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  1. I think you might be more accurate if you were stating that the most authentic caliber is the caliber it was introduced in and was preferred by both the military and those who really used the handgun more often, due to it's power. The most practical though might well be the calibers that it was later released in to be compatible with rifle. The .44-40 was introduced 1877, four years later than the SAA, as the Colt Frontier. To date more than twice as many SAA's in .45 Colt have been sold than .44-40's. SC
  2. I use a modified version of this recipe. What I do differently is: I use boneless beef ribs, and I cook in a Pit Barrel cooker (a weber will work too) for about three hours. I use black pepper and salt, or McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning. After three hours in the smoker they go into a roasting pan, get drowned in a bottle of Spanish Red (Bresca) and covered with foil. They Saute for 4-5 hours more, and are spoon tender when completed. Makes a great pulled beef sandwich or can be served with sides like beans and Texas toast.
  3. I was into the Colt .45 cartridge before CAS became a thing. It was a romantic thing, brought up on the old westerns it just required that I own a .45 revolver, as well as my .45 ACP pistol. I've always thought of the .45 Colt as an adequate fight stopper (ignoring the more modern load now available), as i did the .45 ACP so it seemed adequate to use both at full power and at reduced loads for target and practice. Once I left IPSC (where I shot .38 super) and started shooting CAS in the 90's, it seemed appropriate to get more .45's and a rifle as well. I didn't want to deal with different calibers, as having a family it was cheaper to stick with one. In my opinion the Colt .45 can be loaded light enough to reduce the time between shot splits, it's really about transitions when it comes to going fast in CAS. I'm not sure caliber is as significant as practice, working on splits, and focusing on body movement and timing. I love the historical and romantic aspect of the caliber, and if I had started with a brace of Colt's in .357 magnum I would have used them, but I had .45s and wanted to stick with them. I left speed behind when I left IPSC. YMMV, but I'd go with what you love, whether it be the caliber of the idea of winning. Shadow Catcher ps - attached is one of my favorites!
  4. For some the pants say yoga, but the contents say McDonalds. As for Calamity Kris' comment, there are few things as funny in the bicycle community as a MAMIL, Middle Aged Man in Lycra.
  5. Never had that happen, and I've taken them apart many a time. Is the safety fully pushed into the slide? You can remove it and inspect by using a small flat bladed screw driver to hold the Firing pin forward whilst removing the safety, but watch for the spring loaded pin that holds it on or off. There are Youtube videos that show - it's really easy to do. SC
  6. If you cross slice just the rind, lightly rub with oil, and salt, then roast, you get some outrageously good cracklins!
  7. I first tried Pork Belly while living in the UK, and fell in love with it. Now I do pork belly about once every month and half, or two. I use Gordon Ramsey's recipe, but there are hundreds out there: https://www.gordonramsay.com/gr/recipes/slow-roasted-pork-belly/ Sometimes I'll cut the 10lb belly in half and roast half, and do this with the other half: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pittman-pork-belly-burnt-ends Our local Costco gets around $3 per pound of Pork Belly, and it's probably the most delightful meat you can buy for anywhere near that price! Shadow Catcher
  8. FWIW, the only time I ever had a black rifle was in 1973-76, and it was a M-16A1, so I haven't had much use for one since. Finally, after watching the tumult in the country, I figured I should get one, and as much as I wanted a Colt, all I could find was the FN A4 configuration, with a 20" barrel. Likeable little gun, and good for shooting NRA High Power rifle and Appleseed Known Distance rifle matches. With the 77 gr loads one can extend the range out to 600 - 700 yds on a good day. Next was to build a Close Quarters version, basically a 14.5" barrel with a welded 1.5 inch muzzle break, and a collapsible stock. Not that I am or ever will be a door-kicker, but it's a fun thing to do, and these guns are lego's. Finally on a A2 configured lower, I built a third using a Nordic Components Match grade .22LR upper for grins. It shoots a dime sized group at 25 meters all day using CCI's standard velocity ammo. CAS is still fun, but I must admit that Appleseed and High Power rifle matches are starting to move into the forefront of my interests these days. My toys:
  9. I'd add to the questions with : What is the water volume of the reformed cases versus a factory case? If the volume is less for the reformed cases, there may be an over pressure problem.
  10. Not really, Colt introduced the LW commander in 9mm in 1950. That's a good 70 years of time to become part of the herd!
  11. Capt, As you might have heard, Shield arms has manufactured steel magazines for the Glock 48 that replace the ten round plastic versions, and fit 15 rounds. They're getting great reviews every where but require replacing the polymer magazine catch with an aluminum version. I recently contacted them regarding a steel mag for the G43 and they advise to stay tuned! If they can get to a flush fit 9 rounds and an extended with 12 that will be a great step up. I'll post more when I hear more. Currently I use the Taran Tactical +1 (flush fit) and the Hyve +1 (matches the Glock Finger extension for size). SC
  12. There are several steps to the process and almost all of them have been listed above. To summarize: 1. You'll need a new slide because the breech face for 9mm is smaller, 2. 9mm slides are usually machined for a 9mm/.38 super firing pin, and new firing pin stop, 3. You'll need a different ejector as the .45 ejector will not reach the 9mm rim, nor fit the cutout on the slide, 4. You'll need a 9mm barrel, and bushing, 5. The ramp in the frame is a different angle, sometimes you get lucky and it will still work, but the most reliable way to do it is to machine the frame to take a ramped barrel. NB: That is a one way conversion requiring ramped barrels on that frame after that. 6. New Magazines, lighter power recoil spring (12# - 14#) Alternatively, you can get all the upper stuff you need, and build an 80% alloy frame (or steel) to do this. I'm almost ready to build a full size alloy frame just for s&g's. SC p.s. - I'll add that I really like shooting the steel 9mm Colt Gov't model a lot, it is easier to do a 500 round weekend with this compared to the .45, my wrists prefer it.
  13. FWIW - I started with the 1911 in 1973, and have always owned and carried one in either Gov't or Offficer's configuration, in .45ACP. I bought and trained with a G19 when they were first introduced in the late 80's. It was a good gun, but the trigger never did much for me. Fast forward to the near present, and I've gone through several Hi-Powers, a Kahr K9, the PPk, and now my EDC is a G43. I've also given up on the 1911 in .45 ACP, and have replaced it with a Gov't mdl in 9MM, which is so much nicer to shoot for longer days. If I had to abandon the Glock I'd probably carry the 1911, but I think I'd look for an alloy framed version. Bottom line - my back isn't up to carrying 3-5 lbs of additional weight on the belt, so Tactical Tupperware had to come to the rescue. Fortunately Glocks like AR's are basically legos these days, so improving the sights and trigger on the G43 were not a problem. Glock's aren't bad, and more than the AR is bad compared to the M1 or M14, just different. Horses for courses. SC
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