Preparation for opening tomorrow 15th June 2020

Just a reminder that the plan continues for us to open tomorrow Monday 15th June 2020, albeit with some new rules in place. I say plan as this is entirely down to our Government and their final decision, however it is looking good right now.

We have a counter in place now, those of you that have visited in the past will know we are quite informal and we are one of the few places where you could walk in through the workshop doors and about the only hindrance was the workshop Labradors and a large container of jelly beans. This has had to change.

With the counter now segregating visitors from the workshop and bench areas I really did think we now had a reasonable barrier for the pups, however the yellow one cleared the counter in a single leap upon first introduction.

We have had words about this…

We have hand Gel and wipes available along with anti bacterial surface sprays, we will maintain a strictly one customer only at any one time and a 2m social distancing rule applies.  Hard surfaces are wiped down after every visit.

We have our own risk assessment for those of you that are interested.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

The M54S-430 revisited.

The .22LR tube gun has gained a bipod and different ‘scope.

I have been practising shooting this off-hand for LSR and despite being used to heavy rifles I have struggled with this for a variety of reasons so it was time for a change. Accuracy at 50m was superb so why not put it to the test a bit further out? A stud for the bipod was added as I really cannot be doing with a machine rest and the scope was swapped out for a sidewinder. I raised the cheek piece by adding 10mm spacers, yes fully adjustable for height would be nice however it would have added far too much weight and lets face it, once a rifle is set-up correctly it is seldom adjusted.

Final job was test the new set-up and it was a disaster, the POI was way out from the previous outing and I was starting to doubt myself, was it a problem with the rifle or is transporting it in a soft case in the back of a Defender not going to work?

So the rifle was ripped apart and everything checked with the rifle in a vice and a laser pointer used for reference. Starting from the back the butt assembly was removed, followed by the bolt and still no change to the erroneous POI, so I took the opportunity to clean the bore and bolt thoroughly (No issues) Before cracking off the action screws and at this point everything changed, the error was gone and normality resumed. So the action screws are back in and torqued to 4,5 Nm/40 ft lbs and it is ready to be tested at 200m this coming week.

So why the issue? Well having shot it the time before I ran around all of the fixings with a Hex key and found the two M6(F) action screws were not as tight as I would have liked, so I nipped them up like I would on the rear axle of a truck and there lies the issue. So, a somewhat obvious lesson learned and noted. The chassis design is finished now and what better of developing/writing the manual for it than getting out and shooting it?

The Marlin 7000 Target (AKA the ‘Boiled Sweet’)

Here is something you don’t see every day, a Marlin 7000T or 7000 Target, also immediately re-named the ‘Boiled sweet’ when the Viking spotted it for the first time.

 

 

These are quite scarce here in the UK, this one was built in 1999 according to the serial number and these things came with a heavy micro twist 18″ barrel and an ambidextrous laminated stock with three way adjustable butt stock. Combine this with a large hand swell and you get a stock that looks to be for a 9 year old that fits my 6’3″ frame as equally well as the Viking’s more petite 5’8″ without adjustment, looks truly can be deceptive. This particular rifle came in with 6 magazines and an 18x ‘scope so I can only assume it was used for plinking and Light Sport Rifle in a previous life.

First job was a complete strip and clean then get it out for zeroing and this is where the first issue showed. The barrel was very clean, the action however was grim, a typical un-cleaned semi automatic and adding insult to injury the bolt buffer crumbled away in 4 parts. That was going to be a problem if it was to be zeroed as the last thing I needed was a bolt rattling away inside the receiver. So I improvised with some super glue and duct tape, gave it a wipe over and put everything back together.  Interestingly, this rifle has a self colour aluminium trigger guard and the original guard was black. Also, the over-travel screw was not present so this guard is a replacement for whatever reason. I can soon add an over-travel screw once the rifle function was confirmed. Once everything was back together the trigger weight gauge was used and confirmed a reasonable 1.25kgs/2.75 lbs which is about half that of the Ruger 10/22 we have in the Armoury. Sooo, we have a rifle with a bull barrel, adjustable laminate stock, last round hold open, free fall magazines and an 18X ‘scope all for less than the price of an after-market trigger for a 10/22, I can see someone is going to be happy 🙂

Last job of the day was place an order for a replacement buffer.

Friday, the rifle zeroed and cycled virtually flawlessly on Eley Club (One fail to feed) On CCI HP Subs it was perfect, so a couple of hundred rounds through with both deliberate and rapid fire and a 50 metre zero set. Accuracy is around 1 MOA at 50m/55 yards and will probably improve with different ammunition.

Amazingly the buffer arrived Saturday morning so I stripped the trigger completely and cleaned it properly.  You can see the new buffer next to the original complete with duct tape, it had worked for a couple of hundred rounds and was still intact so I guess this is a reasonable short term fix if you ever end up with a shattered buffer.

The triggers come apart very easily as the two sides are held together with 2,3mm/3-32″  ‘E’ Clips. I had none in stock so ordered 50 for under £2.50 delivered to replace the originals at some point. ‘E’ Clips are sprung and do not fair well when replaced a few times so just replace them.

TIP – The pin the buffer sits on is handed so make sure you replace it the way it came off. If in doubt, the slightly longer end holds the magazine lever in place.

So that is the rifle tested, cleaned and zeroed and ready for whatever the future holds for it.

 

Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Our plan is to open to customers, subject to Government confirmation, albeit in a limited form on the 15th of June 2020. For this to happen some things need to change.

All visitors will be strictly by appointment only, so as much as we like to see you, please do not turn up without a prior booking.

We will not have toilet or washing facilities available to visitors however, we will have antiseptic wipes, hand sanitiser gels and tissues to hand.

A new counter with wipe clean top has been installed, this will make the booking in of firearms a lot safer for our staff and you, the customer. This also means that other than the front part of the workshop, everything is now out of bounds and it will have to stop this way for the foreseeable future.

Sorry, no more of our superb coffees however we do have lots of bottled water should you need a tasty beverage.

Any firearms brought in for work will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being inspected.

Internet sales have not stopped and will continue as normal.

A full risk assessment is available to all interested parties.

Until we open, stay safe and we and the Tunnock’s Tea cake Deer hope to see you very soon.

Now wash your hands.

China and Chinese products.

I doubt there is a single person reading this that has not been impacted in some way by Covid-19 over the past few months. Recorded deaths here in the UK hover at just under 1,000 people a day (10/04/2020) People that we know, or know of has died. This pandemic has brought out the very best and sadly, the very worst in people these last weeks. Daily I see images and read articles about our NHS, emergency and armed services that make me both incredibly proud and horrified in unequal doses. They are having to endure horrific conditions and crushing working hours as they try and save lives and are struggling for the very basics of personal protective equipment due to a faltering supply chain.

Let’s take a closer look at the PPE being supplied, a significant proportion is being sourced from outside of our little island. Some from the European countries and some from as far afield as China, allegedly the source of this Corona virus variant.

Equally, I am sure we have all seen or read of PPE failures and shoddy quality. Maybe not on the BBC however look further for news sources and the evidence is irrefutable and I am appalled that China allows and even condones such actions from their suppliers.

Well, we have had enough of this and have decided to make a stand in a tiny and insignificant way by no longer purchasing or using Chinese products as far as possible. Yes, I know this is virtually unworkable, however we are going to do it.

I am not being xenophobic, nor racist, nor do I dislike foreigners (I am married to one after all!) Or anything else, I am simply going to make a small stand against the giant that is China. Starting now, here at the Shooting Shed we intend to be a Chinese product free company. We will not knowingly purchase any product produced wholly or partly in China. Furthermore, we will ask our suppliers to confirm the country of origin of the part we are purchasing. This includes machinery, raw materials, cutting inserts, tool holders, nuts and bolts and even the disposable gloves we use for polishing and inspection. Everything in fact that we use in the workshop will be closely scrutinised in future.

It also applies to clothing and domestic products we use. Also to all shooting products without exception. Our products will not only proudly be designed and made in the UK, they will also be made as far as practicable, without Chinese products.

You may think I am over reacting, or this approach is a nonsense and unworkable, however I believe China is culpable for the levels of this pandemic and I am going to boycott them.

So you have some choices now, either agree and support our approach, or shake your head in disbelief and source your products elsewhere, if you do go for option two, well I really do not care. Adopt our ethos and we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

Next time you are shopping, just pause to read the label of the product you pick up, maybe put it back on the shelf if it says Made in China, or PRC or similar. Make a stand in a tiny way and support our UK manufacturers and products instead of saving a few pence and sending your hard earned money outside of our country.

…and why am I telling you this? Because you need to know.

Now wash your hands.