I bought a Marlin 444 in the early 80's. It had a recoil pad installed that helped a lot. It was a real thumper but would not shoot any cast bullet I tried worth a damn. It would shoot jacketed bullets ok, but the sheer volume I shot of every caliber was so large that I had to be able to shoot cast handloads to bring the ammo cost down. I finally gave up and sold it. It had Micro Groove rifling. Brian Pierce of Handloader and Rifle states he has had good luck with Micro Groove barrels in the .444 but I guess he knows something I don't. I believe Marlin changed the rifling to Ballard style about 20 years ago. Apparently, I was not alone in my troubles with cast and Micro Groove. Yeah, it was a kicker.Back in 1972 my Pop Pop brought a really beautiful Parker SxS 12 gauge up to our house. We went outside, he put 2 rounds in it, and handed it to me. I was 8 years old. I messed up and pulled both triggers....and ended up on my ***. I did not shoot that gun again until I was 16. In the mid 80's I bought a Marlin .444 from a co worker. It did not have a recoil pad on it. That thing kicked like a stud mule. I traded it and $200 for a Mini 14 in 1989. I still have the Parker but was happy to get rid of the .444.
I'll tell ya, on his example, the pistol is pretty nice. Solid feel, tight lockup, no slop at all. It's a very well built firearm as far as fit and finish. But when I squeezed two off, it was instantly OFF my bucket list. $500 definitely seems steep, though I'm not sure if the current state of things hasn't inflated the price a bit. I never thought to check the going rate on them after I shot it. I wanted that experience scrubbed from memory.I just looked up the DoubleTap in .45 acp because it looks like a very painful pistol to fire in .45 acp or even 9mm. Holy cow! Are they seriously wanting $500 for those things?!?!?!?! I wonder what the street price of those things are? I believe I can find far better SD firearms for far less money than $500.
35 Remington when I was 9 yo had been shooting my 22 all afternoon. Knocked me backwards and in the glider. I didn’t drop the rifle just sat on the glider. My uncle was laughing so hard he had tears running down both cheeks. It took quite a while to live that down.Back in 1972 my Pop Pop brought a really beautiful Parker SxS 12 gauge up to our house. We went outside, he put 2 rounds in it, and handed it to me. I was 8 years old. I messed up and pulled both triggers....and ended up on my ***. I did not shoot that gun again until I was 16. In the mid 80's I bought a Marlin .444 from a co worker. It did not have a recoil pad on it. That thing kicked like a stud mule. I traded it and $200 for a Mini 14 in 1989. I still have the Parker but was happy to get rid of the .444.
Mike Venturino of Handloader and Rifle magazine has written several times about the time he 1st fired a .45-70. He had bought a Marlin 1895 in .45-70 and the 1st thing he did was to installed a scope on it and handload some ammo for it following Elmer Keith's recipe for his favorite .45-70 load. Well, when Mike pulled the trigger on that 1st shot, he immediately saw stars, moon, comets, and old Popeye cartoons flashing in front of his face. The recoil drove the scope into his head above the eye giving Mike the worse scope cut he ever had. He was cut all the way to the bone over his shooting eye. While he was trying to staunch the pouring blood, he noticed that the recoil had split the skin on his shoulder so he was bleeding freely from the shoulder as well. That was the only round he ever fired from that rifle. He sold it shortly afterward. Later he got into BCPR competition and loaded and fired thousands of rounds of BCPR ammo from his Sharps and Remington Rolling blocks in many really big buffalo rifle calibers, including .45-70, but never never again loaded them to Elmer's level. He forever afterward loaded them only to black powder level. Ouch!45-70 Marlin lever action. Shot it on a Sunday still felt it on Wednesday. Will do it again and again. Was so much fun. But won’t replace my SU16A
No thank you. I wish all the people who buy small frame short barelled .357 snubbies for SD could test fire those bad boys before they plunk down their cash. The blast, flash, and recoil is going to be so severe, they will NOT practice with them the way you should for a SD gun. If they want an revolver for EDC, a .38 with good loads ( I'm thinking Federal HST or Buffalo Bore .38 for Short Barrels here ) or .44 Special ( I carried 200 gr Silvertip HP in mine ) would be a far, far better choice. At least you could practice with them enuff to get proficient and have a good time doing so. Just my 2 cents.Agreed, the P40 recoils rather smartly. But for even more fun, fire a few 158 gr. .357 Magnum loads in a S&W 340PD with those tiny boot grips - and do it one-handed, bullseye-style. The little beast weighs less than 12 oz. , so hang on TIGHT.
Hadn't thought of it like that! I think you have something there!I disagree. I love those who buy such featherweight gats before firing some hot SD ammo. They often trade them in very quickly on a less painful choice. So I have found some terrific bargains on the used shelf at the LGS, especially when they give a discount for cash. Just ask.