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Mar 14 09 8:19 PM
Funny thing is that the shop had thirty come in this week and when I left they had two left. I may even grab those for trade if they are around tomorrow.
Add a Crimson Trace laser and a wallet holster Picked up a 9mm Kel-Tec P-11 as another light pocket pistol. Ruger LCR .357 RevolverI bit the bullet so to speak and bought a LCR .357 revolver. I got this light-weight, snub-nose revolver in .357 Magnum as opposed to the LCR .38 Special because for the additional couple ounces I get a greater range of ammo use and a stronger wear resistent steel cylinder opposed to the aluminum cylinder on the LCR .38 Spl. The trigger is nice and smooth out of the box, The only negative is that the recoil is "snappy" with the .357 ammo. Otherwise it is a very nice handgun. This one will go to a sister-in-law who works various hours away from home as a RN at a couple regional hospitals. This little revolver comes in .38 Spl and .357 Mag. The LCR acronym stands for 'Lightweight Compact Revolver'. It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing, monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger. The LCR operates in Double Action Only as the hammer is concealed within the frame of the gun and cannot be cocked prior to firing.- Black Blade
Mar 29 09 8:12 PM
Nothing like a spread of Glocks (and one Kel-Tec). Some 9x19mm ammo came into WalMart and fortunately I was able to liberate a few boxes. Now I should load a few of the G19 (KCI) and G17 (Kahn) aftermarket magazines.- Black Blade
Apr 8 09 7:14 PM
Apr 10 09 8:12 AM
The 10-round AGP magazines are nice and have a tight fit.
Apr 13 09 5:47 PM
Mr. Brown (UPS) made a nice delivery of some more Radom P-64 handguns today and the USPS delivered a "few" Glock 19 and Glock 17 magazines.
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Jul 20 09 10:53 PM
Ask and ye shall recieve. Today the UPS van deposited a Romanian Tokarev, a couple "spam cans" of Romanian 7.62x25 ammo (Tokarev), 5 spare Tokarev magazines, as well as 20 Romanian AK-47 magazines. I modified a Romanian Tokarev with a muzzle break and wraparound grips.
Jul 21 09 7:02 PM
Jul 31 09 12:19 PM
I was able to procure a case of 7.65 Argentine ammo (1,500 rounds). I received another case of Argentine 7.65 ammo (1,500 rounds) on stripper clips.
The Steyr 95 rifles are decent and fairly cheap rifles but the ammo is expensive and difficult to acquire in bulk making this rifle an unlikely candidate for a prepper's budget rifle.
I have one in the collection as a project rifle and I have a case of the 8x56R ammo (Nazi marked 1938). Be sure to get the rare clips for the ammo. Fortunately I got my ammo with the clips. Nice as a conversation piece as they were used by Austro-Hungarian soldiers in WWI and later by Auxiliary soldiers during WWII.
Aug 6 09 9:16 PM
Update: The ATF list has just been updated:
I haven't checked with vendors yet but this is good news for C&R license holdersI noticed that everyone except J&G Sales appears to be out of P-64 pistols. So I bought a few more as the current supply appears to be running out. This should last for a while I think. I put on a couple Marschal grips and have some Zee's grips to put on yet after I clean a few more. Still, not sure how long the supply will last. I noticed that the supply of CZ-82 have thinned out and Makarovs have almost dried up except for a small batch of Bulgarians at SOG. The PA-63 are hit and miss lately.The P-64 has been ruled C&R eligible and so I added more to the collection. I replced the factory springs with lighter #17 aftermarket Wolf mainsprings
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Apr 18 10 9:39 PM
These are listed as "excellent" condition Argentine Hi-Power clones of the Browning Hi-Power that recently became available from the usual vendors. The Hi-Power license for the Argentine manufacture ended in 1989 and those made before 1990 can be considered as true Hi-Power handguns. These are Hi-Power handguns made after 1989 and are designated as M90 (for guns made in 1990 and later).They are made on the same equipment and from the same parts (thus the stamped "Hi-Power" on the slide. They are a little finicky but are excellent shooters. I found them to be a little tight and require a little strength to rack the slide. The trigger on one is a little stiff, however, the other is excellent (I didn't measure the pull but it wasn't excessive). I may yet do a trigger job on them and polish the ramps. I went to the range to test them out. It was partly cloudy, about 70F and a slight left to right cross-wind. I was most interested in how the guns functioned. I fired from 15 and 25 yards using the cheapest ammo possible (Blazer, PMC, Independence and Winchester): At 15 yards the grouping is more than acceptable. At 25 yards it gets less accurate but then I didn't concentrate on accuracy. Still, it doesn't look to bad at all. I like the way the guns fit in my paws and although I did have two "fail to feed" in one gun, it could have easily been the magazine or the cheap ammo. Regardless, I recommend these handguns as less expensive alternatives to John Browning's Belgian made Hi-Powers. - Black Blade UPDATE:Well I like the first two so much that I bought two more. These I also bought from J&G Sales except these were the "very good" condition (the first two were "excellent" condition". To tell the truth I don't see any difference between the "very good" and "excellent" condition handguns except the price. From what I know now, I wouldn't spend the extra money for the "excellent" condition - that said, I am happy with my choices as they are a pleasure to shoot and feel comfortable to shoot.
This afternoon I went to my gun club with a couple friends and decided to test out some recent acquisitions. It was mostly cloudy with a slight northwest cross-wind and approaching storm coulds over the mountains.
I had originally thought about calling it "The Day of the Nines". (left to right 9x17, 9x18, 9x19 and 9x23) but didn't have enough time.
I found them all to be fairly consistent ate about 25 yards. I typically shot slightly low and to the left before getting accustomed to my aim.
I still recommend these over getting a Belgian Browning Hi-Power considering the price. I don't really see that much difference but I would recommend having the mag safety disconnect removed to get the "drop free mag" capability and to lighten up and smooth smooth out the trigger (although I find one of the new guns has a light tigger pull resulting in some inadvertent "double taps" out of the box). Overall I was quite impressed with these guns and given the that the price is right - I give them two thumbs up.
- Black BladeUPDATE:Well a recent shipment of FN Belgian Hi-Powers came into the US as "Police/Military Trade Ins" and the prices range from $450 and higher". Considering a NIB commercial Belgian would be almost twice as much, these are a relative bargain. I got one with an ambi-safety that has been nicely refinished.
May 1 10 8:03 PM
I recently acquired and added two Hungarian FEG handguns to the collection. One is the SMC-918 and the other is the RK-59 both in 9x18mm Makarov calibre. SMC-918 (left) and RK-59 (right)The FEG SMC model was the smallest pistol ever "legally" imported into the U.S. When K.B.I. observed the popularity of the SMC-380 in the U.S., it decided to import the 9mm Makarov version, the SMC-918. The Hungarians had made this model (with slight modifications) since the late 1950s, with importation beginning in late 1994.The SMC-918 offers the 9mm Makarov cartridge in a package that is appreciably smaller and lighter than the Soviet-designed Makarov pistol or its derivatives. The SMC-918 is, in fact, the smallest pistol currently in production for the Makarov round. The price to pay is a gun that is easier to carry and slightly more difficult to shoot. Given its mission of self-defense, though, that's a compromise many buyers will surely find acceptable. In 1991, Century imported about 3,000 RK-59s into the U.S. The small size of this gun makes it especially handy as a hideout gun, used mostly by high-ranking officials, pilots and various vehicle crews who occasionally need a pistol but are forced to work and fight in confined spaces. Handgun expert Leroy Thompson has argued that the RK-59 is perhaps the world's best military pistol, because it uses a fighting cartridge powerful enough to be taken seriously, yet is compact enough to carry comfortably on the person at all times.A slightly improved version of the RK-59---the SMC-380---appeared in 1991. It's actually the same gun rechambered to the slightly less powerful, albeit better known, .380 ACP round. Its frame is still a lightweight alloy, but for commercial sales it is anodized black to match more closely the blued slide of the pistol. In its military version, the frame is left unfinishedBoth the SMC-918 and the RK-59 magazines are limited to 6 rounds, however, both handguns will accept the 7-round PA-63 magazine. Both guns make for excellent self-defense "pocket rockets" although the RK-59 has a weaker aluminum frame that was resolved in the subsequent production of the BR-61 and PA-63 with the ddition of 0.1% titanium. Both guns have a reasonably decent trigger although some complain about felt recoil. I personally found them to be rather comfortable to shoot compared to most small handguns. I had no trouble feeding FMJ and HP ammo (including Hornady XTP). They are accurate shooters and lend themselves to being excellent deep cover and self defense firearms. I liked them so much I added a few more since they were available. They are getting hard to find these days.- Black Blade
May 10 10 1:28 AM
I took out a few Spanish Star Super Modelo (and a Star A) guns to the gun club. These are C&R guns that are chambered in 9x23 Largo. The weather was overcast, at about 55F and a slight north-west crosswind. I had some 1977 9x23 mm Largo ammo to test out as well. The 9mm Largo is comparable to the .38 Super and in fact the Star Super Modelo A guns will shoot the .38 Super without any difficulty. I shot these guns the same day that I tested out the four Argentine FM Hi-Powers. left to right 9x17, 9x18, 9x19 and 9x23 (left to right: Star Super Modelo A and Star A 1922?)The Star A may be either a 1921 or 1922 version. These shoot the 9mm Largo but shooting the Super ,38 is apparently no recommended. All these guns shot very well with no misfires and all fed flawlessly. I was pleasantly surprised at how well these guns shot. They were fairly accurate and given that the ammo is relatively cheap when bought by the case, these are a decent bargain. They are rather accurate at about 25 yards. I don't know where we can get these guns anymore except for secondary auction sites.Sarco Inc. used to sell them for as little as $130 each. They do come in occasionally and I hear that Sarco may still have some from time to time in the future. However, the prices may increase should they become available again. Another potential problem is when the supply of surplus ammo dries up. So far I have a few cases but I should add more as the only other suppliers are commercial makers who make very limited runs. For now they are a "cheap" gun with (for now) availbale "cheap" ammo.- Black Blade
May 31 10 10:47 PM
Stoeger Industries is owned by Beretta and has facilities in Turkey. A Stoeger is essentially an inexpensive alternative to the Beretta brand gun. The firearms are made in Turkey, using Beretta factory tooling. Stoeger now produces Cougars in 9x19mm, .45 ACP, and .40 S&W. Only the full size models are being produced, with no current plans for a Mini Stoeger Cougar. Cougar 8000 series pistols are recoil operated, locked breech pistols. These pistols use a relatively rare rotating barrel locking system, in which the barrel rotates on recoil to unlock itself from the slide. The rotating motion of the barrel is controlled by the stud on its bottom, which follows the cam track in the steel frame insert. To decrease peak recoil and stress to the frame, the insert is mounted on the recoil spring and is buffered. I took a Stoeger Cougar 8000 (9x19mm) and Stoeger Cougar 8045 (45 ACP) to the gun club. Stoeger Cougar 8000 The weather was partly cloudy, temperatures about 65F and light wind from the south. I used a box of steel-cased Wolf and a box of Remmington ammo. The gun operated flawlessly and at 35 ft the shots were fairly consistent. 35 feetThe gun handles nicely and the recoil is almost unnoticeable. The pistol is a bit heavy as it is mostly metal. The DA trigger is a little long but not as though you would notice as it breaks clean and is very comfortable to shoot. The first double-action trigger is long and heavy at about 12 pounds. However, the single action is a very manageable four pounds with a reset distance of just over a quarter-inch. Like many modern semiauto loaders, the Cougar has a safety device that blocks the forward travel of the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled completely through its cycle.Stoeger 8045The Stoeger Cougar 8045 operated much the same as with the 9mm version. This gun with the 8-round was accurate and was very comfortable to shoot with moderate recoil. I used a box of Blazer ammo. I enjoyed shooting the Stoeger Cougar 8045 (45 ACP) as it was comfortable despite being a little on the heavy side for CCW use. I would like to get a larger capacity magazine rather than the 8+1 capacity. I would still give two thumbs up on the Stoeger Cougar 8000 and 8045. - Black Blade
Jun 3 10 11:51 PM
The Rock Island Armory .45 is standard 1911A1 manufactured in the Philippines. There is no firing pin or drop safety. The gun features the same low small GI sights seen on the original GI Colt 1911 handguns so this one is a good training gun for the "point shooting" method. The gun rattles slightly when shook but feels quite solid and surprisingly comfortable with the wraparound rubber grips. As long as the locking lugs and the barrel bushing are fitted properly, the gun will shoot well. The RIA gun is finished in a kind of phosphate finish. It does tend to discolor slightly when fired and the barrel heats up. That is normal and cleans up nicely with a good gun oil (I use Hoppes and Rem Oil). The gun felt very good in the hand and everything functioned well. When working the slide, the link felt right and the locking lugs seemed to roll into place. The magazine holds eight rounds. The price is a manageable $350 OTD and a screaming bargain in my opinion. I finally got to the gun club in the late afternoon. It was overcast, 76F and calm to very slight breeze. A perfect day for shooting. I set up three targets - three targets three guns - imagine that. I was generally testing for function and accuracy so I set up at about 30' from the targets.I used 230 grain Federal and Magtech FMJ ammo. The Sistema Colt (Argentine Ejercito) shot fairly well but was not as accurate as I had hoped being an unissued weapon that sat around for over 50 years. It did tend to drift left so I obviously need to work the sights. It also tended to be finicky with the aftermarket magazines lending to a few misfeeds. One thing I know is that to make these guns excellent requires a little gunsmithing. The Sistema Colt (Aeronautica Argentina) is a comfortable shooter and due to the modifications it is fairly accurate with a clean breaking trigger. The only down side would be the dark sites against a dark target - I may add "nite-siters" to address that issue. Other than that it is a great firearm. Even so, it was not the most accurate of the three. The Rock Island Armory 1911A1 is an amazingly fine accurate weapon right out of the box. I have shot many 1911 handguns including some very expensive brands and custom jobs. I would actually put this RIA 1911 up against any of them right out of the box. I got this from a gunsmith friend for a mere $350 out the door. If I wanted an inexpensive functionally perfect 1911, then this would be the one to get. While I was shooting I was thinking that I should perhaps get one or two more. I usually don't CCW my 1911 guns because I favor the Tokarev (7.62x25) with Wolf Gold HP or Glock 19 (9mm Lugar) with a German Makarov or P-64 BUG. That said, I do occasionally CCW my Sistema Colt (Aeronautica Argentina) in a Milt Sparks V2 holster with two extra magazines in a mag carrier. (Left to right: Sistema Colt Aeronautica Argentina, Sistema Colt Ejercito Argentina, and Rock Island Armory)In conclusion, if you want a good reasonably accurate 1911 for a decent price, then it would have to be the Rock Island Armory 1911. It was a spur of the moment purchase and I am glad I bought it. No need for paying through the nose for an expensive 1911 when they can likely be bested by the "cheap" RIA version. We have all heard the old lame "you get what you pay for" line before. This time "you get a helluva lot for what you pay for" with the RIA. Though the older C&R eligible Sistema Colts are very nice historical guns and I am glad I bought them, I also must concede that the RIA may well outlast them and for about half the price (at today's prices). If you want a 45 ACP 1911, then get the RIA while you can.UPDATE: I just added a Springfield 1911 to the mix. I went to the range yesterday and it doesn't seem to be as accurate for some reason. I was all over the target at the beginning.I adjusted the rear sight slightly and was a touch low and to the left. I adjusted agains and was btter sighted in on center but still now as accurate as the RIA or modiifed Colt Sistema (above). Ballester-Molina
I was able to procure a nice Argentine Ballster-Molina in near excellent condition. Production of the Ballester-Molina began in 1938 and ceased in 1953 making this pistol C&R eligible. As the Ballester-Molina was designed to serve alongside the M1927 that was currently in Argentine service, it bears a striking resemblance to the Colt M1911A1. The Ballester-Molina and the M1911 share an identical 7-round magazine, barrel, recoil spring, and barrel bushing. Although many other parts appear identical at first glance, they are not. Many parts are adaptable, however. The Ballester is also known as the "Hafdasa" after the initials of the company that made it. The Ballester Molina is a pistol that while is actually more a copy of a Spanish Star pistol rather than a 1911 Colt, was manufactured in .45 Caliber and has a few parts, mainly barrel, magazine, recoil spring, that are interchangeable with Colt 1911 parts. The Ballester Molina is a very well made and very accurate pistol. And can successfully compete with any .45 manufactured in those times. The Ballester Molinas were manufactured in Buenos Aires Argentina by HAFDASA (Hispano Argentina Fábrica de Automotores Sociedad Anonima)First there was one, now there are two
Jul 3 10 11:34 PM
Beretta is marketing the PX4sc as the most advanced subcompact sidearm in existence. It is lightweight and small. The barrel is stainless steel, to help prevent corrosion from perspiration. The magazine release button is both changeable (two sizes included) and reversible. Finally Beretta’s patented SnapGrip Magazine Extender, extends the grip size down for a more secure grip.
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