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

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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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SIG SAUER P365

SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the new High-Capacity Micro-Compact P365 – the ultimate concealed carry pistol. This revolutionary striker-fired 9mm pistol offers the perfect balance of capacity and concealment with unrivaled shootability and ergonomics. The P365’s patent-pending, narrow-neck, modified double-stack magazine holds 10 rounds in both the flush-fit and extended versions, plus one in the chamber, for a full capacity of 11 rounds – nearly a 50 percent capacity increase over pistols in its class. An optional 12-round extended magazine equips this micro-compact pistol with full-size 13-round capacity, allowing you to carry more, everyday – 365 days a year. The P365 is also smaller and lighter than most other pistols in its class, measuring 1-inch wide, 5.8-inches long, and 4.3-inches tall with a barrel length of 3.1-inches. It weighs just 17.8 ounces with an empty magazine.

The unique grip design and higher grip to bore axis reduces perceived recoil and makes the P365 as comfortable to shoot as many mid-sized pistols. The grip is fully-textured polymer with a slim-line rail that will accommodate SIG light or laser accessories. The stainless-steel slide comes standard with front and rear serrations for easier slide manipulation, as well as SIGLITE® night sights for faster sight acquisition under all lighting conditions.

“As a company, we are relentless in our quest to be better – to constantly improve upon our existing products and to design and build superior products than those currently on the market,” said Ron Cohen, CEO and President of SIG SAUER. “The P365 is a result of this push. We built this pistol around our new, proprietary magazine for maximum concealability, capacity and shootability. The P365 is a pistol for professionals and civilians alike who want a smaller, high-performance pistol that does it all. This is the ultimate, everyday concealed carry pistol.”

Disassembly is safe and easy with a three-point takedown that does not require the trigger to be pulled. A generous trigger guard undercut also allows for a higher hand position and better retention. The narrowing magazine design allows the upper part of the grip to be perfectly contoured to fit the shooter’s thumb when fired.

In continued partnership with Blackpoint Tactical, one of the nation’s premier holster manufacturers, SIG SAUER is offering a series of concealment holsters specifically designed for the P365. Immediately available for order are the Blackpoint APX and IWB holster variants.

As a complete systems provider, SIG SAUER will be launching several new products specifically designed to complement the P365. Products will include ammunition optimized for everyday carry, a high-performance weapon light, a laser sight, a P365 compatible suppressor and a P365 air pistol. Announcements and press releases will be forthcoming on each of these exciting and new P365 products.

MSRP:
P365 $599.00
12-Round Extended Magazine $55.00
10-Round Flush Mag / 10-Round Base-Extension $49.00
365 APX Holster $79.95
365 IWB Holster $79.95

Fix It Sticks: AR-15 Kit

Fix It Sticks releases their AR-15 Maintenance Kit.

Available with Hard or Soft Carrying Case, it comes with two Fix It Sticks, Twelve 1/4″ Bits, Carrier Bolt Group Scraper, Bronze Scraper, Castle Nut Wrench, Metal Pin Punch, Plastic Pin Punch, Cleaning Brush, Metal Pick, Set of Brass Cleaning Rods and Bit Adapters (accept any standard 8-32 threaded attachments), Hard or Soft Carrying Case.

See it at SHOT Show in Rifles Only’s Booth (#20536)

What You Need To Know About The Barrel Break-In Process

What You Need To Know About The Barrel Break-In Process
by Grant Ubl

Mystery and misconception surrounds the barrel break-in process. Is it necessary? How long-winded should this process be? What are the benefits? All are viable questions.

Before we get into various break-in procedures, let’s look at how barrels are manufactured and what shooters face when approaching a virgin barrel. Barrels are manufactured using several different processes to put the rifling into the bore. The processes selected and the finishing or final-lapping technique used will determine interior barrel smoothness. Here, we’ll assume that all barrels in this discussion have the exact same interior dimensions. Always keep in mind the barrel production process might leave minuscule marks in the bore that are 90 degrees to bullet travel, which will affect the collection of fouling.

More:
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/12/21/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-barrel-break-in-process/

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