Monday, July 5, 2010

It is nice to have tools.....

....and I dont mean woodworking tools.

My Freud router decide to do something decidedly nasty today and even my good friend Murphy could never have thought up something so despicable.

The screw that holds in the plunger that locks the shaft to facilitate bit changes came out. I noticed it as I was fumbling the router out of the table as the plunger decided to launch into my safety glass covered eye.

Never the one to panic, I looked down at the pieces and determined them all to be there. But what had caused it? I saw the problem on the collar the plunger is mounted to. A screw was balancing there between the collar and the shaft. Since I had the router completely out of the fixed base which stays attached to the table I manipulated it so I could grab it. The thing was small and my ever to agile and rock solid fingers buggered up the whole operation so it went down into the cooling vents of the router motor.

Breathe.....

Breathe.....

I tipped the router over to try and free the screw the same way it went in but I could hear nothing and saw nothing come out. I figured it had gotten hung up on one of the magnets in the motor. ( I did not even know if this was possible at the time)

So into the house I go. I lay down a white sheet so as not to lose anymore parts of this router. I dont know if it is just Freud routers or what but they use the most obscure sizes and types of fasteners. Mericifully I had all the right tools.

Jewellers screwdrivers.

Torx screwdrivers

Hex wrenches

Pliers

Combination wrenches

The only thing I did not need was a big hammer but believe me I wanted one bad.....

Took the whole contraption apart with only an exploded diagram to reference. Stator, coils, brushes, switch, etc. and there was no screw in there to be seen.

Mystified and scared out of my wits to even try such a thing, I carefully ventured out to my shed to search the floor (which by some twist of fate I had actually cleaned thoroughly before starting this morning) and found the missing screw.

Thank God for tools because if I did not have them I never could have gotten that router back together or more importantly took it apart to begin with. It took the smallest flat blade screwdriver I had (and I would guess they dont make them much smaller than this) to put that screw back in.

I still dont know if it is possible for a screw to fall down the cooling vents of a router and stick to a magnet in the motor.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Why I like the PS90 for HD

I am in the minority here but it is my opinion that the FN PS90 is the best HD rifle. It is short and fires what some would consider a pistol round. I call it an intermediate intermediate round since it resembles a smaller 5.56. You are not going to have over penetration since it the only ammo civilians can get are the plastic tipped ones. The bullet is pretty light as well so it will lose speed fast through walls or flesh.50 round capacity is pretty good too.

The PS90 has nearly every advantage General Geoff pointed out about the AR. Of those he pointed out here are the ones the PS90 also possesses.

very accurate
very reliable30-rd standard capacity
very light recoil
reduced overpenetration concerns
lightweight
fairly short and maneuverable package (with shorter barrel lengths)

As you can see it retains all of the ARs best advantages and even has some better advantages such as shorter length and higher capacity.Now the AR is a good all around platform and HD is definitely one of its fortes. I think the PS90 is better in a pure HD role and the AR is the much more versatile option.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Heel Magazine Releases compared to the Button

It all comes down to getting used to it.

The majority of pistols today have the side release button so that is predominantly what American are used to. Id does not take long to get used to a bottom mag release but it is undoubtedly slower. The HK P7 style is nice because you actually make a motion of pushing into the grip with your thumb as your curled index finger is pulling down in the (extended and serrated) mag floorplate. This is faster than the heel release of say a Ruger MKII or Walther P38 where you have to actuate a lever on the bottom of the magazine itself and push it away from the grip of the gun to the rear and then try and pull out the magazine.The P7 release is more ergonomic and faster and is really in a league of its own in the world of the European heel mag releases.

The two pistols I commonly use are the P7 and Browning Hi Power. If you have experience with the Hi Power and the dreaded magazine safety then you know that the mag safety rides along the magazine as it is in the mag well and hinders it from dropping free when it is empty. Since I used the P7 first and grew accostomed to using both hands to release the magazine I quickly warmed right up to the Hi Power and its inability to drop its magazine in the fashionable way. ( I have my magazine interlock in place on my Hi Power). This is just an example of being able to readily transfer from one pistol to another with different magazine detachment methods. Given your choice of pistols.

If you find yourself accustomed to the heel release and try to transition to the button release, I think you will find yourself ejecting the magazine with both hands even if it is not necessary. I dont see this as a bad thing as a second lost to ensure a proper magazine change is, I believe, a fair trade-off.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Reaction to a Recent Tragedy

This incident:

"A man who police said tried to stop a beer run at a Circle K in west Phoenix was shot and killed Friday night.
Lance Taylor, 23, was with his wife and mother in front of the convenience store near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road about 9 p.m. when a man in his late teens or early 20s entered the store acting suspicious, said Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

The man, police said, went to a cooler and took two 30 packs of beer and walked toward the exit when Taylor blocked his path and told him to return the beer. Taylor confronted the man because he knew the employees there and wanted to help, Crump said.
The man did what he was told and as he was leaving he took a handgun from his waistband and started waving it and yelling at store employees and Taylor. Taylor backed away from the man and as the man left the store gun in hand, he met with Taylor's wife who was opening the door, Crump said. The man said something to the woman then hit her in the head with his pistol, police said.
After seeing his wife struck, Taylor came up behind the man outside of the store and was shot in front of his wife and mother.
The Phoenix Fire Department treated his wound and took him to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center but he died of his injuries. Taylor's wife suffered a minor head injury.
Crump said the assailant either fled east on McDowell Road or got into a brown-colored two-door Chevrolet Malibu.
Crump said he is asking anyone with information to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS and for Spanish at 480-TESTIGO.
"The arrogance that this suspect showed in this is chilling, and we're asking for the public's help in locating this individual," Crump said.
The man is considered armed and dangerous.
"We need to get this person off the street he shot and killed this good samaritan who was trying to help last night in cold blood," Crump said."

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I understand we live in a world where the only people in our society who have the legal right to prevent and act upon the evil in the world are those who are sworn peace officers. Often times these men and women have seen and experienced the things that all of us huddled safely behind our locked doors could only dream about in nightmares.

I understand that for most of us to sleep soundly at night is the idea there are armed individuals paid pathetically little to make snap decisions and judgements on a daily basis and the one time they make the wrong decision all of us who are huddled safely behind our locked doors will judge them as the evil they are trying to prevent.

I understand that there are judges and lawyers who work very hard every day to thwart justice as well as invoke it. These individuals are the deliverers of only a form of law and justice that has been put in place through the political transgressions of the lawmakers that know little of the law and even less of justice but vie for the power of the position and prestige it brings to only try to further their own agenda and win the popularity contest of politics.

I understand that because of all these laws and all the politicking which brings about the norms of our society that eventually the pole shifts and the way of thinking of the lawmakers, the judges, and the lawyers redirects itself onto the greater society and brings about the shift of a society no longer operating on the social contract of the past but the new social contract of flying below the radar, comlying to the demands of evil, afraid of the consequences of doing what it right, and encouraging others to do the same.

I understand I am in the minority and I understand there is no black and white. I regretfully understand the law and the consequences that come with a democracy that is free to evolve as it sees fit as opposed to evolving naturally.

We do have a responsibility to our family and keeping ourselves alive should be paramount in that respect. Are we living selfishly for ourselves or are we all hiding behind all too convenient excuses that follow self preservation around. There will be a time when self preservation will land you in prison as well as preserving the lives of others will. Where do you draw the line when to act and when to run and when to comply?

Mr Taylor's death is unfortunate but maybe this is how he would have ended up anyway in a few months time in a similar instance because of being fed up with the world he lives in.

Just remember this seemingly unrelated bit (I will try to make it as unreligious as possible and unpolitical to keep within the rules):

As it is not our right to determine who lives or dies as it pertains to issues such as abortion and capital punishment maybe so it should also not be our right to determine who lives or dies as it pertains to saving lives.

What I mean is, there are two ways of looking at everything. In the case of the OP the conventional wisdom is to look at it as being irresponsible to try and intervene over a few cases of beer when you have a family to think about. He obviously knew the man had a gun but acted anyway. Still actions like this could land you in prison or in a legal battle. This is the modern way of thinking as our society has become annoyingly litigious. The other way of looking at is that Mr Taylor was standing up against evil and we could praise him for his actions and still ourn his death.

What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.

I embrace criticism on this and many of you are going to think it does not make sense.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Milt Sparks Versa Max II for my Hi Power

The Milt Sparks Versa Max II


Though I have only owned this holster a mere 4 days I feel I am up to the task of giving a full on review for all that have to know why this gets the Academy Award. So here is a quick impromtu review.

The holster out of the box was brand new. It was an eBay purchase and I paid what I would have paid Mr. Milt himself. It appeared exactly as I thought it would in my mind's eye. The Finish on the leather is extremely nice and boning done to the contour of the firearm is very nice as well. There is no obvious double stitching anywhere on the holster but the stitching present is done with good thick waxed white nylon thread.


Upon examining it further it appeared the snap belt loops would be too small for my 1 1/2" Belt Man. It is a very tight fit and this is something I have read about before. Milt Sparks holsters have belt loops and slots that are fitted to the company's own belts. Other manufacturers will have slight size differences so my experience cannot be unique. As it is I cannot put the holster on with my belt already done up. I have to thread my belt through it as I would a normal belt holster or a holster without the snap loops. The one way snaps are tough and this is to my liking. I dont generally do things the easy way as can be seen by my choice of carry weapons, the BHP.
Most would consider the loop situation unacceptable I dont really though. First I think the loops with stretch and break in over time as I wear it more. Second I think it gives the hoster a more secure feeling on my belt and in my waistband. Third, I am used to OWB belt holsters and there is not quick on or off without taking your belt off too. I dont think this is really any slower than unsnapping some straps and finnagling the thing out of there.

The reinforced mouth seems to be a big deal among those here. I dont really see it as an advantage or a disadvantage. I like my holster mouth to stay open be it by spring steel, kydex, or layers of leather.

Upon trying it on I was astounded at the comfort and the concealability under a medium weight T shirt. The holster pulls the grip of the pistol back to better conform and rest into my love handle. The muzzle rests lightly in the fleshiest part of my gluteus. Upon sitting the muzzle shifts to the lower point of my pelvis, which on me is still quite fleshy and the muzzle only exerts light pressure. I found this to be more comfortable in the sitting position than my OWB PWL holster for my P7 is in the standing OR sitting postion.

Another gripe about it is that there is a sight channel formed in this holster to accomidate the totally obnoxious adjustable sights that are found on Hi Powers. It is unfortunate this feature is on this holster but it does not jeopardize the integrity of the holster in any way. It is just a little groove formed in it and still supports the entire gun regardless.


The back of the holster is waxed as well which could make some think it will slide around and they are half right. It does not slide around but rather allows your leg and hips to slide around IT. This makes walking and sitting much more comfortable.



There is boned in impression on the back side that allows for the protrusion of the slide stop lever as there is another on the other side of the holster for the end of the pin of the slide stop lever. Attention to little details like this set this holster and it maker apart from the rest. It does not however have a boned in area to accomidate the extended MKII and MKIII style safties found on Hi Powers such as holsters by Tucker Gunleather. Though that feature is nice and it shows attention to detail by skilled craftsmen, I find it to be unnecessary since the safety has not bumped off at any time since I have been carrying it. I tend to think the safety will wear itself a little area where it nestles.

One more gripe. The forward belt loop is attached to a double thickness penninsula of leather. This is to accomidate the reinforcing band. That piece of leather likes to flap in the breeze so to speak. However, this only bothers me when the holster is off. As of yet I see no disadvantage to this it just bugs me psychologically. If there were some reinforcing material added between the layers there it may help but it also may just be a solution to a problem that does not exist as Milt has been making holsters for years and this is a highly regarded one at that.

Overall this holster does one heck of a job supporting the 2+ pounds of wieght a fully stoked Browning Hi Power brings with it. The belt loops do a fantastic job of spreading the weight. Add that to the fact that I am wearing a reinforced double thickness bullhide belt offered by Belt Man and it makes a fine carry package indeed.