Thursday, June 12, 2014

Special Prayer Request

Please take a moment to pray for these priests and their parish. If you need any assistance with prayer, follow this link for powerful prayers for deliverance.  And here for St. Michael the Archangel, our enforcer.

I recieved the following email this morning.

"From Fr. Hearty:

Please pray for Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP and Fr. Joseph Terra, FSSP. Their parish rectory was burglarized yesterday evening. Fr. Walker died from his injuries due to gun shot wounds and Fr. Terra is in critical condition. We received the news early this morning and no other details have been released.

Our District Superior, Fr. Flood, is traveling to Phoenix, AZ today.

Here at the OLMC we are scheduling a Requiem Mass @ 6:30 a.m. on Monday June 16th and a High Requiem Mass @ 8:30 a.m. on June 16th. Both Masses will be offered for Fr. Kenneth Walker. Please pray for them and their families. "

The full story can be found here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact

Yesterday we took our new Beretta 9mm's for their maiden voyage at the range.  I am a long gun girl, and never had much confidence in my handgun accuracy or handle-ability. This will sound very Madden-esque, but if you can point and hit something with one gun, chances are you can do it with any gun.

So below please find photos of my first handgun, a Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact 9mm.  I purchased it for concealed carry and while it's a little large for a CC gun, this was the right choice for me.

This subcompact pistol measures an overall length of 6.2 inches, with a 3.0 inch barrel length. Height is 4.8 inches with an overall width of 1.4 inches.  It comes with two double stack mags holding 13 rounds each. One mag has an extendable grip:

...which is a nice feature but I didn't find that it added to the shooting experience.

The grip fits nicely in both mine and my husband's hand:

I'll allow you to guess whose is whose :)

The gun is a little stiff on the pull and on the lever, so I need to work on it as well as my forearm/hand strength:

So, how does it shoot? Well, reviews I've read say that it shoots as close to the full-size pistol experience as you can get.  I agree with that.  This is a gun that I could spend time with on the range without too much recoil, hand burn, or frustration.  The design absorbs impact very well in my opinion.  I find that this gun is very accurate - 

You can see the recoil here, but it's not major recoil, by the way.

Back to the accuracy.  You don't need a lot of movement to adjust because it's so short, but it took me less than a clip to get the feel for it at 10 yards.  40 yards was another story - but that goes back to my long gun experience and expectations.

I have yet to venture in to the conceal experience and this could feel like a bulky gun, but I have a lot of confidence in its performance and accuracy, so my expectations aren't low.

As of the posting of this here post, I've only spent about 1.5 hours shooting it, but I'd be happy to provide any feedback that I'm qualified to give.