Let’s take a bath – sorry Greg – no Asian girls in bubble baths – we’re talking about firearm cleaning . . .

No, this is not going to be a post about girls and bubble baths. having shot the 642-2 and having several folks ask about cleaning firearms – here we go . . .

The Stuff

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Hoppe’s No. 9  – it works.

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BREAK FREE CLP – More good stuff

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The rest of the stuff . . .

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One dirty firearm – almost as much fun cleaning them as getting them dirty!

One simple step at a time – get a patch wet with hoppe’s no.9 – push it through the cylinders and barrel and get the areas that are dirty – around the force cone, face of the receiver etc good and wet – if the patch gets dirty – at this point it really doesn’t matter. If you need to get the patch wet again – use a clean one don’t contaminate you bottle of solvent. I use a small bottle to work out of so if a spill occurs the big bottle doesn’t get dumped. Not that I would know anything about dumping a quart bottle of HOPPE’S

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Everything wet? – put the brass brush on the cleaning rod – 5 or 6 times through the cylinders and 10 or 12 times though the barrel – Take the nylon brush and  brush around the force cone and receiver face areas – then repeat the whole process – fresh wet patch – brush/brush etc. now run a fresh wet patch through the cylinders – then a dry patch – dry patch should be clean – wet patch w/jag back and forth through the barrel – then dry patch.

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Extractor – check the area for any powder residue – debris etc.

Now just dry the firearm and go after the powder/lead residue mess with the lead removal cloth -the next set of pictures came out decent – showing how if you keep scrubbing it keeps coming off.

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Birchwood Casey lead removal cloths are a really good product

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Still a little bit to go around the force cone – Use a chop stick or Popsicle stick or something similar  with the end cut in a narrow wedge and rub the cloth in there – it will get it clean.

Wipe it all down with a dry cloth – sparingly oil a patch with CLP and push through the barrel and the cylinders – follow with a dry patch – you’re done! On a firearm with a blued finish you would want to take a lightly oiled cloth and wipe it down – good to store it – for a carry piece (blued) one last wipe with a silicone cloth – ready to go back in service.

Have fun! – Run the Gun – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Where the flamingos roam-

I have had a number of people ask about the lawn that the flamingos romp around on. Folks, all I do is cut the stuff. The question I ask everyone – Are you fighting your lawn or are you enjoying your lawn? More importantly are your flamingos enjoying their lawn?

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Do they have the occasional pick up ball game?

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Do your flamingos steal your carbonated and non-carbonated adult beverages and start conga lines?

Do they hang with the squirrels around the bottom of the bird feeders?

If you are spending your time fighting your lawn instead of enjoying your lawn you need to call Sunset Lawns – 402-537-8030 – and talk to them about your lawn. Sunset Lawns is economical and their service truly works. They put six treatments per season on your lawn. What it needs and when it needs it. No guessing your way way through the stuff you buy at the store – how much? when? water afterwards? All the guess work gone. This is the second season and the difference is hard to believe. Don’t have time to mow? – let them know – they have companies available to make your lawn touch free if you want.

I cut my lawn with the mower set as high as it will go – no lay over – no matting – it is so thick it stands up at a 4 inch cutting height!! Take your shoes and socks off and it is like walking on a thick shag carpet, no stickers or burrs – nothing – just thick green lawn. They went ahead and aerated and over seeded at the end of the first season. (it had been years and there were several thin spots) The lawn is so thick that I have only watered twice this year! The thicker and taller the grass the better the soil  retains moisture and subsequently the less watering.

If you want to enjoy your lawn and more importantly have your flamingos enjoy your lawn give Sunset Lawns a call (402-537-8030) – their motto – “in thickness and in health” – and they mean it!

Originally published in August 1016 – still using Sunset Lawns and the flamingos are still enjoying themselves!!

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Taurus Curve – an “out of the box” Review

I love it when the majority of manufacturers talk “innovation”. There are some interesting design features on several firearm platforms – innovation?? – really?? Well let’s take a look at something that is innovative . . .

Of course we all know the box is curved – but it’s almost obligatory to point that out

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inside the box is where the fun begins

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The usual suspects – manuals,spare magazine,trigger guard, and of course your key for the firearm lock or ie  the Hillary hole.

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and now we start stepping out of the box – both with the firearm and innovation. The curve is quite apparent – and tucks against your hip very comfortably. The manual sights consist of the white lines centered on the bore of the pistol and do work well – with practice. The stippling on the back of the grip actually does quite well.

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as does the stippling on the front of the grip

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left side

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completely smooth – no slide stop – magazine release – nothing to snag

right side

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belt clip,nice index point for your finger and the on – off – and mode switch for the laser.

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With 7 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense.

I highly recommend either critical duty or critical defense as a carry ammunition. In fact I carry one or the other in every pistol I rotate through except my 10 mm Glock 20 – steady diet of Buffalo Bore 180 grain jacketed hollow points – there is just something about that large of a round at almost 1400 feet per second that appeals to me.

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top to bottom – Keltec P3AT – Taurus Curve – Walther PK380

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left to right – P3AT – Curve – PK380

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left to right – P3AT – Curve – PK380 – one more picture and then some thoughts . . .

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What has Taurus done ? They have made a complete package for the masses. Most people are not enthusiasts when it comes to firearms. They really don’t want to have to buy a firearm – and a holster – then a laser – then a different holster – then a laser light combo – then a different holster – all of a sudden that 300 or 400 dollar gun is now 800 or more plus training and practice costs plus licensing fees plus- plus – plus. . . .

Taurus has taken most of that and gotten rid of it. Loop the lanyard on a belt loop – put the trigger guard on the pistol – clip inside your pants – good to go. Drawing and presentation is easy enough with practice. Scoop the pistol from the outside of your pants – get your thumb behind it and get a grip – continue vertically out of your pants until clear – maintain vertical and bring the gun forward and the lanyard will strip the trigger guard – index your finger and bring it around in front and get your support hand on it – pop the laser on and you are at low ready. Now practice that set of motions 4 or 5 hundred times. Go to the range and put 4 or 5 hundred rounds through the pistol both with and without using the laser. practice – practice – practice !!

LASERLYTE Corp did a great job designing the light/laser module. No problem with daylight visibility at 21 feet. The trigger pull, although long,  is smooth and breaks good. Again, that P word gets in the way – PRACTICE! For a relatively light pistol, perceived recoil is very minimal – shape and weight distribution has a lot to do with that. Taurus spent some time and effort getting the ergonomics of the pistol as right as possible.

Things I would like to see offered:

  • a barrel chambered in 32 N.A.A. ( a cartridge designed by North American Arms – A bottle necked 380 – An incredible mouse gun round since Hornady started making it in Critical Defense)
  • Upsize the platform to a 9mm (but then your starting to go backwards – adding size – weight – thickness etc.)

I am not an “operational operator operating operationally” nor am I a “mall ninja” – I am just a guy that has used firearms in a professional and personal fashion for over 30 years. I quit counting handguns rounds downrange when I got to 100,000 plus. I cannot emphasize this enough – PRACTICE.

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

The 80’s – What a Time !!

So many things in the 80’s were not just neat or cool  they became icons –

MTV

I want my MTV

Phil Collins

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Miami Vice

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Phil Collins on Miami Vice and the theme from Miami Vice on MTV

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and pink flamingos

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Even today pink flamingos in your yard (the plastic ones not the real ones) are still really cool.

Smith & Wesson Model 4566 – still an icon today

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The 4566 was an instant hit when Smith brought it out in 1988. It was very popular with the Bowling Pin Crowd – The gun was so over built people were loading 45 ACP to 45 super pressures and spending their Saturday afternoons bowling.  230 grain hardball at 1200 fps will really clear pins off a table. The 4566 was a mid-size pistol – at 46 oz! Very mild recoil, very smooth to shoot even at high pressures. Wolff Springs still sells the recoil springs for the pistol. (over pressure shooting with the gun required a special recoil spring)

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The 4566 was a double action/single action – the double action was as smooth as any of their revolvers and the single action breaks clean at 3-4 pounds.

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Breakdown is straight forward, line up the notch,pull the pin,off comes the slide.

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Disassembly of the slide components is very simple. Remember the guide rod is not captured and it will go further than you can ever imagine.

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Smith & Wesson still sells the nice stainless steel mags; 8+1 in the pipe = 9 rounds total.

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Does it shoot?  HELL YES!

8 rounds – in 3 seconds -at 21 feet. Right side of the 8 ring  that hole is 3 rounds. Not bad for an old fart –  me and the gun.

If you can find one in good shape and your willing to pay the money you should buy it. The gun shoots  great and is really an icon of the 80’s. This  particular gun was purchased at 3G Pawn on South 132nd here in Omaha. Great place to shop, good assortment of firearms and wonderful people to deal with. Now I just need to buy that Model 59 that I’m looking at, but my wife says if I do I won’t see her for the next 2 weeks  because that’s  how long it will take for the swelling  to go down.

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!

Sar Arms B6P – An “Out of the Box” Review

The Sar B6P is a polymer frame CZ 75 B copy.

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Of course it comes with all of the usual suspects.

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Cleaning rod – patch rod – one mag is also included – comes with a nice case

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Break-down is pretty straight forward – back on the slide a hair, pop the pin and the slide comes right off.

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Just as simple as that.

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And again a word to the wise, NOT a captured recoil spring, guide rods really have a habit of disappearing. It only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to clean a gun but 2 hours of that is finding the guide rod.  DAMN

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Good view of the inside of the slide and the lugs on the barrel and the matching recesses on the slide. And a view of the firing pin block which allows you to then call it a CZ 75B copy. And it keeps all the lawyers happy.

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Shown here with the hammer on half cock with the safety off. From page 11 of the owners manual (a DANGER Will Robinson moment)   “WARNING ! Your pistol has a resting position or notch on the hammer. This notch is not to be used as a half cock position. This notch’s sole purpose is an additional notch on the hammer so as to allow the sear a chance to engage the hammer if the trigger id not pulled fully to the rear. In order to lower the hammer, first move the safety to the “off” or “fire” position. Grasp the hammer very firmly and put a finger between the hammer and the firing pin. Then pull the trigger and slowly let the hammer move forward past the resting position. RELEASE THE TRIGGER. Gently let the hammer rear of the slide.”

Folks, the pistol has a firing pin block, however, it does not have a decocker. Yes it’s perfectly safe to carry at half cock, great trigger pull from that position. However you really should not carry it that way as without a lot of practice you could really “screw up” lowering it to a half cock position. I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on television. My legal advice is worth exactly what you pay for it.  NOTHING!!

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Full cock safety on. If you don’t mind a manual safety on a carry pistol, this is the way to go, and it has a really nice single action trigger pull.

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Comes with one magazine marked 15 rounds, however it will hold 16 rounds which gives you a total capacity of 16+1 or 17 rounds.

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Here you can see how the slide sits inside the frame which gives it a lower bore axis. This really helps with recoil.

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Empty weight comes in at 1 pound 11.7 ounces – just under 28 ounces.

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These were all rapid fire. The three I have circled I knew they were gone when I let the shots off. The lower bore axis in conjunction with the polymer frame (helps soak up recoil) makes for one very soft and smooth shooting 9mm pistol. Very accurate at defensive handgun ranges. Looking forward to warm weather to get it outside and really stretch it out.

The Sar B6P is one great value. Generally available from internet retailers at under 300 dollars.  It is  well worth the money.

This particular firearm was purchased from DE Guns in Lincoln Nebraska – DEGuns.net – not over the internet but from the retail shop – great folks to deal with and hard to believe the amount of “stuff” that they have in their little shop. Give them a look – highly recommend them.

Have Fun ! – Run the Gun ! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap !!

Good Stuff Alert – Shrimp Mac & Cheese

Stumbling In and around

the internet – 2 1/2 – 3 hours later – no clue whatsoever it was I started looking for I ran across this site – Honest Food dot Net

and this recipe for Shrimp Mac and Cheese – so I grabbed the stuff I needed – with one substitution I did this for dinner.

Fresh out of the oven – still bubbling!!!!

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Oh My My – Oh Hell Yes !! Baby put on that party dress – Just damn near went face down in the plate – real comfy food !!

Here ’tis as written . . .

Shrimp Mac and Cheese

This is an easy dinner that is a great riff of the classic lobster mac and cheese. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days, but doesn’t freeze well. Prep Time20 mins Cook Time30 mins Course: Main Course, Pasta Cuisine: American Keyword: comfort food, shrimp Servings: 6 people Calories: 1091kcal Author: Hank Shaw

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbows or other short pasta, cooked and drained
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small hot green chile (serrano), minced (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese, loosely packed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the onion and saute, stirring often, until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the chile and garlic and saute another minute. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Add the flour to the pan and mix it in well. Cook this, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until it browns a bit. Pour in the cream about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each time so that it’s fully incorporated.
  • Do the same with all the cheeses, adding about 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring it in before adding more. Add salt and black pepper to taste, then mix in the cooked pasta and shrimp.
  • Move all this to a casserole dish; I like to grease mine with butter, but this is not strictly necessary. Pat the mac and cheese into the casserole and sprinkle the breadcrumbs and parsley over it all. If you feel like adding some other seasonings, like Cajun or Cavender’s or somesuch, sprinkle maybe a teaspoon or two over everything now.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, until the top browns. Remove and let it sit 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

NOTE: If you are using large shrimp, cut them into small pieces. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1091kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 363mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2427IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 916mg | Iron: 3mg As I cooked it – Substituted shredded Quesu Quesadilla cheese for the Gruyvere – I really like Queso for cooking – and I couldn’t find the other – LOL  . . . Use raw shrimp !! – it will be cooked just right buy the time you are ready to plate it – precooked shrimp will totally over cook and have the texture of little chopped up pieces of “sole of tennis shoe” – and almost as much flavor – Don’t ask me how I know this – I have actually screwed up several recipes over the years doing just that – just pop the tails off the shrimp – chop it up and use it!! Used an oven safe skillet rather than a casserole dish – just makes sense to me – it is already warm from cooking “the stuff” – just slip it in the oven and it continues on its merry way to your plate . . . The website I got this off of looks like it has not been updated in about 7 years – you would be amazed how many “abandoned” web sites I stumble across . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! and remember – Fish Heads Are Cheap!! – Damn – Now I’m wondering if maybe I should have substituted fish heads for the shrimp????

Out of the Closet – S&W 22A-1

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Smith made these until springtime of 2015 – considered by many to by a “poor man’s” Model 41. The Model 41 is a full up competition gun – pricey at $1599 – “semi”  mass produced but hand fitted – essentially what would be considered a performance center gun and Smith holds to incredibly tight tolerances with the Model 41 – with the correct ammo ( Ely match grade or better @ $15.00 for 50 – Damn! )- if you’re not putting everything into one hole in the paper at 25 plus yards it is not the pistols fault!

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A gently used Model 41 – priced north of 1200 dollars!! – from S&W’s website the current production Model 41 – ” The Smith & Wesson Model 41 is the top of the line in rimfire pistols. Used by national level competitors for acute precision in competition . . . ” Folks I don’t believe we will ever have one of these ” found in a closet ” and reviewed on the site – LMAO!! The Model 41 is an all carbon steel gun – weighs more out of the box – by over six oumces – than my RIA 1911 !! Talk about a stable platform for 22 rim fire . . .

And if you aren’t happy with just an ordinary, mediocre Model 41 – S&W does make a Performance Center Model 41 – now if anyone out here simply can’t decide what little trinket to grab me for Christmas . . . .

Back to reality . . .

Smith went in a little different direction with the model 22A-1. A really decent price point and very acceptable accuracy – not a true target or competition pistol – I will show you the mag release and mag well in a minute and you will understand why – but a really good plinker!! When they stopped production the MSRP was around $329 dollars and the used market has a bunch out there and they tend to run in the $200 to $300 range.

Simple to breakdown – lock the slide back – push the button in that’s in front of the trigger guard and the barrel comes right off.

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Hammer fired – alloy frame – the steel barrel  – chamber end in top pic – steel barrel in an alloy “housing”  – complete with rail – ready for a red dot or scope if the target sights don’t float your boat.

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Another look at the sights

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A peek under the slide . . .

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Let’s take a look at the mag well and the magazine . . .

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No tapered magazine – no beveled mag well – changing magazines in a real hurrygotta shave .048 seconds- hurry hurry / quick quick – is time consuming at best – but S&W did put a button on the side of the magazine to make it a lot easier to load those itty bitty 22 shells . . .

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The other issue concerning “competition use ” is the location of the magazine release – if you really get a grip on it – you can inadvertently drop the magazine – oops!!

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Shown here with a Ruger 22/45 to give you an idea of size

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So Bruce, do you think I should pick one up if I ran across one in decent shape and reasonably priced?

Absolutely – they are just fun little guns to shoot – S&W made them in several different finishes ( 5?) and a 4 inch, 5.5 inch, and a 7.5 inch and by the ten of thousands – they are out there and not anything you would consider rare or collectable – but really neat- me personally I would start getting twitchy at anything over $150 or so – I am not a cheap bastard! – I am fiscally conservative! – so don’t even go there !!! – LOL

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And the more things change – sometimes it seems the more they remain the same

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Type 14 Nambu pistol from the TokyoKokura Arsenal

I think these grips from Altamont would look pretty good on a Model22A-1 . . .

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As always . . .

Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!