Mitchell PPS50/22 ! While its Full-auto ancestor was made famous in the Battle of Berlin in 1945; the New PPS50/22 is styled like the PPSh-41. It is Semi-Auto, Drum or Clip -fed, caliber .22LR, Solid Wood Stock, and the Barrel has a Full-length, Perforated Heat Shield, just like the Soviet PPSh-41. A Direct Descendant of the Soviet PPSh-41 The Soviet PPSh-41 in the Battle of Berlin, April, 1945, at the Brandenburg Gate, which still stands in Berlin today. The PPS50/22 has a secure , semi-auto action, a smooth trigger, a high-quality and nicely-fitted stock, making Shooting All Day Long very comfortable and a lot of fun! The PPS50/22 is equipped with studs to accept swivels and a sling. the flesh there to be pinched between it and the hammer. The spade-shaped grip safety created by Jim Hoag, and the duckbill style that followed it, were a Godsend for comfort, and the duckbill’s upswept tang helped guide the reaching hand into grasping position for a faster, surer draw under stress. Duckbills are on all the 1911s I regularly use now along with the raised bottom edge that I call a speed bump, which some call a memory groove. It’s there to guarantee the grip safety and is depressed if you shoot with a straight or high thumb, which pulls the web of the hand away from the center of the grip safety. Should the thumb safety be standard size or wider, and what is standard size today? The “gas pedal” safeties of the 1980s wiped off a little too easily, especially in ambidextrous mode, giving rise to folks who wouldn’t have an ambi on their gun because their forearm would wipe the outside lever down into fire position when it bumped the gun as they walked down the street. Personally, I like an ambi in case I need to use the gun with my non-dominant hand, or lend it to a lefty (something we instructors are more likely to have to do), and I don’t like it to extend too far from the gun. Each of us have WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM The PPS50/22 looks like the Soviet PPSh-41, especially when equipped with the quick-release Drum Magazine. Made in .22LR caliber, you can Shoot All Day Long, because .22LR ammunition is inexpensive and reliable. With its adjustable rear sight and sharp-blade front sight, it rivals far more expensive rifles in accuracy. To Buy One, Just Call Us Direct 800-274-4124 P.O. Box 9295, Fountain Valley, CA 92728 Fax 714.848.7208 www.Mauser.net 714.596.1013 to make our own choices on that, based on carry position, body shape, lifestyle, etc. Not having an ambi isn’t a deal breaker when this righty buys a 1911, but for me personally, an ambi is a definite plus. Mag Wells Jeff Cooper pointed out in the 1950s that beveling the magazine well would make the reload faster and surer. He was so right about it that the mag wells got bigger. Today, we have some large enough that if you turn the gun upside-down, you can use it as a flowerpot. I personally think the ideal is one that doesn’t extend the butt, being swaged outward by a master pistolsmith. It’s expensive; I only own two, both Colts, one by Mark Morris and the other by Richard Heinie, and wish I could afford to have all my 1911s made that way. If I need maximum concealment, I go with the light bevel and a flat-bottom magazine; otherwise, a small addon mag well does me just fine. Each of us has our own set of needs and priorities. Bottom line? There is no more “customizable” pistol with more accessories available than the 1911. Get it your way and you’ll be more happy with your 1911. 17 Recoil spring assemblies include John Browning’s original (above, left) and the modern Full-Length Guide Rod, both on Springfield Armory .45s. One improvement to John Browning’s original design is the beveled magazine well, shown integral and still flush-bottomed on a SW1911 (below, left) and an added funneled mag well on Kimber Custom II (right).