Wifama WZ78 Trainer…

Back in 2012 these became the rage on one of the forums I frequent, several of my friends told me I really ought to buy one but my interests were elsewhere. A couple of days ago I spotted one on consignment in a near by Gun Shop (Liberty Guns in Hillsborough NC), price seemed a little bit high so I went home and did a bit of research.  The price wasn’t out of line as the rifle is in excellent condition and came with the box it was shipped in, factory cleaning rod and sling both of which were still wrapped in original packaging. These Polish trainers will not win any beauty contests but have the reputation of being excellent shooters and with their AK/SKS type sights have a very distinctive look. I’m so far behind on firearms testing I have no idea when I’ll shoot it but I look forward to it.

Update on 917m2s

I got panned for using blue rings when I mounted a scope on my Marlin 917m2s, heck they were on hand what can I say, the trigger was also typical Marlin 900 series, i.e. gritty and heavy. Warne silver rings were ordered as well as a Rifle Basix replacement trigger, got around to installing both yesterday afternoon, for those thinking of installing these triggers I advise taking your time and triple checking everything. I had to remove the rifle from the stock after the install to correct the sear engagement as I could remove the bolt. Not a big deal but something I should have caught before buttoning everything up.

Does look better…

and the trigger is so much better and smoother, corrects the major failing of these rifles in my opinion.

6.5 Creedmoor photo and group photos since Photobucket decided to wake up…

 

First groups was three inches low and four inches right but looked like had been fired on that bull…

12 clicks up and 16 left gave  me this one…

It just kept up more of the same except for two that suffered from me suffering from the Pollen blowing around, red watering eyes don’t do much for my shooting and those had two touching and the third off opening it up to 3/4 inch or so.

Photobucket hoovers big time, still acting up so I’ve no idea what will actually so up.

6.5 Creedmoor first shots…

Don’t know why I’d put this off so long, well actually all the cleaning involved likely had a lot to do with it, my Gunsmith gave me a shoot 3 rounds, clean well, shoot 3 rounds clean well and repeat up to 30 rounds break in for the Brux barrel. After the money I put into the rifle I figured only thing to do was exactly what he recommended, so off to the range with all the cleaning gear and two boxes of Hornady 140 gr ELD/Match ammo which Thumper said should shoot around 1/2 MOA. Well the boy knows his stuff, cleaning was using CR-10, Butches Bore Shine and Kroil. I wet the barrel down good with the CR-10, let it soak a bit then took  a nylon brush to it for a few strokes, applied Butches, let it soak, then patched it out, a couple of times I pushed a couple of Kroil patches through as well. By the  last couple cleanings I was getting no color at all on the patches, there never was much even with the first cleaning but at the end I wasn’t getting any. Well good old Photobucket is being it usual uncooperative self so I’ll have to post photos later but suffice it to say the first group was 1/2 inch and things didn’t change much one way or the other except a couple of times when my eyes and lungs rebelled against all the pollen in the air, it was positively yellow the whole time I was at the range, even the tops of my socks were yellow when I got home.

 

Tandemkross “Freedom Rail” for PMR-30

Wanting to put a optic on my older PMR-30 I ordered a Freedom rail which attaches to the   holes on the rear top of the PMR-30. Such a simple thing but really effective. In less than 15 minutes I had it installed and ready to zero.

The Bushnell First Strike slips right on and with the tightening of one screw is ready to be zeroed.

Couldn’t be simpler, now to get it zeroed.

Another PMR-30

At a Pawn Shop in Reidsville last week the owner was cataloging a trade in, a NIB Keltec PMR-30 in Titanium/Black, box and all. A little negotiation and it came home with me, picked up a Bushnell First Strike and ordered a Freedom Rail from the good folks at Tandemkross, Should be fun. So now its…

And their big brother the CMR-30

Have a total of 16 magazines now, thats a lot of .22wmr. You have to be careful loading the magazines or you get rim lock, but if loaded correctly these are very reliable.

Third Scout…

I purchased a CZ Scout for my Granddaughter when she was only 4, wasn’t until several years later that she got to use it but She had a ball with it and hopefully will never be numbered among the “Antis” due to the time spent with it. A couple of years ago I purchased another and set it up for me, putting it in a CZ American walnut stock and mounting a moderately powerful scope on it, makes for a handy and quite accurate little carbine. A week or so ago I spied a used one in one of the LGS’s priced pretty reasonably but missing its sling swivels, sling swivels I’ve got so today a little negotiating and home it came. For now I’ve dropped it into a CZ Trainer stock I have on hand and mounted a Mueller 4.5-14x scope, all this is subject to change but it makes for another handy .22lr Carbine.

This is how it came to me and below is how it is now.

Marlin 917m2s

A week ago I spotted this rifle in a small shop near South Boston Va., in good but not perfect condition it reminded me of my first .17 caliber rifle a Marlin 917vsl in .17hmr, I had later purchased my first .17m2, a 917m2 (blue and hardwood) based on how well the 917vsl shot. Both shot very well but late I purchased CZ 452’s in those calibers because they were much lighter and shot as well or better. At any rate it trigger a nostalgia attack and the shop owner agreed to pass an offer to the owner as it was a consignment piece. Tues. of this week I called back and the owner had countered but was only $10 higher than my offer so I told him deal, I’ll be up for it tomorrow. $210 and $5 for a redundant Virginia back ground check (I have a concealed carry permit, am a retired LEO and they don’t have to do Federal checks on me), I think I did okay, put it together with a Mueller APV in silver and we’ll see how she shoots,.

 

First Shots with Mk IV Hunter…

Took the new Mk IV Hunter and my old AMT Lightning with their newly acquired scopes to the club yesterday, quickly found that the NcStar 2.5x I got for next to nothing and mounted on the AMT was worth “next to nothing”. No real surprise but I had hoped it might be at least usable…no such luck. The Burris 2x on the other hand is clear as a bell, no complaints there, some retraining of the brain and eyes going on and I need to work out a usable rest for testing (a couple of rice bags in socks worked only slightly better than nothing). Was still able to shoot repeatable 1-1 1/2 inch groups with CCI Subsonic HP’s at 25 yards but think once I get all sorted out I can likely halve that, the sun was in my face so I was getting a lot of flare and my eyes aren’t what they were 20 years ago when I shot scoped Contenders on a regular basis. Looking forward to round two.