First handgun - P226 .357 / .40
Hello to all, just jumping on to meet/greet/ask/learn/ask/learn/learn...that's all. :mrgreen:
Seriously though, I've been lurking here for a few weeks listening to all the chatter about various gear, and after narrowing it down to a few, sided with the P226. It came in Two Tone, giving me the night sights and DAK, which I couldn't keep my hands off of at the shop. My service (USCG) switched from M9 to P229 DAK a few years back and I've gotten quite friendly with the consistent yet tedious "road trip" the action delivers. 6.5 lbs is very tolerable for me. I find the full size of the 226 is more stable on my platform though, and am not planning to carry concealed with this one, so went that route. Immediately dropped in the .40S&W barrel my shop threw in, per my preference. What a handy accessory, eh?
I've got a few questions concerning my choice...can't wait to hear the input. Always good.
1) The specific model # I bought is E26-357-TSS-DAK-G. Does the trailing "G" have any significance? All other portions of the number mean something, but I can't nail that one letter out. Bet it means nothing much, but thought I'd ask.
2) Ammo. A buddy of mine told me to stay away from straight lead, but he has a couple Glocks, and after much reading here (thanks again) it sounds like only the Glocks have issues handling lots of naked lead in their loads. Am I missing crucial information, or will I be safe putting lead through once in a while?
3) Cleaning. I use Hoppes Blast and Clean on my rifle all the time, but have to take 'er down from the synthetic stock to avoid stains and other damage. Before I apply this solvent to my particular model, are there any parts that should not come in contact with it? I'd hate to pull off any finish. I'm not 100% sure of the materials used throughout the gun, hence the concern.
After a trip to the range I'm sure I'll get more nit picky, but these are my out-of-the-box head scratchers. Thanks for any input, of course, and can't wait to jump in the fray here.
p.s. - Oh yeah...damn, what a sexy gun! :smt023