I get this a lot… Guy wants to train, but can’t afford it.
I understand this. Ammo is expensive. Training courses are expensive. Training Videos are expensive. (That’s like 2 boxes of ammo!) And YouTube sucks for serious stuff.
So what’s a guy to do?
There is not secret magic tricks or spells to learning how to run your gun. Basically it comes down to One Thing. Keeping your gun running. That means you need to master two skills. Reloading and Stoppage Drills. And most of this is Reloading. Speed Reloads and Tactical Reloads. I’ll do a video on this maybe this weekend.
A Speed Reload is when your gun runs empty and you have to reload fast. Hence the name. This is your #1 thing to practice. If you practice nothing else, your Speed Reload is the one to work on. The next is your Tactical Reload. This is when your gun is not yet completely empty (something you don’t really want anyway) and you switch mags to a fresh full mag. You still have a few rounds left in the mag in the gun so you want to hold on to it. So you pull the partial mag out, and insert the full one, while holding on to the partial so you can use those rounds later. The Malfunction Drills are important too… but it’s harder to practice those without firing some rounds.
The idea is to keep your gun “Up”. If you can do that, you are solid.
You can practice your speed reloads while at home… in your apartment… in your office maybe. While watching a movie or TV. Clear your gun, empty a couple mags, and practice swapping mags. It’s important to practice while standing, using your gear you would normally use. So if you carry your spare mags in a pocket, that’s how you practice. But I don’t recommend your pockets for spare mags – even though all of us do it at times.
If you get your reloads down, your well on your way.
Next time, we’ll talk about Dry Firing. This is all about Trigger Control. That’s another critical skill that can be mastered without using ammo.
Have to say, the guns I go to the most are Glocks, AK’s, and 870′s.
The 23 in .40, remains my most favored handgun for CCW. The model 20, in 10mm is coming in second. The more I use the Glocks… the more I like them. Not just an appreciation for the function… but liking them for the way they feel and point, the triggers… The elegant simplicity of them… I just really like Glocks now. I don’t know… maybe it’s the crash… but I really dig them and the more I’m around them, the 19 and 23′s stand out as the perfect handguns to me – even more so than the 1911 now. Yup. They crossed that line for me. I like them more than 1911′s. No they are not the prettiest, but they are still beautiful. Kinda like the Girl Next Door that you grew up best friends with and there is that moment when you realize “You want that.” That’s Glock.
My Crusader Kalashnikov is more and more my go to rifle. I just really feel an attachment to it. It suits me to a T. It can hit. It’s reliable. Mag changes are getting much faster and everything is “Clicking”. And I get more satisfaction out of running the Kalash well than running an AR well.
For the 870′s, my adopted Police Tactical is my favorite. I have my other 870′s and they are cool and all… but something about that old wood furniture. Nothing says I am going to “Jack You Up” like an old wood stocked gun… You just know you are going to get an old school beating. The warmth it has when you handle it. Wood is an under appreciated material to a whole generation of shooters and I find that a sad state. Poly is fine – but Wood is finer. Especially nice grained wood with character. Again, Wood stocked guns have “Soul” that Poly guns just don’t have and never will. They can’t. I’ve said that before… And when I pick up that old Police Tactical… You can feel it has a History of Kicking Ass and all that experience is backing you up giving you some extra confidence. A new 870 Tactical with a plastic stock – it’s like a new Police Rookie with his first pair of Mirrored Cop Shades. The authority is there… maybe even the skill is there… But not the Character and Experience – that Soul just isn’t there.
A fellow that shall not be identified has brought in his gun collection for liquidation. Here are just some of the guns.
Winchester Commemoratives, some in .30-30, others in .38-55. Yes, this photo makes an awesome Wallpaper!
If there are any guns you want – Please come to Basin Sports in Vernal Utah, 511 West Main Street. You have got to see these for yourself. If you want to pay for one over the phone to have it shipped to your Dealer – Dude, I wouldn’t recommend it. Some of these guns have the original boxes and they are DELICATE.
You know it’s coming. Grab your long gun and your side arm. I think I had that question four or five times today talking to different people. Not zombies, not monster hunting, but a simple good old fashioned gunfight. What will you bring to the fight? And don’t say “Friends with Guns.” Just you. High Noon.
In all seriousness, if I know a gunfight is going to happen, I’m bringing one of my 870 Tacticals… most likely my old Police Gun. It’s slick as hell, being all Slipstreamed and running as reliable as the Sun Rise. It’s going to be loaded with Federal Premium FC 00 Buck. My pistol is going to be my Glock 23 in .40, loaded up with Winchester PDX1′s.
Why? Because they are SIMPLE and they are RELIABLE. Above all, they are going to deliver my violent will when and where I need it. No bells and whistles and tricks to remember. They are potent enough, with enough firepower on tap to end a hostile encounter – and to win that encounter.
I was thinking about my Crusader tuned AR… Gun’s not a problem. But my optic runs on batteries. Will they fail me? I don’t know. My Shotgun’s sights wont. I was tempted to say my Springer GI – because I can hit with it very well. But I like hollow points and I just don’t know for an absolutely certainty that that old 1911 is going to run my PDX1′s as flawlessly as I require. My Glock does, and I have more in the gun with one mag than my 1911 has with two, and that is an advantage.
I trust my Glock. I trust my 870. I trust them with my life. Hype, popularity, online smack talk… I don’t have time for that. It’s about Trust. Also, if I have to go Mele… I’m bringing a baseball bat, a heavy wooden one. A Louisville Slugger. Just saying.
We have a Winchester 94-22m .22 Magnum that came in on trade. It’s sporting a nice peep sight set up, nice checkered wood stocks… really nice looking. From a distance. Up close the gun is ugly. Pitting everywhere and the wood has more dings than I’ve ever seen. Some are unfortunately too deep to fix, and wood was amazing. New, this rifle would have been stunning.
The temptation is to restore it. No collector value, that’s just gone. This would be a rescue.
I’ve taken a closer look at the Remington R1 1911 pistol. Six of them, actually. When they first came out, my impression was favorable. I liked them. And I wanted to still like them. For 699 they seemed to be a great deal. And for some, meaning Remington Fanboys, they still are.
Closer examination of the R1 reveals a shortcoming I didn’t expect from Remington. When I stripped them down and looked closely at the internals, I didn’t like what I saw. The internal machining was sub-par. A 450 dollar ATI has better machining. A Taurus has better machining inside. Though for 699, you do get to beat your chest about “American Made”… right alongside Charter Arms, Auto Ordinance, and Hi-Point. Great.
The good news is that Para USA is now making guns in the USA. So if you want a Remington R1… Buy a Para USA Wild Bunch.
Let me say this again… I was interested in getting a Chiappa Rhino revolver with the 4″ barrel.
But not anymore. They really turned me off. Its not that I care a wit about the RFID scare or if it’s a concern or not… that’s not the point. The tone they took on the issue is insulting to anyone that has a concern. It’s much like those that questioned the President’s birth certificate and just calling them “Birthers”. Slinging an insult instead of addressing a legitimate concern. I’ll have to pass on a new Chiappa. This is too bad… because it’s a rather neat gun. But I can live without it.
Maybe a used one… eventually. But I wouldn’t give them any of my money now.
The SIG P220 Compact SAS. It’s all I want for Christmas… just this…
In all seriousness, I’ve always wanted a compact P220 and have never had one. My respect for the P220 goes so far that I could almost forgo the companionship of 1911′s, in favor of the P220′s. I’ve had several full sized SIG P220′s. One was a duty weapon for me in Richmond, VA. Fantastic gun. However back then, compacts were just not around. If you wanted one and were flush with coin, there were a couple top level gunsmiths that could do a chop job and make you one. It was the stuff of dreams. Then there was the P245, a factory cut down. I don’t know the difference between the P245 and the P220 Compact, if there is any. But it’s still the gun I’ve always wanted and never had. Looking back at the Custom versions from gunsmiths… they featured melting and trigger work and all that. One I saw was about 2500 bucks into the work. And now here is a Compact, Melted/Dehorned, with an even better trigger… from the factory.