Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New NWA Motorcycle Forum!

I created a new forum for NWA Motorcycle riders from any group or club. Here's the blurb.

This Association is meant to be more then a Meetup group, and less than a club. The goal is to build a group of like minded people who can enjoy sharing, talking, meeting, riding, and helping each other out. We want to be a bridge between different clubs and groups in our area, not to replace them. We also wish to provide a place for the Lone Wolf, those that have no club or group to call their own. The only entrance fee is a love of riding, membership does not relay on the ownership of a bike. All are welcome here. From those who are just starting out, and thinking of getting their first bike, to those who have lost their rides for one reason or another. All we ask is you have a love and passion for the ride, no matter what your current situation.

NWA Motorcycle Riders Association

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hi-Point JCP 40 S&W review

   Hi-Point gets some pretty bad press in the mainstream, hardcore gun forums. I think this is sad, and mainly stems from an elitist view. I've found that the more someone pays for a gun, the more extreme they become in justifying the huge chunk of change they plopped down. I can understand if you shoot 1,000 rounds a month, or completion shoot, the bells and whistles (and quality) of the higher priced guns might be worth the cost. However, for just a sidearm for the woods, or a home protection piece, this Hi-Point is all the gun you would ever need.

First of all, this is not going to be an in-depth review. I'll let the experts do that, this is a common mans review. I have shot guns since I was 5 years old, and have experience with Rifles, Shotguns, and handguns. But I'm no expert, I'm just the common man. So I'll make this short and sweet.

I want to cover one thing before I start. Hi-Points may be cheap, but they DO come with a lifetime warranty. So if you ever do break it, or wear it out, just send it in, and they'll fix it, or send you a new one. In fact, let me quote it for you.

"Damage, age, and plain old wear and tear—these things happen. When they do, Hi-Point customers enjoy a lifetime, no questions asked warranty. And lifetime means just that— free repairs for the life of the gun, whether you are the first owner, or the third. That service is fast, friendly and expertly performed. Your Hi-Point will be back in action, good as new, in no time."

 I can't say how many times I've heard Taurus owners tout the lifetime warranty as the reason to buy a Taurus, but no one seems to point that out with the Hi-Point. In fact, when I bough the gun, the girl behind the counter tried hard to push me to a Taurus, and that was one of her biggest selling points. She didn't even mention that the Hi-Point had a lifetime warranty also, I'm not sure she even knew.

So, to get to it. When I decided it was time to buy a new handgun I went around to all the local shops to see what was out there, I handled quite a few guns. To be honest I settled on the Hi-Point for one main reason, it felt the best in my hands of all the guns I looked at.  It just fit right. Also I had owned a Hi-Point 9mm before, so I didn't have any negative preconceived notions against it. It was also the cheapest 40 they had, and was brand new. It was cheaper then even any of their used guns.

Now, about the gun itself... Some think it's ugly, but it's the kind of ugly that grows on you. This isn't some eye-candy type of gun, it's plain and simply a brick. That shoots. It's also heavy as hell, and large. This is one hefty gun. This is due in large to the insane 4.5" barrel, this as about long as you get from a run of the mill semi-auto. A 1911 .45 does come with a 5" barrel, but that also is a massive semi-auto. What that should mean is this gun is more accurate to a much longer distance then your average auto. And I've read some reports from "expert" shooters that they have in fact found this to be true. I'm not a good enough shot to either confirm or deny this. The plus side is that if you run out of bullets you can hit them over the head with it, or throw it at them and do some damage. It also means is THIS IS NOT A CONCEALED CARRY GUN. While I'm sure a large person, in bulky clothes, could carry this as a CC piece, to be honest it's too heavy and large to be a good candidate for CC. Now throw it in your glove box, or under the seat, and that would be just fine. Also at home is perfect, but I'm not ever going to try and carry this monster as a CC.  I'm of medium build, and I also must say it's not a great one-hand shooter either, just to heavy. I mean it does OK, but I wouldn't want to shoot it all day one-handed. But it's a great two-hand piece.

The sights are easy to see, thanks to the day-glow markings. It also seems to come up naturally aligned for me. Without trying, wherever I point it I'm already pretty close to lined up, the front sight is right there and just needs a little adjusting before firing off the shot. Some guns seem to be setup well this way for me, some aren't. I've read of others with the same observation of this Hi-Point, so I don't think it's just me . The rear sight is also fully adjustable, I'm still trying to get mine dialed in better, out of the box it shot low and to the left. I made some quick adjustment at the range with a borrowed screwdriver, and got it closer, but I noticed last time I had it at the range it's still a little low and to the left. That's my fault, not the guns, I just need to work on the sights more. I'm still trying to figure out if it's the sights, or me jerking slightly left when I fire.

I've fired several hundred rounds down range with this gun so far, without a single failure. I've got two clips, and neither clip has dropped while firing, or caused any type of jam. The recoil is firm but expected and very manageable. The weight of the gun helps some with recoil. I have no problems staying on target, even under rapid fire situations, and I'm no sharp shooter. The safety is a little cheesy to me, as it's a slide up lever instead of a button, and honestly LOOKS cheap, but it works well, and is easy to get to one handed. It is in a very comfortable place for me, and once I got used to it, it's really a pretty clever design. It serves three purposes. First it's a safety, and will prevent the pin from firing, second it's a slide lock and prevents the slide from being worked while the gun is on safety  third it's also is the slide lock for when the slide is open. The down side is that there is no way to un-chamber a round while the safety is on. So if you have a round in the chamber, the only way to extract the round is to take the gun off safety and cycle the slide. However the gun does have a magazine safety  and cannot be fired with the magazine removed. So if you wish to manually eject a round, for any reason other then a miss-fire, remove the magazine first On a side note, if the clip is removed the chambered round will most of the time fall out the bottom of the gun through the magazine hole instead of side ejecting.  But this in not uncommon with semi-autos, just very common with his gun.

The last piece of info I wish to share is the magazine release, it's in a great location, easy to get to without even looking and works very well. But I do wish to point out, both the safety and magazine release are setup for right hand shooters, and they don't make a left hand model. Just FYI.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Facebook Post turned blog....

**Started out as a Facebook post, but it got a life of it's own and outgrew the narrow confines of Facebook, so pasted it here. I miss Myspace and the blog type atmosphere it use to have. Facebook has become twitter pro, just little tidbits, but no real meat.**

Since the day I moved out of my parents money has always been in short supply. Many times I wasn't sure where I was sleeping that night, or where I would be when the sun rose....or as was often the case...set. But somehow in my life I manged to only have to live in my car for two nights. I never went hungry, I always had clean clothes, and I always had what I needed, if not always what I wanted. Once Race was born, I always had a home, it may have changed, but I always, always had a place that was mine. Most of my good fortune goes back to the fact that no matter what, I always had a job. Maybe it was McDonald's, and maybe it changed from week to week, but I always worked. I have been on unemployment twice, both times I quit when I found a job that paid more then the unemployment. I'm not dissing unemployment, just saying I always made sure I had what I needed to get by. Once I had a family, I always made sure I had enough to provide for them too, and make sure if they didn't always have what they wanted, we had what we needed. And a little of what they wanted, when we could.

 I look around me now, and I have stuff, I have niceish things. It might not always be new, or pretty, but it works. I buy my xbox games 2 years late, when they are under $10, I shop for my clothes at Wal-mart, and if I own a big ticket item, I didn't by it new, and I didn't pay but about 1/10 of what it cost when whomever owned it first bought it. But yet I can't complain, I wouldn't have it any other way. I had lived the life of not knowing, and I wouldn't have traded it for the world, but once I had others to take care of, that was not longer an option. In all things I endeavored to make sure there was a roof over our heads, food on our table, heat and water, clean clothes, and little worry that these things would go away. In fact, somehow I always equated stable with everything being ok, I guess in my own way it was showing love. Not that it translated well that way, but meh.... it is what it is. And I am who I am.

And now with no one here, no one to provide for, no one to take care of... I'm kinda lost. At the end of a work day I could say "That sucked, but I'm doing it for a great reason. I have those at home depending on me." Now when I try to tell myself that it rings hollow in my ears. 

Now, I'm not going to go back to my old ways, I have two amazing sons who I'm sure don't want to live in daddies car when they come to visit, but I can't help but feel lack of purpose now... Maybe I should get a cat....or 3..... LOL Seems I have written a novel here, and it went astray, I was just musing and rambled a bit. Times like this I miss old Myspace, I enjoyed writing down my thoughts and sharing them. You never know how something will ring true with another. Back in those days every post was a novel, and may of the users were writers at heart, and poets. You don't see that on Facebook. Twitter,Facebook, and text messages have taught us that life can be summarized in small little tidbits of thought. So constricting, so limiting, so small. It's amazing sometimes how as we've all grown more connected, we also become more distanced. We all want to see and touch the lives of others, but just for a sentence or two. Welcome to the new world I guess. I'll cliff note on Facebook some, but as for my real life, I guess it will have to live here. If it lives anywhere at all. 

Wow, ramble on wayward son! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Random Journey's With Autism : Logan's Obsession

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