Saturday, July 9, 2016

DDI AK-Style Shotgun

Monday, May 9, 2016

Walther PPQ-45

Hands-on review of the Walther PPQ-45:

Currently on my wish-list...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ruger Precision Rifle

Accurate, dependable, affordable.....

Ruger's Newest Bolt-Action Repeater

MSRP: $1,399

Featuring the combination of bolt-action accuracy and the customizable AR-15 platform, with the versatility of accepting multiple magazine-types, we have an affordable tack-driving winner of a rifle.

Medium Contour Barrel (.75 at the muzzle)

Enter the world of long range shooting. Upper receiver and one-piece bolt body are CNC machined from pre-hardened chrome/molybdenum alloy steel. The lower receiver is machined in two pieces, right and left, from 7075-T6 hard-coat anodized aluminum. Available calibers are .308 with a 20 inch barrel, 6.5 mm Creedmor with a 24 inch barrel and .243 Winchester with a 26 inch barrel.

Not the lightest rifle, at 9.7 lbs without a scope, expect this beauty to tip the scales at around 15 lbs with the addition of a scope, bipod and stock-mounted monopod. In the accuracy department the Ruger easily exceeds 5-shot groups of under 1 inch at 100 yards. According to Ruger, 5-shot groups averaged .83" after testing multiple rifles.

This excellent accuracy is achieved through the design implementation of a linear recoil path, directing recoil forces straight back into the buttstock of the rifle upon firing.

Replaceable Barrel

Barrel specs: 4140 chrome/moly steel with 5R rifling, which translated means that there is a land placed opposite each of the barrel's grooves, which results in less bullet distortion as it engages the grooves, aiding accuracy. Rounder-edged lands result in less powder fouling and bullet jacket failure. Barrels are free floated in the fore-end. Barrel twist rates are tailored to longer bullets of the type used for long-range shooting.

Barrels are threaded at the muzzle with thread protector. A Picatinny rail is affixed to the top of the receiver. Marksman trigger with lever-in-blade design, adjustable between 2lbs., 4 ounces to 5 lbs.

American action with 70 degree bolt-throw and three lug bolt design.

"Multiple Magazine Interface" feature means high compatibility with a variety of magazines, such as DPMS, M110, SR25, PMAG and AICS. 

The buttstock is easily adjustable in the field for up to 3-1/2 inches adjustment to the length of pull and 3/4" of comb height. Not quite as easily adjusted, the cant of the buttpad can be be adjusted up to 9 degrees in either direction. The buttstock has a left-folding hinge and can be locked in the folding position.

Highly customizable with AR-style components. Affordable, relative to the field, combining the best of AR rifles and bolt-action accuracy, this one looks like a winner.

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Sig Sauer P320 .45 ACP

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Introducing the Heckler & Koch VP9 striker-fired 9mm semi-auto handgun, building on the highly successful single action/double action hammer-fired P30, summarized here back in 2010, but the VP9 "breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun."

Featuring multiple interchangeable backstraps and side plate choices for the handgun grips, the ergonomics of this 9mm should be superior to your basic Glock or Ruger offering.

HK VP9 $630.00

  • Locked Breech DAO Semi-Auto
  • 7.25" Length
  • 5.5" Height
  • 1.14 Max. Width
  • 26.5 oz. unloaded
  • 32.6 oz. loaded
  • 4.1" barrel length
  • Barrel Material: Steel
  • Magazine: 15 rd. detachable
  • Slide Material: Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Grips: Textured Polymer
  • Sights: Steel 3-dot
  • Trigger Pull Wt: 6 lbs
  • Trigger Span: 2.63"
  • Safety: No manual safety
  • "Even more accurate than the HK P30"
  • "The VP9 is a good personal-defense choice and deserves a solid A rating."
  • Allows excellent hand fitting.
  • Takes HK P30 Magazines.
  • Striker-fired action breaks smoothly.
  • Forward and rear cocking serrations allow for solid grip on the slide.
  • Due to removable blocks at the rear of the slide, slide can be racked with one hand.
  • Red cocking indicator.
  • Good combat sights; excellent contrast.
  • Comes with two magazines.
  • Paddle-type magazine release is easy to get used to.
  • Low bore axis results in little muzzle flip.
Overheard on other forums and review sights: "The PPQ has a better trigger","built to last","trigger has minimal reset", "extractor is a solid block of steel", "Glock 17 bore axis is lower", "magazine release may be a problem for those with smaller hands", "magazine changes are fast", "Very reliable"

Friday, May 8, 2015

S&W Model 627 High Capacity .357 Magnum

This is the Performance Center version of the S&W 8-shot, short-barreled .357 magnum, featuring a ball-detent cylinder lockup, for better accuracy and reliability, chamfered cartridge chambers, for aid in speed-loading, and excellent sights.

S&W Model 627 170133, $1,079

Normally, I like a longer barrel on my .357 magnum, at least a 4 incher, which adds 200-300 fps, compared to the snubnose .357, but that's just me, because these shorty .357's are very popular, especially in the N frame S&W.

  • Double Action/Single Action
  • 7.6" length
  • 5.5" height
  • 1.7" max. width
  • 37.6 oz. empty weight
  • 40.8 oz. loaded weight
  • 2.6" barrel
  • 8 round capacity
  • N-frame stainless
  • Stainless cylinder, non-fluted
  • Grips: checkered walnut
  • 5.3" grip circumference
  • Serrated ramp front sight
  • Adjustable white outline rear sight
  • 4.1 lb trigger pull weight-single action
  • 11.5 lb trigger pull double action
  • Trigger span single action, 2.8"
  • Trigger span double action, 3.3"
  •  Performance Center quality-tight fit, clean metalwork, smooth woodwork
  • Slab-sided barrel, for weight reduction
  • Crowned muzzle
  • Ejector shroud cutout drops some weight
  • Unfluted cylinder adds extra weight
  • Easily swappable dovetailed front sight.
  • Fully adjustable rear sight
  • Small grips make for concealability
  • "Even shooters with small hands could easily fire the 627..."
  • Full-length guide rod ejects all 8 rounds
  • Extra weight makes for pleasant shooting
  • "A bit heavy for concealed carry, comparable in weight to a loaded 1911..."
  • Proper holster and belt required for secure carry options