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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Smith &Wesson 442 Airweight .38 +P range time at 5 Star Firearms in Zion, Illinois

IMHO, one of the sweetest concealed carry handguns on earth is the S&W 442, be it carried in a pocket holster, IWB holster, OWB holster, or a shoulder holster.  It is ever so light and easy.





IMHO, the 442 loses all of its sweetness once the trigger is squeezed and a cartridge fires.  Recoil is stout even when using mild loads.  Using the +P (SAAMI Plus P Loads) in this light alloy-frame revolver becomes very challenging.  Further, the sights on this short barreled J frame S&W are rudimentary; distance multiplies errors in aiming.





For this venture, using +P 158 grain semi-wadcutter hollow-points, I decided to shoot the equivalent of what Illinois requires for obtaining a concealed carry license (15-feet, 21-feet, 30-feet, 10-rounds each distance; 21-rounds of the 30-rounds fired have to land inside the scoring zone).





Since the pseudo-qualification turned out okay, I decided to have some fun and I switched over to 130-grain standard pressure FMJ loads and then rolled a fresh target out to 70-feet.




Wow, that kinda sucked.  At 70-feet my first shot was "on paper, in the pink," but just barely (it was not inside the scoring zone, so it counts as a miss).  I decided to roll the target back out to 70-feet and try it again.



Double suck; same thing, I scored another miss.  No doubt about it, 70-feet is far beyond my level of competence with this revolver.  Don't get me wrong, in a quality machine-rest the S&W 442 is probably capable of putting all shots inside the 10-ring of the target at this distance, but my handgun skills are not anywhere near up to that task.





Sooooooo I ran the target to 50-feet and finished off the remaining ammo as fast as I could load and fire.   Heh, a quarter century ago a target 10-feet downrange with holes sprayed all over like that was as good as I could score with the airweight.   With practice, maybe by the time I am 200-years-old ...


Thank you 5 Star Firearms for having Monday as Senior Citizen Rangetime Discount Day!  Your team is always polite, friendly, and professional; your facility is just downright outstanding.  You are a treasure to Lake County, Illinois.





Friday, September 15, 2017

Holster Review: Bianchi Remedy Model 57 for the Glock 19



NOTE:  
OWB = Outside the Waistband 
IWB = Inside the Waistband
G19 = Glock 19

PHOTO ABOVE: This is the side of the holster that faces away from the body.  Leather quality, finish, stitching, and tooling are good.  This $45 - $55 OWB belt slide holster is intended (by me) to be primarily for range use, provided that I get around to getting myself "holster certified" at the ranges where I usually shoot.





PHOTO ABOVE:  This is the side of the holster that faces the body.




PHOTO ABOVE:  For full-time use as a concealed carry holster, for my tastes it sits just a wee bit lower than I like, but it is good enough.  General all-day comfort is okay.  Access from the driver's seat is okay if I wear it on the point of my hip.  As I mentioned earlier, this OWB holster is mostly for use at ranges that get nervous about IWB holsters, but I'll use it for knock-about concealed carry on the occasions when open sores from tertiary syphilis or senior-citizen diaper-rash limits what I can stick inside my pants.

Need I mention that holstering requires care in NOT GETTING A SHIRTTAIL TUCKED INTO THE HOLSTER WITH THE HANDGUN?  Glock type triggers are especially disagreeable to a coexistence with items of clothing that sneak inside a holster.





PHOTO ABOVE:  My Gen 4 Glock 19 in the Bianchi Remedy holster prints a bulge that is hard to hide even under my oversized frumpy-fat-old-man shirts.  I did wear it to several public places (grocery stores, department stores, restaurants) and nobody freaked out and called in the gendarmes soooo I'll assumed nobody cares about my lumps.  For concealed carry of the Glock 19, I much prefer using IWB holsters such as the Ken Null UNS or the Lou Alessi PCH; both of the aforementioned pull the butt of the G19 tighter against my body than does any OWB holster I looked at.  IWB holsters make for better concealment, but having a decent OWB holster for the G19 gives me options.




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A short visit today to Caliber Gun Range (FKA / AKA GTR Sporting Club) in Waukegan, Illinois

Stopped in at the Caliber Gun Range today around 3pm for a quickie.  

This was a Senior Citizen Appreciation Day (or something like that ... I honestly did not know until I got there) so I got to shoot for FREE (yay me)!   I keep promising myself to go to this range more often but life often insists on setting my priorities.

The facility is still safe, clean, friendly, well maintained, and professionally staffed.  In fact, every aspect is looking real nice.  I got to say "Hi" to a pair of old familiar faces.

I only stayed long enough to churn 45-rounds of ammo through my 1993 vintage S&W 442 airweight at 15-feet and 21-feet on the 8-inch targets ... my hand ached like hell later but I sure did have fun while I was at it.

If you are from the Lake County, Illinois area, check out the Caliber Gun Range website.
You may find something you are looking for.





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Illinois Switchblade Knife Ban REPEALED

(PHOTO SOURCE = Hell if I can remember: SORRY!)

This one is for JonT!


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

BRIEF SUMMARY = No FOID CARD (or a Concealed Carry License) means NO CLICK KNIFE FOR YOU!  Don't carry in Chicago, which has knife laws akin to Great Britain.

Seriously, in all the decades of my life here in Illinois, not a year went by without me seeing at least one person sporting a switchblade.  Knife bans are silly.  Knife bans do not keep knives out of peoples hands, pockets, or purses.




Saturday, August 19, 2017

REVIEW: Randolph Aviator Sunglasses. I bought 'em, I wear 'em, I like 'em.

My money, my choice.



A well made, durable case for protecting the glasses when they are not perched on my melon.


Microfiber cleaning cloth. 

Spare parts and a toolkit stored in a pouch crafted into the lining of the case.

Spare screws for the temples and frame, spare nose pads, and a hidden screwdriver.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Is your favorite website or blogsite blocked by the Russian Government?

(NOTE:  to have Google check the SAFETY of a site you want to visit, click the following link and then enter the site's URL to obtain a health check.   https://transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search )  This assumes that Google is being righteous ...

As a backdrop on Internet censorship in Russia, click the following link and read an informative Newsweek article (7/31/2017).  http://www.newsweek.com/how-vladimir-putin-cracked-down-russias-internet-644176




SOME DUDE just launched a free, non-profit, online-tool called BlockedInRussia.com. It lets anyone check to see if a website is blocked in Russia.  Click on over there and see if something you see in your locale has been whacked by the Russian Government.

How does SOME DUDE perform this magic?  Hell, I dunno ...



EDIT:  as of 8/13/2017  (just to check things out)
http://www.drudgereport.com is NOT blocked in Russia.
https://www.voanews.com is NOT blocked in Russia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Russia#Blacklist_law IS blocked in Russia





Saturday, July 29, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The British Versus GUNS

An interesting read. CLICK on the photo below to link on over to the article ... 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Let's put a 4'' semi-auto pistol and 200-rounds of ammo in this little box

 Can it be done?






PRESTO!  

I am very fond of this cute little Minx.  For self-defense, it has limitations but is better than nothing.  
For chasing empty tin-cans around a secured range, it is an afternoon of pure fun.

Every adult on earth should be free to own nothing less and a whole lot more.