor. I guess you can always call 911 and wait . . . nah

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    4. Twenty feet can be closed faster than a trained man can draw and fire. That was the lesson revealed by the Eula Love case here in Commifornia a few decades back, when LAPD Iced a little old lady trying to attack one of them with a kitchen knife, a threat the evil racist ones tried to diminish to nothing because of differential melanin levels, age, power, or sex or something

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    5. Ayoob had a case where an individual threatened to kill someone as soon as they arrived at their location. BG showed up with a snubbie, and the defender shot him with a long gun at about 37 yards. Prosecutor filed charges as he stated that the BG wasn't a threat at that distance with that gun. Ayoob did a video of him shooting an identical gun at a target 100yds distance, with all six hits center mass, and played it for the court. Case dismissed.

      I bounce little cans at 40yds with 2" snubbies shot DAO. (that's the Tin Can Range distance at one of the area outdoor ranges)

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  11. I have a nice Colt stainless steel 1911 and a smaller Browning 1911 .380 that is my CCW gun. I don't actually carry the CCW gun but it is in my car, You don't read about carjacking in Arizona because lots of us do the same. It is an epidemic in Illinois but gun control and all that.

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    1. I rarely carry and, like you, have my gun in my car.

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    2. If you watch crime scene videos on the ASP u-tube site, you'll see why the host (John Corriea) recommends having it on you even when in a vehicle. Time is not on your side, and having to access it from a vehicle location is not a given. In the big FBI gunfight in the Miami area in '86, most of the agents lost their handguns due to taking them out of the holster prior to the festivities. As a CHP tow driver, most everyone I encountered after even minor bumping had lost their cell phones.
      Thinking that you will be able to grab your gun from the car is an absolute crapshoot. Don't depend on this. If a matter of comfort, start looking for alternative holster options that keep it on you.

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  12. I enjoy 1911's too. I do find them much more controllable if you dropped the bullet weight down to 185-200 grains or so especially in the light weight models.

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    1. Yes, I am going to try that.

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    2. If you go for lighter bullets in .45, avoid like the plaque choosing much faster velocity as a trade-off. Cor-Bon did this in the 90's, and it was flinch inducing. Can't recall if they were 165 or 185gr. For .45acp, I don't go below 200gr. One 50rnd box was more than enough to convince me to go back to their heavier bullet loads.

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  13. I was looking forward to dog whistles vs steam whistles....
    just saying.. :)

    - reader #1482

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    1. Patience Trooper~~~ First things First~~~ Sun Tzu’s success teaches us that a successful general is one who fully calculates his approach and plans to fight in a battle. Or in DiploMadic Terms:

      "I...will have to put it [whistles] off until tomorrow or so. The topic won't go away... joining our family this week is a new Smith & Wesson E-Series 1911SC chambered in God's caliber..."

      The specter of Black Jack Pershing perks up and takes notes, as the Moros in the encampment drift off searching for 'Brown-eyed raisons' in the haze~~~
      On Watch~~~
      "Let's Roll"

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  14. A family-owned range...i am green with envy! I used to have an S&W .38 MADE from scandium, it was amazingly light.

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  15. Im wondering if Onebrow is a Glock guy or maybe favors a 1911?
    Or even perhaps a nice Colt Python in .357 or a Smith Model 19? What say you Mr.Brow?

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    1. at the certainty of putting words in his mouth: "I don't trust myself with a gun, so nobody else should be trusted with a gun either... except.. the government... we can trust them!"

      :)

      - reader #1482

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    2. BULLSEYE! Mr. 1482! Right in his jawbone!
      And you didn't even put your Sp@^@ecs on!
      OW~~~

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  16. Off-topic. Sorry but, over on Duff's site I'd been conversing with a 'turd-in-the-punchbowl' and something a Never-Trumper wrote a month before the Electoral College came in was called to mind.

    I think it's more "timely" now than it was when written:

    https://observer.com/2016/10/politicization-of-the-fbi-threatens-american-democracy/

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    1. I think a new potus should always cut every political appointee and at least the first rank of management under those appointees... I think there are *plenty* of qualified individuals, but they're outgunned by the number of corrupted individuals.

      - reader #1482

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    2. MOT once again sans rea@^@drs #14..
      You drinking carrot juice nowadays?
      Ready on the Right>>>
      On Watch~~~

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  17. As long as I'm getting a full-length grip, I'd go ahead and get the full-length barrel. Carrying concealed, the slide is easier to conceal than the grip. The extra weight should make little difference if you're wearing a proper gun belt (1.5"x.25") tightened properly, unless you're a skinny little girly-man. But because I was a skinny little girly-man who's experienced 25% circumferential inflation since I went into the Air Force, I opted for a Walther PPQ 5". Lighter and almost twice the ammunition supply (and much better ammo than 30 years ago), and with a modified IWB holster was surprisingly easy to conceal and even ... comfy.

    That said, who thinks there'd be a market for quality AR magazines enameled bright red with bright white lettering one two lines reading:
    MAGA-
    zine!

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    1. "on two lines", not "one two lines", and indentation didn't fricking work!

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  18. Welcome to (the former) Wilmywood, DiploMad;

    First, my thanks for the entertainment, info, and insight which you have provided via your blog.

    I suppose that if you have survived life in Durm, or Dooooorham, as my GDY acquaintances refer to it, then you should have no big problems here.

    Nice pistol!

    If you need an outdoor range, I strongly recommend "Ye Olde" over in Brunswick County.

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