TFB Armorer's Bench: Colt 1851 Maintenance

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. I had a friend ask me about how to shoot a cheap black powder revolver he picked up. It’s an old ASM Colt 1851 Army reproduction. While I was showing him the basics I noticed that things were not quite right. He mentioned he was going to try to clean up the rust but when it was in my hands I could tell that we were dealing with a broken gun. Could it function? Yes. BUT not correctly. When at full cock the cylinder was free to rotate forward as it pleased. I knew the issue and told him what part to order up. Let’s dive into doing Maintenance on a Colt 1851!

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SILENCER SATURDAY #337: The HUXWRX FLOW 556 Ti Preview

Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the brand new YHM 338 Bad Larry Suppressor. Last week we discussed my upcoming departure as the editor of TFB and my hiatus as the host of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Apparently I spoke to soon; We still have a few more weeks together before I hand off the series to someone who is smarter and more capable than yours truly. While I have been out of town, a package arrived from HUXWRX that I can only assume is the new FLOW 556 Ti rifle suppressor. As it is noon on Saturday and I am still somewhere over the Atlantic, you are going to have to settle for a preview of its features and capabilities and I will finish up next week with some range time next week. Let’s get into it.

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TFB Review: 1,000 Rounds With The Springfield Armory SA-16A2

Retro is all the rage these days. Though flat top uppers remain the standard and are much easier to use with optics, the nostalgia factor of the classic carry handle still has a certain allure. Springfield Armory is one of the first major manufacturers to embrace that trend with the SA-16A2.

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POTD: The Norma Solids - .416 Rigby 400gr in Ruger M77

Welcome to another edition of TFB’s   Photo Of The Day! A friend posted this image and it’s too good not to be shared. We have a Ruger M77 416 Rigby, and it’s a thing of beauty. The rifle is probably from around the early 1990s and has the great, almighty rifle scope Z6i from Swarovski.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 137: The July 12th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 137. Each week we’re bringing you a new set of podcasts from across the web that cover a wide variety of topics including gunsmithing, hunting, precision shooting, war stories, competition shooting, gun industry news, and much more. In addition, we’re also featuring the most recent episode of TFB’s own Behind The Gun Podcast which airs every week on Thursday mornings. If you’d like to check out the full episode list for TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, you can find it here on the TFB website or on your favorite podcast app. Sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to this week’s selection of gun podcasts.

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NEW Smith & Wesson M&P Carry Comp Series

Smith & Wesson has just announced a new series within the M&P line of pistols, the M&P Carry Comp series. For anyone not in the know as to what a Carry Comp is, it involves compensating the muzzle rise during recoil by venting gas upward against the impulse through a compensator cut into the pistol’s slide and barrel near the muzzle. Compensators have been rising in popularity with the handgun market for some time and S&W has included them as add-on features for their M&P 2023 Spec series. However, the new S&W M&P Carry Comp series comes with the compensator cut directly from the slide and barrel.

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Herstal Group Rebrands As FN Browning Group

2024 marks the 135th anniversary of the founding of the FN factory in Herstal, Belgium. No Herstal Group, FN’s parent company, will be changing its name to FN Browning Group. This encapsulates the company’s two major brands - both of which have a lot of history behind them.

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Short & Sweet: Vang Comp TAC-14 Other Firearm

Vang Comp Systems, a noted customizer of scatterguns, has a new model that’s not a shotgun. The new TAC-14 Deluxe is an “other firearm” according to the ATF instead of a “shotgun” even though it fires 12-gauge shotgun shells. Let’s take a look at why that matters.

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Ruger Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a Limited Edition No.1

2024 marks Ruger’s 75th anniversary as an American firearms manufacturer. Whether you learnt to shoot with a Ruger 10-22, carry a Ruger American or enjoy plinking at the range with anything from a Mk IV to a Super Blackhawk many of us have enjoyed Ruger’s firearms over the years. Now to celebrate their 75th anniversary Ruger have announced a limited run of 75 special edition engraved Ruger No.1s, the company’s classic falling block single shot rifle which was first introduced back in 1967.

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CZ 99 - A Good Pistol Developed in a Bad Time

When you hear “CZ”, the first thing that comes to mind is the Česká Zbrojovka factory in Czechia (Czech Republic), famous for their CZ pistols, Scorpion submachineguns, and Bren rifles that our own James Reese recently tested. But there was one more CZ, the Yugoslavian factory called Crvena Zastava (which means “Red Banner” in Serbian), which also used the “CZ” designation for some of their rifles and pistols, the most famous being CZ99.

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POTD: Finnish Conscripts Train with U.S. Service Weapons

Photo Of The Day - Finnish conscripts were engaged in a unique training exercise, learning to handle U.S. service weapons, specifically the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The training took place in the dense forests of Upinniemi, Finland, as part of a collaborative effort with U.S. Marines. This exercise was a component of the 2024 Reconnaissance/Counter-Reconnaissance deployment in the Baltic Sea region, under Task Force 61/2.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Switching Your Carry Gun Too Often

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last time we talked about my top 5 favorite summer carry guns. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to give it a read. This week, I wanted to talk about another important aspect when it comes to carrying concealed which is rotating between too many guns. This isn’t typically a problem for beginners who are just getting into guns but will more than likely impact those of us who have a number of options to carry on a given day. Let’s take a closer look at switching your carry gun too often.

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Lone Star Armory: An Inside Look At Premium Firearms Manufacturing

If you head southeast toward Arlington from the heart of Fort Worth, Texas, you will soon come to a small industrial park just off of Highway 287. Nestled in with several other businesses including a manufacturing company and machine shop, a laser etching/engraving operation, and a metal and Cerakote finishing service, you will find a premium firearms manufacturer: Lone Star Armory. Founded in 2006, LSA’s Texas-proud DNA is comprised of critical lessons learned from warfighting and law enforcement, a heritage of competition shooting and auto racing, and an obsessive passion for the pursuit of absolute excellence in every aspect of the mission, right down to the minutiae of every individual component or process.

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Vista Outdoors Board Recommends Selling Ammo Business To CSG

The board at Vista Outdoors is unanimously behind a restructuring plan that will see the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) buying its ammo-related business, with the rest of the company restructuring after the sale.

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Century Arms Centurion 11: Affordable 1911 Action

Back in the heady days of the Roman Empire, a centurion commanded 100 soldiers. Today, for only four hundred bucks, you, too, can become a commander of sorts with the Century Arms Centurion 11, a 1911-style pistol chambered in the classic .45 ACP.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #123: Guns at Lynx Brutality w/ Les Winner

In our continuing coverage of Lynx Brutality 2024, we’re bringing back Les Winner of Polaris Logistics. Les, as many of you know, does a lot of work behind the scenes at each Brutality match, often helping competitors transport their firearms across the globe in the most hassle-free way possible. In addition to trafficking arms, Les also spends a lot of time on his own YouTube channel -  Pegasus Tests - testing out tons of different styles of modern and retro military gear. Today Les and I discuss some of his favorite firearms from Lynx Brutality 2024, as well as some of his other observations about this match, and others like it after having been through the Lynx gauntlet himself a couple of times now. Please welcome back Les Winner to the show!

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