January 18, 2018

The Ultimate Concealed Carry Gun?

Is there such a thing? It’s a topic that can cause a long, drawn out argument. Everybody has their favorite, whether it be a 1911 or a Glock, opinions vary.

One thing is for sure, your firearm that you carry for self defense needs to be reliable and it needs to be able to quickly stop the threat that is trying to harm or kill you. For years the 45 ACP has been a preferred round, the 10mm is another great round with plenty of power but for some, too much recoil (even the FBI thought it would be too much recoil to issue to all of their agents).

Armscor, the Arms Corporation of the Philippines, is the maker of the Rock Island Armory line of firearms. I’m not sure how this escaped my attention, but they released a new 1911 concept at this years’ SHOT show. After looking over their new idea I am becoming more and more convinced this may be the perfect carry gun.

Here is their concept, a time proven, reliable firearm chambered for a round that provides a 40 grain bullet at over 2000 feet per second with four hundred foot pounds of energy (at the muzzle) and nineteen rounds of firepower before reloading. It fires the .22 TCM, or Tuason Craig Micromag developed by Fred Craig. It is basically a necked down .223 Remington modified to use in a 1911. I’ll save you the Google search, a 9mm Parabellum provides a 124 to 165 grain bullet at one thousand or so feet per second (once again at the muzzle) with three hundred to three hundred fifty foot pounds of energy (this info is approximate due to the many different loads in 9mm and comes from Federals web site). The 45 ACP provides a 230 grain bullet at nine hundred feet per second with four hundred fourteen foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. The FN 5.7×28 provides a 28 to 40 grain bullet at around two thousand feet per second to two thousand three hundred feet per second with about three hundred forty foot pounds of energy.

Now, I know you may be quibbling over the 40 grain bullet, but when you look at ballistics and the ability to stop the threat you will find that a rifle will almost always be a better choice than a handgun. Even the .223 with a 50 grain bullet will cause more trauma than a larger 124 grain 9mm bullet. A smaller bullet with a higher velocity will cause more trauma thus helping to ensure you are stopping the threat before it stops you. Clint Smith advocated using your handgun to fight your way to your rifle of shotgun.

So, you are still leery of this new round although it packs 19 rounds of more firepower than any production handgun I can think of. Well, Armscor will throw in a 9mm barrel so you can swap out calibers at any time you fancy.
If you want more info you can do a Google search or pick up the latest issue of American Handgunner.

For this weeks specials I am offering up the Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle in 380 ACP.
Micro Desert Eagle
As you can see, this is the all nickel version and it comes with one six round magazine. I have this gun in stock and ready to sell, but I will only offer one gun at this price. I will let it go for my dealer cost – $415 out the door for local buyers. You cannot beat that price even if you buy online and avoid sales tax.

I have purchased several used rifles and shotguns, hopefully by next week I’ll have pictures and info on them. If you are looking for a Ruger M77 in .243 or a Browning Lightweight BLR in .243 let me know.

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