Gun Review: Benelli Vinci

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Travis Arnold

Enter stage left, the Benelli Vinci, a gun hyped to revolutionize the shotgun world with its state of the art technology. For months prior to its release, it was shrouded in secrecy and teased to the masses by Benelli’s PR team. All we knew was that it had a fancy case and was a pretty big deal. I certainly fell for their smooth talking, and I jumped at the chance to own this shotgun when my previous gun broke. After four years of chasing ducks, geese, and pheasants through muck, snow, and briar patches, I know this gun like the back of my hand. Was this gun worth the $1400 I paid for it? . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Coed Armed Defense Edition

“The couple, who are both students at UCF, said they got a knock at the door and when they opened it, two men barged in. Victim Nour Skargee said he answered the door and was immediately forced to the ground as one of the men pointed a gun at his head. ‘They said they were going to kill (her), and that’s when I really lost hope, you know?’ Skargee said.”  . . .

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Quote of the Day: Sheepdog’s Chapeau Edition

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“Gun-carrying good guys in a food court can protect others eating there from the dangers of a gun-carrying bad guy. Don’t we want to know who the good guys are so we can sit near them with our families? These good guys are there to serve the public in times of danger, like fire-hydrants and emergency call-boxes. Therefore, the license-to-carry should require good guys to wear distinctive tall hats, easily seen at a distance, so the public will know who protects us when the bad guys come around. Will the NRA support this public-spirited initiative?” – Morton Marcus in Guns in our economy [at nuvo.com]

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Gun Review: Beretta 92 FS Compact L

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Chris Valle

Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, founded in 1526, is the oldest firearms manufacturer still producing today. Over the last 450 years Beretta has gained a reputation as a high quality manufacturer of arms; from easily and cheaply produced submachine guns for military use to some of the world’s finest sporting shotguns. Here in the States Beretta is probably best known for their handguns. Most notably their 90-series pistols, a variant of which was adopted as the sidearm of the United States Armed Forces after a controversial-on-the-internet series of handgun trials beginning in the early 80’s . . .

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Why the Army Will Choose the Beretta M9A3

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Reader SACorey writes:

Speculation about the upcoming U.S. Army pistol evaluations and Beretta’s new M9A3 abounds. The Army says they want a new modular handgun to replace the venerable 9mm Beretta, but if history is any indication, the guidelines put forth for the evaluation process are meaningless. All the murky visions in everyone’s crystal balls that seem to be pointing toward candidates like the FNX-45, S&W M&P, and GLOCKs will prove to be unfounded . . .

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Gun Review: Polish WZ-48 .22LR Military Trainer

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Brian Boonyalug

I fancy myself as somewhat of a casual collector of Mosin Nagants. While I have known of the Wz48 rifles for some time, it was not until early 2013 until I decided to pick one up. A Polish single shot military trainer modeled in the image of the Mosin Nagant M38 carbine (which itself shared similarities with the M44 carbine which Poland actually put into service). The WZ48 is now my go-to firearm to use to introduce new shooters into the world of shooting sports due to its simplicity and accuracy . . .

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Quote of the Day: New York State of Mind Edition

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“I travel to New York City every week to host my TV show on the Fox News Channel. Because the show originates from there, most people think that I surely must live there. I’m quick to say, ‘I don’t live there and won’t unless they will let me duck hunt in Central Park.’ I’m quite certain that isn’t going to happen since it’s all but impossible to own a gun in New York City, much less legally use it. Unless you’re a cop or a crook, you probably don’t possess a firearm in New York City. In fact, you’ve probably never seen one in person.” – Mike Huckabee in his book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy [via npr.org]

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