Thursday, April 16, 2015

Buy-A-Gun-Day Purchase

What did you purchase to celebrate BAG Day?  We're claiming Susan's new rifle, Magnum Research's version of Ruger's 10/22; the MLR 1722.  I think the 17 is for the 17" barrel length. Susan thinks she may get to sneak out behind the barn with it tomorrow, so I'm going to give the action a quick clean and lube. Here are a couple photos.

Susan is using the trigger group from her Ruger 10/22 in this new rifle because we have modified it for ease of use. It has a Tactical Solutions magazine release lever, which is really handy during timed shoots with magazine changes, a modified bolt release, and a Voquartsen hammer. We checked the trigger pull, and it is right at 30 ounces. The trigger that came in the MLR 1722 is just over 3 pounds, so it is not quite a stock Ruger trigger. It is now in her old rifle, and we will leave it at 3 pounds. I just realized that this purchase made two consecutive guns we have purchased that are not Rugers. If you felt a disturbance in the Force or a tear in the Space/Time Continuum, blame us.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No Post Tonight...

...The borrowed computer is not seeing eye to eye with Blogger, and I cannot upload photos. Oh Well. New 'puter is supposed to be ready soon, so don't go away.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NRA Women On Target Shooting Clinic at Carmi Rifle Club: Coming Up May 2, 2015

Women On Target 2012 by TrueBlueSam
The Carmi Rifle Club in Carmi, IL will be hosting its annual NRA Women On Target instructional shooting clinic for women on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed with firearm safety orientation and instructional sessions for shotgun, .22 caliber handgun in the morning and rifles, and centerfire handguns in the afternoon. Participants will be treated to a picnic lunch. ... The purpose of the clinic is to provide training in the safe handling of shotguns, rifles and pistols in a relaxing, non-competitive, and fun-filled environment. The clinic will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, targets and lunch will be provided by the club. The event is made possible in part by the Friends of the NRA Foundation.
The event will be supervised by NRA certified instructors and range safety officers as well as experienced club members. The club is located north of Carmi on County Road 1250 E, just off Illinois Highway 1.
Registration for the clinic costs $30 per participant. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Valinda Rowe at Six One Eight-Nine Six Three-Two Seven Eight Eight, or send an email to VRowe (at)

The Cost Of Higher Quality: Shooting The Magnum Research 10/22

Well, we did it. We upgraded our .22 arsenal with a Magnum Research 1722. We visited Larry's Gun Shop in McLeansboro recently to look for ammo, and I looked at the MR 1722 that was in his New rack. It has the Hogue overmolded stock, machined aluminum receiver with integral rail on top, and the graphite barrel. It's light; just 4 1/4 pounds, and the weight is centered around the receiver, not the barrel. I handed it to Susan and she started grinning, then she got down on the floor and tried it in prone and sitting. We filled out a 4473, and Susan has a new rifle. We put a Bushnell AR22 scope on it, swapped the trigger group from her Ruger, and put on 1 1/4" sling swivels for the GI sling.

This model has a target chamber, so it is tighter than other off the shelf rifles, and MR's manual cautions against bulk ammo and CCI Stingers, which have a longer case than other Long Rifle rounds. They recommend CCI Mini-Mags, but we no longer have those in our stash.  We do have a good variety, though, with plenty of CCI Standard Velocity .22 LR. We gave the rifle a real workout last weekend in preparation for an Appleseed event we will be attending.

We found that this rifle is not nearly as picky about ammo as the factory literature would lead you to believe, but we did avoid ammo that we knew would be unreliable. The first thing we tried was current production Remington Golden Bullets, which have been performing well in both our pistols and rifles. They ran just fine in the MR 1722, and accuracy was good, but even the current production Goldens will vary in power once in a while, and the weak ones will throw to a different spot.

We got serious after sighting it in with Goldens, and fine tuned it at 25 meters with CCI Standard Velocity. You can see the first ten rounds in the upper left of the picture. We made the necessary adjustments and shot some five round groups and they were all good.  The surprise for me was the tight grouping of Velocitors. No adjustment is needed to switch to the hyper-velocity rounds for popping coons and coyotes. All the ammo shown in the photo ran without fail in the rifle. We tried Aguila target ammo, and it failed to cycle the bolt. Aguila Pistol Match cycled the bolt reliably, but it throws 1" right at 25 Meters. I have found that to be true with the Ruger 10/22 that I shoot, too.

The down side of this rifle can be considered a feature, or a bug, depending what you want out of your rifle. The tight chamber must be kept clean. Somewhere around 70 rounds after cleaning, the bullets don't slide in cleanly, and you must clean up. I expected that, and we had supplies out behind the barn for cleaning. Fail to clean, and the gun will go click.  You check it, and it will have a stovepipe jam. Drop the magazine!...Because it will have chambered a round, but it couldn't fire with the empty holding the bolt back. Clear the empty, reinsert the magazine, and resume shooting, but stop and clean it soon.  Our cleaning regimen at the range is to shoot PB Blaster in the chamber and action, brush the bolt face and breech, spray the action again with Blaster, then mop it out. Pull a brush through the barrel, then the snake. We then give the bolt a few drops of oil, cycle it a few times, mop off the excess oil, and get back to shooting. The need for extra cleaning was understood when we bought this rifle, and to us it is not a problem, considering the lighter weight and tight accuracy we are seeing. Every firearm purchase is a serious personal choice, and this one fit Susan's needs for the shooting she is currently enjoying. Someone who is wanting a plinker that can suffer neglect would not like this rifle, and it is a tool that you don't throw behind the seat of your old pickup truck.

We were so busy shooting that I didn't bother with photos during our outing, but we will get some pictures next time out to share with our readers.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

Ruger's auction could be won by ordinary folk this week.  It is a 1990 production P85 in 9mm, and the bids are reasonable so far. CLICK HERE or on the photo to place your bid. This fine pistol will sell mid-day Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield.

$445! Someone nailed a bargain!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Not My Victrola: The Tulips Are In Bloom!

So of course this old chestnut came to mind.  We haven't posted this song for a few years, so let's look at it again. I think you had to be a hoofer to get into the talkies back then.

That was 1929; this clip is from 1944. More hoofers.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Not All Re-enactors Carry A Musket

 My brother Ben started playing the tuba when he was in the sixth grade, and that was a little more than half a century ago.  He still plays the tuba, and he has collected a few nice ones that make playing a joy.  He has a Civil War era Euphonium, and that was like giving a mouse a cookie. Now he does Civil War music.  All I can do with music is listen, so his talents with instruments amaze me.
The best thing I ever saw musically from him was that the U.S military people handed him a tuba rather than a rifle.  That's pretty darn good when your draft number is 5, and they need cannon fodder for Vietnam. Way To Go, Ben!

PS: Photos from Ben; not sure whom they belong to.

Lee Surrendered To Grant 150 Years Ago, April 9, 1865

The Civil War has been written about more than any event in our history, so rather than share my opinions about it, let's just enjoy one of my favorite musicians, Professor Barnswallow T. Farquar (aka Sanford Lee) as he performs songs that he uses in his live performances. Professor Farquar is about to go on the road for his thirtieth year, a pretty darn impressive feat.  He is always at Old Threshers, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for Labor Day weekend, where you can see his acts in the Log Village at the south end of the reunion grounds. He graciously granted permission for me to post these songs on YouTube for our readers to enjoy. Here are: Battlefield Trilogy, Good Old Rebel, and Let The Band Play Dixie. Thank You for the joy you have provided for so many years, Professor!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Getting Ready For Appleseed

 Anyone who has attended an Appleseed event will recognize the pattern of our bullet holes.  The AQT has four stages, with four targets on the bottom, then three, two, and one large Red Coat at the top.  We also were shooting the Red Coat targets, and 1 inch squares.


Pattie had lots of quality time relearning how to shoot the various stages, and getting comfortable with her rifle and scope. Her time spent pistol shooting over the winter at the Carmi Rifle Club has really kept her sharp.

She started out a bit wobbly, but soon was keeping all her shots in the targets.  She impressed us more than you can know when we had her shoot the tiny Shingle rectangle from 25 meters. She hits it Every Time.

Pistol League tomorrow, and then another rifle practice on the weekend, and she should be ready to try for a Rifleman Patch.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This week Ruger is offering one of their ever popular (and very rare) U.S. Government prototype Mk II pistols made in 1983. These always attract high bids, and this one is at $2000 as I put this post together. This fine pistol sells mid-day Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield. Click Here, or on Ruger's photo to place your bid.

Mr. Completely March E-Postal Extended....

...through Monday, April 13! The March weather held down the number of entries, so you have another chance to enter the first contest of the year.  This target favors small calibers, tight zeroing, and fine trigger control; so I went only for the big circles. I bet you can do better, and if you can't, you need the practice! So get out and shoot! We are taking a stack of targets to pistol league this week and have some of the hotshots give it a try.  Click Here to download your target and to study  the rules.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tuesday Turbo Boost

We haven't visited BachScholar for quite a while, and I am always energized by his playing.  He has moved from the West Coast to Northwestern Missouri, so Midwesterners can now get lessons from this Master in person.  Click over to watch this on YouTube, and you can follow a link to take piano lessons online.

And, here's a bonus march for you!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Summer Engine Season Will Be Here Soon!

Our friend Gary Bahre shot this little vid last fall at Pinckneyville. Apples were being ground for pressing into cider, and for cooking down into apple butter. All the engine guys are glad winter is over, and they are checking over their collections and prepping engines to show again this year.
Back To The Old Grind!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chamber Flags: Make Them A Habit!

Here is a cheap, easy method to make some ultra-deluxe chamber flags for your rifles and pistols.  Be safe at the range!

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat: I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle

This is a good one tonight, and Brat really liked it; lots of tail shakes and strutting.  He had to get down to rub my ankles because Rambler was at my feet, and Brat had to do his share.  I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle was recorded by the Original Jazz Hounds in August, 1925. Hot Jazz!

April e-Postal Contest: Can You Skin Griz, Pilgrim?

The Conservative UAW Guy has the new contest up for all of us to demonstrate our marksmanship skills.  Shoot 15 bears, from three different stances, and you should have 15 bears in the bag! (Snort!)
Click Over to read the rules and to download your target.

Plant Your Taters!

Here's a timely one from Bill Donze; McCook's Mr. Bill

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

McCook's Mr. Bill

I enjoy poking around on YouTube, and just recently ran across this pleasant fellow.  He's been YouTubing for several years, and he tells a good story.  I think we'll be featuring him when I can't come up with a good post on my own.

CLICK HERE to read a good article about McCook's Mr. Bill.