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Thoughts on the Striker shotgun?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

jutaah:

gunsknivesgear:

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Striker/Street Sweeper Shotgun

The Striker’s continuing re-appearance in video games and movies owes more to its intimidating appearance than actual utility.

First, the shotgun has a painfully slow rate of fire.  Each long and heavy trigger pull rotates the drum and drops the hammer.  You can shoot faster with any modern semi-auto shotgun like the Benelli M4, or even a good pump, with enough practice.

Second, reloading the gun is agonizingly slow.  It goes like this: manually rotate the drum - manually eject one spent shell - rotate - eject - rotate - eject and so on until empty.  Then, insert fresh cartridge - manually rotate -  insert another cartridge - rotate - insert - rotate -insert and so on until you’ve got all 12 in.  

I always laugh when I see the gun featured in video games like it’s some kind of super-weapon.  The fact that the shotgun was actually classified as a “Destructive Device” by ignorant lawmakers is also comedic.  

The shotgun looks cool, and that’s about it.  

Um, what you described is the cobray street sweeper, the Amsel the original South African made one and was made to a much higher quality and standard, with auto ejection of shots and easier reloading. Please don’t confuse them.

Warm greetings to a fellow gun enthusiast. You’ve got the South African Armsel Striker and its American copy, the Cobray Street Sweeper, both confused with the Armsel Protecta, a supposedly “improved” version. 

The Protecta, above, added auto-ejection of the spent cartridges, but the cartridges still have to be reloaded one at a time.  Rate of fire remained relatively slow, because of the heavy double-action trigger. Thus, the Protecta still offers no speed advantage over semi-auto or even pump shotguns, while being much bulkier than either.

Check out http://world.guns.ru/shotgun/safr/striker-protecta-e.html for a rundown on the different models.

Have you actually handled and fired the Armsel Striker?  I have. It was never made to a “much higher quality and standard.” That crude steel stock could cut up your face if you tried anything like a decent cheek weld. Yes, the Cobray was a cheap copy, but the difference between the Cobray and the Armsel was the difference between inferior and just so-so.

There’s a reason why neither the Striker, the Street Sweeper nor the Protecta won widespread acceptance, and live on only in video games.

Thoughts on the Ruger LCR?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

gnash666:

gunsknivesgear:

The Ruger LCR was the first popular polymer-framed revolver.  It’s won praise for its smooth trigger pull, light weight (13.5 ounces for the .38 special version).

By the way, if you’re going to get a revolver with a 2-inch barrel (like the LCR), get it in .38 special, instead of .357 magnum.  The magnum needs a longer barrel to accelerate the round properly, and a 2-inch barrel will degrade the magnum’s performance so drastically, I feel it’s not worth the added flash, blast and recoil.

Yeah well your wrong smart guy cuz you can run Standard or .38+P in a .357 mag all you want but if all you have is .357’s your still good…get it?!?! Besides, It’s not like your going to shooting a belly gun as your Target Rig anyway…it’s an emergency Stop the fucking bad guy gun… and a .357mag, even with a short barrel, is still markedly a step up from the barely adequate .38 Special and the better +P. You might even be better off caring a Ruger LCP .380 with Seven Rounds rather than a .38 with five as they can be fairly close in power.

Yes, a 357 magnum out of a 2 inch barrel will still be more powerful than a 38 out of the same barrel length.

However, is that bit of velocity you gain really worth the vastly greater muzzle blast, flash, and recoil the 357 will give you in that size gun?

The idea that a magnum will grant you massively superior one-shot stopping power is a myth, debunked by many studies.  In truth, no handgun round can give reliable one-shot stopping power, any kind of handgun is a poor weapon compared to a shotgun or rifle

For defensive handguns, far more important than caliber is the ability to get quickly repeated, accurate hits on the chest. To be specific, 3-4 accurate shots in less than a second, not including draw.  I seriously doubt any typical shooter could get that kind of speed and control with full-charge magnums in a tiny snubnose.

Aside from that, the massive flash will destroy night vision and the blast could leave you temporarily deaf.

In sum, I feel out of a snubnose, you give up more than you gain with a 357 when compared to a 38 special.

Thoughts on the Striker shotgun?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

image

Striker/Street Sweeper Shotgun

The Striker’s continuing re-appearance in video games and movies owes more to its intimidating looks than actual utility.

First, the shotgun has a painfully slow rate of fire.  Each long and heavy trigger pull rotates the drum and drops the hammer.  You can shoot faster with any modern semi-auto shotgun like the Benelli M4, or even a good pump, with enough practice.

Second, reloading the gun is agonizingly slow.  It goes like this: manually rotate the drum - manually eject one spent shell - rotate - eject - rotate - eject and so on until empty.  Then, insert fresh cartridge - manually rotate -  insert another cartridge - rotate - insert - rotate -insert and so on until you’ve got all 12 in.  

I always laugh when I see the gun featured in video games like it’s some kind of super-weapon.  The fact that the shotgun was actually classified as a “Destructive Device” by ignorant lawmakers is also comedic.  

The shotgun looks cool, and that’s about it.  

Thoughts on the Ruger LCR?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

The Ruger LCR was the first popular polymer-framed revolver.  It’s won praise for its smooth trigger pull, light weight (13.5 ounces for the .38 special version).

By the way, if you’re going to get a revolver with a 2-inch barrel (like the LCR), get it in .38 special, instead of .357 magnum.  The magnum needs a longer barrel to accelerate the round properly, and a 2-inch barrel will degrade the magnum’s performance so drastically, I feel it’s not worth the added flash, blast and recoil.

What's the best hand gun for a beginner? I prefer black and LOVE the hk45
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

The HK 45 is a highly regarded pistol and would be great for anyone, beginner or otherwise. 

You might want to check out my series of posts on choosing your first handgun:

http://gunsknivesgear.tumblr.com/tagged/how%20to%20choose%20handgun

Ed Brown Special Forces

I believe Ed Brown to the best of all the semi-custom 1911 makers.  Les Baer’s customer service sucks, and they come so tight you spend a lot on ammo just “breaking it in.”. I find EB slightly more refined than Wilson Combat, and Nighthawk is inconsistent.  Of course, these are all great pistols, but I had to choose just one it would be Ed Brown.

STI has an excellent reputation.  Unfortunately, they have tacky-looking rollmarks on their slides, in my opinion.  If I bought an STI the first thing I’d do is have a smith take that crap off.