This is a work of art and so I thought I’d share the link for HK lovers.
HK P30 – I love this gun. It comes in many variations but the best part of it is the grip. Find a used one and you can get a world class work of perfection for not much more , $800 than a New Glock $550. You can get it with a safety that can go cocked and locked, or double action. Or you can get the version that doesn’t have a safety and operates first shot double action and second shot single. You can always cock the hammer.
HK VP9 – This is the Glock competitor. If you like the HK grip and don’t want to hammer and prefer a striker rent a VP9. It has a nice trigger reset and a nice trigger overall. It points better than a Glock.
HK USP 9 – Big Grip and too big if you have a small hand. Great if you prefer the single action method of function. The trigger is nice but you have to get used to the size of the grip.
Admittedly this is a two year old article but the wheels of government move slowly. If you notice, now the gun press has moved back to the 9mm as a good round for self defense, though not all them. Many writers who wouldn’t have considered the 9mm up to the task now feel that with the momentum moving again toward less is more theory notice what some of us knew all along. Simply, that 9mm allows more rounds in the magazine, punches a hole much like the vaunted .40 an .45 especially when expanding, and is much cheaper to use for practice. Also, the price and selection of weapons in 9mm outnumbers all the others. It is ubiquitous. The funny thing is that even the .380 is getting some good press now though it’s not my first choice for carry it does fill the need for weight and size when clothing limitations exist for concealed carry due usually to summer months. It also has a superb reduction in recoil yet still punches a hole like the .38 or 9mm, but not as deep with the same expansion. For that matter, I’m not against a .22 revolver versus carrying nothing. Often just the presence of a gun will inhibit action from the aggressors and you can’t defend against everything.
Just like the diet guidelines have changed every decade or so, the caliber guidelines for self defense and law enforcement handguns is changing again.
.38 Special – it was the standard for almost a century. The limitation is lack of firepower/capacity versus the civilian options after 9mm semi-auto pistols become common in various sizes.
9mm – This is the same diameter as the .38 special but it has less lead in the bullet but increased velocity making for more energy overall. It is configured to stack in magazines and feed in a semi-auto pistol. Limited defensive loads prior to the 1990’s and other perceived deficiencies came to the front after the Miami shootout. They probably should have considered that rifles tend to beat handguns every time and armed FBI agents with carbines or shotguns in their vehicles in addition to sidearms. Bureaucrats never see the obvious. Good ammo might have made the difference as well. The final item might have been to train them to fight injured since that seemed to be the final issue that caused the loss of the fight.
10mm – So then they picked the big boy gun but had trouble with control. It had a strong recoil that some shooters couldn’t manage well. Concealment was probably an issue as well.
.40 S&W – This should have been the ideal compromise except for female recruits it was still too much to handle. Some men found it a problem as well. I don’t like it for handguns either. It is too harsh and follow ups too slow. For a carbine it’s great. Try it in a Hi Power planet of the apes gun and you’ll find the 10 round limit doesn’t seem so bad with a heavy hitter like this.
9mm – Back to the past. With improvements in defensive ammo it may end up being the ideal compromise to include trainees having an easy time with it. +P and hotter ammo makes it closer to the .40S&W.
5.7mm – Were it not for the size of the gun it has even better numbers all the way around. Capacity 20-30 rounds. Recoil is nil. Accuracy is excellent. Energy is high and penetration is sufficient. Weight is low. Cost per round is no higher than .45.
I’ve tried a number of different scope mounts for the AK and this is the best I’ve come across so far. Here you see it mounted on an AK-74.
If you notice the low positioning over the cover it gives you perfect alignment. This thing is solid.
The rail is excellent 1913 mil-spec.
It is adjustable but you need to read the directions. It is not obvious as to how it works but it works easily once you know the trick that was easily explained in the instructions.
MI AK47/AK-74 Scope Mount #MI-AKSM
Found at Midwest Industries around $109. as of 7/25/2016
Also found on Amazon.
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I’ve put together a compilation of articles and essays regarding why to own a gun. Most of these include sound reasons for gun ownership and will possibly give you the ammunition needed to win an argument on the benefits of gun ownership. More importantly, this may give you the reasons you might need to arm yourself.
Here is one of the best philosophical arguments I’ve seen that mirrors my own beliefs and encompasses some of the best thinkers on the subject of personal rights and duties as applied to gun ownership. Why the gun is civilization.
Here is another one from Calguns on why guns are necessary for a civilized society.
Getting the right holster is the answer for concealed carry or even open carry. I’ve found the old tried and true leather holsters are still the best. Anyone that has owned and carried handguns for a long period of time has a collection.
1. Buy one fitted for the gun you intend to carry.
2. Stay away from nylon
3. No fancy mechanisms. I had trouble with one that requires tilting the weapon a certain way to extract it. Something like that is lousy under pressure. Release buttons jam too.
4. Pay top dollar and get the best you can afford and only buy once. If you buy cheap ones you’ll have to replace them anyway and end up spending the same.
This one is one of the best articles I’ve read on holsters.
Here is a great site I found on choosing a pistol.
If you want my quick and simple weapon recommendation for a handgun of choice I’d go with a Glock 19 for 9mm or a Glock 23 if you want to have a .40 S&W.
These two weapons are built on the same platform and can function as weapons for concealed carry or as a primary service weapon that you might have on your nightstand. So if you intend to go with only one weapon I’d choose one of these two.
9mm will give you more practice time if your funds are scarce while the .40 will offer more stopping power depending on the round used.
One other main benefit of the Glock is the availability of the Advantage Arms .22 adapter that will give you trigger time at 1/3 the cost per round. I’ve found that I need to use CCI mini-mags in this adapter to get reliable function but that still leaves you paying approx. 7 cents per round versus 21 cents per round.
For the beginning shooter this is must video if you intend to own a revolver or shoot one someday. Revolvers function differently than an auto-loading pistol and what you don’t know can injure you badly.
Check out this video on the risk of escaping gasses from the side of a revolver to convince you not to hold one the way a auto-loader is held.
This bill put forth in California tells us all we need to know about the politicians in that state. They get to arm themselves while the rest of us have to huddle like sheep or run.