In a matter of hours, our man Martin will be in the company of gunsmith Karl Lippard and Charles W. “Bill” Henderson. His initial report to you, TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia, will arrive within 24 hours or so. Followed by the full write-up. Unfortunately, it looks like the all-important “hit a man-size target at 400 yards with a 1911” test may have to wait. Make the jump for Number One’s email to Martin explaining the testing limitations. Rest assured that Mr. Albright will do everything in his power to make it happen, including a return visit to Lippard’s HQ if needs be. The only failure in life is to stop trying. TTAG doesn’t know the meaning of the word failure. Oh wait. Anyway, watch this space . . .
We are anxious for you to have every opportunity to thoroughly examine the Lippard A2 pistols, both Combat NCO and Close Quarter Battle Pistol, and we want to give you the benefit of understanding all details of the gun and operation. The long range sighting system, for example, takes some understanding. It is quite simple and employs the old school, six-o’clock bull hold for target acquisition and sight hold, but graduating up and down for the various ranges of 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards is unique (since no other handgun is designed to engage targets at those ranges).
Many other aspects of the gun are also quite special and unique. The sear and safety are especially nice. Also, the bluing job on the Combat NCO, I think, is to die for. Lippard uses the same bluing on the Combat NCO as Perazzi uses on their “Best Gun” shotguns (in fact the same people do the bluing for Lippard). I would challenge you to compare Lippard with the very best guns made by anyone, such as Wilson or any other custom class fine pistol. You will find the Lippard much nicer and more perfect in every respect, right down to the blue job and screw heads. The Lippard, for all practical purposes, is a “Best Gun” in the pistol world.
As you know, if we do attempt long range shooting with the A2, windage is a challenge with even a 30-06 rifle. Therefore, Saturday is best since it is forecast for only light breezes. A light wind, 5 or 10 mph, is not too bad if shooting at 100 yards, but at 400 yards, the drift of the 230 grain bullet moving on average downrange velocity of 700 fps (900 fps muzzle velocity) in a 10 mph cross wind is about 8 feet right or left, approximately half the drift of a 180 grain .30-06 or .308 moving at a downrange velocity of average 1800 fps. As you know, the slower the bullet the greater the distance the wind will move the bullet right or left.
Karl and I have a friend and fellow Marine, Bob Joly, who lives east of Colorado Springs, in the Peyton area, and is an NRA and Colorado certified marksmanship and firearms instructor. Bob has an area where he tests students and has a 100 yard capable setup. We may be able to get more yardage as well. However, it is an open field setting. I will be contacting Bob and seeing if he is available Saturday and would mind us shooting the pistols there. I believe that it will be adequate to demonstrate that the A2 is 400 yard capable and accurate at these long ranges. We can do the normal, 25 yard indoor pistol shooting at the Whistling Pines pistol range.
I think that your most significant findings will be revealed at the work bench, however. Once you examine these guns up close and can appreciate their designs and operation, you will understand why they work so well, and why they are capable of so much. As we have said, the gun does the talking.
Please call me at the numbers below my signature block, and we will set time and where to meet. Probably we should start at Karl’s shop or at his home, and go from there.
Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas
Charles W. “Bill” Henderson