I was tied up all weekend with a murder case report, but couldn’t let Independence Day pass without a little fireworks. My brief time-out of trigger-pulling on the backyard range was with 10mm and .45 caliber 1911 pistols. While safe-diving for the ones I wanted, I spotted a little fancy-stocked, silvery stainless ParaOrdnance Companion .45 from Para’s LDA (Light Double Action) series. Realizing I didn’t remember the last time I’d shot an LDA, I threw it into the gun box for the short walk to the range.
And with the first five rounds of Remington 185 grain .45 hollow point I fired from it, two-hand standing at fifteen yards, I got an exactly one-inch group.
The Companion was a concealed carry design, with 3.5” barrel. Guns that size aren’t supposed to shoot that well, particularly in the 1911 platform. The light double action (about 6.5 pounds pull weight in this specimen) distributes over a long stroke, making it less likely the shooter will anticipate the shot. I was conscious of not having run an LDA in, oh, a decade or so, and was taking care with the trigger pull.
I found myself doing the same a week before, teaching a MAG-40 class for Thunderbird Tactical in Wichita with a Heckler and Koch P30SK subcompact 9mm that I’m testing for Guns Magazine. It gave me a 300/300 score on the pace-setter qualification demonstration, and I was happy with its performance. It has the LEM (Law Enforcement Modification) trigger, which like the LDA is a long, light double action stroke for every shot.
Many years ago, when the great Mike Plaxco was world speed shooting champion and The Man to Beat on the pro shooting tour, I took his advanced class. Therein, he commented that if you’ve hit a plateau in your shooting skills, you might want to try something new – different technique or even different gun – because it will make you focus more on what you’re doing.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Michael proven right. Now that that damn 30-some page report is done, I’m gonna spend some more time on this end playing with that neat little LDA. It’s a useful concept. I’m told ParaOrdnance has recently been bought by Remington; I hope they keep the LDA option.
While I’m doing that, you’re invited to chime in on any shooting experiences you may have had in a similar vein.
The 2015 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting is done. According to The Shooting Wire, attendance – which had been estimated at 70,000 in the newspapers – was actually somewhat in excess of 78,000.
Nashville, generally seen as a blue island in a red state, proved to be extremely welcoming to the NRA influx. A great many of us in attendance were carrying guns, some openly, which is legal there. Any untoward incidents would have been trumpeted to the skies by the national media. Apparently, none took place, proving once again the truth in the Heinlein quote popularized by Jeff Cooper: “An armed society is a polite society.”
Some interesting guns were seen. The long-awaited Glock 43 slim-line 7-shot 9mm was introduced to the public. I previewed this gun in these pages last month, and now have my own which is well into testing phase. My time with it on the 25 yard bench was brief, but it gave me five shots in 2.10” at that distance with Federal 9BP 115 grain hollow points, and I know I pulled one of those shots a little bit. You have to make sure the magazine is seated all the way, kinda like with an AR15, but I’m not finding any other quirks with it yet.
In rifles, I’m intrigued with Nosler’s new high performance 7mm round, the .28 Nosler. A 160 grain AccuBond bullet at 3300 feet per second has a lot of potential.
In working shotguns, Mossberg’s hugely popular Model 500 is now available in a left-handed version. With ambidextrous top-tang safety, the Mossberg has always had appeal for southpaws, but one that ejects spent shells off to the left instead of distractingly across the shooter’s field of vision has definite appeal to those who shoot from the left shoulder.
Next year, the NRAAM will be held about the same time in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hope to see you there.
With Mr. Colion Noir, the face of the new generation of gun owners.
The new left-handed Mossberg 500 slide action shotgun.
Speaking on self-defense pitfalls at the National Firearms Law Seminar at NRAAM.
Forgive the sound effects. That’s just me, bound for some time by a legal non-disclosure agreement scheduled to time out at 12:01 AM on March 20, 2015. Another publishing entity disregarded the NDA and released it early, so Glock took the time leash off the rest of us.
For many years now, the Glock has been the best-selling pistol in the United States, and the gun Glock fans have most demanded is a slimmed-down version of the 9mm with a single-stack magazine, the better for discreet and comfortable concealment. Official announcement is now, official revealing to the gun owning public to handle will be at the NRA annual meeting and show in Nashville, TN next month.
Hear about it from the people who make it, here, at the ProArms Podcast (Scroll to the bottom for audio.)
Neat little gun. More in common with the little Glock 42 .380 that garnered enormous sales after its introduction in January 2014 than with the “baby Glock” G26 of 1996. Shot straight and reliably during the time I had with it, though I hope to put my already-ordered test samples through more strenuous paces.
I want to see how anyone who knows the meaning of the word “replica” is going to structure that training.
From the Merriam-Webster.com online dictionary:
noun rep·li·ca \ˈre-pli-kə\
: an exact or very close copy of something
Now, let’s see. If it’s an exact copy, how is the officer (or lawfully armed citizen) going to be able to tell that it’s not the real thing, exactly? Does he or she wait for the first shot? Uh-oh, that could be a cap or a blank. Wait for the first bullet to hit, maybe, and make sure it’s not a BB, an air gun pellet, or a little Airsoft projectile?
News flash for those who need it: Bad guys use replica guns BECAUSE they are very hard to distinguish from real ones. That’s why their victims give them money during their robberies. Why would a robber use a fake gun? Maybe he can’t access a real one that day. Maybe he is under the (usually mistaken) belief that if it isn’t a real gun, he’ll be charged with something less than armed robbery if he’s caught.
Paint the fake ones bright colors? Please. They’ll just paint them flat black, the way they remove the orange muzzles from Airsoft guns or paint them to match the rest of the gun, already.
And what about all the pink and other cute color REAL guns on the market today, an idea that goes back to the old High Standard Sentinel pastel .22 revolvers in pink, gold, and sky blue of the 1950s? What about the real guns I see with Hello Kitty™ and such on them?
And what of the punks who take their REAL guns and paint the muzzles or the whole thing Day-Glo™ orange, in hopes of making an arresting officer hesitate long enough that the criminal can murder the cop?
I wanna see the syllabus. This idea strikes me as a big, steaming pile of unicorn feces.
This is the week of the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show, where the lion’s share of new guns for the given year are introduced. I was scheduled to be there and had to cancel at the last minute, darn it, but fortunately lots of news is emerging from there daily on the blogosphere.
The new .17 caliber Savage rifle is the first semiautomatic I’ve seen so chambered. For the shooter who has lots of small, fast varmints and therefore needs rapid delivery of small, fast bullets, this sounds most promising. For hunting deer and such, I’m intrigued to learn that “the Christiansen Arms .308 with its carbon fiber barrel has almost no recoil, yet it weighs just six pounds, and its titanium muzzle brake does an outstanding job of keeping muzzle rise to almost nothing.”
The SHOT Show is in Las Vegas, and if I was there and they were taking bets on such things, I’d put my money down that the single best-selling new introduction mentioned in the dispatch from the front linked above will be Ruger’s drop-in trigger assembly for the incredibly popular 10/22 rifle. Said to be light and sweet, affordable and easy to drop in, it’s going to be a huge hit with target shooters of all types. I expect a lot of them to show up at the great Appleseed events, which we at Backwoods Home enthusiastically support.