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Free For All Friday 3-27-2015: Sick Noob, Trigger Pulls and Pistol Caliber Rifles

This is going to be a quick one. Remember how I said at the beginning of the week that I was sick? What started as a cold has upgraded itself to a mild case of pneumonia. Fortunately, typing doesn’t put me into coughing fits.

Questions after the jump!

 

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Free For All Friday 3-20-2015: Grips and Gunsmiths

​You ever get a much needed vacation from work and then once the vacation starts, you get sick? Just sayin’. Happens to me a lot.

Have ever had your hands on an XDM 3.8 compact with the mag grip extensions or "x-tensions"? We're the grip extensions solid and well fitting? Lastly, how does one go about selecting a good gunsmith? -Shaun M.

 

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Intro to Clay Sports: Sporting Clays

I used to play a lot of golf. I was terrible at it but I enjoyed it or at least I was able to convince myself that I enjoyed it. In all actually, I was kind of obligated to play at the time due to my job. It’s very common for business people and those in upper management to play a lot of golf. The main reason is because it’s a great place to talk business. You’re outside of the office and between shots, there is a lot of time to discuss things. The problem is, golf is ultimately quite boring. If you’re not the one hitting the ball, it is about as fun as watching flies fornicate. If only there was a way to integrate guns with golf. THAT would be fun!

 

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Intro to Clay Sports: Skeet & Trap

This may just be my opinion, but one of the most fun things you can do in the shooting world is participating in any of the clay sports. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all fun but clay sports are just...different. With pistols, you’re typically shooting at paper printouts or steel plates. They do go “ding” when you hit them but that’s about it. Rifle shooting is about the precision and control. Fun, but not for everyone. Both can be spiced up a bit with some competition but beyond that, it’s a very static shooting environment. Clays are much more dynamic. You’re having to hit moving targets. Tiny moving targets at that. Hitting a bullseye is exciting but hitting a fast moving clay with your last shot just before it hits the ground? That will have you cheering every time.

 

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Free For All Friday 3-5-2015: Ask Me Anything Edition

Keeping the intro short here. Got a lot of questions this week and there were more non-gun related than I expected. A lot were really good and fun. Some were a bit disturbing. Let’s start with the gun related because this is, of course, a gun blog after all.

 

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Beginner's Shotgun Recommendations

There are two schools of thought when it comes to getting started in a new hobby. You can either start off as cheap as possible so that, in the off chance you don’t like it, you’re not out too much money. There are others that follow the line of thinking that if you spend as much as possible, you’re less likely to give up because you’ve made such a large investment. 

 

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Free For All Friday 2-27-2015: Steel Core Ammo, Cylinder Spin, and lots more!

I’ve spent the last week updating and migrating my servers. We’re on completely new hardware in a completely new datacenter. This means that, with the exception of occasional updates to the site’s software, there will be almost zero downtime moving forward. This is awesome for you, as the reader but it’s also great for me because it means I won’t be getting notifications at 3:00 am telling me I need to go fix a hung server. A well rested noob is a good noob.

We've got a lot of questions this week so let's jump in to it!

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Product Review Double Header: Hornady and Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaners

Last week, we spoke a bit on why an ultrasonic cleaner is a good appliance to have in your home. We might have mentioned Doctor Who a couple of times in that article as well. I don’t really remember. This week, I want to go over a couple of options that are available. Normally I do one product review per article but I also don’t want to do three weeks’ worth of articles about sonic cleaners. There are only so many sonic screwdriver jokes my readers could take. I thought it would be fun to take a head to head-ish approach to the review of these two devices.

 

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Free For All Friday 2-20-2015: Safe guns and new holster designs...

There’s a reason why people move to Florida: it doesn’t get that cold here. It’s been said many times, however, that Jacksonville Florida is actually the southernmost city in Georgia. If you’ve never been here, you’re probably scratching your head but if you’ve spent even a couple of hours in this city you’d be laughing your head off right now. With that, I don’t really consider it to be “Florida” until you hit I-4 and beyond. While Florida has the stereotype of being sunny and perfect beach days all year around, the reality is that there’s only a small part of Florida where that is true. Here in Jax, it’s 27 degree as I type this. Someone from up north will read this and say “don’t you DARE complain about that!” and I won’t. While many of my follow Jacksonvillians will be wearing snow shoes and complaining about how freezing it is, I put on a warm jacket and will enjoy it while it lasts. I actually kind of prefer this weather and here is why: I can put on layer after layer and eventually get toasty warm and comfortable. When it’s scorching how out, however, I can only take off so many layers before I get arrested. Even if were to walk out in just a bathing suit (enjoy trying to bleach that mental image out of your mind), it would still be scorching hot. Nope, I like the cold. If I could get it year around without piles and piles of snow in the winter, I’d be happy as can be.

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Let's Get a Little More Sonic!

Jack Harkness: Who has a sonic screwdriver? Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic!"?
The Doctor: What, you've never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?

The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver has gotten him out of a lot of sticky situations. A bit too many situations, as it turns out because the writing team had been chewed out by the show’s producers many times over the years for using it too often. Darn useful tool though. It does pretty much whatever The Doctor needs it to do. From remotely controlling the TARDIS to scanning the area to cutting and welding. As the Doctor once said “Harmless is just the word. That's why I like it! Doesn't kill, doesn't wound, doesn't maim. But I'll tell you what it does do. It is very good at opening doors.” It just doesn’t work on wood. 

Where did everyone go? See, this is why I limit myself on Doctor Who references. For those that are still here...all three of you...I’ve recently discovered something else that’s sonic that has made my life so much easier: a Sonic Cleaner. You know those water filled things in jewelry stores that makes that annoying buzzing noise? Yeah, those things. I’m here to say that you don’t need to be a jeweler to have a use for one.

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