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New Approach to Firearms Education

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 jbullemer@fvcc.edu or Will Richards at 756-4862 or wrichards@fvcc.edu.

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Melonite, What’s the Scoop?

Before we talk about the Melonite® process, it’s important to understand that you must complete all machine work to be performed on parts prior to treatment.  The finished surface is extremely hard and makes modification of parts after Melonite treatment impractical.  High Speed steel cutting tools will be destroyed trying to cut through Melonite.

MELONITE is a thermochemical treatment for improving surface properties of metal parts. It exhibits predictable and repeatable results in the treating of low and medium carbon steels, alloy steels and stainless  steels.  The process has many stages, from the pre-treatment-cleaning, to pre-heat furnace, to the Melonite salts, quench salts and water rinses.

The MELONITE process  is not a coating.  It is a process that introduces nitrogen and carbon into the surface of the metal.  It produces high wear resistant as well as improved lubricity. The service life of steel tools and parts is extended. Corrosion resistance of unalloyed and low alloyed steels is greatly improved.

The MELONITE process increases fatigue strength  about 30-80% on parts made of alloyed steels. The hardness is maintained up to about 930°F and extends the surface life of steel tools and components which are exposed to heat.

During the MELONITE process, which takes place between 900°F and 1075°F. A two-part nitride layer consisting of a monophase compound layer and a diffusion layer is formed. Total depth ranges from 0.008-0.040″, depending on the composition of the base material and treating time. Hardness in the compound layer ranges from approximately HV 700 on alloyed steels.

A unique feature of salt bath nitrocarburized layers (melonite) is the monophase compound layer, with a nitrogen content of 6-9% and a carbon content of around 1%. Compared with double phase nitride layers which have lower nitrogen concentrations, the monophase layer is more ductile and gives better wear and corrosion resistance by improvement with case hardening.

In metallographic analysis the compound layer is clearly definable from the diffusion layer as a lightly etched layer. A porous area develops in the outer zone of the compound layer. The case hardness of the compound layer measured on a cross-section is up to about 1600 HV on high chromium steels. Treatment duration of 1-2 hours usually yield compound layers about 0.0004″ to 0.0008″. The higher the alloy content, the thinner the layer for the same treatment cycle.

Corrosion resistance of Melonite is exceptional.  Salt spray tests show that Melonite can go nearly four times longer without rust spots developing than with nickle plating.

Sources for Melonite:

http://www.blacknitride.com/

http://www.northeastcoating.com/sectors/firearms

http://www.burlingtoneng.com/melonite.html

 

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Cabot Guns, The Left and The Right, Mirror 1911’s

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.

Left Handed Thinking

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.Right handed 1911

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.Ted Nugent @ Cabot Guns

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NEW Pistols, SHOT Show 2014

Taurus is showing a new variation on their model 85 called the “View”.  It sports a translucent panel where the side plate would normally be, allowing a view of the mechanism as the gun is cycled.  Designed for concealed carry it utilizes an aluminum frame and a titanium cylinder to hold weight down.

Chambered  for 38 Special this ultra-light revolver holds five rounds.  Empty it weighs in at only nine ounces.  With a snub nose 1.41″ barrel a round but and spur-less hammer this revolver would be easy to carry.  The side plate is a gimmick but one that many shooters would like.  Top it all off with a double action trigger pull of 10 pounds.

Desert Eagle compact 1911

Magnum Research is offering a new compact version of the 1911 for 2014.  Dubbed the “Undercover” model, or the 1911U this variant is a Series 70 style.  The DE1911U is built on an ultra lightweight frame made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy and features a 4140 high carbon steel slide and adjustable rear sight for windage and elevation. The .45 ACP DE1911U has 6+1 round capacity, an overall length of 6.85″, a 3″ barrel, height of 5″, and weighs just 25.8 oz. 

Standard features include checkered front and back strap, double diamond checkered wood grip, and stainless steel hex screws. The DE1911U also has a high-rise beavertail safety, skeleton hammer, and an aluminum trigger. It comes standard with two 6-round magazines.

 

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NRA Gunsmithing Schools come to Flathead Valley in Montana

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The newest addition to the NRA Gunsmithing Schools is at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.  This school is being ramrodded by Brandon Miller, who ran the NRA School for Murray State College in Oklahoma for a while.  So, you have experienced management and the instructors are very experienced as well, with a wide variety of expertise.

Everything from Basic Gun Safety, to machine shop, glass bedding rifles, and classes on the 1911.  Much more is listed in the brochure which you can download from the web site linked below.

These short term classes allow professionals to take a little time off from business to expand their abilities, or for the hobbyist its a great way to learn the specifics your interested in.  Either way its a convenient way to learn with classes normally running for 5 days or less.

Check out the list of Classes being offered at FVCC this summer at this link.  I just talked to the staff at the college, and as of today there is still room in many of the classes.  Take a vacation and have some fun.

 

 

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Gunsmithing Tools from Secure Firearm Products, Shot Show 2013

 

FPtool

 

Firing Pin Stop & Bushing Removal Tool
 
This handy tool removes the firing pin stop and then safely replaces it in 1911’s and 1911 clones. Made from nylon it is oil and solvent resistant. The interior of the tool also is a handy bushing removal tool. Fits both standard bushings and commander style.

A simple little fool but a great addition to any 1911 fans tool box.

 

Recoil Spring Tester w/Digital Scale Kit
 
RecoilSPTesterThis tool helps sort recoil springs by pull weight so you can use the correct spring for your load. This tester comes with a digital scale. Use is simple, just insert spring on bolt, insert in tool, attach coupler and scale. Pull until proper compression is achieved. Tool is marked with a line at 1.625″ which is the Mil-Spec compression length of a 1911 recoil spring. Begining February 1, 2013, the Spring Tester will include the NEW adapter, Model #11539 to check mainsprings, firing pin springs etc.

 

Spring tension can be one of those things that messes with you.  Here is a way to be sure you have the correct spring in the gun.

Both products from www.securefirearmproducts.com

 

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Rock Island Armory, TCM 22 Bolt Action Rifle

22TCM22TCM has been creating some buzz.  This cartridge is a shortened 223 case.  The original idea was to make a cartridge that would fit the 1911 frame.  This is not the first cartridge of it’s type, the 223 Timbs and the 22 Reed Express were similar designs on the 7.62×25 case.  They were designed to make use of the surplus CZ75 pistols that were available a few years back.  These have since dried up and the prices are starting to climb.

Rock Island Armory (RIA) has designed a center fire bolt action around the 22 TCM cartridge.  Great news for wildcatters, as this is a dedicated pistol length cartridge design.  It utilizes a five round box magazine, but can also use the seventeen round magazines from the pistols RIA offers for this cartridge.

According to Martin Tuason, President of RIA and Armscorp Precision International, “With the early excitement over the TCM rifle, we are ramping up production capabilities to deliver this in late second quarter of this year (2013).”

22 TCM is the brain child if Martin Tuason and Fred Craig,  TCM is an acronym for Tuason Craig Magnum. At slightly over 2800 feet per second with a 40 grain bullet, the 22 TCM will be a popular varmint round for mid range shooting.  The added fun of having a  pistol in the same caliber with interchangeable magazines seems like a winner all the way around.

Stocks are stated to be of Native Philippine wood, so custom stocks will be a natural offering for gunsmiths.  I can already imagine several wildcats for this platform and even a few factory pistol cartridges that would be fun in a tight little package.

Metal finish is listed a parkerized.  Scope mounting is a rail system.  This my be  the weak point of the rifle, but any gunsmith worth his salt can take care of that issue.  More to come on this gun.

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Chiappa Firearms, Tell Me More…

Chiappa 1911-22Chiappa Firearm Company is an incredibly modern and progressive company operating out of Brusha, Italy. It employs high-tech types and old school traditional craftsmen to turn out a wide variety of high-quality firearms. Currently Chiappa makes over 70,000 firearms a year out of their new ultra-modern 108,000 square foot main plant which employs 80+ employees and exports to 62 countries world wide.

The company was started by Ezechiele “Oscar” Chiappa. In the early 1950s Oscar started in his career with Tanfoglio as a production line worker. But within four years at the ripe old age of 22 he was promoted to manager of all production which at that time was revolvers for the most part.

In 1958 the owner of Tanfoglio became ill and abruptly passed away; his wife decided to sell the company. In the process, Oscar was removed from his management position so he decide to resign and move on. His life-long love of firearms, along with his machining expertise, kept him in the industry.  He formed a new company to do subcontract work for other manufacturers. Eventually this new business lead to Oscar founding another company, Armi Sport.1887 Lever Shotgun

Armi Sport manufactured replica firearms such as black powder and early western models as used in America’s Wild West. These were and still are popular thanks to movies and television. And back then American westerns were very popular with Europeans. Eventually Oscar’s replica firearm business bled over into the huge U.S. market.

Oscar’s son Rino (pronounced Reeno) virtually grew up in the gun industry going to dad’s factory when possible. Rino learned early on how to make firearms at Armi Sport. By the age of 10 Rino was able to correctly operate most of the machines. Rino’s manufacturing education continued at the family business after hours, through high school and during summer vacation from school.

When Rino was around 19, that the old Tanfoglio Company that dad, Oscar worked in went bankrupt. This presented an opportunity to the Chiappa family to pick up more firearm orientated milling machines for their growing company. Rino pressed for the family to buy these machines–and to restructure the current Arim Sport. Imagine, the non-emotional and quiet family discussions these easy going Italians had around the dinner table… NOT.

In the mid-80s Rino took over management with dad Oscar watching to make sure he did not screw things up. But Rino had things well in hand and was growing the company and now granddad Oscar was teaching his young grandchildren how to make guns. In 2002, work was nearly completed on the new current super modern factory when Oscar took sick and passed away; he never saw the new factory completed later that year.

The company was growing very quickly and now with the name of Chiappa Firearms they expanded production further into modern firearms (some revolutionary like the Rhino Revolver). Production of their quality replica and blank firearms continued.

 Chiappa’s replica firearm unit reverse engineers vintage firearms and then using modern equipment creates accurate high-quality replicas. Chiappa machines all the parts and components from solid bar stock–no castings. All wood parts are hand oiled 3 to 4 times and hand polished. This is old country quality combined with modern day technology producing beautiful quality firearms.

1874 Sporting Deluxe

Rino is an active NRA member and he is not just a gun maker and designer; he is an avid hunter, shooter and President of SASS in Europe. 

 

www.mkschiappa.com

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Gene Kelley of AGI Talks About Their Gunsmithing Program.

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Winner Announced in 4D’s Big Sweepstakes

4D Reamer Rentals LTD.  announced today that the winner of their Sweepstakes was Michael Edge.  Apparently going to Front Sight Firearms Institute is on his “Bucket List”.  Which is great, because he can now attend one of their classes and receive world class Defensive Handgun training.

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