I shot another match at Louland with the Colt, and well, pretty much nothing happened except the pistol went BANG and 230 grains of copper and lead went out the barrel.
Boring, I know, right?
The gun did fail go into battery a couple of times, but I am blaming that on me. Thanks to the short slide height of my CZs, I have a bad habit of resting my thumbs on the slide of a pistol as I shoot, and I’m pretty sure that was the cause of my problems. Just to make sure, though, I shot the 40-odd rounds I had leftover the match yesterday, paying particular attention to keeping my thumbs off the slide, and nothing happened except loud noises and holes in the target.
Colt Competition 2000 Round Challenge
150 Rounds Federal Premium American Eagle .45ACP FMJ
Total Rounds Fired To Date:
Thanks again to Lucky Gunner for providing the ammo for this test.
Three Concealed Carry Myths Debunked. The Sheriff speaks the truth here. Read it.
Tam does a good job elucidating what you want and don’t want in a carry holster (two guesses which holster shown in that article wasn’t one that she had in mind when she wrote it…). 🙂
Some nice little drills for the indoor range. If you can’t adapt your teaching to work on a “bowling alley” indoor range, you are setting your beginning to intermediate students up to fail.
Lessons from a daytime home invasion. A few years ago, we lived in a neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona that was, um, in transition, and the townhouse next to us had it’s door kicked in and ransacked, while ours wasn’t. Why? We had an external security door on both entrances, and they didn’t.
I really liked the iDryfire and Sharpshot EZ dry fire training apps. You can easily set up a dry fire dojo inside your bedroom or garage for under $100. Just do it.
This is actually a pretty good list of books about America’s gun culture. I see some that I’ve read, and some I need to read.
College students learning about guns. More of this, please.
Coming around to this bit of news again, let me explain why this is a big deal.
Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.
Heller vs. D.C., the Supreme Court case the secured the right to keep and bear arms for the foreseeable future, wasn’t won because a team of lawyers marched up the steps of the courthouse waving Gadsden flag and yelling “MUH RIGHTS!!!!!.” Rather, it was won because a team of smart lawyers used legal precedents to make it clear to the court (well, MOST of the court) that the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right of the citizen, not a collective right of the state.
Now that the DOJ has ruled that AR-15’s and 1911’s are not inherently “military” weapons, there is precedent to go after “assault weapons” bans that are based on getting “weapons of war” off our streets.
This ruling, along with the nomination of the guy who (rightly) stated that AR-15’s are in common use and should not be banned, foretells of great things to come for the gun rights movement.
Let freedom ring!
There used to be a time when Wired would be happy about a product that empowers people to fight against tyranny. This is no longer the case.
Related: “Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.”
That, my friends, is a huge, huge win, and a knife through the heart of any so-called “assault weapons ban.”
The reality that you are, and always have been your own first responder is starting to seep into the general populace. Good.
Speaking of must-have items, Chuck Haggard has a great article on how and when to spice up somebody’s life with a blast of OC spray.
I’d like to see the .380 added into this test, but if there’s not that much difference between what 9mm does to a target over .45, why carry a lower-capacity .45 instead of a 9mm?
What happens when civility REALLY breaks down and the
Communists Democratic Socialists and the fascists National Socialists go at for real? You get years of lead. Read and ask yourself whether this will happen in the United States sometime soon.
I hope it doesn’t.
“In a challenge of American craftsmanship, this high-octane competition pits master craftsmen and apprentice duos from rival shops against each other in a head-to-head battle for supremacy.”
As I mentioned earlier, I shot the NRA Instructor Qual with the Colt Competition 1911 that I’m running through a 2000 Round Challenge.
I had (*had*) been doing dry fire up to the day of the test with one of my tricked-out CZ75’s, in anticipation that shooting the qual with a gamer gun that has a wonderful single action trigger would give me a little edge, but seeing how I had a bunch of ammo left over after the Louland match, I went with the 1911 instead to shoot up the extra ammo. I did ok, right up to the point where I had five shots outside of the eight-inch circle at 15 yards, over the maximum of four that the test requires. To make matters worse, that one shot I pulled low and left not only DQ’d me because it was the fifth shot outside the circle, it was outside the six-inch max group size required by the test.
Look, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the 1911 platform itself: It’s a gun that wins bullseye matches year after year after year, and it wins them because it’s stupid accurate. However, my experience with the 1911 is pretty much limited to the 1000 rounds I have through my test gun, while on the other hand, I passed the 1000 round mark with a CZ75 long before we had smartphones.
I’ll shoot the qual again, (probably next week) because I want to get my certs re-upped and start teaching CCW (more on that later) so I’ll shoot it with something I already know how to use accurately, not something I’m learning to shoot.
The Liberator pistol and Sten SMG were designed to be functional firearms that can be built in a garage, and this is further proof of that fact.
I did the writeup on the Ruger PC Carbine for Shooting Illustrated. Spoiler alert: I liked it. But then again, I’ve been a fan of pistol-caliber carbines for quite awhile.
Five easy upgrades for your AR-15. If you bought an AR but don’t know what to do with it, this is where I’d start.
My CZ75s are proof that I was into TA/DA guns before they were cool (/gunhipster).
Outdoor Life notices the same thing that I noticed seven years ago: It’s a cast iron b!tch to get into hunting as an adult.
“We’re preaching to the choir. We’re giving the kids of folks who already hunt this opportunity, rather than reaching new audiences.”
And here’s the scary thing to think about: What is Gun Culture 2.0 doing to avoid the same mistakes that Gun Culture 1.0 made? Yes, there is Colion Noir and TWAW and Scholastic Steel, but who besides Gabby Franco is reaching out to the Latino population? “Roof Korean” is a meme inside gun culture, but who is bringing ACTUAL KOREANS to the range?
Republican strategist Luke Thompson said something interesting on Jonah Goldberg’s “The Remnant podcast” a few week ago: For years, the Republicans were an ideologically-based party, united around fighting Communism and (allegedly) wanting a smaller role for government in our lives, while the Democrats were a majority, coalition-based party, with everyone from white Catholic longshoremen to rural Methodist blacks in their ranks. In the post-Obama era, this is no longer true: The Democrats are turning into a ideological party based around the most leftist ideas possible, and thanks to the working middle class joining their ranks in droves in 2016 and now owning (or about to own) all three branches of government, the Republicans are a majority party with a broader base.
Question: For decades, ever since the Revolt In Cincinnati, the political power of gun owners has been ideological-based, based on the fact that we were at the time a minority.
This is no longer the case, which makes me wonder, what would a majority-based NRA coalition look like, and do we actually want such a thing?