Yet another repost from 230Grain.com
Some time ago I received 80 rounds of some very mean looking surplus 7.62×39 in light blue cardboard boxes. After some digging around on the internet and a brief discussion with some friends from The Firing Range we figured out that the ammunition was Czech in origin and potentially over or undercharged (factory proof or rifling test loads). Some more deliberation made me decide that it was my duty as a denizen of several Internet firearms communities to dissect and weigh a sample projectile and post the results on the Internet. The results have been been on 230Grain.com and on the Something Awful but I figured it was deserving of a slightly more permanent article here.
Yet another blatantly ripped off posted from 230Grain.com
While milling through my favorite sporting goods store’s shooting section I found a cute blue bottle from Birchwood and Casey. The contents of the bottle was called “Aluminum Black” and judging by the “Poison” and “Selenium Dioxide” warnings on the bottle; this was not some strange unrefrigerated energy supplement. According to the description on the bottle, “the room temperature chemical used by gunsmiths and industry to blacken aluminum parts,” and with some quick thinking on my part, would be perfect for fixing up the blemishes on my Sig P6/225′s aluminum frame.
Photos of the TALCS are popping up on the automotive forum, R3VLimited, in the “Official 2009 E30 Picnic Photo Thread!” It is nice to note that the TALCS has officially passed through Canadian customs (and was inspected by Canadian customs with no issue) and was well received in it’s first public appearance. There’s nothing quite like reviving an old idea and finding it it both surprisingly useful and stylistic. I hope to improve on the TALCS’ design before it’s next “major” shoot.
Last year I ended up receiving a beat up Marlin/Glenfield Model 60 semi-automatic 22LR for a job. During some down time last year I became a little desperate for a project so I decided to use up a few cans of spray paint I had left over from my Nerf Maverick paintjob and decided to make my marlin as “tacticool” as I could on my limited budget. My Model 60 went from a standard issue plinker to a “tactical bubba can snypa special” and was reliquished to the back of my closet where it spent most the past few months.
Then Clinotus of 230Grain.com mentioned that April would be “Tactipril” and I decided to break out the ‘ol Model 60 and submit it as fluff for the competition. I couldn’t just leave well enough alone and decided to get in touch with my friend James about using his metal lathe. After some idle catching up he agreed to teach me how to use his lathe and to help me with my quest for the “tacticool.” Unfortunately for me, the Model 60 isn’t as easy to butcher as it’s counterpart the Ruger 10/22 which is the firearms ricer’s dream rifle. Instead of having a barrel held in with an easy to remove screw the Model 60 has a pinned and pressed barrel which is a pain to remove, but who in their right mind takes the barrel off of a Model 60? They’re amazingly good rifles out of the box.
Unable to find much information on removing the barrel from this line of rifle I decided to make a nice and informative post on how to potentially ruin a $100 rifle. My results were positive but I can understand how this process could permanently ruin your firearm and that is why I am posting this article for entertainment purposes only.
WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?
For the past several weeks I’ve been futzing around with an old Vz. 24 rifle stock that I had cut up (have pitty on me milsurp gods) to restore a bring-back Kar 98k stock that had been duffel cut. After a heated brain-storming session with some e-buddies I decided that the best route to take would be to build a “Tactical Assault Longrange Camera” (TALC) around my Nikon D200. Of course the project is still underway and needs to undergo field trials before it can be deployed in major tactical operations.
The TALC should be ready for the first field trial later this March May and will have its first review in April by the kind folks at 230Grain.com.
The AR-15 platform was born of aerospace industry technology and design practices, so it’s only fitting that Aero Precision, one of Boeing’s leading OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), is also a major OEM for some of the largest AR-15 vendors in the United States. Ten years ago, Scott Dover and Charlie Silkett expanded their company’s product line beyond aerospace technology to include firearms manufacturing. The techniques andquality-control processes honed to perfection manufacturing jet engine components are now also applied to their line of firearms parts.
Scott Dover is the Vice President and lead of firearms production at Aero Precision. He agreed to give us a glimpse into what it takes to manufacture an AR-15 and show us around his production floor. Under his watchful eye, we managed to get some photographs of his facility and some of his products during their manufacture as well as a brief interview about his company and production process.