Friday, July 28, 2017

Range day and new equipment review.




Seeing as how it's about time for my biannual (semi-annual?) blog post I thought I'd just do it about today's range day. 

So, July 28th... in Texas. It's a lovely, partly cloudy day, light winds out of the north keeping the temp down to a mild 102F. But it's a dry heat. Which only means you have to bring cooking spray when you fry the egg on the sidewalk. I shot XTac green tip for the AR and 1945 surplus 8mm Mauser for the Mauser. 

I had three tasks today. Rezero my truck rifle, test shoot my 104 year old Mauser G98AZ to make sure the stock repair holds, and test this new mag from CAA out. 

This new mag, the CAA CDMag, is a polymer mag like PMags but has an actual round counter on the rear of the mag. The round counter is color coded as well as numbered so quick checks for ammo remaining can easily see a green, yellow or red background. Top 10 rounds have a green background, rounds 11 - 20 are yellow and the last 10 have a red background. The round counter worked like a charm but it was sized so that you saw 2 numbers in the window. The top visible number being the actual rounds remaining. 






Loading was only slightly harder than loading a PMag. It locked up into the magwell solidly with very little wiggle either fore/aft or side to side. Which may be why it wouldn't drop free when the mag release was hit. Unloaded it would spring about 2 inches when the release was hit, but wouldn't move on its own at all when loaded full. And only pop enough to say it it was out of locked on a half mag. My guess is the mag bulges slightly when loaded and that's why it's not moving when loaded even though it's heavier with 30 rounds. 

Aside from a problem stripping off the first round of a fully loaded mag (it took 3 tries to finally grab that first round) it worked flawlessly and locked open without trouble on the empty mag. 

They retail about 8 bucks more than the windowed PMags. I'm gonna continue to use this as a range mag to see if use will work it in better.  I would like to see the round counter window sized a bit better so it only showed one number but I can see why it's like it is. I'd also like to see it sized better so it drops free in its own. But that's my personal preference. I know others who prefer the tighter seating. The failure to feed the first round I'm gonna reserve judgement on till I've used it more to see if it's just a quirk of a brand new mag or not. As it stands now they aren't worth it to me to switch over from PMags as my default mag, but they do make a good range mag. 






As for the other two tasks. It'd been maybe 5 years since I'd sighted in my truck rifle, an AeroPrecision AR-15 with an Adams Arms piston conversion kit, Trijicon ACOG TA-31H scope, and magpul furniture. I shot it a couple of months ago and I was 3 ft. high and about 2 ft. left at 100 meters. So... yeah. 




Zeroing was done kneeling, semi supported. Once I got it on paper, thanks for the spotting Old_NFO,  I adjusted till I hit consistently in that group at 5-5:30. Then tweaked it to that group in the red. The group up at 3 to 4 high were when I moved back to 100 meters. Which is where it should be for a 25/250 battlefield zero. The larger holes are from the Mauser, again at 100. 15 rounds of mule kicking 8mm Mauser and the stock repair held wonderfully. 

Here's a pic of Obi Wan Kenobi sleeping for sticking around thru this blog. 



All I all not a bad day at the range. 


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Friday, October 21, 2016

It follows me home and be my presciousessesssssss

So yesterday, in a fit of pure evil the color of the blackest politician's heart, Old NFO forced me to go to the local bugscuffleville gun store. And then at virtual gunpoint, coerced me to put a 1916 SMLE No. 1 Mk III* on layaway. But it gets worse!  Then, in what can only be the most diabolical of plots with the owner had said owner "mistakenly" charge my card not the layaway amount, but the remainder!  They then were able to hide that from me till too late last night. Upon discovery of this most dastardly conspiracy, I was left with no other option than to pick the rifle up today. And finally to add insult to injury, there was CCI Mini-Mag .22lr on the counter and some of that found it's way into the bag.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Range day weirdness.

First off, sorry for the sparse posting.

Today was .30-06 day at the range.  Well, to be more specific it was WW1 rifle .30-06 day at the range.

So, I dug out my Springfield 1903(a3). (I haven't found a decent shooter 03 yet.) My Eddystone M1917 and a Winchester made Eddystone that I'd bought from a friend a while back but never had out to the range.

I needed to get the 03 sighted in and so I picked it up first.  And had it nicely sighted in 6 rounds at 50 yd.  I was thankful for the a3 rear sight rather than the older ladder sight.  I did not want to have to figure out where my POI should be for a 547 yd zero POA. 

Since the only way to adjust the sights on the Eddystone is to take a punch and drift the front sight I was just gonna make sure they were pretty much where they should be and then plink away till I was happy.  My Eddystone Eddystone shot pretty much as expected and was a might bit right of dead center. 

When I pulled out the Winchester I was nowhere on paper when I checked after the first shot.  Just to make sure I wasn't pulling it something I fired a couple more carefully and nothing.  Just a really nice unmarked target.  So, I walked up closer (between 15 and 25 yd.) and fired a round.  Then a couple more just to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing.

This is what I got.






Yep, four rounds from between 15 and 25 yds and this is what I got. Keyholing like nobody's business.  Took the rifle back to the loading bench and inspected it as best I could.  Throat and muzzle looked okay.  The crown was undamaged. The brass from the fired shells were undamaged.  The rounds fed, extracted and ejected without a problem.  I checked the muzzle gauge with another round. 


That's not too bad really. I obviously don't have a .30 cal gauge to get an accurate measurement.  Talked with my captive gun smith, who I'd bought the rifle from and we're both stumped.  Next is a visit to my local smith and have it checked out.

Fun day anyway.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Build Complete

Just got the hand guard in today. Many thanks to DiamondHead USA for exchanging the low hand guard for their new high hand guard with no problems or hassle.

.308 built up on an AR platform using AeroPrecision's M-5 Lower and upper, heavy profile barrel, Magpul MOE buttstock, MIAD grip with spare battery insert, Diamondhead USA VRS hand guard and matching T-Brake Muzzle Compensator. I went with my go to KNS trigger pin set and Geissele SSA-E trigger. I just like them. I pulled the Burris scope off of my AR Varmitter. It was too much scope for that caliber anyway. I'm gonna put a bipod on it tomorrow when the adapter for the key-mod comes in.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Gun Pron and Range Report

So a couple of weeks ago I threw a throw away bid on a Glock 36 on Gunbroker. The bid was really low and there was a week to go on the auction so I didn't even remember it after a couple of days.  But to my surprise I won it. Warning, pic heavy, for me anyway.

This:





to be precise.

Picked it up today and went to the range to test it out.  It is a seriously different trigger from the 1911's I'm used to.





I started with the lower left target and proceeded to curse the inventor of the striker fire trigger. But 50 rounds and 5 targets later I got that group on the upper right target.

The next 50 rounds I shot just to make sure I understood the difference in the feel and break of a striker fire trigger. Really, it's just so mushy from what I'm used to in a trigger.  Even compared to some of my revolvers.





And I swear it broke in a different place almost every time. I'm still anticipating the recoil as little as it is. But I'm pretty out of practice with handguns of late. I've been concentrating a bit too much on rifles over the summer.

And this:





will drive as many people as possible crazy.  I know you're cringing right now, Curtis, Daniel, Fudd, FarmDad, well the list goes on and on. :D

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...

Don't.

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.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

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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