I built a number of varmint rifles and worked, part time, for a
Gunsmith in Shreveport LA., when I was stationed there. Later I built
quite a number of accurized 1911's and was seriously thinking about
opening a gunsmith business when I retired.... Luckily, before I
retired I calculated what expenses and income would be for a one man
shop and discovered that it might well be better to take up pumping
gas as a retirement job :-)
Re small bore, just before I left Shreveport I built a .17 cal
(smokeless) wildcat rifle. I can't for the life of me remember what
the cartridge was based on but it was a rimmed case necked down and
fire-formed. I got a barrel from Douglas and built it up on a small
Martini ,"Cadet" I think, action put really good wood on it and was
real proud of it... Beautiful little gun and 3,000+ FPS loads, and it
was a real tack driver... for the first two, maybe three, shots but I
could never could shoot a 5 shot group that I was willing to show
Ah, a man after my own heart on rifles. I once hand-made a reamer for
my own wldcat. That was before I knew much about them. It's a good
thing I never built the rifle, because it probably would have put my
eye out. (It was a .32 S&W Long pistol cartridge necked down to
.20 cal. I have a replica Farquharsen action on which I was going to
build it.) That cartridge was too thin for that kind of use. Maybe a
.32 H&R Magnum cut down...nah, not in NJ. It ain't worth the trouble.)
We could talk about Martinis for hours, but we don't have hours.
Gunner has my last Martini action -- a full-size Martini that was
modified by and for the British Miniature Rifle Clubs. When the Brits
decided they didn't want rifles around, Navy Arms in NJ bought cases
of them. They let me scrounge through the piles. Most of them were
miserable little firesticks and I'd be embarrassed to own, but I found
a rimfire Model 12 target rifle among the piles, and bought it for a
friend in California who Jon Anderson used to know, online. It was in
great shape and I got it for $125. It was a steal.
Anyway, Cadets are as rare as hen's teeth these days. They were
training rifles for Australian cadets, and they fired a unique
centerfire cartridge, the .310 Cadet. They're all but gone on the US
market. If Jon Anderson could find a stash of them left somewhere in
Australia, he could probably retire on what they would sell for in the
So, does this mean your pushrod can be a stack of dowel pins, all ground flat on the
ends? The case-hardening of a dowel pin makes good burst (compressive) strength,
and a dozen two-inch pins doesn't break the piggy bank.
Hydraulics might work, but that just makes this BIG project. Easily available
hand pumps will do 10kpsi, fluids will go to 50-100 kpsi (with custom pumps).
If the pushrod is a piston, 0.3" diameter, it only gets 900 lbs force with
PUSHING makes it a big project. Pulling makes it much easier.
There's no reason you can't pull a button, although the tools
generally are made for pushing. Cutting tools usually are made for
If you can lap a barrel, button rifling doesn't hold any great
advantage. It's a production technique. It allows you to use a lower
grade of steel, because it work-hardens, and it leaves a cleaner bore
that needs less finishing.
But in the end, either one will work.
Most of the firearms I worked with seem to be gone forever. A good
friend had a 22-Krag built on a high wall action - beautiful gun but a
miserable shooter as the 22-Krag was a full sized 30-40 Krag case
necked down to .22 cal. and while it could produce some spectacular
velocities it wasn't much in the way of accuracy :-)
Military surplus was cheap, really, cheap. One year I bought a dozen
or so small ring mauser rifles for $5 each in a case. Bought a case of
3 groove springfield (probably) barrels for a dollar each. Rethreaded
the barrels to fit the mauser actions and chambered them for .308 and
put some cheap Fagen stocks on them and sold them for "deer rifles"
one year. They were so popular that we had people driving over from
Texas to buy them :-)
Then I retired and went to work overseas and never went back :-) and
firearms became a very minor consideration, but I do occasionally pick
up a "gun magazine" to read. But the gun world, or at least the gun
world portrayed in the magazines, seems to be a far distant world from
the one I knew. They all now seem to be obsessed with Assault rifles
and, what must be, very inaccurate pistols.
Automatic, or full automatic, rifles certainly do have a place in
military use but for civilian use I am doubtful whether they are
anything other then a boost to the ego of, what appear to be, people
of very low self-esteem - I'm thinking of youtube postings with titles
like "See Me Shoot My Gun".
This assumes, of course, that the Barbarian Hordes are not at the
gate. But it appears that they are not and countries who might be
inclined to "take over" seem to have discovered that "economic
warfare" is a far cheaper and more effective method of gaining world
John, I couldn't have said it better. When the covers of _American
Rifleman_ became indistinguishable from the covers of _Soldier of
Fortune_, I figured it was time to quit. I stopped playing Army when I
was about 10 years old.
The NRA still sends me emails, and a recent one made me do a real
A bucket list, with real buckets. "Meat Matters," they say. My meat
sure matters to me.
And, for a mere $44.95, you can have your very own polished-brass
Hudson's Bay Firestarting kit, a piece of flint and a wad of charred
cloth -- for when the invading hordes soak your matches with water
pistols, I guess:
Ain't it pretty? That's for survivalists who buy their camo on Rodeo
Drive, I suppose.
The NRA has gone to hell in a handbasket.
The tactical blanket set me to searching for a definition for
"of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an
expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage"
So I suppose if you accept that definition, and are hoping to get some
sleep, that is indeed a tactical blanket.
Yes, gun makers and the NRA have been trying hard to co-opt the
word by using it as an abstraction for "homicide." Anything that goes
along with the current state of man-killing gun culture gets a free
ride on the word. Tactical flashlights, for example, are good for
lighting up the people you want to kill.
A cover line for American Rifleman, with, say, a photo of a Glock 18C,
might be "Tactical handguns we'd like to own." An honest and much more
concrete headline for the same gun, on the other hand, might be
"Handguns to mow 'em down."
That's coming next. The first step in that direction is MANPADS. Then
comes the nuclear stuff.
They make for great photography. 40 years ago I worked for Aviation
Week. The ads from Raytheon for air-to-air missiles were beautiful.
What, Jim? You're not going to correct his wildly mistaken concepts?
He's fallen into the NewSpeak crowd with the Liberals.
The NRA might not be (even close to) perfect, but it's still the
largest and best gun-safety-minded org in the world.
"Tactical" is the equivalent buzzword to "billet" or "sustainable".
Marketing, not WORLD DOMINATION.
"Mow 'em down", indeed. Somebody give MrEd his morning Thorazine /
Haldol cocktail, please.
I had five Sharpshooter bars before you were born, hot-shot. I've
watched the evolution and debasement of gun culture in the US. So has
That's not how they make their money. That's not how they've built
It's a dog-whistle word for killing the gooks of your choice --
whoever you fantasize will require a bullet delivered from your little
rifle with the laser sight/flash suppressor/other garbage that will
fit on your Picatinny Rail.
You don't know what the Glock 18C is, do you. 1200 rounds/minute will
mow them down pretty good.
Of course, you'd only buy one for killing prairie dogs...
Wake up, Larry.
The regional SWAT commander was showing some of us his gear. He held
up a scratched Vietnam-era M16A1 and a snazzy dressed-up modern M4
carbine with a tan handguard and asked which I'd prefer. He was
disappointed when I said the one I trained on and knew I could hit
Hey, that was their market. The ideal was to sell to one megalomaniac
dictator, and then go sell to his enemy. They could be fired from F4s,
Marages, Migs -- you name it.
They were the 7.62 NATOs of the air-to-air missile business.
Sounds a lot like an Italian sub-machine gun. 1800 unaimed rounds per minute. I forget the book, but it said it was only suitable for assassinations. You start by aiming at the feet and end up shooting over the victoms head.
17 round magazine means you are finished in about 1/100 th of a minute. That is about half a second.
If you think the weapon reflects badly on Italy, you should read Erwin
Rommel's tale of his berserker rampage through and behind their lines
at the first battle where it was used. He (and others he omits) pushed
the Italians back 100 miles, racing after them on captured bicycles.
Way off NRA discussion, sorry, but I am interested in how you ended up push
ing the button through your barrel.
My plan was to use a series of pushing rods, starting with a very short one
to get it started, then when approx 1" in the bore, change to the next len
gth, say 2" in length, the increase as you go along.
High strength bard machined to just under bore dia so flex is not such an i
ssue, using a ball bearing, in a dia as close as you can get to bore are th
e point of contact between Pusher and button, lube can be added as required
when the pusher rod is changed out.
It would not be fast, but I cant see why it wont work.
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