Field Firing Solutions (FFS) Delta V for Tablets?

As you may have guessed from my other posts I shoot, my interest primarily is long range shooting. In this field the best software in my opinion is Field Firing Solutions (FFS) Delta V, this is what I was trained on it’s use by Glen at Precision Shooting . I do however have one issue with it, this is the requirement for dedicated hardware, specifically a Windows PDA. Now whilst I understand all to well that this makes it easier for development in some regards, I personally would prefer an “App” for either iOS or Windows 8.

There as I see it a number of benefits to this model. firstly most smartphones and PDA’s now offer bluetooth, wireless and in some cases 3G/4G Data connectivity allowing easy connectivity between services, but also internet data, which has never been as readily accessed before, and can provide a whole new level of data input to the device, as well as allowing communications of solutions between teams and commanders in a military or police application.

This brings me to another point, digital distribution. With one of these dedicated hardware devices, they are not only often pricey, they are also more difficult to obtain. If for instance the device breaks just before that yearly hunt or competition (as they always do) then it is not easy to obtain another one quickly, or if in fact you can, cheaply. I mean sure, I could keep a spare one on hand but most people do not a budget that allows them to keep multiple devices on hand.

However, if they for instance used an iOS based device (or Android, or Windows 8 etc.), one could simply go to the nearest stockist (of which there are many, as after all they are consumer devices not specialist devices after all) and purchase a replacement, install the app from the digital distributor and there is your replacement, pair this with a cloud service such as iCloud, Skydrive, Dropbox or one of any of the other numerous options and you can simply get your data back from the cloud, no loss (that is assuming backups are run reguarly, which people do right… ok on second thoughts background syncing would be better) .

There you have it, my thoughts on why Field Firing Solutions should make a iOS/Android/Windows 8 App version of their otherwise wonderful software

Product Review: Rifle Rods

I have been thinking about doing this review for a while, but had not got up to doing it…. until now.

As you may have inferred from previous posts, I am a shooter, and considering where I live (Australia, for those who have not worked it out from the domain) I do have a rather extensive, and expensive collection of longarms (well for Australia at least), and as with any hobby, space is always at a premium. Due to this, and the fact I have plans to double my collection over time, I had to find space to fit more into the (do more with less anyone??). Considering I already had two safes, one being used to store ammunition and the other the firearms themselves, as to comply with Australian law, I had to get as much into the Hy-Skor (Hyskor) HSCH2 (a 30 longarm safe) as possible. As anyone who has had a firearms safe with any type of modern scoped rifle in it, can attest there is no way you can fit the stated capacity in the safe as it is (if I am to believe what I am told) based on how many shotguns, specifically over/under shotguns it can fit, not rifles.

So it is with this starting situation I start looking for solutions, as it happens someone else at the time over at Shooting.com.au (No longer a forum) was looking for something called Rifle Rods (available through  Store More Guns ) them, and I saw the thread and my interest was piqued. After some research I decided to purchase some on my trip to the US in December 2012/January 2013, and this is exactly what I did, I purchased them and had them delivered to my hotel in San Francisco, then flew back with them.

After several months of having other things to do, including hours of catch up work for taking 6 weeks off (is it really a holiday if you come back and do the work anyway?) I finally got around to doing the first part of the install in April. The first part is/was the modifying of the safe itself, whilst strictly not required and I could have put the special hook and loop material onto the bottom of the shelves and internal compartment, I would have only got about two thirds of the possible shelf space. So instead I took measurements using the pre existing mounting points for the firearms and the pre-existing shelves and internal compartment bottoms to get dimensions for shelves, these turned out to be as follows;

Shelf: 590mm in width; 360mm in depth with 2 folds on the 590mm edge adding another 10mm for each fold, and the material being 1.5mm steel
Internal Compartment Bottom Extension: 540mm in width; 360mm in depth with 1 fold on the 540mm edge adding another 10mm for the fold, and the material being 1.5mm steel

Which I then took to a local metalshop and got them to fold me the new larger shelves, when this was done both shelves were then primed with 2 coats of Kill Rust primer that I purchased from the local hardware store, as well as a top coat of “hammer tone” black to make it more closely match the powder coating of the safe. I also cut and fitted the Hook and Loop material to the bottom of the shelf and the bottom extension, with the shelf also getting a piece of non slip matting being cut for its upper part. That was the easy part done, now to install them.

To install the shelf was the easy part of the installation process, simply take the old one out, and put the new one in, the extension to the internal compartment bottom was a whole different ballgame.

To affix this new bottom/shelf to the safe I firstly had to remove the lining from under the compartment, this was very, very well adhered to the bottom of the compartment with some form of glue, so after about an hour of scraping away at it will a scraper, and making a mess in general but I eventually got a clean(ish) surface to work with, I then proceeded to use SikaBond to glue it to the base, using various objects from around the safe area to hold it in place until the SikaBond had dried, then plus a few days to ensure it had cured.

Once this was done it was simply a matter of re-installing the lighting system and putting the rifles and other bits back in. Now I have not only a safe that will hold the advertised amount, but more than the advertised amount I believe, but I will have to find out at some point.

Overall I am very happy with this, I do want to make a couple of modifications to the system, namely for the shotguns where the rods really need a rubber or silicon part attached to the rods that makes them a little wider so they sit properly upright, I suppose I had better break out the moulding gear and the vacuum chamber.

Now back to the Arduino Project.

Bolt Faces

Cannot recall where I found this but I thought it was useful so I kept it:

Short actions with a bolt face .Dia of .384 +/-: 17 Rem, 204 Ruger. 222 Rimingtion, and 223 Rem, 300 Blackout, 300 Whisper.

Short actions with a bolt face .Dia of .470 +/-: 225 Winchester, 22/250 Remingtion, 6mm Norma BR, 243 Win, 250 Savage, 260 Rem, 6.5/284 Norma, 7/08 Rem, 284 win, 300 Savage, 308 Winchester, 338 Federal, 35 Rem, and the 358 Winchester.

Short actions with a bolt face .Dia of .540+/-: 223 WSSM, 243 WSSM, 25 WSSM, 7mm Rem saum, 7mm WSM, 300 Rem saum, 300 WSM, 325 WSM, and the 350 Rem Mag.

Long actions with a bolt face .DIA of .470 +/-: 220 Swift, 6mm Rem, 240 Weatherby Mag, 257 Roberts, 25-06 Rem, 6.5×55 Swedish, 270 Win, 7×57 Mauser, 7×64 Brenneke, 280 Rem, 30/06 Springfield, 8mm Mauser, 338/06 A Square, and the 35 Whelen.

Long actions with a bolt face .Dia of .540 +/-: 257 Weatherby, 264 Win Mag, 270 weatherby Mag, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Weatherby Mag, 7 STW, 7mm Rem Ultra Mag, 300 H & H, 300 Win Mag, 300 Weatherby Mag, 300 RUM, 303 Brit, 8mm Rem Mag, 338 Win Mag, 340 Weatherby Mag, 338 RUM, 375 H & H, 375 Weatherby, 375 RUM, 416 Rem Mag, 458 Win Mag, and the 458 Lott.

Long actions with a bolt face .Dia of .585 +/-: 30/378 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 338/378 Weatherby, 378 Weatherby mag, 416 Rigby, 416 Weatherby Mag, 460 Weatherby Mag, and the 470 Nitro Express.

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.

Pros

  • More Comfortable
  • Thumbhole Grip

Cons:

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

Rating: 9/10

References:

http://www.accuracyinternational.com/aics_kits.php

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