Sunday, August 03, 2008

Gun Porn! NOW WITH VIDEO!

So Friday I took the day off to visit the eye doc. Good news is that my eyes are fine and I don't need new glasses just yet. Bad news is that I had to have "those drops" to dilate my pupils, which means that I had to wear welding goggles for the next few hours.

Anyway, after the drops had pretty much worn off and the temperature had pretty much reached its maximum for the day, Son and I decided to go to the range. Smart, huh?

Even given the heat (92o), we had a good time. Heck, it's hard not to when you have a new gun to try out:

The Kel-tec PF-9 is a 9mm, DAO, locked breach, polymer frame gun that weights about 1 pound when loaded with a 7 shot magazine. It's also physically small, about 6" x 4.5", and less that 1" thick. In other words, it's an ideal carry gun if you're wearing clothes that make it hard to conceal anything big, like a 1911.

This particular gun is the hard chrome version, which I picked in order to help with corrosion issues. It gets warm and humid here in the South, and we sweat. A lot.

I got a good price on the gun--it, 2 extra Kel-tec mags and 2 20 round boxes of Federal Premium Hydrashocks for a bit less than $400. This particular gun is a bit difficult to come by right now for some reason, so I was pleased to get it at all. Getting a really good price was a big bonus.

Disassembly is easy, and accomplished with only an empty piece of brass as a tool. After a swab through the barrel and some Mil-Tec grease for the slide rails, we're ready to shoot. After shooting several magazines of Winchester White Box 115 gr. ball ammo without a single failure of any sort, we decided to video the last few rounds, and split them between 2 magazines. Me first:

video

As you can see, the little gun is snappy, but it's quite controlable. (Yes, 4 of 5 at 10 yards isn't all that good. I'm working on it.) Son decided he'd like to test it out with the remaining magazine:


video

He didn't find it as controlable as I did. I'm guessing that's small hands. However, I will state that after about 75 rounds, I had enough as well.

At any rate, I've quite impressed with the little gun, and I think it's going to make an excellent carry piece. (No, it isn't a Kahr, but it doesn't carry that kind of price tag, either.) I'm going to be looking for a holster, and I'm seriously considering the wallet holster from Pocket Holsters, althought the DeSantis Nemesis is also a possibility.

In doing my research before I bought the gun, I ran across a good resource for Kel-Tec owners, the Kel-Tec Owner's Group, an unoffical group of Kel-Tec afficianados. They have a lot of good info there, including their Tec Werks, with a bunch of articles on how to make these little guns better shooters. I haven't tried any of their "fluff and buff" procedures yet. I'd really love a way to lighten that double-action trigger just a bit. It isn't bad, but for someone used to single actions, it's a bit heavy. I'll consider that idea along with some fluffing and buffing (Man, that sounds like it goes right along with the gun porn thing, huh?) after I've ran a few hundred rounds through the gun.

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