Kinda Want.

I’m interested.

The EXO ONE (X01) is a patent-pending multi-caliber exoskeleton for the Sig Sauer® P320 Fire Control Unit (FCU) and adjacent firearm components including barrel, slide assembly, and magazine release. This transformation happens in moments without tools and is fully reversible.

FCU != Florida Central University

I’m a sucker for Personal Defense Weapons, and this looks like an interesting application of the modularity that makes the P320 so cool into the PDW market space.

Colt got left behind the minute the M4 lower made it out into the open market, and maybe this will serve as a wakeup call to SIG that when it comes to the P320, they are in the fire control unit business, not necessarily the pistol business.

Still Don’t Go To Shows

I wrote this almost six years ago, and it’s still true today.

I am just not into gun shows. Don’t know if I ever will be. I’m not really into guns as objects, I’m into guns as tools, and ever since I got my eight guns, I’ve been buying stuff either as backup to what I already own or to compete in specific competitions.

But buying guns because they’re guns? Nah, not really.

This is not really a surprise. I never collected cameras when I was a shooter, and I never bought the latest, greatest gear either. My medium format was a 25 year old ‘Blad, and my 35mm’s were FM2’s and a FG’s, not an F4.

If it works, use it.

Marko posted this on Facebook awhile back, and it reminds me just how long it’s been since I read “The Book Of Five Rings“.

“You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.”

― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

The Unkillable Cow

Glock comes out with the Gen 5.
S&W comes out with M&P 2.0.
Springfield now has Grip Zone™.

You could toss all of these into a giant bingo drum, give it a whirl, and when you picked one out, you’d have a terrific gun that will be reliable and shoot great for decades to come. They all are debugged technology and have no major surprises, because the pace of innovation in guns is (currently) the pace of mechanical innovation, not electronic innovation. Moore’s Law does NOT apply to the gun world: The effectiveness of our guns is not doubling every two years. The last big leaps in pistols were the wide-spread adoption of polymer striker-fired guns and bonded hollow-core ammunition. Actual innovation is pretty much at a standstill right now, because the product development of guns is achingly slow compared to the product development of chips or software.

Pistols are (at least for Glock and Springfield) a cash cow: They’re how they keep the lights on and the doors open. Gun companies do small changes between models because that’s all they CAN do. A pistol is as complicated as rock compared to, say, an iPhone, and they’re ain’t a lot of upgrades you can do a rock*. I just got a new iPhone**, just like I do pretty much every two years, as the features on the new phones like more memory and better cameras really appeal to me.

My camera? I still shoot with a D70 I bought in 2005. Yes, I could upgrade to a D750, but why? The D70 kicks out great shots and still works great. I don’t make my living tripping the shutter anymore, and it’s all I need for the photos I’m taking right now. Yes, I could probably also use a small point and shoot or a mirrorless DSLR for some of the pictures I take, but since the camera and apps in my iPhone are up to the task, why bother?

Think that the slowdown in the gun industry right now is due, in part, to consumers having bought enough gun to do the things they need a gun to do (or believe that they need it to do) and don’t see a need to upgrade or get another gun?

Me too.


* “Grip Zone” jokes in 3…2…1…
** Yes, I know the iPhone 8 is coming out. I had to get one now because my current phone went Tango-Uniform, and quite honestly, the (leaked) features of the iPhone 8 don’t appeal that much to me.

Ruger LCPII 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 837 – 937

Ruger LCP2 2000 Round Challenge

No photos of the target today, because my phone decided to lock up in the 95° Florida heat. It’s a shame because I concentrated on shooting for groups this time out, and the LCP][ responded with 2″ five-shot groups from 7 yards. Not bad for a little gun with essentially no sights and a very short sight radius.

I finished up the session with 30 or so rounds shot from retention, right up against the target then shooting while backing up as fast as I can, kinda like what Craig Douglas is doing here.

Kinda.

Because I tend to shoot on indoor ranges or at matches, where shooting from retention is rarely mandated, I actually have very little experience with it. Yes, that’s a training scar, and yes, I’m trying to do something about it.

Other than that, the little LCP][ just soldiered on. I was struck again just how easy it is to shoot strong hand only: There really is little for the support hand to do on the gun, and because it’s lightweight with a decent trigger, it really doesn’t need a support hand to get a quick round off and onto the target. I did have one Failure To Feed on round 36 out of 100 while shooting PMC Bronze.

Rounds Fired : 100
70 Rounds PMC Bronze
30 Rounds Winchester FMJ White Box

2000 Round Challenge Results
Total Rounds Fired: 937.
One possible failure to eject on round 116, two failures to eject on rounds 400 and 489, one failure to feed round 873.

Can’t Stop The Signal, Mal.

Good thing my home and (still) native land has such ridiculously strong gun laws, or else people would be able to carry around submachine guns, or something.

Machine Shop MACs

Two fully automatic submachine guns believed to be manufactured at a machinist shop just west of Edmonton were just several prohibited firearms seized following an eight-month investigation by the province’s integrated police law enforcement unit.

The two MAC-11 guns, capable of firing an entire magazine of 30 rounds in seconds with a single pull of the trigger, were also outfitted with suppressors and oversized magazines, police said in a Wednesday news release.

And to make matters worse, they were probably built by and used by Oilers fans. That there is a hanging offense, in my book.

As Tam is found of saying, you can find 90% Sten Guns in the plumbing aisle at your local hardware store, and it looks like somebody did just that.

Conflict Of Interests

First off, kudos to Glock for turning the fifth time they’ve had to update Perfection™ into a major gun event.

It’s a good idea, and a great way to get the fanboys excited for something outrageously innovative, like sights that are actually useful or getting rid of those STUPID finger grooves.

But.

It’s also the same night as the Macgregor-Mayweather fight.

Think that a large part of Glock’s target market is going to more interested in the fight than being the first to shoot a new gun?

Me too.

Update: We have photos of the new gun! It’s, umm, well, a Glock! Without finger grooves! And with a high-tech innovative feature called “an ambidextrous slide release”.

Something that other guns have had for decades prior to this, but now, they’ve perfected it!

Perfect 5th.

Odds And Sods.

I spent a bunch of my ill-botten gooty from the Amazon links on the site and bought a few things to make my life easier. Thanks for your support, everyone, now on to some quick first takes:

SOG Folding Entrenching Tool 

I’ve been needing to get shovels for the back of our family’s cars, so when these came on sale, I snatched up two of them for just just over fifteen bucks.

Not bad.

It’s a basic aluminum entrenching tool, with a twist-lock handle and saw-blade edge and pick on one side and shovel on the other. Nothing fancy, but it’s a tool that infantrymen have been using for decades now, so it should work for us civilians, too.

Gosky Universal Cell Phone Mount

I bought this because I thought it looked cool, and hey, you never know, it may come in handy someday. Because it’s a “universal” mount, however, it’s a little awkward to use with my spotting scope, and it doesn’t work too well with my rifle scopes either because the eye relief is too long.

Image quality from the mount is below par, probably because the optics needed to make a clear image on the back of the eye are different than the optics needed to produce an image on a camera sensor. Still, for just $19, it’s a lot of fun to play around with.

Esbit Folding Stove

I love these little stoves. No, they are not going to cook up a five-course meal for fourteen, but they’ll heat up water for coffee or a freeze-dried instant meal. I’ll have a more in-depth look at this stove when I test it out with this gadget, but for now, I likey.