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PDW vs. open class pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by mudriver, Nov 29, 2012.

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  1. mudriver

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    I've been recently intrigued by the concept of a PDW for civilian use. I'm very familiar with the military concept, but there are some interesting civilian applications.

    - More firepower than a standard CCW (more ammo, usually better ballistics)
    - More accurate / effective from 50 to 150 yds than a pistol
    - Good backpack/camping/hiking gun
    - Smaller than a rifle for trunk gun, etc

    However, I was thinking maybe an open class pistol or maybe super cool revolver like these would do the same thing in a smaller package.

    Anyone else have these kinds bizarre thoughts?
     

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    According to Wikipedia, PDW's have not become more popular because they are not significantly less expensive to produce than a standard assault rifle, among other reasons. If you require the capabilities of a carbine, follow this young lady's example.

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    Yes, but she might be able to conceal a high cap pistol under that bikini:D:D
     
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    I've yet to see a good definition of a PDW so you might need to be more specific there.

    As far as open guns go, I wouldn't want to carry any of mine without hearing protection. One time I shot one of my compensated 38 supers at an indoor range. It actually hurt my ears with hearing protection on. And I have no problem shooting my snub nose 500 S&W indoors. Another thought is that most open guns have red dot sights that need to be turned on before shooting.
     
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    I don't know about the specific red dots used in race pistols, but I know that many red dots use tritium or use energy-efficient LEDs and can be left on indefinitely for years without needing to replace the battery or lamp.

    I can see wanting to carry with a red dot, but most of what goes into making a race gun is detrimental to CCW. The extended magwell is bulkier, extended magazines are more likely to print, and the compensator is not only longer, but will send the gases up into your line of vision.

    What I would be more likely to do if I had the funding is take a normal gun, put an RDS on it, and carry it with a flush magazine, but have some extended mags in the mag holster.

    As far as PDWs go, I think it would be interesting to CCW a piston AR pistol on a 1-point sling under a jacket.
     
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