Recently, Nick and I went to northern Georgia to hang out with a mutual friend for the weekend. Said friend had some guns to show us and Nick and I rarely need much of an excuse to go shoot stuff. But our buddy got waylaid by delayed flights and various other engagements, so we found ourselves with a few hours to burn in the Atlanta area. After visiting Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, we texted our buddy Richard King for some advice on gun stuff we should see while we waited around . . .
The era of the 3D printed gun is here. Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed kicked it off by creating the world’s first 3D-printed handgun: the Liberator. “The following year, they unveiled an AR-15 receiver capable of firing hundreds of 5.56mm rounds without fail,” engadget.com reports. “This year, designers from FOSSCAD has (sic) raised the bar yet again. They’ve successfully crafted and test fired the receiver for a Colt CM109 modular battle rifle — the AR-15’s badass big brother.” Badass? I don’t think they’re using that word in a complimentary fashion . . .
Every time we post something about a really expensive firearm on TTAG or (God forbid) Facebook, nickel-and-diming naysayers come out of the proverbial woodwork. Why would anyone buy a Cabot 1911 when they could buy thirty-nine GLOCKs and a new refrigerator for the same price? Why would someone shell out a grand for a Benelli pump-action shotgun when a Mossberg 500 does the same job for the price of a Starbucks venti and a couple of Porterhouse steaks? Good news for Scottish-minded gun buyers! Bergara’s got budget rifles! Their new . . .
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? . . .
I’m a miser. I don’t like to pay any more than is necessary to keep me out of “penny wise, pound foolish” territory. Still, my “main” Stoner-pattern rifle is outfitted with all the better brand name accouterments including an EOTech sight, Magpul toothpick dispenser, Leupold rear view mirror and Silencerco coffee maker. If this is too “cheap” for some readers, I suppose I could still trade one of my kids for an ACOG….
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 . . .
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. . .
I keep thinking I should buy a truck. I’m in Texas, after all, y’all. The thing is: I love cars. I love every kind of car. I just want to hug all of them. But I can’t. And my car isn’t suitable for hauling guns…unless I want to look like an arms dealer. Which I do, sometimes. Which I kind of am if you think about it. Where was I? Assuming you have an AR and a pickup truck, where do you put your AR in your pickup truck? If you’re like TTAG writer Jonathan Wayne Taylor . . .
Tom Vehr designed and made triggers at Timney and Knight Rifles for a combined 27 years before striking out on his own and starting the parent company to Velocity Triggers. Basically, he knows triggers and how to manufacture them. Experience combined with wire EDM-cut tool steel and Robar’s NP3 treatment make for a pretty nice, drop-in unit. The MSRP is the real kicker, though, as . . .
“”The government is seeking to procure M4A1-Plus (abbreviated as M4A1+) components as non-development items,” military.com reports, “for improvements to the M4A1 Carbine.” This according to a March 13 document posted on FedBizOpps.gov which states that “It is anticipated that the M4A1+ components will be evaluated as a system. The system must then install on/interface with stock M4A1 Carbines.” Note: this is not the Army’s standard-issue rifle soldiers are looking for . . .
I was hanging out with the guys behind Dead Air Armament a week or so ago and while we may have been sleep deprived and slightly intoxicated, we had an idea. Silencers work great when it comes to sound reduction, but how well do they work in terms of flash reduction? Well, we were in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, had a bunch of rifles, a handful of silencers, and a reasonably competent photographer (yours truly), so we decided to try to capture the difference on film. The results were pretty interesting . . .
Bergara is an interesting company. It kicked off during the muzzle loader boom a couple decades back, and they were known for their precision black powder barrels — the blanks were machined in their factory in Spain, and turned locally in their Georgia based facility. When that craze died down, they transitioned to making proper centerfire barrels as OEM parts for other manufacturers using the same barrel supplier and doing the chambering over here. Not content with just making barrels, they slowly transitioned into custom rifles. Now, with years of experience under their belt, they’re finally bringing a production rifle to the market. One of the first examples: the Bergara Heavy Tactical Rifle . . .