As summer peaks around the corner at us in Alaska, it marks a time for me to consider a transition in firearms. For myself, I like to use this time to consider what guns I will be carrying or testing that are relevant to the season and the clothing style I will be working with. Being that Alaska can get pretty hot and humid in the summer, it is typically wise to plan accordingly. For this reason, I am going to start out by looking at some pistols that will suffice on the hotter days when layers are not going to necessarily be your friend.
Many people may be wondering when I am going to do a video or an article of a Glock, S&W, or some other name brand that everyone loves. Well, I do own a couple name brand firearms, but there are a couple of reasons why you don't see them very often, or at all.
I've kind of turned into a partial advocate and spokesperson for Turkish pistols lately. I think I have reasonable justification for that though. They seem to be well made for the most part, and pretty high quality. I think people just do not understand them or the circumstances that makes them a viable option for us American shooters.
It is becoming increasingly common for firearms to be a daily concern for Law Enforcement personnel throughout their daily duties. As armed citizens, the privilege of being armed naturally comes with certain responsibilities we have by law or as a courtesy to others(Law Enforcement) in general. As responsibly armed civilians, whether we like it or not, we are ambassadors for the general population of armed citizens and therefore should make it a point to have a good relationship with our communities. It is rewarding for both sides involved, believe me.
I personally feel that beginner firearms classes are going about training their students in the worst manner possible. When you try to get a new shooter to manage and control 10 things at once, it is like telling a first grader to solve trigonometry equations before they even know multiplication, angles, fractions, etc. The standard for teaching people how to shoot a firearm has remained relatively unchanged for decades. These students are taught proper firearm safety and all the fundamentals before being taught how to shoot. The current way of teaching the fundamentals to new pistol shooters, is FUNDAMENTALLY flawed.
I would like to go over a few things about maintaining the Beretta 92/M9 pistols. First thing alot of people are gonna think about these pistols is that they are unreliable, mostly because of the third and fourth hand reports about the lack of reliability some experienced with an M9. I would caution my readers that stories are just that. If there is anything I know, it is that weapons in the military are subject to lots of use, abuse, and a terrible lack of maintenance. That said, the M9 does not typically see that much use these days, but just remember that everything in these pistols is based on working in harmony.
As you all probably know by now, I hop from gun types quite often. I have been a big fan of Beretta since I got more serious about trying them out. It seems that they always just hit everything that I need a pistol for, and lately the 92FS has really impressed me with how well I shoot it. So yeah, it would seem that I am now on a Beretta M9/92 kick at the moment.
Recently, I took some time to go back to Washington state and visit friends and family for the first time since I moved to Alaska 3 years ago. Alot has changed in myself and in the place I left, to say nothing of the changes to the lives of those I left. While I was on vacation, I was taken out shooting a couple times and I found myself highly drawn to the M9A3 that my friend had. Every time I had several guns to choose from, I always chose the M9A3.
For whatever reason, it is very popular for people to only recommend ammunition that is going to cost in the neighborhood of $1/round. I have done several tests with these premium ammunitions and with generic ammunition. I have found a few things that might be a little eye-opening when trying to choose whether to carry the Winchester JHP or the Remington JHP.
The Honor Guard has endured a pretty long line of scrutiny from people who were outraged by testing that was conducted under questionable circumstances. I conducted similar testing of my own that was a bit more based on a realistic scenario that I feel I could face when using a firearm as a civilian. Anyways, the testing I conducted ended up with me finding out that my pistol was not really drop-safe. But, recently it would seem that this has changed.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and his wife