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Last week we explored the origins and evolution of the Sig Sauer P365. Today, we’re taking a look at the gun industry’s response to the pistol.
The gun industry did not immediately welcome Sig Sauer’s P365 design. The release of the P365 was punctuated by a flurry of bad press, extremely negative YouTube reviews, and general skepticism over the gun.
The platform faced a particular backlash from fans of other polymer-framed pistols like Glock and Smith & Wesson. Sig Sauer’s Phil Strader, who aptly describes his job as “market disruption,” recalled the circus surrounding the release with a degree of humor.
“The initial P365 rollout was about 1,100 guns. We saw the videos and the problems, but there was only something like 15 guns that came back for warranty work involving the slide lockup and a heat treat problem on the striker. So much noise for just a small handful of real problems,” Strader said.
He added, “The P365 had a target on its back from the start and the problems were completely blown out of proportion. The real issue wasn’t the striker or lockup; it was the underlying cause of primer drag due to how fast the unlocking speed on the gun was. It is the fastest unlocking speed in the industry. Spring weights and some very minor tweaks were made and that was the end of it.”
The P365’s 10+1 standard capacity, extremely compact size, superb reliability, and accuracy proved to be a formidable force; but that didn’t stop competitors from testing the waters with their own designs. The first of these to come out swinging was Glock with the G43X and G48. The pistols turned heads at first, but then became something of a puzzling anomaly. They were not cross-generation compatible with the popular G43, and they took different magazines. They were also substantially larger than both the G43 and the P365. The models were actually closer in size to the popular G19, despite the same capacity as the P365. The G43X and G48 seemed a strange introduction for a company that had otherwise dominated the carry market.
Next came Springfield Armory with the Hellcat — a direct attack on the new market established by its rival Sig. The Hellcat debuted to fanfare thanks to its 12-round standard capacity in a compact size. Despite its popularity, though, the Hellcat didn’t have any real impact on P365 sales. At the time the Hellcat was released, the P365 was outselling most other pistols in America.
When asked if Sig Sauer had concerns over competitors taking a stab at the single-stack, mid-capacity realm, Sig Sauer seemed unfazed.
“Copies don’t really worry me,” Strader confidently stated. “When new designs come out, it is appreciated that Sig reset the bar.”The Modern Classic
The P365 is a true modern classic. Its merits alone are placing it in the holsters of first-timers and professionals alike. Kyle Lamb, a name that readers here will surely recognize as a 21-year Delta guy and founder of Viking Tactics, finds the P365 to be, simply, a great gun.
“There has always been a level of jealousy in the industry. I carried a Shield– and it is still a great gun- but the P365 has more rounds and is just as easy to shoot. The P365, for what you get in that package, is amazing. The out-of-the-box accuracy is unmatched. It’s better than many full-size guns which is just flat out impressive. This is the gun I carry; it just has very few, if any, true shortcomings.”
We tend to recognize the game changers for what they are. When we think of a revolver, we think of Colt. Not that Smith & Wesson is inferior in any way, but the Colt Single-Action Army prominently wrote the formative years of American culture and identity. In our own era, it takes an outstanding product, and a brave company to make something that generates its very own genre.
The P365 comes to us as the product of excellent and advanced engineering. Still, it could not exist if not for the advances in 9mm ammunition, a growing and diverse self-defense market, and the increasing need for modularity.
Sig Sauer’s P365 will surely stand out as one pistol that truly modernized the carry gun.
Missed part one of this two-part article series? Head here to catch up.
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An obscure product of the 1920s, the German-made Ortgies pistol is an interesting design that never really caught on– except with collectors.
German merchant Henrich Ortgies (pronounced Ort-geese) took out at least 11 patents for his self-loading pistols, designs reportedly purchased from former FN and future Walther employee Karl August Brauning. The guns, pocketable semi-autos in .25 ACP, .32 ACP and .380, were first offered under the Ortgies banner in small numbers just after World War I ended and then, around 1920, the brand and patents were sold to government-subsidized Deutsche Werke A. G. who kept marketing for as long as they could.
DW-made Ortgies was produced in two formats, a 6+1 vest-pocket version in .25 ACP with a fixed 2.75-inch barrel, and a pocket model in either .32 ACP (8+1) or .380 (7+1) with a similarly fixed 3.25-inch barrel. Both models used simple fixed sights and wooden grip panels, although the markings and panel medallions varied widely across production with Ed Buffaloe over at the Unblinking Eye cataloging at least six different generations.
Branded with “Ortgies’ Patent” Deutsche Werke produced these guns in Erfurt and Berlin as contemporaries of the FN (Browning) pocket models such as the 1900 and 1910, which were very popular on the global market at the time for both personal protection and police use as well as, in some countries, as a sidearm for military officers.
It is believed that upwards of 250,000 DW-made Ortgies-patent pistols were made in a very short time, with the bulk of them sold overseas. The company was forced to halt production due to stipulations required by the Interallied Military Commission, who governed German arms factories during the Weimar-era occupation after World War I.
These guns were widespread enough in America that author J. D. Salinger of Catcher in the Rye fame included an Ortiges pistol in his 1948 short story, A Perfect Day for Bananafish. Meanwhile, the gun has popped up in several movies to include the George A. Romero classic Dawn of the Dead.
In more recent times, it, along with a whole catalog of period European pistols, has found a lot of on-screen time in the German 1920s noir crime series, Babylon Berlin, which has been burning up Netflix in its English dub.
Out of production for nearly a century, Ortigies pistols are simple but have a reputation of being well-made and reliable. Further, compared to other German-made handguns of its era, they tend to cost less than a Luger, Mauser, or Walther, which have kept them collectible, regardless of your feelings for bananafish.
If you like interesting guns like the Ortigies with a neat history behind them, head on over to the carefully-curated selection of firearms in our Military Classics and Collector’s Corner sections and see if you find anything that is the bee’s knees.
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A loose coalition of gun control groups cried victory with a full-throated roar on Tuesday, claiming that Subway banned open carry due to their efforts.
Sparked by images of individuals openly carrying firearms and an inert AT-4 anti-armor weapon in a North Carolina Subway restaurant in May, a number of small anti-gun organizations to include the Newtown Action Alliance and Guns Down America called on the sandwich chain to ban the practice.
Falling somewhat short of a prohibition, Subway subtly changed their social responsibility policy to include a request that “guests (other than authorized law enforcement) refrain from openly displaying firearms inside restaurants — even in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted.”
This led to ecstatic statements from the gun control groups involved, who had applied pressure on Subway through an online petition and a letter signed by two Democratic U.S. Senators in Connecticut who have previously signed on to just about every anti-gun proposal in the chamber for the past decade. The petition garnered 43,000 supporters or about 0.01 percent of the estimated U.S. population.
“I’m so proud of Subway for doing the right thing and working to keep their customers safe from the dangers of unnecessary guns in their restaurants,” said Alyssa Milano, Board Advisor of Newtown Action Alliance.
How is the change going to impact the company?
The National Shooting Sports Foundation pointed out this month on the issue, “Millions of Americans have become more concerned with their safety and the safety of the families leading them to vote with their wallets at the gun retail counter. Surveys have shown there are nearly 2.4 million new first-time firearm owners in America in the recent surge.”AT-4?
As for the single-use AT-4 recoilless rifle, they are widely available for about $250 cash and carry without regulation. They make neat man-cave decor, but odds are no one is going to hold up a liquor store with one and, as the rockets that feed them are unobtainium, they are only mildly dangerous if used as a club. However, when billed as a “bazooka” or “rocket launcher” they always make big news when sold to police agencies during “buybacks,” often featured front and center as something of a Potemkin village tactic to show how well such controversial programs work.
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Two congressmen introduced a bill that would ban “metal milling machines” that turn “private individuals into de facto gun manufacturers and dealers in their own homes.”
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A Fourth of July rally and protest in Richmond, Va., saw an unlikely alliance form between armed Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and “boogaloo boys” in defiance of white nationalism and in support of the Second Amendment, video from the event shows.
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Some guns are fancy collector pieces, too nice or historically important to take afield with regularity. Others are shooters built for hard use but lacking class and unlikely to be remembered in a hundred years.
In the world of lever-actions, there are five that reach across all categories. Grab one of these timeless lever-actions for a gun that can hunt all season long, hold a spot in the safe, and pass to the next generation.Savage 99
One of the most instantly recognizable lever-action rifles is the Savage Model 99. The Model 99’s internal rotary magazine improved upon the standard tubular magazine used on earlier lever guns. A brass round counter set in the receiver was just one of the unique touches.
Calibers like the .300 Savage and .250-300 Savage brought new speed, and longer hunting ranges to the lever gun market, though the Savage 99 was produced in cool calibers from .22 High Power through .375 Winchester. Many Model 99s not only survive to this day but make their way to the hunting woods each Fall as a reminder of both the quality and longevity of the design. It’s safe to say that any hunter who’s had the pleasure of harvesting game with an old 99 would love to see that design return to production.
The Winchester Model 94 has been one of the longest-lasting and most well-respected lever-action rifles ever produced. Calibers like the .30-30 Win and .32 Win Special are certainly the most common chamberings, though the 94 has been offered in many others over the years, including .375 Win, .44 Mag, and even a .410 bore shotgun.
Springing from John Browning’s Model 1894 design, the 94 has surely accounted for more meat in the freezer than most any other lever gun, due to the length of its production run, which continues today. While any Model 94 will get the job done, it’s hard not to love the earlier pre-1964 models for their collectability as well as stellar quality. For an old-school hunting experience, seek out either a new or used Winchester 94 and relive past hunting days.
Affordability meets reliability in the budget-friendly Marlin Model 336. While the .30-30 Win is the most common chambering, the 336 is offered in the brush-busting .35 Rem caliber.
Barrel lengths are most often either 20- or 24-inches. For hunters seeking greater stopping power when hunting bigger game, stepping up to the similarly designed Marlin Model 1895 chambered in .45-70 Govt is ideal. Though the original Marlin brand sold in 2010, production continues under the Remington Outdoors Family of Brands.
Few guns stir all-American pride like the “Made in America or Not Made at All” Henry Repeating Arms rifles. The best-seller among hunters? The Henry Big Boy centerfire lever-action rifles. There’s something for every taste in the Big Boy lineup, with blued steel, silver, color case hardened, and high polish brass receiver options. The Big Boy is available in calibers traditionally viewed as handgun rounds, with maximized performance in both carbine and rifle lengths: .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, .41 Mag, and even.327 Fed Mag.
The 16.5- or 20-inch octagon barrel is topped with semi-buckhorn sights, though scopes are easily mounted as well. Those seeking something different and even more durable will appreciate the All-Weather Big Boy with its hard chrome finish and weather-resistant black-coated stocks or the newer X-Model with tactical features like a threaded barrel, fiber optic sights, and black synthetic M-Lok stocks.
While most lever-actions are fed by internal magazines, the Browning BLR made magazine-fed lever guns a legit contender. With a five-round detachable box magazine, the BLR made it safe and easy to chamber the rifles for pointed or tipped projectiles, opening the door to heavier magnum rounds, including some of the WSM’s.
Browning BLR production began in the 1960s and continues to this day with over 15 chamberings suited for hunters. The BLR uses a slightly different design than its earlier lever predecessors, with a rack-and-pinion driven system and a trigger that travels with the lever. Browning BLR rifles have harvested big game all over the world and look as good in the woods as they do in the safe.
While Browning was first to the punch with longer-range, magazine-fed lever-action rifles, Henry Repeating Arms jumped in with both feet. The Henry Long Ranger is available in four chamberings: .223 Rem/5.56 NATO, .243 Win, .308 Win, and 6.5 Creedmoor and is capable of handling everything from varmints to big game.
Barrel lengths include 20- and 22-inches, and all barrels are free-floated. The geared action uses a six-lug rotary bolt, and like other Henry firearms, are made in America of US-components, including beautiful American Walnut stocks. There are several Long Ranger model variants, some with iron sights and others with sweet engraving and inlay like the Wildlife Editions.
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Famed American singer-songwriter and frequently outspoken Second Amendment advocate Charlie Daniels passed away in Nashville on Monday at age 83.
Daniels, perhaps best known for iconic country music hits such as The Devil Went Down to Georgia which highlights a David-and-Goliath fiddle contest between the Devil and a talented young man, was a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member.
“Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need,” noted his official homepage this week, going on to say the entertainer “helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart.”
One of those causes was gun rights.
A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Daniels frequently attended and performed at the member association’s annual meetings and appeared in spots for the group, speaking out on American ideals in his own way, famously hitting out at Iran during the Obama administration.
Daniels was also profiled by the NRA’s All-Access program on the Outdoor Channel in 2015 where he spoke out on his support of the military and gun ownership.
A frequent participant in USO tours for troops overseas, Daniels has increasingly popped up overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, resulting in earning the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for exceptional public service. Previous to that, songs such as 1982’s Still in Saigon helped shine an early light on overlooked problems such as PTSD for Veterans.
In 2014, he co-founded The Journey Home Project to help Veterans of the Armed Forces return, rehabilitate and reintegrate from their time in the Service.
A post on his social media page, which has over a million followers, requests that, in lieu of flowers, fans send donations to TJHP.
We will be making arrangements soon, but in lieu of flowers, please donate to Charlie's charity, @TJHproject, whose goal is to assist vets adjust to civilian life. Almost everyday CD tweeted that 22 vets commit suicide a day. Support TJHP here: https://t.co/eR9DFOQn1u -TeamCDB/BW pic.twitter.com/pIpafGPqlj
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) July 7, 2020
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Some 70 years ago this month, the first U.S. combat troops were rushed to the aid of embattled South Korea, beginning what is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.”
The Soviet- and Communist Chinese-allied North Korean forces invaded their neighbor to the south on what that dictatorship deemed the “Fatherland Liberation War” on June 25, 1950, crossing the 38th Parallel. By July 2, the initial U.S. troops, that of the ill-fated Task Force Smith, had landed in South Korea, flown in from nearby Japan. Within days they were involved in the Battle of Osan and for the next three years fought a see-saw campaign with, first the North Korean Army, and then upwards of 3 million Chinese “volunteers” who were supported by Soviet aid.
In all, more than 1.7 million U.S. troops would fight to keep South Korea free, with over 50,000 paying the highest price.
As the Korean War began a half-decade after the end of World War II, it is easy to just shrug and say that the U.S. Army and Marine troops who fought in the conflict were armed with the same gear they carried on D-Day and at Iwo Jima. Well, yes and no.
The M1 Garand, standard rifle of the U.S Army from 1937 and the Marines from 1942, continued to see front-line service in Korea. A gas-operated semi-auto chambered in .30-06, the Garand was fed by an 8-round en-bloc clip that was inserted into the action wholly, with the clip itself ejecting when the magazine was empty with a famous “ping.” Standard GI from Normandy to Okinawa, the Garand was heavy, at about 9.5-pounds, but reliable.
While Uncle Sam had millions of Garands on-hand after peace broke out in 1945, dwindling numbers resulted in new contracts issued during the Korean War to International Harvester and Harrington & Richardson to produce a further 1.5 million M1s.
Notably, both the Army and Marines shifted from M1903A4 bolt action sniper rifles, a staple of WWII, to accurized Garand precision rifles complete with side-mounted optics (to allow the clip to be top-loaded), cheek pads, and distinctive flash hiders. These guns, the M1C and M1D depending on scope mount and muzzle device, were largely unique to the Korean War as they were developed too late in WWII to see much service and saw only limited use in Vietnam.
Often seen in a supporting role in the conflict was the WWII “war baby” M1 Carbine. A smaller weapon than the M1 Garand, the little Carbine was chambered in a mid-sized .30-caliber round and used 15- and 30-round detachable magazines. A select-fire version, the M2, was also available although less frequently encountered.
One of the most interesting small arms fielded by the U.S. and their allies in the Korea War was the M3 Carbine, a select-fire M1 that was fitted with an infrared sniper scope, useful in night engagements.
When it came to submachine guns, the Korean War was in many ways the golden era of sub-gun conflict with U.S. forces, particularly tank crews, carrying the M3 Grease Gun while allied forces used a range of guns including Patchetts, Owens, and M1/M1928 Thompsons. On the other side, they faced off against Soviet-supplied PPsh-41 and PPS “burp guns” as well as Chinese-supplied select-fire Broomhandle Mausers and the occasional Tommy gun delivered to the old Chinese government via Lend-Lease in WWII.
The last line of personal defense when it came to firearms was the familiar GI .45, which had been with America’s fighting men since 1911, through two world wars.The Allies
Make no mistake about the conflict, while the U.S. did a lot of the heavy lifting, the South Korean, or more appropriately, the Republic of Korean military provided the most boots on the ground in what was a brutal civil war in many cases. Likewise, they suffered enormous casualties, approaching 400,000 killed and missing. Formed in 1948 as a constabulary force with U.S. assistance, the ROK Army by the end of the Korean War stood nearly 600,000-strong and continues today to be one of the largest and best-equipped military forces in the world.
Over 21 countries contributed troops to the conflict to keep South Korea free, led by the British which had some 80,000 personnel who served on the Korean Peninsula. The typical British, Australian, and Canadian troops, as well as some European allies such as the Belgian battalion, showed up in Korea with WWII standards, such as the Enfield .303-caliber bolt-action magazine rifle, and BREN light machine gun.
Other allies such as Dutch, French, Ethiopian, Greek, and Turkish troops looked much like U.S. troops due to post-WWII military aid. Even the tiny country of Luxembourg did their part.
Today, the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., dedicated in 1995, has 19 stainless steel statues representing U.S. troops from the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force. Rightfully, they are a mix of races and are portrayed with a variety of small arms including M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, BARs, and light machine guns.Want to know more?
For more information on the Korean War, there are a number of free books and publications available through the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as well as the Navy History and Heritage Command and the Marine Corps History Division. Additionally, the Army has set up a new commemorative website with photos and art as well as other documents related to the conflict. For those homeschooling or just curious about their knowledge of the Korean War, there is also a quiz.
If you are interested in history, head on over to our Military Classics section, where historic arms are just a click away.
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Since 1992 Sharp Shooters in Lubbock, Texas has served its fine citizens with all their firearms needs — be it hunting, self-defense, or storage. With a vast selection of guns available and friendly customer service, Sharp Shooters has become a staple in Lubbock.
Guns.com caught up with Zane Wagner, who runs the social media and online sales for Sharp Shooters Safe & Gun, to learn more about Sharp Shooters and how Guns.com helps boost online sales.
Guns.com: What makes Sharp Shooters unique as a gun store?
Wagner: We’re the largest privately-owned gun store between Dallas and Denver. We’re 8,000 square feet and typically we’ve got over 3,000 firearms in stock at a time.
Guns.com: What would your customers say they love most about your shop?
Wagner: I think people really like that we offer a big selection in a small, friendly environment. People like coming in here because they know our names and we know their names. Even though we’re a big store, we still have customer service.
Guns.com: How many people work there?
Wagner: There’s about 10 of us that work in the shop.
Guns.com: What do you like about working with Guns.com?
Wagner: It’s really made a streamlined process of being able to sell online, which is really nice. It allows me to get a different revenue stream coming in for Sharp Shooters — we get more of a customer base that maybe we wouldn’t be able to reach here in Lubbock.
Guns.com: Do you find the people who are buying online are local to Texas or are you doing more out-of-state transfers?
Wagner: We have a mix. I’ve shipped a lot of guns out to Dallas, Austin, and some of the more major metropolitan areas in Texas. I also send a lot out to different states like Florida and the Carolinas.
Guns.com: Do you think most Texans prefer to buy from local gun shops?
Wagner: I think there’s definitely a benefit of buying locally — being able to go [into the shop.] I think a lot of Texans do prefer that.
Guns.com: Last question, a little abstract, why do you think Texans love guns so much?
Wagner: I think it has always just been a part of the culture. When you think of Texas, I think people think of guns and the Wild West.
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Hunters in Maine are training to use crossbows this year thanks to a new rule expanding the tools people can use during bow season.
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Kabobs are a terrific way to share meat. They're fun to eat, everyone likes them and you can make them on the grill, over the fire, or in the toaster oven.
A team of shooters with varying experience went through, shot, and evaluated four, mid-range priced rifles from Mossberg, Savage, Howa, and CVA to see just what kind of bang for your buck you get in a mid-priced rifle.
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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission now requires that everyone using State Wildlife Areas or leased State Trust Land possess a hunting or fishing license first.
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