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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP Range Review

(#1 target, above) 10 rounds Federal 230 gr HydraShok 21-feet (7-yards)

This was a range session from back on January 19, 2016.  I was unenthusiastic back then (as I am now)  about writing this review because my accuracy was ... well ... my accuracy was pretty much ... boring ... kinda my true average I guess.  It all was humbling but not humiliating.

Anyhoo, this pistol was purchased used; I blogged about it earlier HERE, HERE, and HERE.  This was my inaugural (and thus far my only) range session with it.  I do like the pistol.  The trigger is short and factory semi-sweet.  The little nub of a front sight is a bit of a challenge for my poor old eyes to focus on, but it is good enough.  If I am going to be a better shooter with it I need to shoot it more often.

(#2 target, above) 10 rounds S&B 230 gr fmj 30-feet (10-yards) 

After shooting the first target with hollow-point carry-ammo, I switched over to S&B FMJ ball ammo for the remainder of the session;  I highlighted the bullet holes to make them easier to see

(#3 target, above) 10 rounds S&B 230 gr fmj 45-feet (15-yards)

The bullet hole inside the red circle is an on-paper, in the black, MISS.

Just to further check pistol function, I set another target at 70-feet and blasted at it with near a full box of the FMJ ammo.

A total of 78-rounds of ammo was fired during this session.  There were ZERO-problems (of any kind) with the function of the pistol.  None.  It's a keeper.

Monday, October 30, 2017

We took her to the veterinarian early this afternoon fully expecting that she would not be coming back home.

She is a shelter rescue that has been with us for 18-years.  As near as we can figure, "Coyote" is 21-years and 8-months old although she does prefer that we simply refer to her age as "Forever 21."  Thinking that perhaps this would be among her final moments here at home, I took the above photo; that caption was added after we returned home with her.  The tough old girl again defied our fears and dried our tears.  This cat is living on love.  

My Daughter told me a while back that my teen Granddaughter predicted, "Coyote will outlive Grandpa!"  


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Is the Snubnose .38 better with a laser or without?

Snubs commonly have rudimentary sights.  Am I a better snub-gunner with the laser or without?   

It is a simple muse and I don't believe that this range session answers the question for me.  I guess time will tell; for now, I shoot pretty much the same either way.  The featured snubbie is a S&W 638 Bodyguard wearing Crimson Trace LG 405 laser grips; previous blog entries about "Betty" are HERE and HERE.  Psychologically, I like having the laser and "Betty" has become my favorite airweight revolver for carrying.

EDIT:  Before you read any further, you might want to sneak on over to HERE to view another gunner's laser focus ...

The ammunition used for today's session is pictured above; Federal 130-grain full metal jacket "ball" ammo.  The round nose bullet pushes a hole through the paper rather than cutting it as do (the more expensive) hollow-points.  The holes from the round nose bullets often close up (or nearly so) and are hard to see at any distance (and in photos).

The targets used today were reasonably equal to what Illinois requires to qualify for concealed carry.  My apologies if the target color scheme of "Purple/Pink/White" offends any sector of the human race; these colors are dear to me because they match the spectrum of the blotches on my saggy old butt-cheeks.  In all seriousness, I tend to shoot better with lighter colored targets and prefer them over black targets when available.

All rounds fired today were double-action as fast as I could acquire / reacquire the target (and not piss off the range safety-officer).

(the scoring area of the above target is enlarged below)
(Photos above are target #1)
 30-rounds total USING THE LASER
10-rounds @ 15-feet (5-yards)
10-rounds @ 21-feet (7-yards)
10-rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)
That was pleasantly surprising; I was able to keep the red dot in a respectable "wobble zone."

(the following EDITs are in the "as far as I know / remember" category; I'll try and find links)
EDIT:  YES, laser sights are allowed during the Illinois Concealed Carry range qualification.
EDIT:  YES, 21 of your 30 rounds fired must be inside (or touching the outside line of) the 7 ring.
EDIT:  YES, Chicago PROHIBITS LASER SIGHTS ON GUNS (other cities may as well)
EDIT:  LASERING A PERSON as a joke or to "scare them away" is against Illinois law.

(the scoring area of the above target is enlarged below)
(Photos above are target #2)
10-rounds @ 15-feet (5-yards)
10-rounds @ 21-feet (7-yards)
10-rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The pants that I prefer almost exclusively for normal everyday concealed carry

This is a trademarked stretch pants version of a trademarked brand that I did not buy for a dozen years or more because they moved the production jobs out of the USA.  Around a year ago I found some (what looked to be) factory seconds that were reasonable priced; I did notice that the size of the front pockets were inconsistent from one purchase to the next (more on that later).

The stretchiness of the fabric helps make inside the waistband carry (IWB) noticeably more comfortable than IWB carry with standard denim jeans.  I found that the placement of the belt loops (from one purchase to the next) were consistently where I prefer them to be and that the loops and the stitching were sturdy enough for the rigors of concealed carry.

All pants that I bought (over time) had pockets at least deep enough to easily carry handgun and holster combinations usually associated with pocket carry, e.g.,  the Glock 26, the Glock 43, J-Frame and D-Frame revolvers, Seecamp and NAA Guardian hidey guns, etc.  But what about pocket carry of something akin to a Glock-19?  Well, a couple of my purchases did have pockets that were stretchy and cavernous enough for the challenge.  In the photo above (to protect the trigger and to keep the G19 in position, a Bianchi OWB belt holster is used as a surrogate pocket holster) we start the experiment ...

 Almost there; so far so good.

Voila!  All gone.  The Glock 19 is now a pocket pistol.   An untucked, oversized, frumpy-fat-old-man shirt will hide the bulges.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The security in Las Vegas struck me as being a few notches better than some places I have been.

Above photos were taken during a trip in January 2005, my first and thus-far only visit to Las Vegas.  Since it was only about 3.5 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, we had some uneasiness; flashy travel destinations with big crowds make flashy targets for the unstable douchebags that are among our human race.  How to guard against a nightmare?  I dunno.  After last night, Las Vegas and all sites therein will be performing a double-down rethink of everything imaginable.

We visited Mandalay Bay as well as many other sites.  We stayed at Luxor, a very nice place.  If the fates allow, we would like to pay another visit to Vegas.   For now, we pray for the victims of the latest madness.  I am not a righteous enough person to pray for the soul of the murderer.  I do not want to hear his name; I do not want to read his name.

To find Mandalay Bay on the above map, it is at the very bottom.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Good Lord willing, five years hence we should be finished paying for the house.

Then maybe I can spend on frivolities.  I need to find a landscape contractor that can do work like this.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Smith &Wesson 442 Airweight .38 +P range time at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

IMHO, one of the sweetest concealed carry handguns on earth is the S&W 442, be it carried in a pocket holster, IWB holster, OWB holster, or a shoulder holster.  It is ever so light and easy.

IMHO, the 442 loses all of its sweetness once the trigger is squeezed and a cartridge fires.  Recoil is stout even when using mild loads.  Using the +P (SAAMI Plus P Loads) in this light alloy-frame revolver becomes very challenging.  Further, the sights on this short barreled J frame S&W are rudimentary; distance multiplies errors in aiming.

For this venture, using +P 158 grain semi-wadcutter hollow-points, I decided to shoot the equivalent of what Illinois requires for obtaining a concealed carry license (15-feet, 21-feet, 30-feet, 10-rounds each distance; 21-rounds of the 30-rounds fired have to land inside the scoring zone).

Since the pseudo-qualification turned out okay, I decided to have some fun and I switched over to 130-grain standard pressure FMJ loads and then rolled a fresh target out to 70-feet.

Wow, that kinda sucked.  At 70-feet my first shot was "on paper, in the pink," but just barely (it was not inside the scoring zone, so it counts as a miss).  I decided to roll the target back out to 70-feet and try it again.

Double suck; same thing, I scored another miss.  No doubt about it, 70-feet is far beyond my level of competence with this revolver.  Don't get me wrong, in a quality machine-rest the S&W 442 is probably capable of putting all shots inside the 10-ring of the target at this distance, but my handgun skills are not anywhere near up to that task.

Sooooooo I ran the target to 50-feet and finished off the remaining ammo as fast as I could load and fire.   Heh, a quarter century ago a target 10-feet downrange with holes sprayed all over like that was as good as I could score with the airweight.   With practice, maybe by the time I am 200-years-old ...

Thank you 5 Star Firearms for having Monday as Senior Citizen Rangetime Discount Day!  Your team is always polite, friendly, and professional; your facility is just downright outstanding.  You are a treasure to Lake County, Illinois.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Holster Review: Bianchi Remedy Model 57 for the Glock 19

OWB = Outside the Waistband 
IWB = Inside the Waistband
G19 = Glock 19

PHOTO ABOVE: This is the side of the holster that faces away from the body.  Leather quality, finish, stitching, and tooling are good.  This $45 - $55 OWB belt slide holster is intended (by me) to be primarily for range use, provided that I get around to getting myself "holster certified" at the ranges where I usually shoot.

PHOTO ABOVE:  This is the side of the holster that faces the body.

PHOTO ABOVE:  For full-time use as a concealed carry holster, for my tastes it sits just a wee bit lower than I like, but it is good enough.  General all-day comfort is okay.  Access from the driver's seat is okay if I wear it on the point of my hip.  As I mentioned earlier, this OWB holster is mostly for use at ranges that get nervous about IWB holsters, but I'll use it for knock-about concealed carry on the occasions when open sores from tertiary syphilis or senior-citizen diaper-rash limits what I can stick inside my pants.

Need I mention that holstering requires care in NOT GETTING A SHIRTTAIL TUCKED INTO THE HOLSTER WITH THE HANDGUN?  Glock type triggers are especially disagreeable to a coexistence with items of clothing that sneak inside a holster.

PHOTO ABOVE:  My Gen 4 Glock 19 in the Bianchi Remedy holster prints a bulge that is hard to hide even under my oversized frumpy-fat-old-man shirts.  I did wear it to several public places (grocery stores, department stores, restaurants) and nobody freaked out and called in the gendarmes soooo I'll assumed nobody cares about my lumps.  For concealed carry of the Glock 19, I much prefer using IWB holsters such as the Ken Null UNS or the Lou Alessi PCH; both of the aforementioned pull the butt of the G19 tighter against my body than does any OWB holster I looked at.  IWB holsters make for better concealment, but having a decent OWB holster for the G19 gives me options.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A short visit today to Caliber Gun Range (FKA / AKA GTR Sporting Club) in Waukegan, Illinois

Stopped in at the Caliber Gun Range today around 3pm for a quickie.  

This was a Senior Citizen Appreciation Day (or something like that ... I honestly did not know until I got there) so I got to shoot for FREE (yay me)!   I keep promising myself to go to this range more often but life often insists on setting my priorities.

The facility is still safe, clean, friendly, well maintained, and professionally staffed.  In fact, every aspect is looking real nice.  I got to say "Hi" to a pair of old familiar faces.

I only stayed long enough to churn 45-rounds of ammo through my 1993 vintage S&W 442 airweight at 15-feet and 21-feet on the 8-inch targets ... my hand ached like hell later but I sure did have fun while I was at it.

If you are from the Lake County, Illinois area, check out the Caliber Gun Range website.
You may find something you are looking for.