Back in the day, Springfield Armory imported some very spicy 10mm and .45ACP Omega 1911s made in West Germany– and they are classics.
Well, it looks like the import days are over.
With both 5 and 6-inch barrel options, Springfield’s new 10mm TRP 1911 line come standard with a Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex sight.
Announced this week, the newest additions to SA’s centimeter clubhouse are beefy guns that use forged steel National Match frames and slides coupled with fully-supported match-grade stainless steel barrels. On each, the slide has been milled to accept the factory standard Trijicon RMR which comes decked out with integrated night sights that co-witness through the optic.
Each pistol ships with a pair of nine-round stainless single stack mags complete with a slam pad. Both use the company’s Gen 2 Speed Trigger, with a 4.5 to 5-pound pull and have G10 grip panels.
More in my column at Guns.com.
Debuted last October, the S&W M&P M2.0 Compact, a 15-round capacity medium-sized entry to Smith and Wesson’s line, was from the beginning thought to be a direct contender to niche populated by the well-liked Glock 19. The G19 has long been the people’s champ when it comes to a double-stack 9mm handgun that is serious enough to provide solace if needed while compact enough to carry without pulling your pants down every other step.
Over a five-month period, I put 2,000 rounds through the new Smith, give or take a handful, and carried it for approximately 400 hours, and compared it directly to the G19.
In short, Smith got a lot of things right.
Made it back alive (though the flight back from Vegas was full of walking wounded) so you neither have to avenge me nor get the opportunity to split up my gear.
Here are some of the more interesting developments, though I will circle back around later in the week with a couple of tales of interesting people I met on the way.
So I got to check out the Reformation by Franklin Armory, and like I called it, it uses a non-rifled barrel (straight lands and grooves) with rifle ammo (.300BLK/5.56mm) to give you a non-NFA short barreled rifle (because, duh, it’s not legally a rifle!). I made contact on the range with it at close distances and it shot well but is billed with an accuracy of just 4 MOA at 100 yards, which is better than the old Brown Bess– or your typical SKS for that matter– but sill is generating a lot of hate as something as a Stormtrooper rifle. More on that in my column at Guns.com here.
Then there was the new Tavor TS12 shotgun, which looks like low-effort Starship Troopers cosplay but brings 15 shells of 12 to the party in a bullpup design that is just 29-inches overall (and 10 high!). Recoil impulse was…different. Meh, bullpups. More here.
The surprise of the party was Mossberg’s HUGE double stack 12 gauge mags for a dedicated series of 590 shotguns. Sure they are expensive ($100) and giant (like a loaf of french bread for the 20-rounder big) but they are still smaller than comparable single stacks from Remington and Black Aces while being similar in price to Saiga mags. More on that here.
Found this on the range and, despite it’s odd recoil impulse and sometimes confusing weapon manipulation, is very interesting in a 1960s High Standard HS10 kinda way. I give you the IWI Tavor TS12, a bullpup semi-auto shotgun with a 15-shot capacity.
The Israeli shotgun uses a trio of 5-shot (using 2.75-inch shells) tubular magazines that automatically loads the next round in the 3-inch chamber when the mag is rotated into place. When using 3-inch shells, the capacity drops by one shell in each mag. The 18.5-inch barrel is threaded for Benelli or Beretta chokes and one is included. Weight empty is advertised as being 8 pounds. The shotgun includes a one-piece Picatinny top rail and M-Lok slots on the forward handguard. The ambi design allows the user to swap out for left or right controls and ejection.
And there is also this thing, which shoots very well, but they still aren’t letting on how it is done. I am still on record that it uses a form of rifling that isn’t considered such by BATFE. We shall see.
Also, no Warship Wednesday tomorrow. Sorry gang. Will rejoin WW already in progress next week. The past two weeks have been swamped. If I don’t make it back alive, you know the drill: avenge my death.
Nevada-based Franklin Armory said last week they are debuting their no-stamp-required Reformation “firearm” that includes both a Magpul MOE SL carbine stock and an 11.5-inch shorty barrel. The Reformation is a non-rifle that, according to Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson, has recently been approved by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be compliant with National Firearms Act regs.
Since they say it is neither rifle nor shotgun, I am guessing the way they are keeping north of the NFA is by using a funky way to stabilize the bullet rather than traditional rifling, perhaps something akin to the Lancaster oval-bore Colindian non-rifled rifles of the 19th Century. Either way, I think this will be my first stop at Media Day on the Range next Monday at SHOT Show. Watch this space!
More in my column at Guns.com.
Just got my hot little hands on S&W’s new M&P 2.0 Compact in 9mm, which Smith plans on pitting against the always-popular (in polymer pistol circles) Glock 19.
Going through the specs, the Compact uses a 4-inch barrel and has a 15+1 round capacity in 9mm and 13+1 in the .40 variant with an unloaded weight of just under 24-ounces. This is a dead ringer in comparison to the Glock 19 and 23 and a hair lighter than the 26-ounce P-10 C series from Czech gun maker CZ.
I plan on having fun shooting them head-to-head and I have already found things I like about it over the Glock, though it does have a few thorns.
So I hung out at NRA Show for a few days last week. Got to see some cool new stuff and write about it.
Including Springfield Armory’s new XD-E hammer fired compact 9mm single stack
Which complemented FN’s new 509.
Then there was Colt’s new 70 series Gold Cup Trophy and Competition models (yup, no firing pin block).
And Savage’s Fox A Grade SXS double shotgun series, which are really sweet and feature bone and charcoal case color-finished receivers over black walnut furniture (though original Foxes are cheaper).
But the coolest thing (that I am soon going to be T&E’ing, squeeeee) is Remington’s Tac-14 870 that I was able to get the first media peek at while touring Big Green’s Huntsville Factory prior to the show.
At 26.25 inches overall and with a Raptor Shockwave pistol grip, the 12-gauge’s 14-inch cylinder bore barrel is not a National Firearms Act regulated item as it is a “firearm” and not an SBS or AOW, thus no tax stamp is required under federal law, though state and local laws may apply.
I will for sure keep you posted on that one…