Since I was on the topic of Spinner yesterday, I couldn’t help but write up another article on them. Instead of highlighting my favorite Spinner the Taurus Ranging Bull in .44 mag; I think it may be a great idea to shed some light on some other Spinners and other updates out there in the Gun Game.
If you haven’t been made aware then here it is some Spinners are no longer made with metal frames. Yes that’s right we have made the advancement to the utilization of polymers for Spinners. And this is a great thing! However, like anything in life, everything has its pros and cons. So in regards to Spinners, some of the Pros are as follows:
Some of the cons would be as follows:
As you can see there are not too many differences between the two. With that being said I will provide for you some recommendations. However, before I do, please understand that some Spinners will cost more than others. Even more importantly I need you to understand that cost doesn’t translate that you will shoot better with a Spinner because it cost more money than another. My advice is to shoot what’s in your budget and make sure that you select the right Spinner (or any other gun for that matter) under the right premises.
Now when you get you get your Spinner the first thing I would suggest as a professional Firearm Education and Training Consultant is that you strongly consider getting speed loaders to aid you for your SD (Self-Defense) needs. How you carry your speed loaders is entirely up to you. Just ensure that you take the time out to practice to proficiently and efficiently your reloading technique. Remember, one of the Pillars of Gun-Fighting is Fight-Efficiency™; so make sure you get right on that side of the Gun-Fighting Game.
I say this because the last thing you want to be caught doing is fumbling around in the mist of a Gun-Fight. When using a Spinner under combat conditions without proficient and efficient training and conditioning is the best way to get caught with your finger scat calling around trying to reload a Spinner or any kind of firearm for that matter.
Remember you are trying to a small circular object into another small circular condition under stress! It’s a hard thing to do especially if you are loading the Spinner one round at a time! So that why I quickly recommended you purchasing some kind of speed loader at the same time you make the purchase for your Spinner.
Now the beauty is if you do not have the funds for a NightHawk Custom, fret not! There are manufactures out there that willing to fulfill your after market needs! Manufacture and companies in general are still developing 3rd party products for the Spinner platform. From light to grip panels to rails, things are slowly but surly coming out, and that’s a great thing!
Another thing you may want to consider is barrel is when it comes to Spinners. Remember, physics is always present in anything and everything that we do this also includes the operation of Spinners. So, keep in mind the shorter the barrel the more recoil management and recoil mitigation you will have to exert in order to maintain control of the weapon system. This extra effort may not be conducive to your overall Fight-Efficiency™. What I mean by that is that the sharp snappiness of the snub-nosed Spinner will significantly decrease your chances of a successful follow-up shot unless you're in close proximity to the subject that you're shooting at.
Also another thing to consider when you are examining Fight-Efficiency™ in reference to a Spinner is the type of material that is used in the construction of the frame. Generally speaking the more metal any firearm has the less felt perceived recoil that the weapon system will emit. This is because the metal will assist in absorbing the recoil emitted from the firearm. This same train of logic is transferred over to or reciprocated when polymer material is used for the construction of the frame of a Spinner or any firearm for that matter.
So, when considering purchasing a polymer Spinner: you should consider the size of the weapon; is it full-size, compact or subcompact? Followed by the caliber; is it chambered for .38, .22lr, .357, .44, .454 Casull? What about the grip panels; are they made of wood or rubber? What about the action of the trigger? Is it Single Action or Double Action or is it both (SA/DA)? These are some of the variables that should be considered with purchasing a Spinner.
Consider aftermarket options such as lights, lasers and holsters. Are there any lighting options that will be able to facilitate an increase in Fight-Efficiency™? Nowadays with advances in technology in reference to building firearms some Spinner are being produced or manufactured with Picatinny Rails. Some lighting systems can be made to fit into the group panel of the Spinner. Likewise I know for fact Crimson Trace makes excellent lasers options that are manufactured and are easily integrated into the grip panel of the Spinner.
And the holsters, no course by now you should already know that Kydex can be molded to the shape of any firearm in existence. So use the versatility of Kydex to your vantage. I personally would tell you to stray away from the use of leather as it tends to collect moister (sweat) which is the enemy of any metal that has not been treated for Marine Time use or a metal that has be “Blued” (pre-rusted). But, some people swear by it and that's what they like remember it is a such thing as Operator’s Preference. Set menu factors like BlackHawk! makes Great thermal injected molded SERPA® Holsters for Spinners. Don't let anyone tell you anything different.