Big DAQ Little DAQ

Big DAQ Little DAQ

A Pairing of Quackenbush Airguns might sound silly, as it suggests a similar gastronomical pairing such as wine and cheese, or eggs and bacon. But perhaps it’s not so silly after all. In this case I have paired a .58 caliber Quackenbush Pistol with my latest airgun purchase, a .58 Quackenbush Outlaw Short Rifle. It made sense because I’ve started casting my own lead bullets and roundball for .58 caliber (actually .575 cal).

Big DAQ Little DAQ
Big DAQ Little DAQ

Big Bore Airgun Bullet Casting

I recently got the bug to cast my own big bore airgun ammo and bullets. I had been sitting on the fence for a couple months, and dodged the urge to buy a melter, lead, bullet or boolit molds, .45 and .58 lead round ball molds, sizers, etc. But I fell off that fence in a moment of weakness, and ordered the whole mess up.

Primary reason for getting into big bore airgun bullet casting is that it is difficult to find big bore ammo in sizes such as .45 or .58. When you do find big bore ammo you have few options to choose from, and it generally is cost prohibitive. Read that if you may as Expensive to shoot your big bore airguns.

Big Bore Airgun Ammo Bullet Casting Equipment:

  • Lee Pro 4 20lb bottom pour lead melting pot or furnace
  • Lee .58 caliber lead round ball mold
  • 30 lbs of soft lead
  • Lee ladle
  • Marvelux flux

As usual more to come…

A New Idea For A Silent Pellet Trap – 3

In the two previous installments on A New Idea For A Silent Pellet Trap, I talked about using rubber mulch as a pellet trap filler. I over built that trap to accommodate the biggest and most powerful of AirGuns.

I aim to build a Silent pellet and slug trap that will accommodate all my air rifles including, up to and beyond the latest big bore AirGun in my arsenal, the mighty Dennis A. Quackenbush .58 cal Outlaw Short Rifle. We are talking serious power, designed for hunting deer and other large critters.

So what construction to build

1. A quiet trap
2. A safe trap that can stop .58 lead round balls and bullets as well as all the smaller pellets I fling at it.
3. A Silent trap that makes recycling the lead a much easier and complete chore.
4. A Silent pellet, slug and bullet trap that doesn’t weigh a hundred pounds.

I looked at non-hardening clay since it was fairly inexpensive and would be as Silent as duct seal. But this medium had the same issue of not being easy to recycle the lead from. Hmmm.

I suddenly had an epiphany and realized a perfect medium to use might be simple candle wax melted down in a big cube or cylinder. I got excited and started looking for cheap wax. Found a place on the web that sold old unused candles as scrap. $16 bough me 40 pounds of old funky candles!

A New Idea For A Silent Pellet Trap – 2

In our previous installment I outline experiences I have had with my duct seal filled pellet trap. It is indeed pretty silent, however there is difficulty in removing pellets from the duct seal and I’ve yet to come up with a reasonable method of recycling all that lead. Now that I have several big bore AirGuns I am chewing through a lot of lead.

rubber mulch silent pellet trap
rubber mulch silent pellet trap

I have also toyed with an Uber Silent pellet trap framed in wood and filed with rubber mulch. This works but given the size and weight of this thing, once placed I am unlikely to want to move it. I haven’t used it all that much and so haven’t actually tried to retrieve the lead, so I’m not sure how easy it will be. I imagine I can dump the whole mess into a tub of water with the lead dropping to the bottom and the rubber floating. We’ll just have to see.

Fast forward to the new idea.

WAX! Yep, I had a brain fart. What if I had a metal container filled with melted candle wax? I’d shoot and shoot until the surface got too broken up, then put this container in pot of hot water, melt the wax and then easily strain out the lead bits which I can then melt down and mold into more pellets. I like the idea. So up next is to try to make this happen.

I ordered up a bunch of used and old funky candles from a place on the internets called All Montana. These good folks sold me the wax at a good price though it required a lot of melting, and straining since the candles were in their cheesy Christmas, Easter and other holiday forms. Lot of Santy Claus Candles. Ugh.

A New Idea for a Silent Pellet Trap

duct seal silent pellet trap
duct seal silent pellet trap

I’ve been chewing on a new idea for a silent pellet trap for a quite a while. That is I’ve been contemplating an update to the design of my old silent pellet trap. That design is essentially a wooden box filled up with duct seal putty I got at Lowes or Home Depot.

I’ve filled that thing up with lead and have painstakingly pulled out pellets and round balls until my fingers screamed at me. And I ended up having to add another layer for the big bore beasts I have including a Sam Yang 909s, and a DAQ .58 caliber Outlaw Pistol. Those two airguns along with the Sumatra Carbine in .25 lay waste to the duct seal. I’m now up to three layers deep of duct seal since the big bores laid waste to the previous two layers of duct seal.

Did I mention that pulling pellets out of duct seal is a pain in the behind? It is. And so I had a brain fart the other day, and came up with a way to easily clear out the old pellets, and recycle the medium that catches and holds the pellets.

But you’re gonna have to sit tight while I do some experiments, and see if my theory works out.

Till Then, Happy Shooting!

Pacific Airgun Expo

Pacific Airgun Expo is back! The Pacific Airgun Expo is the only airgun show and event west of the Rockies! Set you calendar for March 25th-26th, 2017

Why an Airgun Event?

The Pacific Airgun Expo brings together all segments of the airgunning and airsoft community including; vendors, dealers, importers, manufacturers, customizers, repair, collectors, accessory dealers, as well as new and experienced airgunners.

Here you will find assistance with repair, appraisal, accessories, or airgun purchases. Learn about airgun shooting and competition. We encourage people to bring in grandpa’s old pellet gun, get it fixed, see what it is worth, sell it, or trade it in on a new model. The Pacific Airgun Expo has two days of buying, selling, trading, shooting, learning about or displaying airguns.

The Pacific Airgun Expo strives to educate the shooting sports public about the airgun hobby and industry. By exposing people to airgunning,Pacific Airgun Event hopes to bring more people into the sport which will allow the vendors and manufacturers to grow their market and be able to continue to make the cool stuff we all enjoy. Without the vendors and manufacturers our sport by necessity remains small, so it is our biggest goal to bring new people into the sport thereby supporting the people that make and sell the stuff we need.

When is the Pacific Airgun Expo?
Saturday March 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday March 26, 2017 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Where is the Pacific Airgun Expo?
El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667

Who is the Pacific Airgun Expo for?
Airgun Vendors, dealers, importers, manufacturers, customizers, repair, collectors, accessory dealers, as well as new and experienced airgunners are all welcome. People just interested in airguns but have never owned one are sure to find the event interesting and educational.

More information on the Airgun Event:
http://www.pacificairgunexpo.com

Pacific Airgun Expo
Pacific Airgun Expo Flier

Free Trump Target

Have a Free Trump Target for practice shooting with your airgun, rifle, pistol or bow and arrow! This target is specifically for those who are convinced they need to Resist Trump.

We understand that it’s been a frustrating election year. No matter, you can get your frustrations out by using President Trump as your Free Target and to do your thing to resist. He’s got a big mouth that says a lot of things that have little meaning or substance, and so we made his big fat yuge mouth the target.

free trump target
free trump target

We decided to keep this target simple and straight forward. Right now we’re using this target in the backyard, stapled to our silent pellet trap, at a range of 33feet to about 30 yards. You can of course use it at any distance you are comfortable with. We might end up making some more targets from this image, and make them 4 up, and 8 up on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Keeping with the consideration that the web works best when folks share information and other stuff, we will keep this target Free, and you are free to distribute this Free Trump Target to all your friends and family.

This is a Free Trump Target for those who are Resisting the Trump Presidency.

#resist #resistance #resist_trump

Free Trump Target
Free Trump Target

Quackenbush .58 Outlaw Pistol

Dennis Quackenbush has been making extremely desirable big bore airguns for many years. Old world craftsmanship with modern know how and machinery, and a classic aesthetic as well as massive power are some of the admirable and desirable attributes of Quackenbush Airguns.

Quackenbush airguns are in such demand that he only sells Outlaw air rifles after he opens up a list that is really a raffle that people are randomly chosen from. Once on the list it may take a year or more to actually get the Airgun you ordered.

I have been trying for three years now to get on that list, but I’ve yet to get lucky. Well, unlucky until a few weeks ago. I regularly go by the Quackenbush (D.A.Q.) website to check on that list and see if it is open or there has been some other status change. On this particular day there was no change in the list, rather there was a status change in that Dennis had some DAQ Outlaw Pistols available for purchase and there was no list involved! Hoozah!

I will admit that as I slept on this knowledge that I could soon be an owner of a Genuine Quackenbush I also was worried that the .58 caliber ammo was going to be hard to find and be so huge as to have a air powered slingshot as opposed to a pistol or a carbine. A 58 cal lead ball is pretty heavy at 279 grains and I thought that I might be biting off more than I can chew. I also admit to myself and anyone listening that I do love big explosions and horsepower like my 12 valve Cummins surrounded by a Dodge. I threw caution to the wind and called Dennis and agreed to send him a bunch of money and in return he’d send me a 58 Caliber Dennis Quackenbush Outlaw Pistol mechanism minus the Crosman 1377/1322 trigger frame assembly he recommends as a suitable trigger.

I just posted the following to the AirgunGuild:

Quackenbush .58 Outlaw Pistol First Thoughts.

When I unwrapped the package containing one Quackenbush (D.A.Q.) .58 caliber Outlaw Pistol minus trigger assembly I thought to myself that this is some serious business. Beautifully blued barrel, air tube, and breech and some mighty large chunks of metal for the bolt and cocking handle, hammer, etc. To tell you the truth I was suddenly a bit nervous holding this thing in my hands. It looked and felt huge for a pistol.

Got down to business and installed the new Crosman 1377/1322/2040 etc trigger frame and pieces and parts. Then realized I’d neglected to install the spring and ball bearing for the safety. Took it apart and installed the safety bits, but before reinstalling squashed the trigger spring a little since trigger feel has so stiff. Put back together and left in in gun cabinet for a few days.

Got home from Jujutsu and made a Beeline to the shop. Took the DAQ out and decided to see how it felt with a Crosman plastic stock on it. Not bad, but I really think the DAQ needs a chunk of walnut caressing all that blued steel. Stock needs to be maybe an inch longer for me.

I think I have a large enough chunk of walnut somewhere. I think being the keyword.

Started to put on a Bugbuster scope, but alas won’t fit. The mounts are too close together. Going to have to figure something out. Decided to order a red dot… Will see how that works out.

I worked the bolt and cocking knob for a while being that everything is tight. Greased up the metal to metal contacts to avoid galling.

Finally decided it was time to fill the beast up. Took it slowly up to 3k which may actually be 2800k since this gauge is a bit questionable. Shot it with no bullet and as it went off in my closed up shop, I jumped. Holy $&@;! That surely woke the dead. Refilled to 3k and stuck in a 58 cal store bought round ball. Stacked up two layers of 2x fir in front of my pellet trap, and a 2×12 behind the trap and one additional layer of 3/4 plywood. Turned on Chrony, held my breath and pulled the trigger.

Holy mother of God, the sound was even louder, and I jumped as most of the wood in front and behind the pellet trap went flying every which way. First 2×4 split in two and dented 2×6 behind it. I swear the pellet trap which weighs about 35lbs got moved a few inches. Chrony said 446.3 fps.

Put all the wood back together and clamped the mess together. Loaded up the Outlaw again, cocked and held my breath and let loose the hand cannon. KAPOW! Stuff fell off the shelves and knocked the wood apart as the clamps gave in. Chrony said 538.3 fps.

I stopped. Was fearful I was going to break something.

I am still giggling at the absolute raw power of this Quackenbush Beast of an AirGun!

More to come!

Quackenbush .58 cal Outlaw Pistol Specifications:

Length: 20″
Height: 6 1/8″
With Crosman 1377/1322/2040 grip

Barrel diameter: .75″
Bore: .575″
AirTube diameter: 1.3″
Weight with Crosman stock: 5 lbs 7 3/8oz
Weight with Grip: 4 lbs 11 3/4 oz

.58 Hornady Lead Ball 279gn

1. 446.3 fps – 123.43 fpe
2. 538.3 fps – 179.56 fpe

Airgun Forum

I am seriously strung out on my airguns. Part of that addiction to airguns no doubt comes from visiting the various airgun forums on the web. The old ones such as the Yellow continue to get visitors and posters on a regular basis, and others such as Gateway to Airguns, have paved the way of a community that is mostly like minded, and serious about their airgun habit.

GTA is one that gives back to the community by having airgun meets, and gatherings, and holds fund raisers for some of it’s members going through a hard place. GTA is a huge forum, that has monthly raffles to raise money to keep the forum hosting paid for, and to keep up with new features and maintenance. It’s a wonderful community that is tightly monitored, and moderated. The moderation can in some cases squelch interesting and dynamic dialog between members.

One topic that is to some folks overly moderated is the subject of the airgun silencer, also known as a moderator, Lead Dust Collector, or LDC etc. Fear of reprisal from the government of course has stifled free speech on the GTA and other Forums. This is no doubt to the unclear language that the government uses to determine the legality of such devices on airguns. Fear takes over and you are not allowed to even say the unmentionable word.

Other Airgun Forum sites are a lot more open to discussion and do not get the level of moderation that the largest forums do. As is often true, folks get tired of the same old posts and posters some forums have, but primarily it is the squelching of free speech, and over moderation that makes people leave for greener fields.

A forum is a community. It is a living, breathing family. Check out the various airgun forums out there and enjoy! And if you are kicked off another site, then fear not, there’s others who will take you with open arms.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked

Woke up one day to find Archer Air Rifles hacked. Evidently a bad bot was able to figure out an admin login and password, and then went about installing a bunch of backdoors that allowed complete access to all files.

One backdoor was an email spam set up where Archer Air Rifles was set up to send many thousands of emails. This got us blacklisted for a while, and finally required taking the site down, erasing all related files, and starting from scratch. This is why the site looks decidedly unfinished. One day, one page at a time.

Archer Air Rifles got hacked, and I wasted a lot of time getting it fixed. Bah. Off with the heads of those who create those bots.

WordPress is notorious for getting hacked. My advice is to make your usernames, and passwords extremely complex and long, and to keep WordPress and all plugins and themes up-to-date, and to use security plugins such as Wordfence or Simple Firewall, etc.