Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tinkering Tuesday - Conservative Creedmoor

So, way back in the halycon days of Gander Mountain, I sold me a whole bunch of guns. And a lot of them were Rugers. So, the fine folks in Prescott, sent me a Ruger American Predator in the newest, most awesome, best shooting, hyper sonic, tank killing, Bob Lee approved cartridge, known to man. The 6.5 Creedmoor.

Oh, that's last week cartridge. We've moved on the 6.5 PRC. Oh, wait, that was yesterday. We are now on to the 6mm Creedmoor.

Excuse, me had, to pop a Dramamine. I got a little woozy from all the bullshit. Had a dream I was shooting the Wimbledon Cup with a .224 Valkyrie and Julie Golob was spotting for me.

All kidding aside, the cartridge of the week is not a disease I'm always immune to. So, a newish cartridge in a free rifle was nothing to complain about.

But today I'm really going to talk about the optic I sourced for it. Realistically, the 6.5 CM is capable of hitting targets easily at 700 yards, even with factory ammo. It is certainly capable of taking paper targets anyway at 1,000 yards.

So, I wanted to harness the massive power of this new, controllable, brisk recoiling cartridge, oh wait, went down the buzzword rabbit hole again, but yeah, I needed good glass to make this project worth the transfer fee.

So, I went with a Loopy VX-3 3.5x10 Boone and Crockett.

The Boone and Crockett clubs is one of those organisations guys like me give money to for a cool sticker. Oh, and to promote good conservation practices of game animals. Can't hunt them if they're already dead.

I'm not real sure of the partnership that Leupold and the B&C had working; but, t's still really cool.

It's like Mil-Dots, but without all the brain sweat.

So, the recticle lends itself to easy shooting with very little weaponized math as long as you know your distance and bullet weight, which any competent shooter should know before heading out into the bush.

After the first of the year, I'm ordering a new MagPul American stock that will allow me to both use AICS mags and actually grip the damn thing. The cheap stock coming on the gun, being, well cheap.

I'm excited. And this a somewhat new area for me. Haven't really done a lot of long range shooting; nor, do ugly black plastic bolt guns generally appeal to me, but, I fell for the marketing hype. This week, anyway.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Somber Sunday

77 years ago, the yard superintendent at Pearl was still slogging about in his ruined whites assessing the damage to the Pacific Battle Force.

A crippled socialist had galvanized his country into winning a war to save the world.

In some of the far flung reaches of America's almost colonial possessions, pre-war regulars held the line.

In some cases, they were badly led. And By God were they outgunned. But held the line they did. from Bataan to Java to Wake, they fought with what they had.

And while they held the line, the Citizen Soldier reported for basic. Ford shifted from sedans to Liberators.

H&R shifted from single shot squirrel guns to the M-1 Garand.

Grandpa reported for duty and soon found himself in New Caledonia, equipped with both a sidearm and water cooled machine gun from the War to End All Wars. That wasn't terrible though; they were both designed by John Browning and still better than most anything issued by the Axis at the time.

The battle wagons of Pearl would by and large be salvaged and sent to avenge the Arizona, her damage to complete and substantial to warrant any repair efforts.

On a blog somewhere, I once read the following:

"And come Judgement Day, if the Good Lord needs a Battleship Crew  and her Marine det. at the Plain of Megiddo to fight the Forces of Evil, the best He could find will be at Pearl Harbor serving aboard the U.S.S. Arizona, still at Battle Stations, loyal to the Oath to the Constitution of the United States of America"
That is very true. RADM Kidd flew his flag as Commander, Battleship Division One, aboard the Arizona. He is still listed as missing, presumed dead as a result of enemy action. He was awarded the Medal for his actions on 7 Dec.

Today, 77 years, the Enterprise sortied after a brief seven hour stint tied up alongside the pier at Pearl. Admiral Halsey was in command in the task force. He would go on to harass and agitate the Japanese for the next four months, and then sneak a group of Army bombers to a few hundred miles off Japan. That helped set the stage for the battle of Midway.

And later, the Missouri would be anchored at Pearl. The Battleship finally declared obsolete.

But she was given one last duty to preform. Stand silent sentinel over her older sister, the Arizona. 

Rest easy, Shipmates. We won. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Free Form Friday - A Rant

 Cletus, listen, the Model 70 didn't originally come with sights. You ain't going to Africa any time soon. You don't need iron sights on that .270 you are going to put a cheap Wal Mart scope on. Please don't act like "real rifles come with irons." They haven't in the last 50 years in calibers other than .30 WCF, . 35 Rem, or .358 Winchester.

You're not a native hunting guide in Alaska.

So, Cletus, for the love of Eugene Stoner, don't bitch to me, especially when I have people stacked up at the counter, the phone ringing, the pizza guy waiting, and the FedEx guy needing me about why the Bushmaster bargain basement beginner blaster I just handed you doesn't have iron sights.

And $74.95 for a set of MagPul MOE MBUS sights is pretty effin' fair.

People wonder why I drink.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tinkering Tuesday - For Real Ghost Gun

The 1968 Gun Control Act prohibits an unlicensed person from making a firearm to sell. However, that being said, you can churn out as many home built guns as you like so long as they comply with federal and local laws. That is to say I can't make a Sten gun in my garage because it would a be an unregistered, post '86 machine gun. May Charlie Rangle burn in hell with Stalin, Hitler, and Sherman.

But, all that being said, I can still make anything else I see fit.

So, what does an intrepid gun right's activist do?

He buys a second hand drill press!

Why yes, that is bobber cooler. It floats!

MidwayUSA was blowing out Polymer80 Gen 3 Not A Glock lowers. It was an impluse buy. But if you give an aspiring machinist a drill press, he's gonna buy an 80% lower.

I'm under no illusions that the Feds, if they wanted to could run my card purchase to my PO Box and then to me. But I doubt it ever comes to that.

However, some dumbass congress critter, but I repeat myself, has decided home gunsmithing is bad and scary. And therefor must be banned. Because all those kids offing one another in Chicago have basement arsenals like the Israelis in the War of Independence. Yeppers. That's that ticket.

Oh hell no it ain't. The reason you get guns in Chicago and the like is two fold:
A) Guns don't wear out. So even that Hi Point C9 is gonna get passed around for years.
B) The Feds rarely prosecute straw purchasers. Rarely.

But, HR 7115 goes after the guys like me who like to do things in our garage. The fella who only has one lower but a couple of different uppers in multiple calibers. The bench rest shooter that free floats and changes barrels because he's shooting something like 300 H&H.

Else where in the gun blogospehere I read, and can't remember where, that this bill is an attack on dedicated gun owner. And if we can be silenced, the fella who keeps a Shield in his sock drawer is next.

That is very much the case. However, if it becomes illegal to make your own firearms, what's to stop me from saying screw my Not a Glock and building a Sten clone? The parts for that are cheaper at Lowes. Or even cheaper at the local hardware store where they don't have a UPC scanner and prefer cash.

Call your Reps. Tell them HR 7115 is stupid and they are too. Well, maybe not that last part.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving. And has someone or something to be thankful for. I'm hoping for a Falcons win and for NICS to cooperate tomorrow. But that's a future Mack worry.

Today I'm thankful for the following

  • The Second Amendment. Without it we would be somewhere like Australia or the formerly Great Britain. 
  • An ODA that is down range and kicking some ass
  • My meet space blog buddies, OldNFO and Mr Garabaldi. Whom helped my embrace my inner gun nut
  • The fact that I have close circle of friends to celebrate Friendsgivings with
  • The fact that my dumb ass lazy dogs bring joy to Uncle with early on set dementia. And Uncle Cart could frame a house, bust a bronc, and stack dead Commies with the best of them, so seeing him happy is a blessing
  • My long suffering wife who's definition of one gun a month can be interpeted a bunch of different ways
  • All the folks on the Side Bar whom have done a lot to advance the gun culture and fight for civil liberties
Okay, I'm off to the Father in Law's house. Gonna show him the pistol build and talk smack about his Steelers. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Weapons Wednesday - Feeding from the bottom

Before we get too deep into today's post on fine sporting shotguns, I have made words elsewhere on the interwebs. Click here to see what your favorite Counter Jockey carries in his pockets everyday.

For whatever reason, I am right handed and left eye dominant. My vision is pretty crappy but when I close my right eye I see decently through my left eye.

So, through out my shooting life, there has been a mess of contradictions. I shoot bolt guns awkwardly unless I'm on a bench. If I'm shooting a full sized hand gun I embrace my inner Larry Vickers and just turn my head.

However, there is one platform that I some how always shoot well and can reload without looking like a monkey trying to have intercourse with a football as I do it.

That gun is the Ithace 37, in all of it's various iterations.

As always, the Ithaca 37 was a gun designed to get around or outlast various John Browning patents.  Seriously, to steal paraphrase Tam, when the U.S. Space Force invades Jupiter for ice, the hover tanks will have M-2 machine guns on the commander hatch.

That being said, Ithaca wanted to produce a pump gun on par with the Model 12. And had to wait until 1937 to do it. Which to paraphrase the President, was the worst time ever, in the history of ever, to introduce a sporting shotgun.

Mine has taken many a dove and a couple of ducks. In college, I decided that I would embrace my inner Whiz Kid and only keep one shotgun to do everything. It worked okay for home defense (never needed it), okay for informal skeet shooting, and bagged me one solitary mallard one early morning when I should have been at PT before class.

The Model 37 is definitely a gun from another country, to borrow a term from Colonel Cooper. Machined and well engraved with nice wood.

One Day I'll get good at photography

Ithaca produced 1911s and Grease Guns during the war. In a a weird twist of fate, during my Father's service in Southeast Asia, he carried a cut down Ithaca 37 DS Police riot gun and an M-3 grease gun. Compact, handy weapons easy to sling to your person in the confines of either an HH-3 or HH-53.

My Old Man was a couple of different Ithaca bird guns, even to include one my Mother shoots rarely. Which, to me, epitomizes the appeal of the Model 37. Fine bird guns, duck guns, riot guns for the police, trench guns for the military, and home defense versions of the Model 37 have all been produced. My favorite episode of "Dragnet" involves Sgt. Friday checking out a 37 DS Police from the armory, loading four shells, loading one into the chamber, topping off the tube, and dropping an extra shell in the pocket of his sport coat. Be Prepared.

Hell, CPL Hicks even uses one to kill a Xenomorph. Juan Rico has one mounted under his Morita carbine.

Pop bought me the above pictured Featherweight for Christmas one year shortly prior to Commissioning. I shoot it okay. The stock is a little short and the barrel is kinda short for my preference.

But it looks good on the rack, and every so and Old Timer will come into the store and ask about "old 37s" and I can square my shoulders and say "Yeah, my Old Man bought me one. It's a great gun. Especially if you shoot left handed."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tactical Tuesday - Shooting the Imports

Sunday morning, I ventured over to the local indoor range. And, well, flung some lead down range.

It's kinda an obscure gun; you mightn't have heard of it

Namely, the Uzi Eagle. As imported by Uzi America. And assembled by IMI. When this gun came in the shop, I knew I had to have it. I bought it right before Jackie and I got married. So it set unattended for the next two months. Finally shot it a little bit when we went and saw Pudge and his Lady over the 4th. And it was less than impressive with 185 grn Winchester White Box FMJ.

Well flash forward to a week ago, and I did some shooting with Dennis. He had concocted a load that the Uzi Eagle really, really, really liked. Which is good because I really really really wanted to like this gun.

I ran 100 rounds through it. Zero malfunctions and decent groupings at seven, ten, and 12 yards. Which look like damn Camp Perry winning groups compared to how the gun use to shoot.

Excuse the terrible picture, but I'm mighty impressed with what the cheap import can do. An all steel, heavy TDA gun shooting .40 S&W is like the opposite of cutting edge these days, but man, it's fun when it does the work for you.

Oh, and because, it ain't any fun having a SiG and not shooting it where people can see you, I ran a box through my -226 as well.

Stay tuned for further load development for this lovely piece of mid 90s awesomeness.

Tinkering Tuesday - Conservative Creedmoor

So, way back in the halycon days of Gander Mountain, I sold me a whole bunch of guns. And a lot of them were Rugers. So, the fine folks in P...