You may remember Theresa Vail as Miss Kansas 2013, the first Miss America contestant to display tattoos during the swimsuit competition. The comely Army vet didn’t take the title, but she made a whole lot of friends with her outspoken views on sexual harassment and unabashed love of hunting. Leave it to the Italians to realize to capitalize on the Sunflower Staters shotgun stylings. Franchi is sponsoring Vail’s new Outdoor Channel reality show Limitless with Theresa Vail (due in 2015) and adding her to the brand’s prostaff team. “I’m beyond excited,” said Vail in a press release (after the jump). And so she should be. She’ll be winging all over the world on Franchi’s dime to shoot exotic and dangerous game with a $1k Franchi Intensity 12-gauge. Glamor. Guns. Good! . . .
On February 23, 2014 I was at Okeechobee Shooting Sports (where I work) along with a few members and friends enjoying a game of 5-stand. I was also there to help a friend get his wife — who happens to be terrified of guns — comfortable and interested in shooting. I had grabbed a flat of Rio 12 gauge 1-1/8 #8 off the sales floor. During the outing, a shell exploded in the Fausti Caledon I was shooting. The bang was loud enough that shooters from the two neighboring fields came over to see what happened. I was literally stunned for about five minutes. My right ear went almost deaf for 30 minutes or so and was pretty sensitive to loud noises for a month . . . Continue Reading
TTAG reported on SilencerCo’s new shotgun silencer a couple of days ago. Pictures and videos of the Salvo 12 have hit the net today. The above demo by Top Shot competitor Chris Cheng doesn’t really tell us much about the noise levels, as video mics cut-out when things go bang. Still, he’s not wearing ear pro is he? [Note: I now have permanent tinnitus because I didn't wear ear protection when a silencer maker told me a modified gun was "ear safe." Three shots. That's all it took. You have been warned.] Regardless of the db’s involved it must be said: that is the porn star of shotguns. Pie-ing a room with this bad boy? Not unless you’re doing it Three Stooges Style. Still, I want one. If nothing else, a silenced Benelli M2 will help me silence people who say it’s recoil that puts off new shotgun shooters. It’s the noise. And now, the weight. Sigh. Way cool slow-mo video after the jump . . .
The idea of a shotgun silencer isn’t anything particularly new — ever since No Country for Old Men came out a few years ago, people have been wanting to get their hands on such a device. Not many people, but people nonetheless. A couple companies have come out with their own version of a shotgun can, most notably Red Jacket Firearms as shown on one of their episodes. And every time someone mentions the idea to me, my response is always the same: why? I understand the George Mallory effect, but somehow I doubt that such a thing would be commercially viable. SilencerCo seems undaunted, and appears to have invited some people out to an event to show off their brand new shotgun silencer (our sources have already confirmed the product’s existence — there’s not really any doubt left at this point). The only question: will it sell? Make the jump for the press release.
By Stewart F.
You know you live in Louisiana when your wife offers to go in halvsies on a new shotgun for Valentine’s Day. That or you’re just one lucky dude. Brace yourself, this will be equal parts gun review, musings of a first time duck hunter and range day recollection. I went duck hunting for the first time this year and was hooked instantly. Many of you are nodding your heads and wondering what took me so long. ‘I’m slow’ is all that I can say . . .
A handgun is for fighting your way to your long gun. Nowhere is this more true than at home, at night, with kids. In that horrifying situation, you want to call the cavalry, put the good guys behind you, grab your long gun, assume a defensive position and wait. A bedside handgun is an excellent tool to help make that happen. You can use your free hand to dial 911, grab the kids, open doors, turn on lights, etc. until you can get to your long gun. So where is it? Where is your shotgun or rifle? A lot of people . . .
Before my first divorce, I owned a collection of fine watches. After the divorce, two. Taking a Patek Phillipe or Blancpain to a gun range makes as much sense as taking a Ferrari F335B (also gone) off-roading. So I looked for something more durable. My newfound interest in self-defense added another requirement: a watch I could read in the dark. Without glasses. I shared my eventual choice with TTAG’s readers back in 2012: an Armourlite Captain Field Series AL307. When Armourlite introduced a line of new, larger-face models, I hit them up for a $325 Caliber Series AL613 (with industry-leading brightness). To test for shock resistance. On your behalf. As you can see from the picture above, I strapped it to a Benelli M4 . . .
TTAG will endeavor to secure a Chiappa Triple Threat shotgun for test and evaluation. Meanwhile, I’m a bit hesitant to laud the long gun’s arrival. I went pretty big on the Rhino back in the day – only to be disappointed by a trigger heavier than Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus married to a grip that puts the go-pedal beyond my average-sized-hand’s full command and control. Still, I’m a huge fan of Stoeger’s Coach Gun for home defense. It’s an ideal firearm for newbies seeking simple in-home or business-situated personal protection. Add another barrel et voila! (Extractor? I just met her!) It’s hardly a new idea, but is it a good idea? A $1600 good idea? Your thoughts below.
By Ross Marshman
Ever since the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq plastered the news media’s canvas with portraits of valiant deeds done by brave men and women, any viewer could not help but notice the modern lance these soldiers hefted into combat. Whether black or tan, long or short, optic or irons, the AR15 or M4 carbine was propelled into common, everyday language and into more than one gun enthusiast’s home. But not into mine. This blasphemer decided long ago to stick with what he knows and what works and has fought the urge to purchase an AR15 ever since. Frankly, my grip on the shotgun’s stock has only tightened in recent years . . .
The guys over at SRM have been refining their 1216 shotgun, adding in all kinds of new bells and whistles. Improved plastics for the magazine to prevent warping, better materials for the stock, and even a better design for the receiver will all be available this year for new buyers. But something they’ve been tinkering with more and more is their dedicated “less lethal” bolt — a drop-in replacement that will only fire “less lethal” low pressure rounds, and will split if a full power load is used (to prevent more than one round from flying downrange). After a session showing off their latest tricks to a team of special forces soldiers, the guys asked them to do something ingenious: make a lethal shotgun slug that’s quieter than a .22 caliber gun (even without a silencer) and won’t penetrate walls and still be lethal on the other side. So they did. And it’s going on sale soon . . .
Search for Persons of Interest
Flagstaff, AZ – On Monday, April 21st at approximately 5:00 p.m., firefighters from the USDA Forest Service and Flagstaff City Fire Department responded to a wildland fire near Doney Park. Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire which consumed less than one acre. An on-scene witness informed law enforcement that he had observed two people shooting at clay pigeons at approximately 3:00 p.m. before the fire started. Location of the fire was off Forest Road 498, approximately one half mile west of Hutton Ranch Road; the area is also accessible from Slayton Ranch Road. The two individuals were estimated to be in their late twenties and early thirties and described as: a white male, approximately 6’3” – 6’7” with short blond hair, and a female with brown, braided hair in a pony tail. They were driving a blue pickup with a camper shell, possibly a Toyota. If anyone has any information on these two individuals, please contact the Coconino National Forest at (928) 527-3552.
The Remington 870 shotgun. If anyone can think of a more iconic scattergun let me know, because I’m pretty sure this is the tops. Star of stage and screen and gracing the gun safe of just about every gun owner in the United States, it’s a familiar sight on the range and in the field. But somehow, we here at TTAG have never reviewed the gun before. So seeing the opportunity to fill a hole in our repertoire, as well as an opportunity to find out if Freedom Group had ruined yet another iconic American firearm, we bought one from an online retailer and tested it out . . .