A SIGnificant  Event

A SIGnificant Event

Is SIG looking to get into the subcompact, single-stack arms race?

All signs point to “Yes”.

A single stack 9mm that uses the P320 Fire Control Uint would be really, really cool. Here’s hoping.

Update: Maybe a bespoke, slimmed-down version of the P320 FCU that can be dropped into single-stack .380’s, 9mm’s, .40’s and a .45 as needed would be pretty cool. Doubly so if a .22 version is possible.

The Year In Guns

The Year In Guns

It’s been a good year this year. I’ve managed to bring in a decent amount of side-job money, and that meant I had the wherewithal to buy myself some toys.

First up is the .300BLK pistol that I wrote up for Shooting Illustrated. I’ve tweaked it a bit with a Vickers sling and whatnot, and I like shooting it quite a lot.

Next is my suppressor for that gun, a SIG Sauer SRD762-QD. With wait times steadily falling on NFATracker.com, I expect to have it in-hand around March, if not a little sooner.

I hope.

I then put the Mossberg 930SPX that I had been using for 3 Gun out to pasture in favor of it’s gamer cousin, the 930 JM Pro. More competition is in the cards for me later this year, and so this gun will have a baptism by fire in the near future.

Smith and Wesson had a fire-sale on the first-edition 9mm Shields, and I picked up without a safety to replace the one I was carrying which had a safety. With the bladed trigger and other bits, there’s really no reason for an external safety on the Shield, and the darn thing is so small, it’s tough to flick off if accidentally switched on. Better not safety than sorry, I believe…

Lastly, I upgraded my 3 Gun AR with a new hand guard from Midwest Industries and an anodized aluminum stock from LeadStar Arms. That bloomin’ (literally) Bushnell red dot is leaving soon, probably swapped out for a Holosun dot.

As I said, a good year. Better than most.

See you in 2018!

Idol Threat.

Idol Threat.

The TSA has an interesting look at the various items it confiscated from people going through airport checkpoints. Among the obviously dumb ideas, (like trying to carry an item that LOOKS like gun but is really a knife onto a plane…) was this little tidbit of information:

Of the 86 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 24 had a round chambered.

The TSA specifies that they found these guns in carry-on bags, in other words, these are all off-body carry.

Here’s a breakdown of the guns found and the condition they were in when found:

Too bad. There's some decent guns here.

Only 85% of the people who had a gun in their bag for “self protection” had it loaded, and 28% had a round chambered. In other words, the 72% of the people who showed up to an airport with a gun thoughtlessly left in a bag they wanted to take on a plane had that gun in a condition where it was pretty much useless as for self-defense.

That says a LOT about the demographics of people who carry around a gun in a bag to make them “feel safe”.

 

The Naked Gun.

The Naked Gun.

Someone on a less-than-clueful Internet forum posted about how he felt “naked” without his CCW pistol on him.

This kind of annoyed me, as I had to wait almost three months for my Florida CCW permit to arrive, and despite that, I didn’t feel “naked” because I had other options available to me.

What other options, you ask? Well, read and find out.

Ruger LCP2 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 1141-1260

Ruger LCP2 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 1141-1260

I managed to squeeze in a little range time earlier this month to try out my new Comp-Tac Holster (spoiler alert: I *love* it) and shoot some more rounds through the LCP ][.

I started out with 70 rounds of Mozambique drill practice, done from 5 yards, and I’m kinda happy with the results.

Aside from the four obvious jerks (more on that later), that dude ain’t goin’ nowhere. I then threw caution into the wind and tried a Dot Torture at three yards, with predictable results.

Whoops

What’s interesting is what I learned from the shots I missed: Pretty much every missed shot on that target was because I was using the laser to aim, not my sights, and when I saw the green dot wobbling around on-target, I snatched the trigger, with very predictable results. When I took my time to aim, as I did on Dot 3, I did pretty well.

Lesson learned.

The other half of the range session was devoted to working with the new holster for my CZ P07 Duty, a Comp-Tac CTAC. I’d been hanging on too long the Crossbreed I first got for it, to my everlasting shame. With a class with Ernest Langdon in my future, I wanted something I could use with confidence on the range and in everyday life. The CTAC more than fits that bill. It uses kydex to hold the gun, with two leather bolsters attached to belt clips to help keep the gun comfortable. The kydex extends up and covers the slide of your pistol, yet still allows you to get a full firing grip on the gun before you draw it from the holster.

I started out shooting a series of ball and dummy drills, and then switched to shooting another Dot Torture with the CZ and the new holster, and quickly ran into an issue with shooting it one-handed. To be honest, I’d concentrated so much on shooting my striker-fired S&W Shield these past few months, running the DA/SA trigger on the P07 with just one hand proved to be my undoing, and I totally bombed both the strong hand and support hand parts of the drill.

So I finished things up with just shooting one dot with one hand, mixing in double action and single action until I was satisfied with the results.

And I am.

All in all, a good range session. I shot 120 rounds through the LCP][, with no hiccups whatsoever.

Rounds Fired: 120 Rounds Winchester White Box .380 ACP

2000 Round Challenge Results
Total Rounds Fired: 1260
One possible failure to eject on round 116
Failures to eject: Rounds 400, 489, 974, 993
Failure to feed: Round 873

Two Links Of Interest

Two Links Of Interest

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve bought very few guns that I’d consider to be “the wrong gun”. The 930SPX was the WRONG choice for 3 gun (whoops), the P3AT was a bad choice, but at the time I bought it, it was pretty much the ONLY choice in pocket .380s, and the Sccy has since turned out to be a pretty useful little “tackle box gun”.

Also, my review of the Armed Parent/Guardian class is up at NRA Family.

I really can’t express how much I was impressed with that class. I’ve walked away from other classes thinking about how I would apply the skills I learned in class to how I operate my pistol. I walked away from this class thinking about how I would apply what I learned in class to how I live my life.

Something To Listen To.

Something To Listen To.

Take a few minutes and

      listen to Paul Carlson and Rob More talk with Dusty Salomon
about Dusty’s methodology on training people how to shoot more better.

It’s a really, really good episode, and not just because Dusty validates something I’ve been saying for a while, that we we need to start looking at the dojo model for our firearms training classes.

Oh, and also check out Dusty’s new book, Mentoring Shooters.

I am.

Pay Attention, Action Target:

Pay Attention, Action Target:

And you too, Cabela’s.

Here’s your opportunity: There is going to be a metric buttload of prime inner-city retail space opening up in the near future, space that is CRYING OUT for a mixed-use entertainment / lifestyle redevelopment.

Mall anchor store infrastructure is just MADE for indoor ranges and retail. Take over the just the first floor if needed, but set up an indoor range with a few bays out to at least 50 yards, a VIP club / range, a great showroom, a classroom or two, a simulator / training room and a cafe.

Heck, why not combine those last two into one venue?

Mall owners are going to be desperate, and when they are, that’s your time to act.

 

Armed And Gregarious.

Armed And Gregarious.

One of the overlooked benefits of the dojo model of firearms instruction is the social aspect of going to a range on a regular basis and interacting with normal (or semi-normal) people who kinda look and talk like you do.

Think about it: We want guns to become normal, and yet the training opportunities we provide are a hassle that require us to set aside an entire weekend or more and maybe travel far, far away.

That sort of behavior is not normal for me or just about any other American adult.

But going to a karate class every week and chatting with the other parents as our kids get their kicks? That’s normal.

Getting used to concealed carry means getting used to the idea that people like yourself might be carrying concealed, and meeting those type of people on a regular basis makes concealed carry seem like a regular, everyday thing.

Because it is.

The AR-15 Is Dead.

The AR-15 Is Dead.

I mean, why would somebody chose an AR-15 in .223, when they could shoot a battle rifle in .308? The .308 is a much more powerful cartridge, and if you can carry an seven pound AR, you can carry a nine and a half pound FAL.

The FAL is clearly superior: It offers more firepower, and there’s no reason not to carry one. The AR platform is dead.

Sounds stupid, right? Well, it is.

Now read this article, and everytime you see “.380”, substitute “AR-15,” and see if makes any sense to you.

Are .380 pocket guns the best choice for concealed carry? No.

Are they a BAD choice? No, not really. There’s a big, big difference between a bad choice for concealed carry, and a less-than optimal choice.

Don’t let best become the enemy of good enough.