Thursday, January 19, 2012
Now that is dirty.....
A nice thing happened today.
I was offered a S&W M+P 15-22 for a can't-refuse-it price. It was substantially ...um... less than retail. Not the newest and fanciest model, but a good standard model with a case, two magazines, and a cheap lighted reticule 3-9 rifle scope. A used rifle, but not a mark on it.
Of course the neighbor, his boy, and I had to put some rounds down-yard right away. The rifle functioned flawlessly, we all had a ball, and we all agreed this thing is way too kewl. The young boy immediately noted all the controls mirrored it's big brother AR.
(We got some COOL neighbor boys.... )
So I'm cleaning this thing tonight. Ever clean a .22 rimfire? They can make a blackpowder rifle after a days shooting look pristine.
Friends, I could not identify the coiled up springs in the action till I scraped away the unburned powder, debris, fouling, grease, and critter remains for all I know. It was that packed.
When I was done, the rifle was reasonable clean, and the trigger is now exponentially better. The mass of fouled Q-tips and cleaning patches took two hands to pick up. A second trip was required for the used paper towels.
I think the rifle is about half a pound lighter now. How many rounds were through it? I have no way of being sure, but I know it was the last owners favorite 'fun gun'. My guess is a few thousand at least, and more likely twice that much.
Now it looks like a new rifle. Except for never being cleaned, it was well treated. Laying on it's 'assault rifle' case, it looks new.
After a bit, when life calms down, I'll shoot it... a LOT.... and write a review. From what little I see, I already suspect it will quickly become a favorite.