I'm considering a travel/throwaway piece.
Tourist oughtta love this.
I have had an idea for a few days now about adding one more piece to my handgun collection, something tottally unlike that which I normally prefer.
I've researched the concept before in various ways. Maybe if I tell you what I mean you can reccommend something or tell me what you use for the purpose.
What I'm essentially looking for is what I am calling a "travel" gun. I want something that I can use as a solitary carry piece that would be easy to live with when I am isolated from my normal surroundings.
What I mean by that, is that here in the relative safety of my hometown, is that I know the laws, the procedures, where to go, where not to go, etc. It's classic home field advantage. I also know that if I go off and fire 50 rounds I can immediately go home and clean the thing off and spit shine it.
However, circumstances arise when I have to go other places where I don't have that edge. I'm looking into something that I can use that is "disposable" in the sense that it doesn't cost more than my car's insurance policy in the event some overzealous LEO decides to add it to his collection.
I want something immediately replaceable, not costly, but serviceable. It would also be nice if it was light weight. I also want it to fire a catridge that's reasonably effective without making a light show.
For this purpose, I'm considering a semiautomatic. The reasons why are that they are easy to clean, many are rugged, and although I personally do not think I will ever be in some circumstance I'll need to reload or shoot more than 5 or 6 catridges out of a handgun, I've never planned that way. I rely on my New York reload ideology normally. But if there's no BUG that idea just doesn't float.
They also have the happy circumstance of being easy to disable quickly. Simply remove the slide and take it with you. There's no law against carrying a small piece of metal that lacks a sharp edge. That I know of anyway. Even if they steal the mini safe they just get a useless frame.
Ideally, I'd like something light and thin not much longer than 6" if at all possible. I'm also trying to see if I can get something in .45 ACP. If not I'll stick with 9x19. I want something I can buy ammunition for in a rural Missouri gas station or in Fort Stockton. No I'm not kidding.
It strikes me that the almost perfect gun, for its quality, form factor, reliability, etc. is the SIG P245. It is a bit longer than I want but that's acceptable. The main problem I have with it is that I don't view a nice $600+ gun as "disposable". A used one would be peachy and I'll keep an eye out, but used 245s don't come along very often, and the 220 is just too big. CDNN never has used 245s in their catalog, and ordnance outsellers never has CPO 245s in stock either.
Another one that comes to mind is the Glock 30 and the 36. Damn you Glock for your unnatural feeling grip angles and tendency to point funny or else one of these would foot the bill very nicely. If I decided to go with the Glock type pistol I'd get that XD I want. But then I'd be forced to use another caliber, and don't even mention .45 GAP chambered XDs. The catridge is still a special order and not common as dirt. I must have a common as dirt chambering.
To be fair to the Glock, I've wondered if maybe I outfitted one with some aftermarket sleeve grips if that would fix the problem. I know putting Hogue grips on all my other guns has made a huge difference in the way it points and handles. But I'm wary of buying a gun that doesn't feel right and then trying to retrofit it.
A third option is the Taurus PT-145 Pro. This may actually be the answer. It's not something I'm going to take any pride in owning, but it's cheap, common, and from what I've read it's not sexy but it's stone cold reliable. Some people complain about the trigger but I can live with a funky trigger on the gun I use for this purpose. This gun also has something I can appreciate that its more expensive kin don't in its very design: It hides very well for its size. It's just something about the way they packaged it. I've handled the 9mm version and found it to be acceptable but not exciting, but the one thing that always stuck with me was how concealable it was for its size. The series also has a reputation for being more accurate than it has a right to be, and the Pro editions solve the problems that come to mind when you think of the earlier Taurus pistols.
What else is there? If you own one of these guns, what did you think about it? I know Bud for example had a Glock 36 that was awful. I've researched this market a bit previously out of simple curiousity. I'll try to go handle a couple of these this weekend.
They all seem a bit too large too, except for the Taurus. They're all interesting but none of them grab me. Of course that's the whole point in a way... :biggrin: The Glock represents the budget I want to work on the best. The Taurus... I don't know it just seems too cheap but then again a lot of cheap pistols are actually pretty good. I'm Taurus neutral. I don't like them nor hate them.
I realize that .40 and 9x19 give me a lot more options, but I don't really feel like starting with .40 S&W. I actually do trust 9x19 as a defensive round but I want to see if I can try something completely new at the same time. I'm liking my big bore revolver so maybe I'll like a big bore semi-auto too. But if the market bears no fruit I'll return to my fixation on the XD series.