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Sorry done whining.

Went shooting with it friday and took it home to clean and somehow moved the safety mechanism to the wrong place so that when I was done and put the magazine in it hung up on part of the saftey mechnism that had some wear on it already.

SO, back to doug's to get it sent to the gunsmith they say it looks like a common repair and should only be 35-40 dollars.

Here's my fear, it's a Colt MK IV series 80 in .380 looks like a mini 1911 out of production for almost 20 years: 1. What if gunsmith can't fix the part and the part is out of production and has to be machined? That could get expensive fast.

Plus I miss my gun!!! :-(

-Rob
 

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I'm in a similar boat. One of my guns is broken too and I only made it worse by trying to fix it. :cry:

I did go to e-gunparts.com and found what I originally needed and what I needed to fix my being bad by losing a spring. :cry: It's going to cost about half of what I paid for the gun in the first place. :crying:

And now a question for any gunsmiths out there. One of these parts comes unfinished. I need it blued. Anyone up for that simple task?

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The gunstore SWEARS it's a 30-40 dollar fix, I hope they're right or I'm goona cry ALOT.

It was my dads daily cary pistol for a long time.

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Rob,

If your 380 has sentimental value and is out of production, I would suggest (just my opinion), retiring the pistol. Sure, you can still shoot it at the range or even have it as a home back up weapon, but I wouldn't carry it daily. The reason for this is that your carry gun will see more wear and tear than your other firearms. You want to make sure that your carry sidearm is reliable and dependable. You may also want a sidearm that isn't impossible or super expensive to replace - as this is a real issue. In days of yore, sidearms were carried in shoulder holsters or on the belt holsters. Carried in such a manner, the sidearm has a very long expected lifespan. However, today, sidearms are concealed inside the waistband and are shot much more for practice than the sidearms of our forefathers, thus a heavier duty sidearm is a better choice.

I'll understand if you still want to carry your father's carry firearm, but it might cause you more heart break when it starts to deteriorate. You might want to consider a polymer duty type weapon (Springfield XD or Glock, etc) as a main carry sidearm.

I hope your repair is quick and inexpensive, good luck to you and thanks for helping to make our state a safer place.
 

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Rob,

If your 380 has sentimental value and is out of production, I would suggest (just my opinion), retiring the pistol. Sure, you can still shoot it at the range or even have it as a home back up weapon, but I wouldn't carry it daily. The reason for this is that your carry gun will see more wear and tear than your other firearms. You want to make sure that your carry sidearm is reliable and dependable. You may also want a sidearm that isn't impossible or super expensive to replace - as this is a real issue. In days of yore, sidearms were carried in shoulder holsters or on the belt holsters. Carried in such a manner, the sidearm has a very long expected lifespan. However, today, sidearms are concealed inside the waistband and are shot much more for practice than the sidearms of our forefathers, thus a heavier duty sidearm is a better choice.

I'll understand if you still want to carry your father's carry firearm, but it might cause you more heart break when it starts to deteriorate. You might want to consider a polymer duty type weapon (Springfield XD or Glock, etc) as a main carry sidearm.

I hope your repair is quick and inexpensive, good luck to you and thanks for helping to make our state a safer place.
Real problem is money, I have very little of it, so I have to carry what I can afford this was free :)

Kimber or someone makes a LIGHT WEIGHT full size 1911 in 38P I'd love that, though it'd run me a grand.

If I had to buy a new pistol TODAY it would be one of these.
http://www.impactguns.com/store/640832000160.html

And that's after a couple of months saving up.

-R
 

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I'll chip in 10.00 so long as you dont buy from impact.
Actually over the next year or two, my gun purchases will be via lay-away and will consist of.

1. Mossberg 500 tactical
2. AK-47
3. Full frame 1911 in .45

The order may vary but those are the goals. Shotgun is for home defense and the AK is for when the Wasatch fault finally gives in and we get a 8+ earthquake --just in case the manure hits the fan, and they're fun as heck to shoot.

-R
 
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hedonistic said:
I'll chip in 10.00 so long as you dont buy from impact.
Actually over the next year or two, my gun purchases will be via lay-away and will consist of.

1. Mossberg 500 tactical
2. AK-47
3. Full frame 1911 in .45

The order may vary but those are the goals. Shotgun is for home defense and the AK is for when the Wasatch fault finally gives in and we get a 8+ earthquake --just in case the manure hits the fan, and they're fun as heck to shoot.

-R
I have a mossy that I am thinking about selling to fund my Siaga project black on black synthetic stock 18" barrel and mossberg ghost rings
 

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Actually I might put that kel tek 9mm on lay-away first just need an extended mag for it, it makes a nice light pistol but I hear they kick like a mother.

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RobFindlay said:
Actually I might put that kel tek 9mm on lay-away first just need an extended mag for it, it makes a nice light pistol but I hear they kick like a mother.

-R
Yes, the recoil is stout. On the other hand, I don't think its any worse that shooting a S&W model 29 (.44 Magnum) with full house loads. My only advice, as a current PF-9 owner, is to limit your range sessions to around 50 rounds. Any more than that and the heavy recoil will cause you to develop bad habits. If you want extended range sessions, take along a full size pistol or a .22 to help you with your powder fix - love the smell of burnt powder.
 
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It is a good friend of mines first pistol, with WWB recoil is not objectionable at all. 50 rounds of hot ammo is more than I'd care to shoot but, 150 rounds of wwb switching between pistols (aka taking a break) with a lower recoiling pistol could still be a productive session for all but, the most recoil sensitive shooter.
 

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Ya know i'm getting to the point where i can consistently double-tap my .380 some people call it a sissy gun but i thing with gold-dots in the right place it'll get the job done.

Plus it's the gun I have.

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I shoot 9mm about the size of your gun thats a sissy gun to some. Cheaper to shoot = more practice=better shooting

The gun in hand is always better then the gun at home.
 

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I shoot 9mm about the size of your gun thats a sissy gun to some. Cheaper to shoot = more practice=better shooting

The gun in hand is always better then the gun at home.
I HATE caliber arguments about whats better then what, and when people start calling .38 or 9MM sissy rounds and say 40 and up period.

These are the types that I think drive the Camaros and the big trucks to "make up" for something that I wont mention considering this is a family oriented board.

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I HATE caliber arguments about whats better then what, and when people start calling .38 or 9MM sissy rounds and say 40 and up period.

These are the types that I think drive the Camaros and the big trucks to "make up" for something that I wont mention considering this is a family oriented board.

-R
Get a quality firearm, quality ammo, quality training and practice then shoot the heck out of what you are comfortable with. If thats a .357 or a .45+p or even a 10mm good for you! I carry what I carry because its the biggest "allways gun" that is still an always gun while being cheaper to shoot longer lasting, and at the time more manageable than a .40.

I will change my gun wen someone brings out a star bm type pistol in 9mm south of 700.00. Dont say Springfield EMP yes its the closest thing on the market but somehow is not as elegant as the old star bm.



Colt sold these as their own for a while :shock: update it a bit, add modern sights and upgrade it to 9mm and that would be a winner.
 

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ya know my brother the ones who prays to the alter of Sig and 40 S+W and decries all else was considering selling/giving one of his ruger 22lr pistols.

I hate the **** thing! It's WAY to heavy the muscles in my arm start to twitch after two mags.

Can anyone recomend a .22 plinking pistol thats well, CHEAP?

-R

Hoping to find something at the gun-show, some .380 some mags for the MK IV Though it all might be a bust.
 

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I eventually want to master and carry the full frame 1911 in .45. The single stack mag and the shape of the pistol is just right for my hand.

Go to youtube and look up colt 1911 you'll find a series of videos from a very cute your lady about the 1911 and other guns and firearms subjects.

Point she makes, is: The right caliber is the right caliber for you.

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hedonistic said:
RobFindlay said:
I HATE caliber arguments about whats better then what, and when people start calling .38 or 9MM sissy rounds and say 40 and up period.

These are the types that I think drive the Camaros and the big trucks to "make up" for something that I wont mention considering this is a family oriented board.

-R
Get a quality firearm, quality ammo, quality training and practice then shoot the heck out of what you are comfortable with. If thats a .357 or a .45+p or even a 10mm good for you! I carry what I carry because its the biggest "allways gun" that is still an always gun while being cheaper to shoot longer lasting, and at the time more manageable than a .40.

I will change my gun wen someone brings out a star bm type pistol in 9mm south of 700.00. Dont say Springfield EMP yes its the closest thing on the market but somehow is not as elegant as the old star bm.



Colt sold these as their own for a while :shock: update it a bit, add modern sights and upgrade it to 9mm and that would be a winner.
The ammo or the pretty blue gun? LOL?

What was the deal with the ammo ?
 

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RobFindlay said:
ya know my brother the ones who prays to the alter of Sig and 40 S+W and decries all else was considering selling/giving one of his ruger 22lr pistols.

I hate the [auto-edited] thing! It's WAY to heavy the muscles in my arm start to twitch after two mags.

Can anyone recomend a .22 plinking pistol thats well, CHEAP?

-R

I'm not quite sure what pistol you're referring to when it comes to being too heavy. I have a Ruger Mark II that I use a lot. I also have six magazines that go with it. Since I have an Ultimate Clip Loader to reload the magazines with, I tend to go through a lot of ammo at each session. The loader allows me to load up a magazine in seconds and saves my thumb from the dreaded magazine follower button.

My Mark II started out life as a 4 3/4 inch barrel - which in my opinion balances nicely. However, I've since thrown a few dollars at it and it now sports a Volquartsen hammer and sear, a Clark steel trigger, Hogue grips, and a six-inch Pac-Lite upper with fully adjustable sights.

But I digress, you need to tell us how much you're willing to put down on a "nice" plinking pistol before we can make any recommendations.
 
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