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    Ruger piston guns Discontinued (AR)

    I never jumped into the piston AR parade because 1) the design is necessarily proprietary, 2) if I wanted something different, it was not going to be an AR, and 3) the potential performance increase just wasn't there. Nothing against pistons per se, but in the AR it never lit my fire.
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    What kind of accuracy do you get from your AR?

    Most of my ARs will do around 1.5 MOA with halfway decent (M193) ammo, provided a good trigger, good scope and a bench. My 6.5 Grendel will do that with Wolf steel cased ammo, and well under 1 MOA with decent (e.g. Hornady) loads. That's good enough for me, since I no longer bother to load 5.56 for maximum accuracy. Most of my ARs are kind of like AKs, I tend to shoot the cheapest crap I can get away with.
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    TAURUS SPECTRUM 380 - Picked Up De 23 (Traded Hi-Point)

    I hate to hear that, though I wish I could say I was surprised. The best performing Taurus designs I've heard are the PT92 and the PT111 G2. As to the shipping cost, about 10-15 years ago the carriers implemented a policy that handguns must go next day air, thus the premium cost. FFLs can still use USPS to ship handguns more reasonably, but A) it's only for FFL-to-FFL and B ) It's USPS
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    Sig 365 ?

    On the mag loader: the UPLULA is the best money I ever spent on a pistol accessory. It loads nearly everything I have except for some smaller pocket pistol mags and .22 LR mags. Even loads the P365 mags.
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    Sig 365 ?

    Someday came this week and I picked one up and put about 50 rounds through it today. It is the most accurate pistol of its size that I own. There is nothing I don't like about the features or design. I find the extended pinky rest floor plate useless and would rather have 2 flush fit mags because this will be a pocket gun.
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    Sig 365 ?

    There's a shop in Memphis who has them in stock for $450. I'm still planning on picking one up someday.
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    Best sight pusher (at reasonable price)

    I have this one and it works pretty well for most guns, front and rear sights. There are some designs it won't work on just because the sights won't line up with the pusher block, but that's par for the course on most sight pushers. It was well worth the money. http://a.co/d/bPcH1Tf The only complaint I have is that everything is done with hex set screws, which takes a while to get the pusher set up for the gun. Just a lot of fiddling and adjustment.
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    New Brownells 1911

    Now.... this! BRN-1911 Inspired by the Classic Custom 1911 of the '80s - Built by Ed Brown & Available ONLY from Brownells The Brownells BRN-1911 Retro Custom Government Pistol is the first handgun in our Retro line of vintage-inspired firearms. We developed it in partnership with Ed Brown, a legendary name in custom 1911s, a maker of second-to-none 1911 parts, and a longtime Brownells partner. The BRN-1911 harkens back to classic custom 1911s of the 1980s, when customization of the "Forty-Five" moved beyond simply installing target sights and really took off. The BRN-1911's classic '80s features include the two-tone color scheme, Bo-Mar type adjustable sights, fine checkering on the front strap, crisply checkered double-diamond Cocobolo grips, and an overall uncluttered, elegant appearance. With the BRN-1911 you get a full-size Government Model with a match-grade 5" barrel. The slide of blued carbon steel looks like a classic military 1911 slide with the skinny, vertical serrations at the rear - but forget about the looseness and sloppiness of an old G.I. 1911! When it comes to fit and finish, the BRN-1911 slide is pure Ed Brown. To underscore our pistol's clean appearance, there are no markings on this slide. It's topped with a fully windage/elevation adjustable Bo-Mar rear sight (still the best in the eyes of many 1911 aficionados), paired with a square-profile front sight with crisp anti-glare serrations on its rear face. 416 stainless steel frame 4140 carbon steel slide, blued finish 416 stainless steel match-grade barrel & bushing Adjustable Bo-Mar rear sight Adjustable target trigger Internal parts: all Ed Brown, all the time! Two 7-rd magazines included Comes with padded pistol case Down below, the frame of natural-finish stainless steel contrasts handsomely with the slide, a popular look in the 1980s. The frame and ALL of the internal components are CNC machined - no penny-pinching MIM stuff here! Of course, the fire control group parts - hammer, trigger, sear, disconnector - are ALL Ed Brown, resulting in one sweet trigger pull. The high-grip extended beavertail grip safety protects the web of your hand from dreaded 1911 "hammer bite," while the 25 lpi checking on the front strap gives you excellent "purchase" for recoil control. Each BRN-1911 Retro Custom Government Pistol ships in a Brownells Signature Series pistol case. Modern-day raceguns offer still more bells-n-whistles, but we dare you to find a 1911 that is more comfortable - and fun! - to shoot. The pride of ownership in possessing a superb custom 1911 from one of the premier custom shops is just a bonus.
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    New Brownells 1911

    Not that I've ever had to; in fact, I'd say the Brown I own is flawless. But you can't even talk about Brown with other 1911 guys without someone moaning about Brown being mean to him on the phone.
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    New Brownells 1911

    It's an Ed Brown in all but name. Looks like the primary benefit is that you may not have to deal with Ed Brown.
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    CMP 1911s: Sent in your application?

    I'm a big 1911 guy and I've dealt with the CMP in the past, but these 1911s hold no interest for me. I already have a couple of specimens that are representative that I never shoot anyway. I suppose it would be smart to buy a few for investment purposes but I just really don't feel like dragging myself through the process.
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    Ruger PC Carbine

    Yes, it is awfully light. A friend also has one and he's loading 80 or 90 grain .380 bullets for it. The powder charge is very light as well but he told me he's going to go a little higher because when the charge is that light, ignition is inconsistent and he'll occasionally get a stovepipe.
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    Ruger PC Carbine

    I've had one for a few months. The notable thing about it (other than the general "well-thought-out-ness" of it), is that it will run reliably on really light loads. I ran a batch of 115gr FMJ on top of 2.2 grains of Titegroup (this is about half of what my standard 9mm load is for pistols) and the Ruger was still ejecting cases 5 feet away. I have a Tasco PDP5 red dot on mine for Steel Challenge and it's just the ticket IMHO.
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    A reliable semi-auto Taurus other than the PT92 ?

    I see them in a couple of pawnshops from $250 to $280 routinely. With the introduction of the 2.0 models, the Shield 1.0s seem to be have lost some value.
  15. The Glock 26 seems to be very accurate given its size. Many folks have found themselves shooting tighter groups with G26 vs G19 or G17.
  16. My only experience with the Phoenix was about 10 years ago when someone brought me one to fix. The hammer had worn a divot in the underside of the pot metal slide, and it was causing a noticeable hitch when the slide would move forward or back. There wasn't much to be done about it aside from telling the owner to contact the factory for repair. I never heard whether they replaced it or not.
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    A reliable semi-auto Taurus other than the PT92 ?

    When it isn't difficult to find used M&P Shields for well under $300, I would give Taurus a pass. The PT111 gets some positive reviews but there are also plenty of complaints, and for years I've heard Taurus may or may not end up fixing the problems with a particular gun. I wouldn't mind owning a PT92 but I'd rather not take a chance on any "native" Taurus design. If you are still interested, you can often find the PT111 under $200 on the used market.
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    Bobtail Remington

    My thoughts: I don't the idea of using a Government length frame with an Officer's sized slide. I'd rather it be the other way around, if anything. No texturing on the mainspring housing means it will try squirm around in your hand, and the bobtail makes it worse. I'm not really a fan of the Series 80 firing pin safety. The safety lever seems mighty wide for a carry 1911. Clark/Para ramped barrel in .45 means it will probably be more finicky than a standard unramped barrel. Ramped barrels are great for 9mm / 10mm but in .45 they're more of a headache than anything. I like the new XS rear sight; I personally found the old express-style rear nearly useless. Accuracy results seemed good. 3" from steel cased ammo at 25 yards from a Ransom rest (which I assume they used) isn't bad for a production 1911. MSRP is $1250 but there is just no way. I would be looking at a Dan Wesson for close to that kind of money. For $800, it would be worth a look.
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    M&P M2.0 3.6" Compact

    My imaginary S&W product managers
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    M&P M2.0 3.6" Compact

    Yeah it's hard to imagine what they were thinking. "We are getting a flood of complaints about the 4.0 version; everyone says they wish it were .4" shorter."
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    CMP 1911’s

    Complete BS that they won't ship to C&R FFL holders.
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    Information overload

    Consider: - Budget - Uses (which will drive caliber) - Operating system (bolt, lever, semi, etc.) If you can answer these, you should be able to narrow it down pretty well.
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    M&P M2.0 3.6" Compact

    The .40 gained a lot of popularity during the 1994-2004 Assault Weapons Ban. The thought was, if I can only carry a gun with a 10 round mag, may as well carry the bigger rounds. LEO agencies were also going to .40 in large numbers at the time. Now the trend has swung the other way, with the development of more effective 9mm JHP ammo. .40s are sitting on the shelves in droves.

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