HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Blood Spatter or Why Does This Matter?

Welcome everyone to the 224th 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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TFB Podcast Roundup 114: January 29, 2024 Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 114. 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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The Rimfire Report: France's Gevarm 22LR Open Bolt Semi-Auto Rifles

Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is about the rimfire firearm world and its many types of rifles, handguns, ammunition, and shooting sports! In the last installment, we brought you all back a bit in time to when the Mitchell Arms company produced one of the most unique and fondly remembered 50-round rotary drum magazines for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. Many people who have owned these, including those of you in the comments, lamented that while they have great memories of shooting with these unique 50-rounders, most of you have stopped due to concerns over the deterioration of the bolt, and other plastic components. I suppose for now they’ll just have to remain a nice rimfire junkie’s collector’s item. This week we’re headed to France, or rather talking about a French-made gun that is not only really rare in the United States, but rare for rimfire firearms in general. We’re talking about our titular firearm for today’s Rimfire Report – the Gevarm series of open-bolt 22LR semi-auto rifles.

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FIRST LOOK: The New Rost Martin RM1C – Affordable and American

Compact pistols are still a favored choice for many regarding CCW pistols. Even if you haven’t drunk the micro-compact KoolAid yet, you probably know there are now many options out there that fit this specific niche for concealed carriers. Rost Martin, a relatively new firearms company that started up less than 5 years ago, has decided to release their first firearm, the RM1C, as a full-featured and affordable alternative to the healthy lineup of compact carry pistols. Rost Martin is a veteran-owned company based out of Dallas, Texas, and just like anything else Texans do, Rost Martin intends to do things big with the RM1C pistol. Rost Martin claims that their handgun has gone through an extensive amount of durability and reliability tests surviving 50,000 rounds in addition to debris and drop tests. I just received my first copy of the handgun and although I haven’t fired it yet, I wanted to give everyone here at the blog a closer look at the handgun to help showcase what I think stands out about this new compact pistol.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 77: Deals for January 29, 2024

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 77! 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 313: 2024 SHOT Show Silencers In Review

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the brand new YHM Bad Larry Suppressor. Let’s wrap up our 2024 SHOT Show Silencer coverage with a week in review for all things suppressor related. What was hot this year? Follow me to learn more.

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[SHOT 2024] Enter To Win The James Reeves 5.11 SHOT Show Looks

Our good friends at 5.11 are providing you with a chance to win the James Reeves 5.11 SHOT Show looks – a collection of bags, clothing, and gear hand-picked by JJR himself. Now, I know what you are thinking, not all of us have an inseam size that is less than our waist size. Fear not, while you have the chance to win James’ picks, you will be able to pick your own sizes and they will be new and unworn. Heck, maybe that will come as a disappointment to some of our most avid TFBTV viewers. Click here to enter the contest.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #312: SHOT 2024 Suppressor Preview

HuGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we Went shopping with a trip to Kittery Trading Post. This week we get a quick look at the week ahead with a SHOT 2024 suppressor preview. What are you hoping to see?

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying A Concealed Gun With Layers

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about different styles of iron sights on carry pistols 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 something I often struggle with during really cold temperatures like most of the northeastern part of the country is dealing with currently. When you start to have 3-4 heavy layers on your body, it can be tricky to grab a concealed firearm quickly. Certain carry positions as well as a few different techniques can make it easier to draw. Let’s take a closer look at how it can be tricky carrying a concealed gun with layers.

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A Closer Look At The 2024 CMP Rule Changes

We’re now officially into 2024, and that means it’s time for the latest CMP rule changes. Some of these changes were teased earlier but we can now look at the full text. As far as I can tell, these all seem like improvements.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Silencing the Gap – Part 1

Welcome back to  Wheelgun Wednesday, our weekly article series where we cover everything related to revolvers. Today’s topic is the technical challenge of effective sound suppression of revolvers. While we all know that the cylinder gap prevents proper suppression, we will look at different workarounds, developed by designers across the world. There’s no universally accepted categorization of solutions to this problem, but for the sake of simplicity we’ll arbitrarily divide the approaches into three groups:

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Step by Step: Building From A SIG P320 FCU – Part 1

Almost two years ago, I bought my wife a SIG P320 FCU. She was pregnant with our second maniac. I mean, beautiful child. At a certain point, we decided it was unsafe for her to continue shooting. Since she couldn’t shoot, building some grown-up LEGOs was the next best thing. She’s since been hunting down deals and collecting parts, and we’re finally ready to put it together. 

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Khyber Pass or I'll Bid Last?

In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, by a razor-thin margin decided the Taran tactical pistol set was fudd crap.  

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Commentary on The Savage 1907 Pistol

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 am starting the year off right with a commentary article. Today we are covering the Savage 1907, America’s first mass-production double-stack handgun, its field strip, and common issues. Let’s dive into the very retro Art Deco double stack!

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SILENCER SATURDAY #312: Let's Go to the Gun Shop – Buying Suppressors Retail

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we flipped through the paper to bring you another edition of Suppressors Ripped From the Headlines. The weather continues to be non-compliant with range activities, so live fire remains on pause. Instead, I hopped in the car and drove to a large firearms and outdoors store to have the experience of buying suppressors retail. What did I learn? Let’s find out.

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East German / DDR AKs – The Best In The World? Part 2: Quality

In part one of this series, I wrote about the history of DDR AKs which by many are regarded as the best in the world. In this part of the article, I will describe some experiences I had when I repaired those guns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Step by Step: Building A Precision AR-15 Upper Receiver

Just as it is with power tools, each type of firearm has its own purpose. With the modularity of platforms like the AR-15, one type of gun can be configured in many different ways, covering different kinds of tasks. In my personal collection, I have a shorty AR for close range, a standard 16” do-it-all gun, and a large void that needs to be filled with a long-range, precision rifle. Adding the word “precision” to anything basically triples the cost of an off-the-shelf gun, so I decided to build one instead and gather parts over time. Join me on this journey, as I put together an AR-15 upper, part after part, expletive after expletive.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Iron Sights For Carry Guns

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at various ways to carry while using an ORV. If you happened to miss that article and want to check it out, be sure to click the link here. This week, I wanted to take a look at various iron sight options for people who carry concealed. Depending on the sight choice, it can offer various advantages compared to other options. Let’s take a closer look at iron sights for carry guns.

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East German AKs – The Best In The World? Part 1: History

AK rifle is often thought of as something crude and easy to produce with shabby craftsmanship performed by slave laborers in dystopian socialist factories. So many times I heard: “Oh, what do you expect, it is an AK”. That is why it is ever more interesting to look at East German AKs, produced in a country that for the last 100 years has been thought of as the synonym of quality products.

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New Russian 6.02×41 Cartridge and Prototype Rifles (AK-22 and Mini SVCh)

Kalashnikov Concern and Tula Cartridge Plant have developed a new intermediate cartridge called 6.02×41 and two rifles chambered in it – Mini SVCh and AK-22. The 6.02×41 is designed to replace both the 7.62×39 and 5.45×39 cartridges in the Russian military service. This joint project started in 2020 and apparently was just unclassified with the publishing of the Russian patent (RU2809501C1) protecting the design of the cartridge.  Kalashnikov Gun Magazine were the first to report about this program.

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Gas Systems of the Eastern Front – 1945

In my last article on the K.43 I said that if I was able to get my grubby paws on an SVT-40 I’d do a comparison of the gas systems. Well, after getting extremely lucky on a GunBroker listing, I’m able to do just that.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Wick's Combat Master or Midlife's Financial Disaster?

Welcome everyone to the 222nd 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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TFB Podcast Roundup 113: January 8th 2023 Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 113. 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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The Rimfire Report: The Forgotten Mitchell 50/22 50-Round 10/22 Magazine

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and all of its guns, shooting sports, ammunition, and of course, rich history! This week we’re taking a look at an old and probably almost forgotten-about accessory for the Ruger 10/22 rifle – the Mitchell 50/22 Magazine, a 50-round drum magazine that is much more than meets the eye when compared to today’s 50-round drum offerings for the Ruger 10/22. What I’ve learned about these nifty magazines recently has made me wish that these rare magazines would make a comeback. So join me today as we explore who the Mitchell Arms company was, how their 50-round drum offering for the 10/22 rifle performed, and of course where you can find these rare magazines now and how much you should expect to pay for one.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 76: Deals for January 8, 2023

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 76! 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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Friday Night Lights: B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Thermal Image

Happy New Year TFB readers! And welcome to the first Friday Night Lights article of 2024. Here I write about night vision and thermal-related content. Well, today I will share with you my attempt to capture the B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber’s image using long-range thermal and my Sony digital camera.

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Concealed Carry Corner: How To Conceal In An ORV

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about how small guns aren’t always the best option when carrying them daily. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here for more information. This week, I wanted to look at another topic that can apply to a lot more people than just the offroad community. Whether it’s riding four-wheelers, side-by-sides or jeeps, the idea of carrying a concealed firearm while you enjoy the great outdoors makes a lot more sense than it initially sounds. Let’s take a closer look at how to conceal in an ORV.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Throwing It Back With The Ruger Service Six

Thanks for joining us for another installment of Wheelgun Wednesday here on TFB. This is my first time writing one of these posts, so it is fitting that I talk about my first revolver. This 4-inch Ruger Police Service Six has been with me since my teenage years and it continues to serve me well.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Realtree Colt or Revolver Revolt?

Welcome everyone to the 221st 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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TFB Armorer's Bench: 2023 TFB Armorer's Bench Wrap-Up

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 take a second to reminisce and look back on all that we have covered in our new series this year. TFB Armorer’s Bench started in August of 2021 so this is the second full year of TFB Armorer’s Bench and what a year it has been. This year (2023) has been a year full of projects and job-specific situations. Frankly, the stuff I really enjoy sharing. Lots of juicy tips and tricks this past year. Let us jump into all that we have covered in this 2023 TFB Armorer’s Bench Wrap-Up!

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