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TFB FIELD STRIP: FN 1922 Pistol

Welcome to the TFB Field Strip series, where we dig in (literally) to any gun we can get our hands on. In this edition, we’ll be looking at the Fabrique Nationale or FN 1922 pistol designed by John Moses Browning. The 1922 pistol had quite a production run from 1922 (go figure) to 1983, and this model saw plenty of service in Europe throughout World War II, as well as pre-war and post. The FN 1922 is a larger version of the pocket-sized FN 1910, and the changes allowed for more bullet velocity, better sights, and increased ammunition capacity. The 1922 example for this field strip is chambered in 7.65 Browning, also known as .32 Auto or .32 ACP, yet they were also offered in .380 ACP as well. Thanks to my friend Chad for letting me photograph his  FN1922, which was brought back by his grandfather from WWII.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: FN FNX-45 Tactical Pistol

This episode of the TFB Field Strip series involves the feature-rich FN FNX-45 Tactical, naturally chambered in .45 ACP. The FNX‘s predecessor, the FNP-45 Tactical was a contender in the Joint Combat Pistol trials of 2005 and 2006 to replace the Beretta M9 service pistol. Even though the JCP program was scrapped, the FNP lived on and was eventually redesigned into the FNX, and the FNX-45 Tactical was released commercially in late 2012. The FNX-45 Tactical stands out from the standard models in that it includes a longer, threaded barrel for suppressor use, as well as suppressor height iron sights and it’s also optics ready from the factory. This field strip comes courtesy of Black Sheep Armory II in Panama City Beach, Florida. Let’s dig in.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Benelli M2 Tactical Shotgun

It’s been a while (just over a year!) since we’ve done a Field Strip here on TFB, and I figured, why not start back up with a highly coveted firearm, the Benelli M2 Tactical semi-auto shotgun. The M2 model is an extension of the Benelli Super 90 series introduced in 1986, and utilizes the Inertia Recoil system developed in the late 1960’s. Josh at Black Sheep Armory II in Panama City Beach was kind enough to let us field strip one of the Benelli M2 shotguns he had on hand. The famous shotgun exhibitionist, Tom Knapp, used Benelli shotguns, including the Super 90 series to set world records. The following video is a tribute to Tom Knapp from the Benelli Firearms YouTube channel.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Zastava M57, M70 And Soviet TT-33's

Thanks for joining us on another TFB Field Strip adventure, where we’ll look at the Yugoslavian, Zastava M57 pistol, and by extension, its predecessor the Soviet TT series.  I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Yugo M57 by friends I was shooting with and the owner was kind enough to let me share the field strip process with TFB readers.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: How To Field Strip AK Rifles And Variants Of The AKM

Welcome to another edition of TFB’s Field Strip series, in which we’ll look at the simplistic field strip AK rifles and pistols adhere to. Mikhail Kalashnikov‘s AK47 has become one of the most recognizable and iconic rifles and fielded by many nations, freedom fighters, terrorists, as well as firearms enthusiasts.  There have been numerous variations on the AK platform since its adoption by the Soviet Union more than 70 years ago, some of which were dependant on which Warsaw Pact country it originated from.  According to Wikipedia, more than 100 million rifles based on Kalashnikov’s design have been produced, and around 90 countries have adopted them in some form or another.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger Mk III (and Mk I & Mk II) .22LR Pistols

For this edition of TFB’s Field Strip series, we’re going with the famous Ruger Standard, or Ruger Mk III pistol. This pistol, and all it’s derivatives are lauded as a great shooting pistol, but maligned as a terrible pistol when it comes to field stripping. Owners of the Ruger Standard pistol have dreaded and cursed the takedown process since 1949. However, the fact that it remained in continuous production for 67 years suggests that people were willing to overlook the field strip process, or simply ignore it for as long as absolutely possible.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger 10/22 Rifles, Carbines and Pistol

The Ruger 10/22 rifle (and pistol) has become the quintessential firearm when it comes to shooting .22 LR and has become one of the most common rimfire guns in North America. There are other semi-automatic .22 LR rifles, but it’s clear that the gun owners and the aftermarket have heavily favored the 10/22. First released in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 made a splash in firearms community that would help hunters, plinkers and countless newcomers learning marksmanship and gun handling for the next 55 years and beyond.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Rossi Tuffy .410 Break-Action Shotgun

In this edition of the TFB Field Strip series, we will cover a break-action shotgun, which is made by Taurus under the Rossi brand.  The Rossi Tuffy in .410 gauge is a handy little utility shotgun that comes with synthetic furniture that can hold extra cartridges in the stock.  The disassembly of the Rossi Tuffy is generally quite similar to most break-action, single shot, shotguns, which are quite easy.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: The 1895 Nagant Revolver

The 1895 Nagant revolver is a unique wheelgun that stands out from many designs.  The Nagant revolver is well known as a Russian revolver, however it was actually designed by Emile and Leon Nagant in Belgium in the early 1890’s.  In 1898 the full production began in Russia.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: The Mosin-Nagant Rifles

Welcome to another edition of TFB’s Field Strip series.  Today we’ll cover the disassembly process of the famed Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle.  Since the Mosin-Nagant rifles have hit the surplus market, people seem to either love them or hate them.  Regardless of your feelings on them, the Mosin-Nagant has sealed its place in history, despite not being the best at what it does.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: The Colt Woodsman & Huntsman .22LR Pistols

The Colt Woodsman is a semi-automatic .22LR pistol with a ten round detachable box magazine.  Notably, it has a heel magazine release.  The Colt Woodsman was manufactured from 1915 to the mid-1970’s.  The Huntsman was introduced in 1955, and was previously named the Challenger.  The name change was due to a dispute between Colt and Browning over the Challenger name, of which Browning already had a .22 pistol named as such. The Colt Woodsman and Huntsman pistols have the same disassembly process.  If you’ve played with enough .22 pistols, the disassembly directions can vary widely compared to larger caliber semi-auto pistols.  Let’s disassemble the Colt Woodsman on this edition of TFB’s Field Strip series.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: AR-15 Rifles And Pistols

Welcome to the TFB Field Strip series. The AR-15 pattern of rifles hardly needs any introduction. While Eugene Stoner’s iconic design may sometimes be the focus of unwanted attention, this sometimes spurs a newly-acquired desire for people to learn more about it. Thus, I have put together this edition of field strip, looking at the AR-15. This is for the newbies, who will be starting from an experience level of zero – maybe having held one in a video game once, or not even having held one virtually.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Colt Rail Gun With Wilson Combat Upgrades

When a firearm design is as old, and as popular, as the 1911, people are going to tinker with it to better suit it to their needs.  This Colt Rail Gun is no exception.  The Colt Rail Gun is the civilian version of the USMC’s M45.  TFB’s Adam S. already covered the field strip for a standard 1911, but my friend Seth’s 1911 Colt Rail Gun has been upgraded enough to warrant another field strip to add to the TFB series.  Seth added aftermarket parts from Wilson Combat and upgraded two stiffer springs to allow him to shoot .45 Super as well as .45 ACP.  The compensator, 2-piece, full length guide rod, and shock buffer were all additions from Wilson Combat.  The 24 pound recoil spring and upgraded trigger pin spring were from Wolff Gunsprings.  The stiff 24 lb. spring and the 2-piece guide rod change the take down process and add a bit of sport as well.  Let’s begin after this safety message:

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Beretta U22 Neos Pistol

This edition of the TFB Field Strip series will cover the Beretta U22 Neos pistol.  The disassembly for the Neos is quite a deviation from the standard semi-auto pistol and is quite unique in that regard.  The Neos is chambered in .22 LR and has been quite handy for dispatching nuisance animals, teaching marksmanship to newbies, or just plinking on the cheap.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Makarov Pistol And Licensed Copies

After WW2, the Soviet Union was replacing its entire fleet of small arms. And while some Russian weapons that were accepted into service in the late 40s and early 50s, like AK-47 and SKS, became a timeless classic and overtime proved itself, there was at least one gun that did not make much sense. I am talking about Makarov pistol, also known as PM (Pistol, Makarov).

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to conceal.  I’ve mentioned my usage of the LCP for the Concealed Carry Corner article on running HERE.  Texas Governor Rick Perry used his LCP to shoot a Coyote that was sizing up his dog.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: GLOCK, All Models (-1)

The Glock pistol hardly needs an introduction.  Its place in the pistol market has been firmly established over the last three decades between military, police and civilian usage.  It’s been said that 65 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States issue Glocks.  I have carried three different Glocks through my career and I’ve been very satisfied with the accuracy, simplicity and ease of maintenance the Glock design provides.  The aftermarket for Glock pistols is one of, if not the strongest for any one firearm.  Even for the aftermarket guns that aren’t Glocks, they are still based on the simple Glock design.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: CZ75 Pistol And Licensed Copies

In the previous post about Browning High Power, I already talked about the fact that great weapon designs are not always appreciated at the time of their invention. CZ75 is definitely one of those designs.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was in service for three decades with the United States military (and others) and served in quite a few wars.  After the retirement of the M1 Carbine, it was still in use by police departments around the world.  The M1 Carbine gets mixed reviews online, but I’ve always found them a joy to shoot.  You can look back at the Carbine’s TFB coverage  HERE.  You can also view the M1 Carbine Field Manual HERE.  For a deeper look into the M1, M2 and M3 Carbines and its intricacies, you can view the Technical Manual HERE.  I’d like to thank my Father-in-law for the use of his Carbine for this article.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: H&K USP

The Heckler & Koch USP, or “Universal Self-Loading Pistol”, has been in service around the world with militaries, law enforcement and civilians since the early 1990s.  There are several variants that include the Compact, Compact Tactical, Tactical, Expert, Match, Elite, Combat Competition, and P8.  It’s been chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W (as shown here), .357 SIG and .45 ACP, with an option of converting to .460 Rowland as TFB covered last year.

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TFB FIELD STRIP – The SIG Sauer P-Series Handguns

The SIG Sauer P-Series is one of the most iconic handgun designs created in the last 50 years in my eyes. It was also one of the easier systems to field strip and clean which a number of different handguns also use in today’s market. Once you know how to disassemble the gun, it becomes easy with practice. Here are the disassembly steps.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Walther P99 and Licensed Copies

Walther P99… I always wondered why this weapon wasn’t more popular back in the day. This pistol was used by James Bond (who apparently has the worst trigger discipline in history) and other movie characters. It came from a reputable manufacturer, was light and reasonably priced, received some favorable reviews, but never achieved the cult status many H&K pistols have in the US.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Browning HP And Licensed Copies

In XX century very few weapons were truly ahead of their time. You can argue about many designs, and if they were actually innovative, but there is no doubt that when FN Herstal Browning HP was designed in 1935 it was way ahead of any competition.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Select fire MP5 and Licensed Copies

There are very few weapons as legendary as MP5. Developed in the mid-60s by German small arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch, it became one of the most well-known submachineguns in history and weapon of choice for many special units all around the world.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Mossberg 500

Welcome to the TFB Field Strip series.  We’ll be disassembling a Mossberg 500 in this edition.  The field strip process for the Mossberg 500 is very similar to the 505, 510, 535, 590, 835, as well as the Maverick 88 and 91 models.  The only real significance being whether your model has a captured takedown screw on the barrel assembly, or a removable cap at the end of the magazine.  Before we get started, the four gun safety rules are listed below as a reminder.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec - DEFENDERS SERIES

Some of us have a strong love for the Model 1911 whether it came from cinema, history books, or being able to shoot one at an early age. If that affection came at an early age we possibly did not, or currently do not, have a ton of cash to shell out for something high-end. For that very reason, Springfield Armory created the “Defenders Series” which is a 1911 Mil-Spec version at a cheaper price for entry into the platform. It retains all of the quality, fit, and finish that you would expect from Springfield Armory and the 1911 design, but at a lower MSRP for your wallet.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Beretta M9A3 Pistols

The Beretta M9A3 pistols are a tactical or duty variant of the iconic 92 product line designed for personal defense, law enforcement and military applications. Although not an official entrant, the Beretta M9A3 pistols were considered by some to be a contender for the replacement for the M9 pistol issued to U.S. Armed Forces prior to the MHS competition that ended in early 2017. The M9A3 is chambered in 9mm, features an accessory rail and has a threaded barrel. The falling locking block design of the Beretta 92 is considered by some to be more accurate and act as a better suppressor host in contrast to other designs such as Browning’s tilting barrel action.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: SVD Dragunov Tiger

REMEMBER the  four rules of gun safety:

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Walther PPK And Licensed Copies

REMEMBER the  four rules of gun safety:

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Ruger Revolvers, SP101, GP100, and Super Redhawk Models

REMEMBER the  four rules of gun safety:

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