Colt New Agent for 2011

At SHOT SHOW this year, I got a chance to handle the new Colt New Agent.   The New Agent has been out for a while, but this year Colt is expanding the line.  The pocket pistol now comes in three variates–a .45 ACP Single Action, a 9mm Single Action and a .45 ACP double action only.

Each model features a 3″ barrel, a snag free design, a skeletonized aluminum trigger and a compact overall length of only 6 3/4″.  All these features make it an ideal concealed carry pistol.  Along with offering a DAO model, Colt is also offering XS Big Dot Sights on their New Agents for 2011.

The XS Big Dot Sights are my favorite type of sights for my concealed carry pistols.  The big dot is extremely easy to pick up.  For a suitable sight picture, one only needs to “dot the i;”  just align the big dot front sight in the center of the “v” shaped rear sight, which has a white line down the center.

NOTE: Do not hold a gun like this. The XS rep held it like this just for the photo, the gun was unloaded; however, it is still dangerous to hold a firearm like this!!!

At the SHOT SHOW range day, I was able to test out Colt’s 2011  New Agent and I was impressed with it for the 20 or so rounds I got with the pistol.  Recoil wasn’t as bad as I would expect from a .45 coming out of a 3″ inch barrel and the XS Big Dot Sight combined with the minuscule sight radius of the Colt New Agent made getting a good sight picture a breeze.  Check below for a quick video of me trying out the Colt New Agent at the SHOT SHOW range day.

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Review: ZCORR Vapor Barrier Firearm and Ammo Bags

The number one enemy of any firearm or ammunition is corrosion.  Many shooters turn into firearm collectors, and many firearm collectors know the importance of two things–keep moisture out and keep the guns lubed.  ZCORR has been making a product that was designed to do/maintain these two things exceptionally well; so well in fact that their products previously were only available for the United States Marine Core.  Luckily for us, they’ve opened their product line to civilians, and Gunblog.com is ready to tell you about our experiences using the ZCORR Vapor Barrier firearm and ammunition storage bags.

ZCORR Vapor Barrier bags keep moisture out and preserve its contents within by utilizing a Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI).  Basically, in a nutshell, there is a layer of VpCI inside of the bag, and over time, the VpCI forms a gas which molecules cling to the metallic contents of the bags forming a protective barrier against corrosives.  Once the bag’s seal is broken so is the VpCI seal around the firearm or ammunition, making it immediately available for use.

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California Compliant AKs by Arsenal INC

There is none other more frustrated gun owner/enthusiast as the Californian gun owner/enthusiast.  Since they have some of the most strict gun laws in America, Californians are used to seeing disclaimers on gun auctions and firearm retailers’ websites stating, “We do not ship to California.”  Ironically enough, the demand for firearms in California are amongst the highest in the nation–California is Gunblog.com’s second highest readership (the first is Texas).  Californians would have needed to have a complete custom job done to an AK-47 in order to own one, until now.

Arsenal Inc of Las Vegas, NV has heard the cries from their neighbors, and are now going to be making California compliant AK-47s, AK-74s, and Saiga .410 shotguns.  The new California compliant Arsenal Aks share the same features of their less restricted Aks such as a Russian stamped receiver, a folding stock, and a scope accessory rail.  However, Californians are restricted to a 10 round magazine which also has a lock that must be engaged with a key for magazine removal.  Although they have the magazine restriction on them, it’s better than nothing for those Californians wanting an AK.  The MSRP Arsenal’s new Right to “Bear” arms California Compliant SGL23 (Ak-47) is $820, the SGL33 (AK-74) is $950, and the SGL 43 (Saiga 410 Shotgun) is $710.

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Beretta Tx4 Storm Shotgun

Last year, quietly, Beretta released a semi-auto shotgun addition to their Storm line dubbed the Tx4 Storm.  Now there wasn’t too much hype about the Tx4 when it first came out, and probably out of all of Beretta‘s brands, I would say the Tx4 received almost no publicity compared to its cousins the Px4 and Cx4.  It wasn’t until SHOT show this year that I was finally able to get up close with the new Beretta Shotgun, and I’m glad I was finally introduced to this Italian semi-auto shotgun.

The Beretta Tx4 is a gas operated semi-auto shotgun that shares a lot of qualities with shotguns from its sister company Benelli.  Firing it felt very similiar to a Benelli M2 tactical.  Also, just like a Benelli, the Tx4 “knows” the difference between pulling the charging handle and firing the gun in regards to how the shells are chambered–meaning that if you pull the charging handle to expel a shell that is currently in the chamber, the Tx4 will not load another shell in the chamber.  This comes in hand when doing on the spot ammo changeovers; it keeps the chamber empty and will allow you to throw a slug in there for impromptu longer shots.

The Tx4 weighs only 6.4 pounds unloaded and has an 18″ barrel making it a pretty agile shotgun.  It features a cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel, a button operated ambidextrous safety, and a picatinny rail with ghost ring sights.  The one area where I found the Tx4 coming up a little short was the ammo capacity which tops off at only 5+1 rounds.  However, a source from Beretta who wished to be unnamed, assured me that a lot of aftermarket accessories made for certain Benelli shotguns, such as magazine extension tubes, would fit and work on the Tx4.  The MSRP of the Tx4 is quite high for its class though, it comes in right under $1,500.Beretta TX4 Stand Off Device Optima HP Choke Tube CL

The Beretta Media representative assured Gunblog.com that we would be receiving one to review by the Summer.  I have my fingers crossed that it’ll be soon.  I plan on putting one of Benelli‘s Tx4 Stand Off Device Optima Choke tube as seen above and maybe try to fit some of those extension tubes to see which ones will work.  Either way, its going a great review so be sure to check back later on when Beretta finally sends us a Tx4 to review.

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Federal and American Eagle .45 Recall

Federal and American Eagle have issued an immediate and urgent warning regarding some of their .45 Auto ammunition lots that could contain an incorrect propellant charge.  Its strongly advised (by Federal and Gunblog.com) that if you own ANY Federal .45 Auto ammunition, to make sure you check the lots since that using this defective ammo could result in serious injury and/or firearm damage.

The brands that are affected are:

  • American Eagle PN: AE45A, AE45N1 and AE45A250
  • Champoin PN: WM5233
  • GoldMedal: GM45B
  • Hi-Shok PN: 45C, 45D)
  • Federal Personal Defense (C45C, C45D)

DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE LOT NUMBERS:

  • 38X628 – 38X765
  • 38T401 – 38T414

You can check the graphic above to find your lot numbers to see if your ammo is part of the affected lots.  If you are unfortunate enough to have purchased some of this defective ammo, you should contact Federal Ammunition immediately at:  1-800-831-0850 or 1-800-322-2342.  Federal will provide replacement ammunition for you. Check the link below for Federal’s Official recall.

A little birdy who happens to be an insider for an ammunition manufacturer told me some interesting information right before SHOT regarding Federal.  When discussing different ammo manufacturers this executive insider was telling me that Federal has outsourced a lot of its ammunition manufacturing to Mexico.  Now I don’t know if these lots were manufactured down there, it still makes me think–furthermore, it reinforces my prejudice about foreign ammunition (very bad experiences with Wolf), and I’ll continue preferring to buy American when it comes to bullets.

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