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    Beretta Updates 686 Silver Pigeon I Series Shotgun (VIDEOS)

    Featuring new engravings as well as Optima barrels and chokes, Beretta’s 686 Silver Pigeon I over-and-under shotgun has been given an update.

    With the same action as the rest of the Italian gun maker’s 680-series shotguns, of which more than 1 million are in circulation, the newest version of the Silver Pigeon I is what Beretta describes as the “evolution of an icon.”

    Besides the finely chequered pistol-grip stock and forend crafted from oil-finished walnut, the Pigeon I’s receiver has new floral motif engravings created by master engravers and installed using a 5-axis laser, which Beretta says is better able to engrave rounded surfaces “while maintaining perfect continuity in the design.”

    Beretta’s catalog lists the engraving style on the new 686 P1 as “Lylium” which includes a motif complete with leaves and grapes. (Photos: Beretta)

    In the premium double-barrel’s 12 and 20 gauge version, the shotgun uses Steelium Optima Bore HP barrels in tri-alloy Beretta steel with 70 mm long Optima Choke HP chokes. Variants in 28 and .410 bore use more traditional Beretta barrels with 50mm Mobil Chokes. The standard model has a 6×6 vented top rib with non-reflective chequering and a steel front bead while the Sporting version uses a 10×8 rib and ventilated side ribs with the option of an adjustable B-Fast stock.

    Beretta Updates 686 Silver Pigeon Shotgun

    The 686 PI has a single selective trigger and a barrel selector on top of the safety tang, the latter allowing the user to designate the barrel for the first shot with a sideways movement

    Barrel length is in 26-, 28-, and 30-inch offerings, each with a 76mm (3-inch) chamber.

    For more on the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon check out our selection for sale in the Guns.com Vault.

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    LV Seven Weapon Systems 16″ 300Blackout Nightingale Rifle

    Ladies V Seven Rifle LV7

    U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- If you’re into premium AR’s, you’ve likely heard of V Seven Weapon Systems (V7).  Started by Joel Allen, V7 was birthed after the death of John Noveske: Joel, Noveske’s lead shop tech, left to forge his own path.  Focused on using exotic materials such as magnesium, titanium and lithium-aluminum alloys, V7 machines these in parts with exacting tolerances.  After launching Dark Hour Defense to offer up more budget-minded parts (and some more unique items), Joel and his family have fired up the engines on a project long in the works: Ladies V Seven (LV7).

    LV7 Nightingale out of the box
    Ladies V Seven Rifle LV7 Nightingale out of the box

    We’ve seen “ladies” rifles before which sport nothing more than pink furniture to differentiate themselves.  The whole lineup of LV7 rifles were designed for, and by, the ladies who work at V7.  The weight is down, the contours smooth.  LV7 pulls no punches when it comes to quality parts, using many of the titanium, lithium-aluminum and magnesium options found on their other offerings.  With 4 rifles offered on their website, V7 sent off the Nightingale for myself and my wife to co-review.  The rifle will be set up as a hunting AR, minus the 5-round magazine for testing, though it will likely have to be sent back to LV7 before hunting season starts.

    Here’s the Nightingale’s tech specs:

    • Cerakote KelTec Navy Blue (H-127) with Black Type III Hardcoat Anodizing
    • Lightweight charging handle
    • 7075 upper receiver
    • Ultra-light port door Air model
    • Ultra-light port door rod enlarged end
    • Titanium BCG in DLC black (Titanium carrier w/staked mil-spec key, 9310 bolt w/nickel boron finish, mil-spec firing pin & retaining pin)
    • Hyper-light magnesium 15″ M-lok handguard w/ 7068 aluminum barrel nut
    • 16″ 300 blakout stainless fluted barrel coated KG black (Melonite stainless gas tube & 17-4 stainless gas block in KG black)
    • Melonite steel thread protector in 5/8×24
    • 7075 lower receiver
    • Ultra-light aluminum takedown/pivot pins
    • Ultra-light mag catch/release
    • Hybrid 57 degree right hand selector
    • 7075 Carbine buffer tube
    • Teflon coated carbine action spring
    • Ultra-light quick detach endplate
    • Ultra-light castle nut
    • Enhanced Teflon coated H1 buffer
    • Titanium grip screw and buffer retainer
    • Titanium Geissele trigger/hammer pins in DLC black
    • Geissele G2S trigger
    • Magpul MOE K Grip in black
    • Magpul MOE SL-K stock assembly in black
    • Rifle weighs: 5 lbs. 4 oz
    • Overall length: 31 inches

    The Nightingale differs from the Hummingbird and the Swan in color (robins egg and shimmer aluminum, respectively) and caliber (5.56mm for both).  It also differs from the Valkyrie Quail in color (desert verde), barrel length (18″) and caliber (.224 Valkyrie).  One final difference is the Nightingale’s lack of muzzle device, given that a disproportionately high percentage of .300 Blackout users will be needing a suppressor mount which is nearly always specific to their can.

    Nightingale out of the box
    Nightingale out of the box

    To get this gun ready for range day, I needed to add a couple things.  For an optic I mounted Nikon’s M-Tactical 3-12x42SF Mk1-MRAD scope (hereafter, M-Tac).  Nikon has really impressed me over the last few years, and their line-up just keeps getting better.  The M-Tac has really clear glass and was more than suitable for the task of reviewing this rifle while shooting out to 200 yards.  I also attached an AAC suppressor mount, so my wife could use her 762SDN-6 suppressor.

    762SDN-6 suppressor
    762SDN-6 suppressor

    We had four brands of ammunition on hand, two supersonic loads and two subsonics.  Barnes 110 gr Tac-TX black tips and 120 gr Federal Power Shok rounds were the proverbial hares, while Remington UMC 220 gr OT-FB  and American Eagle Suppressor 220 gr OTM were the tortoises.

    We had four brands of ammunition on hand, two supersonic loads and two subsonics.
    We had four brands of ammunition on hand, two supersonic loads and two subsonics.
    This Federal round left a 1" crater in the backside of a mule deer's heart last year, at 190 yards from a 6.5" (V7) barrel.
    This Federal round left a 1″ crater in the backside of a mule deer’s heart last year, at 190 yards from a 6.5″ (V7) barrel.

    Chronograph data:

    • Barnes 110 gr – Avg: 2367 FPS
    • Federal 120 gr – Avg: 2165 FPS
    • Remington 220 gr – Avg: 1025 FPS
    • American Eagle 220 gr – Avg: 1006 FPS

    While there are some factory loads available in .300 blackout that have a reputation for excellent accuracy, the two supersonic rounds tested have more of a reputation for accuracy in the decent-to-good range.  Their real claim to fame is excellent-in-class terminal performance.  This Federal round left a 1″ crater in the backside of a mule deer’s heart last year, at 190 yards from a 6.5″ (V7) barrel.

    The two subsonic rounds are both budget-minded, quiet plinkers, known for their economy over performance.  With that in mind, let’s look at some of the groups we pulled out.

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    Ladies V Seven Rifle LV7
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    5 round of Barnes 110gr at 50.  Groups hovered around 2 moa.
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    Federal 120gr at 50, .7″. The Federal round was the most consistent, staying between 1.33 and 1.75 moa.
    Federal at 100, 2.3″, including far bottom right, a called flyer.
    remington 220 gr subs
    Remington 220 gr
    American Eagle 220 gr, Significant vertical stringing, consistent with the wider standard deviation in bullet velocity

    After a little grouping, we started working the steel plates and practicing target transitions.  Given that this is a ladies rifle and since I enlisted the assistance of my wife, I’ll take this chance to pass the mic so she can share her impressions.

    Given that this is a ladies rifle and since I enlisted the assistance of my wife
    Given that this is a ladies rifle and since I enlisted the assistance of my wife

    “The Nightingale was impressive. Light, sleek and comfortable. With subsonic ammo, it was incredibly easy to shoot without much of any kick to it. My only complaint is it was a bit too long for me, having been spoiled I think with SBRs. A forward vertical grip would ease the length. I’d be more than happy to take this for my first hunt, feeling amply comfortable with the caliber, along with the weight and precision. I appreciate the simplicity of it as well, petite and powerful.” -Regina Nanorum

    As for what I think about the rifle: it is smooth.  From the teflon coating on the recoil spring and buffer to the lightened titanium BCG, everything about this gun is set up to run smoothly, quietly and with little recoil.  This is a very soft shooting gun when compared to other AR’s with similar set-ups in the same caliber.  The scant weight (barely over 5 lbs) makes this rifle handle very well.  Transitioning from one target to another is very natural, with none of the tendency to swing past the target that comes with heftier rifles.  While I would have liked to see some better groups come out, I don’t doubt the rifle’s ability, rather blaming my own rust and the use of hunting and plinking ammo rather than match target ammo for an accuracy test.  Even so, the Federal 120 gr round would still be dropping rounds into a deer heart past 300 yards, much farther than most would take game with this cartridge.

    As with every product from the V Seven, LV Seven and Dark Hour Defense triumvirate from the Allen family of businesses, quality isn’t at question when considering whether or not to buy.  The machining is precise, clean and clever.  Fit and function are undoubtedly flawless.  As usual, that level of detail has an effect on the end price.  You don’t get to use titanium and magnesium parts, DLC and boron coatings and a Geissele trigger and come in at budget-build cost.  The Nightingale runs $2179, with LV7 line-up spanning from there up to $2559.


    About Rex NanorumJens Hammer

    Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and kids. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a commercial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer, before becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”

    -Rex Nanorum

    @Rexnanorum

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    TFB Review: Front Line Holsters

    The longer you own firearms the greater your holster collection becomes. In my travels, carrying exploits, and writing for TFB I have handled a lot of holsters. Many really good and some that were not up to par. Many of which were specialty makes and models. We can all likely point to a specific favorite brand of ours for Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) carry or Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) or something else. It is rare to come across a brand that can create nearly all scenarios of carry well. My friend and fellow TFB writer, Miles Vining, turned me on to Front Line Holsters because he has had personal experience with them and spoke supremely high of them. I respect Miles and I respect his word so I decided to check them out. In this TFB Review, we will take a look at 4 different products from Front Line Holsters: 2 magazine pouches and 2 holsters.

    The 1st set of holsters we will look at are a classy set of a brown leather holster and magazine pouch. The brown leather is a clean presentation of holster attire that goes well from a business setting to being in the outdoors. The 2nd set of holsters reviewed from Front Line Holsters is made of their specialty material KNG: Kydex-Next Generation. It is very intriguing, to say the least.

    Front Line Holsters – Quad & Single Mag Pouch in Brown Leather | Glock Gen4 19 9mm 

    front line holsters: quad – iwb / owb / rh / lh (QUAD18C)

    If someone told you that you could only buy one holster for all of your purposes, you might reply that that is nearly impossible. While nearly impossible, it is not improbable. Front Line Holsters makes a holster called the “Quad” that can achieve 4 different popular carry positions of IWB or OWB on either your right-hand or left-hand side. Some of the other specifications can be read below as presented by Front Line Holsters:

    • A concealed carry holster, with minimized profile and maximum comfort
    • Can be worn both as an outside the waistband holster and as a concealed IWB holster.
    • The unique design makes it accessible for both right and left handed
    • Made of top quality leather over Kydex
    • Includes two adjustable tension screws
    • Allows smooth and fast drawing
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    Front Line Holsters – Quad & Single Mag Pouch in Brown Leather | Glock Gen4 19 9mm

    The MSRP of the Quad, in either brown or black leather, is $102.20 and it can be purchased for 18 different manufacturers in a multitude of models. With a simple Phillips screwdriver, you can switch between the multiple positions the Quad can achieve. Simply test it for fit and comfort on your hip to see which position you like the best.

    I carried the Quad for multiple days at my day job of managing my family’s gun shop which is pretty light activity being in a retail store. I also used out while hiking and walking my dog which is a bit more vigorous activity to test the holster. One thing I noticed and appreciated is the paddle conforms well to the hip. I know gun enthusiasts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but it was very comfortable for me.

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    Front Line Holsters – Quad in Brown Leather | Glock Gen4 19 9mm

    I also noticed that the lining of the leather holster was very soft to the finish of the slide. I consider all of my carry guns “working guns,” but if somebody carried a nicer firearm it is good to know your holster is not going to ruin the finish of your firearm after a couple uses. The Quad also had firm retention of the pistol while walking and hiking yet it could be drawn pretty easily when necessary.

    The Quad from Front Line Holsters also had my Glock Gen4 19 riding higher in the holster so it is easier to hide under a t-shirt or coat. Conversely, it would be nice if the pistol sat a little deeper in the holster so the trigger guard was covered a tiny bit more.

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    Front Line Holsters – Quad in Brown Leather | Glock Gen4 19 9mm

    Overall, I enjoyed my use of the Front Line Holsters Quad. The only complaint people may have is the price, but I would tell them to bear in mind it is accomplishing the work of 4 different holsters. If you individually bought 4 holsters for roughly $25 a piece that is a very fair price.

    front line holsters: Leather Single Mag Pouch (FL2286G)

    In tandem with the Quad, I used a Front Line Holsters Single Mag Pouch in a matching brown leather. Since I work in a firearm store, I truly believe that mag pouches are one of the most underrated accessories a conceal carry advocate can add to their arsenal. Front Line Holsters goes on to further explain theirs in detail:

    The classic range of Front Line holsters is made from natural lubricated leather processed without synthetic additives. The cut, design, and hand-crafted finish of these leather holsters are the result of years of designing and experience. Every major gun make and model has a holster specially designed for it, and it alone. The leather holsters are available in black or brown and also with suede lining, for both right and left handed shooters.

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    Front Line Holsters – Quad & Single Mag Pouch in Brown Leather

    The nice thing about the Single Magazine Pouch from Front Line Holsters is it was deep enough to accommodate either a Glock 17 (17 Round) magazine or a Glock 19 (15 Round) magazine. It also had two buttons to specifically and appropriately retain either size magazine. Aesthetically, the stitching was very crisp and the color of the brown leather matched perfectly to the color of the Quad holster.

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    Front Line Holsters – Single Mag Pouch in Brown Leather

    While riding on my hip, the single mag pouch did not slide around at all. It was also high enough on my belt line that if I chose to I could easily hide it underneath a t-shirt or coat. Overall, the construction and thoughtfulness of the Front Line Holsters Single Mag Pouch are really high in my eyes. If you are interested in getting one, they run for $55.30 on Front Line Holsters’ website.

    front line holsters: open top kydex-next generation holster (kng18)

    The next set of holsters I tested from Front Line Holsters featured a proprietary material that only Front Line Holsters has. That special material for fabricating holsters is Kydex-Next Generation (KNG). It is essentially a blend of 5 different components to provide a new tier of comfort, flex, and durability. The holster in this material that I used with my Glock Gen4 19 was an Open Top KNG:

    • Open, belt-holster design
    • KNG, 5 layers molded holster
    • Tough and durable Kydex combined with perfect fit and protection to the gun’s finish
    • Enables smooth and fast draw
    • Includes two adjustable tension screws
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    Front Line Holsters’ special Kydex-Next Generation (KNG) material

    Before I even began wearing the Open Top KNG holster I was impressed from handling it. This KNG product had the rigidity of Kydex, a gentle interior lining for your firearm, and an attractive exterior appearance to boot. I flip-flop on a daily basis between open carry and concealed carry because I do not travel to many places (gas station, gun store, etc) and in my small town, most people know me. With that being said, it is important if you ever open carry to have a clean, professional looking holster because no one is going to be at ease if you are open carrying and look like a slob. So I appreciated the tight, professional appearance of the Open Top KNG.

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    Front Line Holsters Open Top KNG holster

    While setting up the holster for use, you can choose between two different belt width inserts and an entirely open option. This allows you to wear a belt that is 1.2″, 1.5″, or 2″ in width with the holster. Once your appropriate belt width is selected, there is an additional clasp on the bottom of the holster to even more securely lock down the holster onto your belt.

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    Front Line Holsters Open Top KNG holster

    Similar to the brown leather set I tested earlier, I took the Open Top KNG with me to work and on a couple outings hiking and walking my dog. I found that the KNG material is an incredibly soft yet firm lining, great for maintaining the shape of the holster, and gentle enough where it is not going to ruin the finish of your firearm. Like I mentioned earlier, my carry guns are working guns, but nobody is searching for a holster with an abrasive interior surface.

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    Front Line Holsters Open Top KNG holster

    While carrying I always felt like I had good security of my weapon and the holster did not feel tippy to me at all. Even while bending over and picking some wild morel mushrooms I found or taking a break and sitting on a log, the holster always did its job of securing the pistol while still making it easily accessible.

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    Front Line Holsters Open Top KNG holster

    The Open Top KNG holster is produced for over 20 different manufacturers and a plethora of models within each company. The MSRP of $75.80 might be a bit steep for some shooters, but the Open Top KNG utilizes an extremely thoughtful and proprietary material that no one else has. For an attractive-looking yet rugged holster, it does not bother me paying that amount for something that works as well as this.


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    Front Line Holsters Open Top KNG holster & Next Generation Single Magazine Pouch

    front line holsters: Next generation single magazine pouch (NG2286g)

    An associated product I used with the Open Top KNG holster was a Next Generation Single Magazine Pouch. While KNG employs 5 unique elements in its make-up, Front Line Holsters’ Next Generation material utilizes 4 components.

    Our N.G. (New Generation) material provides a consistent perfect fit that does not change with exposure to water or harsh environments. The N.G. holsters are lightweight and durable. The inner layer of velvet protects the finish of the pistol. Over this is a layer of foamed polyethylene for extra protection against impacts. The third layer is molded PVC that fits the shape of the weapon perfectly, and the outer layer is Cordura.

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    Front Line Holsters Next Generation Single Magazine Pouch

    Similar to the first magazine pouch I tested, this one had enough depth for multiple magazine sizes and two clasps to respectively retain either size you choose (Glock 17 – 17 round magazine or a Glock 19 – 15 round magazine). Interestingly, the belt loop on the magazine pouch has Velcro on the inside of the loop where it makes contact with your belt. This creates a little more friction against your belt making it less prone to sliding around on your hip. This single magazine pouch also has a big enough opening for a 2 1/4″ belt and could be carried in a vertical or horizontal fashion. At a price of $41.00, it is a nice compliment to anyone’s everyday carry holster.


    final thoughts: front line holsters – magazine pouches & holsters

    While working with Front Line Holsters, they sent me upwards of 20 different products of theirs to test and evaluate. I appreciate their enthusiasm to share their products with TFB’s readers, but it was too much to cover in one article with all of you so I chose to highlight 4 of their most interesting holsters and magazine pouches.

    Overall, the fit, finish, appearance, and quality of all of their products is truly top notch. Their attention-to-detail is stellar and all of their products work better than advertised. Because of all of these high marks, the price point follows along accordingly. For some people, the pricing might be a little too high, but I would implore that crowd to not skimp on their holster when it relates to protecting yourself and potentially your loved ones.

    In closing, I would have no reservations against recommending any of Front Line Holsters products. I met with many of the good folks from their company while attending SHOT Show 2019, and their staff is as much a class act as their products. Thank you to Front Line Holsters for allowing TFB, and myself, to check out some of their products!

    After checking out their KNG material, magazine pouches, Next Generation fabric, and a few of their holsters, what do you think? Are these products something you would be willing to carry? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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    M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer -The Firearm Blog

    Artillery and indirect fire: The M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer is the subject in this Photo Of The Day, with pictures from both Germany, Austria and Norway.

    They provide far-reaching fire support, with help from the reconnaissance battalion.

    Together they prepared the attack of the Panzergrenadier Brigade, as they bombarded the targets before the main battle tanks and grenadiers could advance.

    Photo by Gerald Grestenberger (top and below)

    The Austrian “Panzerhaubitzbatterie” provided reconnaissance and artillery fire with 4 of their “M109 A5Ö”s.

    There are actually two different weapon systems here, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000, Germany) and the M109A5Ö (Austria).

    Below you can see the M-109 self-propelled howitzer, as it conducts indirect fire support during a live fire exercise called Thunder Reindeer 2019 in Troms county, Norway

    Below: Photos by Ole-Sverre Haugli / Forsvaret, Norwegian Defense.

     

     

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    Top 5 Most Popular Calibers for Handguns :: Guns.com

    The proliferation of handguns birthed a bevy of handgun calibers to compliment the hand-sized firearms. From rounds designed for revolvers to cartridges that work for home defense or hunting, the list of handgun calibers is nearly endless; however, a handful of calibers stand out above the rest as the most popular handgun calibers. Guns.com consulted Ammunition To Go to get the low-down on which handgun calibers are crowd favorites.

    5) .380 ACP

    The Ruger LCP is the quintessential .380 ACP pocket pistol.

    The offspring of John Moses Browning, the .380 ACP round has been a popular cartridge for self-defense since its debut in the early 1900s. Introduced by Colt in 1908 in their Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol, the .380 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge, or ACP, delivered less recoil making it a manageable round to shoot. Perfect for pocket pistol carry like with the Ruger LCP or Sig Sauer P238, the .380 ACP remains one of the most popular rounds for those seeking a smaller pistol/round combo as a backup gun or concealed carry option.

    4) .38 Special

    The Smith & Wesson 642 sports .38 Special as its ammo of choice.

    The .38 Special comes courtesy of firearms powerhouse Smith & Wesson. Developed in 1899 as an upgrade to the .38 Long Colt, the .38 SPL became synonymous with policing. Serving as the standard service pistol cartridge for law enforcement’s agencies across the U.S., the .38 SPL served loyally beside police officers from the 1920s into the 1990s. The .38 SPL is best known for offering manageable recoil paired with accuracy in a variety of shooting disciplines to include target shooting, competition, hunting and self-defense. The .38 Special can be found on guns like the Smith & Wesson 642 and Ruger LCR.

    3) .40 S&W

    The H&K VP40 comes ready to accept the .40 S&W.

    The .40 S&W saw the teaming up of two gun makers, Smith & Wesson and Winchester. Developed as a law enforcement cartridge, the .40 S&W rose up in the aftermath of the 1986 FBI Miami shootout after two special agents were killed and five were wounded. The agency was on the hunt for a 10mm load to chamber in a semi-automatic pistol, which it had looked to Smith & Wesson to fill. Smith & Wesson opted to design a smaller 10mm cartridge that would match the 10mm ballistically, and thus, in 1990, the .40 S&W was born. The .40 S&W remains an option for concealed carriers and personal defense handgun owners looking for a power-packing round in Smith & Wesson’s own M&P, H&K VP40 and the Sig Sauer P320.

    2) .45 ACP

    The Beretta PX4 Storm offers a .45 ACP design.

    Nothing causes as much drama as tossing the .45 ACP into any round debate. With die-hard, rabid fans who swear by the round it’s no surprise that one of the most popular handgun calibers is the venerable .45 ACP. Developed in 1904 by a name already on this list, John Moses Browning, the .45 ACP first appeared alongside Colt’s Model 1911. The two platforms are almost synonymous with each other with 1911s and .45 ACP fitting together like peanut butter and jelly. The .45 ACP round has seen two World Wars and served as the sidearm for many military and police agencies due to its power. The large caliber slips seamlessly into self-defense and concealed carry applications and has proven why it’s a favorite of many gun owners. Though most know it for its 1911 pairing, the .45 ACP has made its way into striker fired handguns as well, appearing on platforms like the Glock 21, Sig Sauer 220 and Beretta PX4 Storm.

    1) 9mm

    The Glock 19 is a striker-fired pistol chambered in 9mm.

    It’s no surprise that the 9mm round dominates the top spot as the most popular handgun caliber. Developed in the early 1900s by Austrian designer Georg Luger, the 9mm cartridge is the most widely used round in the handgun realm. Capable of running alongside full-sized handguns, compact pistols and even pistol caliber carbines, the versatility, affordability and prevalence of 9mm has secured it a top spot in gun owners’ hearts. The cartridge, which is especially popular among concealed carry and self-defense enthusiasts, can be found in some of the most popular defense handguns like the Glock 19, Sig Sauer P365, Smith & Wesson Shield and Ruger LC9S.

    Check out Guns.com’s full inventory of pistols and revolvers in a variety of calibers.

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    Four Great Tactical Plinkers for Your .22 LR Consideration (VIDEO)

    The words “tactical” and “plinker” often don’t come together. Yet, there are a growing number of companies that offer full-sized versions of their guns in .22 LR. Why would someone want this you might ask? Well, for starters .22 LR is cheap. Take, for example, the Aguila Super Extra High Velocity we shot, starting at $2.61 a box. Compare that to the same box of 50 rounds 5.56 FMJ from Aguila, with a MSRP of $19.58 and you’ve already got yourself a savings of $16.97 in the first 50 rounds alone.

    Besides being cheap to shoot tactical plinkers also offer the added training bonus of being similar to larger scale models. The only difference in many of the models is the felt recoil when you go to shoot. This allows you to realistically train for pennies on the dollar compared to your larger caliber models, while still maintaining the muscle memory of the training. So without further ado, here are four great tactical plinkers in .22 LR from the Guns.com Vault for your consideration.

    Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22

    The M&P 15-22, just like it’s larger brother, comes with an adjustable stock. The collapsible stock coupled with the light recoil of the rifle makes this ideal for youth shooters. The rifle also features the familiar A2 style grips and sights. These sights can be folded down or easily removed if you want to add an optic to the top Picatinny rail. You can plink for a while with a standard 25-round magazine at affordable prices. Overall, the M&P 15-22 functioned flawlessly eating through all the Aguila ammo we could throw at it. It would be a hit for the youth or adult shooter alike

    The M&P 15-22 is a consistent performer when training on the range. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    If you would like an M&P 15-22 for yourself, find it here in the Guns.com Vault.

    Rock Island Armory AK 47/22

    Rock Island Armory is perhaps most recognizable for their 1911 designs, but a gun that they manufacture which may have slipped under the radar is their AK 47/22. You’ll find many of the same features on the RIA version as you would a typical AK. There is the standard safety selector switch which locks the gun. You’ll also notice the side charging handle which mimics that of an AK as well. Finally, you have an adjustable rear sight for elevation and an adjustable front post sight, again just like your typical AK.

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    The RIA AK 47/22 is an unusual plinker but fun to shoot nonetheless. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    The one thing that will be different from your typical AK is the these magazines go straight in as opposed to rocking in like that of your standard AK-47. If you would like to plink on the range with one these AK 47/22 rifles you can find them here in the Guns.com Vault.

    Mossberg 715P

    The Mossberg 715P is a smaller pistol version of the Mossberg 715T. What makes this little gun unique is that it has a side-charging handle, coupled with a 6-inch barrel and A2 style grips and muzzle break. It’s 25+1-round capacity means you’ll be able to plink all day and have fun doing it. The pistol also feature Picatinny rail on the top, sides, and bottom, which allows you to mount a number of optics or accessories. For those of you who can’t handle the 48 ounce weight, don’t worry, there are also sling swivels.

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    This Mossberg 715P features many similarities to it’s older brother the 715T. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    Looking to plink at the range with a Mossberg 715P, find one here in the Guns.com Vault.

    Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact

    Finally, the last on our list of Tactical Plinkers is the Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact. This little pistol takes after it’s highly carried and touted M&P Shield 9mm. It features the same grip texturing, mag release, and takedown functionality. You’ll also see similar 3-dot white sights on the M&P22 Compact but where it differs is the rear sight can be adjusted for windage and elevation. Another feature you’ll find standard on the M&P22 Compact is the ambidextrous safety. This gun is used mainly for training and ate up all that Aguila we had.

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    The M&P22 Compact offers low recoil and consistent shooting. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    If you like this M&P22 Compact and want to train with one yourself you can find it here in the Guns.com Vault.

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    Whether you’re out for a good time or trying to do some serious training these tactical plinkers got you covered. With the cost of .22 LR being so reasonable it’s no wonder you see more and more companies making tactical plinkers for their customers.

    Check out more tactical plinkers inside the Guns.com Vault and collection of Certified Used Guns.

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    Chris Cox Head of NRAILA, Suspended at NRA

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    Chris Cox Head of NRA-ILA, Suspended at NRA

    U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Large, powerful, political organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) are seldom transparent or without internal struggles.

    The internal struggles at the NRA have been enlarged to engulf Christopher W. Cox, head of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA).  Christopher Cox has been suspended from his position at the head of the NRAILA.

    Full disclosure: I am an NRA life member. I have not sent the NRA money for over a decade. I have watched the organization from the outside; I do not claim to have inside sources about what is going on.

    From outside, it appears Wayne LaPierre was asked to step down as the Executive Vice President (EVP), by Oliver North, the President. It has been claimed that North threatened LaPierre with disclosure of embarrassing information about conflicts of interest and executive compensation.

    An alternate explanation is that North warned Wayne LaPierre of serious problems, and offered a face-saving way out of the situation. This sort of internal solution to embarrassing affairs is fairly common.

    To clarify, in the NRA, the EVP (Wayne LaPierre) is the person with the most power in the organization. The EVP has enormous influence over the NRA Board of Directors. The President is mostly a figurehead position, with little real power in the organization.

    The Board of Directors formally elects the EVP, but in practice, the EVP has enormous power over who is elected to the Board and makes certain the Board is packed with people who back the EVP.  This ensures the EVP stays in power.

    The conflict within the NRA has been portrayed as an attempted coup to remove Wayne LaPierre as the EVP. Who Wayne would be replaced with has never been clear.

    The conflict has also been portrayed as an attempt at cleaning up internal corruption at the NRA.

    There is considerable money involved. Lawsuits and counter lawsuits have been filed by the parties involved, including the advertising firm Ackerman McQueen, which has been intimately involved with the NRA for decades, and which has profited enormously from the association.

    Ackerman McQueen moved to end its 40-year association with the NRA about a month ago.

    The two interpretations of what is going on are not mutually exclusive. Ongoing improprieties and a lack of transparency in the NRA’s internal economics are accusations which have been made for over thirty years.

    Clear evidence of improprieties could be used to shake up the NRA leadership. Some would consider such a shake-up to be a coup. Others would consider it to be necessary for reforms that should have happened a long time ago.

    Watching the NRA from the outside, it appeared to me both Wayne LaPierre, and Chris Cox have been effective leaders, fighting to restore Second Amendment rights. The NRA has been pressured into this position by the advocacy of Second Amendment supporters and other pro-Second Amendment groups such as Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Firearms Coalition.

    Contrary to the Leftist/media narrative of the NRA as the driving force preventing the evisceration of the Second Amendment, the NRA has been relatively moderate, pressured by its members to become more proactive in defending and restoring Second Amendment rights.

    Employing some of the techniques used in Cold War analysis of Kremlin watchers, I deduced Chris Cox, because of his position as a spokesman for the NRA and his prominent position during the Annual Meetings, was/is a prime candidate to take over the EVP position when Wayne LaPierre steps down.

    At some point, Wayne LaPierre will need to step down as the EVP. He has held the position since 1991, for 28 years.  At 69 years old, some think it is time. Others point to President Donald Trump, who is going strong at 72.

    Christopher Cox, head of the NRA Instituted for Legislative Action, denies the allegations that he was involved in a “coup.” From the nytimes.com:

    Mr. Cox, in a statement, said: “The allegations against me are offensive and patently false. For over 24 years I have been a loyal and effective leader in this organization. My efforts have always been focused on serving the members of the National Rifle Association, and I will continue to focus all of my energy on carrying out our core mission of defending the Second Amendment.”

    It is offensive to consider the leadership of the NRA, the most effective defender of Second Amendment Rights in the United States, with reportedly over five million members, would have to be changed with an internal coup.

    Unfortunately, there is truth in the concept. Power at the NRA has been concentrated in the EVP over the last 35 years. It is nearly impossible for voting members of the NRA to elect enough reform-minded directors to the board to create change, because the board is the primary agent to choose its own members, by the board’s nominating committee. The EVP has significant influence over who is on the nominating committee.

    Chris Cox may be innocent of any wrong-doing and simply caught up in a powerplay to keep Wayne LaPierre on as EVP. Cox is the obvious choice as a replacement. Placing him under a cloud removes him as a choice.

    The enemies of the Second Amendment are rejoicing at the internal troubles at the NRA.

    For the conspiracy-minded, the internal troubles at the NRA come as New York Governor Cuomo has attacked the NRA with his power as Governor.

    The NRA and President Trump have been significant allies. The left would love to have the NRA in turmoil, and unable to aid President Trump’s re-election. Both Wayne LaPierre and Christopher Cox, the two most effective executives at the NRA, have been accused of wrongdoing.

    The NRA is legally incorporated in New York State, giving Governor Cuomo and the bureaucracy he heads a lever to use against the organization.


    About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

    Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    SILENCER SATURDAY #78: Kurz; Mini; Short

    Good afternoon friends and welcome back to our little silent safe haven for everything suppressor related. Following up on last week’s unboxing of the YHM Turbo K, we’ll get into some initial observations and a discussion on which host pairs best with a shorter silencer. Call them mini, kurz, or short, these silencers have a distinct roll in your collection and have been gaining market strength in recent years. My take is that because supersonic rifle rounds will be loud regardless of silencer design and size, a compact weapon deserves a compact can. However, another school of thought is that longer hosts can use shorter silencers to avoid becoming comically long. Luckily, with quick disconnect options, your K-sized silencer isn’t anchored to just one gun.

    But first, a bit of distasteful news. The American Suppressor Association sent out an en email blast about a certain governmental representative who introduced a bill to ban on suppressors in the United States. Our motto precludes me from discussing the topic further and I refuse to link to the actual video, but here’s a screen shot for your displeasure:

    In case you are wondering, the statements made were based on falsehoods and inaccuracies. Not that it matters in this day an age.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #78: Mini Rifle Cans – More YHM Turbo K

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    Last week we unboxed the YHM Turbo K silencer, a 5.56mm mini can that weighs a hair over ten ounces in it’s direct thread configuration. As a disclaimer, Yankee Hill Machine sponsors TFB’s Silencer Saturday and has let me borrow the YHM Turbo K suppressor for the review, but none of the sponsorship money comes to me personally.

    I’ve had the opportunity to send a few rounds through the YHM Turbo K in three different barrel lengths: 10.3”, 12” and 18”. Unfortunately, I still don’t have a decibel meter to scientifically gather data, but I can give you my objective opinions.

    Short barrel supersonic rifles deserve short silencers. If you are going to sacrifice velocity for the sake of maneuverability, keep it that way. Especially when you consider powder burn and dwell time. Again, objectively, the barrel length sweet spot for a 5.56mm AR15 is right around 12”. Any shorter and you are increasing the amount of powder that burns after it leaves the muzzle of the gun. Any longer and you start to loose the compactness of a short barrel rifle.

    On the 10.3” barrel, the YHM Turbo K is fairly loud, as I had expected. I did remove my hearing protection for two shots to qualitatively judge the suppression levels. In defense of the YHM Turbo K, almost any can would sound loud with a similar barrel length host.

    The 18” barrel sounded great for the size of the silencer. I tried a few shots in this configuration and found the setup to be comfortable. There was no noticeable difference between a direct thread mount or the YHM Turbo K’s QD mounting system.

    The 12” barrel proved to b a nice combination of length and suppression.

    The Surefire RC2, left, the YHM Turbo K, middle, and the Energetic Armament Vox with the Q Plan B, right, for size comparison.

    The YHM Turbo K outfitted with the Q Plan B mount next to the Surefire Rc2.

    The YHM Turbo K outfitted with the Q Plan B mount attached to a Q Cherry Bomb.

    Always read your owners manual. *Cough* I do.

    We’ll close out the YHM Turbo K next week with some final thoughts. So far, at the sub-$400 price point, it exceeds my expectations for a modular mount Silencer with  minimal footprint.

    Also next week we will get some initial impressions on the new Dead Air Wolfman in 9mm.

    Have fun, be safe and we’ll see you next week for TFB’s Silencer Saturday.


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    Norwewgian Special Operation Commando Supacat HMT -The Firearm Blog

    Today’s Picture is from a demo with the Norwegian Special Operation Commando.

    We’re looking at Norwegian operators on a Supacat HMT Extenda vehicle as they secure the area while a Bell 412 SP helicopter flies over the area.

    As TFB reported in February 2019, the Norwegian Armed Forces ordered 1300 new M2A2N in .50 BMG which were to replace older HMGs. US Ordnance gets a massive order for M2A2N .50 BMG Machine Guns.

    Below: It looks like the driver’s HK416 is suppressed, but it’s difficult to see even in the high-resolution version of the picture. The machine gun looks like an FN MAG.

    Below: Operators from Norwegian Special Operation Commando run out from a Bell 412 SP helicopter during a demo at Rena, Norway.

    In 2018 the Special Forces Vehicle designer and manufacturer Supacat (which is a part of the SC Group) announced that the first HMT Extenda 6×6 vehicles had been delivered to the Norwegians.

    Below: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited Norwegian Special Operation Commando at their camp in Rena, here she talks with some of the operators in NORSOC.

    Mr. Torbjørn Kjosvold from the Norwegian Defense took these pictures.

    Supacat Delivers Norway’s First HMT Vehicle

    Following Supacat’s first delivery of the HMT Extenda vehicle to the Norweigan Armed Forces, Shephard spoke with Supacat’s CEO about the company’s ongoing programmes.

     

     

     

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    How to Achieve Rimfire Heaven on the Range (VIDEO)

    The word plinking implies rimfire shooting. While rimfire means affordable ammunition, accessible guns, and one of the most purely enjoyable times on the range. With just a little preparation, it’s easy to elevate just another day on the range to one nobody will soon forget. In this article, we’re going to look at how to create your own plinker’s paradise.

    Safety First

    Every range day should begin with safety precautions. Rimfire shooting, though quieter and more innocuous seeming, is no exception.

    • Hearing Protection: Too many shooters have sacrificed their hearing in the name of shooting machismo, but there’s nothing cool about going sans protection and facing hearing loss. Ear coverage can be as simple as a pair of el cheapo foam plugs all the way up to the most expensive noise-canceling electronic devices. Two of my favorites, for different types of shooting, are Decibullz custom molded in-ear plugs and Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs.  Decibullz are more than adequate for rimfire shooting, but if it’s range day with centerfire magnum rounds, I’ll use both, with ear plugs in place beneath the muffs.
    • Eye Protection: Hearing protection seems like a no-brainer in the shooting world, but eye pro should be as well.  Clear safety glasses with impact resistant lenses are affordable and will offer defense against any number of range dangers. Many hardcore shooters have individual favorites, with plenty of solid options for both prescription lenses and sunglasses with ANSI impact resistance. One of my personal go-to choices comes from Gatorz glasses, made in the USA with a myriad options and styles for shooters, made to hug more tightly to the face with a wraparound dynamic.

    Rifles and Handguns, Oh My

    The best part of any range day is pulling those beloved guns from their cases, and here are the trio upon which I rested my day of pleasure on the range.

    • Savage A17: Semiautomatic rimfire rifles are always a treat, but few as much so as Savage’s A17. This is one of the only successful such actions to cleanly cycle the hotter .17 HMR round with its delayed blowback action. The .17 not only extends the rimfire’s range, but adds knockdown power as well and does so without sacrificing a bit of accuracy.   Our Laminate Thumbhole Target version is a fantastic gun, but there are a number of not only other A17 models, but A22’s as well for those who prefer either the LR or WMR.
    • Ruger Wrangler: The new-for-2019 Wrangler borrows solid features from Ruger’s beloved Single Six and makes a few changes that allow the new six-shooter to hit the market with an MSRP of only $249.  Available in a trio of Cerakote colors, these single action revolvers are an ideal, American-made entry point into the rimfire handgun realm and make a welcome addition to any rimfire plinking day. A transfer bar safety adds an extra measure of security, while the American-made nature of the Wrangler is instantly appealing.

    Our trio of firearms for Guns.com’s Plinker’s Paradise day, from left: Henry Repeating Arms Frontier .22LR lever action, Ruger Wrangler .22LR single action revolver, and Savage Arms A17 semi-auto in .17HMR. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

    • Henry Frontier: The Made-in-America-or-Not-Made-at-All Henry Repeating Arms rifles are pleasers in most any form, but we especially adore the Frontier model.  This particular version is the suppressor-ready, threaded, octagon-barreled, abbreviated tube version. One thing they all share in common is Henry’s smooth lever action and easy accuracy with the semi-buckhorn rear sight.  Any Henry rimfire will contribute to plinking paradise.

    If you’d like to have a go with any of the guns I enjoyed here, each of these firearms is available in multiple variations via the Guns.com Vault, along with hundreds of other rimfire platforms sure to find a welcome home on your own rimfire range.

    A Variety of Targets

    Plain old paper targets are fine, but using a variety of targets will spice up that hard-earned day at the shooting range.  Don’t be afraid to mix things up.  The best paper targets allow an easy visual color-change of the hit, so there’s no need to run up and down the range.  Others mimic animal vitals or even games like Battleship or HORSE for some friendly competition. Keep an eye on GDC as we delve more deeply into creating your own home range in the near future.

    Visual targets are fine, but shooting steel adds the audible component, that satisfaction of lead ringing metal. Champion offers a full line of AR500 Steel targets, from the self-standing system we used assembled with the shooter’s own 2×4 board. Likewise, a dueling tree always seems to draw friendly competition on the range, which in turns builds skill.  If you’re looking for another addition to the range repertoire, consider self-healing targets. We enjoy Birchwood Casey’s Ground Strike Prairie Chuck, with its spring loaded base and re-sealing body, that baby is good for hundreds of rounds.  It appeals at once to kids and kids-at-heart.

    Ammo, and Lots of It

    Rimfire rounds are more accessible now than in the recent past, with store shelves stacked with options. Whether you’ve opted for the old standby Long Rifle, .22 Magnum, the more obscure 5mm Rem Mag, or the zippy .17 HMR, the most important factor is always bringing enough ammo. Nobody wants to be the faux pas guy who runs out of gun food in the middle of a sweet range session.

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    A dueling tree and other reactive targets help spice up range time. Partnered with quality rimfire firearms, and the proper eye and ear protection, you’ll soon find yourself in plinker’s paradise. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

    When I’m preparing for hunting, it’s hard to beat Federal Premium Hunter Match.  Shooting for groups often favors Aguila’s full lineup of .22 LR rounds, which cover everything from ultra-quiet Calibri’s to the hotter, heavier Match-grade, in addition to the new run of 5mm Magnum. In the .17 HMR milieu, my Savage eats anything but especially seems to love CCI, Federal, and Norma.

    For a nice “go big or go home” attitude, consider buying bulk rimfire ammunition with something like Federal’s BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Bucket/Bottle) of .22 LR, WMR, or .17 HMR in sharing-sized canisters. Your range buddies are sure to shoot with you again.

    See You on the Range

    Regardless of your choice of rimfire caliber, rifle or handgun, bolt action, semi auto, revolver or pistol, the bottom line remains the same.  Firing rimfires and plinking can be at once relaxing and challenging, enjoyable and engaging for solo shooters or the whole family. Perhaps the greatest thing about rimfire plinking is the door it opens to not only the pure pleasure of shooting, but also its larger implications for training, trigger control, accuracy practice, and honing hunting skills.

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