NcStar Cartridge Stripper Clips

Warmest greetings to all you Bloggers

Thought it about time I put “Pen-to-Paper” (figuratively speaking) again and update you all on a well known product that probably nearly all you shooters have used once or twice in the past. (some of you are still using them) What we are talking about is the humble “Stripper Clip” …………………….( and I dont mean a 5 min. Porno film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  No, this is a folded piece of spring steel that will hold 5, 8, or 10 rounds of ammunition, that can quickly be used to top up the magazine of your pistol or rifle.

This is not a recent innovation……………….No, no, no! This marvelous invention is actually over 100 years old, and one of the earliest manufactures in the late 1900′s to use these cartridge clips was the Mauser Brothers – Wilhelm & Paul, who were the makers of Mauser rifles and pistols. The Stripper Clip or “en bloc” clip was invented by 2 firearms inventors – James Paris Lee for his 1890 “Lee” rifle and Ferdinand Mannlicher for his M1885 Mannlicher rifle. Since then a large number of firearm manufactures have copied and modified those designs.

Of course the Russians thought this was a great idea and copied it also for their 1890 Mosin Nagant rifles right through to their 1945 – 1970 SKS Carbines and also for their AK range of rifles. So, the Russians and the Communist Bloc countries have been manufacturing and using Stripper Clips for 100+ years………………… (80 million “Ruskies” cant be wrong!) You know that if the Russians produce something for over 100 years, then there has to be a jolly good reason for it. (several reasons actually)

1) Its easier to carry lots of ammo in stripper clips than to carry lots of loose ammo.

2) Its easier and quicker to pack stripper clips of ammo into boxes or pouches than to pack loose ammo into the same.

3) Its easier and (most importantly) quicker to reload your rifle or pistol with stripper clips than to try and load it one round at a time.

If you ask any soldier who carried a rifle or pistol that could be fed with a stripper clip about the advantages of using stripper clips, he would quote the above 3 reasons, for sure!!!!!

The folks at NcStar make 3 lots of Stripper Clips for you.-

The 1st is a 10 round clip for the 7.62×39 cartridge, for the Russian SKS rifle as well as being able to be used for topping up your AK 47 mags and your Ruger Mini 30 mags. They come in boxes of 20 clips.

The 2nd is a 10 round clip for the 5.56×45 (.223) cartridge, for topping up your AR15/M16 mags as well as your Ruger Mini14 mags, Galill mags, and FN-C mags. They come in boxes of 20 clips.

The 3rd is a 10 round clip for the 7.62×51 (.308) cartridge, for topping up the mag on your FN FAL rifle, as well as the L1A1 SLR rifle, the M14 rifle and will fit the Armalite AR10 mag also. They come in boxes of 20 clips.

Be aware that if you are wanting to use the stripper clips for topping up magazines then you will need a “Mag Well Feeder” to put the clips into, to be able to utilize the clips properly. Or you can get one of the NcStar Speed Loaders that I have discussed in one of my previous Blogs. – These are just Great to use.

Happy Stripper Clipping………………………………………. The “Quartermaster”





NcStar SKS Muzzle Brakes

Hi to all you bloggers,

Today’s Blog is all about an interesting device who’s origins go back nearly 90 years, with the invention of the Thompson Sub-Machine gun. It was discovered that if you put a device on the end of your barrel that had “angled cuts” or “vertically placed holes” in the top of the device, then, when the gun was fired and the bullet was exiting the barrel some of the hot gasses would be blown up through the cuts or holes. This had the effect of countering the unwanted rising of the barrel during rapid fire, as it tends to push the barrel downwards. (hence the reason they are called “Muzzle Brakes”) They actually operate as a Brake on the muzzle flip. The concept applies Newton’s 3rd law – “The hot gasses directed upwards, causes a reciprocal force downwards………………………… You can tell the “Scientist” in me is coming out now!!!!!

So successful was this device that today you see muzzle brakes on many guns, from Pistols, Sub-Machine guns, Rifles, Cannons, Artillery guns, Tank guns, Etc. It doesn’t matter what size the caliber is, it will still works the same. Gun manufactures over the years have experimented with various muzzle brake designs and came up with another bonus. With the careful placement and angle of the Cut’s and Holes in the muzzle brake, you can achieve a considerable reduction in recoil as well. “You Little Ripper!!!!!!! I hear you shout……….. Any reduction in recoil is most appreciated. You try and shoot your old Lee Enfield .303 all day, or worse still your old K98 Mauser 7.92mm and tell me it doesn’t hurt………………… It Bloody Does!!!!!!!

Right, enough of the history lesson. The gun that we are talking about today is another of my favorite Russian guns – the venerable SKS (Samozaryadnyj Karabin Sistemy Simonova) rifle that was designed in 1945 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov using a 7.62×39 intermediate cartridge. Now those of you who have fired a SKS will know that the “Kick” or recoil from the 7.62×39 cartridge is nowhere the same as a .303 or a 7.92mm cartridge, but there is still a kick all the same, albeit not as much. So this is where the folks at NcStar have stepped in with their special muzzle brakes for the SKS rifle, because there are a hell of a lot of shooters around the world that are still using and shooting this Great 1/2 a century old rifle.

There are 4 different models to choose from that will fit most models of Russian or Chinese origin. -

1) SKS muzzle brake short ~ W54 – This is a short (2.1 in long) pin-on brake, that resembles the “Cutts Compensator” on the Thompson SMG. It uses the front sight pin to hold it on to the barrel and has a series of 3 slots cut in the top for gas vents. It only weighs 2.9 oz.

2) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W55 – This is a longer (3.4 in long) Twist-on brake that simply twists on around the back of the front sight post and has a series of holes at the top for venting the hot gases and only weighs 5.2 oz.

3) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W87 – This is a longer (3.1 in long) pin-on brake that resembles the AK-74 model muzzle brake. It uses the front sight pin to hold it on to the barrel and has a series of holes on the top for venting gases as well as a large side facing chamber to help with recoil. It only weighs 3.8 oz.

4) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W88 – this is the longest (3.9 in long) bolt-on brake that is similar to the AK-74 model muzzle brake. This one clamps around and bolts on behind the front sight post and has a series of holes in the top for gas venting as well as a large side facing chamber to help with recoil. It weighs 7.5 oz.

They all do a fantastic job of keeping muzzle flip to a minimum and will help with taming recoil. So what we are saying is that, your venerable old SKS will be a “mild mannered” controllable shooter with one of these muzzle brakes on, and a real pleasure to shoot………………… Try one, you wont be disappointed.

Happy SKS Shooting………………………….. The “Quartermaster”



German Paratrooper Uniform

Hi to all you collector and shooter Bloggers

The subject of this blog today, is all about another one of my camo uniforms from my collection…………. The WWII German “Fallschirmjager Sumpfmuster” camouflage uniform.

First of all, a little bit of history on this camouflage pattern which came into being in late 1942 or early 1943 when the German Wehrmacht issued a distinct camouflage pattern to its elite units, which came to be known as “Wehrmachts-Sumpfmuster 43. or the “Defense Force, Marsh Pattern, 1943″ It was also called, the Water Pattern, or the Tan & Water Pattern Camouflage. This new camo pattern was comprised of wood-brown and medium green polygons on a light grey-green or tan background, all overprinted with a random pattern of green dashes,(rain-drop pattern) Unlike previous German camouflage patterns, the edges of the wood-brown and the medium green elements were blurred to reduce their artificial appearance.

Different versions of Sumpfmuster were also used after WWII. One example of this is that in the mid 1960′s the “Bundesgrenzschutz” (Federal Border Guard or BGS) adopted a camouflage pattern called the “Bundesgrenzschutz-Sumpfmuster” (Federal Border Guard, Marsh Pattern) which was closely based on the Wehrmachts-Sumpfmuster 43 Pattern, in fact the 2 patterns are very nearly identical. It must have been a very good camo for European conditions as Austria, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia have all used forms of this Sumpfmuster 43 pattern camouflage.

On to a little bit of history about the German “Fallschirmjager” or Paratrooper Regiment. The word Fallschirmjager is from the German “Fallschirm” = Parachute. and Jager = Light Infantry. The Fallschirmjager Regiment was formed as a dedicated Airborne Regiment in 1935 and had to successfully complete 6 jumps to receive the “Luftwaffe Parachutist’s Badge”. They adopted the Sumpfmuster uniform in early 1943 along with other Wehrmacht elite units.

These elite paratrooper units participated in many of the famous battles of WWII. They saw action in Norway and Denmark, Belgium, Holland and France in 1940. The battle of Crete in 1941 saw large-scale airdrops in which the entire 7th Air Division of Fallschirmjager’s were deployed against the Greek and Commonwealth troops. Crete was eventually captured after fierce fighting, but at a cost of such a high casualty rate as they parachuted in, that Hitler was convinced that such mass airdrops were no longer feasible. (the New Zealand, Australian and British forces were shooting them out of the sky like ducks)

Also in the battle of Monte Cassino, in Italy, the 1st Fallschirmjager Division held onto the Monastery of Monte Cassino for months despite repeated assaults and heavy bombardments by the Allies. Here they gained the name, the “Green Devils” from the Allied forces for their distinctive jackets and their tenacious defense. They inflicted huge losses on the Allied forces before they ultimately had to retreat from their positions to avoid being out-flanked. The Fallschirmjager also played a key role defending positions in France in 1944 against much larger forces, holding on to some of the German-occupied regions up until the surrender of Germany…………… (they are what we would call – “Hard Bastards”)

Now to my Sumpfmuster Uniform……….. The Paratrooper helmet (a good repro.) has the Sumpfmuster cover on it, The jacket is the longer Paratrooper jacket (an original) and the pants are a later model Sumpfmuster 44 pattern. The belt is a genuine “Luftwaffe” belt and buckle that was picked up at the end of the war in and around the U-Boat pens at Kiel. The rifle is a (repro, non-firing) FG-42, second model. This rifle was developed specifically for the Fallschirmjager infantry in 1942 and was used in very limited numbers until the wars end.

Any day used for Collecting or Shooting, is better than a day at the Office!!!!!……………………… The “Quartermaster”