Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Good Little Emergency Gun

I bumped into a former coworker the other day. After catching up on jobs, families and so on, the conversation turned to guns, hunting, farming and prepping. He was telling me about a little project that he’d just completed. He’d wanted a hidden gun to put meat on the table with, should the feds get all paranoid and steal all the ones they know about. He bought one of those little Cricket kid’s rifles at a swap meet and made a couple changes in it to suit him better.

The first thing he didn’t like was the safety. It wasn’t designed as a safety you use when the gun was loaded, but you aren’t quite ready to shoot at the critter out in front of you. It was designed to keep the gun from even being loaded, when you’re teaching a kid to shoot at a range. When the safety button is pushed in, a brass rod comes up between the bolt face and the chamber, not allowing the bolt to be closed on a round. It then takes a separate key to make the gun “fireable” again. Not a good thing if you’re trying to hunt with it and accidently bump the easily “all-too-bumpable” safety button. The solution? Take a hacksaw blade and saw the rod off as low as possible when it was in the up position. Problem solved.

Then, he didn’t like the fact that it took a special screwdriver to remove the barrel. So, he replaced the barrel screw with one that took a regular Phillips screwdriver. He said he always carries at least one multi-tool, so if he is ever that unprepared, he doesn’t deserve to get the barrel off.

The next thing he did didn’t involve a problem. He removed the plastic butt-plate from the hollow plastic stock and filled the cavity with .22 shells. He estimated that the hole held 100-150. He then replaced the butt-plate and sighted the gun in for 20 yards, with shells from the same box. He said it shot minute of squirrel for him, though an expert might have done better. At that point, he put it in a container designed to protect it and buried it on a neighbor’s property next to some land he owns out in the country. (He never told the neighbor.)

He said it wouldn’t be his first choice for any purpose, but the price was right and it would sure beat hunting with a stick. Since I never saw the rifle, I couldn’t get a picture of it, but here’s a link to the manufacturer’s site: © 2014


Pumice said...

Of course, now that they know, the secret police can torture the information out of you and confiscate this 22 anyway.

Grace and peace

M. Silvius said...

The problem with the Cricket is that is is made for a kid and the length of pull is way too short for most adults. Also 22LR ammo is hard to come by and not reloadable. My choice in that circumstance and for the same price (120$)would be a H&R Pardner 20ga (S1B receiver)for which for some more $ you could have a spare 357 barrel.
That makes it quite versatile and you can reload the shot shells in the field even using black powder or pyrodex.
Alternatively the H&R Handy rifle (S2B frame) in 22 hornet.

Gorges Smythe said...

Those days will be here soon, Pumice. That's why Obama is putting muslims at the head of everything.

Everyone has to take their local conditions into account, Michael. I'm sure that what you've said is right for your area. Then again, I've heard of folks that stocked up lifetime supplies of everything back when Clinton was the big worry. I wish I had; I don't have the money now!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Interesting, I had not thought of something like that, not sure I would bury it at a neighbor's place as they are likely who I would need the gun for in the first place.

Gorges Smythe said...

I think I see his logic, though, SF. Unless the neighbors have firearms, a lance, (not a spear) would take care of most situations.