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  1. Recently, I was browsing Gunbroker and came across a blemished (but fully functional) stripped billet receiver set for an LR-308, manufactured by Live Free Armory, which uses DPMS pattern accessories. Here is an example of one such set from their own website: I'm looking to move forward buying tools and bits 'n pieces to assemble. However, last night while looking at railed handguards, I knew that since the .308 pattern AR's do not have a milspec, you're looking at various patterns. Meaning, the upper receivers on the .308 DPMS (gen 1) patterns, for example, have a high, low, and slickside (essentially extra high) picatinny rails. This here is what I mean: Now, converted to decimal, you're looking at .125" for the low profile, and .1875" for the high profile according to the sources above. The issue "*I*" am having, though, is this: It seems like it's falling between the two to me. Definitely thicker than the 1/8th" and missing about ~.020" to hit the high profile's .1875".. Soooo, I'm not entirely sure which direction to go with it.
  2. Could not agree more, as it is my favorite caliber. However, I am having a bit of a dilemma. I am going to assemble (to the best of my ability) an AR-10 platform, which I will do everything I know to do to enhance the accuracy potential of, and rob the SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 FFP from my M1A "Loaded" model, so as to take up the role as my 'designated marksman rifle', and relieving the M1A of the role. The question, however, is do I stick with .308/7,62NATO, or opt for even greater range potential/accuracy with 6.5 Creedmoor, at the cost of pricier ammunition & scarcity? Mind you, I've currently got the M1A and a PTR-91 GI R. Both chambered in .308/7,62. Decisions, decisions...
  3. Honestly, a good crown job should be done on a lathe, with a competent machinist behind the wheel. The crown is the very least area that has an effect on your projectile, and if not uniform, can affect the stability. I'd maybe look into trying to find gun shops nationwide that offer such a service, find one that has awesome reviews, then contact them. For example, if you can get mark novak to do it, you know it'll get done and done right, but it would take time, and I assure you you'll be paying a pretty penny.
  4. Actually, that reminds me.. I did also purchase a Remington 700 SPS-V in .308Win. from Bass Pro, before I went to the gun store and held that M9, because Bass Pro had some sort of rebate offered for those model rifles at the time. They didn't have the caliber I wanted in-stock, so they ordered it to their store, had me fill out the 4473, then I came back to pick it up at a later date. Afterwards, they called me, had me come back down there, simply to write "Rd.", rather than "Road" on my address, then initial & date the change I made, simply because that's how it was written on my license.
  5. My first handgun purchase, I foolishly (in hindsight) chose to go to Bass Pro, and was between two choices: a Glock 17, and a Beretta M9. I remember having to take a ticket, then wait for my number to be called before any of the staff could even get to me. So, the man behind the counter is pulling each firearm, one at a time (also their store policy), from behind the glass, and handing them to me to feel. I didn't know much at all about firearms back then, and perhaps some would say I made the 'right choice', but due to their policy of never removing the trigger locks, I never was able to test the SA/DA trigger of the M9, and, until that point in my life, had also never handled a handgun of any type before. So, I chose the Glock 17, just because, like everybody else in the world, knew the name, more so than the Beretta. About a year later, I'm in a gun store with a buddy, and I'm handed a Beretta M9 without the trigger lock. Instantly fell in love with the feel of it, then made it my mission to get the M9. Now, some love it, some hate it. Personally, I've learned quite a bit since those years, and the M9 isn't 'all that' to me anymore. But, that isn't the point of this story. The point I'm making? I would've walked out of Bass Pro with that M9 if it weren't for their store policies. Don't waste your time with big box stores. Nowadays, I just choose to go to a local favorite FFL. Sometimes I'll browse their wares and might splurge on something they have on-hand. In fact, that's how I came to be in possession of my Barrett M95, as it has always been a dream gun of mine. However, the VAST majority now comes from Gunbroker. I suck it up, and just realize that I might be paying more, but I'm able to find just about anything I am looking for, and I don't have to deal with the BS of a big box store. About the only other avenue I may use to obtain something is, here and there, I'll walk into a pawn shop to see if they have anything of interest.
  6. It is very similar to the 92/m9 in its factory state. I can't say for certain due to not having a trigger weight gauge, but I think a lot of it has to do with the SP-01 having a very curved trigger bow, and the reach being so far. The way the above handgun is now set up? If I had to guesstimate? I would say that the single action breaks around 3 to 3.5lb now, and the double action is maybe around 5 to 5.5lb. The double action breaks sooner than before, with the trigger now having the aforementioned 5mm or so of pre-travel eliminated through the use of a set screw, semi-permanently affixed by red loctite, and then an over travel screw adjusted to have a hair a wiggle room after the break for reliability, and it is affixed using blue loctite. When in single action, it's a short pull before you hit a wall, and then just like pressing a button, the hammer falls. I'm certain the same can be done to an m9/92, though, given enough time and money. But, this SP-01 really seems to work for me, even fresh out of the box, whereas my previous M9, and current M9A3 just never seemed able. But, I do chalk it up to me just needing more time behind handguns. It has to be, right? At the same time, though, why am I *able* to make the one work for me so well, and the other I kinda struggle with?
  7. About 3 months ago, while at work, my boss randomly posed the question, "Do you have any Glocks you'd like to sell?", to which I replied, "The only Glock I currently own is the 19X I am currently carrying on my side.". He asked to see it, and being on private property within a metal shop where every employee knows one another, I obliged, drawing it, clearing it, then handing it to him. He then proceeded to offer me a 'somewhat' decent amount for it, but not enough to make it worth my while. He then asked me, "What *would* you take?", and after giving him a number, he said, "I'll buy it.". At which point, I stated to him, "It's yours. I have no sentimental attachment to this firearm. In fact, the only reason I bothered to carry a Glock at all was because it was simply an effective tool which was okay for the job. But, I've never fell in love with Glocks. I've never been very proficient with them. And they just aren't for me. However, the only thing I'd ever carried up 'til that point has been a Glock 19, gen 3 and 5, then a 19X. My views on the way I wish to carry have changed slightly ever since that Vegas shooting. I make a conscious effort to keep as much on me as I feel comfortable carrying every day, while still being able to conceal everything rather well. And more recently, my views on how I've wanted to carry have changed again. Prior to having sold the 19X even, I'd been considering getting something that I am truly proficient with, and something that supplies me with every edge possible. So, with a bit of money in my pocket now, I took to Gunbroker, and found what I wanted, and clicked "buy". This, being what was delivered to my FFL a few days later: Funny thing is, this was the first CZ I'd ever *fired*. I've held one before at a gun show many years back, but I knew that I'd love it. And I did. The first range trip, I was able to use a handgun rather well, for about the second time in my life, with a government 1911 being the only other exception. However, me being the tinkerer I am, I wasn't finished yet. This firearm is to be the one I can depend on, and the one that I feel fully confident with. So, I looked to Cajun Gunworks out of Louisiana, among a couple of other places, and ordered some parts. Full list of upgrades: Lok "thin bogies" grip panels w/ blue inlay & liner, 10X barrel bushing (tighter tolerance than the factory bushing when the barrel is in fully locked position with the slide in battery), 13# hammer spring, CGW 'ring' hammer, CGW type 2 polished disconnector, CGW polished firing pin block lifter, reduced power firing pin block spring, CGW reduced weight trigger return spring, CGW floating trigger axis pin, CGW reach reduction kit (new adjustable trigger with a flatter trigger bow and reduces the reach about 5mm), CGW extended firing pin (for reliable ignition with reduced weight hammer spring), CGW stainless steel guide rod & 14# recoil spring. Added a Surefire X300U-A (already had one lying around), and a Legacy IWB light-bearing "Zeus" holster. As you can see, Cajun Gunworks makes up the vast majority of new parts installed, and there's going to be one thing left to do when I get the funding in. Send the slide off to CGW to have 'er milled. It's getting a type II LED RMR.
  8. Thank you to all whom have served, from the bottom of my heart, no matter how, where, when or why.
  9. Eh.. I suppose if I saw one laying around in a fun store for a few hundred? Sure. But, personally, I don't find a Glock to be all that expensive on the used market (during normal times). I picked up a used Gen 3 19 "Homeland Defender" model (with factory tritium sights and extended slide/mag release) a few years back at a pawn shop for $350 out the door. Granted, things are a little different nowadays, but.. It's still not terribly bad. YMMV
  10. What punch are you using? If it's a pin punch, then it may not do it if it's stuck that tightly. Use a starter punch, and then when it's broken loose, use a pin punch of appropriate diameter. Marry that with a decent sized hammer, and supporting your front sight block by something like a bench block: and I bet it'll be persuaded. Just remember to use quick, sharp, meaningful taps. If *that* doesn't do it, you might consider trying to re-heat the gas block a little, trying to avoid heating the taper pins (to expand the gas block, but not pins), and then smacking them out. If that still doesn't do the trick, then let us know.
  11. Haven't even checked. I'm afraid to look... it shouldn't be any different than any other form 4, whatever that is, though. The e- form 1s are about the only exceptions to the long wait times.
  12. And the wait begins... (not this particular one, but one exactly like it, with a different factory grip) Molot Vepr 12 SBS with a 12" barrel, factory side-folding stock, pictured with an 8rd. mag.
  13. I keep looking at the picture and wondering how mag changes take place. I've only ever held and toyed with a PS90 once several years ago. Don't the mags require seating the end opposite of the feed to be seated first, then locking it down until the magazine locks into place? If so, does that pistol hinge open to make mag changes possible? That would be a hell a nuisance.
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