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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Follow up Review.

18 Feb

I bought my Carbon-15 on Halloween of 2012. Its no surprise that when I bought it I wasn’t the only person buying an AR at the time. But I didn’t know anybody else with one of these. In fact until about a week prior to buying it I didn’t even know that anybody made a rifle with a carbon/polymer receiver.


All the review that I read on line were terrible for the “1st generation” and pretty solid for the second gen rifles. Well I have now had the rifle for about a year and a half and although I have only put about 12oornds through it. So far it is perfect. One of the debates that happens with this rifle as well as many AR-15 style rifles is that you aren’t supposed to run steel cased ammo through it. Well I am here to say that at least 500 of the 1200 I have but through the gun have been steel. While I understand that it is harder on the gun it has yet to choke and if I experience a FTE I will certainly post about it.

The rifle came with a pretty cheap reddot scope that actually worked really well BUT its still a 1x reddot so I want to put a better scope on it for some longer range shooting because frankly I suck without a little magnification. The rifle also came with a hard sized rifle case that is virtually useless because it doesn’t actually hold the rifle with the scope that they provided mounted. Also although the rifle came with 2 steel 20rnd mags I run pretty much exclusively Pmag-30’s.

So a 16months later the rifle is performing great and as soon as I put a better optic on it should be set up as a nice predator gun. Of course my long term plan is to get a nice .300blk upper and use it as my deer gun but that may take a few more days of overtime to accomplish.


Almost but not confident yet.

20 Jan

So I chickened out. I am leaving today for a getaway weekend with my wife and another couple but my buddy doesn’t get off work until this afternoon so I thought about heading down to the Puyallup gun show with a few of the new PMAGS I ordered and trading them off for something shiny. My goal was going to be 2 mags and maybe some cash for an NAA mini revolver.

I woke up early for this, because I really had confidence that the new AWB wont get passed and that in 6 months PMAGS will be plentiful and cheap again. But then it dawned on me that I also proclaimed Romney was going to win in big way.

So instead I am sitting here blogging about it and firing off one more letter to my elected representatives. Then I am going to go out and buy a new Carhartt jacket. Its a little less exciting than a NAA mini but also more practical.


My thoughts on Today’s Gun Press conference.

16 Jan

This morning Obama preached on how I don’t need a modern rifle and how selling a gun to my hunting buddy causes crime.

To me that’s all crap but the good news is that he left it up to congress to pass these laws.

A congress that is always running for reelection regardless of where they are in their term. A congress who panders to try and improve their NRA rating but rarely cares about their Brady score.

I don’t believe this congress will pass another assault weapons ban.

I do however feel that they will have to do “something” which is always dangerous. My fear is that the sacrificial lamb for this will be private sales.

They want every gun transfer to go through a licensed dealer. The problem with this is not only that the NICS system goes down a lot and is imperfect at best. But that there is no proposal to deal with multiple firearms as a group. Lets say that I inherit a small collection of 20 guns. Right now in my area most gun shops near me charge $50 per gun for a transfer from another dealer such as an online purchase. 20 x $50 = $1000 so a small collection will cost me $1000 to inherit.

Of course since dealers will be the only way to transfer I expect to see that fee rise as well.

If you haven’t written you congress critter THIS WEEK about the issue of gun rights get on it.


Oh so many stereotypes

11 Dec

Went to shoot trap tonight with my 870. By the 3rd game was having troubles with it not locking the breech closed. Called it a night and took it to one of the tables in the club pulled it apart. When I took the forend off confirmed that it was just way dirty. However when I went to put it back together couldn’t get the forend in. Well at one point we had 5 of us around it. One guy assumed I must have dropped a part. A second guy went off on shit like this is exactly why he doesn’t buy new guns.

Finally ended up putting the parts in my case. Came home watched a 45sec YouTube video telling me to make sure to fully depress each shell latch but not at the same time. And it slid back together nicely.

Now I can sleep.


The double tap pistol lives

08 Nov

The double tap pistol which is essentially a modernize derringer pistol originally made news last year. The in Oct of 2012 it was announced that they had a falling out with their manufacturer and would be looking for a new shop to manufacture this pistol.

It appears they found it as reported on the tactical wire

“When we announced that DoubleTap was looking for a new manufacturing partner [October 2012], we were pleasantly surprised by the positive response from the firearms manufacturers and other precision manufacturing companies,” Ray Kohout, inventor and founder of DoubleTap™ Defense commented. “Our industry has been very supportive of the DoubleTap project and we are ultimately grateful. Out of all the responses we received, it became very clear that Azimuth Technology was the perfect fit in corporate philosophy, facility capability and plain, old-fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves determination to bring this product to market in a timely fashion.”

I will admit when I first read about this gun it didn’t impress me. However after thinking about it more as a back up gun I am interested. We will have to see how it comes to market. Ultimately it looks about the size of a Ruger LCP so the question is do you want 7 rounds of .380 or 2 rounds of either 9mm or .45acp.



Just a friendly reminder

07 Nov

Right now MidwayUSA has 20 and 30 Round AR magazines in stock, this likely will change by the end of the week due to the outcome of the election. At $12.30 its not a bad price either.

Click here to Order


New Rifle Bleg

24 Oct

Well it has come to my realization that I am at a shortage of good center fire rifles in my arsenal. For me the center fire rifle serves a multitude of purposes, from hunting to long range defense/ SHTF scenarios. But most of its use will be at the range, so affordable ammo would be nice.

What I would like: An AR platform rifle chambered in .300blk, basic options nothing fancy. The problem with this is price, ammo isn’t anywhere nearly as affordable as .223 and the rifle itself is about twice the price of a cheap off the shelf AR from Walmart.

Compromise #1- Off the shelf AR <$600, right now they are pretty available in my area and frankly the idea of them being either banned or restricted after November isn’t lost on me. However in Washington I can’t legally hunt with it, since our minimum caliber is a bullet diameter of .240

Compromise #2 Remington 700 ADL from my local sporting goods store. Right now they have it for under $500 with a pre-mounted scope. I would get it chambered in .308win so ammo is cheap if I buy surplus and even factory ammo ain’t bad. Added advantage is that they have left handed models in stock. I am left handed but currently don’t own a left handed rifle. Even semi-auto rifles that are standard don’t normally bug me too much but given the option I would pick up the left handed model.

Compromise #3- Buy the off the shelf AR now in .223 then save up for a .300blk upper, this way I essentially end up with 2 rifles and have a range gun and hunting gun.


Anybody else have any ideas on what to do? Basically best center-fire rifle under $600


Well I’m back to being a bitter clinger.

17 Oct

Throughout the campaign President Obama has been able to gently skirt the issue of guns and 2nd Amendment rights by avoiding specifics. Well last night he slipped up and he touched the 3rd rail. He said he wants a new Assault weapons ban. My favorite part really was where he said “In Chicago they arn’t using AK-47’s they are using cheap handgun” that means to me that he doesn’t just want to attack assault weapons he wants your glock too.

As a man who owns several “cheap handguns” and other guns that would certainly make the black list I can’t stand for this. Not that I was an Obama voter anyway but this certainly seals the deals.

At least when the question was tossed to Romney he said lets look at society and its problems first and at least passively talked about Fast and Furious. He stopped short of truly attacking Obama over the gun running scheme. Lets not forget that Romney let an AWB go through in Mass. So we still need to watch him mighty close.


Here’s the video with all the specifics.



A new thumper in the house!!

01 Aug

For those of you who follow the weekly hilarity that is the Squirrel Report you may have heard a few weeks back that I was suppose to get my new Remington 870 Express Super Magnum. Well as luck would have it one thing led to another and the purchase didn’t happen for a while.

Today while running some errands my wife surprised me buy pulling into the local Sportman’s Warehouse and telling me to go pick it up. After much realization that I may have married the greatest woman  on earth I filled out the 4473 (the much awaited revised version where there are two spots that I have to say what ethnicity I self identify as)

I chose the super magnum for no other reason than I may at some point go turkey hunting or deer hunting where I will need the larger 3.5in chamber for heavier loads. I also am of the belief that for a small price difference I get a lot more, heavier built gun.


I chose the 26in barrel length because while I do a lot of trap shooting I have yet to see a huge difference in ability to swing a 26″ or 28″ barrel.

After bringing home the gun and looking it over and cleaning it quickly the plan was to go to the range early and pattern it with a few different loads and then shoot my usual Tuesday night trap with it. Well dinner ran late and I got busy so I didn’t have time to pattern it. So I was shooting the gun “blind”

Well at least tonight it worked GREEEEEEEEEEEEAT. I shot better tonight than I have in a long time and I had a lot of in the zone moments. The first game was a little bit of experimenting and searching as I found where the gun naturally shot. The next two games I shot very well and set some personal bests including shooting 19/25 for the first time.

This gun just fits me better than anything I have shot in the past. A few weeks ago I shot a friends of mines 1100 before making the final decision to stick with a pump gun. While the semi action is nice there is something really comforting about knowing that I can use the same gun for home defense, wing shooting and trap/ sporting clays.

I will write up more details as I use the gun more and my first round of sporting clays will tell me a lot about the gun. Tonight was just trap which was the first test.

I will also post the pictures of patterning the gun when I get it out to the patterning board.

Of course hopefully there will be a video of me shooting some big 3.5in slugs out of that light gun.


A mighty fine weekend

31 Jul

For the second time this year my family went camping, or as we call it Glamping. Since its hard to call anything with air conditioning and wifi camping. This time it was down in Ocean Shores, WA for the 2012 Sun and Surf Bike Rally. My wifes family has been attending the Sun and Surf rally uninterrupted since at least the mid-90’s. Many members of her family take pride in walking around in the rally T-shirts from years past. My first rally was in 2008 and I missed last year (but did order a T-shirt) so I decided to go the entire weekend wearing only rally t-shirts including to bed. It was a fun trip and well worth the time.

The rally has gotten much smaller even since I have been attending, and there are fewer vendors than ever before. Part of this may have to do with some internal rally politics and I feel a lot of it has to do with the economy it certainly isn’t free to load up your bike trailer or ride it down to the coast and either camp or get accommodations for the weekend. The vendors that were there all seemed to be pretty busy but many of them had smaller booths with just a sampling of product and links on how to order more.

This was also the first time that we brought a newly rescued dog camping. The drive down was rough for him and he didn’t do as well as we hoped. However on the trip itself he did GREAT. He was very sociable with other dogs and has been improving his obedience quite quickly. He still has a lot to learn but is getting along nicely. Today on the ride home we decided to put him in his carrier instead of allowing him to roam the back seat of the SUV. This caused him to settle down quickly and basically sleep away the 3hr drive. So much so that we decided to not even stop for a pooch potty break until we got home.

After getting home it was the usual, unload, start laundry and run a couple of errands to try and catch up from our time gone. While running some errands my sweetie tells me to to pull into the local sporting goods store. Well next thing I know I got my much awaited birthday present. Remington 870 Express Super Magnum. Frankly I was very surprised and delighted so now its time to take it out to the range and get my SQEEEE on.