Archive: February, 2013

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Ricochet

Webster defines ricochet as a glancing rebound of a projectile off a flat surface. It is quite common physical effect observed by most of regular shooters. It can be deadly if not accounted for (thus a popular firearm safety rule – Never shoot at a flat, hard [Read More…]

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Glock 30S Review

The new .45ACP Glock 30S was born from a “hack” where Glock shooters tinkered a bit and married a 30SF frame with a 36 slide. These hackers felt that the 30SF was too bulky for concealed carry and that the 36, with its 6+1 capacity, did not hold enough [Read More…]

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FN FAL 5.56mm Conversion Kit

Earlier this month I wrote about Argentina’s experiments converting the FN FAL from 7.62mm to 5.56mm. Ronaldo Olive sent me an article he wrote back in the mid-1980s about a FN FAL 5.56mm kit developed in Brazil … … from the November 1986 issue of the [Read More…]

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Poland’s BRS-99

Polish arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni Łucznik (FB), a division of the Bumar Group, had their sub-carbine on display at SHOT. The BRS-99 is the semi-auto variant of the current issue Polish SMG line. The gentleman working the booth [shown below] replied to my question, [Read More…]

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The AR-15 Is A Gadget

Wired Magazine has published an excellent long form article explaining what the AR-15 is and what it is not to Wired’s geek/tech audience. From the morning that ArmaLite opened its doors in 1954 to the present, most of the innovation that has gone into the AR-15 [Read More…]

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H&K G28 DMR Photos

762PR Defence PR borrowed a Heckler & Koch G28, the Bundeswehr’s new Designated Marksman Rifle, from a local dealer for a photo shoot they were doing for one of their clients. The photos of are beautiful, as is the rifle … I had [Read More…]

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Thai Police Gun Dog

The Daily Mail (UK) published a photo purportedly of an unarmed Thai policeman with a police dog that is packing a Glock pistol in a holster strapped to its side. I am very skeptical. It makes no sense that the officer would be unarmed but his dog has a pistol. I [Read More…]

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Peru Adopts FN SCAR-H

IndoDefensa is reporting that the Army of Peru will be purchasing 8,110 FN SCAR-H rifles from FN Herstal. The deal is worth $31.5 million. FN won the contract over local weapon maker FAME who are already manufacturing IWI Gailil ACE rifles under license for the Army of [Read More…]

GunPon: A GroupOn For Guns

A new company called GunPon has launched. They are looking for gun-related companies who want to do Groupon-style deals. Group buying has been popular with the online gun community long before GroupOn was a thing, these guys have a good chance of succeeding. I wish [Read More…]

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More DIY Guns From Syria

The Atlantic has a photo essay showing the DIY weapons in used by Syrian rebels. The grenade launcher pictured above is a converted Baikal shotgun. The Baikal is a cheap, but well built, single shot. I own one and I can tell you they are very slow to reload and they [Read More…]

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The Curious Caracal KABOOM

The Caracal pistol pictured above KABOOMed a few months ago in Pakistan. Not normally seen in the catastrophic failure of pistols  is a slide splitting in two. It is not uncommon for a cheap zinc-alloy, aka “pot metal”, slides on budget pistols to crack [Read More…]

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Pistol Camera From 1938

Mounting cameras, like the GoPro, on firearms may seem like a recent trend but it is not. Back in in at least the 1930s inventors were experimenting with small film cameras attached to pistols. The photo above, dated 1938, is in the National Archive of the [Read More…]

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SIG M400 Predator

SIG Sauer introduced the new M400 Predator at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  The M400 Predator is a AR-style rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO and set up for hunters. The rifle has a match-grade heavy barrel with fluting to reduce the overall weight.  The barrel has a [Read More…]

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New Walther Pistols

Walther demonstrated three new handguns at SHOT this year. The improved PPQ M2, the PPX, and the PPK/S .22LR. The PPK/S 22 will be offered in black or stainless [shown above]. This firearm is simply a .22LR version of the well-known PPK/S .380 Auto – sharing the [Read More…]