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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