Industry Day: Last Look

 

Shot Show 2016 Industry Day Final Recap

Winchester Over Under Shot Gun1

Clayton Shoots the Winchester Over Under Shot Gun

CMMG Mutant MK-47 KRINK

A look at the CMMG Mutant MK-47 KRINK

CMMG Mutant MK-47 SBR

Watching the CMMG Mutant MK-47 SBR being shot

iwi Tavor 9mm

Clayton shooting the iwi Tavor 9mm

 

iwi Tavor

Atticus shooting the iwi Tavor

Springfield Armory M1A

Atticus with the Springfield Armory M1A

 

Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 CQB

Atticus shooting the Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 CQB

Krissvector booth

Visiting the Krissvector booth

Sunset in Vegas Day One

Sunset on the Strip at Las Vegas

The next few weeks we will have posts by subject: rifles, shotguns, handguns, range gear & EDC, etc.  Hope you will stay tuned for all the photos as we use the month of February to post all the photos and wrap up Shot Show 2016.

We want to take a moment and make a small disclaimer.  We are posting the photos that our photographer got. We talked to so many people and some of the photos of those booths just didn’t turn out well.  The posted photos in no way support one manufacturer over another.  With so many people at the show, the lighting, etc, it was just the luck of the shot.

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).

Shot Show 2016 Mid Day Update

Knives and Safes

Atticus has been busy looking a knives that are good to take to the range and EDC.  He has also been looking at all safes of all sizes.  He has visited with Liberty, Winchester and Browning just to mention a few.

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

Winchester Model 101 W Winchester Shells

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

Editorial: Standardizing vs. Proprietary

A few weeks back I reviewed a Windham Weaponry .308 AR style rifle. When I finished the review I contacted my local gunsmith as well as Windham and asked if they knew of any standardization in the .308 AR market.  I wanted to know if anyone had made a pattern for the upper and lower as well as the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG).

standard vs proprietary

The question seemed straight forward, however the answer isn’t. Long story short, no. No one has made a standard to which everyone is following.

(Note: I am using the 5.56×45 and the .223 Remington interchangeably in the article even though they are not the same cartridge.  AR stands for Armalite Rifle not Assault Rifle).

History

In 1955 and 1956 Armalite designed the first prototypes of the original AR-10 chambered in the 7.62×51 (.308 Winchester.)  By 1957, the first AR-15 using the intermediate cartridge 5.56×45 NATO was designed and then sold to Colt due to financial problems that Armalite was having.

Is Anything New Anymore?

Since the AR-10 was designed before the AR-15 it would seem we haven’t taken a step forward but a step back in time. Thanks to Government bans, such as the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban that ended in 2004 and other set backs, the modern sporting rifle world has been trying to play catch up for the past 11 years.

Intermediate vs. Rifle Cartridges

I have never really been a fan of the .223 Remington (5.56x45NATO) and I know I am not alone in this distaste. I have always liked the 7.62x39mm or the newer .300 AAC Blackout when it comes to intermediate cartridges. The .308 win is a rifle cartridge that fits more than just the distance shooting bill. The fact of the matter is that the .308 and the 5.56 have been on the battle field for almost the same amount of time and yet we chose the less ballistically versatile round for civilian and military applications.

DPMS/SR-25 Magazines vs. Proprietary

When building a new firearm platform you have to consider the way your firearm is going to hold rounds. In the the bolt action world we typically use an in-stock style magazine, for the lever actions and shotguns we use a tube and elevator (shell carrier) system, for the semi and full autos we have a choice. Belt fed (seen mainly in past in full auto only but is making it way back in semi auto versions of full auto machine guns) or magazine fed.

The .308 ARs are all based on the smaller AR-15, so you would think after seeing the success of the AR-15 magazine market it would be smarter to stick with what works. But we are still in a relearning stage in the firearm world about supply and demand. The FN SCAR 17 uses a proprietary .308 mag but the SCAR 16 uses STANAG (AR-15 style magazines). When FN released the SCAR 17 to the general population they had problems keeping magazines in stock because they were trying to keep the military contracts filled and just they couldn’t keep up with demand. That’s a problem with proprietary.

The DPMS/SR-25 style magazines are now being made by a number of different magazine manufacturers which means I can order as many as I want.

Standardizing

The AR-15 is known as the Legos for adults. Everything is changeable. If I want a nickel boron BCG I can find a company I like and replace mine in my AR-15.  If I want a new charging handle I get one. If I want to put a .50BMG bolt action upper on my lower I can. This seems to me like a great idea. However in the .308 AR world we have yet to reach an agreement as to what the specs should be.

Final thoughts

Until they all come to an agreement about standardizing, the consumer market for the .308 AR is left with fewer options.  To me, more options means more money back in the pockets of the firearm manufacturers.  More money to the manufacturers means more money can be spent on R&D, which means more advanced guns in the future.

Winchester back at it with the 1911 .45acp

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Phil over at Thefirearmblog.com  showing off the new wooden box of Winchester “1911 .45 ACP”.

I published the Press release about the new line of Winchester ammo a few months back. I think Winchester is doing well by branding it with the WIN 1911.  I still hear from people less familiar with firearms, telling me they need to go buy 1911 rounds or AR rounds like somehow that means something with so many variants chambered in different calibers. Yes, there are plenty of reasons to assume that the firearm in question is its standard caliber, but I met a gentlemen out at the range one day who was very new to firearms and was very excited to shoot his new 1911 and when he went to load the rounds the bullets were too big, He had purchased a 9mm 1911 and when we went into the store he asked for 1911 ammo and was sold 5 boxes of .45acp.

Phil talks about it being a nice Christmas gift and I can see that, however at $140 for the kit I don’t see that the wooden box is worth $60 (based on a $20 50 round  box of .45acp). I like the box and it would be nice to look at, but the ammo inside is overly pricy for my taste.

If you would like to see more pictures check out Thefirearmblog.com