Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish all of my friends a happy Thanksgiving! I hope that your plate is full of turkey and your TV shows the football team of your choice winning big.

I also hope that you take a few minutes to appreciate the things that are truly important in your life. The holiday is great, but the reasons behind it are even more important.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The New Glock 43

I like Glock pistols. I carry them for self defense and I shoot a G34 in competition. They just plain work for me.

When the new G43 pistol was announced at the NRA show this year, I was pretty excited. I like the idea of the single stack 9mm, and the new model 43 looks to be just about the perfect size for concealed carry use.

I purchased one last month, and I've been very happy with it! The gun fits very good in my hand, and shooting it is a dream.

Other than size, the G43 is just like my Glock 26 that I've carried for a number of years. The sights are easy to see and the trigger pull feels exactly the same. I've shot about 200 rounds of Winchester ball ammo through it without any problems. I also shot one box of Winchester PDX1 Defender through it to make sure it is reliable with the ammunition. These also run perfectly well.

The handgun carries very easy in an oversized pocket, but a jean pocket is a little too tight for regular carry unless I'm wearing a sweatshirt to cover the bulge. I much prefer using a Cross Breed IWB rig to strong side carry the gun. Since it is thinner than the Glock 26, I can wear normal pant sizes comfortably.

I've been thinking about getting a laser for the gun, and the TLR-6 from Streamlight is definitely interesting to me. I don't know - has anyone had a chance to see or use one of these?

Recoil is light and easily controlled. The grip is large enough to hold onto without any fingers hanging off the bottom of the gun.

I had (well, still have) a M&P Shield in 9mm that I was carrying. However, since I purchased the model 43, I much prefer the Glock pistol. Both are solid guns, but I give the edge to the Glock pistol. Your mileage may vary.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Game Day!

Roll Tide!

Today is the big game against Mississippi. I'll be in front of the TV with a fresh batch of home made hot wings and a cold beer.

Are you watching?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

3 Gun Guns

For any of you who know me, you likely have heard me talk about 3 Gun competitions and how I like to compete. While practice is the best way to improve my chances of winning a match, I have found that certain gear helps me get into the groove of running for my best possible times.

A lot of focus is given by competitors (including myself) on tricking out their rifle and shotgun. I could probably write volumes on the subject, and may yet do so on the blog. However, I wanted to talk a little about handguns in these competitions.

You can shoot any number of manufacturers' pistols in the matches. However, I tend to see two main types: Glock and STI. Other brands, like Tanfoglios, FN and XDs, are also well represented, but the first two make up the bulk of the competition.

STI builds wide frame (double stack) 1911-type pistols. These give you the benefits of a light, crisp trigger but at the cost of $2,000 or more.

Personally, I prefer Glock pistols. They are very reliable and inexpensive. Compared to an STI, I keep $1500 in my pocket and use the savings for practice ammo. Let me tell you - $1500 buys a lot of 9mm ball.

I started competing with a Glock 17. I did well. Since those first days, however, I've upgraded to a Glock 34. This is also a 9mm pistol, but with a longer barrel and sight radius. This allows me to increase my accuracy while reducing the recoil at the same time. For me it is a near-perfect situation.

The Gen4 version of the G34 allows you to adjust the grip size. I like the smallest size as it allows me to get a very solid hold on the pistol to better absorb recoil. Under rapid fire, being able to keep a solid grip on the gun can improve your times and accuracy.

I've shot STI pistols before, and they are nice guns. However, unless you are a top competitor, I do not see the need to invest money into one. They are quite expensive, and, in my opinion, too much money for just hobby competition.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Up Next: Mississippi

Alabama rolled over Middle Tennessee like I knew they would this past weekend. That's the good news. Also good news is we get a shot at Ole Miss this coming weekend.

Ole Miss is going to be a tough opponent. They are undefeated - and have looked extremely good in the first two games of the season. The Rebels are averaging an unbelievable 74.5 points per game, which is first in Division I ball. Opposing teams are managing only 12 points per game against the stingy Mississippi defense.

So, where does that put the Tide?

Even though Alabama has had a pair of solid wins, including one against a very respectable opponent, the Mississippi game will give us a chance to really make our case in the national title race. Sure, September is a bit early to make any claims on landing a playoff spot, but the reality is we have to win convincingly in every game to ensure we get our place at the big table. And, the Mississippi game is one of the ways we can make our claim.

So, I hope the team has a solid practice week and goes into the game ready to play. The Rebels are not going to give us an easy one, and we better be ready for a dog fight.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A huge Roll Tide to all of my friends who may be stopping by to check out my new blog.

To those I haven't yet met, my name is Stan. I'm a water quality analyst for a private company in Tallahassee, Florida. The job is ok, but the town is a little dull. Too many politicians and not enough to do.

Prior to moving here, I worked for another company in Atlanta doing much the same thing.

Other than spending time with my wife and three kids, I am huge Alabama fan and booster. Chances are we've met if you've ever met up in Tallahassee or Atlanta to watch a game. I'm also an avid sports shooter. Mainly, I participate in three gun competitions, but I also enjoy trap. With the fall approaching, I am looking forward to getting in the field and taking a deer. Nothing beats fresh venison.

Don't expect a lot from this site. I'll be kind of getting my thoughts down here in a public diary sort of way. I travel a bit, so you might see some posts from the road.

If you are wondering how I got the name for the site, it goes back to when I was a kid. Grandma Blanchard (my mom's mom) had one of those homes where everything was covered in plastic and kept absolutely perfect. Because no one was allowed to touch anything, we kids always said it was like a museum. Hence, we started calling it the Blanchard house museum. Kind of silly, but then again - it's my blog and I can call it anything I like.