Happy Buy a Gun Day!!!

I know, I’m actually a day late.  BAG day was yesterday…but close enough for non-government work, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to share my BAG day purchase with you.

A friend of mine bought one a while back and I shot his.  I really like the way it shoots and the premise behind it intrigues me so I decided I was going to pick one up at my earliest opportunity.  Here’s to promises (to myself) kept:

I present the Sig Sauer P320

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This is the “Carry” model in 9mm.  3.9″ barrel, full size magazine for a capacity of 17+1 9mm Luger.

It’s a slightly smaller version of the new Military M17, but the beauty of the platform is that it is modular, so every component can be changed and it can be turned into a full size, a compact, even a different caliber (.357 Sig or .40S&W).

I’ve fired it once and it points and shoots very well. Gonna take my wife to shoot it tomorrow, it may be replacing the G19 as her go-to handgun (we shall see).  If so, it may just mean that I have to get another one for me.

 

Ammo Can Giveaway

I’ve been remiss in that I was asked to post this a while ago and I’m just now getting around to it.  Better late than never I guess.

I was contacted by BulkMunitions.com about putting something up about their ammo can giveaway.  I’ve no problem supporting small business so here goes:

Ammo Can Storage Giveaway from Bulk Munitions.com:  Click the image to go to https://bulkmunitions.com/ammo-can-giveaway/

 

Bittersweet

I was seriously considering taking some vacation time for this, but I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately as it is so adding another trip to the schedule just didn’t seem feasible at the time.

It gratifies me to see that many others took up the baton and ran with it.

Thousands Show Up to Properly Send Off Texas Air Force Veteran

These are the people that Hillary and Barack and Michelle and Bernie and Joe disparage as “deplorables”.

These are the people that the media constantly accuse of being “literally hitler” and full of hate.

What I see are real people. People who work hard for what they have and don’t have the time to attend demonstrations and rallies over petty political squabbles…but when a true fellow American is in need, they’ll drop everything and rally to the call.

This is the America that I identify with…and it’s always *been* great.

Why we have so much plastic pollution:

This is something that just drives me nuts.

I’m using some medicine I just bought as an example, but this is true about lots and lots of goods that are packaged in quantity.

They sell this stuff in little bottles. They also sell bulk packages of three bottles and in this instance, they had them on sale, buy one get one half off.

I have to take this stuff daily so I’m always in the market to save a little money…three bottles in a pack for less than three separate bottles and on sale to boot…what could go wrong?

There are 14 pills in each bottle. This is what the contents of one bottle looks like.

Seriously?

They couldn’t have used a smaller bottle for that?

So…the first thing I did is consolidate to cut down on the number of stupid little pill bottles I had to store.

The contents of all those bottles filled a little over half of one bottle.

And resulted in this much plastic waste for no particular reason:

This is marketing…putting small quantities in big bottles so you’re willing to pay more because you feel like you’re getting more for your money.

It doesn’t make ME feel that way…when I get a package of something I’ve bought, open it up and find that it’s 90% full of air, I feel a bit ripped off and am a lot less likely to purchase that product again.

But I’m abnormal in a lot of ways so I guess that’s just one more.

But the thing I couldn’t help thinking was “they want to take away my plastic straws, but they don’t say a word about useless crap like this???

/rant

Laughing Out Loud in the airport

I was in the airport recently and was checking to see if they had free wifi.

The name of one of the local wifi access points (probably someone’s phone hotspot) caught my attention.

I laughed out loud after my initial double-take.

I wonder if that’s an effective way of keeping people from trying to hijack you’re internet connection.

Help Needed

Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority is having serious medical issues and his family could use some help. Kevin is a great and honorable man I’ve known online for years, have met a few times in the real world and consider a friend.

His blog has been one of my regular reads for close to a decade. His posts are always extremely well thought out and meticulously researched and documented. He’s had a huge influence on me and how I view many issues including the Second Amendment.

Especially for my readers who are members of the shooting and gun-blogging community, but also for anyone who has a few bucks to spare, I ask you to consider kicking in a little to help out.

You can read a little more about him and donate to his gofundme page by clicking here.

Mass Shooting Averted in Florida

Hat tip to Stately McDaniel Manor

From Fox News:

An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire at a Florida park filled with over 100 people — including children — for a Saturday back-to-school cookout, officials said.

So…a whacko tries to shoot up a park…NOT a “gun free zone”…and a lawfully armed citizen stops him in his tracks.

Front page news right? We’ll be hearing about this on the major news outlets it for weeks and weeks, the talking heads will be analyzing what happened and how we can duplicate this success in the future. The hero that intervened will become famous overnight right?

Right?

AP

CBS

CNN

MSNBC

NBC

New York Times

Gee…it’s almost like there are certain aspects of the News that the Main Stream Media just doesn’t want us to know about isn’t it? Like, they’re…almost…pushing an agenda or something.

Naw…can’t be that. They’re purely objective, professional journalists right?

To their minimal credit, there were two news organizations I checked that at least had the story on their site. The story wasn’t on the main page and I had to search for it, but at least they didn’t completely ignore it.

The Washington Post

ABC News

Dogs On Deployment Fund Raiser

If you’d like to help out a worthy cause, my wife and I are participating in the Dogs on Deployment virtual 5k fund raiser this year.

Dogs on Deployment help service members find foster families to care for their pets while they are on deployment.

It’s a really great way to support the people who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

If you’re interested in supporting this worthy cause, please visit my fund raising page.

1911 Night Sights

History: I’ve always loved the 1911 platform and wanted one, but couldn’t afford a really good brand.

I ended up buying a Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911 (I got the tactical mainly for the Ambidextrous safety).

I’d heard good things about RIA, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much. Something I could take to the range and shoot.

I was very pleasantly surprised. I posted about it at the time, but one of the shortcomings to my mind were the sights.

Well, here it is 9 years later, and I finally fixed the sights issue.

I purchased Meprolight tritium night sights through Amazon.

The rear sight fit perfectly out of the box. No problems with it. The front sight required some fitting. The base was a bit too wide to get started. I also had to clean up the cuts on the slide a little bit. I don’t think the original was peened, but the edges of the cut were a bit rough and kept snagging when I tried to press the new front sight into the dovetail. A little work with my jewelers files fixed it right up.

The new sights stand just slightly taller than the originals. Not enough to interfere with holster fit or anything, and not really even noticeable without putting them right up next to each other.

As far as performance. I’m extremely happy. Here’s the sight picture under full light:

And here’s under low light:

They aren’t adjustable for elevation so I was a little concerned about that, but I took it to the range yesterday and point of impact was perfect for a center hold at 25 yards using my standard 230gr JHP at 850fps.

I couldn’t possibly be happier.

On another note, after having owned my RIA 1911 for 9 years and having fired thousands of rounds through it, I also couldn’t be happier with the gun. I am increasingly impressed with how it’s held up over time. At this stage in my life, I could afford to buy a “better” 1911 for a lot more money, but I have to say I feel no inclination to. I’m perfectly happy with my $425 RIA. It has proven itself to be reliable, accurate and a solid performer, and with the new sights, I’m even more confident in it.

New personalized Virginia Plate

Hat tip to Musings over a Barrel.

Virginia has come up with a new “Stop Gun Violence” license plate option

When I first saw it, I feared that the money from sales of the plate would end up going to some anti-gun organization, but a Republican amendment to the bill earmarks the funds for mental health programs, which I think is a fine purpose even if unrelated to violence or any particular tool.

With that in mind, I’m sorely tempted to order one of these for my truck who’s plates expire next month.

Paired with another accessory I have in mind, I think it would be a worthy addition:

What say you?