We got in a few of the .40 XDMC’s… You know, while at SHOT I took a look at them and at the time they just didn’t blow my skirt up. However after handling the production gun here… taking some more time to examine it…
I like it. It’s the first XDM that I could see myself getting if I was in the market for a Sub-Compact sized Poly-Striker. The grip is short, but it works. The 3.8 inch barrel and related sight radius makes getting a good Sight Picture easier than on other sub-compact guns. And the XDM’s lines seem to work better with this hobbit sized grip. I give it my nod of approval.
I sold a 1911 to a fellow who wanted to install a set of Crimson Trace Grips. So that’s what I did. I offered 10 bucks to the fellow for his “old” grips. He took me up on it. So now my ATI Commander has a decent set of wood grips. Looks much nicer… what do you think?
Compare that to the old grips…
Also, the old grips were squared off at the bottom and the new ones have a nice beveled touch to it. Much much better.
Shooting those .44 Mags again today… really put the Wheel Gun itch back into me. Sure, revolvers have a limited supply of ammo on board. Sure, for most people, revolvers are slower to reload.
However, Revolvers have some other qualities that are big bonuses… They are not Ammo Sensitive like an Auto. An Auto has to fire ammo that is within a certain power range or they wont cycle. Revolvers don’t. You can shoot super light target loads, you can shoot super hot magnum hunting loads… all through the same cylinder without changing anything.
ATI is bringing in some really well made 1911’s. I’ve been eyeballing this Commander for almost 5 months now. Had to do it… I… can’t… help… myself.
I’m an addict… I know. I have a problem. I admit it. I LOVE guns.
Crusader Weaponry list of soon to be done upgrades: Full ST-1 Treatment. Trigger Job, Action Job, and an OD Green Duracoat on the grip frame. Then those nasty wood grips are getting replaced with something else… I don’t care what.
Our friend, Outbreak has taken the first steps to Glock Ownership. The Infection. The seed has been implanted and is taking hold inside his brain. Soon he will get one in his hand… take it to the range… then shooting it. Then the realization will hit him… Glocks are Good. And then he will buy one of his own.
And then he will be ONE OF US.
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.
Here we go again guys… Yes, I know its so soon since I just did Mossberg. But I’ve some thoughts on Taurus here and now.
Taurus has come a long way, Baby. These guys have made a mint on the Judge revolver series, and everyone knows all about them, even people who don’t know guns. Because according to one guy that says he knows a guy that is friends with a guy that hunts ducks with them. Well, I’m not talking about the super serious, uber deadly Judges. We’re going to talk about the other stuff Taurus makes. Continue reading Armchair Quarterbacking: TAURUS handguns→
Nightcrawler is an unrepentant Wheelgunner. He’s also an advocate of the .44 Magnum. NC sent one gun off to S&W’s Performance Center for special tuning. The other one, with the short barrel is a gun that S&W gave him as a replacement for a previous .44 Mag that he sent in for repair… which turned out to be unrepairable. So they gave him some options and he picked this one. It’s a great little gun. Looks sexy. But is exceptionally unpleasant when firing. The wood grips are just gorgeous, but do not belong on a .44 Magnum firing full power loads.
One of The Horde has asked for a Top 5 1911 list. This is difficult, because saying 1911 is like saying Pickup Truck. There are different types, classes of truck. Class wasn’t specified. So this is going to be an overall pick, cross classes.
1. Springfield TRP
2. SIG 1911 TacOps
3. Dan Wesson V-Bob
4. STI Ranger II
5. Springfield 1911 GI
Three of the five selections are full sized, 5” guns. The other two are Commander length guns. There are no three inch guns on my list for a reason. The smaller sized guns get more finicky in terms of reliability and for me, that’s a huge disqualification. The full size and the Commander length guns are where it’s at.
If I was going to pick a few more, the other guns on my list would be the guns in the Colt CCO type configuration with a Commander length barrel and slide on an Officer’s length frame. Such as the SIG C3 and RCS. Both would make the list for sure. Also, if I had another spot, I’d have to put an STI Tactical 4.15, which would also be the only double stacked 1911 on this list, and the only one in 9mm.
If I was going to pick something on the more Budge Minded level, the options are fewer, but some stand out. The pistols from ATI have a strong showing with tolerances on par with guns that cost 3 times as much. The newish Remington R1 is a nice pistol, if you can find one. The Para GI Expert is a very similar gun at a similar price point, and it’s a good one. Then there are the guns from Taurus which are solid values and surprisingly good shooters.
Notice I am not talking about the Semi-Custom Production guns from makers such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, and Ed Brown. They are certainly good, but the cost level is puts them far and away above the reach of a lot of shooters, without a drastic or tangible increase in returns for the money.