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jkingrph

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That's a lovely Smith. I do admit to thinking that the .44 mag is more than I want to shoot but the gun is super.

Pretty, wish I had gotten one while they still made the square butt and nice grips.

I have a little Smith 342, ti Lite, scandium alloy frame and barrel shroud, titanium cylinder, DAO 5 shot j frame, that only weighs 10.8 oz. Honestly that Mod 29 is much more comfortable to shoot than that little .38 Spc.
 

DeaconKC

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Pretty, wish I had gotten one while they still made the square butt and nice grips.

I have a little Smith 342, ti Lite, scandium alloy frame and barrel shroud, titanium cylinder, DAO 5 shot j frame, that only weighs 10.8 oz. Honestly that Mod 29 is much more comfortable to shoot than that little .38 Spc.

Yup, my alloy frame 642 is a rowdy lil beast and it weighs a couple more ounces than yours. Those N frames with full grips are much nicer to shoot.
 

TPD166

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Yup, my alloy frame 642 is a rowdy lil beast and it weighs a couple more ounces than yours. Those N frames with full grips are much nicer to shoot.

I carried and qualified with a Model 60 for years, and it was nice to shoot, but my current 642 is exactly as you describe - a beast. My off-duty/back-up is now a 3" 1911 in .45 ACP - ten times more pleasant to shoot than the 642. And from what I remember, .44Mag is nicer than the 642.
 

TPD166

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The Kimber Pro carry II has been here before, but is included again today with a couple of holster success stories. Since it has become an EDC pistol, I found I had few Commander-size holsters. Government model leather works fine, but is a little long. So this weekend I hit the jackpot:

First, a vintage floral-carved Tom Threepersons that I would swear was from El Paso Saddlery or S.D. Myres, but has no maker’s mark. I suspect it was made for a 5” 1911, but the barrel peeks out a little, so maybe it was for a Commander? I won’t say what I paid for it, but I got change back from a $10 bill!


The second was an experiment with a NOS Bianchi made for an S&W 9mm. Back in the ‘80s I stretched a thumbsnap Bianchi to fit an S&W Model 59, so I wanted to try that in reverse. As I suspected, the strap was too long for a Commander. I removed the rivet, cut the strap, and re-attached it with a Chicago screw and it works perfectly. If anyone needs a Commander holster, vintage S&W 9mm (39, 59, etc.) holsters are much cheaper than 1911 leather these day.
 

DeaconKC

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Thanks for the holster tip, I will file that away! Also, for a Commander, the Bianchi Pistol Pocket is super comfortable. I have used one for years, thick soft leather really helps from the barrel prodding your side.
 

TPD166

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It's really Bianchi's version of a Tom Threepersons holster (very minor differences) & they are incredibly comfortable to wear.

Thanks for the holster tip, I will file that away! Also, for a Commander, the Bianchi Pistol Pocket is super comfortable. I have used one for years, thick soft leather really helps from the barrel prodding your side.
 

jkingrph

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One more agreement on the recoil issue: My Airweight Chief's Special with plain .38's hurts a lot worse than a Model 29 with factory .44 Mags.
Glad to see some others feel the same way. I actually placed an order for a little Sig P 238 .380ACP today. It is basically a miniature 1911, lacking only the grip safety. They make a Model 938 in 9mm but those are currently not available , and only difference in the 380 is 0.4" in barrel length and 1 oz in weight, smaller than my 342 but about 6 oz heavier so it should be nice. Folks on some of the firearms forums say it is extremely soft recoiling. As soon as I find a 9mm will get one of those, do some practice and drills with the .380 and carry the 9.
 

jkingrph

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The Kimber Pro carry II has been here before, but is included again today with a couple of holster success stories. Since it has become an EDC pistol, I found I had few Commander-size holsters. Government model leather works fine, but is a little long. So this weekend I hit the jackpot:

First, a vintage floral-carved Tom Threepersons that I would swear was from El Paso Saddlery or S.D. Myres, but has no maker’s mark. I suspect it was made for a 5” 1911, but the barrel peeks out a little, so maybe it was for a Commander? I won’t say what I paid for it, but I got change back from a $10 bill!


The second was an experiment with a NOS Bianchi made for an S&W 9mm. Back in the ‘80s I stretched a thumbsnap Bianchi to fit an S&W Model 59, so I wanted to try that in reverse. As I suspected, the strap was too long for a Commander. I removed the rivet, cut the strap, and re-attached it with a Chicago screw and it works perfectly. If anyone needs a Commander holster, vintage S&W 9mm (39, 59, etc.) holsters are much cheaper than 1911 leather these day.
I have one like the first, only with a basketweave pattern that I had El Paso make up for me about 25 years ago for a Browning HP. My full size 1911 fits fine as does my S&W M 41 with a short field barrel.
 

DeaconKC

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Well I made a trade today for a Savage 1907 in .32. Can't pick it up til Friday though thanks to Illinois' 3 day waiting period..........grumbles. Oh and a Remington Model 10 shotgun too.
 
Well I made a trade today for a Savage 1907 in .32. Can't pick it up til Friday though thanks to Illinois' 3 day waiting period..........grumbles. Oh and a Remington Model 10 shotgun too.
I feel your pain on that one. I bought a Ruger SP101 Wednesday night and had to wait till Sunday to pick it up because the gun store was closed on Saturday night when the 3 day (72 hrs) was up. I like the SP101 but the double action pull is really high (worse than my Taurus 65). But I bought it for its reputation of being a nearly indestructible "J frame" revolver. Although I don't think I'll shoot anything higher than 38 +P in it.
 

RJR

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The Kimber Pro carry II has been here before, but is included again today with a couple of holster success stories. Since it has become an EDC pistol, I found I had few Commander-size holsters. Government model leather works fine, but is a little long. So this weekend I hit the jackpot:

First, a vintage floral-carved Tom Threepersons that I would swear was from El Paso Saddlery or S.D. Myres, but has no maker’s mark. I suspect it was made for a 5” 1911, but the barrel peeks out a little, so maybe it was for a Commander? I won’t say what I paid for it, but I got change back from a $10 bill!


The second was an experiment with a NOS Bianchi made for an S&W 9mm. Back in the ‘80s I stretched a thumbsnap Bianchi to fit an S&W Model 59, so I wanted to try that in reverse. As I suspected, the strap was too long for a Commander. I removed the rivet, cut the strap, and re-attached it with a Chicago screw and it works perfectly. If anyone needs a Commander holster, vintage S&W 9mm (39, 59, etc.) holsters are much cheaper than 1911 leather these day.
Congrats,you "stole"that Threepersons!
 

EngProf

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Well I made a trade today for a Savage 1907 in .32. Can't pick it up til Friday though thanks to Illinois' 3 day waiting period..........grumbles. Oh and a Remington Model 10 shotgun too.
I have a Savage .32 auto which has the disconcerting and dangerous habit of dropping the hammer at full speed when the safety is disengaged.
Fortunately I found that out while testing, not while shooting.
You may want to approach yours cautiously, just in case.
 

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