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So what ammo does everyone use for "practice" in their handguns?

I primarily use Winchester "Whitebox" for the 9mm's. $10.96/100 at Walmart can't be beat. Especially with no sales tax here in Oregon :D .
 

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I consistently get excessive amounts of powder residue from Whitebox. Has anyone else experienced this? It isn't a big problem for some pieces but creates a nightmare in a P7.

I usually shoot the red box Eagles at the range.
 
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P7's are nothing much, anyway

It makes ZERO sense to teach yourself to do something different with handguns (as to making ready to fire) than you do with longarms. YOu have to manipulate a safety with longarms, so why complain about having to do so with handguns, hmm? NO reason. With a proper thumb safety design, and proper training, you will no more "miss" that safety than your foot will miss the brake pedal when you suddenly need to stop your car. I've made half a dozen "panic" draws, wherein the gun seemed to "grow" out of my wrist, and the thumb always disengaged the speed safety.-
 

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I disagree with this one. Grabbing the handle of a handgun and SQUEEZING is a natural reflex action. Much more so then having to push or pull a safety with a thumb. NO training is required, and under stress, I think there is more of a chance of squeezing the gun to death than there is of NOT squeezing the handle.

IMHO
 

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As a mater of fact, I won't carry any handgun that has a thumb safety.

P7M8
Glock 19
Glock 17
S & W .357 Airlight

Those are the only ones I carry. I have others that do have a thumb safety, but those are "range guns".
 

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I've made half a dozen "panic" draws
You carry and panic?? That is just scary. :eek2:

I shoot IPSC and can draw and engage a target faster with my carry P7 than I can my carry 1911. The safety has nothing to do with it. Practice, Practice, Practice.............
 
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If u'd had some of the situations I've

had, you'd have crapped your pants. :) Like I SAID, you gonna just "squeeze" the stock of your longarms?
 

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"If u'd had some of the situations I've had, you'd have . . ."

Given the number of military and ex-military of all experiences, and ages (eras of fighting, etc.), which are already on this board, I find that a bit of a boastful and condescending statement.

I'm confident that you are not the only one to have been placed in life and death situations. Something to remember when you show the respect that many here deserve in your posts.
 

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I've made half a dozen "panic" draws, wherein the gun seemed to "grow" out of my wrist, and the thumb always disengaged the speed safety.-

Gee whillikers, I can hardly wait for the dime novel to come out. And all this time I thought the super heros were just in the comic books.
 

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i shoot reloads too. i homecast a few thousand 150 gr. swc about ten yrs. ago. so i shoot them in my model 27 s&w .357 mag and .38 spl.
 

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I don't know if I can plug another web sute here but,
I can get UMC remington 9mm for $5.66/box when I
order from this particular place.
 

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Well somewhere along the way the original thread
got hi jacked. It started out talking about cheap ammo.
Cheaper than dirt.com, buy half a dozen boxes to
a case. Save 20 to 30% over store cost.
Best deal I found and I am cheap, I mean frugal.
 

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You know, this got me thinking about a neat gadget I bought years ago and haven't played with for a long while. Matter of fact, I have no idea where it is right now. Probably laying in my work room with exploded batteries inside ....

It's called Beamhit. You attach a laser mechanism via various sized rods that fit into the muzzle of the handgun which throws a short duration dot when the hammer drops. The target screen is sensitive to this laser beam and can be set up in a number of configurations. I found it REALLY helped my shooting when I was using it religiously. Not as much fun as real shooting, but you can do this in your living room and not have the significant other complain about holes in the walls...

Beamhit
 

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i mostly shoot reloads, but dont misunderstand, its not becuase mine are so much more accurate i just like to do it. it's almost theraputic. but you should consider that their may be a bit of difference in the loads you practice with and the loads you carry. while in most cases the difference will never be important due the circumstances you should take a little time to compare the two loads just to be sure. afterall your life is what you placing on the line. another consideration is that some loads are simply a degree more powerful than others and could be harder for you to perform well with at the same speed or accuracy of your practice loads. this is most notable in cases of revolver shooters who like a magnum carry load but like to shoot lighter special loads for practice. i hate to sound like unregistered on this point, but there again its your life your putting on the line.

as for cheap practice ammo, i am guilty of following the selling trends in shotguns news and buying up chunks of service ammo that is being sold off. most of it is foriegn and there are a lot of missfires, but it is fun to burn up and i use it to keep my reloading going as well. as for straight commercial ammo i like to buy the UMC or BlackHills fodder. When it comes to match ammo i just build my own from components ordered to spec from various companies. it has worked well for me so far.
 
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Now that light gizmo sounds interesting. And
as you say, great to use at home. The folks next
door hate when I shoot holes in the side of thier
house. No I don't really but, I am sure they would hate it if I did. Let me know if you ever dig that gadget up.

And yes I agree one should fire the rounds they
will carry. I did, and I could not tell any
real difference beween fireing my umc rem practice
rounds and the Federal hollow point hydra shock
that I would carry. However I admit I have not
practice shot the +p versions.
 

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I still haven't found the darn thing. I think it is in my workroom somewhere, but I really haven't looked real hard to find it.

I think I'd like to set it up and practice snap shooting with it. When I originally had it set up, I got to be pretty decent with it and even set it up with the smallest aperture screen. Really helped out my letoff control seeing where that darned laser dot was hitting.

Well worth the money, if you ask me. I think it will definitely help out your shooting. Just don't make a mistake and use a gun with live ammo in it. Oh yeah, pick up some snap caps for your gun. You don't want to be dry firing it excessively playing with the laser target.
 
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