Ruger Gunsite Scout / Savage 10 BA magazine compatibility

I just got myself a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle – Rugers attempt to mass-produce what Jeff Cooper came up with in his attempt to design the perfect all-around rifle. I first noticed it on recent trip to my local firearms dealer and immediately fell in love with it, so after a few days of searching the web and reading about the pros and cons I decided to head back and pick it up.

During my usual initial cleaning and close inspection, I noticed the magazine looks kinda familiar. One thing many people criticized about the Ruger GSR was its use of proprietary magazines instead of using more commonly available M14 magazines. The magazine supplied with the rifle is actually a re-branded Accuracy-Mag, a very good and reliable magazine, but also quite expensive. They’re also in use with short-action AICS stocks and AE MK2 precision rifles. And apparently, also in my Savage 10 BA

While the Savage magazine has no markings on it, it’s almost identical to the one supplied by Ruger. And sure enough, the magazines seem to be interchangeable, lock in place and feed perfectly as far as I can tell. You can switch the 10 round .308 short-action AICS box magazines from one rifle to the other without any modification being necessary. The Ruger magazine works with my Savage 10 BA and the Savage magazine works just as well in my Ruger Scout. At least that makes it a little easier for me justify shelling out 70-100 bucks per mag.

That said, the Ruger magazine was the out-of-the-box probably the dirtiest gun part I ever laid my hands on. Although it was supposed to be new, the inside was completely covered in what appeared to be some sort of oily black carbon, grime or something. The farther down the mag a round was, the dirtier it came back out, leaving the last 2-3 rounds almost completely unrecognizable and covered in black grease. I had to disassemble the magazine and rinse it with WD-40 before I could use it without leaving black fingerprints all over the place.

Can’t wait for Ruger to come out with the “low cost” 5 round polymer magazine they’re said to be working on. If they fit into my Savage as well, that would be kinda awesome.

Update: Since Google brings quite a few people to this site, searching for compatible magazines / equivalents  – here’s what it boils down to: AICS .308 magazines should work with your Accuracy International .308 rifles, your Ruger Gunsite Scout and your Savage 10 BA rifle (and vice versa of course). They’re basically identical except for the markings.

HP ProLiant management tools for Ubuntu / Debian based server

So you just got yourself a brand new and shiny HP ProLiant server to play with, installed your favorite distribution and life is good. Except… unless your distribution of choice is RHEL or SuSE, there’s no way to monitor or even configure all those nice little gadgets that made you go with a ProLiant server instead of some random white box server.

If you go to the HP support site to download drivers and software, usually all you get is a choice between various versions of Windows, NetWare (anyone still using that?), Solaris, VMware ESX and for Linux: RHEL and SuSE. Sure, you can convert the RPM packages to deb using alien, but it’s kind of a PITA and doesn’t necessarily work reliably. Wouldn’t it be much nicer if there were packages for Ubuntu or Debian?

Guess what? There are packages for Debian based systems. There’s even a repository containing all the versions and architectures you need. But for some reason unbeknown to man, HP decided not to put it in there with the other OSes, but hide it instead.

Just add this to your APT sources (/etc/apt/sources.list or equivalent):

(nothing for Maverick yet, but the packages for Lucid worked just fine for me)

Then run apt-get update and install any of the packages you might need:

Say you want to monitor your servers temperatures using Monitorix or check your fan-status and PSU redudancy:

Or take a look at your internal cciss RAID configuration, see if all disks are still in working condition or change your array setup without having to reboot your server to do it at the BIOS level:

Change your iLO parameters or reboot the management processor if it got stuck for some reason?

Way better than having to unwrap the documentation packages and pop in a CD or having to find and download a RPM, upload it to your server, convert it with alien and hope it kinda works, isn’t it?

Welcome to Berzerk Land! It’s play ball time and the Berzerk Crew is ready to teach Comeau the nerd a good lesson! Bash the hell out of this geek all the way through Berzerk Land, earn money to buy new gear and gain experience to increase the power of your character! Rack up big scores, submit them and show the world what you’ve got!

My record is just a bit more than a million feet so far… Only took me a couple hours :-/