The Firearm Blog http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog Firearms not Politics Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 The Weekend Funny: Real Honest Action Movies, Die Hard Edition http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/19/weekend-funny-real-honest-action-movies-die-hard-edition/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/19/weekend-funny-real-honest-action-movies-die-hard-edition/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72516 How many John McClain’s would it take to survive real-life Die Hard movies? Turns out, a lot. He would only survive a single movie and would need a few more lives on top of that. in one noted case, John is even “super dead.” For those who have not yet discovered the YouTube channel ScreenJunkies, the […] Read More …]]>

How many John McClain’s would it take to survive real-life Die Hard movies? Turns out, a lot. He would only survive a single movie and would need a few more lives on top of that. in one noted case, John is even “super dead.”

For those who have not yet discovered the YouTube channel ScreenJunkies, the below will give you good reason to binge.

 

There are a lot of Epidural Hematoma’s… and I love the throwback animation to the late 80′s video games.

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Knob Creek 2014 Shoot (Photo Heavy) http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/knox-creek-2014-shoot-photo-heavy/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/knox-creek-2014-shoot-photo-heavy/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72423 The famous Knob Creek Gun Range bi-annual Machine Gun Shoot needs no introduction. It is heaven-on-earth for gun nuts, or at least for gun nuts with cash to burn on ammunition. The April shoot happened last weekend. Roy of Andrews Armory, Little Rock, AR and Houston Hardin of Xrayguns.com (the man who makes those awesome xray gun prints) sent me these photos taken […] Read More …]]>

The famous Knob Creek Gun Range bi-annual Machine Gun Shoot needs no introduction. It is heaven-on-earth for gun nuts, or at least for gun nuts with cash to burn on ammunition. The April shoot happened last weekend. Roy of Andrews Armory, Little Rock, AR and Houston Hardin of Xrayguns.com (the man who makes those awesome xray gun prints) sent me these photos taken at the shoot …

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The next machine gun shoot is on October 10, 11 & 12 2014.

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Ammo Prices: 4/18/2014 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/ammo-prices-4182014/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/ammo-prices-4182014/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:50:58 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72477 Fourth week of prices. My intention was to generate trending graphs this week, but as I started playing with the data I realized this post would become hideously huge. So what I would like the reader base to do is to determine what graphs/trends would be most useful and/or interesting. As of right now we […] Read More …]]>

Fourth week of prices. My intention was to generate trending graphs this week, but as I started playing with the data I realized this post would become hideously huge.

So what I would like the reader base to do is to determine what graphs/trends would be most useful and/or interesting. As of right now we are tracking 42 vendors, 9 calibers, and 2 lot sizes. Against those 3 vectors, we have the prices by date.

We could do average price per round per caliber by vendor. Or trend lines of prices by lot size by caliber by vendor. Really anything using the aforementioned vectors.

So, what do you want to see? Post your requests in the comments (if what you want is already there, please “up vote” it rather than duplicate it). I will start with the 2 most popular ideas next week and see how that goes.

We have also included the raw data so you can run your own trends: WeeklyAmmoPrices20140418.csv


Pistol Ammo

1000 rounds

  .380 ACP .40 S&W .45 ACP 9mm
Ammo Fast N/A N/A N/A $300.00 ($0.30)
Ammo2U N/A $349.99 ($0.35) $429.00 ($0.43) N/A
Ammoman $455.00 ($0.46) $382.00 ($0.38) $455.00 ($0.46) $360.00 ($0.36)
Ammunition To Go N/A $339.95 ($0.34) N/A N/A
BulkAmmo.com $430.00 ($0.43) $355.00 ($0.36) $400.00 ($0.40) $315.00 ($0.32)
Cheaper Than Dirt N/A N/A N/A $405.88 ($0.41)
Freedom Ammunition N/A $309.00 ($0.31) $400.00 ($0.40) $250.00 ($0.25)
Freedom Munitions N/A N/A N/A $284.00 ($0.28)
LAX Ammunition $429.99 ($0.43) $339.99 ($0.34) $399.99 ($0.40) $289.99 ($0.29)
LuckyGunner $435.00 ($0.44) $360.00 ($0.36) $435.00 ($0.44) $320.00 ($0.32)
Midway USA N/A $339.99 ($0.34) $689.99 ($0.69) $349.99 ($0.35)
SGAmmo.com N/A $319.00 ($0.32) $399.00 ($0.40) $579.00 ($0.58)
SWVA Arms, LLC N/A N/A N/A $414.99 ($0.41)
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A N/A N/A $279.80 ($0.28)
Surplus Ammo & Arms N/A $459.99 ($0.46) N/A N/A
TROP Elite Equipment N/A N/A $399.80 ($0.40) N/A
Target Sports USA $499.80 ($0.50) $379.80 ($0.38) $475.00 ($0.48) $299.80 ($0.30)
The Sportsman’s Guide N/A N/A N/A $289.99 ($0.29)
US Armorment N/A N/A $399.95 ($0.40) $297.95 ($0.30)
Wholesale Hunter N/A $407.80 ($0.41) N/A $393.60 ($0.39)

500 rounds

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Alamo Ammo N/A N/A $205.95 ($0.41) N/A
Ammo2U N/A $190.00 ($0.38) $244.60 ($0.49) N/A
Ammoman $435.00 ($0.87) $235.00 ($0.47) $205.00 ($0.41) $195.00 ($0.39)
Ammunition To Go N/A $174.95 ($0.35) $175.95 ($0.35) N/A
Browning Ammo and More Store N/A $200.25 ($0.40) N/A $190.00 ($0.38)
BulkAmmo.com $415.00 ($0.83) $185.00 ($0.37) $187.00 ($0.37) $170.00 ($0.34)
Buy Guns & Ammo N/A N/A N/A $148.00 ($0.30)
Eagle Ammo N/A N/A $199.97 ($0.40) N/A
Freedom Ammunition N/A N/A $200.00 ($0.40) N/A
Freedom Munitions N/A N/A $244.20 ($0.49) $142.00 ($0.28)
LAX Ammunition N/A $165.00 ($0.33) $199.99 ($0.40) $135.00 ($0.27)
LuckyGunner $420.00 ($0.84) $187.00 ($0.37) $190.00 ($0.38) $150.00 ($0.30)
Midway USA N/A $189.99 ($0.38) $264.99 ($0.53) $149.99 ($0.30)
SGAmmo.com N/A $184.75 ($0.37) $164.90 ($0.33) $269.50 ($0.54)
SWVA Arms, LLC N/A N/A N/A $132.49 ($0.26)
Surplus Ammo & Arms N/A $254.99 ($0.51) N/A $184.99 ($0.37)
Target Sports USA N/A $299.90 ($0.60) $279.95 ($0.56) $209.90 ($0.42)
The Sportsman’s Guide N/A N/A $310.99 ($0.62) N/A
US Armorment N/A $229.95 ($0.46) $279.95 ($0.56) N/A
Wholesale Hunter N/A $215.80 ($0.43) $365.80 ($0.73) $172.80 ($0.35)


Rifle Ammo

1000 rounds

  .22 LR .223 Rem .308 Win 300 BLK 7.62x39mm
Alamo Ammo N/A N/A N/A N/A $244.95 ($0.24)
Ammo Fast N/A $489.99 ($0.49) N/A N/A N/A
Ammo Sale N/A N/A N/A N/A $264.10 ($0.26)
Ammo2U N/A $547.80 ($0.55) N/A N/A N/A
Ammoman N/A $320.00 ($0.32) N/A N/A $245.00 ($0.25)
Ammunition To Go N/A $359.95 ($0.36) N/A N/A $249.95 ($0.25)
BulkAmmo.com N/A $355.00 ($0.36) N/A N/A $215.00 ($0.22)
Buy Guns & Ammo N/A N/A N/A N/A $228.50 ($0.23)
Cheaper Than Dirt N/A N/A $742.33 ($0.74) N/A N/A
Eagle Ammo N/A $374.97 ($0.37) N/A N/A N/A
Firearms For Sale N/A N/A N/A N/A $269.00 ($0.27)
Freedom Munitions N/A $327.50 ($0.33) N/A N/A N/A
LAX Ammunition N/A $369.99 ($0.37) N/A N/A $225.00 ($0.23)
LG Outdoors N/A N/A N/A N/A $250.90 ($0.25)
LuckyGunner N/A $300.00 ($0.30) N/A N/A $220.00 ($0.22)
Midway USA N/A $456.99 ($0.46) $482.99 ($0.48) N/A $269.99 ($0.27)
Natchez Shooters Supplies N/A $399.99 ($0.40) $729.00 ($0.73) N/A N/A
SGAmmo.com N/A $274.99 ($0.27) N/A N/A $214.95 ($0.21)
SWVA Arms, LLC N/A $384.99 ($0.38) N/A N/A $254.99 ($0.25)
Selway Armory N/A $384.99 ($0.38) N/A N/A N/A
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A $463.00 ($0.46) $740.14 ($0.74) N/A N/A
Surplus Ammo & Arms N/A $299.99 ($0.30) $999.99 ($1.00) $799.99 ($0.80) $307.99 ($0.31)
Target Sports USA N/A $349.50 ($0.35) N/A N/A $240.00 ($0.24)
The Sportsman’s Guide N/A N/A N/A N/A $244.99 ($0.24)
US Armorment N/A $354.95 ($0.35) N/A N/A N/A
Ventura Munitions N/A N/A N/A N/A $225.00 ($0.23)
Wholesale Hunter N/A $609.00 ($0.61) N/A N/A $269.27 ($0.27)

500 rounds

  .22 LR .223 Rem .308 Win 300 BLK 7.62x39mm
Alamo Ammo $79.95 ($0.16) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alliance Ammunition $64.99 ($0.13) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ammo Fast $62.49 ($0.12) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ammo Sale N/A $214.80 ($0.43) $357.55 ($0.72) N/A $180.18 ($0.36)
Ammo2U N/A N/A $339.49 ($0.68) N/A N/A
Ammoman N/A $165.00 ($0.33) $350.00 ($0.70) N/A $385.00 ($0.77)
Ammunition Depot N/A N/A $674.97 ($1.35) N/A N/A
Ammunition To Go N/A $154.95 ($0.31) $339.95 ($0.68) N/A $124.95 ($0.25)
BulkAmmo.com N/A $145.00 ($0.29) $280.00 ($0.56) N/A $120.00 ($0.24)
Buy Guns & Ammo N/A $177.50 ($0.36) N/A N/A $115.00 ($0.23)
Cheaper Than Dirt $99.59 ($0.20) $205.59 ($0.41) $302.49 ($0.60) N/A $141.19 ($0.28)
Eagle Ammo N/A $174.97 ($0.35) N/A N/A N/A
Firearms For Sale N/A N/A N/A N/A $181.84 ($0.36)
Freedom Ammunition N/A $195.70 ($0.39) N/A N/A N/A
Freedom Munitions N/A $163.75 ($0.33) N/A N/A N/A
LAX Ammunition N/A $189.99 ($0.38) $349.99 ($0.70) N/A $119.99 ($0.24)
LG Outdoors N/A $204.06 ($0.41) $339.67 ($0.68) N/A $171.17 ($0.34)
LuckyGunner N/A $150.00 ($0.30) $285.00 ($0.57) N/A $140.00 ($0.28)
Outdoor Limited $109.99 ($0.22) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ozark Ordnance N/A N/A N/A $319.99 ($0.64) N/A
RTBA Wholesale N/A N/A N/A $439.00 ($0.88) N/A
SGAmmo.com N/A $139.75 ($0.28) $348.75 ($0.70) N/A $109.95 ($0.22)
SWVA Arms, LLC N/A $147.49 ($0.29) $352.49 ($0.70) N/A $142.49 ($0.28)
Selway Armory N/A $150.00 ($0.30) $234.99 ($0.47) N/A $154.49 ($0.31)
Smokey Mountain Munitions $77.45 ($0.15) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A $256.10 ($0.51) N/A N/A N/A
Surplus Ammo & Arms $99.99 ($0.20) $154.99 ($0.31) $424.99 ($0.85) N/A $159.99 ($0.32)
TROP Elite Equipment N/A $189.99 ($0.38) $319.99 ($0.64) N/A N/A
Target Sports USA $172.80 ($0.35) $349.75 ($0.70) $384.50 ($0.77) N/A $258.75 ($0.52)
The Sportsman’s Guide N/A $235.99 ($0.47) $790.99 ($1.58) N/A $127.99 ($0.26)
US Armorment N/A N/A $344.95 ($0.69) N/A N/A
Ventura Munitions N/A $149.00 ($0.30) N/A N/A N/A
Wholesale Hunter N/A $237.80 ($0.48) $432.80 ($0.87) N/A $186.38 ($0.37)
Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply Inc N/A N/A $339.00 ($0.68) N/A N/A


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Ares Defense Officially Announces SCR Release at NRA http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/ares-defense-officially-announces-scr-release-nra/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/ares-defense-officially-announces-scr-release-nra/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72470 Ares Defense has now put out a press release confirming the release of the SCR at NRA next week.I would also like to add that Ares Defense out of Florida is not affiliated with Ares Armor out of California, a distinction I would like to make after some comments on the last post regarding the […] Read More …]]>

Ares Defense has now put out a press release confirming the release of the SCR at NRA next week.I would also like to add that Ares Defense out of Florida is not affiliated with Ares Armor out of California, a distinction I would like to make after some comments on the last post regarding the SCR release.

So the video that was posted by B&H Gun Sales has now been confirmed as a real.  I am always a little leery videos about something posted to YouTube on a channel without any credibility or one video posted.  So to see an official press release is a reassuring.

Here is the press release from Ares Defense:

(Melbourne, FL) April 8, 2014 ARES Defense will roll out an all new rifle platform for the American sportsman at the NRA Show in Indianapolis, April 25-27.  The innovative, patented ARES SCR™ (Sport Configurable Rifle) is the first of its class of firearms that is legal in all 50 states.

The ARES SCR™ blends strength, reliability, accuracy with the rugged all weather characteristics of America’s longest serving infantry rifle and the classic lines of an all-American sporter.  Lightweight, accurate and featuring a MIL-STD 1913 flat top upper receiver that accepts most modern optics, the ARES SCR™ is designed to perform under the most demanding field, competitive shooting or tactical conditions.  The multi-caliber, modular design permits the operator to instantly change calibers in the field by simply pressing two pins and exchanging one upper receiver assembly for another.

Designed for optimal configuration, the ARES SCR™ accepts most Modern Sporting Rifle accessories and parts including magazines, upper receivers, barrels, bolts, handguards and optics- so it can be easily and effectively reconfigured for each individual shooters’ style and activity.  Supported by a full line of performance accessories and manufactured of the highest quality aircraft grade alloys by American craftsmen, the weatherproof, dependable ARES SCR™ will provide a lifetime of accurate shooting pleasure for all Americans.  See the new, sleek, low profile ARES SCR™ at the NRA Show – Booth 7970.

 

Specifications:

Caliber- Available in .223/5.56mm, 7.62x39mm

Magazine Capacity- Comes with 5rd. (Can accept any AR15/M16 Magazine).

Weight- 5.7 Lbs.

OAL- Carbine: 37”  -   Rifle: 39”

Barrel Length- Carbine: 16.25” -  Rifle: 18” 1/9 Twist

Handguard – Magpul® MOE® handguard available in both Carbine and Rifle Lengths

Finish: MIL-Spec Black Hardcoat anodized finish

100% Made in the U.S.A.

Patented Design with Additional Patents Pending

 

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.  Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator.  To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.

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Future Solider Roundup http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/future-solider-roundup/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/future-solider-roundup/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72420 Gizmodo has a nice pictorial roundup of Future Solider programs from around the world. Its not a comprehensive list, its missing a number of countries, such as the recently announced Sudanese program we blogged about a few weeks ago, but its worth taking a look. The photo above is of Spanish troops participating in the Combatiente Futuro […] Read More …]]>

Gizmodo has a nice pictorial roundup of Future Solider programs from around the world. Its not a comprehensive list, its missing a number of countries, such as the recently announced Sudanese program we blogged about a few weeks ago, but its worth taking a look. The photo above is of Spanish troops participating in the Combatiente Futuro (COMFUT) program.

Many thanks to Torrin for the link.

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A Visit to the ORSIS factory (Russia) http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/visit-orsis-factory-russia/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/visit-orsis-factory-russia/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:11:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72396 Last week I was privileged to visit the ORSIS factory and shop in Moscow, Russia. ORSIS is unique among Russian small arms manufacturers because it is 100% privately owned company. Established in 2010 by a group of enthusiast precision shooters and backed by private investors, ORSIS quickly set up most modern small arms production facility in Russia, fully equipped with latest and most precision CNC machines and staffed by experienced and highly motivated staff.]]>

Steve says: It is our honor to present the first TFB post written by veteran gun expert and historian Max Popenker ...

Last week I was privileged to visit the ORSIS factory and shop in Moscow, Russia. ORSIS is unique among Russian small arms manufacturers because it is 100% privately owned company. Established in 2010 by a group of enthusiast precision shooters and backed by private investors, ORSIS quickly set up most modern small arms production facility in Russia, fully equipped with latest and most precision CNC machines and staffed by experienced and highly motivated staff.

Taking into accout current political tensions between Russia and West (USA and EU) over Ukrainean crisis, I must point out that ORSIS owners have no relations to people or organizations affected by sactions, and its rifles can be exported from Russia by any person or organization that is allowed to do so under Russian firearms export laws.

Their main and most succesful product is a line of precision rifles, built on the classic bolt action and offered in a wide selection of calibers, stocks and other options. Thier precision rifles go in two major flavors: tactical ORSIS T-5000 and sporting ORSIS Hunter. Both systems are based on same receiver and trigger system; major difference is in the stock. T-5000 uses aluminum alloy chassis with side-folding shoulder stock, while Hunter models are offered in a variety of traditional stocks, made from wood (laminate or walnut), plastic or carbon.

ORSIS makes everything in-house, including actions and barrels. They buy premium stainless steel in rods, and make barrels in almost any conceivable caliber (between .22 and .50), profle and length, plain or fluted. Their precision bolt actions also made from premium stainless steel and finished to very high standards.

Manufacture of rifles started in 2011, and today ORSIS already has reputation of world class quality, reliability and accuracy. They also offer excellent customer service.

Their flagship product, T-5000 rifle, proved itself as a dependable tack-driver in hands of the elite Russian Law Enforcement units and target shooters. Russian sniper teams armed with T-5000 rifles have won Police and Military Sniper World Cup in Hungary in two consecutive years (2012 and 2013), and looking forward to participate in the same event this year.

However, ORSIS production is not limited to T-5000 and Hunter rifles. ORSIS also makes replacement barrels for rifles of other makes, such as Remington, Accuracy International, Sako, Blazer etc. ORSIS also assembles Italian Marocci Si12 shotguns for Russian market, and Armalite M-15 (.223) and AR-10 (.308) rifles, using US-made parts and ORSIS own match-grade stainless steel barrels. At last, but not least, ORSIS assembles Glock pistols for Russian market (these pistols are sold only to shooting clubs; individuals are not permitted to own handguns in Russia).

Now, some photos…

Entry to ORSIS shop, adjacent to manufacturing facilities:

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Some ORSIS Hunter rifles and optional stocks, as available in the shop:

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CNC electro-erosion machines that manufacture receivers and trigger unit parts:

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Finished CNC-machined bolt bodies:

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CNC stock-making machine and semi-finished stocks:

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Complete T-5000 rifles awaiting final QC inspection:

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Glock pistols with “Assembled in Russia” legend on the frame:

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After the factory tour, I was brought to a shooting range, to test some ORSIS products, namely two ORSIS T-5000 rifles in .308 Win and .338 Lapua Magnum, and two ORSIS-assembled Armalite rifles, M-15 in .223 and AR-10 in .308

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Firing from .308 caliber T-5000 rifle at 100 meters using bipod, I managed to shoot this 1-inch 5-shot group near the bullseye.

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That’s not that bad for an inexperienced rifle shooter like me, but in reality ORSIS rifles shoot much better than that. In fact, every rifle is shipped from factory with test target that shows 3-shot 100-meter group not larger than 0.5 MOA, and often less than that, as seen in the photo below:

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Their AR-10 is also capable of excellent accuracy. Typically, ORSIS-assembled AR-10 shoots minute of angle groups, providing appropriate match grade ammunition and experienced operator.

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My best result with that AR-10 was 30-mm (1.2″) 5-shot group, fired sitting, using bipod and scope. 10-shot group in the upper square is about 40mm (1.6″) wide, still not bad in my opinion for a semi-auto rifle fired in moderately rapid series.

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Firefield Announces Remington 870 Purpose-Built Red-Dot Sight http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/firefield-announced-remington-870-red-dot-sight/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/firefield-announced-remington-870-red-dot-sight/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72409 Firefield has announced a purpose-built red-dot sight for Remington 870 shotguns. The red-dot comes pre-integrated with receiver-pin mount. On the upside, it reduces the profile of the sight. The downside: you will have to remove any existing top rail and it looks like side-saddle carriers may not be compatible. The red dot is 3 MOA, […] Read More …]]>

Firefield has announced a purpose-built red-dot sight for Remington 870 shotguns. The red-dot comes pre-integrated with receiver-pin mount. On the upside, it reduces the profile of the sight. The downside: you will have to remove any existing top rail and it looks like side-saddle carriers may not be compatible.

The red dot is 3 MOA, parallax free, and includes covers. MSRP is listed at $83.99

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Full Presser Below:

Firefield Announces New Red Dot Sight for Remington 870 Shotgun
(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – The Firefield® Agility™ 1×30 Dot Sight allows shooters to hunt more effectively with a Remington 870 shotgun, one of the most popular firearms today. Pairing this device with the Remington 870 provides users a whole new dynamic to this class of hunting gun. The sight is equipped with a built-in saddle mount to securely attach the device to the shotgun and multiple illuminated reticles.”The Remington 870 shotgun is one of the most popular shotgun models ever manufactured, so it was a natural fit for Firefield to develop a red dot specifically for this firearm,” said Jeff Murray, Vice President of National Accounts. “This unit is a great fit for several applications whether you’re using it to hunt deer or turkey, or for personal security.”

Designed for ultimate shooter preference and quick target acquisition, the device features four different reticles available in red and green: 5 MOA Dot, Circle Dot, Crosshair and Circle Dot Crosshair. The Agility 1×30 Dot Sight features unlimited eye relief for comfortable viewing and is parallax corrected, ensuring the reticle remains in the same spot regardless of target range and aiming position.

Engineered with an ergonomic, aluminum housing for exceptional durability and a weatherproof rating of IPX6, this innovative device is nitrogen-filled, fog proof and shock proof, allowing for reliable use in a wide range of environments.

Learn more about the Agility 1×30 Dot Sight at www.fire-field.com/ff26006.html

Follow Firefield® on Facebook and Twitter for more product information.

About Firefield®
Firefield produces accessories for extreme shooting sports, AR-15s, shotguns and pistols, which are designed for the next generation shooter and serious gun enthusiast. Firefield concentrates on providing products for fast-paced situations. Firefield-Victory Justifies Everything®! For more information on Firefield products, log on to www.fire-field.com.

Amusingly, on Firefield’s website (look on the lower right), they give the scope 3 of 5 hashes for accuracy. At least it is durable enough.
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Part 4 & 1/2: Getting a Home-Based FFL – Interview Monday! http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/part-4-12-home-based-ffl-interview-monday/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/part-4-12-home-based-ffl-interview-monday/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72404 Much to my surprise and well ahead of 60 days (much less 30 days), the local examiner has called to set up my FFL 07 interview. My agent (let’s call him “Rick”) sounded enthusiastic, but overworked. It was a god-send that he had an open day as next week I am heading down to the […] Read More …]]>

Much to my surprise and well ahead of 60 days (much less 30 days), the local examiner has called to set up my FFL 07 interview. My agent (let’s call him “Rick”) sounded enthusiastic, but overworked. It was a god-send that he had an open day as next week I am heading down to the NRA show for TFB’s coverage. After that, I head to India, Florida, and then on to Saudi Arabia. Ay Carumba!

Rick was a bit incredulous at first on an apartment-based FFL 07, but when I explained what I was up to (design, experimentation, writing, research, and assembly of completed lowers) he was up to speed and on-board.

batfe The extra due diligence submitted with my package paid off. Rick mentioned that he had never seen one so thorough and so easy for him to verify (I included letters from the local zoning board and my landlord will full contact information). Everything has checked out with them so this interview is my last remaining step.

I will write up the topics covered, procedures, etc. after its complete. With any amount of continued luck, my FFL will be at my home by the time I get back from my next world tour. Soon after, NFA item reviews!

Note to everyone out  there: The ATF’s 60 days starts after they accept the application, not when it actually arrives at the ATF. My application arrived on the 20th but was not accepted until the 27th. This puts my turn-around to less than 3 weeks(!) I have to give credit where it is due: FFL123′s suggestions for including due diligence paid off big here. 

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Desert Eagle Takes Bronze http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/desert-eagle-takes-bronze/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/18/desert-eagle-takes-bronze/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72400 The Olympics are long over, but the Desert Eagle has still taken bronze.  Well, a bronze Cerakote finish anyway. Magnum Research is now selling .50 AE and .44 Magnum versions of the Mark XIX Desert Eagle pistol in a Burnt Bronze color.  The pistols will be available only through the distributor Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. […] Read More …]]>

The Olympics are long over, but the Desert Eagle has still taken bronze.  Well, a bronze Cerakote finish anyway.

Magnum Research is now selling .50 AE and .44 Magnum versions of the Mark XIX Desert Eagle pistol in a Burnt Bronze color.  The pistols will be available only through the distributor Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd.  Both models will retail for $1,696.

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Diamondhead Folding 45deg BUIS http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/diamondhead-folding-45deg-buis/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/diamondhead-folding-45deg-buis/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72345 Diamonhead USA has a set of folding BUIS. Sure that is nothing new but these pop out at a 45 degree angle. What’s the big deal? They just mount to your flat top and BAM! open up at a 45 degree angle. They retail for $298.00 and you can get them from the Diamondhead web […] Read More …]]>

Diamonhead USA has a set of folding BUIS. Sure that is nothing new but these pop out at a 45 degree angle. What’s the big deal? They just mount to your flat top and BAM! open up at a 45 degree angle. They retail for $298.00 and you can get them from the Diamondhead web store.

 

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Trick Shotgun Shell Reload http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/trick-shotgun-shell-reload/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/trick-shotgun-shell-reload/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72341 Ok, so it isn’t the most practical shotgun shell reload but it is a nifty trick. It kind of reminded me of the “someone give me a bullet” scene from The Quick and the Dead. Where Russle Crowe’s character is out of bullets and has a kid toss him a bullet. Go to 2:14min into […] Read More …]]>

Ok, so it isn’t the most practical shotgun shell reload but it is a nifty trick.

It kind of reminded me of the “someone give me a bullet” scene from The Quick and the Dead. Where Russle Crowe’s character is out of bullets and has a kid toss him a bullet. Go to 2:14min into the video to see the scene I am talking about.

 

So now I want to see the combination of these two videos. Someone tossing a shotgun shell to the shooter, the shooter catching it with the open chamber and then shooting said round. Or to really make this challenging toss a bullet and catch it into the open cylinder of a revolver and shooting said round. Gotta keep challenging ourselves otherwise life gets boring.

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Comparative Weapon Analysis of Crimea Troops and Eastern Ukraine Militias http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/comparative-weapon-analysis-crimea-troops-eastern-ukraine-militias/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/comparative-weapon-analysis-crimea-troops-eastern-ukraine-militias/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72329 In both the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine anti-government troops, without identification on their uniforms, popped up supposedly from nowhere. Nobody had any doubt that the troops in the Crimea where professional Russian soldiers. They were highly disciplined, armed with the latest Russian equipment and well supported. It has been assumed by many that the Eastern Ukraine militias occupying government […] Read More …]]>

In both the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine anti-government troops, without identification on their uniforms, popped up supposedly from nowhere. Nobody had any doubt that the troops in the Crimea where professional Russian soldiers. They were highly disciplined, armed with the latest Russian equipment and well supported. It has been assumed by many that the Eastern Ukraine militias occupying government buildings are also Russian soldiers. Arto Pulkki at Suomen Sotilas, a Finnish Military magazine, makes a compelling case that the Ukraine militias are not Russian troops, but rather an assorted rabble of civilians and retired or reserve soldiers

Here’s a brief summary of the radical materiel differences between the two cases:

  • In Crimea all soldiers used modern small arms (5,45 mm AK74M, 7,62 AKMS, 7,62 mm SVDS, 9,30 mm VSS etc.) as currently issued by Russia, but in East Ukraine you see mainly previous generation AKS74s and AK74s from the 70s and 80s.
  • In Crimea half of the soldiers armed with AKs were also issued with GP-series of 40 mm grenade launchers, as expected, but in East Ukraine you see practically none of these.
  • In Crimea practically all of the troops, line and special, wore modern ballistic protection for head and upper torso, but in East Ukraine you see practically none.
  • In Crimea 25 % of soldiers were armed with excellent 7,62 mm PKP/PKM light machine guns, but in East Ukraine you see no PK-series, only Soviet-era light 5,45 mm RPK74s..
  • In Crimea 25–50 % of soldiers were also armed with RPG-series of lightweight disposable anti-armor weapons, but in East Ukraine you see practically none.

The videos comparisons are also convincing. The East Ukrainian militias appear both incompetent and undisciplined, a danger to themselves and any non-combatants around them. These videos are of East Ukrainian militias:

This is a video of troops in the Crimea (skip to about 2:00, its a long video):

Thanks to Pekka for the tip.

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Franken-AR-AK-.22 Spotted in Cambodia http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/franken-ar-ak-22-spotted-cambodia/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/franken-ar-ak-22-spotted-cambodia/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:11:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72323 The NY Times has published an interesting article back in 2012 about the tourist shooting ranges in Cambodia. Its well worth reading, but what especially a reader’s attention was the .22 AK AR-15 in leading photo (click though to see the full resolution photo). The rifle’s upper receiver is some variant of an AR-15,  maybe originally an M16. The lower […] Read More …]]>

The NY Times has published an interesting article back in 2012 about the tourist shooting ranges in Cambodia. Its well worth reading, but what especially a reader’s attention was the .22 AK AR-15 in leading photo (click though to see the full resolution photo). The rifle’s upper receiver is some variant of an AR-15,  maybe originally an M16. The lower receiver looks hand fabricated. The rifle furniture looks to be taken from a couple of different Type 56 Chinese AK rifles (or some other AK variants … I am frequently criticized by readers for getting my AK identifications wrong).

What is especially bizarre is that the entire AK barrel gas and sight assembly have been moved to this gun. The barrel looks like an original Type 56 barrel, yet it is obviously chambered in .22 LR. Does it have a sub-caliber barrel insert? Or did they bother moving all the barrel bits and pieces, include the folding bayonet pivot and cleaning rod, onto a .22 barrel blank? Or does the .22 slug bounce down the original .30 caliber barrel, giving shotgun-like accuracy?

The magazine used is the same type as, or a clone of, the magazines that Brownells included in their .22 AR-15 conversion kits. I am not sure who was the OEM manufacturer or if that design was sold by anyone else. Note the distinctive zig-zag plastic reinforcing.

I like the inclusion of the original iron sights. Just in case they need to snipe those .22 LR to 800 meters (the Type 56 only went to 800m, not 1000m like the AKM).

Thanks to Jake for the trip.

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MARCK 15 in .300 BLK http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/marck-15-300-blk/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/marck-15-300-blk/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72296 MGI is now making the MARCK 15 chambered for the .300 BLK cartridge.  Complete guns and caliber conversion kits are both available.  The rifle carries an MSRP of $1,299 and the kit is $555. This gun is part of the MARCK 15 line of modular rifles made by MGI.  The guns are designed so that […] Read More …]]>

MGI is now making the MARCK 15 chambered for the .300 BLK cartridge.  Complete guns and caliber conversion kits are both available.  The rifle carries an MSRP of $1,299 and the kit is $555.

This gun is part of the MARCK 15 line of modular rifles made by MGI.  The guns are designed so that the user can easily swap barrels, bolts and magwells to change the rifle caliber to one of several choices.  Other calibers available include 5.56, 7.62×39, .308, .22 LR, .40 S&W and 9mm.

A .45 ACP version in action:

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Speed shooting in Cowboy Action http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/speed-shooting-cowboy-action/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/speed-shooting-cowboy-action/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72292 This is nothing new, but for those who don’t know, Cowboy Action is a competition similar to 3gun except they use old styled firearms. They use a revolver, shotgun and rifle. However they are all manually operated. Single action revolvers are used for the pistols. Side by side, pump (hammered) or lever action shotguns and […] Read More …]]>

This is nothing new, but for those who don’t know, Cowboy Action is a competition similar to 3gun except they use old styled firearms. They use a revolver, shotgun and rifle. However they are all manually operated. Single action revolvers are used for the pistols. Side by side, pump (hammered) or lever action shotguns and lever action rifles are used.

I am a fan of well executed manipulation of a firearm, but how fast can someone be using such antiquated firearms? Pretty darned fast.

Watch Specer Hoglund hand load 4 rounds, shoot all 4 rounds out of his shotgun in 2.54 secs.

Here is one with a double barreled shotgun.

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A Country Wide Water Gun Fight http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/country-wide-water-gun-fight/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/17/country-wide-water-gun-fight/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72269 Thailand has just finished celebrating the Songkran festival. This centuries old festival began with the tradition of sprinkling blessed water upon elders and family members to bring them good luck. Today its celebrated with a country wide water fight. A reader emailed us photos he took yesterday. I especially like the photo of the bar with […] Read More …]]>

Thailand has just finished celebrating the Songkran festival. This centuries old festival began with the tradition of sprinkling blessed water upon elders and family members to bring them good luck. Today its celebrated with a country wide water fight. A reader emailed us photos he took yesterday. I especially like the photo of the bar with plastic covering the walls and the cashier.

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Shotgun Headboard http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/shotgun-headboard/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/shotgun-headboard/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72285 We have seen some methods of storing shotguns within reach while in a bed. This one is rather clever. It drops from a hidden panel inside the headboard. The mechanism can be tuned using stiffer springs to prevent accidental activation. I would hate to be stretching as I wake up and have a shotgun drop […] Read More …]]>

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We have seen some methods of storing shotguns within reach while in a bed. This one is rather clever. It drops from a hidden panel inside the headboard. The mechanism can be tuned using stiffer springs to prevent accidental activation. I would hate to be stretching as I wake up and have a shotgun drop onto my face.

For more information or to order one go to the Gunbed website.

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United States Postal Service Also Needs Ammunition http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/united-states-postal-service-ammunition/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/united-states-postal-service-ammunition/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72249 Newsmax reports that the United States Postal Service is looking for vendors to sell it ammunition, which has upset some people who don’t think the postal workers should be buying ammo … Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities […] Read More …]]>

Newsmax reports that the United States Postal Service is looking for vendors to sell it ammunition, which has upset some people who don’t think the postal workers should be buying ammo …

Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.

Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the heading “Assorted Small Arms Ammunition,” that says: “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals.”

This is not as controversial as the media are making it out to be. The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has the oldest origin of all the federal law enforcement agencies, predating the United States itself. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1772 when he was the colonial Postmaster General.  The Postal Police employ 1,000 armed uniformed personnel and 1,200 criminal investigators.

One of the more interesting powers the USPIS has is to enforce the government-granted monopoly on the delivery of non-urgent mail. In 1993 they raided the offices of Equifax because the company was suspected of sending non-urgent mail through Fedex instead of the Postal Service. Equifax was fined $30,000.

So next time you are tempted to send your grandmother a birthday card through Fedex, remember that the postal service is armed and dangerous. Send her an email instead.

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Meopta MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/meopta-meopro-hd-80-spotting-scope/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/meopta-meopro-hd-80-spotting-scope/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72223 New from Meopta USA is the MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope. It is a premium low light spotting scope with a large 80mm objective lens made from fluoride glass (an expensive type of glass that prevents chromatic aberrations). It has the same basic design as the Meopta MeoStar S2 but lacks the ED elements (even more expensive glass), and […] Read More …]]>

New from Meopta USA is the MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope. It is a premium low light spotting scope with a large 80mm objective lens made from fluoride glass (an expensive type of glass that prevents chromatic aberrations). It has the same basic design as the Meopta MeoStar S2 but lacks the ED elements (even more expensive glass), and has an integrated 20-60x eyepiece instead of an interchangeable piece, significantly decreasing the price. Using the MeoPix adapters, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 phones can be attached to the eye piece to take photos. The MeoPro HD 80 has a MSRP of $1,724.99.

From the press release …

 HAUPPAUGE, NY, April 9, 2014 – Meopta USA introduces the MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope.   This sleek new spotter features an 80mm fluoride objective lens and MeoBright ion-assisted multi-coatings for outstanding performance in low-light conditions.  Designed to meet a lower price point than Meopta’s European-made MeoStar S2 82mm spotting scope, the MeoPro HD 80 has an angled body and integrated 20-60x eyepiece.  Its CentricDrive™ mid-body focus control is easy and fast to use in the field, even with gloves on, and the image quality is crystal clear making it easy to assess game at long distances.  Like all other optics in the MeoPro line, the HD 80 is assembled in the United States at Meopta’s Long Island, NY facility.

“This new spotting scope is the first in our popular MeoPro line and is made for hunters who want a mid-range price point but are simply unwilling to compromise on performance,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA.  “We chose to go with a fixed eyepiece in order to lower the cost and not compromise on quality.  In fact, we have incorporated a lot of the technology from our state-of-the-art MeoStar spotter into the MeoPro HD 80 such as Schott glass, the fluoride objective lens, CentricDrive focus that allows for fast adjustments from close ranges to extended distances, and the rugged, fully- armored magnesium alloy chassis.  The overall performance of the Meopta HD 80 – the superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge clarity and sheer brightness and quality of the images – will give hunters a top-tier scope view at a great price point.”

The MeoPro HD 80 works seamlessly with Meopta’s MeoPod TP-1 tripod and also with the MeoPix iScoping Adapters for the iPhone 4 and 5 models and Samsung Galax S4.  Its rotating, integrated tripod foot also works with most tripod interfaces on the market without the need for an adapter.

Nitrogen filled, waterproof and shockproof for maximum durability, the new MeoPro HD 80 will enhance any trip afield.

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The Most Beautiful Guns I have Seen: Two Bespoke Le Page Shotguns up for Auction http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/beautiful-guns-seen-bespoke-le-page-shotguns-auction/ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/16/beautiful-guns-seen-bespoke-le-page-shotguns-auction/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:11:00 +0000 http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/?p=72227 While we have come so far with modern manufacturing, it would seem that we have lost many of the old skills. Rock Island Auction company is soon to offer two two Le Page shotguns that showcase the true art of gun-making from the 1800′s. There are precious few people left who can craft such remarkable […] Read More …]]>

While we have come so far with modern manufacturing, it would seem that we have lost many of the old skills. Rock Island Auction company is soon to offer two two Le Page shotguns that showcase the true art of gun-making from the 1800′s. There are precious few people left who can craft such remarkable weapons.

Just gawk at them with me. The level of craftsmanship is truly astounding.

Note: Additional High-Res photos are available on the auction listing. Click on the links for each gun below:

Extraordinary Documented Cased Exhibition Quality Le Page Double Barrel Percussion Shotgun with Relief Chiseled Embellishment Elaborately Carved Ebony Stock Presented By the President of France to the President of Mexico and Once Part of the Harolds Club Museum of the Old West Collection

Estimated from $275,000 to $425,000

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Spectacular Exhibition Deep Relief Chisel Engraved and Gold Inlaid H. Faure Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock

Estimated from $85,000 to $130,000

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