Pistols for Everyday Use

It’s true, and you probably already knew this – I like firearms and have enjoyed plinking since I was kid.  Following my Astra Constable debacle, I’ve acquired yet another Walther PP “clone” – a FEG PA63 in .380 caliber, a Glock 42, and an FNS-9c.  Additionally, I’ve also discovered what I thought was my FN Browning M1900 is actually an “Asian” or Chinese copy possibly manufactured in the 1920s or 1930s in a warlord’s armory.

High Standard Supermatic Flite-King

With weighted barrel, this .22 LR pistol is a joy to shoot – close to zero recoil and not much report.

High-Standard-Flite-King

Walther PPK & Kel-Tec P32

These are two pistols I’ve carried at various times.  The P32 is great for bicycling and kayaking but was defective upon purchase and required warranty work.  Since the factory repairs, it’s been 100 percent reliable.  The Walther I have been keeping locked away now that I’ve got other, less irreplaceable options.

Walther-PPK-&-Kel-Tec-P32

FEG PA63 .380

I traded an older pistol that looked like it’d spent 50 years at the bottom of a well after having exhumed from a roadside ditch.  The PA63 is an accurate pistol and reliably cycles even antique ammunition.  As a bonus, it fits in a couple of my PPK holsters and I have a lot of .380 ammunition.

PA63-Leftside

PA63-Rightside

Glock 42

I traded, at considerable loss, my Astra Constable toward this Glock 42 back in June of last year.  The Glock malfunctions every round using the lower power, antique Peters and the modern PPU ammunition, however the antique Western Ammunition Service ammo induces no malfunctions.  The Glock also reliably cycles Buffalo Bore +P ammunition, which is what I keep in the magazine.

Glock-42-w-Antique-&-Modern-Ammo

FNS-9c, Anniversary Edition

Caution-Lady, my wife, picked out a ring with a lot of small diamonds in it to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  What I wanted was a Walther P99 in 9×19, but I was unable to locate one at a price I was willing to pay around the same time as I bought my wife her new ring.  What I did find, and it felt like a kind of consolation prize, was a used FNS-9c.  After I bought it, I learned that FNH America has issued a voluntary recall on the FNS series.  I ordered Theis EZ-Clip holster for 9c and sent it back to the factory for service.  The holster arrived a couple of days before the pistol was returned.  Here are a couple of pictures of the weapon holstered – the first is all Pinteresty-looking.  Yes, the staged image is my attempt at a joke.  The second’s just a picture.

FNS-9c-&-Theis-Holster-Devotional-Image

FNS-9c-&Theis-EZ-Clip-Closeup

About the FNS-9c – it’s the only semi-automatic pistol I own that’s not malfunctioned due to cheap practice ammo or operator error.  I’ve fired close to 500 rounds of mixed quality inexpensive range ammunition and 41 rounds of good quality self-defense ammunition.  While it is not as aesthetically pleasing as a Walther P99c, the FNS-9c is a pistol I shoot accurately with confidence in its reliability.  I’m glad I’ve got it.

FNS-9c-17-Magazine

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