Monday, July 25, 2016

Pepperidge Farm Remembers!

Remember when Conservatives said "Wikileaks is FSB!" and all the Progressive bien pensants tutted and clucked and said "The '80s called, they want their foreign policy back!"?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A New Beginning...

Pictures of the Glock 32 still need to be taken and its final eval written.

In the meantime, the next round of Special Snowflake Glock Testing is underway.

Next on the docket is a Gen 3 Glock 20 in 10mm Auto. It has had a hundred rounds fired through it since being purchased lightly used. It exhibited some of the same sluggish return-to-battery issues as the G32, so, rather than waiting 700 rounds to do so, this time I started out with a 20# recoil spring (which came with the the gun when I bought it used) on a metal guide rod. This time, a correctly thread-locked metal guide rod.

Oh, it's also had, like, fifty rounds of 9x25 Dillon through it on the spare barrel.

Anyway, a thorough wipedown of the bearing surfaces and a good lubing with what I had close to hand at the time (Snake Oil Prime) and we were off to the races.

Started things off with a 50-round box of Sellier & Bellot 180gr 10mm FMJ. Seemed reasonably warmish. Factory claims 1160 fps out of a 5" tube, and that seems plausible. I may have some more around here to chrono later this week.

I'd forgotten what massive horse pistols the big Glocks are... Anyway, all fifty rounds functioned the weapon with no failures of any type to report.

This makes 50 rounds since the Glock 20 was cleaned or lubricated. 1950 rounds to go.

Also ran fifty rounds of Remington FMJ through the Glock 37 with the T&E Overwatch Precision trigger in it. Lotta dry-fire Sunday morning and afternoon as well. I am intrigued; I need to get this thing out to MCF&G where I can do stuff on the clock...

Potential Travel Problems:

You might find out your hotel room is built right atop a cursed graveyard.

Brunch Was Accomplished...

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Turning from junk back into stuff...

I get emails from KEH Camera Brokers, usually offering the monthly or weekly sales, but sometimes soliciting purchases of old camera gear. Since I don't sell cameras, I don't usually look in those, but this one offering an extra 10% on 300 "Most Wanted" models caught my eye. What were these most wanted models, I wondered?

Nikon F4S, Nikon F5, Nikon FM2N, Canon AE-1 Program, Pentax K1000, Contax G2... Wow. And they were offering buying prices that I would have considered selling prices just two years ago, furthering my belief that the film camera market has seen its price bottom.

I'm still not selling them any film cameras, but if you have some lying around, here's their link.

Sunday, Yummy Sunday...

Plans are afoot!

We will greet the day with brunch at one or another of the fine eateries here in Broad Ripple, and then hie ourselves to Indy Arms Co. to enjoy some range time in the air-conditioned great indoors.

Project Whimsy has a TAC Trigger from Overwatch Precision installed for T&E purposes, with an eye toward making it my bowling pin eliminator. (Of course, I punked out of bowling pin shooting yesterday because it was hotter than dammit yesterday.)

Looking forward to trying out the new trigger, and maybe getting started on the next 2,000-rd test. Tune in!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Food Pic...

Still wrestling Winston's black dog today.

Bobbi did take me out for a late lunch/early dinner, which was nice. We rode our bicycles over to Twenty Tap, where I sampled a menu item I'd not tried before.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

And that's a wrap.

Fifty rounds of Speer Lawman and twenty-one of Fiocchi on Thursday morning finished up the 2,000 rounds for the Glock 32.

There were no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes it 2,000 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part.

Look for a follow up post with dirty, dirty gun pics and a final breakdown of the test.


I just wasn't feeling it this morning.

Check out this article at Lucky Gunner Lounge!

Or this column from the July issue of Shooting Illustrated!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

QotD: Long, Slow Disaster Edition...

"I’m really glad my Grandparents didn’t live to have to make the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It also doesn’t say anything good about our politics that my grandparents, who have been dead for 20 years, would still know both candidates." -Sebastian SNBQ

Frickin' almost done...

Fifty rounds each of Fiocchi and Speer Lawman .357SIG ammo got sent downrange at Indy Arms Co. Wednesday morning.

The 20# recoil spring and 11-coil mag springs seem to have done the trick. The firearm went through the complete cycle of operation each time.

This makes it 1,929 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part. Only 71 rounds left to go.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Pt. I

Speaking as someone who talks about guns on the internet, it pains me to admit that one doesn't need to look long or hard to find reasons why "internet gun advice" has become the proverbial equivalent of "politician's promises" or "Confederate money" as a synonym for "valueless".

Everyone knows the guy on the forums who insists that his off-brand, low-budget pistol has been just (and I quote) "flawless" over...oh, it must be thousands and thousands of rounds, but who knows? It's not like he keeps a log book, but it's a lot!

There are the devotees of one brand or caliber or type of gun who come up with the most tortured reasons why their choice is best choice, and if you don't agree, you're just a "hater" or a "gun snob".

And on YouTube, you can't swing a 5.11 Tactical man purse without hitting some would-be instructor who doesn't know his ass from the hole he's fixin' to shoot in it.

Here's a bit of internet gun rationalizing of the second type:
Let me clear up some of his confusion: the answer comes down to ammo prices.

You can get spam cans of 7.62x54r for as low as $0.23 per round if you know where to look, whereas cheap .308 starts at $0.42 per round and .30-06 is a full $0.15/round more expensive than that.

The Ruger American Rifle comes in a bevy of calibers, but it does not come in 7.62x54R, so you can’t train as cheaply with it as you can the Mosin. If you shoot a lot, then over time the $1,000 Mosin is ultimately a lot cheaper than the $300 Ruger American Rifle.
Let's check his own math: He's claiming a $700 price difference in guns and a $0.19/rd difference in ammo costs. He says that if I shoot a lot, then the pimped Mosin pays for itself over time.

Gratuitous New England Westinghouse Mosin receiver shot
Let's cipher out the gozintas on this! *sharpens pencil* Hmmm...scribble scribble...carry the two...

At a 19¢/round gap between the two, you would need to shoot 3,684 rounds to make up a $700 cost difference.

Not that I think they don't exist, but I would like to sometime see either a Ruger American or a Mosin Nagaint with 3,500+ documented rounds in a gun book, especially the Mosin, which are often fed diets of corrosive ammo, bimetallic jacketed bullets, et cetera. That's probably most of the gun's barrel life, right there, or at least most of the accurate part of it.

The dude then suggests that Ruger make the American in 7.62x54R, which, given the diameter of the case rim, is unlikely without major alterations to the design and thus seems highly unlikely.

It's okay to like stuff just because you like it. You don't have to try and go out and justify it as the best choice for the zombie apocalypse or whatever.

Because I hate using my good material at an away game...

"Seeing the stock plastic sights on a Glock in use is like seeing picture frames with the sample picture still inside them, or someone trying to pay for their purchases with the cardboard "credit cards" that came in their wallet. It's a little sad and awkward and you feel sorry for the person and don't know quite what to say."

Tuesday Pewsday

Robar Glock, Magpul mags, RCS Eidolon holster, budget ammo
Still using the Zevtech trigger in the Robar-customized Gen 2 Glock 17. I'm liking it better now.

I've been shooting this gun almost entirely with Magpul 17-rd magazines. The first one worked well enough that I bought two more. According to the logbook, yesterday's 100 rounds of Silver Bear made a total of 803 malfunction-free rounds through the gun so far, all but 50 of which have been through the Magpul magazines.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Theory...

Maybe she got the speech in a chain letter?
 "If you deliver this speech exactly as written, good luck will befall you. Mrs. M.O. of Chicago, IL gave this speech exactly as written and her husband was elected president. Ms. J.D. of Assbend, MO did not deliver this speech as written and suffers from the heartbreak of psoriasis."

You have got to be kidding me.

"Manafort said the words Melania used were not "cribbed" but are common words.

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family," Manafort said. "To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy.""

Glock Steady

Went to Indy Arms Co. with a hundred rounds of Speer Lawman 125gr TMJ ammo early yesterday afternoon.

The Glock 32 went through the complete cycle of operation every time.

This makes it 1,829 total rounds fired since the Glock 32 was last cleaned or lubricated, with five failures to go completely into battery (#63, #78, #126, #748, #1,503*), five failures to feed (#221, #224, #282, #734, #1,529*), one failure to eject (#1,033), and one broken (aftermarket) part. 171 rounds left to go.

"It's time to start running!"

Oh, Jesus, this isn't some fin de siècle dystopian SF movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger... This is really happening.