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remington update, number whoreallycaresanymore

So y’all saw the letter I sent to the Director of Sales at Remington Arms; his response was added to the post, if you missed that. 

Four days later, a ticket was created in Remington’s customer service system and I got an email about it. 

Three days after that, a hardcopy set of a Service Request, a mailing label, and instructions on how to send the firearm back to Remington were snail-mailed to [...]

never thought i would see the day

By now, you have probably heard the outstanding news that the District of Columbia’s outright ban on carrying a firearm outside of your home has been struck down as unconstitutional, but the absolutely awesome part of the ruling, in my opinion, is this section: 

Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and [...]

a happy coincidence

If you have a See All Open Sight: 

… and attach it to a UTG 5-Slot Universal QD Riser: 

… you will have about as good a co-witness situation as you can hope for: 

Another happy coincidence is that since you are looking over the See All, rather than through it, an Inforce WML can happily coexist on the same rail plane as the sight, and not block your [...]

mail call

I understand this just went in the mail to wind its way towards me: 

Many thanks to Owen at Snake Hound Machine for handling the ordering (from Ares Armor no less… yes, that Ares Armor) and assembly, as well as my incessant and occasionally stupid questions.  Once I throw on my hand guard and muzzle device – both to be revealed in good time – I think that will top this off quite [...]


You can thank Fuzzy for this: 

For those who do not get the reference (and I did not), I point you to here. 

43 days

That is how long Remington took to send me this email: 

This is to provide notification that your firearm/part has been shipped.  We are committed to being the best in our industry at providing fast, personalized customer service — and we hope we have exceeded your expectations.

Of course, it could still be a week or so before it shows up on my doorstep. 

Unfortunately, mine is probably not a good baseline to [...]

yes, this is a pistol

It amuses me that none of the “flat dark earth” parts actually match.  The total build is as follows: 

A bare, never-built DPMS AR lower I picked up back in 2008 to celebrate Our Glorious President’s election.  DPMS Lower Parts Kit, minus the trigger group Chip McCormick Single-Stage Flat Trigger Dead On Arms Pin-Less Oversized Trigger Guard Phase 5 EBRv2 Extended Bolt Release Bravo Company Machine Gunfighter Grip, Mod 2 KAK Industries Super [...]

i r prsntly srs gnblggr

Hopefully everyone else got theirs today too. 

customer service; you are doing it right

So I have started accumulating parts to build out my never-used bare AR-15 lower I have laying around my safe, and I stumbled across the Pin-Less Trigger Guard offered by Dead On Arms.  At the time, Brownells was sold out, plus they did not offer it in anything but black, so I went ahead and ordered directly from Dead On Arms themselves. 

The part arrived in a few days, but it turns out they [...]

i do not get it

I understand muzzle brakes – they are intended to capitalize on the gasses being ejected out the muzzle in such a way that dampens perceived recoil, often at the expense of the ears of everyone around the firearm.  And I understand things like the Noveske KX3 – in addition to “suppressing” flash (i.e. directing it all forward), it also has the added benefit of forcing all of the muzzle blast forward as well, reducing the [...]

t-shirt reminder

If you were saving up some spare change to jump on this: 

Now is pretty much your chance.  With three days, 17 hours to go, we have sold 16 t-shirts, with another 14 necessary to sell to make the run.  It is possible that I will be able to request a goal drop, but I have no idea what the probability of success is… so buy one!  Get your friends to buy one!  [...]

helpful hint

If you buy an SB15 Stabilizing Brace, do not mount it on a KAK Super Sig SB-15 Pistol Buffer Tube until you have a bare, never-built or pistol-designated lower, a castle nut, and an end-plate handy. 

The KAK buffer tube was built specifically for the SB15 brace, and the latter fits over the former very snugly. 

Ask me how I know… 

The good news is that my previously-bare, never-built lower is now [...]

start the clock

Remington admitted to receiving my 700 SPS Varmint at the factory yesterday for repairs to its rusty bolt and receiver.  A timer has been added to the left side of this site to keep track of how long it takes them to address the rust and perform the recall replacements. 

I figure if I get the rifle back in time for next year’s Boomershoot, I will be ahead of the curve. 


primary arms 4-16×44 – a review

So as I previously mentioned Oleg paid me for services rendered / to be rendered by calling in a favor with Primary Arms and convincing them to let me use one of their 4-16×44 Illuminated Mil-Dot Scopes for Boomershoot.  I am just going to go ahead and say this up front, in case you do not want to read through the rest of the review: 

For the price, I do not think you can [...]

browning auto-5 magazine spring retainer

If you own a Browning Auto-5 and, for whatever reason, want to remove the magazine spring and/or follower, if you put the magazine spring retainer back into the magazine tube in any other orientation than this one: 


In other words, if that flat side of the clip with the holes in it – holes that would have made my life a lot easier if [...]

plr16 + sb15 = ?

So, what would happen if I took one of these: 

…replaced its existing pistol grip with one that could accept an AR-15 buffer tube: 

…inserted one of KAK’s pistol buffer tubes into it: 

… and then wrapped a Sig SB15 Arm Brace around it: 

My understanding of the BATFE compliance letter (IANAL and all that), the PLR-16 started out as a pistol, and neither attaching the AR-15 [...]

customer service: compare and contrast

At the risk of turning this into an all-Oleg-all-the-time weblog, another reason Oleg Volk is a rather awesome individual is that upon hearing that I was trying to assemble equipment for Boomershoot as affordably as possible, he offered to pay me for modeling services rendered in the past, rendered at Boomershoot, and probably to be rendered in the future by calling in a favor at Primary Arms.  This favor basically consisted of me receiving one [...]

mauser in kydex

I know, I know, I promised you pictures after the NRA Annual Meetings, but, honestly, I was expecting more people to take more pictures there.  As it was, they largely seemed pretty dumbfounded and completely… confused?… by what they were seeing.  In fairness, the folks at Daniel Defense and Bansner’s Ultimate Rifles could not get enough of it, and a Chinese gentleman was absolutely enthralled by it (apparently C96 Mausers are a Big Deal over [...]

oleg volk is the man

As if you did not already know that.  But why am I saying this right now?  Because he can make even schlubs like me look like they know what they are doing: 

The funny thing about that picture is that I was not really intentionally posing for it; I was just showing Oleg a potential pose one of his models could use, and specifically how to alleviate the rather front-heavy nature of M1As [...]

remington 700, range test 2

As you have already heard, the Remington 700 setup I took to Boomershoot was less than a huge success, but there are so many variables at play that it is difficult to determine which one or ones were specifically responsible. 

So, what I did is replicate the first range test, only with the following changes:  the barrel has been free-floated courtesy of a stock from Boyds’, I used sandbags fore and aft to support [...]