Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Deep Freeze test. Mak 90 Choate stocks. You will comply. Resistance is Futile.



The snow showed up, as advertised, and so did the very low temperatures.  Just at dawn, we got down to 8 above here on the mountain top, with strong winds blowing so it felt much colder if you went out in it. It's just about sunset now, and the temperature is 12 degrees above.  The wind is still blowing.

Last night, I put my Brazilian built FNFAL out on the apartment porch all night. I set it up there because the dogs don't go up those stairs often, and I wouldn't find it all chewed up in the morning.

 I wiped all the lubricant off of it before I put it out in the cold.  This morning, I fired five rounds out of the rifle, and it functioned fine. The FNFAL is pretty stout, as long as there's no sand or grit around. The Israelis used it for a while, but the desert wasn't a good spot for that particular rifle.  Works fine up here, though.



My replacement butt pad for the MAK-90 is on the way.  Choate Machine Tools, the outfit that made all those stocks back in the 90's, is still around. They seem to be pretty much a mom and pop affair, and are only open four and a half days a week, for short hours. But they were nice people to work with, so that doesn't matter.  You will recall that I set one of the Mak-90's down in one of the bedrooms, and a ferret got in there and chewed the butt pad to ribbons. I tried several other commercial butt pads, but none fit the stock. Finally, a friend from the blog gave me a tip on finding Choate, and eventually I was able to get in touch with them.   One butt pad plus shipping was $28.00, but I ordered two (one spare) and they only charged me $35.00 for the order.




The Choate stocks date back to the ten year Barbara Feinstein gun ban. She was such a twit, she didn't know anything about weapons but that didn't keep her from writing laws. So, things that were "scary" looking like flash suppressors and pistol grips, had to go. Consequently, new pieces of furniture that served the same purpose came into being. The Choate stock was a lot longer than the original Chinese thumb-hole stock, so it fit an American a lot better. The material it was built of didn't scorch or warp, unlike the wood on some guns.



I kept the Mak-90 thumb-hole stocks, but I will never put them back on the guns.


I also have a Century International Arms L1A1 sporter.  It looked like this when it came out of the box.


That was definitely not what I was after, so I sent the gun to Entreprise Arms in California. Back then, they were famous for rebuilding mutilated firearms to original configuration. In my case, it meant replacing some perfectly good European parts, with American made parts, to make the rebuild legal. Stupid beyond belief, but so were the morons who "crafted" the gun ban bill for Slick Willie.






My gun came back looking like this, with a "legal" letter from Entreprise.  Anytime anyone modified a semi-auto military style firearm back then, they were better off to do it through a reputable company that specialized in doing so.  It was a "cover your ass" thing, so you could prove you had "complied" with all the ATF B.S.


You still have to deal with the inch vrs. metric mag issue with this gun, but it's a sweet shooter.


All that  cosmetic nonsense (scary looking parts) is pretty much done away with these days, but I haven't had a gun rebuilt for compliance in many years, so I don't know what you actually have to "comply" with anymore. (Addendum: See the comment from Aaron down below if you want to explore the  current parts swap issue.)






We got the snow last night.  It was still coming down this morning.  This snow was light and "fluffy" as opposed to the wet, heavy stuff we had to deal with last time around. The power has stayed on, and all in all, it hasn't been a bad experience. We have the Jeep down by the hard surface road, so if we feel like trekking through the Siberian Forest to get down there, we can get to town. If they plowed the paved road.  The scanners have been going full tilt. People call 911 and want the Sheriff to send someone to pull them out of the ditch. If it was me, I'd call a wrecker. Wouldn't you?



Ruminations from Ice Station Zebra.






Thought for the Day:


26 comments:

  1. On the compliance matter for foreign "assault weapons" parts counts, you can blame George Bush I for passing that rather than Clinton.

    It's 18 USC 992(r) and it's still law now unfortunately, and perfectly good foreign parts still have to be replaced with US parts. It then got a little bit worse under Bush II when on July 13, 2005 ATFE determining barrels that could be used in assault weapons also could not be imported and that determination is also still current law.

    So yes, if you want to ever put a regular pistol grip legally on your MAK-90 you're going to have to swap out some parts - replacement parts kits are available and not a huge deal to change out these days, but it's still darn annoying.

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    1. True. I was never a big fan of W, and I detested his dad. Once upon a time, I supported Republicans just because they were Republicans, though. I am not going to do that anymore after the party notables behaved like spoiled brats during the last campaign. I used to like John McCain, too. Because of his military career, more than anything else.

      No, I like the Choate stocks just fine, and I have a Chinese Type 56 if I want one with a pistol grip. It's the idiocy of the thing that irks me most.

      Feinstein and Clinton get the most credit for acts of stupidity concerning weapons, but Abu Dubya (the father of Dubya) gets his share too. He's also the exalted Aristo who resigned his membership in the NRA because he didn't like people squawking about Ruby Ridge or Waco.

      Here's a link for people who really wang to dig into all this rats nest, which reinforces and amplifies your comment.

      http://www.guns.com/2012/11/03/understanding-import-laws-922r/

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    2. I remember those silly laws written to keep the evil assault weapons from killing us in our sleep, lol. I too have one of the circle 386 milled receiver MAK-90's with that same wood stock. The angle of the thumbhole was very awkward for me to shoot, so like you replaced it with the same Choate stock. It is much more comfortable to shoot now and (I think) one of the rare stocks that fit the milled receiver. Choate asked me to specify if receiver was stamped or milled.

      I'm guessing the people stuck in ditch are just trying to save themselves the cost of the wrecker pulling them out.

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    3. The thumbhole stocks just didn't get it for me. The Choate stocks are durable, comfortable, and well set up for Americans. My MAK's are all milled, one of the things I like about them. Heavy, but sturdy!

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  2. Supposed to get some warmer weather here starting tomorrow. I hope you get some on your side of the ridge, too.

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    1. Me to. They are saying it may warm up just enough to let some of the snow melt, then freeze again overnight so the roads are still dangerous. I've been listening to the scanners all day, and marveling at the number of people who waited until it was almost impossible to get into town, then decided to give it a try. Most of them wound up enriching the towing services.

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    2. i stayed home. the road was passable but experience tells me too many idiots will be out and i don't want any part of them. last week we had a little ice left over but i met a guy flying in the roughest part. i began to say "i hope you wreck" but thought better of that. it is hard not to tempt karma when it comes to idiot drivers though. i'm not sure i'm going in tomorrow either. stay warm harry. out here.

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    3. In the ditch and begging for help all due to a bit of snow and cooler than average temps. When the time comes that the poop really hit the oscillating blade the stench of rotting corpses will be so great as to permeate the land for miles in any direction. (And I hope some of them are wearing new boots cause I can't afford any right now.)

      Spokes

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    4. Riverrider, that was the right call. It's bad enough having to get out on the ice and negotiate that, but when you throw in the inevitable dim wits who cause wrecks and take you with them, it just gets in the too hard category.

      I am just forting up. Part of the reason is the weather, but the flu is hitting Georgia hard right now too. This year's variety is killing young people in their prime, so I sure don't want to pick it up. The best way to avoid it is to limit exposure to the public.

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    5. Anything that disrupts the social structure and associated infrastructure up here would result in a lot of deaths. A large percentage of our population is elderly, and an increasing number of illegal aliens and"refugees" adds to the number of individuals here who depend on local government to take care of them. I don't know if you could get decent boots of the casualties, but I am sure you could find some Dexters or expensive tennis shoes with no trouble in the aftermath of some calamity.😉

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  3. Thought For The Day II:
    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oXwtPODd4Vg/VJidNWq3TTI/AAAAAAAAVc4/LWib8Apv-f8/s1600/Gandalf%2B-%2BThis%2Bweapon%2Bwas%2Bforged%2Bby%2Bancient%2Belves%2B-%2BSoviet%2Belves.jpg

    The Choate folks are very nice people. I've emailed them back and forth a few times and they very much are what I term 'like minded individuals'. Im happy to send them all the business I can.

    I missed the renewal on my permit by five days and had to go through the whole process all over again. The only hassle was having to have three personal references vouch that I was a cool enough guy to have the permit. Pain in the ass, it was.

    Liking the video blogging. Not o poke the bear, but you're grayer in videos than you are in your photos. Guess those photos might be a little dated, eh?

    Ah, but time comes for us all, eventually. I've got more snow on the roof than I used to, too.

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    1. They're nice people. Fred seems like he's of the right party, and the older woman who helped me with my order (his wife?) was very patient.

      This past year I'm sure aged me considerably. If I have to go through another one like it, I won't just look old, it will finish me off.😟

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  4. "...Barbara Feinstein gun ban. She was such a twit, she didn't know anything about weapons but that didn't keep her from writing laws."

    Me'thinks a whole lot of Laws, are written by twits, who don't know anything, about the subject of the laws they write. (head desk)

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    1. Wisp, there's a book called "The Felonies a Day" which offers the premise that the American legal system is so bloated, and so convoluted, that most citizens unwittingly commit at least 3 felony offenses a day as they go about their normal lives. I can well believe it.

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  5. And yes, he said shit-hole countries.

    He also made our insurance co-pays go down!!! And we now get some dental insurance!!!

    As far as we are concerned, he can say shit-hole, all day long.

    Hehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....

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    1. Those Branco cartoons are spot on, when it comes to the hypocrisy and inanity of the left. When you look at how the left behaves, to include the political establishment, the media, higher educational facilities and the ilk, it just amazes me. I have no doubt that in most regards, we are better off.

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  6. The snow plow finally went by my house just now. But they didn't attempt to go up over the mountain. They turned around just past us and went back. But at least we should be able to get out later today without four wheel. And the next week is supposed to be much milder. I just took the horses' blankets off.

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    1. It's Sunday here now, Lisa. We got plenty of snow, but I left my Jeep way down by the hard surface road this time. They didn't plow it at all, but they did come out and sprinkle some cinders on it. I was able to get out yesterday and we took a little trip to the next county just to do something different. It's in the 50's here today. I'm sure all the animals are grateful. We've been putting out extra food so the possums and raccoons, the squirrels and chipmunks could come eat. The cats haven't bothered the squirrels or chipmunks like they usually would, I think they have a truce til this bad weather passes. I'm glad they at least go the plow out as far as your place.

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  7. I was very happy to be able to swap out my 10 round p-89 magazines for Ruger 15 round. Silly laws.

    Supposed to hit 60 here in the Ocala but it's taking its time.

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    1. I have a bunch of post ban magazines that have "law enforcement only" stamped on them. They are magazines the various police departments swapped in after the ban ended, so they are legal. But they remind of what happened during that foolishness.

      It's mid 50's here in North Georgia on Sunday afternoon. I am really enjoying the balmy weather.

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  8. Hi Harry :) LOL @ the "Siberian Forest"!! I'm glad your power stayed on...must have been that "customer fee" you paid, made all the difference! (hee hee)

    When I see people driving wildly on the road, I back off or quickly pull past them. I know I drive well but I can't control the other idiots out there. I would never call the police for help if I went off the road. I have a good mechanic who has a BIG tow truck and he has a 24 hour emergency line. Of course, it isn't free, but I know if I had to call him, I'd be out and home in an hour with only about $50 out of my pocket.

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    1. Like you, Rain, I prefer to handle my own problems. One of the two truck operators here used to run the gun counter at the general store, and I know him well. I always keep his card in my pocket. If you have to have a wrecker, the Sheriff's department here gives you the chance to choose your own, but if you don't know any, you get "next list" as all the wrecker company in the counties get the unassigned calls from the Dispatcher in rotating order.

      I do the same with reckless drivers. I don't want to be anywhere near them , not behind them and I don't want them behind me, either. Snow and ice just makes the inevitable more horrific.

      I have towing insurance, but if you don't , it will cost you $100 here to get pulled out of the ditch, and more if they have to haul your vehicle somewhere. I expect that's why people try to get the Sheriff's Department to come out. And, surprisingly given that all they have is standard patrol cars, they often do get back back on the roads.

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  9. I also don't understand when people drive recklessly in bad weather. I prefer to get to my destination alive!

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  10. Becca, some of it is stupidity. I am often reminded on the road that even an Alfred E. Neuman can get a drivers license here. Part of it is poor judgment, like driving in the fast lane , roaring down the road in snow and ice. Like you, I would rather drive cautiously and have some chance of getting to my destination intact.

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  11. Very good post, well written.

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