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The most overlooked part of “Proclaiming Liberty”

We’re going to see quotes out of the new book Proclaiming Liberty. There are lots to choose from, so bloggers will post them from time to time. I think that the most important part of the book is probably the most overlooked. It starts on Page 10, and is a list of the “Five recurrent themes of anti-gun partisans.” His basic thesis is that there really are only 5 arguments that the anti-gunners can make.
1.       Gun prohibitionists reject Constitutional Originalism
2.       Gun prohibitionists display moral confusion about self-defense
3.       Gun prohibitionists indict inanimate objects instead of human behavior
4.       Gun prohibitionists see their own hostility in innocent fellow citizens
5.       Gun prohibitionists expect new laws to mitigate criminal behavior
This is about the simplest distillation of the five basic anti-gun “themes” I’ve ever seen.
You should spend the money and get your own copy of Proclaiming Liberty from Philip Milivor. It’s available from Amazon. Sadly, Amazon doesn’t have associates in North Carolina due to NC’s stupid tax laws, so I don’t get a penny from the sales of this book. I did get a free copy to read and it will be prominent in my library from now on.


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How can you remove the barrel of a rifle and still retain your zero?

I’ve been telling people about Bob Reynolds of Templar, and his proprietary FastRail system for a while. I did a post on it showing how you could remove your AR-15 barrel clean the chamber, and replace the barrel in about 10 minutes total. My only concern has been, how well does it retain its zero?

At the Greenville blogmeet we finally got to run a test. This is the rifle we used, though we had a scope for the shooting test.
We put a target out at 200 yards and shot a three round group at it.

The odd bullet hole at the bottom was shot at a different point of aim than the three round group.
Then we removed the barrel, reinstalled it, and shot another three round group.
As you can see, the difference in point of impact is minimal.
I know it’s hard to judge scale on things like this, so here’s a photo that will make it pretty obvious how well the rifle retains its zero.
Not bad at all for 200 yards through a semi-auto fighting rifle.
Bob doesn’t sell his rails retail, so he is allowing me to be a dealer for him. You can get your own FastRail on my FastRail page.

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I need a new front sight

All right all you technical guys. I need a new front sight for this gun.
The problem with this gun is that it is a target pistol, and is set up from the factory for a “6 o’clock hold”
This would be great if I was planning on shooting bullseye with this pistol, but I am not. In order to make the bullet impact close to where I am aiming, I had to dial in 16 clicks down on the rear sight. This buried the rear sight, and still didn’t get me all the way on target. You can see that I did shoot reasonably close to the target, but I was still aiming a bit low to get this
What I need is a taller front sight. Does anyone know where to get a slightly taller front sight for a Ruger 22/45 Mark III (P512MKIII)?

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I love my Volquartsen trigger

I went to Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center (PDHSC aka “the range”) today with the intention of zeroing my 22/45 pistol


I took it to the range once already, on the day I picked it up from the gunsmith, but I forgot to bring my screwdriver so that I could zero it. Today I brought the screwdriver and dialed the adjustable sight in.
This is 5 rounds at 5 yards. This is the distance I would put the target if I was teaching a new person to shoot.

And this is 10 rounds at 20 yards, the maximum distance you can get at this particular range.

I think that is acceptable accuracy.
I really like my Volquartsen trigger.
Technical details. This is a Mark III Ruger 22/45. The trigger is a Volquartsen Mark II trigger. This eliminates the magazine (un)safety. The ammo was CCI Blazer ammo I got for $18 for 500 rounds.

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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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A longer review of my Revision Sawfly shooting glasses

My trip to TigerSwan on Saturday was my first opportunity to wear my Sawfly shooting glasses for an extended period of time. I have always gotten a headache from extended shooting sessions like USPSA matches and training classes. The Sawfly is designed with thin legs specifically to reduce the pain of wearing shooting glasses under earmuffs. I wore mine all day. Many of the shooters, and even the instructors, would flip up their powered earmuffs between shooting, but I found that it wasn’t necessary. I turned the volume up a bit when the instructors were teaching, and down a bit when we practiced what we had just been taught.
Another useful thing about the Sawfly shooting glasses is that they are designed to take corrective inserts. If you wear glasses, you can put an insert inside the glasses that holds your prescription corrective lenses so that you don’t have to choose between seeing effectively and having proper safety glasses.  I chose to take my inserts to LensCrafters. It was really expensive. Take my advice and just send your prescription and $99 to Revision and let them grind the lenses for you.
I spent an 8 hour day on the range with no discomfort. I could see well and my eyes were protected. I started early in the morning under overcast skies with the clear lens, and when the sun came out I switched to the tinted lens. I could see my target, and more importantly I could see my sights. These glasses worked so well for me that another shooter at the class, George at Newbie Shooter, has decided to get a pair. About a week ago I happened to show these glasses to a client who shoots and wears glasses. He’s also going to run out and buy a pair.
Me, coaching, wearing my Sawfly glasses
Highly Recommended. MSRP $120 plus $20 for the corrective insert. Spend the $99 and have Revision grind your lenses for you.
FTC disclaimer: Revision sent me these shooting glasses and the inserts free of charge so that I could review them. There was no hint that they expected a positive review. In any case, you tools at the FTC should feel free to pucker up and chap your lips on my backside.

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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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Templar Rifle shoot

I got an invite to go to  a rifle demo today. Templar Consulting makes a multi-caliber rifle based upon the AR-15 platform. Honestly, if you didn’t look inside, you wouldn’t know that there was anything special about the rifle at all. It certainly looks nice, and the handguards look solid, but from the outside there’s nothing to distinguish this rifle from 100 other AR clones out there.
And then Bob, the owner/proprietor/chief mad scientist of Templar Consulting whips out his Allen wrench and starts to work. Three Allen screws are turned and the nice, lightweight railed fore-end comes straight off. Then he pulls out a strange looking wrench and unscrews the barrel nut. Off comes the barrel and gas tube to be replaced by another. Tighten the barrel nut, replace the fore-end, swap out the bolt and presto-chango, it’s a different caliber.
His three calibers are .223 Wylde (for most of us, basically just a slightly modified 5.56 NATO) 6.5 Grendel, and .50 Beowulf. I got to shoot them all.
Pretty much anyone who’s shot an AR clone has shot it with some variant of the .223/5.56 caliber. No surprises there. We shot it at steel targets at 200 yards, including a round 6 inch plate on a spring. Easy shots with the scope. I would have liked to shoot it with just an EOTECH sight, but didn’t have a chance.
The 6.5 Grendel was fitted with a suppressor, and was extremely accurate. I shot two of the 4” Tannerite boomers, and it wasn’t even a challenge. I was actually bored with it because I wasn’t taxing the rifle or my own (marginal) marksmanship. I did get a taste of blowback of the gas from the suppressor though, and that was unpleasant.
I also shot the .50 Beowulf. When you are used to shooting an AR in 5.56 NATO, the .50 Beowulf is a bit stout. Now, for those not familiar with how to shoot an AR, you are supposed to put your nose right up against the charging handle. DO NOT DO THIS WITH THE .50 BEOWULF! Trust me on this. Learn from my fail. Still, if you need a round that will stop a rampaging rhino, this one’s for you.  
I like the concept, but I’m not totally sold on the idea of a multiple caliber weapon. Multiple barrel lengths would be awesome. Assuming I had a Short Barreled Rifle tax stamp, it’d be fantastic to be able to swap out short and longer barrels. I’d really like a SBR to defend the house. You all know that I want a Kriss Vector for that task, but I think that a suppressed 10-12 inch barreled AR would work well too.
What I would really like to do is take one of these rifles to an AR training class, like TigerSwan or Magpul Dynamics. That would really let us know how reliable this rifle is.

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