Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
A CLASSIC BACKUP GETS EVEN BETTER WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, is proud to introduce a new and improved version of the classic Colt Mustang. The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite is small, lightweight and boasts enhanced durability, reliability and accuracy, making it an ideal handgun for personal protection. (more through the link.)
Some mornings I think I should just crawl back in bed...
Monday, November 7, 2011
Bryan from AIM heard my laments on one of the major forums, and let me know that as long as it was in the next 10 days or so, they could hold my order and I wouldn't miss out on the mag deal. Like I said, awesome. So I ordered and let them know to hold it until last Thursday.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Data from the state Justice Department show that as of around 4 p.m. Friday, 20,476 applications had been submitted. Of those, 879 concealed carry licenses had been approved and roughly 793 had been printed.
Also, 117 applications were rejected. Agency spokeswoman Dana Brueck said applications can be rejected for a variety of reasons, including incomplete applicant data, insufficient training documentation or a missing payment.Still waiting for mine. So far (at least according to chatter on the Hometown forum on ARFCOM) it looks the only people that have received them so far are those that dropped them off by hand Tuesday morning.
I can't help but wonder along with one of the commenters, why does Instapundit continue to regularly link to him, given these rather widely known facts? Then again, maybe I just need to slam a Monster, get through this last two and a half hours of work, and crash...
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
As of about 4pm, the agency had issued about 120 licenses out of the roughly 150 applications received so far at the Department’s Capitol office. Of those applications received Monday, 90 licenses had already been printed and prepared for mailing.Over 800,000 people viewed the application today.
Van Hollen says that his office will try to get them out as fast as they can, but they do have up to 45 days to process the initial flood of applications. Mine went out today, so we'll see how long it actually takes...
I am a little irked that the boss-man (Van Hollen) made sure he was first in line to get his permit.
Actually it really means the countdown begins to see how long it takes for the application to actually be posted and how long after that it takes to get processed and back to me.