Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Went to the range last night with my cousin, took the newest pistol, have questions.

Last night my cousin and I went to the range for a mutual birthday paper-killing event. He brought his Glock and his stainless (ooh, shiny) Springfield 1911, I brought my PX4 subcompact 9.

We're both incredibly rusty. It took him a couple of mags to get decently small groups. It took me less time, but I'm also not quite used to the pistol, so I was trying to compensate for that.

The Springfield is a very nice pistol. Cousin agrees - he finds he likes it more than the Glock. This guy LOVED the Glock when he bought it. I guess it's that first gun bliss. Not that I can blame him - the 1911 he owns is a much nicer gun. Doesn't rattle, doesn't show any wear, doesn't malf as long as the mags are Wilson.

The Beretta...frustrates me. Since my first trip to the range with it, I get problems near the end of a mag (and occasionally midway through the mag, if I load it all the way). It's had maybe 200 rounds through it since purchase. I know the feed issues midway through the mag are likely related to user error, but I can't quite understand why it won't feed properly.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert in malfunctions, so bear with me:
1 - Fire a round. Fires fine.
2 - Fire a round. Casing ejects, gun strips new round out of the mag, slide doesn't return to proper firing position.
3 - Pull slide back and lock open. Unfired round falls out.
4 - Goto 1.

This happened VERY frequently the first 2 times I took it to the range. Frustrated, I would pack it back up instead of working through the issue. Chris has NOT had this issue when he's put a box through it. I'm thinking some of my issue may come from having shot only metal firearms until this point, but I'd like the input of the masses. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

I'm going to try to go to the range with Chris, and have him take video of me firing it so I can get a better idea of what I'm doing wrong.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

BREAKING: Alan Gura filed cert in the Woollard case.

The document can be found here. This has also been posted over on Marylandshooters here. Go, have a gander, join the discussion if you're so inclined.

Thanks a ton to FightinBluHen51 for this...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New, currently free, potentially useful ebook.

Weerdy posted it. I nabbed a copy. Have sent the link to a few friends, too.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Liveblogging history.

I missed it yesterday but my buddy Pete has been liveblogging Gettysburg since yesterday. I know some folks around here might find it worth the read.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Marylanders don't need to protect themselves.

Especially not in Baltimore, where 29 people were shot in a little under a week.

Is Baltimore. Is not safe.

Found ourselves in Rehoboth, Delaware, part of the weekend.

According to MikeW, West Rehoboth is getting a gun shop, and it appears they're not happy.

We originally had plans to find the shop and give them money, but it'll be awhile before they open. Anyone in the area reading this, when they DO open, go find them and throw money at them. :)