Educational Zone

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 #175 – The Dragunov FPK Sniper Rifle

My buddy Liem called and asked me if I’d like to shoot his Dragunov sniper rifle. I said that sounded like a great idea. So today, we went to the range. His rifle is a Romanian FPK Dragunov rifle. This general model has been made by many countries since 1963 until the present. It is the “other side’s” sniper rifle and is well known and often seen in war photos. Here it is: It is a semi-auto rifle in 7.62 X 54R [...]

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 [...]

Educational Zone #173 – Product Evaluation – Ruger PC Carbines

Recently, my buddy Liem asked me if I would like to shoot a couple of his rifles. They are Ruger PC9 and PC4 Carbines. Of course, I said, “Sure!” These carbines were designed by Ruger in 1996 and were discontinued in 2006. But they are still available for sell and can be obtained fairly easily. The “PC” in the name stands for Police Carbine, and the carbine was developed for use by police officers so that they [...]

Educational Zone #172 – Product Evaluation – Falcon Bullet Company, FalCoated Bullets

My friend doc450 recently got some bullets from Falcon Bullet Company that he uses for 50 yard handgun competition. He has had very good luck with them, often winning his Class.  Here is their site: But he recently got some new lead bullets that had a new coating on them to allow higher velocity without leading or excessive smoke. I decided to try some to see how well they [...]

Educational Zone #99 – Moly Coating Rifle Bullets

Many years ago, shortly after WWI, US military rifle competition shooters complained about copper fouling when shooting long strings of shots in rifle matches. The bullets used were jacketed metal bullets, with a copper alloy as an exterior covering. When fired at velocities greater than about 2,500 fps, the friction caused the copper to be deposited on the bore of the rifle. Cast lead bullets had been used in the past, [...]

Educational Zone #94 – Product Evaluation – Magnalube-G Grease

I was recently asked to try a new grease that can be used for firearms.It is called Magnalube-G.It is made by Saunders Enterprises, Inc and they sent me a few .75 ounce tubes.Here it is. It is labeled as a “PTFE Grease”. PTFE is Polytetrafluroethylene and microparticles of PTFE are suspended in Magnalube®-G to ensure continued performance of equipment operating at high loads and extreme temperatures. That [...]

Educational Zone #95 – Interesting Firearms – The Model 96 Swedish Mauser

My buddy Ted recently acquired an example of the Model 96 Swedish Mauser at a gun show. It is one of the cleanest examples of this rifle I have ever seen.I told him, “If you ever decide to get rid of that rifle, give me first shot at it.” He decided that he could live without it and sold it to me. Here it is.It is as clean as the day it left the factory.These rifles are in 6.5 X 55 Mauser, a very fine round. [...]

Educational Zone #88 – The Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver

The Colt Python .357 Magnum was introduced by Colt in the mid 1950s.It was a “Premium” revolver, and started out as a target revolver.It became the ultimate in police handguns later in its life and I had the privilege of carrying one as a police officer in the early 1970s.The model I carried was a 6 inch nickeled revolver, but I sold it, much to my regret.But I have since replaced it with a blued 6 inch [...]

Educational Zone #96 – Refinishing a Mosin 91/30

Some of you may not know this, but my friend Ponyboy has been hosting The Box O’ Truth for me for several years now, on his bandwidth that he uses for his business. We have become good “Internet friends”, even though we have never met in person. He recently sent me an e-mail and said, “Send me a copy of your C&R, as I have an early Christmas present to send you.” I did so, and waited for [...]
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