This is an interesting rifle because of it’s quick change caliber feature. That small, thin retaining block just forward of the mag well, allows you to remove the entire barrel assembly and drop in a different caliber. The mag well itself is also quick change, with a few pins to slide the old one off and a new one on. Note that this one has the AR-15 and AK-47 mag wells, which uses their appropriate magazines. Downside though…MGI apparently didn’t put much quality control into these and user feedback has been negative. Customer service also appears to be lacking. This might explain why you don’t see these too often, most get returned to MGI for a refund.
SIG 542 This is too expensive for my liking, especially for a semi-auto rifle. The 542 is generally chambered in 7.62x51/.308 but these were never really sold in the U.S, mostly relegated to the European market. This one is interesting in that it’s chambered in .243 Winchester. That caliber is a necked down 7.62x51/.308 and will fit inside standard 7.62x51/.308 magazines. This rifle mostly likely came from Europe which has restrictions on civilians owning military issued calibers (ex; instead of 5.56x45/.223 ammo, they have .222 ammo). The asking price of $12,500 is steep but I know it’s rare.
Custom AR-15 The Daniel Defense Omega X rail always looked a little weird because of that cut-out section for the front sight. I guess some people like the stock front sight. Note the GG&G bipod. If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know of my dislike of the Harris bipod because of the exposed springs.
.223 Went to the gun shop again cause they had an ammo shipment, and no surprise, most of the standard calibers were sold out after an hour. I need to order some more stuff in bulk.
Out one can into another… Two spam cans of 5.45x39mm ammo, opened up with the ammo transferred into some U.S ammo cans. At least you have the convenience of easier access to the ammo and the carry handles. Usually one spam can of 5.45x39 holds 1,080 rounds.
M1 Garand A classic American rifle that saw service in several wars. It had an Italian counterpart; the BM59, which was essentially a magazine fed 7.62x51mm Garand. I’m no Garand expert, it’s one firearm I never got into collecting or selling. I will probably buy one to give my dad on Father’s Day or his birthday cause that was the rifle he was issued.
Rather clean AR build. Note that you can just barely see the gas block through the handguard. Maybe it’s unfinished or something but its missing the front sight but has a rear sight. Optic is the Nikon M223. I always wanted to compare that scope with the Millet DMS-1. Makes me want to finish mine a little sooner amid the buying frenzy. Finally got an email that my lower has been shipped to my FFL.
Furniture Swap From wood to polymer or vice versa, why swap out the existing furniture on your AK? Biggest reason is personal preference, some people just like one over the other. Wood dents and scratches easier, which is painful to see on a set of unissued, pristine furniture, but some people like the “battlefield pick-up” look. My personal preference is original factory setups. If it came with wood, it stays with wood, same for polymer. None of that Tapco shit either.
VEPR 5.45x39 A newer import version, the original VEPR rifles came chambered in .223/5.56x45, 5.45x39, 7.62x39 and 7.62x51/.308. The new calibers added to the lineup for the current imports are the much awaited 7.62x54R and 12 Gauge shotgun shell, for the VEPR 54R and 12’s. I think I’ll pass on the neutered version and buy one already in standard rifle form.
Smoke break… Staff Sergeant (later Technical Sergeant) John Boitnott reloads his M1C on Outpost Yoke, 1953.
With her 1- and 2-year-old daughters nearby, Elizabeth Easterly was working behind the counter of her grandfather’s 24-hour food store when a man entered. He quickly began acting erratically. Easterly kept an eye on the man and checked on her daughters, but the man interrupted, demanding money and grabbing the stroller that held Easterly’s baby. He began to push the stroller out the door, but was halted by a shot from Easterly’s gun. The suspect was killed; the baby was not injured. (Naples Daily News, Naples, FL, 10/19/11)
Goodbye Bin Laden I know it’s almost New Year’s eve and what better item to ignite after watching Zero Dark Thirty. I don’t think that’s the official name of this firework (Goodbye Bin Laden). This is the Exploding Bin Laden Noggin firecracker. Light it and watch his head explode. Apparently it’s banned in some countries, not because of what it depicts, but because the little explosion has already caused some nasty injuries. Source
The damaged Stryker on the left is the one my cousin was riding in during his last deployment in Afghanistan. It got hit with an IED but everyone in the Stryker walked out alive. Now my cousin is done with that tour, he’s headed home in time for New Year’s.
A fairly common and standard civilian AK on a somewhat cluttered market. Generally the Romanian WASR rifles are at the low-end, overshadowed by brands like Arsenal and specialty companies like Krebs Custom and Piece of History. I wish I could say these were cheap alternatives. What used to be a $500-$650 rifle has ballooned in price to $900+ with all the panic buying.