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  1. I'm 77 years old. My father was killed in an Air Force aircraft accident when I was 9 years old. While Father's day has always meant a lot to me, this one sparked some memories and thoughts that surprised me when I began to pay attention. Thought I'd share with you. Dad was a pretty amazing young man. A self taught drummer, he started the first high school swing band in Iowa, and later played with some of the big band groups before going into the military in WWII. He was intrigued by airplanes and flew his first solo in a biplane when he was 16 years old. The Army Air Force put him through cadet training and gave him a command-pilot seat in a B-17 in England during the war. When he came home and tried civilian life, that lasted about four years before he joined an Air Force reserve unit and found himself in a P51 fighter, stationed (weekends) in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1950 his unit was activated to full time duty and we moved to Dow AFB in Bangor, Maine. The squadron transitioned from the P-51 to the F-84 Thunder Jet, which ended up with our being transferred to Langley AFB in Virginia. After some training in New Mexico with nuclear weapons, the squadron was being deployed to England in 1952. While Mom and I were in Nebraska, putting our house up for sale and packing up our lives, Dad and his C.O. Made a flight to Coco Beach, Florida. That was about two weeks before the overseas move was to be made. On the return trip to Langely, Dad's ship had a flame out and when he attempted to reignite the engine, the plane blew up over a very remote backwater of the Chesapeake Bay. He's been on my mind a lot lately, for no reason I can figure out. But he was a great role model and my Mom spent a lot of time telling me about him as I grew up. So when I get quiet during this time of year, its not because I'm sad. Its because the memories are very vivid, and I am proud to realize that my father was a soldier, loved his country, and gave himself to that end. What more could a son ask for?
  2. Shadow106

    Just some thoughts I wanted to share

    Thanks gang. Things are getting tense, even for us old fart retirees, so its great to have some place to share stuff. Kinda like having a partner again sometimes. Glad you enjoyed. Jerry
  3. Two days ago marks the 1st anniversary of the loss of a good friend and retired LASD Sergeant. Steve died oof natural causes right after completing his bucket list by driving a major high $ sports car at the track in Las Vegas. That was about a month after he put a 9mm round through the side of my Lincoln pickup truck. I will not have the "wound" repaired. Every time I look in the drivers rear view mirror, I think about Steve and how freaked out he was. Great guy. Miss him. Last week I had the privilege of gifting a NIB Masada 9mm pistol to my step-grandson. We have some political differences but he is a terrific young man and very mature for 24 years of age. Some of you may remember a post in here years ago, when I broke him in on an AR, a 1911, a Glock and a Hi Power. That was a terrific day, and this recent day was even better. Kind of a right of passage thing that I've done with my kids over the years, when I figured they were grown up and responsible enough to own a weapon. And the Masada is a very nice pistol at a very decent price. It was a real pleasure to watch his expresiions after telling him all about the Masada, letting him handle it, as though I was just "briefing" him on a new gun. I handed him the gun, told him it was his, and he got very emotional. He is a good guy and deserved a good start. Okay. Thanks for sharing. Jerry
  4. Yep. One of our guys is experimenting with the 38 super and a rep from Underwood is working with him on line. We shall see. Two years or so ago, a local outfit was loading these slugs in 9mm, anbd advertising that they were using a "casing that can be picked up with a magnet?. I tried to ]take one down to see what they put in it, and the damned thing went off, destroying a n HK VP9SK on my desk. New gun. I was PO'd, but a month later HK replaced the gun with a new one, and made me an HK customer service fan for life. But the ammo guys ended up being denied access to the copper rounds, and they can't sell squat locally. Idiots. Thats what I meant about fad ammunition. THIOS stuff, however, is well made and it works. Take care. Jerry
  5. Well, we haven't found a pig that would volunteer so far, and I don['t believe there are any discussions about real life usage so far, but shooting processed meat, including heavy bone material, is what has swung us so far. One guy is a 1911 45.acp fan, exclusively. Kinda OCD aabout that actually.. Last weekl he bought a P238 and he's carrying it. First summer I've ever seen him wearing t-shirts instead of loose tops that cover the 1911. LOL So far I think its pretty good stuff, but let me know what you do at yur end if you try the Norma stuff. And by the way, the Alaskan video about the 45-70 is right. Kicks like a 105 howitzer! Jerry
  6. Being an old hand gunner and retired, I spend a lot of time at gun shops or checkng out new ammo, weapons, whatever. That doesn't make me an expert as I've said often over the years. But it does give me some information that I might be able share, which usually gives me more information frok the responses I get. Thats how I learn about new stuff, innovations with old stuff, and things that are just ineterest9g in general. With that said, again, here are a couple of things that I have been dealing with during the COVID stay at home time, that really caught my attention. The first item is the Masada pistol by IWI. Something peaked my interest so I started looking at all the videos, reading what I could find about the pistol, which after two months, led me to actually buy a new Masada. 9mm. I've been working on the guts in striker fired pistols for years, so I immediately got excited about the modular action when I realized how accessible it is. I like it much better than some others from very good companies. The fit and finish were really good and I was impressed with the overall pistol. It shoots well, feels good ih hand, and I had no malfunctions in 200 rounds of factory +P ammunition. I like it so well that I gifted it to my 24 year old step-grandson which is a kind of right-of-passage thing I do with the kids in my family. I highly recommend you take a look at the Masada before the prices start to go up, which I have no doubt will happen. Right now a real world price is about $450 from the people who built the Uzi and Galill rifle. Pretty good stuff. The second item that myself and about half a dozen other people began to look at seriously is the Lehigh fluted copper slug in ammunition that is made by Underwood, and Buffalo Bore, and probably a few other companies. I'd fired some of these bullets a few years back and really didn't gibve them a whole lot of thoght because I figured they were just a fad like so many other 'wonder ammo' that we see. But then we started looking at things like barrier blindness, penettratioon, and most of all, permanent wound channel, and before we finished five out of our six guy gang are now carrying this slug exclusively. Our favorite LGS went from one back of 9mm in house, two a full shelf of mixed caliber in less than a month, and I know two full-time LEOs that are carrying this slug in their 9mm sidearms. After what we saw in our local amateur testing, I am carrying a 9mm sub compact this summer, OR my PPK in 380, and have no worries about being able to defend myself with a round that works. We have tested .380, 38 super, 9mm, and .45acp. The slugs are all copper. No lead. They are lighter and therefore MUCH faster, and the damage is done in soft tissue and fluid. The most interesting part for me was that in fluids, the copper slug lost 0 weight when passing into a target, and the rounds actually appeard to be reloadable. Including the ones that were fiired through port riibs that had the bone in. Punced a hole and blew the rest apart. But those are just mjy opinion, and the opionion of my little gang of old shooters. Check for yourself. I think you'll form your own similar conclusions, and have gun doing it. Hope you enjoyed this. Jerry
  7. Shadow106

    Gun Test: EAA 10mm Witness P Match

    I own a basic EAA Witness in 38 super, and also have a 10mm conversion kit that goes with it. My Witness has the Wonder Finish and fits me very well, and I've found that the weight helps with felt recoil, and therefore accuracy. This is not my first rodeo with Tanfoglio handguns. I've also owned a 10mm compact, and numerous 9mm's over the last 15 years and I have no complaint about any of them. They are starting to go up in price I've noticed, and a lot of that is due to quality build and successes internationally in competition groups. Damn fine firearms for less money so far, but I think thats changing, just as it did for CZ. My other 10mm is new. Just got it a few weeks ago. Cost me under $700 NIB and does everything that my original Delta did, only better. Say what you will about the Rock Island Armory weapons being made in the Philippines, but I am a hard core 1911 person, and the "Rock" is one helluva gun. All the 1911 upgrades, and excellent trigger, good sights, and it holds 16+1 rounds of 10mm. This is the 10mm I would strap on to go wandering around in the woods. The Witness is my range 10mm and I love it, but the RI 10mm is quite obveiously a workhorse and so far, extremely dependable. And its a 1911 format. YAY! Okay. I'll shut up now. Jerry
  8. I've been carrying Sig firearms for....OMG..., decades. The P229 has been my EDC choice in Sigs since 1998. About three years ago, I bought a plain Jane P938 because it fit what I was looking for, and it was a Sig. The first day at the range, during the 3rd mag of V Crown 9mm, the extractor broke. I am not superstitious but my confidence in a particular weapon that fails the first time out is very low. I had it fixed, then sold it. I know for a fact that its still up and running okay. So last week I bought a new P938 Equinox. I've ordered the Sig rubber grip for it, added an extra seven round mag, and so far I'm quite pleased with it. Shoots well and seems accurate for such a small piece, and it is a good looking model. My question to the gang is, its been three years since my first P938 experience. Is there anything I should be watching for or anticipating with the new 938? Any preventive maintenance I should be doing based on your experience? I'm an old fart, and I've been around for a long time, but I like to think I'm still trainable. Your input would be appreciated. Jerry
  9. Shadow106

    Then...., and now.

    There are a lot of stories in this group, and one of the things I've enjoyed over the years is to be able to share stuff that ya just can't talk about to most of the public. When you do, at least in my experience, you gdet c alled a liar, a nut for owning a weapon, and a lot of other bad things that just aren't true or applicable.I thank you for your responses. Its hard to find people you can share with when you don't have good partners anymore.
  10. Shadow106

    Then...., and now.

    I've been carrying for 56 years. For almost all of that time, unless I was on duty or circumstances demanded it, few people have ever seen my carry weapon. I do not advocate open carry because it has always seemed to be provocative to me. Like a dare thrown out by a child to the world. Years ago in Tucson, Arizona I had an occasion to take my wife out for dinner and a little dancing. We ate at our favorite steak house then went to the lounge in the Double Tree in to have a drink and dance. While we were there, I was paged and had to go out to the lobby to return the call. (No cdll phones back then). When I returned to the lounge, a guy was standing beside our table, talking to my wife. She kept glancing towards me and it appeared that she was disturbed. The guy saw me when she spotted me and waved for me to come to the table. He went through the crowd on the dance floor and disappeared instantly, and when I asked my wife what was wrong, she told me that as soon as I'd gotten up to go to the lobby, the guy had walked up and invited her to dump me and go with him for a drink somewhere else. I was instantly pissed, to put it mildly but he was not in the lounge or the lobby. My wife was a looker, and thats a gross understatement. She modeled and did product demos at gun shows and other events and even though we were married, I understood why guys stopped and just stared at her on occasions. Hell, I did the same thing, and I lived with her. Anyway, I told her we should leave and go somewhere else, so we paid our tab and went to our car. A few blocks down the street I was in the right hand lane when a car overtook us and pulled up beside us. It was the guy from the lounge and as he matched our speed in the left lane, he badged me then pointed at the curb. My fuse was very short at that moment and I badged him right back, only I followed my display by picking up my Model 19 snubbie from the console and holding that up as well. He hit the brakes, made a left turn and smoked his tires as he sped away down a side street. We didn't see him again. Trust me. I looked. Over the years I've wondered who he was, was the badge real, and if so, what the hell did he think he was doing? My. wife never got over the incident and she always took tactical awareness quite seriously after that. She also carried a Detective Special most of the time. She was quite good with her Colt and we shot together a lot. So last week, forty years later, I'm out during the COVID lock down for a doctors appointment. When I went into the offce, I left my 9mm EDC in my truck so I wouldn't freak the office staff and doctor. When I was done, I drove through a car wash, got a sandwich at McDonalds, and parked in front of a local box store to eat my lunch. As I sat there, in the handicap parking in front of the main door, I noticed a woman come out the door pushing a small square shopping cart with some bags in it. She was quite a ways away from me but would walk in front of my truck. At about the same time, it registered on me that a car had pulled in to my left. The young couple got out and were walking towards the store and would pass the lady as she pusheed her cart. Or so I was figuring without really giving it much thought. The guy was a real dirt ball. If I owned a busineess and he came in, I would follow him like a stalking tiger, because eventually he would have done something that shouldn't happen. When they all came together in front of my truck, probably not ten feet away, they didn't pass each other. The guy grabbed the womans cart and began shaking it so hard that bags fell out and finally the cart tipped over. My first thought was that they must know her, but the look on her face was fear, pure and simple, and the guy was laughing like a fool while his girl friend was also laughing at the same joke and making no move to help the woman. The woman was wearing gloves and a mask like many shoppers these days, buty her fright was still apparent. The guy was making some kinda noises about her mask and she wasn't handling any of this well at all. I'm sitting in my truck, 10-15 feet from this scene, with all the impulses of all thos years of LE telling me I need to do something immediately. The other angel on my shoulder is saying, "You're 77 years old, disabled and not able to walk very good and that guy will kick your ass up between your ears if you get out of this truck." So for want of a better plan, I honked my horn and scared the crap outta the guy. He spins around and sees me in the truck and shouts at me, "Hey, M_____ F_____! You gotta mask too?" I reached across to my passenger seat, picked up my Beretta and hooked the muzzle under the mask my wife made for me from a scarf, then held it up so the guy could see it. All I could think to say was, "Yeah. Here it is. Like it?" Next thing I know, the couple is in their car and smoking up the lane towards the highway. I get out and try to help pickup the ladies stuff (which I don't do very well) and she's thanking me. Then I get in my truck and go home. That was four days ago. I've thoughgt and thought about what I should have done differently, and about what MIGHT have happened if he hadn't been intimidated by the weapon. I don't like the fact that I brandished the gun, but I do like the effect it had on the situation, and potentially protecting both myself and the woman. All in all, the situation came out well in the end, but I don't want it to happen again, because it could have ended very differently and frankly, I'm too old to spend that much time in court. Thanks for reading this. I feel better already. J
  11. Shadow106

    My opinion may not be your opinion.......

    If it shoots and you can depend on it, use it and enjoy. I like the philosophy and enjoy hearing that a lot more than "My gun's better than your gun" garbage. I shoot because I enjoy it. I have what I have because I like them. Like I said, my opinion may not be your opinion, but I'll share with you anyway.
  12. The first Beretta pistol I owned was a 1934 POS that wasn't even a good boat anchor. .32 caliber. Wish I had it now so I could sell it. Only paid $25 for it in the 60's. Since then I've owned a number of model 84 Berettas in .380 and every one of them has given me excellent service. Privately and at work. In 1990 I picked up my first modern Beretta in 9mm and was impressed with the feel and accuracy of the gun. But it was big compared to the Sig I carried for work every day, and 9mm wasn't my favorite caliber back then, unless it was in my Hi Power which was much more streamlined and concealable. Over the next ten years or so, I traded in and out of two more variants of the 92 and three 96's. Sold all of them and made a little money on them but didn't give them much thought after they were gone. Last year I gave my last 84 to my daughter who is a court official and needed an EDC she was familiar with and could shoot well. Then I did another trade deal and about a month ago, I ended up wioth a new (2019 issued) 92 Compact L. Cleaned it, took it to the range and put 100 rounds of Sig M17 through it, and fell in love with the gun like I'd never had one before. (Just like I did with girlfriends when I was much younger) I've heard all the garbage about the cracking slides and shooters being injured by slides coming apart, and I have some shooter friends who are so prejudiced against Berettas that they can't get their opinions past the middle '80's when that stuff was happening. And they can't comprehend that one of the oldest firearms companies in the world just might have taken care of those issues since they came up over 30 years ago. (Okay. Don't quote me all the FUBARS that happenbed last week please) While the Beretta 92 weapons are not an innovative design in the era of the polymer striker weapons (which I have and trust) they are still one of the most functional weapons on the market. And they fgeel good! Not just because I own one again, but because they are a proven combat weapon in both miliotary and LE environments. Just for the record, my usual EDCs have been 1911s since I retired, but I rotate my EDC at least once a month so that I stay familiar with each of them. 1911s, Hi Power, Glock, Sig, and now the Beretta. And when I'm feeling nostalgic, a Model 19 2.5" revolver. So I guess i cannot honestly say that I have an all time favorite handgun. The ones I have work, I trust all of them because I've done most of whatever modifications they've needed myself, and I shoot at least four of them a month. Usually in weekly episodes in the open country. I don't like formal ranges nor do I like bullseye targets other than for sighting checks. I love shooting reactive targets though. More realistic IMHO. So I don't know why I tookl the time to write all of this, but I guess the Stay At Home order has made me feel isolated. I'll be going out to shoot tomorrow morning. Alone and in a remote area. If a cow coughs on me, its hamburger!
  13. Shadow106

    Who would have imagined.....,

    This may have come up before, but has anyone else noticed that Ameriglo's catalogue does NOT include sights for 1911? With over 3 million estimated 1911s out there (Wk9pedia) it seems kind of ridiculous for them to take that position. Doesn/t it? I've used their sights on a lot of pistols, but not on my 1911s 'cause THEY DON'T SELL THEM! Wow.
  14. Shadow106

    Here I go again

    I had three 1911s until last week. Now I've got four because I just can't resist a good deal or a really clean pistol. Well, this time I got a good deal but the pistol was grungy which irritates the hell outta me, when people won't even take the time to clean a weapon before they sell it. But he is a new shooter, and enthusiastic to say the least. Anyway, I have three EDCs that I rotate regularly about once a month. Keeps my 'memory' tuned up and that way they get shot and serviced regularly. My first choice is my Para P12. A totally custom job from the now defunct Kings gun shop in Glandale, California, circa 1996. My second is a Kimber Super Carry Ultra + that is small, lightweight, and very dependable. My third is...., no screaming or shouting please....my Turkish built all steel Commander by Tisas. Dirt cheap and works as well as any of the others. But I haven't had a government model for quite awhile and then this guy answers an ad for something else I'm selling, and offers me a Para Expert as part of his payment. While I've trustred Para pistols sinc e I built my first one with a Colt upper, I figured this was no big deal, since the Expert is an entry level pistol. Then I thought about the Tisas and how well it performs and how inexpensive it was, and figured, what the heck. The expert might be a fun gun to use as an upgrade project. So I did it and added another 1911 to the stable. After a detailed disassembly and cleaning, I put that puppy back together then sat there and looked at it. For a basic gun, it was gorgeous. "Course, once upon a time I married...."gorgeous", and that didn't work out so well. So I took the Expert out and shot 100 rounds through it. OMG:am I every pleased. I would carry this Expert any time, anywhere, and feel well heeled if I did. Its taken me nearly six decades to get to the point where I can afford to have more then one or two firearms, so I do. Not bragging but pointing out that if my interest and activities with guns is part of getting old, or maybe a dementia thing, then I'm happy to be here so I can share my ADDICTION with people who will understand. Sorry. Gotta go take a nap now. Jerry
  15. Shadow106

    Just a reminder........

    I know this probably isnt necessary for a lot of you, but I'm going to pass it along as a reminder. Something that may slide by once in awhile because of all the other diversions in life these days. If you had a partner, a friend, a loved one first responder who is no longer on the job, and you haven't reached out, just to say "Hi" lately, please do it soon. Unfortunately some retirees don't handle the separation from service so well and they may become depressed and isolated. That doesn't lead to a happy ending for the years of servicde they've given. Our family has had more than its share of death this past year, and that includes blood relatives, work associates, and friends. The loss of people we care about, by their own hand has also been an unexpected part of our lives, and while we don't understand that in our hearts, we agree that intervention might have prevented this from happening. So do us both a favor and send that Txt, make that call, or if possible, go visit people that have been important in your lives and careers. Ya never know. Your attendtioon might just save a life, and thats what we've been about for most our careers I think. J.