Category Archives: Arms

I’ve been gone awhile.

In the time that I posted my last, I’ve taken TWO classes from Graham Combat and they’ve completely changed the way I’ve looked at the world and the way that I carry myself in daily life.  If you ever get the chance to take one of his courses scrape up the cash and figure out a way to do it.  In the meantime, go subscribe to his youtube channel.

I also took a class from Dark Angel Medical.  Medical training, I believe, is second only to mindset training.  You’re way more likely to use a tourniquet than a pistol in your life.  Shooting classes are fun, no doubt, but I’d highly suggest some sort of advanced medical class beyond your basic Red Cross first aid/CPR.

Also, carry a damn tourniquet.  They’re not big, they’re not expensive, and you can save a life.  Doesn’t have to be a gunshot -any number of trauma incidents can cause massive bleeding.  You wanna be that jackass that’s standing there at a car accident watching a 12 year old girl bleed out from a femoral artery because you couldn’t be bothered to take a class and learn how to properly use a TQ?  As Matt Graham says – “It’s 2016 and the American medical community kind of frowns on people bleeding to death.”

Heck, the DHS even says to carry one in their new campaign – Stop The Bleed

 

I’ve also bowed to pressure from my friends and retired my camping Crocs.  I’ve now transitioned to Chaco sandals.  They’re insanely comfortable and while my wife keeps making fun of me, I don’t care.  I have 4 kids and drive a tactical Toyota minivan.  What do I have to prove anymore?  I embrace my dirty hippy side sometimes.

After all, who expects the dude in the Chacos and the DMB t-shirt to be appendix carrying a G19?

Speaking of appendix carry, yeah, I get it.  It’s not for everyone but if you are one of those who enjoy it, the two best holsters I’ve found are the 5 Shot Leather SME made by my friend John Ralston and the JM Custom Kydex AIWB.  They’re both fantastic, just depends on your leather/kydex preference.

I’m planning on being around a lot more.  I have a lot of crazy stuff floating around in my head that needs to be put to paper.

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Chromebook

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I recently picked up this Samsung Chromebook for light web surfing, word processing, and daily use.  I really like it!  As long as you understand the limitations and aren’t expecting too much, it’s a great piece of equipment at a killer price point.

Oh, the PPQ M2 is pretty sweet too.  I was pretty excited to get a PPQ with the thumb mag release instead of the Euro paddle style.  Makes transitioning between guns much easier.


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LMT factory Lower, custom built upper (14.5″ rainier arms select barrel, rainier arms xtc, fn upper, troy trx battle rail, eotech opmod)


2 Things

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I was going to write a review on the GR1 but then I found this one and it hits every point I was going to make in a much more eloquent and in depth style.  Why reinvent the wheel?  As I tell my kids – “work smarter, not harder.”

The Kershaw Cryo is the best $40 I’ve spent on a knife in years.  This little blade disappears in your pocket, is light, opens amazingly fast , and feels like a much bigger knife in your hand.  Best thing is that the blade length is legal in most places.  Check your local laws regarding the speedsafe mechanism.

Also, I have a ZT0350 for sale.  Great condition with box/papers.  It’s a steal at $90.  Send me a message if you’re interested.


Pistols

So, the PPQ has gone elsewhere.  I just couldn’t warm up to the magazine release on the trigger guard.

This is one of the two pistols (the other is a beautiful semi-custom STI Trojan in 9mm) I’ve acquired lately to help facilitate my journey back in time to the days of the all steel pistol.  I’m really looking forward to wringing it out but need to find some new grips.

I’m wavering between a set of VZ Grips Pro Slims, the standard Mk3 plastic grips, or a set of from Larry Davidson.

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Walther PPQ

I’ve had quite a few pistols go through my hands.  Some would say that I may have a “problem” with buying and selling handguns but I like to think of it as my hobby.  None have measured up to my favorite pistol, the Glock 19.  It has been the ONLY staple in my collection since it was purchased 9 years ago.

While the G19 will always be with me and will be passed down to my son, there is another that may supplant it as my EDC.

I recently purchased a Walther PPQ in 9mm.  The trigger pull is superb and the accuracy is phenomenal.  The grip feels like it was molded for my hand and it’s just a hair larger than the G19.  Carryability of the PPQ is greatly enhanced by the excellent Kaluban Cloak holster I purchased.

I’ve put approximately 200 rounds through it since I purchased it last week.  Now, I know that that is a pittance but it’s a start.  I’m starting to like the trigger guard magazine release and the extra large ambidextrous slide release lever.

There are, however, a couple cons to the pistol.  One is the availability and cost of extra magazines.  Coming from the land of $22 Glock magazines, $45 PPQ magazines are a little hard to swallow.  They’re also very hard to find right now with the increased popularity of the gun.  The second con is the more pronounced muzzle flip than the G19.  I understand that the G19 has almost no muzzle flip but it is a slight adjustment when switching pistols and worth a slight mention if you’re considering it.

As I use this gun more in matches and put some more rounds through it I’ll post some more.


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