This is part 2 of my How to on grip and trigger pull. I enjoy shooting semi auto pistols, and I conceal carry a semi auto but I will always be a revolver lover at heart. They are just some much better looking than a Glock or M&P. In order to shoot one properly, you really need to train a lot with it.
We’ve all seen the videos on Youtube…. People Strapping on their AR15′s on AK’s and “taking a walk” then dealing with a police encounter. I can think of one YouTuber (Ill leave his name out) who only makes videos about his encounters with law enforcement. He claims that he is doing it to try to show the world that there are constitutional officers out there.
My problem with all that is these guys are just doing it to get a rise out of people. They KNOW that people are going to call the police about them. I mean come on, any normal person in todays world is alarmed if they see a guy walking down the street with an AR15 strapped to them. Hell, if I saw a guy open carrying an AR15 I would be alarmed.
I understand why they do it, but I think there are better ways to go about getting their point across. In my opinion all they are doing is attracting negative attention and associating that attention with open carry. Im not really sure what the better alternative would be, but I know that getting the cops called on you and filming it is not the best way of raising awareness.
I am also amazed by some of the idiots that try to “raise awareness” by “exercising their 2nd amendment rights”. Do a quick search on youtube and watch some open carry videos. Im almost embarrassed that these are the people that are out there representing us. Check out this comment from James Yeager’s “open carry is stupid” video:
I did not modify that in any way. I cant believe someone actually typed that. The reply is funny, that’s why I included it. Whats not funny is the level of professionalism from some of these open carry advocates. I feel like these people are just hurting us in the long run.
One of the most common questions I get, mostly from new shooters is “what is the best way to grip the pistol”. I’m not an expert by any means, but I think my grip is a pretty strong one. In this video I describe in detail how I grip and pull the trigger on a semi auto pistol.by josh with No Comments
My friend that I work with recently acquired a tube fed .22lr rifle that belonged to his dad. He brought it to work one day and asked me what I thought about it and if it was in shooting condition. I have to admit, Ive never seen or handled a tube fed .22lr but it was easy enough to figure out how to load it and how it functioned. It was a semi auto Winchester (cant remember the exact model). The bluing was in great shape and the stock and fore arm are good looking walnut that is in great condition. He asked if we could go to the range and shoot it, and if I could bring along some of my guns because he is considering buying a pistol for home defense. I brought my Hi Point C9, my Glock 22, and my S&W M&P 45C.
When we pulled into the parking lot of the range he admitted to me that he had never fired a handgun. I assured him it wasn’t a problem and once we got to our lane I pulled out my Glock 22 even though I had my Uberti Cattleman 1873 Single Action .22 in the bag, and in hindsight that would’ve been the better choice. I briefly instructed him on how the weapon functioned, how to charge and fire and let him have the reigns. He fired it a couple times nervously but by the second magazine he was getting more comfortable with it. He asked what caliber it was and I told him it was a .40 so he said he wanted to shoot a 9mm. I then told him that the 9MM pistol I had was a piece of shit.
I plopped my Hi Point C9 down on the table and said “look at this hunk of shit”. He chuckled and said “whats wrong with it?” … “Look at it” I said. At this point, I realized that since he isn’t spending his day reading gun blogs and watching reviews and other gun related media he wasn’t aware of all the general hatred that is directed to Hi Point firearms. He commented that it was larger and heavier than my Glock, but other than that he saw no problem. I showed him how to use it and gave him one of my new 10 round 9mm mags and said go for it. He shot all 10 rounds without a problem, then told me he actually liked the less recoil of the 9mm compared to the .40. I told him that the Hi Point was very heavy and that helped make the recoil less. He just had a hard time understanding why Hi Points were hated on. Aside from the size, it ran fine.
This got me to thinking about the people who hate Hi Points. Its mostly people who look at Hi Points weapons and say “Look at that thing, I hate that thing”. I really have yet to find someone who has owned one and talk bad about it. The carbines especially. Those are excellent values for the money. If you were new to firearms and wanted a cheap handgun for home defense or to carry around in your vehicle, the Hi Point C9 would be an excellent choice. Can you imagine your disappointment when you hop on the internet to say how happy you are with your purchase that works and everyone dogs on what you got. its sadby josh with No Comments
I like to call myself a “shadetree gunsmith”. I have no formal training, but I have read a LOT and watched a ton of videos on how to build or repair certain weapon systems. I spend a lot of time “at the workbench” either cleaning, modifying, or repairing my own weapons. This doesn’t make me qualified at all to tell you or instruct you on how to build or modify your own systems, but I have a good amount of experience doing such things…. like building an AR15 lower.
This video is the 2nd or 3rd time that I’ve assembled one, and I decided to turn on the camera for this one. Judging by the comments, it was very helpful to a lot of people. I hope it helps you out too.by josh with No Comments
In 1891 the first Mosin Nagant Rifle was produced and sent out to military forces. It was designated the M91. This was one of the first centerfire rifles ever made. It was good for its time but it needed some changes and revisions. In 1930, the Mosin went through a remake, they changed the sights and some other stuff. After all that, the rifle was now named the M91/30. During the War, they produced 17 million of 91/30′s so they are a very common. In 1938, they decided that the rifle was just too long and they needed a shorter “carbine” version. the M38 was born. It has a 8 inch shorter barrel but other than that it is basically a shortened 91/30. Then, they looked at it and said “we should hang a bayonet off the side of this that can fold out”. The M44 was born. They didn’t make very M38s or M44s so they are much more rare than the 91/30 and they sale prices reflect it. When the war was over, Russia gave a lot of weapons specs and plans to china, specifically the M44. China started making them in 1953, hence the Type 53 designation. China also made SKS’s too, designated the Type 56 for when they were made in the year 1956. But I digress..
Typically, any Type 53 you find is going to be trashed. Well, the stock will be for sure. Something about the quality of wood that the Chinese used, it just didn’t stand up to the elements. If you are lucky enough to get an issued rifle, it will be in even worse shape. I was lucky to get a horrible stock, but the receiver, barrel and bolt were in great condition. I had considered buying a good condition M44 stock and just throwing the type 53 stock away since it was in such sad shape. I thought about it some more and then realized that this rifle would be better if I kept it all original. That is a lesson I learned with my SKS and my old Mosin. I was set, I was going to refinish the stock and stain it to try to match what I thought a “right out of the factory” Type 53 Mosin would look like. When I was looking at stains, there were 2 that I liked but they were vastly different. One was called “golden oak” and had a rich yellow tone to it, and the other was called “mission oak” which had a more reddish/brown tone.
It took me 3 days of working on the rifle between being a dad to 2 kids, a husband, and my parents were in town so I was hosting them in my house. So between all that I was running to the garage and trying to get time in to sand the stock and prepare it. I probably all said and done spent a total of 8 hours on the rifle from start to finish. It was soaked with cosmoline so rather than wait on a method to extract the it I just sanded it down until there was no more cosmoline in it. I did take a little too much wood off but oh well.
After I finished sanding the stock down, I wiped it down with a generous amount of mineral spirits. At this point the wood was very light in color, almost looking like pine. I let it sit overnight like this. The next day I broke out my stain and a polyurethane, both by Minwax. The stain I was using said it had some poly in it already, but I wanted to give the stock some more depth so I thought an extra coat of poly wouldn’t hurt. I chose to use a satin poly and the stain was a satin poly mix as well. I didn’t want something that would glare out in the sunlight in case this weapon had to be used from a hidden position. Plus I think the satin brings out the details of the wood better. I ended up doing two coats of stain on everything except the top hand guard, I didn’t stain that at all. After that had all dried, I did 2 coats of polyurethane on the entire stock, including the top hand guard. You can see the results in the pictures.
The Mosin is a very cheap yet powerful rifle that is easy to get a hold of. The ammo for it is easy to get as well, and its a lot cheaper than shooting a 308 or 3006 but still gives that type of recoil and long distance. I think this is an example of how you could get a trashed $99 rifle and turn it into a beautiful WW2 relic with a little labor and some stain and polyurethane. This is also a great project for a dad and son or daughter.by josh with No Comments