Saturday, July 20, 2013

Forgotten Weapons YouTube Channel

Forgotten Weapons YouTube Channel

Ian McCollum has been posting videos of obscure firearms, and explaining how they work for a couple of years.  He's also done video reviews on military and civilian firearm books, if that's more your speed.

Here's an example.  Halloway Arms HAC-7 .308 Winchester semi-automatic rifle.  There may be about 300 of these rifles.  The design is a kind of a strange conglomeration of elements from the FN FAL, Kalashnikov rifle trigger and operating system, AR-15 bolt and gas tube.  The rifle didn't work very well, and a piece had fallen off of it, but I think it's still an interesting design.  I've been absorbing all that I can about military-style rifles for decades, and I've never seen or even heard of these Halloway Arms rifles.

Starting at the start, it seems that "Ian" is a bit of a gunsmith, engineer, and fabricator.  I'm very jealous of the shop.  Many many thousands of dollars worth of machinery, tools, and components there.

Hat-tip to Samuel Suggs for posting a link to the HK roller-delayed P9S pistol video.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Palmetto State Armory Pigsticker Compensator

Here is the video I put up on YouTube.  It's a little less than two and a half minutes.  I spent way too much time on it, struggling with Windows Live Movie Maker, restarting my computer about a dozen times before I got it all together and working properly.

Since I was rebuilding one of my AR-15 uppers anyway, I decided that I should try a compensator.  I would have preferred a BattleComp, but was not willing to pay the price for one.  There are a few options for similar comps, and the one that I chose was the Pigsticker from Palmetto State Armory.  Things did not go exactly to plan.  Although muzzle flip is minimal. . .

That upper will get it's A2 flash-suppressor back, and I'll probably put the Pigsticker on a 16" barrel at some point in the future, to see how that goes.  When that happens, I'll put up another video.

UPDATE, 2/9/2014