What's your lightweight kit gun?

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  1. Dusmw

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    LCRx 3" has become my go to sidearm when hunting. Light, accurate, and exceptionally accurate. If you are a wheel gun fan you won't be disappointed.
     
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    Same here. This gun fits that roll really well.
     
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    A Ruger Blackhawk in 45 LC with hot hand loads. Up here in the Ozarks we have a lot of bear and Razorbacks running around. You can run in to a wild (feral) hog any time of the year, but Spring and Summer you're liable to encounter a bear (sow) with cubs.
     
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    CW what is your PMR 30 doing at 100 with gold dots? Can you describe "SHTF applications"? Have you noticed putting down animals with the jacketed 22 mag bullets in the 5 inch barrel penetrates some skull mater that soft 22 long rifle out of 22 rifles do not? bobcats? Coyotes?

    found a pic in my personal joural with mine at 100 this with irons and gold dots I haven't tried a red dot on it yet

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    S&W J frame. 38 in a pocket holster.
     
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    Although not the best for all situations, I'd just take my regular CCW piece with a couple of shotshells for scaring a small varmint. It's the one I am most comfortable shooting.
     
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    1911A1. Thank you, John Browning.
     
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    I've always wanted to try one of these, how shootable are they?
     
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    They're fun to shoot, not bad guns for what they are. Here're 30 rounds @25 ft with .22 LR... (I don't claim to be a great shot). Mags have more muzzle flip though... and are LOUD!

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    I have a 1911 .45 for bigger problems and a Henry bolt .22 for kids that is very accurate and light for potential meal opportunities, when they are in season of course. Out of season I have a crossman .22 pellet/BB pistol that a lot of fun to plink with.
     
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    When in doubt, glock19 is the answer!
     
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    We'll it doesn't shoot like anything I've ever had. It's accuracy isn't too bad for what it is. I'm gonna do some mods to the sights, and slick up the action a bit, and she should be just dandy!
     
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    Neat idea with that Kimber. I always liked peep sights on rifles (or anything really) and that setup looks great; simple, lightweight setup on an all-weather rig, I dig it :4: :dblthumb: Great caliber choice too, though I think I might go with the .338 Federal for something like that. Good looking Beeman C-1 too - not too many of those floating around anymore.

    Kind Regards,

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    Thank you SH.

    That Kimber is my defacto small game/trail gun these days because it is lighter than ANY of my rifles and spits out 165 gr lead at 915 fps as my normal carry load - pretty much like a .38 Special +P but with better BC.

    I find I do not need anything else unless it is actually deer season and that is when I switch to regular .308 loads.
     
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    If we are talking derringers.....Cobray 410.45lc.......
    Tackle box...

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    My light weight gun is A S&W 642 in .38Spl.

    My not so light weight gun is my Heritage Mfg Big Bore Rough Rider in .357 (I'd carry my Rough Rider 22 combo, if it wasn't for the Hogs.)
     
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    if lightweight kit gun then s&w 317 22lr, until ruger gets off its duff and makes a ruger lcr-x 3" 22lr. my 317 cylinder binds after 100 range rounds, no such problem with 1 7/8" lcr 22lr. a ruger bearcat 22lr is the only other lightweight choice, but comes in single action only.
     
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    My Glock 23 is my constant side kick, in all arenas.
     
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    Today I was prowling in my back woods toting a S&W 386 Night Guard in a Galco OWB open-top pancake cake holster. There was a CCI/Speer snake shot indexed up next, followed by 6 Grizzley 180 grain hard cast wide flat point magnums. Ammo was carried in two 8-round Tuff Products Quick strips in nylon coyote brown belt carriers plus two more in my left vest pocket, and two HKS 587 speedloaders in my right vest pocket.

    Had I moved up the ridge, I would have worn my GP100 Match Champion in a Diamond D Guides Choice chest rig with two ammo slides and a speedloader case. This is a comfortable rig to wear.

    I also have a 317 Kit Gun that I keep in a back pack for potting small game, but I seldom go ridge hiking with a back pack anymore. Too hot on my back. My vest carries emergency items, water bottle, and a snack. First aid kit is in pants pocket and whisky flask is in right hip pocket. Knife is worn behind my gun holster. Old Bushmills is an excellent walking whisky.

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    My Night Guard...good honest holster wear. And yes, I wear both a belt and suspenders. I am that sorta guy. Belt holds gun & ammo, suspenders hold up breeches. Flask has Old Bushmills.

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    My GP100 Match Champion ... Ridge walking sidearm in spring / summer months.
     
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    Exactly what I use
     
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    Lightweight, accurate, and good for filling the pot OR defending against pesky slithering and crawling enemies.
     

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    Scott,
    I am not sure I ever shot mine at 100... Its groups are a bit large for squirrel head shots @ 50 IIRC... Its a closer range shooter. Shoots VERY well at defensive distances and easily a pot gun @ 25-30. But opens up after that.

    I think you know the ballistics as well as anyone. generally speaking the 22 mag produces the energy of the LR @ 100 yards. With the FMJ its a excellent penetrator!! SHTF, well it can do everything needed to survive, unless mutant Brown Grizzly and Polar bears do not take over the world...

    CW
     
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    Lately I have been carrying a Ruger SP 101 357 with the 4.2 inch barrel with Hogue tamer grips in a Simply Rugged pancake holster. To me, this gun is a lightweight gun yet has quite a bit of power. In the 1980s and earlier a 4" barreled 357 magnum was, and still is, considered a good manstopper. To me, nothing has changed all that much.

    When I go into the woods I will wear Permethryn treated clothing with a good leather belt on my trousers. With the SR pancake the gun is a dream to carry and at times I have to check to see if it is there.

    Often the subject comes up on this issue and often the discussion revolves around stopping bears/wolves, et al. The truth is that the most dangerous thing in the woods often is another human being bent on some negative behavior.
     
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    HK P30sks as of late. Prior to that G19. I never really pack "light" though


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    I have one as well and really like it. Good choice.
     
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    Old Rossi 38spl. I'm wanting to try out a NAA mini.
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    A Ruger Bearcat, early one with fixed sights. She shoots where you point it. Great little grouse and cottontail getter.
     
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    Sig Sauer P320 Compact in 9mm. Light and tight, oh and 15 reasons not to do bad things.
     
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    J frame 38 spl airweight
     
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    What he said^^^

    Summers I carry my Security six in 357 mag.

    Winters, I rotate, basically depending on my mood, between the 357 and a Beretta Stampede in .45Colt. No bears in winter so the worry is people or wolves... Wolves give more leeway for caliber choice.
     
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    Me too. My environment is free of the great bears. Black bears are plentiful, but generally people-averse. We have lots of gray wolves, but SO FAR they've not been a threat to humans. Cougars are spotted often (though I have yet to see one), but they haven't bothered people up here yet, either. I carry a firearm mostly to protect my bird dog from wolves, which is a very real concern. Ruger's "kit gun" .357 offers plenty of sight radius to shoot well and enough barrel length to get service gun performance from full-power ammo. Rob's Simply Rugged pancake holds the gun tight against my body and it's plenty secure for woods bumming or stream walking. It's not exactly a lightweight, but it's also not heavy enough to be a burden.

    If I wanted a gun primarily for camp pot meat, I'd carry my 22/45 Lite with its tiny Bushnell reflexive sight and Volquartsen internals. That set up makes precision shooting easy-peasy.

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    SP101 Ruger, .327 Fed. It's everything from a healthy .22 ( .32 shorts) to a 9mm(.327 fed) . I absolutely love mine for the 32 S&W longs.

    Your not going to find anything more versatile I'm my opinion.
     
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    Humpback fan here.

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    Charter Arms 3 in. .22lr pathfinder been carring it sense 1981 when I bought it.good little snake and rat killer it even scared away some doped up gobblins at the kern river one time.
     
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    In the public (and sometimes not so public) woods, of the South at least, you can often wander across "grow operations" and Meth labs.... as well as the nefarious individuals that attend to such things.
    Not to mention the plain old homeless/bum/hobo types and addicts.... and two legged predators who see hikers as easy prey.

    Add in the type of creatures that slither, the feral dogs and coyotes, and occasional black bear.

    I carry/use my .22 Buckmark for small game. I carry the larger toy for larger problems.
     
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    Um, ok... How does that relate to what the OP should buy?
     
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    This is as light as I'm willing to go for pistol.
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    For ARs, a pencil weight barreled midlength is great.
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    A kit gun is as a kit gun does :)
     
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    ^ I had a little 42, very nice pistol- when I first got it I couldn't help but think someone put my 23 through the wash :4:

    for concealed carry the 42 (and 43) are tough to beat, they leave very little footprint (I could carry mine in a IWB w/ a t-shirt on), but still pack plenty of wallop
     
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    And the 42 shoots with enough accuracy to actually be used as a "kit gun".

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    I am finding the G43 extremely accurate for all reasonable, lawful purposes.

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    My "light weight" SS Single Six weighs 39oz empty, according to Ruger. That's why I'm considering a 22oz Charter Arms .44 Bulldog Target (4").
     
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    what load?
     
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    where did you hit the ground squirrel?
     
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    black powder 22 mag naa mini.....................yes they make them and you dont get any more light weight than that.
     
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