Skip to comments.The Hobbit Hole XXXVIII - There and Back Again!
Posted on 09/23/2009 6:19:16 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
Welcome to The Hobbit Hole!
I wouldn’t pick it up if I found it in the road...or something like that.
Very nice work..... were there ejection problems aka brass clearing that housing ?
I’m a fan of tools that work and my TRW receiver M1A’s have traveled with me . I took one to desert storm aka first gulf war just due the ranges I was expecting. Nothing sweeter at the time than a TRW M1A with a McBros Supermatch stock and a Brookfield scope mount filled with a Leupold Ultra 10X with mildots. Had a hart barrel on it and used it for leg and high power matches at the whittington center at Raton NM without the scope for many years. The combination of good glass and the stable mounts brookfield made and accuracy tweeks on the M1A made it the perfect desert rig for my needs . Still does on coyotes and prairie dogs and feral hogs today here in Texas.
M118 Special ball or Federal Match 168gr BTHP is the fodder it prefers and gets.
Only other caliber M4gery I own is a 6.5 Grendel that I put together to do Col Coopers Apollo challenge of 20 Shots, 20 seconds, 20 inch group at a 1000 yards. I went through thousands of rounds and days of range time trying to walk first cold shots up to 20 into that 20 inch circle. Couldn’t do it. Even when I “primed” the action with two fast magazines and then went prone to shoot for score it was tough. I did get close and it improved my scores to minute of torso at 1000 but the man that owns DPMS or is CEO of it Dave something.... finally did it in front of witnesses for record.
Oh well ....good days at the range and reloading fodder is always better than work.....:o)
Stay safe !
Everything worked flawlessly, if not quite as smooth as I would have liked.
I woke up today with the notion that the strange grouping may be due to bedding problems with the stock. Except you can't "bed" this stock like a wood or plastic one where you open up the action area, slap in a bunch of epoxy, and mold it to the action. Instead, there are four setscrews in the bottom that have to be backed out enough to contact the trigger mechanism and apply the proper uniform pressure.
I think I can use some of that window caulk roll to check how things are compressing, and see if everything is uniform. After that, then see how much more the screws need adjusting to provide the proper pressure for closing the trigger guard.
Evening Win-Mag : nice target, especially the 10Xs. Very scientific analysis and expressed well in terms that even us caplock shooters can understand. Appreciate it. The 10Xs simply eluded me, I must have shot up my match quota in practice instead of during the scoring shoot.
That's because I'm usually not under some sort of scoring pressure. The last pressure-filled range session was over 30 years ago, when I was worried about freezing to death in -20F weather while qualifying with the unit's M1D. All of the battalion's designated marksmen rode up in an Army van with the OIC, with the temperature starting at zero, and dropping quickly the further north we went.
Nobody in their right mind was at the Camp Grayling range that day, but there we were, huddled in our warm van, trying to figure out how to get the job done without risking frostbite, despite our winter gear. I noticed a bunch of silhouette targets still standing on the 100m line, and asked if we could use them, thus sparing us a freezing trip down to the target line.
The MAJ clamped his spotting scope to the side window, and said that all the targets had hits in the body. I asked about the head area, and he said there were no hits there. I took a deep breath, ran out, slammed in one clip, and rapped off all eight rounds offhand, using the antique scope that came with that antique weapon. Then I ran back into the van, and prayed that the sensation of freezing eyeballs would go away quickly.
He announced that eight-for-eight in the head area was good enough qualification for him, and I was done. He also mentioned that the others could try that on other targets if they wanted. Everybody else went out into the snow to fire from the prone position, although one guy was prepared enough to bring his shelter half to put on the ground. I admire their determination to tough-out the cold, but I felt that, for me, expedience was the better part of valor, and marksmanship.
Evening Win-Mag ; now that’s nice shooting. 8 for 8. Great story.
Looks like it’s supposed to dip into the 30’s later on this week. I’d better start bringing the houseplants in.
Think I’ll wash and wax thecar tomorrow...that’s sure to bring the rain, right?
I saw that about the temps. Looks like we will have to turn the boiler on pretty soon. With the newwindows the house is staying much warmer, but the 30’s are pushing it.
With it being as dry as it is, we have lost a bunch of plants. Don’t know if they’ll come back next year or not. OB has been a little too busy to add moving sprinklers to his list of chores :)
The pups love romping in the back yard which hasn’t helped the vegetation, but sure is fun to watch. The acupuncture and chiropratic adjustment really helped Strider’s back, he goes in tomorrow for a little follow-up care.
My follow-up is “stay the course and come back in a month”. I whined but it did no good. Should I mention I am slowly going crazy?
I’m back from running errands....Home Despot, likker store, Petco, and grocery store.
The plan was to re-seed the lawns this fall. I’ve been watering the front yard some - not the recommended twice a day routine. I think all I’ve managed to do is perk the weeds up.
Heh...teh kittehs romp in the back yard and come in all dusty.
Hang in there!
Strider had a summer cut when we got him, except for a really bushy tail (he looked so handsome). Well, that tail is a huge leaf magnet. He comes in wagging his tail and leaves go everywhere!
We had planned to do the whole recommended re-seeding thing this fall, the water bill would have been awlful, so there's that.
OB went to the range this afternoon.
I’m ironing, but it’s okay. Beats my other current options!
I’m catching up on some housework and doing some laundry while UNC is playing Miami.
Looks like I picked a good weekend to go to the likker store.
There is no bad weekend to go the likker store!
Not that I spent three continuous weeks on it, but for such a "small" project, it sure seemed like it would stretch out forever, or until I worked up the determination to wrap it up.
When I bought that unfired Colt 1903, the oil had oxidized over the past 80+ years, and the parts seemed almost rusted together. I needed something extremely thin and penetrating to get things moving again.
I rummaged through the back of my supply/potions cabinet, and found an ancient spray can of Gibbs lubricant. I bought it ages ago at a gun show, and used it on rare occasions. It was sold as some magical form of snake oil.
The stuff was thinner than water, and freed up the parts. It also left behind a gummy residue (strange for something so thin and slippery), which, when I rubber a rag against it, showed it to be a mixture of rust and whatever was left after the chemical did its job. It turned out there was a fine film of almost invisible rust on top of that pristine blue. Well, now the blue is pristine again, just a bit paler with the intermixed rust gone.
That, in turn, gave me an idea when I gathered enough ambition to give my dad's P38 a detail teardown, probably the only one it has even had since it left the Mauser factory in 1944. I tried a bit of Gibbs on the outside of a magazine. The one on the left is an "after", on the right, "before".
That gooey mess on the right is a mixture of Gibbs remnants, and rust. Wearing gloves (I went through a couple dozen pairs of cheap food-handlers gloves), I washed the glop off with Hoppe's, then alcohol, then Barricade antirust oil, and then repeated the process again. The final results, on the right, shows a clean magazine (it's even harder cleaning out the inside) that is now really a pale, thin blue, but with no rust (or "plum", if we were talking about antiques).
With much further ado, and a lot of procrastination, I tore down the weapon and blasted everything.
It looked and felt disgusting, but after a couple of iterations, all the parts were clean, dry, rust-free, and a lot paler than I ever remembered things. There was no way I was going to just slap things back together after all that work, so I ordered new Wolff springs for the magazines, and as much of the internals as they made springs for. A few of the really tiny springs are only available as surplus parts, so I bought them online from Numrich (and their supply of P38 parts is drying up, too). Finally, a new-style top slide cover (the original has a habit of flying off while you're firing, and hitting you in the forehead), and a couple of spare firing pins, and it was ready to put back together.
I think I fired this about twenty years ago, so this was the first time in a long time it had rounds put through it. With everything as revitalized as I could make it, it performed better than my humble handgun skills.
With the rust gone, I can see that the front half of the slide is almost all bare steel, probably from holster wear. Underneath the grips, and anywhere that was kept out of the light, and moisture, much of the original black "blue" still remains. Also, the elimination of the final fit-and-finish of peacetime production is obvious, with lots of rough machine work now visible. But it also runs smoother than ever before, because I worked-in each part with Nanolube while fitting things together during reassembly.
After studying it, and firing it, I realize now that this is truly the great-great-grandfather of all the current DA/SA autoloaders. It's pretty crude compared to my Sig P229, but Walther led the way with this design, so it has almost as much claim to fame as Browning's M1911.
I didn’t get the daffodils planted....washed and waxed thecar instead. It got an extra=special buffing in some spots with medium-haired cat butt.
Is that something available in ordinary car-supply stores? Or is it the self-propelled kind? :)
The self-propelled kind found in suburbia.
Nicely done Win-Mag. “Miracle Polish” plus attention detail oriented handwork never fails to impress. Congrats. I’ve seen similar booths at gun and/or trade shows, glad to know at one of the “1-2-3 EZ Steps” worked out for someone.
Good day at therange today: shooting, bs-ing, and coffee drinking.
LOL, wonderful imagery there, something any cat owner can appreciate. Hmmm. It gives us an idea it does. :-)
NANO? Anyone? Working on a steampunk story here.
So I stopped by my regular EBR boutique and looked at one, myself. After a side-by-side comparison with my Sig P239, I decided to take a chance and buy one.
I've already put almost a hundred rounds through it in a shoot-off with the Sig. I've come to several conclusions, most of which conflict with what some "expert" or another have already written. I hope to have more detailed analysis for Saturday. Meanwhile, I can safely state:
The ergonomics are superb, even compared to the Sig. Also, the SR40c is 95% Glock, with the other 5% coming from product liability lawyers, which introduced serious flaws that detract from the safety and reliability of the weapon. And a minor quibble, but Ruger messed up some of the otherwise admirable cosmetics for no good reason.
Please be advised I'll probably produce an opus-sized article, not so much about what I've learned in shooting the Ruger, but about so many "professional" reviewers that I can no longer trust to even properly review a bag of M&Ms.
I’m not a fan of Ruger or Smith & Wesson auto’s shy of my old Ruger Mk 1’s of which I own 3 and a SW Mod 39 customized by Paris Theodore as the ASP.
I do own the SIG 239 with the 40SW and 357SIG barrels and learned the hard way that 40SW and 357SIG magazines can’t be “shared”..... they will do ok on the firing range but because of the geometry of the single stack 239 magazines they wont play nice with each other like a staggered magazine will . As stated for range time ya can swap em but for carry in self defense mode.....get magazines specifically for the caliber your carrying.
Had a long talk with the SIG technical rep and its just the gremlin in the single stack.
My SIG 229 magazines can share 40SW/357SIG ammo reliably.
Let me know how that lil ruger performs etc ......
Stay safe !
By way of a quick summary, it performs like a particularly shapely Glock. One rumor inside the industry was this design would have been the Kimber plastic-framed weapon that never materialized. Kimber backed out, the design team sold it to Ruger.
For being about as small as a .40S&W can go and still remain sensible, it has been reasonably comfortable with 180gr ammo, and quite pleasant with 155gr, as was the Sig.
Most evident are my personal shooting flaws, with both handguns showing decent (for me) accuracy. If anything, the Ruger may have a slight edge. This is with the 155gr FMJ, a load that is quite comfortable to shoot. I could plink all day long with either gun, except for the cost of ammo. At "social" range, accuracy would be fine for either one.
Also note how Ruger uses the 15-round full-size magazine from the SR40. A simple slip-over collar turns the bottom on the magazine into a nice grip extension. With the big mags, it would be a good-but-stubby service weapon in .40S&W.
As I was analyzing the design, I came across a potential fatal flaw that I believe I have exercised-out of the gun, or at least have a couple of possible fixes that would work. I found out that short-cycling the slide in a particular manner would result in a "cocked" trigger, yet the firing pin had not yet been unlocked for firing.
The damn magazine safety works by having a plunger in the slide push down on a hinged ejector, which in turn lowers the firing mechanism in the rear of the frame by a fraction of an inch. This, in turn, lowers the vertical part of the trigger bar enough so it can no longer contact the plunger in the slide that unlocks the striker, allowing it to be brought to full cock.
Real Glocks, and other clones, do not have that "safety" mechanism. Everything is nice and solid, and the trigger bar always can reach the firing pin lock. But even with the magazine safety removed, the tiny wiggle (a couple of degrees of roll along the long axis of the trigger bar) remains. The detent button is depressed only along its edge, rather than straight across the middle. Throw in the 32 ounces of pressure it takes to press in the detent, compared to the 10-12 ounces Gaston Glock decreed, and a rare but deadly malfunction is possible.
I polished the %^#%$@ out of the contact surfaces, which seems to have fixed things. Further testing will verify that. If a problem still exists, a tiny amount of shimming might help. A titanium detent plunger and weaker spring would be nice, too.
I'm fairly confident I have this fixed, and admit I was operating the action in an unnatural way. But this is how I analyze things, and how I build up my confidence in them. My first Glock, a G17, was serial US000033, one of the first 100 imported into the US. I was advised to grab it, because a campaign about the "undetectable plastic gun" was about to begin, and there was a good chance no more would be allowed in. BATFE and State have gotten a lot more practice with that stunt nowadays.
Anyway, I had my first Glock torn down and analyzed, and back together and burning ammo, before the first hysterical bleatings hit the media. So I think I've earned my stripes with Glocks and Glock clones. If I had to have only one weapon, and it had to be a handgun (God forbid), I'd instantly choose my Glock 21. But it's not something I'd care to carry around in a concealment holster day after day.
Speaking of holsters, leather holsters for the Glock 27 are almost a perfect fit for the SR40c after a bit of tweaking. If you know how to work leather, it's trivial, and the results are really nice.
The arrow points to where the edge of the holster touches the ambidextrous mag release on the right side. A tiny bit of leather carved away will fix that. But it did stune me when I stuffed the weapon in the holster the first time, and watched the magazine rocket away. :)
This may be my best carry weapon that combines the reasonable power of the .40S&W with reasonably small size, good accuracy, and pleasant shooting qualities. I ask myself, "self, why didn't I just start out with this?", and I realize it's all part of my continuing education process. If I hadn't started at Square One with something else, and studied, and pondered, and considered alternatives, I wouldn't have learned enough to ask more informed questions, and look for better answers. Even if I stay with one particular handgun, I'll always be checking out new ideas for holsters, and ammo.
For me, this business is too serious not to go through the arduous (and sometimes costly) process of re-evaluation. I need to have a handgun long enough to put several hundred rounds through it, and study it, inside and outside. I can't do that with a store rental gun, and 50 rounds of ammo, although you can at least decide if you want to buy one for further study based on a quick test drive.
I wouldn't buy a car, leave it in the garage, and then take it out once a year to drive it around the block. I'll reach a point of diminishing returns when it comes to handgun skills, but the subject is too critical to risk having those skills decline through disuse. Especially when a crisis never is polite enough to send advanced warning and allow you to brush up on your skills.
Morning Win-Mag: nice target with Ruger, 10s and 9s. Looks like you got a straight shooting sidearm. I like the feel of the Ruger better than the 239. I bet the “Magazine Launch” was a surprise. The LCP, LCR, and SR9 definitely have a following in these parts.
One good thing the Ruger has going for it is that it's striker-fired. That allows the entire barrel and slide to sit lower, and makes it closer to the top of the hand for better handling and accuracy. The H&K P7 is still the all-time champ for that.
For example, if you have an H&K SL8 rifle converted into a faux G36 via the BATFE 922r route, you'd be well aware that a genuine G36 30-round magazine costs American citizens about $60 each, plus another $30 for a "USA"-marked floorplate to make it 922r compliant. So it is with great rejoicing that I got some Magpul American-made G36-compatible magazines for $28, or less than the cost of the floorplate.
That's a few dollars more than their highly-respected but run-of-the-mill M16 mags. Save your H&K magazines for the collection, and blast away with the American ones.
In other H&K matters, I put a new faux suppressor on my faux H&K UMP, which was converted via the magic of 922r from a H&K USC. Still a semi-auto carbine, still no suppressor, but at least it looks like it has a genuine H&K factory suppressor that was designed for it.
It's a solid piece of aluminum except for the hole that lets it slip over the barrel. One nice feature is that it extends well inside the forearm, where it is screwed to the plastic, rather than using setscrews to clamp it to the barrel itself. Another nice feature is that it is detailed enough to have all the details right, including a non-working QD mount and proper markings. Mine shoots 200gr .45ACP +P rounds from a 16-inch barrel, and it's obviously not your daddy's MP5.
And for all of the Hobbit Hole gadget-lovers, a new gadget that has high gee-whiz scores, and might even be practical. It's a $5 "survival card" made of .012" stainless steel that weighs .2 ounces, and can be used as a signal mirror, or as various kinds of cutting implements. It's a tiny bit wider, and about 50% longer than a GI dog tag.
DPX Gear is a new company that makes some vey high-end and pricey fixed and folding knives. This gadget is laser-scored on the front and back to break off, making a fine or serrated edge, or a razor. You can also sight through the cut-through lettering, allowing you to aim the polished surface like a signal mirror.
The tag is obviously single-use, and obviously a last-ditch item. Still, you have no excuse no to have some stashed all over the place, which is why I wrote the manufacturer about the possibility of bulk discounts. I started out with five, used one up, kept one, and gave the other three to friends, who absolutely insisted on having one. I have ten more on order, but I could easily use a few dozen by the time I stash them away in various bailout bags and other kit.
And I really mean it when I said "last ditch". The breakaway edges are not very sharp, but much better than using your teeth or fingernails. Just cut slowly and carefully, and try to strop the edge on some hard piece of leather, like the sole of a shoe.
Still, this is superior to using a double-edge razor blade, which is wickedly sharp, but also likely to shatter in your fingers. Nothing worse than major lacerations from your "survival tool" when you're in some sort of crisis situation. Under pressure, this blade will bend, rather than shatter. That's your warning to back off, and maybe think of resharpening the edge, and taking things a bit easier.
This tag is limited in its capabilities, but is infinitely better than nothing at all. It can be stashed, and forgotten, almost anywhere, waiting for that one emergency you hope never happens. But it also brings a big smile to any gadget geek in your life, and all for a measly $5.
Afternoon SuziQ - how did you guys make out on the snow? We’ve heard some areas got quite a bit.
Nicely done on the HK. Kudos.
Thanks for the tip on five buck wallet accessory, will probably get a couple.
I noticed that distinctive pocket clip right away. And you're smart in starting her young. Maybe she will settle for an ordinary M4 carbine, rather than a Barbie or Hello Kitty model. :)
The biggest problem was that the heavy, wet snow fell on trees that still had their leaves on them, and the branches either drooped onto power lines, or they broke and fell on the lines. There are a lot of limbs down, all over our town, and the neighboring ones.
Nice, mister Mag. So... Have you considered going the route of getting a ~real~ suppressor? Its only an extra $200 tax, which, all things considered, is not so bad on top of the obscene prices for those things. And dang... They’re fun. Is your state still one of the goobered ones?
I’m anxious... My ATF approval should be coming through any time now (four months!) for my .22 and .45 suppressors. Any time now... Already have a Ruger mk3 with a threaded bbl, and have a 1911 threaded bbl that I think (but haven’t tried yet) will fit my Kimber.
Word is, my .45 suppressor is supposed to also work acceptably well on a 9mm. I’ve been searching in vain for a threaded barrel that fits a S&W 39-2 that I have, with no joy.
There has been a vey low-key announcement by the state attorney general that the 1934 state gun laws (based on model laws written after NFA 1934), does mean what it says, and, yes, if BATFE approves, NFA goodies are legal after all. 70+ years of RAT attorneys general had maintained the exact opposite, using the Clintonian logic of "it depends on what your definition of 'is' is."
My buddy, who had a Class III FFL prior to the Clinton regime, says the word is out to wait until after the first of the year. He has some cans in his plans, and is also looking to go into Title II manufacturing. I can wait a few months more.
Besides, while that $200 tax stamp is now almost laughably cheap in today's world, that little bit of plumbing is obscenely expensive. If I get one, I'll get threaded barrels for my Glock 21 and Sig P220 for starters. I'm more interested in going the SBR route, and if my buddy gets the manufacturer's license, SBRs and full-auto conversions become possible, and perhaps even affordable.
I'm puzzled about the total silence from the leftists. They had multiple cows over "shall issue", so I can't believe they will let this go without some high-power hysteria on their part. They probably have a lot of shoes on hand, ready to drop.
On the right is a Glock 33 in .357Sig. The package is almost identical in size to my still-viable Ruger SR40c. They are both designed around the same basic cartridge, and I would love to have a .357Sig barrel for the Ruger, but alas, nobody makes one.
I've learned that the Ruger has the sexier, and bit more comfy, shape due to the fact that the angle of the grip is less steep, and the dual-stack magazine is "stacked" less densely than the Glock, making it one finger longer, and a bit slimmer. The Glock is about as skooshed-up as possible, but both magazines hold nine rounds. Still, the Glock 33 is positively tiny compared to the Glock 21, which, aside from long-slide models, is about as big as Glocks get.
Having extra barrels for my Sig P229 and P239 in .357Sig helped me reconsider my choice of calibers, again. The .357Sig, a necked-down .40S&W case, was designed to propel medium-to-light .355" bullets several hundred FPS faster than regular 9mm or .38 rounds. Energy, on paper, approximates .45ACP, but with less recoil. Many police agencies and other users, including the Secret Service, have done performance tests that show a good combination of accuracy, low recoil, and enhanced lethality. Many of the loads are supersonic, even in short-barreled handguns, giving it a scary bark along with a nasty bite.
As with my other Glocks, I have a few "must-have" accessories on order. Trijicon sights and a tungsten double-spring recoil guide are important. The factory barrel is better supported, and closer to SAAMI specs than the "loose" Glock factory .45 barrel, so I didn't need a replacement, although I did order a .40S&W barrel from Bar-Sto. These $215 barrels have enabled me to have the equivalent of two or three handguns at once, and have proven to be a great investment. My next trip to the range will provide a comparison between the Glock 33 and my trusty Sig P229 in .357Sig. Swap barrels, and both become different handguns.
Another gadget I ordered, but may not install right away, is a Hatfield Gunsmithing "Tactical Racker" for Glocks. I have one on my Glock 21 and 36 due to the super-slippery finish on the slide of the G36. It was so slick I could not get a reliable grip on it when retracting the slide. This aluminum piece, which replaces the plastic slide cover, not only fixes the "slippery" problem, but also allows one-handed slide manipulation using a table, door jamb, or even shoe heel.
The only downside for me is getting poked in the side a bit with IWB carry. Since the G33 slide isn't so slippery, I may not install it, but it's always good to have it in the parts drawer, rather than trying to order only to find out that they won't make another batch for four months, which recently happened with the Demon Tactical takedown pin for the AR15. With luck, I'll have a range report next week.
My Remington 870 Tactical also received an upgrade. It's a new stock from Mesa Tactical, and it seems to be a vey practical and comfy modification. There are probably now a half-dozen ways to mount a sling on this shotgun, although I can only use one at a time.
My only quibble is their logo. Unless it's the arctic, or an explosive atmosphere, my instinctive reaction is to associate a masked face with "bad guy". Liberals not only have cows over "ugly guns", but "ugly advertising", too.
I've seen too many times some statist holding a box of ammo with some scary name or image on it, and spouting some BS. That's why my marketing plan would involve packaging defensive ammo in boxes with image of puppies and kittens, and a name like "fluffy bunnies". Can you imaging Schmuck Shumer trying to incite hysteria while denouncing something packaged like that? :)
Between my parts bin, and Black Friday specials at Brownells, Midway USA, and Amazon, I'm putting together (yet) another "budget M4". However, due to a SUPER special price on a complete upper, it will be a gas piston M4.
No pictures yet, but that's because most of the parts are still in the supply pipeline. Still, it was nice, and economical, to have assorted pins, springs, sights, and tools on hand already.
Again, I hadn't planned on this until all the sales started coming together today, but this is my way to have an example of a gas-piston AR15 at a reasonable do-it-myself, tune-it-myself price.
Ah Yes, received that same email offer. Temptation is rearing its head again. Must resist.
Hope we’ll see the new one in a range report soon.
Didn’t otherwise participate in the BF madness. Not even the Cabella’s ‘you might win a nice rifle in an obscure caliber’ would tempt me to brave that ‘first 500 through the door’. Shudder.
I'm participating only from the comfort of my computer. And I get to decline participating in the state sales tax, again.
These M4 projects are a big temptation for me, because I usually have ~$200 worth of spare parts in the bin, ready to use on another one. This one also involves new technology, in addition to the gas piston system. PWS has a next-generation buffer tube out there, with several purported advantages. Either $150 for CNC-machined from aluminum stock, or $60 for extruded aluminum. $60 is a bit pricey, but a definite winner for a one-off build.
I wish I could get Discovery Channel to pay me just 10% of what those guys at Red Jacket get. But no-drama precision doesn't attract audiences. So far, I've spent two hours going through my stash of parts, selecting the ones I want, and making a list of small stuff still to be bought.
I can't build optics, so I'll just have to lie in wait for a good sale item to wander by before I pounce.
Haven’t heard of anybody getting pepper-sprayed at Cabella’s...yet.
Just got back from NC...kittehs are happy to see me.
I think they sell more bear spray at Cabella's. The 2% OC legal in Michigan (possession of anything stronger is a felony) is only enough to piss off your assailant. Or get you "cuts" in the checkout line. :)
No, I expect not. An armed society is a polite society.
Yep, I bet the kittehs are glad to see you. Their human returns. Let’s get some mices.
That sales tax on top of shipping is sometimes hard to take. It only takes one store in a state to trigger the sales tax. Glad that Brownells stays put and doesn’t open ‘branch’ stores. I’ve noticed some pretty good sales on scopes now although they seem to cost darn near what the rifle does these days.
Rains tapered off, time to walk the pups. BBL
I need to get one of those timed feeders for teh kittehs. They (by the looks of it, mostly Nikki) ate almost 7 pounds of dry kibble.
I need to get teh Kitteh family and the Hoomin family together.
I probably mentioned that we've had Annie on a diet for more than a year and we've endured her squalling "I'm hungry" the whole time. Well, we took her to the vet for her shots and she had only lost 4 pounds. The vet suggested we cut her food back to 4 oz./day from 6 oz./day. Needless to say, that's not happening.
What makes it worse is that he told us he had been to a seminar and researchers have proven that when cats cry that they are hungry, they are. Thanks for the info, doc. /s
She’s just big-boned! :)
Mr. Nikki is being the perfect lap cat every time I sit down...so I’m blaming him for not getting anything done today.
On the left are holes from Speer 125gr .357Sig ammo, and my birthday present, a set of Peltor Tactical XP electronic ear muffs. And what a welcome gift, since the .357Sig round has a ferocious muzzle blast to go with its mild-mannered shooting qualities.
The target on the right is made by Fiocchi 100gr super-hot frangible rounds. The lighter bullet recoils a bit less, and groups a lot better. I bought the last 350 rounds from Midway USA on a hugh closeout.
Thanks to some reading suggested by Squantos, I learned that .40S&W is best for "heavy and slow" bullets, while .357Sig works best as "light and fast". The .357 round operates at 40,000psi, which is about 5000psi over .40 working pressure. That means it can drive impossibly light bullets at speeds that still make them vey effective.
For most .357" diameter bullets, 125gr is a practical minimum weight in both revolvers and semi-autos for reliability. That same 125gr bullet is considered a "heavy" in .357Sig. Defensive ammo in the 90-100gr range is no big deal, except for the price. I keep my eyes open for sales, since this caliber is not found in most Wally Worlds.
As far as the grouping goes, that is still subject to change, because I now have a set of tritium sights on the Glock, but have not yet been back to the range. I also have a few replacement parts coming in to help with a better trigger pull, and recoil control. But at least most of my shots are not thrown down and to the left, a sign of flinching.
While making these photos, I discovered that there is a second, undocumented magazine follower for Glock .357 magazines. Glock has two or three different magazine followers in most calibers, the result of engineering changes or product improvements. But there is only one listed in all of the literature I've seen so far. Between the two mags that came with the weapon, and two more I bought later, I just noticed today that two each of followers marked "1" and "2".
It started today when I noticed there was something different in the way two magazines looked.
I had already used all four magazines without trouble, so I never compared one to another. Everything worked fine, despite the difference. In this picture, "1" is on the left, and "2" is on the right.
The "wall" on #2 extends all the way to the front of the follower, perhaps to continue guiding the round the last bit of the way. Also, the small flat that trips the slide latch, in the bottom right corner of both, sits higher in the empty #2 magazine, perhaps to provide more positive activation.
The markings are identical on the magazine bodies, just ".357". I just ordered some 15-round magazines, and filler sleeves, and will check their followers, too. Plus I bought the two types of .40 followers at $3 each to study them.
Sig saved their customers a lot of confusion by marking their double-stack magazines ".40/.357", because everything is identical on them. Of course, Sig sells conversion barrels, so customers are probably aware that both use the same magazine, which was the original intent for developing the .357Sig, anyway.
Glock never did that, so they apparently have identical magazines with different markings so not to confuse our poor little heads. And differences in magazine followers that aren't readily explained to the end user. But since I have an aftermarket .40S&W barrel already on order, I'm betting everything is identical, despite the markings. I'll be mixing and matching parts to test my theory.
Now if Glock would just provide full disclosure on the meaning of the different followers, I'd be happy to upgrade my older ones at $3 a pop. This should be low-hanging fruit for Glock, or a Glock guru, but I have yet to see documentation on the "2" follower for the .357.
And in the spirit of Christmas shopping, here's a handy stocking stuffer I came across. It's a Gerber Optiva LED with its own pocket-reel belt clip.
This is a handy little light, and works equally well on belts and MOLLE gear. While it has a list price of $13, you can find it on Amazon for $5. More of my stocking-stuffer shopping finished early.
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