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NYPD breaks up with the wheelgun for good

Group of New York City policemen posed in front of police station 1909. Via LOC

The nation’s largest municipal police force, which officially adopted its first standard revolver when Teddy Roosevelt was commissioner back in 1896, is doing away with the last of their wheel guns.

With over 30,000 officers on the job, the agency has been on the slow transition to semi-autos since 1993 and only has about 150 officers still carrying revolvers, a number that shrinks with every retirement. This is down from the more than 2,000 still reportedly packing the guns back in 2004.

Now, the last of New York’s Finest carrying them will have to convert to Glocks or Sigs by next August.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Got $46K? Want a FV721? Gotcha covered

It may be a 46-year-old armored vehicle but this British-made Alvis Fox reportedly drives well and looks good right down to its Jaguar engine.

Officially designated an FV721 Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Wheeled), the Fox was created to help British Army armored units scout across Europe in an engagement with the Warsaw Pact across the Fulda Gap during the Cold War.

Using aluminum armour to protect from small arms fire, the Fox mounted a pretty serious 30mm cannon as well as a co-axial machine gun, though Atlantic Firearms — who currently has this 1971-vintage model up for grabs — says this one is fitted with simulated gas-fired cannons as it was used in movies and publicity events.

Powered by a 4.2L Jaguar XK J60 with a five-speed transmission, when new the 4×4 Fox could break 65 mph on good roads. While the British withdrew them from service after the First Gulf War, these vehicles are still apparently on active duty in Malawi and Nigeria among others.

Price for your very own Fox? Atlantic is asking just under $50K, but is “open to reasonable offers.”

This could be you:

Just you and your Fox chilling on the beach. All the ladies love a 30mm Rarden

Fits in (some) two car garages (Bongo truck not included)

Farewell, Paladin

Once described as being a product of the “most dangerous publisher in the world,” the Boulder, Colorado-based media house and distributor is closing its doors at the end of the year.

As noted on the company’s website, Paladin is shuttering following the death earlier this year of their co-founder and publisher, Peder Lund, and is selling off remaining inventory at greatly reduced prices. Over the decades, Paladin has marketed 800 how-to books and videos on topics like self-defense, firearms, martial arts, and survival as part of its Professional Action Library. Some are downright hokey, but others are very valuable texts, especially those on military history.

“There will be no more books or videos sold after November 29, 2017,” the company’s website says. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing customers and authors for their continued loyalty and support over the decades.”

I ordered a mystery crate of 50 titles for $50 as well as a few classic volumes that I didn’t have hard copies of for basically chump change. For example, they have Maj. John L. Plaster’s excellent work on Great War snipers, which just came out and has a $40 MSRP, on sale for $6 measly dollars.

You are welcome!

Remember, bleeding control is a thing

It’s 2017, if you don’t carry a tourniquet, you need to address that.

The American Red Cross and American Heart Association changed their guidance to include bleeding control in standard first aid since 2015 and courses are readily available, often for free. Good EDC tourniquets cost about $25.

I think this is needed…

One thing the international shooting sports organizations are looking at in recent years is expanding into more “fit” activities.

One of the exhibition sports seen overseas in this concept is Target Sprint. The event makes competitors run a 400m track, then take their rifle from a storage rack and shoot at five falling targets from a 10m standing position with a time penalty for each missed shot. The athlete then repeats the lap and shoots again, followed by another lap to the finish line.

A very groovy and more modern sporting rifle style version was last week in Texas, the annual Waco Tactical Fitness Biathlon. The event takes place over a five-mile course with several shooting stages. Each competitor has to show up with a centerfire rifle and pistol, eye and ear pro, enough ammo to complete the stages, and a stopwatch. While running between stations, rifles have to be unloaded and pistols have to be holstered.

The course is no joke, with photos showing competitors clamoring over plywood walls, taking a 60-pound sand dummy for a drag, monkeying around on horizontal ladders, firing from treetop cuckoo nests and simulated rooftops, and, oh yeah, running.

“If you can’t do a few pull-ups, scramble up and down rough/rocky hills and push through wooded areas, some of the obstacles will be difficult to overcome,” says the site. (Photos: WTF)

More in my column at Guns.com.

Send for the pigeon guy, mon ami

A very serious French soldier of the 141st Regiment with homing pigeons in 1915. According to reports, they played a vital part in the Great War on all side as they provided an extremely reliable way of sending messages. “Such was the importance of pigeons that over 100,000 were used in the war with an astonishing success rate of 95 percent.”

And today, 102 years later, the French still keep at least one guy on the payroll versed in carrier (pigeon) operations– just in case.

The ticking time bomb that is the recoil spring

It is hard to beat a Glock of any generation when it comes to reliability, but it comes as a shock to many that inside their slide hides a pitfall to the whole program that the savvy polymer pistol user can easily overcome.

Like a 5,000 round failure point…

One of these things are not like the other– but both need to be evaluated at/near the 5K mark! Here we see a Gen 3 Glock 19 factory recoil spring assembly compared to one for a gen 4 Glock 22

The standard Glock factory guide rods are (this should come as no surprise to you) made from polymer. While low-cost and easy to produce, these plastic guide rods can chip, crack or break resulting in feeding or ejection failures. Further, these guide rods flex to a degree when in operation, which many argue will contribute to accuracy problems due to poor consistency. Finally, they have been known to snap, leaving the pistol inoperable. This weak link can be alleviated by putting some heavy metal into the mix.

More in my column at Tac.44.com

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