Sheet Metal .22 Derringers

Guerilla Gunsmithing 101: Learn it, Know it!

Impro Guns

Four different models built from the Professor Parabellum DIY Sheet Metal Derringers plan book.

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Streamlight TL Racker



Since bad things almost always happen at night, every serious Fighting Gun needs a light.

I have had nothing but luck with Streamlight Gear for the last 15 years so I am definitely gonna give this a go.

I am a BIG believer in keeping your Fighting Gun’s Simple, so for a Home Defense Shotty, take a Plain Remington 870, add a Speedfeed Stock and Pistol Grip, the Streamlight TL Racker, an Improved Hi-Viz Tritium/Fiber Optic Front Sight and Boom! You are ready to Go. Bad Guys Beware.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!


Weapons and Ammo: An Entertaining Look at “Iraqi Gunsmithing”

WTF is This??

WTF is This??

Iraqi Gunsmithing: SKS, Mosin Nagant Aficionados Be Warned!!

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I will warn you ahead of time; the photos that are included in this link are both atrocious and hilarious.

What they do to some of these older C&R Rifles to “modernize” them is just plain WRONG!!

The bad thing is I bet like me, some of you guys have seen weapons as bad as this at some rifle training classes!!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Guerilla Gunsmithing: Very Cool CETME-LC Kit Build


CETME-LC (the short one): Safety PSA

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I you are looking for a different variation on a 5.56 gun besides your run-of-the mill everyday AR, this is a very cool kit build with a lot of possibilities.

Mind the safety notice however! This one can run away from you if you are not watching what you are doing.


Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Gun Hacks: 4 Minute AK Fixes

Make Simple Improvements to Your AK in the Time it Takes to Poach an Egg

When handling firearms, always observe safety rules and the precautions set forth in the firearm’s owner’s guide. Be certain that your firearm is unloaded and made safe before proceeding with this DIY

Though the AK and her variants may be the most prolifically used rifle in the world, in some (alright, many) aspects it can be a bit long in the tooth. About a decade ago, the lower prices of the AK made for a cheap and fun project gun to tinker with in the garage or workshop — and you could do so on a tight budget. This article hearkens back to that time, and though the base models may have increased in cost, the modifications haven’t. The goal was to highlight easy projects that gift clear improvements for the modern shooter that also keep the cost as low as possible.

For this article I used a vanilla homebuild pieced together from a Romanian “G” kit. There’s absolutely nothing special with this rifle whatsoever, and if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.

4 Minute AK Fixes photo

In the true spirit of the Kalashnikov, every one of these mods is robust and readily performed if you’re comfortable with common tools. You can do all of them in one go for under $20. If you’re not comfortable with tools, each project also has at least one commercially available alternative — some no doubt even featured inside these very pages. None of the projects require permanent modification on irreplaceable parts, and the parts you modify are easy to swap out if you end up hating it or simply dick it up too bad. Almost everything shown can be completed with handtools so you can pretend you’re in a cave in the Khyber Pass, though the vaunted Dremel is highly recommend for some.Whether you’re just trying to save a little money, want a fun weekend project, or simply desire to make your rifle a bit easier to rock — this one’s for you. So suit up and prepare to do things that will make the purists purple with indignation.

In no particular order …


One issue with standard AK iron sights is that the slot in the rear sight is just too darn tiny. Lining up your front sight within that small notch may be fine at a static slow-fire range, but at close dynamic ranges where speed is key it can be detrimental. While AKs from some nations have wider rear notches than others, all can be improved. Widening the rear slot not only makes for faster target acquisition, it also won’t affect accuracy too much — we are talking AK here after all. While you’re at it, you can take off some of the sharp corners if you want.

Opening up the rear with a triangle file is easy. Go slow, keep it square, then touch it up with some cold blue, or my favorite: spray paint. Shoot for a notch between 0.135 and 0.145 inch.

Armed Citizen Corner: Guns vs The Environment

A great reminder to keep your firearm maintenance at the top of your “to do” List because you never know when you might need it to save your ass. -SF




Last week I wrote an article about how I was incapacitated after surgery and needed to change the gun I normally carry.  I chose to carry my S&W 351C revolver.  I had been carrying it for about a week when I went to shoot it.

The cylinder wouldn’t open.

This is a revolver.  They never malfunction, right?  Wrong.  The cylinder wouldn’t open until I put a generous amount of oil on it.

Everything else seemed to be working fine.  I removed the cylinder and found this:


The cylinder crane was completely coated with rust.  That’s why the cylinder wouldn’t open up.

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