Mossberg 590 Shockwave

In mid 2015 Black Aces Tactical released a ‘firearm’. That gun was an awesome construct made to fly in the face of the ATF. The set out to manufacture a gun that could not be classified and as such would not be limited by the normal definitions. So there was no worry of short barrel paperwork or AOW tax stamps, etc. Everyone waited to see what the federal response would be; the firearm classification stood. Fast forward to Shotshow 2017 and we find that Mossberg has entered the new ‘firearm’ market with the “Shockwave”. The Shockwave is based on the successful 590 platform. With a Raptor Shockwave grip, 14 inch smooth bore open barrel in 12 gauge. Most would think this is a short barreled shotgun, but as it was manufactured in this configuration the classification is ‘firearm’. A shotgun would be manufactured with a stock which the shockwave was not. It’s not a pistol, because a forward grip is required to operate the weapon. Because it doesn’t fit either class it falls under ‘firearm’. (Do not add an aftermarket stock as it will chance the classification and require a tax stamp.) After receiving a Shockwave for T&E my first impressions were fun and classic. The design just seems like something you would have made in your garage before the laws prevented such things. It just seems right and in a way that makes it feel like we’ve gained a little freedom back in a time of oppressively stupid firearm […]

Continue Reading →

Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat Magnum

As a person with smaller hands/shorter fingers I have always had issues with the monster caliber handguns. While some may have a bit of a stretch for the trigger most of the big caliber revolvers simply look and feel like a flare gun in my hands. This has been an issue for me for the over 20 years I’ve wanted a 44 magnum revolver. In my teen years my father bought me a Marlin lever action 44 rifle for hunting. Ever since, I wanted a revolver tho match the ammo between my rifle and sidearm. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t a viable solution for me. As it stood the only choices were a single action western style revolver or potentially a 5 shot Taurus Tracker in .44 mag. Neither really worked for me. In general the western style guns in that caliber came with a longer barrel. I was looking for something more compact. As for the Taurus, I’ve seen stories for years that discussed cracked frames in this model; not an option. Then in 2015, Smith&Wesson brought the Model 69 Combat Magnum to market. I was elated. The new revolver was built on an L frame. The gun was smaller in stature with a 5 shot cylinder to compensate for the pressures produced by the 44 magnum. I was so happy, until I picked one up and realized the 4″ barrel meant the gun still felt too big to fit the role I wanted it to fill. I went home […]

Continue Reading →

Walther and the market today

The Walther PPQ line is fantastic as a whole and I think it is somewhat representative of the entire company and it’s time to take a look at Walther’s success or lack there of…   In the last 2 years Walther has made some seriously good moves and stepped up to bring very high quality to the market at a reasonable price. The M2 version of the PPS is a big success, the PPQ line and as of 2017 the Q5 and Creed. All of these guns are doing great things in different portions of the market. So why is it that Walther isn’t the name at the top of the list of ‘gotta have it’ guns? Why is it that Glock, Sig, Smith&Wesson and others top the list and leave Walther in place as an afterthought? It isn’t function. I think it’s sex appeal. We’ll get back to that soon.   First, let’s take a look at the Walther heritage. Post WW2, the PP and PPk lines were great shooters and a little heard to get as they were made in Germany and weren’t as readily available to the American market as other options and at the time revolvers were more popular. Later, Ian Fleming’s novels began to make their way to the silver screen and James Bond introduced the PPK to movie going American audiences in a way that made it exotic and sexy. The PPK became popular and was a great little gun in it’s time. If […]

Continue Reading →

Walther PPS M2

At Shotshow 2016 Walther Arms introduced a two exciting new offerings. One of those was the PPS M2. The M2 is the newest version of the 9 mm Police Pistol Slim; it’s a subcompact single stack designed for the concealed carry market.   The first thing I noticed was the contoured grip and curvature that was absent in the previous version. Before you pick it up, it just looks like it’s going to be comfortable in the hand. As with many of these pistols there is a regular (6 round) and extended magazine (7 round). The beauty in the M2 is the design of the magazine extension. The mating of the magazine sleeve (or extended floor plate) to the grip is flawless and provides a level of comfort and control you rarely see in a subcompact that borders on a pocket pistol… In fact I’ve not seen it in anything this small.   The magazines that came with my test gun allowed it to fit and feel great in small hands as well as those with longer fingers. The 6 round magazine provides serious concealability while the 7 round magazine makes it feel like a bigger weapon. (It’s worth mentioning a 8 round magazine is also available.)   The PPS M2 is a striker fired single action that just got better for us as time passed. We test fired it out of the box at 25 yards with respectable results. The 3.18 inch barrel is enough to keep us in […]

Continue Reading →

Canik TP9SA – Century Arms

After Shotshow 2015 I wrote about having shot the TP9SA from Canik at range day. I told you then it was impressive to find a service sized, reliable handgun with so many extras at such a low price.   Also for most of that time I’ve had a Canik TP9SA that Century Arms sent along for testing. After all this time with it, the Canik may be my new recommendation for those on a tight budget. The Canik offers a lot to a be admired at this price point. In fact one my go as far as to say if Springfield had an adopted refugee child it might have grown into the Canik. It has a trigger safety, single action trigger, adjustable grip and polymer frame much like a Springfield XD though the take down lever and trigger guard are more like the Glock.   The one oddity is the push button decocker that sits just in front of the rear sight like a Walther P99. It is a feature of the double action version of the weapon that was retained in the single action version. As such, when depressed it renders the trigger completely inert. As someone that doesn’t approve of even having an active safety on a defensive firearm I don’t see any issue carrying a fully loaded single action cocked and ready. But, for those that feel better about carrying a decocked pistol, there will be no reason to load one in the pipe because you’ll need to […]

Continue Reading →

HiPowered Nighthawk

Nighthawk Customs is well known for top notch 1911s that can stand with any guns on the market today. Nighthawk has a quality version of nearly every variation of 1911 available; Government, Commander, Officer, Bobtails, etc. All of those weapons are tight, beautiful, crisp and everything else you may want. Of course that quality comes at a price. Now Nighthawk has decided to expand that excellence to a new (old) platform. In 2016, Nighthawk has started to produce their own line of Browning HiPower. The venerable HiPower is known to be one of the strongest 9mm platforms ever built. It was the only pistol you could rely on to take hot loads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The HiPower was +P before there was a +P. Now you can own a HiPower that is as beautiful on the outside as we all know it to be on the inside. The Nighthawk Customs HiPower feels tight and the action is smooth as you would expect. The front strap, back strap and the top of the slide are all hand stippled and the front sight bead is 24kt gold. Best of all, the trigger is enough to make you giggle with each pull. It’s absolutely fantastic and I expect many will run to pick one up.

Continue Reading →

Walther Arms at Shotshow 2016

Last year at Shotshow Walther had several pistol offerings to test fire on the range including the 9mm PPS, 9mm CCP and 9mm PPQ. I shot all of them and felt that they were all good guns. The PPQ shot wonderfully with a quick trigger reset and very comfortable grip. The CCP felt great in my hand shot well. The PPS looked awkward but shot well and was exceptionally concealable. In truth, I find all of these weapons to look a little bit ugly, mostly in the contour of the grip and in the case of the PPS the very flat profile. The aesthetic is something I can get past because of how well these guns fit in the hand and the pleasure of shooting them.   This year, Walther returned with two new versions of guns listed above. The PPS got a major makeover as the PPS M2. The new version is far more pleasing to the eye having lost the extreme flat lines of the original. The M2 feels really good in the hand despite it’s very compact size. The magazine marries to the grip lending just the right amount of length. When I first approached the firing line I saw someone shooting the PPS M2 and seeming to have issues with feed reliability. I watched others shoot the pistol without issues and I then stepped up to fire it a little faster than I might have otherwise, just to see if faster fire would create a problem. […]

Continue Reading →

SHOTShow 2016 AR Platform Talk

AR Platform talk at SHOTShow 2016   If you are a reader of Gun Carry Reviews for any time at all you probably know we haven’t delved into the world of Armalite Rifles because we stick to discussing what we know. Sure, we’ve shot AR’s but its not like I can strip one down and rebuild it with my eyes closed like I can with a 1911. I can shoot anything but that doesn’t mean I am a reliable source of information on the subject. So we’ve decided 2016 is the year we will expand our experience into the realm of the black rifle. With this in mind I set out to speak to as many companies as possible to learn what sets them apart.   So in this article I will discuss the things I found with different companies and share what I picked up so far. Please understand this is all about fact finding and we aren’t promoting any particular brand at this time. Also, there were many other companies that were represented well in the AR market at SHOTShow. But I don’t want to write about information I didn’t collect first hand.     Adcor Defense Adcor has some interesting features that set them apart including 3 patents used in their rifles exclusively. They were good enough to explain the differences on video for us. Also, because the differences are all in the upper you can ‘upgrade’ your existing AR by adding their upper and taking advantage […]

Continue Reading →

Kriss Vector Gen 2 Shotshow 2016

This year I decided to take advantage of industry day at the range and get hands on with a long time object of lust. The Kriss Arms Vector (in this case generation 2). For those that aren’t familiar, the Vector is a completely reimagined design of auto loading firearm. In traditional designs the gas operated bolt moves in a straight line to the rear of the weapon in order to eject the spent casing and load the next bullet. In the case of the Vector, that bolt pivots on a 45 degree angle and spends it’s kinetic energy on a downward trajectory. Having given that brief explanation lets talk recoil. Felt recoil is a result of multiple forces. First, and most obvious, is the force of the escaping projectile and gases emerging from the barrel. The effect is like a jet engine pushing the barrel straight backward (equal and opposite reaction). On top of this the kinetic energy of the moving bolt creates more backward movement at that crucial moment. In a pistol, all this backward force pushes against your hand and the direction of least resistance is upward as your wrist becomes a pivot point of sorts. Further the plain of force is above the hand intensifying muzzle rise. In the case of traditional rifles, you will notice the butt stock generally slopes downward before making contact with the shoulder this aligns the eye with the plain of the barrel in order to facilitate aiming. In this case, the […]

Continue Reading →

First thoughts on the Kimber K6 Revolver

That’s right your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.  If you haven’t already seen the news; Kimber, the long time gun maker known best for 1911 pistols, has developed and plans to market a revolver in 2016.  The gun in question is designated the K6.  The K6 is a slick stainless compact 6 shot .357 magnum.  It’s snag free, angular, hammerless and easily concealed.  This little powerhouse is designed for defensive carry.  That means a heavy double action trigger that weighs in around 10 lbs.  Even so, the trigger is pretty smooth and so anyone that understands the importance of trigger control has accuracy well within reach.  As you will be able to see in the video below, you can time the trigger based on the cylinder and sort of stage the shots. So what did I notice about the K6?  First, the looks.  The K6 is a sexy pistol.  The stainless and grip combination are highly attractive as one may have come to expect from Kimber.  The edges look to have all been shaved down to a 45 degree angle and the cylinder has been milled down several flat surfaces rather than the fluted round we usually see.  Another big plus is the flush mounted rear sight that has been dovetailed, allowing for future sight changes. The big question for me is the proposed price of $900.  In the pocket revolver market that might buy you a SP101 from Ruger and a S&W Bodyguard 38 complete with a  laser and still have enough left over for […]

Continue Reading →