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, 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.