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”
Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52
Text: Michele Schiavo
Translator: Francesco Cortellini
A bit of history
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”
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.
Review : Gabriele Carniglia
Translator: Matteo Picone
–Some information about the company
The Company ”Vodoo Tactical”; manufacturer of tactical accessories and outdoor, was founded in Gardena (California) in 2006.
During the Years,the company managed to carve a ”slice” of the market in the USA between the military and security,especially the ”Law Enforcement”. But the company is also famous mostly in the civil market.
Nowdays,the Catalogue includes: Rifles and pistols Bags, backpacks, pouches, shooting mats, shoes, hats, glasses,vests and so on.
Recently the company expanded the catalog by proposing some accessories for weapons, knives and Outdoor in general. Essentially a real ”Heaven ” for any kind of Shooter or Hunter!
The Vodoo Tactical devoted the entire production for Tactical and Military purposes.All the ”Weapons Cases” and ”Back Pack” had accessories such like holsters, magazines pockets and MOLLE System (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment).
These products were available only in Camo colors, OD green, Black and FDE.
Over a year ago,Vodoo Tactical has expanded its catalogue with a new line of products called ”Discreet”, which is applied perfectly for the ”Urban Tactical” use and, as always, dedicated to those who don’t want to renounce to a design ”hard” and ”aggressive” but,at the same time, prefer to keep a ”Low Profile” while using this product, especially when guns are carried in a purely “civil” background.
Personally, as owner of a ”Soft Rifle Case” for four years and a couple of ”Utility Pouch”, I am very pleased to use and carry them when i go to the shooting range! Continue reading “Voodoo Tactical”
Review: Diego Ruina
Translator: Matteo Picone
Among the many accessories imported by MATEBA ITALY,dedicated to the cleaning, cure, maintenance and customization of different types of weapons,there are some of their products (of their production) pretty interesting.
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”
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
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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.
About a year and a half after its first participation at the IWA 2014, the company ZMF appears increasingly intentioned to make a name for itself on the market of components for weapons.
There has been considerable interest by both Italian and foreign producers, and the number of important companies in the sector that use ZMF products is starting to be quite large. Continue reading “New Forged Reciver Line From ZMF”