New Timney Triggers

Timney’s new Calvin Elite replacement trigger for the 10/22 platform features a one-piece complete trigger assembly of CNC machined 6061-T6 aircraft grade billet aluminum. The trigger, sear, and hammer are wire EDM cut and heat-treated steel for extended durability. This is a self-contained unit ready to install by pushing out the two action pins and replacing the complete factory trigger assembly. The unit features a Timney-designed extended magazine release that can be operated by one finger for ease and accessibility as well as an auto bolt release.

The trigger pull is set between 1.5-2 pounds from the factory with no creep. The Calvin Elite comes with four different shoes that include curved, flat, heeled, and knurled shapes. All necessary tools for fitting and adjusting shoes are included. One key feature of the trigger is the shoes are fully-adjustable for a custom fit for every user and application. The shoes are adjustable for length of pull, cast, and height for custom comfort and positive contact.

MPX

The Timney replacement trigger for the SIG MPX is the latest in the Timney lineage of AR-style, semi-automatic, replacement triggers. Offered in curved and straight shoe trigger options, the trigger, hammer, and bridge are constructed of heat-treated steel. The housing is machined 6061, T6 anodized alloy and the trigger is factory calibrated for a pull weight of four pounds with a two-pound first stage and two-pound second stage for the two-stage model.

Timney’s MPX trigger is a self-contained, 100% drop-in unit ready to install in your rifle for a smooth trigger pull with no gunsmithing, fitting, or adjusting required. Visit TimneyTriggers.com or call 866/484-6639 for more information.

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Chick Blood Quotes

To celebrate Chick Blood’s contributions here, I’d like to remember him by how we worked and share some of my favorite “Chick-isms.”
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Ruger Parts

TANDEMKROSS is an aftermarket firearm parts company that manufactures parts for popular firearms. While their line covers a wide range of firearms, including the usual suspects of AR-15 and 1911 parts, they are known for their Ruger components.
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HM Defense HMB Bolt

The AR-15 is America’s longest serving service rifle and has a deserved reputation for performance and reliability. However, as with any machine, parts can fail. While not a particular weak point (10,000 round counts are a reasonable minimum) AR-15 bolts can break. One potential point of failure is the center hole fitting the cam pin.

HM Defense designs, develops, and produces AR rifles and parts that feature a number of their own patent-pending technologies. The company manufactures and final machines rifle components in-house in their Mt. Orab, Ohio facility. To improve bolt longevity, HM Defense designed their HMB Bolt, an enhanced durability part for M16/AR-15 and AR-10 rifles. The HMB Bolt corrects a natural weak point in existing bolts where the cam pin hole passes through. Under extensive use, standard bolts can fail there. The HMB Bolt eliminates the pass-through cam pin hole and replaces it with a socket and tapered pin. This reinforces a natural weak point by significantly increasing the amount of metal and strength at the cam pin location.
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DEFCON 4SD

Operating gunsmiths interested in maintaining profitable shops are wise to keep an eye on emerging trends. Conversations with several gunsmiths recently revealed that some of the most profitable, ongoing work for them includes AR-15 builds (no surprise there), 9mm carbines of various makes (influenced from Pistol Caliber Carbine competition), and suppressors. All three of these are nicely put together in this offering from Desert Design & Development.
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“Broomhandle” Mauser

At a time when most handguns were limited to six rounds, the ten-shot Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) caught the attention of the world for its unprecedented capacity and formidable high-velocity 7.63x25mm cartridge.

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Civil War Sharpshooting

Civil War Sharpshooting

At the outset of the American Civil War, the wealthy inventor and expert shot Hiram Berdan initiated the setting-up of sharpshooting units in the Union Army. These units would be tasked primarily with open-order skirmishing as well as long-range, accurate shooting. Initially, it was envisaged that the M1855 Colt revolving rifle would be the weapon employed by these specialists. Instead, the North’s sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon employing a falling-block action. It had double-set triggers, aiding accuracy, and could fire up to ten shots per minute, more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58 rifled musket.

The Sharps was very expensive, though, and military planners believed it would encourage soldiers to waste ammunition. After a prolonged fight with the Ordnance Department, however, Berdan succeeded in procuring Sharps rifles for his men. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket, the Spencer Repeating Rifle – a lever-action rifle with a seven-round tube magazine chambered for the rimfire .56-56 Spencer cartridge – as well as competition sporting rifles repurposed for military use.

Conversely, the Confederacy favored the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters. The South also imported from Britain quantities of the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. More prone to fouling and slower-firing than the standard-issue rifled musket, the Whitworth offered impressive long-range accuracy and its hexagonal bullets made a distinctive whistling noise in flight. In May 1864, a Confederate sharpshooter armed with the Whitworth famously killed the highest-ranking Union battle casualty of the conflict, Major General John Sedgwick, at a range of about 1,000 yards.

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War: Colt, Sharps, Spencer, and Whitworth by Martin Pegler covers that history and more. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.

Available direct from Osprey Publishing (OspreyPublishing.com, 718/433-4402) or Amazon and other booksellers.

https://ospreypublishing.com/sharpshooting-rifles-of-the-american-civil-war

Read more in the February 2018 issue.

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