Vintage Military Arms From Tactical Gear

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If you’re a fan of historically relevant military firearms, Tactical Gear Distributors (TGD) is starting a program that may interest you. TGD is calling it their Vintage Military Arms Program, and through it you’ll be able to purchase military firearms of the past. David Nau, TGD president, said of the new program “The Vintage Military Arms Program provides a great opportunity to own a piece of American history. These are the firearms that your fathers and grandfathers relied on in the fields of battle.”

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Guns being included are Springfield Armory’s M1A rifles, Auto Ordnance’s M1 Carbine, Inland Manufacturing’s M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine, and Thompson’s 1927 A-1 Tommy Gun. TGD is a wholesaler and says these firearms and others will be made available to stores through fast delivery.

Whether you’re a gun store owner, dealer, or just want to take a look at TGD’s website, visit www.tacticalgeardistributors.com. It’s great to see companies get involved increasing production and sales of guns with historical importance to our nation; even better when you’re able to own and shoot them yourself. Which gun is your favorite from our nation’s military history?

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katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Tassiebush

    It’s verboten here but I think I could be very happy with an m1 carbine or the m1a1 version for a lot of my shooting. It’d be handy, light and have plenty of power for wallabies.

    • Iggy

      My driving instructor mentioned him and some friends rented some back in the 70’s to go roo shooting, said by the end of the weekend he managed to pop off three shots and get three successful kills in about 10 seconds.

      So it’d be more than enough for wallabies.

      • Tassiebush

        Nice effort!

    • john huscio

      Vz58, just as handy, more accurate and in a better caliber…….downside is it gets hotter quicker than just about any other gun I’ve ever used

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah everything i’ve ever read about Vz58 suggests they are cool! I envy those with that option!

      • +1 on it getting hot, and also the 58 being otherwise a great gun.

    • Marcus D.

      Effective range is 200m, but can be pushed to 300 for smaller game (if you can hit it). Standard ammo is mil-surplus 110 gr FMJ, but there is at least one company making a polymer tipped bullet for hunting. The rifle weighs a tad over 5 lbs empty and is adequate for medium sized game, including larger deer, at closer ranges. It has roughly the same power as a .357 magnum out of a rifle barrel of 16 inches.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah it’d definitely do the job. I’ve pretty much never needed to shoot at one over 100m away.

    • It’s only verboten if you choose an M14, Tass. 😉

      • Tassiebush

        But I live in Tasmania and we can’t own all the fun stuff in this article (sobs loudly into hanky)
        When I was a kid I probably could have legally owned an M14 myself (literally as a kid). Gee I wish my parents had been less responsible!

  • Southpaw89

    Very interesting, I’ve always had a soft spot for the historically significant arms, nice to see someone making them more available.

  • Grindstone50k

    Any link to see the guns? All I see is stuff for becoming a dealer for them.

    • Tassiebush

      I think it was on the news bit off that page.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Too bad we can’t get some of the M1 Garands back that we loaned to South Korea.

    • Marcus D.

      The one Obmaton barred from re-entry were actually sold, and the US has the right of first refusal to buy them back.

  • Marcus D.

    None of these are the actual historical arms The Springfield is an improved Garand (because it has a box magazine), but is not a Garand. The Auto Ordinance has a spotty reputation for reliability, almost entirely due to a nonspec magazine and magazine well; and again, these are remakes, not originals. The Inland I have seen but not seen reviewed yet, and it comes in the regular configuration as well as the paratrooper configuration, and it runs just north of a grand. The Inland company is not the original Inland Division of GM, but a new company in Dayton,that claims it is making a mil-spec reproduction of the inland rifle, and that its parts are interchangeable with originals. Quite a boast.