Friday, August 28, 2015

SMITH & WESSON M&P22 COMPACT Photo by Smith & Wesson Caliber: 22 LR Barrel: 3.6 inches Weight: 15 ounces (empty) Grips: Polymer Sights: Adjustable three-dot Action: Striker-fired Finish: Matte black Capacity: 10+1

.32 ACP

The .32 ACP cartridge was used in a variety of small semi-automatic pistols issued to military forces in the U.S. and Europe for the purpose of discreet carry. American forces issued .32-caliber Colt M1903 pistols to general officers and undercover intelligence agents. The military version of the .32 ACP round propelled a 71-grain, 0.312-inch-diameter FMJ bullet at 905 fps.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SMITH & WESSON MODEL 351PD Photo by Smith & Wesson Caliber: .22 WMR Barrel: 1.88 inches Weight: 10.8 ounces (empty) Grips: Wood Sights: Fiber-optic front, fixed rear Action: DA/SA Finish: Matte black Capacity: 7

.30-06 Springfield

In 1906 the U.S. Military upgraded its main rifle cartridge by switching to a long-range, high-velocity load that featured a .308-caliber, 150-grain FMJ spitzer bullet at 2,700 fps. The .30-06 was chambered in the ’03 Springfield rifle, M1 Garand, BAR, Johnson Rifle and the .30-caliber Browning Machine Gun. It was the main rifle cartridge of the U.S. military from 1906-1957. It was also used by a variety of other nations. Combining the semi-automatic Garand rifle and the ’06 cartridge gave American soldiers a significant tactical advantage in WWII.

Remington, AAC 1911 Pistol Kit

The AAC 1911, a Remington R1 Enhanced Threaded Barrel branded with AAC’s markings and grips, comes with a Ti-RANT suppressor.
The AAC 1911 is a full-size pistol made from a forged carbon steel slide and cast frame.
The 5-inch, match-grade, black-oxide-finished barrel has .578-28 threading, and a thread protector is included with the package.
The lightweight, skeletonized trigger, also given a stealthy black oxide finish, is adjustable for overtravel.
The sturdy G10 grip panels offer an added layer of control and feature Advanced Armament’s “skull and crossed guns” logo
The AAC 1911’s front and rear slide serrations are easy to grasp for manipulations without being too sharp or prone to snagging.


Chambered in 9mm, the CPX-2 is a compact, hammer-fired pistol. It uses a black polymer frame built on a 7075-T6 aluminum alloy receiver to strike a balance between durability and affordability. The receiver is machined from bar stock. The trigger has a 9-pound pull from the factory. Since the gun features double-action-only (DAO) operation, the pull is consistent from shot to shot.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORINCO Type 86S - Bullpup Assault Rifle

Type 86s rifle was produced by Chinese state arms factories as a commercial, export-only item, and sold worldwide through Chinese NORINCO corporation during late 1980s and 1990s. It is not known if this weapon was originally made for PLA (Chinese People's Liberation army), but present author suspects that it was intended for export only from the start. The simple reason behind that suspicion is that by the time of appearance of this weapon (late 1980s), PLA has standardized on Type 81 assault rifle as its primary infantry arm. Type 56 assault rifle (Kalashnikov AKM clone), which served as a basis for Type 86, was declared obsolete in PLA, and mostly sold for export. It is possible that Type 86 rifle was offered in selective-fired version for various government buyers, but I have no proof for that. So far all specimens of this weapon were encountered in civilian semi-automatic only configuration. Type 86s semiautomatic rifle was sold worldwide, and at least some found its way into USA before president Clinton vetoed importation of Chinese small arms into USA in 1994.

Caliber: 7.62x39 mm
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 667 mm
Barrel length: 438 mm
Weight: 3.59 kg empty
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds (AK-47 type)

Type 86s rifle is another adaptation of previously existing weapon of traditional layout into more compact bullpup layout. It was probably inspired by Finnish-made Valmet M82 weapon, which appeared about 4 years before Chinese version of the same basic Kalashnikov-type action. In the case of Type 86s, the basic receiver with all internals was "borrowed" from late production Type 56 assault rifle with stamped receiver and semi-automatic only "civilian" trigger. All furniture, along with characteristic safety lever and cocking handle was discarded. A new cocking handle was attached to the top of gas piston rod, under the integral carrying handle, and a new manual safety was installed on the right side of the weapon, just above the trigger guard. A short metallic buttplate was pinned to the bottom of the receiver at its rear end. Couple of features were copied from other designs; those included Steyr AUG-style folding front grip and FAMAS-style integral carrying handle with built-in open sights and top-mounted cocking handle. Type 86s rifle uses standard Type 56 / Kalashnikov AKM magazines for 7,62x39 ammunition.



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