It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. Things have been crazy in my personal life and I am finally getting my groove back and getting content out there for my awesome viewers and readers. For today I have a few subjects to cover such as practicing to get your proficiency back on point, reloading lessons, and an update on the SAR9 from Sarsilmaz.
First thing I want to cover is the update I have on the SAR9. This pistol has been a tank, with a couple drawbacks such as the lack of night sight options and the fact that it has a manual safety. The safety in the past has caused me some discomfort when shooting, but lately it has not been as much of an issue. However, a big issue is the sights. The white dot painted front sight popped out when shooting this week. I finished shooting the 500 rounds I had dedicated for it, which were some spicy hot loads. The sight picture was kinda difficult to pick up in my peripherals, but it was manageable. The sad thing is that I will have to paint the front sight, and I don't foresee Sarsilmaz or SAR USA producing a single night sight option EVER. That can be a down side for alot of potential buyers, but i still do hold this pistol in pretty high regard.
Next subject on the list of updates is reloading. I have been loading my own ammo for about a year now, or more, and I have found it to be cost effective for sure. I load my ammo pretty hot since I like higher pressures so I can really test my guns and wear them a bit faster. I LOVE WEAR ON MY GUNS! However, the powder I have been using(BE-86) has been not the greatest when it comes to giving me good high pressures without causing reliability issues in some of my guns. The reason I have been having issues is because I have so much powder to burn through, and even with longer barrels, there doesn't seem like every pistol has the chambers loose enough to help the brass cool in time. The brass often would get stuck in the chamber on every, or every other round fired. Not a good recipe for success. So to fix this, I have decreased the amount of this hot burning powder in order to facilitate better reliability, and it worked pretty well. Now I don't think that the kick is even as much as the NATO ammo now, but it does save me on powder and increase reliability so I don't solely practice type 3 malfunctions all the time. So that is a lesson for you gents and gentlets out there. BE-86 is awesome, but you gotta tune it in right so your brass doesn't get too stressed like mine has.
The last update that I wanted to share is pretty well related to my current situation and the chaos that has been currently ensuing. Times like this can damage your proficiency and stress has a way of manifesting itself physically in alot of people. I have recently settled down and gotten back in the game mentally and physically, so I wanted to share some lessons for reacquiring that awesome proficiency and love for shooting you had. First thing you need to know is that it is good not to mix hobbies with hard stress in your life. Shooting takes alot of discipline and it takes alot of concentration during shooting to improve, evaluate, and improve. When your mind is distracted, you may miss out on being able to even maintain your skills.
Once you are ready to get started with your hobbies again, I recommend starting at your own comfort level, going slow, or at least going at a comfortable pace. I am an advocate of dry fire and laser trainers. I like to combine the two. Best thing is to start out by getting your trigger finger back in the habit of functioning independently without any sympathetic movement. This is vital and will definitely be shown when using a laser trainer. I like double action pistols because of the discipline it takes to remain proficient on the double action pull. Like driving a car, if you are good with a manual, driving an automatic will be a breeze. If you perfect the double action, a striker fired pistol will become a breeze. Talk about an all around awesome trigger action to get you back in the game with your training.
When practicing dry or even with ammo, I recommend combining small and large targets. shoot a few rapid shots into a large target and then maybe the rest of the magazine into a small target as fast as you can hit with precision. This is a good technique to refine your accuracy and get your body used to its role when it comes to making accurate hits.
Okay, that is all for now. Don't be a stranger to this blog. Feel free to read on and learn some things and leave a comment. I appreciate all correspondence. Also, share this content with your shooting friends if you wish. It is good to spread knowledge. Thank you all for your support and I look forward to getting back in the game and providing good content for your enjoyment and hopefully engaging with you all in the comments section.
It is a common interest for those wanting to carry concealed to want a compact pistol. Their size is easy to conceal and most of them on the market are pretty easy-going on the recoil. However, it is also a common theme for these people to get sucked into standards that are niche and unnecessary. I want to explore some of these using the firearms displayed in the featured photo. This is not meant to promote or sell any brand or type of pistol, but to help people understand the real story behind these different types of compact and subcompact firearms.
In many of the videos on YouTube, you might notice that the reviewers lay their MRE contents out on a tray as if it is to be a cafeteria meal instead of a field ration. This is quite odd considering that many of these folks actually have used them in the field in the military. My goal is to discuss how you will typically find yourself using an MRE when you use it in the field like in the military. Before I write about this, I think we should start with a bit of a backstory on the history of how the MRE came to be.
In the modern gun world, the evolution of pistols has reached extremes incredibly fast. Todays' generation of shooters have judged pistols like the Sig P239 to be outdated. Merit, history, and capabilities seem to have been pushed aside in favor of capacity and size, as well as weight. It is a generation of extremes that I was a part of for years. Only through experience did I have a realization that perhaps I should question the validity of these views.
What is the importance of accuracy? Well, it depends on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to qualify on a paper target, being able to hit inside a certain area will be good enough. If it is in competition, as long as you skim through and get your hit, it is all good. In combat, connecting with the torso is the name of the game. All of these scenarios could benefit from more precision of course, but perhaps there is a problem with people understanding when they are being accurate and when they are being precise.
The minuteman concept has been a staple of the American way of life since it's development and even prior to that. The concept is that a man can be ready to defend his home, his town, and his freedom at any time by taking up arms and fighting alongside his neighbors. This effectively is the concept behind a militia, with the militia being a more organized unit with a certain task and readiness level. In this segment, I want to discuss the differences in the philosophy and between a militia and the minuteman. I personally think that the differences are important enough.
In this day and age, civil unrest is highly anticipated, which has swelled the ranks of many militias. Unfortunately this has encouraged individuals to consider preparing to fight. I do not like the way that militias go about training, and in fact, I find their methods and ideals to be derpy at best. Alot of these members participate in strictly conventional warfare training and training that does not prepare them for reality. In this article, I merely wanna talk about the kind of loadout that I would find to be respectable and practical, from the perspective of someone who has had to haul ammo and gear in combat. Not to pat myself on the back too much, but I feel that I have enough experience to give solid recommendations for efficiently operating in hostile territory.
There is a constant complaint about full size pistols that they are too large to be carried comfortably or without printing. The Clinger Holsters No-Print-Wonder V2 proves that there are holsters out there that can functionally conceal a full size pistol like the Beretta PX4 Storm. Though I would not classify this holster as the ultimate in comfort, it certainly has made carrying one of my favorite full size pistols easy.
It has been a while since I took the Walther PPS out for some range time. I figured that I might as well give it a shot and see how I perform with it. While I was at it, I figured that it would be a good time to test other products like the Comfort Cling from Clinger Holsters and my preferred carry load, Remington 115 grain JHP. I had fun shooting the pistol, and I found some things that I think are very relevant to share.
Out of all the people that have a dedicated EDC system or kit, you can bet that they are going to have a knife, if not several on them. In this article, I figured that I would just add my input into the point of a carry knife and what I see them being good for.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, gun enthusiast, and passionate firearm and gear evaluator.