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, July 23, 2013

A MILLION page views.....give or take 10,000

Well just to show you how little I have been on here I have failed to mark in a timely manner the reaching of 1 million page views of this blog.  I used to get excited about hitting milestones like this, but as you probably have noticed, my heart has just not been into blogging over the past several months. 

Thanks to all those that have visited over these past 5 or so years and have added a tick to that counter....and to all the spam and advertising referral bots that have done the same....

5 Minute Review - North American Arms .22lr Mini-Revolver

On break at work right now, got 5 minutes to bang this out on the iPad...here goes...

On a whim bought one of those little revolvers I am always seeing in the case at my LGS. I actually found a very low price for them on their web page that was a mistake, but they honored it for me.

The pistol is a North American Arms mini-revolver in .22 long rifle. They also are made in .22 short and .22 magnum. While not the most effective caliber for self defense, A gun is better at having NO gun! This is a niche firearm, that niche is deep, deep concealment. This gun is roughly 4" long by 2" high and weighs about 5 ounces loaded with 5 .22lr rounds. By purely "box" dimensions, it's about as big and weighs as much (empty) as my iPhone 4, which I usually have on me every waking moment of the day...so would this little pistol be carried as envisioned by the designers.

The manufacture and finish are excellent on this little gun. It's made in Provo, Utah...a state with a long and illustrious firearms tradition. It s is really well made with attention to detail being evident. It is a single action only rimfire revolver with an exposed hammer. The instruction manual outlines the proper way to unload and load this pistol which includes having to cover the muzzle with your hand as well as lower the hammer manually into safety notches on the cylinder - READ IT!! I have absolutely no complaints about its design, save for one which I will discuss shortly.

Took the gun out to my friend Otto's to shoot and and was...how do I say this...disappointed. Accuracy is not the strong suit of this pistol and I knew it going into the purchase. However, at about 5 paces I was struggling to get one out of 5 rounds into a 12"x12" shoot-n-c square. Part of this is due to te one design flaw I found. The sights are fairly small on any gun this size, however on the mini .22 when cocked, the hammer spur obscures the use of the tiny rear notch to even try and align them. This combined with the small grip - which I do not consider a flaw, it's small dimensions is why you would buy this pistol - make accuracy very hard with this gun. Now, some will say that this is a last ditch, belly gun for those up close and personal "get off me!" Moments..to which I reply that I don't intend to allow someone to get that close, let alone 5 paces if I can help it and would prefer a weapon I feel confident at using at that range.

Speaking of grips, I did find the small smooth wood grips to be difficult to use but they do offer different grips on their web site including rubber pebble grips and a folding grip (that actually fills the hand) that may help control the weapon better.

I have also heard that these are good "snake guns" when loaded with shot. I tried out some #12 .22 shot shells at the same distance and they did pepper the paper well. However, when fired at an old plastic bleach bottle fills with water at the same distance the shot failed to penetrate the plastic bottle, and in fact a good amount bounced back and hit me without any damage! (Yes I had eye pro on!)

So overall, while I feel lot his is a well made product and certainly does have a niche application at some level, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I often carry a Ruger LCP in .380 which I think is about as small as a platform I feel comfortable carrying. I applaud NAA for their craftsmanship on this pistol though, and would be interested to see what they could do making a bigger, full sized gun with that level of quality.

(That actually took two days and about 10 minutes but oh well!)

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My doppelgänger......Drew Carey?

Well, the post I promised on Facebook yesterday didn't publish for some reason and its sitting in the Windows Live Writer draft box a jumbled mess...sort that our later. it was a piece on the German P-38/P1 pistol on case the suspense was killing you.

Anyway, here's something else to ponder.   Started a diet last month and am down about 24 pounds, give or take a pound, as of today. I Went to lunch with a friend who said she thought I looked like Drew Carey now. My first thought was "I had to lose 20 pounds just to look like Drew Carey?

Drew, like myself, is a veteran. He was a Marine 30 some years ago while I was Army flavored. Yes, we are both sexy beasts but is there really that much of a resemblance?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The end of the ammo shortage and beginning of the new normal

Went to my local Cabela's last night, other than .22, 9mm and .38spl, e shelves were fairly well stocked with both rifle and pistol center fire ammo...

I have been able to buy ammo at LGS shops for a while and also at some local big box retailers lately as well. I have gotten similar reports from others both online and in person as well.

I think maybe we are climbing out of the barren pit of supply that was caused partially out of panic buying in the wake of POTUS being re-elected and Sandy Hook fear hype of big gub'ment takin' away our guns. The fact that around the sample time that DHS made a ungodly order for ammo that stressed manufacturers capacities didn't help either.

I don't know if manufacturers finally tooled up and ramped up production or if the huge DHS orders have been filled and the supply is finally getting back to the civilian market, but it seems we can breathe a bit easier about getting our hands on ammo.

The ammo shelf in its heyday, I have shot up quite a bit since this pic was taken.

I will admit that after the election I bought into the hoarding mentality myself and went a bit crazy with ammo purchases. I have come to the point where I now can pass over ammo purchases if I think the prices are too inflated because of my modest stockpile. And I should point out that my ammo shelf is not full purely out of panic buying but also because in the "good times" I would routinely buy a box or two more than I thought I would need to shoot that weekend "just in case" when prices were low. Brick of .22 stacked chest high in the store for $11.99?...sure throw a box in the cart...next thing you know you have 7,000 rounds of the stuff in storage.

The new normal

Unfortunately I feel that we have come to a new norm as it pertains to pricing. Boxes of 9mm I used to buy for $8 are now $20+, .45 is upwards of $30 in many places and good old 5.56 is now $10 a box. Wow. To their credit stores like Walmart and Meijers in my area have pretty much stuck to pre-panic pricing levels, which may be why ammo flies off their shelves and is scarcely found there. If there indeed was some type of conspiracy for the government to drive up prices by limiting supply by the DHS order, well mission accomplished guys. I am not an economist by any means, but what I know that once people get conditioned and used to paying a certain price for a good, there is usually little incentive for the supplier to lower its retail cost on their own.

Welcome to the new normal folks, cheap shooting is so 2007.......
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