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Firearms News Volume 74, Issue 21

If you're serious about buying, selling, or trading firearms then Firearms News is for you. Whether you collect, hunt, target shoot, have personal defense needs or other firearms interest you'll find the largest variety and best prices on all the firearms, accessories and services that you could want or need!

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
30 Issues

in this issue

19 min
the brownells brn-601

For those of you who were too young, too old, or weren’t around, I will give you a taste of what it was like to grow up as a young boy in the 1970s. The United States was just launched into futurism from the 1960s space race, and everything NASA was in our face on television and at the movies. The sci-fi TV show The Invaders would not only keep our minds on futuristic technology, but would also feature U.S. military personnel having shoot outs with aliens, and some episodes featured them firing green-stocked 601 rifles. Other television shows like Space 1999, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Ark II, Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, as well as re-runs of Star Trek and Lost In Space, were available every…

1 min
unique parts needed for a model 601 rifle build

601 Upper Receiver — $158.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ receiver-parts/receivers/upper-receivers/ar-15-slicksideupper-receiver-prod105045.aspx?psize=96 601 Lower Receiver — $149.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ receiver-parts/receivers/lower-receivers/ar-15-601-lowerreceivers-prod105043.aspx 601 Front Pin — $15.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ receiver-parts/receiver-hardware/receiver-pins/m16-model-601-lower-receiver-pivot-pin-prod111944.aspx 20-Inch Retro “Pencil” Barrel — $241.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ barrel-parts/rifle-barrels/ar-15-20-a1-rifle-barrel-1-12-assembly-prod97904.aspx 601 Charging Handle — $52.49 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/bolt-parts/ charging-handle-parts/charging-handles/ar-15-triangle-retro-601-style-charging-handle-grayprod109895.aspx Duckbill Flash Hider — $29.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ muzzle-devices/flash-hiders/ar-15-early-3-prong-flashhider-22-cal-prod113615.aspx Retro Furniture Set (green) — $84.99 https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ stock-parts/furniture-sets/ar-15-retro-furniture-setsprod109340.aspx Waffle Magazine — $54.99 https://www.brownells.com/magazines/ rifle-magazines/magazines/ar-15-20rd-waffle-magazine-steel-prod105249.aspx NOTE: Any standard mil-spec rifle-length buffer, spring, gas tube and lower parts kit will work for this model.…

22 min
adoption of the black rifle: project agile

Fielded during difficult times, Colt’s M16A1 rifle became forever entwined with the war in Vietnam. Adopted as a replacement for Army Ordnance’s darling 7.62mm M14, it was a rifle well-ahead of its time. Built with Jet Age materials and blessed with an eye-catching Buck Roger’s appearance, it didn’t look at all traditional. It didn’t perform in a traditional manner either. Very light and quick handling with little felt recoil, it proved accurate and easy to control on full-automatic. Plus, its high velocity small-caliber 5.56mm cartridge proved very effective while its reduced weight facilitated carrying significantly more ammunition compared to the 7.62x51mm. The M16A1 would soldier on through the war in Vietnam and the Cold War before finally being officially replaced in the 1980s. The question here though is, “How did the…

13 min
the winchester model 12 trench gun

The Winchester Model 97 Trench Gun is the most recognized and iconic U.S. military shotgun. It looks deadly and is deadly. But in the view of many who used shotguns in the U.S. wars of the 20th Century, the Winchester Model 12 Trench and Riot Shotguns were the most effective. The Model 12 was introduced to the commercial market in 1912, though initially it was only offered in 20-gauge. 12-gauge Model 12s became available in 1914. At first glance, it was obvious that the Model 12 was more streamlined. It didn’t have an exposed hammer and it had a longer receiver, so the bolt was not exposed during operation. From the military point of view this made it less susceptible to dirt, sand, etc. and also meant there was less chance…

13 min
this chicom type 56 sks rifle and hamburger hill

On May 10, 1969, ten Allied Infantry battalions launched Operation Apache Snow into the A Shau Valley in Vietnam’s Thura Thien-Hue Province west of the city of Hue. Friendly combat elements included portions of the ARVN 1st Division, the 9th Marine Regiment, and the 187th, 501st, and 506th Infantry Regiments of the 101st Airborne Division. The storied 101st Airborne Division has deep historical roots reaching all the way back to the Second World War. The 506th Infantry Regiment, as an example, was the unit depicted in the powerful miniseries Band of Brothers. In Vietnam, the VC and NVA referred to 101st sky troopers as the “Chicken Men” based upon their distinctive Screaming Eagle shoulder patch. Enemy commanders were said to have avoided combat with the “Chicken Men” whenever possible due to…

1 min

The man who sold me this rifle is the Director of the Larry Smedley Vietnam War Museum in Orlando, Florida. While giving a tour at the museum, a visiting couple gave him a Zippo lighter they bought from a street vendor during a vacation to Vietnam in 2011–2012. Where previously we viewed Vietnam as a war zone, nowadays it is a tourist destination and source of reasonably priced sneakers. History is weird like that. The case is engraved with the name Bill Ye. Below that is the nickname “Sparky.” On the off miracle that anybody recognizes this lighter please contact me via this magazine and I’ll put you in contact with my buddy. We’d like nothing better than to get this Vietnam-era artifact back to its proper home.…