Saturday, July 18, 2009

ALS 50BMG Upper Safety Notice and Recall

Advanced Long Range Systems, LLC, has issued a Safety Notice and Recall on their 50BMG conversions. The conversion may fire with the bolt out of battery.

Owners of ALS conversions should not use the units until further notice from the company. The safety notice was prompted by an accident that put one shooter in the hospital. A .50BMG round firing out of battery is definitely not a Good Thing.

Safety Notice on ALS website.

EGW Free Shipping Offer

EGW is offering free shipping on all orders over $100. Offer expires 8/18/2009.

Promotion Code: EGWFREE100
Enter promotion code in notes section at checkout.

EGW is a machine shop/gunsmithing operation in Pennsylvania.

They are known to pistol competition reloaders for their "U-Die," an undersized Lee sizing die which will probably iron out more bulge from unsupported chambers than any other sizing die. They make ammo gages for 9mm/38Super/40S&W/45ACP, all in one, with real chamber reamers, which I love. Most other ammo gages you have to buy separately, and they are cut tighter than any barrel you will ever find.

They have race gun parts - compensators, mag wells, SVI/STI parts, slide rackers, mag release buttons. They have AR-15 parts - float tubes, benchrest bag rider adapters, an extended upper receiver. They make a whole line of 1911 parts; machined steel parts, not that cast and MIM junk. They make cutting tools for gunsmiths. They make a line of scope mounts for a variety of firearms, and scope rings.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Taurus TCP - Another Micro .380ACP

I think I sorta remember reading about a Tarus pocket gun in magazine a few months ago. I don't think there were any specifications or pictures of it though.

It is a polymer framed pistol, with the weight listed as 10.2 ounces.

Prices listed on the Tarus TCP Website are $247.21 for blued steel, $277.99 for Stainless Steel, and $366.99 for one with a Titanium slide. It looks like they are available through the web site, but I haven't seen one in any shop yet.

EDIT, 12/11/09: GunBlast has a review of the Taurus TCP .380 pocket pistol. I kind of forgot about that pistol. I still don't think I've ever seen one in person. Unlike some other similar pistols, the Taurus locks open after the last round, and the pistol reviewed had a trigger pull that measured around 4 pounds (compared to the usual trigger pull of around 8 pounds). This one might be interesting.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Remington Rimfire Black Rifle: 597 VTR

I'm not sure if they are available yet. I haven't seen one yet personally, but it's on the official Remington website.

Remington 597 VTR product page.

Similar to the Excel Arms X-22R, and some other Ruger 10/22 conversions, Remington took one of their .22LR rifle actions, and put it in a chassis that accepts AR-15 stocks, pistol grips, and free float tubes. Remington only lists 10-round magazines, but I believe there are after market mags that hold 25+ rounds. EDIT: There's Remington Factory 30-round magazines listed in the Cabela's catalog.

Report On Military SCAR Rifles

There's a pretty decent report on the SCAR rifles from someone in the ARMY, whose unit was testing them. Forum: I am being issued a SCAR. . . Review posted

It's a pretty decent read. Confirms some of the things that I noticed during a brief look at the SCAR-L. I'm trying to withhold judgement. After all, many said about the M-16 decades ago, what I am thinking about the SCAR.

Smith & Wesson 22A Pistol Recall

A defect in the slides of some 22A pistols, manufactured between August 1, 2008 and February 19, 2009 may have a problem with improper headspacing, which can cause an unintentional discharge.

Click Here to get more information on the recall from the official Smith & Wesson website.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Colt 1911 Recall

The "slide lock safety" (don't ask me what that is) and "recoil spring guide pad" in some Colt 1911 type pistols have been determined to not be made to Colt specifications. Colt is recalling pistols with these non-spec parts. The recall effects certain ranges of 1911 WWII Replica, 1918 WWII Replica, New Agent, Combat Elite, Defender, and Talo Night Defender pistols, sold after March 2007.

Click here to visit the official Colt's Manufacturing website for more details.

Safir Arms .410 Bore AR-15 Uppers

Just discovered these on the Aim Surplus website. They are .410 bore shotgun uppers that fit AR-15 lowers. They're made in Turkey.

Aim is selling them with 5-round magazines, but Modern firearms lists capacity as 9, 10, or 15 rounds, so there must be some higher capacity magazines out there. Price from AIM is just under $500, they have a limited stock of the Compact uppers.

Safir Arms Website - English
Saiga 12 Forum: T-14 Thread
Aim Surplus: T-14 Compact (16" barrel) Upper
Aim Surplus: T-14 Classic (20" barrel) Upper
Modern Firearms: T-14 Shotgun

EDIT, 12/11/09: GunBlast has a review of American Tactical Imports (ATI) T-14 .410 AR-15 Shotgun Upper. It looks like Mr. Quinn was using the 13-round magazine, so they must be available somewhere in the U.S.