08
Aug
13

My Review of MAGPUL M3 PMAG 10rd-MAG 559

Originally submitted at JoeBobOutfitters

The PMAG 10 GEN M3 is a 10-round 5.56×45 NATO (.22…

Excellent product!

By Thebrasspile.wordpress.com from Rowland Heights, CA on 8/7/2013

 

5out of 5

Pros: Works With Many Guns, Good Value, Tough, Safe, Aesthetically Pleasing, Easy To Install

Best Uses: Target Practice, Hunting

Describe Yourself: Competitive Shooter

Was this a gift?: No

I live in California so I’m forced to use this. Before magpul came out with these I had to block the 20/30 round mags to hold only 10 rounds. These are perfect for shooting prone/on the bench because blocked 20/30 round magazines protrude out too much. Perfect for zeroing in my rifles. I still use my 10/20 and 10/30 (blocked) magazines for classes though since the longer length is easier to grab. But everyone should have at least one or two for range use.

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23
Jul
13

My Ruger 22/45 with work from Kinghouse Custom Machine

I purchased a Ruger 22/45 (Model #10107) back in December of 2011. I would love to have been able to purchase #10158 that has replaceable panels…but being a resident of the great state of California….that’s a negative. For us subjects of this great state of California, our dear leaders saw fit to limit which firearms us subjects may purchase by creating a “Roster of Firearms” that can be sold to us. Why the model that has the molded in plastic grip is on the roster and the one that has replaceable panels isn’t is a mystery to me.

But instead of sharing my gripes about not having the ability to replace my grip panels on my 22/45 to a set of VZ Recons, I did some quick research on Calguns.net as well as Rimfire Central and learned of Mr. Doug Stout aka KingHouse41225 on RimFireCentral.com. He offers a grip modification service where I can send him my frame and the grips I want mounted to be installed. He also does a lot of other work for the Ruger Mark series rimfire pistols and 22/45’s.

I contacted Doug through e-mail inquiring about his work and pricing, most of my e-mails were returned within a day or so and I decided that I would have him do the grip mod, remove the pesky magazine disconnect, do the slingshot mod, as well as some trigger work on my 22/45.

The Sling Shot mod allows you to release the slide by pulling it back and releasing it into battery and not having to release it from the slide release the way it comes from the factory.

The total cost of these modifications was around $90 and the VZ Recon grips that I bought ran me $65. I sent my frame out as well as an USPS Money Order for the work to be performed and return shipping, and 4 months later I come home from work to a package from Doug. Immediately after reassembling my firearms I noticed the trigger pull was much nicer and my magazines drop free and insert easier with the magazine disconnect removed. And of course, the VZ Recon’s felt way nicer and looked way nicer than the original molded plastic grip frame. Definitely worth the wait and money to get this done.

Here are the pictures of his work

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To contact Doug:

E-Mail is kinghouse41225@gmail.com

Phone is 330-203-2350

 

24
Jun
13

Good Deal Alert – Outdoor Products at Wal-Mart

While shopping in the Sporting Goods department at Wal-Mart the other day, I was looking for a waist pack for short hikes that could hold my cell phone, wallet, keys, etc as well as being able to hold a water bottle on the outside. Using my CamelBak felt unnecessary and bulky for quick 1-2 hour hikes through local trails. I wanted something small that could store a few essentials and could hold a water bottle.

I immediately saw one, the brand is Outdoor Products and the model is the Mojave Waist Pack. Two things that immediately caught my attention was the price, $9.97, and that it came with 2 plastic water bottles(500ml) each. Upon reading the tag, it stated that it’s also backed by Outdoor Product’s “Plain + Simple Lifetime Guarantee.” I thought to myself what could I lose? The waist pack was exactly what I was looking for, at a price that was about half to one-third of what I was expecting to pay, included 2 water bottles, and with a Life Time Guarantee! Needless to say I bought it and can’t wait to use it.

Here’s the link to their website and the Mojave Waist pack in particular: http://outdoorproducts.com/mojave-waist-pack/

When I got home I checked out the details of their lifetime guarantee, and it pretty much covers anything that would happen to it through normal use and all I would have to do is go online, fill out the form, and send it back to them and they will replace the item.

I also did a quick check on Amazon/Shop42A.com and found the same item going for around $22. You’re not going to find a better product for $10 plus tax at Wal-Mart.

There was also a few other items worth mentioning too, such as the Interval 8.0 Waist Pack from Outdoor Products, perfect for a jog/run. It comes with one bottle and a small pocket perfect for EDC items like keys, wallet, small flashlight as well as a small mesh pocket on the other side of the bottle for energy gels etc. This is going for $7. Another item that caught my attention was Outdoor Products “Mist” and “Kilometer” hydration packs. Both come with a 2 Liter bladder. The Kilometer has a small accessory pocket perfect for keys, wallet, cell phone, pocket knife, flashlight, etc and goes for $20 at Wal-Mart. The Kilometer is geared towards mountain bikers, the small accessory pocket will hold and extra tube, pry bar, and maybe a CO2 cartridge and pump. The Mist is probably geared more towards a hiker and can be used as a day pack. It has Multiple large pockets for gear and snacks as well as a quick access front pocket, compression straps, and a sternum strap. The Mist goes for $30 at my local Wal-Mart.

17
Apr
13

Marlin XT22 Update

With my recent purchase of a Marlin XT22, one of the upgrades I immediately purchased as soon as I took possession of the rifle, was a set of Williams Fire Sights, Brownells part number #962-000-092WB  and manufacturer #70742. Next I signed up to be notified on Midway USA when the 10 rounds nickel plated mags would be back in stock and was fortunate enough to wake up one morning to an email that they had some so I ordered 2(the maximum allowed was 2). The FireSights were easy to install, just drift the rear sights out with a punch and the front sights were held in place with a screw. I applied blue lock tite to the front screw and drifted the new rear fire sights in the rear. Once I get a chance to shoot outdoors, I will be able to make some final adjustments. Initial shooting at 15 yards at my local indoor range showed the sights to be dead on, but I want to go for a 50 yard zero.

All shots fired was from standing position without a sling.

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17
Apr
13

My review on Kimber Kim-Pro Tac Mags 45ACP

Today, Turners is having a one day sale of Kimber Kim-Pro Tac mags for $20, limit 2 per customer. I’ve heard that these were decent magazines, not Wilson Combat 47D or Tripp Research Cobra mag good, but good enough so I decided to stop by my local Turners to pick up 2. I got there and they only had one left so I picked it up and went home to put the medium base pad on. Here’s where the problem started…the metal piece that the base pads attach to aren’t tapped for the screws! I tried all 4 screws with both included base pads and metal magazine floor plates and none were threaded to accept the screws….fail on Kimber’s part. A quick YouTube search will yield results of other owners complaining of the same issue. Some called Kimber’s customer service to order floor plates that were threaded and some even went as far as to thread the floor plates on their own. One YouTube even posted that they damaged the threads on the provided screws trying to attach the base pad to the floor plate!

As for me, my solution is to simply return this mag and never buy one again. I guess this will come down the the old saying, you get what you pay for. I will be sticking to my Wilson 47D’s and Tripp Research Cobra mags, and maybe give the Chip McCormick Shooting stars/Power mags a shot too once I get my hands on them.

And as far as how well they fed and how reliable they were, I’m not even going to waste ammo on that. They couldn’t even provide me with floor plates that were threaded to accept the base pads and screws that it came with so I’m just going to return them and invest in another company’s 1911 magazine.

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21
Feb
13

Purchased a Marlin XT-22 Today

Today I purchased a Marlin XT-22 (Model #70779) today from my LGS Entreprise Arms in Irwindale, CA. I’ve been in the market for either a lever action 22 or bolt action 22lr rifle. I originally wanted a tube fed model XT-22 but gave up on that search when I was unable to locate on in stock online or at any of the local gun stores. I will be able to pick it up in 10 days and will do a range report as well as accuracy testing with various brands and weights of 22 ammo.

For the time being, I have signed up to be notified when the 7 and 10 round magazines will be back in stock at MidwayUSA and will be purchasing a set of Tech-Sights for this rifle. This rifle will be primarily used for cheap target shooting at the range as well as pest/rodent control around the house with the use of 22 CB Shorts.

Until the 10 days are up, I am currently trying to locate a single-shot sled for this rifle since I will be unable to load CB shorts or 22 Longs into the magazine and expect them to feed reliably. Any leads on that would be greatly appreciated.

On a side note, I will also be posting an ammo comparison between Federal Gold Medal Match 69gr Sierra Match King Boat-Tail Hollow Point vs Prvi Partizan 69gr Hollow Point Boat-Tail out of my Savage model 10FP in .223 Remington. The Federal Gold Medal Match is around $20 per box of 20 rounds online while the Prvi Partizan is around $10 for a box of 20 rounds. I wanted to do a comparison on their accuracy after reading many threads online about how great the Serbian made ammo is. That test will soon be conducted and my findings will be posted up soon.

23
Jan
13

A Paper I Wrote on Gun Control a Few Months Ago…..

Back in November of 2012, my final paper for my English class was due and I decided to write an informative paper on Gun Control and the lack of its effectiveness. The only thing I failed to address in this paper was the racist origins of gun control and how they were initially passed as a means to disarm African-Americans. In light of recent events, I felt it was necessary to share my paper on this blog. It provides many facts and statistics as well as a works cited page to back the facts up. Enjoy…

Increasing Firearm Regulation Does Not Lower Crime

            With recent mass shootings such as the movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado and in Tucson Arizona, many people are wondering what can be done to prevent these atrocities from happening. It is not just the mass shootings that are making headlines in the news. Many are quick to offer up a solution to this problem, and that solution is increased gun control regulation. They believe that firearms themselves are the issue and must pass legislation to more heavily regulate firearms. That is simply not true. Statistics and history has shown that increased anti-gun regulation does nothing to lower crime rates and deter criminals and the only effect anti-gun regulation is on the law abiding citizens whose second amendment rights are being infringed upon.

Increased gun legislation is unnecessary in this country. This country already has an effective background check system to keep felons, mentally ill, and others who are unfit to legally possess a firearm from being able to purchase one in the first place. All firearms legally purchased in this country, whether from a dealer or private party transfer, must be submitted through Department of Justice(DOJ) form 4473 as part of the Dealer Record of Sale(DROS) process. Once submitted, the prospective buyers information is ran through the FBI’s background check database to check if the buyer is eligible to purchase a firearm. The system checks for convicted felonies, convicted narcotics use, domestic violence charges, outstanding warrants, and any mental health issues. If any of those criteria come back positive, the sale/transfer of the firearm is denied to the buyer. If they all come back negative, the transaction can proceed. Some states also require “cool down” periods, California has a 10 day wait for the background check and buyers are limited to purchasing one new handgun every 30 days. Some states also require a prospective first time buyer to pass a written test that shows competency and basic firearms knowledge as well as a safe handling demonstration with a firearm to show that the prospective buyer can safely handle a firearm. All this occurs before a prospective buyer can pay for the firearm and begin the background process.

But like all process and procedures, something always slips through the cracks. For example, both the shooters in Aurora Colorado and Tucson Arizona had a history of mental illness and both showed signs of schizophrenia. Both had seen medical doctors and the doctors had noted that they both showed signs of mental illness. The doctors failure to alert the proper authorities when their patients began to show signs of aggression towards others, especially in the form of wanting to obtain firearms and go on a shooting spree, allowed them both to be able to pass the DROS process when they purchased their firearms from retail outlets. This is no fault of current firearm legislation, but a failure of their doctors to report suspicious activities and motives of their patients to the authorities.

The acts of a mentally unstable person using a firearm to commit heinous crimes cannot be blamed on the firearm itself. A firearm is only a tool, an inanimate object. A firearm does not have a mind of its own and cannot perform a task without human interaction. For someone to advocate restricting firearms because they cause crime would be the same as restricting gasoline and matches because they start fires or restricting writing utensils for misspelling words. A simple search online will show that drunk driving kills more people annually than actions involving firearms. Drunk driving is already illegal and involves heavy fines and legal ramifications. Guns are legal. If we make them illegal and ban them just like drunk driving will gun violence go away? Drunk driving hasn’t gone away with all the laws against it.

The same can be said about criminals who use firearms to commit their crimes. Increased legislation will not deter criminals because they do not follow the law to begin with. The overwhelming majority of criminals who use firearms to commit crimes do not purchase firearms from a retailer because of background checks and documentation required during the purchase of a firearm. Many are unable to pass the background checks due to previous convictions and do not wish to have any documentation of a firearms being purchased because the information can be used as evidence against them. Instead they resort to illegal means of obtaining their firearms, through theft or illegal purchases from an illegal source. Additional anti-gun legislation will only make it harder for law abiding citizens to obtain firearms for protection, hunting, and enjoying the sport of shooting because additional legislation will not have any effect on illegally obtained firearms. It will only make it easier for armed criminals to prey on their unarmed victims disarmed by legislation.

Many proponents of increasing firearm legislation would also like to reintroduce another “Assault Weapon Ban.” They claim that assault weapons are used in majority of mass shootings and other criminal endeavors. That claim is simply untrue as well. The definition an assault weapon is an automatic military pattern firearm with certain features. The previous assault weapons ban also included a ban of ammunition feeding devices, also known as high capacity magazines, that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Fully automatic firearms have been banned from being purchased by civilians and have a federal tax stamp since the ratification of the National Firearms Act of 1934. The process that one goes through to obtain a Class 3 license is very tedious and costly, making it more of a privilege than a right. There are very limited numbers of registered “Assault Rifles” circulating in the United States and the ones that are in the United States currently reside in private collections and museums. Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports also state that “assault weapons” are used in less than 1% of homicides and other violent crimes in the United States. The same article also states that criminals prefer the easily concealed compact handguns when using firearms to commit violent crimes.

The previous assault weapons ban, also known as The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, H.R. 3355, passed under the Clinton/Gore administration in 1994 proved to be very unsuccessfully at reducing violent crime in America. Although the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence claimed in their 2004 report titled On Target: The Impact of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Act, “In the five year period before enactment of the Federal Assault Weapons Act(1990-1994), assault weapons named in the act constituted 4.82% of the gun traces ATF conducted nationwide. Since the law’s enactment, however, these assault weapons have made up only 1.61% of the guns ATF has traced to crime.” A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stated that he “can in no way vouch for the validity” of Brady Campaign’s claim that the ban was responsible for violent crime’s decline.

Research by author John Lott in his book More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns further proves how ineffective gun bans and additional anti-gun legislation are at reducing violent crime rates in America. His research concluded that there was no impact of these bans on violent crime rates and that took into account murders(caused by firearms and other weapons), rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults. Another similar study by Christopher S. Koper, Daniel J. Woods, and Jeffrey A. Roth of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, found no statistically significant evidence that either the assault weapons ban or the ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets had reduced gun murders.

Even with these statistics staggered against the anti-gun movement, politicians still want to pass more restrictive legislation in the name of “making us safer from criminals.” Firearms are very much a part of American heritage, and deeply enshrined in American culture. History has shown that politicians who vote in favor of more anti-gun legislation do not hang on to their office in the next election. A perfect example is the aftermath of Bill Clinton’s 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that was part of his “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act,” when 54 House Democrats were voted out for their support of the Bill. As a result of that following election, Republicans also took control of the Senate. Clinton himself attributed the loss of the House seats to the effective lobbying of the National Rifle Association against anti-gun Democrats who voted in favor of the ban. Even today, talks of gun control are avoided by candidates and politicians, many take a neutral stance and are afraid of saying anything that is too affirmative or strongly supports one side or the other for fear of dividing up their constituents and losing votes over it. Firearm ownership is a very hot topic and people on both sides of the issue are very passionate and vocal about their point of view on the subject. With more and more Americans purchasing firearms, whether for self defense, hunting, or just as a hobby, a politician’s stance on the Second Amendment and private firearm ownership can make or break their campaign. President Obama, during his time as Senator for Chicago was vehemently anti-gun, but during his first term as President, decided to stay away from trying to introduce any anti-gun legislation for fear of losing the moderate vote, even though in his campaign he promised his constituents he would bring the issue to Congress.

Firearm ownership is gaining popularity as more and more people are purchasing firearms for self defense. In recent polls conducted by Reuters and The Huffington Post, the number of Americans in favor of being able to use a firearm to defend themselves in a public place greatly outnumbers those who are against it. Even after the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, 67% of the people polled felt that the shooting was an isolated act of a troubled individual and only 24% say such shootings reflect broader problems in American society. The Reuters poll also concluded that a majority of Americans also hold a favorable view of the National Rifle Association. The support not only comes from Republicans, 55% of Democrats polled were also in favor of laws allowing the use of a firearm and deadly force in self defense. The poll also found that 85 percent of those polled said they did not believe police could stop all crime and 77 percent felt regular people had to “step up” to help prevent crime from happening. These results show that support for additional legislation that limiting firearm ownership is dropping and is growing bipartisan support from both major political parties.

Many anti-gun groups spread the myth that more guns equal more crime. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report as well as the Department of Justice’s statistics show that is completely false. A prime example would be Washington D.C., which had in effect a complete gun ban in place from 1976 to 2008. The ban was finally lifted when the Supreme Court struck down the ban as unconstitutional in the case of District of Columbia vs. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald vs. Chicago, 561 US 3025 (2010). During the time of Washington D.C’s complete ban on gun ownership, their murder rate was 59.6 per 100,000 while across the river in Arlington, Virginia, where gun ownership is less restrictive, the murder rate is just 1.6 per 100,000.

In 2010, the FBI reported that 14,409,616 background check requests to purchase firearms were submitted and in 2011, that figure topped 16 million. There is a steady increase in firearm sales in the United States during the past few years. Whether people are purchasing more firearms for self defense, participation in shooting sports, or just to collect as a hobby, the number of FBI background check requests being submitted proves that gun sales are up. There is a misconception that more guns will equal more crime. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports and Bureau of Justice statistics, violent crime in the United States is down for the 5th year in a row. In 2010, the figures show violent crime down 3.8% overall. Property crime was down 0.5%. Among violent incidents reported to police, murders were down about 0.7%, robberies dropped 4%, aggravated assaults declined 3.9%, and forcible rapes were down 2.5%. Although this drop in crime cannot be completely attributed to increased sale of firearms, it disproves that more guns lead to more violent crimes.

Another argument that is brought up against firearms is the definition of the 2nd Amendment itself. The argument is that the 2nd Amendment refers to the military/national guard only and does not refer to private citizens of this country. That is an invalid argument due to the fact that the 2nd Amendment was adopted into the Bill of Rights in 1791 and the National Guard, the first form of an organized federal militia, was not created until the passage of the Military Act of 1903, 112 years after the 2nd Amendment was adopted in the Bill of Rights. This and the rulings in the Supreme Court cases District of Columbia vs. Heller and McDonald vs. Chicago reaffirms without a doubt that the 2nd Amendment is clearly a right for citizens of this country. The 2nd Amendment was added to our Bill of Rights as an insurance policy against tyranny from our own government and to grant the people of this country the tool they needed to protect life, liberty, and pursuit of property. An infringement on the Second Amendment would be the same as infringing on any other Amendment in our Bill of Rights.

In the last 20 years, gun ownership is at an all time high, violent gun related deaths have been declining, and the percentage of Americans in favor of gun control has dropped by half. But there are many groups that want to limit the 2nd Amendment and want to pass additional legislation restricting purchasing and private ownership of firearms. They wish to do so in the name of reducing violent crime and to make this country a safer place. But the facts prove time and time again that gun ownership is not the main issue behind violent crime and legislation does not affect criminals, it will only affect law abiding citizens because criminals do not follow the law to begin with. It will only disarm law abiding citizens and infringe on their rights to self defense, making them easier prey to criminals. The solution to reducing violent crime lies somewhere else other than passing legislation against firearms.

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Have Favorable View of NRA.” Huff Post Politics. The Huffington Post, April 13th, 2012.

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