Glock Gen4 opinions.

Well it’s been a long time since I got a chance to post. I’ve been really busy lately. I got to put my hands on a Glock Gen4 the other day. Overall I like the changes. I like the smaller grip.  I haven’t gotten to shoot one so I don’t know if the new recoil spring system actually helps with the recoil or not. The finger grooves feel a little smaller. I don’t really have an opinion on the new texture other than I like that it’s not as aggressive as te RTF. Whether the Gen4 is a real improvement is up to the individual. I think it is as long as you don’t overpay for it. If you can get one for the near the price of a Gen3 then go for it. I wouldn’t pay $100 more like I have seen them for though.

Stuff I See Messed Up – Ruger Mini-14 Fixed

I previously posted about a messed up Ruger Mini-14 we had at work. Well I got a chance during a slow day to fix it. It turns out, the gas tube had gotten dislodged and walked out of its hole. Once it fell clear of the hole, it prevented the op rod from going all the way forward. I simply unscrewed the gas block which allowed the tube to come out the front of the stock. At this point I could have just reinstalled the gas block and tube but I opened the gun up and gave it a once over just to be sure that was everything. I put it back together and now it’s just waiting to be sold.

IRS Buying Short Barreled Shotguns.

The IRS is planning on buying 60 Remington 870s with 14″ barrels. Here’s the bid solicitation.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

I find it interesting they are getting Modified chokes instead of the usual Cylinder or Improved Cylinder you see in “riot” guns.

Hat Tip: Drudge Report

LED conversion for an old pocketwatch.

This is one of the neatest things I’ve seen in a while. I found it a while back and finally got around to posting it. Paul Pounds turned an old Elgin pocket watch into a high tech watch using some new hardware and LEDs. He has this to say about the project:

My grandfather was a horologist. When he passed away in 2005 I inherited from him a collection of broken pocketwatches. As my skills are in microelectronics, rather than micromechanics, I felt it would be a fitting tribute to him to produce an electronic movement in place of one of the broken ones he’d never had the time to fix.

It’s a very cool watch and an interesting read. I hope he furthers the project, I’d like one.

Hat Tip: Gajitz

TDI Kriss news from SHOT.

Thanks to Steve’s coverage of SHOT Show, we know the TDI Kriss will be available in a pistol configuration and also will be released in .40 S&W. The pistol configuration is for people who want a short barrel without going through the NFA hoops. The only trade-off is you can’t put a stock on it. I’d love a short barrel Kriss in .45 but I would have to have the stock and that would make it NFA. If I was going to go through the NFA hoops for an SBR it would probably be an UZI or an AR-15 so I could use multiple calibers.

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