Posted By Mac66 on May 9, 2013
There are two things that make no sense to me…
…one is red “Exit” signs and the other is red “Fire” or “Off” safety marks on firearms. Yeah, I know it is that way because fire is red and it is a warning. However, when I teach my rifle class I often get new shooters on the line. Many are confused about the safety and I often get asked “wait, what is red again, is it on “Safe” or not?” I think the problem is that using red to mean the rifle can be fired is confusing. Universally, green means go, red means stop, so when shooters see the red when the safety is off they hesitate and get confused. In my opinion, “Safe” should be red, “Off Safe” or “Fire” should be green. Putting a fire arm on “Safe means it can’t fire i.e, stop, i.e. red. Putting it on “Fire” means it will fire or go. I do sometimes change my guns to Safe/Red, Fire/Green and it confuses the hell out of people so I make sure I tell them before they use it. Maybe I will just put “Go” and “Stop” on all my guns.
The word on “Exit” signs is out. They are started to be changed but I still see a lot of red ones.
If you didn’t know anything about this rifle and it was handed to you would you know whether it could fire in this setting? In this case the safety is in the fire position.
Is this shotgun on safe or fire? On this shotgun I made red mean “Safe” or stop. This shotgun won’t fire in this position.
Safe or Fire? This safety is off, the rifle can be fired
Safe or Fire? This rifle is good to go. It can be fired
Green means “Go” red means “Stop”
Posted By Mac66 on April 17, 2013
ProMag 795 25 rounder
No secret that I like the Marlin 795. Cheap fun gun to play with. I was pleased recently to find out that there is actually a 25 round magazine available for it. With the anti gun panic going on, both 22 ammo and factory 795 mags are pretty scarce. I was surprised therefore when I got a notice from Sportsmansguide.com that they had 25 round mags available for a pretty reasonable price of around $15/each. Since I was already a member of SG the price was even better so I decided to order a couple. There was no indication as to the make of the mags, the photo online was very grainy when blown up so I couldn’t tell.
My order was shipped out and my mags arrived in about five days. The mags turned out to be made by ProMag. ProMag has a decent reputation and some online searching indicated that the 795 mags worked pretty well. Structurally they are made of heavy plastic and appear to be well made. They have a removable floor plate which allows them to be disassembled for cleaning. Disassembly involves removing the floor plate, spring and follower. Pretty easy.
Yup, its all plastic except for the spring
In regards to loading, I loaded the indicated 25 rounds pretty easy and then noticed lots of slack in the follower. A 26th round went in and then a 27th. So 27 will fit though I didn’t think to put that many in when I test fired my rifle with the mags. Notice in the photo that the rounds are slightly staggered.
Notice the staggered rounds
I ran two mag loads of CCI Blazer through the rifle with no malfunctions. The mags worked and look pretty cool in the gun. Nice fun addition to your 795 if you can find ammo to fill them. www.sportsmansguide.com was sold out of them but you can sign up to be notified when they restock which is estimated to be in May.
Makes the 795 look almost M1 carbine like
Posted By Mac66 on February 28, 2013
I saw this handy tape holder a couple years ago and have made dozens of them. Very useful in small tool kits, survival kits, zipper pulls on bags, hunting coats, in the glove box of cars, first aid kits etc. Never know when a couple feet of tape will come in handy. Here’s how to do it.
1-You’ll need tape, some type of cord /string/shoelaces, Bic type ball point pen, something to pull the ink cartridge out and cut the pen in half. I generally use para cord for mine.
2-After pulling the ink out, wrap the pen with tape. Leave about 1/2″ on the end with the plug, I will tell you why later. I usually us about 3 feet of tape. You can use more or less. Any kind of tape, duct tape, gaffer’s tape, electrical tape, medical tape, gorilla tape etc works. I am using duct tape here.
3-Two rolls of 2″ wide tape fit on a pen. You can cut to the cord to any length but 20″ allows you to loop it back over itself. You have to account for the knot at the end.
4-If you use synthetic cord, burn the ends using a match, lighter, kitchen stove, to keep them from unraveling
5-Cut your pen in half and trim the ends to size. The plug in one end of the pen is hard to get out. If you left 1/2″ on that end you can just cut it off. Tie a loop knot in the cord.
6-Push the cord up through the pen. You can also use plastic cable ties. I’ve made dozens of these and put them in kitchen drawers, every car, first aid kit, survival kit, range bags, suitcases etc.