AICS Installation for Remington 700 Short Action

First of all a disclaimer, I am not a professional gunsmith and so this is just my way of how I did things with this upgrade.

I started off with a stock Remington 700 straight from the box bar the scope and other accessories as shown here.


First things first as before starting any work on a firearm you should always check that firearm is unloaded, I do this by cycling the actions several times and visually checking the chamber, as can be seen in the photo below this chamber is clear.


 As this is a bolt action firearm, for further safety I removed the bolt during the process

The first step in getting the stock upgraded is of course removing the accessories where appropriate and of course old stock, and a quick look at the exploded diagrams in the manual show how to do it.

Firstly as shown here I removed the bipod off the front of the rifle as seen here it is removed. Due to the way that the 700 series is assembled I opted to leave the scope mounted to the rifle.

With the 700 Series it’s a simple 2 screws from the bottom of the rifle under the magazine release and trigger guard. I unfortunately did not take a photo of this, but looking at the AICS install photo to see the location of the bolts.

Once the two bolts are removed the action and barrel simply separates from the stock as shown below.

Something that the kit requires for installation is that the trigger pins be in the proper location flush with the assembly  which as shown here they are



Once this is done the receiver/barrel/trigger assembly is installed in the stock and torqued to the correct setting using a torque wrench (which is not photographed)

Once torqued up its ready to go, although for the most part you will need to re-sight your scope, in my case I also have to raise the scope up as with the cheek rest it is too low for me to use to this end I will be putting a 20 or 25MOA picatinny on the top and getting higher rings which will allow for a greater scope height which I need.

Shown below is the completed stock with both the 5 and 10 round magazines, along with a comparison photo of the size of the 2 magazines.




In conclusion this is a great stock and I believe firmly believe will honestly increase the usability of the rifle.


  • More Comfortable
  • Thumbhole Grip


  • Heavy
  • Reduces scope height in relation to the cheek rest

Rating: 9/10


Personal Computer: What do I want…

Reading through several articles online about PC hardware and all these industry experts sit there telling me supposedly what I want, well do I have news for them.

Ok so I may be a little “out of left field” when it comes to what I want out of my equipment as against other people, but googling the internet as has become common these days I can see that there are other people who want the same thing

Firstly I am not a “regular” PC buyer by any stretch of the imagination working in the ICT industry and the sector that I do the majority of my work for has given my a point of view different to most, and experience to match. There are a few brands out there that I am happily using in the environments I manage, however due to customer support I receive from two in paticular (Dell and Acer) I tend to prefer and reccomend them to clients.

However neither of these two brands had anything in their regular line ups that I wanted, well that was until I discovered the Dell now own Alienware.

What I want is “one machine to do it all” and currently for what I want, that meant a customised Alienware M17x R3, but this is only a stop gap because no one makes what I want, so then what DO I want, simple really A dockable tablet with a high resolution screen the size of an A4 (or I would even accept “Letter”) piece of paper, that uses one of the proper digitizers for tablet input as well as being able to use your finger.

The tablet I want to dock into its own keyboard style base simular to some of the other tablets such as the Acer Iconia which contains a keyboard, mouse (touchpad) larger speakers for better output, two video outputs (so when docked I can have 3 screens), multiple USB 3 connections and a large battery pack so that I can extend the tablets capabilities whilst on the road.

The tablet itself should have the same basic specs as a current high-end alienware with high end discrete and intergrated grahpics, 16GB+ of RAM, multi-core processor and twin high-capacity SSD drives to give a high amount of data storage (756GB minimum on each drive)

This “Gaming” tablet woud give me exactly what I am looking for, the only improvements that would then really need to be made to the design are simply one that allow it to keep up to date with current technology.

All in all it should not be too hard to develop something along these lines but the limited market puts the companeis off, I emplore alienware or another company to build this, you would have at least one customer 😛

I know they are not going to build it for me, but we can always dream

Windows Server Update Service Not installing due to WSUSService and Performance Counters

Today whilst installing a new WSUS server on a 2008R2 Standard server for a client I came across a new error I had not seen before, basically WSUS install got part of the way through and then threw up the error: “Windows Server Update Service 3.0 SP2 could not install WSUSService and the Performance Counters”

To be honest this was a quick fix, basically it in my case came down to entirely the performance counters, which is about a 5 minute check and a 30 second fix

First we want to open RegEdit and check the “Counter” entry under “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib” and then compare it to the last number value in Counter under “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib\009“. In this case 009 is the locale ID for english, and therefore 009 would be different for other locales

In my case this was all ok, however if it is not you may need to make sure that you have not disabled the Performance Counters, looking under “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib” see if you have the “Disable Perforamance Counters” setting, if it is missing, then do not worry it simply means that they are enabled and never have been disabled (the entry is only generated once the counters have been disabled for the first time). If the key is set (has a value of 1) then turn it off (set it to 0)

Once this is done you need to rebuild the counters, this is thankfully easy to do from the command line, simply open an administrative command prompt and type the following

cd %systemdir%\system32
lodctr /R

The first command uses the SystemDir Environmental Variable and the System32 path to drop you into the system 32 directory (Normally C:\Windows\system32, but will change depending on install location, the environmental variable will change so it always points to the correct directory). The second command tells the counters to Rebuild the entries from scratch, alternatively if you have a backup of the perf counters (generated by the lodctr /s:<;filename>; command) you can load it with lodctr /R:<;filename>;

As I said, takes longer to do the checks than it does to apply the fix (isn’t that always the case)