Saturday, July 30, 2011

Benelli Vinci :: Super Sport, Cordoba, and Steady Grip

It looks like Benelli is releasing three new models in their Vinci Modular Shotgun line.

Vinci Super Sport
  • Carbon Fiber Finish
  • 12GA 3"
  • Extended Crio Chokes
  • Crio Ported Barrel
  • ComforTech Stock, Recoil Pad, and Comb Insert
  • Shim Kit
  • MSRP: $2119

Vinci Cordoba
  • Black Synthetic Stock
  • 12GA 3"
  • Extended Crio Chokes
  • Crio Ported Barrel
  • ComforTech Stock, Recoil Pad, and Comb Insert
  • Shim Kit
  • MSRP: $2009

Vinci Steady Grip
  • Camo Finish
  • 12GA 3"
  • Crio Chokes
  • SteadyGrip Stock, Recoil Pad, and Comb Insert
  • Shim Kit
  • MSRP: $1599
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Have you heard of the new Light Weight Titanium 240B?

No? Well all you need to know is that we have spent $28 Million (reportedly) and it's worthless. Why? You can't mount it on a vehicle...
“The M240L incorporates titanium construction and alternative manufacturing methods for fabricating major M240B components to achieve significant weight savings. These improvements reduce the Soldier’s combat load while allowing easier handling and movement of the weapon. The M240L short barrel variant under development is 21.8 pounds, 5.5 pounds lighter than the M240B.”
Special Forces troops have found that while the M240L works great as a dismounted support by fire weapon, that the titanium construction does not hold up when the machine gun is mounted in the gun turret of a Humvee or on a pedestal mount or swing arm style swivel mount on a GMV. With the softer metal used on the M240L, the gun is rattling itself apart whenever it is mounted to a hard point.
On closer inspection, this oversight may effect both SOF and conventional military operations in more ways than one. Some units simply don’t have enough M2 .50 caliber machine guns to go around and resort to mounting a M240 in the Humvee’s turret instead. With Special Forces units doing a one for one exchange of the old but reliable M240B for the new M240L, many teams will be left hanging without a suitable primary weapon that can be mounted on their vehicles.
When one Special Forces NCO brought this deficiency to the forefront in a meeting to a group of officers who were overseeing the program, “-they looked at me like I was crazy!”
- PEO Soldier

H/T: KitUP!

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The Fed is Ball'n! Holla Playa!

I try not to make a practice of covering politics on this site, but I found this entertaining and the links provide all sorts of good information.

All links (and video) provided by : Free Minds and Free Markets

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CZ 75 Overview ::

The CZ 75 is probably one of the most overlooked pistols on the market. I've shot several of their models and have recently fallen head over heals for the CZ P07 Duty.


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Ring of Power!

Click to Enlarge Crappy Cell Phone Pic

Let's have some fun! Can you name the make and model of all seven 1911's? Good Luck!


Kimber Solo CDP (LG)

Kimber Solo CDP (LG) MSRP: $1223
If I were interested in getting a Kimber Solo this is the one I would get. Kimber has not listed the Solo CDP on their website yet, but it is on their 2011 Retail Pricing List.
  • Crimson Trace Laser Grips
  • MeproLight Night Sights
  • Checkering Front and Rear Strap
  • MSRP: $1,223
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Mossberg AR-15 *cringe*

The reason for the *cringe* in the title of this post is because the memory of Mossberg's first foray in the "AR" market is still fresh and selling*.

But I digress...
I will clear my mind of the AR-22 and look at the MMR 556 without reservations. I hope to see how it stands up to Bushmaster, Smith & Wesson, DPMS, and others.

Here are the details:
  • Two Models (Tactical and Hunter)
  • Gas Direct Impingement Operation
  • Free Floated Carbon Steel 1:9" Twist Barrels
  • Single-Stage Triggers
  • Stark Ergo Pistol Grip w/Oversized Trigger Guard
  • 7-7.5lbs.

Mossberg MMR 556 Tactical 16"
Mossberg MMR 556 Tactical MSRP: $921 w/Sights $885 w/o Sights

Mossberg MMR 556 Hunter 20"
Mossberg MMR 556 Hunter MSRP: $921 Black Finish $1010 w/Mossy Oak Tree Stand or Brush 


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Chiappa Firearms to RFID Chip their firearms...

I can understand putting an RFID chip in something you love very much and don't want to loose. For example: a family pet, a golf ball, or even (arguably most practical) a collectible firearm.

But 'implanting' them into your entire firearm line at the manufacture level? That seems a little much.
The Chiappa Group is currently introducing the RFID system in its production chain, applying a microchip identification to all the weapons it is manufacturing. The microchip is writable, even several times, both in the visible and in the protected area of ​the weapon. It is difficult to remove, therefore the microchip accompanies the weapon forever, providing all the information gathered - and upgradeable – concerning the production cycle, as well as commercial information, the registration and data on the property. It is easy to imagine that the constant tracking of the weapon constitutes a virtually total impediment to the theft or improper use of the weapon. (Partial excerpt from press release sent to me by Chiappa Firearms.)
H/T: One Inch Group


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ruger SR1911 Hits the Shelves

A few days ago I was complaining that the Ruger SR40c took only 15 days after announcing it to hit the shelves, but we had still not seen the SR1911.

I saw this today and had to snap a quick picture! It's defiantly a 1911...


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Effin-A Compensator 556 from Ares Armor ::

This thing looks too cool for school!

We are now offering the Effin-A Compensator 556 for Pre-Order at The most unique aspect of the EFFIN-A Compensator is the ability to fine tune and stack it for customized performance. It was was designed to allow the end user the ability to adjust the manner in which the gas exits from the weapon.

The EFFIN-A features 7 columns and 4 rows of exit ports that can be either opened or closed through the very simple use of set screws.The exit ports are not threaded completely through to eliminate the possibility of the screw being over turned into the chamber. This feature also allows the screw to "bottom out" increasing tightness and ensuring that it will not work itself out under the pressure of the gasses being released by the weapon. This Compensator also features the ability to "Stack" multiple comps end to end giving further options to the end user.

Muzzle climb is solved by this device in two ways; Ares Armor designed the comp with tunable exit ports, which act as an outside force that returns the weapon to a "position of rest". 
This outside force counters that of the weapon being fired where the shooter needs it most. This Compensator is also designed to directly increase the weapons moment of inertia by accurately counter balancing the mass of the front of the weapon in relation to the force of motion created by the outside force.
Due to the amount of time and money we spent on researching the amount of pressure released during the act of firing a round and adjusting the Compensator's balance to correspond to it, Ares Armor will not be releasing the exact weight until after the pre-order is finished and products have already shipped. Note: testing was conducting with two types of ammunition, Matchgrade and GreenTips. The general weight is between 4 and 5 ounces.
The Compensator has an outer diameter of 1" and is 1.95" inches in length when the cap is removed. You have the choice of selecting the EFFIN-A Compensator in Black or Stainless Steel depending on which aesthetic appeals to you or fits best with your weapon. WARNING! If you attempt to modify or use these devices in any way attempting to create baffles for a suppressor, it will instantly void our warranty and possibly land you in jail. PLEASE OBEY THE LAW!We do not recommend stacking more than two of these on top of each other. If you do so, you do it at your own risk and it will also void the warranty.

A lot of pride was put into the design of this compensator and the initial production run will have a designated number engraved (i.e. #25 of 100) for the first 100 Black and 50 Stainless Steel that are ordered. This will only be provided for this first allotment and is only guaranteed if you order before they run out. A lot of effort was also given to provide this product to our customers at a reasonable price.  You will have the option to choose a Black or Stainless Steel model. Pre-Order Shipment is scheduled for late August to Early September. The Effin-A Compensator 556 is now available for pre-order price of $90.99 at

Monday, July 18, 2011's SHOT SHOW 2012 Predictions

I'm not sure if I'm jumping the gun here (no pun intended), but I'm starting to get excited for the 2012 Shot Show! This past week I've been watching some of the coverage of the 2011 Shot Show and it just gets me all excited to think of what the industry has waiting in the wings. Which brings me to the reason for the above ramblings...'s SHOT SHOW 2012 Predictions:
  • Smith & Wesson will announce the introduction of a Mini 9mm to their Body Guard line-up
  • Ruger will bring back their SP101 chambered in 9mm
  • Ruger will announce the production of a SR45 and SR45c
  • Benelli will announce the introduction of a 20ga barrel assembly for their modular Vinci platform as well as an extended magazine option
  • Trijicon will release a 'scout' scope in their AccuPoint line
Do you have any industry predictions?


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

MGI Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer :: Review

Standard Buffer // MGI Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer
A few weeks ago I received a package from MGI and was really excited when I saw what was inside. Enclosed was their Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer along with their D-Fender; but more on that in a little bit. It had arrived just in time for me to install them and test them for function before I took my AR to the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot.

MGI claims that their buffer reduces the cyclic rate at which the rifle will fire. Basically, if you were to have a magazine that held an unlimited number of rounds and inserted it into a full-auto rifle and held the trigger for one minute you would find out how many rounds your gun could fire in a cyclic state. I do not have a full-auto... unfortunately, but MGI claims that:
The 11 1/2 inch barreled carbine was initially firing 1016 rounds per minute (rpm). After installing the MGI Buffer, the rate of fire dropped 271 rpm to a rate of 745 rpm. Our 20 inch barreled demo gun was initially shooting at a rate of 771 rpm. After installing the MGI Buffer the rate of fire fell 133 rpm to a rate of 638 rpm.
I have no reason to doubt their findings; as I can attest the second ability of the buffer (recoil reduction) does work.

The reason I wanted to test fire the gun wasn't necessarily to see if it would cycle with the new buffer, but to see how well their D-Fender ring worked. The D-Fender is a 'D'-shaped rubber o-ring that sits around the extractor spring and increases the extraction force by four times its normal capabilities! As a testament to its ability; to date I have fired over 500 rounds with the D-Fender installed and have experienced zero extraction issues.

The D-Fender on the far right
Back to the buffer...

The MGI Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer weighs considerably more than a standard AR buffer and also has a pivoting head. Unlike many aftermarket buffers that are hydraulic in design; the MGI Buffer is mechanical. Before I explain how the buffer works I should tell you its origins. MGI has created a multi-caliber weapon system dubbed the Hydra. It features a convertible magazine well that can accommodate seven different calibers by only changing the barrel, bolt, and magazine. As many of you know some calibers don't cycle very well without a properly weighted buffer. MGI found a way around that issue by developing their Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer. What happens is when the round is fired and the bolt cycles; the MGI buffer will exert the same amount of force back to the bolt. Maybe MGI explains it a little better:
Basically, the harder you push it, the harder it pushes back to counter the recoil. It's function is similar in nature to that of placing a hammer in each of your hands and swinging them towards each other meeting in front of you. When they meet, they will cancel out the energy in each other coming to a stop. If you swing both hammers harder, they will cancel out each other's forward momentum. This is the same as the carrier moving to the rear as the buffer weights are moving forward to help cancel out the rearward energy of the carrier. Changing to a larger caliber just causes the weights to be hitting the carrier that much harder.
I may not know all of the scientific stuff that happens, but I sure do know that the felt recoil of my rifle was reduced noticeably. While firing long strings I didn't need to concentrate on keeping the muzzle down; the Buffer negated that need and I was able to concentrate on target recognition, sight alignment, and trigger pull. I especially enjoyed letting others fire my 12.5" SBR after they had fired their 16" AR's and watch the amazement on their faces. "How does this recoil less!?" "The muzzle doesn't climb at all!" "That is amazing!" are the three comments I heard he most. Oh, followed by, "I need to get one of these!" after I told them the secret was the MGI Rate and Recoil Reducing Buffer.

MGI Buffer 7oz.
Standard Buffer 2.9oz.

Below is my feeble attempt at some high-speed footage of a couple AR's firing with and without the MGI Buffer. I find it difficult at times to see the difference between the two, but I have no problem feeling the difference. If you want to see more video of the MGI Buffer in action check out my YouTube DPMS Zombie Shoot Play List. Enjoy!


Gov. Scott Walker's Take on Wisconsin's New Carry Law

Also check out: A Summary of Wisconsin's Shiny New Carry Law


Sunday, July 10, 2011

S.H.T.F.-1 Tactical Shoot September 24, 2011 :: Register NOW!

The first annual SHTF-1 shoot will be held September 24, 2011 at Ahlman's in Morristown, MN. Check it out!

Do you have what it takes to survive once the Sh*t Hits The Fan? Come find out at SHTF-1! We here at are going to do everything within our power to attend; short of TEOTWAWKI!

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A Summary of Wisconsin's Shiny New Carry Law

Now an update on Wisconsin's new Carry Law:
Greetings in Freedom.

On Friday July 8th, 2011 Governor Scott Walker signed a "shall-issue" concealed carry bill into law.

The majority of the provisions in the law take effect in November. The Wisconsin Dept. of Justice will be administering the program.

The original SB93 was a constitutional carry bill. The senate committee passed a modified SB93 that had an optional permit for concealed carry within school zones. Unfortunately, that modified "constitutional carry" bill did not survive the full senate and it was amended to a "shall-issue" type system. Once the "shall-issue" legislation passed the senate it was clear that constitutional carry had no chance in the legislature this session and in a judicious consideration of our members time, we did not believe further action/legislative contact from our members was required or would have any effect on the final legislation so we did not send any action alerts during that time as we waited to see what the final bill included.

Under the new law you will continue to be able to open carry without a permit in the places you can now. You will also be able to open-carry in your vehicle provided you do not cross a school zone. You may continue to conceal carry in your home and business as you can now, but in other places you will effectively be required to get a permit in order to carry concealed. The permits cost $50 and are good for 5 years. The renewal is slated to cost $25. The Dept. of Justice is suppose to have application forms available on Sept. 1st. We will send further updates when they are.

There are a great deal of specifics to the law which I won't write a novel here to describe, but the following links provide you legislative analysis of the bill. I encourage members to read through these and if you have any questions, I encourage you to join our facebook group (from facebook search "Wisconsin Carry") and pose your questions there. Due to the volume of recipients this email goes to I will not be able to respond to individual questions in a timely manner.

In order to obtain a concealed carry permit you will need to have proof of training and pass a background check. There are a number of specifics with regard to the training, but in general here is what qualifies:

-The hunter education program established by the Department of Natural Resources or a substantially similar program that is established by another state, country or province and that is recognized by DNR.

-A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors.
-A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or who is certified by the Department of Justice.
-Documentation that the individual participated in organized shooting competitions or completed military, law enforcement or security training that gave the individual experience with firearms that is substantially equivalent to a course or program described above.
-Documentation of completion of small arms training while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Wisconsin Carry intends to develop a training course that will qualify for the requirements of the law that we will offer at no charge to members. We do not want anyone to be unable to exercise their right to carry in the manner of their choosing because they cannot afford or do not have access to training. Please keep in mind that Wisconsin Carry is a 100% volunteer non-profit corporation so the time it takes us to put together that class may not be as quick as some will desire.

Once you obtain the permit, you will be able to carry in the manner of your choosing (open or concealed) everywhere you can currently open carry IN ADDITION to within "school zones". Carry remains prohibited on school GROUNDS for everyone (permit or not).

If you are a Wisconsin resident, you will need to get the Wisconsin permit. Your non-resident permit from another state cannot be used as your permit. It is my understanding that it can be used as proof of training if it is from a state that required training to obtain their permit.

This information is just a basic overview of the shall-issue legislation that was signed into law. You should not rely on it as legal advice. As always, you should read, research and understand the law completely. The above links will allow you to do so.

I will be sending another email shortly to discuss the past year's successes and failure as well as the future goals and initiatives of Wisconsin Carry.

Carry On,

Nik Clark
Chairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
facebook: search "Wisconsin Carry"
H/T: Guns & Coffee

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Mission First Tactical :: American Made Tactical Products

Mission First Tactical attended the 2011 DPMS Outbreak: Omega Zombie Shoot and were kind enough to give us a look at some of their products.

I really like their Battle Link Series of stocks. With the storage capability, GPS attachment options, and adjustable cheek piece you're getting a full featured stock at a competitive price. I'm really interested to see their Minimalist Stock once it hits the market.

The EvolV Battle Stock Attachment is another unique product. Adding QD sling attachments and a sling slot along with two storage compartments that utilize MFT's unique battery storage sled. This a simple and cost effective upgrade to a standard M4 stock in cases where you want an enhanced check weld, storage, and additional sling attachment options, but might not be able to use an after market stock due to unit or department regulations.

I can also attest to the fact that the guys at Mission First Tactical know how to drive a gun. Keep up the good work!

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Troy Industries :: Battle Mag, Ambi-Accessories, Battle Axe Stock, T-22, M7 SBR

Visit Troy Industries

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Coonan Inc. Overview and Trigger Time

Photo Courtesy of Coonan Inc.
During the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot I had the opportunity to fire the Coonan .357 Mag. I have only one major complaint... I don't have one.

If you are familiar with the 1911 platform you will have no problem finding your way around the Coonan. The single-action trigger is adjustable and is a dream to fire. Check out the video below for an overview and some trigger time.


Caliber.357 Magnum
Barrel Length5 inches
ConstructionStainless Steel
Magazine Capacity7 rounds + 1
Weight42.0 oz. empty .48 oz loaded
Length8.3 inches overall
Height5.6 inches
Width1.3 inches
SightsDovetail Front & Rear, Black, Fixed
GripsSmooth Black Walnut


  • Linkless Barrel
  • Uses standard .357 Magnum ammunition
  • Recoil operated
  • Extended slide catch and thumb lock for one-handed operation

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Coverage from DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot

Check out all the videos from the event! (I'll be adding more videos as I edit them) Coverage of DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot

The event was held at Ahlman's in Morristown, MN. There were several stations for shooting shotguns, pistols, and rifles. Several vendors attended the event as well: Coonan Inc., Mission First Tactical, Element Arms, Troy Industries, and even some folks pimping S.H.T.F.-1; another shoot being held at the same venue in September!

At the end of the day prizes and giveaways took place. There were a total of 17 guns given away and tons of gear. This is defiantly a shoot you'll want to attend next year!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Next Big Cartridge? 7.62x40WT

This will make you wonder, why did I not think of that. Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat necked the .223 Remington up to .30 caliber and essentially created a lighter kicking, flatter shooting version of a .30-30 Winchester that works in an AR 15. The only modification needed is a new barrel. It’s called the 7.62 X 40 WT. Simply brilliant!
- Richard Mann :: Empty Cases

Watch for Richards full write-up on the 7.62x40WT in the September issue of Shooting Illustrated.


Smith & Wesson Governor Full Gun Review :: Haus of Guns

Photo Courtesy of Haus of Guns
My S&W Governor vs. Taurus Judge :: First Impressions post has been getting a ton of views and I have been receiving a lot of email asking my opinion of how the gun shot. I have NOT shot the Governor, but luckily I know who has!

Check out the full review over at Haus of Guns:



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Friday, July 8, 2011

DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot Loadout

Crappy Cell Phone Photo
 Tomorrow I will be attending the DPMS Outbreak: Omega 4 Zombie Shoot and will be taking the following guns:
  • Mossberg 500 20ga
  • Interarms AUG 5.56mm
  • Kel-Tec RFB 7.62mm
  • 12.5" and 16" AR-15 5.56mm
  • Kimber Pro Carry 9mm
  • + 300rds 20ga / 1500rds 5.56 / 200rds 7.62 / 500rds 9mm
I will be sure to provide you folks with pics and vids in the coming days. I will also have to write-up a review on the Kel-Tec RFB and Interarms AUG. A friend of mine has lent me these to play with (just a couple of his many cool toys; thanks Chris!)

If any of you are attending the event on Saturday July 9th send me an email or tweet. I'd like to get your thoughts on the event; you many even make it into the video!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6, 1947 - The AK-47 Goes into Production in the Soviet Union...

So, I present you with this...


That is all.

H/T: Armory Blog

-Double Aught

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

KAC 45 Degree Offset Rail Mounted Micro Folding Sights :: Soldier Systems

I have been toying with the idea of placing some offset iron sights on my AR, but can't seem to make up my mind on how I want to go about it.

JP Short-Range Tactical Sight
I first used and later sold a JP Short-Range Tactical Sight. I experienced no problems with this set-up; it was light, compact, and effective.

Surefire Rapid Transition Sights
Then I saw the Surefire Rapid Transition Sights. While I have no experience with these sights I don't think I want fixed sights protruding from my rifle; when I could just as easily have folding sights that stay out of the way until I need them.

Which brings me too my most current idea of utilizing a set of offset mounts to attach a pair of Magpul MBUS Gen 2 sights. That choice may be shelved now...

KAC Offset Micro Folding Sights
 Knight Armament's Offset Micro Folding Sights. These not only look great but utilize KAC's bullet proof sight design. It might take me a little longer to save enough green for them, but aren't goals good to have?


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Monday, July 4, 2011

A Firearms Safety Message :: Tex Grebner Negligent Discharge

I spent a good part of my Independence Day at the range firing my new Kimber Pro Carry 9mm. Once I got home I saw a post over at It appears that Tex Grebner had been shooting his Kimber Pro Carry in .45ACP when he experienced a negligent discharged. I find it admirable that he doesn't blame the gear (as most would), but instead owns his actions.

If you see this Tex I wish you a speedy recovery and keep up the good work!


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I went to the range today to fire my new Kimber Pro Carry 9mm for the first time today. I am extremely impressed by the accuracy, but not so much with the series of malfunctions I experienced.

Kimber does state that their pistols have a "500 round break-in period", so I guess we will see if the failures to extract, stovepipes, and short stroking will work themselves out. I fired 150 rounds of 115gr. Remington UMC today and plan on working through their "break-in period" by next week.

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