Well, a few things have happened in my little funky world of firearms, and I figured that I'll tell you about it just because I haven't posted since... er... July.
That's mostly because I don't have a camera to *show* you what's going on, but I may fix that soon. Anyways:
1. The '56 Colt OP has been repaired by Joe at the shop. It locks up like a bank vault all the way around now thanks to a new hand and fresh timing work. Unfortunately I've only shot it once since and it didn't group, it patterned... I need to take it out again and verify that it wasn't me or the castoff ammo I used in it.
2. I managed to locate a stock for my Arisaka, another sporter that's in much better, actually beautiful condition with one caveat; there's a crushed spot at the very front of the forend. I also just now noticed that the front sight is rotated to the left about 15 degrees along the barrel axis, which means either the guy who worked on it before I rescued it was a ham-fisted moron or... well, that's about it. My guess would be that the barrel was cut and set back without sweating off the sight fixture and replacing it. That also opens the question up of whether or not it's still a 7.7 Arisaka, I'll have to have the chamber cast to find out for sure.
3. Tonight I'm bringing home a pristine 1974 CZ-70 in .32acp. That leaves only two "common" pistols out of the CZ collection, a 38 and a 97. Once I get those two I can hunt down a Fox, a Duo, maybe a 50 and an 85... the CZ Fox is probably unobtanium, but would be quite slick as it's an early '20's vest pocket semiauto .25 with a FOLDING TRIGGER.
4. I have a new carry gun at work... a Para Ordnance P16-10. No, I don't mean 16-40... it *was* a 16-40, but not so much anymore :) I tried it out yesterday with some hornady XTP (200gr, 1080fps) and it was as accurate as I could shoot it and the recoil was surprisingly soft. Wiped the primers like a son-of-a-lorcin too, even with a heavier recoil spring, I'll source down a 30 pound mainspring shortly. McAdamSandwich tried it out too and liked it greatly, and once I have a heavy mainspring I'm looking forward to beating it senseless with some of Double Tap's 135gr, 1800fps loads :) Can you say "fireball"?
I'm fairly secure that unlike my previous carry choice (S&W 432PD .32H&R Magnum) that I won't have to wait very long at all for a cluster of COM hits to do their dirty work on a goblin, if need be. 6 .32 magnums are sufficiently deadly, 17 10mm rounds are...
...let me put it this way, it's cracking eggs with a hammer. However, that ignores the fact that hammers do indeed crack eggs, and rather well at that.
In ither news, that part of my brain that does internal CAD work is still in hyperactive mode and I've now got two different pistol designs and a concept for a gas-op rifle action floating around my brain with no real way to get them out. I *really* need to just suck it up and drop $200 on a melamine table with a horizontal beam and start drawing some of this stuff. Of course, that much would almost get me a copy of AutoCAD, which I do have training in.... hrmm.