Friday, April 28, 2017

Springfield's New Hammer Gun - Hammers are cool

The Firearm Blog just posted that Springfield is going to introduce into the XD lineup a hammer fired single stack 9. Click here for their post.

They call it the XD-E. It's their XD-S 3.3 single stack 9 but with a DA/SA trigger. They pack a manual safety with a decocker.

Ever since I picked up the CZ P-01 I've been bringing hammer fired guns more into my collection. Looking forward to checking out the new XD-E 3.3.

P.S. - I'm in the process of doing a one year write up of the CZ P-01.

Friday, April 14, 2017

An Interesting Set of Quotes

I found this whilst perusing the laws of firearm ownership in India.

“No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.” –James Burgh (Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses) [London, 1774-1775]

I'll be looking in the the accuracy of the quote.

I also found this one:

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.” — Adolf Hitler (H.R. Trevor-Roper, Hitler’s Table Talks 1941-1944)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Folding AR in 9MM - A Little Advice

I decided to build a new AR-15 in 9MM that uses Glock magazines using the Law Tactical folding stock adapter and one of the Dolos kits, to make a take down, compact 9MM PCC.

For the most part the build is working out. That said, I've run into a few issues with some of these special parts. The folding adapter uses a machined part they call an extension. This part is designed to be plugged into the rear of a normal AR bolt carrier group to make up the difference created by the adapter. The issue is that most of the 9MM BCG's are solid to add weight. This means that you have to modify a bolt to make the extension work.

I haven't completed the build yet as I'm waiting to choose the handguard, barrel and figure out which way I want to go with the bolt. JP Enterprises makes a 9MM bolt that is also hollow but it's $250.

Another part was the Odin Works pistol buffer tube. They use a proprietary end plate that has loops for a sling. It's designed so that you can use a stabilizing brace and use their clamp to adjust length. The tube doesn't have enough threading to use a normal castle nut. Because of the loops on the plate you cannot fully fold the adapter as one of the loops gets in the way. While not really a big issue, it's just another specialty part that isn't fully compatible with the rest of the specialty parts.

The upper receiver is one of the side charging, last round bolt-hold-open from New Frontier Armory. It's a billet receiver that's well made. However, there's a chance that the Dolos adapter won't work with it as the website reports it doesn't work with "many billet receivers." I haven't purchased the Dolos adapter due to cost.

I'll post on how the build went what I had to do to fix the issue.

Monday, February 20, 2017

HAM Stuff - General Class License

I was able to upgrade my radio license to General Class. The call sign is still the same. For now.

In other news, my game night group seems to have settled on a dungeon crawler / leveling game called Descent. It's fantastic! Because of the size of the boards I've decided to upgrade my table. It'll be the nicest piece of furniture I own.

Happy President's Day readers. 

P.S. - I'm field testing an M&P 9c. They don't make a M2.0 in the 9c class just yet so I can't call it a Gen 1. So far it's been a good carry piece.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DoD's MHS XM17 - Allegedly a Winner was Announced

SHOT Show 2017 was this week. Today, it was "announced" to the the participants of the MHS competition that a platform was selected. It appears that SIG Sauer's P320 based submission was selected. This is still partly rumor but I trust at least one of the sources (The Firearm Blog).

The pistol appears to be based on an unreleased variant of the SIG P320 with manual safety.

If this is true, I'm hoping that the Army will let the M9 go to the CMP for transfer to the civilian population. This could make for some cheap Berettas flooding the market.

Update: I found a link to the DoD announcement page. Announcement Here

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HAM Radio - KN4ACV

I offically have a Technician Class License.

Call Sign - KN4ACV

In other news; GUNS!

That is all. ;)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Sad Day - Goodbye Carrie Fisher

According to a variety of sources, Carrie Fisher has passed away. She reportedly suffered from a heart attack a few days prior.

This really sucks...