Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Very Gunny Yesterday

It was a pretty cool yesterday.  Got out to the range with MI2Tall, got to shoot the Mossberg MVP Patrol, finished sighing in the ARP

Yes, I have an optic on order. No, I'm not telling you what.  It's a surprise.

 Then, I got to shoot a gun I have zero experience with and in an absolutely awesome configuration:

I have always been a fan of cheap single shot rifles.  I have a bunch of NEF and H&R singles, and my main hunting rifle for years has been a .308 NEF.  But MI2Tall recently bought a CVA Scout in .300 Blackout, and mounted up his .30 caliber suppressor.

After a few weeks of trying to find ammo and time, this was the first time to try out Supersonic, and Subsonic (both 220 and 187grain) loads

I was absolutely stunned with the performance of this low budget silent hunter.  The trigger was outstanding, the Burris optic was clear and precise, and the silent operation of the subsonic rounds was outstanding.  Here is a vid of the setup running the Remington Supersonic ammo:
Now, that was indoors.  But it was still pretty impressive.  But you REALLY need to hear it running the subsonics.  And for that, you should go to MI2Tall's Page.  Here is the link:
Listen closely.  You will hear the shot, the bullet punching through the paper, then the bullet smacking into the backstop.  It was amazingly quiet.  What was really cool was that the scope was sighted in for the Remington ammo to be dead on at 75 yards.  It was pure freaking luck that the 3rd hash down on the Burris Predator Quest 2-7x35 scope reticle was exactly where the Gemtech ammo hit (with a tight group)... and the 4th one down is where the 220Grain patterned- and yes, it was a LARGE group.  like 3" at 75 yards  
Pure luck for that to work out so well.

One thing about the CVA rifle.  The way the extractor works makes it a bit tough to get the extracted case from the chamber.  The extractor puts constant pressure up against the case, and kind of traps the case there.  Not as easy as the HEF/H&R system, but it works... just slow.  But I am really thinking that a CVA Scout might have to make a home in my safe... Especially since they are making a pistol version

And I finished up the day at the Oasis for an Austin Area Blogmeet, got to meet fellow bloggers, and they were ones with regular posts and actual followers! 

All in all, a great day.  Shot some great equipment, met new friends, and had great food and drink.  What more could you want?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Austin Blog Meet

Fun time at The Oasis with Borepatch and the gang

Robot Gardeners

A buddy sent me this news story of some hipster built a robot to tend his garden:
An Open Source Robot Could Be Tending Your Backyard Garden Very Soon

So, being a smartass, I replied back with this very quick and dirty photojob done with a substandard editor:

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lucky Gunner finds some old crap ammo and tests it.

I laugh at this, because I bought a brick (500 rounds) back in 1990 or 1991.  My results were WORSE than what Lucky Gunner got.  I had about a 50% failure rate in a rifle. 

But I had a great training in clearing jams on a Marlin Model 60!  Even to this day when I go shooting with 45er, I'll mention "Remember that old russian 'Junior' .22 ammo..."


H/T to Say Uncle

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

OMG!! Alton brown has a Youtube channel!


H/T to Weerd Beard

Alton Brown is a hero to me.  Good Eats is what awakened my inner science geek and got me into cooking BIG time.  My lovely bride introduced me to gourmet home cooking, and the Food Network- Alton made it cool.

In celebration of this, I promise to get up reviews of my home Sous Vide setup and Infrared grill in the next few days.


Pinkie Swear.

With that said.... I need a saber:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Watch this. Now.

Then go to youtube and watch all his vids. 

But really... a SIG?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Drawing a Pistol in a Car

Good video.  I need to practice this more.

H/T to Say Uncle

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PMAG 10 and the MVP Patrol

Looks much better, and works great with steel and brass case ammo

Friday, March 14, 2014

Gun Pr0n- Primary Arms red dot and Mossberg MVP

I hinted* that I had something new a few days ago.  I finally had some time to get the camera out when there was still good light and get a few shots.  But before I get to the new one, I wanted to show a new config on one of my Truck Guns.

Back at Christmas, a family member gave me a Primary Arms Micro Dot.  I did not have a host for it, so I started hunting for a mount for my AK Pistol "Trainwreck".  I took a leap of faith and bought the Strike Industries Rear AK Sight Rail 2.  I finally got it all mounted up, sighted in, and ready to roll.  Here she is:

The sight mount gives a "Lower 1/3 Cowitness"

There were a few reports online about the mount being less than solid.  I've only run about 60 rounds through it so far, but it is holding.  The red dot is just what I have come to expect from Primary Arms.   Solid, clear, bright, and user friendly.  I look forward to getting this out to the range and do some real work with it and test it out.  I have high hopes for this combo.

Now, on to the new gun.

I have come to the realization over the last few months that I am a 'gun hipster'.  I like the oddball guns.  Pump action deer rifles?  Yes, please!  Single shots?  The more the merrier! Pistol caliber carbines, and rifle caliber pistols?  Heck, yeah!

So, when Mossberg came out with the MVP- I had to have one.  In case you have not seen this gun before, this is a bolt action rifle that fires 5.56/.223, and feeds from standard AR-15 magazines.  Why, that's just goofy enough to be right in my wheelhouse!

So I bought one a few weeks back.

This is a really cool design.  Light, handy, fast... and hopefully accurate.  I took it to the range and ran a few mags through it, but mostly it was a function test.  I don't have an optic for it- yet.  I have something special on backorder for it, but for now it's just running the excellent Williams foresight front and adjustable rear
No photo adjustments on this one.  The front sight is really that bright
The magazine release is oddly placed, yet very usable

It wears a birdcage flash hider, which will be unscrewed when I get my next suppressor
The rifle fed well from PMAGS, GI Aluminum, and pretty much everything... except the factory 10 round mag.  That one worked great with brass, but hung up on steel case.  
Oh, it also has one of the trigger-dingies that seem to be all the rage.  It's an adjustable "LBA" trigger.  It came out of the box pretty good, so I did not mess with it... yet
Factory 10 round magazine

What makes the MVP work is a bolt with a special little drop down jaw at the bottom that will reach into the mag, scoop up a round, and fold back into the bolt as it chambers the round.  Pretty slick, and works pretty well.  The bolt requires a little slop into it to be able to feed from a wide range of mags.  That makes it a little slow and 'bindy' when running it hard.  I'm hoping that gets smoother as it slicks up with wear.  Here is the jaw 'thingie' on the bolt face:
After taking a look at that, I could not resist the following:
Expect a full range report once the optic comes in!