Everything About MIM Parts *

* That you didn’t know enough to ask.

I just finished reading a three-part series on MIM or metal injected molding by Mike at the Revolverguy.com and why Smith & Wesson adopted it for some of their revolver parts. The series dealt with both the myth and realities of MIM parts, the details of the molding process, their strengths and weaknesses, and the engineering that must go into designing the molds as well as the metal mixture.

One common misconception is that it is just a cheap way to make parts. Given that each mold can cost upwards of $150,000 and that engineering a proper part can take from six months to a year, this is definitely a myth. Another myth is that MIM parts are weaker than those made using other methods. This is not true especially when compared to stamped parts.

Part One – The Basics

Part Two – The Pros and Cons

Part Three – The S&W Experience

If you have any interest in how firearms are made or in Smith & Wesson revolvers, I highly recommend this three-part series. You, like I, will learn a lot from it and you don’t have to have a degree in engineering or metallurgy to understand it.


Still Think They Don’t Want To Ban Hunting Firearms

There are those misguided individuals out there who think the gun prohibitionists won’t come for their hunting rifles or shotguns. They think that Biden, Bloomberg, and Shannon Watts only want to take “high capacity magazines” (sic), “weapons of war”, and “assault weapons” (sic).

They need to think again. Based upon Biden’s statement to the press in Nantucket yesterday, your Remington 1100 that you use for ducks or trap, your Ruger 10/22 that you taught your son or daughter to shoot with, and your Browning Mark II BAR in .270 Winchester that you use for deer hunting are on the chopping block. Biden thinks that being able to purchase these fine firearms is “sick”.

Here is the link to his statement on the White House website.

What is sick is that everywhere Biden goes, he is guarded by Secret Service agents who are armed with both semi-automatic weapons as well as full-automatic weapons and yet he continues with this crap.

Unlike him, we are on our own to provide for self-defense for ourselves and our loved ones. Courts have repeatedly said that law enforcement officers have no duty to provide for our protection. They said it about the kids murdered in Parkland as well as in multiple Supreme Court cases.

The best tools to provide for that self-defense are not H&R Topper shotguns or Colt Single Action Army revolvers. They might work but a semi-auto handgun or carbine with standard capacity magazines would be a much better choice especially given the rise in multiple attacker home invasions.

Back to Biden’s statement. If you own a firearm for whatever purpose – hunting, sport, or self-defense – you better start realizing that there is a concentrated effort on the part of the White House, the gun prohibition industry, and the media to disarm you. The sooner you realize that, the better.

A Couple Of Black Friday Deals

There are a lot of Black Friday deals out there on firearms, ammo, and accessories. Bearing in mind that I am an affiliate of both Luckygunner.com and Amazon which pay me a commission, here are a couple worth your attention.

First up is the Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic hearing muffs. I have a couple of pairs of them and like them. They allow the use to hear commands on the range while shutting off when the decibel level rises. I also find them very useful hunting as they can be used to amplify sound while sitting in the stand. Many people have also upgraded these muffs by replacing the foam pads with gel ones. Amazon has these gel pads that will fit the Impact Sport muffs for only $14.

My first pair cost me $49 plus at Amazon. For Black Friday, the identical pair is now only $31.14. By comparison, MSRP is $84, Walmart is $35ish, and Cabela’s is selling them for $69. In other words, this is a really good deal on an excellent product.

LuckyGunner is running a number of specials on both ammo and accessories. For example, they have Federal 9mm 124 grain HST for $42.50 for a box of 50. Compare that with the prices you’ve seen in the $70-80 range at the gun show. Use this link to get to the specials.

This is not a bad time to try Amazon Prime. They offer the first 30 days for free which gets you 2 day shipping and access to a lot of great Amazon produced videos including Jack Carr’s Terminal List.

If you are looking for a compendium of Black Friday deals, Eric at Pew Pew Tactical has a good round-up.

Don’t Be A Bubba

When surplus firearms were really plentiful, it was not unusual for a “home gunsmith” to convert one into a more sporting configuration. Usually it involved cutting down and reshaping the stock along with maybe a little metal work. There were even books on how to do it along with articles on it in gun rags. Now I am not talking about custom rifles where a professional gunsmith might use a surplus action as the basis for the custom rifle. I have a couple of Eddystone 1917 Enfields that formed the basis for magnum rifles. I also have a period correct Eddystone 1917 rifle with the protective leaves on the rear sight.

Given that you can now get a Savage Axis or a Ruger American centerfire rifle for a fraction of the price of an original Mauser that will be more accurate, it just does not make sense to destroy a piece of history for a hunting rifle. I don’t have a problem taking something that have been “bubba’ed” and reworking it but using a period correct, matching numbers Mauser of German or Swedish origin is almost a sin.

Reddit has a sub-reddit called Gun Memes. I saw this today and it was spot on.

When SKS carbines sold for $100 or less, they were a cheap way to get a deer rifle with almost .30-30 ballistics. Now if you want a Chinese or Russian SKS carbine, expect to pay $450 or more. Even the formerly ubiquitous Yugoslav SKS carbines are selling for $300 plus.

Respect that piece of military history and don’t be a “bubba”.

Everytown Fundraising Off Trump Announcement

Unless you were living under a rock, you know the former President Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election. It is was not unexpected nor were the fundraising appeals based upon his announcement.

However, one fundraising appeal that appeared in my in-box today was somewhat unexpected. It was from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety (sic).

Yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he is running for president in 2024.

Time and again President Trump has shown himself to be unfit for office. The NRA has long been one of Donald Trump’s top supporters, spending tens of millions to support his presidential bids in 2016 and 2020. As president, he was the NRA’s number one ally, fomenting the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda and emboldening far right extremists.

Donald Trump is a threat to democracy and a threat to gun safety.

No matter who the gun lobby decides to support in 2024, Everytown and Moms Demand Action will always be the counterweight to their far-right extremism. We are a grassroots movement of parents, students, survivors, educators, gun owners, community leaders, and concerned citizens working together to fight for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence—and we rely on your support to power our work.

In my opinion, this appeal was targeted to the low-information voter and donor. While President Trump had a great relationship with Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, other than his appointments to the Federal judiciary including the Supreme Court, he did not do a lot for gun rights. We never got national carry reciprocity and we never got the hearing protection act. Instead we got President Trump pressuring the DOJ and BATFE to concoct a ban on bump stocks by reclassifying them as machine guns. This was despite the clear intent of Congress and the clear wording of the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act of 1968. Thus to say Donald Trump is a threat to “gun safety” (sic) aka gun control is farcical.

Florala Pharmacy: Drugs, Guns, & Gifts

I have written in the past about McCaysville Drug and Guns in McCaysville, Georgia. Well, I found a place that goes one better – Florala Pharmacy.

Florala Pharmacy is located in Florala, Alabama which as the name suggests just across the border from Florida. Located in downtown Florala along US Hwy 331, the pharmacy was established in 1904 and is locally owned.

As this next photo makes clear, it is more than just a pharmacy.

In addition to being a full service pharmacy with a home health aids department, it has a gun counter and a quite extensive gift and clothing section. The gun counter had a selection of new rifles, shotguns, and a few pistols along with ammo and other accessories. The gift and clothing sections had a lot of nice items that were more than just “trinkets”. In a sense, this was a health-oriented, small town (pop. 1,906) general store that had some things for tourists and lot of what was needed locally.

The gift section had everything from a Christmas tree to greeting cards to clothing and more.

I did ask the lady whose back is in the picture if it would be OK if I took pictures. She said, “Honey, people take pictures of our store all the time.”

And yes, I got the T-shirt.

Thank You To All Veterans

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all veterans of the United States armed services on this Veterans Day. Your service to our nation in good times and in bad is appreciated by all who have a sense of honor and decency.

In my own family, my dad and almost all my uncles on both sides of the family served in either the Army or the Navy. The Complementary Spouse’s father, brother, and sister-in-law all served as Air Force officers. I was about to say we didn’t have any Marines but then I remembered my cousin Jackie served as a Marine Corps mortarman in the 1950s.

More Money Down The Drain At NRA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied the NRA’s request for an en banc hearing in their lawsuit against Maria Vullo of the NY Department of Financial Services. They had originally sued her on First Amendment grounds saying she had violated their right to free speech and to equal protection of the law with regard to an investigation involving the NRA and three insurance companies.

This was an appeal from the court’s decision on September 22nd which reversed and remanded the District Court’s decision not to dismiss the NRA’s free speech claims against Maria Vullo. The court found that she was covered by qualified immunity.

So we see, yet again, that the vaunted legal prowess of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, is more a myth than a reality. When one sees how much the NRA has spent on legal bills with the majority going to Brewer, one has to wonder just what value that they got for that money.

To help put things in perspective, the legal budget of the Second Amendment Foundation was $1.8 million according to their new Executive Director Adam Kraut.

Happy 247th Birthday, USMC!

Today marks the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps founding at Tun Tavern. Interestingly, the person commissioned by the Second Continental Congress to raise two battalions of Marines, Samuel Nicholas, was the innkeeper of Tun Tavern and a Quaker. He is buried at Arch Street Friends Meeting’s graveyard where the Marines lay a wreath in his memory on the Marine Corps’ birthday.

Nicholas gives new meaning to the term “Fighting Quakers”. I wonder how many Quakers are aware of this connection to the Marine Corps. I know that I never heard of it when I attended Guilford College which is a Quaker college.

Nicholas started recruiting immediately upon receiving his commission from the Continental Congress. In that spirit, here are a couple of older recruiting posters.

Finally, here is the official birthday message from the Commandant in video form.

Observations On The Midterm Elections

The pollsters took another election on the chin. Few races turned out anywhere near what was predicted. The so-called red wave or tsunami has turned into, at best, a red rivulet. The US House may be Republican majority but it will be only so marginally. We still don’t know about the Senate. The Georgia senate runoff may be the deciding factor there.

In North Carolina, it was generally a good night for Republicans and conservatives. Rep. Tedd Budd (R-NC) defeated former Ch. Justice Cheri Beasley. He had a positive vote margin of approximately 135,000 votes. In my district, St. Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) beat Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (R) by over 30,000 votes.

In the North Carolina statewide judicial races for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, it was a Republican sweep. Republicans will now have a 5-2 majority on the Supreme Court with the addition of Judge Richard Deitz and Trey Allen. With the US Supreme Court hearing Moore et al v. Harper et al, a case involving redistricting and the legislative prerogative, redistricting will probably come before the NC Supreme Court again.

Speaking of redistricting, the forced redistricting of Congressional districts by the NC Supreme Court resulted in a 7-7 split between Republicans and Democrats. Without this forced redistricting, it probably would have been 9-4.

The other NC results of note are that the Republicans regained a supermajority in the State Senate and are only one short in the State House. This bodes well for both the elimination of the pistol purchase permit as well as allowing church carry when the church has an attached school. Both bills were vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) and had his veto sustained in this past session.

Moving on from NC, let’s look at Pennsylvania. I think it was widely expected that AG Josh Shapiro (D) was going to win the governorship over St. Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) and he did. It was the Senate race between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman that got most national attention. It appears that Fetterman, damaged as he was from his stroke, has won that race by about 200,000 votes. I have looked at the results and one thing stands out to me. The PA Secretary of State’s office shows the votes on the day of the election and “mail in” votes. Fetterman got 886,217 mail in votes versus 217,932 for Oz. A 4-1 split like that is statistically suspicious in my opinion. This is especially true given that Oz had about 45,000 more election day votes than Fetterman. It just doesn’t pass the smell test.

As to Fetterman serving a full term, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he will be gone by mid-year 2023 due to “health reasons” with Shapiro then appointing a replacement to serve until Jan. 2025. I just can’t see Fetterman as being much more than a placeholder given his condition.

J. D. Vance along with Republicans in general had a good day in Ohio. They took the governorship, Vance’s senate seat, and the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court along the rest of the Council of State offices.

Oregonians decided that they wanted to stick with the leftist policies of Gov. Kate Brown and elected Tina Kotek (D) as governor. Again, polls were deceiving as it appeared that Republican Christine Drazan might have been in the lead. Also, voters barely passed anti-gun Measure 114 which contains a magazine ban as well as requirements to obtain a permit before purchasing any firearm. Multnomah County, the home of Portland, provided the most votes for it. Why am I not shocked. I foresee that this will be challenged in Federal court given the Bruen precedents.

One last observation is that former President Trump was good at pushing candidates in the primaries. He was not so good at getting candidates that could actually win a general election. If you look at both New Hampshire and Georgia, Republican governors cruised to re-election while the Trump-backed Senate candidates struggled. Bolduc lost in New Hampshire and Hershel Walker is slightly behind Warnock at they are headed to a run-off. Meanwhile in Florida, both Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio who have been dissed by Trump won handily. I know Trump wants vindication for his 2020 loss to Joe Biden but there comes a time when you just have to suck it up and move on. Now that I’m officially a senior citizen, I think I can say we need a 2024 presidential candidate that is younger than me which automatically precludes him.