Friday, August 31, 2012

D.A.B. II

This is the post where I link to someone who is linking back to me after I linked to them.
Bob S. has a reminder post up about the Dallas Area Blogshoot 2.0 here.
If you're going, head on over and let him know.

With that said, I left some of my 30.06 out in the sun, watered it twice a day, and look what happened!


In other news, I'm getting things organized for the blogger get-together.....promises to be a lot of fun.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Musical interlude

Well, the school year has started for not only my kids, but for me as well.
I expect it will keep me busy in between working and building guns, not to mention blogging.
I think Dallas Area Blogshoot II is right around the corner, and I'm loading up in anticipation of same. It will be nice to reconnect with some of the guys and gals I met back in April.

I'm still swamped with Suomi parts. More on this later.
For now, here's some music.

Frontline, by Pillar.


Great song, lousy video quality.


Friday, August 24, 2012

I.Just.Couldn't.Resist.

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I enjoy listening to the Squirrel Report, as put on by Alan of Snarkybytes, JayG of MaRooned, Weer'd of Weer'dWorld, and Breda of FallacyTrue. A couple weeks ago, Borepatch and Cormac, both attendees to the Dallas Area Blogshoot 1.0, made mention of my homebuilt .50 BMG rifle, and while some of the things mentioned were true, I wanted to call in to the show and clear the air of a couple of misleading things that were said.

1. The extractor was not broken at D.A.B. 1.0, the rifle has no extractor. The bolt head is of the shell-holder type, and each case must be removed by hand. Not the fanciest design, but neither is the rest of the rifle.

2.. The bolt handle did indeed break, and I did indeed replace it with a spare bolt laying around in the bed of my truck. Most expensive production .50 BMG rifles have an extractor cam that literally forces the bolt slightly rearward upon bolt rotation. My rifle does not have this feature, and some of the hotter milsurp ammo actually locks the bolt in very tight, and the only way to get the rifle chamber open is to hammer on the bolt handle with a rubber mallet, (something some of you Mosin Nagant owners may be all too familiar with) and try to remove the round. Well, my bolt handle was not hardened enough, and since it was machined from O1 tool steel, instead of bending, it just broke. It has since been repaired, hardened, and tempered.

3. The gun would not just "go off" at random after pulling the trigger. The AR15 hammer and hammer spring just had a hell of a time setting off those VERY hard milsurp primers, and the hammer had to be reset and fired again, sometimes 2, 3 or even 4 times. This has been addressed and somewhat fixed, though it still takes a couple hits on some ammo. On the podcast, the listeners were lead to believe that upon pulling the trigger, the hammer would drop, and you may or may not get a bang and you just had to wait for it to randomly go off. I wanted to outline that the rifle is indeed very safe to shoot, but it did have some kinks to work out. I had only shot it a couple dozen times before that day, and never under heavy duress.

With that said, I called in last night and cleared up some of that. Unfortunately, I was VERY doped up on Benadryl, since we've had some rain in the area and now all of the stuff I'm allergic to has been kicked up, driving me nuts. The Benadryl definitely didn't help me stay on topic in regards to the .50, and it didn't help as I regaled the listeners of a tale of personal injury from my teenage years. I missed out on finishing the story, such as the reaction from the other parties involved, not to mention the jokes played on me by my friends afterwards. I'll give you a hint, it involves coloring books.
If you're of a mind, go and listen to me incoherently ramble at those poor people.  I come on at about 52 minutes in.
To the guys hosting the show, thanks for having me on, and thanks for your patience while I tried to work through my allergy medicine induced fog. I guess I'll have to sit in on the chat again sometime, or maybe even call in.


As a side note, good gawd do I sound like a hick. Upon playback, I kept expecting to hear the Green Acres song or the theme to Hee Haw playing in the background.

Hi point 995 carbine magazine swapping

I've had some emails about the drum modification for the 995 carbine, and rest assured, I've got some more work done to the project, I have not forgotten about it. I've done a little bit of homework on it, and found that the best example of a working single stack drum in 9mm that had a drastic working angle, such as the Hi Point, was the old Luger drums produced around WWI and WWII. I'm acting on that as I type this.
One thing I have found that may help is the use of Tokarev magazines, if properly modified, as a drum tower. I have a 9mm Chinese Tok pistol, and the mags for it simply have spacers welded in place to take up the excess space when going from the 7.62x25 to the 9mm luger round. More on this as I get to it.


Next thing: I am in need of a test monkey gun, literally. I need a 995 carbine that is shot out, worn out, or just never functioned right, at a decent price (i.e., 100-150 bucks). I have had lots of questions about simply converting the 995 to take Glock mags, etc. and I can say that it is not feasible without drastic modification to the gun itself. That is not to say it is not possible. What I want is to purchase a well-used 995 that the owner has beat the snot out of or just did not like it. Condition doesn't matter. I am going to take this carbine (when I procure one) and modify it to take XD magazines, which are the perfect height and feed angle for the carbine.
I want to get ahold of a carbine that, if I screw the project up, it really doesn't matter, no big loss. I'm sure that by the time I am done implementing the changes I'm thinking that were it returned to MKS, they would take one look at it and melt it back down into a toaster or whatever they started life as before becoming 995 carbines.

The walls of the receiver must be widened and the trigger transfer bar must be remade entirely to compensate for the widened receiver. This will entail machining new sections of steel to attach to the sides of the receiver before the original receiver section, small as it is, can be milled out.

I don't want to sacrifice one of my own perfectly good and operational carbines, only to find that I screwed the job up, I'd rather buy one that has seen it's day and is ready for retirement to the pot metal scrap bin.

With that said, who's got a monkey gun they don't want anymore?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

That's pretty Sikh right there!

I was in the Cabelas in Allen yesterday, poking around and finding all kinds of blued steel reasons to go broke, when I noticed something interesting.
I had heard that more of these guys were arming up, and sure enough, it looks like some of the locals are doing exactly that.

Can you guess what this fellow in particular was looking at?
If you guessed a AR15 variant, with a couple of 30 round mags on the other side of the counter, you are correct! You know, those rifles that are only good for spray firing from the hip, and the mags that are only good for killing lots and lots of people, according to all the antis out there?

Maybe the antis should rethink their opinion/s, since it seems that people other than their imagined domestic terrorists like these rifles.

There was more than just this one fellow, a few of his associates were looking at handguns and shotguns.

To the now-armed Sikh community, welcome to free America, we are glad to have you among us.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Random internet awesome.

I occasionally listen to the Squirrel Report, put on by Alan over at Snarkybytes, with a few other hosts.
It seems on episode 21, yours truly got an honorable mention by the world renowned blogger, Borepatch, as well as blogger/commenter, Cormac.
Borepatch apparently thought enough of my homebuilt .50 BMG to give me and my range toy a nice mention on the show. It was very nice of him to say, and I'm glad to have made friends with such a nice guy, not to mention let him shoot the .50 BMG.
I'm sure this is no big deal to some, but it's always nice to hear that kind things have been said about me and my homebuilt guns as well.
Cormac did point out some of the problems we had with the rifle that day, all of which have been fixed since then. He was right in pointing out that while it did have problems that day, everyone that shot it left with a huge smile.

Thankfully, plenty of ammo has been successfully shot through the rifle with no problem since D.A.B v1.0, and I expect it to perform well at D.A.B v2.0

Borepatch, Cormac, thanks for the kind words guys. Hopefully next time you shoulder the .50, it will make it worth your time with fewer headaches.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dallas Area Blogger Meet and Range Day

I'm throwing this post out as an update for those interested in the Blogger get-together here in Dallas the weekend of September 15th and 16th.

So far, we have several people listed under the "We'll be there even if I'm bleeding out" category and a few under the "You probably might see me there, maybe" category.

The entire list so far, according to the Bob S. blog and the old post, goes as follows:

Kx59 & Southern Belle, as well as some possible family guests, from www.bellsaringing.blogspot.com

Nick the Blogless (Who doesn't blog but should, because he has a nice FAL and that's enough reason for me.)

Daniels from www.amongtheleaves.com

TheBigGuy from http://l2uj.blogspot.com/

Shepherd K and family

Scribbler and possibly some family, from www.scribblerscrawls.blogspot.com

Aretae from www.aretae.blogspot.com/

Spikessib (who has a blog that doesn't want to come up right now)

RabidAlien and family from www.lowryplace.blogspot.com/

Cormac, also known as "the really big guy with the black hat"

Pat St. Jean and Heather from www.bikerscum.org/

2A-mama, at www.2a-mama.blogspot.com/

Of course, Bob S. and maybe some family, from www.3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/

Myself, and possibly my wife,

Anyone else is welcome to join if they like, just let Bob S. or myself know to expect you.


So far, the plan is to hold the blog dinner at campoverde, September 15th from roughly 1900 hours to whenever we feel like leaving (2200 hours?) or whenever they close or kick us out.

2918 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013
Telephone # 817-275-7003



I know nothing about the restaurant we will be meeting at, but I know a bit about the range, and I'd like to expound on a few things.

>We will then need to meet up at the Sonic drive in restaurant/gas station parking lot, at the intersection of I45 South and Belt Line road, this is on the west side of the highway, whereas last time we met on the east side of the highway at the Texaco. If heading south on I45, you will exit Belt Line road, then after exiting go straight through the Stop sign, then turn right into the gas station/Sonic parking lot. This will give everyone a chance to use the restroom and buy water or snacks.

We will meet there starting around 0900, and will depart for the range as a caravan (of sorts) by about 1000. The range is only a few exits south of there, and will be on the east side of I45.

The actual address for the range is
1125 Wolf Springs Road Ferris, TX
The range is not actually in the town of Ferris, but a few miles to the north of Ferris.
The range is a full-featured facility, with several pistol bays, a 300 yard rifle bay, and skeet thrower for anyone wanting to shoot trap or skeet. There is only one portable toilet for guest use, there is no guest house or pro shop open on the weekend, so make sure all personal business is attended to beforehand.

Here is a good video of a 3 gun match held there in the tactical bay area (which will be off-limits to guests when a 3 gun match is not ongoing).




As I have mentioned before, there are no limitations on what anyone can bring EXCEPT:
1. Alcohol/drugs
2. Tracer or Incendiary ammunition
3. Drama and/or bad attitudes.

What is allowed:
1. Full metal jacket, hollow point, soft point, cast lead, is all perfectly fine, just nothing we can start fires with.

2. Any and every caliber of ammo, up to and including .50 BMG is fine.

3. Drawing from holsters, rapid fire, etc. is fine, but please, no errant or wild shots, try to stay on target. Remember that you are responsible for every round that leaves your firearm, all 4 rules of firearm safety will be followed at all times. If you want to do a mag dump/move and shoot/bayonet charge, do so judiciously.

4. Rifles may be fired in the pistol bays, BUT ONLY AT PAPER TARGETS, NEVER AT STEEL TARGETS. Pistol caliber carbines and .22's are exempt.

5. Rifles ONLY may be fired on the rifle bay, and you may shoot steel targets on the rifle bays with a centerfire rifle, but ONLY ON THE RIFLE BAY. Pistols may not be fired on the rifle bay.
Please, no uncontrolled fire on the rifle range. Mag dumps are fine, but keep it on target, ok?

6. The club has plastic barrels everywhere, which may be used as rests or tables, but not as targets.

7. Hot range/cold range rules apply. I will go over these at the range.

8. Eyes and ears are necessary. I will have a few extra sets of hearing and eye protection, but please try to bring your own.

9.Steel targets or any other target you feel like tearing up, i.e. Xbox, computers, etc. can be brought along, just be prepared to pick up the pieces and deposit them in a dumpster before leaving.

10. Bump firing/machine guns/Slide-fire stocks are only allowed in one bay. If you want to do/shoot any of the above, please collar me and I'll direct you to the proper area for doing so. No shooting over the berm, please.

(Anyone bringing NFA weapons, please bring a copy of your Form 1 or Form 4, just to keep everything on the level. I just need to verify what you have is legal, I don't want or need any personal information from your trust or NFA forms.)

Please remember that I will personally have to pay for any damages to the range and targets, and I really, really don't favor the idea of losing my range membership. TDSA is a private club, and has been this way for some time due to the family atmosphere of the club and the lack of tolerance for random general public acting like idiots and shooting up the place. I want everyone to have a great time and have fun, but if I feel that any attendees are acting stupidly or breaking what very, very few rules we have, I reserve the right to ask you to leave. I shouldn't have to say this, and with the people I think are attending I really don't think it will be a problem, but I still want all the bases to be covered. If you have any problems, questions, or concerns PLEASE feel free to contact me. We had a blast at DAB I, at Traction Control's secret shootin' spot, and no one did anything out of hand or irresponsible there, so I doubt it will be a problem at TDSA.

TDSA is likely the most permissive gun range in the DFW area, and we all want it to stay that way.
There are no range fees for my guests, but I will put up a donation box for any attendees that feel generous and want to donate to the good folks who keep this range running.

With all that out of the way, here's a list of what I know will be there, shootin' iron wise.

4-6 AR15 rifles
1-2 M1 carbines
several 91-30 Mosin Nagants
4-5 different 9mm carbines
several different long range target rifles, from scoped 1903 Springfields to Remington 700s, etc.
A variety of different shotguns, mainly 12 and 20 gauge
A few Walther P22s
A few Marlin Model 60 22s
A couple Ruger 10-22s
Several XDs or XDMs
A handful of different wheelguns, from .44 mag to .38 special
A very nice Tokarev rifle (as long as Belle holds up her promise to bring Natasha again!)

This ain't all, just a list of some of what I'm bringing and some of what other people have mentioned bringing to the party.
I've got a couple of new toys that might just make an appearance, if things go my way. No word yet what they are, though. :D
There will also be an appearance of a previous crowd favorite, which has been updated and improved. As to what has been improved and changed, I'll leave that for the day of the shoot.

I do plan to bring some steel swingers for the rifle range, and possibly a shoot tree or somesuch for the pistol shooting.

Tannerite MAY NOT be an option, due to the lack of rain out there. I will stay on top of this, but right now it is not likely.

Anyone who cannot make the 0900-1000 meet up, please let me know so I can give you my personal cell phone number. You will need to look up directions (or email me for them, whatever) to the range, and call me when you arrive so I can let you in the gate. Latecomers are welcome, but I will have to go over range rules and directions/locations with you when you arrive.

With that said, please comment here or on Bob's original post if you are interested in coming. You don't have to be a blogger, commenter, or anyone special. You don't need to be a seasoned marksman, rifleman, or pistol shooter, either.  You do need to be familiar with the Four Rules of Firearms, and be willing to learn and have a good time. If you have firearms and ammo that you can bring, feel free to. Otherwise, there will be plenty there.

If anyone wants a good deal on ammo, give these guys a call.
http://www.freedommunitions.com/default.asp
They sell reloads and factory ammo, and have great prices on both.

Now, with all that said.....
Any questions, comments, or concerns?

T.R.E



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Link to Gunny gear (kx59, don't cry)

UPDATE

Here is the correct link to the shirt previously posted about.
http://www.rangerup.com/brass.html