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Several weeks ago, the man wanted to try out some different guns, so he rented a few at the range. I tried them too and fell in love with the Sig Sauer P229 .40 caliber. And... now I own one.

It's not exactly a cheap gun, so I'm sure I'll feel a twinge of regret when the credit card bill arrives. Right now, though, I'm in love with it. I just picked it up this evening at the gun shop/range and did some shooting. Despite being new and stiff, it shot beautifully. I did just as well with it as I do with the Springfield XDM 9mm that I've been shooting regularly for a year and a half. The Sig is noticeably heavier since it's a metal frame gun, but that also cuts down on recoil. So it's an even trade-off for me. It's got a nice feel to it and I also really like the sound of the .40 caliber.

Here's something fun:
The man and I went to a gun show recently and one of the dealers there remembered me from a purchase I made more than 15 years ago. He even knew what gun I'd bought! How freaky is that? And then he apologized for selling me such a crappy gun all those years ago. LOL. It was a Bersa .380 and compared to the guns we've bought in the last few years, it is pretty crappy. It was an okay first gun, though. I had to replace a spring in it a few years ago, but otherwise, I've never had a problem with it. It's just not all that accurate. With limited funds and a small hand, there weren't exactly a lot of choices then anyway. So I bought that Bersa and I loved it... until I got better guns :)

on 2010-12-01 07:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I have one crappy Italian .380 that sort of fits my hand and a 1917 (WW1) Colt .45 revolver that they don't make cartridges to fit anymore.
I'm thinking about getting DH to teach me how to trap shoot. That might be fun and it's something we could do together.

on 2010-12-01 11:46 pm (UTC)
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My husband used to go trap shooting and he enjoyed it. I'd like to do some sort of out door range shooting sometime, but I don't know if trap really appeals to me.

Rox + Gun = Thug life

on 2010-12-01 07:57 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
since it's really late I don't have a intellegent response to this post (like I've ever had one in the first place on your LJ)

But when I turned on to my friend page and I saw you holding a gun in a thug sort of way, my first thoughts were.

"I swear never to write another horrible joke on Rox's LJ again."

But now I get what this is.

Ps. I'm not lying you like you belong on a Rap album cover ...

that or a really twisted ladies Home Journal issue.

Re: Rox + Gun = Thug life

on 2010-12-01 11:47 pm (UTC)
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or a really twisted ladies Home Journal issue.

haha. ^ Yeah, that. If I was going for thug life, I'd have to pose with the Tec-9 :P
Edited on 2010-12-01 11:48 pm (UTC)

on 2010-12-01 11:33 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I'm so jealous. I dragged my husband off to the pistol range to check it out and he *so* didn't get it.

Guns are very, very restricted in Australia and very few people have any kind of hands on experience, although they are available for sport (you have to keep them in a safe and transport them dismantled though). It's very counter-cultural - less so in rural areas but we grew up in the city.

So he just...didn't get it. And I don't get enough time with my family, I'm not going to be away doing something like that if he isn't with me.'ll have to wait til semi-retirement. But then, I'll be like this grey-haired little Sarah Connor, just you watch!

on 2010-12-02 12:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I love your icon :)

I dragged my husband off to the pistol range to check it out and he *so* didn't get it.

How can someone go to a range and fire a gun and not like it? It's so fun! I'm glad my husband enjoys it too. We actually see a lot of couples at the range when we go (especially on Friday nights).'ll have to wait til semi-retirement. But then, I'll be like this grey-haired little Sarah Connor, just you watch!

Hee. You can do it! I saw a white-haired couple at the range one day that looked to be in their 70s. I thought that was kind of awesome :)

on 2010-12-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Roxy, you've always been the most.... well armed.... of all the people I know on the internet.

on 2010-12-01 02:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Roxy, you've always been the most.... well armed.... of all the people I know on the internet.

LMAO. The fact that you could probably just fit her into your pocket is a bonus though ;-)

on 2010-12-02 12:47 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
LOL. One of the employees at the range always teases me about firing guns that are bigger than I am.

on 2010-12-02 12:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I think I'm the most well-armed of anyone I know too. I never really intended to own a lot of guns, they've just accumulated since I never get rid of any :P

on 2010-12-01 08:07 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Oooh that is one pretty gun! I can't say I know the name of it but it sure looks impressive.

It looks like it has a long draw?

on 2010-12-02 12:52 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
You mean the barrel length (the end the bullet comes out of)? It's actually considered a "compact" size (3.9" barrel). As a comparison, the last gun I bought before this one has a 4.5" barrel, which looks ridiculously oversized in my hand (

on 2010-12-02 01:03 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
oh no like the trigger takes a lot to pull back? I don't remember how it's called now.
And hahah that other one is HUGE.

on 2010-12-02 01:08 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
From that position, yes, it does take a lot of effort. But once you pull the slide back to load a bullet (or cock the hammer back) the trigger moves in closer and it's very easy to pull.

on 2010-12-02 03:24 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]

The stereotypical woman is supposed to have a closet full of shoes not a closet full of weapons!

I’m just glad you break the mould; someone needs to be ready for JD. ;)

on 2010-12-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Jackets are my weakness. I have waaaaaaay too many jackets and coats. And guns :P


on 2010-12-03 03:22 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
SIG makes really nice stuff. If they didn't make it so UNfriendly to lefties by placing the slide lock (&safety?) so far back, I'd own one.

Re: Congratulations!

on 2010-12-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Seem like guns are becoming more ambidextrous (or at least convertible), but yeah, this one isn't. I think the magazine release can be swapped to the right side for a lefty, but the slide release and decocker are both on the left. I guess you lefties just aren't good enough for Sig Sauer ;)

Since I can't edit comments

on 2010-12-03 04:24 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I'd just like to add this: that's the best pic of yourself that you've posted yet.

Did you shoot this very gun before you bought it, or have you shot it since? I always wonder how much variation there is in production.

I have a S&W Model 39B (aluminum frame) that doesn't group very well, even after they rebuilt it for me, and a Model 99 in 45 ACP that groups GREAT at 50 feet, despite a trigger that feels like dragging a cinderblock over a gravel driveway. I lurv my Hi Standard target pistol best, though. It made this userpic at 50 ft.

Re: Since I can't edit comments

on 2010-12-03 08:03 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Thanks. I hate pictures of me, but I thought this one of the rare ones that managed to come out okay.

No, I didn't shoot this gun before buying and I really wouldn't be able to draw a fair comparison. The one I shot was a rental at the range and had been used by who knows how many people. Also it was a P226, which is the full size version (4.5" barrel). But since I have a full size Springfield and a subcompact Glock, I went with the in-between compact size for this purchase.

Nice grouping on that target! You're not doing bad at all if you're grouping at 50ft. I suck at that distance with anything other than a .22. Even when I can get a decent shot or two off, I just don't have consistency at that distance. I mostly shoot at 25-30ft.


on 2010-12-04 01:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
That target is one of only three "perfect" targets I've fired during 17 years of .22 bullseye competitions. Usually once I realize I'm shooting that well, the adrenaline spikes and a start twitching a few out into the white rings.

The .45 isn't a match pistol at all, but it will stay in the scoring rings at 50 ft.

Since those are all big and clunky, I don't carry them. For carry, I have a S&W Model 642: 5 shot, lightweight alloy/stainless .38 SPL. That's my <=20 ft gun. With full pressure loads, that sucker kicks pretty hard, and it's harder to maintain accuracy on follow-up shots. That would worry me with a small .40 cal.

Which Glock do you have? I was thinking that a G26 would be... effective.

Re: Grouping

on 2010-12-04 08:38 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
The nice thing about a .22 is it's about as easy to shoot as a BB gun. But that's also what I don't like about it. I like to feel the gun and I like the challenge of controlling it (which is definitely a challenge for me!).

For carry, I have a S&W Model 642: 5 shot, lightweight alloy/stainless .38 SPL. That's my <=20 ft gun.

I've got a stainless Rossi .38 special. It's a Brazilian gun that's supposedly very similar to S&W. It's big and heavy and I don't particularly care for it. But I'm not fond of revolvers. I like the semi-autos :)

BTW, have you ever heard of bump-firing? I never had, but I came across this earlier. It's totally impractical, looks really dangerous (especially with handguns) but pretty cool to see nonetheless...

Which Glock do you have? I was thinking that a G26 would be... effective.

Glock 26 ("Baby Glock") is the one I have. The only complaint I have with that gun is the uncomfortable trigger. That's a Glock issue, though - nothing specific to the 26. And it's probably just an issue for me because I have small hands and have to pull from the tip of my index finger. After a while, it really starts to hurt.

Gun Safes == Golf Bags

on 2010-12-04 02:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
It seems as if every variation has its purpose, if not its fans.

I never actually checked to see if my BB gun has a rifled barrel, but it doesn't group nearly as well as the Hi Standard "Trophy". I've had times when the first shot of the Trophy cleaned the "10" out of the center of the target. It shoots so much better than I do, that it's a challenge for me to do justice to the tool.

I don't even remember why I bought a hand pumped, single shot, probably unrifled, BB gun, but even IT has a purpose: stunning house flies with the air blast.

The S&W 642 I don't really *like*, per se, but it was the result of careful research leading to something that would be light enough to carry up steep hills, completely rustproof, 100% reliable, and just enough stopping power with decent shot placement. It is all of those things, and I carry it regularly, but I don't really *like* it. The cylinder is bulky and uncomfortable in a shoulder holster. The Rossi would be the same, only heavier.

Bump firing: that's pretty interesting. It would be fun to try, but I'm pretty sure I'd be hearing from the Safety and Education Committee after the complaints and the video surveillance review.

Every range in CT has *somebody* living down range, and we've gotten really paranoid about bullets escaping the range. "Auto" shooting without using the sights (full body shiver). My S&W model 39 had a botched trigger job when I bought it used, and it started double-firing on me. The second round goes skyward. After convincing myself that it was *not* caused by me limp-wristing the gun, I sent it back to S&W, who fixed it for free, and threw in a new barrel and barrel bushing as a bonus. It still doesn't group very well, but I'm a huge fan of their customer service.

on 2010-12-03 06:16 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
You look so "Sarah Connor" in that pic.
Perfect gun, perfect pose, perfect expression, perfect look. :)

on 2010-12-04 08:48 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Hee. I think Sarah Connor has more awesomeness in her trigger finger alone than I have in my entire being!

on 2010-12-19 10:13 pm (UTC)
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hahha this is funny. i have to admit though the american accent makes me cringe a little bit. if you just made it sound a? little less ditzy and valleygirlish it would sound a million times better;) not that it really matters lol <3
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