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North American Arms, Ranger II

2018 SHOT Show release.

The Ranger II is a tip up action.  If you love those old “Lemon Sqeezers” and other top break action revolvers.  Here is a chance to have a brand new gun of good quality.  Available in either a convert able with two cylinders for 22 LR and 22 Magnum.  Or there is a single cylinder version in 22 Magnum only.

Naturally NAA is already providing accessories for the Ranger II like holsters and Branded Gun rugs.

Why Ranger II?   Well some of you might remember back in 2012, North American Arms (NAA) released a limited run of the Ranger break-top Mini revolver. Inspired by the Navy Schofield Founder’s Model .45 Colt.  Save for the fact that is was expensive to produce compared to other guns in the line, it was a hit with critics and consumers alike. Then the Ranger was discontinued and work began on a more competitively price Ranger II. NAA’s long awaited break-top was originally expected in 2016, it’s finally in production as of the NASGW Expo.   This will be one to check out at SHOT Show.

Caliber: .22 Magnum or convert able to 22 LR
Capacity: 5
Length: 5.16″
Height: 2.81″
Width: 1.06″
Weight: 6.9 oz.
Barrel Length: 1.63″
Sights: Bead Sight
Action: Single Action
Grips: Rosewood Bird’s Head NAA-22MC-BTII 22 Magnum, Ranger II Break-Top – 1 5/8″ Barrel

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Swedish Invade the U.S.

Well, in the economic sense at least.

Perhaps some of you have been under a rock the last ten years or so and have not noticed the increase in desire for what I like to call, #TactiCool rifles.  Basically that means everybody is trying to make rifles look like and AR, AK, or PRS type of gun.

So, that calls for all kinds of widgets and whizzbang goodies that look like you could snap it on and AR and be the coolest new kid at the range.  Now of course some of these products have real value and perform as designed.  I think I found one that I will be looking for at SHOT Show, in fact I liked it so much I made an appointment to see it.  Total confession I don’t make many appointments, mostly I just come and go as I please, there is so much going on that it can be hard to make it to an appointment at a set time.

Stop blathering and tell us what it is already…  Yes, I can hear you saying that.

Well, this is a gunsmithing blog after all.  So this is an item that a gunsmith might offer to the #TactiCool crowd and make more money.  Best of all it is professional in design and installation, so it makes us all look good.  Seller and buyer.

Kalix Teknik Inc. is the home of this product with two model variations called the CR1 and CR2.  The CR1 is a product for the market I described at the beginning of this post.  Long range and PRS (Precision Rifle Series) shooters will like this adjustable cheek piece.  “What’s new about that?” you ask.  Mainly that it is a high quality unit that can be added to and existing gun.  The company even offers a jig for gunsmiths for fast and accurate installation.

The CR2 will be more of a sporting version that shooters have seen on shotguns and rifles in the past.  The CR2 is a hidden installation with no exterior knobs or screws on the stock.  In the video below the mechanism is demonstrated on a sporter stock.  Note that no tools are required to adjust or lock the cheek piece at the desired height.

 

Finally, here is the jig they offer.

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The stock is placed in the fixture for that CR1 can be installed.

I will let you know what I find out at the show…

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Gun Safety and Children

The Month of June is:

Project ChildSafe’s Friends & Family Campaign

Just recently, I watched my adult son working with his 5 year old, my youngest grandson. He was showing him the single shot rifle built by me many years ago to teach my kids to shoot.  Of course it was cool to see the gun being used by another generation.  But even better, as my son spoke, I heard the gun safety speech that I gave him over 20 years earlier.  Now that is a legacy I am proud of.

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My little grandson looked up into his Dad’s face and told him before his pop could even start the safety lesson, “You have to ask permission to touch a gun.”  That tells you that he has already learned a valuable gun safety lesson and knows it will be enforced.

During the Month of June the NSSF is sponsoring a campaign the teach gun safety to the next generation.  Get involved, go to their site and learn more about how you can help your family be safe with firearms.   Oh, did I mention there is a chance to win some cool stuff too?

Firearms have given me a wonderful career and hobby.  Respect for and attention to the safe use and handling of firearms insures the safety of the shooter as well as anyone in range.  Think, and be safe.

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FVCC Announces registration for Firearms Program

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Learn to build guns in a challenging program that really delivers.

Fall of 2017 the Firearms Technology Certificate program at Flathead Valley Community College is well established.  This will be the fourth year for this one of a kind program. This is the only such program in the United States and in 2016 was expanded to accommodate 16 full time students.

If you want to work in firearms manufacturing , this is the program.  Designed to help machinists gain skills and a “vocabulary” for the firearms manufacturing field, ultimately making them more employable.  The courses are constructed specifically to give the student a mechanical and ballistic understanding of firearms so that they comprehend how the parts they are building fit into the firearm system.  Issue like headspace, chamber pressure, accuracy and manufacturing tolerances are a major focus.

Employers have stated that this program give students the building blocks they need to be valuable in the firearms building business.

The instructor is quoted as saying, “This is a truly challenging and informative program. Students can come away with a wealth of knowledge and tools if they choose to apply themselves.  There is nothing more satisfying than sharing knowledge and giving someone with passion a leg up on the firearms trade.” Measure the bore to work with the reamer.

Click here to go to the College web site for more info.

Here are a couple of news item on the program.

http://mtpr.org/post/training-gun-manufacturing-workforce

Clean that barrel for accuracyhttp://www.kpax.com/story/28871942/fvcc-teaching-firearm-technology-class-answering-job-demand

To register for the program, contact Will Richards at
756-4862 or wrichards@fvcc.edu.

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22 Nosler

Just in time for SHOT Show 2017 Nosler announced the release of the 22 Nosler®, a cartridge designed to transform any standard AR-15 into the fastest, most powerful .22 caliber available for the platform.

This addition to Nosler’s cartridge family, delivers 30% more energy and is nearly 300 fps faster than a 223 Remington/ 5.56 NATO.

 

22 Nosler’s case design takes advantage of the AR-15’s unparalleled modular design, making the conversion from a standard 223 Remington/ 5.56 NATO to the 22 Nosler® simple with the least amount of modification. Simply swap out the upper to the new chambering, switch to a 6.8 Rem SPC magazine and use your existing 223 bolt carrier group.

The AR-15 is indisputably one of the most popular firearms among shooting enthusiasts across the globe” said John Nosler, Executive Vice President for the company. “While there are other hard-hitting cartridges that exist for the platform, as far as .22 caliber is concerned, nothing compares to the performance of our newly engineered 22 Nosler case.” Approaching 22-250 velocities in a significantly smaller package the 22 Nosler will attract many new shooters.

The 22 Nosler® is a SAAMI standardized cartridge making for consistent brass and chamber dimensions industry wide. The company will be supporting the new cartridge with Nosler® Brass and ammunition, with plans to chamber their full line of M48 bolt action rifles in 24” barrel configurations in the future.

Nosler® Trophy Grade™ Ammunition— 55gr. Ballistic Tip
–    3,500 fps (24” SAAMI test bbl) | 3,350 fps (18” gas-op semi auto)

Nosler® Match Grade™ Ammunition— 77gr. Custom Competition
–    3,100 fps (24” SAAMI test bbl) | 2,950 fps (18” gas-op semi auto)

4D Reamer Rentals LTD has already ordered reamers and gauges for this cartridge.  This will make custom gunsmiths and their customers happy.

 

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Remington Agrees to Replace Triggers

Remington has manufactured millions of rifles on the basic Remington 700 pattern over the years (about 7.85 million by one report).  At least two class action law suits are included in this settlement filed in Federal Court.  Settlement announce December 5th, 2014.

The settlement covers the Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722 and 725.  Any person who owns one of these rifles may if they so choose have the trigger replaced by Remington.

In Remington’s Quarterly report to investors in September of 2014, Remington revealed it had set aside $29.7 million in what the company called a “Model 700 settlement reserve.”

Watch the CNBC report: Remington 700 triggers to be replaced.

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Multiple Impact Bullet, SHOT Show 2014

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.

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Who Says She’s Not a Hunting Dog?

My Hunting Dog

Who Says She’s Not a Hunter.

 

When they were in velvet.

Just for Fun!

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P.O. Ackley and the Trinidad Gunsmithing School

In post World War II, veterans were looking for a way to receive training so that they could start new careers.  Untold numbers of vets wrote to P.O. Ackley requesting training.

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Ackley returned home from a vacation to find a huge pile of mail on a desk in his office, all from men seeking a chance to learn gunsmithing.  P.O. had tried to train a few men in his business but found that it was counterproductive.  He took the mountain of mail to the Junior College in Trinidad and suggested they start a school to deal with the hundreds of G.I.s who had returned home and had veterans benefits to spend for training.

The school agreed to set up a program and in short order the first round or classes began.  P.O. Ackley taught at the school for the first three years of it’s operation.  He also helped choose instructors who could pass along quality training to the vets.

Ackley left Trinidad in 1951 when his business was sold to an out of state concern.  But the school lives on and is still training gunsmiths today.

A new book on P.O. Ackley will be available in 2017, it will cover his entire career.  From 1936 to 1989 Ackley manufactured scope mounts and barrels, he wrote articles and books, and he was “The Gunsmith’s Gunsmith”.  No other gunsmith of the 20th century was as influential in the firearms trade.  Six years of research have produced an amazing amount of new and interesting information.  You may think you know about Ackley, but trust me, when you read this book you will learn so much more…  

Book has recently been published, “P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith”

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8th Annual Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair

This conference has become an important part of the firearms trade, helping gunsmiths and employers to locate each other.

The Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair is the perfect venue for prospective, student or working gunsmiths to interact the with industry’s top employers and personalities. Further, it’s great opportunity for those firearm-related companies looking for qualified gunsmiths, or to show off their products to key customers. As in year’s past, there will be no charge for individuals or companies to attend. The industry-exclusive event will again be held at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa, April 1-2, 2014.

In addition to the unique networking and potential employment opportunities, the Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair will feature a host of seminars ranging from firearm-specific topics to business tips for gun shop owners.

Among the speakers already signed up are Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Les Baer, owner of Les Baer Custom, Stan Chen, owner of Stan Chen Custom, Jason Hornady, Vice President of Hornady Manufacturing, and legendary gunsmiths and gunmakers Joe Balickie, Jerry Fisher, Ron Power, Sharon Dressel and more. Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Manufacturing will deliver the keynote address at Wednesday evening’s banquet.

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