Surprise: What I Found When I Came Home

 

glock on the deskI came home at around 10:00pm. My Daughter was in bed, my wife was working at her computer, and this is what I see. My Glock 22 in the Serpa holster, sitting on the desk beside her.

My immediate question to her is “Ummm………everything OK?”. She responded that she had heard some noises outside and wanted to have protection beside her just in case.

That’s my girl. I taught her that, and feel a little pride.

I also like the Serpa holster for this role, no accidental touch of the trigger (the gun is hot). It’s safe, but ready to go.

It’s reassuring that if there really was a dangerous problem, she at least has a fighting chance. With a full sized .40 cal., maybe a little more.

Zeroing in the AR-15 & Learning About the Sights

first bullseye

So I bought the new Del-ton AR-15 and a Magpul rear flip sight. It was time to sight it in.

Since I didn’t have any experience in this particular area, I expected the proceedure to be similar to checking the sights on my pistol. That my friends, was not correct. Although it was fun to get educated, it wasn’t automatic.

I was shooting American Eagle ballistic tipped 50 grain varmint .233 rounds. They fly at around 3350 feet per second. I would like to say that there was some scientific process to the purchase of the ammo, but they were simply the right price, at $8 for 20 rounds.

The first group of shots I took was from 20 feet (see picture above). There were four holes grouped together 3 inches directly below the bullseye. At that point, I was thinking that something is wrong with the sights.

I then backed up to 50 feet. Right on the money. One was directly on the bullseye! Little proud of that one. So then I was wondering, “What happened on the previous distance?”.

Next was at 125 feet. Again I was consistent, and above the bullseye about 3 1/2 inches (and about 1 1/2 inches to the left). Then it began to dawn on me as I saw the pattern play out. At least in terms of elevation, the sight was crossing with the line of the barrel at around 50 feet.

I almost started messing with elevation on the front post, but decided to talk to someone who knew what they were doing first. My FFL Dealer (former military and current law enforcement trainer) soon told me that everything was perfect. That’s how the platform was designed.

The bullet is supposed to cross zero at 50 feet. Before that will be low, past that will be high until gravity pulls it back down to earth. The projectile reaches the top of the arc at 100 yards and then comes back to zero at about 225 yards.

Makes sense when you think about it. Let’s face it, the amount that I would be off at the point blank range of 20 feet (for instance) would not make much difference if I’m aiming at center mass. The elevation differences at varying distances (even out past 50 feet) are negligible for the intended purpose.

Hope this helps. It taught me a thing or two.

 

Glock 42

 

Glock 42

I’ve got to be honest, the new concealed carry minded Glock 42 has me torn. Do I like it, do I not like it?

It’s the smallest Glock ever made. It’s chambered in the less powerful .380, but it’s frame is not THAT small. The new Glock seems to be stuck between two worlds.

The dimensions are pretty darn close to the competition’s pocket 9 millimeters. Width .94″, length 5.94″, and height 4.34″. The size of this .380 (9mm short) all match or exceed the frames of the other guys’ 9mm luger. This begs the question, why not make it in 9mm?

Reports are that Glock can’t just use the same frame and cross-engineer to the 9mm because the handle/magazine well aren’t deep enough. The company would have to reengineer if they ever decide to go the tiny 9mm route (and there are a lot of guys out there that wish they would).

Most companies’ .380 pistols are tiny. They are extremely easy to hide…..but not so easy to shoot.

And I think this is actually where the 42’s strength comes in. For someone who can’t handle the kick of a small 9mm, or the even smaller .380, this gives them a little move weight and size to shoot a smaller cartridge with.

Would I pick this as my carry gun of choice? No I would rather have a 9mm in this particular size or a  smaller .380. But then there is my wife…..

Now that’s where I can see it being a good gun. The Glock 42 is a little bigger, but shoots a smaller caliber (less kick). My wife would rather shoot my full-sized Glock 22 (in all it’s glory) and be able to hold on to it, than shoot my tiny .380 that she feels like she can’t get a handle on. In that sense, The 42 is the best of both worlds.

Then there’s the fact that it’s a Glock. For some people that’s enough to get on the long waiting list at their local gun shop. I personally know someone who put themselves on the list through the LEO purchase program. I’m pretty sure at least one of the reasons he bought it is not because it’s the perfect carry gun, or because of it’s knockdown power, but simply because it’s a Glock.

Since I also love Glocks, I wouldn’t mind having one around the house for the wife. If I had the extra dough, I just might make the purchase.

Photo Credit

The Serpa Holster

Serpa

This goes out to Luke at Triangle Tactical . Thanks for the motivation.

I’ve recently purchased the BLACKHAWK! Serpa holster for the Glock 22. Love it.

If you’re not familiar with this active retention holster, here’s how it works. When the pistol is inserted into the holster, it “clicks” into place. That click is the holster mechanism locking onto the front of the trigger guard. After the pistol is held in retention, it will not come out. Running, jumping, tree climbing, trapeze, nope. You can physically pull on the gun and it ain’t coming out unless you activate the release.

To draw the pistol, there is a “button” on the outside of the holster in the area where you would properly lay your index to keep it out of the trigger guard. If the trigger finger applies light pressure to that button, the holster easily comes out.

This does require some practice. I’ve probably drawn from the Serpa 100 times with an unloaded weapon. Once the muscle memory is there, you (obviously) don’t even think about it.

This particular holster comes with the belt loop (shown above) and paddle. Both are attached by a screw system on the back of the holster proper. For the way I use it, I prefer the loop.

If you wear a jacket or long shirt, you could probably get away with concealed carry, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, I go with the open carry. In that capacity, this holster works well for me around the house and at the range.

If you are looking for a new holster for your sidearm, you may want to check out the BLACKHAWK! Serpa on Amazon.

Eavesdropping

crow bar

Yesterday, I overheard a conversation between two moms while we were waiting to pick up our kids from Sunday school.

Apparently one of the moms had a break-in the night before. Her husband works at night and she was alone with her two young children. Luckily they have a security system and the alarm must have been enough to scare the perp off. She told the other mom that some cabinets were open but nothing was missing. The young mother said that her husband was furious because it took 30 minutes for the sheriff’s deputies to show up.

I was quietly listening up to this point, but I couldn’t stand it any longer.  “Do you have any means to protect yourself?”, I asked her. Her reply was , “We have a .38 and a 9mm.” With relief I responded, “Good enough.”

All I can say is that I’m glad they have the security system and the 2 handguns to protect themselves. If a determined attacker had broken in, he wouldn’t have been deterred by the sound of an alarm, and she would have had to act to protect herself and her children. The authorities would have been there way too late. When seconds count, the police can be there in minutes.