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Range Report: Adcor Defense B.E.A.R. Elite

When I read that the Army had cancelled the carbine competition because the B.E.A.R. Elite and seven other highly regarded rifles hadn’t made it out of phase II function and accuracy testing, I admit I raised my eyebrows. I didn’t take very good care of my B.E.A.R., but I never had a hiccup. I know recreational civilian shooting is not Army torture testing, but from my experience on the gun, I can only say the B.E.A.R. Elite from Adcor Defense is an awfully good piece of machinery.

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Curious Goings-On in Cancelled Carbine Competition

The Army has concluded the Improved Carbine Competition (ICC) without having selected a winner. Reason: the Fabrique National FNAC, Heckler & Koch’s HK416A5, a modified Remington ACR, Adcor Defense’s B.E.A.R. Elite, the Beretta ARX-160, and the Colt Enhanced M4 couldn’t pass the Army’s Phase II standards for accuracy, reliability, and durability. Huh?

Smith & Wesson 108485 1911 SC Enhanced E-Series Pistol 45 ACP

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Five Guns I Really Want in 2013

2012 is mostly in the rearview window now, and some guns I’ve handled and shot in the past year have come and gone without making a ripple in my consciousness. But others made a big impact, and now I want them. So for 2013, I may slake this gun-buying thirst with a handful of interesting rifles, pistols, and shotguns that I knew only too briefly this year, and whose absence I now regret.