November 11, 2017: S&W M&P M2.0 40 Compact

The Opinion: At the Gun Store: The M2.0 version of S&W M&P 40 Compact is longer, taller, and heavier than the original.  Kind of like a new model of a familiar car.  This new version M2.0 Compact is closer to the full size than the original Compact.  The visual cues that allow you to spot a full size from a M2.0 Compact is the full size slide juts out from the frame just a bit and the palm swell curve bends down at the heel of the grip.  Continue reading

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October 5, 2017: BATFE Wrong on Bumpfire Stock

I do not own a bumpfire stock.  I have shot an AK-47 clone with one.  The same principle as the bumpfire stock used on an AR-15 clone by the mass murderer in Las Vegas. 

The Firearms Technology Branch (FTB) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reviewed the AR-15 version of the bumpfire stock from Bump Fire Systems.   The determination is in a letter dated Apr 01 2012 that was sent with the stock I got to shoot.  The determination for the Slide Fire product which appears to have been patented first must be similar. Continue reading

May 26, 2017: Buckhorn Firing Blanks

 

The May 23, 2017 issue of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Mayor Bob Ruckhorn apologized for a joke about firing .50 caliber blanks at local reporters. He reportedly has told this story several times before.  It received applause when told before more than 1,000 attendees at the Special Operations Industry Conference last week.  This week it has received widespread condemnation from reporters.  Continue reading

April 26, 2017: S&W M&P Shield 40

At the Gun Store:

The fish scale cuts at the rear of the slide, the curved cut grip panels on the frame, the slide release, the take down lever, and the cut of the slide all identify this as a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. The Shield was introduced in 2012 as a sub-compact extension of the M&P line of striker fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistols.  Slimmer, lighter, shorter than the MSP 40C, the Shield has become a popular concealed carry and backup duty gun. Continue reading

December 22, 2016: Kel Tec Sub 2000 Gen 2

 

At the Gun Store: The Kel Tec Sub 2000 Generation 2 was released this year.  The original was released in 2001 and was itself an update of the SUB 9. 

 The unique characteristic of this pistol caliber carbine is its’ ability to fold in half. Pulling the trigger guard down releases the breech so the forend and barrel can be pivoted 180 degrees.  The chamber has to be empty to do this.  If there is a round in the chamber, it will bind the bolt and breech.  The barrel will unlock from the receiver but will not pivot. Continue reading