Stocking Stuffers and gifts for Gun Tinkerers

Tis the Season!  Here are some thoughts of things that are helpful for anyone who owns a pistol.  None of these are Lakeline products, but they are the really useful things, tools mainly, that help any pistol person maintain and work on their pistol.  All of these things I use and they make me happy every time I use them.  They are in order from lowest cost up.

  • Needle Files.  I use these all the time, and they cost less than $5!  Most of the time I use this needle file set, which costs less than $3.  If you want to step it up a bit, this needle file set has handles that make them nicer to hold on too and still only costs $6.99.  I usually buy the cheap ones and litter them about the places I work like reading glasses.
  • Gunsmith screwdriver set.  Working on your pistol with the rounded off screwdrivers that are used for prying things off the car, demolishing for a remodel, etc. just isn’t a great thing.  Worn screwdrivers round out the special screws in pistols, making them difficult to get apart and they are just unsightly. I like a set that all fits in a case and gets stored with the guns, not out in the garage where they will be used and abused like the other screwdrivers.  Being “thrifty” I find specialty gunsmith sets pretty expensive for what they have.  I like a set that all fits in a case and gets stored with the guns, not out in the garage where they will be used and abused like the other screwdrivers.  But, this nice $20 set has most everything needed and is reasonably priced: Aosky Professional Precision Magnetic Screwdriver Sets
  • Punch Set.  Pistols have lots of little pins that are used to hold them together.  To get them in and out, and to help persuade other stuck parts to move, the proper tool is a punch set.  Brass punches are nice because they are softer than the steel in the pistol and usually won’t damage important parts.  A good starter punch set can be had for under $30:

    Wheeler Engineering Hammer and Punch Set with Brass, Steel, Plastic Punches

  • Torque Screwdriver.  If you work with scopes and sights, a torque screwdriver is a necessity.  Most sight work uses torques in the 6 to 30 inch pounds range.  Some pistol sights, like many of the screw on pistol sights, need an even lower range, like 1 to 5 inch pounds.  That gets more expensive, but a good tool for the low torque requirements is:

    Capri Tools Ultra Precision Certified Torque Limiting Screwdriver Set

    For the more typical scope rings on rifles, etc. a reasonably priced choice for under $50 with a 10 to 50 inch pound range is: Adjustable Gun Torque Screwdriver 1/4″ inch Drive Long Shank 10-50 in/lb with 14pcs Bits Set

  • Sight tool or Sight Pusher.  If you like your pistols, at some point you are going to change sights on them, or adjust them.  Without a good sight tool, it is easy to scratch or ding up the slide or sights, or break the tritium vials in night sights.  I own most of the cheaper sight tools, but still went ahead and bought this one when I was frustrated trying to use the ones that flex, bend, and scratch up my pistols.  Save some money and buy the good one up front, it is under $200:  Wheeler Engineering Armorer’s Front and Rear Handgun Sight Tool
    Merry Christmas and happy gun tinkering from the gang at Lakeline LLC!!

Fall at Lakeline LLC

So far we’ve been having a beautiful, if sometimes cool, fall.

Besides enjoying some of the local events, like Mahogany and Merlot (pictured above), we’ve been working on products.

The metal followers for the Sig Sauer P365 are available.  These don’t gouge and provide consistent, smooth feeding and solid slide lock engagement (after the last round is fired).

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We have new products for the Taurus G2 series pistols coming out in the next couple of weeks as well as a product for the Ruger Security 9.  Our fiber optic sights for the Taurus TH9 and TH9c should also be available in that time.

Enjoy your fall.  Get out and do some shooting while there is still some great weather for it.

 

Independence Day

I am one of the Americans who actually knows which country we won our independence from in the 1700s as well as many other facts of our country’s history. I appreciate our country and those who sacrificed for it and continue to protect it to this day.  It is what it is.

Still, I work with people who toil mightily to gain their independence to do the things the rest of consider normal every day and I appreciate our customers who help us help them to achieve more independence than most people think possible.  It is a different perspective on Independence Day that is much more personal than the holiday meaning of it yet I can’t help but think about it even more so on the 4th of July.

So, thanks to you all and I wish you a happy Independence Day.  We sure appreciate all of it.

Testing Recoil Assemblies for the Taurus PT111 G2

I like to test things.  I test our products every chance I get.  I also evaluate similar or competitive products to see how we stack up and how we can improve.  In light of that, I ran some tests on our Taurus PT111 G2 recoil assembly versus both the factory and a competitor’s,  Galloway Precison’s, aftermarket assembly.

All three operated the pistol without any malfunctions for 200 rounds.  There was also very little degradation in the spring force on any of the units.  Neither the Lakeline nor the factory assemblies showed any noticeable degradation other than residue from firing.  The Galloway unit was stuck, and had to be tugged out of the slide.  The reason shows in the photos below and is due to the washer deforming and allowing the spring to come partway past the washer.  The end of the spring was also wearing the corners of the shoulder in the slide.

Here are some photos of the Lakeline and the Galloway after 200 rounds fired through each, before cleaning:

Muzzle end of Lakeline recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Muzzle end of Lakeline recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Even fit of large spring on Lakeline recoil assembly after testing.
Even fit of large spring on Lakeline recoil assembly after testing.
Lakeline Muzzle end close up
Lakeline Muzzle end close up

The Galloway unit was a replacement sent for our first unit after they recalled them for the springs coming out of the slides.  Galloway said the problem was due to a tolerance problem on the Taurus PT111 G2 in their recall notice.  The fix included a washer at the end of the large spring.  The end cap was also highly polished on the reworked unit compared to the original.  It could be due to needing heat to remove the end screws for reworking the parts and polishing off the marks from a torch.

After 200 rounds, the washer had deformed, causing the recoil assembly to ride unevenly in the slide.  It required some force to remove from the slide.  It was also wearing the edges of the slide shoulder and rounding the corner  where the washer was pushing through the slide and the spring end was moving against it.  The muzzle end screw was no longer centered as the spring had pushed it off to one side.  Shiny areas where it was rubbing the slide were evident.

Washer deformation on Galloway Recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Washer deformation on Galloway Recoil assembly after 200 rounds
Another view showing the deformed washer, rubbing on the slide and where the spring rides on the slide after 200 rounds with the Galloway recoil assembly.
Another view showing the deformed washer, rubbing on the slide and where the spring rides on the slide after 200 rounds with the Galloway recoil assembly.

 

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A little update on what this is all about, our Special Needs home at Lake Chelan

Framing of the lower floor of Ridgeview Place, a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan.
Framing of the lower floor of Ridgeview Place, a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan.

Lakeline LLC is part of our effort to build a home for special needs adults at Lake Chelan in Washington State.

Lakeline LLC will provide income and vocational opportunities to the residents, and others, with special needs.  The home is called Ridgeview Place at Lake Chelan and is currently under construction.  Lakeline’s home will also be on sight in an out building on the approximately 3.5 acre property.

We are at the framing stage currently:  http://ridgeviewchelan.com/framing-the-lower-floor-is-moving-right-along/