SIG SAUER developed the MCX rifle for America’s special forces. Their goal: a firearm that’s as quiet as an MP5, as deadly as an AK-47, and more modular than anything ever designed. Originally chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, SIG built the MCX to fill the same need that inspired AAC’s Honey Badger. I’ve been watching the SIG SAUER MCX come together for well over two years, from the first prototypes to the finished product. The military version is a useful firearm; even with a massive silencer attached, shooting in full-auto, the MCX is extremely controllable. It’s more like a big MP5 than anything else. [Click here to watch.] My biggest concern: would SIG SAUER translate the mil spec masterpiece into a useful semi-automatic civilian model? They certainly started on the right foot . . .

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Gun Review: FNX-45 Tactical

Fall’s almost here. I’ve been out in the not-quite-so-superheated Texas air, testing the next contender in my Perfect Truck Pistol series: the .45-caliber FNX-45 Tactical. For those who don’t remember how this whole thing started, I need a pistol that can reliably and ethically take game, but serve as a concealed carry firearm during short trips to town. After pushing 400 +P rounds of both handloaded and commercial ammunition through the FNX-45 Tactical, I was impressed . . .

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Gun Review: PM-63 RAK Machine Gun


The 1960s was a crazy time. Not just because it gave rise to dirty hippies, free love and the drug culture, but also because it gave rise to some innovative firearms designs. In the wake of World War II and with the Cold War heating up there was a growing demand to introduce more “modern” firearms to give troops in combat an edge over the competition. The decade would see the introduction of novel designs like the American M-16 and the German MP5. But some of the most interesting and innovative designs came from some of the smaller players. One of the best examples is the Polish PM-63 RAK, possibly one of the funkiest firearms I have ever had the opportunity to shoot . . .

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Gun Review: Walther PPQ .45 ACP

Courtesy Joe Grine

(The Walther PPQ .45 for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.)

If you only carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46, then Walther pistols have probably never been on your radar. It would be the ultimate understatement to say that the venerable German gun manufacturer Walther GmbH Sportwaffen has been slow to embrace John Browning’s greatest cartridge. But all that changed with the release of the PPQ 45. Simply stated, the PPQ 45 is an upsized version of the excellent PPQ. Question is, can you upsize a 9mm PPQ and still maintain its excellent handling characteristics and ergonomics? . . .

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Gun Review: Kimber Solo – Take Two [VIDEO]

Kimber Solo DC (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Ralph’s review of the Kimber Solo Carry was exhaustive. (But not exhausting; his usual blend of useful information and borscht belt humor.) It’s been four years since our man had his Hans on the Solo. Since then, Kimber’s first striker-fired firearm has failed to shrug off its rep as an overly expensive unreliable gun from a company that should stick to making high-end 1911s. (First impressions last.) But is Kimber’s original claim – “what sets the Solo apart is quality, dependability and 1911 ergonomics that ensure comfortable shootability regardless of hand size” – now true? I recently got the chance to put a top-of-the-line Kimber Solo DC to the test . . .

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Gun Review: StarLos Firearms SLF-15 Polymer Lower Receiver


Polymer AR-15 lower receivers offer light weight, surprisingly high strength and, most importantly, very low cost. Historically they’ve been a bit of a mixed bag in the quality department, mostly due to fit issues caused by molding imperfections. StarLos Firearms has set out to improve on past offerings from other manufacturers by improving the polymer and improving the manufacturing process, and we were happy to put their SLF-15 complete lower through the wringer to see if it worked. 500 rapid-fire rounds? Check. Run it over with my truck? Check . . .

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Gun Review: CZ Bren 805 PS1 Pistol


The firearm for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.

CZ-USA has introduced a couple new firearms this year, which I’m really digging. It definitely makes my job easier — I’d much rather review a completely brand new firearm than the latest variation on a theme from the GLOCK or H&K factory. Earlier in the year the “hot new thing” from CZ was the Scorpion EVO 3 pistol, a pistol caliber firearm designed to compete with the SIG SAUER MPX and others coming on the market. Today we’re looking at their newest offering, a pistol sized semi-auto rifle designed to compete with the other various and sundry modern semi-auto rifles. But in an already crowded space, is there room for the foreign import?

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Gun Review: Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

Ruger’s new Precision Rifle created quite the buzz when it was announced. As a tech guy by day, I shudder every time I hear phrases like “paradigm shift”, but to look at Ruger’s newest rifle, you’d be hard pressed to find a different phrase to describe what they’ve done. On paper, you have a very modular platform chambered in three very competent, long range, short action cases that makes great use of an already thriving aftermarket for the AR-15. The RPR, no matter the flavor, is adjustable, modular, and functional. And let’s not dance around the subject…it’s affordable, too. So when I got the nod to have one shipped to me, I knew I was either going to be very happy or very disappointed . . .

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Gun Review: The 0% GLOCK GLOCK -or- Lone Wolf Limited Edition 2014


“Perfection” is a strong marketing slogan, but it hasn’t stopped dozens of companies from manufacturing aftermarket replacement parts in the quest to upgrade the perfection that is GLOCK pistols. One of the oldest and largest players in this game is Lone Wolf Distributing, best known perhaps for its caliber conversion and extended length barrels. But they make a lot more than that. In fact, with the recent release of Lone Wolf’s locking blocks for compact and full-size frames, the company now makes or sells a replacement option for every single part that comprises a GLOCK. Including the frame. So, can you build a “GLOCK” with zero factory GLOCK parts whatsoever? Why yes. Yes you can. . .

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Contest Entry: Gun Review – Kimber Stainless Target II 10mm


By David Kronenfeld

I’ve always been a 1911 fan. Perhaps it comes from my childhood memories of flipping through my great grandfather’s World War I scrapbook and idolizing his service in the War to End All Wars. My favorite picture is of him and his childhood sweetheart who he married just prior to shipping off to France. While Jeff Cooper would not have approved of his trigger finger placement, it’s an image that left an indelible imprint on my impressionable young mind. I’m also a fan of 1911s chambered in something other than .45 ACP . . .

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Contest Entry: Gun Review – Henry Big Boy Steel in .45 Long Colt

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By Max Simpson

My first rifle was a .22 Henry lever action and a Marlin in .357 was the first centerfire rifle I shot. Unfortunately, by the time I was searching for a lever gun in a pistol cartridge, the options were limited. Winchester was no longer making rifles in the U.S. and Marlin was suffering teething problems from a factory relocation. An 1873 by Uberti was appealing, but a bit out of my price range. Rossis were inexpensive but disassembly of the 1892 action was daunting. There were just too many little slotted screws. I tend to favor guns made in the U.S., which didn’t work in favor of a Rossi or Uberti . . .

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Gun Review: Shaolin Rifleworks 300 BLK Carbine


Shaolin Rifleworks says they’re making the most accurate AR-pattern rifles in the world. At SHOT Show 2015, I had a good time shooting their .223 and .308 rifles along with this .300 AAC Blackout carbine, but a gusting ~20 mph crosswind meant trying for indicative 100-yard groups was basically out of the question. Thankfully, Shaolin followed up by loaning me the .300 BLK version and I’ve been shooting it for a couple of months now. . .

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