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.22 Auto Nine pistol.

The Auto Nine .22 pistolis a truly tiny piece measuring just 4-3/8 inches long, 3 inches high and with a width of only 7/8 inches. In keeping with its size it weighs only 9-1/4 ounces empty and the loaded weight adds only 3/4 ounce. Magazine capacity is eight, with the ninth round resting in the chamber.

Sights are redimentary, as you would expect in such a small arm, and consist of a grooved slot in the rear and a miniscule min·is·cule  
Variant of minuscule.

Adj. 1. miniscule - very small; "a minuscule kitchen"; "a minuscule amount of rain fell"
 post forward. Since this is certainly not meant as a target arm but rather for close range defense, or for use by the casual plinker, hunter, angler or back packer, the sight package is really of little concern. At combat ranges, say 15 feet, it was possible to keep all nine shots in the head area of a standard silhouette target.

The pistol was fired with both high-speed and hyper-velocity ammunition, including hollow points, with nary nar·y  
Not one: "Frequently, measures of major import . . . glide through these chambers with nary a whisper of debate" George B. Merry.
 a failure to feed or fire. In fact it seemed to be a very reliable pistol. The grip is so tiny that, in my hand, there was room for just a single finger for support. Since the .22 Long Rifle The term Long Rifle (or alternately Kentucky Rifle) refers to a type of rifle used in early America by both military and civilians. It is characterized by an unusually long barrel, sometimes over four feet in length, which is felt to be in large part a unique development of  has negligible recoil recoil /re·coil/ (re´koil) a quick pulling back.

elastic recoil  the ability of a stretched object or organ, such as the bladder, to return to its resting position.
, even in an arm of this size, controllability was easy.

Ever since S&W introduced the fist .22 caliber rimfire handgun in 1857 there has been a steady demand for diminutive arms in this caliber. Now that's almost 130 years of popular acclaim and this new .22 is certainly going to uphold that tradition.

It is a natural to ride along in a fisherman's tackle box or even in a big-game hunter's pocket. Big-game hunter? Yes, unfortunately sometimes an animal has to be given the coup de grace coup de grâce  
n. pl. coups de grâce
1. A deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim.

2. A finishing stroke or decisive event.
 and a .22 can do the job without damaging either trophy or destroying valuable meat. I have often wondered why some hunters carry a large, heavy magnum sixgun in addition to their rifle. The rifle will do anything the magnum pistol will do, only much more efficiently. A far better companion is an unobtrusive and practical little .22 pistol.

One feature of the Auto Nine that I did not particularly care for was the takedown Takedown

1. The price at which underwriters obtain securities to be offered to the public.

2. The portion of securities that each investment banker will distribute in a secondary or initial pubic offering.

. Unlike most modern autos which can be stripped without the use of tools, this arm requires a screwdriver and a wooden dowel dowel /dow·el/ (dou´'l) a peg or pin for fastening an artificial crown or core to a natural tooth root, or affixing a die to a working model for construction of a crown, inlay, or partial denture. , pencil or other non-marring instrument to remove the breechblock. This is obviously nothing major, just a minor irritation.

To strip the Auto Nine, first remove the magazine and make certain that the chamber is clear. Leaving the hammer in Verb 1. hammer in - teach by drills and repetition
beat in, drill in, ram down

drill - teach by repetition
 the cocked position (you cocked it when you checked the chamber for a round) and with the magazine removed place the safety in the "on" position. There is a small screw located on the right side of the slide just ahead of the finger serrations which should now be removed. Then take a piece of wood small enough to enter the magazine well and press against the breechblock. On or test gun I found that it took a sharp rap to pop the breechblock out. The slide can then be moved forward to rest against the barrel. Then turn the pistol upside down and tap it against your palm; the barrel will drop free and the slide can be slid forward off the frame. For normal maintenance and cleaning this is as far as the gun should be stripped. Reassembly reassembly - segmentation  is in the reverse; just make sure that the barrel extends about 1/4 inch from the slide before replacing the breechblock.

The Auto Nine appears to be a well made gun-it comes with a one-year warranty for the original purchaser--amply suited for informal plinking Plinking refers to informal target shooting done at non-traditional targets such as tin cans, glass bottles, and balloons filled with water.[1] The term arises from the verbal description of the sound a bullet makes when hitting a tin can, or other similar target,  and other casual uses. Suggested retail price is $199.95. For more information contact: Auto Nine Corporation, 12521 Oxnard Street, Dept. GA, North Hollywood, CA 91606.
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Title Annotation:evaluation
Author:French, Howard E.
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Dec 1, 1984
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