What Did You Prep This Week?

There not much point categorizing my efforts for this week. I just didn’t get that much done.

Our monthly order of Thrive dehydrated foods arrived. This month we added #10 cans of Seasoned Chicken Slices and Red Bell Peppers. We also ordered a pantry can of potato chunks to try out.

We also restocked our emergency pantry with canned and dried goods from the grocery store and rotated some items from the emergency pantry to the regular pantry.

I also bought some ammunition. Remington is offering a rebate of $5 per box of their CoreLokt brand of ammunition so I picked up a couple of boxes of 150 grain .308 ammunition. We’ll see how the little Ruger likes it as soon as I can get out to the range. I also picked up two boxes of 300 Blackout ammunition; one subsonic and the other supersonic to test out my new AR pistol…once I get it finished. That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

Kimber Announces New Versions Of The K6

This is not new news, it was announced last month but I misplaced the link and thought I had already posted it.

Kimber announced two variants of their six-shot revolver platform. Two are (mostly) cosmetic variations of the original K6 and one is a longer barreled version of the snubbie.

The CDP is a (mostly) cosmetic two tone version of the K6 with wood grips. It does feature three dot night sights as standard.

Photo from Guns.com

The DC is also a (mostly) cosmetic variant featuring a solid black finish, matching G10 grip and night sights:

Also from Guns.com

I have to say that is definitely my favorite of the two but then again, anyone who has seen my collection of snubbies with black finishes shouldn’t be surprised by that. Unfortunately, with an MSRP of $1,155 It won’t be joining my collection anytime soon.

Kimber also announced a new version of the K6 with the same finish as the standard K6 bit with wood grips and (drumroll please) a three inch barrel called the K6 Stainless 3″.

No, I am not very original this is also from Guns.com

Despite my affinity for snubbies wearing black, this is the model I am most excited about. Sporting an MSRP of $899 I might actually be able to afford one. It also gives a bit of improvement in size and usability over a snubbie without going to a larger frame size. It seems to have many of the advantages of the SP101 (which I really like) but with an extra round in the cylinder, a little less weight and without the exposed hammer.

God bless

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

Went to both Church and Sunday School this week. Although I skipped a few days at the beginning of the week I did pick up the pace and do a pretty good job with prayer time and studying the Bible towards the end of the week. Hopefully, with God’s help, I can maintain that into next week.

Self Defense/Hunting

No, I shouldn’t be spending the money but Primary Arms was having a pretty good sale on some parts I wanted so I splurged. I have been buying parts here and there when I saw them on sale for a while to build an AR pistol. All I was missing was the buffer assembly and these were on sale so I bought them. They also had a sale on the KAK Industries Shockwave brace. I have seen good reviews on these so I bought one of those too. My son raves about his 300 Blackout rifle so I was planning on buying or building an upper for the pistol in this caliber anyway…and they were on sale…so I picked that up as well. Yes, another caliber.

As I posted here, I got a little range time with the new (to me) Airweight .357 Magnum. It was good just to get out on the range even if it was just a few test shots with the new revolver. While I was there I also got to shoot a .44 Magnum revolver that was rented as part of the event. I was also able to assist a number of folks who were new to firearms or new to ARs, showing them the proper way to load and manipulate the firearms. Oh, and picked up a few potential prospects for my employer which was the actual point of the event.

Supplies/Gear

Refilled all my empty propane cylinders. This gives us quite a bit more fuel on hand should the lights go out for any extended period of time. It is something that has been on my list since the beginning of hurricane season but never made a priority.

One thing that I have been wanting to do for a while is to have an outlet put in that will allow me to plug my generator into that and feed power directly to the houses electrical system. One of the problems with a portable generator during an extended outage is the extension cords running through the house. Moving heavy appliances like the refrigerator and freezer to pull the power cords out, Being unable to properly close (and lock) doors or windows because of the extension cords, etc are all things I would rather not have to deal with. It also means I am less likely to do trial runs or use the generator during shorter outages. I started the ball rolling and contacted an electrician to get this (and a few other things done) in process.

Finances

We were able to put some money in savings this week from Wonderful Wife’s paycheck.

Fitness/Health

Like with my walk with God my exercise plans got off to a slow start and I skipped a number of days at the beginning of the week but I was able to get myself on track and be more consistent later in the week. Hopefully I can keep that ball rolling so to speak.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

A Few Shots With The Hand Cannon

We had an event at a local gun range today and I was able to take a few shots with the new (to me) Hand Cannon.

I have to say that when loaded with .357 Magnum rounds this is a pretty exciting little gun. Now, I like shooting snub-nosed revolvers and I don’t mind recoil but this little guy raises the bar…a lot.

First thing I noticed is that the Crimson Trace laser grips are way off and I will have to spend some time at the range to sight it in (if I decide to leave them on). The second thing I noticed is that the trigger is fine. I had no issue with it probably because of all the dry fire practice with the Model 360. I didn’t have enough time to check night sights for accuracy as I only had a few minutes free between presenting and visiting with customers but I was able to keep my last group of .38 Specials within about a three inch spot on the target.

Now, let’s get back to the recoil…

This thing hits the hand hard when loaded with .357 Magnum rounds. It is not painful but it does sting. By comparison, I was able to shoot a nice .44 magnum with a six inch barrel side by side with the little hand cannon and while the recoil on the .44 was slightly more it didn’t snap or sting like this little guy did. Of course the .44 Magnum probably weighed in around two pounds heavier than the M&P 340.

With all that said, I had no issues keeping a good grip on the gun. I didn’t have to readjust between shots and it never wanted to jump out of my hand but like I said I like small revolvers, I practice with them a lot and enjoy the recoil. At the same time I will admit going through a box of 50 .357 Magnum rounds would be about all I could handle.

I let a co-worker try it out and based on the video evidence (since he denied it) he did have some issues with control; both of the firearm and the trigger:

He is a fairly experienced shooter (or claims to be anyway) but really only has experience with full sized, metal framed 9mm semi-autos. You be the judge.

Anyway, those are my first impressions. I hope to get out to the range again soon when I have time to send more than 15 or 20 rounds downrange.

God bless!

Smith & Wesson Releases The New Model 360

The firearms blogs like TFB, American Rifleman and Guns.com are all announcing that Smith & Wesson has released the “new” model 360 today. I don’t know about the new part, I can recall other model 360s in the lineup for sometime (I even own one in .38 Special, see link) so maybe it would be more accurate to say that Smith & Wesson has released a new variation of the 360.

Anyway, here is the “new” Model 360:

Smith & Wesson Model 360

It is a scandium alloy framed J-Frame chambered in .357 Magnum (basically the same frame as the 340 PD). The cylinder is stainless steel but not fluted. The extra material in the cylinder combined with the larger “combat” grips means the 360 weighs in about 1.1 ounces heavier than the 340. Not a huge difference and it is still about three ounces lighter than the Ruger LCR when chambered in .357 Magnum.

Besides the baby poop FDE combat grips the 360 also features a red ramp front sight that (like the 340) is pinned so it can be replaced and upgraded.

The MSRP is $770 which is around $100 more than the Ruger LCR.

God Bless

.38 or .357 Out Of A Snub Nosed Revolver?

So there is a lot of “info” floating around out there about the effectiveness of .357 Magnum rounds out of a snub-nosed revolver. Conventional wisdom (at least what I have heard) is that, due to the short barrel length, there is no advantage of .357 Magnum over .38 Special out of a snubbie. This guy puts that to the test in his video and the results surprised me:

As you can see there is a good bit of difference in performance and the hollow points he tested did, in fact expand. Now as to the extra recoil and muzzle blast, I’ll have to get my new Hand Cannon out to the range and check that out for myself.

God bless.

Hand Cannon

Yes Honey, I know we are trying to save money.

Yes Honey, I know I have a lot of revolvers already.

But Honey…But…

To be honest that was how the conversation went in my head. The actual conversation was more like, “Hey babe, I know we are trying to save some money but I saw a great deal on a revolver. I think it would be a good investment since I could flip it pretty quickly for a couple of hundred buck profit but if we hang on to it for a while it will probably be worth even more.”

You see, I am truly a blessed man and my greatest blessing is Wonderful Wife. I don’t know if I would qualify this purchase as a blessing but I did get something I have been wanting for quite a while, for a good price.

Weighing in at less than 14 ounces but chambered in .357 Magnum the Smith & Wesson M&P 340 is could easily be classified as a hand cannon. I can only imagine the recoil of full bore .357 Magnum loads out of such a lightweight gun. When I asked the young man who sold it to me if he had launched .357 loads out of this little beast he said “twice, not two times, twice.”

I can’t wait to give it a try.

I have been wanting a .357 J-Frame for several months but they are not particularly easy to find and when they can be found are usually pretty pricey. Nevertheless I kept an eye on some of the gun forums and my patience has finally been rewarded.

So, what all did I get?

A pelican case…

Filled with ammo (250 rounds of Speer Gold Dot and 100 rounds of practice ammo), two holsters…

And one very lightly used revolver equipped with a Trijicon front sight and Crimson Trace laser grips. All in my favorite finish for a modern handgun, basic black. Purchased new this would have probably cost me at least $1200 while I paid about half that.

This is a pretty busy week for me work-wise but I am hoping to strip it down and give it a thorough cleaning and inspection and make it to the range within the next week or so. Expect a range report as soon as I can make that happen.

Take care and God Bless!