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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 9mmepiphany, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Member

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    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.
     
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  2. GunnerShotz

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    Cleaning, that's a good one gp!

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

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    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).
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    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
     
  5. Skribs

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    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.
     
  6. BADUNAME57

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    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?
     
  7. el Godfather

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    How about excluding derogatory or racist remarks and making arguments out of those.
     
  8. MarstudIII

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    1911 Series 80 Transfer Bar vs. Series 70 One Piece Firing pin.

    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?
     
  9. JohnKSa

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    They'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 fog.

    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.
     
  10. winfried

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    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
     
  11. Dr_2_B

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    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.).
     
  12. entropy

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    How about a sticky that just says "Before you ask, do a forum search. It's been asked before, and there is a thread on it here somewhere."
     
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    Perhaps an article covering the different types of finishes used on firearms--not necessarily specific proprietary brands, but rather general categories--and their respective "pros" and "cons"?
     
  14. Hokkmike

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    Double springs vs. single springs (advantages - disadvantages)
    Loose vs. captured springs
     
  15. Walt Sherrill

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    I'd like to see a clearer definition of DA, SA, DA/SA and DAO -- and include in this explanation how some "DA" guns really aren't DA (i.e., they don't have second-strike capability).

    The type of guns in question are called DA, but others, more technical, call them Modified DA -- but they could just as easily call them Modified SA Why the "Modified"? It's because the slide must be moved some distance (partially or fully charging the striker or hammer springs) before the trigger is able to complete the process. The older metal-framed S&W worked this way in some models, and nearly all newer striker-fired guns (except some Walthers) work this way now.
     
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  16. DPris

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    Something like:

    Which is best, a plastic 9mm carried with an empty chamber and no safety, or a steel .45 ACP carried with a round chambered & thumb safety on?
    I've heard the .45 can go off by itself, but plastic melts in the car in the summer, so.....

    Which is best for CCW, a .380 ACP with FMJ, or a .44 Magnum with lead round nosed ammo?
    I've heard an FMJ gives the best penetration, so....

    Which is the best first gun to give my new bride, a .22 revolver or a .300 Win Mag rifle?
    She MIGHT hunt someday, so....

    Which is best, an ankle holster, or one of those horizontal shoulder holsters?
    I think if the gun goes off accidentally horizontally I might kill somebody behind me on the bus, but I think if the gun goes off accidentally on my ankle I'd only shoot the road, so....

    Which is the best powder to use in my Ruger Old Army, Winchester 748 or IMR 4895?
    I ran out of black powder and I read on the Internet that Bill Ruger tested the ROA with smokeless, so....
    Denis
     
  17. larryh1108

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    Denis,
    Did you get a burr under your saddle?
     
  18. DPris

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    Nope.
    I am merely contributing to the discussion at hand. :D
    Denis
     
  19. DPris

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    How's this going?
    Denis
     
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  21. jrelkhunt

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    I have a m57 tokarev pistol,,,the slide was jammed when I got it so I took it apart except for the trigger box--it finally would slide after cleaning oilng and greasing but very stiff----I bought another one just like I and put the trigger box from the new gun into the old one and the old gun worked like new so I have a bad trigger box but I cant see any reason for the box being bad--any ideas?? thks
     
  22. entropy

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    Yes, Post this in the Gunsmithing sub-forum.
     
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