June 2018

Short Shots

SIG ‘Holds’ on ATF Silencer Suit

Gunmaker SIG Sauer has agreed to “stay” its civil suit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while ATF reviews a sample of a muzzle brake that the agency called a silencer. By agreement, approved by the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, SIG will “stay” its lawsuit against the ATF until Sept. 17. In the meantime, both sides agree, SIG will send the ATF a sample of its muzzle brake for review and the ATF will issue a third ruling by Aug. 6.   More...

Cool New Guns at SHOT 2013

Subscribers Only — At the 2013 SHOT Show, held in Las Vegas last January, Gun Tests staffers ran across tons of new products that we’re working to include in future tests. We mention many new items below, so if any of them trip your trigger, let us know and we’ll see about adding them to the test list.   More...

Patterning the Taurus Judge

Subscribers Only — In the August 2009 issue, we did our first test of the popular Taurus Judge 45 LC/410 revolver, using No. 4 shot in the shells we tested with. We immediately got reader mail asking if different shot sizes would change the gun’s patterning characteristics, which we didn’t like all that much. We didn’t think that the patterns would be substantially different, but we like to test and be sure. What we found. Using No. 6 and No. 71⁄2 shot, the pattern density was best with the smallest shot, which had very little of the noted doughnut shape observed with No. 4s. Patterns with No. 71⁄2 were slightly tighter than with No. 6s. Specifically, at 15 feet they were 28 and 32 inches respectively. We still feel that’s too far for the use of such loads against human adversaries in a crowded room. However, if you’re shooting snakes, we suggest No. 71⁄2 shells are indeed the way to go, and you might even be better served with No. 9s.   More...

Shooters’ Paradise: SHOT Show Media Day 2008 Quick Report

Subscribers Only — Most serious shooters know that the Shooting and Outdoor Sports Trade Show, SHOT by any other name, is the annual showcase for new guns, ammunition, accessories and more. But for a select few gun writers, editors, TV producers and hosts, the day before the SHOT Show is a chance to shoot the latest and greatest from gun makers from around the world. In fact, a typical media event offers an opportunity to shoot up to 50 different firearms, although a typical participant can’t tally more than a couple dozen. The key is the variety of firearms that manufacturers have on parade—everything from sweet-shooting 20-gauge O/Us, to belt-fed .50 caliber machine guns that reverberate throughout the stark but beautiful Nevada hills that ring Las Vegas.   More...

NRA and Springfield Armory Launch New M1A Competition

Subscribers Only — The NRA/Springfield Armory M1A Match will make its debut August 5 at the NRA National Rifle and Pistol Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio. Springfield Armory has put up a total of $25,000 in cash and merchandise awards for the match. Said Mike Krei, director of NRA’s Competitive shooting Division, "Springfield wanted to encourage more use of the M1A, and they were willing to sponsor all of the needed cash and product awards to make it happen at Camp Perry."   More...

S&W Academy Offers Military & Police Pistol and Rifle Training

Subscribers Only — The Smith & Wesson Academy will introduce Military & Police (M&P) Pistol and Rifle Series training courses to be held at the Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, and at local police departments and regional law enforcement training centers across the country.   More...

Thompson/Center Arms’ Icon Is T/C’s First Bolt-Action Rifle

Subscribers Only — Thompson/Center Arms, a Smith & Wesson company, has introduced the Icon, its first bolt-action centerfire rifle. "While developing the Icon, our engineers and designers worked with numerous master gunsmiths, tactical shooters and hunters to better understand what features they desired in a premium bolt-action rifle," said Gregg Ritz, President of Smith & Wesson Hunting.   More...

‘The Duke’ is Honored with Line of Collector Cowboy Cartridges

Subscribers Only — John Wayne Enterprises and Winchester Ammunition are offering a limited-edition collector’s set of ammunition offered in three .44-40 Winchester, .45 Colt, and .30-30 Winchester to commemorate 100 years of "The Duke." John Wayne would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2007.   More...

Short Shots: 09/06

Subscribers Only — Beretta Introduces 90-TWO Pistol [IMGCAP(1)]The Beretta 90-TWO semiautomatic pistol, the latest in Beretta’s 92/96 Series, should already be available to consumers. This is the 92 Series’ first complete redesign since it was introduced to the law enforcement and military community more than 20 years ago. Featuring new magazines with higher capacity in 9mm and .40 S&W calibers and an internal buffer to reduce recoil, the 90-TWO includes rounded contours that speed extraction from the holster. Also, the…   More...

Short Shots: 12/04

Subscribers Only — Sporting estate fights zoning law that has closed its range; British violent crime figures spike.   More...

Short Shots: 11/04

Subscribers Only — Post-Ban High-Capacity Magazine, Gun Sales Are Brisk Reports from our retail sources show that interest in “post ban” guns and accessories is high, and several manufacturers were ready with special offers, new products, and modified capacities that will restore some functionality to firearms that had been affected by the ban. To wit: SIG Sauer is offering new factory magazines with 12- and 15-round capacities. These magazines are marked “Law Enforcement Only,” but are now legal for sale to the commercial market with the sunsetting of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. SIG pistols that can carry 12- or 15-round magazines are the P226, P228, P229 and the SP2009 and SP2340. Sales o...   More...

Short Shots: 03/05

Subscribers Only — DOJ Memo: 2nd Amendment Is Individual Right The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declared that the Second Amendment explicitly recognizes the right of individual Americans to own and carry firearms. The Memorandum Opinion for the Attorney General released on the Internet in December is entitled, “Whether the Second Amendment Secures an Individual Right.” The report’s 103 pages conclude that, “... the Second Amendment secures a personal right of individuals, not a collective right that may only be invoked by a State or a quasi-collective right restricted to those persons who serve in organized militia units.” Further, the report says that conclusion is based “... on...   More...

Short Shots: 10/04

Subscribers Only — U.S. Olympic Team Comes Home Light on Medals It is no secret that USA Shooting had huge expectations for one of the most experienced Olympic Teams it has seen in a long time. With a goal of six medals going into the Games, USA Shooting wanted to reiterate just how strong this year’s team looked. [IMGCAP(1)]But the Olympics are their own type of animal, one that can’t be predicted or controlled. And although earning three Olympic medals — two gold and one silver — is a very successful showing for many countries, it’s an underachievement for the United States. USA Shooting had a few blatant disappointments throughout the very intense eight days of Olympic competition in Ath...   More...

Short Shots: 02/05

Subscribers Only — Gun Makers, Gun Owners Win Two Major Victories in Illinois Illinois gun owners won two large battles toward the end of 2004. In a closely-watched court case, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that firearms manufacturers are not responsible for Chicago street violence or of knowingly supplying guns to criminals. The city of Chicago sued 18 gun manufacturers, four distributors and 11 dealers — asserting the firearms industry is liable for causing a “public nuisance” — and demanded $433 million for health care costs and city emergency expenses. And on the legislative front, Illinois lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to give new legal protection to homeowners who use a banned handgu...   More...

Short Shots: 01/05

Subscribers Only — Election Outcome, The Rebirth of an Old Favorite, and NJIT’s Smart Gun.   More...