Archive: November, 2009

Daniel’s 1911 pistols

Daniel E. Watters, a well known expert and my go-to man on many of the topics I write about, sent me info and photos of the beautiful 1911 pistols he has built. I built this .38 Super pistol in late 2000 for use in IDPA’s Enhanced Service Pistol division. The [Read More…]

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope y’all have a fantastic Thanksgiving. Michael Bane said it much more eloquently than I ever could, but like Michael I am thankful for each of you who read the blog. If you were not reading it, I would not be running it. Regular blog posting will resume on [Read More…]

Tactical Shooting Rests

Dominique snapped these pics of Lone Starfield Products tactical shooting rests which were on display at the Tactical Evolution Expo and Conference‏. I know I do not need on, but I really want one. Many thanks to Dominique for the photos.

SCAR-H seen in Afghanistan

This photo, which is purported to be real, shows a Ranger using the 7.62x51mm FN SCAR-H ( MK 17 Mod 0 ). The semi-automatic civilian model is called the FN SCAR 17S and will be on sale early next year. Thanks to jdun1911 and SaysUncle for the link. Hat Tip: AR-15.com

Evolution of the M4 Carbine

PEO Soldier, the Army acquisition agency, have published a timeline showing the 62 ECP (Engineering Change Proposals) that have been applied to the M4 Carbine over the past 18 years1. The original specifications called for 600 Mean Rounds Between Stoppage. The current [Read More…]

Terrorists prefer the M4

Guy Sagi, Editor of the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated, reported on his blog that the FBI have arrested five men who attempted to purchase 10,000 M4 Carbines as well as Stringer missiles. Terrorists, like children who play computer games, must also think it is [Read More…]

Remington MSR Photo

I first wrote about the Remington MSR back in June. This photo, taken at Milipol 2009 expo in Paris, is the first “in the wild” photo I have seen of it. Many thanks to Aurélien for emailing me the photo.

VBR-B Compact PDW 9x19mm

I am in full agreement with David Crane, who says that the VBR-B Compact is “arguably the most intelligently-developed PDW weapon/ammo concept to date“. Why? It is small, can fire 9x19mm armor piercing ammunition, uses glock magazines, includes a foregrip [Read More…]

WTS .50 BMG Pistol

This monster of a gun is manufactured by German firm WTS Waffentechnik in Suhl GmbH. While it is technically a pistol, it weights just about the same as the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle! The action is of a single shot design which requires the bolt to be removed in [Read More…]

Hungarian Gun Laws

Zoltan, who recently translated one of my articles in Hungarian, was kind enough to explain the gun laws in Hungary. No restrictions: air rifles and air guns (airsofts too) are free to buy and shoot at home if it is under 7.5 J (5.53 ft/lbs) in energy of the bullets. No [Read More…]

The Liberator pistol

Designed to be as inexpensive as possible, assembled from mostly stamped sheet-metal parts, the Liberator was a single shot pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge the US military was using for standard handguns and submachine guns. It was so cheap that each one set [Read More…]

.38 Super for self defense

The short answer is “absolutely”, and the longer answer is “yes, think of it as a hot 9mm.” Caleb, whom I sometimes think has more carry guns than I have guns, writes about the suitability of the .38 Super for self defense.

Kel-Tec PMR-30 pistol

Kel-Tech have developed a new pistol which chambers the .22 Magnum (WMR) rimfire cartridge. The small size of the .22 WMR has allowed Kel-Tec to squeeze 30 rounds into the double-stacked magazine (a new original design), yet maintain a comfortable grip size. The PMR-30 [Read More…]

List of Gun Podcasts

I decided to compile a list of gun podcasts. If I am missing any please let me know in the comments. Gun Podcasts Gun Nuts Radio Michael Bane’s Down Range Radio Handgun Podcast Handgun World Show Gun Nation Gun Talk Possibly Inactive Gun Podcasts (no new episodes [Read More…]

Colt AR-15 KABOOM

Parallel got the fright of his life when participating in a Magpul Dynamics “Dynamic Carbine” course. The drill was firing from the urban prone, weapon side position. We loaded and made ready and I waited for the threat command. When the threat command came [Read More…]

New FNAR with 16″ barrel

The FN’s FNAR rifle will be available next year in a 16″ barreled model. I love the clean lines on the rifle. Anyone who has read the blog for even a short period of time will know my love of short barreled rifles 🙂 Introduced last year, the FNAR is a [Read More…]

AR-7 styled after the AR-15

The AR-7 was designed by Eugene Stoner for the US Airforce in 1958, a couple of years after he designed the AR-10 (which went on to evolve into the AR-15). This Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle, I am sure, would have put a smile on Stoner’s face. “bronco” [Read More…]

FN’s Black Box for Guns

This nifty gadget, made by FN Herstal, can be installed anywhere on a gun where it can be squeezed in, such as the pistol grip in the above photo. It can record shot count, firing sequences and more. Read more about it at SayUncle.

Browning BAR bullpup conversion

Waffen Greger, a German company, makes bullpup conversions of the Browning BAR (the hunting rifle, not the military BAR). Once converted the overall length of the rifle is just 31.5″, about 12″ shorter than a standard BAR1. Aside from the length, a [Read More…]

A British M16

Simon, aka. Simon_the_Brit, was an Armorer in the British Army. He sent me photos of the M16 he was issued with during the British Army jungle training in Malaysia, which he participated in sometime between 1984 and 1986. I was surprised to learn that at the time, just [Read More…]

FN confirms SCAR 17S for 2010

The semi-automatic FN SCAR 17S, which chambers 7.62x51mm NATO, was supposed to be on sale this year, but FN-USA have announced that it won’t go on sale until 2010 … Released for 2010 is the highly anticipated SCAR 17S now available for civilian purchase. [Read More…]

SCAR 16S is now a black rifle

A matte black finished model of the 5.56mm FN SCAR will be on sale to consumers next year. I think it looks great (… and yes, I know getting excited about a gun being black is pretty sad). Earlier this year FN gave dealers the chance to pre-order a limited edition [Read More…]