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John Browning Patent 701288

| History, John Browning | February 13, 2012

John Browning was granted US Patent 701288 on June 3rd, 1902.  The Patent covered a recoil operated firearm, which makes sense as this is the same time period that John Browning started to design multiple recoil operated firearms.

John Browning had applied for this Patent on March 18th, 1901.

John Browning Patent 701288 Drawings:

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The New Colt Mustang Pocketlite .380 ACP Pocket Pistol

| Product Info, Reviews | February 8, 2012

It’s back! Colt has reintroduced the .380 Mustang Pocketlite with numerous improvements that spell out one heck of an accurate pocket pistol. Yes, a 2.75 inch barrel pocket pistol firing .380 ACP is accurate, very accurate. This comes thanks in large part to a fully machined receiver, slide and barrel.

In addition to the solid bar CNC machined parts, the Colt Mustang Pocketlite benefits from high profile sights that make target acquisition much easier.

Colt also used a solid aluminum trigger similar to that of a 1911. Depending on the .380 ACP Pocket Pistol that you have experience with, you will find this trigger to be either exceptional or beyond exceptional.

Speaking of a 1911 style trigger, the entire Colt Mustang resembles a 1911. Even though it may be a baby 1911, the grip angle and grip size fit the hand extremely well.

Outside of all the features that make this a great shooting gun, there is also a standard safety which many people are looking for in a pocket pistol. With a trigger like the Ruger LCP you would not need a safety, but with this finely tuned pistol a external safety is a plus.

A few other notable features:
-Alluminum Alloy Receiver with E
-Stainless Steel Slide and Barrel
-5.5 inches total length
-Single Action Trigger
-Commander Style Hammer
-Lowered Ejection Port
-6+1 Capacity

Add all these things up and still this feature packed Mustang weighs in at just 12.5 ounces, making it an ideal choice for Concealed Carry.

During the SHOT Show Media Day many products impressed me. It would be impossible for me to pick the most impressive without putting 3-5 names in a hat and picking one. However, the new Colt Mustang Pocketlite was at the very top of the list and would surely be tossed in the hat for best in show.

In the video below you will see that we were shooting at around 20 yards and I managed to hit 10 of 10 with very little effort. I promise my LCP wouldn’t pull that off.

Hiram Maxim invented the Machine Gun and Silencer, but not both…

| History | February 4, 2012

Many people believe that a single man by the name of Hiram Maxim invented both the first portable fully automatic machine gun and the first silencer.
Unfortunately they would be incorrect because Hiram Maxim is actually two different people. There was a Hiram Stevens Maxim and Hiram Percy Maxim. Hiram Stevens Maxim was Hiram Percy Maxim’s Father.
The Father, Hiram Stevens Maxim was the inventor of the first fully automatic machine gun, the Maxim Gun. He was also responsible for many other non-firearm inventions. There are two sets of Maxim Gun Patents shown below, US Patent 447524 and US Patent 459828. It always amazes me how detailed these drawings were. Fair to say they were not using CAD software back in 1891.
Hiram Percy Maxim was the inventor of the first functional and commercially available silencer. Like his father he invented both firearm and non-firearm related items. I found it very interesting that Percy came up with the gun silencer because of his work designing small engine mufflers.
One final point of interest is that the Patent actually refers to it as a silencer and silent firearm. Today people are quick to correct you by explaining the proper name is not silencer, but the more acceptable (and realistic) term of suppressor. Hopefully this little bit of trivia will help you in some future argument. Don’t worry, in all our patent research we haven’t found anything to suggest a magazine should be called a clip.
The Maxim Gun and Maxim Silencer Patent Drawings:


John Browning Patent 689283 – Browning Auto-5

| History, John Browning | January 3, 2012

The Browning Auto-5 “produced by FN”, Remington Model 11 and Savage 720 were all built on John Browning’s automatic shotgun design.

US Patent 689283 was one of his patents that covered John Browning’s auto shotgun design. This particular patent was applied for on March 18th, 1901 and granted on December 17th, 1901.

This design was the very first successful design for a semi-auto shotgun. It is really amazing to think that this design was so good that it was produced for nearly 100 years. Think about the genius required to design something so well “for the very first time in history” that it would become just second to the Remington 1100 as the top selling auto shotgun of all time. That blows my mind!!! How long did the original iPad last before it was improved with the release of the iPad 2? How long does your average vehicle get produced before it is overhauled? AMAZING. John Browning was no different than an Einstein or Newton, GENIUS!

The Magpul FMG9 / FPG Folding Gun aka Box Gun

| General 2-Cents | November 19, 2011

Currently the Magpul FMG9 is a prototype, but the possibilities are amazing. It is built around the use of either a Glock 17 Semi Auto or a Glock 18 Auto, both are 9mm.  I suspect they could include the Glock 22 in 40 or Glock 31 in .357 to the list since they follow the same dimensions as the 9mm versions.

Using the semi auto options they could market this to civilian sales on the Class 3 market. They could potentially make adjustments where the folding action does not expose a stock, but just the grip. Doing that would allow them to mass market the design as a concealed carry option. Magpul could make a pocket pistol that would have no imprint using something like a Ruger LCP or even one of the 9mm pocket pistols on the market.

Based on what Magpul is saying on their website, a folding concealed carry pistol without a stock may be an option: “Magpul FMG9 (Prototype) featured on Discovery Channel’s Ultimate Weapons. Production version is called FPG (Folding Pocket Gun)

:::Discovery Channel’s Ultimate Weapons Video:::

Magpul FMG9 Patent Application

Support H.R. 822 the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act

| General 2-Cents | November 8, 2011

Please Support H.R. 822 the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act for current and future generations.


Follow this link – http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=7158 – to the NRA-ILA site where you will find an email form that you just fill out with your information or the phone number you need to reach them with.

We are proud members of the NRA Business Alliance:








This is a copy of H.R. 822

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Draco MINI AK Pistol, The Most Potent Production Pistol?

| General 2-Cents | October 24, 2011

A few months ago I was trying to think of a more potent production pistol than the Draco Mini AK Pistol.  Considering I am still drawing a blank I suppose I will crown the Draco MINI AK Pistol the most devastating and awe inspiring pistol currently in production.

I prefer not to say, “most powerful”, because you could easily argue the .454 Casull or .500 S&W to be a more powerful round.  However, I have yet to see the 30 round or 75 round magazine for either of those rounds.

I approached quite a few people about this, and continually received a blank gaze as they unsuccessfully tried to come up with something that could rival the MINI AK.  So I ask, is there anything in the ballpark of a Draco MINI AK Pistol?

Things to consider:

Reliability, Accuracy (at 0-100 yards), Power, Recoil, Cost, Capacity, Durability, Simplicity, and Availability (firearm and replacement parts/pieces)

Springfield XD 3.0 & XDM 3.5 Size Comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | October 24, 2011

Until doing this size comparison I had no idea that the Springfield XD 3.0 Compact in either 9mm or .40 S&W is virtually identical in proportions to the Springfield XDM 3.5 Compact in 9mm or .40 S&W.  The only noticeable difference is the obvious half inch difference in barrel length.  I guess one should never assume, but I sure assumed there was a size difference probably based on the aggressive look of the XDM.

Putting the size comparison and proportions aside, there are quite a few differences between the XD and XDM models.  I am personally looking forward to a more compact XDM option being released in either .40 S&W or .45 ACP.  You can check out both of these models at their website: springfield-armory.com

Size Comparison of the Springfield XD 3.0 and the Springfield XDM 3.5 in either 9mm or .40 S&W


Size Comparison of the Springfield XD 3.0 and the Springfield XDM 3.5 in either 9mm or .40 S&W


The only difference between image 1 and image 2 is the XD is on the top layer in image 1 and the bottom layer in image 2.  The minor differences you can see along the borders of the outlines are fractions of a fraction of an inch and more likely small differences between lighting in the original photos than action pistol size.

John Browning Patent 678937 – M1917 Browning Machine Gun

| History, John Browning | October 5, 2011

The Model 1917 / M1917 Browning Machine Gun was a recoil powered automatic firearm. It was granted US Patent 678937 on July 23rd, 1901. This patent was applied for on June 19th, 1900. So why was this Machine Gun given the name Model 1917 when the model number usually mirrors the patent year plus or minus one year? The name is actually based on the fact that this firearm was not adopted for use until 1917. The design sat around for years until the US Military found itself in need of some high power high output firearms. Along came the Model 1917 after spending some years in hibernation.

A key feature of the M1917 is that it was a water cooled machine gun. This was a factor in the weight and thus restricted some applications. The 1917 eventually morphed into multiple other versions / variations including the M1919.

Another key feature that should be mentioned is that this patent has a right side ejection of spent rounds where the M1917 would adjust it to bottom ejection.

John Browning Patent 660244

| History, John Browning | October 5, 2011

This is a Machine Gun Feed Belt loading machine, which as it implies loads the rounds into the cloth belt. During this period of John Browning’s machine gun designs he was using a fabric belt for feeding the rounds. Even later models like the M1919 benefited from this form of feed belt rather than metal links. The feed mechanism had a claw that would pull the rounds into the breech.

John Moses Browning applied for this patent on November 15th, 1899. He was granted US Patent 660,244 for this design on October 23rd, 1900.

Draco Mini AK Pistol Creating Pressure Wave & Flame

| General 2-Cents | October 3, 2011

The Draco AK Pistols, both Standard and Mini, are an absolute blast to shoot. There is no mistaking why these things are some of the hottest firearms out there right now. While taking a few shots we caught these images. The second shot is where you can see the pressure wave creating a pocket in the water.

I would like to say it was rain, but unfortunately I hadn’t realized I was downwind of the pond I was shooting into. Oh, and there was a hurricane passing the East Coast of Florida that day so the wind was strong. Not one of my proudest moments. Don’t piss into the wind, don’t piss on a flat rock, and don’t shoot an AK Pistol into a pond during a hurricane.

Ruger LCP 380 ACP Pocket Pistol Size Comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | October 1, 2011

It would appear that Ruger was the first major manufacturer to take a look at the Kel Tec P3AT and realize the benefit and marketability of a small 380 ACP pistol. Thus they released the Ruger LCP to compete in the 380 pocket pistol market. It was and is remarkably similar to the Kel Tec P-3AT.

When the LCP hit the market it was nearly impossible to come by. If you were able to get your hands on one there was a good chance your next obstacle would be finding ammunition for it. The 380 ACP pocket pistols’ explosion in popularity along with the surge in firearm and ammo sales after the election created the perfect storm. That storm stripped almost every caliber from the shelves. However it was the 380 ACP ammo that was hit the hardest. Finally the supply and demand on 380 ACP returned to normal, and just in time as the pocket pistol market grew even more.

We are comparing the Ruger LCP with the following .380 ACP pistols:
Kahr P380
Taurus TCP
Sig Sauer P238
Kel-Tec P-3AT
Diamondback DB380
Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380

John Browning Patent 659786 – Remington Model 8

| History, John Browning | September 24, 2011

This semi-automatic rifle design became the Remington Model 8. It was granted US Patent 659786 on October 16th, 1900. This Patent had a fast turn around as it was applied for by John Moses Browning earlier that year, on June 6th, 1900

The Remington Model 8 rifle was the first successful autoloading high power rifle design. The production rights to this rifle belonged to Remington Arms Company in the US. FN also produced limited numbers of this rifle, 4,913 units under the name FN Caliber .35 Automatic Rifle.

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