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Thursday, November 27th, 2014
3:27 am
I recently ordered a set of Hogue 2-Piece OverMolded Handguards for my WASR-10, from MidwayUSA. As I'm reading the instructions for installing the included picatinny rails, however, they call for the use of screws and hex nuts. Except... they didn't give me any. I got two screws with the replacement stock I ordered, but that's it.

Anyone else have this issue? I'm trying to contact Midway now, but this is sort of the cherry on top of a truly frustrating day, to say the least. :\

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
10:01 am
This needs to be the new rallying cry of the community.
Title 18, USC 241 - Conspiracy Against Human Rights

"If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death."

Spread the word
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
12:49 am
How not to check three guns.. or one gun.. or any gun, ever.
Independence Township man shoots, kills himself while demonstrating gun safety, deputies say | Oakland Press News -- [A 36-year-old Independence Township man is dead after he shot himself in the head while demonstrating the gun, deputies reported.]

... *smh*
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
5:38 pm
"Second Amendment Includes Right to Self Defense in Public"? Of course!
The columnist is clearly pretty upset/biased about this, but all I can think is, "Of course!"

California Appeals Court: Second Amendment Includes Right to Self Defense in Public | Care2 Causes -- [The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three judge panel has ruled that California's good cause requirement for concealed carry permits is unconstitutional.]
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
8:44 am
eric holder giving us ammunition?
Eric Holder has just told state Attorneys General that they do not need to enforce laws they disagree with. His example was gay marriage. But he said something along the lines of "..especially with regards to core constitutional matters." Doesn't this lend credence to the motions by Missouri and other states to end prevention of enforcement of federal gun control that they disagree with?
Monday, January 13th, 2014
10:28 am
Forgive me father, for I have sinned. Also, Hm, never seen that before.
So a question and a confession, all in one, and even though I'm almost never on LJ anymore I figured you guys could answer the one and mock me appropriately on the other.

My every day gun is an RIA 1911, the GI model. I've had a professional trigger job done, bobbed hammer and beavertail grip safety and sights. It shoots better than I do. I used to shoot IPSC before multiple injuries made me non-competitive, whch made it no fun anymore, but while I was doing that the guy who got me started raved about Chip McCormick mags, so I have several. I went to far as to replace the springs and followers in the OEM mags that came with the pistol with the same parts that were in my old "race" mags.
Yesterday, at my local indoor range, one of those OEM mags failed beautifully. After firing the last shot not only did the pistol not lock open, it stripped the follower out of the magazine and chambered it. Well, almost, anyway. When I hit the magazine release the mag popped loose but didn't fall, when I pulled it out the spring stayed, it also pulled out with no effort. I had to take the slide off the frame to get the the follower out of the chamber, and pitched the pieces in my bag for later inspection. The feed lips are quite obviously spread, the other OEM mag is the same but to a lesser degree... So question is, can I bend these back into shape, or should I just pitch them? I've not dealt with this before, so I don't know if a "fixed" magazine will be reliable at all...

And confession time. Got home from the range and my buddy and I are cleaning pistols, just a quick clean before dinner is ready. I finish, load and holster and start looking at magazines. The one in the pistol had not been used - I always keep one filled with my defensive ammo on me on the range, in case someone decides to go stupid - and I decided I wanted to check that one too, so I unholstered, cleared the pistol and laid it on the table. I was still fiddling with magazines when I got the "dinner's ready, clear the table" call. I reached out, not looking, picked up my pistol and ... "Click". Yup. Finger on the trigger as I grabbed it, and I'd dropped the hammer on a fortunately empty chamber. *hangs head in shame*
Friday, January 10th, 2014
2:34 pm
Firearm Negligence in the KY Capitol Building
Kentucky state representative accidentally fires gun in Capitol building | Salon -- ["I am a gun owner. It happens," said Kentucky Democrat Leslie Combs.]

Sure, it happens, if you're a negligent fuckstick.
Monday, January 6th, 2014
3:01 am
And I Carry
And I Carry - The real face of permit to carry holders in MN | MNRKBA | YouTube -- [Think you know who permit-to-carry holders are? Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, with the generous help of Crucible Arms, put together this short documentary showing a cross section of Minnesota's permit-to-carry holders.]

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
8:28 pm
Best 2A Speech Ever?
Is This The Best Second Amendment Speech Ever? | Independent Journal Review -- [Every once in awhile a video speaks for itself. This is one of those videos. Watch former Iraqi war combat veteran and current police officer Aaron Weiss address the Dutchess County legislature in New York on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.]

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
10:50 pm
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
3:37 pm
Best Concealed Carry States
The Best Concealed Carry States in 2013 | Guns & Ammo -- [After ranking the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013, we're back to rank the Best Concealed Carry States.]

Living in #11 here. :)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
12:23 pm
Gunfire and Video Frame Rates
Exploring Frame Rates and Resolutions on a Phantom Flex High Speed Camera | Tom Guilmette | Vimeo -- [In this video blog, my friend Jesse and I test out many different frame rates and resolutions on the Flex capturing the discharge of a firearm. The purpose of this video is to show you how different frame rates affect a very high speed object. At 10,000 fps it is possible to slow down a bullet.]

Monday, September 16th, 2013
12:11 am
S&W M&P Shield Safety Alert
M&P Shield Safety Alert | Smith & Wesson -- [IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFETY ALERT and INSPECTION PROCEDURE - August 22, 2013]
PRODUCT: ALL M&P Shield™ firearms manufactured before August 19, 2013.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Smith & Wesson has identified a condition where the trigger bar pin could damage the lower trigger in certain M&P Shields in a way that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped. Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you STOP USING YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND, IF THE CONDITION IS FOUND, REPAIRED.
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
8:06 am
Poll for the reloaders
How often are you annealing your brass rifle cases? Do you have a different schedule for one caliber vs another?

Reason I ask is based on web reading there seems to be a mix, some anneal every time, some every 3-4th round fired, some very infrequently (ie once then done for the life of the case).

I guess it does somewhat depends on the caliber we're talking as well? Since some can be harder on the case than others or does not not even matter (firing hardens and that is a constant regardless of caliber/stress). My own personal feeling at this time is some of them like 6.5 Creedmoor are pretty easy on the cases so annealing shouldn't be required very often. .300WM is a bit tougher on the cases however, that said, both rifles are match chambers and I'm keeping the brass separated for each rifle. They've been annealed at least once and I'm starting to notice that with neck sizing only, there really isn't that much "working" of the case required, so do you think I should take that to assume that annealing the big .300's can be done less often?

Thoughts, opinions?

Oh yeah and are we EVER going to see decent components come back in quantity? I found some magnum primers (no matches available) and am working on getting more RL-22, but WOW.... this is not only a pain...it's top dollar. Annoyed with that but don't have a choice right now. It's been raining pretty much all weekend, so labor day weekend turned into reloading weekend :-)
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
8:28 am
Range cards and calculators
I wanted to share an observation on one of the free online ballistic calculators I found prior to my latest class.

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013
5:33 pm
Recent happenings
Here is a post that spans several topics and some pics. After returning from AK we came to the realization that when they say bring a .44mag as a MINIMUM into the woods, they aren't kidding. The more I thought about it, a .44 is great as a sidearm but if we were to spend any amount of time camping in the wilds of AK, then I'd need (insert justification here) a better Bear Gun.

Also, and update on the whole Accurate Ordnance saga, Nightforce and a LOT of ammo sitting on the table.

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013
5:39 pm
Looking for Upstate NY C&R dealer (FFL)

In February, I was going to Alaska on vacation; I saw some information indicating that some hunting seasons would still be open while I was there and since my plans were outdoorsy, figured I'd spend the $20 on a non-resident small game license, and bring my guns just in case something tasty decided to cross my path.

Not actually living in the States (I live in Canada), I called the ATF to ask what paperwork I needed to fill out, since as a citizen, Form 6NIA (temporary import by a non-immigrant alien) seemed wrong, and as a temporary importer, Form 6 seemed like overkill. Long story short, I found myself getting turned back at the border for lack of a Form 6 because I asked the right hand what I needed to deal with the left hand and foolishly assumed each to know what the other was doing.

Having been told by CBP that a single import with a Form 6 is sufficient to allow me to cross the border with the guns in question for as long as I continue to have them, I set out to fill out Form 6 for a quick visit across the border to clear my guns.

Current situation:

I just got my Form 6 back, and it was partially approved; My Mosin (a Polish M44, 1951 manufacture, in near-perfect condition) was rejected as requiring import by a C&R dealer, owing to its military origins.

I'd still like to make the trip in September with my other guns, but I'd really like it if some dealer in Upstate NY could import my gun and sell it back to me at a price that reflects only the paperwork and storage hassles (please don't tell me "it's just a mosin, get another one").

I'm planning to make the trip by sailboat (because if something's still not in order and the guns get turned back again, at least the trip isn't a complete waste--it's still a nice weekend cruise), so a dealer close to Youngstown or Wilson would be ideal. Anyone have any pointers?


ETA: Situation update in my response to camper4lyfe
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
3:12 pm
The defuglification of a .270 using Aluma-Hyde II
So I was given this fugly .270 after my father-in-law passed. The gun is a real bastardized piece of work. It's a FN receiver, but it has been rebarreled and restocked. The stock was "weatherized" and is hideous. It's tan in color, but appears pink under fluorescent light. It's FUGLY!!!

My problem is that it's a nail driver. At 100 yards with the 4x scope I can create a ragged hole all day long. It is such a fine shooting gun, but it's embarrassing to be seen with.

So I decided that it needed a update. I bought some of Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II in Earth Brown and gave it a go. After it cured I decided to take it further and camouflage it.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013
8:57 pm
Cross-Sections of Ammo
AMMO: Cross Section Photos of Bullets | PetaPixel -- [In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different "specimens" of cross sectioned ammunition. Her resulting photo series, AMMO, shows the beauty and craftsmanship that went into creating these destructive little pieces of engineering.]

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
2:06 pm
Private Pyle......What is your major malfunction numbnuts?
Had three great days at SIG this week. Weather was super hot (90's) high humidity, no shade, but had a blast, met some great folks from all over the Country.

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