Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ammo storage....

Someone asked, so I answer...... How am I storing ammo right now?

One of two containers:   Military ammo cans, when I get them in decent shape at a good price, or their modern equivalent.....Plano Ammo Can (Field Box)

While I like traditional tough military metal cans, I also rather like the light weight and tough plastic boxes sold by Plano.

There you have it....


Monday, November 26, 2012

Just a quick recommendation.....

If you are not already a reader of Kathy Jackson, now would be a good time to begin.

The Cornered Cat 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mount up! The DNZ Freedom Reaper Scope Mount ....

As part of my Rock River Arms match rifle build, I wished an optics option for the A-3 receiver.  The idea being I can mount up the scope and do bench testing on my handloads, and then re-attach the National Match carry handle for the matches.  

Mounting a scope requires..... a scope mount, and lately Carteach has become quite enamored of the products from DNZ.  Their one piece mounts are rock solid, and even that feels like an understatement as I have busted a rock or two in my life.  I'm not sure I could break a DNZ mount.

I buy my DNZ mounts from The Collectors Gunshop, fine people that they are.  One of these days I'll take some time and write about the place.... but the short story is they are hands down the nicest gun shop owners you will ever meet, and extraordinary in their tastes and stock  If you are simply too far away to deal with Collectors, there is always Amazon.com

 On mounting my old Burris scope to the RRA upper using the DNZ mount..... what is there to say?  Follow the directions, use the bloody torque wrench as they instruct, and it works perfectly.  The scope is rock solid, and the eye relief excellent. 

DNZ mounts.... I will eventually have one for every rifle with optics mounted on it.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lighting up the night.... mounting a light on an AR-15

No question... lighting up the dark can be awful darn handy at times.   Especially times where bad people might be planning bad things to those you care about.

Lights on weapons is not a new idea.  It's been around since battery powered handheld lights happened.  My dad told me stories of WWII GI's in his unit strapping Rayovac flashlights to their rifles while on sentry duty, utterly against their orders of course.

Skip forward a few generations, and weapons mounted lights are all the rage with the cool kids in shooty land.  Seems everything (up to and including my new coffee mug) has a picatinny rail for mounting all kinds of goodies.  Even my regular carry pistol, a compact Glock G-30, has a short little rail built in.... for short little gadgets I guess.

Lights mounted on pistols...... The Fat Man is not really a fan.  My experience runs to a time when armed people carried flashlights on their belts, and smart ones trained in how to combine their use with a sidearm.

For me, the issue with a pistol mounted light is the weapon is pointed at anything the bearer lights up.   I understand, the upside to that, but the downside just worries me more than speed or convenience makes up for.  I carry a very bright flashlight.... and I know how to use it.... and I DON'T have to point a weapon at someone to light them up.   Considering I have brightened the lives of several people who needed it muchly, while never shooting even a single one.... that works for me.

A weapon mounted light on a long arm..... different story, at least for me.   While rifles and shotguns might be leaps and bounds better as defensive weapons than pistols, pretty much universally they require TWO hands to operate correctly.   Now, The Fat Man's math skills are always in question... but even he can figure out that two hands on the rifle leaves.... um.... add column A and carry the five and divide by the orbit of Venus.... um...  NO hands left to work a flashlight.  That could be a problem.

To answer that need, the household defensive rifle here at The Carteach Cave Of Doom (The house) just grew a new appendage.   Mounted to the left side on the handguard, there's now a 300 lumin LED flashlight installed with an offset Picatinny rail gadget thingie.

For those keeping track:
The light:
 Fenix PD31 Limited Edition Flashlight
The mount:
And, the Magpul rail for my MOE handguard:
Magpul L5 MOE Rail Section

In use, the light is activated with the support hand thumb.  A light touch equals momentary brilliance, a harder bump means full time brilliance, and another light bump gives the bearer a stuttering strobe light that's a real bugger to face on a dark night.

In this case the mount is built for one inch body lights, and this particular Fenix flamethrower is slightly thinner.... so a few wraps of abrasive tape formed a bushing that made a tight fit which should never move.

In use..... it's bloody bright, and easy to use, and takes some practice.  Don't assume just having a light on your rifle makes you (To DAA) Super Ninja Night Warrior!   It requires practice to move with the light, and activate it at will.  Combined with the required weapons handling skills, it can get finicky. Many nights moving around the house and property are called for.  All with an UNLOADED weapon to start with, at least till those two separate hand motions... 'Lighting up'  and 'Firing' can be engrained into muscle memory.

For a real eye opener... swap the rifle over to your other side, righty to lefty, and try the movement again.  Carteach's first time.... and 21st time... came out to be the click of a hammer falling, followed by the flashlight coming on.   This could be a serious tragedy if it happened under the wrong circumstances.  My own take.... I simply can't safely operate the light while carrying the rifle as a lefty.   Bloody good thing to know BEFORE it all goes pear shaped.

Carteach is pleased with the addition, and recommends it.  The bottom line.... for about $75, my 'house gun' now has serious after dark capabilities it never had before.  I are happy with that.