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Witness Marks on Screws

Gang, I use a simple sharpie marker in silver color. This generally isn’t in an area that gets a large amount of friction, so there’s not a lot of risk in it rubbing off. For those that really need EVERYTHING to be subdued (you know who you are), I use a red sharpie.Here’s a couple examples: the silver is on my …

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My Wildcat Cartridge

A “wildcat” cartridge is one where a hobbyist shooter comes up with on his or her own unique cartridge usually by necking an existing one up or down to a different caliber. Some get “legitimized” when it proves so popular that a manufacturer puts it into production, such as the .257 Roberts, which is the 7x57mm Mauser necked down to …

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Antler Tools

Here’s a simple DIY project for your inner buckskinner—cool looking and functional blackpowder tools made from the antlers of that little dinker you shot last season and are too ashamed to put on the wall. Since blackpowder charges are volumetric, it’s easy to make a powder measure from a chunk of antler. It takes a little trial and error to …

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Custom VP & P320 Triggers: The YGF

I realize this post will be somewhat controversial, but I was asked for an honest opinion. The reader wanted to know, “who is the best “custom shop” for HK VP9 and SIG P320 triggers?” My answer as of July, 2016? They all suck. To explain why I answer this way it is important to understand who I am speaking with. …

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Dangerous Old Holster

This image has been around a while but the issue is so important that I think it warrants a post on our website. What you see here is an old leather holster that is no longer safe for carry. Hopefully our readers understand the issue without me having to explain it like it’s your first day on planet Earth. So…the …

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Removing SCAR 16 Front Rail

Been running a SCAR for at least 4 years. Over time I have developed some opinions about it’s features. So this past winter I decided I needed to address one glaring issue I have. The for-end is too thick. Well, at least for how I keep the rifle configured. One, I prefer a light at 12 o’clock. My reasoning is …

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Interesting SCAR PDW Stocks

Found these images recently and thought they were interesting. It seems more and more aftermarket options are coming out for the SCAR rifles. I figured my fellow SCAR users would like to see these. Both stocks shown here are known as PDW stocks. Very similar to some of the German HK varieties. Since the SCAR doesn’t use a buffer-tube, it …

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Video: 223 FAL — SA-4800

We had a reader inquire about the 223 / 5.56 FAL we have in the armory. His main questions were: Can it use PMAGs? If so, what generation of PMAGs? What do we think of GI / STANAG Magazines? Where to get one without a thumbhole stock? Can I mount a red-dot (RDS) to it? Can I SBR it or …

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Zeroing 338LM Blaser Tactical 2

First confession: I very rarely ever shoot from an actual bench. Literally 99% of my rifle shooting is done prone or positional. Just about the only exception would be when doing initial testing and initial zeroing like here. What is, “initial zeroing”? It is also known as “getting on paper”. The 338LM is anywhere from $3 to $5.00 a shot. …

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Using Tape to Camouflage a Rifle

The photo is of French Troops in winter conditions with their FAMAS assault rifles and what I guess is a MAS FR F2 Sniper rifle. What struck me about the image was the use of tape to breakup up the black pattern of the weapons in the snow. Those of us who live in the real world know quite well …

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9mm Federal

This is one of those cartridge screw-ups you just have to laugh at because it’s so obvious in hindsight. Back in the late 1980s, Federal decided shooters needed a revolver cartridge that duplicated the ballistics of the 9mm Luger pistol cartridge. I don’t blame them—the 9mm was a hot commodity back then. Ballistically, there really wasn’t much one could gain …

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Sporterizing Mausers

They’re bygone days now because you can buy a quality and accurate rifle like a Mossberg or Savage for a few hundred bucks, but it used to be that if you wanted a good rifle on the cheap, you would build one from a surplus Mauser. I was fortunate to catch the tail end of that era. Actions were plentiful …

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Israeli Sniper Stock Replacement

Those that are regular readers are aware that I have been looking for a decent Israeli 7.62 Mauser for quite sometime. My ultimate goal would be to convert it to a “fantasy” sniper. Something I could bang around with, shoot frequently, but also have as a semi-historical piece. One of the issues with the Israeli guns is, frankly, the IDF …

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Video — This Is a Bad M&P Shield Holster

I hate buying new gear. I really do. Because we are just too damn busy actually shooting to be dicking around with new, untested stuff. So imagine my surprise when one of my goto-holster companies sent something so egregious, it is getting sent back. The point? At the end of the day, it is the USER who is responsible if …

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How Forgings End Up As Guns

Thought this was a neat picture from the National Firearms Museum. In it you see forgings as they are shipped from the steel plant on the left. And on the right you see the completed components after they are “milled” from forgings into completed parts. What some don’t understand is firearms manufactures are not stupid. While they could mill finished …