Saturday, November 17, 2018

#ProjectCarbine - 7 Month Short Update

It's been 7 months since #ProjectCarbine took life. I haven't been able to shoot it nearly as much as I would like but I do get to take it out every once in a while. Over the recent weekend I was able to hit up a 100 yard range to verify zero. I am pleased to note that the Primary Arms 1-6 is still holding zero even in the soft shell UTG bag.

It still doesn't have the accuracy I would have liked but I may just need to put more or better ammunition through it than the M855 I've been feeding it.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ruger 10/22 - Ubiquitous Excellence

The Ruger 10/22 is one of the firearms that is extraordinarily pervasive throughout the US. As a well made, yet inexpensive .22 LR semi-auto rifle, the Ruger 10/22 has been made by the millions and sold probably everywhere that such firearms are legal to own on Earth. There are third party companies making literally every part including receivers. It's been made in a variety of rimfire calibers and can be found at just about any gun shop in the US. People love them and customize the snot out of them.

And I never owned one.

Until now. About mid-way though 2018 I signed up for the Appleseed Project two day class in Macon where you need a rifle with good irons and a sling. They suggest a .22 rifle for it's cheap and plentiful ammunition as you need around 500 rounds for the two day event. I was planing on taking my ProjectCarbine and a .22 LR. The Ruger American Rimfire would have been a good choice but the iron sights were installed incorrectly from the factory. I purchased a new 10/22 with walnut stock and had the local gun shop install swivel studs for a sling. It's Ruger's basic carbine with 18 inch barrel and wood stock (PN# 1103).

I've owned semi auto .22s for years. The Stevens 62 was the first rifle I ever owned and still have it but it never struck me as a great rifle despite not having any real trouble with it. The Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 was loads of fun but I traded it years ago for something more important. It's also currently banned from Appleseed Project classes. The older Marlin 60 I have would make for a great truck gun but not necessarily the best choice for the class due to the tube magazine. I decided to pick up the Ruger to see what all the hype was about.

After learning a little bit about what the 10/22 is and it's design, I can completely agree with the people. I get it. The Ruger 10/22 is simple. It is devilishly simple. The way the barrel mates to the receiver blew my mind once I saw it. Two bolts. That's it. Just two bolts hold the barrel to a point on the receiver and it works so well. You can tear a 10/22 down with simple hand tools sitting on your couch. You can literally build a new one from entirely aftermarket parts while binge watching Netflix from your living room without a workbench or vice in a few hours.

The customization options are outrageous. From heavy barrels and caliber conversion to hand crafted wood stocks or cool-guy stocks that make it look like a G36, a P90 or even a M249. Some where even converted to full auto with absurd cyclic rates. They have target models, take-down models and even a pistol version called the Charger. 

Bill Ruger truly nailed it with the 10/22.

I have a low round count (about 150 rounds) with the rifle since purchasing it but so far I've enjoyed it. I can absolutely see building a fully customized rifle in the future and even have plans to do so.

I completely recommend the Ruger 10/22 for everyone.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tricking Out Guns - Upgrading the Gen1 M&P Shield

One of my carry options has been the M&P Shield 9 with thumb safety for the last few years. While I've been thinking about making changes to the Shield, for the most part I've left it stock with the exception of Talon grips. That said, since I've been on a Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan series kick, I decided to make a few changes.

In the series, Jack Ryan's oldest son, Jack Jr., works for an off-the-books, private intelligence firm referred to as The Campus. Several of the operators of The Campus carry the M&P Shield for their more clandestine actions.

The changes I've made are the basic changes that I make to all my carry guns; tritium iron sights and a weapon light. In this case, I've foregone my usual TRUGLO TFX's for a set of Trijicon HD's with the yellow outline. The Streamlight TLR-6 will serve as the light. However, I have an additional change for kicks and giggles; a Lone Wolf Distributors AlphaWolf threaded barrel.You know, for wet work.

I'll be running the stock barrel most of the time but I am very interested to see how this all works with the DeadAir Wolf 9SD especially in the short config. This is going to be fun.

As for holsters, Gearcraft Holsters has an order for their IWB with all the goodies for my gun I can expect to be delivered in June or July.

And yes I am excited for the Amazon Jack Ryan series.

Update: I had recoil spring / guide rod failure in June. I went to swap out the threaded barrel and the assembly spontaneously self-dissembled. I was able to locate the 2 guide rod pieces and the springs  and manually reassemble the gun but it was a giant pain.I ordered 2 replacement spring assemblies.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Carbine Build - #ProjectCarbine

The main focus of this build was to create what I call the 'Cool-Guy' AR15. Initially, the project started off as a buildup of a cheap DPMS Oracle, however, after examination of the parts list on the DPMS, I determined that the 4140 steel barrel and commercial spec buffer tube were not 'Cool-Guy' enough for this build. Therefore, replacements were needed. In essence, the parts that needed to be good such as the barrel and action should be of excellent quality where the rest can be re-purposed from existing parts. As the project progressed, the idea, while satirical, ended up being to build a legitimate firearm that I could grow into as I become more proficient with a rifle. 

When I found out that the Oracle had a commercial spec buffer tube, I opted to re-assign the built DPMS lower to another project. I pulled a stripped Anderson lower from inventory and assigned it to the build.  I had set it aside until I could source all the parts I wanted. I had the 4140 barrel and carbine length gas system stripped from the Oracle's upper. I later removed the ejection port cover and forward assist from the upper in preparation for Cerakote finishing. I chose a Geissele MK8, 13 inch rail to act as a free-float handguard and rigid mounting point for any accessories such as a weapon light and front sight. During the planning phase, I setteled on two options for barrels but I knew it was going to be a mid-length gas system and 14.5 inch barrel. I ended up choosing the Faxon Firearms GUNNER 14.5 inch barrel with mid-length gas system. I had initially considered the FN-made, Spikes Tactical "machine gun" barrel but the cost vs benefit of the double chrome lined FN barrel vs the Faxon QPQ didn't pan out for me; I opted for the Faxon for it's QPQ finish and price. Prior to Cerakote-ing the receivers and rail, I knew I wanted and an adjustable, low profile, gas block. After searching and searching, the only suitable option came from Superlative Arms as the barrel requires a .625 inch gas block, something difficult to find in the adjustable form. Given that the barrel is under the 16 inch minimum for Title 1 firearms, I had Moss Pawn and Gun do a pin and weld using a Surefire WARCOMP to keep everything Title 1. I'm not ready to do tax stamps for firearms just yet. While the barrel was getting a pin-and-weld, I had GA Firing Line complete the Cerakote job. Both of them completed their tasks quickly and with quality results.

The Cerakote job is excellent. I ended up with Cerakote's SIG Dark Grey (H-210Q) and I really like the way it looks and feels. It's very modern looking. I've already been putting the durability to the test.

Once I had the upper assembly completed, I topped it off with Magpul MBUS Pro sights because I love them. I also added a few MAGPUL MLOK accessories. With a fully built upper, I pulled the DPMS lower assembly off of ProjectBasic for testing. Once, initial testing was complete, I began sourcing the lower parts needed. I built out the Cerakoted Anderson lower with a standard Anderson parts kit but used a Geisselle Super Dynamic 3 Gun flat shoe trigger. The stock I used was a Magpul MOE-SL mil-spec I had in inventory; a temporary solution until I settle on the stock I want. During testing, I found I had trouble seeing the narrow and dark front sight post initiating a purchase of Blitzkrieg Component's bright yellow / green replacement front post. They also have a tritium front post.

For the final touches I scooped up a Midwest Industries cantilever, QD mount for use with a Primary Arms 1-6 Gen 3 with the ACSS reticle. It wasn't necessary but I had the fine folks at 42 North gun shop lap the mount rings and level the scope. They have done a ton of small stuff to help me get this rifle to a place where I am happy.

The build has run flawlessly so far allowing me to declare this rifle as mechanically complete. The only parts missing from the upper are a Radian RAPTOR-SD charging handle, a bolt carrier group of my choosing and a Surefire SOCOM-556 RC suppressor. I'm considering replacing the Magpul MS3 sling with a Slingster and adding a Surefire WARDEN to the mix. I will look to picking up a Bravo B5 SOPMOD Enhanced stock but we will see.

So far, I am ecstatic about how this build has turned out. It seems to shoot well enough and the trigger break is so clean and I'm running the default 4 lbs spring. The rifle isn't exhaustively heavy with everything. I haven't really been able to do any real shooting with it but as soon as I am able, I will stretch this baby's legs. I have no real changes I'd like to make!

CZ 75 P-01 - 2 Years of Service

I've had the CZ P-01 for over 2 years now. It's been my primary carry gun for the most part during that time. I'm still going through holsters and made a few changes to the pistol and the way I carry it but it's continued to be fantastic. Some days I swap out for another pistol such as the P-10c or M&P9 Shield but I almost always end up going back to the P-01.

The pistol's current form is wearing a set of tritium fiber optic TruGlo TFX Pro iron sights and an Inforce APL-c. This seriously limits my selection of holsters to custom made deals but given that I spend half my year on night shift, it makes sense to have a white light to illuminate the dark corners of the world.

I've also switched my carry method to inside the waistband for day-to-day. The latest holster I'm using is the Gearcraft Holsters IWB made here in Georgia. It isn't the worst option but after several months of use, I've found issue with the canted clip mounting in combination with the belt clip design tends to leave the holster loose and on a few occasions, the holster came with the pistol on draw. It's a well made holster but I wish they had the option to change the cant. Update: It turn's out one of the holes is elongated to allow for adjusting cant. This are great holsters but I still wish they had a tuckable option for my setup.

I have no idea how many rounds I have through the gun. It's not a huge number but should be around 1,500 to 2,000 or more. I've shot just about everything FMJ wise that's immediately available and have had very few issues.

The only real complaints I have are my lack of skill with the double action trigger pull and the rubber coated base plate of the magazine has a sharp corner that pokes my fatty sides becoming painful after a while when carrying the spare magazine on the same side.

I need to spend more time with the pistol but CZ has solidified the P-01's position in my carry rotation as a primary, go-to option.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

YouTube HQ Shooting - Details

We don't have all the details of the attack yet but since it's already being used as a piece of political ammunition, here we go. Shields to max, I guess.

Here's a breakdown of some of the gun control laws in place in California and how they didn't stop the YouTube HQ mass shooting; at least 3 people were shot by the perpetrator with a handgun who then shot their self. You can guarantee that Mass Shooting Tracker will chalk this up as a mass shooting (update: they already have).


-Firearm Safety Certificate - Can't buy unless you have a certificate.

-Universal Background Checks - Private transfers must go through a dealer to run a background check.

-Enhanced Background Checks - California's DOJ goes through federal and state databases to check eligibility.

-Ammunition Transfer - You have to go through a licensed dealer to buy ammo. There is a transfer fee. Same goes for online ammo. You can buy but it has to be shipped to the dealer for transfer.

-Assault Weapons Ban - California's AWB is pretty weak by comparison to other places but it still exists.

-Firearms Registration - All newly purchased firearms must be registered to the CA DOJ.

-10 Round Magazine Limitation - Pretty obvious.

-10 Day Waiting Period - At a minimum this applies to all first time buyers.

-Microstamping for Semi Auto Pistols - CA requires that new semi auto pistols have microstamping before they can be accepted onto the approved firearms list.

-Approved Firearms List - CA requires all handguns sold in the state be submitted to their DOJ for evaluation.

-Red Flag Laws - Legalized confiscation if authorities think you're a threat.

-Gun Free Zone - I don't have access to the employee handbook but it's isn't a stretch to imagine YouTube doesn't allow personal firearms on their property but I can't confirm that.

What else would you like to add?