Over the years, I have changed my opinion on AR-15 pistols. At one time, I believed these short little AR-15s were useless fun-time range toys, but then I started shooting high-end AR-15 pistol builds, and my mind was swayed. The Law Tactical AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter transforms that short, higher-performing AR-15 pistol into something ever shorter that can easily be slipped into most backpacks.
The biggest weapon lighting trend at this year’s SHOT show was integrated weapon light and laser combos. Streamlight and Crimson Trace both had some of the most well integrated models I saw at the show—each with their own unique features.
During a recent training with Craig Douglas of ShivWorks, I was introduced to the world of realistic training with the help of airsoft guns. I really had no idea the high quality airsoft trainers were so realistic, accurate, or well made. Essentially, this type of practice allows regular and higher risk live training to be done with the airsoft gun to minimize risk to a negligible level. I still believe that a year spent dry-fire practicing will net more advantage than weekly range trips with live fire, but I believe airsoft holds a legitimate place between those two extremes.
Magpul has been on an aggressive innovation design track for the last couple years with one product after another. One of the coolest products from this year’s lineup was the Magpul X-22 Backpacker Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stock. Magpul took all the great features and ergonomics of its awesome X-22 stock and created a light, packable version specifically for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown stock that allows for compact storage of the barrel and receiver.
MajorPandemic was fortunate to be one of the first to get its hands on the Galil ACE GAR1651 .308/7.62×51 NATO, and had a chance to wring it out pretty well. What I (Major Pandemic) will say is, this is my favorite among the .308 semi-auto rifles I own.
Granbury Texas is not one of the huge Meccas of the Lone Star state. However, one very notable business has made its home there—the now famous Bond Arms.
The new face of Walther is far more than just a legacy of James Bond’s Walther PPK but a company offering real innovation. The company has leapt into cutting edge designs, which some gun buyers get right away like the fabulous little PPS M1 and M2. Other designs are a bit tougher to understand for the seasoned shooter… that is until they handle them.
My love affair with Crosman started with a .22 caliber Pumpmaster pellet gun delivering near rimfire rifle power without the attached parental oversight.
Walther has retained the long history of innovation while ushering in a completely new era of firearms. Sure, it still faithfully produces those great symbols of Bond 007 spycraft and have even expanded that line with new entries, but the new Walther pistol designs have rightly captured a lot of attention.
During my behind the scenes tour of the U.S. Glock factory, I saw a lot of things and many thoughts, dreams, and desires drifted through my mind. At that time, I was one of only 11 editors invited to the unveiling of the secret release of the Glock G43. At that predictable and yawn-able moment of the G43 introduction, when we all exclaimed, “Good Lord, finally!” my mind was also thinking about the G29.
If you have a .308/7.62 caliber rifle and need a comprehensive compact packable cleaning kit for the field then the Otis 7.62mm MPSR Cleaning System is an obvious choice, however there is more to the Otis cleaning kit than just size.
Ruger hit the nail on the head for .45 ACP 1911 owners. Lustful, full-sized 1911 desires aside, the next gun on every .45 ACP owner’s list is the easier to carry, lighter weight, Commander-length pistol and again Ruger has answered the call with the all-stainless SR1911 Commander and now a Lightweight alloy-framed version of its hugely popular SR1911.
One of the trends I am seeing in the market is the optics manufacturers really starting to push to deliver exponential jumps in quality. The Burris’ premier XTR II lineup is definitely one of the optic lines pushing the envelope of higher quality.
Despite being quite old, the scout rifle concept—originally developed by Jeff Cooper—is still very hot. Ruger’s versions are reportedly still selling well on the retail shelves and now Savage Arms has joined in with its own Model 11 Scout Rifle offering.
According to the U.S. Army Laboratory Command (Small Arms Technology Assessment: Individual Infantryman’s Weapon, Volume I, March 1990 to be specific), 98% of all targets across all terrain are engaged at less than 600 meters, 90% less than 400 meters, and in urban terrain, 90% less than 50 meters. With this in mind, we need the ability to be able to reach targets beyond the 15-25 yard lines, but it is unlikely we will ever shoot beyond 600 meters in a defensive or even hunting situation.