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Best laid plans, and so on

I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.

TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.

I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.

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Written by Ry Jones

21 June 2014 at 18:36

Posted in Life, Shooting Stuff

5/8-24 is a strange thread

Went to Ace to see if I could find a 5/8-24 nut. Nope. Looked on smallparts.com – no dice. Tacoma Screw? Custom item.

I did find one on amazon for $8, but at that price, I decided to just loan my YHM mount out and hope it comes back.

Written by Ry Jones

19 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Toys

One showed up today.

Axe

I’ll use it in a few weeks.

Written by Ry Jones

2 October 2013 at 19:14

80% -> 100%

For the first time yesterday, I converted an 80% lower to a 100% lower completely on my own (picture). The owner of the mill had an emergency right after we completed his lower, so I had to figure it out.

I learned a couple things that might help you. I was converting a KE Arms 7075 anodized lower using the jig they sell.

  • 7075 produces little razor shards, unlike the 6061 I did last time. Gloves are a must working with 7075.
  • I put a vacuum on the buffer tube hole, and held a low-pressure air nozzle at the magwell. This cleared chips very quickly and resulted in a much easier time and nicer finish.
  • The through-pins on the KE Arms jig are for drilling only. Don’t put them on when you’re milling from the top. I’m down one pin because I milled right through it; luckily I had a spare.
  • The previous times we cut in 1/8″ increments. I milled in 1/4″ depth increments and it wasn’t any harder. The feed rate was a little slower. I went for a single 3/8″ pass but there was chatter, so I pulled out to 1/4″ and it was smooth.
  • It’s much faster to work alone. It took about two and a half or three hours to complete the mill owner’s lower. Mine took a little over an hour, including a break.
  • It’s easier to make mistakes alone, too. I realized the previous night I needed to take care of the pin I ended up milling through, and I was super careful on the first one to point it out, but when it was time to do mine I was in a hurry and now I’m down a pin.
  • The liquid squirt bottle of BOE LUBE is absolutely worth the cost. If I’d had five hands or so, I would have dripped BOE LUBE into the work.

The quality of the KE Arms lowers is fine. I got them on sale. Previously, I completed a BRS lower which I like much better (the integrated trigger guard, threaded mag catch, threaded takedown pin hole). However, the BRS jig is not as nice, and I wanted to try another maker’s setup. I thought I would like the steel bosses for the drill work, but it turned out to be easier to flip the jig over and come in from the left side as the bosses are not perpendicular to the jig surface.

If I do this again, I will probably buy more BRS lowers and make a transfer of the template to the top of the lower instead of using metal templates.

HTH

Written by Ry Jones

8 September 2013 at 13:59

Posted in Shooting Stuff

New hobby

Buying magazines at reasonable prices from people that are selling them. Not as fun as buying them in bulk prices and selling them for panic prices, but so far I’m plus 30 30 rounders. No plans to stop.

Well, maybe if I score one of those 2500 magazine skiffs from MagPul. Maybe.

Written by Ry Jones

15 July 2013 at 8:53

Posted in Shooting Stuff

If you want to see “out like a light”

Watch from about 03:45 forward. Guy goes from engaging in a gun battle (one way at that point) to out like a light (literally, a headshot). The video isn’t graphic, unless seeing someone die is graphic. You can’t really see any gore.

Written by Ry Jones

4 June 2013 at 22:17

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Amiga fans

were the worst part of Amigas.

In other news, I think I’ll dream of an SR25, even though I don’t want one.

If I could find a Cobb MCR-400 in 300 win mag, though, that would be nice. I’ve only known one person that had a pre-Bushmaster Cobb, and it was a 300, not a 400. Still.

Written by Ry Jones

3 June 2013 at 17:48

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Mark Larson, RIP

Mark co-founded and co-owned Rock River Arms.

Written by Ry Jones

7 April 2013 at 14:38

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Armalite’s new 300WM rifle

Time to start saving pennies. Threaded for silencers from the factory, eh?

Written by Ry Jones

5 April 2013 at 19:11

Avilas are selling a ton of firearms.

The owners of AR15.com are selling a huge stack of firearms to finance the move to Dallas. If I had a spare couple dozen grand, there are some nice rifles I’d pick up. The list is growing as time goes on, so watch carefully.

Written by Ry Jones

1 April 2013 at 0:24

Posted in Shooting Stuff

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