Category Archives: Liberty Training Rifle

Time to plant the seeds

As regular readers will know, I spent some of my filthy lucre from the proceeds of the Gunwalker T-Shirts (I still have some, order now!) on a Ruger 10/22 that I’ve turned into a Liberty Training Rifle. It’s got really cool military style sights on it and the best trigger you can imagine in what is essentially a plinker rifle. Now it’s time to take that rifle and learn how to shoot.
I got an email from Chris at Arma Borealis. He’s moved to the Carolinas from his home in Alaska and he and Heather want to go to Appleseed. Do I want to go? Ohhh yeahhhh!
Location: Ramseur, NC
Dates: 24 and 25 March, 2011
The crew: Confirmed attendees
And you? (Bloggers, contact me before signing up. There may be a special deal for you!)
This is an open Appleseed shoot at their home range in Ramseur. The first day will be rifle training at 25 yards, learning to shoot properly with cheap .22 ammo. The second day will be shooting full power, centerfire rifles out to 400 yards on their full distance AQT range.
Costs are relatively cheap. Men get charged $70. Women get charged $10. Under 18 is $5. Military, law enforcement, uniformed re-enactors, etc, FREE! 
When you sign up, send me an email. I’d like to know how many people are showing up.

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Back from the gunsmith

Sometimes I hatses the interwebs. I watched a video that told me that I was capable of installing a Volquartsen trigger on my sweet new Ruger 22/45 pistol. I was promised the moon and the stars, a fantastic trigger pull and no more ignorant magazine drop safety.
Yeah, about that install…
Just in case you were not aware of this already, the internet lies. Unless you are already familiar with how to disassemble the trigger group on a Ruger 22/45, don’t even attempt to install the new trigger yourself. I thought to myself, “hey, I installed the trigger, firing pin, extractor, extended mag release, bolt release, and buffer on my Appleseed 10/22 rifle, how hard can the 22/45 be?”
Disassembly was easy. Disassembly is always easy. Instead of having a sweet trigger on my sweet little pistol, I had two bags of small parts and a gun shaped sculpture. Luckily, my gunsmith was up for the challenge.
Here’s the pistol all put back together.

I picked it up yesterday and took it straight to the range. It was already more accurate than me, now it’s massively more accurate than me. I have no further excuses, and simply must practice harder. 
Here’s a photo of the trigger itself.

You would think that the Allen screw poking out of the trigger would be a problem, but you really don’t notice it that much. The trigger is very light, crisp, and SUDDEN. You should have seen the gunsmith grinning when he tested it in front of me. I got the impression that he didn’t want to give it back.

This will be my training gun. Ammo’s cheap, it’s brutally accurate, and not in the least bit intimidating to shoot. Not only will I be doing most of my pistol practice with this, I will use it to teach others to shoot. I have a couple of friends who want to make their first range trip, and this gun will be the first gun they shoot.
 Readers who want to give it a try should let me know. I shoot at PDHSC in Raleigh. We could meet up and shoot together. I generally shoot on weekdays, before the dinner rush.

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I am now officially a Volquartsen fanboy

I finally got a chance to take my Liberty Training Rifle to the local indoor range again. Previously my rifle was mad accurate, but it would sometimes fail to fire, or fail to properly extract/eject the spend brass. I chalked the failure to fire on it being a .22LR, and cheap ammo sometimes fails to fire. The extract/eject issue was annoying.
My rifle has a few aftermarket parts in it. In fact, with the exception of the bolt, receiver, barrel and stock, it’s all aftermarket at this point. I followed the PDF instructions and added a Volquartsen trigger and bolt release when I installed the Tech Sights. Wow. I took it to NorthCoast II and everyone who shot it loved it. Well, everyone except my dad. He lives in Pennsylvania where it is illegal to hunt with a semi-auto, so he was irritated that he couldn’t have one to massacre the woodchucks around his house. He has to make do with my mom’s youth model Henry lever action.
The failures to fire and extract/eject together with the fact that I was so happy with the Volquartsen trigger led me to try Volquartsen’s Sure Strike firing pin along with their Exact Edge extractor. They were pretty easy to install. The firing pin required you to drive out a retaining pin and then put it back, and the extractor came out with a pair of needle nose pliers. It’s pretty small and it’s easier to manipulate the thing with a set of needle noses than with your fingers.
The results? I shot 100 rounds of .22LR at the range today with zero failures to fire and zero failures to extract/eject. I couldn’t be happier.

This is this month’s “EPostal” match target. I shot it standing at 25 feet. There isn’t a class for Rifle, Rimfire, Iron sights, but I thought it would be fun to submit this target. Out of 100 points possible I scored this one at 86. My other three tries were 79, 80, and 83.

This is my entry for Handgun, Centerfire, Iron sights. 76 points. The massive size of a .45 ACP means that shots which would have scored low as a .22LR cut the next ring and scored higher.
I left my 22/45 mags at home by mistake, so I didn’t get to shoot that for score. Maybe next week.  Plus I have to install my new Volquartsen trigger kit in my 22/45.
Like I said, fanboy.
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NorthCoast II wrap up

I got a chance to go to NorthCoast II Blogger shoot this weekend. Until Alan decided to fly in from Texas, I was the person who traveled furthest. Luckily for me, my parents live near Erie, PA, so I was able to visit them and drive the 2 hours each way to NCII. Total weekend mileage 2,100. It was eleven hours on Friday, eleven hours on Monday, and two hours each way, each day on Saturday and Sunday, for a total of 30 hours of driving. It was worth it. Our hosts were fantastic. The food was good. The shooting was excellent. They even provided us a car on Sunday to shoot up.
I finally got a chance to try out my Liberty Training Rifle. I picked it up at the gunsmith’s on Thursday. I couldn’t get the factory front sight off without bending the barrel, so I had a gunsmith do it for me. He also installed the Uncle Mike’s sling swivels. Aside from that, I did all the parts installation.
This rifle rocks. Old NFO showed me how to use a sling, and I spent Saturday shooting off a rickety folding table and shooting minute of milk jug at 75 yards. It was pretty cool to shoot the milk jug, realize that I had punched a hole at the top, so I finished the jug off with multiple shots to the bottom of the jug. Each hit caused the water to jump up in the jug. I can’t wait to see how much better I shoot once the Appleseed guys show me how to do it correctly.
On Sunday I hauled it out again. It was actually pistol day, but I brought my father along that day and wanted him to see my new rifle. We were both able to shoot offhand (standing) at 25 yards and easily hit 4 inch circles. I think that they were plastic tops for cans. Whatever they were, it was an easy shot. There were lots of 5 gallon water jugs too. I would shoot them until all the water leaked out and then start shooting at the plastic cap on top to either blow the entire cap and spout off, or tip the bottle over. Those sights make all the difference. I can’t wait until rabbit season.
I’ll get a photo of the completed rifle as soon as I have a chance.

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That sound you hear?

Listen closely. Can you hear it? That soft sobbing that sounds like someone just lost her dog? That’s the sound of Sarah Brady and her compatriots crying.
Today I spent a bit of my filthy lucre gained by selling Gunwalker T-Shirts. As promised, I spent it on a gun. Unfortunately I didn’t earn anywhere near enough money to buy the Kriss Vector that I wanted, so I had to set my sights a bit lower. I purchased a Ruger 10/22. At $280, including tax and the hard case to store it in, it was much closer to my price range.
I bought the plain Jane wood stocked, blued barrel version with the intent of turning it into a Liberty Training rifle. I will finally be able to go to an Appleseed shoot. What’s even better about the rifle is that I can use it to teach others how to shoot. Imagine the gnashing and wailing you will hear as I teach others how much fun it is to shoot a rifle. I will be passing on the disease of firearms competence to a whole new generation of future holders of an insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment.
I might even have just enough cash left over to buy a Ruger 22/45 pistol, which is the gateway drug to getting a concealed carry permit. You know how it goes. First the ladies are scared to death of guns. Then they get to know you and realize that you are a trustworthy sort of person who owns guns. Then they screw up their courage and ask you to teach them to shoot. Then, all of a sudden, they are standing in front of the Sheriff with their hand out demanding their government issued permission slip to exercise their God Given Rights, and why does the government license this sort of thing? They don’t license free speech!
So each of you that has purchased a Gunwalker T-Shirt (which will go into the mail as soon as I receive them on Wednesday or Thursday) thank you. Not only have you purchased a fine shirt which will be useful in starting many interesting conversations, you have contributed to the spread of gun ownership among all the people who I will teach to shoot.
Sorry all the crying is disturbing you.
Per Weer’d’s request, edited to add:
All the parts for the upgrade to Liberty Training Rifle arrive around the end of August. I should have it completed for the North Coast blogmeet.
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