Taurus is showing a new variation on their model 85 called the “View”. It sports a translucent panel where the side plate would normally be, allowing a view of the mechanism as the gun is cycled. Designed for concealed carry it utilizes an aluminum frame and a titanium cylinder to hold weight down.
Chambered for 38 Special this ultra-light revolver holds five rounds. Empty it weighs in at only nine ounces. With a snub nose 1.41″ barrel a round but and spur-less hammer this revolver would be easy to carry. The side plate is a gimmick but one that many shooters would like. Top it all off with a double action trigger pull of 10 pounds.
Magnum Research is offering a new compact version of the 1911 for 2014. Dubbed the “Undercover” model, or the 1911U this variant is a Series 70 style. The DE1911U is built on an ultra lightweight frame made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy and features a 4140 high carbon steel slide and adjustable rear sight for windage and elevation. The .45 ACP DE1911U has 6+1 round capacity, an overall length of 6.85″, a 3″ barrel, height of 5″, and weighs just 25.8 oz.
Standard features include checkered front and back strap, double diamond checkered wood grip, and stainless steel hex screws. The DE1911U also has a high-rise beavertail safety, skeleton hammer, and an aluminum trigger. It comes standard with two 6-round magazines.
This is the first model offered by Heizer specifically designed for the concealed carry market. A light weight (14 oz.) and durable back-up pistol made with either a titanium or aluminum frame. Caliber choices are currently limited to 9mm or 45 ACP. The trigger is a double action ridding on ball bearings. Two rounds in the chambers and room for two more stored inside the grip. It has a break-action and optional ported barrels.
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October 11, 2012 Raymond B. Kohout, Inventor, DoubleTap announced today that he terminated his agreement with Heizer to manufacture the DoubleTap. Apparently the company was not able to produce the gun in quantities required to fill orders. Kohout is looking for a new manufacturer to build his design. This little gun has received a fair amount of attentions since it’s introduction, don’t be surprised if it comes back to the market very soon.
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Browning was the most prolific gun designer of the last century, designing rifles, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and artillery no other designer is more deserving of such attention. In recognition of his lasting contributions to the
development of firearm design and the military defense of the United States, the Utah State Legislature has officially designated January 24, 2011 as John M. Browning Day. A native of Ogden, Utah, John M. Browning is widely considered the world’s greatest firearms designer, and many of his gun designs remain popular around the globe to this day.
In his biography, “John M. Browning, American Gunmaker” The story of how he accepted a greatly reduced royalty for his work during World War I. His brother Matt recalled that he expected John to take a little time to discuss the offer. Instead Browning said, “Major if that suits Uncle Sam, it’s all right with me.” When they left the office Matt mentioned to John that they could have had much more money without any real negotiation, to which John replied, “Yes, and if we were fifteen or twenty years younger we’d be over there in the mud!”
The official commemoration took place on January 24th at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City. Utah Governor Gary Herbert is scheduled to make a formal presentation of the resolution to Christopher Browning, the great grandson of John M. Browning, at the noon ceremony on the capitol steps.
1911 Pistol, 45 ACP
It was March 29th, 1911 when the 1911 pistol was adopted so 2011 is the 100th anniversary of that adoption of Browning’s 1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol by the US Army. A century later this pistol remains in active military use with US special operations forces and is more popular than ever among civilians, gun collectors, competitive shooters and law enforcement officers. John M. Browning’s influence is so far reaching that in Europe a “browning” is the common name for a semi-auto pistol.
Colt's Pocket Model, came in 32 ACP & 380 ACP.
Bill Laughridge, President of Cylinder and Slide Inc. came up with a unique twist on the venerable old 1911 pistol. Bill says he, “Always wanted to produce a 45 ACP Pocket Model style pistol.”
During the days when the Pocket Model was in the Colt line-up most men still carried a gun to protect themselves, their families, and their property from harm. These gun had rounded edges, and no exposed hammer to get caught on clothing. The sleek design is as pleasing to the eye today as it was a hundred years ago.
Bill worked with Gary Smith of Caspian Arms, utilizing a commander length slide and an Officers model frame as the basis for this specialized handgun, the work started. Once the prototype was complete Gary Smith went to work at Caspian to help make the specialized frame and slides that Bill would need to put this dream gun into limited production. Only 50 of these guns will be available each year.
Quality parts are used for the rest of the gun, Jarvis barrels are used, while the internal parts are mostly Cylinder and Slide Inc. parts. Wolff springs finish out the package. Cylinder and Slide offer a standard version of this gun or you can call them and add custom features you suit your tastes. Not many guns turn my head after so many years of smithing, but this 45 Pocket Model sure did!