Reloads from Dad

reloads - hollowpoints

Look what I got today. Every once in awhile Dad will send me some reloads. No, he didn’t mail or ship them. We have this mutual arrangement. I give him spent brass (of many types). He gives me some reloaded rounds. Today’s batch are .40 S&W hollow points. Thanks Dad.

Bushnell TRS-25 Micro Dot: Best Cheap Reflex Sight

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After getting my AR-15, I had been looking for an optic to mount on the top. I wanted a reflex sight that didn’t break the bank. I like Eotechs, but the funds weren’t exactly there.

To say I did some research before buying is an understatement. We are talking days here.

What kept coming up were the favorable reviews and word of mouth about the Bushnell TRS-25. It was said to be reliable, durable, had a long battery life, and was inexpensive, below $100.

I paid attention to the  reviews on Amazon (over 1500) that rated it at 4.4 out of 5. I also appreciate the review Luke at Triangle Tactical wrote for the sight. That is actually what finally sold me.

Once I made the purchase, everything I found in my research  turned out to be right on. The TRS-25 isn’t the best red dot on the market, but I would argue that it might be the best one out there for under $100.

The name says it all. The inside of the tube is 25 mm in diameter. This may be a little small if only using the dominant eye, but I actually bought it to use with both eyes open. Keeping the weak eye open while acquiring the target really opens up your field of view. Don’t worry, the dominant eye still takes over.

There is no magnification. Once you start looking for that, the price shoots up a good bit.

It uses a CR2032 battery (size of a quarter), and has not shown any signs of dimming in the 6 months I’ve had it. Supposedly it can keep going for a year left on at about half power. We’ll see about that.

There are 11 power settings that are controlled by twisting the larger dial on the upper side of the tube. This obviously changes the brightness settings. “0” is off.

I personally think 11 choices are a bit much, and would probably have gone with half that many, but it is nice on the upper power settings to be able to keep going and be right back at the off position.

As far as the brightness, 10 is about right for me outside on a sunny day. 3 works great inside, and one is perfect at night.

If you want to cowitness with your iron sights, you’ll need a medium riser. This means that if the scope goes out, you can flip your backup sights up and look right through the tube, ready to go. In fact the little red dot lines up perfectly through the middle of my peep sight, and sits right on the top of the front post.

I went with a cheap $10 medium riser from UTG. Despite the bad rap this riser has gotten in some reviews, I’ve had no trouble with it whatsoever. To the credit of both the riser and scope, I have accidentally beaten it against walls, and the dot stays zeroed.

Speaking of zeroing, it was quite easy. The elevation and windage caps unscrew and allow you to use a screwdriver or coin to adjust. the clicks were identifiable, but not too tight for me. In fact the red dot wasn’t too far out of zero right out of the box.

The front lens is a reflective orange color, and there is a slight green tinge looking through from the back, but that hasn’t bothered me at all.

About the only thing that I have to complain about is the Bikini lens covers. I either have to pull them down around the base, or put them in a pocket. I don’t like either option. I mostly go the pocket route.

For the price, I would highly recommend this little red dot. It’s no Eotech, or Aimpoint, but neither is it $500, or more. If you are looking for a cheap, but reliable alternative, buy the Bushnell TRS-25.

Single Stack 9mm Glock, Model 43, Finally

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Last year, the Glock 42 was unveiled with much fanfare. I made the case why the pistol in .380 auto was ok for concealed carry purposes. But that a single stack 9mm similar in size to the 42 would be even better. I whined and complained about how Glock needs to listen to the people and get ‘er done. I mean, every glock lovin’ CCW holder I know says the same thing,”If Glock ever came out with a single stack 9mm, I’d buy it.” Well, they finally listened. Enter the Glock 43.

The 43 has almost the same dimensions as it’s smaller (but older) brother. It’s only an inch wide, which is one of my biggest requirements for carrying concealed. The 43 has the same simple, yet dependable features as all the other Glocks. Same trigger, sights, disassembly, magazine release, etc……

Also, because of the fine tuning of the spring, the pistol has been rumored to have a little bit softer perceived recoil than the average 9mm its size.

Glock says that the 43 is its biggest release to date. Considering the history of this gun-making giant, that’s a huge statement. Maybe they’re right.

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Here We Go Again: The Proposed Ammunition Ban Executive Order

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Word of a new executive order from the president was mentioned on Thursday. The newest piece of paper from the Oval Office would ban the sale and manufacture of armor piercing rounds used in the immensely popular AR-15 platform. Not unexpectedly, citizens, lawmakers, and groups such as the NRA are adamantly opposing the move.

One of the effects of the news is ammo disappearing off store shelves and internet pages………..again. People are going crazy with the stockpiling. I’m not talking about just armor piercing rounds, this includes all .223 and 5.56. Soon it may be every caliber. I may be somewhat OK with my other guns, but I have been slowly building my AR ammunition supply. And now this.

It’s possible, I may not see another box of .223 for 12 to 15 months. Look at .22LR. That caliber has still not made a comeback.

My supplier even told me that many AR-15’s are now gone from the market

I guess it’s understandable, considering what has happened in the last 6 years, but come on. I’m just trying to get up to 100 extra rounds right now. Work with me people! Can I have part of your 300,000 round stash? I’ll pay extra.

I guess this just confirms that Barrack Obama is the best firearms and ammunition salesman in history.

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Extra Pmags

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With a little extra dough from Christmas presents, I bought 2 more pmags to add to the first one I bought with the AR-15.

As you can see, they are the windowed version, which I love. You may not be able to to tell from the lighting of the picture, but they are Magpul od green. Each holds 30 rounds. I currently can put 90 downrange before I have to switch to my backup.

Lately, I have been gaga over Magpul gear. They simply make great stuff. All of it is quite functional, and looks good too.

These pmags are no exception. there is a reason why the pmag is arguably the most popular AR-15 magazine on the market. They have a solid feel, good grip, fit into the mag well perfectly and allow for reliable feeding of ammunition into the chamber.

The little window thingy is nice too. I don’t have to count shots. The brightly painted orange section of the magazine spring shows me the approximate number left. Beautiful.

What else can I say, Love ’em. Merry Christmas to me.