Flathead Valley Community College is hosting the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Program again this summer. 2014 will be the third year for this program at FVCC, the program has grown in attendance each year and this year should be no different. New classes are being offered so if you attended or looked at the offerings in the past there is probably something new for you this year.
Quality instruction is the name of the game at FVCC. The instructors for the Short Term Program are all top notch professionals who are well respected in the gunsmithing community. For instance, Lee Helgeland is one of the premier stockmakers in the nation. He has spent 30 years perfecting his craft and is a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild. Another instructor new to the Kalispell program this year, Sam Hatfield, certified NRA and Sig Academy Master Instructor. Sam was head gunsmith at Green Mountain Guns in Lakewood, Colorado and served as a member of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit as a gunsmith. Sam now owns Hatfields Gunsmithing Inc. in Manassas, VA.
To learn more about the instructors for this summers program check out this link:
New classes this year include “S&W Revolver Action Work”, “1911 Handgun AMU Accuracy Rebuilding” and “Accurate Reloading for the Hunter”. Perennial favorites like “Customizing AR-15 or AR-10″ and “Introduction to Checkering” will still be on the schedule.
If you have ever wanted to learn more about gunsmithing but can’t take of the two years necessary for most schools, the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Program is a great alternative. Classes normally run or one week, Monday through Friday. They are intensive hands on classes with small numbers of students, so you have great access to the instructor. This unique learning opportunity is set up as part of the Continuing Education Department of the College and the courses are non-credit.
If cost is a concern I noticed that the College has some Scholarships provided by NRA donations, details at this link:
An electronic copy of the brochure for these classes is available at this link:
A barrel should be inlet up to the center line of the bore, or in other words, half it’s diameter should be below the wood line. All too many new gunsmiths and hobby gunsmiths just inlet until they can get the screws into the action and call it good.
There is a simple way to make sure your barrel channel is deep enough so that the bore line will be aligned to the top of the stock. Take a square and place the outside 90 degree corner of the squared into the barrel channel. If the square touches on all three sides then the barrel channel is a half circle.
If the point at the bottom of the barrel channel touches and keeps the sides from contacting the top of the stock then your too shallow. Conversely, if the point of the square does not touch but both sides are in contact with the top of the stock then your past 50 percent depth.
Fred Zeglin is working on a series of booklets, “Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series”. This little how-to tip is just one peek into the upcoming books. What gunsmithing tips would interest you?
We reported on this gun when Miller Precision first introduced it on July 4th,2012. More recently they displayed the MPA300 at the SHOT Show, 2014. At Media Day they had several rifles there ready for writers to test.
Not too surprising, the writers all wanted to shoot the 300 Winchester in favor of the other models in 308 Winchester and 5.56 Nato.
The MPA300 has the distinction of being the only 300 Winchester Semi-auto on the market that is truly on the AR platform. While the upper, lower, magazine and bolt carrier are specific to the MPA, the rest of the parts are all AR-10 interchangeable. So you can dress your gun with any of the various features that are already on the market for the AR-10.
Media day turned out to be a real endurance test for the MPA300. When Brandon Miller saw that everyone wanted to shoot the 300 Winchester almost exclusively, he decided to see how long the gun would run without a cleaning. It went about 2700 rounds before the first malfunction. A quick inspection and cleaning had the gun back at the line and by the time the smoke cleared the gun had fired over 4000 rounds without a second failure.
Actions are machined from billet aluminum. These guys are selling quality, not big-box store discount products. Finishes for the Miller Precision guns are about as varied as you can ask for. Among other things they offer hydrographic coatings, so the choices are almost limitless. These guns are impressive.
Brandon Miller with his MPA300, Media Day 2014
At Shot Show 2014 Cabot Guns made quite a splash with their mirror image 1911 pistols. These two guns were true right and left hand 1911 pistols. The right had all the conventional controls, ie. safety, slide stop and magazine release that we are all used to.
The Left gun however was totally backwards (as you might expect) with the controls on the wrong side of the gun. Which makes sense when you see the scrimshaw by Darrel Morris on the grips. The Left gun has Piers Morgan on the right grip and Obamo on the left grip.
The Right hand gun has Ted Nugent on the left grip and G.W. Bush on the right side.
So when the two guns are muzzle to muzzle you have Morgan facing off with Nugent on one side and Obama with Bush on the other. The display highlights the great American gun debate.
The folks at Cabot Guns obviously have a sense of humor as well as a clear understanding of what will spark discussion. These presentation grade 1911 pistols show off the abilities of the company to produce high grade guns. These guns were the talk of the show, nearly everyone I talked to asked, “Have you seen the Right and Left guns at Cabot’s booth?”
Cabot Guns was launched in 2011. In a short time, the company has won two consecutive NRA National Pistol Championships. The Cabot 1911 has been described as “the Rolls Royce of 1911′s” by S.P. Fjestad, Author and Editor of the “Blue Book of Gun Values.
Kimber’s Micro .380 ACP pistols were not new for 2014 but they were available for testing at SHOT Show Media day 2014. The Micro includes many proven 1911 design elements that make them comfortable to carry, quick and safe to operate, and easy to shoot accurately.
Weighing just 13.4 ounces and with a barrel length of only 2.75 inches, they are ideal for concealed carry. Like most 380 pistols, the recoil was light and easy to handle. Sights were easy to pick up accuracy was good for a small pistol. If you have big hands this gun is probably not for you, I have average size hands and it was easy to control and manipulate for me.
Weighing less than 14 ounces empty. Slides on the Stainless and CDP models as well as all Micro barrels are machined from stainless steel for resistance to moisture and corrosion. All Micro frames are carved from aluminum.
In many ways the Micro is a miniature 1911, among the most important Micro design features is a single action trigger with a short, smooth pull that delivers accuracy and instills confidence. The thumb safety, slide release and magazine release are pure 1911.
Standard features include a lowered and flared ejection port for flawless ejection and a beveled magazine well for fast, positive loading. These are items that many shooters pay a lot of money to have added to a gun. Sights are steel mounted in machined dovetails for durability. Each Micro includes a flush-fitting 6-round magazine and an extended 7-round magazine is available as an accessory.
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Here is a sad fact about emergency situations: Without extensive daily training chance are your initial reaction will be less than perfect. In the case of life threatening situations, because of fear, panic, or adrenalin, 93 percent of first shots fired miss the intended target. This is easy to understand.
In the best of circumstances we all have a slight twitch when firing a gun. The best marksman learn to minimize the flinch or twitch. For instance, if your twitch puts you just 2 degrees off target at 20 feet you will be 9.1 inches off your intended point of aim. Obviously that is enough to cause a miss.
These facts caused the folks at Multiple Impact Bullets to invent a bullet that makes if for more likely a first shot will hit the target. A bullet enhanced with Multiple Impact™ Technology (a prior-to-impact expansion technology) is designed to compensate for most if not all of the typical marksman’s error caused by Last Second Twitch.
The new design divides a single projectile into 3 interconnected segments that will spread to a predetermined orientation and finite diameter when fired. Once deployed, the segments of the proprietary Wide Envelopment Bullet™ (W.E.B™) are tethered together (like a spider web), to offer the shooter a much wider impact zone, reducing the occurrence of missed shots and thereby reducing the risk of collateral damage. (A standard .45 cal slug is .452 inches in diameter and remains that way until it collides with something, where as a T3™ round of the same caliber can be made to expand (instantly upon leaving the barrel) to a predetermined diameter (range 6 “ to 16 “ or greater).
This one of a kind Accelerated Radial Spread™ makes possible a wide spread pattern that ensures a high hit probability for each and every shot, resulting in unprecedented accuracy/hit probability, ensuring the shooter a greater tactical advantage.
26 Nosler is a new cartridge design, it actually fills a niche in the factory cartridge world. Between the WSM cartridges and the RUM cartridges, the first being short action, the latter being full length magnum. So the 26 Nosler is in between.
This may not sound like a big deal but it was a very good idea for a 6.5mm Magnum. When the 7mm or 300 Remington Ultra Mag is necked to 6.5mm it’s not very satisfactory. The case capacity is far overbore for the 6.5mm bore, so accuracy suffers and finding a good load is difficult.
By reducing case capacity as Nosler has done with this new design they have brought the balance between bore and capacity back into a range where load development is easier and barrel life will be better than with the full length RUM wildcat such as the 6.5MM UltraCat originated by Z-Hat Custom back in 1999.
Designed with a maximum cartridge O.A.L. of 3.340”, the 26 Nosler cartridge functions in a standard length magnum action with a 3.400″ magazine box. It is very similar in length to a 300 Winchester magnum case. This equates to a shorter bolt through and lighter weight gun than with the full length magnums like the 300 H&H or 7mm RUM.
The 26 Nosler is capable of pushing a 130gr bullet at a Muzzle Velocity of 3400 fps according to Nosler. With that kind of velocity bullets must be made for the extra stress that velocity will bring to the jacket. No disrespect to Nosler but this is a job for a NorthFork Bullet if I ever saw one.
The 26 Nosler is a non-belted, 6.5mm centerfire rifle cartridge. With a useable case capacity of 93 grains of water, the 26 Nosler is speedy, it outperforms the 264 Win Mag by over 200 fps with a 130 gr bullet. Loaded with the 129gr AccuBond-LR, the 26 Nosler retains as much velocity at 400 yards as the 260 Remington produces at the muzzle.
Zeroed at 350 yards, the 26 Nosler has a maximum point blank range (PBR) of 415 yards. It appears from the chart at the right that Nosler is figuring 5 inches +or- form zero to get to that 415 yard point blank range.
Nosler’s choice of a 6.5mm cartridge is a good one, sectional density and high ballistic coefficients make 6.5mm a good bet. Retained energy and accuracy at long range is always good with a 6.5mm. This will be a good cartridge for wide open western hunting for deer class animals. Thumbs Up!
Found this little goodie at Media Day for Shot Show. You might imagine seeing the Sharps name that has always been associated with single shots and then seeing nothing but AR-15 rifles in the booth. I took a double take… which is probably what they were hoping for all the writers that visited the event.
Having been in the gun business for so many years I have seen the rebirth of many company names. Some have been successful and others have quickly died away. No telling what will happen with this new company. Sharps Rifle Company (SRC) is one of several brands, (five at present) under the one roof.
Turns out the item of interest was the 25-45 SRC cartridge. This is the most recent iteration of a wildcat most commonly known as a 25/223 Remington. Another well known variation came out in 1987 as the 25 TCU (Thompson Center Ugalde). The TCU version was designed for metalic silhouette competition. Of course that cartridge was intended for use in a 14″ barrel from a Contender pistol. While they are not interchangeable the two cartridges are very similar. Ahh, what’s old is new again. I sense a theme here.
- 65 Grain Rapid Expansion Varmint is advertised at 3300 feet per second from a 20″ barrel.
- 87 Grain soft point or FMJ loads are advertised at 3000 feet per second also from a 20″ barrel.
Of course, headstamped brass and commercially loaded ammo is always a selling point and SRC is offering just that. For more information on the brands and products associated with SRC click here.
DuraCoat is finally available in an aerosol can. This new aerosol was made possible by the development of this new “can in a can” technology which allows the components to mix inside the can.
This product differs from some other finishing products in that the product is activated, so it must be used within 48 hours of activation. Some gunsmiths and hobbyist are concerned about buying large quantities of product. For small shops this may be a great answer to that inventory problem.
Colors available in this new form are Matte Black, OD Green, Pink Lady, Magpul flat Dark Earth, White, Black-Hawk Coyote Tan, Combat Gray, and Woodland Green. Each 12 ounce can contains enough material to coat two rifles.
Available from www.lauerweaponry.com