Decisions, Decisions…

As most of you know I recently lucked my way into a 1979-vintage Colt Commander that has not been subjected to the customizer’s knife. Of course, I will change that. I plan to give it a full treatment to enhance the good points of the 1911 platform while minimizing any less-than-stell
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Summer Carry

Recently I did an “A Look Back” retrospective on the Smith & Wesson J-frame series of revolvers for AmericanRifleman.org (http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/8/10/a-look-back-at-the-smith-wesson-j-frames/), and it sort of got me wool gathering. I bought my first J-frame,
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Found Me a Nugget

Back in May I bloviated about several guns I let get by me, one being the Colt Commander. The Commander debuted in 1950 after the government requested a lightweight 9 mm pistol to consider replacing the all-steel 1911 .45 ACP. Then, as now, bureaucrats with some psychological malady t
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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Were I more disciplined like Jim Wilson or Richard Mann, this little admonition would not be necessary. But I have learned that I am not all that unique, so if I screw up like I’m about to divulge, maybe you do too. Oh hell, let’s just get it out: Sometimes I get a bit lackadaisical w
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A Conversation I’d Enjoy Having

During the Independence Day weekend 52 people were injured; 10 killed, including a 7-year-old boy in the oh-so-progressive—read regressive—city of Chicago. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said, “We need to repair a broken system.” Well thank you Captain Obvious. McCarthy is the s
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I’d Buy One!

Enthusiasts are wonderful…sometimes. It really doesn’t matter whether they are hot rod gear heads, shutterbug junkies, paragliding thrill seekers or gunners, enthusiasts help drive the marketplace. Enthusiasts tend to be opinionated, and it is there where their enthusiasm can be a pro
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The Weaver Stance

Everything old is new again. And, as always, there are those who viciously fight for what is old and new. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that many people just enjoy being contrary, and the anonymity of the Internet makes that unfortunate characteristic even more prevalent tha
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Initial Thoughts on Ruger’s Lightweight SR1911

First, let me be perfectly clear: These are my first rather random thought on Ruger’s new lightweight SR1911 in the Commander style. I reserve the right to revise, abridge or reverse myself later. In addition to all the other bovine residue I have been inundated with recently—take a l
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Couldas, Shoudas…

One of the things old flatulents like me love to do is bore the hell out of younger folks with what they should—and sometimes shouldn’t—do. The reason we like to do this is because we want to help those younger folks not make the same mistakes we have made. As I look back on my life,
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The Smith & Wesson .38 Hand Ejector Military & Police, a.k.a. Model 10

At the cusp of the 20th century the Wild West had largely been won. Smokeless powder was muscling black powder out of many cartridges, and the trend for shooters was toward smaller, lighter bullets at relatively high velocity. Trigger-cocking revolvers—a.k.a. double actions—had been i
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