Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some Catching Up.

The Pontiac is still running great, the change oil light has been coming on as of today. Tomorrow, weather permitting I'm changing the oil and the coolant on this vehicle as well as that on the Grand Am.
For the past few weeks, I've contemplated trading my Beretta Nano for another .45 compact. I sold the Bersa because of some issues with the gun, including lots of failures to eject and a persistent problem with the magazine release. Hopefully they can get this figured out and make a usable gun out of it.
My issues with the Nano have been that the rounds have been going all over the place with the first time I fired it. The other is that I'm not so sure that I need more than one 9mm pistol; especially one with seven rounds. My Ruger Sr9c, the go to gun without nary a malfunction save the extractor pin almost two years ago, holds ten and has an extended mag that holds seventeen. It disappears under any shirt and it fairly comfortable to wear, even with my sciatica acting up. The reason for the Nano in the first place was something to conceal a little easier and act as a back up gun. It's fairly light, with only a mag release, a decocker and a slide release with no external or mag safety. These are things that I'm not too keen on in a self defense situation. The only reason I'm keeping the Sr9c is because I can work around these quickly and it is a solid, accurate and reliable gun.
Today, my stepdad and I went out to the farm to practice with his guns and my Nano. Over the winter, lets just say that we could have used more practice, but I managed a good, consistent grouping with the Nano after the fourth target and about 14 rounds each try. I even managed to hit dead center at 20 feet with this gun. The Nano has a tendency to shoot low, but the sights aren't made to adjust for elevation, only windage. The "trick" is to hold the gun tightly, and press the trigger firmly, aiming about six inches higher at twenty feet. It also helps to use 124 grain ammo or higher. I fired some cheap ammo and my old Remington Ultimate Home Defense from 2012 in this one. There was one failure to eject with the Remington that took a magazine drop and a pull on the slide to correct. The verdict is that I'm keeping the Nano and waiting a little longer on my .45. These guns are about $440 at Gander Mountain and I paid about $399 for mine. I would get about $200 even with the extra mag I bought for it.
I've contemplated a Glock 30, a Glock 22, and a Smith&Wesson M&P 45c, and I've looked at Springfields, a Ruger Sr45, and listened to the Gander Mountain salesman talk up 1911's. Okay, finances don't allow for a 1911, so that is off my list straightaway. I like striker fired guns and prefer as few parts as possible. The Nano and Sr9c are easy enough to take apart to clean, and I want to keep that going with my .45 (Yes the Glock 22 is a .40). So I'll reveal the gun in about three weeks once I've had a chance to review it and as always, I'll be straightforward about it.
As for work, I'm still fixing appliances and can tell you that the average life of one is about eight to ten years. Some are pretty decent to work on, even the newer ones. However, there are certain brands that keep cropping up with the same issues. I have a Kenmore that is basically a Whirlpool Cabrio needing a seal and bearing install next week. This doesn't look like a tough job, but it needs a special tool. I've also seen a common problem with Frigidaire front loading washers being the pump and the door latch. Mostly, the learning curve has been intense. Customers also have a learning curve, and if you have a front loading washer on a wooden floor, it will rock. Mine has done this for nearly four years. It needs to go into a basement, reinforce the floor or live with it. There is no fix the appliance man can do.
I've also taken an LG front loader and top loader completely apart. Not too terrible, but attention to detail is important. That's about it for right now. Maranatha!

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