CGI: 9mm Rifles

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet: Today’s post is brought to you by The 9×19mm Parabellum and the interesting rifles that shoot it. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!Tavor 9mm GEN 1
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Freedom Ordnance FM-9 Belt Fed Upper Receiver

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Having a belt fed rifle sounds awesome doesn’t it? While everyone else is having to constantly change out magazines every 30 rounds or so, you are able to just keep slinging lead down range to your hearts content. Who wouldn’t enjoy that feeling?

Who Wants to Stop?

Until recently, you would have to cough up the dough to purchase a machine gun to enjoy such pleasures. And you know the cost of firing it would add up quickly; even .223 can cost quite a bit when you are shooting a couple thousand round. Because, let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to stop after a couple of boxes.

Firearm Cost vs Ammo Cost

Recently there has been a trend of semi-auto only “machine guns” being released. We recently reviewed one here by Ohio Ordnance. And while they are cheaper and easier to purchase than their full auto counterparts, the high cost for the firearm and the cost of ammo will quickly take its toll on your wallet.

Solutions

Freedom Ordnance has released what they believe to be the solution to this problem, with their FM-9 belt fed upper receivers. You can just take any AR15 or M16 lower that you currently own, and attach their complete upper. You now have a belt fed 9mm in your hands and the world’s largest grin on your face.

Elite Model

At a much cheaper cost of entry and the relatively cheap cost of ammunition, this seems to solve all problems of purchasing and owning a belt fed firearm that previously came with owning something this unique. Additionally, if you choose to purchase the Elite model, or elect to upgrade to it at a later date, you have the ability to quickly change the barrel.

While this may not seem like it would be an important feature, it will save you a lot of time waiting on your barrel to cool off. It will also help to extend your barrel’s life if used properly.

Shoot Slow? Hell NO!

Now let’s just be honest here, you are not going to be shooting this slowly! You will get this in your hands and want to throw ammo downrange as quickly as you can. That’s whole purpose of owning a belt fed; shooting fast and not having to reload every 30 rounds.

New Trigger

If you own a M16 lower or a drop in auto sear, this will be easy. Just thrown it into full auto and enjoy. If you are not fortunate enough to own one of those, don’t worry. This is still fun to shoot in semi auto, but I would recommend looking to purchase a binary trigger or a slide fire stock to simulate the full auto experience.

Quick Linker

The other thing that you will want to look into purchasing would be a quick linker. It is not necessary for the complete firearm to function, but will save you a lot of time and is well worth the investment.

What’s the Cost?

I know what you may be thinking, “this sounds great and all, but what is the catch? There has to be something wrong with it.” Well the price is still a little higher than I would expect at about $1300, but this is still much lower than the other belt fed options. And while Freedom Ordnance website does state that only certain ammunition seems to work well, the 9mm is still a relatively cheap round to fire.

Drawbacks?

The biggest drawback that I have seen for this system, is that when it comes time to purchase a new barrel (unfortunately, shooting fast you will probably go through barrels very quickly) you will have to buy Freedom Ordnance barrels and cannot select one from another manufacturer. This is to be expected, as nobody else has anything like this available. It also ensures that what you are putting on your gun will function as designed.

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Head Turning at the Range

For anyone looking for an exciting new toy for the range that is guaranteed to turn heads, I think does the trick. If you can’t afford something like the Ohio Ordnance 1919 or the FNH M249S, I think this is a great alternative. You still get the enjoyment of running a belt fed firearm, but at a much lower cost of ownership. Just throw some form of optic on it, and enjoy.

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CGI: Smith & Wesson Edition

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Today’s post is brought to you by the awesome folks at Smith and Wesson. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

M&P45 SHIELDS&W 586S&W SWAT KNIFESmith and Wesson MP R8Smith and Wesson MP15
Throw back to when I owned an S&W M&P15

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Matthew and the Leupold HAMR Red Dot Scope

A few years back I decided it was time to purchase some new glass. I owned a rather out dated red dot. Among my list of musts, was to keep my red dot, but have the ability to zoom or magnify.

Matt and the HAMR

The Search Begins

I started looking and found magnifiers and EOtech. I wasn’t sold yet on what I had seen in the market. Finally, after a long search, light at the end of the tunnel. I saw the HAMR.

HAMR First Impression

My first impression was that this thing looks awesome! I pulled it out of the box and looked through the lens.

Slim & Low Profile

It was crystal clear as I would expect any Leopold glass to look. The red dot was slim and low profile. I was happy with my purchase, without even mounting it.

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Key Features

Let’s focus on the key things that attracted me to buy this scope over so many other choices on the market.

First thing, it’s made for the AR platform in 5.56. Second is the combination of a scope and red dot in one. Finally, the quality and reputation Leopold has.

Detects Motion

My favorite feature has to be how the red dot turns on. It detects motion, so the minute you pick your gun up it’s ready to point, aim and shoot.

No longer do I fumble for the switch or button. The scope has an illuminated reticle, which is a very useful feature.

Rugged Design

This is overall a rugged designed and quality product. I feel sure this is something that will last me a life time.

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Video: CMMG MK AKS13 First Look

Cmmg MK47 AKS13

We are really excited to take the CMMG Mutant for a test spin and see how it fairs up against an AR as well as an AK.

In this video we look at the size of the CMMG Mk47 (7.62x39mm) bolt carrier group up against an AR-15 style Bolt Carrier Group chambered in 7.62×39. We also look at a BCG that is chambered for .308 (7.62x51mm)

The CMMG MK47 charging handle has it downfalls. We show you the size difference and how we come to that conclusion.

Stay tuned as we bring more videos and reviews of this mutant rifle.

CGI: CMMG Edition

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This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Todays post is brought to you by the awesome guys over at CMMG. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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Repost: GEARS and the X-15

X15 Drum Mag and the  X25S Drum Mag

Yesterday we looked at the XPRODUCTS X25S for Video Tuesday which sent me back to when we had first become friends with James and the awesome Team over at XPRODUCTS.

As you can see below we have been working with them since before they dropped the S in XS-Products and I stand by my first review of the XPRODUCTS X-15Size: I live in the great state of Texas where I am not limited on how many rounds I can have in my magazine.  I own 30 round magazines and up, which can be a problem if you are sighting your rifle in on a lead sled but I found that the X-15 works great for that and I don’t have to change mags if 10 rounds wasn’t enough or if you are sighting in a number of ARs.”

After that review came out, someone laughed at me for the sighting in comment, saying if you need 50 rounds to sight in a rifle you are the problem. Lets face it, how many of us have sighted in our rifle and said “hey, I have shot my 10 rounds to get sighted in now I don’t want to shoot anymore”? Once the rifle is sighted in, thats when the real fun starts.  So why wouldn’t you loaded up a full 50 round drum for the “after party”?

What is your take on the over 30 round mags on the market?

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Shooting The XPRODUCTS X-25 Drum Mag

XPRODUCTS X25 Drum Mag

Out at the range this past weekend, Tanner and I had to get some trigger time with my Windham Weaponry R16FSFST-308 Rifle and the XPRODUCTS X-25 Skeletonized Drum Magazine.

3 Years of Experience

We have been working with XPRODUCTS for 3+ years now and I can only say good things about them and the products they make. They make some of the toughest and beefiest drum magazines I have seen on the market. They do it at fair prices too.

Worth the Price

The X-25 comes in at around $350. When you first put any of their mags in your hands for the first time, you can feel they aren’t rinky-dink plastic mags.  You are not going to have baby these mags.

A Fair Comparison

You can buy a Hyundai (20 round SR-25 magazine) and say that is all you need in your life. Hey, the speed limit is only 65mph so why would you need a Ferrari LaFerrari (X25 drum mag)? I think we all know the answer… BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME!

Cannon Fodder

The X-25 or any of the other products in their line up are built to last and handle anything you can throw at it. And hey, in a fight, if 50 rounds isn’t enough, you can just lob it in as canon fodder!

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Video Tuesday!!! Vltor: The True Stock Options

Today we look at 6 Vltor stocks in Black, FDE/Tan and Foliage Green. Vltor sent the IMOD and the EMOD stocks for us to test on the #WindhamProject.

I love the fact that the EMOD stock has the battery compartment for my CR123s. 

The IMOD stock is smaller so it has less of a foot print in your safe or hard case but still has the beastliness of the EMOD to handle anything you throw at them.  

The #WindhamProject is a Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 AR which is chamber in 5.56, .300BLK, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and .22lr. We have grabbed some of the most awesome parts of the gun industry to help us better customize this rifle and show you how to can turn this rifle from something awesome to something EPIC and drool worthy at the range.

Vltor EMOD and IMOD Stocks in Tan

Name This Gun: 7-13-16 Answer SX-1 MTR

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR [UPDATE]

 

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR Sniper Rifle

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR Sniper Rifle Broken DownThe SX-1 MTR is an Austrian bolt action rifle that has an interesting modularity to it. It was designed by the Russian team who helped bring the Orsis T5000 to life. They have built a platform that allows the end user to customize this rifle not only in stocks, pistol grips and triggers but also in calibers as well.

The SX-1 can be chambered in .308Win, .300Win Mag and .338 Lapua… almost as if they knew all my hopes and dreams…     *clears throat* as I was saying the modularity of this rifle is rather impressive. The picatinny rails are attached to the barrel rather than the receiver so that you don’t have to rezero the rifle every time you change calibers if you want to mount three different optics to the barrels.

The SX-1 does not use three bolts but rather one, that with a quick change of the bolt head, you can change calibers. Okay, so the carrying case is going to be big to fit all that expensive glass you are going to have mounted to each barrel, but we can save “some” space with the lack of three distinct bolts.

When it comes to how the rifle feeds, you might be asking, am I going to be spending $100s on extra mags for each caliber? No, because they offer magwells that use SR-25 style mags for your .308 and Accuracy International Mags.

The trigger is a Remington 700 so you can get after market triggers for this rifle which is an excellent feature.

The stock and pistol grip use standard AR platform stocks and grips so you can customize the rifle even more. Personally, if I owned this, I would use the SIG Brace and call the whole rifle my pocket pea shooter.

Sig Brace

I don’t know about you, but I only would shoot this rifle off hand from a standing position, with a sig brace and arm fully extended. That is how you get SUB SUBMOA.

[Insert epic photo of Atticus riding a Griffin while shooting this rifle with a Sig brace]

 

FN Ballista

The FN Ballista has similar features in that it can be rechambered to the same calibers, however it is lacking on some of the modularity that the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR has.  Such as. the interchangeably of the stock, and possibly the trigger (I cannot not remember if the FN Ballista uses a trigger like that of the Remington 700)

On the topic of Remington Defense we look to their XM2010.
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Are you noticing a theme here?  While this rifle is just an upgraded version of the Remington 700 (M24 or M40) it has the same looking features as the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR and the The FN Ballista just without interchangeability (GET ON THAT REMINGTON! Also make it available to us).

I have yet to find anyone selling the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR rifle in the US. I am hopeful that maybe they will think about bringing it here by 2017 with an introduction at SHOT Show 2017.

(UPDATE from Ritter and Stark)

”Only one important thing you missed I think, the bolt is locked into the barrel breach not a barrel extension, locking lugs machined in the breach. Main idea was to create a very stable shooting platform and get rid of parts between the scope and the barrel. So basically the rifle itself is the barrel.”

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AXTS RAPTOR CHARGING HANDLE TALON SAFETY SELECTOR QD END PLATE REVIEW

Today we talk about how my spine looks like an AXTS Raptor charging handle. AXTS has sent us out the awesome Talon Safety Selector switch, QD endplate and my new Raptor charging handle for the #WindhamProject.

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The #WindhamProject is a Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 AR which is chamber in 5.56, .300BLK, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and .22lr. We have grabbed some of the most awesome parts of the gun industry to help us better customize this rifle and show you how to can turn this rifle from something awesome to something EPIC and drool worthy at the range.

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Video Tuesday!!!Blackhawk Cutaway Omega Vest and TacProGear Review

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Sometimes you just need a big knife and tactical vest. This is one of those times. Like I said, I do really like the gear. However, as someone who was never military or a three gun shooter, I don’t really care all that much to wear MOLLE, unless I have a need for it. This vest has been coming in real handy while reviewing the #WindhamProject.  We are firing thousands of rounds through this rifle. The MOLLE vest makes it easier to keep mags closer for speedier reload time.

Something I failed to mention about this vest, is that is it mainly made with a mesh body.  That makes this vest breathable. This is nice in the Texas sun when you are wearing it for hours on end.

I also keep my Leatherman MUT on my vest, which you can see on the left hand side of the screen when looking at the vest.

The video below is of the OPSGEAR guys using the cutaway system.

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