TFBTV: Colt Canada Interview and Comparison with Wally F

Since Colt Canada began releasing firearms to the civilian market, there has been a massive amount of interest in the rifles. Different variants, limited runs, milspec parts all feed into the flurry of excitement.

I managed to get my mitts on one of the Sa20 clones, and we had a sit down with Wally F, a Canadian Forces infantryman to talk about the differences between this and his work rifle.

This is one of the longest videos I’ve ever done, and I’m actually super happy with how the back and forth went on camera. I’m used to running off a mental script, and then cutting later, so doing things on the fly like this was a little new.

TFBTV: The IWI Jericho 941 Review

I’ve been shooting the Jericho for years. In fact I’ve got two! But this is my first ever video with one. I’ve got more time with this handgun than any other, and clearly I like it a lot.

It only took a few thousand rounds for me to start feeling proficient with mine and to really understand the firearm. That’s part of why I try to review guns I’ve had for an extended period of time. I like getting the newest, shiniest thing and posting about it, but it also bothers me when I don’t have a full range of experiences with a firearm. Definitely not the issue here.

Also fun to throw in some Cowboy Bebop jokes and watch the fans go wild. I wish I had more pop culture references in the tank for future shows.

Digital Trigger: Welcome to the Future

The saga of the 3rd safety position continues, with Digitrigger announcing their new hybrid digital and mechanical system.

They’ve got two announcement videos, one with lots of content and one with lots of shooting, but here’s the core concept of the setup:

Your safe is still safe, your semi is still a strictly mechanical milspec trigger pull, but your third safety position puts the trigger into digital mode. In digital mode, the grip safety must be engaged, and the trigger pull is ~1lb with no take up. You can also set the digital mode to a “shot on pull” and “shot on release” mode. Continue reading “Digital Trigger: Welcome to the Future”

Snap Shot: 10.5″ Norinco AR-15

Norinco 10.5 SBR AR15

You might remember this little guy from an ultra-budget build I did back in February 2015. At the time the entire gun cost me just over $600.

Well I’ve still got it, and still shoot in on a regular basis. I’ve settled on a Meprolight optic, traded the A2 flash hider for a PWS brake, and removed the fancy Magpul ACS stock in favor of a matchy Magpul MOE stock.

I also bought my first M-Lok accessory for it, and found it to be a pain in the ass to install. I’m definitely a keymod person. The polymer-to-polymer connection of M-Lok was finicky.

Additionally with this rifle I’ve started using IMI .50 Beowulf magazines. I’ve been shooting .50 Beowulf mags for years now, and these are hands down the best I’ve used. They’re much stronger than some of the other .50 polymer magazines out there, and much better sized than the aluminum body mags I’ve used in the past. Definitely a keeper, and I’m glad I got a few.

I love this rifle because of it’s simplicity. It’s light, it’s handy, and it works. Even with the basic Meprolight red dot I can ring that 300 yard gong with consistency. I’d be curious to see how it handled a 10,000 round trial, but I’ve had no issues with it since I put it together. I feel like it works so darn well now that I’m naturally averse to any substantial changes. Firearms can be such a fluid thing for a hobbyist, always trying new concepts, new gear, or new platforms. But it’s nice to have a few guns in the safe that don’t change.

I still think that the most affordable way to get into the AR15 game is through a slow buy used gun. If you piece together the bits, you can take your time, watch for deals, and get a great gun for a great price. You don’t have to scour the internet and scrimp and save at every turn, but if you keep your eyes open and are patient, it pays off.

Robinson Arms XCR-M Review on TFB

My feature on the Robinson Arms XCR-M Micro is up on TFB TV! This is my second feature for The Firearm Blog and they’re great guys to work with.

In this piece we look at the XCR’s origins as part of the USSOCOM SCAR contract, the super short .308 rifle, and put the drone up in Virden, Manitoba.

I’ve been shooting a lot of .308 guns this summer, and hands down the XCR has been my favorite. It’s unbelievably light to carry and surprisingly light recoiling. I wish I could shoot it a little more accurately, but it is coming out of a 9″ barrel.

This unit is using the keymod for-end, which I found a great way to put grips and other accessories on there. I’ve used M-LOK in my magpul handgaurds and found it a very finicky setup with the potential for false positives. I’m much happier using M-LOK parts going forward.

You’ll also notice a stock adapter on here that allows me to mount a buffer tube and Daniel Defense AR-15 stock to the XCR. That’s a part made by Dlask here in Canada and is definitely very handy.

I thought I was all wrapped up with the XCR, and have finally returned the loaner rifle to Wolverine, but I’m getting lots of requests from TFB readers to take a look at the 5.56 version of the rifle, particularly now that they’re starting to add lightweight barrels to the mix. So we’ll see! Maybe 2017 will see some more Robinson Arms action.

XCR-M SBR Preview

All right, so I’ve been playing with a bunch of .308 gas guns lately. Hands down, the XCR-M is my favourite to shoot.

With the 13″ barrel they’re super light, and super handy. 10 rounds of .308 at your disposal will get the blood pumping.

It’s been years since I’d had real range time with an XCR, and I’d forgotten all the handy function stuff they’ve done as far as ambi-mag and bolt release, ambi safety, etc. I’d forgotten that they’re actually easier to disassemble than an AR too.
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The Coolest Guns in Canada are Coming out of Turkey Right Now

I’m a big fan of shotguns. I’ve got a soft spot for guns that feed from box magazines.

A flurry of announcements yesterday solidified for me the idea that’s been floating around for years: all of the coolest shotguns in this country and coming out of Turkey right now. They’re doing things that no one else is, making them at an affordable price, and exporting them.

The big reveal is that the RCMP has ruled several versions of the Uzkon BR99 to be non-restricted. Expect to see guns from Trigger Wholesale, O’Dell Engineering, and Corwin Arms all coming out in 2016.

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3-Gun Shotgun Review: Akdal Mka 1919

I’ve been shooting this shotgun in 3-Gun matches for over a year now, and finally put all my thoughts together. It’s a solid system, despite being restricted, it’s a great way to get a familiar system in a shotgun. Which probably means I should be competing with an AR-15 instead of the Tavor if I want to share muscle memory! There are lots of parts and pieces for the MKA 1919, but I think I’ve hit on a successful combination…

First 3-Gun of 2015! WRAS March 28th AAR

WRAS 3 Gun TV-PressPass LAK12 Puma

Wild Rose Action Shooters’ first 3-Gun of the season was a 5 stage event at Spruce Grove range just west of Edmonton. On the drive up I was worrying about the ground being a Passchendale-grade mess, and while there were a few mucky spots during resets, the course itself was dry and solid.

I had an interesting shoot with my MKA 1919 suffering a critical failure after two trigger pulls. (Critical, not catastrophic, more on that later.)

There were some nice “shooters choice” opportunities at this event. Nothing bugs me like a 3-Gun stage that’s written like a¬†theater¬†director reading a script. Here there was some looseness in the stages that boiled down to “These are your targets, where your feet can be, and what gun you need to shoot them with. How you get from A to B is up to you.”
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