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.

Back from the Gunsmith..

The Ruger 96/44 I purchased not long ago is back from the gunsmith, it had a small crack in the wood at the back of the receiver, more like a thumbnail sized area that had popped loose and been poorly repaired. With that area taking most of the recoil I didn’t want to take any chances so I had Thumper put it right and as usual he did it well.

A friend had given me a couple of Weaver V9 scopes and one of them seemed to be just the ticket for this little .44 Carbine, darned if it isn’t a slick actioned thing and the trigger seems just fine for what it is as well.

In other news it seems the Board of Directors at DPRC is at it again, power grabbing or at least trying to, they want to make all their decisions binding without member approval. It’s just one thing after another the past 5-6 years. Are there no honest men in that Club?


would have been my Dad’s 92 nd birthday had he not passed back in May of last year, Mom and Dad’s anniversary would have been the 10th of this month. I exchanged texts with my Niece (who was like another daughter to them) and Sister and my Son. Each of us with still fresh thoughts about his passing. Gone from our presence but far from forgotten.

Rugers Mk IV Hunter

When I handled an early Mk IV Target I liked the new take down procedure but honestly I’ve never had a real problem with any of the Mk Pistols, just need to remember the secret handshake for them. But I have a MK I, a MK II and a Mk III 22/45 and a Lite and a AMT Lightning 8″ barrel so I’m thinking pretty neat but I don’t need one.

Local shop got in a Hunter  a couple of days ago and did some handling of it and had a 10/22 International I wasn’t doing anything with that covered a good bit of the expense and well…it came home with me. Triggers are usually the weak point on Mk’s but can be improved pretty easily.  This one isn’t bad, in fact its the best other than my AMT I’ve had out of the box, it can still stand some improvement but its very usable as is. I’ve got some bits and pieces coming from TandemKross (check these folks out they have a lot of good parts and accessories for Guns), Likely will scope this one, time will tell if its up to the heritage of the Ruger Mk’s, I’m guessing it will do just fine.

Lots of new things…

Recently picked u[ a Ruger 96/44 magnum from a small shop, in good condition and not a common thing in this area as medium range bolt actions tend to be the more popular Deer rifles here. I have a CZ452 Grand Finale on order and paid for, high polished blue, hand engraving, upgraded wood with a ebony fore end tip and grip cap and wrap around checkering. Some nay savers have panned these but there will only be 1000 made so they won’t be forced to buy one anyhow. Have a CZ 527 American in 6.5 Grendel on order as well, these have 24 inch barrels and if of the usual CZ quality will likely be good shooters. I still haven’t gotten to the range with the 6.5 Creedmore as Church activities just seem to keep multiplying, part of me says its about time to shut down this blog as I find it harder and harder to make time for any of my guns or shooting. We’ll see.