Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Type 1 Russian AK

This is the original AK-47. It ended up getting replaced by AKM due to problems.

From: Forgotten Weapons


LAV made a short video about this rare pistol

From: Vickers Tactical

Gun Guys – Ep. 06

Ken Hackthorn and Bill Wilson talk about preferences between full-size and compact-1911s

From: Wilson Combat

Friday, May 18, 2018

Swiss P75 Army Pistol

This is more or less SIG P220. Ian goes over the development using many prototypes made along the way

From: Forgotten Weapons

New US Army rifle qualification explanation video

Circle Dog Productions made a video that depicts how US Army's new qualification course would look like.

It is not finalized, but it should be similar to what is shown in video.

From: Circle Dog Productions via Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ken Hackathorn on the M1

Ian interviewed Ken Hackathorn about M1 Carbine. There are some really great information in thsi video that touches on history of the gun as well as how it was received.

From: Forgotten Weapons

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 25

Travis Haley talks about light discipline.

From: SureFire

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Colt Canada IUR

This rifle was shown on Vickers Guide. It features some interesting things made by Colt Canada(formerly known as Diemaco) to fit customer's need

From: Vickers Tactical

CMP 1911 price announced

CMP finally released on the price for the 1911s

    CMP 1911 PRICING:

    CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation.

  •     Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
  •     Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
  •     Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.
  •     Auction Grade (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction.

    Note: If you have already purchased a 1911 from CMP you will not be allowed to purchase an auction 1911. If you purchase an auction 1911, your name will be pulled from the sequenced list. No repeat purchasers are allowed until all orders received have been filled.

Orders will be accepted from Sept. 4, 2018 to Oct. 4, 2018

For more information, you can visit,


From: CMP

NSWC-Crane Mid-Length Gas System Testing

Naval Surface Warface Center-Crane conducted tests to see if Mid-length gas system is better.

Answer: Yes

Muzzle velocity is more or less the same, but velocity at 100 yards show different story.


From: Soldier Systems Daily

Friday, May 11, 2018

SIG P365 reviews

There are several reviews for this pistol now.

Small Arms Solutions

Taran Butler

From: Small Arms Solutions, Taran Butler

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Steyr ACR

This rifle was one of attempts by US Army to improve rifles in late 80s, early 90s. This trial is where H&K came out with G11

Idea was to shoot bullets fast in burst mode.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Atlas holster by Standard Co

Standard Co has an appendix carry holster that has magazine holder as well.


Soldier Systems Daily also has some close up photos.

Price: $129.99

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

RCS Perun LC

Raven Concealment Gear released Perun holsters that can accommodate weapon lights. Currently, these are available for Glock 17, 19, 34, with SureFire X-300U/B light. More models are on the way.


Price: $49.99

For more photos, you can check out Soldier Systems Daily


From: RCS, SSD

Tyrant Designs G43 Extended Magazine Release

Tyrant Designs came out with Glock 43 Extended Magazine release.


Price: $27.95

Yugoslavian M49/57

Ian shows this PPSh look alike from Yugoslavia

From: Forgotten Weapons

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Magpul Bipod and new sling

Magpul is coming out with a bipod. It is made with 6061 T-6 aluminum inside of injection-molded polymer.


Priced at $109.95, this sits between Harris and Atlas bipods.

Rifleman Loop Sling

This sling took features from Rhodesian and 1907 match-style slings.


Price is $19.95

From: Magpul

SIG Optics Ballistic Data Xchange

This system allows shooting solutions to be transferred over to scope using Bluetooth. Sight in using KILO BDX Rangefinders, then the firing solution will be calculated via app on smartphone, which is then sent to SIERRA3BDX Riflescopes.


From: Sig Sauer via Soldier Systems Daily

Saturday, May 5, 2018

LMT M203 37mm Launcher

Brownells is taking pre-orders for LMT M203 37mm Launcher. This is very similar to the 40mm launcher used in military.


Price is $1599. It maybe steep, but it doesn't require Destructive Device paperworks required for the actual 40mm version.

From: Soldier Systems Daily

SureFire XH30

SureFire XH30 emits 1000 lumens with beams in similar fashion as XH35. It is made for their MasterFire holster.


From: Soldier Systems

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

BCM prototype upper receiver

LAV shows his carbine setup and also shows us prototype BCM upper receiver

From: Vickers Tactical

SureFire Field Notes - Kyle Lamb

Kyle Lamb shares his tips on using lights and vehicles in low light conditions

From: SureFire

H&K USC comes back

H&K is bringing back USC carbine. There is no confirmation on how long this will be offered again, but it will come with 2 ten round magazines.


Link: https://hk-usa.com/hk-models/usc/

From: Soldier Systems

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Vektor CR21

South Africa built indigenous firearms due to international embargo and this was one of interesting development

From: Forgotten Weapons

Monday, April 30, 2018

Swiss Furrer MP-41/44

Ian talks about this SMG and shows how it really fires.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Beretta 92 Elite LTT

This gun was designed with inputs from Ernest Langdon.

It pairs Vertec/M93A slide with M9A1 frame.

Website: https://www.langdontactical.com/store/p59/92_Elite_LTT_.html

Price: $999 - 1,164

From: Langdon Tactical

KTAK Target System

Kit Badger looks at the target system that resembles vital human organs


From: Kit Badger via Soldier Systems Daily

Friday, April 27, 2018

Gun Guys Ep 5

Ken Hackathorn shares his favorite 1911 accessories.

From: Wilson Combat

PK Design Lab's M52 Weaponlight

The Firearm Blog has news of new weaponlight by Paul Kim. The newly designed Tape Switch has 90 degree bent, making it easier to install. Also, it is going to be compatible with SureFire scoutlights.


Here's the M52 Weaponlight brochure from PK Design Lab's website


From: The Firearm Blog

Silenced CZ-27, Polish vs German

Ian looks at how two different countries approached the need for putting suppressors on the same pistol.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Thursday, April 26, 2018


LAV and Ian talk about this rifle.

This rifle was on US military trial, but didn't ended up becoming the next new rifle. LAC was involved with the development and gives some very interesting points.

From: Forgotten Weapons

M27 accessories

Soldier Systems Daily has a photo of accessories evaluated for USMC's M27 rifle.


As the article states, the M27 will be issued as it is right now without above accessories, but it's an interesting look in to some choices.

From: Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 23

In this episode, Steve Fisher talks about why having a hand held flashlight is important.

From: SureFire

CMMG Banshee & DefCan 22

TWANGnBANG is back with his reviews. This time, using the CMMG Banshee with DefCan 22


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Turkish Mauser/Enfield Hybrid Rifle

"Enfauser" is the name of this design of mixed heritage.

From: Forgotten Weapons

R. Lee Ermey passes

R. Lee Ermey is widely known for his role as the Marine Drill Instructor in 'Full Metal Jacket'. On Sunday, April 16th, he passed away from complications from pneumonia. He was 74 years old.

His role in the movie won him nomination for Golden Globe. He also appeared as helicopter pilot in 'Apocalypse Now'

'The Gunny', as he was known, was also spokes person for Glock. He appeared in public events such as NRA Annual Meetings and SHOT Shows as well as some commercials for Glock

He also hosted the show 'Mail Call' and 'Lock n' Load' on History Channel.

Here is a video of bloopers he made on the show

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Steyr-Solothurn MP34

LAV shows this SMG made by company purchased by Germans to skirt the treaty.

This video is a lot shorter than what Ian from Forgotten Weapons did, but has more professionally done video

From: Vickers Tactical

KitBadger reviews Nightfighter 101

KitBadger took the NightFighter from SIG academy, taught by Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics

From: KitBadger

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Danish military chooses SIG P320 X-Carry

Danish military needed to update its standard issue side arm and were testing several candidates including Glock, Canik, and Beretta. It decided on P320


From: Soldier Systems Daily

SIG Model U from WW2

SIG worked on developing semi-auto rifle, just like other manufacturers at the time

From: Forgotten Weapons

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Colt Model 1971

Colt tried to make a pistol that could replace the aging 1911. The prototype was shown here.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OSS Flying Dragon

This was one of attempts by OSS to develop a silent gun to take out sentry

From: Forgotten Weapons

Leupold Mark 5 HD Scope

Leupold has been upping there game in scopes for DMR roll.

From: MrGunsnGear

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Surefire EDCL2-T

MrGunsnGear uploaded his review of this 1200 lumen light

From: MrGunsnGear

Russian PPSH-43

This SMG was covered before by others, but let's take a look at it again. This particular gun is a post-sample.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Haley Strategic D3FT Combat light

SureFire and Haley Strategic collaborated and came up with this handy light.

  • Uses one 123A battery
  • 500 lumens

Price: $169

available from


From: Haley Strategic

McCarty's Peculiar Revolver

This is another of the weird designs that tried to get more than a single digit rounds in to the revolver

From: Forgotten Weapons

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Colt Pocket Hammerless Model M prototype

Ian shows this post-WW2 prototpe pistol, an update to the classic Pocket Hammerless pistol.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Aimpoint Comp M5 Micro Red Dot

MrGunsnGear shares his review of the new small red dot from Aimpoint

Garand Thumb also has a review up

From: MrGunsnGear, Garand Thumb

Monday, April 2, 2018

Korth PRS

Korth made some expensive guns and this is one of them.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Length of pull

LAV shares his tip on which length of pull to have

From: Vickers Tactical

Hall's Patent Clock Gun

Need a way to scare birds but don't want to do it every hour on the hour? Here's mechanical solution

From: Forgotten Weapons

Friday, March 30, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Michael Voight passes away

Michael Voight, a competition shooter and consultant to SureFire, passed away recently. He also served as the president of the USPSA a few years ago.

Here is a video he made with SureFire

Czech VZ. 58

LAV made a short video about the Czech beauty

From: Vickers Tactical

Taurus 709 SLIM

MrGunsnGear looks at the CCW oriented pistol. It is not curbed so that's a good start

From: MrGunsnGear

Monday, March 26, 2018

Gun Guys Ep 4

Ken Hackathorn talks about 1911 and some stories from old times.

From: Wilson Combat

Saturday, March 24, 2018

How To Establish Natural Point Of Aim

MrGunsnGear shows you how to improve your shooting by setting up a good natural point of aim

From: MrGunsnGear

Firearm news from USACOM sniper competition

A few interesting tid bits came out today from Soldier Systems

1. USSOCOM adopts 6.5 Creedmoor
Military has been looking at calibers that would enhance shooting and there were several candidates. USSOCOM ran its own evaluation and decided on 6.5 Creedmoor over 260 Remington. Both performed just about the same but 6.5 CM had more room for various loads.


2. Knight's Armaments LMG has been updated. This was one of two guns used to evaluate Intermediate Caliber.


3. At the same time, Geissele came up with M110 improvement package


From: Soldier Systems Daily

Friday, March 23, 2018

UK vz.59 Czech Universal Machine Gun

Ian looks at the MG in 7.62x54R

From: Forgotten Weapons

FN 509

MrGunsnGear looks at the FN's submission to MHS trial, or the civilian version thereof.

From: MrGunsnGear

Monday, March 19, 2018

Stoner 63

Ian shows a Stoner that is going on auction. The video probably has the best description of how modular it is

From: Forgotten Weapons

USMC to adopt MHS

The Firearm Blog is reporting that US Marine Corps will also adopt MHS.


From: The Firearm Blog

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Akyls Defense ZK-22

Chris Bartocci continues his videos with Akyls Defense.

From: Chris Bartocci

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Beretta 38A

Ian shoots this SMG that was available around WW2 era

From: Forgotten Weapons


LAV gives a primer on this rifle

From: Vickers Tactical

Friday, March 16, 2018

H&K Rifles

Soldier Systems Daily has some pics of latest variations of HK433 ver 4 and HK416A7

Both are using H&K's RAL8000 color.


HK416 is using a grip that looks very similar to VP9 grip design. It says backstraps can be changed using different inserts.

From: Soldier Systems Daily

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100

Ian looks at this firearm that is probably a Japanese contract one.

From: Forgotten Weapons

SureFire M300C 500 Lumen Mini Scout

MrGunsnGear looks at the new SureFire M300C 500 Lumen Mini Scout Weapon Light

From: MrGunsnGear

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hi-Point C9

MrGunsnGear reviews this infamous gun and also has a maintenance video

From: MrGunsnGear

Blackwater Ammunition

Erik Prince, founder of PMC company Blackwater is jumping in to ammunition manufacturing business. The company will be a subsidiary of Precision Ballistic Manufacturing in Malta.

Commercial lines will come in black boxes, Mil/Pol in tan boxes

Calibers offered this year is

.45 ACP
.223 REM/5.56×45
.308 WIN/7.62×51
12.7×99/.50 BMG
specialized 12 guage shells for antiriot control

In 2019,
.40 S&W
.338 Lapua Magnum
other proprietary military/police ammunition


From: Soldier Systems Daily

Monday, March 12, 2018

Crye Precision price change

Crye Precision announced they will change prices on its products starting March 15th. Some products will benefit from improved manufacturing process while others will see increase in price


Products that will see discount

    Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC)
    JPC 2.0
    JPC 2.0 Swimmer Cut
    JPC E-Doff Kit
    CAGE Plate Carrier
    Peltor Adapter Set
    Compact Assault Ghillie
    AVS Customization Kit
    AVS Low Profile Belt
    LVS 6x6 Tactical Soft Armor Pouch Set
    LVS 6x9 Tactical Soft Armor Pouch Set

From: Soldier Systems Daily

Darne "Canardière Portatif" Shoulder-Fired Punt Gun

Forgotten Weapons looks at this small punt gun up for auction in James D. Julia Auction.

Punt guns were used to spread as many pellets as possible to catch as many birds. If you want to see big punt guns. just google the picture. Yes. It's that shoulder gun pic from the past.

From: Forgotten Weapons

LAV on zeroing rifle

LAV shares his tip on how to zero your rifle

If you are going for 100m zero, 2 inches below should work well. for 50m zero, 1 inch below the x can be a bit faster

Also, if you have astigmatism, the red dot starts to look crooked.

From: Vickers Tactical

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Desert Tech MDR

Ian and Karl reviewed the Desert Tech MDR. Th video is from SHOT Show Media Day

Warning: Slight use of F-word

From: InRange TV

Enforce TAC

Soldier Systems has some interesting items

SIG's USSOCOM Squad-Variable Powered Scope


This scope is similar to SIG Sauer's TANGO 6, but supposedly there are some differences.

H&K Gen 3 magazine

Heckler & Koch showed their third generation polymer magazine.


Tactical Pro Gear's Rapid Deployment Plate Carrier

This plate carrier has incorporated magazine slots and SERE buckles


From: Soldier Systems Daily

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Switch Shoulder Drill

LAV shows how you can efficiently switch shoulders. In the video he focusses on how to work with slings as well

From: Vickers Tactical

Aklys Defense rifles

Chris Bartocci shows AKSV "Velociraptor" with integrated suppressor and some changes

There is Falcata Heavy AR .308 rifle as well and some more information about the suppressor as well

From: Chris Bartocci

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SureFire Field Notes - Handgun Red Dot Sights

John Spears of Forge Tactical shares his knowledge regarding the ed dot sight on pistol

From: SureFire

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

UZI submachinegun

Ian shows this iconic gun around. If you were a child of 80s, you'd have fond memories of this gun.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Maintaining Ruger LCP pistol

MrGunsnGear shows how to maintain.

From: MrGunsnGear

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Norton DP-75

This pistol has an interesting background, even its design and origin

From: Forgotten Weapons

New NIJ standard coming

National Institute of Justice is taking in public comments for new NIJ standard. Instead of Level II, IIa, III and so forth, it will use more descriptive terms such as Handgun I, II and Rifle I, II, and III


You can look at page 7 and 8 for what type of ammunition will be in each class.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Model 1916 Lebel Sniper rifle from WW1

Ian looks at this rare sniper rifle from WW1. The number available in collector's market is quite small.

From: Forgotten Weapons

SKS full disassembly

Iraqveteran8888 goes over how to detail strip a SKS and clean it.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Gun Guys ep. 2 and 3

Wilsom Combat uploaded video of conversation between Ken Hackathorn and Bill Wilson. You can learn about Ken Hackthorn's background as well as some view into history of firearm training industry

From: Wilson Combat

Saturday, February 24, 2018

1911 left hand manipulation

LAV shares tips on how to use 1911 with left hand

From: Vickers Tactical

SIG P-49 variations

SIG P210 aficionados will appreciate this video going over changes made to P-49 over time.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Springfield Armory - history

Ian goes over the history of Springfield Armory and how the current company is connected(or not)

From: Forgotten Weapons

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Accu-Tac SR-5 Quick Detach Bipod

MrGunsnGear looks at the bipod.

From: MrGunsnGear

von Steiger Auto-Ejecting Revolver

Ian shows this revolcer designed for fast reloading by ejecting used cartridges as cylinder rotates.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Vickers Guide custom prints

Vickers Guide is offering custom prints for limited time. Originally they were a part of Limited Edition, but any guns that were not offered as a part of Limited edition is good to go(Delta 1911, Armalite AR-15 Number 1, Delta SR-25, and Krieghoff Luger)

Price: $100


From: Vickers Guide

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ballester Molina

Iraqveteran8888 looks at this Argentinian service pistol

From: Iraqveteran8888

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Swiss Arms SG 553

LAV lights up this rare firearm built for 7.62x39 cartridge

From: Vickers Tactical

Chinese CF-98 pistol

This pistol is an interesting design with modular frame design. But it has its problem and manufacturing is not the most efficient

From: Forgotten Weapons

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Field Notes Ep. 20 - Travis Haley

Travis Haley shows how to get a good practice with 22422 drill.

From: SureFire

Alex Robinson on XCR

Chris Bartocci interviewed Alex Robinson of Robinson Arms and got the information straight from the maker

From: Chris Bartocci

Friday, February 16, 2018

German Gerat 06 slow motion

Forgotten Weapons has a slow motion video of this prototype firearm from WW2

From: Forgotten Weapons

M&P 380 Shield EZ

MrGunsnGear, along with Patrick from Firearm Rack, reviews this handgun made easy for those who struggle with semi-autos

From: MrGunsnGear

Thursday, February 15, 2018

InRangeTV's submachinegun fun

Ian and Karl tried out a SMG/PCC match.

From: InRangeTV

CMP receives first shipment of 1911s

CMP announced that they got their first delivery of 8000 1911s. However, the requirement for 1911 building and armory infrastructure will hold up for about 60 days

    January 29, 2018

    The CMP has been authorized to receive 8,000 1911 type pistols from the United States Army.

    The 1911s have been received by the CMP. A complete inventory will be conducted over the course of this week. The pistols will then be securely stored until the Army-approved 1911 building and armory infrastructure is completed. That completion is anticipated to be approximately 60 days from now. Once the 1911 armory is completed, inspection, grading, repair, and ultimately test firing of the pistols will begin. (Please be aware that the CMP was led to believe that we were ready to move forward, but three weeks ago facility requirements were changed, and we are now fulfilling those requirements.)

    The CMP 1911 order packet will be posted 90 days prior to the order acceptance date and opening sales date. No orders will be accepted prior to that date. Please visit www.thecmp.org, click on the Sales icon then 1911 Information, for the latest. CMP customer service has been inundated with calls and emails concerning the 1911s and no further information is available at this time.

    The CMP will keep everyone posted as we move through this process.

From: CMP

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rollin White's gun

Rollin White held patent to cylinders with holes for guns. His patent was used by many companies but this revolver is only one that bears his name

From: Forgotten Weapons

Remington to file bankruptcy(Ch 11)

The rumor is finally true now that Remington found someone to finance their bankruptcy filing. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows Remington to restructure their debt.


From: The Firearm Blog

Monday, February 12, 2018

Virtra (and other video) training

Virtra system is a video training system. The system projects video and registers the response a user gives when he pulls the trigger which emits laser.

Why would someone use a laser gun with CO2 gas instead of shooting a real gun? Systems like this is about decision making and adding more realism to one's training. There is no substitute for actual experience, but systems like VirTra can get trainees closer to it.

Shooting at targets on range can only go so far. Adding more to incorporate decision making segment eventually requires more money and resources. Want moving targets? You need to get moving target stands. Most of the stands are stationary, and anything that moves in horizontal direction will require some serious setup. Systems like VirTra allows less average cost to train, while increasing number of various scenarios that can be thrown in.

A famous scenario from VirTra 300. Yes, that is a nut shot.

However, it is not the last level of training before the real experience. Going through a good force-on-force training probably will do a lot more as actors are real humans and there are many different reactions, more than what a video training system can provide. But the problem with force-on-force is setting up a good one, not to mention the cost in the long run. The biggest cost probably would be labor cost for human actors.

Placed in between the range sessions and using force-on-force, video training systems adds more options for training. It is really difficult to find a good force-on-force training. There are some outfits like SureFire Institute that provides a good program, but it's not available to average citizens in a lot of places. Having a video training system is still tougher than finding a shooting range, but there has been more sightings of video training systems and hopefully they will catch on more.

The caveat is that the system operator needs to be competent. System operator can just play scenarioes, but to use correct one and give correct feedback is essential. Anyone can buy a system with enough money, but getting the most out of the system would require understanding of dynamics of gunfight as well as understanding the applicable use of force policy or law.

A scenario is reviewed on VirTra 300.

The advantage of VirTra 300 system is getting close to a 360 degree environment. This allows user to challenge his techniques to break any bad or inadequate habits formed on a square range where there is only one(or limited) direction available. Some train to look left and right after engaging and stopping the first threat, but scenarios on VirTra 300 really puts it to the test.

Recently, Haley Strategic started offering classes using VirTra. There has been some other places such as Artemis Institute offering it as well, and hopefully there will be more quality offering in the future.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

CZ vz.70

MAC looks at this pistol developed for police

From: Military Arms Channel

Friday, February 9, 2018

Spuhr Mounts

LAV shows these high-end mounts. They are not widely known, but has been gathering reputation among those who can afford really nice gears

From: Vickers Tactical

SITES Spectre

Ian shows this well thought-out design from 80s

From: Forgotten Weapons

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Osprey 416 Piston Conversion Kit

Chris Bartocci goes over this drop in conversion kit.

This type of conversion has been around for a long time, but finding something that actually works well has been a bit of tough work.

From: Chris Bartocci

Comparing how fast different bullets fly

The Slow Mo Guys decided to see how different calibers fly.

From: The Slow Mo Guys

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

S&W M&P380 Shield EZ

Smith & Wesson released their new pistol aimed at segment of shooters who have difficulty racking the slide of a semi-auto pistol.


MSRP is $399

From: Smith & Wesson

Top 5 ways to hide guns from your wife

Iraqveteran8888 and Chad shares wisdom of keeping marital bliss.

From: Iraqveteran8888

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 19, Stress Induced Training

Aaron Barruga talks about stressed induced training, especially in low light

From: SureFire

Monday, February 5, 2018

Aimpoint CompM5

Here a video from LAV regarding the new Aimpoint. This was made for DSS due to difficulty of finding batteries abroad.

From: Vickers Tactical


Ian of Forgotten Weapons shows this unfortunate pistol. This pistol was featured in one of his earlier videos discussing Jet Li's Beretta takedown

From: Forgotten Weapons

Friday, February 2, 2018

Some XM17/18 news

The Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation recently released Fiscal Year 2017 report. The report contained some informations regarding Modular Handgun Systems.


There are some interesting points made about SIG's XM17/18.

During drop testing in which an empty primed cartridge was
inserted, the striker struck the primer causing a discharge.
SIG SAUER implemented an Engineering Change Proposal
(ECP) to correct this deficiency by implementing lightweight
components in the trigger group mechanism.  This fix may
have contributed to the splintering of two triggers during the

Drop testing would have been done in second phase, which didn't happen. SIG Sauer came up with solution which was later implemented for P320. But that solution may have been the reason why there was splintering of two triggers.

Both the XM17 and XM18 pistols experienced
double-ejections where an unspent ball round was ejected
along with a spent round.  Due to the increased frequency of
occurrence during Product Verification Test (PVT), the Army
stood up a root cause analysis team to identify the cause of the
double ejections in parallel with continued PVT.  As of this
report, this analysis is still ongoing.

Also, the report says the pistol had double ejections. This is when the empty casing is ejecting, a live round also ejects with it. Seems impossible, but when magazine lips have problems, this could happen. Furthermore,

The frequency of this occurrence increased
as more rounds were fired through the pistol.

And it seems like XM17 didn't handle the new FMJ round military is using well. The new FMJ/ball round has truncated cone that looks like the Special Purpose ammunition(JHP).

Several reliability stoppages were observed with both the
XM17 and XM18 when shooting ball ammunition.  The ball
ammunition was not included in the IOT&E because of the
demonstrated reliability problems during PVT and the ongoing
root cause analysis.

During PVT, the XM17 with ball ammunition met its
requirement for MRBF but not its requirement for MRBS.
The XM18 with ball ammunition did not meet its MRBF or
MRBS requirement.
-  The XM17 demonstrated 6,944 MRBF (99 percent
-    The XM18 demonstrated 3,906 MRBF (98 percent
-  The XM17 demonstrated 343 MRBS (75 percent
-    The XM18 demonstrated 197 MRBS (61 percent

Army has until Sept. 2018 to decide to go with XM17/18. To those who are more historically knowledgeable, M9 Beretta had some problems of their own during this time. One of the most infamous example is the slide cracking and flying back. This was blamed on metallurgy as well as using ammunition that was far hotter than usual one. Beretta did come up with a solution that will stop the cracked slide from flying back as well.

It will be interesting how this will go. If the SIG Sauer can come up with solutions that address the above problems, it won't have much problem. But if not resolved, it will be interesting development.

Also, user error accounted for 50% and 75% of XM17 and XM18's stoppages, respectively. These were failure of the slide locking back caused by shooter. Remedy is better training.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Armalite AR-17

Armalite tried their shot at shotgun manufacturing with some AR concepts applied to it.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Friday, January 26, 2018

SHOT Show round up 3

Aimpoint has Comp M5 which uses AA battery.

HK 433 is still in development and things may change but here is the gun itself.

SMGLee has some close up photos

Chris Bartocci covers Beretta ARX 200, one piece bolt carrier group from LWRCi(10:20)

From: Vickers Tactical, Chris Bartocci

Thursday, January 25, 2018

SHOT Show round up 2


This rifle is only for LE/MIL, but hopefuly there will be civilian/pistol version as well

Chris Bartocci goes over some new parts from Seekins Precision (6:04), Kalashnikov (8:40), Core Rifle Systems(16:03), PTR (17:00), and M+M Industries(18:08)

Core Rifle Systems also came out with a 9mm PCC rifle with ambi magazine release called CORE15 9mm PCC


Colt Night Cobra .38

Colt is getting back in to revolver game and this time it's with a .38 revolver. It is DAO(Double Action Only) with 2 inch barrel. MSRP is $899


Crimson Trace

Crimson Trace is now part of a conglomerate that holds S&W but they manufacture products for other firearms as well.


FB Radom's BOR rifle is not ready for civilian sale, but hopefully will be


Franchi Momentum

Franchi is movig in to bolt rifle field


Ghost Gunner 2.0

This machine is expanding its inventory with Polymer 80 lowers and 9mm AR jigs


Recover Tactical is known for their grip picatinny rail extension for 1911s and Beretta 92s. This year, they came out with slide charging handles and magazine extension for Glock 43



Serbu is updating their really inexpensive single shot .22 pistol to something more marketable. It will be around $100 according to the video in the article


SureFire Stiletto

This light looks like a knife. But it emits 700 lumens at price just over $100


ZRODelta Genesis Z9

Here is another metal Glock copy that is hitting the market. It offers more modularity than the most Glock copy frames on market


From: Soldier Systems Daily, Vickers Tactical, The Firearm Blog, Chris Bartocci, Guns.com

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SHOT Show round up 1


CZ USA is now making suppressors as well as integrated versions. You can also see the new smaller Scorpion called  Scorpion EVO III S2 Micro


Dasan Glock lower

This Glock lower was worked by Paul Kim who is more known for his works with SureFire lights. It uses simlar design as a STI 2011, where grips can be replaced easily. Dasan has been making Glock barrels and slides(through Lone Wolf Distributors) so they seem to be the chosen manufacturer.


Palmetto State Armory 9mm AK and MP5 clone

PSA came out with AK a few years ago and this year introduced AK in 9mm. It currently takes H&K MP5 magazines, but Glock magazine version is in the works. PSA also showed off their MP5 clone, although it is some time away before it hits the shelves.


SureFire X55G

SureFire came up with 1000 lumen weapon light that has green lasers as well.


Wilcox Industries

SMGLee posted new red dot sight from the Wilcox Industries that has ballistics, laser designation as well. (and internal sights in case?)



Chris Bartocci covered the first day with Brownell's Retro guns, SIG pistols (2:12), Troy(8:23), Caracal (10:18), YHM(11:07) and Geissele's URG(12:37) that is actually going to be equivalent to SOPMOD Block 3.

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From: Soldier Systems Daily, The Firearm Blog, SMGLee, Chris Bartocci

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pre-show articles and videos

Today is the Media day and Chris Bartocci already has the coverage up

1:17 CMMG Guard in 9mm using Glock magazine and has bolt lock feature
7:00 Zenith Firearms rifle in 5.56
7:40 IWI TS20 shotgun

SIG Sauer has its own range day

P365 (with laser)

300URG Integrally Suppressed upper

Archon Firearms (formerly Arsenal Firearms USA) Type B (formerly know as Stryk B)


Monday, January 22, 2018

Welp...not this year

SHOT Show is the industry show and it is the place to be.

Unfortunately, there were some unexpected issues preventing our attendance.

So this year, the coverage will rely on other sources.

Being on the floor and actually seeing new products is definitely something to aim for, but there are times when things don't go the way you want them to go. So just need to adapt and roll with the situation.

Currently, the plan is to cover the show through here and Twitter (twitter.com/gunnewsblog)

Some SureFire 2018 lights impressions

GNB got a quick chance to see some of new products.


This is an ultra compact weapon light that improves over its predecessor XC1. One of major changes is the ability to use momentary on as well as constant on. Predecessor could only use constant on. To use constant mode, quickly tab the momentary switch. To use momentary mode, just press the tab and hold. Some people might remember Inforce APL's interface, and it feels similar.

The green laser turns on automatically along with the white light



This light emits 500 lumens using one CR123A battery. It uses tailcap switch that emits low light(5 lumens) when pressed slightly, and high output(500 Lumens) when fully pressed. This feature is a nice feature that makes it easy for user in non-threatening situation to quickly up the light output if things go bad.

It also has a clip that allows it to be carried with bezel up or down in your pocket.

If someone wants a light for casual use, but can be used for more dangerous situation, this should be a serious contender.



This light has 5/800 Lumen output. Bezel can be rotated to have 800 Lumen or 5 Lumen. The tailcap switch is momentary, and can have constant on mode by twisting it.


Some other info

  • MASTERFIRE holsters come with screw holes compatible with Safariland mounts. Earlier productions didn't have that.
  • Some light models were going to be dropped, but that has been postponed for now.
  • SureFire tends to take conservative approach with adopting new batteries. But that doesn't mean they are not going to ignore them.
  • Some countries have law prohibiting use of weapon lights. So wristlight was the solution that SureFire came up with.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gen5 Glock 22 in Brazil

The Firearm Blog has photo of Gen5 Glock 22 with safety. Glock will make some interesting variants if a large enough agency requests it.


From: The Firearm Blog

New Streamlight products

Streamlight listed new products they have for 2018


Streamlight is coming up with 3500 lumen PROTAC HL 5-X. Yowza!


MrGunsnGear reviewed TLR-7

From: Streamlight. MrGunsnGear

Friday, January 19, 2018

SureFire Field Notes Ep. 18

Scott Reitz talks about the importance of having a good fundamental.

The setup you see in the video is something Uncle Scotty came up with years ago. It is controlled by a person pulling the string and can be random.

From: SureFire

US Army to introduce new rifle qualification

Soldier Systems reports that US Army is looking at changing the rifle qualification with a new course of fire as well as new standards.

You can read more from


Thursday, January 18, 2018

MAT 49

Ian goes over the SMG used by French after WW2 before FAMAS came in

From: Forgotten Weapons


IWI came up with a bullpup shotgun.

It has 3 magazine tubes, each carrying 4 three-inch shot shells or 5 two-inch shot shells.

MSRP is expected to be at $1399

Here are specs

  • Gas regulated
  • 15+1 max capacity
  • Right or left ejection
  • Automatically feed a round into the chamber
  • Four sling mounts
  • MLOK compatible rail
  • Picantinny optics rail
  • Benelli/Beretta choke tube compatibility
  • 18.5” Barrel
  • OAL 28.35”
  • 3.5kg (8lbs) unloaded
  • Cross bolt safety
  • “Bullhead” Bolt locking system

SS80 - 80% GLOCK 43 Frame

Glock Store unveiled their own 80% Glock 43 frame called SS80. This is not made by Polymer 80, the guys who brought the 80% Glock frame.


Glock Store is taking pre-order for $129.99

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ruger PCC 9 Take Down 9mm Carbine

MAC goes over the new pistol caliber carbine Ruger brought back with improvements

From: Military Arms Channel

Zastava M70

MrGunsnGear looks at the Yugoslavian 32acp pistol.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Top 5 WW2 small arms

LAV looks at 5 firearms a collector should have for WW2 collection.

From: Vickers Tactical

MAS-38 Shooting Fail

Ian tries to shoot his carbine. It doesn't go well. But the video as more than just compilation of failed attempts.

From: Forgotten Weapons

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Machine Gun Terminology Part 2

Ian goes over more terminologies for small arms

From: Forgotten Weapons

How an AK-47 works

Matt Rittman made this great animation showing how an AK-47 works

From: Matt Rittman via The Firearm Blog

Friday, January 12, 2018

Marlin UD-42

This SMG was procured by Netherlands, but didn't get to the battle it was intended. But it did serve as the firearm supplied to resistance during WW2

From: Forgotten Weapons

Gun safety book for kids

Julie Golob wrote a book to teach kids about gun safety. There really hasn't been that many books other than NRA's Eddie Eagle, and this would be a nice book of its own

Website: https://www.juliegolob.com/books/kids-gun-safety-book

Price: $7.99(e-book) or $9.99(paperback)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SIG P365

SIG Sauer announced a new sub-compact pistol geared for EDC/CCW market


It's a striker fired pistol with 10 round magazine(12 rounds with extended magazine), while retaining 1" width and being smaller than it s competitors such as Glock 43, S&W SHIELD, Ruger LCP. It also comes with night sights as standard.

However, it has its proprietary rail system, which might be a downside for some potential buyers

Soldier Systems: http://soldiersystems.net/2018/01/08/introducing-the-sig-sauer-p365/

The Firearm Blog: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/01/08/sig-sauer-p365/

RECOIL Magazine: http://www.recoilweb.com/sig-sauers-new-p365-11-round-subcompact-edc-pistol-132565.html

MSRP is $599

From: SIG Sauer, Soldier Systems Daily, The Firearm Blog. RECOIL Magazine

Streamlight TLR7

There is rumor of Streamlight coming up with a really small weaponlight.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Rhodesian FN FAL

LAV and Ian goes over this rare FAL version that made its way from Rhodesia(current Zimbabwe)

Here is longer version done with Ian and LAV

From: Vickers Tactical, Forgotten Weapons

The Stoner Machinegun: A Navy Seal Remembers

Z Bub posted this 1990s video going over how SEALs used the Stoner 63.

Larry Vickers did a segment on this a few years ago

From: Z Bub via The Firearm Blog, Vickers Tactical

Arcus 98DA

MAC goes over this FN Hi-power look-a-like but is different for sure

From: Military Arms Channel

Olight PL-MINI Valkyrie

MrGunsnGear looks at the one of the smaller weaponlight with its rechargeable battery

From: MrGunsnGear

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

50 cal slo-mo

The Slow Mo Guys decided to do another gun video, but this time with a .50 BMG rifle

From: The Slow Mo Guys

Monday, January 1, 2018

H&K MR762A1

Chris Bartocci reviews this civilian version of 7.62 rifle in AR platform made by Heckler & Koch

From: Chris Bartocci

Glock 19X

Glock announced they are coming up with a new pistol that seems to be very similar to one of their entry for MHS trial. Safety lever is missing, and it looks like Glock 19 length slide mated with Glock 17 frame.


Machine Gun Terminology

If you are confused by different classification of machine guns, Ian explains the difference

From: Forgotten Weapons