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  1. The Mark IV's are really nice guns. I purchased both the Hunter, as well as the Bill Ruger Limited Edition Competition Model that came with the matching knife.
  2. I found a good deal on a Beretta 92-FS Compact from Gunprime, so I ordered a pair of them. They shipped out quickly, and my FFL got them in just a couple of days. I've been looking for a 92 Compact for a while. But most of the places around here were either out of stock, or else they flat out wanted too much. I got these for $428.99 each, brand new in the box. A hell of a deal. They shipped with 2, 13 round magazines, and are Italian made guns. I replaced the plastic grips with the factory Beretta Walnut grips that I picked up from Gnarly Gorilla. The Walnut grips really richen up the looks of these Beretta's. I also got a few of the X-Grip Magazine Adapters from Greg Cote. They allow the use of the full size 15 and 17 round magazines in the compact's without sticking out of the bottom of the gun. And they're not much longer than the 13 round magazines supplied with the pinky rest. Now both my wife and I will each have our own. So all in all it was a good day. These are some pictures of them as they came from the factory. And with the Walnut grips and magazine adapters installed. https://gunprime.com/product/beretta-92fs-compact-92-fs-js92f850m/ https://gnarlygorilla.com/beretta-factory-replacement-part-beretta-92-96-compact-wood-grips-drop-in-replacement-walnut/ http://gregcotellc.com/cart/xgrip-adapter-by-fdi-c-142/xgrip-beretta-92fs-compact-xgrip-xgbr92c-p-1555.html
  3. billt

    Ruger Wrangler

    Boy have you got that right! I never thought Ruger, (one of the most financially successful gun companies in this country), would stoop to producing what amounts to dirt cheap, Aluminum frame, painted revolvers. All part of the, "Build em' cheap, and stack em' deep", philosophy. I wonder when they'll start selling them in disposable 3-Packs, like throw away razors?
  4. Everything that I've read said to be sure to spend the extra money on the Stainless / plated version, because the black models are very prone to rusting issues. https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=D3GXXM_tGs-d-gTf_5q4AQ&q=remington+tac+14+rusting+issues&btnK=Google+Search&oq=remington+tac+14+rusting+issues&gs_l=psy-ab.3...3229.10590..12249...0.0..0.173.3022.27j5......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..35i39j0i131j0j0i22i30j0i13j33i160j33i22i29i30.6DqqElwla18
  5. It wasn't Glock who did the torture test. It was a private individual. He did an unbelievable amount of things to a Glock 21 and it survived.... Including throwing it out of an airplane, shooting at it, and dragging it behind a car. It is one of the more famous of the Glock torture tests ever done. http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/glock-21-torture-test/
  6. billt

    Thompson contender

    Yes, they make several scope rail systems for it. The rear sight comes off exposing the screws for the base. I haven't scoped mine yet, but at some point I'm going to. Be sure to use a steel base and rings of good quality. SSK Industries make some of the best, but they're expensive. I've heard some Aluminum bases won't hold up to the recoil of this gun in .308. They also make a .30-06 barrel for it as well. I got mine from a local dealer through Davidson's Gallery Of Guns. Just go to www.galleryofguns.com and punch in your zip code. Dealers will show up within a 25 mile radius of your house, and you can purchase from any one of them.
  7. billt

    Thompson contender

    The .308 Pro Hunter is a beast. Much more recoil then either of my 2 BFR's. One in .45-70, and the other in .500 S&W Magnum. And I've put hundreds of rounds downrange with all three.
  8. If you want to decrease the reliability of any Glock, put a bunch of aftermarket parts in it.
  9. billt

    Thompson contender

    My Encore Pro Hunter in .308. It handles the pressure just fine.
  10. I don't normally buy on impulse, especially when it comes to guns. But the other night I made a rare exception. I took a quick trip to Sportsman's Warehouse near me to pick up some patches and other gun cleaning supplies I was running low on. As I was browsing the gun rack I saw this beautiful Remington Model 7600 Pump Action 200th Anniversary Edition in .30-06 sitting there. I asked to see it. The nice young kid behind the counter handed it to me, and the rifle was absolutely gorgeous! The Walnut was some of the best I've ever seen on ANY rifle at any cost. Both the butt stock, as well as the forend had what seemed to be endless figure and contrast, coupled with a beautiful high gloss finish. The bluing was very well done, with a very high luster and polish throughout. The gold inlays showed very nice detail on both sides of the receiver, as well as on the pistol grip cap. There is a nice gold inlayed barrel band at the muzzle. The fit and finish of all the wood and metal was as good as it could be. I had seen several of these 200th Anniversary Edition Remington's at Cabela's over the last year and a half. And I almost sprung for a 7600 they had. But I just couldn't justify the price, ($1,595.00), they were asking. It's not that the gun wasn't worth it. It was. But it's a lot for a gun that's a safe queen, and you're basically buying to admire, and not to run up a high round count on. So when I asked this kid how much, I just about fell over when he told me $899.00! I said are you sure? He double checked, and came back with the manager and said yes, they were on a special clearance. I couldn't say, "I'll TAKE IT", fast enough! For that price there is just no way I was going to leave without it. When my wife saw it, she was impressed as well. It's just a beautiful rifle. Remington sure did a nice job on it, I'll say that. This is just a quick and dirty phone pic.
  11. I just cut up 4 yards of cotton flannel material I bought yesterday for $13.00. It yielded a total of 45 one foot square wiping cloths. I have 36 heavy duty 8 mil zip lock bags coming next week, so I can individually treat and package them. 45 treated gun wiping cloths at $5.50 each would run $247.50. These will most likely last longer than I will. I'll treat them with different oils and rust preventatives. Then mark them on the bags. You can put motor oil in a trigger spray bottle to apply it. It works pretty well. Then allow them to soak it up for a few minutes. Then fold and package them, and you're good to go.
  12. One thing I have started doing that helps A LOT, is after cleaning, oiling, and wiping down, I allow the gun to sit for 48 hours with the muzzle down over a paper towel. (You can place it into a gun case with a piece of paper towel wrapped around the muzzle to prevent anything from soaking into the case itself). Then lean it against a corner of the room. This allows any and all excess oil, solvent, and liquid to drain down out of the action, through the barrel into the paper towel. You'll be surprised at how much runs out. This prevents this excess liquid and lubricant from running into the action and soaking into the wood surrounding it. I even do it with AR's and other synthetic stocked weapons. Then after 48 hours, store the weapon normally.
  13. I should add that I like and use Microfiber cloths as well. They are cheap, soft, absorbent, and effective. But in many applications I find them too thick. That, along with the fact they hem them around the edges, which makes them somewhat difficult to get into small confined areas in actions, inside magwells, etc. But for a quick, overall wipe down, they are also good to have around.
  14. I just use CRC Silicone Spray. It's available at Wal-Mart. But most any will work. I apply it sparingly. Just enough to provide a light coat on the cloth. Too much silicone isn't good for wood stocks. (Too much oil isn't either). I don't apply it with the provided tube. I just shoot it out of the nozzle. That way it provides a much finer spray on to the material, and disperses better. https://www.walmart.com/ip/CRC-05074-Heavy-Duty-Silicone-Multi-Use-Lubricant-7-5-Oz/116439439 Another great product is Boeshield T-9. It was developed by the Boeing Company. It's rated very highly in Brownell's rustproofing test. It's available from West Marine. For high humidity applications, it will provide very good rust protection. https://www.westmarine.com/search?Ntt=boeshield+t-9
  15. All right, I'll admit I'm cheap. But I get sick and tired for paying $5 and $6 for a Silicone cotton / flannel gun wipe cloth. I go through these things pretty quick. It doesn't take long before they wear, then they transfer a lot of lint on to your gun. Especially on any matte finished surfaces. So I went to a fabric store and bought 2 yards of cotton flannel quilting fabric for just $2.49 @ yard. (I bought natural color. But you can get it in any color you like). I took a pair of pinking shears and cut it into 18" square sheets. I then spray them with silicone, (or you can use your favorite gun oil or rust preventive), fold them up and put them into 6" heavy duty zip lock storage bags. You'll end up with over 20 of them for what you will pay for one from Hoppe's or Outers. And they are of better quality. You can keep several of them at home, in your range bag, on your reloading bench, or even in the pockets of your gun cases. Then you will never be without a way to wipe down your gun. And you won't be ripped off over paying for those crappy one's they sell at the gun shop. https://www.joann.com/cozy-flannel-fabric/prd39349.html#prefn1=ecommercetype2&prefn2=refinementColor&prefv1=Snuggle%20Flannel%7CCozy%20Flannel&prefv2=Whites&icn=hpz1ba&ici=cozy-flannel&start=1 https://www.walmart.com/ip/6-x-6-4-Mil-Heavy-Duty-Plastic-Reclosable-Zipper-Bags/107397076

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