Since I'm really into the "how does that work?" part of the subject, the x-ray animations are great for understanding obscure concepts like disconnectors and out of battery safeties. I may never design a gun, but the Why fascinates me.
I've been mentally working on my "handgun collection" list. The theme, so far is "historically interesting, but maybe not practical" ( for concealed carry ) and "small concealed carry". Since I'm a frugal, aka cheap guy, the modern concealed carry collection might be tiny. After all, if I have the best, why get less?
And what the C & Rsenal folk have brought home is how in WW1, the shortages of any kind of firearms led the Austro-Hungarian Empire, & Germany to basically buy anything they could get their hands on. With weird results.
Going from a tiny professional army to a giant conscript mass army led to priorities. Some were wise, others? But obviously, first we need to have enough rifles for the troops. Preferably all with the same ammunition, even if it's 8 different models. Infantry without rifles is useless, unless you want to bring back Pike Combat. ( I suspect there were armories still stocked with pole arms. ) So hand guns for the growing officer corps were a lower priority.
And many countries, England, Austria, etc. had the tradition that Officers were aristocracy, and would supply their own personal weapons. ( including, at the beginning of WW1, horse & saddle ) Each country did it differently. England decided they didn't care what an officer bought, as long as it used the issue ammo. So they carried lots of .455 revolvers. In other places, officers carried whatever was accepted by the War Department, which might be 2-3 alternatives, or a long list. And since the timing of WW1 was during the transition to smokeless powder, there was a push to get rid of old single action black powder revolvers, and get with the new hotness.
Which manifested itself in hundreds of thousands of .32 ACP pocket pistols.. most far too big to fit in a pocket. And a race to see who could skirt, avoid, and design around John Moses Browning's patents for his 1899 pistol. The result was a huge variety of very interesting ( mechanically ) pistols, that anyone today would consider underpowered junk.
I won't be creating a collection of obscure WW1 .32 pistols, myself, but the collector who seeks an inexpensive, eclectic, and wall filling theme could certainly do worse. Way less weight on the wall than a Mauser Collection, but nearly as much searching and gap filling ( the fun part of collecting madness ) as a comprehensive AR-15 collection. For a few million dollars less.
While you may mock the little .32, it was a very popular self defense round well into the 1970's when it began to be displaced by .380s. James Bond carried a .32 in more than one novel, and was forced by M to change from his .25 ACP after being wounded when the enemy he shot did what most people do when shot with a .25, get angry.
That still doesn't mean I'm buying one. I can appreciate things without needing to own one.
( and .380s have taken over that ecological niche, today )
The same thing happened in NY, if with less publicity. Deputies that regularly share the range with their neighbors ( city cops have backup. Country cops learn to shoot ) don't want to bother their lodge brothers because of that AK pistol they got to try before the Unsafe Act. ( and is properly registered, until the law changes and it becomes felony contraband )
I have a comment on a phenomenon that doesn't happen!
Back in high school I took an AP law class. One thing we did is analyzed the new drug laws in NY, about to kick in. Stupid high school students predicted that because the penalty for possession of more than an ounce of heroin had greater penalties than murder, that criminals would simply try and kill any cop who tried to bust them. If they got away, they won. If they didn't, no loss. So, we predicted a lot of dead cops, high levels of street violence, and a call for a return of the death penalty.
Alas, we were right. On all counts.
Life without parole was the new deterrent for cop killers. ( the death penalty was tried, but didn't pass ) street murder went up, a lot. And lots of cops were murdered. ( one year, just behind convenience store clerks ) Getting statistics was hard, but over a thousand???? The Editor of the local newspaper couldn't get a straight answer.
Simple, predictable, cause & effect. If high school kids could predict it???? Admitted, we were a bright bunch, compared to Albany lawmakers, but this was Rockefeller!
Why bring this up?
Because cops aren't dying in NY in greater numbers after the Unsafe Act. There's been a national trend since Obama's anti police propaganda campaign, but no surge in Maryland, NY, California, and other unconstitutional oppression anti civil rights states.
The obvious difference is the targeted groups. Drug dealers vs. Upstanding citizens.
The more subtle answer is Citizens are generally friendly to police. And know they are not to blame for the civil rights violations.
Therefore, I predict more violence, but more focused. Specifically State Police ( not local ) burn the house down accidentally arrests? I'm hoping I'm wrong.
Shortened to PCP. ( addictive drugs and madness. Perfect! )
I'm looking for feedback here. For example, I have limited hands on experience with most of the new concealed carry pistols. 1911, Glock, those I've had a chance to shoot competition with. Revolvers in general, S&W in particular, I have carry and target experience.
But Kahr? Tried once. Most of the polymer modern ones? Ditto or zero.
Yous guys, though!
I've decided to break it into 2 categories.
Concealed carry. This will be the small list. I'm pragmatic and cheap, so see no need for a different gun for every day of the month. Muscle memory counts. I do want some variety, so don't insist on duplicate switches. If I'm not dialed in, I'll practice more before carry.
History guns. Mauser c96, Luger, N frame S&W, etc. all guns I wouldn't normally carry, since if I had to use, would end up in evidence locker rusting for probably years. "Cool" as it would be to stop a terrorist attack with a c96, it's not rational carry at the Mall.
And.... I have legal limits. 10 round magazines, and only loaded to 7. Thumbing the 8th round in makes me a Felon.
So high cap CCW is a waste, and maybe so is a c96, since I'd have to load 3 snap caps in the stripper clip. But that's range only anyway, so perhaps not a deal breaker in the History list.
As of today. The PCP list.
History: Luger, N frame S&W, ?????
CCW: S&W Bodyguard, ( old school SA/DA metal frame ) ????????
I'm holding my opinion on the antifa guy. I can't tell what's really going on in the critical seconds, or tell exactly when and how the shot was fired from the first video released.
I also don't have info on the reason for the rush to eject him. I'm prepared to believe it justified and prudent to the Safety of the Children. Or that it was an over reaction. But that's secondary. He appears to have resisted the ejection, so that's the issue.
I'm very pleased with my XDs 9mm. Single-stack, compact, but still stable in my large hands. A compact-frame that doesn't feel like I'm trying to ride a motorcycle with handgrips that are too small. No "squeezing a pencil" feeling here - good grip texture and shape, no safety switch (backstrap safety button, and a break-trigger), striker-fired (not hammer), decent fiber-optic front sight. Ships with 2 different backstraps (small and large) which noticeably change the feel of the grip without changing the size of the package. Also ships with a 7 and an 8 round mag (the 7 fits flush; the 8 is a 1/2" extension), and they offer a 9 round as an accessory (1" total extension). 7+1 with an 8 as a backup is just fine.
I added a Viridian Reactor5 green laser - no activation button, it comes with a magnet-equippped holster (like an iPad case) and when you draw...it's on - and when I'm at the range I feel like I'm cheating.
I've also sent a number of rounds of Critical Defense downrange, firing about 2rd/sec...and no misfeeds. Those, on top of thousands of rounds of FMJ...and it's never mis-stepped on me. Field-strip and cleaning is also dirt-simple with only 4 pieces - return spring, slide, barrel, and frame.
My every day carry is a Glock 26 in a Triple T holster. The G26 isn't that heavy and the holster does a great job of distributing the weight. It's like a Alien Gear holster but made with stiffer leather.
In the near future I'll be looking for a true pocket pistol and am leaning towards the Ruger in some sort of pocket holster.
I knew the Glocks were going to be represented. It's the UJM of handguns today.
My objections to the Blocks are style & trigger. All the German ( Austrian in this case ) pistols seem to have abandoned the elegance of the Walther PPK, for the Teutonic cubism of Practical Rectangles. Like they drew a rectangle and stuffed the action into the outline. Maximum slide mass per millimeter of length. A desire to emulate late War stamped sheet metal, even though polymer & CNC replaced the point of that construction technique.
But ugly isn't an issue when defense is purpose. Otherwise the Ruger semi polymer snub nose revolver line wouldn't sell.
The trigger on the Glocks are.... Annoying to me. Shooting target style on paper targets, for precision, let's you understand the hate poured on these by 1911 fans. ( who get quiet when you mutter "Series 70 triggers" ) But! ( lots of But!s will pepper these threads ) for rapid fire in Practical Pistol type competitions they work.
Or, if you give up any notion of fine motor control, what difference does gritty bent sheet metal links make? (Sarcasm)
Btw, the New York trigger, the uber heavy one designed to make NYPD Glocks almost impossible to accidentally fire? They suck. It's not just pounds pull. If you want to blame it for the NYPD's reputation ( earned or not ) for shooting 44 times at a perp and missing, you don't get an argument from me. I pull shots in both directions with a New York trigger... Of course, maybe I just suck.
Single stack, 9mm or .45, a Glock goes on the list. Their model numbering system is maddening, so that will take research. ( one OCD mindset colliding with another )
When it comes to aesthetics I agree completely. The entire Glock line just isn't pretty. But mine is anvil reliable and that makes it pretty in my mind. I agree that the trigger isn't perfect but for short money, the innards can be polished and that helps a lot. Unlike most people I like that bucket sight in the rear. With my AARP eyes, I can pick up the rear sight quickly.
I've only shot a Glock with a New York trigger once. I was luck to hit the paper at all.
Prior to my Glock, I carried a Colt Officers ACP. Took a while to get used to carrying cocked and locked but carried years like that and never had a problem. I do like how .45 goes bang. If you have to shoot something, it stays shot.