Posts Tagged ‘concealed handgun’

Over the weekend we had yet another Concealed Handgun Class and we were covering the subject of cleaning your handgun. We usually snicker when we read the NRA suggestion of cleaning after every time you shoot your gun. The instructors that help us at Valkyrie Defense Group are all guilty of going pretty long durations before our guns get anymore than just a wipe down. Let’s face it if I cleaned my guns every time I fired them my son would probably not know who I am. One reason I love instructing is when I am talking or answering questions sometimes I will have a little epiphany or in this situation a realization and when I do I try to make a mental note to come back here to share.

Yesterday talking about cleaning it hit me that I never carry a “clean” gun. I have this weird habit of when I clean any of my carry guns I will not feel right carrying it until I have shot a magazine through it to perform a function test. I want to be absolutely sure that the gun was put back together properly before I want to depend my life on it. The last thing I want is to clean my gun and head out into a situation where I need to defend my life with it and get a click instead of a bang in that critical moment. The new R51 is a gun that has me thinking this needs to be considered more and more for people.

When you re-assemble the R51 you must slip a small tab on the slide stop of the gun underneath this little spring. You must insert it perfectly parallel to the slide. If you tilt the slide stop upwards by as little as a 1/16th of an inch, if it rides above the spring, the gun will malfunction.

Just to make sure I’m not just picking on the R51, my Ruger LCP requires the recoil spring to be replaced a certain way. If not it will fail to eject on nearly every shot.

How about you? Have you ever thought about function testing your gun before you depend your life on it? Head over to the Facebook page and let me know if this is something that has ever crossed your mind or if you do something similar. While you are there make sure you give me a like to keep up to date on all the pictures of some of the projects I’m working on.

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I am carrying daily, again. I typically do not leave the house without my firearm on me. I started to get sloppy and wasn’t carrying while at work from time to time. A recent event got me thinking about my job and some of the situations I end up in while on the clock and I decided to get back into my usual daily carry habit.

The Contenders

The Contenders

This week I have been rocking a Glock 26 that I borrowed from a good buddy (thanks Bob). Monday and Wednesday I carried it in my Concealment Solutions Sidewinder. It is my go-to daily carry holster for my 19 and the 26 worked great in it. On Tuesday I tried something a little different and popped on my Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 and tried a little appendix carry.

Concealment Solutions Sidewinder (top) and the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 (bottom)

Concealment Solutions Sidewinder (top) and the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 (bottom)

I am a huge fan of owb carry. For me it just works best. I can say that I enjoyed carrying more on Monday and Wednesday than I did on Tuesday. There is just something about me that I cannot do iwb or appendix. It might be my body type or that I am in and out of a vehicle a lot. I am not giving up completely I want to try a couple other holsters before that happens.

I will be finishing the week off with carrying the wife’s Smith & Wesson Shield in a NUoSU Concealment holster. Since the wife is gone for the week and it is officially MAN-morial weekend I will do as I please. (Just don’t tell her)

NUoSU holster

NUoSU holster

I am trying to get a feel in the difference between carrying the double stack vs. the single. I am a dedicated Glock shooter and I love the 26 but the Shield is so thin it makes it hard to say no to it. If the 26 ends up coming out on top there is a good possibility that an OD green 26 will be in my future. If the Shield wins… well I guess I saved myself 500 bucks.

I will update at the end of the week and let you know my decision. Until then check out the Facebook page because I will be putting up pictures of random MAN-morial week stuff especially over the weekend. I will be attending another Vickers Shooting Methods 2 class on Saturday and I hope to have a post explaining how I am prepping in the next day or two so stay tuned for that. You can also stay in touch with Shooters Legion and instantly become my friend by following the provided link.

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As I have said in earlier posts I’m an avid podcast listener. Truly one of my favorites is The Gunfighter cast hosted by Daniel Shaw and John McGregor.

Daniel has over 15 years experience as a Marine infantryman. John has over 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Combined they have about 30 years as firearms instructors and 32 years carrying concealed weapons.

As of 12-23-12 The Gunfighter Cast has exactly 80 episodes of great and insightful information in their archive. Think about that for a minute, nearly 80 hours of discussions from guys who have been there, seen it, and rolled in poop when its gotten thick. Eighty episodes of great first-hand experience from experts. I believe this is only the beginning for these two and their podcast.

Daniel will soon be retired from the Marines and has yet to announce his future plans, but I would assume the firearms industry is ready to accept him with open arms. John also starting his journey into freelance writing with his first published piece appearing in the 2013 issue of Combat Handgun.

I highly recommend this podcast to anyone remotely interested in firearms and self-defense…. unless you wear skinny jeans than you might come away slightly offended.

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