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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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Gunsmith Writes About P.O. Ackley

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A new book from Gun Digest Media, P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith by author and gunsmith Fred Zeglin; takes the most comprehensive look ever into the life and work of Parker Ackley, the eminent gunsmith, barrel maker, teacher and cartridge developer. The book is set for release the week of March 6, 2017

Ten years of extensive research highlights not just the history of cartridge and rifle development, but a never-before-seen look at a humble man who influenced nearly everything we know about shooting and ballistics today. Ackley’s ideas on reloading, rifle accuracy, safety, cartridge choice, and wildcats are just as relevant for modern “gun cranks” as they were in Ackley’s heyday.

This hardcover, 256-page study of P.O. Ackley’s work is the first in Gun Digest Media’s Heritage Series celebrating the iconic guns, designers and manufacturers who shaped today’s firearms landscape. The book is illustrated with never-before-seen photos from personal archives of Ackley’s friends, family, and associates. From the dusty, oil rag-covered machine shops of Ackley’s early years, to stunning modern-day firearms chambered in Ackley’s timeless wildcats.  A full-color center section brings the story to life.

From the Foreword of the Book

“It is a difficult task to write a book that is equal parts technical manual and biography, yet Fred Zeglin has done just that. Within the covers of this book you’ll find the history of P.O. Ackley, and a glimpse into the man’s life, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the cartridges that he left behind. And, as a wonderful bonus to those of us who still tinker with copper, lead and brass, there is a wealth of handloading recipes for the Ackley cartridges, using modern powders and projectiles, to allow today’s shooter to connect with the wildcatter of yesteryear.” Phillip Massaro

About the Author

Fred Zeglin has been building custom hunting rifles for over thirty years. Zeglin has taught classes for the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing program at three separate colleges and is the Coordinator/Instructor for the Firearms Technology Program at Flathead Valley Community College. He has published two books; Hawk Cartridges Manual and Wildcat Cartridges, Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design he has also contributed to numerous publications.  Fred has worked with American Gunsmithing Institute to produce two instructional DVDs, Taming Wildcats and Reloading A to Z.

Comments on the book from others:

“The book is great, I am very happy with it. I’ve told every one who would be interested in it to get it. Thanks so much for honoring Grandpa with such a great book.” Ron Pearson, P.O. Ackley’s Grandson.

“P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith” is so extensive and so well done, I am at a loss to adequately describe it!”  Dennis “Mike” Bellm, the last guy to buy out P.O. Ackley’s shop.

P.O. Ackley: America’s Gunsmith by Fred Zeglin, Gun Digest Media, ISBN-13: 978-1-4402-4759-0

Buy this book here.

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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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A Couple of Lessons on Chamber Reamers

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Chamber reamers are pretty complex tools that incorporate all the features of the chamber into one form cutting tool.

At right is pictured the tip of a chamber reamer.  You can see from left to right the shoulder, neck, throat, and pilot.  Note that the pilot appears to be short for the reamer.  It was not short when the pilot bushing was new.

A novice used this tool, the bushing was too tight a fit for the bore.  Proper fit is .0005″ to .001″ under the bore diameter.  That makes for a nice slip fit of the bushing to the bore of the barrel.  The pilot bushing rides on the lands of the barrel.

How do I know the bushing was too tight for the bore?

Evidence of poor pilot fit.

Simple, the bushing was forced back onto the cutting edge hard enough that the throat actually cut the back of the pilot.  Note in the picture at left, the same busing off the reamer.  You can see where the tool cut the bushing.  This portion of the reamer is not very sharp as it was never intended to cut anything.  So that is how I know this bushing was forced into a tight bore.

The primary reason for using removable pilot bushings is so that you can match the pilot to the bore of your barrel.  No need to force things.

You know this guy has no idea how a reamer works…

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The reamer at right was “sharpened” by a “gunsmith”.  The large flat running down the center of the picture has two grinds.  The fat grind closer to the top of the picture us a relief grind, meaning it will never touch the barrel, it is clearance ground to make sure that chips will not get caught behind the cutting edge.

The narrow grind just below the relief grind is where the actual cutting edge is located.  This grind is also relief ground just slightly.  Only the very edge where the grind meets the flute is actually touching the barrel during chambering.  If you stone on the outside grinds of the reamer the dimensions change very quickly because the geometry of the cutting edge and the clearance grind.  Never stone on the outside edge unless you have been trained to do so.

If you look inside the flute on top of the cutting edge where the chips gather during cutting that is the area that you can stone without changing the dimensions of the reamer (in the picture here that would be visible above the grinds we just discussed, of course each flute is one cutting edge).  Again, because of the geometry of the reamer stoning on this inside edge changes dimensions such a tiny amount that it should not create any problems with chamber size if you don’t get carried away.  Normally all that is needed is the cleaning of metal built up on the cutting edge, no real stoning of the reamer itself.

When I look at the picture of the reamer above, I laugh because you can see where the “gunsmith” stoned on the relief grind.  Since this part of the reamer never touches the barrel at anytime it is clear that this guy had no idea how the tool works.  If you don’t know how a tool works, it’s a safe bet you have no business trying to sharpen it.  Send it to the reamer maker if your not sure, its cheaper that an angry customer.

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