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Firearms News Volume 75, Issue 2

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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.
springfield armory’s m1a16 socom cqb

Officially, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of “Cult” is 1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object, 2. A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister, or 3. A misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. It is definition number three that concerns us today, because we’re going to be talking about the M14, or rather the commercial version of the M14 that is the M1A. And the people who love the M14/M1A really truly love it with a cult-like devotion. Badmouth it in front of them at your peril. It only saw service with our military as a standard issue rifle for a short time (1959–1968), and…

1 min.
gallery of guns.com

WANT A SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M1A SOCOM 16 CQB? Check out Davidson’s Gallery of Guns at GalleryOfGuns.com! 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…

1 min.
springfield armory’s m1a socom 16 cqb

Caliber: .308 Win Action: Semi auto Barrel Length: 16.25" Receiver: Steel Stock: Polymer w/ M-LOK handguard slots Muzzle Device: SA SOCOM muzzle brake Overall Length: 38.75" (stock extended) 35.75" (stock collapsed) Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz. (with magazine) Twist Rate: 1/11 Sights: Ghost ring adj. rear, XS tritium .125" front, Vortex Venom 3 MOA red dot Magazine: 10 rounds (5- and 20-rounders available from Springfield Armory) Trigger: 5.75 lbs (as tested) Accessories: Soft case, 1 10-round magazine MSRP: $2,422.00 Manufacturer: Springfield Armory, www.springfield-armory.com,1-800-680-6866…

16 min.
the curious origins of the coolest gun in the universe

The year was 1986, and I was two years out from high school. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum was daily reminding me of how much I despised school, while the Army ROTC program was introducing me to the salient joys of military service. For a young broke college student with a gorgeous girlfriend and ample academic stress, the local cinema was a welcome and affordable respite from the otherwise onerous travails of life. This was arguably the golden age of Hollywood action movies. Starship Troopers introduced us to the over-the-top potential of CGI to create most anything imaginable about 10 years later. However, movies in 1986 were filmed in the real world. If you saw something on screen it had been planned, created, set, and shot someplace in the flesh. In 1984, James…

9 min.
the east german kk-mpi69 select fire ak47 trainer

There is a long tradition of military .22 training rifles. The rimfire cartridge offers less expensive training on ranges that would not be rated for full-power military cartridges. Rimfire training rifles also allow initial instruction of troops using a rifle with minimal recoil, thus allowing them to concentrate on sight picture, trigger pull, and general handling. Two rifles for which multiple types of .22 training rifles were produced were the German Mauser 98K and US M1903 Springfield. Famous German gunmakers including Walther, Erma, and Mauser produced .22 training rifles for the 98K, while the Springfield M1922 was an especially popular one for the M1903. Though I like the Springfield M1922 and it’s on my short list of guns I want to acquire, for me the most interesting .22 trainer I’ve handled…

21 min.
the mother of all garand ammo tests

I have been a Garandaholic since I was a teenager in the ‘70s. My interest in this great battle rifle was spurred by my father’s memories of his World War 2 service. Like many vets of World War 2 and Korea he spoke of the M1 with reverence. The only source for G.I. surplus M1s in my youth was the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), the forerunner of the current Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). I recall the DCM selling them for $99 each. The catch was that the buyer had to be an NRA High Power Rifle competitor and I didn’t start shooting in rifle competitions until over a decade later. On December 11, 1975 I walked into a local gun shop and found a Garand for sale. It was built…