History of the Swartz Safety
Source of pre-B CZ 75 Magazines
Servicing The Ruger Mini-14
Ever been asked why the Mini-14 isn't called the Mini-.223 or Mini-anything else? Take a look at one next to an M14. In general appearance, the Mini is a smaller, lighter ringer for the rifle the U.S. Military rediscovered during Desert Storm. It even functions much the same. Due to the factory's penchant for in-house repairs, there are limits to what you can do with the Mini-14.
Henry Big Boy No. H006M 357 Magnum/38 Special
Gun Tests magazine tested three 357 Mag lever-action rifles in the October 2012 issue. Here's an excerpt of that report, used with permission:
Charles Daly 1873 Standard Model .38 Special
Remington Nylon 12, 22 S, L, & LR, about $350
Brown plastic, actually Nylon, in a wood-grain pattern gives this rare old Nylon 12 a timeless, glossy look. The checkering was useful, and the rifle durable. It was a light and well-balanced rifle, but not many of us thought it was handsome. The full-length stock added good protection to the tubular magazine.
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Rust Bluing: DIY Tips and Techniques
Bluing, as done in the good old days, was essentially a hand-applied process that took time to accomplish. The end result of the express rust-bluing process I'll describe here looks and wears just as well or better than some of the methods used in days gone by. In fact, it may even wear better than a few of the so-called "modern bluing methods" used on today's production firearms.
Installing Steel Butt Plates and Grip Caps
Century International Arms WASR-10 7.62x39mm, $900
Springfield Armory Enhanced Micro Pistol 9mm, $1253
Servicing Out-of-Production Firearms
There will come a time, sooner or later, when you are faced with having to decide whether you want to work on an old gun that you may never have heard of before. It is up to you to decide if it's worth the trouble but if you do, follow the rules I've learned over the years.