Friday, July 31, 2015

That's curious

You know, of all the rifle builds I've done. I still haven't done a free float handguard.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Idle bets and range reports

So, when you're sitting around, as you do, and you make the comment that you bet you could build an entire AR just from the spare parts in your boxes...


Because when you do, you'll end up with this:

Except you'll realize that you don't have, of all things, trigger guards and a good Magpul pistol grip.  I mean seriously.  How did I not have any trigger guards. I swear I have pulled a bazillion of those things off of builds I've done and where are they? Pistol grips I have. I have more than a dozen stock GI grips, but I really hate those things.

And this is what the zeroing looks like.

The far right is the first shot I took, from the hip by the way, because if it was going to blow up, I'd rather keep my nose.  Aimed shot number one was far lower left. Shot two was upper left. I miscounted and had a bit of trouble feeling the clicks on the EOTech. That little group at the 5 o'clock inside the "10" ring holds shot number 3 and then the other 3 holes in the ten ring were to confirm the zero.

So, the lesson for today is maybe have a better idea of what you've got in your parts bins.

Also, I got another 200 rounds through the AK today while I was there. Had a failure to feed on round three of magazine #2 today. It just didn't strip the round off the top of the mag. Cycled the charging handle and continued to bang away.  That makes 2 malfunction in 1200 rounds, the FTF today and the weird double feed I had in the first 300 rounds.  Not bad for something that I haven't cleaned, only lightly LIGHTLY oiled it after I picked it up from the smiff, and been running el cheapo wolf lacquer coated steel cased milsurp ammo through it.

I stopped there, because it was literally too hot to handle the rifle or mags.

It was a good day.

Monday, July 13, 2015

15 hours and counting.

Do you realize how incredible this is? And this isn't even the fastest man made object we've sent out.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AK Range report.

Okay. So, I'm now about 500 rounds into the test run.  Another 500-1000 to go depending on how well I can survive the heat.  I got it rough sighted in last week and put a couple of hundred rounds through it. Today I finished tweaking the sights so they were as spot on as my tired ol' eyes can get it. Then finished the first box of 500 I had with me.

I actually got a FTF today I had about 100-120 rounds left out of the box and on the second round of a topped off 30 round magazine I had the round hang up and hold the bolt back about half way.

Yes, I know. AK's never jam.  Whatever.  This was bad enough I had to drop the mag and pop the dust cover off to get the round out from behind the bolt.

So, 500 rounds through, not been cleaned or oiled since I put a light, LIGHT coat of hopes on it after I first got it and 1 malf so far.  I've had AR's perform better.  Just saying.

I do have to say that Randy Kline, the gun smith at Jacksonville, TX who put it together, did an excellent job and the trigger is one of the smoothest I've ever had on a military rifle.  I highly recommend him for AK and FAL work.

I'll try to get the next 500 rounds put through it over the weekend if possible.  But it's slow going.  That rifle heats up enough that I can't hold onto the front grips without asbestos gloves after barely 100 rounds.  I had the thing literally smoking today, even with long breaks between magazines to let it cool down.

Friday, May 22, 2015

My new pretty.

Well, not pretty in the least. It's a Polish under folder kit (less the parts needed to make it 922r compliant), a NoDak receiver, and the smiffy magic of Randy in Jacksonville, TX. The kit is a numbers matching kit from a demilled Polish AK, with all the wear you'd expect from an ex-military rifle.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Yes, I'm doing a gun review. The DP-12 by Std. Mfg. LLC of New Britain, CT.

Today we're going to look at the DP-12 by Standard Mfg. of New Britain, Connecticut. 

Std Mfg DP-12

It's the new large capacity bullpup shotgun on the market. Set to go up against the UTAS UTS-15 and Kel-Tec's KSG, it's approaching the idea from a new direction. Rather than two tubes feeding a single chamber, they basically took two shotguns and melded them together. It's chambered to 3" so any 12 gauge ammo you can find will fire from it, but I'd test any short shells before using them.

Initial impressions were that this is a well constructed, robust shotgun. The balance when unloaded is biased to the aft. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but when loaded it has a nice center of gravity. There's plenty of rail on top for mounting optics, lasers, etc.  I just put a cheap red dot for range testing today and it worked fairly well.  The controls are logical and follow the basic AR setup. They're also ambidextrous. The slide lock is on front of the trigger guard and easily reachable and usable by the trigger finger. The front pistol grip comes standard on the shotgun and is solid to the slide. Something that's looking to be a problem with the Kel-Tec and a couple of incidents of self inflicted wounds when the front pistol grip has come off when racking.  The loading/ejection port is open and easy to inspect.

Loading is straight forward and easy. Racking the slide back allows you to load the barrels and sliding it forward closes the ramps and loading the magazine tubes is easy. Also, these tubes truly hold 7 3" rounds each. Unlike the KSG or the UTS which kinda/sorta holds 7 rounds of 2 3/4" shells if you really cram them in.

Firing is easy and the follow on shot is quick.  Recoil is very manageable. Loads from 2 3/4" bird shot up through a couple of 3" turkey loads really had very little difference. Part of this maybe the weight, it's basically two pump shotguns you're carrying. But the recoil was still fairly straight back with very little muzzle climb.

Racking is easy and forgiving. One doesn't need to slam it back and forth to get it to work unlike the UTS. It will take a little training to get used to the Bang-Bang-Chunk action since the slide won't unlock till both barrels are fired.

As mentioned above, the follow on shot is quick due to the double barrel configuration, and the slide throw is not too long.

All in all it's a nice shotgun to shoot.  Now keep in mind this is not your grandfather's turkey gun or the next big thing in skeet/trap shooting.  This is a compact maneuverable shotgun that holds enough rounds to keep your worst nightmares at bay. In other words, this is a great home defense shot gun. It's short enough that you can swing it around in hallways or doorways with out any difficulty while still carrying enough rounds to deal with the threat.

There are some things that I'm not too fond of.  First off, the weight. Like I said it's basically two pump shotguns in one frame and while I can't say that it's double the weight of the UTS or KSG, it is definitely heavier by a few pounds loaded or unloaded.

The safety is familiar but lacks that positive lock in position that I'd like to feel when moving it.  Currently it just rotates to the stop without locking into position once it's there. The other big issue I have with the safety is that it wont move to safe if only one chamber has been fired and the other one is still "hot". Which means you'll have to fire twice no matter what or manually release the slide and eject one live round with one spent to get the safety into the safe position.

The shotgun has no way of knowing if the chamber is loaded or empty.  Say you load 6 rounds in one tube and only 4 in the other.  You'll end up at some point with one chamber empty and depending on which one it is you'll get a click-bang or bang-click before the slide will unlock and you can rack the next round(s).

There is no "field stripping" this shotgun. You need a couple of allen wrenches to disassemble it. I'm a big believer that you should be able to do basic cleaning of any gun without having to resort to a gunsmith's bench to do it.

And finally, the price. Currently they're only available from and they're retailing at $1395.00 each. Hopefully they will come down as they get more of them out there, but CTD bought the first 30,000 units so, don't expect other vendors or a price change anytime soon.

I hope that Std. Mfg. addresses the safety issue. You should be able to put the shotgun on safe even if you don't fire both barrels.  As for the safety feel and the one empty chamber issues, while they would be nice to solve, I won't lose any sleep over them.

So, I give this shotgun a thumbs up. It's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

Friday, March 27, 2015

I need to organize

Today I found out my rifles are chambered in this:

I didn't realize it was that many. But in my defense the first five were developed over 120 years ago.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About that curtailed purchasing...

Okay, so I really didn't curtail it that much. But I did... a bit... honest... I can quit anytime I want. Stop laughing! I can quit!

Anyway, I started saving up for a major purchase a ways back. I mentioned it in this post back in May.

The following are pics of my brand new to me, FBI Thompson M1928A1 with original case, manual and drum magazines.

Except it looks a lot like a helicopter.

It's still in transit. The gentleman transporting it from Florida to me is being kind enough to store it temporarily till I can find a hanger here for it.  There's no way I'm going to even risk a chance of hail damage to it. I'm not saying I'm all school girl, jumping around, clapping, squealing excited right now... All those years flying fixed wing and jets and I still wanted to do this. Well, I'm gonna and mom and dad can't stop me now. If they ask, I'll just tell them I'm playing piano at a whore house.

I've lined up an instructor and contacts with several other owners in the area. So, the support network is starting at least.  Having time off is an issue.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honest, it followed me home on it's own...

Can I keep it? Too late, I already am.

She's a 1941 Kovrov SVT-40. Has the SVT not AVT stock. (No cut out for the full auto flip on the safety switch.) Really in great shape for a 70+ year old gun.

Range report will follow when time allows.

I've heard this gun referred to as the Soviet Garand. I think it has a bit more in common with the US's M14 and would make it a more advanced rifle than the Garand. The notable feature being the detachable magazine. But as both the Garand and the SVT-40 were WW2 and the M14 was a development of a decade later, I can see why the one comparison and not the other.

This rifle was planned to be the replacement for the Mosin Nagant and be the primary MBR of the Soviet military but the timing of the war, vulnerability of the factories making these to the Nazi advance during Operation Barbarosa, and just the flat out critical need for millions of rifles NOW, meant the Mosin Nagant remained the primary rifle of the Soviets during WW2 and relatively few of these being produced in comparison.  And we all know the AK pretty much eclipsed anything else coming before it after the war.

I'm thinking about naming her Ivana Onnatop.