TTAG Exclusive! Gun Review: SIG SAUER MPX Pistol


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


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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What’s Wrong With This Picture: James Bond Edition

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As David Codrea points out at the pop-up-tastic, Bond actor Daniel Craig once declared that “I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.” Yeah, well, Craig’s not the first anti-gun Bond actor nor is he the only Hollywood “action hero” who rejects Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. What’s interesting here: no one in the Bond biz saw anything wrong with this poster. Or if they did, they didn’t care. And yet they dismiss gun owners as irresponsible oafs. Go figure.


A Look Inside Wilson Combat’s Manufacturing Shop


There isn’t really much debate when it comes to the quality of Wilson Combat’s 1911 handguns. There are only a couple of true custom 1911 builders in the United States, and Wilson Combat is the benchmark against which the others are judged. While I own an example of their work, I’d never actually seen how their handguns are made. Last week I was invited down to their facility in Arkansas to check out their new digs, and watching the process from start to finish was pretty cool . . .

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I Hate GLOCKs. But I’m Buying a GLOCK 43.


I’ve never been a fan of the GLOCK aesthetic. Or their trigger. Or the grip. Or the takedown system. Really everything about the gun irks me in some way. Heck, if given the option between running a 3-gun course with a G19 or a large brick, I’d have to put some serious thought into the choice. But there’s no denying that their products are ubiquitous, and reliable to boot. After avoiding carrying a GLOCK for years and generally considering the gun to be the Toyota Corolla of the firearms world, I find myself prepared to plunk down my own hard-earned money for a GLOCK 43 on day one. Which, for someone who usually carries a Wilson Combat 1911 and scoffs at blended scotch, is a pretty big jump . . .

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Is the Long Wait for a GLOCK Single Stack 9mm About to End?


OK, hold on. Previous rumors of the advent of the long-awaited single stack 9mm GLOCK have ended in many tears and much gnashing of teeth. But once again, the interwires are abuzz with hints, photos and speculation. Smyrna clearly has something up their sleeve if the countdown clock is any indication and media members, including those of us at TTAG, have been invited to an event the night before the NRA show opens in Nashville. Is the wait finally over?


New from Heizer Defense: PAK1 “Pocket AK Pistol” in 7.62×39

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Heizer Defense is taking the derringer thing to next level with their PAK1 “Pocket AK Pistol.” Set to debut at the NRA Show in Tennessee (no photos ’til then), the 7.62×39 PAK1 is the company’s fourth caliber handgun, joining the PS1 “Pocket Shotgun” (chambered in .45 Long Colt and .410) and the PAR1 “Pocket AR” (chambered in .223). The company’s presser (after the jump) promises more calibers to come (9.3x74r?). Owners can buy and change-out barrels to explore the joys of stout recoil diversity. No word on whether the ATF will use this gun as an excuse to ban 7.62X30 ammo . . .

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Which Gun Would You Grab: Hiking in Bear Country Edition

Smith & Wesson Models 460XVR and 29 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Submitted for your consideration: two revolvers manufactured by the firm of Smith & Wesson. The Performance Center 460XVR loads three different calibers of ammunition (.45 Colt, .454 Casull and .460 S&W). Smith’s Model 629 loads .44 Magnum and .44 S&W Special cartridges. The $1609 XVR weighs-in at a hefty 59.5 ounces. The $1079 Model 629 tips the scales at a relatively light 39.6 ounces. Balance that against . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: Revenge of the GLOCK Edition

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Franklin County couple injured after woman’s Glock goes off in purse announces. See? We told you off-body carry was a no-no. That’s doubly true when a GLOCK has jealousy issues. “Lt. Phillip Young said the woman’s Glock went off while the couple sat in a vehicle outside a residence in the 1400 block of Virgil H. Goode Highway in Bassett about 3:30 p.m. The man, who was in the driver’s seat, put a drink can in the woman’s purse before putting his hand on her leg.” Ba-BAM! The bullet got them both . . .

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