Thursday, December 31, 2015

More Ruger American news

Now that the cat is out of the bag, there are several reviews appearing on the internet, mostly videos. One thing I noticed is ejection pattern being a bit different especially during the first few rounds of rapid firing. It could be a mistake, or maybe it has some kinks that needs to be worked out. At this point SR series doesn't seem to be scheduled to be phased out to make room for this pistol.

Here's a video intended for Ruger's sales training

Dave Spaulding worked with Ruger in the past and he shares video with both 9mm version and .45 acp version.

Video stops around 1:10, so skip to 1:40, and a few more around 3:08. Facebook has problem free version

Downrange TV has a video where you can see internals clearly

BurstReview's review

824 warrior ran some Bill drills

Blue Force Gear - Limited Edition AK Sling V5

Blue Force Gear teamed with LAV again to bring East German style AK sling. It also features ULoop.

Price is $65

Arex AKB15

Polenar Tactical gives the first view of this rifle.

From: Polenar Tactical

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Russian AK-107

LAV shows how controllable this rifle is thanks to its reciprocating mass design. Also notice the interesting Keymod furniture.

From: Vickers Tactical

Jeweled gun of Sultan Mahmud I

Sultan Mahmud I was the leader of Ottoman Empire during the time. Asian Art museum in San Francisco will be displaying this from Feb. 26, 2016 to May 8th 2016

From: Asian Art Museum

Alexander Hamilton's powder horn up for auction

The first Secertary of Treasury's item will be auctioned off on liveauctioneers, starting Jan. 11, 2pm. It is estimated to be worth $25,000 - $35,000 and starting bid is $10,000.


Ballistic face shield

Demolition Ranch gets to shoot this item. Taiwanese Special Force was seen using it in the past. It's rated Level IIIa, which means it will stop most commonly used handgun rounds

From: Demolition Ranch

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ruger American - New striker-fired handgun

Ruger is releasing a new pistol called Ruger American. The gun will be in 9mm(17+1) and .45 ACP(100+1). It is supposed to be released Dec. 31st. According to one commentor on The Firearm Blog, it is above $400.

The design shows ambidextrous slide lock and magazine release, with SIG-ish takedown lever. The back grip is replaceable.

From: The Firearm Blog

IWI ACE Galil pistol torture test

MAC decided to do a torture test with IWI ACE Galil before it gets sent back to IWI for possible NFA violation

From: Military Arms Channel

Sidewinder SMG

Forgotten Weapons has many photos of this SMG attempted in 70s. Also, you can see the old optic used.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Palmetto State Armory 9mm AR lower

PSA came up with 9mm AR lowers using Glock magazines. This is not a 5.56 lower with magazine block, but a dedicated lower built for the purpose. The lower works with PSA 9mm Hybrid Upper

Price: $259.99


Shooting handguns close to body

SIG Sauer academy shares some tips when shooting from a retention position

From: SIG Sauer Academy

Prototype Swiss rifle - N33 Rifle

Ian shows us another set of Swiss prototype rifles.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Russian SV99

More Russian guns from LAV. This time, a precision rifle in .22lr

From: Vickers Tactical

SilencerCo Suppressor Demo Event

Iraqveteran8888 gives a report from SilencerCo's event. You can see many different models.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Thursday, December 24, 2015

7.62x39 IWI Galil ACE pistol recall

According to the Mr.Gunslinger Channel, IWI is recalling IWI's Galil ACE pistol for a possible NFA violation.

From: Mr.Gunslinger Channel

Virginia drops reciprocity with 25 states

Virginia decided to drop its reciprocity with 25 states. The reason was supposedly due to other states not having issuing criteria as strict as Virginia's.

The policy will be in effect in six weeks. The five states that are recognized are,

Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia


Using firearms in extreme cold

The Firearm Blog has a write-up of a person who took some guns to a really cold place. It is definitely an interesting read.

Canadian Rangers used WW2 Enfields for similar reasons, and Danish and Norwegians did similar thing with their soverign patrols.

From: The Firearm Blog

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Leupold Mark 4 ER/T 4.5-14x50mm

Iraqveteran8888's Chad takes a look at this nice scope. As the video mentions, having a great scope is crucial.

From: Iraqveteran8888


Demolition Ranch took a look at ricochets in real life. One thing to take away from the video is that richochets are not something to be scoffed at. Take a look at what happens to the watermelon, not just the board in the back

From: Demolition Rance

Stag Arms loses FFL

Stag Arms lost its FFL due to pleadin guilty to violating federal law regarding manufacturing problems.

In July 2014, ATF found,
Out of 3000 samples, 300 could not be reconciled.
136 unserialized lowers
200 lost or missing firearms
62 machine guns(AR lowers with the third hole) unregistered or registered to wrong entity.

By pleading guilty, owner Mark Malkowski will agree to never operate or manage firearms company, as well as personally paying $100,000 fine, while Stag Arms will pay $500,000

Stag Arms is in talks to sell the company.

From: The Firearm Blog,

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

GNB: Vicksers Guide: 1911

Larry Vickers published this guide some time ago, intended as a coffee table book - beautiful photographs and short descriptions, suppose to be a light reading while enjoying your coffee.

There are plenty of books about birth and adoption of 1911 by U.S. Army, and its numerous variants, but LAV's 1911 guide isn't about that. It shows some of his prized possessions as well as some from Ken Hackathorn and Rob Leatham's. Most of the collections feature rare 1911s from various gunsmiths.

It also is a snapshot of how 1911 evolved from about 1980s to current. History of various gunsmiths' works in last few decades has been relegated to memories of people who lived at the time, with little comprehensive documentation.

This guide features works of Pachmayr, Swenson and other gunsmiths of the era, as well as the current ones like Burton. It shows various agency models as well.

Small changes over the time can be hard to trace, but readers can get the idea of how things evolved when reading this. For people who are not in to details of 1911s, this would be just a photobook with various 1911s. However, those who like to look at details of a 1911, it can be an interesting guide to see how things evolved in last 30-40 years.

How to correctly mount an optic on an AR15

Triggertime TV has video by Mike Lamb showing how to mount optics on AR correctly.

From: Triggertime TV

Walther PPQ Q5 Match Pistol

Walther is coming up with a variation of their PPQ with 5 inch barrel called PPQ Q5. This pistol is made with competition in mind. The slide is ready for red dot sights similar to Glock MOS line.

You can read more from Guns. Holsters, and Gear. Check out the comment by Rich as well.

From: Guns, Holsters, and Gear

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Walther PPS M2 subcompact pistol

The Firearm Blog caught the press release about this pistol from Walther. It is a subcompact pistol in 9mm. It looks to be a single stack. Maybe 7-8 rounds capacity.

Pictures are in the link

From: The Firearm Blog

Vickers Tactical G43 +2 Magazine Extension

The Tactical Blog has first look and impression of the protoype. The prototype was printed with a 3D printer, but the production model maybe made with different manufacturing process.

From: The Tactical Wire

Chiappa AK-9 Pistol

Chiappa is coming up with AK-ish pistol in 9mm. There is no telling if the actions will be that of AK, but it is an interesting change.

From: Guns, Holsters, and Gear

Lightweight Desert Eagles

Magnum Research is coming up with lighter version of Desert Eagles called L5 and L6.

L5 in .357 magnum will have a 5-inch barrel with a muzzle break. It weighs 3 lbs. 2 oz. MSRP is about $1790

L6 is same but in .50AE. MSRP will be $2054

From: The Shooting Wire

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Vickers Tactical Grip plug/Takedown tool - GGT01

Vickers Tactical released this grip plug that has Glock takedown tool. It features a stainless tool. Currently it's only available for Gen 3, but Gen 4 version is on its way.

Price is $12.95


From: Soldier Systems

Knoble Automatic Pistol

This pistol really doesn't provide any advantage over other pistols of the era. In fact, probably worse.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Shotgun News to change name - Firearm News

Shotgun News is finally coming to terms with the fact that they are not just about shotguns, but about all things firearms.

The change is not just in the name. Covers will be glossy, new column, and heavier paper.


EOTech refund request overwhelming USPS

According to Soldier Systems, post office in Ann Arbor, MIchigan is dealing quite a volume of these returns. Keep in mind that some probably used UPS instead of USPS, so the actual amount received by EOTech would be more.

From: Soldier Systems

Friday, December 18, 2015


LAV uploaded another video, this time Vityaz-SN, a 9mm sub-machine gun

From: Vickers Tactical

Beretta M9 A3 Suppressed

Hickok45 gets to have some fun with the improved Beretta M9

From: hickok45

Glock 40 Gen4 MOS review

The Firearm Blog has review of this new pistol from Glock. USPSA is experimenting with Combat Optics division and if that becomes a real division, it would be interesting to see how this will do.

From: The Firearm Blog

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Colt Canada MRR - Modular Railed Rifle

Canadaian Firearm Magazine 'Calibre' has photo of the new rifle from Colt Canada, built with inputs from Canada's special operations soldiers and law enforcements.

It featured M-LOK, Cerakote finish.

You can read more from:

From: Calibre

Libyan Illicit firearms Facebook group

The firearm Blog stumbled upon a Facebook page featuring firearms found in Libya. It is interesting to see some guns, and some are expected, while some are not.

From: The Firearm Blog

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to shoot the boat simulator

TWANGnBANG shared a tip he learned on how to deal with boat simulator. This contraption provides unstable platform but there are things you can do to minimize problems.


Concealed carry tips for women

Steve Fisher and Tatiana Whitlock discuss some of helpful points for females carrying gun.

From: TriggerTime TV

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Savage Automatic Pistols

Ian goes through changes in Savage automatic pistols. For younger generations, 1907 is the gun featured in shows like Boardwalk Empire or movies like Road to Perdition.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Jerry shot first

Jerry Miculek did a hilarious reenactment of the famous 'Han shot first' scene with one of two firing prop of the Han Solo pistol.


Hickok45 cuts Christmas tree

Not a bad idea. A nice walk in the woods, get some shooting done, and inexpensive Christmas trees.

From: Hickok45

Monday, December 14, 2015

Uzi SMG sand test

MAC decided to apply his sand test to an Uzi.

From: Military Arms Channel

MK46 MOD 1

This is a modified SAW, making it easier for the user to carry it. Wait until the end when Eric really enjoys shooting it.

From: Iraqveeran8888

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Russian PL-14

LAV shows this new pistol developed by Kalashnikov. It is certainly interesting pistol.

From: Vickers Tactical

Upgrading M4 carbine to M4A1

Here's a video showing how Army's M4s are upgraded to M4A1

From: PEO Soldier via Soldier Systems

Saturday, December 12, 2015

How to use red dot sights on handguns

Practically Tactical got together with Steve Fisher to talk about how to use red dot sights on handguns.

Their are more parts available now than ever for mounting red dot sights on handguns and there are some examples in the video.

From: Practically Tactical

Taurus class action lawsuit settled

The Firearm Blog reports that Taurus International Manufacturing settled a lawsuit, which qualifying Settlement Class Members to get payment up to $200 per Class Pistol. The settlement also allows Taurus to enhance warranty on the Class Pistols.

From: The Firearm Blog

Friday, December 11, 2015

SIG Prototype 1924-25 rifles

Ian brings us another interesting video about these prototype rifles

From: Forgotten Weapons

Engine block vs .50 BMG

LAV shows what kind of things happen when an engine block gets to meet .50 BMG coming in at a high speed.

From: Vickers Tactical

Constitutional Arms Palm pistol has review of this unique pistol. The palm pistol design is not new, but this pistol adds a few more interesting design to bring it up to the modern times.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

9 Soviet prototype rifles from WW2

The Firearm Blog has photos of prototypes Soviets made during WW2 and beyond. You can see some interesting designs that influenced AK-47

From: The Firearm Blog

M3 Submachinegun story

If you wanted to read upon the basic history of M3 submachine gun, has a nice article.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

EOTech issuing refunds

Recent development regarding EOTech problems is now leading to L-3 Communications to refund the Holographic Weapon Sight. With US government suing and settling, L-3 Communications is quietly refunding full price customers paid.

You have to request RMA from their website, and they will either accept or decline. Once they approve, they will add $15 for shipping and handling, and you can send it in.

For more information, here's the link to the Soldier Systems article.

From: Soldier Systems

Mosin Nagant 91/30 at 300 yards

Jerry Miculek shows why he is an amazing shooter by shooting this rifle standing up to 300 yards


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

USAS-12 Combat Shotgun

This shotgun was made by Daewoo Precision Industry(now S&T Motiv) of South Korea in 80s. The gun was interesting implementation of Max Atchisson's work.

From: Forgotten Weapons

New Meprolights Sights

Meprolight sight is coming out with new sight that uses Fiber Tritium. This seems to be an extension of their TFO line. The sight is set up so the middle part is on the same place as the outer parts.

From: The Firearm Blog

Monday, December 7, 2015

Vuurwapen on Faxon ARAK-21

Vuurwapen is hardly the person who minces words and he got his chance to review this rifle. And it did not go well for Faxon. Take a look at the first review.

Then the follow up which didn't help much

From: Vuurwapenblog

DP-12 Shotgun

Hickok45 got his chance to shoot this shotgun. It is definitely interesting and I hope it foes better than Kel-Tec.

From: Hickok45

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Apex Tactical barrels for S&W M&P

Apex Tactical is coming up with semi drop-in barrel for M&P pistols. There has been some accuracy issues reported with M&P pistols and this barrel is going to give 2 inch group at 25 yards.

Price is expected to be $199.95 and will be available on Dec. 17

Apex Tactical has been driving force of improving M&P line with their sear and other parts.

From: Ammoland

Top 5 Truck Guns

Iraqveteran8888 makes a list of 5 truck guns he would carry. It is a light-hearted list so don't get too angry at choices. Relax and enjoy

From: Iraqveteran8888

Saturday, December 5, 2015

H&K SL-6 and SL-7 Rifles

Ian goes through lesser known rifle from H&K that is mechanically related to H&K rifles  we see today.

From: Forgotten Weapons

H&K MP5 breakdown

Battlefield Vegas had a video going through H&K MP5. They have more on other guns as part of their Weekly Weapons Brief

From: BattleField Vegas

Friday, December 4, 2015

H&K VP9 Torture Test

MAC decided to test out the pistol and this caused some chatter on the internet forums. The gun failed some tests. It is interesting to see the reactions to this video.

HK Pro:

From: MAC

Jingle Bells with Chris Chang

Christmas seasons is here and let's celebrate by playing some songs

From: Chris Cheng

S&W ships millionth Shield

S&W shipped 1 million M&P Shield since it was made in 2012. This is no small feat considering the mark took only 3 years. Everything about the gun, the marketing was right.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

German Naval P04 Luger

There were various Lugers and here is one Rock Island Auction that German Navy adopted

From: Forgotten Weapons

AMU's marksmanship tips

Army Marksmanship Unit has been producing videos titled "Shooter's Corner", giving tips on shooting. It is basic information, but proper execution of basic skills is what makes experts.

Part 1:

More videos below

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

S&W 945

Jerry Miculek shows us a bit rare pistol, a performance center S&W 945. It has some similar features found on 1911.


Hugo Schmeisser rifles has a brief article on this brilliant inventor who heavily influenced the advancement of rifles we see now.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Trapdoor Springfield

More interesting rifle from RIA auction. The rifle was made from a muzzleloader to trapdoor version as the need to evolve became apparent

From: Forgotten Weapons

Homemade 20mm cannon

A 4chan user Joshua Geho built a 20mm rifle after getting appropriate paperwork approvals. It is interesting to see how this shoots