Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tactical Toes or Zombie Fleeing shoes

In case you need to flee in a hurry and the weather is nice I found a pair of shoes that weigh a matter of ounces.  The FILA skele toes.  They meet all the criteria for tactical coolness they are black and gray, weigh next to nothing and protect your feet, toes.  These shoes are advertised for use on the street, dirt, water, and mountains.  That covers everything.  I did two miles in them this morning over a mixed track of pavement and dirt road and held up fine.  So if you need to flee in a hurry grab these and save the Magnums or Danner for the bad weather.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gunsmith Work

I was trusted this week to work a customer's family heirloom.  It is a Remington Model 1100 made in September of 1973 and bought by his great grandfather.  Very cool anyway the shotgun came to me in
"shot the crap out of it and put in closet when I bought a new gun."  It was replaced by a Benelli with a 3 or 3.5" chamber because the 2 3/4 just would not due anymore.  He wanted a thorough cleaning and to touch up the bluing.  What I found when I got it was much more.  First the barrel and receiver had to be soaked in WD40 before I could get them apart.  Then when I pulled out the trigger group the shell stop fell out NOT good.  So I had to go to my handy AGI 1100 video and find out what the heck was going on.  As I did not take many before pictures  you will have to believe me when I say it was nasty. So I re staked that and went about bluing good thing is I did not have to charge any extra shop time as I could do this and let the bluing take.  Anyway here are a couple of before pics that I did snap.

I took care of the bluing on this and some minor stuff on the receiver.  I have to say that overall the weapon was in good shape.

Here are the after pictures when I had it cleaned up and looking good.
Can you tell I did some bluing touch up here ah no you cannot. 

The bolt came to me completely covered with gunk

Notice the bluing issue on the side that is now gone.
Anyway was nice to work on such a nice piece.  I am beginning to really like the Rem 1100 as I have worked on several.  Too bad Remington got it so wrong with the 742 rifles as they are not so swift. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

I will soon be offering two Rifles

These are basic rifles with a couple extras that I find handy when I am shooting. There will be a 20" and 16" rifle Magpul hand guards, AR front sight. two rails added, a Magpul rear BUIS, plus a P Mag.  These are entry level rifles with enough rail space to add a vertical grip, light and laser if you so choose.  I am waiting on certain paperwork from the Federal and state government to go through and be accepted then I will be in business.  Sadly to begin with the turn time on these rifles are going to be 6-8 weeks.  Since I am going for affordable there will be a mix of manufactures parts do not fret I only buy from reputable sources and all weapons will be test fired to make sure they work and can put steel on target.

They will be nothing fancy and not have a lot of mall Ninja extras but will be affordable and the buyer can add to his or her hearts content later.

I am looking at a starting price of $815 

If the business grow then I will add accessories so a customer can add to their hearts content.

Jarhead Gunsmith

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rifle Build Part 1000

As readers know I have been wanting to upgrade my AR15A2 to an A3 configuration. First, it was a money issue, then we ran into a tool issue. Well today, thanks to Midway USA's fast shipping, I got the appropriate wrench and I am done.  Took me longer than it probably should have, but this was my first barrel swap.  My apologies, I am a horrible picture taker.

First my shop such as it is:
Yes this is a Zombie warning poster my kids got me for Christmas

My hand built work bench, I need a bigger tool box, donations anyone? I plan on putting either a place to do spray finish in the corner or a power tool.

My Oly as it was earlier today

Here it is apart I know, I know basic stuff.  The story behind the front sight tower still being on the rifle and me needing to order a different wrench all has to do with the AWB.  I ruined a brass punch, bent that sucker three ways trying to knock out the front sight pins.  The I hammered on them for over an hour trying to remove them...Come to find out, they are permanent so people could not put a front sight tower with a bayonet lug on it.  That is how old school my rifle is. Now to bring it to the 21st century.  Notice the heavy barrel. This thing will shoot straight when I do my part.

Here it is, with the gas tube finally lined up. It only took me 3-4 tries to get the gas tube lined up. The Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge from Brownells was a life saver.  I actually did not need the snap ring pliers, as I did not need to remove the Delta ring assembly.  I was also able to reuse the gas tube and gas tube roll pin.  Remember always punch out left to right and put back in right to left on all AR pins.

 Here it is in all together
 Yes,that is a Magpul hand guard and rails. Call me a homer, sue me.  I am going to move the light to the vertical grip rail and put the laser with the pressure switch at the 1 o'clock.
 Magpul 1st Gen BUIS,got a good price on it.
 BUIS deployed lined up perfectly.  The good thing about having to leave the front sight tower on is if I got the barrel nut correct it would be lined up as well.
 Right side view
 Here it is, in all its glory, the AR15A3 RK.  There are still some details to work out such as putting a different stock on it and optics.  Any suggestions on optics? Leupold and Trijicon are right out, cannot afford them.

I also staked the carrier key screws today as well.  Sadly, Oly arms did not do this when it made the rifle. Or at least their bolt manufacturer did not. 

Above is the Barrel Nut Alignment gauge from Brownells $6.00

Anti Seize Lubricant (from AutoZone) for the upper receiver barrel nut threads. $4.00

Keep this stuff handy.  I have it in my range bag and ues it almost exclusively on my bench.

Breaker Bar from Autozone $30.00

Combination Wrench Midway $20.00

Master Punch Set Brownells $100, good stuff in this.

Torque Wrench from Amazon $30 including shipping.

A lot of the tools used for this project were from the hardware store.

This is my Rifle there are many like it but this one is mine.