Many of you have been asking about Trausch grips that we featured on the site a while back. Unfortunately the word we have is that the owner passed away and no one is making them. So far that leaves Hogue and Pachmayer for rubber grips and Badger grips for those of you who are interested in a wood grip. We are no longer supplying grips for customers, but we are willing to install them on your build free of charge if you send them with the gun. So if you are considering grips for your Ruger SP 101 or your S&W revolver those are great choices.
For those of you who like the look of Glock stippling, check this out. It has a great look that will set apart your Glock from everyone else. The texture also aids in gripping the gun. COST $125
This week I finished a Glock 19 with the MCC Carry Package plus the MCC Extended Kit. Through the years this has been our most popular work for the Glock. We still find after all these years that the Glock 19 is our favorite model. The size is just perfect for about anything that you might get into. For CCW, it offers the best compromise of any of the Glocks, and the 9mm has improved in defensive loads so that it really doesn’t give up anything like it did in the past.
If you are running an older Glock, this is the package for you. If your Glock is new, then there are few things you don’t need. Recoil assemblies, mag springs etc can wait until they have more wear. But all of these guns benefit from better sights and triggers. Add in the Extended Control Kit and you are good to go. That is what I run on my personal Glock.
Every summer we take on a project that seems to require a little more. This year the project was for a long time customer and friend. He had received this particular Ruger Super Blackhawk after a friend passed away. The gun was ok mechanically, but in need of some work cosmetically. Since we were going to tear it down for rebluing, we decided to go all the way.
This gun received a full trigger job. The creep was removed and the weight set. We then added a free spin pawl conversion that allows the cylinder to rotate in either direction when the loading gate is open. The sights were reworked back to original condition. The aluminum ejector housing was removed and replaced with a steel housing. Finally we engraved the cylinder and sent the gun out for rebluing.
What came back was something really fun to have worked with, and pure fun to shoot. The 10 inch barrel makes the recoil go away. This gun should provide a few good memories and hopefully a deer or two this year.
With all the ammo shortages we now have a reloading shortage. This summer I have spent a considerable amount of time talking to our customers about the cost ratios of reloading vs buying ammo, and the cost factor of purchasing equipment. With that in mind I though I might give you a quick look at my loading bench.
First you can see that it is homemade. I probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 in the bench. I bought a nicer grade of plywood than necessary, but that was my choice. I used 6×6 for the legs and 2×4 for the other material. It was put together by wood screws. Incidentally, I had Home Depot cut the plywood into four sections when I bought it to save me the hassle and make it easier to get home. This is the same bench I have had before that now holds several belt sanders.
The press on the left is from the Lee Company. I believe it is from what is known as their Challenger Kit. This was the first reloading set up I ever had. I still use it regularly to load things that I’m not interested in loading progressively. It’s slower, but it gives me a sense of better control. I just loaded some .357 Sig on it recently. I also load many revolver cartridges on it. By the way, I am an advocate of starting out this way. it is much easier to learn off of a single stage press where you are only doing one operation at a time. It is also the most economical way to start.
In the back you will notice some RCBS Dies. I use RCBS and LEE dies only. Why? Because I do. I don’t have a great rationale for it. The RCBS dies have a great reputation and have never let me down. The LEE dies are cheaper, but they have a great factory crimp die that I like using. The shop where I was mentored used a variety of dies depending on what was being loaded. There were reasons for all of that, but I’m just not that precise in my loading. Most of the time it is not for match quality ammo. I will generally buy that if needed. I’m loading test ammo, and personal plinking ammo that is easier to shoot than factory loads.
Next you will notice a PACT electronic scale. This scale is definitely on the bottom end of electronic scales in my opinion, but it has served me well. I didn’t need a powder dispenser with it, so I’ve been pleased. If you order the Challenger Kit, this is the one piece of equipment I would encourage you to buy asap. It just makes life easier than the old balance scale.
The organizer holds all my shell plates, powder meter inserts and other things related to loading on the progressive press. I keep all the dies, shell plates and powder meter inserts together by caliber. That makes life very easy to change calibers on the progressive press.
Finally we have the Hornady Lock N Load Press. Why didn’t you buy a Dillon you scream!? I don’t know. I got a great deal on this press and would buy it again if I had to. The price was right, and I never looked back. Here is an interesting article that I found recently comparing Hornady, Dillon and Lee progressives. I honestly don’t think I’ve given up anything to Dillon, in fact I would argue that changing calibers is easier on my Hornady. Others are sure to argue. One experience cemented my feeling towards Hornady. I was a newbie having a little trouble readjusting my indexing pawls. Called Hornady and they had the press picked up by UPS, adjusted it, and sent it back free of charge. Great customer service.
Currently I’m set to load, 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 45 LC, 44 SPl, 44 Mag, 357 Mag, 38 SPL, .223, .243, .357 Sig
I am by no means an expert. I load for enjoyment sometimes, but I started loading for necessity and that is my main reason today. I will normally buy 9mm at the right price rather than reload. Cost is most beneficial on larger calibers and odd ball stuff like 357 Sig. The other reason I reload; recoil. I’m a recoil wimp and not afraid to admit it. I would rather shoot all day than get beaten up by my gun.
Gotta question? Leave a comment and I will try to help. Need Load Data? Buy a load book. I don’t give out loads.
Hope this helps. Happy Loading!
One of the things that draws many people toward the Glock brand is the rugged reliability Glocks are known for. Anytime you see an Glock advertisement you will see them caked in mud, run over by a truck, surviving Katrina or some other hard core situation. Many people have referred to them as the perfect gun for those operating in foreign theaters at the tip of the spear.
If you have followed MCC for the any length of time you know how we feel about the Glock. We run them in competition and carry them regularly. For a time I even trusted my life to a Glock 23 as service weapon. To put it mildly we are fans. Their simplicity of operation and price point make them hard to beat.
Having said all of that, they are not indestructible or unbreakable. No machine is when moving parts are involved. I have seen a few Glocks go down in my 11 years as a gunsmith. All but one were totally preventable with a maintenance schedule because they were spring failures.
Today we are told that springs can last for many years at a time. Most of the time they do, but every once in a while they fail with catastrophic consequences. Two examples illustrate the point.
1. The one thing on Gen1,2,3 guns have that I have seen fail on multiple occasions is the guide rod assembly. If you run one of these guns get an extra guide rod to have on hand. If you shoot regularly, change these out every 5,000 rounds or every few years.
2. Just the other day I had a friend call with a Glock that wouldn’t reset the trigger. When he finally got it to reset, the gun went full auto. This can be a function of several things, but in this case it was a broken trigger spring. Replaced the gun functioned safely and properly.
With both of these items you are literally talking about less than $20. Think of it as a tune up that should happen regularly over time or by shot count. A little prevention goes a long. way.
All of these springs can be ordered directly from Brownells.com.
Right now we are seeing the markets begin to stabilize a bit. Three months ago Magpul AR mags were selling for as much as $75 a mag on Gunbroker. Today they are selling for about $22. This is only a few dollars more than what they retailed for before the end of 2012.
AR prices have begun falling as well. If you bought an AR at the beginning of the year, chances are you paid at least double what they sold for in 2012. Those guns will be sold at a loss in the near future. Best bet is to hold onto it. It’s going to be hard to recoup your money right now.
The used market is starting to get filled in. As time goes on the used market will be flooded with guns that are in great condition (barely shot). Those who are patient will probably be able to find what they want at a good price.
Ammunition has not corrected. In 2012, I purchased 500 rounds of 22lr for about $18. In January that number had grown to $45. Yesterday a local shop had some for $80. This was not match ammo. It was just cheap fodder. I left it there for someone else. The law of supply and demand has pushed prices through the roof. If you aren’t reloading, you might begin to think about it.
New guns are trickling into stores. In fact, one store told me that they are getting guns easily. The ammo is the main problem. They can’t get it, and when they do, it is priced extremely high.
The interesting thing is that the gun industry looks really strong on the surface. Sales have been up, and the stores couldn’t keep up with the demand. Now, you are going to see some really lean times. Watch for some stores to shut down, because they can’t get anything to sell. Customers have spent their gun budgets already this year for the entire year. If everything remains as it is today, I predict a great cooling off in the industry this year.
We have been going through some updates on the website for the last week. If it seems a little slow that’s why. You may have also noticed some problems in the web store. That should be resolved now as well. If not, please email us and we can get your order out via electronic invoice. Thanks for your patience.