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45 Colt handload velocity in a Winchester 94 Trapper Carbine Centennial
Velocity test of a .home made 45 Colt +P type cartridge I have taken many deer with. Do not duplicate this load in anything but a modern firearm designed for .454 Casull or something similar and as always work up to the load. The rifle has been modified by the replacing of the buckhorn rear sight with a peep sight, the oversized lanyard loop with a standard hunting lever loop, the replacement of the factory front sight with a fiber optic front sight, the addition of a sling, careful polishing of the interior parts, the replacement of the 30-30 lifter with one designed for .45 Colt and a shimming of the mechanism to reduce any rattle. See more at plimking.com
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Unboxing my 'untouched' Martini Henry Mk II
Sometime in 2002 or 2003 a company called IMA acquired from the former Kingdom of Nepal access to their royal armory and upon visiting it found thousands of antique firearms. Unlike Western countries, which when a gun becomes obsolete, disposes of the weapon, Nepal stored them. The result was thousands of, rare in the West, weapons which became rare over 100 years ago were found stored inside the huge royal armory. Amongst the hundreds of cannon, swords, bayonets, pistols and Gatling guns were thousands of British Martini Henry rifles as well as early firearms unique to Nepal. IMA purchased everything they could (over 30 shipping containers full of weapons). The downside of their acquisition is the weapons had not been maintained once placed into storage in an old palace. They had been covered in a local (yak) grease, put in piles, then ignored, many over 140 years ago. Insects found some of them. In time some became exposed to dripping water when the roof leaked. The result is some became badly corroded. Further it developed some of the weapons were stored while in need of minor repairs or with missing small parts such as screws or new springs. All of the weapons are best described as filthy. Yes, IMA has cleaned and checked some of the weapons, and sells them at expensive prices commensurate with their rarity. They also sell those they have not yet touched, and sell them at bargain basement prices too. Over a decade ago when the recovered armory cache was a new purchase I had occasion to meet with an IMA representative and examine the two uncleaned specimens he had with him. Let us just say those two were in horrible shape with cracked stocks, missing screws, visible rust and severe pitting. I rejected the idea of purchasing them. The ones I looked at back then were suitable only as wall hangers and not pretty ones either. With hindsight I realize IMA had chosen weapons from the top of the piles. Underneath things stayed much drier. I have an old Martini Henry carbine I acquired from another source which shoots just fine. However after 15 years IMA is probably nearing the bottom of the pile. Some sorting has happened and weapons best used for spare parts are now being sold as such. So now there are 3 main categories, parts, untouched and cleaned. Also there has been some sorting weapons by both type and variation, i.e., Marrk IIs, Mark IIIs, Mark IVs, etc. In late June this year I decided to gamble and take a chance that if I bought one the untouched weapons it may turn out to be a very decent acquisition once cleaned up. I therefore purchased from IMA an untouched Martini Henry rifle with markings from the 1870s. I also, just for the heck of it, purchased an English sword bayonet. What you see here is my first unpacking of the box that arrived on July 3rd. I am a happy camper. May all of your purchases be as good.
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Barrel lead removal using a peroxide and vinegar mix
How effective is a 50/50 mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and household vinegar at removing lead from a gun barrel? Does this mixture have any effect on the barrel steel? Here a simple test provides some answers..
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My families US Army Springfield 1911 .45 pistol
For 3 generations this 1911 pistol has been a trusted friend of the family.
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.442 Webley Wood penetration test
Comparison accuracy and penetration test firing of both the .44 Bulldog cartridge and the .442 Webley cartridge from two different variations of 44 Belgian Bulldog revolvers.
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Remington Model 51
Remington Model 51 caliber .380 circa 1920s A hollowpoint in the middle of the otherwise full of FMJ magazine caused the jam.
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comparison of a Martini Henry carbine to a Sharps  50 carbine
I conduct a firing comparison of the US Sharps .50 carbine as used by the US Army cavalry against the a British P-1871 (Mk II) artillery carbine. The handling and balance of the two are so similar no immediate difference jumps out. However, when reloading, the Martini Henry is noticeably faster as there is no need to cock a hammer. Conversely there is no way to safe a Martini Henry other than to unchamber the round. Both weapons are superior to either the English Snider rifle or the American Trapdoor rifle (themselves quite comparable). On paper the greater power of the .577-450 makes it look better, but in reality it recoils more sharply than does the lighter .50-70 load. The Sharps action is a little bit easier to field strip, but the Mrtini Henry has IMO a simpler mechanism. Both carbines tested had very similar sights. The Sharps was considered to be more accurate at longer ranges because of the rifling of the Martini Henry. Beyond the shot to shot lock time of the MH being a quarter second faster I don't see a difference that would make me prefer one over the other. I have to wonder, if General Benet had not decided the Sharps rifles were too expensive to buy new, if development had proceeded so that there was a striker fired Sharps, would I find one better than the other?
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Here I chronograph homemade .442 Webley ammunition from a Belgian bulldog type revolver. There is an oops moment in the video, but the needed data is collected. Yes, I forgot my earmuffs. To see more, check out my website, plimking.com
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Jennings J 22 intro
The Jennings Firearms Company J-22 .22LR pocket pistol. A notorious pistol introduced in the late 1970s and still being made today with minor design and a name change. Available in several finishes this gun, because of ready concealability combined with low price along with such guns as the Raven and the and the Davis figured prominently in the so-called 'ring of fire' spate of gangland killings in the LA area during the mid 1980s. At the same time it acquired a reputation as being a fun gun for the fishing tackle box or as an all around plinker. Because of low quality manufacture and a poor choice of materials (to minimize weight the gun frame and slide were made of zinc alloy and not steel, and the steel of the barrel was softer than that of the firing pin, etc.) the gun also quickly acquired a reputation as being highly unreliable with an ability to jam at least once every magazine of ammo. These pistols are striker fired and are of straight blowbak design. The recoil spring is overly stiff, consequently the guns work best with high velocity ammunition. A flier packaged with the pistols specifically recommends the use of CCI Stingers or Remington Hi-Velocity ammunition. This particular pistol works best with CCI Stingers and often jams with any other type of ammunition. Although at least 4 different plants manufactured this pistol, none of them spend the money to make a 100% reliable version. They can all be counted on to jam or misfire sooner or later with more jams as the soft parts wear down. What makes these guns popular with sportsmen as a camp plinker is the small size coupled with the discovery that in the hands of a good shooter 1 inch groups are quite possible out to 20 yards or so. The frequent jams and misfires make these very good first semi automatics to learn on for individuals transitioning from a revolver to a semi-automatic pistol, the theory being learn to cope with malfunctions with the small gun before dealing with them on the bigger gun. All persons should be aware the small size of the pistol coupled with a striker mechanism and sloppy manufacturing can also make these pistols unusually dangerous. The safety sometimes disengages by itself in the pocket or the holster. If dropped sometimes the striker bounces free of the sear and the gun fires. There have been instances of the extractor becoming stuck in the inwards position (usually caused by a piece of debris lodged in the slot) and thereby acting as a second firing pin and causing a discharge when the slide picks up the next round and closes. When Bryco took over manufacture of the J-22 from Jennings Firearms they re-designed the safety. Nevertheless a lawsuit involving an accidental discharge and a dead child forced Bryco out of the J-22 world. Other manufacturers soon stepped into the breech. Some individuals build collections solely around the different J-22 versions and colors available. Different manufacturers place different markings on the pistol. Initial retail price of these pistols was about $45.. Today in 2016 due to their horrid reputation and low manufacturing cost they are often still available N.I.B. for only about $60. There are probably about a quarter million J-22s sitting in desk drawers, fishing tackle boxes, glove boxes and field jacket pockets. The J-22 is not a reliable pistol. The caliber, .22 Long Rifle, is not a good choice for defensive use. However the .22 rimfire has killed more humans than all other pistol cartridges combined. It has also been known to kill tiger, lion, elephant and rhino. In many cases the death occurs days after the shooting, sometimes weeks after (infection). For that reason of very slow demise one should not choose a .22 as their defensive round. But if you just want a small pistol to shoot empty soda cans and paper targets with, or to chase groundhogs from your vegetable garden with, the Jennings is a decent choice.
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Colt 1911
Firing a Colt Commercial 1911 manufactured in 1912. Using a mix of modern JHP and actual WW2 ball ammunition and 185 grain SWC target ammunition. 14 shots, no jams, no mis-fires. IME, most of the pre-1922 (i..e., pre 1911a1) 1911s that I have fired feed JHPs and SWCs just as reliably as they do the hardball FMJ stuff. It is when I try mixing ammo in the magazine and firing them in unaltered 1911a1s that I encounter jamming. Admittedly all of the 1911a1s I have fired both military and commercial were of WW2 or post WW2 manufacture and I have not tried the experiment with a weapon made in the period 1923 - 1942. Nowadays of course we throat the barrel, polish the feed ramp, enlarge the ejection port and all that jazz, None of my own 1911s seem to need any of that. No question this is one of the best pistols designed.
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Testing  45 Colt in an 1873  45 70 Trapdoor rifle
This video is in response to a comment in the comment category of http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nepali.htm , an InRangeTV channel video about the Schofield. My speculation is that a cavalry trooper finding himself with only .45 Colt ammunition, a Schofield revolver, and his .45-70 is not dead in the water if hostiles are attacking. The twist rate of the Springfield .45-70 rifle & carbine is compatible with the twist rate of the .45 Colt. My thought was he could simply load his .45-70 with .45 Colt ammunition and it should fire just fine. Some disagreed. Hence this demonstration and proof of concept test. This demonstration is ruined a little bit because this was the first time I had actually fired this particular .45-70 antique and only during the firing was it discovered the shell extractor is very badly worn, such that it won'treally extract anything and shells have to be plucked out by fingernail or shoved out with the ramrod. Nevertheless, here you see successful firings of multiple .45 Colt cartridges in the .45-70 rifle.
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US Army Colt 1917 vs Colt Shooting Master comparison
I compare a US Army Colt 1917 revolver to a Colt Shooting Master New Service (caliber .38 Special) and show the differences.
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44 Bulldog Chronograph
Here I test the velocity of 44 Bulldog ammunition as manufactured and sold commercially by Old Western Scrounger in the 1990s time frame. The test weapon is a Belgian variation of the Webley .442 Bulldog revolver. The weapon used for this test holds 5 shots and was made sometime between 1870 and 1892. As manufacture and sales of the 44 caliber versions made in Europe peaked (due to the recoil of the full sized 442 Webley cartridge and consumer dissatisfaction) around 1880 with smaller calibers becoming more common, this tiny thing was probably made before 1880. The results were not terribly surprising to me, but I confess I was hoping for a little better...
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Polish Radom P64 (CZAK) with a 17 lb spring
Having installed a Wolff 17 pound hammer spring (and recoil and firing pin springs) I function test the P64s and quickly learn I need to change the springs again to perhaps an 18 or 19 pound spring set. I am however very pleased with the reduction of the DA pull, but also feel at 3.5 lb the SA pull is perhaps a little too light. Just a test of a work in progress.
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Colt 1917
Firing a US Army Colt 1917 revolver. This particular one is fitted with a Tyler T-grip, but is otherwise unaltered.
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Firing a stocked Mauser C96 Broomhandle
This is a demo firing of a 100 year old (approx) Mauser broomhandle pistol, otherwise known as the Mauser pistol model of 1896, or more formally the Mauser C96. This weapon was developed at Mauser in 1895 and named the C96 by them and sold from 1896 on through the mid 1930s. This pistol is arguably one of the very first successful military semi automatic pistols and was used by so many forces in so many conflicts fhroughout much of the early to mid 20th century it became one of the most recognizable pistols on Earth. An intastantly recognizable icon it stands alongside such names as Thompson, Luger, 1911, AK 47, etc. Never formally adopted by the German Army as a main service pistol it none the less was a limited standard issue item of the German Army in both World War 1 & 2. At one time or another it was used by every major power on Earth. There exist photographs of US Army soldiers carrying holstered C96s during the Philippine Insurrection (1902). A major customer of the C96 was China as after the Boxer Rebellion the Western countries embargoed China from receiving modern rifles. However, pistols were not an embargoed item. The C96 was designed for use with a shoulder stock and almost always ssolld with one. Therefore it was well received in China where it could work as a pistol, or by attaching the shoulder stock circumvent the embargo and become a shoulder fired carbine. From the days of the Chinese Emperors, through the early civil war, through WW2, through the time of Chiang Ky Shek and the rise of Mao Tse Tung, the C96 was there fighting in every conflict China had. Winston Churchill carried and used one of these during the Boer War. Photos exist showing the C96 doing military duty in several countries in South America. Both sides used C96s (or copies of) during the Spanish Civil War. As a pistol it can be considered clumsy and a little unwieldy. Elsewhere I have a video up of me shooting this C96 as a pistol. However,, once the shoulder stock is attached it becomes a very handy 10 shot carbine. The cartridge it fired (7..63 x 25mm) originally stood as the fastest pistol bullet on Earth from 1896 to the mid 1930s when the .357 magnum cartridge was developed. The German army used the C96 in both 7.53 and also in caliber 9mm Luger. A full automatic version was also developed in the 1930s. That version was also available with detachable magazines in lieu of stripper clips. The Spanish firm of Astra (and some others) marketed simplified copies of the C96 primarily to China. Although the C96m which was expensive to make, filled few roles that cculd not be filled by cheaper sub machine guns with larger ammo capacity equally well. However, so many C96s had been manufactured by the time production ceased in the late 1930s they remained in the inventory of many armies up to the 1980s. In the US this is considered a Curio and Relic Firearm. Although once rare with specimens in the US consisting primarily of veterean bring backs from the European Theaters after WWI & II, that situation changed in the US when China finally declared their massive inventory of them to be surplus in the mid 1980s and pistols that had previously cost thousands of dollars were suddenly being sold for only 100 or so.. Although many of the imports from China had been used so extensively that the words 'worn out' barely covers them, a huge supply of spare parts soon followed. Likewise both very rare variations and even some C96 pistols in very good condition surfaced amongst the Chinese imports. Also it developed several Chinese arsenals at various times in Chinese history had made exact copies of the C96 when the war with Japan briefly cut off supply. Those Chinese copies also vary wildly in quality. Needless to say while on the one hand collectors told other people to not buy the Chinese imports, at the same time they brought as many of them as they could. The result, today the C96 is not often encountered in a neighborhood pawn shop or in a neighborhood gun store's used gun section. When it is, don't be surprised if the price being asked is 4 or 5 digits long.
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Plinking with a rolling block
Plinking with a L:ight Baby Carbine type Remington Rolling Block. Original caliber 44-40. I don't know if it was the Uruguay military when they surplused the weapon or the rechambering happened later. Either way a broad variety of .44 shell casings can be used in the carbine, from .44 Bulldog up through .444 Marlin. George Layman's book on Military Rolling Blocks says many Light Baby Carbines in Uruguay were later re-chambered to 28 Gauge. I can't envision that as the OD of the barrel is only .67 while the Throat of a 28 gauge is .615 inches. That wouldn't leave much steel on the barrel. I do however see two possible late 19th century shotgun choices that would comply with the law of Uruguay and still allow the gun to keep it's rifling. 11.15x52mm (almost identical to my cutting the Marlin brass down to 50mm) and also 44 XL. Thoughts are welcome.
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German Military Luger P 08 holsters 1908   1945
A comparison of the 3 base German P.08 holster types. Army, Artillery and Police hard shells..
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Shooting my 1866 Trapdoor rifle, caliber  50 70 Govt
For the first time in a very long time (at an unknown time in the past this rifle had been coated with tar by unknown persons before I acquired it) I do a first test firing of the rifle after cleaning and inspecting it. The rifle performed flawlessly. This is video 2 of 2 videos about this rifle. Video 1 is a discussion of the rifle. It is worth noting this rifle bears butt plate stamps indicating it was in all probability rack number T 21 of the rifles assigned to the 41st Colored Infantry Regiment. That regiment was crdeated in 1866 and assigned to Reconstruction duties in Louisiana and also to fighting Indians and protecting settlers further North. This is also the same model of rifle favored by Buffalo Bill during the years he was a Buffalo Hunter.
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fabricating a steel Jennings J-22 slide
I get bored and realize many of the malfunctions of the Jennings J-22 class of weapon can be traced to the kong ago decision to hold down costs and weight by making both the slide and the frame out of a Zinc alloy. That led to a what if moment, followed by a why not? moment. A lot of Google showed no trace of any similar projects and only one other on YouTube that even come close. Heck I couldn't even find drawings for a Jennings and had to start making my own. It looks like a straight forward project, but there are complications. The Jennings is a casting Sone ingenuity will be needed to machine a drop in slide. The nose of the slide will be the first challenge. There is a .45 caliber recoil spring inside the .80 caliber slide. Is .17 caliber on the left and right enough steel to install a threaded end cap? What if I install a longer barrel and thread the slide retaining cap onto that? Slowly I realize I am not wedded to the original shape. What is the purpose of the slide? To carry the fire pin? Can I go open top like a Beretta Minx? Questions, all things in time. For now, I just do it. Me and my Sieg Mill. If I stumble, I stumble. Already thoughts of how to make a steel frame swirl in my head.
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45 Colt handload velocity test in a S&W M25 5
This is a continuation of the video in which I test a full load of 2400 behind a 250 grain XTP load in a Winchester 94 Trapper Carbine. In that weapon these cartridges achieve 1600 fps. So let's see what velocity the same load achieves in a 4 inch Model 25-5. I do not advocate this load for your guns. This video is presented for informational purposes only. Enjoy. For further reading and videos check out my website at plimking.com
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First test firing of an 80% AR 15 build
Here I mate the home built lower receiver to the home assembled upper receiver, then proceed to test fire new rifle with ball M193 ammunition. Firing begins at about 3 minutes in. Tools needed, allen wrenches, a router, the ability to follow a video instruction from a jig maker, an 80% lower receiver, a receiver jig, a drill and some miscellaneous small tools. Any smart 10 year old can make one of these.
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1929 DWM Police Luger
A DWM made civilian police Luger pistol made in 1929. This pistol has the sear safety bar required by police regulations after 1922. The marks on the grip indicate service with the Landjagerei (county police) in the Potsdam area outside of Berlin. This is my first firing of the pistol using a new Mec magazine and Winchester 115 grain FMJ ammunition.
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Remington Model 81
This is the Remington Model 81 semi auto rifle. Here we examine and fire a few rounds. A Browning designed weapon initially intended for hunters and first sold as the Remington Model 8 and available in a selection of calibers ranging from .25 - .35. By the end of World War I in addition to being well liked as a deer rifle it had also earned a place amongst America's law enforcement agencies. In 1929 a removable magazine variant became available and many agencies acquired a few of them. The version used by police agencies was similar to this, but modified to use a 5, 10 or 15 round removable magazine. Some prisons also issued them for use by their tower guards. The FBI used them and continued to keep these in their regional gun safes until the 1960s. The safety of this design was copied to the Soviet Kalashnikov AK series. The rotating bolt head design was copied by Johnson and used in his semi auto rifles and the 30-06.. Law enforcement liked he weapon because it was lighter than a BAR, but quite capable of punching through auto body metal and other obstacles that could stop the bullet from a Thompson Sub Machine gun. Frank Hammer is reported to have used one of these when terminating the bank robbing careers of Bonnie & Clyde. Within the practical range of the 300 Savage or the 35 Remington cartridges the rifle is both powerful enough and also accurate enough to make a superb hunting weapon suffering only from a longer barrel than what is currently in vogue with today's hunters.. Most of these left the factory with buckhorn sights, but a few, such as this one, had factory installed rear peep sights. Several grades of this rifle ranging from plain and unadorned up to richly engraved with checkered stocks were available. This rifle was the first Remington product to carry and also earn the name WoodsMaster marked on the side of the receiver. The weapon is a take down design. Removal of a small screw from the fore stock exposes a second screw with handle which when unscrewed allows the barrel assembly to be removed for both cleaning and making a smaller package when transporting the weapon in a case. A checkered steel butt plate was standard with the weapon.
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Berdan primer pocket conversion for 577-450
Here I show the process of converting a fired Kynoch 577-450 Martini Henry Cartridge with a Berdan primer system to use standard 209 shotgun primers instead.
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Rolling Block carbine vs a Sharps Carbine
This is a side by side (for fun) firing of an original Remington Rolling Block military carbine followed by the firing of an original 1863 Sharps carbine converted to 50-70 Government.
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Webley Bulldog cylinder bushing replacement
One of my "Western Bulldog" revolvers (circa 1880) in .442 Webley was missing the cylinder bushing (Adams Extractor type), so here I machine and make a new one out of a hexagon bolt.
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Polish Radom CZAK aka P64 review Part I
In this video (part I of 2) I discuss the Polish Radom produced CZAK pistol. This pistol also called the C64 was developed in the 1960s for the Polish Warsaw Pact military and police as an altternative to using the Makarov pistol. It served the Polish through the 1970s. Although it has since been replaced by other pistols it is still in use with some Polish forces. Recently many P64s were declared surplus and sold. Consequentially they have begun to appear inside the US. The pistol is very similar to the old Walther PPK in appearance and size, but it is chambered for the 9x18 Makarov round which is a more powerful cartridge than the .32 and .380 cartridges. Like the Walther its trigger is both double and single action capable. The magazine holds 6 shots. The construction is steel and the quality appears to be typical of what comes out of Radom, i.e., high. The gun is straight blowback in operation. The slide does lock back when the magazine is empty but the release is internal, not external. The slide must be pulled back then released after changing to a loaded magazine or removing the magazine. The safety lever is dual function. It both lowers the hammer and also blocks the firing pin. In safe position the gun can not be fired. The biggest drawbacks to this pistol are poor sights, an overly heavy trigger pull (Wolff Springs sells replacement spring kits which dramatically improve the trigger pull). Also the recessed magazine release in the pistol butt takes practice to get used to. Currently these normally sell inside the US as a surplus military pistol and usually for less than $250. This loe price coupled with very good construction and a reputation for high reliability makes this a pistol worth taking a look at.
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455 Webley
Firing a Webley Mk VI revolver. Adapted by the British Army in WWI, this particular one was manufactured in 1919. Ruggedly made and very reliable, but with both a terrible trigger pull and an anemic cartridge by today's standards.
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Colt .45 Series 80
Slightly customized (better grips, frame stippled, steel trigger, 4 leaf sear spring, Wolf recoil and firing pin springs, 1911 wide type hammer, Trijicon sights) Colt series 80. I lost count of how many, hence the bobble at the end.
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Luger Snail Drum replica function test
This is a quick function test in a German Luger of a modern working replica of the 32 round snail drums used by Germany with their artillery Lugers during World War I. Such historic Lreplica drums are currently available from firms such as Numrich, IMA, etc.
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44 Bulldog
Firing a spur trigger type Belgium Bulldog revolver in caliber .44 Webley. Liege proof on cylinder dates this one as being made prior to 1878 manufacture. Ending photo shows the small size compared to a more contemporary Charter Arms 'Undercover' .38 revolver. The case head areas of the cylinder are recessed. Like modern revolvers the firing pin is not in contact with the cartridge until the trigger is pulled (a design feature not copied by Smith & Wesson or Colt for decades to come). Hsmmer and trigger are case hardened. All in all, a very nice pocket pistol of the late 1800s, suffering primarily from the use of a low powered and obsolete BP cartridge and an overly large hammer design with an overlong fall and being slow to reload.
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Jennings J 22 range time
Bringing the old Jennings to the backyard range we see at once that the reputation for frequent jams of various types is well deserved. We also see that the .22LR cartridge is not a toy but a potentially lethal bullet capable of easily blowing through an inch and a half of wood and making large exit wounds on the backside of the wood. The Jennings is a pistol that manages to convey to one who shoots it frequently that if it had just been a little better made, then it would be a great pistol. Sadly no one ever tweaked the design towards reliability. The Zinc alloy frame and slide keep the weight and the cost of manufacture down, but at the expense of reliability. The too soft Zinc wears out of specification or flexes where steel wouldn't. Better perhaps the weight of steel at slightly more cost to the consumer if it resulted in a better pistol. The barrel's tendency to peen at the chamber mouth, coupled with the inability to de-cock the pistol means sooner or later the chamber mouth will deform and extraction and feed difficulties will ensue. Quality of magazines varies greatly from pistol to pistol. After a few hundred rounds the soft Zinc of the feed ramp begins to groove, which causes it's own feeding issues. This is a pistol one should just skip the 'break in' period of. Again from gun to gun, year to year the recoil springs seem to be of varying strength. This means each gun has to be fed many different loads of ..22 cartridge before the best one can be identified. Although the sights of my own J-22 seem to be in line with the barrel, other owners have reported the pinned in place barrel of their gun does not line up with the sights. Some report barrels that are only loosely pinned so that the barrel actually wobbles in the frame if the slide is removed. It is a shame. The gun was a great concept design, but poorly executed in the factory. I have owned, carried or used this pistol for about 35+ years. I have had a lot of fun with it. I have also had a lot of frustration with misfires, failures to extract, stove pipe jams, double feeds, and a host of other annoyances. I only wish that someday someone buys the design then does it right in steel instead of Zinc,
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MH Artillery Carbine forestock replacement
For the 2nd time my Martini Henry Artillery Carbine forestock split while firing. Once before I had fixed a split on the right side. Then it split on the left side. A previous owner had allowed the forestock wood to get wet and rot. So I made a new forestock for it. I also figured out what caused the problem and came up with what seems to be a good solution. If you wish to shoot your Martini my fix may be of interest to you.
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Firing an Ingles pistol a WW2 Canadian copy of the FN produced Browning HP pistol.
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380 Colt Mustang Mk IV Series 80
Looking at and slow firing (FMJ ammo) at some non-cooperative shaving cream cans. I was hoping they would dramatically burst out with lots of foam, but they were too empty and the bullets just zipped through with no effect. LoL, I thought i was missing them, but no, I was just making quiet holes in them. Of you are familiar with the Colt 1911 series, this pistol holds few surprises in it's operation. The controls and even the disassembly are very similar. Actually this gun is an improved (firing pin safety added) version of the old Star Model D, and of course now available from Colt in either stainless steel, or with a light weight polymer fram. Further when Colt briefly stopped making these, Sig Sauer brought out a clone of it called their model 238. The Sig version also incorporates the firing pin safety which allows safe carry with a chambered round and the hammer down, which the Star version does not.
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How to build a shooter's bench or lunch table from old deck wood
I recycle old, scrap deck wood to make a small shooter's bench and lunch table. Supplies and tools needed.., 2x6 boards, 2x4 boards, deck boards (5/4x6 minimum, but 2x6 or 8 okay too), galvanized deck screws (non galvanized screws will oxide with treated wood) of appropriate length, 8 3/8" bolts or carriage bolts, washers, nuts, a drill, a screw driver or 2nd drill to drive screws, pliers and a hammer (occasionally useful), a carpenters square, 2 levels (table and cross member to ensure they are parallel), a skil saw, a table saw capable of accurate miter cuts, a 3/8" drill bit, a drill bit a hair smaller than the shank of the deck screws, liquid nails or a similar outdoor capable construction glue, a few 4 or 6" C clamps, a magic marker or a crayon or something for marking where to cut, a tape measure. I think that is about it, but you may notice something I forgot in the video. In this example all of the boards are pressure treated wood. The only wood that absolutely has to be pressure treated lumber is the legs of the table as they are in constant contact with the soil. As shown in the video I believe creosote or asphalt coating the ends touching moist soil doesn't hurt. The assembly will probably last longer if you apply a protective deck treatment or deck paint to it. I will use Olympic Max on this.
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Bulldog pistol restoration
First half of the Bulldog pistol restoration project, A work in progress...
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This is a hands on test firing of the Chiappa replica of the Winchester Model of 1887 lever action 12 gauge shotgun.
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Discussion about the 1866 Trapdoor, 2nd Allin Conversion
This video series is in 2 parts. This is part 1. I decided to break the video into two sections so that those who just want to see the gun being fired can go straight to part 2, while those interested in discussion about the Model 1866 Trapdoor rifles can listen to this part. The 1866 was America's first general issue cartridge rifle. There had been other cartridge rifles used during the Civil War, such as the Spencer or the Henry, but their distribution was limited. After the American Civil War the US Army found itself with over a million bought and paid for percussion muskets, but no cartridge rifles deemed powerful enough for regular Infantry use. A Springfield Armory Engineer named Allin was assigned to come up with a way to convert the huge inventroy of percussion rifles to cartridge rifles. His solution was to cut the top half of the barrel rear off and install a trapdoor into which a cartridge (of new design) could be inserted. His first attempt in late 1865 was not deemed succesful as it used a weak rimfire cartridge. This rifle is also known as the Second Allin Conversion of 1866. It used a blackpowder cartridge called the .50-70 Government. This cartridge was also used in Sharps rifles and Remignton Rolling Block rifles. It was a fairly successful rifle and cartridge combination. In use as an infantry rifle it was accompanied by the 1855 triangular blade bayonet. Arriving just as the War with America;s Plains Indian tribes was beginning the rapid fire capability of a breech loading cartridge rifle proved it's value in the first two fights it was used in. In both instances US soldiers outnumbered by at least 10 to 1 experienced minimal casualties while also killing hundreds of Indians and repulsing their attack. Only a few months before in the same area a group of 81 soldiers and 2 civilians while armed with the older percussion muskets had been utterly wiped out by Indians laying in ambush. These rifles were replaced in 1873 by the .45-70 Trapdoor Springfield. In the same period as the issuance of these rifles the US Army began a deliberate process to exterminate the American Buffalo as the Bison was the primary food source of the Indian tribes. The .50-70 cartridge and it's later incarnations (i.e., .50-80, .50-90, etc.) was a favorite cartridge of many of the Western Buffalo hunters as it possessed enough energy to completely penetrate a bison at hunting ranges. Buffalo Bill Cody during his time as a buffalo hunter preferred one of these 1866 rifles as his favorite buffalo hunting weapon.
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Quick first function test of a 1917 DWM Artillery Luger using 7 rounds
This is a quick function test of a century old German 9mm Artillery Luger using 7 rounds of modern Wunchester 115 grain FMJ ammunition (the stuff my new Remington M51 can't handle well). Here the pistol is being tested with a 1929 made P.08 magazine. No malfunctions were encountered. It was a little tricky holding the gun in one hand and aiming while also filming the gun with my phone in the other hand, but all in all, it all worked,
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A 1991a1, Series 80 Colt
I semi retired the Springfield 1911 when I hac a chance to pick up a Series 80 Colt 1991a1 ..45. I made some modifications and this too has provided good service.
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DarkMatter Sword
Sword fight from the ScyFy channel show, Dark Matter. For sword fighting technique analysis only. No copyright infringement intended.
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Slide cuts for a steel slide for a Jennings J-22. Made with a tweaked Sieg Mini Mill.
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African American makes good as her Mom weeps with pride
This is a greatly abridged version of the Royal wedding today. The core footage is the public upload of the multi hour news feed video shown on the official 'The Royal Family' channel. Probably erroneous Youtube copyright complaints forced me to delete most of the music, singing and even the sermons. I started to argue the copyright complaints were bogus as this was publicly broadcast footage issued by The Royal Family of the English government, then decided, since YouTube was blocking the timely release of my shorter version and would for months of appeal, it wasn't worth the argument time, so I simply deleted whatever the Youtube algorithm didn't like. Apologies for that. Hey, at least I captured the vows. :)
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Firing a US Army issue Springfield 1911 .45 at twilight
This pistol has been used by 3 generations of my family since being issued to my Grandfather during WWI. It was later given by him to his son, my father, when he joined the US Army in 1942 and he brought it with him to North Africa and Europe during WW2. When I joined the US Army in the 1970s it became my turn to carry this friend of the family. As shown, 103 years after manufacture, it still works just fine.
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Paintcans with a 1911 and a SW M25 5
Shooting empty spray cans with a 1911 (all were hit, some twice, but only 1 had pressurized paint left). Also plinking with a Smith and Wesson M-25-5.
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Ruger LC9 impressions and an overview
I found a forgotten Ruger LC9 at a local gun dealer and negotiated a decent price for it. Here are my first impressions. Since making this I have run several hundred more rounds through it and have yet to have a malfunction. Like everyone else doing a review of the LC9, the only criticism I have is the trigger pull being excessively long. Although I have decades of experience with DA revolvers and a DA pull shouldn't be an issue, this one is. It is a very long pull which can cause accuracy to suffer. The only other similar trigger pull that comes to mind is the Colt US 1902 Philippine (aka the Colt Alaskan) revolver. That pistols trigger pull feels somewhat similar.to the pull of an LC9, The LC9 trigger's long pull when coupled with the thin grip neccessitates both practice and concentration when striving for small target accuracy. My understanding is the successor pistol in the series, the LC9S, being striker fired has a much nicer trigger pull. This pistol is caliber 9mm Parabellum (Luger) and it has both a thumb safety and a firing pin block drop safety. Both fiber optic sights and Tritium night sights are available for this pistol as aftermarket add ons. Several companies offer laser sights and grip modifiers for this pistol.
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Nylon 66, novice shooter
A first time shooter tries a Remington Nylon 66 as the first gun she has ever fired. Significant improvement observed as the day progressed.
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commencement of the making of an experimental steel slide for a Jennings J-22 pistol. A problem noted is that the original slide was/is a casting. Milling a replacement may require a change to the front end of the slide.
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