Thursday, September 25, 2008

Deer in headlights

Was it me, or did George look like a deer in headlights last night?

Going to Denny's at lunch and then to Cabela's after work, and I'm not going to be there just to look.

UPDATE, 1:20PM: Just put another 1,000 rounds of 5.45x39 into the pickup. The price was so good, I almost feel as though I stole it.

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Blogger NotClauswitz said...

Yummy Ammo happiness!

3:57 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

I've been looking around on the ole intertubes for some of same, and it seems that there's more types and brands than even I knew about. And that's something, as this caliber is a bit of an oddity, I've owned the rifle for over 10 years and have been active in keeping it fed. It's a weirdo, though it's definitely dug its own niche, now, similar to what the 7.62 guns did when they first started appearing in numbers about 20-25 years ago.

We could still use a domestic supplier, regardless, as I'm fearful of importation cutoffs, given what Ivan (the only loader)is/has been doing of late.

I've been working on acquiring a good stash of this for ten years now, so I honestly feel at least adequately prepared for the zombie apocalypse, though, as the saying goes, one can never have too much ammo.

9:45 PM  
Blogger chrisb said...

That brings up another question. What is everyone else using? Has the 5.45 filtered down to the terrorist and Chicoms, or are they all still on 7.62?

10:17 AM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...


There are bunches of different A-holes using the 5.45 right now. The Ruskies are still using it, and the 7.62, concurrently, though the idea, originally, was to replace the 7.62 with it. I'm guessing that most of the old Com-Bloc countries have discarded the 5.45 in favor of the NATO 5.56, since it's a world standard, and can be gotten almost free for the asking, considering allegiance factors these days.

The third world, including most of the terrorists in the godforsaken Mid-East, Africa, and South Asia have bee using the 5.45 since the 70's or 80's. I think their untrained masses tend to like the 5.45 for its controllability on full-auto mode. No surprise. I'm not aware of anyone other than Red Ivan doing the loading of this round, which is of obvious concern, but that was a common statement made about the 7.62 over 20 years ago. We're still seeing loads of 7.62 coming over here, though at certain times, supplies have tightened.

Honestly, I bought the damned thing at a time when certain aspects of the "Crime Bill" were being reviewed, as manufacturers and importers were "discovering" ways to play the rules, exactly as they were written, and get rifles legally imported again, after being squeezed by Clinton and his idiot minions. There was talk about how the then "new" post-ban configurations were under scrutiny, since they were able to accept high-cap magazines (a "loophole", if you will) from the now banned configurations, with the "offensive", and completely aesthetic, bits removed. Hoplophobic morons.

This was moore than idle speculation, as it turned out, as changes were made to all later imports, they were required to be fitted with a narrower mag well to fit a single column magazine (I think these were the 991 and 992 models of Romanian origin), which, of course, were limited to ten rounds. I seem to have purchased one of the earliest RomAK examples in the country, and from what I've gathered, there were limited supplies of this model and configuration that had entered the country before the laws and regulations were revised in an effort to further restrict the definitions of legality. A big CF, as far as I'm concerned.

It was mostly a protest with my wallet on the day the purchase was made (I was really wanting an AK in 7.62, as ammo was about $70-80 per 1K at the time, I think, and obviously available), and I've not really regretted it either, even with ammunition availability issues.

The damned stock was just an abomination. It's one of those thumbhole jobs, and it's a complete
pig on ergonomics, regardless of looks. The sights sucked, the controls are still awkward and hard to reach, and it sounds like a bucket of bolts clanging about when fired. It does, however, work.

I recently updated the entire gun with a new finish, stock and handguards, sights, retention...pretty much the works for 922(r) compliance. It's much better at certain tasks now, I think, and I'm trying to find a chunk of time and locale for doing some break-in and testing. I'm hoping to put up a post soon, with pics.

BTW, the Chicoms use their own round, a superweird 5.8mm job that has a longer AOL and much heavier projectile, as I recall. I may have an issue of Shotgun news that covers this. I'll search for it and get more info.

12:23 PM  

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