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Official Gun Nut 
27th-Jul-2008 04:22 pm
Armed
I am planning on taking my CCW this Autumn. It is laughable to take a CCW with a .22 target pistol, so I knew I'd eventually be looking for something as a personal protection piece. Not sure that I actually will carry one, but I do want something that I can use as a deterrent at home. Brian got a .40 Browning High Power for himself and it's a little too much gun for me to comfortably handle. Because of the mild weakness in my injured left wrist, I can't cock the darn thing. Perhaps when it's been shot more at the range it'll loosen up some.

But the goal was something smaller and manageable for me. I wanted something I had no fear of taking apart, loading, or shooting. The more I read and looked, the more I decided that a revolver was the right gun for me. I also kept leaning toward Smith & Wesson. And not just because the Guns & Ammo Smith & Wesson spokeswoman is a cute redhead. I just liked their reputation, styling, and accuracy.

After we went target shooting today (and my groupings are tightening up very nicely indeed! Even the grumpy range-master was joking today, admiring my Browning and checking out my targets. He's very transparent in that he doesn't buddy up with anyone that is arrogant, stupid, and/or dangerous. He's decided we don't fit any of those! YAY!) we went in to look at revolvers since William's has such a huge range of guns to compare. I didn't expect to find something today, because I had a rather specific list of requirements: A larger grip on a smaller frame revolver, double action, .38 caliber, and a decent heft (no AirLights), and a fixed site. I looked at about a dozen revolvers and they had 4 or 5 out of 6 requirements. My favorite sales person, Gary, was there. I like him because he talks to me like an intelligent human being (not a customer, not a woman, not a newbie, just a person interested in guns like he is). He really loves to tell me all that he knows about the weapons I'm asking to see and it keeps coming up that we both seem to look for the same types of features, so he understand when I explain what I'm looking for. He's truly a gem.

He was looking for one of the revolvers to explain something to me when he picked up a larger version of the Lady Smith AirLight. He paused and looked at it, then looked at me and admitted that he wasn't aware of that model and we both started looking at it. His eyes lit up and so did mine. It was a 6 out of 6 for my requirements and felt balanced for my hand like the Browning...custom fit. So...the beauty below is now in layaway. It will likely be a birthday present next month.

My new Smith & Wesson 60LS .357 revolver (.357 that shoots .38, .357, & +P)

Comments 
27th-Jul-2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Cool!

I've only shot revolvers a couple times, but I was quite impressed with the accuracy of a S&W 656.

Congrats on finding an ideal gun.
27th-Jul-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! By the by, I've been thinking about you quite a bit lately, Please accept my apology from not taking it from thinking about you to actually sitting down and writing you an email?

I went out for an ice cream run the other week and remembered out first conversation on IM was on a night I went for an ice cream run and you've been on my mind ever since.

*warm hug*
27th-Jul-2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
That's sweet, tiger. Thanks for saying so. Seems like forever since we chatted.

I'm happy to tell you that since we've talked I've made some solid progress in my goals. I completed my bachelors a month ago. Yay me!
27th-Jul-2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous! I'm so impressed with how you went after what you wanted. Can't wait to hear what's next. Still have my email address?
27th-Jul-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yup. Check your inbox!
27th-Jul-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
What a sexy revolver! Woot!!
27th-Jul-2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I believe you checked out the exact gun I was looking at with my dad at the end of May. My problem is using my dad's guns for practice and I KNOW they don't fit. I can start with the 9mm and do the .45 on occasion, but I need something which my hands don't cramp up on. Like you, I enjoy the .22 but I know if it comes down to defense it really isn't effective.

The Lady Smith line looks very promising. It was nice holding something the fingers of one hand could wrap around, and I did not have to worry about doing strength-training to go 2-4 hours with.

(Granted, since my primary hand gets tired when shooting, I am becoming more ambidextrious. ;-)
27th-Jul-2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Good lords, woman! When are we going to meet up at Williams for some shooting?! Miss you! *hug*
28th-Jul-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Heh. It is a damned nice piece.

I became so used to revolvers, then when I fired a glock a few months back, I forgot to move my thumb out of the way... took a small chunk off my thumb. Then I did it again a week later.

I am still more of a rifle person myself... 'not exactly a compact personal defense tool so to speak, but I can hit most anything anywhere with a good rifle.

Handguns however I think anticipating the loud "bang!" effects my shooting - can't hit the broad side of a barn with most of them (unless I throw it).
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