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Owen Guns Bulletin Edition 63 December 2011

Blog December 12, 2011

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I have began a new facebook page to assist in my campaign to re-enter our Local Council, it would be of great assistance if readers of friends of readers could go to this address http://www.facebook.com/GympieCandidateRonOwen and Click on the “LIKE” button at the top centre of the page. Councillor’s are at the trenches end of politic’s the bottom of the ladder but it is achiveable and it gives a little more energy to our voice.

FIGHT BACK, (Just before you all get into the Christmas Party mood) Thought for the Week.

Police Minister Roberts, admitted to parliament that 2500 online submissions were received before he withdrew the Weapons Amendment Bill 2010. (Don’t get confused with the Weapons Amendment Bill 2011, which was passed with the full support of the LNP with Labour on the 15th Nov 1011) That pertinent point is, that was all it took to change the Police Minister’s direction. There are approximately 5500 firearm owners who directly receive this ‘Bulletin’, if only half of them made a two minute email, that is enough to change the attitude of all the candidates in the Queensland forth coming election.
This election is very convenient for firearm owners. Power over the full direction of this State is in the balance, like a swinging pendulum. We have waited 14 year for this opportunity. Everyone is sick to the back teeth with Labour and the treacherous LNP were set to steam roll them out of office. Then came Katter’s Australia Party which gave a viable alternative which acts like a blowtorch on the private parts of the LNP. The LNP has recently again betrayed the Firearm Owners by crossing the floor and voting with Labour on the latest 2011 Weapons Amendment Bill imposing more restrictions on shooters. This has given much more, well deserved ammunition, votes, supporters, candidates etc. to Katter’s Party, as the two Katter MP s (with four Independents) in parliament voted, against the Weapons Bill 2011.

The pressure cooker within the LNP has become hotter. Popularity Polls are showing Katter’s Australian Party at 22 per cent of the primary vote in the north Queensland, Labour was on 32 per cent and Liberal National Party 36 per cent. Katter’s popularity is increasing weekly all over the state at the expense of the other main line Parties.This is causing the mainline parties to review their direction. Some LNP candidates have realised that they may well do better in the coming election, if they stand for Katter rather than the LNP. Queensland is on the brink of change. KAP more than likely will have the balance of power.
Firearm Owners have to prove to the candidates standing at the next State election of all parties, (KAP included) that we have a force of numbers and that we all want to turn back John Howard’s UN informed Gun Laws. The Long Arm Registry has to go, it is grossly expensive, billions of mis spent tax payer dollars, which most admit, that it is flawed, inaccurate and out of date. Information that has been sent to them in hard copy up to, two years ago, has still not been updated into the computer system. Firearm Owners find this out when they are having the random check of their Security imposed on them, the Police turn up with a list of firearms they are supposed to have. On some occasions, the Police list is two years out of date, some times they have firearms listed that never existed, some lists are two short. In one of the instances that I know about, the police had a list of his long arms they checked them off and he then said what about the pistols. The Police told him he had no pistols, on his list of registered firearms. Some Firearm Owners might not be as keen as he was to get his list corrected. The Long Arm Registry (one could included the handguns as well) has not solved a crime, nor saved a life. As in New Zealand and Canada it should be repealed.
Wind it Back in Queensland, it will reverberate around the other Australian States. If you have not yet Sent the Questionaire’s, Please Do it ASAP.
I know most people are busy, with Christmas and so on but I implore you all, to give the shooters of Queensland a Christmas present, donate two minutes of your time to sending one email to nearly a hundred politicians. They are public figures standing for election, you have a right to know their views on firearm legislation. Only a few, have done this already but we need many thousands to follow them. We have to force that change of direction. The replies from the politicians that have been forwarded back to us has been pitiful. It though, someone has handed them a Black Snake to hold. Some have already amended their responses. People are viewing their responses and are shocked http://www.foaa.com.au/general/ . Please send the following Questionnaire out as soon as possible and encourage all your friends to do the same. Now is the time, we need their answers to these simple questions and only a show of numbers will force them to respond. Once we have these answers then we can commence stage two.
The Questionnaire is here
The Email addresses are here
http://www.foaa.com.au/email-mps-candidates-list/It only takes two minutes to cut and paste this into an email and hit the send button.
. Open one of your blank email forms.
2. Go to http://www.foaa.com.au/email-mps-candidates-list/easily-contact-mps-and-candidates/ click on it and copy all the LNP/LABOUR email addresses in one block and,
3. Paste into the address bar at the top of the email form
4. Go to http://www.foaa.com.au/questionaires-for-politicians/
Scroll down past the photo, Copy the questionnaire letter and,
5. Paste it into the body of your email form.
6. Click on the ‘Send’ button.
7. Forward responses to me on owenguns@spiderweb.com.au
You can influence if he, or her takes a seat in the next Parliament.


Yet Again its that time of the year, already. The Staff of Owen Guns takes this opportunity to wish all our Customers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2012. Travel Safe and Happy Hunting.


Target Rifle Stocks are identified by the forearm stocks intended for prone shooting from the sling and arm or just supported by hand an arm the beaver tail shape is generally the choice of most. With Target Rifle Stocks that are intended for Benchrest competition the forearm will have a wide flat bottom so it sits well on the Benchrest Stand.
Target Rifle for Prone shooting with Open Sights

Target Rifle for Prone shooting with Open Sights

The Beaver Tail forearm stocks are an excellent all-purpose stocks, and they are particularly good for snap shooting, Roo shooting, rapid fire, or Metallic Silhouette. They can be used in all the firing positions, with or without the use of a single or double point sling. There only down side is that they are of course heavier than a sporting rifle stock, which has no importance for Competitive Shooting or eradicating pests from a vehicle.
If a telescope sight is to be used on a rifle that was made prior to the 1970s the comb will usually be found a little low because the line of aim through the scope is higher than through the iron sights, and the comb should be a little higher.
The comb on a these older sporting rifles can be raised the required amount for a scope by lacing a leather cheek pad on the stock. Most rifles manufacture in the last 40 years are designed to be only used with a scope and are not fitted with open sights.
The only exceptions to this of any quantity was the Omark Model 44 Target rifle which had a stock designed specifically for prone target shooting with open sights. This of course is all in the past they were a world leader in the 1960s and won a lot of kudos for Australian Target shooters. As they were an accurate single shot rifle many have tried to re-design them for sporting use or Metallic Silhouette competition but up to day I have not seen any that have had any complete success. The comb is to low for a scope, even when drilled and tapped for it and the stock is to short for off hand shooting. As the forearm is so broad and heavy the balance of the firearm is all wrong so in this incidence use it only as it was well designed for.
Target Rifle /Sniper Rifle Development.
As is the usual case much of the development of the designs we take for granted today have come out of the need of urgent necessity in warfare. Not from the huge multinational arms manufactures, but from the men on the ground struggling to be the killer and not be the killed. To give an example of this we will digress a little, this will also introduce the next editions on stock design.
In October 1966, a (then) Captain Edward J. “Jim” Land USMC found himself without formal orders, standing before the First Division commanding general, Gen. Herman Nickerson, who told him: “I want snipers in this division; I want them killin’ VC. I don’t care how you do it, if you have to, do it yourself. Got any questions?”After a “Yes, Sir” and “No Sir” answer, Land found himself heading a program with no people, no instructors, no rifles, no ammunition, no range, but with some great NCOs “gleaned from a list of all the distinguished marksmen in Vietnam.” Among them was a man who would become his longtime friend, (then)Staff Sergeant (later Gunnery Sergeant) Carlos Hathcock, who would create a legend.
For rifles, Captain Land first scrounged 12 Model 70 sporting rifles that had been procured by Special Services for deer hunting at Camp Pendleton in the USA. Through the PX system in Okinawa, (mail order) Land and his NCOs privately purchased mounts, rings and scopes.
The second lot of rifles used by Captain Land and his team in Vietnam were also Winchester Model 70 target rifles in 30-’06 Sprg. that had been originally purchased as “across-the course” bolt action rifles for the National Matches. They were mothballed after NRA changed match rules to limit service personnel to shooting service rifles. Among them were arms with heavy barrels and sporter stocks. Some of these rifles were equipped with 20X Unertl scopes and mounts, which were originally procured as long-range match optics.
At the time Captain Land was organizing his first sniper teams, a Major Cam Hayden USMC, who was first officer in charge of Marine Marksmanship training, discovered the Model 70s and scopes listed as surplus property. Hayden, who calls his find “serendipity,” also searched Marine Corps inventories and came up with 8X Unertl optics. The rifles were worked over by Marine armourers, fibre glass-bedded and wood removed from barrel channels to free-float the target-weight barrels.
Among these was the rifle that Carlos Hathcock used during his first tour in Vietnam, but Captain Land said “Carlos’ rifle was anything but a tack-driver:” Continued in Edition 64.

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Mossberg Model 464 Leaver Action 30–30, $595.

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Ask the average man on the street to describe a “deer rifle” and chances are it’ll be a lever action .30-30, the kind immortalized in countless novels and western movies for more than half a century. Ammunition, ballistics improvements and the ability to mount a telescopic rifle sight, have helped drive a newfound respect towards an old friend, and given the fact that traditional lever action rifles continue to serve a well recognized niche within the hunting community, Mossberg felt strongly enough to enter and redefine a time-tested category. With a new design centered around improved accuracy, safety and value, the 464 Lever Action Rifle maintains the classic lines of a deer hunter’s best friend. The American made 464 Lever Action Rifle, with its hardwood stock and blued receiver and barrel transcend you to days-gone-by. The balance point is precisely at the juncture of the forend and receiver. The combination of weight, balance, and a smooth yet robust action makes the 464 Lever Action Rifle tremendously fast handling, maneuverable and astoundingly accurate – qualities a traditional lever action and Mossberg are known for. $595. 3-9 x 40 variable Pheonix Scope and Mounts add extra $50.00

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“It’s a week since I received a copy of “Range Officers Hand Book” and since that time I am nearly at the half way mark. I’m amazed at the at the number of subjects you have covered making it one of the most informative books to be added to my collection. It must have taken you a considerable amount of time and experience to publish the book with information not available in other popular Gunsmith manuals. I would recommend the book to “Range Officers” and anyone interested in the sport of target shooting and hunting.” Regards Gene M Cornford P.O.Box 288, Kaeo 0448 N.Z. Firearms Gunsmith, Dip M.G.S +Member of American Gunsmithing Assoc.The Range Officers Handbook is an encyclopedia or omnibus of firearms and ammunition and the use of them, it has:- • 90 pages of Information for Range Officers, • 239 pages on Coaching to Win, • 110 pages on Air Rifle History &Training, • 33 pages on hitting Clay Targets, • 34 pages on Reloading Ammunition, • 6 page of Contents, • 18 pages of Index, • 38 pages of Old into New, ( Chronological History of Firearms) • 23 pages of Glossary of Terminology on Firearms and Optics • Over 1000 drawings and photographs. • Over 530 pages in a A4 stitched colour hardback., Some, hopefully will read it cover to cover, others will pick a heading out of the Contents pages and read a chapter or two, but no matter how much you know about shooting, reference material is always needed, as even people who rate as genius cannot retain everything. The real ability is being able to find out quickly and easily. You can check that you have the correct terminology, in the Glossary, check the Index and go straight to the right page. This book can be used as an information tool for a lifetime of shooting.
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Owen Gun Instructional Wall Charts

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The Owen Gun, the best sub-machine carbine of World War II. Invented, designed and manufactured in Australia. Australia, that was at that time under threat of invasion by the Japanese. As used, by Lysaghts to train staff in assemble-diss-assembly at the Springhill Works, Port Kembla and Lysaghts Newcastle. These Instrucitonal Wall Chart Posters were also used by the Australian Forces from 1942 to 1967 for training purposes.These Owen Gun Wall Charts are printed on a banner vinyl, so do not need framing or laminating. Great for Returned Service Club, Rifle Clubs, Behind the bar, in the reloading room. Complete with the inventors Evelyn Owen signature. Two vinyl sizes
730mm x 480mm $40. plus $12 for tube and postage.
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Understanding Reloading Ammunition
Development of the Primer Continued from Edition 62
The first non-corrosive priming compound, (or less corrosive) was produced in Germany in 1910. It was designed only for .22 rimfire cartridges. This ammunition was very popular since, for the first time, a fellow need not be overly concerned that his .22 barrel would be eaten away in a short time. This new primer replaced potassium chlorate (salts) with barium peroxide. While its residue was not corrosion-inducing, it was still highly abrasive. It still eroded barrels significantly, and the mercury was still a huge problem in centrefire rifles, so the ideal primer was still far in the future.
Switzerland began using a non-corrosive primer about 1911 and the National Arsenals of Europe commenced huge development programs during the first quarter of the century. RWS Sinoxid priming was the first commercially successful development and by the late 1920’s, Remington had introduced its “Kleanbore” rimfire priming based on European developments.
Even so, early U.S. non-corrosive primers weren’t all they should have been and it wasn’t until the 1930’s that truly successful non-corrosive/non-mercuric types became fully available in sporting ammunition. Another twenty years was to pass before non-corrosive primers reached a sufficient state of development to be adopted by the major powers for military use. Military requirements for storage life and stability are much more demanding than for sporting ammunition and the Military was much more conservative. They had to test for 20 year before they would accept that the priming compound would last that long. These days all sporting primers today will meet those military specifications.
Today most military and commercial primers are all non-corrosive and non-mercuric and are essentially alike, the only differences being that some commercial numbers are “hotter” than others, and that so called “magnum” types are available from some makers. All the compounds are built around lead styphenate which during post-WWII years was determined to be superior to most other practical formulas.
Also during the post-war years, the differences between Remington and Winchester primers and cases were resolved. Originally, Winchester pockets were radiused at the bottom and primers were designed to seat there. Remington, on the other hand, used a square-bottomed pocket and primer to match. For this reason one sees much in older writings about matching case and primer makes. The rounded bottom of the Winchester pocket would “pinch-in” the bottom of a Remington primer, while a Winchester primer would be poorly supported in a Remington case.
Today all primers and pockets are made after the Remington design, and this is no longer a problem. Fifty years ago, primers were made in two shapes. The flat type is standard now, meaning the top of the primer cup is flat, at right angles to the sides, joined to the sides by a small radius. The round type had an arched top and was made at one time or another by most commercial producers.
Both types worked equally well, but required different priming punches to fit their individual profiles. For this reason, all older loading tool brochures specify that one should order the correct punch to match the primers being used. When a flat punch was used to seat round primers, the arch or dome was flattened at its crest, often damaging the priming mix pellet beneath. The use of a rounded punch on flat primers left the centre of the cup unsupported and seating pressure often caused the anvil to raise a dimple in the center of the cup. This also caused priming mix pellet damage. Continued in Edition 64.

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