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St Patty’s Day Targets

I created some St. Patrick’s Day targets for a fun shoot I was planning, and they’re now available for download on the Downloads page. These targets are designed to be printed in 11 x 17 or 13 x 19 size, and can be downloaded for free for personal use.

I used a combination of AI and Photoshop to create them, and you can find them HERE.

– English Bob

Revisiting my Teen years… Lee Enfield No4 Mk1*

Back in my teen years, back in good old Blighty, I was in the Cadets and then the Weekend Warriors (TA) for s while. I shot on the Company and Battalion shooting teams, our rifle was a Lee Enfield .303. Shot thousands of rounds through one of these. Cut to 35+ years later and I’m now a Citizen of the USA and I walk into my local LGS… I hear angelic music, a beam of light comes through the ceiling, and there on the consignment shelf is a Lee Enfield .303!

I didn’t end up buying it on the spot but went back 3 days later and took it home after waiting for the 10-day jail time to expire. Turns out I bought a 1943 Lee Enfield No4 Mk1*, built-in Chicopee, MS by Savage Arms.

I’ve made it to the range once with it and put 35 rounds through it, shoots great.

– English Bob

Beretta M9 – it’s a Love / Hate Relationship!

Ever since I got back into shooting in 2018, I’ve been wanting a Beretta 92/M9. Being a part of the generation where we saw Martin Riggs and John McClane toting them, I just had to have one. About a year ago, as the Pandemic Panic buying subsided, I finally found an M9 model. Although it wasn’t my first choice, choices and inventory were limited in Cali. However, this was the first purchase I had buyer’s remorse over because I hated the trigger. It was mushy, had too long of a pull, and the trigger pull was over 11lbs double and 7lbs single action.

So recently, I bought the M’Carbo Beretta spring kit, as well as a stainless steel guide rod. I also added a Factory Aluminum trigger to the parts and sat down last week to attempt to put it all in.

Although I’ve tinkered with small replacements in my guns and built a stripped lower for my AR, I hadn’t attempted breaking down a handgun this much previously. I broke out my Dremel, Flitz, and a punch set, and set to work. Just over three hours later, everything was back together, and the trigger went from over 11lbs to just over 6 double, and a shade over 3 lbs single. It was also much smoother and less spongey.

I took it to the range last weekend, and it was a night and day difference from the previous experience. I went from struggling to keep shots in a silhouette torso at 10 yds to making hits on 4″ plates at 35 yds. I highly recommend the Trigger/Spring kit. I could have shaved an hour off the time, but that seer spring is a pain in the ***!

I think my next improvement may be the Langdon Tactical Trigger transfer bar to shorten up the trigger pull/reset a bit.

– English Bob

Ultrasonic Cleaning on a Budget

To clean my firearms thoroughly but without spending a fortune I am using a Harbor Freight Ultrasonic cleaner ($75) along with Simple Green Pro (the purple one).  This can be an effective method for cleaning firearm parts. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Disassemble the Firearm: Before cleaning, disassemble the firearm as much as possible. Remove all removable parts such as the bolt, slide, trigger assembly, and magazine if applicable. This allows for a more thorough cleaning.
  2. Select the Right Ultrasonic Cleaner: Ensure you have an appropriate ultrasonic cleaner for the size of the firearm parts you intend to clean. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operating the ultrasonic cleaner.
  3. Dilute Simple Green Pro: Simple Green Pro is a powerful cleaner, so it’s essential to dilute it properly. Mix the Simple Green Pro with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The recommended dilution ratio for cleaning firearms is typically around 10-20%.  Make sure to use the Purple Simple Green Pro, the regular Green version is very corrosive, especially on aluminum parts.
  4. Pre-Cleaning: Before using the ultrasonic cleaner, it’s advisable to pre-clean the firearm parts manually. Remove any loose debris, carbon buildup, or excess oil using brushes, rags, or other cleaning tools.
  5. Fill the Ultrasonic Cleaner: Fill the ultrasonic cleaner’s tank with the diluted Simple Green Pro solution. Ensure the solution covers the firearm parts completely but avoid overfilling the tank.
  6. Place Parts in the Ultrasonic Cleaner: Place the disassembled firearm parts into the ultrasonic cleaner’s basket or tray. Make sure the parts are fully submerged in the cleaning solution but not overcrowded. It’s important to leave enough space between parts to allow for proper cleaning action.
  7. Run the Ultrasonic Cleaner: Turn on the ultrasonic cleaner and set it to run for the recommended time according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The cleaning process typically lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the level of soiling and the power of the cleaner.
  8. Rinse and Dry: After the ultrasonic cleaning cycle is complete, remove the firearm parts from the cleaner. Rinse them thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution residue. Dry the parts completely using compressed air or clean, lint-free cloths.  I again use a cheaper Harbor Freight 3 Gallon Compressor.
  9. Inspect and Lubricate: Inspect the cleaned firearm parts for any remaining debris or signs of corrosion. Apply lubricant to moving parts and contact surfaces as recommended by the firearm manufacturer to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation.
  10. Reassemble and Function Check: Reassemble your firearm following the manufacturer’s instructions. Perform a function check to ensure everything is working correctly.
  11. Clean the Ultrasonic Cleaner: After each use, clean the ultrasonic cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions to remove any residue or buildup from the cleaning process.

Using an ultrasonic cleaner with Simple Green Pro can be a cost-effective and efficient way to clean firearm parts, but always prioritize safety and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for both the cleaner and your firearms.

– English Bob

5 YouTube Channels I recommend

The following 5 channels are where I often go for entertaining firearms content:

DemoRanch: Hosted by Matt Carriker, DemoRanch is known for its entertaining and informative content centered around firearms, ammunition, and shooting experiments. The channel features gun reviews, ballistic testing, and creative firearm-related challenges mostly represented with a comic element.  Family-friendly entertainment.

Honest Outlaw: Chris, known as Honest Outlaw, provides unbiased and detailed reviews of firearms, optics, and accessories on his channel. His straightforward approach and thorough analysis make his reviews valuable resources for those interested in firearms and gear.

Brandon Herrera (The AK Guy): Brandon Herrera’s channel focuses on firearms, particularly AK-pattern rifles, and firearm-related content. He provides educational videos, reviews, and entertaining content centered around firearms and gun culture.

Paul Harrell: Paul Harrell’s channel offers practical and insightful firearms content, including discussions on self-defense, marksmanship, and firearm safety. Paul’s experience and expertise in firearms make his videos informative and valuable for shooters of all levels.

Kentucky Ballistics: Hosted by Scott, Kentucky Ballistics features a mix of firearms testing, ballistic gel experiments, and shooting-related content. Scott’s engaging style and enthusiasm for firearms make his channel both entertaining and educational for viewers interested in firearms and ballistics.

These channels provide a diverse range of content covering firearms, shooting sports, gear reviews, and firearm-related topics, catering to enthusiasts, collectors, and shooters alike.

– English Bob