Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Some other bloggers posted their score, and since zombie action is an actual part of my 'goals' I felt I better participate.
Well I guess no one is gonna want to hole up with me at the Zombie Armageddon.
(the same website informs me I can take 27 kindergartners in a fight.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
But we are all geeks, us Gun Enthusiasts. There are of gun owners out there that devote less thought time and energy to the subject of firearms. These are not Enthusiasts. These are not Gun Geeks, but they may be geeks in some other endeavor.
Many of us are ugly, pudgy, middle-aged males. Myself included. There are exception (yes, the glorious ones in some cases, but also the lucky bastages that are ugly, middle-aged, but naturally skinny. Bastages.) If our hobby was running down gazelles with only a short spear we'd be in better shape. But it's shooting and reading and learning about guns, and writing about same. Guns-smithing and reloading are also pretty sedentary. And we are middle aged, generally, because when we were younger, we may have had the same aspirations of interest, but were a bit poorer. Bravo to the younger Geek that can afford or prioritize to afford the hobby.
Few of us have been tested in the Crucible, where life and death hung in the balance of our decisions. A goodly number of us have military experience, but that doesn't mean we've been tested. Most of us have THOUGHT about what we'd do if put in that position, and the honest and unfoolish among us still aren't sure, and know we have to regularly mentally reinforce our intended reactions.
ALL of us shoot, but wish we could shoot and practice much more. There are very few "Collectors" geeks in this hobby that aren't also "User" geeks. Few own a bunch of guns that they'd never shoot for fear of ruining their value, and ONLY own such un-shootable guns.
Most all of us have more gun esoteria we either know and is factual, or we THINK we KNOW and is FACK-CHOO-ALL, than we'll ever really need. But it's fun to think about anyway. Damn useless fun information rattling around in my head. And it pushed out OTHER stuff I knew. Like the piano lessons when I 5. And I used to know the year Henry VIII died. Don't know more. Stuff about Colt Pocket Hammerless in the spot that year used to be. Dang.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
It's a collection of stories. Like short-stories, but not fiction. His light, breezy style is always a joy to read. There is history bits, hunting stories, shooting of course, even a Tequila-making story. And it is a book worth every penny I paid.
I mentioned I was reading a new book to MBtGE and he has never read any Cooper. He mentioned he HAD read some stuff by a guy named Mel Tappan. Serendipity then stepped in... The foreward to Fireworks was written by Mr. Tappan. Now I have ANOTHER gun author to check out.
I've noticed, overtly, that every piece something I've known for a while about Cooper, and is probably what drew me to his writing. He is a guru. A teacher. Deep down, he may have been more teacher than anything else. And in EVERY piece of writing of his, even stuff that just seems like a bull-session or anecdote, has a lesson to teach the reader. You absorb these lessons organically. And if you retain a story (which isn't hard) you retain those lessons. If you don't retain anything, it is easy to go back and re-read. Practice makes perfect, after all.
I'd like to have met him. I have a feeling, in person, he may have dismissed me, politely, as beneath his notice. In one of his classes he might have used me as an example of "how not to do it." Unless I was very fortunate and a topic came up that I had some knowlege in, and something to offer, 'in trade'. From what I can tell of Jeff Cooper, he was HUNGRY for knowlege in topics he had an interest in. Not baloney, REAL information. Confirmed theories with lots of empirical supporting data. If I happened to know something in that way, Colonel Cooper's estimation of me would rise quickly.
I think you have to prove yourself to a man like Jeff Cooper. And show you are not a fool or a coward. And not try his patience with nonsense. Not that any of that is a negative trait in a man, and how he treats his fellow men, and others.
One of my favorite stories in the book is how he selected Baby, one of his favorite personal rifles. Baby is his "Heavy". The hunting rifle he decided he needed/wanted when hunting large, dangerous game in Africa. He runs, step by step, through what features he chose, where he compromised (very little was a compromise) and how he arrived at what, to him, was the ideal mating of form anf function. His attitude, decision making process, and philosophy influenced and reinforced my own. It makes me feel I am not too far off if my selection of any individual gun type sorta matches his criteria, as well as what I came up with independently. I am toying with what would be the perfect bolt action rifle, for ME, in North America, and the story of Africa's Baby, plus his stories of developing the Scout concept, help me out quite a bit. I'm not nearly as knowledgeable on ballistics and don't have near enough experience with manufacturers and actions to KNOW as much as Cooper, so I rely on him to help me along. I haven't made a decision on what to get partly because of my lack of knowledge. I was going to wait until I knew more and could do more. Futzing with a $500 Garand, for instance, teaches me a lot before I pull the trigger on a purchase of a nice $2000 Sport Utility Rifle like a M1A. I'll need to futz a LOT more, and practice a LOT more, to decide on the perfect bolt-action for me. In the meantime, I pick up nuggets of information. And Jeff Cooper has left plenty of nuggets around for me to collect.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Only 2.5 times magnification, but even with that little I bet I can see a LOT better where my rounds are hitting at 50 yards. Maybe 100.
Friday, January 25, 2008
One of the great Wool Over Your Eyes tricks the Fed have perpetrated on people is that people that work, but don't make much money, don't pay any income taxes. The assumption is, they thus live tax free. So apart from State Sales taxes, property taxes in their rent, etc. they DO pay income tax.
If you work one day at a minimum wage job, 8 hours, $5.85 and hour, then take a 'sabatical' for the rest of the year and live in homeless shelters eating donated food, well you paid 7% of your income to Social Security. And your employer paid the same, so instead of paying you $6.26 an hour, Arby's just took that $.41 off the top of your wage and never told you. So you paid $3.28 in income taxes, or really $6.56. You are dirt poor and one EIGHTh of your work went to help my Dad pay his yacht club dues. God only asks for a tenth. Are the feds better than God? Sheesh.
And if I buy something made far away that has a less direct positive impact on the domestic economy. But we do live in global market. Rising tide lifts all boat, if I buy from a factory in Delaware, Rio De Janero, or New Dehli. Still... Muhrrica! Yay!
Now if it was a check for $60,000, I'd buy an addition to my house. If it was a check for $6,000, I'd have a new electronic suite, but it will only be $600 of free money. What can I get, made domestically, that costs around $600.
Well, lets check the MASTER list, shall we?
Item # 1: 1911 style .45, Mil Spec/Loaded Springfield. Well, that one is already spoke for from my Tax Refund check and goes to Buy a Gun Day (April 15th is BAG day). So that's off.
Item # 2: Marlin 1894 C chambered in .357. Good enough for me. And it costs about... $600. Perfect. And for now it is still made in the good ol' USA.
I wonder if all the Congress Critters would approve of me spending there money on this type of product?
Oh... and I will name that lever gun: "Gummint Cheez"
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Here is the gist. There is a Senator that is a shoo-in for President and he is very pro gun control. But he has a secret, he is dying of cancer and has to treat it by harvesting infants. (how ghoulish!) His opposition. Is it the other party? No. BIGGER. The Gun Lobby and Gun Manufacturers. They 'get' to the Senator and he turns to their side in a political deal. The hero, the gun expert and the guy that just shot about 700 bad guy and 'carrotted' a few more (yes, carrot, not garrote) is probably pro gun-control and definitely ANTI-Gun-Lobby shoot the Senator to make him a gun-control martyr and to make good his escape from the bad guys. The Senator's gun-control followers need never know of his betrayal after he is dead.
So the whole thing rests on the assumption that the pro-gun lobby and gun industry are very powerful. None more powerful. Please. The medical supply industry sells more elderly themed items (Geritol, walkers, special terlets, adult diapers) in a year than the gun industry sells guns. And the AARP lobby has more money and members and power than the NRA could ever dream of. So how come old people are the never the all-powerful nefarious bad-guys in cinema? Except in Cocoon, of course. And Hot Fuzz. And Susan Sarandon movies.
So the "Omniscient Gun Lobby" theme is pure fantasy and I even think the filmmakers were tong in cheek about it. I didn't let it annoy me too much at the expense of enjoying the movie (did I mention the fact Monica Belucci is in it?)
As for gun pr0n, I'd have been happier with more classic milsurp stuff, but that's not going to impress the kids today. I am quickly falling into a marginalized demographic, but I've always be a bit contrary and hard to pin down. What made a big showing was a thumbprint safety on many of the handguns. It became a plot point that involved post mortem sharia-thief style amputations. Though I wouldn't own one of those if you paid me gear to my thumb. I've seen how unreliable biometrics are. And batteries die, computer chip fry and vibrate loose... And I don't ant Clive chopping off my hand when he wants to shoot my gun (I'm a lefty anyway, Clive! It'll never work out for you!)
Shoot-em-up movie genres (of which THIS one is poking a little fun at) are getting more and more over the top. It's stretching my suspension of disbelief. The good guy is shot at, in this style, 10,000 times, and is missed all but once or twice. The hits are minor flesh wounds. The good guys shoots the bad guy or tiny little targets that then fall on the hidden bad guy 700 times, and misses maybe once or twice, requiring follow ups. There are some multiple hits, but that's just to be sure. He hits moving targets while he himself is busy moving (and in one scene in this particular movie, while biz-zay.)
In 5 years, he will have to be shot at 20,000 and shoot the bad guys 2000 times in order to top older generations of the genre. I miss movies like John Wayne's, The Shootist. Now THAT was a shooter's movie. And it had Lauren Bacall, Jimmy Stewart, Harry Morgan, and Ron Howard in it. John Wayne was both hero AND anti-hero in it. One of the few movies where Wayne is dies in the end. I need to add that movie to my list for re-watching now.
[update: watched some deleted scenes and noticed WHY the hero is no anti-gun. you see, he was an FFL gun DEALER with a nice little gun store, and he sold 2 shotguns to a known felon. said felon then shot up a public place, killing the hero's wife and kid. hero was arrested for his blatant violation of the 1968 gun control act, and subsequent acts that made it a requirement to, you know, NOT sell guns to felons, and to check on that before ringing up the sale. after, he jumped bail and went underground. well if THAT doesn't turn you against guns, nothing will] [does that make sense to ANYONE?]
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Do I want to get a long or short main battle rifle. I'm referring to the M1A.
It comes in several barrel lengths, but my thoughts are on the regular full-length, and the short 18" length. They both have plusses and minuses. But lets just list the plusses that they have an advantage in.
Long: more accurate, not as ear-splitting loud (short M1As are supposedly EXTRA loud.)
Short: handier indoors and in an out of vehicles, more appropriate for Red-Dot style optics on top.
And ignore the stock differences. I'm not a fan of the SOCOM fore-rail system, as it is very front heavy. If I were going to mount a scope of some sort forward of the receiver I'd much prefer the same get-up I have with the Garand and go with simple scout rail.
I have a long rifle that is accurate and can be made more so (the biggest deficit is my shooting skill) and I will get a bolt action for 2 long and accurate rifles. So this make me lean short for the M1A. But I can't carry 2 rifles at a time, and if I had to select only one as I was running out the door to evade the Zombies I'd want the best all round. So the long M1A. But come on... do I need the 500 yard plus if the poop hits the fan? So back to short M1A. Now how often will I find myself inside needing to maneuver around with a rifle? I mean really? Wouldn't a shotgun or handgun be better for indoor stuff? I'm not going to need a carbine length rifle. I won't be a part of some rifle squad going house to house anytime soon, even in the direst emergencies. And if I was, house to house is offensive operation, and I would be settling into defensive ambuscades and then scooting along, in dire cases. So we're back to the advantages long M1A barrels offer.
And to compromise to a mid length barrel is just absorbing the negatives of the long and the short into one gun, so let's not do that. But I am liking this stock from Troy Industries and sold through Fulton Armory:
I'd have to see and feel one in person, but the weight looks better distributed. It accounts for iron sights and gives you plenty of options for add-on optics. The barrel is "lowered" in the stock more and with the pistol grip and an added vertical fore-grip you are more in line with 21st Century infantry dogma where the Marine keeps his elbows in like a boxer's stance and the butt high on his shoulder so his head is upright. The old style shooting has your trigger elbow way out to the side and your head hunched down. Elbow out and hunched is harder to maneuver in tight spaces and see all you need to see with the advantage red-dot scopes offer. This is an M1A fully modernized. (and, heh, look, it has the mid length barrel in this example. hat trick.)
Assume whichever barrel length I choose, I will choose an identical stock types either way. Either the new-fangled, like above, or classic walnut.
I'm leaning short barrel. That way, I'd have a blot action .308 someday, with a 9x scope, the Garand with it's 2.5x scope, and the M1A with red-dot and no magnification. But my preferences have been known to change. I'd like to HEAR one. See if it really IS that sort of extra-loud.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Just look at my goals over there on the right. --->
They are, in order and in summary:
1. Shoot better, rifle
2. Shoot bad guys better, pistol
3. Shoot better and eat
4. Shoot lots of undead bad guys if you have to.
The carbine hemmin' was because of the hunt for fun things to shoot with, and I happen to be more flush with cash now than I have in a long time. And I'm not collecting. I just want one of each. A decent user kit and some spares.
Jay G suggested the ubiquitous .22 revolver to decrease costs. Get more practice with quantity of shots fired per unit of ammo money spent. All very valid points, even if I am a bit better off (and it's ONLY a bit. stop sending me letters soliciting money, people. BOTH of you.) a .22 revolver is a great gun. And I hope it will get some weekly use. You see, I am really considering popping for a year long membership at the Gilbert Range in the Spring. Like a gym membership, I'd have to go every week to make it worthwhile. At the end of the year, the BIG expense won't be the membership, though, it will be the ammo. A box of .38, a box of .45 , every week ain't cheap. So I will HAVE to use .22 to get any kind of time-on-target in.
I would hope that after a year of weekly + practice, instead of the current monthly, I might get halfway decent on the range. Certainly passable better than I am now. I'll re-assess membership after that year. We'll see how it goes.
I know some locals are down on Gilberts for it's strict range rules and expense. But I figure it's only a year. It's just TOO close to home not to be considered.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
All these guys have kids at home, so that has slowed down firearm purchases. They aren't worried for their safety, as such, they just didn't feel like dealing with the issue of safes and locks and such. But zombies wait for no man. And there comes a time when you gotta teach your boy about firearms. Would that MORE fathers taught their sons (and daughters) proper gun-handling.
One guy has been talking about getting a Mossberg Pursuader 500 for months. Maybe he will, maybe he won't.
Another guy has to take his grandmother's guns as she is simplifying her life. She is known affectionately as GRambo (she had a few guns and wasn't afraid to practice with them), but now only feels the need for her semi-auto pistol. The .30-06 and Remington 1100 semi-auto 12 gauge goes to her grandson. He is ex-army and HATED the M-4 carbine the army issued him. Now he is looking at AR-10 style carbines or maybe an M1A.
The guy next to HIM is intrigued with the .17 caliber varmint round and wants something by Marlin for that desire. The other gun is an AR-15 type from Bushmaster. He used to be a pretty good shot in the army and wants to see if he can still hit the LOOOOOONG paper.
A few guys at work are gun nuts. Worse than any OTHER people I know. One bought his ammo at Wal-Mart by the pallet. (apparently a great sale) Them, I didn't need to provide any of my, admittedly meager, expertise and advice to. But I can answer SOME questions. Like "Where do I find a Bushmaster rifle" which I say, "Check the website and look for 'Dealer Locator.'" See? I'm not THAT stupid.
Notice, all long guns? Yeah. They already HAD various pistols. Didn't need me to tell them they wanted one of those.
Best part is? They are helping the economy. If the gov't wants to send us an economic stimulus tax rebate, we'll just spend it on something important. Like Zombie stoppers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Take a .45 lower, add the conversion kit to make it a rifle. Looks handy. And it will definitely take a 1911 magazine, now, won't it? Can you buy a lower? Is that the receiver? Which part, here, do you think is part someone has to call NICS about? The Carbine Kit, or the pistol lower?
I'm gonna have to poke around on how people that have bought that like it...
They make a Glock version for those of you that INSIST on having a Glock.
[update: a pistol frame is a 'gun' under the law. that part has to be NICSed and form 4473ed]
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
As much as I want a Camp Carbine Model .45, there are disadvantages to it. The stock cracks. No big deal, I'd probably get after-market as soon as I bought the rifle.
But a tertiary internet search for .45 Carbine and you find a HUGE demand for some company to make one, and one that takes the 1911 magazines. It's sort of understandable, since the 1911 .45's re-emergence in the Cool-Kids Club in the last 20 years or so. (Correct me if I am wrong old timers) There are a LOT more .45 owners out there. It makes sense they'd want commonality of magazines in another rifle. Well, SOME of them.
So I could just stand pat and wait a year or 2. Hope Ruger or Remington/Marlin come out with something. You never know. Especially Ruger. Except for the latest foray into AR style rifles, they have always been plain-jane practical pieces. Not HAVING to just make something cool looking, letting the after-market industry take care of that for them. And previous .45 carbines are NOT cool looking.
But if they DID make something kinda cool looking, and cheaper that say, that new Kriss .45, they might capture the Kriss buzz with an economically priced alternaties, for the stingier Mall Ninjas on a fixed income (Mom's allowance). And me.
And Jay G thinks I shouldn't bother with something that shoots expensive .45s, and I should just get a .22 relvolver and be happy. He has a point, but MY point is, the availability of a .22 revolver is never in question. Winchester gone(ish) and now Marlin gone(ish) means no more 1894C's getting made (maybe) and the Camp is already not made anymore. So desire coupled with RARITY is my problem, acting like I'm hopped on goofballs, ready to do a manic consumer debt inducing FRANTIC buying spree...
But if I did that, my reputation of relaxed Zen-like with a Poop-Happens attitude would be put in question. Don't want any(both) of youse to get the wrong impression and think me high-strung.
And Money isn't the problem it was months ago. Oh it would be if I bought 9 boomsticks at once, but.
So, I'm going 1911 first, 1894 soon after (by April 15), and hang tough on the .45 carbine a bit. Maybe a year from today on the Camp Carbine. An SKS or that .22 revolver late next fall.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I HAVE to get that .45 ACP, 1911. That's a MUST. And soonish. The original plan is use the tax refund check to cover that. Ok. Fine. That's all reasonable.
But then Remington bought Marlin. This highlights my desire for a Marlin 1894 C lever-action that is chambered in the same caliber as my Smith and Wesson model 686 revolver. What will Remington do with the product line at Marlin? Maybe I need to pick one up before the supply is squeezed and price goes up. It doesn't help that Kim Du Toit mentioned the 1894, and reviewed it in glowing terms, recently. Heck he is a big reason I want it! But I don't need him boosting OTHER people's demand until after I have one. (Maybe demand won't go up. He called it a 'ladies' rifle. That'll make HALF the population that also reads his blog think twice about it. Or maybe I'm the only one that noticed and is shopping...)
And speaking or Marlin, and a .45, and my 'Common-Ammo Carbine Philosophy', AND the law of supply and demand. I still want that Marlin Camp Carbine. They haven't made one in a half dozen years or more, so it's only going to get rarer and rarer. and pricier and pricier. Another push for now now now.
And what of presidential politics? Most everyone running would sign a renewed 'Assault Weapons' Ban. Certainly everyone on the D side, and more than half the frontrunners on the R side. Why they say that, I have no idea. They don't get any extra votes that way, holding that position, and probably lose more than they'd hope to gain. Calling for increased gun control has been a losing proposition for 8 years. But that is their position. The problem is, a renewed law like that might view the venerable M1A, a FINE Sport Utility Rifle in a decent, unashamed caliber, as some sort of Assault Rifle. Can you imagine? So the presidential election might drive up demand, and hence prices, of another expensive rifle on my list. More so if a Hillary wins than if a more wishy-washy-on-the-issue Mitt wins. (If Fred wins I'd half expect to be ISSUED a decent rifle at taxpayer expense.)
Lately a .22 revolver has made me kind of interested. And you never know when the right double barrel shotgun deal will show up. But those, by definition, are on my "inexpensive list" and can wait. Still want em though. And you heard me chat about the SKS. And if I get that, might as well go for the .223 firing Mini-14. And what if that Winchester 88 shows up at the next gun show? Aaaaaaaahhh! That's the whole list right there, just about!
Well I don't HAVE the kind of money for four or five or even NINE boom-sticks in one year! Nor do I want the credit card debt that that would entail. And say I did go crazy, where am I gonna find the money to shoot them? Ammo ain't cheap, as you all know (all both of you). And ranges cost money to either get to or belong to.
Why can't I find a Crown Royal bag full of hundred dollar bills in the gutters around Adams Morgan? Just a few thousand. All I'd need. No illicit drugs in the velveteen bad, please. I have no use for that.
But enough of that fantasy. Money isn't going to fall out of the sky and into my lap. And I can't just make my gunstore owner super happy in one fell swoop with the power of plastic, as much as I want to. Only one thing left to do. Stamp my feet and whine, "but I WANT it!" over and over. Good thing my social life has taken a down turn lately. I'd probably be too annoying to keep friends at this point in time.
So, after a few deep breaths. And allowing reasonable thoughts to prevail. Ok. The 1911 is on the list. Maybe ONE more in 2008. Maybe. That .45 will come AFTER the next gunshow, so the Model 88 might follow me home from there. But if it doesn't, what should be the second gun of 2008? If I should even bother to GET a second. What say you? (both of you.)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The Marksmanship Primer
I got this book via the NRA. They send out emails and this was advertised in one of them. I figured, what the heck? It's a collection of several writers expositions on improving your marksmanship. It is geared toward improving your hunting performance in large part, thought there is plenty in there for anyone. There is even a section of pistoleering
It's almost all just basics. Fundamentals. And that is its beauty. Shooting well isn't difficult, if you have a handle on the fundamentals. It's always applying those fundamentals that matters and is the dificult part. Sometimes, but only rarely, on a single shot, I feel it all click together. I have paid attention to all the fundamentals, consciously or unconsciously, and shot well that one time. Maybe a coupla few times a session. I think the secret to my shooting success lies in mentally drill drill drilling the fundamentals into my head until they are all second nature. Then applying those to actual shooting practice. And then practice practice practice. Maybe mix the two activities a bit.
I need to get out to the range more. For fun and practice. I have plenty of marksmanship books, now, I think. Maybe there are tips that will help me fine tune in books out there. But I need to get "coarse tuned" now.
I'm not near finished reading it, and it is the sort of thing you turn back to to re-read often. If I glean any particularly TASTY nuggets from between its covers I will share those here.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
How do I know what is a decent SKS to buy? It's hard to educate yourself. Wait, I'll Google "SKS buying guide"
Can put in an aftermarket mags for more capacity, but STILL load the rifle with stripper clips from above. Not sure how adding an extended mag well or detachable mags works...
About all I know on confition inspection is looking for no pitting and smooth action on the receiver. Cosmoline can hide pitting in the barrel, so be careful there. Sometime the corrosion can get to the gas piston, but I have no idea how to inspect that in the shop, expcept by asking the gun shop owner to show me the ropes on disassembly.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Also, no pistols with magazines ahead of the trigger. I assume that's detachable mags, and Mauser Broomhandles are fine, but you never know. The purpose is to deny extra-legal pharmacologists in loose youth-group association Tec-9 pistols. But it also means that the new Ruger Charger pistol based on the 10/22 is out. Also, no handle forward of the trigger, so no semi-auto Uzi with a handle, but without is just fine. Prolly same for the semi-auto Kriss Super V.
But I didn't want the Tec 9.
I was sorta considering the Saiga. Or the 10/22 Charger.
Well dang. That make my Master List selections a little simpler.
Oh and since no pistol with a foregrip handle. I guess I'm going to have to price these:It's a pistol, it's magazine is behind the trigger, that's no foregrip handle. No? You don't think? Maybe you're right.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Then I saw this article.
And I relaxed.
Don't get oil on your stored ammo. But don't obscess over it, refusing to bring ammo into a ROOM that might have a can of WD-40 lurking in it somewhere. Read it. They pretty much soaked the primer end of a cartridge in petrochemicals for weeks.
That whole website is another informational new-to-me site I've been perusing.
Those are the Box O Truth guys. They like to actually test out theories and document it for us. Not as good as testing yourself, but better than merely taking some guy that posted to a forum's word for it. Much of it is testing how well various rounds shoot. They have figured it out that one milk jug is about the same as 3 inches of ballistic gelatin. But milk jugs are MUCH cheaper to test with. So if a round goes through 4 jugs in a row, then enters jug 5, it penetrated a bit over 12 inches.
They do other tests. How many inches of sand stop a bullet of just about any caliber (six! but low velicity pistols penetrate better. The low speed means the bullet doesn't break up so fast. ) They test against a Buick. Stuff like that. Nifty. I'm all for new and good data points in my learnin.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I have my bandolier belts filled with 7.62, mostly, same with spare En Bloc clips, same with a belt for shotgun cartridges, 3 clips of .380, 3 speedloaders worth of .357. Besides them I have 2 ammo boxes full, 2 empty, and 2 ammo boxes that could be emptied to a cleaning station instead of storing cleaning materials like it does now.
(I love bore snakes, by the way. Have I told you that? Though a knot or two in a boot lace and dipped in engine oil will do the trick if you are REALLY hard up. So compact.)
Any way. Fill the ammo boxes and I have triple what I have now. Might not put too much 12 ga in the ammo boxes tho. Very bulky.
So, a box of .357, a box of .45, a box of miscellaneous .22, .380, some shotgun, 3 boxes of .308/7.62 I wonder how much that is, in numbers?
Probably smart to put a single brick of .22 in all the boxes.
Now we're getting into real numbers. And that should be plenty. Don't you think?
I think I'm stuck between 2 worlds with that inventory. If you're a hoplophobe it looks like WAY too much, if you are a serious Gun Enthusiast it looks like a mere pittance.
[UPDATE: And if you are Rudyard Kipling it looks like: "Oy! Wot? Ewe 'ave shite-all lain up innat arsenal, ewe TOFF! Shut yer gob and sod off!"]
Thursday, January 3, 2008
In looking around at various disassembly/reassembly instructions in anticipation of aquiring a 1911, and in drooling over a similar model, there IS a interesting feature on the Springfield model PX9109LP. You need an allen wrench or some other tool take down and field strip the gun and get the bushing off the muzzle. Oh NOES!!! A special tool! What if I am 4 weeks into a zombie outbreak and need to field strip my .45 in 10 seconds? And how will I clean it! PANIC! Or not. You can still clean the barrel and kill more zombies without taking the gun apart. You can improvise the tool if you HAD to. It's not that big a deal. Relax.
What you bet there is an aftermarker source of those allen wrench guide rod plug ends that use a flat head screwdriver or some other alternative?
What you bet I can just swap out he full length guide rod with a regular guide rod faster than I can type this sentence?
SO I'll just sit here, relaxing.
Heh, and those disassembly videos on YouTube and such are nifty! If Mil-Spec versions came with tritium sights I think I'd have enough confidence to add a ambidextrous safety to a gun myself. It didn't look like there would be much fitting and fettling, just a drop in and a grip swap. But that circumstance is moot with a future purchase of a Springfield PX9109LP.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
which fires pistol caliber in 9mm or .40 cal. You specify the magazine type you want when you buy it. Also closer to a regular carbine with that type of caliber.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Thank you, sir.
This was the forum I saw it on.
Make sure you have stripped the bolt, even if your gauge has the extractor cut-out. What brand gauge are you using? Forster tends to run a little bit short. I use them, but in this case you may want to try a Clymer or USGI gauge.
How to Check Headspace
1. Remove the receiver/barrel assembly from stock.
2. Remove the follower rod and operating rod spring.
3. Remove the operating rod.
4. Remove the bolt.
5. Disassemble/strip the bolt.
6. Make sure that the barrel chamber and bolt face are clean and free of grease, oil and debris.
7. Re-insert disassembled/stripped bolt into the receiver.
8. With the disassembled/stripped bolt approximately half-way retracted from the breech, partially insert a Go Gauge into the chamber.
9. Holding the Go Gauge from underneath the receiver with the index and/or middle finger of the right hand, use the thumb and index finger of the left hand to GENTLY move the bolt forward so that the rear of the Go Gauge is fully seated against the bolt face.
10. GENTLY move the bolt forward, allowing the bolt lug to seat on its own on the bottom of the receiver notch without additional pressure or force. As the bolt is moved into place, there should be no resistance while using very light finger pressure to move the bolt. For headspace to be sufficient, the bolt lug needs to be fully seated against the bottom of the receiver notch with the Go Gauge in place and without resistance.
11. Move the bolt back and remove the Go Gauge.
12. Repeat steps seven through 10 with the No Go Gauge. The bolt lug SHOULD NOT seat against the bottom of the receiver notch with the No Go Gauge in place. In other words, if the bolt fully closes on the Go Gauge and does not fully close on the No Go Gauge, headspace is sufficient and correct. If the bolt closes on both the Go Gauge and the No Go Gauge, a Field Gauge must be used to determine if the headspace is excessive and unsafe.
13. Move the bolt back and remove the No Go Gauge.
14. Repeat steps seven through 10 with the Field Gauge. If the bolt lug does not seat against the bottom of the receiver notch with the Field Gauge in place, headspace is still sufficient and not excessive. Therefore the bolt CAN close on the Go Gauge and on the No Go Gauge, but as long as the bolt DOES NOT close on the Field Gauge, headspace is still considered sufficient and correct. If the bolt closes on all three gauges (the Go Gauge, the No Go Gauge and the Field Gauge), headspace is excessive and the rifle is not safe to fire. A new barrel or bolt may rectify the headspace issue; however the receiver may also have excessive wear and may be a contributing factor as well.
1. Bolt does not close on Go Gauge – insufficient headspace and barrel chamber needs to be finished reamed to at least 1.940.
2. Bolt closes on Go Gauge but does not close on a No Go Gauge – headspace is correct.
3. Bolt closes on Go Gauge and No Go Gauge, but not on a Field Gauge – headspace is correct.
4. Bolt closes on Go Gauge, No Go Gauge and Field Gauge – headspace is excessive and barrel, bolt or even possibly the receiver will need to be inspected for replacement.