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    Century Arms to start bringing in Romanian PSL rifles once again (VIDEOS)

    Rather than a clone of the Soviet-era Dragunov designated marksman rifle, the Romanians created the PSL as more of an homage to that gun, basing it off of Kalashnikov designs. That doesn’t mean they aren’t cool, though. (Photo: Circle 10 AK)

    The word on the street is that the Dragunov-style Romanian semi-auto is set to become available once again.

    Circle 10 AK said this week via social media that Century Arms will soon start importing the 7.62x54R-caliber Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă (Romanian for “scoped semi-automatic rifle”) once again. “There will be 2 models available,” says Circle 10. “One model will come with a non-matching Russian optic, while the other one comes with a serial matching Romanian optic to the rifle.”

    Century previously sold CUGIR-made PSLs in the past as the PSL 54C complete with distinctive Dragunov SVD-style skeletonized stocks and proprietary 10-round magazines for about $850. While an expected availability date and price on the next wave headed to the states is not known, Circle 10 cautions they “will be more expensive than previous offerings due to production costs.”

    Rather than a clone of the Soviet-era designated marksman rifle designed by firearm engineer Yevgeny Dragunov, the Romanians created the PSL as more of an homage to that gun, basing it instead off of the Kalashnikov AK and RPK designs. In short, a PSL looks SVD-ish and shoots the same round, but is not a Dragunov. With that being said, they have a following all their own and have been gaining in value in recent years.

    To highlight the differences between the two platforms, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons covers a CUGIR-made Century-imported PSL in the video below, including a look under the hood.

    And to cover how they shoot at distance, Eric with IV8888 takes one out to 600 yards with a PSOP optic and military light ball ammo from Circle 10.

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    Aimpoint Micro S-1 FB Live at OSG Roundtable 2018

    Guns & Ammo’s Senior Field Editor Craig Boddington and Editor Eric Poole shot clays and spoke with Aimpoint about shotgun red dot sights at OSG Roundtable 2018. Boddington and Poole spoke with Aimpoint’s Vice President of Marketing, Andrea Cerwinske, about the new Aimpoint Micro S-1 red dot sight.

    The Micro S-1 is optimized for hunting and shooting shotgun applications. The Micro S-1 is the first ever Aimpoint sight designed for shotgunning. The Micro S-1 has the lowest optical axis out of any of Aimpoint’s micro sights. This sight can be fitted with essentially any shotgun that can be found on the market.

    The Aimpoint Micro S-1 red dot sight.

    The Aimpoint Micro S-1 sight attaches directly to the shotgun at any point along the ventilated rib, and interchangeable adapter plates are included to accommodate most popular shotgun rib sizes. The Micro S-1 is available in 6 MOA dot size and has a higher maximum light intensity setting for bright sky conditions. The Micro S-1 enhances the hit percentage for hunters, as well as clay shooters. The battery on this red dot sight is impressive, with more than five years of continuous use. The MSRP on the Micro S-1 is $800.

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    Allen Arms Tactical Partners With Discreet Ballistics

    Silencer and National Firearms Act (NFA) weapons distributor Allen Arms Tactical has partnered with Discreet Ballistics to sell the New Hampshire based company’s line of subsonic ammunition. The move gives Allen Arms’ national network of dealers access to high quality suppressor food – a fact I can personally confirm. “I don’t buy ammo often, but when I do, it’s Discreet Ballistics.”

    In all seriousness, both companies are staffed by hard working and intelligent people. This new partnership is a win for both dealers and consumers alike.

    Allen Arms Tactical Partners With Discreet Ballistics


    Discreet Ballistics of Plainfield, NH has partnered with Allen Arms Tactical to distribute its line of premium grade subsonic ammunition. Located in Greenville, SC Allen Arms Tactical is the oldest and longest running silencer distributor in the United States. Discreet Ballistics is an industry leader in the development and manufacture of subsonic ammunition. “Due to the highly focused nature of both Discreet and Allen Arms within the firearms industry, forming this partnership made perfect sense,” said David Stark, President of Discreet Ballistics.

    Founded in 2008, Allen Arms Tactical distributes silencers from respected silencer brands including: Dead Air, SilencerCo., Q, Griffin Armament, Rugged Suppressors, Energetic Armament, Surefire, and Daniel Defense. Allen Arms Tactical is a dealer only distributor with a network encompassing thousands of Special Occupation Taxpayer (SOT) dealers across the country. Allen Arms is highly regarded by the silencer manufacturers they represent and the SOT dealers to which they distribute.

    Founded in 2015 Discreet Ballistics is a 07/02FFL manufacturer specializing in the design, development and production of subsonic ammunition. As the name implies Discreet Ballistics’ mission is to produce the quietest and most consistent subsonic ammunition available. Prior to coming to market, Discreet invested significant time into determining the best components to be used in its ammunition. Components from brands including: Lapua®, Nosler® and Jagemann® are found in Discreet’s line of 300BLK and 308WIN ammunition. Additionally, Discreet has an existing relationship with Mark 7 Reloading® and utilizes their cutting edge loading equipment and suite of sensors to produce its subsonic ammunition. Finally, Discreet along with its partner company, Peregrine Bullets are co-developing expanding subsonic solid copper projectiles for use in the upcoming 8.6 Creedmoor cartridge being spearheaded jointly by Q® and Hornady®. 

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    Iraqi AK Upgrades and Accessories: “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”

    Every country that has been at war long enough eventually creates its own “firearms industry”. In some countries, like Pakistan and Philipines, it leads to the creation of indigenous weapon production.

    In other countries, for example in Iraq and Afghanistan, the newborn firearms industry has a smaller scale and is limited to weapon modifications and upgrades. Today I wanted to talk about some of the firearms products that I saw during my work in Iraq. Things I saw will be divided into three categories: the good, the bad and the ugly.


    Here is one handmade SBR I saw in a city close to Iraqi-Iranian border. It started its life as a German-made AK, MPi-KМS-72 to be exact. One day it came to Iraq and eventually ended up in the hands of someone who knew exactly what he was doing.

    The quality of works is impressive. The unknown gunsmith cut the barrel, recrowned it, made a new thread, repopulated the barrel, drilled new gas port, made new handguard and ergonomic pistol grip, shortened gas piston, and modified recoil mechanism.

    I think if this exact gun entered US Army’s Sub Compact Weapon Program, it would easily outperform most other designs (yes, I am joking, but the real joke is pistol caliber rifle when you can just use a rifle caliber instead).

    To be honest, I would love to meet the guy who made it and shake his hand.


    The phenomenon of “Bubba the Gunsmith” is international, and with Picatinny rails gaining popularity, there are a lot of opportunities for Bubbas to manifest their talent.

    In this case, Picatinny rail is welded onto standard detachable AK receiver cover. There are two problems with that. First, standard AK receiver cover will never hold zero, not a chance. Second, this rail completely blocks the iron sights. So, it is not just a useless accessory, it actually makes weapon unusable – you can’t zero your red dot and you can’t use iron sights.

    I would like to think that this ghastly receiver cover is just one single example and not a mass-produced item. But my hopes were dashed today when I saw some new pictures from Syria.

    Pictures are courtesy of Alexander Harchenko, ANNA-news reporter: https://vk.com/id2027798

    Pictures are courtesy of Alexander Harchenko, ANNA-news reporter: https://vk.com/id2027798

    Why would you need to see the sights when you look cool, right?

    There are also a lot of interesting ways to fix guns in Iraq. When M4 grip started to wobble on one of the rifles, the owner quickly found a makeshift solution.

    Instead of taking a screwdriver and tightening the grip, he taped it to the lower receiver with some tape. It hardly helped with the wobble, but the guy decided that it is good enough and did not report the problem. The tape completely blocked the safety selector, but this guy probably watched “Black Hawk Down”, and knew that real Tier 1 operators do not use the safety anyway.

    Also, when it comes to weapon maintenance, the local approach is often very unique. On a few occasions, I saw soldiers “protecting” their barrels with cotton patches, plugging them into the barrel.

    Usually, those patches are stock deep into the barrel and you can’t even see them, let alone remove them in a timely manner. Needless to say, if you attempt to fire a weapon with a patch in the barrel, best case scenario would be a massive barrel bulge.


    If you will realistically look on what breaks on AKs in the war zone, number one failure would be folding stocks. That is why local gunsmiths are trying hard to replicate German/Romanian side-folding stocks and always pay top dollar for the originals. And apparently, the difference in price between originals and replicas created an unexpected problem.

    I was visiting one of the armories in Northern Iraq and during the inspection, I realized that stock screws on all the Romanian AKs are glued.

    I asked an Iraqi supervisor, a very smart and hard-working guy, why exactly did he do that, and he told me a story.

    When he started issuing AKs to guards, they would bring weapons to the market the same day, unscrew original stocks, sell them for about 60$, bought locally made stocks for 30$ and installed them back on the weapons. In the evening they would come back and say “It was like that when I got in the morning!”

    Some locally made stocks

    Some locally made stocks

    To end this new wave of entrepreneurship he simply glued all screws on the folding stocks. I have to say without any sarcasm – great solution.

    But sometimes you fixed stock also breaks and you need replacement. In this case, unknown Iraqi gunsmiths can offer some options too.

    Sure, this stock is not very pretty and probably won’t be able to make it to the cover of “RECOIL” magazine any time soon, but it serves the purpose and actually is quite comfortable.

    In conclusion, we all can laugh about some of the crude and funny modifications we see in third world countries. But the reason they are crude and funny is usually the lack of knowledge, complete lack of equipment and draconian gun laws.

    So next time you’re buying gauges, stocks, accessories and gunsmithing tools at Brownells just remember how lucky you are and enjoy it. A lot of those third world gunsmiths would give up everything for such an opportunity.

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    A shovel-ready .50 BMG ballistic challenge (VIDEO)

    To answer the question about how deep a rack of shovels needs to be to provide ballistic protection, semi-serious research is required.

    In the above, Edwin Sarkissian teams up with Kentucky Ballistics to crunch the data involving counting earth turning tools left behind in the aftermath of  tests with an AK and Serbu .50, the latter filled with AP rounds.


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    Glock 34 Vs Glock 17: Going GaGa For Glocks

    Glock 17 vs Glock 34: Battle Of The Big Glocks

    If you want a big 9mm Glock, should you get the Glock 34 vs Glock 17? Both are excellent pistols, without doubt, but does the extra 0.8 inches of barrel make enough of a difference?

    It depends a whole lot on what you’re going to use it for.

    Just like in debating whether to get the Glock 17 vs Glock 19, you need to consider what you’re going to use it for. A gun is a tool, and both of these tools are best suited to certain uses that the other may not be.

    Glock 34

    Glock 34

    The Glock 34 is a competition and target gun, through and through. If that’s what you’re looking to get, the Glock 34 vs 17 is your best bet. In fact, the 34 shares the frame with the 17. The major difference, of course, is the slide.

    The 34 is an extended-barrel version of the 17, featuring a 5.31-inch barrel. That increases sight radius to about 7.5 inches, depending on what kind of sights you get. (The 34 Gen 4 is available with polymer, steel or the Glock GNS sights.) Longer sight radius, longer barrel, more accurate gun.

    The longer slide brings overall length to 8.82 inches. The gun is 1.3 inches wide at the controls and stands 5.47 inches tall. Unloaded weight, without the magazine, is 23.10 ounces, which is rather trim for such a big gun.

    The trigger is slightly lighter than the stock 17, at just under 5 lbs. Standard capacity is 17 rounds, though it will run extended magazines up to 33 rounds, if so desired.

    Alongside the standard version, the Gen4 variant adds Glock’s modular backstraps. The Gen4 can also be ordered with Glock’s MOS package, allowing for the installation of a reflex sight. The Glock 34 Gen5 includes the MOS as standard, along with the other Gen5 improvements.

    If you want a big striker-fired competition gun, this is about as good a starting point as it gets.

    Glock 17: The Original Plastic Fantastic

    Glock 17

    The Glock 17 is one of the all-time great handguns. They are accurate enough for government work. Very, very few are ever lemons…though even Glocks have been recalled, so don’t drink too much of the Kool-Aid…so you can definitely count on one to work. Aftermarket support is incredible, and a lot of cops and civilian carriers trust their lives to one.

    The standard barrel length is 4.47 inches, which brings dimensions to overall length of 8.03 inches, standing 5.47 inches tall and 1.26 inches wide for the standard model. You can also order the 17 Gen4 with or without the MOS package and get modular backstraps. The Gen5 – with the Glock Marksman Barrel and wider slide – can also be had, of course.

    Capacity is the same as it’s a full-size Glock 9mm. The sight options are the same, and weight comes down to 22.05 ounces without a magazine in the base model.

    Since the Glock 17 is so much more common, you can expect to part with a little less at the gunshop. Glock doesn’t advertise MSRP, but you can expect to get into a 17 for about $500 in many cases; a Glock 34 will probably run closer to $600.

    Glock 34 Vs Glock 17: What Will You Use It For?

    Glock 17 vs 34

    Ultimately, the on-paper battle of Glock 34 vs Glock 17 comes down to what your intended purpose for the gun is. Both are great pistols, no doubt about it. If you want a big Glock 9mm, these are two of the models to have if you aren’t after one of the Baby Glocks.

    However, there are a few things that one is better at than the other.

    The Glock 34 is one of the best guns for when you don’t give a darn about concealment. It’s one of the best competition platforms out there, full stop. It’s one of the best home defense pistols you could have. A number of SWAT teams issue them to their officers, so it is a good fighting pistol.

    A few outliers carry them on the daily…but most people won’t.

    However, the Glock 17 is the better all-arounder. A lot of people compete with them too, and you can trick it out just as much and add anything your heart desires. Though it is a service pistol through and through, it’s just slim enough and just light enough to be decent for concealed carry IF you want to CCW a full-size pistol. Some people, after all, won’t conceal or carry anything smaller.

    Then again, the Glock 19 or Glock 26 are much better for that. It has to be said.

    Ergonomically, there’s not much difference though the 17 has an ever so slightly narrower frame (1.26 inches vs 1.3 inches) which on paper is basically negligible but might make a difference when you handle it. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself.

    Ultimately, it’s up to you. Handle both, shoot both if possible. You’ll probably find one you like better, but very few people will find either hard to be very accurate with. You should get the one you like the most and are best with, but you’ll probably know which is better suited to the application you have in mind.

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    Epic ‘Blooming Death’ training footage resurfaces (VIDEO)

    First of and to be clear, Guns.com is not endorsing this tactic. Always follow both common-sense and posted range/firearm safety rules. With that being said, above is a mea culpa six years in the making from Eastern European firearms instructor Saulius “Sonny” Puzikas on the now-infamous “Blooming Death.”

    As a background, the footage was part of a Panteao Productions training film back in 2012 when Puzikas was tight with the company and being featured in big-name industry publications. After lots of people pointed out how dangerous it was and how likely it would be to result in a Darwin Award and/or high-profile litigation, Panteao scrapped the entire video.

    The concept, as Puzikas says today with a face as emotionless as an Easter Island moai, was used by an unnamed Ivan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to escape a situation where he was surrounded by unfriendlies of the muj variety where, as Kipling once said, it’s seen as less than ideal to be captured there. So the Death Blossom, err we mean Blooming Death, as advocated by Puzikas, is semi-controlled, using aimed handgun shots to engage bad guys while the Kalash firing ala Cubbies win celebration is a form of suppressing fire.

    Still, come on…

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    Las Vegas PD police chase and shooting – what can we learn from it?

    We’ve all seen this video or at least a short version of it. The facts of the story are very straightforward – two convicted felons with lengthy criminal history committed a murder and were trying to get away from police in the stolen Ford Expedition SUV. During the chase, they fired 34 rounds at police officers and hit the police vehicle at least 5 times.

    If you want to know more, just watch this amazing video from the police press conference.

    During the chase, a police officer had to return fire with his handgun (Glock 17 with WML), firing a total of 31 rounds. Without any doubt, the officer demonstrated exceptional professionalism and bravery and effectively resolved the situation.

    What created a controversy were officer’s weapon manipulation techniques, particularly his two-handed grip:

    The fact that his finger was on the trigger most of the time:

    And inefficient reload technique:

    Back in the day, there was a training program in Russia, when the army and LE units were hiring competition shooters as temporary instructors so they can teach some basic marksmanship classes and instructor development courses.

    For some time, I was a part of this program, and I really hated how some instructors would talk down to officers and make fun of them for poor shooting skills. Being an officer in any LE unit requires a large set of skills and shooting is just one of them and frankly, not the most important.

    Also, I believe we can’t really hold police officers completely responsible for the level of skills that they have. Department has to provide adequate training, ammo and range time. Yes, in a perfect world police officers can go to the range to hone their skills on their time and dime, but realistically we can’t expect that to happen.

    If anyone should be concerned and worried about weapon manipulation skills of this officer, it is police firearms instructors who are responsible for training and qualification in that particular department.

    Note that all other skills that officer demonstrates during the video, such as driving and communication are top-notch. He communicates throughout the entire chase, gives clear directions about where the suspect’s vehicle is moving.

    More importantly, his driving skills are very impressive. Just like in shooting, in defensive driving, the grip is very important. Two most popular steering wheel grips are 2-10 and 3-9, second becoming more popular in the recent years. During the entire chase, the officer has a textbook 9 o’clock steering wheel grip, quickly adding his right hand on to 3 o’clock position when some high-speed steering is required.

    So, why his grip on the steering wheel is perfect, but his grip on the handgun – not so much?

    The answer is simple – he probably was taught incorrectly and never had an opportunity to practice. With driving, you do it every day, with shooting – not really, unless you dry fire.

    The police officer in the video did what he was taught, and it is not his fault that he was taught incorrectly.

    But I believe there is a more important takeaway from this video. Over the years, I always told the students: the phrase “you fight like you train” is not exactly true. There are certain things that happen in a gunfight, it has its own its rules and dynamics, and only if your training reflects that – you will, in fact, fight like you train. But if your training does not reflect reality – you won’t fight like you train. Instead, you will do what is logical and natural, despite having no practice.

    This video is a perfect example. I don’t know for sure, but I can assume that police officer in the video probably did not practice to shoot on the move. Despite that, he is shooting on the move, and does it very effectively, at the end of the video.

    I can also assume that he never fired a weapon from the inside of the vehicle before (or maybe just familiarization during academy), but he had to do it, despite probably having zero experience doing that in training.

    He also had to reload, even though he either didn’t do it much in training (or was far enough past training that his skills were rusty). He immediately moved to cover after shooting on the move, again, something he probably never practiced before, because almost no one really does that on the range, but under fire, that is what people usually do.

    Last, but not least – shooting cadence. Officer consistently shot  3-4 shots a second during the entire incident. You rarely see this cadence of fire during training and police qualifications, but during actual gunfights that is, in fact, the cadence you hear.

    The reality doesn’t care that you only had an opportunity to train on a square range, where speed shooting was prohibited. The choice you have is either train for what will really happen or live in a fantasy world and when the times comes, try to wing it.

    You might get lucky, you might not, but don’t forget about the term called “Survivor bias“. Many people, who died because of their poor weapon manipulation skills, will never be able to share their story.  Shooting is a perishable skill and one that requires constant practice and training to remain at a high level of proficiency.  Compounding skills by adding a vehicle only increases the complexity, and kudos to this officer for successfully surviving this encounter and effectively ending the threat.

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    Interview with Larry Vickers: is AK obsolete? 5.45 or 7.62? What are the essential AK upgrades?

    If you’re having any problems with the embed video, you can use this link: https://kalashnikov.media/en/media/videolibrary/4522502

    Recently, Larry Vickers visited Russia to take some high-quality pictures for his new book – VICKERS GUIDE: KALASHNIKOV (Volume 1): https://www.vickersguide.com/kalashnikov

    On the last day of the trip, I had an opportunity to interview him. I asked him several most popular questions that are coming up again and again in any AK community – caliber preference (7.62 or 5.45), necessary upgrades for a modern AK, possible future of the platform and how he heard about an AK for the first time.

    The first part of the interview is about his books and impressions regarding recent Kalashnikov factory visit: https://kalashnikov.media/en/media/videolibrary/4522490

    Last January, I also interviewed Jim Fuller and Travis Haley on their opinions about AKs, the interviews should be published soon. Is there anybody else you would like to see an interview with?  Write your suggestions in the comments.

    Vladimir Onokoy is a Russian Defence industry specialist and firearms instructor. He worked in over 15 countries as an armorer, security contractor, instructor, firearms industry sales representative and loved guns as long as he can remember. If you need to get in touch with him, please send an email to pitirim AT mail DOT org

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