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Caliber swapping in pistols: Getting 2 or more handguns out of one, on a budget.

 

Previously I wrote an article on Pistol Caliber Versatility  comparing what calibers could be shot in place of the main round.

In this article I want to discuss a similar topic, shooting different calibers, safely in a pistol by swapping minimal parts. In this case either the barrel or the barrel and magazine.

That’s a Glock 31 in .357 with a .40 S&W to 9mm Luger conversion barrel, yes you can!

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Pistol Caliber Versatility, Choosing the weapon that has the most ammunition choices

Over the decades of my life, I have seen ammo (as well as guns, gun parts and magazines) go through phases of abundance ($5 box of 9mm, $7 Magpul magazines) to short supply (13 round Glock 23 mags for $89, AR-15’s tripling in price and .223 55FMJ for $1 per round and 9mm could not be found). Continue reading Pistol Caliber Versatility, Choosing the weapon that has the most ammunition choices

Testing defensive ammo, how I do it.

When you carry a weapon for defense of yourself and or others, the right ammunition choice is imperative. Over the years I have switched ammo several times, ammunition for defense has come a long way and new rounds come out what seems to be yearly. I have no trouble trying something new to be better prepared.

There are certain criteria that are a must:
• Effective ballistics: terminal performance. I get this info from research
• Function: feed, eject and slide lock
• Accuracy: for me that is can I hit a chest of a human at 50 yards every time while standing and can I, from a bench with a rest put the round into a human head size target every time
• Controllability: multiple shots / follow-up shots are a must

A few samples of defensive ammo

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Getting a 2nd rifle out of your AR on the cheap

Since Killery did not become president, I have relaxed a lot. This has allowed me to think about buying a toy. Yes, a toy. While all firearms should be considered “Instruments of Liberty” (quote from Paul Markel), there are times, you can have a toy. Sometimes it is for games. Those games can be skeet shooting, IDPA or even 3Gun shooting, regardless they are toys.

While contemplating the building of an AR style toy, I started thinking about the calibers and investigating all the different ones that fit the two primary size lowers.

In an AR-15 style rifle, the “gun” according to the ATF is the lower, it has the serial number.


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Be a “Good Witness” or a Victor the choice is yours

I was and have been told all my life some lies that have been exposed in the last 20 years. Yet, as most opinions that are stated over and over, they have become false facts.

For years the gun shop talk said, “get a shotgun and if you hear an intruder, rack the slide, the invader will poop their pants and run away” and “give the little lady a light weight revolver, that way she doesn’t need to worry about controls on a semi-auto”.

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The Pink AR Adventure – a continuing saga

Last November 2015, I posted an article on the build of my wife’s pink AR. You can read about it here – http://www.the22man.com/2015/11/building-a-pink-ar-the-adventure/
One part that I had not purchased for that rifle was a pink trigger. I waited and hunted trying to find a deal. Finally for Christmas 2015 I just ordered it from CheaperThanDirt.com and paid $200 for it.

I'm so pretty, oh so pretty...
I’m so pretty, oh so pretty…

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XS Sites, the final stage!

In June of 2014 I wrote my original articles on my visit to XS Sights. Yes, I just published them here in May. In this report I want to go over my results of using them for all 2015.

Early winter 2014 I installed a set of XS big dot sights on my Glock 19. I chose to install them myself though, as I noted in the first article, one could mail their slide to the XS factory in Ft. Worth and have them installed. I had previously bought their AR front sight, three actually. I will have to get you a review on those soon.

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XS Sight Systems Visit – Part 3, Other Sights and parts

In Part 1 of this article I went over my visit to XS Sights and their business practices. In Part 2 I briefly wrote about their handgun sights. Here I want to quickly let the readers know, they make sights for rifles as well as other products for firearms.

While XS makes many handgun sights, don’t overlook that fact they make rifle and shotgun sights too. If your Remington or Benelli need an added advantage, XS has what your need. What about your Springfield M1, AK-47 or AR-15 type rifles, yes, they have a large selection from the CSAT (Combat Sight Alignment) to angles mount sights to supplement your scope, including Ghost ring sights. They have dozens of options you can sort through to find what you need. Continue reading XS Sight Systems Visit – Part 3, Other Sights and parts