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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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Gun Rights

Posted by mikenopolis on February 6, 2014

Since I’m now officially a gun owner I feel a little stronger about my gun rights as an American citizen, I have always wanted a gun ever since I shot my first suction dart pistol or the time my dad bought me the wooden gun from Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop. I understand that the 2nd amendment was written in a different time and that an amendment by definition can be changed/updated. Yes, I agree that guns do play a factor in killing people, but at the same time it is also responsible for saving people and deterring crimes that the media does not always cover. Basically I understand both sides of the argument and they both have some valid points, but at the end of the day, I personally feel that our country as a whole will lose more innocent lives if our gun rights were taken away.

The reason the US will never get rid of criminals having guns is because we have Mexico and Canada right next to us and it’s going to get smuggled in one way or another. If the government succeeds in taking guns rights away, the only people that would be armed would be the criminals and the police force…the police cannot fight all crimes at all times, in all places, that’s why there are detectives, part of their job is to find the criminal that shot you, how/when/where/why you were shot and where the criminal got their gun…the why is pretty simple, it’s because you were not armed since you were a law abiding citizen.

Really, the only reason I like guns is because, well I’m a guy and I like guns, that’s it. I don’t plan to use it for “home defense”. I will beat someone with a baton, baseball bat, etc, but actually shooting a human being to death is too serious for me. Another reason I can’t have a gun at the ready in the house is because my wife has clinical depression, it’s not extremely serious, but there are times it scares me enough to be uncomfortable. She loves to shoot almost as much as I do, but there is no way she will ever get the keys/combo to unlock my firearm/s and my plan is to lock up the upper receiver/slide and the trigger (not sure what the correct terms are) in separate safes on different floors just to be on the safe side. If I ever have the child these guns will be even more disassembled.

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FINALLY Purchasing a Gun

Posted by mikenopolis on January 29, 2014

After many years of wanting to own my own firearm instead of tagging along with friends who have guns. I have finally pulled the trigger (pun intended) and made my first purchase. I do not have my new toy in my hands yet because I’m a resident of California where we have to wait 10 days to pick it up, where we are only allowed to have a maximum of 10 rounds in our magazines. I’m now on day 5 and it feels like the longest 5 days ever!

I’ve always been into guns but never serious about getting into real firearms because of the cost. I have had dozens of BB guns and pellet guns in my time. I even have a few airsoft guns so I can fool around inside the house. But nothing really beats the feel, weight and power of a real gun.

What did I get? I went with a H&K MP5 A5 22LR rimfire rifle (Item No. 2245260). Before you get all angry and tell me that a .22 is not a real man’s gun or that it has no stopping power. I will just say “I know, I know!”. I’m not proud that I got a .22, but I am really just looking for something to plink with and I need it to be cheap. I’m not a wasteful person, so in my mind when the gun goes bang, I’m thinking about how much money I just shot out the barrel. I literally want more bang for my buck and since .22LR ammos are cheap it seems like the best choice. As far as stopping power, this gun and any others I may pick up in the future will be so locked up that I would have no chance of using it for a home defense situation.

I have always wanted the MP5, I don’t remember where I first saw it, but this was a gun I’ve always wanted because as a kid, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Sadly I cannot get a 9mm version since I like the look more than the caliber. I’m definitely the form over function when it comes to guns. This one is made by Carl Walther under full H&K license, I assume H&K needs to approve it for the sake of their reputation, from the reviews I’ve seen, this is a pretty well made piece.

There are a few more guns that I would like to own:

H&K 416 D145RS (Item No. 2245210) also chambered in .22 LR – Once again, for the look. I would also like to get a few handguns in the future, Beretta F92 or M9 (9mm), a 1911 of some kind (.45 ACP), either a Glock 17 or 19 (9mm), maybe a H&K USP (9mm). Will I ever get a rifle that shoots anything other than .22? I don’t know, it seems like too much of a commitment to shoot out like $1 at a time.

EDIT: I just read about the Hi-Point .45 ACP. It goes for about $150-$180 and has a LIFETIME warranty with no questions asked. I think that will be the first pistol I’ll pick up. Can’t go too wrong with that kind of warranty, unless the company shuts down that is.

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