Reviewing Our Most Popular Guns

It occurred to us that we haven’t spent enough time talking about our highest selling guns. It is interesting why people buy certain guns, and leave others on the shelf. We decided to make a list of the guns that we move the most of, and discuss what they are for and why folks seem to want to own them.

Chicks With Guns

Chicks With Guns

“Shooting, hunting, and guns in general are such an integral part of my personal and professional life that it’s hard for me to imagine that I had a life before firearms” (Ginny p.155).

CTD Mike’s Dream Guns

CTD Mike here, your guest writer for some featured products since CTD Suzanne is out today. Here are some guns that are on my personal “dream list.” Will I ever own them without winning the lottery? Probably not, but its fun to daydream isn’t it? You can comment below and tell me what guns are on your dream list!

FNP My Pants

FNP-45 Tactical

FNP-45 Tactical

The FNP-45 Tactical’s barrel is threaded from the factory for a silencer/suppressor, and its night sights are super tall so you can see them over the diameter of the silencer. Three 15-round mags are included, yes, this beast holds 15+1 rounds of .45acp. A removable plate on top of the slide covers up a mounting point for a mini-red dot, which I would just have to add, too. Choosing an Ospery .45 silencer to go with the FNP, I would have about $2,000 sunk into a .45acp pistol that’s worth every penny.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: FNP-45 Tactical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improve This, I Dare You

LWRC M6A3 DMR

LWRC M6A3 DMR

I have a pretty nice AR-15 that I built for myself by buying parts all year long, a piece from here, a part from there, and finally assembled over Labor Day weekend. So I’m pretty picky when it comes to ARs, I look at most of the factory guns and think, “That’s a good place to start, but then I would change the stock, and put in a two-stage trigger, and put a Magpul grip on it…” I look at the LWRC M6A3, and there’s nothing I would change about it. The flip-up sights are excellent. The gas piston system has four positions including one specifically for use with a silencer. It comes with a tuned Geissele two-stage match trigger already installed. Oh, and its cold hammer forged 18-inch barrel is chambered in 6.8 SPC. Bazinga! All it needs is an optic, a sling, and a steady supply of 6.8 ammo.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: LWRC M6A3 DMR

 

 

 

 

 

The FAL is My Pal

Para FAL

DSA "Para" FAL

Once upon a time, the FN FAL was called “the right arm of the free world.” Pretty much every NATO country except the USA issued it; we got the M14 instead. The FAL is super reliable, chambered in hard hitting 7.62 NATO, has good ergonomics, good combat accuracy, and this version from DS ARMS even has the “paratrooper” folding stock. Beautifully made from heavy duty chunks of carefully milled steel, the FAL is old world craftsmanship mixed with features that were really head of their time, like the piston driven gas system with a user adjustable gas block.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: DSA “Para” FAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail to the King, Baby

Barrett 82A1

Barrett 82A1: Because I'm an American and I CAN, that's why

The Barrett 82A1 is definitely my ultimate dream gun right now. There are other .50s that are more accurate, or cheaper, but none of them offer the proven military pedigree of the Barrett and none of them give me 10 rounds of that ridiculously massive .50bmg firepower as fast as I can aim and pull the trigger. There is a CQ model that chops the barrel by nine inches but it only weighs a pound less, so I’ll stick with the original 29” barreled monster. I would feed it with Hornady’s AMAX loading, a 750 grain projectile doing nearly 3,000 feet per second. It has more kinetic energy at 1.5 miles away from the muzzle than a .44 magnum has at point-blank range! How can a 10-shot semi-auto cost nearly eight grand and still be worth it? Ask a Barrett 82A1 owner.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: Barrett M82A1

So those are my dream guns.  Do you agree with me, or do you wish for something completely different?  Comment below, Tweet us @cheaperthandirt, or post on our Facebook wall!

Ruger’s Single Ten

There is just something special about pulling back the hammer on a single action pistol. That tell tale set of three clicks, and the feel of those revolver grips are reminiscent of a day when we were still trying to win the west. Ruger has come up with a revolver to remind us of the good old days. Years ago, Ruger developed the Single Six .22 pistol. This pistol earned a reputation for accuracy and rugged reliability. Recently, Ruger unveiled the Single Ten in .22 Long Rifle. Can you guess what the difference is? That’s right, four more rounds of rock and roll before you have to reload.

The look and feel of the Single Ten is superb. The stainless-steel finish and red-colored wood grips go very well together. Ruger developed the Single Ten on a similar platform to the Single Six. The first thing that jumps out at you when you pick up this pistol is the comfortable feel. The gunfighter grips are ergonomic and the hardwood feel is refreshing and feels stable. An aluminum sleeve separates the two grip panels, which make it impossible to over-tighten and damage the wood. The gun balances well and has a natural feel when pointed downrange. As soon as you look down the barrel, an obvious change is the Williams fiber optic sights that Ruger has installed. The rear sight is fully adjustable and the matte black sights contrast well with the fiber optic inserts, resulting in a very fast and easy to see sight picture. The front sight blade and base are a Single piece, and a Single screw attaches it to the barrel. The fiber optic sights make the Single ten better for hunting and field use due to the increased visibility.

The gun has a barrel length of 5.5 inches and an overall length of 11 inches. Unloaded it weighs in at 38 ounces, making recoil almost non-existent. We measured the trigger pull at 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The barrel has six groves and a 1:14-inch right hand twist. Accuracy was spot on. We managed a very tight group at 25 yards and every round went to point of aim. There were no malfunctions of any kind while firing the weapon.

Loading the Single Ten is a little different from the Single Six. When you open the loading gate, the lock releases and you can rotate the cylinder. At each click, a new chamber appears where the loading gate used to be. If you rotate two clicks, with a little practice, the large gap the loading gate leaves allows you to load two shells at once. This design actually allowed me to load the Single Ten faster than my Single Six, a huge advantage. Unloading spent cartridges was a bit more challenging. When you open the loading gate to extract your spent shells, the cylinder clicks into place, but not entirely. The cylinder has just enough looseness that it does not always line up with the ejection rod, so you have to wiggle the cylinder so it lines up and you can eject the spent casing. This problem was not a huge deal once I got accustomed to knowing just how far to rotate the cylinder and I stopped noticing it after a little practice.

The Ruger Single Ten will make a fine addition to any gun collector who wants a little more ammunition on the ready, but likes that old single action feel. More than just a range toy, the Williams fiber optic sights, increased cylinder capacity, and top-notch accuracy makes the Single Ten an outstanding pistol to have out in the field, in the truck or on the hip.

Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357

Ruger’s .357 Carbine

Something different came from Ruger today for us to test out. A while ago, Ruger developed the bolt action Ruger 77 in the .44 magnum cartridge. This gun was great for short to medium range hunting and incorporated Ruger’s rotary magazine design. Now Ruger has unveiled the 77 in the .357 cartridge. The concept of using large pistol calibers for hunting is not new. People have been hunting medium sized game with .357 pistols for years, but with the longer barrel and precision of a bolt-action rifle, the .357 is even more effective.

Ruger 77

The Ruger weighs in at a mere 5.5 pounds and the 18.5-inch barrel makes maneuvering in thick brush relatively easy. The one in sixteen right hand twist helps make the rifle deadly accurate. When fired, the recoil feels closer to a .22 than a magnum pistol round. Ruger used hammer-forged stainless steel for the barrel. The receiver is also stainless and has integrated scope bases for the Ruger scope rings, which I am happy to say, are included. Quality mounts and rings are costly, and Ruger used high quality stainless steel, which will stand the test of time with few issues. The rifle is an overall 38.5 inches in length and has a 13.5-inch length of pull. In case you aren’t using a scope, the rifle in equipped with iron sights and the rear sight is adjustable.

The stainless steel bolt lifts 90 degrees and the bolt locks at the rear of the receiver. When removing the bolt assembly, you have to open the bolt, pull the trigger, and engage a small bolt release button on the back of the chamber. The safety has three positions. When the safety is in the rear position, the trigger is blocked, and the bolt will not open, in the middle position, the trigger is still blocked but you can open the bolt and empty the rifle. While in the forward position, the rifle is set to fire or load.

The magazine holds five rounds and uses Ruger’s rotary magazine design. This design makes the bottom of the magazine flush with the bottom of the rife, as opposed to a tall box magazine in an AR-style rifle. Ruger included stainless steel feed lips on the magazine to increase durability. The follower is made of polymer and cycles .357 ammunition well. When extracting, the empty shells shot quite far forward and to the right, about six feet. It should be noted that Ruger included an instruction manual insert, warning that the 77 was chambered to shoot only .357 ammunition. While hand loading .38 special ammunition into the chamber directly will work, filling the magazine with .38 special will invite feeding problems, and should be avoided.

The stock of the 77 is made of a black synthetic polymer, and looks very modern when paired to the stainless steel barrel. The feel of the rifle is quite comfortable and feels similar to most standard carbine style hunting rifles. Included on the stock are swivel sling mounts, which is a necessity for any hunting rifle.

Out of the box, this carbine is perfect for hunting in thick brush, for up to 150 yards. The pistol ammunition is more than powerful enough to take down a deer or hog at close to medium range. The Ruger 77 is a perfect addition for any hunter who wants a ranch gun to throw in the truck, or take out on long treks in the brush.

Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357
Ruger 77/357 Ruger 77/357

Chinese Surplus Mortar Tube

Chinese Surplus Mortar Tube Storage Container

Chinese Surplus Mortar Tube Storage Container

Chinese Surplus Mortar Tube Storage Container

Chinese Surplus Mortar Tube Storage Container

It is generally not a good idea to bury components in the ground without sealing it in a watertight container first. Although when it comes to some firearms, like an old AK or Mosin Nagant, you could probably store one in a muddy creek bed for a few decades and they would still cycle like the day they rolled off the Siberian assembly line. For those of us who want something a little more secure however, this Chinese surplus mortar storage container is perfect for burying your ammunition, knives, barrels or anything else you can think of. Burying supplies in a random location and marking the GPS coordinates might also do the trick. If the apocalypse comes, it will be nice to have little supply caches all over town. Like most ordinance storage containers, this one is watertight and measures in at 2-feet long and has an inside diameter of 3.5 inches. The rubber seal and locking lid ensure that no dirt or moisture will get in. If western civilization falls, you can sleep well knowing that looters will have no idea where you stored all your valuable supplies.

ISSC MK22: A Modern Sporting Rifle

An Austrian Solution

At first glance you might be thinking that the ISSC MK22 looks just like an Austrian FN SCAR, and you would be right. You also might ask yourself why you would want a .22 rimfire that looks and feels like the Austrian battle rifle. The answer is simple, ammo. It is far more costly to enjoy an afternoon at the range using 5.56 NATO ammunition. A box of.22LR ammunition, on the other hand won’t put such a huge dent in your wallet.

Under the Hood

When you pick up and handle this weapon, it is apparent that ISSC really took the time and effort to piece together an accurate representation on the SCAR weapons system. The Picatinny-style quad-rail is made of aluminum and offers a significant amount of real estate to accessories like the Sightmark SM13001 red dot sight and the Eminence PM007 vertical grip. This weapon also has a variable and open folding sight. This allows you to switch between a three-dot sight system and a more traditional rifle sight. The adjustable stock has three positions to fit almost any shooter’s length of pull, and folds to the side in the same fashion as the FN SCAR. The stock has an adjustable cheek rest to fit the shooters’ individual style. There are sling mounting points on both sides of the rifle at the barrel end, but only on the left side on the stock end. Left-handed shooters will appreciate the noticeably large safety switch located on both sides of the grip. Cartridge capacity is pretty decent, 22 rounds plus one in the chamber offer plenty of firepower for plinking or varmint hunting. When the magazine release is engaged, the cartridge falls out of the weapon smoothly. The barrel length is a standard 16 inches and has six grooves of rifling. The charging handle can be easily removed and placed in any one of six locations on either side of the gun to allow for endless customization. The trigger pull is rated at approximately four pounds and has little creak.

The Bottom Line

Overall, this seems to be a very well built firearm that is suitable for many roles. Whether you are looking for a practice version of your FN SCAR, a varmint rifle, or just a plinker for the range, the ISSC MK22 delivers. Saving money on ammunition overtime while still getting in quality time at the range can be a little hard to achieve, but this Austrian firearm makes that job just a little bit easier.

Specifications:

  • Caliber: 22LR
  • Overall Length Collapsed: 34.65 inches
  • Overall Length Full: 36 inches
  • Overall Width: 2.81 inches
  • Barrel Length: 16 inches
  • Rifling Length: 15 inches
  • Number of Grooves: 6
  • Sight Length Max: 15.7 inches
  • Weight without Magazine: 6.5 pounds
  • Magazine Weight, Empty: 3.8 ounces
  • Trigger Pull, approx.: 4 pounds
  • Magazine Capacity: 22 rounds

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Lone Wolf G9 Joins the Pack

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.

Specifications and Features:

Lower:

  • 2.4 lbs
  • 15 5/8″ collapsed
  • 17 7/8″ extended
  • 6 5/8″ high
  • 1 9/16″ wide

Upper:

  • 4.2 lbs
  • 24 1/4″ long
  • 2 1/2″ high and wide

Umarex Unleashed – M4 OPS Semi Automatic Carbine

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.

The Details

Umarex Colt M4 OPS Semi Automatic Carbine

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

The Downside

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.

True Value

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.

Be sure to check out the Umarex Colt M4 OPS Semi Automatic Carbine.

Duty Calls – CZ 75 P-07 Duty

CZ 75 P-07 DUTY

CZ 75 P-07 Duty

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.