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Considering the sheer number of booths at SHOT show, there’s no way to see everything in the mere four days. In general, the show is always the mix of old and new, the mundane and the odd. Like the old STEN submachine gun above, with a mundane Aimpoint red dot and a Dead Air sound[.....]

It seems that most pistol brace designs work passably as ATF-cursed stocks but poorly as actual legal braces. Tailhook, the design just released by Gear Head Works, works very well as intended and takes very little time to bring into action. Tailhook is designed to run open, with the brace either Read More…

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Last year, Inland produced a faithful creation of the World War Two M1911A1. I took photos of it but it never occurred to me to wonder why Ron Norton of Inland was grinning so much after shooting the pre-production sample. Everyone else who got to try it had the same reaction: mirth. I finally Read More…

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To a casual glance, YHM-8900 looks like the proverbial “gray rifle,” a 10-22 clone of no special note. On the inside, it’s quite a different beast. Besides an improved trigger and visibly recessed muzzle crown, it features an integrally suppressed barrel with considerable internal Read More…

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Most sound suppressors work by disrupting gas flow and by allowing gunpowder gas to expand, cooling and slowing it down. Unfortunately, that requires physical volume, reducing the portability of defensive handguns. AWC Abraxas is a more compact design, thin enough to allow the use of standard height Read More…

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For a while, American Tactical has offered a two barrel set with their SX2 shotgun. The shotgun itself is a competently built gas-operated semiauto manufactured in Turkey. It proved handy, low in recoil, and compatible with a wide variety of ammunition. Being a riot gun fan myself (I’ve shot Read More…

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I have been shooting Kel-Tec SU22 since 2009. It’s a very interesting carbine, super light at 4 pounds, very reliable, and simple in operation. It even folds in the middle for transport. While is resembles a gas piston design, SU22 is pure, simple blowback. The “gas tube” is merely Read More…

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The title makes it sound like a mad rave of an ignorant prohibitionist, but the .50 caliber Glocks are a reality. Guncrafter Industries makes conversion slides for G21 and G41 to take their 50GI cartridge. The slides are the budget alternative to the $4000 ultimate 1911 longslide, their Model 4. At Read More…