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Handguns and Revolvers / Beretta 92X handgun
« on: March 12, 2019, 02:29:47 PM »
Seen this discussed on all the other forums, but no one has started a thread here on the Beretta 92X, so I thought I would.

Rumor is that the MSRP for the base model is in the $1399. All steel Beretta with a thumb safety and some added features.

The standard model interests me the most, but obviously that model will cost even more, probably.....

Not available in the USA yet - but hopefully soon. I do wish it had the standard 92 grip. But, word is that it may come with a conversion grip similar to the M9A3 conversion grip.

Rifles & Shotguns / The Scorpion Bullpup Kit
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:59:47 AM »
Pardon me if this has been talked about here before, but I just found mention of this. Anyone else see this? The upcoming Scorpion Bullpup Kit? I think this is pretty cool!

The Scorpion Bullpup Kit converts any Scorpion over to a bullpup configuration. It reuses trigger components of the gun being converted to condense the Scorpion down to a smaller package. For those who want to modify their Scorpion Bullpup, this kit allows users to retain the ability to take aftermarket grips, trigger shoes, charging handles and magazine releases.

Rifles & Shotguns / KABOOM!
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:47:53 PM »

General Gun Discussion / When the gun fights back
« on: February 24, 2019, 03:15:57 PM »

Handguns and Revolvers / Happy Anniversary
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:01:06 AM »
4 years ago this month, I bought the same carry gun I am using today. An Hk P2000 9mm DA/SA handgun.

Everyone knows that I go through guns like water. For me to carry the same gun for 4 years is a small miracle.

I did carry a fullsize 92FS for 3 years daily, several years ago. It was so cool to be carrying a fullsize gun concealed. But with hip and lower back issues, I cannot carry that much weight.

I have had my permit for 23 yeard now, so I have gone through tons of carry guns...

Anyway, I love this gun...

Defensive Tactics / Bodycam footage of police shooting
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:09:13 AM »
Bodycam footage shows alleged ISIS-tied Arizona man's confrontation with officer

A man who pledged allegiance to the ISIS terror group was shot by an Arizona police officer in January after the terrorist-wannabe charged the cop with a knife, newly released bodycam footage shows.

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Check out this faker
« on: February 01, 2019, 10:40:02 AM »
Timber! Man charged with insurance fraud for 'fake fall' at work

Tech Zone / Bought a new Chromebox yesterday
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:02:18 AM »
I bought an ASUS Chromebox computer yesterday, and I will say that it is pretty cool. It was about $235 –one of the reasons it is cheaper is because you are not paying for a copy of Windows.

I listen to a tech show on the radio every weekend, and the Chrome OS has intrigued me for a while. I like that you don't have to really worry about viruses and malware, like you have to worry about on a Windows PC. It is supposed to be much more secure. And, IF you do have a problem – all your files are saved on the cloud – so, you can just "powerwash" the device, which basically puts it back to new. And, then it will automatically reinstall all of your previous installed apps when it restarts. Bam - back in business...

On my main Windows 10 laptop, I have an antivirus running all the time, plus Malware Bytes Anti-malware. And, I have 4 other similar malware/virus programs that I run manually about 1x a week. I am tired of worrying about all of that. Plus, the reason I do all that is because every once in a while, it finds something – and I am not even downloading anything or opening attachments – it seems to just come through the browser via various websites.

Anyway – the idea of not having to worry about that is very cool.

I didn't want a chromebook laptop, because most of them do not have antiglare screens anymore. 90%+ of laptops now-a-days have that highly reflective screen on them (because of the touch feature), and that just does not work for my eyes.

Luckily, besides the Chromebooks, they make the Chromebox. Essentially a desktop version. The ASUS Chromebox is about the size of a stack of 5 CD cases. You just plug in your own mouse, keyboard and monitor. I have an old LCD VGA monitor that I like, and I found a HDMI to VGA converter. The monitor works great with that!

95% of the time, I just browse the internet, check email, stream video to my TV and do my checkbook. I have been worried about wearing out my HP Windows laptop because I turn it on and off several times a day. And, finding a new one is difficult because almost none of the current laptops have a non-reflective screen WITH 1920x1080 HD resolution. You basically have to buy a gaming laptop to get those features. I am lucky to have that on an HP laptop that I paid just over $400 for 3 years ago.

Anyway, the Chromebox is awesome. It has an SSD in it and 4GB of RAM, but it runs faster than my Win10 laptop. It starts up very fast too – and, it's close enough to Windows (more or less) that it is not confusing to operate. And, I dropped in a 128GB memory card into it – just like the kind you use in a cell phone. So, I was able to add all my music, and several other files.
Once I started it up, it automatically pulled in all my bookmarks from my Chrome browser on my laptop. So, I didn't even have to manually import them in. You can also install apps from the Android store. I found a checkbook register program close enough to Quicken, so I have that issue solved as well.

I do need a Windows 10 computer for a few things. But, I do those things less and less. I don't do a ton of graphics stuff, and I no longer design websites. So, I find myself using photoshop maybe a handful of times per year now. This Chromebox is perfect :

General Gun Discussion / Enjoyed shooting today
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:30:33 PM »
With all the health issues I have had to deal with in the last 12 months, I've only got to go shooting probably 3 times in the last 12 months. It's been 5 months since my last trip.

I put about 200 rounds thru my daily carry gun today - my HK P2000. Did pretty well - especially considering it's been 5 months.

I like that little gun. Next month will be 4 years that I have been carrying it.

Anyway, I had a nice time today  :th_thicon_idea:

Discovered this yesterday:

12,000 lumen Olight. I actually discovered the 9000 lumen Fenix first. And, when I read a review, it made mention of the 12,000 lumen olight. Review is here:

This shows a comparison between the 9k lumens Fenix and the 12k lumens Olight. The Olight is actually cheaper...

Both are around $300, otherwise I'd buy one now :D

I found a great holster for my Walther P99 lately - a leather holster from Craft Holsters. Thought I would do a mini-review of the holster.

Back around 2006, the P99 platform was my favorite gun. I shot nothing else for about 3-4 years, and I had several P99s. I later caught the Beretta bug again, and I moved on... But, I found that I missed the gun quite a lot over the years. Eventually, I bought one again last Spring - when I found one at a great price.

Since the purchase of that P99; however, I had been looking for a good OWB holster to carry it concealed. I also did not want to spend a small fortune, or wait forever for some special ordered holster. I found that the gun did fit in my Fobus HK paddle holster, but that holster doesn't conceal at all. Then, I later bought a Bianchi Black Widow holster. I thought that would be the one, but it does not hold the butt of the gun against your body very well. It slightly tilts the grip OUTWARDS, so it is very obvious under a shirt. That holster did not work very well either.

I kept looking, and made a short list of what I was going to try next.

Well, I now have the Craft Holsters Leather Open Top Pancake Holster with Sweat Guard.

Their website is:

I've had the holster since mid November (the wait was about 1 month or so), and I found that it conceals very well. It DOES tilt the gun in towards the body (just like I wanted), so it is far less obvious than the Bianchi holster that I had tried and eventually just stuck way back into the rear of my gun safe.

Texas is hot, so I like the sweat guard on the Craft quite a bit. I have holsters for other guns, and I always hate having to oil the gun down at the end of the day to prevent rust. The sweat guard on this Craft holster helps with that immensely, as Texas is hot for probably 3/4 of the year.

The quality and stitching on the holster is very good, and the holster looks nice when wearing it. The seem to make them in various colors, according to their website. But, I just got the normal brown color (I think they call it mahogany).

I've owned several OWB Galco holsters over the past 20+ years, but I really like this holster. It is my first OWB leather holster that does not have a retention strap. But truth be told, I always got the retention strap simply to use it as a sweat guard. I didn't need to do that with the Craft holster. And, the sweat guard does not stick you in the side uncomfortably. I was a bit worried about that initially. The gun also remains retained very well, despite the open draw port.

I think that if you are looking for a good leather holster, at a good price, you should check out this company. They seem to have many various types of holsters besides the OWB one that I ordered, and the prices on all the models seem very reasonable. And, break in of the holster only took me a few days, using the internet-famous plastic bag trick.

I'd get the same holster for the P99 again, so I am very happy with it.

Grandfather of Oklahoma teen killed by homeowner in burglary says AR15 made for 'unfair' fight

According to KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner's AR15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars.

Speaking to KTUL, Schumacher acknowledged that breaking into a house was "stupid," but death was not the appropriate consequence.

"What these three boys did was stupid," Schumacher said. "They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die."

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