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Ronald H Levine

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  1. I'm interested in Silhouette for reputed low flash qualities even if it's not producing the most powerful loads, so while you're testing, please notice and remark on how it compares for flash in low light conditions. Thanks!
  2. Another possibility is to use a tiny video monitor in glasses and have that connected by a cable to the output of a camera on the firearm which could be of various sorts from ordinary to night vision or thermal imaging. Advantages would seem to be that the point of aim would be in the center of the view and it would allow a lot of search and even defensive firing from behind cover.
  3. Thanks! Big money for me. Big decision. I don't want to make a poor choice. I'll take my time and research and ask questions of those who use such expensive equipment. The thermal imaging seems to be a great advantage over just night vision. I have the poor mans version which gives no image at all, but does have some usefulness with heat detection. Interestingly, it does have both visible and infrared lasers cheaper than just an infrared laser. The model I have must be a few years older, because I don't see it among these which I present for people to get the idea. I started considering the night vision advantages again after listening to a radio program featuring a law enforcement helicopter pilot who tells how much more capability he has with night vision goggles including safe landings. I remember the first I heard of night vision goggles was long ago and they cost $37,000 when that was a lot of money. It was first generation and now we can buy the same for a tiny fraction of that. Cell phones go down in price that many are free with a service package. Mass production and surface mount devices make electronics improve fast and go down in price. Maybe I should wait a little, if I'm not finding a best product now. They keep getting smaller and more capable and lower in price.
  4. I normally read and post in our 10mm Talk Forums, but my night vision search here brought me to see this. For training in traveling light and fast, I have took on a personal challenge of becoming proficient with pistols out to two hundred yards. Few can do this and most probably shouldn't even try, but there are strong indicators that I will be successful. A great force multiplier would be something like this: ATN FIITS14 w/4th Gen. IIT Fusion Image Intensification. But, wow! It is expensive! If I were to buy it, it would be pricey, so I would want to know if the advantages are there and will best fit my needs and work for me. I looked at actual pictures comparing generations and saw that there is a much greater clarity with this being fourth generation and that is what might make it work with my iron night sights on a pistol, but I have no experience with this device. Should I reach my goal of handgun proficiency sufficient to dump the battle rifle and that heavier ammunition out of my backpack, then something like this just might work with iron sights and give me a great number of other advantages. I do like the idea of the infrared lasers except my preference is using no illumination and no infrared to be totally passive for stealth and I don't rule lasers out totally and particularly for lessor equipment if necessary for my budget, but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with the more advanced night vision goggles to know if they would be functional with iron sights on pistols at full reach and if there would be a focus issue. From reading what is posted, I'm guessing they might work with the holographic dot sights on a pistol which is possible for me yet very much not my preference and the iron sights are and I have concerns that the glass lenses not being fused quartz will not have transparency to the longer wavelength of thermal imaging which is too great of an advantage to lose. Has anyone here actually used one or similar technologies? Will it focus on the handgun sights at arms length and the target at distance at the same time? Will it be better or worse with a holographic dot type sight on a handgun instead of iron sights? Would the glass lenses of that sort of optical handgun sight be transparent to heat radiation or will lenses need to be fused quartz? Can this ATN FIITS14 w/4th Gen. be used with a rifle scope? Can it be used with a telescope or how about a reflector type telescope with it's eyepiece lenses replaced with fused quarts lenses? At the high price for this, I'm looking to justify purchasing with it having multiple uses of sufficient value to rank it in priority as I will not be able to buy a lot of things with this much money going to this item. But, I do like that it's about one and a half pounds added to my backpacking gear would be a great force multiplier even compared to long lists of things too heavy to carry that would slow me down and mitigate any advantages. It's a diminishing returns sort of thing with weight which must be considered critically because traveling light and fast is far superior to getting killed by being weighted down with a lot of great stuff. Ronald H Levine Be prepared, be very prepared
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  6. I just saw (didn't get a chance to read yet) this feature article in Combat Handguns magazine August 2011 (included is an article on 10mm in general): COLT DELTA ELITE 10mm Return of a powerhouse 1911 that combines classic appeal with cutting-edge performance! Ronald H Levine Be prepared, be very prepared
  7. I have the Glock 20 SF and magazines are simply Glock 20 magazines. I bought lots of extras from BotachTactical But, The Shadow brings up a good point .. what about when the Glock 20 becomes available in Generation 4? Also, any idea on when? Ronald
  8. 10mm article in the magazine "Tactical Weapons" January 2011 This is a good way for me to at least see pictures and a brief write up on the other 10mm pistols talked about in our group. Though I'm happy with my Glock 20 SF, I don't have any experience with others nor do I know if there might be accuracy advantages with the combination of a long slide with a long barrel. I see several with long slides and barrels, but I'm thinking I will mostly be shooting a six inch Lone Wolf barrel sticking out 1.4 inches out of the end of my Glock 20 SF. Any ideas if I have the accuracy from that which would work for my personal goal of proficiency out to 200 yards? Is there a greater inherent accuracy with a long slide? I see Lone Wolf offers an aftermarket long slide for Glock. There must be a reason. I'll get to know more of my potential this summer because I'm getting set up to be able to practice a lot. I already got my reloading equipment and most of the supplies. Ronald
  9. Thanks, Shadow. That does help. I think I will copy that and buy the same. What is the best source to buy from? I looked at Powder Valley, but they are out of stock. My greatest concern would be to match the tested and proven charts particularly if I work up to the higher pressures because a thousandth might result in higher pressures. I'm surprised that we can use either size and think it strange that they have bullet and bore sizes that are a thousandth or two different. It makes sense to have plenty of calibers to choose from and even the new ones we get from time to time that split the difference between two to make a new caliber, but I wonder what they were thinking to create one just a thousandth different. I would also like to experiment with pointy bullets in the Dillon 9x25 for pushing my maximum range out to 200 yards because a better ballistic coefficient would result in more downrange energy since a lot is lost in air resistance at that distance. I'm thinking that with a necked down cartridge, the pointy bullet will be entering a larger hole as it starts to chamber, so it is less likely to catch. They will likely be expensive and not for target practice like the Barnes ballistic tip bullets. Maybe I'll make some custom experimental machined bullets for testing. I read that they are favored for the .50 BMG for competition for superior uniformity. If I come up with something that works particularly well, then I would consider at having a custom production run made for me from a bullet manufacturer to get the benefits of mass production and have it in a potent expanding bullet. Ronald
  10. Thanks, Shadow I started to order the Zero bullets and had trouble decoding contradictory information on which size bullet in thousandths to select for 9x25 Dillon. Should it be .355" or .356"? They were out of stock anyway. I am much closer to having the time to start loading and testing. When I start, I will start with Ramshot Silhouette. These notes don't paste well since they were formatted. I copy and paste them here from Wikipedia with credit to Wikipedia and none are my own except this preface. I past a compilation of this as a quick reference, but advise looking at the full information at Wikipedia. bullet sizes for purchasing components .355" .357 SIG .356" 9x25 Dillon .357" .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .38 Super One disadvantage of the .357 SIG is that it fires a .355" bullet at higher velocities than most bullets of that caliber are designed for.[citation needed] Very few bullets have been designed specifically for the .357 SIG, and .357 Magnum bullets that are designed for the same velocity range cannot be used due to their slightly larger diameter. Because of this, there are fewer ammunition choices in .357 SIG than one might expect for a cartridge using .355" bullets. Link 10mm Pistol cartridges Name Bullet Length Rim Base Shoulder Neck OAL 9x18mm Ultra 9.00 (.354) 18.50 (.728) 9.50 (.374) 9.50 (.374) N/A 9.50 (.374) 26.16 (1.03) .380 ACP (9x17mm Browning Short, .380 Auto, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz) 9.02 (.355) 17.30 (.681) 9.50 (.374) 9.50 (.374) N/A 9.50 (.374) 24.89 (.980) 9x18mm Police 9.02 (.355) 18.00 (.709) 9.50 (.374) 9.87 (.387) N/A 9.68 (.381) 25.14 (.990) 9mm Glisenti 9.02 (.355) 19.15 (.754) 9.98 (.393) 9.96 (.392) N/A 9.65 (.380) 29.21 (1.15) 9x19mm Parabellum (9mm Luger) 9.02 (.355) 19.15 (.754) 9.96 (.392) 9.93 (.391) N/A 9.65 (.380) 29.69 (1.169) .357 SIG 9.02 (.355) 21.97 (.865) 10.77 (.424) 10.74 (.423) 9.68 (.381) 9.68 (.381) 28.96 (1.140) 9mm Browning Long 9.02 (.355) 20.32 (.800) 10.26 (.404) 9.75 (.384) - 9.55 (.376) 27.94 (1.10) 9x21mm IMI 9.02 (.355) 21.08 (.830) - - N/A - 29.69 (1.169) 9x23mm Largo 9.00 mm (.355 in) 23 mm (0.91 in) 10.0 mm (.392 in) 9.9 mm (.390 in) N/A 9.6 mm (.379 in) 34 mm (1.32 in) 9x23mm Steyr 9.02 (.355) 22.86 (.900) 9.67 (.381) 9.65 (.380) N/A 9.65 (.380) 33.02 (1.300) 9mm Bergman/Bergman-Bayard 9.02 (.355) 23.11 (.910) 9.96 (.392) 9.90 (.390) N/A 9.52 (.375) 28.75 (1.132) 9mm Mauser Pistol 9.02 (.355) 24.89 (.980) 9.90 (.390) 9.88 (.389) - 9.55 (.376) 35.05 (1.380) 9mm Winchester Magnum 9.02 (.355) 29.46 (1.160) 10.01 (.394) 9.96 (.392) - 9.63 (.379) 39.37 (1.550) .356 TSW (Team Smith & Wesson) 9.04 (.356) 21.50 (.846) - - N/A - - .38 ACP (.38 Auto) 9.04 (.356) 22.86 (.900) 10.31 (.406) 9.75 (.384) N/A 9.75 (.384) 32.51 (1.280) .38 Super Auto 9.04 (.356) 22.86 (.900) 10.31 (.406) 9.75 (.384) N/A 9.75 (.384) 32.51 (1.280) 9x23mm Winchester 9.04 (.356) 22.86 (.900) 10.01 (.394) 9.96 (.392) N/A 9.68 (.381) 31.62 (1.245) 9x18mm Makarov 9.25 (.364) 18.03 (.710) 9.90 (.390) 9.90 (.390) N/A 9.85 (.388) 24.64 (.970) 9.8mm Auto Colt 9.65 (.380) - - - - -
  11. I was just looking at a local advertisement and thinking about the long barrel advantages. Here is the link to a Javelina Long Slide 10 MM Semiauto Pistol with the seller asking $1000. I'm very happy with my Glock 20 SF and like that I can use long barrels with it, so I wonder if there is any advantage in a heavier longslide particularly at almost twice the price. Are there possible accuracy advantages? I already got a 6 inch barrel for my Glock (haven't used it yet) and only tested my sixteen inch barrel at an indoor range for shooting feel. It made holes in the paper just fine, but I haven't got into measuring velocity yet and haven't been out to test long range shooting yet. Since you own one of these, please tell me what you think (anyone else, too). Ronald H Levine Sandy, Utah
  12. Yes. I like it. Standard barrel length of my Glock 20 SF is 4.6 inches, so a six inch barrel will stick out 1.4 inches. It might be what will make my goal possible with more velocity and energy out of the same cartridge. Less muzzle flash, too. Having the tiny weight and bulk of just a little more barrel length gives me more performance out of the weight of the ammunition to be carried. Particularly if I pack the weight of a lot of ammunition, this little bit of barrel length saves weight by not having to go up to something more powerful like my friends who pack rifles. I anticipated this when I started practicing presenting (pulling the pistol out of the holster and pointing at the target), so I practiced clearing the holster by more than necessary at the time. But, I would like to get a holster that releases from the side (IF such a thing exists) for using with 16 inch barrel on my Glock. These are generally used with a shoulder stock, but I don't have one and like shooting it the same as with the standard barrel and hardly notice the difference because the barrel isn't heavy at all. I have one that is ported (the ports are on the part that sticks out beyond the slide) and will test it to see how well it compensates and how that feels and if I like it. My personal challenge is to become proficient with my pistols out to 200 yards and leave the weight and bulk of the rifle behind. Without pushing the energy with more potent 10mm or 9x25 Dillon cartridges and the longer barrel as I plan, the alternative to get the effective range I want out of a handgun would be a heavy revolver with less capacity or a rifle with more weight and bulk and less speed from holstered to hole in the target. I also like the lightweight and greater capacity and quick magazine changes of this over a revolver. Also, revolvers that are an increase in power are a substantial increase in weight over a Glock and that defies part of the purpose of not packing a rifle and replacing it with holstered pistols for less weight and less weight in ammunition or more ammunition for the same weight. The 9x25 Dillon cartridges increases that advantage over 10mm particularly if I go to the extreme of pushing a light bullet very fast for the desired energy. But, I also will have to take into consideration the accuracy and retained energy out to 200 yards, so I will have to experiment to see how for I can go with lighter faster bullets. I hear they lose accuracy when pushed fast, but I suspect it is worthy of experimenting with the right combinations of bullet type and loads to push the accuracy. It would be nice to find an optimum combination on the light and fast bullet side by trying different bullet styles and working up loads for tight groups because the ballistics show they are flatter shooting and will be blown off less by the wind with less time to the target at 200 yards and I will have more rounds for the same weight packed. I hear the .357 SIG being a bottle neck cartridge chambers hollow point ammunition well since the smaller diameter bullet gets started well in feeding into what starts as a larger diameter hole, so I figure the same will be true of the 9x25 Dillon. I'm wondering if that property might also enable me to load some sort of better ballistic coefficient bullet which would go far in improving down range retained energy at 200 yards. It sure would be nice to use one of the ballistic tip bullets. After I get some experience with loading (do I call it that instead of reloading when I will be using new brass?), I will be looking into what bullet variations might be possible and possibly testing with custom machined (I'm a machinist) bullets. If I develop a shape that works for both loading considerations and retaining down range energy with accuracy that is significantly better than the alternatives, then I might buy a custom production run to that design of Barns Bullets to also get the expansion advantages. The copper being lighter might make it necessary to push the depth it seats into the brass, but this might be what it takes for aerodynamic stability. Anyone have any insights into this or suggestions on what might make good experiments? I understand an apprehension to post on what is not tested and proven just to be sure no one inadvertently experiments or experiments without the proper precautions, so you may also e-mail me directly. RonaldHLevine4548@yahoo.com Ronald H Levine Be prepared, be very prepared
  13. Perhaps you can still get one. Go to this site: http://www.durysguns.com/general/gt10_update Send them a note that you want one and maybe you can get one for any that isn't paid.
  14. I went with the Lone Wolf barrels. Lone Wolf Distributors just started carrying Federal barrels. They are an economy barrel. I now have my barrels and reloading supplies and equipment and hope to have the time soon to get started.
  15. I will fine tune loads once I get started and not make production batches for storage and just make what I need for practice until I have loads that are very good and I'm thinking that will be a wait long enough to also be able to include the new boutique powders into my testing. The advantages seem to be worth the wait.
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