Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thankfully MandaFern rocks and decided to knock out a sweet sweet dinner for me before I head out for the night.
Since it's Wisconsin, cold and snow doesn't mean jack-
She managed to grab some giant freakin' shrimp at a seafood sale at the supermarket yesterday (along with scallops and steak)... and I mean GIANT shrimp-
That's over a pound of shrimp... all six of 'em.
So "Tactical Dinner Pics" Go! (If you're on ARFCOM, you'll understand...)
Pan-seared scallops, grilled Colossal shrimp and steak slathered in saute'd mushrooms and onions with some rosemary baby red potatoes on the side.
I am now thoroughly stuffed and not sure how I'm going to make it until 7am... but hey, it was worth it.
See you next year!
Friday, December 30, 2011
If you like what you see, UBG Holsters is offering free shipping with coupon code "gunsncoffee"
Fine print! UBG did provide the holster in this review for a reduced price. Does that change my opinion? Hell no. This holster's good shit.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A couple weeks ago MandaFern took her CCW course (provided free through Wisconsin Carry, Inc.) and I tagged along, both for morale support, and because (generally) any training is good training and I treasure gathering viewpoints and training techniques from any source I can.
At a few points throughout the course, the instructor (an avid 1911 fan) voiced his negative feelings towards people carrying wonder-nines with super-high capacity magazines. One of my typical carry guns is my M&P9, fully stoked with 17 rounds in the mag, and a spare 17 round magazine on my support side. Amanda knows this and nudged me a little when he mentioned it the first time.
I grabbed my pen from my pocket and scribbled down on her notes "'Coyotes' travel in packs" semi jokingly. While this is a valid point, my other standard carry piece as of late has been my Smith & Wesson 442 J-frame revolver. Typically with a speed strip of five rounds in my watch-pocket of my jeans and a speed-loader in my coat pocket. That loadout has less rounds total than one magazine in my M&P.
Do I feel undergunned carrying that few rounds? No, not really. Despite my coyote comment, we live in a small enough town that large gangs of thugs are not really a threat. .38spc+P is a proven round, and the most likely threat I'll ever face around here is an overzealous convenience store robber or the like. I don't ever see myself being sucked into a running gunfight through downtown Stevens Point.
So why carry 34 rounds of 9mm when I carry the M&P? Why not save some strain on my belt and leave the spare at home? I should be able to deal with any likely threat with 17 rounds, right?
Simple. The biggest Achilles's Heal of any semi-auto weapon system is the magazine. Add to that the fact that just about any malfunction drill on a semi-auto pistol involves stripping the magazine out to relieve pressure on the action. If something goes south inside my gun, it's much easier to grab that spare mag, where I know it is, than look all over for the half a mag I tossed in the dirt while fixing my gun. And since I'm going to carry that second magazine, I may as well fill it up to capacity.
With a few days left in December, the FBI reports the number of background checks has already topped the previous one-month record -- set only in November -- of 1,534,414 inquiries by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. Almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas.Neat. Also of note-
Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. (h/t SayUncle)Yup. Gun ownership way up, gun accidents way down. The Brady Bunch is probably rocking back and forth in a corner sniveling...
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
I'd definitely want to handle the stock before buying one, but the forend looks pretty good.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Well worth a read. One of the reasons I picked up a 20 gauge is knowledge similar to this quote-
When compared to a 12-gauge, the 20-gauge delivers 75% of the lead with a recoil that is 40-50% less. This is equivalent to the ballistic force of being hit with two .44 Magnum rounds simultaneously. In addition, the reduced recoil of the 20-gauge is conducive to accurate, rapid shots.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
On September 18, 2010 five law abiding Wisconsin residents were peacefully
having dinner at a Culver's Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. These 5
individuals, who were legally openly carrying as provided by Wisconsin law had
finished their dinner and were preparing to leave the restaurant when they were
unlawfully detained by a mass of Madison police officers.
Despite the absence of reasonable suspicion or probable cause of any crime or
violation, Madison police illegally demanded identification from the men under
the threat of arrest if they did not comply. 2 individuals who chose not to
comply with the illegal action of the Madison police were subsequently arrested
and cited for obstruction. 2 days later those unlawfully issued citations were
rescinded and all 5 men, even those who complied with the officers illegal
demands were issued citations for disorderly conduct.
On May 5th of 2011, the frivolous disorderly conduct charges against all 5 men
Wisconsin Carry, Inc. a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and
advancing the right of Wisconsinites to carry in the manner of their choosing,
open or concealed, filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Madison and the 5
Madison Police officers who participated in the unlawful detainment and
treatment of these 5 individuals. A copy of that lawsuit is available here:
Today a judgment of $10,000 against the City of Madison and 5 Madison police
offers was agreed to by Wisconsin Carry, Inc. and our 5 co-plaintiffs. This
judgment will be entered into the record of the Federal District Court, Western
A copy of the judgment agreement can be viewed here:
Wisconsin Carry will continue to employ and "all of the above" approach to advancing and protecting the right to carry in the manner of one's choosing in Wisconsin. Included in those methods are lawsuits, grass roots legislative activism, public education/awareness, free concealed weapon license training, and every other effective measure.
Chairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
In less than six weeks, 56,000 people applied for a permit under Wisconsin's new concealed carry law and thousands more bought handguns, swamping the state agency handling the required background checks.
The applicants so far amount to about 1% of the state's population, and very few of them have been rejected for a permit. The number of state background checks for handgun purchases is also up more than 50% for the year - another sign of the large numbers of people taking advantage of the new concealed carry law.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Right now it's just a simple splash site linking to his Facebook and Flickr account, but it's worth checking out if you like awesome pictures of awesome gear.
Being an Operator who regularly operates in pretty cold weather (hey, it's in my Army job title... 12N-Heavy Equipment Operator) I'd say he makes some pretty good points. It's all about the right mindset, and good techniques. Buscuits and gravy make a fantastic pre-cold weather ops breakfast.
Also, the Nissan Thermos Backpacking Bottle tends to keep coffee drinkably warm for upwards of 6-8 hours in my experience, and it's leakproof. I just need to find a Molle pouch it fits in...
Friday, December 16, 2011
It really is a gorgeous looking gun.
The FN-49 began life just prior to WWII, and the designer, Dieudonne Saive, fled to England when the Nazis invaded Belgium. Saive took the plans with him to prevent them from falling into the Germans' hands, and finished the project after Belgium was liberated and FN got back on its feet.
The rifle is a gas-operated semi-auto battle rifle, with a long operating rod and the system is adjustable to compensate for varying loads. The rifle was originally chambered in 7x57 Mauser, and was eventually produced in 30-06, 7.65x53 Argentine, and 8mm Mauser (as pictured in this article.)
Take-down is pretty simple, and the rifle can be field stripped without the use of tools (a small screwdriver is required to remove the handguard as shown below.)
The magazine is a 10 round fixed box magazine, and the feed lips are machined into the receiver rather than the magazine.
This being an Egyptian Contract rifle, many of the markings are in Arabic, including the serial number and range markings on the rear sight assembly.
On the range, the rifle handles well. It balances where a rifle should, and looks good doing it.
Recoil is not as bad as I'd expected, no doubt due to the long operating rod and the system being adjusted for the particular ammunition we were shooting (Romanian surplus.) It was a bit hazy out, and the smoke was lingering.
I fired a few groups from the bench to get a feel for accuracy...
...but we quickly realized we needed to back off to 50 yards to figure out where the rounds were going. After moving to the shorter range, we found the rifle to be shooting about a foot low at 50 yards on it's lowest setting, and a bit left. We adjusted a little for windage, and brought the rear up a few notches and moved back over to 100.
All in all, I'd say it's a pretty nice addition to Cro's collection.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Good assortment of long guns and handguns, and not bad prices either.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Breda posted this link on facebook, and it's well worth a read (and bookmarking as she suggests.)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Also, RRA NM AR-15A4 is all sorts of sweet. And ringing steel at 100 yards with the M&P15-22, standing, offhand, is too much fun for my own good, even if I only hit the target 1/3rd of the time.
Follow that up with lots of gunny talk in the very hippie-vibbed coffee shop... hehee...
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I worked overnight Thursday, and eventually stumbled out of bed and read a text from her "So I see Shelley says the M&P22 is good to go, so I think it might be a really good gun for me to get for my first one... it really makes sense being able to go from that to a bigger caliber one."
Awesome. Plus, it's a gun I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while as well.
Later I got an email letting me know Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is getting their first round of Free Training Courses for WI CCL underway, and there's one nearby next weekend. The day's wide open for her, so she jumped on that fast. I'll be going along with (she'll be more comfortable with me being there, and even though I've got my permit, training is training.) In her own words, "I doubt I will ever carry, whether is it open or concealed, but I will go through a course and get my license. I want to learn the right way stay safe, just in case."
Later on in the evening she was talking about being at a liquor store a few weeks back, and a shady individual walked in. Apparently I'm rubbing off on her, as she noted him right away, and cautiously put herself in a position for a quick egress in case things went ploin-shaped, while taking a good mental picture of the guy. Thankfully for all involved, the guy just turned out to be your typical asocial drunk that looks like he's about to hold up the joint no matter where he is. He got his stuff and left without issue. She said that the best part of it was that she never was scared, just aware (she even used the phrase "situational awareness!")
It's just amazing to watch what was once a shy and timid girl bloom into a self-reliant and empowered woman in the year or so that I've known her. I think she's definitely worth hanging on to.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Thankfully for Cro (the owner of the rifle) and myself (shooter of said rifle,) this was a "best case scenario" for a squib load. Last round in the mag, and had it not been, we doubt another one would have fed into the chamber (that's how far the bullet didn't go.) Also, although the Krag is a "soft" shooting rifle, the round in question had zero recoil, and with earplugs in, all I heard was the "CLACK" of the striker hitting the primer. So, wait a couple beats in case of a hang-fire, open the bolt... and no bullet in the cartridge? And unburned powder pushed all the way to the front of the case? Huh. "Hey Cro, I'm sorry, but I seem to have lodged a bullet in your barrel."
We're not too sure what the issue was, theory is some oil from lubing the case made its way inside and dampened the powder, preventing it from igniting. The more important lesson, however, is when something weird happens when you're shooting, stop and evaluate the problem. It could save your rifle and your face.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I hope they let it pass, both Dad and myself would love a Carbine for many many reasons.
(h/t the Duck)
Monday, December 5, 2011
I remember this being mentioned when they were writing the bill, and it was intentional. The idea is to give business owners an incentive to not ban legal Concealed Carry.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
5 Disc DVD available for pre-order and Blu-ray coming soon.
The previous titles have been great, and are responsible for the resurgence in "training tapes." While I don't plan on getting this one anytime soon (I just don't shoot this type of stuff enough) I wouldn't mind watching it a few times.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I like. I wouldn't mind trying the ACS-L on my newest build.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 159-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection, and sport, announced today that it has recently received a contract from the Belgium Federal Police calling for 20,000 Smith & Wesson® Military & Police (M&P) 9mm polymer pistols over a ten-year period. The police agency, a force with 12,500 officers, has received an initial shipment of 2,500 pistols as part of the full department conversion to Smith & Wesson duty firearms.I'm pretty convinced the M&P is probably the best "agency gun" on the market. It shoots well, is plenty accurate and very reliable, and the interchangeable back-straps make it comfortable for a huge spectrum of users.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Investigators later determined the woman's husband had sent her a text message with a picture of himself holding a gun to his head and wasn't in the courthouse.We all know they shouldn't have overreacted like that, under Wisconsin law firearms aren't allowed in court houses.
Yeah... I need to work on reloads a little, and I am not responsible for the actions of Fudds in the background.
Overall, most round hit the little steel Practical Plinger, although a few went just left (need more dryfire time.) I've got a little tender spot on the base of my right thumb that may or may not bruise, but really not too bad after 105 rounds (only 5 +P though.)
Now to get some dies and whatnot to reload for it. Already have a bullet mold...
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Conveniently, UPS dropped of a box with a Desantis Nemasis holster as I was snapping this very photo.
Unfortunately, I haven't shot the little J Frame, so I'm not carrying it yet. I can, however, get started on that review of a custom leather IWB holster I've had around for a couple months now.
Still no sign of Dad's, despite being sent from the same post office on the same day.
Still, I'm like a freakin' kid at Christmas.
(Also, thanks to blogger for canning all my post's content when I try to edit a typo.)
Monday, November 21, 2011
Generally I agree, they're full powered center-fire feather-weight guns with low capacities and are slow to reload when compared to a modern auto. They're thicker too, since they have the "revolver" thing going, and are almost always higher priced than their comparable auto brethren. Combine that with the fact that I'm really not a big revolver guy, there never really was any reason for me to get one.
So... I ordered one anyways. Figured it would make a good B.A.G. Day gun, and I wanted to try doing business with a newer local(ish) dealer. Well... eight months later the stupid gun finally showed up, and I'm probably not dealing with him again. Something this simple shouldn't have taken so long...
Anywho... I do love how light the little thing is (15oz. empty) and the shape of the frame lets me really choke my grip up and get a pretty low bore-over-grip height. I'm hoping that will let me negate some of the jump inherent with hot loads in the little thing. We'll see how that works out on Thursday when I duck out behind the barn at Grandpa's to pop a few rounds of and see if it actually works.
The original plan was to attempt to "master the snubby" over the summer, but it just means I'll get plenty of dry-fire practice and hopefully get my reloads down while combating cabin fever up here in the frozen north. Also it'll give me a chance to get an Apex spring kit and drop that in (the stupid little thing feels so good in my hand that it's a shame the trigger is so "meh.")
Now if only Smith hadn't drilled a stupid hole in the side of the thing.........
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
At the camp I worked at a couple years back, we have the full out NRA Marksmanship Course for the Rifle and Shotgun areas. Turns out the medals are authorized for wear on the Scout uniform, and there's a sweet certificate to go along with them-
After a bit I was allowed to use one of the three Anschutz rifles the camp has (in this case, a beautiful vintage Match 54,) and since I had nailed my Expert rating the first year, I concentrated on the weekly staff high score.
I went undefeated for two summers straight.
That was my first "perfect" target, a score of 50. Round number 4 nudged itself a touch up and right, but it's still breaking the ten ring. The total size of the group from edge to edge is under .3"... that's firing 5 rounds from the prone with a sling at 50' using target peep sights (no optics.) I shrank them down from there on a few occasions, probably averaging about .25"-.27" if I had to guess.
After my first year there, I had weapons qualification for the Army Reserve, and managed a 37/40 (those 250M targets always get me... can hit the 300 all day though.) I also pegged a Cambell's Soup can at 100 yards with my buddy's M4gery at an informal range session with the first shot. It's tough to see a soup can at 100 yards, let alone shoot the silly thing with an unfamiliar rifle.
So if you get around my bragging, what I'm saying is a simple extended range session with your favorite .22lr, a brick of ammo, and some simple bullseye targets can do wonders for just about any shooting. Plus it's cheap, and you can do it at just about any gun range. There's really no excuse not to give it a try.
I never really got into the whole hunting thing (which confuses coworkers to no end... "what do you have all those guns for then?") but I do have lots of friends and family that do, and I wish them luck and would like to remind everyone to keep safe.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Eventually I'll toss an optic of some sort on the gun, but for now I want to concentrate on getting back to basics and plan on running it with just irons for a bit.
All the B-CC really needs now is a fittingly lightweight sling of some sort. Wonder if Blue Force is going to add one to the Helium Whisper line...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
I have a strong preference for something black and leathery, as my current holsters for the M&P9 are black.
Any suggestions/preferences for places to check out? My wheelbarrow of cash is still in the mail, so that's always a consideration.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
They're popping up everywhere.
I'm still waiting for my permit, but the list of places I'll no longer be going is getting bigger everyday. It's their right as a business owner, but that doesn't mean I have to like it (and it's a shame in some places, that steak Applebee's gave me Friday was really good.
I am wondering why many of these places waited until concealed carry to post though, and not after the surge in Open Carry a couple years ago? I guess if you can't see it, you can't ask them to leave and claim "it's making other customers uneasy."
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
ETA: Today's special on the Cafe Espresso side is a Turkey Cheddar Sandwich with sauteed mushrooms and red onions, roasted red peppers and sweet pepper mayo. It's about as wonderful as the above coffee, and actually a good pair for it. No photos of the sammich, I ate it before I could get one.