The Sound of Silence

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There isn’t anything wrong with the Beretta 92F (below and left) or the can silencer. However, having used them, it’s important to raise the sights when you decide that you want to do that.  And then you need to practice with it in that configuration.
As configured, it’s not suitable for anything but point blank range shooting. 
Unless you’re using it as a movie prop. Then it doesn’t matter very much, does it? They’re able to stretch one magazine into hours of continual fire.
The other thing to remember is that you must use subsonic ammunition. I’d recommend that you ‘tune’ the ammo to the handgun with some experimentation.
One other problem, with this configuration of the Beretta is that the weight of the silencer requires a slightly different grip on the pistol or the rounds will tend to ‘stovepipe’ jam because you aren’t holding your wrist tight to allow the recoil to work properly.

I have a friend in Bulgaria who wished me to comment on firearms laws in the United States briefly, here on this blog. The American people privately own hundreds of millions of firearms and trillions of rounds of ammunition. It strikes some people as strange that we do that. They wonder what value having so many firearms are to a hunting culture.

We lawfully own firearms as a hedge against tyranny. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is about providing sovereignty to the people. Many governments are disturbed by the fact that the people are in many cases, better armed than the police. Free people are armed, slaves are not. It comes down to that. And if it disturbs people who do not belong to the American culture, that’s ok. I’m glad that you trust your government.

However history teaches us that governments are not trustworthy over time, to respect the rights of the individual. The nations founders were fearful that a government powerful to give you anything, would also be powerful to take everything.

And if you are going to practice shooting, you also need to practice reloading. Practice makes perfect. In the photo (right), the person firing and operating the handgun should keep the muzzle pointed at the target as he exchanges magazines. Leave a round in the chamber as you swap them out. It’s not a good idea (tactically) to leave an empty chamber. Keep one in battery in case you need to send it as you’re exchanging.

Some firearms do not allow you to fire if the magazine is out of the pistol. Check your handgun and see if that is the case. It’s a safety feature built in and a gunsmith can disable that for you if you want to do that.

You fight the way you train and if you’re untrained, you’re dangerous to yourself.

11 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence

  1. Must get down to the range once the weather clears up a bit. Pretty much a swamp right now.

  2. I need to as well, LSP. Due to all the rain we've had, this whole area is a swamp as well, and now the range that I work is closed due to the virus. LL spelled it out well in this one. While many foreign nationals use and enjoy firearms, others seem to hold them in fear. The best way to curb that fear is to take them shooting. That likely won't happen in the home country.

  3. I've been there in the almost a swamp phase and it can be dicey getting the white truck in and out. Here at the White Wolf Mine, we don't bother with finding "a range". I'm sure that if you even mentioned "a rifle range" to the locals, they'd laugh at you. If you point the rifle and shoot, that's the range. But I live in the place of wild men where the Apache used to reign supreme, and feint hearts fear to tread.

  4. Spot on.

    I have no experience with cans, but have done some experimenting with plastic bottles, steel wool, and 22 rim fire.

    Practice reloading without taking your eyes off the target. "Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast" is true. I used to tell my occasional students "Don't practice speed. You don't have to because you already have it in your reflexes. What you need is muscle memory. So do it a bazillion times, slow and smooth". My example is slamming on the brakes in your car. It's a reflex. You don't have to look down to find the brake pedal.

  5. People who come here from other nations, fearing small arms, are often pleasantly surprised when you take them out shooting.

  6. "Speed is fine, accuracy is final" was a mantra that was beaten into my thick skull. "Bellybutton, belt buckle and balls" – because you'll inevitably shoot a little high. And then the first time I was in a shooting with another human shooting back at me, what did I do? I shot high.

  7. You might send this Jeff Cooper quote to your friend in Bulgaria–

    "“Fear” is not a good word to use. Fear is a word to lose by. Our wartime President told us that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself, and this is still true. If liberty and light lose the struggle for the world, it will be because we succumbed to the fear of evil rather than to its power. Individually, we do not bear arms because we are afraid. We bear arms as a declaration of capacity. An armed man can cope—either in the city or in the wilderness—and because he is armed he is not afraid. This is the root of hoplophobia. The hoplophobe fears and, yes hates us because we are not afraid. We are overwhelmingly “other” than he, and in a way that emphasizes his affliction.

  8. Gunsight isn't far from me, but of course, Jeff Cooper is in that great range in the sky, training the cherubs to shoot their little bows more accurately. He was a towering soul. God rest him and God bless our country.

  9. Moot point, after the boating accident. Even before that, got rid of semi auto and became 100% revolver.

  10. There was no meaningful existence of freedom and equality before guns.

    Never have understood why so many purported "feminists" are anti-gun; IMO every woman should learn to shoot at an early age and carry if possible – it totally changes the equation.


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