Quick update: Passed in house, through committee in senate.

Life has been extremely busy lately for me, but I carved out a few minutes to make this important update. The house version of this bill has PASSED! The senate version has come out of committee and should be going up for a vote TODAY, and things seem good. If this passes there will be a SMALL window before ATF 41p takes effect, so get your form 1s ready to submit!

Clarifications to WA SBR manufacturing: Bill number and Hearing

Representative Brian Blake has introduced a bill to the 2016 session of Washington State legislature, HB 2481, The hearing in Olympia for this bill will be on January 21st, and it would help for everyone who is available to make it. I’ll post more details about the hearing when they come along, but this is the bill that will clarify the intent of the previous SBR bill that allowed SBRs to be sold in WA. If passed, the change to RCW 9.41.190 sec (1) will read as below:

 

(2) It is not unlawful for a person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, or have in possession or under control, a short-barreled rifle, or any part designed or intended solely and exclusively for use in a short-barreled rifle or in converting a weapon into a short-barreled rifle, if the person is in compliance with applicable federal law.

This is a vast improvement over the current version:

(2) It is not unlawful for a person to possess, transport, acquire, or transfer a short-barreled rifle that is legally registered and possessed, transported, acquired, or transferred in accordance with federal law.

This is the bill that everyone who’s had a denied Form 1 is waiting for.  CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS and urge them to support it.

Current Project: CETME Sporter .308

The latest project gun I’ve acquired is a Century Arms CETME Sporter in .308. This rifle served as the basis for Heckler and Koch’s HK-91 and G3 series rifles, and has been used all over the world as a formidable battle rifle, and I’m excited to have it in my collection.

My first order of business is to make it a usable suppressor host. The first hurdle was to remove the pinned/welded muzzle brake, which proved to be more difficult than I thought. I was initially going to take it to a gunsmith to have it cut and rethreaded 5/8×24 so it could use standard 30 cal muzzle devices, but the one I regularly use doesn’t have a lathe large enough to fit the whole rifle in & I wasn’t looking to pay to have the barrel removed & re-pressed into the receiver. I also measured the barrel profile and found that it’s only 15mm, which is about 1mm too thin to accept the 5/8 threads.  I then resolved to make do with the existing 15×1 HK standard threads on it.

In order to get the pin out, I had to dremel off the top of the weld about 3/4″ up from the base of the device, and used a magnet to pull it out. It turns out that the brake was also welded to the barrel at the base, so I cut through all the brake ports at the 6 & 12 o’clock down to the muzzle crown inside, and then using a large screwdriver as leverage to snap the brake in half. The threads underneath looked pretty good, just some carbon fouling near where the brake ended and was timed. A CNC Warrior thread adapter is on the way, and for now I’ll be timing a Killer Innovations brake on it until I can verify that the threads and adapter are concentric to the bore to avoid a baffle strike. I’m also debating between getting a 51T Flash Hider in 15×1, or a 5/8×24 Brake to use on the adapter.

Over the course of my research I’ve found that HK91/G3 locking pieces do NOT fit in the CETME, so I’ll have to figure out another way to increase the lock time in order to decrease the added recoil impulse due to the suppressor back pressure. H&K used different angled lock pieces in order to modify this lock time in the G3, however these parts are not compatible with the CETME bolt, and none of these variants exist. A heavier recoil spring or different rollers may be a platform fix, but I intend to try and solve the problem from the ammunition end by handloading lighter loads for .308.

I think the end dream for this rifle is to make a G3SG/1 inspired DMR rifle, with an M-LOK handguard and PRS2 stock, but we’ll see as time goes on. Before I go too far, I should probably hit the range with it.

New 20″ barrel

Benchrest AR

Picked up & installed a new barrel for my benchrest AR, wanted to switch from a 1:9 to a 1:8 twist to shoot heavier rounds. I’m going to give it a breaking in to see how it does before I have it cerakoted and possibly lower the resale value.

Magpul PRS Stock

Tactical Machining TM-15 lower

CMMG Lower parts kit

PSA Blemished upper

Magpul MIAD grip

OTG Offset Irons

BSA 3-9×40

Badger Ordnance Stabilizer free float tube

Blackhawk! Bipod

Classic Firearms 20″ 1:8 twist stainless fluted barrel in .223 Wylde

AAC Blackout 51T Flash Hider

SilencerCo Saker 762

Entry into the 1911 world

I just entered the world of 1911 platform ownership as a generous gift from my parents.

At that price point, I elected to go with the Para USA Expert Commander. I only had a couple requirements for my first 1911; it had to be a single-stack .45 with a full-size frame.  There were a couple other possible candidates from RIA/Armscor and a Springfield GI model, but the fit & finish on the Para edged them both out.

I had a chance to run a few rounds through it over the weekend, and my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. The fiber optic front sight is incredibly fast to pick up, and being a 1911 it points effortlessly.  After handling it for a bit, I added a set of Wilson Combat grips, a Wilson Combat 10 round magazine, and a Wilson Combat Full-Length Guide Rod. There’s a number of other Wilson Combat parts I’d like to upgrade down the road, but those three really rounded out the aesthetic I was looking for.

I’ll need a lot more time running it, but if everything stays consistent, I should be quite happy with it. Look for more soon.

Preparing for Deer Season

Now that it’s coming up on Fall, I’ve begun preparing for my first deer season. I’m headed out with a buddy in the Wenatchee area in October, and I’m working on getting all my gear sorted out. First and foremost is my rifle, I went with a Savage Axis Heavy Barrel in .308 Winchester since I had some brass squirreled away, I can use the same bullets that I do for reloading .300 Blackout, and the same powder I use for .223 Remington.

I had the threading done by West Coast Armory as part of my birthday present (many thanks to my wife!) and an AAC Brakeout 51T muzzle device timed on. It’s pretty front heavy now, down the line I’ll definitely have to replace the stock either with one from Boyd’s or a chassis from MDT. I think it’s looking pretty good for now, though.