Friday, December 18, 2009
Are you building a budget AR? I sold my DPMS and would love another AR so I'm thinking of starting a new project.
"Operation: Budget AR"
There is no time frame involved so it really comes down to just waiting for good deals.
Part one is the lower receiver. Guess how much I found it for?
Granted, it's not a brand that most of us have heard of but I'm thinking abou it. What are your thoughts on SI Defense?
SI Defense $50 Lower Receiver: SI Defense
Thanks to EveryDay, No Days Off for the find.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
[Update on CCW - I took the class and passed! I just have to visit the courthouse and turn in my paperwork and I should be good to go]
I've heard great things about Keltec P3AT and similar if not better things about the Ruger so I decided to go with the Ruger. Actually, a big part of it was thanks to Nutnfancy's review of the LCP.
So I found it for a great great price at the local gun show and snagged the last one. Prices were varying up to another $45 so it pays to run to every booth and check them all before deciding.
On the first day I got it, I ran 100 rounds of Winchester 92 grain FMJ Target/Range ammo through it. Since then, I've shot another 155 rounds.
So far so good but I have come into some odd charging problems with certain ammo. I'll try to explain it more in another video but you can probably get the idea from the videos above.
Let me know if you have a Ruger LCP and what you think of it. Overall I notice that people seem to like it a lot and I don't regret it at all.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
ITS Tactical is one of the latest blogs I've been following. There is so much cool stuff about these guys (and girls?) that I like.
Straight from their "About" page:
ITS Tactical, Inc. is dedicated to showcasing the everyday gear and DIY projects that can help you live better on the tactical side of life. We don’t limit our content to any particular viewpoint, rather our goal is to become an open-source collection of different methods, ideas and knowledge that could one day save your life.
Does that not get you hooked?! Combine the words "Tactical" and "Everyday" and you got a recipe for awesomeness. Also, who doesn't enjoy a good DIY project?
They post regularly with useful information which is key to at least my attention. They seem to talk a little about everything which is good. I've been going back into their older posts to read what I've missed since their beginning.
Also, they are someone you should follow on Twitter. They update that regularly as well with both links to new posts or contests or just replies to comments. Go ahead, tweet them! And say @mikepetrucci sent you.
They are on so many social networks and one thing I love way more than I probably should, is their use of graphics on both their site, their logo, and their uber creative social networking icon set. Check this out:
Really, this is sick! I wish I had that idea! It's graphically just so cool it's making my eyes bleed! But that sounds bad... ok, my eyes are bleeding but not blood, they are bleeding the sweet nectar (which is like Red Bull but for God) of the heavens. Sorry, you may not agree but really, take some time to appreciate those icons.
Overall, they are a no nonsense but lighthearted group that just seeks to better your knowledge of preparation for anything. Worth following? Totally.
Monday, July 6, 2009
View the listing: http://www.gunlistings.org/view-listing.php?id=4921
Here is a mini slideshow I just made on my iPhone: http://animoto.com
I'll add more info to this later (and more pics) but I have a slightly used DPMS Panther Classic 16. 16" barrel with upgraded quad rail handguards (still have original too) and original solid butt stock.
I'll have to check but I think I've only put around 700-900 rounds through it and cleaned after every time. I also have the original manual and cleaning kit as well as some other cleaning products I'll throw in.
Includes original hard case and two 30 round magazines (standard mags). I have added a subdued US flag on the stock but that can be removed (I'll try to get a picture of it).
It has a carry handle with elevation and windage adjustments built into the upper receiver. I can also throw in a box of 20 rounds. Oh, this rifle accepts .223 and 5.56.
Let me know with any questions or to make an offer. Thanks!
View the listing: http://www.gunlistings.org/view-listing.php?id=4921
Monday, June 8, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
10 Rounds Rapid Fire Sig Sauer Mosquito
Monday, March 30, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
The wife finally got her Virginia drivers license. We moved here a while ago but she never remembered to get it. I got mine right away when I tagged and registered both our vehicles.
But why do you care about her license? Well, we are going to get her her own gun. She wants a handgun and something manageable and cheap to shoot. So naturally we leaned towards a .22.
The first gun that came to mind was the Ruger MKIII. From a bunch of people that I really trust they say it's probably the best "first gun." It's highly accurate and very reliable and not too expensive. The only downside is that it's not the prettiest handgun out there.
Hmmm... what other .22 handguns are there? I quickly found the Walter P22 and the SIG Mosquito. Both look great, much like their "siblings." So, between the two, I've read more good things about the Mosquito and that's what we've decided on. Plus she likes it's styling better.
I know it won't be as accurate as the Ruger but it's hers and I want her to find something she likes. After all, if you don't like what you're shooting you probably won't shoot it as often.
So I emailed a semi local shop that said they have it in stock. I mentioned that she had her old states license and if that was a problem I could just use mine to buy it. They emailed back and said they would have to decline my sale because it would be a "straw purchase" which is illegal. Gosh, I didn't even think of that but I understand now.
But I still want the handgun for her so I apologized to them and told them we would quickly get a new license for her so that everything would be on the up and up. And I'm just letting you know now that it's all good.
So don't get mad if you wanted me to purchase the Ruger. I may still get one, but it would be for myself, so I could enter the weekly competitions at my range. But for now, we'll just have the Mosquito. Let the flaming begin.
Friday, March 20, 2009
My first gun show. It was both larger than I thought it would be and smaller. There were so many guns around but all I was really looking for was one gun, my AR15. I must have circled the whole place 3 times in what felt like seconds just to see where the AR's were then I went around comparing prices.
Also, I was wondering why so many guys had plastic water bottles with iced tea in them but only 1/3 left. I realized why when I saw one guy spit, and not so elegantly into the bottle. Ohhhhhhh, now I know what's in there...
Now that I got that figured out, it was time to find my AR. I met up with another friend of mine who knew a vendor and I managed to get some money off the black rifle.
No accessories just the basics. The AR15 came with a hard case (which kinda sucks because it rattles around so I need to upgrade it), 2 30rd magazines, a basic cleaning kit and a sling.
The rest of the gun show was amazing! There were so many firearms, accessories, military surplus stuff, everything!
Some things I want to add are:
- Quad rail handguard
- Magpul collapsible stock
- Magpul PMAG's
- New pistol grip
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I found some decent prices (but they may not be the best) over at Parts 4 AR15.com
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Hah, not ice cream. Gun sales are up, they are. That's interested. I thought it was just a urban legend statistic or something, but they really are up! People seem to be worried about Obama messing with the 2nd amendment, not that I'm not worried either, I just haven't bought an M16 yet.
I am thinking about buying a gun though, and have been for a few weeks. It has come down to a Ruger MK III 22/45. I found one new for $235 with a case and two magazines.
The main thing I want to worry about is just to make sure that I have some place to shoot it. No good buying a gun and never being able to use it! But I found a place, maybe 20-30 minutes away. And if I bun the gun from them and sign up for $100/yr membership I get the gun at their cost and I get 12 free range visits.
The reason I picked the Ruger is from a number of recommendations and the fact that its inexpensive to buy and shoot. A box of .22 rounds is super cheap! Also, the Rugers are known to be accurate, so that's a much added bonus.
I'll let you know when I buy it, but nothing yet.