Monday, July 31, 2017

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1

TWANGnBANG posted his quick review of the AMG UH-1 holographic sight

Seems like the sight can be a great value for most casual shooters. For those who don't like 1/3 cowitness, sorry.

Also, if you are wondering why the dot looks wierd, you might have astigmatism. To figure out if you do or not, TWANGnBANG shares a quick way to check using the red dot sight


Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Breda Modello 30

Here's the weapon with a really bad mechanics and reputation.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Vltor AK47 / 74 Full Size Rail

Robski shares his opinion about Vltor's rail system for AK

From: AK Operator's Union 47-74

Maxim 9

Iraqveteran8888 reviews this pistol with integrated suppressor

From: Iraqveteran8888

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Chinese CF-98

LAV shows this rare Chinese pistol, at least in US

From: Vickers Tactical

Magpul Gen M3 MCT PMAG review

MrGunsnGear looks at the magazine adopted by the USMC

If you want to see the test results in the video, TFB has it.

From: MrGunsnGear, The Firearm Blog

Small Arms in Modern Conflict Zones

Ian from Forgotten Weapons runs a Q&A with ARES(Armament Research Services)'s Nic Jenzen-Jones regarding firearms in conflict zones. The video is 1 hr long, but is very interesting look into what is going on in front lines.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Friday, July 28, 2017

MAC's Prairie dog hunting

MAC went to a prairie dog hunting and shows some new stuff that is coming out including new guns and accesory.

Yes, there are prairie dogs getting killed.

From; Military Arms Channel

Honey Badger Stocks for AR tease

Q posted a teaser of their AR version of Homey Badger stock

From: Q via Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Finland gun fun

Ian and Karl shared footage of various Finnish guns on the range

From: Forgotten Weapons

Some AKs and their round counts

Robski of AK Operators Union 47-74 posted updates on his WASR 10. It is now over 10,000 rounds.

Another AK, this time owned by Rife Dynamics's Jim Fuller, is now put on retired status after shooting over 100,000 rounds. It had several springs changed.

From: AKOU 47-74,

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sig 716 Gen 2 Patrol Rifle Review

Chris Bartocci goes over the latest SIG rifle. There are some technical points that is interesting compared to other offerings on the market.

From: Chris Bartocci

Fostech ECHO Trigger Gen 2

The new Fostech ECHO Trigger is now capable of using bolts available commercially.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Bosnia & Herzegovina TRB RS 9

The Firearm Blog has some pictures of new pistol from TRB company, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The gun is thought to be based on Sig P226

From: The Firearm Blog

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Armatix iP1 hacked

Armatix iP1, the pistol tauted as the Smart Gun got hacked.

Some hacks use expoiting the frequency used by the gun, while the other one uses a simple magnet to neutralize safety feature.



Daniel Defense made WAVE suppressor using 3d printing. This eliminated needs for welds.

Price ranges from $986 to $1,157

From: Daniel Defense

W+F Bern P43

Ian looks at Hi-Powers that were tested by Switzerland while they tried to move away from Lugers.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Monday, July 24, 2017

Navy Railgun firing multiple shots

US Navy's Rail gun shot multiple shots in a test.

From: US Navy Research

Kimber's new revolvers

Kimber is releasing 3 more models of their revolvers.

K6s Stainless 3-inch($899)
As the name suggest, it has a 3 inch barrel.

K6s DC (Deep Cover)($1,155)
This version features tritium 3-dot night sigts, with 2 inch barrel

K6s CDP (Custom Defense Package)($1,155)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SilencerCo Omega 9SD

SilencerCo is coming out with updated version of H&K's MP5SD called 9SD. It is shorter, lighter, and quieter.

MSRP is $1180

SureFire Field Notes - Michael Voigt

Michael Voigt shares his wisdom on how to shoot better with pistol. It's a bit longer than other Field Notes series, but for those seeking improvement in mechanics of shooting, it's definitely worth the time.

1:07 Sight alignments
3:30 Trigger control
5:00 "Early instead of fast"
6:37 Summary

From: SureFire

Saturday, July 22, 2017

PSA upper meltdown

Iraqveteran8888 decided to see how many rounds PSA upper can take

It will be interesting to know which upper it is. There are PTAC uppers and PSA uppers.

From: Iraqveteran8888

HIVIZ Luminous LitePipes

HIVIZ makes a nice hybrid of glow-in-the-dark light mixed with fiber optic sights. The glow-in-the-dark material is embedded within the fiber optic, so when left out in light such as flashlight, it will be charged.

They come in Long and short pipes



LLHSW-KIT – Short LitePipe Kit: 1 – White (Front); 2 – White (Rear)
LLHSG-KIT – Short LitePipe Kit: 1 – Green (Front); 2 – Green (Rear)
LLHSR-KIT – Short LitePipe Kit: 1 – Green (Front); 2 – Red (Rear)
LLHLW-KIT – Long LitePipe Kit: 1 – White (Front); 2 – White (Rear)
LLHLG-KIT – Long LitePipe Kit: 1 – Green (Front); 2 – Green (Rear)
LLHLR-KIT – Long LitePipe Kit: 1 – Green (Front); 2 – Red (Rear)

Price is $21.95


Friday, July 21, 2017

Finnish LS-26 and Soviet DP-28

Ian and Karl shows the LMGs used in the Winter War

From: Forgotten Weapons

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. He worked as a journalist during the Spanish Civil War as well as being on the ship near Normandy during the D-Day.

While being a great novelist, he was also fond of hunting. His gun collection has been documented in the book.

Hemingway's Guns- The Sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway
by Roger Sanger, Silvio Calabi, and Steve Helsley

American Rifleman has an article from Feb. 2017

Photo of Hemingway from famous photographer R Capa during he Spanish Civil War

There are quite a few photos of him with guns

Unfortunately, Hemingway museum in Key West is closing at the end of year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SACM Mle M1935A handgun has a nice artivle on French M1835A handgun in 7.65mm Longue. It covers the background, adaptation, and end of service.


Mean Gene Leather review

The Firearm Blog's Rusty S reviewed the "Burrito: Mag Pouch.

This was developed by Gene Higdon, who was the founder of High Speed Gear and made TACO. He got back in to leather roots.

From: The Firearm Blog

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

B&T VP9 Silenced Pistol

Ian breaks away from older arms and looks at B&T's VP9 pistol

This pistol was made for veterians to dispatch animals.

Of course, Ian compares it with Welrod pistol from WW2.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Magpul PMAG 30 AR 300 B Gen M3 for .300 BLK

Magpul decided to make a dedicated .300 BLK magazines to address some problems.


Price: $15.95

From: Magpul

Weaver Premium MSR Mount

Weaver is making the mounts for 34mm, 30mm, and 1 inch options. Made with 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum.

Price is $119.95 for 1 inch and 30mm mount, $129.95 for 34mm

From: Weaver

Monday, July 17, 2017

History of the FR-F1 and FR-F2 Sniper Rifles

Ian interviews Henri Canaple who has extensive experience with FR-F1 and F@ rifles.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Henry Lever Action 410

TWANGnBANG looks at this fun shotgun.


Trijicon Type 2 RMR

Here is review of the new updated RMR from Trijicon

From: MrGunsnGear

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Modele 1890 Berthier Cavalry Carbine

Ian shows us a rare unchanged Cavalry version of the rifle

From: Forgotten Weapons

USMC approved magazines

Gunner Wade goes over which magazines are currently allowed in the Marines.

Approved: GEN M3 windowed polymer PMAG, GI mags with green tan or blue(training only) followers

Not approved: 20 round magazines, legacy GI magazines, older PMAGs, Quadstack magazines, and anyother non-approved magazines.

Currently through testing: 40 round polymer magazines and D60

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FirstSpear MultiMag

FirstSpear is coming out with a magazine pouch that can fit multiple types of magazine just by adjusting the know at the bottom of pouch.

Pre-order price is $48.85 for most colors except Multicam($50.85)

From: FirstSpear via Soldier Systems Daily

World's largest Super Soaker

Here's something to make you summer fun. A really really beefed up Super Soaker

Here's the how to make video

From: Mark Rober, Bob

Friday, July 14, 2017

Finnish KvKK 62

This Light Machingun was used by Finland military before they were replaced by PKM

It has similar deisgn as Czech ZB-26 and BREN.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Shotgun shell made of old military buttons

TAOFLEDERMAUS tests how effective a shotshell made of old style military buttons are.


NFA Guide for AR15s

If you want a graphical help with what is allowed and not in NFA firearms, here's a help. Please keep in mind that this was made in June of 2016, so 11 is a bit out of date.

From: ATF vis Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, July 13, 2017

British EM-2

This was the rifle that was adopted for a brief time before the NATO standardization got in the way.

You can read more about it from ARES blog

From: Forgotten Weapons

Oplot pistol from Donetsk

The Firearm Blog has an article on this pistol made from Donetsk region.

From: The Firearm Blog

How to make a gelatin block shares the steps you need to make a gelatin block for your personal ballistics testing


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Suppressor meltdown

West Coast Armory tested how many rounds would be needed to destroy a suppressor.

700 rounds.

From: West Coast Armory

New calibers, the fight to come

Soldier Systems Daily posted an article discussing what the new small arms caliber for US military could be and some factors to consider.

It is a long read, but gives a good idea on the pros and cons of some rounds

From: Soldier Systems Daily

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

1895 Daudeteau Indochina Trials Carbine

Ian shows another carbine that was competing in trials in late 19th century

From: Forgotten Weapons

1000 rounds through SIG Sauer P320

MAC decided to shoot 1000 rounds continuously through the Sig Sauer P320

From: Military Arms Channel

FN 509 magazine promotion

FN is giving three FN 509 magazines to anyone who buys the gun until August 31st. Consumers in restricted states will be getting 10 round magazines.

You can claim it on the website,

From: FN USA

Monday, July 10, 2017

Savage B22 FV-SR

TWANGnBANG reviews another nice rifle from Savage Arms. There is comparison between this and Mark II

Make sure you watch the quality time spent with his daughter who ends up shooting very well. Around 8:00


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Getting good eye relief with 4x Trijicon ACOG

MrGunsnGear shares his tip on how to get a good eye-relief for 4x ACOG.

From: MrGunsnGear

WW1 Rifle Mud Covers: Lebel & Gewehr 98

Ian goes over the mud covers from WW1 bolt action rifles.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thorpe EM-1

Here is an example of over-engineered design. It was a nice try but was too complex

From; Forgotten Weapons

Inforce APL Gen 3

MrGunsnGear reviews the latest from Inforce APL line.

From: MrGunsnGear

Air Armor Tech gun case

This gun case uses air bladder to provide additional protection for guns.

Price ranges from $499(mid-length) to $549(long gun case)

From: Air Armor Tech via

Friday, July 7, 2017

Colt Cobra

hickok45 looks at the revolver from Colt

This revolver was definitely an interesting re-entry in to civilian market by Colt.

From: hickok45

Danish WW2 resistance cache

Danish police posted photos of recent turn ins, most likely from cache of the WW2 resistance movement

KDG Optics Hub

This outer shell allows observers to attach range finders, red dot sights, and other accessories to improve observer's capability. It has M-LOK slots and 1/4"-20 standard camera-sized threaded inserts for easy attachment

Price: $179

From: KDG via Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sig Sauer MCX Virtus

SIG is releasing new rifle chambered in 5.56mm or .300 BLK that is user configurable

Price is $2,233

It will also come in pistol version with 11.5-inch 5.56mm or 9-inch .300 BLK barrel.

Price will be $2,335

There will be SBR variant priced at $2,341

From: Sig Sauer

Prototype Winchester WW1 .50 Cal Antitank rifle

During WW1, there were needs to defeat tanks which showed up on the field in that war. Winchester definitely didn't shy away from the need

From: Forgotten Weapons

AOBC buys Gemtech

AOBC, the parent company of Smith & Wesson announced acquisition of GEMTECH.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The most American AR-15

MrGunsnGear shows how to have the most Murican AR 3var!

From: MrGunsnGear

S&W Summer Savings promotion

S&W is offering a promotion for M&P pistols purchased between 7/1 and 9/30. The promotion gives two magazines, two boxes of Hornady Critical Defense, and a Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader.

For buyers in states with magazine capacity or ammunition transfer restrictions, S&W will offer $75 mail-in cash rebate.

Geissele MCX triggers available

Geissele announced that they are now selling MCX triggers. It is called Super MCX SSA. 4.5 lbs pull with two-stage trigger.

Price: $260

From: Geissele

Monday, July 3, 2017

H&K's Summer Magazinepalooza

H&K is offering 4 magazines with the purchase of a new P30 or full-sized VP series.

The offer runs until 9/30 and paperwork needs to be files by 10/31 through their website below

From: H&K

MultiCam Black webbing for Vickers Sling

Blue Force Gear added MultiCam Black webbing for Vickers Sling in their Custom Sling Builder

Price is around $50

From: Blue Force Gear

Portuguese m1904/39

Iraqveteran8888 talks bout this rifle that has some similarities to Mausers but with significant differences.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Setting up home defense AKs

MrGunsnGear shares his tip on how to have an effective AK for defense

From: MrGunsnGear

Classic Galil and IWI Galil ACE

MAC goes over the two versions, the classic and the new (and improved) Galil ACE

From: Military Arms Channel

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Glock vs Sig as MHS program saw it

The recent decision by US Army to get Sig P320 as M17 pistol caused quite a bit of controversy. As with any large government procurement, there were objections and protests, notably from Glock.

Government Accountability Office decided to reject Glock's protest and posted the decision.

In short, SIG P320 was selected mostly due to the fact that it was way more cheaper. But it wasn't just about the price of the gun, it was about the cost associated with licensing.

Let's take a look at the evaluation. There were 9 factors.

1. Technical(including initial reliability, system accuracy isolated, characteristics of the projectiles, ergonomics)
2. Other(acceptance, initial reliablity)
3. Written Technical
4. License rights ammunition
5. License rights handgun & accessories
6. Production/Manufacturing
7. Price
8. Past performance
9. Small Business Participation

Among these factors, only Factors 1 and 2 were about the gun itself.

Looking at the Factor 1, both Glock and SIG were neck-to-neck, except on ergonomics. Glock's ergonomics has been a point of contention for some and it seems like this again rear its ugly head. In initial phase(Factor 2, subfactor 1), Glock did receive better acceptance.

In rest of factors, you can see that SIG's offering was substantially better than Glock's. In fact, the price difference is the biggest reason why SIG won.

This is funny considering that SIG lost to Beretta in XM9 trial. Beretta outbid SIG by a small margin in cost at the time.

In the protest, Glock noted that the price was miscalculated, which was true but not grave enough to sway to numbers in Glock's favor. Glock also had higher fee for licensing and ammunition supply, including blank rounds.

An interesting point was the part about second phase(section H) of the MHS trial. The program was supposed to down-select at the initial phase(section M), then use slightly different testing in the second phase.

Glock's protest was that the program was incomplete since phase 2 was not done. However, GAO noted that just because the first phase was going to choose up to 3 doesn't mean that the whole trial has to have more than just 1 selection.

The criteria in the second phase maybe could have made difference for Glock, but it's now going to be unknown.

In the end it came down to the fact that both guns performed well enough, and SIG had better price.

For average shooter, it means it really comes down to personal preference. An Average shooter doesn't have to worry about cost of having a large stock pile of parts and support.

The photo of the Glock's MHS entry is now out. It looks like Gen5-ish fram with Glock 17 length grip and ambidextrous safety added.

Soviet PSM pistol

Ian goes over this somewhat misunderstood pistol.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Gunpowder art

Danny Shervin makes art using gunpowder. Here is a 60 seconds video on him

From: 60 second docs via

NeoStead 2000

South Africa had a rather isolated development and a lot of interesting guns came out of that time. This shotgun is one of such work