Friday, May 20, 2011

And I Feel Fine!

Atlantis will rise,
Sunset Boulevard will fall,
Where the beach used to be,
Won't be nothing at all,
That's the way it appears.
They tell me the fault line runs right through the pier

--The Mamas and the Papas
"The Great California Earthquake"

Well, I'm home at the Secret Hidden Bunker and ready for TEOTWAWKI tomorrow afternoon! I have already made all the critical decisions..I have, for instance, decided to wear my beloved "Gus" cowboy hat from Ritch Rand, and I have packed a lunch. I will shoot a cowboy match in the morning, so I'll be tuned up for the Afterlife.

As I mentioned on another forum, I already have plans for the Afterlife -- I'm going to find Mark Twain, Richard Sir Francis Burton, "Karamojo" Bell and Mae West and head out to find the source of the White Nile. If that works out as well as I hope, we'll head north to sink the Bismarck. If you'd like to join us, meet us at Rick's Cafe know where. I suggest you pack Airship Captain Goggles, at least 1 Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver (a LeMat or a Dardick would also suffice, but I understand trounds will be a bitch to find in the Afterlife) and a top hat. There will be cookies! And a musical interlude!

Now that I've got that out of my system, I picked up a really cool Sig Sauer P238 yesterday, the Diamond Plate version:

Funky little monster, to be sure. As I've mentioned before, my pocket carry gun for years and years was a Colt Mustang redone by the now-defunct Scott, McDougal & Associates. It's still one of the best .380s ever made (although Marshal Halloway swears by the P238 and is a big reason I got this one). BIG CAVEAT HERE! Both the Mustang and the P238 are single-action semiautos...if you carry either gun cocked and locked in your pocket (as I did), you MUST have a sturdy pocket holster that covers the trigger! Sig provides a really nifty belt holster with the P238, so you've got options.

According to Brother Jeff Quinn from will no doubt be joining us at Rick's Cafe Americain, bringing his own hot sauce), Colt will be introducing the Ultralite version of the Mustang pretty soon. Marshal thinks we'll have one for testing in June. Here's Jeff's pix from SHOT Show:

BTW, here's Jeff's review of the P238. Here's the P238 review from The Firearm Blog. My understanding is that the Colt 7-round magazines will fit the Sig, and vice versa. I'll check it out this weekend. I would like to point out that the P238 as it comes out of the box has lots of sharp did the Mustang until SM&A ground them off. If I was going to keep the gun, it would need to be dehorned. One thing I appreciate with the Ruger LCP, my every day all the time in-my-pants pistol, is that it's pretty smooth out of the box.

BTW BTW, one of my favorite holsters for the Mustang was this one from Pocket Concealment Systems, a cross draw that easily tucks under a sweater:

It is I believe based on a Lou Alessi design, and he called it his "sweater holster." I also like their Blackbird front pocket holster for jeans, and it works well for cocked and locked carry. I'm always experimenting with pocket holsters. As you know, I favor the DeSantis Nemesis for the Ruger LPC (and various and sundry J-frames, but I don't like the soft Nemesis for a cocked and locked pistol. My favorite pocket holster, for the little NAA .32, was a "Pocket Natural" made by by Jerry Ahern about a thousand years ago. Here's a pix off Jerry's site:

BTW-cubed, here's an article I wrote back in 2007 that says exactly the same things I say today, proving perhaps that I am ultimately boring. Finally, you can find all the information in the world on little pistolas at


nj_larry said...

With your luck, the TSA will be inspecting all travelers at the gates of St. Peter for contraband. Rick's will have a no smoking policy and only serving non-alcoholic beverages. Mae will have teamed up with Mother Teresa and will be spending her time in prayer. Karamojo is now in charge of elephant midwifery. And finally Mark Twain is gonna get a school boy crush on Nancy Pelosi. Only job opening is for harp tuner and you'll be reporting to Michelle Obama.

kmitch200 said...

An ultralight Mustang?
VEEERRRRRY interesting!
If it doesn't have enough sharp edges to shred someone to ribbons, it's not a Colt. ;)
I hope the price point beats the SIG's but I'm not holding my breath.

I may inherit my wifes LCP because the trigger is so crappy.
The insane stacking at the end of travel is killing her ability to shoot it - not shoot it well - shoot it. A trigger with an inch of travel doesn't need to be 8#.

Anonymous said...

Since there is no afterlife, get all your fantasy stuff in NOW.

A Sig P238 is in a Nemesis pocket holster right now. I don't find the "sharp" edges to be a problem.

Moosejaw said...

Lex Luthor: Bye bye California. Hello new west coast. My west coast...... Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina del Lex. Otisburg - “Otisburg”?

Moosejaw said... I love my full weight original mustang...

that is after I replaced the plastic original recoil spring guide rod and plastic trigger with a stanless rod and aluminum trigger...after shooting repeatedly the plastic trigger ripped at the pin and caused the gun to jam intermittently...

looks from the pix like a plastic trigger again...

the next thing they need to replace is the fracking series 80 firing pin crap....a series 70 with beefy spring and titanium pin is more than sufficient to prevent shooting into the ground/floor if you drop the thing nose down...

DamDoc said...

I will be awaiting the rapture at my eldest daughter's wedding rehersal dinner saturday nithg at 6PM... if we get plucked, does that mean i get a refund on the wedding reception???! Think of the guns I could buy!

Matthew said...

I got one of the last titanium guide rods for my Mustang Pocketlite (what's the "Ultralite" going to do anyway, make a 13 oz gun actually lighter than air?) from Mac Scott several years back.

Any word from Colt or Sig on them making a .380 Government-sized Pocketlite again? Now -that- was a nice little .380. Lost mine to a thief some years back.

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Anonymous said...

Good luck with your new P238. Mine fell to the great trade in bucket at the local dealer as a down payment on a new Kimber CDP II Ultra. My LCP is a better pocket pistol than the P238 was. Hope you got a good one.

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