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.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Video - Polish Berserker Homemade Rifle


    Interesting concept from a YouTuber called focusofdarkness.  It's a direct blow-back weapon that uses AK-47 magazines.  Due to his laws about not being allowed to buy gun powder, the chambering is a 7.62x39 steel casing hollowed out for nail-firing blank cartridges for ignition and uses regular 123gr bullets.  He states ballistics are similar to 9x19mm.

    Seems like a lot of work went into the sights and trigger mechanism for what is essentially a throw-away gun to acquire better weapon, from a government-resistance standpoint.

    I guess I always take for granted how ammunition and components are, for the most part, readily available around here.  That may not always be the case in some parts of the world, however.  I should probably research some kind of simple blowback weapon that uses straight-walled cases loaded with blackpowder, both of which I think are more universally procurable.  I've previously demonstrated that a Mauser Broomhandle will function for at least 30-50 rounds using blackpowder before seizing up.

    More videos from the same channel:

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    A Tribute to War Hero Kim Dozier

    Oh, those brave journalists - risking their lives through gunfire and fighting ISIS to bring us the daily news so that we'd have something to stare at while at the gym - how heroic! I'm so thankful to have these brave men and women serving us so valiantly.  Someone give them a Medal of Honor.  A Florida mayor merely makes a joke about pointing weapons and the MSM explodes, invoking a journalist's fabricated flashbacks of dodging enemy fire and rescuing kittens in battle that really happened!

    From the Tampa Bay Times:
    But some journalists in the room said they weren’t being thin-skinned. No skin is thick enough to stop a bullet or bomb blast, something Daily Beast national security reporter Kim Dozier knows all too well.
    It was real... in my mind!
    In 2006, she was nearly killed in a car bombing that took the life of the U.S. Army officer her team was filming Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, along with his Iraqi translator and Dozier’s CBS colleagues Paul Douglas and James Brolan.
    As someone who had been under fire once or twice, and lost two colleagues to a car bomb in Iraq that nearly killed me, I didn’t appreciate the remarks,” said Dozier, who wrote a book about her experiences and efforts to recover. “The mayor probably didn’t realize how many of the reporters in the room had risked their lives to bring Americans the story of U.S. troops in the field, including veterans-turned-journalists with prior special ops service.
    I guess it's true what they say about PTSD these days - anyone and everyone wants to cash in on the PTSD craze, one way or another.  It's basically the new self-diagnosed ADD meme.  I work in a military clinic and see all sorts of phonies who have never left the wire get medically discharged and receive VA compensation for falsified PTSD claims.  It's a rather neat scam for those that get it working, I think.  I guess it can help sell books too.

    I mean sheeeit - I got shot at once but I ain't finna publish a damn book on it (maybe just a post on some shit blog that only third-world resistance fighters read, though).
    Max Payne - Copyright to me IRL, IMO.
    It's actually a funny story by the way, thanks for asking - I was literally building a wall in Sombrero County, Texas for a few dollars MOAR, when suddenly a LVL 1 Mexican Cartel thug opened fire on me.  Aside from the subsequent hospitalization due to stupidly Max Payne diving into a pointy pile of rocks, it was actually a pretty cool experience now that I think back on it.  So the next time some asshole Gunnery Sgt asks me what the hell do I know about anything because I've never been shot at, I can reply that I have indeed been there/done that, and that I can honestly recommended it. 10/10 - would do again!

    Journalistic visions of heroic grandeur trivializes the death of BigBoss's mentor - A HERO who SAVED THE WORLD, God dammit!

    These are the real men who fought and died on the battlefield.

    yo dawg i heard you like memes
    flashback memes
    Ay, pappi.

    "These pseudo-journalists would die quickly if they found themselves anywhere else in the world."

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    (Pictures/Video) Loading and shootin' .45-70 Blackpowder Cartridges

    Loading .45-70 Government on the cheap

    Oh, look, a maymay.
    Loaded 70 rounds of .45-70 government.  The load was a cast 300 grain, flat-nose bullet behind ~50 grains of Shockey's Gold (similar to American Pioneer) FFG blackpowder substitute, primed with Remington Large Rifle Magnum Primer.  The 50 grain load was used because that's what fit in the measure spoon I used.  An airgap in the blackpowder cartridge will cause excess pressure, so cream of wheat was used to fill the rest of case to the top and the bullet was seated and compressed over the powder.  I've previously used newspaper or crumbled up paper towel as wadding, but I thought I'd try cream of wheat as it was recommended by other blackpowder cartridge shooters.

    Of the 70 cases I had, fifty were good, thirty were rejects/blasting ammo.  I had forgotten to use the case-mouth opening die on the last thirty cases so the bullets were seated badly, scraping some bullets or inserting them slightly lopsided, though nothing major.  Fifty grains of powder times 70 cartridges is 3500 grains, so approximately half a pound of $20 powder was used.  I cast the bullets myself from range scrap and the primers were $30 per 1000.  I already had about 200 rounds total of loaded and empty cartridges, so total cost for 70 rounds of reloaded .45-70 blackpowder cartridges is less than $25 (or 35 cents per round).  For comparison, a box of Remington Express Core-Lokt .45-70 runs at $44 at Cabela's (or $2.20 per round).

    The Gun

    Trapdoor and a Magnum Research .45-70
    The rifle is an 1884 Springfield Trapdoor I bought off GunAuction years ago.  I bought it as a companion-piece for my Magnum Research BFR .45-70 revolver.  This Trapdoor specimen is junk and I believe I paid $250, but 1) It's still fun to shoot occaisionally and 2) Looks cool on my wall.  The bore is rusted and the muzzle has been abused.  WB is stamped on the barrel, indicating it was used by Warner Brothers for film, possibly The Alamo (1968) starring John Wayne.

    Fancy posin' going on over here.
    11 rounds were fired at a distance of ~65 feet. Two rounds hit in total.  Yeah, it's the gun's fault, I swear! The two that did hit the target were about 6-9" high from point of aim.  Recoil was not bad.  Less smoke appeared to be produced compared to American Pioneer and regular black powder.



    Note to self: Use Magnum primers to
    avoid primer piercing.
    These were previously reloaded cases, so when I loaded them up last week the interiors of the cases were dark from previous loadings (I used to never clean brass right away).  They had spots of green and brown rust which I painstakenly scraped out with steel wool and had rinsed and dried them before reloading them.  You couldn't even see the bottom of the case.  After I shot them today I gathered the brass and put them in a jar with hot, soapy water and shook it up, rinsed out the crud water and repeated the process until the emptied water was no longer black.  I used a clean rag and dried the cases inside and out.  To my surprise I noticed that the interior of the brass was really clean at this point.   I guess the process of shooting them and immediately rinsing loosened up the crud that was in there.

    I ran a hot, wet patch through the bore and then ran several more patches until it was clean and finally wiped all metal surfaces with hot water, then CLP.  The gun is now leaning against the wall in a small room with a dehumidifier to be observed over the course of the next few days to check for rust.  I think I spent more time cleaning than shooting.  Such is the way of the black powder shooter!
    Top to bottom: Gewehr 1888, Springfild Trapdoor,
    unknown US military muzzleloader.

    Other Observations:

    1) This gun is not for new shooters.  I noticed that the firing pin was rusted closed when I grabbed it off the wall after several years of neglect (which was remedied with CLP) and there existed the possibility of a slam-fire on a primer if you don't pay attention.  Additionally I noticed someone kept fumbling with the lock and, for some reason, could not grasp the concept of "half-cock to load and eject," and "full cock when ready to fire."
    2) A few of the brass cases were already primed with Remington large rifle (non-magnum) primers that I left in my humid Texas garage for three years.  I marked the brass with a red marker to see if they would have problems igniting.  Ignition seemed fine, although I did have a cartridge fail to fire, but looking at the video it seems it had something to do with the latch not being closed all the way.
    3) All of the Remington non-magnum primers got pierced, however no gas blowback was felt.  For the most part they maintained a seal but I suspect this is what caused the firing pin to rust in place previously.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Home-made Ruger 10-22 receiver (Link)

    Pretty interesting Ruger 10-22 build using simple tools from Harbor Freight and consisting of sides of aluminum flat stock bolted together with good, old-fashioned hex screws.  The trunnion looks unnecessarily complex and uses expensive Ruger barrels - I would have just used a simple bored-through block that utilized a cheap or used Savage/Stevens barrel.

    Blog: Holloway's Garage

    Holloway's Garage doesn't seem to be updated anymore, but in the spirit of weaponry and survivalism, has another useful post about making a rain collection barrel which I think would be useful for when Bill Clinton's Wife's zombified corpse runs for president again in 2024.