As I sit here and look at the date of my last post, I realize that I need to post more. I suppose it’s because I don’t have a lot to say however there’s definitely a lot happening. One funny thing to note is the fact I was using Adbrite for attempting to generate revenue. I logged in one day to see I didn’t have any ads so I went to my Adbrite control panel to see what was going on and the page was 404… “Ok” I thought to myself so I tried going to the homepage and also 404. Come to find out the idiots went out of business and didn’t inform anyone. Not to mention I had a tiny amount of money in the account which is also now gone. Live and learn.
On our anniversary, my wife and I went to Martin Vineyards in Knotts Island, NC to pick peaches. It’s a neat place as they have a small winery and orchards with fruit such as Concord grapes, peaches, apples, blackberries, etc. You can go to pick different things depending on the time of year. I also did a wine tasting there and bought a bottle of their Merlot and Pomegranate wine. The pomegranate was really sweet, almost syrup but it tastes good. We’re going back in a couple weeks to get some Concord grapes. You basically pay them, they give you a bag and you go to the orchard/vineyard and fill the bag.
On the photography side of the house, I haven’t done squat lately. I keep up with new hardware coming out but I haven’t taken any photos with my Canon in months. That’s going to change come fall as I’m in the mood to hit up Williamsburg again. Canon recently announced the 70D and based on the specs, I want to pick one of those up. I realized one thing when it comes to camera bodies; I don’t need the best or fastest as the type of photography I enjoy can be done with lesser DSLR bodies. Lesser not in that they’re incapable of doing what I want, they’re just cheaper and have less features (that I don’t really need). That being said, I’ve been yearning for something like a 5D Mark III but I just don’t need it. A Canon 70D will do everything I could possibly ever want to do for a lot less money.
I received an email from Ruger today discussing the need for us to protect our rights as firearm owners. It has a lot of good info and links to contact your representatives so please give it a visit. Ruger – Protect Your Rights
After the horrific shooting spree that took place in Newtown, CT there has been a huge knee jerk reaction to gun rights in the United States. There’s people calling for the complete ban of all handguns to banning “assault” rifles and hi-cap magazines (or clips as the media likes to refer to them as — ignorantly I might add). Yes, there are crazy people in this world that shouldn’t own or have anything close to access to any sort of weapon, but to punish the over 100,000,000 citizens of this country who use their firearms responsibly every day is ridiculous.
People on both sides throw around statistics based on their political agenda, however the truth of the matter is that law abiding firearm owners are the only ones that will be affected by any legislation on gun ownership. There are over 300,000,000 firearms in this country… basically enough to give every citizen one. Banning firearms is not the answer. I don’t have the exact answer but I do know that banning anything won’t fix squat.
I would completely support a more rigorous background check when trying to purchase a firearm. I think they should include anything psychologically related because it would seem that the animals that go on these shooting sprees have mental problems too numerous to count.
Don’t touch the 2nd Amendment. It’s our God-given right to bear arms in the United States. I’ll be damned if that right will be taken away because of a handful of people.
Banning “assault rifles” and hi-cap magazines won’t solve anything. If I can’t carry 1 30 round mag, I could easily carry 3 10 rounds — pointless argument… and this will only affect law-abiding people.
The gun shops around me have been absolutely crazy after the shooting because of people fearing a possible ban or heavy legislation. That proves to me that there’s a large desire to maintain firearm ownership in the U.S. Also, with it being such a large industry, imagine the impact it would have on the already weak economy.
The most powerful ally that gun owners have is the National Rifle Association yet they’re made up of only 4 million members. That’s right, FOUR MILLION. That is completely unreal to me considering how many people support our rights to bear arms in the U.S. The NRA should easily have 40,000,000 if not a lot more. People say the NRA has a lot of power, imagine the fight they could fight if they had more members.
Joining the NRA is not a huge commitment of money, in fact you can join for $35 (sometimes less if you find a deal through a partner). You get a subscription to a choice of great magazines and you’re helping support our biggest supporter in Washington.
I’m a member and if you support gun rights and aren’t a member, you should join right now. I don’t get anything out of the link below other than knowing more people will support the efforts of the NRA.
This evening, I realized I haven’t posted to my blog since February. It’s not for a lack of wanting to, but more due to the fact that I’ve been super busy with work and side work. I haven’t had the opportunity to take any photographs or buy new camera gear.
Anyways, I’m planning on taking pics of the fall leaves coming up so hopefully that will add some content.
Another new product from this years Shot Show was introduced by CCI. The product in question is their new Quiet 22LR. It has a velocity of 710fps and seems to be tremendously more quiet than regular 22LR ammo.
Check out the Guns & Ammo video below:
Pair this ammo with a Walther P22 and you have a great plinking gun.
Recently, I’ve been going to more and more of the various restaurants in the Williamsburg area so I wanted to make a list of them. I’m only putting restaurants in the list that are good so if it’s there, you can trust that the food’s good (not that I’m a restaurant critic).
Shot Show has come and gone (technically today is the last day) and as usual, there were a lot of interesting products announced. The most exciting product to me however, is the new Springfield XDs single stack pistol series. It will be available in .45ACP at launch with 9mm and 40cal following soon after. After reviewing the specs, it appears as though I may have a new CCW to get. The dimensions are great, it carries 6 rounds (5+1) of .45ACP and weighs in at 29oz (which is pretty heavy, but that should reduce the recoil felt when shooting). I already see people are complaining about the capacity. Do you really need more than 5+1 of .45ACP in a concealed weapon? If you do, then maybe you should reconsider your surroundings.
Caliber – .45 ACP
Capacity – 5 + 1 Rds
Weight – 29 oz.
Barrel – Melonite ® with a Fully Supported Ramp
Sights – Steel Dovetail Rear, Fiber Optic Front
Slide – Forged Steel
Frame – Black Polymer
Magazines - 2 Stainless Steel Single Stack
Overall Height with Magazine – 4.4″
Overall Length – 6.3″
Overall Width – 1″
A Shot Show video with Rob Leatham stated the price should be in the same ballpark as the XD and XDm. I would certainly hope that it falls in less than the XDm but a little more than the XD. Ideally, I think it should be around the $550-575 mark. I assume that the 9mm and 40cal versions will be slightly smaller in their dimensions as .45ACP counterparts are always slightly larger.
It’s supposed to hit dealers sometime in March. Looks like March will be an expensive month, XDs and an iPad 3.
Well… I’ve got my sights set on my next 2 firearms. The Beretta 92A1 and 96A1. These are 2 guns that never really interested me but they have grown on me lately. I’ve been getting a lot of small guns but I prefer the feel of larger ones. Now that the expenditures of Christmas are over, I can get some new Beretta goodness. Beretta’s have such a great feel to them and they are top notch in terms of quality. Once I get the 92A1, I’ll post a review.
I was interested in how the new Beretta Nano compares to some other popular handguns (specifically the Glock 26 and the Kahr CM9). Below you’ll find the data (all but the sight radius for the Kahr, couldn’t find that).
Looking at the data above and considering that this gun is for pocket carry, lets tally up the numbers.
Overall Length Winner: Kahr CM9
Overall Height Winner: Kahr CM9
Overall Width Winner: Tie between Nano and CM9
Barrel Length Winner: Kahr CM9 (shortest barrel)
Sight Radius Winner: No real winner here since the Kahr is unknown.
Capacity Winner: Glock 26
Weight Winner: Kahr CM9
MSRP Winner: Beretta Nano
Keep in mind the following, the Glock 26 isn’t technically a pocket gun, but it’s a popular option. Shorter sizes also don’t necessarily mean a better gun, in fact shorter barrels lead to less accuracy. All that said, if you look at the numbers the winner is clearly the Kahr CM9, however the differences are slight for the most part. I own a Kahr CM9 and love the size, so in my mind the Beretta Nano will also be a great addition for my pocket carry gun collection.