Borepatch is thinking of eschewing a Garand in favor of a pistol. This thinking is along the lines of a compact Smiff. Or an S&W 625, chambered in God's own caliber, the .45 ACP.
I must admit, I do like his way of thinking.
Don't get me wrong, I love my .357s. But if I could go back in time and advise myself, AND Smith and Wesson made a small, snubby-type version, I'd tell me to buy nothing but semi autos and revolvers chambered in .45.
Though a snubby version of the 625 WOULD be a bit bulky, even. There are advantage to pocket carrying a 5 shot .38 over something with .45" beans. And moon clips, loaded, are bulky too. Not ideal for a BUG. And I'd have no need for the Model 1894 lever gun I like shooting.
They don't make it and I am sure they aren't considering it.
But think of the ammo inventory simplicity! Nothing but .22, .308, 12 gauge, and .45.
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