Some Saturday Music – A few One Hit Wonders

A lot of these performers had multiple albums – and some had some pretty good follow on music – but for the most part they had that one big hit that pretty much “defined” them.

First up – ( and not in any particular order ) – Quarterflash . . .

Bertie Higgins – What the hell is a Bertie Higgins ?? Is he some kin to that JC Higgins fella you was talking about ?? See what I mean ? And as soon as you hear the song open you’ll be like – Oh Yeah, I know that song !!

Sniff ‘n’ The Tears – they had an almost cult following – great group – but some of their fans – Just Wow!!

John Stewart was a prolific song writer – wrote a bunch of neat stuff over the years – “Daydream Believer” ring any bells?? And yet for most people he was only known for one song . . .

Zager and Evans – “2525” – just an incredible piece of work – number one on Billboard for six weeks – their next single ” Mr. Turnkey” failed to chart in either the U.S. or the U.K.

Dennis Zager is still around and still making what a lot of folks consider “the best ” guitar in the business – can’t vouch for that – I don’t do guitars –just guitar cases – maybe  something along these lines – LOL!!

Any suggestions for music ? – Let me know – I’m gonna do several posts with ” both kinds of music ” – Enjoy !!

I want to run one more at you . . .

Few – Very Few – hits achieved not only U.S. popularity but few achieved the international magnitude of this. . .

Del Shannon had several minor hits besides this – earlier stuff and later – but everything he did was put up against this – and nothing matched up to it. . .

Runaway was so popular it was adapted for a short lived TV series – any body remember this starrimg Dennis Farina ???

Still migrating “stuff” over from the other site and have a bunch of new stuff – getting it out as fast as I can . . .

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

Česká zbrojovka- Not what your thinking you Pervert!!

For those who are waiting patiently for the 2075 Rami post – remember – patience is a virtue that is its own reward . . .

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CZ 97 BD – considered by many to be the “flagship” of the CZ line of pistols.

BD – mind out of the gutter! – B tells us it has a firing pin block – D tells us it has a de-cocker ( not bondage and domination!! – and we all know who YOU are – don’t worry – be happy YOU are among friends of distinction!  )

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The D/A trigger pull coming off de-cock is a smooooth 12 lbs – as good as a Smith revolver?? – not quite but real decent – the S/A trigger has a weee bit of take up ( don’t forget that you are deactivating the firing pin block ) and a good clean break – this particular example breaks at just a hair over 5 1/4 lbs.

Not a light pistol by any stretch of the imagination . . .

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Add 11 rounds of 230 grain Remington HTP hollow points  plus magazine and the need for a good belt and holster becomes obvious – it does carry well – OWB as well as IWB – but you really have to find the “sweet spot” for both – hell I carry it AIWB!!

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Breakdown is pretty straight forward – cock the hammer – ( that way you only have to hold against the recoil spring and not the hammer spring as well )  pop the pin – you may have to give it a bump with a magazine base plate – off comes the slide . . .

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Neat stuff!! The grips are machined aluminum – gives good strength – great texture – and keeps them thin so it becomes a little easier to get your hands on it.

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Similar in some respects to a 1911 you pull the guide rod and recoil spring and slide the recoil spring housing out – the unscrew the barrel bushing and take the barrel out – you’re there – ready to clean!

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Just in case you think the full length / full width dust cover looks odd when the pistol is in one piece – this view oughta just screw with you -LMAO

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Slide view showing the firing pin block . . .

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Front of the slide showing guide rod – recoil spring – recoil spring housing . . .

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Kinda like a 1911 – the recoil spring housing holds the barrel bushing in its place . . .

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I took it apart and removed the barrel the stuck it back together so you have a little clearer view . . .

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The bushing unscrews – comes off – out comes the barrel . . .

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The next two pics border on machine work porn / gun porn – Enjoy!!

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Ok . . I got this thing back together with no spare parts – round in chamber – full mag –  OMG!! – OMG!! – the hammer is cocked!! – IT is loaded!! – IT might commit an act of violence!!! – Gun Violence!! – right here on this blog!! – IN FRONT of GOD and EVERYBODY!!

For those of you who actually have the delusion that an inanimate object can commit an act of violence and are going to go down that particular rabbit hole – there is yet hope for you – the merest glimmer of hope – that you can take the first tiny steps towards possibly – just maybe – someday coming to the awareness that you are totally fucking insane and by  following these simple first steps may not always be an ongoing danger to yourself and or others around you –

  1. Take your left hand and place it on your right shoulder
  2. Take your right hand and place on your left shoulder
  3. Pull your fucking head out of your ass
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Get a grip on the pistol – thumb on the de-cocker . . .

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And press down – it’s now de-cocked – simple as can be – safe as can be . . .

Comes with Trijicon night sights – what CZ is calling a “poly” finish – two mags – Good to Go!

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Just about an identical footprint to my primary carry piece . . .

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4 ounces heavier than my RIA 1911 – 49.5 vs 45.5 ounces – and yes you do notice it – just by “feel” it seems even heavier. But the weight makes for really stable and comfortable platform.

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CZ has really got this one right – this is actually the second ( or would it be considered third?? – I will have to look into that ) generation 97 and CZ actually improved on it  – some feed ramp work – will feed anything and everything I have been able to come up with – the new “poly” finish – like it or not it is almost bullet proof compared to blueing – the night sights – the grips – all come standard.

Got this at INNER10 – it never made it to the display case. Realize folks , the 97BD is NOT a cheap date – but my wife’s husband is my best friend – and he deserves a play pretty now and again . . .

More stuff coming – hope to get some multiple target work in and get some videos for you – will try to get a quick look at a couple for you by next weekend – possibly a long gun or two depending on time vs schedule.  ( damn reality crap again ! )

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

S&W 642-2 Review

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All new and pretty – it truly needed a good home!!

A little J frame history . . .

The J frame was originally introduced in 1950 – as the Model 36 – at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in 1950 – and was quite well received. It was an exposed hammer 5 shot blued steel built on the new J frame – the older I frame simply wasn’t strong enough to handle the pressure of a 38 special cartridge – in 1951 Smith brought out the Model 37 “Air weight” – aluminum frame and aluminum cylinder – the aluminum cylinder proved to be proved to be quite an issue and was dropped in favor of a steel cylinder

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really nice example of an older Model 36

The J frame has been produced in a large number of variants over the years – nickel finish – stainless steel – shrouded hammer – internal hammer – and nice used ones are available – the 640 is even in 357 Magnum – and I will swear to the fact that the 357 Magnum versions are QUITE a challenge to shoot with full power loads!! ) . The J frame has proven to be so popular that Smith is even producing the original “Chiefs Special” – the Model 36 – for their classics line.

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Current Production 642-2 “Air weight”

The 642 is a great concealed carry option – and a lot of people carry them either as a primary weapon or BUG – ( Back Up Gun ) – in this review we are going to consider in the carried as as a pocket gun.

You get great concealment and five shots – sure shots – it will go bang 5 times as sure as the sun will rise in  the east in the morning to open and govern the day! – if by some infinitesimally small chance you get a bad primer on a cartridge – no rack tap bang drill – just pull the trigger again! Reloads with practice are as fast as a semi automatic – damn Bruce – there you go with that P word again!!!

With the factory grips and plus p loading’s the 642 is quite a learning curve for second and subsequent follow up shots – PRACTICE people!! More on the factory grips and trigger pull at the end.

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Empty weight of the 642-2

The 642 in a Desantis pocket holster simply disappears into your pocket – and for God’s sake – use a holster and put nothing else in that pocket! I prefer the nylon style holsters for pocket carry – adds minimal bulk and weight to the equation. And with the internal hammer of the 642 – nothing to snag.

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Chambered in 38 Special you have an incredible variety of ammo available –  from Hornady critical defense in several different offerings to the original 158 round nose lead – and just about EVERYTHING in between. I keep waiting for someone to come out with miniature kitchen sinks loaded in 38 special! My personal loads that I carry – spring-summer-fall  –  critical defense 110 grain plus p – really great performance – winter – Remington HTP – 158 grain lead semi wadcutter with gas check – plus p – about as good as you can do for multiple layers of heavier clothing and retain good penetration characteristics – choose your ammo carefully – you are betting YOUR life on it!!

The 642 is a great little gun – however the tiny grips are really hard to hang on to and the trigger pull ( at 12 pounds ) leaves something to be desired. Let’s address one issue at a time – first the grips – change them – simple huh? What I recommend without hesitation are a set of   Ergo Delta grips (thanks Mick – He loaned me his to try – I bought a set IMMEDIATELY ) – one hell of a difference!

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Very simple installation and really does little to the over all profile of the gun – but it makes it a whole lot easier to control – and helps tremendously with recoil – factory grips – 10 rounds of 158 grain plus p and you can hardly hold the steering wheel on the way home – Ergo grips – I went through a 50 round box before I even realized it – cool stuff !!

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Factory grips –

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Ergo grips –

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All better –

The Ergo grips do not alter the profile to any large degree and go a long way toward adding shooting comfort and more importantly – control – about 30 dollars in your mailbox.

Wilson Combat offers a replacement spring set  – 9 dollars from Brownells – have not decided if I am going to upgrade or not since the grips have made such a difference – but I more than likely will just to feel the difference.

Great little pocket gun – but like any other other – PRACTICE – take it out and shoot it!! Trust me – you won’t wear it out . . . and you will gain more proficiency and confidence with the little darling!!

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

A Few Numbers for a Friday morning – You’re Welcome

Ran across this in the wee hours of the morning . . . A little reading to go with your coffee – I know it’s a little early for thinking stuff – but you’ll be alright . . .

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 328,735,259 as of Monday, May 6, 2019. Do the math: 0.0000912588% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many, Right? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
So, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand; This is not guns causing this, it’s a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
Sure, 5,100 deaths per year is horrific…How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime, but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. Hence the reason they are labeled criminals.
Gun homicides are overwhelmingly tied to gang violence. In fact, a staggering 80% of gun homicides are gang-related. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), gang homicides accounted for roughly 8,900 of 11,100 gun murders in both 2010 and 2011. That means that there were just 2,200 non gang-related firearm murders in both years
But what about other deaths each year?
• 638,169 legal induced abortions in the US (CDC – 2015, nothing more current)
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
• For the last 19 years, from 1999 to 2017, there were 2,467 children killed in fatal accidents involving bicycles, versus 1,994 children killed in fatal accidents involving a firearm. Are we ready to ban bicycles?
Now it gets good:
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer in the Chicago streets than in Cook County hospital!
• 600,000-plus die each year from cancer.
• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease.
It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers, and any other ‘bad-for societal good food’! So what’s the point? If our lawmakers and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides……Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!
So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple:
Taking away guns gives control to governments.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
Remember, when it comes to “gun control,” the important word is “control,” not “gun.”
“In his paper titled “How the British Gun Control Program Precipitated the American Revolution,” Kopel claims that various gun control policies by the British following the Boston Tea Party, including a ban on firearm and gunpowder importation, tells us not only the purpose of the Second Amendment, but its relevance within the context of today’s gun control debate.
“The ideology underlying all forms of American resistance to British usurpation’s and infringements was explicitly premised on the right of self-defense of all inalienable rights,” Kopel writes. “From the self-defense foundation was constructed a political theory in which the people were the masters and government the servant, so that the people have the right to remove a disobedient servant. The philosophy was not novel, but was directly derived from political and legal philosophers such as John Locke, Hugo Grotius, and Edward Coke.”
Kopel writes that two important things underlined the American response to the British policies. One was the practical concept of self-defense, which British disarmament measures was making more difficult. The other, and more relevant concept, was that “Americans made no distinction between self-defense against a lone criminal or against a criminal government.”
Further reductions in violence in America can be attributed to the sheer numbers of citizens exercising their right to bear arms. In October 2019, FBI 2018 Crime in the United States report revealed that Concealed Carry Permit Holders increased again, now 304% more CCWs than in 2007. That means 18.66 MILLION citizens now have a concealed carry permit and represent the largest cross-section of Americans imaginable —- again, violent crimes continue to go down, almost as if criminals know they just might be on the wrong end of ‘a good guy with a gun’.
ANY politician or bureaucrat, including judges who would infringe upon our inalienable rights as described under the Constitution and Bill of Rights should be denied public office, and removed from office if serving for abdicating their oath to office –
*** Stats were gathered from the FBI’s Crime Database, the CDC’s fatal-injury database, and various search engines….

credit: America Loving Patriot-on another forum

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

32NAA Guardian Review

NAA GUARDIAN – chambered in 32NAA

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The NAA Guardian line of pistols are among the elite of pocket guns – right there with Seecamp -or  Rorbaugh – stainless steel construction – exquisitely made – incredible little machines. Four different chamberings are available – 380 acp and 32NAA (in this size) – 32 acp and 25 NAA – the last two are even smaller and are damn near works of art. North American Arms are best known by their line of “Mini” revolvers – they are works of art. If I can ever get the approval of my CFO (chief financial officer – heh heh ) I might have to pick one up.

Let’s take a look at my little darling . . . .

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Basic breakdown – One nice thing – the guide rod is somewhat “caught” in the double recoil spring so when it goes zing across the room it is a little easier to find.

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Take down button – press the button and pull the slide back and up – your there!

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Slide – like the frame is machined out of solid stainless

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View of feed ramp and hammer

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Left side view – showing mag release and decent look at barrel to frame mounting

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on top of Kel Tec P3AT

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Hiding under a Kel Tec P3AT

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Empty weight – no mag

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Carry weight – gun – mag – 7 rounds

The little Guardian just vanishes into a pocket – it is D/A (double action) only – hammer fired and 7 rounds of the wildest little round you will ever touch off. Let’s take a look at the round – 32NAA

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Left to right – 38 special – 9mm – 380 – 32NAA

Critical Defense 32NAA – Spec –

Bullet Weight – 80 grains

Bullet Style –  Flex Tip Expanding

Case Type – Nickeled Brass

Muzzle Velocity – 1000 fps

Muzzle Energy – 178 ft lbs

When chambered in 32NAA the little pistol just performs – and very well  – being a bottle neck cartridge you have no feed or extraction issues and the Hornady bullet is a stellar performer (for an 80 grain bullet) averaging 13 inches into ballistic gel – through four layers of denim and consistently expanding to 50 caliber – thanks Hornady!

The pistol is almost pleasurable to shoot – to me very little recoil – some folks think differently – I think they just don’ expect as much recoil as there is – weight of the pistol helps offset it (over 1 1/4 lbs loaded) – quite a bit of muzzle blast – in fact a whole lot of muzzle blast! Fairly accurate for almost non existent sights – but it is a hoot to shoot – only down side is it’s about 85 cents every time it goes bang. I have seen several reviews where the person complains about the last round stove piping – wow – just fucking wow – people – the guns have no ejectors – they are designed so the next round in the magazine pushes the empty cartridge out of the way – the extractor strips the empty out and the next round pushes it out of the way – if it stove pipes – your empty – pull the empty mag – insert loaded mag – pull the slide back – let go of slide – go bang bang. Some people’s children!! – hell – some people should not have children.

I have to ask – should I get a new set of grips???  Realizing of course that I will have to get my CFO’s sign off!

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They are only $71.00 (plus shipping) and I think that I would make them look so so good – me being me and all . . .

Couple of quick videos – first is Shawn Steiner – one round was enough for him . . .

You actually get a good look at the porting on the 9×25 conversion barrel in the Glock 20 on the bench

Next is Jaques with a triple tap – muzzle flash and blast is stout

Thanks to Inner10 and the crew – they make this stuff a lot easier!!

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

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!!