Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why I Bought and Why I Love the 2012 Ford Mustang V6

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In 2011, I broke away from my usual love of European hatchbacks and wagons and bought something so far out of my modus operandi that even my own family questioned what was happening. Before the Mustang, I was never impressed with any of the available Ford (or any American brands really, save Dodge) during the 1990’s and 2000’s. I suppose the Focus RS was pretty interesting but that was still a European only model. By the time I was looking at having to make significant repairs to my 99 Audi A4 (which I miss) Ford was beginning to make cars that I thought were actually interesting. Most of the interesting Ford stuff was still European only but it was becoming obvious that Ford America was getting their stuff together. I had been interested in the Challenger for a while but when I saw the 2011 Boss 302, I took a real liking to the platform. Enough that I actually scheduled a test drive with a Ford dealer for a GT. When I found out that the literal wheels on my Audi were so corroded that they couldn’t seal and hold air I knew I needed to make some changes.

One morning I headed over to the Ford dealer to look into the GT. At the time I had the mentality of V8 or bust; accept no substitutes when going Pony car. I really liked the GT. It was quick, it seemed reasonably refined and looked and sounded great. It was blue and beautiful but after talking to financing there was just no way I could afford it. So they suggested I looked at the V6. Now, I had scoffed at the idea of a V6 in a pony car so they suggested that I take a look at an older model. They had a white 2008 and I immediately didn’t like it. So much so that I turned right around during the test drive at the next available U-turn and headed back. The salesman suggested that I look at the V6 so I obliged. It was a used 2011 base model (I really wanted the upgraded radio and steering wheel package) but the power plant was the new 3.7L Cyclone/Duratec instead of the 4.0L from the initial release of the fifth generation. They also had a 6 speed manual which I desperately wanted in my next car. 

When I turned over the key, I was surprised by a half-way, decently sounding power plant and exhaust note. I didn’t hate it immediately. We took it for a quick spin and I was decently impressed. After talking with the salesman, I found out they had a red 2012 with everything I was looking for. We ran over and took a peek; I was sold. Ford had managed to make a car that not only I didn’t hate on, but actually managed to impress me. I traded my beloved Audi in, plus a small amount down and I was out the door.

That was October 2011. I still have it. Last month marks the 6-year anniversary of my first (and probably last) new car purchase and I’ve enjoyed the car every day that I drive it. There are days that I wished I had the V8 but there are more days that I don’t care. I’ve driven the car nearly 65,000 miles (pretty low for a daily). I’ve been on drives as long as 12 hours in it and it’s been comfortable. I've run numerous backroads as hard as could, blasted down highways and crawled up gravel roads. The 2012 Ford Mustang V6 is my long distance cruiser; a budget GT car. It's the car that's seen me up and down the East Coast for the last 6 years and done a great job with minimal, basic maintenance. I'm usually more pragmatic than a Mustang but it's turned out to be fairly practical. I've gone camping with it, fishing with it, I've moved several times with it and made numerous long distance trips with it. Gone on dates in it, rescued animals with it and driven it more times to the shooting range than I can remember. It's been a great daily driver and I hope it keeps right on going. The Shaker radio doesn't suck and Sirius XM works 99% of the time.

On a side note, I have seen and interacted with the newest generation Mustang and I can assure you that I am once again just as impressed if not more impressed with the Ford Mustang. Chassis and suspension updates to the newest version really bring the Mustang into a great place. They new GT's feel SOOOOO planted!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Extra Life 2017 - Not a Terrible Year

Extra Life 2017 went pretty good this year. We raised just shy of $2100 with a goal of $3000. I also didn't fall asleep this year! Call of Duty WWII turned out to be pretty good but in the latter half of the stream I played Ghost Recon: Wildlands. I enjoyed working with the same crew this year and I look forward to next year!

If you still want to donate feel free! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Extra-Life 2017 25-Hour Stream Game List!

Twitch page, Der Yetti

Donation Link!!

I'm looking at playing quite a few games during the stream.

Including but not limited to:

Slime Rancher
Call of Duty WW2 Campaign (HOT)
Borderlands 2 new play-through (probably co-op with people teammates)
The Hunter
Stardew Valley
The Long Dark Story Mode

I'm looking to get started around 8 or 9 depending on how I feel. During the next few days I will be testing X-Split over OBS. This is going to be exciting! I've been advertising on Instagram over the last few days to drum up hype.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Extra-Life 2017!!! Nov 4 25-Hour Stream!

This year I'll be playing PC games again to attempt to raise money for Extra-Life 2017! You  can find the stream for my Twitch page, Der Yetti

Donation Link!!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ProjectPDW - Testing is Now Finished; Details and Parts List

After several months of work and some outside help, Project PDW has finished the testing phase. With that, I consider this project complete.

Today I took some of the Glock-brand Glock clipazines I had and some Winchester Forge steel case ammo over to the LGS to test for malfunctions. Thankfully, the metal portion of the Glock magazines allow for steel cases to move without too much trouble unlike the polymer offerings from ETS and Magpul.

This alleviated the binding issue at the magazine's bottleneck allowing for reliable feeding. The range was really busy (it usually is on a Saturday afternoon) so I wrapped up pretty quickly. I was able shoot enough to get a good amount of heat built up in the barrel and receivers but nothing intense.

I built ProjectPDW to be a range toy after finding that physically weaker individuals had trouble pulling back the side-charging handle on the Vector SDP Gen 2 I had. I liked the idea of a side charging 9mm large frame pistol that uses Glock magazines that also looked really cool. I later decided that I wanted it to fold up since the Vector didn't pack up nicely with the SB tactical brace it had on it. The Vector had all the street cred and good looks but the difficulty of use by other shooters and the fact that I couldn't use ALL my Glock pattern magazines (specifically the Magpul GL9 17's I have) was annoying. I wanted a large frame weapon in a caliber that isn't a rifle or intermediate size cartridge. This way, a new shooter has all the fun without the concussive blast associated with short barrel .223 ARs and other cool-guy guns. It also saves me money. Usually, they end up using my ammo so this way they can use cheaper ammo than 5.56 but isn't .22 rimfire. It sucked letting the Vector go but I think it was for a good cause.

This is easily the nicest weapon I've put together to date. It runs great even if it doesn't lock back like it should. It still has a few things missing such as a suppressor, red dot sight and a Fostech echo trigger but these are expensive (I want a good optic for it so I'm still choosing) and frankly aren't necessary. I'm looking forward to have some new shooters try this thing out once I get a red dot on it. I'm thinking SIG electro-optics or Holosun. 

Like almost every build I have, the lower is assembled with a JP Enterprises spring kit with Anderson Mil-Spec trigger and hammer. The receiver set is a New Frontier Armory side charging upper with Glock magazine lower. I also use their modular blowback bolt. I forget what buffer I put in but it was a 9mm specific blowback buffer. Same with the spring. The buffer tube is from SB tactical to match the SBM4 arm brace. The 4150 steel 8.3 inch barrel came from Ballistic Advantage with a 1/2x28 thread pitch, onto which I screwed on a Griffin Armament 3 lug adapter. Later a 9mm suppressor will go on. Once I had the barrel, I checked lengths and found that a 7.25 inch handguard would match just right so as to have enough clearance for a suppressor but gives it a full look. After searching, I settled on a SLR Rifleworks SOLO 7". It was sleek and not encumbered with excess picatinny rails on the sides and bottom. It was also just right at 7.25 inch overall length. I topped it off with Magpul Pro flip up sights that I've come to love and MOE+ rubberized grip that will likely be changed out. The final piece of this puzzle was the Law Tactical Gen 3 folding adapter. This part adds length and complexity to any build but makes it worth the price for the ability to stow this build in a messenger bag. 

All in all, I'm very very pleased with this build. It will eat just about any 9x19 I can get my hands on as long as I use Glock magazines or if I'm running brass case ammo then I can use any 9mm Glock pattern magazines I want. This is a small limitation seeing as I can even use the 10 round Glock 26 magazines, a feat that the Vector will never boast. I'm sure that I will add more parts in the future but it will be small stuff like a 45 degree selector switch, red dot and maybe different handguard but for now this build, is done.

Update! I settled on the SIG Sauer Romeo 5 red dot sight.

ProjectPDW - The PDW has finally finished the testing phase. This thing will officially eat ALL of the ammo I typically can get around here. I finished off the testing with #glock mags and Winchester Forge with no real issues. I still have some side testing I want to do with MaxxTech and that Tula grey tip stuff just because those are some of the worst and cheapest rounds on the market but it's not necessary. It's been a while since I started this project and I'm glad to see it done mechanically. It still needs a optic and an Omega 9k but that'll come later. I now finally have a great weapon to take to the range with new shooters. #projectpdw #ar9 #thepewpewlife #ar15 #9mm #freedom #2a #pewpewlife #Winchester #newfrontierarmory #projectgun #rangeday #rangetoy PS - I have some other cool stuff coming down the pipeline. #staytuned
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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Folding AR - Now Project PDW; Short Update

I had an opportunity today to take Project PDW over to 42 North to run some Tula steel case and Winchester Forge through it. I am very excited to report that she will eat just about everything; with a caveat. Apparently, neither the ETS or Magpul GL-9 polymer magazines were willing to feed the steel cased cartridges without trouble. Once the last few rounds above the follower get to the bottleneck the cases have too much friction and bind up the magazine. I will make sure to take some Glock-brand Glock mags out and try again. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Folding AR Pistol - She Runs!!

After several months of troubleshooting the folding AR9, it finally runs. I had swapped out hammer springs in an attempt to alleviate the light primer strikes but after not successfully resolving the issue, I called in the big guns.

I stopped over at the internet famous Moss Pawn and Gun here in Georgia to have their resident gunsmiths take a look. After a quick diagnostic, it turned out that the firing pin spring was binding up on the tapered section of the firing pin. They were so kind as to turn said firing pin on a lathe to make a nice shelf and create a new spring to match. After some chatting with the gents, including Eric himself sporting an SBR Zenith 5.56 roller-delayed HK clone, it was off to 42 North for a test run.

I had a box of Winchester White Box with me at the time so, I loaded up a few rounds into the ETS magazines, racked the side charging handle and pulled the trigger. After successfully emptying the Glock-style magazines, I knew we had a winner. I loaded the magazines back up for another go. Every round ignited without fail. I completed a rough zero of the Magpul BUIS Pro sights as best I could, making this build officially operational.

After leaving the range I knew I only had one more thing to do, run everything I could get my hands on to see if she'll eat it. When I got back to the range the next day I asked for the worst ammo they had but nothing like what I was looking for. I was able to grab a box of Monarch steel case from Academy which ran without issue. At the time I hadn't remembered that I had Tula steel case and Winchester Forge in my inventory until I got back from the range. My next visit will involve running through the above mentioned ammo. If this thing will eat those rounds, we have probably one of the best range toys I've ever had the pleasure of shooting.

I'm not fully finished with the project. For this project to be fully realized, I have three more parts that need to be added. A red dot sight, a tri-lug suppressor and finally a trigger pack. This won't be just any trigger pack; it'll be the Echo Gen 2. Fostech has officially released their second generation Echo trigger and it's immensely improved. It no longer requires their proprietary BCG and now can use any BCG meaning this can most likely be dropped into anything that takes AR triggers. That makes it the perfect addition to this range toy.

Below are a few pictures from my new Instagram account.

I want to give a big shout out to Ray and Rafael over at Moss Pawn and Gun for helping make my dream into a reality.

IraqVeteran8888's YouTube video on the new Fostech Echo Trigger