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The Politician said, "My advice to you is to get yourself free of superstitions and weapons, then learn how to trust in me."


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Friday, August 15, 2008

Entry for August 14, 2008

It has been a while, so a couple of hours today were set aside to go to the pistol range and blow some cobwebs out of a few guns. Actual range time was only about an hour, the balance spent driving there and back. Another couple of hours more have yet to be spent cleaning and re-oiling the pistols.

I only took three pistols today, a Glock 26 9mm, an old Berretta Jetfire .25 caliber, and a Seecamp .380 caliber. One hundred and thirty rounds were put through the Glock 26, which consisted of emptying three ten-round magazines that had been lying around loaded for quite a while, plus another couple of boxes of cartridges. I emptied two eight-round magazines through the Berretta, and only seven rounds through the Seecamp.

All three pistols that I fired today are
semi-automatics. A full-automatic weapon most people know as a “machine gun” will continue to fire as long as the trigger is pressed. A semi-automatic will fire only one round for each pull of the trigger, same as double-action revolvers do. Both semi-automatics and full-automatics feed (self-load) cartridges from a magazine to the chamber of the gun via the action of a reciprocating slide or bolt activated by the round being fired. (NOTE: Some machine guns feed cartridges from a belt.)

Glock 26 is a compact 9MM pistol with a light, high-tech polymer frame with a steel slide and barrel; capacity is ten rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber.

Berretta Jetfire is a .25 caliber; small, pocket size pistol, aluminum frame with a steel barrel and slide; capacity is eight rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber.

Seecamp is .380 caliber (the .380 cartridge is AKA 9MM Kurz, 9MM Corto, 9MM Short, 9X17, 9MM Browning), capacity is six rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber, and is actually a bit smaller than the Jetfire and made entirely of stainless steel. While less powerful than the 9MM Glock, it is substantially more powerful than the .25 caliber Berretta. The recoil of the .380 cartridge is harsh in such a small pistol, and your trigger finger will take a beating from bouncing off the trigger guard with each shot fired. It is the smallest .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the world, the most powerful semi-automatic pistol for its size. Larry Seecamp certainly knows how to pack power into a small package. He also makes the same pistol in .32 ACP, which has somewhat less recoil than the .380 ACP and is still more powerful than the .25 ACP. (NOTE: ACP in gun jargon is short for Automatic Colt Pistol ammo designed by the late John Moses Browning.)

How well did I shoot today? Fair to middlin’, I’m out of practice, though I would never win a shooting tournament on my best day. Collecting and shooting guns is a fun, somewhat expensive hobby. I hope to get into the habit of making it to the range more often.

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