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.
Even on the hottest of days, people will still find a way to dress around a bigger firearm, which is on the agenda for me. I often go out in a hoody with nothing on underneath, which helps with my draw. This is not as bad as some people may think, but it is slightly uncomfortable if you are not disciplined enough to endure hot or cold weather while your body acclimates. I guess I am able to make that sacrifice because I know how to make the transition, which would make for a good discussion in the future, I think.
As far as the firearms I am looking at focusing on, I am going to try to keep it limited to a couple. This will help me get a more intimate experience and also help me push more rounds through them. On a given range day, I typically will slam 500 rounds through a pistol or rifle in about 5 or 10 minutes. So far, I have been wanting to concentrate on the Honor Defense and a Beretta M9A3. Both pistols have performed very well for me in my limited time with them.
The Honor Defense is unfortunately a very big underdog in the gun market today. I am going to try to spend more time with it and learn the ins and outs of the pistol and see if I can't shed some truth on the design and whether it is worth owning. The drop safety issue seems to be based in a misunderstanding of the design, so I think I will have to clarify that in a video. I personally received parts to replace the ones I had, and sure enough my pistol is drop safe now. But the point is that there are some things to cover when it comes to this pistol and I aim to put rounds through mine and get the word out on the performance whether it is good or bad.
The next pistol on my list is the Beretta M9A3. I am getting this pistol because of the experience I had with it while I was on vacation back in Washington State. I shot the pistol very well and I came to appreciate it much more than I originally thought I ever would. I am lucky enough to be well acquainted with people at TankWorX Armory, who have helped me get a hold of one of these guns at a killer price. As far as TankWorX Armory, I can't say I have ever been in a more welcoming gun store that encourages customers to chill out, talk about guns, work on them, clean them, or just watch movies and play video games. I wish more gun stores were like that because that is a way you build a strong community and grow. Anyways, there will be more on that later.
The Beretta M9A3 is not necessarily going to be a carry pistol, but instead will be tested and evaluated against my other Beretta pistols. I know that there are several reviews and articles out there about them, but I feel that these articles and videos have done a very poor job in explaining the design accurately. There are things about the pistol that were not well covered, which may get people to feel that perhaps this Beretta M9A3 is actually just what they were wanting in a firearm.
Though I will not be looking to carry the Beretta M9A3, I am seriously looking into holsters for the Beretta 92FS that I currently own. It is hard for me to throw down nearly $100 for a holster I may not use very often, but it may come down to that. The point in carrying the Beretta 92FS is kind of an experiment to see if the claims are genuine that the pistol is too big to comfortably carry all day and even in the summer time. Yeah, I tend to enjoy challenging people that say you can't do this or that. I don't just like to go by what people tell me, but instead, I have found that it is actually best to pave your own route of experience and confirm the validity of broad statements.
So that pretty much wraps it up for my list of summer time projects. I have alot of work ahead of me, and unfortunately the summer times in Alaska do not last very long at all before fall and winter come knocking again. I look forward to seeing you all as I go through my testing and as I proceed with my reporting and evaluations. Thank you all for your support and i look forward to your correspondence.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, Firearm and Gear Tester.