Gun Reviews Archive

Israel’s Proven Warrior | IWI Tavor SAR Hits U.S. Market

The TAR-21 (Tavor) bullpup rifle was selected as the standard-issue weapon for the Israeli Defense Force in 2009. Named after Mount Tabor in Israel, TAR-21 stands for Tavor Assault Rifle—21st century. In addition to Israel, 16 other countries have bought the rifle, mostly for issue to special...

SHOTGUN MODIFICATIONS | From Good to Great

In spending some extended quality time with a Benelli M2/21 inch with the ComforTech stock over the last year, I realized I really liked the potential of this particular model. However, there were a variety of little things that needn’t be left alone, and I started down...

DUEL OF THE CARBINES | M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters....

DOUBLE-BARRELED DIABLO | DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol

In the last year, a two-shot derringer-type pistol—the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol from DoubleTap Defense—came to the market. Wanting to see for myself what all the fuss was about, I placed an order. The small pistol is available with either a 7075 aluminum frame or 6AL 4V...

DIMINUTIVE DYNAMITE | Kahr PM45

When the topic of conversation turns to very compact handguns, the caliber most often mentioned is the .380 ACP, followed by the 9mm Parabellum and the .38 Special. Larger calibers need not apply. While there are some very good handguns made in the .36-caliber range, I suppose...

Piston-Driven Perfection | LWRC M6 IC Limited Edition

LWRC is a recognized industry leader in the development and manufacture of short-stroke piston-operated AR rifles. In fact, LWRC’s entire raison d’être is the shortstroke piston AR and the improvement it offers over the original AR gas-impingement design. Whether or not piston-driven ARs are superior to their...

Molon Labe!

SIG SAUER SPARTAN 1911 In 480 B.C., the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes numbered—according to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus—two million men. The Persian army bridged the Hellespont and marched to invade Greece. King Leonidas of Sparta and 300 handpicked Spartan warriors—along with Hoplites from another Greek citystate— marched to meet Xerxes at...

Raising Havoc

The 37mm smoothbore launcher is a multi-use platform with both civilian and law enforcement applications, and in fact is one of the most prevalent launchers in operation with law enforcement worldwide. Capable of accepting a wide array of chemical, impact and smoke/signal munitions, it remains an effective tactical tool. Although it supports all standard 37mm (rimmed) munitions...

Compact Stinger

In Vietnam, the bugs are big. Centipedes, spiders and other insect vermin can reach the size of small rats—and the rats look like domestic cats. While in Hue–Phu Bai, my battalion moved into hardbacked tents and set up camp. I was the rifle company’s exec and reported to my rudimentary office early one steaming morning. I...

Shotgun With an AK Attitude-Krebs Custom Saiga-12 Tac-18

The operating standard for the combat shotgun has been the pump-action fed via a tube magazine located under the barrel. There have been lever and bolt-action shotguns as well, but these did not impinge on the pump-action’s status to which all others are compared. This is based on its simplicity of operation, reliability and ability...