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well that sucked

Decided today was a good day to drag the new acquisition to the range, along with that shiny 1903.  Things… did not go well. 

I was able to put two magazines through the 1903, and at 10 yards it was trivially easy to keep inside of the 10 ring on a standard full-size human silhouette target, and inside the 8 ring at 25 yards.  For me being out of practice, and for that thing [...]

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: 

…YOU ARE [EXPLETIVE DELETED] DOING IT [EXPLETIVE DELETED] WRONG.

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 [...]

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 [...]

usfa zip – not a review

[This post is a recounting of the events surrounding my attempt to test-fire the USFA ZiP pistol as I perceived and understand them, and is based off my own experience with the firearm as well as conversations with knowledgeable friends, gunsmiths, and ammunition manufacturers.] 

What follows is not a review of the United States Firearms ZiP pistol I received for test and evaluation recently; I have concluded that I will be passing on reviewing [...]

it was getting too monochromatic around here

Speaking of colors, for those interested in such things (and I was before I embarked down this road), the holster, lens cover holder, magazine holder, and both knife sheaths you saw previously (minus their belt clips, obviously) all came out of the same ~12” x ~24” sheet of kydex, which will run you about $13 for the 0.060” stuff I use.  I still have a few bits and pieces laying around too, but nothing I [...]

i have to keep reminding myself this is practice

I am not a perfectionist – just ask my wife – but I have an annoying tendency to want to do things right the first time, and not getting it right frustrates me.  This despite the reality that, if I have no experience doing something, I cannot exactly do that something particularly well. 

Anywise, enough whining.  Aside from being wider than strictly necessary, yesterday’s lens cover holster turned out pretty well.  That made up [...]

ingsoc would be proud

The rule of law is dead in the District of Columbia.

Of course, this is nothing new, given that the federal government calls that not-quite-state home, but this time around I am referring to the laws specifically governing that postage stamp of a municipality.

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25, Unit A, Subchapter VI, § 7-2506.01, section [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

black (rifle) friday

Hopefully everyone had a good, happy, safe, and filling Thanksgiving with your loved ones / families / brothers-in-arms / whomever else you might have spent it with.  We actually had dinner at Cracker Barrel – no joke – and had to wait somewhere around 30 minutes to get a table; the food was decent (very good turkey and ham), and the price ($9 a person) could not be beaten, especially once you factor in [...]

cz-52s and tt-33s, quick thoughts

If you have hung around firearm-related weblogs or communities very long, you have probably heard of the CZ-52 (more properly known as the Vz.52) and the TT-33 (or just TT, for Tula, Tokarev); both pistols are typically amongst the first firearms purchased by people who get their Curio and Relic license from the BATFE, which is hardly surprising, given their still-inexpensive-but-slowly-rising prices. Both pistols are functionally interchangeable, at least superficially – they carry the same [...]

a bit more information on the zip

A week after first posting about it, and about two weeks until its "official" website launch, the guys behind the ZiP pistol have heard your questions and provided some answers.

Among the useful bits of information to come out are:

- Yes, it can use a suppressor. Apparently the top strap of the firearm either hides or is a barrel wrench that can be used to remove the existing barrel and screw in [...]

what is that humming noise?

Someone needs to strap a couple of high-Tesla magnets to Bill Ruger and then wrap his coffin in heavy gauge copper wire – I bet you could power New York City with him alone right now:

(For those who are missing out on the joke, William B. Ruger, Senior, once famously said, "No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun," and, "I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 [...]

it will be in a movie soon

$2400 for the shotgun.

$200 for a spare magazine.

~$40 to fill the both of them with self-defense ammo.

Good Lord.

For about the same price, you can have a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun tricked out to your specifications that is two inches shorter with the stock extended and about 12 inches shorter when folded up, does not require any manipulations from you to mag-dump, and can take magazines with four more [...]

the mobile infantry version of the zip gun

I do not really know what it is. I do not have a clue what I would use it for (though I do know I would not spend $200 for a tax stamp on a $200 gun… probably). And I genuinely have no idea what market they are aiming at.

But good Lord I want one:

No, the video is not all that useful, and, yes, the whole "operators, welcome" tagline is… [...]

why buy anything else?

A little while ago, I posted a new rule for purchasing normal capacity magazines that – I thought – quietly slid beneath the fold with hardly a ripple to mark its passing. Some people, however, take me more seriously than I originally believed.

I received this tweet from Ron Larimer, the proprietor of When the Balloon Goes Up!:

@linoge_wotc based on your new rule I thought you might enjoy seeing part of the [...]

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 [...]

new rule

At least for me, but it might be for you too.

Any time you make a purchase at a store that stocks >10-round magazines for your handguns and rifles that can accept them (otherwise known as "high-capacity magazines" by morons and "normal-capacity magazines" by people who know what those firearms were designed to use*), buy at least one. If your budget can only afford one, that is shiny. If your budget can afford more, [...]

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

[See Part 1 for receiver options and Part 2 for a documentation of the fiddly bits.]

While the receiver may legally be the "firearm" part of the gun, it is arguably the bolt that does all of the actual "work" in the device.

It is the bolt that strips a new round from the magazine, seats it in the firing chamber, seals the firing chamber (inasmuch as .22 rifles do so), strikes the rim [...]