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Jilly shooting the JR Carbine

Recent range trip to get the red dot scope sorted out. Jilly came along for some shooting with the Ruger 10-22 and then with the JR Carbine.

Jilly shooting the JR Carbine

She found the recoil substantial after shooting only .22LR. She also officially has a range membership now, so I’ll have to pick her up some proper gear.

Just Right Carbine – It just may be.

I recently had a shake up in my gun cabinet. Old rifles were sold off (something I’m always reluctant to do) and a few new ones added.

I had long been interested in the Just Right Carbine, a Pistol Calibre Carbine that uses magazines from common handguns and can utilize AR15 furniture (stock, handguard, pistol grip and trigger group). In Canada it is classified as a non-restricted firearm and as such could be carried in the bush (unlike the AR15 itself).

Just Right Carbine 9mmP

The price tag on this side of the border is rather dear (with the usual import mark-up and the state of the Canadian dollar) with the basic carbine weighing in at about $1000 shipped to your door – and that’s before adding a means of aiming the carbine (optics or BUIS must be added to the flat top) or swapping out any of the furniture.

Just Right Carbine 9mmP

My initial impression was that it was a sharp little rifle, although I took an immediate and serious dislike to the standard “aluminum quad rail” handguard that ships with it – finding it uncomfortable and an asthetic train wreck (to each their own). That said as soon as I added a 4x armored scope to the thing we were off to the range.
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Norinco Type 97

I am a huge fan of the AR15.

Here in Canada, however, ARs are considered a “restricted” firearm, meaning mine can only be transported between my residence and an “approved” gun range. Years ago I placed a pre-order for an AR-180B (which, for reasons that are also unclear is “unrestricted” in Canada), but delivery took so long I ended up cancelling before they arrived (and regretted it ever since).

Very recently (for the second time) a Norinco Bullpup rifle hit the market up here, a civilian version of the Chinese QBZ-95, except it’s chambered for .223/5.56mm and accepts STANAG magazines – oh, and it IS unrestricted.

Not missing the boat this time. I ordered mine right away.

Norinco Type 97

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Range time…

I know, I know… It’s been ages since I’ve written anything firearms related at all. Well today I got dragged out to the range for some tinkering with technology (target cam – fail / DVR Glasses – Meh) and even got in a little trigger time versus some steel plates.

The video is a little disappointing, but has potential for future range trips.

(I did finally manage to set the clock on these glasses AFTER the range trip – so future videos should actually have the correct date/time)

Shooty Goodness

I haven’t really blogged about it but I’ve been resuming my previous gun activities. Range trips every week or two, mainly with the handguns in anticipation of resuming some sort of competitive practical shooting activity (with what organization has yet to be determined).

Reloading activities taking place under the supervision of an experienced reloader (considering the sum of my experience at this point consists of loading 1000 rounds of 9mmP, and pushing cleaning media out of .223 casings I am a wee bit shy of classing myself as an experienced loader), but learning a bit every time.

It feels good to actually have the boomsticks boom from time to time.

Rethinking the boomstick collection…

Now, that title may be a shade misleading.

At present my meager collection is as follows:

  • Sig P220 (9mmp)
  • Beretta 92F (9mmp)
  • S&W Mdl 14 (.38spcl)
  • Remington 870 (tacti-cool config)
  • Mossberg 500 (uber-tacti-cool config)
  • Norinco M14S / M305 / M1A (7.62x51mm)
  • VZ-58 (7.62x39mm)
  • Olympic Arms (Mutt) 20″ AR15 (5.56x45mm)
  • Springfield M1 Garand (1941) (.30-06)
  • Longbranch SMLE No.4 Mk I (1944) (.303 British)

It’s a motley assortment of firearms, and it occurs to me that the majority stand unused in the gun cabinet, which is at capacity.

I’d like to add a Remington 700 in .308, and a Sig P226. This means, however, that a few of the existing ones have to go.

…but which ones?

Slowly getting back into shooty goodness…

My shooting activities have been next to non-existent since before we sold our old house. I let my range membership lapse (hadn’t been happy since they brought in that mandatory “buddy-system” rule) at the Guelph Rod and Gun Club and had only been out shooting a few times as a guest of others who had range memberships.

You’ll be pleased to know that I am now again a member at a gun club, and am also in the process of learning the ins and outs of reloading.

As a consequence I’ll be selling off a few of my boomsticks to finance the acquisition of a more accurate long gun, and appropriate scopes for both it and my Norinco M14S.

At the moment I’m thinking my VZ-58, Mossberg 500 and the S&W Model 14 on the way out, and a Remington 700 in .308 on the way in, along with some name brand glass.

More on that as items actually disappear from the gun cabinet.

Ah, elusive downtime…

So another Birthday has come and gone, I don’t feel any older, but as my actual birthday was filled with frustration and nonsense I count myself lucky that today I managed to get out to the range and launch small objects at stationary objects for a few hours.

range day, finally

It is my considered opinion that my AR15 is vastly superior to my VZ58, and I’m thinking that after I finish up the last of my Czech 762x39mm I’ll see if I can’t sell the VZ to fund a new project.

Gun stuff? Honestly? Cool…

Today I visited the “other” gun store in town, it happens to be directly across the street from the building where I’ve been installing surveillance cameras for the last week. Having finally tracked down and resolved an issue with one of the cameras that had been killing us for a few days I took a moment to wander across the street to check out the “10%-20% off Glocks!” sale at the gun store that had been actively engaged in going out of business the last time I stopped in.

Nice. A short stroll around, two guys manning the counter and a fellow getting them to give him prices on a stack of old long guns he had (recognized the standard sportered SMLE and the Cooey .22lr right away, the others were similar vintage – the sort of stuff that commands $25-$75 in the consignment rack).

A goodly selection of rifles behind the counter, a half dozen or so pistols visible under glass at the counter (nothing really noteworthy I saw..a few Glocks and some .22 target pistol). What caught my eye right away however was the collection of ammo crates and carriers, some Czech 763x39mm on clips on shelves behind the counter.

“Got any other surplus ammo?” says I, suddenly conscious again that my big-30’s are completely out of ammo (I have 20 rounds of 762x51mm, 20 rounds of .30-06 and 20 rounds of .303 British), and that my economical standby’s are running low (200 rounds of 556x45mm and maybe 400 rounds of 762x39mm), even the handguns are low (200 rounds 9x19mm, 400 rounds .38 spcl).

I left with 100 rounds of 762x51mm, I could have spent more but time was running out, and those 10-22s were looking a little too tempting.

Now all I need is a range trip.