Every time I pick up a BB gun I find myself in the backyard with my Dad at six years old. Shooting my old Daisy BB gun at a cardboard box. A 15 foot target taped to the box and doing my darnedest to keep them all on the box.
Over the years I got to play with that BB gun a lot and it helped me to learn how to line up sights and squeeze a trigger, because if you jerked the trigger it was a foot off and you could watch the BB miss the box or whatever your target might be.
Naturally like every kid turned loose with a BB gun I shot at something that caused the BB to ricochet back. That was a hard lesson, but not soon forgotten. I’m in favor of letting kids learn a few hard lessons so long as they don’t loose and eye in the process. I seem to recall a Christmas Classic Movie that focuses on that very concept?!
Well the folks at Air Venturi have an answer for the BB ricochet of our youth. They plan to stop them with Frangible BBs. Most of the time I hate “New and Improved” ideas because the standard steel BB we all know. And, when it hits something hard if fractures and falls apart, unlike the old steel BB we all know and love.
Many times I am not a fan of the “New & Improved” product, they tear away some memory or valuable lesson from our youth. This one I can get behind though. It allows the BB to travel at a velocity about 10% faster than the common steel BBs we all know and love and when they hit something hard, instead of bouncing back they turn to dust on the spot. You can even call them “Green” because they contain no lead.
Next some Nam-by-Pam-by will tell us the kids have to wear a dust mask when they shoot these new Frangible BBs. I draw the line there, just take the kids out and have some fun introducing them to the fun of the BB gun.
Years ago I put together a reloading manual for Hawk Cartridges. It has been available in CD from Z-Hat Custom ever since. Over the years I have added to it and clients have long requested that I produce a print version of the manual.
I have the print edition almost ready to go to the publisher. I added data for three cartridges that in new for this edition. The 348 Hawk, 9.3mm Hawk, and the 411 Express. Some pressure data is added as well for many of the cartridges.
Another important addition will be the Chamber dimensions. In the past they have been held by reamer makers. It has come to my attention recently that some of the tools being made for Hawk Cartridges have been incorrect in some dimensions. Since we provide ammo and formed brass it is important to clear up these errors.
Drawings for the manual will include dimensions and case capacity.
Several of the Hawk line of cartridge appeared in the 11th edition of “Cartridges of the World”. RCBS has been making dies for all of the Hawk line for many years.
Articles in the manual include material for several different authors who have used and tested Hawk rifles in the field. It looks like the print edition of the manual will run 170 pages or more.
The information for the 411 Hawk is greatly expanded to include a powder profile the suggest not only the best powders to use, but some to stay away from for the 411. In addition there is a article about lead bullet loads for the 411 that will save you a ton of experimenting and head you toward the best results right from the start.
I will announce the publication date right here as soon as I know for sure.
One thing never changes, the cost of doing business goes up.
Renting chamber reamers is one way we hold costs down for our clients. WWW.4-DProducts.com provides some of the reamers I use for custom jobs. It just does not pay to buy every reamer, many of the reamers I own have only cut the chamber they were bought for. Then they just lay there in the drawer.
4D provides me with reamers that are SAAMI spec, and in good sharp condition. If you think about it they can’t afford to send out a dull reamer, who would rent from them a second time, and like all businesses it’s repeat clients that pay the bills. Best of all by using such a service you can chamber for hundreds of calibers with minimal expense. Whether your a hobby gunsmith or a professional, having access to a large number of calibers is pretty cool.
When you custom order a reamer it will normally take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive, rentals are normally in the shop within a week. Just one more way to save money and offer more.
Keep your powder dry!