Synthetic Scout

Now that Ruger has made their Gunsight Scout with a Synthetic Stock, which has shaved a pound off the gun, I’m finding it difficult to make excuses in not getting one.   I got notification from a distributor that they have some.  *sigh*
The problem was that I was wanting to get another lever action first.  Now that choice has been made into a question again, and that irritates me.
See… this is the problem with working in the Gun Industry.  One must be very jaded or one doesn’t bring home any paycheck to pay the bills.   One muse shield yourself by being unimpressed with New and Shiny.  One must be picky and snobbish about firearms that one could buy.
When I first got to Jacksonville, I had to sell my .45-70… because money was tight with paying a Mortgage and Rent and Moving Expenses and setting up a new house with things like Utilities and Toilet Paper and Food.  I’ve not purchased a gun since.  And that’s really getting under my skin.
And as you guys know – I’ve been jonesing for a revolver.  A 4″ GP-100.   But I’d take a different revolver… like a 686 SSR or TRR8.   And I’ve been really wanting a Mossberg 464 SPX, because it’s so Borderlands crazy.
Now, here’s my fear.  I dip into that well of Gun Buying and I may not be able to stop myself… I might bing… and that’s not cool.  Think of this like an Alcoholic that works at the liquor store that wants to sample a couple things.  One must be cautious.
And then there is the new Synthetic Scout – just like I had wanted from Ruger since the Scout first came out.
*sigh*

I must be getting older…

I no longer particularly care for most MSR’s.  I am only rarely impressed any automatic pistols.  Dan Wesson, SIG, Beretta being the ones that gain most of my attention…  and guns I never would have liked before, I’m really digging on now.
My top 3 handguns I’d buy are all revolvers… and all of them are Ruger.   Sure, I’d love a S&W 686 SSR, but I think I’d rather spend my money on a 4″ GP100 and use the money left over for a trigger job.  Or ammo.
When I see a rifle I first look at the grain in the wood rather than the action to see if it will take a high capacity box magazine.  I’m more interested in the refinements rather than in the modularity and ability to attach not necessarily necessary plastic parts.
Older cartridges hold more sway to me than the new.  .300 Blackout?  I’d rather have a .30-30.
So this is what growing old feels like.
What I am most interested in is accuracy. Volume of fire is not important to me. I’ve always prefered the bigger hammer approach. You get that easier from Revolvers, You get power and accuracy without having to get Mods or Custom work.
I also prefer Heavy for Caliber loads. Pretty much across the board now, In rifles of all types and in all handguns. I’ll always pick the heaviest of the options.
When you can connect a heavy load with accuracy… That’s shooting.

The Military Handgun again…

This has been going around the Gun Media circles for awhile now… “The Army Wants a New Pistol” or whatever variation on that theme.  The most recent version has Detonics as the shoe in for the contract, in an article designed as nothing more than advertising for Detonic’s pistol “THAT YOU CAN BUY NOW!
Come on… it’s not even clever.  It’s disappointing that Detonics would stoop this low.  This is like as low as calling your single shot .308 Derringer pistol a “Pocket Sniper”.  NO ONE BELIEVES YOU.  Did the guy from EAA’s Advertising do this?
Here’s the facts.  The Army has only a couple years ago signed a whole new contract for more M9 pistols.  They recently signed another new contract to G-Code for holsters for these new M9 pistols.   Here’s a shocker for the initiated… these new holsters are for the M9A1.    So for those in Eugene Oregon, is it maybe possible that the replacement for the M9 just might be the M9A1?
Think about it.

 

The Dems are pushing for global violence

For some reason, the Democrats are pushing forward the releasing of a CIA Report that outlines the use of enhanced interrogations.
Allied Governments have all said this report will lead to violence and death.  All our Intel Advisors have all said that this report will lead to violence and death.
Yet the Democrats, with the White House approval, are going to release this report.
This is a childish, “If we can’t have it, no one can have it” sort of thing.  This is why Landlords require big deposits for Renters… Trashing the place before you leave it.   The Dems are the worst at this.  Remember the missing “W” keys from all the Keyboards when Bush won?
But this is a whole new level of low.  This is them wanting to watch the whole world burn.  Just so they can point fingers and blame Republicans.
But we will all know this is a lie… This is all on the Dems for this one.

The New Rugers

I hate to say it, but I’m becoming a Ruger fan.   This is something that 5 years ago I would never have said.  In fact, 5 years ago I was busting Ruger’s chops regularly.
But Ruger has been trudging along, improving what they do, and making new things that I am liking… as a result my overall opinion of Ruger has been turned 180 degrees.   While other gun manufacturers are slipping on quality control, Ruger is improving.  While other manufacturers are making guns cheaper and acting like they are making improvements – Ruger is actually making improvements without cutting corners.
Ruger’s Revolvers are now setting the standard.  Their SR series pistols are just flat out damn good.  And their economically minded “E” series is probably the best Bang for the Budget Buck next to a Surplus Makarov… if you can find Surplus Maks anymore.
I could see myself buying one of their new LC9S pistols, or an SR9C, or an SR45…. or… or… I gotta say, Ruger is making some fine firearms.
Oh – don’t be so shocked.
We live the world now where KEL-TEC completely ROCKED a SHOT SHOW – no one saw that happening.  So something like Ruger deciding to take making weapons seriously shouldn’t be a stunning event.   But there it is.
Don’t get me started on the two 4″ GP100 revolvers we have at Blackstone.  The Want is too high to tolerate for much longer.

Uprising Saga 1/2 Off Promotion

My Publisher has put out a special deal… For a limited time, Uprising Saga books will be 1/2 off. A 3 book set, or the individual books as you need them.
They make for some fun reading and are good to give to any Zombie Fan.
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The 9E, VP9, and the Pico.

Two new guns came in that in not handled before.  The Ruger 9E and the Beretta Pico.
The Ruger is an impressive pistol for the money.  Its so close to the SR9 that In wondering why one would opt for SR9, with it’s hundred dollar premium.  The 9E has all the same features and the same trigger.  Great gun for the money. This isn’t like a Smith and Wesson SD9, which is a tangibly lesser gun to the M&P.  This is just what it looks like… an SR “light” model.
Ruger is doing it right,
The Pico is an interesting little unit. Its not for everyone. It’s a very tiny little pistol. Small in a “Wow” this is small kind of way.  Even though it’s unusually small, You can feel that its quality.  Its probably the best made little pocket sized 380 out there.  The trigger is very good for a DAO type trigger  I like it,  I could see myself packing one.  Deep Concealment use…
with the new . 380 ammunition out there now, my hesitations about the cartridge has lessened.
My only hang up about the Pico is the magazine release.  It’s too tiny. Not easily used,  But then again, this isn’t one to be doing tactical reloads with.   How it stands the test of time will be interesting.

The disappointment was the HK VP9 pistol.  I liked everything about it, but one small detail.  Imagine a new BMW M5… with a razor blade in the steering wheel.  See, in the HK, the trigger guard has a channel on the inside bottom.  I’ve not seen or heard anyone else mention that.  But it’s there.  On the pistols I’ve looked at, these channels have rather sharp edges that my trigger finger seems to find.  This causes irritation and distraction when there should be none.  HK Acolytes will of course say “I’m doing it wrong.”   BMW M5 with Razor wheel – “Oh, your holding the steering wheel wrong.”  No… Because it shouldn’t matter how I hold it.  It shouldn’t be there.  In the HK that channel shouldn’t be there to begin with.   So a pistol that could be a 10 out of 10, is only a 8.  There are other small things that detract as well… but that’s for another time.

More on these pistols in due time.

Honda Pilots.

Living in SC (South of Charlotte), I’ve noticed an overabundance of Honda Pilots.  I can’t prove it, but I have a strong belief that over two thirds of all Honda Pilots sold in the USA are sold in the South of Charlotte area.  I’ve sat at intersections where every other vehicle was a Pilot of one color or another.  It’s crazy Pilot country here.  I think there is some dark Pilot Conspiracy here.  Since I’ve noticed this, I think the Pilots know that I know and now there are more of them around during my commutes two and from work.  Maybe not – but it seems like it.

It’s not that I have anything against the Pilots. It’s just that there are So many of them here .  It’s disturbing.  Every area has it’s choice of car…. Never thought a Pilot had an area.  Then again, I never thought I’d I’d be living in NASCAR country either.

Tactical Lever Action Shotgun?

I don’t know what it is, but some questions have been coming in from multiple folks asking about the viability of a Lever Action Shotgun for Tactical use. This answer is a straight up no. Reason being, is that the Lever Action Shotgun loses the advantage of flexibility that the normal shotguns have, or the ability to top off on the go like a normal lever action rifle. So instead of being the best of both worlds, it’s the worst of both worlds.
Sure, Terminator 2 made it look cool with the firing from a motorcycle and spin cocking it… But that’s about where the cool factor comes to an abrupt end.

The reloading is second to none when it comes to being slow and awkward.
The reliability is questionable in every Winchester and Win-Clone I’ve seen. But even if you had one that ran as reliable as the Sun Rise – it’s still limited with a very short mag tube that you can’t extend, and reloading is about as clumsy as mechanically possible.
Even one as practiced as Master Quinn has a time of running these things.
A Shotgun has it’s advantage in being Situationally Flexible.  You take that away from it – it’s handicapped drastically.
A Lever has it’s advantage in being light and easy to handle, narrow in profile, and easy to top off on the go.   Take those things away from it, and it’s handicapped.
I see no point in these Lever Action Shotguns other than as a Novelty or a Historic Curio Reproduction.
The use of one in a Tactical Situation would be a mistake unless this was the only weapon you had or that it was a stop gap weapon until you could get to a better weapon.
Granted 12 gauge is devastating and 4 or 5 shots from it is formidable… but this is like planning on using a 2 shot Derringer as a defensive weapon.  There are better options out there.  In every metric there are better options.

That being said.   They are still freaking cool and fun… so outside of the Tactical Use spectrum – they are just fine.

Quick Update – There is a Marlin Lever Action in .410… It was produced for a time, dropped, brought back briefly and dropped again.  So examples are out there.  They are rare and hard to find.  I’ve only seen 2 in person.   They are cool and could be viable as a Tactical Lever Action Shotgun.  But they are only in .410 and that’s also a handicap.  But it’s better than harsh language, so there’s that.