Friday, April 17, 2015

Odd things that can go wrong 5...

With your 1911.

What happens:
You keep hitting the slide release, letting it slam, into battery, with no magazine or ammo to slow down the slide.  Over and over.  Just messing with your empty gun, or once or twice a range trip over many range trips. 

What this causes:
Well the hammer and sear bounce against each other when you do.  Preening and knocking chunks off the sear face or hammer hooks.  NOW your 1911 may go full auto.  Bad bad .

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Star Trekkers

A) Nice AR stock!  Anyone know who makes that kind?

B)  Does this mean Stormtroopers can hit stuff now?

The kitchen table?

"T-Bolt, why do you do your gunsmithing sitting at the kitchen table?  You are just perpetuating a hateful stereotype among us amateur gun breakers.  I mean gun SMITHS."

Well, I'll tell you, loyal reader.  Most of the stuff I do at home doesn't require a vise.  If it did... well...  I'd have to do that in the shop.  A big plus the kitchen holds for me is the ugly yellow linoleum floor.  If I drop a part in the dark basement among the detritus and wood shaving there... It's gone.  I can SEE that little pin from the plunger tube on the kitchen floor, easy.

If I have to do dremel work, I do that on the porch if I can.  Natural light, and less dust inside the kitchen.  For instance you can sand a radius with the larger dremel sanding wheel into the top of the grip safety.  With this clearance you can take off the beavertail grip safety without removing the mainspring housing.  A big plus at times.

You can get grip safeties already modified, but doing it yourself isn't too hard.

Instead of this:


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax Implications

Of the Zombocalypse.

That did it.

I fixed it.  The original grip safety had more meat on the little tab and works safely.

The barrel is no good.  And the slide is munged up by the barrel hood.  And the sear no longer meets my standards.  It's fine.  Shoots ok.  It's not unsafe.  But longterm I expect I might swap out the barrel and slide when I learn how. 

I am trying to convince the boss to have a sear-hammer class.  JUST sear and hammer.

"Why did you dump the original grip safety in the first place, T-Bolt."

I've explained before, I think.  I like the smooth grip safeties.  Not ones with a bump back there.  I never have an issue with my grip not depressing the grip; the extra bump is just uncomfortable for me.

Ooo, another word on grip safeties.  Springfield uses a different radius than other gun makers.  A .220 radius rather than the .250 radius.  Pain.  See, here.  My favored style is on the left.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Hey, it's Buy a Gun Day tomorrow!

And I might just do so.  Or at least explore the idea after work.  You see, I need a Caspian frame for a 1911. 

"But T-Bolt, I thought you weren't gonna play Maryland's reindeer games?"

True, but it turns out I don't need to take the state Handgun Handling Qualification and Safety Class mandated by Martin O'Malley.  Or it seems I may not have to.  I already have handguns known to the State of Maryland.  So I am grandfathered in.  I have to confirm, of course.  It may just be a matter of proffering up a serial number they already know about.

Plus a stripped frame is kinda confusing.  You can spin one of those around in public here and people don't think you have a gun.  Unless they are gunnies themselves and know it's no big deal.  An inert piece of metal.  Even an ATF dude might probably go 'meh' if he saw that.  But Maryland Democrats are kinda clueless.  What I am saying is that the folks that would get upset if they knew won't know a thing.  So, I play their games and play one back.

Anyway...  What should my serial number be?  T-BOLT-001?  I don't think I will be making more than 999 pistols, so, 001 should be ok.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Have you?

Have you read MBtGE's book Still Falling?  It's good!  And a decent bargain on Kindle if you are short the dough.

The trick is to get bigger fish than me to plug it.   But once word gets out I bet it zooms.

Best part, the second book is near done, and the 3rd ain't that far away either.  If you DO like it, the next book will be out presently.

Did You Learn Anything

Retaking that class?

Yes.  I did.  I learned my gun is now unsafe.  I done broked it.

Lemme esplain...

I took the first 1911 I ever bought.  Springfield Loaded from 2007.  Upon disassembly I noticed the trigger bow was loose and wobbly.  No good.  So, because I had done this class before, I was able to fit a new one on the in-between portions of the class.  Other replacement parts were tried and discarded as I went along.  A new slide stop?  Naw, it's not fitting so well.  New leaf spring?  Naw it's not releasing the grip safety. 

In the end, the only new bit is the had-to-be replaced trigger and trigger bow. 

But when re-assembled, the trigger releases the hammer even if the grip safety is not squeezed.  Not so good a thing.  And that was found at the end of class.  No time to swap parts around and mess with it.  I gotta do that now in my home shop. 

So... Put old, original, grip safety back in that I had another gunsmith swap out years ago.  See if it fails the same.

 Put faulty original trigger back, see if it fails the same.

The little tab on the grip safety must not be contacting the back of the new trigger bow.  That's the fault.  Has to be.  I may need to lengthen the tab somehow.  There are ways to do that.  A popular way is a WHOLE NEW PART. 

Holy... I just realized.  I have no 1911 I am comfortable carrying right now.  Not good. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Why, T-Bolt, Why?

Why are you spending money to take ANOTHER 1911 basic armorer course today.

Well, you see, Ima a slow-head.  I want to pick up some details that sailed right by me the first time.   Plus, it's a different gun.  A whole new set of problems.

Plus Sam let me take the beginner course for free. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Got Nuthin...

On Friday?  That's new.

Uhhhh, might get some gun skool review tomorrow.  Just he beginner class.  Be sure the knowledge sticks.

Hard to believe that last month was a record gun buying month.  For no reason.  No panic buying because of new gun control schemes.  Dangit I can't find the link...  I think it was in the Washington Examiner.  Wait!  It was the Times.

Anyway, California has 199,000 some background checks last month, it said.  Their best month before that only saw 160,000.

I have no idea what is up with that.  But I do find it interesting.  Like we are winning or something.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Patient with Ebola

Has escaped NIH!

Run for your lives!  Don't share a handkerchief or ice cream cone.

Stare contest

Blister Pack Clamshell, $1.59, 100 rds guaranteed

So I'm reading L. Neil Smith again. He's the guy that wrote up that alternative Libertarian universe.  The American Zone.  Not as strong as the Probability Broach...  I'm still having trouble picturing the America that happens when Gallatin stops Washingtonian overreach.  We were still a nation of tricksters, con artists, thieves, with no shortage of troublemakers that would be hard to dissuade, even at the risk of getting aired out.

In it, you can buy ammo at a vending machine. For just pennies a box. Mentioning that with government out of the way things are higher quality and cheaper because the free market isn't constrained. Make it better AND cheaper or you go out of business.

Also, the guns he describes are cool. And it's an alternate universe so the names are different. It's a gunnie's fantasy, to be able to hit the range for an afternoon with all these interesting sounding fictional guns.

But something struck me. These guns sound high quality. Like a lotta of craftsmanship went into them. I was wondering why there weren't quality disposable guns. If someone offered me a disposable pistol in this universe I'd say no way. But in that alternate universe you'd think they'd have a gun that worked for a few reloads, guaranteed, and only cost as much as a bottle of shampoo.  Have a fire fight, then get a replacement.  The donut-spare of the firearm world.  Enough to finish your trip, but little else, and cheap enough to practice with and throw out at the end of the range session.  Guns as disposable at magazines.