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!
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!
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.