Posts by Alex C.

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV. A native Texan with a penchant for gun collecting combined with a degree in History from Baylor University have contributed to a passion for both early and modern firearms. You can reach Alex at acapps@gocapps.com.

Carry Handles: Why I Like Them


The humble AR-15 / M16 carry handle is often looked down upon by competition and target shooters, but for applications beyond range duty this old school arrangement is convenient as hell. Besides looking neat and retro, carry handles offer convenience and still an excellent set of iron sights. [Read More…]

M1941 Johnson Run and Gun


The M1941 Johnson Rifle is certainly uncommon and underappreciated, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good piece of hardware. These unique short-recoil operated long guns served the United States well in World War II and were surplussed after the war, selling for less than surplus M1 [Read More…]

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Rock Island Auction: New World Record Set

The Rock Island Auction Company has built a very earnest reputation for delivering extremely good customer service and brokering some of the finest (and most coveted) firearms in the world. I personally have done a lot of business with them over the years and I have [Read More…]

Top 5 Guns I Regret Buying


Well, we can’t always pick a winner. In this video, Alex talks about five firearms that delivered a healthy dose of buyers remorse later on down the line. While not every firearm on the list is an inherently bad gun, each possesses a quality that may one day bless them with a “for [Read More…]

VZ58 Field Strip


The Czech VZ58 Rifle is a a fantastic piece of hardware that is fascinating from a mechanical standpoint. The rifles lock like a giant P38, have a piston like an FN49, and fire 7.62×39 but are misunderstood by a lot of folks. While at a glance they look like an AK, they share very little [Read More…]

The Galil: Israel’s Greatest Small Arm


The Galil is what you get when you take a Finnish Valmet rifle and add the knowledge gained from mechanized desert warfare. The IMI Galil is an AK on steroids with numerous improvements, and shooting one is a real treat. While the modern Galil Ace is the successor, the old classic rifles are amazing [Read More…]

MP40 Run and Gun


The German MP40 SMG is famous for its use during World War II, and was the Thompson’s rival on the Western Front. While there is no setting for semi-auto, with some trigger control we should still be able to have a go with it on the run and gun course. Field Strip: Thompson Vs. MP40: [Read More…]

Kel-Tec PLR 16 Field Strip (SBR)


The Kel-Tec PLR-16 (Pistol Long Range) is an impressively light 5.56 caliber pistol that shares the same action as the SU-16 rifles. In this field strip, we take a look at one that has been SBRed and take it apart. Transcript … – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFBTV and for [Read More…]

Are Revolvers Obsolete?


Revolvers seem to be either loved or hated. There isn’t much middle ground these days, with most people firmly planting themselves on one side of the fence and smugly looking down on the other camp. In this installment of TFBTV, Alex takes a look at this old question through unbiased eyes. [Read More…]

Top 5 Metal Wondernines


Wondernines are semi-automatic, high capacity 9mm handguns that truly brought an end to the revolver as a police service pistol in the United States. The term “wondernine” has been used as both a term of endearment and disdain, but the fact of the matter is that they are here to stay. In [Read More…]

FN Model 1900 Field Strip


The FN Model 1900 was a truly revolutionary handgun for its time, introducing a groundbreaking cartridge and the very concept of a slide. These little guns got around, with total production at over half a million units too, but it is often overlooked by modern shooters. So, let’s see [Read More…]

My Ranch Gun: Madsen M47


There are many factors to consider when choosing a truck or ranch gun, and in this episode I put mine to the test. I have written about this rifle before (and shot it on the run and gun course), but let’s see how it performs out in its element. Picking a truck gun: Picking A […] [Read More…]

Swedish Mauser Run and Gun


The Mauser series of rifles are some of the finest that have ever graced the earth, and there is a debate among some enthusiasts as to which is better: the 98 or 96. While the 96 rifles cock on close, we have run a 98 as well on the course. In this run and gun, […] Read More …

Top 5 Underrated Guns


As a followup to our video on the top 5 overrated guns, we thought we might make a counter-video regarding firearms we believe to be underrated. This list features some great firearms that for whatever reason just have not gotten the credit they deserve. So, what’s on the list? The VZ58 [Read More…]

Donald Trump’s Guns


PLEASE NOTE: Steve here. This is NOT a political post/video. We are neither endorsing nor promoting Trump or his policies. We reached out to the Cruz campaign to find out what guns the Senator uses but they did not respond. If they do, we will make a video about his guns. if we ever figure out [Read More…]

Carcano M41 Run and Gun


The Carcano rifles were a series of Italian firearms introduced in 1891 chambered in 6.5 Carcano. These little rifles feed from 6 round en bloc clips and served the Kingdom of Italy until the end of World War II. By popular request (for whatever reason), we decided to wrangle one up and take it to [Read More…]

AR180 Field Strip


The Armalite AR180 is the civilian version of the select-fire AR18 rifle. Chambered in 5.56, they were intended to allow nations with limited machining capabilities the ability to manufacture modern military rifles in the spiffy new 5.56×45 cartridge. While the rifle did not enjoy much success [Read More…]

The Most Dangerous Pistol Ever Made


Some guns are bad, some are horrible, and some are horribly bad. The Type 94 Nambu may well be the most dangerous pistol to ever enter into military service, as it features one crippling feature that could result in a fatal injury to the user under the right (or wrong) circumstances. So what makes [Read More…]

H&K and Backwards Bullets


You know that running gag on the web where if someone buys a Heckler and Koch product, they show the rounds loaded in the magazines backwards? Well it’s almost a “must do” if you buy a new HK gun, but still a lot of people ask why or snicker and tell the poster that they […] Read [Read More…]

Savage 1907 Field Strip


The Savage 1907 is a beautiful early semi-automatic handgun that really made some waves when it was introduced, as the capacity and shootability made it a great offering to consumers looking for personal protection, and it even served France during World War I. Savage was a relatively new company [Read More…]

H&K P7 PSP Field Strip


The H&K P7 series of handguns were in production for 30 years and are coveted by many. These unique pistols function via gas delayed blowback and are just a dream to shoot. While they certainly look unconventional, the P7 is a West German wonder-gun that everyone should get some trigger time on [Read More…]

Lebel 1886 Run and Gun (This One Sucked)


By popular demand, we are now ponying up and putting the Lebel on the run and gun course. As the first rifle to make use of smokeless powder, the Lebel is one of the few moments in the history of small arms that changed the entire game. The 8mm rifle doubled the effective range of […] [Read More…]

Swedish AG42b Field Strip #ThumbCrusher


The Swedish AG42 rifles are direct impingement, 6.5×55 caliber rifles that are quite unique relative to the popular rifles of today. From the way the safety operates to the unique method of charging one, the manual of arms can be hard to learn for modern shooters. Still, the old thumb crusher [Read More…]

Top 5 AR15 Alternatives… That Failed


For decades now, companies have tried to release firearms to dethrone the mighty M16/AR15 rifle. While some attempts have been more successful than others (some enjoying even moderate success), all the ones on this list have fizzled out or seem to be losing most, if not all factory support. While [Read More…]

Hi Power Field Strip


The Browning Hi Power is a pistol that my generation seems to have forgotten, but in its day was a true trailblazer in terms of reliability and technological advancement. It took a lot that worked from other designs, but was simplified and had an impressive capacity for its day. So what does it look [Read More…]

FN FAL Field Strip


The FN FAL is perhaps the most famous battle rifle of all time, and served with distinction all around the world during the 20th century. Pity that smaller 5.56 caliber rifles have phased the gun out in military use, and civilians don’t seem to gravitate towards them as much either. [Read More…]