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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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Taurus 605B2 .357 Mag.

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We all liked this blued five-shooter more than the Rossi. The two guns had similar and generally excellent accuracy, but the Taurus had one of the slickest DA pulls we’ve seen. Its SA pull was also totally clean and useful. This gun, once we fixed its slight problem, would do, we felt, to take to the streets as a fighting weapon. Note the filled-in area behind the trigger guard, compared to the Rossi. It kept the guard off our second finger.



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Here’s the innards of the five-shot Taurus. Though neither of the tested guns would clear the empties, we found it easier to get them out of the Taurus and easier to load because of the smaller grips.

The five-shot Taurus, top, is a touch smaller on the cylinder, and noticeably smaller on the grips. Overall lengths were about the same, despite the fatter grips on the six-shot rossi. The Taurus was also slightly lighter.

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