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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 3

Day 3 at Blogorado was a bust. The front sight blade fell off again, despite being affixed with Permatex liquid gasket. My theory was that a Superglue bond would be too brittle, and that liquid gasket, being a bit more flexible, would stand up to recoil better. No dice. After curing for a couple of hours (which may not have ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 at Blogorado was gorgeous, with a temp of 65 degrees, 15% humidity, and an elevation of 4500 feet. I started with Magtech 124 grain FMJ, listed by manufacturer with a muzzle velocity of 1109 fps. There was a failure to fire on round #35 (#185 total) when the slide did not go fully back into battery. The failures ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 2000 Round Challenge: Day 1

Photo credit: Jennifer Hast The MC1911SC Ultimate is a compact, officer-length 1911 by Turkish manufacturer Girsan, imported by EAA. Built on a forged aluminum frame, it boasts a number of nice features, including contoured surfaces to eliminate snags, an extended beavertail, extended ambidextrous safety, conical barrel for more positive lockup, G10 grips with a capacity window cut in the side, ...

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Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate: 2000 Round Challenge

Okay, Girsan, let’s do this. Today begins the 2000 round challenge of the Girsan MC1911SC Ultimate 9mm, imported by EAA. If you’re unfamiliar with the 2000 round challenge, ala Tamara Keel and Todd Louis Green, read about it here. We’ll clean and lube the pistol according to manufacturer’s specs, and then put 2000 rounds of different types of ammo through ...

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Announcing EMT 360!

“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I’ll remember. Let me do, and I’ll understand.” That quote has been attributed to various famous figures and philosophers over the years, but it still holds true for most learning endeavors. That’s why five years ago, I “flipped” my EMS classroom to incorporate more practical application of material, and less of me ...

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Visiting Ghosts

Made a pilgrimage of sorts today. Speaking at an EMS conference in Seminole, TX, I noticed that Hobbs, NM was just a short jaunt down the road. As a child, I heard many stories about Hobbs Army Airfield from my dad as a child. He had trained as a B17 crew member there in the early days of World War ...

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Fifty

Stepped on the scale this morning to discover I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was at Christmas.Haven’t been depriving myself to do it, not doing any special diet, just making a conscious effort not to eat like an idiot and expend more calories every day than I consume. Losing weight is not difficult for me at all.Which of course begs ...

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Product Review: Micro BVM

We were asked by the nice folks at Micro BVM to evaluate their product. The Micro BVM is a full-functional adult BVM with mask, oxygen tubing and reservoir, fully compatible with most aftermarket PEEP valves. The manufacturer touts it as being 75% smaller when stored than a standard BVM.It is indeed packaged in a rugged, compact case, making it a ...

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AAR: “The Medical Mindset,” by Travis Hall

Second in my reviews of medical training courses at #NRAAM2019 is Travis Hall’s “Medical Mindset: Are You Prepared?” First in such short seminars is verifying the instructor’s bona fides. Travis “Doc T” Hall is an 18-Delta (special forces medical sergeant) from 5th SFG, with over 8 years combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. That checks the box for “experience” right ...

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#NRAAM2019 : Themes

Seems like every year you go to one of these, there seems to be a theme to the exhibits. There was the Year of the AR15, the Year of the 1911, the Year of the Precision Bolt Action Rifle…… and frankly, they’re so damned ubiquitous now that it bores me to write about them. I’m not interested in the latest ...

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