Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Just as Jeff Cooper introduced the Scout Rifle concept decades ago, shooters should look seriously at another concept, the survival carbine. This concept would not introduce or highlight new "gotta have" hardware, but would instead focus on existing carbines and accessories and how to tailor them for self defense. The type of scenarios and situations an armed civilian would encounter. This seems counterintuitive, but in reality our best known trainers recommend weapons best suited for special operations, high risk contractors, or 3 gun competitions. In the race for the latest and greatest, the fundamental use of the carbine, self defense, is lost.
Here are some starting questions. What should a survival carbine have as essential characteristics? How powerful should it be? Does it have to be semi automatic? How should it be accessorized? What if any optics are useful? How would its defensive role differ from the shot gun?
Defining the requirements of the survival carbine will be the subject of further posts in this blog.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
We've continued low temperature testing of the Soviet Mosin-Nagant 91/30 sniper, 1944 vintage. The rifle and scope are an impressive combination of engineering and simplicity. Hits on small gongs at 200 and 300 yards are routine for a decent marksman and longer range testing is in the plan. In cold (0 to 30F) the 300 yard testing distance was used to simulate most winter visibility conditions. The rifle and surplus ball ammunition (not the match grade 7N ammunition) are performing better than expected, giving 1 to 2 inch, 3 shot groups at 100 yards. The rifle remains remarkably cool during extended firing at these temperatures, this seems to aid in keeping groups tight and also in consistent groups fired in series. The biggest surprise if the robust 3 power scope and the clarity of the optics. I was expecting some difficulty with the clunky reticle but it has proven surprisingly easy to use. This is an excellent rifle scope combination. While not my first choice as a DMR, its easy to see how the 91/30 sniper has remained in use during almost every conflict of the late 20th and early 21st century. The importers still have a few of these left, get one while you can.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The AK 47 was one of two weapons which evolved from lessons on the Eastern Front in World War II. The other is the German post war G-3 assault rifle. Although the G-3 was handicapped by using the too powerful 7.62 NATO instead of the more sensible 7.92 x 33, the simplicity of the G-3 and its incredible durability and reliability match the AK-47. This is not a coincidence, it was a lesson learned the hard way during intense combat. It's interesting to note that neither rifle has a bolt hold open device and each one works with mass produced lower quality steel cased ammunition. They are remarkable rifles born from a unique and remarkable experience.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
- More gun choices in 50 GI. Some lower cost choices in 1911 pistols and a S&W 5 shot revolver. The revolver could introduce the 50 S&W Auto Rim.
- Lower cost center fire pistol ammo for 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.
- Removal of sound suppressors from the National Firearms Act.
- Better politicians.
- More affordable American made tactical optics.
- More Zoot Shooting Clubs.
- Better quality shooting oriented television shows.
- More developed ranges and clubs.
Monday, December 23, 2013
The shortage of 22 long rifle ammunition persists. Manufacturers, for the sake of younger/new shooters, please correct this situation.
Mayor Bloomberg was recently on Saturday Night Live, it is where he belongs, among the other bad and stupid jokes.
The competition for Air Jordan shoes has resulted in fights, beatings, and thefts nationwide. The high price and shortage of these shoes are to blame. Notice this did not happen with the AR-15 and ammunition shortages last year. "An armed society is a polite society".
M. Kalishnikov is dead, may he rest in peace.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
(born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland )
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Leif Ericson firing a Winchester model 1892 modified to look like an 1860 Henry rifle.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
This target was fired in the prone unsupported position at 100 yards.
This target was fired from the prone supported position, more steady than the target above.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
The lower rifle is a Carcano similar to the one used by Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and recovered in the school book depository.
Early model AR-15 similar to the one used by the Secret Service in Dallas
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
You can get more information here. I wish James the best of luck in this endeavor.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
German STG 44
The U.S. M14 Rifle