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Monoculars

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A quick post re a meatspace discussion yesterday.

Bottom line: Even a cheapy monocular gives you the ability – in mufti or field gear – to get a quick, discreet better idea about something beyond your unaided visual range at very little cost in weight or space.

More expensive ones also provide the ability to estimate range via the use of mil-grid ranging reticles.

In this recycled lawyer’s opinion, one should not be in the field without either binocs or a monoc at the very least.

In the EDC world, this tool comes right behind the flashlight in the pistol/mag/knife continuum.

YMMV.

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AK-47 Accuracy

A Gun Tests reader asked how well an over-the-counter AK-47 can shoot, so we bought one and an SKS and went to the range.

Recently, a Gun Tests reader requested that we gauge the accuracy of 7.62x39mm loads in the AK-47 rifle, with an eye toward evaluating the AK for ad hoc hunting, if the opportunity arose. Many of these rifles are in use in America, so determining the ability of the rifle to humanely harvest a deer or hog seemed like a good idea to check out. The 7.62x39mm cartridge is often compared to the 30-30 Winchester in power, and if the AK-47 and its loads were accurate enough, then the pair could be counted upon to take thin-skinned game at moderate distance. The question is, how accurate is commonly available ammunition in an average AK-47 at 100 yards? To find out, we obtained an AK-47 from the used rack at a pawn shop. The rifle featured an NDS receiver and seemed well put together. While we were there, we also grabbed an SKS chambered for the same round, in this case a Chinese rifle in excellent condition with matching serial numbers on its parts.

AK-47 camo print

The AK-47 test rifle was an ordinary one that proved accurate enough for most tasks. It was also reliable.

Accuracy Testing

Benchresting the AK and its long magazine produced some difficulties. We found it is not an easy rifle from which to coax accuracy. The SKS was easier to use well off the bench, especially when using the onboard iron sights. After initial sighting work at 50 yards to get on the paper, we fired a succession of three-shot groups at 100 yards, sighting both at the base of an 8-inch bull. At the end, we found the SKS to be slightly more accurate with the ammo we selected.

SKS rifle

The SKS

In broad terms, then, we think most shooters can get commonly available AK-47s to shoot around 4-inch groups at 100 yards, good enough to take game at that distance. We had slightly better results with the SKS, and would think of it as a 3.5-inch gun at that range. Also, we found a few rounds these guns preferred, so if you’re attempting to knock a hog in the head, you might consider starting with our winners in your own AK or SKS. Following are our ratings for eight ammunition choices suitable for the AK-47 or SKS variants, and you can also scan the results in the accompanying table.

Note: Prices have changed since we began this test, so the cited costs aren’t necessarily current.

RANGE DATA
Tula 122-gr. FMJ AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2224 fps 2269 fps
Muzzle Energy 1339 ft.-lbs. 1394 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 4.5 in. 3.6 in.
Wolf 123-gr. FMJ AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2280 fps 2301 fps
Muzzle Energy 1419 ft.-lbs. 1446 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 4.2 in. 3.8 in.
Winchester 123-gr. FMJ AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2266 fps 2321 fps
Muzzle Energy 1402 ft.-lbs. 1471 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 4.1 in. 3.8 in.
Fiocchi 123-gr. FMJ AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2281 fps 2312 fps
Muzzle Energy 1421 ft.-lbs. 1459 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 3.5 in. 3.4 in.
Winchester 123-gr. JSP AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2290 fps 2331 fps
Muzzle Energy 1432 ft.-lbs. 1484 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 3.6 in. 3.8 in.
Remington 125-gr. JSP AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2325 fps 2380 fps
Muzzle Energy 1500 ft.-lbs. 1572 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 3.9 in. 3.6 in.
Hornady 123-gr. SST AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2341 fps 2355 fps
Muzzle Energy 1496 ft.-lbs. 1514 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 3.7 in. 2.9 in.
Cor-Bon 150-gr. JSP AK-47 SKS 
Average Velocity 2325 fps 2354 fps
Muzzle Energy 1800 ft.-lbs. 1845 ft.-lbs.
Average Group 3.8 in. 3.6 in.
Notes: Average velocity readings were recorded by firing three-shot strings over a Competition Electronics Pro Chrono. The muzzle was 12 feet from the first skyscreen. Ambient temperature: 29 degrees. Elevation: 815 feet above sea level. The accuracy figures are the average of three three-shot groups. For accuracy, we fired the test gun from a benchrest bag at a 100-yard target. 

Hornady 123-gr. SST H8078
Hornady rifle ammunition

Hornady’s SST bullets are likely a great choice for deer hunting. In a 50-round box, the Hornady SST load is a Best Buy as a hunting-ammunition pick.

Purchased from CheaperthanDirt.com for $36.43/50, a quick calculation shows that 20 shots would round out to be just less than $15, to put the numbers on par. The Hornady SST is put up in steel cases, which is fine, and the ammunition is priced fairly. The Hornady 123-gr. SST was among the better AK loads and also gave the best results of any of the jacketed-soft-point loads when fired in the SKS rifle. But we gave the most weight to the AK results because that is what the reader asked for. The Hornady 123-gr. SST is arguably the best buy JSP by no small margin.

Gun Tests Grade: A (Best Buy)
Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics 123-gr. FMJ #1836515864
Fiocchi rifle ammunition

The Fiocchi load has a well-finished appearance. It gave excellent accuracy.

Purchased from MidwayUSA.com for $8.86/20, the Fiocchi loading cost almost twice what the Tula load costs, but if you want superior accuracy, the Fiocchi delivers. Complete reliability is there as well, and you have no worries concerning extractor wear as with steel case ammunition. The Fiocchi load was among the most accurate tested. We wondered what it might do in a more accurate rifle than our AK and SKS choices.

Gun Tests Grade: A
Winchester 123-gr. FMJ Q3174

Purchased from MidwayUSA for $17.95/20, this is a good solid choice, widely available, reliable. It was accurate enough for meaningful practice. However, it is expensive and cost nearly as much as the JSP loads. But it burns cleanly and offers a brass cartridge case for reloading.

Gun Tests Grade: A
Remington and Winchester rifle ammunition

These major makers have not neglected the 7.62×39 cartridge.

Remington Express 125-gr. JSP R762391

Purchased from CheaperthanDirt.com for $24.21/20, this soft-point hunting load is reliable, accurate enough for hunting, and uses a JSP bullet. The price is favorable. However, the Winchester and Hornady loads were incrementally more accurate. The Remington did best the Winchester load in the SKS.

Gun Tests Grade: A
Winchester 123-gr. JSP X76239

Purchased from CheaperthanDirt.com for $26.62/20, this was the most accurate of the JSP loads in the AK rifle. Clean burning, accurate and reliable, the Winchester 123-gr. JSP seems to be available from numerous outlets. It is more expensive than either the Remington or the Hornady JSP. It was the only load that performed less accurately in the SKS than the AK-47.

Gun Tests Grade: A
Cor-Bon Hunter 150-gr. JSP HT762X39150

Purchased from Midway for $33.99/20, any way you slice it, the Cor-Bon Hunter load has the most energy of all of the loads tested. It is accurate enough, and while we did not test penetration and expansion, this is a load that is more comparable to the 30-30 WCF than the other loadings. It’s definitely pricey, but with good performance. At the present, it is difficult to obtain.

Gun Tests Grade: A
Wolf 123-gr. FMJ

We bought this from MidwayUSA.com for $6.19/20, making it the second least expensive loading tested. It was also the second least accurate, so we got our money’s worth. There were no malfunctions of any type. We rated the WPA Military Classic down one grade on accuracy, but it is still a good resource and a good buy for practice and plinking.

Gun Tests Grade: B
Tula 122-gr. FMJ ULO76201

We bought this at CheaperthanDirt.com for $4.79/40, making it the least expensive ammunition tested — and also the least accurate. Just the same, this ammunition is accurate enough for practice, and it is cheap. The only malfunction of the test came when a steel-cased Tula cartridge was caught in the magazine lips of the AK-47. We rated the load down one grade for poor accuracy and another for the malfunction. We’d use it for informal practice and plinking.

Gun Tests Grade: C

Written and photographed by R.K. Campbell, using evaluations from Gun Tests team testers.

A Blustery Afternoon

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Posted: 05 Mar 2016 04:43 PM PST

March is blowing its way into our lives. After a beautiful, balmy week, we awoke to pounding rain this morning, along with dreary, overcast skies. Since our plans for outside work were sidelined, I decided to organize my “new” pantry, do a little housework and bake a cake to go with our afternoon tea.

Shouse living can be interesting, particularly when it comes to storage. Our kitchen is completely “unfitted”, meaning that every cupboard, stove and pantry is free-standing, none matching the other. Our kitchen has evolved over the years, beginning with industrial shelving, a home-made counter-top and open shelves to hold our dishes. Now we have a cupboard unit (out of an early 1900’s restaurant), complete with drawers and flour bins and grocery store shelving (from a depression era grocery) has replaced the industrial racking. Even with the shelving, my kitchen storage was severely limited, so a number of years ago my parents gave us a pantry they’d had built to fit in the small kitchen of our single-wide trailer. It was perfect for our kitchen, not taking up very much space but providing much needed extra storage space. Unfortunately, our home is often the end of the line for poor, unsuspecting furniture. Everything we own is WELL used, and my parents pantry was no different.

I have been looking for a replacement pantry for a while, but the niche in our kitchen that we could put a cupboard was small, and finding just the right pantry proved to be a difficult challenge. One afternoon, on an excursion to town, Maid Elizabeth and I walked into an antique mall/flea market and what did my eyes behold but the perfect cupboard for our kitchen pantry! I didn’t buy it on the spot, but measured it and thought about it and decided that if it was still there when I went back to the store I would bring it home. And so I did.

The cupboard was a perfect fit! It has so much storage space (much more than my old pantry) and I have thoroughly enjoyed organizing it to make it work for our family.

My pantry cupboard isn’t our only new kitchen acquisition. We also replaced our old farmhouse kitchen table! We bought our table 20 years ago when we had two children and a small kitchen. At the time we thought it was HUGE (at 6′ long), but over the years, as our family increased the table seemed to shrink. After moving into the shouse, we noticed a few other challenges – it was too wide for our dining area and the legs made it difficult to fit extra chairs around the table. In order to make things work, we moved the table every day (sometimes 3 times a day), keeping it tucked in next to the garage door when not in use and pulling it out into the room when we had a meal. It worked, but caused a lot of wear and tear to the table. Another disadvantage was that it was very difficult to seat more than our family at the table, and even that was a little tight. Holiday meals were truly challenging, seating some people around the table and scattering the rest throughout various spots in the house.

A few weeks ago we found a table on Craigslist that was longer (8 feet) and narrower than our farm table and it had a trestle rather than 4 legs.  And to top it off, it was priced at yard sale pricing. Sir Knight and I drove to a town an hour away, loaded up the table and hauled it back to Little Shouse on the Prairie. It has been wonderful! I was a able to bring our big garden bench in and put it on one side of the table (it easily seats 5) and put chairs at the head, foot and other side. At a tea party last week I set the table for 9 and enjoyed a comfortable, non-squeezed luncheon! We can easily seat 12 and still have room to move around!

As I mentioned earlier, not only did I organize the pantry today, I also make a coffee cake to accompany our afternoon tea. It was a lovely cake, with a tight, cake-like crumb (not coarse like many coffee cakes) and lots of cinnamon streusel. It is perfect for a blustery afternoon, especially if you melt butter on each slice before serving!

Streusel Coffee Cake

For the streusel:
1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 C all-purpose flour
2 1/2 T cinnamon
6 T butter, melted

Combine streusel ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

For the cake:
1 1/2 cubes butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1/3 C packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 C sour cream (or yogurt)
1 1/2 C milk
3 3/4 C all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13×9″ baking pan.

In a mixing bowl cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs. Beat until well blended and light. Add sour cream and milk. Beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Layer 1/2 of the streusel over the batter. Spread remaining batter over the streusel filling. Top with remaining streusel.

Put the pan on a larger cookie sheet and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Serve warm with dollops of butter on top.

Ready for tea!
Coffee Cake with melting butter on top…..
Maid Elizabeth’s tea cup
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I hope you too, are enjoying a blustery, cozy March afternoon! Remember, these are the good ol’ days!

Do You Understand Yet? DTG’s Updated Ten-Week Worst Case Spin-Up Plan

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Well, that was as depressing a discussion as I have ever witnessed.

And do not deceive yourselves – HRC is the odds-on fave for POTUS2016 even head-to-head with the Donald.

DTG updated his classic recently.

Those along the path can use it as a checklist.

Those just coming on the path can use it to maximize accomplishment over the next three months.

America is dead.

Your country is your community.

And the only one who will be really protecting your family will be you.

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