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 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.
roxybisquaint: (sarah hmm...)
Theory time!
No spoilers, just speculation.

I'm predicting that it was Jesse that shot bloody future soldier as he was getting ready to time jump. I figure his coming through wounded indicates that either the resistance's time machine facility was being overrun by metal or one faction of the resistance was fighting another at the moment he went through. I'm opting for the latter. While it could be "the greys" fighting, I tend to think they're more subversive info carriers, not a fighting force. So I think it's Jesse's group that was shooting.

I've been trying to figure out what Riley's deal is. We know she's working with Jesse and it seems her job is to get close to John and get him to reveal something. But what exactly she's trying to get John to reveal is unclear. So I'm thinking that Jesse wants to know if the bloody future fighter made it through time alive and successfully delivered his message (the blood wall info) to the Connors. And perhaps the most significant piece of info that Jesse's worried about is the 3 dots.

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misc thoughts:

I also have a really bad feeling about John telling Riley about Charley. I don't think mentioning the info about Sarah is a problem, but he sure is quick to whip out the "my mother was in a mental hospital and I had to live with foster parents," isn't he? I think he told Derek that the first day he was up and around after his gunshot wound. And now he tells Riley right after seeing what a manipulative chick she is. Dude, I know you're desperate for some sympathy, but get a clue!

A cool little tidbit I caught about Riley. In Self Made Man, she tells John that her real parents died in a fire. Well, if she's 16 and she came from 2027, that makes her born in 2011. If her parents really did die in a fire, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that fire was judgement day. Someone obviously found baby Riley and raised her (maybe even those hippie "foster parents" who called her "the deviant", though she probably made that up).

On a mostly unrelated note: I really want a tommy gun :D
roxybisquaint: (derek more guns)
The Fred & Wilma comparison:



The weird thing is that it makes it seem like his gun is more slender, but it's not. The barrel and handle are longer, but they're virtually identical otherwise.
roxybisquaint: (sarah smoking gun)
Tonight I'm going to get pelted in the head by 9mm shell casings. Translation: Going shooting.

Why do I love baby Glock soooo much? It's definitely my favorite. And now that my husband has a Glock of his own, we're like a couple of gun dorks. Maybe we should wear matching outfits to the range.

Also, it feels like a salad bar night. Yeah, target shooting and salad eating... perfect combination.

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