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Breaking Industry News

Beretta USA has made the announcement that they are moving all manufacturing out of Maryland. This has been a while in coming and my contacts inside Beretta have kept me in the loop during their decision process.

Apparently this does not include any of the office staff which means they will retain a Maryland presence despite the change in firearm laws there.

A couple of observations:
1. Bet Maryland is lamenting the loss of tax revenue now. The sheer volume of money a company like Beretta brings into a community is staggering.
2. Come on Beretta…why leave the office folks behind? That’s kind of a cheap shot.

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A-Tacs Shemagh

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Don’t ask me why but I really dig the A-Tacs shemaghs. The above combo would be great for bringing the heat to spring time feral hogs.

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Ready for this one?

A Broadsword is all you need.

A Broadsword is all you need.

Okay, this is sweet. We had an interview and test done on the Broadsword….2 years ago…that we just heard nothing from. It just fell off the radar. So I figured, “no worries”, right? Well, I get an email last week saying “oh, by the way we’re publishing the article in July’s issue of…….. SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE magazine.”

I about fell out of my chair on that one. So they send over a .pdf of the article for me to read over. Well, after a few corrections…this was originally put together 2 years ago, remember…we’re ready for the article to come out and it looks AWESOME. We have some great Oleg Volk photos in there so you know it looks great. I wish I could post up a pic for you but you’ll just have to buy the issue.

So, anyway, I’m really excited about the article and can’t wait to see it in print.

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Thoughts after the big Texas Move

So, I’ve been here in Texas for almost two months…I think. Time flies when you’re trying to get back into a routine. After a little time I’ve had time to think about a few observations.

First off, this is the South. People are more kind than anywhere else I’ve lived and I love that about the South. Honest, willing to earn your trust, and God fearing people trying to do what’s right. I should just leave it at that but I’ll keep going with the post.

The flag….

There’s more to it here that has taken me a while to get use to, or should I say understand. You can’t drive anywhere, down here, without seeing the US flag…without the Texas flag…and more than half the time you’ll see the two at the same height.

I’ll just let that sink in a bit….

Normally that would get me upset but I gave it some time to sink in. Yes, I know that no other flag is supposed to be the same height as our national flag. Back in Utah this would have every boy scout within a hundred miles having a fit over such a display. Here it’s common place. Common enough to be seen daily at my local police station, banks, car dealers, ect.

Here’s my thoughts on it. At one point in time I would be sitting in the Republic of Texas…it’s own sovereign country. Sure that let to the Alamo and the Mexican American war and all the statehood stuff but deep down in people’s hearts still lives the Republic of Texas and they’re very proud of that.

Now I’m not saying I’m running out to buy flags so I can do the same thing on my house. It’s not happening. I am saying that even though we shouldn’t see it, it’s here and I can understand why.

As a side line to the above comment…state pride. I’ve never seen it like I have here. People are proud to be Texan and will never really consider a move in part of that crowd until they see some pride in your eyes. This is the 9th state I’ve lived in and I have never seen state pride like this. Most people are more than willing to throw up a wall around their house and call it their country. Oregon…outside of the indigenous people…no one gives a crap about the state of Oregon. Sure, they care about the politics and laws they have to live by but no one I’ve met is truly willing to fight for Oregon. The same goes for every place I’ve ever lived. Here…there’s a reason for the saying “don’t mess with Texas”. You try to tear down Texas, verbally or otherwise, and they will whip you ass. I’ve heard more than one say that if asked, oversees, where they were from, they aren’t saying the US…they’re from Texas. As for my opinion on the subject, I think it’s refreshing to see anyone taking such pride in their community. It’s just nice to see people willing to stand up for where they live.

Anyway, that’s all for now….stay safe.

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Commercial vs. Mil Spec part 2???

We had some “high speed/low drag” dudes pointing out how little I know about everything. Well…haters gonna hate. They had issues with the first post on this topic. That one I tried to keep it so even the newest of the newbies out there could stay on track. So for the more “high speed” guys…

Forging is a process where a chunk of billet is heated to the point of being pliable. Not a puddle but not ridged either. Then it is put in a precision mold inside a hydronic press. The press forces the workable metal into the mostly complete outer shape of a receiver (which is much different than an extrusion process). I originally called this similar to a casting for mental image comparison. This is as close to casting something as you can get with out starting with molten metal. Now, any time you have a lot of sharp angles, and yes I consider right angles to be sharp, you have a week spot. On an AR receiver there happens to be a lot of them. Then the finish machining can begin. This is things like magazine wells, trigger housings, and yes even final outside shape. After all, you have to attempt to remove the crease left from having a two piece mold (metal tends to squeeze out from between the mold). Now unless you have the metal in such a state that you can alter the shape of the crystalline grain structure to the shape of the mold you are creating areas of high stress. These areas are more prone to cracking than non-forged receivers. Now, with everything I’ve read (there’s a lot of arguments on both sides) as long as you use the same material to make a forged or milled receiver it still has the same material strength…except for the stressed areas.

A billet receiver is just that… machined 100% from a single piece of material. This method ensures that you are much less likely to have highly stressed areas (and probably micro fissures). Companies that use this method usually are proactive and keep areas that are know high stress areas and beef up that area. Yeah, the mall ninja will complain because it weighs an extra couple of ounces….yes ounces…but in my opinion (10+ years as a gunsmith and government armorer) you have a longer lasting (and able to endure more abuse) receiver using this method over forging. Feel free not to like my opinion if it lets you sleep at night.

BattleComp…..just use it and you’ll see. Does this comp remove recoil? No. You’d have to be a moron to think that. What a compensator does is use the gas blowing out of the muzzle to pull the rifle slightly away from your shoulder. This essentially dampens “felt recoil”. All the recoil is still there…you just don’t feel as much of it because the muzzle devise is “compensating”….see what they did there? This comp is basically a single suppressor chamber that has been vented on top. You get great flash suppression and acts as a compensator at the same time. How is this not a win?

Mil Spec is still the military’s attempt to ensure everything meets at least the their minimum quality standards and parts commonality. A field armorer has to be able to throw in a new trigger from a bucket of parts and it work in any rifle. This doesn’t, however, mean that it’s the best standard. Mil Spec may say to keep to the blueprints measurements to within .005″ while civilian manufactures are trying to stay within .0005″ to .001″. That means better tolerances which equals out to everything working better together. But the military needs to establish a minimum standard to make sure they aren’t given absolute crap. But this also allows companies to make things as cheaply as possible within the set parameters. Any questions? So why make something that uses more material and therefore costs more if you don’t have to? That’s Mil Spec.

Things like buffer tubes use the extrusion method of manufacturing. It’s a process where metal is pressed or drawn through a mold. Think of it like metal noodles. Put aluminum in and force it into the mold…spit out new buffer tube ready for media blasting and anodizing.

Metallurgy has to do with the metal itself…not in machining methods. Just saying.

Anyway that’s all for now.

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Dump the Bolt Action?

I read a recent article about modern sniper rifles and their battlefield mission. It’s true that the role of the sniper has expanded during current conflicts. Sniper programs were done away with after our world wars, forcing the military to rebuild them when new conflicts arose. Since then we have seen the importance of marksman with the sniper’s field craft and kept the programs alive.

The War on Terror has be a real game changer. We have the need for urban sniping like no time in history. The reason for the up surge is that we’ve finally learned their value. Setting troop movements so they are guarded by one or more sniper teams, drawing the enemy into the sniper’s range, setting advancements so it can be watched over by a sniper, all techniques formally only used by high speed units. Now it’s far more commonplace.

That brings us to the rifles used.

Sure we have upgraded it to have a 10 round box magazine but it’s still half of the rounds held by a semi auto. Yeah, they are accurate to a fault and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Semi autos have come a long way in both reliability and accuracy. I would prefer one myself.

I differ from the author of the article, though. I see these two rifle types as having two purposes and therefore room for both.

Urban work I believe requires a semi auto. You need the ability of rapid follow up shots and a higher magazine capacity. You never know how many targets will present themselves at one time. The happy medium of power and lighter recoil that you find in the semi auto 7.62 is great for this job. For the mission of these snipers they have a lot of opportunity to choose an approximate target distance (for instance covering movement toward a “T” in the road letting them know their maximum distance). I looked up Winchester Match ammo. Their .308 168gn boattail match rounds still have 1190 ft lbs of energy at 500yds. That’s still enough to take down an elk much less a human target. For the every day mission of the Scout Sniper I believe the 7.62 still has their back and having it in a semi auto, like they are being issued today, is a great match.

Bolt actions are more of a specialty tool these days. You need someone to slip in and take out a cartel boss, for instance. It looks like the .408 Cheytac, the .300 Win Mag, or the .50 BMG. Precise and extremely powerful. This is not something that every mission needs. This is something special.

So, dump the Bolt Action? No. Re-purpose it from the main battlefield sniper’s weapon. Yes, or at least that’s my armchair commando opinion.

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Breaking News

This just in, Gun Rights Radio Network calls it quits. Crusader Podcast Network still standing.

That is all?

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