Gun Review: Taurus 605 Revolver

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)

By Nate Parker

Anemic is generally the word that comes to mind when I think of “pocket guns” or sub-compact handguns. The guns that fall into that category are easy to carry —  that’s kind of the point — but the flavor of the day always seems to be .380 ACP or 9mm. What if I want something with a little more sauce on it? There is an answer. The “MORE POWER” crowd can have their cake and eat it too in the form of the .357 Magnum snubnose revolver. For over half a century, the snubnose revolver has ruled the “pocket gun” niche, only being seriously challenged on the market by semi-auto pistol designs in the past five years or so. Even so, the snubnose revolver has held its own. So what separates the snubnose from everything else in the category? The option to add sauce, and lots of it . . .

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Gun Review: Armalite AR-24

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)

By ST

“Nice gun ya got there,” asked the grey haired counter jockey. “Reminds me of a CZ75.”

“Oh, but it’s not…..” was my response, for reasons soon to be clear.

“Nice. What is it?”

“Umm….”

The words died in my throat. For the first time in my gun-owning life, I was at a loss for words to that basic inquiry. Typically the answer to the question of what kind of gun you have isn’t this difficult to answer. Then again, this isn’t your typical 9mm pistol. Forged frame, adjustable sights, all metal construction, checkering on the front and backstrap…where’s the striker? Manual frame-located safety? Sixteen-round magazine? . . . Continue Reading

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Gun Review: Springfield XD(M) 4.5 .40 S&W

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)

By: Zack in MD

.40 S&W is a contentious cartridge. It falls between the 9x19mm and .45 ACP in terms of power and capacity. Some people say it is a good balance between the two. Others say it has the worst attributes of both cartridges and the recoil is too snappy. It has an established history as an effective law enforcement round, but many departments are moving to 9x19mm due to its lighter recoil and advances in modern bullet designs. I bought my Springfield XD(M) 4.5 chambered in .40 S&W at the beginning of 2014, which was at the tail end of the recent ammunition shortage. At the time, I already had a gun chambered in 9x19mm and ammunition for it was difficult to find, but all the stores I went to had .40 S&W on their shelves. These reasons, plus the fact that .40 S&W ammunition is only a little bit more expensive than 9x19mm, all contributed to my purchase decision . . .

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Gun Review: Cabot Guns Black Diamond

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By Jon Taylor

I’ve been looking for a higher end 1911 in .45ACP, and trying to avoid the delay of just having Heirloom build me one. I’ve had some decent 1911s; Wilson CQB, Les Baer, Colt, STI, Ruger, Springfield, etc., and some of those have had quite a bit of quality smithing. Right now, the Colt Combat Elite and the STI Duty One LT 4” are my better shooters, and my daily carry guns. Both of these have had significant work by quality gunsmiths to ensure their accuracy and reliability. I am am very comfortable with them , and have yet to have a single failure after many thousands of rounds. So when I got the chance to try out the Cabot Black Diamond, I was interested in how they would shoot against quality factory guns that have had good work done on them . . .

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Gun Review: Ruger Hawkeye African

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)

By Donald Urbatsch

When dad suggested that we take a trip to Africa for some hunting I had to find an appropriate caliber rifle for the task. There are plenty of big game rifles to choose from on the market and if I wanted to have any money left over to pay for my hunt, I had to find the economy option. This brings us to the Hawkeye African from Ruger with an MSRP of $1199 and a street price about thee hundred dollars less, making this an attractive buy when compared to the big money commanded by some other rifle makers . . .

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Gun Review: M240 Machine Gun

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 26th!)

By Travis Pike

A long time ago I was a young, naive kid, looking to serve my country. I chose the Marine Corps and was hell bent on the infantry. So in my recruiter’s office staring my future down, I knew I wanted to be a machine gunner. The Marine Corps splits the infantry into different jobs and machine gunner is a real MOS (0331). I also had an interest in firearms and I liked shooting guns that went bang, so why wouldn’t I want to shoot one that goes bang, bang, bang, bang really fast? . . .

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Gun Review: Walther PPQ M2 9mm

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 19th!)

By Nick Oetken

Walther Arms has always been a gun company that’s taken higher steps in innovation with each new firearm. In 1886, they were a simple German manufacturer of target and hunting rifles. Twenty-two years later, the company had produced their first pistol, the Model 1 in 6.35mm. In 1929, Walther released the inventive PP in .32 ACP and a year later the even more concealable PPK, which we should all know as the signature weapon of James Bond 007. Eight years after that, the P38 9mm was adapted as the standard service pistol of the German Army and saw decades of service in numerous countries following World War II. In the 1970s and 80s, Walther produced two less-widespread but still highly respected 9mm pistols, the P5 and the P88 . . .

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Gun Review: FNH USA FN 15 Rifle

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FNH USA is way late to the AR party. The FN-15 rifle was introduced earlier this year, well past the peak of the AR fever of 2013. You’d think the company responsible for manufacturing the military version of the M16A4 (and a large percentage of U.S. military rifles) would quickly tool-up to crank out civilian versions of the rifle. But that’s not the way FN rolls . . .

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Gun Review: Kahr CW9

 

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 19th!)

By Paul K.

Every year a new wonder nine arrives on the scene. While the new gun in town gets all the attention, Kahr’s  “pocket nines” – the CM9, PM9, MK9 pistols – and its super short .380 ACP pistols keep on selling to discerning self-defenders. The CW9 has something the other Kahrs don’t: a 3-finger grip length. This additional grip length is welcome for accuracy and control, but it’s also the turning point between a true “pocket pistol” and one that requires a holster. It’s a feature, not a bug . .

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Gun Review: Saiga Custom Kushnapup

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 19th!)

By J. Law

Conventional wisdom is that shot for shot, a shotgun provides the ultimate in close quarters fight stopping power. For a fairly scientific and visual analysis of why that is, see this video. Due to the shotgun’s superiority over the handgun and even the rifle in close range destructiveness, many people recommend a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun for home defense. Indeed the only reason many would NOT recommend a shotgun for concealed carry is that it’s difficult for most people to routinely conceal a shotgun. Problem: even most “tactical” shotguns are merely adaptations of sporting shotguns that were never designed with combat in mind. They were originally designed to mount and swing well in a wide open space for bird hunting, clay target competitions, etc. . . .

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Gun Review: GLOCK 30S

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 19th!)

By Nathanael

GLOCK officially introduced the 30S in 2013, but it has existed much longer. The original versions of this pistol were cobbled together by GLOCK enthusiasts who would put the slide from a GLOCK 36 (a single-stack .45) onto the frame of a GLOCK 30 (a double stack .45). The result retained the 10+1 capacity of the GLOCK 30 while shedding weight and slide width. GLOCK eventually recognizing a good thing when it saw it, began producing this mix-and-match pistol as the 30S and had an immediate hit. The 30S provides an outstanding option for those who want to carry a .45, and it does so with more capacity and a lower price than a 1911 . . .

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Gun Review: Optimus Defense 80% Lower Kit & Jig

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The following review is contributed by James.

I’m new to this whole writing for TTAG thing.  I work with Nick and Tyler at our “day jobs”, and Nick knows I am a DIY enthusiast, especially when it comes to cars and firearms.  When Optimus Defense asked TTAG to review their 80% lower, he passed the request on to me since I have both some experience with finishing them and the tools to do so (as well as a very understanding wife that doesn’t get too mad at me when I track aluminum shavings through the house).  I’ve been a firearms enthusiast for decades now, and served 14 years in the US Army and have also been a TCLEOSE certified peace officer.  Needless to say, I know my way around the AR15/M16 platform pretty well.

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