What is the biggest difference between AR-15 .223 and Mil-Spec 5.56mm chambers? Most people do not know; they say, “I think you can shoot both kinds of ammo through either one, right?”
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Colt has consistently manufactured the M16/AR-15 longer than any other company. From the ‘60s Vietnam era M16 to the current M4, Colt has also produced more
I know many of you love the M4; many have trusted their lives to the marvelous Colt, either here in the states or abroad. Why? Simple: It is reliable, effective and proven. Colt’s reliability and performance have been the cornerstone on which the Armed Forces has relied to successfully complete many missions around the world—and every serious shooting enthusiast should have at least one.
One of the hottest names in the black rifle business may be one you haven’t heard yet. Windham Weaponry, started by previous Bushmaster’s previous owner, Richard Dyke has gathered an experienced group of ex-Bushmaster employees to continue to build and improve the AR-15 platform. If someone on your list or even for yourself, Windham Weaponry’s MPC (Military Preferred Carbine) M4 rifle does not cut any corners on quality.
Windham Weaponry’s attention to detail and the care that goes into each rifle pays off at the range in accuracy and dependability. It also pays off in the pocketbook because it does not come with a hefty price tag like other manufacturer’s offerings.
Back on June 16, the Army News Service distributed a press release that said soldiers will continue to use the M4 carbine or improved M4A1 carbine as their issued weapon, and that the Army has concluded the Improved Carbine Competition (ICC) without having selected a winner. Reason: None of the world’s best firearms could pass some of the requirements.
Whether or not you could be considered an AR aficionado, Windham Weaponry would not likely be the first manufacturer that comes to mind. In fact, I would suspect most are searching their memory banks trying to recall if they have ever even heard of Windham Weaponry. Rest at ease, the name is not as important as who is behind it and the quality of workers building the guns.
Of course claiming a definitive list to AR enthusiasts is tantamount to using a .25 caliber to clear your sinus—but
Close quarters combat, or close quarters battle is an especially dangerous type of combat where small units engage enemies with personal weapons at short-range. Typically, the attackers try a very fast, violent takeover of a structure controlled by the opposing force. There is usually no easy way to withdraw for the defenders in this situation.
Pump shotguns are a great way to protect your home. While an AR-15 is arguably the most outstanding home defense firearm, the shotgun fills the role nicely at a small fraction of the cost.
The result of over two years of work and testing is the Special Operations Combat Diver Grip® M4 (SOCD M4) and Advanced Performance Shooting proudly introduced this M16/M4 grip at SHOT 2012.
I have a B.S.—Bachelor of Science, not the other B.S., though my father might argue that one—in Radio-Television-Film, so I’m a bit of a movie buff. I am also a gun nut. Needless to say, I love movies with guns in them. I equally love researching and writing about those movie guns. This is pretty much an endless topic, but the boss man only wants five, so I picked a couple of classics, one of my favorites, a military rifle, and a lesser-famous gun that shows up in a surprising amount of good gun-play movies.
PW Arms Yugo M48 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle, 8mm Mauser
The Yugo M48 Mauser is a post WWII bolt-action rifle based on the design of the original German 98K Mauser, but utilizes a shorter length receiver. Produced from 1950 to 1965 at the Preduzece Zastava Arms factory, the Yugoslavian Mauser saw service as a sniper rifle in the Yugoslav Wars, and was used during the Bosnian Civil War. Chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, the Yugo M48 Mauser bolt-action rifle is a hard-hitter. Adopted by the German military over 120 years ago, the 8mm Mauser German cartridge is comparable to our .30-06 and is a highly sufficient round for big game here in the United States. It is an excellent rifle and well worth its price. Most parts are made from milled steel, with few parts being stamped to help cut cost in production. It has a 23.25-inch barrel, a five-round magazine and weighs 8.2 pounds. The Yugo M48 Mauser makes its most famous appearance in the 2001 film No Man’s Land about the Bosnian War. It won the 2001 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
CZ VZ 61 Skorpion Semi Automatic Handgun .32 ACP
When we first started carrying the CZ VZ 61 Skorpion, I immediately wanted one. I went to handle one, but could not bring myself to purchase it. I just wasn’t at the right financial place to purchase a for fun-only guns. And gosh darn it, I just purchased my for fun-only gun and so now my CZ Skorpion will have to wait. If you want one badly enough, just go ahead and buy one, as CZ discontinued the Skorpion in 2010. The CZ VZ 61 Skorpion is the semi-automatic commercial model of the classic fully automatic sub machine gun chambered for .32 ACP. In 1961, the Czechoslovakian Army issued the CZ 61 Skorpion to vehicle drivers as a side arm. Police and military units around the world still use the Skorpion. However, I am not really sure what the advantage of the .32 ACP cartridge is besides a plinking cartridge. The Skorpion has a 20-round capacity, a 4.5-inch barrel, and fixed sights. It makes an appearance in some of the best gun fighting movies ever, such as The Matrix, Equilibrium, and Smokin’ Aces.
“And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.” Revelation 9:5 NIV
Auto Ordnance Thompson 1927A1 T1B Semi Auto Rifle .45 ACP
I’m pretty romantic about the gangster days; flapper girls, sultry singers, and bootleg liquor, so the Thompson is my ultimate dream gun. Plus Johnny Depp carrying a Tommy Gun is enough to make any girl blush. (Public Enemies. Good movie.) General John T. Thompson designed the Thompson sub machine gun to be a “trench broom.” Not only was the Thompson or Tommy Gun popular with gangsters like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson, but the Thompson was issued to the U.S. Coast Guard and in 1928 a model for the Navy was used by the Marines in World War II. In the 1920s, the Thompson was sold in hardware stores, sporting good stores, and through mail order. Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to walk into your local gun shop and walk out with a Thompson sub machine gun? No paper work, no Class 3 license. I don’t even want to think about how much a Thompson cost back then. Now that Kahr Arms has purchased the rights to Auto-Ordnance and the Tommy Gun, they make sure that every part of manufacture of a current Thompson is historically accurate. The Thompson 1927A-1 is chambered for .45 ACP, holds 30 rounds, a detachable walnut stock, and has all the classic details of the original Tommy gun.
“That’s Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.” Snatch
Colt SP6920 Sporter Semi Automatic Rifle .223 Remington
No Vietnam War movie or any other war movie since Vietnam is complete without an M16—not to mention Full Metal Jacket, Predator (though everyone focused more on the mini gun in this movie), Rambo and Scarface (“Say hello to my little friend.”). It’s hard to say which is the most recognizable rifle in the entire world, the M4 or the AK-47. The Colt SP6920 is about as close as you are going to get to the Military M4 rifle, as seen in Proof of Life and Tears of the Sun. It is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO, which accepts .223 Remington. It has a 16.1-inch chrome-lined barrel, a direct gas system, and a four-position collapsible M4 stock. Colt says, “The Colt M4 is the ONLY 5.56mm carbine in the world today that is manufactured to meet or exceed the stringent performance specifications (MILSPEC) required for acceptance and use by the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Beretta Model 92FS Semi-Automatic Handgun 9mm
Personally, I think the Beretta 92 is one of the most iconic Hollywood guns of all time. The Die Hard series made a lot of guys in the 80s want a Beretta. It has appeared in every genre of movie; drama, zombie, war, action, spy, fantasy/sci-fi, cop, and even in our personal favorite gun fight movie of all time- Heat. The Beretta model 92 was first designed in 1972 and is still currently in production in a variety of calibers and variations. The US military adopted the 92 in 1985. Its military designation is the Beretta M9. All five branches of the United States military were issued the Beretta 92/M9 until 2006. It is a proven handgun. CTD Martin owns a Beretta 92 and he says it is smooth, has zero issues, and it a fun gun to shoot. The Beretta 92 holds 10 rounds of 9mm with a 4.9-inch barrel.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” Die Hard
The shotgun is one of the most effective and deadly weapons on the battlefield. In one trigger pull, a shooter
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.
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.
Be sure to check out the Umarex Colt M4 OPS Semi Automatic Carbine.