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.
Guys, don’t let your guns get bi-polar… Your AR doesn’t need everything out of the MAKO and Blackhawk catalogues to be cool or effective.
Here is a rule of thumb for you. If you have a VFG or an AFG on your rifle, you don’t need a bi-pod. The reverse is also true. If you put a 4-16 Nikon Monarch on your gun, you don’t need to try to put flip up iron sights on it.
AR builds tend to fall into three classes. Short, Intermediate, and Long Range/Precision.
I’ll post more about these three build types tonight or tomorrow…
Just a quick update on my Marlin 1895GBL, .45-70. To recap, I bought one, and it was faulty. The stock was loose and the action was locking up. I only got a half a box of rounds through it before I had to send it in to Marlin for repair.
It came back from Marlin the other day, repaired and ready for action. Some nice Freight Damage on the stock now. Thanks a lot for that, Marlin. I send you a new gun in and it comes back looking like an old used one. That’s just SPIFFY, Marlin. Thanks for that, seriously. THANK YOU.
The good news about it is that the gun function and the stock fits. It’s now a functional firearm now. Looks 10 years old, sure, but hey, at least it’s a gun now. So to celebrate the return of the Guide Gun, I picked up a box of Remington 405 grain Jacketed Soft Points. A nice heavy slug on a moderate load. Recoil is mild. It’s isn’t a kick, but a shove. The muzzle blast is impressive, especially after dark. To say it’s fun to shoot is like saying Bacon is Tasty. No kidding! One can easily fire multiple rounds in rapid succession, with accuracy.
But man, I love shooting this thing! It’s a blast! And the fact that it packs enough punch to knock down Bigfoot, it’s a bonus.
So, I have to give a thank you to the Evil One on WTA, my friend Jim Jones… He’s the one that talked me into getting this gun, and I am very happy he did.
In a moment of weakness… I picked up a Weaver Rail that will fit nicely on my Rossi M-92.
I'm going to hell for this.
What evilness have I brought into my home? I am ashamed. Okay… I’ll return it to normal sooner than I thought. I still might experiment with an optic on it… just so I can get a better idea on the rifle’s accuracy… and then this rail is coming off and another sighting system is going on. Because the factory sights on these guns are a let down. They are preventing these rifles from hitting their potential.
Now, before you hate me for what I did… I did nothing as bad as what Mossberg has done. Mossberg took the Lever Action, and defecated all over it. This rifle just might be put on display at the SHOT Show. If it is – someone please Falcon Punch the guy at Mossberg that did this.
Image from a trade magazine.
That is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen some seriously nasty things.
UPDATE: I took the rail off and put the rear sight back on. It’s as if it never happened. I’ll look at other sight options.
Ruger has announced a couple new guns. Let’s take a look at them.
The new “All American Rifle”. Link Here. I don’t have anything good to say about this one. Congratulations Ruger, you just made a Savage Axis. Bravo. But 10 bucks says the Savage has the better barrel. Hopefully the stock is more rigid… more like TC Venture. Hopefully it wont get a Recall like the TC Venture either.
The new SR-22 .22LR Pistol. Link Here. If it’s one thing Ruger has always done well, it’s making .22 Rimfires. Rifles and Pistols. Now, while this pistol looks a lot like a Walther P22 and Ruger has made an industry out of other people’s designs… (Just like the Soviets!) this SR-22 is a apparently, shockingly, a new design. Given Ruger’s Rimfire history, I’d expect this pistol to be a good one. Iffy trigger, but otherwise it should be solid, it will also probably have a reasonable retail price so it is one I’m looking forward to seeing. Considering all the other Tactical .22 Pistols out there… The Walther P22, SIG’s Mosquito, and others… This will be a welcome new seat at the table. Because right now, the Ruger Mk III pistols, Browning Buckmarks, Beretta NEOS pistols and the new ATI-GSG and SIG 1911 .22′s are the only Semi-Auto .22lr pistols worth buying. That’s a thin selection. I wish Ruger all the best with this one.
Just a little something for all of you guys to remember. Crusader has a Layaway Plan. An Installment plan… It’s non-refundable, but it is transferable to other Crusader products if you change your mind before any special parts are ordered/made/customized.
It’s real simple. You pay into it, take the time you need, pay as you can. When the payment towards your weapon of choice reaches a certain point, your build gets started and you have 90 days to pay the rest off and have your weapon shipped to your FFL.
Configure your weapon how you want and start making your payments. In tough economic times, it’s a heck of a lot easier than paying it all in one lump sum.
I put an AK-47 on Layaway today. I’m going to need it come Spring Time! I’ve been looking at buying one for some time now, but hadn’t found one that I really liked. Well, I found one.
This was built by Cugir in Romania, then rebuilt by M&M LLC. It’s been around the block. Typical WASR10, with some rails and TAPCO stock and trigger, with a Hogue pistol grip. It actually feels really good.
Crusader is going to be offering an AK Focus course for 2012. So pretty much I need this, so it’s a justifiable expense. A required expenditure. Also, this gun is going to be the test mule for Crusader’s AK work. What can we do to the AK that gives any actual, tangible benefit… what is going to be worth spending money on, and what’s not. I don’t want to sell anyone on something that’s not going to help… If it’s not, we’re not going to offer it.
My last Kalash I got was a Vector Arms under-folder from FBMG back when they were in their salad days. It was a great AK… very good stuff. But there were things I didn’t like about it… Sharp edges, thin finish… it wasn’t perfect, but it was very good for an AK. At the time, it was the best AK I had ever owned, and I have had several. It’s a shame that Vector Arms went belly up. If Crusader does get into the Kalash Building Business… this means Utah is going to get a good in State AK again.
For the 2012 Crusader Weaponry Training Schedule, I am thinking I want to break up the general “Tactical Carbine” courses. What do you guys think about having platform focused classes? AR, AK, Lever, and Bolt. Other platforms could come to the AR or AK course depending on the similarities. (This also means I need a good AK and we’ll have to develop a Crusader Kalash Package)
We’re also going to go into greater focus on the Shotgun. More work on actual slug accuracy, and use of them for barrier penetration. Advanced Shotgunning.
I’m also thinking about offering Force on Force, Patrol Techniques, Assault and Ambush. Mounted and Dismounted. Firing from Vehicles, Moving and Stationary. We will also use Guest Instructors. These classes will have some more stringent requirements, meaning that we will only let in students that mean certain requirements. Citizens of US or strong Allied Nations, clean background. We are not going to train anyone if we have any doubt about their character or intent.