Firing Line: 01/08
Re "Guns of the Year 2007," December
Re "Guns of the Year 2007," December 2007
If you had a class for "Weapons Designed by a Committee of Lawyers," Id second the nomination of the Phoenix HP22A. In the "fire" position, you cant remove the magazine. In the "safe" position, you cant rack the slide nor drop the hammer. Under stress, I hope one possesses all of ones cognitive and psychomotor skills, because youll need them all to make this weapon function after a failure.
We teach clearing drills for fail to fire, fail to feed, stove-pipes and dual feeds. With the trusty Phoenix, (different model, same safeties), weve been there and it aint pretty! Maybe if wed had the manual to study, we could have looked less like a beagle.
been a heavier and longer-barreled pistol just for plinking, Id not be so
concerned with your recommendation. Given the weapons size and barrel length, I
suspect most buyers will either want to carry it or defend the bedroom, and
therein lies my concern with your recommendation.
You listed the
Ruger 22/45 Mark lll No. KP512MKlll, as a 2007 Dont Buy Gun. It did not say
why. I looked through all of my back issues, (I have been a subscriber since
April 2007), and could not find a review of this pistol. Yep, I just bought one.
Could you please help me with a copy of this review.
Palm Bay, Florida
While I havent been a subscriber for long, I value the information I get out of the magazine. I bought the subscription to help guide me in my gun purchases. However, after reading the December issue and looking around on your internet site, I am at a bit of a loss. In the December issue, the Ruger 22/45 Mark III No. KP512MKIII is listed as a "2007 Dont Buy Gun."
However in trying to find the reason for this, I came across the May 1999 back issue and there the 22/45 was a recommended purchase. I understand that there have been changes with the model in the past eight years. However, with no explanation as to why the 22/45 was listed as a "2007 Dont Buy," I am struggling to make a conclusion.
Prior to being a subscriber to Gun Tests, I had been eying the 4.5-inch 22/45. Now that I have the money, I am not sure that I should be buying this particular model. Having a brief explanation of what caused the gun to be rated a Dont Buy next to each listing would be useful to myself as well as others.
Another thought might be, in situations where the same model gun has been rated differently in separate issues, a quick mention of that fact and maybe a guide as to which years to buy and which to avoid could be handy. Obviously you guys cant test every variation in model years, but basing the information off the overall composition of the gun seems as though it could be done. Keep up the good work.
The full review of the Ruger ran in the January 2007 issue and is available at Gun-Tests.com. For a discussion of why gun reviews can vary, check page 19 of this issue. Todd Woodard
please help me with an explanation of why the S&W Model 629 is on your 2007
"Dont Buy Guns" list on page 20? I recently purchased this S&W Performance
Center Revolver and now I am concerned.
The full review of the 629 ran in the September 2007 issue and is available at Gun-Tests.com. The short version is our test guns cylinder didnt cycle properly and locked up after each shot. tw
Bring Back Firing Line
Its too bad that "Firing Line" has become an afterthought in your magazine, rather than the monthly column it was in the past. Ive subscribed to Gun Tests for many years, and have always enjoyed the comments from average gun owners like myself who share their real-world experiences with the guns you test. Of the guns tested in each issue, Im usually interested in reading about only one or two of them, but Firing Line is always the first thing I read entirely. Again, too bad, as Im not sure your magazine is worth the price of subscription without Firing Line.
Its not really an afterthought, it depends on whether theres space or not. If weve got a lot of interesting guns, then I cram them in first. tw
Ive been a subscriber for years, and Ive searched the back issues as far back as they go, and I cannot remember an article comparing competition-grade rifles built on the AR platform. Im not referring (necessarily) to the off-the-shelf models, but rather the customized versions such as the ones from ZM Weapons, Clark Custom Guns, or Les Baer. Does an article of this type fit your publication model?
Andrews, MBA, Ph.D.
Vice President for Adult & Graduate Studies
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Thanks for the story idea. Ive assigned it for development, and well see how things shake out. tw
Belt or Suspenders?
I have a minor spare tire that tends to push my pants down and off. If I cinch up my belt enough to hold my pants up, it tends to put pressure on my lower back, which leads to ouch! When I cinch the belt up enough to hold my pants and a carry gun attached to my beltwell, I didnt carry very often.
One day I spotted a gentleman in an apple orchard sales shop wearing the strangest set of suspenders I had ever seen.
I had tried regular suspenders, but they never worked too well and caused me shoulder pain because they were too narrow to give good support. The gentleman told me he had gotten the "side clip" suspenders from Duluth Trading. I bought four pair.
They are fantastic! Wide enough to
give good support at the shoulders, heavy-duty clips that really grab your pants
and dont slip off, comfortable to wear. I now carry every day
If youre interested, heres the link: http://www.duluthtrading.com. tw
Seecamp and Kel-Tec Info
As a new
subscriber, I would like to say I am enjoying every issue. I am a
concealed-weapons permit holder and have been doing some research on smallbore
pistols. Two have struck my interest, the Seecamp LWS .32 auto, which I cannot
find anywhere and have been told the company is currently out of production and
the Kel-Tec P-32. Can you give me any testing info on them?
Seecamp, contact L.W. Seecamp Co., Inc., 280 Rock Lane, Milford, CT 06460,
firstname.lastname@example.org. We havent tested a Seecamp since January 1999. We tested the
Kel-Tec P32 in the January 2004 issue. Check Gun-Tests.com for the full reviews.
Country of Origin?
I am a long-time subscriber to your magazine, and I have only one small criticism. I wish you would still list the country of manufacture for the guns that you test. I believe that this would sometimes be the deciding factor for prospective buyers.
guns are supplied with parts from several source countries that it became
difficult to make this assessment. Is a gun assembled in the U.S. from foreign
parts "made in the U.S.A?" It became a real briar patch.
So many guns are supplied with parts from several source countries that it became difficult to make this assessment. Is a gun assembled in the U.S. from foreign parts "made in the U.S.A?" It became a real briar patch. tw