So its been awhile since I updated the blog but We've been insanely busy which is a good thing. I'll be talking about the Sig P320 a little bit. I FINALLY got in some definitive range time with the Sig P320 compact project gun. My final mods/accessories were the Hogue Handall Grip sleeve and a Gas Pedal take down lever and of course the TruGlo TFO fibre optic Tritium sights.
In the beginning I was not wild about the grip sleeve in concept but I have to admit, the comfort is insanely good. I also had a mixed experience group on the range today and bar none, everyone's very first comment was "wow this is a really confortable gripI also used it to teach proper grip, again some folks with experience and some folks with none. Today being their first time shooting.
The gas pedal, and again, say what you want to but this little gizmo does exactly what it was designed to do. Secondly, it worked great as a reference point when explaining where the support hand thumb should rest.
Long story short, using the P320 as a teaching tool, I was able to get the participants , even the ones with no previous shooting experience, to sucessfully hit 12oz water bottles at 25 yards.
The gas pedal also helps to correct pulling left. So bottom line, this set up worked flawlessly.
Got a little mention in an article. Check out the article at the link below. page 167 is the start of the article. We're mentioned on page 172.
Ok so it's been a little while but I've got some cool info to share. I didn't want to promote this until I was sure it was a quality piece of fire power. So here goes, It's called the SAR B6P, It's Turkish, it's polymer, it's extremely well made, it's a CZ75 copy.............IT'S $375.00! This is one of the best pistols of this type I have come across for the price. As with any well made CZ75 copy, they are very accurate and will accept late model CZ75 magazines (with two locking notches). Taking the two guns apart it's hard to tell which parts are CZ and which are SAR unless you try to make them interchangeable which they are not. There are currently two full sized available and 8 compacts. They will go fast! https://eaacorp.com/portfolio-item/sar-b6-polymer-sarsilmaz/
OK this is REALLY off topic but from time to time I will do unconventional things like post a Bar-b-que critique.
So here goes nothing.....If you ever find yourself in the Lexington Kentucky area and you are a fan of Bar-b-que, do yourself a favour and stop by Red State Barbecue. They are located @ 4020 Georgetown Rd. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky, 40511. First thing I will tell you is that yes it looks kinda like the proverbial hole-in-the-wall restaurant and I don't mean that in any derogatory manner what so ever. That is actually a compliment. These are good folks making some great Barbecue. They have several sauces which are made in house and each one is very good. I am told that the current owners wife is originally from North Carolina and it was her recipe used for the NC sauce. I can assure you 100% that the NC vinegar sauce is Authentic NC barbecue sauce and it is very good. There is, of course the standards hot and sweet, and there's even a SC mustard based sauce that will remind those who know, of Maurices around Columbia S.C. but then there's their own Kentucky Small Batch. WOW what a great sauce! The next time I'm in the area I will be taking some containers and bringing some back. Simple as that!
So we tried the pulled pork, the brisket and the twice smoked brisket. Of the three my favourite was the pulled pork but if you're a brisket fan you're probably going to be pretty happy. If you like yours lean, order the the brisket. If you like it on the fatty side then you'll want the Double Smoked Brisket. Great flavour on both. As for the sides, we sampled the baked beans, the Mac-n- Cheese and the fries. You cannot go wrong with any of these. All were outstanding, the fries are skin on and delicious, the baked beans had a great smokey, brown sugar sweet flavour and of course contained bits of barbecue, great flavour. The Mac-n-Cheese? Well, try it you'll see! The last thing I want to cover is that the staff of this fine establishment were very friendly, helpful, and very welcoming. No pretentiousness, no B.S. just good folks serving some great barbecue. The other thing I'd like to cover is the prices, the pricing for what you get is very reasonable. Plates run in the range of $8-$16. Of course a whole rack of ribs is gonna cost you but you knew that.
I've included a link to their menu below.
OK, I know this is a subject that has been beaten to death over and over and over but what I'd like to do is look at these two excellent rounds both individually and together. I won't waste your time with my opinion.....I'm going to waste your time with REAL SCIENCE and FACT! To begin with the 5.56 62 gr travels at an average speed of 3100 fps @ muzzle and has a muzzle energy of 1767 Joules or 1303 ft./lbs. The .223 Remington (civvie equivalent of the 5.56) 62 gr (Hornady FMJBT, so we can get down to more of an apples for apples comparison) travels at roughly......are you ready? 3000 fps @ muzzle and a muzzle energy of 1738.1355999999998 Joules (sorry if math hurts your eyes) or 1282 ft./lbs. These are ONLY two examples. You will find a wide selection of ammo in this caliber with varying bullet weights and velocities but for the purposes of this discussion we will stick to the examples given. The round has excellent accuracy, is relatively light weight and cycles well under normal conditions. What this round lacks is punching power. During the Vietnam war the initial run of M-16s chambered in 5.56 were found to be less than adequate. The round would not punch through thicker trees but the enemy AK-47 would. Much of the fighting was up close and personal and the 5.56 is so small and moves so fast that at close range it went straight through and did not always cause the expected damage. The reason is that the round is meant to hit flesh which slows the front end down and causes the bullet to tumble and yaw leaving a path of destruction in its wake. If by chance the round struck bone, it would bounce around causing a lot of damage. In theory, this works great as long as your target isn't 10 feet in front of you. At close range the 5.56/.223 tends to just go straight through and out. Backing up a little, During the battle of Dien Bien Phu, the Garrison of French Foreign Legionnaires were VERY fond of the M-1 Carbine because of the close quartered nature of the fighting. One Legionnaire reportedly stated the reason that the M-1 Carbine was so well liked was because its .30 caliber pistol round would cut the Viet Kong in half. That was 1954, long before the M-16 made its debut. Moving back to the present, we have other examples of the limits of the 5.56. Afghanistan gave us several reports of enemy fighters being hit squarely in the head and they did not stop, they just kept on fighting. Unusual yes! but it does happen. Our boys in Vietnam also felt the round lacked "knock down power". Many times soldiers would, if given an opportunity, give up the new M-16 for an older M-14 because the .308 round had a much better punch and the rifle itself simply performed better in the jungle environment.
There was an attempt for awhile to build 7.62x39 ARs. The reason was and is simple. Larger bullet doing more damage. For our example I will use the 7.62x39 123 gr. bullet with a muzzle velocity of roughly 2200 fps and 1791.8388379999997 Joules muzzle energy or 1321.61 ft/lbs. Some of the 7.62x39 ARs worked well but the bulk of them had cycling problems. In short they weren't always as reliable as their owners would like. Another issue was the non-standard 7.62x39 AR bolt. One great use of those bolts is in the .50 Beowulf because it has a rebated rim that is the same size as the 7.62x39. The 300 Blackout aimed to solve the feeding issue by cutting the existing 5.56 case down and re-necking it to accommodate a .30 caliber bullet (Pictured above) . It would use the same Bolt and Magazines with no loss of capacity. The obvious change was the only required change....the barrel. The 125 gr. 300 Blackout has a muzzle velocity of 2100 fps and will deliver 1659.18736599 Joules of energy. Grain for Grain of bullet weight, the 300 Blackout will provide an almost joule for joule performance compared to the 7.62x39 but with two big differences. The first is that the 300 Blackout cycles flawlessly in a properly constructed rifle meaning that the barrel length and gas system are properly selected for the type of Blackout round being used. Let me explain further....The blackout has two popular flavours, supersonic and subsonic. Supersonic will operate perfectly in standard 16 inch barrels and may be used with or without a suppressor. The sub-sonic rounds are designed to be used with a suppressor and generally work best with that added back pressure. We'll talk about sub- sonics later. The second and maybe more important point is The 5.56 at 500 meters has 394.5 Joules or 291 ft/lbs of energy, the Blackout will have the same energy at 700 meters from a 16 inch barrel, However the max range according to U.S. Army standards of hit probability for the M-4 (max distance at which there is a 50 % probability of a hit), means that the effective range of the 5.56 in an M-4 is 500 meters and the 300 Blackout....460 meters. So science and NOT opinion tells us that the 300 Blackout at 500 meters is packing more energy than the 5.56 NATO at 500 meters so the choice is up to you which one you think is better. SO What can we deduce from the above information?
1. Both Rounds are very good. Accuracy for both rounds is also good.
2. Both have their particular talents, situations where they perform better than the other.
3. The 300 Blackout will deliver a lot more energy to a target at longer ranges.
4. The Blackout has nearly the same EFFECTIVE range from a 16 inch barrel as the M-4.
5. In CQB situations, the Blackout may offer an advantage with a larger slower moving lump of lead.
6. 300 Blackout subsonic is quieter when suppressed than a suppressed M-4
7. In REAL WORLD applications it would appear that either round will get the job done so it will, in many cases boil down to personal preference BUT if you're thinking logically, in real world applications, the odds of you needing to shoot anything beyond 250 meters is going to be mostly unrealistic. Anything that far away will probably not require engagement.
Ok so I got the smaller folder (Cold Steel Voyager medium) in a group of items from Cold Steel for evaluation. 1st I'm not a folder fan but as you see I turned around and ordered the Voyager large. The medium has a 3 inch blade, the large has a 4 inch blade but it looks massive next to the medium. They are both incredibly strong. Strong to the point of rediculous. Both sharp as razors. You could literally shave with either one, not that I would but you could. But when I say strong I mean the knife open and loaded down with over 400 lbs and the knife does not break. Not only that but it continues to function 100 %. The medium by virtue of its smaller size will hold less weight but ounce for ounce pretty amazing. These knives FAR EXCEED the quality of knives costing hundreds of dollars more. Check out Cold Steel before you go spending a ton of money on a "good" knife. These run $35-$45 range on the medium and $55-$70 on the Large depending on where you buy them. The best deals I found were on Amazon.