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For many folks, hunting is not just a sport or hobby but a way to get back to something more valued. That may be conservation or simply the basics of interacting with nature and testing one’s skills of survival. While many who hunt do not “need” to do so for survival, they still use the […]
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Eric Holders should be in jail, says Ed Calderon, a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety working the northern border area of Mexico.
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Florida-based Inter Ordnance this week announced they now are shipping the Kral-manufactured IO XB bullpup shotgun under their banner.
I.O. is typically known for their AK and AR offerings and the XB is imported from Turkey, where Kral markets the magazine-fed 12 gauge internationally as the Tristar Compact series. Using an AK-style action inside a polymer bullpup stock, the XB features a 3-inch chamber and an 18.5-inch barrel length while coming in at just 30.5-inches overall.
While the above video says the shotgun is available in FDE and black, a release from I.O. also says it is available in an olive green color as well. The shotgun ships with three interchangeable chokes, flip up sights, a carrying handle with integrated sights, and two five-round polymer body magazines. MSRP is $759.
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Now, a bowfishing-specific version of the popular EZ•REST is available for archers who enjoy the summer thrill of bowfishing.
With the 85th anniversary this week of the last time Bonnie and Clyde went for a quiet country drive, we give you the elusive yet famous Colt Monitor.
Essentially a commercial variant of the World War I-era M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle made with a few tweaks by Colt, the R80 Monitor Automatic Machine Rifle was pitched for use by police, security and prison guards. However, as it was introduced in 1931, prior to the National Firearms Act, it initially could be sold over the counter and via mail order.
In The Highwaymen, a recent Netflix film starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the real-life former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault on their quest to stop the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde, Costner/Hamer is shown early in the movie picking up a Colt Monitor at a local gun shop, no stamps required. He also grabs a Smith & Wesson M1917, Remington Model 11, 1903 Springfield, Thompson SMG, and other assorted goodies.
While past Bonnie & Clyde films have focused on and in many cases even romanticized the career outlaw and his (Tommy) gun moll paramour, The Highwaymen focuses on Hamer and Gault and the fateful day on a Louisiana road on May 23, 1934, where the two duos intersected.
The Monitor is upgraded from the standard M1918 BAR, with a redesigned stock to include a pistol grip, a shorter fore-end, different sights, and an 18-inch barrel outfitted with a giant Cutts Compensator. It also ditched the bipod legs of the military version. The result was a LMG that was a good bit handier than its Great War-era forerunner.
The Monitor and the BAR are noticeably different when compared side-by-side.
Colt only made about 125 Monitors, with the majority of those going on to be used by the FBI. Pitched in 1933 to Director J. Edgar Hoover personally, the guns cost $300 “with spare parts and accessories.” This translates to over $5,000 in today’s dollars, which points at why more weren’t sold.
As noted by Historical G-Men, a site that has a great section on the Monitor, FBI training documents of the era had agents qualify at 50, 100, and 200 yards with the Monitor, firing 20 rounds at each stage in a combination of single, burst and automatic fire. A 1934 distribution list shows plans to divvy 86 of the guns up across the country at nearly three dozen FBI offices from Boston to San Francisco.
Hamer’s Monitor, reportedly SN C-103168, was acquired directly from Colt and not bought at a local gun shop. It was used on that day in 1934 by a sheriff’s deputy in Hamer’s group and is now in the Texas Rangers Museum.
While Colt made few of the guns themselves, both the 8mm Mauser-chambered Polish Browning (Fabryka Karabinów) wz. 1928 and the Belgian FN Model 1930 light machine guns owed at least some licensing to Colt’s previous BAR versions, and both of those types saw service in Europe during WWII. Colt had better results with their earlier R75 military model gun, which they sold extensively in Latin America.
Today, Colt Monitors are extremely rare, with a transferable model selling last year at Rock Island Auction for $115,000. The Springfield Armory National Historic Site has one in their collection, which they have graciously photographed for this article.
Guns.com also spotted what looks to be one at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis earlier this year.
Until you can get out to one of these great museums, find yourself in a forgotten FBI armory, or save $100K for your own Monitor, you can always catch the gun on the silver screen. A Colt R80 appears not only in The Highwayman in several cameos but also in the 2013 film Bonnie and Clyde, in the hands of John Hurt who portrays Frank Hamer.
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In honoring those who have sacrificed while serving in the United States Armed Forces, we look at perhaps the longest-serving firearm in the U.S. military, the M1903 rifle.
First prototyped in 1900, the Mauser-style bolt-action Springfield service rifle was intended to replace the only recently adopted .30-40 caliber Krag-Jørgensen series of rifles which were found to have been less than stellar in service when fighting the Spanish in Cuba in 1898.
Type classified and adopted in 1903, the guns initially had a series of teething problems in their early life — including the personal intervention by President Theodore Roosevelt into the design of the rifle’s bayonet — but were soon equipping both the Army and Navy.
There had been over 800,000 M1903s produced by the time the U.S. entered World War I in 1917.
Serving “Over There” in France during the Great War in 1917-18, the M1903 was augmented in service by the Remington, Winchester, and Eddystone Arsenal-produced M1917 Enfield, also chambered in .30-06. However, the Springfield was still considered the primary rifle of the U.S. Army until the semi-automatic M1 Garand was adopted in 1937.
When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, although the M1 was officially “king” in the Army, the Marines still used the M1903 throughout the early campaigns in the Pacific including the defense of Wake Island and Guadalcanal.
Further, a modified version of the rifle, the M1903A3, was produced by Remington Arms and Smith-Corona during WWII for issue to support units and as military aid to allies. In all, more than 3 million 1903s came off the assembly lines by 1945, ending the rifle’s 42-year production run. Specially equipped M1903A4 versions, complete with Weaver optics, were issued to snipers and remained in limited service until as late as the 1960s.
Although the M14 had replaced the M1 Garand and was itself phased out in favor of the M16 in the 1960s, thousands of M1903 Springfields continued to serve in the armories of Navy and Coast Guard ships as well as for drill purposes throughout the military during the Vietnam and Cold War-eras.
Today, the M1903, out of production for more than 70 years, still pops up in the hands of those on color guard details, in base historical display museums to allow those serving today to better understand what past Soldiers and Marines carried into battle, and on Coast Guard vessels converted for use as line throwing guns.
Odds are, the last American serviceman to hold an M1903 hasn’t been born yet.
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Savage has been teasing us with an entry into the 224 Valkyrie arena since January, and today it is finally a reality. Fittingly, and maybe surprisingly, the first Savage in caliber is an MSR or Modern Sporting Rifle.
10mm ammo is getting popular, again, and Springfield Armory has added a 10mm to their XD-M OSP lineup. This gun is both optics and suppressor-ready, plus all the things you love about the XD-M.
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Which gun is best for home defense? Handgun, shotgun, & AR-15 all work, but the AR-15 might be your best choice
Let's take a closer look at the most common home defense guns – handguns, shotguns and the AR-15 – and compare them. At least this should help make the choice a little easier and may give you solid reasons for choosing a particular gun, other than that's the gun someone told you is the best.
Wanting to take advantage of the 300 Blackout cartridge, in Part 2 I wind up back at Q in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to build a silencer, this time helped by Mitch Lessard…
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Illinois lawmakers are currently considering legislation to overhaul the state’s FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) card process.
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