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Tue, Apr. 9th, 2013, 11:56 pm
They won’t ban your single-shot .22, right?

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

.22 rifles are, by definition, rifled. In quite a few countries, that’s subject to a higher level of restriction than smoothbores. 22LR round is fixed ammunition, and that is also more restricted compared to loosely loaded black powder guns. The key is “fixed ammunition”, not smokeless…the old single action “peacemaker” Colts would be too modern for those who want us disarmed.

Looking at German gun control efforts of the 1920s, we see “liberals” trying to disarms the hardliners of both sides. A few short years later, the hardliners got in control of the enforcement mechanism and re-defined eligibility. Nazi gun control wasn’t all that onerous for the party supporters, but all others were severely restricted. Even sticks were considered prohibited weapons by 1938. American politicians followed the Nazi lead in exempting themselves from gun control laws.

Even without the accessories, this Little Badger would make gun-banners uneasy. It folds for storage. It has a threaded muzzle. It looks martial. That it’s a single-shot .22 wouldn’t stop them from making you ineligible to own it. The licensing scheme of New York City is the best illustration — they want to control who has any weapons at all, even a single-shot .22 rifle that would be considered a child’s learning tool in the rest of America.

Threaded muzzles are scary because they allow attachment of accessories. The amazingly pro-choice leftists aren’t in favor of choices we might make, only of those they would approve. Noise reduction isn’t one of them.

The current ammunition shortage is a great illustration of the marginal worth concept from microeconomics. If a 500rd brick of .22LR cost $15 at the store, how much would you pay for just one round when your rifle is empty and your foe is upon you?

While the oversized red dot is a poor fit for this small carbine, how long before optics become a target for the gun banners as well? They know full well that these are force multipliers. Some countries already ban gun-mounted lasers, could a ban on modern sights be far behind?

We are at war with those who would disarm us. Being deprived of modern defensive arms is the cultural equivalent of going to a secondary crime scene with the perpetrator. We don’t know exactly where that would lead, but we can be sure it leads nowhere good. Our chances of fighting back effectively diminish with every concession we make.

Thu, Mar. 14th, 2013, 11:22 pm
Minimizing snubbie recoil.

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

This revolver came in for the upcoming Concealed Carry magazine article about the Rhino revolver family. It’s an interesting weapon that showed significantly better accuracy than expected of snubbies and rather mild felt recoil even with .357 ammunition. Being double action only, it is optimized for the double action pull without a concern for rendering single action too light for safety.

All that said, .357Magnum is still a hot round. I have a friend whose hands and arms took too much damage in accidents and left her with much recoil sensitivity. She’s also unable to hold up heavy guns, so her preferred carry arms are a Keltec PMR30 and a 3″ S&W Model 65. I am curious to see if the Rhino would solve some of the issues with recoil. The low barrel placement and soft grips should help.

I am having a friend hand-load two different 110gr jacketed hollow points. I also got a box of Magtech 38Spl 95gr all-copper ammo to go with the all-copper Federal .357 rounds. I was going to link to the Lucky Gunner listing for it since they supplied the Magtech box for use as a photo prop…but all of what was on their 38Spl page sold out already.

In any case, the theory behind all-copper bullets is higher muzzle velocity and controlled expansion — and my practice with .44Special,  .458SOCOM and .223 bullets bore this out. These loads are rated at 1400fps (357) and 1080fps (38), the latter from a 4″ barrel, the former presumably from a 6″. In a 2″ snubbie, 1000fps would be likely — slow enough to keep the recoil and noise down but fast to enough to expand the copper projectile. The main down side to copper bullets is higher price than for lead, but these days the difference isn’t all that much. With a fixed sight gun, the real test is to see how close to the point of aim the lighter bullet will shoot.

Mon, Jan. 21st, 2013, 09:42 pm
Back from SHOT show

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

The 2013 show was a major success. I will be posting photos and articles from it in the next several weeks. I even managed two range trips: the first at Media Day (which was fun but extremely cold and windy) and the second on the day after the show. The second shoot, with 60*F weather and only friends present, was the fun one.


I got to try out a number of new guns, including this three-barreled 12ga. Fun! At least with birdshot, the kick wasn’t much. Until I tried it, I scoffed at the idea but now I am more of a fan. The action is short — 3.5″ shorter than a typical pump. Each barrel has its own choke tube, so it can be used for progressively tighter chokes for hunting or with progressively looser chokes for defense.  A typical hunting set-up might be #7 cylinder/#7 improved cylinder/#6 full. A typical defense load might be slug with cylinder/#000 buck improved cylinder/#buck with cylinder…or whatever other variation that makes sense to the user. The rotating strikers are similar to the old Remington derringers, with no external parts. So the mechanism is sealed against sand and the first three can be fired very rapidly.

Reloading is slower than with a pump but simpler. Eventually, this shotgun would be available with ejectors which would speed up the reloading. While the rotating striker arrangement isn’t quite the duplicate firing mechanisms of the classic safari rifles, it’s very simple and doesn’t depend on recoil for re-cocking in the event of a misfire. 12ga 3″ slugs aren’t quite the 577Nitro, but they are adequate for North American game. DDupleks makes very impressive machined steel loads, and Brenneke and Rio both make high-penetration lead loads. You might prefer the 28″ barrel version for wing shooting, but the 18.5″ is handier in the bush.

Will post photos and comments about other guns I’ve tried as I recover from the dry desert air and smoke-filled casino hallways. But for seeing friends and doing business at SHOT, I can’t recommend Las Vegas except to a complete masochist. The local culture makes New York City look almost friendly by contrast.

Mon, Aug. 20th, 2012, 12:46 pm
Rimfire trainer guns

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Ever since I got to shoot a suppressed GSG1911-22 in Nevada, I wanted to have on on hand. Rimfire trainer guns were extremely useful then and they have become even more useful since the price of ammunition gone up so much.

GSG 1911-22 has a good trigger and accuracy, little kick. It’s lighter than the standard 1911s but matches them in size, so the same holsters fit. Too large for kids, it’s just right for teenagers and women with small hands.

Chiappa mfour-22 on a polymer Omni receiver worked out well — it’s as light as Cav Arms lowers and as adjustable as the standard M4. Surprisingly good trigger, better than most milspec lowers. Accuracy with 1-4x Primary Arms scope was excellent. Reliability was also very good. Included 28rd magazine was too long for bench shooting, so I mostly shot it with BDM 50rd drum and 25rd box magazines. Light weight and adjustable stock make it very suitable for kids.

Mon, Jul. 23rd, 2012, 10:56 pm
A party snapshot: M1 carbines

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Yesterday, I had a nice party at my home. Half of the fourteen guests were teenagers ranging from 12 to 19. Three of them, aged 12 to 14 and all left-winged just by coincidence, picked out toys for the next meet-up. In evidence, an M1A1 carbine, an M1 carbine (both with the preferred early two-position flip sights) and a very handy, lightweight M1-22 trainer carbine. Can’t wait for the range trip!

Tue, May. 24th, 2011, 10:16 am
Chiappa Rhino

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

Simpler in design than Mateba Unica semi-auto revolver, Rhino feels much better balanced. DA trigger is fairly smooth, single is odd (lots of take-up), fiber optic sights are easy to see. I didn’t have the opportunity to fire it but would like to do so at the first opportunity.

I am really curious about the purpose of the rail under the barrel? Is it for a bipod? Seems like it would tear up holsters on the draw.