When it comes to tightening base or ring screws on your handgun’s scope mounts or the action screws on your rifle, you can save yourself a major headache and an expensive trip to the gunsmith by always thinking in terms of inch-pounds rather than foot-pounds. Most gun fasteners are rather small and fine-threaded-with No. 8, and even No. 6, screws being common on older sporting firearms’ sights and scope bases. Torque values in the neighborhood of 15 in.-lbs. for such screws and in the area of 50 in.-lbs. for larger fasteners such as action screws are reasonable, round figures to keep in mind. Optic and firearm manufacturers may have specific recommendations, so check with them when in doubt. Note again that those were figures in inch-pounds! If you were thinking about using the same torque wrench that you use to snug up your car wheels … STOP! Now, either get to a well-stocked hardware store or go online to order an appropriate torque wrench calibrated in inch-pounds and then, and only then, resume your work.
Torqueing-It May Not Be What You Think!
According to advanced Colt collectors, only about 35 or so of the original 400 factory Colt 1911s chambered for .38 Super have surfaced in the United States postwar, with only about a dozen of those remaining in their issued condition with their original finish, and given that the war officially ended on August 14, 1945, and since the OSS was dissolved on October 1, 1945, it isn’t likely any of them were issued before the Armistice.
Springfield Armory’s Hellcat Pro is a slightly larger, yet still easily carried, version of its micro-compact Hellcat for personal defense, and the gun’s flush-fit magazine capacity was also increased to 15 rounds.
Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week to get a close look at an improved X-Bolt rifle from Browning. The Target Max is the latest iteration of the famed X-Bolt action, and it’s designed for long-range work, thanks to its Target Max customizable stock, adjustable trigger, bull barrel and more.
The author found the just-right performance and managed recoil balance he was looking for with this fully customized single-action wheel gun.