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Location: Jennings Co, Southern Indiana, United States

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting

A shooting accured today at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia which resulted in the loss of 32 lives. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims and their families. That being said, it is a right out shame that these young men and women had to die because they couldnt defend themselves from some crazy nut job by carrying on campus. If students or faculty members with a CCW had been able to carry a firearm for personal protection on campus, this could have turned out very different. Pelosi and the other gun grabbing liberals will be using this very tragedy against us law abiding gun owners by pushing for even stricter gun laws or gun bans. They want you to believe that if guns where banned this wouldn't have happened in the first place. WAKE UP FOLKS!!! These young men and women were denied their right to carry and to protect themselves in a "gun free zone" in favor of someone elses failed saftey policies. It is a sad day indeed... Again, my heart goes out to the victims and their families.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ruger SP101 Eye Candy

Thursday was a beautiful day here in Southern Indiana and I got out and took a few pics of my stainless Ruger Sp101 chambered in 357Mag. This Ruger SP101 has a five shot cylinder , 2.25" barrel and features a no snag spurless hammer. Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Winchester/Miroku '86 Mods/Custom Work/Continued

I sent my Winchester/Miroku 1886 Extra Light off to Mike Hunter of Hunter Restorations to have some custom work done. Mike filled in the ugly historically incorrect tang safety, remarked the tang and barrel and reblued. All Jap markings are now gone. I got her back and heres what she looks like.



While the '86 was away I stripped the stock and added Herters French Red and a nice hand rubbed Tru Oil finish. It feels like it has been a long journey with this rifle but well worth the wait. Now its time to start on load development for this fine rifle.

Thanks Mike!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Springfield Armory XD-45 Compact

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I have always been fond of metal and wood on my firearms but polymer has its place among my collection too. I have heard nothing but good reviews on the new Springfield XD-45's and wanted to try one out. When I got my hands around the pistol grip, I knew right then I was leaving the local shop with it. It feels much better than the Glock model 30 I had. The XD-45 has a thinner, more comfortable grip, better pointability, and way better trigger. Matter of fact the Springfield XD has just as good a trigger as my Glock model 30 did with the compitition trigger installed. The Springfield Armory XD's started life back in 2000 as the HS2000 . Made in Croatia, these polymer framed pistols have many features and is a definate upgrade to the Glock design in my opinion.

Like the Glock, there is no need for tools to fieldstrip. Fieldstripping and assembly is quick and easy due to the takedown latch.
(Takedown Latch)

Some of the other features of the Sprinfield Armory XD-45

(Tactical/Visual Loaded Chamber Indicator)

(Tactical/Visual Striker Status Indicator)

Ultra Safety Assurance (U.S.A.) Trigger

(Grip Safety)

(Springfield XD-45 with 13+1 magazine)
The new XD-45's also come supplied with an extra stainless magazine( one 10+1 and one 13+1), holster, magazine pouch, clip loader, lock, and cleaning brush.

Specs from the Springfield Armory website:

MAGAZINES: 1-10 round compact, 1-13 round with XD gear grip extension
BARREL: 4.04 inch, steel, melonite, fully supported ramp
SIGHTS: Dovetail front and rear steel 3 dot
TRIGGER PULL: 5.5-7.7 lbs.
FRAME: Black polymer
SLIDE: Forged steel, melonite finish
RECOIL SYSTEM: Dual spring with full length guide rod
LENGTH: 7.3"
HEIGHT: 5" w/compact mag-5.75 w/extended mag
WEIGHT: With empty mag 29.oz--30 oz. With extended mag

All the new XD-45's feature a Melonite finish. From what I gather it is basically the same process as Glocks Tennifer finish. A salt bath nitrate. MELONITE is a thermochemical treatment for improving surface properties of metal parts. It exhibits predictable and repeatable results in the treating of low and medium carbon steels, alloy steels, stainless and austenitic steels, tool and die steels, cast and sintered iron.

I am looking forward to getting some more trigger time and accuracy tests done with this fantastic pistol. Range reports will follow. I put 100 rounds through the pistol with zero malfunctions. Due to the improved erogonomics of the grip(over the Glock grip angle and design), the Springfield XD-45 is a natural pointer in my hand and fits me like a glove.


Monday, April 02, 2007

Pic Of The Month: April 2007

This installment of Pic Of The Month features a beautiful Rossi 92 chambered in 45 Colt and is courtesy of our friend and fellow leverguns forum member Ben T. This Rossi 92 was imported through LSI and features a blued 24" octagon barrel and beautiful color case hardened receiver.

(Photo courtesy of Ben T)

Thanks for sharing the great pic Ben!