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Christian Audio – Limited time free download   Leave a comment

Greetings All,

I just received an email about a free download that will only be available for a very short time.

From ChristianAudio.com:

A Place of Healing: FREE Hour by Joni Eareckson Tada

FREE download of the first hour of Joni Eareckson Tada’s newest title! Hurry, this free offer expires July 31st! After you get the first hour for free, you might want to pre-order the entire audiobook for only $2.98!

In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy. Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain.

The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to foundational questions about suffering and God’s will. A Place of Healing is not an ivory tower treatise on suffering. Its an intimate look into the life of a mature woman of God.

Whether readers are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites them to process their suffering with her. Together, they will navigate the distance between God’s magnificent yes and heartbreaking no and find new hope for thriving in between.

Blessings,

Jeff

Posted July 30, 2010 by avv604 in Bible, General

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Sighting in a new toy, building a box   3 comments

Greetings All,

This past week has been busy with homework (as always),  and other projects. I just finished my Revelation/Daniel class and moving into the last few classed in my BA. Hopefully but the end of fall I will complete my BA in Religion (finally).

Building A Box:

Over the past week I have been working on a nice little lane/rifle box for my FT matches. At the last match I found I carried quite a few items to the match and did not care to do this again if I could help it. I was paired with Cliff and has a nice Gun Tote he purchased. I really enjoyed how when he would move the next lane, the Gun Tote was carried and contained all he needed for the next lane. Cliff would sit down between the lane markers, retrieve his TX from the Gun Tote, site in and range the target, and then obtain a pellet from the already opened tin on the tray. In viewing his Gun Tote, I decided I could build something similar.

Beginning my cogitation process, I quickly remembered the 3/4″ plywood at the barn. I began to feverishly sketch drawings of a gun caddy that would have tray areas and not high side. With paper wads flying to the trash can, I finally drew something very similar to the Gun Tote. I envisioned the measurements in my mind, the height, width, the length of the rope for the handles. Every detail of what might be raced through my brain.

Knowing my lack of carpentry skills, I reviewed my plans with my father-in-law. Given his life-long experience in this general area, I was confident he would be able to show the errors in my plans and make suggestions. As it turns out, he reviewed the plans, eye-brows raised, and a few questions were posed. Upon answering the questions, he gave a hearty laugh, wadded up the paper, threw it across the room hitting the front door, and proclaims “Now we can begin to draw up some real plans!”  Okay…. so none of that happened. My father-in-law reviewed the plans and made a few simple suggestions to keep the box a bit cleaner in appearance.

I made a trip to Home Depot, searched out for the needed products, purchased them, and burned rubber back to the house. Alas, it was already night so I would have to begin the project the next day. Over the next four days I took my time and tried to make sure I did things properly. Well, that did not happen but the ending is an a goal achieved.

Here are a few pictures of the progression to the ending gun caddy.

The Rough Beginning

Commence the Sanding

Coming Together

Drying Overnight

De Box… De Box!

Sighting In the Rifle:

Well, this past Saturday we had some visitors over. My wife’s cousin and his two sons. I have posted about the last time these three men came over and we did a bit of paper punching. Well now the oldest son, Johnathan, has acquired a .22 long rifle and was in need of sighting it in. Johnathan had been texting me most of the week and anticipation of the grand event. Upon their arrival, the two boys and I went over to my gun range. I have two lanes setup at my little “range.” One lane is 75 yards and the other is 100 yards (lasered). I had an old Leapers scope I let him “borrow” until the day he is able to get a scope. It is a nice little 3-9×40 Leapers and does the job. Johnathan had purchased some 1″ rings and quickly brought them out encouraging me to begin the installation.

I brought out the gun vice, got everything in order, and we began the fun game of “watch were the bullet hits so I know how to adjust the turrets.” After several shots and receiving blank stares from the question, “Where did the bullet hit gentlemen,” I got the rifle sighted in at 50 yards.  As the day was becoming far spent, I wanted to try to chrony the shots so as to be able to print a reference card for him. However, the boys were excited for now and just wanted to shoot some things!

In the Vice

After shooting at the bullet box for a while, we gathered the spinners I have at 100 yards and put them on lane one’s 50 yard mark. At one point the three of us was all firing at targets. How is this possible you say? Well, I brought my two air rifles. I would hate for Phineas and Ferb (.22 & .177 Marauders) to feel left out of the games. For the next few hours the three of us shot several targets and had some fun.

As the light began its decent and the night began its rule, Johnathan found he had about six shots left. We grabbed the chrony and trotted down to an area on the range where there was still enough light for the sensors to operate. I set it all up and we fired the six shots to see an average of 1228 displayed. Now having the data, all was picked up and we retreated to the house. I printed off a quick hold-over reference card and taped to the inside of the scope cap.

The night was rounded out with several rounds of Rock Band until close to midnight. What a fun-filled day for the two boys, myself, and the rest of the gang. We had all been talking and doing various activities for most of the day. It was a blessed day, for sure.

Well, until next time… shoot safe, have fun, and be blessed.

Jeff

Posted July 21, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns, General, Marauder

July – Christian Audio Free Download   Leave a comment

Greetings All,

My apologies for not posting sooner. I have been very busy with school and trying to get my FT rig in better shape. This month, Christian Audio has the following free download.

The Pursuit Of God by A. W. Tozer

Description: During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940’s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit Of God. He wrote all night, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. When the train pulled into McAllen, the rough draft was done. Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, Tozer’s passionate classic offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth.

Instructions: Add the download to your cart and use the coupon code JUL2010 when prompted to receive this month’s free download! You must use the code to receive the download for free.

Also, Christian Audio has all related titles at $4.98 each. A good deal.

Christian Audio’s information:

For the month of July, all A.W. Tozer titles will be specially priced at $4.98 each!
This includes the companion best-seller God’s Pursuit of Man as well as Tozer’s remarkable series, Attributes of God Volume 1 & 2, and Knowledge of the Holy.

Don’t let these opportunities pass you by.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Jeff

Posted July 16, 2010 by avv604 in Bible, General

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Marauder Project – Hammer Spring   Leave a comment

Greetings All,

A few weeks ago I wanted to see if I could get the hammer spring adjustment to quit moving. I decided to disassemble the end and see how thing were put together. The goal was to see how the hammer spring adjustment is in and how I could add some penetrating threadlocker (low strength) to keep the hammer spring in place. Well, I have found this is something you probably do not want to do. So I share the pictures and information as a lesson learned for me.

Lessons Learned from this experience:

1. To use threadlocking compound, do not take off the back, back out the screw, and put it all back together. It will not work. (I did not do this but you will see what I mean).
2. It took about two days of tinkering to get the .22 back to where I wanted it.
3. If the hammer stroke screw needs to have thread locker on it also, the hammer spring screw should be set first.

Okay, on with the pictures. 🙂

To begin I took the action out of the stock and removed the scope. Next, I removed the screw shown in the picture. I need to remove the bolt to get to the screw underneath the bolt.

Removing Screw: note the orange threadlocker on the screw.

Next, the bolt needs to be removed. I removed the side allen bolt.

With the top screw out and the allen screw removed (careful, there is a spacer on the allen screw), the bolt slides right out.

Next, the allen screw in bottom of the breach hole need to be removed. You can see the allen screw inside the hole in this picture.

With the top screw removed, I began to remove the bottom screw.

I could tell there was some pressure on this screw so I held on the back of the action with one hand and removed the screw with the other. I then turned the action up so the bottom was on the desk. I then slowly raised up the action revealing the spring that was pressing out.

Once the spring was out, I set it aside and took a look at the hammer spring screw adjustment. Here is a picture for reference.

Based on feel, I could tell the screw is sitting kind of loose in where it is threaded into.  Of course in removing the screw this way has messed up all my previous settings.
NOTE: the hammer stroke did not come out because I did not cock the gun before I removed the bolt. So it remained inside when I turned it upside-down.

To give you and idea of how far out the spring is pushing, I took the following shot. I am only holding the end for balance. This the how far out the spring is extending past the end.

Now that I know what it looks like, I should be able to just add a drop in from the rear port.

In order to get the .22 shooting where I wanted it again, it took two days of fiddling with the settings on and off. It seems in doing the process above it, of course, releases the tension on the hammer stroke screw. The in turn changed its settings. So both settings adjustments where all out of whack. After resetting everything back to zero (counter-clockwise) and then reviewing my old tuning post, I got the .22 back where I wanted it.

Locking the settings:
What I tried (and it did not work) was to put a “half drop” into the place. To do this, I took a paper plate and a toothpick. I broke the toothpick in half. I put a drop of the Permatex green penetrating threadlocker onto the plate. I then “scooped” up most of the drop. Some soaked into the wood. I put what was on the toothpick  into the opening against the hammer spring screw. I let the rifle sit for a few days and checked to see if I could input an Allen wrench and make an adjustment. The wrench turned, so that did not work.

Next Step:
Once I have some more time, I plan to try to just put one drop in the hammer spring screw area and see what happens.

Until then, have fun shooting

-Jeff

Posted July 13, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns, Marauder

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Marauder Project – Installing A Regulator   35 comments

Greetings All,

Yesterday I had some time to install the regulator I purchased from Vincent van Gerven at Airgun Exporter. So I decided I would document what I did to install it and my steps in tweaking.

When I received the regulator, it was set already preset to 130 bar and loctited so the adjustment would not move (I could have moved the adjustment, but I choose not to). I have not changed the setting from 130 bar as I was hoping the FPS would be in the ball park of 920fps. There was not really any documentation that came with the regulator regarding how to install it. I received a personal typed note stating previous results others have been able to do, a few things to be careful of, and what Vincent has done and his results.  I emailed Vincent requesting a larger image and some tips for installation. Vincent replied with the a link to JohnB’s post stating that  should get me started and attached a larger image. Vincent has responded each and every time I emailed him. I received the regulator quickly and promptly after paying via Paypal.

Here is the pictures Vincent sent to me. Perhaps someone else can use them as a future reference. 🙂

A question posed to me is do I  “think that the documentation that came with the regulator was adequate?” It depends on your perspective. If the question is about installation instructions, then no. I receive no specific installation instructions. In fact, if I did not know JohnB then I may not have wanted to purchase the regulator in fear I may destroy something. However, this is the reason for this blog posting. I tried to provide enough detail so another individual can install the regulator with some ease (there will always be variances in how one installs). If your perspective is overall documentation regarding the regulator, then yes. The above picture was provided and clearly explains how to change the pressure. Also, Vincent had the following statements in his email to me.

If you find it regulates well but thereʼs not that many shots, then try backing off the hammer spring and shorten the hammer travel.  (youʼre then wasting air by a valve that stays open too long during the firing cycle.) you might also use a too high of an output pressure.

Be careful when you adjust the power on the dial, Itʼs a delicate piece of kit. Turn it counterclockwise first since a thread-sealer is used.

Please do ask if you have any questions.

Happy shooting,

Vincent van Gerven

I do not require a step by step instructions on how to install the regulator. I believe we are intelligent created human beings and able to ascertain some sort of answer. In my case I have no previous experience with air rifles ( or rifles in general.. at all), so I read some posts and talked with John about how he installed his. I did need some guidance to get me started on the installation.  So the answer is really determined by your perspective. I will let you decide. 🙂

Before the regulator I was filling the gun to 2000psi and getting about 20 shots at 920 fps with a 20fps extreme spread. The ending pressure in the rifle was about 1600-1700psi.

To begin, one must first depressurized the gun. The Marauder rifles makes this process very easy.

The depressurization only took a few seconds.

Next was the task of removing the front valve(?) so one is able to insert the new regulator.

I used the barrel band to loosen valve and then used a wrench to un-thread the valve the rest of the way. When pulling out the valve,  be sure to gently pull straight out. Do not try to screw out the valve after the threads. (NOTE I would not advise using a wrench. I found the valve is actually two parts and you could unscrew them. Others have noted this also could do some damage. One suggestion made to me was to use a rubber wrench similar to the ones used on oil filters.)

Do not try to screw out the valve after the threads. The threads inside the tube will slice up the O-ring on the end of the valve (see Figure 3).

Gently set the valve aside and begin to remove the air pressure gauge. I am removing the gauge temporarily for testing. Once I find the regulator is working properly, then I will install the gauge and drill a hole in the tube for the regulator vent.

I found a small O-ring in the bottom. Be sure to put the air gauge and the small O-ring in a separate bag as well.

Now the prep work for the regulator begins. I determined early on that I would be inputting the regulator for testing first and then later install permanently.  Thus I would need to ascertain a solution to be able to remove the regulator. In a previous post on the Airgun Advice forum, John shows to use steel suture. I called John and found he had issues with the steel string. He later used a thicker gauge wire. Well, around this farm there is an abundance of electric fence wire. So this is exactly what I used (See Figure 5). It is very stiff and thick enough to be able to pull it out later.

As you can see, I simply wrapped the wire around the regulator and tried to flatten the wire back to the regulator.

Next, the air pressure gauge holder needs to be removed. I put a larger allen wrench in the opening and pushed the gauge holder to the front of the tube just a bit. This will give you clearance for the one-of-a-kind tool needed for this job.

A coat hanger is used to pull out the gauge holder (See Figure 7). Note: when it comes to the internal threads, be careful and again – just gently pull straight out. Do not try to tread out the part or you will need to purchase new O-rings.

Here is a photo showing the difference in the length of the gauge holder (left) and regulator (right).

Since there is a size difference, this will need to be compensated for. One can see from the picture above there is a difference in height and the vent hole on the regulator may not line up in the center.  Also, there needs to be some “breathing” room behind the regulator.  Since I did not need much room,  again needed to determine what might work.

Since farmers generally keep just about every scrap piece of whatever, I knew there would be something I could use in one of the barns. I found a 1/2″ piece of PVC pipe. I silvered off, with a hack saw, about 1/4″ piece to raise the regulator. However, there was not much space  for the air to move through and I knew in a 3/4″ hole…  how would I center this piece?  I found a 3/4″ piece of PVC pipe , silvered off another 1/4″ piece.  Not only is it the perfect diameter across, it gives enough room (I felt) for the air to flow through. And more importantly I can now very easily center the spacer.

Here is a photo showing the new PVC “spacer” beside the gauge holder.

I took the 3/4″ space and gently worked it past the threads. Then, I took the 1/2″ PVC pipe and push the new spacer into its new home. the PVC pipe made it very easy to push the spacer evenly all the way back to the rear of the tube. The picture below is not very clear, but you have the idea.

Now, at this point (admittedly a bit late) I am curious about removing the spacer. Well, I decided to test using the handy-dandy coat hanger and complete the same process as before. I was able to remove the spacer with a bit of patience and keeping the spacer straight (it would get a bit sideways and I would need to straighten it out).  With this portion confirmed, I know I will be able to install the regulator later in a more permanent position.

With the spacer installed, I gently installed the regulator. I had my action in a gun vice upside-down so I would be able to align the vent hole on the regulator with the gauge hole. I drew a line with marker from the vent down so I could tell if I was off and by how much. I used the 1/2″ PVC pipe again to push the regulator back slowly. I found that I could twist the PVC pipe just a bit if needed. This would in turn twist the regulator. It took a few tries but I got the regulator vent hold inside the gauge hole. However, the hole was not in the center.

To center the vent hole, I took a very small allen wrench, inserted into the vent hole, and GENTLY moved it around to the center.

Since there was an excess of wire hanging out, I cut the wire flush with the end of the tube. I then took needle-nose pliers and bent it into a half loop. This way I should be able to grab the wire and remove the regulator later.

At this point, I reinstalled the valve and again using the barrel band as a type of wrench to tighten down the valve.

With everything installed, I pressurized the gun and sat back grinning at my work.

Well, it may have a pleasing appearance but the function is what counts in my book. I had the rife tuned to have an average of 920fps over 20 shots with a 20fps extreme spread.

Well… instead of typing everything and hoping everyone just believes me. I now filled the gun to ~3000psi and the results are just wonderful. Here are the pictures from the crony.

Highest FPS

Lowest FPS

Average FPS

Extreme FPS Spread

Standard Deviation

Number of shots

(the “2” represents the second shot string)

There is no need to adjust your glasses or your monitor. Those numbers are correct.

I noticed if I drop the last four shots the numbers are as follows.

High – 883
Low – 868
Average – 875
Ex. Sp. – 15
Standard Dev. – 3

A last few items that I must mention. The first shot string started out with numbers at around 840fps.  I messed with the hammer spring and stroke to get everything working properly. Once that seemed to be working, I opened the metering screw about 1&1/2 turns (3 1/2 total).  This is how I received the above numbers. I noticed that at about 3 to 3 1/2 was enough. After that, the turns did not matter as the FPS did not increase.

Lastly, if you put your hand over the hole, it will drop the FPS. I believe this is the reason for the lower number FPS in the middle of the sting.

Well all, that is about it for now. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post them below.

Until next time,
“Enjoy our wild America”  – Marty Stouffer

In Him,
Jeff

Posted July 10, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns, Marauder

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A Day At Firemarshal’s   2 comments

Greetings All,

Today I went over to Pat’s house for a day of target shooting joined by two other individuals. Little did we know Pat had set a nice five lane course in preparation of a 60 shot match. Pat is a gracious host and set a delightful course for the four of us. The course consisted of five lanes with two different distances (yellow and white markers) to begin at each lane. The “yellow” lane is where we began the match. After shooting all five yellow lanes (3 shots at two targets per lane with lane 5 having three targets at two shots each), we moved to the “white” lane. The white land added five yards to the all the previous targets.

Yellow and white lane. Yellow is five yard closer than the white lane behind it.

Steve starting at the yellow lane

Pat even gave us something nice and “easy” to shoot at. The “easy” target is 1/4″ kill zone and was changed later to a bit bigger. Pat changed the target before I got to it. Good thing, as I am most confident I could have missed all three times.

Good joke Pat. :)

Pat was shooting very well today,  as to be expected. I believe he cleared at least two lanes if not more.  Even though we kept up with the scores, it was more about the fun and discussion today.  For several hours the four of us enjoyed knocking down field targets and discussions of air rifles. Tammy was nice enough to take a few pictures.

As the morning turned into afternoon, shade became a premium area. A shooter was encouraged to take an abundance of time per shot so the other could remain in the shade. When the heat gave way to sweat in my eyes, then it became a bit irritating. However, the irritation was but for a moment as the target shown in my scope was taunting me, begging me to knock it down.  Some of the targets silenced the taunting when falling down, others remained erect and continued their taunt. “Another day my friend, another day” I thought.

Steve making it happen

Today was not only a day of fun, but a day of learning as well. I learned the bubble levels I have on both Marauder are junk. I learned I need a good accurate reference card in order to shoot better. I learned to be better prepared when sitting in the sun half the day as you will burn (yes, I did burn… nice bright red; and yes, I know better). I learned this new hobby of mine is more fun than most anything I have encountered.

All in all, as mentioned before, today was just a delight and a great way to spend half the day. Shooting at target with great people. Great people and great fun, one cannot ask for any more from a hobby.

Pat, thank you so very much sir. I was expecting a bit of target shooting and was presented with a 60 shot match. A tremendous setup and tremendous hospitality.

Also, thank you Tammy for taking some (most 🙂 ) pictures of today’s “match.” That is some good shooting tex.

Here are a few more pictures from today. Enjoy! 🙂




Well all, that is about it. It was a fun day and I look forward to next time.

I hope everyone had a wonderful forth in celebrating this nation’s Independence. The next time you see a man or woman who has or currently serves in the military, please shake their hand and tell them “thank you.”  These men and women have and still fight for the greatest nation in the world.

Blessings,

Jeff

Posted July 5, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns

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