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?