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My thoughts on the death of Eric Garner

Since everyone else is throwing in their 2 cents, why not me?

I posted this in a thread on a certain message board-that-shall-not-be-named, but I think it sums up my feelings pretty well on the matter. I’ve also included some additional comments below made by other commenters that add some clarity to the issue, IMHO.

Me:

“Not on the police’s side with this one, although [LE board member] makes some valid points I will reuse to play devil’s advocate/troll my liberal friends. I think the whole thing goes down a little too fast to honestly call it resisting in my not-a-cop opinion. I totally buy that they didn’t mean to kill this dude, but the default response for someone who doesn’t want to go to jail for selling loosies shouldn’t be to go hands-on after 2 seconds of deliberation. This would be equally fucked up if it happened to a white guy, but I doubt everyone would be up in arms over that. This fits the current narrative too well to be ignored or judged on it’s own merits after Ferguson.

I haven’t been following the case at all, so maybe someone else can clear this up for me; have there been any statements made, or perhaps any sort of prior complaints about the officers involved to make anyone think this was racially motivated? Or is it just the usual hippie response when anything happens between white cops and someone with skin tones from the other end of the crayon box = “SEE! THE SYSTEM IS RACIST, MAN!”

It seems like just regular old injustice to me, barring some comment I’m missing where a LEO clearly says to “choke the black one.” I think this whole thing sucks, but I’m sick of the media/hippie commentators injecting a racial element to everything when this seems like a run-of-the-mill incident of cops responding poorly while trying to enforce a shitty, stupid law, with extra unfortunate consequences this time.

It’s unjust because of what actually happened, not because of some imagined racial angle.”

LE dude:

“Officers prior complaints mean nothing unless it is exactly the same situation, and by that I mean literally exactly the same.

If this cop is accused of choking another large black man to death over loosys, he is going to jail. But the chance of that is about as high as a Republican NY mayor.”

LE dude, again:

“If an officer works in a black area and arrests black people who he may have to rough up during an arrest, eventually he will look, solely from the angle of his IA record, to be a jack booted racist. Where in reality that doesnt hold water in court, never has, never will.”

Another guy:

“I’d really not have much issue with this at all if it was a more clear cut case of resisting. If the determination has been made that someone is getting arrested, and they resist, there’s really not any other option than to force them to comply. And if, in the course of the ensuing struggle, someone winds up dead from a combination of stress and pre-existing medical conditions, well…that sucks but it’s not really anyone’s fault. But you have to give them a chance to resist before you go hands on for resisting.

I don’t see how this is a racial thing though, and it bothers me enough that it’s being used that way that it’s really tempting to just use that as an excuse to automatically support the cops side. Have to remind myself that this is a separate issue, and the dead man is not responsible for the manner in which opportunists decide to dance in his blood.”

“The 5 Most Overrated Guns of All Time”

Caleb over at Gun Nuts Media posted an interesting piece of clickbait/S-rank trolling yesterday. My list would look somewhat different but I can’t disagree with his choices, except maybe the Luger (do anyone outside of collectors/closeted Nazi fetishists still think that P08s are cool? All I can think of are srs historical gun collectors and these guys). The FB thread where Caleb posted the article has spawned the predictable complaints and jimmy-rustling that I guess he hoped for.


This is easily my favorite

My list would look something like this:

1) John Browning’s beloved 1911: Not to take anything away from the genius of the design that continues to influence basically all pistols, but you can’t argue that the it isn’t dated compared to more modern designs. The original old school sights are garbage, but it’s limited capacity as a big bore single stack is the primary (huge, glaring) flaw today. The fact that CAG/ACE/whatever Jedi-level SOF have moved away from the design should be a clue, but there will always be derpy commentators out there repeating the same worn out Cooperisms about mythical “one-shot stops,” “low capacity only matters if you plan to miss a lot,” and of course “they all fall to hardball.” But I guess the number of people willing to pony up thousands of dollars for Wilsons, Nighthawks, Les Baers, et al. shows no signs of dissipating, so long live the “king of the feedway stoppage.”

2) Glock Perfection: The flipside of the above mentioned coin for those who respond to criticism of the 1911 with cries of “just buy a Glock.” Nope. The OEM sights are still garbage, and Glock fumbled their selling point of “bulletproof reliability” pretty badly IMHO with the earlier (pre-Gen 4) .40 cal models and newer 3rd Gen 9s like mine. And the less said about .45 GAP, the better.

3) Everything Caleb said about the M14: Every. Single. Word.

4) SKS: Everything that can be said about the M14 (e.g. incredibly short service life aside from certain ceremonial units) goes double for the SKS, with some additional caveats all its own. The SKS has even lower standard capacity than the M14, with the extra downside of using an internal magazine that must be topped off with stripper clips. The M14 at least gets a little extra oomph from its 7.62N caliber, whereas the SKS is limited to the same M43 rounds as its bigger, better brother the AK. And the SKS isn’t even accurate enough to be used as a DMR like the retrofitted M14s used by the US. The only thing that keeps it from being bumped up to the #3 spot is that (as Caleb also pointed out) the SKS seems to be less popular now that prices have tripled compared to when I bought a M59/66 years ago. It’s still a gun for poor people though, and everyone can agree that the opinions of poor people don’t matter.

5) Mosins: Caleb is on point here as well. Just because some people with lots of skill and trigger time can make 1000yd shots doesn’t mean that throwing an Archangel stock and NCStar scope on your C&R piece is going to turn you into Vasily Zaitsev or Simo Hayha. It’s a gun for people who really liked Enemy at the Gates for some reason, and for those who don’t have the patience to save up for a Ruger American.

Dishonorable mentions: bullpups and PDWs (looking at you, FN P90), DA revolvers bigger than a J-frame snub, and anything in .40 S&W.

Friday Recap

Well somehow I made it all the way to Friday without posting here. For shame.

I received 1k of 9mm from Freedom Munitions on Monday and got to try it out on Tuesday. So far FM is living up to their reputation for making quality practice ammo at prices that undercut most everyone else. I only went through about 170 rounds but accuracy was good and reliability was 100%. Some credit is also due to the Apex extractor and other parts that were replaced and seem to have fixed the G19’s FTE issues completely. It even passed the 10-8 extractor test where it couldn’t before, FWIW.

I also put some more rounds through the AR and got to stretch the red dot on steel out to ~165m (I paced it off, no rangefinder). While I qualed in OSUT with a CCO out to 300m, I exclusively used ACOGs on M4s once I got to Big Army, except for the M145 when I was a SAW gunner (worst optic ever, BTW). Since that was 4 years ago, I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve done much distance shooting with a red dot. While I was able to make good hits, I think that I need to repaint the steel in a different color since it was somewhat difficult to pick up visually against the mountain/backstop.

I also really need to get a good shot timer so I can reliably gauge my performance on drills like the FAST test. The current crop of iPhone apps I’ve tried can’t seem to pick up all of my shots reliably. Adjusting sensitivity and having a friend hold the phone next to me or placing it on a table at my side made no difference.

I did notice that when trying a variety of other handguns (my buddy’s 1911, FN, and SIG), that they all feel really weird in my hands now. It’s been several months since I’ve shot anything other than some flavor of Glocks, and I guess that muscle memory is having some negative effects as well.

I continue to struggle with pistol marksmanship and gun handling skills more than anything else, and I’m still embarrassing myself with Dot Torture. I attribute this to a lack of serious training with handguns in my youth, followed by a big gap in my experience during my time in the .mil when I hardly shot one at all. The last month and a half with the G19 down for repairs hasn’t helped either. Hopefully I can get out again next week and bring my scores back up.

Glock Fix, Pt. 2 – Replacing the Extractor & Spring Loaded Bearing

So after a couple weeks with no new extractor showing up at my door, I emailed the folks over at Apex Tactical Specialties to check on my order’s status. After a minimal amount of back and forth we were able to figure out what happened, and without further prompting Apex went ahead and resent the whole thing through a different carrier and forwarded me the updated tracking information (and ignored my offer to pay for re-shipping the order). I was able to track the delivery while I was out of town celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family, and we arrived home this afternoon to find the little brown envelope in our mailbox at last.


The receipt, with a little something extra added


Something extra

I won’t go through the process of how to swap an extractor and spring loaded bearing as it’s explained in plenty of detail and probably better than I could elsewhere on the internet.


1100 rounds in


New parts on right side, old parts on the left

The new spring loaded bearing is obviously longer than the original. Less apparent from the photo is how much beefier the Apex spring is than the OEM model. The improved geometry of the Apex extractor over the Glock part is promising.

I’ve got 1k of new Freedom Munitions 115gr FMJ coming that should be here on Monday, and then I’ll be able to get it wrung out and see if this fixes my G19 issues for good.

P.S. I didn’t take advantage of any Black Friday deals, although I am sorely tempted by Geissele Automatics offering their G2S trigger for only $115.

Tuesday; R&R

Back from the weekend spent backpacking in the Superstitions. It was a good trip, and over too soon (as usual). I can’t wait to get back out there.

Dropped the wife off at the airport this morning for a convention in DC so I have the run of the house for the next few days (I’ve already ordered pizza and hopelessly lost the remote). Right now I’m catching up on Netflix, playing around with the AR setup, and getting gear cleaned and organized for next time. Still no new extractor for the 19, hopefully it shows up tomorrow.

Thursday; Packing/Unpacking and Two Videos

A package from Midway USA arrived at my door today with a Glock spring loaded bearing I’ve been needing, along with some B-8 Repair Centers. Still waiting on my new extractor to finish (hopefully) fixing the issues with my G19, but I won’t get to check it out for a little while yet as I’m in the process of packing for a backpacking trip with friends this weekend. Here’s a couple of videos that I found interesting this week:

1) Forgotten Weapons posted this piece examining a prototype Colt made to fill the SOCOM request for an Offensive Handgun Weapon System that ended up being won by H&K with the Mk. 23. It’s an interesting combination of time-tested features from 1911s, design elements borrowed from failures like the Double Eagle and All American 2000, and just plain weirdness like a spring-loaded, frame-mounted compensator for attaching a suppressor. While it’s no surprise that Colt’s entry lost, it still makes for a fascinating piece of SOF weapons history.

2) Trigger Time TV posted this video to their YouTube channel with Frank Proctor explaining the how’s and why’s of using a 50 yard zero and how to establish it from the ten yard line. I use a 50/pseudo-200 zero myself. While I’ve never tried it from 10 yds, I’ll be sure to try this technique the next time I confirm zero.

Glock Fix, Pt. 1 – Replacing the ejector

I’ve been admittedly distracted lately since I picked up the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for my now outdated Xbox 360, but yesterday I received a package from Brownells containing a Glock Gen 4 “Trigger Housing with Ejector” (part #30275). The other parts I ordered from different vendors are still en route, but I decided to go ahead with the ejector swap.

Google brought me here, which is pretty good for the broad strokes with the added step of switching out the ejectors before replacing the original trigger housing. Since the step-by-step details can be found elsewhere, I’ll skip through that to show the differences between the old and new ejectors (with apologies for my poor iPhone photography skills).


Old part on the left, new one on the right, connector and pin above

Note the slightly different shape between the Gen 3 housing and the Gen 4, particularly the “feet” at the bottom that prevent the newer parts from being used in an older frame. The 30274 ejector geometry looks to sit lower, more towards the rim of the cartridge, and is noticeably beefier in design. This should fix the erratic ejection issues I’ve been having, but I will go ahead and replace the extractor as well to prevent further FTEs.