Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ruger 10-22 OKO Sight Mount

As I've been relating recently, I've been putting in a lot of time with the new CNC milling machine designing and manufacturing a line of Red Dot sight mounts. The first mounts are for the OKO Red Dot sights, but some other mounts are in the works too, just down the road a bit.

Here's the third sight mount in the new OKO mount series. This mount is designed to mount to the receiver of the Ruger 10-22 rimfire semi-auto rifle using the factory drilled holes, provided your receiver has been factory drilled.

Top View - Enlarge the picture and take a close look at the finish!

Bottom view.

If your 10-22 has a hole pattern like this, then this mount will bolt right on.

The new mount bolted to by beat up old Ruger 10-22.

Here's the right side, with the OKO Red Dot sight installed in the mount.
A lot of the sights out there clamp on to a Weaver or Picatinny rail, but the necessity of the rail raises the sight up farther away from the center line of the barrel. The lower you can mount the sight the better. This mount eliminates the Weaver or Picatinny rail completely. It makes for a very solid mounting of the sight.

If you think an OKO sight and one of these mounts is what your 10-22 needs, they are available at Magnum Shooter's Supply on line. The sight sells for 244.95, and the mount is 79.95.

I should add that I am the importer and distributor for the full line of OKO Red Dot sights from the Czech Republic. I also own Magnum Shooters Supply. I also use the OKO sights on just about everything I own, and wouldn't want to switch, either!


"Wouldn't Harm a Fly!" e-Postal Match

One of the most common comments I hear about the e-Postal matches is that the targets are WAY too hard to hit. With that in mind, this month's e-Postal match is designed in such a way that the fewer targets you hit, the better you do. HUH? Yup, this is the notorious "Fly Swatter" target from e-Postal matches past, but this time, the idea is to NOT hit the flies! In fact, your score is the number of shots you can fire until you accidentally hit one of the flies, hit the border, or shoot outside of the border.\. You can keep shooting as many times as you like running up your score until you hit a fly, and your score is the total number of misses you fired. You do have to keep all of your missed shots within the shooting area border, though, and if you touch the border, or hit outside of the border, that counts as hitting a fly and you are done.


This month we have seven classes, so there's a place for just about everything.

TARGET: Here's the link to the target.  The same target is used in all classes. Download it and print out a bunch of them! It's a PDF file. With some PDF software you might need to select "No Scaling" and other software you may need to select "Fit To Paper" to get the size right. If you get it the right size, the rectangle around the flies measures just over 7 1/2 inches across. 

Click here to Download the PDF file "Wouldn't Harm a fly!" It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS TWO: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS THREE: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS FOUR: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS FIVE: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.C

CLASS SIX: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS SEVEN: Any handgun with no more than a 14" barrel, any sights, scopes, laser, whatever. This class is primarily for target pistols.

If you have something interesting to shoot that doesn't quite fit in the above classes, go ahead and enter anyway.

DISTANCE : 25 feet, or Ten yards, which ever is available at your range.

SHOOTING POSITION: Standing, un-supported, off-hand, one or two hands on gun permitted.

SCORING: Your score is the total number of shots fired until you hit a fly, hit the border, or shoot outside of the border. The shot hitting the fly, the border, or outside of the border is not counted in your score. The maximum number of shots you can fire at one target is 25.

TIES: If you are able to shoot 25 shots inside the border and not hit any flies, move the target farther out a bit and shoot it again.Ties will be broken by the farthest distance with the same score.

Mark your score on each target with a legible pen, along with the class and type of gun used. Don't write your name on the target, only the name you want to appear in the results, as your target may get posted on Mr. Completely or other blogs.

I suspect that this match, like most of the e-Postal matches, is a lot harder that it looks. Don't throw away your targets in disgust when you think you did poorly. Send them in! You will probably be surprised to find out that you did a lot better than you thought.

STRATEGY: Beats me.........

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: You can enter more than once, in fact, it is encouraged. Shoot everything you own, and everything you can borrow! Take a buddy to the range, get him entered, then borrow his gun and enter that! The only restriction is that you can only enter once for any given gun, in any individual Class. You can shoot the target as many times as you like, and send in the best one.

Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. For example, .38SPL and .357MAG are considered as one, as would be .44SPL and .44MAG. Different guns of the same caliber and barrel length can be entered.

PRIZES: Nope, it's just for the fun of it and the bragging rights, although I just might give away some Mr. C's Super Sekrit Gun Oil by random drawing to the entries.............

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY: Take a digital photo of, (or scan) your targets, and email the picture, along with:

1. Your score.

2. The name you want used when we post the results.

3. Gun description - Brand, model, semi-auto, revolver, black powder, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights

4. Class: Class One, Two, Three, four, five, six, or seven.

5. Anything interesting or unique about your entry that other shooters might enjoy hearing about.

Email it all to b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m

If you can't scan or send target pictures, send everything else to me in an email, and we'll arrange for either fax or snail mail for the targets.

The rules are subject to revision as needed, should the need arise.

All entries must be received by Midnight on Sunday, April 1st, and results will be posted within seven days, or less. (April Fool's Day - Seems appropriate....)

If you have any questions, leave the question in the comments to this post, or send me an email, or both.

Have fun!!

Note to Gun Bloggers: Please post about this match and help to get the word around about it. I'd really like to see a good turnout, and your help will be really appreciated.



Monday, February 27, 2012

OKO Mounts - Two More New Ones

As I've mentioned before, I've been really busy getting the new CNC milling machine set up and learning how to program and run it. I now have two production runs complete, and I am almost done with the first prototype of a third mount.

The new mount I am currently working on will be a really good seller, at least I hope so! This new mount will allow you to mount an OKO Red Dot sight directly to the factory drilled and tapped holes on the top of a Ruger 10/22. I should be able to finish the prototype and finish fine tuning the programming today, and then get the first batch machined in the next few days. I'll get some photos posted as soon as I can. They really look nice!

Friday, February 24, 2012

FFL Application Info

A commenter asked about which forms are required to apply for a Federal Firearms Dealer license. Rather than re-capping what is on the ATF's website, here's a quick summary and the link to the ATF page with the full information.

 I wouldn't say the paperwork was tough, because it wasn't, but it did take a while to fill it out. I also read and re-read the instructions to be sure I got it right the first time. I had picked up an envelope from the ATF guys at the SHOT Show with the forms and fingerprint cards and instructions all included, but you can fill out the forms on line and then print them out and send them in. The main form is a lot like the 4473 form you fill out when you buy a gun. The fingerprints have to be done by someone qualified, and the county Sheriff's office was able to do that for me at a reasonable charge.

I looked on the Internet, and I see there are some operations offering to assist you in applying for your FFL, and at least one of them was trying to scare you into using their help. I'm sure there was something about sending them money in there, too, but I could tell they were bogus when they started out by saying that if you are denied you lose your two hundred bucks. The ATF instructions are very clear that if you are denied, you get your money back. The application isn't that hard to fill out, so I don't think you need these guys to help!

Here's the basic list:
  • ATF F 5310.12 (Form 7) — Application for Federal Firearm License (FFL)
  • ATF F 5330.20 — Certification of Compliance
  • Two Completed FD–258 (Fingerprint Identification Card) for each Responsible Person (RP) obtained through a local law enforcement agency.
  • Two 2″ x 2″ Photographs for each Responsible Person (RP)
  • Application Fee
If you are interested in getting your Federal Firearms License, go to the ATF (am I dating myself by not calling them BATFE?) website and you will find out everything you want to know, and you can get what you need to fill out there too.

Keep in mind that the FFL is only for businesses, and if you are planning to use the FFL to buy guns for your self, rather than running a (hopefully for profit) business, you will be denied. In fact, there is a question that asks "Do you plan to use the FFL to buy firearms only for yourself?" or something like that, and next to the YES box it says do not submit the application.

The ATF info says that I will be contacted by a field agent and interviewed, and actually I'm looking forward to that, as I'm sure he can be really helpful as to making sure I get all of the record keeping set up in an efficient manner right from the start.

I'll keep you all informed as it progresses.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Joe Cocker - Old Guys Can Rock Too!

This video is from 2002, but even so, it's cool to see old grey haired guys who can still rock, maybe even better than when he appeared at the very first (and really the only true) Woodstock.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do...............

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On Becoming a FFL Dealer

When I was at the SHOT show there was a booth set up by the ATF. The agents were very helpful, and courteous, like most ATF folks I've ever dealt with. I was asking about the laws concerning making my own frame for a Steel Challenge race pistol, and he said if I wasn't going to sell it, and it was for my own use, I didn't need any special licenses or permits, although they recommend I put some sort of a serial number on it. If I was planning on making then to sell, though, there was indeed a license needed. I asked about getting the basic FFL license, so I could send and receive firearms for reviews, and also for gunsmithing, and he explained that the process was fairly simple, and he gave me a packet containing the forms, instructions, and special cards for fingerprints.

Once back home, I went over to the Sheriff's office and got the fingerprinting done, and made another stop to get some 2x2 passport photos taken. This afternoon I filled out the forms, reading and re-reading all the instructions so I would be sure to get it right the first time!

I figure the FFL license might just prove to be a handy piece of ID, too, particularly when traveling, as it means that the Feds have checked me over pretty well, before issuing the license.

I'll keep you posted as to how it all proceeds................

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gary Shank on Top Shot

I don't usually spend much time watching the TeeVee, but I do make an exception to watch Top Shot. When I watched this season's first episode, one face looked familiar. Two years ago, Gary Shank was working as the head of the Gun Library at Cabela's in Reno, and he spent some time with the Gun Blogger rendezvous folks, showing us a bunch of cool old guns. I even bought a used High Standard pistol from him at the time. Gary also came to our Gun Blogger Rendezvous Pizza Feed and brought a bunch of neat stuff from Cabela's for the raffle and door prizes. Gary also bought a number of tickets for the raffle, and managed to take home an absolutely gorgeous Leupold rifle scope!

Now it's true that this year's series was filmed last Fall and that the winner has already been determined, I'm still going to root for Gary to win it all!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Paul Bunyan Steel Match Report

It seems like I haven't been shooting much since last October, and that's pretty accurate. I shot one match in October, one in early January, and only had the race guns out of their case once in that period, except for the matches. That's not a very good way to keep up your skills! At the steel match in January I was definitely rusty, but as the day progressed I started to get back on track. It went about the same way yesterday at Paul Bunyan Gun Club's steel match in Puyallup. Will, the match director, sets up his steel stages differently every match, and the theme for this match was "Up Close and Personal". A good point shooter could probably have shot the match without using sights at all. Every stage featured fairly close in targets and pure speed was the game of the day. A great way to develop bad habits, though, since fast and sloppy shooting would still get you a good score. To give you an idea of just how fast the watch was, my average five shot string starting with the muzzle on a barrel was 1.575 seconds! That's the average for the whole day!

Keewee went along, and although she hasn't been shooting much either, she did very well. The weather wasn't all that bad for this time of year, and it only rained a little bit, and they it was very light rain. Even with the less than ideal weather, we had 81 guns entered, so the turnout was really excellent. We all had a lot of fun, and several of us had dinner together after the match. Still, it was a long drive home, and I went out like a light as soon as my head hit the pillow.

I DO need to get out and practice every day now though, as I can't count on having big close targets for the rest of the season...........

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rob Leatham at SHOT Show

There was so much going on at the SHOT Show that I missed a lot that was going on. I did spend some time at the Safariland booth, but Rob wasn't there at that time. Fortunately, someone else was there with a video camera and got this video of Rob demonstrating competition draws, and also some reloading.

I've watched Rob shoot a number of times, and it's amazing just how fast he goes.

Check it out!


Monday, February 13, 2012

First OKO Sight Mount Run Completed!

It's been pretty hectic building a new machine shop area in the barn, moving in the new CNC milling machine, wiring everything up, and getting it all to work. Oh, I also had to design the parts, then learn how to program the machine to actually make the parts, too!In the middle of it all, I had a small delay while I helped to keep our local "pretends to be a" hospital well in the black.

In spite of all the interruptions, the first parts have now been completed, and they really look great! The accuracy of the new milling machine just amazes me. I am used to working to an accuracy of a thousandths of an inch, but this mew machine allows me to work to the ten thousandths of an inch, and they all come out exactly the same.

Here's some pics of one of the first ones made:

I now have this mount available on the Magnum Shooters Supply website under the "Magnum Mount" brand name.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

New OKO Sight Mount Announced

since getting back from the SHOT Show we've been putting in a lot of hours getting the new CNC milling machine up and running, and it's really an impressive piece of equipment. Being able to work to an accuracy of a few ten thousandths of an inch and have it be repeatable is very cool. To put that in perspective, imagine slicing the thickness of a sheet of paper into four layers, then slice one of those layers into ten more layers! That's approximately one ten thousandth of an inch! 

We can now announce our first new product made on the CNC mill. The first new sight mount we are producing will be a mount to allow you to mount an OKO "S" series sight, also called the "Specialty Mount" or "Three Screw Mount"  directly to any flat surface, using two 10/32 flat head Allen screws. The screw spacing is the same as is used to mount the full sized C-More sight, so with this new mount the OKO Sight will also mount directly to any C-More mount that you may already have mounted to your gun.  The neat thing about this mount is that you can now mount the OKO sight to just about anything with a flat surface that you can drill and tap to 10/32, or to anything that you can bolt a flat piece of aluminum to, that you can drill and tap.Our first production run is just about complete, and we may be shipping the new mount as early as later next week. We will announce pricing and availability on the first mounts shortly.

 The next OKO sight mount we plan to manufacture will allow the "W" series, also called the Weaver mount or four screw mount, to mount to a flat surface, as above.

This is just the start, though, as to OKO sight mounts, as we plan to be making a wide range of mounts for specific guns.

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