Popular new Cartridge for 2014.
Shot Show is just a few weeks away, Fred Zeglin of 4D Reamer Rentals LTD heads to Shot each year to make sure he has all the new caliber offerings for his clients. Last year is was the 26 Nosler and the 25-45 Sharps (SRC).
So far the information leaks about new cartridges for 2015 have been controlled, no sneak peaks at what is coming from the factories. However, Fred says there are new wildcats getting some attention.
6mm Creedmoor has already been added to 4D’s list of reamers you can rent. It looks like wildcats on the 26 Nosler case are what will be hot in 2015. Those calibers will include:
- 25 Nosler
- 27 Nosler
- 28 Nosler
- 30 Nosler
- 33 Nosler
- 35 Nosler
- 375 Nosler
- 416 Nosler
All of these wildcats based on the 26 Nosler case will use the same headspace gauges, they are simply necked up, or in the case of the 25 necked down versions of the parent case.
6mm Grendel and 6.8mm Grendel are making waves too. Both of these are based on the popular 6.5 Grendel. If you’re a bolt action fan these cartridge are available in a configuration better suited to a bolt gun as the BPC (Borden Palmisano Cartridge) series, all using the same gauges.
Look for 4D Reamer Rentals to add all these reamers and more in 2015.
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.
Katrin Frye of Montana Public Radio reported on both the NRA Short Term Gunsmith program and the new full time college credit certificate available at FVCC in Kalispell, MT. The link below will take you direct to the audio file.
Filed under Firearms, Gunsmithing, How To, Pistol, Rifles, Rimfire, Second Amendment, Shooting, Shotgun, Stocks, tools
Flathead Valley Community College will launch a new two-semester evening Firearms Technologies Certificate starting this fall. The 27-credit program will feature curriculum developed to support the growing firearms industry in the Flathead Valley in Montana as well as across the country.
One of only a few colleges in the nation to offer firearms related programs. FVCC has taken a unique approach, developing the program as an enhancement to its existing industrial machine technology program introduced last year under the Department of Labor “Amplifying Montana’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Industry” grant (#TC-23760-12-60-A-30). This approach will make FVCC the only school that focuses on manufacture of firearms and related parts.
The new program will provide students the opportunity to incorporate advanced machining skills with an understanding of firearms operational systems. Courses are tailored to emphasize the manufacturing of firearm components.
Fred Zeglin, curriculum coordinator for the program, developed the courses under the guidance and input from local firearms manufacturers. “Manufacturers say they are seeking trained machinists who understand firearms. Classes have been designed to build understanding of a wide variety of firearms and the way that they function.” said Zeglin.
Emphasis will be placed upon the completion of several gunsmithing projects involving blueprints and schematics using a combination of both hand and machine tools. This program will provide a clear understanding of firearms design and function, enabling graduates to assist with design implementation or tolerance issues in manufacturing environments.
The program will be held in the evenings with labs during the daytime on Friday and Saturday. Course topics will include firearms introduction and safety; manual mill and lathe systems; bench metal techniques; firearms theory and firearms repair; machine tools for gunsmiths; and precision rifle building. This selection of courses are designed to increase the marketable skills of the students in the manufacturing realm.
The program will be marketed nationwide bringing focus to the local industry. Prospective students must apply both to the program and for admission to FVCC. Program applications are due August 1 at 4 p.m. Applications are available online at http://www.fvcc.edu/firearms or in the Admissions Office in Blake Hall on the FVCC Kalispell campus. For more information, contact Jori Bullemer at 756-3905 or email@example.com or Will Richards at 756-4862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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