This and that…

Finished the AR 22, added a Magpul forearm in FDE to match the rest of the furnature, picked up a couple of 15 round Black Dog magazines used, it mostly needs shooting now.

Used up both my Glock Blue Label usages last week, first on a G48 and then Saturday on a G43x, these are great EDC pistol, the 48 shoots very well and the 43x will get some break in later today

Started Pulmonary Rehab again last Friday, so M/W/F mornings will be taken up for 12 weeks, hopefully I can get moving in the right direction again.

AR22 by TacSol/PSA

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.

A bit different

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.

Return of the 1911’s

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.

Another Toy…

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.

It is cute and I’d love for it to work properly.

T/C’s TCR 22 shows promise…

I was able to purchase a new TCR22 for $299.95 and with the $50 rebate S&W is offering that’s $249.95, a good buy in my opinion. If you just look at the rifle first thought is “oh another 10/22 clone” but there are significant differences and many thing s 10/22 owners like to do to their rifles are already done. The Receiver is drilled at the back so you can clean with a cleaning rod after removing the bolt, it has last shot hold open with factory magazines, its threaded 1/2 x 28 for the most common suppressors. It has a built in “peep” rear and florescent front sight, a Magpul designed stock and clear backing to the magazine so you can keep track of the rounds. Receiver is milled aluminum picatinny  style, the bolt is machined stainless steel (very nicely finished compared to the 10/22. I had a Nikon EFR 3-9x Rimfire scope in my “box o scopes” and mounted it using Weaver bases, it could be mounted lower but I used what was on the scope for expediency.

First shots at 25 yards off a simple bull bag had five rounds cutting each other but the rest was too shaky to make a call accuracy wise but it looks like its going to be a shooter.

Baptists on Missions, Pender County NC

Spent a couple of days with some wonderful folks working hard to restore peoples lives post Florence down in Pender Co., Mike Moser and his team work tirelessly accessing sites and assigning Volunteers to do Tear Outs, Mud Outs, Tree work etc. I will say I learned the hard way that a COPD/Emphysema sufferer like myself needs to stay away from the sites themselves but we can provide funds, Prayer and many other services.

Help if you can, whether money, time or whatever forum you can, thousands have lost everything, the major damage is flooding and since most were not in flood zones they did not have flood insurance so have nothing left. The Home where I worked not only lost all his household goods but several Cows, Hogs and Horses, truly sad.

455 Scout

With a couple of Suppressors in the approval process (why the heck is this so slow, should be on a Form 4473 at most), I’ve started looking at what they’ll be used on, I have a couple of rifles and pistols but wanted a good handy sized .22 lr bolt action. No secret I’m a fan of CZ’s mid priced rifles and the little Scout now comes threaded so at $300 it’s a great one to start with. For now I’ll be using it stock but some trigger work will likely be done to get it to around 2 lbs. The short LOP isn’t a problem with the Scout for me as I’m a bit barrel chested to begin with.

Mounted for now with a Weaver V16 in Warne 7.3 22 rings it’s a bit large but it’s nice to have the range of magnification the 4-16 offers plus AO as well.

I shot it with its very decent irons sights at the indoor 25 yard range off a simple Caldwell bag and was getting 1/2 inch groups with CCI SV and SK Standard Plus, I removed the rear sight (two screws and some sticky stuff) as the front of the Weaver just wasn’t going to make nice with it. Next I get a good 50 yard zero and start seeing what Subsonic HP’s suit its tastes.

Belgium SA-22 scoped…

I had three SA-22’s at one time, gave one to my Daughter-in-law and this past weekend one to my Brother-in-law, both those were Japanese SA’s. I picked up a very clean, perhaps even unfired late model Belgium a couple of years ago so I decided to scope it and have it for at least some use.

These scream for a high gloss scope so I purchased a Clearidge RM 3-9x Gloss which I think looks just right with this rifle, Browning’s base and gloss rings complete the package.

With 3-9x and AO down to 10 yards these rival the Leupold and Weaver 3-9x scopes for Rimfire us in my opinion, very clear and well made for $219.99 delivered to your door.

Micheal just what we didn’t need…

I was stationed at Hurlburt Field Florida for most of my four years in the Air Force, we had a couple of Hurricanes brush us but nothing really bad, but Tyndall and Mexico Beach just to the East got a real blow this week. I know that Baptists on Mission and their Disaster Relief teams are there by now, at least is as much as they can reach the area. I pray for those who have been affected by this Storm and those who will go there to help them. Here locally our efforts will continue to be directed to the Eastern NC relief and rebuilding.  I can’t imagine what they’re going through. God be with them all.