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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

ar/ak

This is going to be another one of those posts wherein the backstory may or probably will not be explained.  You are just going to have to deal with that. 

Speaking on a personal level, I will never again do business with a company called “Texas AK Designs”, who are now apparently owned by / part of “Canis Design Group”.  From my own personal experience, their shipping department is substandard, their customer service is [...]

i despise gun "buy-backs"

Without even addressing the patent idiocy of "buying back" something you never really owned to begin with, I absolutely hate gun "buy-backs". Why? Gos-se like this:

That one image, borrowed from KOMONews.com’s appropriately anti-firearms news article, adequately sums up all of my reasons for hating this bit of governmental idiocy.

First, take a look at the right end of the table – those three large drum magazines and folding stocks? This quote [...]

joe biden is an imbecile

A lot of people whinge about how useless Twitter is and what a waste of time it is, and, generally, they are probably right; however, personally, I have been using it as an exercise to try and condense my normal, verbose writing style, with occasional success. For example, I never would have written something nearly as concise as this on this weblog:

Apparently Vice President Joe Biden thinks women are too stupid to use [...]

dis-armalite

The simple truth is that unless you placed your order for one at least three months ago, and if not six months ago, you are not buying an AR-pattern rifle in the near future. The parts simply do not exist, the companies cannot produce parts fast enough to even keep up with their direct orders, and I can only imagine how long the total backorder list is.

However, if the time were to ever [...]

assault weapons are not assault rifles

This is an assault rifle: 

This is an “assault weapon”: 

Can you spot what makes one an “assault rifle” and one an “assault weapon”?  I will give you a few hints: it is not the stock, the pistol grip, the sights, the barrel length, or the fact that the top one has a flat-top upper receiver. 

Nope, the answer is quite simple: assault rifles are capable of fully-automatic fire, while [...]

totalitarians hated the printing press too

I was going to include this with my previous post regarding New York’s obscene new laws and Connecticut’s desired idiocy, but I figured it deserved a post of its own:

That, fellow defenders of liberty, is a magazine fabricated on (I think) a stereolithography (SLA) printer out of (I think) an epoxy-based resin; the specifics are not entirely clear, but, frankly, I would rather the folks at DefDist spend their time ironing out [...]

lou gagliardi wants to kidnap your children

But she wants someone else to do it for her, so that is ok. 

Unfortunately, the following Twitter conversation will be somewhat disjointed and I will be unable to adequately link to all of the various tweets.  Why?  Because Lou Gagliardi is a spineless coward who, upon realizing what she said, Memory Hole’d the tweets I managed to keep screen captures of. 

Why did she delete these tweets?  Why do you think – [...]

thoughts, mark 2?

A slightly different take on the previous design: 

(Idea inspired by Skas182.) 

thoughts?

Spent all day at a gun show.  Do not have much content to show for it (might have something in the near future), but I did finally break even on my Russian Origami t-shirts… so, what do you all think of this: 

This coloration (a good suggestion from MAJ Mike) is only available in not-made-in-the-USA t-shirts, but it does not seem as though that particular feature was as big a selling point as [...]

i have a thing for bastardizations like this

An AK-pattern-ish rifle that takes STANAG 5.56 magazines, and does so fresh from the factory? Where do I sign?

Unfortunately they are not likely to be imported any time soon, and will not be imported in general in that configuration (specifically the presence of the pistol grip, and possibly the existence of >10-round magazines), but, still, that is a very interesting development indeed. At least to me; my Saiga-12 has shown me that there [...]

assaulted – the fight to bear arms

Both the Second Amendment Foundation and the folks at Exile Machine (the folks who make the Hammerhead AR-15 grip I reviewed a while back) emailed me about this, so I guess I should probably say something:

Assaulted – The Fight To Bear Arms

When the subject of California’s gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare [...]

so you want to assemble your own 10/22, the receiver

So where should we really start this post series? Well, at the most-logical spot: the actual part of the gun that is legally the "firearm".

Without going too far down the rabbit hole of legalities and idiotic restrictions, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (hereafter referred to the BATFE when necessary) is really only concerned with one single part on your gun – the piece that carries the serial number for the [...]

sounds like something a cellphone company would do

It is a bit disappointing that the patent wars have finally arrived in the firearm community. This kind of thing has been going on for decades in the computer and cell phone industries, but, in short, one company has already abandoned making "monolithic" uppers for AR-15s, and countless other companies might have to as well, simply because one forward-looking company went and patented the idea.

While I congratulate the folks with the paperwork for [...]

tacsol optest… not really sat

Well, I managed to take my somewhat problematic Tactical Solutions AR-22 SBX Upper to the range today, and… well, the best I can say is that it does manage to fire and extract now, and that it is fairly accurate.  When it wants to fire.  Which is not often. 

I was shooting Winchester Super-X Copper-Plated Lead Hollow Point .22 Long Rifle ammunition, and the best the upper managed to perform was four misfires out [...]

quote of the day – jay g.

Dear "gun control" extremists, anti-rights cultists, and other petty authoritarians:

We are Americans, and, as such, our reflexive, borderline knee-jerk reaction to someone telling us that we cannot / should not do something is to utter some variation of, "Screw you," and go and do it anywise. This land was discovered (in the European sense) by people who abided by that mentality, this country was settled and founded by people who wholly embraced that [...]

always good to be inspiration

You know you have had a birthday party at Oleg Volk’s when you come home with a small box full of .22 ammunition of various types, flavors, and loadings.  A big thanks to Oleg, Peter, Miss D., WizardPC, Mrs. WizardPC, everyone else who showed up, and, of course, Better Half for putting together what was a thoroughly entertaining party. 

With regards to the title, it would appear as though my recent modeling has convinced [...]

a blackfeather for your cap

Long-time readers know I love my M1A SOCOM II to death, even though I do not get to shoot it nearly as often as I might like thanks to steadily-spiraling ammunition prices and a distinct lack of ranges comfortable with it going off on them. However, there are times – rare, but still times – that I wish I had gone with a more… mainstream design of that particular platform.

As those old and [...]