Not long after that, I received my Glock 34 back from Southpaw Custom, where it had been visiting to get stippled and have the Sevigny Speedway done to it. I can honestly say now that after shooting it, I “get” why people would stipple their guns. I have so much better traction on the grip now that even when my hands are moist the gun is more likely to stay where it belongs.
One thing that’s sort of messed up about the plastic fantastic pistols has been the one size fits all grip approach. The interchangeable backstraps are a move in the right direction, but I can see how custom jobs like this would be even better. I need to try one.
Now, for those of you who say “Robb, that looks more like a kitchen”, you’d be depressingly right. I wanted a Kriss… Instead I got a leak in the sink that destroyed the counter and thus had to replace the entire kitchen instead.
Yep. Last year I spent a 1911 on new gutters. Last month I spent an AR-15 with a nice optic on scheduled maintenance and brakes for two cars. This month I spent a Glock on new bathroom floors.
Heck, I still don’t own an AR-15. I was telling someone the other day that every time I have a thousand dollars of disposable income rolling around I wind up buying camera gear. With work and family obligations I’d shoot the AR-15 a couple times a year, versus using the camera gear at least once a week. If the zombie hoards arrive tomorrow they’ll have to settle for being shot with a $125 SKS.
Of the three Kel-Tecs I liked the PMR-30 pistol the best. It’s the second coming of George Kellgren’s Grendel-30. As with the Grendel, Kellgren followed up the pistol with a rifle that shares the same magazines.
Chris Maynard with the Kel-Tec PMR-30 Rifle
With its plastic frame the PMR-30 pistol is amazingly lightweight – just 14 ounces without a magazine. If I’m dreaming up a backwoods survival scenario I’d much rather have one of these than a silly AR-7.
Even with the light weight it was easy to control on rapid fire. The green and red fiber optic sights are easy to see even in bright sunlight. I wasn’t crazy about the heel-mounted magazine release, but with 30 rounds in a magazine I didn’t need to use it very often.
Kel-Tec RFB Rifle .308 Winchester
I liked the RFB (Rifle, Forward-Ejecting, Bullpup) second best. The RFB is another example of George Kellgren designing something out of the ordinary that a lot of people found compelling.
It was compact and easy to shoot. Noisy, but it’s a .308 with an 18 inch barrel so I guess that comes with the territory.
Kel-Tec KSG 12 gauge
Gun boards all across the Internet lit up when Kel-Tec announced the KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun).The KSG has two 7 round tubular magazines under the barrel and a switch to select which barrel is feeding the gun. You have 14 rounds total, with the option to load each magazine with different types of ammo – birdshot, buckshot, slugs, or specialty rounds.
The KSG is interesting, but finicky. It was balky to load compared to any pump or auto shotgun I’ve ever used. As I was scraping rounds into the tubes I dreamed of a nice, slick, chrome-plated shell lifter. Likewise, the magazine selector switch is about as smooth as a corn cob in an outhouse.
One advantage of a pumpgun over an autoloader is that it works with a variety of shotgun shells. Not so for the KSG. The specimen on display jammed repeatedly on the load we were shooting, locking up the action.
The KSG is an intriguing design, but the execution seems finicky and not ready for primetime. I’d rather have a sleeker, lighter pumpgun with better ergonomics and no ammunition hangups. I’d only get the KSG if I desperately needed the two 7-round tube magazines and could train with it enough to compensate for its quirks.
Coonan 1911 .357 Magnum
The Coonan is pretty much what it says it is – a 1911 that fires .357 Magnum. Some of the parts are 1911 standard and some aren’t, but if you’ve shot a 1911 you’ll feel right at home with the Coonan.
Last year I gave the Coonan 1911 in .357 Magnum some ribbing. I got to shoot one this weekend. It shot fine. Recoil was very manageable, as you’ll see in the video below. Are they supposed to slidelock after the last shot? This one never did on three magazines.
They’re OK guns if you just gotta have a 1911 that fires .357 Magnum, but I just don’t see the point. With that barrel length you can get near-.357 Magnum factory load performance out of a .357 SIG or 9mm +p+. In return you’ll get a much larger selection of guns with double the magazine capacity and a grip that’s shorter from front to back. Or if it’s a classic 1911 you want there’s .38 Super.
To me the Coonan only makes sense if you’re handloading something much hotter than factory loads. Even then, you’re just getting an extra round in the mag +1 in the chamber vs. a revolver and you’ll have to swap springs when you change loads. I’ll stick to my revolvers when I’m shooting .357 Magnum. 1911-philes may of course feel differently.
With all the cool kids buying M&Ps I wanted to shoot SayUncle’s S&W M&P9. I had shot an M&P before, but hadn’t given it much consideration. The grip does feel a little better than a Glock. What I was really curious about was the LaserGrip option.
I love LaserGrips. One gripe I’ve had about Glocks has been that there wasn’t a great way to use a CrimsonTrace LaserGrip. The wraparound units seemed kludgey and enlarged the grip. The new LaserGuard that attaches to the rail seems better, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your holster.
With the M&Ps there is a non-kludgey way to attach a CrimsonTrace LaserGrip that doesn’t increase the grip diameter or limit your holster selection. The M&P LaserGrip goes in the replaceable backstrap. No muss, no fuss. I had wondered if activating the laser with your palm would be awkward, but it wasn’t. It just worked with my normal grip and I never had to think about it. Win.
I put off buying a Glock knowing that the 4th generation was coming out, then I waited because they started with the .40 and not the 9mm, then I waited to see if there were teething problems that needed to be fixed. The waiting may be over pretty soon.
According to The Internet there’s been a glitch with the Gen 4 9mms, but Glock may have the fix now. Here’s the storyline:
Gen 4 Glocks use a dual recoil spring, which was previously only used in the baby Glocks, which needed some help with recoil. Reports have it that the dual recoil spring really does soften recoil and improve split times.
The first Gen 4 Glocks were all .40 S&W.
When Glock debuted the Gen 4 9mms (models 17 and 19 so far) they apparently used the same recoil springs as the .40s, despite the 9mm having less recoil impulse.
Some users – not all, but some – had trouble with their Gen 4 9mms. Problems like stovepiping, where the slide closes on a case as it’s being ejected, that might indicate a recoil spring that’s a little too gung-ho.
Glock developed a new, lighter recoil spring – marked 02 – that has fewer coils. That may have fixed the problem. Time will tell.
“A Glock is like that son that goes to college, gets a decent paying job, and is just a normal person. That kid that always does the right thing, doesn’t ask for much attention, and you sometimes don’t show enough attention to because it isn’t very exciting. But that’s why you love it, you know it’s fine and you did a good job picking it out.
A 1911 on the other hand… that’s the son that acts out in school, doesn’t make it through college, never holds a good job, and never really acts right. He might even dress different, have his own style, and be more refined in appearance than the other 1911 sons. You still love it, even though it is a pain in your butt most of the time.”
Went with Uncle. It was a small show, so we walked around it twice. Some of the big guys I expect at the Knoxville shows – Georgia Arms and the people with big display cases of magazines – weren’t there. I saw some nice older Smith & Wesson revolvers.
Because of fears over another ban any “black” semi-automatics are fetching high prices. A lowly Hi-Point carbine that sold for $150 a year ago had a $299 price tag. Glock 31 round magazines that I bought for $30 just after the election were going for $75.
AR-15s are sky high. Uncle pointed to a complete lower with a collapsible buttstock for $499. Bear in mind that isn’t even a complete gun – it still needs an upper to work and the upper will cost $500 or more even for a cheap one, assuming you can find one.
I took a pass on the guns and bought ammo, which is also scarce and expensive these days. I snagged 200 rounds of Winchester white box 9mm at $30/hundred and 100 rounds of WWB .45 ACP for $40.
New pocket knife
The only other thing I bought was a new pocketknife. I’ve been carrying a Buck Strider Tarani 882 for a couple of years. It’s an extremely well made knife and I like the ergonomics, but the weight and the sharp edges of the G10 scales wore holes in all of my pants pockets. I tried carrying it by the clip, but that didn’t work for me because of knife’s blockiness and weight – it tended to bang on doorways and block my hand from going into the pocket. The Tarani is a good knife, just not a good pocketknife for me.
I just bought three new pairs of pants yesterday, so now seemed like a good time for a new pocketknife. I picked up a Benchmade 550HG Griptilian. It’s a one hand opening, lockblade folding knife. The Mel Pardue blade is a modified sheepsfoot profile with a thumbhole.
I’ve tried carrying most of the designs for opening a knife with one hand – the thumbstud, the thumbhole, and the flipper – and the thumbhole is the one that works for me every time without really having to even think about it. The only design I haven’t tried is the patented Emerson Wave, which Spyderco is now using under license. The Wave seems like it would be mighty hard on the pants. In that YouTube clip the guy’s pantspocket is worn ragged.
This is my first Benchmade, but the company has a good rep. This knife has their signature ambidextrous Axis lock, which is supposed to be rock solid. The lock offers a very slight bit of resistance to opening, which should help it stay closed in the pocket. That same action helps it snap all the way shut when closing.
Weight is about 2/3rds of the Buck Tarani and there aren’t any sharp edges outside of the obvious one, which was very sharp out of the box. I’ll touch it up on the Spyderco Sharpmaker tonight. According to the owner’s manual Benchmade knives include a lifetime sharpening service. Send the knife to Benchmade with $5 to cover shipping and handling and they’ll sharpen your knife and return it. Nice.
P.S. I never got around to sharpening it, but this knife is much sharper than my old one (which I sharpened at home and also had a pass by the professional knife sharpener at the Knoxville gun show). The new knife is slightly narrower at the spine than the old one, but the grind is much more aggressive. The new blade isn’t quite as sturdy – I won’t be as carefree about prying with this as the old one – but the narrower profile is better for slicing and kitchen-type tasks.
NRA is reporting more good news today. Sixty five Democratic members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Eric Holder opposing the reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban. Just to run the math for you, there are 178 Republicans in the House of Representatives under the 111th Congress. It takes 218 votes to pass a bill. That means with 65 Democrats on record as opposing a renewal of the ban, we can afford to lose 28 deadbeat Republicans on the vote, and Pelosi still would not have a majority to pass a renewal.
This gives us a pretty good indication that getting a ban passed in the 111th Congress is going to be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible for Obama to pull off.
Best news I’ve heard in a while. With the threat of another Assault Weapons Ban off the table maybe all those paranoid gun nuts will stop buying so many guns. Which will leave more for me.
Things have gotten better lately. My local gun store is finally getting enough Glock 19s in from wholesale that they can put a few in the glass case before they all disappear. Ammo’s still tight, though.
The TruGlos seem interesting because they use both fiber optic (for daytime use) and tritium (for nighttime use) elements. Anyone tried them? The Mepros and Trijicons offer contrasting front/rear colors, which seems like a good idea.
In all that faggoty advertisementese is no objective explanation why I would choose this gun over, oh, say, a Glock 17, which happens to cost half as much, hold twice as many rounds, weigh half as much, shoot just as accurately, run more reliably out of the box, and is assembled from armorer friendly parts that do not require skilled fitting. The last point bears repeating: There are no parts on a Glock that cannot be changed in about 30 minutes by a user who has a hammer, screwdriver, and a punch.
If Melissa Sander proved that cheaters never prosper, Lee Paige put “pride goes before the fall” to the test. Paige’s almost instantaneous debunking of his claim of being “the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock .40,” made him a national laughingstock by all who appreciate sweet, tasty irony.
Paige filed suit against the DEA, claiming they “improperly, illegally, willfully and/or intentionally” allowed the footage to become public, pointing out that he really can’t do undercover work any more since most of the computer-owning world knows his face. Though it seems like having the reputation as being bulletproof can’t hurt (he continued giving his lecture after taking the shot).
In the lawsuit, Paige was also claiming the video harmed his reputation as “one of the best undercover agents, if not the best, in the DEA.” No, we’re not making that up. The man who took a bullet the last time he made such a boast was right back to his braggart ways. Does fate need to shoot you a second time, Mr. Paige?
The Washington Post November 21, 1998 | Benny L. Kass Q: We have signed a contract to buy our first house and are both excited and concerned. Our broker gave us the names of three potential mortgage lenders and we have been advised to shop around. We have heard that rates are moving up and several people have suggested that we now lock in a rate.
What is a “lock-in” and do you recommend it? And what is a deed of trust?
A: Your second question is easier to answer. Oversimplified, a deed of trust is the same as a mortgage. Both are written documents that are recorded in the land records in the jurisdiction where your property is located. Both are designed to put the world on notice that your house is not owned free and clear. The purpose of recording is to ensure that you can’t sell the house without paying off the outstanding loan to your lender. “Mortgage” is generally defined as a conveyance of property to a creditor as security. When the loan is paid in full, the mortgage is released from the land records. Many years ago, to simplify mortgage lending, the concept of the deed of trust was developed. When a homeowner borrows money to buy or refinance a home, the owner deeds the property in trust to a third party. That party, which can be an institution or an individual, holds the property in trust for the lender’s benefit. If the loan is paid in full, the trust is released from the land records. If the loan goes into default, the trustees have the legal authority to sell the property at a foreclosure sale. The successful buyer at such a sale obtains a “trustee deed” to the property, which conveys clear title to that buyer. In my experience over many years, I have seen very few mortgage documents. The deed of trust is the common form of legal instrument used in the Washington area. Now let’s turn to the lock-in question. Mortgage lenders often complain that their potential borrowers never object when rates are falling, but are constantly upset when rates are on the upswing. Unfortunately, although rates still are quite low, they have begun a slow rise. Many borrowers are now faced with the possibility that the interest rate they applied for and were supposedly locked in to no longer will be available. Oversimplified, a “lock-in” rate means you have a binding commitment from a mortgage lender that for a fixed period of time, usually 30 or 60 days from the time of application, you are going to obtain the rate that was locked in by the lender. In my opinion, the primary cause of consumer concern stems from lenders’ lack of communication with their borrowers. A few years ago, the Federal Reserve Board prepared a very helpful publication, “A Consumers Guide to Mortgage Lock-ins.” (FRB 3-50000-0691-C). The Fed’s definition of a mortgage lock-in is worth quoting: “A lock-in, also called a rate-lock or rate commitment, is a lender’s promise to hold a certain interest rate and a certain number of points for you, usually for a specified period of time, while your loan application is processed. A lock-in that is given when you apply for a loan may be useful because it’s likely to take your lender several weeks or longer to prepare, document and evaluate your loan application. During that time, the cost of mortgages may change. But if your interest rate and points are locked in, you should be protected against increases while your application is processed. It is important to recognize that a lock-in is not the same as a loan commitment, although some loan commitments may contain a lock-in.” The Fed points out that there are many different kinds of lock-ins. Options include a locked-in interest rate and locked-in points, a locked-in interest rate with floating points, or a floating interest rate with floating points, where the lender gives the borrower the option to lock in any time before settlement. Unfortunately, too many lock-ins are verbal commitments, which are not reduced to writing. It is important that you get a written document spelling out the terms and conditions of your lock-in commitment. At the very least, if the lender refuses to confirm in writing the terms of your lock-in, send a letter to the lender by certified mail, return receipt requested, confirming the lock-in commitment. In my opinion, the lender who locks in a rate, and then is unable to meet that deadline, may be in breach of contract. To have a valid, binding contractual obligation, three elements are required. First, there must be an offer. Here the lender has offered a “locked-in rate” to the borrower. Second, there must be an acceptance of that offer. Again, the borrower–by telling the lender that he will take that locked-in rate–has validly accepted the offer. The third element is consideration. Usually, consideration is in the form of money. The borrower has given the lender money for the appraisal, the credit report and often one or more of the points that will have to be paid at settlement. Even if the borrower does not give money as consideration, law books also define consideration as something of value other than dollars. In your case, if you refrain from looking for another lender and rely on the lender’s representations, that also constitutes valid consideration so as to make a contract between the parties. It should be noted that the offer and the acceptance need not be in writing. While a written document is needed for a realty sale, in this case we are not dealing with real estate–but rather the financing of that real estate–and oral representations are binding, assuming of course that they can be proven. In the mid-1980s, when interest rates were fluctuating, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion stating: “The inducement of a guaranteed rate of interest . . . especially in a time of fluctuating interest rates, clearly is intended to entice the customer to deal with the offering bank, rather than with some other lender. “Although the customer does not covenant that he will refrain from simultaneously making application with other lenders, we think the practicalities of the home loan market, and particularly the expense of each application, have the effect of at least temporarily taking the customer out of the market. As a greater number of loan applications may be expected to result in a greater number of loans, and thus, a greater profit, business advantage to the bank is real, even though every application will not lead to a profit.” Now that rates are starting to go up, we will start to see more lock-in problems. Lenders can avoid this situation by disclosing to the borrower in writing the terms of the lock-in commitment. Usually, these lock-ins run for only 60 days. The borrower should be advised of this time limitation. The lender then has an obligation to process the loan promptly and I recommend that borrowers contact their lender weekly to ensure that the loan process is moving forward. Kass is a Washington lawyer. For a free copy of the booklet “A Guide to Settlement on Your New Home,” send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Benny L. Kass, Suite 1100, 1050 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Readers may also send questions to him at that address. go to web site deed of trustsite deed of trust
1. If you pull the trigger and your gun does not go bang, you are out of the match.
2. There is no maintenance on any gun after the match starts. You can’t lube the gun and if your sights fall off, either you quit or you shoot without sights, but you don’t get to put them back on. You don’t get to tighten screws or tap back in pins that have “walked” during the match.
3. A gun may not be hand cycled after chambering the first round of the day. You can sling shot or mag release to send the gun into battery after a reload, but you cannot cycle a gun already in battery in order to feed a new round into battery.
Note that last rule. If the slide fails to lock back after the last round the pistol was out of the running. And here are the results, from lowest to highest round count.:
Pistol Model Factory # of rounds Cause for Failure or Reloads
Glock 21 R 2 Slide lock with mag
Glock 17 R 2 Failure to Feed
Kimber Tac II F 6 Double Feed
Wilson 1911 F 7 Failure to Lock Back
Colt 1911 F 8 Failure to feed
Glock 22 F 8 Stove Pipe
Glock 17 R 8 Mag failure to lock in
Glock 35 R 49 Failure to Feed
10-8 NY 1911 F 279 Failure to Feed
Glock 17 F 344 No Slide lock on Empty
Glock 21 F 977 Failure to Lock Back
Glock 17 F 980 Sight off
Colt 1911 F 1008 Finished course of Fire
Glock 17 R 1073 Finished course of Fire
Glock 17L R 1167 Bad Primer
So out of the 17 guns seven conked out in the first magazine. Two other guns not listed above- one Colt Government and a Glock 17 – had no failures.
I don’t know how much to draw from this. Not oiling a gun for 1000 rounds isn’t very realistic, for instance. But it’s interesting to see what the failures were. One person’s Glock failed when the aftermarket stick-on sandpaper grips blocked the slide release, for instance. Conclusions from this and other Glock vs. 1911 shootoffs here.
Following weeks or rumors Ruger has announced the SR9 pistol. The rumors that it would be Glock-like were true. It’s a striker-fired design with a glass-filled nylon frame and stainless steel slide. Capacity is 17 rounds of 9 mm. Weight is 26.5 ounces with an empty magazine. One unique feature is the manual safety, which I expect most folks will either love or hate. I’m indifferent, but it looks like it’s a location that’s hard to reach with your thumb.
LATER: I’m surprised Ruger went with a molded-in grip design. That’s very 1995. The trend is towards removable grip panels to fit different hand sizes, as in the Walther and S&W’s M&P.