These reviews are "OUR OPINIONS". We try numerous different firearms, and provide some general feedback based upon what we experience. We do not have everyone of these firearms available for use, as some we have tried through other means, but again, these are just our general comments and observations.
We'll try to add some pictures as we get a chance...
CHIAPPA 1911 pistol .22 caliber: For quite some time I had been looking at these and thought for the cost it would be worth acquiring one. Boy was I wrong !!! I was provided the opportunity to try one by a fellow shooter, as he said he was having trouble shooting groups. No wonder...the trigger pull on this gun was so hard that I swore the safety was on. In fact I consider it so difficult to pull that it was almost a safety issue. I wonder if the company does this for legal/liability reasons, but it surely turned me off from the gun. My advise/opinion...DO NOT BUY!!!
KIMBER 1911 .45: Kimber for some time has/had enjoyed a name as a great gun maker. I must say that I personally love this gun. No upgrades or gunsmith work required to make it one of my favorites. Love the trigger pull weight on this gun. Although they are a bit more expensive, I think its worth it. Find one that fits you and feels good and you'll have a new favorite gun.
RUGER P89 9mm: At first I had a real difficult time with this gun and "I" seemed unable to shoot decent groups with it. After some experimenting, I figured out that by adding a set of enlarged grips, I was able to tighten up the groups significantly. This goes back to our point that not every gun is right for every person. In our case, a set of handgrips made the "FIT" much better. The gun does have a very long trigger pull, but I'm use to it and can handle it. Not my favorite competition gun, but a good personal protection firearm.
SMITH & WESSON Model 22A Pistol .22 caliber: Depending upon the barrel length you select for this firearm, it can even be used competitively in Bullseye shooting matches. We used one of these which had larger aftermarket grips added onto it, and it fit our hands well and provided a very stable base for us. The oversized grips would probably not be a good choice for most female shooters though. Not a bad gun at all, shoots well, crisp trigger. Good gun for target shooting and general shooting practice.
RUGER LCR .38+P Revolver: I was looking at small concealable revolvers one day at a local gun store. I looked at several models, and after dry firing a few, the shop owner said that he wanted me to try this one instead. It was priced about $100 more than the others, but once I felt the difference in the smooth trigger pull, I fell in love with this gun. I read lots of other reviews on this firearm as well and it seems just about everyone loves the unique cam trigger Ruger uses in this revolver. Granted it is a short and VERY LIGTWEIGHT revolver (13.5 ounces) and if you shoot 50 rounds at the range with it, you'll know you did, or at least your palm will. HOWEVER...as a personal protection firearm that is light, easily concealed, has plenty of power...I really love this revolver.
Walther P22 .22 caliber: Quite a neat little .22 semi automatic pistol. Actually for such a short barreled firearm, we were very impressed with its accuracy. That's the good...now the bad. You'll need to try several different ammunitions to see what the gun likes. In our case we found that it required a high velocity ammunition almost exclusively, otherwise we were prone to "chimney stack" or "stove pipe". Sometimes we found that the expended cases were being thrown directly back at us as well...but very infrequently enough that we were not considering it a gun malfunction. Not a bad plinking firearm overall, just needs a little bit of "special attention" at times.
GLOCKS: I recently read a review by another instructor and I had to fully agree with him. I never will advise anyone to own a semi automatic which the safety mechanism is solely based upon the trigger. I base this upon what I see as an instructor and the majority of shooters, who do not have the skills and experience to solely trust such a safety mechanism...BEFORE SOMEONE GOES OFF ON ME...again this is my opinion and observations. I've shot other folks Glocks, and they functioned well, but safety being prime concern has overridden my feelings for this firearm.
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