Archive for June, 2011

Thought

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2011 by Jay

Has anyone ever done an IPSC/USPSA/IDPA stage where the entire stage is nothing but don’t shoots?

Think about it.

Release the stage notes as usual, but instead of there being actual targets to shoot, it’s nothing but hostage/don’t shoots. Or, swap everything around, so don’t shoots become shoots and shoots become don’t shoots.

Why? Well, number one is because I’m twisted that way, and number two it would at least bear a striking similarity to reality. You don’t know when or where something is going to happen. If you have multiple attackers, you don’t that T2 is 15 feet behind and 3 feet to the right of T1.

Of course, I will freely admit that I’m on the outside looking in because I haven’t done any kind of shooting sports matches.

Texas Heat

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2011 by Jay

I got this from a thread on ARFCOM. It’s told from the view point of someone who has just moved to Texas:

“You’ll laugh about this until about the third week of July….

Dear Diary: June 1st:
Just moved to Houston, Texas! Now this is a state that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! It is beautiful. I’ve finally found my home. I love it here.

June 14th:
Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an Air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I’m turning into a sun worshipper.

June 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing the lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10th:
The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least, it’s kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the community pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ole sun in a climate like this.

July 20th:
I missed my cat sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, she had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag, then popped like a water balloon. The car now smells like Kibbles and ****s. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat. Good ole Mr. Sun strikes again.

July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant f***ing blow dryer!! And it’s hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30th:
Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now, $423,000 house and I can’t even go inside. My cat was the lucky one. Why did I ever come here?

Aug. 4th:
It’s 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and only gets the temperature down to 85. I hate this stupid state.

Aug. 8th:
If another wise a** cracks, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ I’m going to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work, the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!

Aug. 9th:
Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when sat on the seats in the car, I thought my ass was on fire. My skin melted to the seat. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass . . . Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and baked cat.

Aug 10th:
The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It’s been too hot to do s*** for 2 damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn’t it ever rain in this damn state? Water rationing will be next, so my $1700 worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can’t live in this damn heat.

Aug. 14th:
Welcome to HELL! Temperature got to 115 today. Cactus are dead. Forgot to crack the window and blew the damn windshield out of the car. The installer came to fix it and guess what he asked me??? “Hot enough for you today?” My wife had to spend $1,500 to bail me out of jail. Freaking Texas. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?? Will write later to let you know how the trial goes.”

SB 321 passes!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 by Jay

SB 321, aka the parking lot bill, was signed into law by Gov Perry. It goes into effect September 1st.

Basically, it meants an employer may not prohibit it’s employee’s from leaving their firearms in their vehicles.

Remember though, it doesn’t go into effect until 09-01 of this year!

AAR: Beretta .25

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2011 by Jay

I met with KR last night of KR Training fame to do some shooting. I shot my Colt Commander (more on that later), and the Beretta .25.

Recoil is nil, especially in my big hands, which leads to my first issue: hammer bite. It seemed like no matter what hand I held the pistol in or how I held it, I got bit by the hammer more than once. The next issue I have is the manual of arms. Even though it only has a barrel release, hammer, and mag release, it’s still a quirky beast to figure out. Thankfully this was simplified later down the product line with the addition of a thumb safety, since you don’t have to mess with unloading the barrel, loading the barrel, etc.

As I said in the previous post, there is no extractor. While this simplification might add to the reliability (less to go wrong), it also means ejected shell casing have a tendency to go wherever they want. Most seemed to eject high and to the right, but some came back at me, either bouncing off my head or arms. 

Trigger pull, since this is a single action only gun, is very crisp, probably breaking at around 5.5 pounds. Without a doubt, it is very well made. The fit and finish of the overall pistol is suprisingly good for such a little pistol. There is no sloppiness in the slide, trigger, barrel, or the hammer. It feels good in my hand, and points very naturally. Sights are virtually non-existent (as to be expected), but since the effective range is measured in feet rather than yards, they really aren’t necessary.

One thing that suprised me, is how loud this little .25 is. At one point, KR asked how things were going and was suprised to see that I was shooting the little .25.

For $70, I think I could’ve done a lot worse for a little .25. Will I carry it as a CCW? Only when I carry something bigger, like my J-frame, 1911, or M&P. Sure it does pack 9 rounds (8 plus 1), but it still doesn’t make up for the lack of power that .25 auto has.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. I could easily get my money back out of it (and then some), and it’s a pretty cool little funky pistol with the tip-up barrel and all. For CCW, there are better options out there caliber wise, and I could only recommend carrying this for back up gun purposes only. Even then, there are a lot better choices out there for back up guns, like Kel-tecs or the big brother to the Model 950b, the Tomcat (chambered in .32 acp).

G-a-M continues…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2011 by Jay

So, yesterday, I had to run up to the office. I usually work nights, but had to run up there to get some stuff taken care of while the sheriff was there.

Anywho, one of the deputies told me he was running to the local gunshop to sell some of his guns. This piqued my interest, so I asked him what he had. He had a Benilli Nove pump 12ga, a Ruger MkII with bull barrel and target sights, and a pocket pistol. I asked to see the pocket pistol. It was a Beretta Model 950b, commonly known nowadays as the Jetfire, however, it was made long before Beretta attached the Jetfire name.

Anywho, he said his dad was a police officer and bought it sometime in the 60s. I looked at the bore and the overall fit and finish, and it was in excellent shape. Some minor wear from being carried over the years. I asked how much? He said $70. I said sold!

I got the pistol, one mag, and a fur lined leather carry case for it. He said he has the original box and paperwork for it back at his house, which I need to still get from him.

Looking up the information on it, it was made in 1968, which was the last year that Beretta made the 950b in Italy. After that, it was made in Brazil, then the U.S. It’s single action only with a nifty tip-up barrel, and is kinda funky (in a good way).

It’s designed to be carried hammer down on a live round. To shoot, you have to first cock it then fire. There is no external safety or slide stop. The slide doesn’t lock back on the last round, since there is no slide stop. To load it with the hammer down, you load the magazine and insert it in the pistol. To load the chamber, there is a barrel release on the left side of the frame. You rotate it forward, and the barrel pivots on a spring mounted in the front of the frame, popping up (hence, tip-up). You simply poke a round in the chamber, lower the barrel until it clicks home, and your ready to go. If you only shoot say 3 rounds and want to make it safe, you release the barrel, remove the round from the chamber, click the barrel back into place, then lower the hammer on the now empty chamber. Then, you release the barrel, load it, then click it back into place.

One thing I found interesting about it, is there is no extractor. None at all. Since it is a blowback, the pressure releases the empty shell from the chamber. Then, the shell and slide go back until the shell hits the ejector. The shell then is ejected from the pistol, the slide goes all the way to the rear and picks up the next round in the magazine.

This is not mine (I don’t have a camera :-( ), but it gives you an idea of what it looks like:

The magazine is held in by a simple mag catch on the left side of the pistol.

In 1969, Beretta redesigned it by including a thumb safety on the left side of the pistol, so newer versions can be carried ‘cocked-and-locked’ like a 1911.

The sights are very miniscule, to the point that it’s best to just point and squeeze.

I’m going out tonight to put it through it’s paces, so I’ll blog about how my $70 buy turns when I get home.

Going prices for Model 950b seem to be in the $175-$225 range, depending on condition. Once I got the box and paperwork, I could see mine going for $250 or so. Not bad for a $70 investment. ;-)

G-a-M

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 by Jay

I’ve been buying a gun a month (G-a-M) ever since I started my new job.

My first month, Feburary, I didn’t buy anything.

My second month, March, I made up for it by buying a Smith and Wesson M&P in .40 with a Streamlight TLR-2 weaponlight and a Smith and Wesson 642 Centenial. The M&P with TLR-2 is my duty weapon and the 642 is my off duty carry and will eventually be my back up gun.

My third month, April, I bought a Nazi issue Walther P.38, just to add to my collection.

My fourth month, May, I bought a  Colt Commander XSE. The Colt will be my occasional duty weapon, primarily carried for special functions, like grand jury, working district court or county court, if I have to testify, etc. and I’ll carry it off duty as well.

As you can tell, money isn’t an issue for me. I make around $2083 a month, but only have $950 or so in all my bills (that includes food). I have no debit, no credit cards, etc. Plus, I worked 3 off duty gigs so far this month. The first paid $300, the second paid $320, and the last one will pay $400. So, after all is said and done, I’ll have around $2000 in money that I can just spend on…whatever.

I would like to point out I do have a pretty sizable rainy day fund to help me get through any emergencies. I could be out of work for several months and still be able to pay my bills with no worries.

So, what does June hold for me for gun purchases? Probably nothing. I really don’t want or desire anything right now, but I am pretty low on ammo across all calibers (except for 7.62*39), so I’ll probably start stockpiling ammo. It’s been a good streak of gun purchases, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want to buy a gun just to keep my streak going.

Purchasing a patrol rifle is an excellent suggestion, however, I happen to know that the sheriff is fixing to order a bunch of rifles. So, I can use some of that money to set it up the way I like it.