Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Facebook Openly Opposes Firearm Safety Measures

Obtaining a license here in Australia is quite an involved process. It can take up to 3 months to obtain and is generally issued to anyone, provided you pass a background check and complete a police approved & designed firearm safety course. During the course, students are taught about firearms legislation, safe storage, safe handling and are required to do a practical shooting exercise to demonstrate their ability to follow the basic firearm safety rules. 

10618NAT – Course in Firearms Safety, is a nationally accredited course that is delivered by suitably qualified and licensed instructors. Many instructors use social media to advertise their courses to those that are looking to obtain their licenses for either recreational or occupational uses.

Firearm safety is common sense, but facebook seems to oppose it. Just recently, I created a post to advertise upcoming safety courses. To reach more potential students, I boosted the post in order to increase its exposure. All was going swimmingly until the paid impressions stopped unexpectedly. I investigated and found that my ad was in breach of their advertising policy and my ad account had been permanently closed. Their policy specifically states: Advertising that promotes the use of guns is not allowed. 

I thought I was promoting safety that is a benefit to the whole community.

I couldn’t believe it. I am teaching honest, law abiding citizens a police approved and mandated course, specifically designed to make us safer with our guns! I decided to appeal the decision and a few days later I received the below reply.

Hi Chris,
I had another look at your ad account and unfortunately, we won't be able to re-enable it.
All ad accounts are evaluated for policy compliance and quality of ad content. When accounts run ads that don't follow our Advertising Policies, they're disabled.
There's no further action that you may take here. We don't support ads for your business model.
Please consider this decision final.

If they get their way, you wont be able to!

I really worry for the future of our society. These tech giants are able to selectively censor us in order to shape the future to be the way they want it.

If it's guns today, what are they going after next?  

Monday, 26 February 2018

Feb 2018 Update - Time To Crawl Out From Under My Rock!

Life has a funny way of getting in the way of what we would prefer to be doing.  I'd love to be shooting at the farm every weekend but it just isn't possible. Quite often I will take a few rifles out and not get a chance to fire a shot.

So what has been keeping me busy? Apart from my full time job and also working around the farm, I have been running safety courses of late which is always a good thing. Introducing new people to the sport is very rewarding. 

So whats to come?

I have been working on a project that is very exciting for me. I will be showcasing it on TFA & YouTube very soon. Think conversion kit.

I will be demonstrating how minimum barrel length restrictions for handguns in Australia are nothing more than a bad joke.  When you see it, you'll know straight away that its a waste of time.

This year I hope to do a lot more reviews of guns and gear.  Hopefully I can get some support from industry groups and manufacturers in order to show you the best of the best.

Stay tuned. There is plenty to come in 2018!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Dirty Problem Requiring a New Solution

Put your hand up if you have ever opened up a new 5oz bottle of Hoppes #9 or your favourite cleaning solvent, only to knock it over and have it spill all over your gun vice and work bench?  I've done it more times than I'd like to admit.  It costs me a small fortune, especially when the local gun shop charges $20 per bottle.  This lead me to a search for a more affordable and equally effective firearm cleaning solution.

After doing some research, I have discovered a lot of our gun owning brothers and sisters in the United States are using "Ed's Red".  Its a home mixed concoction of chemicals and oils that are easily found at your local hardware and automotive stores.  The original recipe contains lanolin, but I have decided to substitute the lanolin with some ULX110, a specialty motor oil that I have left over from my motorcycle racing days. I'm never going to race again so I figured it may as well be put to good use.

The mix that I decided on is:
  • 1 litre of Castrol Dex III automatic transmission fluid - $12.99 @ Super Cheap Auto
  • 1 litre of Diggers acetone cleaning solvent - $10.95 @ Bunnings Warehouse
  • 1 litre of Diggers low odour kerosene - $9.85 @ Bunnings Warehouse
  • 1 litre of Diggers mineral turpentine - $2.97 @ Bunnings Warehouse
  • 100ml of ULX110 motor oil.
Standard kerosene is cheap and blue in colour. I purchased the more expensive and clear low odour kerosene because I will be using it indoors.  I don't really need to be stinking out the reloading room.

All ingredients are available at your hardware and automotive store

Mixing is simple, Start with the transmission fluid, then add the rest of the ingredients in any order you wish. I mixed mine in a 5 litre HDPE container that was once used for an all purpose cleaner. Give it a good shake to mix it well.

Its not hard to see why its called Ed's Red!

Use Ed's Red in the same manner that you would any other cleaner. I cleaned my M69 revolver and found it to be excellent.  I am going to reserve my full judgement on its effectiveness after I have used it to clean a few rifles and some more handguns.

Lets take a look at the economic benefits for those of us that are tighter than a fish's arsehole when it comes to parting with our hard earned cash.  These four ingredients came to a total of $36.76.  I didn't include the motor oil as it was some left overs I had in the garage. 

Price per 5oz (147ml)
Price per 5 litres
Hoppes #9
Ed’s Red
As you can see, it's definitely more economical to make your own solvent than purchasing brand name cleaners. I'm not knocking the effectiveness of the commercial products, but I shoot so much that it's no longer affordable for me to use them.

Now when I spill my cleaning solution, I know that it's not going to hit my bank balance as hard. 

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

CBE Bullet Moulds

I shoot a lot. To make it cheaper I reload, but the most effective way of reducing the costs associated with shooting is to cast your own projectiles.  I started casting when I purchased my first black powder firearm.  It was simple, if I wanted to shoot it, I had no choice to cast my own because there is snowballs chance in hell of finding minie and round balls on the shelf at any of my local gun shops.

For a long time I have been casting with the Lee aluminum moulds. They are good and cast well, but I have also been using a brass mould made by Cast Bullet Engineering here in Australia. CBE make top quality moulds in many different sizes. Being able to cast a bullet to suit your precise barrel dimensions is critical in getting cast bullets to perform.

I have been reloading for my Mosin M44 but the cost of projectiles is ridiculous. $69 for 100 Speer Hot-Cor 180gr projectiles is way out of my budget. For the cost of 2 boxes of bullets, I was able to purchase a 314-200GC mould and I have now cast a little over 200 bullets in 2 days.

314-200GC Mould - These moulds are a work of art!

CBE is owned by David Commens.  I am lucky enough to shoot at the same small country range as Dave so its only natural that I purchase his made to order moulds. One bonus is that I am able to pick them up, saving on postage!

The whole product oozes quality. 2 allen keys for all the screws are provided, along with a full set of instructions on how to prepare and break in your new mould.

The CBE lettering on the sprue plate is a nice touch.

This is the second CBE mould that I have purchased and i see many more in my future. I can see 3 in the catalogue that I will purchase in the not too distant future. Once of these being a hollow point mould specifically for 300 Blackout.  

I have been using a 340gr wad-cutter CBE mould for a few years now and my friends think I'm a masochist because I enjoy shooting that bullet from my 4" M69 revolver. 

44Mag 340gr semi-wadcutter, because 240 grainers are for women and children!

I will be coating mine with Hi-Tek coating then seating the gas checks. I pressed a few on to check the fit and to test my new sizing die. 

In my opinion, CBE make some of the finest bullet moulds on the market. CBE offer hundreds of bullet designs for pistol, rifle and black powder. Visit www.castbulletengineering.com.au to see if there is a mould to suit your needs.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Out With the Old, In With The New

We all regret doing it, but from time to time you have to sell a gun in order to get into a different firearm you desire.  In my earlier years, I never ever considered selling a gun.  I'm sure many of you can relate to that sentiment.  Often you read comments on gun forums like "It was a great gun, I wish I never sold it" and the like. I too will be saying the same thing about the guns I have parted with.

In my time of owning firearms, I've sold 8. I always ended up replacing the ones I have, so the number of guns I own always remains at or around the same level.  One thing that I can safely say is that the older I get, the more I tend to purchase better quality replacements or something that is just a little bit different to the everyday firearms you find at your local dealer.

I have just parted with my favourite shotgun, the TOZ 66 12g coach gun. It's a great shotgun, I like it a lot but I want to get into something different.  Hammered coach guns are bloody great fun but there isn't anything that that shotgun can do that my single shot CBC cant, except fire 2 shots instead of one. I'm also in the process of parting with my .50cal Hawken black powder rifle to raise funds for a different project. It was my first black powder rifle and it was a good cheap way to get into the game. I learnt so much and I only ever dry-balled it twice, which isn't too bad for a novice black powder enthusiast. I've never fired the ram rod down range and I touch wood that it never happens!

Goodbye TOZ-66!

Converting a rifle into a good pistol calibre has always been something I have wanted to do.  Initially, I thought about 10mm Auto or 9x25 Dillon, something that packs a real punch, but its not very economical. Finding a bolt action that will feed those calibres reliably from an internal or detachable magazine is a real challenge. But there is a kit available to turn what is a very common rifle here in Australia into a bolt action carbine using the 45acp.

I love the .45 round.  In my mind its one of the better pistol calibres. Yes I have .38's and .44's but there is something very special about the 45ACP.  Special Interest Arms make a kit to convert the Enfield #4 Mk1 to 45ACP. The kit converts the Enfield to use standard 1911 magazines of which I have plenty. It's definitely going to be a recipe for fun. Some 200gr JHP's travelling at 1000fps will easily cause the demise of wild pigs from 20 to 100 yards.

Special Interest Arms 45ACP Conversion for #4 Mk1, Kit is available in Australia from 

In the very near future, I'll have this conversion kit on its way to Ken at KG Custom where he will work his magic. I am yet to decide if I want this to be an all black rifle or fit a Boyd's laminate buttstock and forend. Its going to be a neat package no matter how it looks.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

1895 Spanish Mauser Carbine in 7.62 Nato /.308 Win

Having fun with my 1895 Spanish Mauser Carbine. Short rifles are so much fun to shoot. Light, easy to handle and shoulder and they truly pack a punch.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Russian TOZ 66 12g Coach Gun

Having some fun with my 12g TOZ 66 out on the range. Look at my flinching! In my defense I can say it kicks like a bastard. My shoulder is still tender 3 days later!

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