Posts by Alex C.

Alex C.

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

Remington R51 Field Strip

The Remington R51 is a re-re-release of the Model 51 designed by John Pedersen that we have reviewed int he past to less than terrific results, but the hesitation locked mechanism at least makes for an interesting field strip. In this installment of TFBTV we take the little guy apart and try to show [Read More…]

The American M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is a terrific long gun designed to bridge the gap between pistol and rifle, and it went above and beyond that simple expectation. Troops loved the light weight, high capacity, and handiness of this little gun and it often made it onto the front lines despite having been designed for [Read More…]

The Savage 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Savage 1907 handguns sold well, shot great, and look interesting. In their day they were quite popular and offered shooters the ability to quickly shoot off 10 rounds before having to reload, which was quite impressive for a pocket pistol. In this installment of TFBTV, we do some shooting with [Read More…]

Chiappa 1887 T-Series Shotgun

Lever action shotguns were not popular for a long period of time, and even John Browning suggest that Winchester opt for a pump action in lieu of a lever design. However employer trumped employee and thus the 1887 was born. The T-Series is a non-NFA reproduction of the 1887 shotgun and in this video [Read More…]

The FN Model 1922 Pistol

The FN Model 1910 is famous for having plunged Europe into a World War after slaying Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but behind all the infamy is a very sound design. John Browning created the 1910 and it sold very well, and the 1922 is a version with a larger grip and barrel to make it more […] [Read More…]

The Remington Rolling Block Rifle

The Remington Rolling Block was a huge commercial success back in its day, and is often referred to as the gun that saved Remington (which was in dire financial straights in years following the Civil War). This simple, strong design was sold to over 40 nations and continued to serve on into World [Read More…]

The 9mm Browning Hi-Power Pistol

The Browning Hi-Power pistol is one of the most successful handgun designs of all time. This short-recoil operated, tilting barrel pistol has a capacity of 13 rounds which was very impressive when it was introduced. But does it still hold up today? In this installment of TFBTV we do some shooting [Read More…]

The Enfield Rifle No. 4

The Lee-Enfield family of rifles are well known around the world for having served in some from the 1890s up until today. The No. 4s are regarded by many to be the best of the generally issued guns, and in this installment of TFBTV we take a look at, and do some shooting with a […] Read [Read More…]

Boberg XR9-S Field Strip

The Boberg pistols were a line of fascinatingly complex pocket handguns mostly chambered in 9mm that live on in the Bond Arms Bullpup. These interesting pieces are very unconventionally laid out and even feature a cartridge switch like a 1919 or PKM machine gun, but draw from a magazine instead of a [Read More…]

The Mauser 1914 Pistol

Mauser is much more well known for their long guns than their hand guns, but in this installment of TFBTV we look at a very prolific early 20th century handgun made by the Mauser company in significant quantities. This is the Mauser 1914, which was a very popular pistol back in the day. Thanks to [Read More…]

Top 5 Most Comfortable Pistols

Some pistols are just inherently more comfortable than others by nature of their design. In this list we explore five different semi-automatic handguns that are just plain comfortable to take to the range and blast away. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of [Read More…]

The Bushmaster ACR (Suppressed)

The ACR was supposed to be released to thunderous applause, but instead was met with grumbling and disdain as a result of numerous factors. That said, the gun still shoots very well and in this video we show some of the rifle’s highlights. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down [Read More…]

Beretta CX4 Storm Field Strip

The Beretta CX4 Storm is a blowback pistol caliber carbine that is about as no-frills as they come. That said, they work, they shoot well, and they use Beretta’s pistol magazines. Let’s take it apart. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition. [Read More…]

The FN Five-seveN Pistol (5.7x28mm)

The FN Five-seveN pistol is chambered for the same 5.7x28mm cartridge as the famous P90 PDW, but the short barrel of the pistol results in less velocity. Still, the Five-seveN is perhaps the perfect sidearm for a man using the P90 as a primary. It also makes for a great range gun as the low [Read More…]

Bushmaster ACR Field Strip

The Bushmaster ACR was a rifle that the community expected to set the world on fire, and this it just sort of… fizzled. The pieces were there to make a great gun (with promises of unparalleled modularity) but sticker shock really hurt any potential sales that the platform may have [Read More…]

Why I Don’t Like Lever Actions

Lever actions have become a symbol of the American West, and as Texan I am supposed to have a soft spot for them. However that is one stereotype to which I do not conform. In this episode of TFBTV, I list a few reasons why I have never held lever guns in high regard as well […] Read More [Read More…]

What Makes A Bolt Action Rifle Great?

There are many factors to consider before shelling out your hard earned cash on a bolt action rifle, and in this video we go through a few characteristics that we feel are desirable. As some of the least restricted firearms in the world, people in almost any country can obtain a bolt gun and while [Read More…]

Mauser K98k Field Strip

The Mauser 98 stands in history as Paul Mauser’s masterpiece; Every little thing, every improvement that he could think of came together in the Model 1898, and the K98k is a carbine version of his famous rifle. The K98k rifle is notorious for being used and implemented by Nazi Germany, but [Read More…]

The “Everything New Is Bad” Mindset

New product releases most often seem to be met with grumbling these days as opposed to optimism or applause. Not that this is unique to the gun community in the slightest, but it is certainly noticeable to us certified internet gun experts. So why do why do this, and should we? Transcript … [Read More…]

Changing Your Carry Gun

When choosing a carry gun, most people have a number of factors they consider before taking the plunge. However something I feel needs to be addressed is what to do when you change your carry piece. In this video I run down a few ideas and considerations that seems pretty logical. Transcript … [Read More…]

Type 94 Nambu Field Strip

The Japanese Type 94 is a pistol that we have talked a lot about over the course of TFBTV, mainly because of how dangerous they are. The guns served Imperial Japan and were never imported into the US in large numbers, but many were brought back by returning GIs. In this episode of TFBTV, we [Read More…]

Top 5 Bayonets

Bayonets. You know, those pointy things that people hang off the end of rifles that you use to poke things with. While not the most romantic piece of military hardware (or the most relevant these days) the bayonet was once incredibly important to a soldier. In this video, we quickly run through 5 of [Read More…]

FN SCAR 16s Field Strip

The FN SCAR 16 is the 5.56×45 version of the SCAR platform, and it certainly has been catching the eyes of militaries around the world. While no major military has committed to adopting it yet, it is in limited use by many different armed forces. So what’s under all the aluminum? [Read More…]

Handguns Suck

It’s no secret, handguns are pretty terrible relative to their larger counterparts at pretty much everything. Gun guys know this, but Hollywood and clueless politicians are responsible or perpetuating the myth that they are much more capable than they really are. In this video we explore that [Read More…]

The Carcano M41 Rifle

The Italian Carcano family of rifles are generally regarded as poorly made, crude guns with few merits and poor accuracy. While they certainly aren’t as bad as is commonly believed, they are one of my least favorite bolt guns. The action is rough, the length of pull is awful, and they cannot [Read More…]

FN FS2000 Field Strip

The Belgian FN FS2000 is a very futuristic looking bullpup rifle that is sure to catch the eye of many folks at the range. Chambered in 5.56×45 and being very friendly to southpaws (forward ejecting with ambi controls), the gun offers a lot to the end user but has seen very little military [Read More…]

The CZ 452: My Favorite .22 Rifle

CZ out of the Czech Republic makes some absolutely stellar .22 rifles that are often overlooked in the USA because of preference for semi-autos or domestically manufactured products, but abroad CZ rimfire rifles are hugely popular. While they do have a following in the USA, in Europe CZ rules the [Read More…]

WWII German G41(W) Field Strip

The German G41(W) was Germany’s first self-loading rifle issued in any significant quantity during WWII, but it’s many flaws led it to not be appreciated or coveted by the soldiers who were issued them. Using an unusual operating method, the guns were subject to excessive fouling and [Read More…]

The FN SCAR 16s: Is It Worth The Money?

The FN SCAR 16s is the civilian semi-automatic version of the select-fire SCAR 16 rifle. Chambered in 5.56x45mm, it has to compete with AR15 rifles that do the same thing for 1/3rd the cost. While the SCAR certainly has a few unique features and handles well, is that enough to justify the high MSRP?

Daewoo K1A1 Field Strip

Korean rifles produced by Daewoo Precision Industries are very well regarded by users and owners around the globe, and to this day the South Korean military uses them as a necessary asset to national defense. So let’s see what’s inside Shooting Review is below … [Read More…]

Why I Don’t Use PMAGs

The Magpul PMAG is a great, well designed magazine that many people like and use in various rifles around the world, but over the years I have discovered that they are not the best option for me personally. It isn’t that they are bad (in fact they feed and run very well in certain firearms) [Read More…]

The H&K P7 (And Why I Carry One)

The Heckler and Koch P7 handgun was designed in the mid 1970s by Helmut Weldle and utilizes an interesting gas-delayed blowback system, whereby pressure imparted on the piston serves to delay the action. The interesting squeeze-cocking mechanism also draws the attention of many for its uniqueness [Read More…]

Top 5 Guns We Wish Were More Popular

In a world full of AR15s and AK variants, few companies dare to be different. This list deals with a few offerings on the market that we wish would make more range appearances but tend to sit on the shelves or in distributor warehouses. Criteria for this list requires the guns to be listed by [Read More…]

M1 Garand Field Strip

The American M1 Garand was the world’s first general issue semi-automatic rifle. It is famous for many reasons (such as the harmonious ping it makes when ejecting its en bloc clip), but it is a magnificent piece of engineering that you can only truly appreciate by seeing what’s inside. [Read More…]