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Brazilan gunmaker Taurus this week announced they are adding two new models to their long-running PT-92 pistol line, complete with walnut grips.
The guns, clones of Beretta’s 92 series of 9mm pistols, have been a staple of Taurus since the Brazilain company acquired the Italian firearm manufacturer’s Sao Paulo facility in 1980. While the current bright natural anodized and black anodized PT-92s come standard with black synthetic grip panels, the two new models will sport grips crafted from Brazilian walnut.
Taurus says the upgraded furniture has “rich variations in the wood’s tone, depth, and distinguished grain patterns” to give each pistol a “unique, custom look and aesthetic finish.”
Other than the grips, the new PT-92 models will still have the same features and specs of the legacy pistols including drop-hammer-forged alloy frames with steel slides featuring 5-inch barrels and a 17-round magazine capacity. Overall length is 8.5-inches with an unloaded weight of 34-ounces. The guns ship with two magazines.
In related news, Brazilian-made Taurus models could be in the rearview in the future for buyers in the States as the company’s U.S branch has officially begun low rate production on firearms in their Bainbridge, Georgia facility. The company announced this week the first “Bainbridge” marked gun has rolled out.
Big news out of the @TaurusUSA site this morning as they announced production is underway! While construction is not 100% complete, we are excited that the first gun marked "Bainbridge" has been rolled out! #industrialdevelopment #economicdevelopment pic.twitter.com/QXflMRgN85
— Bainbridge Georgia (@BainbridgeCity) August 12, 2019
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One of the more interesting guns that have come through the Guns.com Vault in recent months is a World War II-era Remington Rand M1911A1. The gun came to us from the family of a man who was reportedly a B-17 bomber pilot during the conflict. While the golden rule in used firearms is “buy the gun, not the story,” this Government Issue .45 certainly has a lot to say just by looking at it.
Remington Rand, not to be confused with Remington Arms, was a business machine company formed in a merger between the Remington Typewriter Company and Rand Kardex Corporation during the Roaring Twenties. However, as with other gadget and widget makers, during WWII they retooled to help crank out the Arsenal of Democracy and win the war.
For Remington Rand, this meant making M1911A1 pistols, the standard U.S. military handgun since 1926. The company received drawings, gauges and tooling from the Army’s Springfield Armory, which had been previously used to manufacture M1911s and converted their “C” Division typewriter plant and warehouse in 1942 to war production. While Colt, Ithaca, railway equipment maker U.S. Switch & Signal, and even the Singer Sewing Machine company would produce over 1.8 million of these iconic handguns during the conflict, it was Remington Rand that delivered the most to Uncle Sam.
With a serial number that dates to 1943, the Remington Rand in the Guns.com Vault has what collectors consider Type 3 slide markings, a very crisp “FJA” Ordnance inspector’s mark of Col. Frank J. Atwood, an Ordnance Department wheel, and U.S. Property marks.
When it comes to the barrel, this M1911A1 has one produced by High Standard as denoted by the “HS” mark on the lug. This is correct for late model Remington Rands as the typewriter and adding machine maker did not produce their own pistol barrels. High Standard, on the other hand, produced 5-inch M1911 barrels during the war for not only Remington Rand but also for Ithaca and US&S.
As for why the gun looks so minty, the story is that the gun was issued to said B-17 bomber pilot who only shot it to familiarize himself with it and returned home with the gun after the war, where it spent the rest of its life largely in storage.Why would a pilot have a gun?
This week marks the 77th anniversary of Mission #1, the first heavy bomber attack on Nazi-occupied Europe by the U.S. VIII Bomber Command, the England-based unit that was to grow into the mighty 8th Air Force. While that initial raid only fielded 18 B-17 bombers on a strike in occupied France, by Mission # 84, the famed Schweinfurt–Regensburg Raid — which was 76 years ago this week and coincides to the “born on” date of our Remington-Rand — the 8th Air Force sent 376 B-17s deep into Germany itself. By Mission # 817 in February 1945, the 8th Air Force was putting an amazing 1,437 bombers into the air over Berlin.
Over the course of the war, the 8th Air Force alone lost a staggering 4,145 bombers on missions over Europe. While aircrew were limited as to what they could bring along on their high altitude flights — for instance, most liquids were banned due to the likelihood of them freezing in the unpressurized aircraft — they were issued basic survival gear such as a special extreme cold-weather uniform, life vest, parachute and a pistol in case they had to “hit the silk” and try to escape and evade Axis patrols to make it to friendly lines, often with the help of local resistance groups.
While Navy aviators had to make do with various revolvers, Army Air Force aircrew were typically issued standard M1911A1s. The U.S. Air Force Museum has an example of one such gun on display carried by a WWII B-17 gunner that caught a piece of German flak on a mission.
The Remington Rand in the Guns.com Vault came from its owner complete with its 1943-marked Boyt M3 shoulder holster.
The M3, sometimes referred to as the “flyer” holster by militaria collectors to set it apart from later “tanker” holster models, was often issued to USAAF aircrews and occasionally to Army paratrooper officers.
In the end, while you can easily pick up any variety of 1911 clones, few are the real thing carried by the members of the Greatest Generation. Even when you do, military surplus 1911s are often “mixmasters,” with their parts swapped out over the years by military armorers and arsenals, leaving such pistols with a lot of character but little in the way of being all-matching. Meanwhile, this Remington Rand has escaped relatively unscathed and intact.
If only guns could talk.
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New Jersey based ToughTested has released a new water-resistant Bluetooth earbud aimed at the outdoor and shooting industry, aptly named the Ranger. They say it’s built to withstand the most demanding environments while providing outstanding audio clarity.
Product highlights include Kevlar reinforced wires and noise isolating ear tips. It’s proprietary EQ Voice advanced technology delivers state of the art noise control with advanced audio optimization, eliminating background noise while enhancing music and voice communications.
“In developing the Ranger, ToughTested focused on improving every technical aspect found in traditional earbuds to deliver over the top sound features that will withstand the elements demanded by those who spend a lot of time outdoors,” said Tom Buske, vice president of sales and brand strategy for ToughTested.
EQ-Voice Digital equalizer is pre-programmed to switch from balanced music to clear voice for phone calls and no app is necessary. Adding to its functionality, the Ranger is weatherproof and sweat proof. The Ranger has a five year warranty but should prove durable due to the Kevlar-reinforced cables.
Enhanced Bluetooth 4.1 offers extended range and its workhorse battery offers eight hours of play time and seven days of standby power. A rechargeable power stick provide an additional 32 hours of playtime. That’s a lot of juice for the squeeze, speaking of which, these retail for an MSRP of $89.99.
Stay tuned to Guns.com as we put the Ranger through the paces and compare it to other popular choices for hearing protection for shooters.
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Team USA turned out an impressive performance at the IPSC World Rifle Shoot in Örebro, Sweden Aug. 3 to Aug. 10 with the ladies of Team USA coming out on top.
Lena Miculek pulled out a winning performance earning a victory in the Ladies Open Shootoff. Miculek went head to head with teammate Ashley Rheuark in the Individual Open Semi Auto division. After a fierce match between the two shooters, Rheuark ultimately pulled ahead to take the win. Miculek earned silver with Lanny Barnes securing the bronze resulting in an American sweep of the podium.
“Words cannot describe my feelings from last night,” Rheuark said in a post on social media. “The last day was some of the most stressful shooting I have ever done and my nerves were at an all-time high. But I remembered the fundamentals, prayed to God and shot a phenomenal last day.”
The Ladies Open Team, consisting of Miculek, Rheuark, Barnes and Becky Yackley, also defended their Team World Title taking first place in the teamed stages leading ahead of Russia, who took second and Finland who took third.
Lena Miculek wasn’t the only member of the Miculek clan to take a win. Her father, Jerry, secured the Open Semi Auto Super Senior division victory. Junior shooter Riley Kropff took the top youth spot representing the U.S. as the gold medal winner in the Open Semi Auto Junior division.
In the men’s team shoot, Finland took first while the U.S. secured the second place win with Russia placing third. The men’s team consisted of Tim Yackley, Scott Greene, Joe Farewell and Brian Nelson. “At the end of the day, it was a tremendous honor to represent the USA and push our team to a silver medal,” Farewell said. “Each of my teammates performed well, but we won’t be satisfied until we get the gold.”
The IPSC World Rifle Shoot consisted of 30 courses of fire over five days of competition with 650 athletes from 37 countries. Stages were run by 60 international range officers in addition to 47 national range officers representing 10 regions, according to the IPSC. The city of Örebro, 142 miles from Stockholm, hosted the event at the Villingsberg shooting range.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced this week that he will introduce legislation to restrict access to body armor and other “wares of war" in the near future.
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Sunday evening, two 16-year-olds attempted to rob a man in his home in Saginaw, Texas. GunsAmerica spoke with Saginaw's Assistant Chief of Police, Russel Ragsdale, to learn more details.
A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate has threatened the Supreme Court with “restructuring” if it does not drop what could be a landmark gun case out of New York.
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Knowing that AR parts are interchangeable and having the confidence to swap them are very different things -- especially when you're talking about making adjustments to the barrel. Let me show you how simple it actually is to change the handguard and the tools you'll need to do it.
One of the hottest new handguns on the market, the Kel-Tec CP33 pistol has been designed as an easy-to-shoot pistol for beginner and experienced shooters alike. But does it really live up to the hype? Kel-Tec has already manufactured unique firearms such as the Sub-2000 carbine or the KSG-55, but the CP33 pistol is something […]
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Maybe you have heard of a group of individuals in the firearms community known as “cloners.” Cloners build rifles that resemble actual service rifles. Sometimes these clone rifles very accurately represent the actual platform. Each component is carefully selected to build the most authentic looking rifle. Other times they are simply an informal example of an actual military rifle and are just an inspiration for a unique project. It all depends on the cloner’s end goal.
The three most common clones are the M4, MK12, and MK18. These frequently copied models have not only been used in recent wars but are also seen frequently in the entertainment industry such as movies and TV shows. All are proven platforms with their own iconic look and characteristics. It is not all for show though. The military have designed these platforms to fulfill specific roles.
The M4 needs no introduction. This is a standard issue service rifle for many soldiers and the model has gone through a number of reiterations. Branches of the military have elected to choose a variety of their own parts such as stocks, fore-ends, lights, lasers, etc. but for the most part the M4 is traditionally built on a Colt receiver with a 14.5-inch barrel and fixed front sight post. Iron sights, red dot (Aimpoint or EOTech) or ACOG will usually be the sighting system on top. This is a rifle that can fill almost any role and is a good beginner project for a first-time cloner.
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Sometimes you want a rile with precision. The MK12 Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) was designed to be more effective at further distances. This rifle chambered in 5.56 is often cloned but does use some unique parts that may require some in depth searching if you want an accurate clone. It has gone through a number of variations but usually you will find these tack drivers with 2.5-10x variable scopes, 18-inch free floated barrels that sit under a 12-inch handguard. A great place to source MK12 components is from Precision Reflex Inc.
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The most popular of the three clones right now is the MK18 chambered in 5.56. Since the MK18 uses a 10.3-inch barrel you will find clones that are in “pistol” form but if you are looking to be as authentic as possible then you will need to build an SBR. A Daniel Defense MK18 is a pretty easy way to knock out a large portion of a MK18 clone. These guns were originally desired for “close quarter battle (CQB)” but have also been found in other roles because of their compact size. These shorties receive a lot of publicity due to a large portion of the Special Operations Community using them.
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For some cloning is a challenge to build a rifle that is exactly to spec but for others it is a fun way to remember our history and maybe put their own personal twist on it. I would recommend if you start a clone build to not get wrapped up in the specifics of every piece. Some of these components can be extremely rare and take years to find. Above all else, have fun with it and build something you will enjoy shooting.
ropelled by the growing popularity in outdoor recreational tools, Buck Knives has added new handle and blade coatings to the popular Compadre Series line of outdoor rugged tools.
While some argue that Sturm, Ruger’s Old Army cap-and-ball revolver is a modernization of the Civil War-era Remington New Army, they aren’t totally wrong.The Original “New” Army
In all, the Federal government contracted for no less than 18 different revolver types during the Civil War with the two most numerous being the six-shot Colt Army .44 (129,730 purchased) followed by Remington’s New Army (125,314) in the same caliber. This impressive number doesn’t take into account the thousands of handguns purchased by private soldiers and officers. The iconic Remington wheel gun had an 8-inch barrel and, unlike the Colt, a solid top strap, making it one of the most powerful and rugged performers of its day.
Firing a 260-grain projectile over a 30-grain black powder charge, it remained popular on the commercial market well into the mid-1870s when cartridge revolvers became all the rage. Still, other copies were sold to purchasing agents working for the armies of the Tsar, the Mikado of old Japan, the King of England, and the Republic of Mexico.The Rebooted “Old” Army
Building on the success of his line of single-action cowboy guns, such as the Blackhawk — which in itself was a revamped clone of the Colt 1873, Bill Ruger took the proven Blackhawk action and rolled it into the company’s first black powder revolver. Dubbed the Old Army, the updated hogleg looks a lot like the common Civil War-era .44 smoke wagon but internally is very different. Even looking past the cosmetic similarities between the Old Army and its New Army predecessor, the modern Ruger ditched Remington’s brass trigger guard and wonky mid-19th Century ironwork metallurgy for an all-steel construction. This makes the Ruger perhaps one of the strongest black powder revolvers to ever make it into production.
Other safety enhancements on the Old Army included the ability to be carried safely with six rounds in the chamber as the Ruger has safety recesses between each chamber for resting the hammer. Further, as the hammer nose is designed to clear the uncapped nipples, it can be dry fired.
While the author’s Old Army is blued, among the most common models are stainless examples which shrug off the soap-and-water cleanup required by black power guns much better. Odds are, if stainless models would have been made available to Gen. Grant in 1863, he would have chosen them.
Ruger kept the Old Army in steady production from 1972 through 2008, a 36-year run. This makes those big Ruger smoke generators increasingly collectible — another trait shared with the more vintage New Army series.
We currently have a selection of certified used stainless Ruger Old Army models in the Guns.com Vault, all with 7.5-inch barrels and adjustable sights.
No matter which Old Army you choose, know that you are getting one of the most superb black powder cap-and-ball revolvers ever made. Also, if you have one to sell, we are always looking.
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The K-frame .22WMR-caliber Model 648 first appeared in Big Blue’s lineup in 1989 sporting a full-lug barrel and stainless steel construction. Retired since 2005, the newest generation of the model still brings a 6-inch barrel to the party, which translates to a very commanding 11.1-inch overall length. Weight is 46.2-ounces in the eight-shot .22 Mag, making the gun attractive for both those looking to fill pots and smoke targets.
“Built on the medium K-frame, the Model 648 is back in production to satisfy the needs of handgun owners who are looking to achieve greater distance while hunting or target shooting,” said Jan Mladek, GM of Smith & Wesson brands.
While Smith & Wesson makes a variety of .22LR revolvers, such as the Model 317 Kit Gun as well as the very similar Model 63, the Model 43 snub, the Model 17 Masterpiece and the vaunted Model 617, the 648 is the company’s only K-framed .22 Magnum wheel gun.
MSRP for the Model 648 is $749 and it comes standard with a Patridge front sight and adjustable rear, as well as synthetic finger groove grips.
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Blaming guns for massacres has become accepted gospel for anti-gun activists, but the latest attack at an El Paso Walmart has sparked another kind of blame-shifting. Just days after Parkland activist David Hogg called for Walmart to halt sales of guns and ammunition, social justice warriors have taken aim at the gun-related merchandise sold on […]
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Langdon Tactical Technology has entered the shotgun game in a big way. They took the Beretta 1301 Tactical and gave it a makeover!
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Looking at a shelf full of handgun ammunition can feel like a cryptic message — .45 ACP 200-grain SWC, 9mm PARA 115-grain HAP, .357 Mag 158-grain HP+P, FMJ, LRN, FMJ just to name a few. Knowing what to look for can change the quality of accuracy and firearm function.
Firearms companies, like the military, employ acronyms and abbreviations as descriptors to fit on boxes. With so many different calibers, bullet styles and load combinations, it can boggle the mind. What is necessary for home protection? At Guns.com, we can help with that enigma stigma of ammunition to help maximize handgun potential.Rimfire Rounds
The .22 Long Rifle rimfire is one of the earliest forms of self-contained smokeless cartridges. One of the oldest cartridge options, it was developed by J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company in 1887. This simple little cartridge has been the jumping platform into the shooting sports for many.
Design-wise, the rimfire’s priming compound sits in a minuscule space in the interior rim of the cartridge. When the hammer or firing pin strikes the edge of the rim, it crushes the rim and ignites the compound. This results in the firing of the powder charge. Bullet options for the .22 LR are varied with uncoated lead, copper-coated lead and hollow point variations. Bullet weights start at 20 grains up to 60 grains in the subsonic.
Small and affordable, rimfire brings with it low velocity, low recoil and low muzzle report making it a great option for new shooters. Highly regarded as a competitive cartridge, it is used in national, international and Olympic competitions.
Aguila Ammunition offers a neat little take on the .22 LR platform with a round called the Colibri. With a snail’s pace velocity of 420 feet-per-second, it works well for stealthy dispatch of bird feeder burglars. Other .22 LR options are subsonic and will have a decent sound report without a suppressor. Standard velocity, hypervelocity, CB, short and target grade options are all seen in the .22 LR line up.Centerfire Cartridge
Uncoated or bare lead ammunition is not just for the .22 LR, enter modern centerfire cartridge ammunition. Unlike the rimfire cartridge, the centerfire cartridge uses boxer style primers placed in the middle of the case head. When the hammer or firing pin of the firearm strikes the primer, it crushes the primer wall against the anvil in the middle of the primer. This action causes a flame igniting the powder.
There are advantages of a boxer-primed centerfire cartridge. Capable of being reloaded multiple times after the first firing, centerfire pistol ammunition comes in a plethora of calibers. Most common are the 9mm, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .40 S&W, .45 Long Colt, .45 ACP and most recently 10mm to name a few.
Pistol shooters will most often find uncoated or bare lead bullets in centerfire cartridges. These come in many different styles and can be purchased most commonly in lead round nose (LRN), lead wadcutter (LWC), lead semi-wadcutter (LSWC) and lead hollow point (LHP). Lead ammunition is generally the most affordable of pistol ammunitions making for great plinking and hunting ammunition. Often this style ammunition is used in Cowboy Action, IPSC and USPSA events as the soft lead splatters nicely on steel targets and cuts through cardboard with little resistance. Powder-coated and copper-coated lead bullets are also gaining steam among gun owners with the coating offering protection to the barrel rifling with little to no leading. It’s worth noting that coated bullets react similarly to targets as bare lead bullets.Wadcutter Ammunition
Wadcutter ammunition or WC is a great round for target applications. The squared edges help to cut the paper cleanly giving clear marks for maximum scores. It is also used in heavy bullet combinations like magnum caliber pistols for maximum energy dispersion and penetration in game.
This style of bullet can be problematic for some semi-automatic pistols, though. The sharp edge of a full wadcutter tends to catch and not feed properly in the chamber. An alternative for the wadcutter for semi-automatic pistols is the semi-wadcutter bullet or SWC. This style bullet is used for target, cowboy action, IPSC and USPSA competition because it offers great accuracy and feeding from a magazine of a semi-auto pistol. The SWC has a rebated cone shape from the full diameter of the bullet and atop the cone is a blunt flat point.
Semi-wadcutter bullets come in full metal jacket and jacketed soft point bullets that work great for hunting as well as hollow points in both jacketed and semi-jacketed.Full Metal Jackets
Full metal jacketed bullets, or FMJ, are most commonly used in bulk ammunition. Designed in 1882 by Swiss Colonel Eduard Rubin, the FMJ offers better feeding characteristic when used by firearms with auto loading and repeat loading abilities. This style of jacketed round comes in all caliber types both in rifle and pistols. Most come in a round nose style or round nose flat point.
FMJ ammunition proves great for plinking and target practice and is also beneficial when trying to breach a hard target within the capability of the bullet’s design. The drawback to the FMJ is over-penetration. If you are using the FMJ for home defense and hunting purposes, be sure of your backstop.Hollow Points
The hollow point bullet, or HP, is a bullet created for maximum damage with minimum penetration making it a great option for home defense. Once the bullet penetrates the intended target, it rapidly expands dumping all of it speed and energy in the target.
HPs are accurate and also come in many variations such as jacketed hollow point (JHP), semi-jacketed soft point hollow point (JSP HP) or an all lead hollow point. For competition purposes, some companies take it a step further offering their own branded ammo specifically for serious competition use, like the Hornady Action Pistol ammunition.+P, +P+
With interest in handguns for hunting and home protection increasing, more powerful rounds have been created to meet this demand. Many a military man complained when they dropped the .45 ACP for the 9mm with concerns raised as to the 9mm’s “knockdown power.” +P and +P+ options for pistols became viable options for those concerned about power.
These ammunitions use higher pressures for greater velocity. +P and +P+ were both designed for home defense. Word of caution, only use +P and +P+ ammunition in handguns designed to shoot it. Not all handguns are created equal.Final Thoughts
With the implementation of legislation in certain state’s regarding the use of lead bullets, ammo companies have been forced to adapt to the needs of citizens in anti-lead states. This has resulted in offerings of solid copper and brass projectiles for handguns. These rounds are can be used for hunting and target purposes, but they are often more expensive than traditional lead rounds.
While this list is not all-inclusive, it should get any gun owner confused about the ABCs of pistol ammunition pointed in the right direction.
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