Fixing the Problems on a Ruger 22/45 Lite

I recently got a Ruger 22/45 Lite with the intention of putting a suppressor on it as soon as the ATF approves and sends me my stamp. But while waiting for them, I decided to shoot it a little without the can to see how it ran. Here it is: And here is the important part. A threaded cover covers the threads on the end of the barrel where the suppressor will screw on. I ran only about 30 rounds through it, using two [...]

The Canik 9mm Pistol

My buddy Liem called me to tell me he had bought a new interesting pistol and I thought you guys might be interested in seeing it. The pistol is a Canik 9mm, model TP9 SF. It is very reasonably priced at around $340. Let’s look at the pistol. It is a clean set-up and very well made. It is a striker fired pistol. It comes in a package that includes the pistol, two 18 round magazines, and a proprietary holster. The [...]

Can You Improve the Ammo for the Mosin 91/30?

Being retired, and not having much to do, I often wonder about things. A lot of us shoot the Mosin 91/30 and enjoy the rifle. But not many reload for them, as surplus military ammo is cheap and available. It shoots the great 7.62 X 54R cartridge. The “R” means that it is rimmed. It has ballistics almost as good as the .30-06, but not quite as good. But what if someone wanted to use them to hunt game? What if I wanted [...]

How Easy is It to Shoot 30 Shots Into One Group

A couple of days ago someone on AR15.com posted a picture of a guy on another board that showed a small ragged group and said that he had shot this 30 shot group at 100 yards with his AR-15. The picture was too small to accurately measure the group, but it was one ragged hole and looked to be less than one inch, maybe around .75 inch. As so often happens, a heated discussion resulted. Some said it was “not likely” [...]

An Inexpensive AR-15 and an Inexpensive Red Dot Scope

You may remember a short while back I did a post about my friend doc540’s new inexpensive AR-15 and its surprising accuracy. Here’s the link: Can a Cheap AR-15 be Accurate? I liked his rifle so much that I decided that I needed one for myself. Ever had that happen to you? So, I bought one. It was a little more expensive that doc’s, but I still got it taxes and all for about $600. That included a set of fold down [...]

Can a Cheap AR-15 Be Accurate? Lots of Pics

Oftentimes a friend will send me a note and say, “Have you ever thought about doing a test about this?” I get a lot of good ideas that way. My buddy doc540 recently asked me, “How much accuracy should someone expect from a “cheap” AR-15 rifle set up?” That’s a great question. We know that AR-15 rifles can be fine-tuned to be very accurate bench rest rifles. But what about an inexpensive out-of-the-box [...]

Educational Zone #192 – Gun Lubrication

In a recent discussion about gun lubricants, several people stated that they used Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as a gun lube. This got me to thinking…… As a guy that worked in an oil refinery, I knew that different oils are developed for different uses. Some can be used in other applications and work well, but as far as I am aware, none had been specifically designed as a gun lubricant. I thought what we really [...]

Educational Zone #191 – Is the Glock 19 the Best Concealed Carry Piece?

A couple of weeks ago my friend (and hero) Aimless posted that AIM had some Glock 19 police trade-ins for sale for $359. By the time I looked at them, they were all gone. But my contact at AIM said that they had more coming in and to keep an eye out for them. Sure enough, they got another batch in and I ordered one. It got here today. Here it is. As you can see it is a Generation 2, without the finger grooves. I actually [...]

Educational Zone #190 – You Can’t Get Past Bad Bullets

I took the lovely wife to the range this morning to do a little experiment with some bullets that were given to me. My friend had gotten a bunch of .45-70, 405 grain bullets really cheap, and gave me a bunch of them. “Free bullets”! What could be better? I loaded some up and we headed to the range this morning to see how well they shot. I brought my Shiloh Sharps Long Range Express to try them out. It is both a [...]

Educational Zone #189 – Sig 556XI Multi-Cal

My old buddy Lien had a new rifle and invited me to go shoot it with him and do a write-up on it. It is a Sig Sauer carbine, Model Sig 556XI Multi-Cal. This rifle comes in either .556 or 7.62 X 39. This one is the 7.62 X 39 model. Here it is: This is an interesting rifle and fun to shoot. It isn’t “cheap” as the MSRP is around $1,500. But as is typical if Sig Sauer, it is an excellent weapon. You can open the [...]
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