Sunday, August 14, 2016

Glock 19 Ready For The Range

My new pistol needed a few refinements...

Finally had some time to set up my brand new personal Glock 19 Gen 4. The nasty plastic factory sights were never part of the plan, but I'm not all that impressed by the factory night sights that came on our Glock 22 pistols neither. After seeing Ameriglo Hackathorn sights on a fellow student's pistol at last month's Gunsite 250, I sent away for my very own set (part number GL-433). It has an orange tritium dot in the steel front sight only and there's plenty of light on either side of the front sight when centered in the notch of the black serrated steel rear sight - a boon to my aging peepers. Last month I spoke with with Gunsite rangemaster Corey Trapp about setting up a 19 for EDC as well as to serve as an understudy to my issue 22. When I mentioned I appreciated the easily perceived trigger reset on the Glock, he recommended I try the 3.5 lb minus connector (called the 4.5 lb connector by the factory) paired with the factory NY2 (orange) trigger spring. He said it will deliver a crisp reset and reduce over travel, which he regards as the bane of Glock shooters. Yet to be impressed by aftermarket offerings, Corey prefers a fella uses only factory parts in Glocks. Haven't shot it yet (will tomorrow), but the trigger is now firm but not overly heavy and the reset is even more perceptible - in 
both a tactile as well as audible sense. Looking forward to trying the combination.

UPDATE: Finally got to the range [Prescott Gun Club] this afternoon [15 August 2016]. The mid-sized G19 will shoot as well as I let it. The honking huge orange dot on the front post and no distractions surrounding the wide rear notch is one awesome combination! It's almost like cheating!

UPDATE: Had another failure to eject (2 in 200 rounds so far) with the steel case TulAmmo.  Have to keep an eye on that...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Now This Is A Used Bookstore

The Book Nook delivers...

I have theory about the best used bookstores, such as I've encountered in Portland, New Orleans, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and now Prescott. They ought be cozy, or what some might regard as a little cramped. They should have lots of books, as in crammed into every possible nook and cranny. They ought to smell like old paper, not musty so much as ancient.  The Book Nook, a 42 year old labor of love, operated by second generation owner, Marilyn Unruh, is all of these things and more.

Self-described as Prescott's Largest Used Bookstore, I'll note that it occupies half the space (or less) than some others in the quad cities. Cozy? Check! Marylin has 40,000 to 50,000 titles at any one time. Crammed to the gunnels? Check! The comforting presence of old books - printed on genuine cellulose, as in the days before books arrived on apps for viewing on computer tablets - envelopes you in an comforting embrace as you walk through the door. Bookish odors? Check!

The Book Nook is located at 324 W. Gurley, just a few feet east of Rosa's Pizzeria, one of my other favorite places in Prescott. Ms. Marilyn can be reached at
or by calling (928) 778-2130.

I love it! If you don't, I'm afraid you're not my kind of people. Sorry, had to be said.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

There Is A Method

To my madness...

I grew to appreciate the Safariland ALS running the Glock 22 at Gunsite last month. My Safariland duty holster started at level III but the hood came off Monday at lunch. The SLS came off Wednesday evening, three days of frustration too late. I've ordered a duty rig with only the ALS retention so that I'm not running a modified holster on the job. I ordered the same holster with a paddle for street clothes carry at work and nominal concealment situations. I'd scarcely shot a Glock before the class but I'm learning to live with it. To enhance that process I just picked up a Glock 19 for every day carry and to serve as an understudy to my Glock 22. Unlike the 40, I can afford to shoot a nine on my own dime. The Safariland concealment paddle holster has the same ALS retention system as my duty rig so I'm working with only one draw stroke. Never thought I'd end up with three 9mm pistols.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Previously on "Try Not to Kill the Plants"

It's been about three months since the planting...

Before (May 16, 2016).

The "Madame Galen" Trumpet Vines now (August 5, 2016).  Have to see if I'm supposed to train them to the fence.


Now, hmm... The bright yellow and green leafed Gold Spot Euonymus appear healthy enough but don't seem much larger.  Likewise, the purple leafed "Pipa's Red" Red Chinese Fringe Flower have grown sideways a little, but not up.

UPDATE: The plant lady at Watter's said they look fine and recommended another serving of fertilizer.

Someone Stop Me

Before I buy again...

I only half needed to go to the grocery store, which is across the parking lot from The Purple Cat used book store. The lure is usually irresistible, but I rarely get there before the 5:00 pm closing time.  I alway enter looking only for a paperback copy of The Keep, by F. Paul Wilson.  I always leave without it and, on average, three to five other volumes I didn't know I needed until I saw them.  This time the haul was as follows:

Red Phoenix: The Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945, by Von Hardesty

Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan, by Clay Blair, Jr. [UPDATE: Oops, only the 2nd of two volumes...]

The Outline of History, Volume I, by H.G. Wells, which I already had a copy of.

The Outline of History, Volume II, by H.G. Wells, which I did not. Now I own matched set, and a spare copy of Volume I.