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. • [...]

Educational Zone #184 – Product Evaluation – Browning FN Hi Power Pistol

I recently saw that AIM had some used Browning FN Hi Power pistols for sale. Here’s the ad: “Fabrique Nationale (FN) Belgium Steel frame Hi Power Semi-automatic 9mm Pistols. Mechanically, these are in Excellent working condition but expect metal finish as pictured. May not have a lanyard ring and allow for rear sight wear from holster. Grips may vary in type and condition. Includes 1-13rd Magazine.” They were used, [...]

Educational Zone #183 – KelTec SU-16 5.56 Carbine

My buddy Liem called and told me that he had a new rifle. It was a KelTec SU-16, in 5.56 caliber. We decided to take it to the range today and see how it ran. Here it is. It is a 5.56 caliber carbine that is semi-automatic. It has a standard bolt opening knob on the right side of the receiver. It comes with 3 10 round magazines and has a place in the stock to store 2 of them. It will also take standard AR-15 magazines, [...]
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