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Product Evaluation – The Colt Competition Series 1911 Pistol

My niece and nephew recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and she wanted to give him a special gift. She knew he was looking for a certain 1911 and asked my help finding one for him. We found it. He said it was the best present he ever got. Here it is in the box. It is a Colt Competition 1911 pistol, a special edition model It came with two 8 round magazines and a nice case. It has a fiber optic rod front [...]

Accuracy of ZQI Ammunition

Recently my friend LuckyDucky posted a thread about “Apparently ammo can affect accuracy”. He seemed surprised. Here is the original thread: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1925646_Apparently_ammo_can_affect_accuracy.html He was testing a new rifle and scope and managed to shoot 5 shots of Federal ammo into 2 inches at 100 yards. However, he also shot some ZQI ammo he had and it didn’t make a group, it made a [...]

Alien Gear Holsters – Product Evaluation

I was recently in the market for a better concealed carry holster and saw that Alien Ware Holsters were a site sponsor at AR15.com. I researched their product line and found a holster that looked like it was exactly what I was looking for. I ordered one and got it very quickly, in less than a week. First, let’s talk about what we would want in a holster. “Back in the day” holsters were built differently than they [...]

The Ruger American Rimfire Rifle

I was recently reading a thread on Arfcom about “Accurate Bolt Action .22 Rifles for Squirrel Hunting”. Several members posted pictures of some very nice rifles. But my friend 1srelluc posted a picture of a very nice rifle that he has shot over 300 squirrels with in recent months. I sent him an IM and asked about his rifle and he very kindly answered all of my questions. I decided that I “needed” one. (Know what [...]

Very Accurate .22 Ammo

I am always on the lookout for some accurate .22 ammo. It has been scarce lately, but I did find some here and there. Our friends at AIM had a sale last week and had some .22 target ammo for sale at reasonable prices. Here it is: It is some GEMTEC Subsonic .22 LR, 42 grain LRN ammo for $47.50 a brick (500 rounds). The other is some Lapua/SK .22 LR Standard Plus for $57.90 a brick. I got one brick of each and was [...]

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 [...]
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