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Don’t Worry About Your Division – 104

One of the most common questions that Ben and I get from people interested in competitive shooting is about what division they will shoot in with their particular pistol. It seems that there’s an abundance of concern placed on getting into the correct division for their first match, and when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter what division you shoot in for your first match, because the chances that you will be competitive in the match are very slim.


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The News

A feminist video game critic cancelled her appearance at a Utah university after receiving massacre threats. That’s the headline we’ve seen all over the internet, and it’s not wrong, but it’s not telling the whole story either. She did apparently receive some baseless threats, but she really cancelled her appearance at the university after the campus police refused to ban concealed carry during the event. Utah law doesn’t allow the police to do so, and they decided to follow the law.

People in Chicago are opposing the opening of an indoor shooting range because it’s within a mile of a school – like bullets radiate out of indoor ranges in all directions creating unsafe conditions from people in all directions…




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Quagmire of Stupidity – 103

After a lot of looking, we were finally able to get our hands on the actual text of the Washington DC “emergency” concealed carry bill (.pdf). This bill is basically the text that will allow citizens to start the process of obtaining a Washington DC concealed carry permit while they work on drafting the full legislation later. The bill has some absolutely nutty requirements for the 16 hour classes, and allows the Chief of police to basically make law at his whim.

The News

The Durham County, NC gun registry was shredded recently. The NC General Assembly revoked the 1935 law that allowed the county to operate the Jim Crow gun registry earlier this year, but there was some contention about what should happen to the registries that had been entered since 1935. With basically no warning the registry was shredded by the Sheriff and Clerk of Courts.

GRNC filed suit against the NC Department of Agriculture, and Ben was in the courtroom for the hearing to see whether or not the judge would issue a temporary injunction to stop Agriculture Commissioner Troxler from posting the state fair against concealed carry. Unfortunately the judge denied the injunction, and at least for the 2014 NC State Fair there will not be concealed carry.


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2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals – 102

Last week Ben was out in Utah for the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals, so this week on the podcast he gives us a nice rundown of the match, and what it was like working as a range officer at the biggest match out there.

The News

Cody Wilson from Defense Distributed has debuted a CNC machine in a box that finished 80% AR-15 lower receivers. It’s called the “Ghost Gunner”, and it’s awesome.

NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler is stating that he will post the NC State Fair against concealed carry because he believes there is “gray area” in the law.

350 CCW Permit holders in SC are having their permits revoked after it was found that their instructor wasn’t teaching the state mandated course. I’m unsure if he was just taking cash and issuing completion certificates, or if his course just varied from what the state mandates.



Changing Guns in Changing Times – 101

Recently Australian police broke up a ring of Al Qaeda ISIS terrorists who were planning to head out into public and behead people at random. Late last week a man went into his former workplace where he had been recently fired, and beheaded one woman, and was attacking a second before he was shot by the COO of the company. News is still breaking with details on the case, but both of these incidents have me really evaluating my CCW rig. The weather is cooling off a bit, and having a little bigger gun, with more ammo would be a more comforting for the type of situation mentioned above. I’m thinking I may grab a Gen4 Glock 19 to throw back into the CCW rotation for the winter months with a spare mag, and a leather pancake holster.

The News

Ruger has been killing it with new products. The LC9s and Gunsite Scout rifle in .223 didn’t really do it for me, but since those announcements they have announced that they will be making their Ruger American line of bolt action rifles in left handed models, the Ruger American Ranch in .223 and .300 Blackout (possibly the best out of the box deer rifle there is), and the Ruger LCR in 9mm. I don’t know why I wan a 9mm LCR so bad, but I do.

A Wilmington, NC man was selling a gun on Craigslist (or was it Armslist?) and when he met the buyer, the buyer took the rifle, and pointed it back at the seller. The seller, knowing the rifle was unloaded drew his concealed pistol, and ordered the men down onto the ground while he ran to safety and called the police.

Shaneen Allen will be receiving pre-trial intervention and avoiding a prison sentence. I wasn’t too interested in this case until I saw that an NC resident was arrested for the same thing as she was, and was looking at a much lighter punishment than what they were trying to do to her.

Plugs of the Week

Episode 28 of 2AToday – They talk about gun rights for the blind, something that I hadn’t really thought about before.

Stuff You Should Know – How Police Interrogation Works

RoadGunner Podcast – Thanks for promoting Episode 100!


HK VP9 vs. Walther PPQ

For Episode 100 we decided to do something a little special: We put an HK VP9 against a Walther PPQ and took them to the range to shoot side by side with Bob who’s been on the podcast in Episodes 30 and 54. We shot about 300 rounds between the two pistols, rotating shooters, and doing our best to find out where the weak points are on both of them. The two pistols are surprisingly similar, both being polymer 9mm service pistols close in size to the Glock 19. Both the VP9 and PPQ hold 15 rounds on 9mm in the magazine, and aesthetically they look very close.

Here’s the skinny on the HK VP9 vs. Walther PPQ:


Both the VP9 and PPQ have interchangeable grips. The PPQ has 3 sizes of backstraps that can be changed, and the VP9 has 3 sizes of backstraps, as well as 3 sizes of grip side panels that can be changed to change the palm swell of the grips.

The grips of both pistols were very comfortable, and the backstraps on each of them can be changed after driving out a roll pin at the bottom of the grip.


The sights on both the VP9 and the PPQ leave a bit to be desired. The VP9 that we had for review has the luminescent sights that get charged up by ambient light, and then they glow for a few hours after the fact. Outdoors these sights aren’t too bad (they have a decent sight picture that allows a little bit of light on each side of the front sight) but on the indoor range with bright LED lighting we found that the glowing dots on the sights grabbed a LOT of light, and became pretty distracting when attempting to shoot the pistol accurately at 20 yards.

The sights on the Walther PPQ were a little better. Standard 3-dot sights, with an adjustable rear. The notch in the rear sight is quite wide which allowed for a good sight picture, and the LED lighting in the indoor range didn’t make the dots wash out like the VP9. I was concerned that the wide rear notch would make the PPQ hard to shoot accurately, but that wasn’t the case as I was able to slow fire the PPQ best at 20 yards.


Both pistols have great trigger pulls, but the contrary to the hype, all three of us thought the PPQ had a better trigger. They are both short, crisp-ish, typical striker fired pistol triggers, however the PPQ’s trigger is absolutely ball bearing smooth. It’s so smooth that it makes the trigger weight feel much lighter than it really is. The VP9 trigger is nice, especially when compared to most any other striker fired pistol, but it’s not as nice as the PPQ.


Ben really liked that both pistols have forward cocking serrations on the slide, and the VP9’s “cocking wings” on the rear of the slide that make using the slingshot type grip just a little easier on that pistol. The two pistols had a distinctly different recoil impulse, with the PPQ having more of a snap, and the VP9 having more of a push. If I had to guess I’d have to say the lighter PPQ has a faster lock time, which gives it that snappy feel. I think we all liked the faster recoil impulse of the PPQ best.

The PPQ that we reviewed was the PPQ M2 version that has a button magazine release, vs the original PPQ pistols that have a paddle type. We all found the button to be nice and big, but not so big that it gets in the way. It was really well done. The VP9 has the standard P30 type of magazine release which is a little harder for me to get to, and requires shifting the pistol in my hand a bit to hit it reliably. The VP9 magazine release is ambidextrous and the PPQ’s magazine release is reversible.

We did a bunch of shooting with the pistols at the 10 yard line, and then moved the targets out to the 20 yard line and shot them slow for accuracy. The VP9 seemed to want to group to the left of the bullseye no matter how much or little trigger finger I used, and the PPQ stacked rounds vertically right along the axis of the bullseye. Both pistols held tight groups, with the VP9’s group being about 4.5″ and the PPQ grouping just under 4″. We didn’t shoot them off of a ransom rest, so this isn’t really a test of mechanical accuracy, just one C-class USPSA shooter shooting the pistols…

Shooting the VP9 and PPQ fast and slow, using reloads, and doing our best to really wring them out we didn’t have any malfunctions to speak of. Both pistols were very reliable, no complaints there.


Given HK’s reputation, I think all three of us went into this thinking that the VP9 would be the winner, but after doing all the shooting, the underdog PPQ was the winner. It has a great trigger pull, good sights, nice magazines, and just seems to shoot a little better than the VP9. The VP9 however is a fantastic pistol as well, and I wouldn’t blame someone from buying either one of these as a self defense or beginner competition pistol.




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