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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2010 - Page 20
John Connor GUNCRANKDIARIES TM EXCUSES, ALIBIS, PITHY OBSERVATIONS & GENERAL EPHUS The Big Gun Guy Goes “Lite” New Year, New Dude, New Needs I just had my biannual “friendly chat” with His Most DeLuxe Self, Roy-Boy the Publishing Potentate. That’s his new title, y’know, though you can still address him as “His Illuminating Immenseness.” For about 50 minutes HII glibly gabbed about neat an’ nifty new stuff he likes — and it was actually interesting! Occasionally I enjoy learning what potentates possess. A lot of it is like the stuff we have, except it’s handmade, 24-K gold plated, Renaissanceengraved, microchip-driven and custom-something. Then it was my turn. Fifteen seconds later he busted in with, “Yeah; cool. Why don’t cha write this up in GunCrank and I’ll print it. Maybe.” A Tale of Two Triggers: SIG SAUER P250 (L) and Ruger LCR. ig, big on guns, big on big guns. As a neo-Neanderthal, I’ve customarily packed multiple guns of the hefty-howitzer sort in just about every role of my life, personal and professional. Like, it made perfect sense to me, if my primary piece was a full-size 1911, my backup boomer should be “Commander”-sized, y’know? If my right-hand Roscoe was a Glock 17, easy; just carry two of ’em, plus a Model 26, okay? No problem — back then. Ain’t it funny how all it takes is a measly half-dozen fractured vertebrae, numerous dings an’ dents and a monster dose of nerve damage to change your carry-gun tastes? Envision a crippled semi-shaved ape, held precariously upright by a four-toed walker-cane. Shaky at best, he can be blown over by a stiff breeze, is limited to free use of one clutching hand, and the addition of a coupla pounds of unsprung weight causes severe pain. Got that? It seems moving to lighter guns is the only smart move. But hey, since I’m outta the business of runnin’ to cover, dodgin’ bullets, an’ swingin’ through the jungle on a dangly vine, I’ll have more time to take sharp aim, right? Faced with this situation, having an eclectic collection of weirdos, wizards, Spartans an’ Amazons amongst your family and friends can help — and they did! On a recent blue-sky day, the Hoplite Hoard trucked my busted bod out to the Rat Canyon Range an’ commenced covering all horizontal surfaces with featherweight firearms, knives and sundry accessories. Since hospitals take a dim view of patients shooting down their hallways, my experience with recently introduced handguns had suffered. I took the cure, enthusiastically. Lots of rounds were launched from lotsa tubes that day, but there were two absolutely delightful surprises I wanta share with you — despite the fact they’ve already been bathed in printer’s ink by real GunWriterGuys: Ruger’s sweet little LCR and the SIG SAUER P250 Compact 9mm. B I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG GUN GUY: gunsmith; more caveman than connoisseur, then let’s talk, okay? First, the LCR weighed only 13.4 ounces on my postal scale; less than the cardboard box, lock, brochure and little zippered rug it came with. Loaded with 147-grain rounds, it still weighed less than a pound, at 15.8 ounces. I’ve shot many small-frame revolvers, and stingin’ recoil and nasty muzzle flip has always been the trade-off for light weight and a short barrel. Not so with the LCR. The unique cam-operated trigger is smooth, consistent through the stroke and feels far lighter than others with comparable pull weights. It’s a star on its own, but the greater story lies in how, with the combined effects of that trigger, the rubber grip and angle geometry, and the composite frame, you can rapidly pump five shots into a pie plate at fighting distance with one hand. We shot the LCR plenty; strong hand and weak, mostly with 147-grain Winchester .38 Special + P JHPs until we suddenly realized — wait a minute! This is pleasant! This is one superb dump-in-your-pocket backup, or carry-gun. I’m anxious to see if the optional Crimson Trace Lasergrip preserves the recoil-absorbing qualities of the factory grip. I’ll let you know, okay? The Stealth Service Pistol Two Triggers Worth Tootlin’ About Get thee to a gun shop! Better still; get thee to a rental range which stocks these puppies. Amazingly enough, all the superlatives you’ve read about ’em are true, especially about their triggers. If you haven’t read the mech-an’-tech reviews on these guns, do it. They’ll explain how the gizmo engages the grabbit et-dang-cetera. But if like me you’re more of a grunt than a 20 After shooting it, that’s what I thought: It may be a “compact,” but the P250 Compact could easily serve as either a police duty sidearm or military service pistol; just more agile and maneuverable than most. And, 15 rounds plus one up the pipe ain’t nothin’ to sniff at. The P250, like the Ruger LCR, delivers some truly stunning design features. Its morphing-mutant modularity is indeed a VeryBigDeal in engineering innovation, but of little interest to me. It is light — one pound six ounces “dry”; one pound 15.2 ounces full-up with 100-grain Cor-Bon Pow`R Ball rounds — but there are other light pistols. For a caveman with big, broad hands and sorta stumpy fingers, the whole package is a beautifully-balanced, positive-pointing piece with a perfect “reach” to the trigger, and the trigger is the main event. If you’ve ever handled one, imagine a first-class PPC Match gun; a DA revolver with a long, butter-smooth action. Yup; it’s that good, plus the pull weight of the trigger is absolutely constant through its travel, and that travel is geared one-to-one with the arc of the hammer! See “Get thee …” above. Well, dang; outta space and I didn’t get to talk about knives — but watch for that in a July-August feature, okay? Connor OUT. * WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2010