roxybisquaint: (derek more guns)
Several weeks ago, the man wanted to try out some different guns, so he rented a few at the range. I tried them too and fell in love with the Sig Sauer P229 .40 caliber. And... now I own one.



It's not exactly a cheap gun, so I'm sure I'll feel a twinge of regret when the credit card bill arrives. Right now, though, I'm in love with it. I just picked it up this evening at the gun shop/range and did some shooting. Despite being new and stiff, it shot beautifully. I did just as well with it as I do with the Springfield XDM 9mm that I've been shooting regularly for a year and a half. The Sig is noticeably heavier since it's a metal frame gun, but that also cuts down on recoil. So it's an even trade-off for me. It's got a nice feel to it and I also really like the sound of the .40 caliber.

Here's something fun:
The man and I went to a gun show recently and one of the dealers there remembered me from a purchase I made more than 15 years ago. He even knew what gun I'd bought! How freaky is that? And then he apologized for selling me such a crappy gun all those years ago. LOL. It was a Bersa .380 and compared to the guns we've bought in the last few years, it is pretty crappy. It was an okay first gun, though. I had to replace a spring in it a few years ago, but otherwise, I've never had a problem with it. It's just not all that accurate. With limited funds and a small hand, there weren't exactly a lot of choices then anyway. So I bought that Bersa and I loved it... until I got better guns :)
roxybisquaint: (sarah hardcore)
After much prodding by [livejournal.com profile] cj2017, I started watching Alias this weekend. It's so awesome. How did I miss out on this show when it originally aired? Oh yeah... 9/11. We watched nothing but news for like two months after 9/11 and mostly news for several months after that. Regular TV just felt weird so we only tuned in to a few returning favorites that season.

Marathoning rules, though, so I'm not exactly sad I missed out on weekly viewings back then. This show would've driven me nuts with the nonstop cliffhangers! In three days' time, the man and I have watched 21 episodes. Aside from a couple of really dull eps kicking off the last act, it's been a rockin' good time. Sydney Bristow definitely gets a slot on my awesome TV chicks list, along side Olivia Dunham, Aeryn Sun, Veronica Mars, and Sarah Walker. What's this? No Sarah Connor on the list?! No, she's on THE SARAH FUCKING CONNOR list (and she's the only one on it).

If you've never seen Alias, take [livejournal.com profile] cj2017's advice like I did and watch it. But don't read the rest of this post. )
roxybisquaint: (hit girl play)
I knew very little about Kick-Ass before I saw it. I hadn't read the comics, hadn't read any articles or reviews. I'd seen the regular trailers (not even the red band ones) and some recent talk show interviews and just thought it looked cool and kind of fun. McLovin, little girl superhero, Banana Splits music... what's not fun about that? Hehehe. I was in for quite a surprise. )
roxybisquaint: (sarah smoking gun)
I know you're all tired of hearing about my new gun, but I had to post about it again. The man and I went shooting tonight and I can say with certainty now that the Springfield XDM is a sweet, sweet gun.

Even better news: I have overcome my trigger pull problems and I shot really well. At one point I tried the man's Glock just to see if the gun itself was a factor in how well I was doing. Nope. I've only tried his gun a few times before, but I took a single shot and put it straight through the center of the target :)

My shots always had a tendency to go down/right, but I'd recently gotten some dry fire rounds and had been practicing my trigger pull. Once I really paid attention to what I was doing, I discovered that I was pulling the gun to the right with my trigger finger and pulling the gun down with my support hand. I corrected that and kept practicing. When we went to the range tonight, I got to put my practice into practice and the result was that I kept slamming rounds though the bullseye. I even made some good headshots (and I've always sucked at headshots).

This was my worst target of the evening:



My hand was getting pretty fatigued by then and I had a few stray shots. But it's the only target that was exclusively mine (we'd been sharing targets before this). On my best target of the evening, I actually blew out a whole section of the red area.
roxybisquaint: (sarah smoking gun)
I went to the range today with my new Springfield XDM-9. It handled great. I was hoping for less recoil than I get with my Glock 26, but really it was about the same. Supposedly the longer barrel reduces how much you feel it, but it also has more top/front weight which is harder for me to control. So I'd say the recoil felt about the same. It's heavier all around than baby Glock (also heavier than The Man's Glock 17). The weight wasn't a problem at all for me, though. It's quite comfortable to hold and shoot. The grip and the trigger are really nice. I do have one complaint: that trigger gets HOT. My index finger actually got burned.

Accuracy is something I need to work on. Even with the Springfield fitting my hand better than the Glock, the small hand problem still comes into play. Basically, I have to have a slightly rotated grip on the gun. To compensate for that, I tilt my wrist when aiming. But at the moment I fire, my wrist has a tendency to pull back to its natural position and my shots hit right of center. So it's just one of those things I have to get better at compensating for. At least I'm fairly consistent, though. If I can overcome that, my accuracy should improve a lot.

Oh get this: At both the gun shop where I first saw this gun and at the gun show where I bought it, I was told it held 16 rounds. Well guess what? It actually holds 19 rounds. Apparently, the .40 caliber model holds 16 rounds, not the 9mm that I have. I hadn't examined the magazine closely enough to notice the extra capacity until I was actually loading it for the first time today. Kickass!

I call 9mm

Apr. 17th, 2009 10:12 pm
roxybisquaint: (sarah gun)
I picked up my new gun today (the Springfield XDM-9) and it's awesome. I haven't actually fired it yet (we're going to the range on Sunday), but I have some dry-fire bullets (plastic bullets that don't shoot) so I was at least able to play with it a bit. This gun came with a plastic belt clip holster, so of course I tried it on. Ridiculous. That gun looks enormous on my waist! It really is amazing how well it fits my hand, though. I'm looking forward to shooting it :)
roxybisquaint: (sarah gun)
You know that gun I was thinking about getting? Well I didn't get it. I got the better model instead :D

Instead of the Springfield XD-9, I got the Springfield XDM-9. Still a 9mm, but nicer grip, more accurate, a little sleeker and I got a decent deal on it: $625. If I could've found the regular XD model (everyone is sold out, apparently, with no dates for getting them back in), it would've been $570. But for $55 more, I got the better model and the dealer had it in stock. The price was actually $679 (kind of steep), but I talked him down. I'm not usually good at that kind of thing, but I guess he knew I was itchy to lay down the cash and he wanted to make the sale. And it's a local dealer I bought from, so no broker fees or hassles.

I'll have it in 10-14 days, after the mountain of paperwork is processed and my background check completed. You should really see the questions on the gun ownership application. You have to answer questions like: Are you an illegal alien? Have you been declared mentally incompetent? And my favorite... Are you a fugitive? LOL



I wanted something more standard size this time since I already have the sub-compact Glock. So I got the 4.5" length. The magazine holds 16 rounds, which will be nice. Baby Glock only holds 10 rounds and my old Bersa .380 holds a measely 7. The Springfield came with 2 magazines, plus I got 3 more in an accessory kit I bought. I'll be able to pop off 80 shots before reloading. Sweet.

Oh, I almost forgot. One sad bit of news. I actually got to hold a Tommy Gun today (I've been wanting one of those ever since the TSCC episode "Self Made Man") and guess what? My arm isn't long enough to hold it properly! I have to have the stock under my arm in order to even reach the hand grip (also that thing is freaking HEAVY). My Tommy Gun dream = *poof*
roxybisquaint: (sarah gun)
I know what you're thinking because I'm thinking it too.

Roxy, you don't need another gun!

Well that's what I was thinking... until I held the Springfield XD 9 in my hand. Now I think I do need it. I'd never even given the Springfield a look because I was sure that extra palm grip safety would be a nuissance. Not so. You don't even know you're pressing it, and the trigger is a breeze to squeeze. It's just awesome.



Why do these things have to be so damn expensive? $650 for this baby. I can probably find it closer to $550 if I shop around, though. And hey, what do you know!, there just happens to be a gun show not too far from here this weekend :)
roxybisquaint: (sarah gun)
I'm hardly a sharpshooter, but here's a couple targets from tonight. I was doing some rapid firing along with some careful aims, so overall I was pretty pleased with my hits. I'm a competent and consistent shot. Almost everything was center chest, with only a few wild shots. Some tight groupings in there too — I love when I blow out a big hole from multiple shots in the same spot. In case you're wondering, I don't even bother with headshots very often because I suck at them. I don't know what it is, but that upward angle is just something I can't seem to get right. I end up knicking the ear or shooting the neck instead. One of these days I'll figure that out.



These were at about 25-30 ft with my sub-compact 9mm Glock (G26). I can actually shoot better with the Glock 17 because of the longer barrel (more accurate), but I like the size and weight of baby Glock much better. I am, however, contemplating the "compact" Glock 19. It's basically in between the other two. Yeah I know it's excessive. I don't need another gun! But I *want* it.

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