Recent updates

June 27, 2008

I have finally found time to update my last two product review posts.  Keep in mind that I am by no means an expert.  Just a guy that had some extra money and was in the right place at the right time to get a good deal on these parts.  I also happened to know a number knowledgeable people who recommended these to me.

Burris Fullfield 2

Volquartsen 10/22 Action Trigger Kit


Burris Fullfield 2 3x-9x 40mm

October 11, 2007

I recently purchased the Burris Fullfield 2 scope for my 10/22 and I also picked up Burris’ Zee rings.  Since I’m still relatively new to the world of firearms I decided to let a friend of mine install it.  He’s been shooting, reloading, and working on his guns for 30 or 40 years.  I’m glad I made that choice after seeing the steps he went through to make sure it was zeroed in properly.

The scope and the rings look fantastic on my 10/22, which has the silver painted action and stainless steel barrel (Wal-mart model I think).  We also had no problems mounting on the Ruger provided base; I had heard in the past that this could be problematic.

When we got the gun to the range I had trouble getting it zeroed in properly so my friend had to take over.  I wasn’t too upset though it was the first time I had shot a gun in 10 months.  He had it setup in no time and I was holding pretty tight groups (for me) at 50 yards.  Obviously my friend was holding extremely tight groups at that distance.

I would definitely recommend this scope if you’re in the market for one.

Volquartsen 10/22 Action Trigger Kit

October 11, 2007

I bought this kit back in August of ’07 and didn’t finish installing it until May ’08.  It wasn’t a difficult installation, I just kept getting side-tracked.  Regardless, I will say that I like how my 10/22 shoots now.

The trigger was smooth and reasonably light without any adjustments after installation.  Also the recoil was noticeably improved; which I assume is the result of the replacement buffer provided with the kit.  At the range I put a couple hundred rounds of varying brands through the gun and I was pleased with the results.

These kits aren’t cheap but if you shoot a lot and are already in the market for one I’m sure that’s of little concern.  Unfortunately I don’t recall how much I spent on it.

Trimming the fat…

August 10, 2007

I’ve been considering this for a while now and tonight I went through and deleted the posts which involve my profession.  However I did copy those posts to a different blog.  The reason I came to this decision was to separate work and play.  Later this month I am moving to a city that is known for being predominantly liberal.  Sadly, because of that, I have a slight fear that my firearm posts could adversely affect my career.  I’m still a Life Member in the NRA and will be shooting regularly.  I will continue posting on here as well.

My upcoming move is for a new job that I accepted a couple of weeks back.  While starting a new job is exciting I will be losing my firearm discounts and that is sad.  However, I am still waiting on my 1911 and that is very exciting.

Update on my XD

August 1, 2007

Recently I went shooting with a friend of mine from work.  He claims to be surgical with his 1911 so I figured I’d let him put a couple of mags through my 9mm.  If you recall I thought the gun was shooting low but after he had a few minutes with it he thought is was shooting a little high.  I have a feeling he is right, I was shooting off the bench that day and was hitting the target at 25 yards with little trouble.  It doesn’t hold a tight group which is a bit concerning but I doubt I’ll get it looked at.   My current plan is to just get used to the gun and not worry about it’s quirks.  I’m still waiting for my 1911 after all, if that has problems then I’ll be upset.

Springfield Armory XD 9mm

July 15, 2007

I recently received my XD; I got the bi-tone model in 9mm.  This is the first polymer handgun I’ve owned and I’m pleased so far.  I was surprised how easy it was to disassemble the gun for cleaning.  I suppose I should have expected this but I didn’t.

Shooting this gun was a pleasure.  Even though it’s a 9mm and the recoil is fairly light for that round the XD absorbs it nicely.  With a proper grip it was easy to get the gun back on target for the next shot.  The first 100 rounds I shot with it were CCI Blazer.  I don’t have any complaints with them but I wasn’t overly impressed either.  While at the range I shot from 25 yards, 15 yards and 10 yards.  I couldn’t hit anything from 25 yards, from 15 yards I could hit the paper and from 10 yards I was hitting the target.  At first I thought the gun was shooting low, I’m hoping that I was just pulling down before I squeezed the trigger.  I have no intention of getting the gun checked out just yet.  I’ll put another few hundred round down range before then.

In the end I really like the XD, I would like to get a 40 or a 45 at some point as well.


June 15, 2007

I recently found out that I could have shot a 50 cal. and the ammo would have been free.  I was unaware of this when I had the chance and chose to attend a family dinner instead.  Now I’m not wishing I hadn’t spent time with my family but I could easily have rearranged my schedule to have gone to the shoot before dinner.  You live and learn I guess!

The rifle is now sitting in the office of one my my employer’s managers and it taunts me everyday.

One day it and I shall meet and fun will be had!