Shooting the Badlands Challenge

So I thought up this course of fire while shooting at Badlands Gun Range, and decided to name it the Badlands Challenge. The course is simple:

  • 5 shots WHO, 5 yards, 10 sec par, low ready start
  • 5 shots SHO, 10 yards, 10 sec par, concealed start
  • 5 shots freestyle, 15 yards, 7 seconds, concealed start
  • 5 shots freestyle 20 yards, 10 seconds, concealed start
  • 5 shots freestyle 25 yards, 15 seconds, concealed start

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Next test 1911: Sig Sauer 1911 Fastback Nightmare .357 Sig

This is one I’ve been looking forward to testing for a while, the Sig Sauer 1911 Fastback Nightmare in .357 Sig. Let’s get started with the first evaluation, the 10-8 Performance Function Test

Passed with flying colors, it would seem. In fact, of all the 1911s I’ve had through the test so far (this is the 7th that’s begun the tests) it has the most reliable and consistent ejection pattern yet. Maybe there’s something to be said for that external extractor…

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Living with appendix carry

I received an interesting comment the other day on my “Five tips for smart concealed carry” video. The commenter said “I’d like to see you drive a car with that rig” which I thought was odd, because I’ve done 8 hour road trips with that rig. But because I understand that this is the internet, and you must show people, I decided to do a fun little video about living with AIWB.

So I drove my car to get coffee and donuts.

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No one is coming to save you

I am exhausted of writing about terrorist attacks, but they keep happening. And they continue to be relevant to our local self-defense situations here in the states. The most attack in Turkey focused on something that we’ve known forever is a soft target: the unsecure area of airports.

Image courtesy SecuritySales.Com
Image courtesy SecuritySales.Com

“But Caleb” you’ll say, “we can’t carry into airports!” Yeah, I know. That’s a real tricky situation right there, although I’d also be the first to tell you that a 9mm isn’t going to be a whole lot of help against someone clacking off a vest with no warning. However, that’s not the point.

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Concealed Carry: Understanding dry-fire

I don’t actually like to dry fire that much. The joke in the video about countless hours of mindless repetition is how I feel about it. But I also think it’s an incredibly useful tool for building “casual manipulation skills.” What are those?

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An Update, An Absence, and An ECO.

I just wanted to give a quick update.  My last article was May 5th, which in internet terms might as well be a lifetime ago.  Why?

My real job got hectic and I received an Designee Appointment from the FAA; an appointment that necessitated some out of State training.  An appointment that led to a side business opportunity, which as you can guess, takes time.  In truth, June 18th was the first time I shot a gun since May 4th.  In that time I never dry fired and I didn’t reload a single round.

Work Work Work

Work, Work, Work!

What I did do was liquidate, which leads me to the ECO update…

I sold it.  The business opportunity needed capital.  The ECO was among several firearms, and some shop equipment, that I sold to better my future.  I realize some people will be disappointed; but, frankly I bought it with my own money so I wasn’t beholden to anyone with the completion of the review.  Life happens and I don’t regret it.  As a side note, it is amazing how much money you might have lying around in rarely used equipment, gear and such.

The future?  Blog writing isn’t hard, until it is.  A 50+ hour a week job, wife, kids, side gig and general life all left me with little time to write well thought out articles.  I was hitting a wall on ideas and motivation.  When everything got crazy I had a talk with Caleb and we came to an agreement.  I will still write the occasional article, but since I am cutting WAY back, I am doing this Pro bono.  It seemed only fair.

I’ll be shocked if anyone reads this far.  Next time I’ll write about something gun related.  When might that be?  Only the Shadow Knows.

5 newbie CCW mistakes

This is one of those things that I had to try hard to figure out, because when I started scripting this video I had maybe three of these down pat. The biggest one for me is picking at my shirt. I actually got made not too long ago because that’s exactly what I was doing – picking at my shirt to “adjust” how it was concealing my gun. Which ones of these are you guilty of?

Kimber Pro Carry II 9mm at 2,000 rounds

Here it is, the 2,000th round through the Kimber Pro Carry II in 9mm. I’ll do the full review later, but here’s the final score for the short attention span folks.

  • Rounds fired: 2,012
  • Failures: 5
  • 10-8 Performance Test: Failed, but passed on re-test after break in period

Points Deducted: -5 points for 5 failures, -10 points for failing the 10-8 Test, +5 points back for passing the 10-8 Test on the retest.

Final Score: 90/100