What is a Gun Review?

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Ebbs has a new write up about what most of us gun bloggers try to do… REVIEW GUNS!

This is what I’m thinking a Haus of Guns gun review should be:

  1. An accurate portrayal of exactly what the gun is or claims to be including purpose of use.
  2. How it functions including reliability, accuracy, comfort, and safety, and even likability.
  3. Technical truths about the gun based on factual findings with photographs [and video] to support claims.
  4. Well written/spoken, entertaining and to the point without leaving out critical information. Details shouldn’t be sacrificed with brevity.
  5. AND opinion. YES opinion regarding value, likes and/or dislikes, and overall final thoughts on the product itself. No favoritism undisclosed or an axe to grind taking a fresh approach from the beginning with every review.

Read more from EBBS here

I agree with his 5 talking points for reviews.

Week of guest post: The end

Sadly the last two blogger we had to finish out the week had to back out at the last minute due to some problems but I want to thank Caleb, Aaron, and Ebbs for posting with us.

If you enjoyed their posts you can check out more from them at their sites:

RTB (Caleb) at Romeo Tango Bravo
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Aaron Spuler at Weapon-Blog

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and Ebbs at Haus of Guns

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Also a special thanks to our friends over at Gun Mart for reblogging these guys on his site.

Week of guest posts: Why I Love Rimfires…

Week of guest posts: Why I Love Rimfires…

I grew up shooting. Just about anything with a trigger was eventually subject of my fondling at one time or another. Handheld crossbows, wooden rubber-band slingshots, Nerf guns, air rifles, BB guns, even moving from primitive archery to shooting from a release with a trigger. I was addicted to shooting. I still am addicted to shooting. Everything.

Early on my greatest solace came while shooting my bow. Something about marksmanship with an arrow is calming, relaxing, and even spiritual. Take that and the fact that my dad was cool with me working my arrow group size down when he wasn’t home more so than he was with shooting any firearm no matter how small when his watchful eye wasn’t around. That only lasted a few years, but during that time I fell in love with the silent marksmanship that came with the stick and string.

The older I got and the more comfortable my pops got with my ability to safely handle a firearm I began rapidly making our surplus of .22 Rimfire disappear with uncanny regularity. My first weapon of choice was my great grandfather’s Remington Model 34 .22 bolt action rifle. It wasn’t shiny or even a really cool looking rifle but it fired every time and rocked the heads off squirrels at 25+ yards with startling consistency. Probably my favorite part about the rifle was that it was capable of firing Short, Long and Long Rifle .22 cartridges. I could shoot CB Shorts (they fire on just the primer with no gunpowder and still get 700+ FPS). No matter what, the old Remington fired everything it was fed every time with outstanding accuracy, no matter how cheap the ammo. Though I did love the Model 34, it wasn’t long before a Marlin Model 925M entered our home and I declared war on every coyote (woodchucks too if I could find them. Unfortunately I didn’t grow up in prairie dog land where I live now) in a 3 mile radius of our back porch with the then limited .22 Magnum cartridge. This was before the VMax, before the Accushot ballistic tip rounds from Remington and other high powered .22 Magnum offerings from CCI, Federal and Winchester. The .22 Magnum (officially created in 1959) I grew up with was only half again as fast as the .22 Long Rifle and was most often available in a conical round nose or hollow point round.

Today not a whole lot has changed save for the addition of the .17 HMR to my repertoire. I love shooting the big centerfire rounds, but I can spend hours on end and thousands of rounds plinking with rimfires for a fraction of the cost. Even though replica rimfires for example aren’t as realistic as training with the real thing, the good news is you can spend lots of trigger time working on form, ironing out kinks and sending thousands of rounds downrange for a sliver of the cost of centerfire rounds in comparative firearms. Close range accuracy is outstanding and thanks to low recoil and a quieter “bang” .22s are a great way to introduce new shooters to the sports. Thanks to quality .22 conversions for full framed guns like 1911s, AR-15 and AK pattern rifles and even full size replicas built specifically on the .22 platform, it’s easier than ever to find your way into shooting with the specific model of weapon you prefer.

In short, I love rimfires. I love how inexpensive it is to shoot through a whole load of mixed brand .22 Long Rifle. I love how like shooting my bow it’s less invasive to my silent mystical world I live in while my finger is on the trigger. I like that rimfire guns are smooth and friendly for new shooters and even quieter options like subsonic rounds are available. So it doesn’t matter how much I love my handguns in 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP or my rifles in .223, 7.62x39mm, .280 Remington, .300 Win Mag or what purpose they serve. I will always, always, always LOVE rocking rimfire rounds every time I get to the range or ambush a prairie dog town.

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You can read more from Ebbs on his website at HausofGuns.com

Week of guest posts: Beretta 92FS

Week of guest posts: Beretta 92FS

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While it’s hard to name a favorite pistol, just as it is almost impossible for someone to name a favorite child, I do have to say that I really do enjoy the Beretta 92FS.

I have never had an issue with this gun.  It does what it is suppose to do.  Every single time.  So much so, that it could almost get boring.

Sure, it’s not the newest, flashiest pistol.  But it gets the job done admirably.  Yeah, when compared to some of the new polymer pistols, it’s a boat anchor.  But that extra weight reduces recoil to almost nothing.  Its 15+1 capacity is great, but nothing like the capacity found in some of today’s pistols.

The United States military adopted the Beretta 92FS — military designation M9 — in 1985, and it remains standard issue to this day.

One area that the 92FS excels at is accuracy.  I have been consistently impressed with how accurate I can be with this gun if I do my job.  At distances of 65 yards, I am able able to reliably hit standard 4″ shotgun clays with the 92FS.

Some may complain about the double action to single action transition.  But, just because you have the option to shoot double action doesn’t mean you have to fire that first shot double action.  With practice, the double action to single action transition is easily overcome.

The 92FS is not a small pistol, and as never intended as such.  This is a full-size duty pistol.  It does not have the slimmest grip nor the shortest trigger reach.  But surprisingly, I’ve not found it to be a problem.  Even with petite female shooters with small hands.  In fact, the 92FS has become a favorite with my wife in spite of her small hands.

If you have not had the opportunity to spend some time with a Beretta 92FS on the range, then you are missing out.  The 92FS is a pistol that I believe everyone should try out at least once.

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Aaron Spuler
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Week of guest posts: My favorite pistol RTB

My Favorite Pistol

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Nine shots from 25 feet during first range trip.

We all have a favorite pistol. For some of us it’s our most reliable for others it may be our father’s or grandfather’s old pistol. While others have quirky sensibilities and cherish some odd ball that is difficult to find ammunition for. I’m not quite sure where mine falls in.

My Kimber Pro Carry II chambered in 9mm happens to be my favorite pistol. Is it my most reliable pistol? No. Is it my first choice for protection? No. Did it float that time I dropped it in the Brule River? Nope, it sank like a rock, but it’s still my favorite pistol.

When I first took the pistol to the range I was extremely pleased with the accuracy I was able to obtain from its four inch barrel. In contrast, I was very disappointed in its function. I had difficulty getting through a nine round magazine without experiencing at least one malfunction. I was dismayed at first and chalked it up to Kimber’s ‘break-in’ period. As I settled in for the long haul I took the opportunity of firing 500 rounds to focus on my fundamentals from the ground up. I didn’t pump 500 rounds through the pistol in one sitting as I would have become fatigued and wouldn’t have gained anything from that futile exercise. I chose to shoot 50-150 rounds every weekend until the pistol functioned as expected or until I ran out of money.

I was shooting ‘Dot Torture’ as I passed the 600 round mark and noticed I was able to fire through six magazines without any issues. Since that point malfunctions have been few and far between. I even took my 9mm 1911 to QSI’s DefensivePistol Course and fired over 300 rounds without a single malfunction all day.

I don’t consider myself a ‘fanboy’ for any brand or platform but I thoroughly enjoy 1911 pistols. I find most people shoot them well. With a thin grip most folks have no issue getting enough purchase on the pistol which tends to fit large and small hands alike. The single-action trigger lends itself to accuracy if the shooter does everything right and keeps the sights on target through the trigger press. Being chambered in 9mm makes the pistol a pleasure to shoot all day with its mild recoil and low ammunition cost.

Like I stated in the beginning; my Kimber Pro Carry 9mm is not my preferred gun for defense but is defiantly the gun I most enjoy shooting. I think it’s because I spent so much time with it. When I pick it up it feels like a well worn glove that keeps up with whatever I need to do with it. Accuracy is great, function is alright and with it I can’t help but smile while I’m slinging lead.

I’m still trying to find time to write up a decent review of this pistol to include my trials and tribulations to my ultimate enjoyment. Stay tuned…

You can read more from our friend RTB over at his website http://www.romeotangobravo.net/


This week will be filled with a few of the blogs I enjoy reading.

GREAT STORY!!! Funny range day

Good news everyone… We’re back!

While I had ever intent to post a video I simply could not wait one more day to post this story.

A reader found this and sent it to us

The Dumbass Chronicles – The Most Dangerous Range Ever

“The sheer volume of the ammo we had to shoot was staggering. The breakdown went something like this:

15,000 rounds of 5.56 ball ammo for the M-16
10,000 rounds of 9mm ammo for the pistol
7,000 rounds of 7.62mm for the M60 machine gun
2,000 rounds of 40mm grenades for the M203 grenade launcher
8 hand grenades
15 claymore mines
1 AT-4 rocket”

[Special thanks to Kelly]

All Pistols Are Not Created Equal

Holy wars have been fought on the internet for years arguing which pistol is the best. I don’t believe there is one best pistol, but among the many service pistols that exist in the marketplace some appear to be better suited to the defensive role.

What I consider most important in a pistol is its “trainability.” How easy or hard is it to pick up that pistol and learn how to operate it proficiently? There are other considerations to think about when selecting a self-defense pistol, but here I’m talking mainly about the features of the pistol. This is where some pistols have an advantage over others.

It is easiest to learn to operate a pistol when the controls are straightforward and don’t require intensive training in order to be able to operate without thought. Having a vast array of controls doesn’t make a firearm harder to operate per se, but having those controls and having them placed in unique or unnatural positions does.

There are four primary features that make a pistol easier or harder to operate depending on how they are set up: the action, the number of safeties, the mag release, and the slide stop.

Action

Most defensive guns fall into one of three types of actions: single action only, striker fired, and double action/single action (DA/SA). Single action guns like the 1911 for example tend to have lighter trigger pulls. Many shooters prefer the 1911 trigger pull for that reason. Striker fired guns, like Glocks or the M&P tend to have a heavier trigger pull than the single action. Whether you choose a single action or a striker fired, they both have the same trigger pull every time.

DA/SA guns like the Beretta 92FS or the Sig Sauer P226 have two distinct trigger pulls. The idea is that a heavier first trigger pull is less likely to be pulled accidentally, thus making the firearm safer. The issue here is that two separate trigger pulls doubles the functions you need to worry about training. To draw and fire two shots you will contend with both of these trigger pulls.

In terms of trainability, the striker fired or single action win out because they only require you to master a single trigger pull instead of two.

Safeties

Safeties come in a variety of flavors. Grip safeties, thumb safeties, and safeties located on the slide are just a few of the diverse options on the market these days. Other guns like Glocks don’t employ safeties at all. Personally I prefer a firearm that has no safety because it’s one less thing to fail or worry about.

A safety makes training harder because it adds another step to the process. Some guns have multiple safeties, like the 1911 which has two: a grip safety and a thumb safety. The grip safety is built into the pistol-grip making it automatically engaged while the pistol is held in a proper firing grip. The additional safety is located such that it can be engaged with the right hand thumb (or with modification the left hand thumb for the lefties out there). Both of these safeties are easy enough to operate that a minimum of training makes them both natural to use.

The Beretta 92FS on the other hand has a safety on the slide. This safety is a lot harder to manipulate while handling the pistol because it needs to be switched upward to be deactivated. This is an unnatural and difficult motion to make while drawing a pistol. Training can compensate, and you’ll find many people disengage the safety prior to drawing. This is a safe way to operate the pistol since the long double action first trigger pull makes unintentional discharge nearly impossible.

Mag releases

Not all mag releases are created equal. Most pistols tend to have the simple push button located on the left side of the gun behind the trigger guard. This position is superior only in that it is so common. Most pistols operate this way, so it makes training easier.

Some Walther pistols, like the P99 for example, employ a mag release lever instead of a button. This lever sits in the same location as the button, but requires a downward push to actuate instead of the inward push that is pretty much the industry standard.

This lever works fine, and if the user is trained properly it might even be advantageous because the trigger finger can be used to release a magazine. However, because this feature is so unique, it makes switching between pistols more difficult. Exchanging any of the other common service pistols for a P99 would require significant training to master the different mag release.

Given the choice I would rather have the manual of arms on all of my firearms be very similar. Every bit of diversity in your rotation means you will have more things to train, and more unrelated habits to avoid under pressure.

Slide stop

Service pistols all tend to have slide stops. They can be different sizes and locations on the pistol, but they all tend to be pretty close to within thumbs reach on the left of the pistol. This commonality means service pistols are easily trainable from a slide stop perspective.

Some concealed carry guns have no slide stop, and therefore the slide won’t lock back on the last round. This does create a training issue as you are forced to manipulate the slide when reloading. This isn’t a big deal unless you also train with a service pistol. The training industry has been advocating the use of the slide stop when reloading for improved speed for a while now. If you carry a gun that doesn’t have the slide stop, now you need to choose between learning one method (working the slide) or training two different methods for different guns.

Ultimately the pistol you choose is up to you. Some are easier to train with because of the simplicity or commonness of their features. When choosing a pistol for self-defense, consider these features as they could dramatically impact the amount of time it takes to become effective with that pistol.

Nick Savery is the author of www.IndestructibleTraining.com, a blog discussing integrating training across a variety of systems and platforms for the purposes of self-defense.

AR Rifle Market Saturation

Our friends over at Gunmart have a good write up on Market Saturation of AR-15s

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“Ho-hum. Yet another AR rifle is being introduced to the market place…. Seems like we are getting to the point where this is happening all the time, aren’t we?

Just the other day, in fact, yet another firearms manufacturer teased us all on Twitter when they announced that they were in the R&D room working on their new AR style rifle that they were planning to bring market. The conceptual picture that they released showed that it was going to be just another plain-Jane, run-of-the mill AR… only with their company logo on the side and perhaps a somewhat unique stock.

Excuse me if I am not too terribly enthused.”

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