Saturday, April 14, 2012

NRA Annual Meeting 2012 - Day 2 Thoughts


  • The new Ruger 10/22 takedown model is about as slick as it looks.  It comes apart in a couple of seconds, goes back together even quicker, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  It seems to lock up quite nicely, so accuracy shouldn't be a problem.  JayG made a good point that taking the barrel off would make cleaning it very easy.  This one goes on the list of things I need to be on the lookout for.  I'm thinking it would make an excellent truck or trunk gun.
  • I have tried 9mm pistols from just about every manufacturer for comfort in the hand, trigger pull, and ergonomics, and I haven't found anything that I like enough to buy.  So far the front runner is the Kahr, which had the best trigger.  Sorry guys, I just don't care for the M&P or the Glock.  I'm going to have to rent a few guns and see if my opinions change.
  • Springfield's new XDs pistol just doesn't appeal to me.  If I want to carry a slim .45 ACP pistol with a low ammunition capacity, I'll carry a small 1911.  The only thing the XDs has over the 1911 is weight, and to me that's not that big an advantage.
  • The people at Tactical Solutions are evil.  Their wares are extremely nice, extremely functional, and for the most part out of my price range.  I need to up my game enough that I can start doing business with them.  Their 10/22 upgrades were whispering sweet nothings into my ear.
  • The Rossi lever actions are very nice for the money.  The short "mare's leg" looks like fun on a bun, even if it wouldn't have much practical application for me.  Their .38/.357 lever action looks like something that I ought to add to the safe, just so I can have a pistol caliber carbine that I will actually enjoy shooting.  The revolver rifles and shotguns are interesting as a novelty, but I think I'll pass.
  • I think I see an FAL in my future.  I've been trying AR-15's again, and decided to try a few at DS Arms. Still don't care for them, but decided to try out one of their FAL's.  I haven't had a rifle feel that comfortable to shoulder and natural to sight since I first tried my 91/30.  Yes, you read that right.  My standard for fit and ergonomics for my rifles is the Mosin-Nagant.  I think I have a friend with one, so I may borrow hers and give it a whirl.  



7 comments:

Heroditus Huxley said...

Use what you like, but have you tried the CZ yet?

Old NFO said...

Good report!

Captain Tightpants said...

Want first refusal on my FDA FAL? Hit me in email or GBC tomorrow night if you care to discuss sir...

Captain Tightpants said...

That should have said D S A... autocorrect on phone.

dakotas5 said...

Heroditus has it right. If weight isn't real important then the CZ 9mm are a fantastic choice. 20rds will definitely ruin somebodies day. And they shoot like a dream.

maddmedic said...

I like my Kahr CW9...
Follows me everywhere in my Remora IWB.

Just tossing my 2 cents in...

DaddyBear said...

Captain Tightpants, give me a while to build up some money in the gun fund, and I might take you up on that.

I went over and took a look at CZ. They were very nice. They will be going in the list of guns to take a closer look at.

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