Bloke on the Range

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  • PART 1/2: 11 Crappy Revolvers On The Range With Budi

    In this episode Mike and Budi try out the first 5 of 11 craptastic mostly-Euro revolvers on the range:

    Swiss M1878 10.4mm
    Swiss M1882 7.5mm
    Webley Mk.VI .455
    Enfield No.2 Mk.1* .380/200 / .38 S&W
    An odd private purchase Reichsrevolver

  • A scoped Baker rifle? Oi Ridley! No!

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    Ridley Scott's Napoleon seems, at best, to be an epic fanfic , which is fine but why oh why was a spyglass strapped to a Baker rifle to snype at Boney? We explore the what-if of this set up, cook up a slightly more believable version, and see if Chap...

  • FN1910 Inherent Safety Flaw: Can Be Put In An Unsafe Condition!!!

    Back in the day when Bloke was doing TFBTV, a gentleman contacted him by e-mail to describe in great detail the "clever" way he carried his FN 1910 loaded +1, i.e. with a full magazine and a loaded chamber. In doing so, he had inadvertently discovered a fundamental flaw and had put his pistol int...

  • Cabin Fever Challenge 2024: Division 5 (Muzzleloading)

    The lads have a go at the @Riflechair #cabinfeverchallenge 2024 in Division 5, Muzzleloading, at 50m with a French Chasseur carbine in 18mm. How did they get on?

  • Swiss Bubba's Martini Jagdstutzer (NOT a Martini-Henry Sniper Rifle from BF1!)

    There's all manner of Martini actioned single shot target rifles and hunting rifles around in Switzerland as left-overs from the era when they dominated the shooting sports. This is a fairly interesting one, converted from a target rifle to a scoped hunting rifle by Swiss Bubba (Bäbbu?). It's in ...

  • French 1867 (tabby) conversion part 2

    In part 2 we explore the why, who and how. Why was it adopted, who was it issued to and how was the conversion done. We also finally have some range time with it.

  • CZ 600 Trail .223 Rem In Detail

    Bloke was so impressed by the CZ 600 Trail belonging to @PolenarTactical that he used on Day 2 of Lynx Brutality 2023 that he had to acquire one. It's a very interesting design of high speed low drag turnbolt rifle (available in .223 Rem, .300 BLK and 7.62x39) but isn't without a few strange de...

  • Cabin Fever Challenge 2024: Divisions 1-4 (100m Centrefire)

    The lads have a go at Divisions 1-4 of the Cabin Fever Challenge 2024, a celebration of traditional musketry run by @Riflechair in Canada. Full details here:

    Basically the deal is, in this order: 5 shots standing - compulsory reload (no leaving ...

  • Firepower United: Calvin and Bloke Q&A

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    Mike's followers provided questions for Calvin, and Calvin's followers provided questions for Mike. That seemed logical to us at the time!

    0:00 Introduction and guest background

  • Firepower United: Calvin Shoots Some Historic Gats!

    Calvin of Firepower United had a cabby on:

    - Swiss Ordonnanz Revolver model 1882 7.5mm
    - Swiss Ordonnanz Revolver model 82/29 7.5mm
    - Swiss Ordonnanz Revolver model 1878 10.4mm
    - FN 1900 .32 ACP / 7.65 Browning
    - FN 1903 9mm Browning Long SR (which didn't work)
    - FN 1910/22 .32 ACP / 7.65 Browni...

  • Firepower United: Calvin Tries Swiss-Style Pistol Shooting at 50 and 25m

    Calvin of Firepower United joined Mike of Bloke on the Range for some Swiss style pistol shooting at 50m and 25m. How did he get on outside his comfort zone while doing some 50m precision, timed and some 25m dueling and Olympic Rapid Fire?

    SIG P210, P220
    Parabellum / Luger 1906, 06/29...

  • Stoner AR-10/AR-15 Direct Impingement Gas System: The Gory Details

    So it's become fashionable to claim that the Eugene Stoner direct impingement gas system used in the .308/7.62 AR-10 and .223/5.56 AR-15 isn't actually direct impingement due to there being an integrated piston in it. Unlike the Ljungmann AG42 and French MAS 44, 49 and 49/56, which... erm... also...

  • SIG P210: Morgartenschiessen Pistol 50m 2023

    ike goes to the 50m Pistol Morgartenschiessen for the second time, with his 9x19mm SIG P210 pistol. No practice, no sighters! How did he get on with this really challenging historic shoot?

  • Schneider vs Snider: French 1867 conversion part 1

    Part 1 or a two part series on the French 1867 conversion, usually called the Tabatière, Tabby or "that French Snider knock-off". In this episode we take a look at how similar the 1867 action is to the Snider and what prior breechloading systems might have influenced it. As a bonus we look at the...

  • Open Bolt Operation Is Backasswards: Sterling, STEN vs AR-15

    You've probably heard all the stories about negligent discharges with open bolt SMG's such as STEN's, Sterlings etc. But what is it about the systems that causes this risk, and what impact does this have with operating them? Why is it backwards compared to normal, closed bolt operation rifles suc...

  • Patreon Q&A, Autumn 2023

    Lots of questions from Patrons!

  • Egyptian Remington Rolling Block

    War were declared with Prussia, a heavy defeat at Sedan, Metz falls and the national arsenal is serverely depleated. Such is the dire situation for the governement of the national defence proping up France at the beginning of the 1870/71 war. General mobilisation is in force but with what can the...

  • 9mm Sterling SMG Magazines: How Are They Constructed? L2A3 Mk.4

    The 9mm Sterling Mk.4 L2A3 SMG has quite unique magazines. People are generally aware that the follower is made from rollers, but there's some other cleverness going on in there too, including massive improvements from the STEN magazine.

    0:00 Introduction to Sten and Sterling Magazines
    3:46 Sten...

  • Opening a gun shop in Switzerland

    Waffen Emmental is a newly founded gunshop in deepest Emmental and one of the co-founders, already a good friend of the channel, very kindly took time out to talk to The Chap about the trials and tribulations, red tape and bureaucracy that come with opening a gun dealership in Switzerland

  • 11mm Gras mle79/83 Reloading and history

    Less known than the Martini-Henry but just as active around the globe at the time was the single shot Gras rifle in all its varients. It was chambered for the 11x59R cartridge, one of the many 11mm-ish cartridges of the era and quite close to the 45-70. In 1878 the French navy adopt a Kopatschek ...

  • Personal Kit of the World Wars: A Chat with Bloke on the Range

    A chat with Mike about the two main sets of web equipemnt fo the 20th century.

  • The Mk I Lee-Metford and Mk III* SMLE: From Boer War to Great War - A Chat with Bloke on the Range

    Mike and Rob discuss some of the main points with regards to the British Army coming out of the Boer War...

  • SRA Etelä-Häme Hätila 2023 Finnish Two-Gun Competition

    As usual, Mike, Les and Jari shot the SRA Etelä-Häme Hätila 2023 match. Mike and Jari were going for a kinda Finnish Wolverines (aka Red Dawn) type setup with 7.62x39 AK's and Varusteleka M91 ChiCom chest rigs, whereas Les went with a Steyr AUG in .223 Remington / 5.56. 7 awesome stages with The ...

  • .22lr in .223 (CMMG Ciener set): 1:16, 1:12, 1:9, 1:8 twist rates.

    Bloke thinks that the .22 rimfire Ciener type chamber insert conversion systems for .223 Remington AR-15 rifles are cool. Previous results with them have been mixed however. Since he has not only a dedicated V-22 upper but also a variety of twist rates (but no 1:7, sorry), he wanted to see what t...