FN has done something completely awesome. They have made available the M249 SAW for Civilian sales. That’s right, you can buy and have an M249 SAW. And I got a chance to play with one.
You might be asking – “How?” Because it’s SEMI AUTO. This is, according to the Law, a 5.56mm Rifle. It is NOT a machine gun. It will only fire once per trigger pull. Now you are probably asking “Why?”
Because a lot of Americans have served their nation and have used the M249 SAW during that service. Those of us who have used it, we all loved it. It’s accurate. It’s easy to work with and lighter compared to other weapon systems… such as “The Hog”, M-60.
All these guys and gall want to have something they used… that’s an American Tradition with Veterans. Well, with vets around the world, really. There’s a lot of guys that like to have a good Collection of weapons for various reasons, History being one of them. And the SAW has been a big part of American History for the last 25 years now? How long? Well, now anyone that really wants one can get one.
Now you are going to ask “How Much?” Well, this is one of those, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it sort of things. There are a great many brand new motorcycles on showroom floors that are priced the same or less. They are almost 10 Large. Not cheap, no… But its there and you can get it if you have the means.
As of today, add S&W M&P series to my Armorer’s Belt.
SIG P220, P226, P228, P229, P239.
Yes… Bow down to my intimate and detailed firearms knowledge!
Much like an A+ Certification in computers, it pretty much just means I can swap parts and clean it without pooching your factory warranty. But at least I got that going for me. Which is nice.
I’m going to catch a lot of flak for this one. Because I know these things have become crazy popular. I know they are ergonomic, have great triggers, and are accurate in a way most Strikers are just not. And I’ve shot them plenty… They do shoot just fine.
But I hate the SIG P320.
Now let me explain why…
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My Brother Zach’s rifle came to me. It was the only thing of his that I really wanted. Because it meant so much to me…. I’ll tell you why. When it arrived, was dusty and rusty as Zach probably didn’t get to shoot it very much since he been living with us and being one of Crusader Weaponry’s Instructors. But it cleaned up nicely.
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The P220 Combat is designed to meet, and exceed, rigorous military standards. The P220 Combat performs like no other .45ACP available. Each pistol features the military’s Flat Dark Earth finish on its alloy frame and SIG’s Nitron® over a stainless slide. Internal parts and controls are phosphated for extreme corrosion resistance and reduced friction while the threaded barrel is hard chromed and finished in Nitron® which easily passes the military’s accuracy requirements – even after 20,000 rounds. The P220 Combat also passes the military’s 240-hour salt spray corrosion test. Outfitted with a true M1913 Picatinny rail, vertical front strap serrations and SIGLITE® night sights.
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I don’t know why I left SIG in the first place. Pretty much I left SIG for Glock because sometimes I go into Retard Mode or something. I should never have left. I love SIG’s and I love .45’s and flirting with smaller guns that don’t even have hammers – a mistake I shall never make again.
We’ve had this lightly used SIG 227 sitting in the gun counter for about 6 months now… I had 15 rounds of .45 Auto PMC Bronze on my desk for about that same period of time.
Well, today I put them to work. HOLY CRAP! The 227 is absolutely one of the nicest shooting .45’s I’ve ever fired. It’s smooth, super soft recoil, and dang is it accurate. That is 15 rounds at 25 feet. No… seriously… 15 rounds. I put 10 rounds in the mag, ran the target to 25 feet, fired 10 rounds, reloaded with the last 5, fired them and brought the target back in. HOLE-LEE-CRAP.
I’m an okay shot – but not this good! That’s the GUN. The only other gun that’s on par with this is the CZ 97B… or $1800+ 1911’s.
This made me just fall in love with SIG’s all over again. So much… There’s a used SIG 220 Carry that I’ve been very tempted about. This might be pushing me over the edge.
I was driving to work yesterday, sitting in a traffic jam on I-77 really… and listing to Glenn Beck on the Patriot XM. And I heard an advertisement for Bond Arms Derringers.
Then last night I was with my wife at Cabela’s and she pointed out the Bond Arms and was basically “Oh look, Shiny!”
Here’s the thing about Bond Arms. They do make the best Derringers on the market. They are built with high quality standards, good materials, and with an excellent fit and finish. I’ve never seen a bad one.
But I’ve also never seen one I’d actually carry for Self Defense. They are thick and they are heavy. They are solid chunks of steel weight with two holes drills through them. They are as thick as a Double Whopper With Cheese. And for all that size and weight, you only get two shots. Now, I understand the reason for all that beef… Because you can change barrels and change calibers… tons of options for that. But every option leaves you with just two shots.
Two from a gun with horrible sights and a horrible trigger, that has to be manually cocked. How you get a terrible trigger pull from a Single Action Trigger is beyond me. Combine bad sights and a bad trigger with only 2 shoots and you get something that’s very much Less than Ideal for actual self defense use. Put that in a package that’s so thick and heavy – you will not be carrying it very often.
Bond Arms looks Old School Cool. And they are. Just don’t be buying them for actual self defense use.
The Havok Journal posted a whine about the gun industry that required some gentle fisking. I’ve not heard of it before… but it bounced around my Social Medias a bit and caught my attention.
“Since around 2008, the firearm industry has taken a dramatic turn. It hasn’t exploded like some predicted after the presidential elections.”
Actually, yes. It did. Retail Firearm Sales went through the roof. So much so that dealers and distributors were emptied of product for years. To this day, supply of some products has still not caught back up to demand. Such as .22 Long Rifle ammunition.
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TFB reports that Froglube is Coconut Oil.
Fireclean is Canola Oil.
zMax is Mineral Oil.
Other lubes are petroleum oils.
Other lubes are synthetic oils.
Or oil blends.
Here’s my take: Use whatever product that you feel works best for you. If you like Frog Lube, use the Froglube. Just because someone ballparks what the base oil is doesn’t negate the fact that the oil had been doing what it says it does and has worked well for you. Nothing’s changed.
Yes, zMax is based on a mineral oil. No, you are not going to get the same results using baby oil from the grocery store. Why not? Because the company took that mineral oil and ran it through some more refining processes and changed it.
Same with Frog Lube. That’s not just plain coconut oil. They added some components to it to take away the delicious flavor for one thing. Trust me. They also did something to make it smell like Kermit’s Ass. And to keep it from congealing at lower than room temperature. Coconut oil might be the base, but it no longer acts like it. Trust me – My wife and I use Coconut oil for all kinds of things. It’s great stuff.
The Fireclean though, I will not use any more. Not even on my knives. Not because it’s Canola… But because it gets sticky. One of the shotguns I changed the stocks on, I had lubed generously with Fireclean… a year ago. I’ve not worked with that gun since then. You know what I found?
An action that did not want to move.
It was gummed up like it was full of pine pitch. It took me about 3 Pink Floyd songs to clean it up and lube it with Breakfree CLP.
BREAKFREE! I hate Breakfree!
So I’m not using Fireclean anymore because of the results, not the materials. But yes, the materials did contribute to extended results here.
Still… Use whatever you like. Just use it. Because even if your choice of oil sucks – it’s a hell of a lot better than no oil. And that’s a fact.
We see articles like THIS (Warning: Link shows a gnarly wound on a bloke’s arse) from time to time. Where a fellow was wearing his gun in his holster and there was an Accidental Discharge. I’m not calling in Negligent, because the people were generally not doing anything wrong…. Accidents CAN happen, though they are Rare. 99% of the time it is Negligence, but not here. More on this in a moment…
This sort of an accident almost always involve two things:
1. A striker fired pistol.
2. A generic fit soft holster. Most of the time made of Neoprene or Nylon, but also sometimes of some form of softer leather.
This is a bad combination, a Striker in a Soft Holster. If this is your carry combo – I would recommend you change it because I believe that it’s dangerous. Flat out dangerous. Also dangerous are the use of Minimalist Holsters… any holster that covers only the trigger guard, or strives to be as small and light as possible. Some of these holsters can break during use, some can let objects get into the trigger guard…. and none of them protect the gun in any way, shape, or form.
There was one guy getting into a car wearing his Striker in a softer type leather holster where the holster its self rolled into the guard so when he sat down, it discharged. Another guy just leaned against a counter and it went off. So yes – these guns can “Just Go Off” when you are packing a Striker in a Soft Holster and you are not paying attention.
Really I’m coming to the opinion that if you do pack a Striker fired gun in a Soft Holster – or a Minimalist Type Holster – You are being Negligent. There is no valid reason in my mind to do so. You are either too cheap to buy a decent holster, too ignorant to look for something better, or you are packing something different enough that there are no other holster options out there. Which makes me think maybe you shouldn’t be packing it yet.
GET GOOD GEAR. A Holster is a crucial part of your Weapon System and if you don’t have a good holster – then yeah – Your ass is Negligent.