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”

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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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”

HIT SHOW 10-12 February 2018

We remind all the fans that this weekend, from 10 to 12 February, there is the HIT Show, the main Italian event of reference for the sector of weapons and sports and civil ammunition, equipment and accessories dedicated to the world outdoor, hunting, shooting sports and personal use.

For more information you can visit the official website of the fair at

https://www.hit-show.com/

Frommer Stop Pisztoly 12M

Frommer Stop Pisztoly 12M

A lucky finding

A couple of years back I had to spend all the Easter holidays helping my father in law refurbishing the house up in the Alps where he grew up. Needless to say I wasn’t enthusiastic at all about it, especially because before doing any actual work we had to get rid of tons of old rotten furniture that was stored in the lower floor, uninhabited for decades. Half way through the second day I was so fed up with the stench of mildew and rotten wood and fabric that I was about to quit when, emptying yet another wardrobe, I came across something quite heavy, wrapped in oily rags. For some strange reason, the wrap caught my attention and I started undoing it. After removing the first layer the wrap started to get a familiar shape and my heart started beating faster and faster, with each rag I removed. The when I unwrapped the last one I found myself staring at leather pistol holster that,by its weight ,had to be full! I opened it and it contained one of the most odd looking side-arms I have ever seen a 7,65mm Frommer Stop Model 1912, compete with a second magazine and a bore brush. The wrap didn’t contain any ammo, but I knew I would have found some, so I went back to the wardrobe and after a few minutes I dug out a small box whose original content were businesses cards, but that was too heavy for such content, and it actually contained 25 rounds of very old looking 7,65mm ammunition. Bingo! I had the full lot: pistol, two mags, 25 original rounds, a holster and even a bore brush. I reported the finding to the “old man”, and he told me that that must have been his father’s pistol from WW1. Despite being of Italian ethnicity, he was born in an Austrian controlled area so at the outbreak of WW1 he had to serve in the Austrian Army as an officer in the 3rd Tiroler Kaiserjager Regiment. As the only one in the family with a gun permit I was allowed to keep it, but before that I needed to get the weapon cleared by the Police Authorities. I took the gun to the local Carabinieri station, (Gendarmerie), where it remained until the routine check were completed and the gun cleared.

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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”

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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