Firearms for CCW, Home Defense and Duty Carry
Colt Mustang Model 06796
The Colt Mustang Model 06796 is an excellent small .380acp semi-auto pistol. I own one and love the way it feels in my hand. I bought and extra magazine with the finger extension which only enhanced the good solid feeling I get in shooting this pistol. With the right close quarter round, I strongly believe I can change the mind of any dirt-bag who wants to do me or mine harm. With that said, remember it is all about shot placement.
Right out of the box with no oil added, I fired one 50 round box of .380 hollow-point ammo with no jams, no misfires and no problems. I love this pistol as it feels like a mini 1911 and operates fairly close to the 1911 as well. I hope someday Colt will venture out and make a smaller 1911 in .380acp. Browning has one now. In my opinion a 1911 COLT .380acp would be a big winner.
Back in the day, when you get older you use this phrase more often, in Oklahoma when Warrior Troopers could carry a .44 magnum on duty, one Trooper was placed in a situation where he was forced to use his .44 magnum. The report goes this Trooper ready for anything stops a suspect vehicle and walks up to the driver window. The dirt-bag in the driver seat pulls a pistol and shots at the fast moving Trooper. Before the dirt-bag even fired his first round the trooper was clearing his “bucket” holster with the old four inch Smith and Wesson .44 magnum. The Trooper fired all six rounds at point blank range into the aggressor’s body each one finding its mark. The recipient of the 1,440 grains of hollow-point copper and lead suffered six gunshot wound to his upper center torso. Yet he live 45 minutes before he expired.
The point is, adrenaline does amazing things and allows Warriors and dirt-bags (wolves) alike to keep in the fight no matter how badly they have been wounded. So deadly….shot placement is vital. With the .380acp round you must place rounds in areas which will turn off the lights. Shots to the head/face and throat. I highly recommend the Colt Mustang .380acp Model 06796. I give it a rating of 9 Warrior Shield out of 10.
Colt Mustang Model 06796 Specs
Barrel Length: 2.75 inches
Magazine Capacity: 6 .380 acp Rounds
Receiver Material: Polymer
Slide Finish: Stainless Steel
Safety Lock: Side Thumb-Lock
Overall Length: 5.5 inches
Approx. Weight: 11.5 ounces
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
P.O. Box 1868
Hartford, CT 06144
Smith & Wesson Model 442 .38 Special +P Revolver
Smith and Wesson (S&W) makes many excellent firearms. To this day Smith and Wesson takes great pride in their products. S&W is mainly known for their handguns. They have ventured into shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and even knives. But have held fast with their handguns. They make handguns from the Victory .22lr and Model 41 .22lr to the awesome .500 S&W Magnum.
For the purpose of this article, I am reviewing the Model 442. The Model 442 is a “J” frame five shot .38 special +P internal hammer revolver. This revolver retails for $469.00 but most likely can be had for around $410.00 at your local reasonable gun store. I personally have two S&W five shot internal hammer revolvers. I have the 640-1 which is a full stainless five shot .357 magnum “J” frame. The other is a Model 340PD which is a five shot .357 magnum “J” frame revolver. The 340PD and 640 retail way over the $500 mark. The 640 is $729 and the 340PD at smooth $1,019.
The S&W Model 442, in the opinion of one who served under arms for 45 years, is the perfect CCW for those Sheepdogs who have the “huevos” and this tool to defend themselves and the sheep around them. As well, the Model 442 would make a good backup weapon for you Warriors who seek out evil here in the USA. Taking this weapon overseas would be problematic so stateside use only. I give the S&W Model 442 a solid nine on the Warrior’s Shield rating.
Smith & Wesson Model 442 .38 Special +P Revolver Specs
Caliber: .38 Special +P
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Barrel Length: 1.875″ / 4.7 cm
Front Sight: Black Blade
Rear Sight: Fixed
Action: Double Action Only
Frame Size: Small – Internal Hammer
Finish: Matte Black
Overall Length: 6.31″ / 16.0 cm
Material: Aluminum Alloy Frame
Carbon Steel Cylinder
Weight Empty: 15 oz / 425.3 g
Smith & Wesson
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
Ruger’s SR-Series “9E”, 9mm Luger Pistol Blue
If you have been shopping around for a good duty 9mm semi-auto, I suggest you take a hard look at the Ruger line of semi-auto pistols. Yes I know many of this great Nation’s Warriors and Heroes carry a duty pistol whose design and origination came from Europe. When I was in Iraq as an adviser I was told 130,000 of these Austrian pistols were given to the Iraqi police. For the most part these pistols were used for good but sometimes they were used on us. When this happened, we reclaimed them back. Great pistols but the final dollar does not stay in the USA.
Years ago, a State Police agency I was a Lieutenant for, tested the Ruger P95. We took one brand new pistol out of the box and put 1,000 round through it without cleaning or stopping the test. This P95 never jammed once. It is a great pistol, a quality pistol as is the Ruger 9E 9mm semi-auto pistol. Why did we choose the Ruger P95 over others? The big factor was price and a very close second important factor was the P95 was made in America. Made in America means the tax dollars we spent on these duty weapons stays in America.
The barrel length of the SR-9 is a little over four inches with an overall length of seven and one half inches. This makes this product suitable, with the proper holster, for off duty carry. I Know some of you Warriors and Sheepdogs who carry a firearm when you leave the house, want a .50 caliber, 25 shot, no recoil, three inch, 4 ounce, stop a charging bull elephant in heat at 100 yards with one shot pistol. Me too, but those do not exist. A good 9mm such as the SR-9 with the proper bullet configuration and shot placement may not stop a bull elephant in rut but will stop any two legged wolves AKA (Also Known As) Dirt-bags.
Fully loaded the SR-9E with 18, 9mm rounds weighs in at about 2.3 pounds. Totally acceptable for this Warrior who likes the feel of a finely made American Wolf killing machine on his hip. My Kimber Pro Carry fully loaded with “9” .45acp tips in at a little over two and one-half pounds. So the size and weight of is great American pistol is so sweet.
As in the Ruger P95, no longer produced but available from sellers, the SR9E or Ruger 9E is a very dependable pistol. If the lucky owner keeps his or her 9E clean and lightly oiled, it will never fail you when evil presents itself or the flock is attacked. The feel of the Ruger 9E is wonderful and very comfortable to hold and shoot. To me the recoil of the 9mm in the Ruger 9E is lighter than the more popular non-American brand. The Ruger 9E points easier and on quick snap shots from the lower ready position it comes to target slightly easier. I love this gun and the American Ruger firearm product line. If a Warrior or Sheepdog was to shop around and dicker a little, they might be able to pick up one of these Bad-boys for around $420.00. I give the Ruger 9E a solid nine Warrior’s Shield.
Ruger SR-Series (9E) 9mm Luger Specs
Slide: Material-Alloy Steel
Barrel Length: 4.14 inches
Twist: 1:10 inches Right-Hand
Overall Length: 7.50 inches
Height: 5.53 inches
Width: 1.27 inches
Weight: 27.2 ounces
Capacity: 17+1 9mm
Grip: FrameBlack, High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Slide Finish: Black Oxide
Sights: Drift Adjustable 3-Dot
Suggested Retail: $459.00
271 Cardwell Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
Kel-Tec PMR 30, 22 magnum
What can one say about this American made .22 magnum, 30 shot semi-auto pistol, but “Amazing”. Talk about firepower. Now I know many a Warrior and Sheepdog will say the .22 WMR is too light and small for defense let alone offense. For you Sheepdogs, in most cases….you should not be on the offense as in running down the Dirt-bags and ending their miserable lives. Sheepdogs defend themselves, their families and any citizen who is under attack by wolves. For Warriors who do go on offense to search out evil the .22 magnum was never intended for your main duty weapon. But this bad-boy’s firepower would make a great backup for your patrol vehicle.
In my law enforcement experience, I investigated or was associated with only four investigations of victims being shot with a .22 WMR. Back in the day….there I go again…., Dirt-bags dispatched each other with carefree enthusiasm by the use of .22 short, long or long rife ammo. The “Saturday Night Special” was the gun of choice. You could go to the local hardware and pay $7 for a six shot .22 cal. revolver. Many had .22 cal. short semi-auto pistols. Ammo was about 50 cents for 50 rounds. With the advent of more serious gangs, the “Double Duce” was replaced with the 9mm.
However, the four cases of .22 WMR gunshot victims all victims died. Some were DRT (Dead Right There) and the rest died the next day. All shots were to the upper torso. One clown shot clean across the pool hall room and “10 Ringed” (Heart shot) his target who dropped like a rock. The point of this is, the .22 WMR is one deadly round.
Now am I saying the PMR30 would be a great CCW tool? In certain cases yes. The PMR30 would make a great tool/weapon for the car, truck, RV, bug-out or home. This weapon fully loaded holds 30 deadly .22WMR rounds. In the hands of moderately trained man or woman alone in their home would present a formable opponent to any huffing and puffing wolf.
For those of you who are away from home over night and worry about the wife and kids being without their protector, the PMR 30 is the perfect tool for their protection. I guarantee the sheepdog in your wife or girlfriend would come alive as she eviscerates that hairy old wolf with 30-40gr death dealing rounds. I for one would not like to be assigned to work this crime scene with 30 rounds to be accounted for.
Kel-Tec afforded me a PMR30 for my review. I just received this T&E (Test & Evaluation) firearm and have yet had the time to properly test. But I did take this product around and showed it to several sheepdogs, five of which said their next firearm purchase was going to be the Kel-Tec .22 WMR semi-auto pistol.
I did load all 30 rounds in one of the two magazines accompanying the pistol. I read it was difficult to get all 30 rounds loaded. But if you have loaded hundreds of M-4, forty round mags as I have, you know the drill to get the last few round in. With a loaded magazine the PMR 30 tips in at 19.9 ounces or one and a quarter pound. Very light. I will be reporting back with the results of my field testing. However, by a few independent reviews, the PMR-30 is a reliable firearm. I am looking forward to giving it the workout. Check out the PMR-30. I give the Kel-Tec PMR-30 a solid nine Warrior’s Shield.
Kel-Tec PMR 30 22 Magnum Specs
Weight Unloaded: 14 ounces
Weight Loaded: 19.9 ounces
Magazine Capacity : 30 Rounds
Overall Length: 7.9”
Barrel Length: 4.3”
Width : 1.3”
Trigger Pull: 5lbs
KEL-TEC CNC INDUSTRIES INC.
1505 Cox Road
Cocoa, FL 32926
SCCY Firearms, CPX-1 TTSG 9mm
Now comes the best buy ounce for ounce. A few years ago, a newer firearms company came on the market sporting a ten round 9mm with a double stack magazine and Zytel polymer frame. Okay, I know what you are thinking. What another 9mm? Yes another 9mm semi-auto with some goodies. This very light 15 ounce pistol has a “RE-COIL CUSHION”, ergonomic finger grooves, right/left hand safety, 3 dot steel rear sight system and a double action only internal hammer. The inertial firing pin design prevents accidental discharge if dropped.
SCCY, pronounced “SKY”, gives their pistols a 3.1 inch barrel which is machined from steel bar stock with seven lands and grooves having a 1:16 right-hand twist. The receiver, machined from bar stock, is made from 7075-T6 aircraft grade heat treated aluminum alloy. As previously stated, the Frame is made from Zytel polymer. The trigger has a nine pound pull, not bad for a double action only, which is perfect for those of you who are dedicated Sheepdogs and even those Warriors who like a light off-duty pistol.
The major thing I like about this product is the magazines are made by the firearm company. This is huge. Most firearm manufactures do not…I say do not make their own magazines. The first thing I do when purchasing a new 1911 .45 acp, I buy Wilson magazines. I want the best when my ass is on the line.
The SCCY pistols come with two 10 round double stack magazines with little finger extensions. Also included, are two flat magazine bases for your personal taste. A trigger guard lock for child resistant to their evil little fingers, is protection added with two keys. I give the SCCY CPX-1 TTSG 9mm a solid eight Warrior’s Shield. I have read the recoil is considerable. Once I have tested a model I will likely raise the rating. Great gun at the right price.
SCCY CPX-1 TTSG 9mm Specs
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Height: 4 inches
Length: 5.7 inches
Width: 1 inch
Weight: 15 ounce
Magazine: Double Stack 10 Round 9mm
Trigger Guard Lock: 2 Keys
Stainless Steel MSRP: $334
SCCY Industries LLC
1800 Concept Court
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 USA