Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
New Q series P-22 is much less attractive than the old model.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The 45-70 Government is an outstanding cartridge. Introduced in 1873 as a U.S. military cartridge, its still popular in lever action and single shot rifles today. In the tradition black powder loading it launches a 405gr lead bullet at about 1200 feet per second. The rifle pictured is a model 1884 Springfield Cadet Rifle. The cadet rifles were specially designed for and issued to military schools. There are several differences between the regular Springfield trapdoor and the cadet rifle, however the maid difference is the cadet rifle is 4" shorter. The reduced length made the cadet rifle easier to handle....by cadets. As many military schools were essentially the same as today's high schools, the shorter rifle was much easier to handle during drill and marksmanship by young teenagers.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Early steel magazine with a 12/60 date.
HK manufactured aluminum magazine with a 2/63 date. The waffle patterned may have been influenced by earlier AR-10 and AR-15 magazines.
Friday, February 14, 2014
M36 Jackson in Europe in WWII
The G3 lived up to its legendary reputation as a cold warrior. With wind chills below zero, the g3 was easy to use with gloves and absolutely reliable. This included firing the cheapest steel cased 7.62x51 ammo which I could find. In forty rounds fired, all hit a 200 meter gong. This gong is roughly a man chest sized target and represents a center mass zone on a human. In this sort of weather and assuming an adversary would use reasonably effective camouflage, 200 meters represents a realistic combat range. Detecting camouflaged targets at 200 meters with the naked eye is a challenge and requires practice.
Of course, one of the things being tested is the shooter. How does personal gear such as jackets, boots, gloves, and caps work? personal camouflage is also an area of consideration. its reassuring to know these things work under these conditions, at least on the range.