Archive: January, 2010

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LMT L129A1 / LMT .308

It was announced earlier this year that Lewis Machine & Tool’s 7.62mm AR-10 style rifle was selected by the British Army as their new marksmen weapon. They had the L129A1 on display at SHOT.

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6x45mm makes a comeback

The 6x45mm SAW was an experimental round developed by the US Army in the 1970s. Black Hills ammunition will be selling 6x45mm ammunition next month. Why is it being resurrected? It can be used in an AR-15 with no other changes than a new barrel and the round gives [Read More…]

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Vltor Bren Ten

The Vltor Bren Ten (formally the Fortis pistol) is a clone of the original 10mm Auto Bren Ten. The main differences are, according to the company, tighter tolerances and better magazines (not compatible with original Bren 10 mags). The pistols will go on sale in May [Read More…]

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SHOT Show

At the request of a friend, this is what SHOT ’10 looks like. These photos are from the official SHOT Show flickr photostream … The place is packed with humanity. Many, I hope, are like me and are lost. The convention center is a maze.

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AAC at SHOT Show

Advanced Armament Corp does not wait for SHOT to announce new products, so there was nothing on display that we did not already know about. They did have lots of large caliber machine guns fitted with suppressors on display. I will blog about the AAC party as soon as I [Read More…]

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A-Tacs Camo

The new A-Tacs camo scheme was debuted at SHOT. It was lighter in color than I expected. Remington / Bushmaster plan on selling guns which use the A-TAC camo.

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Visiting the NRA Vault

When I visited the NRA HQ last week Matt Sharpe took me into the infamous NRA vault where the National Firearms Museum stores all their firearms that are not on display. I was allowed to handle any of the guns (provided I was wearing gloves).

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Blaser R8

The R8 is the latest rifle from high-end German rifle maker Blaser. Today I had the opportunity to shoot the R8 and was suitably impressed. The R8 uses the standard Blaser straight-pull bolt system. Where it deviates from the other rifles in the Blaser stable is its [Read More…]

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Bushmaster ACR launched!

The LONG anticipated Bushmaster ACR has been officially launched. I warn you in advance that it is priced FAR higher than what was rumored! As you can see above, there are four models (ACR SS 16M B, ACR SS 16M C, ACR FR 16M B and ACR FR 16M C ). Essentially there are [Read More…]

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Media Day disclosure

In the interests of full disclosure, these were the free gifts given to me at Media Day (the industry shoot before SHOW Show starts). What you have there is four caps, one notebook, eye and ear protection (not really a gift), a backpack and a Otis cleaning kit-in-a-can [Read More…]

Trijicon bible verse controversy

Trijicon are under fire after it was discovered that Trijicon scopes supplied to the US Army contain a references to bible verses inscribed on them. ABC News reports … One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians [Read More…]

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Ruger LCR coming in .357 Mag!

NRANews’s Cam and Company [ iTunes Link, 1/14/10 episode ] let slip the news that Ruger would have a LCR chambered in .357 Magnum on display. I am sure that this is the wheel gun that Michael Bane recently blogged about! The original .38 Special Ruger LCR was [Read More…]

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My visit to NRA HQ

Ed Friedman, Associate Editor of the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine and gun blogger, was kind enough to organize for me a tour of the NRA. I had the pleasure of meeting most the editors for the Shooting Illustrated, American Hunter, American Rifleman and [Read More…]

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NRA National Firearms Museum

The NRA National Firearms Museum (website not working at present) is situated in the same building complex as the NRA Headquarters Fairfax, Virginia. The Assistant Curator, Matt Sharpe, was kind enough to give me a personal tour (exclusive tours can be arranged in [Read More…]