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  1. The Nearly Forgotten 38SW

    Today when you say speak of a 'thirty-eight,' most people think first of the near universal .38 Special round, used since 1898. Well lets set that aside and speak of the 'special's granddaddy-- the .38 S&W. This 140-year old mild-recoiling round was a favorite of yesteryear and is still a viable shooter today. The History of the round Back in the 1870s Smith and Wesson was introducing a new revolver, what later became known as their First Model series and they needed a new, reliable round...
  2. So Lets Talk Cover and Concealment

    In a gunfight, you never want to stand out in the open, like high noon in an Old Western movie, and shoot it out in a fair fight. There is no such thing. You had better believe that if a bad person is shooting at you, they are going to strive to make it as unfair to you as possible and you should return the favor. One of the best guides in your tactical toolbox is the proper use of cover and concealment. What is Good Cover? Cover is something bullet resistant that you can tuck most of the...
  3. Group Giving Away Free Shotguns

    Today with all of the panic and fret of gun control, buybacks, and bans, in a strange twist of fate a non-profit group is striving to (wait for it) put free shotguns and the training to use them in the hands of needy citizens. This organization calls itself the Armed Citizens Project. Who is this group? The Armed Citizens Project seems to be the brainchild of one Kyle Coplen, a University of Houston MPA grad student. Founded earlier this year the group is in the process of registering as a...
  4. MSAR STG-556 Optics Rail

    I recently acquired an MSAR STG-556. It is chambered in 5.56 NATO 1/8 twist with a 16" barrel. The one I got was a flat top with a 1913 Picatinny rail. It came with a BSA RD30 red dot sight that had a flush mounting system. This was the only means of aiming the rifle, and for obvious reasons needed to be changed. When using the RD30, a proper cheek weld was easily accomplished and the dot could clearly be seen at the highest setting of 11. I immediately removed the RD30 and made my way to...
  5. 3D Printed Gun Maker Possibly Seized

    Defense Distributed, otherwise known as DEFCAD, has become famous (infamous?) for their pioneering research and development of printable 3D firearms technology. The Austin, Texas-based company, less than a year old, has been the subject of much debate. On the morning of April 1, 2013, the company's domain page cleared to a full page, 'this domain has been seized' warning with the official seal of the BATF and the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations. Here at Firearms Talk we...
  6. The New Beretta BU9 Nano

    Whenever I decide it's time to purchase a new firearm, the first step in the process of deciding what to buy is usually its planned use - at least that's what I tell myself. From there the process is helped greatly by the Internet. Whether it's video reviews, websites or forums, there are so many opinions out there...and you know what they say about opinions. But it's easy to sift through the "BS" and get to the honest, thorough, and useful information to help along the way. Heck that's...
  7. Recall on Winchester 556mm M855 62grain Ammo

    And in the vien of "Just when you thought it was getting better"...Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling one (1) lot of its 5.56mm M855 62 Grain PENE centerfire rifle ammunition. Symbol Number: ZGQ3308 Lot Number: WCC10M106-004 From the Company's release: "Through extensive evaluation Winchester has determined the above lot of 5.56mm M855 ammunition may contain incorrect propellant. Incorrect propellant in this ammunition may cause firearm damage, rendering the...
  8. Gun Confiscation Does Happen in the US Today

    "It's something that will never happen here," they say. Those rational human beings, standard citizens who pay their bills, love their kids, and go to work every day when asked about gun confiscation. After all, it was the British marching on Lexington and Concord in 1775 to capture legally owned stocks of firearms on the King's orders that rather ruined that whole colony thing. We just don't bode well with the concept. But wait, what you don't know is that it is happening already. It's...
  9. The Men behind Modern Military Auto Pistols

    Here at Firearms Talk we are continually on the quest to expand our knowledge of all things gun. One of the most important categories of gun in the past 150-years had been in the realm of military auto-loading pistols. You know the guns we speak of: the Colt 1911, the Browning Hi-Power, the German P08 Luger, the SIG P-series, et al. These guns have done the heavy lifting as military and police sidearms, as well as civilian target, hunting and defense pieces for the entire period that you...
  10. Gun Control States See Backlash

    In the past several months, left leaning politicians in a number of states have quietly seized on the latest crisis to try to slip through draconian new measures that trample the 2nd Amendment for their own gain. This effort has won them a few victories but already the dark clouds are building on the horizon that they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Flight of the Manufacturers Some of the largest and best-known firearms, ammunition, and accessory makes in the country...
  11. Heavy Metal with the M777 155mm Howitzer

    If you are a US Solider or Marine hunkered down in some remote forward base and the perimeter is crawling with what are politely called, 'unfriendly', the sweetest call that can be made is for a fire mission. Since 2005, this type of call has increasingly gone to a new, effective, and hard-hitting howitzer-- the Triple 7. Why the need During World War 1 (1914-1918), large caliber heavy artillery became the all-encompassing Mother Medusa of the modern battlefield. The United States entered...
  12. 308 Bullpup The New Kel Tec RFB

    Want a 7.62x51mm NATO caliber semi-auto rifle but don't want the hefty 44-inch long boat oar that is the FAL series? Well Kel-Tec has listened and given the people what they want- a .308-bullpup rifle that is just 26-inches long. We are not making this up. Why The .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round was developed to replace the venerable 30.06 caliber in the US military after WWII. The hearty cartridge has almost all of the same power as the 'aught-six, while coming in a half-inch shorter...
  13. How Much Ammo DO you need

    With the suddenly mad scramble to find ammunition in the past few months, one must take a step back and ask yourself the hard question. Shed light on the shadows, pull out the man behind the curtain, and talk to that elephant in the room. Just how much is enough? Well, Mr Owl, let's find out. The One Year Rule of thumb If you own a firearm that is anything but a wallhanger, you really should have at least a one-year supply of fodder for it. Now one person's idea of a year may vary widely...
  14. When to Teach Home Defense

    In a recent survey, having a firearm for protection was listed as the number one reason by US gun owners. Current state and federal laws regulate that owners must be no less than 18 years old (21 in most states for handguns). With that being said, when is it a good idea for younger shooters to become familiar with their parent/guardians firearm for those 'just in case' life events.... Criminals don't cut kids a break June 2012, Phoenix Arizona, a 14-year old boy is home with his three...
  15. The ZIP22 an Answer in Search of a Question

    With all of the ergonomics of a nice staple gun but without the quality, there is a new player on the compact/oddball 22LR market. The ZiP22 Why According to US Firearms website on the ZiP, it was designed because, "we believe consumers just want to pull the trigger as affordably as they can . . . all day long." With that, the gun is a very forward-looking design that is almost overly safe to fire. Something like this shows potential for training safe firearms use for new shooters, or an...
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