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Old 11-20-2012, 12:46 AM   #11
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We had a Highway Patrol Offficer who figured the same way. During a Highway stop of a bank robber the SHTF. The robber charged his cruiser blazing away with a little .32 Auto. The officer pulled down with a .38 Spec. Mdl.10 S&W. The gun had been used to shoot the +P ammo. That was the day the battered hand failed and the S&W locked up. The officer was shot point blank 4 times. Betting on over loads in a combat handgun is not a wise choice.

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Believe it or not, that is the first case I've heard about it going bust when needed most. The biggest issue I noticed was they (police & the civilian who imitate them) were practicing w std 158 gr or 148 WC but carrying + P.

I suppose the premise was "actual shooting distances are so short" and if I only get one shot, I'll make it the biggest, baddest one shot in history.

Problem: how much is too much for older steel ? Even if your gun worked fine, your "legal" problems were just beginning. Non sanctioned bullets in police firearms ? The playing field is tilted and not in our favor.

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Back in the early 70's a member of my unit, while in plainclothes, was forced to shoot a drug dealer when a buy went bad. He shot the perp twice in the chest killing him instantly. He shot him with his S&W .38 Chief using .38 Super Vels. When he was asked to present his revolver to an Inspector, as he opened the cylinder to unload it the cylinder literally fell apart in two pieces and dropped to the floor. It was a good shooting, but he was issued complaints for using unauthorized ammo. Back then our Rules and Procedures allowed us to carry a second gun regardless of caliber, or ammo. But we had to also be carrying our authorized service revolver, or OD revolver. His problem was he only was carrying his gun with unauthorized ammo. I used to carry at times a BHP loaded with Super Vels that were legit. Back then not too many civilians sued the PD, but today it would've cost him his house, or more. Lucky for him the guy wasn't shooting back.

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That post brings up some old memories. Lee Jurris and Super Vel ammo. I recall Lee was Fire Chief of Madison, Indiana 1960s when he pioneered HV expanding pistol ammo. The last time I saw him was at Demming, NM. He was trying to revive the .44 Auto-Mag. That was in 1973 I wonder where?

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I have enough Super Vel left to fill one mag of my BHP, but I had it for so many years I can't bring myself to fire it. That automag was as big as it was expensive. When I saw Clint Eastwood firing it in one of his movies I was a little tempted, but figured my mod 29 was all I really needed.

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. When I saw Clint Eastwood firing it in one of his movies I was a little tempted, but figured my mod 29 was all I really needed.
Clint helped sell a lot of 44s - desert eagle was first commercial success that I can recall n came in multi - calibers as well. Hollywood seems to likes it - well - it is big & impressive.

No one llikes to talk bad about their gun but the desert eagle groups were better than my Rugers. - probably the load....
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The LAR Grizzly .45 Win Made a multicaliber handgun by Perry Arnet. The Grizz was available with a number of Convs. .357, .45 ACP , 10 MM etc. It has been in a number of movies as well. The one I liked best was the Sniper with Tom Berringer.

I tried most of the "Big" autos back in the day. I have kept only one the LAR Grizz. .45 Win Mag. & .357 Mag. Conv.

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True enough, there were a couple of Sniper movies but Charles Bronson used the Win Mag to clean up a neighborhood. Not sure but I think he had a nickname for it. Great firearm trivia question ???

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