2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My 10/22 is "Activated"

I was in our new Cabelas the other week just nosing around the bargain section and I found a non-descript little clamshell wrapper with a BMF Activator in it, marked something like $20.  A what?  A BMF Activator is a devise that places a crank on your trigger guard of your semi-auto .22 or similar rifle that activated the trigger by means of  a rotating cylinger that pushes a "activator bar" against the trigger 3 times for every rotation of the crank.  It is supposed to approximate full auto fire but is more like shooting a gatling gun.  It does not alter the mechanics of the weapons so its legal...at least for now.  It even comes with a little copy of the (then called) ATF letter saying that it does not violate any laws. 

I have spoken before about I do not like traditional bump firing where guys hold weapons slung low and shoot from the hip as you cannot see the sights and do nor really have a good idea where your round may go, especially with the weapon moving around under only semi-controlled recoil.  As you can see from the video, I was able to use the scope on my 10/22 (cheap NC Star scope but it works on a .22) the entire time.

All in all a pretty neat little gimmick, it will not be staying on the rifle full time though.  It was nice to have a bit of fun, but .22 being scare as it is better to take aimed shots and save my ammo.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bring the .38 back? I didn't realize it ever left....

I got an email from Handguns magazine (I subscribe to G&A and a few others that send my emails that I don't mind getting) for their latest issue featuring an article entitled "Should We Bring Back the .38 Special?"

I really never knew it left in the first place.

For years and years the .38 Special, in both normal and +P offerings, was the choice of LEO and civilian shooters alike in their protective and defensive weapons.  While relatively weak compared to magnum offerings, the .38 proved its worth time and time again in the hands of trained shooters.  There are more than a few souls on the other side that can attribute their end to a .38 slug.

I actually find humor when I read or hear somebody say that a 9mm is "bigger" than a a .38 or similar.  They both use a .357" bullet and the .38, in fact, is able to fire a larger bullet weight without any significant modification than the 9mm in commonly found ammo.  Modern powders (the cartridge dimension harken back to black powder days) and bonded HP and defensive bullets have more than shaken off any disdain as this round as "underpowered".  I would dare say that any stories found on the internet about suspects taking multiple .38 hits are similar to the same stories more recently about 9mm stopping power and can be attributed to the use of non-expanding FMJ or round nose bullets in service weapons.
You're a bad guy and I pull my LCR on you and you see these staring from their homes at you and know that 125 grains of hollowpoint will be shortly coming after you at 850-900 fps...what do, what do?  I'll tell you what to do...crap your pants!

For those that still worry about the effectiveness of the .38 Special, companies such as Buffalo Bore offer more than a few hot and exotic offers chambered in it that should assuage any angst over its use for protection.

Some people still scoff at its use since it is (normally) only chambered for revolvers, thus limiting yourself to 5-7 rounds, depending on the model and size of the revolver.  I call BS.  Sure, more is certainly better and better to have and not need than to need and not have and all that....but still 5 or 6 rounds of .38 at your beck and call is still nothing to laugh at.  And with proper training and practice the use of readily available speed loaders and strips can make the ammo "shortage" in a revolver almost a non-issue.  Every see a video of Massad Ayoob or Jerry Miculek reload?

Also, while not as plentiful as in the past (and right now all ammo in popular calibers is scarce!) you can still find plenty of ammo and accessories for a revolver chambered for it if you look a bit. 

If you notice, I ever got a speed loadeder with some old Winchester Silvertips there!

Looking in my safe I find I have 4 pistols that are chambered or can fire this round...
Yes, that is my foot....

1.  My Ruger LCR - This has been my go to carry gun over the past Fall and Winter.  I appreciate its light weight, clean and snag-proof lines and smooth trigger.  I have been carrying it with 125gr. Remington Golden Saber +P rounds with 6 on a speed strip and do not feel under gunned at all. I have replaced the front sight with a XS big dot and it comes easy onto target and minute-of-pie plate at 10 - 15 yards with it is easy to do.

2. Astra Cadix - Bought this from The Powder Room for $150 a few months ago on an impulse.  Astra was one of only a few companies allowed to produce firearms in post Civil War Spain and produced a vast array of pistols for both the military, law enforcement and the limited civilian purchases allowed.  They have not been made in decades and are not widely found, but still are out there. Basically, this a clone of a S&W J-Frame with a square grip and 4" barrel. As such it "only" holds 4 rounds in the cylinder, but as a result has a very slim profile for a "service" sized weapon. At full lockup (Cock the pistol, let the trigger fall and while keeping the trigger pulled to the rear try and move the cylinder) this is the tightest revolver of the bunch, attesting to some very good build quality. It has a unique "donut" in the grip that can be rotated to change the trigger and hammer stiffness if desired, from a stiff service use pull to a lighter target style trigger.  The only thing wrong with it is that incredibly tall, sail of a front sight is too high...way too high.  I am shooting a foot low at 7 yards.  Nothing a file and a few hours to work on won't fix, but still a hassle I have not yet taken on.  For the amount I spent on it though, it could end up a good trade gun, a charity donation to a friend in need or even a "cabin" gun at some time if need be.  Any way you look at it, its solid and reminds us never to underestimate the odd ball you find once in a while on a dusty shelf.

3.  Smith & Wesson Model 64. - I have talked about this former prison service revolver before here that I picked up for a song (about $250) a while back.  Its a Smith & Wesson, enough said.... Great night stand weapon and listed by G&A as one of the 8 most underrated defensive guns on their website...

4. Ruger GP-100 - Just got this beast as you may very well know, haven't even shot it yet...but I doubt it will not be good to go in any respect.  Big and mean, its chambered for the .357 magnum and will shoot the .38 as well, matter of fact many people carry .38+P loads in heavy frame magnum revolvers as a matter of practice to maximize controllability and power in the frame weight given. 

So, as you can see, the .38 Special has never gone anywhere it need to return from as far as I am concerned to begin with!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gun Control Bill dies in Senate

"This was a pretty shameful day for Washington....."  ~ President Obama

"No, Mr. President, it wasn't" ~ Huey
Oh that Nelson!!

Senate Bill 649, "The Firearms Bill", was defeated on the floor of the senate by a vote of 54-46 keeping it out of further discussions in the chamber and effectively giving the President one of his biggest defeats of his tenure as similar legislation failed to pass muster in the house as well.   It included the so called "Manchin-Toomey" Amendment which would of expanded background checks at gun shows and require them for internet transactions as well.

CNN and other media outlets are touting that the NRA threatened political backlash against senators running for re-election next year and was responsible for many democratic senators voting to kill the bill.  Bullshit.  Yeah, it was probably part of the equation, but they give way too much credit to the NRA in this case where some of those Democratic senators that "flipped" were from smaller, less populated rural states (Montana, North Dakota ect..) where traditional gun owning values are still in widespread acceptance by both sides of the political isle.

Also, the same outlets are saying how lobbing trumpted popular opinion....last time I checked we didn't necessarily run this country on public opinion.  If so every time a law needed to pass we would convene a general election (like we occasionally do at the state level) and vote on it, we don't.  We elect representatives (the number based on the size of the state) and senators (2 per state to make sure the "little guys" have a equal say) to proxy our will in government.  We are not a democracy, we are a constitutional republic and the sooner people realize that the better we will all be.  So yes, even if 80%-90% of "polled" individuals (and I wonder what areas of the country are represented and how the questions are asked) support "gun control" the people that THEY ELECTED to cast the votes for them did not vote that way. 

I am not for violence in the streets and my opposition to "common sense" gun control laws is not solely based on my general disdain for the opposition (although they make it very easy to not like them sometimes).  Most of my angst over these laws is that:

A.  They are being discussed, argued over and written by people who don't understand the basic mechanical workings, physics or employment of firearms.
B.  They fail to try and enforce the laws we already have in effect.
C.  The failure of gun control measures in states and other countries to significantly alter the violent crime rate overall.
D.  The other side sucks  (OK, that's an opinion, not a reason....but seriously, have you really listened or read stuff by Feinstein et al?)

What was truly shameful in Washington yesterday is that our constitutional rights were defended and upheld and it was treated as a terrorist attack against our country by our President in the media. 

Shame on you Mr. Obama.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston turns into Baghdad

Feel obligated to post something about this terrorist attack....

And no, I am not going to call it a "tragedy", "incident", "crime scene" or anything else....  It is what it is.  The people/person involved knew exactly what the impact of this would be and where it would be detonated and for what purpose, its terrorism.

Now I am not going to start hypothesising on who or whom it may have been or their motivation for do this dastardly and cowardly attack.  I will let the guys with the badges and training do their job and chime in when the time is right.

I will also not try and tie this in with the government going after our 2A rights as if having somebody armed there would of prevented this.  99.99% chance that they wouldn't and using this tragic loss of life to promote that agenda is just not right, not that this has stopped many a pundant in our corner from doing so, but again I say take the high ground until the other side tries to use it against us.

I will say this, last night our POTUS swore that the culprits would face the full weight of justice..... let me just say I have some reservations about that statement.  First off, we have a Army Major in Fort Hood that was caught red handed murdering his fellow soldiers that has not faced it yet and a similar message was said last fall after Americans were killed in Libya.  Where is that "weight" in those instances?

God Bless the victims, their families and everyone affected by this attack...including many vets in other places that that all the major news outlets interject memories back into their heads that many fought to get rid of....

Monday, April 15, 2013

Caveat Emptor, Part Deux

Another tale of woe...this time from a good friend.

My friend Tom has been looking for his first pistol, an inexpensive basic 1911 that would fit in with his M1 Garand. He wanted it as GI as possible and not with a bunch of high speed bells and whistles. I have been on the look out for him for a while and sent him a link to a guy selling IAC 1911s (Turk builds) for $400 on Gunlistings.  That is about what they are worth so it sounded like a good deal.  Tom asked me what to do and I told him to contact the seller and see if he could arrange a sale and to "do the transaction whatever way he felt safest".  Unfortunately Tom sent him a money order...not good.

Its been several weeks and he has neither pistol or his money in hand.  Matter of fact the guy sent him another email shortly after receiving the money order asking for another $200 because the FFL shipping it was asking for more money to insure the shipping and such. WTF?  The guy additionally told Tom that since it cost him $40 to cash the money order he needed more money to make it worth his while.  DOUBLE WTF?!?  Seems our seller cashes stuff at check cashing stores, hence the 10% or so charge to do it.  Also, I am betting he never had actually had the pistol in hand and was going to buy it from somewhere else that would have charged tax and shipping too, as well as a FFL transfer once it got to him before he sent it to Tom....again, hence the extra fees.   Tom has asked for his money back several times but keeps getting stonewalled and delayed. 

I feel bad, down right partially responsible matter of fact.  The guy lives in Akron while Tom lives in Toledo, about a 2 hour drive for those not from Ohio.  I, personally, would have driven to pick it up or arranged a neutral meeting point in public, but again this was Tom's first time out buying one and I guess he just didn't realize that send money was a bad idea.  I have informed him to report the guy to teh Postal Inspector, but I doube he will get his money back at this point.  Sucks.

Just a few tips once again for doing these types of transactions via sites like Gunlistings and Armslist:

  • Always deal in person unless going through a third party brokerage type service that will secure your money until the goods have actually been delivered.
  • Always deal in cash when conducting transactions as a seller...the check doesn't always clear.
  • Know what you're buying at least enough not to get burned on inflated prices for a "collector" item or such..
  • Always pick a public place in a safe area to conduct business, if possible.  I have gone to peoples houses before, some in some not-so-stellar areas, but I have always been careful, maintained awareness, been armed and always had a getaway plan and route.  Public areas are generally safe during daylight hours. 
  • ALWAYS make sure you are conducting the transaction legally in accordance with the laws of your state and federal statutes.  That means no conducting business across state lines without a FFL, not selling to persons that you know are unable to legally own them and such.  I, personally, generally insist to do business with other CCW holders and upon presentation of such credentials. 
  • Most importantly, if it feels wrong...DON'T DO IT!  Its not worth jail time or physical injury or death for the sake of buying or selling something. If the spidey sense is tingling get out of Dodge. 

With the ongoing talk of mandatory background checks for all transactions this type of online trading may come to an end in this manner, but in the meantime you can still legally sell your private property as such....just be safe doing it. 

Last week I drove to the Cleveland area to do a trade for my GP-100.  I chose a very public area with a lot of traffic in the middle of the day to do the swap.  Before I even opened my case to let him examine my Glock I asked for both his Ohio drivers license and CCW cards and verified it was him.  I kept the conversation on track and brief, always maintained my situational awareness and left as soon as our transaction was done after thanking him. 

Generally, those doing transactions on these sites are gunnies just like I am and I generally don't have any issues. But then again, I follow my rules and don't allow myself to get burned. 

Tom is learning a hard lesson from this, one I hope none of you repeat.  Be safe and smart folks.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Relevance of time....

I met an old acquaintance from the National Guard walking into work the other day.  He is still in the guard and just recently returned from a little holiday overseas. He asked me simply if I missed being in uniform... I had a hard time replying.

Me as young man....

Do I miss being cold and wet in the dark of the wee hours of the morning lying prone in a puddle waiting for something that may or may not happen to occur? No.  Do I miss being away from family and friends with the possibility of being called off to some far off place never to return? No.  Do I miss being around others in similar situation that all have a common bond....yes.

Getting to be middle age me....
 The amount that I do miss that comaderie does dwindle over time.   When I first got out/retired it was directly after my 90 day stop loss period after returning from Kuwait.  I liken it to finishing a dead sprint in a single step.  Your momentum wants to keep you going forward after you plant that final foot.  I knew a lot of folks still in and felt a connection to the military, at least the Ohio National Guard.  Last year I lost a military acquaintance (a year ago this past week matter of fact) in a suicide attack in Afghanistan that I knew from years back, so I still have "a dog in the fight" when units get deployed, but that dog is getting older and more haggard by and by.  Most of the folks that were junior enlisted when I took off are all senior NCO's at this point, and their numbers are dwindling.  Moreover, nobody on the other side of this equation really even remembers me any more anyway.  Maybe I might get brought up at some point I would suppose when talking about a specific incident or detail from the past, but I did not leave any type of footprint behind that people would seek me out in any way.  Most of us don't.  So, as the familiar faces in the formation become fewer and fewer so does my connection to that particular organization.

Older "civvie" me staring middle age in the face and looking forward to what's next...

I think this happens to a lot of veterans from all over the services.  As the means or type of relevance a person has to an organization dwindle so does any feelings of connection or nostalgia to it.  Before you know it you're lumped into this big melting pot title of "veteran" that includes people from all branches and specialities that you have absolutely no connection or common thread with.  Sometimes you can build on the fact that you are all at least in the same group by joining the VFW, Amvets, American Legion or other groups, but really, what do you have in common?  Especially here in the "big city" where active posts are few and far between (I have looked and cannot find any near where I am at) its really not an option for me.  Seeing how the same soldiers are being deployed over and over and over, as opposed to vast quantities of new veterans being created as in WW2 and such, I do not see a huge increase in the roles on these organizations bringing them back to their post WW2 glories.

Posse time last year....me and Mark chilling waiting for the sun to set at camp...

Thank God for the Posse, that group of guys I get to hang with a few times a year on the range with a camping trip thrown in for good measure...maybe even a breakfast once in a while at Bob Evans too.  Made up of a lot of guys I used to serve with in the Ohio guard and some other faces that are vouched for by those I served with.  Solid Americans....every one of them.  We sit and discuss the "old times" and current events, much about how we lament the way things have become and are seemingly going.  They are my legion, my "kindred spirits" of a common root, the ones I can relate to because we all marched the same path at the same time.

So I guess the answer to the original question asked "do I miss it?"....yeah, I miss it...but less and less as time goes on.

Posse camp in 2 weeks.....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Turned a Glock into a 2.5lb steel rock....

Well, I didn't end up selling the G19 to finance my M9 purchase after all.... I traded it for a Ruger GP-100 .357 .... a steel rock if there ever was one.  I have a hand cannon once again!!

Got a good deal on the trade, the Ruger goes for around $600 and I had about a total of $550 in the Glock.  The G19 was test fired in June of 2010 according to the spent shell casing envelope in the box, and the serial number on the GP100 shows it was made around the same time, so depreciation costs are a wash. Then there were the extras...2 boxes of Remington .38 range ammo and another 40-ish rounds of loose ammo in a plastic ammo case (including about 15 CCI LSN .357 rounds), 3 HKS speed loaders, a el cheapo but functional cross body holster and a lockable pistol box.  Total estimated value of that package, about $750.  Yeah, I had to drive a bit to get it from a guy in Cleveland, but hey, it was the first nice day of the year (temp in the high 70's) so a good day for a drive and I still came out ahead even after gas and lunch being taken from the "profit"!

At one time I had a Ruger Security-Six .357 and foolishly parted with it.  I have regretted it ever since and this corrects that misjudgement in thinking.  The GP-100 is an evolution of the Ruger line of service/hunting medium frame guns that the Security-Six line carried.  It offers several features over that platform while still retaining the overall lines of its predecessors.

  • A much more thicker frame without side panels designed to stand up to unlimited use of hot .38 and .357 Magnum rounds.
  • A triple locking mechanism that includes the crane lock used on the larger Redhawk line of .44 revolvers.
  • A dual spring system that keeps the hammer spring tension from affecting trigger pull.
  • A "peg" grip (also used on my LCR) that eliminates the need to have 2 different guns to adapt different style grips to.  No more square or round butt decisions, just find a grip, stick it on the peg and secure.

Overall, the one word to describe these pistols is "over engineered", OK I guess that's 2 words.  Weighing in at around 40 ounces, this thing is heavier empty than the G19 with a loaded 15 round mag I traded it for.  But thats not a bad thing, that weight will really help sop up recoil from those .357 rounds on the range and in the field.

The model I traded for is technically called the KGP-141, which means its a 4" model with a satin stainless finish, adjustable sights and Hogue grip.  I would dare say its probably the most popular of the GP100 series models since I see so damn many of them.  With a 4" barrel, this pistol is not legal in Ohio to use for hunting (6" length requirement) but when using .357 rounds in it, it could theoretically take just about any game animal in the lower 48 states.  Even though I won't be hunting with it (and really I don't hunt to begin with....although I support hunter rights) I think I will go old school Elmer Keith and get some hot hard cast rounds from Buffalo Bore for it...just in case... 180gr...1400fps....783 ft/lbs...yeah, just in case....

More info and hopefully range report to follow.

Monday, April 8, 2013

So, I had this itch....bought a M9

Well, sometimes you just gotta scratch....

Since all M9/92FS are basically the same, I just found the most kick ass pic of one I could....

Bought a M9 this weekend against the future sale of my Glock 19.  What? Selling a Glock for a M9?  Yep, I love the 19 and if I could only have ONE gun that very well may be it, but the truth is I own several/many, and the G19 has kind of turned into a safe queen.  Mad Ogre has been writing about a renewed love of the M9/92FS since this fall and I guess I just kind of wanted to shoot one again too. I have shot one in the service before, matter of fact first time I ever saw one was when it was placed in my hands for qualification and I got an expert with it (its not THAT hard!).  Some things I like about it, some I don't an some are just meh.  What I got to say I like about it is this, its a full sized pistol that really sops up the recoil of the 9mm, even in +P loads. 

More to come, just wanted to tease you a bit.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Whats hotter, Atlanta or Iraq?

Gun Lobby says "Screw it"...throws in the towel

In a surprise move major elements of the gun manufacturing base here in the United States, including such giants as Remington, Colt, Ruger and Winchester have decided to call it quits amongst the overwhelming opposition to their products as demonstrated by TV commentary and polls.

"Both Rachel Maddow and Piers Morgan say we're doing the wrong thing....he's got a British accent so it must be true." stated Remington CEO Robert Nardelli.  He added that "..just the other day I saw somebody post that they changed their FaceBook profile pic to bring awareness about gun violence....you just can't argue against that type of sentiment shown by the masses".

Here members of the Remington board of directors take part in one of the companies new gun turn in programs where the company will reimburse gun owners with health care vouchers good towards Obamacare for each weapon turned info destruction.

Ruger CEO Thomas Dineen reportedly organized the surrender of his company after watching the Michael Moore documentary "Bowling for Columbine" which he described as "engrossing" and "thought provoking".  Attempts to contact him have failed so far as, according to his secretary, he has locked himself inside of his personal lavatory in his office and is to afraid to come out knowing how many guns are waiting for him in order to animate themselves and kill him in his facility.

Colt Manufacturing, of Hartford, CT, is a primary defence contractor supplying M4 carbines to the military as well as producing firearms for the civilian market.  It has shut down all manufacturing in its home state and is planning to liquidate inventory as soon as possible.  "This is Connecticut for crying out loud!" said Colt marketing director Mark Roberts "we have already tragically seen what an AR pattern rifle can do in this state." He added "we are committed to getting these assault weapons as far away from Americans as possible and are now in contract with a third party buyer to sell and ship them to the other side of the globe."  While Roberts would not discuss particulars of the deal, it has been reported that the Peoples Republic of North Korea has applied for permission to dock ships at both New Haven and Newport for the purpose of "trade" Reuters reports.

Even Glock, who does not manufacture its components in the United states but assembles them in it Georgia headquarters is calling it quits.  Company founder Gaston Glock released a press notice stating "Since my company first went into the firearms business I have made a lot of money...a shit load to be more exact.  I got a beautiful blond wife 1/3 of my age that rides horses...do you know what that does to a woman's thighs?  At this point in my life this is as good of an excuse to take the money and run as any other, so screw it....I'm out". 

The NRA has pulled all lobbyists from its DC offices and is transferring all monetary assets from its associated trust funds and coffers equally to the Brady Campaign and MAIG.   The extensive museum it once maintained is being turned into an Islamic cultural arts center and the weapons once housed there have been sent to Utah to be buried under tons of cement in an abandoned tin mine.  While he has refused to comment directly, news photographers have videotaped Wayne LaPierre sitting alone at a Fairfax bar shaking his head while drinking burbon and cokes muttering "what the fuck were we thinking?" over and over.

The only manufacturer to refuse to shut down is Hi-Point Firearms of Mansfield, Ohio.  They announced yesterday that they are now the primary contractor for the DOD and will be replacing all M4 series weapons with their 995 9mm carbines.  They have also been announced as the nations now sole supplier for law enforcement sales.

An unidentified Specops trooper upon being issued his new Hi-Point sidearm...