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”

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”

HUGHO SCHMEISSER

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(24.09.1884-12.09.1953)

 

Research : Giorgio Riboldi
Translator: Francesco Cortellini

Hugo Schmeiser was Born in Jena, Germany, on September 24th 1884. Both Hugo and his brother Hans, followed their father’s footsteps, moving to Suhl at the begining of the 20th century to learn the basis of firearms design. His work for the Bergmann industries proved to be pivotal in this respect. At the time, the Company was involved in the development of new pistol ammunitions, suitable for use with automatic weapons, the only ones whose development ad production would later be authorized to Germany after the Treaty of Versailles, and the armistice of Compiègne. During WW1, in the first months of 1918, Schmeisser took part in the effort that led to the design and manufacture of the mp18-I, a weapon that would be behind the design of most of the SMGs untill the 1960s.

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ATAC Range Day 2016

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Anche quest’anno si rinnova il tradizionale ATAC Range Day, che come di consuetudine si tiene il giorno precedente l’apertura dello Shot Show.

Mappa del poligono, immagine pubblicata da ATAC sul proprio sito.
Mappa del poligono, immagine pubblicata da ATAC sul proprio sito.

Anche se con qualche cambiamento e dopo qualche incertezza iniziale dovuta questioni organizzative l’ATAC Day è prorpio il caso di dire che torna in campo e lo fa in una nuova location: lo Small Arms Range della base di Nellis, a nord di Las Vegas.

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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”

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”