Re: InterArms - OT Gun Post
Hey Joey, you and I probably wouldn't dissagree that much. The S&W autos I fired were the first of the new autos that they came out with in the mid 80's (may have been a 59...not sure as I'm just not as familiar with S&W models). Never tried the later generations. I have no problem with the 39s, older S&W's from the 60's and early 70's. And I love the older S&W revolvers! I was a bit turned off in the 80's by the square boxy design of the autos with poor quality to boot. I got several cuts from burrs on guns straight out of the box from S&W firearms in the 80's (revolvers and autos). It probably influenced my comfort and perception in general. I wanted to like the S&W autos as they looked awesome at that time. But they never felt right in my hand for me, and I never could hit as well as I could with other makes/models. But I had a very good friend that had one and he was deadly with it. It was his favorite gun. Different strokes for different folks kind of thing. I'm not saying they were a bad design, they just weren't for me. And in all fairness, if I had tried the later generations, my view may have changed. I had limited exposure to them. And there were plenty of other makes/models that worked well for me. (Although S&W did have some serious quality problems in the 80's. And that isn't just my opinion, that is pretty much a view held by many. Although I can't say so for sure, I suspect it is even a fact. eg. burrs on guns straight out of the box...shame!)
I have no problem with 45, 9mm, 40, and 380. They all have their place. Nobody is going to feel comfortable facing anyone with one of these calibers in the hands of someone that can use them and place a shot accurately. Yes, carry the largest caliber you can conceal comfortably.
For concealed carry, the pivotal word is concealed. And down here in Texas, we don't usually wear much clothing (although lately with ice and snow, concealed carry is a snap). So the challenge is to conceal. Smaller and lighter is better. As Joey said, "think small, thin, rounded".
Although I have owned Rugers, I have only carried a Ruger a few times. It is a great sidearm, but it is too heavy and bulky for concealed carry. And I never carry a Star. I was trying to be a little too polite and subtle on the issue, and thought I might as well just be a little more clear/direct on the subject. And I also agree with you on the baby Glocks...they look and feel like someone cut the grip off with a chainsaw...horrible ergonomics. However, I'd rather have a Star than nothing if I needed it!
In summary, I agree with Joey, although I still reserve the right to never purchase another S&W again for their failure to uphold the second ammendment as sacred and not to be tampered with, even a little bit at a time!
Enough for now.
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