Gun Review: STI Tactical DS 4.0

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The single stack STI Duty One 4.0 in .45ACP with an aluminum frame [not shown] is my everyday carry gun. That firearm changed my mind about the accuracy and reliability of sub 5″ 1911s in general, and the reliability of aluminum-framed guns in specific. Despite my faith in STI’s ability to build a smaller. lighter 1911 that puts lead where I want, when I want, every time I want, I’ve never shot an STI double stack in 9mm. I was put off by the idea of a gun with a big fat grip on a 4″ slide. But so many people I know – good shooters and highly competitive shooters – deploy an STI double stack in 9mm as their workhorse gun. So when TTAG asked me if I would put the STI Tactical DS 4.0 9mm through its paces, it was deja vu all over again . . .

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Gun Review: Double D Armory SST Rifle

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The name of the company whose rifle I am reviewing today is Double D Armory. And their logo kinda looks like, well, boobs. Which is grand for the inner kindergartner. But while their SST 5.56 rifle might appear to be a rather common AR-15 configuration with little else to offer than a name that makes grown men giggle, there’s something really really cool going on that might makes it worth a second look. But before we get to that, we need to check all the other boxes on the review template . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER 556xi Russian

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The AK-47 is one of the most popular firearms ever made. Millions of copies of the firearm have been used in nearly every single conflict worldwide since the gun was first produced, and it even appears on the national flag of at least one country. Its reliability is unquestioned, its effectiveness well acknowledged, and its ease of use is without equal. But SIG SAUER thought they could do better — produce a modern AK-47 for the modern world. The result: the SIG SAUER 556xi Russian.

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Gun Review: Benelli Super Black Eagle II

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I’m not a wealthy man, but I have a weakness for expensive firearms. Especially the kind of guns that our Armed Intelligentsia insist aren’t worth the premium. So let’s get this out of the way. The review gun is a 28″ barrel Benelli Super Black Eagle II in Realtree Max 5 Camo. It comes complete with a sturdy case that holds everything you need in perfect safety and comfort. Chokes? You’ve got five. Barrels? Crio System treated for accuracy and longevity. All yours for . . .

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Gear/Gun Review: CZ 75 Kadet Adapter

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Sure, .22 LR has been a bit hard to come by over the last couple of years. That’s a change from the norm, of course, where .22 LR was the choice for inexpensive practice. While owning dedicated .22 firearms is great — great for collecting, for fun, for plinking, hunting, and target shooting — .22 conversion kits are often the best option for legitimate practice. That is, for the purpose of gaining familiarity with a primary, centerfire firearm but doing so with inexpensive ammo. At the very pinnacle of the conversion kit game is CZ’s Kadet Adapter for CZ 75-based pistols. . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER MPX Pistol


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The SIG SAUER MPX might be the most anticipated new “rifle” among TTAG’s readers. Sight unseen in the civilian market, they awarded it the highest honor last year naming it 2014’s Best New Rifle, and now after months of delays the first guns are assembled, boxed, and shipping out. Wanting to avoid the same kind of kerfuffle that surrounded the Remington R51 launch, we chose not to review the gun based on pre-production models and instead waited until the production version was available. Thanks to our friends at SIG SAUER we here at TTAG were given exclusive access to the first ever production MPX, as well as full access to their team’s collective knowledge and expertise. So, does the finished product live up to the hype? . . .

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Gun Review: Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS 1911

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I expect a high-priced tool to work well; that’s certainly true for a firearm. But what I really love to see: an inexpensive gun perform well. That’s probably why I’ve bought a couple dozen Mosin Nagants over the years. Anyway, after our visit to STI, TTAG James69 asked when we were going to see a review of the decidedly lower-priced Rock Island Armory 1911. I’ve been itching to try one myself for a while, so I emailed a request to TTAG command for a base model in .45ACP mos riki-tik . . .

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Gun Review: Lancer Systems L15 Lower Receiver

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Visiting Lancer Systems’ homepage will probably surprise most shooters who know its firearms parts, as the company actually manufactures precision parts for a handful of markets and is fairly large. Their experience in aerospace, carbon fiber and ceramic composites, seals, bearings, offshore drilling rig components, etc, transfers over to the commercially-available firearms and components listed on its webstore. While I have long-since been familiar with Lancer’s L5AWM AR-15 magazines, and have considered them my hands-down favorite since first discovering them, I had never played with Lancer’s other products. That all changed in late 2014, when I picked up one of their dead sexy carbon fiber handguards and an L15 lower receiver. . .

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Gun Review: Dan Wesson 715 .357 Revolver

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We would all be lucky to have a reputation as stellar as Dan Wesson revolvers do. Unfortunately, hope as gun owners did, DW didn’t manufacture any for many years. Except for only a few special runs, newly-manufactured Dan Wesson revolvers have been as rare as a unicorn since about 1998. And, I believe, altogether non-existent since about 2005. Thankfully CZ-USA, which has owned DW for a decade now, has decided to expand its product line and get back into the wheel gun game. The first revolver out of the gate is. . .

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Gun Review: VLTOR XVI Warrior Carbine

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VLTOR is a company known for their line of firearms accessories and aftermarket parts, but not many people seem to realize they also make a variety of ready-made firearms as well. Naturally the rifles use VLTOR’s parts where possible, but they don’t skimp on the details and seem to use other brands when they make a superior product. After reviewing their RE-SCAR adapter for the SCAR rifle, the folks at VLTOR asked me if I wanted to review one of their rifles, the XVI Warrior Carbine, as well. Who am I to turn down some quality time with a sleek black beauty? . . .

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Gun Review: Law Enforcement Trade-In GLOCK 22

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My go-to FFL, Best Buy Surplus, has always had a steady supply of LE trade-in GLOCKs. Suffice it to say, they’re fans of the genre. Last month they received a shipment of over 300 of these pistols — mostly G22s (.40 S&W), but also a lot of G21s (.45 ACP) — and asked me if I wanted to pick one at random and check it out. What can one expect from a used, ex-LEO GLOCK? Let’s find out . . .

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