Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

OK, This is Cool.

Cryptic Subterranian points to a company that does a conversion of Enfield No. 4 and No. 5 rifles from the obsolete .303 British cartridge to the modern 7.62x39 Russian using single-stack 5- or 10-round AK magazines. Why would you do this? Well, the .303 isn't a real common round anymore, so ammunition for it tends to be on the 'spensive side if you don't handload. Also, the Lee-Enfield bolt action, while very slick and quick, isn't the strongest in the world. It has locking lugs located at the rear of the action, rather than at the front near the breech, so the entire action is stressed when fired tending to cause "stretch" over time. I have a No. 5 Mk I Jungle Carbine which has stretched to the point that the headspacing is unsafe now. Enfield designed the rifle to allow for this. An armorer could reset the headspace by replacing the easily removable bolt head. Unfortunately, mine has stretched to the point that the longest bolt head available isn't long enough. The 7.62x39 round has the same bullet diameter (.311") as the .303, but is much less powerful, and therefore less stressful on the action. Kicks less, too. Here's a picture of one that's been converted:

I currently load the lightweight 125 grain .311" bullets designed for the 7.62x39 round in my .303 brass for that reason (I have four examples of this rifle in my "arsenal" - two of which are actually shootable!), but if I can get that No. 5 rechambered for 7.62x39 with safe headspace, it would turn a wall-hanger into a shootable, fun rifle.

It's a wee bit pricey, though.

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