Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Revisit - Grand Power P11

I'd not visited the range since June 2017 so I packed up a bag yesterday evening and took the Grand Power P11, just to see if the gun would fare any better with the fails to return to battery.  As well, someone on Youtube mentioned that I was riding the slide.  I'll admit that I took personal offense to that, because I know for a fact that I'm not riding the slide on any gun, much less the P11 (if I were, I would be having issues with more than just the P11).  And, another very well known Youtuber has been having the exact same issues (that would be MAC - Military Arms Channel) with his P1.

I bought ammo at the range, 100 rounds of American Eagle 115-gr FMJ.  I've ammo at home but wanted to try ammo that I know most of my guns will run without issue.  I don't think I've ever had any issues with American Eagle in any of my firearms.

I ensured the P11 was lubed before I left home.  It has been clean and unfired since May 2017.  The lube I used is Motul 5w20.  It's a tad heavy, but I also used a fine coat of CLP on the typical places where the P11 needs lube.

The handgun ate all the rounds without failing to return to battery...all but one.  It failed on round 94.  I was disappointed.  100 rounds isn't much...it couldn't get through 100 rounds without failing.

Another Youtuber insists that I call Eagle Imports and have them look into the issue.  I may do that but I may just call Gallery of Guns (that's where I bought it from...they've lifetime guarantees of their firearms).  Whichever will be the path of least resistance will be good.

The range visit made me miss carrying the P11.  It is and has always been accurate and comfortable in my hands.  I miss carrying it, but I just can't stand the failures to return to battery.

I'll open it up later today to see how dirty the gun is.  I'm sure I'll see a ton of carbon (even with me using just a bit of oil) where the barrel rides in the frame...that's the only place that can get dirty enough to cause battery issues.  It makes me wonder if I should stop putting lube in that location.

UPDATE:

 Here are pictures of the dirty areas of the gun.  There is carbon that has coated the oil and it was causing friction that is preventing the barrel from rotating properly, which is causing the failures to return to battery.  If CLP doesn't work, or even regular 5w20 motor oil, WTF is going to be good enough to prevent this sort of thing?  Maybe something IS out of spec...




Monday, August 14, 2017

Canik Firearms

For those of you that don't mind Turkish guns (the non-Nationalists out there, maybe), Caniks are very nice guns.  They've a good polymer gun presence in the US gun market.  A few of their polymer guns are the TP9 SF, The TP9 SF Elite, and the TP9 SFX.  They no longer sell the TP9 SA, but have reworked their TP9 v2:  it is now called the TP9 DA.

Canik also sells all-metal guns.  Canik Sharks and their variants are available on the market, but I do believe they're no longer imported by Century Arms.  Tristar is an importer of Caniks.  Any handguns they have are actually Caniks.  Tristar handguns are just rebranded Caniks.  A few of those guns are:  the C120, C100, T120, T100, and P100.  Most people refer to these guns as CZ clones, mainly due to the slide rails being inverted compared to traditional gun slides.  They are not actual clones...they may share similar parts but you actually won't be able to swap most parts internal to a CZ75, for example, into a Tristar C120.  I don't call them clones.  I call them CZ-inspired.

Now, about my Nationalist comment.  Many people tend to get their panties in a bind when they discover that Caniks are gaining popularity.  These people usually can't hold back the "I don't support terrorism" comment.  The general population of Turkey should not be held accountable for the few radicals they have.  The US has radicals as well.  If people held the US accountable like the US citizens always want accountability with other countries (such as Turkey), there probably wouldn't be an uproar.  The things we do to our own citizens here is actually appalling, yet we'll make generalist comments about a damned Turkish gun maker.  Caniks are imported by US businesses.  The money spent on these guns are staying in the US...it's going to those that work in those US businesses, to people like you and I.  I wish I could buy a Canik every time I heard these comments, just so I could tell those folks, "every time one of you open your mouth, I buy a Canik."  I'm a military veteran and I'm about as red-blooded as one can be and I own three of these guns.  It doesn't bother me one bit.  You can love your country and buy imported goods without issue, IMO.  Every one is different.  I feel I can do whatever the hell I want with my money, for one.  Secondly, for every Nationalist that tells me that I'm unpatriotic because I bought a Turkish gun, I ask them, "have you served your country?  Have you fought on foreign soil?"  It usually shuts them up because most of those folk have never seen the world beyond the town they live in.

As well, those of you that feel that "it isn't a Glock"...no shit.  You can own both.  Some people say, "well, aftermarket support isn't on the level of Glock".  Well, there aren't many gun makes that have the level of aftermarket support of Glocks.  Still, all you have to do is Google Search on "Canik TP9 holsters" or "Canik TP9 sights" and you'll see a ton of hits...it won't be like there's a scarcity of such info...trust me, I did several such searches the other day when someone commented that Caniks weren't wanted.  I also posted the results.  I also said, "there's a whole world beyond just Glocks.  I own several Glocks and several Caniks and I like both.  There's room for both."  The guy never responded back.  It was probably because such details are difficult to refute.

If you're new to Caniks or want to know more about them, check out http://canikdiscussions.com/.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trigger Measurements - Part II

Yesterday I posted some trigger pull measurements of some of my handguns.  After seeing those results, I was curious as to how the rest of my handguns compared.

For each handguns, I measured trigger pull by averaging out 5 pull results.  I also posted low measurements for the majority of them.

Here are the results:

Bersa Thunder 380 Plus -DA - 7lb even, with a low of 6lb 4oz
SA - 3lb 10oz, with a low of 3lb 9oz
Beretta PX4 Storm Compact -DA - 9lb 4oz, with a low of 8lb 15oz
SA - 3lb 12oz, with a low of 3lb 3oz
Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact -3lb 13oz, with a low of 3lb 8oz
Ruger SR9C -5lb 7oz, with a low of 5lb 1oz
Glock 19 -5lb 5oz average with a low of 5lb even
SIG Sauer P320 Compact -5lb 7oz average with a low of 5lb 3oz
Metro Arms American Classic Commander (1911) - 2lb 15oz average with a low of 2lb 8oz (!!)

I had no idea that 1911 would measure that low.  It's one of three 1911s that I own, but it's also one of the best that I own.  I knew it was good but didn't know the trigger would generate such a low measurement.  I'll update this page later tonight with the results of the triggers of the other two 1911s, just to compare all three of them.

UPDATE:

I measured my 1911s:

Rock Island Armory MS 1911 (22tcm) - 2lb 12oz average with a low of 2lb 10oz

Rock Island Armory MS 1911 (9mm) - 3lb 13oz average with a low of 3lb 8 oz

Friday, August 11, 2017

Trigger Measurements - Part I

About a week ago, I was cleaning my two TP9SA handguns.  They're both identical but when actuating their triggers, both seemed to have different weights, to a significant degree, which kind of bugs me.

I decided to buy a Lyman trigger gauge.  I picked it up this morning and decided to check the triggers before I went to work.

Here's what I found:

Canik TP9SA (black) - 3lb 11oz, average of 5; got as low as 3lb 9oz
TP9SA (tan) - 4lb 11oz, average of 5; got as low as 4lb 5oz
That's a pretty drastic difference (1 lb).  Tan gun's trigger is noticeably stiffer, which is why I decided to buy a trigger gauge in the first place.  I looked at the trigger bar and it appears it may be rubbing against the frame.  I'm not going to mess with it, though.

I then decided to check some of my other handguns:

Tristar T-100 - DA is 11lb 10oz, average of 5; got as low as 11lb 9oz (was difficult to measure the trigger evenly, since the pull is so strong and the trigger is curved upward).  SA is 4lb 12oz, with the lowest of 5 at 4lb 4oz.
Grand Power P-11 - DA is at 8lb 3oz, average of 5; got as low as 8lb even!  SA - 3lb 10oz, with a lowest of 5 at 3lb 1oz!  DA is super smooth and was easy to get a reading.  In half-cock, the DA got an average of 7lb 13oz.
Sig Sauer P220 Equinox - DA is average of 10lb 2oz; SA is average of 5lb 7 oz.
Sig Sauer SP2022 - DA is average of 7lb 12oz with lowest of 5 at 6lb 6oz (pulled fast and smooth).  SA is average of 4lb 4oz with low of 3lb 9oz.
Note that most of these guns have low round counts, especially the P220 and Caniks.  The Grand Power has over 1200 rounds through it, which is probably one reason why it's so smooth (but it was a stand-out even when brand new).

Stay tuned for Part II, where I measure the triggers of my other handguns.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

VA-ALERT: VCDL Mini-Update 7/23/17

VA-ALERT: VCDL Mini-Update 7/23/17

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1. Update on White House petition for National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2. Congressional Representative Don Beyer on reciprocity and hearing protection
3. ROFLMAO!  Now Katie Couric is actually lecturing the media on the dangers of "fake news!"
4. WAMU to have "neighborhood conversation"  on guns in Arlington on Tuesday, July 25


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1. Update on White House petition for National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
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At 4 PM on Sunday, there are now 7,887 signatures.  We need over 92,000 more by August 17 for a formal White House response.  I am reaching out to national organizations, such as the NRA, GOA, CCRKBA, SAF, etc.  and am reaching out to our sister groups, such as Maryland Shall Issue, West Virginia Citizens Defense League, and to other media, such as GunTalk.  But we need all hands on deck!

Here is a simple link you can share with people for the petition:

vcdl.org/Sign-The-White-House-Petition

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Long time gun-rights journalist Dave Workman is getting the word out in some of his latest articles:

Concealed Carry Skyrockets to More than 16.3 Million, Report Says
http://libertyparkpress.com/concealed-carry-skyrockets-16-3-million-report-says/

Soaring CCW: Eleven states top 10% carry; more women carry
http://conservativefiringline.com/soaring-ccw-eleven-states-top-10-carry-women-carry/


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2. Congressional Representative Don Beyer on reciprocity and hearing protection
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Congressman Don Beyer, from Northern Virginia, has been responding to his constituents on their requests for his support of National Concealed Carry Reciprocity and also the Hearing Protection Act (makes silencers/suppressors much easier to purchase).

The one thing I can say to his credit is at least he says how he will vote, unlike so many who give the meaningless, "I will keep your comments in mind when I vote on this issue."

Beyer says he will not vote for either bill.  That's not a good thing, but not a surprise.  That said, if he is going to oppose a bill, his facts should be correct and his reasoning should at least make some sense.  He fails both tests.

He actually calls both bills, and I'm not kidding, "dangerous."  Dangerous?  A bill to protect a person's hearing is "dangerous?"  A bill to allow the most law-abiding group of people the ability to carry in a few more states is "dangerous?"  Dangerous for who, exactly?

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Let's look at Don Beyer's claims about HR 38 (National Reciprocity) and analyze them.

*  Claim: "Gun owners with concealed-carry licenses in one state would be automatically extended those same rights in every other state, no matter the laws of the state they are in."  Facts: Rights are not granted by government (I guess Beyer skipped Government 101).  A permit holder would be able to carry in the same locations and have the same restrictions as the permit holders for the host state.  Beyer makes it sound like all state gun laws are thrown out and that is completely false.

* Claim: "The bill would abolish gun free school zones, allowing for potentially dangerous or untrained individuals to carry loaded firearms in K-12 schools."  Facts:  Not true.  It does not abolish the Gun Free School Zone Act (GFSZA).  Currently, if a person is in their home state and has a permit, they are ALREADY exempt from the GFSZA!  H.R. 38 merely extends that exemption to cover the permit holder when traveling outside their home state.

* Claim: "H.R. 38 would force every state to accept the permits of the other 49, regardless of how minimal those requirements may be."  Facts:  That is true, but it's not actually a problem in reality.  More than 20 states are ALREADY accepting ALL permits, including Virginia, and without any problems.

* Claim: "H.R. 38 would jeopardize police safety by placing law enforcement in the compromising position of determining concealed-carry certifications from other states."  Facts: How could a police officer's safety possibly be jeopardized by merely determining the "certifications" of a permit?  I think "police safety" is just being thrown in as a buzzword to scare people.  The officer doesn't have to worry about "certifications."  As long as the officer is presented with a permit from another state, that is all the officer has to see.  If the person is from a Constitutional Carry state, where a concealed carry permit is not available or is not required, then a simple roadside warrant check is all that is needed:  if the person is not prohibited from owning a gun due to a warrant, previous felony, or other prohibition, then he is legally carrying.

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Now H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act:

* Claim: "Buyers are required to pay a $200 transfer tax and comply with a federal background check, as well as submit fingerprints and a photograph."  Facts: Paying a tax doesn't make a person law-abiding, but it does keep poor people from purchasing a silencer.  The background check is basically the same check as when purchasing a firearm.  Criminals submit fingerprints and photographs when they are booked.  That doesn't stop them from being criminals.

* Claim: "The bill would allow silencers to be sold on the private market, allowing buyers to completely bypass a background check."  Facts: That is no different than a firearm.  But a silencer is merely a firearm accessory!

* Claim: "The noise guns produce is an essential safety feature. In the event of an active shooter situation, hearing and identifying gunshots is often the only way the public can respond quickly to the threat of gun violence." Fact: Using this logic, removing mufflers from cars and trucks would be a safety feature!  The silencer is the safety feature, protecting the hearing of the shooter and others nearby.  Silencers are rarely used by criminals because they make the gun pretty much unable to be concealed.   Also, silencers merely lower the sound to a safe level for the shooter and others nearby (< 140 dB).  The shot can still be as loud as a chainsaw or a jack hammer!  A quick trip to the range to hear the sound of a suppressed gunshot and Representative Beyer could have his fear allayed.



Here is an article by the NRA that takes Beyer to task for his anti-self-defense positions and lack of facts or manipulation of facts to suit his purposes:

https://medium.com/national-rifle-association/wrong-congressman-beyer-self-defense-is-a-right-shared-by-all-law-abiding-americans-10646b10c67

or

http://tinyurl.com/yb6r7v49


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3. ROFLMAO!  Now Katie Couric is actually lecturing the media on the dangers of "fake news!"
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You simply cannot make this stuff up.

The New York Daily News, which ran a story on Katie's fake-news warning, is itself guilty of being fake news because they never mentioned or hinted at Katie's hypocrisy.  But Fox News nailed her on what she did to VCDL and Townhall.com ate her alive:

Townhall.com:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/07/21/katie-couric-are-you-kidding-with-that-remark-about-fake-news-n2357882

or

http://tinyurl.com/ycolchub

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Fox:

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/07/20/katie-couric-fake-news-is-ripping-america-apart-at-seams.html

or

http://tinyurl.com/ybstbj9k

Katie Couric: Fake news is ripping America 'apart at the seams'

"I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, 'Did you see this?'" she told the New York Daily News. "And I would say, 'Come on, you're kidding, right? This is BS.'"

She added, "We're not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues and helping people really understand them."

While Couric blasted what she called fake news sites, she avoided placing blame on the mainstream media.

However, she did say the lines between straight news and opinion "have been blurred considerably."

"[Americans] are so divided that it's hard for us to come up with solutions and find commonalities," she said. "And there's vitriol spewed by both sides at people who disagree with them."

Couric herself has been accused of reporting fake news. She was hit with a $12 million lawsuit over her documentary "Under the Gun." Pro-gun activists accused Couric of deceptive editing but the case was dismissed in May.

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And fake news from the New York Daily News:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/katie-couric-fake-news-tearing-america-seams-article-1.3339909

or

http://tinyurl.com/yd3kxjw8


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4. WAMU to have "neighborhood conversation"  on guns in Arlington on Tuesday, July 25
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I tried contacting Kojo Nnamdi to see if I could be on the panel, but never heard back from him.  The panel consists of two professional gun-control lobbyists, one gun owner, and a George Mason law professor whose bonafides show her to be strongly pro-rights.  (I have added some information on the gun owner and the professor at the end of this item.)

The event is open to the public, so it would be good if we had some VCDL members there to ask questions and to wear GSL stickers.

Details:

http://wamu.org/event/kojo-community-neighborhood-conversation-guns-july-25/

Kojo In Your Community: A Neighborhood Conversation About Guns On July 25
Patrick Madden / WAMU

It’s been just weeks since a U.S. Congressman was shot during practice at a Northern Virginia baseball field, and 10 years since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, one of the worst in our country’s history. The Commonwealth’s gun laws, meanwhile, are considerably less restrictive than they were a decade ago. In communities like Arlington, neighbors have engaged deeply in debates on the issue, ranging from the economics of local gun shops to the legislative moves in Richmond.

As Virginia voters prepare for a statewide election this fall, join Kojo for a community conversation about where the Commonwealth fits into debates about gun rights and gun violence — and how views about these issues shape broader attitudes about politics in our region.

The conversation will be held at Founders Hall on the George Mason University Arlington Campus. The hall is accessible via public transit.

Doors to the event space will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The conversation will conclude at 8 p.m.

Please note: seating is available on a first come, first served basis. We will do our best to accommodate all interested parties, but cannot guarantee a seat for all. A recording of the conversation will air at a later date on WAMU 88.5 and will be posted at the Kojo Nnamdi Show website.

GMU’s campus POLICY prohibits carrying weapons of any kind, firearms included.

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More info:

The 90-minute event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with four 'conversation facilitators' but everyone present will be given an opportunity to share their perspective if they wish. The conversation facilitators will be both pro and anti gun control. The conversation would be recorded and aired on WAMU 88.5 FM on Thursday, July 27.

Here are the four 'conversation facilitators':
Joyce Lee Malcolm (George Mason University law professor)
Adith Subramanian (Local gun owner)
Colin Goddard (Virginia Tech survivor, activist)
Josh Horwitz (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

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Here is information on the the gun owner, Adith Subramanian.  I am hopeful that he will do well:

http://wamu.org/story/15/10/30/in_purple_state_virginia_gun_owners_dont_always_fit_the_stereotypes/

And information on professor Malcolm:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Lee_Malcolm

Gun controllers Goddard and Horwitz should be familiar to everyone on this list.


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Judge Blocks ‘High Capacity’ Controversial and Upcoming California Mag Ban

Judge Blocks ‘High Capacity’ Mag Ban to Prevent Criminalization of Law-Abiding Californians


On June 29 — two days before California’s “high capacity” magazine ban was set to take effect — U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez blocked the ban to prevent “otherwise law-abiding” citizens from being criminalized.

Benitez ruled that the ban takes away Second Amendment rights “and amounts to the government taking people’s private property without compensation.”

Freilich did not address the fact that the high-profile shooting in Santa Barbara — May 23, 2014 — was carried out with “standard” magazines of 10 rounds.


I'm glad there's at least one non-corrupt judge in CA doing his appointed duty.  I'm still trying to determine why it's bad to have more than 10 rounds in a magazine.  Even if criminals obeyed this law (they won't), it's trivial to remove an empty 10-round magazine from a handgun and replace it with another 10-round magazine.  It can be done very quickly.  But that's IF a criminal decided to use 10-round mags.  It's stupid...if a guy is willing to rob a bank, what makes you think that he's going to follow a magazine limit law?  "Oh, I have to go out and buy 10 round mags before I rob this bank...can't use 15-round mags...that's against the law...derp."

I'll be watching how this one plays out.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Study: Sharp Rise in Suicides by Gun Among American Children Is Found

Sharp Rise in Suicides by Gun Among American Children Is Found

I read this while I was at work.  I've only one question:  Why can't doctors just do what they're paid to do?  They're not paid to give risk assessment on gun control.  Not really.  Doctors are paid to heal.  Nothing else.  Now, I'll give a bit.  They should advise on preventative steps when it comes to health (preventing sickness).  They should NOT advise on a lifestyle.

My daughter might practice unsafe sex but I don't hear doctors trying to tell parents how to raise their kids.  I don't see them being so rancorous about teens and vaping -- there are virtually NO studies on this, which is very sad since teens are thinking that this is safer since there's next to no carcinogens (I highly doubt this).  I can think of many things doctors should be more worried about than this particular subject.  In fact, in this article (and the articles linked below), it stated that there's one thing that kills more kids than guns...its motor vehicles.  Now, why aren't they focusing on THAT??  They've a listing of what they deem harmful to kids, but they don't focus on the #1 item on that list.  They don't focus on the #3 item on that list.  They focus on #2.  Why?  Because of the same reason why they may ask you if you've a gun in the house (they tend to do that, as well)...they're wanting to generate statistics that will try to sway gun advocacy or alter it to where they feel they've some control.  This has nothing to do with doctoring and everything to do with Liberalism.

I lock up my guns when they're not being carried, but I also educate my kids to NOT touch the guns.  I share with them news articles about kids being hurt and killed because the kids handle guns when their parents aren't around.  I teach them that firearms are not toys.  Not everyone does this, sadly.  And I religiously check my guns before I handle them.  I always assume they're loaded but I always safety check the guns if I'm going to break them down or do dry fires.  Not everyone does this, sadly.

Now, I will never not have one in the chamber while I'm carrying or if I have a particular gun ready for home protection.  There are quick safes that can read your fingerprints quickly to gain access to the firearm inside the safe.  Never lock a gun up if you think you're going to need it.  People don't lock up fire extinguishers or fire escapes...they shouldn't do it for firearms either, unless there are children around.  If children exist in your family, there are safeguards...determine what's best for you and yours.  Don't let liberal doctors try to decide how to live your life, unless you're one of the folks who has lost a loved one because you didn't take proactive steps to keep the firearm away from children.

For decades, gunshot wounds have ranked second behind car crashes as the leading cause of death from injuries for U.S. children. But while car travel has become safer, gun fatalities have remained high in that age group, pediatric experts say.
Here's one that that had me fuming:

Children are rarely hurt or killed by guns in other developed countries, the researchers pointed out. 

The thing is, not many other developed countries have similar rights to us regarding firearms.  Almost all of the other developed countries have heavy restrictions of firearms ownership...firearms rights are almost non-existent in those countries.  Of course their statistics aren't going to be the same.  You can't judge two countries by such stats if you're not taking into account their laws.