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The Aristocrat’s Parabellum: Heckler & Koch P7 PSP

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:30

With its low-profile slide, innovative “squeeze-cocker” design, and reliable construction, the HK P7 PSP was a serious handgun for its era. (Photos: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

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Developed in the 1970s, Heckler & Koch’s P7 was billed as “the best combat pistol” on the market at the time and today is a solid collectible handgun.

Designed by Helmut Weldle — the same forward-thinking mind that helped craft the world’s first polymer pistol, the VP70, for HK — the semi-auto 9mm used a “squeeze-cocker” on the front of the grip, a concept he had recycled from an earlier handgun design that didn’t reach the market. This device cocked the internal striker of the pistol and gave it an exceptionally light single-action trigger.

The cocking lever is engaged with the natural movement of a shooter’s grip, providing a single-action trigger pull with each shot, and re-engages when released. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

As it was designed for West German police use, it was dubbed the Polizei Selbstlade Pistole, or Police Self-loading Pistol, due to that feature. Falling in line with German police acceptance testing, it earned the P7 designation as it was introduced after the Walther P-1 (P38), P2 (SIG P210-4), P3 (Astra 600), P4 (P-38 IV), Walther P5, and P-6 (SIG P225).

With a fixed cold hammer-forged barrel and polygonal rifling, the all-steel P7 was accurate while the 110-degree grip angle was billed as being very natural. Reliable, the P7 was designed so that an empty case would extract and eject even if the extractor was missing from the handgun. Using a hybrid gas-delayed blowback, recoil was light.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

The thing is, cops in every country have a budget, even German ones, and the P7, while super neat, was kind of pricey when compared to the competition, a factor that meant it was only bought in small numbers. However, several German counter-terrorist teams (with larger budgets) adopted the HK PSP as did the German Army Special forces (KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte).

Speaking of pricey, when the guns were marketed in the U.S. with a corresponding American-style push-button magazine release rather than the European heel catch, they were marketed as “the most expensive handgun in the world,” with a list of the reasons why the P7 was superior to the more economical options. In the end, the HK squeezebox was only adopted by a few state police agencies, namely New Jersey and Utah.

One model, the P7A13, was even submitted to the U.S. Army’s XM9 9mm pistol trials in the 1980s to replace the M1911. While Beretta’s 92 series got the nod from the Pentagon in that case, HK did take advantage of those R&D Deutschmarks spent in the chase to field new variants of the P7 for the commercial market.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

The P7, in turn, carved out a niche in with consumers as a handgun that would be chosen by the discerning gentleman, after all, HK at the same time was selling wood-stocked sporting rifles such as the HK 770. For instance, the fictional and independently wealthy detective Lucas Davenport, featured in John Sandford’s Prey series novels, carried a P7M13, the version of the pistol with a 13-round magazine, while fictional German terrorist-turned-crook Hans Gruber in Die Hard sported the same model but in a chrome finish.

This HK P7 PSP with a five-digit serial number is “PW Arms Redmond, WA” import marked and was produced in West Germany in the early 1990s. Currently in the Guns.com Vault, it is looking for a forever home.

This HK P7M8 is a Sterling, Virginia-marked import produced in West Germany in the mid-1990s. Note the difference in the trigger guard which now has a heat shield, the improved rear sight, and grip from the P7 above. The gun also has an ambi magazine release just below the guard and a lanyard loop in place of the original PSP’s heel-mounted release.

Ultimately, the P7 series was retired by HK over a decade ago but you can be sure that the legacy of these patrician pistols will endure as long as Die Hard is considered a Christmas movie.

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What is the Difference Between SAO and DAO Handguns?

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:00

When I teach folks about firearms, whether it’s understanding a pistol they want to buy or teaching at the range, the biggest concern center on their handgun’s “operating system.” Like Android or Apple on a smartphone, a pistol’s OS refers to the way in which a handgun operates. In the case of firearms, this equates to the amount and types of actions the trigger performs when pulled.

SAO

The Colt 1991 1911 handgun is an example of a SAO handgun.

When society transitioned from canons — fired by fuse or lanyard pull — to hand-held long guns, gun owners needed some sort of mechanism to fire the weapon without having to use a fuse. Originally, gun owners were relegated to flintlocks or black powder weapons which required the hammers cocked and the trigger actuated to release the sear and, subsequently, the hammer to fire the weapon. To begin each firing sequence, the hammer had to be cocked because in these firearms the trigger only does a single action only – in this case, releasing the hammer to fire.

One of the early issues of this single action only, or SAO, was the hammer proved capable of actually bouncing hard enough, either while riding horseback or if sufficiently bumped, to set the primer off and inadvertently firing the pistol. As a result, most cowboys only loaded five rounds into the cylinder instead of six as a way of eliminating that possibility when riding with a revolver.

DAO

The Kahr PM9 is a double action only pistol.

After the Civil War, manufacturers released pistols which could be cocked and fired with a single pull of the trigger. Since SAO refers to just a single action – the trigger pull – these new pistols, which performed two actions, would be called double action only, or DAO. While DAO introduced a longer and heavier trigger pull, this offered an additional safety. In DAO, the hammer spring held the hammer in place so there was a smaller possibility of the hammer bouncing on the primer. The tradeoff, however, was that the trigger was longer and heavier though it was also consistent from shot to shot.

The advent of the autoloading or semi-automatic pistol moved handguns beyond the revolver era, away from slow and somewhat complex reloads that weren’t practical for combat situations against multiple attackers. Semi-automatic pistols such as the 1911 or Browning Hi-Power introduced a revolutionized approach to reloading by allowing magazines to be inserted in the grip. The slide then moves to the rear cocking the hammer. Semi-auto pistols are often carried “cocked and locked” and can be equipped with an external safety such as a thumb safety to keep the hammer from falling and ultimately firing the weapon.

SAO vs DAO

The Beretta Px4 Storm Compact encompasses both traits with its DA/SA design.

SAO pistols bring a clean, crisp and light trigger pull. With the advantage of accuracy. Due to the lighter trigger pull the pistol is less likely to be jerked allowing for more practical accuracy in the hands of a good shooter. The offset to this is that a trigger tuned too lightly can cause negligent discharges, unplanned multiple-taps or even run-away pistols, especially in times of stress. Another disadvantage is disengaging the manual safety when carrying an SAO pistol with a round in the chamber. This safety can be difficult to deactivate when ambushed. Perhaps the biggest issue relates to de-cocking a true SAO pistol. The hammer must be immobilized while also pulling the trigger to disengage the sear and then gently and manually lower the hammer onto the firing pin without setting off the primer and launching a bullet downrange.

Though the DAO trigger pull is longer and harder than SAO on that initial shot, follow-ups tend to be shorter and easier. DA also benefits from allowing the hammer to be decocked and then reactivated with a single pull of the trigger.

Bottom line? For many of a gun owner, there’s a special place in their hearts for a traditional SAO gun which can never be supplanted. At the end of the day, at least for me, it’s hard to beat a true blend of the two mechanisms with a DA/SA pistol for self-defense or home defense for this reason.

Check out all the handguns, rifles, and shotguns listed inside the Guns.com Vault and collection of Certified Used Firearms.

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Can You Put a Silencer on a Revolver?

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:00

Can you slap a suppressor on a revolver and make it work? That’s a trick question. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The question of whether you can put a suppressor or silencer on a revolver is a loaded one that has a simple answer as well as a few exceptions to the rule.

The original Maxim Silencer Company, as far back as the 1910s, advertised and sold numerous types of suppressors along with a series of barrel couplings to accommodate a range of rifles and pistols. Left out of the equation at the time were wheel guns as the humble revolver did not lend itself well to having its sound signature moderated. This is because, in general, while a suppressor can help reduce (but not eliminate) the report of a gunshot by slowly dissipating the escaping gasses caught in the suppressor tube at the muzzle, the gap between a revolver’s cylinder and barrel’s forcing cone allows some gas to escape at the other end, thus defeating the purpose.

So, while you can thread the barrel of a revolver and attach a suppressor to it, the barrel-cylinder gap is still going to allow gas, and thus noise, to escape. This, of course, has not stopped Hollywood from extensively showing such fictional contraptions to be “twhip-twhip” silent in movies like The Sting and Desperado. Lee Marvin famously carried a whole series of suppressed roscoes in the 1964 film, The Killers, a crime flick that also featured future President Ronald Regan.

But…

Now that the rule is explained, there are, as with any rule, a few exceptions. With the problem in suppressing a revolver resting in the barrel-cylinder gap, finding a creative way to plug that gap can make a wheel gun a more effective suppressor platform. One such revolver is Emile Nagant’s series of gas-seal revolvers such as the Russian M1895.

This thing — a Nagant revolver. (Photo: Guns.com)

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On the M1895, when the trigger is pulled the cylinder is not only rotated but also moved forward, so it comes very close to the forcing cone. Further, each chamber of the revolver is countersunk to mate with the barrel while the special 7.62x38Rmm ammunition used has a very deep-set bullet design. All this comes together to create a wonky action that cams the cylinder and barrel almost shut, thus nearly eliminating the gap that almost every other revolver has.

While Mr. Nagant engineered his creation this way to produce a mild boost in velocity for the otherwise anemic cartridge, it also had the unintentional side benefit of allowing these fairly common military classics to be suppressed — provided you can mate a suppressor to the barrel after threading it or using a coupler. The Soviets later figured this out and created what was known as the Brambit Device to convert an ordinary M1895 to a suppressed revolver. Moscow liked the concept so much they even used a version of the Brambit for their full-sized M91 rifles but that is a whole ‘nother story.

As a proof of concept, Utah-based SilencerCo has often trotted out a suppressed Nagant to trade shows over the years and has talked about the unique characteristics of the neat-o Russki wheel gun.

Yes, suppressed revolvers do exist. Kinda: A Nagant M1895 with a SilencerCo Omega 9K suppressor. Note how close the cylinder is to the barrel’s forcing cone at the point of firing.  (Photo: SilencerCo)

In more recent times, the Russians have fielded the OTs-38 suppressed revolver, an invention by Igor Stechkin that, like the M1895, uses a gas seal. Utilizing specialty ammo, it is reportedly very effective.

The OTs-38 Stechkin (Photo: Rosoboronexport)

American ingenuity

Not to let the Russians run away with this topic, it should be pointed out that a series of suppressed or otherwise low-noise revolvers have been fielded on this side of the pond for niche purposes. During the Vietnam conflict, tunnel rats needed an effective but muted gun (for obvious safety reasons – they were underground!), that was still short enough to move around Viet Cong tunnels.

In 1966, the Army made a half-dozen experimental tunnel rat kits that included a suppressed Smith & Wesson .38 with downloaded ammunition for use by these underground gladiators. Deemed a Tunnel Exploration Kit, the revolver came with a mouth/teeth bite-switch activated headlamp. However, these kits weren’t liked and weren’t all that silent due to the escaping gas from the cylinder.

Australian combat engineer assisting American forces in Vietnam with tunnel clearing operations Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province, 1966. Note S&W Smith Wesson suppressed revolver (Photo: Australian War Memorial)

Another attempted solution was the 1969-era Quiet Special Purpose Revolver, a converted Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum that was chambered for a very low power special .410-ish Quiet Special Purpose Round filled with 15 tungsten balls in a plastic sabot. Since the ammunition itself had about as much powder as a Fourth of July party popper, the gun was fitted with a short smoothbore barrel and did not need a suppressor. Just 75 were made and, though quickly withdrawn from Army use, were purportedly still utilized by SOG in places that never existed late into the war.

But wait, there’s more!

Back in the early 1990s, C. Reed Knight Jr.’s Knight’s Armament Co (KAC) of Vero Beach, Florida responded to a call from a government agency yet unnamed to produce a small and short-ranged suppressed rifle. Their answer was a unique weapon based upon a Ruger Super Red Hawk.

According to reports, Knight took a commercial Redhawk .44 Magnum and replaced the barrel with a 10-inch .30 caliber 1-in-9-inch right hand twist example that had a gap between the cylinder and the barrel of 0.005 inch. For comparison, a standard U.S. 10-cent piece is 0.053-inches thick. Over the barrel, a 6061 T6 aluminum suppressor tube 18.5-inches long was fitted. Then the whole affair was coated black, a bipod was fitted, and the result was a 36.5-inch long, 8.5-pound integrally suppressed revolver.

What round did it fire? Well, like the Nagant before it, the cartridge was very special. The gun made its first mention in the “gun rags” in the September 1992 issue of Soldier of Fortune magazine. The article went into extreme detail in the method of sealing the cartridge to prevent gas escaping and thus make it quieter:

“Screw-turned with a needle-sharp point, the bullet is encased in an aluminum piston with a black plastic front face seal. Both are loaded into a Federal .44 magnum case. Powered by an undisclosed propellant of undisclosed charge weight and upon ignition, the piston moves forward a small amount and its beveled face interfaces with the rear end of the barrel to seal the front cylinder gap. A rubber O-ring on the piston seals the case from propellant blow by, so that all of the propellant gas is driven into the sound suppressor attached to the barrel.”

KAC of course later went on to develop the suppressor for the SEALs MK25 pistol in 1996, as well as other innovations. And with that, consider the question of if you can suppress a revolver answered with a “No, but also, yes.”

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NICS Background Checks up for July Over Previous Year

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 05:00

Adjusted background check figures from last month show a bump from the same month last year. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

July 2019 saw a modest increase in the number of firearm background checks over the same month during the previous year.

The unadjusted figures of 2,004,277 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month is a nearly 11 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,806,746 in July 2018.

When adjusted — subtracting out gun permit checks and rechecks by numerous states who use NICS — the latest figure becomes 830,579, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade organization, which is a gentle bump of 1.1 percent compared to the July 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 821,260.

The figure is the fourth-highest for the month in the past 20 years, only bested by the numbers from 2015 to 2017. When compared to the data from a decade before, last month’s figure was a whopping 32 percent higher.

The NICS numbers do not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a concealed carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.

Some 24 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions. Federal regulators previously included Alabama on that list but issued guidance last month that the Yellowhammer State was removed from the exemption moving forward. In related news, Alabama’s NSSF-adjusted NICS numbers for July 2019 was 49 percent higher than July 2018.

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Texas Game Wardens to Carry Daniel Defense Carbines

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 04:00

Available in a number of variants, TPWD selected the DDM4V7 Mil-Spec, shown here, but with a few tweaks. (Photo: Daniel Defense)

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division is set to begin carrying new Daniel Defense DDM4V7 carbines starting this month. The agency, founded in 1895, fields 558 wardens across the Lone Star State — often in areas without any other law enforcement — with a mission to protect the natural resources and people of Texas.

Long equipped with a variety of sidearms, TPWD game wardens also have carried rifles such as Ruger Mini-14s on the job — logging 11 million miles on patrol in 2018 alone. Moving forward, those conservation officers will have new DDM4V7 Mil-Spec rifles on the road and waterways of the state.

“The solicitation for these firearms began in April of 2019,” said Joe Marler, Daniel Defense’s LE sales manager. “TPWD ultimately selected our DDM4V7 over its competition for its reliability, durability, and accuracy. The versatility of the DDM4V7 makes it the ideal service carbine as it can be configured to serve in the many diverse roles that law enforcement encounter.”

The duty rifle selected by the agency is a semiautomatic carbine with a 16-inch barrel chambered in 5.56mm. It features a 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ambidextrous charging handle, swing swivels, and an M-LOK rail section. The TPWD contract guns will also include a Radian Weapons Talon ambi safety selector, Magpul MBUS Pro flip-up front and rear sights, a Magpul angled foregrip, and ERGO Grips rail covers.

Besides enforcing wildlife laws and protecting natural resources, TPWD is tasked with a homeland and port security mission due to the state’s location on the Southern border. Since the agency’s founding, 19 game wardens have lost their lives on the job.

Daniel Defense said the 700 rifle contract will be completed by the end of the year.

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This Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Has Seen Four Wars

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 01:53

The Smith & Wesson 1917 featured in this article saw duty in all four major wars of the 20th century, then served many years as the personal protection weapon of a respected Texas jurist, before finding a steward in Boge Quinn of Gunblast.

Quinn recently spoke to Guns.com about this gun, which is part of personal revolver collection.

The featured Smith & Wesson Model 1917 in .45ACP was issued for WWI. After the war ended, it was sent to England under the Lend-Lease program for use by English troops in WWII.

After WWII, it was sent back to the U.S. and issued to a young soldier who took it to Korea with him. After the Korean conflict, the soldier went to college and got his law degree. He then took it with him to the Vietnam War.

After Vietnam, the lawyer was allowed to keep the sixgun. He left military service to practice law and became a judge in Texas.

During this time in the revolver’s life, the judge had it converted for his use as a daily-carry piece. He had a new 4” bull-profile target barrel installed, added a new front sight and adjustable rear sight, bobbed the hammer and installed a set of grips made by the late great grip maker, Deacon Deason of Bear Hug Grips.

The judge carried this revolver daily under his robes for over 20 years. After the Judge’s death, Quinn bought the revolver from his estate. He had the lockwork converted to a butter-smooth double-action-only by Milt Morrison of QPR Gunsmithing.

S&W Model 1917 in .45ACP belonging to Boge Quinn of Gunblast. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

S&W Model 1917 in .45ACP belonging to Boge Quinn of Gunblast. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Bipartisan Gun Seizure Bill Promised in Congress

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 06:00

A so-called “red flag” bill to allow for temporary gun seizures is being developed in a joint effort between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have crossed the aisle to put the finishing touches on a proposed Emergency Risk Protection Order statute that would allow local courts to authorize law enforcement to temporarily suspend the gun rights of someone thought to be at risk. The proposal would provide grants and incentives for states to adopt such a measure on their own.

“Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others — while respecting robust due process,” said Graham, who heads the important Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday.

First adopted in Blumenthal’s home state in 1999, such laws typically allow for family members or police to petition a court to order an individual’s guns and firearms permits to be seized while simultaneously flagging them in federal background check databases to bar new purchases. The affidavit process can typically either be filed for an emergency ex-parte hearing, which does not require the subject to appear in court, or a more standard hearing where the individual has the chance to present a case to retain their gun rights.

Those who have their guns seized can later petition to have their rights reinstated but opponents to such laws point out this puts the burden of proof on the individual rather than the court system, which can be a costly and sometimes daunting process. The orders typically last for one year but can be extended.

Some argue these types of laws have gone too far in some cases, violating constitutional rights and earning them the reputation of “turn in your neighbor” laws. This has not stopped their increased adoption and expansion in recent years–  with some proposals to allow even school employees such as guidance counselors and teachers as well as the employers and co-workers of a subject to file for such orders. Second Amendment groups have blasted the ERPO process, arguing it provides no structure for those deemed at risk to receive help, or those supposedly believed dangerous to be taken into custody. Further, they point to due process concerns and raise the issue that the laws are simply unneeded.

“If a person is an actual threat to themselves or others, or engaging in criminal activity, then there are thousands of existing federal, state, and local laws by which families, friends, or law enforcement can more appropriately and effectively respond to those facts and circumstances,” said the Firearms Policy Coalition on the subject of red flag laws on Monday.

On the opposite side of the coin, local, regional and national anti-gun groups enthusiastically support ERPO laws. A Bloomberg-allied gun control organization in Washington spent $4 million, largely garnered from a handful of wealthy donors, to win support for such an initiative from voters in the Evergreen State in 2016.

Graham and Blumenthal’s legislation could move quickly through Congress, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, this week saying he was ready to heed President Trump’s call for bipartisan, bicameral cooperation on such issues.

“Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part,” said McConnell. “Today, I spoke with Chairman Graham of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Wicker of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Chairman Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee. I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights.”

The Democrat-controlled U.S. House has already passed legislation for universal background checks and other gun control initiatives this session.

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Revolver Revolution: 3 Snub Nosed Wheel Guns from Guns.com

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 05:30

The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight, Ruger LCR and Kimber K6S from the Guns.com Vault bring a snub-nosed design to the revolver market. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Revolvers land in the hands of many new shooters due to their ease of use and efficient maintenance. Wheel guns, as they are commonly referred, feature a standard 5 or 6-shot capacity with calibers ranging from .38 Special all the way to .410 shotshells. For the intrepid concealed carrier looking for a backup gun or even a primary gun to carry, hammerless revolvers bring with them a sense of reliability paired with concealability.

Digging into the Guns.com Vault, I found a few hammerless, snub-nosed revolver options perfect for concealed carry.

Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight — $469

The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight offers a lightweight, compact design in .38 SPL. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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Kicking off the list is the Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight. Chambered in .38 Special, this fun, little J-Frame style revolver is capable of tackling +P ammunition for little more wallop in the concealed carry arena. A 5-shot wheel gun, the Model 642 Airweight features a double-action design with fixed sights. Constructed from stainless steel and aluminum alloy, the Model 642 earns its “Airweight” moniker. Weighing in at 14.4 ounces, the gun measures a total 6.3-inches in length introducing a very light and manageable design.

The Model 642 feels great in the hand. Out of all the models I tried out from the Guns.com Vault, the Smith & Wesson was by far the most comfortable. I’m not one to sit and plink with a revolver but I found myself truly enjoying my time at the range with the Model 642, slinging .38 Special down at paper targets. The hammerless construction benefits from a snag-free design ensuring nothing gets caught on the draw and the lightweight build helps it rest comfortably in a holster.

Created as a small-frame defense revolver the Model 642 fills that niche perfectly. For shooters who want a reliable back-up gun or those tethered to revolvers, the Model 642 is a great option. The Model 642 retails for $469.

Ruger LCR — $579

The Ruger LCR, also chambered in .38 SPL, is a direct competitor to the Model 642. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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The Ruger LCR, or Light Compact Revolver, debuted in Ruger’s inventory in 2009 as a direct competitor to Smith & Wesson’s Model 642 Airweight revolvers. Like the Model 642, the Ruger LCR features a hammerless design created to offer a snag-free function as a back-up or primary concealed carry gun. The particular model I tested from the Guns.com inventory happened to be chambered in .38 Special; however, Ruger offers a variety of calibers to include the power packing .357 Magnum.

The LCR sports a stainless-steel cylinder with PVD finish and a pinned ramp front sight with white bar. Weighing in at 13.5-ounces, the 5-shot LCR measures 6.50-inches in overall length and is capable of firing +P rounds. Like most revolvers, the LCR proves fairly easy to maintain though it can offer some difficulties when it comes to shooting. This isn’t necessarily relegated to just the LCR as snub-nosed revolvers are notorious for taking some time to learn to shoot efficiently, but I felt like I struggled to manage the recoil on the LCR more so than the Smith & Wesson Model 642. An expected consequence of a small, lightweight gun, the recoil isn’t a deal-breaker, but it did require more time and focus to master.

All in all, the Ruger LCR proved reliable fitting perfectly into the concealed carry or back-up gun family. The LCR is a little pricier than the Model 642 Airweight by Smith & Wesson, with the Ruger LCR retailing for $579.

Kimber K6S — $899

The Kimber K6S marks Kimber’s entry into the wheel gun world. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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Rounding out our list of snub-nosed revolvers from the Guns.com Vault is the Kimber K6S. The mightiest snubby on the list, the K6S comes chambered in .357 Magnum with a 6-shot capacity. Weighing 23-ounces, the Kimber measures 6.62-inches in total length with a stainless-steel frame and rubberized grip.

While the K6S offers power, the offset is recoil. Unlike the LCR, which proved manageable, the Kimber K6S can easily tear up hands if shooting volleys of rounds downrange. While the K6S sports a rubber grip, unfortunately, it doesn’t do much in the way of recoil mitigation. In fact, after shooting just 20 rounds through this revolver, I had to slip on a pair of shooting gloves because the force of the recoil had rubbed a dime-sized hole in my palm.

What the K6S loses in comfort, though, it makes up for in power. That .357 Magnum round means business and as such, this little revolver proves to be a veritable option for concealed carry. It’s worth noting the Kimber K6S is the most expensive handgun on our roundup, retailing for $899.

Final Thoughts

The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight, Ruger LCR, and Kimber K6S all make great additions to any revolver arsenal. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight, Ruger LCR, and power-hungry Kimber K6S, each bring a hammerless, snub-nosed style to those interested in concealed carry or back-up guns. Available at Guns.com, you can’t go wrong with any of these revolver models.

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Colt Single Action Army ‘Sheriff’s Model’ in .44 Special

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 05:00

Boge Quinn, of the popular Gunblast channel, showed off his “First Generation” Colt Single Action Army “Sheriff’s Model” .44 Special, produced in 1906.

Quinn came across the sixgun at a gun shop in Arizona. He immediately fell in love with the beautiful all-blue finish and one-piece genuine ivory grips. After purchasing it at a very reasonable price, he had a friend in the Colt archives research it for him.

Original Colt Sheriff’s Models, which featured short barrels without an ejector rod, are extremely rare. Quinn’s revolver was not originally a Sheriff’s Model but was originally a 7-1/2” barreled .45 Colt Single Action Army, with color-casehardened frame and standard black rubber “Eagle” grips, shipped in 1906.

It was converted to a .44 Special Sheriff’s Model by having a short ejector-less barrel installed, adding a “Sheriff’s Model” style base pin, having the bus for the ejector rod housing milled off the frame, and refinished in all-blue.

The work was beautifully done, and at some point, the one-piece ivory grips were fitted. Seeing as it wasn’t original, Quinn figured he’d have the gun engraved by a friend. The result is a truly remarkable, one of a kind sixgun.

Colt Single Action Army “Sheriff’s Model” in .44 Special. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Colt Single Action Army “Sheriff’s Model” in .44 Special. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Mossberg: MC1sc 9mm Pistol Now Available in Stainless Two-Tone Model

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:26

The 19-ounce MC1sc now comes with a stainless slide option. (Photos: Mossberg)

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Mossberg’s MC1sc subcompact handgun line just grew by two as the company this week unveiled a pair of new models with stainless steel slides.

The latest installments, in standard-frame and cross-bolt safety frame versions, come standard with a bead-blasted, stainless steel slide over a matte-black polymer frame. The 3.4-inch barrel, constructed of 416 stainless steel, features a black DLC finish and a 1-in-16 twist rate.

The optional cross-bolt safety model is available and is reversible for right or left-handed shooters.

Billed as ideal for everyday carry, Mossberg’s 9mm boasts a six-round flush-fit and seven-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel gives it a 6.25-inch overall length. As such, it is about the same size as the standard Glock 43 which boasts the same magazine capacity. Speaking of the G43, the MC1sc ships with clear magazines but will accept the same Glock 6-rounders used in that Austrian pistol.

MSRP on the stainless variants, both of which ship with white 3-dot sights, is $421.

Introduced earlier this year at SHOT Show, Mossberg reps told Guns.com the MC1sc has been a project more than three years in the making, a process that led engineers to include features such as a Safe Takedown System that allows the handgun to be field stripped without pulling its flat-profile trigger.

For more on the MC1sc, check out the below short review from Guns.com’s Ben Brown.

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Ruger Announces Short Run of 10/22 Rifles with Gray, Charcoal Stocks

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 05:13

The 1:16″ RH 6-groove cold hammer-forged barrel is locked into the receiver with a two-screw, V-block system and the carbine itself, with its light but durable synthetic stock, tips the scales at 4.5-pounds (Photo: Ruger)

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With a promised limited availability, Ruger this month announced two new synthetic stock options for their 10/22 rimfire rifle series: gray and charcoal.

Otherwise standard 10/22 carbines, these .22LR-chambered rifles are loaded with standard features such as an 18.5-inch cold hammer-forged barrel; a push-button, cross-bolt manual safety, and a factory-installed combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and tip-off scope mounts. Overall length is 37-inches while they weigh in at very light 4.5-pounds.

10/22 in Charcoal (Photo: Ruger)

Each ships with a single detachable, 10-round rotary magazine and accepts all standard 10/22 mags such as the BX-25 extended magazine series.

10/22 in Gray (Photo: Ruger)

MSRP is $309 and Ruger advises the new models are now shipping.

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Combat Magnum: The Story of the S&W Model 19 .357

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 05:00

Bill Jordon applied his experience as a Marine in WWII and Korea and along the Southern Border with Mexico to help produce the concept that later became the S&W Model 19 (Photos: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

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Designed with input from an early legend in the gun community, the Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum has been a hit with wheel gun aficionados for generations.

To get the appeal of the Model 19, understand that S&W first debuted their medium-framed swing-out cylinder revolvers, known today as K-frames, back in the late 1890s with the Hand Ejector and Military & Police models. Then came the larger N-frame hog legs in 1907 with the advent of the Triple Lock or New Century. While the “Ks” typically ran in .32 to .38 calibers, the “Ns” were offered in beefier chamberings like .44 Special and .44 Russian. Fast forward to the 1930s and when the dream team of Elmer Keith, Phillip Sharpe, and D. B. Wesson joined forces to create the .357 Magnum cartridge, they developed an N-frame model to run it, the Model 27.

And so, it remained for decades until S&W heard from a WWII and Korean War-veteran Marine officer and U.S. Border Patrol supervisor, William “Bill” Jordon, about the what would make the perfect “combat” duty revolver. In short, Jordon advocated a K-frame-sized double-action chambered .357. While today these seems as logical as peanut butter and jelly, it was revolutionary at the time and, after some R&D and trial and error, the K-framed Combat Magnum was created in 1955.

The standard Model 19 runs a 4-inch barrel with a ramp front sight and adjustable rear. Although chambered in .357 Magnum, they also accommodate .38 Special rounds as well. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

“Surely nothing could be more disconcerting to the accuracy of an adversary than a .357 Magnum slug applied judiciously in the region of his belt buckle! It will beat kicking dirt in his face every time!” said Jordon of the caliber in his 1965 book, No Second Place Winner.

Outfitted with a shrouded barrel with an enclosed ejector rod and an adjustable rear sight, the Combat Magnum that hit S&Ws catalog in the mid-1950s was built on a 4-screw frame with a square butt. The frame sported a larger yoke and a fluted cylinder that had been counterbored. Unlike the Model 27 which was offered in numerous barrel lengths, the original Combat Magnum only came in a 4-inch format as standard. While a nickel finish was offered, most were in Smith’s bright blue finish of the time.

Who doesn’t like nickel when it comes to vintage wheel guns? (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

“In this country, we are fortunate that we have available to us the finest double-action weapons made in the world: The .357 Combat Magnum,” said Jordan, who later went into a second career as a writer and exhibition shooter. “Better guns cannot be bought at any price, anywhere. You can’t go wrong with one of these hanging by your side.”

By 1957, the Combat Magnum’s name switched to the Model 19 and the rest, as they say, is history.

As later generations of the Model 19 went into production, the general concept of the .357 K-frame endured with additional barrel lengths (2.2- and 6-inch) offered while round butt designs were added to the catalog. The popular revolver was the gold standard across legions of lawmen of the age and was issued to both the Border Patrol and the FBI before those agencies ultimately shifted to semi-autos in the 1990s. This led the medium-framed magnum to become a staple in small-town law enforcement, period bowling pin matches, and for use as a home and personal defense gun.

In turn, a myriad of fictional lawmen portrayed on screens both big and small carried the Model 19 including Danny Glover as Det. Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon franchise, Clint Eastwood (as both Texas Ranger Chief Red Garnett in A Perfect World and Agent Frank Horrigan in In the Line of Fire) and by numerous cops on Hill Street Blues.

Contrary to the he-man grips on the N-frames, the more medium-sized Model 19 K-frame guns allowed those with slightly smaller mitts to carry and use a .357, especially if the factory grips were changed (Photo: Richard Taylor?guns.com

By the early 1990s, the nickel offerings fell out of favor as Smith had previously introduced the satin stainless version of the Model 19 under the standalone Model 66 designation. For those wanting a more “budget” Model 19, the fixed-sight heavy barrel Model 13 M&P K-frame debuted in 1974.

We have several 19s on hand including some earlier 1960s-70s vintage 19-3 and 19-4 models as well as both blued and nickel finishes and specimens with 2.5-, 4-, and 6-inch barrels. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Sadly, after a more than 40-year run, the Model 19 went out of production in 1999, a deficit that Smith corrected last year by bringing what could best be described as the 19-9 “Classic” back to their lineup.

Got to give the people what they want.

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Gunblast’s Ruger Bisley Vaquero Converted to .500 Linebaugh

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 23:30

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Boge Quinn, of the popular Gunblast channel, showed off his Ruger Bisley Vaquero revolver he had customized for the powerful .500 Linebaugh cartridge.

The customized design is special from the Wyoming-based Dustin Linbaugh Custom Conversion. The shop is owned by custom-handgun pioneer and creator of the .500 Linsbaugh, John Linebaugh and his son Dustin.

Quinn explained he first learned about the customized revolver from some friends who bought one for bear hunting up north. “It’s made for packing in bear country, which I don’t really go bear hunting, but it’s a lot of fun to shoot,” he said.

Not long after Quinn ordered it, however, he had a life changing event happen. “Probably eight or 10 months after I ordered it I had a heart attack,” Quinn said. “I came through fine, it wasn’t no big deal, but John Linebaugh wanted to do me a favor so John actually made the cylinder on this and Dustin did the rest of it.”

The revolver features a fixed-sight Bisley Vaquero with custom rear sight insert invented by Dustin. The round-butt grip treatment and ivory Micarta grips are hand-fitted by Dustin, as are the custom drift-adjustable Patridge-blade front sight with gold bar and 4-inch octagonal barrel.

The Ruger Bisley Vaquero converted to .500 Linebaugh. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The Ruger Bisley Vaquero converted to .500 Linebaugh. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Kicking off National Shooting Sports Month

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 06:30

National Shooting Sports Month, the annual month-long event dedicated to America’s gun-owning public and the sport they love, is now underway.

Originally an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the month-long event is dedicated to the 50 million people who participate in hunting and sports shooting which, through Pittman-Robertson excise taxes, fuels conservation and safety efforts nationwide. The 31-day celebration encourages visits to shooting ranges, preferably with a friend, spouse or partner, in conjunction with special offers from sporting goods retailers.

From the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Trump encouraged Americans to get out and enjoy responsible shooting sports across the country.

“During National Shooting Sports Month, we celebrate the cherished tradition of recreational and sport shooting activities,” said Trump. “Shooting sports bring people together and instill comradery among a significant portion of its fellow enthusiasts. The vibrant shooting sport culture is made possible, in large part, by our steadfast protection of one of our bedrock and most-cherished liberties, the right to keep and bear arms.”

Trump pointed out that in the past year he signed legislation, H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, to make it easier to establish and maintain public shooting ranges while at the same time his administration has moved to open an additional 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries to new or expanded hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities, to include public ranges.

National Shooting Sports Month was officially adopted nationwide in 2017 through a proclamation by U.S. Interior Secretary. That cabinet-level department oversees the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, covering about 20 percent of the land in the country. The current Interior boss, David Bernhardt, encouraged Americans to get to the range this month and enjoy the sport.

“Increasing recreational access to our public lands is critical to conserving America’s outdoor heritage,” tweeted Bernhardt. “During #NationalShootingSportsMonth I encourage all to reconnect with the outdoors & enjoy the tradition of recreational & sport shooting activities.”

As part of the event, the NSSF encourages those interested in the sport to head to the Let’s Go Shooting website to locate local ranges and retailers near them to participate in local events and invite others to join in the fun. It’s a great way to get newcomers involved and share in a growing love for the rewarding sport of target shooting.

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JP Enterprises Offers Details on Eye-Catching MR-19 Rifle

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 06:00

JP Enterprises elevated the TriggrCon show floor, showing off some innovative, eye-catching rifle parts and firearms. Leading the pack in new innovations is the Ultralight 9mm Shrouded Barrel.

Perfect for PCCs, the JP 9mm Ultralight Barrel features a 5.5-inch steel construction extended to reach 16-inches in order to comply with ATF regulations. The 1-in-10-inch button rifled barrel achieves this extra length through the use of a lightweight aluminum shroud.

Tipping scales at just over 15-ounces, the Ultralight Barrel uses a cleaning port to allow owners to quickly and easily access the barrel muzzle; though the cover for the port can be removed so it doesn’t cause issues with Mil-Spec sized barrel nuts. The Ultralight Barrel is priced at $399.

(Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

JP Enterprises furthers its new products by improving its bolt lineup with the new JP 9mm AR EnhancedBolt Assembly. New for this iteration, the EnhancedBolt Assembly works alongside the company’s short-stroke Silent Captured Springs to bring last-round lockback. Made from corrosion-resistant 416 stainless steel, the JP 9mm AR Enhanced Bolt Assembly is available solo or in conjunction with the short-stroke Silent Captured Springs. The bolt itself retails for $259.95 while the whole kit and caboodle come in at $406.95.

The MR-19 is built no the APAC Chassis. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Rounding out the new offerings, JP Enterprises showcased its MR-19 rifle with APAC Chassis. The MR-19, or Manual Precision Rifle, features a host of upgraded features that elevate both the looks and function of the rifle, according to JP Enterprises. Chambered in either 6mm or 6.5 Creedmoor, the MR-19 is built on the company’s Advanced Precision Ambidextrous Chassis. The folding, ambidextrous chassis offers a fully adjustable system that works alongside AI-pattern magazines and the company’s own MK III Hand Guard accessories.

The rifle sports a Proof Research 26-inch barrel that is air-gauged, cut-rifled and cryogenically treated. The barrel is topped off with a 5/8-24 threaded attachment and choice of compensator. Though the rifle quick ships in the 6.5 and 6mm Creedmoor family, JP Enterprises does allow customers to request other calibers and custom finishes for a personalized build. Prices start at $4,999.

The MR-19 features elevated looks and function. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The rifle boasts a Proof Research barrel. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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Next Level Armament Displays New Products for ARs, Glocks

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 05:30

Kicking off the new duds at TriggrCon last week, Next Level Armament showcased AR15 M-LOK Handguards, which brings a hard coat anodized design to the AR-15 platform.

Created to pair with the company’s own AR-15 receivers, the M-LOK Handguards are machined from aluminum offering a reduced weight. Each handguard boasts M-LOK attachment points for accessory mounting and ship with one 5-slot M-LOK rail section and shims.

The handguards are available in 7-, 9-, 13- and 15-inch lengths with an inner diameter of 1.4-inches. Prices start at $110.

Next Level Armament arrived at TriggrCon with plenty of new products to showcase. (Photo: Guns.com)

The NLX Mutant Ambi Charging Handle offers lefties a more convenient and ergonomic design. Machined from aluminum and is built off the company’s ambi charging handle. The Mutant was created to accommodate shooters with gloved hands, featuring plenty of clearance for those working in gloves in cooler climates. Prices start at $68.

NLA expands its lineup of charging handles, delivering more options to consumers. (Photo: Guns.com)

Though Next Level Armament provides some snazzy AR accessories, the manufacturer also shows some love for Glock fanboys and fangirls with aftermarket Glock slides. Machined from 416 stainless steel, the slides bring a slick, elegant look to the Glock frame. David Warner of Next Level Armament said the goal was to offer customers a slide that is “simple yet effective.”

The company achieves that through a French Cut with serrations on the front for better purchase during slide manipulations. Taking the design even further, the company debuted an RMR cut slide at TriggrCon granting even more options to Glock fans who want a little red dot action. Next Level Armament also offers Glock barrels for even further upgrades. Both the slides and barrels will be offered in a Diamond Like Coating finish. Prices are set around $135.

NLA adds a new Glock slide to its product lineup. (Photo: Guns.com)

Glock barrels bring even more style to NLA’s offerings. (Photo: Guns.com)

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New York Bans Armed School Staff Under New Law

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 05:00

School districts in New York can no longer authorize employees who aren’t police or security guards to carry firearms. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

School districts in the Empire State are now forbidden under a new law from authorizing teachers or other staff to carry firearms on campus.

The move came with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on legislation this week forwarded to his desk by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature. The bill, S.101A, stipulates that schools can’t issue an authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, administrator or other people not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard.

“Arming classroom teachers is dangerous and takes our focus off of getting weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them,” said state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, the Long Island Democrat who sponsored the measure.

The new law, which took effect immediately upon Cuomo’s signature, removes the ability of school districts in New York to grant written authorization for individuals to carry firearms on campus or property otherwise controlled by the institution. A similar measure had been introduced by Dems in 2018 but failed to gain traction in the Republican-controlled state Senate. After the chamber shifted polarity this session, S.101A passed 41-22, roughly along party lines.

Supported by national gun control groups such as Everytown, who applauded Cuomo’s action this week, the measure was slammed by Second Amendment groups who argued it will make schools in New York less safe.

“He thinks that allowing armed school staff will result in accidents or acts of violence, but that has not happened anywhere such programs are in place,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told Guns.com. “He thinks disarming law-abiding citizens will make them safer. Because of Cuomo-backed anti-gun rights policies in New York, people are moving in droves to less gun restrictive states like South Carolina, Florida, and Texas where they can have the means to self-defense.”

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Dove Hunting in Style with Texas Dove Hunters Association

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 04:30

(Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Robert Green alongside his trusty canine Tucker — a Chocolate Lab — take to the fields in pursuit of doves. Beretta 686 Whitewing 12-gauge Over/Under Shotgun in hand, Green stalks through the tall grass of his hunting haunt sporting duds tailored for the occasion.

Equipped with a Texas Dove Hunters Association shirt and Austin Clothing Co. cargo pants, Green stakes out the doves with Remington T-72 Amber Lenses ($14.99). Green and Tucker place Mojo Outdoors battery-operated VooDoo Decoy Dove ($44.99) and wait patiently on a Ridge Hunter Dove Hunting Stool ($8.99) courtesy of Cabela’s. For extra storage, Green dips into his Cabela’s Men’s Targetmaster Half Vest ($29.99) stocked with supplies for the hunt.

Take a look through Tucker and Green’s adventure in the fields.

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Jacki Billings contributed to this article.

 

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U.S. Secret Service Reportedly Goes Glock

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 04:00

Reports have it that the Glock G19 Gen 5 MOS is soon to be unseen in the best places, replacing Sig Sauer handguns currently in use by the U.S. Secret Service. (Photo: USSS)

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The Secret Service is reportedly moving away from their longstanding use of Sig Sauer handguns and is set to transition to new model Glocks in coming days.

As reported Wednesday by several outlets, Secret Service Director James Murray communicated internally that the agency will be moving to the 9mm Glock 19 MOS Gen 5. Tactical teams will use the 9mm G47 MOS Gen 5 and G26 Gen 5, matching the previously announced $85 million contract awarded by the US Customs and Border Protection.

The 7,000-strong federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting the nation’s leaders and investigating crimes such as financial institution fraud dates to 1865. Just before the Secret Service transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, the force adopted the Sig Sauer P229R chambered in .357SIG for both use by uniformed division officers and special agents. Before that, the agency used Sig P228 9mm pistols.

Secret Service currently issues Sig P229R pistols chambered in .357SIG, which they adopted in 1999 to replace P228 9mm handguns. (Photo: USSS)

Glock previously advised that all three models used by CBP feature a flared magwell for faster magazine changes, the match-grade Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) for enhanced accuracy, and Ameriglo BOLD sights. The CBP handguns all have extended magazine floorplates, presumably for better access to strip away magazines in the sandy, dusty conditions along the Southern border.

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Meet the New Springfield Armory M1A Tanker Rifle

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 05:30

The new Springfield Armory M1A Tanker is a throwback to the “Tanker” Garand that surfaced but was not adopted in the latter days of WWII. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

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In a salute to the storied shortened “Tanker” M1 Garands of yesteryear, Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week unveiled their new M1A Tanker rifle.

Featuring a 16.25-inch parkerized barrel and a 37.25-inch overall length, the Tanker is a version of SA’s SOCOM 16 rifle series with a retro styling that includes an all-new walnut stock. When compared to the standard M1A, the Tanker is almost a foot shorter.

The Springfield Armory M1A Tanker features a 16.25-inch 1-in-11-inch RH 6-groove carbon steel barrel and has an enlarged aperture (ghost ring) rear sight with an XS front post. Note the muzzle device. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Like the rest of the line, it is chambered in .308 Win./7.62 NATO. Set up for rapid target acquisition, the Tanker comes standard with an enlarged “ghost ring” aperture that is adjustable for windage and elevation, as well as an XS front sight post with a tritium insert.

Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s marketing VP, explained that since the M1A SOCOM 16 drew much acclaim in the past, the new Tanker model was a logical choice, saying, “Because of the enduring popularity of that model, we wanted to offer that same rifle with a new walnut stock for a variation we know our customers will love.”

While the Tanker ships with a single 10-round detachable magazine, it accepts all standard M1A mags. MSRP $1,987

Just what was a Tanker Garand, anyway?

Although it never went into regular military production, the so-called “Tanker” modified M1 Garand service rifle label was applied to shortened rifles in the latter days of World War II. While the Army’s Ordnance Bureau had prototyped an M1 with a folding stock for use by paratroopers — the M1E5 — it never entered production.

Later, armorers with the 6th Army, fighting at the time in the Pacific Theatre, converted 150 existing M1 rifles in their inventory by shortening the barrels. Some of these guns were trialed by troops stationed in New Guinea and a few sent stateside where the U.S. Army’s Springfield Armory (which existed long before today’s Springfield Armory, Inc., was founded) type classified the experimental guns as the T26.

The T26 rifle, shown here at the top compared to a more standard-length T27 Garand below it has a markedly shortened barrel and trigger guard. This photo was taken in 1964 (Photo: Springfield Armory Museum)

In the end, the abbreviated Garand was not adopted, and its development was terminated in October 1945, a month after WWII ended. Today, just one T26 is known to exist, a chopped 1943-production gun in the collection of the Springfield Armory Museum.

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