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Disappointing, actually...

 Just as a data point, dude running a G48 with Shield Arms 15-round mags in last weekend's Rangemaster Instructor Development class was having constant problems with them. Tom mentioned he hadn't seem them running well in a class yet, to his knowledge.   I don't mean to get off on a rant, here, but the 48 runs fine with factory 10-rounders, and Glock also makes a 4" gun that runs like a top with 15-round mags and has been more or less the industry standard for a reason.   "But have you trie...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tom, Kimber, Glock, Boomsticks, G-Lock, Gun School, 19ByGod11, Gun Wrenching


Icepicks and Safety Blossoms

  Look at that mean-looking bullet on the left. That's a Winchester Ranger T projectile, a product-improved version of the old Black Talon bullet. Specifically, it's a 127 grain bullet from their "+P+" RA9TA loading.That's the load I used in my M&P9 back in the day. As a matter of fact, that bullet was fired from one of the last three rounds left over in a box that had actually been used to load my carry magazines.Looks mean, right? All expanded like that with the fang-looking points on the jac...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, Miami, Winchester, Tam, Remington, Ammunition, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Black Talon, Silvertip, Doc Roberts, Real Clear Ballistics, Winchester QC


I shouldn't have to say this, but...

Every so often some Cletus on social media goes "Hyuk hyuk! I dunno what 'ammo panic' y'all are talking about. I live in FREE AMURICA, and my local gun store, Joe's Freedom Blasters in Two Mules, Kansas, has plenty of ammunition!"  Care to guess what Joe's Freedom Blasters doesn't have any more of forty-eight hours later, and isn't going to get any more of for months? I wouldn't be giving away the location of that secret fishing hole, dude. There are major distributors who don't have that m...
Tags: Guns, Joe, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Cletus, Two Mules Kansas


Fun Gun Nerdery

 There's a fun post on rifle chamberings and modularity over at Counter Jockey Chronicles."The AR platform is pretty damn effective. And thanks to its modularity it can be tailored to any situation that arises.  But unfortunately, the DOD seems to think the pistol is where Joe and Jane should have modularity. And that's the dumbest damn thing done in the name of jointness since Robert Strange tried to make the F-111 a carrier based interceptor." [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Joe, Tam, Dod, Jane, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, AR stuff, Robert Strange


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #191...

The 3913LS: Maybe the best single-stack DA/SA CCW auto ever. The internet likes gun pictures, right? . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, DA SA CCW


Unrealized Potential

Last year I had intended to carry the Langdon Beretta as a temporary stopgap until I picked a polymer-framed DA/SA gun with more mainstream pricing and finish out the year with it. One thing leading to another, I wound up carrying the LTT for the entirety of 2019 and into this year, until Milt Sparks got me fixed up with a Summer Special for the SP2022.This means that instead of having already taken the Sig to a year's worth of classes and matches and shooting it a bunch on my own, I've had it i...
Tags: Guns, Tam, DA SA, Whining, Boomsticks, Milt Sparks, Langdon Beretta


Unexpectedly Sage

Kitteh actually has good advice for shooting a slide-mounted MRDS... A lot of folks recommend using iron sights to learn how to find the dot, when actually doing that is holding the shooter back and slowing them down.With a slide mounted MRDS, it seems like people's biggest failure is trying to look at the dot, rather than looking at the target and sticking the gun between their face and what they're looking at.It's actually harder for people who've trained themselves for years to perform the c...
Tags: Cats, Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Kitteh, Memeishness


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #190...

FN 509 Compact MRD, doing some gel tests last week... [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n


Revenge of the Nerd Calibers

The Rest of the Internet: “There’s no ammunition!”Me: ha ha boxes from Lucky Gunner and Target Sports go thumpthumpthump [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks


About how I thought that would work, actually...

As a side show to a recent gel project, I popped the block with a couple .41 Magnum rounds. I'd been curious as to what the 240gr Platinum Tip would do, although I had a sneaking suspicion, and I also fired a 175gr Silvertip as a control round.The Platinum Tip round is fairly heavy-for-caliber and intended as a hunting round. It uses the reverse-taper jacket design, familiar from the Ranger-T and the old "Black Talon", where the jacket petals unfold into pointy 'claws' intended as a secondary w...
Tags: Guns, Winchester, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Revolvers, Black Talon, Silvertip


It's true...

It’s true. pic.twitter.com/xSSdgMy8e8 — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) August 19, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, T'hee, Preparedness, Tamara K


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #189...

This P95DAO is a forthcoming project piece. I'll be tearing into the slide for a good look at the extractor to see if I can debug a persistent failure-to-extract glitch that plagued its first range session, both with the TulAmmo ball ammo and the Sig V-Crown JHP.The ban-era magazines were a bit of unpleasant reminiscing. I really had to make use of the UpLula (pink ones don't walk off!) to jam the last round or two in there. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n


Suddenly relevant to my interests...

I wonder what the newest commercially-successful pistol design to use a self-sprung extractor is? That's a thing I hadn't really pondered. I mean, the pivoting claw has generally conquered the market, but here was Ruger holding on to the self-sprung type well into the Nineties. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Ruger, Boomsticks, Vidjo, Gun Wrenching


The Office...

The climate control at the office yesterday was busted, so it was pretty hot and sticky and I kept having to wipe the sweat out of my eyes, but the view was nice... View this post on Instagram Cloud laboratory... A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Aug 13, 2020 at 12:48pm PDT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel


Market Ripples

The cheapest 9mm practice ammunition on the internet right now is Wolf 115gr FMJ, loaded with floor sweepings and reeking of hobo piss, being sold by the case for five hundred bucks or in fifty-round boxes for fifty-two cents a round. ...while you can buy all the .45GAP you want...high-quality Speer Lawman, at that...for $0.40/rd. Which is pretty much normal price. Also, 9x25 Dillon stocks at Underwood and Double Tap seem normal. Which is to say expensive, of course, but availability is normal...
Tags: Guns, Wolf, Tam, Underwood, Dillon, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Speer Lawman


Better late than never!

Even though it is Monday, the Sunday Smith has gone up at the other blog. Steal This Look! Crimson Trace LaserGrip and LightGuard, and probably thirty cases of ammo's worth of wear and tear. (Not Shown: Dark Star Gear IWB holster in blue kydex, and the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 4th Edition that doesn't list Product Code 150580 for some reason.) . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Smith, Collecting, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Lasergrip, Standard Catalog of Smith Wesson


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #188...

When you're doing a bunch of shooting with fairly generic plastic blasters for work, sometimes you have to slip in a li'l sumpin' sumpin' for fun... Shooting this thing almost never fails to bring a smile to my face. A steel 9mm 1911 is like shooting with the cheat codes enabled... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, 19ByGod11, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n


If it's Sunday...

There's a new Sunday Smith up at the other blog!The drawings of the early prototype revolvers mentioned in it can be found on p.136 of Roy Jinks' History of Smith & Wesson. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Smith, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Revolvers, Roy Jinks History of Smith Wesson


The more, the merrier...

From a reasonably even-handed (considering the source) CNN story on an increase in gun ownership among Latinos:"Even before the mass shooting, the number of hate crimes targeting Latino or Hispanic people increased in 2018 and the previous four years, according to data from the FBI's annual Hate Crime Statistics report.Tired of living in fear, some people like Martinez have opted to purchase firearms to feel a sense of security."The Second Amendment is for everybody. Self defense, and access to ...
Tags: Guns, Cnn, Fbi, Tam, Martinez, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Preparedness


Using academia's tools on academia's house.

Prof. Yamane reviews the book Land, God and Guns: Settler Colonialism and Masculinity in the American Heartland, and finds parts of it to be even more problematic than the lack of an Oxford comma in the title. (Which I had to type twice and it still makes me itch to scan it.) . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Books, Politics, Guns, Oxford, Tam, American Heartland, Boomsticks, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, YAMANE


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #187...

A Savage 1917 and a Fabrique Nationale Model 1899 at the range on Friday morning. You know I love my .32 Autos!The striker-fired FN 1899 was John Moses Browning's first commercially successful autopistol design, and the .32ACP is pretty much the oldest commercially successful autopistol cartridge still in relatively common use. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, History, Tam, John Moses Browning, Boomsticks, Fabrique Nationale, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n


Stash

So, I have an alarm set to go off every day at 4:30PM to remind me to do thirty minutes of concentrated de-cluttering/cleaning on one specific part of the house, or sorting and organizing one specific item or item category.One day that particular task was rounding up scattered ammo boxes lying hither and yon about the house and sorting them into the appropriate storage area. In the process, I actually laid hands and eyeballs on my "in case of emergency, break glass" stash of pistol ammo for the ...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Tamara K


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #186...

Another range day of building the round count on the little peanut butter colored FN 509 Compact MRD with the Trijicon SRO and Streamlight TLR-7. I am increasingly enamored of this red dot. This is the sort of HUD I was imagining on guns in sci-fi RPGs back in the Eighties.(Well, I imagined it as a single frameless sheet of "transparent plasteel" or some such, but close.)Focus on the target, put the gun in front of your face*, and when the red dot is on the target, pull the trigger normally.The...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, Hud, Tam, TLR, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Shooting Illustrated, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, Aaron Cowan


Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #185...

Outtake from yesterday's photo session for an upcoming piece. I'll link it when it goes live... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, AR stuff, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin


Gun Toting Passerby Saves the Day

As Tom Givens is wont to observe, part of the reason that stories of private citizens using firearms to ward off assailants out in public aren't more common than they already are (and they're more common than most people think already) is that such a relatively small percentage of people carry outside the home* regularly.Recently in Brownsburg, Indiana, a close-in suburb bordering the northwest corner of Indianapolis, there was just one such incident that made the local news, but which didn't se...
Tags: News, Guns, Indianapolis, Tam, Brigid, Boomsticks, Life In The Monkey House, Tom Givens, Horton hears a Hoosier, Guy Relford, Doing The Right Thing, Brownsburg Indiana


Linky bits...

In keeping with the Nineties autoloader theme over at The Arms Room this morning, here's related linkery for further reading..."The Lost Boys of the Wondernine Years" on the brief period in the sun enjoyed by the DAO autopistol. The conventional wisdom is presented in "Double-Action Semi-Auto Pistols Fall Out of Favor", inexplicably written for POLICE Magazine in 2013, which would be like an issue of Vogue in 2013 announcing that the grunge look was less fashionable. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Vogue, Tam, Linky, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz


Hiding my own Easter eggs already...

Sorting out some half-empty boxes in a corner by the front door, I grabbed one that I thought was leftovers from a previous .40S&W project, for which I had ordered several boxes of Federal .40 hollow points in two different flavors:  165gr HST Tactical, which ships in the current Federal Premium packaging, and the XM40HA 135gr JHP, which is in the old blue and silver Federal boxes.Anyhow, like I said, I'd walked past this box dozens of times over the last several months without really paying it ...
Tags: Guns, Blog Stuff, Tam, Boomsticks


I did rather a lot of writing this morning...

...but it's all over at the other blog. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Collecting, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks


Supply Lines

Assuming the box of ammunition you just bought came from a brick-and-mortar retailer and was new-manufactured ammunition from one of the major domestic major manufacturers, it passed from manufacturer to distributor to retailer.If it's imported, you can add the importer to that chain. For smaller manufacturers or commercial reloaders, the supply chain is even more complex, because they don't make any of their own components, but have to source those from the various "majors".A big ammo crunch, l...
Tags: News, Guns, Chile, Tam, CCI, Olin, Nosler, Bass Pro, Zaldivar, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Money Makes The World Go 'round, Georgia Arms, Antofagasta Plc


How bad is it out there?

To put the shortages in perspective...A friend who works for an online ammo seller noted in a conversation a couple weeks ago that they were pretty much completely out of 12ga ammo. All 12ga ammo.A gun writer friend told me he'd hit up the site of an ammo seller he works with last week, and they didn't have a single SKU of 9mm in stock, and only one or two each of .40S&W and .45ACP.Commander Zero checked RSR recently and, out of the nearly 2,800 handgun SKUs in their current catalog, only 55 had...
Tags: Wtf, Guns, Tula, Tam, Speer, RSR, Boomsticks, Preparedness