Apex Gunsmithing
14Mar/15

Detail Strip Guide: S&W Bodyguard .38 Revolver

A few years back, Smith and Wesson brought out a new pocket pistol line that challenged all sorts of conventions including how much MIM and plastic can fit into a revolver, whether or not users really do want lasers on everything, and sensible ways to name models of firearm.  The Bodyguard .38, not to be confused with the nearly identically named Bodyguard 380, is the Crimson Trace equipped revolver using a plastic grip frame vaguely reminiscent of the Ruger LCP.

A customer brought one in recently asking about tuning the trigger up, a common job on J-frame S&W guns made simple by available spring kits from Wolff and Apex Tactical Specialties.  Unfortunately because the gun isn't anything like the venerable J-frame, kits made for classic snubbies don't work here.  It's a clever design in a lot of ways, but largely incompatible with drop in mods for other S&W guns.

On top of that, no parts diagrams or guides seem to exist for the BG38.  Smith and Wesson maintains that there are "no user serviceable parts" and the gun should not be taken apart.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.  Let's get to it!

Lasers, definitely more dangerous than bullets judging by the warnings.

Lasers, definitely more dangerous than bullets judging by the warnings.

4Mar/15

Review: Sheepdog Society Trial

Recently, Gunbroker has been offering trial memberships to a site called Sheepdog Society, a branch of LegallyConcealed which seeks to set up an online resource for all things armed citizen.  They advertise videos, an audiobook and articles covering topics ranging from home defense myths to coverage of a SWAT team training.  As part of the introductory deal, potential customers get a two-week access membership to the site and for $7-ish shipping you get a free karambit knife.  At the end of the two week trial you can keep the knife and choose to cancel or continue the membership at $19.99 per month.

Good, bad, or ugly?  Well, it's a little of all of them...

22Feb/15

Detail Strip Guide: Grand Power K100 Series

Update 09/04/2015: David Copping, the area manager for North America at Grand Power SRO reached out to give me a couple of small tips straight from the source.  They've been integrated into the post below, specifically regarding the safety lever removal and the magazine release, which I didn't actually mess with originally.  Thanks, David!

I recently got a K100 in for a friend of mine who was nice enough to let me rip it apart and review it.  There's barely any info online about these really interesting Slovakian pistols, and nary a parts diagram to be found aside from one miserably low resolution drawing from Marstar Canada.  Today's project is detail stripping the K100 Mk7.

Parts diagram!

Parts diagram!

10Feb/15

The Curious Case of the Kareen

Some time ago I procured for a friend and customer of mine an inexpensive Browning Hi Power clone, which at the time I had never heard of. A few oddball guns make their way from Israel to the US, and they tend to be surplus in nature or of fleeting availability.  The ones with staying power like the venerable Desert Eagle get trade agreements drawn up and re-branded to root themselves more firmly in the American gun market, or more recently IWI's own efforts partnered with our friends in Harrisburg have brought more excellent Israeli-made firearms stateside.

"High quality" plastic grip panels.

"High quality" plastic grip panels.

The Israeli Kareen is the former of those options, a surplus pistol that is available now and again through places like PW Arms, Sarco, and the like.  Not a lot was known about them when they first hit our shores and they more or less slipped under the radar and were relegated to the pages of surplus catalogs and Shotgun News ads while fans of the Hi Power bought them up out of curiosity.  After all, the price was appealing and the previously plentiful Hungarian Hi Powers had all but dried up by then.

So what's the story behind these relatively unknown Hi Powers?

7Jan/15

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.

20Dec/14

First Impressions: Canik TP9-SA

That's right, another Canik review!  Before you roll your eyes and close your browser tab, here's the hook: the Canik TP9 SA has one of the best out of the box striker fired triggers on the market.  For under $400.  Interested now?  Read on.

TP9 SA Left

Talk about a makeover!

17Aug/14

Poly Receivers Part 3: Bench Comparison

John over at TN Arms casually reminded me recently that I still hadn't done the side by side comparison I promised to do a while back between their receivers and the New Frontier LW-15 I have on hand.  Don't worry, I haven't been too discouraged by my inability to destroy my test lower but I did get temporarily sidetracked by the Turkish Invasion and have been working on range reviews for those Canik pistols plus the Dagger muzzle brake!

1Jul/14

Technical Review: Timney Tavor Trigger

There has been a lot of buzz about aftermarket Tavor triggers lately, and a lot of folks have written great reviews already.  Though many of them noted that the Timney design differs considerably from the factory IWI sear pack, none of the reviews focused much on the technical aspects or advantages and disadvantages of Timney's changes.  Let's get digging and do some comparing and contrasting!

Timney vs IWI

Timney vs IWI

15Jun/14

Detail Strip Guide: Walther P99/Canik TP-9

It's been a while since I did a detail strip tutorial post, so today we're taking a look at the recently tabletop reviewed Canik TP-9, which is itself a clone of the Walther P99.  Unlike my previous guide, this one is VERY IMAGE HEAVY so be warned!  There's not a lot out there on the P99 design so I hope this can be helpful for any P99 or TP-9 owners looking to deep clean or do polish work.

4Jun/14

First Impressions: TN Arms Dagger Brake

I was so busy trying to destroy that test receiver that I didn't keep up with development of TN Arms' new muzzle device, the Dagger muzzle brake.  They were nice enough to send me one to try out, and unlike their testing with AR-15s I'll be using the Tavor instead!