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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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Expected New Light Weight Revolver from Chiappa, 2014

New from Chiappa, the PolyLite™ Rhino was shown to wholesalers at the (NASGW) Expo.  The new revolver is a variation of the existing Rhino line, obviously seeking to capitalize on the CC market.  This lighter gun with a relatively slim profile may well find a niche with self defense folks.

Rhino by Chiappa

The PolyLite Rhino should look very similar to the other 2″ guns in the companies line up.

The PolyLite™ Rhino will be available only in .38 Special, unlike the other revolvers in this series of guns which come in 357 Magnum.  Pre SHOT Show, it’s not known if the revolver will be rated for +P, or standard pressure ammo only.  The six round cylinder appears similar in size to the existing Rhino revolvers.  Expect a shortened cylinder to prevent loading of .357 cartridges.

A 2″ barrel model will be introduced first.  No indication whether longer barreled PolyLite™ revolvers will be produced in the future.   Black is the only available color for the new design.  If the guns sell well, other frame colors are always a possibility.  The guns use a red fiber optic front sight and a fixed rear notch.  

We will try to get a look at this one for you at SHOT.

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Interview with 4D Reamer Rentals LTD

Our sponsor for this blog is 4D Reamer Rentals Inc. It recently occurred to me that we have never talked specifically about 4D to share the services and products that they offer to the shooting public as well as the gunsmith community. So, here goes…

Q. Tell us how you came to own 4D Reamer Rentals?

A. In 2004 the then owner of 4D had half jokingly offered to sell me his company. He was a little surprised when I said I was interested but we worked out a deal and in 2005 I bought the company from him. The rest as they say is history.

Q. Who rents reamers? I would think gunsmiths would buy their own?

We rent to professional gunsmiths as well as hobbyists.

Professionals do buy their own tooling, but nobody can have every tool and many calibers you may only build one or two in your entire career, so it just does not pay to buy such tools. On top of that the chambers popular in one vicinity are not in another. So we provide top quality tools and save everyone both time and money. These days time is often the biggest issue with delivery times from the makers stretching out to several months.

We suggest that gunsmiths purchase the reamers they will use over and over again and rent the rest. It’s probably obvious that hobby gunsmiths really feel the pinch from expensive tools, so they normally rent reamers and gauges to save money.

Q. What are the most popular tools that you rent?

A. The answer is often surprising to people. We check the top rentals at least once a year. It helps us keep inventory levels correct. The top ten rental are always made up of standard cartridges like 30-06, 280 Remington, 300 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 260 Remington, .308 Winchester, and 6.5×55 Swedish.

I guess it’s not sexy, shooters see to expect the answer to be wildcats. I believe availability of brass and ammo is going to drive popularity of cartridges and therefore our rentals. These common cartridges are the same calibers that the big manufacturers keep in the line up, because they sell.

Pretty consistently the 280 Ackley Improved slips into the top ten as well, but it is one of the few “wildcat” calibers that ranks regularly. There is some controversy surrounding this cartridge but it’s really a no brainer (click here to read about the controversy).

Q. How many reamers do you really stock?

A. We currently have over 675 reamers on hand and continue to add new tools all the time. We stock multiple reamers for the more popular calibers. Even with all those tools there are still more we can add, and nearly every year the factories add one or two new cartridges, so its really never ending. Every tool you see on our list is in the collection, although sometimes they are out on rental, we do everything we can to minimize waiting time.

Q. Does the cost of rental plus the deposits scare off a lot of potential customers?

A. It shouldn’t, that’s one of the items that we work to explain all the time. When a client orders through out web site, which is an automated shopping cart, they will see the deposit amounts displayed on the screen. There is an explanation posted as well that the deposit is not collected at the time the order is place, but rather is the maximum liability the client is agreeing to plus the rental.

Because the web site is automated it has to charge the credit or debit card at the time the order is placed. The site then drops the card information for security. When clients order via phone we do not charge the card at the time of order. However, all the same deposits apply.

So to answer your question directly. The deposits should not scare anyone off, since we do not collect them at the time the order is placed. It would be a nightmare for us to collect and return deposits on hundreds of orders, so we trust our clients to be honorable if sadly something does break or get lost. Most folks in the gun business are of the highest moral caliber, so it’s seldom a problem when a tool is damaged or broken.

Q. Are reamer and headspace gauges the only tools you offer for rental?

A. We offer much more than that. We have sight pushers for pistols, Shotgun choke reamers and taps, specialty taps and dies for muzzle breaks and the like. T-handle extension for reamers, so you can ream through the action, tap handles and die stocks. Specialty tools for AR-15 work. New tools are added all the time.

Q. So everything you offer is rental only?

A. We sell things too. Things like Cerosafe® chamber casting metal, Dakota bolt handles and grip caps, and Savage barrel nuts are all stock items we offer for the convenience of our clients.

Savage drop in barrel have become a very popular addition to our listings. We can chamber for any caliber that we have a reamer for, so we offer more cartridges in Savage pre-fits than anyone. Barrel suppliers can vary widely in delivery time, so we buy from three different makers to help deal with time constraints. Delivery times can be as short as 4 weeks, best to call for an actual quote.

Q. Are all Savage barrels special order then?

A. Mostly. We keep a small stock of barrels, they can be found on the web site under the “For Sale” menu heading. Then look for “Barrels on Hand”. We normally keep the blanks unchambered but threaded and tapered, that way you can pick a barrel and have it chambered for the caliber of your choice.

Q. What about services, anything besides the rental of tools?

A. Sure, we offer rechamber work on single shot barrels for guns that allow the easy removal of the barrel. We do not accept rifles in the shop only barrels, because we do not have or want an FFL. We have a suggested chambering page on the web site that can help customers decide what cartridge will work best for their barrel. Of course there might be other options, we often help with the selection of cartridges.

Q. So what guns are we talking about rechambering for?

A. New England Firearms (NEF), H&R Handi Rifles, Rossi, Thompson Contender or Encore barrels.

We have a flat rate for rechamber work, we do charge a little more when extractor work is needed. We do some rescue work when clients have tried a project without really knowing how to do the work. We are of course limited mostly by the existing chamber and the available chambers we can choose from. These guns are not suited to the fat magnums like WSM, and Rum designs, so we will not chamber them.

We often have folks send in Savage 110 style barrel for rechamber to new calibers. Even the new Axis rifle utilizes the same barrel threads and nut system. We have reworked both factory barrels and custom barrels that were not offered in the clients caliber of choice. It’s pretty cheap in comparison to having a custom rifle built, that’s why the Savage guns are so popular.

Q. Where do you see the rental business going in the future?

A. Well if the past is any indication, it will continue to grow. As tools and other operating costs continue to skyrocket people will continue to look for ways to save time and money. Since we specialize in saving you both time and money, the future is bright. We plan continued growth.

An added bonus for the gun industry is the addition of untold thousands of new shooters who have joined our ranks the last half dozen years or so. As these shooters become more knowledgeable they start to have guns modified and rebarreled. It just means more work for gunsmiths everywhere.

To see everything the 4D Reamer Rentals has to offer check out their web site:  www.4-dproducts.com

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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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How to be a Good Customer (in a Gun Shop)

With the huge number of new people coming to the shooting sports these past few years and especially the last few month I thought it would be good to share this video with you.  The Host is Roy Huntington, Editor for American Handgunner.  I hope this makes you more comfortable the next time you head into a gun shop in your neck of the woods.

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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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Flathead Valley Community College Builds Gunsmithing Program.

The Flathead valley has a long history of custom gun makers operating in the area as for back as the 1950’s.  Numerous rifle barrel manufacturers large and small have made the area home from time to time.  More recently, a large number of gun businesses have taken up residence.

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In 2011 Chris Hyatt, of Whitefish, formed the Montana Firearms Institute as a 501(c)3 nonprofit along with state Sen. Ryan Zinke, and attorney Duncan Scott, seeing a need to foster communication between firearms businesses, and to help those small businesses compete for government contracts.  The MFI has been instrumental in drawing attention to the need for gunsmithing classes at the college level.

So, along with the MFI, local businesses looked to Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) to help improve the quality of perspective and existing employees in the valley by offering training.  The firearms trade requires a wide range of skills that are not readily absorbed from standard machine shop and wood working classes.  There are many specialized skills and tools that make the job of building guns easier and more efficient.

The next closest schools that offer gunsmithing courses are in Susanville, California and Denver, Colorado.  So a gunsmithing school here in the valley will have a large audience.  The first round of classes were held in 2012 and were successful by every measure.  FVCC is currently seeking NRA Affiliation for the gunsmithing program, which may make available a wider range of classes and support from the gun industry at large.

Gunsmithing Classes to be offered for Spring and Summer of 2013

AR-15/AR-10 Armorer /Customization Course  

Glass Bedding Rifles Course 

Basic Lathe

Designing Wildcat Cartridges

Checkering

1911 Handguns

Knifemaking

Alternative Metal Finishes

Barrel Relining

For more information on these classes visit the FVCC Web site, link below.

http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education/gunsmithing-program/registration-information.html

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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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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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Last Minute Announcement

4D Reamer Rentals LTD has a Sweepstakes we mentioned to you in the past.  It will end at the close of business on January 31st.

They are giving away $2000 worth of training, to be specific a 4 Day, Defensive Handgun Training course taught by the professionals at Front Stight Firearms Training Institute.  It’s exciting that a firearms trade business is willing to help others learn about personal defense and self reliance in this way.

Click here to answer this question.  Why should you get some quality firearms training?

Good Luck to all that enter this Sweepstakes!

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