Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of my RUGER SR1911 CMD

   This past weekend our group had our overnight camp and range time. Prior to us all enjoying good food, good conversation, and excitement of the wildlife in the area, we spent some time at the range chatting, shooting, going through range bags, lighting fires, and belching to name the things us guys do. This was my first attempt to take my Ruger SR1911 CMD to the range and fire some rounds through it. Notice I say a few rounds, well 16 rounds, .45 ACP is not cheap. So before I get into my review, here are the specifications for the pistol from Ruger:

Model Number: 6702 | Caliber: 45 Auto
Capacity:7+1Grip Frame:Low-Glare Stainless
Slide Material:Stainless SteelSlide Finish:Low-Glare Stainless
Sights:Windage Adjustable Novak® 3-DotBarrel Length:4.25"
Overall Length:7.75"Height:5.45"
Width:1.34"Weight:36.40 oz.
Twist:1:16" RH

I placed my target out on the range and planned on shooting on it at a distance of 7 yards. The ammo that was used was factory Winchester 230 grain round nose purchased at China-Mart. I strip my defensive rounds out of the Chip McCormick 8 round mag and put the factory Winchester ammo in and proceed to the line. As I take aim, the feel and weight of the pistol is real nice and the sights are easy to acquire. As I fire the first 8 rounds through her, the recoil was very manageable and there was not one slip-up in feeding or ejecting. The only comment about ejecting is, don't expect your brass to collect in a general vicinity. It landed from the front to the back on me. The adjustable trigger stop need no adjustment at all.

8 shots(Plus one from someone else, DUKE)

16 shots and Duke's one shot
    My aim was slightly left of center line, that is because normally whenever I shoot my Glock 23, I have to aim ever-so-slightly to the left of center line to hit the bulls eye, so I figured that would be the case with this pistol. As you see, that's not the case so much with this 1911. The remaining 8 rounds feed and ejected perfectly.

    Once back home on Sunday, I broke her down and gave her a good and detailed cleaning.

   This 1911 breaks down just like every other 1911 would. It does come with a barrel nut wrench, but it was not needed, had it just in case. Matt, to answer your question, the spring is very stout. I have a Rock Island also and this one is by-far stronger than the Rock Island. It will be awhile before I get a few hundred rounds through it but if I notice a change, I will post something to update.

   Prior to purchasing this 1911, I did some research on it and compared it to other quality 1911's I was interested in. I will reiterate what most of the others have said, Ruger did a great job with this pistol. This is a quality gun at a great price. Now there will always be shooters out there that claim that either company "A, B, or C" makes a better 1911. That's fine, go buy them high-dollar 1911's then, its your money and my money purchased this one and I am quite pleased with it.

Oh before I forget, Review of the Steaks for OLDNFO:



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

And the day finally ends.......

    As most of you know, this past weekend contained a group overnight stay at the nest. Since returning, I have been "All Ahead Flank" with work, baseball practice, more baseball practice, and a meeting with HOA board members. Tomorrow will be a light day as we have rain coming in and no practice. I have my review of the Ruger SR1911 to do and will do a post on it tomorrow. Have a great evening.

P.S. Stephen didn't have a chance to pick through my stuff to get to it, it was strapped to my side.

P.P.S. I would like to thank my newest follower, Brian Tyler for clicking the follow button. Welcome aboard!!!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Twas the night before T-BONE STEAKS!!!!!!!!!

     Been busy as of late, with our trip to god's country last weekend to enjoy some down time and to play in the snow with the boys. Then the day we get back, baseball practice, then baseball practice, then JUGM's Mom and visiting her for her birthday, then baseball practice, we have had a busy week.


   If you have gendered over to Stephen's blog today, you are well aware of our upcoming overnight stay at the Boar's Nest. These are special times between our group. We enjoy making fun of our group members who don't show up, enjoying a nice campfire, and sitting around BS'ing about everything from A to Z, and also shooting.

    As you also know, I also made a trip to the peach state to a butcher I get my hog's from. I was nominated to go get some steaks and I said, well if I am getting steaks, we are getting t-bones, so Pirate Jim hands me $100.00 to cover the cost. I said, I hope that covers it. So this morning, JUGM and I took off on our 2 hour round trip to get the best t-bones money can buy. We also needed some good bacon and sausage so it was a worthwhile trip. The nice lady who runs the place asked me what I needed and I said, 5 T-bones cut 2" thick. So her helper walks into the freezer carrying a large slab of beef on his shoulder, throws it on the band saw and commences cutting these beautiful works of art. They warp it up, the lady puts it on the scale to get the price and I watch her punch it into the cash register, $98.05. I cut that one close. Just prior to dinner, I took a picture of one and sent it to Stephen so he would not be able to sleep tonight. DUKE and REBEL, you better be hungry!

     As we had some storms today and I didn't work, I am pretty much packed for our camp-out. I sure you all will see pictures from the camp out. Enjoy your weekend everyone.


Monday, February 10, 2014

The decision was made.

   This past Sunday, I had made up my mind of which 1911 I was going to purchase. I have wanted a real nice 1911 to carry, and I have eyed all the brands such as Kimber, STI, Para-ordnance, S&W, Ruger, Remington, Rock Island, Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory, and even dreamed of a Les Baer and Ed Brown. If you even had a smidgen of a notion that I was looking for a Lhama 1911, please go to the bathroom and flush yourself. Sorry, it's an inside joke between Stephen and I. So Sunday morning, I start checking websites to see store hours and calling to check on available inventory of my purchase. There was once store that had one in stock, it is one of Duke's favorite hang outs. I could have purchased locally here but would have to wait until Monday, and find out how long it would take to get one in town. I asked JUGM, do you want to take a drive, she said yes. We pack the kids up and head on down. The parking lot was about half-full but inside there were many shoppers and of course the clue-less window shoppers that provided me some entertainment as I walked around and waiting on a salesperson.

   As I stood there at the counter I caught a glimpse of it. It was next to it's bigger brother, there they sit, one full size and one commander model. I must have stood there for about 4 minutes and a young salesman with ear-studs comes out of the back room and walks straight to me. He asked me if I needed any help, and I said yes, I would like to look at this 1911 commander model. He took the 1911 out and handed to me and it felt like I was holding perfection. You know the feeling when you hold a pistol in your hand and just know, this is perfect. This 1911 was well balanced, slide glided as if it was riding on butter, and the tolerances were tight, there was nothing loose on this gun and looked better in person than on a computer. I took a look at the price tag and chuckled. I said to the young salesman, can you do better on this price. I do my research and know what I can get it for at other stores. I told him I can get it for this price, with shipping and taxes from this place, can you beat it. Hell, even gave him the sites the store uses for their distributors and a secret connection I have. The next words out of his mouth were, how do you plan on paying for it. I said CASH!!!! Well after two trips back to the supervisor in the back, they came back with a price that was cheaper than what I could have got it locally, so I nodded as if I was at a livestock auction. Deal was done.

   Once home, I immediately placed her in the safe.

   Just kidding, I placed her in my OWB carry holster that JUGM, "THE BEST WIFE IN THE WORLD" got me for Christmas and immediately strapped her on my side. Here are some pictures of her.

    It comes with two very nice 7 round stainless steel mags. I placed my Chip McCormick PRO MAG 8 rounder next to the Ruger Mag.

    Next test is to take it to the range, may try to go this week or wait until I'm in SC to fire a few rounds off. So far, so good. Will let you know how she shoots.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ruger SR1911CMD 45 ACP Stainless Semi-Automatic Pistol -

  I really like this gun. I have been looking for a nice 1911 for carry. All the reviews I have read are all good. May go check one out tomorrow. The hell with buying a Kimber or Springfield.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Senior's Rocket Stove

    As I stated in my previous post, yeah I have been eyeing a rocket stove as a back-up cooking source for some time now. They are not cheap, where a deluxe model STOVETEC can run you around $140.00. Well I set out to build my own. Since I didn't not have the materials "just laying" around, I went to a local big-box home improvement store and a hardware store to obtain the materials.

1- small steel trash can with lid
1- 4" steel adjustable 90 degree elbow
1- 2' section of 4" stove pipe
2- bags of lava rocks
4- 2 inch U-bolts

   Next step I cut the handle off the lid and centered a 4" hole in the lid for the stove pipe to come out and cut another 4" hole in the small trash can centered 3" up from the bottom of the can. Once the holes were complete and attaching the stove pipe to the elbow, then I cut the remaining stove pipe to make the inlet chamber and internal stick tray and connected to the elbow. This was the finished result.

    Next step was to pour lava rocks into the bucket to help stabilize the elbow and stove pipe sections and provide some thermal insulation. I could have used perilite but the stuff I found was expensive and was mixed with fertilizer.

    Prior to the next step, I took a cut off wheel to remove excess stove pipe around the lid area to make more flush. This is when I attached the U-bolts to the top of the lid. I ran out of 1/2" nuts so I only have 3 U-bolts for a pot and pan stand. Once all together, I took it out back, pushed a brown paper bag, dryer lint, and 2 pine cones in through the top and lite the stove. Next I took some small sticks and put them in the top to get the fire going good along with 3 sticks though the inlet pipe.


     I place a pot on the 3/4 complete pot and pan stand and start the timer. The stove creates a nice flame to the bottom of the pan.
    After 10 mins, the water boils. Not bad for a bunch of sticks.

    Total cost of the materials was $38.70. I was actually surprised that after I got the water to a boil and pulled the sticks out of the inlet pipe, the water stayed hot from the coals for a good 20 mins. There are many different ways to build these stoves, just search the Internet and find one you can afford and construct with your abilities.