Questions for a possible FAQ thread


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9mmepiphany
December 5, 2010, 11:15 PM
This is only a feeler thread about establishing a FAQ sticky for the Handguns: Autoloaders sub-forum.

Items included shall not be things like
1. caliber wars
2. steel frames vs. polymer
3. which condition (0-3) to carry a gun in...but would likely include the definition of those conditions without preference commentary

I would likely include the existing thread Trigger Mechanisms - a Guide; either the original post without additional commentary or a link to the original.

If you have a question, that you think should be included, please post on this thread.

I will not suffer arguments like "that's not true" or "no it isn't" to questions posted with answers. :cuss: This isn't a discussion thread, it is informational only. If you disagree, explain what you disagree with and facts supporting your differing point of view. A Question need not be accompanied by an Answer...I'll be happy to make one up :p

The moderators will be the final arbiters of what is included and which are the correct answers to be offered. I would be happy to attach credit to submitters if they would like. I also retain the right to edit submitted Questions for clarity...including, but not limited, to spelling and grammar

I'd likely start with something simple like the different Shooting Stances or Correct Sight Alignment :what:

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Magoo
December 6, 2010, 11:06 AM
How about how to grip an autoloader? I know there is a lot of discussion already on the board (with a lot of input from you) that could be cut and pasted in there. I think links to videos, of which there are tons, would be appropriate and helpful also.

bigfatdave
December 6, 2010, 01:43 PM
do springs get tired?
(all variations, magazine, hammer, striker, recoil)

what gun do I get for my wife/GF/mom?
Reference to Cornered Cat and be done with it, once and for all

where can I get a small, light, cheap, accurate, heavy-hitting, high capacity, concealable death-ray knockdown powered handgun?

does knockdown power exist?

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Also, while we're on the subject of the kludge the handgun forums seem to be becoming, how about a sub-forum of HG:G titles "handguns, concealing and carrying" to seperate out a category that doesn't really fit into holsters, wheelguns or autoloaders?

bigfatdave
December 10, 2010, 09:43 PM
"Frangible ammo"
Link to the testing and leave it at that until someone gets some better testing published

"best .22 defense ammo"
Again, link to testing and be done with it

"best .22 handgun"
Just stop, nobody cares about your agonizing over a target pistol, and everyone is amused by the concept of only owning one .22 pistol in the first place.

9mmepiphany
December 11, 2010, 12:18 AM
1. The grip question is a thread I have started more than once...it might be time to roll it out.
2. Springs will be addressed...worked vs. compress...spring changes
3. I like the reference to the cornered cat
4. I guess I could quote Newton's law
5. I like the frangible ammo links idea (I copied yours from the other thread)
6. I'm not sure I'm ready to advocate for using an underpowered round for defense
7. I think folks get a lot out of Best threads. Either because it gives them a chance to post their favorites or if posters include reasoning, it can be educational

bigfatdave
December 11, 2010, 02:10 AM
6. I'm not sure I'm ready to advocate for using an underpowered round for defenseI'n not advocating .22LR as an EDC round, but there's only so many types of ammo out there, and only some of it is optimized for handguns. All I'm saying is that there's too many threads on the subject and they all circle the same drain in the same way.


7. I think folks get a lot out of Best threads. Either because it gives them a chance to post their favorites or if posters include reasoning, it can be educational I'll concede the possibility of there being some educational value, I'm just annoyed by people using the forum for the purpose of window shopping when they should be out handling and/or shooting stuff and then asking questions like "I like shooting {model xyz} and would like something that has {feature 1} but not {feature 35} from {model xyz}.

Erik M
December 22, 2010, 11:49 PM
Could we have something regarding the best types of ammo for each caliber based on hard evidence and research? Something along the lines of the best technology available in bullet designs.

bigfatdave
December 23, 2010, 09:37 AM
Erik M, you mean brassfetcher?
"best" depends on too many factors anyway, no ammo is awesome enough to make misses into hits, and almost all the duty loadings are designed to pass the FBI test anyway, there aren't any magic bullets because they are all designed to do the same thing, feed reliably in a variety of semiautos and punch ragged holes in gel to 12-18" depth.

2WheelsGood
December 23, 2010, 09:49 AM
How about an all-inclusive acronym glossary.

9mmepiphany
December 23, 2010, 01:56 PM
How about an all-inclusive acronym glossary.

I gather you're referring to things like RN, FMJ, TMJ?

I hadn't thought of that, but it does make sense...thank you for a good idea

2WheelsGood
December 23, 2010, 02:00 PM
I gather you're referring to things like RN, FMJ, TMJ?

Those things for sure. But I'm also talking about things that even experienced shooters wouldn't know. Things that are more common as "board speak" like EDC, or BUG. Things people wouldn't necessarily know even if they had been shooting for a long time.

9mmepiphany
December 23, 2010, 04:48 PM
Are you referring to the Basic Abbreviations (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=509386) in the General Gun Discussions section or were you thinking of something specifically related to Autoloaders?

2WheelsGood
December 23, 2010, 05:20 PM
My apologies, I did miss that. So yeah, Autoloaders specifically. :)

rtn
January 2, 2011, 05:03 PM
How "accurate" is XYZ gun? Then maybe an adjoining discussion on trigger control.

LCPor9mm
January 5, 2011, 02:34 PM
where can I get a small, light, cheap, accurate, heavy-hitting, high capacity, concealable death-ray knockdown powered handgun?
:D:D:D

LCPor9mm
January 6, 2011, 05:31 PM
I second the idea of ammo links: which has the best penetration, reliablity, accuracy, etc. in the more popular calibers. We could even post who has the best price, or where it can be found in a given State or region.

Kleanbore
January 8, 2011, 03:07 PM
What is a ramped barrel; pros and cons.

Different types of 1911 guide rods and bushings.

What do DAO, SA/DA, and striker fired mean....

Blowback vs locked breech.

Which cartridge designations refer to the same chambering.

2WheelsGood
January 8, 2011, 04:30 PM
What do DAO, SA/DA, and striker fired mean....
That can be a very lengthy and confusing topic. Massad wrote a great piece about it: CLICK! (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BTT/is_160_26/ai_92585765/?tag=content;col1)

Zerodefect
March 26, 2011, 01:59 PM
1.) 1911's factory vs. semi-custom vs. custom/high-end. Why some cost more, what to look for, etc. etc.

2.)Sights. Stock vs. Nightsights vs. Warren and Dawson FO competition style. Modern sight combonations for IDPA etc.

3.) SA vs. DA vs. Striker fired. And why DA/SA is obsolete.

4.) List of know proper training options. Discussion about class recommendations.

5.) Modern grip stance. Links to youtube examples.

Smaug
March 31, 2011, 04:22 PM
How about an encouragement to clarify what one means by "Best".

For example, we often see questions like: "What is the best 9mm?"

The answer would be that when phrasing such a question, one should include as many details as possible about what sort of features and situations one is looking to cover, for example: ...for pocket carry? For concealed carry in shorts and a T-shirt? For range and home defense only? Budget? Willing to consider used? Willing to buy online and have shipped to local FFL? Size of hands? Lefty or righty? For a woman or a man?

larryh1108
April 1, 2011, 01:44 AM
And why DA/SA is obsolete.

It is? I must have missed that thread.

JTQ
April 3, 2011, 01:06 PM
Something that explains (or displays) the different ways used to get a barrel to lock/unlock.

I've seen the STI 1911 video, which is pretty cool, and I'd like to see others if they are available.

I understand the Sig/Glock style lock up are pretty similar to the 1911, just without a link, but a Beretta 92, or PX4, or the way the Ruger P345 or P95 lock/unlock, would be interesting.

bigfatdave
April 3, 2011, 06:08 PM
http://www.p38forum.com/anime7.swf

Similar to the Beretta 92 series locking system.

RedAlert
May 15, 2011, 09:54 PM
We often see people asking for recommendations on what handgun/ ammo is best for them. There also seems to responses asking clarification questions.

How about a sticky containing a list of questions that need to be answered (to the best of their ability). Size of the person, intended uses, preferences for caliber or action, CCL or duty guy, level of experience, etc.

Sapper771
May 26, 2011, 03:13 PM
An in depth article on bullet weight vs. Its point of impact and why this occurs. I know a lot of people who dont understand this.

I liked the idea of posting photos of different carry and competition sights, and maybe photos of what the sight picture looks like from each sight.

gpwelding1
March 21, 2012, 06:48 PM
how about cleaning.many newbys,and some not so newbys,would benefit and most likely appreciate advice on helping make there weapons function properly and last longer.

GunnerShotz
May 19, 2012, 12:37 AM
Cleaning, that's a good one gp!

How about dry firing? Do or don't? Dry fire excercises?

Skribs
June 11, 2012, 12:37 PM
On night sights, how about a picture looking down the sights of a gun, in the dark, with a flashlight shining in front of the gun? You really can't see the night sights. Had I known that ahead of time, I might not have gotten them (although I still plan on getting them, so maybe I still would have).

Maybe a warning about which questions tend to get threads locked (i.e. caliber wars).

9mmepiphany
June 11, 2012, 03:47 PM
On night sights, how about a picture looking down the sights of a gun, in the dark, with a flashlight shining in front of the gun? You really can't see the night sights.
I'm working on an animation with different levels of lighting and light coming from various directions to illustrate this point.

Nightsights have a very narrow window fo validity
1. twilight...where you can identify your target, but can't quite see the sights

Skribs
July 6, 2012, 03:54 PM
Nightsights have a very narrow window fo validity
1. twilight...where you can identify your target, but can't quite see the sights

And finding the gun in the dark, prior to activating your flashlight (especially if weapon mounted).
And looking totally bravo alpha...

But you're right. Had I discovered this before I bought night sights, I probably wouldn't have gotten them. However, for the second reason I mentioned, I always get them ;)

I look forward to your animation.

Bill from Boomhower, Tex
July 19, 2012, 10:37 PM
Would someone please tell me why we have double action in auto-loading handguns today? Some years ago, I was shooting borrowed Colt 1911s with friends, when some one handed me a double action, I can't remember what now, only that it was nichol finished, hell I can't remember, might've been stainless, but anyway it was double-action. Why do we need this feature? Hard to pull the trigger/easy to pull the shot. I was used to double action service revolvers, and long bbl Model 28 Highway Patrolman, my 7 1/2" SuperBlackhawk, and Contender, and enjoyed handloading/hunting, but always in single action mode. Nowadays I'm very interested in auto loaders,military and assault type rifles, yet for years my only experience other than 740/742 deer rifles, a few Marlin/Winchester .22s, a High Standard HD Military, a Colt 1911 in .45acp, and one in .38 Super, my experience has been single action as it applys to serious hunting and casual target shooting/plinking. I'm sorry guys,somebody explain it to me,what pur pose doe double action serve in auto loading pistol? I carry a Colt Agent, and was very interested in this Colt New Agent, the one Parkerized w/cut-down bbl and no sights, then I read where it's double action. If the 1911 was single action all along, why?

el Godfather
July 23, 2012, 05:33 PM
How about excluding derogatory or racist remarks and making arguments out of those.

MarstudIII
August 26, 2012, 07:22 PM
As a compliment to my previous question on Colt 1911s, which Series is the best. I've owned two pistols with transfer bars, and not experienced any problems.

I know some traditionalists say the Series 70 is better, and frown upon the transfer bar. Has anyone had any problems with pistols with the transfer bar's operation?

JohnKSa
August 26, 2012, 07:34 PM
Nightsights have a very narrow window fo validity
1. twilight...where you can identify your target, but can't quite see the sightsThey're also useful when you're using indirect lighting to illuminate a target.

In some of the low-light shooting I've done, I found that a bright light shining through the haze of the discharge smoke was distracting--like using highbeams in the fox.

It was possible to shine the light on the ground in front of the target, illuminating the target with indirect lighting. Because the light isn't shining in the direction you're looking, it cuts out the glare that comes back, but then there isn't enough light on the target to clearly silhouette the sights. Night sights allowed accurate hits in that situation.

winfried
November 15, 2012, 08:59 AM
We often hear the term 'short recoil' if we know what is a short recoil weapon, what then is a 'long recoil'?

On springs I would like to see engineering facts and not opinions please.

I know that few people have an idea of kinetic energy and momentum. Why not assemble a questionnaire?

Many pistols have problems and guesswork engineering is applied to figure out the problem. A spread sheet attachment to calculate the impulse generated compared to impulse required to operate a pistol. Then from the initial spring force, final spring force and the slide travel to determine slide velocity at its end. This will indicate why failures to eject happen.
Why not finally introduce system to determine how much force x trigger travel is required for a DA shot for a subsequent SA shot. The higher the number the less likely an AD

Regards

Winfried

Dr_2_B
December 10, 2012, 11:43 PM
I suppose you may say this doesn't belong in the autoloader subforum, but basic guidelines about trading arms to prevent one from inadvertently/unknowingly breaking a law might be helpful. I realize THR can't get into giving legal advice, but it might be great to list those things that are illegal and that the average Joe may not know (i.e. state lines, etc.).

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