The Source Code

The Source Code

This is why I’ve chosen to defend my life and my family. Things like this

Mesa Police say a 1-year-old boy died after getting shot in the head Monday morning in a possible home invasion.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex near Main Street and Horne around 7 a.m., according to Mesa Police.

Mesa Fire official Forrest Smith said crews transported the child in extremely critical condition to a nearby trauma center where he later died.

Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing said two unknown suspects are on the loose and may be responsible for the shooting.

Wessing said five children, between the ages of 1 and 8, were at the home at the time and were being watched by their grandmother.

The grandmother was doing laundry and had the door open when the suspects showed up, Wessing said.

Some type of confrontation took place and the boy was then shot, he said.

I know those apartments: A college classmate of mine used to live in them, and while they’re  not the best neighborhood in the Phoenix area, they’re not the worst. My thoughts and prayers are with this child’s family, and my hope is for swift and sure judgement on his murderers.

I have two wonderful sons in elementary school and an amazing wife. We live in a nice, quiet suburb and avoid getting into dumb places at dumb times where dumb things might happen. 

But I can’t really avoid driving down Main Street in Mesa altogether. Or ignore the west side of Phoenix for the rest of my life. Or live inside my house all day long and never go out for the best tacos in the east valley ever again. 

So what can I do? Carry the means to protect myself from armed OR unarmed assailants. Learn how to use them, then learn some more. Enjoy my life, but keep my eyes open. Stay safe. Have fun. 

Extreme Home Makarov

Extreme Home Makarov

About two years ago, I realized we needed a pistol in our house dedicated to nothing but home defence, so I made a had’jj up to J&G Sales and picked up a suplus CZ-82, spare magazine and 3 boxes of ammo for $300, including tax. 

That’s a heck of deal, considering that you can’t get buy a new pistol for that price and the CZ-82 is a proven performer that is now available with C&R FFL licence.

I’m perfectly fine with 9×18 as a self-defence ammo. With its metal body and blowback action, the CZ is very controllabe and easy to shoot, and with 12 plus one in the pipe, it has enough rounds to finish the fight.

However, practicing with the CZ-82 can be a problem. The most commonly available ammo for 9x18mm is cheap, steel-cased ammo from Russia that is also steel-cored; a no-no on most (if not all) indoor ranges. 

Fortunately, Fiocchi makes ammo in 9×18 Makarov, and Lucky Gunner was kind enough to provide a box for testing. I was pleased to have some high-quality, accurate ammo to use as a benchmark for what the CZ can do, and I couldn’t wait to compare it versus the more common Russian ammo. Here’s a five-shot group of Silver Bear 94 grain FMJ, shot offhand and single action at 7 yards. 

Silver Bear Ammo

Silver Bear 94 grain FMJ, 21 feet, 5 shots
Mean Radius: 0.9″
Extreme Spread: 2.13″ 

Now I’m not much of a shot, but I’m good enough that quality ammo can make a difference on the target.

Fiocchi Makarov Ammo

Fiocchi 95 grain FMJ, 21 feet, 5 shots
Mean Radius: 0.67″
Extreme Spread: 1.73″ 

Shot group analysis courtesy of Robb Allen.

Bottom line: Fiocchi 9×18 FMJ is a great choice for shooters looking for an alternative to cheaper Russian Makarov ammo that can’t be reloaded and can’t be shot in indoor ranges.

 

Front Sight

Front Sight

Well, I drank the koolaid. I bought a mid-week four day defensive handgun training certificate from Frontsight last week for $69. I figure between using frequent flyer miles to pay for the hotel and gas, meals and ammo, the whole thing will cost about $300, which is about the price of a two-day NRA Personal Protection class. 

Can’t hurt, I guess. At the least, I’ll get a week in Vegas out of it. Let’s see if Front Sight’s training is better than their web design or internet marketing acumen. 

I figure they have nowhere to go but up. 

Product Review: ASG P07 Duty Airsoft Pistol

Product Review: ASG P07 Duty Airsoft Pistol

I bought this (fake) gun for two reasons: I wanted to practice my draw from concealment at home, and I want to start some realistic force on force close quarters instruction with the good people at Generations Firearm Training

What was in the box?

The ASG P07 Duty is a licence-built copy of my daily carry gun, CZ’s P07 Duty, and right out the box, it felt like my P07, and it even comes with the P07’s crappy sights. The CZ P07 Duty has CZ’s “Omega Trigger” system that allows the user to quickly swap out parts and change the gun from a conventional SA/DA action with safety to an SA/DA with decocker, but the ASG P07 Duty did not have that option and came equipped with a safety only. I prefer to shoot the P07 decocked for two reasons, the first being I don’t like safeties on self-defense pistols. Yes, I know God and/or John Moses Browning designed the 1911 that way, so durn it, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, but to me, sweeping the safety off is one more thing to worry about in a situation where a fast reaction can save my life. I much prefer decocked double action, DAO or “safe action” pistols for defending my life. The other reason is less critical: IDPA SSP division mandates the first shot on any given course of fire must be shot double action, and rather than mix it up with the high-zoot guns in ESP, I can decock the P07 Duty and go for it. 

Side by side

The ASG P07 Duty is a CO2 powered blowback action pistol. The CO2 cartridge that powers the pistol fits rather cleverly into the butt: The lanyard loop at the bottom of the gun is pressed in, and the whole backstrap pops off, allowing for easy insertion of the cartridge into the gun.

Power to the pistol

Design-wise, it’s darn close to my CZ P07 Duty. The airsoft version is made from a darker plastic and the slide is much lighter than the real P07, but the heft and feel of the gun are about the same. The trigger on the airsoft gun is horrid, though, mushy and stacking with no real break or reset and is about 6-8 pounds single action. 

The magazine for the airsoft P07 holds about 21 BB’s and drops free when the mag release is pressed, just like the CZ P07. The biggest difference between the two guns is the airsoft P07 has a slightly larger magazine more like a CZ SP-01, but this doesn’t interfere with the operation of the gun.

Sight picture

Shooting the gun in the backyard, I found it tended to shoot high, but that was something that happened with the old sights on my CZ P07 Duty (remember the word “crappy” way back in the beginning of this review?), hence the CZ-USA  night sights on my 9mm P07 Duty in the photo above. The ASG P07 fits the Crossbreed Supertuck I use for daily carry perfectly, and that’ll come in real handy as I ramp up practice for IDPA. I was lucky enough to win $100 worth of BAM airsoft targets at the Rio Desert Classic a few years ago, and they’re great fun to bang and clang. along with a bunch of 1/3 size paper targets that I printed out and stuck into the ground with real-estate sign holders. Practiing with an airsoft gun, you have to realize it’ll do squat for follow up shots or anything that requires multiple hits per target, but it’s great for draw, sight picture and transitions. 

To sum up, the state of the art in airsoft guns is clearly changing. They’re not toys anymore, they’re tools, and should be thoughtfully considered by anyone looking to improve their competition or self-defence shooting habits at home and at a very low cost.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

Consider this news report from a local TV station

Police: Man shot multiple times after answering door of Phoenix home 

PHOENIX – An investigation is underway Friday morning after a man was shot multiple times when answering the door of a Phoenix home.

The shooting occurred around midnight in the area of 18th Street and Bell Road. Police at the scene said someone went up to a house and knocked on the door. A man in his 20s, who was reportedly inside the home with his family, answered the door.

Police said the suspect shot the man two to three times in the arm and stomach before fleeing the scene.

1. Midnight? You answered the door at MIDNIGHT? Are you NUTS? 
2. And assuming there is a persuasive reason to open the door, opening a door at midnight without the means to defend yourself is also crazy. 
3. For those of you unfamiliar with the Phoenix area, 18th St. and Bell ain’t the worst part of town, but it’s not the best. 

The moral of the story? Don’t do stupid things in the middle of the night, even in your own home.

That Was Easy

That was easy

Went to the local Staples last night to pick up some Cat 5 (What, doesn’t EVERYONE shop for networking cables in the late evening?) and noticed a shiny new “No Firearms Allowed” decal on the front door.

Well, that’s it for me and Staples. Fry’s Electronics doesn’t allow firearms, either, so it’s time to get nice and friendly with the people at Office Depot.

Get Out Of Dodge

Get out of Dodge

Gabe Suarez sure has a chest-thumping, meat-eating manly-man way of taking on an aggressive mob

“If you have a pistol, please make sure it is a modern high capacity weapon with a couple of spare magazines in your belt. The Suarez International company gun, a Glock 17 with three magazines, yields a sum total of 52 rounds. Figure three rounds per man, and you can reduce an angry mob of panga swinging killers into a fleeing group of bloodied bad guys. Draw it and yell, “Get The F*** Back!” If they do, run away. If they do not, shoot the first man in the face. The rest will take care of itself.” 

Umn, err, “The rest will take care of itself” isn’t exactly a plan, is it? 

I carry a spare magazine for my CCW gun, but not because I expect the zombie hoards to pop up in my local Circle K or because I expect a hockey riot to break out in my local mall. Rather, I carry a spare mag because 90% of all problems with a semi-auto come down to feeding rounds into the chamber, and having another mag to go to in case something burps gives me a little more confidence in what I carry. 

And as for what to do when a mob shows up, I prefer to learn from people who went through the worst of the 1992 L.A. riots