Blake, yes. I had cowitness height sights on it. I've got suppressor height sights on the p80 above and they are comparable in height to the pistol that had the red dot on it and I run it fine.
Not a big deal, but there's just so much out there touting these as the biggest revolution to defensive shooting... when zeroed, it puts them where I was aiming, but getting it up and on target was challenging.
So, a bit of an adventure here tonight. My dogs (50 lb husky mix; 50 lb border collie mix; 18 lb, 15 year old pug) were in the back yard. Fenced. Ten feet from the house. All of a sudden, all hell breaks loose. I go out and find my husky in a smaller fenced garden (4' tall fencing), fighting with....something. My border is barking like crazy at it, and my poor pug (who can barely walk) is trying like hell to get away from the ruckus but can't stand up because she's so old, and freaked out.
I thought it was a groundhog. I grabbed the first thing that came to hand - a shovel (I put my EDC in the safe when I get home each day) - and whatever it was hopped out of the fence and scurried across the driveway. It was charcoal gray or black, probably 25-35 lbs, and in the open it looked like it might have been a cat - arched back and fur standing straight up, in a fight pose, even in retreat.
I got my dog cleaned up - his muzzle is shredded and he cut one rear paw pad, but other than that he's OK - and I started thinking about this. My safe (with my EDC, and my rifle) is in the living room - close, but takes time to get into it. My tactical 12ga is upstairs in the bedroom - OK in case of retreating from a home invader (human) to hunker down in a defensive position and call LEOs...but for something like this, both were pretty damned useless.
Any suggestions for something to have on hand for situations like this? I live on 4 acres backing up to a couple hundred acres of woodland. Nearest neighbor's house is 300 yards away. What would the group recommend to have, for critter-scattering? Another shotgun? Some sort of .22 pistol? AR? Or should I just keep my 9mm EDC on my hip at home, too, and swap the Guard Dog JHPs for some plain ol' FMJs when I get home instead of just putting the gun in the safe? The .308 rifle seems like overkill for something like this...although with the Leupold set for 500M I'm sure I could catch whatever it is, as it retreats. But...that may or may not be too late for protecting my 'family'. My husky did an awesome job tonight, protecting his elderly big-sister pug, but until I went after this thing with the shovel, it was showing no signs of wanting to leave. Arrogant little bastard.
I already know none of the neighbors have pet cats, and a couple report random animals matching this description/size tripping their Ring's late at night.
Whatever it is, it's not domesticated.
There's a winery right down the road (I know...right? I love my neighborhood!) that has reported bobcats, and when I have the windows open at night I can hear the caterwauling from the forest behind me.
On my property...that's one thing.
INSIDE my fence, brawling with my 50 lb husky? That's something else.
And out here...it'll be in the ground before anyone knows about it anyway.
My neighbors come join me whenever I practice shooting in the yard...
I live 5 miles from Camp David (we had some Important Guests last weekend, and I did pass three armored Tahoes with DC tags on the way home from work on Saturday), so I'm in a no-fly zone. The only time we get aircraft, is helicopters. Either medivac (they land on the parade grounds at Fort Ritchie, to fly out injured), or searches. The last search, I hit all my floodlights, strapped on my sidearm, did a perimeter check, and met my next door neighbors in their driveway - also with floodlights blazing. Kevin, wearing his pistol; Kelly, leaning nonchalantly on her shotgun. We chatted for a bit, and a Sheriff pulled up. "Seen anything?" he asks. "nope". "Will you let us know if you do?"
"Sure we will. Before...or after?"
Sheriff laughed, said thanks...and got back in his cruiser.
I'm thinking a game camera and a pellet gun, until you identify this thing. Just bought a house in a rural area and am enjoying my motion sensing security cameras and the wildlife they are picking up. SteveH
It's not anything I want to see or encourage, quite the opposite. The risks to Darrell are significant. That I know of we've had three feral cats venture onto our humble abode here that were discovered by Darrell. I witnessed all three. The dog is a born cat killer. He shoots in zero hesitation and slams a front paw down onto the cat's back as his jaws clamp onto the rear as he then commences shaking it apart. Eviceration. The absolute viciousness is freaking alarming.
He has one tiny scar on the tip of his nose.
None of them were 25 lbs though, 15 maybe. That was a LARGE cat.
There's a story about a local dog that's gone on a goat killing rampage around here
A cat that big is something else. Aside from killing small critters, most domestic cats don't have a lot fight against larger animals...even the feral ones. A big cat of the wild variety will not be killed easily by a dog...and they're cunning enough to escape and evade packs of dogs.
My cat as a child would fight a large raccoon that made a mess of our trash. One day it almost lost an eye, but the raccoons never came back.
We get deer and wild turkeys all over the place around here.
A suitable pellet gun or pistol would be fine for little critters...for a cat of any variety you'd want at least a .22 rimfire.
Perhaps the local animal control folks have an appropriate sized live trap to loan. Put it in a place where the dogs can't get at it, leave it baited but not 'cocked and locked' for a few days, then 'arm' it and see what you get.
Plus, if it works, the county gets to deal with the resultant capture.
Having some newer high powered weapon lights makes my older ones seem rather inadequate, particularly my 80 lumen TLR-2. The LED emitter can apparently be upgraded for just a few bucks. Some soldering is required. I just might give it a shot. The output can be tripled while maintaining the same run time.
I finally got my factory twenty round "stendo clip" for my H&K. It sure looks goofy, but higher capacity is always more better.
What does running a sprinkler line have to do with a 1911? So yesterday Sunny and I are cursing our misfortune. We are a single 45° PVC fitting away from completing a complex sprinkler run. Two days later I was supposed to go to Lowe’s to get the 45 degree PVC fitting. Texted her to say I was going to have to pick up the 45 on my way home. Took her a while to realize that I was discussing plumbing, she was thinking another 1911. We are both shooters, she 9 mm and 223, me 45 and 308. No harm, no foul! Good For a laugh on both our parts. Gotta take humor where are you find it in these crazy times.