New-Guns ?

Year after year, we gun-folks can count on a ton of newguns to tease and feed our fantasies. Myself and my good friend Charlie Rumsey enjoy going to the N.R.A. Conventions and looking at the NEW STUFF. Our wives go with the flow, bless them both and we always have a good time. Charlie is the Chairman of our local Bangor Gun Show to which you are all invited. One of these days, I want us all to go to the Shot Show. I see a lot of the Shot Show through video, T.V. and magazines. Most of the new products from large and small manufacturers are also at the N.R.A. Conventions.

The 2009 SHOT Show was in Orlando, in January! That time of the year we here in Maine are getting in to some serious winter. Going to the Shot Show keeps getting easier to sell the crew. We're at the "maybe next year" stage. Anyway, I was told that at this year's show there were about 50-70 new handguns presented. I find this amazing, 50-70 new, yes new, to the world of handguns. Now, how and when, if ever, will they all be cataloged and for sale? Who knows. A year from now will tell.

My new most interesting handguns for 2009? For BOLD INNOVATION, got-a-be the Ruger LCR. Ruger's new Lightweight Carry Revolver (LCR), is a compact, five-shot .38 Special that weighs only 13.5 ounces. It has a fully shrouded hammer, double-action-only trigger with a barrel length of 1⅞-inch and it is rated for "Plus P" ammo. It's the first polymer-framed revolver, yes, I know, PLASTIC. The entire operating mechanism, is constructed of polymer. And I want one.

One of my carry guns is a 13.5 oz. Taurus Ultra-Lite TITANIUM, or you could say a gussied-up Taurus Model 85. At the range I did about ten rounds of .38 Plus-P and put the box of forty back in the range bag and got out the .38 Special ammo. The snap from the +P. not to mention the noise, was too much. OK! call-me girly-man. The first time I shoot a new to me gun, I try one round without ear protection so that if I am in a personal protection situation indoors or out I'll know (kind-a) what to expect and the flinch might not be as bad. Sounds good.

The .380 Semi-Autos are making big in-roads in the personal-protection gun market. Taurus being one. The new Taurus Model 738 TCP (Taurus Compact Pistol) is an ultralightweight ultracompact .380 pistol with advanced technology. The TCP is a small, thin and light polymer gun with a 3.3-inch barrel that comes in at 5.19 inches in length overall. The trigger? It's double action only with a long-pull. With a titanium slide, the 738 TCP weighs in at 8.3 ounces. You can call it the lightest 380 Auto in the world, for now. When it comes out, six and eight-round magazines will be available and we're looking at $4-500 out the door. I want one!

Another interesting gun is the Taurus New Public Defender in .45 Colt/.410. It's a compact that sounds very familiar, kind-of-maybe a version of the Judge, the fastest selling handgun over the last three years. It's the JUDGE on the small Taurus Model 85-series frame, Judge-Lite? This compact carry-gun holds five 2.5 inch shotgun-shells. Cost, depending on the version, is in the $500 to $600 range. Well, enough said for now, what do you think?

Till the next time, yours, jeffrey

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