Saturday, June 17, 2017

CZ 75 P-01 - Cheaty McCheat-Face

I really like the CZ 75 P-01. It's probably one of my best guns. It's easy to carry and accurate. The trigger isn't too bad and is very smooth. It's possible to find holsters for it but it can be tricky. So what's the problem?

Well, the issue is me; basically my trigger control sucks. I'm having too much trouble mastering the double action trigger pull from a draw. I can be fast but my shots are poorly placed or I can go slow and be accurate. That would be the problem though, the accuracy is coming at a speed far too slow than what I'm comfortable with. Maybe if I got some professional training to help master the DA/SA but I haven't but the desire to seek out that training just yet.

In the mean time, I've decided to be a Cheaty McCheat-Face. I'm switching back to striker-fired guns.

The M&P 9 Shield, M&P9c, SIG P320 SC, Glock 26 and Walther PPQ M1 are now back in my rotation. With that, I will be able to go back to appendix carry (Shield) giving me more options on method of carry as opposed to the OWB method for the P-01.

Over the last few months, I'd been tracking my times and shot placement with the P-01, which led my to wonder if I would be any faster/more accurate with the striker guns. As it turns out, I'm not any faster but I am significantly more accurate. This doesn't really surprise me since my initial training was done on a striker gun (XD-40 Service). That and I think the triggers on striker-fired guns are inherently easier to shoot well, hence the cheating part.

I really wanted to master the DA/SA trigger but I just don't have the money to throw at getting past shooting the DA quickly. I'm managing around 50 rounds every weekend right now but I don't feel like that's enough to get past my control issues. If I can motivate myself to locate a class or professional instruction on mastering the DA/SA then I will look into switching back. Until such time, I will have to stick with striker-fired guns.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Pistol Build - I'll finally build up a Glock in .357 SIG

I don't own many Glock handguns; they just don't really do it for me. That said, the aftermarket for Glock anything is insane. Therefore, I have decided to start, at some point, a Glock 35 build in .357 SIG.

It will be what I call a "cool guy" gun. It'll have a custom cut slide, an RMR, tritium iron sights, threaded barrel, stippling, a Cerakote finish, etc converted from .40 S&W to .357 SIG.

I haven't decided if I want to build it from a police trade in or start fresh. I'll probably pick up a LEO trade in to help keep costs down. It will be a while before I get started so I may wait till Q4 to start buying parts.

P.S. - The AR9 build is done from a functional position, though does need some tuning and final cosmetic details. It is, however, experiencing light primer strikes. I have extra hammer springs that I will try.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 NRA Atlanta Convention - Too Much for One Day

I had the opportunity to go to the 2017 NRA convention this Saturday. It was pretty cool but there was just too much for me to go over in the one day I was there.

I got in around 9:30 and walked just the exhibition floor till around 2:15 before I had to go work with a client. I managed to cover most of the exhibit floor but there was a lot of small stuff I missed. I didn't even get a chance to hit the shop or other locations. I also missed the opportunity to chat with Adam Kraut. Unfortunately, Adam didn't win a seat this year.

On the upshot, I was able to shake hands with a few of the YouTuber's on site.

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.