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  1. Your Own Personal Firearms Trinity

    Odds are if you are reading this drivel, you probably own a few guns. Estimates say that something about 300-million firearms are in the possession of more than 80-million owners. This translates into 3-4 guns per each gun owner. Of course, this figure is skewed as there are many who own only a single trusted firearm while others possess several different gun safes filled to overflowing. With that in mind, let's take a look at what a good trio of firearms that every gun owner should have at...
  2. The New Caracal CC10 Carbine

    One of the more interesting entries by exhibitors at the 2013 Shotshow was by the Caracal group. They arrived with an interesting polymer framed carbine that is sure to turn heads and finds a ready market. Who is Caracal? The unlikely United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm of Caracal (the name of the desert lynx found across the Middle East) has been a newcomer to the gun markets. Their best-known product, the Caracal F pistol has already built a good reputation since its introduction in 2006. It...
  3. The British Martini Henry Rifle

    One of the most iconic rifles of the late 19th century was the Martini-Henry. While it didn't have anything to do with the drink, this very British design (with American undertones) was revolutionary for its time and is still an affordable collectable today. The Design of the Martini To understand where the Martini rifle started at, one needs to look at the 1862-era rolling block rifle of Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts. Good old Henry O tried to get his rifle worked out for...
  4. Second Amendment Push Back

    With the current assault on the ineligible right to keep and bear arms under the guise of protecting the children, there have been a few sane voices in the crowd who have spoken up and a few developments. Firearms Talk brings the latest news from the past week to you on this hot button issue. The Sheriffs unite Across the country it seems that your local sheriffs, those elected officials viewed as the chief law enforcement officers of the county, are publicly stating that they will refuse...
  5. Holster Retention levels 101

    When shopping for a holster, you will often find yourself confronted with the terms Level I, Level II etc. in relation to the retention properties of your selection. Here is a quick explanation of these levels to help you make your selection. Level I It's at this level where there is the most confusion with holsters. Most instructors and holster manufactures consider the good old-fashioned plain Jane holster that has no snaps, straps, flaps, buttons, breaks, or other devices to hold the...
  6. The Improvised Smith Gun of WWII

    In the first part of World War 2, things did not go too well for Great Britain. The island country found itself, for a long period, alone and isolated, with the armies of Hitler just a channel away from their shores. To further complicate the matter, the Germans had tanks and the Brits had few tank-killing guns. This case of military heartburn led to the invention of the Smith Gun. Why the need? Britain entered World War 2 in 1939 with a list of allies that included Poland and France....
  7. White House Makes its Gun Control Push

    For four years, many have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on the current administration's stand on gun control and on January 16, 2013, they heard it fall. Firearms Talk looks at what is being asked for, what has been declared by executive order, and what is to come. 23 Executive Orders Issued The President, as head of the Executive Branch of the federal government, signed 23 executive actions into effect. Many of these are directed at the medical and insurance community, calling...
  8. New Yorks Strict New 2013 Gun Ban

    The song says, 'if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere' and gun control advocates seem to have been able to make it happen in New York. On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the strongest new gun laws in the country. Even tougher than those on the books in California. Here at Firearms Talk we are bringing you just what this means. Social issues addressed Thought to long the real root of the recent spate of mass shootings, mental health professionals will be...
  9. CMP Has 30 Cal Carbine Ammo in Stock

    In the latest circular from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), I saw the following: "Lake City .30 cal Carbine ammo now available. We have a limited quantity of .30 cal LC carbine ammo for sale. Item number is 4S30CARB-1350. Date of manufacture is 1970-1972. Ammo is packaged in 50 rd boxes, 1,350 rds per .50 cal can. Price is $520 per can. S&H is $29 per can." This translates to about .39-cents per round. Granted its 40-year old ammunition, but hey, it's Lake City military grade...
  10. Pattons Colt 45 Single Action Army

    General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 21 December 1945), is a legend in US military history. In his 60-years of life, he spent the majority of it wearing one uniform or another and died on active service. Forever the warrior, he is fittingly buried in a military cemetery in Europe, not far from where he died. As a soldier, he carried many guns, but one of these is almost as famous as he was. His Colt .45. The Single Action Army Colt's Model of 1873, better known as the Single...
  11. Muff Pistols

    In the colonial era, there was known to be the occasional ruffian and bad apple that walked around in public. Middle class tradesmen and merchants, as well as upper class landowners and gentry often found themselves traveling in strange areas. This was in the days before large municipal, county, and state police forces and if you wanted personal protection, you really had to take it into your own hands. It was the days of the muff pistol. What is a muff pistol? A popular clothing item from...
  12. Gun Control Panic

    Following the Presidential election of 2012, and a series of 19 mass shootings in five years, there has been a swelling of support for gun control measures. While no bills have been turned into federal law as of yet, there are no shortage of extreme left ideas that are being bunted about. This has, in turn, led to panic buying, hoarding, and many formerly quiet people speaking up. Without being too biased for or against either side, we thought we should look at this. What the left is...
  13. Feinstein Wants Your Guns and Magazines

    Senator Dianne Feinstein apparently has a lot of room in her closet, as she wants most of the things in the back of yours, to keep the country safe. She admits that she has been working on this bill for quite some time and in the time-honored political tradition of 'let no crisis go to waste' to enact their own personal legislation, plans to spend media capital from the recent mass shootings to put it in front of Congress in just a few days. The following is a summary of her 2013 Assault...
  14. Amadeo model 62

    Recommended? - Yes Manufacturer - Rossi I love this beautiful gun! Its accurate and just fun to shoot! I highly recommend it. The octagon barrel kind is worth $550 and the round barrel is worth $300. I own the octagon barrel one and love it.
  15. The 1895 Russian Nagant Revolver

    In 1895, the new Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, approved an innovative revolver for his enormous army. At the time Imperial Russia was the only country in the world who mustered a military of more than a million men in peacetime. Once war was declared, the Tsar could count on another 14 million reservists to answer his call. They needed arms, and the Nagant M1895 revolver was their standard sidearm. The Design An enterprising pair of Belgian firearms inventors, Emil and Leon Nagant, has...
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