Apex Gunsmithing
17Jun/17

Guides on the horizon

It's been a very, very long drought without any real content while our businesses have kept me busy the past few months.  The good news is we're back on the auction circuit picking up some cool guns and some of them have turned out to be oddballs worthy of posting about!  I'll be putting up some For Sale listings soon for several of our new purchases, but here's a quick rundown of the things I have lined up for Soon™:

  • Winchester Model 50, guide and history
  • Sig P228, general P2xx series guide and some commentary on them
  • Polish Semi-auto RPD build guide and thoughts on their conversion design
  • Savage 6A (aka 87, 187...) guide and history
  • Savage 59A guide and history

I'm also hoping to do a post talking about the generational differences between the S&W M&P series pistols.  Many people are well versed in the generations for Glock, but unlike the Austrian tupperware wonder the M&P hasn't undergone drastic visual differences in the frame to make them easy to distinguish.  At least, they didn't until the recent debut of the M&P M2.0 generation, which you can tell apart at a glance.  There's a lot of M&Ps out there spanning at least four major revisions to my knowledge, but my info is spotty so I'd like to get more details as best I can before I go dedicating an article to it!

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10Jun/17

Don’t judge a book by its cover…

Sometimes you come across guns that look like they've seen better days.  Finish worn off all over the place, scuffs and scrapes, anodizing or parkerizing worn right through to bare metal.

Must have a respectable round count!

Must have a respectable round count!

Wear patterns can tell a good story and show you how the gun was used or give some hints to the round count.  It's not an exact science by any means, but a well worn P226 like this has seen a couple thousand through it at least.  All of the springs are strong, the internals are in great shape and the gun can no doubt go for another ten thousand before it even slows down.  Don't let that bluing wear scare you off though, sometimes looks can be deceiving...

24Apr/17

New Phone, who dis?

I'm in the process of switching phone service providers after a number of persistent issues over the past few months.  Between calls breaking up, voicemail greetings getting reset or the voicemail inbox being inaccessible at random times, billing issues and rising costs I've had about enough and pulled the proverbial trigger on the switch.

The office line will remain the same number as always, but you may encounter a blank voicemail greeting or a different one once I've set it up and recorded a new one.  If you can't reach me via phone, please drop me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP!

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27Jan/17

The Great Flu Epidemic, Part 2

We're finally winding down on the nearly two week long round-robin flu ordeal.  It's been a rough run with everyone in the house fighting this particularly nasty flu that hung on for much longer than usual, but I'm expecting that by Monday or Tuesday we'll be able to lift my self imposed quarantine.

Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding, and for all of the get well soon wishes for myself and my family!

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20Jan/17

The Great Flu Epidemic

It's been a rough start to the year so far, after a nasty flu swept through the house out of nowhere.  Everyone has been suffering through it since Sunday and the dreary weather sure isn't helping!  I'm hoping everyone will kick the bug by Monday, but it's been stubbornly hanging on this long so who knows.  Thanks for everyone's patience and get well soon wishes, hopefully we'll be out of quarantine soon!

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1Jan/17

Happy New Year!

We survived 2016, though it was full of twists and turns and a lot of best laid plans that never came about. Looking to 2017 some of those plans are still on the table, and with things a little less hectic they may actually get accomplished!

The first step is to resume creating detail strip guides and technical review articles for whatever firearms I have on hand. Even the boring stuff like Glocks or M&Ps will get guides going forward, since there is no such thing as too much good information. To supplement this I'll also be starting on video guides, which I put some work into a few months ago to set up for and develop a format but wasn't able to dedicate enough time to follow through on. Both of these styles of guide will also be posted to Patreon and accompanied by donation links, but as always the guides will be freely available to everyone!

In the spring I'll be taking another shot at finishing our cerakote setup, which was cut short last year due to family medical emergencies. The good news is before that happened we finished an airbrush paint booth and setting up a blast cabinet for bead or abrasive blasting, so it's all down to the cerakote mixing and application!

License renewal time is here again, and being my second FFL renewal that means February 1st marks the beginning of my seventh year in business. Thanks to everyone who kept 2016 busy despite the setbacks, and I hope that I'll see many of you again in 2017!

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19May/16

New Merch!

It's been busy the past month or two!  We now have some new apparel available to anyone who wants to support their friendly neighborhood gunsmith!

  • Orange tees now available in Large, 2XL and 4XL for $17 each or two for $30 (any size combo)
  • Camo deluxe hats for $25
  • Mesh back orange on black trucker caps for $20

Thanks to all of our awesome customers, whether you stopped by for a transfer or a full custom rifle build!

27Feb/16

Detail Strip Guide: Lionheart LH9/Daewoo DP-51 & Variants

A while back I wrote a very basic text only guide for detail stripping the Lionheart LH9, a variant of the Daewoo DP-51 and its family of unique "triple action" pistols, but I never had the opportunity to make a proper guide with photos to match.  Today the LH9 gets a real guide as part of my ongoing series of detail strip posts to get caught back up!

The LH9 series of pistols is a premium version of the cult classic DP-51, which is itself a commercial variant of the South Korean service pistol, the K5.  Originally designed in the early to mid 80's as part of Korea's push for a domestically produced service pistol, the K5 was trialed to death over several years before final adoption in 1989/1990.  The history of Korean small arms and Daewoo/S&T Motiv is fascinating to read up on, I highly recommend the relevant chapters of Black Rifle which highlight US involvement in Korean small arms production during and after the Vietnam War.

On the homefront, the DP-51 was the victim of nebulous commercialization in the US, with numerous importers picking up batches of pistols including compact models and the relatively new .40S&W chambering christened the DH-40.  Between the model confusion, attempts to re-brand the pistols, and the sheer number of importers trying to pitch the gun as a new wonder-nine during the rise of the Clinton ban era, it's amazing that the DP-51 remains a cult hit and saw reintroduction in the US at all.  In 2011, the upstart Lionheart Industries turned the DP-51 into a premium hammer fired, alloy frame pistol with numerous features the US market demands in modern pistols.  The LH9 series maintains almost complete parts compatibility with the DP-51, and Lionheart provides a retail channel for parts to maintain both their LH9 and the original guns.

A plain black LH9N - "N" for Novaks sights.

A plain black LH9N - "N" for Novaks sights.

22Feb/16

Schedule Feb 22nd to 26th

I'm going to have limited availability this week while I help care for my mom after an ER trip this past weekend.  Today and Tuesday are set aside and she has another followup Wednesday afternoon, so any pickup or drop off will have to be 11AM to 2PM Wednesday.  Normal scheduling should resume Thursday.

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20Feb/16

Detail Strip Guide: S&W M&P22 Full Size

The popularity of .22 as a training tool exploded a few years back just before the great ammo drought, ushering in a golden age of rimfire lookalikes mimicking popular defense handguns.  It seemed like the next logical step up from expensive conversion kits that nearly cost as much as a standalone rimfire pistol by themselves and were often difficult to find in stock.  For a while every .22 lookalike pistol that hit the market seemed plagued with issues, the Walther P22 and Sig Mosquito were at one time famously problematic as they fought through their growing pains.  It took Smith & Wesson a few years to catch up, but they appear to have spent their time wisely and learned from the failings of other guns to make the M&P22 a reliable little package.

I recently had the opportunity to compare the newer Compact model alongside the full size example that I'll be ripping apart in this guide, so I've included a few notes along the way to highlight design changes on the newer pistol.

This guide also covers removing the magazine disconnector "safety" which can be omitted with no negative effects on the gun's function and no parts or spacers are needed.

It looks and feels like the M&P, but it doesn't work like one on the inside!

It looks and feels like the M&P, but it doesn't work like one on the inside!