SCATTERED SHOTS (PART 4)

I originally planned to have the second part of the rifleman post up today but it is a holiday and I wanted to go hunt for Easter eggs. So instead i thought I would do another scattered shots, where I will show you some random things that caught my interest this week or may feature into upcoming articles.

First up is an image that has been around for a while. It was from a report on Hmong people still fighting the communists in the mountains of south east asia. The M16A1 below was carried by one of the Hmong. He had been carrying it and using it in the jungle since the Vietnam war. But yeah. only the AK is tough…

If you haven’t seen the John Wick films you are really missing out on some great shoot’em up action movies. If you have seen them I am sure you will “get it”. It, in this case, gave me a great laugh.

I don’t remember what news story I snatched this image from but I am really glad I thought to save it. Proof that every country has their own Top. Men. In this case in Africa. Nothing says elite like using your camel bak as frontal armor. Hey, water does a good job slowing down bullets so maybe he is on to something. I don’t think that is how you are supposed to wear your gas mask though.

good trigger discipline though

After the recent Kalifornia senator decided to run for POTUS, some worthy made this flag up..

A friend of the website and maker of fine facebook groups about the M1911, has shared with me this picture of his own BREN 10. Stuart has promised to write a guest article about his BREN10 so we can all look forward to that. Until then..

A certain 1980s TV show was clearly on his mind when he took this picture.

With the .gov in the state it’s in and the FBI showing itself to be the most top of the TOP. MEN. It felt like a good time to remember that time the Top Men saved the hell out of those kids in Waco, then posed by their burnt out bodies like trophies. Remember what Ronaldus Magnus said, the scariest words in the english language as “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”

Beyond the insanity of that image is the noteworthy detail that the sniper’s rifle has one of the rare LEO used Unertl 10x scopes. Which is the same model used by the USMC on the M40A1 for many years.

’nuff said.

Above is a scan or picture of a picture, taken on an old gun magazine about the then new Ruger varmint rifle in .220swift. The Unertl Target/Varmint scope being the only thing of interest. As for the author’s claim that the M77 was accurate, I never found that version of the M77 much to get excited about in the accuracy department.

I have always liked this image above. Yea, yeah its pure vintage FUDD stuff but I still have a soft spot in my heart fore the outdoor and hunting stuff from days gone by. What I like most about this is the longer you study it, the more neat little details you notice.

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This image of a rifle with silencer after heating up a bit I thought was pretty damn cool. The hog shooting must have been furious indeed.

I run across this guy’s political cartoons posted on social media pretty often. He clearly isn’t afraid to give them some edge. I did have a chuckle over this one. Don’t no one get asshurt and tattle to my mommy about it.

Last is a picture of the Knight’s Armament M110 Sniper system in all its glory with all it’s kit.

A look at the Beretta 21A

The Beretta 21A Bobcat is a small sleek pocket pistol with a special feature. You can tip the barrel up for loading. The Bobcat is available in .22 LR (like the one above) and .25 ACP. There is a larger model the Beretta 3032 Tomcat which is in .32 ACP.

Some years ago I was talking to a friend of mine and he was asking for suggestions for a pistol for his wife. Due to health issues and hand strength, she was not able to rack the slide on most pistols. I suggest he look into these pistols as the barrel can be tipped up for loading. Not that long later he showed me that he picked up one up, and liked it enough he was using it him self.

Now if someone was to get one for self defense, I would recommend the .25 or .32 ACP models over the .22LR. .22 Long Rifle ammunition doesn’t have as reliable ignition as other calibers.

Some years ago I decided if I saw one at a reasonable price I would buy it. Funny story, I was wanting to buy a Colt AR6951 and was trying to find one local. A dealer 2 hours away from me had them listed on Gunbroker, so I swung by to buy one. Turns out they didn’t keep any in stock and were just drop shipping them from a distributor. I was pretty annoyed, but when I left I took the long way home and stopped by ever gun shop I saw along the way. Well, actually I stopped stopping at the gun shops after the tenth one as I had spent too much money.

I saw this new stainless 21A in .22 for sale, right at the maximum I was willing to pay. I hear they are back in production, had I known that I could have probably shopped around and got a better deal ordering one, but I am happy with this one.

While this pistol has the awesome feature of the tilt up barrel, it does have a few quirks that can make it less than ideal for some people as a fighting self defense weapon. The safety is small and on the left side only. I find it easy to flip on and off when I have the pistol in my right hand, but I can barely flip it off when I hold the gun left handed only. It has a long double action pull. Fortunately the small safety can be employed with the gun cocked.

If I understand correctly, the manual indicated that the pistol is not drop safe with a round chambered. That might be a good argument in it self to go with a more modern pistol for self defense.

When I started shooting it I had a couple of malfunctions in the first few dozen rounds. I haven’t had any more since then. One important note is that the Bobcat does not have an extractor. I’ll come back to why that is important to know. I found if I wasn’t paying attention I could stuff 8 round in the 7 round magazines and that would induce a malfunction. I’m not sure if the other malfunctions I had was due to this.

If the choice for someone was no gun or a Bobcat/Tomcat, I would whole heartily recommend this Beretta. But once we start comparing it to other guns, we see the long heavy double action trigger pull, the small safety, the diminutive sights. It is by no means a bad gun, but we have lots of new options in pocket pistols now.

About 7 yards, give or take

I hate to say it, but I was not getting very good accuracy or grouping out of this pistol. But to be fair I was using old .22 ammo that is likely at least as old as I am. I’ll have to buy some better quality new ammo and see what it can really do. The sights leave a fair bit to be desired.

There is one last big point to make about this gun. I used to hear people say they preferred military guns as they were designed to be shot more and take more abuse. Different designs have different pros and cons. This simple design lacks an extractor. That is not an issue if the pistol is clean. But as it fouls, it will eventually stop function correctly. The little 21A is a whole lot of fun to shoot, but it isn’t a gun for shooting bricks of .22 all day long.

I really like the 21A, and I find it a whole lotta fun. The tip up barrel is a great feature, not a gimmick. But I wouldn’t recommend it as a first choice for a fighting gun. Still far better than no gun.

Now some real fun would be throwing a silencer on it.

My Colt 6940 FDE

Some time back Colt did a limited run of FDE anodized LE6920 and LE6940 models. I’ve heard there was something like 300 of these tan 6940s made, and 1500 of the 6920s.

Shawn was a pretty early adopter of the monolithic upper model of the 6940. He wrote a nice write about the 6940 back in 2012. You can see it here. When the FDE 6940 came out, he picked one up and switched to it.

An old picture of Shawn’s FDE 6940

I always thought how he has his rifle set up is pretty practical. So years later when I picked up a LE6945, a shorter barreled 6940, I set it up similarly.

My LE6945

Every so often I would see one of those limited run FDE 6940s come up for sale. Often $3000+. Insane.
Then I saw one for sale just a little over what I thought was reasonable, so I snatched it up.

This rifles comes out of the box ready for use, it even included a nice accessory kit I teased about here.

The kit comes with 2 mags, sling, cleaning kit, ladder covers, manual, a vertical forward grip, and a QD sling swivel.

Now I could write about this rifles performance, reliability, etc. But being it is a Colt, I think you what is going to be said. Now sometime down the road I plan to do some accuracy testing, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The 6940 has two heat shields in the hand guards. One above the gas tube and one at the bottom to help protect the shooters hand from heat when rapid firing.

The bottom rail is removable when you press a recessed button.
A 6940 has a 16″ M4 profile barrel. A notch in the upper receiver allows for a M203 grenade launcher to be mounted.

The 6940 model is a great gun, but I think it has a similar problem the FN SCAR has. It is a product of an older time. Now people want longer slick hand-guards, greater molecularity, etc. It is great at what it is, but you are limited to what you can change on it.

So what did I change on mine?

The Magpul MOE stock and grip on the rifle are fine, but I replaced them with the CTR (with extended pad) and A2 grip as I prefer. I removed the Magpul winter trigger guard and replaced it with a standard trigger guard (why?). A Tango Down stubby VFG was added to the hand guard. This rifle will normally wear an Aimpoint T-1 with a 300m zero. A KAC Ambi-Safety & Norgon Ambi-Catch aid in making the rifle more ambidextrous.

Eventually I’d like to swap out the Magpul rear sight for a KAC 2-600m sight. I’m also going to add a Surefire Warcomp so I can mount my silencer. I’d like to add Surefire Scout Light, once I can find another one cheap. Other than that, it is as it will be. I just need to shoot it more.

Update on my firearm project.

Back around Hurricane Irma I got thinking about what I would get if I were starting my firearm collection from scratch.  I still have an unfinished article based off my musing I might post someday.

I’ve wanted a light weight .308 semi auto with a long handguard for a while now.  I really like the Colt 901 and would love to have one with a long handguard, but Colt doesn’t offer that in the US, so I went with Larue Tactical.

Larue Tactical offers what they a call an Ultimate Upper kit.  This is a somewhat customization kit that including everything necessary for a functional AR minus the serialized lower receiver.  These kits are a great deal for the money, but they tend to have a very long lead time so don’t get one if you are impatient.  If you buy one of their upper kits, you can also order a lower.

I place an order from LaRue on 6/21.

I held off for quite a while as the large frame Larue rifles are Keymod and I’d much prefer MLOK.  But after thinking about it I realized that I am just going to mount a QD mount for a sling swivel and a couple of rail sections, and never take them off.  For me, in the big picture, it doesn’t really matter which system it is.

The upper kit arrived on 8/10.

It is a nicely packed up kit of everything for a rifle except for a lower.

 

There is the option to purchase a couple more of Larue mags at a discount when you buy one of their UU kits.  These are mags are well made and are designed to allow for a little longer overall length on the rounds in the mag over other brands like the Magpul P-Mags.

I also purchased a Surefire Warcomp.  It reduces recoil but is not as blasty or loud as a proper muzzle break.  It will reduce muzzle flash more than a muzzle break, but less than a dedicated flash hider.  The other main benefit is the ability to mount my Surefire silencer.

I wrote a little bit about the Larue RAT stock here.

I decided to go with a light weight profile barrel, the same as on the PredatAR rifles.  The barrel with gas block and gas tube weights 2 lbs 5.6oz.  I choose a light weight barrel as I know I won’t be doing high volume fire through this gun, and I do know that Larue makes accurate barrels.  The 308 rifles have plenty of weight in other areas, so I think this will be a good compromise.  Worse case scenario, the gun can be re-barreled, but I doubt that will be an issue.

To put it in perspective, the Proof Research lightweight barrel is advertised to be 2 pounds 3 oz at $940.  I don’t think 3ish ounces is worth that premium.

Barrel is marked Rearden Steel.  That’s for those of you who get the reference.

The gasblock is keyed the barrel for alignment.

Three setscrews hold the gas block in place.  Flat bottomed holes are cut in the barrel for these set screws.  I used Rockset to help secure them.

The match two stage trigger and pistol grip that comes with the kit is installed on a dry fire trainer so you can test the trigger as you wait for a lower.

I have no idea how much longer I am going to have to wait for the matching Larue lower I ordered for this kit, but I will write about it when I get it.