SHOT Show, 2015, Reviews, and Videos

First I would like to say Happy New Years as this is the first post in 2015.

A number of people have been asking where we have been the past few weeks. The Crew has started the New Year with a bang and we have just been busy getting everything ready to go for reviews and some other awesome things we have planned for 2015.

SHOT Show

As some of you may have already guessed by the lack of SHOT Show updates we will not be attending this year.  We had to make some other life choices that kept us from having that week off. A lot of good friends of Gearsofguns.com will be there.  We plan to bring you their updates on our site and social media. Never fear, you will still get your SHOT SHOW FIX!

You mentioned awesome plans for 2015. what are you talking about?

As a lot of these plans are still in development stages and not quite ready to be shared I will just say that we plan on bring you the READER on more interactive reviews and shooting events.

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What kind of reviews does the Crew have planned?

Well I can tell you we are finishing up a number of gun reviews from 2014 and starting a ton of other fun reviews as soon as the SHOT Show dust clears.

We plan to bring more pistols, longer range and competition style reviews in 2015 as well as our standard rifle and shotgun reviews. We also plan more everyday carry items and general shooting accessories.

Social Media and Videos

2015 is the year I have finally given in to producing more videos. I have added a new member of the team who will be introducing himself on video here soon who will be more of a behind the scenes tech guy.

As some of you know well enough we suck at social media outside of our website and I vow to start fixing that problem as well.

What does this mean for you as the viewers?

Well I can just say that it will hopefully be a major content overhaul for you to get your gun and shooting accessories fix.

Stay tuned

What do you do when you are injured and cannot work?

For those of you who have met me in real life might know I am injury prone. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to say I have done it again. A pesky old shoulder injury has flared back up and made life miserable.  Since I have been held up from being able to be on the range, a few things have fallen by the wayside.

I have to look at the recovery time as a blessing and a curse. A curse as most would think, because I am limited on what I can do.  I also see it as a blessing, because I can use the recovery time to train off hand with laser trainers, get more organized and plan for the future.

I am happy to say I should be healed up in the next few weeks.  I will then be back to my favorite “me time” at the range with 2 very nice guns. 

New polls page!

Due to the popularity of our polls we are launching a new page just for the polls we post. This will let you be able to contribute to the latest polls and keep up to date on the polls you care most about without having to look through every post to find them.

All polls will remain open so you can still vote on older polls.

Conceal carry poll

Kel-Tec SU-16CA – Two Years later

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.

One of the first guns we ever reviewed was the Kel Tec SU-16CA rifle. When we first tested it, we ran about 2000 rounds of Russian and Lake City ammo through this rifle, before we cleaned and oiled it.  It was wonderful and if you want to read the first review you can find it HERE

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I now own the rifle and typically it is always taken to the range with me no matter what. Really, to me, that is what we are looking for when it comes to rifles… a rifle that is so reliable that no matter what we are doing we have to bring it out. Now I know I am opening a can of worms by saying that, because of the whole AR VS. AK battle that has been going on forever. It will still be the big argument even when we are carving our thanksgiving turkeys with light sabers.

My SU-16CA has been used for (non full auto) mag dumps to ringing the gong at 300yd with iron sights to teaching someone how to use a gun.  I also use it for ammo/magazine/optic reviews. In the last two years this rifle has shot at least 6000 rounds and I have not had any misfires. This rifle is not the most aesthetically pleasing rifle nor should it be. Kel-tec didn’t sit with the designers saying this rifle needs to be a fashion statement. The rifle is just that, a rifle.

My personal favorite place to take this rifle is a public range where we are shooting in a “building”. Kel-Tec doesn’t ship this rifle with a muzzle device.  I have yet to find one I liked enough to change the look of the rifle. That being said, when we are shooting inside it sounds like a .308 or .30-06 going off, making it one of my favorite conversation starters. People are always walking over and telling me about their .308 semi auto or .30-06.  I love watching their mouth drop when I tell them it is only a .223. The sound isn’t the only thing I love about this rifle and here are my top ten reasons.

Top Ten Reasons I love this rifle

  1. Piston driven. – This makes the rifle run very clean.
  2. Uses standard AR style mags – this is nice because I can run an X-Products X-15 drum with it or p-mags or the Surefire 60 and 100 round casket mags
  3. Easy to fold and store – since this rifle splits the stock and frame and hinges together, it makes it nice to carry when backpacking and on hunts (when you don’t need heavier calibers to take down game).
  4. Sounds like a cannon.
  5. Easy to clean
  6. Lightweight
  7. User friendly – put this rifle in most peoples hands and they can figure it out with no problem.
  8. Comes in five .223 models and one .22LR
  9. Carries two 10 round mags in the stock
  10. Fun to shoot

While my ARs and AKs are great guns and are the equivalent of Legos for men, they aren’t always as reliable.

My 25yd to 300yd rifle is my Kel Tec SU-16CA for the simple fact that it has been tested time and time again and it just works.

ATI SKS Strikeforce Stock with Scorpion Recoil System review

ATI SKS Strikeforce Stock with Scorpion Recoil System review

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This SKS has been in my armory since I was a young boy as it was given to me by my late grandfather.

When I got into my teens the stock was too short for me to comfortably shoot and so if I wanted to shoot prone or standing I would have to have a buttstock pad to extend my length of pull on the rifle so the scope wouldn’t come back and hit my glasses.

Last year at shot show I talked with ATI about getting the Strikeforce Stock with Scorpion Recoil System for the SKS and they agreed to to send it out for review.

I know some of you are asking yourself why I would take this gun out of this clean nice looking stock if my only problem was the length of pull which is easy to remedy. The easy answer is I was looking to update this rifle plain and simple.

The SKS fires the 7.62x39mm round which is very common and cheaper than .223 and some times you want to just go to the range and blow off a little steam and feel a little more recoil than a .22lr and the SKS and AK-47 have been great for that. however I have gotten more accustom to having a pistol grip and I wanted one for this rifle too.

The Strikeforce Stock with Scorpion Recoil System comes with three rails for the front of the stock so you can attach lasers and bipods.

It has a 6 position AR style side folding buttstock and I haven’t found anyone who has used  over the 3rd position on this stock.

Specs

  • Six Position Adjustable/Side Folding Stock
  • Can be Fired from Folded Position
  • Scorpion Recoil System
    • Scorpion Razorback Recoil Pad
      • Non-Slip, Removable
    • Scorpion Recoil Pistol Grip
      • Sure-Grip Texture
    • Recoil Impact is Absorbed
    • Shooting any Load Size can now be done without pain being transferred to the shooter
    • Not Affected by Chemicals
    • Remains Flexible in Extreme Temperatures
    • Eliminates the Felt Punch of the Recoil
    • Removes Limitations from Spring and Piston Type Recoil Suppression Systems
  • Military Type III Anodized, 6061 T6 Aluminum
    • One 4” Picatinny Top Rail
    • Two 2” Picatinny Rails
    • Six Position Commercial Buffer Tube
    • Buffer Tube Adapter
  • Blank Covers for When Rails are Not in Use
  • 3M Industrial Grade Self-Adhesive Soft Touch Cheekrest Pad
  • Removable/Adjustable Tactical Cheekrest
  • Slot for Tactical Sling Attachment
  • Five Sling Swivel Studs
  • DuPont® Extreme Temperature Glass Reinforced Polymer
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Overall Thoughts:

I still felt recoil both from standing and prone but it was very manageable and light.
If you are looking to update and modernize your SKS it is hard to go wrong with this stock.

Newest Staff writer: Aaron

Newest Staff writer: Aaron

Aaron: Staff writer and avid gun enthusiast.

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My name is Aaron, I met Atticus James from a friend he was in scouts with. I bring to the table my extensive knowledge of history, history of guns and my willingness to do anything firearms. My love for history has sparked my ever increasing love for firearms. My grandfather first took me to shoot when I was around 12 years old. From then on I loved it all. I try keep up with the political side of guns as much as I can. I will try to do a lot of run and gun type of shooting as well as the functionality of the equipment with all types of firearms and different set ups. I have a Stoeger 18″ tactical over and under and a Steyr M9A1 9mm and I can’t shoot them enough. I haven’t found my career as of yet but hope to land somewhere in the firearm industry.

ZA-15 One year later

ZA-15 One year later

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As some of you have seen in the videos posted and will see in a few upcoming reviews we still have the ZA-15 from American Weapon Systems.

 

I wanted to post an updated review about the rifle. If you haven’t read the original review you should check them out first here:
Part 1
Part 2

After a year of shooting with it and working on reviews with it I would like to share my findings.

SPECS:

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights

Trigger:

Typically now when I am out at the range and I meet other shooters the first comment they make about the rifle is the trigger.

Most of the comments are along the lines of “I love that trigger!” or “ WOW! That trigger break is crisp.”

AWS’s choosing the Geissele trigger as the stock trigger just makes the rifle feel top of the line.

AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier:

As is said in the first part of the review I like the fact that it is a full auto bolt because I have never once had a malfunction with this rifle.

After a year of shooting the bolt has darken in color.

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After shooting, while I am cleaning, I use a gun cleaner that doesn’t have oil in it (CLP). When I strip the bolt down and clean it, I always notice that after I get all the oil and grime off the bolt it is still slick as if it has oil on it.   Of course before I reassemble the rifle I spray it down with oil.  It is just nice to know that the Nickel Boron coating keeps that bolt slick.

Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip:

In the original review I hadn’t spent a lot of time playing with the fore grip but after finishing the review, I had taken the bottom two modular pieces off to store in my safe and forgot to put them back on when we hit the range next. I loved it with only the short nub. It keeps my hands from sliding when using the thumb over bore grip.

As different shooters have different shooting preferences the one I have heard a few times is that people don’t like that foregrip. When it is on a lead sled or vise, the grip gets in the way but for my shooting I like the nub.

Surefire 60 round magazine:

The 60 round magazine hasn’t had much use since the review finished. The reason is I shoot mostly steel cased ammo and I have found I get metal on metal fiction that seizes the magazine and causes it to stop working. If I have brass ammo the magazine works just fine for me.

Overall final thoughts:

I still love this rifle. The quality parts that AWS puts into making the rifle shows that they aren’t just slapping rifles out the door and that they want to make you the best gun for your money.

TDSA: The new GEARS Range

For the past year I have been looking for a new range to move my company to.

Since before I was blogging I always shot at a public range and after almost 3 years trying to write the best reviews I could with the amenities that range had I was frustrated. I would be working on a review and want to make a video to show the different parts of the gun or how the gun works and when I would get back to the office I would watch the video and it would sound like *BANG* Hi, my name is Attic- *BANG BANG BANG* *ONE SHOT A SECOND!* -sofguns.com *BANG*. that just doesn’t make for quality videos.

This article is by no means a diss on that range or even public ranges in general. I know that they have their place and for most gun owners are the best place in the world.

I will give my pros and cons to public ranges

PROS:

· Range officers everywhere to keep everyone safe.
· Safety rules like one shot a second to keep people from thinking they are Rambo the first time they ever pick up a MSR.
· Public ranges are relatively common in populated areas in the USA.
· Some have pro shops that can help you with basic questions about shooting and there is a good chance they have shooting clubs that meet out there if you are looking to get into that.
· For the gun owner who doesn’t get to the range but just a few times a year this is an inexpensive way to shoot.
· Typically there are experienced shooters who might be able to lend a hand if you are having problems.
· Safe for all types of shooters
(If you have a pro or con I might have missed please comment and share your thoughts)

Cons:

· Gun owners who shoot a lot can get bored.
· Public ranges typically have restrictions on types of guns and ammo that can be shot there (This is for safety reasons).
· Public ranges can get crowded at anytime.
· The noise level can get intimidating for new shooters.
· If you have more than one gun, space for cases and gear can be limited.
· Some ranges have a max amount of time you can shoot.
· If you are a frequent shooter cost for the range fees get overly expensive.
· The length of the ranges may not give you the distance you are looking for.

With all of that being said I have my own cons as a gun blogger that make working from a public range rather difficult.

Cons:
Space for guns, gear and crew.
Cost
Noise
Safety rules that stop us from testing triggers,holsters,over 10 rounds in a magazines, etc.

Since this has been making reviews and shooting more difficult I started looking to friends of the GEARS crew for help to see if they had a ranch we could shoot at and every time the answers were the same. No, we don’t know of a place or sure but it is a 5 hour drive out there.  I googled ranges in my area before and most were unable to help me any better than my current public range and that was when I spotted TDSA.net.

For any of you who follow Colion Noir on YouTube or watch Video Tuesday here on our site you might have seen Colion shooting targets from a golf cart and thought hey that is really cool… Well the cat is out of the bag. He was at TDSA in Ferris, TX.

I had seen when he released his video what range it was and never really thought about it again until I came back across the site when I was searching for a new range again and read the amenities they offer there.

7 Pistol Ranges:

  • Roughly 25 yards by 25 yards in size.
  • Rapid Fire is allowed.
  • Moving while shooting is allowed.
  • Drawing from holster is allowed.
  • Transitioning from rifles to pistols is allowed.
  • We also allow you to set up scenarios using barrels or barricades.
  • ***Upon request you may park your vehicle in the bays and shoot from inside your vehicle. (Remember this is based on request and approval ONLY).
  • ***We allow FULL AUTO FIRE in our pistol bays after a short Shooting Proficiency Test.

Rifle Ranges:

  • Shooting Proficiency Test required at 100 yards.
  • Full Metal Jacket is allowed
  • Steel Core is allowed
  • .50 and .338 caliber is allowed
  • All shooting done from a bench or prone position ONLY.
  • No Tracer or Incendiary rounds allowed.
  • Distances: 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, and 300 yards.

Other Ranges (used for training and shooting matches):

  • 200 yard STREET with multiple cars lining each side.
  • 40 foot shooting TOWER with 4 floors and multiple ports on each floor.
    • TOWER can be used to train sniper initiated entries into STREET and CITY.
  • 200+ yard CITY with multiple rooms all around to shoot into and out of.
    • One large area is designed to resemble and Afghan village commonly seen by soldiers.
    • The CITY can be used for live fire, force on force training, and can take up to and including .50 caliber rifle fire.
  • Both CITY and STREET may be used to shoot from moving vehicles.
  • Rifle range can also be used as 270 degree 300 yard assault course.

Classroom:

  • There is a 1,300 sq. ft. classroom available upon scheduling. A white board and 60 inch TV monitor is included.

Other Information:

  • We allow Binary Exploding targets to be shot UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Night Fire is allowed on a “special needs basis” and UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
  • Law Enforcement Discounts for Individual officers.
  • Corporate Membership Discounts.
  • Law Enforcement Agency Memberships.

[Taken from the TDSA website]

 

After reading all of that I was amazed and had to set up a meet with the Owner of TDSA, Len Baxley.

A few Mondays ago Panzer and I drove down to meet with Len and see this range.  The drive is about 45 minutes from where I live and the whole time I was thinking about the new and different reviews I could post on the website.

We pulled up and met Len in the classroom/his office and we sat down and started talking and getting to know each other. After 30 or so minutes of talking with Len and reading about his range I knew this is where the GEARS Crew would be shooting from. I told him that I didn’t need to see the range that I was ready to just sign up as a member. We talked for another 30 minutes when he said we should go and at least look at the range. He gave us the introduction/safety tour.  About halfway through the tour, I looked around and saw no other members were at the range. It was the most quiet and peaceful gun range I had ever been at!

Len is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He has built a range that is designed with a different kind of shooter in mind. This range is not for the gun owner who doesn’t shoot all that much or for the shooters who aren’t looking to take their shooting abilities to new levels. Len stresses that you are not going to have that range officer to keep you in check, this is the kind of place were you have to be in the mind-set that safety is your job.

I like this range because it opens new opportunities to the GEARS Crew and to the reviews we can offer.

If you live in North Texas and this sounds like the kind of range you are looking for, than CONTACT Len Baxley and tell him Atticus sent you.

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New staff writer and an AK-47

Hey guys, My name is Henry. I am one of the new staff writers for Gearsofguns.com. I am in no means an expert but I enjoy firearms and I am working to learn more about them everyday. I’ve had an AK-47 for about 7 years. So I  think it is only right that I talk about as my first article. It’s made by CN ROMARM SA/CUGIR IN ROMANIA WARS-10.

Henry's AK-47

SPECS

Action type : Gas-operated, rotating-bolt.
Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Barrel length: 16.39”
Overall length: 34.25”
Weight (unloaded): 6.9LBS
Feed system: Standard magazine capacity is 30 rounds; there are also 10-, 20- and 40-round box and 75- and 100-round drum magazines

The best thing I like about the AK-47 is that it lasts a long time even when you don’t clean it or drop it in the dirt.

This gun is durable and inexpensive which is a big reason why they’re so popular, plus the 7.62x39mm is powerful cartridge, and there is so many ways to customize it. by color and design. Since I’ve had my AK for awhile, I’ve added some things to it, like a muzzle brake, a scope, a new stock and grip.

I haven’t seen a lot of AK related post on GEARS and I hope to change that.

I look forward to working more with the GEARS crew and doing my best to bring you the best information I can.

New staff writer and the 7.62x54mmR

For a quick introduction, my name is John Bullet. I will be creating a “one stop shop” for reference and information on as many varying types of ammunition as I can get a hold of or research. I will be dividing each subject into three parts, objective, personal subjective and local interviews. From time to time, internet links will be provided to videos and references.

I will start off with my personal favorite round, the 7.62x54mmR. The round was first created in Russia in 1891 and is still in use today. It is a rimmed; this means that the base of the round has a lip. This is one of the oldest types of cartridge and was created to hold the round in place while it is chambered. It is also bottlenecked; the bullet has a smaller diameter than the diameter of the cartridge where the gunpowder is stored. This has two purposes, to hold it in the chamber and to give the same bullet more gunpowder.

The total height of the round is 77.16mm or 3.03 inches. The diameter of the bullet is 7.92 millimeters (mm) or 0.312 inches (in) while the casing has a diameter of 12.37 millimeters or 0.487 inches. The cartridge carries 180 grains of gunpowder and when fired has a maximum pressure of 52,000 pounds per square inch (psi). With a control barrel of 73 centimeters (cm) or 28in, a bullet from a standard 7.62×54 will leave the barrel at 797 meters per second (m/s) or 2610 feet per second (fps) and carry a weight of 11.3 grams (g) and hit a target with 3,593 joules (j).

The round can be fired with a plethora of different firearms. The original usage was designed for the Mosin-Nagant but can be used with the Winchester 1895, AVB-7.62, AVS-36, Dragunov and the SVU redesign in 1991, JS-7.62, STV-38/STV-40, PSL, M91, Berkut-2M1, SV-98, Alejandro and the Russian Vepr. Even though the round was designed for a bolt action, it has been adapted for automatic rifles. These include the 2B-P-10, Degtyaryov, DS-39, GShG-7.62 mg, Hua Qing Minigun, Madison mg, the Pecheneg or the “PKP”, PM M1910, PV-1 mg, Slostin mg, savin-narov mg, SG-43 Goryunov, SHKAS mg, Type 53/57, Type 67 and 80 mg, Uk vz. 59 and the zastava M84.

For the video for my personal thoughts,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.62×54mmR