Caracal CC10 Carbine

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Introduced in the summer of 2012, the 2013 SHOT Show was our first opportunity to get our hands on the new Caracal CC10 9mm carbine.  The “CC” stands for “Caracal Carbine”.  The CC10 has a steel receiver and barrel, with a polymer frame, however no details were given on the type of steel. The CC10 […]

Glock RTF2 Second Impression

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I caught a bit of heat after the 2009 SHOT Show when I posted that I was not impressed by the third generation Glock pistols with the RTF2 texture.  I didn’t much like the texture, nor did I think the groovy design of the crescent moon slide serrations did much for the user. Recently, I […]

Thompson/Center Venture Rifle

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Thompson/Center (T/C) introduced the new Venture rifle at the 2009 SHOT Show. The Venture is designed to be an affordable rifle at only $499 MSRP (street price less), yet it offers the same T/C quality enthusiasts have found in their other firearms. The Venture is available in four popular calibers: .270 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, […]

KAC Chainsaw Machine Gun

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Somehow I missed this gem at the 2009 SHOT Show.  Knight’s Armament showed a new chainsaw-styled machine gun, which is based on the Stoner LMG (light machine gun).  This functioning chainsaw machine gun is belt-fed, chambered in 5.56, and has an integral suppressor and 37mm flare launcher.  Oh, and the appearance kicks ass. Knight’s said […]

Charter Arms Rimless Revolver Delayed

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The Charter Arms Rimless Revolver (CARR) has been delayed. Originally slated for shipping in April, a company employee revealed that the actual shipping date has been pushed back to “late July.”  Increased demand on their existing products has contributed to the delay the employee said. Charter Arms excited revolver enthusiasts by announcing the “rimless revolver” […]

CORBON Now Loading Varmint Grenade Bullets

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CORBON is now loading the Barnes Varmint Grenade bullets in several calibers: .204, .22-250 and .223.  If you are not already familiar with the Varmint Grenade bullets, they are a line of rifle bullets with a copper-tin core that holds together at very high speeds, but violently fragments on impact.  As the name suggests, the […]

Stark Equipment SE-1 Grip for the AR-15

The Stark Equipment SE-1 is a polymer grip that replaces the standard AR-15 grip and trigger guard with a single polymer unit.  At the 2009 SHOT Show, I had a chance to preview the Stark SE-1, and I was impressed by the look and feel of the floor samples. Stark Equipment is now shipping the […]

Sig Sauer P232 Pistols: Updated for 2009

The Sig Sauer P232 pistol was updated for 2009.  The new P232 features a newly designed slide that reduces “slide bite” on larger hands and removable sights. For those not familiar with the Sig Sauer P232, the gun is a .380 ACP pistol that is more substantial in size and weight than the recent crop […]

Federal Nyclad Ammunition in .38 Special Reintroduced at 2009 SHOT Show

Federal Premium Ammunition  re-introduced the Nyclad in .38 Special at the 2009 SHOT Show.  Available only in .38 Special, the Nyclad round is a standard-pressure, self-defense load with a nylon clad 125 grain soft lead hollow point.  The nylon coating allows the bullet to reliably expand at low velocities, unlike traditional copper jacketed hollow points […]

Charter Arms Rimless Revolver Update: 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP Soon

Charter Arms is anticipating shipping the new Rimless Revolver in Spring 2009. I spoke with their reps at the 2009 SHOT Show.  The Charter Arms reps explained that the revolvers are ready to begin production, but they are waiting on the patent lawyers.  It seems that some of the patents have not been nailed down […]

The Colt Combat Elite Returns

Colt has brought back the Combat Elite.  Announced at the 2009 SHOT Show and now listed in the ’09 Colt catalog, the Combat Elite is a very nice looking and feeling 1911-platform gun chambered in the venerable .45 ACP. The floor sample at the SHOT Show had excellent craftsmanship, and unlike the Delta Elite at […]

Taurus 709 SLIM Pistols a Reality: Information from the SHOT Show

The Taurus 709 pistols, also known as the Taurus SLIM, is a series of single stack 9mm pistols designed for concealed carry.  They are polymer framed, and offer a choice in slides: blued. stainless steel, and titanium.  The blued and stainless models weight 19 ounces unloaded, and the titanium model shaves another two ounces off […]

Taurus 738 TCP: .380 ACP Pistol Takes Aim at the Ruger LCP

Three versions of the Taurus 738 TCP, or Taurus Compact Pistol, were introduced at the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando.  The TCP, also known as the model 738, is a .380 ACP pistol clearly aimed at taking market share from the wildy popular Ruger LCP. The TCP  is a very small, thin and lightweight polymer […]