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Firearms News Volume 74, Issue 1

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
30 Issues

in this issue

4 min
product showcase

THE KDG HK 762 AMBI (AMBIDEXTROUS) MAGAZINE RELEASE New for fall 2019, KDG launches the first of a series of aftermarket accessories for Heckler and Koch firearms: The KDG HK 762 Ambi (Ambidextrous) Magazine Release. This is the first ambidextrous magazine release for the HK 417 variant rifles. The mag release is a lever instead of a button; where the release has been moved backward toward the shooters hand allowing the shooter to use naturally with their index finger without having to adjust their grip. The Ambi Magazine Release is precision machined from 2 pieces of 4140 steel. Both pieces are Salt Bath Nitrocarburized case hardened, providing a protective corrosion resistant black finish. The Ambi mag release is compatible with all HK 417, MR762, G28, and any other 417 variant rifles…

19 min
the galeo rifle from american tactical: a sought-after classic is re-born!

The Avtomat Kalashnikova is the most prolific assault rifle in the world. It has seen combat on nearly every continent of the planet, and the number of them built stretches into the hundreds of millions. And like anything popular, the AK has seen its fair share of knockoffs, and inspired designs. One of the more unique AK-inspired weapon systems is the Israeli Galil. Like many Israeli weapons, the Galil has its own mystique and allure to it with a history not commonly known. So how did the IDF end up with the Galil, why is it so heavily influenced by the AK, and is it truly a better AK than the original? To better understand the rifle, shooters at least need to know the basics of the politics surrounding Israel at…

20 min
the state of machine gun sales

Ownership of fully-automatic firearms, also called machine guns, in the United States is a far cry from what it was prior to the days of Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and the like nearly 100 years ago. For those who haven’t been around that long, and aren’t aware of how things used to be, prior to 1934 one could buy a Thompson Submachine Gun from the ubiquitous Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog with no background check, transfer tax or registration. Having failed to secure significant military orders, the Auto Ordnance Company marketed this little marvel as a tool for criminal control on the ranch. Though the Thompson was marvelous for legal recreational use, self-defense, and as a Second Amendment firearm against tyranny, it would soon gain popularity with less scrupulous individuals who…

22 min
striker-fired pistols versus double-action-/ single-action-fired pistols

The 1980s were the introductory era of the high-capacity “wondernine”, but back then the Glock was about the only striker-fired polymer-framed pistol on that list — most of them were DA/SA operated pistols, with metal frames (think CZ 75, SIG P226, Beretta 92, S&W Gen 2 and 3 autos, etc.). Over the past few years, I estimate that eighty percent of the new firearms I’ve tested have been chambered in either .223 or 9mm. Of those chambered in nine-millimeter, roughly eighty percent of them have been striker-fired pistols, with only a small number having the DA/SA trigger system. Heck, the U.S. Army just adopted the striker-fired polymer-framed M17 (a slightly tweaked SIG P320) to replace the aluminum framed DA/SA Beretta M9 (a slightly tweaked Beretta 92). So that begs the question —…

9 min
greek small arms of world war ii — part i μολoν λαβε ¹

The modern nation of Greece came into being in 1814, when a nationalist organization called the Filiki Eteria (“Company of Friends”) was formed. With the support of Greek exile communities in Britain and the United States, sympathizers in Western Europe, as well as covert assistance from Russia, on March 1821, they instituted a national uprising against Ottoman Turkish rule. For eight years, Greeks fought Turks — and as was usual in the Balkans, Bulgars, Albanians, Montenegrins and fellow Greeks — until Britain, France and Russia intervened in 1829 and the Sultan’s government agreed to the country’s independence. By the Convention of May 11, 1832, the Kingdom of Greece was recognized as a sovereign state. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Kingdom of Greece fought a series of wars with…

1 min

1. Molon labé — “Come and take them.” 2. Reportedly the FN Y:1930 contract included some carbines with 18 inch barrels. 3. Schritt is the German term for “pace” and equals 0.75 meters. 4. greek-war-equipment.blogspot.com/2009/06/gras-rifle.html 5. The French also provided numbers of Berthier carbines — the Mousqueton d’ Artillerie Modèle M.1892. 6. When the Germans occupied the Acropolis they ordered the Evzone guard, Konstantinos Koukidis, to haul down the Greek flag and replace it with the swastika flag. The young soldier did so, but refused to surrender the Greek flag over to the Germans, and instead wrapped himself in it and jumped off the Acropolis to his death.…