Friday, April 29, 2011

Ruger Factory High Capacity 10/22 Magazines

If they were made of chocolate covered bacon; I would eat them... Click Here to see the BX-25 product video.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces that owners of America's most popular autoloading rimfire rifle, the Ruger® 10/22®, can enjoy the extended fun offered by the new 25-round BX-25™ magazine. The new, genuine Ruger BX-25 magazine features the same correct angle feed lips that deliver the famous reliability of factory BX-1™ 10-round rotary magazines.

The BX-25 magazine will work in all vintages of Ruger 10/22 and SR-22® rifles, as well as all Ruger Charger™ pistols. The BX-25 magazines have stainless steel feed lips and use a stainless steel "constant force" spring. The anti-tilt follower is injection molded from Celcan - a high lubricity polyacetal. The magazine body halves are injection molded from durable glass-filled nylon.

"These are genuine Ruger factory magazines. We designed them. We didn't license and rebrand someone else's magazines," said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. "We tested the BX-25 magazines extensively and they work as well as the original Ruger BX-1 rotary magazine, the gold standard for rimfire autoloading reliability," he continued.

The Ruger 10/22 is available in many configurations, including the special edition officially licensed Ruger Boy Scout™ 10/22 Rifle. Millions of shooters worldwide have learned the basics of firearms safety and marksmanship using a Ruger 10/22. It is a favorite of small bore hunters, competitive shooters and target shooters everywhere. Over six million Ruger 10/22's have been produced since it was introduced in 1964.
There will be a rush on these for sure. I guess I will sit back and wait for it to subside. As of this moment they are for sale at Shop Ruger for $29.95, but there is currently no stock available; Ruger is accepting back orders.

H/T: Guns & Coffee


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Monday, April 25, 2011

Would you use the H&R Pardner Pump in Combat?

H&R Pardner Pump a.k.a. Chinese Type 97-1

I certainly wouldn't and apparently neither will the Chinese.

The Firearm Blog reports that the Chinese have decided not to add the Type 97-1 to their arsenal. It appears that they consider the shotgun a better riot control tool than a combat asset.
The Chinese police and army shotgun is the Norinco / Hawk Industries manufactured Type 97-1. It is a copy of the Remington 870. Ironically, the shotgun is imported by Remington (via. Marlin via. H&R) as the H&R Pardner shotgun.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Mexico to Sue U.S. Gun Makers

Let me get this straight...
The A.T.F. allows firearms to be bought, transported, and delivered to the Mexican Government's enemies by their enemies; the Drug Cartels and does nothing (to include their job) to stop them. Now the Mexican Government is going to sue the U.S. gun makers and distributors? Why aren't they taking the A.T.F. to court. After all, while they were watching guns travel south of the border, while telling Mexican authorities that they were stopping the before mentioned guns.

That's like suing a golf club maker for manufacturing, distributing, and selling golf clubs; because some crazy lady broke the window of your car with one. That analogy makes as much sense as the Mexican Government suing U.S. gun makers.

Here's what the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) had to say.

For more details check out the post over at The Truth About Guns. I'm all of a sudden hungry for some tacos...


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

XS Sights Lever Rail - A Simple Update for a Classic

I have a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun that is fitted with a set of Wild West Custom ghost ring sights. I find the ghost ring sight adequate for ranges from 0-50 yards. Beyond 50 yards the large ghost ring leaves a lot to be desired in the accuracy department. I know the rifle is capable of being accurate out to 100 yards and beyond; especially when pared with Hornady Lever Evolution ammunition. In order to achieve these results I need to put a more precise aiming device on the rifle. I have not decided whether to mount a scope or a red dot, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I first need a platform to mount an optic too. I could not utilize the drilled and taped receiver mounts because the Wild West Custom ghost ring sight was using the rear two holes. I then started looking for a scout scope mount.

A couple years ago Marlin released their model 1895SBL that came from the factory with a rail system on it. On closer examination I found that the rail system was made by XS Sights. When I went to the XS Sights website I discovered they offered two different mounting options for my 1895. First was the Lever Scout Mount which has a Weaver interface. Second was the Lever Rail which has a Picatinny interface, and is used on the 1895SBL.

I chose to purchase the XS Lever Rail for a couple reasons. First was that it was lower profile and didn't seem to take up as much space as the Scout Scope rail. Second, was that the Picatinny interface is compatible with Weaver and Picatinny mounting; whereas, a Weaver interface is only compatible with Weaver mounting. This gave me flexibility to use either; whenever I decided what I wanted to use.

The Lever Rail had only one downside for my situation. The rail extended all the way to the rear for mounting a XS ghost ring sight. I already have a good sight in place and did not want to replace it. To fit my needs I decided I would have to 'modify' the rail.

I used a Dremel tool to cut the rail to my desired length. I used the length of the rail to practice my cutting so that by the time I reached the place I had marked; I had enough experience to make a practiced cut. I used some flat black spray paint on the bare metal to match the rest of the rail.

Once I had the rail cut; installation was easy. The directions that XS Sights included were well written and simple to follow. If you can work a hammer, punch, and a screw driver you are well qualified to install this rail system.
Black, Matte Finish
MSRP: $60.00

                                        Before                                          After
Length:                                11"                                              8"
Weight:                               3 oz.                                           2.2 oz.

If you are looking to spice up any of your lever action rifle check out XS Sights. They offer rail systems for many different models and if I can install them with success, so can you.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Squad Common Optic" - The Army wants a 'one size fits all' optic

Soldier Systems has a peek at the early stage of a 'one size fits all' optic solicitation by the Army. The concept is one that comes right out of Afghanistan. Soldiers require an optic that is capable of engaging targets at long ranges; while retaining the capability to handle close up work.

There are a few optics on the market currently that can fill the void. The first two that come to mind would be an Elcan Specter DR 1.5-6 and the Leupold Mark 4 MR/T 1.5-5. Another option is a combo optic like a Trijicon ACOG 4x32 w/RMR piggyback. What do you think would be a good option?


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Monday, April 18, 2011

SR1911 - Ruger's New .45ACP

Down Range TV has the details on the official release of Ruger's new SR1911.

  • Caliber: 45 AUTO
  • Slide Materials: Stainless Steel
  • Sights: Fixed Novak 3-Dot
  • Length: 8.67"
  • Height: 5.45"
  • Width: 1.34"
  • Grooves: 6
  • Barrel Length: 5"
  • Twist: 1:16 RH
  • MSRP: $799.00

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stories Worth Knowing 8: 4/10/2011 - 4/16/2011 Japan's Laser shooting Volcano PLUS: This Week in History

Area of ash fall after last eruption about 640,000 years ago
The Yellowstone 'Super' Volcano has erupted three different times. Its origins are a 'hot-spot' similar to the hot-spot that created the Hawaiian Islands; that lies beneath the Continental U.S. It appears that the cavity in the crust of the Earth, which holds magma, is larger than once thought.

The Science Behind Japan‘s Incredible ’Liquidfaction’ Videos
I'll be honest, I have no idea what the science is behind this phenomenon. I do know this for sure though; if I was walking through the park and the ground started swaying and cracking, then water started coming up through the cracks... I WOULD RUN LIKE HELL!

Navy Laser Sets Ship on Fire
I, for one, think his is great! After this successful test I am one step closer to owning my very own laser gun!

PLUS: This week in History!

April 10:
  • 1912: RMS Titanic leaves Southampton, England for her maiden voyage
April 11:
  • 1868: President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech
  • 1970: Apollo 13 is launched
  • 1976: The Apple 1 is created
April 12:
  • 1861: American Civil War Begins when Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter
  • 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; VP Harry Truman is sworn in a the 33rd President of the U.S.A.
April 13:
  • 1796: The first elephant ever seen in the U.S. arrives from India
  • 1861: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces
  • 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes
April 14:
  • 1849: The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, for California
  • 1860: The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, CA
  • 1865: President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1912: The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm
April 15:
  • 1865: Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening
  • 1912: RMS Titanic sinks at 2:20am 1,517 people die
April 16:
  • 1881: Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle in Dodge City, KS

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Survival Food Giveaway - WINNER

Over 100 people entered the giveaway and the winner was decided by one shot of a .22lr.

I printed off everyone's email address on a single sheet of computer paper and placed it out at 200 yards. I chose to use the CZ 452 American reviewed a few weeks ago to take the shot. The wind was a sustained 3-5 mph from the 11 o'clock. The rifle has a 100 yard zero, so I knew I would need a bit of a hold over. Placing the paper at 200 yards guaranteed that I would not know exactly where on the paper I would hit, but hopefully that I would hit it. Thankfully it took only one shot.

Congratulations to:

Kelly M.
North Charleston ,SC

We will mail out the MREs as soon as possible!

Thank you to everyone that entered and stay tuned for more FREE STUFF!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 15th Buy a Gun Day or better yet, Upgrade a Gun Day!

I'm all for buying a new gun, but I don't think I can get a new gun purchase pass the wife or check book right now. I'm sure many of you are in the same position, but fret not! You can spend half of what you might have on a new gun and upgrade/improve an existing one.

I am currently adding a rail onto my Marlin 1895 Guide Gun. My hope is to mount some sort of optic to it before deer season. Whether it will be a scope or a red dot I haven't decided. I'm mounting the XS Sights' Lever Rail; the same rail found on Marlin's 1985SBL. My rifle already has a ghost ring sight, so I don't need the full length of the rail. I will be "chopping" it down to suit my needs.

If you already have some money saved up or are waiting on that tax return; remember you don't have to buy another safe queen. Go out and buy some parts that will make the trigger on old faithful smoother, a new stock that will make her look new, or a new optic that will give your eyes and rifle a better chance of hitting its mark. It might be the best investment you make this fiscal year.


UPDATE: Lever Rail Install Complete

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Save the Boobies by Shooting Shotguns!

Federal Ammunition has rolled out their pink cased shotgun ammunition in support of finding a cure to breast cancer. The load is a 12-gauge 2-3/4-inch #8 shot.

It is on shelves now!
Part No. and Description
TGL12P 8 12-ga, 2-3/4″, 1-1/8 oz, #8 1145 fps

H/T: AmmoLand


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Ruger 1911 Leaked!

The Firearm Blog has the scoop. (again... I'll beat you one of these days! *shaking fist*)

A photo of Ruger's upcoming 1911 has been leaked! Eagle-eyed reader Gros Ventre George spotted it on page 119 of Guns & Ammo's special edition magazine Combat Arms. It appears in an advertisement for Shooting Times magazine. The advertisement shows the cover of the upcoming June issue of Shooting Times with a photo of the Ruger 1911 and the title "Ruger's 1911 1,500 Rounds Fired".

Ruger should be officially announcing the new pistol next week. MSRP's are just ball park guesses at this point, but they seem to be coming in around $900-1000. My guess is that it will sell for about $750-850.


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Sunday, April 10, 2011

If we were to invade Iran...

This is how we would find out about it. At least in the skit the press were told the day of the invasion and not several days later that they were actually at war... kinda sounds familiar.

Whitest Kids U' Know you always brighten up my day.


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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The ideal fighting rifle? - Gabe Suarez's Insurgent Combat Rifle

Photo Courtesy of Gabe Suarez via Warrior Talk News
Gabe Suarez has written a good post on the concept of the ideal fighting rifle, or at least the most ideal fighting rifle for your situation.
The 308 battle rifle is great until you need to hide it in a tennis raquet bag and walk through an NPE. The 308 battle rifle is great until you need to hump it for ten miles through rough terrain or run the walls in a house. The Assault Rifle in 223/545/ or 7.62x39 is great until you need to hit a man at 600 yards and kill him dead on the spot. Or shoot in a high wind, or penetrate what he is hiding behind. The SMG is great until you need to reach way out there or punch through body armor...or a car door. The Bolt Gun Sniper Rifle is great until you have a platoon charging at you with disciplined fire and maneuver....or you need to clear a house. 
another little saying.....
Continue reading: Rifle Applications - The Insurgent Combat Rifle


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On Glock Revolvers, Rapid Fire Ammunition, and Assault Clips

My wife hates watching action movies with me. Her biggest complaint is hearing me groan when a scene involving a gun isn't accurate. I just tell her to deal with it, because she does a lot of things that annoy me. Alright, I don't actually tell her that but I'm thinking it!

Recently I have been reading a lot of news stories that are riddled with inaccuracies or flat-out made-up words.

Glock Revolver
I don't understand how an author of an article on gun control doesn't know the difference between  a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver. Don't get me wrong; I would love to see a Glock Revolver in real life, but I have a better chance of seeing the Minnesota Vikings win a Super Bowl. (Which will never happen...)

Rapid-Fire Ammo
These people think that the Federal Government is capable of protecting them from mass murders. If you want the Government to protect you get them to pass a carry law and start discreetly carrying a gun. Ultimately, it all comes down to what you are willing to do in order to protect yourself and the ones around you. Trust me the Government poses a more legitimate threat than made-up Rapid-Fire Ammo.

Assault Clips
I can understand the common mistake of calling a magazine a clip. I once did that until I was educated on the difference. But calling an extended magazine or even worse; a standard capacity magazine an Assault Clip!? You're being misleading and at worse you are placing blame for murders on a tool that saves lifes and not the human being that did the killing.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CZ 452 American Left Hand .22LR | Review

CZ 452 American Left Hand
I am a rare breed. I have only met a few others afflicted with my condition, and many of them struggled with it for years before realizing there was a solution. I am right handed, but left eye dominant. My left eye is so much more dominant than my right that I have a 'depth perception deficiency'. Yes, that is a real thing; it actually bared me from employment with the Department of Homeland Security. But I Digress... I still shoot a pistol right handed, but I am forced to shoot a rifle left handed. When I went looking for a new .22LR rifle to plink with I immediately decided I wanted a bolt action and looked at the usually companies that offer a left handed bolt.

Marlin and Savage offer several left handed models at good prices, but I'm not a big fan of the aesthetics a laminated or thumb-hole stocks provide; which eliminates many of them. That is when I found the CZ 452 American.

First Impressions
The CZ 452 American was about double the price of the Savage models, but its quality was well worth the price. What caught my eye first about the 452 American was that it didn't look like it shot .22LR. It has very nice checkering on the pistol grip and forend. The bluing on the cold hammer forged 22.5" barrel almost put to shame the high gloss bluing on my Remington 700 BDL. I couldn't stop looking at the grain in the Turkish walnut stock, someone had a good eye for timber when they slayed this one. Like "they" say, first impressions are everything and my first impression was; CZ can make a beautiful rifle, but can it shoot?

Can it Shoot?
I decided to utilize the 3/8" dovetail receiver and mount a Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32 scope with a set of Weaver rings. I didn't want a huge bench rest scope that would make it unwieldy in the woods and add too much weight to its 5.9 lbs. body. For my range trip I attached a Harris bi-pod to the front sling swivel to aid in shooting at the ten targets I had prepared.

The afternoon I arrived at the range it was a sunny 42 degrees with no wind present. I shot ten different loads from four manufactures to see which the 452 preferred. The loads are as follows:
  1. Federal Bulk Pack...............................36gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1260 fps
  2. Federal SpitFire..................................31gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1500 fps
  3. CCI Mini-Mag....................................36gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1260 fps
  4. CCI Velocitor.....................................40gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1435 fps
  5. CCI Stinger.........................................32gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1640 fps
  6. Winchester Bulk Pack.........................36gr. - Copper Plated HP - 1280 fps
  7. Winchester Wildcat.............................40gr. - Lead Round Nose - Not Given
  8. Remington Bulk Pack (Golden Bullet)..36gr. - Brass Plated HP - 1280 fps
  9. Remington Cyclone.............................36gr. - Lead Round Nose HP - 1280 fps
  10. Remington Yellow Jacket....................33gr.- Truncated Cone HP - 1500 fps
After an initial zero was established at 50 yards I began loading and firing the five shot detachable magazine. I fired five rounds of ammunition at its respective target. I want to state before we go too far, I am NOT the best shot ever and I did pull some shots. However, I tried my best to group each cartridge and measured the entire five shot group.

The rifle shouldered great and my cheek found a comfortable spot without much effort. The bolt cycled as smooth as could be expected. As advertised the trigger is user adjustable, but I found the factory setting suitable. There is some creep in the trigger, but once taken up, it broke cleanly. Throughout the range visit the factory five round magazine fed without a hiccup.

Click on any of the pics to enlarge

In order of shot group size (smallest to largest):
  1. Remington Cyclone.............................0.48" $24.52/500rds
  2. CCI Velocitor.....................................1.12" $5.09/50rds
  3. Remington Yellow Jacket....................1.17" $3.81/50rds
  4. CCI Mini-Mag....................................1.18" $6.11/100rds
  5. CCI Stinger........................................1.36" $5.09/50rds
  6. Winchester Wildcat.............................1.37" $1.71/50rds
  7. Winchester Bulk Pack.........................1.56" $14.99/333rds
  8. Remington Bulk Pack (Golden Bullet)..1.75" $2.78/50rds
  9. Federal Spitfire....................................1.81" $3.99/50rds
  10. Federal Bulk Pack...............................1.85" $22.49/525rds
As expected, the three bulk pack ammunition placed in the bottom four. Before I started shooting I had placed my money on the CCI Stinger making the tightest group, and was amazed as I shot the Remington Cyclone. Every group is well within 'minute-of-squirrl', but I will be buying Remington Cyclone in bulk for my CZ 452 because it shoots sub-MOA.
Since seeing how accurate the rifle can be, I have replaced the Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32 with a Nikon Monarch 3-12x42.

A common complaint with the CZ 452 is that the trigger guard doesn't get very much love from CZ. It is just a piece of rolled sheet metal and it's a pity they didn't pay a little more attention to it. My other aesthetic critique is that I would like to see a pistol grip cap on the rifle. This is by no means a deal breaker, but it might be a fun project to make one.
When the factory five round magazine is seated, it doesn't fit flush into the stock. It protrudes a bit, which takes away from the CZ 452's beautiful lines. You can also purchase a ten round magazine if you have several varmints to dispatch.
The trigger is user adjustable, but I can't seem to get all of the creep out. There are a few aftermarket replacements that boast 'no creep', but the trigger breaks well from the factory.
The safety doesn't feel like it would be easy or quick to disengage to take a quick shot. I am use to operating a Remington 700's safety, which you push forward to fire and pull back to engage. The CZ 452's is the exact opposite. This will just take some familiarization training to overcome.

Ratings (Out of Five)
Style: ****
Its bold lines make the American a sleek .22LR that looks like it should be firing a centerfire cartridge. If CZ spent a little more time on the trigger guard it would receive all five stars.

Operation of the bolt is a little difficult with large hands and operation of the safety has a bit of a learning curve.

The CZ 452 American fed and ejected each round without even a hiccup.

I am more than pleased with the accuracy of the rifle. Showing that it is capable of sub-MOA with the right ammunition. The hammer-forged barrel marries well with the, made from billet, receiver to create a tack driver. It would receive all five stars if they worked on the trigger creep some.

Even if you're not left handed, you need to check out the CZ452 if you're in the market for a new bolt action .22LR.

Technical Specifications
MSRP: $443.00
Ammunition: .22LR
Magazine: 5 Round Detachable
Rate of Twist: 1:16"
Weight: 5.9 lbs.
Overall Length: 40.2"
Barrel Length: 22.5" Cold Hammer Forged
Length of Pull: 13.7"
Barrel/Receiver Finish: Blued
Stock: Walnut
Trigger: Poundage Adjustable
Sights: No Sights; Integrated 3/8" Dovetail
Safety: Manual Firing Pin Block

CZ has discontinued all 452 models; except left handed models. The 452 is being replaced with the 455. The 455 looks like a great rifle with many refinements over the 452. If you want to know more, HotRod9mm has a very detailed side-by-side comparison the 452 vs. 455 over at Rimfire Shooting. I agree with HotRod9mm assessment, "I think CZ missed the boat by calling the 455 a “replacement” to the 452; rather they should have left it as the end of one model and the beginning of a new one."

About CZ
The history of Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod dates back to 1936, when it was established as a branch plant of Ceska zbrojovka located in town of Strakonice, based on a political decision of the National Defence Council. On 2 January 1937 production of a combined range of military and civilian arms commenced. The first products were aircraft machine guns, military pistols and small bore rifles. During the Nazi occupation period the plant was forced to produce and repair military arms. Continue Reading


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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lever Guns as Fighting Rifles

The answer is ... YES!

I have always been a big fan of a lever action fighting rifle. The main reason is that they were used as an offensive/defensive weapon for many decades; with great success. The pistol caliber carbines can hold over 10 rounds, in many models. The lever is a strong and accurate action, and can be carried in areas where an AR, AK, ect., may attract too much attention.

Sheriff Jim Wilson makes the argument as well:

Ryan Finn has a great review of what he dubs the Marlin 336 Cowboy Assault Rifle; over at The Truth About Guns.

If you're thinking about setting up a fighting lever this is a great read from Warrior Talk News.

Let's not forget our friend Larry Potterfield.

Full Disclosure:
I am a sucker for a sweet little lever carbine. I've owned .357, .30-.30, and my current favorite big bore lever round the .45-70 GOVT.


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Friday, April 1, 2011

SILENT RIP - Zulu Nylon Gear Breakthrough!

Zulu Nylon Gear has announced their revolutionary redesign of Velcro which eliminates the noise associated with peeling it apart. They call it SILENT RIP.

A while back I made a post asking the question Is Velcro too Loud? You can read my thoughts about Velcro's noise there. I will be watching intently as SILENT RIP is brought to market to see it preforms as advertised.

Must see video:

H/T: ITS Tactical

- DoubleAught ... keep in mind the date, April Fools.

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