[ Written by gun optics guru Timothy Yan ] Carl Zeiss Optronics introduced their new ZO 4x30i combat gunsight at the 2012 Shot Show and I did a preview of the prototype for TFB. For the past three months, I had a preproduction ZO 4x30i on T&E for my upcoming G&A [Read More…]
Archive: August, 2012
A reader emailed us this photo of his Beretta Silver Pigeon, which suffered a kaboom a couple of inches forward of the chamber. He wanted to know if anyone readers had been able to persuade Beretta to sort something like this out, apparently they are not being helpful.
T.Worx emailed me an update on their Powered Picatinny Rail project … Carl J. Wallace, CEO, told me … We are the only sole source firm currently funded by the US government. We are entering Phase II of the Commercialization Pilot Program for final hardening [Read More…]
According to Janes, Israel has donated 500 9mm Jericho pistols, along with ammunition, to the Hellenic Coast Guard. The pistols were given as thanks for their help in preventing a allegedly unseaworthy activist ship from attempting to break the Gaza Strip blockade.
BROWE has introduced a new model of their 4×32 BROWE Combat Optic with a reticle calibrated for both supersonic and subsonic .300 AAC BLK loads. From the press release … The 4×32 BCO .300 Blackout reticle is based on the popular horseshoe and dot style [Read More…]
Thom emailed us these photos of his high-end coyote and hog hunting rifle. His SIG 550 is fitted with a ACOG 4X32 LED behind a FLIR T-50 Thermal Sight. The FLIR retails for about $10,000 and the ACOG for about $1,500. What a setup!
Mark Craighead, founder and owner of Crossbreed Holsters, passed away last week from a heart attack. RIP Mark.
[ This guest post was written by Julien, a French TFB reader and gun enthusiast, in order to give us insight into the French Army rifle upgrade program. ] First of all, forgive my quite miserable english, I’ll try to explain with my own words. I am a French [Read More…]
PNW Arms is the latest company to develop a supercaptivating rifle bullet with the ability to deeply penetrate water. See this impressive demonstration … To quote Wikipedia, supercavitation is “is the use of cavitation effects to create a bubble of gas [Read More…]
The Israeli Defense Force has adopted the CAA Tactical MAG 17 to replace their aluminium magazines. The IDF press release (“cartridges” seem to be a mistranslation of magazine) says … After relying on aluminum magazines for many years, the Ground [Read More…]
Silver Shadow, makers of the double-barrled Gilboa AR, have developed a 9mm submachine gun. The Gilboa’s lower receiver is almost identical to the AR-15 lower receiver, although the magazine well has been shortened to accommodate Glock-compatible magazines. The [Read More…]
Two years after buying AAC, Remington are slowly coming to terms with the fact that they are a suppressor manufacturer. They are now selling a version of the R1 1911 Enhanced with a threaded barrel. The press release says … “The popularity of silencers is [Read More…]
Make up artist Ellis Faas has designed a machine-gun-inspired belted cosmetics system. Just because it can be done does not mean it should! [ Many thanks to Jaanus for emailing us the link. ]
One of the huge draws of the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun shoot was using infrared and night vision goggles in the dark. To top it off, they also provided full auto stage guns. In short, it was totally awesome. I’ve never used any IR or night vision gear, and my full [Read More…]
An amusing article on the US Army adoption of sniper scopes was published in September 1915 of Modern Mechanix (1 year after the outbreak of WWI but 18 months before America’s entry into the war. I must admit I love the archaic language used in this old magazine [Read More…]
I was emailed this photo of the DRD Tactical Paratus Clandestine Take-Down Rifle (standard 16″ barrel model). I expect we will be seeing this rifle featured in upcoming movies.
Strike Industries asked me if I would be willing to post this sketch of a AR-15 trigger guard concept and ask the TFB audience what they thought of the idea. Sound off in the comments. I am happy to post product concepts on the blog for any gun company, as long as the [Read More…]
Equipped.pl has published more photos of Poland’s new MSBS-5,56 rifle.
[ This guest post was written by Charles Gaines ] The last ten years of the US Army’s history has seen a refocus on the infantry and Special Operations communities as the main arms of warfare that hasn’t been seen since Vietnam. This is due to the asymetric nature [Read More…]
A group called Defense Distributed is asking for funding on IndieGoGo to develop an open source .22 pistol that can be mostly printed on the RepRap 3D printer. The RepRap is an opensource 3D printer that can be used to print many of the parts needed to construct another [Read More…]
An StG 44 would fetch a lot of money in the collectors market, yet are most often found in the hands of dirt poor militiamen (and women) in Africa and the Middle East. One was recently photographed in the hands of a Syrian rebel. It is rumoured that Prvi Partizan [Read More…]
Gadgetsandgear.com are selling a gun shaped rechargeable power screw driver for $40. I am torn between how cool this is, and feeling the need to preach the message of gun safety. Children might get the wrong idea about guns if they see an adult in the house using a [Read More…]
Lionel attended TVM 2012 in Russia and took these photos of the new AK-12 fitted out with a red dot sight, flashlight, foregrip and laser/target designator. Is it my imagintion, or does the stock looks really low compared to the optic? The distance is similar to an [Read More…]
Jenzen-Jones had an opportunity to shoot Thales’ new EF88 (F90) rifle at Lithgow arms factory. I love the two-tone color combination of the olive green stock with tan metal finish. As superficial as it is, I am a sucker for a nicely finished gun.
Ruger sent out a press release congratulating themselves on producing their 1 millionth firearm of the year on 15 August. Normally it takes them all year to produce 1 million guns. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is on pace to beat its own record of [Read More…]
Glock is suing Maxwell Corp, the importers of the Zoraki M917 blank firing pistol, for trade dress infringement. Vico Confino has put up a website giving his side of the story and pleading with Glock to settle out of court. Vico says … MAXSELL CORP. has been sued [Read More…]
As I navigate through a new industry and career, I have been meeting a lot of fantastic people. Many of the folks I’ve met are humble, caring, and excited to help their fellow shooters. An example of this humility- while I was waiting my turn on a stage, a gentleman [Read More…]
The Izhevsk Shooting Club has produced a high quality seven part video series on the disassembly and reassembly of the AN-94 rifle. Unfortunately it is all in Russian, but most TFB readers will be able to follow what is being explained the first four parts of the [Read More…]
An Arfcomer has been testing a variety of AR-15 magazines with all the noxious chemicals he could find. With the exception of a GI magazine (green follower), they all held up well. Only the drop tests seemed to do any damage. [ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me [Read More…]
If you’re lucky the barrel will drop right in. Most will find that some fitting will be needed at the rear of the barrel hood. Ideally what you want is a barrel that locks up solidly with the barrel bushing, barrel lugs into the slide recesses and finally the barrel [Read More…]
Scott Blackwell has been named the President of Freedom Group. Scott left Beretta USA in 2006 to become the President of Bushmaster and in 2010 was promoted to the position of FGI’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. From the press release … Freedom Group, [Read More…]
THe NYTimes’ Andrew Kramer has published an article on growing imports of Saiga rifles and shotguns from our favourite bankrupt Russian gun company … The nickname of this town, home of the factory that makes Kalashnikov rifles, is the “Armory of Russia.” [Read More…]