Tavor CTAR21 Bullpup Rifle

Slings for Bullpups: Revisiting the Tavor

It’s been more than a year since my last post on slings for the Tavor, and I feel a good deal smarter now than I did then.

As part of the CTAR-21 build I decided to change to a simpler, more flexible sling system.

Essentially, it is a quiet, easily adjustable 2 point sling that still allows for off-shoulder firing. Continue reading Slings for Bullpups: Revisiting the Tavor

Remington 700 AAC-SD

Coming Back to Precision: Remington 700 AAC 16.5″ .308

After years of shooting .223 rifles almost exclusively, I’ve purchased a new .308 bolt-gun for 2014 and am excited about getting back into the precision game.

My core concept is a compact rifle for carrying through the bush, capable of a first round hit out to 600 yards. I really want an AR-10 SBR, but in Canada that means never shooting outside. With that in mind, I’ve settled on one of the new Rem700s, the AAC variant with a 16.5″ barrel on it.

In order to have it “shoot-able” I’ve put an S&J Hardware picatinny base on there to hold my Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10×44 and its precision rings. I figured I’d take advantage of the factory-threaded barrel by adding an Alberta Tactical Rifle Brake. Those little 5.56 guns have spoiled me, and I’m looking to tame a little of the recoil. A compact bipod rounds out the package.

The Rem700 AAC in the office

I’m excited to pickup a sling from 3HGR, as their forest focussed design seems to match my goals for the gun.

I’ve always had a good rangefinder, spotting scope, windmeter, rifle rest, and ballistics calculator in the gear-bag, but haven’t had a long distance rifle to shoot with since I sold my old 6.5×55 Swede.

I’m looking forward to Shot Show in late January and trying to pick a setup that will bring me closer to that AR-10 dream.

Currently I’m envisioning a chassis for this gun. Possibly one from Ashbury, or Cadex, or MDT, but we’ll have to see how they stack up side by side.

After my first range trip I’ll post some initial groups! I’m looking forward to distance shooting again.

What is the T97?


It is a .223 bullpup with a 19” barrel that uses a short stroke gas piston and a rotating bolt, along with a reciprocating charging handle. At its core, the Type 97 is a civilian version of the Chinese QBZ-95 rifle; standard issue to the Peoples Liberation Army.

With a retail price just under a $1000, the T97 is the robust, capable black-rifle that any Canadian can afford to own and shoot, despite our flawed firearms legislation.

This is the latest version, imported by North Sylva as the T97NSR, manufactured by EMI (aka Norinco) in the People’s Republic of China.

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FAMAE Family of Firearms: From the SAF Mini to the SG 542

FAMAE Family of firearmsThe FAMAE Firearms Family is a product of the Chilean state-owned manufacturing company Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército and the Swiss Arms company, formerly Sig Sauer. The Chileans have licensed the original Sig540 design to outfit their armed forces.

This platform from the 1970s has been adapted into many variants with specific weapons for military and police use. They cover every base: large 7.62×51 designated marksman rifles, solid 5.56 assault rifles, short barrelled paratrooper carbines, 9mm sub-machine guns, snub-nosed personal defense weapons, and even police-specific options chambered for the World War II .30 carbine round.

Some of the semi-auto variants are exported to Canada, where they find a welcome home in the gun-starved north.

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Vz58 Ambidextrous Magazine Release

For those of you who remember: we started getting seeing these new Vz58 releases in Canada late last year as an alternative to the “flat paddle” design that came out of Czech republic.

I’ve spent a few months using this ambidextrous magazine release, a factory magazine release, and an extended magazine release from NEA.

The ambi-release is far and away my favourite method when it comes to reloading the Vz58 platform.

I’d consider this to be one of the least cosmetic upgrades to the Cz858/Vz58 platform. Definitely changes the mechanics for the better!

A short list of upgrades on this rifle:

Fab-Defense pistol grip, Czech military muzzle brake, Fiber optic front and rear sights, the mag release and 7.62 magpuls on all the magazines. Throw a blue force gear sling on there and she’s ready for the woods!

Swiss Arms in Canada: The Full Story

Update #2: With the amnesty now in force, the full RCMP report has been made available to the public. A freedom of information request was fulfilled on August 5th 2014. All 200+ pages can be downloaded here: http://tv-presspass.com/swiss-arms-classic-green-full-rcmp-report/

Update #1: This story was initially published in June 2013. Now, in February 2014 it seems that the Swiss Arms have been Reclassified

Many thanks to Steve Janes for helping me write this article. While I am not a SAN owner: he is, and one of the most passionate SAN owners I’ve ever met. A substantial part of the resources required to put this together came from him. We will address 3 main questions regarding the Swiss Arms Rifles in Canada:

1. Where are we now?

2. How did we get here?

3. Where are we going?

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The Importance of .50 Beowulf Magazines

This is important to anyone facing a magazine ban in the foreseeable future.

This is about how Canadian AR15 owners have tripled their magazine capacity under a ban.

Canada has had a limit on magazine capacities since 1995 when a Liberal majority government instituted a federal firearms registry. Since then Canadian gun owners have been trying to claw back their rights, and this is one of our success stories.

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FLIR LS64 Thermal Night Vision Monocular

The LS64 thermal imager uses the small chassis of the Scout PS32, which I’ve also used, and adds the high resolution and fast refresh-rate from the law enforcement cameras to create one of the most versatile thermal systems I’ve ever used.

On the outside it looks like a black version the PS24 and PS32 imagers. But on the inside it uses an unconventional detector size, a 640 x 512 VOx Microbolometer. That huge detection core allows the LS64 to zoom much further than traditional hand-held units.

The LS series rounds out FLIR’s Law Enforcement line, offering a lightweight alternative to the long range HS and BHS nightvision systems.

These are designed for police to be carried in a patrol car, but they’re available to general civilians. The battery lasted me a little over five hours, and I was able to comfortably detect and identify coyotes and people out past 300 yards.

Vortex Razor HD GenII 1-6x Rifle Scope Review

I’ve used a lot of different powered optics, and spent some serious time with different low-power tactical-focused scopes. When Vortex announced the Razor HD Gen II 1-6x rifle-scope using Jerry Miculek’s JM-1 reticle, I was very interested. Having loved the Viper PST 1-4 scope on my Tavor, I was excited by the chance to upgrade my glass and power.