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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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Heckler & Koch P30L Variant 3 Long Slide, M730903L-A5 9mm, $1108

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The slide stop/release levers were ambidextrous. The left-side lever locked the slide in place. With takedown notches aligned, we pushed the stop pin from the right to left to free the slide. By staying attached to the frame, there was no worry about losing the slide stop.

The tail of the guide rod interacted with the barrel to provide lockup (arrow). Recoil was controlled by a captured flat wire spring surrounded by a free floating nylon bushing.

The HK P30L grip offered three sets of backstrap and panels. We used the small panels and backstrap, but the grip can be constructed with any combination of components to aid trigger technique or make the gun more comfortable to shoot.

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