Army Switches to SIG pistol

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The U.S. Army has announced that after 6 years of trials for 9 different handguns, they are choosing the modular striker fired SIG Sauer P320 to replace the 30 year old Beretta M9. The moniker that will be attached to the military version is”M17″, denoting the year it was adopted into service.

The SIG is revolutionary in that it is an interchangeable system of barrels, frames, and slides that revolve around a single trigger housing module. That trigger housing is the actual legally defined firearm.

For our army men, the fiberglass-reinforced polymer frames will come in 3 different sizes for the diverse hands out there (small, medium, and large), as well as frames for 2 different length barrels (full-size and compact) . If I’m not mistaken, 3 x 2 is 6. Have fun armorers.

The 320 pictured above is the compact commercial version which has a 3.9 inch barrel. The army will purchase the compact version along with the full-size, version which has a 4.7 inch barrel.

One difference between the current commercial version and the model(s) that the army will buy is an ambidextrous safety catch. The one pictured above has no safety.

Another interesting little facet is the fact that the caliber of barrel can be changed out in each pistol. The commercial versions currently offer barrels chambered in 9mm, .40S&W, and .357 SIG. Publications are now saying .45 ACP will be added for the M17.

Our servicemen have been voicing their opinion on the 9mm’s stopping power for awhile now. Hopefully the different caliber options will address some of that. I would imagine the 9mm will be the initial way they go, but with a modular system like this, they can change any time they want.

I actually looked at this gun for myself when it first came out. It is a great idea considering that the trigger assembly is the only thing that I would be given a background check for. The problem was, when I started to look at the overall price, I couldn’t  justify the cost (it’s still a SIG). That being said, the fact that the government will be buying a butt-load of these, and that they are reporting the individual unit cost at $207, makes it much different.

I give the Army a thumbs up for this choice.

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Veterans Day Thanks

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I am remembering those of you who have served in the American armed forces. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be participating in all these things that I cherish and enjoy. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to walk around without fear. I have a feeling that our country would not look the same if it weren’t for you.

There are people in this world who hate the fact that we are free here in America, those who want to steal kill and destroy what God has blessed us with. It is you who serve/served in the U.S. military that have stood in the way of that destruction. It is you that keep them at bay. If it weren’t for you, those who hate us would be at my house or church instead of just in the news.

I’m guessing there are many of you around me and I’m not fully aware of that fact. I personally know several of you. Sometimes I don’t know you but I see you when I’m out (maybe it’s your uniform, a hat or a license plate that causes me to realize your service).

To you who have or do serve in the armed forces of our nation, Thank you. I appreciate your service. If you didn’t sacrifice, it would have to be me who left my home and family. If you didn’t place your body in harms way, I would have to. Thank you and God bless.

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What’s the Deal with Magpul’s New Color: Sand?

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For some time now, Magpul has apparently been moving away from some of their previous popular colors (OD Green, Flat Dark Earth, Foliage) and has been returning to basic black. This is especially the case for their pmags. Recently, the company has released a new color for their AR and AK furniture called “Sand”.

At first glance, this color repulses me. It is almost white. I only see it blending in to the environment in a sandy desert, or maybe in a snow covered region (standing next to the Yeti).

But as I read about this new product, I can see some reasons for this seemingly strange addition:

1.Strength. Magpul is saying that this color allows the polymer to actually be stronger than the original black. This is especially true in extremely cold temps where the material tends to become brittle. Apparently, the previous non-black colors were even weaker.

2. RIT Dye. The company is purposefully putting out a product that they know will be modified. Water-based dyes absorb well into the light material and stay. Works well with spray paint too. Other that making the polymer completely white, Magpul has provided the perfect canvas for the tactical artist in all of us to paint our masterpiece upon. There are many camo design ideas out there on the net for the world to see already.

3. Lower IR Signature. Now, some of us may not care about this one, but I’ll wager there are quite a few in the military who do. Apparently the color and material combo on this product does something to keep it from showing up on infra red as much. Can we say, “Special Ops”?

In Conclusion, I don’t know that I’ll be rushing out to order any of these in the near future. But I guess I can see why Magpul made the addition.

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Support Our Police

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you know that our police officers are under fire in America. A message has been pushed by those with an agenda. This agenda says that the majority of law enforcement officers are abusive to minorities. The truth is only a tiny sliver of the police in our country are bad apples.

The majority of Americans are good honest people. Because of this, we recognize that the super majority of all police are good, honest people as well.   They are the men and women who make up the thin blue line that protects us from anarchy. Each of them sacrifice time with their families and risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

I’m beginning to hear that LEO’s are starting to feel unsupported. We can’t have that. Our police officers have to know that we have their backs.

It’s time we show our support.  There are many ways we can express our appreciation and support for our local law enforcement. I chose to go the personal route.

Today, at my local supermarket, an officer was sitting in his cruiser keeping the area secure. Because I know the police are trained to keep their guard up, I didn’t want to spook him, so I approached slowly. I stayed in his field of view, made eye contact, and waved (keeping both hands in view). He lowered his window. I kept a respectful and safe distance.

When he asked how I was doing, I simply told him how much I appreciated his service. I communicated that in light of what is happening in the news, I supported him.

The officer was very appreciative and friendly and we talked for a couple minutes about the headlines. Then I went shopping.

That’s all it takes. Anyone can do it. Just don’t freak out the officer by sprinting to his cruiser and screaming your appreciation.

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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