Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ainokea, Sep 25, 2009.
Thanks for all the great tips, and the funny ones. Please keep them coming
Old guitar cases make great gun cases with a few minor changes. They also don't create much attention.
Old Kennedy tackle boxes make great range boxes with stratigically placed foam. The trays fit handgun mags very well. the box also locks.
Ruger will provide manuals free of charge, says so on my g/f's MkII. These days they are available online. The little lever still is a **** to work though.
To continue on the reused paper trend, print your own silhouettes (and many other targets): http://www.targetz.com/multi_page.htm That's the first place I found, Google knows of many more!
The problem with reloading steel is metalurgical, I believe it work hardens faster than brass and steel is harder to anneal (higher temp needed). This all leads to cases splitting easily. Berdan primers and primer removers are available.
-Plastic fishing tackle boxes make great boxes for spare parts, ammo, whatever.
-You can re-use dessicant packs by placing them in the oven on about 100 degrees for 1/2 hr. or so. This dries them out without "burning" them. Keep an eye on them though, and check frequently.
-Ox Blood Kiwi shoe polish makes a fantastic red tinted finish for your wood stocks. I tried this because I didn't have any stain. This is how I finished my WASR stock and it looks great. Use it sparingly and make it even. Gets deep into the pores.
-Zip ties make great "safe" indicators for stored handguns. Run one or two (linked) down the barrel and through the action in a complete loop. Cut them off when ready.
I'll post more if I think of them!!
Wow, thanks for all the tips guys! I don't really have much to add that hasn't been already said. But thanks again!
I didn't read all the previous posts, so if this has already been mentioned, I apologize in advance.
An Altoids tin will hold 100 .22lr cartridges (actually, you can get several more in, but I like nice round numbers). Easy range-bag carry and they stack nicely too. The hardest part is eating enough altoids to get a sufficient supply of tins
If your weapon shoots just a little high, and you have non adjusting sights, run a little Militech 1 down the barrel and try it again.
Fixed my problem on my Beretta... I was shooting about 1/2 to an inch high at 7.5 yards. Since Militech actually says not to use it on the bore because it can mak you shoot lower, I tried it. It worked.
Use the old flannel sheets the Mrs doesn't want or buy them cheap at a garage sale. Borrow or buy a quilting mat and one of those fabric cutters that look like a pizza cutter. A couple of hours in front of the TV and you will have a years worth of cleaning patches for very cheap.
Oil up a dry cleaning bag, slip your gun in it, then wrap it up in a protective case. This will keep the moisture attracted from rusting your gun during long term storage. Teflon oli like Remoil works great fror long tern storage too.
I have not read all the pages, so this might already be mentioned, but natural point of aim is a good one. Point your gun at the taget, close your eyes, and see where it's pointing now. Adjust as needed.
never mind It late I'm tired when I read what I typed it didn't make sense.
If you have big hands and shoot an old style 1911 put a piece of duct tape over the web between the thumb and forefinger of your shooting hand to keep it from pinching you...
If you want an extended charging handle on your AK variant, simply retrieve a fired shell casing and 'hammer' it on using your magazine. It'll stay on for a few hundred rounds and is actually quite effective. (Of course, you do run the risk of marring your charging handle if you so this)
For long term or even short term storage polish your metal and stock with auto polish, such as 2000 washes. Polish them inside and out, including the bore. As long as you don't wash your gun in a car wash it will last for months to years.
Never try to adjust the gas block on a Sig rifle after shooting it for a bit, you will burn your hand.
With that I figured out that the little hole in the tab of the gas block is for the tip of a bullet to avoid unpleasent burns...clearly the Swiss are smarter than me.
Never introduce a new shooter to firearms with anything other than a .22 unless your intent is to create a very bad shooter with an ingrained flinch that's hard to overcome.
If you need a "pick" or "scraper" to remove gunk or rust and you don't have your favorite expensive bronze or brass brush/pick/scraper, flatten a brass case and use it.
DO NOT USE THE FIRING PIN FROM YOUR M-16/M-4/AR-15 TYPE AS A CLEANING TOOL ON YOUR BOLT CARRIER. MY ARMORER HAD TO REPLACE SEVERAL FIREING PINS IN MY JOE'S RIFLES.
You can also use spray adhesive to stick targets to those thin metel real estate signs! I got a bunch of old used ones from a local realator.
tried the eraser in the casing for a cheap snap cap. Works great! Now when I can't get out to shoot my new PCR I can practas safely at home. Thanks
If your AR-15 stovepipes, you may have a weak extractor spring.
Bushmaster (the company) will sell you a little plastic hat shaped thing to go under the spring, a little rubber washer to go around the spring and a heavy duty extractor spring.
Remember that cleaning your gun is part of the fun of shooting it.
Styrofoam test-tube containers from (medical or other) labs make fine reloading trays
.38 Spl Wadcutter loaded cartridges (i.e. bullets seated flush with case mouth) fit in ordinary 9x19mm (9mm Luger) boxes
Self-adhesive sandpaper-like skateboard tape works as well as front strap checkering on semi-autos, it's way cheaper & doesn't alter the gun's original finish when/if you decide to switch back
For Belgians among us : instead of investing in expensive trigger locks & carrying more keys than an average medieval jailer, just remove the slide stops from your semi-autos before packing them : completely safe & legal & easily reassembled at the range.
I haven't found an equivalent for DA revolvers yet but have been known to remove cylinders from Ruger SA's for the same purpose.
Never buy -let alone load & shoot- cast bullets without knowing EXACT alloy composition and Brinnell hardness.
I was reading some of the early posts and noted a couple included uses for tampons in gun cleaning, which reminded me of what we used them for in Rhodesia during our bush war. Whilst I hope no one ever needs them for this purpose, we used them as very effective field dressings for bullet wounds. They sealed the hole by expansion and stopped the bleeding and kept the wound clean till we could get casevaced, (casualty evacution). Most of our operations were on foot, in the bush, and we had to carry pretty much everything we needed.
thats what happens when you let your wife clean the guns.
tips: a peice of croc foam shoes make a great recoil pad, a ramrod can make a muzzleloader monopod, and a small waterproof camera case on your sling can hold alot of essensials.
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