04 February 2012

My New Toy

I got a 9mm semi-auto Kel-Tec pistol today:

7 comments:

  1. Sweet. Care to post a bit on your decision process? Which others did you consider? Why that one?

    (And no, not a trick question. I'm no firearm expert but in the market myself.)

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  2. Inquiring minds wan to know: When did this become a "semi-automatic" pistol. Until about 10 to 15 years ago this was an "automatic" pistol. Now even the NRA uses this terminology.

    Usages evolve, so a change in terminology (which now appears to be universally accepted) is valid. But, what now is an "automatic" pistol? Does it replace the traditional "machine pistol" and "submachine gun"? I notice the Military Channel still uses these terms. It also calls your pistol a semi-auto.

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  3. @Carnivore- I had four main objectives when selecting a gun: price, concealability, stopping power, and ease of handling. I selected Kel-Tec because it was relatively cheap (compared to, say, Sigs or Lugers). I selected the 9mm because it had more stopping power than a .22 and because it had less kick than a .38 or .357. Also, it is pretty compact, which makes it easier to conceal. And I prefer pistols to revolvers because the former are more accurate.

    @sykes.1- I think the terminology changed to make it easier to designate guns. Automatic guns are ones where you simply squeeze and hold the trigger and it cocks and fires automatically, whereas semi-autos require that you squeeze the trigger each time you wish to fire (i.e. cocking is automatic but firing is not). Then you have non-autos, where you have to manually cock the hammer and squeeze the trigger each time you wish to fire (many revolvers fit this description).

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  4. Let us know how it shoots.

    Range reports are mandatory for new gun posts.

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  5. @Prof. Hale- Well, I test fired it the day I got it. I neglected to get ear protection, so all I can say is that the gun is pretty loud. I did destroy some glass jars, though, which was fun. I'll take it to a range sometime next week and let you all know how it goes.

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  6. Essentially what Simon said. Originally, "semi-autos" were called Automatics, because you did not have to manually load each individual round, i.e. muzzle loaders. That was changed later to designate between automatic fire and non-automatic fire. By the way, nice gun. I own a hi-point .40 myself, and in the market for a second. Open carry is legal here in NC, so I don't need to conceal. Might be moving to SC soon and they don't have open carry, so Concealed it is. I need a lighter gun for that. :)

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  7. @Drew- I got my gun for less than $300 at a dealer. I haven't range-tested it yet, but all the same you might consider the Kel-Tec 9mm. It's light, has a 10-round mag, has good stopping power, is concealable, and is pretty affordable.

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