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.

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

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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.

 

Eavesdropping

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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.