Range Report 09-10-11

I haven’t been shooting in a while and today I got to the range. I went with my fiance and her aunt who hasn’t shot in many years. Today we had a bit of variety in the guns we shot. We got to shoot my Ruger Mark II Gov’t Target .22 and my Sig Sauer P220 (with and without AAC Tirant silencer). We also got to shoot a Ruger SR9 and an HK P30 both in 9mm. My fiance’s aunt brought her revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model 67 in .38. The Smith groups well as they are known to do, but I may need to adjust the sights slightly for the new ammo she got. It’s hitting a little off from where they were last adjusted. The P30 is very mild in recoil and really impressed me. I’m normally not the biggest HK fan but after having shot a P30 and HK 45, I’m a fan of their newer pistols. The USPs were always large for my hands but the latest generation of their products fits great. The trigger on the P30 is very good compared to the USP triggers. It was controllable and grouped well. The Ruger SR9 was very nice, especially considering their usual sub-$500 price. The trigger was a little heavier than some of them I’ve played with but was very consistent. It grouped surprisingly well. I really had fun with that pistol. The Mark II shot flawlessly today. Anyone who has fired a Ruger .22 knows how great these are. Anyone looking for a first pistol can do a whole lot worse than a Mark II or III. The suppressed .45 drew a crowd as usual and I’m getting used to that. I had a couple opportunities to explain about the process of NFA ownership. One of the last things I did was help another shooter sight in the red dot on his GSG-5 .22 pistol. That’s the first time I’d gotten to shoot one of these and it was incredibly fun. I may have to pick one up some day.

Well that’s the rundown of today’s shooting. I hope to get to the range more often time permitting.

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Interesting silencer side effect.

Something not everyone knows about silencer use is gas blowback. It’s never seen in movies or tv. When you shoot a silenced firearm, there is the possibility of gas being blown back through the barrel and action and at the shooter. It can be anything from mild and barely noticeable to uncomfortable (sometimes called “gasface”). It can also cause junk and powder residue to blow back. Here’s a picture of my shirt after the last time I shot with a can. Some guns are worse than others. AR-15s are known to leak gas between the upper and lower.

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AAC Tirant .45 video.

I went shooting with my fiance today and got some trigger time with my silencer. The video shows my Sig P220 .45 ACP shooting some 230 gr. Magtech FMJ with and without the AAC Tirant installed. The buzzing sound is the door alarm to the range. It’s a cease fire notice to save the ears of those outside watching who aren’t wearing ear protection. I’m wearing ear protection even though the Tirant is hearing safe because we were at a public range. The shots in the background are from the next set of bays. The target is Steve the zombie.

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

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.

Steve is the man behind The Firearm Blog.

Mers from AAC goes over how to legally buy a silencer.

Big thanks to Mers at AAC’s blog for posting this. While I don’t work at a shop that deals with NFA items, but we get the occasional question due to people not understanding the laws.

How To Legally Buy A Silencer.

Aliens Marine “Pulse Rifle” using 870 and M11/9.

Fans of Aliens will no doubt remember the M41A Pulse Rifle issued to the Colonial Marines. Well thanks to Lage Manufacturing, it might soon be possible to own one of your own! All it takes is a transferable 9mm M11/9 with a Soumi style upper and a registered short barrel Remington 870 for the underbarrel “grenade launcher.” It has a red dot sight and a shot counter that turn on when a mag is inserted.

The props from the movie were made by taking the actions from Thompson M1 subguns, stocks from H&K MP5s, Remington 870s, and SPAS 12 forends.

Lage MFG. MAX41A 9mm/12 Ga. "Pulse Rifle"

More info on the guns from the movie can be found on IMFDB.org. The machineguns were mocked up MG-42s. You also see a few others like the H&K VP70.

Hat Tips: Every Day, No Days Off and Says Uncle Link 1/Link 2.