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Firearms News Volume 75, Issue 1

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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.
red hot red dots

Widespread riots and civil unrest have caused pretty much every handgun of every type to fly off the shelves of gun stores in 2020. However, the type of handgun which is seeing increased interest by discerning gun owners who aren’t participating in the panic buying are pistols suitable for concealed carry which can mount red dots. Love them or hate them, red dot-ready or -equipped carry pistols are the current hot thing, and to address that demand Smith & Wesson has introduced a new optics-ready version of their M&P Compact. This pistol isn’t just their standard Compact M&P with their C.O.R.E. (Competition Optics Ready Equipment) slide, this model offers unique features not previously seen on any M&Ps, and that is a good thing. Currently, there are two versions of this pistol…

1 min.
want a s&w m&p9 m2.0 compact optics ready pistol?

Davidson’s offers the GuaranteeD® Lifetime Replacement Warranty which backs all the firearms you buy through GalleryofGuns.com. It works like this: if anything ever goes wrong with any gun you buy with the Davidson’s GuaranteeD® Lifetime Replacement Warranty, it will be replaced. If no replacement is available, it will be repaired at no charge to you. Simply return it to the retailer where you purchased it, pay for the return shipping and upon receipt Davidson’s will ship the returning retailer a brand-new gun for you provided one is available. If a replacement is not available your firearm will be repaired for free. For complete warranty information please refer to the Guaranteed Warranty link found at the home page of GalleryofGuns.com…

17 min.
aero precision’s m4e1 7.5-inch atlas s-one pistol upper

The first semi-auto rifle-caliber handgun I ever remember seeing was a Bushmaster Arm Pistol sometime in the late 1970s. This was the commer- cial version of the IMP survival gun designed for the USAF to store under a jet pilot’s ejection seat. There were two main versions of this firearm, one with a top charging handle and safety located in the trigger guard (known as the Gwinn model), and another with a side charging handle and AR-15-type safety in the rear of the receiver; both models utilized AR-15 and M16 fire-control parts and both were of a bullpup design. Designed to lay across the forearm, it was more of a point-and-shoot firearm than an aim-and-shoot one. Is this unusual? Not really, as point shooting was still a thing at the…

1 min.
kinetic energy tools shell deflector

Kinetic Energy Tools’ Shell Deflector is a really nice brass deflector for those of us who either reload or save brass to trade in for new ammo. It comes with three different attachment parts which allow you to clip it on to scopes or a P-rail. The only issue I found is that you need to adjust it so that the brass doesn’t end up getting deflected on to your shooting hand, that can burn a bit or smack a knuckle. Once you have it set (Velcro allows for a wide range of adjustments), you are good to go. For more information go to: KineticEnergyTools.com.…

14 min.
the diablo double-barreled 12-gauge pistol

We all know the adage “If all you have is a hammer then you treat everything like a nail.” We all know one or more person who approaches life that way in all aspects. Working as a professional gunsmith, I was at the intersection of the “everything is a nail” world, and the professional machinists who view everything as an opportunity to make a new tool, fixture or gauge. Because, quite frankly, there are a lot of tools that solve problems, problems that cannot be easily addressed by picking up a random hammer and treating the world as if it were full of nails. When the world presents you with a problem, it is comforting to have a useful tool. Enter the Diablo. The Diablo is a 12-gauge, muzzle-loading black powder, side-by-side…

1 min.
buckshot rules

But buckshot isn’t ruled. As in, there appears to be only the most casual standard when it comes to buckshot diameters. I learned this a few decades ago when I was loading buckshot for use on bowling pins. I had to make sure I bought only the correct brand (I don’t recall what it was, after all this time) for use in the wad and hull I had opted for. To check the current standard, I cut open three brands of 00 buckshot loaded shotgun shells and measured the pellets. Well, well, well. The range varied from .312" to .328". With one more-or-less in the middle at .320". Depending on what particular wad you might want to plunk these into, you could find they go three-by-three, two-by-two or rattle around…