Video: Zenith Firearms Z5-k Pistol Review

Z5K pistol cover

Today we check out the awesome Zenith Firearms Z5k Pistol from Turkey. The Z5-k is an HK MP5k clone. Anyone who is a lover of 80’s action films will recognize this iconic gun. Our friends over at was kind enough to ship out 10 boxes of 9mm ammo for testing. Check out the video to see what brands experienced problems and which brands cycled through this gun like a dream.
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Video: Zenith Firearms Z-5K First Impressions

Zenith Z-5k

Atticus and Tanner out at the range for the first impressions and shooting of the Zenith Firearms Z5K Pistol. This is an H&K MP5K clone chambered in 9mm.

This gun is made in Turkey by MKE and Imported through Zenith Firearms.

Stay Tuned for the review coming later this year.

Freedom Ordnance FM-9 Belt Fed Upper Receiver


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.


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.


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.


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.


Name This Gun 6-3-16: Answer Franchi-LF 57



Name: Franchi LF-57
Manufacturer: Franchi
Dates Produced: 1956-1960’s 
Place of Origin: Italy
Type: Sub Gun
Caliber: 9mm (9x19mm parabellum)
Action: Blowback
Rate of Fire: 500 Rounds Per Minute
Manufacturing: Stamped metal

I like to post guns on Name this Gun that are different and odd looking when I can.  I just find this to fit the bill for me. It just looks overly bulky. I am not really someone who cares to collect rare and odd firearms.  I like to be able to enjoy the use of my firearms and if I derp up and break something, I want to be able to fix it without being shunned in the collectors community. With that being said, I would still like to get my hands on a functional Franchi LF-57 and take it for a test drive.

From what I understand, Franchi didn’t produce all that many of them. Apparently they just produced a small batch for the Italian Navy in the 1960’s. Is it just me or does running the 9mm make the mag and magwell look disproportionate to the rest of the gun?   



This Submachine gun caught my eye due to its shape. I think of the Midwest Industries hand guard for the Tavor when I see this gun.


Maybe I am just odd and see things but maybe you can see what I am talking about.

It always kills me to see this. I understand that we (The United States) don’t like to import certain types of firearms and that if you really want some guns you have to get them as “kits” but come on! This isn’t the time or place to rant Atticus! *Woosah*


Sig Sauer’s New Submachine Gun

Sig Sauer’s New Submachine Gun






sig-sauer-new-secret-3 posted these pictures of the new yet to be named SMG from SIG. The details are very limited right now but from what we know the SMG will have the options to be chambered in 9x19mm, .40 S&W and .357 Sig.

The pictures show two different stocks, barrels and rail lengths however I still do not know if that will be on the final released product.

I am hoping SIG will have more info at SHOT 2013

This SMG looks like a mix of the AAC Honey Badger and an H&K MP5.

(First GEN AAC Honey badger)


(H&K MP5 SD)


Hoping the GEARS crew will be heading out to out gunsmith to pick up a few new guns for review today.

Coming up here in the new few weeks we have some ammo reviews for .45 ACP and 5.56 and in the gun world we have two different 1911 reviews coming, an AWESOME AR-15 ZOMBIE GUN, a scar clone from ISSC and maybe if the GEARS crew is good something from colt defense (no comments as to what just yet but I can say should will blow everything we have been shooting lately out of the water) stay tuned.  

Silencers are Legal shoot in Dallas

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The GEARS of guns crew will be out at this event.

This event was designed to help the public get a better handle on the fact that suppressors are legal (with the proper paperwork) and FUN to shoot.

The GEARS Crew will have a group of women joining us to help teach them about guns and shooting so be sure to bring out everyone and get a chance to try out some of the coolest SUPPRESSED firearms on the market today.



Come support the silencer industry and invite friends to learn about silencers including: uses, benefits, and how to purchase silencers. This live fire event will surely be the year’s most exciting gun show. Conveniently located in the heart of Dallas, Texas at Elm Fork Shooting range, one of the nicest shooting facilities in the country.  Vendor tents are on the firing line for easy access to test the most current products on the market. Bring your guns and enjoy silenced fun!

For vendor/exhibitor information:
Please contact Kenny at Silencerco/SWR | 801.417.5384 |

All raffle proceeds and ticket sale profits go to the American Silencer Association.
WHEN:Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWHERE10751 Luna Road  |  Dallas, TX 75220
WHAT:Testing products from many vendors, including silencer manufacturers
and firearms manufacturers
Raffles for a chance to win awesome products
Vendor booths selling state-of-the-art firearms and accessories
Ammo vendors on site to make sure your guns are fed all day long
Food and drinks available all day to ensure you have the energy to shoot

Must be 18 to attend the event.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.
If you have children, the minimum age is 5 and the minimum age for shooting is 12.

All live fire must be suppressed. No unsuppressed shooting allowed.
Advantage Tactical

Atwell Tactical
ITS Tactical
John Doe Investigation
John’s Guns
Lone Star Armory
Lone Star Medics
NFA Ventures
North Texas Armament
Shark Suppressor
Silencer Shop



For the event website click here

Name This Gun. 9-14. Samopal Vz. 25

Name This Gun. 9-14. Samopal Vz. 25

SA.24 9mmNATO

Caliber: Sa.23 and Sa.25 9x19mm Luger/Para; Sa.24 and Sa.26 7.65x25mm
Weight: 7.2lbs (3.27 kg) or 7.7lbs 3.5 kg empty (with folding or fixed stock, respectively)
Length (stock closed/open): 17.5” / 27’”  (445 / 686 mm)
Barrel length: 11” (284 mm)
Rate of fire: 650 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 24 or 40 rounds (9mm) or 32 rounds (7.62mm)
Effective range: 100-200 meters

Unlike most modern weapons this submachine gun does not have a selector switch to change from semi-auto to full auto but was designed to use light pressure on the trigger for semi or single shot fire to full trigger pull for full auto fire.

The weapons were produced from 1948–1968 by Czech arms designer Vaclav Holek at the Uhersky Brod arms factory.

SA.24 7.62x25mm Tokarev

The differences between the 7.62×25 and the 9mm versions can been seen by looking at the magazine and hand grip. The 7.62×25 chambered weapons has a forward leaning slope to allow for the round to be chambered properly in the weapon. The 9mm has a straight vertical grip and magazine.

7.65 mm Browning (aka .32 ACP), 7.62mm Tokarev, 9mm Luger (aka 9mm NATO)
.380 ACP, 7.62×25, 9mmNATO