My friend TheNouveauJaeger has taken a bunch of his NYC-based new-shooter-friends out to Front Sight, for a 4-day Defensive Handgun course. He has some pictures up, and hopefully an AAR soon to come. Check it out.
Reposted from somewhere deep in the reaches of the internet…
Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:38 PM]: So I’m sitting here dryfiring my Caracal. Wondering why I seem to only be attracted to guns that won’t hold an IDPA head box at 25 yards.
Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: I got out a couple of my old Smith and Wesson M&Ps. Also can’t hold a group worth a s***, but I love shooting them.
Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: My Glocks and my STIs all group really well, so why does shooting them feel like folding laundry?
Chris Rhines [10|Nov 08:39 PM]: WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
pauly [10|Nov 08:42 PM]: yer not drinking enough?
Damnit. It appears that a Caracal pistol discharged when it was dropped. Caracal has issued a recall that covers pretty much every Caracal imported into the US.
At least one person has been unable to replicate this malfunction, so my guess is that there’s a tolerance stacking issue with the firing pin block or its related parts.
This is not good news for Caracal. But, they seem determined to deal with the problem in a professional manner. Offering to buy back guns subject to the recall is something I’ve never heard of in this industry.
Stay tuned for more news.
- 3-Gun match at Summit Point Action Shooters on Saturday. USPSA practice session at the NRA Range on Sunday. USPSA indoor match at the NRA Range on Monday. I am about wiped out. I also badly need to hit the reloading press – I think I have about twenty rounds of 9×19 to my name…
- Speaking of the reloading press, I had two failures to fire during the USPSA match with Glock #2. Upon inspecting the unfired rounds, I noticed that the primers weren’t quite seated below flush. Good reminder to inspect your match ammo, especially if you use lighter hammer/striker springs.
- Go over here, and give the retention holster roundup a look. I’m a big fan of retention holsters for multigun shooting – in fact, I use the Safariland 6378ALS on a 6004-FLEX drop rig.
- This coming Saturday is the regional multigun match at Peacemaker National Training Center. Go sign up, if you haven’t already.
…the rustier your guns get.
I was breaking in the new Glock 34 during my usual Thursday night live-fire practice at the NRA Range. I spent a fair amount of time doing concealed draws at 7 yards, and during one of my runs I managed to slice my finger open on the razor-like Warren Tactical rear sight.
I also worked on the emergency reload for a bit, and noticed a possible hitch. Four times during the practice, the slide failed to go into battery.
Weird, huh? This happened with a few different magazines, so I’m wondering if I might need to replace my magazine springs. I’ve also seen this kind of stoppage with longer-than-spec ammo, so I should probably check the loading press over.
Other than that, I have some high hopes for this particular Glock. It has one of the better out-of-the-box triggers I’ve felt on a Glock, and I’m holding consistent 3″ groups offhand with it (five shots at 25 yards.) I’ll be wringing it out more thoroughly over the next few weeks.
I was down in North Carolina this weekend, shooting the Tidewater 3-Gun match. It was a good time as always, especially as the rain stopped just as the first stage started.
I’ve lately been trying out that trendy new shotgun quad load. I’m not as fast with it as I am loading weakhand, but it’s getting better. I might need to order some more carriers soon. On the other hand, my pistol shooting was a little bit sloppy. I’ve been spending most of my dryfire time working on that shotgun reload, and it’s showing a little bit. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I should have some photos up soon. Stay tuned.
Note – In retrospect, this should probably be titled, “Running the ‘Pistol XYZ’ Trigger.” The methods and training practices that work well with the Glock should also work well with many other guns.
Recently, over at Pistol-Forum.com, there was a great discussion about managing the Glock pistol trigger at speed. P-F.com member and firearms instructor Wayne Dobbs posted an excellent comment, including a training drill that I just got a chance to try out. I’ll repeat the highlights here:
…at Gun Nuts Media.
I’m honestly blown away. This is the best gun-related commercial I’ve ever seen. Glock has just scooped the entire industry when it comes to marketing.
I hope to see more commercials like this, from more gun and shooting-related companies.