Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 SHOT Show Coverage Collection Point!

SHOT Show will be held again this year in Las Vegas, NV over four days. Starting January 20th you can watch this space for the latest and greatest (and maybe not so greatest) products the industry has to offer!

All posts will be formatted in the following order for your ease:
  • Title Image
  • Articles/Links (if any)
  • Videos (if any)
  • Images (if any)
Posts will be updated as new information becomes available.

Beretta 92G-SD
Beretta M9A3
CZ 1911 A1
CZ Scorpion Evo 3 S1
FNH FNS 9/40 Compact
GLOCK Model 40
Korth Sky Marshall
Ruger Charger Takedown
Ruger 22/45 Lite Blue
Ruger LCP Custom
Ruger SR1911 Lightweight

HK G36 .22LR
Kel-Tec Sub 2000 Gen. 2
Mossberg Blaze
Mossberg Patriot
Savage A17
Savage Scout Rifle

Benelli 828U
Beretta A400 Left Hand
Mossberg L-Series
Remington V3

Dead Air Silencers Mask 22
Dead Air Silencers Sandman
Gemtech ARROW
Gemtech ONE
Rugged Suppressors Surge 762
SIG Silencer Lineup
SilencerCo Omega
Thunder Beast Ultra 5, 7 and 9
Yankee Hill Machine Sidewinder

ALG Six Second Mount
Gemtech SBC (Suppressed Bolt Carrier)
Magpul AK Furniture
Magpul Hunter 700 Chassis
Magpul PMAG D60
Magpul PMAG17 GL9
Mission First Tactical Magazine
Raven Concealment EIDOLON

Leupold DeltaPoint Pro
Leupold LCO and D-EVO
SIG Electro-Optics
Vortex Optics Strike Eagle

Product Overviews
Battle Arms Development
Browning NEW Firearms
Geissele/ALG Defense New Product Overview
Gemtech 2015 Product Catalog
Haley Strategic 2015 Product Catalog
Mega Arms New Products
Surefire 2015 New Products Video
Vortex Optics NEW Products 2015 Coverage
2A Armament
Adams Arms
Advanced Armament
America Grip
AXTS Weapons
Blue Force Gear
Desert Tech
Eagle Eye Ammunition
ESS Eye Pro
The Mako Group
Samson Manufacturing
Smith & Wesson
Stag Arms
Tactical Night Vision Company Part 1
Tactical Night Vision Company Part 2
Thompson Center Arms
Troy Industries
US Optics
Vortex Optics

Feel free to peruse our library of coverage of the last four years:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SHOT Show 2015 Predictions

I'm pretty happy with my prediction record over the past three years (2012, 2013, 2014) so without further ado here are the predictions for 2015:

  • Introduction of an Over Under
  • Introduction of 20ga Vinci shotguns and assemblies
  • Introduction of Glock model 40 9mm Single Stack
  • More .22LR designs based on the 702 Plinkster
  • Left Handed Model 500's
  • Discontinue several of their bolt action rifles lines and focus on their 'Patriot' rifle
  • Introduction of a Semi Auto Shotgun
  • Convert the LCP to striker (LCPs)
  • R51 will continued to be delayed
  • A line of Polymer Pistols will be introduced
  • Discontinue the 1100/1187 line of shotguns and focus on the Versamax
Smith & Wesson
  • .45ACP Shield
  • Heavy barrels for the Thompson Dimension Rifle 
Don't forget to visit the 2015 SHOT Show Coverage Collection Point!

What would you like to see?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Springfield Armory XD MOD. 2 Sub-Compact

Yesterday I asked if Springfield Armory was Rebooting the XD. Today we have an answer, at least in part; yes. Below is the introduction of the XD MOD. 2 Sub-Compact which would prompt the next logical question: will the full size and compact get the same make over?

Features of the XD MOD. 2 Sub-Compact:
  • Same sights as XDs
  • Double-Stack magazine
  • Capacity: 9mm 13/16  .40 9/12
  • Available in 9mm or .40S&W
  • Grip-Zone Grip: non-adjustable textured surface
  • XD Gear Kit (holster, magazine holster, magazine loader)
  • Posi-Wedge slide serrations (deep serrations)
  • Black and Bi-Tone available
  • MSRP: Black $565 Bi-Tone $599
  • Find out more on Springfield Armory's Website

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Springfield Armory Rebooting the XD?

-=:: UPDATE ::=-
Over the past days Springfield Armory has been teasing a new pistol. They've been sharing an image that shows only a section of the new pistol. At first several people assumed it was the release of the XDs 40 but on closer inspection it is apparent that it's a completely new design that shares some elements from the XDs. I would like to point out that all of the press around these teasers emphasis 'XD' not 'XDm' or 'XDs'. Words mean things...

Springfield is positioning this new pistol as a small concealable firearm but what will it offer over it's current XDs line-up? Will it be a stripped down cheaper model to compete with the Ruger LC9s and Smith & Wesson Shield? I guess time will tell. What do you think it is?

If you want to get the same updates you can subscribe to Springfield Armory's email blast. More teaser images will be added as I receive them.

-=:: UPDATE ::=-

Friday, October 24, 2014

RAZAR Adaptive Zoom Rifle Scope : Game Changer

RAZAR or Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (no bonus points for the name) is a development coming out of the Sandia National Laboratories. It is a magnifying device that takes advantage of a flexible lens that is manipulated to change the focal point; unlike current optics that move two lens in a linear fashion. The new technology attempts to focus lenses like the human eye does. This development allows for rapid and clear magnification changes without ever having to touch the optic. The system uses a tape-switch device to control the zoom. The RAZAR is powered by two AA batteries and allows for over 10,000 lens manipulations.

The video shows the use of the RAZOR while mounted forward of a Leupold HAMR and features it in images being used with a Trijicon ACOG as well. The video below shows some of the development and testing with some military types:

The applications for the technology is pretty vast. Spotting scopes, binoculars and cameras to name a few.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Smith & Wesson M&P-22 Compact, Ruger SR22, Walther P22, Sig Mosquito :: Photo Comparison

Clockwise from Top Left: SIG Mosquito // Walther P22 // Ruger SR22 // S&W M&P-22 Compact

Clockwise from Top Left: SIG Mosquito // Walther P22 // Ruger SR22 // S&W M&P-22 Compact

From Left to Right: SIG Mosquito // S&W M&P-22 Compact // Ruger SR22 // Walther P22

From Left to Right: Walther P22 // Ruger SR22 // S&W M&P-22 Compact // SIG Mosquito
Top: German made M&P-22 // Bottom: American made M&P-22 Compact

Left: German made M&P-22 // Right: American made M&P-22 Compact

Top: German made M&P-22 // Bottom: American made M&P-22 Compact

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Outbreak Omega 6 :: AAR

On June 27th and 28th Ahlaman's Gun Shop and Range in Morristown, MN hosted the sixth interration of DPMS's Outbreak Omega Zombie shoot. There had been a one year hiatus between the fifth and sixth year event due to the gun craze of 2013. I was worried that the hiatus would have a negative effect on attendance for OO6 but my concerns were unfounded with the entrance of Z.E.R.T.

If you are unfamiliar with Z.E.R.T. they are an organization that is worth checking out and don't be scared away by the use of the term 'zombie'.
Z.E.R.T. is an organization that uses “Zombie” as a metaphor for any natural or man-made disasters that will occur in our lives; Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, criminal attacks or any type of situation where being prepared, trained and most importantly, armed with the proper mindset is required to see you and your family through to safety.
Z.E.R.T. brought a new culture to the event and allowed for a bit of growth in a good direction. On the other hand; many complained it came with a price. All previous Outbreak Omega shoots were pretty straight forward; everyone payed a flat rate and received the same experience. OO5 had a VIP pass that had cost around $100 if memory serves me right. While OO6 was broken down in to a series of different tiers. There was pricing from Tier 1 at $300 down to spectator at $25 (at the time of this writing the OO6 website was no longer live so details were unavailable for packages) What did $300 get you? Above and beyond a bag of swag, dinner (pretty damn good pork roast), and entrance into over $60,000 in prizes you had access to Z.E.R.T.'s merry band of cadre.

About 130 slots were available and sold for the Tier One package and everyone showed up for training with Z.E.R.T.'s cadre of instructors on Friday. Each had years and fist fulls of experience in the private, military and competition world. It was apparent that the instructors wanted to give all the shooters their money's worth and planned for a full day of training. If memory serves there were nine different ranges setup focusing on pistol, rifle, movement with pistol and rifle, shooting from and around vehicles and a CQB shoothouse. At the beginning of the day we were split up into nine squads of fifteen people each and were allotted 45 minutes at each range.
From my vantage point as a participant what I saw was that in the last third of the day people began to drop out. There were folks that were geared up from head to toe and it became apparent that they were not use to wearing plate carriers for very long; let alone moving and shooting in them. I will say there were several people that had put quite lot of thought into their gear selection and had experience using it; these folks were the exception and had a lot of fun. There didn't seem to be any designated break or chow time throughout the day except for the dinner at the end; which was damn good.
I think most everyone would have been better served by focusing on three classes within two hour blocks; rifle, pistol and movement. This would have allowed the instructors to not feel rushed during their instruction and would have given more time to work through the intricacies that arise during training. With a fifteen minute break in between each of the three classes I think people would have been able to endure. Concerning class size; I envision six ranges open at the same time with two teaching pistol, two teaching rifle, and two teaching movement. This would have kept the class size to about 22 people which I believe Z.E.R.T. had enough cadre to handle effectively.

The gates were thrown open to every participant and even more ranges were opened to handle the shooting masses. I cannot remember exactly but there was around thirty different ranges to shoot on; including a zombie safari where you rode shotgun with a shotgun to shot zombie on a half mile course. The Pine County Sheriff's department also lent Z.E.R.T. their MRAP to conduct a squad sized movement range and of course a full auto range where you could shoot anything from an MG42 to a Grease Gun to a PKM for a price.
Project Appleseed supplied a pile of willing, able and always professional Range Safety Officers to man the ranges and their own zero range.
XP001 with the Pine County Sheriff
I spent most of Saturday shooting my pistol on steel targets in an attempt to work on the pointers I had received the day before. I also walked around and visited the vendors that came to the event. There were several but the ones that made the best impression on me was Schreyer Weapon Systems, Harris Tactical, Motley Rooster Holsters and Mission First Tactical.
Once the ranges went cold everyone gathered in the main building for the raffle prizes. Dozens and dozens of awesome items from butt-stocks, forearms and uppers were given away and the rifles, shotguns, EOTechs, and Nightforces were live raffled. I managed to leave with a 12" JP Rapid Configuration Handguard.

Overall, the the shoot was a great success from what I encountered and cannot wait to see how Z.E.R.T. and DPMS continue to grow the event. I am happy to tell you that there will be an Outbreak Omega 7 held at Ahlman's in Morristown, MN next year.

Your Blog Keeper on the Left with Bobby Harris of Harris Tactical on the Right
My Personal Takeaways:
  1. Buy a screen tent - one word: mosquitoes.
  2. I'm not as strong of a pistol shooter as I thought.
  3. Bug spray, sunscreen and water!
  4. Walking tacos are like manna from Heaven. 
  5. Do more PT! Physical fitness needs to be a higher priority. 

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ammo-BOSS: Gunner's Mate Crowd Funding Campaign

The Ammo-BOSS: Gunner's Mate is the invention of Todd from Strike Hard Gear. It's a shotgun shell holding and delivery device and Todd needs help covering the funding for initial production costs.

Check out the Crowd Funding Site HERE!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Increase the Magazine Capacity in your Sig Mosquito and Smith & Wesson M&P-22 Pistols!

The conversion allows for 14+1 in the SIG Mosquito and 15+1 in the Smith & Wesson M&P-22 Pistol.

SIG Mosquito
Smith & Wesson M&P-22
Colt/Walther/Umarex 1911

HK VP9 :: First Impressions

A few days ago Modern Service Weapons informed us of Heckler & Koch's newest pistol; the VP9. Today I had the opportunity to handle one. My time spent with the VP9 was brief but can share a few observations.
Red Recoil Spring (nice touch)
The trigger is good. I would place its feel between a FNH FNS and a Walther PPQ; with the PPQ being a bit better with a very short reset. The grip is nearly identical (if not the same) as the P30. Located at the rear of the slide, on both sides, are a set of 'ears' or 'tabs'. I assume these are present to aid in slide manipulation and I appreciate them because they remind me of the same feature that some models of the Browning Buckmark have. Unlike other HK pistols dis-assembly is achieved by rotating a lever much like the M&P, XDm and FNS pistols. Once the lever is rotated down there is no need to press the trigger (like Glocks) the slide is removed by pulling it forward and off of the frame.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Armageddon Tactical GMS-15 Review

Armageddon Tactical GMS-15
I was excited when Armageddon Tactical contacted me and asked if I'd like to try their new charging handle design. I had seen some pictures on the internet over the previous days of their GMS-15 (Gas Management System) and bookmarked the pages to review later. No sooner than sitting down to find out more did I see an email from Armageddon Tactical in my inbox.

I received the GMS-15 quickly and was impressed by the fit and finish of the part. The shaft and t-handle were machined from 7075 T-6 Aluminum then plated and impregnated with Teflon. The latch is made of 4140 Steel that is coated with Mag Phosphate for protection. My first overall impression was that I was holding a design that left nothing as an afterthought.

I quickly threw it into my rifle and began running through a series of operations; charging, locking the bolt, releasing the bolt and checking the fit over and around the receiver. Fit over the receiver? Yes, the GMS-15 actually seats over the back-end of the receiver to enhance its namesake feature; gas management.

Since I shoot rifles left-handed (or wrong-handed) I appreciate ambidextrous controls and the charging handle is no exception. It can be argued that having the capability to run the rifle from either side in the same manner is ideal. Due to this I have collected several ambi charging handles and was excited to see how the GMS-15 compared.
Unlike several designs on the market; Armageddon Tactical's does not pivot on an axis or roll pin. This allows for less parts and a more robust handle. In fact what many misidentify as a 'button' on the rear of the T-Handle is actually the extension of the shaft.

Being able to redirect gas blowback was the feature I was most interested in seeing. I began buying silencers a couple years ago and still have an item or two awaiting approval. As I shot suppressed, especially strings of fire, I noticed the sting in my eyes from gas escaping the rifle from the receiver. In the beginning I let it burn and shook it off but as time went on it bothered me more and more. This is the whole reason I was excited by the 'Gas Management' claim.

I gathered five charging handles: Armageddon Tactical GMS-15, Mech Armor TACOPS-1, Rainier Raptor, BCM Gunfighter and a standard OEM charging handle to act as a control. I decided I would fire three rounds with each handle installed in my rifle while filming and shooting stills in an attempt to capture any difference in gas management from design to design. I did this three times to increase the likelihood of capturing usable images. I also fired ten rounds off-hand with each handle installed just to see if I could perceive any difference in performance.
I certainly felt as if the GMS-15 was redirecting the blowback away from me while shooting because I was able to fire more rounds before feeling any sting of gas in my eyes. The film I captured shows a difference as well.

The Armageddon Tactical GMS-15 has a clear advantage in the department of gas management and is an excellent ambidextrous design as well. I will continue to use this charging handle throughout the summer and bring it to shoots. I will be providing an update towards the end of the shooting season.

Armageddon Tactical offers their GMS charging handle in three different configurations:
  1. GMS-15 (tested) for standard AR-15 receivers
  2. GMS-15E for 'extended' height AR receivers
  3. GMS-10 for your AR-10 pattern rifles - Coming Soon
As of this writing you can find your charging handle at one of these locations:
Left: BCM Gunfighter // Right: Armageddon Tactical GMS-15

Left: Rainier Raptor // Right: Armageddon Tactical GMS-15

Left: Mech Armor TACOPS-1 // Right: Armageddon Tactical GMS-15

Left: Standard OEM // Right: Armageddon Tactical GMS-15

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Noveske Signature Ammunition from Nosler

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: SIG Sauer Ammo

It will be initially offered in:
  • .380 ACP
  • 9MM
  • .357 SIG
  • .40 S&W
  • .45 ACP
They will also be expanding into rifle ammunition to include: 5.56MM, 300 Blackout and .308 Winchester.

2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: FNH-USA AR-15

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Burris Optics

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: TIKKA CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle)

  • Threaded 5/8x24
  • Semi-Heavy Contour
  • 7.5 Pounds
  • Steel Double-Stack Center feed Magazine
  • Adjustable Trigger 2-4lbs

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Beretta 692 Skeet

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Ruger 10/22 50th Anniversary Design Contest Winner

I can't wait to get my hands on this rifle. We first looked at this design last November in my post, 'Ruger 10/22 Appleseed Liberty Training Rifle: A Vision of Things to Come?'. We gained a few more details at SHOT Show and now we have some more definite information.

I need to walk back some of my excitement hailing the 50th Anniversary Design an Appleseed Liberty Training Rifle. As much as I'd love to adopt it as such; it isn't. From the video below it appears this rifle will only be made in 2014 which leaves the door open for the Appleseed Project to work with Ruger in creating a real LTR; like Marlin has.

  2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fear Not the Double Action :: Ernest Langdon

Ernest Langdon of Langdon Tactical has put out a short three-part series on shooting the double-single action pistol. It also appears that he is using a Wilson Combat Custom Beretta 92 in this particular video; notice the G (decocker only) Conversion.


You can follow Ernest Langdon below:
Langdon Tactical Facebook

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Diamondback FS9

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Walther CCP

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Surefire M600P Fury Scout

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Bushnell Elite 1 Mile Range Finder

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Magpul M-LOK

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Coverage

Part One:
  • 1:20 Marlin Firearms / XS Sights
  • 2:05 Ruger 
  • 2:22 Ergo Grips
  • 2:50 Taurus
  • 2:58 Kahr Arms
  • 3:08 American Tactical Imports
  • 3:58 Remington
  • 4:05 Magnum Research
  • 4:15 Osprey Defense
  • 7:22 Rock Island Armory
  • 7:31 Bond Arms
  • 7:38 Sisk Rifles
  • 11:02 Colt Competition
  • 11:20 Burris Optics
  • 12:55 Henry

Part Two:
  • :20 Omega
  • 1:36 Marlin
  • 2:00 Leupold
  • 3:04 Ruger
  • 3:20 Remington / XS Sights
  • 4:58 ATI
  • 5:05 Cimarron
  • 5:13 FNH 
  • 6:50 H.A.V.A.
  • 7:48 Chiappa
  • 8:04 Ares Defense
  • 10:47 XS Sights
  • 11:28 Advanced Armament Corp.
  • 11:44 SB Firearms
  • 12:54 North American Arms
  • 13:04 Charter Arms
  • 13:12 Senoran Desert Institute
  • 14:00 Savage

Part Three:

  • :23 Para
  • 1:42 Rock River Arms
  • 1:50 Advanced Armament Corp.
  • 3:13 Chiappa
  • 3:28 XS Sights
  • 3:52 Faxon Firearms
  • 4:00 Taurus
  • 4:08 Henry
  • 6:06 Para
  • 6:15 Tactical Solutions
  • 8:43 Taylor
  • 8:58 Red Ring
  • 10:48 Kahr
  • 11:05 Remington
  • 12:00 DPMS
  • 12:06 MGI
  • 13:00 IR Defense

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Stag Arms Model 3T-M

I'll fully admit it... I'm a Stag Arms fan boy. I still need to get my hands on one of their .22LR Conversions.

  2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Heizer Defense Pocket AR and Shotgun

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Gemtech GMT-300 Blackout Suppressor

Gemtech has been hard at work bring a new line of suppressors to the market under the name G-Core. They are titanium cans that use a monolithic baffle. They are offered in a variety of calibers and this video focuses on the dedicated 300 Blackout offering that is rated for super and sub-sonic ammunition out of a barrel down to 7".

  2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Wilcox RAPTAR Laser System

You can find out more at the Wilcox Website.

  2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Beretta ARX 100

A lot of us have been waiting for Beretta ARX 100 for a long time and now it appears we are nearly at the end of that wait. According to Beretta they have begun shipping to dealer in the USA! You can find more info about the ARX 100 from our SHOT Show Coverage.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Remington Ultimate Muzzle Loader

2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Speeches

If you like to watch speeches beamed through this thing we call the internet; this post is for you!


2014 NRA Annual Meeting Mega Post

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Ergo Grips - Delta Grip J-Frame

I really like the concept of Ergo's new piece of plastic... at $20 I might have to give it a try. Caleb Giddings had a chance to play with one; his video is below.

2014 NRA Annual Meeting: Kel-Tec RDB

We were introduced to the RDB at SHOT Show 2014 and I have still yet to meet anyone who has see one in the wild and I'm not holding my breath to see one personally for quite some time.

MSRP: $1500 (subject to change)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

RAND CLP Review Under Construction

Last week the folks at RAND CLP sent me a package of their products for review. The package was so full that it will afford me the opportunity to use and review the CLP over the next year of shooting. This allows me to show you the cold and hot weather effects on the product along with comparisons against competitors. I have already begun the 'pre-treatment' process and look forward to the start of the shooting season. I will be using the RAND CLP on rifles, shotguns, handguns and suppressors to gauge the manufacturer's claims. I'm looking forward to this experience. Check out the Facebook and Instagram page for photos and video throughout the next year.


For more information on RAND CLP check out the following links:
Rand Innovations Facebook
Rand Innovations YouTube

Friday, January 31, 2014

Corrosive Ammunition... What does that mean?

A lot of people ask what corrosive ammo is and what could happen to their firearm if used. Brownells offers a short and concise explanation for us.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bear Hug Holsters :: Leather Wrapped Kydex

I discovered early in life that when choosing between products there are always trade-offs that need to be addressed. In this situation I'm referring to holsters; more specifically the material holsters are made of. If you chose to carry a handgun concealed you've looked at the options available for inside the waist band (IWB) carry. If you haven't yet I'll summarize what holster materials are most prevalent then introduce a product that I think is a great compromise.
  • Nylon
  • Leather
  • Kydex
Nylon holsters are the cheapest and most worthless IWB holsters on the market. Many people purchase a nylon holster for their pistol so that they have a means of carrying it once they leave the store. The main issue with nylon is that it collapses between your body and pant once the firearm is removed. This leads to issues when re-holstering is required. Nylon also soaks up sweat and keeps this moisture against your pistol for long periods of time. You'll also quickly find that nylon doesn't provide nearly enough comfort due to the lack of structure which also provides no retention whatsoever. 

Leather holsters have been the standard for many years. Leather is often times thicker and more durable than nylon which offer more comfort and structure. Leather can also be formed to fit a particular firearm; this adds the benefit of retention over a generic nylon holster. The downside of leather is that it will often retain moisture that can damage a firearms finish and overtime leather holsters can start to loose their formed structure. After a long period of use leather will collapse once the firearm is removed and it's common practice to purchase another which can become expensive when a quality leather holster costs anywhere between $80 - $160.

Kydex holsters have become very popular due to the inherit work-ability of the material. You can have any number of kydex holster makers mold you a holster that will work with your firearm. These holsters offer superior retention over nylon and don't collect and retain moisture, collapse or wear out easily. Kydex holsters are often times the best option but they are not without complaint. The material is a hard, cold plastic that doesn't flex and give as you move. If you haven't chosen a good holster maker the holster may have sharp, unfinished edges that can wear out clothing quickly. 

Oren Benyosef, the owner, has created a hybrid between the options of kydex and leather. With the longevity and security of kydex but the fit, finish and feel of leather; Oren's holsters are a leather wrapped kydex.

I didn't know that this option even existed until Oren contacted me and sent me a couple holsters. He sent a black leather wrapped holster for a Ruger LC9 and a brown leather wrapped holster for an Officer Sized 1911; both IWB. When they arrived the first thing I noticed was their biggest selling point; the leather. It had great aesthetics; the feel, smell and look was classic but inside was the durable and reliable kydex. Upon close inspection there is an almost indistinguishable seam between the leather and kydex. This seam made me weary at first and I mentally noted it as a possible failure spot. The hardware included with the holster was a single metal belt clip. I'm not a metallurgist and don't make a habit of pretending to be but it appeared more robust than any other cliped holster you'd find on the shelf.

I started carrying a LC9 and Jason (the occasional blog helper) started carrying his Kimber Ultra Carry in the Bearhug Holsters on November 18th and we've had an overall positive experience. The firearms were retained securely in the kydex and the metal clip has proven to be robust. My earlier mental note of keeping an eye on the leather/kydex seam proved to be unnecessary. The mating of the leather and kydex has proven to be very durable. The shape of the holster made it very comfortable around the 4-5 o' clock position.

Here is a video made by Bearhug Holsters trying to separate the leather from the kydex with tools.

The addition of the leather to a kydex holster is welcomed and beneficial. The entire time I've been carrying the Bearhug Holster has been in colder temperatures here in Wisconsin I am interested to see how well it will hold up in the heat of the summer. My overall experience; along with my buddy's has been positive. My only request would be a model designed for appendix carry; as I prefer the gun at my one-ish o'clock.
If you are looking for a comfortable, durable and good looking IWB holster I'd give Bearhug Holsters a close look and a lot of consideration.

More Product Information
Bearhug Holsters make these for nine different brands and will fit well over 30 models. You have the option of black, brown or tan leather in either left or right hand configurations. At the time of this writing the holster has a cost of $75.
Bearhug Holsters also offers standard kydex holsters in all of the above models with a light bearing option. You can check out their custom knife and sheath selection as well. E-mail Updates

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