Category Archives: Weapons

More on Project Gunwalker

The issue of the BATFE letting guns go into Mexico is a huge problem and is now getting the attention that it deserves.

Sen Grassley is making inquiries.

The BATFE needs to make some amends here.  There is much to be accountable for.  The BATFE has broken the faith and committed a massive violation of trust.  I think the BATFE has outlived their usefulness.  Gun Dealers have been villainized by these guys, and it turns out that they have committed the much greater sin.

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The Best Overlooked Tactical Shotgun

One of the best tactical shotguns out there is also the most over looked.  The tactical shotgun market has become very crowded as of late.  Everyone that does shotguns is now doing Tactical versions… and this is a beautiful thing.

The downside to the crowded market is that most attention is only paid to the newest, latest and greatest.  Which is fine… save for the old standby workhorses that get ignored too often.

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The Guns of: Knight and Day

The movie “Knight and Day”:  One of the more interesting selections of guns for a cheesy action comedy.  The Tom Cruise character”Roy” is packing a SIG P250.  The first time I’ve seen that gun in a movie.  He’s got a light and laser combo on the gun, which is cool, but not something people normally back concealed.  Especially when later he pulls out a Glock 19.  I’m not sure if a SIG P250 is the ideal weapon for firing from the hood of a Lincoln… but I think the Glock would have been a better choice.  Perhaps.  I’m not sure.  I’ve never had to engage threats while riding on the hood of a Lincoln.

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Top 5 1911’s

One of The Horde has asked for a Top 5 1911 list.  This is difficult, because saying 1911 is like saying Pickup Truck.  There are different types, classes of truck.  Class wasn’t specified.  So this is going to be an overall pick, cross classes.

1.  Springfield TRP
2.  SIG 1911 TacOps
3.  Dan Wesson V-Bob
4.  STI Ranger II
5.  Springfield 1911 GI

Three of the five selections are full sized, 5” guns.  The other two are Commander length guns.  There are no three inch guns on my list for a reason.   The smaller sized guns get more finicky in terms of reliability and for me, that’s a huge disqualification.  The full size and the Commander length guns are where it’s at.
If I was going to pick a few more, the other guns on my list would be the guns in the Colt CCO type configuration with a Commander length barrel and slide on an Officer’s length frame.  Such as the SIG C3 and RCS.  Both would make the list for sure.  Also, if I had another spot, I’d have to put an STI Tactical 4.15, which would also be the only double stacked 1911 on this list, and the only one in 9mm.
If I was going to pick something on the more Budge Minded level, the options are fewer, but some stand out.  The pistols from ATI have a strong showing with tolerances on par with guns that cost 3 times as much.  The newish Remington R1 is a nice pistol, if you can find one.  The Para GI Expert is a very similar gun at a similar price point, and it’s a good one.  Then there are the guns from Taurus which are solid values and surprisingly good shooters.
Notice I am not talking about the Semi-Custom Production guns from makers such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, and Ed Brown.  They are certainly good, but the cost level is puts them far and away above the reach of a lot of shooters, without a drastic or tangible increase in returns for the money.

The NAA Ranger Mini .22 Mag

North American Arms has really slammed a home run with the Ranger.

It’s finally an NAA Mini that you can pop open and empty the brass with one hand, and then use the other hand to quickly feed the new rounds in.  We are talking about a 4 second reload.

If NAA made some sort of mini speed-loader – that would be wicked cool.  Kind of pointless, but still, very cool.

I would like to see a version of the Ranger with a longer barrel, but as it sits, this is the world’s coolest .22 Mag.

Letter to Springfield Armory

Dear Springfield.  How are you doing?  I missed you at SHOT SHOW, but I ran into your man Robby L at the Media Range Day.  Great guy.  He still does the bulk of his shooting with a 1911… Wouldn’t it be a good idea to transition him to an XDM full time and maybe make a Signature Edition XDM based on his customizations?  I think it would be a great idea.  Didn’t see it in the Catalog I just downloaded, so, you know… Just sayin… Think it would be a great idea.

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More on the 1911

ToddG from Pistol-Training.com knocked it out of the park. This is well said.
I look at the 1911 much like Muscle Car. You can buy faster modern cars, but they just don’t have the class and style that a classic muscle car has.
As much as I love my G23RTF2, it doesn’t evoke the romance and the passion that my 1911’s inspire.
The 1911 is for the Aficionado and the Professional. It’s not for the rank and file foot-soldier. Yes, there is an Elitist aspect to it.

12 Gauge is too much gun?

A lot of shooters are going to the 20 gauge for home defense. And thats fine. It’s a shotgun and it’s not a .410, so that’s a good thing. What I find troubling though is that many of these shooters are doing it because they think 12 gauge is too much gun for them… that they cant handle the 12.

This is unfortunate. I took my 11 year old son out shooting, and he rocked one of my Remington 870 Tactical shotguns. He had no problem cycling the action, handling the recoil… He had no problem with a 12 gauge. Sure, he is the Son Of The Ogre… and he walks with large steps… but he’s still an 11 year old kid.

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NC Alcohol Bureau’s 1911’s

NC Alcohol Bureau has to ditch their unreliable weapons.
This is an interesting article and needs to be read.  To see what these guns are, take a look here.  As you guys know, I am a huge fan of the 1911.  It is a romance kind of thing.  I can’t help myself.  However I am also a huge fan of the Glock, because, well, Glocks take away doubt.  Doubt about reliability.  Doubt about reliabilty can really put a sour taste in my mouth about any gun.
As much as I love the 1911, one company has caused more than one raised eyebrow for me.  And that company is Kimber.  About two years ago I started seeing some Quality Control issues with Kimber.  Some of them minor details, others glaringly obvious factory fumbles.  I had to send two guns back to the factory that had just arrived.  In my Defensive Pistol training classes, I had a couple Kimbers come through that didn’t want to run… one in particular, a full sized SIS, just about refused to function altogether.  That thing jammed like a jazz band.

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