Guns for Beginners: 922(r) Compliance and You

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What you see above is my CZ Scorpion Evo SBR. It’s a paperweight. Look closely and you’ll notice the trigger pack has been removed from the rifle entirely, and there’s no Scorpion magazine in sight. Removing these parts was necessary to assemble it as a rifle while also complying with 18 U.S.C. § 922(r) of the 1968 Gun Control Act. What on earth does that mean? Glad you asked. . .

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Greatest Rifle Shot Ever?

Billy Dixon (courtesy scout.warrior.com)

“On June 27, 1874, during the Second Battle of Adobe Walls in northern Texas, [Billy] Dixon shot a Comanche warrior off his horse at a distance of 1,538 yards, a distance just under a mile,” Bob Frost at warrior.scout.com writes. “Dixon, a scout and Buffalo hunter, used a 50-caliber Sharps rifle to kill the brave . . . The battle pitted several hundred Native Americans – Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Kiowa – against a couple dozen buffalo hunters. The Indians withdrew immediately upon seeing the result of Dixon’s shot, according to sources. And for evermore Billy Dixon was a legend.” The U.S. Army withdrew Dixon’s Medal of Honor (he was a civilian at the time). Still, greatest shot ever or, as Dixon protested, luck? Does that matter? [h/t TP]

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Gun Review: Double D Armory SST Rifle

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The name of the company whose rifle I am reviewing today is Double D Armory. And their logo kinda looks like, well, boobs. Which is grand for the inner kindergartner. But while their SST 5.56 rifle might appear to be a rather common AR-15 configuration with little else to offer than a name that makes grown men giggle, there’s something really really cool going on that might makes it worth a second look. But before we get to that, we need to check all the other boxes on the review template . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER 556xi Russian

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The AK-47 is one of the most popular firearms ever made. Millions of copies of the firearm have been used in nearly every single conflict worldwide since the gun was first produced, and it even appears on the national flag of at least one country. Its reliability is unquestioned, its effectiveness well acknowledged, and its ease of use is without equal. But SIG SAUER thought they could do better — produce a modern AK-47 for the modern world. The result: the SIG SAUER 556xi Russian.

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New From Definitive Arms: American Made AK-Style Pistol Caliber Carbine in 9mm

It looks like the pistol caliber carbine wars are starting to heat up some more. Long dominated by the AR-15 conversions and MP5 clones, the pistol caliber carbine platform allows shooters to fire a comfortable round that’s easy to suppress and whose price isn’t as prone to manipulation by Dianne Feinstein as some other modern rifle calibers. The CZ Scorpion Evo S3 Pistol was first on the scene, followed shortly by the SIG SAUER MPX (which is actually really shipping…I swear). Now Definitive Arms is throwing their hat in the ring with a modified AK-47 rifle that has some really cool features . . .

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Factory Tour: Accurate Ordnance

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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 . . .

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FOSSCAD 3D-printed Rifle Fires Larger “Deadlier” Round (7.62mm)

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 . . .

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New from Bergara Performance Rifles: B-14 Timber and B-14 Hunter

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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 . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER MPX Pistol


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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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An Economy Red Dot That Actually Outlives Projected Battery Life

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Primary Arms Classic 30MM Red Dot GEN II

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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….

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A Look Inside Wilson Combat’s Manufacturing Shop

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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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Gun Review: Lancer Systems L15 Lower Receiver

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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. . .

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