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Do you always know the condition of your weapon

It’s been awhile since I have gotten around to writing anything, I thought I would get back to it.

If you have seen the remake of the movie, True Grit, there’s a line that has a lot of value to it, “if it ain’t loaded and cocked, it don’t shoot!” Well that’s definitely true. That’s why knowing the condition of your weapon is important.

Years ago I went shooting with a few buddies, one of which was a former police officer, as we were loading the firearms with ammunition we were talking as people do. I had just loaded the shotgun and set out to destroy whatever target I had selected, I took aim, got a good sight picture, slowly squeezed the trigger to the rear, and heard the loudest click I’ve ever heard in my life. Needless to say that particular round didn’t fire because I neglected to chamber it. Everyone laughed and I was embarrassed and my cop buddy yelled, “an empty gun is a dead gun!”

It’s embarrassing when it happens in training but in a real life situation that mistake could be down right deadly! Now with shooting, archery, basketball or anything really, consistency is key! So just like when shooting free throws, loading and shooting a firearm you should try to do the same thing every time. For example, when loading my ar-15, I first insert the magazine and push pull to make sure it is seated correctly, there is nothing more disconcerting then going to shoot and hear all your ammo hit the ground. Second, I charge the weapon and tap the forward assist twice to make sure that the round is seated, I then sweep the saftey onto safe, lastly I reach around and close the dust cover. I do this every single time I load my ar. I also do a similar routine when I load my pistols. When I do reloads I have a routine, when I clear a malfunction I have a routine. I am amazed at how many professional shooters are absolutely dumbfounded by a simple easy to clear malfunctions. Of course these are all things that need to be practiced and should be as much as you can. A weapon is a tool, one that could possibly save your life!

Now I have had a number of people tell me that they are uncomfortable with carrying their sidearm with a round in the chamber, hey I get it, it definitely can be disconcerting. If you are one of those people I want you to do a test for me. I want you to go out and get a good holster for your sidearm, preferably a kydex or a good leather holster, that covers the whole trigger guard. Then I want you to take your pistol, and without a magazine or any rounds, charge the pistol and put in tge holster and go about daily life. At the end of every day I want you to see if the trigger is depressed when you check it. I’ll bet you a buffalo head nickle that it isn’t.

Remember, practice, practice, practice and have fun!!

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the stalworth 10mm

I am asked very often “why do you carry a 10mm?” “Isn’t a 10mm overkill?” My answer is usually, ” I love the ballistic profile!” Now there may be some of you out there that are probably asking yourself, “what is a 10mm?”
The 10mm auto cartridge was originally designed by Lieutenant Colonel John Dean “Jeff” Cooper, it was designed to shoot further, flatter than the .45 acp but have much greater stopping power than the 9×19 parabellum. The design was first manufactured by FFV Norma ab (now Norma precision ab) for the Bren Ten pistol (Miami Vice fans know all about this pistol) manufactured by the now defunct Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises. It didn’t really achieve much recognition until the F.B.I adopted the cartridge in 1989 chambered in the formidable Smith and Wesson 1076. The F.B.I later on would find that the cartridge had excessive recoil for smaller handed agents, so the load was reduced considerably to achieve what is known as the “lite” load. Smith and Wesson would later come to find that the cartridge could be lessened in length while keeping the same powder charge in what would become the .40 Smith and Wesson.
Now a lot of people ask me, “why don’t you just carry a .40?” To which I respond that I have several and occasionally carry them but I like the versatility of the extra case length, if I want hot loads I can make hot loads, if I want colder I can do that also, you can only make the .40 S&W so hot. Those of you that know me well know that I spend a lot of time in the woods, well what else spends a lot of time in the woods…..? You guessed it, bears! If you guessed moose, that is an acceptable answer as well. I have been chased by moose several times, hilarious hijinks ensued, but that is a story for a different time!
Now full bore 10mm auto rounds fall somewhere between the .357 magnum and the .41 magnum rounds. 150 grain jhp is at approximately 1400-1500 fps with right around 725 ft/lbs of energy. I personally am not very good with a pistol, I mean I can hit the side of a barn but not much else, so I feel very comfortable with those kind of numbers out of a pistol that holds 15+1 instead of a revolver that holds 6 rounds. The Slædepatruljen Sirius (Sirius Sled Patrol) in Denmark has issued the Glock 20 in 10mm to its soldiers to deal with polar bears! ( Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that I would want to bet my life on a 9mm stopping a wild animal, two leg or four!
Now I can hear my father saying ” every semi-automatic that I’ve ever had has jammed about every 3rd shot!” I have a Glock 20 that I have put literally 3000 rounds through, and have had zero malfunctions!
In closing, what it all boils down to, I have yet to see any other cartridge in a semi auto (except the .50 AE in the Desert Eagle, but honestly who can really shoot that monster) preform as well or as reliably as the 10mm auto.


And then there was Weatherby!!

  I have always been a fan of Weatherby rifles. Many years ago I was preparing to go hunting with a buddy, who asked if a friend of his could come as well. We set out that morning, and as luck would have we didn’t see anything (the fun ends when you pull the trigger). As we were heading back to the truck the topic turned, as it often does with me, to firearms. I don’t recall which particular rifle I had with me (or what my friend had) but the gentleman that was with us had a Weatherby Vanguard deluxe that was chambered in 300 wby mag. He asked if I would like to shoot it (silly question right?). I said that I would and torched a round off at the mountain side. I don’t recall a heavenly choir singing but there should have been, I was hooked.

  A few years ago I was looking to procure a long distance rifle for hunting antelope and possibly elk. I scoured the internet, magazines, and ballistic tables for a round that would preform the task, I found the 7mm shooting times western. Now all I needed to do now was find a rifle in that caliber, that shouldn’t be so hard right? Wrong! I finally did find one locally and called the gentleman, who said that he still had it and to call him back when I was off of work. I called several times after work and no answer, well now what? Many of you are probably saying just wait until you find one. That isn’t how my mind works, if I have it in my mind to buy something, I will buy it! Or at least something similar.

  Plan b was, well there was no plan b. I was laying in bed the next morning surfing the web on my handy dandy smartphone at, you guessed it, firearms when I came across the Weatherby Vanguard 2. Upon further research I discovered that it was available in .257 Wby mag. Now I am of the belief that bigger always means better and that better is best! So when I looked up the ballistics on the round an discovered that it was 200-300 feet per second faster than the 25-06 with the same sized projectile I was sold. Off to Sportsman’s Warehouse I went.

  A lot of people that I have talked to over the years haven’t liked the Vanguard model, and evidently there have been more than a few complaints to the company. Weatherby doesn’t make the Vanguard, a company in Japan named Howa does, but Weatherby does design it and they have redesigned the rifle in a few ways: The trigger, this has probably been the number one complaint I have heard, so the old trigger design was scraped and a new two stage design was implemented. The trigger that is on my particular rifle is real smooth with just a little uptake. I don’t want to call it creep because it really isn’t, but the you hit a firm wall, then the trigger breaks like glass right at 3lbs. The second complaint I’ve heard is about the stock. The old stock was solid injection molded plastic with almost no grip so it was hard, and slippery! The new stock is a two tone design with nice rubber inserts and a slight palm swell on the grip which puts your finger in just the right place!


  The rifle comes with a guarantee from Weatherby that it will shoot at the maximum of a 1″ three shot group at 100 yards if you use premium ammunition and do your part behind the gun! There are not many other companies that will make a promise like that! So if you’re in the market for a new rifle I would recommend giving this one a shot!

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If you are reading this, thank you and hold on, it’s going to be a wild ride. Most of the blog is going to be about my experiences with firearms, ammo and misc. shooting supplies. THIS IS MY OPINION AND THE EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD,IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T READ IT!!!

Now that is out-of-the-way, today we are going to talk about shotguns. I love shotguns, I don’t think that there is a better thing than going to the gun club and shooting a round of trap, skeet, 5 stand or sporting clays, it relaxes me! I have been shooting trap since I was a 12 yr old scout and I was hooked, my father has a Stevens 311 SxS that he would let me use when we went shooting now for those of you that don’t know about this shotgun, the thing was about as elegant as a brick!! it was longer than a bad dream kicked like a mule, as the forestock and butt stock were plastic.

Now this shotgun wasn’t much to look at but it’s performance was top-notch if I did my part it would break clays every shot! I have since been able to acquire several of my own shotguns so I havent shot that old Stevens in a long time.

Several years ago I decided that i needed to buy a new shotgun… Yes needed! Unfortunately I was a little strapped for cash, so I scoured the internet for the best deal that I could find and I came across the Tristar raptor! Now while I would love to by a Browning A5 or a Benelli Super Vinci this wasn’t in the cards, so I started reading up on this TriStar. I won’t go into the specs as they can be found online,, it looked like a solid gun for the money so I worked a couple of side jobs until I had enough money and off to Wal-Mart I went. It just so happened that the display model was the last one so I lucked out! By the time it was all said and done I had a brand new gun for $360.00 out the door I was pleased to say the least.

Of all the things that I have read online ( everything you read online is true, and everyone know everything right?) I shouldn’t expect much out of this gun. This thing is a beast!!! I was anxious to take it out, lucky for me it was the middle of dove season! A buddy and myself set out after work the next day to get us some doves. we went to a location where I have had some success in the past and set up. Not long after we had some doves coming in!! well we opened up and before you knew it we had doves on the ground. I had 6 and my buddy had 4 ( he would have had six also but that pump-action just isn’t quite as fast as a semi) well to say the least I was pleased! six shots without a malfunction that is amazing! I have shot higher end guns that have had more problems. But I know what you are thinking, its new right? I was thinking the same thing, oh we will see once it gets broken in. I am pleased to say that after 2 years of dove and waterfowl seasons and countless rounds of trap it still goes BOOM,BOOM,BOOM, every time I pull the trigger!

In closing I would like to say that spending a lot of money on a high-end gun isn’t a bad thing! but more money doesn’t always mean that it is any better or any more reliable, if you have the money go for it but if you don’t there are always other options. The clays,ducks,geese,or upland birds aren’t going to be able to tell you if they were shot by a Weatherby or any other kind of gun they will still be just as dead.