Another trip to VIR’s long range, accompanied my friend Rob and seven of his Dentist friends, a great group and fun to be with. I took my 6mm Creedmoor based on a Rem. 788 receiver and it shot as well as I and my Gunsmith thought it would. It’s a much lighter rifle with a 24″ Brux barrel which they custom contoured to match the factory 6mm Rem. barrel, it will heat up but not extremely fast and is light enough to use as a hunting rifle. It’s accuracy at long range would make it a really good “bean field rifle” as we call them around here. It’s going to surprise some folks in the long run.
Clean up Sunday was a breeze, these Brux barrels properly broken in just don’t copper at all, vigorous cleaning showed no signs at all. I’ve got right at 60 rounds down it now.
My CZ 457 has been to the range and initial results are very good, the Browning 52 needed Burris Signature rings but is now shooting well too, I look forward to some ammunition testing with both.
Yesterday I purchased a S&W Model 41, new from Mace Sports, trigger out of the box is averaging 1 lb. 2 oz., just outstanding, may get a chance to see how it shoots later today. Lots going on in our lives and shooting time is harder to come by it seems. Seems I’ve become Diabetic albeit only mildly so, strictly diet and pill controlled so I’m fortunate. Pulmonary Rehab is going well but again, time consuming. Church work and Manna Market are always there but a pleasure, life is good but busy.
If you don’t want anymore firearms stay out of gunshops, a stop by Fuguay Guns and Gold to see if they had any magazines for the G43 and G48 (they didn’t) resulted in my purchasing one even after saying I’d no interest. Anyone who knows me will tell you I love an attractive wooden stock and once I’d seen this one the predictable happened. With all the Debbie downer talk about this model I did a good inspection before making the plunge. Wood finish is good, the new nitrite finish is attractive and even over the entire rifle, muzzle and bore look good using a bore light, I couldn’t find a thing to reject it. I’d already handled two Tikka T1x’s there, a .22lr and a .17 her, nothing grabbing me there as I see little difference over the Sako Quad (okay its stock is more substantial) and the bulbous magazines don’t do a thing for me although I’m sure they’ll be good shooters as Sakos and Tikkas tend to be.
Next will be seeing how the 457 Varmint shoots, I’ve mounted a Weaver V24 in Warne 722M rings just need some weather to test in, lately I feel like we moved to Seattle…
Trigger is a new adjustable model, nothing like the old CZ’s, out of the box a clean crisp 2 lbs. 1 oz., lots of old complaints answered some new ones expressed on some forums. Only time will tell, I know the wood sure lured me in on this one.
In response to a post from Charlie who’s getting to be a regular here, thanks for that Charlie, I’ll post a couple of photos of my Kadets. For those not familiar with them they are basically a CZ 75 with a .22lr upper on them, weight and handling are pretty much identical to their 9mm’s. Accuracy while perhaps not Match Grade is very good.
The single action version (straight trigger) with suppressor adapter now belongs to a friend but the “normal” model is still around, neither were from a kit (upper, magazine) but original completer pistols. I believe CZ has stopped making the complete pistols now and only offers the conversion kit, well worth having for your CZ centerfire pistol. Thanks for making me think about the Kadet again Charlie its past due for some range time.
When they first came out I wanted one but just couldn’t justify the cost, I looked many over at gunshows and shops but always found a flaw or just didn’t have the spare cash. A local shop had this one on consignment for a goodly while and I finally made an offer and now its mine.
A Browning 52 replica, in very good condition, with good wood and at a price that seemed more than fair to me, now to accumulate the rest of the goodies to put it to use.
Several years ago I had a TacSol AR22 upper that shot very well but at that time I really didn’t shoot it much at all and I had better than $400 in it and ended up selling it for a bit more than I’d paid for it. Now I’m shooting a good bit on an indoor range where a regular AR isn’t allowed but I can shoot a .22lr all I want. Midway had the TacSol’s on sale so I figured, why not. After getting it and shooting it on a Eagle Arms upper which was okay but I decided to pick up its own lower so I purchased one from Palmetto State Armory on sale with FDE furniture to differentiate from my other AR’s. PSA’s are budget priced and mine came to me needing to have the buttstock tube removed most of the way so the rear takedown pin could be properly fitted, not a huge thing but it took a pretty good while to correct. Once assembled I put about 100 rounds of Federal ammo though it without any hiccups. Trigger will be the next thing to get some attention, accuracy was passable with 1″ groups at 25 yards off a simple front rest and no rear support being the norm. Rifle is topped with a TruGol 2moa dot and has Magpul Mbus as back up. A Magpul FDE fore end is on order just to keep things the same.
I’ve got a number of Full Stocked rifles, mostly rimfire but a few Centerfire as well but with 8 CZ 527’s I did not have a single FS. I sold two rifles last week and ordered a CZ 527 FS in the venerable .222. These popped up on the scene a few months ago, dated 2010 and many wondered where they’d been hiding. Now that I have mine in hand I know…Mexico, imported through CZ USA but sent to and marked as Mexican.
It arrived NIB but missing the always present Proof target but that really isn’t a concern to me. Now begins the search for an appropriate scope, something compact but at least 12-14x on the top end as the little .222 is useful out to at least 250-300 yards.
Back before the Day of the Glock, 1986, I owned several Colt 1911’s, in fact two Gold Cups and two Series 70’s. They shot well but even after having a couple of known Gunsmiths dabble with them were not as reliable as I wanted, I purchased my first Gen 1 Glock (two letter three number serial) and slowly but surely the Colts went away.
Of late I’d been longing for old slab sides (ergo wise they are nice) and when I ran across a “deal” (was actually looking for a 9mm) on a Remington 1911 R1 I made the plunge, it handles nicely and has a 4lb. 3 oz. trigger from the box, we’ll see how it shoots.
I’m thinking it will need an extended safety, perhaps ambidextrous but will wait and see.
A day later I found a sale on what I’d been looking for to begin with a 1911 in 9mm, specifically a Ruger 1911 CMD-A 9 round model, nice and light and comes with beaver tail and extended safety, an attractive pistol with its two tone finish.
I’m looking forward to some side by side comparisons with my Glocks and CZ’s, the nice thing is have a lot less in both of these than I have in my only other 1911…a CZ Guardian in .45 amp.
I’ve been a bit intrigued by NAA’s Ranger and now Ranger II break top revolvers, I’ve owned several NAA’s and for the most part they’re reliable little pistols. The first Ranger II my LGS was able to obtain had the full range of problems and basically just did nothing quite the way it was supposed to. The LGS put a burr under the Distributors saddle and I had a replacement in 3 days, no complaint there. The second revolver works, not smoothly and with an awful trigger but it does work, compared to the Sidewinder I’ve had for a few years its really pretty sad. I’m going to shoot it some and see if things smooth up and then will likely give NAA a chance to see what they can do with it but I’m not optomistic.