Friday, December 30, 2016

Glock 22 Gen 3 Has Arrived!




So, I picked up the gun today.  It was listed as fair condition on the website.  I think they under-rated it.  There's hardly any slide wear, there's NO wear/tear on the grips (I think it had Talon grips on it because the grips are a tad bit sticky, but that would explain the lack of wear/tear).  There's a sticker on the box that says "TNS", meaning the sights are Trijicon night sights; they still have some glow to them.  The sticker also has "5.5lb" which means it has a 5.5lb trigger.  Not only that, that trigger is very nice...there's little take up, and the trigger is crisp...it also has very little reset.  PD trigger.  The gun was listed as only having one mag, but it came with two.  The case has everything a new Gen 3 Glock 22 would have.  The gun had a sticker with the pricing of $399.  I got it for $319.  It was $30 for the transfer, which I couldn't avoid.  I couldn't have found a cheaper Glock in the same condition...no way.

I basically stole this gun.  That site is dangerous. I'll definitely be looking for other potential buys.  My next Glock might be a Glock 29, but I probably won't find bargains or police trade-ins for a G29.

So, I've a range visit in my future.  Hopefully, I can go tomorrow, as they'll be closed on Sunday and Monday (Jan 1st and 2nd).  I need to visit Walmart for ammo.  :)

More pictures of the G22 with a G19 Gen 4 and Canik TP9SA:

Glock 22 and TP9SA

Glock 22 and TP9SA

Glock 22 and TP9SA

Glock 22 and TP9SA

Glock 19 and Glock 22

Glock 19 and Glock 22

Glock 19 and Glock 22

Glock 19, Glock 22, and TP9SA

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Glock 22 Inbound!

I came into a bit of money this month (owner of the company I'm working for gave me $200 as an impromptu bonus since I'm still a contract-to hire worker).

I used the money to fund a Glock 22 Gen 3 purchase.  It's funded 2/3rds of the cost of the gun.  "Say what?" you say?  I found a used police trade-in Glock 22 Gen 3 at Sportsman Outdoor Superstore.  For $319.  I've not seen it yet but they sell them as Fair Condition.  The comments of previous buyers say that they received theirs in better condition than listed.  Plus, they sell with one 15-round mag but many people have been reporting that theirs arrived with 2 mags.  Some of the guns have metal sights and even tritium sights.  I've no idea what mine will have.

This will be my first .40 caliber handgun.  I've fired .40 before so I know what to expect.  Well, maybe not.  The .40 I fired was a Sig.  This is a Glock.  I'm not sure there will be a difference but we'll find out.

I intend to use this as a range gun.  I may not even fire much .40 out of it because I've an ulterior motive in buying the gun.  I'm going to buy a 22TCM9R conversion kit for it.  9R ammo a tad shorter than the normal 22TCM ammo...it's designed to fit into 9mm/40 mags.  I will not have to worry about finding non-spec mags to use with this conversion.  The kit comes with a slide and barrel.  The slide is compensated.  Whenever I feel the need to go back to .40, I can just swap back the Glock barrel, slide, and recoil spring assembly.  Hell, I can convert my 22TCM 1911 to shoot 9R...I already have 1911 mags that fit in the gun (it came ready to shoot either 9mm or 22TCM)...all I need is 9R ammo to use the 9mm mags, otherwise I have to use .38 Super mags.

So, the used Glock was $319.  The conversion kit is very difficult to find and if I order from Armscor, it may take up to a year for them to get one to me.  The pricing is high for the kit, as well.  MSRP is $431 but I've seen others reporting getting them for $100 less.  So, I'm going to end up with a $650 specialized Glock.  So be it...I don't care.

Now, I could've gone another route in doing this.  I also have a Glock 19.  They're planning to make a similar kit that'll fit G19s and G23s, but I've been waiting for them to hit the streets for about a year...I've heard nothing but crickets.  The G22 conversion kit will also fit G17s, but I wanted the option of firing .40.  Hell, if I wanted I could get a Lone Wolf 9mm barrel for the G22 and that gun would end up firing 3 different calibers out of it.  :)

We'll see how things develop.  As it it, I may have to wait awhile for the 9R conversion kit...everyone appears to be sold out of them.

Another Range Visit - 12/18/2016


I went to the range after work on 12/12.  I decided to bring my Metro Arm 1911 and the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus.  I only ended up firing the Bersa and my carry gun, the Grand Power P11.  I thought that 3 guns in a one-hour visit was too much, and I felt the need to be shooting more ammo out of the Grand Power since I've neglected to frequent the range.

I shot a total of 100 rounds out of the P11 (for a total of 816 rounds out of the gun).  There were no feed issues.

I shot 125 rounds out of the Bersa (for a total of 159).  There were no feed issues.

As with all my range sessions, I shoot at 7 yards.

First 15 rounds of the session, using the P11 (using GP P1 mags...bought 3 of them), 7 yards.

50 rounds, same target as above, same range, same gun.  Ammo is American Eagle ball FMJ, 115-grain.
Here's the 2nd box of American Eagle, same gun, same distance.
Here's the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus.  I'm not used to shooting this gun.  It feels too small for my hands (having issues with finger placement on the trigger since my hands are so big).  Taking my time, I can be accurate with it, though.  This is 15 rounds at 7 yards.
Here's the whole 125 (100 rounds of  WWB flat-nosed FMJ and 25 rounds of Federal ball FMJ).  I couldn't tear a ragged hole in the red like I can with the P11.  The P11 is built a lot better, though (better trigger and sights, less recoil reaching my hands).
Comparing the two guns, both are roughly the same size.  Roughly.  The P11 has the shorter barrel (3.3", compared to the Bersa's 3.5" barrel).  The P11 is heavier (22.6 oz vs the Bersa's 20.5).  Both are DA/SA guns, but the P11 has a very precise trigger in either mode.  The P11 fills my strong hand in a way that lets me put my trigger finger pad on the trigger.  The Bersa's grip fits oddly in my hand, which hinders my finger placement.  I've to fumble around with the gun to get my finger pad on the trigger.  After awhile, I quit fumbling and accepted my fate that my hands may be too damned big for this gun's grip.

Both guns have manual safeties.  The P11 has a frame safety that flicks up and down, similar to a 1911.  The Bersa has a slide safety that is counter-intuitive.  It works the opposite as what would be on a 1911.  As well, it is oddly placed, so that even if you train, you're going to have to move your hand to get to it (unless you've super-small hands).  As well, the safety is very stiff.  Both of these issues mean that you're probably going to have to train to engage/disengage the safety with the off-hand.  Also, the Bersa's safety is also functioning as a decocker.  You can't carry cocked and locked with the Bersa, since the decocker is also a safety and when you actuate the safety, you're also decocking the gun.  Well...let me rephrase.  You can carry cocked but you'll be doing it without the safety engaged with this gun, and that is unsafe unless you've trained for that; plus, you'd better have a good holster that protects the trigger.  Better to get a different gun if you're looking to carry in a cocked and locked fashion...it won't work well with this gun.

The Bersa also has a magazine disconnect.  This makes it very difficult to practice dry-firing, unless you keep the mag in the gun.  I'm thinking on removing the mag disconnect.  IMO, there are no cons in doing this (closet lawyers, please go back to your closet), especially if you're already using sound safety practices...I mean, what's keeping me from blowing a hole in the drywall with my guns that don't have mag disconnects?  Good safety practices...

I thought that the Bersa would choke on the flat-nosed Winchester ammo.  I bought that by mistake.  I'd heard from other Thunder 380 owners that these guns do not like flat-nosed ammo.  I saw a box of 100 at Walmart and it was labeled (on the box) as FMJ.  When I got home and opened the box, it was flat-nosed.  IMO, it should've been labeled as such on the box, especially since most sellers don't accept returns on ammo.  But it didn't choke on that ammo at all.  It ate it all without complaint.

Overall, the Bersa is a good enough gun.  I won't be carrying it, though.  Because of what I've stated above, I'm unwilling to carry it.  This gun is not something I want to adjust to.  I'd have to find a way to thicken the grips so that I'd have less of an issue with trigger finger placement.  I'd also have to get used to the odd decocker (it's in an odd position and training will not help that...then again, I can always carry decocked but with the safety disengaged...DA/SA guns can get away with this).

I'm still in love with the P11, although I'm thinking I might need more grip area with this gun as well.  The option would be to move to the P1 (maybe the P1 Ultra).  Grand Power markets that as a compact-sized gun with a 3.5" barrel.  It also has swappable back straps (the P11 doesn't have this...it should).  The P11's grips are a bit slick, too.  Grip tape may be in the future of mine's.  Oh, and Grand Power has also upgraded the P11 to have a decocker.  It is not a dedicated decocker...it's a decocker/safety, similar to how Bersa implements it.  A dedicated decocker would've been better, IMO.  For now, I'll stick to manually decocking (training is key -- closet lawyers, go home).

I'm close to 1000 rounds out of the P11.  One range visit should put me over the 1000 round mark.  I know I've reported that it was experiencing FTFs/FTEs and failures to return to battery, but I've not seen that occurring since I've stopped using Remington ammo.  The issues of the past year were exclusively due to Remington ammo (and another gun choked on the same ammo in the same fashion).  I've also learned how/where to lube the gun.  There's no wear on the gun's internals, either.

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Latest Happenings - 12/6/2016

NOTE:  all targets were shot from 7 yards standing.

I was going to the range Sunday morning and the wife woke up and asked where I was going.  I said, "the range."  She said, "I wanted to go too," and I said, "well, get dressed and come with me!"

We brought four guns with us:  her Ruger SR-9C, my RIA 22TCM MS 1911, and my Bersa Thunder 380 Plus.  Of course, I was carrying my Grand Power P11 in a concealed fashion, too...that went with us.

We arrived and she had to take a gun safety orientation class.  It was also crowded but we didn't have to wait long for an open lane.

We decided to shoot her Ruger first.  It had never been fired before and she's owned it over a year.  It was cleaned and lubed (by me) and ready to fire.  We loaded the ammo (she'd never done that before...for a handgun, at least) into the two mag that the handgun came with (one 10-round and one 15-round mag).  I gave her a quick summary on how to hold her gun and to not put her finger on the trigger until she was ready to fire.  She knows proper sight alignment already (she's retired US Army).  Then, to demonstrate the proper hold and trigger discipline, she stood beside me and I squeezed the first round out of her handgun.  The round went right into the red.  That is a testament to the gun's trigger and sights because that normally doesn't happen with me...it usually takes me a few mags to warm up.

I then gave her the handgun and she shot her first two handgun mags ever:



All but 5 of those are probably kill shots.  And one of those in the red is mine (the one that's to the direct left of the X)!  We ended up firing 100 rounds out of the SR-9C.  The ammo was Remington UMC yellow box (mega) FMJ.  There were no failures whatsoever.

I ended up firing more ammo from her gun than she did.  Here's my target:

If she doesn't want her SR-9, I'll take it...I'm happy with  the way it shoots and the trigger is exceptional!

Next, we fired my 1911.  I fired the first shots so she wouldn't be surprised.  She was still surprised.  I told her it was loud and shot out fire.  I think she thought I was exaggerating.  After the first two shots, she said, "OK, this gun is loud!"  She later (after the range) said she was intimidated by it.  She shot it extremely well.  She loved the heft and the fact that the weight negated the recoil (never mind that it's going to be a soft shooter anyways).  I took video of her shooting this gun and I was honestly flinching the whole time due to the muzzle flash.  The guy the next lane over kept looking over, probably mentally saying, "WTF is that?"

We fired 59 rounds of 22TCM with no failures whatsoever, although she kept unintentionally enabling the safety, which makes me wonder if it's not positive enough in engagement...IMO, one should not be unintentionally enabling a safety.

I didn't get a snapshot of the target but here's some footage of her shooting the 22TCM:





Our time was running out so we had to decide on shooting only one of the two guns that still hadn't been fired.  She decided to shoot my carry gun, the Grand Power P11, a sub-compact.  We only fired 36 rounds out of the P11, but I think she loved this gun just as much as the 1911.  She loved the lack of recoil.  I later showed her why it had no recoil...I showed her how the barrel rotated.  And she was very accurate with this gun too.  Here's the target:

I shot a magazine and all my shots grouped under the red...very tight grouping and I wasn't shooting slow.  She shot a mag and started up high (the grouping around the 7 & 8, above the red) then she took better aim and plugged the middle grouping.  She wasn't messing around!

I shot the last mag of the day, from the P11:

I was going for head shots since we were out of targets.  I was trying to shoot once and rapidly follow up with another (not quite double-taps).  I had several flyers but still, that's a pretty tight group of 12! 

She said she wants a sub-compact.  I have a few sub-compacts she'll probably shoot:  a Sig Sauer P320C slide on an SC grip module; a Springfield XD9 Mod 2 9mm; a Bersa Thunder 380 Plus (not really a true sub-compact).  And she'll probably end up renting some range guns to get a feel for what sub-compact she enjoys shooting.

We're going to try an outdoor range this weekend if it isn't too cold.

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Other happenings:

I ordered 3 mags for my P11 from Cheaper Than Dirt.  I ordered 3 12-round mags.  They sent me 3 15-round mags.  I double-checked the receipt and sho-nuff it says that I ordered 3 12-round mags.  I was a bit pissed.  I do not want the hassle of having to ship these back while waiting for them to send me the correct mags.  I opened one mag's packaging and inserted it into the P11.  It fits fine, although it's long and hangs out of the gun by an inch or so.  It's fine for the range but not fine for carrying.  I guess I can keep them for range duty and use the two that came with the gun as carry mags.  :/

I also ordered 4 Jagemann 15-round mags for my Glock 19.  My Glock came with 3 10-round mags.  They're supposed to be good mags.  We'll see.  They were cheap @ approx $11 apiece.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Crowd-funded Short Film's Take on Gun-free Zones

http://www.guns.com/2016/07/06/crowd-funded-short-film-takes-aim-at-gun-free-zones-video/

Entitled “Praesidium” the five-minute short was written and directed by Paul Myzia, a Warrenville, Illinois cinematographer behind Reel Clef Studios. In it, a man with a special watch capable of resetting time itself desperately attempts to travel back and avoid the brutal killing of a woman close to him.
I thought this was a great short video.  It's a pretty good method of showing how gun-free zones are ridiculous since the criminal doesn't care for such things.



Saturday, June 18, 2016

THIS WOMAN IS A JOKE!

Take a look at this:

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/helen_ubinas/20160614_Ubinas__I_bought_an_AR-15_semi-automatic_rifle_in_Philly_in_7_minutes.html

This lady claims that she bought an AR-15 in 7 minutes:
That's how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.  Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver's license to the moment I passed my background check.
A Facebook friend shared it but he's not in favor of gun ownership.  He's basically in awe and I believe he believed this lady's article.

I believe it's bullshit, no matter if it's in Philadelphia (I'm in Virginia).  Here's why.

I've fourteen handguns and one rifle (an AR-15). When I buy my guns locally (online is a whole different process, at least until the gun has been shipped to my local gun store), the whole process can take maybe 20 minutes. The background check paperwork takes maybe 10 minutes and the approval process (where they actually submit the background checks) usually takes 5 minutes for me. The approval process time frame is different for everyone. While mine usually takes 5 minutes, some people usually have to wait an hour. Others have to wait a few hours.  For some, it may take days. It depends on your background, as well as if you've a common name (which will slow down the process). Whether it is a handgun or "assault" rifle, the process is the same (although, for an AR-15, two forms of ID are needed -- I used a passport and my concealed carry license). A person that gets approved within 5 minutes of submitting their background paperwork is a person that has a clean background. There's nothing wrong with that. A person that goes through the background check process goes through the same checks as law enforcement officers. I'd ask the author of that article if there's a set amount of time one should wait before knowing that person is bad. I'm wondering what she was expecting.

I highly doubt it took five minutes, total process time for everything, for this lady to buy an AR-15. It takes more than five minutes to read the paperwork and sign/initial them properly (and there are two forms, a state and a federal form). Most guns stores don't move that fast (they can't because they're also required to do certain things before they submit the paperwork, like add the weapon's serial number(s) to the paperwork, then check to see that you completed it correctly). Gun stores (or FFLs) are meticulous with their paperwork because they're liable if they get something wrong and the person turns out to be a nut. They also get audited...any failures mean they could lose their FFL credentials (ie, they're out of business).

Something stinks with this story and we shouldn't always believe what we read on the internet, no matter our stance on a particular subject.

It's funny...she didn't even supply where she bought it.  With even the gun owners that have used their guns for bad purposes, the statistical data available shows that gun owners in American have less issues than the whole of the USA LEO group.

Yes, this Orlando shooter killed people.  So did the guy who shot up the SC church.  So did the
San Bernardino couple.  So did the Boston bombers (they used bombs in lieu of guns...we'll discuss that in a bit).  So did the Sandy Hook shooter, and so did the VA Tech shooter.  So did Vester Flanders, the Roanoke shooter that killed a news crew on camera.  I can go on, but that is a small drop in the ocean of gun owners in the US.

I don't believe in bans or limitations.  Gun restrictions in the UK, Australia, France, or any other place won't work here because the difference between the US and those countries is that we have the 2nd Amendment.  That's an inalienable right to bear arms where the right "shall not be infringed".  

Remember, our forefathers left England because they were oppressed.  That's why the Bill of Rights reads the way it does.  They wanted to ensure that we'd have less issues than they experienced.  2A reads clearly...there's no other way to read it.  There's also a reason it's listed as the 2nd...yes, it's that important in priority, and only the 1st Ammendment trumps it.

And I'll say this again.  I refuse to be group-shamed.  I refuse to take responsibility for the Orlando killings, or any other mass shooting.  I'll only take responsibility for the things I've actually done.  Each individual in the U.S. is responsible for their own actions.  There's no law that says that one individual has to be responsible for another because of group affiliation.  I've never killed anyone and my intention is that I never will, unless it's in self defense, but that's a whole different discussion.

The reader is attempting to lump lawful gun owners with these mass killers.  Why do Liberals always do this?  There are people that own guns legally, and there are people that don't.  There are people that own guns legally and end up killing many people, and there are (many many more) people that don't.  If she thinks guns are the problem she's wrong.  Remember when I mentioned that the Boston Marathon bombers used a bomb?  Yes, they didn't use guns...they used a bomb.  Bombs are illegal.  They used a bomb anyways.  If guns are banned or highly restricted, do you honestly think criminals will stop using them?  NO.  Cocaine has been never been legal...people use that more than they do guns.  Let's lump all illegal drugs together.  In the last 20 years, drugs have kills far more people than the last 20 years of active shooters.  Hell, on 9/11, the terrorists used PLANES!!  We haven't banned planes yet.  There was also Prohibition.  That didn't work well, either.

And once again, Obama refuses to categorize this as Islamic terror plots, even when the Orlando shooter was found to have pledged allegiance to ISIS.  WTF?  Last time, in San Bernardino, they tried to classify it as workplace violence when those two killers pledged allegiance to the same group.  He also focused on the gay angle.  We're all Americans.  This was another terrorist attack on American soil.  Yes, it was a gay club, but it was targeted because those who practice Islam believe that gays are perverted and because the U.S. pushes for gay rights, they believe the U.S. is perverted. This wasn't just a gay thing, otherwise the shooter wouldn't have pledged his act to ISIS.  Obama won't use this angle, but he's trying to go after guns (again).

This is why people are questioning Obama's loyalties.

This isn't Australia.  US citizens will not let the US government take their freedoms.  Every Aussie I've spoken with always tells me, "don't let them do you like they did us".  In fact, I've also had British citizens tell me the same.  This has nothing to do with the Civil War...back then, they were divided because of slavery.  This has to with Liberals altering/limiting/removing an inalienable right. They (Liberals) believe doing this will make the population more pliable...take away the guns, and you don't have to worry about uprising when the government oversteps their bounds (like they're currently trying to do).

She also said the following:
No need for a concealed carry permit. No mandatory training, though the guys did give me a coupon for a free day pass for a local gun range. No need for even a moment to at least consider how gross all of this felt as relatives of the dead were still being notified.

Who carries an AR-15 concealed?  Why do you need mandatory training?  I advise it but 2A says NOTHING about there being a training requirement for bearing arms.  Because if they did, the government would dictate the training...it's a right, not a privilege (like driving).  And no, there's no need for a moment to consider "how gross all of this felt"...it's a purchasing decision.  What other purchases do you make where you need a moment to consider.  Maybe take a moment before you step into the store to buy such a thing as an AR-15.

THIS WOMAN IS A JOKE!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ammo!

I bought some ammo today from Walmart.  While this is nothing special in itself, I did get 100 rounds of WWB .380 FMJ since I don't have much range ammo in that caliber (I've a crap load of self defense ammo in .380, though).  They didn't have much else that I trusted, brand-wise...Tula, which is on Bersa's Do Not list, and Remington, which I've grown to not trust.  So, I grabbed the WWB since I've never had issues with that brand.

I also bought 100 rounds of WWB 9mm JHP in 147-grain, since I rarely see that weight of 9mm in Walmart. I'd have bought more than that if I thought my wife wouldn't complain about it.

I forgot to check what SD ammo they had, especially for 9mm.  I've some Remington in JHP but my carry gun does NOT like it.

I also need to check to see if my Metro Arms 1911 will eat JHP, especially since it is a 1911.  I've a bunch of .45 ACP but I think it's almost all Remington, which tends to be dirty and also not be consistent with powder charge.

I'll take the Metro Arms and the Bersa with me on my next visit so I can get some SD rounds through them.  If the Bersa is trust-worthy, I'll consider carrying it...I just need an Alien Gear holster shell for it.

I'd been thinking of carrying my SP2022 (I love it's trigger and decocker), but I still think that gun is a bit large for carry...the mag base plates with the pinky extensions don't help it, either.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Metro Arms 1911 Fixed, 1911 Trigger Pull Issue

I went to the range for a quick visit today. I brought two 1911s this time:  my RIA midsized 1911 in 9mm and the Metro Arms AC Commander 45.

The first thing I did was fire 50 rounds from the 1911 that was a solid shooter (the 9mm)...it ate all the ammo without issue, but at first I was shooting very low left with it as well.  See the picture's captioning.

I started at the left corner, then went to the right corner, then stopped because I wasn't hitting point of aim (the red).  When I did very slow trigger pulls when aiming at the center target, I hit point of aim.  I'm having issues with the 1911 trigger...it wasn't the Metro Arms that was the issue.  That was at 7 yards.

I then began to focus on my trigger pull. I still had trouble trying to figure out which part of the finger to use, but I found that if I shot slowly, I was dead-on. I went through most of a box of ammo pretty much hitting point of aim. It's an issue of me not being used to the trigger mechanics of a 1911.

I also had two light strikes, which was weird...I've not had such issues before.  They both fired when I reloaded them into the mags.

Ammo was Remington UMC 115-grain FMJ.
I then went to my trouble-maker 1911. I had no issues aiming after my 50-round session with the 9mm 1911, although my hands were sweaty and I ended up using gloves.

This is MUCH better than my last range visit, when I was hitting very low left and not being even close to center target.

I also shot 49 rounds of Geco 230-grain FMJ without ANY feed/extract issues. There was 50 in the box...yeah, I had one issue where the round didn't extract (this is a first...this gun has an exclusive history of not feeding properly). But one in 50 is NOT bad, especially when I was having feed issues several times (ie, 2-3) with each magazine. I think the extractor needs to be replaced, but the tuning I did on it helped a LOT!

So, I'm glad I sorted these issues out.  I think I'll put the 1911s away for a while, because they don't shoot like my other guns and I don't want my muscle memory getting mucked up.

Oh yeah, I decided to shoot some extra ammo I had sitting around (Remington HTP 147-grain JHP subsonic).  I shot 50 rounds of it through my Grand Power P11.  The P11 did NOT like that ammo at all.  There were lots of failures to return to battery, so much that I was hitting the back of the slide almost as much as I was pulling the trigger.  I thought that HTP wouldn't be as bad as UMC...I was wrong.  I need to remind myself to not shoot Remington out of the Grand Power.  EVERY time I do, I'm disappointed.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bersa Thunder 380 Plus Listings; Metro Arm 1911 Woes

I've had several people reach out to me asking about where to find good-priced Bersa Thunder 380 Plus models.  Here are some:

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/560572500 (buy now for $375)
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/561094087 (buy now for $339)
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/559957377 (this is a Combat Plus, newly released for 2016, for $401)

All of those are listed on Gun Broker.  There were at least 7-10 of them listed, but most were over-priced.  I only listed those that were under MSRP, but I did list the Combat Plus because many people are asking where to find those models and supply is scarce.

Also, a few weeks ago, I ended up taking my Metro Arms 1911 (the American Classic Commander, specifically) and my Sig SP2022 9mm to the local range.

I also ended up putting 50 rounds of American Eagle 124-grain through my current carry gun, the Grand Power P11, just to test to see if it was still having issues returning to battery (it ate all 50 rounds without issue).  I'm currently at 582 total rounds through that gun.

7 yards out, American Eagle 124-grain, Grand Power P11

The SP2022 ate 60 rounds without issue.  That handgun is fantastic and is extremely easy to shoot accurately.  I'm at 279 rounds through the barrel with NO issue whatsoever.

7 yards, Remington UMC 147-grain flat-nosed FMJ, Sig SP2022 9mm

The Metro Arms has been problematic.  I shot 48 rounds through this gun this session and had many failures to feed.  In fact, when I go through my range log, This gun has a history of failing.  It isn't the mags that are causing the issue (it happens with all three mags and two of them are new and from Wilson Combat).  I actually searched and found that this is more than likely an extractor issue.  I checked and found it was too loose.  I tightened it up and now need to revisit the range to test to see if that helps.  If it doesn't, I'm going to buy a new recoil spring and extractor.  That should fix the issue.  Another thing of note is that the feed ramp has some major abrasions from the last range visit when I shot Tula through it...it did NOT like Tula and I'd made a note of it (and the feed ramp) in my range log.  I shouldn't need to polish the ramp with so little ammo through the gun, especially since the ramp had a mirror finish when I received the gun.  The gun only has 188 rounds through the gun.

7 yards, Winchester White Box 230-gr FMJ, Metro Arms ACC45, one FTE (24 rounds total)

As well, the point of impact is not hitting where I'm aiming (I'm aiming for the red with the front sight covering the X.  One thing I neglected to check was my trigger finger placement and how I was actuating the trigger.

I may visit the range tonight just to test the 1911.

I still haven't shot my AR-15 yet, either.  I'm saving that for Father's Day.  :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Range Visit with Bersa and Tristar

Yesterday was my birthday and I decided that I would go to the range after work.

There was a 40-minute waiting list and I almost ended up leaving.  That's the first time I've ever been to Elite Shooting Sports where there was a backlog during the week day.  What's cool is that they had  tablet kiosks to allow you to add yourself to the wait list and you'd be texted (to your phone) when a slot was available.

The staff was cordial and I know they were really busy, but none of the register attendants acted like they wanted to be there.  When you're buying merchandise, service, or just space/time, the worst thing is to interact with employees that act like they don't like what they're doing.  This is the second time I've noticed this...was hoping it wouldn't turn into a trend.

Anyways...

I decided to shoot the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus first, since it was something different for me (blow-back design and .380 caliber).  Man, is that thing accurate!  Recoil is next to nothing, too.  I dumped 3 rounds into each target, 7 yards away, semi-rapid fire, from upper right to upper left, lower right to lower left, then center.  The first shot was dead on the red (as well as being a DA shot), but the following two flew a bit upward.  Then next target was a bit wide, but I still touched the red at least once.  The rest of the groups tightened up significantly as I navigated the targets.


I shot a total of thirty-four rounds before I put the Bersa away.  Since I only had one magazine, I stopped shooting it.  I've ordered 3 new OEM magazines from MidwayUSA.com (was marked down at $27 each but has since been up-priced at $49)

I then focused on the Tristar T-100 9mm for the rest of the range session.  One thing I neglected to do was manually decock the gun for a DA shot.  I've a feeling I wouldn't have hit red in DA like I did with the Thunder, as the DA trigger is long and strong (much longer and stronger than what I'm used to).  But I did a mag dump in the center target as a first date:


I started off fine but as I sped up my follow-on shots, my group began to lose composure.  That's not the gun's fault...it's mine.  I was treating it like the Bersa since the Bersa was the gun I was shooting prior to picking up the T-100.  Recoil was significantly more than the Bersa, but I was all over the target center before I upped the pace.  This gun is just as easy to shoot as the Bersa, because of it's low bore axis and it's non-traditional rail setup (it's using the CZ design).

I then tried to focus on small groups (using the same target):


The groups are very tight, especially upper left.  The lower right had a flyer, but the two that landed were almost on top of each other and near center-mass.

For the T-100, I used the same Remington 147-grain flat-nosed FMJ that choked my Grand Power P11.  It ate 150 of that make/model without one failure.  One round had a slightly crinkled lip but I wanted to see if the round would still chamber and fire without issue...it did.  I expected nothing less, as I know that CZs aren't designed to be as tight as GP's products.  The gun frame was warm to the touch when I was done with it (it's a metal-framed gun), but not uncomfortably so.  For the Bersa, I used Federal 95-grain FMJ, and there were no failures.

I also fired some spare ammo from my GP P11 (8 rounds of Winchester Personal Protection JHP that had been chambered several times...they needed to be used or disposed of, so I used them).  There were no issues whatsoever.  I neglected to bring non-Remington 9mm so I couldn't fire the P11 any more than that.  Plus, I only had the lane for an hour and I was out of time after firing 8 rounds from the P11.  I need more range time with the P11 since it is my carry gun.  Of those 8 rounds, only half hit the target.  I found I was slapping the trigger, but as soon as I figured that out, the rest were all in the red.  The P11 doesn't seem to be as forgiving with heavy-handedness, and it's SA trigger is very light.  I'd have done better if I'd have had more time to adjust to the switch-up of handguns.

I had fun with the two new guns, especially the Tristar.  I'll probably shoot it again the next range visit.

Monday, March 14, 2016

How A Hammer-fired Semi-Automatic Handgun Works

http://grownews.info/?p=196/

Although the depicted handgun is a 1911 .45ACP, the animation applies to all hammer-fired semi-automatic handguns and somewhat to striker-fired guns.  It is very interesting and worthy of sharing with my kids, as they've always wondered about the inner workings (the mechanics) of such things.

Here's a taste of one of the animations.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Found My Bersa!




I've found my Bersa, although it wasn't in matte black like I originally wanted.

I bought a Bersa Thunder 380 Plus in Nickel Satin from Hinterland Outfitters for $361 (now $391).

Immediate pre-firing impressions:
  • There are lots of tooling marks, scrapes and nicks, even as a new product.
  • It has a stiff safety/decocker, but it might wear in (I put oil on the safety lever and it's not so stiff anymore).
  • The safety/decocker is in an awkward place.  My hands aren't large but they aren't the smallest in the world, either, so I'm thinking this isn't just an issue with my hands...it's a safety/decocker placement issue.  
  • The rubber grips work great...shouldn't need to be replaced, even though Plus model grip options are scarce.
  • Take-down is relatively easy, but re-installing the slide is a bit difficult.
  • The handgun is slim but wide at the grip.
  • The rear sights don't appear to be durable...looks like it won't take too many slide racks when using a hard substance.
About the second bullet (Safety/decocker is in an awkward place), here are some additional notes:  There's no way in hell I'm going to be able to use the safety with my strong hand, not even with lots of training, as it's just flat-out in the wrong position for my hands.  When I read Bersa Chat posts on the issue, there are lots of people that have the same experience.  It's good that this is a DA/SA gun, otherwise that safety would be an even more serious detriment.

Range time will come shortly.  Also, expect a quick video...I'll post the link to the video when it's ready.

UPDATE:  The after-range report is here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Ruger Has Arrived!

Ruger AR-556 in FDE

420 rounds of 5.56 x 45

I picked up the Ruger today on my lunch break.

My immediate impressions:  I'm actually surprised at the fit and finish of the Ruger AR-556.  It looks and feels great.  The pieces fit together without issue, with no large gaps between pieces or segments.  Looks GOOD in FDE, too!  That grip feels great - it has a rubber coating...very tactile.  The trigger is good.  The take-down pins are way too stiff (should loosen up with oil and use, hopefully).  They got rid of the D-ring, too...you twist to get the barrel covers off.  Oh, and there's like 10 Ruger badges and logos on the rifle...like you're going to forget that you own a Ruger.

Needed three forms of ID just to pick it up (not two as with handguns in VA).  Still, it only took 5 min to get the background check results back.  I have no background...LOL.

For now, 3 mags are enough (at 30 rounds capacity, each, that's 90 rounds right there).  I also have a Bushnell First Strike Red Dot Sight, but I plan to use the non-aid sights for a bit, while getting used to the rifle.

I'll post more as I become more accustomed to the firearm.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ruger AR-556 Inbound!

I've my first long gun on the way, a Ruger AR-556 cerakoted in FDE and with a Davidson's lifetime warranty.  It was this or the S&W M&P 15 Sport II, but I've heard that this one is the more refined of the two.


I also have a rail riser and a cheap RDS (red dot sight) inbound, not that either are needed, as the rifle comes with front and rear sights already.

Time to find a rifle safe now, and stock up on 5.56/.223 ammo.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I Present the Tristar T-100 9mm!







More to come as I get familiar with the handgun.

My immediate impressions of the gun:

  • Sturdy and solid (hefty)
  • Very long and strong DA trigger (not gritty but a bit notchy-like)
  • Very nice SA trigger
  • Slide feels like it's riding on glass
  • Stock grips are plastic (not the rubber that it looks to be)...will have to see how well they grip when firing rounds
  • Cerakote is good...not a blimish in sight
  • Slide serrations are very aggressive, allowing a good grip on a small area
  • Takes down well
  • Magazines are high quality
  • No decocker (I knew this when I bought it)...will require manual decocking...half cock allows DA without dropping hammer fully when decocking (a good thing for carry, IMO).

I'm thinking I should've focused on getting one of these a long time ago...the handgun feels that good in my hand.  I've no doubt that I'll love it at the range.  I'm not sure about carrying it, though, as it is heavy (1.5 lb) and I've heard that it's difficult to find a holster that'll hold it that has a retention strap.

I'm not sure I'll do a table-top review...there are several very good reviews on this handgun already.

More T-100 stats at Tristar.com

UPDATE (7/28/2016):  The after-range impressions are here.  As well, below is an image of the VZ Grips that I bought for the gun, since I wanted grips that were a bit more aggressive.

Tristar T-100 with VZ Grips for CZ75 Compact

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cancelled the Bersa Order, But Purchased A Tristar T-100!

I updated my previous post, as I had to cancel the order for the Bersa Thunder 380 Plus because the online store didn't have the gun in stock.  I had to chase them down to ask after I noticed the order wasn't being updated.  Argentina is experiencing economic issues that are apparently affecting Bersa shipments.  This gun is backlogged all across the U.S.  I don't want a used gun because the gun has a lifetime warranty if bought new.

So, I've really no choice but to wait, or check local pawn shops for used examples.  Or, check local gun shows.  As well, Bersa recently released a new product, the Plus Combat.  I can certainly wait for that version!

I've also been looking for a Tristar T-100 in 9mm, or a Canik Shark C in 9mm.  Both are the same gun, but have different importers.  This gun is hard to find as well.  Even used.  I found one on Guns America that was in a perpetual state of "an offer has been submitted for this item", meaning, someone is trying to purchase it.  It stayed that way for at least 2 weeks so I asked the dealer (located in Connecticut) if they still had the gun.  They did and told me that if I called and bought it, it would be shipped out tomorrow.  I called them and bought the gun.  I had to also call my local gun shop and ask them to fax a copy of their FFL to the store I was buying the gun from, as I wanted the store to ship the gun to my local shop.   Doing it over the phone was a bit convoluted, as I'm used to doing it straight over the internet.  Connecticut must be a bit hokey like that when it comes to guns (especially after Sandy Hook).

So, I went from not being able to get the Bersa to getting the Tristar.  The T-100 is basically a compact CZ75.  It is a DA/SA gun (without a decocker).  It has the inverted slide rails.  It is all-metal and blued. It can use CZ parts.  It comes with two 15-round magazines.

Shipping is $30 (kinda high).  I'll also be looking at paying my local gunshop $25 to accept the transfer.  The gun was $319.  With total shipping, it's $375.  Not sure I'm happy about that, but available T-100s are extremely difficult to find, so I'll eat the shipping costs.

I can't wait to shoot this gun!

Tristar T-100 with VZ Frag grips

Friday, February 19, 2016

Another Gun Is On The Way!

UPDATE - this gun was NOT in stock like it appeared to be.  After 3 days of waiting to see movement on the order, I contacted the store and asked if they actually had the gun in stock.  They did not and said all their suppliers were having issues getting this particular handgun, so I told them to cancel the order, since it's very apparent that there's a stocking issue with this gun.  Argentina is experiencing significant economic difficulties, from what I understand.   This could be the cause of the nationwide backorder.

I bought another gun.  This is a bit different.  It's a .380ACP handgun.  It is small in stature.  It is also small but double-stacked and will hold 15 rounds.  It is a double action / single action gun and also has a decocker/safety.  It is a non-U.S.-made gun.

What is it?

A Bersa Thunder Plus.

There are several variations of this particular model of gun:

  • Thunder (base model)
  • Thunder Combat (lower profile slide with wide serrations, rounded trigger guard, smaller profile beaver tail, ergonomic rubber grip surface)
  • Thunder Plus (enhanced capacity)
  • Thunder Concealed Carry (small beavertail and unique frame grip)

There are also different caliber versions:  .22 caliber and .380ACP

There are different paint and color schemes, as well as variants that have color-coded controls (nickel and gold, for example).

The gun looks somewhat similar to the Walther PPK, and shares the PPK's barrel layout.

One thing that I'll immediately remove once I have it is the magazine disconnect.  I do NOT need that abomination.  The gun also has an integrated lock (which I'll never use).  I do need to order an extra magazine, as the gun is delivered with one magazine only.

I had a choice between nickel or black.  I actually wanted a Plus Combat (new for this year) but most places aren't carrying them yet.  In fact, when looking for the Plus, most places online were out of stock.  And when I say most, I mean like 95% of the stores I checked.  I don't even know if the place I ordered from actually has them in stock...I order went through without verification (the other places I checked wouldn't let you order if they were out of stock or back-ordered).  I almost bought the nickel version, because I think it's rarer, but it was $397...that's a chunk of change for a Bersa Thunder, as the MSRP is like $420.  I got the black version for $379 from Delta Three Outfitters, which is also where the nickel Plus is currently stocked.

Why this gun?  Because it is cheaper than the Walther by a long shot, shoots just as well as the Walther, and carries double the ammo.  It's reliability is great and has a lifetime warranty for original owners (not so with used Thunders, which is why I went ahead and bought it new... plus, I couldn't find new ones...I know for a fact a used one will be difficult to find locally).  I like small-statured guns and wanted something I could shoot with my kids.  Also, because of it's fixed barrel, it is very accurate.

Depending on how much I like this handgun, I may eventually get one or two single-stacked version.

Some people can't stand the .380 round, though.  I've never shot it, but people have been killed with far less.  Shot placement is key, as I always say.  And with 15 rounds to get on target, I highly doubt someone will walk away without a scratch.  Plus, if I really wanted power, I can always look for +P .380 ammo...or, as a last resort, carry with FMJ, which I hear is what a lot of people are doing since .380ACP doesn't appear to penetrate as well as 9mm (it has a smaller charge unless the round is hot).

More reading/reference material on the Bersa Thunder Plus:

https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/firearms/thunder-plus
https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/firearms/ (all Thunder variants listed)



Thunder Plus Series
Bersa Thunder 380 Plus w/ satin nickel finish

Friday, February 5, 2016

About those recent comments...

About the political aspect of this blog: please do not leave offensive comments and later say, "no offense."  Please do not assume I'm a "Tea Bagger".  I'm not.  Please do not bring any anti-gun mentality to this blog.  If you don't like what you read, move on, because I probably didn't have you in mind when I decided to create the blog...the internet is HUGE and you should be able to find something more to your liking than this blog.

What you think is radical may in fact not be as radical as you think.  It's only radical because you don't believe or understand the subject matter.  Radical Islamics...THEY'RE radical.  Fostering gun ownership in a nation that gives it's citizens the right to bear arms...that's not radical.  You also may think that some of what's posted here is dramatic.  If you think so, this blog isn't for you.

Gun topics tend to bring out the nastiness in people.  Guns are tools, just as anything tangible in today's world is.  I speak of politics because of today's stance against firearms (and stewardship means talking about ALL aspects..you don't dodge subjects because people might not respond well to the subject matter).  I speak to educate those that are curious about firearms and the laws governing them (and there are a LOT, so you tend to see a lot of posts on this blog regarding politics -- there's no way around that).  I'm not waiting for someone who is against gun ownership to start a debate.  That's not what this blog is about.

I'm trying to foster stewardship and education.  If you hate guns, this blog is NOT for you.  I'm not trying to appease those that are against gun ownership nor those that think "they're not out to take your guns".  I'm not trying to cooperate with anti-gun folk, so there's no compromise when it comes to my posts on my blog.  I don't need convincing, either.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Facebook's Attack on the 2nd Amendment

I wanted to share a few quick notes on my opinion of Facebook's recent attacks on groups that involve firearms.
Here's one thing I really hate about FB. They've hacked pages and if you're not careful on what you click, you can have your page hijacked. Now that's not the only worry...personal information can be stolen and some of that information can be used to damage other aspects of your life.
When I report a hacked page, FB does nothing. Nothing at all. But yet they'll make it a mission goal to shut down gun groups for things they don't understand. In many states, private sales of guns is legal (ie, Virginia). Another thing is, they seem to not even be investigating...they respond based on reports. Anyone can claim a page/group is in violation, but you'd think FB would be validating the claims. I don't think they are.
When the public was outraged that the US government was serving notices to social media, Zuckerberg was all over it, insisting that he was fighting "the man" because of privacy concerns. Yet he'll tromp all over 2A. WTF. You can't choose what Bills within the Bill of Rights you'll support. If you tear one down, what's to stop the rest from being torn down? You can't love 1A, speak bad about 2A, try to get 2A removed, and expect 1A to be safe. These people are seriously retarded.
 Yes, I know that FB isn't the only social media service that has issues with firearms.  And I also know that FB is a private organization.  FB isn't the only social media outlet that does this type of thing:  Google shut down Hickok45 twice last month for posting/linking his videos to Google+.  Does that make it right, though?  No.  This has nothing to do with the Patriot Act (there are no parallels and just because the PA exists doesn't mean we need to be tearing down basic freedoms), as a recent responder mentioned.  This also has nothing to do with supporting a Republican cause (this is another labeling of the aforementioned responder).  I'm not a Republican -- you can be Democrat and still love and support guns, but just because I'm speaking out against FB and anti-gunning tactics doesn't mean I'm Republican.

I suggest gun owners and the firearms community utilize services that support firearms and the 2nd Amendment.  One such tool is MeWe, a social media tool.  I'll be creating a MeWe account soon.  There's also GunDistrict.com.  Both of these are good social media tools that are less tyrannical than FB.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

10 Myths About Guns - Commentary by Sen. Chuck Grassley

http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/07/10-myths-about-guns/

Every one of these myths are addressed and clarified in the article.  If every anti-gunner studied this, they'd have no leg to stand on, argument-wise.  Maybe that's why they chose to stay ignorant...it takes away their arguments.  The kicker is that IT'S ALL TRUE.

This is good reading.  I urge everyone to read it, with an open mind.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Metro Arms American Classic Commander - New Grips

Man, I had issues getting the grip screws out of the bushings.  The bushings kept coming out with the screws.  They're supposed to stay in place.  I tried various methods of getting them out but I eventually ended up really tightening the screws and then suddenly loosening them, breaking the tight seal in the process.

Also, the new grips (VZ Walkure olive green) were not plug-n-play.  They required some slight grinding on the left side, on top.  That was due to the extended slide lock and extended safety.  You can't tell that I grinded them.  Note that I also had to the the same to the OEM grips...I had to grind the left top side to accommodate the extended safety, as well.

These grips are not as aggressive as my VZ G10s that are on my Rock Island Armory 1911s, but I do notice a definite improvement in grip.  A range session is in order!  :)

Here are some pictures.







Tuesday, January 5, 2016

More Grand Power Testing

I've been getting an influx of comments on my last Grand Power YouTube video.

Many people think that I need to be using oil (one person stated to not use TW25B and another recommended to use oil and not grease).

I tested the theory that I was using the wrong lube.  I stripped off the TW25B from the helical cut and breech area of the barrel and used a light coat of Breakfree CLP instead...I kept grease on the rails, though.

Remember, on my last visit, I fired 263 rounds of various ammo (50 x Tula steel-cased, 200 x Remington UMC 147-grain flat-nosed FMJ, and approx 24 rounds of Winchester Personal Protection JHP).  Of that ammo, I had two failures to return to battery (down from "many" failures), both of them being with the Remington ammo.

At last night's range session, I used 100 x Remington UMC 147-grain flat-nosed FMJ, 50 x American Eagle 124-grain FMJ, and 28 rounds (of a box of 50) of Geco 124-grain FMJ, for a total of 177 rounds.  I had five failures to return to battery (FRTB).  The first happened on the 3rd magazine.  Then the 4th, 5th, and 6th magazines.  The gun wasn't dirty, but remember, I was using a thin coat of oil vs a coat of gun grease.

Yeah, so much for that theory.  I had less failures during my previous range visit with the P11, and shot maybe 100 rounds more, too (with Tula being 100 of that, and both Remington UMC and Tula are very dirty).

But here's a revelation...of the five failures to return to battery and of the 177 rounds, guess which brand failed the most in this gun?  Remington.  All five failures were with the Remington.  I made a point of paying attention to which brand I was shooting and keeping notes on each box's tabs.  I also ejected each round that generated a FRTB.  In one case of FRTB, I found that the front lip of the case had bent when the gun tried to ram the round into the chamber.  I decided not to fire that round.

Here's a picture:


If it's difficult to see the damage, here's a video.



So, maybe it's a combination of the oil I used as lube and the ammo?  No, I think the ammo is the issue, as I shot 75 rounds of ammo AFTER the Remington that didn't get hung up at all.

This gun does NOT like the Remington ammo I'm shooting.  I've other Remington ammo (non-flat-nosed and 115-grain FMJ) that I can test but I really don't think I need to test any more.

I cleaned the gun and looked at it's internals last night.  The claim that the oil is easier to clean after a range session is false.  The oil migrated to the slide and coated the whole underside of it.  In fact, it was everywhere and I didn't use a lot...just a thin film.  It took quite awhile to clean.  The gun wasn't quite that bad when I used grease as the primary lubricant.  The oil carboned up exactly like the grease did (it basically made mud), but I can't contribute the failures to the oil.  All I know is that I had less failures with the grease but if the ammo is the problem then all perceived lube problems are exonerated.

I'll post the video once I've edited it and posted it to YouTube.

UPDATE -- here's the video:



For now, I'll continue to use the CLP as the primary lube.  I've even put it on the slide and frame rails.  I'll watch for wear and/or trouble for awhile.

I also took my SIG Sauer P220 and gave it a quick run to test the new Hogue rubber grips.  Man, that gun is a beast.  Recoil is less of an issue with these grips.  I'm able to put ammo (half the mag, in this case) in the red, too.

All DA shots, first 8 rounds, at 7 yards

I fired a total of 44 rounds (I had five mags that have been loaded since Jan 2015 that I wanted to shoot...Perfecta hardball in 230-grain).  The gun ate it all up without issue.  My aiming did get progressively worse, though.  I might need to get glasses I can use at the range (or it might be time to have my eyes checked again), as I was having a difficult time seeing the front sight and my vision got worse as I shot.

I brought the Glock 19 and intended to shoot it, but got too engrossed with the P11 (let's face it...as my EDC and with my recent issues, it needed the attention).

So, this range visit was very valuable for me, as I learned that not all ammo is created equal.  I still have a lot of Remington flat-nosed ammo left (I bought 500 rounds of it).  Some of my other guns will eat it without issue, so I'll use it up, but I won't be buying any more of it.

Grand Power P11 testing - accurate as hell!