Monday, June 20, 2011

10/22 goes LTR with help from Nodak Spud.

I recently picked up a Ruger 10/22 in a trade.  The gun was in really good shape, but I had plans on it from the get-go.  I was looking for an iron sights, Liberty Training Rifle type setup.  However, I also wanted something that if I wanted to mount another optic on, it would easily done.  The gun will be having some changes done to it over the next couple weeks, but I had to get started somewhere and some iron sights was the start.

I had seen a few posts from Nodak at that they would soon be coming out with a version of their NDS-37 rear sight with an integrated rail and made specifically for the Ruger receiver. The NDS-37 is made to fit the Nodak NDS-22 receivers only.

Nodak put out the NDS-25 made for NDS-22 only and quickly on the heels was the NDS-26 which is made for a stock Ruger receiver, so I made the call and placed an order for the NDS-26 with the NDS-40 front sight, which works with the stock Ruger barrel. They also offer a .920 option for those running a bull barrel.

When the items arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.  They are obviously very well made units.  I couldn't wait to get them on the gun. 

I started with the NDS-26. I started with removing the stock scope rail and installed the NDS-26.

A small close up of the peep sight. This whole unit is very solid.
I removed the stock scope rail and screwed the NDS-26 to the receiver.  I think it took me all over 2 minutes to get it all installed.

Once the rear sight was installed, it was time for the front sight to be installed. The NDS-40 is made to fit on the stock Ruger barrel, once the stock blade sight is removed. The NDS-40 is comprised of an AR-15 style front sight post, hooded sight base with set screws to attach it to the barrel.

To remove the factory blade sight, I wrapped my barrel in a shop towel and chucked it into my small gun vise and simply knocked it out using a drift pin and a small hammer.

With the front sight removed, it's time to install the NDS-40.  I took some Blue Locktite and put a little on the threads, just to give me some additional holding power on the set screws.

... and installed.

I have not been able to shoot the setup yet, but I have been able to "pretend."  I think I am going to enjoy this setup and will come back and update the post when I get a chance to put some rounds through it.

New goodies from Rimfire Technologies

I consider myself to be somewhat of a .22 caliber fanatic. I really enjoy the caliber. It's a lot of fun to shoot and is extremely affordable. When you can pick up 1,000 rounds for less than $50, that's some bang for the buck.

I've been asked many times "What is the best .22 rifle out there?" Well, there are obviously quite a few to choose from but often times one of the most common answers - Ruger 10/22.

One of the first things most will notice about the 10/22 is the 10lb "lawyer trigger." This was one of the first items I wanted to fix. To modify your own trigger group is relatively easy, but I wanted to save a little time and go with a drop in unit and after reading quite a bit on numerous forums, I settled on the Rimfire Technologies parts.

I picked up the RT Adjustable Sear and Hammer kit along with their "Full Width Trigger." I went with the trigger, as to adjust the sear the stock trigger needs to be drilled, and while this is a simple task, I figured it'd be best to just pick up a unit that was already drilled, I also wanted a bright red trigger.

Deluxe Hammer and Adjustable Sear Kit
  • Precision Cut Hammer
  • Adjustable Sear
  • Oversize Hammer and Trigger Pivot PIns
  • Hammer Bushings
  • Trigger Install Slave Pin
 Full Width Trigger

The install of these items was all very straight forward by following the included instructions. The install took a total of around 30 minutes. Most of the time spent on the install including trimming the stock trigger group housing back to all for the width of the trigger. I also took a minute or two and used a stone to remove ~0.20" off the tail of the sear to allow the safety to engage with no issues.

If you can take your trigger group out of the weapon, you can install your own RT trigger, adjustable sear and hammer.  

I've been able to put approximately 1,500 rounds through the Rimfire Technologies trigger group now and am extremely happy with it.  The more I have shot it, the trigger parts have worn together and is a very nice group. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kel Tec P-32 Belt Clip Install

Nothing too special, I just got my belt clip for my P32 and I did a few quick searches to see what was needed to install this thing..

Simple is too complicated of a word for what is needed here.. ;)

I got the kit and started with it.. I think it took me less than 10 minutes to install and take pictures and I'm getting over elbow surgery on my right arm that makes it next to useless..

The kit.. A new rear pin, screw, allen key, belt clip and instructions..

 Make sure your gun is unloaded and the main spring is not compressed. (clear the gun, pull the mag, pull the trigger) Lay your gun on a block with a ~1/2 hole drilled on the back side, grab a drift pin of the appropriate size and press the rear pin out.

Here are both the old and new pins.  New pin is in the front.

Now we need to press in the new pin. I read that some guys had issues here, so I took some high grit sand paper and just sanded the edges down on the screw side of the pin to help it slide into the frame easier. I was able to get it about 1/2 by hand, the rest of the way needed the nylon mallet.

This is what you're looking for. A centered pin with threads viewable.
I installed the screw and clip to make sure all was going to fit well, then removed it all and added some blue loctite to the screw.

 Tighten it all down, not too much though, as you could cause some malfunctions if you really torque her down.  Once installed, load up a coupla' mags and test fire..

All done..  Like I said, nothing too complicated, but I thought I'd just throw up a quick install doc.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SwarfWorks GSG1911 Thread Adapter

I recently picked up an SWR Spectre for some quiet plinking and with that purchase, I decided I needed another host for the Spectre.  The list of qualified applicants for a .22 suppressor is a long one. There are quite a few options out there and after looking around I decided on the new GSG1911.

The GSG1911 was a bit of a strange buy for me as I have never had any inclination to even acknowledge the 1911's existence. I've never been attracted to them.  When out shooting and someone brought out their new 1911 I never had the urge to look at it, etc.  I read a post on concerning the GSG1911 and decided if the poster was having so much fun with the gun, I wanted in on the action, so I picked it up.

The GSG gun is a German made .22 caliber 1911 and being German it is threaded in metric. Metric is great, except for the fact that I bought this weapon as a host for my Spectre which is threaded in 1/2-28, so I began searching for suitable thread adapters and came across the SwarfWorks website.  Something (maybe the combination of motorcycle parts and gun bits) about the site said to me "this is a company who is just as much into the hobby as they are into manufacturing items for it." So I decided to give them a shot and I am glad I did. 

When the adapter showed up I was extremely pleased and could not wait to get it onto the gun.  The adapter came with both the adapter and a knurled thread protector.  I only had to wait about 2.5 minutes, as the install is very simple.

Step one - Remove GSG thread protector.

Step two - Installed SwarfWorks thread protector

Step three - Go shooting!

 I am very pleased with my SwarfWorks thread adapter and have no reservations recommending this to anyone who might be in the market for both a GSG1911 as a suppressed plinker! Give Paul an e-mail and let him set you up!