I have always been an unabashed 45 gap fan.  I know, I know, it will never upend the king, the 45 acp.  However, from a strictly academic point of view, the 45 gap is a more efficient cartridge.  One can get the same velocity as the acp, with 5 to 7 tenths of a grain less powder.  In addition, the felt recoil is less and it’s just as accurate as the best acp loads.  Anyway, I've got two Glock 37's and one Glock 38. 

The attached 5 shot group was from a new load.  I had saved 12 rounds -- 7 for the chronograph and 5 for a careful off-hand attempt at a good 25-yard group. One of my 37's, right out of the box,  is probably the most accurate pistol I own.  Take a look at that group.  This new load is an all around recipe for hiking on the trial, competition, and maybe even a good enough defensive load.  Here's what it is:  HSM plated 230 grain round nose flat point and 4.4 grains of Titegroup powder.  I get 815 fps and it’s accurate and very pleasant to shoot.  So, I am not embarrassed to admit, I do have a cartridge fetish.  Other favorites are the 38 special, the 32 acp, the 10mm, and the 6.5X55 Swedish Mauser.  



Glow Signature:

By glow signature we mean the ease of noticing the Firefly glow in a dark room. A police department in the south once tested our Fireflies for glow signature.  They found that unless you were specifically looking for the glow, you wouldn’t notice it, even in a dark room with no other electronic devices.  In a dark room with other electronic devices — cell phone chargers, tv lights, computers lights, etc. — it wouldn’t stand out at all. For those truly concerned about stealth in a dark room, a little black modeling paint on the front and sides of Firefly would remedy the problem. Of course, anything that glows may always be seen in a dark room.

Tritiums vs The Firefly:

Most leave their tritiums on their pistols much too long, often longer than they’ve cased to be useful.  Many not only walk around with tritiums that are too dim, they may walk around with tritums in a completely burned out state before actually opting for new replacements.  If you come from a lighted (daylight) environment into a dark one (dark room) with dimmer tritiums, and you’ll need to wait until your eyes dilate, before you can see them.  With the Fireflies, one second - a brush stroke with a tac light — and your partially charged Firefly will beam again.  Can’t do that with tritiums!   Don’t drop that tritium on the ground or bang it too hard going around that wall.  A tritium gas canister may crack and go dead.  A 2-dot tritium in a 3-dot system is as useful a two-legged tripod.   

Front Sight Integrity:

Our ATS product, both the ATPS and the ATDDS, are now represented in police departments in various parts of our country, by rank and file officers and even some SWAT.  To date, we’ve never had complaints about the integrity of our ATPS or ATDDS front sights.  Some officers have voiced concerns before implementing them, but none have reported actual failures to us, once they were is use. Our Fireflies our particularly hardy, with the larger Dark Diamond Firefly front sight being the hardiest, due to the increased thickness of the tough nylon we use for the ATDDS front sights.

Holster Fit:

Our sights will fit many holsters, though not all. We typically say that the purpose of shooting is to hit the intended target, to protect your colleagues and the public, to do less or no collateral damage, and to avoid law suits. One should first choose a sight system that unquestionably works best. Carrying should be a secondary consideration. If either an ATPS or ATDDS truly works the best, then choose an appropriate holster. One customer summed it up rather nicely: “He said, “one should match a pistol to a holster, not a holster to a pistol”. Anyway, that’s our opinion.

Questions regarding the choice between the ATPS (Advantage Tactical Pyramid Sight) and the ATDDS (Advantage Tactical Dark Diamond Sight) continue to come in.


Questions regarding the choice between the ATPS (Advantage Tactical Pyramid Sight) and the ATDDS (Advantage Tactical Dark Diamond Sight) continue to come in.

The below paragraph in quotes is what we originally said. Upon more customer feedback, we have added two additional paragraphs

"Our Dark Diamond sights (ATDDS) are but a few months old. So far, it seems that those with the most compromised vision go for the Advantage Tactical Sight, while those with moderately compromised vision as well as those with more average vision appear to lean towards the ATDDS sight. As I have recently said on other posts, I am mostly shooting the ARDDS sight these days. For me, though the difference is not huge, I seem to shoot the ATDDS sight a little faster without compromising precision. I did need some learning curve time, when transferring from the ATPS to the ATDDS."

Currently, we have found that more than the idea of which is better (still relevant question), one should concentrate on purpose. The ATDDS is for those that want to make a good shot in the dark with a charged DD front sight. Both are quick and precise in daylight, though some might say the ATPS is slightly more precise, while the ATDDS is more beneficial for the lowest light shooting. The ATDDS is a very front sight oriented system -- see a diamond in daylight or darkness and engage. It does seem that the most vision challenged -- legally blind, those suffering from macular degeneration, and those with quite pronounced vision challenges in general -- lean toward the ATS.

I am the inventor and patent holders on all ATPS and ATDDS sight systems. These days I have switched over to the ATDDS on all of my guns, other than a few. Though I am quite astigmatic and far-sighted, my corrected vision is not bad. I seem to be a little faster and just as precise with the ATDDS. That being said, a fellow near sighted prefers to see a big pyramid and only shoots our ATPS. If you have decent enough vision, think about the attributes of each system, then choose. If you choose one and decide to switch, you may return an undamaged sight for swap.



You’ve been asking for it; now we’ve got it. The ATS-Dark Diamond Walther PPQ sights are here - adjustable for windage and elevation.'

The configuration is our new, incredibly fast, precise in both daylight and night, Dark Diamond Sight. It comes with two Dark Diamond Fireflies — coral and yellow-lime.

Two more Firefly colors will soon be available, as an upgrade, in florescent green and florescent blue. All four Fireflies will hold charges for several hours. The ATS-DD Walther PPQ should not require professional installation. Check out our homepage, to find out more about the revolutionary Dark Diamond system.


Many have asked about a rear sight that glows, to go along with our current Firefly front sights.  Well, we have resolved this issue, in a way that should please all. 

The ATS- DD is only iron sight where an illuminated front sight alone, in complete darkness, and without the ability to see the rear sight, is capable of making an accurate shot, in the dark, at distance. Others with only illuminated front sights, including our ATS, are capable of quick and effective shots at relatively short distances (out to 5 yards with the ATS) in complete darkness, but not at distances of 15, 20, 25 yards.  The freshly charged ATS-DD Firefly is quick and precise in the dark, compared to an illuminated 3-dot system.  CHECK OUT THE DRAWING AND EXPLANATION BELOW, TO SEE HOW IT WORKS!

Advantage Tactical Dark Diamond Sight – how it works, from left to right:
1. Rear Sight
2. Firefly Front Sight
3. Rear and Front Sight aligned in daylight
4. Rear and Front Sight aligned in darkness

Note:  When you see a diamond, you are aligned
We will first introduce our new Advantage Dark Diamond sight on our most popular products.  Our customers will then be able to choose which features of our advanced sight systems best suits their needs. The ATS is for those needing a quick, precise, and completely customizable sight picture, and for those with vision challenges. The ATS DD is for those wanting a sight that is quick and precise, in the both daylight and in the dark, at all distances, and allows precision sighting in darkness with only an illuminated front sight. 
We are now shipping the Glock ATS – DD.   Each sight kit will include two Fireflies -- yellow-lime and coral red. Nylon non-glow front sight inserts will not be a part of the Dark Diamond system, at this time.  Later, in about two months, as an upgrade, a florescent blue and a florescent green Dark Diamond Firefly will be added to the current two Fireflies.  The Dark Diamond Firefly is dimensionally different from the ATS Firefly.  It’s the same in height, though it is a bit wider and has a greater frontal area, for a large and clear glow diamond sight picture in both daylight and darkness. 
In about two weeks, we’ll have Dark Diamond sights for Sig Sauer, Springfield XD, and all of our long gun sights.  In about six weeks, we will introduce the ATS Dark Diamond sight for the Walther PPQ, one our most customer requested sight applications.  Our testing groups report that the ATS Dark Diamond sight is as fast and precise as the Advantage Tactical Sight, if not more so, and with the added advantage of precise shooting in darkened environments.
Our customers will now be able to choose which features of our advanced sight systems best suits their needs. The ATS is for those needing a quick, precise, and completely customizable sight picture. The ATS-DD is for those wanting a semi-customizable sight that is quick and precise in daylight as well as in the dark.

Richard (ATS)

ATS New Products for 2016!

ATS COSUB:  This is a top picatinny mounted sight system. It is appropriate for AR co-witness (visible in bottom 1/3 of optic.), as well as AR primary sight. It may be used on an AK, any carbine with a picatinny and submachine guns. The ATS COSUB comes with 5 differently colored front sights and 5 differently colored rear sights, is windage and elevation adjustable, and also is appropriate for our Firefly front sight night sight system.


FIREFLY GENERATION II:  The two new day colors are coral and lime. The coral glows light orange and the lime glows green. With dilated eyes, expect 6 hours of glow time with the coral and 8 hours with the lime. 


Many have asked about the ATS for the Ruger 1911.  Here is one (a light weight commander) with our sights:  I used a Springfield 1911 rear sight and a Kimber front sight base.  Actually, Ruger 1911’s, I believe, are supposed to be Novak cut dovetails.  However, I found it to be less fitting work to use the Kimber front sight base, as opposed to Springfield 1911 front sight base.  

Though most 1911’s will zero a 230 grain bullet at 25 yards with between .020 and .026 inches of shim, this particular Ruger 1911 used much more shim.  The pistol itself, after a 300 round break-in, was very accurate and not at all unpleasant to shoot for such a light pistol.


My AR is a very customized Noveske.   The COSUB on the Noveske was fired without shim, to determine a baseline for future zeroing.
1)  25 yards was a perfect zero
2)  50 yards was 3” high
3)  100 yards was close to about 8” high

Conclusion:  The COSUB should be zeroed to a particular distance, a distance where most shooting is likely to occur.  For my Noveske, I am shimming it to zero at 50 yards.  That means it will shoot a couple of inches low at 25, right on at 50, and perhaps 3” high at 100 — not bad when all other systems fail.  For a quick and reliable back up sight system (and even for a primary sight), at pretty much all practical distances, a 50 yard zero is the most prudent.  Next, we’ll try our COSUB, zeroed at 50 yards, at 200 and 300 yards.  We expect to hit a combat target out to 300 yards.  We’ll report on this soon.

Richard (ATS)


Now that we are shipping our new coral and lime fireflies, what is the best — a coral Firefly, a lime Firefly, or one of our florescent nylon front sight inserts?

The following are suggestions to think about: 
1)  The lime Firefly will glow the brightest and longest (about 8 hrs.), though it is not quite as colorful in dim light as the coral.
2)  The coral Firefly does not glow as brightly or as long (about six hours in darkness with dilated eyes) as the lime Firefly.  However, it is very noticeable in dim light, even in a non-charged state.
3)  Our florescent nylon (non-glow) inserts are very bright in daylight and can be seen outdoors after the sun has set, as long as there is some light left in the sky, and before sunrise, when the sky has some degree of light.  They are relatively bright in these conditions, because the pre-dawn and after-sunset sky is filled with ultra violet light.  UV light causes our florescent inserts, both front and rear sight inserts, to glow in a shadowy, uv light filled sky.

My personal choice of carry, at this time: 
            a.  When a pistol is a dedicated low-light or night carry, I go for the lime Firefly front and a red nylon rear sight insert.
            b.  When a pistol is for both day and night carry, as well as carry in “iffy” lighting (dim shadowy lighting), I go with a coral firefly and either a green or white rear sight insert.
            c.  When a pistol is for recreational and hunting usage, I go with an orange florescent nylon front sight insert and a green florescent nylon rear sight insert.
These are just my personal choices, based on my needs and what I see best.  Let us know what combinations work for you and in what situations.

Richard (ATS)


In response to the many requests from our customers, we are now shipping
CORAL (colored) Fireflies and a newer LIME (colored) Firefly:

* The Coral Firefly glows light coral for approximately 6 hours with dilated eyes.
* The Lime Firefly glows lime/green for 8 hours with dilated eyes.
*  Both coral and lime Fireflies will hold charges for decades.
*  Day colors of both the Coral and Lime Fireflies are bright.
*  Both Coral and Lime fireflies have fluorescent properties that allow low light recognition, even when not charged to glow.
*  Dimensionally the same as our nylon front sight inserts.

NOTE 1:  A fun way to test out your new Fireflies:  Before retiring for the evening, hold your new Firefly under a 75 watt (or greater) light bulb, about 1” from the bulb, for about 90 seconds.   You may also hold it under an ultra violet flashlight or a strong tac-light for about 45 seconds, to get a full charge.  Then, place the Firefly by your bed.  When you awake in the early morning, in a dimly lit bedroom, your well-dilated eyes should still see a glowing Firefly, though it will be less bright than when you originally charged it.  Your Firefly should spike very bright, when first charged, even in a lighted room.  After a few minutes, you’ll need to be in a darkened environment to see the Firefly glow for many hours.  When moving back and forth from a brightly lighted environment (outside daylight) into a darkened room, you should see the Firefly glow for about an hour and a half or so, unless you stay in the room for a few minutes to allow your eyes to dilate.   A few hours into a charge, if your Firefly is not bright enough for your immediate needs, hit your now partially charged Firefly with a tac-light or a uv flashlight for about a second, to see the glow pop back. 

NOTE 2: responses to firefly glow duration are contingent upon eyesight, age, and degree of eye dilation at the time of glow exposure.
NOTE 3: choose the Firefly that you see best in daylight; the glow capability is your back-up when needed.
NOTE 4:  Generation II Fireflies replace the now out-of-stock Gen. 1 Fireflies. For the time being, Gen. 1 for Gen. II exchanges are not available.

NOTE 5:  We have reduced the price of Fireflies:  $32.00 for a 2 Firefly packet and $17.00 for individual Fireflies

OPINION-DISCUSSION: Back Packing Handguns

Among shooting friends and colleagues, there are those that fall into two main categories, in regards to shoot'ng irons for hiking and backpacking:  Those that carry as light as one can, given the amount of water, food, emergency clothing, etc., that one may need, and those that prefer a substantial round, one that would speak with the most authority, should the need arise.  Those authority speakers tend to be heavier and more work to carry, though they do seem to be the choice of some very dedicated gun packers.  

I, for one, am in the lighter the better category.  Heck, I’m even considering a Ruger .22 Lite, when our sight system comes out for The Ruger Lite next week. However, to date, my usual backpacking choices are either one of two well considered possibilities. The first and lightest is a “Wyatt Deep Cover, Gunsmoke” -- a highly customized S&W J-frame 38 +p -- into which I add a favorite custom load, involving a 150 grain wadcutter that journeys a little over 800 fps in a 2” barrel.  It’s inexpensive practice and very accurate. The other is an M&P Shield 40 with, of course, the Advantage Tactical Sight and Firefly option.  I load bargain basement 180 grain flat point ball ammo.  Most are accurate enough, and the hardball flat point offers good penetration, along with a punch.  

As a side note, both handguns ride in an Andrews Custom Leather “Carjack Holster” (386-462-0576). The Carjack is a shirt cover, completely horizontal to the ground cross-draw that is positioned just in front of the navel.  With that method of carry, the weight is evenly distributed.  It’s a blessing on a long hike, because you don’t get back aches from the unevenly distributed weight to one side of the body. In addition, it allows easy access from any sitting or standing position, for a quick draw.

Richard (ATS)


In most writings on self-defense and tactical firearm use, hearing protection rarely gets the ink space it deserves. The links in this post are to articles that offer opinions concerning information and considerations for recreational and non-recreational firearm usage, from a hearing health point of view. The author’s position, in the article Gun “Silencers” Don’t Make Them Anywhere Near Silent, is that suppressors do not work the way they should. His argument may be largely correct; however, if you devote the time to correctly setting up your suppressed defensive firearm, many of the author’s stated negatives may be avoided. If one uses a pistol with sufficient barrel length, a good suppressor, and a sub-sonic round, sound may be relegated to the less than harmful realm, even indoors. Personally, I use a generation three (not four) Glock 17, Silencerco’s Osprey suppressor, and the Remington 9mm 147 grain High Terminal Performance Sub-Sonic -- a very good dedicated suppressor round. Other ingredients are a KKM threaded barrel and, of course, our Advantage Tactical Firefly Sight. Outdoors, slide movement is all you hear on the Glock 17, while indoors you might hear a manageable pop.

Again, the issues are having a good suppressor and a firearm recoil spring that will cycle standard sub-sonic rounds. The Glock 17 gen three cycles well sub-sonic rounds, though the double spring system of a generation four may not, as will not a favorite Sig Sauer 2022 9mm. Those pistols, with unaltered recoil springs, will cycle a stouter 147 grain 9mm, though the louder report is counter intuitive to what we’d like to achieve.

To all of our customers, protect your hearing and have a plan to protect your hearing in all firearm situations. Favoring less complicated access to suppressors is positive for public health. There seems to be a correlation between a longer and healthier life and being more socially interactive. There is also a tendency for those suffering from hearing loss to be less socially engaging with friends and even family members. Good hearing, as opposed to diminished hearing, means better health. Here are two great articles to check out on this.



Richard (ATS)

My favorite subject - Sleeper Pistols

There is nothing like finding a great pistol -- one that may have not received enough deserved kudos -- at a great price.  And so it goes for my two favorite sleepers: 

The Sig Sauer 2022 and the sleepiest of the sleepers, the Smith & Wesson SD. Sig Sauer 2022:  I’ve written about this one before.  It’s been around awhile and has withstood many exploits.  The French have put it through paces in their testing and some say it has even been torture tested beyond the venerable Glock 17.  Bruce Gray of Gray Guns, the well-known custom gun builder and the first to be recommended by Sig Sauer for customizations of their firearms, says it’s his preferred carry pistol.  In a conversation with him a while back, he admitted he could carry any pistol but prefers the 2022. 
Though I am a 357 sig fan, I am a little uneasy with most polymers pistols in this caliber. They do not seem to do well with the 357 sig round over time.  I called Sig about their 40 cal 2022 with a 357 sig barrel.  They assured me that their 2022 357’s do very well and have not failed.  I quick call to Bruce also confirmed this.  He did suggest that I change out the recoil spring every 2,000 rounds or so.  So, if you don’t mind a DA/SA trigger style, you can get this great working pistol for under $500.  Think of it as the AK-47 of polymer pistols, in that they are a hardy piece.  The price was certainly right when got my 2022’s for $425 and $450.  When hiking in black bear and cougar country, I’ll sure be tot’ng a Sig 2022 in 357 sig.   Besides, it’s just as accurate as any of my high-end Sigs.  In addition, if you want to slick up the trigger and action on your 2022, give Bruce of Gray Guns a call.  They’ve got a 2022 package that makes a great pistol an even greater pistol.
Smith & Wesson SD -- the sleepiest of the sleepers; what a pistol!  I find the SD, right out of the box, easier to shoot than it’s M&P big brother.  I had a SD 9mm and just recently purchased a used, though unblemished, SD 40 for $250.  It takes the same sights as the M&P, so I attired my new SD with our Advantage Tactical Sight (orange rear and green firefly front), and took it out for a spin.  Recoil was very mild in this light pistol and my first off-hand group at 25 yards measured 3”.  I then did a few speed runs on steel and USPSA targets.  I promptly rang all the steel and put all shots in the “A” zone.  How about that for a $250 gun?  A couple of buddies also bought one as a “truck gun”.  I don’t know; it is a $250 gun, but it shoots and performs so well that it has more value to me than a mere ‘truck gun”.  On the other hand, I’ve got a hiccupping high-dollar 1911; maybe that one could be my truck gun, as long as I kept 7-shot mags stuffed with hardball only. 

Richard (ATS)


This is one of the projects that we at ATS have been working on. It’s our co-witness, sub and carbine sight. We are zeroing in on the front to rear sight height ratio, so as to cover elevation adjustments from .223 to larger calibers, when using our shim system. This is tricky, because there is little uniformity between different picatinny rails, in terms of their individual geometry and how they are attached to the firearm. In addition, different calibers -- 223 and 30-06, for example -- may have very different elevation requirements.

However, it’s all starting to come together. In the end, we’ll have a top mounted ATS for rifles and carbines that will go on AR’s as a co-witness, AK’s, and sub-machine guns. What do you all think?

Richard (ATS)

What is the greatest threat to the 2nd amendment?

This is just my opinion, however; talking to others in the firearm industry, shooting club members and administrators, etc., perhaps the main/greatest threat is not ill conceived anti-gun laws introduced by municipal and state governments.  It may be the loss of a generation of shooters that would protect our shooting institutions and, by association, our 2nd amendment.
In a cursory survey of a few shooting clubs and their memberships, the average age of the membership is mid-40’s.  Should this trend continue, there could be fewer younger firearm enthusiasts, in great enough numbers, to carry on our country’s shooting heritage.  Once we loose a generation that cares, the threat to the 2nd amendment and our shooting tradition would become very serious, to say the least.
Our shooting tradition and heritage is no longer a “good old boys” endeavor.  We -- everyone involved in the shooting world -- must take an interest in fostering newer generations of shooters.  We need to find ways to include and promote fun, healthy, informative, and rewarding shooting experiences to women and families.  

Richard (ATS)


For our Advantage Tactical Sight customers and others with an M&P Shield who may not have seen this. Apparently, there has been a recall on some Shields. Check out the video and decide whether yours has been impacted. The S&W M&P Shield is a fantastic pistol in every way, so be safe and get it checked out asap.

Below is a picture of a Shield with the Advantage Tactical Sight. Ours checked out good. There was no problem. Use the attached video to rule out safety issues with yours.


Embracing Anti Gun People

         Almost anywhere you go, you’re going to encounter anti-gun types from all walks of life.  Believe me, there are as many anti-gunners on the right as there are on the left.  I have many acquaintances on all sides of the political spectrum, from real lefty “pinkos” to the most opposite extreme one could imagine.  People with an aversion to firearms and shooting are no different than anyone else burdened with irrational fears.  It is a prejudice bed rocked in lack of knowledge, fear, and false information. 
          As many of you know, my first profession, before I got into the gun sight making business, was as a psychotherapist.  So, I like to help people; it’s in my blood.  Rather than argue the meaning of the 2nd amendment or confronting the logic of anti-gun belief systems head on, I do something different:

I calmly listen and try to understand why a particular person is so disinclined toward firearms.  I don’t, in any way, take an adversarial position.  I just let them talk it all out.  At some point, I usually ask if he or she has ever fired a weapon or, maybe I should say, a “handgun or rifle”, because the word “weapon” could be unnerving to some.  The answer to my question is almost always that they haven’t, but they would like to.  At that point, I inquire if they’d like to go shooting sometime, just to experience, first hand, an activity about which they possess such intense feelings.  Most everyone confirms my invitation, with very excited and anticipatory facial expressions.  Why this 180° turn-about, I can’t really say, though this is could be a subject worthy of much speculation.  The point is, they want to go.

 At the outdoor (it should always be outdoors for newbies) range I try to make the experience as pleasant and fun as possible.  I bring out .22’s and nothing over 9mm or .38.  I’ve found that creating a penny arcade atmosphere with tin cans to shoot, steel that falls, and combat targets that really look like bad guys, is the way to go.  Other than detailed safety instructions, I watch over them, as they shoot tin cans, steel that falls, bad guy targets, and attempt to shoot tighter groups on paper.  I try not to be too fussy, at this point anyway, about shooting technique, as I just want these guys and gals to have a positive experience and enjoy themselves.  The shooting session is usually followed by lunch at a restaurant known for good food and a relaxed atmosphere. 
          Through this first shooting session and lunch afterword, everyone is smiling and relaxed.  To the person, everyone admits to having had a good time as well as experiencing a sense of accomplishment.  Armed with new knowledge and some degree of mastery, fear and the negativity it earlier generated has dwindled.
          I’ve done this now many times and always with a positive result.  Most say they would like to go out again.  All seem to be more rational about their firearm opinions and about 1/3 have actually purchased their own gun.  If you argue with and browbeat someone whose position on an issue is largely emotional, that person will just become more entrenched in their emotion based beliefs.  You cannot win an argument with anyone using logic and facts, if that person’s belief system is strongly emotion based.  At first, the only way to make progress with those with emotion based belief systems is to help them change how they feel about a particular subject which, in this case, is about firearms.  When feelings are no longer so negative, people are more open to logic, facts, and new information.  I believe this is the way to make inroads with anti-gunners, if you have the will and patience to do it.



If you don’t have a suppressor on your home defense piece, to some degree this may help.

I certainly must give credit to the Hogue family, of Hogue Inc., for kick-starting this idea: 

Years ago and long before the ATS was a twinkle in my eye, I was involved in action revolver shooting through ICORE (international confederation of revolver enthusiasts).  Most of our big matches were held at the Hogue Range in Morro Bay, CA.  One year, at the IRC (international revolver championships), it just so happened that fellow shooters and members of the Hogue family, always being creative and cutting edge, introduced the concept of shooting 38 short colts in our mostly S&W 357’s and 38’s.

Forever wanting to unearth any scheme that could improve my shooting scores, I proceeded to acquire a S&W Model 27 8 3/8” barrel.  I then had the barrel fitted to an 8-shot S&W 627.  I now had an 8-shot revolver with a very long barrel with which I could shoot 38 short colts.  

After some experimentation, I settled on Starline 38 short colt brass and 2.4 grains of Clays behind a Bear Creek 158 (really 160) grain bullet.  The chrono showed it definitely made power factor -- around 125,000.  That smidgen amount of Clays completely burned in the 8 3/8” barrel, producing zero muzzle blast, while the main powder charge in the cylinder and the blast between the cylinder and the barrel, was less than everyone’s else’s.  All together, the sound was so much (kind of a “pooofy”) less than other handgun cartridges that some, tongue-in-cheek, inquired if Crossman was doing my reloading.  With all the free bore, accuracy would prove to be ok out to 25 yards and not so good beyond.

I have no doubt that without ear protection this load in the long barrel would still be an ear ringer.  However, I also believe the above stated set-up would be less noisy than other standard loaded center fire cartridges and, in a pinch (without a suppressor), would be less painful.  Years before I had my suppressed Sig Sauer 2022, this was my bedside home defense.  Also, with the 8 3/8” barrel, it doubled as a great shillelagh.