Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Guns of Archer

If you like guns and I know you do, you have probably been watching the TV show archer.

If you haven't seen the show yourself a favor: get a case of Glengoolie Blue, order ten pizzas, fire up Netflix and get to binge got some catching up to do.

Now in its seventh season the super spy and his cohorts have employed a plethora of guns to foil crimes, stop evil and generally cause chaos. Just for fun I decided to list them here.

Rarely an episode goes by that we don't see Sterling Archer with his trusty stainless Walther PPK

His love interest in the show and the hottest cartoon girl since Jessica Rabbit, Lana Kane,  packs not one, but two full auto TEC-9 pistols

The effeminate but still bad ass Ray Gillett packs two stainless engraved 1911 pistols...with the names Liza and Barbara engraved on the slides
In an early episode we see Mallory Archer in a bar nursing Sterling while fighting off bad guys with a Mauser Broomhandle, also behind the bar is a much younger Woodhouse dual wielding sawed off double barrels.
Resident creepy guy, Doctor Krieger (BTW Doctor is his 1st name, not his title) is rarely seen with a real firearm, but he is often seen with a tranquilizer gun....or a bunch of them.

In one episode Sterling's tryst with El Presidente Calderon's wife Juliana, ends with violence, we get to see where Juliana keeps her pocket pistol....possibly a Beretta Cougar or Colt Mustang?
Early in the series we get to watch Lana shoot a full auto AK-47 while wearing nothing but her unmentionables...Danger Zone....

Here she is with an M16

Sterling has also been seen with the M16-A2

Mallory Archer is the matriarch of ISIS (the name of the spy agency, totally not related to the terrorist group). She doesn't carry gun much anymore, but when she does she goes old school with a Dan Wesson .44 Mag
Sterling and Lana with what appears to be an M-60 Machine Gun and a M1911 pistol

This is not a replica T-2 robot, wielding a gold plated AK-47, it is Barry from ODIN, oh yeah did I forget to mention he is a freakin cyborg?

Sterling's one time cyborg girlfriend Tatiana...with a PPSH-41
The bumbling ISIS Comptroller Cyril Figgis is rarely trusted with a gun, as he almost always misses and when he does hit someone, it is usually the wrong person.

Sterling with a copy of the M41A Pulse Rifle from the movie Aliens

Here is Sterling with a Colt 1911

And with his "underware gun" the Chekhov .25. If you know your literature, you will get the joke about the name "Chekhov".

Here he is aiming a Barrett M82A1 .50 cal sniper rifle
To defend the Tunt castle, Sterling grabs a Steve McQueen special, also known as a "Mare's Leg"

 CIA Agent Slater carries a 1911 pistol

Here is Barry, a spy who works for a competing agency called ODIN, with his signature side arm, the Desert Eagle.

Here is Barry shooting some Russian guards with, appropriately enough, a Tokarev pistol.

Here is Sterling with a double barrel shotgun on a commercial plane...committing two Federal Crimes in one

FBI Special Agent Holly with his old school Colt Detective Special

Hitmen turned drug dealers Charles and Rudy use the Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer to rob Sterling and the gang of their cocaine

The same duo carrying MP40s

Ramon Limon carries a stainless Desert Eagle in the same episode

A Yakuza sniper trains his Heckler & Koch PSG-1 on ISIS headquarters

In one episode ISIS is infiltrated by a Russian mole named Crenshaw, he carries a P08 Luger

 This post could almost go on forever, if I haven't whetted your appetite, you are either not a gun enthusiast or you are dead in either case you are missing out on one kick ass show...

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The 10/22 Target Rifle Project part 1: Planning

This is another one of the 10/22 projects introduced in March.

Like some of the others this one was inspired by Hipshot from the Rimfire Central Forum

The object of this build is to create, through our own work and creativity (using Hipshot's stock as inspiration), a custom target rifle that is comfortable and fun to shoot. We are not attempting to get 1 hole groups at 100 yards nor are we trying to re-invent the rifle.

To accomplish this, I could buy a custom stock, aftermarket receiver, aftermarket bull barrel and parts and have $1000 or more into this project.
Instead we will build this on a more modest budget. While I wont be putting a hard limit on it, we will attempt to keep it under $400.
That means most of the work will be done by me, including building a custom stock with custom action bedding (fore and aft) and a trigger/action job.

While I will stick with the design concept above, I will tweak it a bit, see the stock below, it has more material above the thumb hole, more of a straight line across the top of the wrist. I will also make the cheek weld a bit smaller.

When it comes to the color, I want to go with pearl white on the stock, everything else will be silver or polished aluminum/stainless steel 

Except the bang switch, I am thinking this 10/22

I don't know why, but the contrast of silver, black and the single spot of red on the rifle above reminds me of Ava Lord (Eva Green) from the movie Sin City, A Dame to Kill For

I think I will name this rifle Ava....

....anyway... back to the project, now that I have a plan, it is time to collect the parts:

I had collected a few factory stocks to get me started, the most I paid was $15, the least $0, I even found a walnut one that I will restore and perform some checkering on in an upcoming project (once of course, I learn how to checker).

For this project we will be using the third one from the bottom which I picked up at the gun show for $5

I purchased some planks of Poplar wood a while back (I used some of it to make the pistol grip on my Hoplophobe Project
The wood will be cut to make a new butt stock and re-profile the forend.

I bought this Charger receiver on gun broker from S&P Outfitters

In case anyone is wondering, it is perfectly legal to take this Charger pistol receiver and make it into a rifle, if you chose to do it the other way around, you will need permission from the Man.

I will install a KIDD rear tang kit and bed it into the stock

I will use these Weaver scope rings (aluminum & stainless steel). They are tall enough to clear the 50mm objective scope that I plan on using and they are made in America. These are the same ones I used on my daughter's pink rifle

I didn't want use the blued stock take-down I ordered this custom stainless one

I won an auction on eBay for this used bolt and charging handle

I needed some trigger group pins, these stainless ones are slightly oversized and very affordable

Also on ebay, I won an auction for this new take-off V-block and screws.

I purchased this gently used, factory stainless barrel from a local forum member, I also purchased the aluminum trigger assembly, for a future project.

I had several 10/22s & Chargers that could use a lighter trigger pull, so I ordered the tuner kit from Tony Kidd, I will be looking to get around a 2.5lb trigger pull

Kidd also supplied their auto bolt release, we could've done the mod ourselves, but for $13, I figured I'd buy this one, besides this one is stainless and it will match our other parts better.

We will also use Kidd's bolt buffer system

Atomic Arms supplied the red billet aluminum trigger

I also purchased this used and incomplete aluminum trigger housing for the project, the finish is pretty beat up, but that is not a problem. I'm removing it anyway so I can polish the aluminum. Also I can easily source the hammer, main spring, ejector, pins and springs needed, for now I will rob them from a spare trigger assembly that I bought.

If the rifle will be white and silver I didn't want a black butt plate or recoil pad and no one makes a white recoil pad (at least that I could find). So I bought a set of white flip-flops from Walmart for a whopping 98 cents and I will make my own.

For the scope I will attempt to find a reasonably priced rimfire scope with a 50mm objective, in silver of course!

It's time to turn this mess of parts into a rifle!