In the past I’ve been guilty of trying to buy my shooting skill level by purchasing fancy gear and additions to my guns. In the end, I found it didn’t help much. So Ben Branam of the Modern Self Protection podcast decided to join me to discuss this topic.
Since ammunition is so hard to find and so expensive, I decided to record some thoughts about ammo buying. Did you know about the proposed “ammunition background check Act of 2013?” I also include some information about what handguns to consider purchasing. Other topics include why we probably have the ammo crisis and how anti gun politicians are going after ammo too. I also cover some listener voice mails including a Glock 27 review.
Should you use a compensated or ported gun for concealed carry? I received an email from a listener about this subject, so Ben and I got together to answer that question. This is a subject I’ve never talked about on this podcast, so I was thankful for the emailed question. We also did a short review on Springfield XD and XDS pistols.
More listener voice mails this week. Topics include .22 ammo, armed guards in schools, magazine springs, .38spcl ammo and revolvers and more.
Due to the ammo shortage and high pricing, I’ve decided to start practicing and training more with .22lr. So I recently purchased 2 conversion kits. One for my Glock and one for my AR-15. This episode is a review of both kits and the reason behind purchasing them.
Modifying your handgun is something almost every handgun owner decides to do. Many experts in the field of self defense and the legalities of doing so, recommend not modifying your carry gun. Especially the trigger. Sights are the most common modification. Whether you have a 1911 or a polymer wonder, or a SIG, Beretta, Taurus or whatever, it seems as though there’s so much talk and decision making that goes into the modification of one’s handgun. Even revolver shooters tend to favor trigger jobs. In this episode I start with responding to a few listener emails, then get into an interview with Steve Zopfi about trigger modifications. We don’t talk much about competition shooting, mostly we discussed modifying carry guns. He discusses his STI and his Glock. So thanks for downloading and listening and links can be found at the Gun Rights Radio Network Forum. Bob Mayne, HandgunWorld Show
A lot of people think they need to make serious modifications to their gun to be able to shoot it well. A couple weeks ago, a shooting buddy of mine decided to pour about $600 worth of upgrades into his new Glock 21SF, then did a range test to see if he could shoot it better. Listen to this episode to find out the results. Are modifications really worth it? Is there a point of diminishing returns? Would you be better off to spend that same money on ammo and training? Do you need a trigger job? What is the 1,000 round trigger job? These are questions I attempt to answer in my own way on this show. You’ll also hear a brief post match discussion between me and Steve and Rick from the Powerfactor Show. For those of you who have emailed me questions and comments, I’ve also handled some of the backlog of emails I’ve received. Thanks for sending them in. Links to the topics can be found at the Gun Rights Radio Network Forum. Bob Mayne, HandgunWorld Show
Your draw from the holster is one of the most important skills to know to deploy your handgun for self defense. So is performing a reload. In this episode I get taught a new way of performing a reload. We also break down the 5 step reload into on of the best explanations I’ve ever heard in the audio version. I cover a little listener feedback in segment one. But have you ever stopped to concentrate on your draw stroke? Do yo practice it? Thousands of repetitions? When you reload do you look your magazine into the magwell or keep focused on the threat? What do you do with your gun to regain sight picture after a reload. The porpoise technique? Does your draw look like a bowling ball motion? Tune in, I think you’ll find this show educational no matter what your skill level. This show pertains to you while shooting competition OR self defense.
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Source: Brian Enos’ “Practical Shooting Beyond Fundamentals.”
Good feedback and comments sent to me lately, so I start with some of my own comments and thank you’s. For the main segment, part 2 of my interview with Steve Zopfi. Some of this is a repeat of Episode 93 but not all of it, I left some of it out of the last show, now it’s included in this show. Steve and I do our best not to make this just a competitive shooting episode. We tie it into self defense techniques also.
- Review of grip and natural point of aim
- Performing reloads
- Grip pressure
- Shooter’s elbow
- The importance of training (excellent video sent by a listener)
- Situational awareness
Indoor IDPA is a different experience than outdoor matches. This episode is a recap of a match I shot last Thursday. I also answer a couple of listener questions about Mili-Tec lubricant and slide play on a Glock. Then I will give you a before and after summary of some stages. I made some mistakes, also achieved some victories. I shot left handed and discussed lots of well designed stages for an indoor match. Shooting on the move, weak hand only shooting, interchanged ammo and shooting a modified Glock 19 in ESP category are subjects I discussed in the “before” segment. Segment 2 is about the results and what happened. I got some malfunction clearance practice and I even shot a magazine of carry ammo on one stage! I’ll tell you all about it. You’ll also hear a preview of next week’s episode with Steve Zopfi again as we discuss Brian Enos’ book Practical Shooting Beyond Fundamentals.
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A mixed bag of gun talk is all I could think of to title this podcast. While driving I share some thoughts I have about pistol caliber carbines, sights, belts, holsters, ammo, 20 gauge shotguns, survival guns and more. This is a relatively short show, I’ve been pretty busy this week. Don’t forget to listen to the pistol caliber carbine podcast I did on my survival show. That was in favor of pistol caliber carbines, this show is a reason not to own one. You decide. I do talk about the great many benefits of the Marlin 1894c .357 magnum, buffalo bore ammo, Marlin Camp carbines and more. Don’t forget it’s down to the wire for the Freedom Raffle. It’s too late for you to mail the money but you can still use a debit or credit card. Drawing is this Friday Sept. 17th. Thanks for supporting this show, The Gun Rights Radio Network and The Second Amendment Foundation! Just click Freedom Raffle at the top of this page and follow the directions.
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Modifying your handgun can be tricky and it’s not easy to do without compromising reliability. In this episode I’ll discuss what types of modifications I do to my carry pistols and competition pistols. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not a gunsmith, but I have learned a few things through trial and error and that’s what I’ll share with you.
- No one handgun fits every person or shooter. Like height and waist size, hand size and individual finger length vary greatly. What to do about that.
- Changing the grips.
- Changing the magazine release button.
- Changing the slide release lever.
- Magazine wells.
- Recommended gunsmiths.
- Trigger jobs (after the 1,000 round trigger job.)
- Does all of this help you shoot better?
- How not to compromise reliability.
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Enhancing your service pistol, Dave Spaulding (Police One)