A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Free Pistols

There is a sublime beauty in form following function. Perhaps this is why Glock pistols, and the M1911A1 seem to be the two handguns shooters eventually gravitate towards. Both are unadulterated in a quest to get shots on target as quickly as possible. There is another style of shooting however. Shooting for absolute accuracy. Shooting a handgun as Robin Hood shot a bow and arrow. Placing a hole exactly where one wants, and then placing rounds through the same hole.

Free pistols are used in 50m Pistol, an ISSF and Olympic event. Free pistols only have a few limitations. They must have open sights. The grip can not lock the wrist in any way. Caliber must be .22 caliber rimfire. Click to enlargeThe pistol must be loaded and fired as a single shot pistol. Anything else is permissible.

For several years I have enjoyed shooting my Ruger MKII Government Target Model. I has a Volquartsen/Clark Custom action, an anatomically formed Nill grip, and a Volquartsen compensator, added primarily for weight. With Ruger's competition barrel, the gun is accurate, darned accurate. Still, the trigger is not adjustable, and it is not a true single shot. Competition is possible only with a modified magazine.

My IZH 46M was produced by the Russkies for the 10m air pistol event.Click to enlarge It is an extraordinarily accurate pistol. With a fully adjustable trigger and swappable sights, it is probably my most accurate pistol.

Still, the IZH 46M was an air pistol. While handy for killing mice, and for winning a few bucks in a friend's back yard, I continued to lust after Pardini K22s and especially the Hammerli 162. Let's face it, old Xavier ain't to awful bad at hitting paper plates on the run with his 1911, but I'm not a world class Olympic shooter. The precision and purity of calling and placing a shot exactly where you want to fascinates me though. The esoteric and functional beauty of a tool designed for that type of transcendental shooting captivates me as well.

Today, I placed an order for a TOZ-35M Free Pistol with the wooden case from CDNN.
$512 with the case.

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Blogger Rabbit said...


That's a deal.

Are you going to set up a range in the hallway when the weather turns bad?


5:32 PM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...


Free Pistols....

Whaddaya mean they aren't free?


9:00 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Aw heck, the first time I read that I thought you were giving some away to good homes..... Grr....=D

10:49 AM  
Blogger Less said...

The TOZ is a nice gun... I think that you'll like it...

Most of the good pistol shots are using Steyr LP1's and the like...

Pilk guns is a great place for air gus too... He helps outfit the US Olympic teams, etc...


1:55 PM  
Blogger Dan from Madison said...

Xav - does that have to go to an ffl holder for you to pick up like any other handgun?

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Will said...

Hmm, unless the twits here in CA have changed the law while I wasn't looking, Olympic type .22 pistols are classified as "assault weapons", due to having a magazine forward of the grip. When informed of this, the response was "tough chit".

5:44 AM  

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