Many of us among the shooting community love to shoot AR-style rifles. Some of us build them from the ground up; painstakingly honing each and every component into a thing of precision and beauty. However, when it comes to taking it to the range we face the endless, and sometimes problematic, issue of ammunition cost. It is the same problem drivers face when they go to fill up at the pump. If you want to drive your car, you have to fill it with gas. If you want to fire your weapon, you best be ready to fork over some greenbacks. With the rising cost of ammunition, this has become a problem for many would-be shooters. A common solution, for the person who enjoys the look and feel of an AR-15, are AR-15 .22 conversion kits or AR rifles chambered for the .22, built from scratch. However, what if you want a firearm that offers a more lifelike experience to that of a standard .223 AR-15? Lone Wolf distributors have the answer in their new G9 Carbine.
The G9 Carbine is a 9mm AR-15-style rifle chambered to fit your standard Glock magazines. What are the advantages to shooting 9mm ammunition out of an AR-15 type rifle? Indoor range use comes to mind. There is nothing worse than going to the big outdoor range and experiencing the misfortune of getting rained out. Some of us just shoot better in an indoor environment. If you already own a Glock 9mm, you are in luck. Your magazines will fit perfectly into the lower receiver of the G9. If you bring your Glock and your G9 to the range, you only have to lug along one type of ammo.
This carbine is compatible with many AR-15 parts. If you already own a tricked-out AR-15, customizing this weapon to fit your lifestyle is seamless. The rifle we tested featured a free-float, picatinny-style quad-rail system for mounting whatever accessories you can think of. The Lone Wolf 9mm compensator reduced recoil, but not as much as we would have liked. We used a Burris Fast Fire II red dot sight to aim the rounds downrange and the gun proved to be accurate with a variety of high quality and value brand ammunition. We also experienced no jamming issues while firing at the steel-plate targets. We tested the crisp trigger pull at four and half pounds. When the magazine is empty, the bolt will only hold open if the bolt catch is manually engaged. The spring seemed a little light for the 9mm round. A heavier buffer would have assisted in reducing recoil, but it wasn’t unmanageable.
Designed for the shooter who does not want to take out a second mortgage to buy ammunition, the Lone Wolf G9 Carbine is an excellent choice. Glock owners will be pleased that they do not have to buy a stack of new magazines, and the act of shooting the wider 9mm round gives you a near exact experience to shooting a .223 AR-15.
Carl Walther Germany, through a license agreement with New Colt Holding Corp., unveils the Colt Tactical Rimfire semi-automatic rifle in .22 LR and is importing them through Umarex USA.
Teaming with aesthetic appeal, Walther creates a weapon that has the look and feel of a standard 5.56×45 NATO M4. This weapon has a full-length Picatinny quad-rail system for mounting endless accessories such as the Umarex Colt .22 Tactical Rimfire Folding Rear Sight or the Umarex Colt .22 Tactical Rimfire Carry Handle.
Umarex Colt M4 OPS
A flat top receiver and 16.2-inch barrel allow for easy maneuverability. The adjustable telestock, mounted on the back of the weapon, allows the firearm to fit any shooter’s style. The aluminum barrel sleeve is CNC-machined and anodized for a finishing touch. The barrel twist is 1 in 13-3/4 inches with six rifling grooves. Unlike a traditional AR-15, this firearm uses a blowback operation instead of a direct gas impingement.
The slide, held to the rear by an internal slide catch that activates when the magazine follower extension pushes upward when the last shot fires, allows for fast tactical reloading.
The front and rear sights are adjustable for elevation and the rear sight is also adjustable for windage.
You can adjust the bolt speed for your particular ammunition type by simply turning a screw with the provided Allen wrench. To access this screw, merely disengage the charging handle and tilt the upper receiver forward. This will present the screw just below the charging handle. This position is ideal for cleaning the weapon as Walther recommends that you not take down the firearm any further.
The magazine release is easy to reach and is located just above the trigger guard on the right side of the lower receiver just below the dust cover. The safety, located just above the pistol grip on the left side of the lower receiver, rotates forward and backwards at a somewhat odd 180 degrees.
During our testing, using Aguila, Armscor, and Federal bulk ammunition, the weapon cycled 100% of the time with no jamming issues. The 10- round magazine was a bit cumbersome due to its relatively low capacity. The single-stage trigger has a pull of 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
Included accessories are:
A wrench for removing the muzzle break
An Allen wrench for the bolt speed adjustment screw
An owner’s manual
Although the look and feel of the Tactical Colt M4 is very close to a traditional AR-15, some minor differences are present. The bolt stop paddle is present but not functional, as well as the forward assist located just to the right of the charging handle.
The value of this firearm lies in its appearance and low cost of ammunition associated with the .22 LR. Perfect for plinking, the Colt .22 Tactical Rimfire is an excellent choice for any shooter who wants a rifle that is both fun to shoot and great to look at.
The CZ P-07 is a new addition to the CZ handgun lineup. The advanced OMEGA trigger system installation improves trigger pull and allows fewer moving parts. The user can mount a laser sight or light attachment on the Picatinny rail, which rests on the underside of the barrel. A 16-round 9mm or 12-round .40 caliber magazine allow for a large amount of ammunition. You also have the ability to choose between a decoking lever or a manual safety by a simple parts change. Gunsmithing is not required to complete this task. Equipped with a three-dot sight system, excellent accuracy is easy to achieve. The polymer frame design and sleek slide profile reduce the weight drastically. On the polymer frame, the striations make the grip more secure. The advanced design and superior materials extend the service life of the CZ P-07 Duty. At only a pound an a half, the lightweight and sleek profile makes the Duty an excellent choice for concealed carry, or open carry on the hip.
This firearm is also featured on the cover of our June 2011 catalog.
Click here to purchase your own Ruger Gunsite Scout. If you were to select a “one rifle”, what would it be? Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of the Gunsite firearms training academy, spent a good part of his later years pursuing essentially the same question. His conclusion was what he called the “Scout Rifle”. Following Cooper’s guidelines, Ruger now has a rifle worthy of consideration for the one rifle role: The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle.
The idea of the Scout Rifle was born when Jeff Cooper acquired an old Remington Model 600 and had new sights installed. The sights he chose had a wide rear aperture and a front blade, an arrangement he later termed the “ghost ring”. When Cooper then took this M600 hunting he found that the combination of a compact and handy rifle with a fast sighting system seemed to him to to produce a system that was greater than just the sum of its parts. Over the next few decades, Cooper refined this concept into the Scout Rifle and had a few more modern examples built. Eventually, he even had Steyr produce a factory model Scout. Unfortunately, the Steyr was priced too high for most shooters, so that model and the scout concept never became quite as popular as was hoped.
Enter Ruger. The staff at Gunsite has worked with Ruger over the last couple of years to iron out exactly what a modern production Gunsite Scout Rifle should look like. The goal was to meet the criteria of a scout rifle, while keeping the price low enough to be available to a broader market than the Steyr version. Additionally, the rifle needed to be rugged enough to hold up under hard use, something not every bolt-action does well.
So lets look at what makes a scout rifle and how the Ruger GSR compares. Col. Cooper defined the scout rifle as a general purpose rifle suitable for taking targets of up to 400 kg at ranges to the limit of the shooters visibility. It should have:
Maximum weight with sights and sling: 7.7 pounds
Maximum Length: 39 inches
Sighting system of either:
-A forward mounted long eye relief “scout” scope of between 2x and 3x,
-Iron sights of the ghost ring type, without a scope, or
-A low powered conventional position scope.
Sling: should be usable as a fast shooting aid.
Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62 x 51mm NATO) – strong enough for most game on earth, and available the world over.
Accuracy: capable of 2 MOA or better
How the Ruger Compares
The Ruger GSR weighs 7.45 lbs with our speedy two-point sling, so it makes weight. The rifle feels very light in the hands and points quickly and naturally for me, even with all of the stock spacers removed. This is a rifle that would feel right at home when hunting in mountainous or otherwise demanding terrain.
The overall length is 38” with the stock spacers removed, so it makes length. As it came from the factory, one stock spacer was installed and two others were included. Each spacer adds just a half-inch, so I didn’t notice much difference when I tried it with them all removed. In it’s shortest configuration, it didn’t feel cramped to me and I was able to operate the bolt comfortably from all positions. The barrel length of the GSR is 16.5”. If that sounds like it’s too short for a hunting rifle, that’s because almost nobody else makes a barrel this short. But the fact is that a 16.5” barrel gives up only about 100 feet per second when compared to the more common 20 or 22 inch barrels. I will gladly give up 100 fps to save half a pound (from the muzzle, no less) and get a handier rifle overall.
The iron sights are of the protected ghost ring type, so it qualifies there. When the rifle is brought to the shoulder with both eyes open, and one eye focused through the ring and on the front sight, the unfocused rear sight blurs to the point that it is practically transparent. The benefits here are speed and field of view, as would be needed with close game. For those that prefer an extended eye relief scope, there is a 6” long section of picatinny rail mounted just forward of the receiver. If the rear iron sight is removed, then a scope can also be mounted in the conventional position with standard ruger rings.
The ruger has two sling studs as it ships from the factory. I think Ruger missed an easy chance to include a third sling stud for those of us that would like to use a ching sling or similar fast loop-up shooting slings. However, a modern adjustable 2-point sling will also work as a shooting aid, so the GSR should qualify on this point as well. If you want to use a sling that attaches to the rifle at three points, it is relatively easy to add a third stud in front of the magazine well.
The Ruger GSR is chambered in .308 Win, so it is the ideal scout rifle caliber. The .308 will do most things that mankind needs a rifle to do, making it just about as general purpose as it gets. More specialized roles often require specialized ammo and a specialized rifle. With good ammo and a good shooter, the Ruger Scout has shown to be capable of 1 MOA, so it passes the accuracy test with ease. Not many people will be able to outshoot the Ruger Scout in the field.
Aside from the mandatory “scout specs”, the Ruger GSR has several additional features that I think dovetail nicely with its general-purpose role. The compact barrel is fitted with a flash hider in the style of the mini-30. The flash hider can be removed to reveal threads in the standard .30-caliber 5/8×24 pitch so a wide variety of brakes, compensators, and suppressors/mounts will fit right on.
The action is a variation of Ruger’s standard M77 Hawkeye. It has a well earned reputation for being robust, reliable, and accurate. The action is of the controlled-round-feed variety with the classic Mauser style extractor. As soon as a cartridge is stripped from the magazine, the rim is captured by the extractor. From that point on, the extractor and bolt head directly control the position of the cartridge (forward or back, at any point during the cycle) until the ejector kicks it out. This type of action eliminates the possibility of a cartridge coming out of the gun early, staying in the gun too long, or of the case head getting into the wrong position to feed reliably. Even if it’s being operated in the most awkward positions imaginable, malfunctions won’t be a problem. The bolt knob is also well positioned and is the right size to be easy to work. With just a little practice I was able to snap the bolt back and forth in just an instant between shots. Ruger’s safety lever is also excellent. When the lever is forward the safety is off. The center position blocks trigger movement, but allows the bolt to be cycled for loading, unloading, or disassembly. In the rear position, the lever not only prevents the trigger from moving, but actually blocks any movement of the bolt or cocking piece/firing pin as well. This acts as a physical block against mechanical failure as well as serving to keep the bolt closed even during rough handling.
Ruger chose a detachable box magazine to feed the action of the GSR. But they didn’t choose just any magazine. They went with the Accuracy International pattern which is quickly becoming the standard on hard-use bolt guns. There is an extra benefit here: these magazines are available from a variety of sources, so you’re not limited to looking for Ruger-branded mags. This magazine staggers the rounds slightly to reduce length, but for reliability’s sake it presents only a single centered cartridge to feed the action. This type of magazine feeds smoothly and quickly and is unfailingly reliable. Insertion is simple: I tend to angle the mag slightly and put the front corner in first. Rocking it back will depress the magazine release until it snaps into place. Once it clicks in, it’s not coming back out by itself. Releasing the mag is just as easy, too. Press forward on the release paddle and pull straight out.
I really like the GSR’s trigger. In fact, it’s better than I expected for a factory rifle and the break surprised me at first. It’s crisp and comes set at a useful weight of 4 pounds, 2 ounces.
The laminated stock has grown on me. At first I thought it was an odd choice, but upon handling the rifle it was apparent that the stock is neat and well constructed and it just feels good in the hand. It is sized appropriately for a rifle intended to be carried, so it’s neither too thin or too wide. It’s also lighter than it looks, and very rigid. Ruger could have gone with some sort of polymer stock, but apparently the price would have been a bit higher. Plus, if you compare weights from their other models they probably would have saved only about 4 ounces.
Ruger seems to have done it. The rifle fits all of Jeff Cooper’s threshold specifications for what may or may not properly be called a scout rifle. But to Ruger’s credit, they’ve gone above and beyond and they did so at a price point of less than half of that of the Steyr version. Ruger has truly brought the ideal general-purpose rifle, the “one rifle”, to the general public.
Ruger’s SR9c has been available on the market for some time now, and we’ve taken that time to put our test model through some rigorous testing on the range and through day-to-day concealed carry.
A smaller version of the popular SR9, the SR9c has a smaller grip and a slightly shorter barrel and slide, making it more suitable for concealment under light clothing. Fans of Ruger’s full size SR9 will appreciate the SR9c that much more, as it basically follows the same form and function of it’s big brother.
Features of the SR9c
Our SR9c arrived from Ruger in a nice hard plastic case and included the pistol, a gun lock, one 10 round magazine and one 17 round magazine, as well as grip extensions. This all inclusive package is the right move by Ruger. Other manufacturers offer extended capacity magazines and grip extensions, but Ruger includes this as a standard part of the SR9c, making it that much more of a value. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a handgun and then have to go spend hundreds more on the accessories that should have been included with the pistol?
The SR9c with various grip configurations.
There are three types of grips and baseplates you can use with the SR9c. Both magazines include standard flat baseplates, although the 17-round extended magazine has a polymer sleeve that fits over the portion of the mag that protrudes from the grip, providing you ergonomics similar to a larger full-sized handgun. The baseplate on the smaller 10-round magazine can be removed and replaced with an grip extension that provides room for an additional finger to wrap around and further stabilize the pistol. Having just one more finger on the grip helps to enhance recoil control on the already soft-shooting pistol.
Like the SR9, the ergonomics of the SR9c are enhanced with the inclusion of a reversible backstrap so you can customize the grip. The textured backstrap is easy to remove by simply pushing out a pin located on the bottom of the grip. The backstrap then slides out the bottom and can be reversed to reveal a palm-filling swell that will better fit those of you with larger hands.
The pistol itself is available in all-black or two-tone finish. The two-tone model sports a stainless steel slide, while the all-black model has an alloy steel slide covered with Ruger’s proprietary Nitrodox Pro finish. Both models weigh in the same at just over 23 ounces unloaded.
The SR9c comes with factory installed 3-dot sights which are dead-on right out of the box. The front sight is drift-adjustable for windage, and the rear sight is elevation-adjustable using a small screw. Despite the small size of this pistol, it is incredibly accurate out past 7 yards: the typical distance for a concealable defensive pistol. Groups were usually under 4 inches when shooting off-hand. Recoil is light and easily managed, and the pistol is easy to get back on target for quick follow-up shots. As expected, the handgun performed flawlessly on the range, digesting 115 grain 9mm BVAC ball ammunition with nary a hiccup.
Like the larger SR9, the SR9c is loaded with safety features that users have come to expect from Ruger. An ambidextrous manual frame mounted safety, magazine disconnect, internal trigger bar disconnect and a striker block safety all combine to ensure that the pistol will not fire unless properly loaded and the trigger pulled. A large orange chamber-loaded indicator lets you easily see and feel when the gun is loaded.
Disassembly of the SR9c is fairly straightforward.
Lock the slide back to the rear and ensure that the chamber is clear.
Press down the ejector into the magazine well.
Using a non-marring tool press out the take-down lever.
Carefully pull back the slide and then ease it forward off of the frame rails.
Compress and remove the dual captive recoil springs and the barrel simply drops out afterwards.
We’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at this new pistol from Lone Wolf Distributors. Developed with the assistance of Team Cheaper Than Dirt! member Patrick Kelley, and USPSA Open division compliant, this .40 caliber race gun is one of the nicest we’ve seen.
Keep a close eye on this blog for more details as we’ll go over all of the go-fast goodies this pistol comes with and bring you more photos and videos in the next few days.
When Remington calls and asks if you’d like to go down to Argentina to test its newest autoloading shotgun while hunting dove, there’s only one answer, “Yes!” Singer and gun writer Sheriff Jim Wilson got just that opportunity. When he got back, we had the opportunity to talk to him about his experience with Remington’s newest long gun, the 12 gauge Versa Max.
A new drug testing kit, the Drug Detective, allows parents to check not only whether their children are using drugs, but also whether they have been exposed to drugs or drug paraphernalia by testing for residue left by the drugs. This new drug testing kit was developed by a South African company, and is available in the United States only through Cheaper Than Dirt!
Our Tactical Magazine Chest Rig is outfitted with many features that make it a great value for those needing a modular vest with integral magazine pouches.
By taking a cue from the SOTech’s BLoCS and adding a padded harness and a sewn- in hydration bladder pocket, the Tactical Magazine Chest Rig supports a full combat load of ammunition without adding a single pouch.
We recently picked up a new product from Choate Machine and Tool at the SAR Show West in Phoenix Arizona this December.
Choate’s newest offering is a magazine clamp for the enormously popular Magpul PMAG polymer magazines. It simply clamps two PMAGS together. The clamp is made up of a polymer center section with a steel front and rear sections, all held together with a long flathead bolt.
This case was brought to my attention by a coworker, and I had to see what all the fuss was about. I thought I would share what I found with my readers.
The case is from the Royal Case Company based in Sherman in the great state of Texas. While it is on the large side, it is definitely not a rifle case. Still, you should be able to fit three, or even four, full size pistols in the well padded interior. The interior of the case measures 20.4 inches long by 12.4 inches wide and is 6.75 inches deep.