When the going gets tough, the tough… go shopping? As noted previously, accessorizing is mandatory to an extent for safety purposes, but you can still keep the USPS/UPS/FedEx busy by adding more and more things to complement your firearms. Pace out your orders, and you’ll have a nice stream of goodies showing up on your doorstep for days!
Now Hear This
Marketing emails work, as the e-blast announcing the Sig Sauer Axil XP Reactor earplugs got me to order a couple of sets in a lickety-split.
What I found interesting about these earplugs is how they’re supposed to reduce louder noises while allowing you to hear more of quieter things. The rated reduction of 33 dB against loud sounds is on par with the thicker foam earplugs and earmuffs.
I almost always double up on hearing protection while at the range, and having dynamic earplugs seemed like a good idea, right? Having tested these a few times at indoor ranges, I’d say these do as they’re advertised. They are much more comfortable than the full-on foam plugs, and they seem to do as good of a job in attenuating all the banging around me.
Those Are Called Bullets, They Got ‘Em in Every State
Talk about targets of opportunity. When I ordered the earplugs, I noticed that Sig had some 9mm 124Gr Elite V-Crown JHP available, so I snapped up the rationed two boxes. They did ship separately from the Axil XP Reactor, and there was a bit of a delay with the delivery, but a) I got more ammo, and b) they’re good to go for home defense.
Yes, 40 isn’t a lot of cartridges, but you can still fill up two 17-round magazines and have a half-dozen to practice with at the range.
Sling Slung Hummingbird What Noisy Bats Are We
I had a chance to learn rifle marksmanship from the Project Appleseed folks last year, and their techniques relied on the “GI style” sling. I ordered one for the M&P 15-22, along with a swivel adapter.
I picked up an extra pair of magazines for the 15-22 as well as an ammo can which is currently holding extra mags at the moment.
Just Because You Can
Speaking of magazines, I also ordered a couple of 31-round Glock-compatible magazines which are advertised as “Glock 18” mags which might as well as be a fairy tale for normal folks for whom the fully automatic handgun is pure unobtainium.
Yes, there are the official 33-round Glock magazines, which obviously hold two more rounds than the ETS and might be more durable, but for the purposes of having ‘em because you can, these will do.
And no, I have yet to take these to the range, as the thought of blowing through 62 rounds of 9mm these days gives me pause. And as for carrying these on me… I’d probably need a scabbard more than a mag pouch given their dimensions.
The e-blast strikes again. Thanks to an end-of-year sale, I got a Versacarry IWB holster for the Sig P365.
It fits the pistol nicely, and it is quite comfortable to wear and draw from. However, reholstering the handgun is a bit tricky, as the non-rigid holster makes things a bit dicey. Quite a bit dicey, in fact. I’m going to practice a bit more with this holster (and an unloaded pistol, natch), but this one may ultimately sit at the bottom of the drawer as I’d rather not be carrying a potential negligent discharge magnet.
At least it’s comfy. A hole in one’s leg, however, would not be comfy. Not a bit.
And finally, while not explicitly firearms-related, this dread Cthlhu sticker, gifted to me by my spouse, is going on the hypothetical pistol case that will be the upgrade to the dirt-cheap clamshells that presently transport the guns to and from the range.
These are a handful of arguably inexpensive purchases (unlike one big honkin’ ticket item which sits at the top of my wish list), but made over a period of time as to indulge myself with a small parade of goodies delivered to our home.