Apex Gunsmithing

Detail Strip Guide: HK300 (PREVIEW!)

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!

It's not a pristine example, but good luck finding one under $1500!

It's not a pristine example, but good luck finding one under $1000!


Lightweight Budget AR-15 Mockup

I posted way back when about an AR-15 rifle build that wouldn't break the bank and would weigh in well under 7 pounds loaded.  It took a while to find the setup I really liked along with a quality pencil profile (0.625" diameter) barrel maker for a reasonable price, but I think I've got this nailed.

Test lower please ignore


The Dirtiest CETME

I gave a small guest presentation on gun care last night at the Windsor Fish & Game members meeting, and part of it was passing around photos of the dirtiest guns I've worked on over the years.  It's a real shame I didn't have this one in until today!

How not to care for your guns

How not to care for your guns


Rant: The Colt LE901 Scrooge Edition

If you have an expensive new product and want to increase sales, you have a few options.  You can tell customers to suck it up because your product speaks for itself and is worth every penny.  You can cut corners and discount the gun, run special manufacturer sales or rebates and try to attract more buyers.  You can also take the current product, make a "budget" variant and remove some odds and ends and premium features that buyers can add later on.  With the modular LE901 rifle, Colt did the latter.  Sort of.

The problem is that Colt seems to have a different definition of odds and ends as I do.


First Impressions: Ruger SR-762

Ruger has been on a kick the past several years: revisions to the venerable Mini-14, a wave of concealed carry type pistols, introducing a piston driven AR-15 platform rifle, and bringing back the takedown concept with the 10/22 Takedown.  Most recently in the rifle world they decided to take on the much smaller .308 AR market with the SR-762.  


Idea: Lightweight Production AR-15

Update April 2018: Wow, this post is nearly five years old and in that time the concept outlined here has more than become reality!  Five years ago we weren't swimming in sub-10oz free float rails, lightweight components, minimalist optic mounts and more.  At this point it's foolhardy to skimp on the nickel boron bolt group, and as of the time of this update one can procure a lightened NiB group from AIM for all of $99, a product which five years ago would've cost you $300+ from a boutique manufacturer.  Progress is a wonderful thing sometimes, huh?  I've made some changes below to reflect the changing times.

I was talking to a friend and customer of mine recently about putting together a light weight AR-15 that also has the features people really want in a good rifle. Typically the first thing is a chrome lined barrel, followed by replacing the rattle trap M4 stock and chintzy A2 pistol grip. I thought about it a bit and decided on what I would consider a personal baseline for a quality lightweight carbine.