Sunday, June 18, 2017

Revolvers Chambered for .32 H&R Magnum

This is a list that I have been putting together of revolvers that are chambered for the .32 H&R Magnum cartridge.  The cartridge was designed to be useful for self-defense and is generally reported to stand somewhere between a .380 ACP cartridge and .38 Special in terms of power.

.32 H&R Magnum (Center) compared to similarly sized cartridges - Drake00 at English Wikipedia [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My sources for this list have included Wikipedia, the Smith & Wesson Forum, firearms manufacturer websites and various online gun sale sites. There are undoubtedly more different revolver models chambered for .32 H&R Magnum and I will update this post as I come across them.


.32 H&R Magnum Revolvers



H&R Model 504 - .32 H&R Magnum
H&R Model 532 - .32 H&R Magnum (pull-pin cylinder)
H&R Model 586 - .32 H&R Magnum (pull-pin cylinder)
NEF R73 - .32 H&R Magnum
NEF Lady Ultra - .32 H&R Magnum
Charter Arms Undercoverette SS
Charter Arms Lavender Lady
Charter Arms Pink Lady
Freedom Arms (Model 97 - chambered for .327 Magnum & .32 H&R Cylinder available) 
Dan Wesson DW 32 
Ruger LCR
Ruger Blackhawk
Ruger Single-Six
Ruger SP-101 (KSP-3231X)
Smith and Wesson K-32, Model 16-4
Smith and Wesson 431PD & 432PD Airweight Revolvers
Smith and Wesson 631 & 632 Stainless Revolvers
Taurus 731 Ultra-Lite

As of this writing, I believe only the Charter Arms Undercoverette and Lady models are still being produced for .32 H&R Magnum.  Ruger is still producing firearms for the more powerful .327 Magnum cartridge.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to Make Cleaning a Ruger Mark III Easier

Disassembling and cleaning a Ruger Mark III Target Pistol can be a very difficult task.  Even experienced firearms owners can find it daunting.  However, there are a few aids that can make this gun cleaning chore a little easier. 

1. Ruger Mark All-in-One Tool.  One of the things that Ruger Mark III owners find most daunting is the process of disassembling and deeply cleaning the popular target pistol. However, there is an "All-in-One" tool that can make the process far easier.


2. Ruger Mark III Cleaning Mat.  A diagram showing all the parts of a Ruger Mark III is also useful to have just in case you can't remember where a part goes or how parts fit together once you have the firearm taken down.


While I ultimately chose to sell back my Ruger Mark III target pistol when money got tight, these two accessories could have made long-term ownership much more feasible.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Popular Ruger Mark III Accessories

If you own a Ruger Mark III, there are a number of accessories that could prove helpful and make the popular target pistol more convenient.  Fortunately, the Ruger Mark III comes with a nice plastic case from Ruger.  Here are two other accessories that every Ruger Mark III owner should have:


1.  Ruger Mark III Holster.  As a gun owner, I firmly believe that ever handgun in my arsenal deserves a proper case and a proper holster.  Since I don't live in the country or wear a handgun on my hip every day, I don't have a leather holster for every firearm.  My baseline is typically a well-made black nylon holster.



2. Ruger Mark III Easy Loader.  During my short period of Ruger Mark III ownership, I noticed that loading those long metal clips can be rough on the hands.  One of the first accessories that I bought was a Mag Pal Easy Loader for the Ruger Mark III.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Handgun Review: Ruger Mark III 22/45 .22 caliber Target Pistol

God punishes those who sell perfectly good Ruger Single-Six convertible revolvers. In my case, he chose another Ruger product to visit his vengeance upon me:  the Ruger Mark III 22/45.  Of course, thou shalt not sell your Ruger Single-Six is not one of the commandments God etched in stone. It's one of those minor karmic missteps that the good lord punishes you for in mischievous ways.



Ruger Mark III Features


In my case, I bought a slick Ruger Mark III 22/45 to occupy the .22 pistol slot in my gun cabinet.  Technically, the Ruger Mark III is a widely respected target pistol and there was nothing terribly wrong with my example.  It was reasonably priced, had a 4-inch bull barrel, came in a real plastic case, and had a mount for a scope or reflex sight.  From a safety perspective, the Ruger Mark III has a loaded chamber indicator, a safety, and an internal lock.  It was also a fairly accurate pistol with a nice tall front sight and an adjustable rear sight.  I loved the fact that my Ruger came in a nice plastic box that could serve as a carrying case.  It even had a small padlock to locking the case when the pistol was not in use.



From a looks perspective, the Ruger Mark III 22/45 had a bit of the whole La Femme Nikita thing going on.  However, the grips were a bit generic and blocky.  All pointed towards serviceable but not overly sexy compared with other .22 target pistols.  On sale for less than $300, I thought I got a pretty good deal.


Ruger Mark III Shooting Impressions


However, the Ruger Mark III 22/45 lost me on the firing line. It simply made a bad first impression.  My fingers got raw loading the magazines, I remembered how easy it was to simply open the loading gate of the Single-Six and drop the bullets in one by one.  Then, there were the safety, magazine release, and bolt stop to deal with on the Ruger Mark III and all of those were stiff and uncomfortable.  Firing the Mark III was certainly less therapeutic than closing the loading gate of a single-action revolver, taking aim, cocking the hammer, and squeezing an ever so light trigger.  Although the Mark III was quite accurate, the stiff new pistol  made me realize that I was probably more of a revolver person when it comes to .22 caliber fun.  Although I had done a quick cleaning of the Mark III prior to shooting, my new pistol failed to chamber a few rounds out of the hundred or so that I shot.  Finally, somewhere during my range session, the Mark III actually bit me.  I think a part of my thumb got in the way as the slide moved back into battery.

The Loaded Chamber Indicator on the Ruger Mark III 22/45

Ruger Mark III Competitors


To add insult to injury, after I bought my Mark III, Smith & Wesson came out with their snazzy new Victory target pistols and Ruger came out with the easy to clean Ruger Mark IV.  The Mark III is reportedly very difficult to fully clean.  I took that as a sign from above.  Someone above was making me regret my purchase.


Ruger Mark III 22/45 Bull Barrel & Front Sight

Conclusion



I simply didn't fall in love with my Ruger Mark III 22/45.  When I really needed a little extra cash, I sold the pistol back to my local gun store.  With all the snazzy new pistols in the market, I took a hit there too.  But, living near a wretched hive of scum and villainy where people kill each other over sneakers, I felt safer selling back to the gun store.  In truth, I could have worked on my relationship with my Ruger Mark III.  I bought a Mag Pal Ruger Clip Loader to save my fingers during loading.  The Ruger Mark III was plenty accurate.  It presented a great sight picture.

Ruger Mark III 22/45 Sight Picture


For me, this pistol was a paradox.  Nothing was wrong with it and everything was wrong with it.  I can't totally pan the Ruger Mark III.  It is a safe, accurate, handgun.  It just wasn't the pistol for me.



My firearms collecting journey isn't over.  I'll likely add another .22 pistol to my arsenal in a few months.  There's a very good chance it will be a revolver--preferably an old and inexpensive one.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Should I Refinish My Old .22 Rifle?

Background - My Ranger M34 Single Shot .22 Rifle


One of the coolest old firearms in my collection is a single-shot Ranger M34 that was passed on to me from my grandfather.  I believe it was made in the early 1930s.  Here is an an advertisement for a similar Ranger single-shot .22 from that era.  Can you imagine being able to buy a rifle for $3.49!!! 


Today, single-shot .22 rifles are still not terribly expensive.  They have some advantages when it comes to teaching young people to shoot.  With a single shot rifle, you have to slow down, make sure you are in a good stance, get a good sight picture, exercise breathing control, exercise trigger control, and hold steady to follow through and let your bullet leave the barrel.

The Eternal Question:  Should I refinish my rifle?


I'm in a quandary about my single-shot .22 Ranger.  They aren't very valuable monetarily.  But, the family connection in the rifle is strong.  I'm very tempted to clean up the stock and the barrel by removing any external rust from the barrel and refinishing the stock.  It would make for a nicer shooter and preserve the rifle for posterity.  However, you could argue that every nick and scratch tells a story.  It's a tough call.

Conventional wisdom in the gun magazines is that refinishing and particularly re-blueing a firearm destroys its value as a collectible.  However, it might be okay to refinish firearms that aren't considered valuable or likely to grow in value.  Finally, there are a few people on gun forums who have the perspective that the firearm belongs to you and you can do with it what you wish.

My grandfather was a very practical man and I don't think he ever really collected anything for sentimental reasons.  If he thought it would preserve the firearm and keep it a useful tool, he would probably have it refinished.  Alternatively, if he really thought he needed a firearm, he would probably just go out and buy a new one.

It seems like there is a pretty good chance that I'll go out and some sort of Birchwood Casey kit and try my hand at improving an old firearm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

If Hillary Wins: Here Are The Guns You Can Still Enjoy!

The election is creeping closer and closer.  Soon America will have to decide between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or one of the third party candidates.  As nearly every gun owner knows, this election is vital.  Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her disdain for the Second Amendment.  Hillary Clinton made gun control a centerpiece of her campaign from the outset.

Hillary Clinton - Presidential Candidate & Gun Control Advocate

She is likely to appoint liberal Supreme Court justices who will interpret the bill of rights to reduce our access to firearms.  If she wins and gets the votes she needs in Congress or gets her nominees onto the Supreme Court, a constitutional right that we have long taken for granted will be reduced in stature and slowly interpreted away.

As the pendulum swings towards gun control, what are the firearms that you will likely still be able to enjoy?

1. Traditional Hunting Rifles.  The Democrats have long said that they "support the second amendment" for hunters.  Thus, some of their legislation has actually protected selected hunting firearms like the Marlin 336 .30-30 deer rifle.  Hillary and her henchmen are likely to leave 4 and 5 round capacity traditional hunting rifles alone.  If Hillary wins the White House, gun owners might expect a revival of an updated assault weapons ban as proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein in 2012. By listing many popular hunting rifles as exempt, the Democrats hope to split hunters off from gun collectors, target shooters, and self-defense shooters. Ultimately, this sort of measure paves the way for more and more aggressive forms of gun control.

Marlin 336W .30-30 Lever Action Hunting Rifle - Photo By Boris Barowski (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
2. Double Barrel Shotguns.  When you except huge speaking fees and foundation contributions from the uber-wealthy, you aren't going to pass laws that will greatly impact their skeet and trap shooting.  Even current Vice President Joe Biden has made irresponsible statements about how to defend your home with the double barrel shotgun.


Double Barrel Shotgun - Photo original uploader was Commander Zulu at English Wikipedia [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
Of course, we don't have to go through another round of ineffective gun control laws.  There is an alternative.  Donald Trump has been clear in his support for the Second Amendment.  He has been endorsed by the NRA.  He has pledged to appoint judges who will interpret the constitution as the founding fathers intended.

For gun owners, there is one clear candidate to support this November:  Donald Trump.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gun Contests: Gunwinner.com Patriot Ordnance Factory P415 G4 Rifle Give Away

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