Friday, September 12, 2014

Thank you North American Arms for the great service



Service is still par excellence with select U.S. corporations.

My early vintage (serial number begins with AA) NAA Guardian.32 ACP inappropriately dropped the mag recently (an old, well known issue with the mag release on the early AA and AB serial pistols), so I figured it was high time that I called the factory to arrange a fix.  Historically, this problem was experienced mostly with the extended-capacity mags, and mags with the finger extensions; I only use standard mags so it took years for me to experience an unintended mag drop.   I should have taken preventive action years ago, but I procrastinated. The fix is easy, painless, and free to the gun owner thanks to the generosity of North American Arms; they give you the needed part and even cover the postage.  

I called NAA Customer Service during the morning of Wednesday September 10, 2014 and the replacement magazine release was in my mailbox today, Friday September 12, 2014.  Faster than I could say “Thanks NAA!” and “Thanks U.S. Postal Service!” I had the old mag release out and the new one installed.

The new mag release does feel like it has a stronger spring and the pushbutton has more travel before the mag releases. 

EDIT:  Just how do you swap out the mag release on the NAA Guardian?  It is the same as swapping one on the Colt Government Model.





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IMHO, Gun Sales are DOWN because government has dialed down the anti-gun rhetoric

Profits at Smith & Wesson have been whacked.

There would be far fewer guns in the hands of American citizens if POTUS Obama had never once mentioned anything about gun control.  For all his years in office, the more his politicians pushed against guns, the faster the guns flew off the store racks.

Unless the political anti-gun hysteria finds new vigor soon, I look for some of our newer local gun stores and ranges to run into big financial problems. 


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Would body cameras (lapel camera, Google Glass, etc.) protect innocent cops and innocent citizens?

Portions of the debate are HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

My vote is for wiring all local, state, and federal law enforcement officers to record sight and sound, with no exceptions.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Doctor uses L.W. Seecamp .32 ACP in gun-free-zone self-defense shooting

(This is my LWS .32 ACP.  There are many like it, but this one is mine.)

A psychiatrist, a caseworker, and an outpatient have a meeting in a typical medical-center setting.  The meeting goes very sour and the patient becomes confrontational.  He pulls a .32 caliber revolver (an old Iver Johnson according to THIS ARTICLE) and executes (murders) the caseworker with shots to her head.  The patient then turns his gunfire toward the psychiatrist, wounding the doctor as he is diving for cover.  The doctor pulls a small pistol from his pocket and returns fire, emptying his .32 caliber Seecamp semi-auto, wounding the murderous patient three times, twice critically.   Two other staff members then wrestle the rather large and still ambulatory patient down, take control of his revolver, and hold him for police.

Below are links to the different news outlets and accounts.  To get a picture that is as clear (and accurate) as possible, I recommend reading all of them.






Friday, July 18, 2014

Gunmen rob train passengers in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago

Just keep telling everyone that Chicago’s crime is DOWN!

The rumor is that Mayor Rahm Emanuel views Chicago’s rampant crime as a bodacious tourist attraction.


These typical Chicago thugs must not have received the word that carrying concealed handguns on Chicago mass transit is illegal.  Then again, maybe they did know that and were counting on the honest folks obeying that law.

The only surefire way to stay safe in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago is to DON'T GO THERE!


Monday, July 14, 2014

A quick review of the Schwinn Sierra 2 comfort bike


A bit under two-months-ago, after several years of due consideration and idle promises, I finally went out and bought a decent bicycle from a decent local bicycle shop.  My bodyweight had been creeping up again so I figured I had no choice but to further increase my physical activity (and to return to strictly regulating the quality and quantity of my grazing).

With the seven-speed twist-grip shifting, along with fore and aft handgrip braking, this fenderless, thick-tire, entry-level bicycle is more than adequate for my daily (or nearly so) physical fitness use.   This bike should give more years of service than I have life left to live.  Let me be clear about one thing; I bought this bicycle for mercenary reasons; I am not a delusional bicycle fan-boy on an imaginary “Tour de France.”  Although it was a traditional childhood rite of passage, I disliked riding bicycles over a half century ago and nothing has changed my mind since then.  There is not one lick of nostalgia anywhere in my sixty-two-year-old-soul for bicycling.  I am doing it for my physical health, not my mental health. 

At the big retail stores, I found that this same bicycle (make and model) is rarely completely or properly assembled, but it is around $50 cheaper than it is from most typical local bicycle shops.  A couple of bicycle shops near me offer “tune-ups” for bicycles purchased from big box stores; this service ranges from $40 - $80, so I figured I was time and money ahead by staying with a bike shop.

The only safety gear I allow myself is a blaze orange hunting vest for visibility and sunglasses with a rearview mirror. 



Saturday, June 7, 2014

FINALLY went shooting


Not my best effort with the Glock-26, but it has been a while; a much longer time than I will publicly admit.   I will never be one of those gunslingers who can take a G26 and put fifty-rounds at twenty-one-feet into an area the size of a Post-It-Note.  I found that practice makes me better but not perfect.  Right now, I would settle for better.  I was in a hurry and probably spent less than fifteen-minutes inside the range; I spent more time loading magazines than pulling the trigger.  My stance and grip were laborious and unnatural.  Still, the session was a good restarting point for me.

I need to get back to shooting no less than once a month.  If construction-cost-overruns do not bankrupt the owners, a new range is supposed to open soon less than a mile from my door; the proximity will make quick range visits easier to keep on my schedule.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yes, my old 1999 GMC AWD Safari Van is still in service


As of today, all of the repairs the old mule needed are complete.  I’ve been retired for 7-years now and each of those years I expected to be the last for the old clunker, but it still serves dutifully.  I put in a new battery (last changed in September 2008; this one is a NAPA, not a Sears), along with a new alternator (it had not failed completely but was having trouble keeping the battery charged under full load).  The heater / AC fan motor had been out of service for the past couple of winters and I finally was able to cut and tear the plastic cover out of the way in order to gain access to do the replacement.  Further, the original resister for the heater fan was also bad and the replacement was a different size than the original, so I had to cut a larger slot in the chamber housing in order do the installation.  Naturally, doing the cutting was “blind” because it is located where nobody can see.  Simply said, it was all a pain; the engineers did not design the GMC Safari Van to be easily repaired.

The odometer has passed the 174,000-mile point (it was around 143,000-miles when I retired), but I have only put a bit over 10,000 miles on the beast since November of 2010.  The price of gasoline keeps us using our 2005 Chevy Cobalt for most trips; the GMC is used only for hauling and foul winter weather.  Once I get the bulk of my brick, stone, and gravel finished on my landscape (hardscape), I can seriously plan to replace the old van with something a bit younger and sexier, but still able to manage vile Chicagoland winter weather.