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  1. Building a Bauer (or Fraser) Automatic, or a Baby Browning From The Frame Up

    Building a Bauer (or Fraser) Automatic, or a Baby Browning from the frame up. by "adam01364" Years ago, I made the mistake of tearing apart my Bauer “too far” and the sear spring popped out. Unfortunately for me, there wasn’t a lot of information out there on the proper placement of the spring, and I spent a considerable amount of time figuring out how everything went back together. Since then, I’ve discovered I am not the only one to tear down one of these diminutives pistols “too far” as...
  2. DIY Camouflage a Plastic Stock

    DIY Camouflage a Plastic Stock by "histed" [My first attempt - Savage Axis .243. ] There are probably as many ways to change the color of a boring, black synthetic stock as there people who own them. This is by no means the be all and end all of painting a camouflage pattern on your rife (or Hi Point). It is a beginners guide for what I did and how it worked out for me. Step 1: Get over being afraid you're going to screw up the stock. It can't be done unless you use a torch or somehow...
  3. Tactical / Hunting / Camping Gear; What to look for in quality.

    Tactical / Hunting / Camping Gear; What to look for in quality. by "CamoDeafie" We all like to save money, and sometimes that means overlooking some things in terms of quality. But there are cases where quality actually does matter; such as expecting the gear to not fall apart when you need it to. Sometimes, this means making your own, if there does not exist specific items for specific duties on the market, such as Redball 9mm magazine carriers, or specific camouflage patterned items. As...
  4. Definitions - Part 6: "Ammunition"

    Definition Series - Part 6: "Ammunition" by Kirk Lawson Ammunition is to guns as gasoline is to a car. It is a consumable product that is required for the operation of the machine. There is some slang surrounding the product and we will identify a few of the slang words. We will use the most accurate words here but you should understand that there may be some in the firearms community, who I identify as suffering from "green belt syndrome" [Article - Green Belt Syndrome], who may feel it is...
  5. Definitions - Part 5: "Long-Arms"

    Definition Series - Part 5: "Long-Arm" by Kirk Lawson To continue our series of definitions for the firearms community, let's take a look at the term "long-arm." Long-arm is not a legal definition, at least not under federal law. It is more than slang but less than a "term of art" or a "technical term." It is a descriptive term and generally refers to any shoulder fired gun inclusive of rifles, short-barreled rifles, shotguns, and short-barreled shotguns. Sometimes it may be used to refer...
  6. Is my AR-15 "MilSpec"......or not?

    Is My AR-15 "MilSpec" ...or not? by Greg Ritchie You hear it every day. MilSpec this, MilSpec that. What is MilSpec? Military Specifications. It is a rifle built to Military Standards or MilStd. To be MilSpec every part of the rifle has to be scrutinized. Each component has to be made from a certain material, has to pass certain durability standards, dimensions have to be within certain paramiters. These standrds are clearly spelled out and can not be deviated from. And, these parts, as...
  7. Definitions - Part 4: "Handgun"

    Definition Series - Part 4: "Handgun" by Kirk Lawson In our continuing series of definitions for the firearms community, we will look at the term "handgun." We know what a "gun" is, what a "rifle" is, and what a "shotgun" is, as well as "short-barreled" rifles and shotguns. How is that different from a "handgun?" 18 U.S.C. § 921. (a) (29) writes: The term "handgun" means - (A) a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand; and (B) any...
  8. Definition Series - Part 3: "Shotgun"

    Definition Series - Part 3: "Shotgun" by Kirk Lawson In part 3 of our series of "definitions" let's look at what is a "shotgun." As we have already seen the term "shotgun" is something very specific. Under 18 U.S.C. § 921 (a) (5), a "shotgun" is: The term "shotgun'' means a weapon designed or redesigned made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of an explosive to fire through a smooth bore either a number of...
  9. SAFTD Pepper Spray Training

    SAFTD Pepper Spray Training by Kirk Lawson There is a lot of interest in Less Than Lethal self defense. While potentially lethal self defense, such as sticks, knives, firearms, and, yes, sometimes even bare hands, is often required, not every Force scenario necessarily requires a potentially lethal response. Filling this gap is difficult and currently only has a relatively small number of contenders such as batons, "soft hands," Tasers & Stun Guns, and Pepper Spray. Unfortunately, not all...
  10. Impressions on Ruger's EC9s

    Impressions on Ruger's EC9s By "histed" In 2011, Ruger announced a lightweight compact 9mm pistol, the LC9. At just over 17 ounces in weight and 6 inches in length, it was the same size or smaller than many of the .380 ACP compacts on the market at the time. The LC9 also featured adjustable rear sights, loaded chamber indicator and a 7+1 magazine. In a very short time, the little pistol became quite popular in the growing CCW market. It was not, however, with out flaws. In 2014, Ruger...
  11. Definition Series - Part 2: "Rifle"

    Definition Series - Part 2: "Rifle" by Kirk Lawson To continue in our series of "definitions" let's look at what is a "rifle." As we saw with "gun," a "rifle" is something, legally, very specific. Under 18 U.S.C. § 921 (a) (7), a "rifle" is: The term "rifle'' means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of an explosive to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore...
  12. DIY Nickel Plating an Old Revolver

    DIY Nickel Plating an Old Revolver by "ichthyo" [Original finish peeling and damaged] I have a thing for old beat up guns in that I enjoy making them look good again and function well. I’m not willing to spend my hard earned money on collector grade guns. For me restoring an old firearm is as much fun as shooting it when it’s done. It doesn’t have to look great, just respectable in my eyes. So I look for old guns that seem to be restorable with mostly complete parts and not terribly...
  13. Definition Series - Part 1: "Gun"

    Definition Series - Part 1: "Gun" by Kirk Lawson Firearms ownership is growing in the U.S. More and more new people are entering the community as lawful owners. While some have grown up with firearms in their family, a great many of these new entrants have limited experience. To their credit, they are actively searching training, instruction, and are reading to keep themselves up to date and safe. However, as with any hobby or lifestyle, there is also a lot of terminology, both official...
  14. Rambling Thoughts, the Ruger American Compact vs the Ruger Security 9. Range time and conclusion.

    Rambling Thoughts, the Ruger American Compact vs the Ruger Security 9. Range time and conclusion. by Greg Ritchie The two pistols were shot at a local indoor range from the 5, 10, and 15 yard line. a final round was shot with the target all the way against the back stop which is just short of 25 yards. In an effort to keep a level playing field and round counts the same, magazines were loaded with only 10 rounds. The ammunition used was Remington green and white box 100 round value packs,...
  15. Polish P83 Wanad, a Quick Review

    Polish P83 Wanad, a Quick Review by Kirk Lawson [P83 Wanad - Right Side] [P83 Wanad - Left Side] The Polish P83 "Wanad" is a popular surplus pistol chambered in 9x18 Makarov. I purchased one for addition to my collection of 9x18 Makarov caliber pistols. The firearm shows very little wear on the inside but shows very clear signs of holster carry. This was a “working” gun. It is definitely larger than it’s younger brother, the P64, which it replaced. Boasting 2 extra rounds per...
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