Gun Porn: Piston FAR-15

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This one belongs to James, a friend of mine and the host of the Bidet Shoot. The backstory on this rifle is that the first few times he took the rifle out….something broke. And by happenstance, I was there for each one :D

Finally had a chance to sit down and list out all of the parts for my FAR-15, which stands for *ucking AR-15 :)

Base rifle: CMMG basic AR Carbine model, bought October 2007

Innards: Adams Arms carbine-length gas piston conversion
Adams Arms full-auto one-piece bolt group (designed for gas piston conversion)

Geiselle S3G trigger group

Optics: Eotech 512 Holosight
GG&G Eotech QD throw-lever mount
Magpul Gen 1 front and rear MBUS

Furniture: Vltor Enhanced EMod Buttstock
Magpul MOE Carbine Handguard
Magpul MIAD Grip (with 2-AA battery grip core)
Magpul Winter Trigger Guard

Other: AAC Blackout 18-tooth FH
Magpul MOE Handguard Sling Clip
BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle (Medium latch)
Magpul B.A.D. Lever
CMMG Ambi-Safety Lever
Magpul MS2 Sling
Magpul Ambi Sling Plate

Future Add-Ons

Spikes T2 or T3 heavy buffer (want to check with AA first)
Forearm mounted light (need one that doesn’t interfere with grip)
Eotech Laser Module upgrade (why? why not?)

As much as I rag on ARs in general, and this one specifically, I fully believe that my earlier issues with the gas piston system were 100% user error. Now that I have been educated properly, I don’t think I will have any more issues with it. This rifle is built exactly as I want MY rifle to be, which is not something I can say of most any others in my collection. Wish I had more .223, I would shoot it a lot more if I did.

Good News/Bad News

Good news! My rifle came back from Remington today!

Bad news! It seems that I may have found the source of my accuracy issues:

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Embody Update

His hearing on a motion to dismiss was pushed back to August 15th.

This one is for his refusal to show his paperwork for his suppressor when asked. The article says:

Embody maintains he did nothing wrong and said no one acknowledged or accepted the paperwork he was carrying with him at the time.

…but according to comments he made on this site, that’s not true.

The form 3 was in the sealed and locked case along with the firearm. The police have been in possession of the form 3 for days…

The pigs partially opened it up on the side of the street. It took several minutes for two of them to partially open it. They repeatedly asked me for keys, but I pled the fifth. They took me to jail and booked me a couple of hours later. They stripped searched me specifically looking for keys to open the cable lock. Not finding any keys, then they decided it would be best to obtain at warrant to cut the lock to see if it was loaded. They cut the lock at about 9pm that night after getting a warrant. The form 3 was inside. Charges are still good and court is on the 20th of Aug. 9am.

He chose to go to jail rather than display the documents he had in his possession.

Gun Porn: Er, I think that’s an HK edition

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It’s either an HK91 or a PTR91, but the markings aren’t right for either so I have no idea. I’m prettty sure it’s an HK though based on what I remember of the conversations I had with the owner.

Fun with Headlines: Reckless Endangerment Edition

Actual headline: Police: Homeowner fired shot because kids wouldn’t leave
Accurate Headline: Homeowner fired shot at parent angry he wouldn’t let kids steal his fruit.

Yesterday afternoon the story was pretty sparse, but last night the local Democratic Party ABC Affiliate’s story just said someone shot at some kids in his yard. I thought maybe it was a group of teenagers menacing the guy, so when I opened the story I was shocked to see actual children in the story, and not a bunch of 17 year olds.

What a horrible person, right? Who shoots at 9 year old girls?

Well, no one in this story:

She said she and three friends were picking pears and went through Harrison’s backyard. He then told them to get off his property.

“This guy started cussing us out and stuff so I just told him to leave us alone because he kept on cussing us out,” said Freels.

The group then left and told a parent, Brittany Foster.

Foster said she went to confront Harrison and that is when he fired the gun.

“Especially with children being in the present, I just can’t understand why, why he would do that,” she said.

“I got scared,” said Freels.

He told News 2 he is sorry for scaring the children but said he felt like he was in “imminent danger.”

He thought a man was “charging” toward him.

Note that in neither the story nor the video does anyone dispute that a man was rushing towards the homeowner when the shot was fired. I would think that would be a point to emphasize if it were the case.

So to recap:
1. Children “wander” onto property
2. Children begin picking pears that do not belong to them
3. Property owner tells them to stop stealing and leave, using colorful language
4. Kids go tell their parents about the mean man who told them to stop stealing
5. Parents confront/assault homeowner
6. Homeowner fires warning shot at man rushing towards him

Now, it could be that the homeowner is a despicable person who jumps to violence the first chance he gets, or it could be that the unidentified man really was there to do harm.

What doesn’t appear to be the case is that the homeowner fired a shot “because kids wouldn’t leave.”

ETA: I see that the story made it to Knoxville without the important details.

Gun Porn: Shorty AK’s

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Some house keeping

If you’ve been hit by one of those annoying “please wait x seconds for a word from our sponsor” ads, please know that this is not intentional.  Turns out sitemeter has decided to turn into adware and inject this redirect code into our website.  At least, according to this site, and this site, that is the case.

Wizard will be removing sitemeter from our site when he gets home from work tonight (Done – ed.), and I suggest you do the same if you have it installed on anything you own.

Gun Porn: Fixing a PF9 edition

At the bidet shoot this year, which I have yet to write about (bad blogger, no cookie), I had a very disturbing failure with my 4 year old Keltec PF9.

I was taking some videos for a future purpose and I had a failure to extract on the first round I’d shot that day out of the PF9:

So I turned the camera off, dropped the magazine, and racked the slide several times. The video I was shooting required 7 rounds, so I topped off the magazine before reinserting it and dropping the slide. Then this happened (NSFW language):

That cursing at the end was because after dropping the magazine, I couldn’t rack the slide. The gun was completely locked up with a live round in the chamber and no way for me to get it out. I bought this PF9 new to replace a P3AT in 2010. I have put about 800 rounds through it, I think, and this was the first time I’ve had anything like this happen to any of my guns. But, it’s a blogger shoot, so someone has to break something. I put the magazine in my pocket, cased the gun, and finished up the rest of the day.

When I got home, I unloaded the magazine….and there were 7 rounds in it. I was very, very confused. How was that possible? I had 7 rounds in the magazine when I racked the slide and had the failure to fire and subsequent lockup. So I took my smartphone and used it’s camera to look down the barrel….where I saw an empty shell casing. Yay for no live round in the chamber!

So by this time I think I’ve figured out what happened: While shooting these videos, I had 7 or 8 pistols lined up on a railroad tie loaded and ready to go. I was shooting lacquer coated Wolf 9mm. It was 95 degrees and there was no shade, and this was at about 2pm. The PF9 was the second to last in that line, so it had been sitting there for about 20 minutes. I suspect that the “melting lacquer” problem you hear about in AR’s shooting Wolf got me.

I take the pistol to the garage and use the nylon side of this hammer to beat the slide open. Problem solved, right?

Well, not exactly. See, when I inspected it to try to figure out what happened, I found this:
Keltec PF9 Breech Face

That gouge just above the extractor? It’s not supposed to be there. Now, I have no idea how long that’s been there but I’d never noticed it before. So with that, and the lockup, I called a friend of mine for some help. He said he had a box of parts that would probably fix my issues so I swung by and picked them up.

When I got home, I disassembled the PF9 before getting started:
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I tried to put the replacement slide on, but it wouldn’t quite fit:
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It was also a little bit too short for the PF9 frame:
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So I dug around my box of parts and found an extra frame. The new slide fit much better on the new frame:
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But I still had a problem. My old magazine wouldn’t fit in the frame:
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Luckily, there was a magazine in the box as well.
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And for good measure, I picked up a new holster as well. Pro-tip: The old holster would have worked, but most of the stickiness had worn off after 4 years.

In all seriousness, I’d been entertaining the idea of picking up a CM9 for a couple of years now. I literally called my FFL on the way home from the bidet shoot and had him order it for me. I took both pistols to the range last week and put about 80 rounds through each of them to check function. The PF9 actually performed better–easier to load, less muzzle flip, no malfs–but I think I can contribute that to having a worn magazine spring, finger extension, and unfamiliarity with the amount of travel in the CM9′s slide. I had several rounds go nose down and not feed correctly. They were all first rounds in the magazine and I release the slide from lock by pulling back just enough to disengage the slide stop. I’ve already ordered some Pearce Grip Extensions.

Also, Kahr is running a promotion right now where if you buy any of their 9mm pistols, they’ll send you a free magazine. I submitted mine electronically last Thursday and the magazine was in my mailbox on Monday—and there was a three day holiday weekend in the middle of that.

I’ll be in my bunk

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Overheard in #GBC and dumb laws

The_Jack: Yes, ponder that.  You can make your own guns, but you can’t toss some booze in the freezer.

For context, we were talking about the possibility* of making home made applejack.  If you’re going to be proper and old school about it, you freeze distill apple cider.  Unfortunately, while you can make beer or wine for your own consumption without running afoul of the law, you can’t distill a drop without a license.  And, yes, freeze distilling counts just as much as using a still.

So… you can legally build your own gun legally, but you can’t leave a bottle of cider in the freezer for too long, or leave it in the trunk of your car overnight on a cold winter night, or…

*purely theoretical.  I am strongly in the camp of not doing anything that might make the BATFE upset with me.