Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Rimfire Roundup #4

Welcome, all, to Rimfire Roundup #4. Not too many submissions this week, but that's fine with me, as I will be heading down to Seattle tomorrow to speak at the Boeing Employee's Rifle and Pistol Club tomorrow night, and won't have much time to put a Rimfire Roundup together, so I'm doing it tonight.

Without further ado, "Away We Go!"

We'll start off with a Savage Model 6B rifle, Observation Post's very first rifle. It was also sold under the Stevens, Springfield and High Standard names, as well as various 'store brand names', such as Ranger and J. C. Higgins.

You might want to head over there for a stroll down memory lane!

Savage Model 6B Rifle

Fugger Nutter at his blog of the same name, had a pile of assorted Ruger 10/22 parts, so he decided to assemble the parts and put together one rifle from all of the stuff he had kicking around.

Here's his result, a nice looking rifle all set up for "Silly-Wet" shooting, as he calls it.

He calls this one his "Frankenrifle".

Ruger 10/22 "Frankenrifle"

Speaking of "First Guns", Ted at Musing's of an Old Man's first pistol was this Colt single action frontier scout .22 in LR. He bought it when he was 16, and took it everywhere and did everything with it. It was always his companion on every hunting excursion.

He still has it, and it looks like it's still in good condition!

Colt single action frontier scout .22 LR

Speaking of Colt 22 revolvers, here's a post by Kim at The Other Side of Kim on the Colt New Frontier (.22 LR) with the Buntline barrel. Here's more!

Colt New Frontier (.22 LR) with the Buntline barrel.

After those Colt's it's about time for some Smith & Wesson's! Here's a full review and range report on Mr. Completely's S&W Model 422 with a custom scope mount and a red dot sight. It's hard to believe just how light this is, even with the red dot on it!

Smith & Wesson Model 422 with red dot sight

Here's another Smith & Wesson, this one belongs to USCitizen at Traction Control. The 22A's sight is an UltraDOT Pan-A-V. This is the 22A he used in the just concluded e-Postal Handgun match.

Smith & Wesson Model 22A with UltraDot Sight

Well, that's about it for this week! Hope you enjoyed this week's Rimfire Roundup, brought to you commercial free and without interruption by the management and editorial staff of Mr. Completely!

Bloggers: Please send in your submissions for the Rimfire Roundup by next Tuesday night for inclusion in next week's Rimfire Roundup.


e-Postal Handgun/Rifle Match "Seein' Stars" Results

The scores are all in and filtered through the magic of Excel, and here are the results.

Class One - Rimfire Semi-Auto Handgun

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

1. -- Mr. Completely 230 320 550 .22 High Standard Red Dot
2. -- Marc 225 270 495 .22 Smith & Wesson 22S Red Dot
3. -- JimmyB 120 315 435 .22 Ruger Mk. II Red Dot
4. -- Retired Geezer 105 130 235 .22 Ruger Unknown
5. -- Bobalouie 75 155 230 .22 Ruger Mk. II Red Dot
6. -- USCitizen 70 150 220 .22 Smith & Wesson 22A Unknown
7. -- Zappa1 95 120 215 .22 Hi Standard Red Dot
8. -- Mrs. Retired Geezer 90 120 210 .22 Ruger Unknown
9. -- NateG 40 60 100 .22 1911 w/ .22 Conv. Unknown

Class Two - Centerfire Semi-Auto Handgun

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

1. -- JimmyB 190 105 295 .45 Colt Gold Cup Red Dot
2. -- NateG 95 140 235 .45 SAM Elite 1911 Unknown
3. -- Mrs. Retired Geezer 60 90 150 9mm Glock Unknown
4. -- Ben 55 85 140 .45 Kimber Ultra Carry II Iron
5. -- Brian Lane 55 50 105 .45 Kimber Pro Carry II Iron
6. -- S-tay 30 30 60 .45 Glock 21 Iron
7. -- Mr. Completely 15 40 55 5.7mm FN 5.7 x 28 Iron

Class Three - Revolver

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

1. -- Marc 220 320 540 .38 Smith & Wesson 686 Red Dot
2. -- Mr. Completely 100 235 335 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Red Dot
3. -- Mr. Completely 120 200 320 .22 Ruger Single Six Iron
4. -- NateG 110 100 220 .357 Smith & Wesson 686 Unknown
5. -- LouG 80 40 120 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Red Dot
6. -- LouG 50 25 75 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Iron

Class Four - Rifle - 20" Barrel or less

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

1. -- Brian Lane 80 30 110 .22 Ruger 10/22 Iron
2. -- Ben 60 75 60 (135*) .9mm AR-15 Iron

*Note: Ben had to shoot both targets at 25 yards due to range size, so only his 25 yard O/H target was counted towards his total score, but both scores are shown.

Other Scores

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

USCitizen ??? ??? 260 .22 Smith & Wesson 22A All on same target
S-tay 70 55 125 .22 Ruger Mk. II X 2x Scope

Just for fun, here's all of the scores lumped together to see how the individual classes did against each other. This wasn't the competition, but it's to see them side by side.

Name -- O/H - B/R -Total Score - Caliber - Handgun Type - Sight

1. - Mr. Completely 230 320 550 .22 High Standard Red Dot
2. - Marc 220 320 540 .38 Smith & Wesson 686 Red Dot
3. - Marc 225 270 495 .22 Smith & Wesson 22S Red Dot
4. - JimmyB 120 315 435 .22 Ruger Mk. II Red Dot
5. - Mr. Completely 100 235 335 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Red Dot
6. - Mr. Completely 120 200 320 .22 Ruger Single Six Iron
7. - JimmyB 190 105 295 .45 Colt Gold Cup Red Dot
8. - USCitizen 260 .22 Smith & Wesson 22A All on same target
9. - Retired Geezer 105 130 235 .22 Ruger Unknown
10. - NateG 95 140 235 .45 SAM Elite 1911 Unknown
11. - Bobalouie 75 155 230 .22 Ruger Mk. II Red Dot
12. - USCitizen 70 150 220 .22 Smith & Wesson 22A Unknown
13. - NateG 110 100 220 .357 Smith & Wesson 686 Unknown
14. - Zappa1 95 120 215 .22 Hi Standard Red Dot
15. - Mrs. Retired Geezer 90 120 210 .22 Ruger Unknown
16. - Mrs. Retired Geezer 60 90 150 9mm Glock Unknown
17. - Ben 55 85 140 .45 Kimber Ultra Carry II Iron
18. - S-tay 70 55 125 .22 Ruger Mk. II X 2x Scope
19. - LouG 80 40 120 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Red Dot
20 - Brian Lane 80 30 110 .22 Ruger 10/22 Iron
21. - Brian Lane 55 50 105 .45 Kimber Pro Carry II Iron
22. - NateG 40 60 100 .22 1911 w/ .22 Conv. Unknown
23. - LouG 50 25 75 .38 Smith & Wesson 586 Iron
24. - S-tay 30 30 60 .45 Glock 21 Iron
25. - Ben 60 75 60 .9mm AR-15 Iron Both at 25Yds
26. - Mr. Completely 15 40 55 5.7mm FN 5.7 x 28 Iron

Final notes: In the rifle class, Ben didn't have access to a fifty yard range where he rented the AR-15 he used, so he shot both targets at 25 yards, the range maximum. No problem! For the actual scoring I only counted his first target at 25 yards, but I posted both scores for information. S-Tay happened to have a 2x scope on his Ruger .22. Shoot it anyway!

These matches are for the fun of it, and even if your equipment disqualifies you from a class, I'll post your scores anyway! As I said, these are for the fun of it!

One entry clearly stands out above the rest, and is worth pointing out. Check out Marc's revolver score! 540 total, with a perfect 320 from the bench rest, shooting Double Action! I've always been in awe of folks who can shoot double action and actually hit something. Nice Shooting!

Thanks to all of you who entered, and I hope to see you all give it a try in the next match, to be announced in the next several days. It will be completely different, but guaranteed to be a challenge!

There will also be a separate rifle e-Postal match announced in a few days. This month's rifle match will be hosted by Azreel at Freespiritmind.com.

And finally, I do not want to discuss my score shooting the FN Five-seveN. At All! EVER!!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Who's gonna run the ports?

There's been a lot of gum-beating and jaw-flapping going on about the possibility of the running of some US ports being done by a company owned by a parent corporation located in the United Arab Emirates. This might be a good time to bring in a little perspective to the issue.

The biggest and worst case terrorist threat we face is for a nuke to come into the US through one of our ports in a container. Our borders are so leaky right now that getting smaller stuff smuggled into the US isn't too hard anyway, so smaller scale smuggling doesn't really need a container. A good sized nuke, however, could travel nicely in a container, so I'm told.

Depending on whose numbers you use, only roughly one container out of one hundred gets inspected right now. In other words, with our ports under current security and NOT being run by an Arab company, the odds are "99 to 1" against a nuke being found in a container anyway. That's not very good odds! The absolute worst it could get would be 100 out of 100 getting through, rather than the current 99 out of 100 getting through.

Even if we had 100 percent inspection of every single container to land on our docks, our security is still worthless against a nuke, as it could be detonated on the ship, or as it's container is being lifted from the ship, well before any inspection could occur.

The point I'm trying to make is that once a nuke in a container enters one of our harbors, the game is already over. It can be detonated before any action can be taken to disable it.

For our ports to be secure against nuclear attack by ship, the security has to start when the ship is loaded in the foreign port, not once it has arrived in the United States.

The containers need to be inspected and put under seal before being loaded onto the ship, and they must be inspected for untampered seals offshore before entering our ports.

Perhaps that means a US security guard team needs to ride with every container ship bound for a US port. If that what it takes, then that's what it takes.

It may cost a bit more, and it may raise the price a bit for foreign made products. That's a small price to pay for the security it could provide our seaports.

Unfortunately, it probably won't happen until there's an "incident". Possibly an incident that makes 9/11 look like child's play. An "incident" worse than your worst nightmare.

I sure hope someone in a position to make a difference figures this out, and takes some action, before it's too late.........

Watch out for Grass Snakes

Garden Grass Snakes can be dangerous... Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes.

Here's why...

A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, The wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants And when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream.

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the Family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance. The attendants rushed in, wouldn't listen to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out!

About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor man. He volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake Wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, Saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake.

The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa. One of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and as the bulb broke it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, burning drapes, were seen by the neighbors who called the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the electricity and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed. Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car, and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The husband asked his wife if she thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

That's when she shot him.

Hat tip to Uncawho for the story!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

CWSA First Pin Shoot of the Year

Some center fire pin shooting action!
I wonder what kind of powder he's using?

KeeWee and I are now back from the first CWSA pin shoot of the year, and like most of the previous pin shoots, it was an interesting day! Kinda like the Irish curse "May you live in interesting times!"

We got there early enough to watch the timing in for the centerfire and revolver classes, and to watch their matches. In centerfire "Evil Al" pretty much owns the place unless Gerald or Kim come down from Custer to compete. No one from the Custer club made the trip today, so Al basically "kicked butt and took names." Most of the competition was for second place.

In rimfire timing in, I had a horrible time with rounds failing to fire. When I could still get them, I used Winchester Dynapoints, with fairly good results. Dynapoints don't seem to be available anymore, so I switched to Federals, but have had more problems with them not firing.

Timing in with my S&W 422 in Optical sight class, and with my High Standard iron sight gun in iron sight class was a nightmare. I couldn't get through a clip without one or two not firing. The firing pin was putting a good dent in the rim, so they should have been firing. Even with having to clear several rounds, I still managed to qualify faster than dead last, but not by much!

Fortunately my High Standard optical sight gun must have been hitting them just a little bit harder, and they were firing OK. Al and I were timing in side by side, taking turns, so we had a little bit of a competition between us for the fastest table times.

Al managed a 3.22 seconds for 5 pin tops, which beat the best I could come up with, a 3.53. Al's next two table times were slightly slower than my next two table times, so I ended up with a 11.93 seconds for 3 tables combined, compared to Al's 12.18 seconds for three. One quarter of a second difference over fifteen pins, that's close!

We only had five shooters for rimfire iron sight class this time, and I won my first matchup, then lost the second matchup to JimP, the eventual winner. That gave me a third overall. I always struggle with iron sights, so I can't complain!

One of down sides of timing in fastest at CWSA is that you get to shoot against the next fastest shooter in the first round, and since it's single elimination, one of you gets knocked out in the first round. That means that Al and I met in the first round.

I managed to shoot possibly two of the best tables I've ever shot in my entire life, and very narrowly took two tables straight! It was some of the closest pin shooting I've ever participated in, and my blood pressure and adrenalin levels must have been clear off the gauge! WOW, what a rush!

I managed to work my way up to the finals with my High Standard, where I would shoot against the winner of the lower half of the elimination chart for the overall win. Due to the nightmare in qualification with misfires, I was down in the lower half with the S&W 422. With all of the problems I had been having with the Federals not firing, I didn't hold out much hope. I grabbed some other ammo I had, and figured I'm give it my best with that instead of the Federal. No chance to test it, however, so it was right into the match we go!

Wonder of wonders! It seemed to fire OK. I won my first match, and moved to the second match. It continued to fire, and I won the second level match too. On to the third round matchup. Win this one, and I'm into the finals with the 422. With a little help from a misfire in the other guy's gun, instead of in mine, and I was through to the final.

The other shooter in the final was also me but with the High Standard, so there was no final to shoot! I ended up in first with the High Standard, and second with the S&W 422!

Considering how badly the day started out, I couldn't have been more surprised.

KeeWee timed in respectably, and ended up drawing LouG in the first round. Lou is a fine shooter, and never an easy opponent. Lou narrowly won the first table, KeeWee tied him on the second, and lost the third table, giving Lou the round. She made him earn it, however!

It feels great to have the pin shoot season going again, as it's been a long Winter. KeeWee and I have both been suffering withdrawals from no pin shoots since November.

Although the weather looked threatening all day, it wasn't as cold as yesterday, and we were just finishing up for the day when it started to rain.

Great Fun, Perfect Timing!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

CWSA Steel Challenge Practice

One of the practice stages. Shoot each white plate once, in any order, then shoot the yellow stop plate.

KeeWee demonstrates the rimfire start position, waiting for the buzzer.

Center fire starts with a holstered gun and both hands in the air. Here's "Evil Al" showing how it's done!

Don't mess with Al!

KeeWee and I just got back from a few hours at the CWSA range shooting in a practice session for the upcoming Steel Challenge series of matches starting up in a few weeks.

We had two stages set up, and we were shooting against the clock, but just for practice.

Centerfire classes start with a holstered gun and with both hands in the air. Rimfire starts with the gun in one hand pointed down at a 45 degree angle, and the other hand in the air.

You can shoot the white plates in any order, hopefully hitting each one once. The yellow stop plate is then shot last, after hitting each of the white ones. The steel plates are fairly large, and vary in distance from 8 yards to 35 yards away. Shooting slowly, they are easy to hit. The object, however, is to shoot them quickly. Then they get a LOT harder to hit!

The really fast shooters can hit all five in under two seconds!. That's not wasting a lot of time!!

NOTE TO SELF: I need to practice a WHOLE lot more!!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #49 is up!

Carnival of Cordite #49 is up!

Click HERE to go THERE!

(Photo credit to Xavier Thoughts)

e-Postal Match Reminder

The current e-Postal Handgun/Rifle match ends this Monday night, so this is your last weekend to get some targets shot and entered.

Very few entries have come in so far, so it's wide open for you to have a shot (bad pun?) at the fame and glory!

There are four classes: Rimfire handgun, centerfire handgun, revolver, and rifle (Barrel not over 20"). Sights with magnification are not permitted, but red dot sights are OK.

Here's the rules and the downloadable target

Don't be bashful about sending in a low score. The target is a LOT harder than it looks, and high scores are very hard to come by!

Any of you bloggers that have a minute to mention the match, it would be greatly appreciated!



Posting will be a little lighter than usual for the weekend, as there's lots going on.

Saturday at the CWSA range in Coupeville will be a full practice session for the upcoming "Steel Challenge" series of matches soon to start.

Sunday, also at CWSA, will be the first Bowling Pin shoot of the year. Center fire classes start at 9am. sharp, and rimfire starts up when centerfire classes are finished, usually between 11am and noon, but it all depends on how many center fire shooters show up. The CWSA pin shoots are open to the general public, both as spectators and as shooters.

Of course, shooting "Steel Challenge" the day before a pin shoot should totally mess up my timing for shooting bowling pins!

I'll see if I can get some good pictures for you from both events!

Feathered visitor!

This morning as I walked through the living room headed towards the kitchen to get more coffee, I happened to look through the sliding glass door to our front deck, and there's this hawk sitting on our front deck railing watching me!

We do see hawks in the area from time to time, but usually we just see them in the air. Once in awhile we'll see one on a fence or telephone pole watching for dinner to walk by. I've never seen one brave enough to sit on our deck railing.

We do see other birds, such as junkos, sparrows, goldfinches, robins, Alaska robins, woodpeckers, and blue jays, but never before have I seen a hawk this close!

Yes, that IS snow on the railing! I guess the snow was cold on the hawk's feet, as he has one off the railing in this picture.

That proves it. You can't say we're not a bunch of hawks around here..........

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Find Lowest Gas Prices

If gas prices are getting you down, here's something to help you save a bit when you re-fuel.

Just enter your zip code in the site below, and it tells you which gas stations have the cheapest prices (and the highest) on gas in your zip code area. It's updated every evening.

Hat tip to Uncawho for this!

Burrowing Under Border: Not Illegal?

Josh at South Park Pundit has a post about it not being illegal to tunnel under the border into the United States.

Entering the US without going through customs is still illegal, but building the tunnel itself is not.

However, I'll bet it's illegal, at least the way they usually do it, if you apply the right laws!

In Washington State if you move more than a small amount of dirt you need an excavation permit, a site plan, and a signed off site review. If you are making modifications to the basement of your house for the tunnel, you need a building permit and final inspection.

You also need to document that it's not a wetland. Probably not a problem on the Mexican border, but you'd be surprised what is now considered to be wetlands!

The tunnel building could certainly be determined to be a construction site, requiring OSHA compliance once into the US. In some states it might even require union representation and collective bargaining for the workers/miners. It certainly also qualifies as mining, and there are probably a whole book of laws and regulations on that.

A full Endangered Species Act Assessment may also need to be done to make sure no critical habitat for an endangered species is lost.

Not to mention environmental impact statements and assessments, shoreline management planning, and more.

If the tunnel has lights, it may need to be up to code electrically, and require an electrical permit and inspection before use.

There may not be a state "Anti-Tunneling" law, but a good prosecuting attorney could keep them locked up for other permit violations for the rest of their lives!

Believe it or not, a few years ago I built a small barn on my farm, and the final approval required a notarized form stating that I was aware that my barn was being built within 400 yards of agricultural activity!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rimfire Roundup #3

Welcome, all, to Rimfire Roundup Number Three!

To start out the festivities, let's all bow our heads.

Let us pray:

From vermin and varmints
and short-legged furries,
and things that go skitter in the Night -
dear John Moses Browning and Winchester
deliver us, amen.

Thank you to brother Dirtcrashr at Anthroblogogy for our opening prayer.

Following our opening prayer, he recommends having a look at his post on the Winchester Model 90 pump, which he refers to as

"Ye Olde Vartminte Gonne"

Winchester Model 90 Pump Rifle

Now, brothers and sisters, if you'd like to reach out a little further, you might want to consider something like The Pub Crawler's Marlin 882SSV

Marlin 882SSV Target Rifle

Or how about a light weight modern clip fed .22 rifle based on the Browning Buckmark pistol? Kim at The Other Side of Kim has a report and some more pictures.

Browning Buckmark .22 Rifle

For some up close and personal classic beauty, it's hard to beat the Smith & Wesson K-22's. Xavier at Xavier's Thoughts has been on a quest for a nice K-22 for some time. He finally found one at a gun show, and therein lies a story! Here's the story, Part 1, and Part 2.

Smith % Wesson K-22 Revolver

Although I did a link to Denise's post at the Ten Ring before, it also needs to be included in this week's Rimfire Roundup.

Here's Denise's SIG/Hammerli Trailside Xesse that she shoots regularly in a pistol league.

SIG/Hammerli TRailside Xesse Target Pistol

Speaking of Italian styling, here's Keewee of Keewee's Corner's Beretta U-22 Neos bowling pin race gun. Mr. Completely (KeeWee's humble gunsmith/coach/biggest fan) has an evaluation and range report on the Beretta Neos.

Beretta U-22 Neos SEmi-Auto Pistol

Not all rimfire cartridges are .22 caliber, and one of the older ones was .41 caliber. For a little history lesson check out the info at Blognomicon on the .41 Rimfire, first introduced by the National Arms Company in 1863 and also known as the .41 Short and the .41-100, and was commonly used in the Remington derringer.

.41 Caliber Remington derringer

Xavier at Xavier Thoughts came across an interesting item on ebay worth mentioning. The box and original papers for a pre-war Colt Woodsman. The bid was up to $246 and bidding hadn't closed. No gun, just the cardboard box and instruction papers. WOW!

That just about wraps it up for this week's Rimfire Roundup, brothers and sisters, I'm glad you all stopped by for a visit!

Thanks to this week's contributors. We'll see you all next week, same time, same station!

If you have some juicy rimfire goodness to share, send me an email with the link, and a short description of the post, and we'll do our best to get you into next week's roundup.

Email Submissions to:

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The deadline is next Tuesday night. Thanks!!


Don't forget the e-Postal handgun/rifle match "Seein' Stars" closes on Monday the 26th at midnight.

There are 4 classes, and 2 of the classes, rimfire handgun, and revolver, can be shot with a .22 handgun. The 4th class can be shot with a .22 rifle, provided it has no sight magnification, and barrel not over 20".

FN Five-SeveN 5.7 x 28 Range Report

Well, I finally got out to the range to do a little shooting. I didn't have as much time as I'd have liked though, for a couple of reasons.

The CWSA range is located just off of the end of the Navy's runway where they practice their carrier landings with the EA6-B's. They are fun to watch, but I had other things to do and a short time schedule.

Whenever the Navy is in the pattern you can't be shooting, since they fly their short final just beyond the berm at the end of the pistol range. It was a matter of take three of four shots, then put the guns down and wait for the Navy for five minutes or so, then shoot some more, then wait some more. I always thought we should be able to charge the Navy extra for providing them with some realistic live fire training, but they didn't sem to see it that way.

Anyhow, I brought along the FN and some "Seein' Stars" targets. LouG met me at the range with his Ruger .22 and his S&W 586 with a red dot sight on it.

I loaded up a magazine for the FN and hung some targets, a "sighter" and a couple of e-Postal match targets. I only had one box of fifty rounds, so a lot of shooting was out of the question. Lou and I both shot some sight-in rounds, and adjusted the rear sight a bit to get it zero'ed.

The gun fits your hand well, and seems to come up onto target well. Recoil, in spite of what some say, IS more than a .22. The extreme light weight of the FN affects the perceived recoil a bit, but I'd say it's similar to a .22 magnum, maybe a little less. Very mild, no matter how you look at it!

The front sight is tall and rather wide, and the notch in the adjustable rear sight, at least for me, was too wide for the width of the front sight. There was just too much space on either side of the front sight when viewed in the rear sight notch. Maybe my arms are just too short?

After shooting up most of the ammo I came to the conclusion that between the sights and my lousy eyesight, I have no idea how accurate it actually is. It needs something like a red dot on it to be able to really find out what it can do. I suspect it's rather accurate, but I wasn't able to prove it, either way.

There is an accessory rail under the barrel, but it may or may not be solid enough to firmly hold a red dot sight mount bracket and have it maintain zero after a lot of shooting.

Taking the slide off to have a look inside is sort of a fiddly operation. Because of it's small size, the slide release button is hard to hold rearward so you can get the slide off. If your hands are cold it's even harder, and if you are wearing gloves, it can't be done. Once the slide is off, everything inside is easily accessible.

My evaluation? 5.7 x 28 is kind of an in "between" round. Lots of velocity, so it should shoot really flat, but not a whole lot of stopping power when it arrives. Ammunition is far too expensive to buy one of these FN's just as a plinker. There's lots of 9mm's that would do the job and be a lot cheaper to feed. In some ways the 5.7 x 28 round is more interesting than is the FN itself. The 5.7 might be interesting in something like a Thompson Contender for target work.

I see some similarities between the FN Five-seveN and the AMT Auto-Mag II in .22 Magnum. Ammo is too expensive to be a cheap and fun plinker, but too small to be a real "Stopper" as a defense weapon.

It's fun to shoot, but somehow it just didn't get me all pumped up over it. It fed flawlessly, even as a brand new gun, which speaks well for it, but I don't think I'd buy one for myself. I probably wouldn't shoot it much.

If they put a .22 long rifle barrel on it, and managed to get 25 or 30 rounds into the magazine, and got the price down a bit to be competitive with other .22 semi-autos, that might be another story.

Now that WOULD be a FUN plinker!

Monday, February 20, 2006

This could explain a lot.......

Stolen from Blog Idaho, who got it from someone else, etc.....

A Little Monday Dog Blogging....

Would you like to see how your pet would look in uniform? Well, now you can! Just contact the folks at Pets In Uniform for the details.

Basically, you pick out the uniform, send them a digital picture of your pet, they put them together, and "PRESTO" , your pet in uniform!

You should go have a look just to see the samples......

Boeing Rifle & Pistol Club Meeting

In trying to put together a good presentation for the Boeing Rifle and Pistol club on March 1st., I realized that just about every pin shoot picture I have is digital.

Trying to print out a big stack of pic's can be a pain, so I decided to put everything into a PowerPoint presentation instead. That way I can take my laptop and hook it up to a projector that the club has the use of. Much better than passing around a stack of photos!

So I put in a picture here and a picture there, and the project, like most projects, started to grow. I stopped counting somewhere around fifty slides! Even KeeWee thinks it came out pretty good, although she's biased!

Anyhow, the meeting is on March 1st. at 6:30 across from the Museum of Flight in South Seattle.

A few of us will be having dinner at Randy's Restaurant next to the Museum of Flight at 5pm. You are all welcome to attend both at dinner, and at the meeting.

Hope you can make it!

Sig/Hammerli Trailside (Xesse)

Sig/Hammerli Trailside (Xesse)

Denise over at The Ten Ring has a good post up on the target version of the SIG Trailside, called the Xesse.

Denise SEZ:
Sig makes a family of Trailside pistols including plinkers, target pistols, and the Xesse competition model. All are .22s. Sig went to Hammerli, one of their subsidiaries, and asked them to design an accurate pistol that costs hundreds of dollars rather than one in Hammerli’s usual $1,500 to $2,000 range. They came up with the Trailside.

Seein' Stars Match - Typo Correction

When it turned out that there was not going to be a e-Postal Rifle match this month, I added a fourth class to the pistol match. (The full original rules and the update are both on the right sidebar).

In the update adding the fourth class, I had erroneously stated the rifle barrel length as 16" or less. It was supposed to be 20" or less. I got it corrected in the update, but when including the class in the original rule set it was entered incorrectly.

It is supposed to be rifles with barrel lengths of 20" or less.

A 16" limit rules out far too many carbine/utility rifles, which is what this class was intended to be.

The editorial staff will be put on half pay for the next month....................

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Help on Dickson Shotgun

Got these pictures from Damiphino seeking more information on an old Dickson shotgun. If any of you have any info on this beauty, your help would be greatly appreciated!

Most of the time the usual books and guides will cover just about any antique gun and often give you more info than you really wanted to know. However, about the time you figure "no problem, I'll just look it up" along comes one that fits my SASS alias (Damiphino).

This one is a John Dickson & Son double barrel. I was able to find out that it was manufactured in Scotland and that the company was purchased by MacNaughton in 1999 and they now operate as Dickson MacNaughton still making high end shotguns.

The gun in the pictures is said to have been purchased in Edinburgh, Scotland in about 1882. The serial number range is 17xx and according to Dickson Macnaughton that should put it's manufacture somewhere in the mid to late 1850's but that is about all the info they had. It is still in the original box and has most of the accessories except for the powder flask. There are even some of the lead balls and patches in one compartment.

There are some chips in the stock but overall considering that it is somewhere between 120 and 150 years old it is not in too bad shape.

So now is the time for any of Mr. Completely's readers to demonstrate their knowledge. If anyone has good info about the double and its value, or even a good source, leave a comment.


Saturday, February 18, 2006

Seein' Stars Entries

The entries for the e-Postal handgun match "Seein' Stars" are starting to come in. The match closes at midnight Monday, February 27th., so don't miss the deadline to get your targets shot and in.

It's a lot harder than it looks, so even if you don't score as high as you think you should have done, send 'em in anyway!

Don't forget, you can shoot it more than once, so if you don't like your score, hang a couple more targets and give it another try.

I shot a set of targets with my Jennings J-22 "Race gun" (?), and with my High Standard bowling pin gun yesterday. I think I'll also try my TEC-22 and the Ruger Single Six. You can enter as many guns as you like, so what the heck!

For the full rules and to download the target CLICK HERE!

Have fun!!!

I Love Ammo Sales !

I DO love a sale, especially on ammo.

When I was in our local Ace hardware store yesterday I noticed a sign for a one day sale, 20% off of anything that you can fit into a shopping bag. Hmmmmm, ammo fits in a shopping bag, and I never have enough of it.

I walked over to their ammo case to see what the had. They didn't have very much of anything, but a couple of boxes each of most of the common stuff.

This morning KeeWee and I headed over to the Ace store to see what bargains we could score. I made a bee-line to the ammo case, and grabbed the boxes in the picture. Some 30-06, some 30-30, some 9mm., and their last two bricks of CCI Blazers in .22 Long rifle.

I would have bought more, but that's all they had in the calibers I was lowest on.

Like I said, I DO love a sale..........l

....a Little Cat Blogging ! !

Looks like a good way to spend the weekend, I'd say!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Narcotics Bust Video

Check out this video! Do NOT have any liquids in your mouth, however, unless you were already planning on replacing your keyboard!

Wikipedia Help Needed

Gunner from No quarters has requested some assistance. He's noticed some holes in Wikipedia and he's trying to get reloaders and gun-bloggers to kick in and fill them.

Here's the link to his post, so if you think you can help, go help him out!

The Gunnie Awards - The Votes Are In !

The voting is now over, and the results are official! The top award, the Best Master Gunnie in the Gunnie Awards for gunbloggers was won by guess who? YUP! Mr. Completely!

WE WON ! ! !

I am both honored and humbled by the results, and I owe a big "Thank You" to all of you who took the time to cast votes. New Zealand, Ireland, Alaska, California, Maine, and from other places all over the world, you all took the time and made the effort to vote in the Gunnie Awards.

In the scope of things of world-wide importance, the Gunnie Awards are low on the list. As a way for all of us to discover other excellent gun blogs that we may have otherwise missed, and have some fun doing so, it was a huge success! Thanks to Countertop for putting this together!

For all of the gunbloggers and regular readers out there, I hope we can all meet up this Fall in Reno!

Beretta Shotgun Exhibition Video - W O W ! !

Beretta's exhibition shooter Tim Bradley shoots a few clay pidgeons with the Beretta Extrema2 shotgun. He even hits twelve hand thrown clay pidgeons in 1.73 seconds!

You will watch this video more than once, as you'll find yourself saying "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" It' very impressive!!

Here's the video!

Hat tip to Mary for the video

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cowboy Dinner

A cowboy stopped at a local restaurant following a day of drinking and roaming around in Mexico. While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful.

He asked the waiter, "What is that you just served?"

The waiter replied, "Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. It's a true delicacy!"
The cowboy, though momentarily daunted, said, "What the heck, I'm on vacation down here! Bring me an order!"

The waiter replied "I am so sorry, senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early tomorrow and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy, following the bull fight"!

The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and then that evening he was served the one and only special delicacy of the day.

After a few bites, and inspecting the contents of his platter, he called the waiter and said, "These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday!"

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, "Si, Senor. Sometimes the bull wins."

Blame Uncawho for this one!

AIRWOLF's First Post

Here's the first post from a new guest blogger to Mr. Completely, AIRWOLF.

As you can tell from the post, AIRWOLF works in law enforcement. I had emailed him about him not getting in much rimfire shooting lately, and he replied with this post.

For those folks who whine about how stressful their office jobs are, you should get out into the real world and see what our LEO's go through every day!

Yes, I’m sure my rimfire proficiency is beginning to decline, however I did go to the range training yesterday and my AR-15 and 10mm proficiency is not to be scoffed at. I even managed to place two rounds double-tapped into the heart of a heinous criminal (target) who was pointing a gun at me while I was moving sideways across in front of him at about 10 yards. He croaked!

I had another bad guy at very close range (like maybe four feet) who was really bad (wearing body armor and shooting at me – according to the simulation information I was provided after shooting him twice in the sternum), so I drilled him once in the center of the nose and once directly between the eyes in another double-tap.

It was really fun training and was from 6:00 to 10:00 last night in the dark too.

The rifle training was yesterday afternoon, and I ran into a little problem with my optical sight than I was unaware of. Somehow the front of the sight got moved slightly, after only about 9 or 10 years of use, and I went to shoot and saw only total darkness with a bright red dot in the middle of the sight.

I ended up switching to iron sights, which thankfully are usable below the optical sight and finished the series albeit really slow. Come to find out the sight has a polarizing filter on it, and for some reason it is now really loose and moves by even touching it slightly. We tried to remove it yesterday, but it is apparently manufactured as part of the sight. I will tape it in place for now but will be looking for another sight soon.

I will be on this night shift from now until the end of March, and I am working Friday through Monday, 1700 – 0300. It is difficult to find time to do much of anything fun working those hours. I end up sleeping half of the day away, and my days off are all messed up too because I really don’t want to reset my biological clock twice a week.

I will get back into the rimfire shooting before too long and will be over bugging you more often.

........... AIRWOLF

Carnival of Cordite #48 is up !

Lot's of gunnly goodness, and all you have to do is CLICK HERE to go see!

Quail Hunting.....

Click for larger view

Hat tip to Uncawho!

FN Five-SeveN Handgun in 5.7 x 28 Pt. 1

The FN Five-SeveN Handgun in 5.7 x 28

A friend of mine has loaned me his brand new FN Five-seveN semi-auto pistol for a review and range report. I haven't had a chance to get to the range with it yet, but that should happen this weekend.

The gun has a nice feel, and seems to come up on target very well for me. The heavily stippled grip surface is almost TOO rough, and on a high powered handgun would probably tend to tear your hand up a bit, but from folks I've talked to who have fired the Five-seveN, recoil is about on a par with a .22 long rifle. We'll see!

The magazine is a plastic double stack affair, holding TWENTY rounds, yet still fitting into the grip. That's kinda cool, as I suspect when it comes to stopping power this is something of a lightweight.

The basic gun has metal parts only where they absolutely HAVE to be metal, everything else is plastic. I'm old fashioned, I guess, as I prefer a little more steel in a handgun, but to be fair, they couldn't get it down to the 1.7 lb. weight they have without lots of plastic. (Oops, "Composite")

Speaking of ammunition, the 5.7 x 28 ammo is currently rather expensive, but FIOCCHI has signed an agreement with FN to start producing ammo both in European and american facilities. Hopefully this will help bring the price down.

The ballistics of the 5.7 round are interesting, although I don't have a lot of numbers yet. This round in a FN has a whole lot of velocity, so it should shoot really flat, and I would suspect that it's pretty dang accuarate, too!

Once I've gotten in a little range time, I'll post part two of this report. Guess I've gotta go to the range this weekend.

Oh well, if I hafta..........

Present Arms

The following post is quoted in its entirety from Rivrdog's blog:

Present Arms

Today is the First anniversary of the death, in valiant military action, of Sgt. Adam Plumondore, USA.

Adam, I never knew you, but by handling a simple request from a man I respect greatly, Kim DuToit, I became involved in the honors ceremonies for your Return.

I post no links today, I am not trying to inflate my blogging statistics.

I'm just trying to help a grateful nation remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I'm going to a country club for dinner tonight. I will have the waiter captain cause an extra place to be set for you, Adam. You won't be there in person, but you will be in spirit.

I promise you that, Sergeant.

Rest easy, Soldier.
When you sit down to dinner tonight, you don't necessarily have to set an extra place at the table, but you should stop and reflect for a moment on all of the Americans who have given their lives so that we may have liberty and freedom here in the Unites States.

A Joke for the Day !

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of Church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, "Stop! Acts 2:38! " (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven.)

The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you."

"Scripture?" replied the burglar. "She said she had an Ax and Two 38's!"

Big thanks to Uncawho for the joke!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Rimfire roundup #2

Welcome to the second edition of Rimfire Roundup. Lots of interesting stuff this week, from the old to the new.

We'll start of with Free Spirit Mind's review of the Swiss Vetterli - the first repeating (rimfire!) rifle in Europe.

Here's a close-up of the bolt of the M1878 Vetterli

Yup! This is rimfire ammo for the Vetterli! Not available at Walmart, however....

Speaking of rimfire ammo, Denise at The Ten Ring has done some ammo testing for accuracy.
It looks like the spendy stuff isn't always the most accurate!

One of Denise's test targets.

And since we were talking about accuracy, Xavier at Xavier Thoughts recounts a story of friendship and enduring gifts titled "A Woodsman and Water Rattlers". The punctured rifle casings are a big part of the story.

The Colt Woodsman

The Hi Standard Model "B" is a close relative of the Colt Woodsman, as both the Model "B" and the Woodsman are derived from the same Browning design. Mr. Completely (That's me!) has a report and a range review on the Hi Standard Model "B".

Hi Standard Model "B" - Long Barrel Version

Kim at The Other Side of Kim has a report on the Browning Challenger (.22 LR), some could argue to be latest decendent of the .22 pistols based on this design.

The Browning Challenger in .22 Long Rifle

And not to leave out the revolvers, Firehand at Irons in the Fire has a post on his Ruger New Model Single Six revolver. He no idea how many rounds have gone down the barrel, first from him, and then from his kids. Here's the whole story on his Single Six.

Ruger New Model Single Six revolver

How about something a little longer, and a little more recent? Fugger Nutter says the Henry Lever action rifle is one of the most popular .22's on the market today, partly because of its price (Only $186 at Walmart) and partly because of it's quality, for that price it's hard to beat out of the box. He's written not only a review, but a complete step by step tune-up and repair section on the Henry lever action.
Henry Lever action .22 rifle

We'll wrap up this week's edition with a post by Denise of The Ten Ring on the Biathalon skiing and rifle competition in the Winter Olympics. Those are some pretty amazing shooters!

Jay Hakinnen, an Alaskan on the United States team.

Well, that's it for this edition of Rimfire Roundup!

Thanks to the bloggers who submitted posts, and if you have a post on rimfire you'd like to submit, email it to:

B L O G ( A T ) W H I D B E Y ( D O T ) C O M

Before next Tuesday night!

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