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.

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.

Snap Shot: Beginner Black Powder

I traded my Hatsan pump gun for a Pietta 1860 Army. Primarily because I’d just finished reading Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. If you haven’t read it, be warned: it is a bleak and violent story, with some very intense landscape descriptions. It was a stellar read. Easily my book of the year so far, and features ample use of black-powder weapons in the guerrilla warfare of mid-nineteenth century Mexico.

I may be born and raised around Calgary, but I’m no cowboy. I suddenly found myself curious about a family of firearms I’d never had interest in before. Not enough to spend several thousand dollars on a real antique, but curious enough to try a fully functioning replica of the original Colt.

This is a .44 caliber single action revolver that uses percussion caps and black powder to launch round-ball projectiles.

It’s a ton of fun.

It’s hands down the largest handgun I’ve ever owned. The 1860 Army essentially has a reloading press built into the frame of the gun. You pour powder, insert a ball, and then ram it into place using the lever under the barrel. Then when a cap is place on the nipple on the rear of the cylinder, and the hammer dropped, the whole thing kicks off to make a ton of smoke and put a round down range. The rear sight on this is actually built into the hammer, and consistently puts the rounds about 8″ high from the point of aim.

With any luck I’ll have a more detailed review for you in a few weeks.

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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Norinco Type 81 Classified as Non-Restricted

Type-81 Non-Restricted Canada

A new red rifle rears its head over the Canadian wilderness. The Chinese Type 81, after years in the RCMP inspection lab, has been assigned an FRT and is going to be imported in restricted and non-restricted barrel lengths. FRT #160486

Like the Vz58, the Type 81 is chambered in 7.62×39 and might resemble a Kalashnikov from a few hundred meters away. But this hybrid rifle is actually closer to the venerated SKS than the quintessential AK, and as a result has been deemed not a variant of any currently prohibited rifles.

Type 81 Folding Stock Canada
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