Taurus Judge

Taurus Judge

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    Caliber: .45 Colt /.410 (2.5″ chamber)
    Grips: Ribber
    Capacity: 5
    Weight: 28.2 oz – 29 oz..
    Barrel Length: 2.5″ and 3”
    Construction: Steel
    Frame: Small
    Action: SA/DA
    Length: 9″
    Grooves: 6
    Safety: Firing Pin Block,Transfer Bar

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The Taurus Judge is a nice gun to have for the versatility of being able to have a shotgun and a long pistol (round) all rolled in one.  I haven’t yet fired this but I have had a few chances to hold it and it is comfortable in the hand. I would like to feel first hand the recoil compared to a .357 mag or .38 SPL because from what I have read is it has about the same recoil as a medium frame .357 which isn’t a bad recoil and if you were shooting for fun it wouldn’t be a gun you would only take 2 shots from and say this is too much.

The combo pack (pictured above) I have yet to find a website or store who has it in stock and from Winchesters’ site it looks as if it might be discontinued. If you know of some place that is still selling it please contact us and let me know where.

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Iver Johnson TP .22

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Caliber: .22 long rifle
Length: 5.39”
Height: 3.94”
Width: .91”
Barrel length: 2.85’”
Weight: 14.34 OZ
Magazine capacity: 7+1 rounds

The Iver Johnson TP .22  is a fun little gun to go plinking with. The gun pictured looks to be rusted but that is just the patina on the metal and when handling the pistol it isn’t that reddish-brown.

I was sent a site with gun manuals and from the forums I am apart of I have seen a few people asking for a manual for this pistol and well…. here is it.

The gun is notoriously bad with feeding and ejecting some types of ammo. I have found it likes copper jacketed .22lr the best and doesn’t like slow steady shooting, it is a “I have 7 rounds in my mag and I want to shoot them as fast as you can pull my trigger” type of gun.

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This is a nice starter pistol for teaching someone how to use a pistol.

FN Five-seveN

FN Five-seveN

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Specs
– Caliber: 5.7x28mm
– Action: Semi Auto only
– Twist Rate: 1 in 9”
– Barrel Length: 4.75”
– Height: 5.7”
– Width: 1.4”
– Barrel Length: 4.80”
– Overall Length: 8.2”
– Weight: 20.8 oz. empty
– Magazine: 20- or 10-round magazines
– Integrated accessory rail for mounting tactical lights or lasers
– Reversible magazine release button
– Ambidextrous manual safety levers
– Hammer-forged, chrome lined barrel
– Choice of adjustable three dot target sights or fixed C-More Systems™ day or night combat sights

The Five-seveN was introduced in 1998 and FN restricted purchase to military and law enforcement only due in part to the rounds ability to penetrate body armor when using certain rounds. In 2004 FN released the pistol to the public (with non body armor round) and has been increasingly popular ever since.

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L-R .223, 5.7x28mm, 9mm, .22LR

The Five-seveN was designed around the same time as the FN P90 which also uses the 5.7.
The standard NATO pistol round is the 9mm.
NATO began testing the 5.7 and the 4.6x30mm from 2002 – 2003 to replace the 9x19mm round, NATO recommended the 5.7 over the 4.6 however standardization of the round was stopped for reasons unknown to me at this time.
The 5.7x28mm round is half the size , produced a 2/3 less recoil compared to the 9mm and certain rounds have the ability to penetrate Type IIA body armor which the 9mm can’t.

M1911 (and variances)

M1911 (and variances)

Manufacturers

1. Colt

2. S&W

3. Strayer

4. Springfield armory

5. Kimber

6. Taurus

7. Remington

8. Rock island armory

9. Desert eagle

10. Norinco

11. Wilson combat

12. Dan Wesson

13. Nighthawk custom

14. Volkmann combat custom

15. Iver Johnson

16. Ithaca

17. Browning

18. Para ordnance

19. Firestorm

20. STI

21. Matt Davis

22. Charles Daly

23. Rock river

24. Auto ordnance

25. RIA

26. Sigarms

27. Guncrafters industries

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28. Umarex

29. C.o. arms

30. Imbel (mdl / M973)

31. Molina

32. Reeder custom gun

33. ATI

34. Les baer

35. IDPA

36. Ed brown

37. Turnbull

38. Cylinder and slide

39. Double star

40. Armscor

41. Jardines custom

42. Hunter custom

43. Safri arms

44. Metro arms

45. Tussey custom

46. Enterprise arms

47. MP express

48. Citadel

49. Caspian

50. Regent

51. American classic

52. JB custom

53. High standard

54. MEU

This is just a list I composed yesterday if you know of more companies who make the 1911 please leave us a comment

Margolin MT

Margolin MT

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Here is the Russian Margolin MT .22LR.

If you look at the sights on this weapon they might look funny for a pistol but this is a specialist target pistol and so the back sights adjust for windage and the front is to adjust for elevation. (the front is a muzzlebreak)

This was designed by the blind Russian designer Mikhail Margolin.

.50 GI conversion for the Glock 21

.50 GI conversion for the Glock 21

I sat down yesterday to write about the .40 vs. 10mm round but I seem to have found myself in a writers block when it came to that so I flipped through my list of what I wanted to talk on this blog and I saw that I had dated the .50 GI conversion for my Glock with todays date so I guess I should just listen to myself and white this post.

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Guncrafter Industries designed a slide and barrel for the Glock 20/21 to fire their .50 GI round.

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This round is just slightly larger than the .45 ACP but is not as much brass and powder behind the round as the .500 S&W or the .50 AE

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It is a smaller round but it gives the Glock family a cousin in the .50s.

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Just something fun to think about.

Glock 21 vs. M1911

Glock 21 vs. M1911

I was recently presented with a question about which I like better the Glock 21 or the M1911?

This isn’t an easy question for me to just answer but I will try. I own and love my Glock 21 .45 ACP I have been through a lot with my gun and have shot personally about 500 rounds through it in the 3 years I have owned it and when I got this gun it was “pre-loved” by someone else and when I first took the gun apart it was clear he loved it too just by the wear he had put on the gun.

I have shot and holstered a few different M1911s all of which have had their own characteristics  and I can say I like the feel, size and I do like the recoil for some reason. (I know it might be a little much for some people but we aren’t talking about other people) I have a love/hate relationship with the magazine. I love the look and the size of the magazine and how well you can carry so many magazines without taking up that much space on your belt so you don’t feel like you’re carrying Batman’s utility belt (unless that is what you are going for at which point I suggest taking a strong look at becoming a peace officer because they carry all the COOL stuff *quizzical look at self*) nevertheless I hate the 7 round capacity it offers.

I like the polymer based magazines out on the market for other guns because it puts less wear on the gun (no metal on metal). If you know of a polymer M1911 7 round magazine please email me because I haven’t found one yet.

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As I said before I have the Glock 21 and I love it. I have had a few problems over the past few years but we have gotten over them such as having a round without powder fired through the gun followed by a “live” round causing a bulge in the middle of my Glock barrel (see Glock 21 for full story) but that was a ammunition problem not a Glock problem. I will say I am thankful it was in a Glock for the simple fact that it just messed up the barrel and didn’t blow up the whole gun. I have  fired this weapon in close quarters without any hearing protection (unlike with the M1911 you will have a ringing in your ears for a few hours if you are lucky.  In no way am I advocating not wearing ear protection when firing your weapon.) and I will say I was happy because I have heard car horns louder than this gun and it was soft enough that someone in the same building who was sleeping slept right through the shot. Now I will say I do have a few marks towards this gun that are personal problems. I like that it is a full size weapon and has a nice big hand grip for us manly men however someone with smaller hands might not like the feel because it can be a little big. (And again this is more personal than a gun problem) The takedown pin for the gun makes it hard for someone with carpal tunnel syndrome to take the gun apart again however on the same side of this coin the take down for cleaning it very fast and simple. The magazine is bulky but it has a 13 round capacity so it is like carrying two magazines of the M1911. It is polymer which I love because it makes the gun lightweight and \as you may have seen in the torture tests makes the gun want to last longer.

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Speaking of my Glock, my sights are WAY off! Maybe I will go in and get them to sight the gun in this week. I’ll keep you all posted.

A friend told me he might be buying a M1911 here soon. Maybe if I am really nice I can get him to do a guest post for me on his trip of going out and getting one. 

I introduced Glock to a very old and dear friend of mine who was thinking about buying his first gun and I went shopping with him a few times to look at different guns and he did his research and found that the Glock 22 .40 S&W was the gun for him and when he called me telling me what he got I was proud to say I had a small role in him joining the Glock Family.

John Browning’s Model 1911 pistol

John Browning’s Model 1911 pistol

A friend reminded me that today is the BIG 100th birthday of John browning’s M1911 pistol.

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Since it was introduced and fielded for the US military they have ordered 2.7 MILLION Handguns. The gun was designed by John M. Browning and was adopted by the US Army on March 29, 1911. The M1911 design has been changed very little throughout the past 100 years.

Specs
Caliber: .45 ACP
Magazine: 7-round standard magazine.
Type: Semi-automatic pistol
Action: Short recoil operation

 

With this gun being manufactured by so many companies… Who is your favorite? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.