The Run and Gun Series: Why We Do It (And All Scores So Far)

The TFBTV Run and Gun series seems to be a viewer favorite, and it also happens to be the most fun one to make! It allows us to put old rifles to the test and make a short, concise video that can often uncover a few things you wouldn’t normally notice when firing from a benchrest. But there are of course other reasons for the series.

Current times (Manually operated repeating rifles):

Rifle Hits (out of 25) Time
Swedish M/96 Mauser 25 1:42
MAS 36 25 1:39
K31 24 1:30
Lebel 1886 24 2:01
Mauser 98 24 1:25
Madsen M47 24 1:23
Krag Jorgensen (.30-40) 23 1:45
Type 99 23 1:28
M1917 23 1:49
Carcano M41 22 1:17
Type 38 20 2:27
Steyr 95 Carbine 19 1:20


Times (Self-Loading Firearms):

Rifle Hits (Out Of 30) Time
H&K MP5 30 0:46
AG42b Ljungman 29 1:54
FN49 (7mm) 28 1:20
P90 (PS90 SBR) 28 1:00
M1941 Johnson 28 2:10
Scorpion Evo (SBR) 28 0:47
Thompson M1A1 26 0:50
Walther MPL 26 0:54
G43 25 1:30
H&K UMP 25 0:47
MAS 49/56 24 1:02
Uzi 24 0:48
M1 Carbine 23 1:06
MP40 22 1:05


Times (Single Shot Cartridge Rifles):

Rifle Hits (out of 10) Time
Rolling Block No. 5 7mm 10 0:58


We will post the updated lists with each video.

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • I for one really enjoy your run and gun videos. Are they a practical shooting exercise simulating some combat, not really but it does simulate stressful/quick use of them and is enlightening as to issues you have experienced with various guns. Karl and Ian’s shooting matches with various older guns is enjoyable also for the same reason. Keep them up, you have at least one fan of them out here.

  • Edward Brush

    I’m led to conclude that the en-bloc clip gives a pretty good boost to rate of fire. I mean, the Carcano is a rough, clunky action (I have a 1917 long rifle) – it wasn’t smooth operation that made for a 1:17 run.

  • The_Champ

    YouTube is OVERFLOWING with modern guns. Keep it up with the old stuff!

  • Richard

    I thought it was titled “Why I Hate the MAS-36” at first. Then I looked a second time

  • Vitsaus

    These are my favorite posts to be honest, and I hope you keep them coming. There are enough post 1890’s designs floating around that you could probably keep cranking them out for a while.

  • Porty1119

    I love these videos, and frequently do similar as a way to practice utilizing a particular weapon in a stressful situation that (VERY loosely) emulates combat employment. As I’m an unashamed combat shotgun devotee, being up on weapon manipulation is key!!

  • Bob

    I’m sorry. I just don’t get it. Shooting at 100 yards and less. Does that really test these firearms?

    • David Harmon

      Why do you think it doesn’t? Over 100 is more of a test of the shooter’s ability to hit a target. Most actual firefights occur around 100-150.

    • DIR911911 .

      considering that most of us as civilians will rarely if ever engage an assailant at those ranges , sure. Identifying the target is paramount. MP5 for home defense , yeah buddy!

    • mazkact

      Offhand while running………………yes. One reason I love this and Hickok 45 is that all of the shooting is done Offhand like a man. Any damn fool can shoot off a bench rest.

    • Joel

      It appears as though he is testing how well the firearm helps a shooter run around and shoot things. Guns that are slow or awkward to reload, have a jolt from an open bolt, jam, etc don’t help in this environment.

      Firearm accuracy is a very important thing, but not the only thing.

  • Joel

    Alex: USPSA.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Let’s see some old west stuff! You are in Texas by god!

  • Pete

    Are there any rifles that you’d like to shoot that you may not have and need to borrow? I’m thinking an Enfield action would be nice to see.

  • DIR911911 .

    Why We Do It . . . ever hear the word. . . FUN 🙂

  • hikerguy

    Your videos have given me an appreciation for the vintage guns of yesteryear, an I even like the occasional modern one as well. Please keep them coming!

  • gunsandrockets

    I would like to see some more single shot rifles. Also, how about some lever actions?

  • gunsandrockets

    The score for the M1 rifle is missing.

    • That was one of the earlier runs that I did and I only fired 24 rounds. I would like to redo it.

  • LG

    Redo the M1941 Jihnson without running the weapon dry. It deserves better than the score you gave it.

  • Sid Collins

    Nice truck.

  • UnrepentantLib

    I’ve really been enjoying the Run and Gun series. Thanks.

  • Will

    Why do you do it?
    Two reasons:
    1. Why not?
    2. Because you can and its crazy cool!!!!
    Okay, three reasons.

  • Anonymoose

    So the lesson here is that the MP5 is the best gun ever, or at least the best gun in Alex’s hands. lol

  • SB_Pete

    You should update this post so that each of the firearm names hyperlinks to that Run and Gun post making them easier to find… Just sayin’ (and hoping)

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    Alex seem to do well with 6.5×55, or just Swedish guns

  • Lets leave the politics out of it.

    • Bushmaster0369

      Phil W. Sorry but I don’t understand about the politic’s. If it is that part about the “New World Order” wanted by OBAMA and HILLARY, I am sorry but if that happens, America will cease to exist. If it is the part about OBAMA’s citizenship, I firmly believe this in my heart. If its the part about the politicians I feel 75% or more of them have forgot the people and favor the party. At least give me a hint of what you mean at

  • JJ

    Would TFB TV ever accept any viewer requests for run and gun videos?

  • JJ

    Would love to see a CZ 527 in 7.62×39 do the course