Education

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 #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 [...]

Educational Zone #188 – A Couple of .45-70 Rifles – Lots of Pics

My buddy Ted came to visit and we spent a couple of great days at the range. He had brought a couple of .45-70 rifles that he wanted to play with. I have the dies, so I loaded up some .45-70 ammo and we were set to go. Here’s the first rifle.    It is imported by Navy Arms Co. and is a Pedersoli Rolling Block action. It is a very nice rifle.   This is what the action looks like after firing the rifle.  [...]

Educational Zone #187 – The LaRue MBT Meticulously Built Trigger

I participated in the “One MOA All Day Long Challenge” and placed in the SPR Division. It was a fun challenge. But then Mark LaRue posted this in the thread:  Originally Posted By LaRue_Tactical:  Guys, we’ve gotten our sea legs under us and are really moving along enough now that I can get aggressive in promoting our MBT triggers. I am kicking off the big push by giving everyone on the list a complimentary [...]

Educational Zone #186: Battleship Game with .22 Rifles – Lots of pictures

I recently saw that our friends at Stag Arms had a target available on line that was like to old Battleship Game. Here’s the target.  My old buddy Ted came to visit me and I told him to bring his Ruger .22 rifle and we were going to play a game. Just because you are in your late 60s doesn’t mean that you can’t still play games. Ted and I went to the range and set up our .22 rifles. Here’s Ted and [...]

Educational Zone #185: The Zastava CZ999 Compact 9mm Pistol – Image Heavy

I recently saw an ad for the Zastava CZ999 9mm pistol. It was the first time I had seen one and it looked interesting. I did an Internet search for the best price and was not surprised to see that our friends at AIM had the best price. They listed them for $289.95. I ordered one. Here are the listed features. FEATURES INCLUDE:  • Single or Double action. • Double-stack detachable high capacity 15rd magazine. • [...]

Educational Zone #178 – Hunter Class Benchrest Rifle

My buddy Boyd came through town last week and was coming from the Gulf Coast Regional Hunter Class Benchrest Competition that was held in Louisiana. He tied in a three-way tie for First place, but won 2nd place due to Xs. He met me at the range and he let me shoot his rifle. It was a very interesting experience and I thought you guys might enjoy learning about the sport. The Hunter Class Benchrest game is just that…..a [...]

Educational Zone #177 – Mexican Match Ammunition

When I used to compete in military rifle matches, competitors were always looking for an “edge” against their competition. However, most of us were on a somewhat limited budget. The matches would supply us with military ball ammo in many cases. Someone once got a great idea about how to “improve” this cheap (free) ammunition. What they came up with was called “Mexican Match”. We are not sure where that name [...]

Educational Zone #176 – Trijicon ACOG Scope

My friend doc 540 recently bought a new ACOG scope and wanted to sight it in. I told him we could go together and I would help him with it. I have enjoyed having an ACOG for a number of years. Mine is mounted on my Colt HBAR AR-15. Here it is: Mine is a 3.5 X 35 scope, Model TA11. It has a “donut” reticle and hash marks below the donut for bullet drop compensation. The hash marks below the donut show bullet drop [...]

Educational Zone #174 – The .22 TCM Pistol

My friend Liem recently obtained a new pistol and he graciously invited me to test it with him. It is a Rock Island .22 TCM. TCM stands for Tuason Craig Micromagnum and it is a proprietary cartridge developed by Fred Craig and Rock Island Armory. Some folks have mistakenly said it is a 9mm necked down to .22, but that is not correct. It is actually a .223 case, shortened and necked down to .22 with ballistics similar to [...]
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