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Hey There Ruffian. Thanks for dropping in...

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I got a real problem I have a lot of handguns but my favorite my Walther ppk . 380...  the spring too stiff and increasingly difficult for me to pull the slide back to chamber the round,... So my question is can that spring be changed or altered without effecting the reliability.

The answers are Yes AND No, since it depends on the quality of the spring and who is doing the work for you.

I am not familiar with which neck of the woods you are located, but odds are that you can nevertheless find a good master smitty nearby who can competently fix your problem and/ or make any other other modifications to suit your particular needs.

Any ideas or suggestions for replacement?

As far as replacements go, Sidearms (other than family heirloom keepsakes) are important tools, which obviously are of no use to anyone if such cannot be competently and comfortably implemented by its user. You mentioned that you have a “lot of handguns”, but are you comfortable (and competently accurate) using all of same?

If not, consider trading those in for one/s which you are, so that you will always have a familiar and reliable back up/s, and it is important to choose the one or ones which you find that you are most comfortable in handling and accurate with when implementing.

Some dealers have ranges on site, (or nearby at least) and will let you try before you buy when it comes to selecting a perfect match / model which best suits you and meets your needs, and everyone purchasing / possessing any firearm should obviously not only be skilled in proper firearm safety, and should take professional courses offered whereby they can implement that firearm in simulated real life scenarios and various shooting positions, but as well take basic gunsmith courses so that they can field strip their weapon and fix most problems, long before any defecation hits the oscillation because in a real life or death situation/malfunction, 'Time Outs' don't apply. Ergo one's life is worth the investment to be 100% proficient. Having spare parts on hand is plain Commonsense 101

Edit: btw Spartacus Rex I love my mini 14. ...any suggestions for semi auto for feral dogs at a distance.

Mini 14's are a respectable and reliable rifle and oooh there's a Cromell Manufacturing (out of Kentucky) Select Fire conversion with a convenient folding stock available at 8.5K fiat, should one of your ponies find their way into the winner's circle

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=530121607

For semi-auto, Keltec has a nice bullpup in 7.62 NATO (.308 Win) at 1/5th the price:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=530234056

http://www.keltecweapons.com/our-guns/rfb/rifle/

BTW,

I don't know if, or how often you visit any of the major Gun Shows, however there is no shortage of firearm manufacturers as well as the aftermarket guys who keep coming with amazing pieces / enhancements such as Muzzle Brakes / Recoil Compensators which permit the slightly petite slingers such as yourself to nevertheless pack the same wallop. wink

Notice that the above Keltec comes either in 18" Barrel or 24" "Hunter"  and are threaded for Muzzle Brakes / Compensators, etc., and a competent master smitty can get you dialed in. wink

Personally I am so used to recoil that I would frankly miss it as it pretty much tends to give me a feeling of satisfaction sending a round down range knowing 'That's gonna hurt'. laugh

Add that to the non local shale guys walking pipelines it can make a lone female feel awfully vulnerable out here in the sticks. this must sound ridiculous but I'm thinking I should be shouldering a rifle year round when I'm out in back acreage any thoughts?

Yes, the purpose of a Sidearm is to buy you time to fight your way back to where you left your Rifle, which you shouldn't have been without in the first place. wink

Cheers,

S. Rex

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Is a great tool but expensive. It can turn a poor shooter into a sniper if used properly.

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Recent acquisition (yesterday)

She wanted something with less kick, lol.  Never fired.  Ghost ring sights installed in case used in the dark.  And 100 rds of Winchester Law Enforcement buckshot. .  8 in the tube, 1 in the pipe.

The stock is awful, modifications this winter.  Action is clunky, but the sound in pitch black would turn me around.  Good barter item for later.

Might have to head to the range tomorrow and see what the pattern looks like at 10 yrds. 

http://t.basspro.com/Mossberg-FLEX-590-Tactical-12-Gauge-w/Adjustable-Stock-and-20-Barrel/product/1211091131/#close

Working my way up to SR's KSG, baby steps. 

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boomer sooner wrote:

She wanted something with less kick, lol.  Never fired.  Ghost ring sights installed in case used in the dark.  And 100 rds of Winchester Law Enforcement buckshot. .  8 in the tube, 1 in the pipe.

The stock is awful, modifications this winter.  Action is clunky, but the sound in pitch black would turn me around.  Good barter item for later.

Might have to head to the range tomorrow and see what the pattern looks like at 10 yrds. 

http://t.basspro.com/Mossberg-FLEX-590-Tactical-12-Gauge-w/Adjustable-Stock-and-20-Barrel/product/1211091131/#close

Working my way up to SR's KSG, baby steps. 

"The stock is awful,...Action is clunky,...Might have to head to the range tomorrow and see what the pattern looks like at 10 yrds. "

What?

That Clunker sounds more like a Return To Sender "tomorrow" if you were too busy today, boomer. laugh

How about a Winchester with a slide action that can deliver three shots in a half a second, right out of the box, and for less fiat to boot!

How did you miss this one boomer?

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Winchester SXP Extreme Defender Marine 12 Ga. 18" Barrel 

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=530268336

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=021C&mid=512272

Also available at:

http://www.wholesalehunter.com/product.asp?productid=11043880

Wow even comes with  muzzle brake / recoil compensator too, since "She wanted something with less kick,"

laugh

Cheers,

S. Rex

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Hey Shotgun Santa...

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Fostech Origin-12 12 Gauge 5 Rounds Takedown Shotg

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=527289068

and

  • 20 & 30 Round Drums Available for Purchase 

http://fostechoutdoors.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=10

laughlaughlaugh 

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btw, boomer...

By chance did you first read the reviews @ the link you provided?

http://t.basspro.com/Mossberg-FLEX-590-Tactical-12-Gauge-w/Adjustable-Stock-and-20-Barrel/product/1211091131/#close

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5

1 out of 5

Mossberg 590 Flex,

December 9, 2014

ByRyan777

fromTexas, Pearland

" Bought it brand new and haven't yet to fire any round through it. (1) Intermittently having problem loading shells to the firing chamber and sometime the shells would drop directly to the round, failing to make it to the elevator. Send it back to Mossberg yesterday for repair. (2) The fitting on the stock and the receiver is not completely solid… they're wobbling. I went back to Bass Pro to see a few other Mosserg Flex and looks like they are all like that (wobbling). Check it out for yourself before buying. !!! MOSSBERG, fix your guns !!! "

Would you recommend this product as a gift? No

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5

1 out of 5

not good!,

May 22, 2015

ByCharlieFranco

fromVirginia Beach

Disadvantages: everything

" So many problems with this thing. It's not at all friendly with any products not in the Mossberg FLEX line. It drops new shells onto the floor when using the action. And about a fifth of the time it doesn't feed right. Something catches the brass of the shell and tears a line down it making the shell unusable.
Out of 50 rounds that happened to 11 of them.
Do not buy! "

Would you recommend this product as a gift? No

OK let's check out the Winchester Reviews:

http://t.basspro.com/Winchester-SXP-Extreme-Marine-Defender-PumpAction-Shotgun/product/1308151032/

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5

5 out of 5

Reliable! Great gun!,

May 13, 2015

ByBthrills

fromKitchener, Ontario

Advantages: reliable, no feeding issues, made from top notch material,easy to use, ghost rings

Disadvantages: easy to scuff up receiver

" I bought this this shotgun over a year ago and I have not had any issues with it what so ever! The pistol grip takes a lot of the recoil off of your shoulder and is a comfortable and fun gun to shoot. Really well made gun. The marine version is great because it is essentially weather-proof. It is also a good looking gun. I get compliments about it every time I take it down to the range. Aiming is really easy because of the ghost rings. The only down side is that the outside of the receiver is easy to scuff up. That aside, I would recommend this gun for seasoned target shooters, hunters, or newbies. Great gun! "

Would you recommend this product as a gift? Yes

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5

5 out of 5

awesome shotgun,

July 5, 2014

Byjeffhntr

fromMissouri

Advantages: very smooth fast and tough

Disadvantages: none

(read all my reviews)(read all my reviews)

Advantages: very smooth fast and tough

Disadvantages: none

" The Winchester SXP extreme marine defender is an incredible gun. An extremely tough finish on an amazing tactical shotgun frame on the fasting cycling pump shotgun made. I added a tactical flashlight to the rail and this thing is a beast. Very comfortable and very fast. I couldn't ask for more. "

Would you recommend this product as a gift? Yes

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Thx SR

You intentionally or unintellionally made me realize several things. One I have too many guns. Worse I need to devote time in weeding guru them and get rid of what doesn't suit me,

I think I'm going to buy another Walter to be worked on cuz I can't remember why but there is something rather rare about mine. So I think it would be foolish to chance ruining it, my uncle was a very well known fella who used to take care of my weapons and he made only a handful of custom rifles a year but he died 4 years ago. Although his shop is intact covered in dust. Shame on me for reason that seem silly now I kinda had a grudge against him for his stories he told me about his being the younger brother. He begged me to buy the family farm and I never gave it a second thought, as if I don't have enough with the one I have. His wife is still alive and I should reconsider,

Another reason to keep it is Drs have assured me the damage will heal but nerve damage takes a long time and my constant use of my hands is slowing the healing. Like how the hell do you NOT use your hands?

I did not take advantage of my uncles knowledge at all. So what little I know is from mistakes. Like certain ammo that jams up my 9mms. All mistakes I could have avoided if I had taken the time to learn. Reckon I have a lot of homework to do. As when the gun crap came up I just bought about anything. I've never been to a major gun show only small ones. How does one find them?

I've been using that mini 14 since I was 11 or so. Never been to a gun range cuz the farms so big I don't need to. I just got good at picking off rodents from horseback with it, especially groundhogs and the likes ...

I don't mind the pain from the recoil but I'd be a liar if I said it didn't badly affect my accuracy and speed. I was completely unaware of the aftermarket devices that could assist me. It was foolish for me not to realize that I own stuff that doesn't suit me, I guess figured if I used them as much as the mini 14 I'd become just as proficient with the them as well.

I need to find an expert to show me how to operate those fully automatic guns as well. They are still crated in packing, and I'm paying a lot to own them legally. At least give me credit for not trying foolishly to learn on my own. I'm realizing I've been treating this like when I was a little kid playing paintball.

This is the time of year most dangerous for me cuz city folks see land and they are out walking about for hunting season despite it being posted.

My ignorance has been exposed and I'm astonished at my myself. All cuz (and I am good with that mini 14) I rationalized since I've been handling them since I was a kid I was a I know enough. This much I do know is that a lot of my stuff needs to go and be replaced.

Thx !

Haha ima look like a cowboy in the near future... Good thing I have a few western saddles. Horses are superior to atvs, bikes on a lot of terrain.

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I've been watching these types develop for years. A lot of others are working in them and some really get high.

I just just as many negatives as pluses to them, same reason I won't buy newer model cars with all the computer parts.

I always plan on having a vehicle j can scavenge parts and can modify if one can't be found. Ya shit outta luck with no marksmen skills and the price and availability for the ammo can render it useless for now

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@ Ruffian...

"You intentionally or unintellionally made me realize several things. One I have too many guns. Worse I need to devote time in weeding guru them and get rid of what doesn't suit me"

Exactly. They can all be perfectly fine pieces (for someone ) however if they do not suit you, then that's a perfectly good tool going to waste, which would be better off serving someone else.

"I think I'm going to buy another Walter to be worked on cuz I can't remember why but there is something rather rare about mine."

Ergo the foresight to include the (caveat in parenthesis) earlier.

"Drs have assured me the damage will heal but nerve damage takes a long time and my constant use of my hands is slowing the healing."

Been there, done that, and from my own personal experience one thing learned which was helpful, was to always loosen up, stretch, and warm up the hand, wrist, and finger muscles and tendons, before I began those rehabilitation exercises (initially with a soft rubber ball) and later working with the hand.

To this day I still work out everyday with those hand spring exercisers to the point where I break at least two or three every year, because as you stated: “Like how the hell do you NOT use your hands?

"I've never been to a major gun show only small ones. How does one find them?"

Google helps. laugh “Major Gun Shows in the U.S.” (or specifically your region), better yet contact either the NRA or one of your favorite firearm's manufacturer by phone or email and simply ask which is the biggest gun show which they attend in your neck of the woods. Chances are that all of the others will be attending there as well.  

"I don't mind the pain from the recoil but I'd be a liar if I said it didn't badly affect my accuracy and speed."

Ergo, the benefit of using a Muzzle Brake / Recoil Compensator in your case.

You obviously can appreciate the need of having a good and competent health practitioner nearby, sadly most gun owners do not hold that same appreciation whereby should any of their firearms need mending or modification, and granted although I am biased in holding that the USMC produces and musters out the best Smittys in the Country who later continue their craft and trade, it shouldn't be all that difficult for anyone to locate a master gunsmith in their particular neck of the woods, and it is simply commonsense, to seek out and find the best one/s in your area long before you are in a jam and risk getting stuck with potluck / runt of the litter, and the consequences of same.

"I need to find an expert to show me how to operate those fully automatic guns as well. They are still crated in packing, and I'm paying a lot to own them legally. At least give me credit for not trying foolishly to learn on my own."

That I will, and whether you take the professionally trained courses offered by a reputable outfit such as Gunsite ( http://www.gunsite.com/ ) which uses former Military or L.E. Weapon Specialists as Instructors, or one just as reputable in your area, you should also consider taking basic gunsmithing classes online so that you can provide proper maintenance and repairs on your own particular firearms.

"This is the time of year most dangerous for me cuz city folks see land and they are out walking about for hunting season despite it being posted."

Make sure your more than adequate sized signs read as: 

NOTICE 

Private Property / Absolutely No Trespassing

Any Violation is a $5,000.00 Minimum Penalty.

Even Worse You Still Risk Getting Shot, Wounded and /or Killed.

Oh, and my very best to your favorite mare

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I reckon she as well didn't come equipped with a safety, however I doubt using a spent shell casing would correct that problem in her case. laugh

Cheers,

S. Rex

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I hadn't planned on keeping it.  She wanted it gone, I had some cash, made an offer and came home with it.  Figured I'd blast a few holes in something before turning it around.  Had to work today and it was drizzling, so no boom boom.  Anyway,  I'll double my $$ on it, keep the ammo.

Like I said, I'm working my way up to the KSG, just want to pay for it with 'net'.  I've got a few nicer shotguns already, so no biggie.

That Fostech is pretty cool, first I have seen.  Santa may need to put dualls on the sleigh.

Any reloaders on here?  I'm wanting to upgrade, but having trouble deciding.  Going progressive, but cherry red, dull red or blue?  Pros/cons?  Santa may need another axle.

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@ boomer...

"Figured I'd blast a few holes in something before turning it around."

Take it fwiw boomer, if she were a classic, I might agree and say go have a little fun before turning it around, however when it comes to borderline variety, if you seriously hope to double your bux, I strongly recommend holding off that urge for a weekend fling, maintain that “never fired” cherry, and add a 'she love you longtime' for her new owner as well.  laugh

Fostech! Especially the model with hard nickel receiver, barrel and internals

& the 20 & 30 round drums are irresistible icing on that cake.

http://fostechoutdoors.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=59

Reloaders, can't much help you there since I am totally biased.

Dillon Precision

 100%, or at least until hell freezes over. 

Cheers,

S. Rex

 

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I'm with Rex on Dillon, I have reloaded thousands of rounds for CCW pistol training in 45 on my friends and have my own to get set up with about 8 calibers.
 

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Ruffian wrote:

I've been watching these types develop for years. A lot of others are working in them and some really get high.

I just just as many negatives as pluses to them, same reason I won't buy newer model cars with all the computer parts.

I always plan on having a vehicle j can scavenge parts and can modify if one can't be found. Ya shit outta luck with no marksmen skills and the price and availability for the ammo can render it useless for now

I don't blame you a bit, the new tech. is useless without batteries if they should fail. I am a believer in solid marksmanship skills but this would sure be fun to try out. The ammo is expensive but the whole package price is outrageous.

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I started with an RCBS ammomaster it's the biggest piece of shit ever made.  I then got a Dillon RL550.  Brilliant design, flawless construction and I think they are about the same price as when I bought mine over 20 years ago (that's why I referred to it as a 550 not a 550B).  The accessories (caliber conversion etc) ouch.  I don't know why but I can only get consistent results with it with Dillon dies as any should work.  The only thing about it that's twitchy is the spent primer pickup system.  A minor annoyance having spent primers all over the floor. 

SR:  I've been to two rifle two pistol and a shotgun class at gunsite.  They are about twenty miles from me (use to be about five).  The have fantastic deals for veterans once a year otherwise I couldn't have afforded it.  Not only are the courses and instructors extremely professional but the guys you meet are beyond description.  Every course ended with a party like we were young studs back in the service.  Ouch again.

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Not sure if anyone has seen this if you have a Winchester XPR

http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/winchester-xpr-rifle-recall/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=121215chronicle&utm_campaign=121215-winchesterxprriflerecall

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@ Ruffian...

Since you mentioned you like .380 and something small for a conceal carry with less recoil, here's a respectable and reliable manufacturer with some options that might appeal to you. Check these out:

http://www.kimberamerica.com/micro-cdp-a?___SID=U

http://www.kimberamerica.com/kimber-micro-raptor-a

http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx?Keywords=Kimber+Micro+Carry+Advocate

Cheers,

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arch stanton wrote: I started

arch stanton wrote:

I started with an RCBS ammomaster it's the biggest piece of shit ever made.  I then got a Dillon RL550.  Brilliant design, flawless construction and I think they are about the same price as when I bought mine over 20 years ago (that's why I referred to it as a 550 not a 550B).  The accessories (caliber conversion etc) ouch.  I don't know why but I can only get consistent results with it with Dillon dies as any should work.  The only thing about it that's twitchy is the spent primer pickup system.  A minor annoyance having spent primers all over the floor. 

So what did Dillon tell you when you called and asked them how to correct that twitch?

SR:  I've been to two rifle two pistol and a shotgun class at gunsite.  They are about twenty miles from me (use to be about five).  The have fantastic deals for veterans once a year otherwise I couldn't have afforded it.  Not only are the courses and instructors extremely professional but the guys you meet are beyond description. angelangelangel

Every course ended with a party like we were young studs back in the service.  Ouch again. devildevillaughdevildevil

Oh, so you want to bring up "Ouch" do you Arch?

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Major:

“Damn fine fighting bunker you got here ladies! Only one problem. The NVA will be attacking from that direction!” 

OUCH! 

laughlaughlaugh

Cheers,

S. Rex

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Exactly my train of thought and the wifi etc....

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Thx SR

That looks about perfect ... I'm gonna check it out, although I'm aware of the shortcomings of the lesser caliber even tho I use a 9mm short for better penetration at times.

Btw just as FYI hunting season is why I have some idea of what I might face, fully 65% of my farm is a no go zone this time of year. It's also quite dangerous on the developed areas from stray bullets. I lost one from mistaken shot and it wasn't a kill shot. It was horrible as I had to finish it. As long as i keep game numbers high the predators leave my livestock alone, I've learned to create a balance. It's the humans that eff it up. Not that I'm of a mind to but I wouldn't dare ride the back acreage right now unless I make a lot noise coming with a vehicle. Even then, not unless I have too.

So I just film cars and license plates as cops are too far away and game wardens overburdened. It pisses me off cuz they leave entrails and other crap they can't carry out. And that creates and imbalance of larger predators. Plus the dogs I've had over the years like to bring home the treasure they find. I get tired of burying crap,

Thx, I am checking that out and going to practice with a higher caliber soon, I wanna rest my hand for a bit. Riding doesn't help but it's more arm strength than hand. Ya wanna have light hands until something goes wrong,

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