Posts Tagged ‘custom’

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it here before but if not I’ll say it again:  I have a lot of hobbies.  I like to shoot guns, take pictures, draw, read, play video games, and cook.  I also like to sew.  I’ve only completed a few sewing projects but its fun and relaxing every time.  I definitely think sewing could be a survival skill and no man should feel too embarrassed to try to learn.

I decided to use my manly sewing skills to make a stock pouch for my SKS.  Here’s a look at the completed piece after I managed to get it secured in place:


It wasn’t easy that’s for sure.  It took a few hours and I had to start over from scratch more than once.  The measurements were the hardest part to get right since the stock of the rifle features curves and angles.  Even after I got it finished I struggled to get it to stay in place.  The weight of a 10 round stripper clip was too much for it at first and I had to adjust the button locations to make it tighter.

20140316_190631I’m happy with the end result.  It does what I needed it to do and looks pretty good (Ignoring the poor edge/seam work) at the same time.  As it stands though there is no “lid” to the pouch so holding the gun at the wrong angle will cause the contents of the pouch to spill out.  I might add one to it but most likely I’ll just use this pouch as a model for an improved version in the future.  Maybe I can use some thicker, softer material so I get a nice cheek rest as well.

Just because you can buy something pretty cheap doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it yourself.  I had all the material for this already in the house but even if I had needed to buy everything it would’ve cost less than $5.  My only investment was my time.

What do you think?  How did I do?  Do you have any suggestions for improvements?  On a related note, have you made something similar for your weapons or survival gear?  Let me know in the comments!


I placed my rifle case up on the counter and unzipped it.  From it I removed the AR15 that I was custom building for myself.  I handed it to the guy across the counter and asked him to tighten the barrel nut for me.  He said, “No problem,” and took it to the back room.

“That’s an interesting choice of colors,” commented one of the other customers, sounding irritated.

“Yea,” I answered, “I’ve always liked the way black and white go together.”

He then kinda rolled his eyes and went back to whatever it was he was doing when I came in.

The above story is from this past September.  It was my first encounter with a subject that I knew would be controversial.  My rifle (if you haven’t seen it click here) is painted black and white, and I chose the color scheme simply because I liked it.  I wasn’t going for “winter camo” or anything like that.  Just going for a black rifle with a white grip and magazine.

I was really nervous about painting it from the start, primarily because of everyone else’s opinion.  I eventually gave in and decided, this is my rifle and I will make it however the heck I feel.  And I did.  Since its completion, I’ve had many comments on it.  Mostly about its features and accessories, what “brand” it is, etc.  But some of them have indeed been about why I chose to paint it white.

I always tell them the same thing, “I just wanted it to be different, unique in some way.”  They usually drop it if they don’t agree with painting an EBR (evil black rifle) any color besides camouflage.  But the ones who think its neat sometimes talk more about it, or talk more about colorful rifles they’ve seen in the past.

I can understand some peoples’ attitudes about “colorful” guns.  Makes them look like toys, cops might not realize the weapons are a real threat, etc.  There’s an article over on The Firearm Blog where it discusses and shows the colorful guns that were seen at SHOT Show.  Some of the comments left by viewers are below:

  • “Is dangerous and stupid paint a firearm like a toy. OK for camo, but a big no for toy’s color.”
  • “Makes them look kinda like toys, which isn’t too great an idea”
  • “Your car isn’t a toy and can kill people, better keep it functional black ONLY”
  • “it not stupid to paint firearm, All 5 of my guns are all pink I do not see them as a toy ok”







Its very easy to see the differing opinions on the subject just from the comments left on that one page.  I’m certain if I searched through some forums I could find some even more expressive thoughts on the matter.  But I don’t need or care to.

I am of the opinion that anyone can paint anything they own any color they want.  Be it their house, their car, their wallet, or even their own body.  As long as its not offensive, go for it.  Personally, I wish more people painted their Dodge Neons in brighter colors.  I mean, neon colors are usually bright right?  Well why are all the Dodge Neons dull colors . . ?

Anyway, back to the point.  My rifle’s appearance is an expression of my personality and its function.  I don’t hunt with my rifle.  If I did, it would probably be a camo of some sort.  All I do is shoot paper.  I don’t see how I’m hurting anyone by having a “colorful” rifle.

What are your thoughts?  Anyone think its blasphemy to paint a rifle anything unique?  Or is your rifle rainbow skinned?  Personally I could really go for something like THIS.  Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

This post is in response to a post by my fellow blogger, rmactsc, in which he lists his top 3 “go to weapons“.  He then goes on to post about each individual weapon in more detail.  It was a good idea and pretty informative, so I thought I should do the same.

Since I only own 5 guns, my selections are pretty limited.  That doesn’t mean I don’t have my favorites though.  So below are my TWO picks for go to weapons.  If I owned a shotgun (I hope to get one for my next purchase) I would include one of those as well.

For my go to pistol, it would be the Ruger SR22.  I’m forced to pick a .22 caliber pistol since that’s the only caliber I own.  But there are several reason I would choose the Ruger over my Sig 1911-22.

1) Portability:  The Ruger is smaller and more compact, allowing convenient concealed carry, but large enough to feel comfortable in my hand.
2) Accessories:  The Sig has more appearence-based accessories out there but the SR22 has a rail under the barrel.  Great for adding a laser of flashlight.
3) Ease of use:  The Ruger SR22 features easy to use controls which are all easy to reach as well.  Swapping out the 10 round mags is a breeze.
4) Maintenance:  The SR22 is far easier to breakdown and clean than my Sig.
5) Ammo: Not only is the .22 one of the most popular (and therefor available) calibers on the planet, the SR22 is not picky.  Very few brands of ammo have caused malfunctions.  The SR22 functions flawlessly 99% of the time.  My Sig is way too picky to rely on.

For my go to rifle its a hands down win for my AR15.  Even being a custom build this thing is extremely reliable and has yet to let me down.


1) Reliability:  I have yet to have a serious malfunction with this rifle.  I’m very comfortable knowing that when I pick up this rifle, its good to go.
2) Ammo:  Because I have a conversion kit, this rifle is capable of firing both .223/5.56 ammunition as well as .22lr.  Switching calibers takes less than 60 seconds.  This essentially doubles the ammunition I have available.
3) Accessories:  My AR15 has a “flat top” upper which means there is no carry handle.  Instead there is a long rail for adding scopes or sights.  The handgurd also has a bottom rail for things like lasers, flashlights, and bipods.
4) Accuracy:  This rifle has proven itself to be far more accurate than my personal skill can show.  My other rifles are great, but definitely not as accurate.
5) Weight:  I built this rifle with weight in mind and as a result it has a lightweight 18″ barrel and polymer handguards.  Without accessories it weighs just under 7 pounds.
6) Ease of Use:  Swapping mags is a breeze, as is working the safety.  Even the stock and sights are easy to adjust.

So those are the reasons I chose these two guns as my go to weapons.  I’m sure there are other reasons that I haven’t even considered but the biggest reasons are mentioned.  What are your go to weapons?  We’ve all got our favorites, so which guns would you grab in a crisis situation?  And what shotgun(s) should I consider for my next purchase?  Let me know what you think!

My first AR

Posted: September 27, 2012 in AR-15
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Wikipedia describes the AR-15 rifle as “a lightweight, 5.56 mm, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation”.  Yesterday was my first hands on experience shooting one.  This rifle in particular was one that I custom built on my own with lots of help from the internet and my local arms dealer, Ashby Arms.

No two parts on my rifle came from the same manufacturer  and because of that, I jokingly named my rifle Frankenstein.  All of my parts came from quality manufacturers; I just found it was easier and cheaper to find exactly which parts I needed wherever they were available.  At the bottom of this post is a photo of the rifle and in a future post I’ll list all the parts and where I purchased them from.

It took me over 2 weeks to gather and fully assemble my rifle.  Having built my first rifle, I now feel I could cut that time in half for a second build.  The hardest part of the build was figuring out where to begin.  Figuring out which parts I needed.  Which parts came in which kit.  Which parts were available.  It took time.  None of the reading I did in the weeks prior to my build helped prepare me much either (IMO there’s almost too much information online).  It came down to just ordering stuff, waiting (lots of waiting), and seeing what came in.

In the end I was very pleased with my build.  And best of all I learned an amazing amount about this type of rifle.  I had a lot of fun doing it and I imagine I’ll have even more fun shooting it.  Yesterday I was limited in my shooting as I have no sights whatsoever.  I was simply shooting to make sure everything worked.  I intend to buy some sort of scope/red-dot sight for it in the future, but for the time being I think I’ll take the red-dot off my Ruger Mini-14 and use that.  Besides, I’m not talented enough to shoot BOTH rifles at the same time….yet

Wednesday, 9-26-12, 4:29pm
Final prep before test firing


** Please forgive my crappy picture.  My phone usually does better than that but I had oil and dirt on my hands and was trying not to touch my screen more than I had to **