Category: Gun reviews

You know, there is a reason people like me stress gun safety

Two deaths, both needless, both tragic, and both due to people disregarding the Four Rules of Gun Safety. First Bearing Arms has this

Honestly, while I see so many great things come out of our species, I also see so much stupid too. I have to remind myself of the George Carlin bit, “Think of how stupid the average person is, then remember, half of the people are even dumber.”

That really applied when I read the story of a man killed while he and his buddy decided to test the 21-foot rule.

Spencer Warren told investigators he and Splichal has been debating the “21-foot rule” and were going to see how close Splichal could get to Warren before Warren could fire his gun. Warren says he emptied his .387 revolver but did not fully clear it. When Splichal lunged toward him to test the theory, Warren squeezed the trigger twice, firing 1 round into Splichal’s chest.

Warren was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Good Freaking Grief, I don’t know how to describe how stupid this was. Tom Knighton tries

However, the basic rules for firearm safety alone should tell you that something like this is a bad idea. At best, you use training weapons or airsoft guns, things were any injury is likely to be minor. You don’t use a real damn gun.

“Oh, but he thought it was unloaded.”

No, the only thing unloaded was his mental capacity. Rule one is to always treat a firearm as if it’s loaded. That rule exists explicitly to prevent crap like this from happening. If you follow those rules, you don’t end up shooting your buddy while trying to test a rule that’s been tested before by people who actually know how to test these things. They’ve videoed it so you can watch it, for crying out loud.

Now, two lives are destroyed due to stupidity. One is ended and another will likely land a man in prison.

Then, there is this tragic story about country music singer Justin Carter

Up-and-coming country singer Justin Carter died at age 35 after a gun accidentally fired while he was filming a music video.

Carters’ mother Cindy McClellan told Fox News her son was filming a music video in Houston, Texas on Saturday when a gun in his pocket “went off and caught my son in the corner of his eye.”

“He was a wonderful artist,” McClellan said. “He was the voice, he was the total package and we’re trying to keep his legend [alive].”

Carter leaves behind two young daughters, Dixie and Kaylee.

I am going to assume the pistol, in his pocket, was not in a holster that would guard against the trigger being pulled accidentally. The fact is many things in your pocket can snag an exposed trigger, with tragic results. Please people, please never carry a “pocket pistol”, or any pistol unless it is in a good holster. 

Ruger issues safety bulletin

If you own a Ruger American Pistol chambered in 9mm, listen up

Ruger has discovered that some Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm may exhibit premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel which, if ignored, can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide. This typically does not occur at round counts below 10,000 rounds. The condition is easily identified during routine maintenance and cleaning, and the crack should be visible long before the pistol becomes unsafe to shoot. Ruger is committed to safety and is asking owners of Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm to inspect their pistols for excessive wear or cracks and, if necessary, sign up for this retrofit. View Retrofit PDF

Inspecting your firearms is important, take some extra time when cleaning them to check for unexpected wear. 

I do not own an American Pistol, although it seems like a nice affordable firearm, and Ruger makes great guns. I do own a SR9C which I love. For me the sights, trigger, and my eye and trigger finger work very well together. In fact I need to get that out to the range again soon, I am off work tomorrow, so…………..

Gun Review Time! Springfield Armory XDM Compact in 9mm

I have not done a gun review or late because, well, I have not bought a new firearm recently. But, I decided to get a pistol I have wanted for a while now, and decided to do something I have never done before, that is buy a gun online. I have always been a person who has to handle something, or see it “in person” before I buy it online. But I was familiar with the XDM so, when I saw a great price at Buds Gun Shop, I went for it.

I used Bud’s law a way system, just because I have always enjoyed lay a way, it is just a thing with me. Anyway, Buds shipped my firearm to a local FFL dealer, and I went, did the background check, and bought some ammo, including some personal defense rounds, these to be specific,


I also got some rounds for the range of course.

At home, I found the gun to be, like my Springfield XD Mod 2 subcompact to be stiff, yes, that includes the magazines as well, it come with a 13-round, and a 19-round with a grip extension. But a quick disassembly and light cleaning and oiling, with CLP and the firearm loosened up very well. It is also super easy to disassemble.  As easy as my Sig. Lock the slide back, flip up the takedown lever and release the slide and there you go.

At the range, Shoot Smart, I found the Springfield a blast to shoot. My first shot was a dead center bullseye. Of course after that, I got cocky and had to slow myself down. But in all, I found the trigger excellent, not quite as good as My Ruger SR9c’s trigger, but excellent to me. The sights, fiber optic, were pretty much spot on, and I had a very easy time being accurate, and getting super tight groups when I slowed down just a hair.

Overall, I love this pistol

Gun Review, FN 509

Hickok45 puts it through its paces. FN makes fine firearms, after watching this video, I might have to go test fire one

As Hickok notes, there are a lot of really good polymer, striker fired pistols out there. I like Sigs the most, but I also realize that Springfield, Smith, FN, H&K, Beretta, Ruger, Walther, and yes Glock make awesome semi-auto pistols. It come down to personal choice. Why do I shoot my Ruger SR9C so well? The trigger/sights, just works with my trigger finger/eye. My point? If you are going to buy a first pistol, go do your research, rent them and test fire them at your local range. There are great options, take your time, and then, train, learn, practice, and most of all learn and live by the Four Rules of Firearm Safety. Remember a firearm is a deadly weapon, it can save your life. But if you are careless, well…….

Gun review time. Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

Hickok, who has a great gig I must say gives us a look at the new, possibly improved M&P in 9mm. I had an older M&P and liked it OK. But, after buying and shooting a Ruger SR9c, I liked the M&P less and less the more I shot the Ruger. The trigger on the M&P and I did not get along very well. The Ruger just had better sights, and far better trigger, at least to me. Remember we are all individuals, and I would like to get my hands on a newer M&P to see if I like the new version better.

Bob Owens lays out the case for the Army’s new handgun

I will add my two cents at the end

The MHS variant of Sig Sauer P320 is the obvious choice to be the Army’s next handgun.

The U.S. Army and Air Force are moving one step closer to replacing the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol that has been the U.S. military’s “go to” sidearm for more than 30 years.

The Department of Defense will soon chose three finalists in a competition to be the U.S. Army and Air Force’s new sidearm. One of the three finalists could go on to outfit all of the services, with total sales of of 500,000 handguns—but not before the Pentagon bureaucracy makes it as long and complicated as possible.

The Modular Handgun System (MHS) is a $17 million dollar effort to replace the aging Beretta M92 handgun. First adopted in the 1980s, the U.S. Army’s Berettas are beginning to wear out. The M92 is also a product of another time, and hasn’t kept up with recent advances in pistol technology.

You can, and should go read it all. Owens, who really should link this blog sometime, knows a great deal about firearms, more than me, and I value his opinion. As for my “two cents” Let me say four little words about the P-320, and yes, I do own one, those four words? It is a Sig! There is a reason Sig Sauer’s firearms are so revered. 

Hey look, the Army listened to me, and Bob Owens. Their new service pistol is a Sig!

The Sig Sauer P320 pistol has been chosen as the winner of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition to replace the Beretta M9 as the service pistol of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the service’s next service pistol.

Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System team,” Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter said in a Jan.19 press announcement. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

The Army did not offer any details about what caliber the new Sig Sauer pistol will be.

The caliber will be, I would think, as does that Owens guy, 9mm. An upgraded version, but 9mm Of course, I heard today the Army had decided on the P 320, and figured I would have some fun by posting the first part of this post!

A Kimber revolver? Why the Hell not?

Kimber makes fine semi-autos, and 1911’s, but they have now gone and made a revolver

Personally, the price tag is pretty high. I can get a S&W for less or a Ruger for even less than that, and personally, I do not think any manufacturer makes better revolvers than those two companies.