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I've never had a 1911 (1991) jam...ever. Heavy or not, that's a huge selling pointJamesLyding wrote:I never thought that this site would be a haven of gun lovers. I used to carry a .45 caliber M1911A1 that my grandfather liberated from the U.S. Army in World War 2, but that's a heavy weapon. I no longer see a reason to carry a piece because I don't do trails cool enough to warrant a deadly firearm. I have no problems with guns, but I'm more likely to take my Springfield 1903 that weighs a ton and has a flash-suppression tip on a hike than worry about a firearm for protection. I haven't been lucky in the G&F lottery so I haven't had the opportunity to take my .30-06s out for anything.
I'm more of a camera hunter these days anyhoo.
Nice and light. The wife has the 26 and it's just a little too small for my hands. Look into the little thumb extender you can get for the mags and it makes handling less of a chore...Vaporman wrote:I've been thinking about getting a glock 19, especially if Obama wins... A little bigger than the glock 26 but it doesn't weigh much more. This should make a good CCW and hiking gun, right?
Those are good points.azbackpackr wrote:One more thing, if you are going to carry a larger-sized gun, and you are not an experienced shooter, then a revolver is a lot more reliable. One like my Ladysmith, which is double action--you need to have only one hand free to fire it, and there is no safety to mess with. Remember, with a semi-auto you have to rack the slide or undo the safety. And a revolver will not jam, whereas, with an inexperienced shooter, or a woman with a weak wrist (speaking of myself) a semi-auto can jam. Then where are you? You have to unjam it--dig around and get that bullet that's caught in the slide out, and then try again? Say, "Oh, wait a minute, hang on there, I'll shoot you just as soon as I unjam this dang thing"?
Good call. People freak out when they see a weapon out in the boonies. Fact is, most people will never pull a weapon and fire to kill a snake before it strikes them. I mainly have it for large animals and\or advanced primates that pose a threat that I might encounter. In either of those instances I will have time to dig it out of it's hiding place before it is needed...skatchkins wrote:Nice gun Strand. I carry my 4" Springfield XD9 when I'm on the trail. Home clip is for Hydra-shoks and trail clip has a snake shot leading the pack with hollowpoints thereafter.
I took my CCW class last wknd, mostly so I don't have to ever worry about other hikers feeling nervous just because I'm carrying.
Seeing anyone at all is uncommon in many areas!Strand wrote:Of course in the White Mtns, you figure about 1/2 the locals are packing at any given time, so seeing a pistol while on the trails isn't exactly uncommon.
Very true. What I should have said is that when you do see someone on the trail (maybe 1 in 4 hikes) it's not unusual if that person is armed. Of course if you only hike during the week, you might see someone once ever 10 times out...amazing!azbackpackr wrote: Seeing anyone at all is uncommon in many areas!
For general back country use I carry one of these also, except I use 135gr. Federal personal defense ammo. The Ruger P89 DC is not the glitziest of all firearms, but it is a dependable workhorse that is going to shoot no matter what it has been dragged through. I don't carry while backpacking in wilderness areas because I feel pretty confident that I won't run in to the only preditor that worries me, the armed idiot. If they can't get there by ATV, they would be straying too far from beer.J&SHike wrote:Not always, but sometimes, I carry my Ruger P89 DC 9mm.