Sunday, August 26, 2012

Madison Rises - Check Them Out!!

When I heard their version of Star Spangled Banner playing from a SUV at the rifle range.  I had to go and find out who it was (Thanks John!!).  Check out "Madison Rises" on Youtube, or Spotify.  It is sadly very rare that I can endorse performers without adding the caveat, ". . . but they are a bunch of douchebags."

I've already gone and ordered the CD.

Edit To Add:  Madison Rising will be performing at the Second Amendment Foundation Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando, Florida

Similar to "Right To Bear," but with a different flavor:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Glock Maritime Spring Cups & Underwater Ballistics

I haven't done too much Glock stuff in recent years.

I found, in the gunmartblog Daily Firearms News page, a link to a video posted on the site.  Youtube user TWANGnBANG discusses what the Glock maritime spring cups are, their uses, and the urban myths surrounding them.  TWANGnBANG also gets in his tactical kiddie pool to take some video of shooting a Glock underwater at ballistics gel, and later analyses the results in the gel.

Kinda neat if you've got about 15 minutes to kill.

I've actually got a set of the maritime cups in my box o' Glock parts, but never bothered to mess with them.

And, yes, I think maybe it was a little silly to use SCUBA gear when a snorkel probably would've gotten the job done.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Crossbreed Holster Finally Broke

I'm kind of going all the way back to the beginning of the blog here.  My primary mode of carry is IWB with a Crossbreed Holsters Super-Tuck IWB holster.  I wrote the initial review in 2007.  Then later in the year, the first one I bought cracked, so I sent it in, and they made me a new one.  In 2009, I got tired of breaking the Crossbreed belt loops, so I made my own.  In 2010 the new Super-Tuck cracked, but I kept it, becuase the crack was only about an inch long.

Well, as I was just about to head off to work on Monday, I heard a crack, and discovered that the Kydex holster body had broken in two.

So now I've got a(nother) weekend project.  I formed a new holster body from thicker Kydex sheet.  I need to try to drill out the rivets, without making the holes in the leather any bigger.  The copper rivets and tool that I ordered should come in on Tuesday.  Hopefully then I will have the perfect concealment holster.

Crossbreed Super-Tuck IWB Part 1
Crossbreed Super-Tuck Part 2
Crossbreed Super-Tuck Part 3 Thread - AR-15 Magazine Torture Test

The Unscientific Plastic Magazine Test

If you thought the origional PMag test videos were a little crazy, you haven't seen nothin' yet.  Green and tan follower G.I. mags, PMags, Tapco mags, Troy Blattlemags, Tango Down ARC mags, and Lancer AWM.  The magazines get soaked in various cleaners overnight, run in the dishwasher, heated with MRE warmers (I dunno either), dropped multiple times. . .

There were some mag body cracks, rounds popping loose, one mag rusted, one badly rusted spring, some discoloration, one floorplate melted some, a floorplate came loose, a couple dented magazine bodies, an explosive disassembly, and even a cracked follower.

Perhaps also of interest - Unscientific PMAG Chemical Tests

I was beaten to it by TheFirearmBlog, but if you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

M&P Recoil Spring Assemblies Available

Brownell's has M&P recoil spring assemblies in stock for 9mm/40S&W/357SIG pistols.  They've been backordered at Brownells and Midway for as long as I can remember.  Midway shows that they'll be backordered until 12/29/2012.

The stainless steel guide rods are compatible with 2nd and 3rd generation Glock full-size 9mm/40S&W/357SIG pistols.  The 19lb. recoil spring isn't, unless maybe you run +P+ or 9mm Major ammo without a compensator.
Direct Link to recoil spring assembly at Brownells

Shooting Shows Back on NBC Sports Channel

The NBC Sports channel is airing new episodes of FNH's 3 Gun Nation and Guns & Gear.

Phil Labonte of the metal band All That Remains will be appearing on 3 Gun Nation this season for the shoot technique segments.  They have spiced up the show's soundtrack quite a bit.  The 1st new episode will be on again this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. EST.

The next episode of Guns & Gear is on Monday at 12:30 p.m. EST.  Honestly, the show is a little bit hit or miss (no pun intended).  A lot of the show is the hosts talking up products sold by the sponsors.  Sometimes they have Rob Leatham, or another top shooter, on the show to give shooting tips.  At least it gives you something to watch if you don't get The Outdoor Channel.