A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Two Mags

Click to enlargeIt was time to rotate out my carry ammunition today, so I stopped by the range after work to shoot two mags of Federal HydraShoks through the Colt New Agent. Just two quick magazines, and I was on my way.

I'm not as persnickety as some folks are about it, but I do shoot off my carry ammunition every six months or so. Not only is there the danger of oil seepage contaminating a cartridge, but there is the risk of excessive set back from the constant ejecting and rechambering of cartridges as the pistol is made safe for training with hardball ammunition. I suppose that could be listed as one other reason to carry a revolver.

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Blogger Tam said...

I usually rotate the previously-chambered round to the bottom of the mag. When it comes back to the top, it's time for me to shoot off what's in the gun and load up the mag fresh. Usually this means carry ammo gets shot off after a month or so...

4:12 PM  
Anonymous BillH said...

Xavier, I know your preferred carry is the New Agent/Defender type 1911, but you mention revolvers here. If you didn't put on the 45 in the morning, what wheel gun would you trust/prefer? I'd be interested in that post.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

I rotate out the chambered round to a seperate ammo box. Once I'm out of those I shoot off the box.

Have you ever had a carry load FTF?

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Saj said...

Yes, but have you numbered your magazines and begun rotating them...

;-)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Mark Horning said...

Xav, May I humbly recommend that you upgrade your carry ammo to something a wee bit more modern?

The hydro-shok is a pretty old design, and notorious for inconsistent expansion through clothing.

Speer makes an excellent Gold Dot design that is specifically designed to work from a 3" barrel. The Winchester Ranger-T (RA45T) and new Federal HST rounds are very well regarded as well.

All three (Win-T, GD, HST) meet the IWBA/FBI performance criteria.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Bill, the wheelgun that I carry when I can't carry a 1911 OWB with a cover garment is a S&W Model 38. I carry it in a pocket holster.

If I were to carry a wheelgun on a belt, it would be a three inch S&W 357 magnum with fixed sights. I owned one once, a Ladysmith, and I sold it. I still sometimes kick myself.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Weer'd Beard, Yep.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is "set back?"

9:24 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Mark, you may be right. I stick with the HydraShoks because they are faniliar and because they are still used by law enforcement in my area. I guess you could call me an Ayoobian there......

Anon, setback occurs when the bullet is gradually moved back in the cartridge casing through repeated chamberings. The OAL of the cartiridge decreases, but more importantly, the charge becomes more compressed and can result in an overcharged round.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier, your review of the New Agent cost me money! I just picked one up and really like it! Which solid trigger did you get and where can I find one? I'm not a huge fan of the drilled one Colt puts on them.

Thanks,
Zach

1:46 AM  

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