Large calibre Air Gun the Umarex 50cal Hammer - Potential for firearms restricted cultures?

It is more obvious that there is hope for firearms restricted cultures: and we should eventually have access to higher calibre Air Rifles. These will be used for plinking and hunting primarily, and maybe for some sort of home defence also.

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Crossbows for Firearm-restricted cultures: Mission Crossbows

In a continuation of the experiences I had at SHOT 2018, I visited exhibitions which could actually have a chance at penetrating the very highly restricted firearms environment in my country.

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[SHOT 2018] TFB TOP FIVE – Handguns

As we roll into that giant sunset in the SHOT Show sky, let’s take a second to review some of the most significant handguns announced a few weeks ago. As a sign of the times, the top requested pistol is basically an MP5 without a stock. Both long rumored and long awaited, the PTR 9C and 9CT is a quality American made roller delayed firearm with an accessible price point. Take a look at the rest of our Top Five list and let us know your thoughts.

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Impressions and Reflections of SHOT 2018

Now more than a week has passed since SHOT 2018, and we at TFB are finally recuperating from what is most likely the busiest single week that the entire team will have all year. With SHOT Show over, we can finally go back to the boring business of gun writing and video making. But while the show is still fresh on our minds, I think it is important to take a second and look at some of the trends and big product pushes that occurred during the show.

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[SHOT 2018] TFB TOP FIVE – Long Guns

Finally, it is time to wrap up the 2018 SHOT Show TFB coverage – while it seems like an endless supply of stories on manufacturers and vendors, we are proud to bring you the most complete rundown of the biggest show of the year. Anyway, you asked and we listened – between the blog itself, Instagram, Facebook and telepathy, we took your requests for more information seriously. Let’s start off today with five of the most popular Long Guns from this year’s SHOT Show.

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[SHOT 2018] Truvelo CMS Rifles from South Africa on Display

South African Truvelo had their CMS rifles on display at the Pheonix Defense booth. We’ve covered the extremely short barrel (15 inches) 20x42mm and the single shot 20x110mm anti-material rifle from Truvelo, but this is an opportunity to look at the company’s popular 7.62x51mm NATO and .338 Lapua bolt action, magazine fed precision rifles. The only difference between the two is essentially the long and short actions lengths and the caliber. Additionally, the .338 Lapua version had a muzzle brake installed while the 7.62x51mm version had a simple thread protector installed on the muzzle.

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New Krinkov Offering from Iron Claw Tactical

Iron Claw Tactical out of Wisconsin was showing off a 5.45x39mm Krink option that the company has recently put together. Built off a Bulgarian SLR-104UR SBR ( stock form sold by Arsenal), the Iron Claw Tactical has a number of aftermarket parts, and parts of the companies own line that come together under a single gray Cerakote job.

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POTD: Spotted at SHOT: Gaston's personal, one-of-a-kind Glock

It isn’t every day one sees a Glock on an airport runway, let alone Gaston’s personal Glock.  Yet there I was, landing in Vegas for SHOT 2018 when I spied this one-of-a-kind Glock off the side of the taxiway at McCarran International Airport

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[SHOT 2018] Machine Gun Armory Semi-Auto M249 "Pistol"

So far the only U.S. civilian legal semi-automatic version of the venerable M249 Squad Automatic Weapon was from the same company that makes the actual machine gun, FN Herstal. However, we recently learned about another semi-automatic M249, from Utah based Machine Gun Armory. The company has usually dealt with Military, LE, and international customers in the select fire and fully automatic departments, going to such events as SOFEX held in Jordan. But at SHOT 2018 we were able to get our hands on Machine Gun Armory’s semi-automatic civilian legal M249, know as the MGA Mk46 at the company. I asked a representative if their firearms were made using FN Herstal parts kits, or how much was actually made in-house but didn’t get a clear answer. One major point setting their builds apart from the FN ones are that the MGA Mk46s don’t have a STANAG magazine port. Not a bad subtraction really.

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[SHOT 2018] Long Range and Cutting Edge with Noreen Firearms

At Shot Show 2018, TFBTV’s Corey Wardrop is stopped cold walking by a very unusual booth, with some very interesting firearms.

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[SHOT 2018] Hands On with FightLite's MCR Lightweight Belt-Fed, Raider Pistol

At the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, Florida gunmaker FightLite Industries, best known for their SCR “ban state” lower receiver that allows “compliant” rifles to be made using AR-15 components. FightLite also is the manufacturer of the MCR upper receiver, a conversion kit that transforms an AR-15 into a belt-fed light machine gun.

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[SHOT 2018] Lithgow's PRS Challenger: The LA105 Woomera

In the Legacy Sports International booth at the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, Australian company Lithgow Arms brought out their precision rifle series dark horse, the LA105 Woomera. Based on the excellent Lithgow LA102 bolt action rifle platform, the LA105 features a custom American chassis from Kinetic Research Group. With a polymer exterior, the rifle combines the rigidity of an aluminum chassis with the good thermal characteristics of a polymer stock (read: your skin doesn’t stick to it in cold weather).

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[SHOT 2018] KR-9 9mm Vityaz AKs Shipping SOON from Kalashnikov USA

Kalashnikov USA, orphaned stateside importing partner of Kalashnikov Concern, brought their latest prototype and production guns to the 2018 SHOT Show, and there is good reason to be excited. Chief among them: The KR-9 9mm AK carbine.

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[SHOT 2018] Lithgow Atrax IN PRODUCTION in USA Now

Good news for bullpup fanatics: The Lithgow F90, Australia’s improved version of the AUG, is in production in the USA right now under the name “Atrax”. Representatives of Dasan USA, the stateside manufacturer/importer, said that major components of the Atrax, including the barrel, were already being produced in their facilities within the country, to allow production weapons to comply with US import laws. Dasan Representatives said that the technical data package for the US-made components was transferred to the US from Australia, so each component made in the States adheres exactly to Lithgow’s methods and standards for that component.

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[SHOT 2018] Kinetic Research Group's New SOTIC Precision Rifle, Bravo Chassis, FOX-42 Semiauto 7.62, and Bushmaster ACR Accessories

At the 2018 SHOT Show, Kinetic Research Group – known for their high quality chassis for Remington 700 and Tikka T3 rifles – displayed something totally new: A complete precision bolt action rifle they called the “SOTIC”, after the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, which is now called the Special Forces Sniper Course. The rifle is based partially on the TRG series, but comes equipped with a KRG stock and forend, and which can be upgraded with a larger forend that sports M-LOK slots and other mounting points.

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