In Vino, Veritas…

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?

The More you Bleed in Training…

…the rustier your guns get.

“Oh the pain, the horrible pain!”

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.

Glock Perfection

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.

Running the Glock Trigger, Part Two

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:

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Someday, It Will be Mine…

I wandered up to my friendly neighborhood arms dealer yesterday morning, to start the paperwork on a new Gen4 Glock 34.  Much to my delight, my Caracal F was there too, and I spent a few minutes checking it out.

Sorry for the lousy cellphone pic. Left my real camera in the car.

- The build quality on my Caracal was first-rate, at least to a visual inspection.  There were no visible machining marks, the finish was nicely applied, etc.  Overall, the Caracal gave the impression of being a quality piece.

- The trigger is wonderful.

- The sights…  well, there’s nothing wrong with them that a 5/32″ carbide ball end mill won’t fix.  The Caracal standard sights share the same problem as many other factory guns – the front sight is too wide, the rear sight is too narrow, and having the rear sight integral to the slide makes replacement, um, complicated.  This is one of those times when having a gunsmith in the family is really nice.

The Caracal is presently tied up in the bureaucratic hell that is the Maryland Handgun Roster Board, but it should be in my hands by mid-October.  I’m looking forward to running it through some heavy testing.

Thanks to Bob at Shooting Ventures for handling all the paperwork.  If you need a gun transfered in Maryland, he’s the man to see.