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April 14, 2024

Gun Thread: Tax Day Eve Edition!

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Howdy, Y'all! Welcome to the wondrously fabulous Gun Thread! As always, I want to thank all of our regulars for being here week in and week out, and also offer a bigly Gun Thread welcome to any newcomers who may be joining us tonight. Howdy and thank you for stopping by! I hope you find our wacky conversation on the subject of guns 'n shooting both enjoyable and informative. You are always welcome to lurk in the shadows of shame, but I'd like to invite you to jump into the conversation, say howdy, and tell us what kind of shooting you like to do!

Holy Form 1040 Shitballs! How in the ever-loving hell did it get to be Tax Day Eve? Are you a last minute filer frantically adding receipts and filling out forms with a stubby little pencil? Just in case you're wondering, Weasel are not a fan of taxes in general and the stupid clown show we're paying for, in particular. I am perfectly capable of wasting my own money and really don't need the gummint's help in that regard, thank you very much.

Special Administrative Note
Remember to mark your calendars for the afternoon of Saturday, June 8th if you care to attend the cultural and social event of the season, the 2024 NoVAMoMe. That's right guys and gals, our pal bluebell has gently reminded me with the tip of a shiv that I need to get busy and set up the registration page, so expect an email link on the main page left sidebar to go live this coming week. Anyone who has attended this gala event will tell you it's a lot of fun! There are fabulous prizes, fabulous food, fabulous drinks, and a bigly fabulous opportunity to spend time with your fabulous online pals. An informal get together Friday evening will be held again this year, so pencil that in too!

With that, step into the dojo and let's get to the gun stuff below, shall we?


With all the NoVaMoMe excitement, you thought I'd forgotten about fundamentals, didn't you?

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Ok, so we've gone over stance and grip and you have been practicing at home in front of a mirror and on the range where you have been taking notes on what works, what doesn't work, and what looks good for the range babes. Most importantly, you are focusing on the elements of good fundamentals as you practice and develop muscle memory. Now let's take a look at sight alignment. To start things off, here is an NRA article on sight picture.

Now let's go to the video!

Paul Harrell


Which leads us to the inevitable question; why use sights?

1911's in action!

More Paul Harrell

More SEALs

Our Pal Jer!

And finally, Sig Sauer

Hopefully you get the picture. Get it? The picture! Hahahahaha! I crack myself up.

Next week, trigger pull/squeeze/press/pinch/press/actuation!


Guns of the Horde

First up, a Bigly Gun Thread congratulations to our pal and delightful 'ette Screaming in Digital on the recent acquisition of this beautiful Smith & Wesson Model 28!

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Here is my latest, long-desired acquisition, a S&W model 28-2 "Highway Patrolman" bought from Gunbroker on my first-ever bidding attempt! (That part was easy - turns out I was the only bidder!)

Most of you know the backstory to this purchase, but if you don't - Jesse had a model 28-3 with a 6-inch barrel. It was special not only because it is beautiful and easy to shoot well, but it was the first gun he bought new for himself, in 1986. The model 28-3 now resides with J's son, and rightly so. But I loved it so much I had to find a similar one for myself. My stepson and I have promised to shoot them side-by-side next time we see each other.

Last Saturday I took it to the range with a small supply of .38 Special and .357 Magnum. My first 6 shots went exactly where I wanted them to go. I neglected to photograph that target, as I thought I could replicate my success, but alas... I had a little bittersweet moment, lost focus and the next rounds started drifting a little high. It was happy with the cheap .38 I had; one of my cheap .357 rounds didn't go bang on the first try, so future trips may experiment with different ammo.

It will be tempting to shoot this on every range outing, but it is nice and special enough that it will be an occasional shooter for me. The Highway Patrolman is expected to make a limited appearance at the TX MoMe.

Wishing you many years of happy shooting, SiD!


Choosing a Carry Gun

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Our pals at Gun Tests offer this article on the 5 Best 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry in 2024, which fits in nicely with SEH gal's series on the same topic in the Gun Basics 101 section, below.

Lots of great content and resources at Gun Tests, so you might want to consider a membership.


CBD and Weirdness

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Our pal CBD is not only an art critic and good cooker but also a gun nut who recently posed the following question:

So...during the winter I carry a Kimber 1911 Commander (cocked and locked). When I re-holster, I put my thumb between the hammer and the frame, because...uh...I have no idea. But it makes sense to me that I block the hammer from falling during one of the most risky times of my gun handling.

And it got me thinking...what other things do people do in the name of safety that aren't accepted, taught techniques? Besides wearing a turnip on their belts.

Well now that's a good question! What do all y'all think, or rather what sort of perhaps unconventional stuff are you doing safety-wise?


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Gun Basics 101
New video from the She Equips Herself gal! This week's video is on finding the perfect carry gun.


Cigar of the Week

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This week our pal rhomboid scores again with this excellent review of the Brick House Habano Classic

J.C. Newman is one of the few legacy American cigar companies still around. Hope to visit their historic HQ and rolling rooms in Tampa at some point (most of their production is outside the US). One of their stand-bys sticks is Brick House. I reviewed the maduro version here in the past (liked it). There's also a connecticut in the line.

The original Brick House habano version - now dubbed the "Classic" - is a nice medium-brown stick with clean lines and appearance. Ecuador habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler. I've tried both the toro and robusto sizes. They produce very good smoke volume, and the draw is easy. Solid medium, as far as strength. Flavors for me are just general pleasant tobacco notes, and overall it's quite smooth. A solid basic cigar that is good for any occasion and goes for $6 and up online.

Excellent as always, thank you rhomboid!


Here are some different online cigar vendors. You will find they not only carry different brands and different lines from those brands, but also varying selections of vitolas (sizes/shapes) of given lines. It's good to have options, especially if you're looking for a specific cigar.
Bobalu Cigar Company
Nicks Cigar World New!

A note about sources. The brick & mortar/online divide exists with cigars, as with guns, and most consumer products, with respect to price. As with guns - since both are "persecuted industries", basically - I make a conscious effort to source at least some of my cigars from my local store(s). It's a small thing, but the brick & mortar segment for both guns and tobacco are precious, and worth supporting where you can. And if you're lucky enough to have a good cigar store/lounge available, they're often a good social event with many dangerous people of the sort who own scary gunz, or read smart military blogs like this one. -rhomboid

Anyone have others to include? Perhaps a small local roller who makes a cigar you like? Send me your recommendation and a link to the site!


Ammo Link-O-Rama
I'm really very seriously not kidding around anymore. Buy Ammo
AmmoSeek - online ammo search tool
GunBot - online ammo search tool
SG Ammo
Palmetto State Armory
Georgia Arms
Target Sports USA
Bud's Gun Shop
American Elite Ammo NEW!

***Mail Bag***

This week's mailbag entry is from our pal WTM. Cool!

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Thanks for keeping these coming, WTM!


Please note the new and improved protonmail account gunthread at protonmail dot com. An informal Gun Thread archive can be found HERE. Future expansion plans are in the works for the site Weasel Gun Thread. If you have a question you would like to ask Gun Thread Staff offline, just send us a note and we'll do our best to answer. If you care to share the story of your favorite firearm, send a picture with your nic and tell us what you sadly lost in the tragic canoe accident. If you would like to remain completely anonymous, just say so. Lurkers are always welcome!

That's it for this week - have you been to the range?

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