Archive for October, 2010

postheadericon How To Reload .50 Cal Ammo

Time for a bigger reloading press- my choice is the Dillon….

postheadericon Rock River Arms AR-15

Rock River makes a nice version of the AR-15. I purchased the mid length 16″ with the aluminum free float tube.  This rifle has had total reliability and amazing accuracy.  I was hoping to get a 1 MOA rifle when I bought this.  When I took it to the range after break in.  It shot sub-MOA groups with FMJ!!! I was blown away.  I am an avid reloader and I soon realized that this rifle wasn’t too picky on the loads that it would shoot accurately.  I loaded up some 40 grain V-max loads on 26.0 grains of TAC and those shot right around .5 MOA. Some of the groups were 3/8 of an inch:) For optics i used a Springfield Armory 3-9×40.  And for my more tactical setup I would remove the scope and use an Eotech red dot sight with an A.R.M.S. #40L Flip up rear sight.  Even with the red dot I found that I could achieve 2-3 MOA groups from the bench.  I love AR-15’s in general, but these Rock River’s are extremely well built.  I’m not the type to buy the budget gun so I looked for a balance of price and quality.  This gun came in under 1,000$ for the gun and the back up iron sight.  The optics were more on top of that but worth every penny.  Anyone else have a good brand of AR-15?  I know there’s a lot of good ones out there.

postheadericon Springfield XD-9

Springfield XD-9

Springfield XD-9

I’ve had my Springfield XD-9 for 3 years now.  This gun has performed flawlessly!  It was everything that I wanted in a handgun.  The only maintenance I’ve had to do is change the recoil spring, but this was after thousands of rounds (at least 5,000).  I’ve only had malfunctions due to my old recoil spring, and a couple that were my fault for making bad reloads… oops.  Other than that the reliability has been 100%.  It goes bang every time.

My favorite thing about this gun is that it fits my hand very nice and feels natural.  I’ve also added a Hogue rubber grip enhancer that i really like.  I also use an Insight SSL-1 weapon mounted flashlight.  I have the light installed to make the gun more versatile for home defense since this is my home defense gun.  The light allows for a two handed grip instead of one hand on the gun and one hand on the light (If I were doing that then I would use the Harries technique).

Me blasting my XD-9 near San Luis Obispo

Me blasting near San Luis Obispo

In conclusion, this gun is very accurate and reliable. It also has a 16+1 capacity which is very nice.  I recommend this gun to anyone as long as it fits your hand properly.  As with any gun, It’s a personal preference thing.


Shooting my Springfield XD-9 at Front Sight

This is me shooting my XD at Front Sight