Friday, July 21, 2017

A Short Long Term Product Review - Streamlight

A post by The Displaced Louisiana Guy on Streamlight's excellent products and warranty inspired me to do one of my own. I have been using a Streamlight for years now but didn't realize how long it had actually been. After his post I checked my Amazon purchase history and got a surprise, five years! Today I have owned and used the Streamlight ProTac 2L for five full years without a single issue.

I have carried and also used it nearly every day of the week since then, typically about 1-2 minutes at a time. In those five years I have dropped it 10-15 times (usually on concrete) and have run it through half a washing machine cycle twice. It still functions perfectly. I'm on my third set of batteries.

My only complaint would be the switch to get the strobe to function which has to be pressed a certain way to get it to work. After all these years I still can't get the light to do it when I'm in a hurry, but then I've never tried very hard to master it either.

I own three other Streamlight products and have yet to buy a bad one. Streamlight - a great product with value for your money. Highly recommended!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Request for the regular readers

Recently I lost all the links in my "wilsonblog favorites" section. I don't know if the problem was me or Blogger but they were just gone one day. If I used to have a link to your site or blog but don't now let me know. I rebuilt it from memory and there is always the chance I could have forgotten someone. Also, if you are linked to wilsonblog and would like reciprocal link let me know that too. Thanks!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Korea 1952

Another Memorial Day is here, another summer about to begin. Before with get on with our sporting events, cookouts and get-togethers, let us stop and remember what the day is really for.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gone Shooting - J Frame Day

I went shooting again Monday. The weather was perfect although a little cool for May, in the 40s when I left the house.

This time I took my Smith & Wesson "J" frame revolvers with me for practice. The Bodyguard and then later the lightweight Centennial I used quite a bit for several years. The Bodyguard 649 (upper right) was actually my first carry gun and my only one up until 2000. Now I hardly use any J-Frames at all.

For the last couple of years I haven't carried them except the lightweight 342PD (left) that sometimes I keep in my pocket around the house. Occasionally I will carry it instead of a reload for my main gun.

The third J-Frame is a 1953 vintage Chiefs Special (lower right) that's had a hard life. I've never carried that one. It's mostly retired now and is a backup to my backup.

Snub-nose revolvers are probably the hardest handguns to shoot accurately and I wasn't doing too well Monday. I was barely keeping the shots in the black (5-Inch). I hadn't practiced with them in a while and it showed. I actually did best with the 342PD. It's a lightweight gun but it always been the best shooting J-Frame I've owned. All three revolvers are unmodified but the trigger on that one was a little better from the factory. I was pretty rusty with these three and no doubt need to get them back to the range soon.