Friday, January 10, 2020

The Ruger 57

Eight years ago, I joked about Ruger introducing a .22 magnum auto-loading pistol. I even spoke to a Ruger employee at an NRA convention about the idea, who poo-pooed it.

In that piece, I wrote this:
So, why not a new .22 Magnum auto-loader, with a few 'improvements' on the KT PMR-30.- - -Maybe a magazine safety (yuk), and a striker fired system; and lets go whole hog and add a .22 Long Rifle conversion kit in the box. All for a MSRP of $499. This would be a real poor man's Five-seveN.
Well, Ruger went one better and produced their own Ruger 57, at a much
Ruger 57 from Ruger website
reduced MSRP (vs FN - $1435) of $799.

With this pistol in production, and with hopes that more ammo manufacturers will get on board and drive ammo prices down to a reasonable level, this just may be a big success.

Power with reduced recoil in a full-size yet lightweight package. Hmmm...

What do you think?

Monday, December 9, 2019

400 K views

Today I note more than four hundred thousand views of this blog. Thanks to all who participate.

Doing a little rough calculating, I figure that if these were all individual and not repeat visitors, if each of you had 1000 guns, that would still be shy of the numbers of guns out there in the US.

There are in excess of four hundred million in the US. Maybe a whole bunch more, since guns only have two enemies:




Thursday, November 28, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

ERPO's are bad law

UPDATE: After learning that the H-C managing editor had been on vacation when I sent my ERPO letter; and prompting from Jenny to resubmit it. I did send it in again. They printed it HERE.

Freedom of the Press is free only if you own the press. Below is my recent letter to the editor of the Cookeville Herald-Citizen. It seems doubtful after this much time that they will publish it. So, here it is.

October 5, 2019
Editor, Herald-Citizen:

Advocates of Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO’s or Red Flag Laws) are really more interested in depriving citizens of their lawfully owned guns than they are in public safety.

H.R. 3076, currently under consideration in Congress, is flawed from the beginning, by authorizing confiscation of private property following an ex parte hearing. This means that the respondent first learns of being targeted when heavily armed G-men show up at his door before daybreak to seize his guns.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Muddy River Tactical Holster

Like many other Pistol People, I have accumulated my share of holsters, and even made a few. The problem is that practically every holster has some negative factor. Like handgun choice, compromise is the order of the day.

Defensive handguns need to be as powerful as a bazooka and as light as a feather. So, if you choose a .50 Desert Eagle as a defensive pistol, it may serve double duty as a boat anchor, but it will tend to make you have a list to starboard.

But, I digress . . .

There are a number of factors to consider when looking for a holster. Some are:

  • Inside the waistband (IWB)
  • Outside the waistband (OWB)
  • Clock position*
  • Cant (tilt)
  • Shoulder - vertical
  • Shoulder - horizontal
  • Shoulder - angled
  • Belt thickness and stiffness

Front view
I gave up on IWB when I learned that you have to wear larger pants. Since I didn't carry the big gun every day (often opting for the pocket rocket), my waist tended to expand to fit the larger pants. Uh, not good!

Now, the chief advantage of IWB is concealability. But that advantage diminishes when a cover garment is long enough to cover the muzzle of an OWB holstered pistol. So, in recent years I have tried several different OWB holsters with varying degrees of success. One, of thick leather, has an attached magazine pouch. It has poor retention, though. Another, which I made, holds the pistol high and tight, but has poor retention.

Sweat shield is standard

Recently, I decided to try an OWB Kydex holster from Muddy River Tactical. I was pleasantly surprised to see the large number of pistols they make holsters for. They include two styles of belt loops with each order. A nice
choice, at no extra charge. Chicago screws also allow for cant adjustment.

I ordered the holster and it came quickly. My pistol fit perfectly, but there was a problem. The holster had almost zero retention. So I got on the phone and called Muddy River. Kevin, the owner answered. Wow! I started to tell Kevin the problem, and he asked my name, and order number. I gave them to him and he said, "I will send you a return label right now."

Dimple in trigger guard provides positive retention

He did.

I sent the holster back on his dime, they put a nice dimple in the trigger guard, and, Voila!, problem solved. I could have probably done that, but I thought Kevin would want to make it right.
Chicago screws and multiple holes
allow cant adjustment

He did.

the pistol slides in, snaps in place, and is held securely.

Based on reasonable price, speed, and excellent customer service, I highly recommend Muddy River Tactical.

*12 o'clock is front and center, 3 is on the right hip, etc.