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BarryinIN last won the day on October 7

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    Making Mac & cheese, changing channel to SpongeBob, etc. Load some ammo and bending Kydex as time allows

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  1. BarryinIN

    M&P Over Glock

    That’s what I went into the shop to get that day, but he made me a deal I couldn’t refuse on the 2.0. Otherwise, yes, for the price, everyone should be sticking away an M&P or two or three. Even if the type doesn’t interest them, it’s one of those things we’ll regret later if we don’t.
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    M&P Over Glock

    Update: I now have an M&P 9 2.0 Compact. Or is it M&P Compact 2.0 9mm? Or M&P 2.0 Compact 9? Or...something It’s a Glock 19-size M&P i don't expect a switch from steel-frame guns any time soon, but I am pretty sure my eyes will require a red dot sight in the future. I might as well start getting used to the (probable) gun that will carry it. The local gun shop having a “Black Friday sale if you ask for it” on used guns did me in I used to have an M&P 45 and didn’t think the trigger was as good, but that’s been a while. I looked at two used “1.0” M&P 9s Friday also, and that confirmed my memory. The 2.0 trigger action feels better to me. Not just lighter, but crisper and smoother. I’m seeing used old style M&Ps selling for what used Glocks sold for in the mid 90s. Maybe it’s a good time to stick a couple away.
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    Welcome. Love the K31.
  4. BarryinIN

    Hello All

    Wow. I can’t imagine.
  5. BarryinIN

    Hello All

    I had to look up Avoyelles Parish. Home of Gov Edwin Edwards? I was living down there during his trial/circus in 1985-86. Wow. What a show.
  6. BarryinIN

    Ruger announces Pistol Caliber Carbine

    I didn’t want to like this rifle, but it’s happening anyway. I’ve had two different 9mm carbines before; a Colt AR-15 and a Marlin Camp 9. After wanting a Colt for quite a while, I was surprised at liking the Marlin better. It was more reliable and more accurate. This Ruger would shoot rings around either of them. I might crack two inches at 50 yards on a good day with the Marlin. The Ruger has gone under an inch at 50 several times now. Thursday I only benched two types of ammo, and one group each. One went 1-3/8” and the other went 5/8”. This is with a dot sight. Function had had been flawless until that day. I am using the Glock magwell, and I bought an ETS 31-rd mag, and a Magpul 21-rd mag to try in addition to my Glock mags. The ETS mag gave me two stovepipes in 31 rounds using Federal AE 115 FMJ ammo. . I’ve used a variety of factory and reloaded ammo in the other mags and had not seen that before. It holds well in standing There is enough weight to make it “hang” well and it doesn’t bounce much in recoil. The trigger makes it easy to shoot unsupported I’ve been using a Holosun 510 sight. It’s not really like anything else, but most similar to an EoTech I suppose. It has a battery and a solar panel. It runs off solar power when it’s avIlable and reverts to battery power when it’s not. The solar panel does not charge the battery. It can be set in an auto mode that turns the sight on when it senses movement and turns it off after ten minutes (I think) of being still. I mostly chose it because of its reputation in USPSA and the reticle was available in green. I find green shows up better than red for me. Taken down to it's two big parts, the Ruger fits in a multi-compartment duffle I have, and that in turn fits in my motorcycle saddlebags. The carbine has already logged quite a few miles. I guess I’ve adopted it.
  7. BarryinIN

    Hello All

    Welcome! Where in Louisiana? I lived in Lafayette and worked in Intracoastsal City for a while.
  8. BarryinIN

    M&P Over Glock

    I don’t own either now, but have had both and prefer the M&P. I’ve never had an FN or Steyr polymer frame pistol, but would be willing to try them.
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    Ruger announces Pistol Caliber Carbine

    I was hoping to try it out today. Now it’s looking like tomorrow. I had had one of the older versions in .40. It’s funny to me that when I tried to trade off that PC40, I almost couldn’t give it away, and now with the takedown system and other mods, dealers can’t keep them in stock. And I’m one of them lining up This one has a much better trigger than the old style. The trigger is 10/22 based and, to me, feels much better than the average stock 10/22 trigger but not as good as a Ruger BX22 trigger unit. Better than the average AR trigger for sure. If if I like this one, I may give the PCC class in USPSA a try. Around $150 would buy just about every go-fast mod available for these. The aftermarket accessory I’d most want right now would be a version of Magpul’s Backpacker stock they make for the takedown 10/22. It keeps both halves together when broken down. That beats the bulky Callaway Golf duffle I’m using now. The first thing I had to check was the ease of caliber change. Adapting it to other calibers should be easy enough. Besides the obvious ease of changing barrels and magazine wells, the bolt face is separate from the bolt. Installing a .45 ACP or .40/10mm/.357 Sig bolt face would be simple. The bolt has a tungsten weight, and the one installed has holes. A heavier solid one would go right in. Now that I’ve bought one, Ruger will probably announce a 10mm version any day.
  10. BarryinIN

    Ruger announces Pistol Caliber Carbine

    I now have one. I hope to shoot it in the next day or two. I wanted something that that would fit in the motorcycle saddlebags, and after much debate I’m giving this a try.
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    CMP 1911 Sales Update

    The CMP released more info today, and their site promptly crashed. I won't go into detail, but they said the law allows the army to send them up to 10,000 1911s per year and they are getting around 8,000. June 9th, their website will have the ordering procedure. Prices are as follows: Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition. Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition. Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition. Any they deem special in any number of ways will be designated "Auction Grade" and will be sold through their online auction. I wouldn't mind one, but won't get in anyone's way. Link: http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/1911-information/
  12. There isn't anything else like them, is there? And upon getting the fourth, you need at least two more Garands should be bought in threes...so you can stack them! http://thedrillmaster.org/2013/01/14/the-stacking-swivel-and-stack-arms/
  13. BarryinIN

    Hi Power - Gun Smith Recommendation

    The Spiegels are beautiful, and I know from experience they are comfortable, but I should warn you they can crack easily from their being so thin. I was warned of that, and mine lasted a while, so I thought I'd cheated grip death. Then once a crack started it was only a matter of time until it grew to make that panel unuseable. I had to go practical but ugly with synthetic black Spiegels (replacing only the inner broken wood one!), then VZ grips. I wonder now if I could've extended the life of the wood Spiegels by not using them in classes or matches. My theory there is the small amount of steel around the magazine well opening often lets the bottom edge of wood grips take hard hits in mag changes. Had I not used them in classes or matches, that would've saved a lot of mag changes. Come to think of it, it was the left grip that cracked. Me being a RH shooter, that's the side I'm coming in from with the new magazine and most likely whacking into.
  14. BarryinIN

    Ruger announces Pistol Caliber Carbine

    My only concern is the adaptable magwell. When those aren't right, they are a disaster. If they get it right, it should be great.
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    M1941 Johnson

    The book on Johnson rifles by Bruce Canfield has a list known USMC Johnsons. It is a very incomplete list, showing only a few dozen, but is way more than we had to go on maybe ten years ago. We recently moved, so my copy isn't as handy as it could be, but I can get to it. I can check yours against the list if you want to PM me the serial number. Or if you don't want to do that, you might as well buy the book, because I promise you will get plenty of use from it. The guys on the Johnson Automatics forum will be able to tell you many details of your rifle provided the serial number doesn't have a letter prefix.