Maggie and Brandon returned home last night but before I get to that I want to talk about my day at the range. I don’t always post about range trips anymore and wouldn’t have talked about yesterday’s trip except Mario, Laura & I witnessed some pretty stupid actions. Laura was doing her club level restricted class (required if one wants to move restricteds around) while Mario & I did some pistol work at the action range.
When taking out one’s gun from the case they should always orient the case so the muzzle faces down range. It’s what I always do as I don’t want to point my gun at others but the fellow next to us not only took his Beretta M9 out of the box with the muzzle facing us he was busy toying with his gun in that direction too. Mario and I simply stopped shooting and stepped back from the firing line, there were no others to our right while this idiot did his thing.
To make things worse while I was off shooting steel, Mario witnessed this person had an accidental discharge right in front of the table and into the ground. To me guns are toys but they’re toys that demand a lot of attention and responsibility. If one doesn’t want to respect them they should not be playing with them.
Laura mentioned that her class was filled with people who should not be operating with guns too, pointing them in an unsafe direction, finger on the trigger when not shooting, etc. Sigh to any Canadian out there who want to try shooting sports, it’s a heck of a lot of fun but please respect them and other as we don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Overall though I had a good day, shot the HK SFP9 relatively well and did zeroed my Aimpoint T1 micro red dot.
After dropping my companions of, I went home cleaned the house a bit then went to pick up my mom to go to the airport. She wanted to see Maggie & Brandon return and the wait was agonizing. LOL whenever Maggie & Brandon are away I can only think of the worst things, like plane crashes this time around. Needless to say they arrived safely and it was really great to see them.
Not sure what we’re going to do today, Maggie is really tired since she didn’t get much sleep on the plane but Brandon seems pretty energetic so maybe I’ll take him out somewhere. Definitely happy the family is back together again. 🙂
I ordered some AR15 parts from True North Arms a couple of weeks ago, they were closed last week for Shot Show down in Las Vegas anyway I forgot all about it and today I was greeted with a fun little package. 😀
The big thing I wanted was an ambidextrous safety for my Daniel Defense MK18 rifle. Not sure why for a mid to high range rifle, DD doesn’t already include one but in any case I really missed it last year when I did a class completely shooting support hand. Anyway that’s been solved now and in addition to the new safety, I also got a upper & lower vice block set so I can work more easily on my ARs in the future. 🙂
This morning my sisters, little Georgia, Imran and my mom came over, in the summer we’ll be taking a Mediterranean cruise together and we were finalizing details on where we’re staying when we fly into Rome at the end of June. Didn’t mean to go to Italy again but the ship’s port is around the city so that’s fine I loved the place. 🙂 They didn’t stay too long but I did have a lot of fun playing with the baby, I miss holding kids that size.
Everyone left around lunch time and then Maggie took Brandon to play badminton so I hung around the house and decided to take some pictures of my 5.56×45 ammo, why I dunno for fun.
The partially filled case has 62gr Federal “Green Tip” or M855 ammo while while the rest is 55gr XM193. I don’t carry the heavy metal cases with me, the small plastic case with 55gr ammo is typically what I bring to the range. It looks like a lot but when you go through ~400 rounds per trip, it goes pretty quickly so I buy as much as I can when it’s on sale. 🙂 Maggie complains but I tell her it doesn’t go bad and lasts forever, I’ll shoot it so I’m saving money in the long run but she doesn’t get it for some reason lol…
Tomorrow is going to be cold too and we’re going out for lunch with my father.
So today in Toronto it’s very cold (-20c brr) and while Maggie is working on some stuff and Brandon is playing upstairs I took a picture of my AR family. 😉
My ever trusty Norinco CQ-A, the Daniel Defense MK18 and an Aero Precision CQBR, all chambered in 5.56×45. I don’t shoot the Norinco much anymore, the DD MK18 is my primary long arm but I’ll be running the Aero Precision CQBR quite a bit, it’s custom built and I want to ensure all the bugs have been worked out. I’ve already put ~400 rounds through it and will be using it in a few classes this year for sure.
I’m itching to go to the range but the forecast kind of sucks and the weather looks to be very cold for the next few weeks…
Thursday I agreed to purchase a Norinco 10.5″ AR15 upper for $300 which was a good price and I like the form factor because it’s nice and small. Anyway this morning I went to pick it up and immediately knew it was not a Norc. The barrel is stamped High Standard and the upper has a square on the right side which indicates it was forged by Brass Forging though I’m not sure who finished it. The finish on everything is much better than on my actual Norinco 14.5″ AR15 so I’m pretty stoked that I got an American made 10.5″ AR15 complete upper for the price I did, probably saved easy $200 on this thing!
It didn’t come with a charging handle or BCG but I have extra handles and slapped my spare Daniel Defense BCG into it. I also took all the “CQBR” stuff off the 10.5″ PSA 7.62×39 upper and slapped it on this thing, seems more appropriate lol. Too bad I didn’t have it yesterday, I guess I’ll just have to go to the range again and give this thing a thorough work out. 😀
So I took today off and went to Silverdale to have some fun. As I get out of my car to look for a RO to see if I can use the competition range I realize that I didn’t wear or bring my boots, darn it! Sigh it’s ok, I went to the action range and had a good time with my pistols.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken taken a target home but I was pretty happy with the above. That was a 20 shot grouping from 10 meters with the HK SFP9 and while it might not be a big deal for others, it’s good for me and nice that I’m improving.
Laura and her father went to Silverdale too but they were shooting at the longer distance ranges with their rifles so other than talking briefly we didn’t shoot much together. Another member at the action range with me let me shoot his Ruger 44 magnum revolver and that thing is a beast! The grip was a bit too large for my hands, it had polished wood so I didn’t handle the recoil well but man, you want to talk about power try hitting a plate with that thing, crazy.
Left the range around 12, got home around 2, picked up Brandon then went out to eat dinner when Maggie came home. A nice day, too bad it’s over already but at least I still have two days to look forward to.
So on Thursday I ordered some level 2 kevlar plates for my PACA concealable vest, it’s something I’ve been using for airsoft for a while and I figure why not outfit it with some real armour. Anyway it came from the UK and the seller sent it via FedEx Express so I got it the next day, lol how’s that for service?!? Unfortunately the armour is sized medium and my vest is a small ugh, so being impatient I ordered a medium in ranger green off ebay.
I was pretty bummed out that Lebaron closed down, I always enjoyed going to the store on Woodbine just South of Hwy 7, anyway a new store has opened in its place called Soley Outdoors, Stephen told me it was open so I popped by to take a look. As I walked in, the shelves were pretty bare but the gun wall was fully stocked woo! They didn’t just have hunting rifles, they had a whole assortment of handguns & sporting rifles too, Lebaron use to only stock hunting stuff so this was a nice surprise.
Prices were pretty good, I’ve been thinking about getting a Marlin 1895 in 45/70 and they had one in stock for $858, not bad considering this lever action rifle typically goes for $1k. It felt great in the hands but we’re going away in Dec for a few days so money is tight, let alone the stupid Mini needing another $600 in maintenance this week…
I don’t know if I’m allowed to snap pictures so I took a quick one of a Springfield M1A in an EBR body kit and a HK MR762 rifle, both of which are very high end guns. I can’t wait for this store to have the showroom set up, it’s going to be quite a sight!
I skipped Brandon’s badminton class (Maggie took him) and I replaced the medic pouch on my battle belt with one that can be torn off. With my previous setup, I’d need to take off my belt to treat someone (not like anyone would be shooting at me while I did it but still) so this makes things much easier. Since it’s larger too, I was able to put two complete US military IFAKs (individual first aid kit) along with two tourniquets. Hmm that reminds me, I need to renew my first aid certificate in early 2018 and I wish I could take some sort of tactical first aid where I learnt how to properly deal with gun shot wounds.
Went to Brandon’s swimming class and that’s always pretty funny since he isn’t very good yet (but getting better) and of course I love to watch him skate.
Anyway Saturday turned out to be pretty good and I’m looking forward to a relatively quiet Sunday. 🙂
So on Friday I turned 38 years old and man time really flies when you’re older. I feel fortunate to be where I am in life and am very content with everything, Maggie says I’m too easy to be content but I don’t see that as a problem. 😉 We didn’t really do anything other than go out to eat on Friday, Saturday I went to the last rifle class of the year hosted by WGT Consulting and it was great.
As I parked the car and gathered my gear, I decided to shoot the class with my support hand (left handed). I’m a decent shot right handed and wanted the added challenge and boy was it hard! Not everything with my Daniel Defense MK18 is ambidextrous and I quickly learnt that I really need to install ambi controls as that’d really help out next time.
It was a skills builder course we we practiced a lot of the less sexy yet important drills like mag changes, how to deal with stoppages and basic marksmanship proficiency which is exactly what I needed shooting as a lefty. I’m no where near as good shooting support as with my strong side but it opened my eyes at how difficult things can be and I now know what I need to change to get better. It’s fun to do what’s hard rather than always doing what I already know.
I was pretty fortunate too since there was no rain (a bit of misting at times but nothing heavy) during the class, the forecast said there’d be 30-40mm of rain Saturday and it came as I was driving home. That frankly was pretty scary, the rain came down hard and it was also foggy out so to be safe I drove behind a tractor trailer for much of way back. I just couldn’t see and would prefer to take longer getting home than die lol.
After ~500 rounds the MK18 was pretty darn dirty but thanks to the nickle boron coating on my STAG BCG everything came off pretty easily. In the last picture it shows the two speed loaders that the family got for me, I really love it and while the revolver is a super impractical weapon this makes reloading it a bit faster.
Today we didn’t do too much other than go to my mom’s place to celebrate my birthday and it was fun. Hehe little Georgia was a bit sick but she’s so damn cute and I love baby talk. Other than chilling we didn’t do much and that’s exactly what I love doing, while I’m sore from the class it was a pretty great weekend overall. 🙂
I’m not very handy but I absolutely love walking around Princess Auto, it’s such a cool store with so many neat things. Anyway today I picked up a 44″ long tool box and frankly it’s perfect for my guns. Like a Pelican case but 1/3 the price, frankly I couldn’t go wrong and am pretty darn happy right now.
I got to get the sticker off the box but man it’s perfect isn’t it! Even after I put the trigger locks on the guns, they’ll fit with no problems, mmm I can’t wait for Sunday as I’m going to the range and will bring the Daniel Defense MK18, HK SFP9 & Glock 17 in this thing.
Mario and I went to Silverdale today to try out some new toys, myself it was the first time I got to shoot the Glock 19, S&W 686 revolver & Beretta M92FS while Mario played mainly with his S&W M&P Sport 2 AR15 rifle. The Gen 4 Glock 19 trigger is much better than with my Gen 4 Glock 17 though it’s pretty darn heavy. I think I’ll lighten the trigger a couple of lbs to make it easier to shoot. Still I was doing pretty well and happy with how I did with that thing. The Beretta while comfortable as heck to shoot, I shot poorly. All me, I just need to get use to the platform.
The star of the show though was definitely the S&W 686 6″ revolver, man with factory American Eagle 357 magnum loads that thing has quite a bit of punch! It has noticeably more recoil than 9mm or 45 and the trigger on the thing is amazing. In single action, it’s a hair trigger and a bit light for my tastes, shooting double action is possible too though just long.
It was a ton of fun and I absolutely love the thing, definitely my prettiest gun. For a budget rifle, the S&W M&P Sport 2 is a heck of a value and with its 16″ barrel quite easy to shoot. He’s going to keep the gun stockish for now till he figures out what he is going to do and man it’s such a steal at $650. A good day all around, I was talking to a friend about my range trip and he asked if it was appropriate considering what happened in the US…
Sigh different countries, different gun cultures and while it’s certainly a tragedy what happened I don’t know if there’s anything I really can say about it. I’ve already said many times in the past that I do not like the system that they have down in the US and would not like for it to come to Canada.
In any case we had a great time and I can’t wait to go back!