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12-12-13, 03:46 AM #1
New Duty Shooter
I'm a M1911 guy. I love anything that's cocked and locked. They say that the M1911 is an enthusiast's gun. I would probably agree with that, though my itch for recreational shooting has waned somewhat. I carried a Kimber TLE/RLII on duty for close to 9 years. It was smooth sailing, as long as I kept her clean and greased, and replaced her springs every so often. I took her through mud, schools, rainy days, anything.
These last couple quarterly quals, I would have a malfunction every once in a while. Always failure to go into battery. Usually after she was dirtied up with 70 rounds through her. Heavier recoil springs to get her into battery seemed to help. But on my November qual, I had THREE malfunctions. Out of 40 rounds. Bad ju-ju, and I dreaded the next three nights of work.
The day after that qual, I bought a Springfield Loaded Marine Corps Operator off GunBroker from a shop in Michigan. We've got two cops at my PD who have FFL's, so the transfer was a snap. She's a beaut. The Kimber is still a good gun, but her duty days are over. She's for tinkering now, and for finding whatever minute idiosyncratic ailment she's got. I'll fix her up, but I won't carry her while on graveyards ever again. The Springer's in my holster, after qual'ing on her today.
She came out of the box with Pachmayrs wrapped around her. I wasn't a huge fan...comfy, felt nice, but looked a little dated for such a hi-speed low-drag piece of kit. I felt like a beat cop in a Hungarian slum with that grip sticking out of my holster. Or as if I should hear bow-chicka-bow-wow when I grabbed it because, let's face it, Pachmayrs are the equivalent of 80's porn in comparison to most stuff you get today. Soup-strainer 'stache and lack of, er, landscaping and all.
Here she is, after a good cleaning, and with the addition of the Mil-Tac composite grips off my Kimber. I love these grips, and I'm coming to love the lack of front-strap checkering too. Love this gun!
"If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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12-12-13, 07:10 AM #2
Nice!Blessed are the the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. MATT 5:10
12-12-13, 08:02 AM #3
Sweet blaster!“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
12-12-13, 08:43 AM #4
That is a nice heaterTo be a good Law Enforcement Officer you MUST know the law!
12-12-13, 09:55 AM #5
Very nice !!SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
12-12-13, 11:52 AM #6
It is a nice gun.'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” Sigmund Freud
12-12-13, 08:07 PM #7
Now I have a hard on.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
12-12-13, 09:45 PM #8
Careful Lew.....you'll shoot yourself in the eye!For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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