Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chained to the Computer All Day...

Sigh…my Sweetie and her brother had a nice hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, on which I had to pass. I've still got plenty of writing time to go, but tomorrow I meet with the orthopedic surgeon to discuss supercharging my knee, or whatever.

In the meantime, I got one of the Rock Island "Baby Rock" .380 mini-1911. Isn't it just cute as a button?


"Daddy! I left the 1911 in the washing machine and it shrunk!"

I have to confess that my first thought was that it has the potential to be the coolest itty-bitty race gun in the world…a little comp…a little C-More…a little ludicrous mag well…3/4 scale IPSC.

On a serious note, I really liked the old Colt .380 Government Model. It wasn't really a pocket pistol like the Mustang or Pony, but I thought it was an excellent updated version of the classic 1903/1908 .32 or .380 Colt, which I consider one o fate finest carry guns every made. Why, because it was thin, like really thin. The .380 Government Model was clearly a holster pistol, but it was thin and very well made. It concealed super well, with much better access than in the pocket.

I have high hopes for the Baby Rock. Out of the box, the gun feels great, as one might expect from a mini-1911. The thumb safety was stiff, but hey, it's not the first stiff thumb safety I've seen on a 1911, even a little one. The obvious comparison is to the Sig Sauer 238, Sig's single action .380, or the Kimber Micro, although the 238 and the Micro are a bit smaller than the Baby Rock.

I'll take it out to the range tomorrow!

9 comments:

_DonWorsham_ said...

I'll put my Llama IIIA .380 up against that baby rock any day. What a great pistol.

Ray K said...

Rock Island makes some neat firearms. Recently purchased their 22TCM pistol ... a real 'blast' to shoot. AAAHHHHH poking holes in paper is fun.

Anonymous said...

My favorite, 1911 Government 45 ACP has a little "sister" in the safe, a sweet little 1911 Government 308 ACP. Both are a joy to shoot. Anywhere my CCW permit is legal brings the little sister out for a breath of fresh air. Love your Blog Michael.

Michael Bane said...

Worsham, the Llama was a superb little pistol (at least the one I shot was), and as a self-identifying llama myself I'd go that route if it were available.

mb

Michael Bane said...

On the .22 TCM, I think we should stage a contest between the .22 TCM, the 5.7 X 28 in a pistol and the .30 Carbine in a Ruger Blackhawk to see which one can shake the most fillings out of your teeth…

mb

Overload in Colorado said...

The Browning 1911-22 is another scaled down gun. I know they just released a .380 version. I'd be interested is comparing it to this new Rock Island.

Matthew said...

I'd like to see a side-by-side picture comparison. Had my .380 Govt Pocketlite stolen a decade ago, the steel frame I replaced it with just feels so heavy. Be nice if RIA came out with a Lightweight frame.

Daniel Watters said...

I wouldn't be terribly surprised if parts can interchange between the RIA and Llama IIIA. As soon as I saw the RIA, I pegged it as an upgraded version of the Llama MicroMax.

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