Just realized it's been a few weeks since I purchased my Glock 19, and I've shown no pictures of it nor made any videos of me demonstrating the gun. So I thought it time to show the gun and show off my first homemade case insert to hold the gun, Two additional magazines, and the UpLula magazine loader – the magazine loader is so cool and handy to have what a wonderful tool to use at the range and anywhere.
This case insert that I show below, came to me after realizing that clock does not have any Way to keep your items in the case from banging around prattling smacking each other, etc.
So as much as I hate rattles, in a car ride rather have 1000 rattles then one, I decided to search out and find some spare material to make a way to insert those items into the case and an attractive and of course utilitarian way.
Going back to last Monday, my wife and I had the day off and out of no where she asked what time is the shooting range open? This knocked me back some, she knew I wanted to both shoot a hundred or so rounds in to my G19/4 and also have HER go shooting for the first time ever. I mentioned it last week that I wanted to accomplish both goals, and I was surprised at her bringing it up on Monday.
So I called to find the best time for having a smaller crowd, not sure how jumpy she'd be around 12 shooting bays at firing. I had a walk-on coupon from when I bought the gun and they let my wife shoot for free - all we paid for was $4 for 10 targets.
I let her know on the way there that I was going to shoot at least 60 rounds (4 mags) to see if we had any hang-ups and then I'd step back and let her at it. I bought a brass charging ring to help her pull back the slide, that 043 spring sure is stiff and she couldn't get it back enough to have it feed properly - with the ring, she does well.
So I had a mag of Hornady 115grn. Critical Defense (this is what I want to keep loaded for home protection) and I bought a week ago 1000 rounds American Eagle 147 FP - my choice for breaking in the gun. I went through three mags of the 147 which ran flawlessly and put the mag in with 8 rounds of 115grn. It hung up racking it, but about 5 clean shots, then nother load failure - so I waited until my wife finished and I also shot another 3 mags before attempting the Hornady 115 CD cartridges.
So, my wife got in stance to shoot and nailed the paper every time - giving a great group at 7yrds a bit low and right of the center - I was amazed at how tight the cluster was, so her shooting was great, she just needs to work on her aim a hair and move that group hit center mass. I was happy she wasn't all over the place, but she shot 10 shots, 8 were within a 3 inch circle and the others with 5 inches of those - wow. We do need to work on her grip a bit, no limp wristed shots, she just needs to involve her left hand into the grip a bit better.
I then took back over, completely satisfied at how great she did, and I took another bunch of H-115 and randomly mixed it in a full mag with the American Eagle 147 - I had no hang-ups and think the gun will break-in and accept them better when hand racked. So about 120 rounds total, 3 fail to feed, but again the Critical Defense is basically a hollow point with what looks like Crayon in it - lol. There were no fail issues with the AE147 ammo.
I got home and just mixed about 6 H-115 in random with the AE147 and it did hang up a bit the first mag I racked in and out the rounds, I hand one hang up - and I know a good chance the problem might be my release of the charging ring compared to grabbing the serrations directly and release. I'm not "walking" the slide back at all, I know a quick pull and release lets the gun do all the work.
So, for now, for home defense I've got loaded the AE147 - I'll give the H115 another try next time at the range. When we left the range, we talked about everything we did, she was very positive about shooting "and in two weeks or so" I can buy another handgun (30 days between purchase of handguns in NJ) and I want her to pick out a revolver she likes. I want the second gun to be hers, and of course I want it to have a good DA trigger that she can pull with no troubles. I believe we'll be getting a 22lr revolver for economic sense to keep ammo affordable and spend more range time whether with her or alone.
I always like the theory of shooting a good amount of 22s (100-200) to warm up, get acclimated, just get some range time in (since you pay for an hour, might as well use it) and then break out the 9mm and may shoot a box of 50 of them - leaving the range quite satisfied.
It was a great day, we went out to dinner that night, but by state law we had to take the gun and ammo home first - you cannot stop for dinner in NJ even if everything is safely stowed and locked in your trunk. So sadly, the restaurant we wanted to go to was only 2 miles from the shooting range, but we had to drive ten miles home and NJ traffic is always terrible - we put away the stuff and went to an Applebees just a mile away. We might have gone back to the place near the gunrange, but I had to work 16 hours that night and needed at least an hour or so nap.
I love the G19, sweet gun, great grip (I put on the small beavertail which looks cool and does what a beavertail is supposed to do) and I switched the mag drop release to the opposite side cause I'm a lefty. That's all I think I'll do for now to it. I'm thinking about an Olight offset mount for a flash light - I have some pretty powerful 1 inch diameter 9 LED flashlights - very cheap in price, but lights up my house very well with no lights on. The only other thing, Santa might bring me night sites for Christmas, we'll see about that one Can wait to go shooting again.
Just a quick note, some of the above I copied from the Glock Pro forum where I posted much of the above message. I just cant imagine saying it any better the second time around so I want you all to read it as I originally wrote it roughly a week ago.
So without further DeLay, here are several pictures of the insert I made to hold the four separate items notice the third magazine that comes with the Glock is inserted in the gun the other two at the top and the magazine loader on the bottom left. The material I used was a black and yellow foam pad that I found in the garbage at work. I'll also include photos of me tracing the various items cutting out the original paper and showing off the insert away from the gun case to show you how it looks before and after.
The black color of the insert was fairly marred and had like maybe a discoloration to it, so I took a sharpie marker and went over it several times gives it a brand-new look very shiny and is not smear at all, it was sort of the perfect way to finish off this insert and make it look as if it was factory made.
So I'm off today from work start 4 to 12's tomorrow night, and I might head out to the shooting range to put another hundred holes into some targets. Also I have our target sheets I keep and collect them mark them with date stamp those along with yardage of course and I was very proud of Tracey - she hit the target at 7 yards every time as well as at 10 yards.
Her groupings were all good very few strays if any they may not of been centered in the target but you could cover up all the shots on the target sheet with the palm of your hand, and for her first time shooting anything I'm extremely proud of how well she handled the gun and how well she shot it.
Tracey, who has never been a fan of loud noise handled the gun range very good, she was not jumpy at all even though we had some serious supersonic ammo being shot, and also a rifle at the further end of the 12 lanes, she was focused, had a great grip on the gun, handled the recoil extremely well and I can't be more proud of how well she did. We covered everything I could think of with dry fire drills quite a few Times at home, and told her I would handle any failure to feed etc.
On the drive home, we spoke about the experience and she was very comfortable shooting she said and more importantly she does look forward to going again. I don't think I can ask for anything more!
Here are the pictures from the gun insert that I built for my Glock case, and in a follow-up post or later in this one I'll include the target sheets just let you know how we did.
So this is my first project, and take a look at the lettering on the gun the 9 x 19, the Glock logo etc. all those are painted on with nail polish and removed with a non-acetone cleaner, I thought it was sharp looking in the photographs I saw, so I embossed those on the gun, and on the magazines too.
So, what do you think? The only other things I did with the Glock was reverse the magazine drop to the right side since I am left-handed, and two I added the smaller Beavertail back straps. I also purchased a brass charging ring to aid Tracey to charge the Glock when necessary, her hand strength does not grab the serrations tightly enough, especially being the new spring that the Glock generation for as, it does require some and strength to rack the slide and the charging ring makes a huge difference for her to be able to fully handle that without my assistance.
So I hope I've caught all of you up-to-date to where we are, I've put 120 cartridges through the gun so far and only had an issue or so with the Critical defense ammo. Note: I have hand racked a dozen or so of the critical defense ammo through the gun and it clears it every time now so the gun is on its way to being broken in well.
I know Hand racking ammo like that may not be great practice, but I wanted to make sure that it would load into chamber without issue and I would like to use that Hornady as my home defense ammo, rather than the 147 grain American Eagle which I want to continue to use for breaking purposes at the gun range and also it is sub sonic so it's quieter to shoot either way very comfortable, the recoil on the Glock 19 is very manageable and I just love this gun, I knew after four or five months of studying while waiting for my license that I had narrowed it down to a few models and the Glock 19 was the handgun that all others would have to equal or surpass. I had many in my hand and I shot a few, but I knew after shooting the 19 that it was the clear winner for me.
When I first started looking online, seeing videos and reading reviews, I looked it ambidextrous handguns and just found it most, if not all just had their redundant features get in the way with one hand or the other, so it was either me to get used to the right-handed world of guns or to put that big safety between my ears into use and the Glock definitely met those requirements very well. All the external safeties in the world do you no good if they just get in the way when you need to shoot your gun.
Well, this post went a long time further than I thought it would. But voice dictation and doing some minor correction before posting (hopefully I got everything corrected) and I hope you enjoy this post. Again, thanks for everyone's input and I truly believe this was the best handgun I could've got for our needs.
I left out that in roughly 2 weeks from now I can buy my second gun, it will be a revolver, it will be a 22. The likely choice right now is the Ruger LCR. I just want something that Tracey can handle easily and if there are misfires you just keep on pulling the trigger.
I sort of knew from the beginning that a revolver would be the second gun, had thought about keeping it in the same caliber but realize that I need something more affordable on ammo and something that much better meets meets the needs of my wife and a double action only, and no fears of hang ups in the gun gives great peace of mind to just point and keep pulling the trigger until whatever is necessary is done.