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?
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!
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.
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?
Time for the final review of the Kimber Pro Carry II in 9mm. I actually ended up liking this gun quite a bit, and as a carry gun it has a lot going for it. Final score: 90/100
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
Since I last posted an update, I did manage to fire an additional few hundred rounds through the Kimber Pro Carry II in 9mm.
I didn’t get video of these range trips because I’ve been on a bit of a time crunch lately; however the gun now sits at 1,800 rounds fired. There were no additional failures of any type during the last three range sessions, putting the gun at 5 failures for the duration of the test.
I did manage to get some trigger time in, just on platforms a little bit bigger than my usual 1911s. I also missed a perfect score on the USAF handgun qualification by three shots, which was a little frustrating. But somehow, I’ll survive. Re-qualified on my very favorite gun in the world, the M240, and of course spent some trigger time with an M4 carbine.
All in all it was a pretty fun little hiatus.
This wasn’t the post I wanted to write when I came back from hiatus. Yet here I am, staring into my monitor as we’re faced with another mass murder perpetrated by a radical Islamist in a western, civilized nation. But this time it’s our own country, and that means in the days since the attack, all of the old talking points about gun control, Islam, violence against gays, and every other agenda someone wants to push are right back at the forefront again. I’m sick of it.
The Kimber is now at 1247 rounds fired. Since completing the 500 round break in period that Kimber recommends, it has shot 747 rounds and experienced one failure to extract. Compare this to the first 500 rounds where it experienced 4 different malfunctions. At least in regards to this gun, perhaps the “break in period” isn’t a myth after all.
If you read my previous post discussing the first 50 rounds fired through my Dan Wesson ECO you will know that it malfunctioned 12 times within the first 30 rounds. This only proves that you should qualify any gun you hope to conceal carry or use in defensive of a life.
I hope this does not apply to the readers of Gun Nuts, but some people actually buy a firearm for self-defense, throw it into a cheap nylon holster (separate issue), load it up with some ammo and proceed to carry it, secure in the belief it will act as a talisman and keep them safe.
The simple fact is you must vet any weapon slated for defensive purposes. I actually know of a person that bought a Colt Defender in 45 ACP and shot one mag out of it before carrying it. I was there and his target, which was shot at three yards, looked like he had thrown 45 caliber buckshot at it! Fast forward 18 months and we did our CCW renewal together. Out came the Colt Defender and a malfunction fest and an example of poor marksmanship followed. It was all the ammo’s fault of course. There was no way it was related to a lack of never applying lube to the weapon, not breaking it in or a total lack of fundamentals.
This brings up another point – sight regulation versus your carry load. If you don’t test fire the gun with your chosen carry load, how do you know the sights are even remotely close to point of impact?
Look, as gun nuts (as in people who love guns, not this site) we often lose sight of the fact that many people who buy a weapon do so for protection and are not seeking a new hobby. It is very easy in our rabid enjoyment of the hobby to scare them away as we suggest they should shoot weekly, or lead them to believe they must become some Rambo type person. People seeking only protection do not need to become enveloped in the gun hobby any more than I need to get enveloped in golf. We must temper ourselves with reality and try using some understanding (dare I say empathy) when trying to help them. We need to ask ourselves, “Where they are coming from?”
Then and only then can we begin to offer meaningful suggestions; such as the need to break-in and prove the reliability of their chosen self-defense firearm. The requirements of that break-in and reliability testing are not the scope of this article. That is wholly dependent on the gun type, the gun and ammo manufacturer, and the testing results, as trends develop.
The facts are simple – any gun can malfunction at any time, but it is better to have some confidence of past performance then be completely ignorant to the guns capabilities.
If you know of someone who falls into the “from the box to the concealed holster” camp, you might try to bring them around. Just don’t expect them to become a gun nut.