Friday, November 29, 2013

LaserLyte Training - Plinking Cans

Remember your Dad taking you plinking when you were a kid? What did you love most about it? If you're like me, you still love it, especially shooting old cans. You got the instant gratification of knowing you hit your target, and you tried your darnedest to get the can to fly up in the air. Well, if it didn't fly up, it would at least fall over. It was certainly more fun than shooting a paper bullseye target. The part nobody liked was going down and setting the cans back up, so you always added more cans. Those were the days.

Well, while sifting through my email backlog, after stuffing myself with turkey yesterday, I came across this, the LaserLyte Laser Plinking Can Set. Suddenly indoor training isn't so dull. They don't fly up into the air, but don't be surprised if later models do (hopefully) or someone figures out how to modify these. Then LaserLyte would just need to figure out how to get them to stand back up by themselves.

I think they might be a little pricey at $105 for just three cans, but that is "suggested" retail price. I think this would be a good present for yourself or your favorite shooter if you or they already have the LaserLyte training system. A good training device that is fun too, not a bad combination.

Be safe.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from me and mine at Rootin' Tootin' Gun Blog. 

Take just a minute and think about what you are thankful for.

Be safe.

Monday, November 18, 2013

George Zimmerman - Back in the News

George, George, George...

When are you going to learn that you're living under a microscope. Did you have this much trouble staying out of trouble before? Are you trying to outdo OJ?

Be safe.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day

US Navy Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia
I served in the US Navy aboard a nuclear powered submarine in the early '80's. I was only on active duty for 3 years before transferring to the active reserves. I didn't serve during a shooting war, so sometimes I don't think of myself as a veteran. Then I remember that even though the Cold War wasn't a shooting war, I was still there preserving the peace and freedom of the United States of America.

We've all heard the horror stories of Vietnam vets coming home and being spat on. While I was in the Navy, it wasn't that bad, but we were definitely looked down upon by the civilian population. Not since World War II have service men and women been welcomed, recognized, and praised like they are today. I am so glad that we, as a country, are finally giving our veterans the recognition they deserve, and I hope it never changes.

And if there are any veterans out there that, like me, think they didn't contribute anything during their time in service, please think again. You did play an important role in the defense of our great country. Every command is a team, and there are no unnecessary members on those teams. On the boats (submarines), we used to have an internal rivalry about which rate was more important, but we all knew that we couldn't get underway without every member of the crew. 

Thank you fellow veterans, and your families, for your service and sacrifice in the defense of this great nation. We, as a nation, cannot thank you enough.

Be safe.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Happy birthday wishes to all the Marines out there, past and present. I hope you find a tender steak.

Be safe and thank you for your service.

Friday, November 8, 2013

EOTech Rebate

EOTech has announced a $60 rebate on their products purchased from now until January 31, 2014. Looks like it will apply to an optic and magnifier, so you can potentially save $120 on the pair. Read this for more details.

Be safe.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Social Media

Did you know Rootin' Tootin' Gun Blog was on Facebook and Twitter? I'm also on Shooters Legion, Shooters Office, and Social Firearms.

I've finally got enough "Likes" on Facebook to see how many people I'm reaching with my posts, and it's a sad sight to see. Please read these instructions to make sure you see every post, and if you like the page, please share it with your friends. If there is anything that you don't like about the page, please share it with me. And by all means, leave comments on the blog or on one of these sites. I would love to hear everyone's feedback.

Be safe.

Guns Save Lives Day - December 15, 2013

I'm on vacation, so I'm finally taking some additional time this week to go through a lot of old emails. One of which caught my eye from the middle of October. Since I haven't heard anyone else promoting it, I thought I'd do my duty and pass it along to all of you.

December 15th (Bill of Rights Day) has been designated Guns Save Lives Day. It's being sponsored by several pro-2A groups like The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and others, including my favorite, GeorgiaCarry.Org. This will be the day after the first anniversary of the Newtown shootings. It's designed to counteract the gun-grabbers' expected push to exploit the events of Newtown once again for their agenda.

There is a website for the event, and it even has a petition to sign. Go here and check it out. Once inside, you'll see the events the gun-grabbers have planned. Please show them your support.

Be safe.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bad News in the Gun World

I've been too quiet lately about the anti-gun movement. I will work on changing that in the very near future. In the meantime, here are some things you should be thinking about:

Bloomberg is the outgoing Mayor of NYC. I didn't realize he wasn't running this term. As I see it, this is going to free him up to dedicate his time towards, 1) a possible 2016 presidential campaign, and/or 2) dedicating more of his time and money to the anti-gun movement across the United States.

Virginia has elected a new governor, Democrat Terry MacAuliffe. Virginia gun owners beware! MacAuliffe is deep into Bloomberg's wallet and he wants your guns. Better start writing your state legislators to stop him before he can get started. Now might be a good time to join the Virginia Civilian Defense League.

Florida Carry reports the Florida State Attorney has instituted a "Stop and Frisk" policy.

Get involved, people! 

Be safe.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Initial Reloading Purchase - Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler

Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler and Media Separator
I’m slowly working my way into the reloading world. Since I didn’t want to run up a credit card to buy everything at once, I’m buying items piecemeal while I save for the next purchase. My first investment was the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Kit from MidwayUSA. The kit came with a media separator, crushed corn cob tumbling media, and Frankford’s brass polish. This is everything you need to get started with cleaning cases.

So far I’ve used this tumbler for some .38 Special cases and it did great. The corn cob media was initially treated with the Frankford Arsenal brass polish and allowed to cycle in the running tumbler for a few minutes as directed, then the cases were added. I think I put too many in for this batch. The instructions say to add the cases with the tumbler running until you see they don’t move freely. I think my problem was that as I was adding them to the tumbler, I was mesmerized by seeing them disappear into the media. It’s like they get swallowed up in quicksand, but then you see them swim by every couple of seconds. Well, I added until they slowly bobbed along on the surface. A coworker of mine that reloads told me this is okay, it will just take longer to get them shiny.

What have I learned so far? 
  1. When you clean brass, do yourself a favor and don’t do it in a room you are trying to watch television in (or directly adjacent). It does make enough noise to make hearing the TV difficult. It also tends to annoy your significant other. The level of annoyed will depend on so many factors (many unknown) that they cannot be listed here. Take it somewhere that it won’t be heard. 
  2. I also learned not to start a load and then stop it until the next day. My first batch I ran for about 20 minutes and then shut off until my show was over. Well, then I decided to finish it the next day. This apparently causes your corncob media to stick inside some cases. Retumbling will remedy the problem on most of the cases, but I ended up sorting through every case and taking a small flathead screwdriver to scrape the rest of the media out of the 2 dozen or so that didn’t come completely clean. 
  3. Sort your brass by caliber before tumbling. I was warned about this ahead of time. It will keep smaller cases from getting into larger cases and preventing them from being cleaned. If you’re going to reload .45ACP, be sure to learn the difference between small pistol primers and large pistol primers. You don’t have to sort them before tumbling, but you have to sort them sooner or later.

Typical .45 ACP cases before tumbling
The tumbler itself seems to be well built, and it does the job. It holds a decent amount of pistol brass. I didn’t count how much I put in this initial load, but I’d guess it was about 200 pieces. There are larger, probably better, tumblers on the market, but I didn’t want to sink a ton of money into some items initially. I read reviews on the tumblers out there and opted for a model with good reviews but not the most expensive. One feature I like most is the inline ON/OFF switch. Others praised this in their reviews, and I saw complaints about other tumblers because they didn’t have this feature. It is definitely more convenient than messing with a plug every time you want to start and stop your tumbler. What I also liked about this tumbler was that it came with everything I would need to start cleaning brass the day it arrived. Later, I can change media and polishes to see what works best for me.
Typical .45 ACP cases after tumbling in corn cob with Frankford Arsenal polish

The media separator is okay. It does the job, but I have a few minor complaints about it. 
  1. This is another noisy evolution, and if not done in the proper location at the proper time, it will elicit additional complaints from your significant other. 
  2. With a moderate load of brass in it, it tends to lift out of the cradles attached to the bucket while you’re turning the basket. Maybe higher priced models have a way to lock the basket shafts in place? Regardless, I can live with it for now. I just have to take it slow, and remember I’m not spinning a load of clothes in a washing machine. 
  3. I probably shouldn't be complaining about this, because I’m sure the alternative is much worse. The pin that locks the basket closed is a real booger to insert and remove, hence it keeps the basket closed really well. Again, the alternative I’m sure is much worse. What I would recommend for Frankford though is changing it from a round headed pin to an L shaped pin so it’s easier to grab. The little elastic cord provided on their pin isn’t stout enough to use to pull it for very long.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this first purchase. I’m now looking for a beam scale and bullet puller. Pretty soon, I’m going to have to start cleaning out my workbench in preparation for setting everything up.

Be safe.