Thursday, September 13, 2018

Smith & Wesson M&P22 Thumbsafety Removal

Some S&W M&P22 pistol owners do not like the thumbsafety feature on this gun. The thumb paddles are easy enough to remove but it leaves an unsightly silver square pin in the side of your pistol. If you have removed the thumb safety from your own M&P-22 then you know what this looks like. Well here is the answer for this ugly void in the sides of your gun. This pin is an AR15 anti-walk pin with a set screw in each end to hold it in place. The antiwalk pin is slightly longer than the square pin you will be replacing but once the pistol is re-assembled any movement of the pin is not noticable. This pin gives your Smith & Wesson 22LR a cleaner look.

You can get yours HERE Use code GUNSTREAMER for free shipping in the USA

*Altering your gun including safety features may void the warranty and can be dangerous. Proceed at your own risk.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dillon Reloading Press Powder Thrower Finger Adjustment Knob

On a typical progressive Dillon Precision Press comes a powder thrower with a hex head adjustment screw. If you are constantly making changes to your powder thrower this becomes a pain using your wrench every time you want to make an adjustment. To make this easier you can replace the hex head screw with one that allows you to quickly adjust the powder thrower without tools. This replacement screw has a nice sized plastic knob with laser etched graduation markings and can be found from Taylor-Tactical-Supply.

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Each finger adjustment screw comes with a slightly thicker washer than what came with your Dillon Powder Thrower. When installing the screw you can use the existing washer and wave washer (tension washer), or use the new one to get the knob tension to your liking.  In some cases you may need to use both.

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The screw will work on both the large and small powder bar found in your Dillon powder throwers for the 1050, 650, 550, SDB and 900 reloading press. You can get yours at Taylor-Tactical-Supply EBAY or Amazon

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Diamondback Truck Bed Cover Review

Securing your firearms while traveling can be a nerve racking thing.  All serious gun owners avoid calculating the total investment spent on their guns and accessories and will never tell their spouse what the actual value is.  On my last three pickup trucks I've used tonneau covers to secure my "items".  So on my latest truck, when it was time to select a bed cover I went with the Diamond Back cover over the traditional fiberglass covers I previously used.

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What immediately attracted me to the Diamondback cover was the rugged look and the ability to support a claimed 400 pounds.  This is a great feature for me, since we usually stand on the side beds of our trucks or tonneau covers to fill deer feeders on our Texas deer leases.  Standing on a color matched tonneau cover is not the best thing to do since the paint can be easily scratched and the weight of a full grown adult plus 50 pound bags of corn can damage the cover.

Constructed of diamond plate aluminum, the Diamondback can be purchased in either a glossy bare metal finish or a black spray on finish.  I selected the black finish since it goes better with my grey 2017 Toyota Tundra.  I was assured by the sales person on the phone that the spray on coating would hold up over time.  The coating is claimed to be the highest quality spray on coating you can get when it comes to spray in bed liner material.  I've seen so many truck beds with chalky bed liners degrading in the elements that I can only hope Diamondback is correct with this claim.  Only time will tell, and having mine for year now at the time I write this review, it shows no sign of degradation.

I selected the DiamondBackSE model due to the door panel configuration.  Other models like the 270 and 180 are geared more for tool boxes and I would mainly be hauling guns and ammo.  I passed on the HD (Heavy Duty) version of the cover since I would not need the extra strength and the additional $400 up-charge for the HD.

Being a dude, I still have a collection of tools that are used on a semi-regular basis but not for my occupation where half my truck is tools.  So I ordered the SIDE BOXES tool boxes for my bed cover.  The side boxes are small and mount up above the bed so they do not take up any floor space.  For me they provide the perfect amount of space for my tools and tie down straps.
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The cover went on very easy for one person.  The SE model is in 3 panels, two doors and one mid section that clamps to the bed rail of your truck.  The mid section is the only section that requires tools to install and remove.  The door panels come off easy and weigh around 40 pounds each.  Having the ability to remove the door panels is a huge plus for me.  When you need to haul something tall, they can be removed by just one person.  My last fiber glass cover required another adult to help and then the problem of storing the huge cover without scratching the paint was a problem.

Since the mid section is relatively permanent, I figured it would be a great place to mount some lighting.  These bed covers are really dark on those early morning hunts when you are trying to gear up before the sun rises.  I found some water proof LED light strips on the web that run on 12VDC and figured they would be perfect for the 12V electrical system on the truck.  Since my Tundra had bed lights already (I wanted more), it was easy to tap into the bed lighting wiring so the new LED strip lights come on at the same time.  Click HERE to see a link to the LED lighting I used. 

I installed the cover in the summer sun and had to use gloves to handle the metal panels.  The silver under side was impossible to touch with bare hands while adjusting the fit.  Once closed up, the summer heat and sun heated the contents of the bed as if it was in the cab of the truck.  As mentioned my last bed covers were fiber glass with carpet on the underside.  Over heating was not an issue with that design.

My other issue was the middle panel on the SE model that clamps to the side of your bed.  I must have over tightened the bolts since the two folding doors sit up at an angle and prove difficult to close and get a good water tight seal (see pics).  This must be a common theme since I see pretty much every other Diamond Back cover on the road looking the same.
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The locking rods have a plastic sleeve on the ends where they engage the under side of the truck bed.  In order to get the door panels to seal nicely, you have to get the end of these rods snug against the bed rail.  In my case the rubber sleeve slides off the rod just enough to not allow the door panel to open.  In some cases the rubber sleeve slide all the way off and would not stay on (see pics).  Getting these rods just right can be difficult.  Once they are adjusted you are good to go.  BUT once you put some weight on the bed cover, the door panels tend to flex some and cause the adjustment of those rods to change.  Not a super big deal since you can open the door panel and grab the corners and flex the panel back with your hands.
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I tend to focus on the negative aspects as I see it since you assume the product marketing fanfare is all true.  With that said, I can stand on this cover with confidence knowing that I will not jack anything up.  Locking up my gear (mostly guns) in such a secure cover gives me piece of mind, knowing my weapons and gear are secure when I stop at that road side cafe after a day at the range.

Out of 5 stars I give it 4 just because of the negatives I mentioned above.  And as long as you can live with the negative points I mentioned, I think you will not be disappointed.  I would recommended this cover to others with my main complaint being the heating of the contents.  So far no ammo has cooked off in the Texas heat.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Bump Stock "Slide Fire" Bump Fire Stock Review

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Originally posted on YouTube in 2013 as an informational video, it was removed from the server by the company after the Las Vegas Shooting in October 2017, citing that the video promotes violence. This video only speaks to the operation and installation of the right handed version of the slidefire stock for the AR15 and is purely educational. In the video you can expect an honest review hitting on both the positive and negative aspects of the device along with simple operating instructions.

In my opinion, the stock is a fun device to have in your collection. However it can burn through ammunition quickly and drive up your shooting budget. Operating the stock takes some practice which translates into even more rounds sent down range and less money in your pocket. When shooting, you need to focus on the forward pressure on the upper. Too much or too little will cause the rifle to stop firing. The pressure on the upper in conjunction with attempting to keep your sights on target create more things to think about that when shooting semi auto rifles and carbines. In-fact I find shooting the bump stock more cumbersome than shooting a full blown Class 3 Machine gun. But with the price tag associated with a civilian buying a legal fully automatic gun, the bumpsfire stock is as close as you can get for a great price.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Epic 3-Gun Competition Hosted by

The AR15 Targets "Epic 3-Gun" match was a high round count, fast paced shooting event where the competitors used all three guns on most of the five stages. My weapons of choice for this match was my M4 style AR15 with pinned 14.5 inch barrel outfitted with an Aimpoint red dot. My shotgun was my Remington 1100 12gauge with a 4 round extension tube for a total of 9 rounds in the gun. My sidearm was my trusty Beretta 92f in 9mm loaded with 15 round magazines. Below are the videos of the match using self filming and POV methods to give you that First Person Shooter FPS feel. Following the videos are a few photos from the match including the written stage descriptions and photo of my billet lower from the prize table.

The match itself was held in Marble Falls Texas at Hidden Falls Adventure Park where the hosting shooting range is located. Copperhead Creek Shooting Club was the hosting range and they provided some very nice shooting bays and an extremely well kept club house complete with air conditioning. Hidden Falls Adventure Park is known for it's off road attractions where 4-wheel drive enthusiast can put their vehicle to the test on the 2100 acre park with miles of trails.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Clay Targets "on a stick"
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Grounding the Shotgun
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Stage 3 began with a helicopter ride in an MD-500 provided by HELIGUNNER
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Lunch for the match was included in your entry fee and was brought to the stage you were shooting at lunch time. My stage happened to be the helicopter stage so lunch was flown in. A true "Air Drop"
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The view from the business end of my M4 carbine.
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Stage 4 had an array of steel poppers mixed in the trees. They proved more difficult that I expected but my Beretta 92f did the job.
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Stage 5 was a bunch of shotgun with arial targets. You never know how your stage will go so you always bring extra shotgun shells.
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This is one of the poppers that flipped up a clay pigeon when hit.
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The view of Copperhead Creek Shooting Club from the helicopter
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Hard core 4x4's taking on the trails at Hidden Falls Adventure Park
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The Copperhead Creek Shooting Clubhouse
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Jeremy from reads off the winners. My prize was a Billet lower from AR15Targets, SEE BELOW
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Magnesium AR-15 Light Weight Lower

The Mag Tactical Systems magnesium AR-15 lower is about 2oz lighter than one of my typical forged aluminum lowers. I know that does not sound like much and it is not, but if you can shave off a few ounces here and there on your AR15, the end result will be a lighter more maneuverable rifle. In my particular case I was wanting a light weight hunting rifle in the Modern Sporting Rifle configuration (MSR). So on my shopping list of parts for the 300 blackout build I went with the magnesium lower over the polymer lower. The polymer lowers just feel cheap to me even though they are lighter. The only issue I had assembling my MAG lower to the upper was the need to remove some material on the lower near the rear take down pin. This was not painful but it is nerve racking when you file on your gun. However, the end result was a perfectly fitted upper and lower with no movement between the two. Below is some comparison photos of the magnesium lower compared to a polymer, forged aluminum and billet aluminum receivers. The differences are subtle, but differences none the less. The most striking is the extra long trigger and hammer pins that came with the lower. I hear that the lower needed to be beefed up some at the pin holes. The end result is a hump where the pins pass through.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AR15 Bolt Bounce & Case Head Separation Caught on Video

While doing some high speed camera work for a video on the aluminum AR15 bolt carrier from Whiskey Arms, I had a malfunction in my 3-Gun Rifle. The brass case broke in half leaving the front part of the case in the chamber while extracting the rear portion. This problem is due to me using re-manufactured ammunition. All the brass was submitted by me for reloading. I can't say if all the brass I sent in was all mine because I pick up range brass all the time. So I do not blame the reloading company for this. However, for my multigun matches I now use only new manufactured ammo. Below is a photo of the brass as well as another cracked round I found before I shot it.

Also included in the video is high speed footage of AR-15 doing Bolt Bounce. This is a condition I created on my own by removing the weights inside the carbine buffer. I personally can not feel the bounce but my Casio EX-F1 picked up the movement. Additionally I show how the bolt should react upon closing by using a non altered buffer. By comparing the two slow-motion video clips you get a pretty good idea what bolt bounce is.

A similar thing happened to me while I was shooting from the open door of a helicopter. Fortunately the next round had lodged into the front part of the case making it easy to remove with only my knife. I was able to clear the malfunction and get back on the gun without having the helicopter land.