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Winter Is Come Revitalize Your Durable Water Repellent

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

It’s well past that time of year again. We originally published this article in February of 2010 but seeing as the weather is getting cold and times are tough we republish it each year. We know you pay a lot for your clothing and equipment and it is just as important to maintain it, as it is your firearm.

It looks like it’s going to be a LONG winter. During a recent shooting class I attended it started raining day one and by the middle of the second day it looked like a blizzard. Most of my fellow shooters were wearing waterproof breathable outerwear and several began to feel clammy and then damp the longer each day progressed. A couple of guys were wearing issue Gen I ECWCS parkas. Probably not the best garment available as Gore long ago decided that the basic design could not meet their “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” standards. Of course these jackets were old. More than anything, they needed some maintenance.

The key to any modern outerwear is its Durable Water Repellent (DWR). There are quite a few treatments available and different manufacturers have their favorites but they are usually are based on flouropolymers. These are PTFE molecules that are applied to the surface and cured at high heat to make them adhere better and increase performance and have a fluorine atom at one end which is highly hydrophobic. Heat causes them to align themselves with their flourines exposed. Water tries to move away from the flourines resulting in beading. This allows the water to roll off without wetting the fabric. Interestingly, Quarpel (Quartermaster Repellent) was one of the first DWRs and used to treat field jackets and other military clothing items.

Since most of us can’t run out and purchase a new jacket every time this happens I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips with you that will not only revitalize your garment’s DWR treatment but also extend the life of your clothing.

DWR treatments work best when they are clean. I realize this seems counter to what you think is right since a DWR generally lasts about 25 washings and tactical garments get quite a beating in the field, but you need to wash your clothing. The first thing is to avoid using liquid detergents as well as fabric softeners. Additionally, avoid optical brighteners as they are not good for DWR or IR treatments. There are wash in treatments you can purchase as well as spray on options to help renew your clothing’s DWR. However, wash in treatments may affect the breathability of your membrane. One of the best spray solutions available is Revivex from McNett and it is what I have used in the past. It also serves as a stain repellent. Revivex can also be applied to garments that never had DWR in the first place so if you have hunting or field clothing that you find yourself wearing in inclement weather regularly you may want to give it a once over. If you use a spray treatment be sure to evenly coat your garment while it is still damp after washing and to pay special attention to any seams.

There are two additional ways you can put some life back into your DWR. One is to put the garment in a conventional dryer on warm and the other is to iron it on low heat. If water fails to bead up on the surface of your garment you will need to retreat.

This video by Arc’teryx gives you some pointers.

No matter which method you choose, proper maintenance of your foul weather clothing’s DWR will help keep you warm and dry and extend the life of your equipment.

SIG SAUER Launches Custom Works P320 FCU and Studio

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

SIG SAUER P320 Fire Control Units are now available. The heart of the pistol, these serialized parts can be combined with a myriad of factory OEM and after market parts from a variety of partners to create a truly custom pistol, with simple hand tools. There’s no need to involve a gunsmith. You can do it all on your own.

Now you can build your dream pistol from the ground up. The Custom Works FCU lets you create like never before. Countless options, endless possibilities.

The 320 Design Studio is a virtual space where you can check out how different components will look on your dream P320.

“Gunsmith Tools, Cutters & Gauges – A Primer” is Now Available

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

The fourth book in the Gunsmithing Student Handbook series, containing over 100 years of knowledge, is now available in paperback or eBook for all students of gunsmithing.

Kalispell, Mont. (August 2020) – Fred Zeglin, gunsmith, teacher, and writer, worked with the makers of gunsmithing tools, reamers, headspace gauges, and much more to create “Gunsmith Tools, Cutters & Gauges – A Primer,” the fourth book in the Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series. It contains a wealth of knowledge about how and why gunsmithing tools are designed and manufactured as they are. Many folks getting into gunsmithing, either professionally or as a hobby, need this jump start about the available tooling and the basics of its use. The book is out now and available on Amazon or from www.4drentals.com.

Consider that the information in this primer is assembled from the writings of people who best know these tools, including the manufacturers who make them. The school of hard knocks takes a long time to teach valuable lessons and this book can save you years and introduce you to some tools and concepts you were unaware of. Even old timers will pick up some valuable information; don’t continue through life believing “Wives’ Tales” when you can have facts.

Each book in the series provides a highly detailed and technical explanation of the subject at hand in a way that any gun lover will be able to understand. Other titles in the series include “Chambering Rifles for Accuracy,” “Chambering for Ackley Cartridges,” and “Understanding Headspace for Firearms.” These titles dovetail nicely with the new book as the subjects are all connected.

This is an old-fashioned primer filled with modern information about gunsmithing tools. Merriam-Webster defines a primer as “a small introductory book or a short informative piece of writing.” Teaching you how these tools are designed and made will make you more efficient and profitable as a gunsmith.

Zeglin commented, “People who have decades of experience with a job and it’s tools have a ‘curse of knowledge.’ In short, they have no idea how much of what they know needs to be explained to people with less experience. Even the terminology that we use requires defining. I think this book is a huge step toward breaking that curse.”

“Gunsmith Tools, Cutters & Gauges – A Primer” is ISBN-13: 978-0-9831598-6-5. The price of the book is $12.95 for paperback. The softcover measure 5.50” x 8.5” and contains 75 Pages. The eBook version is available on Amazon. eBook Version is ISBN-13: 978-0-9831598-7-2.

Roll Your Own – SIG SAUER Offering Stand Alone P320 Custom Works Fire Control Unit

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

For decades you’ve been able to assemble your own M1911A1 and over the past few years, DIY gunsmiths have assembled Glock clones. Now, SIG SAUER is entering the fray with stand alone P320 Custom Works Fire Control Unit.

This serialized item contains the trigger assembly and is essentially the firearm, so unlike so-called 80% firearms, you’ll need to transfer the FCU through an FFL, but once you get it, you can build a completely custom version of the P320.

This is going to unleash a flood of aftermarket P320 parts. Already, ZEV has released some items and the B&T Universal Service Weapon for the P320 has been out for awhile.

The natural follow-on to this is customization of DoD’s new arsenal of M17/18 Modular Handgun Systems like this version mocked up by SIG as a concept demonstrator.

6″ MultiCam Loop Now Available from MMI Textiles

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

MMI Textiles can now provide Printed MultiCam Velcro Brand Woven Loop (A-A-55126) available in widths: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″. MultiCam Printed Loop has been a part of their Printed Narrow Fabrics line since 2016, but they didn’t have the capability to print on wider loop than 5″ – until now.

This in the USA/Berry Compliant loop is offered in MultiCam® Classic, MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Black, MultiCam Tropic, and MultiCam Alpine.

www.mmitextiles.com/blog/post/now-available-6-multicam-loop

New Firearms Guide 11th Edition Finally is Published on Super Fast Flash Drive for Offline Use

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Los Angeles, CA, Impressum Media, July 12th 2020 — Impressum Media, publisher of the Firearms Guide series of guns & ammo reference and value guides just published new 11th Edition as Flash Drive & Online Combo!

“The New Firearms Guide Flash Drive 11th Edition is published on a super fast 16 GB flash drive for Windows. This new Flash Drive 11th Edition is so small that you can carry it on a key chain. It is the world’s largest searchable guns & ammo reference guide that presents over 77,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns and ammunition from 1,300 manufacturers worldwide. It covers all types of guns from the oldest black powder muskets to American classic guns to the newest 2020 guns from 55 countries. Users can search the guide by caliber, type of action or stock, by year of production, country of origin, or any other way and will get all the tech specs, prices, features and up to 12 high-resolution pictures per gun. That is the reason why Firearms Guide is used by many police forces in the world as a firearms identification tool” says Chris Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide.

“If you are a gunsmith you will love the fact that the new Flash Drive 11th Edition has over 8,000 printable high-resolution gun schematics & blueprints (+ over 15,000 online)  that you can zoom on the screen of any PC to see the smallest gun parts or you can print them out when you work on client’s gun.” “Many Firearms Guide users love the fact that they can use the Flash Drive Edition offline, completely anonymously, without Google or any search engine or internet provider tracking and archiving their gun related searches that they can later sell to any client or deliver to the government. The Flash Drive Edition is independent gun database that works without internet and will work for years to come” says Chris Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide. The Flash Drive Edition keeps privacy private.

New Firearms Guide 11th Edition Flash Drive & Online Combo

The new Firearms Guide 1th Edition Flash Drive & Online combo is:

1. A Reference Guide that presents over 77,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns and ammunition from 1,300 manufacturers worldwide (55 countries)

– Presents guns with tech specs –60,000 hi-res pictures – features – ballistics – prices

– Computer searchable with 14 different search criteria: caliber, year, price, action, country, stock, etc

2. A Gun Value Guide that presents antique and modern guns with gun values online based off of the 100% – 30% condition ratings

– Now you can quickly and precisely estimate value of each gun in your collection

3. A Gun Manuals, Schematics & Blueprints Library with over 15,000 printable gun manuals, schematics and blueprints online for all types of antique and modern guns, 8,000 on a Flash Drive – ideal for gunsmiths

– Print out original blueprints for AK-47, 1911, AR-15, Luger, M1 Garand, M14, MP44, STG44, P38, etc. Print out Armorers Manuals for SIG, H&K, Glock, FN, IWI, Blaser, RSAF, Webley, Vickers, etc.

4. Target Library & US-EU Caliber Chart – it presents 650 printable targets (zombies, animals, silhouettes, crosshairs, etc) and convenient caliber two-way conversion chart for American and European calibers

5. Better than Google – With 14 search criteria you can perform simple or complex searches that you cannot do with Google and get precise search result. For example, if you type in Google “polymer frame pistol in 9mm” your search result is 482,000 web pages. The same search in Firearms Guide will bring up 400 relevant pistols.

“With this new combo you get two products – Off-line and Online Editions. The Flash Drive Edition is a super fast, modern standalone off-line edition for Windows that you can carry on your keychain. The Flash Drive also carries activation codes for the Online Edition that, once activated, our users can access from any computer and tablet from any location, 24/7. Updates are free.” states Chris Mijic, editor of Firearms Guide.

www.firearmsguide.com

Bringing Skunkworks Back: Armalite AR-10A2 Carbine Revived by Frank Woods

Monday, June 1st, 2020

I felt like doing an XM177 style AR-308 because I’ve never seen one before. So I did. I call this one “XM762-E1.” Since I reused the Blood Diamond carbine configuration as far as attachments go, I also nicknamed it “BD²” (Big Daddy Blood Diamond, Big Dick Blood Diamond, Blood Diamond 2: Judgement Day, whatever.)

– It is an AWB era Armalite AR-10A2 Carbine upper receiver, with a new Armalite AR-10A lower receiver. It is therefore an Armalite AR-10 through and through.

– It feeds from SR25/DPMS spec magazines.

– The upper receiver was internally modified to facilitate that function, by milling out the stabilizer shelves meant to hold the AWB AR-10B era modified M14 magazines in place.

– The upper receiver was rebarreled with a 1/10 twist 16″ barrel, that was hybrid in nature: Armalite “Carbine” style Midlength gas, DPMS spec barrel extension.

– The factory AR-10B BCG was replaced with a DPMS spec compatible BCG, the Brownells BRN-10 Retro BCG.

– It’s not an SBR.

– “Midlength” does not mean “Midlength” in AR-308 land. Midlength means whatever the manufacturer says it is in Midlength gas.

The barrel is 16″, and a slip over faux suppressor with compensator ports was used as the muzzle device, since no .308 version of an XM177 repro style muzzle device exists.

This retained the 16″ barrel accuracy and ballistic performance, taming the .308 recoil with the compensator function, and completed the XM177 moderator look as closely as possible, without a carbine length gas system 12.5″ barrel causing the rifle to beat the shit out of itself.

Furniture was spray painted Aervoe Earth Brown. Grip is a Brownells Retro AR-10 repro they made for the BRN-10.

“I want one!”

1.) Do what I did, track down an Armalite AR-10A2 upper, modify the internals, pair it with a factory Armalite lower, rebarrel/reBCG with a hybrid spec barrel and DPMS spec BCG, drive on.

2.) Maybe try to convince Armalite to revive or do a run of their A2 upper receivers, only compatible with their AR-10A series lowers?

3.) Maybe try to convince someone else like Fulton Armory to reproduce the AR-10A2 style upper receiver and a matching lower, albeit to SR25/DPMS spec?

Doesn’t count if the receivers aren’t angular cut, that curved DPMS stuff is wack.

I’ve written a full article that explains what went into this project in detail. When it’s posted, I’ll share it.

OscarDelta – Tyvek Delta Pouch

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Developed and designed by Karl OscarDelta, the Tyvek Delta Pouch provides a method of carry and concealment for a passport,
cash card, bank notes and other valuable items. It’s non-magnetic, tough and super lightweight (9g and only 2mm thick when empty). Held around the waist with an elastic band.

Available in Black or White Tyvek, they even offer a pattern of you want to fashion your own from Tyvek.

Visit www.oscardelta.co.uk/discreet_carry to order.