Canada's take on America's tradition M16 design for Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Colt light support rifle

The March edition of American Rifleman delves into Rough Rider machine guns, lever gun cartridges and the Annual Meetings in Houston. But what caught our eye this afternoon was Christopher R. Bartocci's piece on the rifles used by Canada's military:

M-16s of the Great White North: Diemaco & Colt Canada
Canadian troops have served side-by-side with Americans on the front-lines in the Global War on Terror since the beginning. And although their rifles look similar to U.S.-issue guns, the Canadian C7 and C8 families have features unique to the Canadian Forces.

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Gen4 comes with reversible magazine release catch and changeable backstraps

GLOCK Gen4 from Shooting Illustrated Dick Williams was never all that excited about GLOCK — then came the Gen4. He tells you about his conversion to a GLOCK friends this month in NRA's Shooting Illustrated ...


Gen4 Glock
Glock updated its legendary handguns with 21st-century features sure to please fanboys and even convert some haters.

During Glock’s incredibly successful first quarter-century of existence, I paid relatively little attention to the pistols. This had nothing to do with a lack of respect; from day one I have quietly acknowledged this polymer handgun has redefined the basic service pistol. Lightweight, simple and totally reliable with a capacity of 17 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, the Glock G17 has all the characteristics one could want in a defensive handgun.

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Friends of NRA items you could take home from this year's dinners

Friends of NRA collectible Remington R1 pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - We're only a couple dozen banquets into the 1,100 Friends of NRA dinners that will be held across the country this year. Each one will have an ensemble of great items you can win at auctions, in raffles and playing games. The merchandise changes each year, so you're bound to have some new collectible catch your eye every time.

Not all banquets have the same merchandise either. There's a standard package that is present at every dinner, but the NRA Field Reps have a wide selection of additional items to stock their event. We've already covered a bunch of 2013's items here, here and here, but why not a few more?

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Shotguns and pistols from Eisenhower, Cleveland and Roosevelt

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Winchester Model 21 Shotgun

Fairfax, Virginia - Today wasn't always known as Presidents Day.

In fact, up until the 1980s, only two of the four presidential birthdays that fell within the month of February were celebrated with any great regularity (more on that below). As fate would have it, we don't have any of firearms related to those gentlemen on display at the National Firearms Museum ... but we do have a few others.

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Friends of NRA's 2013 Gun of the Year is an instant classic

Friends of NRA's 2013 Gun of the Year is the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Eurosport

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA's 2013 Gun of the Year is a beautiful rifle from Weatherby's masterful Vanguard collection - the Eurosport Sub-MOA 270Win. This exclusive, 24” cold hammer forged barrel is beautifully complimented with a select Turkish Walnut stock that is hand rubbed in oil for a custom finish unlike any other in the Vanguard family.

Suitable for hunting or acquiring a target downrange, the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Eurosport Sub-MOA 270Win is a perfect fit for any firearm owner. Comprised with a match quality 2-stage adjustable trigger, the Eurosport is guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot group of .99" or less at 100-yards. In other words, you're going to hit your target.

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American Rifleman provides ins and outs of Colonial Era pistol

U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock Pistol on American Rifleman Garry James, oh he of Guns & Ammo fame, provided a little freelance magic for American Rifleman this month with a review of the U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock pistol:
U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock Pistol
The 1816 Flintlock pistol is considered reasonable for a historic firearm.

During the Revolutionary War, the Americans fielded a cacophony of British, French, German, Dutch and home-grown products, which created an inventory of different styles and calibers of varying degrees of serviceability. ... more on the 1816 Flintlock Pistol ...

Austro-Hungarian Roth-Steyr pistol recovered at Battle of the Bulge

World War I era Roth-Steyr M1907 8mm pistol donated to the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - According to officials at the National Firearms Museum, roughly 99.99% of the guns in their collection are the product of donations. Some are the latest in firearm technology, some are novelty items and some are relics of days gone by. An example of the latter, is the Roth-Steyr M1907 8mm pistol donated by an Ohio family.

"It's a fantastic example of where great stuff comes in from members who want to pass along history," said Senior Curator Doug Wicklund.

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Chiappa Arms shotgun; three barrels and seven and a half pounds of 12-gauge

Chiappa Arms' three-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun

Seems B. Gil Horman gets all the plum American Rifleman assignments. After last month's invitation to a midnight 3-gun event, Horman heads to Chiappa Arms for a look at their three-barrel 12 gauge.

Chiappa Arms Triple Threat
This three-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun shows it has both flash and class on the shooting range.

Chiappa Firearms is an importer that provides American shooters with a variety of guns from around the world. Many of the items in its catalogue are standard fair that you would expect to see in your local gun shop. But over the last few years this company has insisted on having at least a few interesting options in its lineup guaranteed to turn people’s heads. This year, Chiappa has teamed up with Akkar Silah Sanayi Ltd. of Turkey to launch a series of break-action, tri-barrel shotguns. That's right, three barrels instead of just one or two.

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Two rare pistols from one of America's greatest firearms manufacturers on display at NRA National Firearms Museum

Ruger pistols at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Additions to the original article were added on 1/19/13

Fairfax, Virginia - Every time we walk into the offices of the National Firearms Museum there's something worth photographing. Today was no different as we caught Senior Curator Doug Wicklund cleaning two unique Ruger pistols.

Ruger, officially Sturm, Ruger & Company, was founded in 1949 by friends William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm. Ruger provided gunsmithing, Sturm provided the much-needed $50,000 investment to start the company and together they began building one of America's most well known firearms manufacturers.

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