Friday, September 29, 2017

Beretta M9A3 Modular Handgun Proposal

Chris Bartocci goes over Beratta M9A3 that Beretta offered as an upgrade, but military rejected and went with M17.

There is quite a good amount of M9 history as well.

From: Chris Bartocci

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Glock 46

German firearm industry magazine DWJ posted the news which was picked up by RECOIL magazine.

Glock designed this gun using a rotating barrel design. This design eliminated take down lever. It has longer tang as well.

Rumor says that the gun was designed for a German solicitation.

Suppressor slow motion

Smarter Everyday does an interesting video showing how flame moves through a suppressor.

For the slow motion, jump to 2:23, 3:38, 4:06, 5:58

Here is behind the scenes.

 From: Smarter Everyday

Inforce APLc Compact Weapon Light review

MrGunsnGear looks at the small brother of Inforce APL.

From: MrGunsnGear

7 types of people at the range

Colion Noir jokes about different types of people you can see at a shooting range.

It's a bit flat this time, but the list includes some different types than others seen in the past.

From: Colion Noir

Monday, September 25, 2017

How to buy a machine gun (Legally)

Brandon Herrera shares three ways someone can get a machine gun. It's a brief description of methods.

From: Brandon Herrera

Top 10 Deer Hunting Tips

Iraqveteran8888 and Chad shares some tips for new deer hunters

From: Iraqveteran8888

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Experimental MP-40/I

This rifle tried to make quick loading easier through mechanical means.

From: Forgotten Weapons

IWI X-95 series

The evolution of X-95 is covered. There are some tips on reloading when you are using a bullpup system near the end as well.

From: Vickers Tactical

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SureFire Field Notes - using ballstic shield

Tap Rack Tactical's Bill Blowers shares his tips on using guns with ballistics shield

From: SureFire

VSASS by Geissele Automatics

Geissele has been working on some interesting items and this rifle is definitely one of them. It started as a special requirement and has expanded its capability.

From: Soldier Systems Daily

Friday, September 22, 2017

Geissele Super Charging Handle

Ian and Karl looked at the new expensive charging handle. Some were skeptical on who would need this expensive charging handle, and now it seems like there is a legitimate reason for some people.

From: InRange TV

Kalashnikov statue unveiled in Moscow

Russians are honoring their beloved AK designer Mikhail Kalashnikov by erecting a statue.

Unfortunately, the Russian honor guards use SKS designed by Simonov. Similar situation happened at Kalashnikov's funeral as well.

More at article

Seems like somone again made a mistake that gives firearms enthusiasts a good laugh. Whoever made the monument included Stg-44 diagram instead of an AK. Ouch

From: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ishapore MkIII Vickers-Berthier LMG

Here's another interesting Light Machine Gun from nearly a century ago.

During the shooting, Ian is really impressed by the recoil management

From: Forgotten Weapons

Hi-Point 10mm carbine coming soon

Hi-Point posted a teaser showing the new 1095TS carbine using 10mm ammunition

From: Hi-Point

5 things TWANGnBANG doesn't like in Glock

TWANGnBANG shares things he think could be changed in Glock. A lot of rational shooters would probably agree on some of the points.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SilencerCo Maxim 50

SilencerCo released the integrally suppressed muzzleloader. Since it is considered to be an antique firearms, it doesn't require NFA stamps and paperworks.

It can be shipped to buyers in almost every state without need to go through FFL, except in Illinois, New Jersey, New York City, and Washington D.C.

There has been some questions on legality depending on locality such as California and New Jersey.

Retail price is $999

Loading Tube is $8 and cleaning patches are $9

RIA September 2017 auction prices

Ian goes over how much the guns went for at the auction. Ian actually got one gun which will be shown on the video.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sig Sauer rifle recall

SIG Sauer is recalling some rifles after finding that two-stage triggers may have an improperly heat-treated hammer.

Affected rifles are, Sig 716 DMR, 516 Carbon Fiber, and M400 Predators.

The recall will replace the hammer and trigger assembly.

Here is the website for serial number look up

From: Sig Sauer

Ian teams up with LAV

Ian McCollum, known for his work on Forgotten Weapons, is teaming up with Larry Vickers for upcoming projects. There will be social media postings as well as Ian's contribution to LAV's upcoming Vickers Guide: WW2 Germany

Monday, September 18, 2017

DeLisle Commando Carbine

This suppressed .45ACP carbine was intended for Commandos but didn't really see that many use as the war changed its nature to more conventional warfare.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Czech VZ58 Rifle Technical Review

Chris Bartocci goes over this Czech rifle from the Cold War era.

From: Chris Bartocci

Burris XTR II 1-8x Scope review

MrGunsnsGear goes over this variable power scope. Burris has been making steady advancements over the years.

From: MrGunsnsGear

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Suomi M31

Ian goes over this Finnish rifle designed by Aimo Lahti. You can see the prototype Lahti made and the production version in the video

Ian and Karl does a live fire comparison of M31 and KP44

From: Forgotten Weapons, InRange TV

Retro M16A1 furniture by Brownells

Brownells is bringing back Retro M16A1 furnitures.

It comes in Black, Green, or Brown. The kit includes triangular handguard, A1 buttstock and grip. It is not an exact copy of original components or their construction, but will satisfy those who are looking for retro build.

Price $79.99

Halcon M.L. 63 subgun

Ronaldo Olive shows us some interesting submachinegun from Argentina

From: The Firearm Blog

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Open bolt vs closed bolt in FN 249

LAV shows the difference between open and closed bolt mechanism in FN's Collectible M249. Skip to 8:03 if you are busy

From: Vickers Tactical

Aimpoint CompM5 optic

Aimpoint is finally releasing its AAA battery powered optic. This was known as DSS contract version. The battery was chosen for better logistics as AA battery is more abundant in the world.

Expected battery life is 5 years on level 7.

MSRP is $1068

Battenfeld Technologies M&P AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Complete recall

Battenfeld Technologies is recalling its lower parts kit named M&P AR-15 Lower Parts Kit Complete

This is not related to S&W's M&P rifle line.

The M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete is identified as Item No. 110114, and any one of them manufactured priors to Sept. 12, 2017 is subjected to recall. It may have incorrect hammer.

For recall, contact BTI at (877) 416-5167 or

From: The Firearm Blog

Friday, September 15, 2017

Firearms from DSEI 17

Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair is being held in London right now. There are some firearms that are showing up.

Troy Industries is making UK legal AR rifles. They are basically a single shot rifle with side charging handle just above ejection port.

Thales is providing Austrailian Defense Force with F90, and this time there are upgrades available such as magazine release available near trigger.

British L85A3 is the update to the service arm of UK.

Blackhawk came up with a magazien pouch that seems like it is inspired by Taco

From: Soldier Systems Daily

How to pillar bed a rifle

Iraqveteran8888's Ray shows how to do a bedding job with Brownell's kit

From: Iraqveteran8888

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Desert Tech MDR .308 Bullpup

MAC gives his review of this rifle.

It has been in the development for years and there has been talks of this being a vaporware, but since a few weeks ago, there were more stories of actual model showing up.

The ejection mehanism is definitely an interesting design.

From: Military Arms Channel

More Gould Brothers shooting

Gould Brothers puts on exhibiton shooting using the Winchester SX4 Semi-Auto Shotgun

From: Gould Brothers

Making AR lower using aluminum cans

FarmCraft101 decided to go a bit more and make an AR lower from aluminum gathered from cans.

From: FarmCraft101

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Russian Berdan rifle

NRA museum shows some interesting firearms that were used by Tsar's army, Imperial Russian Army.

These were replaced by Mosin Nagats in 1891.

From: NRA Firearms Museum via

3Gun Competitions and Rationalizing

Kit Badger contemplates what 3Gun can offer.

From: Kit Badger

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tikka T3x Tac A1 review

Taking a break from AKs, Robski looks at this bolt action rifle.

You can skip to
5:50 for groups and 7:44 to see 600m shooting with bullet in flight.

From: AK Operators Union Local 47-74

CZ P10c mud testing by MAC

MAC puts the pistol through his Gauntlet

From: Military Arms Channel

How to deal with wet guns and ammo

SAAMI put out 2 guides on dealing with guns and ammo that has been submerged in the water

Guidance on Firearms

Guidance on Ammunition

From: SAAMI via

Monday, September 11, 2017

S&W M&P M2.0 Compact

S&W announced the compact version of their new M2.0 pistols.

This version has very close dimension to Glock 19. This probably is result from MHS trial which required full size and compact size. The original M&P line's full size was somewhat close to Glock 17 while Compact was more of sub compact.

Brownells is taking pre-order for $499.99

From: S&W, Brownells

Ruger Mark IV Tactical

Ruger added another model to it's .22 pistol line up.

It comes with threaded barrel(1/2×28-inch thread pattern), Picatinny rails, and is treated with black oxide finish. Comes with 4.75 or 6 inch barrel.

MSRP: $569

Looking at weapons used in murder

A recent article from The Firearm Blog referenced the Active Response Training article  with regards to the number of weapons a police officer confiscated.

Out of curiosity, I looked at the FBI's UCR crime report.

From FBI's Uniform Crime Report 2015

Total number of murders: 13,455
Weapons used:
Knives: 1,544 (11.48%)
Other Weapons: 1,671 (12.42%)
Hand: 624 (4.63%)
Guns: 9,616 (71.47%)

Out of Guns
Handgun: 6,447 (67.04%)
Shotgun: 269 (2.8%)
Rifle: 252 (2.62%)
Unknown: 2,648 (27.54%)

The numbers from the ART was

67 handguns (78.82%)
11 rifles (12.94%)
7 shotguns (8.24%)

While a direct comparison is not an easy task, it shows that the handgun is the weapon mostly used.

There are many different aspects to be looked at, but here is an intersting tid bit of information from 3:40 of the video.

It's not that there are 400 people shooting, but 40-50 individuals are the ones doing it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


This rifle never got to shores of US due to Clinton banning Chinese guns.

Here is shooting video

From: Forgotten Weapons

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Stendebach Model 1936

This was built by someone but has interesting toggle delayed mechanism.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Arsenal SLR104 (AK74) & Valmet M76 Mud Test

InRange resumes their Mud Test series, and this time, some variants of AK rifles

From: InRange TV

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Escort" AK brief case

This brief case was developed for easy transport of AKs in more professional environments. Unlike H&K MP5 briefcase, shooting within the briefcase is not possible

From: Kalashnikov Concern

WW1 German flare gun

Ian goes over this flaregun made by Imperial Germany to assist with landing in dark times.

Only 22 are known to exist now, out of 2,500 made.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lanchester MkI

This was the first attempt by UK to come up with a fast mass production to fill the void in small arms capabilities.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Fire Control Unit X01

Fire Control Unit's EXO ONE utilizes SIG P320's fire control group. This exoskeleton can use 9mm Luger, .357 SIG, .40 S&W versions with .45 ACP version in development.

Charging handle is non-reciprocating.


Vortex Optics releases Impact 850 Laser Rangefinder

Vortex is expanding their line up and this time, it's Impact 850 Rangefinder.

It measures range from 10yards to 400 yards. Weighs 5.5 ounce. Has 6x magnification.

Price: $269.99


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 IPSC Handgun World Shoot

Every 3 years IPSC shooters compete and this year it's held in Châteauroux, France(last time was in Florida)


The winners of each divisions are,

Classic: Elias Paul Frangoulis
Open: Jorge Ballesteros
Production: Ben Stoeger
Standard: Eric Grauffel
Revolver: Michael William Poggie

For those who want to see the course of fire,

Here are some videos from Shooter's Inc, all4shooters, and Ivan Tan

Reising Model 60

This semi-auto rifle had some good ideas and was commercially available. Not as interesting as its brothers, but had its use

From: Forgotten Weapons

Monday, September 4, 2017

Schmeisser MP41

Ian looks at another submachinegun that appeared during the WW2.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Shotgun Shell exploding outside a gun

TAOFLEDERMAUS decided to see how a shotgun shell performs when there is no chamber to contain the explosion.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Capability

BCM made this short film series with the crew that made American Gunfighter and Northern Red.

From: BCM

Canik pistol product safety warning

Canik sent out a product safety warning and severe duty upgrade notice. The problem was that when subjected to repeated abusive dropping, it may damage safety features and have unintentional discharge.

The affected firearms are

TP9SF Elite
TP9SF Elite-S

The instructions to get Severe Duty Upgrade will be posted on Canik's website on Sept. 8.


Fostech Origin SBV "Firearm"

Fostech found a way to come up with a gun that is not a shotgun.

From: Military Arms Channel

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Walther P4

LAV looks at the variant of P38 that saw its use after the WW2. He also announced that Vickers Guide of WW2 German small arms is in the works.

From: Vickers Tactical

Some Soviet SMGs

Ian is going over RIA's collection and two Soviet SMGs are going on auction this month

PPD-40 by Degtyarev

PPS-43 by Sudayev

From: Forgotten Weapons