Sunday, October 21, 2012

Easy Gun Repairs You Can do Yourself

Although there are just as many methods to repairing a gunstock as there are guns, some repairs are quite easy and can easily be handled at home. Small scratches or nicks in the stock can quickly be repaired with a minimum of expensive tools, except perhaps specialty tool sets for removing the barrel and/or firing mechanism. Unless you are a tool and die maker, it would probably be foolish to try to repair the barrel, and the firing mechanism may take greater skills than a home hobbyist can conjure up.

One thing to be aware of is that repairing a crack in the stock is a bit more complex than you may at first imagine. Although smaller cracks are easier to seal, large gouges may take a wooden insert that closely matches the color of your stock. Expert gunsmiths state that the reason many DIY stock repairs don’t last is because of the type or quality of the adhesive being used.

Be aware of the fact that glues, of any kind, are inadequate for stock repairs. The reason for this is because they are prone to getting brittle over time from drying out. Also, most sportsmen keep their stocks well oiled with the traditional linseed oil which will further add to the deterioration of glue, especially wood glue. Most experienced stock repairmen use a 60 minute slow set epoxy, but never EVER use something like Elmer’s wood glue. Also, never use an industrial strength degreaser to remove old glue/epoxy because it will also degrade the natural ‘glue’ that bonds the fibers of the wood together!

If the stock has a clean break through at any point, you may want to seek the advice of a veteran gunsmith. However, for small scratches, dings and nicks, the process is easily handled at home. Remember that if you must use sandpaper of any kind, invest in high quality paper that has an even surface. Cheap sandpapers have uneven surfaces which can further degrade the wood of the stock.
A good trick for removing a ding from the stock is to steam them out with a hot iron. That’s right! Simply steam the finish from the dent in perhaps 30 second intervals for each dent. Simply use an ironing cloth with gently applied pressure. This can eliminate the need to use abrasive sand papers and when the old finish/epoxy is removed and the stock is ready to be finished. 

A boiled linseed oil is perfect, as mentioned above, and it can be used in similar fashion to varnishes. The steam method for removing small dents and dings is an easy repair and one which can be accomplished with or without any expensive tools. (You may need to promise your wife a night on the town to gain use of her steam iron, but your newly finished stock will be all the incentive you need.)

Why I like the 40 Smith and Wesson round


Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite calibers that is out right now, which is the 40 Smith and Wesson. As many people may know, the 40 Smith and Wesson or 40S&W was developed primarily because of the aftermath of the FBI shootout in Miami in 1986 in which two assailants wounded numerous times with 9mm and 38 special rounds continued their assault on several FBI agents until being shot over 10 times each. It is important to keep in mind that there were 12 gauge shotguns that the agents had, but only one was able to procure it and with one arm, was only able to hit the assailant in the feet which was not very effective. For this reason the 10mm round was developed, however it was considered to large for most FBI agents to carry, while the 9mm was considered too weak, and so it came to be that the 40 S&W was born and changed handguns forever.

At the present time, 3 of the most popular calibers for handguns are the 9mm, 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. I would have to say that the 40 S&W is my personal favorite of these rounds. The great thing about 40 S&W is that several companies make several models of handguns in the 40 S&W, some of these models include the Beretta 96, Beretta PX Storm, the Ruger SR40, the Glock 22, Glock 27, Glock 34, Smith and Wesson M&P, Smith and Wesson Sigma, Springfield XD, HK USP, SIG 226, and many more. The 40 S&W round is so popular that numerous law enforcement agencies around the United States use them. The Border Patrol for example, had used the Beretta 96 for years, before changing to HK P2000 in 40 S&W. The Glock 22 is carried by he local Sheriff's department where I live and on a previous visit to an Indian Reservation, I had noticed that their police department also carried this gun as well. My personal experience with the 40 S&W is that I had owned at one point in time a Ruger P94, a Smith and Wesson Sigma as well as the Glock 22 which I still own today.

Now for the reasons why I love the 40 S&W over most other handgun calibers out there. First of all, the 40 S&W is a powerful round, it is actually more powerful than a 9mm, being that a typical 40 S&W with a 180 grain bullet has a velocity of about 950-1000 Feet per second while a 155 grain bullet has a velocity of about 1100-1150 feet per second. Just a comparison of this will give you an idea of what this means, a 115 grain 9mm typically travels at about 1200 feet per second, while a 158 grain 357 Magnum will travel at about 1250 feet per second, and a 230 grain 45 ACP will travel about 830 feet per second. Keep in mind that most 40 caliber handguns have a magazine capacity larger than 10 rounds while a 357 magnum revolver carries about 6-8 rounds in the cylinder and a 1911 in 45 ACP carries between 7 and 8 rounds. Two popular 40 S&W handguns such as the Glock 22 has a capacity of 15 rounds of 40 S&W and the Beretta 96 has a 12-13 round capacity, which equals a lot of firepower. So while the 40 S&W may not be as powerful as a 357 or 45 it makes up for that in terms of magazine capacity. Accuracy on a 40 S&W is good as well, although not as accurate as a 9mm, it makes up for that with stopping power. With a little bit of practice, you can shoot a 40 S&W very accurately and with personal protection rounds, this is a perfect weapon for self-defense, or just target practice at the range since the ammo can be found everywhere and for a decent price, around $12.00 a box where I live. So if you are looking for the perfect all around center-fire caliber for whatever your needs, you cant go wrong with the 40 S&W.

*The above photo was found via Google search*

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chemical Industry

Are you one of the many people out there who are looking for M&A Advisory but are not sure where to go to? Well I found a place known as the Valence Group that offers top notch, professional chemical m&a advisory. For those of you who may not know what chemical m&a is, it actually stands for chemical mergers and acquisitions which is good for those people who are involved in chemicals, materials as well as other similar areas, which is what the Valence Group specializes in. Keep in mind that the Valence Group also specializes in chemical investment banking, so you know that they really are great at what they do. One of the great things about the Valence Group is that the founders of the organization have actually been working together for over 10 years which means that they are very knowledgeable when it comes to chemical mergers and acquisitions. I believe that the Valence Group is one of the best places out there because they have so much to offer, for example, their website is filled with quite a bit of information including current chemical mergers and acquisition news so you can always stay on top of what is going on in this field. So if you like what you have heard so far, I highly suggest you check out the Valence Group today at their website Valence Group dot com, you will definitely be glad that you checked them out.

Winchester 1300 Defender Shotgun

Just the other day I was looking around at one of the pawn shops in town, and I found a great looking shotgun, the Winchester 1300 Defender for a very low price ($250.00) so I decided to put it on layaway. As many of you may know, the Winchester factory in New Haven, Connecticut was closed in 2006 thus ending the production of Model 94 rifles, Winchester 1300 shotguns, and Model 70 rifles. I personally believe this was a very sad event because the factory had been making high quality American-made rifles and shotguns at this factory for over 100 years. I was fortunate enough to get a hold of a Winchester 94 44 magnum rifle a few years ago and now I will be adding a Winchester 1300 to that collection. Just a little bit of information you might find interesting, Winchester is now making their new model SXP Shotguns which are very high quality shotguns, but they are actually made in Turkey and come in a synthetic stock.

The Winchester 1300 Shotgun I plan to get is great looking, it has an all wood stock and wood forearm that look amazing. I like this shotgun so much because I feel it resembles the pump action shotgun from Resident Evil 1, it has a wood stock and a 7 or 8 shot capacity. This is quite a rare combination in this day in age, Mossberg makes 7 or 8 shot capacity shotguns only with a synthetic stock, and their shotguns with wood stocks have a low capacity. This shotgun is a 12 gauge and that means it is very powerful and has a huge assortment of ammunition that you can use, from buckshot, bird shot, slugs and even mini slugs! From what I have researched, many shotguns will not handle the mini slugs, but the Winchester 1300 handles them with ease, along with 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells, what more could you ask for. This particular shotgun has a bead front sight which is adequate for what a shotgun was designed for, short distances, although I believe I may be able to pull off 100 yard shots with a slug if I am able to practice enough. I plan to shoot a lot of birdshot, slugs, and a few rounds of buckshot when I take it to the range, I already can tell it is going to be a lot of fun to shoot, although I am unsure if my wife will be able to handle it since 12 gauge is a hard-hitting round. I am planning on possibly putting a side-saddle on this gun, and a sling for sure, but everything else will stay in tact, especially those wonderful looking wood stocks and forearms.

So anyways, before this shotgun came along, I was planning on getting a Remington 870 which is another great weapon, and possibly a Saiga Shotgun down the road, but the Winchester 1300 Defender is a great, classic looking gun, that is going to be awesome at the range or who knows, maybe even for blasting a couple of zombies, you never know.