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 [...]

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. • [...]
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