A “safe” pistol the Ruger LC9.

I went to the range today.  One of the other shooters was having an issue with a LC9 so I got the chance to look at it.

This Ruger LC9 would not fire.  New out of the box, the owner could chamber a round, but he could not make it fire.  He was asked if it had a key lock the owner said no.  So the owner was told to contact the company and if necessary send it back.

I went and took a look at the Ruger web site and they they note that this pistol has a key lock.  My best guess is that at some point the key lock was used on this pistol rendering it inert.  Fortunately this owner choose to test his firearm before relying on it.

Moral of the story:  Test your gear, avoid unnecessary extra safety locks.

Astigmatisms and Red Dots.

Every so often I see or hear a complaint about how someone just bought a new Red Dot optic(or similar reflex sight) and got a defective one with a screwed up reticle.

Now there are the occasional defective optic, but usually the answer is that the person has an astigmatism or other eye problem that they did not know about causing the dot to look like something other then a circle.  I know a guy who bought an Aimpoint PRO and sent it back for being defective.  He sent the replacement back also complaining how he was sent two defective optics in a row.  It wasn’t the optics that had the problem.

So, how do we diagnose if the problem is the person or the optic?  First option is to have someone else look through the optic.  If that is not an option, simply rotate the optic when looking through it.  Some people will see a J shape, or a figure eight(or similar infinity sign), multiple dots, etc.  If these remain the same when the optic is rotated, it is the persons eye that is the problem.  If this aberration rotates with the optic, the optic is at fault.

Most people will find that these issues go away when they wear their corrective lenses.  Others learn to live with it, finding a point on the deformed reticle that they can use.  For example the top of the J, or in between the circles of an figure 8.  For some they can not deal with this so they do not use red dot type optics.

A couple of observations from the range.

Wolf Ammo oiledIt is not a very good idea to oil your ammo with penetrating oil.

Recently I have seen a few scopes come off rifles under recoil.   Buy good mounts, and make sure that they are installed correctly and you can often avoid the problem.  In the picture below the mount came with the wrong screws which were too short.  The scope came off giving the owner of the rifle a nasty cut.

TC Encore scope mount

I saw a new bipod called the “Flex Bipods”.  While it is not a “Tactical” bipod, it is an interesting rest.  First it is rather light for its size, lighter then a comparable Sinclair F-Class bipod.  Second is that it is designed to flex, for pre-loading the rifle.  And lastly is that the feet on it(adjustable for height) are very gripy and grab the ground, carpet, and even the concrete shooting bench well.

Flex BipodThis Flex Bipod is about 20oz, breaks down small and flat for storage, has swivel and height adjustment.  Price is around $200 dollars which makes it competitively priced with its competition.  It would not be right for people who don’t use bipod pre-load.  I think it is nifity and might be good for some F-class shooters but it would not be the right bipod for me.


Paratroop Gear WW2



Howard found this picture of the lay out of a Paratroopers gear from WW2.   I don’t know where it came from originally be we picked it up from Ar15.com.

Obviously the belt is heavy modified by riggers.  Its said to be a radio mans gear due to the radio. but I think it may be an officer or Artillery observer, The small radio, from what I understand was about the same as a walkie talkie and was for use inside the smaller units,like and officer calling up his company commander not the one used by the regular radio men