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.45, Semi-Automatic, Ruger

Conan, what is the best hand gun to carry?

That depends.

Are you thinking Zombie Apaocalypse, Lizard Kings, Shadow People, or just regular Space person Aliens?

You want revolver or semi auto?

Big bullet or little bullet? Are you large or small? You dress formal or informal?  You like belt carry—inside or outside? You want a shoulder rig—horizontal or vertical? You want Kydex, nylon, leather, shark-hide, or something else?

Not an easy question to answer. If you read the gun magazines, writers “test and review” firearms, supposedly for you. “Bad” guns seem rare. “Fit and finish” are almost always grand. The gun almost always “cycles anything I feed it with narry a bobble,” and so on. And if you read the whole article it can just slide off the deep end into technical, internal workings of the gun, transfer bars, sears, etc.

Mr. Gun Writer—this is stuff I don’t care about.

I have only one question: will this gun go BANG! If I pull the trigger?

Or does the gun-writer’s, ”nary a bobble” mean the bullet might not always feed? Nary? Usually? Will the bullet in a semi-auto feed from the magazine up the ramp into the firing chamber?

If  it’s a semi-auto, does the gun maybe have a fancy, new “safe action” type trigger that can go off if you sit down wrong? Because I hate when that happens. I would call those the most dangerous triggers I have ever seen. I’m surprised more people aren’t killed by those. I know some are. It seems to me guns like that could go off like a liberal at a conservative birthday party.

I also want to know if the semi-auto comes in a caliber that’s not some “trick” bullet, maybe designed to somehow expand, fragment, or “hold together.”

I just want the gun to always go BANG! And fire a bullet at a velocity where it doesn’t have to do any tricks.

I want it carried hidden from view in a rig that will fit, be reasonably comfortable, and keep the gun handily accessible.

Let me make a few remarks here?

In a semi-automatic, you might like a .45 caliber, Lightweight Commander type, 1911, with eight rounds in the magazine, and one in the firing chamber. This is no frills, no special tools needed for take-down. It has one safety on the side, and a grip safety. It has night sights, and is carried cocked and locked. You might like it in a vertical, leather shoulder rig with two extra magazines on the off-side. You should be able to draw from a shoulder holster even while seated in, say, a car.

In a revolver, you might like a .357 Magnum, six rounds, with about a 4.2 inch barrel, carried in a leather shoulder holster, etc.

As a second rig, for those summer, carefree, casual days, you might like an inside-the-pants, leather, quick-draw holster. This is worn on the weak side for a draw across your body using the strong hand. You should be able to draw from it while in a seated position, using either hand. Again, you would carry extra rounds in steel speed-loaders positioned handily and designed for the exact revolver.

Recommended bullets might be:

In a .45:  plain old, 230 grain, ball ammo. This is what the gun was designed to feed and fire, by the incredible genius of John Browning, around 1911. Also, it reportedly makes a .45 caliber hole almost every time, and goes deep. Hard to improve on this one if you can hit a paper target.

In a .357 Magnum, plain old, 158 grain hollow point or flat nose ammo. While hollow points are “outlawed” in war, they are not in civilian activities. Reportedly, the hollow point bullet should expand, and either bullet should go deep. You may perceive some “kick” with this one, but nothing like liberals might try to scare you with.

That’s all, folks. And, as Jim Carrey basically says in KICK-ASS 2,  “Have fun.”

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Conservative, Political, Supernatural, Assorted Thriller Books—by Jeffrey A. Friedberg, author of this article.

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