Monday, December 7, 2009

Random Firearms Trivia.

From the There-Are-No-New-Ideas department, I discover that the fine folks at Ashley Express (now XS Sights - 73.6% more eXtreme!) lifted the idea for their Express pistol sights from old English Elephant-In-Tall-Grass handcannons. It makes a lot of sense, really - I don't imagine it takes a lot of precision to crack an elephant's brain case at fifteen paces, just suicidal unshakeable nerve. (Of course, as Jeff Cooper pointed out in his Commentaries, absolute confidence in one's marksmanship produces iron nerve, so in a way the ability to deliver precision indirectly contributes to the resolution of a situation where precision isn't required. But I digress.)

Bruce Gray recommends - wait for it - dry-fire with your eyes closed. After two months of doing so for fifteen minutes a day, I can safely say that that method will help work out perplexing shooting issues. Not watching the sights forces you to feel your way through a perfect smooth trigger stroke. Open your eyes afterward, and chances are the sights are pointing to where your off-center group usually goes. For me it's up - I seem to be heeling the crap out of the gun, especially strong hand/weak hand. Consciously focusing on the trigger finger and where I put pressure on the grip seems to have rubbed that problem out.

It turns out that one of the features of the Mosin-Nagant rifle is a magazine interrupter - the top round in the magazine is not under tension, and can move around enough to prevent rim lock. File that in the Things-I-Never-Thought-Would-Be-An-Issue-Until-Someone-Fixed-Them department.

2 comments:

MauserMedic said...

Had the Mosin interruptor been combined with the Enfield bolt and magazine system, someone would have had one hell of battle rifle around the turn of the century.

Bunnyman said...

Whoa. Do Lee-Enfields not play nicely with chargers or somesuch?