Thursday, October 25, 2012

On The Range #77: Zeroing Ruger 10/22 Tech Sights

I had a Ruger 10/22 that my grandfather bought for me when I was 12 or 13.  It was used hard for years.  When I moved out on my own it stayed with my grandfather.  At some point, and I'm not pointing any fingers at a certain sibling, the rear sight was broken off and the wood stock was broken.

After my grandfather died I again took possession of the rifle.  It stayed stored away for years with no efforts on my part to get it back into shooting shape since I'd purchased another.  Anyway, long story short the newer 10/22 went away.

I've recently been getting the Ruger back up to snuff.  I started by replacing the stock with a Hogue Overmolded stock.  I love it.

Next I picked up some Tech Sights on Amazon.  This past Monday I installed those.  Again, love.

Today I had the opportunity to get outside and do a little zeroing.  Since I don't really know what I'm going to be doing with this gun yet I went with a 10 yard zero for now.  I'll probably re-zero at 20-25 yards at some point in the near future as I'd really like to do an Appleseed with this rifle.

The three shots on the thumbnail dot were my last three.  Like I said, only 10 yards so nothing special and I'll probably re-zero soon.  Still fun though.

When zeroing with these sights you're going to want to have a couple of things with you.  The front sight requires the AR front sight adjustments tool (you could get by with something else but I found it helpful).  You'll also want something to push in the detent on the rear sight.  I thought I might get buy with a .223 round but that did not work and I ended up using a 1/16" punch.  

Next I'm going to add a sling and I think I'll have my Ruger where I want it for the time being, and hopefully be off to an Appleseed Event at some point in the next year or so.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gun Porn: G17 with TLR-1

Let there be light!

I mentioned a while back that I'd be getting a rail mounted light for my Glock after my experience shooting in the dark with a handheld light.  Well, there it is above.  A Streamlight TLR-1 (got it on Amazon).  The light is super bright and easy to operate.  Mounting and dismounting is quick and easy which is a plus since this is my IDPA gun as well as my carry gun and the light has to come off for IDPA matches.  

I also picked up another DSG Alpha holster that can accommodate the Glock with mounted light and a DSG single mag holder.  I prefer to carry the double mag holder but there are times I'd like something a little easier to conceal and a little more comfortable.  

I'll have to get out on the range soon.  Later this week I'm going to have some night sights installed and I'm not opposed to adding some Crimson Trace Laser Gripes as well.  I'm thinking of buying another G17 (maybe a 19) before I do that though.  The laser gripes also can't be used in IDPA and it would be nice to have a dedicated carry gun and then a dedicated competition gun.  Work is slowing down though so we'll have to see about that.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Robert's Picks


Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (very good)

Promised Land by Robert B. Parker


Underworld:  Awakening

Sherlock Holmes:  A Game of Shadows (good)

Sunset (good)

Prometheus (good)

End of Watch (excellent)

Bad Lieutenant:  Port of Call New Orleans (very good)


Ambi safeties suck.

I'd always been told that ambi safeties sucked and were prone to breakage.  I never put much faith in that since I've owned two 1911s with ambi safeties and never had and issue with those safeties.  This led to me going with an ambi safety on my AR since I shoot long guns left handed.

Anyway, if you've been reading this blog with any regularity you know that didn't go well.  The left side selector popped off at some point and I never found it.  I removed the right side and I've been using it on the left.  Well, now I can pop it off with one finger.  

I was mulling over putting the dedicated right hand selector back in when I thought to myself, "What company makes lefty ARs?"  

When I first wanted to purchase an AR years ago I looked long and hard for a Stag Arms left handed AR.  I never could locate one locally and no one seemed interest in ordering one for me.  So I went with a S&W M&P-15T and a right handed safety.  Never got around to putting an ambi on that one before I was forced to sale it.  

Well, it occurred to me that if anyone can supply me with a dedicated lefty safety selector it would be Stag so I hoped over to their website.  They don't sell it an an individual part (and neither Brownell's or MidwayUSA carry them) but I can get one in a lower parts kit.  

So I ordered one Saturday night.  Hopefully it will be arriving soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On The Range #76: Shooting Steel

One of the things I've really enjoyed about shooting IDPA has been the steel targets.  I got my first taste of shooting steel when I took an NRA First Steps Pistol class and had the opportunity to shoot a Texas Star.

Anyway, I've been wanting to pick up some steel targets for shooting at home for a while.  I've got a few bookmarked online but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Anyway, I picked up one of the cheap versions I've seen at both Academy Sports and WalMart.  According to the box it can handle any pistol round and rifle up to .30-06.

Took it out and shot it for the first time this afternoon.  It handled 9mm fine.  Not a dent.  Cheap Russian .223?

I shot one round at the target and inspected it and saw no more damage than done by the 9mm so I moved back further, around 30 yards, and went at it.  After I finished up I went to look at the target again and found that it was chewed to pieces.  Oh, well.  Lesson learned.  At least the top is still good to go.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Question for Glock shooters.

Ok, so I've been shooting my G17 Gen4 since March.  I'm just over 1,500 rounds.  I've had three malfs that were somewhere between stovepipes and double feeds.  Here's what happens:

Slide locks back, I remove old magazine and insert a new one.  I'm very aggressive with my reloads so I slam it in there pretty hard.  Most times this causes the slide to release without me racking or hitting the slide lock.  Most times this happens everything goes well but three times I've had the gun fail to go completely into battery.  A smack on the back of the slide doesn't work.  The only way to fix it is to strip the mag, rack the assed up round free, and reinsert a new mag and rack the slide.

So, the question is, how can I make the slide stay locked until I manually rack it?  I don't like that I'm starting to expect it to go forward when I insert a mag.  It causes a noticeable delay when it doesn't happen that way. I also want to avoid future malfs if possible.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Something I find highly annoying.

Last week I ordered a pair of Taclite 8" boots from 5.11 Tactical.  The package arrived yesterday and so far I'm very pleased with them.

Anyway, included in the box was an offer for a free pair of socks.  Awesome!

So I'm sitting here on my lunch break filling out the coupon for the socks and I get to the part where it ask for my profession.  The options are:

  • LEO
  • MIL
  • PSC (I'm guessing 'private security company')
  • FIRE
  • EMS

Here's the annoying part:  Except for 'MIL' all of those professions are civilian professions.  I have a lot of respect for all of the the professions listed but it peeves the hell out of me that people think police, firefighters, etc aren't civilian professions.

Anyway, I wrote that across that part of the coupon/offer card/whatever so hopefully someone pays attention.

Hillary takes responsibility for getting people killed.


But not really.   See, to take responsibility for something you accept the consequences of it. Is she going to resign? No.  Will she be held liable in civil court? Doubt it.

So it's just more empty words and outright lies from a career politician.

No cover up? Fog of war? I didn't think this administration believed we're at war.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

On The Range #75: Saturday IDPA

I burned a vacation day so that I could have this Saturday off and shoot in the local IDPA match.  It was a lot of fun.  There were six stages total and they all had a number of challenges.  My favorite stage was a scenario in which you are startled while pumping gas by a commotion behind you.  Here's some video:

You turn and engage one target with three rounds while 'hearing' someone scream that they are being kidnapped.  You have to retrieve spare mags from the back of your vehicle before coming around to the driver's side where you engage another target.  As you come towards the driver's door you see a 'car' that a BG is trying to force a hostage into.  You have to shoot out the tires (steel plates) and then take out the hostage taker with two shoots to the head.  As you are about to get into one vehicle there is another BG right outside the passenger side door, and then once inside you have to  engage two more before you can 'get away.'  Fun stage.

This match made me really wish I was off regularly on weekends.  I finished 26th of 48 overall and 2nd of 10 in SSP/Unclassified.  I'm hoping to shoot Marksman when I shoot a classifier.  I out shot one of the three Marksman class shooters in SSP so hopefully I'm on track for that.

The Glock ran perfectly through the whole match.  I've got over 1,400 rounds through it since I bought it in March and the only issues I've had have been self induced or with steel ammo (two failures to feed).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Strike Back.

Aired in the US on Cinemax but done by Sky in the UK.  This show is great.  They've got some excellent technical advisers.  The gun stuff in season 1 has been excellent as far as I can tell.

There is enough skin to live up to Skin-emax's reputation and the violence is, as far as I can tell, very realistic and gritty.  Highly recommended.

Win Stuff.

Aaron has your monthly roundup here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Question for you rifle shooters.

I'm thinking of putting a different trigger in my AR. I'm looking for smooth take up and crisp break.  And not so damn heavy, 5-6#s.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Congrats to SpaceX!

Congrats on another successful launch!  Hopefully there will be many more to come!

Friday, October 5, 2012

My new Mossberg 590.

Ain't it pretty:

Now, if you're thinking that looks more like a water heater than a 12 ga. shotgun you'd be right.  Took all damned day and five trips to Lowe's but I got the old one out and the new one in.  A sizable chunk of my paycheck is gone but at least I'll have a hot shower at home tonight.