Showing posts with label Lucky Gunner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lucky Gunner. Show all posts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 Updated 30 Apr

Updated 4/16: If you had an eye on something but the price wasn't quite right this is the time to strike before I list things elsewhere. Send me a note with what you are thinking and we'll talk. I'm not having a fire sale but I do want to unload this stuff and put that value elsewhere. If I earn another hundred bucks I can get a case of 5.56 which sounds pretty darn good to me.


 I teased it before. Folks seemed to think my idea not to include shipping in costs as it would drag up the price of items but instead have a surcharge for smaller purchases. After deliberation I set the amount (under which a $10 surcharge will be added) as $60. The reason for that instead of $50 is that price would let someone buy an item, toss in a $10 pouch and avoid paying the surcharge. In effect I would be giving away the smaller item.

 As to procedures either leave a comment or email me at theotherryan@yahoo.com and include Barter Town in the subject line (both is the best approach). Obviously the first person to make a full price offer gets the item. If they want to bargain (which is totally fine) I will do one of four things: A) accept right away B) counter offer, C) tell them I'll see how much interest the item gets and maybe get back to them or D) outright reject their offer.

EDITED TO INCLUDE: Payment can be done through paypal (theotherryan@yahoo.com) or USPS money order.

Anyway here we go.

Knives:
British Sheffiield made OEM Survival Knife. It cost me $85 plus shipping. I received this knife and immediately just didn't like the way it handled. Too heavy for it's length in my opinion. I never used it as I planned to return it. For reasons lost to time the return got messed up and in frusteration I put it on a shelf and a few months went by. 

Holsters:
Safariland 6285 1.5in drop holster for a Glock 17 with TLR-1 light. I know they also fit a G19 just fine. Also I believe they fit the G22/23 as holsters are generally compatible between the two.
Decided to keep this.

Bianchi Model 7/7L pancake holster for a full sized 1911.Slightly used in excellent condition Asking $35.

Quality leather OWB holster for a Glock 26 though it will fit a G19 just fine. Got it in a complicated trade and don't need it. Manufacturer is unknown but it is a nice well made holster. Used in excellent condition. Asking $40.
Cross breed style holster (manufacturer unknown) for a Glock 9mm. Used in VG/G condition. Asking $30.
Sold

Bianchi (I'm pretty sure) leather IWB holster for a Walther PP/PPK. Would presumably fit similar sized guns like a Bersa .380 but again do your own research and take your own chances. It was barely used as I owned the PP for about a week but probably sat on the shelf at the gun shop for a minute so the leather is pretty stuff. A rub of saddle soap or leather conditioner should fix that minor problem. Asking $15.


Other Stuff:

Springfield leather (National Match?) sling. In very good condition. I purchased it because the Garand needed a sling. Took it off when I sold the rifle and do not have a use for it. Asking $25.
Side saddle for a Mossberg 500. Can't remember who made it and the bolts to mount it were lost who knows when. Asking $10.
 

Leather sling. Asking $20.


PUR hiker water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filters.

PUR water filter. Asking $40. They don't make these anymore but they take Katadyn replacement filter.

My goal is to make enough cash to fund some projects. Honestly as such my primary goal is to turn this stuff into cash. Inevitably the topic of trades will come up. First of all valuing trades is hard, everyone wants to value their stuff close to new and the other guys at half the value. I tend to look at both sides stuff based on % of new price and factor in condition. If you have something else to trade I might be interested in I guess let me know. Worst case I will say no thanks.

Well that is what I have up for sale now. Please let me know if you have any questions. Barter Town is now officially open.

Edited to include:  I am going to start selling this stuff in other places so if you had an eye on something it would be smart to move sooner instead of later.

As to trades if I can use something I'll probably take it. Make me an offer.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

.357 Magnum Lever Action Over 30-30 Winchester?

I have been toying with the idea of moving to a .357 mag for my lever action rifle. The .357 mag out of a 16-20in barrel is a different beast than from a pistol. That being said the best .357 mag loads like a 158 grain Speer Gold Dot is at best going to be on par with a fine but completely standard 30-30 load like a 150 gr Winchester SP. Even with the best cartridge gaming argument one can try to say a .357 mag is equal to a 30-30 but nobody, even with the most blatant bias, tries to say the .357 is superior in any way. That being said.....

Going to a .357 lever gun would let me simplify the logistics a bit. Also the appeal of throwing a hundred rounds of .357 ammo in a bag then taking a wheel gun and a carbine out into the woods is appealing.

I think a Marlin 1894 in .357 mag would be the answer to this problem though an (exceedingly rare) Winchester Trapper .357 would be the bees knees.

Thoughts?

Monday, May 18, 2015

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

-Did my dry fire 3x like a good boy should.

-Picked up a box of Remington 150 grain SP ammo.

-Repacked my work ruck. Once we finally ditch the ACU pattern I intend to unify those two systems (work ruck and BOB) into one. It will let me keep things simple and avoid a lot of duplication.

-We are working at rotating the food in the freezer.

-Bought some gold and silver from Montana Rarities the Metals Pimp.

Next week I plan to
-Dry fire
-Hit the range
-Put seedlings into pots
-Start a new batch of seedlings
-Sharpen the chainsaw
-Tidy up the garage
-List some more stuff for sale. Speaking of which I still have things from the last batch.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Question: Plate Carriers and 7.62x39 JHP Ammo

Question in bold. My answer in italics.

Do you recommend any of the online plate carrier/steel plate dealers? Looking for good quality (350-500$) as the gear will be taken in and out of a truck daily. There is also a big blackberry problem in the area and the thorns can fray nice fibers easily. Do you know anything or have any recommendations about Special Operations Equipment ?

Ryan here: My steel plate setup is AR500 plates in an Exo Carrier from JRH Enterprises. It is more of a full body armor set up than a stripped down minimalist plate carrier but I am happy with it so far. If I was looking for a more PC type set up I would get a set of AR-500 plates and a Condor PC.

Honestly if I was worried about thorns tearing something up I would do the math on replacing it every 3-4 years if/ when it gets torn up enough to genuinely not function. IMO this lends itself to a more affordable set up like Condor than a more expensive set up.

I do not personally own any of their stuff but I have only heard good things about Original SOE gear. Lots of professional and semi professional hard use types swear by their stuff.

Also any personal experience with the 8m3- 7.62x39 round?

Ryan here: Honestly I had to google this one. From what I can tell it is a 124 gr JHP round imported by Wolf and maybe some other folks. Honestly exact sourcing and branding on com bloc stuff is kind of iffy but I'm doing my best.  

I have shot a fair bit of this ammo. My rifle really likes it and a 7.62x39 hollow point is going to be a heck of a man stopper or medium sized game round. My rifle shoots it with the same reliability and accuracy as normal 7.62x39 FMJ ammo. I prefer the HP stuff as it offers a significant ballistic advantage. My stash of AK ammo is probably 60% normal FMJ and 40%  8m3 or similar HP ammo. Honestly of the two I buy whatever is cheapest. With an AK if you put round(s) generally where they are supposed to go it will do it's job. If prices are the same I buy HP ammo.

Hopefully that answers your questions.

Apologies if these are answered on the blog. I don’t always have time to get on but send an email.

Thank you again Ryan!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Glock Magazine Sleeves, Economics and Other Things

Something that came up in class was that the G19 grip is a bit short, not too short to shoot, just a little short to get my hand on fast on the draw. I used another guys G17 for a bit and I got a faster, more positive, grip on the gun. Since I'm using it with a light in a drop holster bulk isn't an issue. Still I do not want to lose the versatility of the G19. I am thinking about using a G17 mag and getting one of those magazine sleeve things. Have any of you used one? If so what do you think of them?

Bayou Renaissance Man talks economics. All news is bad. We are living in a false economy.

Turns out that first run of Magpul Gl9 mags wasn't quite ready for prime time. However being a good company Magpul is making good on them with a strait swap out. I'll still wait a couple months before picking up some.

I need to get a shot timer. The CED 7000 came highly recommended. Thoughts?

I had wanted to get a case of 5.56 ammo but my short to mid term goals have changed some. I want to set my glock up right with a grip force adapter, get a shot timer, upgrade my appendix CCW holster and a couple other little things. Some parts of my system have been proven worthy but others are left wanting. Additionally I want to save up for another class in the fall. Using this resource (CSAT) to the fullest while I am relatively local just makes sense. I would have a hard time paying to fly in, getting a rental car and going to a course.

The honest truth is I am far more likely to get in a fight with a pistol than a rifle, period. Also I am infinitely more likely to get in a pistol fight than run through my dozen or so loaded rifle mags, let alone need case of ammo X.

Listening to the beginning of 299 days again I got a good reminder to focus on what I can control. I can't stop a hurricane but I can have a Honda EU2000 with 25 gallons of treated gas (aside from other stores), plenty of food and a chain saw. I can't fix our economy but I can put back food and buy a little silver and gold from the metals pimp. I can't stop illegal immigrant criminals or meth heads or Daesh/ ISIS inspired terrorists from doing their thing but I can regularly carry a concealed handgun and work hard to be capable with it.

What I am getting at is that you need to quit worrying too much about things you can not control and focus more on how you can control the effects of things coming down the pike.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Grim Reminder: You Aren't Getting any Ammo Resupply in an Emergency

Bayou Renaissance Man brings up a very good point. If something bad happens you can not plan on getting ANY ammo through normal sources. Sure you could trade for it but since that stuff just became unobtanium the black free market price is going to be painful. The point is that while there can be oversights and you could be short for something like that old 20 gauge shotgun rusting in the safe you best plan to cover all of your important core needs.

We could have a long discussion about how much is enough. That discussion has been had here before . Also Peter shared his thoughts. Of course the scenario(s) you are preparing for matter considerably here. I listed my chosen amounts. That is for a pretty nasty situation but maybe not quite a full on mad max one. Half of that, or even a third, is plenty for some sort of short to moderate (say a month or two) type event like Hurricane Katrina or whatnot.

The point is that you need to get whatever you feel you need sooner instead of later. Also it is not a bad idea to think of some overages for family/ friends/ neighbors. Case in point I have a stash sufficient to let me give a neighbor 50 rounds of 9mm or 50 rounds of .38 special , ditto for a few mags of 5.56 or 7.62x39. Still I could stand to stash some ammo specifically for this eventuality. Say some buckshot, about 250 rounds, since my neighbors all seem to be into the duck hunting and thus shotguns. Also if going full bore I'd stash 100 rounds each of .40 S&W and .45 since I have little (.45) to none (.40) of those common calibers on inventory. The point I am getting at is that you should plan for whatever ammo you might give out in an emergency above your personal stash.

Got Ammo?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From Around The Web

Lucky Gunner's Guide to the S&W .38/.357 Mag revolver. A pretty cool resource to wade through their myriad of different frames, configurations and model numbers. 

Two Commandments by Kenny of Knuckle Draggin My Life Away. Beware. Clicking through the link is fine for anybody. Wading into the general blog will expose you to foul language and pictures of beautiful women in bikini's, thong underwear, etc. Depending on your perspective that might be awesome or offensive.

Captains Journal talks M4 reliability. Looks like we are going back to industry, which makes some great rifles, for suggestions on improving the standard service rifle.

Mike Pattone and Defense Review talk The Big M4 Fouling Myth. They make a compelling case to swap out a few simple, user level, parts to improve the rifles ability to feed and cycle. Specifically a heavier buffer/ buffer spring and an upgraded extractor spring with crane 0 ring. Good to think about and not too expensive to impliment. Keep existing parts as spares.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pastor Joe Fox 'Before You Buy PM's'



On the ammo discussion:
10,000 rounds by Pastor Joe Fox
Cheaper than Dirt chimes in and thinks 2 cases per rifle is pretty reasonable
My thoughts on How Much Ammo is Enough

To recap my thoughts:
Fighting Rifle like an AK-47 3,000 rounds of 7.62x39. Ditto for 3 cases of 5.56 for the AR, etc all
Fighting Pistol- 1k of 9mm or whatever your flavor is.
Shotgun- 1k mixed between buckshot, slugs and small game loads. Depending on your area and firearms setup you might want more buckshot for say an urban scenario or more small game loads if you are set on defensive rifles and out in the sticks. Honestly I would probably go 300 buck, 200 slugs and 500 various small game loads like #6 and BB because I'm more likely to shoot 5 rounds a week at squirrels or birds than burglars.

In general:

I think there are a couple of ways to look at precious metals.

One could look at them as a part of a survivalist type plan. From this perspective on the low $$$ end you might have a bag of 90% silver dimes to barter with. This could be $20 face (14.2ish ounces, costing about $300 today) or a big $100 face bag. On the high end you might have a bit more silver and whatever the balance of your funds is in gold.

Personally I do not look at PM's as part of my survivalist plans. If I was headed to Ye Olde Barter Faire sure I would have a few dollars face in 90% but I would also have fifty rounds of .22 lr, a pack of sewing needles, some pins, etc. The way I look at PM's is not so much as  a survivalist thing but as the uuber conservative portion of my financial plans. Some folks put a bit of money into bonds or treasuries, I go with silver and gold instead.

Anyway I thought the video was worthwhile and thought provoking. I hope it is equally worthwhile to you.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2016 Gun Buying Plans

I talked about getting ready for the upcoming (pretty well scheduled) 2016 Election Hysteria awhile back. Figured it is time for an update.

Since writing that post I did order a stripped lower.

Would like to get 2 more, maybe this weekend. I look at these as a stock option. For $40-60ish they give me the option of buying an AR down the road at a pretty normal price, despite whatever AWB type stuff could get passed. $200 in stripped lowers in the safe would let me buying that 20" M16 A4 style tack driver I kind of want, build a pink AR for Wifey and one for each kid.

I got a 3rd mag for the LCP. Probably good enough for now.

Also want to get some of those new Glock magpul mags to try out. A half dozen of them would go a long way to testing the (almost surely great) new product and getting ahead for when I eventually get another Glock.

Have not picked up any more .380 or .308. These are pretty low on the list as tiny pocket pistol ammo and deer hunting rounds aren't going anywhere any time soon. Still on general principle over the course of the year I want to get some of each, bare minimum 200 rounds each .380 ball and .308 150gr SP.

The proceeds from my spring cleaning sale are going to be turned into a case of 5.56. Honestly I fear some day we will be laughing about $350 a case the way folks are talking about SA 5.56 at $200 a case in the early 00's. I have habitually been short of my self identified goals for 5.56 so this year I want to get closer to, if not achieve, my desired goal of 3k (per fighting rifle).

Beyond that in no particular order I plan to pick up some HK G3 mags and if I get a windfall of some sort a full spare parts kit for a G3. Bet you can guess what my next years goal is?

I should note that hysteria aside I see the chances of anything meaningful happening at a national level to limit our 2A rights as a no go. I'm not saying to go out and charge everything you will ever want on the visa because this will be your last chance ever. What I am saying is that next years market might be wonky so it is prudent to front load some firearm and firearms related purchases and not plan on much happening next year. Honestly if I had the cash to buy all the stuff listed plus a PTR-91 today I would do it and just be done for 1.75 years  but well I don't so some stuff has to wait.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ruger LCP Custom First Range Trip Report

I finally got the Ruger LCP Custom out to the range. Took a box of .380 PMC FMJ's and some .380 Hornady 90 gr JHP American Handgunner ammo.

Accuracy: I was pleasantly surprised. This little pistol was pretty shootable. Getting head sized shots at 10 yards and chest at 15-25 was not at all difficult. I was able to shoot it to that level of accuracy with decent follow up time so that was nice. I shoot it way better than a J frame.

Recoil: Negligible. It isn't a gun you would want to fire 500 rounds through but I shot 65ish and could have shot another box without any unpleasantness.

Reliability: Kind of a sad face here. Out of 65 rounds there were 2 failures to feed. The first one was an FMJ that just didn't chamber. I racked the slide and it loaded just fine. The second was a JHP when I went to load the pistol. The first round in the mag jammed up on the feed ramp and got dented up pretty bad. Maybe when I went to load the mag I didn't fully seat it or failed to pull the slide back all the way, I don't know.

I am taking this with an open (albeit annoyed) mind as I somehow failed to lubricate the gun at all. I shot it right out of the box totally dry. After a shot of lube there were not any more issues. I'm hoping further testing shows those FTF's were an anomoly.

Presuming the stats on reliability gets to 99% for subsequent practice I think this is going to make a nice little carry pistol.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My Level 2.5 Get Home Bag Update 4/11/2015

I talked about my level 2.5 system awhile back and did a full breakdown. Since then I acquired a new bag and have trimmed the system down to a more manageable size/ weight. Anyway somebody asked for a full breakdown so here it is.
 From top to bottom:
-Burner phone with charger. I keep this as a back up to my normal phone. I'm not worried about the Gubmint listening in on me but like the layer of anonymity when buying/ selling things. 
-Little tan bag with some cash in it. Enough to buy a tank of gas and a few meals as well as to have cash to flash to buy a ride if I need to. "I will pay you a hundred bucks to take me in the general direction you are already going" type thing.
-Glock 19 with 2 spare mags loaded with Federal 115gr JHP ammo. It is in my trusty Bianchi 100 professional but there is a little Raven Vanguard 2 just in case some time I put it in the bag and forget the holster.
-IFAK. TQ, Israeli bandage, compressed gauze, nasal breathing tube and needle.
-Boo boo kit. Band aids, mole skin, athletic tape, liquid bandage, etc. Recently added some caffine pills and peptol bismol.
-Benchmade Bushcrafter knife. 
I ended up putting this knife back in. I think a full tang knife that can be pushed pretty hard has value that makes it's additional weight worthwhile.
-Piece of VS 17 panel and a whistle for signalling.
-Headlamp and extra batteries.
-Nalgene bottle and stainless nesting cup.
-Compass, map, protractor, notecards and pencils
-Sawyer water filter.
 -TP and spare socks. Not real sure why they share a bag.
-Nomex flight gloves.
-Fire kit. Lighter, matches and a couple little candles.
-Food. A couple things of tuna, some peanut butter, a bag of M&M's, some instant coffee and 5 cliff bars.
-My Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack.
-ECWCS wind jacket
-Poncho with stakes and 550 cord.
-The woobie this photo is taken on is also part of the system.
Not shows
-A small bag of 550 cord I overlooked in the bottom of the bag.

 The bag fully loaded.


Of course no system is ever completely finished.
Things I need to add:
-A larger (smaller scale so bigger coverage) map
-A couple freeze dried meals to beef up the calorie count a bit.

 Things I am considering doing:
-Swapping out the woobie for a thermal/ casualty blanket at least for the summer. This would save some weight and considerable bulk.

Things I would like to do but have not yet funded.
-Titanium cup
-Snugpack jungle blanket. Smaller and a bit lighter than the woobie and I suspect warmer.
-Potentially a lighter knife that is still full tang.

On an unrelated note out advertiser Lucky Gunner has Glock 23 magazines on sale for $22.95 instead of the usual 28-30. Glock mags practically never go on sale so if you have a G23 jump on this deal.

So anyway that is my bag. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Firearm Selection Criteria: Concept of Use, Reliability, Commonality, Affordability, and Personal Preference

Today I want to talk about a methodology for selection of firearms and arguably other tools. I put these in order intentionally; the way I did it was working through the perspective of a person trying to decide on a type of weapon to purchase. It is also worth noting I am focusing on weapons for practical, predominantly defensive, use. For sporting weapons reliability is less important as the worst case is a ruined day of hunting or whatever your hobby is. Weapons purchased for enjoyment of shooting or collecting can fail to meet any of the criteria and still be your thing. If you like shooting black powder rifles or surplus Swiss Schmidd Rubens in 7.5x55 which is currently on sale for .51 cents a round at Lucky Gunner then roll with it, the act is it's own reward. So here we go.

The first category is concept of use. It took a lot of consideration to put this one first. The reason is that it is going to decide the general type of weapons you are going to be looking into.

I will explain in a brief tangent. A gun can be great but entirely wrong for what you want it to do. A Glock 22 is the pistol most likely to be in an LEO's holster in any town USA. A fishermen in Alaska might very well be packing a Ruger or S&W .44 mag. A normal guy down in Florida who wants a discrete summer CCW piece he doesn't need to dress around might be packing a tiny .380 like a Ruger LCP. Lets say they all rotate leaving the fishermen with the Glock 40, the cop with the Ruger LCP and the guy down in Florida with the big ole .44 mag. Obviously this is a big old ball of fail.

Think of it like walking into a big well stocked gun store. The fishermen would go to the racks of big bore revolvers, specifically the double action ones. The LEO would gravitate to the racks of semi automatic pistols specifically looking at the compact and full sized models. The guy from Florida would go look at the smaller semi automatic pistols and revolvers.

While you obviously need to look at the general type of weapons that fit your need I would urge against being TOO SPECIFIC. The reason for this is a tendency to create artificially specific requirements to lead you down a path to a gun you want and feel justified in getting whatever you want. One might say this is fine. I disagree for two reasons. First people do not look to justify a decision they inherently know is sound. They are looking to justify a decision because it is too expensive, entirely unneeded or has other various downsides. Second by putting these arbitrary specific criteria at the beginning of the selection process (vs at the end) they may come to a conclusion that has some fundamental problems.

The second category is reliability. Guns owned to save your life in an emergency need to be reliable. I'm not talking 'this gun is reliable if it has been cleaned the day before, is lubricated just so and has special ammunition made of unicorn horns and big foot bones' but under all manner of conditions.

Generally the easiest way to get this is to buy a firearm made to a professional standard. As such it might not be a bad idea to look at weapons used by the military (not just ours) and law enforcement. I don't want to get into any arguments but we're talking big, quality companies like Ruger, Glock, Smith and Wesson, Remington, Sig Sauer, H&K, etc. Avoid fly by night manufacturers and 'price point' brands. Of course even the lowest end Saturday Night Special manufacturer probably, if just by luck, managed to put out a couple guns that work really well. If you happen to have one of those then rock with it. That being said generally after one digs into the 'my Ghetto Blaster Pimptastic Model' works perfectly they find the gun is actually used very little. They haven't tested their guns enough for anything to happen.

Next comes commonality. Commonality of manufacturer, model and chambering. There are a lot of reasons for this. The biggest single one is that common manufacturers/ models and cartridges are common for a reason. Glock hasn't sold millions of 9mm Glock 17's  because it is a piece of junk. Winchester Model 94 30-30 stood the test of time and stayed in production for over a century because they were great rifles and people loved them.

Additionally commonality of a weapon tends to mean more accessories, holsters, custom parts, etc are available for that weapon. Pretty much every holster company makes every model for say a Glock 17 or Sig P226. You can't say that about a Broomhandled Mauser.


Commonality also goes a long way in showing you what sort of support there is for a firearm. Support in terms of spare parts should something break, continued availability of mags, etc all is largely dictated by a weapons commonality. It is a lot easier to find a spring or pin for an AR-15in 5.56 than for an FN-FAL in 280 British.


These are considerations for any firearm owner. A preparedness inclined person is going to weigh availability (which is linked to commonality) of mags and spare parts a whole lot higher than a normal shooter. In an ugly situation I would be able to find say a spare part for an AK-47 or a Glock 17 9mm in my community. It would be a big hassle and I would pay dearly for it, which is why I stock spare parts, but I could get it. On the other hand if the guns were a new boutique rifle  in 6.8 and a Makarov pistol there might not be spare parts within 500 miles which I would not be able to find them in an emergency or realistically get them. Commonality and the ability to trade/ cross level/ scavenge parts/ mags has been weighted heavily for me in recent years and has been a seriously limiting factor in my weapons choices.

Hate to be a buzz kill but affordability matters. We all have budgets and competing demands. I believe owning good modern weapons is important but we have to be realistic. If you are on a $500 Glock/ S&W M&P/ Springfield XD budget there isn't much point in looking at $950 stainless steel SIGs, let alone 3k custom 1911's.

Look beyond the cost of the gun. Consider the cost of mags, spare parts, ammo, etc all to equip the gun however you deem necessary. For example for a fighting pistol like my Glock 19 I like to have at least 10 mags and 1,000 rounds of ammo.  The cost difference figured this way between say my G19 and an H&K .45 is going to be significant.

Awhile back Commander Zero broke down exactly how long it would take to save enough money for a Glock and an AR-15 earning just minimum wage. A couple months of delivering Pizza's a few shifts a week after work would do it. Granted that would suck but if you really want some decent guns and money is tight it would be a way to do it.

Personal Preference comes last. We have already narrowed down the pool of potential options that fit our concept of use to reliable, fairly common models within our budget. Now we can look within those options and make personal preference decisions.
James Yeager talks personal preference. In short he thinks it is a bunch of crap. I agree with Mr. Yeagers general point that personal preference can be taken to extremes. In some circles it is an 'everyone is a unique and special snowflake' sort of thing. This is doubly true with inexperienced shooters. The truth is that your unique choice might in fact be stupid.

Where I disagree with Mr Yeager is that, within an intentionally selected pool of options I see no issue with people making choices based on personal preference. Maybe a person is in the market for a defensive shotgun and logically narrowed their choices down to the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870. Say that person is a lefty so they go for the Mossberg 500 whose controls are easier to handle. Say a perspective LEO was looking for a duty weapon and for the sake of this discussion he had free reign to carry any non single action compact or full sized 9mm, 40 S&W or .45 acp .That young man might handle all of those pistols and rent the three or four he liked best to shoot.

So to close out on personal preference I do believe personal preference has a valid role in firearm selection so long as it is within a pool of weapons that meet some logical pre determined criteria.

Anyway I hope this gives you a way to think about future purchases and hopefully save the hassle of buying the wrong gun(s).


Thoughts?



Friday, March 20, 2015

Pocket Pistol Ammo, The Arctic, GEN Petraeus on Iraq and Other Stuff

Meister linked to a cool new .380 round by Lehigh Defense. Up till now you have had two options for .380 ammo. JHP ammo, including some good stuff like 90 grain Speer Gold Dots that arguably fails to penetrate sufficiently for some tastes. The other option is .380 FMJ which penetrates but leaves a hole many consider less than impressive. Buffalo Bore makes a 100 grain semi jacketed lead flat nose which looks promising but it is a BB load so it's as heavy and fast as possible; as such it's probably better suited to a (relatively) larger and sturdier pistol like Walther PPK, Bersa or Glock 42 than the ultra small/ light pocket rockets.

This new Lehigh round penetrates like an FMJ with better temporary and permanent wound cavities.

It bears serious consideration. Once I've done a little more research and have some jingle in my pocket I'll probably buy a couple boxes.

This chart of Russia's Military presence in the Arctic is interesting. Looks like they are setting conditions to dominate a future resource grab up there. 

GEN (RET) Petraeus talks the Islamic State, Iraq and Iran. Considering he is the jedi master of COIN and (as much as any one person possibly could) our success, if only temporary, in Iraq can be attributed to him I listen when the man talks.

Larry Vickers breaking down the famous Collateral 'briefcase scene'. That has been one of my favorite movie gun fight scenes for awhile. Larry's breakdown of the scene is worth watching.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tiny .380 Concept of Use

As you may know I recently bought a Ruger LCP custom. Our friend Meister talked about the LCP as a handy little carry piece. I have been thinking about this and it bears some discussion.

-A little .380 like the Ruger LCP/ Kel Tech P3AT/ S&W Bodyguard has a couple of apparent uses. The first is as a deep concealment piece. The kind of little pistol you can carry pretty much anywhere has a pretty solid role in any battery. Secondly they are an obvious choice as a back up gun.

-These guns fill a valid role. I owned a Kahr but ended up selling it because it didn't bring a unique capability to the table. 

-A couple of buddies have a two pistol combo of a full sized handgun and a little .380. They respectively own a Springfield TRP 1911/ Kel Tech P3AT and a Springfield XD and Kahr P380. This combo has a lot of merit. A full sized house/ SHTF gun and a nice little carry piece cover both ends of the spectrum.

-As to carrying a little .380 there are certainly some compromises to be made. They are handy as can be and can slip into any pocket. Obviously they are of a rather small caliber, not especially easy to shoot and don't carry a bunch of rounds.

-One must do their own risk analysis and cost to benefit on whether carrying such a small pistol is for them. I can't make choices for anybody else.  Personally I live in a very safe little community. My odds of facing a robber coming out of the grocery store with a gallon of milk for the kiddo's at 7pm are infinitesimal. As such the convenience of slipping a handy little pistol to slip in my pocket is useful with minimal risk.

I am comfortable with the LCP in my pocket in this sleepy little town. Now if I was visiting my sister in Houston I would be carrying the LCP, as a back up to my Glock 19.

-Ammo is an interesting discussion. Meister and the smart guy from box of truth both recommend FMJ since no JHP ammo is capable of sufficient penetration to meet the FBI standards. I am currently packing some 90 grain Hornady JHP ammo that I got a box of at the gun store but I have to do some more research on the matter.  I like the .380 Speer gold dots as well as generally liking Gold Dots in pretty much every caliber.

I think between the Ruger LCP and Glock 19 most of my pistol needs are met. 

Got pocket pistol?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2016 Election Shortage Starting Early?

The whole M855 thing came up then it started a general run on affordable bulk 5.56 ammo like PMC MTAC M193 55gr ammo at$80/200 . T Blog noted there may be a shortage on. So far it is just 5.56 ammo but it might just spread. This brings up the almost inevitable 2016 election hysteria that is coming at some point or another. Which got me to thinking about exactly what I want to acquire in the next few months before the semi scheduled madness occurs.

What's on my list? In no particular order of priority:
-An AR-15 stripped lower just in case. As of late I've seen a trend of slightly used, or sometimes unfired upper's at fire sale prices on the local market. Lots of guys here seem to want to build an AR and don't quite get it done, flip uppers to build a new project or just plain need money. Having a lower to complete one of those would be nice.
-At least 2 more mags for the LCP.
-Some sort of way to carry a spare LCP mag or two.
-A hundred rounds of good .380 defensive ammo like 90 grain Speer Gold Dots and a few boxes of plain old .380 FMJ to practice with.
-A couple hundred rounds of Winchester .308 150 grain Power X Soft Points.

long shots
-A few more Glock mags. Maybe those new magpul ones because they are half the price of OEM.
-A few more PMAGs
Do you think this is the start of the run or just a little unrelated blip in the market?

Friday Randomness

As the weather gets better the chickens seem to be averaging an egg per- so 6 eggs a day. We are awash with eggs. Discussing this with Wifey, the master of household and culinary affairs, we are thinking about working a couple of egg n something meals into our dinner rotation. Eggs n hashbrowns, eggs n pancakes, that sort of thing. Since we already feed the chicks might as well use the eggs.

On a training note I just sent a goodly sized check to a man who is very experienced in the use of defensive/ tactical pistols. This is the weakest link in my combative/ personal defense situation. I tried to address it some time ago but things didn't work out. Anyway now I'm trying to make this training goal happen. In terms of pistol stuff honestly I am not a total newb but far from where I want to be. Not saying I completely suck but the weakest link is such all the same. While I have some ammo stashed I hope things will work out so I can get a fresh case of 9mm to take out there.

Also I spent a good chunk of time today sharpening my knives. Got to have the EDC working well.


Anyway that is what's going on here today.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Running, Rifles and Different Things

Last month I only ran 27 miles. An improvement over the last months 22 but not ideal. I started out too hard to be honest. Did 18 miles in the first 12 or 13 days then hurt my knee. Maybe I pushed it too hard (I know I did) ignoring the standard 10% rule. I could have fudged it some since Feb was kind of a slow month but still. I got a little over exuberant I guess. For about a week I think I ran 2 miles as I was hurting. A reminder that I'm not 21 any more and even though I'm far from over the hill there are a lot of miles on my body. So finished up the short month at 27 which wasn't terrible. Would have made my (adjusted) goal of 30 but family stuff got in the way.

This months goal is at least 35, if I feel good It's a total of running and rucking so it's not too bad. This morning I did 4.5. A target of 9-10 a week will give me a little buffer in case things fall short at some point.

Alexander Wolfe posted a pic of his sweet new AR-15. Very cool stuff. While we did some things differently with me opting for a standard weight barrel and a variable powered scope and him for a light weight barrel and an Aimpoint micro it is a nice rifle and I hope it serves him well.

This weeks plans are to do some research on a decent defensive .380 load, keep reading the ham radio book and do a few things towards the food storage record keeping. Also I'll look to put together a set of stuff for the saw and generator to keep them together in a big tuff box.

What are your plans for next week?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Pocket Pistol

Was running around today and swung through the local gun store to fondle a Ruger LCP. They had one of those new Ruger LCP Custom's. I handled it and liked it. The price difference between it and the baseline one was $30. The money gets you actual sights and a different trigger. Decided to go for it.

So now I am the owner of a Ruger LCP Custom. Picked up a box of JHP ammo and a box of FMJ to try it out with. Ordered a Safariland 25-1881-21 Inside Pocket Holster to carry it in. Going to have to get some spare mags and more ammo as soon as the budget and other projects will allow.

Do you own a pistol in this category? If so what are your thoughts on it?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Kahr is Gone, The Kahr is Gone Away.

Sold my Kahr CW9 today. The S&W 642 is also on dangerous ground waiting for the right sale or trade. If things go right it will be gone inside the week. A couple of things drove that decision.

Primarily I have gotten back to packing around my Glock 19 a whole lot more. How did I do this? Well I had to get some new pants. A couple pair of my pants were just plain worn out. So when I replaced them I bought pants 2 inches bigger around than I am around. Actually brought my Glock to the store when I purchased them to try them on with it. After that I went into the closet and threw out my shirts that were not sufficiently sized to let me wear the Glock 19 at 3 o'clock discretely. That combined with my blade tech belt and Bianchi professional 100 and I'm back to packing the G19 a lot.

So how does this relate to the Kahr? Well given these, not entirely insignificant accommodations the concealability of my Glock 19 is not very different from the Kahr CW9.  Since they fall into the same general footprint if I could carry one I could carry the other. Why would I carry a gun with half the bullets that I do not shoot as well? Meister was right to carry a bigger gun and dress around it a little bit. Still there are some situations where you just can't carry that much of a pistol. Or maybe you are running to the corner store for milk in a sleepy, safe area. Or it is August in Louisiana and 100 degrees with sauna like humidity and blazing sun. A smaller gun does have a role.

Looking hard at getting a pocket sized .380. It is true this is another caliber but it is the quint essential carry a lot, shoot a little gun. The kind of gun where you get 4 or so mags, 150 or so rounds of good JHP ammo, 250 rounds of FMJ for practice and call it good.

Specifically I am looking at the Ruger LCP. The price difference between them and the Kel Tec is negligible and well, Ruger makes better guns than Kel Tec. Also Kel Tec's business model of making guns with an enormous lemon rate and offering a lifetime warranty knowing they sell a price point gun to people who, on average shoot very little bothers me. A defensive firearm should work out of the box, not after being sent back to the factory twice, you doing an internal polish job and racking the slide 10,000 times to smooth out all the manufacturing mistakes. It would take a lot to convince me that Kel Tec guns to a professional standard with any consistence. I know some KT's work but many do not. Also KT's seem to have gone up in price considerably. The difference between a Kel Tec P3AT and a Ruger LCP in my AO is about $50. That is the price of a decent bottle of Scotch or a meal out for the family. If it was $100+ that would be a different discussion but for such a small difference I see no reason to settle, especially since I have the money.

So those are my thoughts on that. What do you think? Personal experiences with the Ruger LCP?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ice Storm and Max Velociity Talks M855 Alternatives

Down here in Louisiana we are finally getting a shot of winter. It is cold (35 when I got  home) and there is an 80% chance of rain. School was canceled today and is also for tomorrow. We had a late call today and have a later one tomorrow. Paw Paw shared a picture that pretty much sums up the situation.

 Max Velocity talks alternatives to M855.  Putting my money where my mouth is that case of 55gr M193 5.56 I just ordered showed up today. I need to get a 50 cal ammo can to store it in. Also need one for that case of 7.62x39 I bought when the Ukraine really kicked off. I probably need to order about 4 ammo cans.

500 rounds of Remington 110gr SJHP for $250. Fifty cents a round for any .357 mag ammo is a good deal. For Remington hollow points it is a darn good deal.

500 rounds of Independence 55gr M193 for $164.99 (.33 a rd). With the nature of 5.56 right now this is a good deal. If you are short, or just want a few months of training ammo this is a good way to get squared away.
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