Sunday, November 29, 2009
Century Arms Inc. is producing their own AK type rifle called the Centurion 39 Sporter Rifle. This rifle is made of 100% American made parts. The rifle has a milled receiver, a proprietary V shaped Chevron Compensator, designed exclusively by Century and has Picatinny rails on the hand guards for mounting optics. I know that the milled receiver is a huge plus in the book of a lot of AK fans. I also know that there are a lot of mixed feeling about the quality of workmanship coming from Century over the years. I've owned two C.A.I. Yugo AK type rifles (M70 and M72). The construction of both them was fantastic and they function without any issues to date. So, I'm willing to give the new Centurion 39 Sporter Rifle a try. I'd like to see what the MSRP will be for these rifles. Maybe Century will send me a sample so I can spread the good word. Nah, I don't think so.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I went to my friend Scott's place to try out some new mags, rifles, and for a bonfire. We tested his Colt M4 .22lr tactical rifle, which was really nice. I got to fire an M&P 40c that one of his police buddies brought. I thought that it would be somewhat awkward to hold, due to its small size, but it was really ergonomical and I had no trouble with it at all. Even with the shortened grip it handled nicely. It was pretty accurate too. I took one of the new Tapco AR 30 round polymer magazines that I picked up at the last gun show for $10. It feed well and seems to be a good buy. At $10, I'd buy some more. I used the mag on his Bushmaster AR type rifle (I don't recall the model). That rifle shoots really well and ate up the Wolf 62 gr. and PMC .223 ammo. We fired a Mossberg 500 and an intersting Colt 22. As it got dark we made our way to the bonfire that was built like a tepee, and grilled some dogs. It was another fun day at the range.
With the price of ammo still pretty high, and the realization that people still want to fire their AR type rifles, Colt and Umarex have teamed up and tapped into that market. In an effort to provide affordability without giving up the cool factor, they have produced the Colt M4 .22 Tactical Rimfire. I was skeptical when I first saw it. I sold my Ruger 10/22 not long ago. Not because it wasn't a great rifle, but because it just wasn't as fun as my AR or AK types. I even bought an MG-42 kit to dress it up, but that didn't help. The Colt / Umarex M4 Carbine in 22 long, is a different story. It has the look and feel of a Colt AR, but it's lighter and provides an inexpensive way to do a ton of plinking. We used mostly Federal, which fires really well. We also put a couple of rounds of Remington through it, but it didn't load well at first. If you like AR rifles, but don't have the cash for a bunch of .223 or 5.56, I suggest that you try one of these.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
In the Hollywood of blockbuster, generic action films, this one's an exception. It's been a while since I'd seem a good movie, but this one was pretty good. It's a film about a bomb squad in Iraq, and the missions that the team goes on, and the bond they form throughout the trials they face. Even though it's a movie about defusing IED's, there's an intense sniper dual that's pretty cool.
This scene picks up right after the English squad leader is taken out by the terrorist sniper. The allied forces (US and Brits) use what seems to be a Barrett .50 cal. The Muslim terrorists are using either a Dragunov or an Al Kadesiah (Iraqi SVD clone). Enjoy!
Friday, November 20, 2009
The folks at www.keepgoing.biz demonstrate their ability to protect data and keep the users working. I believe that this pretty well sums up what those of us who're stuck at a cubicle would like to do to the servers at work!
Stephen Colbert interviews John Pike about the popularity of the AK-47 as the Russian designer celebrates his 90th birthday. I'm not a big Colbert fan, but this is worth a watch.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|AK-47 Designer Celebrates His Birthday - John Pike|
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Just about everyone on planet earth knows about or has at least heard of the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova) or one of its descendants. It's a selective fire, gas operated 7.62mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the 1940s. Now Kalashnikov claims that the AK-47 was not influenced by the German STG-44, but I just can't see how that's possible. In fact, here are some pics to illustrate that point.
According to the Wikipedia entry, "Design work on the AK began in 1944. In 1946 a version of the rifle, the AK-46, was presented for official military trials, and a year later the fixed stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Red Army. The AK-47 was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1949."
The Wikipedia entry contains some very interesting information on the development of the AK-47, which is worth the read. While reading up on the development of this truly amazing rifle, I came across a really interesting photo history of the design work that lead up to what we now know as the AK-47. Here's the link from world.guns.ru (http://world.guns.ru/assault/as01-e.htm)and a couple of pics to show some of the various stages of development of the AK-47. I've also posted the clip from Lord of War, where Nicolas Cage's character Yuri Orlov, talks about the history of the AK-47 rifle. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It had been a while since I shot my Springfield XD 45 ACP since the ammo is so expensive. My brothers wanted to shoot it, so they bought some ammo and I took out a box of Remington 230 grain ACP. I have only fired a handful of handguns, but the Springfield XD models are so far, my favorites. I got to shoot the XD 9mm model at a local range and loved it so I bought the 45 ACP one as a step up. There's hardly any recoil and it's pretty much point and shoot. It's really accurate and the ergonomics are great. The standard magazine holds 13 rounds, plus one in the tube. I have some spare mags for it, along with the holster it came with. It's just so fun to shoot. Get one or try out a friend's!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Alright, so if you've never lined up a bunch a pumpkins and unloaded the arsenal on them, you're really missing out. Don't get me wrong, paper targets have their place, but there's nothing quite like watching these reactive targets spew seeds out the back when a 5.56 NATO or 45 ACP round tears through these guys. These pumpkins were free from a local pumpkin patch. The guy there just asked that I tell people that he's now selling Christmas trees on his lot. In case you aren't able to head out to the country and do it, here's some footage of our session. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I'd been waiting for quite some time to buy this rifle. Ever since I first fired my WASR-3, I loved the look and feel of an AK in 5.56 NATO. There's just something cool about it. The WASR-3 turned out to be junk, so I traded it in a while back. Just this Saturday I picked up a couple of Arsenal rifles, one of them being the long awaited Arsenal SLR-106FR . This Bulgarian AK-101 clone looks fantastic and shoots amazingly well, right out of the box. It's really accurate for an AK. I used PMC 55 grain brass in Bulgarian "Circle 10" waffle mags. I'm so glad that I finally got this rifle. It's just so much fun. But don't take my word for it, simply check out the smiles on my brothers' faces.
Here's Andy pumping out some lead and taking out those insurgent pumpkins with the Arsenal SLR-106FR.
The weekend after Halloween, my brothers and I went out to the "range" (country backwoods) with a ton of pumpkins that my wife and I got from the local punkin' patch". It was time to test out my new Century arms c93 sporter. This time I made sure that the battery had plenty of juice before leaving the house. This rifle is a ton of fun to shoot. We put about 300 rounds of Wolf 55 and 62 grain FMJ bi-metal rounds through it. It ate that steel core ammo up without any issues. Now that's cool. I brought the three new HK 40 round aluminum mags that arrived this week in the mail. They worked flawlessly. There's almost no felt recoil on this rifle and it handles really well. AIM Surplus had them on sale for $599 a week ago. At that price, you've gotta get one! Here's some footage of me having fun.