SIG P220 Combat

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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’m going to have to swing back to SIG after today.

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.

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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.

Bond Arms Derringers

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.

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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.

A Fisking

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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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Lubes

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.

Strikers and Soft Holsters – A Negligent Combination

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.

The 80’s are now officially over.

Nice!  Another Shotgun Post!   This one though is rather special.   For the last 2 years I’ve been looking for something to replace the Butler Creek stocks, and I finally found something worthy.   Thanks to WTA Member ZeroTA.  He posted this beautiful set for sale for $25 bucks and I had to have them.   Boom!  Paradise Found.
Gone is the Butler Creek folding stock that has been on my main 870 Tactical since the hour I acquired it.   A stock that I had put on every shotgun I’ve owned and or used since my first shotguns.
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Here’s the 870 Tactical now wearing a set of Walnut stocks from a Wingmaster.   They are beautiful and warm, and really add class to this beast of a shotgun.    Once again the look of the Classic Furniture on a newer model just looks flat out awesome to me.

Next thing to go will be the “Tactical Choke” to be replaced by an Extended Choke Tube of something in between IC and Modified, without the spike ends.

Gravity Fields

Being a huge fan of Science Fiction, the actual discovery of Gravity Waves gets me excited.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

– Nikola Tesla

The Discovery of Gravity Waves changes the future of what is possible.   Waves can be generated.   Waves can be manipulated. This means Gravity can be manipulated.    We can make Interference Waves, which cancels out other waves… Which means we could create Anti-Gravity.

If we can manipulate gravity, we can manipulate Space-Time. Which means we could have Star Wars/Star Trek type Space Travel. Which means everything we’ve seen in Science Fiction suddenly becomes something very special… It becomes Possible.

The difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy is that Science Fiction is based on what is Possible.

Hardwood Tactical

YES!  Another SHOTGUN Post!   Booyah!

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I’ve been seeing some nice guns that have had the original synthetic stocks replaced with classic wood furniture.  I love the look of such guns so I did it myself.  This is a pretty new Remington 870 HD model, which normally comes with the typical Express Synthetic stocks.  Some classic old Walnut stocks look much nicer.  These old stocks bear a lot of stories that I don’t know.  But I didn’t have the heart to clean them up and refinish them.  So I left them as they were.  Can’t wait to shoot it.
I also can’t wait to do this to my 870 Tactical that is currently wearing a Butler Creek folding stock.
I don’t know what it is, but I grow more and more fond of older guns, older style guns, and classic firearms, that I am of anything new coming out.