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Lyman Product Safety and Recall Notice

Lyman Products Corp. is recalling certain black powder rifles and pistols due to the potential of separation in the breech plug.

This recall includes black powder rifles and pistols regardless of caliber (including Deerstalker, Great Plains, Great Plains Hunter, Trade Rifle, Plains Pistol, Black Powder Kits, and replacement barrels; excluding Percussion Left Hand Great Plains and Left Hand Great Plains Hunter models) manufactured from March 1, 2017 to December 22, 2017. Barrels with the serial number in the range of A595960–A599026 are subject to this recall.

If you have a recalled item or do not know if you have a recalled item, immediately discontinue any use of the product(s) and contact the Lyman Customer Service Department.

Additional information and contact details can be found at the Lyman Recall webpage. ⇒

Ruger Precision Rifle Safety Bulletin

From Ruger’s website:

Ruger has issued a Product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to the potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). Although only a small percentage of rifles appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and is offering replacement aluminum bolt shrouds for affected rifles in order to eliminate the possibility of such interference. View Safety Bulletin PDF ⇒


Ruger Precision Rifles (regardless of caliber) that have an aluminum bolt shroud and fall within the following serial number ranges are potentially affected: 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 or 1801-00506 to 1801-30461.

For more information regarding this safety bulletin, visit Ruger’s website ⇒.

GLOCK Announces Limited Production Runs for Summer 2017

This morning marks the opening of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. To mark the occasion GLOCK announced some special production runs.

The summer specials include a number of pistols and features the GLOCK community has been asking for. These include G17 Gen4 and G19 Gen4 pistols with front serrations, steel sights, and extended controls. They also include a return of the G17L and the G24, as well as the introduction of Gen4 editions of the G17C and G19C. We are also producing the G17 Gen4, G19 Gen4, G42, and G43 with factory installed night sights. In addition to these pistols, we are producing a series of pistols with Olive Drab frames: the G43; G26 in Gen3 and Gen4 models; and the G17, G19, and G34 in Gen3, Gen4, and Gen4 MOS configurations.

These pistols will be available at GLOCK dealers beginning in June 2017.

GLOCK announces a limited run of pistols for Summer 2017.

Random Knowledge: CZ75 Magazine Break

Most American pistol shooters have been trained that our magazines should drop free from the gun during magazine changes.

This prompts a common complaint among American shooters with the CZ75. When the magazine catch is depressed the mags only drop and inch or so. After the initial drop, they remain retained in the gun until removed by the shooters off hand.

The reason for this is the magazine brake. It is a small piece of slightly bowed spring steel in the magazine well that allows the magazine to drop and inch or so but does not allow it to drop free of the gun.

If you would like to change this behavior in your CZ75 check out the CZ Full Magazine Brake ⇒ from CZ Custom ⇒. Replacement of the factory magazine break with this aftermarket replacement part should allow the magazines to drop free during magazine changes.

I believe that the 75, all steel 75B Compact, 75B, 75BD, and some of the 75SA guns have the magazine break as described above. I also believe that the 75B Tactical Sport, 75 Shadow T, and the 75 Compact SDP do not have the magazine break as described above. If your experience is different, please let me know.

Random Knowledge: Marlin 336 Firing Pins

Marlin 336 rifles have two part firing pins. The two parts are the firing pin, front and firing pin. rear. There is an old style and a new style firing pin, front. The dividing line for which style firing pin, front a gun takes is the year of manufacture. Guns manufactured in 1984 and after take the new style firing pin, front. Those made in 1983 and before take the old style firing pin, front.


Footnotes / Sources:

Marlin Firearms Customer Service Department. “Customer Service Call.” Telephone interview. 17 June 2016.

Random Knowledge: GLOCK Frames

A client recently asked if I would cut a utility rail into a second generation GLOCK frame. I informed him that GLOCK would swap any second generation frame for a third generation frame for $100 plus the client’s local sales tax.

All you have to do is send the gun to:

6000 Highlands Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30082

Include a letter stating that you would like to swap the second generation frame for a third generation frame. Include your name, address, and phone number. You can either send payment with the gun, or state in your letter that they are to call for payment info.

Footnotes / Sources:

This information was verified by GLOCK customer service as of 6 May 2016.

Random Knowledge: Brown Bess Frizzen

A recent client speculated that the frizzen of his Brown Bess flintlock musket was too hard. The issue is not enough spark. Thus, if the frizzen is too hard it would not be effected by the flint and diminshed sparking would be the result.

I made a call to the folks that know everything muzzleloader (Track of the Wolf,,763-633-2500), and found that the frizzen of a Brown Bess flintlock musket should be 62-64 HRC (Hardness Rockwell C Scale).

The next step is to test the hardness and see if it is within range.

Remington Agrees to Replace Rifle Triggers

In a settlement that they have set aside nearly $30 million dollars for, Remington has agreed to settle multiple class action lawsuits by replacing the triggers of Models 78 Sportsman, 600, 660, 673, 700, 710, 715, 721, 722, 725, 770, and Seven rifles, as well as the Model XP-100 long range pistol.