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Converting Old Browning Model A-5s

Newer versions of this famous shotgun use roll pins instead of screws to hold certain action parts. Here’s how to convert early Auto-5s.

Glock Mods: An M1911 Man Branches Out

I’ve worked with the 1911 for many years, and sometimes that experience has been helpful with other pistols, such as the Browning Hi-Power, for example. Sometimes the differences between pistols are hard to spot, and other times we find similarities between handguns that at first seem very different. Another example: If you can work on the Savage 1910, you can work on the Astra 400, and you won’t be confused by the H&K P7M8. But the Glock? Ah, the Glock is an altogether different creature. Sometimes my 1911-based reasoning produces positive results with the Glock, and other times it does not. With the Glock so popular with law-enforcement and now proving itself in competition—winning the first top-class award at IPSC—we’re going to see more and more Glocks turned in for improvement. And at the very least, we should be familiar with the similarities and the differences between the Glock and “old Slabsides.”

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Semi-Annual FBI Report Confirms Crime Down As Gun Sales Up

The FBI's semi-annual uniform crime data for the first half of 2013 confirms once again what the firearms community already knew, that violent crime has continued to decline while gun sales have continued to climb.

GunBroker.com Names January 2014's Best Selling Firearms

GunBroker.com has released its list of Top 5 best-selling firearms for January 2014, topped by Smith & Wesson's M&P semi-automatic pistol.


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Glock Model 26 9mm Parabellum, $599

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Our G26 performed without a moment's worry and carried 10+1 rounds. The Glock 26 was never meant to be a target pistol or a primary weapon. But as a hideout gun or backup pistol, the Glock 26 is a solid choice.



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One aspect of the Glock pistols that has made them popular is that they are relatively inexpensive and simple. But, this nicely cut recess in the barrel crown showed us that our G26 was not lacking in attention to detail.

The standard Glock fixed sight on our G26 was drift adjustable and accented by a bright white outline. On bigger guns with a longer sight radius, focus on the front sight might push your vision so far ahead of the rear sight that a white outline can go unnoticed, especially under stress. But on the little G26 we never lost sight of the outline during our fast-action drills.

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