[SHOT 2024] New Rock Island Armory Enhanced RIA 5.0E Pistol

Firearms manufacturer Rock Island Armory has announced the introduction of the RIA 5.0E, a new addition to the RIA-USA series. Upgrades include, new optics cut and plates, an updated barrel with improved materials and geometry, aggressive slide serrations for easier manipulation, and an Armor Series finish with a diamond-like carbon coating.

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Gun Shops and Gun Laws of the Philippines

When people ask me about my hobbies, I am often hesitant to say “guns”, so my usual answer is “travel”. Frankly, it is both. And the more I travel, the more I understand that there are very few places in the world, outside of the US, that have an actual gun culture. More often than not, guns are a privilege available only to the rich and well-connected, and in very few places gun ownership is mainstream. But the Philippines are a good exception to that rule.

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Rock Island Armory STK100 Approved by IPSC and USPSA Divisions

USPSA and IPSC are both very fun and engaging shooting sports that have a long laundry list of rules, regulations, and approved equipment. Part of this approved equipment also includes very strict criteria for each division that separates competitors to provide a more even playing field. Rock Island Armory’s first offering in the polymer-framed striker-fired pistol market -the  STK100 – has just received approval for the Production and Carry Optics divisions for both the IPSC and USPSA shooting organizations giving competitors access to yet another firearm. The Rock Island Armory STK100 was announced last year in June and is the first of its kind from RIA USA.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Rock Island's Affordable M200 Revolvers

When most Americans think of the Philippines in relation to revolvers, they may well think of the mythological ineffectiveness of the .38 Long Colt chambered M1894 and M1901 revolvers during the Moro Rebellion.  However, revolvers have been manufactured in the Philippines themselves for quite some time, beginning with the Squires Bingham/Armscor M100D and Thunderchief revolvers as well as the Shooters Arms “Protector”.  This past week, TFBTV’s James Reeves took a detailed look at RIA/Armscor’s M206 revolver.

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VIDEO: The NEW Rock Island Armory STK100 Striker Fired Handgun

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves meets with John of RIA to discuss the new Rock Island Armory STK100 striker-fired, aluminum-framed handgun. This gun is, essentially, an aluminum-framed Glock clone that has about 90% parts compatibility with the Glock 3rd gen handguns. However, the STK100 has a number of features that aren’t featured on other striker-fired guns in the same price point including optics cuts, lightening cuts in the slide, an aluminum frame, and more.

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Rock Island Armory Introduces The STK100 Striker-Fired Pistol

Rock Island Armory (RIA) has just unveiled their first striker-fired pistol – the STK100. The STK100 features a 17 round standard magazine capacity, aluminum grip, and 1911 style grip angle. The STK100 will be launching officially on June 17th at 10am Mountain time and you can register for the live presentation and Q&A session via the Armscor/RIA website. The new STK100 should have an MSRP right around $599 and will be manufactured by Rock Island Armory in the Philippines.

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[SHOT 2019] Armscor VR80 Semi-Auto Shotgun

About a week ago we reported about the release of this new semi-auto shotgun and today, at the Range Day of SHOT Show 2019, we had a chance to take a closer look and shoot the Armscor VR80 12 gauge semi-auto AR-style shotgun.

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Rock Island Armory Introduce New Shotgun – the VR80

Rock Island Armory have introduced their new semi-automatic shotgun – the VR80. Developed by Rock Island Armory’s Philippine parent company Armscor, the new AR-style 12 gauge, magazine fed shotgun will hit shelves in 2019. Rock Island Armory are called the VR80 ‘a lean, mean customizable machine.’

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Philippines Orders 50,000 .45 ACP Pistols

The Philippine Department of National Defense has announced that they have signed a contract to manufacture 50,000 ‘.45 caliber high-capacity pistols’ with ARMSCOR for the use by the Philippine armed forces (AFP).

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Bet Your Life On Cheap FMJ? Armscor .223 Rem 62gr FMJ gel test

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https://www.venturamunitions.com/armscor-223-rem-62gr-fmj-ammo-20-rounds/

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Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 014: The .223 Timbs (7.62x25mm Tokarev w/ Sabot!)

What do you get when you take the venerable speedster 7.62 Tokarev, and load it with a muzzleloader-style sabot and 50gr .22 cal projectile? You get one of the most interesting pistol, submachine gun, and personal defense weapon ammunition concepts there is!

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Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 013: The .22 TCM and .22 TCM 9R

It has been a little while since we visited the subject of modern personal defense weapon calibers, so to start it off again we’ll be taking a look at a new high velocity round that is only a few years old: Armscor’s .22 TCM. This round was reportedly developed by Fred Craig as a high velocity caliber for the 1911 platform, and picked up by Philippine company Armscor. Originally called the “.22 Mini Mag”, the .22 TCM (Tuason-Craig Magnum, after Craig and Armscor’s president) is designed to fit inside the magazine well of a 1911 and function from .38 Super 1911 magazines. Although a pistol round, the .22 TCM is based off the .223 Remington case, shortened by about three quarters of an inch. Thanks to the thick web of its parent case, the .22 TCM is capable of handling high pressures of 40,000 PSI. A version with a shortened projectile, the .22 TCM 9R, is compatible with shorter 9mm magazines for weapons like the Glock 17.

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Armscor .45 Auto 230gr JHP gel test and review

Armscor .45 Auto 230gr JHP fired from 5″ SA 1911A1 at 20 feet into ClearBallistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight for the purpose of assessing the usefulness for defense.

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For South Africa's Denel Land Systems, the Defense Business Is Booming – Factories Pulling Double Shifts

The South African state-owned defense conglomerate Denel Land Systems has recently experienced a large rise in sales which have maxed out its production facilities, African defense website DefenceWeb reports. According to DefenceWeb’s article, most of the increase in recent sales have been from small lot sales to the Middle East.

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Breaking: Rock Island Armory Teases the SF9

Rock Island Armory posted some pictures to it’s Facebook page at the beginning of this month that appear to show a brand new gun from the Philippines-based firearms manufacturer. These pictures reveal a striker fired, polymer frame 9mm pistol called the RIA SF9.

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