Heckler and Koch, the famous arms manufacturer from the German state of Baden-Württemberg, has been having a rough patch lately. As Bloomberg.com reported last year, the company has been having a rocky time financially. Then the Bundeswehr announced that it was ditching H&K’s G36 rifle (hitherto its main battle rifle) due to accuracy issues in combat situations that were traced back to flaws in the gun’s design . . .
“Colt Defense LLC’s debt rating has been cut to the lowest level possible after the hand-gun maker skipped an interest payment and extended its deadline for creditors to approve either a debt exchange or a prepackaged bankruptcy,” bloomberg.com reports. “Standard & Poor’s reduced Colt’s rating two grades to D from CC . . . The new rating means S&P considers the company ‘in default or in breach of an imputed promise’ and that it has ruled out the possibility the manufacturer will make good on a missed interest payment during a 30-day grace period.” The rest of the article is full of investor speak. Suffice it to say . . .
“The 26-year-old Coram woman arrested after shooting a high-powered rifle off her balcony at an apartment complex Monday evening has a young child — and told police she was shooting into a wooded area ‘for recreational purposes’,” newsday.com reports. “Suffolk County police said the woman, identified as Suzanne Pesola, of 405 B Dunston Place, [above] fired ‘multiple shots’ from a .9-millimeter High Point carbine rifle.” High Point high-powered .9mm rifle? That does sound like fun – as long as you wear a jeweler’s loupe when you load it and know your target and what’s behind it. Not to mention your local firearms laws. I wonder how they learned of the incident. Not through the rifle’s report, methinks.
The next contender for our drop-in AR-15 trigger dollars is the KE Arms DMR Trigger, and at ~$180 it’s priced lower than much of the competition. Available in both the gold TiN coating seen here or in black Melonite, the KE trigger is highly adjustable and well-made. Let’s dive in for a closer look. . .
A TrackingPoint tipster writes:
I cannot give you my name as I was a former employee and still looking for employment and do not want this to bite me in the rear. But I wanted you to know first. As you know TrackingPoint went though a “corporate restructuring” at the end of February, where they laid off between 45 and 60 percent of the company. Fast forward ten weeks, and they had another board meeting on Friday . . .
Beretta released the “Cx4 Storm” in 2003, hoping to compete in the law enforcement market. The case for the Cx4 is strong, since it’s a lightweight, accurate, reliable blowback-operated carbine that allows an officer to use the same magazine as his or her 92 FS or Px4 pistol. Unfortunately for Beretta, most departments have opted for AR-15s and M-4s, so the Cx4 never really achieved the type of US LEO market acceptance that I imagine Beretta would have hoped. But that doesn’t mean the venerable Cx4 isn’t a viable option . . .
It might be a rainy day here in Austin, Texas but the gun gods are smiling upon us, as my FFL has called to inform me that a shiny new Ruger American Rifle arrived this week. The American Rifle series is Ruger’s budget-minded answer to the a market that demands performance at a rock-bottom price. The new Predator edition aims to add some “nice to haves” to the bargain priced rifles that Nick reviewed, and liked a great deal . . .
By Seamus McAfee via wideopenspaces.com
In a video posted by YouTube user John Guzman, a rifleman takes a shot at an explosive mark, but soon finds himself scrambling to clear the path of a vengeful rock hurtling for his head. Be warned that there’s some slightly NSFW language, as the video contains about three-fourths of a swear word before cutting off (not that we blame him).
Kel-Tec’s PMR-30 has earned the nickname “poor man’s Five-seveN” thanks to its light weight, high capacity, and fairly potent little caliber all in a semi-auto pistol format. While the 5.7×28 FN Five-seveN has always had a carbine companion in the PS90, Kel-Tec didn’t offer a buddy for its .22 WMR PMR-30 until now. Taking it a step further than FN, the release of Kel-Tec’s CMR-30 offers much more than simply a compact rifle in the same caliber, though, as the CMR uses the same magazines, controls, trigger, and more. . .
OK, it’s actually Marines Use Rubber Mats to Improve Marksmanship. What a difference a consonant makes – in terms of click bait. Anyway . . . “Marines in Hawaii are using rubberized shooting mats on the rifle range, a comfort upgrade officials credit with dramatically reducing failures during annual marksmanship qualifications,” marinecorpstimes,com reports. Wait. What? Shouldn’t the quals have some relation to real-world conditions? Isn’t qualifying marksmanship on rubber mats a bit like scoring at a whorehouse? Sure seems that way. In fact . . .
I have to come clean: I was exclusively a “new gun” girl until looking at photos of some of the more historical guns out there. But the one that caught my eye was the Mosin-Nagant 91/30. It just seemed to call to me. It wasn’t like I intended to fall in love with this old, kinda-beat-up rifle. But I did. My dad and I messed around with it, removing and replacing the bayonet. I fell in love with its look and that smell…Cosmoline. I couldn’t bring myself to wipe it all off. Now my Mosin is almost like a decorative piece in my home. It now rests in a corner in my bedroom so that I can see it every day . . .
The much-anticipated big brother to the Kel-Tec PMR-30 (review here) has arrived! If PMR is Pistol Magnum Rimfire, then at least on paper and in the hand, the CMR-30, or Carbine Magnum Rimfire is everything I could have hoped for in a carbine variant. Not just the same caliber but the same, 30-round magazines, same grip, trigger, safety, slide/bolt lock, and magazine release. It’s incredibly light and maneuverable just like the PMR is. The 16″ barrel . . .