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Know when to fold em

I’ve always had a curious fascination with folding guns, going back to the Hotchkiss Universal and the ARES/Warin Stealth Gun of the 1980s.

A fellow by the name of Utah Connor built a folding sub-gun very similar to the ARES disguised as a radio (complete with collapsing antenna) in the mid-1970s. The concept was that plainclothes police officers and security personnel could sit and chill out with the ‘radio’ at their feet or on a table and, with practice, deploy it in 2-3 seconds.

Connor called his curio the “Undercover 9” or UC-9.

In 2008, Magpul displayed their concept of the ARES/UC-9, a sub-gun that folded up to look like a laptop battery. Of course, it was vaporware but it nonetheless made it into video games.

Well, Magpul last week announced it has more than a half dozen new reasons to love them in the upcoming year ranging from new magazine and furniture offerings to…the fabled FDP-9 folding gun.

The FDP9/FDC-9 uses a ZEV OZ9 operating system and a Magpul chassis. (Photo: Magpul).

With Glock internals.

It’s supposed to arrive in 2022. Holding my breath but cautiously optimistic.

Always wanted a suppressed HK53-based SBR?

The Heckler & Koch HK53 was designed in the 1970s as an ultra-compact version of their 5.56mm HK33, basically, the German answer to the Warsaw Pact AKS-74U Krinkov or Colt’s various Vietnam-era Commando models. They saw some export success, and in the U.S. the pre-Homeland Security Border Patrol adopted them for some tactical teams (hey, Customs had the Steyr-AUG at the same time, so you can see the need for competition).

Well, SilencerCo teamed up with Canton, Michigan’s Dakota Tactical Firearms to craft a limited run of just ten (10) roller-locked semi-auto HK53s SBRs in .300 BLK, equipped with matching Omega suppressors.

Termed the D300 by DTAC, these guns usually run bigfoot on a unicorn rare on the market. Each uses an 8.3-inch free-floated fluted barrel and a “sear-ready” tungsten-filled bolt group. The DTAC hand guard is freckled with M-Lok (because what isn’t these days?) while the receiver runs a 1913 Pic rail for your optic needs that go beyond the standard HK drum/post sights. A collapsible A3 stock, tools and 30-round mag complete the package.

How mucho do they run? Check out my column at Guns.com for that stocking sticker, along with some more sweet pics.

Meet the (very quiet) Integra

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Yes, that is a suppressed AR with the suppressor attached. (Photo: Chris Eger)

Gemtech last month brought out a sweet new production Nemo Arms AR upper that includes a pinned suppressor body and titanium core– with an all up barrel length that’s still firmly in the carbine arena.

I shot the Integra, shown off for the first time in public, at the ASA Suppressor Shoot in Knob Creek and have to admit its wicked quiet in .300BLK when using one of Gemtech’s suppressor optimized BCGs which reduces carrier speed to non-suppressed levels and reduces felt recoil.

How quiet? It mics at 128dB, and for comparison, dry-firing an unloaded AR is 124dB

The upper features a 10.1-inch barrel with suppressor tube pinned and welded onto the end to make it 16.1-inches overall and thus a “one-stamp” device.

The core can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. Removal is by a 3/8″ socket.

It costs a good bit more than the similar concept over at Hardened Arms, but this is Gemtech here and we are talking about a Nemo upper for a base, so there’s that.

More in my column over at Guns.com

 

A factory Ruger Mini-14 in .300 Blackout? No foolin

The good folks at Ruger have been in the Mini-14 biz for going some 40 years or so and in that time have cranked out millions of these rugged .223 carbines. As time has gone by, the company has trotted out offerings of these guns in 5.56×45 (there is a slight difference over .223), .222 (not a misprint) 7.62×39 (Mini-30) 6.8mm (Mini-6.8) and .308/.243 (XGI). Well now, the time has come to add a new caliber to that field:

Why .300 BLK?

The 300 AAC Blackout round (7.62x35mm) was designed by a suppressor maker, Advanced Armament for use in modified AR-15s. The goal was to use the same .223 case, neck it down to accept a .308 bullet 2-3 times the normal weight of the 40-71 grain .223, and give it performance that equaled or bettered that of the standard and popular AK-47/SKS round, the Combloc 7.62×39 (which itself owes some allegiance to the old German 7.92×33mm Kurz used in the world’s first assault rifle, the StG-44).

In the end, you have a .308 that fits in a standard NATO M16/AR-15 magazine and can use the same lower receiver paired with an upper in the appropriately changed out caliber. A neat benefit (and the reason it was introduced by AAC) of the round is since it uses such a big fat bullet over a low charge, its usually subsonic which means you can use it with a suppressor and not have to worry about the sonic boom of the ammunition to add to the sound signature.

(Left to right: .223 with .55-grain bullet, .308 WIN with 173-grain bullet, .300 BLK with 125-grain bullet)

(Left to right: .223 with .55-grain bullet, .308 WIN with 173-grain bullet, .300 BLK with 125-grain bullet)

Introduced last week, Sturm, Ruger unveiled its newest offering in the Mini-14 Tactical series, and advised that it is an optimized .300 BLK platform geared with suppressors in mind.

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Read the rest in my column at Ruger Talk