Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SIG P365 - Quaint.

On Monday, SIG announced their latest entry into the concealed carry market; the SIG P365. Immediately, while laying in bed, I figured they named it to reflect some sort of carry gun you'd carry 365 days a year. Quaint marketing, SIG. That said, it doesn't appear to be all gimmicks.

It's basically targeting the single stack 9 market like the Shield and G43 but with a double-stack magazine giving it 10 rounds over the other two's single digit capacities.

This should turn out to be an interesting addition and I look forward to taking a look at one.

I guess the only real question is, does it take Glock mags?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

And Thus Begins a New Year

It has officially rolled over midnight on the clock here in the Eastern time zone. In closing out 2017, I had some pretty good projects. Easily my favorite project was #ProjectPDW. After quite a bit of effort, the project was completed and works fantastically. A 9MM parabelum side-charging AR that uses Glock magazines turns out to be pretty fun.

2018 should be interesting. I have a big project for 2018 in mind and details mostly planned out but it will depend mostly on if I can purchase the parts. I have another project that, believe it or not, doesn't involve firearms that should prove fun.

I have some other smaller projects that aren't involved that I will post on as I complete them.

I hope your New Years went well. I spent mine at work. Here's to a prosperous 2018.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas my fellow Humans or whatever.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, or if you don't care, have a nice weekend. This has been a crazy year for me but a good year, all in all. Don't forget to reflect on the positives that happened this year, folks.

Please be safe out there and enjoy your time if you can.

May your gun be with you always and your phone hold a good charge.

Monday, December 4, 2017

H.R. 38 - The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 - Do it. Just do it.

Recently, one of the House committees voted in favor of a very important bill. While I'm not pleased with the method of execution, states like New Jersey and Maryland are the reason this is happening. If those states had bothered to recognize their citizen's rights, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

 As a Georgia resident, I am not directly impacted by this legislation. The reason for that is because the states that surround Georgia and that states that I regularly travel to and through, all have reciprocity with Georgia. The only state that I have traveled into since moving to Georgia is Maryland and that was on my way to the Canaan Valley. I've also skirted D.C.

When I passed through Maryland (Oakland specifically) I stowed my sidearm until I got into the Canaan Valley. The funny thing I noticed on my drive was the small amount of signage that indicates that you've entered Maryland on those back roads. It would be easy to make a wrong turn and end up in an unfriendly state.

The way this bill benefits me is through requiring Maryland to recognize my permit. This would make it so that as I drive through Oakland from Morgantown down to the Canaan Valley, I would not be in violation of Maryland law by carrying my legally owned handgun and not having an impossible-for-the-average-citizen-to-acquire permit.

That is the main benefit of this law.

From what I understand, however, is that this bill may also make it so a resident of Maryland or New Jersey that isn't otherwise prohibited in another state, could receive a non-resident permit (provided they pass the background checks and meet the requirements) from another state (such as Utah or Virginia) and could still carry in their hyper-restrictive home state. If that is true, this finally gives those residents a much needed vector to exercise their natural rights.

It also, allegedly, protects you from magazine and ammunition limitations.

This needs to pass immediately. If it does, I would actually consider visiting states like New York for vacation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CZ P10c - Damn it. I'm a gun hipster / CZ Fanboi...

Well, it finally happened. I found a CZ P10c at a local gun shop and for a good price. It is now mine. I look forward to shooting it this weekend but from what I can immediately tell you is that the trigger is fantastic. I already have ideas on what I want to do with this baby. I'm thinking a flat face trigger, new sights, RMR cuts, Cerakote and a stipple job plus an Inforce APL-C.

I'm pretty sure it's better than the Walther PPQ but I do have one complaint. The mag release is stiff as hell.

Update: It's gonna go back CZ for repairs. After pulling the mag release apart then putting it back together, the release doesn't move at all now. CZ can sort it out after I take pictures with the APL-c on it.

Update 2: I had CZ send me a replacement spring which did not help. The mag drops straight out when the slide slams forward aka normal operation. I really want this thing to work so, it needs to go back to CZ this week. 

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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!