Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time to redefine the 1911

Off the top of your head name the top 5 fighting pistols on the market today. You may choose a polymer striker fired gun like a glock or m&p or xd. You may opt for a DA/SA hammer fired gun like a Sig or fn, and I agree with that. The only thing I don't understand is that how does the 1911 creep into most people's short list when it comes to choosing a firearm that may need to be brought to bear one day. For some reason it will be there for most folks. I would like to submit that the 1911 belongs with the colt police positive and the s&w model 59 series, great guns, fun guns at the range, beautiful guns. but that's what dad or grandad carried that's not my generations gun that isn't the best I can get it's not the best gun for the job. It should be a display gun or when you want to open carry as a  show off gun but never something that should be looked at a serious self defense tool. Look at anyone who consults or writes about concealed carry or home defence the one thing almost(and the only reason I say almost is because even though I have never found evidence of it someone believes it somewhere) everyine agrees on is that manual safeties on handguns are redundant and dangerous. Even massad ayoob is guilty of this saying that safties have no place on an edc gun yet carries a 1911 from time to time. That being said let me make myself perfectly clear that Mr ayoob has forgotten more about firearms than I will ever know and as much as I hate that saying cause it's ridiculous in this case it is true I will always hold him as the premier authority in concealed carry. Even so I find it a tad hypocritical. Lets look at the pros of the 1911.
- Slim Grip Frame
Feels very natural in many peoples hand most folks can get a very good purchase on the pistol.

-Single Action Trigger
You really cannot beat a crisp single action trigger which is why it's a great competition gun or race gun.

- Nostalgia
I mean I can understand how someone can just love the handgun that won the second world war and the idea that dad or uncle had a 1911 and a flashlight in Vietnam.

- Beauty
Another part of the whole nostalgia thing is the sheer beauty of the gun it's a very pretty gun one of the best looking guns available right now.

- Tight Tolerances
the fact that most quality 1911 have to be hand fitted and it takes craftsmen to build a reliable version means its one of the most inherently accurate semi auto handguns on the market.

Now lets look at the cons.

- Capacity
The fact that in the 21st century you have a full sized auto loading handgun in the single digits for capacity is ridiculous you can have a gun that weighs less and carries almost twice as many rounds.

- Safety
I touched on the manual safety earlier but do you not trust the grip safety or the mind safety (keeping your finger out of the trigger well). Do you need the thumb safety also even if your answer is yes that's one more thing you have to worry about when you have more important things to do.

-Size 
the old saying that a .38 or .22 in the packet beats a .45 in the closet is pretty much calling out he 1911 by name i mean its a large gun which makes t hard to conceal anywhere tat isnt alaska or Minnesota and its all steel which means it weighs about the same as a full size glock and a half.

- Tight Tolerances
the fact that most quality 1911 have to be hand fitted and it takes craftsmen to build a reliable version means its one of the most finicky and unreliable handguns on the market.

Now if we look at the pros of this particular handgun, logic would steer you to use this gun in a few very specific uses and those are range gun, race gun, showoff gun. On the other hand look at all the cons and that would also steer you to stay away from some roles such as concealed carry gun, duty gun as a cop or shtf or survival gun.

All this being said can we please stop acting like the 1911 was handed down by god himself to save humanity from small diameter, high velocity cartridges. Its a GREAT gun and at the roles I stated in the pros column it may be the greatest gun for all those roles but every time I see someone carrying a 1911 I just wonder why you would ever do that to yourself, if you go through all the steps of trying to become a legally responsible ccl holder why arm yourself with a weapon that lends itself to everything that concealed carry isnt. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A reluctant review (bullsye iwb hybrid holster)

It was not, and still isn't my intention to do reviews I understand that my opinon doesnt matter, I haven't been carrying long and don't have a good full spectrum view of all the products out there. However I would like to say that I really don't like this holster. Its the bullseye IWB holster, not the full size cause that has 2 clips and would make sense given... science I guess, but the one that I have really sucks. I mean it is my fault for buying it really but I had just got my blue label deal on a Glock 23 and was very happy and wanted to carry it and I had a OWB patriot holster from bravo concealment which I would like to stay is absolutely fabulous however I wanted something that was inside waistband cause it would be easier to conceal day to day. Well I get the only one that was there which was this $60 bullseye holster now it says it fits all the 9mm .40 and .357 sig glocks and that's cause the bottom is open and the trigger guard is the exact same on all those so it so I thought cool now if I get any other Glock I can use the same holster. But its not really fitted for a Glock like the patriot was it was fitted for... gun and that's about as specific as the fitting goes, now its a hybrid holster so retention isn't really that great unless your wearing it again OK I get it however even then its not great the leather is really nice tho. Now to the one clip system, this really isn't a knock on this specific holster or this company just the whole one clip idea as a whole. Why would you use just the one clip there is no advantage and a million reasons why it sucks. I live in south GA so ya it gets hot here and I'm not wearing two shirts to conceal a gun, sorry I know that concealed means concealed but I'm doing it in a shirt and shorts no more cause its simply too damn hot for that. That being said I need something that will conceal very nicely and won't bring any more attention to myself than I have to being dresed down for concealment but when I have to grab and readjust my gun because it pretty much rests on one pivot point and does what everything else does when forced to balance it moves all over the damn place. and like I stated before and we all know that grabbing your gun all the time doesnt really play into the whole concealed gray man concept. Not to mention that the gun has a degree of cant based on what foot you are currently standing on and what the barometric pressure is a consistant draw is almost impossible and if you belive the whole 3000 reps doctorine then I would have to say that you wouldnt be a fan, here now I saw on thier website that they make a 2 clip model that covers more area and seems to solve alot of the issues i have discusssed outside of the retention issue obviously but I wouldnt be reluctant to buy that one however im 99% sure I will be buying the new alien gear holster at 1/3 of the price and replaceable shells for life you cant beat it I mean its the only holster ive ever seen that doesnt care if you buy a new carry gun I think this holster might break the whole I have 3 guns and 4000 holsters mold of most old timers that have been carring a long time.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

1911 bashing (hopefully for the last time)

If there is one thing that I am universally passionate about when it comes to guns is the hate of 1911s. I don't really have a particular make, model, or caliber that I love so much that I would carry nothing else, but I do have a distinct dislike for the 1911 I REALLY wish I didn't I mean its almost unamerican to hate the 1911 my grandfather had one when he was in the army and marines and there should be some nostalgic effect there but I don't, I think they are antiquated and useless outside of a range gun it serves that purpose well much like a colt python but who outside of rick grimes would carry one.

1. It has a manual safety

  • Everyone who is an expert in concealed carry agrees that manual safeties are 2 things, redundant and dangerous. Yet most of them carry one even Massad Ayoob (let me clear one thing up I hate the saying "he has forgotten more about blank than I will ever know however that does ring true with Mr Ayoob and myself). He even has a picture of a 1911 on the cover of his gun digest concealed carry book. 
2. Firepower
  • It carries 8 rounds and weighs 2.4 pounds, there are literally too many guns to count that double that capacity with almost half the weight, there is absolutely no reason to carry something that's twice as heavy and has half the rounds its counter intuitive. The fact that there are revolvers that carry the same amount really says something about the age of the design
3.Reliability
  • In a time in which unless the entire line has never had a malfunction ever then its not good enough to carry, for some reason the 1911 is still considered good enough even though it is built to very tight tolerances and has reliability issues when introduced to dirt. There are many posts videos and articles about how to make a 1911 more reliable and havent found too many about a Glock reliability 
4. .45 ACP
  • I'm also not a very big fan of the .45 in today's world the only place I would own a .45 in New York or some other communist state where, I mean if I can only have 7 rounds they may as well be big ones well no I would carry a .357 something with more proven stopping power. There are plenty of very lethal rounds that offer tons more capacity. And don't give me the but they don't work bs argument no pistol round really is effective enough to be considered to have 1 shot lethality so I would rather have more of them. 
5. Manual Safety
  • As I said in the beginning the manual safety is the one thing that I hate. Having been in the Army, the safety Nazis from hell I understand the utter redundancy that comes with safety but the free market isn't where I go to be told I'm too dumb to not shoot a gun when im not supposed to I have 12 hours a day to do that so I really don't want anything coming between me and having to stop an aggressor. 
6. The fact that everyone loves it so damn much

  • There is literally nothing outside of the fact that its pretty that makes the 1911 a great gun. Yet everyone loves these things, swears by them and will carry nothing else but when you ask them they say "because they don't make a .46" or "because why mess with perfection" or some other ridiculous overly macho dumb ass statement that doesn't have any actual thing to do with the effectiveness of a firearm or constitute a smart purchase. 

O ya that and they cost too much I could buy 2 Glocks for a Kimber or some other high end 1911.

Same gun same place (a manual of arms debate)

In the carry gun world a lot is given to caliber it is without a doubt the most debated topic in the field, but another one which is highly debated is manual of arms. while there is .45 guy who would carry a derringer as his EDC as long as its in the holy caliber, and there is Mr fan boy who thinks that any pistol not created by Gaston Glock may as well be a hi point I am of the mindset that when it comes to the gun itself and manual of arms it doesn't really matter unless you carry the bane of my existence, the 1911 so I sometimes carry a ugly black block with a round in the chamber because you know it was made this side of 1950 all I have to do is draw and pull the trigger. When I carry my revolver I draw and pull the trigger, when I carry my s&w model 59 which is DA/SA, I draw and pull the trigger the only difference between the 3 is the weight of the trigger which honestly I would like to think that the difference between a 5 pound trigger in a Glock and a 11 pound trigger in a double action revolver or pistol would be negligible in a high stress situation. and it kinda sucks cause a lot of the ideas I have to write about are really just killing all that is the gun writing industry I mean really any bullets will kill someone. Every gun without a external safety functions the same and even some guns that do have manual safeties just draw and fire like the s&w model 59 with the safety disengaged it has that double action trigger pull in fact almost every gun outside of the 1911 can function perfectly safe with the manual safety off after that it all comes down to personal preference do you want the same trigger pull every single time, then a striker fired gun is your gun or a double action revolver but only crazy people and old men carry those anymore (and me of course) but I feel that there are distinct advantages of a DA/SA hammer fired gun. They offer the initial safety of a double action trigger pull with the accuracy and reduced split times of a single action trigger pull, subsequent rounds and many guns now have realized the danger of a manual safety and have opted for just a decocker like the new CZ line of pistols like  the PO9 which I feel is one of the best pistols on the market it offers the advantages of the DA/SA system I've said before and in the 9mm version. Its a 19 plus 1 which you really cant beat 20 rounds of 9mm on hand. I would own and carry a DA/SA gun but the one I have been looking at right now the lionheart lh9 sells for about 600-700 and i don't have that to spend on a carry gun when I have 2 carry guns right now. but simply put the actual manual of arms in every handgun given its carried in the condition it should be draws and shoots the same way. draw aim fire debate resolved.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

.40aphobia

Now I do carry a .40, it honestly has nothing to do with the round or the ballistics or the fact that I hate the 9 or the .45 (I don't hate the .45 I do think the people who carry it are amusing tho.) I'm not to deeply rooted in any cartridge I also carry a .38 from time to time. But I digress, I can't seem to understand why people hate the .40 so much. I have a list the arguements I keep hearing, and I'm gonna offer reasons why I disagree.

1. Increased chamber pressure that wears guns faster. No, now I'm not what you would call an expert (I'm a self appointed internet gun expert but not someone that other people would call an expert.) However SAAMI is and the fact that they list max standard pressure at 35000 pounds psi for each means that it obviously isn't higher pressure. So there you go facts and numbers prevail. Well not really because the gun industry is more fueled by hearsay and rumors but still at least the 2 people who read this will know better.

 2. And this one comes mostly from 10mm guy. Who has this envy/ hatred that the .40 is more popular than the 10mm, it's the .40 short&weak argument, it basically comes from like I said envy. I don't know who else is as mad that a round came from their parent cartridge. 10mm guy is the hipster of the handgun world and there like " Ya I carry a 10mm it's basically a .44 mag in an auto, ya you probably haven't heard of it no big deal but it'll blow a whole in you twice what a .45 can do." I have never seen so much hate/ envy From the parent case. Bubba who has shot a .30-06 his whole life doesn't make fun of his buddy who shoots a .25-06 or a .270.

3. " the .40 answers a question Noone asked" arguement and this comes from the guy who is already rooted in their caliber. To this I say most of the police departments in the nation are obviously asking that question being that it's the most carried caliber by police in this nation. Also there are a slew of folks who trust their lives to the .40 every day it must be doing something right

All in all I'm not a .40 guy I just have never understood all the hate maybe just cause it's the new guy on the block or that people refuse that something can come around better than the technology of ww2 but I see nothing but more popularity for the .40 as time goes on.

A Case For The .243 Service Round

Now I'm not gonna lie I did originally get this idea from Chuck Hawks, however I feel like it's the perfect answer to a question people have been asking since it's inception. That is what to replace the 5.56x45 NATO with, now I look at this like I look at the service handgun debate the 5.56 is the 9mm and the 7.62 is the .45 one is small, fast, you can carry a lot of them, but they are less lethal than the alternative which kills well but are heavy and you can't carry too many on patrol. Now were just gonna talk rifles here today because I will do another post on the handgun calibers but most folks want to look at one or the other I don't understand. I don't understand why people think that its one or the other, I say that the answer is a 3rd party. Now most folks will say that hands down the 7.62 is the right answer, if it hits you your going down period. Well most, not all but most of those folks have never been in a gunfight cause honestly you don't think of terminal ballistics when your getting shot at you only think "man I really wish I had more bullets.". That being said in the m4 platform with 14.5 inch barrels the 5.56 performance is unacceptable. In the 20 inch m16 it does the job (that's why you don't hear the brits bitching about caliber.) So there has to be an alternative, a stop gap between the existing rounds. Enter the .243 or the 7mm-08 either would suffice but we will use the .243 for now. The round has negligibly more recoil than what were using now, also to swap to the .243 would retain the ability to carry the same amount of ammo and have 30 round mags but increase the lethality of the round also you could tailor the load for a 14 inch or whatever you wanted. Also if you do a short mag you could keep the same lowers and just re barrel the uppers. And as we all know the government isn't going to adopt something unless they can do it for cheap which is why they are just throwing full auto trigger groups in m4s and not adopting a piston gun which I think we should do but that also is for a different day. Not only is the .243 going to increase lethality due to larger bullet size (and not thanks to the Geneva convention because we all know that something that would kill better is less humane .) But it also has the ability to be tailored for a new weapon if the army were to do something in conjunction . Also it would also diminish the need for a DMR the .243 can be pushed out to 600-700 yards and still retain some of its energy. The Army says that the 5.56 is effective out to 600 yards but any look at ballistics chart will show you that's a lie, especially out of a shortened barrel. The fact that we have to take one man out of the squad to become the DMR diminishes squad firepower, yes the rifles are .308 but they are issued with 20 round mags and cannot employ fire with the frequency as an m4. Now the DMR was dragged out of the armory because of the need to engage at longer ranges in Afghanistan, the .243 would give every man in the squad the ability to reach out and engage the enemy at longer ranges and once it gets there it retains the energy to kill someone. As I've stated I think that would be the perfect round for our soldiers however as we all know the global military system is bigger than the US and getting NATO to adopt the .243 would be a task especially considering the last round the US brought and was adopted is the reason I'm writing this article.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

cartridge nostalgia

The .45 ACP you know it and either you like it or you carry a 1911, have a jmb bobblehead on your dash and wear shirts that say "how many glocks killed nazis?" And if you enjoy antiquated technology go for it doesnt bother me any but I have a question for .45 guy. Why is it that you love the .45, and I know the typical answers. "Cause they don't make a .46" and "because if it's good enough for grandpappy in the trenches killing Nazis or dad clearing tunnels in Vietnam then it's good enough for me" and I take the same approach as before go for it not my style. But ok now why do you own an ar 15? I mean grandpappy carried a .30-06 a man's cartridge and daddy either carried a .308 or he wish he did cause your .22 is for children and women. Why is it that people love to carry this nostalgic notion that everytime they go to the range (and pay .20¢ per round more than me) that an eagle flies out of the barrell and somewhere across the world a Chinese flag catches fire. Yet at the hunting club or at the gun shop no one is like "I own a .30-06 cause they don't make a .31-07" most people can agree that the round created over a 100 years ago is ballisticly inferior to many rounds created more recently, yet god forbid anyone badmouth the .45 or the Nazis may take over again like it has some supernatural abilities that kill people by looking at your 1911. (One last thing, if grandpa was given a glock 17 he wouldn't have bitched about the grip being too wide or the angle hurting his wrist.)