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Took the new Sig Sauer P365, S&W Shield and the Glock 43 to the range to see which tiny carry pistol is the winner. 

The Glock has aftermarket sights but is otherwise is stock. The Shield has full Apex Tactical internals. 

The Sig is brand new and had some failures to lock back on empty but it functioned well otherwise. 

As far as accuracy is concerned, the Glock was the most accurate for me with the Sig at the bottom of the list. I do not like the sights that come in the Sig.

The Sig feeling like the smallest gun while holding double the rounds of the Glock is quite impressive.  I have only gotten a couple of Crossbreed holsters for it so far but it carries very well.

I think the Glock is the better gun at the moment, but the Sig, if it is reliable will probably end up being my regular carry.

The funny thing is this is the first time I have been to the range in over a year and I need some serious practice as I could shoot for shit tonight.

One target that I shot at 10 yards with both the Glock and the P365 (as well as a couple of mags from the 1911. 



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So after upgrading my Ruger 10/22 with new barrel, stock, trigger, etc. and a new scope it has become a very accurate little 22 rifle. This is in no small part due to the Nikon 3 - 9 x 40 ProStaff Rimfire scope I installed with the Nikon BDC (Bullett Drop Compensation) reticle. Not having bought a new scope in about 15 years, this was a revelation. Not only were the optics much improved but the BDC reticle was very easy to use and actually worked. While BDC reticles are not really new, what sets the Nikon apart is the fact that they have developed a cartridge database and an easy-to-use app that allows you to configure the reticle to your load at the magnification you are using. I was so impressed with how well it worked that I spent the last few weeks changing out old scopes and a few other optics/sights related things.

First up, I replaced an old Bushnell 4 x 32 scope on my Marlin 39a with the exact same Nikon scope I used on the Ruger. I also used a new DNZ one-piece mount with integral scope rings for added rigidity. I cannot wait to take it out as it always shot better than the Ruger.


Next was my deer rifle, a Marlin 336 in 30/30 Winchester (the perfect white-tailed deer cartridge for the Eastern U.S.). This had an old Tasco 3 - 9 x 50 that never let in as much light at dusk as the pricier scopes. So I decided to up the ante and go with a Nikon ProStaff 5 3.5 - 14 x 50 scope with side-focus and an illuminated BDC reticle also mounted on a one-piece DNZ base.





I also put a ProStaff 5 scope without side focus and a non-illuminated BDC reticle in 2.5 - 10 x 50 on my Ruger American Rimfire in 22 WSM. I used a pair of Warne QD rings I had in a drawer to mount the scope to the built-in Picatinny rail.


The last Nikon scope I mounted was a Force XR 2.5 - 8 x 28 EER scope with BDC reticle mounted with four Warne rings on the supplied rail for my new hunting handgun, a Magnum Research BFR also in 30/30 Winchester. According to MRI, BFR stands for Big Frame Revolver, but here at H-C it stands for Big Fucking Revolver, 15” long (7.5” barrel) and over 6 pounds with the scope. No one-handed off-hand shooting with this one.


Since I will no longer be using this for hunting I removed the scope from my S&W model 28 and replaced the rear sight. It took me quite a while to find a rear sight that actually fit since this revolver was bought in 1972 and none of the current rear sights, though they look basically the same, fit. It also cost over 2x the price for the used sight.


Lastly, I installed an Eotech holographic sight using a trinity rail mount on my Benelli Nova 12 gauge.


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My nikon 3-9x40 is going on 20 years old. I guess I should investigate replacing it.

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You may not notice as much of a difference depending on the model. Before I switched out the Tasco from the Marlin I did a low light comparison with the Leupold VariX II on Karen’s Ruger. It was literally, night and day. I then compared the Leupold to the new Nikon and there was a lot less difference but I really like the illuminated reticle.

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Some interesting news from Sig Sauer. First the new P365 XL . This is of definite interest to me. I tried to like the P365, but after renting one and shooting a box of ammo through it, I decided it was not for me. My problem with it was that it was too small, so the XL should definitely fix that. The second interesting announcement is the P320 XFive Legion . This is more of passing interest to me but I will definitely try to give it a go at the range with a direct comparison to my P226 Legion.

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