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Sunday, January 29, 2017

From the Bench!

A long time friend asks if I can "clean up" his fathers and then his shotgun.  It was my friends first one and says it has sit for several decades.  I say of course.  

He brings me a Remington Model 58 in 16 gauge.  This is the first gas operated model offered by Remington.  I get to it. 

  
















































Disassembly quickly showed that everything needed a bath.

 Everything that could fit got stuffed into a ultrasonic cleaner.  Springs were replaced and attention was given to the gas selector knob.  You controlled the amount of gas to the action of the shotty by selecting "H" or "L" denoting high or low brass.   I used sight paint to bring that back. 



  

































Then the shell latches came out.  Supposedly you CAN reassemble the gun without staking them back in but that seems to require about 4 hands, a third eye, and a dead chickens fresh blood arrayed in a replica of the Remington logo.  I got the tool to put them back in. 



Then attention to the metal.  Look at the engraving! 


Finally get it all back together. 




 























Now the best part.  Function check!  It shot fantastic.
Although only made from 1956 to 1963, this shotgun and the lessons learned from it morphed into the venerable Model 1100 that is still made today.  

I am very proud to give this shotty back to my friend so that he can pass it down to his grandson when the time comes.  What a great piece of history.  Thanks for dropping it off my friend!  
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

From the Bench

A Remington Model 58 shotgun in 16 ga.  Been busy.  Be right back with all the details on this first autoloader from Remington.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Belts.... Many of them.

So, I received a free belt for review here in June.  From Kore Essentials.  They call it a EDC belt.  

The thing most people don't do is spend as much time researching and testing the holster and belt they use as much as they do the handgun.  That is sad, as they all must work together well.  Obviously belts such as these really are nice, but not up to the demands of hanging a handgun off of them:

   



















My goto belts for OWB and IWB work well, yet scream "GUN" to those that know and are not quite as stylish as this belt.  


















See what I mean? 

So the first thing of note on this belt is the lack of holes.  Second is the ratchet release on the bottom of the buckle.  The belt comes ready to fit any waist from "24 to "54 inches.  Cut at the desired length, attach the buckle and you are ready to go.  















I am also told the buckle can work in a pinch as a bottle opener, but I have not tested that =) 

Being able to adjust the belt in 1/4 inch increments gives me a bit of tighter control in adapting between OWB and IWB carry as opposed to traditional belts where I usually have to punch a hole where I need one.  

See what I mean?
























I find this belt to be up to the task for handguns up to 4 pounds.  

A truly ingenious design and well crafted.  I recommend if you are looking for a carry belt to at least try one of these.  

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

  


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BRB!

Going to the land of horses and bourbon. Colt Collectors Convention in KY this week. 

Great shirt and blinged out name tag, huh?  

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tap, Tap, Tap. Is this thing still on?




















I'm still here!  It's been sorta interesting here this summer.  I'll try to at least post something once a week again.  

The test between the first gen Colt Mustang and the new XSP is barely underway. I'll post something about that shortly. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NRA Annual Meeting

So on May 19th, I left for the NRAAM in Louisville KY. Met up with some friends for Dinner upon arrival and showed up the next day at the Media desk to check in. 

"Blogger huh?" They pull this blog up and much hilarity ensued. 

Behind the media desk shot as this Blog is pulled up =) 

















80 Thousand + attendees. About the same as Indy, but I found the venue not as crowded. May have just been me though. 


 






















Attend an Instructor update. Although I can understand instructor push back to the new blended learning, I also understand instructor's negative feedback. I have no solution to this change in format except to say it appears the NRA is protecting itself on professional and legal levels with the blended online and instructor approach. 

 

















Over 700 instructors attended this seminar. 


So, off to a booth or two:

























Convention staff all said the same thing. Attendees were polite and well mannered. LPD Officers actually thanked me for being there. That seems to be a standard of these annual meetings.

See you in Atlanta in 2017! 

 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

NRAAM

NRA instructor meeting! 700 or so of us!