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|Posted on June 29, 2017 at 4:55 PM||comments (212)|
No,this has nothing to do with antifa or any of that type of idiot.
Many of our favorite seasons is upon us. The summer shooting season. The Camp Perry national matches have started. If you have never been there, I recommend it if only for the shopping alone. Many factory tables displaying there wares. Everyone from Armilite to Zastava. Quite a few "factory seconds" or repaired guns are for sale there as well. And for the most part at a significant discount. If you are in the area, it is well worth the visit.
Thankfully the S&W mail in rebate is almost over. I did not mind the extra business, but many people ordered THE SAME DAM GUN. Sorry, so much black poly gets really old really quick...
On a nice side note the ODCMP has gotten in a few more realy nice quality drill rifles in. We take great pride in giving these old guns a new life with new bolts and barrels. The two M1's are called for, but the gorgeous "typewriter" (Smith-corona make) 1903a3 will be rebuilt with a new barrel (4 groove match) and NOS bolt. Will make a darling rifle for the vintage bolt action matches that are becoming quite popular. Provided you can take the recoil.
We, well me.. have started, after much delay onto the pile of Spanish 1916 Mauser. We have cleaned up (not refinished) the earliest example with a roller coaster rear sight (GEW 98 style) and hinged floorplate. No two of these "Hemingway era" rifles are alike. So many different little features. Well, fight a civil war, look at what happens.
It is going to be an intresting summer.
Old troopers Actual
|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 4:44 AM||comments (170)|
Nothing seems to divide the gun world better than the 9mm vs .45 or whatever caliber debate. I have seen rooms full of "civilized" people devolve to a prison yard sounding verbal brawl over this issue.
I am not feeding into it today. As most of you know I often carry a .45 1911 in the shop. Occasionally I may carry something..... interesting. There are few calibers I would not carry. Only ones I avoid are the "tiny" calibers, although I have carried a Colt 1903 in .32 on a very rare occasion and the "transsexual" cal. The .40 S&W.
First let us back up a bit. The 9x19, 9mm Luger, 9mm parabellium, 9mm NATO. All the same round. Don not let the kid behind the counter tell you differently! This popular round started off as the 7.5 bochart round. This round was a necked cartridge for the new auto pistol. The round itself was ok, despite its fragility of the design of the firearm. But this was the early days of the semi auto, with the notable exception of the C96 "broom handle". The German army liked the Bochart, but can not leave well enough. Alone: . Tinkered. The end result was the legendary P08 para. Chambered for the 7.65 bochart. The round was a ... a ... not bad round. But it did have rather poor ballistics. So the engineers took the bottlenecked round and straightened it. So, the 9mm Luger was born.
Now we here in North America view the 9mm as small and anemic. And the .45 as a "man stopper." But in Europe, a place where most of the cops carried .32 and . 380'(aka 9mm browning short) until recently when the UPGRADED to 9mm para. But by euro standards the 9mm Luger is a big round for military use. Therefore "barbaric" to use on the civilian population. Go figure.
So, here is where the fights start. What is better? Capacity, or bullet size? Fast, high penetration, or slow and smashing ? 15 rounds or 7? Much argument over this s issue. I will refrain from it. And, dear reader leave it up to you to decide.
Is the small fast round the wave of the future? Or a slow passing fad?
Old troopers actual,
|Posted on April 27, 2017 at 3:41 AM||comments (603)|
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (346)|
I have been told by a few clients who are trickling in for gunsmithing services or transfers that they were told the had to carry frangible ammunition for their daily carry.
Now I am not one to debate/decry another instructor. But this is not only bad advice, it is downright dangerous!
See, as a member of the Obommer era military, I apologize to the American tax payer. We, as a matter of being "environmentally friendly" have to qualify with frangible rounds. The theory behind this farce is that they will not contaminate the ground water due to them being made from compressed powder and a flimsy jacket. Unfortunately as we can tell you: they leave much to be desired.
Let me elaborate. Frangible ammunition was first made in .50bmg for use in ww2 for training purposes. Most of the time it was for Air gunnery practice. The thought was that the jacket would do much less damage to the "tow" aircraft if accidentally sprayed by a careless or inexperienced gunner trainee. Most of the time it was a heavily armored p-39 or p64 "areocolbra" aircraft. An aircraft that was intended for a ground attack role, even if more went to the USSR than our own air forces. So, it could take a hit or two. And in this role the frangible ammunition did quite well. Well enough until something better came along.
Now when they started scaling down to rifle and pistol sized bullets they had some issues. They began to find out that these became quite expensive. And they did not..... well let's just say they do not handle well.
So they had a choice. Make the jacket thicker and risk the chance of unwanted levels of penetration. Or issue them out only before use and restrict the frequent carry of said ammo.
Honestly they really have not worked any bugs out. I have personally thrown hundreds of rounds of this crap downrange. And let me tell you: it has some issues!
First: they damage rather easily. Drop it, have issues loading it, it will deform the bullet. Got a "flyer" during qual? Yep, may actually be able to blame the ammo!
Second: the compressed powder filling. It goes everywhere. We noticed right away, particularly with handgun ammunition. That there were what looked like brass flakes decorating the internals of the firearm. Almost to the level where it looked like a small handful of brass powder was released in the chamber. It was even worse downrange. With 4 shooters qualifying on both rifle and pistol on an indoor range, we swept up what had to have been, I shat thine not: at least six lbs of brass powder from the shooting points to the 25m target. That is a lot of debris!
Operational use: ok, the theory behind the use of Frangables as carry ammo is simple. The fear of collateral damage. The thought is that it will not overpenitrate. Just hit your target and not do much damage if missed. I can understand the thought. The Air Marshals are issued frangible ammo for just this reason. The bullet will not penetrate the pressurized aircraft fuselage. Which would really sort of ruin your day there.
The problem: the air marshals are issued new rounds every month. I want you to think about this:why? Because the rounds, being bounced around in a holstered firearm and ammo pouch, start to disintegrate. Thus leaving all that lovely brass powder looking material inside the magazine and firearm. Not exactly good for optimal performance of Defensive firearm! They are also quite pricey! The prices of frangible munitions on the civilian market is about that of most high quality premium defensive ammunition.
And you would have to buy new rounds every month.........
Than there is their ballistic effectiveness. How much damage do you think they can do? It is a compressed powder in a jacket after All! Rather shallow wounds. Sort of like firing a sandblaster an inch away from skin for 1/2 a second. Throw in some of the jacket, now you have an idea. Me? Well I want whomever has made his grievously horridly, poor lifestyle decision to only take a few of my bullets with him into the afterlife. If your aggressor (read:bullet sponge) is a larger person, wearing a thick coat or frankly not in their own mind it will take more frangible bullets to cause them to reconsider their course of action.
Ok, I am not a complete jerk here. Frangible ammo dose have its place. But not as a daily carry ammo. If the firearm remains stationary for most of its usage, it is ideal. Ideal if you are worried about collateral damage in ones home. In an apartment? Thin interior walls, kids room in the cone of fire. So, if this is your situation and you have a dedicated "house gun" that seldom leaves the drawer. This may be a good choice.
But would I carry it with me on my daily duties? Not if I have a choice. I will stick with my 210gr "Z-max" ammo for my carry pistol.
Would I keep some in my home? Yes.
Some food for thought on carry ammo.
Old troopers actual,
|Posted on March 11, 2017 at 6:33 AM||comments (150)|
Has it been three years already?
Feels like I just got accosted by the last agent that mad my last renew as difficult as possible. How times flys. Only had one compliance inspection in those few years, so, suppose can not complain.
So, for those of my clients that have our FFL you will need to get a copy of the new license due to the current one expiring on April 1st. As for the wholesalers, most of them should have a copy of the new one already, but I may have missed a few. So, if we have please let us know.
We will hopefully have a Ohio/ Michigan CCW\CPL course on the 28th of march. The location of classroom has yet to be determined. Cost will include the outdoor range. We are attempting to do as much on an outdoor range as we can. This way we can give our students a level of tactical training that we can not offer on an indoor range. And it is a lot more fun! The firearm or ammo (100 rounds required) not provided, but are available for rent. If brining a gun (please) ensure it is at least a Six (6) shot firearm with a reload (spare mag). There is a lot of reloading involved. And of course, there is the post class open shoot. The class room (6ish hours) will be on the Saturday and the range will be on the Sunday. Or at another time if the class so desires.
I know, not a very interesting update...
Will make up for it next time.
Old troopers actual,
|Posted on February 1, 2017 at 5:10 PM||comments (285)|
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|Posted on December 29, 2016 at 5:34 AM||comments (139)|
Ever so often I get asked by a coustomer digging through our small sales rack if I use such and such for deer, duck, elk ect... And yes, I, at the risk of getting my "man card" pulled I will admit I do not hunt.
I used to. Will admit I was not very good at it. A few times out for small game. Onece was the weekend before deer season opener on state land. Yeah, never do that... so many out rigging their blinds, stands ect.. creating more noise than a battalion of Volkstrum on the move. One squirrel, one friggin squirrel after 12 hours in the field... Once for blackpowder season with my replica 1853 enfield. Yeah, clean the bore butter out of the nipple before hunting... lessen learned there...
Birds? No.. have a beautiful N.R. Davis side by side that is a gorgeous looking bird gun in form and function. Was a gift from "Mrs. Old troopers" that was to be cut down into an "Army of darkness "broomstick"" but never had the balls to cut into the gorgeous barrels. So it stays in its 32 inch barrels. Shredded a few phone books with it, shattered a few clays, but never took it to the field. All my other shotguns are either 1887, 1897 winchesters (short barreled or 16ga) or other styles of...... anti personal types. Not many game type guns. I mean I could use them if needed to, but for the most part they run light game loads for target or "AP" (anti personal) use. Just never felt the need to hunt my dinner.
Ok, so I have you all wondering:"what sort of gunsmith/gun nut dose not hunt" and the enevitable "Why"? Well, there is a few semi-good reasons
One: I know how the deer feel. Spend a few months in a war zone as a "pop up target" and seldom seeing the shooters. Yet always hearing the bullets wiz by. Nope, sorry... Bambi gets one shot from a rifle and one only.. here in "straight wall" rifle or shotgun territory less of a chance of getting that perfect shot. However there is a nice trapdoor Springfield carbine that qualifies!
Two: you kill it,you butcher it. Well, as my lovely wife will tell you my knife skills are not the best. Compared to her, my cuts are like a blind mans.. And really, would hate to fumble through the butchery of the hard won game animal. Or, forbid, make her do it. Then there is explaining what the hell I think I am doing to the kids and why there is a dead animal in the garage next to the jeep.. And really, can not have someone else do that for me... not part of the ritual.
Three: this is where all of my hunter clients come in. I have all of you! Quite a few of my clientsho fish have given us fish fillet's as payment for a transfer or repair. We like that. We will fix your mossburg that took a tumble from the tree stand. Or clear that LIVE ROUND from your inline abortion of a muzzle loader. We will do that. And are more than happy to take some of your kill as payment. Works out well for us. And it keeps me from making a fool out of myself falling asleep in a blind or stand and having a deer eat my lunch.. I have a hard enough time negotiating with the over grown shop cats.
So, yeah. I do not hunt. But will fix your tools of the trade. Will recomend rifle ammo and some shotgun ammo that I have knolage of. But what works "best"....... Yeah, sorry, do not know.
And yes, I am vaguely aware that this is the END of the hunting season...
Just do not ask us any bow questions, we do not have a clue!
On a side note. We have some nice projects in the works that will hope to have hit the sales rack soon. A few shotguns, some swords on the sales rack. Heck almost have my blunderbuss built. But actually got the shop cleaned up. Than was promptly cluttered up with a broken coffee table and now orange "cheeto" powder everywhere! Yeah, not cool..... but the holiday madness has died down. The guns waiting for pickup are either unnamed items (gee thanks shipper's) or they (the clients) want to stick my tiny shop with long term storage of their item.. my hours are not that bad are they? We really do not own a lot of counter space!
Until the next,
Old troopers actual
|Posted on November 30, 2016 at 5:27 AM||comments (200)|
Well we survived the election. That was an interesting ride. Had an election, had to listen to a lot of very uninformed people on both sides. Almost left Facebook because of it. But have all of us thought that? Or have we?
Made it through that, took down our "potential refugee" housing. Repacked a lot of the surpluss items. Threw away a lot of rubber boots and very stinky chem suits.Had a gun show. Sold a whopping two guns. Bought another 6. Yeah, not good. Shop still looks like a bomb hit it. But at least I know where everything is..... mostly.... that troublesome S&W semi auto conversion still sits on the bench... yeah, that has been a stone around my neck.. ugg.
And then there was the most recent holiday.. so, yeah a little busy.
Maybe things will get back to normal. Just now finally put price tags on any of the items that came in over the last few weeks. Heck, just now updating the darn websight!
On a side note, I was reminded on why I do not go onto Century arms web sight. Another place in addition to cabellas, and the hardwear store That I can not go to unaccompanied.. need the accountant to tell me "NO". But we have a lever shotgun and an 870 project coming along with a few retractable batons and swords. Yep, stabEh/slashey things. Just what you need to fill the Christmas stocking?
Well, will have stuff for the store I suppose. Little bit by little bit.
Heck, I still feel like Halloween and the election just ended... wait, it is almost December? Ah, heck....
I am really glad we all made it this far!
End of ramble..
Old troopers actual,
|Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:34 AM||comments (180)|
There are some things that collectors will get and just wonder "I wish you could talk". Firearms are no exception.
We have quite the company collection of older guns. Things from the 1790's all the way up to some newer police trade pistols with some "scars". They all have a story. With guns, especially millitary ones they have date stamps, proof marks, regimental markings, ect. But that may tell you where it went. Or when it was made. But not the story behind it.
This seems to be the problem with how history is thought in the modern age. It is all about dates, names and times. But that is what you can get off a SN# or a proof mark. But, now be honest here: what did you learn from memorizing enough dates and names to pass a test? Most of us retained NOTHING! But, you tell the story behind the event. Tell WHY something happened, and what was learned from it. That, that is where you learn something productive!
I got into firearms as an extension to history for me. A long, long time ago I was a voulenteer at a local historical fort, spent many, many hours in research. But was fascinated by the "why" behind most of the events of the era. Why the army had more muskets than rifles, why cannon were gauged the way they were. Ect... led to WHY the battles were fought the way they were.. I thought it was fascinating at least. Although a lot of my fellow reenactors were of the "I Dunn get to shoot shit" variety. I wanted to know WHY.
So fast foreword over 20 yrs. have a large collection of historical arms. All of them will tell you their story.
Only if you know where to look.
Every weapon that was issued to a soldier who has to bet his life on it has left an impression on his tool of choice. From the earliest matchlocks with scortchmarks from the over worked musketeer letting his match burn low to the final twists of match wrapped around the wooden stock, because he was to busy applying the bayonet or had become a casualty already. To the repaired crack when it was picked up off the battlefield to be reissued.
Or to the M4 carbine (I know, not like you will ever see one of these received for civil sales) with the anodizing worn clean off one section of the lower receiver from being constantly worn against a bit of gear that would rub as the soldier moved. Scars and down the handguards and stock due to receiving heavy, brutal use. Extensive Brass knicks in the brass deflecter from heavy use. Down to the tape residue near the mag well from being taped off due to not having a mag in place, but crud still not wanted in the needed rifle.
Stocks can be cleaned, metal refinished. But some wear will never leave. My first M1 had a curious bow shaped scar in the foreword handguard. Took me some time to realize that was a soldier's last impression. It was a dent from the guys THUMBNAIL! It is about 1/8 deep. There were much shallower depressions on the other side from the other four nails. Whatever happened to this guy, it was not good. Have a Hungarian army issued hi-power clone that had the most significant holster wear I have ever seen. No finish and a lot of scratches in one 3 inch area of the slide. Thinking a tanker in a worn out hip holster. My first 1911 was an Argentine copy. Police issue.... a lot of parts from other pistols went into that rattle trap to keep it running... It had knotches carved under the grips... yeah, sort of creepy there... A "Chang-ci-sheck" type 24 Mauser that cam to us with bad pitting along the wood line and gray mud under the barrel. And a €£#^}< load of yack grease ot whatever the early reds used before cosmoline. Hell, we have even had a French 1842 rifle musket that was loaded when we received it. With military ball cartrage no less! Must have been loaded for at least 100 years or so. Fortunately, just one round was down. Unlike most battlefield recovered muskets that would have one to six, yes six rounds down!
But do not think that only millitary guns have history. I have a worn Winchester 1897 shotgun that was a prison guard gun. Shortened stock, but with the full field barrel with extensive wear near the muzzle from being in and out of a scabbard or wall rack constantly. My old duty pistol, a retired MSP Walther P99 qa. Had some holster wear, but the barrel was completely shot out. Still had the "law use only" marked mag. Than there is the guns that were on the other side of the law. A Toledo built Union firearms company 16ga side by side that had the triggers worked in a way that both barrels would always go off at one pull. Looks like some rum runners last resort gun....
See... story's that will tell you of a great history. But only if you know where to look.
Old troopers actual, wishing you another year without seeing Roland behind you.