News

SHOT 2014—Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat Magnum Revolver

For the first time, Smith & Wesson introduces the .44 Magnum caliber in an L-Frame revolver, the Model 69 Combat Magnum. Made especially for Magnum® usage, the Model 69 will also shoot the lighter .44 Special. The Model 69 features a 4.25-inch, two-piece barrel constructed of stainless steel. The stainless steel cylinder holds five rounds and the revolver shoots in either single- or double-action.

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SHOT 2014 — Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum Revolver

The Model 66 saw years of law enforcement service from 1970 to 2005. For 2014, Smith and Wesson gladly reintroduces the Model 66 K-Frame service revolver. The all stainless-steel revolver has a smooth, glass-bead finish and is chambered for .357 Magnum and .38 Special. It has a 4.25-inch, two-piece barrel. The Model 66 will hold six rounds.

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Range Reports

9mm SIG Sauer P938 Review

The SIG Sauer P938 and I had a torrid love affair, but it was just enough to know we definitely need a second date. SIG’s P938 is a locked breech, tilting barrel single-action only semi-automatic sub-compact handgun chambered in 9mm. I really like the fact that the gun is all metal and aluminum, except for the grips. It’s a refreshing change from all the polymer-framed concealed carry guns on the market. The frame is aluminum alloy and the slide is 416 stainless steel. Weighing in at 16 ounces unloaded, it is difficult to compare the P938 to other guns, as there are not many metal-framed sub-compacts to compare it to. The Kel-Tec P11 is lighter at 14 ounces, while the Bersa Thunder 9 and Kahr MK9 are considerably heavier at 23 and 22.1 ounces respectively. I shot the model that SIG calls “Nightmare”—an all-black version minus the matte nickel controls.

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SHOT 2014 — Smith & Wesson Model 686 Performance Center Revolver

The Smith & Wesson model 686 has over 30-years of history. For 2014, S&W releases an enhanced Model 686 from its Performance Center shop. Intended for self-defense, the Performance Center Model 686 is chambered for .357 Magnum and also shoots .38 Special. Seven rounds fit into its unfluted, stainless steel cylinder. The L-Frame revolver is made of stainless steel with a glass-bead finish and is set off with custom wood grips.

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Firearms

.22 Colt Government Model Range Review

The Colt Government Model .22 is a purpose-made. versatile, affordable, accurate pistol true to the 1911 template and chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. With multiple versions available at different price points, this pistol holds up well on the range and can used with a wide variety of ammunition and would be great as a farm or ranch pistol. For all the details on what ammo the author tested and the results, read the full post.

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Camping & Survival

Quick Prepper Tip: The Useful, Practical Tactical, Helpful, Frugal Zip Tie

If duct tape has thousands of uses than chances are its junk drawer companion and skinny little cousin the zip-tie does as well. Here are just a few uses for zip ties you may not have thought about.

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Firearms

The Auto-Ordnance Thompson Carbine — Americana at its Finest

The Thompson submachine gun works as a home defense tool or for police agencies who need a pistol caliber carbine. With a long history of being carried by the military, both American and European, in many wars, the Thompson SMG has definitely earned it’s place as a part of Americana and a powerful weapon. Read the post to learn more about it’s history and the current model.

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Camping & Survival

Battery Basics — Are You Prepared?

There are several different types of batteries but Lead, Alkaline, Lithium, Non-Lithium and Nickel are most common. Knowing which battery to stockpile may get a little confusing, especially when you start thinking about the number of different types of batteries you use on a regular basis. However, that is the trick to creating any good stockpile.

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Firearms

Springfield Range Officer .45 ACP Pistol Review

The Springfield Range Officer .45 ACP Pistol is an affordable, highly accurate handgun worth every penny as a target pistol, although it could be used for tactical purposes. This is a first-class target gun with much to recommend and you can discover all the details in this post.

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Firearms

Mossberg’s Rugged and Reliable Shotgun

The Mossberg pump action shotguns are smooth, reliable and rugged, easy break down and pack a punch with .410 bore ammo. With a short riot gun barrel of 18 to 20 inches the home defense type shotgun barrel makes for a fast handling and effective problem solvers. In fact, the author has used a Mossberg 500 longer than any other shotgun. Read the post to learn more about the Mossberg and what makes them such a great choice.

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