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Well, here we are folks, proof yet again how the left thinks they can “suppress” CONSERVATIVE free speech through the power of shady, sneaky, leftist Nazis. Twitter and Facebook BOTH will shut you down if you don’t play by their leftist views of “free speech” (basically you must be a leftist wussie and only talk about ‘nice things’ that they dictate are ‘nice’. Then we have Google, yet another billionaire leftist who has been ‘adjusting’ the search engine to deflect the auto complete filter to OMIT any negative search suggestions on Clinton.
See this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDvMqP5rJTk
Use alternative search engines, any one you please, and type in the same searches like Clinton indictment (clinton ind…) and see what the auto complete fills in, for PROOF that Google is trying to swing 10 million voters to Clinton by suppressing negative, true information. Besides that, you know that Google tracks everything about you, right? So, I haven’t used ’em in 3 years. I use https://duckduckgo.com/
There are many more non tracking search engines to choose from as well.
By the way, if 0bama gets away with giving control of the internet away to foreign interests (like the UN) free speech and what’s left of privacy is GONE. Call your reps and demand they stop him!
Well, down south they have had a bit of a hiccup with the gasoline supply. Seems over in Alabama somewhere, there was a break in the main supply pipeline to Georgia and parts of the coast. So, for a few days the supply was essentially cut off. Well, now what an interesting preview of what a ‘real’ loss of supply would be like.
Not that this little thing was even a shadow of what would be going down if there had been an EMP blast in the upper atmosphere over the middle USA. That kind of thing would shut down EVERYTHING, not just a temporary little blip in a localized situation. But, none the less, in no time at all local gas stations had added $2.50 to the price of a gallon of gas.
Of course the Governor of Georgia promptly smacked them with ‘gouging charges’ for being so greedy. But as soon as one station got smacked, another would be doing the same thing. This is of course STUPID on their part, because motorists will remember for a long time that Abdul’s quicky-mart jacked ’em up nicely before other stations even ran out of gas. Those pissed off people will not likely go there again any time soon.
Meanwhile the petroleum company scrambled to make a work around pipe for getting the supply back on line for the area, and gasoline is now flowing at about the same capacity as before the break. (No mention of apparent sabotage, but you know us prepper types…always speculating about that kind of thing, right?) The local news was telling folks that it may be the end of the year before prices go back down to ‘pre-event’ levels. We’ll see.
This little event also illustrated just how quickly a taken for granted supply GOES AWAY in an insignificant ‘crisis’ like this, which was really only a minor annoyance.
At any rate, the point is that us prepper types try and anticipate these kind of things to try and mitigate our own situations during times like this. Several ‘gerry cans’ of gasoline treated with Sta-Bil gasoline stabilizing product may get one through a situation much longer, with careful usage, than Poor Joe Downdestreet who has nothing. I suggest if you, too, go this route, to store your several cans of gasoline in a separate storage building so that if anything went bad and a fire started with it, at least perhaps your house doesn’t burn down with the gasoline supply. I would keep all flammable items like this (propane, charcoal, etc) in this outbuilding.
How much fuel to have on hand? Well, how far do you intend to run during a major crisis? Personally, I suspect the ‘entire world’ will seem to go into total gridlock / panic should something truly significant actually happen. So, I’m ‘hunkering down’ with my local group to ride it out for about three weeks. By that time, if the government hasn’t collapsed along with everything else, or they have attempted to SHUT DOWN everything else with the National Guard / cops / military like they did in New Orleans, we’ll send out a few members to scout around and see what’s left to pick over or see how well the authorities have dealt with the situation. It will not go well this time if they try again to disarm law abiding citizens who are safe in their homes “for their own protection against looters” as they did in New Orleans. (Visions of hurricane Rita come to mind)
Sitting there for hours idling your engine will put you in the same position as all those people you see pushed off into the grass. If you’re not moving, shut down the engine!
One last thing: Seems that these stations that had run out of gasoline….still had plenty of DIESEL fuel, it seems. Hmm. Maybe I’ll find a used VW diesel. They will also run on peanut oil, you know. At least the older one will.
OK, in reference to my previous post about ‘not blowing up your Glock‘ and because of the expense of buying ammo for new toys , I am now catching up my supply of 9MM ammo by keeping a close eye on discounted ammo sales at a local Gander Mountain sporting goods store and other local gun shops and reloading my own ammo. As an aside, I have begun a personal ‘boycott’ of the local Dicks’s sporting goods because they pulled their ‘scary looking’ AR-15’s in 2012 (and their prices aren’t that great either). Walmart hasn’t stocked any in a long time (they’re consistently sold out of 9mm) and ‘Cheaper Than Dirt’ online has stopped selling weapons entirely. Academy sporting goods supposedly still stocks AR’s, but you have to specifically ask to see one and they’ll only bring out one at a time. That’s kind of politically chickenshit, but at least they’re available “under the counter”. However, the store managers are supposedly taking down the personal information of any customer who buys more than 10 boxes of ‘assault weapon ammo’, so I’m not buying there for that infringement, and Gander Mountain beats their prices anyway.
It has been a number of years since I loaded any 9MM, preferring .357 magnum for sheer power over the 9MM round, and in light of the blown up Glock I referred to previously, I have reviewed the entire process of my own reloading as I outlined somewhat in that posting. Each hand loaded cartridge now goes through the following process:
I buy my once fired brass from a local gun range, where they sort and clean the brass, and bag it up in approximately 500 round bags, by weight, plus a few thrown in to cover the inevitable cases that must be discarded. This brass is polished again in my own tumbler for two or three hours until it is as ‘like new’ as possible. They have an excellent sorting machine, and I rarely find an oddball case in the mix, but have occasionally found a .380 case or two (that’s OK, I reload that also) or a 9MM Makarov case.
So, the process begins by carefully researching accurate, real information from the powder manufacturers for the particular weight, brand and caliber bullet I’m dealing with at the moment. Most of the powder manufacturing data will also include a vital bit of information, namely the “O.A.L.” the overall cartridge length. This is must have information for the tiny 9MM case, not only for the proper functioning of the rounds cambering correctly (without blowing up your Glock), but because pressing the bullet only .015″ too far into the case can DOUBLE the firing pressure of the load. And for a lot of pistols, that ain’t good.
There are a number of ‘reloading information sites’ on the web. I find these to range from pretty useful and reliable to the other extreme of ‘I’m not touching that idea’. If you use these sites, proceed with careful consideration and at your own risk.
So, after a thorough polishing session, the brass is ready for the very first step, namely inspecting the empty cases for defects of the neck (like a partial eject from somebody’s firearm which makes a heavy nick in the rim) or the case is split. If it’s merely a little out of round from being stepped on at the range, no problem, the sizing / decapping die will take care of that. (Sorry about the crappy quality of the pics for this post, it was just a phone camera). I wear nytrile gloves during the process because fingerprints will accelerate the brass going ‘dull’ in storage. And when using cast lead bullets, keeps the lead off my fingers.
Next it’s run through the sizing / decapping die and then size checked with a 9MM Lyman case gauge. At this step, I also clean out the primer pocket. If the cleaning tip doesn’t fit the primer pocket (which obviously wouldn’t allow the primer to seat properly) I’ll try fixing the problem with the reamer on the other end of the tool. If it still won’t allow the cleaning tip to easily fit in, I toss that case. You will run across that condition far more often than you may expect.
Checking with a sizing gauge at this point may seem too soon for some reloaders, but there’s a reason for this step. If the case doesn’t just fall into place at this point, the case may be ‘Glocked up’, being stretched at the base where a standard sizing die won’t reach. Glocks are notorious for stretching cases at that point because of their unsupported ‘6 o’clock’ open base design. If this step was ignored, or the gauge not even used as some reloaders don’t bother with, it will jam up in your barrel breach like driving a cork into a bottle. Bad situation during a competition run or a shootout with a bad guy. See the next picture for what that looks like:
This case had been run through the sizing / decapping die, but still won’t fit the gauge. It will have to be full length resized with a Lee ‘Bulge Buster’ kit which will cure this problem 9 out of 10 times. The kit will full length resize a loaded cartridge, but in that 1 out of 10 times when it won’t drop into the gauge after the process, I would rather catch it before the assembly even starts, like at this step. So, when I run across one of these, it is set aside in a bin for full length resizing in a batch, some time later. For that 1 in 10 that just won’t resize properly, I won’t waste any more time and materials, and toss the bad case. Also doing the gauge check at this stage will find the occasional oddball, like a missed .380 or 9MM Makarov which will fall down into the gauge as shown here:
A 9MM Makarov is actually marked on the headstamp of the case, as with “9mmM’, the extra ‘m’ indicating the specialized cartridge. Yep, that one got buy me and I wasted a primer on it instead of checking before the primer was installed. Pushing out a live primer is risky, because it may set it off or may damage the primer anvil, causing a misfire. So, that one is wasted.
To make a consistent quality of ammo, I check the powder charge and over all cartridge length on the first cartridge of each row of the cartridge box, meaning that critical part is checked 10 times out of 50 loads. I use a Lee beam scale for powder measuring because although it’s “slow” it is absolutely accurate. The only caveat is that it must be level for it to achieve that accuracy, thus the level bubble in the plastic case on the base.
Generally speaking, my Lee Precision turret press and dies will make a pretty consistent over all length with a tolerance of about .005″ of the ‘perfect’ setting. And the powder charge measure is within .01 or so of a grain of where it’s set. I have used a progressive press before, but I find the quality to be less than ‘my standards’, with messed up primer installs and the occasional split case getting by until after it’s assembled. I suppose if I closely inspected every case beforehand, I could weed out the split cases before they got that far. I prefer the slower method I use currently because with the increased inspection steps, my reloads are as about as close to ‘factory’ specs as can be done.
Next after the cartridge is assembled, another visual inspection then dropped into the case gauge again, which verifies the finished cartridge is up to specs.
If the finished reloaded cartridge just drops right into the gauge all nice and flush, it’s good to go. But even with this much nit-picking, every so often something will go a little sideways, like below where somehow the primer got stuffed into the pocket sideways. Whoops.
So, get out the bullet puller, tear it down, and start over. This primer can be pushed out with the sizing / decapper die carefully, with the bullet, the powder charge and case being salvageable.
With all this quality control and slow procedures, it takes me about 30 minutes or so to make 50 rounds of ammo. But, in my personal opinion, I make ammo with the idea being that one of these bullets may change the course of history depending on that quality or lack thereof. Or if nothing else, if misfired at a criminal invading my house, resulting in him winning the encounter. Imagine if Adolf Hitler had been killed in world war one. Perhaps the bullet intended for him by the opposing army had missed the mark because of a low powder charge or some other minor defect that escaped the factory inspection. If that bullet had killed him, how vastly different would world history be today?
Well, while cruising YouTube the other day, I ran across one where the dude was filming himself shooting his .45 caliber Glock. Things were going fine…until the thing blew up in his hands! Ouch! This isn’t an exclusively Glock problem, but strangely seems to happen to that brand more often than we would like. Read on.
Fortunately, other than some bruising, he was OK. Watch his ‘boom’ and his analysis of what happened here. He is spot on for the cause of his malfunction, as he pointed out that he had shown someone what over crimping of a hand reloaded cartridge looked like and forgot to reset his sizing dies back to where they were supposed to be!
Folks like him and myself, who reload their own ammo, have an obligation and self interest to pursue this activity with the utmost care and caution, because “simple” mistakes like this can be devastating! One may find all sorts of ‘load guides’ on the internet for hand reloading of cartridges, but unless you’re an experienced person who is self confident enough to risk blowing up a weapon and possibly losing a finger or eye in the process, you should stick with the ‘professional’ guide books one can buy or download free from the gunpowder manufacturers websites, such as Accurate Powders. These books and online sources are the ONLY sources of information on this ‘hobby’ that I trust.
If you’re feeling not quite up to par, or you’re emotionally distracted (fussing at the kids or arguing with your wife), or have a headache or a TV going in your loading area, you are asking for trouble because of dangerous distractions or missing a detail you would normally catch if you weren’t feeling bad. So, load another day when you feel OK….and turn off the stupid TV!
As the Glock boomer pointed out, the critical mistake he made was over crimping the case neck as his loading gear produced the final stage of the process of seating the bullet into the case. His nice illustration pointed out that in that situation with his Glock, or any other auto-loading, straight walled cartridge firing weapon, you have a possible disaster in the making. The bullet, wedged into the area ahead of the chamber neck, has no place it can go, so the massive pressure of the gunpowder gases has nowhere it can go other than to find the weakest area of the weapon to escape through. And considering the typical chamber pressures of a normally fired .45 caliber bullet is in the area of 20,500 PSI, when it’s backed up against a bullet “plug” in the barrel, well, then you can count on disaster. A .357 magnum full power load cartridge can routinely hit over 34,000 PSI, but that’s a different critter altogether, for a completely different firearm.
Now, I’ve reloaded my own handgun (and some rifle) loads for quite the while now. And I have had an issue or two that could have been much worse than they turned out. On one occasion I was running .357 magnum handgun cartridges, lightly loaded for Cowboy Action shooting. I switched over to .38 special on the same loading machine and ran a few hundred of those. Then I went back to the .357 cartridges, but forgot to ‘reset’ the powder measuring device for the slightly longer .357 cartridge. So, I get out to the next competition match for that sport and about halfway through the day, I’m in a stage, shooting away when my rifle goes ‘putt’ instead of ‘bang!’. I instantly noticed that, and as I worked the lever, sure enough an empty casing is ejected. I knew then that I had fired a ‘squib’ load, which is an under charged situation which lodged the bullet in the barrel instead of firing it out to the target. Had I not paid attention and fired the next bullet in line, that would have probably blown up my Winchester lever gun. Instead, just lesson learned and match lost.
I no longer use that particular loading machine ( a Lee Pro 1000) not just for that issue, but additionally because I now prefer to inspect each and every bullet, case, primer and powder charge for every single cartridge I reload on my Lee turret press. And the turret press can switch over to a completely different cartridge setup by just changing the turret assembly with the required dies installed into it. It takes a few more pulls of the handle to crank out a cartridge, but I feel the process is worth it for the better quality ammo I can produce. I also meticulously weigh the powder load at the start of every session, and again half way through the usual 50 cartridges at a time, verifying the charge against the manufacturers data, and use calipers to measure the finished cartridge dimensions to make sure they are as close as possible to those specs, plus or minus within .002″ particularly of the case neck as I reload 9mm Luger ammo for my new toys and other 9mm handguns. Reloading your own can save a pile of money. Or get you better stocked up for ‘whatever’.
For a 9mm cartridge, as you see above, the highlighted numbers are the crucial ones. The .380 neck diameter MUST be met as closely as you can, for every cartridge you reload. Being .002″ over probably won’t hurt anything, unless the gun is so filthy the firing chamber won’t allow the cartridge to seat at all. The overall length must not be exceeded or you’ll be having failure to feed properly issues and / or the situation also pointed out in the video where the bullet ‘ogive'(at the .3550″ dimension) is too close to the start of the rifling which can also create a disaster. Being undersized, say at .370″, is where you start risking a ‘boom’.
Anyway, if you were on the fence about reloading your own ammo, don’t be too put off buy this kind of thing. But you must be extremely vigilant about every step of the process. Watch the YouTube channels of people who have been successfully doing this for quite a while, like FortuneCookie 45LC or perhaps Ammosmith Reloading for some useful ‘how to’ information.
Safe shootin’, pardner.
Welcome to my latest posting under a split topic of tested gear and firearms.
And that will be on the latest item from Beretta, their “Storm” series of pistols and carbines that share ammo. In this particular version, the 9mm platform.
Images from http://www.beretta.com/en/
Some years ago, Ruger made a series of pistol caliber carbines that they labeled ‘Camp Carbines’ and came in .45 caliber and 9mm. I had the 9mm Camp Carbine and found that the Smith and Wesson 53 series pistol shared the magazines with the Camp Carbine. Since both had been on the market for quite a while, one could easily find many useful accessories, such as 30 round magazines that worked on both. Kept that pair for quite a while until the political climate changed when 0bama became president. So for a Christmas gift, I “loaned” this pair to my brother, who basically had nothing for self defense in his home. No, I didn’t take it back after 0bama only became the world’s greatest motivator in the firearms business, yet didn’t ever get his gun-grabbing wet dreams fully engaged, thanks only to the majority party in congress being the spineless republicans who barely stood up for our 2nd amendment rights. They still sat on their thumbs while he relentlessly cranked out executive orders while giving congress the middle finger, which infringed citizens rights in many areas.
The 2016 election cycle is now down to two of the most disgusting choices of ‘president’ in my lifetime, and as Han Solo might quip, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Clinton, of course, has been anti-gun rights her entire criminal politician career, and Trump was anti-gun before he ‘converted’ to republican. Question is, will he revert back to the original Trump should he be elected? There’s no question at all, that should Clinton be elected, that our Constitutionally guaranteed rights will instantly and constantly be under attack by manipulation through the supreme court ‘getting it wrong on the 2nd amendment’ and insane federally imposed regulations of all sorts by executive order. In any case, I sense a disturbance in the force, if you will, that smells of the dark side. At least that’s my excuse for going out and buying some new toys since that Rossi .357 lever gun last year.
So, checking around my local gun stores I’ve done business with, I worked up a package deal with my buds at the store where I bought all my Cowboy Action Shooting gear and grabbed the Cx4 Carbine and the Px4 Pistol at the same time. The links take you to the Youtube channel of Hickok45, who has posted a very large number of gun evaluation videos without generally showing little, if any, bias against or for the guns he reviews. I took that Rossi lever gun and left it there on consignment to get a few bucks back on the deal, which was $1,450 or so out the door after taxes for the pair. I had researched pistol caliber carbines pretty well prior to this decision, and while there a quite a few out there, there really aren’t that many that have the complete magazine interchangeability and manufactures reputation that this Beretta set has. Also these are available from Beretta in .40 caliber and .45 ACP platforms. The way I figure the ‘worst case scenario’ for the coming years, I’m guessing that if Clinton wins, there won’t be a firearm or bullet left on any shelf in any store across the USA before she’s sworn in, because they’ll all be bought before she gets the chance to ban them all like Bill did with so-called ‘assault rifles’. So, in that kind of situation, having a side arm and carbine that share a pretty common caliber bullet just may be a good thing. And even better, is having the skills / equipment to reload your own ammo.
OK, now, finally on to the actual guns. The Beretta brand is famous, apparently, for their ergo-dynamics and design configurations and it shows very well with the Cx4 carbine and the Px4 pistol. I suppose that being in the business for a few hundred years helps with that. And the package deal that I experienced with both items was very satisfying. The Cx4 Carbine came out in a huge cardboard box, which had me a bit confused at first. However, as things were brought out, my grin got bigger and bigger. Seems the Cx4 Carbine deal included a hard case, a soft backpack type case, 3 butt plate extensions, picatinny rails on top and the lower fore-grip set, along with a “hidden” rail, 2 seventeen round magazines, a thumb saver magazine loader, the sights adjusting tool, a sling, cleaning kit, the manual and warranty papers.
I added one of the butt plate extensions to the one installed from the factory to make it perfect for length for me. The AimPoint style sight I’ve added fits in the hard case with no problems. However, the rail mounted flashlight I like on my weapons has to come off for it to go back into the hard case, because I like it on the left hand side of the lower rail block so I can thumb it on or off. A compact laser would fit nicely on the lower front rail underneath without having to come off, which is nice because it wouldn’t compromise your point of aim from taking it on and off.
The ‘hidden rail’ is revealed by pressing in the front sling post, allowing it to slide out for mounting a small item, perhaps a miniature laser and in case you don’t like the lower rails located where your favorite holding position might be.
I put a label on the sight with the battery type listed so that I can keep track of such things. The hollow spaces between the butt plate extensions are handy for small, crucial items like that. You only need a slotted screwdriver for access, which of course should be in your Leatherman type belt tool that you wear daily, right?
Next, the Px4 Pistol. Almost as many ‘freebies’ came with it. Comes in a typical manufacturers hard case, along with 2 extra back strap options, 2 seventeen round magazines, a cleaning kit, the ‘thumb saver’ loader again, and your paperwork.
My hands are kind of large (maybe bigger than Trump’s) so I swapped out the standard installed back strap in favor of the extended one that you see in the center of the case. . The weight is surprisingly light because of the mostly polymer construction, but it has a hefty barrel / slide weight which makes it comfortable to shoot and recover position for the next shot very quickly. Since the Px4 has a built in lower rail, I’ll very likely add a compact laser to it.
As Hickok45 demonstrated in his videos, these guns are ambidextrous in configuration and can be ‘flipped’ to suit a left handed shooter very easily. They are also accurate, easy to shoot, utterly dependable.
Because the Storm series is fairly fresh, the aftermarket hasn’t yet caught up with the higher capacity magazines that were available for the 92 series pistols and the earlier version carbine which shared up to 30 round magazines. But, Beretta has a nice deal for the 20 round magazines they do stock. Don’t know how much longer it will be in effect, but I ordered 2 twenty round Px4 magazines and got their custom retention holster with magazine holder attached for $18 off the retail price of $28 as a nice discount. Shipping was pretty quick, only about 3 business days to get here. The fitted holster is fully adjustable for the angle of draw you prefer and the magazine holder adjusts for retention tightness pretty well.
So, there you have it. An excellent pairing of carbine and sidearm, for that particular niche. I’ll get back later, after a few thousand rounds through each and do a part two posting.
Boutwell Auditorium last week housed about 300 homeless people a night last week.
Yeah, old Crazy Barney is a really compassionate leftist moron, is he not? Throw ’em out, I gotta have the space to spout my BS about socialist ‘compassion’ and ‘care for the poor’.
If we expect to save America as we know it, it’s time to get off your backside and do something about it. Get involved. Become a sentinel. Take America back.
THIS is the kind of thing that preppers are all about. The crazy rains, tornadoes, snow and ice coming down for the past week or so, this proves again we should all be more prepared for unexpected events. In my own area, over flood stage creeks, rivers and lakes have caused havoc with closed or washed out roads to neighborhoods or individual homes. So, if your driveway or road to your house was washed out, how long would you last before you had to get across for more food or other supplies?