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HK45 and HK45 Compact (HK45C) Pistols: Future USSOCOM Combat Pistol (CP) System?

by David Crane [email protected] Gunwriters David Fortier (David M. Fortier) and Ken Hackathorn have both recently written articles about the HK45 and HK45C .45 ACP combat pistols, and both articles can be viewed at the Vickers Tactical Inc. website (VickersTactical.com). The articles are in PDF format and are downloadable. Vickers Tactical, Inc. is owned by gunsmith/pistolsmith and retired U.S. Army ... Read More »

Fiocchi to make 5.7x28mm Ammo for Five-seveN USG Pistol and PS90 Carbine

For Immediate Release: December 12, 2005 Contacts: Sarah Perry 703.288.1292, X 117 [email protected] David A. Golladay, Jr. 864.414.2404 [email protected] FNH USA partners with Fiocchi of America: New 5.7 x 28mm sporting ammunition to carry the FN brand McLean, Va. (December 12, 2005) – As announced in September 2005, Herstal, Belgium-based FN Herstal and Lecco, Italy-based Fiocchi Munizioni S.P.A. have officially ... Read More »

Springfield Armory XD Pistols: Serious Defensive Plastic for Serious Use

by David Crane [email protected] Springfield Armory XD pistols receiving some pretty high praise by professionals in the tactical and competitive shooting arenas, lately. Rob Leatham, world-class competitive shooter and Springfield Armory spokesman, is a obviously a big proponent of them, of course. He’s also an ideal demonstrator for the XD pistols’ performance capabilities, sincel he’s an IPSC Grandmaster shooter and ... Read More »

SIGARMS and Heckler & Koch/HK Defense Win Major Pistol Contracts with DHS

by David Crane [email protected] Sigarms, Inc. and Heckler & Koch, Inc./HK Defense) both recently won monster pistol contracts (in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG calibers)–for up to 65,000 pistols, each–with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Sigarms’ pistol contract is worth $23.7 million. The SIG-Sauer pistols chosen by DHS are the SIG P226R-DAK, SIG P229R-DAK, and SIG P239-DAO (double-action-only). ... Read More »

Russian KBP GSh-18 Pistol and 9mm PBP AP Ammo for Special Applications

by David Crane [email protected] While we’re on the subject of Russian firearms, we should perhaps also mention a pistol that looks really intriguing. It’s manufactured by KBP (Equipment manufacturing Design Bureau) in Tula, Russia, and it’s called the GSh-18. The KBP GSh-18 pistol basically appears to be a polymer-framed hybrid pistol that incorporates design and material aspects of previous pistols ... Read More »

New Steyr M-A1 Pistol: Steyr Mannlicher Updates/Improves M-Series Combat/Tactical Pistol

by David Crane [email protected] Well, it’s about time. Steyr Mannlicher has finally re-introduced their M-Series pistol. This newly-released version is called the M-A1. The Steyr M-A1 Series pistol has been modified/upgraded with a few changes, like an M1913 Picatinny rail frame/dustcover (for mounting a quick-attach/detach tactical white light or laser sight), redesigned grip, and optional manual safety mounted above the ... Read More »

HK USP45 Compact Tactical Pistol Replacing SIG-Sauer P226 for U.S. Navy SEAL’s?

by David Crane [email protected] October 25, 2004 It’s possible that the Heckler & Koch (HK) USP45 Compact Tactical .45ACP pistol will soon be replacing the SIG P226 9mm pistol as the standard issue pistol/sidearm for the U.S. Navy SEAL’s. This information is unconfirmed, as yet. The HK USP45 Compact Tactical pistol is apparently a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) USP45 Compact pistol ... Read More »

Strike Plate Rail System (S.P.R.S) for 1911 Pistols

by David Crane [email protected] If your 1911 pistol doesn’t incorporate an integral rail, you might want to give this product some serious consideration. The Strike Plate Rail System (S.P.R.S.) is a combination tactical light rail/strike plate, and it’s pretty trick. Urban Advantage Tactical Systems just introduced it at TREXPO West 2004. A strike plate like the S.P.R.S. prevents the slide ... Read More »

CZ P-01 Compact and CZ 2075 RAMI Subcompact Pistols

If you’re a fan of the CZ-75 pistol, you might want to take a look at the new CZ P-01 pistol that was designed for the Czech national police. Instead of the CZ-75′s 1911-style frame-mounted sweep-down manual thumb safety, the CZ P-01 utilizes a frame-mounted manual decocker. "Guns & Ammo" recently published this article on the CZ P-01 pistol. It’s ... Read More »

HEZI SM-1 PDW by Advanced Combat Systems (ACS) Ltd.

This one’s kind of interesting. It’s another Israeli offering. Basically, it’s classic M1 Carbine meets Tavor-2 subcarbine. At least that’s how it looks. The HEZI SM-1 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) is chambered for the .30 Carbine (7.62x33mm) round which was utilized to mixed effect by troopers in WWII with their M1 Carbines. The HEZI SM-1 PDW is… manufactured and marketed ... Read More »