The G&A team kicks off the Summer/Fall 2013 season with two new segments—All About ARs and Full Auto--and a flurry of exclusive new firearms and product reviews. In Show I we travel to New England to highlight SIG’s new series of silencers for centerfire rifle and pistol and .22 rimfire pistol and take a first look at Ruger’s new bolt-action Guide Gun, and then get an LE and military perspective on the new Glock 30S pistol in our At The Range segment. Craig Boddington and Kyle Lamb offer their opinions on muzzle brakes and then we tackle the hot topic of full auto versus semiauto firearms. We close out show 1 with a review of the Class III .45 Auto “Grease” gun.
Major firearms and optics introductions highlight this week’s show. We take a look at Springfield’s single-stack XDs and the first-ever stainless Thompson 1911 .45 Auto. On the optics front, we get our hands on the first-ever variable-power VCOG from Trijicon. This exclusive report by former Special Forces operator Tom Beckstrand offers viewers a unique perspective on why this optic will be a trendsetter amongst military, law enforcement and civilians. Former Marine Corp officer Craig Boddington and Special Forces operator Kyle Lamb offer their thoughts on the 6.8 SPC as both a hunting and tactical cartridge, and we take a look at the recent new wave of .308s hitting the market.
A mixed bag of product reviews opens Show 3 as we take an in-depth look at why the Glock Safe Action trigger system established the new standard for semiautomatic pistols when first introduced. We also take an exclusive first look at the unique Chiappa Rhino revolver that is chambered in a pistol cartridge—the .40 S&W. We then turn our attention to personal defense as we review Hornady’s new Critical Defense .410 shotshell load and Handgun Editor Patrick Sweeney checks out the simple-to-install LaserLyte Rear Sight Laser for the 9mm Glock. Craig Boddington and Kyle Lamb get their cleaning kits out to offer Rx for ARs by offering tips for field maintenance, and we close out the show with John Browning’s iconic 1919 machinegun.
Two 1911s open up this week’s show as S&W unveils its new 1911 Commander-style .45 and Nighthawk, a company that’s built its reputation on high-end 1911s, gives us the first look at the T4, a custom-built .45 that has all the bells and whistles. The gun that started the polymer revolution, the Glock 17, is reviewed as a basic standard-issue gun for LE and as a platform that can be built up with custom features to fit your shooting needs. SIG goes hunting with its new Predator semiauto rifle and Boddington and Lamb tell you why the .22 rimfire is the perfect training tool for tactical and sporting purposes.
Ruger’s LC380 is the big news this week as Ruger builds on its incredibly successful LCP 380 compact pistol and chambers the 380 in a larger platform. Stag has made huge inroads in the AR market and its Model 8T is a perfect example why. SIG introduces its new Model 227 and then Boddington and Lamb get into the current controversial cartridge debate: Which is better, the 300 Blackout or 300 Whisper? And why is there so much confusion between the two cartridges> Our resident experts explain.
Sight systems are critical to engaging your target, and S&W believes it has taken a critical first step in helping with target acquisition by introducing the M&P Core Pistol sight system in its 9mm and 40 M&P pistol lineup. Dick Metcalf, who has 40years experience as a handgunner, offers this exclusive report after handling the pistols at the S&W Academy. Kahr has made significant inroads in personal defense with its lineup of handguns, and the new P9 and PM9 pistols are range tested, as has Hornady with its new .30 LITE Critical Defense revolver load. InterOrdnance has introduced the new 7.62 VEPR, and we get our hands on it first, and Boddington and Lamb weigh in on barrel configurations for ARs for hunting and tactical use. Finally National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) president Steve Sanetti tells us why Project Childsafe is refocusing its effort to get gun locks in the hands of responsible firearms owners.
Underrated cartridges are one of the themes in this week’s show. The 10mm cartridge is almost forgotten by handgunners due to the interest in the 9mm, 40 and 45 cartridges, but Dick Metcalf and James Tarr offer why it’s one of the most underrated cartridges in recent decades. Dick has hunted deer with the cartridge with excellent results, and Dick and Jim make note of the fact Glock has the Model 620 10mm pistol in its lineup which is the perfect carry gun if you’re trekking through the woods. President Steve Hornady tells G&A editor Jim Bequette about his experiences with the vastly underrated .375 Ruger cartridge and about Hornady’s new hunting load, and then we take a look at offerings from SIG and Stag on the Modern Sporting Rifle front. Boddington and Lamb tell how they apply their military training to the hunting and tactical fields with a run-and-gun segment, and we address the topic of why we can’t let our legislators restrict magazine capacity.
This week we undertake some of the best of the past and present by reviewing the semiauto version of the classic Thompson “Tommy Gun” and then turn our attention to Ruger’s latest 1911, a Commander-style version of its 45 SA pistol. Suppressed ARs are gaining more attention, and the fact they are legal in 30-plus states is offering manufacturers the opportunity to offer more firearms with threaded barrels, making them adaptable to these units. We offer a Tactical Hunter segment on the importance of practicing offhand shooting, and then head back to yesteryear with a review of a classic military gun, the full-auto Sten.
Modern Sporting Rifles are the focus this week, and most viewers are aware of the overabundance of accessories for your AR or Modern Sporting Rifle….those quad rails are there for a reason, right? And what about handguards? Boddington and Lamb explore some of the options available to shooters, and Kyle “builds up” a unit that is eye-catching but does not have any practical applications just to get his point across that too many shooters cross the line when it comes to accessorizing an AR. Speaking of ARs, there’s a new entry into the market from Black Forge, and we offer up our opinions on direct gas versus gas piston ARs—which one is best? We also review InterOrdnance’s new VEPR 12-gauge shotgun.
Think about the Vietnam War and all the old news reels that show our troops fighting the North Vietnamese and you can’t avoid not thinking about the M16 rifle, which was carried by our troops in this Southeast Asia conflict. This week we take a step back in time to review the M16, and it serves as a reminder that this firearm served our troops well and will always remain historically significant. We round out this week’s show with firearms reviews—ranging from the S&W M&P 10 to the Ruger SR 45 to the Springfield EMP to the Glock 19 and 26 pistols—and then address the rising interest in using Modern Sporting Rifles for hunting.
The .300 Blackout, a fairly new cartridge introduction, is bringing with it a huge amount of controversy. Is it purely a tactical round or can it be used as a legitimate deer hunting cartridge? And how does it compare to the 5.56 or .223 cartridges? Boddington and Lamb offer their unique perspectives. We review Kahr’s lineup of CW pistols in 9,, 40, and 45 and SIG’s new single-action-only 226 pistol, and then we take a look at the LWRC 6.8, which mates this popular platform with a cartridge that is generating a great deal of interest. We close out this week’s show with another classic military firearm—the MG 42.
Did you know there is such a thing as a “state-specific” AR? There most certainly is, believe it or not, and in states like California, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, firearms manufacturers have to offer specific features on these units before they can shipped to and be purchased in these states by civilians. You won’t want to miss this report, which highlights some of the S&W firearms built for these specific states. We also offer an exclusive report on a prototype Black Aces Mossberg Model 500 conversion pump shotgun unit that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, take a closer look at a new .32 H&R revolver cartridge load, and stir things up a bit by reviewing the .223 cartridge.
Holsters, DA revolvers, pistols , ARs, and suppressors round out this week’s show as we have a potpourri of new product reviews. Ruger is now offering its 556 in a Varmint Target version, and we look at the practical application of the AR platform’s two operating systems. Blackhawk, making a name for itself in tactical gear, has some new holsters that “break the mold,”, and we look at the legitimate use of suppressors for hunting and tactical use while finishing up this week’s show with the classic full-auto 9mm Sterling.
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