Friday, April 26, 2013

Robert's Picks


Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (excellent)

American Sniper:  The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFlice (good)

Locked On by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney (good)


The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey (excellent)

Zero Dark Thirty (very good)

Code of Silence

Monday, April 22, 2013

Heros or Thugs?

A lot of accolades are being heaped on the Boston PD and FBI for their actions in tracking down and apprehending the suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.  People were dancing in the street and celebrating the law enforcement agencies' actions.  Have we really come to the point where a warrant-less search of a home is worthy of praise?

How many people's rights were egregiously violated?  And the people of Boston celebrated this?  The last suspect was caught AFTER THE LOCK DOWN ENDED when a homeowner noticed something suspicious on his property after the government thugs allowed him to leave his home.  Yes, I said thugs.  If you are a LEO and performing illegal searches of persons and property YOU ARE A THUG.   

Protecting and serving?

Oleg Volk opines that the above photo is why civilians should be able to have claymores and grenades.  Seeing it myself, I can't say I disagree with him.  

Oh, you brought me milk to go with my 4th Amendment violation?

Again, as I've asked in the past, how am I supposed to trust the police when they violate citizens rights at the drop of a hat?  There was a MINOR bombing in Boston, something that other countries see every day and this country sees once in a blue moon and the Bill of Rights gets thrown right out of the fucking window?  This is what generations of soldiers fought and died for?  For my freedom to be forced out of my home at gunpoint so that police could search it without a warrant?

Frankly, I'm starting to believe the only thing the Boston PD and the other LE agencies involved are good for IS delivering milk.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On The Range #85: Brownells AR Mags Suck and Fail

Back in January I placed an order for 10 of Brownells 30 round aluminum AR mags.  They're fairly inexpensive.  I've heard only good things about them in the past so I figured they were worth the investment.

My first range trip with them was very disappointing.  I loaded three mags and only got through one without any failures.  I was using cheap Monarch brand .223 ammo, but I'd never had issue with it before.  The only thing I could think of was that maybe the lacquer on the ammo was hanging up on the sharper feed lips of the aluminum mags and causing the repeated failures to feed.

Today I took the rifle back to the range with two of these aluminum mags, one loaded with M193 and the other loaded with Monarch ammo.  I also took a Pmag loaded with Monarch and a steel E-lander mag loaded with Monarch.

I shot out of a Brownells magazine first.  I could not get through a V-Tac 1-5 drill without a failure, and had repeated failures to feed every round or couple of rounds until the magazine was empty.


Following the Brownells magazine I immediately loaded the Pmag and shot two 1-5 drills without a single failure of any sort.  I dropped that mag and loaded the E-Lander and again fired two 1-5 drills without any failure.  Both magazines functioned flawlessly.  This eliminated the gun as a potential source of the problem.


I loaded my second Brownells magazine, this one with the M193, and again experienced repeated, continuous failures to feed.  I was about halfway through the mag and experiencing a failure to feed after every round fired when I decided to stop.  

I've only to date tested 3 of the ten magazines Brownells shipped me, but that's a 30% failure rate already.  I'll eventually shoot out of all of them (I do intend to keep them if for no other reason than to practice my failure clearing).

The Brownells aluminum AR15/M16 30 round magazines that I received are made of suck and fail, and I will not recommend anyone purchase them unless they are looking for magazines to deliberately induce failures for training purposes.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On The Range #84: Beta Test Trainee

A friend of mine has been working on her firearms skills under my tutelage.  Today was the fourth time she has ever been shooting.  She's been working on dry fire as homework since her last session and it really showed in her shooting today. 

She has grip, stance, and sight alignment down.  We're just working on trigger control and she has really improved there, too.

Poppin' a zombie.

I think next session we'll add a little more distance, maybe multiple targets.  In the near future I want to start on some holster work.  I'm really impressed with her progress and how quickly she has improved from the last time we were on the range a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The post in which I play the part of "That Guy."

First, this is about Boston.  In all seriousness I'm very sad for the people of Boston.  That said, I have some insensitive and cynical things to say about what is clearly a terrorist attack on another of America's major cities.  That stuff will be after the break, and you can stop right here.

Why the 'Pro-Gun' Language in Manchin-Toomey Isn't.

In a nutshell, any government agency not under the direction of the Attorney General can create a gun registry.  FOPA no longer applies if the mere possession of the firearm you are transporting is punishable by more than one year of imprisonment.

More and in better detail at The Volokh Conspiracy.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

BAG Day is tomorrow.

I'm actually getting a return this year, but since I didn't know that until last week I probably won't have it in to participate this year.  On top of that my return is only going to be about half of what I need to buy what I want, a S&W E-series 1911.

 Must have a light rail.  Wish the bobtail version came with a rail.

I'm also considering Glock 30SF.  I just joined GSSF recently and I've got a coupon but the damned thing isn't good until I've been a member for a year.

Small gun, big holes.

Payday is Friday.  Depending on how big my check is, if I get my return back, and if I can find one I might be buying that 1911.  Then again, if I can find one I may just buy another Glock least that way I'll have a few more magazines!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On The Range #83: Renewing an old friendship and disappointments

One thing I've noticed about the ammo situation since December is that 9mm is almost non-existent and when you find it it's about the same price as (or even more expensive than) .45 ACP.  I decided that I'll be hording the 9mm I can find reasonably priced for the time being and I'm going to shift back over to my RIA 1911 for carry and probably some competition as well.

I've fired one magazine through the 1911 since last year so today I took it out and shot Dot Torture at 3 yards.  I changed my grip for shooting the Glock and I found that this worked well on the 1911  too.  I managed to score 46/50 which I think is not bad for a gun I've fired 8 rounds out of in the last year.

I had two issues with the 1911.  I had one Failure To Feed with one magazine.  I was doing a reload and using the slide release rather than racking the slide manually.  I didn't have this problem again but made note of the magazine.  I also had one mag that would not lock the slide back towards the end of my session.  I also made note of this magazine.

I'm planning on buying a few more 1911 magazines as well as a case of .45 ACP.  I really need to rotate my carry ammo out and I'm thinking of going with Remington Golden Saber 230gr. JHPs.

I'd have really loved to say the 1911 performed flawlessly, but it didn't.  The issues I had aren't anything that makes me uncomfortable carrying it for defensive purposes though, and that's after a year of carrying a Glock.

My disappoint today came when I was shooting my AR.  I recently received my order of 10 Brownells aluminum 30 round AR magazines.  Now, I have never had an issue with my AR except for one or two light strikes with cheap Monarch brand ammo.  Today, however, I had close to 10 Failures To Feed with two different magazines.

The rifle is relatively clean and well lubed.  The ammo I've fired literally a thousand times with only one or two hard primers.  The only thing that was different today were the magazines I was using, and I had the issue with two of them.  It was unnerving to see a gun I've never had any real issues with fail over and over again.

My conclusion for now is that the issue is with the magazines.  I'm going to do some shooting with the other seven I have using different ammo and I'll use one or two other magazines just to rule out issues with the gun.

I'm really disappointed because all I've heard about the Brownells mags was good.  Of course, my RIA 1911 won't run with Wilson Combat mags so it may be that my AR just doesn't like these.  Time will tell.