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Firearms

Do You Use These Common Five Wrong Gun Terms?

Do you know the difference between bullets and ammo? What about clip and magazine? For many immersed in gun culture, there are a few words and phrases we hear all the time that sound like nails running down a chalkboard. Many of these words are commonly used even outside the gun community and usually everyone—pro or anti—recognize what those words mean. I’m not sorry when I say this, but many of those commonly used words are, quite frankly, wrong. Do you use these five common misused words? Read to find out.

TimberSmith Red Laminate AK Rifle

Firearms

10 Stock, Grip and Handguard Upgrades for Your AK

The AK-47 and AK-74 systems are engineering marvels in their ability to function in any environment, yet today they can seem dated — particularly the wood stock and furniture. Back in 1947 a wood stock was an accepted standard in a military rifle. Today, synthetic stocks and handgrips offer better durability, easy customization, and more shooting comfort. Read our list of replacement stocks and furniture that can up your AK’s game.

German MG-42 Machine Gun

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Art of the Gun: German MG-42 Machine Gun

May 2, 2014 is the first day of the spring auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. There are lots of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms up for grabs this year, but this one caught my eye. Dubbed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw” by WWII soldiers, this German MG-42 medium machine gun was used by the Nazi forces throughout the second World War. The design was easily produced, innovative, and effective, the Allies copied much the weapon to create the M60 machine gun. The specimen on sale is outfitted to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon with a mount, anti-air sights, and optical sight.

45 Short Barrel with Hornady Ammunition

Ammunition

Short-Barrel Performance — The .45 ACP and Barrel Length

Bob Campbell reports on the differences in .45 ACP ammunition when fired through different barrel lengths. Bob compares results from a GLOCK M41, Rock Island Compact, Colt Commander, and a Colt 1991A1 using Cor Bon DPX and Speer Gold Dot ammunition. Read this report for the results!

Black bolt carrier assembly on a light gray background

Firearms

Bolt-Carrier Assembly: The Heart of an AR-15

The AR-15’s bolt and carrier are the heart of the rifle, so knowing the ins and outs of the bolt carrier — weight, platings and coatings, firing-pin hole size, and bolt choices — can make your AR run more smoothly and reliably. Read this post to discover how to keep your AR-15 working properly with the right bolt carrier assembly, firing pin holes and firing-pin retainers.

Firearms

Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

AR-15 rifles run well even when caked with crud, but sooner or later you do have to clean even the most abuse-immune AR-15 rifle. Cleaning is never fun, but there are a few tools, tips and techniques that can reduce the pain and get you back shooting a little faster.

A black handled, silver barreld Walther PPK and box of ammunition, with barrel pointed down and to the left on wooden plankts.

Firearms

Art of the Gun: Walther PPK

James Bond always had great style. Though notorious for its slide bite, you can’t deny that great look of the PPK (or its America-friendly version, the PPK/s). Class emanates from the gradual curves leading from the muzzle to the trigger guard are iconic, the grip tang and exposed hammer, all the way to the base plate of the magazine.

Beretta Storm PX4 Take Down Controls

Firearms

Art of the Gun: The Beretta PX4 Storm

Beretta decided to take the best parts from their popular handguns and apply them to create a gun that was perfect for defensive use. With a light steel-reinforced polymer frame, smooth contours, familiar trigger and safety systems, and a recoil-reducing rotating barrel, the Px4 Storm is designed to be one of the best concealed carry handguns on the market.

Silver/gray compact RIA and a reddish dirt background, muzzle pointed down and to the left

Firearms

Rock Island Armory’s Latest .45, the Tactical II

The Rock Island Tactical II is a high performance, high quality handgun with an ideal balance of control and compactness. With great features, ranging from a comfortable VZ beavertail grip to a standard non-textended slide lock, this new ,45 is well priced and easy to handle. Read the post for the latest scoop on all the features and range results.

IWI Tavor Right Side Quarter

Firearms

Art of the Gun: IWI Tavor

The IWI Tavor just recently came to the US, and it has gotten a lot of press. Though we’ve written about it before, here’s why we selected the Tavor as this week’s Art of the Gun.