Monday, March 12, 2018

Glock 19 as a Carry Gun?

I've decided to give my Glock 19 (Gen 4) a chance at concealed carry.

I can start carrying it immediately but actually want to get a few things first.

Firstly, I already have a holster (an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0) and have the Glock 19 shell for it, but I ordered a N82 Tactical Professional IWB holster specifically for the Glock 19.  I've this same holster for my PX4 Storm and it is exceptional.  It will take awhile for me to receive it, though, since they are made to order.

I also ordered new sights.  What did I order?  A set of XS Big Dot sights.  They should arrive tomorrow.  I can shoot well enough with the OEM U-sight system, but wanted something that would help me quickly focus on the front site.  Since my eyesight is getting worse, I need an edge and I think the Big Dot system would give me that edge.

I bought three (3) ETS mags 15-round mags, as well, since my particular Glock came with three (OEM) 10-round mags.  I need to try to sell the 10-rounders...I want more than 10 rounds in the firearm when carrying.

There is one thing I need to get over when carrying the Glock.  I'm not used to carrying a firearm that's striker-fired.  This firearm has no safeties (other than the internal and trigger safeties).  At least when I carried the XD Mod.2, I could rely upon the grip safety.  I'm well aware of the fact that I should "keep my booger hook off the trigger"...remember, I've been carrying awhile now, but firearms can and do go off without fingers touching the trigger, mainly during reholstering.

Also, I've been carrying small handguns the last few years.  The grip on the G19 is bigger than what I'm used to.  Hopefully, I can get used to that.  I've been carrying in the house without a magazine the last two days just to get used to the grip (and so I can get used to carrying a striker-fired handgun).  The Grip isn't all that much bigger than the GP P11's grip, so I don't know why I'm having a difficult time with the G19's grip.

All of these changes are due to me not being able to find viable sight options for the Thunder.  That's a damned shame...that's the ONLY thing I don't like about the Bersa, but I NEED to be able to see the front sight.

UPDATE 1:  The sights arrived.  They are now on the gun.  Some comments:

  • With this set, only the front site has tritium.  The rear does not.  That surprised me and now I know why the sights were so cheap.  I may later pony up for the rear tritium sight (I believe I can purchase it by itself).  I'm not returning them...they're on the gun and it would be a hassle to remove and return well, the OEM sights that I removed got scarred up and can't be re-used (I suppose they could but screw that).  I think I need to find some soft-tipped punches.  
  • The front dot's tritium isn't as bright as I thought it would be, but maybe I'm being a bit TOO critical.  I mean, I can see them easily when I'm in a dark room.  We'll see how long they last.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bersa Thunder and Glock 19 - Shooting Footage Included!

It's been awhile since I've done a video, so here it is.

I discuss my current carry gun, the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus.  I've been carrying it a year and that's a good time to measure progress.

The only woe I have (actually, HAD) was that the Bersa would sting the hell out of the webbing of my hand.  I've added Talon Grips (a strip along the back strap area) which I think helped, but I think the actual issue was that I didn't have a firm grip on the gun, which made the edges of the beavertail (sharp edges) dig into the sensitive part of my hand.  I shot 200 rounds out of the Bersa tonight and didn't get stung at all.

I also shot 100 rounds out of my Glock 19.  I'm falling in love with this gun...I'm becoming accurate as hell with it and it will eat ammo (rough ammo -- Wolf) while being dirty...without issue.  What's not to love?

Oh, and I've a treat.  I now have a camera that mounts to my range glasses that will capture footage of me shooting.  I've never been able to capture good footage of my range sessions until now.

Enjoy the video!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Latest Happeninigs

What's been going on?

I ordered a new OEM recoil spring for the Glock 22.  In fact, I ordered two of them.  I still haven't contacted EFK Dragon Fire regarding the failed Glock 22 recoil spring that I bought last year.  Well, I contacted them via e-mail but they never responded.  I can contact them via phone but I feel if they're ignoring their emails, I may as well review the spring in a negative light and write off the failure and not do business with them in the future.

How's the Glock 22 with the new OEM spring?  It's good enough, although the gun's recoil is still quite strong.  I took it to the range, thinking the high grain would dampen the recoil some.  Nope, it's not enough IMO.  The high recoil of this handgun is why I bought the EFK Dragon Fire spring in the first place.  I think the better route would be for me to get a Gen 4 Glock 22...the double spring is almost certainly going to handle the recoil of .40 Cal better than the Gen 2's single spring, but I only bought the G22 because it was cheap and because I could use the RIA 22TCM9R convert kit with the G22 frame.

As well, the G22 sights aren't helping me...the tritium vials are dark so the sights are difficult to use.  I do not really want to spend huge amounts of money on this particular handgun.

Now, even though I shot the G22 and noticed the recoil wasn't what I'd like it to be, I appear to be a bit more accurate with the gun now with the new OEM recoil spring.  That's something, at least, but the recoil was enough to where I only shot 30 rounds from the gun (2 mags).  I brought 180-grain Remington green/white box ammo.  There were no failures.

I then bought 150 rounds of 115-grain Wolf steel-cased ammo from my Gen 4 Glock 19.  There were no failures.  The gun now has 310 rounds through it.  I'm not used to it.  It has recoil that I'm not used to, probably due to the fact that I've been carrying and shooting metal-framed handguns the past 2-3 years.  I've been thinking on carrying this particular gun but will need lots of time shooting it before I'm comfortable with the shooting characteristics.  Plus, I want to get 15-round OEM mags for the gun (it came with 10-round OEM mags).  We'll see.

I said I've been thinking on carrying the G19.  Why?  Because I also shot my current carry gun (I only carry one firearm at a time), the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus, and I'm still experiencing sharp biting on the web of my strong hand.  I shot 100 rounds of Speer Lawman 95-grain FMJ this time around.  I shot this same ammo the last two times I shot the Bersa.  My range notes say that I noticed sharp bites in May 2017 as well.  When I shot the gun prior to this last range visit (Oct 2017), I didn't noticed the sharp biting and I shot that same ammo.  I'm tiring of the biting, so it may be time to train on a different handgun.

I can still carry my Beretta PX4 Storm, but it is rather thick...that's the only turn-off in carrying that handgun.  I can also carry the Sig SP2022 but it's not a small gun either (roughly the same size and thickness as my PX4).  I've the XD Mod 2 that I can start carrying again, or even the Grand Power P11 (once I have Eagle Imports investigate the fails to return to battery).

Lastly, I'm having an issue with arthritis in my fingers and it sometimes makes shooting uncomfortable.  This really sucks because there's no real way to mitigate shooting complications caused by arthritis, other than to move to low calibers, which I'm not going to do.  As well, I carry a .380 and that still causes pain (not in my fingers, but in the webbing between thumb and finger).  I may have to just put up with it or medicate myself before a range visit.  :/

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 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.


 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'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" 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 won't be like there's a scarcity of such 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

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.


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.