Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Video - IFC .410 shotshell Upper Receiver Unit (ARU)

I know, unboxing videos are pretty gay, however - I was short on time.  I found that when filming "unboxing videos" it's easier to put thoughts, ideas, closeups, videostills, clips, voiceovers, first impressions etc. in as few takes as possible and edit them in one go later on.

Also known as the International Firearms Corporation (IFC) .410 Shotshell ARU/ARUM Upper. AKA Iron Armi .410 Upper (according to CheaperThanDirt which is apparently run by morons and you should NOT buy from them because they're overpriced).  Also they claim it's made by ATI but it's not - more mis-information from these idiots at CheaperThanDirt.  Interestingly, ATI did import the SafirArms T-14 in 2010 which I believe is more or less the same upper.  The ATI Omni .410 magazines will not work in the IFC upper (have not actually tried this).

GunBlast review - Good look at the Safir ATI-T14 which I believe is the same upper.
CenterfireSystems - Available for sale here
GunsMidwest - Also available here.
International Firearms Corporation - Official Documentation

Friday, October 27, 2017

Demilled SKS Project: A Ghetto Restoration (part 1)

Went to the “Crossroads of the West” gun show here a few weeks ago.  It was about less than an hour drive from Camp Pendleton.  I spent a few hours combing through the of aisles of typically over-priced gunshow weaponry, beef jerky, military surplus, and nazi memorabilia, but it was all kind of like a bizzaro universe where everything was dumbed down because of California gun laws.  Didn’t find anything interesting, except this scrapped SKS that was chopped in half at the receiver, leaving the area where the bolt engages the locking lug perfectly intact.  Is this demilled to ATF specifications?  Who can say anymore, really.  Over the years the ATF changed the rules several times with regard to how to properly demill a rifle to scrap (most of which only actually applies to imports of military weapons).
Crossroads of the West
There’s no telling that this is 100% demilled properly.  If I knew for sure, I would scrub that serial off and turn this into a pistol.  But for all I know, this is probably still technically and legally a firearm.  In that case I should have gotten a background check on it, however, as a native Texan I felt that I am exempt from such Californian non-sense (in my opinion).
The demilled SKS barreled action.
But now more questions are raised - Why was this chopped in half in the first place?  Is it a police confiscation?  Perhaps it was demilled for safety reasons?  The metal seems good and it has import stamps.  The only reasonable way to find out if it will blow up in my face is to restore it and shoot it!
So in order to err on the side of caution (NFA-wise), I’m just going to keep this in rifle configuration. I didn’t bring welding equipment with me, so my plan is to rig this back together using metal plate stock and good ol’ Chinese 10-32 tpi screws.  Also for additional strength and rigidity, it will use a steel Choate siderail mount attached via more screws.

Choate mount on an SKS action (not my photo).
A crude mock-up composite of the first two SKS photos.  The
 red represents my steel plate and the green dots are the
location of the screws.

...TO BE CONTINUED!  Probably after Christmas when ship exercises have slowed down for a brief time.  Also there is now a site index listing my projects in progress (such as this one) and projects to come.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Swing-out action, single barrel shotgun

Saw this auction for an odd .410" shotgun barrel on ebay.  It didn't have a hinge point like usual single-shot, break-open weapons, so I was tempted to buy it because of how unusual it is, but I don't really have the time for another project.

The barrel is from a Firearms International model Garcia Bronco, .410".  Sometimes these skeletonized weapons were known as "bicycle guns," because they could be folded up and stored underneath a bicycle's frame.  The barrel rotates like a modern swing-out revolver.  The barrel appears to be held in place to the rotating sleeve assembly by two pins, but there must be more to it than that?  Perhaps it's pressed in or threaded in?  One flaw I could possibly see in this rotating action is that everything seems to be hanging on a relatively thin solid rod which is also used as the axis of rotation - what would happen if that bent?
It's not really as rare as I had thought because people are finding this thing in pawn shops for less than $100.  The simplicity of the action makes this seem like it would be easy to replicate with simple tools.  Gun Parts Corp is also selling parts for the combo gun.  Chiefly, the barrel sleeve and breach block are relevant to my interests.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Dangerous Precedent - The drama behind Daily Stormer

"If you're not outraged, you're not
paying attention." -Andrew Anglin,
Internet Philosopher
I was going to put a disclaimer about how I’m not a Nazi and I don’t endorse Nationalist ideology, but then I thought “whatever, I don’t care at this point,” and neither do the cowards wearing masks at the anti-speech counter-protests. The far left Antifa along with George Soros-backed, non-profit groups like the SPLC are already branding people as“Nazis” who don’t fall within their beliefs, including NRA members, 3 Percenters, and Patriots. Charlie Hebdo thinks that the Texas flood victims are Nazis and even gay jew Milo has been branded a Nazi.  If supporting the Constitution and American values brands one as a Nazi, then wear the label as a badge of honor (or not).  I just think this is an important issue that needs to be addressed by everyone, and if you don't think so, well maybe you're the Nazi.  Did you ever think of that, huh toughguy?
Maybe being born a Nazi is kind of like being born gay
 or black - it's a part of who you are, so just embrace it!
The TL;DR gist of it is that the Nazi comedy site DailyStormer.com was the first website to be effectively banned from "The Internet" as we know it, all because of a fat joke. It all started in Charlottsville, where one group had a permit to protest a statue’s removal. This group was reported to consist of “Nazis,” but there were also 3 Percenters, NRA members, Patriots, Confederate heritage groups, Alt-Righters, and in general people that just wanted to keep a damn statue that hasn’t bothered anyone for 100 years. A counter-protester (who had no business being there) was was killed by a mentally-ill individual (an infiltrator, if you will) and two police officers were killed in a separate helicopter accident.
Who could possibly behind all this!??
The fact is these deaths never would have happened if the mayor and state didn’t react the way they did. The counter-protesters shouldn’t have even been there in the first place. The media reported these counter-protesters were “peacefully protesting,” but clearly came armed with baseball bats, clubs, knives, and mace. That would be like Klansmen “peacefully” counter-protesting the Million Man March while armed and claiming “it’s to defend themselves just in case MLK and Co. decide to get violent.”

Shut what down?
I don't get this meme.
Immediately, satire/news commentator Andrew Anglin from DailyStormer.com picked up this story and made a fat joke about Heather Heyer being a fat, childless slob - which is technically true. Complaints on Twitter compelled GoDaddy to remove Anglin’s website, giving them 24 hours to find a new domain host. It was reported they were automatically switched to Google (which doesn’t make sense, because Google services such as Blogger uses GoDaddy to host domains) and promptly banned again. This happened several times with several domain variants and services, with wildly differing reasons and excuses as to why he was banned, ranging from “Inciting Violence” to DdoS-ing his own website.  Eventually DailyStormer was forced to the Tor darkweb.

What GoDaddy and Cloudflare did to target Andrew is very Nazi-like (if a such a concept even exists). A mom-n-pop bakery lost a lawsuit for refusing to bake a “gay” weddingcake, but GoDaddy putting up with complaints about a Nazi comedy site for four years and suddenly turning when they make fun of some fat chick is somehow ok.

More recently, Stormfront just got dumped by their registrar after 22 or so years. So now these questions remain: Why start the purge of free speech now after all this time? Does Andrew Anglin or Stormfront still retain control of their respective domain names and just simply needs to find a new willing domain host? Did the registrars outright steal their domain names (update: yes, they did)? Did he get refunded by all these services? Could registrars or even companies looking to steal domains use “hate speech” or general Terms of Service violations as a backdoor to steal valued domain names?

Does ICANN even have a duty to allow hatespeech from these types of groups? If not, why give pedophiles, ANTIFA riot collaborators and Islamic extremist groups a platform, but single out white supremacy? You can’t have it both ways.

“Charlie Hebdo” magazine, which was unknown by most people until they got shot up by a bunch of anti-speech terrorists, just published a magazine cover depicting Houston flood victims as Nazis.  It's actually pretty amusing considering how diverse Houston is.  Incensitive, yes, moreso than insulting a single person - but not grounds for termination.
Translation: “God Exists! He Drowned
All the Neo-Nazis of Texas!”
Take that you evil Nazis!
In the meantime, I foresee Tor being the next big thing and now it is more important than ever to start investing in BitCoin and Litecoin. Just dropping $100 on Bitcoin and Litecoin now and forgetting about it for a while, it’s likely to increase in value over the next few years, which can be spent fighting anti-speech groups like SPLC (or arming and training your local militia).

Random musing: My staff-seargent gave a speech at the end-of-class ceremony several months ago. He talked for about six or seven minutes and when he meant to mention the 14 month course, he instead inadvertantly said “14 Words” – a reference to the 14 Words. Pretty sure only a Nazi would know something like that, moreso actually say it out loud on accident.

Related Links:

  • NameCheap speaks on FreeSpeech - “We support free speech BUT – except when we don’t.” I'm surprised they even allowed comments (after a 24 hour approval period).
  • DailyBeast - Shafted by .Wang  - Not gonna lie, the headline made me laugh, but also not surprising that China would endorse shutting down free speech.
  • Arstecha - DreamHost claims DailyStormer tried to DDos their own website.
  • Slate Article - The problem with GoDaddy shutting DailyStormer.
  • Tucker Carlson defends DailyStormer - Video
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF speaks on the great shuttening.
  • Some Internet Blackguy - "Why I'm Against The Daily Stormer Website Being Taken Down"
  • Letters from Internet Prison - Andrew Anglin's personal blog detailing what is going on.

  • TOR Links:

  • The TOR project - TOR browser. 
  • dstormer6em3i4km.onion/ - DailyStormer on the Tor Darknet (needs TOR browser to view).
  • DailyStormer vs Tor - Tor owners denounce DailyStormer, but decline to denounce the rampant pedophilia and drug trafficking that is TOR's primary userbase.
  • Mystery on Fat Mountain - Heather Heyer was hit by a secondary vehicular impact and was reportedly being resuscitated at the scene.  Was Heather Heyer actually killed by a heart attack?  Where is the autopsy report?

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017

    The Navy, an AR15/1919 hybrid, & a Youtube Poop video

    Been in a slump lately.  I spent a year and a half training in Fort Sam Houston to become a BioMedical Equipment Technician in order to avoid being assigned back into a Marine unit as a Corpsman and I end up getting sent to one anyways. On top of that, my year and a half of training is going to waste here.  I sure can't wait for Texas to secede so I can desert and enlist in the Texas Naval Militia!

    (Mostly) Kidding aside, I've been messing around in CAD software and I recreated parts of a Browning 1919 and an AR15.  My idea is to create an unholy union between the two.  Basically it's a heavy-metal receiver shell that you can attach an AR15 upper to and it uses an AR FCG, but it handles like a Browning 1919, complete with spade grips, and can be mounted onto an M2/M3 tripod or a standard vehicle mount.  There wouldn't be any real purpose for this, but I'd like to put a FM-9 9mm belt-fed upper on it, or a Fightlite Industries MCR.  Basically the fun of owning a Browning 1919 but with cheap ammo.

    A flat-based AR receiver in progress.

    Browning 1919-like receiver with an AR15 upper.
    The extension below the bottom plate is a protective housing for the AR15 fire control group.  I could have just cut the finger off and avoided that unsightly extension, HOWEVER, I wanted to be able to use off-the-shelf FCG units such as the Fostech Echo Trigger without having to modify it.

    It's raining outside and I made this completely unrelated video.  It's probably in poor taste, but then again, so is protesting outside a building which has nothing to do with your cause.

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    (link) Another pinewood AR15 spotted!

    Saw this on The Firearm Blog - another pinewood 2x4 AR15 lower has been built.  I've seen some of these before (links at end of post), and while interesting, I always dismissed them because there's no way that wood can stand up to the stress of semi-automatic recoil.  This build is strictly a straight-pull, manually-cycled rifle, but I think it could work as a semi-auto if he added sheet metal along the length of the 2x4 on both sides.  You would have to use a carbine buffertube so you could run machinescrews through stock adjustment rail.

    Picture from The Firearm Blog.
    See also:
    Plywood AR15 Lower - Index of WinterSoldier's posts on his plywood build.  Very good and detailed build overview.
    Orion Hammer's Milled 2x4 Lower - Ironically located on Weaponeer's messageboard that no one reads.

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Video - Why the USS Gabrielle Giffords?

    I usually skip over Yankee Marshal's rants, but the title of this latest one had my attention.  So why is there a US Navy ship named after Gabrielle Giffords?  I agree it would be in poor taste to say "because she didn't duck, lol" but that's literally the truth.  Her big lifetime achievement is that she survived a targeted assassination attempt and didn't die.

    Have some comments section highlights because I'm not a clever girl.

    I'm still waiting on my Navy Achiement Medal for making coffee that one time.