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Title: Firearms review
Post by: FDD on October 26, 2017, 06:41:36 am
OK people, lets hear what your impressions are on the weapons you have.
both good and bad.

I just picked up a Kel Tek PMS-30.
light weight pistol in 22mag.
30 round magazine.

no problems so far, very light weight compared to the Ruger Mark III 
might end up being the pistol I keep in the truck.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 26, 2017, 06:45:17 am
Here is a review of some of my guns... :)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/i-love-my-guns/

Oh, and here is my everyday carry:
https://thepriceofliberty.org/2016/02/29/my-every-day-carry-edc/

I have others, but most are poor relations and not worth bragging about.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2017, 08:05:10 am
I would love to give ya'll a thorough review of my boomsticks but I lost them in that horrible fishing accident.  Just terrible...


My main carry weapon (when I'm not at work; rules 'n all...) is the Glock 17.  Chambered in 9mm.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.

My pocket pistol (when I really need to be discreet) is the Glock 42.  Chambered in 380acp.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.

My under-the-pillow pistol is the Glock 22.  Chambered in 40S&W.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.

My oh-crap-there's-a-bear pistol is the Glock 21.  Chambered in 45acp.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.

Hmm... seems to be a theme here.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 26, 2017, 08:29:54 am

My under-the-pillow pistol is the Glock 22.  Chambered in 40S&W.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.

Under the pillow? That's a terrible place for a gun. You could put your eye out! :)  I have a holster that attaches to the bed frame. It is the only kydex holster I care for, and it does a great job. I practice drawing the gun from as many different positions as I can think of.

Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: FDD on October 26, 2017, 10:00:06 am
the under the pillow gun is for knobster SHW, for when he is not being a good husband and taking care of business
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 26, 2017, 10:13:54 am
the under the pillow gun is for knobster SHW, for when he is not being a good husband and taking care of business

She needs a bedside holster too! :)
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: colonial shooter on October 26, 2017, 10:34:51 am
OK people, lets hear what your impressions are on the weapons you have.
both good and bad.

I just picked up a Kel Tek PMS-30.
light weight pistol in 22mag.
30 round magazine.

no problems so far, very light weight compared to the Ruger Mark III 
might end up being the pistol I keep in the truck.

The only issue I see with that firearm is the availability of ammo
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 26, 2017, 11:14:58 am

The only issue I see with that firearm is the availability of ammo

What is the issue with availability? Three stores in town here sell both .22lr and mag. in several varieties. Not as cheap as it used to was... but still available. I have "several" boxes of each. :)
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on October 26, 2017, 01:40:41 pm
the under the pillow gun is for knobster SHW, for when he is not being a good husband and taking care of business

She needs a bedside holster too! :)

 :laugh:
I've never seen a bedside holster!  Those look quite neat. 
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: MamaLiberty on October 26, 2017, 01:52:25 pm

I've never seen a bedside holster!  Those look quite neat.

It is neat! Holds the gun firmly and safely. Covers the trigger. Easy to draw and reholster. I looked at the website where I got it, and was not able to find it there! I wrote to the owner to ask about it and will post here when I hear from him.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on October 27, 2017, 06:09:45 pm

I've never seen a bedside holster!  Those look quite neat.

It is neat! Holds the gun firmly and safely. Covers the trigger. Easy to draw and reholster. I looked at the website where I got it, and was not able to find it there! I wrote to the owner to ask about it and will post here when I hear from him.

Much appreciated!
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: FDD on February 23, 2018, 06:35:35 am
picked up a new, to me, bang stick.

Romanian PSL. 7.62x54r, just need some warm weather now.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on February 27, 2018, 07:38:37 am
Mosin-Nagant?  I have one of those bad boys.  Biiiiig rifle.  With a very big recoil...  Bought it years and years ago for $90.

Also, added another toy to my arsenal this past month.  A new carry pistol, G19, Glock 9mm a little bit smaller than the G17.  Ugly, rugged, reliable.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: FDD on February 27, 2018, 08:52:44 am
not a bolt bang stick

semi one

now I need to look for reloading parts for it
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on February 27, 2018, 11:05:50 am
not a bolt bang stick

semi one

now I need to look for reloading parts for it

A semi-auto firing that monstrous round?  Ouch...

Mil-surp 54R ammo is very tough to find and the moment.  American made is out there but at $1 a round!
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: Bill St. Clair on February 27, 2018, 04:10:57 pm
A semi-auto firing that monstrous round?  Ouch...

Ballistics look pretty close to .30-06 to me. 150 grains at 2800 to 300 fps. 180 grains at 2600 fps.

http://www.ballistics101.com/7.62x54.php
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: echopeak on April 04, 2018, 11:15:44 am
FDD- The top rifle on my wish list is a VEPR in 7.62x54R. Pretty much the same as the PSL you show. The x54R has been my favorite round for years, and the VEPR has an incredibly reliable history.

Bill- I have heard 7.62x54R nicknamed the "Russian .30-06"
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on August 16, 2018, 06:57:42 am
Anyone have input on the AR-12?  The evil, black, 'assault' looking thing that is chambered in 12ga?  One of my local gun shops has one for $400 and my gosh am I tempted...
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: Who...me? on August 16, 2018, 04:19:44 pm
They are fairly new and I understand they have cycling issues if you do not fire hi brass rounds.  My default is to suspect anything like that with the VERY low price point it has.

I want one of these...yes much more expensive but...it gives me happy feelings.

https://iwi.us/product/tavor-ts12/
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: knobster on August 17, 2018, 09:49:02 am
They are fairly new and I understand they have cycling issues if you do not fire hi brass rounds.  My default is to suspect anything like that with the VERY low price point it has.

I want one of these...yes much more expensive but...it gives me happy feelings.

https://iwi.us/product/tavor-ts12/

Nice!  Will easily repel pirates attempting to board.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: FDD on October 05, 2019, 02:54:55 pm
Well the Kel Tec PMS 30. works fine out in the field, no jams, need to adjust the sights a little, but nice firing bang stick.

the PSL, wow what a boom stick, and yes it is a boom stick, had 1 inch patterns from 300 yards, little more kick than the Garand but it was fun boom stick. I am finding ammo for it at most gun shows, they are Russian ammo, so steal case, and not reload able, but I am also finding some brass in 7.62x54r at the shows too.   
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: securitysix on October 08, 2019, 06:58:16 pm
Ruger Security9

The new, younger brother to my namesake.

Pros:

Size - about the same as a Glock 19 or M&P 2.0 Compact.
Capacity - 15+1, same as the Glock 19 or M&P 2.0 Compact (there is a 10+1 version available for people who live in less free States)
Comfort - Grip size is good, comfortable, good angle.
Pointability - It has it.  Far better to me than a Glock (that Glock grip angle naturally points high for me, have to make a mental adjustment every time I pick up a Glock).
Price - Normal street price seems to be around $309.99.  I caught a sale and got mine for $289.99.

Cons:

Sights - They're fine, but I'm not a fan of the goal post style sights.  I have the same complaint about Glock's sights.
Material - It is a polymer frame, and while I won't say it feels "cheap," I also won't say that it feels high quality.  The guide rod (full length) is also plastic.
Magazines - They're about $30 each.  Not the most expensive out there, but also not cheap.  On the plus side, they do drop free.
Field stripping - It's kind of a pain in the ass.  It's not conceptually difficult, but they could have designed this better.

Other:

Accessory availability - As I write this, there aren't a lot of holster options out there, although that will probably change.  There is at least 1 company making magazine extensions, replacement guide rods, replacement recoil springs, and replacement triggers.
Action - This is not a striker fired gun.  It actually has an internal hammer.  It also has a manual thumb safety. 
About that safety - The safety has been subject to some controversy, though not because it doesn't work.  It is difficult to engage.  In particular, you can't sweep it on like you can with the safety on, say, a 1911.  You can sweep it off easily enough.  It doesn't get in the way while shooting, and you're not going to accidentally bump it on while shooting.  But it does take a particular and deliberate motion to re-engage the safety. 
Reliability - Mixed bag here.  I've only got a couple hundred rounds through mine, but half of that was 124 grain Remington Golden Saber hollow points (other half was 124 grain ball).  It ate all 200 rounds with no failures to feed, fire, extract or eject.  The flip side is that it did develop a problem that made it really tough to drop the slide once it locked back on an empty magazine.  The slide stop and the slide both worked up enough of a burr that they wouldn't disengage from each other consistently.  I've filed down the burrs and put a bit of an angle on those surfaces that should keep them from re-developing the burrs without otherwise affecting the function.  I'd really like to get another couple hundred rounds through it to see if the burrs come back before I make a final comment on reliability here.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: casca-503 on October 11, 2019, 07:41:26 am
this   old   grunt   can   not    wrap   my   head   around    that   two   piece    glock-style   trigger  on   glocks   /  xd's   /   rugers   /   or   any   of   "  those  "   things......they    obviously    appeal    to   many,    but   if  it   breaks,   or   gets   jammed   =    ya'    got   a   very    small    ....  light....club..../    just   my   $.05  worth....
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: securitysix on October 20, 2019, 12:26:01 pm
if  it   breaks,   or   gets   jammed

Emphasis mine.  That's a big "if."  I am unaware of any instances of those two-piece triggers breaking or jamming. 

While I'm no fan of Glock, they've been riding in police across the US since 1985 or so in numbers that would run at least into the hundreds of thousands in the US alone.  That's not even counting the military holsters they've been in, including MARSOC (Marine Raiders) and the Navy SEALs.

If breakage of these triggers was common, I'm pretty sure we'd know by now.

I will say that I had a lot more hesitation about the trigger design used on the M&P, but those have been around since 2005, and while the early models were plagued with some reliability and accuracy issues, they weren't breaking triggers.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: casca-503 on October 20, 2019, 03:42:47 pm
hey,   S.S.    differing    opinions   always   welcome..../   what   i   said   was   MY   opinion....mine   only...../   one   jammed  /   broken   /    trigger   is   one   too   many               
on   MY GUN   for  this  72  yr.   old   disabled   combat   vet     {   3  purple   hearts   from   Viet-Nam   }    /    did   not   say   those   were   bad,   only   not   for   me.
when   two   surfaces   need   to   move,   things   can   become  jammed.....remember    MURPHY's  LAW......
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: kirgi07 on November 01, 2019, 07:12:32 pm
Guns break,it happens.Any maker can have a failure.With the count of Glock out there,folk would know of it. Ought 07.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: casca-503 on November 01, 2019, 08:47:00 pm
as   previously   stated   by   me....did   not   say   they   were   good   or   bad....   ONLY   NOT    FOR    ME....   any   questions   ????       i   feel   the   1911-A-1   is   BEST   defensive   handgun....  as   it    kept   me   on   right   side   of   the   grass    several   times  over   the   years....        but....no   one   has   to   agree   with   me.....just   my   $.05    opinion....casca....the   old   grunt.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: casca-503 on November 01, 2019, 08:54:14 pm
hey...S.S.   who,   or   what    is  /   was  /    a   MARINE   RAIDER   ????    /    there   were    Raiders    in   W.W.  - 2   /    not   since   then   that   i   am   aware   of....i   was   L.R.R.P.   /   Army   long   range   recon....a   very   long   time   ago.....casca....out.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: securitysix on November 01, 2019, 10:34:06 pm
I'm not hugely familiar with the WWII Marine Raiders' mission.

Modern Marine Raiders are part of MARSOC (MARine Special Operations Command), which is attached to JSOC.

From what I understand, their training (and TO&E) is similar to, but broader than, Marine Recon, and their mission is in support of JSOC, whereas Recon's mission is in support of the Corps.

That's pretty much all I can give you there.

Here is a (long) video from a guy who goes over the difference between Raiders and Recon.

I didn't serve because I promised my mother I wouldn't enlist, and I'm more afraid of her than any ridicule about my lack of service.  I do have a respect for people who did, though.
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: casca-503 on November 03, 2019, 08:49:12 am
1st. =   where's   the   beef   ?    /   the   missing   video....   /    2nd.   =  WHO   would   ridicule   you   for   respecting   promise   to   your   Mother   ???      not   me....///    i   grew   up   in   the   biggest     city   in   my   state,   but   spent   as   much   time   as   possible   in   the   woods..../   hunting   /   camping   /   fishing  /   etc.   /    i   wish   you   well  /    i   believe   in   1967   when   i   enlisted    was   before   you   were   born   Mr.S.S.  /   different   times   /    different   cultures....
Title: Re: Firearms review
Post by: securitysix on November 04, 2019, 05:22:23 pm
Sorry.  Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBOrclf6rwA

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2nd.   =  WHO   would   ridicule   you   for   respecting   promise   to   your   Mother

People whose opinions don't matter to me.  But it has happened.