Ruger P91 DC

Today I thought I would review the trusty old Ruger P91 DC.
To be totally honest this is the first semi automatic handgun I ever owned.
I purchased mine in 1993 shortly after it first came available on our local market.
The P series from Ruger was kinda/sorta based on the old Browning 1911 action, with some modifications. Okay a lot of modifications.

Ruger P91 They are a heavy durable firearm that was designed to be used for just about anyone and everyone, from military and law enforcement to civilians.
The P series is a fairly good sized gun, which makes concealed carry a little tricky but it can be done.
Ruger started this series with the P-85 which was a 9.mm then moved up to the P-89 (another 9.mm), then beefed up the same gun with a sturdier barrel and larger bore and called it the P-90 which was a 45 caliber.
In the early 1990’s 10.mm handguns were getting popular and the stopping power of the 9.mm began to come into question. The 45’s (unless you had one of the old Para Ordnance) hardly ever handled more than 7 rounds in the mag and chamber combined.
The 9.mm with it’s magazine capacities of upwards of 13 rounds was the choice for a lot of law enforcement organizations, however as previously mentioned the 9.mm began having some issues with stopping power.
The 10.mm was tried briefly and was thought to be a little bit of overkill as the power behind it would not only stop someone but in the event of a head shot, make them almost unrecognizable.
The FBI began having special 10.mm rounds made that offered a significant reduction in power, prompting Winchester and Smith and Wesson to combine forces and come up with the 40 s&w caliber.
It is the same size bullet as the 10 millimeter but it has a shorter shell and less power. Making it ideal for police work.
The P91 became available in 1993 which is when I bought mine. Seems like the options were a stainless finish (up above) or a matte black finish.
I bought the gun and five boxes of ammo and headed for the range.
The pros as I see them is the eleven round magazine capacity, the weight of the guns and the three dot sights.
The cons as I see them are if you get any dirt behind the extractor the gun will not eject the round. (That’s the only issue I have ever had with this firearm).
It is a fairly accurate semi automatic and it does require two hands to shoot, until you get used to it.
The Ruger P91 is fully capable of reaching out and touching someone as a friend and myself were shooting human sized targets from over a hundred yards with this gun. The range we shoot at goes to 110 yards and we had the target sat up at the very back of the range and we were standing about four yards behind the shooting table (there was no one else at the range that day). Granted I couldn’t make the consistent headshots that my friend was making with it, but I had left my glasses at home, (yeah, that’s it, let’s go with that), but the body shots for my old feeble eyes were pretty easy, just aim at the head and hit in the chest.
I’ve had this gun for almost 20 years now and like I said the only trouble I have had is the extractor got a grain of sand behind it and would not eject the shells. After I finally figured that out and removed the offending debris the gun has given me no more problems. Of course if I am shooting in a dusty or sandy environment I make sure to keep a check on that more often.
I think the price for the pistol new was somewhere around 300 with the ammo and tax and this pistol has been well worth the money.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day, usually the last Monday in May, that is set aside to honor those that died in service to our country.
There are a lot of stories about where it started and how it started, but in reality none of those really matter.
All that matters is a lot of good men and women have died in our military for one reason or another defending our country, our countries beliefs or attempting to help other nations through military force.
Whether you agree with the wars we are in now, or any of the other wars we have ever been in, you do need to give thanks that we live in a country that has many brave men and women that are willing to serve in it’s armed forces.
Without people willing to make a stand, none of us would be able to enjoy the rights and freedoms we have today.
If those first men hadn’t of stood up to a tyrant we would still be property of the British Crown, if other’s hadn’t of stood up against evil, a ruthless ruler would have wiped out most of Europe.
Still more stood up for the sake of other countries in order to try to help them find freedom through democratic forms of government, some times successful, sometimes not, but still these men and women stood up and many did not return home.
I do not have to tell anyone that currently we are involved in two wars one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, neither of these were wars that Americans wanted, but both are wars that had to be fought.
In Iraq an evil dictator that had killed thousands of his own people and invaded other countries and threatened the U.S. and our Middle Eastern allies time after time. He is no longer in power thanks to men and women who volunteered for our armed forces.
In Afghanistan a ruthless group that worked hand in hand with terrorist organizations world wide and carried out the worst attack on American soil ever, have been feeling the brunt of the error of their ways. I do not like these wars, I never liked any wars, but sometimes war is a necessary evil, and both of these time is was necessary whether we like it or not. Liking war does not however have anything to do with respecting our troops and doing what we can to help and support their families (something those dipshits in Washington D.C. should think about doing).

Thousands of Americans have paid the ultimate price to protect the rights of Americans and to help the oppressed in other countries. On this Memorial Day, while you are grilling and spending time with your families and loved ones, how about taking a moment or two to remember those that have fallen doing the dirty job which allows us our freedoms.
To all those that have fallen and all their families, THANK YOU.
God Bless You and God Bless America.
Sincerely Gary Light.

Why Concealed Carry Permits Should Be Illegal

This is really a no brainer, the only permit we should need is the Constitution of the United  States. That’s it. 
As long as a person is not a violent felon, they should be allowed to carry a fire arm.
The truth about concealed carry laws is that basically its a way that local governments (counties in most cases) can increase revenue through the sale of these permits.
I believe every American that is not a criminal should be able to carry what ever firearm how ever they want to carry it.
Of course they should also know that when they use that firearm if they are still alive they better be prepared to explain the incident.
After doing some more research I ran across a couple of “non-biased” blogs that “took an even position about guns” .
One thing I have found out is when a person usually claims to be non-biased against anything he or she is a liar.
Usually they mean they are non-biased as long as it all goes along with their beliefs.
Well folks let me tell you, I am biased. I am in favor of every amendment on our constitution.
I believe that if we waterboard one hundred terrorists and it saves only one American life then it is worth it.
I believe that if a million Americans carry firearms and it prevents one crime it’s worth it.
Getting back to my point about the non-biased blogs, and I’m not going to put their names on here because I really don’t want a link from my page going to that kind of idiocy.
One of these blogs has a meter up that says;
Law Enforcement officers Killed By Concealed Carry Killers.11 

Here’s another one Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Carry Killers 289

Then it goes on to say that these high killing rates by those old murderous concealed carry killers are from May of 2007  up until now.
More people than that die on the highways every year, including law enforcement personnel but you don’t hear these morons wanting to ban cars do you?

More people die in hospital every month than what these so called concealed carry killers have killed but yet we’re not banning doctors.

But yet no where in there unbiased blogging did they ever mention how many times a concealed carry permit holder has stopped a crime. I can personally attest to three and personally witnessed two more.
Yet those statistics never make headlines.
Of course they also don’t mention how many of the people that were killed by the CCPH were in the process of committing a crime.
Another thing they don’t mention is that some of these deaths were suicides by the CCPH. 
But here’s something else they don’t mention police officers commit suicide more than almost any other profession.
So could some of the police officers killed by concealed carry permit holders be suicide?
I don’t know.
What I do know is that Ted Kennedy killed more people with his car than have died at the hands of all of my guns combined.
More people came up dead during the White Water investigations than have been killed by guns owned by my family.

 

I know

There have been a lot of ads floating around on my site lately, but trust me it’s for a good cause.
As I promised everything I earn with this website for the remainder of this month, goes to help the victims of the storms that occurred on April 27th.
So I added some data feeds to try to beef up some sales revenue and I want to thank each and every one of you that purchased something through Light Outdoors. You guys are great and we (because you helped) are going to have a nice check to donate at the end of the month.
THANKS AGAIN.
One thing I would like to add is that the fine folks in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin and other areas that were slammed with severe storms and tornadoes are in our thoughts and our prayers.
And since this past month was such a success, we are going to have to skip the month of June (I have bills to pay too), but all of July’s proceeds will go to help the people in those states that were hurt by last nights and today’s storms.
God Bless each and everyone of you and again Thank You.
Gary Light

The AK-47

One of my favorite military weapons of all time has to be the AK-47.

AK-47
The AK-47 is a selective-fire, gas-operated 7.62×39mm assault rifle, first developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is officially known as Avtomat Kalashnikova.
It is also known as a Kalashnikov, an “AK”, or, in Russian slang, Kalash.
Design work on the AK-47 began in the last year of World War II (1945). After the war in 1946, the AK-46 was presented for official military trials.

In 1947 the fixed-stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Soviet Army. An early development of the design was the AKS-47 (S—Skladnoy or “folding”), which was equipped with an underfolding metal shoulder stock.
In 1949, the AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact. The original AK-47 was one of the first true “assault rifles” to be manufactured, after the original Sturmgewehr 44.

aks-47
Even after six decades the model and its variants remain the most widely used and popular assault rifles in the world because of its durability, low production cost, and ease of use.
It has been manufactured in many countries and has seen service with armed forces as well as revolutionary and terrorist organizations worldwide.
The AK-47 was the basis for developing many other types of individual and crew-served firearms. More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined.
Firing the 7.62x39mm cartridge, the AK-47 produces significant wounding effects when the projectile tumbles and fragments in tissue; but it produces relatively minor wounds when the projectile exits the body before beginning to yaw. (credit Wikipedia).
Now for my point of view, I have never seen a weapon that could handle itself on the battle field or any other front like the AK-47 from the moment these guns came into existence they were accurate, and reliable as well as easily serviceable. During the Vietnam war, when the American M-16s were jamming up the Vietnamese were using the AK-47s and the SKS (we’ll talk about those later) and the only jam up they were having was running out of ammo.
AKs were found under rotting corpses, in muddy creeks, burned out buildings and laying in the road ran over, and when picked up and loaded (if they weren’t already) everyone of them fired. They were built cheap with a lot of stamped out parts and the manufacture and sale of the AK-47 was responsible for a lot of the build up of the Soviet Union. Now the AK-47 is found in more countries than you can shake a stick at. Funny thing is as cheap as they were they were at the time the most dependable and reliable firearms in the world.
When you want to see if something is good or not you just take a look at it’s track record. With almost 70 years of production under it’s belt, and very little changes made the AK-47 what may very well be the best military rifle in history.

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The AR-15

 

You know an AR -15 is a simple gun to take down and put back together, trust me I’ve done it a time or two.
But as simple as it is there are still a few aspects of it that can throw you a few curves, especially if you were never military or you have one of the other versions of the AR-15.
The fine folks over at Brownells have come up with tools and dvds to help you with your AR -15

The AR-15 is based on the 7.62 mm AR-10, designed by Eugene Stoner of the Fairchild ArmaLite corporation.

The AR-15 was developed as a lighter, 5.56 mm version of the AR-10. The “AR” in AR-15 comes from the ArmaLite name. ArmaLite’s AR-1, AR-5, and some subsequent models were bolt action rifles, the AR-7 a semiautomatic survival rifle and there are shotguns andpistols whose model numbers also include the “AR” prefix.

ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt in 1959. After a tour by Colt of the Far East, the first sale of AR-15s were made to Malaysia on 30 September 1959 with Colt’s manufacture of their first 300 AR-15s in December 1959.

Colt marketed the AR-15 rifle to various military services around the world, including the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. The AR-15 was eventually adopted by the United States military under the designation M16. However, Colt continued to use the AR-15 trademark for its semi-automatic variants (AR-15, AR-15A2) which were marketed to civilian and law-enforcement customers. The original AR-15 was a very lightweight weapon, weighing less than 6 pounds with empty magazine, though later heavy-barrel versions of the civilian AR-15 can weigh upwards of 8.5 lbs.

 

Today the AR-15 and its variations are manufactured by many companies and have captured the affection of sport shooters and police forces around the world due to their accuracy and modularity.

The trademark “AR15? or “AR-15? is registered to Colt Industries, which maintains that the term should only be used to refer to their products. Other AR-15 manufacturers make AR-15 clones marketed under separate designations, although colloquiallythese are sometimes also referred to by the term AR-15.

Some notable features of the AR-15 include:

  • Aircraft grade aluminium receiver is lightweight and highly corrosion-resistant
  • Modular design allows for a variety of accessories and makes repair easier
  • Straight-line stock design eliminates the fulcrum created by traditional bent stocks, reducing muzzle climb.
  • Small caliber, accurate, high velocity round
  • Synthetic stock and grips do not warp or splinter
  • Front sight adjustable for elevation
  • Rear sight adjustable for windage and elevation
  • Wide array of optical devices available in addition to or as replacements of iron sights
  • A direct impingement gas system
  • Synthetic pistol grip (regulated in some states)
Semi-automatic AR-15s for sale to civilians are internally different from the full automatic M-16, although nearly identical in external appearance. The hammer and trigger mechanisms are of a different design. The bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of semi-automatic versions are milled differently, so that the firing mechanisms are not interchangeable. This was done to satisfy BATF requirements that civilian weapons may not be easily convertible to full-automatic. Despite this, through use of a “Drop In Auto Sear” or “lightning-link,” conversion to full automatic is very straightforward (sometimes requiring slight modification to the bolt carrier).
Such modifications, unless using registered and transferable parts made prior to May 19, 1986, are illegal. (The Firearm Owners Protection Act in 1986 has redefined a machinegun to include individual components where a semiautomatic firearm can be converted to full-automatic based on a 1981 BATF ruling on machinegun parts.)

Automatic variants have a three-position rotating selective fire switch, allowing the operator to select between three modes: safe, semi-automatic, and either automatic or three round burst, depending on model. Civilian AR-15 models do not have three-round burst or automatic settings on the fire selector. In semi-automatic only variants, the selector only rotates between safe and semi-automatic. Due to this, weapons modified to full automatic using a lightning-link are capable of full automatic fire only—unless a special full automatic fire select mechanism and modified selector-switch is substituted.

 

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Remington 597

Today I am going to review one of the biggest failures, Remington Arms ever made.
The model 597 .22 caliber semi-automatic.
These guns were originally built with the idea they would compete with the Ruger 10/22.
As some one who has owned both guns let me tell you this, there is no competition.

The pros are the 597 is a clip fed semi-auto, its light weight and fairly accurate.
The cons are if you shoot it a lot it, is capable of flying apart, the magazine springs weaken after a couple of weeks and it’s fairly accurate.
When I purchased my 597 the salesman told me that it was as accurate as the 10/22 and Remington was going to be releasing accessories for the rifle that would make it as customizable as the Ruger.
I purchased three extra clips with my Remington 597 and a brick of ammo, so I could give it a test drive.
I get to the range and set up some targets to test it out.
Using CCI Stingers, Remington Thunderbolts and Yellow Jacket ammo, I’m ready for bear. Okay maybe ready for a squirrel or two.
The first clip using the CCI ammo fed right through, the second clip using the Thunderbolt ammo fed right through the third clip jammed on every other round.
I figured it may have just been the Yellow Jacket ammo, so I reloaded and tried it again, the first clip with the CCI’s jammed on the third and fifth shell, the second clip using the yellow jackets fed through this time and the third using the thunderbolts jammed on every shell.

I took the rifle home, cleaned it thoroughly and went back to the range a few days later, I had left the magazines loaded and when I put them in the rifle and chambered a round, they proceeded to jam on every second or third shot.
I took the magazines apart, cleaned them thoroughly and noticed the springs were exceptionally weak.

I decided that I would shoot the rifle as if it were a single shot and sight in the scope and laser sight that I had installed on it.
Fourth shot into sighting it in, the rifle comes apart. Not the rifle from the stock mind you, the firing mechanism flies out of the rifle.
I picked up all of the pieces and took the rifle home. I called Remington. The worst customer service I have ever dealt with.
They offered to sell me a new rifle for half price if I would ship them the old one back (Old one, it was three weeks old!).
Of course I would have to have it shipped to a gun shop. They also offered to sell me a bolt to replace the one that flew apart for only a third of what the rifle cost. Of course it would have to be shipped to a gun shop as well.

Feeling let down by a company I once swore by, I broke out my metal working tools and made a bolt, firing pin, extractor and spring, installed it into the gun and have had no more trouble with it.
I also made new springs for the clips and they seem to be working fine now.
So you figure the price of the rifle, (at the time it was 169.00) the cost of the metal (3:00) and the amount of time it took for me to fabricate what I needed (about 29 hours), I could have built a working machine gun.

I use to love Remington firearms but that love has grown extremely cold.I would not recommend the Remington 597 to anyone, unless you have the tools to repair it yourself.  
If you want a good .22 caliber rifle there are plenty out there to buy, with in my opinion the Ruger 10/22 being the best.

 

Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife

Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife
A practical, all-purpose utility knife featuring ergonomically designed slip resistant handle. Serves every task perfectly.

Ka-Bar black fighting knife

Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife Serrated Blade

7 in. Buff polished, serrated blade with a Epoxy powder coated high carbon steel. Oval shaped Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handles. 11.75 in. Overall length. Comes with black leather sheath.

SPECIFICATIONS
Overall Length (inches): 11.75
Blade Length (inches): 7
Blade Material: High Carbon, Black
Blade Detail: Plain
Handle Material: Kraton
Lock Style: N/A
Carry System: Leather Sheath
This is an excellent all purpose knife, it holds a good edge, (that means it stays sharp longer), sharpens easily, and has enough thickness and weight that it doesn’t break very easy.
One other thing about it is the narrow ridge at the tip of the blade on the one I own can be sharpened making it a double edged blade for a little ways. Works great for gutting deer. However you need to check you state laws regarding double edge blades before you sharpen it like that. 
At one time Ka-Bar had talked of making them all without the ridge so that they would be much harder to sharpen the back edge, due to California’s complaints about double edge blades.
My personal Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife that I carry most of the time (when hunting or fishing) does not have the serrated blade. It’s not that I have anything against the serrated blade Ka-Bar, it’s simply that when I get one, or any serrated blade knife, I get this uncontrollable urge to start sawing things, such as trees, tree limbs, pieces of plastic, plastic pipe, fishing rods, boats, car tires. If you have ever walked home carrying a piece of a fishing rod, because you had a flat tire after your boat sank, you will understand what I mean.
I’ve skinned a few deer with my Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife and it has never let me down, skinning a deer will dull a knife quick, even these knives, but a couple of strokes on the stone and the knife is back to almost razor sharpness.

I would recommend the Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife to anyone that wants a good quality all purpose knife, for camping, hunting, fishing, or anything else that requires a good heavy knife.
I would not recommend the Ka-Bar Black Fighting Knife with a serrated blade for anyone that has an uncontrollable compulsion to saw things, like I do. Seriously, I sawed an aluminum boat with the thing, not all the way across but enough that it leaks water now.

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Deer Season Will Be

Here before you know it.

 

Bambi, it's what's for dinner.
So why not start getting prepared now?
I know if you are like me you put it off until about a week before deer season opens. Then you go out hunting and you wonder why there are no big bucks walking your plot.
The reason being is simple. They don’t know about it yet.
Think of this, if you start preparing for deer season now, you still have plenty of time to check things and see what is working and drawing deer in and what is not.
If you are planting a garden, hold back some seeds and go ahead and till and plant your game plot. Deer love tearing up farmer’s gardens, in fact I think they live for it.
You know they stand around talking to their little deer buddies. “Hey we can have grass over here or we can get over there on Farmer Brown’s place and eat his beans.” Then all the other deer start shouting “BEANS!”  “BEANS!” “BEANS!” and the next thing you know your garden is gone.
There are several things that planting a deer garden will do. The most important thing is that it will get them coming in to a specific area for food.
Plant beans, corns, cabbage, lettuce, and anything else that you can spare a few seeds from.
Then when it gets a little later plant turnips, deer love turnip greens and will gladly come out during the day to munch on them. You might want to check your local laws first and make sure that this is legal in your state. It is legal here.
The way we do it is, in late April we plant peas, and beans, and just let them grow wild, the pea vines will spread and cover a lot of ground and the smell of them will attract deer.  Plant some type of grass to go with the pea or bean vines, because deer will also eat the grass.
In August we till up and plant turnips,  and clover they grow fast, produce plenty of leafy green vegetation and are pretty cheap to plant. Well clover isn’t but a pound of clover covers a lot of area.
In October just before the start of bow season, we plant winter rye grass. It’s a sweet tasting, sweet smelling, fast growing grass. Rye grass will grow to about ten inches tall before it starts laying down, but deer love it.
By the opening of deer season we have gone through three different plantings, we have deer coming to us for food, and we are not using illegal means to hunt.

Try this method and see if it works better for you.

Thanks for reading.

Gary

Gun Control – Choosing a Handgun

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when buying a handgun is they get something they can’t handle.
I knew a guy that sat up and watched a Clint Eastwood marathon of Dirty Harry movies.
The next day he goes to a gun shop and buys a .44 magnum. This is fine and well if you can handle a 44, my friend however could not.  This guy strains to hold a full coffee cup.
So he goes out to shoot his new .44, having never shot one before he didn’t quite know what to expect.
Of course Clint Eastwood can shoot the thing with one hand, Clint although tall and lanky is a fairly strong individual.
My friend not so much. He tries to shoot with one hand, even after being told by myself and a couple of others to hold it with two hands until you are sure about the recoil. Boom. Bonk, gun to the head and gun flies out of hand.
Now the gun hangs in his room and has not been fired for over three years.
See here’s the thing. I don’t care how big or small a hand gun you buy or want to buy, t

he first time you shoot it, use both hands. It’s better to look wary than to pop a knot (or worse poke a hole with the hammer) on you head.
People get injured all the time because they want to appear macho and do stupid things.
When buying a firearm especially a handgun think about what you are going to use it for.

If it is for personal protection things to take into account are;

Size. For concealed carry you want something that is concealable. If you like revolvers Smith and Wesson makes a J Frame 5 shot .38 that conceals easy. Glock makes some very compact semi autos that are good for concealed carry.
A .44 magnum with an eight inch barrel doesn’t conceal all that well.

Recoil. Can you handle the firearm you are buying. If you are going to be scared to use it or flinch every time you shoot it, then you have the wrong gun. A .38 that you can hit with is far better than a .44 that you are afraid to shoot. 
There are some bigger bore guns that have low recoil, Desert Eagle makes a .44 magnum automatic that has very manageable recoil but they are very big and bulky, and although some people might recommend them, they are not the best for concealed carry.

Dependability. This is the most important factor of any firearm or any other piece of personal protection.
There are a lot of cheap guns out there, I’m not going to name them here but you know them if you see them in the gun shop. They’re generic molds and models usually in .380, .38, 9mm, and .25 calibers. 
These guns use lower grade parts and the firing pins usually break on them sometimes after only a few shots.
If you are going to protect yourself you need to spend the extra money and buy a good gun.
My personal favorite that I carry is a Sig Sauer P228

This is a 9mm which just so happens to be the same diameter bullet as a .38, .357 and .380. The one that I have is a very accurate gun and very dependable. I’ve shot over 3000 rounds through this gun without a single jam or misfire.
Did I mention that it is very accurate.

Another good one for concealed carry is the Glock 26 it is also a 9mm. Although Glocks are exceptional guns I have never really cared about hammerless automatics. But as far as dependability goes they are very hard to beat.

If you like revolvers the Smith and Wesson J Frame has been around for many years and is still one of the favorite back ups for many law enforcement officers. They are dependable and surprisingly accurate for a snub nosed pistol.

And .38 special bullets are very economical. I should note that you can shoot .38 special rounds through a .357 magnum because the bullets are the same diameter. (38’s are actually 357/1000ths of an inch in diameter the same as the .357 magnum. The difference being that the .357 magnum is a longer shell casing, holding a little bit more powder).

Some gun ranges will rent you a fire arm to try out. That is usually the best step in purchasing a handgun.
Try out several and pick the one that you can handle, shoot and carry the best.