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What are some of your slick gun tips?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Len, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. Len

    Len Well-Known Member

    Being new to THR, I'm assuming that at some time there's been a thread like this...but another can't hurt!

    Just general tips, things you do that are just simple, cool ideas. I'll start the ball rolling with one of my own.

    Being an amateur photographer, and a one-time digital imaging consultant, I notice that a lot of people take pictures of their guns for posting and/or insurance purposes, with mixed results. If you have access to an average flatbed scanner, try just doing a direct scan of the gun. I do this for all mine, and make sure they're included in backup files for insurance documentation. Depending on how much resolution you use, you would not believe how detailed the scans can be! Long guns can be scanned in sections and then just stitched together with any picture editing program. Besides the great detail, you never have to worry about lighting.

    Here's an example, and keep in mind that this is a reduced copy of a .jpg which was a reduced copy of a .bmp file. You can make it as fine or simple as you set the scanner.

    [This was a shot of the 4566, the only change to it has been a set of S&W logo Hogue rubber grips. Serial number purposely blurred.]

    The 10/22 was scanned in sections...Quality suffers from downsizing for web, but you "get the picture" on sectional scans. That was done right after resanding/refinishing a brand new stock on a brand new rifle. [Later refinement was a rubber butt pad to give my long arms another inch or two of distance.]

    I've scanned and printed pictures of guns so lifelike, that pictures on the wall in my den have been mistaken for the actual! Two reminders...place it easy on the glass, and make sure it's clean and dry, relatively free of solvents which can cloud the scanner glass. Finally, after placing it, just cover with any old suitably colored material for the background...obviously the cover won't close with a gun in there!

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  2. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    Front sight, press and followthrough? :)
  3. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    Very cool. I wish I thought of something like that; my coolest gun trick is shooting spent 20 guage hulls from the hip with my 10/22 and not missing.
  4. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Well-Known Member

    Keep the muzzle pointed down range?????? :p

    No seriously, keep the Muzzle poined down range.
  5. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    I would tell you a really cool trick involving a soldering iron and piano wire and a 10/22 bolt... but I might get in trouble :rolleyes:
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    1. Always double-check to verify you've got magazines—the right magazines—in your gun box before leaving home.

    2. Always bring extra ammunition.
  7. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    You can run a cleaning patch through a .22 bore with a piece of weed wacking line. Tie a knot at the end of the line and poke the other end through the patch. You don't have to worry about buggering up the bore.
  8. 38SnubFan

    38SnubFan Well-Known Member

    My slick gun trick is....


  9. SLCDave

    SLCDave Well-Known Member

    Riley, you can also singe the end, making a little blob to hold the patch on.
  10. flatdog

    flatdog Well-Known Member

    Clean M-1 Garands upside down to prevent solvent from entering the gas system.
  11. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    Any time you're going to use a scope, buy Butler Creek flip caps. Keeps off rain, dirt, dust and open instantly. A must-have for hunters.

    Fishing supply stores sell paint for leadhead jigs. Super tough (it's made to beat against rocks) and comes in bright colors. Use it to paint handgun sights for low light.

    Bore snakes for quick cleaning
  12. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    Always make sure you have *ALL* the keys to your gun locks *BEFORE* you get to the range
  13. ckyllo

    ckyllo Well-Known Member

  14. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    My slick tip is this: Do not wear vinyl gloves when trying to pick up a jar of Ed's Red. It's way too slick to hold onto. You... er, I... will have to mop up the bench, the wall, and the floor.
  15. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Some rimfires don't like to be free-floated. Put a self-adhering felt furniture pad on the stock in the barrel channel right at the end of the forearm. This will often tighten up the groups.

    Keep your strong hand thumb off the gun when shooting for accuracy.

    Shoot your rifle with iron sights before scoping it. Lotta people think they've got a bad rifle when they've got a bad scope or mount.
  16. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    When in the field with blued steel firearms, keep cold rifles cold. Don't bring them inside to "warm up" in a cabin or tent, and NEVER set them by the stove.

    A sheepskin lined rifle case has never been improved upon as a means of safely transporting or storing your rifles.

    Don't hold bolt action war rifles like scoped hunting rifles. Move your head back further so you can cycle the bolt without breaking the weld.
  17. RTFM

    RTFM member

    Upside down.... Trigger group up toward the ceiling or muzzle pointing toward floor....

    Thanks, just confused...

  18. richyoung

    richyoung Well-Known Member

    Fixed-base 1911 and similar magazines CAN and SHOULD be disassembled for routine cleaning and inspection/parts replacement! It's not hard, but it's kind of tricky until you get the knack...
  19. Stickjockey

    Stickjockey Well-Known Member


    Trigger group up. The gas port is on the bottom of the barrel.
  20. flatdog

    flatdog Well-Known Member


    Sorry didn't mean to be vague, I should have said.

    Stickjockey: Thank you for your clarification. :)

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