Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Gunday: Odds & Sods

Just some blatherings to conceal the fact that I really don't have anything substantial enough to make a proper post from.

  • I let my Gun Store Guy shoot the PMR-30 this weekend. While I hope to get a thorough report on it from him later, I can tell you that he was making impressive shots with it at 25 yards, and that everyone who shot it commented on its smooth trigger and lack of any substantial recoil.  This is in line with my earlier "pew pew pew" review.

  • Karma is alive and well, or at least it was this weekend. One of the aforementioned fellows who shot my PMR is a Glock armorer, and talk (somehow) turned to that of him doing trigger jobs and other work. I asked him for his card; he said he didn't have one, but if we moseyed on over to his truck, he'd take my pistol apart and tune it for me. We did, and -- if you'll pardon my lack of technical terminology here -- he polished up all the surfaces that rub against each other so that they won't rub against each other any more, and sanded down some pieces that had burrs and other not-smooth features. I don't know if this is technically a "trigger job" because he didn't replace any springs or connectors, but my trigger is now a hell of a lot smoother to pull. 

  • Oh, I also left that shooting range with more ammo than I brought (which was zero). Gun Store Guy bought 3 boxes of 22 Magnum, and we only shot two of them. Free ammo AND free gun maintenance!

  • Out of 100 rounds shot, not a single keyhole was observed. This was using the same brand of 40gr FMJ that I shot earlier. Don't know how to account for that, unless the "barrel just needed breaking in."

  • Speaking of the PMR-30, I still haven't gotten Mom to shoot the damn thing. This has become a source of annoyance for me. Maybe this weekend it will finally happen. 

  • The review of the Timney Trigger has to wait until I finish carving out pieces of plastic with a Dremel Tool to accomodate the trigger, and then re-bed the stock because I will probably take off too much.  While the trigger itself looks like a fine piece of engineering, any product with instructions that require you to use a power tool is not what I would consider "drop-in". 

  • Of course, in retrospect maybe I just assumed that ALL Timney Triggers were drop-in, because some of their products are labeled that way. Some Googling indicates that their Mosin-Nagant trigger is NOT advertised as drop-in, so perhaps I'm just a dumbass. 

Okay, maybe I did have enough for a proper post after all...


  1. That "smoothing" is basically the ground work for a "real" trigger job - making sure there are no rough edges or surfaces that could falsify the results. However, usually that's all that's needed.
    You're not a dumbass, you're learning - doesn't that sound better?

    On an afterthought: Your Gun Store Guy really seems to like you - could that be because you're beautiful instead of just pretty?

  2. Smoothing! Yes, thank you.

    Yeah, "learning" sounds much better than "I screwed up and now I know not to do X."  :P

    GSG is married and has a kid...
    I think he likes me because I bring him business, and because I have a line to Kel-Tec stuff. ;)

  3.  Yeah, right.  Any American mae who isn't deep into the Red Pill will automatically treat any attractive young ladies very well.  Being married only means he won't follow up.  Usually.  Sometimes.

  4. Gun shooting, ammo, gun smithing, good time had by all...sounds like a proper post to me!

    I'm jealous as I have not had a proper range day in way to long.

  5. a Timney in an MN? talk about gilding poop...

  6. Yes, yes, tell me again what a horrible person I am. Tell me how stupid I am for making a decision which runs counter to your aesthetics, and that any REAL shooter (which I am, obviously, not) only shoots [your preferred cartridge]. 

    Don't ever stop to consider that maybe some of us like a rugged rifle because we're novices. Don't consider that maybe we're on a fixed budget and it's easier to buy a cheap Mosin and tweak it bit by bit rather than lay down $1000+ for a rifle made by someone else. 

    I mean, I'm just a girl, what can I possibly know, right? 

  7. I played with a PMR-30 at the local gun show Sunday.  I seriously love those fiber optic sights...  It's a neat gun. 

    It's like buying an FN 5.7 but less than half the price, 10 more rounds per magazine, and better sights, right?   What's not to like?

  8.  Yeah, I'll bet that Critter person only shoots those pansy NATO calibers.  7.62x54r is also my favorite round as well.

    The one problem with Mosin-Nagants if that they are like potato chips, I can't stop with just one.  I'm up to three and a PSL-54C.

  9.  At $90 - $120 a pop you're a fool if you don't have at least two MNs.

  10. now, now, don't go getting the wind up. it's just my take on an absurdity, like painting a flintlock in Hello Kitty colors or something. the fact that up until now i had no idea that Timney even made triggers for the MN simply adds to the absurdity. as a person who collects odd calibers this should not have surprised me, but it did.

  11. Well, there's a 'smooth it out' trigger job, and the full out "Oh my GOD, this is AMAZING!!" trigger job.  Latter not always needed, as Jens notes; if that bit of smoothing takes care of it, then you're golden.

    And this is like most things: if you're actually interested, you'll never stop learning

  12. I've been hearing that Five SeveN comment a LOT from Grognards. Y'all might be on to something. 

  13.  "Any American mae who isn't deep into the Red Pill will automatically treat any attractive young ladies very well."

    That's not really how that works.

  14. I could say "I'm not attractive" but I know y'all won't believe me, so I have to haul out my age and state that I'm older than he is. 

    Since I'm almost 40 and he's in his 20s, there's no way he sees me as a "young lady". 


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