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Owen Guns Bulletin Edition 36 March 2010

Blog March 28, 2010

Welcome to the Thirty Sixth Edition of the Owen Guns Bulletin.


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Accurate Firearm Design

Trigger Designs

The first basic principle of marksmanship is that unless the shooter has been trained to apply the correct pressure to the trigger of his firearm properly accurate shooting will not result. It follows that unless the character and weight of the trigger pull be within certain limits the shooter cannot be easily taught to apply that pressure uniformly . The character and weight of the pulling pressure should therefore fall within these limits.

There is great reams, forests full of paper written on the subject of what these limits should be and it is obvious that for the many varied competitions such as benchrest and smallbore target rifle these limits will be much lower, (into the scale of ounces instead of pounds)  as to the expected pressure weight.


On the other hand shotguns and centrefire rifles may be said to fall between three and six pounds. In fact some military competitions have minimum weights which competitors rifles must comply with and check these pressures. Some times these pressures are not tested correctly. That is, with the barrel of the weapon held vertically, and the weapon cocked, and weight applied to the trigger. On the average shop firearms the firing pin should not fall on an applied weight of 2 pounds 15 ounces, and should not fail to fall on an applied weight of 5 pounds 15 ounces. Most hunters  consider that the ideal weight is about 3 pounds 4 ounces. Most target shooters will theorise for hours but  rifle coaches of very long experience would consider any weight between two and three pounds as entirely satisfactory. I had a Rossi  revolver once that had a 35 pound pull on its double action, (it was very safe)  and it still shot tight groups in the right places.  The biggest factor is between the ears, once that is conquered everything else will fall into place.
Two types of trigger pull are seen on most of our breech actions. With the slackless trigger (single stage)  the trigger does not move until sufficient weight has been applied to release the sear or firing pin. This type is seen on most single shot, lever, and pump action rifles, shotguns and revolvers. In the trigger with slack, upon the application of about 1 to 2 pounds pressure the trigger moves to the rear about 1/8 to 3/8  inch, during which movement the contact between the sear and firing pin is reduced. (Double stage trigger) After this slack has been taken up by carefully applied pressure with the shooters finger, the trigger comes to a decided stop and has no further movement until a total pressure to release sear contact with the firing pin has been applied. This type of trigger is usually seen on bolt action and semi-automatic arms, although very recently inventions of slackless triggers for bolt actions have appeared. The slackless (single stage) trigger is to be preferred, although any man can be trained to a high degree of marksmanship with either type.
With either type of trigger the weight of pull should not vary, and the final release should be sharp without any drag or creep, like the breaking of a thin glass rod. Any drag or creep whatever in the final pull is very objectionable, in fact more so than under or over weight. Total elimination of creep or drag is more difficult to accomplish than adherence to weight, and in manufacture the adjustment of the trigger and elimination of creep often has to be a hand operation.
With bolt action and automatic weapons, where the mechanism is operated hard and fast, and where there must be sufficient clearance between parts to insure satisfactory operation in the presence of a certain amount of sand or dirt, a sufficiently fine and closely limited contact between sear and firing pin that will allow the use of a (single stage) slackless trigger without creep has always been very difficult to achieve.


The major sporting manufactures such as Remington, Ruger, Savage and the late Winchesters have competed at producing a trigger mechanism such as this since the introduction of the Winchester Model 70 rifle mechanism in the 1950s. Ordinarily the sear must stand high with considerable contact with the firing pin shoulder so that there is no danger of the firing pin over-riding the sear nose as the bolt is closed fast and hard. Taking up of the slack in the trigger reduces this contact to the point where the finally applied pressure will give a clean, snappy release.
Sometimes an effort is made to turn a trigger with slack into a slackless trigger by reducing the amount of slack, that is the amount of contact between sear and firing pin shoulder when the arm is cocked. This cannot be done completely without some of the slack remaining to take the form of a most unsatisfactory and disconcerting creep or drag, a trigger pull that no good marksman could use satisfactorily. Variations on that Model 70 trigger seem to be the most successful.
This matter of perfection of trigger pull is most important. A well informed rifle, shotgun, or pistol shooter will not use a poor pull. There is no reason why any breech action cannot be produced with an entirely satisfactory trigger pull as described above. There is at times a tendency among certain manufacturers of sporting arms to disregard the niceties of trigger adjustment, omitting any adjustment of producing ally or plastic trigger parts, because they  are told by survey companies that ninety percent of their customers are sportsmen entirely untrained who have no expectations and unable to appreciate the necessity for a good trigger release. They are told to spend more on stock finish or the artwork on the cardboard box and many times the company executives take that advice. They are completely sales driven. There short term sales decisions however destroy their companies reputation. When the new shooter tries his mates firearm and finds the difference, he feels betrayed and the bad trigger company loses a customer for the rest of his life.

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Priming the Cas
In the past editions we have throughly covers the priming of the  cartridge case as it is the primary area of reloading for service difficulties and faults. Over the counter of the gunshop the first thing the expert looks at when confronted by a novice with a reloading problem is the primer. If there is going to be a hang up, the primer can tell the story. Second would be resizing the case third, the correct sort of powder and forth the seating of the projectile. All important, but the primer is number one.

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High primer such as this can cause’ premature firing in many types of firearms. In break action shotguns, pump action shotguns, (winchester with rotating locking lugs) as well as in automatic, semi-automatic firearms and cause hangups in revolvers.  In some firearms that premature explosion can blow a few parts out such as extractors and springs, or ejectors. the results can be very noisy, and exiting with a few steel bits flying into skin. Flames of over a thousand degrees fry your body fat and burn the meat of your hands and arms. So get this part right. Primers must not protrude.
High primers, protruding beyond the case head not only cause poor ignition, resulting in poor accuracy but can be dangerous. On repeating or semi-automatic actions (either rifle or pistol), the protruding primer may be struck hard enough by the bolt to be ignited as the cartridge is chambered. I saw the result of a 12 gauge that had exploded in between tubular magazine and fully entering the chamber, the lifting mechanism had hit, detonating the high primer. It was messy. the  Ignition under those circumstances occurs before the breech is locked and will usually wreck the gun and will often injure the shooter badly. Semi-automatic arms with heavy operating springs and consequently high bolt velocity are particularly susceptible to such premature firing if primers are not seated deeply enough. Keep primers down.
High primers will also jam revolver cylinders and prevent locking in some other manually operated actions which lack the camming power to force the primer into the case.
Check the primers in all handloading operations make sure they do not sit up above the rear of the case. Priming is a very important part of hand-loading. There is probably more that can be stuffed up in priming than in any of the other operations.
Much More to come in Edition 37

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Bushnell Sportsman 3–9 x 40 $95


These Japanese manufactured rifle scopes made for the big companies in the USA are improving there quality, constantly closing the gaps between them and their Europeen competitors. The only thing that separates most top end scopes these days is the price.
Bushnell Sportsman Scopes 3–9 x 40

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Thoughts For the WEEK !?

Totalitarianism Alive and Well In Australia.

Joe Hockey is the federal Member for North Sydney and the Shadow Treasurer.
Also he is a member of the Parliamentary Friends of Armenia, China, Argentina, Chile and Cuba.
He was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 just prior to  John Howards un-informed gun banning and steal back and following his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, one of the youngest ministers in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia. It has been suggested that he is being groomed for the Prime Ministership, to take over when Tony Abott is burned out. The Liberals know that it would be unusual to get rid of a Labour Government in one term and will put the maximum effort (money) in four years time to get Hockey in the top job.  Read it on http://www.joehockey.com/mediaHub/nprDetail.aspx?prID=915


On the 11th March in address to the Grattan Institute, called  ‘IN DEFENCE OF LIBERTY’
Joe turned from a Dr Jekyll  into Hyde or maybe he was the evil Hyde during the epic $500 million fraud, which is still stealing guns off rightful owners to this very day and now turned into the nice Dr Jekyell?
In his rousing speech, This is what he states “The Returned Services League have commemorated their legacy under the maxim, “The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance” “we” “Australains have fought against totalitarianism, we believe are essential for human dignity and welfare. The struggle for liberty has never been without cost.”that freedom is worth the ultimate price that some of us may be asked to pay. On the one hand there is the recognition and harnessing of the power of the individual. each of us has a role to play in the process of our own governance. This is what liberty means. These values are not only timeless and enduring, they.re not negotiable. commitment to liberty – individual liberty as much as social liberty. I had given great thought to the political philosophy that I found most compelling. Stuart Mill. “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.”
I believe that individual liberty must be the foundation of our society, even when it clashes head on with the perceived communal good. That belief rests on John Locke.s positive view about human nature . that there is an essential good, rationality and an innate desire to co-operate in all men and women. I share his conviction that happiness is achieved when individuals are permitted to flourish in ways of their own choosing, according to their own conscience and beliefs. I don’t think it is too much of a generalisation to describe the history of the last 500 years as the ceaseless struggle for greater individual liberty. While we think that this is a battle that has largely been won in the West. Locke, on the other hand, called for government to be based on freely given consent, personal liberty and private property rights. It was a view that was to influence and inspire Thomas Jefferson and those who drafted the United States. Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Locke.s philosophy continues to inspire political leaders who are dedicated to freedom and democracy. “On the one hand you have societies that are free and open. The press is free and the judiciary is independent.” I am however concerned that some of the liberties we take for granted in Australia are being eroded by the actions of government. It is my own view that the loss of individual liberty that these laws represent cannot stand for all time.
They may seem trivial when you look at them individually, but add them all up and you see the liberty that we.ve fought so hard for starting to fray at the edges. The concept of telling someone who is 18, 19 or 20 that they are prohibited from consuming alcohol is an infringement of individual liberty that goes way too far.
But as Benjamin Franklin said:
“those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Surely the Australian interpretation of liberty extends to the right of an individual to go about their daily business without being subject to a random searches.
It is the fundamental duty of governments, parliaments, places of learning, and our civic and cultural institutions and for us as fellow citizens to fight to maintain the fire of liberty for which our Diggers fought and died. And that is why it is right for our veterans to remind us on a regular basis that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

Wow. This goes beyond hypocrisy. He sounds like he was speaking at one of the Firearm Owners rallies in 1997, I have used those words and quotes form Lock, Jefferson, Franklin and Mill in letters and speeches for the last 30 years. To see them come from one of the architects who imposed these impossible impositions on the innocents, who has given not only given the keys of the jails and mad houses to the criminals, but gives them and there nearest relatives, the Police ,the key the green light, to raid our homes with impunity, is an insult. Rubbing salt into the open wound. They have created a situation where the good are disarmed and the bad treat us how they wish. Politicians are protected with armed guards and the harmless populations are the victims. The press is owned by the banks and the judiciary are appointed by the politicians. Is that free? When we have to pay to ask the Police in Brisbane if we can own a Daisy Air gun and face 15 years in jail for having a lawfully purchased but un-registered firearm in our homes, what sort of totalitarianism government is that?  In the new Queensland Weapons Act promised to be introduced this year, we will be charged for not having a trigger lock on our Daisy air gun as they are sit in our locked safes waiting for the next random search which was imposed by your Howard Governments 23 point directions to the States. Cost? Never known a politician to pay with anything they didn’t steal from us first, so I was amazed that he considered the struggle for liberty cost his and his cohorts anything. He was not around when I joined up. Politicians who have seen blooded bullets, in action died with Winston Churchill. Eternal vigilance is what Firearm Owners need, we need to remember that all of the major political parties caused this mess. They have destroyed the country that we were once proud of, burn your vote rather than give it to parasitic insects that have enslaved us.

This is a suggested open letter send to joe@joehockey.com .

To Joe

If you have now seen the light of freedom as your speech,‘IN DEFENCE OF LIBERTY”  we will wait with great anticipation to hear your speeches, stating that you will return to us the right to own our property, the right to defend our lives and our families as responsible individuals. If you could pay for what you stole, all the .22 single shots, the air rifles and single barrel shotguns, return all the licence fees, return the fees for the Permits to Acquire, release the people sitting in jail for owning lawfully obtained property. Compensate the good people who have had the police raid there homes at 5 am in the morning or those left for dead beaten by home invaders. We will not believe your parties promise, or yours we had them in 1996. Only when you do it, will we believe your repentance, as, we can only “No them by their fruits”. Please read what firearm owners feel about your speech on the  Bulletin  Edition 36.

Ron Owen

Stockman Rifle. 7.62 x 54 Russian

The idea for this rifle came from one of those discussions that are held round the camp fire or after the barbeque. It became known at this discussion that there was a requirement for a rifle that shot well priced military ammunition, powerful enough to shoot, Bulls, Cows Horses, Camels, Donkeys, Deer, Roo’s, Pigs, Dingo’s and knock over a Ram or two at the 500 metallic silhouette range. Of course as it was a knock about rifle for the working man to keep in the truck it had to be very rugged and have the stock designed with a high comb to use a scope to suit off hand shooting. The stock also had to absorb a lot of recoil from a powerful calibre without transferring too much of it to the shooter and also be bulky enough to protect the rifle. (many rifle which have a stock like a knife edge leave the scope and mounts very vulnerable if dropped) It had to be drilled and tapped to take Weaver style bases on top of the receiver. The Barrel had to be heavy, free floating from the stock and be still short and handy. Of course they wanted it to hit a fly on there prize bulls nose without hurting the bull.

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Well there was a lot of bull around that night but all were seriously firm that it had to sell for less than $400. So Enfield Arms worked particularly hard and had the MAB barrels fitted to Mosin Nagant receivers, the bolt handles were modified to suit a scope the receivers were drilled and tapped and modified to take the mounts on top of the receiver. Wow, what would Vasily Zaytsev (Enemy at the Gate) have been able to achieve with a top scope mounted Mosin- Nagant action instead of his off set side mounts? Then Enfield Arms made a synthetic stock with a recoil pad made from absorb-athane. A soft dense polymer utherane ( Maybe got the spelling wrong) that has greater properties of absorbing recoil than rubber. They also have a five shot magazine. So except for the reconditioned reblued modified receiver they are a new rifle.

For $395.00

Remington Genesis 1000 fps.

Idea for Dad and Son, An Adult Air Rifle. Practice Target Shooting in the Garage.


(Air Rifle Scopes have to be EXTRA shock resistant for High powered Air Rifles) . These single shot spring air rifle feature ultra Hi ergonomics in its soft, synthetic pistol style grip and sculptured cheek piece, 28 pounds of cocking force gets up to 1000 fps. Other features include aTwo stage Adjustable trigger, Ventilated rubber recoil pad, Precision rifled steel barrel, Crossblock trigger blocking mechanism, Ambidextrous safety, made in the USA.

$400, with the 3-9x 40 variable scope or $300 without.



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