Revision of the EU firearms directive: an overview

The provisional deal on the revision of the EU firearms directive, which sets out the conditions under which private persons may lawfully acquire and possess guns or transfer them to another EU country, was backed by the Internal Market Committee on 26 January 2017. The vote by the full Parliament is expected to take place in March. 

In this background note you will find more information on what was agreed during the “trilogues” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators). Continue reading “Revision of the EU firearms directive: an overview”

Schwartzlose m1907/12

Mk1ltmr7yMText: Andrea T.
Translator: Francesco Cortellini

At the beginning of WW1, the K.u.K.H. (Kaiserlich Und Koneglich Heer) was armed with a limited number of von Dormus M1893 machineguns, a few Schawrtzlose M1907 and a wide number of Schwartzlose m1907/12. In thids respect, it was far better armed than the Regio Esercito (Royal Italian Army), that could relay on very few Perino, a few Maxim and a wide number of the mediocre FIAT Model 1914 machineguns.

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ZMF FORGING – MADE IN ITALY FORGED RECEIVERS FOR AR15

The coupling of AR15 with its aluminum receivers obtained from forging, are known to be an original American-made product.

In over half a century from their first production, only few industries in the world were able to face and win the technical and economic challenge of providing quality AR15 components made by forging process. One of these companies is located in Italy. 

Back in time, when the first AR15 (Armalite model 15) was fabricated, not many countries had the necessary technical and metallurgic know-how to produce such components.  Continue reading “ZMF FORGING – MADE IN ITALY FORGED RECEIVERS FOR AR15”

ATAC Range Day 2018

Welcome back for the 2018 ATAC Range Day™, showcasing the latest products and services for military, contracting and Law enforcement units, this global event, dedicated to veterans, is a place where manufacturers, retailers and distributors can interact and get direct feedback from end users. Over 40 countries represented, going on its 8th year, the ATAC Range Day 2018 is an event you don’t want to miss.

The 2018 ATAC Range Day is a private event, pre-registration invites went out the first week of March 2017.  General registration opens 1 April 2017.

Event Date:  Monday 22 January 2018
Event Time:  Start time 1000hours – 1600hrs PST
We will reserve your exact 2017 location if you notify us via e-mail: RangeDay@ATACGlobal.com.

The 2018 ATAC Range Day is brought to you by ATAC Global. Special thanks to our sponsors:  Action Target, Barrett, NRA

Special thanks to our 2017 Exhibitors:  Adler & Assc, Aimpoint, American Snipers, Asendance Int, ATEI, Barrett, Blade-Tech, Bore Smith – Rigel Products,  Cadex Defense, Colt, Cutting Edge Bullets, Cyber Dust, Daniel Defense, DRS Technologies, General Dynamics, Heckler and Koch – H&K,  IWI – Israel Weapon Industries, Kaiser, Kestral, Knight’s Armament, Gemtech, LaRue Tactical, Leupold, Lewis Machine & Tool – LMT Defense, Mac Ammo, Magpul, Marathon Robotic Targets, Milkor USA, Mystery Ranch, IEC Infrared, NG2, Night Force Optics, Oakwood Controls, OSS Suppressors, PolyFrang Ammo, Pratt Miller, Precision Remotes, Regulus, Robar, Safran – Vectronix, SilencerCo, Schmidt & Bender, SDI, Serving California, TacProGear, TomCar, Tommy Knife, Tracking Point, Troy, US Ordnance, and White Heart  Note: The 2018 Exhibitors will be posted at a later date.

 

VZ-52 – 7.62mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52

Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52

Text: Michele Schiavo
Translator: Francesco Cortellini

A bit of history

Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52, detail of bayonet.
Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52, detail of bayonet.

Even if with a certain delay, the Czechoslovak Army, felt the need to adopt a new ammunition of intermediate power, that could be used in a new semi automatic weapon, abandoning the obsolete Mauser VZ-24 in 7,92×57 mm. From 1952 the study on a new 7,5 x 45 mm ammunition and a weapon that could fire it, started in the early 40s, received new interest and drive, In 1947 two new prototypes were designed: a carbine, that later become the VZ-52, and the ZB-530 assault rifle. The design was finalised only in 1952 and the weapon was finally adopted. The Carbine was manufactured in two arsenals: Povaska Bystrica, factory stamp “SHE” from 1952 to 1956, and Uhersky Brod, factory stamp “AYM”, from 1952 to 1957. Continue reading “VZ-52 – 7.62mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52”

Checkering the 1911 Frontstrap

Many hobbyist gunsmiths consider performing their own checkering of the front straps of their pistols.  To have this professionally done, which many times includes refinishing the frame, can be very expensive.  The expense is understandable due to the needed skills and the time required to complete this task.  Also, many pistol smiths dislike checkering because they consider the process to be too time consuming and, frankly, rather boring.  This is high on their list of gunsmithing tasks they would rather not do. Continue reading “Checkering the 1911 Frontstrap”

Letter from Vicky Ford

Intro

On 15 February FIREARMS UNITED held a fruitful meeting with Rapporteur Vicky Ford in Strasbourg.
This meeting was followed up with a letter that the Rapporteur sent us and which we reproduce below.
FIREARMS UNITED appreciates the sterling work done by the Rapporteur in securing the best possible terms within her remit in spite of the intense pressure exerted by the Council and the Commission during the Trilogues.
Nevertheless, FIREARMS UNITED and its team of technical experts have grievous concerns about the text that will be tabled in Plenary, which still presents a potential minefield for the criminalistion of innocent and law-abiding citizens and for diverting valuable Member State resources in dealing with unduly complex and unenforceable legislation. Continue reading “Letter from Vicky Ford”