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    I've had a few friends ask me how to properly clean and lubricate a weapon. I will try to demonstrate the best way to do these tasks, as my 50+ years of experience have taught me. First off, let's get the "WD-40" question out of the way. For some reason that I simply cannot understand, some...
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    We last talked about cleaning a revolver, so let's look at cleaning a semi-auto pistol. The same discussion applies to using WD-40 as a solvent. It is especially important to use a good solvent when cleaning a semi-auto, as they tend to get a lot more unburned powder, soot, and other stuff...
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    I enjoy shooting my .30 Carbine. It is a 50th Anniversary model made by Iver Johnson. It is a great shooter. The problem is that shooting .223 and 7.62 X 39 ammo, which is so cheap, makes feeding a .30 Carbine kind of painful. There just isn't any cheap ammo available, at least not as cheap as...
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    I, like Col. Townsend Whelen, have always been fascinated by truly accurate rifles. As he famously stated, "Only accurate rifles are interesting." I was fortunate enough a few years back to be able to purchase an Accuracy International AE, in .308. It is a fine rifle. I mounted a Leupold 8.5...
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    My friend Chapperjoe sent me a note asking if I would test some ammo that he had bought. Mainly, he was interested in the Guatemalan ammo that AIM Surplus had on sale, but he also had some other ammo to throw in the mix. He sent me a few rounds of each and we filled in with some stuff we were...
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    I own a fine .22 rifle, the Ruger 10-22. This is it. It is a heavy barreled, Hammer Forged, with a laminated stock. It is a great and very accurate shooter. The Hammer Forged barrel has a great crown and the exterior of the barrel has a "swirl" type finish. One of the secrets of...
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    I had a few folks ask me how to best remove Cosmoline from a firearm. Cosmoline is a Vaseline-type preservative that was used to preserve firearms. Collectors of C&R (Curio & Relic) firearms often find old firearms that were built around WWI or WWII and then put in storage. These guns were...
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    Where I go shooting, the target stands are sometimes less than usable. I recently saw an article in gun rag about making a target stand out of PVC pipe, and made one for my self, with a few slight changes. If you don't have a good stand, here's a cheap, yet excellent stand, that can easily be...
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    Many folks have expressed an interest in the CZ-52 pistol. This pistol qualifies as a C&R pistol, and is very inexpensive at this time. Here's mine. Probably the most interesting thing about this pistol is the caliber, 7.62 X 25. This is a bottlenecked, .30 caliber round, that shoots a 90...
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    I recently obtained my C&R License and have the "bug" bad. One of the rifles I always wanted to try was the Swiss K-31, Straight-Pull Bolt Rifle. I get a couple from AIM and they were just what I expected: Almost perfect steel and rough wood. Here's one, right out of the shipping box. With a...
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    When I first saw a Mosin Nagant, I thought it was an ugly gun. But, like a lot of things, the more you see of them, the more you can learn to appreciate them. They kind of grow on you. I guess it was when first watching "Enemy At the Gates" that I finally wanted to have one. The Mosin Nagant...
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    I recently obtained a US Savage Enfield Mk1 #4 SMLE from Phoenix Distributors for the good price of $124.00, through my C&R License. It arrived on the Brown Truck of Happiness. I opened the package like a kid on Christmas morning and removed my next project. Here it is. It was a little...
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    My new C&R hobby has caused an over-flow situation on my gun safe. I had been just stacking them in closets, but knew that was a temporary stop-gap measure. It was time to build a rifle rack. I didn't want anything fancy, just something to keep them from leaning on each other and scratching...
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    If any of you have ever read British military history, they are always talking about the "smell of Cordite" on the battlefield. Some folks probably don't even know what Cordite is. I recently bought a 550 round ammo can full of mixed WWII era .303 British ammo. Here it is. As you can see...
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    Recently my friend Fxntime sent me a note and asked if I would test some 7.62 X 51 Military Ball like we did the 5.56 ammo a while back. He said he would send me an assortment of ammo to test if I was interested. I said, Sure. He sent me 9 different types of 7.62 X 51, mostly military ball...
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    I recently got my C&R and have been having a great time finding and refinishing some old military rifles. I was looking at an old SMLE that I own that was built in Lithgow, Australia. It appeared to have once been painted olive drab green. Here's a pic. So, I checked with our resident...
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    The 9 X 18 Makarov is a fairly "new" round in the USA, but it has been a staple of firearms in Europe for a long time and is one of the most common police and military rounds in some countries. It is usually classified in power as between the .380 ACP and the 9 MM Parabellum. I believe that it...
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    Today's Question: Does shooting Wolf ammo in an AR result in the "Lacquer" or "Poly" being deposited in the chamber, resulting in stuck cases? My buddy Tman and I do a lot of shooting. I had previously shot a lot of Wolf 5.56 ammo (steel cased) through my Model One uppers and had no problems...
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    A friend of the Box O' Truth recently sent me a note and asked if I had ever tried a pistol called the SCCY Model CPX2, which is a small 9mm pistol. I was not familiar with it, but I connected with the fine folks at SCCY Industries and they agreed to kindly send me a sample to evaluate. I got...
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    My good buddy Ted, recently was hunting some .22 ammo to shoot (like most of us nowadays), and ran across a brick of Aguila .22 Match ammo. It said right on the box, "For Competition", and "The Best of Accuracy". Here it is. Sounds like just the thing we need. Our "standard" of ultimate .22...
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