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”

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”

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”

Power Monkey Extreme 12V

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Review: Massimo Mascherpa
Translator:  Matteo Picone

During the Shot Show of 2014 in Las Vegas,among the many electronic gadgets,more or less useful, that we could see and touch during the event;one in particular stroked us…
Maybe because, in the end, we have also a big passion for technology or just because these gadgets seemed to be very effective for professional purposes.
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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”

Samson DMR Scope Mount

samson dmrReview: Diego Ruina
Translator: Marco Terzi

When it is about fitting the scope on a rifle, single rings are more and more replaced by one-piece scope mounts. Available either with quick release locking or with traditional hex screws, Torx or Allen types, they are appreciated particularly for the easy and quick installation, and furthermore they are designed with optimal sizes and heights regarding the placement of the scope on the rifle. Even though there are some mounts exactly designed to be attached on some specific type of weapon, the Picatinny rail has become the standard interface for all of them.
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