What Holster & Moon Clip Holders

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Craig Nunn
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What Holster & Moon Clip Holders

Need some help from the experienced ICORE shooters.  I am looking to join in some ICORE fun and will need to purchase a holster and moon clip holders.  I am planning to shoot limited with a S&W 327 5 inch.  I do not currently own a holster or moon clip holders and am looking for recommendations. I don't mind spending top dollar for top equipment, but, I would like to avoid spending money on equipment that ends up not being the right equipment.  Thanks for your help.

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Shoot Brian an email for all

Shoot Brian an email for all the skinny. ;-)

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Hi Craig, For Moonclip

Hi Craig,

For Moonclip holders the choice is easy, North Mountain!  Bob makes great stuff and stands behind it.  He has 4 or 5 post models.  I have been using a 4 post in front, with a single post on the side, for LAMR and an emergency extra.  But, I have a 5 post on the way now to replace the 4 post.  Now that the 8 shots are legal in USPSA, I wanted a couple extra clips.

http://www.4wheelguns.com/Moon%20Clip%20Holder.html

Belt - CR Speed or Safariland ELS - I have used CR Speed for years, but I'm switching over the ELS for the ability to quickly remove and reinstall gear.

http://www.holsters.com/competition/accessories/032.asp
http://www.shootersconnectionstore.com/CR-Speed-Super-Hi-Torque-Belt-Bla...

Holster - Ghost, Safariland or CR Speed, in that order

http://www.shootersconnectionstore.com/Super-Ghost-Holster-font-colorred...
http://www.holsters.com/competition/holsters/model002.asp
http://www.shootersconnectionstore.com/CR-Speed-Revolver-Holster-RIGHT-H...

Grips - Hogue Grips Big-Butt  Call Rosalie and you can order a custom one to fit your hands 805-239-1440

Moonclips will depend on the brass you're going to use.

When you contact these companies/people, please let them know I sent you!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Brian

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What Brian said....you cant

What Brian said....you cant go wrong. ^^^^^

Wendy and I use CR Speed Belts, Ghost holster, I made some homemade moon holders that we have been using for years. North mountain makes the best. Wendy and I use Hearthco Moonclips for our starline brass. If you don't already know, understand that .38special brass is not all the same. The groove at the base are not consistent across various brands so clip are either made loosie goosie to be cross compatible between brands or you need to order brand specific clips for top performance. You will need a moonclip tool for breaking down the moons. Here is a great one to get you started. Get quality clips made specifically for your brand of brass. TK custom sells Hearthco clips or if you buy enough you cant get them straight from Dave Hearth. I use starlline brass. They are very constant and hearthco makes clips specifically for Starline. Don't worry about owning expensive brass. You will get it all back. A thousand rounds of brass will keep you going for years. 

Are you loading for .38 special yet? You will want to do two things to that revolver to start. First, replace the short California safe firing pin. If your pin is as I think it will be .493" long. Replace it with an Apex competition fireing pin to help in consistent ignition, And if you are going to reduce the pull weight or slick the action, you will need to run federal small pistol primers as you reload. If you are buying ammo, purchase American Federal Eagle ammo as it has the softer federal primers. 

Welcome to ICORE or USPSA revolver division or both!

 

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Ty additions are right on!  I

Ty additions are right on!  I have that moonclip tool and use Hearthco clips and starline brass as well.

For bullets you can't beat the Black Bullets International 160 grain round nose.  I recently switched to them and they can't be beat.  Ty and Mark are using them as well.

https://www.blackbulletsinternational.com/Products.php

 

 

Craig Nunn
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Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the recommendations and the info. I now have some shopping to do. I will probably have many more but for now I have a few more questions:

1. Why the big butt grip? I thought the big butt was designed to be used as a rest when shooting from prone or from a table etc.  Is there some other advantage vs a standard grip?

2. I have a bunch of once fired Federal brass.  Any recommendation on moon clips for Federal brass?

3. Any recommendation on someone to do some revolver gunsmith work (trigger, springs, firing pin, cylinder release)?

Thanks again,

Craig

Craig

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1) The Big butt is designed

1) The Big butt is designed for prone shooting. There is on occasion prone shooting in ICORE and USPSA. It also allows for more surface area to grip, it also help with rapid draw as the butt acts like a hook and brings confidence with that lightning fast draw. Nice addition but not necessary. 

2) Hearthco makes clips for Federal. Hearthco's are expensive. You have to be dedicated to the sport to drop 6 bucks a clip. You need enough clips to get through a day without mooning. Nothing beats Hearthco moon clips. Buy once cry once. However if money demands being more frugal initially, then contact the guys at revolversupply.com (while here get the moonclip checker as well) or uniquetek.com and get some stamped clips. The hearthco's are EDM (electrostatic discharge machining) cut. That means they are super accurate for those fast reloads. The stamped clips tend to be slightly irregular or loose and can cause slower reload times due to the brass being a bit sloppy in the clip. 

3) If money is no object. Send it off to APEX and get them to do their level 4 trigger job. Expensive and awesome. If money is more of a concern. You could buy their trigger (out of stock currently) and come over to my place and I will show you what to bend and cut on your own gun. Gunsmithing on others firearms requires a license, however you can work on your own gun all you want. Id be happy to show you what to cut, bend, polish and grind on. I have had Apex do 3 of my guns and have done action jobs on another half a dozen of my revolvers I'm getting pretty relaxed about hacking on my stuff while getting pretty good at it all at the same time. 

Brian Enos Revolver Forum is a great place for late night reading. 

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