Range Notes 2010-05-14, 2010-05-15: Conversion FAIL 
2010.05.16 18:51 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power
So, range trips on Friday and Saturday.

Friday was the indoor range, with the Mateba and Hi-Power #2.

(I don't seem to have blogged Hi-Power #2. Huh.

HP2 is a .40S&W Hi-Power Practical: fixed sights, chromed frame, epoxy black slide. I purchased it back in December at a gun show for a fair-if-not-exceptional price, and discovered that it still had some red residue on it from manufacturing. The grips smell of cigarette smoke, though. Bought a conversion barrel in January, I think, from EFK Firedragon to run 9mm through it. Finally got around to testing this all out this week.)

Started and ended with the Mateba, which ran fine and attracted some attention from the guy on RSO/brass sweeping duty. He noticed that the cylinder looked funny and rotated the wrong direction. In fairness, the slide travels too fast for the human eye.

HP2 ... jammed. A lot. Double feeds, stove pipes ... Just generally not a happy camper. Tried two different magazines, and no joy from either one. Seemed like it might be solvable with a lighter recoil spring, so I resolved to go home and try that out at Knob Creek the following day.

Saturday was a morning trip with my sister to Knob Creek. My primary goals were to rotate ammo through the carry pistol and get everything that I'd been fiddling with (two ARs, a Saiga shotgun, and the second Hi-Power) tested.
  • The Stag-15 still works, but is getting kinda heavy with all the extra crap hanging off it. No surprise there. Sights need zeroed, and my sister reported a problem with the bolt not locking back on an empty mag. Other than needing to apply some Kentucky windage, it worked fine for me.
  • The yellow AR (which we'll call The Banana for the obvious reason) works fine, though I haven't check it out for conspicuous wear, yet. Very quiet shooting .22. Sounded like "pff!" through my ear muffs.
  • The Saiga ... sorta works. I'm not happy with the stock, but that may just be where it's positioned, right now. It simply will not eat Remington's low brass. It's practically a bolt action on that stuff. It runs A-OK on 3" magnum buckshot, but owmyshoulder.
  • Having swapped the 18.5lb spring to 17 for the Hi-Power, discovered that it wouldn't eject: spent cases were getting caught in the ejection port. And I didn't think to bring the .40S&W magazines for it along, so it sat most of the trip out.
  • Hi-Power #1 just worked. My sister claimed to have a problem with it not locking back on the last round, though.
I think the Saiga can be sorted with a trip to somebody who knows their stuff to enlarge the gas ports, and the addition of a Warsaw-length fixed stock. Won't be as swoovy as a folder, but that plus a recoil pad and my shoulder will be happier.

The Hi-Power might be fixable by swapping the mainspring down and going back to the 18.5lb recoil spring, but I can't do that myself and won't be able to shoot .40S&W in it without getting the mainspring swapped. I will have to ponder this for a while.

Also ran some ammo through the CZ, and the Sig Mosquito. The Mosquito was its usual self: fine for the first magazine, irascible thereafter. The CZ just did its thing: accurate and reliable.
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Happy Birthday to me 
2010.05.13 00:59 - Guns
31. I feel old. And lonely. I really thought I'd be married by now.

Didn't figure on being the best armed guy I know, however. Funny how these things work out when you have a plan at all.

Come Hell or high water, I'll be visiting the indoor range for pistol shooting on Friday, just because I'm way overdue. If the weather cooperates (and it seems it won't), I intend to visit Knob Creek on Saturday. They were closed due to flooding a week ago, though, and I don't think it's been dry enough for that to change--thunderstorms this morning, and more predicted for Friday.

Now, come Hell and high water ... I'm staying home and loading clips and magazines. Demons in rowboats get FMJ.
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Before I forget 
2010.04.26 21:11 - Guns
J&G Sales has used FM90s for sale to the tune of $310-$340 each. Couldn't buy an FEG Hi-Power for that much last I checked, and the FM's don't have the FEG's reputation for sub-par metallurgy.
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A further update 
2010.04.26 19:01 - Guns
I am a ba-na-na!

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Quick Update to Previous Post 
2010.04.26 10:21 - Guns
The receivers pictured are both Cavalry Arms CAV-15 Mk. II receivers. All three (the 2 CAV-15s and the Armalite) were purchased through DSG Arms.

Further, it looks as though the safety could be remove with a firm tap from a properly-sized punch, while the lever is between the safe and fire positions. I have also just remembered that the instructions suggest clipping the bolt catch spring by a coil or two, so I may try that this week and see if that solves that set of problems.

Just dropping a separate post so it shows up in the RSS for anybody who cares.
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