Today’s Rant

Just going through some paperwork here, as you do, and currently I am digitising all mine so there is another thing and I realise, half the paperwork I have is magazine articles or alike. Now there are many services these days offering digital magazine subscriptions such as those offered by Zinio and HP’s MagCloud to allow organisations, be it small enthusiast clubs such as the SubCommittee or large publishing houses to provide digital subscriptions to their magazines, and that’s not to mention the countless others such as Backyard Aquaponics and TaskForce 72 that send their magazines out via email or other means as a PDF file. On top of this yet others have made part, or all of their back editions available such as has been done with Earth Garden, but they do not offer their new magazines as a digital subscription

Now here is what gets me, I am all for paying for things I consume, after all it is only fair and it is only through making something commercially viable can we hope to keep these publications (or anything else for that matter) going. What gets me is the resistance and/or reluctance of some groups, and publishers to use these digital subscription services. In some respects I can understand it, its so remarkably different to anything else in the past, the only thing that is even remotely comparable (IMHO) to the current “Online/Digital Revolution” is the invention of the printing press, and whilst a remarkable achievement in itself it pales in comparison to the new online content delivery paradigm, to do be fair it would have to be frightening to the bean counters and senior management at the publishers, BUT, and yes that is a BIG BUT it does not win any friends or loyalty from me for not publishing digitally, in fact if anything it reduces the likelihood that I am going get the magazine.

Now don’t get me wrong Zinio is not perfect, especially when they print out huge bloody watermarks over a page I want to print, especially when it makes it bloody hard to read words that have major relevance to the article, well that and the fact of the limited download, but still I simply print the pages I want to PDF, that allows me to keep the most important pages available. Even with all its shortcomings I still prefer the Zinio format over the printed medium, and I prefer the PDF most of all, small file size and I can print it out as many times as I need (I often print out a page put it on my desk and use it, once its done I will toss it, knowing that if I need it I can print it again) and I can move it to any device I want, I can back it up and it will work normally, no issues.

Long live the PDF Magazine distribution

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