Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vanguard 2 holster - Advanced kit

Raven Concealment Systems came out with updated Vanguard 2 holster. It now features the CLAW from EIDOLON to improve concealability.

Price is $44.99

*This is not compatible with Basic Kit Strut or the Lanyard option. CLAW will only fit the gun it was designed for

From: Raven Concealment Systems

Reising M55 Submachine Gun

Ian from Forgotten weapons goes over Reising M55.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Sig MPX Suppressed

Hickok45 takes a look at this carbine from SIG Sauer

From: Hickok45

Malaysian XM8

The Firearm Blog has photo of H&K XM8 used by Malaysian military. You can also see MP5 with a grenade launcher in the photo

From: The Firearm Blog

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Outdoor GSSF matches

Powerfactor show went over GSSF(Glock Shooting Sport Foundation) match. One of he things you can benefit is that (at least some I've been to) there are armorers who will look at your Glock and update the parts if needed. Also, it's a no stress fun shooting game. This is not as extensive as IDPA or USPSA so it's a great start for those who want to get a taste of shooting matches.

From: Powerfactor Show

The Sentinel: Mac's Military Origin

The Sentinel is coming up and this time Tyler talks askes Pat McNamara's origin.

From: The Sentinel

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dueck Defense Red dot Back up Sight Base

Barry Dueck came up with this sight base for installing red dot sights. It has front and rear iron sigths as well. This is to be installed on the rear.

This has enough height to clear suppressors as well.


Price: $$129.95

From: Dueck Defense via Soldier Systems

Pat McNamara Carbine TAPS

Pat McNamara worked with Panteao Production to release the DVD. Currently, the video is available for streaming with DVD soon to follow

From: Panteao Productions

Mannlicher 1894

Ian got to look at this advanced for the time, but ill-fated pistol

From: Forgotten Weapons

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Colt Defense gets $212 mil M4 contract

Colt Defense has been awarded joint contract with FN. The amount is $212 million. This is going to run until 2020.

While this is better than bankruptcy it is still not going to pull Colt from its financial hole just yet.

SIG 552

LAV goes over this carbine. He points out some flaws that were in the design.

From: Vickers Tactical

The dangerous future of tactical entertainment

Aaron Barruga looks at this phenomenon of Tactical Entertainment that moved in to the firearms training industry for last 10 years. There has been some very questionable instructors who got famous for

From: Soldier Systems

Saturday, September 26, 2015

PKM with suppressor

Steve Lee, famous for his song "I like guns", has been doing many things gun related since then. Here he shoots a suppressed PKM in Cambodia

From: Steve Lee

More Iranian Fateh rifle pics

The Firearm Blog posted more pictures of what looks like an Iranian AR clone, Fateh

From: The Firearm Blog

Friday, September 25, 2015

Trijicon MRO and FN FNC

MAC takes an initial look at this new red dot sight and puts some rounds down with the FN FNC

From: Military Arms Channel

Type 89 Knee Mortar

Ian goes over this WW2 Japanese mortar. This is a NFA item.

From: Forgotten Weapons

16-inch bulletproof glass vs RPG-7

Russian show Crash Zone decided to test if putting thick layers of bulletproof glasses will be a good idea for armor.

From: Crash Zone

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Suppressors for Safety PSA

Chris Cheng made a PSA video about suppressor. This is good for people who have no to little idea regarding suppressors

From: Chris Cheng

Modern Day Marine

Soldier Systems is covering Modern Day Marine event. Here are some gun related items

RCS holster for 6-second mount

Raven Concealment Systems has a pre-production holster design for guns with ALG Defense's 6-second mount.

PIG FDT Bravo FR glove

PIG incident gear is coming out with flame resistant version of the glove. The Bravo FR Glove has touch screen capability. It will be out sometime in November

Magpul PMAG 15 GL9

From: Soldier Systems

Civil War rifle hit by lightning

Here's a story we don't get to see often. The rifle in the link was hit by lightning while a poor soul was on his sentry duty.

You can see this rifle at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ATF rules on Can Cannon

ATF looked at Can Cannon from X Products and ruled that the Can Cannon itself is not illegal, but once it is put on a rifle receiver, it's a short barrel rifle. Furthermore, if it is placed on a pistol, it will be an AOW - Any Other Weapon.

X Products submitted their revised design.

You can read the determination letter

From: The Firearm Blog

USPSA Carry Optics review

Larry from Powerfactor Show shares his opinion on his experience with Carry Optics division.

From: Powerfactor Show

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Forgotten Weapons shows Colt CMG-3 due to go on auction from James D Julia auction

From: Forgotten Weapons

Vektor CR-21

MAC got to look at this rare rifle from South Africa.

From: Military Arms Channel

Monday, September 21, 2015

WWI Trench Mauser

Periscope rifles were used often during trench warfare and here's a simple version. There are some interesting setups.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Self-evaluation and improvement using drills

By: H. Choi

There are many drills out there and most of them have very good use. For example, El Presidente drill incorporates transition from targets, reloading, as well as turning around. FAST drill challenges shooters to switch from accuracy to speed after reload. The Test is all about shooting fundamentals.

One of things we can do, aside from practicing various skills, is to use the drills as a method to evaluate our shooting skills. Using a timer and an accuracy standard, we can see how good or bad we are.

Go out to range, set up a drill, and see how you can do. If you are able to maintain a standard, you can safely say that you are that good according to what the drill is supposed to be about.

If you cannot maintain a consistent standard, it is time to break it down to its components and work on it, then use the drill to see if you improved. Is it transition from target to target? reload? presentation? Those small components has to be refined  in order to improve overall performance.

Make sure you can meet the standard you set any time, any where. Making the standard once and missing it rest of other times is not meeting the standard. It is being able to meet the standard on-demand that matters.

It is very tempting to practice the drills until you get the result you want. But let's ask ourselves some question about such practice. Are we trying to get better at a particular drill or are we trying to improve our shooting skills?

It probably would be better in long run to work on components and use drills as a way to measure, than to repeatedly trying a drill and getting used to it.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Volksturm VG-5/ VK-98

Ian from Forgotten Weapons gives us a look at an authentic "last-ditch rifle" of Nazi Germany. These were made during the last moments of WW2 and you can see many cost-cutting measures.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Travis Haley shoots revolver

After losing a bet, Travis Haley gets to shoot revolvers and wear cowboy clothes.

From: Haley Strategic

First focal plane or second focal plane

TriggerTime TV's Jim Gilliland and Jason Wilson discuss strength and weeknesses of two types.

From: TriggerTime TV

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Glock 43 and M&P Shield

LAV shares some quick observation about the two pistols.

From: Vickers Tactical

Magpul discontinues Foliage Green

Magpul is discontinuing Foliage Green option. They are having 30% off sale. This includes weapon parts and accessories, magazines, and other items.

From: Magpul

The Sentinel Origins

Pat McNamara explains what insipired him to start the project

From: The Sentinel


Soldier Systems has some interesting weapon from South Africa. This is a Personal Area Weapon, made to shoot 20mm rounds.

According to comments section, the gun was featured in the movie "District 9" and "Chappie"

From: Soldier Systems

Friday, September 18, 2015

Urban Shield 2015

Here's a video from Urban Shield 2015 held in San Francisco Bay area(technically farther inland). The event is for various agencies's SWAT teams to test their skills and get some feedback.

M855A1 vs Level III AR500 Armor

The Wound Channel looks at performance of the new ammunition used by the US military.

From: The Wound Channel

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sammy Davis, Jr.'s revolver

National Firearm Museum shows us the pistol Sammy Davis Jr. had.

Here's him showing off his skills

From: NFM Curator, VespaGS, lledslinger

Beretta ARX200

Beretta showed its (updated) .308 rifle based on ARX platform. It is piston operated with 16-inch barrel. It weighs 4.5 kg(9.92 lbs)

From: Armament Research

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SilencerCo unveils products

SilencerCo revealed a few products today.

Osprey Micro is a silencer for a .22 firearm

Maxim 9 integrally suppressed pistol

SilencerCo made this pistol based on S&W M&P. Sounds from camera are not the best way to estimate the actual loudness, but it is fun to see. Soldier Systems says that there will be more modifications down the road

You can read more from Soldier Systems

From: Top Shot Chris Cheng, Silencer Co, Soldier Systems

What caliber can bust open a lock?

Demolition Ranch tests various calibers on locks to see which works the best.

From: Demolition Ranch

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chauchat: Shooting, History, and Tactics

Ian looks at some myths and overblow things around the often criticized gun, Chauchat

From: Forgotten Weapons

The Sentinel teaser trailer

Vickers Tactical uploaded a teaser trailer for the upcoming web show The Sentinel. It features former Special Operations Veterans Pat McNamara and Tyler Grey. It is a  series about survival and personal protection.

From: Vickers Tactical

Bundeswehr G36 replacement solicitation

German Ministry of defense put out a solicitation to replace G36. looked inside the solicitation and there are some interesting items. There is a 5 point Key points.

It seems like there are some rifles in German MoD's mind.

From: via The Firearm Blog

Monday, September 14, 2015

SureFire XC1 first look

Travis Haley got his review of SureFire XC1 light up. The light is intended for CQB distance but it does well a bit more beyond that

From: Haley Strategic

FireClean controversy

There has been claims that the FireClean is like Crisco and it is circulating in gun-lube world.

Then Vuurwapen took the samples to the University of Arizona and ran infrared spectroscopy test.

You can read about the test as well as implications.

From: Vuurwapen blog via The Firearm Blog

The Firearm Blog postings

Taser on slow mo

The Slow Mo guys took a look at slow motion video of a Taser firing. They also filmed its impact on body as well as taking it out.

The Slow Mo Guys

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pancor Jackhammer

This is (literally) one-of-a-kind shotgun designed by John Andersen in 1980s. It never got a coomercial or military use, but its presence in games, movies and comic books  kept it alive.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Fear is your friend

Dave Spaulding writes a nice piece about effects of fear and how to deal with it.

From: The Tactical Wire

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Surge 762 review

TWANGnBANG reviewed this suppressor. You can use this as a 5.56 version with endcap.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sub Machine guns

MAC goes over some of the most iconic submachine guns. MAC, Uzi, KRISS, and SIG SPX all get a chance to show up

From: Military Arms Channel

Remington-Lee Model 1879, 1885

Ian shows us Remington-Lee Models from the Rock Island Auctions.



From: Forgotten Weapons

Springfield Armory Gear up & go promotion

Springfield Armory is running a promotion from Sept 1st to Dec. 31 for any new Springfield Armory handgun purchased. Buyer gets two free magazines, a dual pistol range bag, double magazine pouch.


From: Springfield

Monday, September 7, 2015

Russian army orders AK-74 upgrade kits

The Firearm Blog reports that Russian military ordered AK-74 upgrade kits from Kalashnikov Concern. It includes new stock, bolt cover, handguard and forearm with Picatinny rail, improved fire control

From: The Firearm Blog

Todd Jarret's pocket pistol tips

Shooting wire has a write up of a class for pocket pistol from Todd Jarret. It features a magazine loading technique for semi-auto pocket pistols as well as some interesting hand position for ready position.

From: Shooting Wire

Dropped rifle mishap

John Gonzalez knew something was wrong when he missed two shots with custom loads. His son did not tell him the rifle was dropped. It resulted in wrong animal killed.

Jump to 1:55

From: John Gonzalez

Sunday, September 6, 2015

New Australian service rifle video

While New Zeland is going with AR-based rifle, Australian Defense Force is upgrading their Steyr Aug through Lithgow Arms and call it F90. This is the enhanced version of F88. Reportedly, 30,000 wereordered.

From: Dragon029 via Funker530

Hot ammo for better distance?

There was a comment attributed to a Canadian sniper in Afghanistan who said warmed ammunition allowed to get better velocity

The Wound Channel tested it.

The short explanation I heard is that with warmer case, the powders inside will ignite faster and give more acceleration. In the test, warmed ammo were about 2% faster than the cold ones.

From: The Wound Channel

Friday, September 4, 2015

Nambu Type 96 and 99 LMGs

Forgotten Weapons gets to talk about a lot of rare guns with Rock Island Armory. This time, it's old Japanese LMGs.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Japanese man arrested for home made guns

A 60 year-old-man in Japan was arrested for making homemade guns and ammunition. No words on if they were operational.

You can check out from The Firearm Blog

From: The Firearm Blog

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Vickers Elite Battlesight for Glock 42/43

Wilson Combat and LAV is releasing the sights for Glock 42 and 43. Black serrated rear sight is $49.95,(Tritium is $64.95), front sight is $24.95 for plain, $75.95 for gold bead, $45.95 for tritium, and $39.95 for fiber optics (green and red)

From: Wilson Combat

Colette Gravity Pistol

Using gravity to load the next round seems like an interesting idea. The gun was mostly for parlor shooting so it probably did not need some serious designing

From: Forgotten Weapons

Scope Parallax adjustment

GY6 talks about parallax and parallax adjustment knob on a rifle scope

From: GY6vids

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Modular Handgun System solicitation announced

Army finally announced final draft of Modular Handgun System solicitation. The gun will be designated as XM17. The contract is estimated to be $580 million

Requirements for the gun is,

  • modifiable grips
  • varied magazine options
  • ambidextrous controls
  • rails
  • hit 4 inch target at 50m range at least 90%
  • ammunition should penetrate 14 inches into ballistic gel at 50 meters

Deadline is Jan. 28

The requirements are quite high, and it will be interesting to see if the guns make the requirement and be cost-effective. Ruger aleady announced they are not participating according to

Smith & Wesson is teaming up with General Dynamics, and Beretta is trying to retain its hold with new offering.


2015 Washington State IDPA Championships Review

Powerfactor Show looks back at the WA state IDPA Championship. Rick also talks about a small but interesting failure he had.

From: Powerfactor Show

Wiley Clapp CCOs are coming

Colt is making another run of 1911 envisioned by Wiley Clapp. It's base in 70 series with light alloy frame. Some of features are
  • Original 1911 Small Safety Lock
  • Long Black Trigger
  • Flat checkered Mainspring Housing
  • Colt Beavertail Grip Safety
  • Novak Wide Notch Rear Sight
  • Novak Brass Bead Front Sight
  • Tactical Oval grips with fingerprint checkering
  • Pete Single 25 lpi checkered front strap


PDW cartridges

The Firearm Blog has photos of Personal Defense Weapon cartridges of many different calibers.

From: The Firearm Blog

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

.50 BMG Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon Reproduction

Ian once again shows fun things, and this time it's a reproduction of Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon. Jump to 4:22 to see mechanism.

From: Forgottern Weapons

Ruger Charger 10/22 with polymer stocks

Ruger is releasing Charger 10/22s with polymer stocks. MSRP is $309 for the basic model and $409 for takedown version. You get the choice of 10 or 15 round magazine

From: Ruger

Zenitco AK Furniture review

The Firearm Blog got a chance to review this rare AK furniture. Russians are using it and Larry Vickers also built an AK with it.

From: The Firearm Blog