New back-up gun. Air-Lite .357
This is a discussion on New back-up gun. Air-Lite .357 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I always carry my HK Compact USP.45 with extra mags every time I can. Sometimes the clothes I wear prevent me from carrying this setup ...
December 10th, 2006 07:14 PM
New back-up gun. Air-Lite .357
I always carry my HK Compact USP.45 with extra mags every time I can. Sometimes the clothes I wear prevent me from carrying this setup due to size. So I bought a S&W .357 Hammerless Air-Lite as a back-up when carrying the .45 or in case I can not carry the .45. The gun is awesome to carry, you almost forget it is there. Let me tell you though, if you are plannign on getting one of these and the sale guy tells you "It hurts", he is not kidding. I put 10 rounds through it and my hand hurt for the rest of the day. The lack of weight puts all the recoil right into the web of you hand. It will not be a range gun but I can promise that is a 24/7 gun. 2 thumbs up.
Will try to update with pics later.
December 10th, 2006 07:29 PM
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My son got one for his carry earlier this year. With regular .38's it's not too bad but with full loads - bit ''ouchy'' !!
It's in a category I think where shooting comfort has to be sacrificed for the compact light nature of the gun - and practice with .38's or +P but - know where it shoots with heavy loads.
Once that is established and it is reliable then - pray to not have the day when it is needed - tho under duress I am sure we can all light off five big ones and probably not notice any pain!
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December 10th, 2006 07:40 PM
yes, the 357 mag in this gun is a hand full. get some 38sp ammo for practice, that way you will shoot the gun more.
December 10th, 2006 11:07 PM
Yes, an Air Lite is definatly a gun you want to run 38's through when practicing.
December 11th, 2006 10:28 AM
Try Corbon DPX in your Air-Lite 357. Their 38+P has the least recoil of any +P I've tried and their 357 has much less recoil for me than the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel. Another option is to load the first 2 with the 38+P and the last 3 with 357. I did that for a while, but now my 340 PD is loaded with 5 DPX 357's. I realize it says not to use less than 120 grain bullets in the 340 (the DPX 38+P's are 110 grain), but Smith & Wesson told me the minimum bullet weight applies only to 357. The DPX 357's are 125 grain.
December 11th, 2006 10:34 AM
+1.... Adrenaline is the best "shok buffer" of all....
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