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The Basics

I’ve been perusing ‘gun media’ since the early 70’s  Back then, magazines and books, then, switching largely in the 90’s to this new-fangled Internet thing.

And many things have changed.

The preferred sidearm (for some perhaps – semiautomatic over revolver, or plastic over steel), the preferred stance (Isosceles over Weaver), the preferred caliber (9mm over .45 ACP), holster material (Kydex over leather).

Back then too, at least most of us trusted our government.

Times have changed.

But some things remain constant.


Distilled down even further then The Modern Technique of The Pistol(!)

(from Mad Ogre, in part)

Only YOU know what your sight picture looked like the instant your shot broke.  Only YOU know what that trigger pull felt like.  Only YOU know what you did wrong.  YOU have to be honest with yourself.  If you want to get better, you have to start with your own internal honesty here.  Put down the pride, and admit to yourself you are not doing everything you need to be doing to achieve consistent accuracy.

Front Sight Focus – Trigger Pull.

Those 2 things.   You get those two things right – everything else falls into place and you’ll have tighter shot groups.

This also applies to rifle shooting as well.

AMEN, brother!

Glock Demands Customer Private Information

The Firearm Blog recently brought THIS to our attention…

Mr. Thingy

FarSide_MrThingy1I’ve never liked referring to myself as disabled.  Or the politically-correct differently-abled.  Even now that the State and my private insurance have labelled me as such.  I’m just uncomfortable so doing.

I haven’t even bothered to get one of those disabled license plates or mirror hangers.  Other people need them more than I.  🙂

I’m just me.

But, there are some things difficult and nearly impossible for me to do without some kind of assistance.

One of my ‘problems’ having a fused right hip (and imperfect right knee) is putting on socks.  I have been known to perform a kind of modified hurdlers stretch, bending my leg back and reaching behind me with a sock one-handed.

not me, not even close!

not me, not even close!

Believe me when I say doing this isn’t quick, easy or comfortable.

Or pretty.

Enter The Sock Thingy 2.0.  This is the name I’ve given it.

sock aidHere is a simple device which kind-of extends my reach with an open sock!  (Hey! It doesn’t dress me, but it makes things a little easier.)

One curls the black part into a sock, which holds it open, then dangles it to insert the foot in the opening, and pull up on the straps – viola’!

My only complaint is Sock Thingy 1.0 was made of thin plastic and terrycloth, and eventually broke.  It was quite comfortable, but replaced with the 2.0.  The 2.0 model is hard plastic.  Much more durable, but less comfortable, too.

At least it helps!

(It occurred to me while dressing this morning that some others of you might have a need for such an aid(?)

FTC – neither Amazon or Duro-Med have given me anything.  Put on your own socks!

Stainless, Electroless Nickel, Rostfrei, plated, white finish…

I’ve never been involved in a self-defense shooting.  Statistically, while many of us train to be able to stop an armed assailant @ 25 yards (or greater), most self-defense shootings happen at arm’s length, or not much greater.

So, is dismissal of a lighter (‘white’/silver) firearm finish really all that necessary to show one is ‘tacticool’?  Or is it just a gun culture meme that dark blue/black firearms look cooler, not as much like the childhood cap guns of yore?  If one is properly concealing one’s sidearm prior to the event, does rapid presentation of a shiny weapon signal our intent sooner than we would like the potential target to discern?  Or is this a pointless discussion?

Speaking only for myself, while I prefer a dark shiny (or a dark mat) finish for esthetic reasons, stainless and electroless nickel have served me well.  My perspiration has the properties of hydrofluoric acid, and a couple of blued firearms have been damaged because of it.  Even with daily maintenance and oiling.  (sigh)
I did own a SIG P-226 in 40 S&W, with a black (Nitron) stainless steel slide.  But in the short time I had her never carried her concealed.

I have had good luck with the Tenifer finish of the Glock products, and Robbie Barkman of ROBAR coated my NM 1911 with Poly-T.  It is wearing off a bit around the edges, but, it has been almost 20 years.  And I’ve owned and carried many Smith & Wesson stainless revolvers.  The factory electroless of my S&W 442 is getting a little rough.  But, she’s been living in my Kramer pocket holster for much of the past 17 years.

It is important to remember stainless does not mean rust free, in spite of the German translation – rostfrei.

And I don’t plan on waving around a shiny metal object long enough to get negative attention of any bad guy.  No matter what color it is.

Glock, Kramer, S&W, Colt and SIG have given me nothing but pleasure.  Look elsewhere FTC – or just stop looking!

h/t Whipped Cream Difficulties

S&W Plastic Guns

S&W Shield

The Smith & Wesson Military and Police Shield is getting terrific reviews all over the gunnie blogosphere.
Unfortunately, I’m unable to evaluate it.  I’ve not been to the NRA Convention since it was in Phoenix, and my ability to travel is limited.  So, until it hits the gun stores, I must rely on others.
I’m not a big fan of plastic guns.  I do recognize the accomplishments of Glock, Springfield, Keltec and others technologically and marketing-wise, but, being old-school, I’ve a better appreciation for steel and walnut.
Plastic has no soul.  And I’ve owned three Glocks – a 17, 26 and a 30.
A few years back, S&W produced a plastic pistol called the Sigma.  At first, it was welcomed as the American response to the Glock, but after the lawsuits over trigger technology one thing was evident.
It was intended for light use, and expected to wear out.  Sooner than its Austrian counterpart.  I remember negative reviews in gun magazines christening it the Smegma.
One time, Dave (the mechanic) and I attended one of the smaller gun shows at the State Fairgrounds.  Just inside the door, an exhibitor had a table rife with Sigmas.  Dave, familiar with the insult, said to me, loudly, “Oh look, Smegmas!”  The guy behind the table corrected him.  We didn’t think he knew of the insult, or what smegma actually is.
I am a fan of Smith & Wesson revolvers (without the lock, thank you!) and hope this new pistol transcends past sins of trigger technology and plastic in general.  Let’s hope it’s not a smegma.

Firearms Training with Plastic

The climax to the opening scene of The Graduate has young Benjamin Braddock, scholastic hero, track star, son of proud parents, returning home after graduation.
At the celebration party, one of his father’s businessman friends pulls him aside, and asks him what he’s going to do with his life.  He has no idea.
The father’s friend leans in close, as if sharing a national secret, and says, ” I’ve one word for you, Plastics!”
This is not a post about Glocks, or Smiths, or any of the other variants of combat Tupperware.
It’s about plastic guns.  Those inert, one piece, colored (usually red or blue) non-functional items used for training.  Mine is a blue mock-up of a Sig-Sauer P226.
I bought it a few years back, largely to teach weapon retention techniques.  It’s become much more in my training menu.
I’ve used it to teach weapon retention, disarmament, modes-of-carry, and even presentation to Weaver and Isosceles positions.  Tueller drill.  It’s safer if a student crosses another with a plastic gun, vs. a real, ‘unloaded’ gun.  Or crosses the instructor (me).
And I’ve used it for general familiarity for those folks whom a real piece-of-ordinance would be frightening.  It weighs less, too.
And, if someone crosses me for the tenth time, I don’t have to forcibly disarm them, breaking their arm.

not a blue Sig-Sauer

"Round up the usual suspects."

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