We’re Back…

we-be-backSo much for not paying attention… my web hosting expired (I knew it was coming so no excuses) so my several domains stop working last Friday. Luckily I’d backed up the databases for the important ones, but did nothing else. It took me awhile to get the domains transferred and I’m still trying to figure out the new account interface (cpanel) and domain user scheme. But anyway, we’re back.

As for the garden, we had mixed results but it wasn’t a total failure. We got lots of summer squash throughout the summer and a so-so crop of cherry tomatoes. We also got 8 or 9 butternut squash and 7 pumpkins, but the pumpkins didn’t get ripe before the first heavy frost killed the vines early last week. My salsify experiment was a failure and my wife’s asian bean plants grew into some beautiful and healthy looking vines with lots of blossoms, but no beans. Anyway, hoping next year is better. We got a late start this year, but I have six new planting beds for next summer. I’m going to spend the winter trying to make good soil for them.

The Truth About Guns??? Rock Island Armory GI 1911 part 1

ria-1911-gi I bought my Rock Island Armory (RIA) GI 1911 about three years ago based on a number of positive reviews I read online. For $400, how could I go wrong? Shortly after I got it, I found a very negative review on The Truth About Guns. I’m glad I didn’t see their “review” before I bought the gun because I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I had.

In their review, they had four issues: fit/finish, shooting comfort, reliability, and accuracy. Well, maybe five because it seemed like the reviewer has a problem with RIA, not just the gun he reviewed.

To clear one thing up, whoever wrote the “review” wasn’t reviewing a new gun, but a 3 year old gun that the reviewer didn’t even own…

Dan was kind enough to send me his personal Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS .45ACP, a three-year-old gun with about 500 rounds through it.

Which begs the question… if all the problems about the gun are true, why didn’t the owner send it back to RIA to be fixed under their lifetime warranty? The world may never know…

It’s going to be a few weeks until I get 500 rounds through mine, but I took it out today and my thumb didn’t get cut off by the grip safety tang, and it fed 3 mags without problem. Of course I’m a 1911 newbie, so I guess if I had been shooting it the correct way my hand would be hurting really bad right now.