Category Archives: Armed and Female

Someone fixed the commercial. Gunsense saves lives

Update: Apparently MDA doesn’t like inconvenient truths so the abused DMCA to yank the video. Here’s another link.

Update #2 in case the second link gets taken down this video should survive.

Product Review: I.C.E. CLAW™ Sights

When I first purchased my GLOCK 19 I knew that one thing I would be changing even before I hit the range was the sights. Factory GLOCK sights are plastic and won’t hold up to any level of abuse, not that you should abuse your guns, but in a fight anything can happen so why take a chance? The one requirement I had was that I needed the best value for my money. Which is something everyone needs in this economy so my search led me to the I.C.E. CLAW™ sight set offered and endorsed by Rob Pincus.

Rob Pincus is a passionate person when it comes to firearms training, so passionate that he is reluctant to market merchandise that has his brand on it. While I will never fault any businessman for trying to make more money Rob’s approach is one that gives me a little more confidence in what he sells, he only sells items he would and does use personally. Compare this to some people out there who slap their brand on any piece of junk and hope someone validates P.T. Barnum while they cash the checks and you will see why I give serious consideration to the products offered at the I.C.E. Store.

I’ve never taken a class from Rob (though I hope to if I can physically do so), but the impression I get is that he likes to train worst case scenario and his products reflect that as well. The I.C.E. CLAW™ rear sight is designed to be used to help the user rack the slide one handed if the need to. This means it is made of a decent strength steel and the forward facing part of the site has hooks to help it grab onto surfaces. There are many popular sights that use a sloping face of the rear sight, try using any of the emergency manipulation techniques that you can do with the I.C.E. CLAW™ sight and see how many of them still work. Between the no BS just what works design and the price I ordered the I.C.E. CLAW™ sights with the ProGlo Tritium front sight. I went with tritium because I wanted to be able to see my front sight regardless of lighting conditions.

Customer Service: I do not know if my experience was atypical or not, but it was a pleasant surprise to receive a shipping notification within hours of placing my order. The fact I ordered during regular business hours likely had something to do with that, but considering some vendors, even small ones won’t ship till the next day I was happy. Transit time was out of the control of the I.C.E. Store, but I did receive my sights in a few days.

Installation: I’ve had a lot of experience installing sights in various firearms so I prepared for this install like I have so many others. I assembled my tools which included bench mat, Blue Loc-Tite, Acetone, Depth Gauge, Swiss files, a Lone Wolf Distributors 4 in 1 Armorers tool, the “Complete GLOCK Reference Guide”, and an MGW GLOCK Rear Sight Tool which I picked up at the recommendation of Commander Zero (actually he recommended the GLOCK Tool, but the MGW one was on sale for much less).

I began the installation process by first ensuring there was no ammunition in my gun or my work area. GLOCKs are not forgiving of user error when it comes to the disassembly process so I take no chances with it. Call me paranoid if you want, but I don’t want ever have to tell someone I had an N.D. because I did something stupid. Then following the manufacturer’s instructions I disassembled the gun and set everything off to one side except for the slide.

Following the instructions in the “Complete GLOCK Reference Guide” and that came with the MGW Sight tool I was able to quickly remove the old sights and install the new ones. I don’t know how consistent GLOCK is with cutting their dovetails, but I was fortunate that the rear sight required no fitting and I was able to install and adjust the rear sight so it was centered in the slide as well as install the front sight in about 20 minutes.

First Impressions: Let me start by saying I have primarily used target sights on my firearms. These sights let very little light past on the sides of the front sight when they are properly aligned and on my guns at least come in all black. The I.C.E. CLAW™ sights have a generous amount of daylight visible on either side of the front sight making target acquisition much faster and if you take your time (which you won’t in a gun fight) almost as precise. Visibility in all lighting conditions was excellent even in direct sunlight which I thought may be an issue since the rear sight is not serrated like target sights.

Working with snap caps I tried several emergency manipulations on various surfaces. The rear sight grabbed whatever I was using and held while I worked the slide. I got the impression the object you are pushing against will fail before the sight does.

Range Time: I tried a variety of 115gr 124gr +P and 135gr +P ammunition at distances of 10 and 15 yards. Elevation was spot on for all three loads. Windage was off initially, but was determined to be shooter error. I would like to attribute it to not enough time with safe action pistols, but I just screwed up. I never shot the pistol with the stock sights so I can’t do an accuracy comparison, but I can say the sights will allow you to shoot minute of bad guy if you have quality ammunition and do your part.

Final Thoughts: To say I am pleased with I.C.E. CLAW™ sights would be an understatement. I plan to install them on any of my firearms that they are available for (currently at one). I also won’t hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking to upgrade from the stock plastic sights.

Obligatory FTC Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own funds. I have not received nor do I expect any consideration for posting my opinions on these products.

Brigid on the Intrepid S&W J-Frame

Like so many other cognoscenti of my generation I own a S&W J-Frame for those times one can’t or doesn’t want to carry a “real” gun. Also like so many other women before her The_Missus took a shining to it for its size, weight and portability. Naturally that led to her wanting to try it out at the range to see how she liked it. So in spite of my dire warnings I loaded up some anemic target loads and it was off to the range. Only one shot was fired by her through that gun.

Brigid is a very experienced warrior woman (and I do mean that as a compliment ma’am) and this week she did a write up of her own impressions of the lightweight J-Frame. Her entire post is well worth reading with descriptives like:

Even with experience, this is not a firearm that makes me sit and think “Gee!  I can’t wait to get to the range and put 100 rounds through this!”
I’d just as soon munch on a bunch of ghost peppers while getting a Brazilian Bikini Wax than do 50 rounds or more at one time.

Brigid is not one to shy away from the Lightweight J-Frame and that doesn’t surprise me. However, this gun and others like it are still what a lot of people push women towards when they go looking for firearms to use for serious social purposes. These just aren’t good firearms for a novice or occasional shooter. For the more experienced and dedicated shooter they make great firearms that are easy to carry and reliable. My own experiences with my 642 is that the recoil with defensive .38 Special +P ammunition is comparable to the recoil of a 240gr .44 Magnum from my all Steel 629 Trail Boss.

Next week we’ll take a look at The_Missus chose for her personal gun as well as some others that she liked but weren’t what she wanted.

The Liberal’s War on Women Continues

Once again elected representatives in Colorado wage war on women who only seek the right to choose to not be defenseless victims in the face of violent crime. Notice in the video the violent criminal’s advocate uses almost 20 year old statistics from questionable sources that only refer to deaths and not successful incidents of self defense where there were few to no injuries. Even though the FBI released a study a few years later showing that choosing not to resist violent crime at all resulted in a chance of serious injury two and a half times greater  for women than using a firearm  (this can include merely brandishing it).

In the end Amanda Collins’ testimony went unheard as Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak, and her fellow violent criminal’s advocates on the Judiciary Committee voted in favor of banning responsible adults from carrying concealed weapons on college campuses.  No matter that there have been no major incidents of someone lawfully carrying a firearm on a Colorado campus behaving badly, victims must be disarmed so the people can cling to the Government’s skirts in fear.

 

Fake Brady Campaign Image: Better to be raped than to kill your attacker

Via a link over at Say Uncle I present this image without further comment

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Update: Image is from a satire site (4Chan) and not real. The best satire is the most believable.

Having actually met people who believe and advocate this mindset,  I fell for it hook line and sinker.

I am leaving the image up as an admission that I did get trolled. I mean no disrespect towards the victims of sexual assault as I have met many. Some fought back, some didn’t, one couldn’t. None regrets fighting back.

What are the PROS and CONS of this handgun?

Sig P239

I saw this image and question posed the other day, the comments were unsettling to say the least. Rating quite heavily on the comments were remarks like; “it’s not a Glock, 1911, American Made.” Very few actually engaged in an objective analysis of the firearm in question. For those of you in Rio Linda it is a Sig Sauer P239 available in 9mm, .357 Sig and .40 S&W. Magazine capacity is 8 and 7 rounds respectively.

The firearm is 6.6 inches long, 5.5 inches high 1.2 inches thick and weighs in at 29.5 ounces unloaded. It is available with standard iron sights or tritium powered night sights, and will set you back somewhere between $700 to $775. Naturally the night sights make the price go north within that range.

On the pro side Sig Sauer pistols are well-known for their reliability, but with this pistol some of its pros may also be cons. It greatly depends on the user. Let’s take a look and see what you think.

Action Double Action/Single Action (DA/SA). This type of action used to be the hallmark of European and more modern American Pistols. The first trigger pull was long and heavy much like a revolver, the second pull was shorter and lighter with some noticeable slack before you got to the actual trigger pull. While the two different trigger pulls were manageable with training and practice, novice shooters will often have their first shot landing some distance away from their subsequent shots.

External Safety, none. Some see this as a feature others as a liability. The gun does have a lever for de-cocking or re-setting the gun so the trigger is back to its DA state. Traditional DA/SA firearms usually have this feature incorporated into slide-mounted safeties as well.

Now to compare it to the S&W Shield the Sig is .4 inches longer, .5 inches taller, .25 inches thicker and weighs 10.5 ounces more. So it’s a little larger and quite a bit heavier. While the size and weight do make it more difficult to conceal that extra size and weight also means the gun is more shootable. The weight helps to keep recoil down and the added length means your sight radius is a bit longer which increases accuracy. The width also means that the recoil will be spread out over a wider area of the palm of your hand, but at the same time that width may make the grip a little too large for some folks.

Personally, if I were restricted to the calibers available for the P239 and needed something of that size I would have no problem carrying it after I had established its mechanical reliability. The same goes for the S&W shield. As for which one I would prefer, that requires range time. Something I don’t get enough of with the guns I do own, much less the ones I don’t.