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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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A sit down with a Navy overstamp Thompson submachine gun (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:33

The good folks down at the VSO Gun Channel were able to evaluate a classic select-fire Chicago Typewriter dating to the Prohibition era.

Thanks to Steve, a recently retired Navy Veteran and Tommy gun expert/collector, they got to spend quality time with an M1921 Colt Thompson– the classic first model changed in 1928 to meet Navy specs– and got both a history lesson and some trigger time.

See if you can tell the difference between the 1921 and 1928 rate of fire and check out how much of a nightmare the drum mag was.

 

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Indiana lawmakers want staff to carry guns in Statehouse

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:21

An Indiana House committee has expressed support for a bill that would authorize employees to carry guns inside the Indiana Statehouse.

Many lawmakers spoke favorably of Senate Bill 43 at a committee hearing on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

The legislation would apply to employees of the Indiana House, Senate, and Legislative Services Agency. All those who carry firearms in the Statehouse would have to possess valid handgun permits.

Sen. Jim Tomes, the bill’s sponsor, said lawmakers and their staff should have the means to protect themselves when working nights, as armed police are not there at late hours.

Opposing Democrats expressed concerns that the measure could cause trouble if people leave guns unattended in the Statehouse.

The bill is expected to be voted on next week.

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A simple vacuum cannon can turn watermelon to slush in no time (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 03:38

Often used in high school science experiments back in the day, this large scale vacuum cannon spits out 3-inch PVC end caps powered by atmospheric pressure only.

YouTuber Nighthawkinlight upsized his cannon using a length of 4-inch PVC pipe, painted and equipped with brass fittings for a vacuum line then mounted the whole thing on a simple wooden stand. Once the vacuum is built up and an aluminum foil “burst disk” seal is knocked out on one end, the other disk pops out explosively as the atmosphere fills the tube– dragging any projectile along for the ride.

“Watermelons turned out to be a very satisfying target,” he notes.

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Serbu .50 cal vs 50 lbs of weight plates (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 02:34

Edwin Sarkissian brings the gun show to the desert with a break-action RN50 stacked against a pair of 25-pound Gold’s Gym plates.

After teasing with some 9mm play (feel free to skip to the 2:30 mark, you know that crap isn’t going to penetrate) Edwin switches to the BMG to feel the burn.

Speaking of feeling the burn, don’t pick up a spent 671-grain bullet that has just been fired.

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Glocking around with some Legoman heads (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 02:14

Taofledermaus took a break from the exotic shotgun shell research to test the ballistics of .40S&W brass loaded with the heads of captured Legomen.

Now first off, don’t try this at home unless you know what you are doing and are aware of the procedures for checking and clearing a squib load.

The 19.6-grain heads, shot out of what looks like a tactical/practical Glock G35, were loaded in .40S&W brass over between 1.1 -3.1 grains of Alliant Unique smokeless powder– and were actually pretty impressive.

The heads gripped the rifling and chrono’d out at about 400-500 fps. They proved remarkably accurate, penetrating a few inches of clay, ballistics gel, and a Shrek toy.

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Arkansas lawmakers advance bill on concealed guns in parked cars

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:05

The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that would require private employers to let workers keep handguns locked in their cars if parked in their employer’s parking lot.

The Associated Press reports that Senate Bill 33, proposed by Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey, would only apply to lawful gun owners with concealed-carry permits and would not prevent employers from prohibiting non-employees from keeping guns in their cars if parked in the employer’s parking lot.

Employers could also prohibit employees under disciplinary actions from keeping firearms in their cars.

The bill will now head to the full Arkansas Senate for a vote.

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The good ole .30-30 tested against stacks and stacks of sheet metal (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:08

Edwin Sarkissian breaks out a vintage Winchester Model 94 Texas Ranger Commemorative and pits it against a tabletop of 24 gauge sheet metal.

The .30-30 Winchester/.30 WCF has been around for over 120 years and it has been argued that probably more deer have been shot at with a rifle chambered in the caliber than any other in North America. But how does it stand up to sheet metal?

Speaking of deer rifles and penetration tests, Edwin turns to the .30-06 Springfield from a Remmy Model 742 semi-auto and sweeps the leg.

‘Aught Six, bruh.

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Kirsten Joy Weiss does grenade launchers with The Gunny (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 03:54

“What’s better than shooting a multi-shot grenade launcher? Shooting it with The Gunny, of course,” said pro shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss.

Weiss recently took to the range with R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. “The Gunny,” to try out the M32A1 grenade launcher, which holds six rounds that can be dumped in mere seconds. The Gunny, however, instructed Weiss to purposely miss the mark because he packed a little surprise in the bunker.

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French sniper accidentally shoots 2 people during Hollande speech (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 08:05

A police sniper accidentally shot two people Tuesday while President Francois Hollande gave a speech in western France.

The sharpshooter had the safety off and the shot was fired while he was moving positions, according to local reports. The bullet hit one person in the thigh and another person in the calf.

“I hope it is nothing serious,” said Hollande during his speech after hearing the gunshot. He paused and looked to his left. “I don’t think so,” he said, continuing the speech.

The injuries were not life threatening.

[ The Independent ]

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