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Old 04-22-2012, 05:38 AM   #51
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Alright guys...after handling some guns and looking at ammo prices around town...I think I'm gonna go with plan B and think about a Springfield 1911. Similar prices...still a great round and similar capacity, but I get the advantage of magazine use. Although I fear it may be a drop in overall quality.

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It is very pretty and should be great for close range self defense and target shooting. Autos carry well and are flat enough to conceal reasonably well. You will not have any lead shaving problems. You will have a fire arm that shoots a projectile of relatively large size at 800 ft/sec plus. Using it on a longer distance will require you to do a little more work as far as hold over (trajectory). Ammunition, factory or reloaded (components), will be more expensive. You will have to think about magazines and springs. You will learn how to deal with misfeeds and clear a dead round and must remember to always let the slide slam forward. If you wish to have adjustable sights, you will probably need an aftermarket product. You will have something that if taken care of will pass to a son or daughter. To unload you must never deviate from - drop the magazine then slide back to clear the chamber.
With a revolver you would have a firearm that is cheaper to shoot, so you will probably shoot more often. A firearm that is legal in many states to hunt deer with. Is easier to hit a distant target with because of it increased velocity. Is far easier to teach a beginner to check whether it has been "made safe" - totally clear. Should there ever be that rare occurrence of bad ammo a simple squeeze of the trigger will bring a new round under the firing pin, and you are "good to go". You would probably be challenged whether to buy speed strips,or speed-loaders by Safariland or HKS. If you want, you could consider a conversion to half or full moon clips. You would have the choice of 38 spl, or .357 mag.
Golly, isn't it fun! Good luck.

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Right? This is killing me. It was like deciding an O/U or semi-auto for sporting clays...I picked the o/u which probably means I'd prefer a revolver.

but I was looking around at the shops around St. Louis area..mostly St. Charles...and the .357 loads were $24 for 50 whereas .45acp was $21....the .38 alternative were ~$22

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the .357 loads were $24 for 50 whereas .45acp was $21....the .38 alternative were ~$22
I see your point about ammo pricing, but there is something you may want to think about. With the Smith you can buy any type ammo in the proper caliber(s) and it will work. With an auto-loader there is always the chance that only one or two types of ammo will function with anything approaching the 100% reliability you need for a defensive handgun. In fact, it may take hundreds of rounds of break-in before you feel you can depend on that firearm, or it may never happen at all. You also need to think about the "Fun Factor" and clearing jams is not my idea of fun. That means I have to buy better quality ammo even for practice. That does not include Winchester white box ammo from Wal Mart.

On another note, if you can get .45 ACP defense ammo cheaper than you can get .38 Special ammo, we need to talk. It's just the opposite around here. Defense .38 is usually $8 to $10 bucks cheaper per box of 50 than .45 ACP, and practice ammo is a slightly slimmer margin.
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I wasn't even talking carry gun. I'll be 21 in December and then I need my permit. Then, because it's NY, the ccw license is seperate. This will be my first handgun and will be target shooting/education. I shot my dad's S&W model 41 .22 a bunch so I don't really want a .22

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The model 19 is a fine revolver. It is a little light for a steady diet of full power Magnum ammo. It will eventually develop issues (correctable), but it will take several thousand rounds to see this. If you shoot mostly Specials and a box or three of Mags a year, you will not likely have any issues.

I prefer the larger N-frames, but they are a bit big for mere mortals.
Amen on the N Frames...my 625 45 Colt Mountain Gun was considered "a bit big" when I took my CCW course...but the instructor STFU when he saw I was more than capable of handling the wheel gun.

As to the question of the Model 19, I have a 4" -4 one that my wife loves. I also have a 4" Model 13-2 (same gun, but fixed sights, pinned barrel and counterbored chambers) and a 6" 686 Deluxe Hunter. Don't screw around with anything else, buy a wheel gun. Anyone can shoot a semiautomatic, I do myself, but it takes talent to shoot a DA revolver well. Build that skill and it makes everything else easy.
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I always liked the looks of this gun in the snubbie version.

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I have a used police Mod 66. I like it But I prefer the N frames Mod 27/28. I am not recoil sensitive but I have found the Mod 66 to be a handful with full house .357 Mag loads.
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It is perfect, I'll admit. Nothing beats a 19 6"

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sept maybe a 19 4"

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