Rifled Slugs for Slugging Rifles

Guest Blogger, Robart Schaefer

If you need to determine the bore diameter of a firearm, whether it be to get the exact SluggerHV_box_slugright size for cast bullets, or perhaps to identify the caliber, one of the best ways to do that is to slug the bore. This involves pushing a piece of lead, a slug, through the barrel and then measuring it. Usually, this requires a fair bit of pounding, especially if you do not have a slug that is close to the bore diameter. I have developed a method, however, that requires only a few light taps from a non-marring hammer and a standard cleaning rod.

Most shooters are familiar with “rifled slugs” for shotguns like these from Remington: Most people believe, or assume, that the grooves on the outside of the slug are there to cause the projectile to spin, thus giving it stability. This is partly true, although it is a clever bit of marketing to give a helical shape to the grooves; they do little for stability. The stability comes from the center of gravity being in the front of the projectile, like a badminton birdie. The primary purpose of the grooves is to allow the slug to stay in contact with the inside of the bore, creating a tight seal and not destroying the barrel when it exits through the choke, the restriction at the muzzle of most shotguns. The grooves give the ridges a place to swag into without causing undue pressure.

So, “What does this have to do with the price of beer in Milwaukee?” you might ask. Well, I bought an old Swiss Vetterli rifle at a gun show, and I want to shoot it but, 10.4x38Rmm Swiss Vertterli rimfire is just about as rare

as hens’ teeth. With these archaic, and foreign, cartridges it can be difficult to find reliable information on them. In fact, this cartridge was dropped from Swiss military use before 1900 (that’s before the internet so there is literally no information on it). The lack of information is made worse by the fact that a lot of cartridges of this era were paper patched so many publications will list the bore size as the lead projectile size which is 1410991432-Black-Powder-and-Round-Balls-packagingabsolutely incorrect because there would have been paper taking up the extra space in the bore.

When I went to slug the bore of this rifle, I had no pure soft lead (recommended for this operation) that was close to the diameter; my only two choices were 36 and 45 caliber round balls. I was standing in my shop thinking how to make a 45 caliber ball smaller in diameter when I realized I didn’t even know how small to make it, and all I really wanted to do was make it easier to push through the bore. Well, this is how shotguns do it so it should work for my needs, too.

First, use a pair of pliers to form consistent grooves around the equator of the ball. (if you have trouble finding the equator, look in the tropics, where you can find bright red tourists, drinking out of coconuts).  I used a pair of dial calipers to check the diameter was close enough to the bore diameter so that the ball would start into the muzzle of the gun.

Many types of lube will work for slugging, my favorite is Lucas Red n Tacky #2 grease.  They use it in race cars, so you know its the right choice for an old black powder rifle. Place the ball in the muzzle being careful to keep it straight (this makes it easier to push through the bore).

Use a non-marring hammer to start the ball into the bore.  You should only need a couple of light taps to get it started.  This could be a done with a muzzle loading ball starter if you have one of an appropriate size.  Then just push the ball through the bore.  I used a 3/16″ brass rod, but a one piece cleaning rod would suffice.  The force required is akin to seating a patched round ball in a muzzle loading rifle.

The slug came out with the ridges of the rifling clearly impressed into the grooves of the ball.  The groove diameter of my rifle is .419″ and is has a bore diameter of .397″.

 

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The G1 YEET CANNON™ Has Arrived

MKS Supply, Inc., Dayton, OH, July, 2019 – 

Yeet Cannon G1

The G1 Yeet Cannon

Hi-Point’s recent Name The Nine contest for its new 9mm pistol coming out later this year exploded the internet; more than 313,000 votes were cast on the Hi-Point website and more than 450,000 comments were made on other sites. The verdict? Hi-Point’s new 9mm pistol will be called the YC9 and it will be released late in 2019.  Talk about a huge social media coupe!

In the Burger King™  age, nobody wants to wait, so the clamor rose loudly to also yeet up the long established and popular Model C9. To comply with the demand, limited numbers of the current Model C9 will be made with YEET CANNON G1 laser engraved on the slide. The laser engraved letters are big and bold; this is no gun for the shy! This additional work will add approximately $20 to the price of this limited edition engraved Model C9, bringing the MSRP to $179.

Yeet definitions are all over the place but the definition chosen to represent the Hi-Point pistols is the primary Urban Dictionary definition: To discard an item at high velocity. In this case, the “item” being discarded at high velocity is a bullet. YEET CANNON is trademarked by Hi-Point Firearms.

Exclusive Marketer of the G1 Yeet Cannon is:

MKS Supply, LLC

8611-A North Dixie Drive, Dayton OH 45414

www.mkssupply.com

(937) 454-0363

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Erich Pratt on the New Zealand Mass Shooting

The Daily Caller ran an opinion editorial that I authored on 3-19-2019, detailing the misinformation and misreporting that the media is circulating in the aftermath of what happened in New Zealand.

Here are the three main points, which can be seen in my Daily Caller article here:

  1. New Zealand has far greater gun control than we have in the United States. More gun control has not made people any safer.
  2. The killer broke off the attack, only after being confronted with a weapon. It’s not your typical “good guy with a gun” story, but lives were still saved — and few outlets have mentioned it.
  3. There is documented evidence that media reporting on mass shootings has actually fueled great anger and mayhem and … death.

On this last point, how convenient that the media avoids any accountability by shifting the focus away from themselves and, instead, are calling for Second Amendment restrictions.

Several media outlets are falsely claiming that Australia’s gun confiscation lowered crime rates and stopped mass shootings from occurring.

And they make these claims, hoping to gin up support for a ban on commonly-owned firearms here.

But both of these assertions are false, as my article shows.

One thing is for sure, however. Given that New Zealand already registers semi-automatic firearms, officials will now have a target list which they can turn into a gun confiscation list.

And just as gun confiscation failed to stop mass killings and mass shootings in Australia, it will most certainly not make the people any safer in New Zealand.

Both of these countries are reminders that the anti-gun Left will keep pushing for gun control until they get their desired goal — gun confiscation.

That is why we cannot compromise. And here at Gun Owners of America, we will not compromise.

Thanks so much for standing with us.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director, Gun Owners of America
Follow me on Twitter: @erichmpratt

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March 20, 2019 · 9:30 am

FreedomCoin Introduced at SHOT Show 2019

GunBroker.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for hunting, outdoor sports, and firearm products, is offering its millions of users a different way to buy and sell online by introducing FreedomCoin, a regulatory compliant cryptocurrency. This secure digital payment option is more convenient and typically less expensive than money orders, credit cards, and other digital wallets. As companies such as PayPal turn their back on legal firearms sales, GunBroker.com is moving to empower the users on its site to complete simple, trusted transactions as they see fit.

GunBroker.com users can buy FreedomCoins with U.S. dollars and store them in personal, secure blockchain wallets until needed. Buyers and sellers can choose to accept and use FreedomCoin for transactions on the website.  “We’ve heard the pain points of our merchant community. GunBroker.com is tapping blockchain technology to replace the need for other costly and time-consuming payment options,” explained Patricia W. Huff, Director of Marketing at GunBroker.com. “FreedomCoin represents the future of payments and an opportunity for people to use regulated cryptocurrencies for everyday purchases.”

The digital wallets are powered by BitRail, a blockchain-backed infrastructure that enables organizations to operate regulatory compliant cryptocurrencies for payments.  Users can quickly convert funds from dollars to FreedomCoin and back again though an easy-to-use app. The platform provides the same buyer protections as credit cards but includes an additional layer of security through blockchain verification, two-factor authentication, and price volatility management.  “Unlike the cryptocurrencies you hear about in the news such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, FreedomCoin is a stable coin pegged to the dollar,” said Jay Zwitter, GunBroker.com Director of Sales. “FreedomCoins will not lose value after you purchase them.”

Setting up a wallet is simple and only requires a valid email, phone number, and the last four digits of a Social Security number, which is the same information GunBroker.com already requires. Safeguards built into the platform help prevent fraud and ensure complete regulatory compliance. Information about who buys or sells what will not be openly shared on the blockchain and will remain private.

To get started with FreedomCoin, and to see a demo of how the platform works, visit www.FreedomCoin.cc.

If you are at SHOT Show, stop by the GunBroker.com booth: #15147.

 About GunBroker.com

GunBroker.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for firearms, ammo and accessories.

About FreedomCoin

FreedomCoin is a stable, legally compliant utility token available for simple, trusted transactions on the BitRail infrastructure and supported by the issuing entity FreedomCoin Inc. Based in the United States FreedomCoin Inc facilitates the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies by consumers and demands the highest standards of legal compliance. The company adheres to local money transmitter regulations and ensures FreedomCoin is both KYC and AML compliant. FreedomCoin is a stable coin pegged to the U.S. dollar and is the preferred payment method and partner of GunBroker.com.

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EFK Fire Dragon, Pistol Barrels

EFK Fire Dragon a manufacturer of recoil reduction systems, ported compensators and produces both ported and standard barrels for your particular application and need.  As most shooters know, the effect of porting and/or compensators is to limit the guns vertical movement during recoil.  Faster target acquisition and second shots (and follow up shots) are made possible by compensators.

EFK Fire Dragon manufactures models to fit every major brand of firearms. Products are being made for most gun models including Colt, Glock, Beretta, Taurus, Tangfolio, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Springfield, Norinco, Lama, Ruger, Auto-Ordinance, A.M.T., Para Ordinance, Sigma, and Sig Sauer.

Thier barrels are manufactured from 416 stainless steel.  Each barrel is machined on CNC machines, offering close tolerances.

Each barrel is heat treated in a vacuum furnace for clean and consistent Rockwell hardness of 40-43.  EFK barrels are bored and rifled using an EDM machine.   This manufacturing method produces the highest possible accuracy and tolerances; with an accuracy of + or – 50 millionths of an inch!  This method of manufacturing produces a superior finish in the bore.  EDM results in no stress on the barrel unlike button rifling.

Talking to EFK staff at the 2019 Anteris Alliance “Try & Buy”  they said, “We design the best products using quality materials and offer them at a fair price, all backed by one of the industry’s best warranties.” EFK are proudly made entirely in the United States.

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429 Desert Eagle

Have you heard about the 429 Desert Eagle (DE)?

The 429 DE features 30 degree shoulder that it headspaces on and a neck long enough to properly hold and crimp a 240 grain bullet without set back under recoil. Based on the famous 50 AE cartridge, the 429 DE is made with Starline brass, and loaded by HSM in Montana with Speer and Sierra bullets.

Magnum Research is offering the 429 DE Mark XIX pistol, along with barrels and ammunition, for a
full product lineup in the recently introduced 429 DE cartridge. The 429 DE pistol has a stainless
steel slide, a stainless steel frame with Picatinny bottom rail, and a 6″ stainless steel barrel with
integral muzzle brake and black appointments. The pistol ships with a .50AE 7-round magazine and
has an MSRP of $2,143.

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EMF’s Updated, GWII Deluxe “Grande Californian” 2019

In 2002, when EMF introduced the Great Western II “Californian” single action revolvers. True to Colt’s original SAA, with the floating firing pin, the “Californian” models feature hammer forged steel barrels, which are highly polished and blued. The CNC machined, dropforged frames are colorcasehardened, in Pietta’s signature deep, rich combination of blues, browns, and purples. These frames are an improvement on the traditional casted frames of the Colt single action revolvers. The wider rear and larger front sights offer faster sight acquisition. The combination of traditional esthetics and the best modern technology made the Great Western II “Californian” a popular, durable, and reliable single action on the market for the last 17 years.

The GWII Deluxe “Grande Californian” model elevates the classical beauty of the “Californian” to a completely new level! Elegantly engraved with a combination of Victorian scrollwork and sunbursts on the blued barrel and deep rich colorcasehardened frame, it is accented with a one-piece diamond checkered grip. If you want an engraved SAA on a budget, this is a very atractive package.

Available in .357Mag or 45LC, the Deluxe “Grande Californian” has a 4 ¾” barrel.
With a MSRP of $655,

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January 19, 2019 · 7:33 pm

Cody Museum to Offer “Veteran VIP Experience”

January 17, 2019— Today, the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) revealed a teaser for one of its new premier exhibits to be launched at its grand re-opening the weekend of July 5, 2019. Among the many exhibits to be unveiled this summer, the Military Area will incorporate first-hand accounts from U.S. veterans. The CFM seeks U.S. veterans to relay testimonials of their service and experiences at the CFM Veteran VIP Experience.

The CFM is seeking veteran organizations to partner with them in promoting and/or sponsoring the special event. The CFM Veteran VIP Experience requires an RSVP to the event and is exclusive to veterans and active military personnel. Inquires may be directed to kie@solutionnaires.com.

The CFM Veteran VIP Experience is an invitation to veterans and active military to be the very first to record personal accounts, offering museum-goers a glimpse into the complexity of their jobs and the magnitude of their bravery. “The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will capture a living history that we are proud to curate at our museum,” said Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator at the Cody Firearms Museum. “The testimonials from our veterans will provide insight for generations to come as well as create a community-centric model for our museum.”

The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will take place on July 5, the day before the CFM opens to the public. Participating veterans will have a first glance at the exhibit and are invited the following day to the public opening along with their families. “We want to offer our veterans a VIP experience while becoming the first to contribute to this recorded legacy,” continued Hlebinsky. “The interactive component is user-friendly and will be on display for our 200,000 annual visitors. We’re calling on vets and vet organizations to join us during our grand re-opening in July.”

The Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West houses more than 7,000 historically significant firearms with more than 15,000 firearms-related artifacts. The Cody Firearms Museum collection spans 800 years, including recently manufactured firearms. We seek to provide every visitor – from gun aficionados, to firearms novices, to those without previous firearms experience – with a unique educational opportunity. This museum is more than just guns; firearms help inform the story of the West, the story of gun cultures, and the story of people. Visit us at the Center of the West in Cody WY, and at our website, centerofthewest.org.

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Mobile Range

You read that right…  Mobile Range Technologies is proud to introduce
53 ft Mobile Ranges at The 2019 SHOT Show!


One will be a 12 yard range and the other one is 10 yards, with a control room for a range officer. Both will have rear entrances and include the following features:

SPEC SHEET for 53′ DRY VAN  

53′ Dry Van Pistol Range (most common pistol calibers up to 44 MAG (not rifle caliber pistols) 360⁰ Steel plating with:

✓ 2 Shooting Booths include 2 LED Lights per booth plus LED target lighting
✓2 Shooters Shelf that folds flush into wall (center 3rd shooting lane option will be a fold down shelf)
✓ 2 Shooting Lanes 12 yards (10 Yard w/control Room Option) with touch screen controlled wall mounted target retrieval system (patent pending)
✓ MRT Bullet Trap (patent pending)
✓ MRT HEPA Air Filtration (patent pending) with 4 ton AC/Heat pump we use 100% outdoor air that passes across the shooters.
✓Spray foam Insulation
✓Alum. Stairs
✓ 2″ Sound Foam on Ceiling and 1.5” of sound absorbing rubber or 2” sound foam on walls (firing line forward)
✓ Rubber Floor
✓ Meet / Exceed Federal Standards
✓ Easy to clean Stainless Steel (or 2” sound foam) up to Firing Line
✓ 100% Built-In Controls Throughout
✓ All Components Built-In to Walls
✓ Only needs 50amp (70amp w/control room) 208/220 circuit
✓ 1-year warranty
✓ Free Training in Wichita Falls TX.

Optional Features

  • Programmable Target Retrieval System
  • Integrated Live Fire Simulator
  • Camera System
  • Intercom System
  • 3rd Shooting Lane
  • Tactical Training Gates
  • Custom Decals and Rifle Rated up to .308 Win

Rifle Rated Would Have a Rubber Block Bullet Trap

We also have a Shot Show special for orders placed at the show or by February 10th 2019.

Scott Hinton, Owner
Mobile Range Technologies
scott@mrtrange.com

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Celerant Technology Unveils Ready-Made eCommerce Websites for Firearm Dealers at the SHOT Show 2019

Cumulus eCommerce™ , now offers a pre-populated database (in the past you had to fill the data base by hand in the products we previewed) of firearm products and accessories, and a pre-built website department structure, allowing firearm dealers to launch their website and start selling online immediately. In addition, Cumulus eCommerce offers flexible options allowing dealers to import products and drop ship through their distributors; customize their website; and add new pages on-the-fly in order to stand out from the competition.

Display products from multiple distributors simultaneously via ‘online data feeds’
Through Celerant’s vendor integrations, firearm dealers can easily display products from multiple distributors simultaneously, plus their own physical inventory– all in a centralized view; and prioritize which vendor’s products to sell first. Cumulus eCommerce can pull ‘data feeds’ from each distributor, consisting of product descriptions, images and available stock levels, and immediately display those products online in nearly real-time– giving the impression of an ‘endless aisle’ of inventory. Cumulus also offers the ability for dealers to optimize and make any changes to the data that comes from their distributors to further differentiate their website.

Leveraging Celerant’s growing list of firearm distributor integrations, dealers can choose which distributors they want to order from, including Sports South, RSR Group, Zanders, Lipsey’s, Davidson’s, Bill Hicks, United Sporting Companies, Kinsey’s, amongst others.

Set pricing rules, manage distributors and customize the site with ease
Cumulus eCommerce allows dealers to easily manage their pricing strategy, and offer promotions, coupons and loyalty programs. Pricing rules can be based on each distributor; specific categories, departments and pricing levels; a percentage increase; or a dollar amount over cost. In addition, distributors can be easily deactivated as needed by the dealer, and the distributor’s data can be easily changed while in edit mode on the dealer’s website.

With an easy-to-use drag-and-drop editing tool, dealers can make cosmetic changes to their website on-the-fly; change the order of their departments and how products are displayed; create product collections for their home page or new landing pages; and update specific product descriptions and images. Dealers can also click on any product to view which distributor it comes from, their real-time on-hand availability, and the cost for that product- all with just a few clicks, while in edit mode.

Drop ship orders through distributors and/or fulfill from your own stock
Dealers can prioritize which distributor’s products to sell online first, and/or choose to sell their own physical inventory on their website. Once an order is placed online, Celerant recognizes if the order should be sent to a distributor for drop shipping, or fulfilled by the dealer using the dealer’s own inventory. If the order is being drop shipped, the order is automatically sent to the specified distributor on behalf of the dealer. Customers can also purchase firearms online and complete the transaction at a local gun shop, using the integrated FFL Locator to have the firearm shipped and/or drop shipped to a participating FFL dealer.

At Celerant, it’s all about giving the dealers options. Our goal with this new online offering is to allow dealers to launch their eCommerce websites quickly and easily- leveraging their distributor’s data- while still differentiating themselves from their competitors and being unique in terms of Search Engine Optimization. We developed our new drag-and-drop editing tools with the mission of making website layout changes as easy as working in Microsoft Word. We think this is a true game-changer for the industry. – Zeke Hamdani, Director of Web Services and Assistant VP at Celerant Technology

You Can Visit Celerant at the SHOT Show 2019

Celerant will showcase its premier solution, Stratus Retail, as well as its SaaS solution designed for the smaller dealers, Cumulus Retail , at the SHOT Show in January 2019. Visit Celerant at Booth #3003 or at the SHOT Show University to learn how our innovative technology can improve your firearms business.  OnLine sales represent a continuing growth strategy for retailers in every category.

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