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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…

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In working with indoor ranges, I run into a frustrating aspect of most mid-power scopes: they don’t focus close enough. A centerfire scope with 100 yard focus gets hopelessly fuzzy at 6 power and 25 yard distance. A rimfire scope with 50 yard focus is passable, but gets useless outdoors at Read More…

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In my work, I test a lot of firearms. Most handguns, shotguns, and some rifles come standard with open or peep sights. When testing a weapon with iron sights, how can I tell if the groups are determined by the barrel and the ammunition or by the imperfect alignment of sights with a bullseye Read More…

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Recently, I had an opportunity to test four small bore caliber rifles: Winchester 1885 falling block 22WMR, Franklin Armory AR in 17WSM, Armscor 22TCM bolt action and Volquartsen Evolution 5.56mm gas-operated semiauto. All four rifles produced extremely accurate first shots from cold bore, reliably Read More…

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When I work out of my SUV, most tools are available for the digging through the vehicle. But going places in other people’s cars or hiking on foot puts me in a rather awkward position. Any loose screw or lens mount knob, any need to measure something, and I am reduced to asking if Read More…

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Six months ago, I wrote about Roni clamshell adapter for Glock pistol that turned it into a carbine. While CAA Roni has been available for several handgun brands, it’s never been all that popular in the US despite significantly improving pistol performance. The blame goes straight to the NFA Read More…