Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Handgun cleaning tools

Separate cleaning rod for every handgun – it is a horror. Typically cleaning rods are not interchangeable (brushes and jags have different thread size, direction, step, male/female... whatever).

I checked my box, where I store the cleaning tools. Watch out:
  1. .22lr bore snake for the free pistol
  2. .22lr special long cleaning rod for the free pistol (inkl. nylon and brass brush, jag)
  3. .32 S&W cleaning set for Hämmerli SP20 (inkl. nylon and brass brush, patch loop)
  4. .22lr usual short cleaning rod with tools for AW93 and Pardini SP
  5. .38 nylon + brass brush and mop (luckily thread fits the rod of my AW93)
I also have a lot of unused tools from Pardini SP and my second free pistol.

To the #5 I must say - I used these tools once... really. I bought them to clean my .38 S&W 14.
I wiped twice every cylinder chamber and may be 6 or 8 times the barrel. Set price 5€. Look at this:

Seller was fair and warned me that this brass brush won't stand long. I didn't believe.

Fortunately I saw THIS - J. Dewey nylon-coated rods. One cleaning rod with tools for every caliber that I own. With qualitative bronze brushes. Cleaning system which I always wanted. U.S. tools and accessories maker are unbeatable in my hold opinion. Every time I search for something special - I find it in U.S. and it is 2 or 3-times cheaper than in EU (even with shipping).

My set includes nylon-coated rod and jags und brushes for .22, .30, 8mm and .38.
I didn't want to invest too much and therefore I ordered only basic "must have" tools (I don't need nylon brush if I can use jag with oiled patch etc...).

Tool-set "to go" for my three calibers.

But I have to keep my old soviet .22lr cleaning rod for the free pistol and it's long barrel - 300mm / 12in - or even longer (inkl. distance to the chamber - cleaning it from the grip side).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Smith & Wesson 14-3 custom grip

New project - custom match grip for Smith & Wesson 14-3 (1969).

The grip is almost ready. Next year after all minor corrections it will be finished (lack & checkering job). Now I have to shoot with it a little bit to be able to understand if I must cut the grip somewhere (fine tuning).
All photos in album

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Air pistol tests

Saying in German: "Wer misst, misst Mist!" (English: "The one who measures measures crap").

But anyway... Today invested time to get to know how good/bad my cheap hobby air pistol ammunition is.

Vice. Combro chronograph. Three different ammunition. Two different pistols.

My tests say almost nothing. It is important to understand. Results may vary from pistol to pistol of the same model. Too many components are involved.

Your results with your guns will be different. That's life...

Steyr LP10E 10 shots

Feinwerkbau P 8X 10 shots

Tested ammunition:

  • H&N Final Match LG (Air Rifle) 4,49mm
    Average head diameter = 4,472mm
    Average weight = 0,531gr
  • Holme Premium LG & LP (Air Rifle and Air Pistol) 4,50mm
    Average head diameter = 4,437mm
    Average weight = 0,519gr
  • JSB Match Light Weight 4,50mm
    Average head diameter = 4,463mm
    Average weight = 0,499gr

Average values calculated after 10 random tests.

Holme Premium is my training ammo. Price about 6€ per 500. (who makes ammo with "Holme" label? RWS?)

What I have noticed. Head diameter deviation is almost the same for all three types of ammo. The weight - also similar deviation. Deviation graphs are really almost the same for all three ammo and are not interesting here.
But what makes JSB so stable (flat velocity line)? Obvious answer for now - weight. Lower weight causes higher velocity. Higher velocities have smaller deviation (in our case)?

Best groups (10 shots) were:

  1. JSB + LP10E
    Holme + P 8X
    (equal size... about 1.66mm center-to-center)
  2. JSB + P 8X
  3. H&N + P 8X
  4. Holme + LP10E ***
  5. H&M + LP10E
*** - The group was very tight with one "flyer". Without that "flyer" the group would be positioned also on the first place. Preparing values for deviation calculation I have noticed that some Diabolos are heavier... 0,513... 0,517... 0,515... 0,530! Etc... I think such "irregular" weight caused that "flyer".

It is easy to get good groups with H&N too. But we have to increase the velocity.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

P 8X Trigger

Played with the trigger settings a little bit.
Set about 80% of the weight for the first stage and the rest for the second stage. Straight forward manual for everyone.

After all I noticed a pin made of Neodymium (magnet). It "catches" and holds the sear after release (that sear holds the hammer). Clear trigger feeling. Short second stage. Minimal after-travel. No bouncing parts.

Strong Neodymium natural magnet

Feinwerkbau P 8X

Some infos and photos.

Weight specs (+/-):
  • Grip + main frame + naked barrel: 686g
  • Barrel shroud: 26g
  • Aluminium compensator + steel front sight: 18g
  • Steel comp + steel front sight: 42g
  • Air tank: 210g
  • Weight block for the barrel shroud: 14g (one item)

Tested pistol delivered with two comps - steel and aluminium.
Some weights.

Intelligent mounting rail for weights. Weights are different. Symmetrical (left/right).   

Barrel shroud without mounting screws. It "sits" simply there pushed back by comp and over. Good.

Trigger guard - kind of plastic but good quality.

Very qualitative rear sight I would say...

Comp with two mounting screws on the top.

Trigger shoe. Rotation in any direction possible (ball joint).

Six adjustment screws.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Randolph shooting glasses

Short "review" of my new shooting gear.

Two weeks ago in Granada I have seen "RE" (Randolph Engineering, US) shooting glasses. Local gun-shop had one frame in stock (Sporter Frame). Good quality. The frame with three sets of lenses was cheaper than Knobloch K5 frame with three sets of lenses (150 Euros for frame and about 150 Euros for three sets of lenses). "RE" looks cool.

I have seen those "RE" glasses somewhere... Oh yeah! Olympic Champion in Sport Pistol Women - Kim Jang-Mi from Korea.

Being at home a week later I ordered Ranger Classic Frame with three sets of lenses. Without trying them somewhere/somehow. I found good offer on eBay. Altogether 245 Euros with shipping. My order was delivered 5 days later! Miami (US) - Linz (Austria) in 5 days. The speed of light ;-)

Back to glasses. Premium quality. Premium lenses. Light frame. Absolutely satisfied.

I was pessimistic if yellow lenses work - but they work. Tried today. Yellow lenses enhance contrast in low light.
After all tested Copper Polarized lenses at 10 meter shooting range. Our Meyton LED light so bright that I have to use filter. Copper Polarized lenses help good. No problems with "overlight". Eye didn't "jumped" at the target.

Copper Polarized lenses