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Everything posted by LeoAtrox

  1. I'm going to pick one up if I have money by the time the tan or green ones come out (near the end of the year, according to Kel-Tec). I have a hard time thinking of a firearm better suited for home defense than this. It's compact, lightweight, high-capacity shotgun that allows you to have two different types of ammunition loaded at the same time. Flip a switch and you can go from buckshot to slugs. It isn't perfect, but--as for home defense purposes--it is close. Best yet, IF a 10-round magazine capacity limitation is imposed, this will likely fit within it as its ammunition is distributed between two magazines.
  2. The Magpul AFG is sort of a grip aid than an actual grip, as you don't actually grip the AFG itself. It's used where you support hand is placed at an itermediate distance from the strong hand such that neither a "firehose" grip nor a pistol grip would be comfortable. On the AR, the modern technique is to have your support hand out as close to the muzzle as possible to reduce muzzle flip for faster follow-up shots. But with mid-length and carbine-length forearms, the "firehose" grip--when you grip the forearm like a hose or beer can--can bend a wrist at an uncomfortable, cramp-inducing angle. The AFG was created to change the angle of the wrist when folks use the "firehose" grip on shorter forends. I've seen it on a few shotguns before--mostly on pump guns, which seems silly and presumably creates problem when pushing the stock forward to chamber a round--but I've not seen it used on many autoloaders. My guess is that pwraudio1 rests his thumb on top of the left-side rail (next to the pressure pad) with all four fingers wrapped around the AFG to the other side of the forearm. The thumb-forward grip is common with railed forends and stocks, as their increased diameter makes it more difficult to hold the forend with the thumb over the top; and with the Benelli M4, having a bare thumb up on to the barrel might not be such a good idea. Given the thickness of the stock, he might alternatively have his index finger in front of the AFG to effectively reduce the overall stock diameter, and to provide better purchase and ability to pull the shotgun back into his shoulder more.
  3. Is the safety dependant on hammer position?
  4. LeoAtrox

    Tom Knapp

    Uh, NO. Namath, Starr, P. Manning, Unitas, Montana ... All better in their primes than Favre ever was. Folks could argue to put Marino, Elway, Young, Bradshaw, and Brady in there too. (Though I was never a Bronos fan, I'd argue like heck for Elway.) Farve holds a ton of records because he has had "longevity" ... Which is to say that he refuses to quit and coaches have a mandate to play him even if he isn't the best QB on staff for a particular game. Is Favre HOF-worthy? Sure. Farve's good--REAL good--but he isn't in the same class with the likes of Namath and Montana. Your blood obviously runs green. (Mine is Seahawks blue. ) Oh yeah, and Knapp is a class act. It is a loss for Benelli, but I'm not convinced that exhibition shooters really translate to many sales these days. Benelli will be fine.
  5. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I just like one uniform look. If the whole shotgun was brushed stainless, then I would want a matching brushed stainless tube. If the whole thing was magenta ... Well, I probably wouldn't have bought it ... But if I had a magenta shotgun, I'd want the magazine tube to be magenta as well. It has nothing to do with being "tactical" and everything to do with avoiding the creation of an ostentatious shotgun. Some vainglorious members of this forum might like gaudy firearms; but I'm not one of them.
  6. .338 Federal, or .338 Lapua Mag.? I have to assume its .338 Federal, but let me know if that is incorrect. Oh! .338 Winchester Mag. Unexpected ...
  7. I think demand will pick up again. If Kip gets his compliance parts finished and out the door, the folks that are really concerned with 922® compliance will be able to buy and install their collapsible stocks.
  8. Good to know that it doesn't have a recoil tube. I assumed it did based on pictures of the stock replacment process. There's a metal rod there where the recoil tube is on their autoloaders. I assumed it was the same thing on the Nova--or, more accurately, I thought it to be a guide rod since it doesn't need a recoil spring.
  9. Doesn't the Super Nova have a recoil tube back there?
  10. I think that, if you're going to replace the front sight anyway, why not replace both front and rear with Picatinny rails? Then you can use your AR sights, or whatever else you wish to use. (Personally, for a shotgun like the M1014, I'd prefer pistol-type notched rear sight. I haven't seen one with a Picatinny base, but it would be cool to have that option.)
  11. I'm a release day away from whipping out the ol' "Snoopy dance."
  12. LeoAtrox

    Ruger SR-556

    I've got a couple piston AR's, and they're awesome. That said, if the proverbial SHTF and I had to go mobile and take just one AR, I'd want a direct-gas one. Why? Maintenance. If a part fails, it is much easier to get a replacement part for a standard AR. For a piston AR, you're in trouble if you run into a problem with your op-rod or bolt carrier, or if you field strip and misplace your gas plug. (Hey, it happens.) I've got a Barrett Rec7 and an AR that utilizes the Adams Arms piston system. They're wonderful. No problems with either, and I love them. Great range guns, and they'd be great in battle if I ever had to use them ... But my next AR will be a standard direct-gas-impingement AR with a FailZero upper receiver and parts kit. High reliability, and high availability of cheap replacement parts. (Not to mention that the FailZero coating runs without lube and is ridiculously easy to clean.)
  13. 182 dB in an enclosed space = noise-induced hearing loss A standard 12-gauge firearm fired one time in an enclosed space can sometimes result in moderate damage to hearing. I can only imagine what this would do. In a very large room (like a prison cell block) the sound and concussion is allowed to be more disbursed. Take that same noise and concussion into your toddler's bedroom to confront an attacker, and you might be looking at permanent hearing damage for everyone in the room. Not to mention that you aren't disabling your attacker. He will probably be stunned, but you probably will be too. Not a good situation.
  14. Mossberg may have some gimmicky stuff, but they still make some quality firearms. And if there is a market for a "chainsaw" grip because some dude thinks it'll be cool to work the action that way and fire from the hip without any sense of where his shot is going to go, then that's fine. I bet you see this thing in a movie by the end of 2011.
  15. Hadn't thought of that ... I can think of one reason why it would be unsafe to put your uloaded firearm down; but if a person is in that situation, he'd better have more than one magazine. But I don't know the situation this fellow has. Maybe there is a range rule against setting a firearm down outside of a case (an overly-strict "positive control" rule, or something).
  16. I think the Super Nova collapsible stock is the same as the one designed for the Baretta Rx4. I don't know if the fittings are different though, so I'm not sure you'd be able to install one easily even if you had one.
  17. Off topic: This statement (above) confuses me. To what clip are you referring? Why do you have to put the rifle down? I'm not familiar with the controls of the rifle, but it does appear to allow your trigger finger to hit the magazine release, thus allowing your support hand to manage magazine changes.
  18. Isn't the MR1/Rx4 Storm similar to the Benelli R1 (similar controls and ARGO operation)? I think there are more similiarities between the two rifles than just the name. While there are certainly differences (detachable magazine versus fixed magazine immediately comes to mind) I think they could rightfully be considered from the same "family" of rifles.
  19. Yeah ... That forend will definitely be a pickup when it is in stock. There's nothing wrong with the Benelli forearm except that it is imported. Replace with a US-made copy, and its an easy way to buy some peace-of-mind.
  20. The "pointy cheek piece" on the OEM C-stock is a problem because it is short. Many servicemen--Marines, in particular--get up pretty close on the rear sight when aiming in, putting the point of the cheek piece at their jaw line. This is where the OEM C-stock creates problems. The Urbino "abomination" has a longer cheek piece that will more comfortably support a person who chooses to place his or her head further up on the stock to get closer to the rear sight. It might not be pretty, but it's effective. And if we all cared about good looks, wouldn't we be giving M1014 a little more love for his gratuitous and frequently-posted Benelli porn?
  21. I'll be getting an Urbino when funds allow it. Yes, it is a shame it cannot be removed without a tool; but I can deal with it. If I ever have to rough it so bad I need to carry the shotgun everywhere, I will also be roughing it so bad that I will need to be carrying a screwdriver anyway (as well as a host of other tools). I'm about 10 years and 30lbs past my warfighting days. So "field stripping" has a slightly different meaning now than it did when I was in the Marines. If SHTF, I guarantee that I'll have a screw driver on me unless I have to ditch everything but the bare essentials. Screw drivers and pliers will be as essential as food. (Make sure they're in your "survival kit".)
  22. Does Hunt101.com hate you yet?
  23. My M4 likes the Winchester Ranger rounds. Haven't tried the Federal stuff though.
  24. Some recent western remakes have been solid ("3:10 to Yuma" immediately comes to mind) but obviously none have been so outsanding as to compete long-term at the box office, nor setup the genre for a renaissance. Here's keeping the fingers crossed.
  25. I just rebuilt a table last month. It isn't for reloading, but for gunsmithing. I suppose I used the same basic design as I would have for a reloading table (sans shelves and cabinet) though. 4x4's for the legs, notched to be framed at top and bottom by 2x4's ... So 1/4 of the 4x4's reach the ground and table top, but otherwise rest on or support the 2x4's. 3/4" plywood for the table top. (It isn't for reloading; so it doesn't have to be particularly smooth. Just tough enough for vises.) Screwed to the studs of the wall, the table is super sturdy. Zero wobble. If I was going to do anything to it, I'd reinforce the base and put plywood there and add a plywood backing (so nothing falls off behind the table). Then maybe some shelves. Right now I've got plenty of space in my safe for ammo. But if it gets tight in there, I would add a shelf, board up the sides, and put some doors on there with a lock. The basic table design actually came from a do-it-yourself reloading table I got as a result of a Google search I did.
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