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.31 pocket pistol power?
« on: February 27, 2012, 01:44:08 PM »
anyone have a .31 cal pocket pistol? what kind of power can you get out of them? Is it a man stopper? I was thinking of picking one up to carry. I know better concealed carry guns exist but c&b revolvers are all I can get at the moment. Once I move to Virginia I plan to carry a 1911 but untill then I dont plan on giving the state of Ma. any more money for licensing. Right now I have a 1851 colt navy .44 with 5.5" barrel for carry and gust ordered an 8" remmie target model. a sholder holster gets it done in the winter but its getting warmer so a pocket pistol would be more convenient. how well does a .31 do? I know they worked in their time and if anything they got better not worse. thoughts advice etc... 
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 07:08:35 PM »
Mayhem, here's more data from Marshall's gelatin tests in the Feb'98 HANDGUNS -

A round ball from his .31 Baby Dragoon and 12 gr. FFFg penetrated 12.9 inches, had a recovered diameter of 0.31 inches, and created a stretch cavity of 6.1 cubic inches.

I'm thinking that a head shot might be your best bet.

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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 10:33:07 PM »
OK, backyard range test. I had a 31 Remmie c&b and I purchased a 32 model 1.5 S&W, I fired both at a 1/2 inch phone book. The 32 went clear through into the burm and the 31 only went 1/2 way through...head shot yes, 31 bp, no, I'd say a 32 cf is a s small as it gets for self defense. 
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 11:10:23 PM »
I have one, but haven't fired it yet.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 10:38:06 AM »
Before I carried one I'd make sure it was legal, I know in my state there wouldn't be any difference between me carrying a C&B or my 1911 (It would be the 1911) but since I don't have a CCW I'd be breaking the law with either one.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012, 02:20:57 PM »
I can carry with charged cylinder (no caps) but popping a cap on aint that hard. Its not ideal but better than nothing. BTW nice looking piece captiankirk.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012, 08:17:31 PM »
I'm thinking that a head shot might be your best bet.

I am thinking that's how "Pale Rider" ended.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 11:14:57 PM »
I'm thinking that a head shot might be your best bet.

I am thinking that's how "Pale Rider" ended.
Did Clint use a .31 or a .36?
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012, 04:33:52 AM »
I thought it was a .44cal  (^h
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2012, 07:40:37 AM »
I thought it was a .44cal  (^h

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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2012, 10:40:29 PM »
I have the colt and a Remington models...and can say they are a lot of fun to shoot but both are pretty lacking in the power Dept....The colt hits so high a belt belt buckle shot would most likley end in a head shot  :P The Reminton is just the opposite..it hits pretty low. The Remingtons little loading lever is very weak. The balls of the Remington just stick in a pine board. ->i The Remington is VERY small in size compared to the colt and it takes two hands to thumb the hammer back (seriously!)

The colt is my favorite just because it came in a nice wooden box and I have it fully outfited with all the trimmings... a little fask, brass bullet mould,  and an antique cap can. The colt can be loaded quite a bit hotter, and the heavy(er) duty loading lever lets you compress more powder.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012, 05:48:51 AM »
Go with a pre '99 iver johnson top break.. I have one i just refinished in nickle in .32s&w. Since its antique i can ship it right to your front door with no ffl, paperwork, or b.s.... Just pm me that you are not a felon and you are 21. Ill pm you a pic later when i get into town.
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2012, 08:25:13 AM »
I'm thinking that a head shot might be your best bet.

I am thinking that's how "Pale Rider" ended.
Did Clint use a .31 or a .36?
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2012, 12:22:26 PM »
I  live next door in the great repressive state of NY.  It took a while to remember, but your posting reminded me of when I use to carry a 1858 remmy in Mass loaded w/o caps, while hiking in the Berkshires, back around 25 years ago. Curious about where the firearms laws in Mass stand today, I looked up the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League website.  Here is what I found on there re Mass laws and black powder guns: "According to the exemption listed in Chapter 140, section 129C(p), residents and non-residents do not need a License to Carry a Firearm or a Firearms Identification Card to possess or carry a primitive rifle or shotgun. However, the state courts have decided that a License to Carry a Firearm is necessary to possess a black powder handgun outside the home[/b].  So, unfortunately, I can't legally carry my remmy in the great socialist state of Massachusetts any more.  Your carrying a .31 BP revolver outside your home in Mass will land you in jail. So I'd either move to VA soon or, if I wanted to take the risk and break the law, which I wouldn't, I'd carry something substantial which would knock the threat down and out of commission, be it two or four legged!  Just my two cents!
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Re: .31 pocket pistol power?
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2012, 01:06:05 PM »
move to maine, its just a few miles up the road from mass and we only "require" a permit for CCW (everyone i know has one, no one i know has ever been asked to show it) just make sure if you move here you move to the upper half of the state, below freeport is just an extention of mass...

p.s. if you move here and become a "main-ah" we wont call you a "masshole" anymore...lol... just make sure you leave your silver prius in mass if you have one...lol...
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