Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving early and don't loot!

Hey all,  I'm going the easy route this week and this will be the only post.  Just some random thoughts for this one.

Ferguson.  Yeesh, who didn't see that coming?  I'm not even going to get into it.  I want to believe the vast majority of folks understand that the law worked and that rioting, looting and enforcing stereotypes are not the way to make things better.  I really do.  But it sure is hard when you watch what happened and read the comments on social media on both sides.

It's that time of year again where I make an end of year resolution to buckle down and get into better shape.  I'm not a huge slouch, but I've definitely fallen off the wagon.  About all I do at the moment is some push ups and the occasional ruck on the weekends.  I use the last few weeks in the year as a short term goal to exercise every day into the New Year.  It's a good spring board into my actual New Year resolutions surrounding fitness.

Thanksgiving is a little different this year.  Fortunately, it isn't a bad thing, just different.  I won't go into details, but needless to say, it will be a little more hectic than usual.

Well that's all for now.  I'm finishing up the post about my recent GoRuck Challenge event and hope to have it up next week.  Stay tuned for that.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Happened, America?: Airsoft picture gets folks riled up

People's hoplophobia knows no bounds...

'Blown out of proportion': Dad defends teens suspended for posing with Airsoft guns

Are people really intimating that these kids are threatening to shoot up Homecoming?  They are exercising better trigger discipline than most actors in TV shows and movies.  They are not pointing the Airsoft replicas at the camera with scowls on their faces.  I understand an overabundance of caution, but all that needed to be done was call the parents and confirm they were aware of their children's photos.

As to the "disruption" caused at school, I call bullshit.  People are talking about it?  So what!  Maybe its an opportunity to educate others that not all things related to Airsoft and/or guns is a bad thing.  Of course, the reality is that the indoctrination centers, er, I mean, public school system would never allow that lesson to be taught.

The wussification continues.  What happened, America?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Timney 510 Trigger for Remington 700

Shot with my elbows supported by the bench, but on my feet still.

Remington recently recalled a whole bunch of Remington 700's due to a potential trigger issue.  I did not want to have to send my hunting rifle back to them.  I opted to buy and install a Timney 510 unit.  As you can imagine, there is a plethora of installation videos for this trigger..  Installation was pretty much a breeze.  I even "screwed up" and punched one of the trigger pins completely out which resulted in me having to re-install the bolt catch and bolt catch spring.

The initial function check before putting the barrel and action back into the stock went just fine.  I put the rifle back together.  I proceeded to function check it again.  I dry fired, cycled the bolt and tried to dry fire again.  Nothing.  I looked at the bolt.  The indicator showed that pin was not reset.  I cycled the bolt and paid closer attention.  The indicator reset as I pulled the bolt back.  However, when I drove the bolt forward and twisted it shut, the indicator was depressed again indicating that the trigger was not ready to fire.

I took the barrel and action out of the stock.  I did another function check.  Everything checked out fine.  I slightly tweaked the bolt release bar per Timney's instructions although I thought it was fine the first time.  I then put the rifle back together, but was more careful to get everything in place and not over tighten any screws.  I ran through another function test and this time everything seemed to be in order.  I dry fired and cycled the bolt several times to try and induce the issue again, but could not get it to do so.

There were only two possible explanations that I could think of that caused the malfunciton.  The first was that my finger was touching the trigger and not allowing the bolt to reset the trigger.  The other was that I put the rifle back together in such a way that allowed the stock to be slightly skewed and was somehow dragging on the trigger and not allowing the reset to happen.

I made it to an indoor range a couple of weeks later.  The max distance I could shoot at was 25 yards.  I setup my target and ran it out to that distance.  I loaded up my preferred load of Federal Fusion 150 grain and made a 3 shot group.  I had accidentally picked up a box of the 180 grain variety a while back so I put 3 rounds of that into a separate group as well.  I had zero malfunctions out of the 6 shots.

25 yards:  Center mass group was the 150 grain.  Group on the top 9 was the 180 grain.

6 shots with a new trigger is not a whole lot.  However, I still want to make it to the outdoor range to confirm my zero at 100 yards.  Not only that, but I may be switching to the 180 grain if they group at 100 yards like they did at 25 yards!  I was taking my shots from a standing supported position so there may have been some inconsistency, but field conditions are never consistent.  In light of that, I thought it was a good test.

I have to say that I'm initially very pleased with the Timney trigger.  The now declared "defective" X-Mark Pro trigger from Remington came with a pull of 4 lbs (if I remember correctly) which I never bothered adjusting.  The Timney came with a 3.5 lb pull (I specified this when ordering) and is adjustable from 1.5 - 4 lbs.  However, it seems a lot lighter than the Remington trigger.  I am not experienced enough to know if 0.5 lbs is a huge difference, but it sure feels like it is.  I think there is less pre-travel  in the Timney which may be contributing to that feeling.  For me, all of that translates into "Don't put your finger in the trigger guard until you are definitely on sight!"  This is the normal rule in general, but with a lighter pulling trigger any violation of this rule could result in a unintended discharge much more easily.  Trigger discipline!

Were you affected by the Remington 700 recall?  Did you opt like I did to go to an aftermarket trigger?  Let me know in the comments below if you did or if you have experience with Timney triggers in general.  I would like to hear any positive or negative comments regarding Timney or any other aftermarket trigger.

Please share the blog with others if you would.  Until next time...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Britain Conducts Warrantless Searches on Legal Gun Owners

Pretty sure this is one of the reasons we started shooting Red Coats in the face:

UK gun owners now subject to warrantless home searches

We're still a bit removed from this situation, but make no mistake, if anti-2A folks had their way, then this would be reality.  Constant vigilance.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to All Veterans!

There's nothing I can say that has not already been said.  But I want to say "Thank You" to all veterans especially those who I know personally and to all of the veterans that are part of the Tactical Beard Owner's Club.  The words are not enough to express my gratitude.

God bless you all and your families.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Republican Tsunami, yet another new trigger and GoRuck Challenge

Hey all, it's been a full week and I just haven't had time to finish out a worthwhile post.   However, I wanted to still drop you all a note of some sort.

How about those Republicans, eh?  I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I still don't have too high of hopes.  Like I discussed with my mother, all this really does is slow down the inevitable decline.  The only thing that will change the course of this country is a return to good morals and God.

I installed a Timney in my Remington 700 in light of the massive recall that was announced earlier this year.  I have a write up in the works, but it won't be finished until I get to a range to re-zero and put rounds through it.

Friday night is my first GoRuck Challenge. I did a Light about a couple of months ago, but this will be a longer, overnight version.  I haven't been training very hard so I may be in for a rough ride.  I'll be sure to let you know how that goes as well.

Well, that's it for this week.