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Archive for March 15th, 2014

My First Handgun – Ruger SR45

Posted by mikenopolis on March 15, 2014

Despite my initial pistol shopping list of getting getting a Glock 17, a Beretta F92 or M9 and a 1911 (in that order), I ended up picking up a Ruger SR45 as my first handgun last week. I knew that I wanted to own something chambered in .45 ACP  and the 1911 would have covered it, but because all the 1911’s I am interested in are over $1000, I had planned the .45 as my last pistol acquisition, that is until I held the SR45.

I saw this ad from Turner’s Outdoorsman advertising a Ruger SR45 for $450, it was an attractive piece (except for the large “SR45” engraved on left side of the slide) and I decided to look into it.  Ruger along with Smith & Wesson are no longer going to sell semi-automatic handguns in California due to the law proposal of microstamping ammo casings. So as of yesterday, March 14, 2014 ,I would not have been able to purchase it. What happens when someone tells you you can’t have something? You try to get it before it’s gone, which is what I did…Maybe they will make a comeback like the Twinkies, but I’m not holding my breath.

Ruger SR45

Of course I didn’t just decide to get it without doing my research, there had to be more reasons for me to get this besides it being a .45 and not being sold any more. As most of you may know, California has a 10 round magazine restriction so that automatically  dwindles down my wishlist. The classic 1911 by design will only hold 8 rounds of single stacked .45 cartridges, sure, you can have a 10 round magazine, but it just doesn’t look right with the extension.

The SR45 is a full size handgun, double stacked 10 rounds AND they were able to keep the grip on the slim side. Since I can only have 10 rounds, this was the perfect .45 to me. Do I prefer .45 over 9mm? Not really. I understand the “stopping power” of the different calibers, but as mentioned in my previous post, my guns will not be for that purpose. It’s purely for the enjoyment of target shooting and something to have if $hit really hits the fan one day. I’m not a big fan of the extra recoil and the additional time it take to re-acquire my target. Lastly, this is shooting out almost $0.50 with each trigger pull at the time of this post!

You Glock lovers would most likely try to argue that a Glock 21 is chambered in .45, full size and capable of holding more and have crazy extended magazines available. I’m not going to argue you on that, but since I do plan on getting the Glock 17 soon, I don’t feel the need to get two similar guns. And 10 rounds is all I’m legally allowed to have anyway so capacity isn’t really an issue.

I personally don’t like the look of Glocks that much, do they feel good in the hand? YES! Are they reliable? YES! Are they easy to take apart without tools? Like you wouldn’t believe! Do I like the trigger? Hell Yeah! Are they good looking? Sure! Only if you think a rectangular block is called a look. Seeing a Glock is like seeing a 80’s-90’s Volvo, it’s known for certain things but it’s not visually attractive and every model looks roughly like the same rectangular block to me. So the one Glock I have planned SHOULD be enough for me for now.

As for that microstamping of ammo casing. I think that is the stupidest idea, I have no reason to pick up my casings at the range, so what will stop people from picking up my casings and putting it at the scene of a crime?

I apologize for my ADHD writing. I seems like I tend to go off topic a lot! But I’m glad I have something to write about these day. Twitter has made my rants here much shorter in the past few years.

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