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Armory Chat EP32 — BREN Reactivation Project Update

Ok. We approach this project with eyes wide open. The BREN display gun was picked up on the cheap. So much so, it’s worth keeping as a wall hanger. But why not crack it open and see if a semi-auto reactivation is in the cards? Doesn’t hurt to look. Every time we get deeper into the project, we find good …

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Blaser LRS-2 / Tactical-2 Magazine Repair

Wanted to seek some advice from the community about a magazine issue I am having. I can’t help but wonder if there is something obvious or elegant to solve this problem that I am missing? So if you are a Blaser LRS / Tactical 2 owner and have a simple fix for this, please chime in below. Running a Tactical …

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European Rifle Burst Test

These videos were filmed quite a long time ago and have been on the internet for years. They came to my attention when I was researching the strength of the Blaser actions. Occasionally these videos will come up and the only compilation I have ever been able to find has a distracting watermark across the middle of them and terrible …

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M16A1 Furniture is Hard to Find?

Something weird start happening after I posted some videos of our Colt SP1. Numerous people were commenting and e-mailing asking where they can get part X,Y,Z for a A1 Clone build. The biggest gripe was a certain large, online retailer was out of stock on their reproduction furniture. “That’s weird”, I thought. While I haven’t been in the gun-show game …

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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 …