Germany Oktoberfest

The riflemen’s procession

Bavarian riflemen march in the traditional costumes at the riflemen’s procession on the occasion of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Hundreds more photos of Oktoberfest at Yahoo. [ Many thanks to mik for emailing [Read More…]

A Homemade 1.25kJ Coilgun

This homemade coilgun is very impressive. There has been a debate on AR15.com about how powerful this gun is. My guess would be a 800 grain slug traveling at 100 ft/second and generating just under 18 ft/lbs (24 joules) of muzzle energy. This is guesstimate fits in with [Read More…]

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Congrats to Aurélien

I want to congratulate long-time reader and contributor Aurélien on the publication of his first “major work”, a special edition of the French magazine RAIDS. The edition is entitled “le pistolet au combat” (the handgun in battle). It covers the [Read More…]

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K-Var Saiga Quad Rail

K_Var is selling Arsenal Inc’s SGL12-03 Saiga 12 Shotgun with a nifty quad rail fore-end. You can watch a video of it in action here. [ Many thanks to Robert for emailing me the link. ]

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John Wayne’s First Movie Gun

Guernsey’s is auctioning off the first rifle used by John Wayne in his first feature film The Big Trail (1930). This is an original Model 1863 percussion rifled musket made by the U.S. federal armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Union Soldiers to use [Read More…]

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M14 KABOOM

Blain at ARFCOM reports … I felt the stiff recoil from the explosion at the same time as hearing the blast, and feeling the hot hair blow in my face, and through my hair. I knew what had happened. Something, I had heard of happening with bad rounds (Indian, [Read More…]

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A Taliban Armoury

C.J. Chivers has published photos on the NY Times and his personal blog of weapons captured in Afghanistan. It is a good to see that either the Taliban do not have the resources to purchase new firearms or they do not have the ability to supply new firearms to frontline [Read More…]

ATF Selected S&W M&P40

S&W has revealed that their winning entry into the recent BATFE competition was the M&P40 pistol. Not much surprise there, but it is nice to have it confirmed. From the press release … The award marks the completion of a full and open competition among [Read More…]

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Bushmaster ACR on sale to LEO

Law Enforcement Organizations are now able to purchase the Bushmaster ACR with barrel lengths from 10.5″ to 18″ and in either .223 Rem. or 6.8mm SPC. The press release did not say anything about a select fire model so I am unsure if a full-auto trigger [Read More…]

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.500 S&W Double Taps

Accidental double tapping of .500 S&W revolvers is apparently quite common. This video demonstrates … A few years ago S&W investigated the phenomena. They discovered, as you have probably already guessed, that the double taps were the result of what was [Read More…]

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Anschutz Sells Out

Earlier this year I blogged about a prototype pistol by the German firm Armatix which required the operator to wear a special wristwatch in order to fire it. I considered it a novel idea but ultimately useless invention that would never be adopted. Built-in gun locks [Read More…]

Tam on pistons …

Tam says (referring to the RAA PDS) … Look, if you’ve just gotta have a gun with a piston in it so your friends will know you’re cool, get a gun designed from the ground up to use a piston, not some kludge affixed to a Stoner-type bolt carrier assembly [Read More…]

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Bushmaster ACR videos

Bushmaster has launched a YouTube channel for the ACR. The video embedded below shows how quick it is to convert a standard ACR to an enhanced ACR, which you may recall I recently blogged about. Magpul’s original design goal of making the rifle as modular as [Read More…]