A year or so ago, I was taking a class with a respected firearms instructor who took one look at the rifle I’d brought and told me I should clean it. The rifle seemed fine to me. When I pulled the trigger, it fired, ejected, and cycled another round. There was no rust or corrosion. No harm-no foul, right?
When Donald Trump won the election in November 2016, most of us in the gun world
felt as the British must have, when they learned that an unpredicted storm had sunk the
oncoming Spanish Armada. Whenever two gun people get together today and one complains
about the new President, the other almost invariably says, “It could have been worse. Hillary
Clinton could have won.”
Small guns aren’t without their disadvantages. Subcompacts are lower capacity and that is the aspect most folks like to focus on, but as a professional defensive shooting instructor, what I tend to focus on when it comes to small guns is how different they can be to shoot.
Today’s handguns are full of devices aptly called “safeties” that help the user avoid errors with the gun and that makes sense. There are “thumb safeties” “grip safeties”, “trigger safeties” and “firing pin safeties” all intended to help make sure that the gun doesn’t go off when it isn’t supposed to.
The P320 is being investigated and taken out of service.
While firearms are considered a mature technology – one that will only evolve in small increments, as the science and engineering behind it is basically totally understood – very few engineers have attempted to apply lessons learned in current designs to older ones.
Nearly every author who writes about the Avtomat Kalashnikova with anything positive to say, lauds the rifle’s legendary reliability – and with good cause. At a time when select-fire and fully automatic firearms tended to be overly sensitive to fouling, dirt and debris, the AK stood alone. To the average joe, the little Soviet lead-slinger seemed to not only shrug off neglect, but thrive with it.
One of the first domestically-designed firearms to emerge from the newly-formed nation of Israel, was the UZI submachinegun. Chambered in 9mm parabellum and operating VIA direct blowback, the UZI was a light-recoiling....