Monday, August 19, 2013

Cool Old Guns 1: Winchester model 67 .22 review

I'm going to do a few reviews of some older guns I have laying around.  There is nothing tactical about these guns, they aren't super evil black rifles.  They are still cool and they are still fun to shoot.  I am going to call this series "Cool Old Guns." First up is my Winchester model 67 single shot .22.

I got this gun in one of my various trades on a local Georgia gun trading forum, called The Outdoors Trader.  I got it with the intention of re-selling or trading it down the line.  After messing around with it and shooting it some, I really got to liking this old gun.  Last year, I gave it to my son for his 7th birthday, his first firearm.  He has a blast shooting it, and I still do too.

My son after shooting his .22 the first time.  Not too bad of a group for a beginner!

The model 67 was introduced in 1934 as a less expensive version of the model 60.  Winchester continued to make the rifles until 1963.  It is chambered for .22 short, long, and long-rifle interchangeably.  It is a very basic design consisting of a bolt action that has to be manually cocked for each shot.  The rifles also have a safety which is a rotating sleeve over the firing pin assembly that physically blocks the firing pin assembly from moving forward.  They have a 27 inch barrel, with standard post and notch iron sights.  The stock is removable by one take-down screw, and the entire gun can be disassembled with nothing more than a screwdriver and a couple of punches.

 Closeup of manual cocker
Cocked, and ready to fire.  Notice channel that pin on firing pin assembly assembly travels in.

With safety on.  Notice sleeve stops firing pin assembly from moving forward because of protruding pin.

My 67 was made somewhere between 1938 and 1944.  Winchester did not put serial numbers on guns this old so there is no way to track exact manufacture date.  I can only narrow it down that much by the various small design changes over the years.  

 Markings showing gun is able to shoot .22 short, .22 long, and .22 long rifle.

My gun is accurate.  I can routinely hit a 9mm case off of a nail from about 15 yards away standing.  Being a single shot, it forces you to slow down and take your time to get a good shot.  .22s are just plain fun to shoot, and this one is no different.  This is a great plinking gun, fun to try and shoot acorns off of trees or any number of other likely targets in the woods.  I think that calmly walking through the woods with a .22 and a pocket full of ammo is something that is isn't done as much these days, and I think that is a shame.  Back when .22 ammo was cheap and plentiful, I can't tell you how many thousands of rounds me and my friends ran through our .22s.  Nobody got hurt, nobody got in trouble, just good clean fun in the woods behind our houses.

Thanks for reading!  What is your favorite old gun?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Started work on our tactical range.

Me and my brother started building our own range a few days ago.  We are going to build multiple target stands and different cover/concealment areas.  All will be able to be moved so we can set up multiple stages, similar to IDPA or IPSC.  This will be a great way to better our shooting skills, and just enjoy some time shooting.

The cool thing is, all of this was made from materials scavenged from work and other places, so total cost for this is whatever the nails cost.  That leaves more money for ammo!  Now if I could just find some...

 This is what we have so far:

Target Stands:

These are overbuilt as heck, but we plan on using them for a while so that's a good thing.  I got the dimensions for IDPA targets off the internet and cut several out of scrap cardboard slip sheets. 

Cover/Concealment wall: 

These can be used with the window or just as a wall.

This is one of the target stands set up.  We were using it for the extremely tactical role of sighting in Jesse's .22 mag.

Here is a video of everything set up:

This is just a start, we are going to build a lot more stuff as we get time.  I want to get some steel targets to add as well.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Seems like you can't have a 2nd amendment website, youtube channel, or podcast without having a page about your EDC, so here is my obligatory EDC post!

2nd Generation Glock 17 9mm.  2nd generation only because I got an awesome deal on it.  After a trip to Glock in Smyrna, GA, all internals replaced with new, and magazines swapped to new 4th gen magazines.  They did all that for free.  That's great customer service.  It has Glock night sights on it as well.

(For the safety police: the gun was very much so loaded in this picture. It is, after all, a carry gun.)

Dale Fricke Archangel holster.  Holster is set up for AIWB(Appendix Inside The Waistband).  I have 3 of Dale's products, and they are all exceptional quality.

Wilderness Tactical 5 Stitch belt.  A quality gun belt is absolutely necessary part of carrying a gun.  It holds the gun up, and close to your body.  I've had this belt since early 2008.  The velcro is starting to wear but the belt still works fine.

Cold Steel Voyager XL.  5.5" blade, this is a huge knife.  It took me awhile to get used to carrying a "pocket sword." Now that I am used to it, all other pocket knives feel tiny in comparison.  I actually really like this knife.  It holds a good edge and is easy to sharpen.  Inertia opening is incredibly easy.

(Shown with Glock 17 mag for size comparison.)

Surefire 6PLED Defender.  This flashlight is pretty old technology now but it still works great.  Surefire really stands behind their products.  After a few years of constant carry and use the lens cracked.  I called Surefire and they put me a new one in the mail no questions asked.  I started carrying a flashlight because I used one at work, but the thing is I am constantly using it.  Also, you can take a flashlight with you anywhere.  Federal buildings, airplanes, wherever.

I don't always carry an extra mag, but when I do it is in a Dale Fricke Gideon Elite mag carrier.  I have also just thrown an extra mag in my back pocket before. Not exactly "tactical" but it works. 

Keys, Wallet, Pen, iPhone.  Normal crap to get through the day.

(Picture taken with iPhone, hard to be in the picture that way.)

That's all my carry. Leave a comment on what you carry, or with any questions on mine. Thanks.

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Dry Fire Practice

According to Wikipedia, Dry Firing is "the practice of "firing" a firearm without ammunition. That is, to pull the trigger and allow the hammer or striker to drop on an empty chamber."

This is one of the most useful things you can do to maintain, and even improve your shooting skills.  You can practice drawing, getting proper grip on the gun, sight alignment, reloading, malfunction drills, sight picture, trigger manipulation, and even get off the X drills without ever firing a live round.  It doesn't cost anything, there is no driving to and from the range, and it can actually be fun.  Dry fire practice will not completely replace live fire, of course.  Nothing can.  There is no recoil, you don't get to see exactly where your rounds hit, and you can't practice strings of fire.  This article is talking about pistol dry fire, but most of the same techniques can be used with long guns as well.

But does it hurt your gun?  Well, rimfires and some old guns can absolutely be damaged.  Almost all modern centerfire firearms are capable of being dry fired without harm to the weapon.  If you have any doubts, you can pick up some snap caps(plastic "ammo" with a spring under what would be the primer in a live round).  You can pick these up pretty cheap, and they come in useful for other things like ball and dummy drills.  A quick google search with the model of your gun and "dry fire" should also let you know if you are ok to go.

So the question is, what to practice?

DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS make double sure your firearm is unloaded before doing any dry fire or you may find your practice to be not so dry after all.  It is a good idea to leave all ammo and loaded magazines in a separate room, and still make sure you keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.  Check AGAIN to make sure the firearm is unloaded.  Another good idea that I think I got from Ben Branam over at Modern Self Protection is to say aloud "I am now about to begin dry fire practice" when you start and again out loud "I am now finished with my dry fire practice" when you are done before you load back up.  Do not be in a hurry when you are going to dry fire.

Ok, I have a few different things that I will practice when I do this: 

The first is trigger manipulation.  A correct trigger press is one of the most important fundamentals.  Focusing on a deliberate rearward press without moving the gun off target by flinching or otherwise doing things that would cause the sights to move.  There is a few ways to do this.

The first is to push the gun out just like you are going to shoot.  Align your sights, and watch your front sight as you press the trigger to the rear.  At the moment the trigger breaks you should not notice the sights jump.  If the front sights pushes down and to the left you are jerking the trigger.  Practice this until you can routinely watch the front sight not move when the trigger breaks.  When you get consistent results in a two hand firing grip, practice right hand only and left hand only.  A harder alternative is to balance a coin or  an empty casing on top of your front sight if it is flat.  Press the trigger without letting the casing fall off.

Draw.  Dry fire is a great way to practice your draw stroke.  You should practice wearing the same clothing and holster that you normally use.  This works equally well for concealed carry and competition rigs.  The trick here is to practice nice and slow and do it RIGHT.  Doing a bunch of crappy fast draw strokes doesn't help you any.  Start out slow.  Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.  I will start off with some stationary draws, paying attention to each step.  Firing grip, bring gun straight up to rest thumb joint against pec muscle, rotate gun towards target via bringing elbow down, bring hands together and extend.  After that feels good, I will add in some movement.  

Draw while moving to several angles from target.  Remember that moving straight ahead or backwards does not get you off the line of fire.  You need to move laterally.  A couple of steps straight back to make some distance if standing very close is ok, but you still need to incorporate some lateral movement as soon as possible.

Snap caps come in handy for doing reloading and malfunction drills.  Doing a reload or a Tap, Rack, Bang with an empty magazine is going to cause the slide to lock back giving you less realistic feedback.  Snap caps can also be used to set up double feeds.

So a typical dry fire session will look something like this:

15-20 Two hand trigger presses(with or without balancing empty casing on front sight)
10 Right hand only trigger presses
10 Left hand only trigger presses
15 Draws from concealment stationary into 2 hand grip
10 Draws from concealment stationary right hand only
20 Draws from concealment moving laterally in different directions.  Which way you move will determine two hand or one hand grip.  (Moving towards your 7 O'Clock makes a two hand grip all but impossible)(Remember to move with your feet facing direction of travel)

5 Reloads
5 Tap/Rack
5 Double feed clearance

Sometimes I do this, sometimes I leave some of it out, sometimes I add in more, like one hand reload and malfunction clearance.  You can tailor it to fit your needs.  It is better to do several 15-30 minutes sessions over the course of a week than try to spend 2 hours doing dry fire all at once.  Your mind will shut down and you won't gain anything trying to do that.

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~Tattooed Gunner