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Laying out of Blaser R8 Calibers

This post is in response to a very direct question I received about the Blaser R8 system. Specifically the caliber change feature. The sender wanted to know two things. One, how does the caliber change work? And two, will the rifle accept, “match barrels”? This last question can put the reader in the trick bag so I must tread carefully. …

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Wanna Shoot My New Steel Targets?

While working on the new range, I took a break from trail cutting to play with some of the new steel that showed up this week. Rifle rated. Rated for 3000fps hits. My 9mm HK VP9 should be no problem, right? Well…I guess I should have read the instructions about putting the bases together. Because this is what we call, …

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Foster 1911 Frames

Saw these up at Camp Perry this past summer. Foster 1911 frames and parts for custom / personal builds. The price was compelling. And what really got my attention were the built-in mag-well and milled plunger-tube. Both significant upgrades to the 1911 platform. Anyone who has run a 1911 extensively will know what I mean when referencing plunger-tubes. Not only …

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Accidentally Bought a BREN Parts Kit

Freeze and I were looking at an auction on a machine gun when the subject of BREN’s came up. We saw this deactivated / display gun at a crazy low price. I suspect it was being ignored since it was competing with functioning weapons. So at the minimum price, we figured what the hell? I’ll take it for that. So …

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Thompson Center Hawken

I was walking by my bar the other day and I looked up and noticed a little rust near the Lock on a T/C Hawken rifle hanging on the wall. Since I had to take it down to clean, I decided to take a few pics. Back in 2000 I was surfing some online traders and noticed a guy was …

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Random Tools For The Range

Once thing I anticipated earlier this year was the need to maintain a separate tool kit that was independent of the Armory and it’s workspaces. You see, even last year I knew the 1000 yard range wasn’t going to be on current Armory property. So while it is nice to have access to all the knick-knacks and fancy tools back …

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Conversation – GEN 5 Glock 17

It’s not too common that Freeze and I are in the same place at the same time. My fault. So I took this opportunity to show him the Gen 5 Glock 17 we still have on loan from, “Officer M.” Seems like a nice gun. The trigger is noticeably better than previous generations of Glocks. Would I drop previous generations …

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Conversation – T91 Clone Build

Freeze and I were headed out to the hunting ground to check on and move a deer-stand. On the way, I sprung out the 80% lower that we bought for a Taiwanese Military T91 Rifle clone build. All of this started when he sent me an email showing the T91 uppers imported by Wolf. Up to that point, I had …

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80 Dollars For a Mirage Band?

With the 1000 yard range project coming along swimmingly, we will be stretching out some of our hotter rounds a little more frequently. And with that shooting, some heat. Specifically mirage. Both my Blaser R8 and Tactical 2 barrels come with threaded attachment points for mirage bands. Blaser branded mirage bands. And as you might well know, Blaser is German …

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Bren Gun Tripod

Its pretty amazing what I find laying about in my basement or garage. I was rummaging around and came across an old WW2 dated tripod. This was intended for use with the British Bren Gun and is dates 1943. Plus it has the correct British “Broad Arrow” markings on it. I don’t recall when or where I picked it up …

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My Favorite Low-Profile Holster

Since the Glock GEN 5 is stirring up the pot in the Tupperware world, I got asked what my favorite, non-tactical, low-profile holster for Glocks is? For me, the answer is simple: The Raven Vanguard 2. And the fact that they don’t make it for my pistol of choice; and I still think the world of it, should leave a …

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Clark 460 Rowland Kits

I hadn’t thought about these kits in at least 15 years. And when I looked down at the table and saw the kits, I asked some folks with me if they knew what they were looking at? Crickets. Maybe it’s because they aren’t old 1911 guys, but damn! They made the kits for the Glock as well! I’m sure with …

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A Quality Shotgun Travel Case

In the 1990’s, I was invited to participate in a big shotgun event. Kind of a big deal back then. But being much younger, and less experienced, I didn’t own any sporting weapons. I have recounted the story many times how this shotgun came into my possession: Browning Sporting Clays Lightening II. So I won’t rehash that here. But someone …

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Officer Upgrades His Sniper Rifle

A friend of the blog, “Officer J”, reached out to share some photos. He has upgraded his call-out rifle to a folding stock chassis and has outfitted the old stock as a dedicated night vision rig. Pretty interesting pics. He writes… “…I picked another Tac-2 up, but this one came with a modular chassis. It’s pretty sweet, but heavy as …

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Zeroing 223 FAL

It was a very rainy day and I had a busy schedule. So I jumped onto the bench rest range for a quick 100 yard zero session with the SAR-4800. AKA the 223 FAL. Once I achieve a mechanical zero at 100, I generally like to shoot a rifle through some very basic position shooting. This achieves multiple goals. First …