Sunday, April 26, 2015

Holster Review: Bianchi Professional 100T for Glock 26 (also fits G27 and G33)

Normally I try to use a holster for a long period of time before writing a review, however I have owned a G26 for years and this is as close to a (for me) functional G26 IWB holster as I have yet found.  My initial impression is that this ~$40 tuckable works for me, kind of, sort of.  I’ve had this holster since November of 2014 but only recently started giving it a serious shakedown (photos taken 4/12/15 and reformated today for this blog entry).  Located on the sole wing of the holster, the single adjustable polymer C-Clip is set away from the thickness of the pistol; I like that.  It is far too soon for me to speak on the durability of the clip.   I cannot find replacement clips listed anywhere on the Safariland Group (Bianchi) website.

The suede-like finish goes next to the body and is intended to help keep the holster from sliding around.  I dislike the suede style finish on my IWB (and pocket) holsters; it gets grimy and (IMHO) it does little to serve its intended purpose.

This is a very substantial sweat-shield, IMHO it is very well done.  It helps keep the carry nice and comfy.  The carry pretty much disappears from my consciousness when I am sitting / driving.

The C-Clip is sized for a 1.5’’ wide belt but initially it did not fit the double thickness of my 1.5’’ gun-belt; I had to use my 1.25’’ wide gun-belt to get the C-Clip to fit for these photos.  A few days after I took these photos, I altered the top portion of the C-Clip (using a sharp side-cutter and a sharp pocket knife) so it would fit my 1.5’’ belt; it is still a C-Clip but now is much closer to being a J-Clip.

Even though it is only secured with the one clip, the holster does keep the handgun where I want it, even when I spent the afternoon doing the gymnastics required to remove and reset a couple of dozen bricks on the front patio.

Presto, when I put on a shirt and tuck it in, that thick little G26 is substantially concealed.

Keeping my shirt tucked in during activities with a lot of bending and stretching is close to impossible for me.  For polite activities when I cannot wear an un-tucked shirt or a covering jacket or sweater, this tuckable may prove adequate.  Aside from being a tuckable, it does serve as a decent enough regular old IWB holster.

I have not tried wearing this G26 IWB holster while riding a bicycle.

I have only worn this holster for walks of less than 1/2 mile; I have no idea whether it is a comfortable carry during long hikes.

As a matter of personal practice in reholstering with an IWB holster, I remove the holster from my waistband, I holster the handgun (not just with Glocks) and then place it back in my waistband.  This is to avoid accidentally tucking a shirttail or anything else into the trigger guard while reholstering.

As I gain more experience with this holster I will append anything meaningful to this blog entry.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Here is my new Glock 43

In the Great State of Texas I have a younger, smarter, more successful, taller, better looking, brother from another father and mother.  Among other things, we share a kindred taste in firearms and gun-leather. The man carries some cast-iron credentials; whenever he speaks, I listen and learn.

I am happy to say that the Glock 43 in the above photo is now mine.  It arrived at a local gun store earlier this week; since it sat unclaimed on the shelf for nearly two-days I took that as a Divine sign that it was meant to be mine.  I’ll pick it up on Tuesday of next week, subsequent to the expiration of the requisite Illinois waiting period. 

I’ll do a short review of the G 43 after I have some time to shake it down. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

RadioShack, we will miss you.

 RadioShack was the only local retailer that could give us the means to listen in on police, fire, rescue, aviation, and other government service agencies.  Local newspapers are a thing of the past; if you want to know what is going on in your locale, you need the ability to tune in.

It is still fun to listen to shortwave.  Thanks RadioShack!

 RadioShack was a place to find information that was not readily available elsewhere.

This relic scanner still works; it was a high-tech wonder during its time.  Not many of the crystals inside the box are for agencies in my area.

It is a bit sad to witness the failure of RadioShack, but markets and technology move on.  

The most important current event in my world

The first of our daffodils bloomed yesterday.  One of the denizens of our yard (cat, rabbit, skunk, etc) broke off the first bloom, so I moved it to a small container over the fireplace.

Last year our first bloom was April 12th.

IIRC, in Big Dan's area of Alabama daffodil season ends right about when our season begins.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I swapped out my Colt Sporter half-circle Bolt Carrier Group

Many internet folks say that the above style of bolt carrier will not work in my Colt Sporter because of the auto-sear block that is welded in place.  I have found only a few people, one with photos, who say it will work just fine and dandy.  In any case, I've got the new carrier group oiled up and installed; as far as I can tell, it does work well;  I'll be at the range on Tuesday to give it a trial by live-fire.  The sear-block does keep the M-16 style bolt carrier from functioning in my Colt Sporter (I tried the one from my carbine) but this AR-15 carrier (so far) looks to be just right.

EDIT:  As promised, Tuesday I was at the range and put 120-rounds downrange with the new AR-15 Del-Ton Bolt Carrier Group.  Everything worked just wonderfully.

I'll be keeping the Sporter's original half-circle bolt carrier so that I have the option of returning the rifle back to its factory condition.  The reason I yanked it is because, by design, the unshrouded firing pin does not wear well.  Even though it is not illegal to do so, there is no reason for me to have the auto-sear block removed; it is part of the history of that rifle and a testament to the political climate of that era; every gun has a story to tell.

Having an M-16 style bolt carrier does not make your AR-15 a "machine gun."

CLICK HERE and see that all bolt carriers are not created equal.

CLICK HERE to see how an M-16 trigger works compared to the AR-15

CLICK HERE to see how everything in the M-16 / AR-15 rifle is designed to work.

Friday, March 27, 2015

I caught an agent of the local government stalking me

He boldly parked right next to me.  In a parking lot full of empty spaces, he chooses the one right next to my car.

Jeez, I must really be looking as bad as I feel.  I certainly hope that this guy is a whole lot more than just a little bit premature.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What the Glock 43 is and what the Glock 43 is not

Wow!  The entire country is talking about the Glock 43.

I can tell you what the Glock 43 is not; the Glock 43 is not available.  Other than some brief internet video sessions with some chosen people, the G43 is a vapor-gun.  It is still just a wish and a prayer.  We can dream it, but we cannot do it.

To my eyes and imagination it kinda looks like it is somewhat of a skinny Glock 26.   That in itself is worth a look, but I'll believe it when it sits on the shelf of my local gun store.  I've spent quite some time reading all I could find about the G43 and filtering what little is known for sure from what is mostly speculation.  Which writer did the best job overall?  CLICK HERE!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Trying out some Magpul Gen 3 AR-15 Magazines

The old Luddite inside of me finally decided to venture back into the AR-15 plastic-magazine market.   The plastic mags that I sampled back in the early 1990s were prone to problems such as cracking, bulging, and puking cartridges out at inopportune moments.  From those golden days of yesteryear until now I have not purchased any additional plastic AR mags;  if it wasn't milspec and made from aluminum there was no reason for me to take it seriously.

Both the technology and the political sentiment have improved a bit over these many years.  The (above) Blue Label Colt Sporter (circa 1993) is shown with one of its original 5-round magazines (factory converted from an old style standard 20-round magazine).  On the right hand side of that photo are some brand new, highly recommended, Magpul Gen 3 40-round, 30-round, 20-round, and 10-round magazines.  Old meets new.

(Above) This Magpul Gen 3 10-round magazine may be as close to a flush-fit as is functionally possible on an AR.  By design, it has an elegant low-profile that is just about perfect for getting the rifle way down as low as you can go.  Seriously, I really like this design and (as an act of faith) I purchased a half-dozen of them (each cost near as much as a Magpul 30-round standard capacity Gen 3) (EDIT: I paid $13.25ea for the 10-rounders AND the 20-rounders, $14.20ea for the 30-rounders, and $18.95ea for the 40-rounders).  A couple of the 10-round mags I will downsize to 5-rounds each (for my preferred target drills; using them for hunting is also a remote possibility).  I plan to retire both of my original Colt 5-round aluminum cans (too many mal-feeds; their springs are tired after all of these years and the mags are designed to be unserviceable; those old politically correct factory-converted mags are a somewhat sad piece of history but are still collectable).  If these Magpul 10-rounders prove reliable, I may purchase another half-dozen.

(Above) For a size comparison, on the left is a Magpul Gen 3 20-round; in the middle is the old style 20-round aluminum Colt (factory 5-round conversion); on the right is the 10-round Magpul Gen 3.

(Above)  I am partial to 20-round AR magazines.  Overall the Magpul 20-round Gen 3 mag is just a wee bit longer than the old style Colt 20-round and lacks the Colt mag's nostalgic lines, but it has a reputation for being reliable.  As with the Colt 20-round mag, the Magpul 20-rounder offers decent combat capacity while allowing the rifle to get down low for prone shooting and for use around cover.  I only bought a pair of these to try them out.   I have a goodly number of 20-round genuine Colt mags but if the Magpul 20-rounders prove reliable, purchasing a few more of them would not hurt me any.

Above is Magpul's Gen 3 standard size AR-15 30-round magazine.  I only purchased a pair of these to try them out; I have what I believe to be a "suitable" number of aluminum standard 30-round magazines on hand.  Then again, it is often said that one can never have too many magazines.

(Above)  My goodness, an AR-15 sporting one of these mags certainly looks like it means super serious business.  I bought a pair of these just to have the opportunity to reach into my range-bag and say "excuse me while I whip this out." The Magpul 40-round Gen 3 mags are only a few dollars more than the Magpul standard capacity 30-round Gen 3 mags ($18.95 vs $14.20) but they give a significantly more impressive visual "hang-low." People will certainly take notice of anyone sporting one of these mags on an AR.   I kinda doubt that I will I be adding any more of them to the raft, but for the moments when it is more fun to pull the trigger than it is to swap mags, my pair of 40-round mags will be seeing some funtime.

That pretty much is how my new mags stack up for me so far.  Did I mention that each mag comes with a pop-top cover?  You all probably knew that already.

Any good or bad experiences that I have with these mags down the line will be appended to this post. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.

Mom’s birthday and Dad’s birthday were both in the month of March.  It is hard to believe that they left so many years ago, within a year of each other. 

It all seems like it was just yesterday.