Re: Second Strike Capability on New Agent?
I joined this forum in May 2010, but I believe this is my first posting. Like all forums you have to sift through some amount of chaff to get to the real stuff. I was one of the first in South Carolina to get a CWP, at last my carry was legal.
My carry gun when in the USA is a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog (1974). The original tapered barrel, non-sleeved. I decided the 3" made the gun too long for my pocket (only 7/16" shorter than my Browning Hi-Power). I was on a work assignment in California in 1991 and had a gunsmith take the barrel down to 1 13/16" and make that dreadful hook front sight into a non-snagging ramp. I had him take the hammer spur off, a detriment to metal in the pocket being removed. It was reborn as 6 5/16" long with the original Bulldog grips.
It didn't take me long to realize this gun was areal beast to shoot. I may have been better off to have an assailant shoot the gun at me. It has stopping power at both ends. I sent the Bulldog to Mag-Na-Port for their famous surgery. Well, the gun did not flip so much anymore and, maybe it's my imagination, the perceived recoil seemed to be less. Yes I know that's against the laws of physics but it was there.
I borrowed a chronograph and ran several factory loads through the screens. Very disappointing ballistics.....the bullet isn't in the barrel long enopugh to get the benefit of the explosion. I decided to look for the fiercest .44 Special load. It is Buffalo Bore Heavy .44 with a 255-grain Keith bullet. Tim of Buffalo Bore says don't shoot their round in the Bulldog, I disobeyed knowing of hotter handloads being fed through the light Bulldog. I fired enough rounds to get an average chronograph reading, but not more. The gun is hell to shoot. It would be used only in times of self-defense since I am not a sado-masochist. 817 FPS gives it the same energy as a 230-grain .45ACP.
I guess I got carried away with my revolver story in a 1911 forum. Please forgive me for defiling the forum.
Nice to meet you Carver.