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Caracal Pistol Recall...

Well, this is the first time I've ever seen this in a recall before! It seemed strange enough to me that I wanted to verify it's authenticity before I posted on it. Basically, there seems to be something really wrong with the pistol. If you send it back as part of the recall, they don't even send you a repaired gun back. You get a refund instead. The official word is below: Caracal Model C Pistol Product Safety Warning and Recall Notice Caracal International LLC previously instituted a recall of Caracal Model C pistols on March 28, 2013 for batchnumbers from SC188- to SC222. Caracal is now issuing this recall of allModel C pistolsin all markets, following the completion of a full investigation. Caracal is initiating this voluntary recall of Model C pistols because the safety of its customers is paramount. This recall affects all Model C pistols, including but not limited to those with serial numbers which start with the following letters: HM, AA, AD, AG, CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF, ...

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Rock Island Armory Introduces Sleek New Look for Legendary 1911’s

As much as we like to talk about accuracy and reliability and such, the look of a gun also plays a not-insignificant role in decisions. One thing that's bugged me about 1911's, from an aesthetic point, is how the manufacturers love to take up all that real estate on the side of the slide with their logos and such. Don't get me wrong, I understand the desire to make one's self known, but I'm a big fan of the "less is more" mentality.


That's why I was quite happy with Rock Island Armory's announcement today about a change to the way they're displaying their logo: They're making is smaller and putting on the back of the slide. 


The full press release is after the jump:

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Beginner Gun Review: Stoeger Condor Over/Under

Stoeger CondorFor those that have been reading my site for a while, you might remember that I developed a love of skeet shooting after spending a day with Jacksonville University’s Shooting Team. For those that haven’t been reading long, go back and read the archives. I’m not joking. Go and read them. Admittedly, it’s not required but I could really use the page views.

Anyway, the preferred gun of choice for clays is the good ole over under style shotgun. These double barrel guns hold 2 shells and are accurate as can be. They also have almost no moving parts at all so, in theory, they should be way less money than pump action and semi-automatic shotguns, right? 

Yeah...no...they’re not. Over under shotguns tend to be the most expensive shotguns out there. The most expensive semi-automatic shotgun I can find in a 30 second search is the Benelli Performance Shop Super Sport at a respectable $3000. By contrast, a 30 second search for the most expensive over under I can find is a Perazzi over under that comes in at $21,000 but I’ve personally seen some by that manufacturer listed at $80,000 or more. 


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Noob Explains: Tiny Gun Syndrome

SIG P238I’ve reviewed a few “carry guns” so far. In more than one of those reviews, I’ve referred to something I like to call “tiny gun syndrome”. This doesn’t mean that the pistol is going to go out and buy a Corvette or Porsche. It’s a strange phenomena that occurs when you shrink down the components of a gun.

When you think about it, tiny guns are the equivalent of reducing a liquid during cooking. Bear with me here, this will make sense I promise.


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IMPORTANT: Springfield XDs Recall

  Looks like there could be a problem with the Springfield XDs pistols in both .45 and 9mm. From the  sound of it, there's an ever so slight chance of it firing when the slide moves forward. Their site is getting slammed right now but I was able to grab the notice:   For more information, check out http://www.springfieldrecall.com   ATTENTION 3.3 XD-S™ SAFETY RECALL Issued August 28, 2013 Technical Background Get Started Contact Us Springfield-Armory.com Springfield Armory® is initiating this voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols with new components, which eliminate the possibility of a potentially dangerous condition. We want to emphasize that no injuries have been reported to date. Springfield has determined that under exceptionally rare circumstances, some 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and .45ACP caliber pistols could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or cou ...

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Things I've Learned While Reloading

I recently started reloading my own ammo. There’s a lot of experimentation as well trial and error to it. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist. It’s been a bumpy ride, to say the least. Let’s talk about a few things I've learned that I have yet to see in a guide or book.

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Brownells Returns as Presenting Sponsor of AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro-Am

(PRWEB) August 20, 2013 Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories, Ammunition and Gunsmithing Tools™ – is proud to announce it will again serve as a presenting sponsor of the AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship held at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, KY, August 23-25, 2013. Now in its third year, the hugely popular match is expected to draw more than 500 professional and amateur 3-gun shooters, all vying for their share of the $300,000 prize table. The incredible prize table is made possible by donations from companies that include Brownells and Sinclair International. "The AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro-Am match has quickly become one of the sport’s best matches," said Matt Buckingham, President/COO of Brownells. “Rockcastle’s facilities are great, and the prize table is filled with a lot of really great gear. We’re proud to be involved with this world-class event.” In addition to their sponsorship of the competition, ...

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Reader Question: How Often to Replace Recoil Spring?

A wonderful reader who didn't leave their name (but judging from their email address likes “My Little Pony”) has asked “does the spring in my gun ever need to be replaced? If so, when should I replace it?”

Well, I've got an answer that is 20% cooler! First, I’m going to assume we’re talking about the recoil spring. Asking how often to change a recoil spring is kind of like asking how often to change your car’s oil: It varies depending on whom you ask. Talk to a mechanic or someone at a Jiffy Lube and they’ll tell you every 3,000 miles. Now, I don’t know about you but for me, every 3,000 miles isn't exactly possible from a fiscal standpoint as well as from an “I’d much rather spend an hour at the gun range than in a waiting room while they change my oil and try to charge me $100 for a freaking air filter” standpoint.

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Rock Island Auction Company to Sell Several High Value & Significant Historic Items in September

Rock Island Auction Company has an abundance of fascinating historical items for sale in their upcoming September Premiere Firearms Auction, to be held Sept 13th-15th, 2013.

While RIAC is no stranger to a firearm with a unique history, seldom are so many present at a single event. Crossing the auction block will be a Colt revolver attributed to Butch Cassidy, a Walther pocket pistol attributed to Adolf Hitler, a Smith & Wesson revolver attributed to the infamous outlaw Emmett Dalton, a Smith & Wesson revolver present at the 1893 Columbia Exposition whose “siblings” can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and most notably an elk skin jacket from the Battle of Little Bighorn and possibly worn by George Custer himself.

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Don't Let an Injury Affect Your Training...

sprained wristI’m an idiot. I’m man enough to admit it. Not all the time, mind you, but sometimes I can show an amazingly remarkable lack of intelligence. So, yeah, I injured my wrist pretty bad while I was under my desk fixing my computer. I like to tell people I hurt it while I was saving a busload of school children from a horde of cannibal leprechauns. In reality, I guess I put too much weight on it while in a weird angle while I was trying to climb out from under my desk.

Now, that’s not the idiot part. It was an accident that could happen to the best of us. In hindsight, I could have climbed out differently but this was the way I had done it for 30+ years with no injury. No, the idiot part was my actions immediately following said injury: I denied it. I figured it was a cramp or maybe the result of sleeping in a bad position. There was no way something that stupid could injure my wrist!

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