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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Glock 43 range review





This wonderfully slim little powerhouse was more of a challenge for me to shoot accurately than I had anticipated.  Recoil was not a problem at all; for me, maintaining a solid, functional, non-twist grip all the way through each trigger-press will take some dedicated practice with this new treasure. It is simply my lack of familiarity with this new pistol (along with my shooting as fast as I could sight the target).  Using the finger extension magazine, my second target of the range session (photos above) was my better effort.  The three post-it-notes were the intended targets at 15-feet, 21-feet, and 30-feet, 10-rounds of +P 124 grain Gold Dots were aimed at each. 

I am really enamored with this handgun!  I believe it has been a while since I spent an entire range session sporting a big fat grin on my saggy old mug.  The Glock-43 is a fun gun.








While using the Glock-43 with the flush-fit magazine on my first target of the range session (photos above), my two-finger-grip on the pistol was not very good and I was tossing rounds low and left. While my shooting the 10-rounds at the 15-foot target post-it-note was not too terribly bad, the 10-rounds I targeted at the red center at 21-feet was a sloppy washout; my shooting 10-rounds at the 30-foot post-it-note was even worse.  The one round that hit the 30-foot post-it may have been from the 21-foot group, I honestly don't know for sure.  Two rounds were out of the scoring zone at the bottom of the target, in the black low to the left.  

I'll be spending significant time on learning to use this pistol with the flush-fit magazine.  It is quite a bit easier to shoot with the finger-extension magazine, but that flush-fit mag makes for an easier pants-pocket carry (with an appropriate trigger-protecting holster, of course).







My third target of this range session (photos above) was just for the fun of it and set just a bit under 25-yards; 73-feet is as far as I can stretch things at my local indoor range.  I switched from the 124-grain +P Gold Dots to standard pressure 115-Grain Aguila cartridges.  All 30 of the rounds I fired were on paper;  all 30-rounds were in the black; only 3-rounds were outside of the scoring area; luck put three rounds in the center post-it-note.  Although I have seen serious handgun shooters achieve amazing groups at this distance, I am far from being in that league.

There we have it!  My first fling with the new Glock-43, 90-rounds total, and other than giving me a blister on my trigger finger, the pistol performed flawlessly.




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.