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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tuesday treats

I have been neglecting Tuesday updates and I hope I am forgiven by all. So to help make it up I will post them this evening. Since I have other things to tend to tomorrow.

2 of Kate upton

1 in each hand =2

  yes there is 2 here


How old is your Italian made gun

Here's  a handy chart to help you determined how old that 1860 Colt by Uberti really is. Save it print it stick it in your wallet to take to Gunshow s etc. "Indy" at the Gunslingers Gulch had a few more years on his than mine did so I am using his. Thanks "Indy"!.

Year   =   code 
1945   =   1          1952  =  8           1959  =  XV
1946   =   2          1953  =  9           1960  =  XVI       
1947   =   3          1954  =  X           1961  =  XVII
1948   =   4          1955  =  XI          1962  =  XVIII
1949   =   5          1956  =  XII         1963  =  XIX
1950   =   6          1957  =  XIII        1964  =  XX
1951   =   7          1958  =  XIV         1965  =  XXI

1966   =   XXII      1973  =  XX9       1980  =  AF
1967   =   XXIII     1974  =  XXX       1981  =  AH
1968   =   XXIV      1975  =  AA        1982  =  AI
1969   =   XXV       1976  =  AB        1983  =  AL
1970   =   XXVI      1977  =  AC        1984  =  AM
1971   =   XX7       1978  =  AD        1985  =  AN
1972   =   XX8       1979  =  AE        1986  =  AP

1987   =   AS        1995 =  BF          2003  =  BT
1988   =   AT       1996  =  BH         2004  =  BU
1989   =   AU       1997  =  BI          2005  =  BZ 
1990   =   AZ       1998  =  BL          2006  =  CA
1991   =   BA       1999  =  BM        2007  =  CB
1992   =   BB       2000  =  BN         2008   =  CC
1993   =   BC       2001  =  BP          2009   =  CD                   
1994  =  BD         2002  =  BS          2010  =  CF
                                                        2011  =  CH

The letter or number code is usually stamped on the receiver along with Armour's stamps. I had just shits and giggles looked at a older Rossi clone Winchester I ave they also used these codes.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Movie Time

Like a Western every few years a Period Gangster Movie comes out. (Last Man Standing) This movie looks like a must see. It has all the elements that an action movies needs. Plus Tommy Guns, how much better could that be? The whole movie just belongs in this Blog. From the title to the plot. It goes with the bad boy or girl in all of us.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ballistic Jell DIY

Cleaning out some files and favorites tonight ran across this. I acquired a pile of Phone books and still have a few to use up.  When I am done with them,  I think I'll give this shot. I can't remember where I found the info so I am sorry I can not credit them.

In December 1988, the FBI Academy Firearms Training Unit (FTU) designed and implemented the FBI Ammunition Tests. The test designs are based on research and consultation with experts in the fields of wound ballistics, forensic pathology, wound research and medical research. The tissue simulant utilized in FBI ballistic tests is Vyse Ordinance Gelatin.
The mixture is 10%, by weight. The mentioned research shows that properly calibrated 10% ordinance gelatin is a reliable tissue simulant. Calibration of ballistic gelatin is verified by firing a .177 steel BB at 590 feet per second (fps), plus or minus 15 fps, into the gelatin, resulting in 8.5 centimeters (cm), plus or minus 1 cm, penetration (2.95" – 3.74"). During FBI tests, any gelatin blocks, which fail the calibration test, are discarded. Calibration results are not published due to the Pass/Fail nature of the test.
Mixing Gelatin
The gelatin is mixed in the following manner (assuming a twenty-pound block is desired)
1) Weigh out two (2) lbs. of gelatin powder and place aside
2) Weigh out 18 lbs. of hot 60° C (140° F) water in a plastic bucket. (Note: The FBI utilizes a scale, which weighs to the nearest .01 lb)
3) Place 2.5 ml of Foam Eater in water
4) Place approximately .5 ml. of oil of cinnamon into water (prevents fungus growth)
5) While utilizing a battery-operated drill with a mixing paddle attached, mix the water to the point of forming a whirlpool, without introducing air into the mixture
6) While the water is being mixed, slowly add the gelatin powder
7) Pour the mixture into a clean mold pan
8) Allow to stand at room temperature for approximately 4 hours
9) Write date on small square of cardboard and place on top of mixture
10) Place pan with mixture into refrigerator set at 4° C (39.2° F)
11) Allow curing for 36 hours (note: larger blocks require longer cure time. (e.g. an 80lb block requires 96 hours to cure)
Blocks, over time, deteriorate and are temperature sensitive. Former FBI publications advocated utilizing blocks within 20 minutes of removal from the refrigerator, a general statement pertaining to ambient temperature indoors). Allowable time outside the refrigerator is, however, relative to the temperature of the test environment (e.g. a block removed from a refrigerator and maintained in a room at the same temperature as the refrigerator will retain its calibration significantly longer than one placed outside on a hot summer day).
Note: Some authorities believe mixing procedures may vary the consistency of gelatin. FBI studies indicate, however, that a block, which displays the required level of penetration, within the required velocity range, is a “valid” tissue simulant. The FBI Ballistic Research Facility conducts its tests in an environmentally controlled shooting laboratory. The blocks of gelatin are removed from the refrigerator and checked for calibration. Only valid blocks are used for test.
Blocks used in testing of conventional pistol ammunition are approximately 6.25" X 6.25" X 16". The initial block of gelatin used in a test is referred to as “The Primary Block”. Each Primary Block is utilized for a maximum of five shots, one in each corner, approximately 1.75" from the nearest edge, and one in the center.
Tests conducted by the FBI indicate this placement of shots results in substantially the same penetration as single shots into virgin blocks of gelatin. Any shots, which cross the wound path of previous shots, are re-fired. Primary blocks are not utilized for more than five shots, to include any shots, which are re-fired.
Because some shots may penetrate more than one block of gelatin, one or more “stopper” blocks are placed behind the primary block. The stopper blocks may be utilized for more than one test, if the wound channels are not crossed. At the end of each test, the stopper block is placed back into the refrigerator while another stopper is utilized with an unused Primary block.
Stopper blocks may receive more than five penetrations; if no wound channels are crossed, (e.g. a stopper, which has five penetrations of 3” into one end, can be flipped over and used as a subsequent “stopper.”)
The FBI does not reuse gelatin. Used blocks are discarded.
The purpose of the FBI Penetration Test is to determine the following information regarding a particular cartridge:
1) The penetration performance of the cartridge’s projectile, throughout the series of eight tests (depth of penetration to nearest .25 inch, expansion of projectile, retained weight of the projectile).
2) The average velocity both from A test barrel and a service weapon.
3) The average accuracy both from A test barrel and a service weapon.
4) The test medium utilized is 10% ballistic gelatin, by weight.
Tests one through six are shot at a distance of 10 feet from the muzzle to the first barrier.
Seven and Eight are shot at a distance of 20 yards from the muzzle.

1) Test One - Bare Gelatin
2) Test Two - Heavy Clothing - The gelatin block is covered with four layers of clothing. One each of the
A) cotton t-shirt material (approx 48 threads per inch & 5.25 ounces per square yard)
B) Cotton dress shirt material (approx 85 threads per inch & 3.5 ounces per square yard)
C) A down comforter (500-550 fill power) in a cambric shell (approx 232 threads per inch)
D) Denim (approx 50 threads per inch & 14.4 ounce per square yard)
The shots are fired to not impact on a stitch line of the comforter. Tests 3-6 utilize light clothing (e.g. the cotton
t-shirt and dress shirt materials above), in addition to the mentioned intermediate barrier.
3) Test Three - Steel - Two pieces of 20 gauge, hot-rolled steel with a galvanized finish are set three
inches apart. The clothing covered gelatin block is placed 18 inches behind the rear most piece of steel.
This test event simulates the weakest part of a car door.
4) Test Four - Wallboard - Two pieces of ½-inch standard gypsum board are set 3.5 inches apart. The
gelatin block is placed 18 inches behind the rear most piece of gypsum. This test event simulates a
typical interior building wall.
5) Test Five - Plywood - One piece of 3/4 inch “AA” fir plywood is set 18" in front of the gelatin block.
This test event simulates the resistance of typical wooden doors or construction timbers.
6) Test Six - Automobile Glass - One piece (15" X 18") of A.S.I. 1/4 inch laminated automobile safety
glass is set at an angle of 45° to the horizontal and 15° to the side, resulting in a compound angle. The
gelatin block is placed 18 inches behind the glass. This test event simulates a shot taken at the driver of
a car from the left front quarter of the vehicle.
7) Test Seven - Heavy Clothing at 20 yards. This test event repeats test event 2, but at 20 yards.
8) Test Eight - Automobile Glass at 20 yards. This test repeats test event 6, but at 20 yards and without
the 15° horizontal offset. This simulates a shot at the driver of a car bearing down on the shooter. Close
Quarter Battle (CQB) testing is designed to provide information regarding the performance of
projectiles fired from commonly used carbines
The CQB testing consists of tests 1-7 and the following: Bare Gelatin at 100 yards Exterior Wall at 10 feet
- This test assesses the effectiveness of rounds fired into lightly clothed gelatin through a common exterior wall
(2" X 4" studs covered by 5/8" gypsum board and 3/4" plywood with 3.5" of fiberglass insulation and vinyl
Body Armor - This test assesses the performance of the projectile when fired against a subject wearing Level
III-A Body Armor. If the III-A panels stop the projectile, it is retested against Level II-A (both test results
would be published). The penetration shots are conducted with a test barrel.
When practical / available, in order to allow for more consistent comparison of the AMMUNITION, the results
received from a test barrel might be the same, or different than, those from a service weapon.
A service weapon is utilized during velocity and accuracy tests in order to show a perspective of the deviation,
if any, from the test barrel. It is important to note that a cartridge should not be chosen solely due to its
accuracy from a service weapon, unless that accuracy is compared to other cartridges fired from the
same EXACT service weapon. Results may vary somewhat from firearm to firearm, including functional
characteristics. One pistol may be substantially more accurate, or produce higher velocity than another of the
same make and model produces. Each test report will clearly specify the weapon used for testing.
Ammunition must conform to the voluntary standards recommended by the Sporting Arms & Ammunition
Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI).
1) Ammunition must be “Newly Manufactured” and consist of no previously used or loaded components
2) Ammunition must be currently utilized, or being strongly considered, as a duty round by the requesting
3) Ammunition must be currently available to the Law Enforcement market
4) Ammunition must be substantially different from other ammunition previously tested by the FBI.
(Identical projectiles at the same velocity from different companies will generally not be tested)
5) Request must be made on Official Agency Letterhead Stationary, signed by a supervisory level or higher
officer. Two hundred rounds of ammunition must accompany request from the same lot number. No
ammunition will be returned.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Range report .30-30 factory or reloads?

  The past couple of weeks I haven't put much of my own together here. I have been busy developing some loads and playing sighting in some new guns and some other things. I have taken some time to get some data and some photo's. I apologize for slackin'.
  I have owned a .30-30 for seems like years. The first one a Winchester that I sold in the time of need of cash. I have had the current model Marlin now for 15 years or so. Till two weeks ago I don't believe I had shot a 100 rounds out of it. To be quite honest I was not ever real happy with the ammo available off the shelve. I had killed deer with it, many with one shot. However all of the store bought ammo was just lacking something. I was talking to a friend who had hunted Elk with his successfully. he said he had the same feelings. He was buying his ammo from a man he worked with who reloaded. This always stuck in the back of my mine. So I was determined I could build it better. I have no plans on shooting anything bigger than a deer with this. So hold the remarks. I plan mostly on making some tinging noise on steel though. So never reloading this caliber I started researching and looking at load data. Then I called Dave at Montana Bullet Works. I will plug him here. His service is outstanding. You can reach him at or 406 655 8163. When you visit his website, he has a tip to shooting cast bullets and accuracy. It's called cleaning the bore. I hate cleaning guns. However I will listen to sound advise. So I cleaned the gun. Dave sent me a Cast 160 grain 22 bhn gas check bullet.  The first batch I loaded with Trailboss and I also loaded a batch with H4198. If you are looking for a low pressure low recoil load Trailboss is economical to use. It fits right in there with store bought. From the first shot with the H4198 I seen I had something to work with.

So now I have a number and back home I go and reload another batch adding and subtracting from the week earlier. Trailboss is back on the shelve for another time.  The next outing I tried them again. I am sold. I don't have a Crony but believe if the math is right these are better than 1400fps, closer to 1500fps. I won't state how much powder I am using however it is at the upper end of the Hodgons website data. Only you can make the decision what is safe for you your weapon. I now have cleaned the brass and remember I had picked up a bag of new Winchester brass at the last Gunshow. So I get it out and and decide to anneal it. This is a process if your not familiar where the neck and mouth area is heated then rapidly cooled. Normally by dropping in very cold water. I plan on discussing this in the near future. This enables to size and crimp to tighter fit. In which a better gas seal is made.

You can see on the one second from the right, that it is discolored slightly brown in color. This is one that was annealed.

 Today I headed to the range one more time. Like someone had to twist my arm. Today I took the same rifle however I added a Williams Peep Sight to it. These have an elevation and a windage correction adjustment screw on them. I set three targets out today One at 25 yards the next at 50 yards. I also taped 4 large Phone books together and suspended it from the target holder with some light rope. To be used to judge penetration. The range has a narrow gong suspended at a 100 yards also about 6 inches wide and foot long.

 I shot the first group at the 25 yard. Being very pleased with the out come and the group from off hand shooting. The shot on the left was the first shot and we will call that a fouling shot. The other 5 were shot were all shot standing off hand. No ransom or gun vice was used. I believe those outer circles are less than 4 inches. the Blue tape is from another gun I was shooting today also.

  I then moved to the 50 yard targets. I let three go from a sitting position using cross sticks. They were less than desirable. I had some issues keeping the sticks from moving on the hard ground. So then I went to just holding it off my knee. I am feeling pretty cocky now and am pleased as a pig in shit, so I let the bead fall on the phone books.  You know how sometimes when you pull the trigger, the outcome will not be what you wanted. I was having one of those moments. To my surprise the little slug made contact. Not where I was aiming but I'll call it a hit.  Entry at about 12:30 bottom right circle

The entry into the forth book.

At page 485 in the forth book the slug was removed,
a new never loaded slug on left. The slug continued to damage the book 
beyond page 700. I did say they were big phone books right?
I will weigh the shot one later. 

 So now I am real  feeling cocky. I grab a small handful of rounds and move over to another position. A shooting table pointed in front of the Gong mentioned earlier.  I fired the first 2 rounds. Making impact in the berm just left of the target then just right. Load two more. The next round make the distinctive sound of lead hitting steel. A musical note a sound I love to hear. The next one I am off left again. Hell that's good enough. That target is like aiming at a orange pencil at that distance. I was happy to hit it the first time. Humidity is up and I still have two more guns I want to shoot today.

I'll catch up with some one in the future with a Crony and give them an average. As for now I am one happy hunter with this load.  In the meantime get to the range and share your experience.

Remember a bad day at the range is better than a good day at work.

Editors note 8-27-12

Just an update. I weight the retrieved slug from the phone books. I also weigh 2 other new never loaded bullets. The new ones both weighed 168 grains. The shot one from the book weighed 110.7 grains.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Daniel Defense Giveaway

MidwayUSA and Daniel Defense have a a giveaway going. You can find it at Facebook or at the MidwayUSA website. Win a free Daniel Defense Upper and several other items. Closes Aug 31st get signed up.

  1. Prize. One winner will receive a prize pack consisting of: Total ARV of Prize Pack: $1,681.99. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Why a Glock?

Why I prepare and wrap up my next project. I thought I share and interesting Glock torture test. I don't know which handgun gets more ass whippin's the Glock or Hi Point. Seems both of them don't give up to easy. For all these reasons I will keep mine. I still enjoy and keep other reliable handguns however I count on the Glock not to fail. Remember Kids these guys are professional Bloggers don't do this at home.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Just some random crap

 Just some random crap.  To start the week with.

No really do they?

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another Tattoo Thursday

I start a new schedule next week and that should give me some additional time to get back in here with some updates and projects. Got some things working and a couple of new ideals.

Share some body art

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Danielle Colby?