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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 6 - KTOG

The Blogger problem got me rattled and I forgot to add the following to Day 5 - Links.

There is a plethora of great information on the Kel-Tec Owner's Group PF-9 forum. Seriously. A. Ton. Of. Information.

And Golden Loki Fluff N Buff - the "gold" standard for improving reliability of your PF-9.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 3 - Brick's Thoughts

My impressions..

Ammunition and Shooting
I'm not a great shooter and this isn't a very forgiving gun. If I had a better, stronger grip, I suspect the gun would perform better. I've not tried a lot of different ammunition with it, but the Federal 115gr RN seems to work best. It really did not like the Sellier & Bellot JHP (also 115gr I think). The Winchester White Box is marginal, too. When I try the WWB and have any looseness in my grip, I get a fail to feed. Blame me, blame the ammo, but the net effect is the same. The good news is that I'm aware of this, so when I practice, I'm working really hard to build better habits.

I can't complain about the accuracy of the PF-9 as I'm sure I am the limiting factor. I never intend on shooting this at long ranges, but I am comfortably consistent with it at short distances.

Size, Weight, Form
The PF-9 excels when it comes to size and weight. I don't carry all the time, but I don't feel uncomfortable when I do. I've got a pocket holster and an IWB that I use depending on the season and other circumstances.

I do have one issue with the layout of the controls. It doesn't happen all the time, but I occasionally hit the magazine release. The magazine drops just enough to prevent the next round from feeding. If you watched the Hickok45 videos yesterday, you will know he had the same problem.

Quality and Service
After shooting a few hundred rounds, my firing pin jumped out, disappearing in a pile of brass at the range, never to be found again. Some quick research revealed that this is a common issue and a little Blue Loctite will prevent the ejector from coming loose and subsequently freeing the firing pin to fly away. Kel-Tec sent me a free replacement firing pin quickly, but I'm surprised that they've not addressed the issue. It seems a simple fix.

Despite some issues, I'm happy with the gun. As I get better, it gets better. With the right ammo and a good grip, the gun works consistently. I would be perfectly happy with it if I could figure what I'm doing to make the magazine drop unintentionally.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grrr. Arrgh. Blogger Broke 2

Here is the official word from Google about what happened to break Blogger.
"Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior."
That clears it right up.

Here is a short list of my posts that you might have missed (or you could just scroll down through the site):

Baofeng UV-3R: Local Knowledge

Heard on the 940 Repeater

Baofeng UV-3R Menu Options

Tactial iPad Case

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 4 - My Holsters

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 3 - My Thoughts

And after clicking Publish Post, I am off to do a backup and go to bed.

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 5 - Links

Kel-Tec PF9 - link to the manufacturer's website

Matt G's detailed experience with the PF9 at Better and Better - His experience mirrored mine exactly. Firing pin, here today and gone after the next round.
"We struggled with ammo combinations, and this last qualification, noted that it didn't eject well, and then didn't fire. I looked at it, and found that the extractor spring retention screw had backed out, which accounted for the problems with extraction. It also served as the firing pin retention screw, which accounted for the fact that the firing pin and its spring were gone. Not Present. Well, this was fixable. A call to Kel-Tec, and they again sent the parts free of charge. The lady with tech support cautioned us wisely: "Whenever you turn that retention screw, be sure to put some LocTite red on it before putting it back together!" Excellent advice."
Shooting Illustrated's "Skinny to the Nines" - a simple review of the PF9 and other small 9mm pistols. Interesting that they comment that the mag release is right where it should be.

Oleg has some glamor shots of the PF-9 at his Volk Studio Blog. Very cool shots that are worth a two seconds for the page to load. The .22LR conversion he shows is from Twisted Industries. A taste of Oleg's work:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vichy DM4070 LCR Meter

I posted about the Leixen Frequency Counter and asked if anyone was using inexpensive Chinese bench equipment? PA1SBM posted that he got a new toy in the shack - an LCR meter.

Get yours at Amazon here or on ebay.

Brief Description 
This professional LCR meter (DM4070is made by VICHY brand. It is a stable and accurate instrument with Large 3 ½ LCD display. It is widely used on measuringInductanceResistance and Capacitance. It is ideal for testing SMD type components.    
The meter offers advanced features such as the ability to perform precision measurements. It is an ideal hand-held tool for labs, factories, radio technology and family use.  

  • New type holster, streamline design
  • 3 ½ digit Large LCD Display
  • Measure Inductance (L), Capacitance (C) and Resistance (R)
  • Metallic screen board with stronger antimagnetic and anti-interferential function
  • Full protect function, capacitor with the function of self discharge
  • Over Range and Low battery display indication
  • Automatic Power Off
  • Conformed with CE Standard 

General Specifications    
  • Display: 3 ½ digit Large LCD (65 x 41 mm) with a max readings of 1999
  • Measuring Range:
    • Inductance (L): 0.1 μH ~ 20 H
    • Capacitance (C): 0.1 pF ~ 2000 μF
    • Resistance (R): 0.01 Ω ~ 20 MΩ
  • Zero Adjust: Capacitance under 20 nF is manual ministrant zero adjust
  • Over range indication: displays "1"
  • Low battery display indication
  • Sampling Rate: 0 ~ 5 Times / Second
  • Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 40 °C (32 ~ 104 °F)
  • Operating Humidity: below 80 % R.H.
  • Power: 1 x 9 V PP3 battery (not included)
  • Dimensions: 185 (H) x 93 (W) x 35 (D) mm (7.28' x 3.66' x 1.38' inch)
  • Weight: approx. 360 g (12.7 oz)    
Accuracy is ±(percentage of reading + number of digit) at (23±5) °C, Relative humidity<75 span="">  

Capacitance (C)                                                                                                       
200 pF
± (2.5% + 5d)
0.1 pF
2 nF
1 pF
20 nF
10 pF
200 nF
100 pF
2 μF
1 nF
20 μF
10 nF
200 μF
100 nF
2000 μF
± (5.0% + 5d)
1 μF

 Inductance (L)                                                                                         
200 μH
± (3.0% + 5d)
0.1 μH
2 mH
± (2.0% + 5d)
1 μH
20 mH
10 μH
200 mH
100 μH
2 H

1 mH
20 H
± (5.0% + 5d)
10 mH
 1 H = 103 mH = 106 μH 
Resistance (Ω)                                                                                      
20 Ω
± (1.0% + 5d)
0.01 Ω
200 Ω
± (0.8% + 2d)
0.1 Ω
1 Ω
10 Ω
100 Ω
± (2.0% + 5d)

One Set Included    
  • 1 x Digital LCR Meter
  • Test Leads
  • 1 x Instruction Manual
  • Standard Factory Package

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 4 - My Holsters

I don't carry all the time, but when I do, odds are it is with the High Noon Hidden Alley IWB. I usually wear something that will cover the gun, but with this holster I have the option of using the "hidden ally" (see the fourth picture below) to tuck a shirt over it. I'm no expert, but the leather seems to be sturdy and is not too thick. The Kel-Tec takes two hands to get it holstered and fits snuggly - no security concerns. Definitely worth the $37 I paid for it.

For those occasions when IWB isn't appropriate or I want to leave it holstered, but not on my person, I use the DeSantis Nemesis Pocket Holster ($18).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 2 - Hickok45

Hickok45 can really handle this little beast. On some of the shots, you would think he was shooting a .22 instead of a small, light, 9mm. He admits it jumps, but nothing like what it was doing to Nutnfancy (or even worse, me). He does complain that trigger bites his finger. It wears me out, too. Given how hard it is to shoot and how hard it is on fingers, it is no surprise that I don't want to practice with it a lot. He also mentions that problem with mag dropping. It happens to me, but I can't quite figure how I manage to hit the mag release.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Kel-Tec PF-9 Week: Day 1 - Nutnfancy

These videos are what brought the Kel-Tec PF9 to my attention as a good value for an everyday concealed carry gun.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Walther PPS

Hickok45 reviews the Walther PPS. And another review of the PPS. I had already been thinking about one of these even before I tried out Linoge's. I was surprised by how similar the dimensions are between it and the Glock 26. The width being the obvious and largest difference. I'd really like to compare the Kel-Tec PF-9 and the Walther PPS in person. I found this post that has some good pictures of the two guns.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bullets & BBQ Knoxville Blogger Event

On Saturday, I enjoyed meeting several of the Knoxville area bloggers at Coal Creek Armory for friendly fire and some eats afterwards. It was really nice for me because I've just started this hobby (both the blogging and the guns), whereas some of these folks have been doing it for years. It was an interesting experience in that I had never met them in person before, but I felt like I already knew them through their blogs.

Attendees and their reports (in bold):
Les Jones - Notes from the Blogger Gun Bash
Linoge (plus Better Half joined for lunch) - After Action Report
Liston Matthews (dropped by at lunch)
Michael J. Mollenhour (also joined at lunch)

The gathering also let me try out a few different guns and let others shoot mine. As you see in the post above Les liked my Kel-Tec. He didn't mention it in the post, but he was not a fan of the trigger on the CZ 75 SP-01. We also thought we had a problem with my P22, but it actually was working as intended - you can pull the trigger and the hammer will fall while the safety is on, but there is a block that keeps it from actually firing.

I shot a couple of wheel guns, which was a new experience for me. Les and Linoge told me the models I'm sure, but I didn't catch them in the heat of battle. I also shot Rich's Bersa 380. We had a couple of problems with that one. I had a failure to feed while I was trying it out. A neigbor of mine also happened to be in the lane next to us, so I got to try out the S&W Bodyguard 380. I wanted to fall in love with it, but I didn't. He said it was hard for him to shoot accurately and I was way low and left with it - even with the laser (which probably needed to be adjusted since it had come back from S&W). He had another buddy shooting high right. I'd like to blame the gun, but that's some odd data.

The highlights for me were Linoge's PPS and Les' Browning Buckmark. I shot my Kel-Tec PF-9 pretty well that day, but I'm still looking for an alternative. I really liked the PPS - it is a good size and the manual of arms is very similar to the P22 that I like. This meet-up may end up costing me some money if I decide I need one of those. And thanks to the Buckmark, I now know what a really good trigger is like. Les had some work done to the .22 and it has really paid off. That thing was smooth as silk. The fiber optic sights were a nice upgrade as well.

Thanks to everyone that showed up and shared guns, ammos, and stories.

What are you afraid of?

I was on my way home when I got stopped at one of those random drunk driver checkpoints. The officer asked for my license and he noticed my carry permit when I had my wallet open.

He asked, "Are you carrying today, Mr. O'Lore?"

Deciding I didn't want to get into a debate about the appropriateness of his question, I replied, "Yes, I am."

"What are you carrying?"

Again taking the easy way out, I answered "I've got a Kel-Tec PF-9 in an IWB holster, a S&W Bodyguard 380 on my ankle, and there is a CZ-75 SPO1 in the glove box. I've got a S&W M&P15 (MOE) and a Mossberg 500 in the trunk."

"Is this what you normally have with you?"


The officer then asks, "What are you afraid of?"

"Not damn thing."

I'm sure most folks have seen that joke before, but it is making the rounds again, so I thought I would post it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

Phil reviews and praises the 380 at the Guns for Sale Blog.

And another favorable review at the Survivalist Blog.

My neighbor has one and he says the double-action is hard for him to shoot. I've not shot it yet, so my comments are superficial at the moment. First, it is a tiny gun. The ergonomics weren't bad when I was playing around with the safety, mag release, etc. Both reviews mentioned that the laser was not worth much in bright light. I noticed the sights were plain, black. I'd rather see them with some nice dots - perhaps something that glows in the dark as a backup to the laser, too. Definitely on my list of things I'd like to try as I look to upgrade my Kel-Tec PF-9.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Picking a Gun, Picking a Holster

Pick a gun for a new shooter. I started with a Walther P22 as my first gun. It is a good trainer for many semi-autos. The sights have a lot of air in them, but it is an easy gun to shoot. The mag release is in the trigger guard, but I actually like it there. I don't recommend starting with a Kel-Tec PF-9.

Pick a holster*.

The author does not mention if he gave the holsters the extreme test.