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Just the ticket for curbing an attack from a rabid animal or a rapscallion along the highway, this trusty cane belongs to another era.
Hailing from the day in which a gentleman would be educated in the manly arts of boxing and stand ready to sally forth to tackle the occasional brigand, cane guns were offered from gunmakers in mid-19th Century Western Europe. To update the market with a more American take on the concept, Remington began producing its own Rifle Cane just before the Civil War.
Patented by Remington gunsmith and master mechanic, John F. Thomas in 1858, Big Green’s gun was arguably superior in many ways from what was being offered across the pond. More cane-like than the typical bamboo- or steel-shafted devices hailing from Belgium and England, it had a self-contained single-shot firing mechanism in the top half of the rifle and could accept several different heads, ranging from carved dogs to traditional L-shapes and balls.
The steel barrel shaft was encased inside the brass cane and the whole thing had a thin coating of gutta-percha, a natural latex with hard rubber-like properties.
The handle unscrewed to allow the breech to be loaded and unloaded, with the latter task typically needing a ramrod, which was not included.
As noted by Remington Rifle Cane collector Elliott L. Burka, “It weighed from 16 to 24 ounces, looked more like a true gentleman’s cane, was less cumbersome, and was not as obvious as were the other cane guns that were on the market at that time.”
Offered in .31 percussion, .32 Rimfire and .22 Rimfire, all black powder, the Remington Rifle Cane remained in production until around 1888, with less than 4,500 of all types made. Over the years, this pool has shrunk as old cane guns break, are lost, or discarded by people who don’t know what they have.
While modern cane guns are classified as AOW’s by the ATF, several such firearms over time have been removed from the NFA list as collector’s items due to their age. This includes numerous 19th Century cane guns such as the Remington Model 1 .22 and Model 2 .32 rimfire specimens.
They make a great addition to any gun collection and you will likely not find another firearm described as a “dapper accessory.”
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Over its 165-year history, Colt became one of the most prolific firearms manufacturers on the planet, giving the gun community some of the coolest handguns around. With such a storied history and long run making guns, you’re bound to find a few really cool ones floating around.
We dug through the Collectors Corner in the Guns.com Vault to uncover some of the coolest and most valuable finds that we have to offer. Below you’ll find some of the most iconic and sought after designs that Colt has ever produced.Colt 1903 Pocket Hammer
As the name suggests, this John Browning design was introduced in 1903 though production didn’t really ramp up until 1904. This pistol was produced until 1927 when production shut down likely due to the .38 ACP falling out of favor and designs like the 1908 Pocket Hammerless gaining popularity. Even so, this pistol became a very popular handgun in its time and was an important forerunner of the better-known M911. Check out the selection of beautiful carry pistols we have in stock by clicking the button below!
Approximately 420,000 1908 Vest Pocket pistols were produced in the 40 years that production ran. This makes this little pistol one of the most popular carry guns in the first half of the 20th century and one of John Browning’s most iconic designs. This beautiful little gun from the Guns.com Vault comes with the case-hardened finish on the trigger, safety catch, and grip safety to complement the black plastic grips. Add this to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The Colt Junior is a curious little gun which was Colt’s attempt to revive their pocket carry lineup after the failed relaunch of the 1908 Vest Pocket. Manufactured by Astra as a Colt-branded version of their Cub pistol, this 4.4-inch gun was introduced in 1954. It was imported from the Spanish firearms manufacturer until the Gun Control Act of 1968.
Afterward, it had a brief revival being assembled in the U.S. from Spanish-made parts but Colt ultimately shuddered production on it in 1973. You can add this ultra-concealable mouse gun to your collection by clicking the button below.
If you’re a fan of the Duke or fine single-action revolvers this is a must-have. This limited-edition Colt Single Action Army is numbered 1608 of 2500 making this a rare and collectible gun that would sit well in a display case. There is a lot of beautiful gilt work going down the barrel, on the cylinder and you even get his signature going down the backstrap. This all compliments the blued finish and bone grips quite nicely.
Even if you’re not a fan of the Duke, we have a lot of traditional Colt SAA revolvers in the Vault, like this beautifully patinaed example below. Check the whole selection out by clicking the button below.
The Colt Huntsman went into production in 1955 as a more affordable version of the Colt Woodsman. Marketed as both a target pistol and varmint hunter these became very popular and enjoyed a long production run until 1977. This particular model we have in the Vault has the fixed sights along with a 4.5-inch barrel, perfect for beginners. Check out all the Woodsman models we have by clicking the button below.
The King Cobra has had three different production runs starting in 1986. The King Cobra is known for being easy to shoot and handle, with shorter barreled models seeing time as a carry gun. This particular model we have in the Guns.com Vault has a 6-inch barrel with adjustable rear sights and checkered black rubber grips. Perfect for target shooting or home defense add this King Cobra to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The Colt New Frontier went into production in 1961 but its design traces back to the 1890s in the Colt Flat Top Target. This single-action revolver is designed with the target enthusiast in mind and differs from the famous Colt Single Action Army in that it has target adjustable sights. Colt had production runs from 1962-74, 1978-82 and reintroduced in 2011. It’s chambered in a variety of calibers but this beautiful case-hardened model is of the .22 LR variety.
If the 4.4-inch model doesn’t do it for you we also have a classic Ned Buntline Commemorative model chambered in .45 LC. This nickel-plated beauty has a 12-inch barrel and ships with a beautiful display case. Add it to your collection today and be the talk of the range tomorrow!
The Colt New Service went into production in 1898 and was produced until 1941 in one form or another, seeing an estimated 356,000 hit the market. It saw action in both World Wars as both the .45 (Long) Colt caliber M1909 and later as the upgraded .45ACP-chambered M1917. With that being said, you can find these revolvers chambered in a variety of calibers but the one featured here from the Vault is .45 LC. Add it to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The original Colt Python is a sought-after collector piece for any revolver enthusiast. This particular model from the Vault has a beautiful factory satin nickel finish, referred to as “Royal Coltguard” or “E-Nick” by the company. The finish is matched nicely by the checkered rubber grips complete with a golden Colt medallion. This .357 Magnum has a 4-inch barrel and is ready for the right collector today.
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Desert Tech has pushed technology limits since its inception in 2007, and this year it released another product, the MDRX, that follows the Desert Tech adage “Tomorrow’s Weapons.”
The MDRX is the next generation rifle from Desert Tech, building on the already popular MDR rifle released in 2016. The MDRX is a short-stroke piston operated semi-automatic bullpup — a rifle configured such that the action, magazine, and firing mechanics are all located behind the trigger. The purpose of this design gives the MDRX a shorter overall length than conventional rifles of the same barrel length.Features
All Desert Tech rifles are designed with modularity in mind, and as such, they are all available as multi-caliber chassis and barrel combinations. The MDRX shares that same heritage, available in four different calibers from the factory — .223 Wylde, .308 Win, .300 BLK, and 6.5 Creedmoor. All four of these barrel conversion kits are interchangeable in the same chassis, making the MDRX one of the few modern sporting rifles that accepts both large and small frame calibers.
The various caliber conversions for the MDRX feature popular twist rates, and standard barrel thread for adding muzzle accouterments. There are also both 16-inch and 20-inch barrels available in several of the assorted calibers, giving shooters different performance options. The MDRX comes standard with a Desert Tech Ratchet compensator. Compensators are caliber specific to provide the best performance in recoil reduction and prevent muzzle rise.
An ambidextrous setup, MDRX controls are mirrored on both sides of the rifle for both right and left-handed shooters. The ambidextrous charging handles of the MDRX are non-reciprocating, normally locked to the front in a spring-loaded detent. They can also be locked to the rear by pulling them back and up, the release is as simple as slapping either of the handles down allowing the bolt carrier to close into battery. The gun locks open upon firing the last shot from the magazine and the bolt release is centrally located right behind the magwell for quick reloads.
In addition to ambi controls, the rifle offers a forward ejecting system that sends spent brass forward and away from the shooter. If you are a dedicated left-hand shooter, you can swap ejection from forward right to forward left in just a few seconds, keeping hot brass away from the face.
The forward ejection system is a curious feature on the MDRX platform. The open-faced bolt extracts the spent case and carries it to the rear, as the carrier travels it engages the ejector with a dovetail lug on either side. The momentum of the carrier then pulls the scissor-like ejector out and it swipes across the open bolt face pushing the spent case off and into the ejection chute opposite. There it is retained by a spring-loaded pawl until the bolt carrier again travels forward where a protruding lug pushes the spent case forward and out the ejection chute.
Though interesting, it’s not without its flaws. I found with that ejection system a firm stroke of the charging handles is required to get the cartridge seated firmly in the ejection chute. The MDRX SE, chambered in .223 Wylde, utilizes a standard side eject system for those who prefer a more traditional ejection pattern.
The MDRX has a six-position adjustable gas valve allowing the operator to tune the rifle. The aluminum/polymer chassis construction features a full-length upper Picatinny rail, M-LOK slots for accessories and flush-mounted QD sling cups on the rear of the receiver. It is also designed to accept most AR-15 style magazines, and for large frame calibers, it uses SR-25 pattern mags. The rifle ships with caliber appropriate PMAGs from Magpul. The trigger feel of the MDRX is also widely accepted as great. The common consensus being it’s a good trigger, not just for a bullpup, but a good trigger period.On the Range
With several barrels in hand, I took the MDRX into my mountain hide to test its function. I started out shooting the 16-inch .308 Win barrel, loaded with Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ at 100-yards. I fired the rifle at several targets to see how it ran, finding the recoil to be much softer than the previous similar rifles. The trigger was clean and crisp, while the reset was audible.
I fired several additional groups using American Eagle XM80 as well as some 168-grain match ammo from both Hornady and Federal. The match-grade ammo certainly provided better groups, averaging around 1-MOA.
With several hundred rounds through the rifle, I figured it was time to test the metamorphosis of this multi-caliber rifle. I removed the handguard, secured by two screws and one take-down pin, using a 5mm hex wrench. The barrel can then be released by loosening two barrel clamp screws and then disengaging the barrel lock. I swapped out the previous barrel for the 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor, seating it firmly towards the breach. Like that, the rifle transformed from a 16-inch .308 Win into a 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor.
The 6.5 Creedmoor shot very well with 140-grain ammunition from both Hornady and Desert Tech as well S&B 140-grain ball ammo. The groups averaged much better, in the sub to half MOA realm. With this kind of accuracy, I couldn’t wait to take the MDRX out to more significant distances. For several hours, the rifle neatly piled brass right in front of my shooting mat without a malfunction. and just kept eating magazine after magazine of ammunition.Conclusion
A compact rifle with solid reach, the MDRX makes a great rifle, whether you’re in a tree stand or searching for a decent behind-the-seat truck gun. Thought the MDRX does bring a heftier price tag, the multicaliber option alone saves money by consolidating training. Whether it is a home defense rifle or a suppressed ranch rifle, the MDRX is a do-it-all rifle. The MDRX starts at $2,099 while it’s sibling MDRX SE is priced at $1,889.
In today’s age of single stack, pocket carry EDC guns, Guns.com set out to discover if the SR9c from Ruger still holds weight in the world of concealed carry. Ruger released the original SR9 design well over a decade ago in October 2007. In January of 2010, they released its smaller brethren the SR9c.
At Guns.com, the SR9c is one of our top selling pistols as is its magazines, yet there seems to be little attention or fanfare directed at this handgun. To unearth why it remains a top seller despite its lack of buzz, we took two models – a stainless steel version and an all-black version – to the range to get to know the SR9c a little better.Good Size and Trusted Reliability
The Ruger SR9c finds itself, in terms of size, related to the likes of the Glock G26, classifying it as a compact gun. When comparing the SR9c with the G26 you’ll see that they each share a barrel length close to 3.4-inches. The SR9c is a bit longer and taller than the G26 but adds additional rounds when using the 17-round mag that comes standard with most new purchases.
It should be noted that the SR9c also features a flat bottom 10-round magazine. This is where the height measurement of the gun is a bit deceiving. Yes, the height of the SR9c is 4.61-inches but where the pistol gets the most bang for its buck is in that 17-round magazine. When using that extended mag, the height is closer to its big brother, the SR9, measuring in at 5.52-inches.
Height is a factor when selecting a concealed carry firearm as it relates to the gun’s concealability as taller guns may print more easily. This may be a reason for Glock’s perceived dominance in this compact carry comparison.
The Ruger SR9 lineup boasts some features that set it apart from other budget-minded concealed carry guns. One feature that is sure to please the masses is the ambidextrous mag release, making this an ideal gun for lefties. Both models also boast an ambidextrous manual safety as well. In addition to the ambi controls, the gun also touts adjustable sights. The rear sights are ramped and adjustable for windage while the front sight is raked-forward for an easy draw from concealment.
You’ll also get a reversible rubberized backstrap that switches from curved to flat within seconds. This backstrap might not make a huge difference but it’s nice to know it can be adjusted without the use of special tools.
Up top, the slide comes with serrations on both the front and back – a big plus. While the serrations aren’t super aggressive, they are enough to get the job done. The patented loaded chamber indicator is also something that makes the SR9c stand apart from the crowd. I’m not a huge fan of loaded chamber indicators, because in most cases it would seem faster to do a simple press check, however, this loaded chamber indicator is not typical. Its unique “pop-up” design makes it easy to tell if you got one hot in the pipe or not, a welcome feature for those new to concealed carry. Additionally, if you would like to make the SR9c your home-defense pistol an integral rail upfront allows you to attach a light or laser.Range Performance
Stretching the legs of the SR9c at the range proved to be a very enjoyable experience. The pistol functioned flawlessly as it chewed through a mix of Fiocchi Range Dynamics, Blazer Brass, and Wolf ammunition. The trigger was especially enjoyable and a bit surprising. For a gun that you can find brand new for under $300, you would expect some stiffness in the trigger. Instead, what you get is a very nice smooth pull with minimal mush to get through. Reset is a bit long but comes with an audible click and tactile feel.
The Ruger SR9c made me feel confident as my groups turned out great. Follow up shots were easy, something attributed to both the trigger and the short recoil of the firearm. The SP9c fit great in the hand and was a pleasure to shoot.Conclusion
Ruger has a long history of making firearms that are reliable, practical and budget-friendly and the SR9 lineup doesn’t deviate. This is a quality handgun that should be considered alongside its Glock and Sig Sauer counterparts.
If you’re looking for a home-defense pistol with an MSRP of under $300 then look no further. Click the button below to add the SR9c to your lineup today.
In an effort to raise awareness for juvenile dermatomyositis, renowned competition shooter and World Champion Julie Golob challenges the shooting community to participate in the Aim to Cure JDM Challenge.
Golob’s 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed in 2019 with the rare autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to target and attack muscles. Golob said her daughter has been through extensive testing and is now undergoing treatment, a daunting task for a child and family.
“Friday night she had her 25th injection of chemotherapy drugs. This combined infusions of steroids, immunoglobin (sic), hundreds of pills in orange bottles and so many medical tests later, I confess I’m still a terrified parent, maybe even more so,” Golob said in an emotional post on her website. “I’m a trooper, a fighter, champion… but this? This has been my greatest challenge.”
As a tribute to her daughter and others suffering from the disease, Golob is raising both awareness and money to help spread the word through the Aim to Cure JDM Challenge. She created a special shooting target for this challenge that can be downloaded and printed at home, ready to take to the range.
To complete the challenge, shooters take 23 shots at various areas on the target, starting from the holster or low ready at 3-, 5- or 7-yards. Shooters may also opt to use a bolt-action rifle in lieu of a handgun.
Strings of fire include:
String 1: Send 5 rounds into the pentagon.
String 2: Send 3 rounds into the circle and 2 rounds into the square.
String 3: Send 2 rounds into the square, 2 rounds into the circle and 1 round into the triangle.
String 4: Send 1 round into each shape in the target.
String 5: Finish it up with 3 rounds into the star.
After completing the challenge, spread the word by snapping a picture of your target or making a video then upload it to social media with #Aim2CureJM and link to Juliegolob.com/curejm. For those unable to shoot the challenge, donations can be made to fund research of juvenile dermatomyositis.
“We have a long road ahead of us, but with your support, we hope to find a cure for JM,” Golob said.
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Three national gun control organizations this week went all-in to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020.
The Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign, New York-based Everytown, and the Newtown Action Alliance all came forward with ringing endorsements for Biden, the long-time Delaware U.S. Senator who served as President Obama’s Vice President for eight years.The accolades:
“From helping pass the bill that established the modern-day background check system, to crafting the Violence Against Women Act, to opposing immunity for the gun industry, Vice President Biden’s long-term commitment to reducing gun violence is crystal clear,” said John Feinblatt, head of Everytown, a group founded originally in 2006 as Mayors Against Illegal Guns by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who largely funds the organization. Everytown has promised to spend at least $60 million during this year’s election cycle to help put anti-gunner politicians in office.
“When every candidate is running on the issue of gun safety, deciding who to endorse becomes a question of who will prioritize gun safety as president, and Joe Biden has a track record that proves that he will,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that merged with MAIG to help form Everytown in 2013.
“As a senator, Joe Biden worked with Jim and Sarah Brady to pass the landmark Brady Bill, which established our nation’s Brady Background Check system,” said Brady President Kris Brown, going on to say, “He championed and helped pass the federal assault weapons ban, a policy that saved lives and that he has pledged to reinstate as President.”
Notably, Brady formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns, then morphed into Handgun Control, Inc, before settling on its Brady monicker in 2001.
“It’s not by accident that, in 2020, every Democratic presidential nominee has adopted a bold and comprehensive platform on gun violence prevention—including background checks, an assault weapons ban, and limits on high capacity magazines,” said Po Murray, Chair of the Newtown Action Alliance, formed in 2013.The Biden Gun Control Vision
As for Biden, his official campaign website has a 3,700-word “vision” for gun control that includes all of the above, as well as rebooting the old Obama gun campaign, but also pledges to repeal the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which insulates the gun industry from frivolous lawsuits.
Further, his promised ban on “assault weapons” would require that guns and magazines already in circulation be regulated by the National Firearms Act, which would involve mountains of red tape and additional taxes to register formerly common semi-automatic firearms with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Biden also supports gun rationing to one firearm purchase per person per month, reinstate the Obama-Biden era policy that strips gun rights from millions who receive disability through the Social Security Administration– a ban that even the ACLU had issues with— and enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.
Yup, sites like Guns.com, Gunbroker, Lucky Gunner, GunsAmerica, and all the rest would go “poof” under the Biden vision.
There are also promises on Biden’s platform to help provide federal tax dollars to states to encourage them to set up gun licensing programs and so-called “red flag” seizure orders. Then would come a national Task Force to explore new routes for gun control.
Finally, his platform promises to, “put America on the path to ensuring that 100% of firearms sold in America are smart guns,” a measure that has been called a slow-motion gun ban as no such firearms are commercially made.Reaction from pro-gun groups
“All gun owners need to know about the man who wants to be their next president,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, warned, “Biden supported the Brady Bill in 1993, he opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and he’s backed every gun control measure to ever come along.
“On top of that,” Gottlieb continued, “embracing gun ban extremist Beto O’Rourke recently in Texas was clearly a warning that if he’s elected president, Biden will make good on his threats to make radical gun control a top priority.”
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Virginia’s legislative session came to a close on Saturday, but not before gun-control advocates approved at least three anti-gun bills just hours before the deadline.
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Cabot Guns have just announced the completion of their latest art piece, the Dragon Fire. It's a one-of-a-kind 1911 crafted with Master Engraver, Lee Griffiths. What were they thinking? GunsAmerica spoke with Cabot Guns' CEO, Rob Bianchin to find out.
New Jersey law enforcement officials in February arrested and prosecuted a security guard for illegal firearm transportation and possession of hollow-point ammunition even though the guard holds a concealed carry permit and had loaded his firearm with legal ammunition.
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