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Testing out the Hardcore Defense Alpha Shield (VIDEO)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30

Certified to stop most handgun rounds, the 14-pounds Alpha Shield is designed to provide a good deal of protection in the form of ballistic steel across the upper body, if used correctly.

Matt with Demolition Ranch checks out the $299 shield from Hardcore Defense, which is NIJ Level IIIA rated. On the bright side, it can stop .44 Magnum out of a handgun, but of course its rifle rating is much less.

How much less?

Matt starts with .22LR and works his way up.

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Splitting cards via a .22 after shot straight through the barrel of a Glock (VIDEO)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:30

Rimfire madmad 22Plinkster clocks back into exhibition shooting by seeing if he can zip a round through a spare barrel and take out the offending playing card on the other side.

Sure, he has shot through soda straws and Lifesaver’s holes in the past, so the challenge doesn’t seem too daunting at first, but there are some hiccups. Further, he warns that “No Glock 19 barrels were harmed in the making of this video.”

Because someone has to think about the barrels.

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Lighting it up with some Dragon’s Breath shells (VIDEO)

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:00

Filled with a compound that produces 5000-degree burning metal particles, the Taofledermaus crew gets in touch with their inner pyromaniacs in testing War Wolf Ordnance’s Dragon’s Breath rounds.

Sure, these novelty shells have very limited application and are expensive– like $5 a pop– but War Wolf says they are their most popular round. We mean who wouldn’t want to use their shotgun as a flamethrower– once.

And of course, you may have seen a Dragon’s Breath round go off before, but have you seen them through the lens of high-speed cameras from numerous angles and against a variety of targets that are just asking for it? On that note, rest in peace, Keyboard Karl.

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Shooting lines of Tide Pods for redneck science (VIDEO)

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:30

For some reason these brightly colored laundry detergent packs are irresistible, but how do they fare against .22LR CCI Velocitors? Now that’s a Tide Pod challenge worth watching.

Smallbore pundit 22Plinkster lined up 25 pods in a row to see just how pretty the colors could be when mixed by a 40-grain gilded hollow point traveling at 1435 feet per second.

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Plinking a drop of water with a .22LR as it’s falling (VIDEO)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:00

Is it possible with a .22LR to snuff out a falling drop of good old-fashioned H2O as it speeds to the earth? We know a guy.

Backyard rimfire trick shot 22 Plinkster accepts the challenge using a custom S&W Victory build tricked out with a Volquartsen carbon fiber barrel and a Trijicon RMR red dot. Dropping back too 20 feet, he films he event with three cameras just to try to catch the magic.

And just to show there were some scrubs, he shows the other three missed shots just for the record.

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Answering the riddle of the bullet proof shovel (VIDEO)

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 07:30

Matt on Demolition Ranch went all-in at a local hardware store and stacked up a series of shovels, then proceeded to see if there is such as thing as a shovel that could stop a bullet.

Starting with aluminum snow scoops and moving to pointed shovels and drain spades, Matt steps from .22LR to 9mm and beyond to dig through the destructive testing.

Then comes a chopper/scraper with a thick steel blade that seems to shrug off everything, until the FAL comes out. And what a sweet, non-California-compliant, FAL it is.

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Franchi debuts their first ever bolt-action rifle at SHOT Show 2018 (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 14:00

Franchi is debuting their first ever bolt-action rifle called Momentum at this year’s SHOT Show. This sleek rifle is equipped with a spiral fluted bolt, which is easily disassembled and has a short throw of 60 degrees. Some other noteable features of the Momentum are the threaded barrel, complete with thread protector, and a TSA recoil pad which sits on a nicely made stock. Another big plus for the Momentum is a crisp trigger that can be adjusted from 4 lbs to 2 lbs. The new product from Franchi will be available in six calibers to start and will be hitting store shortly in 2018.

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Tapping in 9mm blanks to fire crossbow bolts (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:30

In a workshop somewhere in Germany, Bavarian slingshot maniac Joerg Sprave cobbled together a Rube Goldberg-style adapter to launch crossbow bolts with a pistol.

Using a steel-barreled 9mm starter pistol, Sprave comes up with a fixed-tube blowgun attachment held on with a vertical grip to channel the force of the blank into a crossbow bolt and send it flying downrange. In the end, it works, but in our opinion needs more power. Maybe some of those sweet old school 30.06 M3 rifle grenade crimp jobs for instance. Now that would be sweet.

Ho, Ho, Ho.

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Railroad plates vs .50-cal BMG of various pedigree (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:00

Edwin Sarkissian armors up to fire some shots through a few surplus rail tie plates with a Serbu BFG-50A to get a handle on just how much BMG they can handle.

Tie plates, also apparently called base plates or sole plates in the railway business, are used to join the wooden sleepers (ties) to the sections of rail themselves– just in case you are curious– and are capable of taking a lot of punishment. Like maybe the punishment of 671-grains of .50 cal.

As a control after he makes a piece of modern art, Sarkissian rings one of the plates with a 9mm and it barely even scratched the surface.

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Celebrating Christmas the Black Rifle Coffee way (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:00

You’ve got Ralphie in the bunny suit, bad Christmas sweaters, trick shots that aren’t, ballistic jingle bells and even Santa with an M249 SAW. Ho, Ho, Ho!

The bloopers are actually better than the real thing.

And nobody shot their eye out or got soap poisoning.

With that, just gonna drop this right here, so you can relive that magic of opening your very own Red Ryder (or equivalent).

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15 gallons of festive holiday slime stacked up, ballistically speaking (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 01:00

Starting with a Henry pump-action and moving to a .308 with several stops in between, 22 Plinkster gives a table of homemade goo a go.

Working in the name of science with a batch of backyard slime made by the junior Plinkster tribe, it gets messy in a hurry as he moves through various contestants from the gun safe including  .44 and .500 Magnums, running out of the bags of modified glue before he could get to the .338 Lapua.

Maybe next time. Great sweater, though.

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Finding out how much wallop the big .458 SOCOM brings to the party (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:30

Though usually armed with shotguns and custom shells, the gang at Taofledermaus switches it up to do some serious experimentation with the beefy .458 out of an AR platform.

The big ole’ fat SOCOM round, derived from the .50 AE pistol cartridge, is heavy and slow, delivering a brutal amount of energy into a target– and Tao has a series of 300-grain hard cast hand loads spooled up to run against a variety of targets as the Chronos 1.4 HS camera runs at 8,800 frames per second.

“They look like a big ole tube of lipstick, however, they hit like a ton of bricks,” they say.

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10 gifts for shooters, hunters of every budget

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:00

Christmas is just around the corner and lighted trees everywhere are begging for presents.  We at Guns.com put together a list that will put smiles on the faces of hunters and shooters this holiday season, and with prices from $15 to $425, there’s something for every pocketbook.

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Cleaning a Colt Single Action the Hickok way (VIDEO)

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 09:00

After running a mix of handloads and factory ammo on a 110-year-old revolver, Hickok45 walks you through the intricacies of cleaning the classic Colt Peacemaker, by request.

The Single Action Army or 1873, which was standard issue for the U.S. Army at the tail end of the 19th Century, is perhaps one of the most iconic “six-shooters” of the Old West, carried by everyone from Buffalo Bill Cody and Teddy Roosevelt to Pat Garrett and General George S. Patton.  It’s that legacy that has kept in more or less in production ever since.

Speaking of which, the Colt Hickok has was made in 1907 and to keep it ticking, he reaches for the Ballistol and cleaning kit to show how it is done.

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This full-auto air rifle will bring the fun to your door without a tax stamp (VIDEO)

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:30

Though it looks more like a spear gun than a traditional Red Ryder, the belt-fed Air-Ordnance SMG-22 kicks out up to 700-pellets-per-minute.

Powered by CO2, nitrogen, or high pressure compressed air, the SMG-22 can use either a 100-round drum or a belt feed to cycle .22-caliber pellets through the 7.4-pound rifle. Even though it’s not a rimfire, 22 Plinkster taps in with one of these carnival shooting gallery-style air guns to rip through a flock of balloons, a case of pop, a tub of cheeseballs and other items while weighing in on the gun’s design.

Admit it, you kinda want one.

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Gould bros. trade in shotguns for ARs to get some trick new shots (VIDEO)

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:00

Best known for their work with scatterguns of all sorts, the Gould brothers pick up a wide variety of Alex Pro Firearms AR-platforms for some first-class exhibition shooting.

From sniping skeet with a .223 DMR at 75 yards to busting balloons at 1,640 yards with a 6.5mm Creedmoor AR-10 PRS, the bros up their game from there with some William Tell-style shooting from over the shoulder.

Then they try a few hard ones.

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InForce goes full Tchaikovsky with the Christmas spirit (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:00

Weapon mounted light maker Inforce gave their own, slightly more moto, take on the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, complete with lots of Glocks and ARs.

Borrowed from the classic Nutcracker ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, InForce does a dance of their own with slightly more ballistic percussion while showing off some sweet lights including a number of versions of their APL series.

With the Russian tie-in, however, we think they missed a golden opportunity to throw in a Kalash or two, but hey…

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The .338 Lapua can absolutely wreck a block of ballistics gel (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:30

Chris Hirt and Trent Griswold at Bullet Theory Films pit a carbon fiber Christensen Arms rifle in .338 Lapua against an unsuspecting gel block just to watch it dance in slo-mo.

The Christensen Arms bolt gun is super lightweight and it’s topped with a giant hunk of NightForce glass, but they don’t really need it as they rocket a 285-grain Hornady ELD Match– which is rated at a whopping 4,768 ft./lbs. of energy at the muzzle– through the Clear Ballistics block sitting just 31-feet away.

But the effect of the energy transfer, captured at 60,000 frames-per-second, is just magical.

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Hosed-off lawmaker challenges media to search his car for hidden gun (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:30

Rankled by news of police officers having their guns easily swiped from personal cars and cruisers, a Tennessee state senator challenged a local reporter to find the handgun hidden in his car.

Republican state Sen. Jon Lundberg told WJHL he was disappointed about the reports that as many as two dozen police guns were stolen in Tennessee since 2010, with three officers disciplined over the matter. Stressing the importance of securing firearms left in vehicles, he gave a reporter a full minute to rummage through his SUV on a $20 bet that the newshound couldn’t sniff out his gun. The amateur bandit failed.

“It’s frankly just a good reminder for folks,” said Lundberg, a concealed carry permit holder.

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Getting it done with a Marine M27 IAR, ‘aggressive semi-auto fire’ (VIDEOS)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:00

The 2nd Marine Division’s Gunner addresses the applicability of using automatic vs. semi-automatic fire when it comes to putting rounds on target.

In another installment of “Ask the Gunner,” CW5 Christian P. Wade uses a sometimes-suppressed (squee) M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle in 5.56mm to lay down some hate at varying distances to see what works best: pew, pew or pewpewpewpew.

A select-fire variant of the Heckler & Koch HK416, the IAR has been increasingly fielded since 2010 to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, a more traditional belt-fed light machine gun, in most roles.

“Testing has also conclusively shown that the M249 is a ~12 MOA weapon; far less reliable, responsive, and has a slower rate of fire than our Automatic Rifle,” says Wade in commentary on the unit’s social media account.

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