Friday, February 24, 2017

Pew! Pew! Pew!

I ran another hundred rounds through the Glock 43 yesterday. I was not taking my time, because the woman who came out and started shooting on the lane next to mine was blazing away with cowboy loads in her Taurus Judge and hitting the ceiling, the floor, the target carrier rail, and occasionally her target.

 The 43 ran just fine, and there were no malfunctions of any kind to report.

The plastic of the mag body wants to delaminate from the metal tube underneath if you miss an insertion and hit the front of the magwell, or apparently if you angle the mag on insertion so that the leading edge there hits the mag catch at an angle. I trimmed the resulting burr with my pocket knife and dressed the result with the file on my handy Leatherman Micra.

This makes 1,600 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 400 rounds to go.

Tick Tock

There is apparently some proposal afoot to make baseball games more palatable and exciting for the 140-character limit crowd by starting off any extra innings with a runner on second.

This is plainly blasphemy, as baseball is one of those games that is rather deliberately not bounded by time. Like a tennis match, a baseball game takes as long as it takes.

Speaking of time, the death of Kurt Cobain is almost as far in the past now as the death of Jim Morrison was when Smells Like Teen Spirit hit the shelves in what were still called "record stores".

Thursday, February 23, 2017

States' Rights are cool except when they're not.

Justice Dep't to go after legal pot?


Glock 43, Surefire E2D Ultra, and the coolest pocket notebook ever.
So, one thing I hadn't done with the Glock 43 yet was any one-handed work. I was curious to see how well the little thing ran with light 115gr ball ammo and only one paw on the gun, plus it would be a chance to do some shooting using gun-and-flashlight techniques, which I hadn't done since Chuck Haggard's little pistol clinic at Paul-E-Palooza a couple years ago.

I started out with the target at three yards and just put two magazines into each of the colored shapes in the top right corner, shooting strong-hand-only and taking my time about it. Then I ran the target out to five yards and shot multiple shot strings at the upper A-zone, using the neck index technique with the flashlight. Lastly, I put the target out at seven yards and shot another fifty rounds in multiple-shot strings at the lower A-zone, using the Harries technique.

There were no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 1,500 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 500 rounds to go.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Work Slowdown, Part One...

So, one thing about the current crop of micro-nines is that the shorter barrel lengths are going to have an effect on the velocity of the rounds they fire. To see just how much of an effect, I took the Glock 43 and my Robar Custom G17 to Marion County Fish & Game to do a little chronograph work yesterday.

First up we'll look at Hornady's Critical Defense in its standard-pressure 115gr form. The first number on each line will be as measured from the 43, the second will be from the full-size 17:
LO: 1059  1160
HI: 1093  1183
AV: 1080  1172
ES: 33.40  23.02
SD: 11.35   7.54
Hornady claims 1140fps from a 4" test barrel, and the numbers from the 3½" G43 and 4½" G17 bracket this nicely. Hornady also claims that the Critical Defense is optimized to function at the slower velocities found from shorter-barreled CCW-type guns as opposed to full-size service pistols, but that will have to wait until Phase Two of this post, where the jello gets shot.

Meanwhile, on to Federal's 124gr HST. This stuff was zippy enough that after firing the first couple rounds, I set the gun down and checked the box flap to make sure I hadn't grabbed some +P by mistake. Nope, standard-pressure 124gr HST it was. Federal's ad copy claims 1150fps, and this seems about right:
LO: 1099  1169
HI: 1133  1208
AV: 1118  1198
ES: 33.47  38.66
SD: 10.58  11.66
Note that while both the 124gr HST and 115gr Critical Defense are nominally standard-pressure loads, and the Hornady makes no claims of "reduced recoil" or "lite" or suchlike on the box, the heavier Federal bullet is still 25-40fps faster, meaning that the Critical Defense is pretty much a "-P". While the Glock didn't seem to mind them, many guns I have tested have been shown to have problems functioning with light bullets going that slowly (*coughCanikSteyrRugerAmericancough*)

In a self defense situation, I don't know how I feel about having ammunition that's on the ragged edge of having enough ass to function the weapon provided I'm gripping it properly. Caveat emptor and test your carry stuff in your own gun thoroughly.

Last up was Winchester's 147gr "Defend" ammo, which appears to use a variant of their SXT bullet.
LO: 913.1  980.5
HI: 954.6  1037
AV: 928.8  1019
ES: 41.48  57.25
SD: 11.61  16.00
Again, pretty well bracketing Winchester's claimed 950fps test velocity.

The next phase of this is obviously to see what effect the differing velocities have on terminal performance in ballistic gelatin.

Then it was on to building the round count on the Glock 43 by having some fun hammering steel. Having fired thirty various rounds of JHP during chrono testing, I popped off another twenty rounds of the HST before switching to the two boxes of Magtech 115gr FMJ I'd brought along. This meant a round count of one hundred and fifty on the day for the microGlock.

There were no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 1,350 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 650 rounds to go.

Day Two:

Out of bed with the alarm again today. Didn't jump on the internet; instead I got dressed, and headed out the door. I finally got that interim set of shoes between the Asolo hiking boots and my summertime barefoot trail-running shoes: a pair of Merrell Moab Ventilator sneakers.

So far, so good, although I did take a couple of aspirin with my morning V8, so that could have something to do with the lack of throbbing ankle joints, too.

1.05 miles in 18:05 at an average heart rate of 132bpm.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Place Where Great Britain Used To Be.

First came the news of the successful British gun amnesty, which resulted in numerous deadly weapons of mass ballistic destruction turned in to the plod, all to make the streets and lanes of the scepter'd isle safer.

Lambeth Police reported the recovery of numerous junk guns, black powder relics of dubious functionality, and cap guns designed to resemble Colt Peacemakers.

Next came the addition of knife amnesty bins, where felons could turn from a life of crime by dropping their deadly weapon of steely, stabby, slice-y mass destruction into a handy container at the local Bobby Shop, no questions asked.

Cleveland Police (from the county in the northeast of England, not the "We're Not Detroit!" city in the northeast of Ohio) report many scissors, meat forks, cleavers, and bread knives being turned in, to the relief of entrees and appetizers across the county.

What's next? Well, we here at View From The Porch would like to tantalize you with the junk-on-the-bunk display from the latest campaign to Make Britain Safe Again:

Note that some of those splinter-y, hitty weapons of mass destruction show signs of attempts to sharpen them!

As part of the continuing safety campaign, police will be offering free classes to citizens on how to assume a supine position, curl their limbs inoffensively, and urinate on themselves in a placating fashion.

Twelve Hundred...

Back to Indy Arms Co. on Monday morning to continue building the round count on the Glock 43. Also wanted to confirm I'd installed the Ameriglo TCAP sights correctly.

The TCAP differs from the ordinary CAP sight in having a thinner front blade (0.125" versus 0.140") that allows more daylight on either side of the front in the rear notch and doesn't obscure quite as much of the target. This allows for more precision and plenty of speed.

Naturally, they appear to have been discontinued. I'm tempted to buy a couple more sets to replace the standard CAPs on my Glocks that have them.

Having just spent eleven hundred rounds with the spew-worthy factory sights, it took a little getting used to the familiar CAP sight picture again. My initial tendency was to bury the front sight in the notch and, when I realized what I was doing, I over-corrected and started "floating" it up out of the notch. It took a little concentration to use the black outline of the sights rather than the markings to determine a correct alignment and roll from there. (This is the downside of dots and lines and boxes and circles and stuff on your sights. They can be misleading until you confirm how their proper alignment should look with a good "equal height, equal light" sight picture.)

The gun functioned without drama and the front sight didn't fly off, so I reckon we're all good.

This makes 1,200 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 800 rounds to go.

Back on the horse...

My lungs seem mostly clear. Hopefully I didn't cough myself into a case of bronchitis getting them that way.

Rolled out of bed with the alarm clock this morning, got dressed, and headed out the door.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday was more of the same...

Still coughing up a storm on Sunday, but I did manage a quick range trip with the Glock 43.

Oh, the new targets that I'd ordered arrived from National Target on Saturday. They're handy targets that can be used with a number of skill drills.

The Glock 43 continued to perform without drama, with no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 1,100 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 900 rounds to go.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bloggery has been perpetrated...

Hark! A Sunday Smith post has appeared at the long-dormant other blog.

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #161...

Getting ready to confirm zero on the carbine. It hadn't been fired since... well, it had been a while.


Drove over to Indy Arms Co on Saturday morning with a few boxes of CCI Blazer Brass 115gr FMJ to put more rounds on the clock for the G43 test. While I was there, I bought another magazine, bringing my total to four. Since one has a Pearce Plus One extended floorplate on it, this means that all four mags together hold twenty-five rounds, or half a box of ammo, which makes accounting on range trips a lot less complicated.

Dropped a shot on that #4 triangle at five yards, and pretty badly, too. Not happy with that. On the other hand, the seven-yard shooting at the lower A-zone tells me I could clearly step up the pace some, there.

Fired one hundred and fifty rounds, with no malfunctions of any type to report.

This makes 1,000 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 1,000 rounds to go.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trying to get this done...

I was cautiously optimistic and dragged myself to the range yesterday morning to get more rounds in on the G43 test. As it turns out, I wasn't quite as recovered as I thought I was, and just a hundred rounds through the 43 and comfirming the zero on a carbine left me completely gassed and weak as a kitten. Probably because my lungs are half full of nasty icky stuff instead of air.

Anyway, I'm getting better at trying to build up some speed with the 43, although I did manage to induce one failure to lock open on the last round by getting too aggressive with my grip and fouling the slide release. I'm not holding that against the gun. Other than that, there were no malfunctions of any kind to report.

This makes 850 rounds fired since the gun was cleaned or lubricated with no malfunctions. 1,150 rounds to go.