Friday, February 27, 2009

Gunblogger conspiracy.

It's like bash, but with an all-gunblogger cast. (It's like a western, with an all-midget cast.)

RSS away!

Robb Allen wins the internet

Somewhere in Chicago...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

On Alignment.

Moral alignment, that is. D&D style.

Quote of the Moment, Handyman Edition.

"If duct tape isn't the answer, you're asking the wrong question."

- James Yeager, on the "Gunshot Wound Basics" DVD

On Pretty Green Dots.

A USPS box o' happiness arrived today from Tactical Response Gear. Among other neat-0 bits of kit (and directions) were a set of XS Sights.

The aformentioned organization proselytizes said sights pretty extensively, and having trained with them I tend to trust their "we only endorse stuff that works" stance, so I decided to give it a go. The price is competitive with other night sights, and my SIG was lacking a set of pretty green dots.

Included is a tube of threadlocker, a plastic drift, a wee allen wrench, and the sights themselves.

Either the rear dovetail on the P226 is crazy tight, or they loctite the rear sight in place, because the amount of bludgeoning required to remove that sucker was extreme. (Which is a good thing on a combat arm, mind you...) The front sight came out with a lot less convincing. Curiously, a quantity of grease was noted under the front sight, as though the gun was at one point packed in cosmoline. SIG seems to ship their magazines in a similar state, which makes me wonder.

The actual Big Dot set was a great deal easier to fit. In fact, the front went in easily with fingers, which makes the included tube of blowtorch-strength threadlocker important. Did I mention that the noncommittal need not apply?

I'm still not sure if having two dramatically different sight pictures is going to be a good thing. The night picture is tiny - if the front tube was more than 2mm wide, I'd be surprised - and the day/low light picture is huge. This sight gets accolades for being fast and intuitive up close and personal, or anyplace where the sight picture is bouncing around (on the move, for instance). I'm looking forward to see how I do with it on a plate rack - follow the bouncing ball.

It remains to be seen where the rounds fall with this sight picture. I guess I'll find out on Friday.

On the other hand, I feel ten again. I mean, what's the first thing you do when you get a glow in the dark Micro Machine or raincoat or whatever? Get in the damn closet and turn out the lights, that's what you do. Except being self-powered, these things are way more reliable.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On Trigger Control.

It occurred to me while coaxing hits out of a somewhat unusual trigger pull on my heirloom Diana 25 what 'consistent pressure' during a trigger pull means.

I think of it as sweeping the finger back consistently, with no acceleration or deceleration through the movement. Since there will be a trigger to resist such movement, the key is to maintain the same level of force as though there isn't an obstruction. Any acceleration or deceleration that is transmitted to the gun will probably move it. (Perhaps I like this because it's a Grand Unified Theory of Trigger Pulls, and covers both DA and SA, but I digress.)

This would explain the trigger snatch (rapidly accelerating to 'catch' the sights on target, resulting in a jerk). I also noticed while dry-firing that in a trigger with a bit of overtravel, too slow a pull will cause an acceleration when the trigger jumps back as the sear lets off, resulting in sub-optimal results; perhaps counter-intuitively, 3-second breaks were smoother than 10-second breaks.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Term of the moment

"Group therapy." Synonym: "Range Day."


Monday, February 16, 2009

On Foreheads.

You just can't make this sort of thing up.

In related news, my forehead looks like the home row in sunken relief.

Five-second sight picture improvement

You know those pastel-colored dry-erase markers that are two steps from useless when you're trying to communicate information on a whiteboard? Lime green and so forth.

If you have a white-on-black fixed-sight setup (bar dots, three dot), fill in the white areas on the rear sight. They're still visible, but since the value is distinctly lower, your eye has a much stronger affinity for the front sight. And if you don't like it, you can take it off with a Q-Tip.

It's uncanny.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

On Stereotypes.

Recently, a regular customer (and occasional shooting buddy) at Place of Employment mentioned that he replaced his early 90s high-mileage Toyota truck with a white Gen-II Prius.

"I picked up someone else's lease, so it's cheap. Plus, all the seats lie down flat, so I can lay my massage table down it.

"Plus, you could shoot a Barrett light fifty from there."