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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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Remington 597 Stainless HB TVP No. 80852 22 LR, $595

From the 04-01-2012 Issue of Gun Tests

Classification:Long Guns
Category:Rifles
Model Name:597 Stainless HB TVP
Manufacturer:Remington
Model Number:No. 80852 22 LR, $595

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In the April 2012 issue, Gun Tests magazine tested three semi-automatic rimfire rifles that showed promise of being more than just plinkers. They were the $325 Savage Arms model 64 TR SR V Savage, CZ-USA’s $465 model 512, and the $595 Remington 597 TVP. Following is an excerpt from that test, used with permission:

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ArmaLite M15A4 Carbine No. 15A4CBA2K 5.56 NATO, $1031

From the 09-01-2013 Issue of Gun Tests

Classification:Long Guns
Category:Rifles
Model Name:M15A4 Carbine
Manufacturer:ArmaLite
Model Number:No. 15A4CBA2K 5.56 NATO, $1031

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Looking very much like the Rock River rifle, the ArmaLite had a hidden beauty in its superior accuracy. Despite a hefty 7.2-pound trigger, the rifle shot very well for us. For extended field use, we would like a better trigger, and of course less weight. This one worked perfectly, just like the other two.

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Remington Model 1911 R1 Enhanced No. 96328 45 ACP, $940

From the 05-01-2012 Issue of Gun Tests

Classification:Handguns
Category:Pistols
Model Name:Model 1911 R1 Enhanced
Manufacturer:Remington
Model Number:No. 96328 45 ACP

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Gun Tests magazine compared two 1911 handguns from companies not known for those pistols in the May 2012 issue. After a very long wait the staff acquired one of the Remington Model 1911 R1 Enhanced 45 ACPs ($940 MSRP). The GT team wanted a similar-priced gun to compare it to, so they went to another company not commonly known for producing 1911s, Taurus. The test Taurus PT 1911 ($900 MSRP) was stainless. Here is what the magazine’s shooters found, used with permission:

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