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!
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.
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.
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.
The next couple of days I'll be offline working on upgrading our two desktop PCs. Usually it'd be one good afternoon of computer work but just in case I'm going to stake out Wednesday and Thursday, since you never know. I should be able to check emails on my phone in the meantime, but don't expect any long detailed responses until Friday!
This is a preview draft of a guide I wrote a couple of months ago but decided needed more detail. With the new camera in hand and a video format in the works for video guides as well, I'll be working on a LOT more guides in the coming months!
Once upon a time, Heckler & Koch tried their hand at making more traditional wood and steel "sporting" arms. For a brief period in the 70's and 80's, they brought out a series of premium priced firearms that sold decently, but ultimately not well enough to continue the trend. It's strange to think of the company responsible for the USP, MP5 and so many "tactical" firearms once had a catalog that had more in common with the Sears sporting goods section than a SWAT team armory, but the sporting phase was one of a few attempts the company made to find their niche when military contracts began to drop off. If it weren't for that pesky money problem, the 70's and 80's may very well have been a golden age of H&K; two decades of crazy risk taking, innovation in design and new materials finally wound down into a brief dance with disaster before the USP helped save the company.
Born from this tarnished golden age was the HK300, one of the few semi-automatic, detachable magazine fed .22 magnum rifles you can get your hands on. It's difficult to find information on just how many of these rifles were made, but the numbers I've found point to less than 30,000 with an unknown number of those imported into the US.
To my knowledge, this is the ONLY detail strip guide for the HK300 rifle on the internet. I hope it helps someone!
Had some trouble with outgoing emails not reaching their destination, apologies to anyone who hasn't heard back from me recently! After some serious digging my web host was able to isolate and fix the problem this afternoon and emails should be good to go again. I'll be re-sending any emails that I suspect were missed, so if you get a duplicate email feel free to trash it.
Hey, we have merch now! Apex Gunsmithing branded tees, pullovers, zip up hoodies and ball caps are here and they really came out great! Thanks to the folks at Athletic Lettering in York for top notch work, great service and working with me to make adjustments where necessary. We've had them make hats and tees for other businesses in the past and they've always been excellent!
We've only got a small batch of each for now, but I'm already getting requests for the hats and tees so we may have to order more! The pricing isn't final but should be close to the following:
- Tees: $15, 2XL only right now and only a handful available since we're busy wearing them!
- Hats: $20 maximum, 6 or so available.
- Pullovers: $50, none for sale since I claimed all of them myself. They're insanely nice relaxed fit athletic pullovers with an earplugs pocket for the range!
- Zip Ups: $35, none for sale since we only got 4 initially.
I'll put up an actual for sale page item for these at some point, but until then feel free to email if you're interested and I'll gauge interest on another batch.
Hope everyone had a great holiday season and new year! If anyone left me a message and hasn't heard back by this evening please contact me again, I'm working through a backlog of emails and phone calls from the holiday break and trying to reply to everyone ASAP!
In other news this week should see the maiden voyage of my gunsmithing live stream show, an experiment on twitch.tv! The site is largely focused around videogame content, but recently finalized a category for creative arts and has been considering an educational category as well. I'll be tackling interesting firearms live on camera, discussing the history, design and function of all sorts of guns from a benchtop view while answering questions from viewers in chat. When I have a schedule set I'll be sure to post it here and on twitter to see if we can get a few folks to stop by and hang out! First gun TBD, but it might be a Lionheart LH9 or the new Ruger American pistol depending on which I get my hands on first!
I'll be officially off for the holidays starting Wednesday the 23rd until Monday, January 4th! I'll still be fielding questions via email but won't be scheduling pickup or drop off until then.
Thanks to everyone for a great 2015, and looking forward to an even better 2016 as the shop grows!