Rifle Accessories: Rifled Slug Barrels

Rifle Accessories: Shotgun Rifled Slug barrel

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Your typical Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 series shotgun will come with an unrifled barrel and a bead sight on the front. While this is perfect for home defense, if you are going to take your shotgun hunting you may want to think about getting a Rifled Slug barrel, rather than a hunting rifle.

Rather than buying another rifle with sights to go hog hunting, why not change the barrel on your favorite defensive weapon, the shotgun? A rifled slug barrel will run you somewhere between $130 used and $260 at a retailer such as bass pro shops and will not only buy you rifling, but also a front post and rear sight.

The replacement process is very easy. First you need to take off the magazine cap to the 870 as pictured here:

 

Then take off the barrel like so:

 

Simply replace the original barrel with the new slug barrel and replace the magazine cap or extension, and you are ready to go. You now have iron sights or even a scope base in some cases. The rifling in the barrel will make sabot slugs more accurate, as the gyroscopic forces keep the bullet from wobbling too much in flight, just like a tight spiral on a football. This will help to keep your groups down if you are between 50 yards or more.

So rather than spending $350 or more on a rifle without optics, why not spend between $100 and $200 on a slug barrel? The 400 grain slug at 1400 feet per second will definitely do the trick.

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Handgun Profile: Glock 22 RTF

Handgun Profile: Glock 22RTF

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One of the newest Glock models is the full size RTF which comes in either the 9mm Glock 17RTF or the .40 cal 22RTF which is the topic of this review.

The .40 caliber series of Glocks has long been one of my favorite series of handguns. I have owned both a Glock 23 and 22, and will own a 27 shortly. The Glock 23 that I bought was a second generation that had seen tons of rounds, but still held tighter groups than me. Other than replacing a recoil spring and some magazine springs I never had to perform any maintenance. The Glock 22RTF is an intriguing glock simply because it is a little more playful than the regular glock. The RTF stands out from your typical glock because the cocking serrations in the slide are semi-circular and because of the namesake of the RTF the Rough Textured Frame.

So What’s different?

Just like the regular 3rd generation glock the RTF has your finger grooves and light rail cut out, but instead of having the regular plastic gritty finish it has little polymer cylinders that stick up ever so slightly but create a feel just like skateboard tape would. The grip on this gun is incredible!!! At first glance and feel you will be a little uneasy about pulling the trigger for fear of sanding down your hand, but the Glock 22 RTF feels no different than any other glock except for a felt reduction in muzzle flip and more stability in your grip. I found myself able to go through more rounds than before without having to adjust my grip in any way, shape, or form.

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Enough about the texture, how does it shoot?

The Glock 22 with its full size barrel is about as accurate as you would ever want to get. If you don’t have any flyers 5 round groups are easily touching without a rest. The Glock is a wonderfully accurate gun, but where it shines is in its simplicity. The trigger on this gun has a very short and crisp reset. Once the trigger is engaged you will hear an authoritative click that lets you know you are ready for your next shot. I don’t even think that this gun has any recoil, unless you are used to shooting very small calibers. I can shoot hundreds of rounds through this gun without ever feeling them. The gun points naturally and comes up fast on target. Follow up shots are done quickly and with ease. The spent bullet casings pretty much end up in the same spot on the floor every time you pull the trigger, leading me to believe that this firearm is one well-oiled machine.

What about maintenance?

Since all you have to do is depress the slide takedown lever on both sides of the gun, strip off the slide and disassemble it, cleaning the glock is a very simple task. Once you are happy with your job of cleaning the gun just reverse and you are good to go. The only thing you will need to change at some point (1000’s upon 1000’s of rounds) are the small springs in the interior of the gun, which will run you a few bucks. At the same time you will have spent $1000’s in ammunition for your new favorite go to gun.

The Verdict:

While the Glock may not be the prettiest gun out there, it is notoriously reliable. It is one of the only guns that I will carry confidently, because I never had so much as a hiccup. I even once ran rounds that didn’t feed with multiple primer strikes on a different gun through my G22RTF and every bullet fired. Love Glocks or hate them they are one of the finest firearms ever made, and they are a heck of a lot of fun to shoot.

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Carbine Profile: FN PS90

The FN PS90 is a relatively new carbine design by Fabrique Nationale Herstal. It is designed around the 5.7x28mm round and features a compact bullpup design and a 50 round detachable magazine.

The Round

The 5.7x28mm is a smoking hot round with a really small bullet. Even though the diameter of the round is larger than that of a 5.56 it is shorter. The whole reason behind the design is that the regular copper jacketed round has enough penetration to go through a kevlar helmet at 200 yds. Since the regular copper jacketed round is considered to be armor piercing, the only ammunition commercially available has an A-Max or polymer filled hollow-point round. These rounds expand nicely in a variety of materials.

The rifle

This rifle is so easy to take apart and clean, the only thing I can compare it to is the Glock. You only take out the magazine, take the rifle in half, and take out the trigger pack. The disassembled version can be seen here:

Just take your normal .223 cleaning kit and go to town. The 5.7 is also not as dirty of a round as the 5.56 and the ammunition compares favorably at $25 for a box of 50. Having almost twice the amount of rounds in your magazine equates to a hell of a lot of firepower. Changing magazines is a breeze, just rip one stick out and insert the next. This rifle is completely ambidexterous. You are able to operate the safety, charging handle, and magazine release with either hand. Left handed shooters will also not be pelted with brass, as the rounds simply fall out of the bottom of the carbine.

Shooting impressions

The PS90 is a pleasure to shoot fast and accurately. Just like any assault rifle you really won’t want to spend too much time shooting at greater distances, even though you can. The PS90 really shines in that is has virtually no recoil and you can get a lot of rounds on target very quickly. As assault rifles typically are designed, you can stick the PS90 in a novice’s hands and make them instantly lethal out to 50 yards. Just point and shoot, and you will hit what you are aiming at. The only thing that I would change about the PS90 that I received is the factory sight. Even though the sight does change from white to red depending on the ambient lighting, it is not as easy to acquire as a typical red dot.

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Handgun Profiles: Keltec P3AT

Handgun Profiles: Kel Tec P3AT

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Every carrier of a concealed weapon will find him- or herself looking at a pocket pistol at some point in time. The pocket pistol is small, usually comes in a smaller caliber, .380 being very popular, and fits into your pants pocket without leaving a trace. The KelTec P3AT fits the bill nicely.

KelTec is based out of Florida and uses only American parts and labor in producing its P3AT pistol. Coming in at right around $300 this pistol is not inexpensive, but this does not take away from the gun’s popularity. Chambered in .380 the P3AT will not knock anyone down, but with careful aim this pistol is as dangerous as any.

The P3AT has only two buttons on it, the trigger and the magazine release. There is no manual safety, but the completely shrouded hammer and double action trigger are supposed to keep you safe while carrying the gun loaded. A myriad of options exist for the P3AT from different holsters to a simple clip that you can install in the back of the frame.

The P3AT is a nice shooter with very manageable recoil. Usually smaller handguns bark, and are not suggested for shooters that are recoil sensitive, but the P3AT is pleasant to shoot. With the low profile sights and short barrel the P3AT will never be a target gun, but it is simple to point, shoot, and get rounds on target. In the 1,000’s of rounds I have fired so far I did not experience any failures to feed or to function with a variety of inexpensive ammunition.

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The takedown on the P3AT is also very simple. Make sure the pistol is unloaded, checking the chamber visually and physically. Then simply take out the magazine, grab a spent .380 casing and pull the disassembly pin. Slide the slide off of the front of the gun and remember that the recoil spring is not captured (translation: the recoil spring will go flying through the room if you don’t hold on to it). Reassembly is a breeze, and maintenance is standard.

Verdict:

The P3AT is a versatile tool that performs admirably for its intended mission: to be there when carrying a larger firearm is not possible. With that in mind, the P3AT is a weapon (like most handguns) that will hold you over until you can get something bigger, preferably a lot bigger. It is a fun gun to shoot, easy to take apart, and is a vital piece to any carry collection. Before too long you too will own a subcompact pistol.

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Basics: USPSA style shooting

USPSA stands for the United States Practical Shooting Association. This association is one of the major competitive shooting associations in the United States. So why shoot competition?

Competition allows you to do some things that you would not normally be able to do at the range. For instance, most ranges would probably frown upon your running around the range with a loaded gun and engaging multiple targets. They would probably also be very upset if you shot out of the window.

With USPSA at the Port of the Isles Gun club you can do both. Last Thursday I got the chance to attend my first competition event. I brought along my carry piece, a Glock 22. The courses were divided into 3 stages, two stages with steel poppers and one stage with a “shoot house” style environment. The rules were simple: Don’t do anything that can endanger anyone, and have fun. To make sure that new shooters follow the rules a very courteous and professional range officer is appointed to explain the details and to follow you on the course to make sure you are doing everything right while the adrenaline is flowing.

Now for the shooting part. Most of the steel targets are little steel plates that you engage from 15 yards and less. Then there are also some silhouette shaped targets which naturally are easier to hit. The object of each stage is to shoot your approximately 28 rounds in the quickest time while running to predetermined shooting spots and reloading on the way.

To say that my experience was fun would be a gross understatement. This was one of the best times I have ever had shooting, especially every time you hear the rewarding “clang” of a steel target getting hit by a .40 round. If you are considering trying competition, you should. The people are extremely friendly and supportive, and there are shooters of all levels competing. You very well might learn a lot of great things to improve your shooting. At the very least it is a great experience moving with a gun and reloading on the fly.

Competition is held every Thursday at 4:45pm at Lou Land Gun Club. For more information please visit http://www.gunrangenaples.com/

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Rifle Profile: Armalite AR-10

Rifle review: Armalite AR-10

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The AR-10 is the big daddy to the AR-15. Interestingly enough, the AR-10 was designed before the AR-15 was, but was modified to fit a smaller cartridge, the .223 instead of the .308.

What it is:

The AR-10 is a .308 version of the AR-15 that comes in a variety of barrel lengths, and accessory combinations.

Why you want one:

If you get an AR -10 with a barrel of 20” or more, you now basically have a long-range, semi auto rifle perfect for taking out anything from deer to hog, to whatever else you would want to hunt with a .308 with a 25 round capacity.

 

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The AR-10 reviewed in this post was a 20”barrel with chrome lining, flat-top upper with the normal A2 fixed stock, a quad rail, Harris bi-pod, and a Leupold VX-III 4.5-14×40 Adjustable Objective scope. Man was this review fun.

Taking the AR-10 out to the range proved to be a little bit of a haul, since the rifle weighs about 11 lbs with scope and everything. Lugging around ammo was equally heavy; if only the rifle and ammo were lighter…. hey, that’s why we have the AR-15. Once set up, the AR-10 looks mean. Pointing this bad boy down range brought pure joy to everyone that came along for the review that day. Putting a .308 round next to a .223 makes the latter look tiny in comparison. But what about the recoil? After carefully lining the duplex in my scope up on target, flipping off the safety, and waiting for the wind to die down, I gently squeezed a trigger that could only be equated with a glass rod breaking. Next came an incredibly loud bang, and once my sight picture reappeared there was a neat hole in the middle of the quarter-sized target I was shooting at. This is where the heft of the rifle comes in handy. Since it is a heavy gun, it pretty much eats up all of the recoil of the .308 round, feeling much like an AR-15, just meaner.  The accuracy out of this rifle is absolutely incredible. At 100yds it was extremely hard to miss what you were aiming at. 5 shot groups of military surplus ball were always touching, sometimes even forming one big hole, depending on the skill of the shooter.

Take down:

Like all AR’s just pop the rear pin, pull out the bold carrier and bolt group, and scrub and lubricate. Get a bore-snake for the barrel, and you will be done with cleaning in no-time. Since this is a direct impingement firearm, meaning the gas from the fired round travels back into the chamber in order to force the bolt back, the chamber does get very dirty, and will require good scrubbing.

Reliability:

Some big bore AR’s get a bad rap for being unreliable and going through parts quickly, but as far as I can tell, this AR will be in great shape for many, many rounds. There is next to no wear on any of the parts, and this rifle fires every single round thrown at it. There was never a mis-feed or failure to feed using anything from quality Remington ammunition to the cheapest Spanish surplus.

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The verdict:

I am keeping this one for a while. Having a big bore AR that you can use as an assault rifle, hunting rifle, or long range rifle pretty much gives you the best of all worlds and combines them in the great looking package the black rifle is. My hat off to Armalite for such a fine product.

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Handgun Profile: Kimber TLE II

Handgun Profile: Kimber TLE II

 

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The Kimber TLE II is the 1911 that is issued to the LAPD SWAT according to Kimber’s marketing materials. The gun sampled is a full size 1911 with a 5” barrel, and blued frame and slide. The gun comes with Meprolight night sights, a definite plus in any defensive handgun.

The Pro’s:

This gun is definitely a shooter. With the typically mellow .45 ACP recoil, assisted by a comparatively heavy metal frame, the Kimber is easy to bring back on target, and tremendously accurate. The design is intriguing and well layed out; the controls on the Kimber are very intuitive and easy to get a good grip on. The safety and magazine release were easy to manipulate and worked smoothly. The gun feels very solid, and like a german car just plain feels nice and heavy. I did not notice any real play between the slide, frame, and barrel, which may have been part of the reason this gun shot so well. 1 ½” groups are a definite possibility from a rest with quality ammo. For practical shooting, it suffices to say that if you have a reasonable amount of skill in shooting a handgun, the Kimber will just leave one big clean hole in the middle of whatever you are aiming at by the time the magazine is empty. With a typical 7 shot magazine, this is definitely a quality over quantity type of gun.

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The grip of the Kimber feels natural and is easy to conceal, due to the single stack magazine. With an inside the waistband holster, 1911’s are easy to carry even in hot climates, and are fast to draw and point. All of these things are all nice and good, but the number one most impressive part of the Kimber (and probably any handgun) is the trigger. The 1911 trigger is the daddy of all handgun triggers. It blows away the competition in terms of fast reset, no creep, and crisp breaking. The single action trigger of the Kimber is claimed to break at 3.5lbs and I believe it.

The Con’s:

If you like to have a lot of ammo, the 1911 will require you to practice your speed reloads. The 1911 makes up for this in 10-ring accuracy, but for those times when you just need more bullets, you may want to consider a double stack 1911 or plastic gun. The magazine is the greatest problem with the weapon tested. The Kimber did not like its supplied magazines even after supposedly having been broken in properly. With the standard magazines shooting the Kimber was like pulling teeth. In the first 50 rounds the Kimber failed to feed numerous times, and the end result of the first 50 shots was in the neighborhood of 20 #1 and #2 malfunctions. Luckily Wilson Combat came to the rescue. After the rather disappointing results of the regular magazines, the Wilson Combats were near flawless with a variety of ammunition, the result being a fun day of shooting.

The other relative negative is field stripping. If you are not a big fan of field stripping that requires tools, the 1911 is not for you. Compared to most modern handguns, the 1911 requires a college equivalent to be taken apart without leaving marks lovingly referred to as “idiot marks” on the frame. If you are unsure how to take apart a 1911, don’t read the owner’s manual. Go to the guy at your range shooting it all the time and ask him if he would mind showing you (Legalese disclaimer: always read your owner’s manual anyways to make sure you understand everything about your firearm and its safe operation). Chances are he will flash a knowing grin and teach you how to keep your 1911 looking pretty. And if you don’t have one of those guys around, call us at <b>(239)436-3974</b> and we will get together with you to show you the proper disassembly.

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The Verdict:

If you are considering buying a 1911, do it. It is a very sleek and sexy gun that will shoot like a charm. Sometimes one or two can be temperamental, but so can every other gun. If you practice with it, it will be a lightning-fast, highly accurate defensive weapon or great competition pistol. If you like to carry a lighter gun with more magazine capacity, then this might just be the perfect safe queen to take out on special occasions for a range trip. The Kimber TLE II is a pleasure to shoot and hold, and is something we all should be lucky enough to experience.

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