The outdoor range has the facilities for all types of handguns. Three gun is done on the front range, you can use any semi autos, including .22lr pistols and of course your centerfire pistols. You can also shoot your precision handguns as well and appreciate the outdoor shooting for the best lighting conditions you can get. We do have the hundred meters on the front range also for rifle shooting and to pattern your shotgun.
The back range has 25,50,75, and 100 meters for handgun as well on the old silhouette range for those who really want to test their skills.
Semi-autos use part of the energy produced by burning cartridge powder to remove the used cartridge from the chamber, cock the hammer (or striker) and load a new cartridge in the chamber, so the pistol will be ready for the next shot. Cartridges are usually fed from a box magazine, located in the pistol’s handle. Box magazines may contain up to 15 cartridges (or more) in single or double columns, depending on the pistol model, and are easy (and very quick) to reload.
Revolvers got their name from the rotating (or Revolving) cylinder, which contains cartridges. Usually the cylinder holds from 5 to 7 loads, although some .22 caliber revolvers may contain up to 8-10 cartridges. Loads in the cylinder may be reloaded in 2 ways (depending on revolver design) – one by one, as, for example, the Colt PeaceKeeper does (and almost all old-timers), or all simultaniously – when the cylinder is switched to the side or when the is frame “broke open.” Both revolvers and semi-autos have two main “action styles”: Single action and Double action.
Single Action means, that the Revolver must be manually cocked (and, thus, the cylinder is rotated to the next cartridge) for each shot. This mode was the only one available in all old-time revolvers (such as the Peacekeeper), and is still available in most double-action revolvers. This mode improves accuracy but slows the fire rate. For Semi-autos, Single Action means that the pistol must be manually cocked for the first shot (usually, this is done by pulling the slide – this action cocks the hammer and feeds a cartridge into the chamber). For the second, and all consecutive shots, cocking is done automatically, when recoil force pulls back the slide.
Double Action for the Revolver means that the hammer for each (including the first) shot is cocked by trigger pull (this action also rotates the cylinder to the next position). This mode speeds up the firing rate and simplifies shooting actions, but greatly increases trigger pull (from 2.2-4.4 lbs usually found in single-actions, to 8.8-12.2 lbs in double-actions). For the Semi-autos, the hammer is usually cocked by trigger pull for the first shot only; the second and the rest are done in single-action mode. However, first load must be fed in the chamber by the slide pull. Some (most of them – compact) semi-autos and revolvers employ Double-action-only mode, which cocks the trigger for each shot, thus excluding single-action.
One of the biggest questions about handguns is: Why the Six-guns (a slang TERM for Revolvers) are still alive when there’s a big lot of the very reliable and larger capacity semi-auto handguns? The oldest answer is – reliability. Usually, given the same price (in low- or mid-range of prices), the revolvers were more reliable, primarily, because of the simplicity of the design. Today there’s a lot of inexpensive semi-autos, that can hold twice or even triple as much loads ready to fire, than the common six guns. But revolvers still alive. One of the main reasons to keep the revolver is that they’re almost insensitive to ammunition. If your cartridge is capable of pushing a bullet through the barrel of the sixgun – you got the working gun. No jams, no stoppages. Even in the case of the misfire you just got to pull the trigger again – and next round will go. In semi-auto, you need sufficient power to cycle the slide, thus rendering under powered loads almost inoperable in semi-autos. Also, in case of the misfire, or jam, you should manually cycle the slide to fire the next round. In defensive scenario, this may cos you another second, and may be – your life. So, in general, sixguns are far less sensitive to ammo quality, and, due to simplicity and inherent design features, could withstand far more abuse. Also, when you go to the other, high-end of the loads (speaking in the terms of power), no semi-autos could withstand the power of loads such as .454casull or .475Linebaugh. Sixguns could.
Main drawbacks of the sixguns are small ammo capacity, slower reloading and bulkier size. While 6 rounds may be sufficient for self-defense scenarios, it may be really insufficient for the police or SpecOps actions. Also, replacing the magazine in semi-auto usually is much faster process than reloading a revolvers’ drum. And, due to significant cylinder diameter, even the 5-shot revolvers are harder to carry concealed, than the modern compact handguns, while the latter could hold twice as much cartridges.
WESTERN ONTARIO HANDGUN LEAGUE
The Port Elgin Sportsmens Club (PESC) competes along with six other clubs in a .22 rim fire pistol league. This is done with semi automatic pistols which range in price from a few hundred dollars to over a couple thousand dollars. There are different classes for different caliber of skills, each competing only against their own class. The PESC members meet on Wednesday night at the indoor range where members of the league practice. A member is not obligated to compete as this is only for those who wish to do so. Wednesday nights is the nights where PESC members congregate to chat and meet people of the same interest.