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Mossberg 590 Nightstick – Old School Cool

Wednesday, January 16th 2019 02:47 PM

The original Shockwave is a firearm, but it doesn’t fit any other category. It isn’t a handgun, because the barrel isn’t rifled, and its overall length is greater than 26 inches. It isn’t a rifle, because it doesn’t have a rifled barrel, and isn’t designed to be shoulder fired. And it isn’t a shotgun or SBS, because none of us have been arrested yet. Nor has the ATF shackled the door at O. F Mossberg and sons.

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Canik Elite Combat – Setting a High Bar

Tuesday, January 15th 2019 03:15 PM

Canik is one of the newer players in the striker fired gun world, at least for the US market. In an already crowded field, they have taken some pretty serious ground via a combination of hard-earned reputation and value for the dollar. Imported by our friends over at Century Arms, the Canik brand has proven not only solid but highly adaptable.

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This is an early Colt Model 1892 revolver. Teddy Roosevelt wielded an M1892 that had been recovered from the USS Maine sunk in Havana harbor during his time with the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. Schrank rushed the President and produced a .38-caliber Colt revolver. He fired a single round that struck Roosevelt squarely in the chest. Roosevelt stumbled momentarily but then raised his hat and smiled at the crowd. A.O. Girard, a former Rough Rider, and his personal bodyguard, tackled Schrank with the assistance of one of Roosevelt’s male secretaries. When quietly queried as to his condition by his aide Harry Cochems Teddy Roosevelt responded, “Harry, he pinked me a bit.”

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Some rifles just have a way of catching your eye. Maybe it’s the trim, svelte lines of a mountain rifle that beckons you to pick it up to feel how light it is. Maybe it’s a distinctive camo pattern on the stock or the sight of a controlled-round-feed action and Model 70-style safety. And maybe, sometimes, it’s the price tag. For me, in the case of the Kimber Hunter Boot Campaign rifle, it was all of the above. A couple of years have passed since the Kimber Hunter rifle was introduced as a more affordable alternative to Kimber’s higher-priced rifles, but I somehow never got around to testing one. That changed when I spotted a very special version of the Hunter rifle while visiting with Kimber at the SHOT Show.

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FN America is expanding their successful 509 series with new “Midsize” models, a standard model and a “Tactical” variant. Chambered for 9mm Luger, the base gun has a service-length 4-inch barrel and slide, and slightly shortened grip with a 15+1-round capacity. Based on the FNS-C, the FN 509 was developed for the military’s Modular Handgun System competition. While it wasn’t selected, the company went on to release the gun for commercial sale and shows no signs of slowing down.

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7 Guns for Home Security

Wednesday, January 2nd 2019 10:12 PM

The world around us today, even when we may feel safe and secure inside our homes, can be a scary place to be. Criminals today are not worried about incarceration for crime including home burglaries or assault, and while homeowners can try to ramp up barriers to keep would-be robbers away, an alarm blasting or a home security sign in the front yard just won’t deter them from smashing a window or picking a lock to get in and grab what they can. One thing that will deter a criminal, however, is the end of a gun, be it pistol or shotgun, aimed right at their face when they try to rob a home.

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Vortex Spitfire AR Prism Review

Monday, December 31st 2018 10:51 PM

“Red-Dot” type optical sights have been around since the 1970’s, and they have taken a long evolutionary roller coaster ride to bring us to the products of today. Tube-style sights such as the early Aimpoint and Tasco Pro Points have given way to smaller Aimpoint H-1/ T-1s, and the original Bushnell Holosights evolved into the modern products of EoTechs and lightweight C-More sights. Every optics manufacturer worth its salt has a 1x dot sight these days.

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Gearing up for the new year Mossberg is adding four new guns to the company catalog. They’re expanding their Shockwave series and adding the new Retrograde series. The newest Retrograde shotguns are throwback designs that combine modern features with traditional furniture. The Shockwave series is Mossberg’s line of non-NFA compact firearms chambered for the full spread of popular shotgun gauges and bores. Mossberg is launching with two Retrograde models, a 500 Persuader and a 590A1. The Retrograde versions of these guns come standard with hardwood, not synthetic, stocks and forends. The forends are classic Mossberg corn-cob-pattern.

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100% American Made AKs: Century Arms RAS47 & C39V2

Friday, December 28th 2018 09:35 PM

I am not generally a fan of the AK-47 family of weapons; I have spent too much time on the receiving end of them. But I am a fan of all things American made, so I was more than happy to review a couple of offerings from Century Arms. Anything Commies can do, we can do better. And the boys from Vermont have set out to do just that.

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Wilson Combat Custom Glock 43

Thursday, December 27th 2018 09:24 PM

The final project resulted in an a la carte build sheet that gives customers some 88 options. Last year, I visited Bill at his ranch in Texas. He was kind enough to give me a guided tour of his vault. One of the things he showed me was a prototype of a Glock 19. I decided, then and there, that I would get a pistol to Berryville as soon as I could. I sent my back-up Gen4 Glock 19 to Wilson to do their magic. The pistol I got back was so impressive that it has become my daily carry pistol. Shortly after receiving my G19, Wilson expanded their offering to include the Glock 43. I just happened to have a bone stock 43 in the safe so I was immediately all in.

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