6 Months With A New Glock
Impressions of a new Glock owner.
At the end of March this year I finally took the plunge into the world of the polymer framed handgun. For me it was a pretty big leap but after long consideration I picked up a new Gen 4 Glock 19. Coming from the world of handguns like the 1911 the Glock is a different beast in many different areas.
Options for IWB Carry
In today’s world of concealed carry many of us have chosen the IWB (Inside Waist band) method to carry our firearm. Essentially this is a holster that goes inside the waistband of your pants leaving only the grip of the handgun exposed. This is one of the best methods to conceal the handgun from view.
After purchasing a new carry gun recently the need for a new holster arose. I have always carried my carry guns in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II. I bought one many years ago and I’ve had them for both my Kimber 1911 and Smith and Wesson model 60.
However for this new gun I thought I would give the new breed of leather and Kydex holsters available out there a whirl. So I borrowed a few and I bought one for myself and decided I would see what they are all about.
A Beginners Reloading Experiences
I’ve been interested in reloading for several years but never really acted on it. That is until December of this past year when my Father-In-Law gave me a bunch of old rifle-reloading equipment he had laying around for several years. Among the pile of stuff he had given me was an RCBS JR-3 press, an RCBS Uniflow Powder Measure, an old Belding and Mull powder measure, and a bunch of other small stuff like funnels, case lube pad, case lube, primer pocket brush etc. Then as a Christmas gift he gave me a new Lyman reloading manual and the dies and shell holder for my .223 which is what I was most interested in reloading first. With all that the seeds were sown. I had just about everything I needed to get started.
My First Reloaded .223 cartridge.
Pictorial Field Stripping Instructions For A Kimber Stainless II
AKA An Idiots Guide to Field Stripping a 1911
These are field stripping instructions for a Kimber Stainless II 1911 autoloading pistol. While these instructions are specifically for a Kimber they will be identical for any 1911 with a full length guide rod and 99% identical for all others. The first step is to remove the magazine and check the chamber to make sure there are no rounds in the chamber. This is of course the first thing you should do before beginning any type of work on any gun.
Springing Ahead - Makarov Range Report
With the onset of nicer weather here in western Washington, I have been recently reminded that there is, in fact a lawn beneath the wetland that is my back yard! While the little lady has been knocking about her garden, shaking off the winter frost and waging war on a rain forest of weeds, I've busied myself coaxing all the little motorized toys in my garage back to life. (Though, I'm apparently expected to put a car in there now and I'm told this is customary, I still can't imagine why anyone would want to do such a thing.)
And so it came to pass that after a muchneeded run to our local seagull sanctuary (and fond reminiscing on the days when it was common sport to leave many a .22 shell at the dump while ridding the world of rodentia vermin), I packed up the boys (my son, and --to their pleasant surprise-- his best buddy and friend of the family down the street) and headed to the range.
Now, if you've never taken a pair of early teens to the range, I highly recommend it. After the innocent, childlike question, "Uh... did you get the Makarov?", their value becomes apparent.
Beretta Cheetah Model 84BB Review
For perhaps a decade and a half I had gone unarmed. Having grown up in rural Southeastern United States, I had been exposed to the many varieties and applications of firearms. The recent absence of firearms in my home had not been a result of any discomfort with the instruments, but rather – quite to the contrary – being a man of modest means, a function of budget. With the growing dangers in our local communities and unrest in the international community, I bore my lack of arms with increased thoughtfulness. Or perhaps it was my own maturity, my increasing awareness of current events and of history, coupled with an intense love of the spouse and children in my charge which compelled me to once again pursue my God given right to bear arms.
Whatever the case, it was time to rearm myself, and to become reacquainted with the sport of shooting that I had sorely missed for so many years.