Sunday, September 27, 2009

CDNN Glock Mag Sale and Free Shipping

CDNN Investments is running a sale on Glock mags. Most of the normal, "hi-cap," mags are going for $19.99, which a price I really haven't seen since at least October. The 33 round, 9mm mags, are $33.33.

Free shipping on orders over $200 if you use the coupon code "fs200." $5 shipping for any internet order this weekend, plus a little "Swiss Army" type knife, Colt keychain screwdriver, and tinted mirrored shooting glasses for free.

I'd avoid all the Target Sports stuff and all the optics (cheap Asian junk), but there are some other good deals on the site if you look around.

I should be pretty well stocked up on Glock mags for the rest of my life now, plus some to give away to family, as needed.

10/20 EDIT: Okay, the free shipping offer is over, but they are now offering $7.99 shipping for all internet orders, along with 2 free gifts (cheap pair of safety glasses and 16-Function "Swiss-style" knife. The Glock mag prices have not changed, still $19.99, and $33.33 for the 33-round mags. Hmm, maybe I should order some more 33-round magazines for when Lone Wolf gets more Glock mag AR-15 lowers in.

Natchez has the 33 round magazines a little cheaper, but the regular mags are a couple dollars more. No more 3 for $15 each.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Magpul Lowers in the Works?

A while back Magpul sold some limited edition rifles. The lowers have been traded through want ads and auctions for hundreds of dollars.

Today I stumbled upon the tech section of the Magpul website. There is a link for "Lower Receiver Technical Resources," which only says "coming soon." I wonder if they are planning to make more available.

Another Ruger Black Rifle

This one is a .22LR sorta-AR-15-type rifle.

The Ruger SR-22 Rifle
- from The Official Ruger Website

Well, it looks like it will probably accept any AR-15 stock, which the S&W AR-15 rimfire doesn't seem like it can do. The receiver extension on the S&W appears to be built into the receiver, which means you can't put something like a Magpul UBR stock, or adjustable target stock on it. Without a nut at the front end of the receiver extension, I don't know how you'd run a single-point sling on the S&W either.

It appears to have a 10/22 action and trigger group. I guess that would mean that you could use a 6 ounce adjustable KID trigger with it, if you wanted. Although there are very light drop-triggers, and adjustable triggers for AR-15s, they usually don't get along very well with rimfire uppers.

I forget what I paid for just my rimfire AR-15 upper a couple years ago, but it was probably $100 or more than what the SR-22 will sell for in the real world, as gun shop and gun show prices are often below MSRP.

If you already have a Ruger 10/22, you could convert it to something like the SR-22 with an Archangel Stock Set (not compatible with many AR parts, but fairly inexpensive), a RB Precision Evolution Stock System, or a Nordic Components AR22 kit.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AR-15 Lowers

Pretty much all the forged lowers are more or less the same. In fact there’s only a few different forges that make the lowers; mostly the AR makers just buy a machined lower forging and stamp their name and serial number on it, and maybe apply a finish. One of the new trends is machined lowers. There is some argument over whether forged or machined lowers are stronger, but it probably makes very little difference, and it really comes down to aesthetics.

Who Makes My AR15 Lower Receiver? - AR15
List of some of the AR lower forges, and who they make lowers for.

Mega lowers are textured at the front of the magwell, to use as a grip. Spike’s and POF, to name two, make lowers that have HK-type pictograph selector markings. JP Rifles lowers have racy-looking machining. Most all other lowers are pretty much the same in terms of appearance, features, and compatibility. Almost all forged lowers will be virtually identical to an M16A2 lower, except for the maker's mark, and the lack of an auto sear pin hole and the word "Auto" or "Burst" behind the hole for the selector [although there are a few semi-auto lowers that appear to have an "auto" setting].

FWIW, Spike’s Tactical lowers look pretty cool with the spider logo and the HK selector markings. The writing, including the serial number, is deep and very clean looking. If I were going to buy another lower, a Spike’s lower would be at the top of my list. Some of the Olympic Arms lowers have nice, clean, markings in the military fashion, but the serial number seems to be stamped on later, and Olympic has been making lowers for a long long time, and I’m sure they are not all the same.

Colt lowers vary pretty widely. Old ones are slab-sided with no fence around the magazine button, like pre-A1 M-16s. Many have sear-blocks that can interfere with some aftermarket triggers. Most of the newer civilian rifle lowers require larger diameter trigger and hammer pins, and require special trigger components. The “large-pin” lowers probably have a screw-in pivot pin which will require a special conversion pivot pin to use with any non-Colt upper.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

K-Var 9-9-09 Sale

To celebrate 9-9-09, K-Var has lowered prices on a whole bunch of stuff. They're not just modest discounts either, some of the prices have been dropped up to 50%. The premise of the sale seems pretty dumb to me, but hey, I do love a sale.

Sale ends Monday, September 14th.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Make Your Own Tactical Sling for $10 (Or Less) Forums: Make Your Own Tac Sling For 10 Bucks
The host for the PDF file seems to either be down, or has pulled the file. I'll try to remember to get it hosted somewhere, and post a link.

The Gun Blogs: DIY 1 point sling

Places to Get Supplies
ITW NEXUS - Order free buckle samples - Don't forget to use AR15 discount code for 10% discount - thanks to strapman on
DIY Tactical Store - Same type store as Strapworks, but with some different stuff, like the Cobra buckles. - Check for local stores, all I see on the website is some 1" tubular webbing under climbing gear, and it's in bright blue or red.
MFI - HK sling clips