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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring Babes at Long Ridge

As spring matures at Long Ridge we are seeing all kinds of game and moms. Below you see the first moose on camera I have since 2009. Never mind the date at the bottom. This is a 10 year old Cuddeback and I cannot set the date correctly. More importantly, look at the chest (zoom in ) of this female and see the massive tick attack on her, and the blood from her rubbing against trees and such, for relief. No wonder their babes die...
Here is a fat doe, a pregnant doe in the height of health about to give birth. We'll have fawn pictures soon!
Here we are on the East plot, with a bear so close that it is impossible to size it. But from the smallish (appearing) ears, we know it is mature. The shine tells us it is healthy.
Second picture off a coyote in 6 months! I'll have to start my vigilance program, and call my neighbor who generally keeps the coyotes wiped out.
Hello there! Wondering what this contraption on the trunk of this tree is!
Raccoons always are part of the mix.
Saw this, immediately thought it must be a moose. I had seen some tracks in the trails, but thought they may be horses. I was wrong. A day later I got the picture above showing this lovely lady. No babe yet...
Of all the babes in the woods I think I love cubs the most. This Momma has three, perhaps four, and we'll follow them through the summer season.
All creatures are important, even the porks!
Nothing cavorts like bear cubs!

Deer DO mix in with the bears occasionally...

This is the picture that left me with the question of whether there are three or FOUR cubs. Check this one closely and tell me how many you see...

Hello camera! I know you are there!

 
No hunter on this land has tagged this big boy yet! But a good and large specimen!
Just deer and porks together...
Yours in Nature!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kahr PM45 Evaluation - Short and Sweet

A dear friend and longtime SWAT team pal picked up a used Kahr PM45as a possible LEOSA carry piece. He asked me to check it out and let him know what I think. (I already have). In any case I was delighted to do this for him, because when I next need a long range (500 yards+) precision rifle, he will be the first in the country, yup, the entire country, to pick it, and wring it out for me. Yes, he is that good!
In any case, years ago I had a Kahr PM9, which I carried occasionally but dumped for the looooong trigger pull. Below is the piece as I received it sans the Pachmayr sleeve which I removed. I am here to evaluate the pistol, not Pachmayr grips.
 
 
 
 
 Below, the pistol with the sleeve on it. I am soon to understand why the previous owner  put one on!
 A 19 oz. gun in 45 ACP? Hold on (and I MEAN hold on)

The 45 comes with two magazines, a five rounder and a six rounder. Not enough capacity for me. Below the six rounder fully seated. While this extended mag gives room for a pinky, it was a warning sign...
 First order of business to a new to me pistol is to dismantle, clean, inspect and lubricate. You can see the slide, barrel and dual spring recoil guide rod here. One needs dual springs in a major caliber this short in stature. In any case, nothing especially proprietary here. All stainless, decent machining, and well fitted. I am not sure how many rounds have been through this pistol. The barrel hood was burnished, but not worn. If you do buy one of these follow the direction for disassembly. Then, reverse the process without reading the directions. If you do, you'll be terrified to have taken it apart in the first place!
 I do note that the only steel contact points for the slide are at the far rear of the frame. Nothing but plastic from these two contacts forward. I would question the longevity of a polymer rail system, but perhaps engineering wise I am missing something.
 Here they are from a side view. The entire rail is non steel excepting these small guys at the rear.
So, off to the range. My plan was to fire 200 rounds, a mixture of Federal 230 grain ball, LAX 230 grain ball, Wolf dirty 230 grain ball, and a few 185 grain+P duty rounds. The first magazine I fired had some of each load in it. Flawlessly fed, and a very decent group at ten yards. Nice I thought. I really DID feel that +P go off, and after the first seven rounds, my hands ached. Now I wish I had that sleeve on the grip! I did immediately realize that this is way too small a gun for 45 ACP. You could never decently train with it. And if you don't train, don't carry. Period.
So on to the next magazine. Failure to feed, and failure to fire. Every other round. Double strike works. Next magazine. I fire this as a single shot weapon, because it won't feed. More failure to fire. (light strike) Dump the Wolf, which I am blaming, and use the Federal. Failures to feed, and, to my amazement, two light strikes. Fourth or fifth magazine I used LAX. Same issues.
I take apart the pistol, and inspect it. Nothing out of the ordinary. Take apart the magazines and stretch the springs. About twenty rounds later, I am done. My hands are damn near raw from the punishing recoil, and I have become weary of trying to get one more trouble free 6 shot string from this little Kahr. It definitely needs to go back to the factory.
 
Conclusion: Don't buy.
 
Physics just won't allow an extremely lightweight gun in heavy caliber. I fired some thirty rounds, and began to flinch like a snake hater in the zoo. Even if this pistol had operated flawlessly (and it WAS accurate enough) I would not have put more than fifty rounds through it without donning a stout pair of gloves. But this did teach me something I had not considered, and that is a minimum weight for pistols in 45 ACP. 28/29 oz. minimum. With my lightweight commander, with 35% more heft than this Kahr, I have to pay attention. With this pistol you pay attention, but not in a way that is conducive to good shooting. Too bad, because this is an utterly concealable gun. In 9mm and operating as it should, this would be a good little piece. Except for the trigger. Wow. You start your press with this thing and you can say the alphabet backward before it will let off. There is no discernable reset, go all the way forward, and do it again. After the first magazine, my plan was to try rapid fire with this weird trigger, but unfortunately I never got to that. With the recoil I was feeling, it is probably a good thing. Sorry for no range pictures, but I did forget a camera. It little matters though. Accuracy C+
           Operation F
 
Sorry, Ed!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, April 8, 2016

Latest on the S&W 1911Sc

Yesterday I got my beloved 1911 SC back from S&W. They made it right, and repaired everything, paying shipping both ways...New plunger housing staked on, and chamfered correctly it looks like. 
 
We're at the range and ready to fire 300 rounds of cheap Russian Wolf Poly ammo.
Ten yards rapid fire, four full magazines worth. Remember, we are testing for operation,
not accuracy. Not Olympic groups, but respectable for crap ammunition.

The target below I decided to fire a magazine of 185 grain +P Remington Golden Saber, my duty carry ammo. Not an issue. Spot on.
Fifteen yards, rapid fire. This is with the Russian stuff. Not pretty, but doable. 
Rapid fire with Russian at 25 yards. Not easy with this lightweight .45 ACP. In fact, I can tell you, it is damn difficult to shoot rapid fire with a lightweight .45 ACP. If you disagree, write and tell me why. I suspect you do not have much experience..
All over the place rapid fire, but, acceptable if in a violent confrontation.
Thirty+ rounds, cadence fired to the head at 30 yards. I am NOT pleased with this target.
OK, is it the gun, the ammo, or me? I set this target up at 15 yards and shot at cadence speed. Watch the front sight. 100 rounds. Press. and voila...it is shooting spot on.
I do need to say though, that the Wolf Poly ammo is a no go. It IS cheap, and now we know why. It is not entirely accurate or dependable. The Russians use extremely hard primers, and if you shoot this stuff and have a failure to fire, try the round again. Sometimes it'll go, and sometimes not. If not, dump it. It burns extremely dirty.  Below you see the repaired S&W torn down. I have never cleaned a dirtier weapon than this one after 300 rounds of Wolf Poly Ammo. It is terrible. After 150 rounds of failure free shots, we had constant failure to feeds, with the failure to feed bullet up in a half closed battery. 
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Below is the product of 300 rounds of the poorest and dirtiest ammunition I have ever fired. This .45 was gunked up beyond  belief, and I had multiple failures to feed.  I
know this is not the fault of the gun because I shot twenty rounds of duty +P 185 grain Golden Saber, and they functioned perfectly. 
Conclusion: Got the gun back, all fixed. Operates fine, and I realize now, after having fired some 500 rounds through my S&W M&P 9 while the .45 was gone, how easy it is to control the 9mm. Now, in defense of the .45, I am shooting a lightweight one. It is tremendously difficult to control if you are not an experienced shooter. This is a professional's gun to be sure. It is accepted among the pro's that if you shoot a lightweight commander type over a full size, you'll have to train 25 % more to obtain the same skill level as you would with a full size. I can live with that, as I shoot all the time.
 
On a calmer note. Can you believe these lilys in our kitchen? The perfume is almost overwhelming!
 
 
 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April Arrives at Long Ridge Deer Camp

March here in the Connecticut River Valley was absolutely...decent. Usually here in March in the mornings I am walking on 18 inches of snow with cement like crust, which by noon has softened enough to become impassable. This year,  slogging through mud. As of today, I only have one place left on the property that is still frozen, and by tomorrow everything will be completely thawed. As you may have surmised, the deer never needed to yard up this year, and thus I threw out a bit of corn everyday to maintain a longer census. I did switch from cracked corn to whole corn on the advice of a game warden. Interestingly, turkeys never discovered the corn until a week or so ago. Speaking of turkeys, a video of a flock of 150+ was taken less than a mile from camp! The flock you see here numbers around twenty. Early this morning our hunters were out scouting for turkeys.
One thing different this year. Not a single coyote on camera since December. They are GONE! I have a neighbor to thank for that. But imagine, if you will, that now I have to travel if I want to hunt them! How ironic is that! Watch the fawn numbers soar. 
Below is a nice looking doe passing underneath a twenty foot ladder stand. I've never placed a camera here before and am pleased at all the pictures.
Eyeball within earshot picture of this curious deer!
This red fox is just about to cross one of my mineral licks. Looks healthy, and why not? No snow cover for rabbits or mice this year.
One of our flocks feeding, with a big tom wanting to go to work. Pay attention ladies!
This is the so-called hemlock group below. They bed about 300 yards from here in a dense hemlock grove. There are actually nine in this group.
Just winging on by...
Can anyone tell me what kind of creature this red fox has caught? The fox appears healthy, if not fat!
Not sure if this turkey is flying in, flying out, or just exercising.
The picture below explains why we call them 'whitetails'!
Turkeys and deer. Almost always compatible, although deer youngsters love to chase the big birds.
The two pictures below show what I have been doing on trail, and there is a lot of cleaning up to do still!

Beside farm chores, trail cleanup is a week long issue in these parts. No ice storms this year but we did have some days of near gale force winds, and it'll take me days to be happy with trail conditions. Not complaining here, I love the work! With farm maintenance and chores, and twice weekly trips to the shooting range (and the Sheriff's Dept) we do stay busy!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

1st Day of Spring, at Long Ridge Deer Camp 2016

The first day of spring here in the Connecticut River Valley brought us a 10 degree morning and hard freeze. Nothing unusual here, but we had already gotten used to the 40 degree weather. Still a ton of frost in the ground as there should be at this time of year. We took a nice trail ride on the ATV's the other day, and put out three more game cameras. The trails are a mess from the 50-60 mph winds we have had, but mostly small stuff. Until below, on the Mid Trail. Only took ten minutes to clear, and fun! I so love this stuff!

 First time placing a camera at Flip's stand and check out the pictures taken within 24 hours! Guess this one was placed right!

 Seems this little fox has a creature in his mouth but I cannot see it to say what it is...
 These three are from the Cass, and regular visitors..
 A healthy happy face!
 This flock of twenty is a regular now, and the big old boy in the rear, though early, is eager to go to work...
 That is, until little deer come in and re-take the territory. Sometimes they co-exist, other times, nope.
 

 
 These two below, wander in from the South but are not part of the hemlock group. They lost their mom to a hunter, coyotes, or car in the fall, and had no one to lead them through their first winter. In spite of the availability of food, and lack of snow, these little guys knew nothing of the ways of winter, and while most of our herds are shining with health, these guys are flanked out, beaten half to death by other deer, and in generally poor health. THIS is why I do not allow does with spring babes to be taken during fall season. Barren does, single does, does that have lost their babes, yes. Moms with babes - NO! It took me years of study to learn this, but it is a fact.
 The Pierce Lane group.


 
 What do we call this combination, a Creer?
 or a Durkey? A tureer?
Let me know what you think!
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