Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ruger P95 9mm Handgun

I hope that everyone has found my previous article on the Ruger GP100 Handgun to be useful, today I will be discussing another great firearm from Ruger, that is the P95 Handgun. The P95is a double-action semi-automatic 9mm pistol. The P95 handgun is a great gun, it is incredibly reliable, affordable, accurate, and has a 15 round magazine capacity. My first experience with the Ruger P95 came shortly after I purchased one for a great price (I believe a little over $200.00 at the time) on When the gun arrived I was excited, although the gun did not look as good as a Beretta, I can tell you, this gun was amazing, it was incredibly reliable and accurate, which are very important attributes to a handgun, and the $200.00 price tag was not bad at all. I remember I had a friend take aim at a bowling pin with this handgun, and he missed the target and said the gun was not accurate, I told him to let me take a shot at the same target from about 25 yards, and the first round hit the bowling pin and knocked it down, and I remember telling my friend sarcastically, "you mean this gun that I am shooting is not accurate"? Anyways, the gun IS in fact quite accurate.

So for a gun that I purchased for a ridiculous price, you might be wondering why is it so cheap? Well first of all, as you can see from the picture, the gun does not look that great to be honest, at least not as good as a Beretta 92 or a Kimber 1911 which in my opinion look amazing. My main complaint about the Ruger P95 is how wide the gun is, one person claimed that it was almost like holding a brick in your hand. Part of the reason for this is so that the gun will have extra room eject shells after firing, so that there is no jamming problem, and I guess it works, since I had never experience a single jam with this firearm. It is also important to note that there are several versions of this pistol, the picture above is the newest version which has an improved grip and a rail underneath the barrel to mount various accessories such as a light or laser. I have also heard that a group with the US Army had been issued P95 pistols instead of Beretta pistols, which seems somewhat unfair, but in actuality, the P95 is every bit as reliable as a Beretta, in fact it may even be more reliable than the Beretta 92. I have met several members of the military tell me that the Beretta is a great gun, but often times they are issued poor magazines. After hearing this, I think I would feel more comfortable carrying a Ruger P95 if my life was on the line, but it is definitely not the most stylish firearm out there. So if you are looking for a great gun, at a great price (probably much more than $200 these days), the Ruger P95 is a great deal. Although Ruger has just made their SR9 9mm pistol (Ruger's most advanced 9mm pistol in my opinion), which I will discuss in a later blog, the Ruger p95 is still a truly remarkable gun.

The width strains against the failing hate.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Ruger GP100 357 Magnum Revolver

I would like to tell everyone about a great handgun for people who are interested in home protection, target shooting, and just collecting, that is a 357 Magnum handgun. A 357 Magnum handgun is a great addition to anyone's collection since it serves so many purposes and it is definitely not lacking in terms of power. Just a quick note on the 357 magnum, nearly every 357 magnum revolver can also fire 38 special caliber as well. There are many different models of 357 Magnum handguns that you can find such as the Colt Python, Colt King Cobra, Smith and Wesson, RugerSP101, Ruger Gp100 and so on. While most of these handguns are revolvers, there are a few of them that are semi-automatic such as the Coonan 357 and the Desert Eagle 357. However, today I would like to discuss the Ruger GP100 357 Magnum, and why it is an excellent choice.

I would like to mention first that I personally owned one of these handguns a few years back and I have so many good things to say about this revolver. Why would one choose a Ruger GP100 over another 357 Magnum? First off, the reliability is awesome, while most revolvers are reliable, I can say that in my opinion the Ruger is a better choice than an Armscor, Rossi, or Taurus. Secondly the Ruger GP100 is a great value, you can purchase one anywhere from $300 and up, which is much cheaper than buying a Smith and Wesson, a Colt, and definitely cheaper than a Desert Eagle in 357. Another great reason to purchase a Ruger GP100 is all of the different versions of the revolver, you can choose from 3 inch barrel, 4 inch barrel, and 6 inch barrel, either stainless or blued steel, and just recently Ruger has been producing these revolvers in 327 caliber which is a new cartridge with speeds similar to the 357 but small enough to provide for 7 shots versus 6 shots of 357.

So why purchase a revolver over a semi-automatic? Well, the reliability is usually the main reason, but with today's semi-automatic pistols, this is usually not the case, with a few exceptions. Accuracy with a revolver is much better than with a semi-automatic, I remember one day at the range I was able to hit 6 rounds in the head of my paper target with a GP100 loaded with 38 Special ammunition from 25 yards, I can say that this is excellent accuracy. I had fired a 1911 45 ACP semi-automatic, and I was not able to produce the same results. Many people who do not like revolvers claim that they are slow to load, this is not true, there are many options to load a revolver quickly, but the best is to purchase an HKS Speedloader for your revolver, with a little practice, you can load your revolver quickly and easily. I would also like to mention that with many of these revolvers it is possible to mount a scope on them, which would be more appropriate for handgun hunting, but it is still an option. So again, anyone who is interested in a great revolver I highly recommend the GP100, it truly is an awesome handgun.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wrestling and Martial Arts

I hope that everyone has enjoyed my previous blog about Boxing, today I would like to talk about another American sport which has always been an alternative to traditional Eastern martial arts, this of course is Wrestling. In nearly every high school across the United States Wrestling is offered as a sport and an activity along with Football, Basketball, and so on. For years wrestling was seen as simply a sport and not necessarily a way of fighting or self defense, not until the Ultimate Fighting Championship began did people begin to notice how effective Wrestling could be for fighting. With fighters such as Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, to present day champions like Brock Lesnar, it is no evident that Wrestling is an essential skill for people serious about MMA and fighting/self-defense skills in general.

So what makes Wrestling so effective? Part of the reason is the conditioning involved, in my opinion there is no other sport that has more grueling conditioning than Wrestling. In High school we would run several miles a day, coupled with running stadiums, lifting weights, push-ups, sit ups, along with Wrestling drills and actually wrestling against other opponents. At present time, I feel that doing a Wrestling work out would be incredibly challenging. Another reason why wrestling is so effective are the techniques, a good Wrestler is a master of leg takedowns, which include the single leg, double leg, high-crotch, and fireman's carry to name just a few. On the ground, Wrestlers are able to turn over and pin people quite easily. When these tactics are taken into a real life situation, you can definitely see how a Wrestler has an advantage, they can take people down at will, and then use strikes that are not allowed in wrestling in order to win a fight. I have always said for years that if I had to fight a Varsity Wrestler or a Black Belt in Karate, I would rather fight the Black Belt in Karate, because a competent Wrestler would be quite scary to defend against. In reading this, please take note that I do not advocate fighting in the streets, my training, and my training tips and recommendations are given for people to defend themselves with in a situation that calls for such action.

In the end, I do not how I survived the training that I had underwent when I wrestled in high school, but I feel that the techniques and training I received was very beneficial to my current martial arts training. Wrestling game me an edge that I needed when I competed in Judo, since most Judo players legs were unprotected from takedowns, and often times Judo players who kept their chin down to avoid a choke hold were then vulnerable to a half nelson and pin. So where do you go to learn wrestling skills? Well currently most MMA schools have an instructor knowledgeable in wrestling, however, high schools remain the best place to receive such training, granted you receive permission from the coaches. A last resort would be to research books on the topic of wrestling, purchase a mat and practice those wrestling drills, for all you martial artists there, trust me the training and knowledge is worth it, regardless of the style you may currently practice.

Resident Evil for Playstation

Recently I discovered an awesome feature on my Playstation 3 system which is backwards compatibility, that allows me to play original PlayStation games on my Playstation 3 system. When I first purchased my PS3 I was told that I could not play PS2 or PS1 games, so I decided to try it anyways, and to my amazement I was able to play my old PS1 games but not my PS2 games. I am very happy about this discovery because I can now play many of my old PS1 games including Resident Evil. Many years back I remember when my dad bought me a Playstation video game system for Christmas with 2 games, Tekken 2, and Tomb Raider 2, and the following day I decided to rent Resident Evil and Contra:Legacy of War. At the time I knew very little about Resident Evil, but that started my interest in all things Resident Evil, and from the time I first played it until today, I have been an avid fan of this great series.

Resident Evil was created by Japanese game designer Shinji Mikami and was released by Capcom in 1996. The game itself was one of the first survival horror games to ever be released, your objective was not really to gun down as many zombies as possible but to do whatever you could to survive. Often times you find yourself incredibly low on ammo with more zombies than you can handle and you have to find a way to survive. It is during times like this that the game is quite suspenseful. You can play as either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine who are supposed to be members of a team called S.T.A.R.S which was sent on a rescue mission only to discover a mansion filled with zombies. As your mission continues you are able to find a variety of weapons, first you start with a knife or a Beretta 92 handgun and later you are able to acquire a Remington 870 Shotgun, a Colt Python 357 Magnum, a grenade launcher, and so on. Part of the thing that amazed me about this game is how realistic the gun effects are for example if you have a Remington 870 Shotgun and you shoot a zombie in the head at close range, well lets just say that the zombie will be splattered. I also think that part of my interest in firearms was due partly in fact to this game, but anyways, for those of you who want to play an awesome game that blends elements of horror films into a video game, you have to play this game. Please keep in mind that Resident Evil is not merely shooting zombies, but surviving, and also there is quite a bit of puzzle solving which can sometimes become tedious, but the overall experience is truly amazing.