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A year ago today, we lost Richard Overton. At 112 years of age, he was America’s oldest living Veteran.
Overton credited his health and longevity to smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and being able to defend himself and his country with firearms
I was fortunate enough to visit with Mr. Overton in 2017 at his home in Austin, Texas. He showed me some of the guns that he kept around the house for protection.
His go-to gun was a Browning Auto-5 12-gauge shotgun. It was almost as old as him. The Auto-5 was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun. It was produced from 1905 until 1998.
Overton’s favorite guns were his revolvers. He kept two of them by his bed.
The first was a Colt Police Positive chambered in .38. It’s an old one, probably around 1920s production, judging from the period Bakelite grip.
The second was a first-generation Colt Single Action with a 7.5-inch barrel in a very long cartridge, probably .32-20, judging from the cylinder flutes. However, the overall patina, ‘aged ivory’ orange grips and large base pin screw make it look like an Italian clone, possibly a Uberti Rooster. Safe to say, it is a Colt SAA or clone.
Both were loaded, but neither had a round under the hammer. When asked if he liked revolvers, Overton answered, “Oh yeah. I don’t have one if it ‘ain’t loaded. I leave one of them things right there by my bed when I go to sleep.”
Overton was a true Patriot. He was proud and loved his country. God bless him. We remember him on this day.
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This April, the New Zealand national government banned a sweeping array of legal firearms, including antiques and collectibles.
Slated for mandatory “buy-back” using public funds, an estimated 170,000 of the country’s more than 1.2 million legal guns were targeted by the new restrictions. Owners who did not elect to sell their often treasured family heirlooms to authorities– sometimes at comparatively paltry pre-set prices– faced a lengthy jail term if they did not comply by last week.
The above video from the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO), a local pro-gun organization that opposed the government’s campaign, features various New Zealand gun owners showing off now-prohibited firearms ranging from vintage Winchester cowboy guns to war trophies brought back from European battlefields.
Besides all centerfire semi-auto rifles, the prohibition covers even lever-action, bolt-action, and pump-action rifles if they have a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition, regardless if they are chambered in centerfire or rimfire calibers. When it comes to shotguns, pumps and semi-autos capable of holding more than five shells are now banned.
In the end, just 56,250 firearms were handed in by the end of the year, a figure less than one-third of those estimated in circulation. According to police, some 58 percent were in new or near-new condition, while 63 percent of all firearms collected were centerfire semi-autos. Further, 194,245 prohibited firearm parts such as magazines were collected.
The program cost the government over $100 million.
New Zealand’s Minister of Police, Stuart Nash, said that “Other people now report their firearms were lost or stolen and these are being reviewed or investigated,” while an extensive proposed gun register and tighter licensing system are planned.
“Police are now preparing to follow up firearms license holders who are known to still hold prohibited guns. My strong advice to these people is to voluntarily surrender them or face the risk of prosecution, loss of license and firearms, and five years jail,” said Nash.
Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calf, applauded New Zealand lawmakers on “a job well done,” following the statement up with “the U.S. should follow suit.”
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With a double action and styling built to compete with Smith & Wesson and Ruger, Colt’s Double Eagle pistol series had high hopes.
By the late 1980s, Colt had been in the revolver business for over a century and the makers of various M1911 variants since, well, 1911. However, at the time, the .45ACP-chambered single-action invention of John Browning was seen as dated in the police and personal defense “combat handgun” market when stacked against contemporary competitors such as the S&W 645/4506 or the various double-action/single-action (DA/SA) “wonder nines” of the era.
In response, Colt rebooted the M1911– why completely reinvent the wheel, right?– and made it DA/SA with a host of Reagan-era features like a squared-off trigger guard with serrations, black synthetic grips, and a matte stainless finish.
In the end, the Double Eagle shared a lot of M1911 parts, including the magazine, and lots of the same feel and surface controls although the grip is notably thicker.
Standard on the Double Eagle line was a rounded combat style hammer spur, reminiscent of that seen on the Browning Hi-Power or Colt’s later Combat Commander, in lieu of the more traditional flat spur of the M1911 series.
While Eagles are typically all-stainless, a small batch of two-tone guns was made by Colt with a blue finished slide over a stainless frame. Besides .45ACP, the pistols were made in .40S&W, 10mm, 9mm, and .38 Super, all of which are harder to find than the typical models.
While the standard Double Eagle used the typical M1911-length 5-inch barrel, there were also Combat Commanders with a 4.25-inch barrel, and Officer’s models with a 3.25-inch pipe.
In the end, the Double Eagle never really caught on for Colt and the line was closed by 1996, surpassed by increasingly popular striker-fired polymer-framed guns like the Glock.
Colt revisited double-action guns later with the All American (Model 2000), 90 Series Pony, the Pocket Nine, Czech-made Z40 and the Model O– but all were DAO guns, not DA/SA like the Eagle. All this further paints the short-lived Double Eagle into an interesting, albeit a very short, branch of the Colt family tree.
If you like interesting and often rare guns like these Colt Double Eagles, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner or look through our entire catalog of more than 3,000 new and used guns of all sorts.
Ruger is stretching out their Mark IV Target .22LR pistols to include models that come standard with a 10-inch bull barrel.
Building on the company’s legacy of rimfire semi-auto target pistols, the new guns still use the standard Mark IV one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping with no tools. Coupled with a one-piece precision CNC-machined grip frame, the 10-inch barrel is near twice the length of the model’s typical 5.5-inch barrel variant. Even Ruger’s Mark IV Hunter and Competiton models only offer a 6.88-inch barrel.
The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces.
Other standard features include an adjustable rear sight, synthetic grips, push-button mag release, and an ambi manual safety. For those who want to add optics, the receiver is drilled and tapped for rails. Available in matte blue or stainless, the Ruger Mark IV Target ships with a pair of drop-free 10-round magazines.
MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.
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Need a break and looking to recharge over the holidays with a few minutes of Christmas cheer that includes Enfields, shotguns and .50 cals? Look no further.
Besides our own tip for Tannenbaum harvesting via Mossberg in the above video, we checked out our friends among the guntubes to see what else they had to share.
In our first helping, rimfire aficionado 22Plinkster breaks out a Henry American Eagle 22 (what else?) lever action to see how many fruitcakes the aforementioned can-popper can pop through.
If that doesn’t put some tinsel on your tree, Plink steps up the game with a Henry Side Gate lever action .45-70.
Moving into a period tale, the British Muzzleloaders channel features the story of a Western Front Tommy Atkins, armed with his trusty Short-Magazine Lee-Enfield, sent on a mission to seize an offending Christmas Tree planted by the Kaiser’s men somewhere in No Man’s Land.
And if you came this far, last but certainly not least, we have Black Rifle Coffee Company’s Christmas Eve One-Upper, which proves you can stuff an FN SCAR in your stocking! #PowerLlama
Merry Christmas from the Guns.com crew, and have a Happy New Year!
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The .44 Special is amid a comeback thanks to the popularity of big-bore carry guns and advances in bullet technology. Unlike many other cartridges of similar intent, the 44 Special has earned a very interesting place in the pantheon of American cartridges.
The parent case to the .44 Magnum, the .44 SPL was a favorite cartridge of nearly all sportsmen and outdoorsmen in the years before the introduction of its more powerful descendent. Today’s .44 SPL offers a great deal to both the novice and experienced shooter with both modern and classic bullet types.
We pit the old versus the new in the form of the Buffalo Bore 190-grain Soft Cast and Sig Sauer’s 200-grain V-Crown JHP.Accuracy
The gun used for testing is the now-discontinued Smith & Wesson Alaska Backpacker IV chambered in .44 Magnum. Fun fact: any gun chambered for .44 Magnum can also fire .44 SPL. The 44 SPL is only slightly shorter than the Magnum, so it can fit in the same chamber just like a .38 SPL can fit in the chamber of a .357 Magnum. This allows owners to stretch the utility of their revolver in a way that a modern semi-auto cannot.
The S&W wheelgun is made of lightweight alloy and has a stainless-steel cylinder. It features a 2.5-inch barrel and adjustable sights. Our particular gun for testing boasted VZ grips – though other variants are available in many colors and textures.
The accuracy of these two loads was tested at a distance of 15-yards from a bean bag bench rest. Five, five-shot groups were recorded at that distance. The Sig load averaged 2.75-inches at that distance with no significant deviation. The Buffalo Bore load came in at 3.5-inches with the smallest group registering 3-inches and the largest at 4.25-inches.
There are plenty of cast lead loads that are very accurate, but it all depends on the gun and what that particular gun prefers. I do not fault Buffalo Bore in this category, as it is difficult to get the same type of accuracy with plain lead as you do jacketed bullets. Overall, though, Sig wins in this category.
Winner: Sig SauerVelocity
Velocity was tested at 5-feet from the muzzle over an Oehler 35P chronograph. A total of 10 rounds of each type were fired for average. The Sig 200-grain load came in at exactly 800 feet-per-second with velocity consistent across loads.
The 190-grain Buffalo Bore averaged a surprising 1,059 feet per second, which puts it in the upper end for velocity given the barrel length.
Considering that there was only a 10-grain difference in bullet weight, the Buffalo Bore load knocked it out of the park. We would have liked a little more speed from the V-Crown, as there is certainly enough case capacity to justify greater velocity. The BB load was about 30-percent faster given the same barrel length.
Winner: Buffalo BoreRecoil
When it comes to recoil, there is a difficult call to be made. Because the Buffalo Bore load is made of relatively soft lead, it doesn’t quite bite into the barrel the same way that a jacketed bullet does in terms of friction and thus recoil. Even though the bullet weighs just about the same, it can move 30-percent faster without a huge difference in terms of felt recoil. This puts the Sig load in a bit of a bad spot because it is a very sweet cartridge to fire.
The recoil of the V-Crown is soft and easy. It is well-engineered for a modern carry gun and it certainly means business. It feels very similar to a nice .45 ACP in that it is more of a shove than a hard snap. If you are dead set on carrying a .44 SPL, the 200-grain V-Crown is a great choice.
While it is a great cartridge, the extra power generated by the BB load for a marginal increase in felt recoil is what sets it just a peg higher for this test.
Winner: Buffalo Bore
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Shooting a revolver in a world of semi-automatic pistols is an acquired taste that requires a certain level of skill. The gun used in this testing was fairly light for a .44 SPL of any sort and the trigger pull, while excellent for a packing revolver, did not lend itself to easy double-action shooting. Follow-up shots were difficult with both loads at any distance beyond 15-yards. Firing single-action resulted in better accuracy, however, it was still not a walk in the park.
Firing the .44 SPL in rapid succession is not a truly painful experience, but it certainly becomes tedious with a double-action pull. Overall, there was no real discernible difference in general handling between the two rounds featured here. Both were excellent for their caliber.
Winner: TieGel Performance
The gel performance test was conducted using bare blocks from Clear Ballistics. The performance of the bullets was judged in terms of penetration and expansion. To simulate a general self-defense encounter, the gel was shot at a distance of 3-yards.
The BB load offered a 100-percent expansion rate, but the bullets were quite soft and all of them broke apart in the gel to some degree. The average penetration depth for three bullets was 14.5-inches with some of the pieces spreading along the wound path.
The Sig load behaved much more like a traditional jacket hollowpoint and expanded just after impact. Average penetration for three shots was also approximately 14-inches. Expansion in all recovered bullets was nearly 100-percent. There were a couple of odd phalanges that didn’t open all the way, but all of them by definition had expanded.
The main problem with the .44 SPL is that it is not necessarily designed for barrels as short as 2.5-inches. This is a short gun meant for short-range self-defense, typically in a wooded area. Both of these loads were essentially made for guns that would be carried on the street. While there is a widening range of options for .44 SPL, these two are both excellent choices in terms of ballistic performance.
Winner: Sig SauerOverall
This was a tough one to call. We thought both of these were exceptional options and each had advantages. The main deciding factor came down to bullet speed. Sig ammunition offered equal penetration for less recoil, but it was categorically quite slow.
That said, bullet speed angle made this a difficult decision. Sig really needs this bullet to be around 1,000 feet-per-second, which would put it in a category of its own in terms of marketability. Most .44 Magnum shooters don’t do it with any joy. It would be a fair assessment to say that the majority of .44 Magnum owners only fire a box or two of it a year, with many opting for .44 SPL for practice. Juicing up the speed would not dramatically increase recoil but would likely make it a choice carry cartridge even for people that are intent on carrying .44 Magnums.
All things considered, Sig’s ammo was a bit easier to shoot, was more accurate and offered good gel performance making it our winner in this head-to-head.
With an 8-round triple-locking PVD coated cylinder and target crowned 6-inch barrel, Ruger’s newest GP100 revolver is ready for serious 9mm Luger fans with competition on their minds.
Based on the Ruger Super Redhawk action, the GP100 series has long been the company’s go-to for competition and hunting wheel guns. Their newest model, which uses a cylinder and extractor cut for moon clips to speed up reloading, sports a 6-inch half-lug sleeved and shrouded barrel with an 11-degree target crown for “competitive-level” accuracy.
A Custom Shop model, the new revolver has polished and optimized internals, a centering boss on the trigger and centering shims on the hammer. The revolver comes standard with adjustable rear and a quick-change fiber optic front sight.
The overall length is 11-inches while weight is 45.6-ounces, a factor that will no doubt help mitigate recoil impulse.
MSRP is $1549.
California-based Franklin Armory on Monday posted an extensive response to how ATF is now applying regulations to their Reformation series firearms.
The federal regulators last week posted an open letter on the Reformation, an innovative firearm that uses straight cut lands and grooves instead of traditional rifling. The agency has decided that other regulations in the Gun Control Act of 1968 apply– labeling the firearm the first to be a non-NFA “Gun Control Act Short-Barreled Shotgun,” or GCA/SBS– and they will have to make changes to the current code as well as create new forms to document future legal transactions to consumers. However, such transfers are on hold until said red tape can be found and unrolled.
The three-page response from FA details the past 15 months of wrangling with ATF and has several takeaways. This includes the fact there is a mechanism so that dealers or distributors with Reformation firearms can return them to FA for a refund or credit, and, perhaps most importantly, that consumers who possess Reformation firearms are legally allowed to keep them.
“While we are waiting for ATF to develop the new forms and promulgate new regulations, we will continue to sell our Reformation barreled upper receivers,” notes FA. “Consumers are still allowed to use our upper receivers to build out their own Reformation firearms since doing so does not constitute a dealer to consumer transfer.”
Company President Jay Jacobson, in his closing to the ATF response, said: “Frankin Armory is committed to working with the ATF to bring the complete Reformation firearms back to the market, paving the way for new technologies, and to providing our customers with quality firearms and unsurpassed customer service.”
The full statement can be found here.
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Hailing from a time when there were a pair of German states, West German-made Sig Sauer pistols are increasingly collectible.
The Sig Sauer most commonly encountered today in the U.S. is typically made in a series of factories in New Hampshire, where the company has long put down American roots. In fact, according to data from federal regulators, the company produced a whopping 536,636 American-made pistols in 2017 alone, going on to export about a third of those overseas.
However, when you turn back the clock some 45 years, it was a much different supply pipeline. In 1976, SIG (Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft) of Switzerland formed a partnership with J.P. Sauer & Sohn of West Germany to begin marketing their guns better overseas. This led to the “Sig Sauer” name.
Among their first exports to the U.S. were the 9mm Sig Sauer P220, which had been adopted by the Swiss Army as the P75 pistol.
These early West German-marked single-stacks were typically shipped over with lanyard rings and European-style heel release magazine latches, features that weren’t changed on American-bound Sigs until later. A lot of those early guns were marketed as Browning BDAs in .45ACP.
By 1985, Sig Sauer was producing a new double-stack pistol that otherwise had much the same layout as the 9mm P220– the 15+1 round capacity P226. That gun was a contender in the U.S. Army pistol trials to replace the venerable M1911A1 .45ACP, although Uncle Sam went with the Beretta 92 in the end, reportedly over cost issues.
In the meantime, the P226 was released on the U.S. commercial market and soon became a hit with both consumers and law enforcement customers. With its 4.4-inch barrel and choice of DA/SA or DAO actions, later augmented by the DAK trigger system, the 9mm was also marketed in .357 SIG and .40S&W. Today, dozens of variants of the P226 are in circulation and the gun is still very much in production– now in the U.S.
Vintage “West German” marked P226s, besides their stampings, have several differences from today’s more current offerings. This includes almost pebble-style plastic grips and a distinctive pinned-in breechblock assembly. Further, the slide of those early guns has a different profile from today’s P226 offerings.
While Germany was reunified in 1990 after the Berlin Wall came down and the “West” was officially dropped moving forward, some guns continued to come into the U.S. with the legacy markings for a few years.
Still, if you are looking for a well-made “Old World” gun with a bit of history while still keeping today’s styling, it is hard to beat a nice German Sig Sauer P-series pistole.
If you like interesting and often rare guns like these German classics, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner or look through our entire catalog of more than 3,000 new and used guns of all sorts.
The firearms community will see its first-ever award ceremony in January as brands and influencers go head to head in the Gundie Awards to see who comes out on top.
The awards will be presented on January 20, 2020, ahead of SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The ceremony aims to highlight top creators, influencers, and brands in an attempt to promote the gun community in a positive manner.
“With so much negativity in the community in recent months we created the Gundies to bring us together with friendly competition as well as a chance to highlight legacy creators along with up and coming talent,” Ben Stacy of Forge Relations said in a news release.
Voting for the awards began on Dec. 1 and runs until Jan. 1 with eight categories dedicated to influencers and two categories for brands.Influencers
- Best Gun Reviewer
- Most Entertaining Content Creator
- Most Influential Influencer
- Best Outdoorsman
- Influencer of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
- Most likely to survive the Apocalypse
- Best Shooter
- Most Involved in Community
- Most Innovative Brand of the Year
Stacy said that though the concept is new to the industry, the reception has been encouraging. “The overwhelming support the awards have garnered in such a short time has been incredible, We look forward to seeing how things continue to grow throughout the month leading into the ceremony.”
To vote, head over to TheGundies.com before Jan. 1. Users can cast one vote in each category every 24 hours.
It’s worth mentioning for our loyal readers that Guns.com has been nominated in the brand category under Most Involved in Community so head on over to TheGundies.com and show us some love.
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A core mission of Guns.com is to support local FFL’s by giving them a place to easily list guns for sale. The biggest way we do this is the Guns.com Outlet. Here dealers will find a user-friendly interface where they can upload their inventory without having to know every single detail of the gun.
As a result, the Outlet is a place where you’ll be able to find some of the best deals around. “It’s a win-win for both the dealer and the consumer,” said Chris Callahan, Founder of Guns.com, “the dealer gets a place to easily list their guns online and the consumer has a place to find new and used guns at rock bottom prices. If you don’t mind browsing, you can find some collectible gems at great prices.”
When you buy a gun from the Outlet, chances are that you’re going to be supporting a mom and pop operation where gun sales equal food on the table. We’re proud to support a growing number of FFL’s across the country that are finding a convenient way to list guns online. Here are some of the best deals on handguns that we’ve found while perusing through the GDC Outlet.Ruger LCP
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In the world of rifles, the .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO reign supreme. Of the options out there for .223/5.56 chambered rifles, the most esteemed for medium to long-range shooting is the 77-grain variant.
We are going to explore two of these 77-grain loads, one with a distinctive military pedigree and the other a commercial target option. Today, the Black Hills 77-grain OTM MK262 goes head to head with the Sig Sauer 77-grain Elite Match OTM.Background
Black Hills and Sig are both involved in supplying the military with top-of-the-line equipment. Sig has the distinction of producing the U.S. military’s M17 pistols as well as optics for combat while Black Hills has provided many military groups over the years with the military equivalent of the ammunition tested in this article.
The MK 262 loads have earned a reputation for serious performance in the harshest combat scenarios. While the full history of this incredible ammunition can’t be told here, it is a big reason why the military decided to stick with the 5.56 NATO cartridge.General Accuracy
For the general accuracy portion of this test, the author utilized several AR-15 rifles. Using a variety of gun types and optics allows for a clear picture of the possible performance of these two loads.
All the rifles and their components were built from off-the-shelf products. The test rifles included four different barrel lengths: 14.5-, 16-, 18- and 20-inches, each featuring iron sights, a TA31 ACOG, a Sightron 6-24x50mm scope and a Sig TANGO6T 1-6x scope, respectively. The on-paper accuracy was recorded at a distance of 100-yards. Five, five-shot groups were fired with each load in each rifle.
The 14.5-inch and 16-inch barrels are lightweight contour and the accuracy was excellent considering how quickly those barrels warm up. The 18- and 20-inch barrels were both heavy profile match barrels. Overall, these two loads performed very similarly on paper, with a slight accuracy edge going to Sig.
The accuracy of these two loads was, while similar, edged toward Sig due to a tighter set of averages. The Black Hills load shot many groups that were much smaller than its competitor but ended up with a slightly higher average. The author believes that this is because the higher pressure and greater heat generated by the Black Hills ammunition contributed to some deviation.
Winner: Sig Sauer
When it came down to field performance, Black Hills won handily. The rifles and ammunition were tested for accuracy out to a distance of 400-yards on steel and silhouette targets. The Sig ammunition had a difficult time keeping up with the Black Hills at all distances past 200-yards. Groups began to open up due to the influence of wind on the Sig ammo.
The ammo was tested in simulated combat shooting and hunting situations for game like coyotes. While not all of the guns performed identically, a clear edge began to appear between the two when unknown distances were considered.
Winner: Black HillsVelocity
The field performance success generated by the Black Hills load comes in no uncertain terms from its velocity. Velocity was measured over an Oehler 35P chronograph 10-feet from the muzzle. Each of the four barrel lengths was tested for an average of 10 shots.
The Black Hills 77 grain OTM demonstrated a significant velocity advantage over the Sig 77gr OTM. The fastest velocity generated by the Sig ammo was slower than the slowest velocity from the Black Hills load.
This disparity in velocity is the primary reason why the Black Hills load did so well during field testing. Hits were much easier to make, and the wind had very little influence on where the bullets went. While the slower Sig ammo did better on paper and in terms of standard deviation and velocity runout, the outdoor environment proved to be too unpredictable for it.
It should be noted that Black Hills ammo had a greater standard deviation in terms of velocity between rounds, but this had very little impact on real-world performance. The Sig ammo showed incredible round to round consistency, with velocity variances as low as 5-FPS but, unfortunately, the wind cares very little about that and gravity cares even less.
Winner: Black HillsRecoil
When it comes to recoil, there was very little difference in terms of how it felt on the shoulder in an AR-15 rifle. The AR design soaks up most of the recoil, to begin with, and neither of these rounds had a noticeable amount of kick. Black Hills wins this round because, while the recoil is pretty much the same, Black Hills manages to throw the bullets substantially faster.
Winner: Black HillsHandling Characteristics
While the 18-inch and 20-inch guns are tested at longer distances, the 14.5- and 16-inch rifles were fired at close distance for speed to see how the guns did in close quarter scenarios and in competitions like 3-Gun.
The Sig ammo did exceptionally well here. This should come as no surprise, as some of the company’s competitive shooters use this for speed matches at close distance. The recoil impulse might be similar, but the cycling of the action, likely due to lower pressure, is smoother with the Sig ammo.
The Black Hills ammo is no slouch, but the way it feeds is much more robust. The cases fly about three times the distance as those from Sig. There is also more blast at the muzzle with the Black Hills load.
Winner: Sig SauerOverall
It became clear to the author that the Black Hills load was, for all intents and purposes, a superior general use cartridge. When it came to use in the field against unknown distance targets and targets at longer ranges, it was just better all around.
The Sig 77-grain OTM is much better suited for close range competition where wind and drop are not factors. The author, however, would not recommend Sig ammunition for competition at distance, such as Precision Rifle or other practical rifle matches. For 3-Gun and other such close-range matches, it would work just fine.
While both of these rounds are advertised as open to match because of the bullet type, they have an entirely different theory of end-use and a potentially different customer base. While declaring the Black Hills load as the winner may seem a little bit unfair considering this separation in and use, it can do everything that the Sig load does but with more sauce.
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In early 2018, Franklin Armory promised an 11.5-inch barreled non-NFA firearm, with a stock. The ATF this week disagreed.
The AR-15 based FA Reformation as introduced included an 11.5-inch barrel with a muzzle device and a Magpul MOE SL carbine stock but at the time did not require a tax stamp as it was technically neither rifle nor shotgun.
The firearm used a barrel with straight cut lands and grooves and a standard chamber. The resulting firearm cycled rifle ammunition but did not impart spin on the bullet during firing as it had no traditional rifling.
“On August 3rd of 2017, the Chief of the [ATF] Firearms Technology Division confirmed that a firearm equipped with a stock and a barrel featuring straight cut lands and grooves is defined as a ‘firearm,’ and is not a rifle or a shotgun,” said Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson at the January 2018 SHOT Show. “Since Reformation cannot be a rifle or a shotgun, it cannot be a short-barreled rifle or a short-barreled shotgun.”
However, in an open letter posted this week, the ATF reversed course and, while they agreed that it was not a rifle, they pointed out that it was not chambered for shotgun shells. Then, the agency went to the yardstick and determined that “if a Reformation firearm is equipped with a barrel that is less than 18-inches in overall length, that firearm is classified to be a short-barreled shotgun (SBS).”
This leads to the curious logic that the Reformation is a “Gun Control Act Short-Barreled Shotgun,” or GCA/SBS, the first time such a determination has been issued. Worse, since it is in uncharted territory, the federal regulators do not have a way to oversee the transfer of such guns.
“Therefore, until ATF is able to promulgate a procedure for processing and approving such requests, the possessor or owner of a GCA/SBS, such as the Reformation, may not lawfully transport the firearm across state lines,” says the agency.
As for Franklin Armory, the California-based company noted on their social media that they are aware of the recent change in the Reformation’s line of firearms. “Our attorneys are evaluating this action currently. We will have a response shortly,” noted Franklin Armory.
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Announced late Thursday, the Axe is compact, with a 16-inch barrel and 26-inch overall length. Chambered in .410 bore, it feeds through a side loading gate and has a magazine tube that holds five 2.5-inch shells. While threaded for invector-style chokes, it is not technically a shotgun and is instead classified as a “firearm” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, which means it is not regulated under the National Firearm Act.
Henry says the new offering can be stored in more places than your average long arm and is akin to their Mare’s Leg line.
“Our Mare’s Leg lever action pistols have been a popular choice among shooting sports enthusiasts for many years now, mainly because they’re so fun to shoot and the fact that they look like they came right out of a Western movie,” said Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “The Axe shares a similar form factor to our Mare’s Leg with some added features for more versatility.”
The Henry .410 Axe gets its moniker from the ax-handle style pistol grip which is engraved with the company’s Cowboy logo. MSRP is $970 and the firearm ships fitted with a removable full choke.
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Billed as offering a “full-size punch in a compact package” the FN 509 Compact MRD 9mm pistol is optics ready and has a 12+1 capacity.
Using the same FN low-profile optics-mounting system as the rest of the MRD series, the Compact version accommodates most commercially available miniature red dots while featuring blackout iron sights that co-witness. Other features include a flat-face trigger, an accessory rail for compact lights, two additional backstraps to conform to different user grip sizes, and improved ambi surface controls.
With a standard flush-fit 12-round magazine, the Compact MRD accepts all higher capacity FN 509 mags. When it comes to specs, the 3.7-inch barrel translates to a 6.8-inch overall length. Height is 4.8-inches and weight is 25.5-ounces. By comparison, this comes in slightly smaller than the 10+1 round Glock G48.
MSRP on the FN 509 Compact MRD is $799.
If you are curious, Guns.com stopped by FN to get the deets from Pistol Product Manager Tom Victa on the best way to install an optic on the FN 509 MRD. Check that out in the video, below.
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The Dallas Police Department has been switching from wheel guns to semi-autos since 1990, and its now the end of the road for the last holdouts.
As reported by NBC-DFW, there were only five DPD officers still carrying revolvers earlier this month and, by mandatory policy, they migrated to pistols this week. Some veteran officers who have transitioned missed the old .38.
“It kind of hurt,” Jerry Rhodes, a current reserve officer who has been on the force since 1973. “It kind of hurt from the standpoint of nostalgia. From the standpoint of that I felt very comfortable shooting my revolver.”
Rhodes said he intends to pass on his retired gun, saying, “I want my grandsons to have it.”
Nonetheless, the Dallas officers will not be the last local lawmen to keep the tradition alive. Local media reports that about 40 county bailiffs, as well as an officer in Plano, still carry revolvers.
Meanwhile, on the federal level, the six-shooter is far from dead, with a 2018 GAO report detailing that in recent years at least three agencies—NPPD, ICE, and the U.S. Secret Service—have bought revolvers for use by agents.
A precision bolt-action hunting rifle designed and manufactured in New Hampshire, Sig Sauer’s CROSS was announced this week.
The rifle– which will be available in 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Winchester, and the upcoming .277 SIG Fury Hybrid cartridge– has a one-piece aluminum receiver with a folding adjustable SIG precision stock. Using a stainless steel barrel that runs 16-inches (.308/.277) or 18-inches (6.5CM) long, overall length remains compact at about 36-inches. With the stock folded, you are looking at a 25-inch pack gun.
Unloaded weight eight is under 6.5-pounds for all models, a key takeaway from the design philosophy.
“Hunting rifles are typically focused on less weight, and accuracy is secondary,” said Tom Taylor, Sig’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Precision rifles are designed for extreme accuracy, with no weight limitations. What was missing from the market was a true crossover. Our product management team and engineers took the best of both worlds and developed the CROSS featuring the characteristics of a hunting rifle, with the accuracy of a precision rifle.”
Other features of the CROSS rifle platform include a stainless-steel rifled barrel with a free-float M-LOK handguard, full-length Pic rail for optics and a 2-stage match-grade trigger that is externally adjustable from 2.5 to 4 pounds. The three-lug bolt has a 60-degree throw and interchangeable bolt handle. In addition to the caliber options, the rifle will be offered in either a black anodized or First Lite Cipher ARMAKOTE camo finish.
MSRP on the Sig Sauer CROSS is $1,779.
Tactical Life got a sneak peek at the new platform, as well as the new .277 SIG Fury, and covers them both in the below video.
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Deer hunting is America’s outdoor passion. With that comes a host of guns and gear marketed to us hunting junkies. Choosing the best of the best comes with time and trials in the field. Guns.com has gathered some of our favorite options from this season’s successful whitetail hunts.Henry All-Weather Rifle
This weather-impervious lever gun not only won the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” contest but also dominated our Badger state’s Whitetail season. The All-Weather comes chambered in both .30-30 and .45-70, ideal for deer hunting, but Big Boy All-Weather calibers .38Spl/.357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .45 Colt are also available.
Every rifle, regardless of chambering, wears a 20-inch round barrel and smooth lever action. All metal surfaces are low-gloss chrome-plated for extreme durability, with an industrial-grade black finish on the hardwood furniture.Federal Fusion Ammo
Rifle ammunition lines the shelves, often making the selection a crapshoot for casual hunters. Yet, companies like Federal take the guesswork out of selecting the most consistent performers and cost-effective options by combining those into one: Federal Fusion.
These are bonded-core bullets with a soft point and skived tip, all intended specifically for ideal penetration and rapid expansion on the more thin-skinned North American deer species. We’ve used the .243 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 Spfld, and .45-70 Govt with exceptional success on deer over the last few years, including several whitetails cleanly harvested with a single shot and textbook bullet performance from the .45-70 Fusion projectiles.
Fusion prices are exceptional, with boxes of 20 starting at $14.99 on Guns.com.True Timber Camo
Whether hunters desire any number of camouflage patterns or seek blaze orange garments to comply with deer seasons of various states, True Timber has things covered. We opted for the Kanati pattern in the Pulse pants and jacket, along with the company’s SilverTec base layers to remain warm and comfy throughout the harshest deer season in the states.
The TheafRiver Tech blaze vest and logo-ed hat kept things legal yet quiet and useful with all the expected pockets and features. True Timber is based in South Carolina and offers 27 different camo patterns geared to every type of outdoor activity, with most garments at quite affordable price points.Effective Range Targets (ERT)
Time on the shooting range always lends itself to the preparedness of a great outcome for any season. We’ve recently been introduced to Effective Range Targets, and they are something special for judging an ethical hunting range for any rifle, ammo and scope combination.
The paper targets use “Vital Rings” sized to the specific game and are intended to be shot from 100-yards in any number of shooting positions–not just from the bench. The ERT targets essentially allow distance practice while illustrating to hunters how tightly the shots group at a 100-yards. This information helps shooters judge their maximum effective distance.
The theory is a good one and though we’ve only spent limited time with the targets this season, the premise is already holding true in the field. Best of all, they are American-made targets, priced at $9.99-$19.99 per five, depending on species.Talley Scope Rings
Hunters can purchase the best deer rifle and highest-end optic, but what mates the pair is perhaps the most overlooked piece of gear in the hunting world—the scope rings and bases. From the most basic one-piece ring and base combinations to rock-solid detachable options or even high-end color case hardened beauties, Talley has mounting solutions covered.
Talley mounts are machined from solid bar stock and intended to “hold your scope with absolute rigidity under severe recoil.” All Talley products are made in the U.S. and carry a money-back guarantee.
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As explained by Phil Strader, Sig’s Pistol Product Manager, in the above video, the guns were early military models with coyote tan surface controls. Since then, the M17 has been updated to black controls and the Army arranged to return those early guns to Sig for new ones. The now-surplus guns still have government control numbers and have seen a mix of action, with some pistols saltier than others.
“The M17 Military Surplus handguns are a very special release from Sig Sauer, that gives consumers the opportunity to own a piece of history, and includes a certificate of authenticity,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “These handguns were originally issued by the U.S. Army and fielded during the initial domestic and in-theater deployment of the Modular Handgun System. The unique, one-of-a-kind, features of the M17 Surplus handguns include coyote controls, the original government-issue markings, and serial numbers, and orange rear and green front SIGLITE Night Sights, which will make them coveted by both military and firearms collectors alike.”
Included with the surplus M17– which come packed just as the handguns are delivered to the military– are SIGLITE sights (orange rear & green front), removable night sight rear plates, and an additional guide rod assembly for standard commercial ammo. The guns will be covered under the company’s Certified Pre-owned Pistols warranty.
Sorry, no MSRP at this time. For reference, Sig sells brand new M17 P320 commercial models starting at about $599.
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An unexpected firearms powerhouse throughout the 20th Century, Spain exported quality firearms around the globe that are increasingly collectible.
While Spanish Mausers and various CETME rifles have always had a high profile here in the States, these desirable long arms were by far eclipsed in import numbers by handguns hailing from the Iberian country. Principal among these was a trio of pistol and revolver makers that operated primarily from the Eibar area in northern Spain’s Basque region– Astra, Llama, and Star.Llama
The oldest of the three by a year, Llama-Gabilondo y Cia SA, best known as Llama, dated back to 1904 when the company ran under the banner of its two principal gunsmiths, Gabilondo y Urresti. Specializing in clones of FN pistols and various S&W revolvers, they catapulted into fame, of a sort, with their Ruby pistol in 1914. The simple blowback .32ACP handgun won a large contract with the French Army, then embroiled in World War I. The contract was so large that the company had to subcontract with as many as 50 other small cottage gunmakers in the Eibar area to fill the demand.
After WWI, Gabilondo y Urresti changed the company name to Llama and updated their catalog with several updates to the Colt M1911 design, which remained in production as the Llama Max series into the 2000s, as well as revolvers such as the Comanche and Martial series, which were cloned S&Ws in many respects.Star
Founded by two brothers– Julian and Bonifacio Echeverria– in 1905, Star is perhaps the best-known of the three big Spanish handgun makers. Besides coughing up clones of various FN and Mannlicher pistols, Star got in on the Ruby making enterprise in the Great War and in the 1920s began producing a series of innovative handguns such as the curious JO-LO-AR, and their take on John Browning’s M1911. The latter would include the Star Model A and B, the Modelo Super, compact Star BKS/BM, Star M-series, and even the Mustang-sized Star DK. These ranged in caliber from .45ACP down to .380 and were imported under a variety of monickers with 9mm Luger variants being the most popular.
As these guns took readily-available blanks and looked very similar to the classic M1911, the Star 9mm appeared in literally hundreds of movies and TV shows in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.Astra
Formed as Astra Unceta y Cía in 1908 by Juan Esperanza and Pedro Unceta, Astra would cut find success with their in-house developed Campo-Giro pistol only a few years later when it was adopted by the Spanish Army. The company expanded during WWI with getting in on the Ruby pistol racket and emerged the better for it and by 1921 engineer Pedro Careaga had developed the Astra 400, which would replace the Campo-Giro in the Spanish military.
Odd-looking due to its nearly straight grip orientation and narrow slide, the blowback-action 9mm Largo gun was successful enough to remain in production for more than 30 years, spinning off the 9mm Luger-chambered Astra 600 and .32ACP or .380 ACP-chambered Astra 300 variants. Besides Spain, the guns were used by Germany, Finland, and Portugal, among others.
Sadly, due to a variety of market reasons and competition from Latin American gun makers such as Bersa, Rossi, and Taurus who managed to crowd the Spanish gunmakers out of the import line to North America, Astra and Star closed their doors in the late 1990s, leaving Llama to endure with their Max and Micro Max series guns today.
However, their guns remain as a testament to the company’s legacy and are a hit with collectors today.
If you like interesting and often rare guns like these Spanish classics, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner or look through our entire catalog of more than 3,000 new and used guns of all sorts.
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