Thursday, June 30, 2011

9x39 Grom : The Coolest Round You've Never Heard Of

This little guy comes out of Russia and has been around since 1980, but almost non-existent in the U.S. due to importation restrictions. Gears of Guns has a great write-up on the 9x39 Grom.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ruger SR40c Released

Ruger SR40c

Press Release:
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the introduction of the Ruger® SR40c™ pistol. The SR40c is the compact version of the recoil reducing, striker-fired SR40™ pistol, one of the slimmest and most ergonomic full-sized .40 caliber pistols on the market today.

The SR40c is based on the same high-performance glass-filled nylon frame as those used on the popular SR9®, SR9c™ and SR40 pistols, offering the same, great ergonomic features, including a slim frame, short trigger reach, reversible backstrap, and ambidextrous controls. The SR40c features a through-hardened, stainless steel or alloy steel slide with Nitridox Pro Black finish. Serrations on the front portion of the slide make it easier to manipulate the slide and press check the chamber.

"The SR40c provides all of the benefits of a full-sized handgun without the recoil often associated with smaller .40 caliber pistols," said Mike Fifer, Ruger CEO. "The SR40c offers yet another strong concealed carry option from Ruger, perfect for personal protection or law enforcement plain clothes and backup applications," he continued.

The Ruger SR40c pistol has a 3.5" barrel and an overall length of 6.85". The pistol weighs 23.40 oz. and features a height of 4.61", with the same slim 1.27" grip width (across safety levers) as the full-sized SR40. It has a fully adjustable 3-dot sight system and an integral accessory rail that accommodates most lights and lasers. The SR40c offers modern safety features such as a visual and tactile loaded chamber indicator, striker blocker, trigger safety, magazine disconnect and an ambidextrous, frame-mounted manual safety.

The SR40c ships with two magazines that provide options in both capacity and grip size. The standard magazine holds 9 rounds and features a flat bottom butt plate; a finger grip extension floor plate included. The second magazine features a grip extension and holds 15 rounds, instantly transforming the smaller, compact grip into a full-sized grip. An anti-friction coating is applied to the magazine body to reduce the force required to load the magazines to full capacity.

For customers living in states or locales where magazine capacity is limited by law, an SR40c that ships with two, 9-round magazines is offered.
No witty comments, just the facts...


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Springfield's New XDM 5.25 Competition Series

Springfield XDM 5.25 Competition Series
It looks like Springfield Armory has released their newest addition to their XDM line. The XDM 5.25 Competition Series will offer an adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight. The slide has a 'lightning cut' which lightens the weight and is currently only available in 9MM. No price has been released yet, but my educated guess is $699.99-$749.99.
Capacity19+1 rounds
FinishBlack or Bi-Tone
Frameblack polymer
Barrel5.25" Match Grade Select Fit Steel
Total Length8.3"
Weight29 oz
Front SightFiber optic
Rear SightFully adjustable target rear
MSRP (Price)Not yet announced.

Click HERE for pictures and HERE for specifications.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Predator Intelligence Launches

Without trying to sound like too much of a hipster I do want to say that I had Multi-Cam before it was cool. But now it seems A-TACS is hot and I don't have any... yet! Luckily for you and me has just launched. If you're looking for Multi-Cam or A-TACS gear you need look no further.
To coincide with their launch they are offering a free SORD Operators Cap in A-TACS or MultiCam ( Exclusive) with every order of $150 or more. Just put the pattern of your choosing in your cart at check-out and enter Promo Code: ARMAMENTOPCAP4TH

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Don't forget to check out the Predator Intelligence Blog for Military Gear news.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Have Your Voice Heard! #SHOT 2012

Dan Hall from GunUp! will be addressing the NSSF Marketing Symposium tomorrow at 1045 Central Time. What does this have to do with you? Everything! NSSF are the folks behind the SHOT SHOW and what Dan is trying to do is get them to allow greater access for gun bloggers to attend and report directly to you.

How can you get your voice heard?
If you have a Twitter account all you have to do is add the hashtag #SHOT to your tweets containing your eagerness to see gun bloggers at the SHOT SHOW. Don't know what to write? You can steal the following: ”I support gun bloggers and want new media events during #SHOT 2012" Make sure you retweet others with the same hashtag!

We need you to do this on June 28th from 10:45-11:15 AM! Tweet Early and Tweet Often!

If you haven't all ready; sign-up for a Twitter account and tweet away. Don't forget to follow your favorite gun blogger @RomeoTangoBravo.


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Monday, June 20, 2011

S&W M&P 15-22 vs. Mossberg AR-22 :: First Impressions

With the increase of ammunition prices many people are turning to low cost rim fire versions of their centerfire guns. Whether you are looking for a rim fire pistol or rifle one of the most important things I look for is that the rim fire version needs to have similar; if not the same controls as its big brother.

Top: Mossberg AR-22 // Bottom: S&W M&P 15-22
In the world of cost effective .22LR ARs the Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22 has risen to the top. It is affordable (Base: $499.99), easy to maintain, and works! Most importantly to me is that its controls are the same as the AR-15. No tools are needed for disassembly, and if you know how to field strip an AR you will have no problem with the M&P 15-22.

Top: Mossberg AR-22 // Bottom: S&W M&P 15-22
The Mossberg AR-22 has just recently entered the market and has gained a lot of attention because its selling for just $299.99. I have had the opportunity during the past week to handle the AR-22 and come to find it has NOTHING in common with an AR-15 except for its dissapator appearance.
I am not going to list each gun's specifications here, but you can click on the links above and check out the manufacturer's website for all of the details.

Below are pictures of each rifle field stripped per their manual's instructions for regular maintenance.

The M&P 15-22 comes apart easily without the use of any tools and as I stated above; if you can disassemble an AR-15 you will have no problems with this rifle.

Feild Stripped S&W M&P 15-22 for Maintenance
The Mossberg AR-22 is a different animal altogether. Unlike the M&P 15-22 the AR-22 was NOT designed from the ground up to be a ".22LR Trainer"; rather Mossberg took their successful 702 Plinkster design and placed a cosmetic shell over it to emulate the 'look' of an AR-15. The result is that the rifle has no controls even remotely similar to an AR-15 and is a pain to disassemble for maintenace.

Feild Stripped Mossberg AR-22 for Maintance
There are several small screws that I can see being easily lost or stripped. Another thing that is required for disassembly is the removal of the optics mount and once the halves are separated the rear sight (which has both the elevation and windage adjustments) falls free. I have not shot the AR-22 but I would assume that this process may result in loss of zero.

If you are looking for a cost effective .22LR trainer I would strongly encourage you to spend the extra $200 and get the M&P 15-22.  A picture is worth a thousand words.

I am curious to know what you folks think of this rifle. Please feel free to comment on your experiences or insights.



702 in it's plastic shell
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Leupold RCX Trail Camera

Leupold RCX-2 System Kit

I have no where to put a trail camera, but I really want one. Check out Leupold's RCX Product Site.

RCX-1: $229.99
RCX-2: $279.99

RCX-1 System Kit: $279.99
RCX-2 System Kit: $329.99

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Father's Day Wish List : 2011

200th Post! Mini Milestone!

When I stated this site in a smelly pigeon infested computer lab in Iraq I never thought it would be as popular as it has been. So, I'd like to thank all the loyal readers of and everyone who glances at my ramblings.

For those of you who don't know; is also represented on Facebook and Twitter. F.Y.I. I push a lot of stories I don't have time to post about to the Facebook page; which also pushes to Twitter. Make sure you stop by the Facebook Fan Page and "like" it; to ensure you stay up-to-date.

Once again; thank you readers, fellow bloggers, and all of you industry folks who want me to review their products... you know who you are.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ruger BX-25 Hits the Shelves!

Ruger Single-Ten Revolver

Click to Biggify!

AmmoLand has the release:
Southport, CT --( Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the Ruger Single-Ten, a ten-shot single-action revolver chambered in .22 Long Rifle.
The Single-Ten features a ten-shot cylinder and is constructed from durable and handsome satin-finished stainless steel.
With a 5.5″ barrel and smooth, walnut “Gunfighter” grips, the Single-Ten is well balanced and points easily.
The sight picture of the Single-Ten is enhanced by Williams fiber optic sights, which are click-adjustable for both windage and elevation.
“The Single-Six has always been a fun gun to shoot,” remarked Mike Fifer, Ruger’s CEO.
“The additional cylinder capacity, along with the trim Gunfighter grips and fiber optic sights, make shooting the Single-Ten even more enjoyable,” he continued.
For more information on the Ruger Single-Ten, or to learn more about the extensive, award-winning line of Ruger firearms, visit or . To find accessories for the Ruger Single-Ten or other Ruger firearms, visit
Check out Ruger's page on the Single-Ten.


My Gun Truck Delivery Arrived!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Who Doesn't Need a Good Gun Truck?

While deployed overseas I saw some pretty interesting gun + truck combinations, but this video coming out of Libya takes the cake!


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Retracting Ballistics Data Tape Holder from Leupold :: Accurate Shooter

If you are a long-range shooter you'll want to check out this piece of gear. The Accurate Shooter has the details:
"If you often shoot at multiple distances, it’s smart to keep a come-up table (ballistics chart) with your gun. Some guys have a laminated card, while others print out a ballistics chart and tape that to their buttstock. That works, but it’s not a very stylish solution.
Leupold sells a cool, compact Retractable Ballistics Chart that holds your ballistics data on a retractable tape in a plastic housing. Write your come-ups on the tape with a permanent marker pen, such as a fine-point Sharpie. Access the data just like using a measuring tape — pull out to read and then the tape rolls back into the housing. This black plastic, scope-mounted device retails for about $35.00. There are two different versions — part #54804 for 1″-diameter scope tubes and part #54778 for 30mm scopes."
I have never been very good shooting at extended distances (>500 meters), but I would like to learn and improve that skill set someday. Until then, critters within rock throwing range better watch out!

H/T: Accurate Shooter


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Saturday, June 11, 2011

S&W Governor vs. Taurus Judge :: First Impressions

Top: Taurus Judge // Bottom: S&W Governor
I had an opportunity to handle Smith & Wesson's Governor side-by-side the Taurus Judge. My initial impressions are that the Governor seems to be a 'beefier' Judge. Obviously the Governor allows you to fire .45ACP (with the use of moon clips) in addition to .45 Colt and .410 Gauge Shotgun, but beyond the extra chambering and +1 capacity; I don't see anything special. With the Judge being about $100 less than the Governor I would get the Judge.

I hear you screaming out there... "Smith's trigger is way better than Taurus's!" ...maybe, but it was pretty difficult for my finger to find much of a difference in pull, break, or reset between the two. Both Smith and Taurus offer a life-time warranty and go bang. What more could you ask for?

One of the comments I've heard the most has been, "I never thought I'd see the day Smith & Wesson would copy Taurus." I usually respond by saying, "You'd be surprised by how many of Smith & Wesson products are copies." Overall, I'm not that impressed with either...

Top: Taurus Judge // Bottom: S&W Governor

Taurus Judge Specifications :: Click to Enlarge

S&W Governor Specifications :: Click to Enlarge

Left: S&W Governor // Right: Taurus Judge

Left: Taurus Judge // Right: S&W Governor

Left: S&W Governor // Right: Taurus Judge
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Looking For a New Knife? : The Edge Observer

It can be difficult looking for a new knife for the one fact that there are so many. It's hard to scan all of the manufacturer's sites comparing different models. (I've tried) But there is some light in the world of researching cutting tools. The Edge Observer

They offer great reviews with all the information you could ever want. Check them out!

Twitter: @edgeobserver
Facebook: Edge Observer Fan Page
YouTube: Edge Observer Channel

Their Latest Review:

Professional, knowledgeable, and insightful reviews; the three reasons why The Edge Observer has been added to my daily reading list.


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Can You Tell The Difference?

To add perspective; this cartoon was made in 2005...
Can you tell a difference between the two? It is getting more and more difficult everyday. Case in point; is the recent shooting of Jose Guerena. If you don't recognize the name, you should. By far the blog with the most comprehensive commentary is Walls of the City: The Killing of Jose Guerena. Please take the time to read it.

Below is footage of the "raid" and subsequent shooting captured on a officer's helmet cam:

"We’re rapidly heading for a world in which the whole wolves/sheep/sheepdogs = bad guys/innocents/good guys paradigm breaks down.
Instead, cops are properly now seen by civilians as threats. They have the capacity to kill you, and sometimes do. Threat does not = sheepdog. Threat = wolf."
I couldn't agree more... I think I need more ammunition. Just say'n...


Wanna Ride In a MRAP? (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) : War Is Boring...

War Is Boring has a great after action review of an IED attack. It appears that David Axe was riding in a Maxx Pro made by Navistar Defense when it was struck by an IED March 2011 in Afghanistan. Navistar Defense sent him a Q&A of his experience in their vehicle. He has my kind of humor.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Echo Nine Three - AK Single Point Sling Mounts

You can find all sorts of neat and interesting stuff while surfing the web. A lot of it doesn't even have anything to do with guns! On my most recent quest I stumbled upon a company by the name of Echo Nine Three.

Echo93 offers several services, but what caught my eye was their AK Single Point Sling Mounts. They offer three different designs that are not only simple to install, but appear to be just as robust as the AK platform itself. 

Check out the product video below and their site. Oh, and did I mention they're affordable? Because they are!


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FNH's First Striker Fired Pistol - FNS

From what I hear FNH USA is bringing their striker fired pistol design; the FNS, to America!
The good news: the FNS will reach our shores this year.
The bad news: the FNS will initially only be available to law enforcement agencies. Look for it at Shot Show 2012.
*Sad Face*
Here's a video to peak your interest:



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Must Read Before You Buy A 1911 - Gear Scout

If you are thinking about buying a 1911 or even if you own several; check out the article over at the Military Times: Gear Scout. It is refreshing to read a review that isn't full of diatribes for or against any one pistol platform; rather it is an honest look at the 1911 for what it is.

Check it out: Read this before you buy your first 1911! They have some great pics too!


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Police Agencies Profiling Second Amendment Supporters : This Should Come As No Surprise

The fact that law enforcement agencies are profiling second amendment supporters should not come as a surprise to any of you. Remember a couple years ago when the Department of Homeland Security released a warning to law enforcement to pay extra attention to right wingers, veterans, and second amendment supporters? Well it looks like the Baltimore Police has issued a reminder to their local officers. Below is the intelligence bulletin:

Are they just upset at the fact that the organization Legally Concealed is marketing a symbol "designed in the same spirit of the law enforcement 'thin blue line'"? Or is this a legitimate concern for the policing community?

They seem to be concerned that once the symbol is identified; that the officer is in imminent danger of having an armed encounter. While reading commentary on this story I noticed one person made the observation that there should be a release informing the public that if you see someone wearing a badge that you are about to have an interaction with an armed individual. I like that idea.

H/T: AmmoLand


Friday, June 3, 2011

Quaker, I think we need to have a talk...

I was out grocery shopping with my wife the other day when she handed me some coupons and told me to go pick out some cereal. Like any good husband I gripped the coupons in my fist and skipped off to find some sugar covered bran flakes. When I arrived at the cereal aisle I was quickly side tracked by my favorite cereal; LIFE. As I reached out for Original LIFE I became tempted by the promised tastes of Maple & Brown Sugar. That's when I actually 'saw' the boxes:

Quaker, I think we need to have a talk. I hope I'm not the first person to notice this. If I am, however, I think you need to hire me as an editor of sorts; you know, for the good of the company. Feel free to contact me via email.


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GunUp's New Web Browser Tool

Gunmart Blog has the details of this exciting new tool for the Firefox Browser. Now when you see a firearm featured in an article you just need to highlight the firearm's make and GunUp will give you reviews, variants, manufactures, and more! Check out the Demo Video. Download the extension at

Hey, my buddy Lynn was on Fox News!

I've bought and sold several guns in Lynn's shop when I lived in Arizona. He's a good man to know.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Orion Arms Custom Engraving : Make Your Mark

If any of you have ever built or thought about building a short barreled rifle/shotgun; you know that BATFE requires that you have the receiver engraved to exacting specifications. When I registered my AR lower I turned to Orion Arms.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ryan, the Owner of Orion Arms, and asked him a few questions:

What made you want to get into the firearms business?

The idea of applying for a FFL started at a point in my life when I realized I knew too much about guns not to try and make some money from it. I wasn't sure how but, I figured I would come up with something other than just selling firearms. At first, I actually was going to sell hand fabricated drum magazines for a somewhat uncommon model. It required converting a double stack mag to single stack and making it work with a surplus drum. The three I made worked well in both full and semi-automatic versions of that model.

How did you come up with the name 'Orion Arms'?

The name of the business came from my favorite song; Orion by Metallica. It's an instrumental but, it's a great instrumental. It was actually played on a key board in the background of the first website. It ended up using too much space and got the boot. I gave anyone a $5 credit that could name it; it was never officially announced but, a couple mentioned the name and got $5 off.

How did Orion Arms get into firearms engraving?

The engraving side of things started when I was talking to a good friend of mine that owned and operated Tom Sawyer Manufacturing (TSM). His family was growing and guns were something that he didn't want around any more. I purchased the engraving equipment and tools and ran with it. TSM used to offer full custom receivers that they had manufactured for them. We have looked at this avenue many times but the right arrangement just hasn't come about yet. It didn't take long for the TSM fan base to accept us and trust us. I believe we have upheld the level of quality and customer service that TSM fans and new customer would expect.

Do you have any competition? What do you offer that they don't?

There are a couple of companies out there that are direct competition. Some have not lasted as long as others and are no longer around.
Our biggest offering over our competition is our engraving machine. It is a rotary engraver which uses a cutter to physically cut out and remove the material. Most companies use more modern equipment such as lasers. Unless you shell out the big dollars you won't have a laser powerful enough to penetrate deep enough to meet the BATFE requirements for manufacturer markings. Some cannot even burn through the layer of anodizing on an AR receiver, therefor, we see alot of SBR and SBS work as well as home built semi-auto rifles.
The use of a rotary cutter also allows us to reproduce many Government and non-copy righted machine gun markings. The channel left by the cutter closely resembles the look of a roll stamp on a M2HB or early Government issued M16's. We can reproduce many images with high accuracy. We have a goal of at least a 95% match to the original art.

What is your most popular service?

SBR markings are popular for us and we do a ton of custom images. The most common model we work with would have to be the AR15 type rifles. I refer to them as the Chevy small block of the firearms world. There are so many ways to build them with different calibers and such.
We keep a couple AR receivers on hand but, we are happy to work with items the customers already own.

How large is Orion Arms?

We are a small mom and pop type shop. Just a small low-key operation to keep costs down.

Do you consider yourself a firearms enthusiast?

I personally was not raised around firearms but, I did a once a year duck hunting trip on my grandparents farm. I do hunt small game from time to time with friends but, my real passion is historic firearms; anything from WW1 to the Vietnam War. The history tied to them is something that should never be forgotten; yet history still repeats itself.
It's fascinating how there can be so many different models of machine guns; that all preform the exact same task; load, fire, and repeat. It's neat to see them broken down and learn how they all do it differently.

For more information be sure to check out Orion Arms website. All photographs courtesy of Orion Arms. E-mail Updates

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