CGI– Wooden Edition

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Todays post is brought to you by God and Nature in the form of wood.
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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Accessories and Scopes: Shot Show 2016

Here is a collection of the photos from the floor.  These photos are just a few of the best photos taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.  Our accessory collection includes companies that manufacture ammo, scopes, triggers, mags, speed loaders, re-loaders, stocks, slides and bi-pods.  Make sure you stay til the end.  Leopold has put together some really awesome found gun stories.  We snapped a few photos of the guns and the stories to share with you guys.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

 

50 BMG Ammo:

50 BMG Ammo

Aimpoint:

Aimpoint Micro H2 AR Ready Scope

Aimpoint Micro H-2 AR Ready

Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red Dot Scope

Aimpoint Micro T-2 AR Ready

Archangel:

Archangel Stock & other gun accessories

 

Archangel

Boyds Gunstocks:

Boyds Gunstocks

X Products:

drum mag

EOTech Scopes:

EOTech1

EOTech2

EOTech3

EOTech4

ESS Solutions:

ESS Solutions

Franklin Armory Binary Trigger:

Franklin Armory Binary Trigger

General Dynamics Ammo:

General Dynamics Ammo

Harris Engineering Bipods:

Harris Bipods

Lone Wolf and Alpha Wolf Sides:

Lone Wolf & Alpha Wolf Slides

Lone Wolf Glock Slides

Magpul:

Magpul 1

Magpul 2

Magpul 3

Magpul Magazine pistol speed loaders

MEC Reloaders:

MEC Shotgun Shell Reloader

Night Force Scopes:

Night Force Scopes 1

Night Force Scopes

Nikon Scopes:

Nikon Scopes

 

ProMag:

ProMag AR15 Mag with the Roller Follower New at Show

Pulsar Scopes:

Pulsar Scope

Pulsar Scopes

Schmidt Bender Scopes:

Schmidt Bender Scopes

Schweitzer Scopes:

Schweitzer Scopes

Sightmark Scopes

 

Sightmark Scopes

Vortex Scopes:

Vortex Scopes

X Products:

Drum mags and lowers

X producs Drum Mags

x products drum mags

X products new Scar 17 lower

 

Leopold Scopes:

Leopold 11

Leopold Scopes 1

Leopold Scopes 2

Leopold Scopes 3

Leopold Scopes 5

The LOST STORIES

We just love these lost gun stories by Leopold.  They tell the stories of how long these scopes and guns were lost under the worst conditions.  They are a testament to the quality of the products.

Lost Gun Story 1

Lost Gun Story 2

Lost Gun Story 3

Lost Gun Story 4

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

The Over-Under on the Winchester Model 101

The Winchester Model 101 Over-Under 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

I own four shotguns. I have two pump actions and two semi-autos. Each of them have a use and a reason I own them. Some are for hunting or for shooting clays and others are for home defense. Something I have heard over the years from many types of people, is that you want a pump action for home defense.  The reason for that, is because of the sound the shotgun makes when you chamber a round.  This sound is what would scare off a would-be burglar.

The Winchester Model 101 Over-Under 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

The reverse side of that coin, is the joyful feeling I get when I eject the spent shells from an over-under. If you haven’t experienced an over-under, you are missing the feeling you get when you eject the spent shells and they are still smoking. It is a pretty badass thing to watch.

Winchester Model 101 Logo

 

Atticus Shooting the Winchester M101

It is even more badass when you dust two clays in a row, you stand there and hit the lever while someone who saw the whole thing watches the shells fly. Sorry, where was I? Right, the Winchester Model 101 Over-Under.

 

Atticus James Ejecting The Shells from the Winchester Model 101

Why I like Over-Unders

I believe there are three gun staples that anyone who likes guns should have. My list if three guns that all gun owners should have.

  1. A Shotgun
  2. A pistol
  3. GAU-8 Avenger

I will stick to my beliefs that any respectable “Gun Guy” will own all three.

I have been shooting Over-Unders for years and there is something about the simplicity of them that makes them so beautiful to me.  I love modern firearms and the ability to  customize and tacticool-out your firearms and make them fit a need. With a gun like this, I just want to preserve the history of them.

Winchester Model 101 Over Under Review

The Craftsmanship

I have spent about five months with the Winchester Model 101. The more I have shot the 101 and the more I have looked at it, the more it has called me back to our roots in shotgun history.

Winchester Model 101 Red Background

The price is $1800 for the Model 101.  On the surface, this seems steep, but when you look at the craftsmanship and detail of the firearm it is hard not to respect it. Over the years at SHOT Show®, we have stopped by booths with high dollar shotguns and and I thought man, if I had a half million dollars I would never spend it on a four piece shotgun set. When you sit down and take a look at why they do cost much, you can really understand that these are the work of masters and are truly pieces of art.

Extra Grade Over under $352,300

 

The Winchester Model 101 isn’t going to set you back $352,300.  It is however beautiful enough to mount in your study or on the mantle in the living room while still being a firearm you feel comfortable enough to take down and go bird hunting with. Winchester Model 101 Shells

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Winchester Model 101 Buttstock

Final Thoughts

The Winchester Model 101 has been a true joy to shoot. There are just some things in life that cause bliss and shooting the Winchester Model 101 has been one of those moments. It takes me to a place of a simpler time where you don’t have to listen to someone trying to make their AR sound full auto. If your AR or AK is Rock and Roll than the Model 101 is Classical, and I sure do love classical.

Atticus James Bliss

Model 101 Empty Chamber

Winchester Model 101 Loaded

Winchester 101 Two Shells

8 Shells Winchester Model 101

Model 101 Trigger

Winchester Model 101 Details

Ohio Ordnance Works 1919A4 Bundle Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Before I talk about this 1919A4 belt fed firearm I have to talk about Ohio Ordnance Works. I have never met them in person but I can tell you I have the upmost respect for the men and women of this company. Normally when working with a firearm manufacturer I work with one person and if I have any problems they are the only one I can contact to get a problem resolved. This company however is not like that. When I had a problem with the 1919 on a Tuesday morning I did not speak to my contact Bob Conroy I spoke with the owner directly. I will talk more about that a little later on and help further explain why I have to open with these comments.

Ohio Ordnance Works 1919A4 Bundle Review

M1919A4 Specs+

Designed: 1919
Number built: 5 million
Variants: A1; A2; A3; A4; A5; A6; M37 and AN/M2
Weight: 31 lb (14 kg) (M1919A4)
Length: 37.94 in (964 mm) (M1919A4)
Barrel length: 24 in (610 mm)
Cartridge: .30-06 Springfield and 7.62×51mm NATO
Action: Recoil-operated/short-recoil operation
Rate of fire: 400–600 round/min
Feed system: 250-round belt

The OOW M1919A4 is classified as a belt fed rifle.  The machine gun classification is for full auto only, making this gun a semi auto and available without a NFA tax stamp.

The Backstory

As many of you may have already seen and heard, Ohio Ordnance Works has redesigned the BAR and made it their H.C.A.R. (Heavy Counter Assault Rifle). This is a very cool looking rifle but it honestly was not the first thing that peaked my interest when I first came to their website. While scrolling through their guns I saw the semi auto 1919A4 Bundle which is a SEMI AUTO belt fed tripod rifle. Side note: this means you cannot put the sig stabilizing brace on this and turn it into a pistol (I found this out at my FFL holders shop when I told him all the cool kids were making pistols and I wanted one too). When I saw that, the first thing that went through my head was this is AWESOME! who doesn’t want to own a belt fed gun? and that is when I saw the price. $3,997. I honestly figured they would have this priced to be closer to $7000+.   On top of all of that, the gun at the bottom of the page is a 1919A4 with a Cleaning Kit, Manual, Headspace & Timing Gage, and the .308 Trunnion Shield for $2500.

YOU ARE TELLING ME I CAN OWN A BELT FED RIFLE FOR THE SAME PRICE AS 2.5 AR-15s? Sign me up!

Let me put two images in your head.

1. You pull up to the range, get out of your truck, walk to the firing line and pull out the same plain Jane AR-15 that every other shmuck has and shoot it

or

2. You pull up to your private range, back up into your bay, unload a 1919 A4 out of your truck and not give a s**t about what anyone else thinks because you own a belt fed tripod rifle of glory?

That is what I thought.

OOW 1919A4 Bundle Specs

Bundle Includes:

· 1919A4 Semi-Auto

· Manual

· Tripod, Pintle, T&E

· Headspace & Timing Gage

· Custom Cut Pelican Case

· 1919A4 Linker

· Cleaning Kit

· 1,000 Links

· Spade Grip

· .308 Trunion Shield

· Parts to Convert Gun to .30-06

· Membership Access to Video Tutorial

The Bundle

When my gunsmith got the M1919A4 in he told me he saw the parcel service driver spending more time than normal in the back of the truck so he walked outside to see what the deal was and the driver told him he needed to get his dolly to carry this box into the shop. My gun smith told him that he didn’t need to worry he would just help him carry it in. In his words, “that was a mistake”.

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The pelican case isn’t grossly over heavy but it’s a long case that is meant to be carried using the handles or rolled using the built in wheels, making it easy to move. In the cardboard box it was heavy and awkward.

Inside of the custom cut Pelican case the rifle also comes with:
Manual
Tripod, Pintle, T&E
Headspace & Timing Gage
Cleaning Kit
Spade Grip
.308 Trunion Shield
and Parts to Convert the Gun to .30-06

You also get:

1000 Links (they link .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield and 8mm cartridges)
Membership Access to Video Tutorials (this is very important)
and the 1919A4 Linker

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The Ammo

Our good friends over at Luckygunner.com sponsored the .308 used in this review.
We used 1000 rounds of 308 Winchester 180 Gr Sp Prvi Partizan

Be sure to check them out for all your ammo needs.

Linking

When the rifle first came in Ohio Ordnance Works was out of stock of the linker so they shipped it without one. The crew and I had plans to get this gun on the range as quick as possible because it was going to rust from all the drooling if we didn’t.

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[1000 links in a plastic box I purchased)

I called over one of the guys to come help me hand load 500 rounds and I can tell you from experience this is a bloody ordeal and I am thankful I never have to do that with this gun ever again. It took two people about an hour of linking to get all the belts made (we made them into 40 round belts.)  When we got the linker in a few days later, it took me 23 minutes by myself to do the same amount.

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Shooting

As I said, we shot 1000+ rounds of .308 through the M1919A4. It was the most fun you can have without full auto.

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I tried both the spade grip as well as the standard grip and both of them are fun to shoot. I think I like the standard grip more because it means I don’t have to take the M1919A4 down to put it back in its case… maybe I am just lazy.

Changing Barrels and Cleaning

This gun comes with a membership to videos on how to change the barrel and take apart the gun and they do a much better job at explaining this than I can. I will say I have watched the videos every time I have cleaned this gun and when I had to fix the gun to insure I don’t miss anything. The videos are helpful and comprehensive.

The Problem and the Solution

On the first range trip, we shot about 250 rounds before I broke the gun. Yes I admit I broke it and I am kind of happy it happened. I have no idea why the detent pin bent but the pin that rides in the channel from the extraction arm bent out of place and stopped the gun from working. Ohio Ordnance Works said, “it was probably a fluke, a wriggling out of place by the pin. We’ve made tons of these and not had an issue like that. They are new/grad A surplus, so you may have found one that just wasn’t perfect.”

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I am happy about breaking the gun because of the experience I had afterwards. I hate breaking guns. I know as a reviewer I can be hard on gun but normally we know their limits and where the maximum amount of safe operating abuse is and we err on the side of caution. This however was not abuse. We were still warming the M1919A4 up when it bent.

This killed the mood at the range. Since this is a review gun and it was a weekday morning I called Ohio Ordnance Works to try and figure out what had happened. I spoke with the young lady who answered the phone and she told me, Bob Conroy wasn’t in the office.  She transferred me to Mr. Landies instead. Under stress, my vocabulary resorts to almost grunting so when Mr. Landies got on the phone and started helping me he was very understanding at my lost of proper terminology and told me that a picture is worth 1000 words or in my case 3 words and a grunt. So I e-mailed a photo of the bent part and he e-mailed me back just a few minutes later asking for a shipping address.

The following day I had my whole family over for lunch. When I got a knock at my door from the shipper with the part, you might say I was very surprised. I had figured I wouldn’t get this gun fixed for a few days at a minimum, but they overnighted the part to me. This blew me away, no one does that. No one ships you the part overnight unless it is a dire emergency. To say the least, I was impressed.

About a month ago, while on Instagram, I saw that Ohio Ordnance Works had posted a picture of a gentleman holding a beautiful rifle with the caption of Happy birthday boss… Mr. Landies. As it turns out I wasn’t transferred to some shop floor guy who builds the rifles but to the owner of the company. Again… no one does that.

After fixing the gun we took it back on the range a few weeks later and the gun ran like a champ. Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.28.23 PM

Final Thoughts

The gun is battle tested. I never had any doubts that this was a good gun, if it wasn’t, it would not still be in service all over the world.
While owning this 1919A4 only makes me feel cooler in my head, I know that I will not be taking this out to the range every Sunday. I know that it is a special occasion gun than is very expensive to just play with.

This is a gun that has a lot of history attached to it and since Ohio Ordnance Works has made this M1919A4 to be as affordable to own as possible I think it is a very nice piece to have in anyone’s collection. Plus, when your friends are bragging that they own a Tavor or a SCAR 17 you can just look at them and say “that’s cute, I own a belt fed tripod rifle”.

I have been very impressed with this company from the first time I spoke with them on the phone. They have always been very helpful and ready to work with us. I know I say this a lot, but I truly love the gun community. There is, bar none, not a single community with more caring and awesome people.

Remington R1 Enhanced 1911 Review

When I was younger I fancied myself a “Glock” man. In all of the debates with my friends I held true to my Glock fandom and that there wasn’t a 1911 on the face of this earth that could sway me. I have grown up a lot since then and I have experienced one or maybe two more guns since I was a youth. As I have matured and become a reviewer, I know that my tastes and knowledge has grown with me. I have been on the hunt for a 1911 that I could put the Atticus James stamp of approval on for about 2 years now, and I can say I have finally found it.

Remington R1 Enhanced 1911 Review

Side Story 

Before I get to reviewing this gun I wanted to share a story with you. As some of you know, I name my guns like they are my children and each firearm has a name that relates to a part of the gun and how it came to be mine.

On Valentine’s Day 2015, I picked up the Remington R1 1911 and the OOW 1919 (it was my month of ordering firearms designed in the 1900s). I opened the Remington pistols’ hard case and saw the gun for the first time. I instantly knew her name. Cupids Bow (Cupid for short). Because if Cupid was real it wouldn’t carry bow and arrows, it would carry this .45ACP, so when you get hit with love it feels like a Mac truck just hit you. This is how I felt when I first held the Remington R1 Enhanced and again when I first shot this pistol. Love hitting me like a Mac truck.

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Specs

ACTION: Short recoil operation
CALIBER: .45 ACP
MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 8+1 (comes with two mags)
BARREL: 5 in.
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 in.
OVERALL HEIGHT: 5.5 in.
GRIPS: Enhanced Wood Laminate
TRIGGER PULL: 3.5-5 lb.
WEIGHT: 39.5 oz.
Price: $940

First Impressions

I am not a good shot with pistols at anything farther than maybe 10 feet. I am working at getting my accuracy better but it has taken time. When we first took the Remington R1 Enhanced out to the range we were working in our back bay that goes out to 182 yards. We had been shooting our OOW 1919 out to the 50 yard line. We had to take a break from the 1919 and moved over to pistols for a bit. After shooting about 250 rounds down at the 7 yard with the Remington R1 Enhanced I decided to ring steel at 10y and 25 yards. I felt super confident after ringing in the silhouette at 25 yards. I wanted to try my hand at 50. After about 3 shots of walking up I rang the steel. For some of you this is nothing and I understand that, but for me this was AWESOME!

Shooting

When I moved over to the knockdown plate rack I was averaging about 90% hit rate at 10 yards. I let my sister try this pistol out and she noted it was heavy when she first picked it up but after shooting the gun and seeing how the weight helped her follow up shots I think the heaviness didn’t bother her after that. The crew got some time behind the gun and I heard things like “they can take this from my cold dead hands” “dibs” “do you think Atticus would notice it missing if I sneak it under my shirt and take it home”.

Grips

I don’t like the prickliness of the grips. I understand the reason being that it adds more slip resistance, but I am not a fan. I found that the screws were loose on the grips when I got the gun. After tightening them they haven’t backed out once.

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500 Round Cleaning

After the first day of shooting, the muzzle was very caked with carbon and powder. I always use M Pro 7 cleaner on my guns and after taking the Remington R1 down and spraying everything with cleaner all the carbon just wipes off and returned the gun to a shiny new-ish gun.

2000 Round Cleaning

When shooting the next 1500 round (maybe 200 rounds in) is when we had our first and only failure to fire. I was being bad and using an old box of Tula and I believe the round was just bad. After cleaning the gun it is still shiny and looks new. The fiber optic front sight needed to be cleaned with a q-tip but still is red and very visible .

Ammo Used

I have been using Blazer 230 Gr FMJ .45 Auto ammo in my .45s for years now and I have never really had any problems with it. I used 1600 round of Blazer, 50 rounds of Tula Ammo 45 ACP 230 Gr. FMJ Steel Case, 50 rounds of HPR .45 AUTO 230 JHP (the round I used to hit steel at 50 yards) and the last 300 rounds was Monarch brass .45 ACP FMJ.

Take Down

Remington ships a plastic barrel bushing wrench with the pistol making the take down easier. The gun takes down just like any other 1911.

Trigger

I have a Geissele Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced (SSA-E) Trigger in my AR-15. I have been complimented on this trigger more times than I can remember. The Remington R1 Enhanced Trigger is very similar. The trigger had a little more play left and right then I like but the pull and the reset are crisp and clean. It is like drinking a nice cold glass of water on a hot summer day. This trigger quenches that thirst like very few can.

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The Sights

The adjustable rear sight and fiber-optic front sight (red) make for an easy to see and quick to draw sight picture. Out of the box the pistol was dead on at 25 yards. When holstering this pistol in my drop leg holster I never had any problems with it snagging on the front sight. I never carried this pistol concealed because I do not have a holster to fit this gun.

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The Hard Case

In the case, it has a cut out that I could not figure out for the life of me what went there. 2015-05-11 17.37.28

As it turns out Remington sells a 1911 Multi-tool that fits in that spot

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1911-Multitool

As to why anyone would store this in the hard case is beyond me but I guess if you are wanting to give this as a gift with the tool included it would make for a nice one piece gift.


Overall Thoughts

The Remington R1 Enhanced is a custom factory made gun. Fit and finish on this pistol makes that apparent.

I loved this gun. I have never shot Remington’s other 1911s but my gunsmith said he has never been happy with them and that he only liked what Remington had done with the R1 Enhanced.

2000 Rounds and only one issue is good odds. Especially if that was only due to bad ammo.

At $940 MSRP it is hard to beat the price for a custom gun. While this gun would make for a nice piece to display it is also a firearm you could can shoot day in and day out.

Henry Repeating Arms – Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle Review

Some of you may already know I received the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, in 2004. This is the highest rank one can receive and it must be earned and is never just given. My father was a big part as to why I made it to Eagle because he cared enough to be a part of the program and help make scouting worth what it should be. A place for boys to grown into men.

History in a Rifle

Henry Repeating Arms has been reproducing the Henry lever action since 1997 based on the 1860s rifle designed by Benjamin Tyler Henry. Henry Repeating Arms makes a very large variety of different lever action rifles all based on the original design.

Henry makes a large number of tribute edition rifles such as the BSA, the EMS, the Military and Law enforcement, just to name a few. They make 5 different “Scouting Special Edition” rifles.

 

Big Boy “Order of the Arrow Centennial Edition” (.44 mag)

Big Boy Eagle Scout Centennial Rifle (.44 Mag)

Celebrating 100 Years of Eagle Scouts

Boy Scouts of America® Centennial Edition Tribute Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)

Celebrate 100 years of Scouting

Special Edition Philmont Scout Ranch Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)

Celebrating the oldest BSA adventure camp

Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle (.22 Short/Long/LR)

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

Tribute Edition Rifles

While all of the scouting edition rifles are beautiful works of pure art the Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition Rifle just my hands down favorite of the 5 and why I wanted to review this particular rifle. The detail work on this rifle is incredible.

I would love to own all of Boy Scout rifle editions and keep them as a predominate display in my office  but if I could only choose one I believe I chose correctly.

Smooth Shooting

If you have never shot a Henry Lever Action Rifle there is really only one word to describe the overall feeling…. Smooth. When I first picked up this rifle and held it in my hands it felt special and different. It felt like the night I received my Eagle Scout but in a rifle. The first time I pulled the trigger I remembered the night of my Eagle board of review and when they told me I had passed. It feels special.

Honor of Owning a Henry

If you were never involved in this program I am sorry if you do not understand completely what I am talking about. I know that most people feel a different way based on the rifle and special editions they may own. Owning a Henry is like being in an exclusive club. It is that nod at the range when you see someone with one or when someone walks up to you and asks if that is a Henry and how they have always wanted one.

I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and I have even hiked to the top of the Tooth of Time, but I am most proud of my Eagle Scout. I would not be the man I am today if it wasn’t for my time spent in the program. I am honored to have a such a special fire arm to honor that moment in my life.

Eagle Scout or Scout Master Gifts

I have to take a moment a say that this would be hands down be the best Eagle Scout gift to give a scout who enjoys shooting. A Henry Boy Scout edition would also be a great way to honor an outstanding Boy Scout Leader, Scout Master or Eagle Advisor. If you have a hero returning home from overseas who enjoys shooting, any Henry rifle would make an awesome welcome home gift. I am pretty sure you can look and see what other Henry gifts are perfect for the special men and women in your life.

Specifications

Eagle Scout Tribute Edition

Model Number: H004ES
Action Type: Lever Action
Caliber: .22 S/L/LR
Capacity: 16 rounds .22 LR 21 rounds .22 Short
Length: 38.5″
Barrel Length: 20″
Weight: 6.75 lbs.
Stock: American Walnut
Sights: Marbles fully adjustable Semi-Buckhorn rear, with reversible white diamond insert and brass beaded front sight
Finish: Brasslite receiver, brass buttplate and blued barrel and and metal barrel band
M.S.R.P.: $1,095.00

Editorial: Modernizing the Wheel vs. Newly Invented

I was talking with someone the other night about guns (Yes, I do talk about other things than guns… sometimes) when they asked what I thought was the 5 top new innovations were in the industry. This is a topic I have been wanting to write about for a while, I just have never had the words.

M1 vs SCAR

When it comes to the gun industry we have cycles we go through. The inventing and learning cycle and what I call the modernizing of the wheel. In the inventing and learning cycle we have invented things like the tube sights for long distance shooting and learned things like rifling. With the modernizing the wheel cycle, which we are currently in, we are just finding ways to make these older designs fit the 21 century.

In the 1950s and 1960s the .308 Winchester and the .223 Remington made their debut in the in the shooting world and we are still using them as a our standard calibers. The FN-H SCAR is a modernized version of the FAL. The target cameras are the updated version of a spotting scope.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with the advancements we have made. However, I want to see something new. I want to live in a time like my grandfathers era when a lot of new things were introduced.  He saw the explosion of “modern guns with the invention of the  “plastic gun” or “black gun”, He also saw the invention of the standardized 30 round magazines as well as being able to control the muzzle climb with an intermediate cartridge.

I am not saying we don’t live in a time without people like Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov.  I am just saying we haven’t really seen something that has made a small arms like the M16 or M14 go almost obsolete. We saw the M16 quickly replace the M14 as the US service rifle in the 1960s.

As strange as it might seem, history shows us that the government is the main reason for innovation and invention in this industry. Until a government demands a new product to suit their new need, we do not see new creations. A government contract can be in the price range of billions which goes towards R&D and eventual release to the general public.

While some might think with the increased use of drones, it may be a long time before we see anything new.  I am a believer that we will always need boots on the ground, if for no other reason than for intelligence gathering, for aid and for maintaining goodwill.  I am excited and hopeful for the future of our industry.

Windham Weaponry R16FSFST-308 Review

For those of you not familiar with Windham Weaponry and would like more history on them, you should visit  The Windham Weaponry Story…

Windham Weaponry R16FSFST-308 Review

Introduction to the .308 AR Style Rifle

I have always preferred the larger .30 caliber round over the 5.56×45. While the military finds the 5.56 round “adequate” it leaves much to be desired for more applications in the civilian market. For everyday plinking the 5.56×45 (.223 Remington) is fine but if I want to take that caliber for other hunting type purposes I might not legally be able.

The AR-15 style rifle is Legos for the adult world. You can customize it to make some really interesting firearms. With thousands of different products designed for this platform, the possibilities are endless. As each year passes, people are inventing better and better products for the AR.

The issue that I have with the AR platform is the caliber. While it is true that you can build an AR in every caliber known to man, the staple calibers are the ones we want more of.

While the AR-10 style rifles have been year for years, The magazines use to be outrageously expensive until the DPMS/SR-25 style mags started getting manufactured by companies who knew how to make great magazines. This was part of what I saw as the awakening of the .308 AR rifles.

Specs   

Windham Weaponry R16FSFST-308
Rifle 16 Shaved Front Site (SIC) w/Telestock (found on the invoice shipped with the rifle) R16SFST-308 L

Caliber: .308 Win. / 7.62x51mm
Action: Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
Capacity:  20 + 1- Ships with one 20 Rd Magpul Magazine (accepts all std. sizes)
Safety:  Manual Lever with Indicator Markings on Both Sides of Receiver
Receiver: Flat Top Type Upper w. Mil Std 1913 Rail / QD Sling Sockets in Lower
Receiver Material: Forged 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Integral Trigger Guard
Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish
Bolt Material:  Carpenter 158 Steel
Barrel: 16.5” Medium Profile, Chrome Lined with A2 Flash Suppressor
Barrel Material: 4150M Chrome Moly Vanadium 11595E Steel
Rifling: 1 in 10” – Right Hand Twist – 6 Lands & Grooves
Stock: 6 Position Telescoping Buttstock with Windham Weaponry Logo
Forend:  Midwest Industries 15” SS Key Mod Free Float Handguard w. Rail Segment
Pistol Grip: Hogue Beavertail Overmolded Grip
Rear Sight:   None – Ready for optics or other type accessory sights
Front Sight: None
Weight / Length:  8.0 lbs. (without magazine) / 38” (34.1875” with Telestock collapsed)

Packaging: Hard Plastic Gun Case with Black Web Sling, Operators Manual. Transferable Lifetime Warranty.

The Quick Detach Points and Keymod

The lower on this rifle comes with two QD sling attachment points located below the charging handle. The Midwest Industries Keymod handguard has 5 QD points located on the left and right hand sides of the handguard as well as one at the muzzle end of the handguard. This gives the user multiple points and configurations for their needed sling setup. I personally only like single point slings so this was right for that setup.

This was the first time using the keymod rail system and overall I really like the design. It is simple and easy to install the rail pieces where you want and need them in a very short amount of time.

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The Trigger

The trigger is built by Windham Weaponry. The say they take great pains to make the trigger as smooth and crisp as possible but if you are unhappy with their trigger they do offer other replacement triggers from companies like CMC, POF and Geissele.

The trigger pull is a bit heavier than I like, but I never found myself jerking the trigger or having any other trigger related accuracy problems with the installed trigger.

The Pistol Grip

At first when I saw the Hogue overmolded grip I wasn’t sure how much I would like it. After getting some heavy range time in all kinds of temperatures, this is now my second favorite grip of all time. With gloves on, this grip wasn’t tacky but when I had sweaty hands in the heat it was.

The Stock

The stock is the standard 6 position stock with the Windham Weaponry logo. The stock is nothing to write home about. But I like the fact that using a stock like this helps keep the rifle at a very consumer friendly price. 

The Barrel

The 16.5 inch barrel is the perfect length for shooting from the bench, to run and gun, or stalk hunting.

This length is my ideal length for a .308 semi auto rifle. It keeps the weight down so the rifle is more versatile.

The Bolt Catch

This was my only “problem” with the gun. When the bolt was locked to the rear just tapping the barrel against the rifle rest would send the bolt forward.

The Charging Handle

I have trained on the stock charging handles and all I have to say is real estate, real estate, real estate! I like my charging handles to have as much real estate as possible. The more grip I can get on the charging handle the better in my mind. If I have to rack the gun back, I want to go with as little effort as possible. The small stock charging handle is something I would change if I owned this rifle.

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Sights

This rifle does not come with any sights.

Shooting

This gun looks like a tank and is built like one too. It can take a beating and still come back for seconds.

In the 500+ rounds we shot through this gun, we never had a hiccup or anything. It just kept begging to be fed.

We had this rifle on the 25 yard bay out to the 300 yard bay and I always kept 1-3 inch groupings. This is not necessarily an accurate portrayal of what the gun can produce but more of a mark on my shooting abilities.

Cleaning

This rifle is like any other AR style when it comes to cleaning. The 500+ rounds had very little carbon build up. The barrel stayed relatively clean. I would bet we could have shot another 1000+rounds  before it even started slowing down.

Overall Thoughts

For the price I have not seen a better .308 AR. Flat out, Windham Weaponry knows their sh*t. They know how to build quality rifles at a great consumer price point. They don’t focus on the bells and whistles because they know you are going to want your own bells which is where can see your savings. 

Out of the box, the only thing you need to add is a sight. You can buy .308 rifles for the same price and you are going to end up wanting to replace the other companies “quality” parts. Windham Weaponry, from what I have shot and seen are not like that. You might find something you want to change, like the stock or the charging handle. But let’s face it, if you are working on a budget, the Windham Weaponry .308 line, as is, will impress you with their quality.

The firearm industry is made up of a lot of really great people who are just trying to make the best and toughest products in the world. I have met the people at Windham Weaponry a few times at SHOT Show and was impressed by the great people. I believe that they are always trying to make something that is going to stand the test of time. .

Olight R40 Seeker 1100 Lumen Flashlight Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Olight R40 Seeker 1100 Lumen Flashlight Review

I have been carrying a few flashlights with me where ever I go for the past few weeks. People keep asking me why so many. I’m reminded of this joke…

A Texas Highway Patrolman pulled over an elderly lady for speeding. When he went to the car, he asked for her driver’s license, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to him. In with the cards he was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit.

He looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 auto in her glove box. The Patrolman could just  tell something wasn’t right so he asked if she had any other firearms. She admitted to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. At this point the Patrolman just had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38-special in her purse. He then asked her what was she so afraid of.

She looked straight at him and said, “Not a damn thing!”

Introduction

I had never heard of Olight before I ended up on their mailing list. I have always been someone who didn’t need an expensive flashlight because I never really carried a flashlight with me.  While I have had some good flashlights over the years, I normally just kept a cheap dollar store flashlight in my truck. Of course by the time I ever needed it, it would be corroded and worthless.

In the beginning of 2014, when I started going to the gym at night, I started to carry a flashlight with me. I have been on the lookout for a good everyday carry flashlight that is dependable and has good light.

After months of emails from Olight I decided to really check out their product line. I found the R40 Seeker interesting. This hand held light boast an impressive 1100 Lumens. I contacted Olight and request a test and evaluation of the Olight R40 Seeker.

Specs

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Usage

I have been carrying the Olight R40 Seeker for a month now. I have only had to charge it 3 times. First time was the day I got it. The next one during my testing and the last time was a few days ago just to keep the battery topped off

I haven’t had any need for heavy usage but I try to use it every night. For my day to day usage this light works great. I haven’t had any dimming problems or any other problems with just light to medium usage.

Testing

Olight says this light will run for 2 hours on mode 1 (1100 lumens). So I figured I would test this and see how hot the body of the light got.

The 1100 lumens is so bright that during my testing of keeping it on my desk at the ceiling turned on I started to get a headache. It took about 37 minutes for the light to get to it hottest point which is 104 degrees F. The light stayed at 1100 lumens for 2 hours and 12 minutes. In my experience with most of the LED flashlights, when the highest setting is 2 hour run time that means the flash light is dead and needs to be recharged. This is not the whole story with the Olight R40 Seeker. The battery is not completely dead and will still run for another 4+ hours on the lowest setting (mode 3 12 Lumens) For the first hour I thought this was a cool feature but as the hours past I was more annoyed than happy. I would rather have a light that has a full run time until dead rather than sitting there more battery life that I cannot use to the full lumen.

At hour 5 the 12 lumens would stay on for 180 seconds and then shut off and would do this every time you turned the flash light back on. At hour 6, the light would stay on for 10 seconds before turning off.

I did not find out the true length of time that the battery  life has because at 6 hours my head was hurting and hand tired from the constant turning the flash light back on.

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Charging

The light has a standard android style charging port on the back of the flashlight and uses a standard android style charger.

The charge time has been a consistent 6 hour charge regardless of the usage. This to me is about 4 hours longer than it should be, but I am not an electrical engineer. I have no background to say that isn’t an impossible improvement. I just know that’s what I would like to see.

The light uses a 26650 Lithium ion battery. Its not easy to get out. The only reason I make note of that is because you can buy that size battery and chargers if you wanted to keep spare batteries.

Final Thoughts

I like the size and feel in my hand, I like the 1100 lumens, and I like that it has a charging port on the light.

Things I wish this light had was a shorter charge time, full battery life on the highest mode, and a rear on/off switch on the battery cap vs. the charging port. The Olight R40Seeker is rugged and build to be dropped and used.

I asked a number of cop friends what they thought and they all agreed with what I have mentioned above.

If you are looking for a good light to keep in your truck or car for emergencies this is a great light.

I have found this light online for $120 which seems like a fair price for a 1100 Lumen single LED flashlight.

SAFETY TIPS FOR TAKING PEOPLE SHOOTING WITH YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME.

SAFETY TIPS

If you have been following us for the past year you may know about the “Disney World” of gun ranges the GEARs crew shoots at. For those of you who might be new or just haven’t heard, you can find out more about TDSA HERE.

While TDSA is my favorite place to shoot for work and play, I won’t take friends and family there if I have never shot with them. While it might seem a little rude of me, to not share this range with everyone I know, I have a rule to keep me and my “new” shooters safe.

TDSA draws more of the seasoned shooter crowd. They are a membership based range, which means the range officer for each bay is the member themselves. I have been a range officer for years with different groups, and don’t have a problem when I know the shooters and their abilities.

I have found that I need to focus all my attention on the individual I am taking shooting with me for the first time. Over the years I have found that when I go to the range with someone for the first time (even if they own guns or have shot for years) I have a chance to learn their deficiencies in shooting. This helps me keep everyone safe when I shoot with them next.

When I have official range officers behind me, I always know I have one more level of safety to protect us. On top of that, when I am first introducing someone to shooting, I want them to feel as safe as possible. The sound of full auto going off in the background might not be the most comforting thing when someone hears it the first time.

I also will not shoot the day I take someone to the range for the first time. The simple fact is, that this day is not about me. It is about the person I am shooting with. I want to see if this is someone who is ready to go shooting in a very different shooting environment. TDSA is a place we have more freedom to try different things like shooting metal targets from a golf cart or shooting Tannerite.

friends seem to shoot fine but have a hard time remembering basic safety rules like keeping your glasses on at all times. At our range, this can get the member a violation, even if it is the guest,  When this happens, I have given myself two options.

1. I can never shoot with this person ever again.

2. I can choose to protect my membership and shoot with them at a more structured shooting range, like the one I take my new shooters to.

When deciding to take someone new to the range it is important to keep things like this in mind for everyone’s safety. Too many times, have I seen a guy taking his girlfriend out to the range and acting all macho with this guns. He forgets that the day isn’t about him, but about introducing her to the SAFE world of firearms.

Happy 3 Years

Wow! It has been an amazing three years. Gearsofguns.com was first published on Feb 28th 2011 and we have been growing more and more everyday. For me, being able to write and review for the past thee years, has been a very fulfilling job. I have enjoyed every minute I have gotten to spend researching and reviewing and shooting for this company.  I am very thankful for all of our readers who have made us a successful blog.

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We have had the chance to the meet and work with some truly amazing individuals and companies. We have had a chance to shoot and do some really fun and exciting things these past three years. I know we have more exciting things in store for years to come.

To be able to have the opportunity to make great friends and contacts from all over the world is a true blessing. Thank you again for your support.  I can’t wait to show you all what we have in store for the rest of this year.

Written for Ammoforsale.com – Which caliber is best?

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(Atticus James) I was asked which caliber I think is best out of the 9mm, .40 S&W and the .45 ACP.

This is not an easy question for me to just flat out say one is better than the other as I own and love all three calibers. Sure the 9mm is cheap to shoot and has low felt recoil so it is fun for most all shooters. The .45 acp has that manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feel. The .40 S&W is a middle of the road round as it was designed to have as much of the best of both the 9mm and the .45 acp.

Before I get to what I feel is the best of the three calibers I would like to give my view points on all three

.45 ACP Review

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The first caliber of the three I ever owned was a Glock 21 chambered in the .45 acp and I have shot so many rounds of .45 acp  that I am very comfortable with the weight and felt recoil.

When I think of the .45acp I think of the Colt 1911 as they are both very iconic together.

Just some of my thoughts on the .45 acp

· In the middle of the cost range between the .40 and 9mm

· Heavy on the felt recoil. After firing the first shot your arms may move so much that it will take longer to get back on target for the follow up shot.

· The ammo is very common and when not in an ammo shortage very easy to find the ammo at competitive prices.

· An all around good caliber to carry as a secondary when hunting.

· Not all shooters are comfortable with the size and felt recoil of the .45.

The sizes of a lot of .45 handguns are large so they are not as easy to conceal. Not that there are not small frame .45s but when you are shooting a .45 you want to have as much grip on that firearm as possible.

9mm Review

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The 9mm is a good all around caliber. The round is not a clear winner to me in any one category so I believe the round should be looked at overall rather than broken down.

The round can have improved ballistics in some categories with a change in bullet weight or bullet type (ball to Hollow-point) depending on what your end goal for the round is.

When moving up in the caliber world from .22lr, one of the next steps to the general shooter might be to the 9mm.

· The ammo (Target or non defensive rounds) tends to be less expensive than the .40 or .45.

· The small round generally means less felt recoil (means better follow up shots)

· The market is flooded with different brands and models of 9mm so the average handgun is not going to be as expensive.

· More rounds can fit into a magazine.

.40 S&W Review

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As I said before, this round was designed with the thought of trying to take the best of the 9mm and the .45 acp and build a new round altogether.

The .40 S&W has become one of the more popular conceal carry rounds only surpassed by the 9mm (in a recent poll conducted buy gearsofguns.com) and followed by the .45 ACP.

Even with the popularity the .40 it is still the most expensive (per factory) round of the three.

· Slightly lower to equal to the 9mm when looking at magazine capacity

· Similar ballistics of the .45

· Less felt recoil than the .45

· Larger round (to the 9mm) means bigger hole.

Conclusion

Generally speaking, when people compare the 9mm to the .40 to the .45 acp they are comparing gun to gun to gun vs. ammo to ammo to ammo. When you factor out the gun and solely look at the ammo your opinion may change based on the type of shooting you plan to use the ammo for.

I love that the 9mm is inexpensive to shoot and still has felt recoil (unlike the .22lr)

I love the .45 ACP because of the manly “I eat my steak bloody and get into boxing matches with bears” feeling.

And I love the popularity and ballistics of the .40 S&W.

Written by Atticus James
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gearsofguns.com

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Aaron–Shot Show 2014 Wrap up

This was my first year to attend SHOT show. I didn’t know what to expect or the extent of walking that would be done over the four days at the show. I was literally blown away at how many people attended the show. I also knew there would be sensory overload from the 1600 products on display.

On the first day

of the show, I was focusing on getting a feel for the show. I stayed with the rest of the GEARS crew this day since they were all veterans of the show. Seeing as much as I could and trying to grasp my mind around everything. I saw products and company’s I have never heard of. I enjoyed visiting the Walther booth and checking out their new 5” PPQ 9mm pistol. We pretty much visited all the large company’s in the large room and saw all of the new products coming in 2014. This is the day the overload of my brain happened. I saw so much but it was like my brain had too many tabs open. Hopefully being a veteran next year will give me an easier time in filtering what I need to see and focus on and what I don’t.

The second day

on the show I split up from the rest of the GEARS crew to get some work done. I was focusing mainly on my project AR build. I was looking for what barrels, grips, rails and all the other parts within an AR that I wanted to be part of the rifle. I used some Trijicon sights at the SHOT show Media Day so I spent time in their booth. I already had an idea of what I wanted more information about. I was very interested in the sights with the fiber optics that use the outside light to illuminate the sight. That way no batteries could die. For the rails I was mainly looking at longer and smaller diameter products since my hands aren’t huge. The muzzle device that really caught my eye was the slanted brake from Yankee Hill Machine. I got a lot of the AR build done and I can’t wait for the final product.

On the third day

we were wrapping up some things. Not so much of searching every row of booths but more of going to particular booths to talk to a particular person. The crowd had subsided some and it was easier to walk without a sea of people to maneuver through. There was a huge amount of tactical gear on the first floor from tactical vests to helmets and steel targets. We got through all we needed and we left early to save our legs for the next day.

On the last day

of the show we got there later in the morning and went to the Westone audio booth and had a custom mold made of the inside of Atticus James’ ear to have sent to a lab and have some ear protection sent out. Today was just for looking at pistols.

We went past Perazzi and the price of their shotguns caught our eye. $18,000 for their shotgun was on the inexpensive side. They had a $365,000 set of 4 shotguns. They were beautiful firearms for sure. But I could never justify that and had no idea what made it that expensive. It was amazingly engraved but that can only do so much for the price.

I want canted sights with my AR project build. We went to diamond head to look at their rails but actually was more interested in the spring loaded flip out canted iron sights. They weren’t on a canted rail but on the top rail so when flipped out to the 45 degree angle by a press of a button on each sight.

Show Overview

I felt that in the big room in hall D that it was very hard to navigate the large room in a such a way to make sure you saw every single booth. You would go down a hall and then hit a dead end from going forward and you’d have to take a left or right and maybe get turned around and causing you to miss exhibits.

The SHOT shot app was a big help. But although it had a map point A to B feature, you’d have to figure out exactly which way you were facing to what way the app is telling you to go. It was kind of confusing and time consuming to figure it out. I was disappointed there wasn’t any type of action cameras that I was able to find.

This show was amazing. The experience was just unreal and my brain will be downloading for weeks to come. There was sensory overload. Seeing so many cool things, you would stop then forget exactly what you were doing before you got mesmerized. I really loved being there and I will becoming out to the show for years to come.