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  • Silencer or Suppressor

    Silencer or Suppressor by Kirk Lawson In 1908 Hiram Percy Maxim filed patent for what he called a "Silencer." Hiram Percy had firearms inventing in his blood. His father was the firearms inventor made famous for, among other things, inventing the Maxim Machine Gun. At about the same time, Hiram Percy invented a 'silencer' for the internal combustion engine, which we now call a "muffler." His purpose in both was to reduce the great noise made by a contained combustion and to make a ton of...
  • Hi-Point survives mauling from 8 tons of Deere

    Ken Wilkinson accidentally dropped his Hi Point pistol (still in the holster) in the mud while working in the field. Now this wouldn't normally have been a problem except for the fact that he was on a piece of heavy equipment-- a John Deere 450B Crawler Loader to be exact, which promptly buried the gun. In fact, according to Ken, it was actually backed over and run over twice. Now according to the specs on the 450B from the manufacturer, that bad boy goes 16,700 pounds empty (which means...
  • Random thoughts on the United States first standard issue cartridge firing revolver

    Random thoughts on the United States first standard issue cartridge firing revolver by Greg Ritchie [Smith & Wesson No. 3 Third Model Russian *] In 1869/1870 Smith and Wesson introduced the Model 3, top break revolver chambered in 44 American. The 44 American cartridge used an outside lubricated heeled bullet of .438/.440 caliber. The bullet weighed 218 grains and had a velocity of 660 feet per second. In 1871 the US Army adopted the Model 3 and the 44 American cartridge in 1871 and it...
  • Fine Tuning Your C9

    Have you had a Hi-Point C9 come into your life and aggravate you to no end? Well the problem may be as simple as a few five minute fixes away to turn that buggy pistol into a reliable shooter. Of course if you get a new (or new to you) C9, clean it, lube it, and test shoot it first before you begin any of the below activities. Only attempt the following if you are running into failure to feeds and other jams. (The C9 is an effective and low-cost 9mm pistol...it just sometimes comes with...
  • Wrap your mind around Constitutional carry

    One of the fastest growing Second Amendment concepts is Constitutional carry, which allows for the possession outside the home of a handgun, carried either openly, or concealed-- without a permit. Where did it come from? For the first century of the United States' existence, this concept was the law of the land. Following the Civil War, many "reconstructed" Southern States adopted gun laws to control (depending on which legal scholars you read) either A.anti-Union groups or B. former freed...
  1. Blackening Blackout Brass

    Blackening Blackout Brass by Kirk Lawson I got a bug to try do something to differentiate my 300 AAC Blackout ammunition so that it was visibly distinct from 5.56 cartridges. I'm certainly not the first, and there have been many others before. The solution which eventually caught my fancy was to blacken the brass for the cartridges. There are several commercial manufacturers but most notable has been Noveske and Sig Sauer. [Noveske 300 AAC Blackout] [Sig Sauer 300 AAC Blackout] After a...
  2. Powder Question

    Powder Question by Greg Ritchie When I was younger I used to rendezvous. I tried to emulate the eastern long hunter. I was young and learned from my elders. Just to share what I learned and what has worked for me in the past. I want to talk about the rifles first. Being of German descent, my family arrived in America in the 1730’s and settled in Pennsylvania, kind of drew my interest in that direction. A rifle brought into this country early was the Jaeger, from Germany, specifically from...
  3. Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction

    Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction by "GrumpOlMan" In my 40+ years of reloading and working with firearms I've made my share of mistakes and learned from others . I've been pretty lucky to never be seriously hurt, but I've had a couple close calls! Too many of us get caught up in trying to push performance to the max. thinking it will make the gun more accurate. It usually doesn't! The smart way to try a new load is to start at the low end of recommended charge/ bullet combo. If you don't...
  4. The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the Downfall of Bryco Arms

    The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms by "adam01364" The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms Brandon Maxfield’s father purchased a gun at a pawnshop for self-protection. The Willits California man kept the gun loaded and unsecured in a nightstand drawer. While his father and mother were away, 7-year-old Brandon and a 12-year-old relative found the gun, and their 20-year-old babysitter took it away from them. Unfortunately for all...
  5. Getting Ready for Groundhogs

    Getting Ready for Groundhogs by Greg Ritchie I recently acquired a Harrington and Richardson Ultra Hunter in 25-06. It is 1998 manufacture. Looks almost new. The only markings on the scope are the parallax markings. It is a fixed power and appears to be about 10x. I once had an extensive collection of the H&R / NEF Handi Rifles, along with the Survivor Rifles. I had just purchased my first of the Classic line and was going to move into the Ultra line when H&R closed shop and became an...
  6. Definitions - Part 16: Trigger Reset

    Definition Series - Part 16: "Trigger Reset" by Kirk Lawson After the Trigger Break, the trigger must be allowed to move forward again to reengage the sear and prepare it to again be pulled rearward toward the Trigger Break. The point at which the trigger catches the internal sear mechanism and is again ready to pull backward is called the Reset. It is common for the shooter, particularly when working with an unloaded gun, to be able to both feel and hear the Reset with a tactile and audible...
  7. Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement

    Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement By Joshua M. Smith Hi Folks, I noticed my Savage MkII wasn't acting right, so I parked it until I could take a look at it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to resurrect it. It is a good-shooting rifle. A new trigger was a must, so I ordered a Rifle Basix. There had been some bouncing going on when the bolt was closed. I figured I'd look into this when installing the trigger. Washing away the grease, I found...
  8. 'Twas the Week Before Christmas, Part Duex

    “'Twas the Week Before Christmas - Part Deux” by histed [Did it again, didn’t cha, boy?”] Once again the Christmas Season has arrived. Once again you’re totally unprepared. I told ya last year - DON’T DO THIS!!! But do ya listen to the Dawg? Huh? DO YA!!!??? Of course not. If’n ya was smart ya wouldn’t be on this forum. H E double hockey sticks, ya wooden be on ANY forum. But, since ya won’t listen AND I wanna keep ya outa the Dawg house (I’m there already, ain’t no room fer you), here’s a...
  9. No Love for the Single Shot?

    No Love for the Single Shot? by "histed" [H&R Topper, my personal favorite] These days it seems that everything is “Tactical.” “Tactical” rifles, shotguns, handguns, magazines, rails, flashlights… the list is nearly endless. To quote a friend of mine “If it ain’t tactical it ain’t tacti-cool.” So much as mention a single shot shotgun in these circles and the ensuing laughter can be heard for miles. After all, why in the name of Gaston G. Glock would any sane person buy a single shot...
  10. It's Still Good Enough

    It's Still Good Enough by "histed" [The most popular deer cartridges] I live in the free zone of Pennsylvania. You know - west of Philly, east of Pitt, north of Harrisburg, south of Erie. The heart of Whitetail Country. Here hunting is a religion and whitetails are the ultimate game. Schools are closed the Monday after Thanksgiving, kids contract “buck fever”, everyone has a story to tell. Right now, the air buzzes with arguments on the “perfect deer rifle”, which plucked at my inner Kirk....
  11. Installation Guide for Lakeline Stainless Steel Sleve for the Taurus PT709

    LAKELINE STAINLESS STEEL SLEEVE By "Dubar" Part# PT-SG-NS-004 INSTALLATION GUIDE (for Taurus PT111-G2, PT140-G2, G2S, G2C, G3, 709, 740) NOTE: The Lakeline instruction say some firearms may require the use of a drill to enlarge where the sleeve inserts into the slide. I found this not to be the case, your situation or model may vary. I purchased a Taurus PT 709 Slim in May 2018 and have put over 1000 rounds through it since. Although the gun has performed well, there was always a...
  12. How To Write Your Congress Critter

    How To Write Your Congress Critter by Kirk Lawson It has become very clear that Personal Political Action is the most effective method for a Second Amendment Supporter to really let his or her views be heard by legislators. Some feel that the supporters have become too complacent and too dependent upon large organizations or associations to represent them, a mistake which is coming back to haunt many supporters and former supporters of certain national level associations. But just choosing a...
  13. Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges by Greg Ritchie The .257 calibers, or the Quarter Bores, so called because the bullet diameter is 1/4", are arguably the Rodney Dangerfield of rifle cartridges as they get no respect. i do not think that any of the .25 caliber cartridges have ever been in the top ten best selling list as long as such lists have been kept. Take a good look at them and you find that the quarter bore cartridges are really quite adequate for their intended role....
  14. Violent Crime Drops Again

    Violent Crime Drops Again by Kirk Lawson Violent Crime has dropped again, but you probably did not hear about it. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows that Violent Crime rates have fallen yet again. This time, they dropped 3.9% in 2018, continuing a downward slide. On the "10 year trend" bullet point from the UCR, Violent Crime fell 9% below 2009 levels, falling 14.6% from the same year. In fact, the Violent Crime rate now is lower than since about 1970. At the same time as the...
  15. The Lever Action as a Fighting Rifle

    The Lever Action as a Fighting Rifle by "histed" [It worked for The Rifleman!] Recently we had a thread discussing the merits and relevance of the lever action rifle. There has also been an article discussing, in part, the validity of the 30-30 cartridge. All of this, plus untold comments and posts on Red Flag and/or Assault Rifle bans got me thinking in a somewhat different direction. How valid is the lever action in general, the 30-30 in particular, as fighting rifle today. I’m not...
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