"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review of the CazGear Pellinores OWB Holster.

If you are looking for a great inexpensive OWB pancake style Kydex holster then look no further. I have found an awesome veteran owned small business that makes quality Kydex holsters at a fraction of the price as their larger counterparts; it goes by the name of CazGear.  I have had the pleasure of speaking to the owner Jason E. personally and he is very down to earth and extremely helpful. CazGear is located in Virginia and is a one man operation, but don't be alarmed the turn around time is outstanding. The two holsters I have had made by him have been at my door in less than 10 days.

I had my first holster from CazGear made for my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9.  I went with the "Pellinores" pancake style OWB and "Squires" double magazine carrier in Kryptek Yeti. I was absolutely amazed by the quality and craftsmanship of the products. The attention to detail on the cuts, rivet placement and fit was amazing. They offer both squared and combat cuts on the lower half for better comfort. CazGear does an excellent job with the shaping of their rigs; the bend on the holster wings pulls it in tight to the body and the center bend on the magazine carrier makes it extremely comfortable for all day wear. The "Pellinores" holster has 10 eyelet rivets plus the retention screw for maximum grip of the firearm. The "Squires" double magazine carrier is equipped with 12 eyelet rivets and the fit is perfect, you do not have to worry about a magazine dropping out. I elected to have my rig outfitted with "speed-clips" instead of the standard J-hooks; I love the ease of putting them on and taking them off.  This rig is so well made and shaped to fit so snug that I have been using it as my EDC instead of my IWB. I finally had the opportunity to take it to the range and put it through its paces, and just as I had expected it was an awesome experience. 

So fast forward a little and Angie decides she wants one for her Taurus PT709 "Slim." At this point I got in contact with Jason and laid it out for him, she also wanted the "Pellinores" style holster but she had a special color request.  Jason informed me that he did not have a mold for the Taurus PT709 "Slim", but Jason is very easy to deal with and has a system in place for just such an issue. If he does not have your firearm listed just contact him through the CazGear website and he will set you up. So after everything was taken care of she received her beautiful CazGear "Pellinores" style holster within a week; it was love at first sight.

So if you are looking for that perfect Kydex holster be sure to check out CazGear.com for a great, affordable, veteran made holster that you will absolutely love. 

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sighting in a new scope is such a pain... Or is it?

Zeroing your new scope seems to be one of the biggest mysteries out there.  I am going to take you through how to properly zero your scope and hopefully clear up misconceptions you may have about the topic. I will be using a 2.125” sight height, 1/8" @ 100 yds. or 1/8 MOA (Minute of Angle) per click and Freedom Munitions Remanufactured FMJ .308 Win 150 gr. cartridge for reference. I normally zero in at 50 yards, as this is an easily obtainable distance. The Freedom Munitions Remanufactured FMJ .308 Win 150 gr. has a muzzle velocity of 2,810 f.p.s. and a ballistics coefficient of .398. A 50 yd. zero will put you approximately -1.49 MOA @ 200 yds. So there will not be much adjusting needed to be made inside those distances. Beyond those distances, simple elevation corrections are dialed in via the elevation turret on the scope -7.13 MOA @ 400 yds. -10.69 MOA @ 500 yds. for reference.

Let’s Boresight the Scope.

1) Mount the scope to the rifle using the rings. It’s easy to mount your scope slightly crooked. Over torquing when screwing the top ring down can slightly cant the scope, and that slight cant is all takes to throw it off. Using a scope leveling kit can help drastically.

2) Center your scope’s turrets (windage and elevation knobs). This is done by turning the turret all the way in one direction left or right. Start with the elevation turret and turn it all the way up, then turn it all the way back down, while counting the number of clicks it takes until it stops. Divide that number by 2, and then turn the turret that many clicks the other way. This will center the crosshairs, now do the windage turret. Your crosshairs are now centered, not zeroed, centered. *This is an optional step, you can just start from where they are.

3) With the scope now mounted, crosshairs centered (if you chose to do so) and the rifle is unloaded. Take the gun to a place where you can see about 50 yds. away. This can be done outside or it can be done inside while looking through a window. Remove the bolt from the gun, so that you can see through the barrel.

4) Secure the gun with shooting bags, a gun vise, or the gun’s bipod whatever you have and point it at an object 50 yds. Away.  Look inside the barrel of the gun, and center the barrel of the gun on a distant object.

5) Without touching the gun, lift your eye up to the scope. Do you see the same object? If so, is the scope centered on the same object that the barrel is? If it does that’s great. Chances are it will not work out like that.  If it doesn’t; which it probably won’t, slowly turn the elevation and windage knobs until the center of the crosshairs matches the view inside the barrel.
Once your crosshairs point to what you see through the barrel; you are “bore sighted” and you should at least be on paper with your first shots.

Time to throw some lead!

6) Securely support your rifle using sandbags, a gun vise or a bipod. The less you touch the rifle the better.  Load 1 round into your rifle. Line your crosshairs on the center of your 50 yd. target, squeeze off a shot; remembering to use proper technique including breath control, trigger squeeze, cheek weld and sight picture.
Where did you hit, High, Low, Left, Right?  If you can’t see the shot through the scope, walk downrange to the target and look, if allowed. A spotting scope or binoculars are very useful in this situation.

7) After verifying shot placement, look through the scope and align the crosshairs on the center of the target. Ensuring to keep the rifle steady, turn the windage and elevation knobs until the crosshairs are centered on the hole of your shot.

8) Fire another round, aiming for the center of the target. Your shot should be dead on. If not, repeat steps 6 and 7. Once your scope is zeroed, it is a good idea to remove the windage and elevation turret caps, using your manufacturer's instructions; without allowing the turrets to move any clicks, take the turret caps off and place them on the zero marks aka slip the scales.

9) Once you have slipped the scale you should find you mechanical zero (true zero of your scope now). This done by turning you elevation turret all the way up; you do noy need to count clicks you can count full rotations. Write the number down. Return your scope back to zero by turning the turret back the other way the same number of rotation to the zero mark.

You are now zeroed for 50 yds. You should fire at least 3-5 more shots just to verify your zero.

Will my Scope Stay Zeroed?

Your scope should remain zeroed unless you drop it, bump it hard against something or any of the following statements are true.
I used a sufficiently different load of ammunition than the one I zeroed with.
I used a heavier or lighter bullet than the bullet than the one I zeroed with.
I did not use proper technique including, holding my rifle differently, I had a different cheek weld, my breathing was erratic, I did not squeeze the trigger I pulled it.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Get Home Bags (GHB), What should they entail and should I have one, or more.

A Get Home Bag (GHB) is something you should really consider having, possibly multiple ones for every vehicle you own or use. What is a GHB used for? What should I have in my GHB? These are questions that you may be asking yourself and I will try and help you answer them. As far as should you have one; I say most definitely. What should you carry in it; well that depends on you, but I will try and give you some ideas. Let's get started.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

What is a GHB used for?

First, what is a GHB? Well, it is just what it says; it is a bag you carry with you, loaded with gear that you would need to make a trek home if you ever find yourself in an SHTF situation. It should contain enough gear and essentials to get you to a better situation; like home. I would say you should set it up for at least 48 hrs. If set up properly your GHB can be used as a Bug Out Bag (BOB) with a few extra additions. Rations to bump your time frame to 72 hrs. would be recommended for BOB usage. Other firearms and ammo would also be a great addition to change it to a BOB.

What should I have in my GHB? 

As the name states the first thing you will need is a good sturdy bag. There are plenty on the market to choose from; just find one you like and that will hold up. I use the Eyourlife sport bag, it is not expensive but it is sturdy. So now that I have the bag what do I need in it? Again, this will be tailored to your needs. As a minimum, I suggest you carry spare magazines and ammo for your EDC firearm. You will need a way to carry water, some type of rations would be useful. A knife, fire starting materials, first aid supplies, and communications equipment are a must. You may find that you would like to carry other items in you GHB and that is perfectly fine, just don't pack useless gear.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

Here is a breakdown of my GHB / BOB:

Spare magazines and ammunition for my EDC, BUG and other firearms
Folding Buck knife
P-51 Military style can openers
Mess kit including utensils and cooking gear
Collapsible water bottle and wide mouth plastic BPA free bottle
Baofeng GT-3 Mark II Dual-band Transceiver
Waterproof matches and backup magnesium firestarter
Mountain Home freeze dried rations
Lenstatic Compass
550 cord survival bracelet with fire starter and whistle
Mylar emergency blankets
First Aid Kit
Emergency Stove with fuel tablets

*Please note that the links I have provided are for reference only, they may or may not be the exact product I use. Also, I do not endorse any of the above-mentioned products.
Click here for a printable GHB / BOB Checklist.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to hone your firearm skills; then the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program (MPQ) is for you.  The MPQ is informal and designed to be both fun and challenging, you can earn awards and recognition in multiple disciplines ranging from BB guns to muzzleloader.  You do not have to be an NRA member (but why wouldn't you be) to participate in the program. 

The MPQ sets forth the standards, you meet or exceed those standards.  Progression through the program is self-paced, the needed scores for each course of fire are challenging, yet attainable. Your performance will be measured against par scores laid out in the programs guidelines. Once you meet or exceed the score you will be entitled to the awards for that level. The MPQ is operated on the honor system, up until the Distinguished Expert level.  Distinguished Expert is the apex of each discipline and is nationally recognized.

The courses of fire in each discipline are designed to take you from beginner level to Distinguished Expert.  There are five skill rating levels for each discipline not counting the Distinguished Expert level. 
The levels break down as so: 
Beginning Skills: Pro-Marksman and Marksman
Intermediate Skills: Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, and Expert
Once you have completed all the required courses of fire for each skill level; have acquired all of the lower level awards, you can do the Distinguished Expert course of fire. The Distinguished Expert course of fire must be scored by an active NRA member, and you must be an NRA member to be recognized.

I would recommend that all concealed carry license holders complete the Defensive Pistol I (at a minimum) and II qualification courses of fire. If you would like to know more about the MPQ or get started earning your awards here is the link to the qualification book and information you will need.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review of Osborn Holsters TacticalTuck IWB and SuperMini Appendix IWB


  If you have read some of my prior posts, you have probably heard me mention how much I love my Osborn Holsters TacticalTuck IWB and SuperMini Appendix IWB. Well, I guess it is time to give you the lowdown on why this is.  I have been carrying my EDC M&P Sheild in the TacticalTuck IWB for about 2 months now, and I must say it has stood up very well to the Texas heat.  Not only that but it has to be one of if not the most comfortable holsters I have ever used.

  Everything from the TacticalTuck's high grain leather to its dual-clip design just screams reliability and comfort.  With the four adjustment holes on either clip; it gives you the ability to find just the right cant and ride depth you are looking for. The custom molded Kydex® shell fits your firearm perfectly and securely. The four retention screws and rubber bushings allow you to truly dial in just the right amount of retention. I really appreciate the all-steel hardware that they use on all their holsters, and I really love the fact that it is a trim, minimalist design; there is no more or no less leather on the holster than is needed to securely and comfortably hold your favorite carry gun. 

 Angela Parker (5 Fabulous Reasons to Keep aa Shooter's Log Book) uses the SuperMini Appendix IWB for her EDC with her Taurus PT-709 "Slim"  absolutely loves it. The SuperMini Appendix IWB boasts all of the same qualities as its bigger brothers, just in a smaller package. It still provides adjustable retention, cant and ride depth even though it only uses a single clip. Despite the fact that it is designed and named for appendix carry, it can be carried anywhere on the waistband. 

  No matter what Osborn Holster you choose you will love it.  They are all handmade in the Great State of Texas with high-quality materials.  All of their holsters are of the tuckable nature and have a 60-day limited money back guarantee with a lifetime defects warranty.  With 3 color options, *natural, black or brown for the leather, you can get the one that fits your style.  Osborn Holsters also offers the HorizonalMag Holster and the TacticalRig + Mag Holster so be sure to check them out, you will not be disappointed. 

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

*Holster Color Options

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The ArmaLite Rifle 15 aka the AR-15 Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR). They're not "assault rifles", they're "defensive rifles."

I had planned on staying away from this topic, but I figured why not.  Everyone has heard about the “Evil, Uncontrollable, Mass Murdering, 1,000 rounds a second firing (with a Bullet Button of course),” Assault Rifle 15 (AR-15). Well, there, in fact, lies the problem. For those of you who may not know or care enough to do your research; the AR in AR-15 does not stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle" it stands for ArmaLite Rifle after the company who first developed it in the 1950's.  

Just for fun let's have a quick English lesson. Define the following words:
Assault: v. to violently attack (someone or something) 
Rifle: n. a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore 
Weapon: n. something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you

So by definition for the AR-15 MSR to be an "assault rifle" it would have to violently attack someone or something; except this can only happen with the help of an outside force (with a shoulder, and hands). Furthermore, violence is a behavior; behaviors are fueled by emotions, rifles do not have emotions humans do. Also by definition, it is a weapon which is used also for defending oneself against an attack. So technically not only is the AR-15 MSR not an "assault rifle", one could logically state that it is a "defense rifle." I know that my personal ATI Omni Hybrid AR-15 MSR is a defensive rifle.

AR-15 MSR's are a modular firearm platform meaning you can affix different "uppers" (barrel, handguards and chamber) to the "lower" ( pistol grip, trigger and buttstock). Not only can you swap out multiple uppers and lowers. The use of Picatinny style or M-lok® by Magpul rail systems you can add all kinds of accessories like sights, bipods, foregrips etc. These are semi-automatic firearms, meaning only one round is fired each time the trigger is pulled. The AR-15 MSR platform comes in multiple calibers ranging from .22 LR to .450 Bushmaster, with the most common being 5.56/.223. You can even get uppers chambered for handgun calibers like 9mm, .40 and .45, and they even have shotgun versions. 

The charm of the AR-15 MSR comes from not only it's historical military roots, but from its ability to perform in different environments; a true all-weather firearm. Accurate, rugged and versatile are just a few words used to describe the AR-15 platform, not to mention really fun to shoot.  AR -15 MSR's are used for different types of hunting from varmint to big game and they are great for target shooting.  An AR-15 MSR is no more powerful than a normal hunting rifle. Let's refer back to earlier where the 5.56/.223 being the most common; that is way less powerful than a .270 WSM (Winchester Short Magnum) or the 7mm Remington Magnum (Rem. Mag). AR-15 MSR's are used throughout the sport-shooting community whether it is 3-Gun or Long Range Precision, the AR-15 MSR platform is king. 

People who refer to an AR-15 rifle as an "assault weapon" are probably the ones trying to ban these type firearms, or they have not done any research on the rifle's sporting use, or lastly they're just __________. (Fill in the blank) The AR-15 MSR is one of today's most owned and sought-after firearms out there.  If you have one you love it, if you don't have one you want one.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."