1. NORINKO MAK-907.62x39 

    Well, it’s not a Valmet but it is another variant of the classic AK-47. This one is Chinese built and I do got my eye on it along with a cheap little 12 gauge Maverick 88 (always good to have a 12 gauge standing around, I think) so hopefully things will go well and I’ll take this and the shotgun home with me. 

    This one isn’t one of the dreaded ‘third pin’ MAK-90’s so it’s perfectly legal in all aspects and just a beautiful example all it’s own. 

  2. VALMET M76 .223 

    Filed under: Things I Have Gotten To Hold But Can’t Have 

    I’m helping a good friend of mine sell the estate of a relative who just recently passed away and let me tell you that gent had a fine taste in firearms. Not a whole lot (thank god, my heart can only take so much) but what he has is almost all in the same condition as this gorgeous Valmet. If I had to pick just one out of the group, I’d have an exceedingly difficult time deciding between this one or the never-fired Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Gauge shotgun - sure, it’s all camo, but it’s a Benelli. With all the chokes, manuals, a soft and hard case…I had a hard time giving it back. 

    But, if you happen to be in the market for a Finnish AK-47 which has been a Safe Queen since the late 80’s…her asking price is only $1,700! I got a small mountain of magazines sitting on my desk but there’s a couple that go to her. 

    I will post pictures of the Benelli, but I need to go out and re-photograph that one because those just didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted. There’s also a super cute Ruger 10/22 Carbine in the lot, two bows, a MAC-11 with a short and long barrel and five magazines, and a super peculiar (but immaculate) Browning 12 gauge magnum. 

    The pictures I got really aren’t all that exciting or fancy, but I’ll try to pick some good ones out of the lot and post some more. But this one…oh yes, she deserved a post all her own. 


  3. Mosinitis - Into the Nugget

    Mosinitis affects everyone differently.

    You might get it in the worst way or you might not really get it at all. It’s hard to say how bad you even got it until you finally think you got enough; or rather that’s how I think it works, ‘cause I clearly still don’t have enough myself. There’s some kind of inexplicable attraction to these old war horses and a million ways to justify buying another one - do you have a triple dated MO 91/30 yet? No? Perfect excuse to go check out that particular gunshop (you know the one, they have all the old stuff) and well…they didn’t have that triple dated MO, but they had this Tombstone KO marked Tula in this gorgeous prewar stock and I mean honestly, how is someone supposed to resist something like that?

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    127 notes for my Winchester! I am excited. This is my excited face.


  5. Gun Safety Absolutes: Semi-Auto Pistol Edition

    People are going to make mistakes no matter what.

    But there’s a vast difference between putting a little too much sugar in your coffee and assuming a gun is unloaded and safe. Sure, it’s helpful to teach the mantra “A gun is always loaded!” to both young and old alike, but that’s only part of the equation in what should be muscle memory for even the most casual shooter. There is a lot of do’s and don’ts  involved in the safe handling firearms but they are - for the most part - delightfully simple and will stick with you for a lifetime.

    It was this musing that made me realize I don’t have any sort of Gun Safety Tip posts anywhere on my blog - so, we’re going to be covering everything from safety basics in semi-auto handguns (this post); to dealing with scary moments such as Fail To Fires and bore obstructions; to safely firing large caliber pistols which can be intimidating to a new shooter but, if handled right, can be a lot of fun.

    These aren’t All-Encompassing posts spanning every type of safety situation imaginable - for instance, we’re not going to delve into single shot pistols or single-action semi-autos; those we’ll leave for another day. These are just to give you a good solid idea of why, what, and how. The rest is just putting these tips to work in everyday life and using common sense for the rest. A gun won’t leap off the table and bite you, for instance, but it could very well be knocked off and accidentally discharge  if not made safe first.

    The Semi-Auto Pistol: Lock, Drop, And Rack 

    Remember that mantra we just talked about? “A gun is always loaded!” ? While this is a good basis to start on, there are ways to ensure that your firearm is unloaded and safe to handle in a casual situation or after firing. A lot of newer firearms include some sort of Loaded Chamber Indicator which is supposed to tell you if there’s a bullet locked in and ready to fire, but never ever trust these. Like with anything mechanical, they can fail and what you may assume is an empty chamber is, in fact, one with a round in it despite the ‘indicator’ indicating otherwise.

    And, of course, with any gun - freshly unloaded or not - always keep it pointed in a safe direction, even if you set it down. 

    Loaded chamber indicator on a Ruger MKIII. Your pistol may or may not have one of these.
    Loaded chamber indicator on a Ruger MKIII. Your pistol may or may not have one of these.

    The Semi-Auto pistol are one of things that may seem a bit complicated at a glance, but mechanically are pretty straightforward. At their simplest a semi automatic pistol will:

    1. Eject the spent shell casing

    2. Cock the weapon (move the hammer back into the firing position)

    3. Chamber the next round in the magazine

    These three things put together means that a semi-auto pistol is ‘always ready’, meaning beyond initially loading the firearm, the shooter does not have to do anything to make the gun ready to fire. If the shooter pulls the trigger, the gun will discharge. This is another reason why you should always follow some sort of Lock, Drop, Rack procedure. Externally speaking, unless you have a loaded chamber indicator (which as I mentioned before, should not be counted on 100%), there is really no way to tell if a semi-automatic pistol is actually loaded or not.

    Clearing your pistol is ridiculously simple, though, all you gotta do is:

    Lock It 

    This safety is in the 'Safe' position, meaning it will not allow the gun to fire under normal circumstances. Do NOT rely on a safety it is mechanical and can fail, use it in conjunction with other Safe Gun Practices.
    This safety is in the ‘Safe’ position, meaning it will not allow the gun to fire under normal circumstances. Do NOT rely on a safety it is mechanical and can fail, but when put to use with other Safe Gun Practices it can make a world of difference. If you’re using any kind of holster, be sure to double check that your safety is still properly engaged after removing your gun, as the lever can snare and disengage in some cases.

    Drop It

    Hit the magazine release and drop the mag out. This ensures that, even if there is another round in the mag, it won't be loaded into the chamber accidentally or otherwise.
    Hit the magazine release and drop the mag out. The release button on this Tanfoglio Force 99r is located near the trigger, just above my thumb. Dropping the magazine ensures that, even if there is another round ready to go, it won’t be loaded into the chamber accidentally or otherwise.

    And rack the slide to clear the chamber 

    An empty chamber is a happy chamber.
    An empty chamber is a happy chamber.

    In that order?Pistols can vary widely from model to model, but these steps should be followed in some order whenever you’re handing a firearm off to someone to be looked at or immediately after shooting. On your gun, you may have to drop the magazine and rack the slide before setting the safety. Always drop the magazine before racking the slide, never unload a gun by repeatedly racking it unless some kind of malfunction forces you to.

    Is setting the safety necessary? Say for some reason as you get ready to shoot, your trigger finger does the unholy and actually manages to catch the trigger when suddenly, you’re startled! A pistol with a properly functioning safety can and will prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot or leg. Safety off? Say hello to an intensely embarrassing trip to the ER you will probably never live down. And don’t be afraid to check to make sure it’s still on.

    Even if you’re intending to shoot your pistol a minute later the safety should always be engaged when a gun is not in immediate use. Can it fail? Of course it can, improper cleaning (or no cleaning at all) can gum it up and cause it - among other things - to malfunction and misbehave, but using it in conjunction with other basic safety practices is the mark of a responsible shooter.

    All the time?Absolutely. Even if you’re absolutely, positively, 100% cross your heart sure that the gun is unloaded, it won’t take but a few seconds to double check. I was recently at John’s Sport Center in Pittsburg, Kansas and was delighted by each of the staff members at the gun counter that, before handing a gun off to a customer, cycled the firearm to ensure the chamber was empty and above all, safe. This is something I’d love to see more often, not only in gun stores and shops, but in everyday gun handling life.

    See how easy that was? Stay tuned ‘cause next time on Lady With Guns we’ll be talking Pros and Cons on my brand new Tanfoglio Witness Pavona chambered in .40 S&W.

  6. Tanfoglio Witness Pavona .40 S&W 


    I finally got one!

    Behold, the Tanfoglio Pavona Compact in black and gold chambered in .40 S&W. I just cannot get over this gun. It’s clean, it’s classy, and I am so very much in love with it.

    If you’re not so much into the black and gold, they also have a blue and silver, light purple and silver, dark purple and silver, and a black and silver two-tone. I am just In Love with the black and gold, though. 

    Pick this beauty up on Saturday along with that nickle-plated sissy gun. It’ll be my first Taurus, so we’ll see how that goes. It feels pretty nice in the hand and is chamber in .40 S&W so how bad can it be?


  8. constable-connor reblogged your post High Point 9mm Carbine  - MAC-11 … and added:

    Before getting the Mosin, I originally thought about getting the High Point carbine.

    I like the High Point as a plinker (admittedly, I’m not used to the whole ‘tactical’ stock design and find it a touch uncomfortable, but I haven’t adjusted anything yet either) but the versatility and cheapness of the Mosins is a huge plus for me. Average price seems to be $150 on the low end and $175 towards the top these days, however I’ve seen sales on them for as low as $99. Not saying you’ll find that price everyday of the week - but they’ve happened, and sometimes in the private sector you can get them cheaper too.

    But lets be honest - even for $175 - where are you going to find a large caliber rifle for that money that you can go super custom with?

    You can keep ‘em original, cut ‘em down, drop ‘em in a huge array of different stocks…scope, no scope, put a sweet bent bolt on them. You can buy ammo for pretty dang cheap by the crate, but even the newer hunting stuff is pretty cheap (I’ve paid about $14 a box for 203gr Brown Bear and upwards of $30 for Winchester, Tulammo has started putting 54r in Walmart too). 

    I’d still say get a High Point if you can, ‘cause they’re a cheap little ‘tactical’ piece to go pew with, but Mosins you guys.

  9. High Point 9mm Carbine  - MAC-11 - TANFOGLIO FORCE 99R SAPI

    Literally none of these pictures turned out right. Normally, I’d post the trifecta and then individual posts for each gun, but…well…that didn’t happen.

    Seems like too much sunlight + black guns just does not mix all that well. I adjusted the settings on my camera but I can’t get ‘em like I want ‘em. 

    Going to try again closer to dusk today, but for the meantime, here y’all go!

    Everything here is chambered in 9mm - how do you like them apples?

  10. So I went out to try the new 9mm yesterday afternoon. I am excited. That is my excited face. In the second pic I have my finger up off the trigger because I was checking to see if I had emptied the mag yet. It holds 16+1!

    (I forgot my earbuds in the car like an idiot. Only let off a few rounds, though. Always wear hearing protection kids!)