Saturday, March 21, 2015
In my opinion, I think they have done too little, too late, again.
Much like the G42, the overall size of the gun compared to the capacity is not comparable to other guns in the category (single-stack 9x19 subcompact.) The M&P Shield is .95" in width, compared to the G43's 1.06". The Shield is a touch taller (around a quarter inch) but holds one more round (7+1 in the short mag, G43 is 6+1 in both mags.) About the only major advantage the Glock gets is in weight, unloaded it's a tad over 1oz. lighter.
Then we'll look at the single-stack 9 I almost got (more on that in a bit), the Ruger LC9s Pro. The little Ruger comes in at skinny .90", enough to actually be a noticeable difference. It's also nearly 3/4 of an ounce lighter, and still holds 7+1 rounds. Again, a quarter of an inch taller, but that's a minimal trade off for that extra round.
Both the Shield and the LC9s are cheaper to boot.
I'm sure that like the G42, they'll fly off the shelves, but that's just because it has "Glock" on the side. However, I think they should have done a single-stack the size of a G19. Then they'd only be competing with themselves, and it's probably more of what all the fanboys wanted anyway. Hell, I'd probably get one, do a slight stagger to the mag like the Shield and you'd get 10 rounds in there.
Earlier I had mentioned that I "almost got" a Ruger LC9s (I actually was looking at the regular "s" and not the "Pro," since I like thumb safeties. I just used the Pro for the comparison since the G43 doesn't have external safeties either.) I got caught up with the idea this last year, since I like the size and concealability of my J-Frame, but I'm not in love with 5 rounds and a slow and tricky reload. Mag fed autos are just tons easier to feed. I shot my buddy's Shield, and found that my thumb rides the slide release. Darn. I fondled the LC9s, and the safety was the perfect place for my 1911-brained thumb to go.
Then I went home and thought about it.
Does a whole 2 rounds really make it worth the expense of a new gun, holsters, and mags? I know I just ragged on the new Glock for having one less than the others, but that's and apples-to-apples thing (but really Glock, why handicap yourself?) The more I thought of it, the more I couldn't help but wonder if that magical quarter of an inch difference between the M&P9c and the Shield doesn't seem like much for almost double the capacity. Plus the butt of the Compact is actually shorter than the Shield's, and that is probably the bigger concealment issue. (For what it's worth, I haven't gotten any new gun yet anyway...)
So, having no practical experience with actually concealing these little single-stack guns, does that quarter of an inch really make it easier to conceal? I think I can save that much just by switching from leather to kydex if it really made that big of a difference. Anybody out there have thoughts on that?
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Giving this a shot to help with winter suck. The local greenhouse had some on sale, so I snagged a juniper, since they are supposedly able to take a bit of abuse.
Re-potted it and trimmed it up a bit yesterday, still need to get a pair of concave cutters (or whatever they're called) to nip off one of the bigger branches.
Friday, February 27, 2015
The "Cold-weather Carbine" rode in the bed of the truck on the way there, just to keep it nice and chilly. The only issue encountered was with the first Lancer translucent mag. I've got a couple of their first generation ones, so bearing that in mind, with only 20 rounds in the 30 round mag, I racked the charging handle, the mag didn't fall out, but it didn't chamber a round. It had failed to seat on a closed bolt. I guess they're still more of a novelty to me than as a combat ready magazine, until I get my hands on some of the newest ones.
My other Lancer mag worked fine, however I didn't try seating it on a closed bolt. My PMags worked fine.
And I think I can finally feel my toes again.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Seriously. You're going to get somebody shot.
Apparently the Ferguson PD is testing this thing? What the hell is wrong with a Taser? At least you don't have to draw your real gun, and point said gun at people. Or just get freakin' bean bag rounds for the shotguns... that thing is just going to make things worse.
What could go wrong?After traveling through the barrel, the bullet embeds itself inside the alloy projectile, and the docking unit immediately detaches from the weapon, according to the manufacturer.This process decreases the bullet's velocity and dampens its impact. The bullet, then, should not pierce a human’s skin and cause the type of internal damage that would kill the person. However, it retains enough blunt force to knock someone over and deliver severe, debilitating pain.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
|(The gun, not the guy.)|
RECOIL has a nice breakdown of it with plenty of pictures of the insides.
Folding stock, easily swapped barrels (5.56 to .300BLK and back again sounds fun,) and replaceable wear point on the upper. I'm hoping the removable forward assist assembly also means there'll be an option to just slap a plate on there and get rid of it.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
BCM middy upper I won in a raffle a few years ago, fixed rear sight off the M&P15-22, and some Magpul grips, and their Fixed Carbine Stock, which has the same length of pull as what I set collapsible ones anyway. No electronics to die in the deep-freeze.
The plan is to keep an eye on the weather, and swing over to the range one of these days when it's freakin' cold out again, with the gun in the back so it stays nice and cold. I'm just debating what lube to use (the last time I was shooting ARs in -20º or lower temps, it was noticeably sluggish with CLP.)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
It feels a lot better than the two-piece hinged guy to me, I'd say more predictable. Hopefully I can get out to the range soonish and see how it handles.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Initial Dealer Roster below; street price should be around $20 for a 3-pack.
Battle Arms Development
F3 Tactical, Inc.
Gun Gallery Inc.
Joe Bob Outfitters.com
King Shooters Supply
The Armory Inc.
The Gun Vault Utah
Monday, December 8, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
It only has two positions (open and closed), but really, what more do you need for one of these? It also features a neat little latch that catches the buffer inside the stock, allowing you to "shotgun" the rifle, rather than having to slide the upper forward off the lower.
I'd love to get my hands on one...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hopefully, you'd do something very similar to what the driver did here. No lights, not even hazards, a couple traffic cones, no reflective wear on the goblin. You should be saying "this looks sketchy as %&^#" and getting out of dodge.
Thankfully this one has a relatively happy ending. Two guys getting picked up strongly suggests the other goblin was ready to hop the center divider and carjack the driver while his partner distracted him on the passenger side.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Otherwise, like I've found throughout most of my life, windows make all the difference.
|"Please ignore the drippy nose, it's very unbecoming of a Lady."|