As promised, the end of November brings a prize drawing. This months fundraiser benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, and raised $355 for that worthy cause. The prize... an impressive tactical self defense pen from Tuff Writer.
With a retail value of just under $100, the wonderful readers here at Carteach0 have donated over three times the value of the prize! That being the case, there will be TWO Tuff Writer pens given away this month.... One being the unit I have personally carried for the last several months. Take the old fat man's word for it folks, these things are built from pure awesome.
So.... the drawing! 71 slips of paper were placed into an ancient rusty ammo can, each with the name of a donor on it. The lovely and talented Princess averted her gaze, thrust her hand into the can twice, handing two slips of paper to Carteach. The winners..... Suz of Indiana and Brian of Florida!
Folks, thank you for donating to the good people at Wounded Warrior, and for your steady following here at Carteach0. Check back for another monthly charity fund raiser, coming soon. Suz and Brian.... watch you mail boxes!
Finally.... to everyone here who has been clicking on the ads.... thanks to you too! Each click throws a few pennies in the pot, and it eventually ads up.
Sometime in the last month or two this humble little blog had it's millionth visitor.
So... to celebrate... here is the very first piece ever on this blog, from all the way back in 2007. ***************************************************************
So Many of the new K-31 owners share the same opinions regarding the Swiss GP-11 round. It always begins with: “Wow, this is incredibly accurate!”, closely followed by: “Where can I get some more of this?” The 7.5 Swiss is an interesting cartridge. It has features that echo other notably accurate and powerful rounds over the last century. Its case is shorter, stouter, and quite tapered when compared to it’s contemporaries. The sharp shoulder and squat powder space reminds me of the ‘Ackley Improved’ series. P.O. Ackley thought we could take most standard rounds and make the shoulder sharper and the powder room a bit bigger, instantly improving performance. In almost every case it worked. The 7.5x55 might have been built by Mr. Ackley. It’s every bit as powerful as the 30-06, while also having the easy to find accuracy of the .308. In addition, it functions smoothly with the unusual straight pull K-31 action.
As usual, the measuring arsenal includes an RCBS 10-10 scale, Mitutoyo micrometers, Central vernior calipers, some other assorted goodies, and a large cup of coffee. Starbucks beans, ground at home, drip type coffee maker. A shlop of cream in a big cup, and we are good to go. GP-11 7.5x55mm is brass cased with a magnetic steel jacketed bullet. The bullet core is solid lead with no voids, and seems very well bonded to the jacket. Several bullets were sacrificed to the cutting wheel (monkey curiosity strikes again!).
A feature of the GP-11 noticed by most people immediately is the unusual sealer applied to the bullet/case junction. Unique in my experience, the Swiss painted on a heavy band of wax. While it’s not uniform by any means, the sample I looked at had wax about .012”thick and .030” wide.
This wax seal was easily removed with nothing more than a rough towel and a bit of pressure. It’s a soft wax, even 25+ years after it was applied. Once removed it revealed a very heavy bullet crimp. Looking for all the world like a ‘LEE factory crimp’ its a very firm and uniform crimping of the case into the bullet cannelure. Many precision shooters swear by a crimp to encourage consistent powder burn.
Two questions came popping into mind while looking at this wax...
(a) Where does it go when the rifle is fired? Is it perchance smeared down the case walls, making extraction easier? If this is the case, why hasn’t a problem with 7.5 handloads in the K-31 surfaced (tough extraction)? (b) Could it be possible that this wax sealer serves to center the round in the chamber? This might help account for the phenomenal accuracy of the cartridge.
It’s time to look at some case dimensions....
In the run up to writing this, someone mentioned “It’s going to be boring....” Friends and neighbors, why would someone say this is going to be boring? Because when we see the same thing every time, there's nothing interesting going on. This ammunition saves everything interesting for the range, and nothing for the load bench. It’s so uniform that no time was wasted making graphs. If the reader wants flat lines..... check out the average politicians brain scan.
The largest variation was found in overall loaded cartridge weight, mostly due to the non-uniform wax sealer. Weight spread was 415.5 grains to 420.2 grains. About 2.2 grains of that can be accounted for with case weight variations, and another 0.5 grains in bullet variations. The rest seems to be the wax.
Over all length measurements were the most boring of all. It measured 3.045” Exactly. No variation, *0*, Nada, Zilch, Sigh........
Case base diameter measured from .4941” to .4950”, a .0009 variation. The horror of it! Almost a thousandth of an inch! Those crazy drunken Swiss!
Case neck diameters ranged from .3360” to .3372”, a variation of .0012” This was of course measured after the wax was removed. The variation seems to be due to the very firm crimp distorting the case slightly. Still minimal by military ammunition standards, and certainly not bad at all by commercial standards. There was almost zero variation found in neck diameter. They were round.
Case length began at 2.180” and ended at 2.184”, a range of .004. This measurement found no wild fliers, but was spread evenly across the range.
The bullets pulled from the case with extreme force. The first one took four attempts, till I realized a ‘pull’ was not going to do it, and a ‘jerk’ would be required. (Please hold all jokes till the end of the article!). Even so, many bullets required two or three attempts to get them out of the case. Not because they are glued in, but simply that very heavy crimp set deep into the cannelure.
The powder appears quite fresh. It’s an extruded grain not unlike IMR 4895, but with a shorter grain. In grain size it looks like AA2015br powder, but has the same shiny coating 'look' that IMR stick powders have.
Powder charges weighed in from 49.9 grains all the way to a whopping 50.1 grains. A 0.2 grain variation. You graph it, I’m going to take a nap.
Once pulled down, cases were weighed. They ranged from 193.2 grains to 195.5 grains. This is a variation of 2.2 grains, and the largest spread of any single component. The cases were mirror bright inside. Berdan primed, the twin flash holes were very clear in the flat base inside the case. Looking at the pristine flat base inside the case, a question came: How in the world did the Swiss form the anvil for the Berdan primer while leaving the inside of the case flat?
Using the wildly dangerous torch trick to blow out the live primer (nothing too dangerous in search of data for our readers!), an extremely uniform primer pocket was found. In fact, the pocket appeared to be milled rather than punched. If so, this is incredible precision and care for a military round. The flash holes also appear to be drilled rather than punched. Stunning quality and meticulousness for a military round!
The bullet, as stated, is a steel jacketed number with a lead core. A full metal jacket with a strong boat tail. Weights ranged from 174.3 to 174.8 grains, a 0.5 grain spread. Most notable were the diameter variations: Only .0004”. The bullets measured from .3076” to .3080”, and were perfectly round. No variation at all in diameter was found.
It would be an interesting day at the range, passing a few handfuls of this ammo across a chronograph. By all reports, this is the most accurate standard military ammunition built, and frequently wins matches. Perhaps that has something to do with the general lament over the *lack* of GP-11. What supplies that do show up, vanish almost instantly. In fact, if anyone has a case they’d like to contribute to the cause, I’ll happily continue testing it!
. (For the first time ever, a guest post on Carteach0. ASM826 at Random Acts of Patriotism read an article about some elderly US Mil-surp ammunition here, and in true gunny fashion simply had to go out and experiment. What follows are his words, and findings.)
Carteach0 had written an article about military ammo, where he dissembled and inspected some 1954 Lake City 30.06 armor piercing rounds. Commonly called “black tip” ammo, because of the paint that marks the bullets, this ammo is fairly rare. I had some from two different lots. What we shot was made in 1955. The loose rounds and the rounds on the cloth belt were made in 1950 and 1951, making it likely they have corrosive primers. I will shoot them on some summer day when I can clean the rifle properly in the warm sunshine.
I had heard this was really accurate ammo, as Carteach0 says, “the standard by which mil-spec ammo is measured”. In his post, he lamented not owning a rifle to shoot some samples. I emailed him, offering to host him at my range with my Springfield 03A3. Time and distance made that impossible, so we agreed on the next best thing. I would shoot the ammo, document the process, and report the results.
After some discussion with another friend, he and I made range plans since he has the chronograph and was interested in the project. We decided that we would each shoot 5 shot groups from the bench at 100 yards, capturing the velocity of each round and photographing the resulting targets.
The Springfield 03A3 we used was made in 1943 and sold through CMP sometime in the 1970s. I shoot it in Garand matches and it is capable of delivering very accurate results. Of the mil-spec ammo I have shot through it, it performs best with the Greek HXP made in the early 1970s. As you can see, it has sharp rifling right out to the muzzle. I went into this with high hopes for the black tip ammo results.
To have something to compare it with, we would also shoot the ammo though a modern 30.06 rifle, a Remington 700. Additionally, we would shoot some hand loads as sort of a standard. The hand loads were 48gr. of IMR4895 loaded behind 168gr. Sierra HPBT bullets.
This is what we had planned when we went to the range.
Targets 1 and 2 were shot with black tip ammo, headstamped AYR 55, from the bench. Shooting for group size, we did not make any adjustments to the sights or the sight picture we were using during the shooting.
M(1) 2750 2682 2646 2643 2627
D(2) 2647 2624 2592 2644 2602
The first round fired on target 3 clipped the metal rods that hold the plastic diffusers over the chronograph. Our first conclusive finding is that quarter inch metal rods will not withstand any contact with an armor piercing bullet traveling 2500fps+. The chronograph seems to be okay, but the rods and diffusers will have to be replaced. The rest of the velocities are now lost to science.
Target 3 was shot with the Remington 700 and the black tip ammo. This used up the AYR 55 ammo, so only shooter 1 shot this. It was interesting that 3 rounds were in the 10 ring and 2 were outside the black. I will return to this in my conclusions.
Target 4 was the Remington 700 with a Sierra boat tail hand load, and serves to show the accuracy potential of the rifle.
1. In our very informal test, the black tip ammo was not as accurate as other mil-spec 30.06 ammo I have shot. 2. The velocity spreads are not excessive, especially when you consider the age of the ammo. 3. The results observed of the first 3 targets makes me think that the issue may be the bullets themselves. If the armor piercing core of the bullet is not precisely in the center, the rotation of the bullet in flight would cause an oscillation that would affect accuracy and group size. I did not see even the usual (approximately) 2 minute of angle accuracy I expect from the old Springfield rifle with mil-spec ammo. 4. Carteach0 measured the bullets as somewhat undersized. This also might explain the results. 5. The group on target 3, shot with the Remington 700, is interesting for the same reason. Putting 3 rounds in the 10 ring and 2 rounds out in the 8 ring also seems to suggest some variation in the bullets. 6. More black tip ammo, from more lots, shot by more shooters from different rifles, would give a clearer picture of what the 30.06 black tip ammo is really capable of. The sample here was too small to be definitive. 7. I think I have an accuracy load for my Remington 700! 8. It was a beautiful day at the range. I am lucky to have a place like this to shoot.
Being such a vastly well known and famous (infamous?) character, 'Ol Carteach has major companies begging him to write about their products all the time.
Okay.... even *I* can't say that with a straight face. Nobody is breaking down the Fat Man's gate just to drop big boxes of goodness on the front porch. What we have here is more likely a shipping error, with some important writers 'test ammo' being shipped to me by mistake. A sample of Remington Disintegrator CTF frangible ammunition appeared on my porch, shipped by the good folks at BulkAmmo.com.
Whatever.... I'm going to run with it (GG).
This Remington offering answers a special need; Target ammunition with a substantially reduced possibility of ricochet from steel targets and backstops. With the heavy upsurge in 'action' shooting over the last decade, steel targets are more common than ever before. Often times, the course of fire has the competitor shooting up close and personal, at distances only a little more than arms length away.
Ad in the needs of indoor ranges in urban areas, and the dramatic (and long overdue) swing towards realistic training for law enforcement, and the need for a safer training ammunition became very real indeed.
As a shooter on the line, Carteach has had blood drawn more than a few times. Occasionally it was an angry 1911 taking a bite out of the hand that feeds it, but most often it was by bullet fragments bouncing off steel targets. It's a fact of life on the range, and a given considering the physics of what we do. That said.... there is no reason not to reduce the risk whenever possible.
After testing this batch of frangible ammunition, I can say with some confidence it would have dramatically reduced my person blood letting had it been in use at the time.
The idea behind 'Frangible' bullets is rather simple. They are designed to maintain structural integrity during normal firearm operation and firing, but to give up that integrity upon striking a hard target. Not just any hard target.... as testing on the secret Carteach firing range showed. The target needs to be steel or something of like toughness, in order to disrupt the bullet and make it do its little trick.
The magic is in the construction of the bullet. It's not cast lead, perhaps with a copper jacket. It's completely different than that, being 'pressed' together out of powdered copper and tin. Yes... the bullet is made of powdered metal. It's formed together under heavy pressure to take the shape of a bullet. That's where it all happens, because when that pressed together frangible bullet strikes a target harder than itself, it suddenly drops back into it's original components... IE; powdered metal.
Searching for a way to test the frangible qualities of the bullet, while making it dramatically clear enough to share with readers, Carteach hit upon a simple method. The frangible 9x19mm bullets would be fired at a hardened steel target which had been placed inside a box, allowing the cardboard of the box to record any fragments exiting the impact area. The 'hardened steel target'? Why... that would be a king pin from a Volvo tractor. Naturally 'Ol Carteach had one laying around at hand. Before anyone asks why that is, a better question might be 'Why would someone NOT have a twelve inch long, two inch round hardened tool steel bar on hand, just in case?'.
The target put together and steady, a Glock 19 was chosen as the test weapon. Accurate enough to center punch the round steel bar at 25 feet, it's a common pistol in use by the millions worldwide.
The first rounds tested were typical defensive style hollow point ammunition. No trouble was had getting good strikes on the bar, and the results were dramatic. Every single round, upon hitting the steel, emitted a shower of both large and small fragments. The back and sides of the box was rent with shards of bullet, many being found sliced into the log backstop of the range. There is no doubt at all..... standard 9mm ammunition can put out some very dangerous bullet fragments upon hitting a hard target.
Moving to the Remington frangible 9mm ammunition, stepping along at +P velocities from the short Glock barrel, the results were completely different. Each hit on the bar (and accuracy was good enough that every hit was center mass on the 2" bar) resulted in.... well.... something that had to be seen.
The frangible bullets destabilized so completely that no large fragments at all exited through the box. Not once... not ever. That's not to say the box's came away unscathed... no, not at all. The perimeter of each box was peppered, if not shredded, by a shower of tiny, tiny fragments.
Most impressive though, each shot left behind enough shattered frangible bullet laying in the box to account for nearly half the bullet weight. Yes.... the fragments broke down into powder well enough, there wasn't energy remaining to make it though the cardboard box.
This testing was enough to answer the question.... "Does the ammunition actually work as described?" There was another question though, at least in this writers tiny little puzzled mind. Would the frangible bullets destabilize upon striking anything less substantial than a steel target? To put paid to this question, a 'thing' was constructed. Four 1" thick boards were stacked and bound together. The wood was ancient barn wood, hardened with time and weather in ways no freshly cut wood could ever be. The idea of binding them with twine was to make disassembly easy, in a hunt for the fragmented frangible bullet.
At the distance of 20 feet, two shots were fired into the stacked wooden test block. The first a 9x19 hollow point round, and the next a Remington frangible. If the frangible came apart on impact, the energy dump was expected to cause substantial damage to the layers of wood, if not simply taking apart the whole rig.
Silly Carteach.... no worries towards that point. The two rounds behaved exactly alike, punching clean holes through the wood as if each was a FMJ bullet. The frangible drifted through four inches of solid wood, and then installed a nice, neat, .356" hole in a log of the backstop.
Lesson learned.... this is target and training ammunition, and will behave exactly like a full metal jacketed bullet... right up until it doesn't anymore, and reverts back to powder upon hitting a steel target.
Accuracy was on par with most factory 9mm ammunition, with perfect function through several different pistols.
Carteach's thoughts? It works. If a frangible bullet is what you need for training and range use, the Remington Disintegration offering from BulkAmmo.com will serve.
. Some of you folks have taken the time to click on the ads here on the site, and Carteach needs to say thank you! While it might only be a few pennies per click, it adds up over time and boosts the ammo fund enough to notice. More important to the old fat man... it shows people appreciate the time invested into the blog, and that means a lot!
. Time to mention this again! Novembers fund raiser benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, a favorite group here at Carteach0. So far, generous readers have donated over $300 to the Project this month. Thanks go out to Tuff Writer for supplying this months prize, an exceptional product indeed.
The recent Carteach0 fund raiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project raised nearly $2400. This goes to show..... shooty folk are the bestus folks there are!
In that fund raiser, lots of great prizes got donated to help out. Not all of them arrived in time for Carteach to get into the fund raiser. Some are just too good to let pass, and a way had to be found to get these into the hands of readers here.
This time, only one prize. For November, it's an amazingly well built 'Tactical Pen' from Tuff Writer. This thing has to be held to be believed. I've been carrying one myself for a few weeks... and the most frequent comment heard when someone handles it is: "Wow!" I can't argue with that view, as it's my own as well. Valued at $95, this months fund raiser prize is exceptional, and carries the Carteach brand of approval.
An interesting part of carrying this 'tactical pen'... it doesn't 'bother' anyone else who sees it in use. It's just a slightly fancy looking black pen. On the other hand... every single person who picks it up HAS to look closer. Just for a moment, their attention is riveted on the pen.... it's that different in the hand.
The rules are easy. Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project via this link. E-mail Carteach a copy of the receipt at Artwelling1 AT gmail DOT com. Every $5 donated gets the contestant a ticket in the drawing for the Tuff Writer tactical pen. The drawing will be held the last weekend in November. It's that easy.
"I have a question" was the text I got one evening a short time ago.
Princess knew I was in an important meeting, so the text would not have come lightly. As we had just finished the goodbyes, I hit speed dial on the way back to my vehicle. "What's up?"
"I don't want you to worry, but I have a question. Is the gun in the XXXXXXX the same as the one in the XXXXXXX?"
"Huh?" I answered intelligently...
"Does it work the same?"
At this point, with a bit of anxious questioning on my part, I was informed she had heard a noise outside and, intelligent girl that she is, immediately armed herself. Not to go outside and play commando, but just as insurance while she went about her business in the home. I assured her the pistol she had next to her worked exactly the same as the one she had learned to shoot with, and was in exactly the condition she knew the others to be.
In this case.... ready to fire by one simple action. Pulling the trigger.
The conversation revealed a flaw in our home defense planning, and an inexcusable one on my part. You see, Princess is not a shooter.... but she's a bright lady and has learned to handle pistols well enough to use them for their intended purpose... self defense. Not as CCW, but most certainly around the home. She's more than demonstrated the capacity and willingness to handle (and use) weapons in her own self defense. She's a lot like the main character in 'Quigley Down Under' in that way, just after he used a Colt pistol to dispatch the evil bad guy. "Said I had no use for a pistol... didn't say I don't know how to use one".
So, it falls upon me, as the house expert, to see to home defense weapons (as well as plumbing repairs, dealing with the woodstove, and most of the dishes. In return, I never have to touch laundry... and I see that as a fair bargain).
Her question pointed out a problem. While *I* had plans, procedures, and safety checks... I hadn't made her aware of them in enough detail. With her not being a shooter, I had covered a few basics, assured her ability and judgement where safety is concerned, and left it at that.
My mistake, and one rectified as quickly as I arrived home. The noise? Some critter in the night perhaps, but never a threat or bother. She was just being careful. You can be assured... I announced myself before I walked in (g).
What I hadn't explained well enough to her was this; In my 'home defense weapon' plans, every pistol available (without unlocking something complicated) is in the same condition. In our case, having no children in the home nor adult visitors of questionable competence, we have weapons hidden well but still readily available. Each is in the same condition... round chambered, no external safety engaged, and ready to fire on pulling the trigger.
Each pistol is either a Glock pattern with a 'Safe Action', or has a long double action pull. They are highly unlikely to go off by accident, and are stored in such a way that their triggers are protected.
The idea is simple. If we need them, they are there right now, ready right now, and are safe until then. Nothing to manipulate under pressure, nothing to remember before use, no intricate puzzles to solve. Two of the pistols have laser sighting devices, but this matters little. They don't need to be switched on to have the weapons function perfectly.
The fact that Princess is a component of the plan, and is not a shooting enthusiast, has a great deal to do with the thinking behind it. Any defensive weapon in the home needs to be simple enough that she can use them well under extreme pressure. She's not going to remember to sweep the safety on a 1911 pattern, nor cycle the action on a pistol with an empty chamber. Her judgement can be trusted, and she's more than intelligent enough to keep her finger off the trigger till she needs to fire.... but she's not going to practice with any frequency nor build up instinctive muscle memory (In that... she's not much different from most of the police officers in this nation, who's shooting experience revolves around occasional mandated qualifications).
Long guns are different, and not part of any plans involving Princess. For the record, they too are stored in a specific condition. Chamber empty, safety off, ready to fire upon working the action. Guns locked in the safe? Totally different situation, totally different condition.
Should our home have children visiting, or if by chance we ever had adults staying with us who were not proven safe shooters, all would be locked safely away.
It's an important topic, and one worth considering thoughtfully. Each situation is different, and the people who occupy the home will cause any plan to be modified as required. Where a single person living in a secure area might simply leave a weapon in a nightstand drawer, another person might need something more secure, such as a coded safe. Once that's decided, further thought must be given to weapon condition. Round in the chamber, or not? Safety on, or not? Magazine in the pistol, or not?
Each situation is different, and each persons ability and training must be taken into account. Also, the possibility of split second decisions being necessary under immense life threatening pressure.... and how different people can react to that.
Are there children in the home? Is a break in while the homeowner is away a reasonable threat? Is a home invasion of an occupied house a reasonable threat? All these and more must be thought of ahead of time, and decisions made on dealing with them.
Most of all... most importantly... careful plans must be made in advance of trouble... and as I learned, everyone concerned needs to know what they are.
Thank for stopping in and spending time with 'Ol Carteach. If you are of a mind to, don't hesitate to click on some of the ads posted here and there on the site. You don't need to buy a thing, or even read them, but each click does throw a few pennies into the ammo fund.... and these days that's a lot!
Carteach has a small project going, which will be discussed in greater depth at a later date........ If it works.
Meanwhile, we have a chance to look at some of the small hurdles the project tosses in the way. Since it involves working with an ancient Mauser military stock that will be 'refinished' when all is said and done, there are some pieces of old military hardware that must be dislodged first.
As the photos show, the recoil lug screwed together through the stock.... was stuck right good. Getting it out involved a weeks repeated soaking with Ballistol, and then some very careful work with a re-shaped pair of needle nose pliers. Considerable downward pressure needed to be applied to the tool to keep it from slipping out of the holes in the threaded nut. A spanner could be bought or made, specifically to do these recoil lug nuts, but the pliers work with a little care.
Working slowly, and with quite a lot of pressure, the crusted over nut begins to turn. There is no rush in this procedure. Just keep the inward pressure applied while turning slowly, with frequent breaks to reorient tool and work to avoid awkward positions.
Once the nut is unthreaded, the game is not over. It may stay in place, having forced the lug out the other side of the stock. If that happens, a 90 degree probe is inserted into the nut and it's gently, but forcefully, pried from it home of 70 years. After that, a hammer and thin punch will push the recoil lug free from the stock, with a little gentle tapping.
Shazamm! One truly ancient and rusty old recoil lug removed from one beat up old Mauser military rifle stock. The lug is actually in fine condition for it's age, and can be restored with little more than some careful clean up and rebluing. Next up, a barrel band catch spring that hasn't seen light of day since Carteach's father was a young boy.
This too was soaked for a week with Ballistol to break up the old finish, gum, tar, mule exhaust, and whatever else had been smeared on the Turkish military rifle over several generations. Once the finish was softened enough (scrapes away with a knife blade), the stock is turned over and a properly sized punch is tapped into the hole opposite the band spring, until the spring body is driven clear of the stock.
Now the spring catch can be gently grabbed with a padded pliers, and slowly twisted side to side as it's pulled from the stock.
The stock set stripped of it's hardware, it's now ready for 'refinishing'. This will be an article of it's own.
The object here is not a pristine new stock, nor even something that doesn't look like 70 year old military wood. The goal is clean, and a worn but well cared for appearance. With some luck and a lot of care, the end product will seem like an unusual military-ish style rifle... a beast that never was...
More to come on that thought. Check back later.
Purists please note: This stock was purchased as a project piece, and was not removed from the rifle by this author. No antique Mauser military rifles were harmed in this project. Relax.
Leading the sidebar is a link to this months fundraiser! It benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, and the prize is an incredibly well made 'Tuff Writer' tactical pen. Trust me... no matter how silly you might think the concept is, your thoughts will change once you hold one of these things in your hands!
November 19th is national 'Buy Ammo Day'! It's a buycott of our ammunition industry. The idea is... buy at least 100 rounds of your favorite flavor on that day. Carteach0 intends to purchase a little more than that.... quite a bit more than that... from the fine folks at BulkAmmo.com. He's a hankering for a whole case of federal .22 all his own. (To be shared, of course, with the neighborhood youngens).
Always remember, and never forget... every click on an ad here at Carteach0 drops a few pennies in the fat man's ammo fund! Click (bang).... Click (bang).....
And last... and most importantly ... a new-to-the-fold gun blogger is doing her own fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. After reading her blog (A Girl and her Gun) for a little bit, I'm convinced she is good people, and her blog will be enjoyed by most readers here. Step on over and give it a look... good stuff.
Merrill Field: The Rest of the Pictures
Here are the rest of the pictures from our visit to Merrill Field.
I love flying boats - don't know anything about this one, but it just