Linda Harris Memorial and Scholarship

George Harris, International Firearms Consultants founder, SIGARMS Academy co-founder, and former Army Reserve Marksmanship Team member, announced the official launch of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship administered by the United States Concealed Carry Association.
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Paul Mazan Gunsmith videos

Regular American Gunsmith contributor Paul Mazan has many good videos you need to check out.

Checkout the Youtube channel 45 Alfa Charlie Papa and his entire gunsmith series, in addition to others.

Gunsmith series link:

Paul Mazan also posts to Facebook as The Old Singing Gunsmith
https://www.facebook.com/The-Old-Singing-Gunsmith-296807170954324/

Ray Ordorica Books

Contributing American Gunsmith author Ray Ordorica has some books worth checking out.

His new novel Border Caper is available on Amazon.

Pregnant Mexican girls murdered at the New Mexican border, their babies cut out of their wombs! Hired by Immigration to find out why, exclusive investigator Rico Morgan and his trusty friend Mole must know something they’re not aware of because they’re suddenly targets of assassins. Can a Mexican drug lord and Rico’s violinist girlfriend Sally, a covert NSA agent, help them dig out the secret? The Chinese element might help, or they might bury them.

He also has Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook: One Man’s Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness available on Amazon as well.

Dedicated fans of Alaska reality-television shows will enjoy this look at real life in the forty-ninth state” (Booklist).

In the fall of 1978, Ray Ordorica packed everything he thought he would need into his Toyota LandCruiser and drove north to Alaska. He came to a land he had never seen, to find something he wasn’t even sure existed: a wilderness cabin he could use for a year or more to live, think, relax, read, and write. Ordorica found his cabin, fixed it up, and, although it was just an uninsulated 12-by-16-foot one-room log structure, he spent three winters in it in relative comfort.

Ordorica’s life in that cabin fulfilled a dream he’d had for more than ten years. During his long winters in Alaska, it occurred to him that there must be many others who have put off an extended wilderness visit to out of uncertainty or fear. They have as many questions about Alaska as he had before he arrived: How do you cope with forty below? How do you get water? Is it totally dark in mid-winter? Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook is an epic memoir about one man’s journey into the Alaskan wilderness, filled with wisdom and insight into how to get away from the noisy modern world and experience an adventure in simplicity.

Tormach Updated PathPilot CNC Software

Tormach Inc., maker of compact CNC milling machines, introduced a free software upgrade to its PathPilot CNC Control Software package. In addition to improving the use of their machines, Tormach is now offering a PathPilot simulator as a CNC learning and training feature.

“Cost and capability are two of the biggest barriers in a CNC investment,” said Lori Morrison Bufalo, Marketing Director at Tormach. “Our CNC machines provide premium performance at a significant price difference from our competition. We believe our latest PathPilot CNC Control Software, which comes standard with all our machine packages, is the easiest to master, yet feature-packed CNC control system available today.”

New updates to Tormach’s PathPilot software include an enhanced trajectory planner for faster cycle times and a new visual conversational programming feature for intuitive, step-by-step template to quickly write G-code for milling and lathe sequences. In addition, memory has been expanded to 85GB of available program storage memory, complete WiFi connectivity is built-in, and users now have the ability to eliminate use of USB drives for programming with a new auto-sync function. This function allows users to post out of their CAM software to a Dropbox G-code folder, even when their CNC machine isn’t on. The next time the machine is turned on, the sync happens immediately.

In addition to the software updates mentioned above, Tormach is introducing its new “TRY PathPilot” virtual CNC Control simulator. This cloud-based program, available for free to anyone with an Internet connection, allows new CNC users to learn programming in PathPilot’s environment and try it before you buy it. Tormach CNC machine owners can use this new software to program remotely from anywhere and upload their virtual PathPilot code to their local controller, and start making chips once they return to their Tormach CNC machine. Educators utilizing Tormach CNC machines in STEM programs will now have the ability for students to complete curriculum programming outside of the makerspace lab.

About Tormach

Located in Waunakee, Wisconsin USA, Tormach Inc. is dedicated to providing exceptionally engineered products, technical support, and customer service at the lowest possible cost. Our focus is to help our customers realize goals in CNC by providing tools and resources to help transform concepts into real products.

Whether you are involved in research and development, education, short run production, or simply an entrepreneur with an idea, Tormach small CNC products will allow you to make what you need easier, quicker, and more affordably.

info@tormach.com
608/849-8381

Tormach CNC Raffle

Tormach Inc., the industry’s leading supplier of affordable, PCNC (Personal CNC) Milling Machines, has donated an all-new PCNC 440 CNC Mill to support education and the next generation of manufacturers.  The mill package, valued at $20,000, is being raffled off with all proceeds going to support the National Robotics League, the National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) job-driven, project-based STEM learning experience to close the skills gap and promote pathways to careers in manufacturing.

“This donation from Tormach supports a lot of things we care deeply about, including education, STEM, workforce development, and manufacturing,” said Lori Morrison Bufalo, Marketing Director at Tormach.  “The goal is to have the machine placed in a school by the raffle winner where it will be used to help students learn CNC machining and to prepare for careers in manufacturing. We encourage individuals and companies to purchase raffle tickets at https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/?r=7955.  Support your local schools, purchase tickets and maybe you’ll win a free Tormach CNC Mill for one!”

The PCNC 440 is a benchtop mill from Tormach that features the precision and power of an industry-level mill.  It features a cast iron frame and table, dovetail ways, ball screws, and a 10,000 rpm R8 spindle. It features a small footprint of 10” x 6.25” x 10”, making it ideal for small spaces.  It also features Tormach’s PathPilot next-generation control platform, featuring professional-level machine control with a user-friendly and intuitive operator interface. The machine being donated cuts materials ranging from plastic composites to titanium and comes with free lifetime technical support.  

Raffle Details

Tickets are available for $100 each or 3 for $250.00 and can be purchased online at https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/?r=7955.  The drawing will take place at the NTMA Fall Conference on October 24, 2018 at 7 p.m.   The raffle winner does not need to be present to win and will not be responsible for any taxes if the prize is donated directly to a school or qualified youth organization.  

About Tormach

https://www.tormach.com/our_story.html

Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield “Consumer Advisory”

Smith & Wesson has launched a “consumer advisory” notice for owners of the M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety pistol, a common concealed-carry sidearm.
“It seems the function of the M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety pistol can be influenced by the type and quality of ammunition used with the pistol,” said Todd Woodard, Editor of Gun Tests Magazine. “Most gun owners realize that’s the case with most firearms.

“In the case of the M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety, however, the company has found ‘that in very rare circumstances,’ ammunition that produces a high level of felt recoil can cause the manual safety to move from the Fire position to the Safe position during firing. That means your Shield unexpectedly might not go bang after it’s fired. That could be very bad for a concealed-carry gun owner who’s depending on the EZ in a self-defense situation.”

Should this occur, a company statement says, “You will not be able to fire the next round unless and until the manual safety is reset to the Fire position.”

So, as of April 4, 2018, Smith has engineered the manual safety so that it will be less susceptible to the influence of ammunition weight, velocity, and loads, Woodard reported.

“Any M&P 380 Shield EZ Manual Thumb Safety pistol produced before April 4 is eligible for a no-cost upgrade,” he said.

To determine if this consumer advisory applies to your pistol, please utilize the serial number verification tool on the company’s consumer advisory page. Click here to navigate to that page.

Then, Woodard advised, if your pistol is subject to this fix, call Smith & Wesson at (800) 331-0852 or email them at MP380EZAdvisory@Smith-Wesson.com. A FedEx return label and shipping instructions to facilitate the return of your M&P 380 Shield EZ pistol will be mailed to you.

Also, Woodard said it’s worth noting a significant ammunition restriction Smith & Wesson posted in the announcement:

WARNING: READ AND FOLLOW THE WARNINGS IN YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL. NEVER USE “PLUS-P” (+P), “PLUS-P-PLUS” (+P+); OR RELOADED AMMUNITION WITH THE M&P 380 EZ. ALWAYS USE FACTORY-MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION PRODUCED TO SAAMI SPECIFICATIONS.

More:
https://www.gun-tests.com/special_reports/handguns/No-Go-Bang-Sometimes-M-26878-1.html

Be on the cover of Brownells #71

Want to be on the cover of the unofficial “Bible” of the gun industry?

Gunsmiths and hobbyists can submit their best photos of their gunsmith shop or work area to contests@brownells.com or post photos on social media and use the hashtag #bigbook71

Brownells will accept submissions through March 2nd 2018 and the chosen winner will not only be featured on the cover of Big Book #71 but also receive a Brownells gift card worth $500 as well as a short article inside the catalog! Those submitting via email please provide name, name of shop or business, address, and contact phone number! Good luck!

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You wanna be on the cover of the unofficial “Bible” of the gun industry? Gunsmiths and hobbyists can submit their best photos of their gunsmith shop or work area to Contests@Brownells.com or post photos on social media and use the hashtag #bigbook71! Brownells will accept submissions through March 2nd 2018 and the chosen winner will not only be featured on the cover of Big Book #71 but also receive a Brownells gift card worth $500 as well as a short article inside the catalog! Those submitting via email please provide name, name of shop or business, address, and contact phone number! Good luck! #brownells #gunsmithing #gunsmith #guns #gun #firearms #rifle #pistol #handgun #shotgun #reloading #rifles #gunporn #revolver #wheelgun #oldschool #1911 #glock #gunporn #gunfanatics #guncollector #gunchannels #gunsdaily #metalworker

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