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Hey, folks!

I figured I'd better post something up for everybody to read, otherwise some of the members who know me here were gonna start beating me! LOL...

Anyway, I'd like to report on my experience at the local Birchwood Recreation & Shooting Park here in Alaska (website at http://www.brspclub.com/ ). My dad, brother, and I went out with some close family friends to the range and shot a bunch of guns. I brought out my WASR-10 Romanian AK-47, my Charles Daly .45 ACP 1911, my Lorcin .380, my Heritage Arms Rough Rider .22LR/.22 WMR single-action revolver, my American Arms PX-22 .22 LR pocket pistol, my Ruger 10/22 .22 LR rifle, and, of course, my Hi-Point .380 pistol. It was so cold outside that our hands would start freezing to the metal on the guns if we took our gloves off!!! We had to warm the truck consistently just so we could warm up between shots!

As it was, we were only able to stand about three hours of shooting in those temperatures. We put several hundred combined rounds of ammunition downrange, including over two hundred rounds of .45 ACP, one hundred rounds of the .22 WMR in the Heritage revolver, over two hundred rounds of FMJ Wolf/Norinco 7.62 X 39mm Russian ammo in the WASR-10, and about 50 rounds of CCI Blazer aluminum cased/steel-cased Russian .380 ACP ammo in the Lorcin and Hi-Point pistols. Out of all of these guns, the Heritage, American Arms, and Lorcin handguns worked great. The Ruger 10/22 suffered a few failure-to-feed (FTF) and failure-to-fire (FTF) due to some bad .22LR rounds and some cheaper-made 30 round Eagle magazines. The venerable WASR-10 lived up to the legendary reliability of the Kalishnikov AK-47 series of assault rifles by firing EVERY bullet out of the five magazines I have without one jam or problem! Ironically, though, my Charles Daly 1911 jammed every other round due to the cold. One part of the gun would heat up and the other half of the gun would be ice cold, causing the slide to jam. I had to hand-cycle the slide to fire the weapon. I was using 230gr handloaded FMJ-RN bullets ("ball rounds"). All the bullets fired, but the gun had to be hand-fed to facilitate this.

Last but not least, the Hi-Point .380 pistol was amazing! It fired every round of that cheap foreign ammo without a problem (except for the fact that the laquer-coated steel-case stuff kept jamming every so often in BOTH pistols due to a frozen lube and tight seating). Once everything was seated in the chamber, all rounds detonated fine. All of the aluminum-case CCI Blazer rounds feed beautifully in the Hi-Point and Lorcin. Over thirty rounds were fired, and all of these rounds functioned perfectly.

I guess, in summation, I can only say this: my $350 1911 pistol functioned poorly at best in such a frigid environment, but my $99 USED Hi-Point "junk gun" that people talk down towards functioned flawlessly (save the crappy ammo, of course). I can tell you this much: I would trust my life and the lives of my entire family to just one of these particular manufactured guns, let alone the four guns that my family and I now own made by Hi-Point! A friggin' -25*F climate couldn't even make the gun stop functioning! And the gun is as accurate as all get out within 50-60 yards!!! Truly awesome!

One word of caution: those tales you may have heard about foriegn laquered ammo being a "jam-o-matic ammo" are apparently true. The box of ammo I had was Russian (not Wolf, some other odd brand), and it would jam, say, every sixth or seventh round in BOTH of my .380 ACP pistols. I would NOT reccomend this ammo for use as a reliable defense round, (although, if you had NOTHING else to shoot, I guess it would be better than your fist) and I would shoot this only as a basic plinking (or small game round, maybe) bullet. It was a standard FMJ ball round, so its performance was decent in penetration in the ice on the ground as well (I found a bullet imbedded about 8-9" into the ice along a furrow). Not bad for the much downgraded FMJ ball ammo...

Well, I hope you guys found this interesting. I'll post more later as I get time to do it. Thanks for reading!

Jag 8)
 

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Hey, thanks, parrothead!

Yep, I couldn't agree more on the Hi-Points...awesome guns...

If you check out the Gun Pics forum, I've got some more of my collection posted there for viewing. Yeah, I know, I caught the gun bug early on, and I'm only 21 (soon to be 22)!... :D

Later!

Jag 8)
 

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Ahh, crap...

Would now be a good time to say that I haven't got any pics? I think my friend who was out shooting with us might have taken a couple of stills. I'll check and see, but it was so cold out that we were reluctant to bring the guns out in that weather, let alone an electronic camera!

But I'll see what I can do...

Later!

Jag 8)
 

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Or VIDEO!!!! I'm an avid gun porn video addict! That and with nearly every digital camera coming with video capabilities it's easy! Even the point and shoot "flip" style camcorders are now down to $60.
 

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Hey guys...

For all those folks who wanted me to post pics or a vid of my trip to the shooting range in January, I still haven't found the camera that we MIGHT have had out there...

...But, to make up for this oversight, I have posted pics of my newest additions to my gun collection over the last eight months. Check it out in the Gun Gallery board...and let me know what you think!!!

Later!!!

Jag 8)

P.S. I'll keep looking for those other possible pics...
 
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