Concealed Carry Corner: The Good and Bad of Constitutional Carry

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we discussed the idea of compensators on carry guns. If you missed that article last week, be sure to click the link here to read it. This week, I wanted to look at some of the constitutional carry statistics that came out along with taking a look at some of the pros and cons of constitutional carry. Let’s take a closer look at the good and bad of constitutional carry.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Silver Creek Firearms – Who, What, Where, When?

Last week on Wheelgun Wednesday, I gushed about the prospect of Spohr revolvers coming to the United States because James Reeves has spoken so highly of them as of late; thus, I’m excited now, too. That being said, I’ve never touched or seen a Spohr revolver in real life yet. One revolver that is almost on the same level of “unicorn status” are Silver Creek Firearms. I stumbled upon this brand in the “basement” or “dungeon” of SHOT Show 2023 and walked away very impressed. Unfortunately, we have not heard much about them since. So, in this week’s edition of Wheelgun Wednesday, we are going to revisit Silver Creek Firearms to delve into the basic questions of Who, What, Where, When?… Let’s dive in!

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Look Mom a FAMAS or I'm at a Loss?

Welcome everyone to the 239th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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China is Making Iraq Military Industry Great Again

In the early 80s, Iraq Military Industry was quite impressive for a Middle Eastern country. With the help of Yugoslavia, the country produced several different AK-pattern rifles, light machine guns, and various sniper rifles.

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The Rimfire Report: The Legendary Ruger Standard .22 Pistol

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world! Last time we talked about the AMT Automag II .22 Magnum pistol. As I assumed would be the case in the comments, most of you guys love the idea, and the looks of the sizeable silver handgun but absolutely loathed the size of the grip, and the lack of consistent reliability across all models with most types of ammo. However, as with any discontinued handgun, not every example is a negative and at least a handful of you mentioned that the pistol was not only stylish but was entertaining as heck to shoot due to the gigantic fireballs the handgun produced. I think we all share the sentiment that it’d be pretty cool to have a modern, decently functioning replica of the Automag II around. This week we’re going further back to a legend within the rimfire pistol scene. Born out of the “Standard” series released in 1949, the eventual Ruger Mark or MK series of pistols would completely change the rimfire pistol scene forever. Today we’ll check out a very nicely preserved sample of the Ruger Standard model sent over to us by our friends at FirearmLand. FirearmLand has been helping us get a closer look at some of these rare and discontinued historical pieces so be sure to check out their website if you’re interested in collecting or even selling some of your rare firearms!

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 92: Deals for June 10th, 2024

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 92! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Diagnosing and Assessing a Colt 1877 Lightning

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. In this article, I decided to do some much-needed and desired maintenance on a gun that was once dubbed “the gunsmith’s best friend” or “gunsmith’s nightmare” depending on where you read. I of course am talking about the contentious Colt 1877 otherwise known as the Lightning (Thunderer for 41 cal or Rainmaker for 32 cal). I have talked about all the little issues, controversies, and real-world happenings of this controversial Colt in a separate Commentary article. Today we are taking it apart, taking a peek, and seeing if we can get this thing closer to the like new condition it deserves. Let’s dive right into Diagnosing and Assessing a Colt 1877 Lightning!

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TFB Podcast Roundup 132: The June 7th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 132. 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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Concealed Carry Corner: Compensators On Carry Guns

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about some things not to do when carrying a handgun. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I wanted to take a closer look at the concept of having a compensator on your carry gun as a daily accessory. Springfield Armory was the latest to release a compensated version of their Hellcat line so it’s not a bad option to look at what compensators offer in the world of carrying concealed as well as some of the drawbacks. Let’s take a closer look at compensators on carry guns.

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Jim Fuller Interview: Parts Kits, War in Iraq and the Beginnings of the AK Manufacturing in the USA

In the first part of the interview, I spoke with Jim Fuller about his experience with Chinese AKs. In this chapter, he will talk about the early 2000s, when US companies just started to build the first American-made AKs.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Spohr Revolvers – German, Shooting Precision

In the United States when it comes to revolvers, there is what I would call the Big 3 – Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and Taurus – that command most of our attention and our dollars. Of course, that is an extremely narrow-minded list. There is Colt, single-action revolver brands, and innumerable others. Generally, these brands are $1,000 or less for most of their models (key emphasis on most) which is exactly what the American revolver market likes: affordable wheelguns. When you turn your eyes to Europe though, we start to see some extremely high-end manufacturers like Korth, Manurhin, and Spohr. Both Korth and Manurhin I personally discussed on TFB because companies like Beretta (Manurhin) and Nighthawk Custom (Korth) have been able to import them into the country. So, either I have handled/fired them personally, seen them at SHOT Show, or “I know a guy.” There is simply more info in the ether about them. Spohr, on the other hand, I know nothing about. That is if it were not for our beloved James Reeves from TFBTV. He has shed an appreciative light on the brand in recent years, and it appears that the brand is ever-so-closer to making its way into the United States. So, in this week’s edition of Wheelgun Wednesday, we are going to take a look at Spohr revolvers to see what they may be bringing to the US soon. Let’s dive in!

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Chinese AKs, Part 5: Jim Fuller about the history of China AK imports into the USA

Last year, I published a series of articles about the history of Chinese AK rifles, Part 1 was about the construction of the factories and the Russian assistance, Part 2 was about the proliferation of Type56, Part 3 was dedicated to post-Cold War changes in Chinese firearms manufacturing and in Part 4 I wrote абоут modern variants of Chinese AKs. However, I ignored one important part of China AK history – importation to the USA. And who knows it better than Jim Fuller, one of the most well-known veterans of the industry who contributed to the popularity of the AK platform in the US.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Bolt Action Big Bore or Ammo Prices Make Me Cry More?

Welcome everyone to the 238th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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The Rimfire Report: The Hilariously Huge AMT Automag II .22 Magnum

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of guns, ammo, and history. Last time we talked about the concept of a gas-operated 22LR rifle or pistol. While the concept is a neat exercise in “can we do it” the reality of the situation is that the 22LR cartridge is not meant for nor would it be suitable for anything other than a manual or standard blowback semi-automatic action. This week I want to talk a bit about an obscure pistol I’ve been trying to get my hands on for years – the elusive and massive AMT Automag II .22 Magnum rimfire pistol. Born out of the technological revolution of the 80s, the Automag II is equal parts hand cannon and target pistol. This is one rimfire gun I’d love to see make a comeback and hopefully today I can show you why.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 91: Deals for June 3rd, 2024

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 91! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #331: Sound Science For Suppressor Lovers

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. Today’s episode is a continuation of our basic knowledge series that pulls back the curtain on sound science for suppressor lovers and the physical properties of making gunshots quieter. Let’s take a look.

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Serbian AKs, Part 5: Rising from the Ashes

In  Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugoslav AKs, in  Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers, Part 3 was dedicated to the most common Zastava M70, Part 4 went over rifles that Zastava developed during the collapse of Yugoslavia. In this final chapter, I will talk about modern Serbian AKs that I’ve seen over the years.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 131: The May 31st Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 131. 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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Concealed Carry Corner: Things To NOT Do Concealed Carrying

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about carry bags and when it’s appropriate time to utilize a carry bag. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I want to look at some of the worst things I have seen out in public when it comes to carrying a concealed handgun. Whether it’s someone just starting out and learning how to carry a gun or someone just flat out doing wrong, it’s a good learning experience to talk about some of these mistakes so more can avoid them down the road. Let’s take a closer look at things to not do concealed carrying.

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Silencer Shop: The Beginner's Guide To Silencers (aka Suppressors)

About a decade ago I discovered a ‘cheat code’ for my love of shooting firearms – silencers. With the right suppressor, the right host (gun), and the right ammunition, the enjoyment of shooting is elevated to the next level. So, after many years, about 200 silencers, and hundreds of thousands of rounds on target, it wasn’t a surprise that Silencer Shop asked me to share this ‘cheat code’ in the form of a beginner’s guide to silencers. If you are new to the world of quieter shooting, or you could use a refresher on the process, stick around while we discuss the basics of buying, transferring, and using suppressors.

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Yugoslav AKs, Part 4. Collapse of Yugoslavia

In  Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugoslav AKs, in  Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers, Part 3 was dedicated to the most common Zastava M70s and this chapter will go over Zastava AKs developed during the collapse of Yugoslavia.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Revolvers – The Sleeping Giant Reawakened

If we roll back the clock 30 some years ago, Colt was not known for making semi-automatic pistols (1911s, Mustang 380, etc); rather, in the eyes of many consumers they were known for being a revolver manufacturer (Python, Diamondback, Anaconda, and countless others to include both double-action and single-action). Yes, for many decades they have made both as well as AR-15s, but the average shooter knew Colt for being an iconic wheelgun manufacturer. After the conclusion of the NRA Annual Meetings (NRAAM) 2024, we got to see an avalanche of new revolvers announced from Colt, once again. It appears that the Colt CZ Group – the holding company for Česká zbrojovka, CZ-USA and Colt – is making a strong push to restore the old glory that Colt once had within the revolver market. Colt revolvers are on the rise, and with this latest spark of creativity and an adventurous spirit, there is no telling what Colt revolvers we might see next.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: By The Armorer Book – M1 Garand 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. In this article, I figured with Memorial Day around the corner it may be a good opportunity to talk about M1 Garand maintenance or even a touch of general firearm maintenance and conservation. The last time we did something like this was with a Glock and a Glock Armorer’s Book. Perhaps you have Pappy’s M1 and want to clean it according to the military manuals or you just want to be on top of preservation. Let’s dive right in!

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Yugo AKs, Part 3. M70B1, the Workhorse from the Balkans

In Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugo AKs, in Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers. In this article, we’ll take a look at the stamped receiver M70B1 rifles.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 130: The May 24th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 130. 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 this week’s selection of gun podcast listening.

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Concealed Carry Corner: When Carry Bags Are A Good Option

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at optimal versus practical 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 look at a topic that often times comes up more in the summer months which is carrying off body in carry bags. With the explosion in options for carry bags on the market today, is it a good idea to carry your gun in a bag? Let’s take a closer look if carry bags are a good option.

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New ATF "Engaged In The Business" Rule (Kinda) Blocked By Judge

The ATF published (yet another) new administrative rule that impacts many American gun owners. We previously covered the “engaged in the business” rule when it was proposed last year. The final version of that rule is now published, but it has already been stayed by a judge. Let’s look at what this rule says, and who it applies to.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Smith & Wesson 36, The First J-Frame

Welcome to TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, our weekly foray into the world of wheelguns. This week, we’ll take a look at the Smith & Wesson 36, which is a 5-shot, small-frame revolver chambered in .38 Special. The Model 36 is a purpose built self-defense revolver, which is also associated with detective work during the 20th Century. Is it still a viable self-defense weapon for the 21st Century? Let’s see.

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The Breakdown On Back Up Iron Sights

In the world of rifle accessories, the amount of products available today is nearly endless. With multiple versions of every product out there, it’s important to know what you want and what some quality options are in each category. Regarding Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS) there are typically a few variations of folding or fixed sights. Some will say offset should be in a variant but typically those fold as well. For people just getting into shooting, they oftentimes don’t know what to look for or what they want when it comes to iron sights. Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown on back up iron sights.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Golden Stag or Boomer's Bag?

Welcome everyone to the 237th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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