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A look at the gargantuan Heckler & Koch Mark 23 (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:49

Eric and the gang at IV8888 eschewed the Navy SEAL entry but do justice in a breakdown of the now-classic HK MK23 “offensive” pistol.

A giant match grade pistol that tips the scales at 40-ounces, the 1990’s vintage Mark 23 is beefy as all get out with a barrel that is almost an inch longer than a standard M1911. With a Liberty Cosmic can added to the 16×1 RH thread barrel (too bad they don’t have the OG Knights Armament suppressor), the pistol is almost comically long. But that’s OK, because it can carve the center out of anything out to 25 yards with no problem.

The neato frogman ratchet, especially when stoked with 230-grain Freedom Munitions Hush ammo in the above video, is still next-level groovy.

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Comparing an SBR and a pistol braced handgun side-by-side (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:41

Tim at the Military Arms Channel gave a handgun with a non-folding pistol brace some honest trigger pulling to see how it stacks up downrange against an actual SBR.

Both guns are very sweet Kriss Vector 10mm firearms, which is very gentle in each due to the Vector’s unique action (and super muffled when using an Octane 45K), and the comparison is very valid.

However, in the end, you are just confused over why short barreled rifles have all the NFA hoops to jump through.

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Here’s why you don’t picnic next to a .50 BMG (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 08:31

Hickok45 introduces the user to a lesson in just how the muzzle brake on a .50 cal works and why do want to keep clear of one while in operation.

“As you can see, it might not be a good idea to have a .50 caliber going off right beside you,” says Hickok after he launches a nearby red Solo cup and a plate of generic Ruffles into low earth orbit. “If you have never been around a muzzle brake, it only takes one experience to realize– it’s a lot of blast.”

Hey, those Ruffles are probably still good…

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New in AK47 torture tests: Kalash-surfing (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:12

While Charlie don’t surf, the AK Guy does — so long as it’s while standing on a Kalash build being pulled through the dirt by a truck.

Sure, there is some NSFW language and a skosh of obvious balance issues in being able to pop-up on the AK while it is being towed along in first gear through the gravel, but once they make it to a softer clay surface, the ride evens out.

But does it fire after all that?

Come on, it’s a Kalash…

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Chicago mother gets 24 days in prison for buying guns stolen from rail yard

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:39

A mother from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago was sentenced to 24 days in jail last week for buying guns stolen from a Norfolk Southern rail yard.

The Chicago Tribune reported Lori Shelton, a 53-year-old post office worker and mother of two, said at the sentencing hearing that she bought the guns because she needed them for self-defense in the crime-ridden neighborhood and argued she was “only protecting” her family.

However, federal Judge John Tharp said that buying stolen firearms would only encourage the criminal activity that has torn the neighborhood apart.

The judge issued the lenient sentence due to Shelton’s otherwise clean record and will allow her to serve her sentence on weekends so that she doesn’t lose her job.

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Firing crushed neodymium magnets out of a 12 gauge (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:33

Taofledermaus went loud against a rusty cookie sheet with shotgun hulls loaded with a variety of neodymium magnets.

The first type of shells used was made from hard drive magnets crushed into a sort of a neodymium sludge while the second type is “Bucky Ball” magnets stuffed 28 per shell for comparison.

The respective magnetic fields captured in slow-motion seems kinda interesting in a science kinda way. Also, since the neodymium is really soft, they disintegrate on impact against even a mild steel target, which means they probably wouldn’t work too well against a shiny metal robot other than to scour the surface. A Roomba on the other hand…

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That’s one fast .30 cal carbine: The giggle switch enabled M2 (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:31

The Wound Channel rips through correct “pot-bellied” M2 Carbine with its selector switch set to Freedom.

While millions of “war baby” M1 Carbines were produced during and immediately after WWII, a much smaller number of select-fire M2s were made by General Motors’ Inland Division starting in 1944, though many regular M1s were later converted.

TWC has an early M2 and, while few saw combat against the Germans and Japanese, they did prove really popular in close-in fighting against Chinese/Norks in Korea as well as with U.S. advisors in the early stages of the Vietnam conflict. You can probably guess why.

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Shooting an 80 lb chunk of plastic with a .50 cal (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 07:34

After stumbling across an 80-pound column of unwanted polypropylene plastic, 704 Tactical decided to get it involved in a love triangle that includes a Vepr and a .50 cal.

Polypropylene or polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer that is known as the “superhero” of the plastics biz because it can be used in so many different applications. The thing is, the only use 704T has for the 18-inch thick block of polymer it as a test bed for some .308, then .458 SOCOM, and finally, the beastmaster that is .50 BMG.

That pesky BMG. It always finds itself in the most unusual predicaments but has a way of working itself out of them.

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FedEx Guy talks about rescuing a burning flag (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 00:05

Guns.com caught up with Iowa City resident Matt Uhrin, the “FedEx Guy,” at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta over the weekend. Uhrin stopped a group of protesters from burning the American flag in January while on his delivery route.

We spotted him at the Brownells booth, where he accepted an American flag adorned pistol from Pete Brownell, the company’s CEO and NRA first vice president.

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Security team unloads on Somali pirates (VIDEO)

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 08:02

A video shared on YouTube last week shows a security team unload on multiple ships carrying Somali pirates as they attempt to hijack a cargo ship.

One speedboat can be seen coming toward the cargo ship as the security team takes aim and opens fire. The speedboat then crashes into the cargo ship before finally retreating. But moments later, a second speedboat makes an unsuccessful attempt at pirating the ship.

The incident is believed to have taken place in 2012 in the Indian Ocean, but the video only recently surfaced following an attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia last month. The video has since been viewed more than 11 million times in three days.

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Gather, comrades, we have a goop test with the SKS (VIDEO)

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 01:55

Ian and Karl with In-Range TV mud up an SKS-45 then seek out the failure point in Sergei Simonov’s 7.62x39mm carbine.

The In-Range gang have long found that detachable magazine fed guns with closed actions (such as the AK47 style rifle that replaced the SKS) do better in these series of mud tests and, not to spoil it, but the findings hold true on this one.

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This shotgun looks like Bugs Bunny tied a knot in it before firing (VIDEO)

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 01:14

Pro tip from Demolition Ranch: don’t fill a shotgun barrel most of the way with lead shot and then pull the trigger.

Taking what looks like an old Winchester 1300 straight from the pawn shop, they test out just what would happen in this most unlikely of scenarios that you should not repeat under any circumstances– jamming it full of bird shot then firing it from a safe distance with a string.

“I just want to know if it’s going to shoot a bunch of bird shot out of the barrel…or the gun is just going to explode,” says Matt. “There is only one way to know.”

That poor 12 gauge.

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How many rounds does it take to perforate a stack-o-hard drives? (VIDEO)

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 00:25

Matt at Demolition Ranch has accumulated a table top of bad hard drives, a Toughbook and some old monitors. Care to wager what happens next?

The bit about losing YT cash at the beginning is great, btw. What’s better is bringing the heat with .50AE on a monitor. What’s best is the Henry Big Boy Silver.

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Drone defense shotgun shells tested in action (VIDEO)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 03:29

Collectors of shotgun shell curiosities, Taofledmermaus, undertook a test of the “Skynet Drone Defense” 12 gauge shell.

The shells are billed as being able to take down a multi-rotor or similar to end threats from illegal surveillance, aerial trespassing, and weaponized drones and use a Fiocchi high brass primed hull packed with a five-part projectile, each tied together with a string.

Spoiler alert: with the anti-drone rounds costing a hefty $7 a pop, ‘Tao found out that regular ole buckshot or turkey loads may have been a better (and cheaper) option for wayward quadcopters.

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Trade group releases gun, ammo economic report

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 00:15

The gun and ammo industry had a $51.3 billion impact on the U.S. economy last year, according to a report published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Friday.

The trade group generated that figure by adding together direct and indirect wages and taxes associated with the gun industry.

According to the report, there’s a total of 301,123 jobs associated with the gun industry across the country that generates $15.2 billion in wages.

Also, the industry and its employees pay more than $6.5 billion in federal and state taxes, which includes property, income and sales-based levies.

The overall economic impact from 2016 is up just over 4 percent from the year before, according to the report. The total impact has grown 169 percent since 2008.

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We got 2200 pounds of water and a cannon. You know how this works (VIDEO)

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 02:02

The IV8888 crew along with the Gun Collective took a shot to see if a giant vault of good ole H2O could slow down a 10,500-grain solid projectile shot from a small field artillery piece.

The avocado-sized shell carried something like 46,000 ft./lbs. of energy and they set it off at point blank range, so something somewhere has to give.

Anyone interested in Georgia mushrooms?

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Know thy Banana: GI M16 magazines through the years (VIDEO)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 03:36

Black rifle expert Chris Bartocci convenes class on the evolutionary process of GI 30-round M16 magazines from Vietnam to today.

Going back to the old black-follower mags and moving through the new blue-follower EP mag, touching on everything in between, Bartocci breaks down the reason for changes to the feedlip angles and the body itself, and points at the ammuniton-based reasons for each.

It’s a scholarly look and you don’t get any wackiness or Tannerite explosions in the 17 minute clip, but if you are curious about the what, when and why there are so many GI mags and followers out there, this is worth your time.

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Taking a practical look at the non-NFA 14-inch barrel Mossberg Shockwave (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 02:08

The ever erudite Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch gives his feedback in an in-depth review of Mossberg’s trendy new take on their M590 with a shorty barrel sans tax stamp.

The Shockwave, with a 14-inch barrel and shaped Raptor bird’s head style pistol grip, is a five-shot 12-gauge that is the same overall length as the Mossberg’s 500 Cruiser set up (26-inches) but functions a bit differently.

Clint spends a good amount of time talking about actually employing the Shockwave in a home defense scenario and gives few tips as to what you should keep in mind about the applicability of the gun.

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Gould brothers go head to head in shotgun practice (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 01:45

From 70-yard shots on turkey targets to waxing a flock of helium balloons before they can float away, the exhibition shooters warm up for spring hunting season.

The remote control turkey decoy Rube Goldberg contraption is great. Get it? Con-trap-tion? Anyway, kudos for trimming back on the “extreme” soundtrack.

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Just taking the Deagle out on a tractor drive-by (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 01:53

Stepping up from the bicycle-Uzi drive-by, Hickok45 tapped his Desert Eagle .50AE to accompany him on a ride across the ponderosa via John Deere.

Proving he can shoot on the move just as well as he can on the range, Hick even puts in a tactical reload while underway and doesn’t fail to deliver on the two-liters.

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