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TAPCO AR-15 Magazine
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Days before the NASGW Expo, news is starting to move at a much faster pace including announcements of new guns, shooting gear and even corporate acquisitions.  Here are a few of the things that are leaking out ahead of this week’s show.

Remington Arms acquires TAPCO

The Remington Arms Company picked up gun accessory maker TAPCO, expanding the company’s reach throughout the shooting market.  TAPCO manufactures a wide range of firearm parts, mainly for rifles.  I know a lot of people that have relied on their replacement AK and SKS parts to ensure 922r compliance.

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CZ Skorpion Discontinued

It looks like the CZ VZ61 Skorpion pistol has been discontinued.  I’m not sure when this was announced, but the semi-auto version of the famous submachine gun was discontinued from the CZ line earlier this year.

The US market Skorpion was chambered for the .32 ACP, and to qualify as a handgun (as opposed to the “short barrel rifle” designation), it did not come with a folding stock.  The original Skorpion was developed more than 50 years ago, and it is a bit sad to see the US-version fall from the catalog.

The VZ61 Skorpion can still be had (for now), but stocks are sure to dwindle.

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Handguns

Dan Wesson Guardian 1911 Pistol

danwesson_guardian_03aCZ revamped the Dan Wesson 1911 line, and were showing off the new pistols at the 2010 SHOT Show.  The Dan Wesson Guardian was one example.

The Guardian is a commander-sized 1911 pistol chambered in 9mm.  The forged alloy frame has a black “duty” finish, which is the same finish as what is on the Valor handguns mad by CZ.  The rear of the grip is bob-tailed making it easier to conceal.

The sights are fixed tritium three-dot.  The rear sight is ramped so it is less likely to snag on any clothing when it is drawn from behind a jacket or under a shirt.  I prefer to have a hard edge instead of a ramp so I can use it to perform one-handed malfunction drills and reloads more easily.

The Guardian felt good in the hand, and it balanced well.  It is a touch heavier than similar sized, polymer framed pistols from competitors, but that extra weight should make the 9mm recoil darn-near non-existent.  Weight is listed as 1.8 pounds (about 28.8 ounces).

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Handguns

CZ P-07 Tactical Prototype Pistol

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At the 2010 SHOT Show, CZ showed a concept pistol that the company may begin selling later this year.  The pistol is a tactical version of the P-07 Duty pistol that is, as yet, not named.  (Ed. note:  Scroll down to the update for more information on this pistol.)

The pistol is chambered in 9mm, and will feature a threaded barrel for the addition of a sound suppressor.  Suppressed models will have elevated sights.  The new P-07 has a tan polymer frame, but other colors (OD, foliage green, flat dark earth, scorched earth, etc.) may be offered.

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Rifles

CZ USA VZ 58 Rifles

In 2008, CZ-USA started importation of the semi-automatic SA Vz 58 rifle. While the gun’s appearance gives it a look similar to the AK-47, the gun is not a clone of the famous Kalashnikov rifle.

Let’s take a look at what the VZ 58 is and the CZ-USA variant.