GunUp the Magazine Brings You The Man with No Name…and More!

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Admit it, we all love spaghetti…westerns, that is. That’s why this month we’re giving TTAG’s readers a look at the subscription only digital copy of GunUp the Magazine, featuring the Guns of Spaghetti Westerns. Author Peter Barrett covers all three classic films from The Man with No Name trilogy, and takes a look at the unique Italian gun culture that produced the props in the films . . .

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Rock Island Auctions Distances Itself from James D. Julia’s “Fake” Guns

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Written by Rock Island Auctions’ Joel R. Kolander:

In the business of firearms auctions, it is simply an unavoidable fact of life that one is going to come across what is known as a spurious firearm. For those unfamiliar with the term, “spurious” is the most gracious way of calling something a fake. Phony. Bogus. At its most innocent, a fake or counterfeit item can be sold as such. Someone may want that Russian Contract 1911 pistol with spurious Cyrillic text, as a representation of the original but at only a fraction of the cost. In fact, many replica cars are sold just the same way. You wouldn’t find me turning down a replica of a 1968 AC Cobra, but I’m definitely not going to pay the same price as the original. There is a market for such pieces given that they are priced accordingly and disclosed as such to the buying public. Much like the AC Cobra example, replicas can be extremely desirable and a lot of fun . . .

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SIG SAUER Begins Production of Civilian MPX


Word comes via SIG SAUER’s new(ish) Instagram account that the civilian production run of MPX pistols has begun. A couple of TTAG writers have had their hands on the pre-production versions of the gun, and our first impressions of the MPX were incredibly positive. Not only is the MPX an agile and accurate gun perfect for everything from plinking on the range to home defense, but it’s really cool looking to boot. And that’s a HUGE benefit in a world where everyone and their brother has an AR-15, as standing out on the range and looking cool seems to be half the battle these days . . .

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New from Adams Arms: Piston Driven AR-10 .308 Win Rifle

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I fully admit to being a huge fan of Adams Arms’ piston system. As far as a short stroke design goes — long stroke 4 lyfe, homie. Anyway, while Adams Arms is a relatively new company making AR-15 rifles they have rapidly expanded their product line and started branching out into just about everything. From competition rifles to super short SBR guns, they make it all. Now word comes today that they’re launching a piston-driven .308 Winchester rifle . . .

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My Favorite Gun Store: Wilshire Gun


Reader cuzwhat writes:

Recently, TTAG asked its loyal readership for their opinions about their favorite gun shops. While several shops are dank holes in the wall in sketchy parts of town full of regulars, other shops are add-on afterthoughts to sporting goods stores. Other shops attempt to broaden their audience, be it with location, amenities, or glamour. Some of those stores stand out, whether they are the gun shop on the back side of a sporting good store, or the range that offers the longest alleys and the coldest AC. Wilshire Gun in Oklahoma City is trying all of those things and more . . .

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I Don’t Patronize Anti-Gun Businesses


Michael in GA writes:

It’s Saturday morning, 6:30 am. My day to sleep in and I am dreaming, or having a nightmare about hunters running and riding horseback around the neighborhood in which I grew up and I’m stuck in the middle. I blame Dean for posting his bear hunt story I read the night before. A lion charged me and then…RING! My wife and I wake up to the sound of the phone and my wife says, “Uh oh”.  A call that early means one thing . . .

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New From Ruger: AR-556 Modern Sporting Rifle


At first blush, the new AR-556 from Ruger seems to be nothing new. Ruger has been running their extremely popular SR-556 and SR-762 rifle lines for a couple years now, and the AR-556 is another black rifle in the same vein. But look closer and you see that there’s even less “new” about this “new” gun than one might expect. In fact, for a company that has been successfully producing a line of piston driven AR-15 rifles for years, this could be seen either as a step backward . . .

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SIG SAUER Working on a P220 in 10mm

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You could hear the exasperation in the SIG PR guy’s voice when he said it: “After every press release [for a new handgun], the very first question we get is ‘when are you going to make it in 10mm?’ It gets annoying.” Apparently the guys in Newington have finally relented, and as announced via the SIG Forum (and independently confirmed through our own sources) the release of a P220 in 10mm is on the horizon . . .

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First Look: Inter Ordnance (IO Inc)

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a factory tour and product demo for Inter Ordnance (IO), located in Palm Bay, Florida. If you haven’t heard of Inter Ordnance, or IO Inc., they manufacture various models of AK-47s, AR-15s, a couple variations of 1911s and are working on more. Many of their AR/AK variations are 100% American made, with some having a combination of domestic and imported parts (mostly imported furniture) . . .

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Russian Gun Maker Plans to Skirt US Import Ban by Selling Company


A couple months ago, President Obama declared a ban on the importation of Saiga and Kalashnikov Concern firearms to the United States. The stated reason was to punish the Russian government and people for their incursion into Ukraine. But as we all know, the Obama administration never misses an opportunity to screw over US gun owners by making firearms and ammunition more expensive and/or difficult to obtain. In an attempt to circumvent the newly-imposed restrictions, Kalashnikov Concern is reportedly in talks with a non-blacklisted buyer to purchase the company and restart US imports . . .

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The Problem with Making an AK-47 Replacement Trigger


If there’s one trigger worse than the stock mil-spec AR-15 trigger, it’s the AK-47 trigger. There are almost no redeeming qualities about the feel of the trigger besides its awesome reliability. Now Timney Triggers has embarked on a quest to save the AK-47 from its trigger by designing a drop-in replacement kit that will one day be available to the public. It’s not quite ready for prime time yet, though. I had an opportunity to talk to the designer who runs the CAD software — a man by the name of Calvin — about the challenges involved in designing a trigger for the most mass produced firearm in the history of the world ever, and apparently there are quite a few . . .

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Why I Agree With Panera’s Decision on Guns in Their Stores


Reader MAC writes:

Imagine you’re at a close family member’s funeral and one of the cars in the procession has a rubber pair dangling from the tow hitch. Or there’s a baby crying incessantly in the movie theater. Let’s be honest, the only good reason to carry an AR-15 into Panera is because there are zombies waiting outside. I know, Panera issued a blanket request which didn’t differentiate between concealed carry and open carry. They’ve effectively disinvited all guns . . .

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