Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Building My Scout Rifle

Two weeks ago I noticed that one of the guns on my Want List was back in stock at Buds and available for a really good price.  Going from memory, I think it was $40 to $50 less than when I last checked on them.  Unfortunately, these rifles have been out of stocks for the last few months so I was stoked to see them back in stock at such a great price.  Order In!!!

This is a Savage Mark II FV-SR rifle in .22LR.  The key features that make this model a little more special than the standard Savage Mark II series rifles are the tactical bolt handle, 16 1/2" threaded barrel, fluted medium heavy barrel, and the Picatinny rail mounted on top of the receiver.  Oh, and did I mention that it's BLACK.  This baby screams to be dressed up with tactical goodies.  I had to oblige. 

As some of you may know, adding tactical goodies to anything gets pretty expensive, pretty darn fast.  I learned my lesson on my Ruger SR-22 rifle build that it's not hard to end up with more money tied up in the accessories than you paid for the original rifle.  I decided to be a bit smarter with this build and do it right, but don't spend money like a drunken sailor. 

First stop was at Boyd's for a new stock.  Not many options available, which was fine because I only wanted their Tacticool stock.  I also ordered new trigger guard and bottom plate hardware.  Sad to say, but the Savage trigger guard is molded into the plastic stock.  The great news is they had the model I wanted in stock and in my favorite tactical color.....BLACK.

I ordered a few spare mags and a Bi-pod from CDNN.  The mags were factory 5 and 10 rounders and the Bi-pod was a cheap-ish model from Shooter's Ridge.  I opted for the shortest 6" to 9" adjustable model since I was working with a small footprint rifle.

Last stop was Midway for some UTG max strength QD scope rings and ammo that I will use to test this puppy out when it's done.  Over the last week the stuff has been tricking in via the boys in brown that drop by the house from time to time and leave stuff on the porch.

I tried to spend too much money on a scope at Academy's Black Friday sale, but the sweet Leupold Rifleman 3x9 scope they had advertised was long gone by the time I got down to Academy at 7:00am.  I knew that deal was too good, so I should have been there at 5am.  No worries, I had a Bushnell 3x9 rimfire scope I had purchased locally a few years ago and never got around to putting on my 10/22 so I decided to use it for this project.

It took me about 45 minutes to put all the pieces together and finish my .22 Scout Rifle.  What a difference a few extra parts make.  The stock is really fantastic and well worth the price that Boyd's charges for their finished stocks.  If you have the time and are so inclined you can buy this stock unfinished and paint it yourself.  I'm glad I had them do the finishing.  The action dropped right in with zero fitting required.  The barrel floats freely and a dollar bill easily slides between stock and barrel from the muzzle to the receiver.  The $20 UTG rings work really well.  The cheapie bi-pod also fits great.  I'm actually super excited about getting out and shooting this thing as soon as I possibly can this weekend.

Since I didn't go overboard on the tactical add-ons, I had some money left over to pick up some good .22 ammo to see how accurate this rifle can be.  I picked up a pretty good assortment of the expensive stuff and also included a few boxes of ammo that I've always wanted to try that are less expensive.  I also raided my stash and found some high dollar match ammo that I've been storing for many years so I guess it's time to shoot that up.

I may post a few targets and let you know how it shoots after I get it out on the range this weekend.  If it shoots 1/2 as good as it looks, I will be a happy man.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just Returned from the Big Show

It's been over a decade since I last attended the Tulsa Arms Show.  If you've never been, you should put it on your bucket list if you have even a smidgen of interest in guns and gear.  I didn't realize it, but the show is touted as being the world's largest gun show and I'm inclined to believe that claim after spending 6 hours walking the show yesterday.

I met a Tulsa local friend and fellow gun nut at 10 am yesterday.  We browsed non-stop until 1:30pm when we finally took a breather for a BBQ plate.  After our 15 minute break we were back out on the floor until we finally called it quits at 4:00 pm so we could meet up with some other locals for drinks, dinner, and cigars.

Notable things I saw included a $64,500 Holland and Holland double rifle what was just sitting out on a table along with the other Parker shotguns and high dollar fine English doubles.  Just having the chance to walk that series of tables and drink in all that fine walnut and custom engraving was well worth the $10 admission price.  I also spent some time walking the "Ruger Wall" which was a collection of displays put up by the Ruger Collectors' Association.    Again, this series of displays was worth the price of admission.  I'd love to show you pictures from the show, but there is a strict no pictures policy posted at the entrance.  You'll just have to take my word for how good the show is until you have the chance to experience it for yourself.

I went to the show with a goal of finding a Ruger 77/22 in .22 LR, but I didn't see very many of them on the floor.  I estimate we walked 50% of the aisles and really only looked at about 25% of the tables in great detail.  There were a few things that caught my eye, but I was able to resist temptation and not rush into a purchase I might regret later on.  I did make a fantastic deal with my buddy that I walked the show with.  That deal would never have happened if we didn't spend 6 hours talking with each other during the show as I had no idea he wanted to sell something that I really wanted, but he didn't bring it along with him to the show.  So I can cross one more off my wish list.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Heizer DOUBLETAP Video - Tons of Details

While I was out of town, it appears that Heizer has posted their first video on the DOUBLETAP.  They've also added many more details about the pistol.  Very notable features are interchangeable barrels and the option of Aluminum or Titanium frame.  Porting is shown as an option for those that would rather skip it.  The MSRPs have also been added to the Heizer website.  First quarter 2012 is just around the corner.


Rather than create a new blog for this update, I'm just going to edit my previous blog and add this video link to Ray Kohout, the inventor of the DoubleTap explaining and demonstrating his new invention.  It does look pretty sweet.