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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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Smith & Wesson Elite Gold Grade I 20 Gauge

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We did have minor concerns about the checkered butt on the stock (not to everyone’s taste) and the price tag, but came to the conclusion that the Smith & Wesson shotgun is worth the extra $400 and change.



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The English-style stock (note there is no buttplate or recoil pad) was both attractive and functional. even with the checkered butt, recoil was acceptable with game loads. Still, we would have preferred a recoil pad.

Slim and trim, this slender forearm that also displayed some fine wood is a classic feature of fine side-by-sides. We would advise shooters that the barrels can become uncomfortably hot under fast-paced shooting conditions.

Very attractive and locking up tight with no malfunctions, this case hardened receiver was favored by all the test team over the l.C. Smith receiver.

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