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Old 02-24-2002, 12:22 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with the Weigand porting, which is 4 big circular ports on top of the barrel? How well does this work?

I'm considering this treatment on an alloy J-frame but would like comments on pros and cons of recoil reduction vs having these gases pushing straight up in front of your face.
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Old 02-24-2002, 02:33 PM   #2
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Does he do that work on alloy framed guns?

I've shot a 640 that he did. It does tame the muzzle flip, but one's technique must always keep the ports directed away from you when firing it. Firing on an indoor range, the upward directed muzzle blast blew out light bulbs in the ceiling.
Old 02-24-2002, 02:41 PM   #3
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I'm surprised that the gun broke lights.

I shot a Hybriported and comped race gun in an indoor IPSC league for four years. No broken lights.

And in the relative dimness of the indoor range, muzzle flash was never an issue.

Old 02-24-2002, 02:45 PM   #4
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Thanks Tim,
That's one of my concerns for a concealment gun that may have to be used close to body.
Or, if somehow I ended up in a struggle and need to fire (hey, maybe my face will end up above the ports when I have to fire).

Maybe I'm just looking at a worst case senario that's not a realistic one but I'm trying to look at it from all angles. Am I just being paranoid or over cautious?
Old 02-24-2002, 03:23 PM   #5
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I forgot to mention muzzle flash. The Winchester White Box .357 Mag 115 gr JHP gave a most impressive fireball, noticeable 40 yards away in broad daylight. However, I never noticed any increased flash in my line of sight from the porting, even indoors.
I don't think the blast would have broken lights out on the range, but the shooting area at the end of the lane had a lower ceiling, so it was only about 3 feet to the roof (measured from the gun). Further out it was 6+ feet to the roof, and probably 4.5 feet to the lights.
It only broke bulbs twice, but it was common for debris from the ceiling to rain down on you after being dislodged by the blast.

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Old 02-24-2002, 06:07 PM   #6
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Sorry I cannot answer your specific question, but ports on small carry guns...ouch. I have one, and close body work, well, I just don't do it with that pistol, once was plenty. :smile:

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