Sunday, December 31, 2006

1911 Build Update

Nothing to report.

We fucked up one extractor and had to buy a bit to get it the fuck out. I can't seem to fit a trigger or a barrel bushing. I installed a magazine catch that seemed to work fine, but that's not going to win me any prizes.

This project has cost more money than I originally thought, but I also think I will learn more than I first anticipated. Making a gun is not just assembling a bunch of parts. All of them have to be fitted to exacting tolerances. I've stopped believing in a "drop in" part; they don't exist and if they do, there is probably something wrong with it.

Outside of the frame, I've spent probably $400 (most of which was on tools), and the shit looks the same as when I first photographed it.

I'll hopefully have a progress report soon that...well...actually reports some progress.

Mean time, I hope your Christmas was good and Sadaam is dead, so somebody is looking out.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

TV Christmas Movie Time

Courtesy of Podhoretz at NRO.

This sort of thing always reminds me of the startling amount of GenXers (or whatever you want to call them) who haven't seen "It's A Wonderful Life."

Several years ago, I was living with a married couple and the wife had never seen it. I bummed it off of my parents and she was an immediate convert.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Yet another Cheesedick modification

On top of the other shit, I took a shot at installing a Wilson front strap this weekend.

First attempt was pathetic. the strap was installed to impinge on the magazine well, nigh well making the gun useless.

Once I realized the problem, I reinstalled it with a conscious consideration of the magazine well that is directly behind the grip panels/assembly.

We'll see if this helps or if it is a permanent installation, in that it looks a little sketchy to me. Find truth in the field.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Mag Well

One of the problems I had at the class was reloading. I'm going to Dremel the actual well, but this seemed to be handy.

This was a drop in Ed Brown mainspring housing replacement. Took ten minutes and zero fitting. Can't beat that.

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In case I haven't mentioned it in awhile; fuck you ass-licking elitists.

Single Action shooters are more obnoxious than the old people who won't open up the aisle at the grocery store. They are self-absorbed and selfish. They should have their own range, because I hate dealing with the motherfuckers.

Take your $2,000 chaps and go back to California, where you belong, asshole.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Sight Paint

Took my first venture into sight painting tonight. The first victim was the H&K USP, which is probably stupid in that that is the pistol that cost me the most.

Regardless, I scored a kit from Brownell's. This pistol is not generally considered defense in my household. Therefore, I wanted a nice contrast between the rear dots and the front sight.

We'll see if the shit falls off in 24 hours.

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Goofy Vise

Given the 1911 project, I recently purchased a Harbor Freight vise that can be easily attached and removed from the appropriate plane. It cost 10 bucks ($16 with shipping, but I didn't have to get off my ass.) It's perfect for gun work. The jaws are about perfect.

Unfortunately, most jaw pads are about 5" long. As seen in the picture, it looks kind of stupid and, although it works, is a little more work.

The Old Man checked it out and is buying the identical vise. Good for me, because he plans on making custom oak jaws, fitted to the actual vise.

Hopefully, it doesn't look as retarded by February.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Eye Protection

An EOD guy I know came by the office this afternoon. He was a little shaken up, as a Steyr/AUG had blown up in his hands about 3 hours earlier.

He was a little rattled and I think his wrist was fucked up. He said that the forward grip messed him up more than any of the rear equipment.

Apparently some kind of investigation is going to take place on Monday. Of course, we idly speculated about what could cause a blow-up in a new Steyr. My bet (them being full auto) is that it was a squib. Semi-auto it is relatively easy to sound out a squip; especially if there is no plume of dust anywhere near the target. Full auto is a different matter, to which I am not qualified to speak about (but I will.) It seems to me that if the rate of fire is that high, you will never have any idea if you have a squib. Additionally, you might send 3 more rounds down the tube before the initial pressure causes it to explode.

In any case, he looked rattled and got more tired with every minute of conversation.

The point of this post is that the fucker would have been blind by this time if not for the right eye protection. It was a parade range day with brass, so instead of his Oakleys, he wore standard ANSI rated shooting glasses.

I'm buying some goggles. In addition to the normal crap, I'm left-handed. I have to deal with blowback, gas release, and ejection fucking with my sight picture. The last thing I need is a piece of crafted aircraft-grade aluminum sticking out of my fucking eyes.

Keep in mind, these were brand spanking new and my picture doesn't show the depth of the route on the right eye lens.

Use eye protection.

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