On the 24th of this month the USPTO approved Magpul’s patent application for the Magpul self-leveling AR-15 magazine follower. Patent number 7621063 lists the inventors as Richard M. Fitzpatrick, Michael T. Mayberry and Eric S. Nakayama. The patent can be viewed [Read More…]
Archive: November, 2009
Wyn Boniface was quick off the mark in spotting a pre-solicitation request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purchase of two Anzio Ironworks 20mm magazine fed rifles (cannons) with suppressors. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to award a [Read More…]
EmptorMaven asks why is range of 60 gr. ammunition so limited and where are the guns and barrels with the 1:12 rate of twist required to accuracy shoot these long 60 gr. bullets. From EmptorMaven’s blog … .22LR is by far the most popular consumer cartridge. [Read More…]
I was excited to hear from Jim that Ballistics By The Inch will soon be testing how much a revolvers’ cylinder gap effects the ballistic performance of a round. We’ve had a Single Action Army clone in .357 magnum modified to allow for adjusting the barrel [Read More…]
The Engineer reports that a net and rope launcher, which can also fire golf balls, is being developed to prevent pirate attacks. The Engineer reports … The Buccaneer, from BCB International, uses compressed air to fire a plastic cylinder containing either a coiled [Read More…]
Rumors that the French military are considering dropping the FAMAS rifle have been spreading fast across the internet. The speculation arose from a post [English translation] at The Mammoth, a French milblog. I asked Aurelien, an authority on the French military, what [Read More…]
At $219.99 this new stock for the Remington 700 BDL Short Action looks like a bargain. More information at Accurate Shooter.
After writing the The quest for high-capactity firearms post, readers told me about other interesting attempts at high capacity guns. Porter Revolving Turret Rifle 9-shot; .48 caliber. In excellent overall condition. Bore is excellent plus; 28″ barrel. Metal is [Read More…]
[ I recently posted a request for advice on behalf of Y-Man. He listened to the advice and made the following modifications to his shotgun. You can read the previous article in The Saga of the Nigerian Shotgun series here. This is a guest post was written by Y-Man. ] If [Read More…]
“H&K 4 LIFE” sent me photos of his uncles’ tricked out Uzi machine gun (Class III). It looks like a lot of fun to shoot Many thanks to “H&K 4 LIFE” and his uncle for the pics.
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.
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
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…]
Shotgun News magazine has published an AR-15 magazine torture test. The author, David M. Fortier, summarized the article on AR15.com … Many more tests than these were performed. For the full write-up check out the Shotgun News article. My thoughts: PMAGs are very [Read More…]
Michael Bane reports that Spike’s Tactical will soon be selling machined billet AR-15 upper receivers.
Last weekend in Paris at the Milipol ’09 defense expo Remington MDP (Military Products Division) were saying that the Remington ACR will go on sale in “the next month or so”. The Bushmaster website still says it will go on sale in the first half of [Read More…]
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.
Robinson Armament has produced a video demonstrating the “over the beach” capabilities of their XCR rifle. It performs admirably. Head on over to the XCR Forums and download the HD version of the video. It is over 100mb but the quality is worth it. Many [Read More…]
Guest author Wayne Watson who wrote the recent blog post The Walker Colt – by A. Uberti has written a book. It, of course, features a gun on the cover Just $2 in electronic format.
EmptorMaven has reviewed the NATO conversion kit for the Steyr AUG SA. The kit allows the use of STANAG (AR-15) magazines. Steyr has always offered the NATO version as an option to military customers, but no country, as far as I know, has chosen to adopt it over the [Read More…]
CAA Tactical are selling a new Glock Carbine conversion kit called the RONI-G1 for €380 (US$567 at the current exchange rate). More information and a video at Armed & Amphibious.
A common misconception is that the desire for high capacity firearms is a relatively new phenomenon. This is far from the truth. Since the at least the mid 1800s designers had been experimenting with many novel ideas in an attempt to increase magazine capacity, mostly [Read More…]
Global Security report … Eight servicemen were killed and two injured on Monday in a new explosion at an arms depot in the city of Ulyanovsk, in Russia’s Volga region, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. Col. Alexei Kuznetsov said the explosion occurred when [Read More…]
Inevitably, Kel-Tec’s new .22 Magnum (WMR) chambered PMR-30 pistol will be compared to the FN Five-seveN pistol which fires the ballistically similar 5.7x28mm cartridge. If people are not saying it now, they will be soon saying that the .22 Magnum is the same as [Read More…]
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…]
A strange marketing decision that is sure to lead to some confusion. From the press release … The new FNX 9 and FNX 40 pistols offer the key features demanded by today’s serious handgunner. New ergonomic polymer frames have a low bore axis for flat shooting and [Read More…]
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…]
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-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…]
I am having some major email problem, especially over the past few days, although I know I have lost some emails during the past few month. If you have sent me an important email or reply in the past few days, and I have not yet replied, please email it to me again. If [Read More…]
The Army Times reports that Army weapons officials have presented to Congress six proposed upgrades to the M4. They are … Heavy barrel. This will increase the rate of fire and decrease heat problems but at the expense of weight. Add gas-piston system so that the [Read More…]
Of all the guns which I have written about this year, few have been as interesting as the Steinkamp SW1. The sleek polymer bullpup stock of the SW1 looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, and yet it is a double rifle, a type of firearm that is most associated with [Read More…]
Militärgewehre-Enzyklopädie, a German translation of a Dutch book, contains what I believe may be the only reference to the bizarre dual-barrel creations of ITM Tool and Die (Cleveland, OH). Both barrels of the Model-4 are chambered in 9mm Parabellum. The top barrel [Read More…]
Jim Shepherd writes that Remington is entering the handgun market! From The Shooting Wire (scroll down half way) … The Outdoor and Shooting Wires have received- and verified the accuracy of an internal Remington memorandum that effectively answers most of a [Read More…]