22 Mag Pistol – for Self-Defense, would you? Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/2018 | J Hines

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8 responses to “22 Mag Pistol – for Self-Defense, would you? Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/2018 | J Hines

    • I carried a snubnose j-frame S&W Model-36, that was authorized for off-duty and carry as detective in business attire. I never felt under gunned.
      Round butt, works better for concealment. I happen to like only a Tyler T-grip adapter. Any larger grips print and rub the ribs. Inside of pocket carry, you place your thumb under the hammer when drawing the weapon out of the pocket. Standard Velocity .38 Special, 158 gr. LSWC, works very smooth. An action hone is good but do not lower trigger draw weight. Keep in mind that the j-frame or other two inch barrel, will have a short ejector rod, and will not raise shells out completely, so when you do fire, know how to combat reload, by depressing the thumbpiece with the right hand. Left hand, middle index finger and ring finger opens the crane. Left thumb actuates the ejector rod. You twist your torso at the hips, to the right, to throw the shell casings out. Then bring the cylinder to the ammo and load with the right hand, by speed loader/speed strip/2x2x2 method. Use cylinder flutes to index the reloading quicker and also in low light. Then the left thumb closes NOT SLAMS to crane closed.

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        • I had one of those also. Nice. Holsters are the problem, because not many make holsters, where I had the regulation of having a covered trigger guard and thumb-strap. I carried OWB right side on a belt per regulation. As backup gun, either shoulder holster, or appendix was good. There is also IWB and ankle carry, but in the Robbery Squad, I wore proper business attire and had to follow the Patrol Guide regulations. Hammerless of Double Action Only, I happen to like. It was made to prevent indexing the cylinder and accidentally discharging the weapon. Again, Round Butt with Tyler T-Grip. The NY-1 series is basically in snubnose a Model-60 stainless steel revolver. The heavy trigger was due to liability the City was paying out. Winchester Ammo, requires an 8.0 # trigger pull to ignite their primers and I heard that at training from their rep’s mouth. Federal uses 7.5# primers, but Winchester .38+P was the regulation ammo in 158 gr. LSWC. Only a bit more slap from the +P. For civilian use, standard velocity is okay. With +P, watch for cylinder end shake. Washers get blown out, and even I had to replace washers every now and then because I shot 400 rounds per day, seven days a week. I had a fear of a wild shot hurting an innocent bystander so I practiced and was a Distinguished Pistol Expert since my third year on the Job until retirement. 100 score weight/100 score shot. I have several revolvers because I was always cleaning them at home and in the locker room. When things were crazy at work, and Lord knows, there were times, I carried a service revolver and snubnose while wearing a business suit.
          When at times, I was in newspapers or seen at news conferences or giving a news conference, I always made it a point to be certain that my revolvers were covered and no civilian could see where it was or how many I carried. When I worked Plainclothes, it was showing. When I was a detective, I covered it. When I worked Warrants, it was showing. As Squad Whip, I kept it covered.

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            • NO laser. That is a gimmick that will fail at the worst possible moment. Leave the revolver as is and learn to use the partridge sights, which is very easy. Simply raise the weapon up and into your line of vision and keep all three sighting planes horizontally level. Practice point shooting by using only your empty hand. Point to objects. NOT photographs of family or you will GREEN LIGHT them as a target. Point to the wall clock. Point to the door knob, and so on. Then with a confirmed empty revolver, draw and point to the wall clock. You will instantly be on target. In a firefight, hit them center mass and put them down. If you get proficient, and you will if you keep practicing, get a target of a silhouette, with chalk, draw a triangle from the tip of the chin, to each armpit. Connect the dots and make a triangle. That is where the central mass of arteries are. Practice keeping shots within that triangle, and if ever a firefight, the opponent bleeds out.

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