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  1. Can you shoot 380 ammunition in a gun chambered for 9mm Luger?

    Can you shoot 380 ammunition in a gun chambered for 9mm Luger? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, but... [BRIEF HISTORY OF 9mm LUGER] In 1902 George Luger designed the 9x19mm Luger cartridge, which now bears his name. German weapons manufacturers chambered the now famous "Luger" pistol around the cartridge. It is a "rimless" cartridge, meaning that it lacks a "rim" at its base which exceeds the outer diameter of the case above it. It is now the most popular pistol cartridge...
  2. Auto Ordnance M1 Carbines: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Auto Ordnance M1 Carbines: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Review of the Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine by mr_flintstone A while back I really, really, really wanted an M1 carbine. I flip-flopped back and forth between wanting to buy a surplus GI carbine and an Auto-Ordnance carbine. I also toyed with the idea of an Inland M1 carbine, but they were fairly new on the market, and while they looked more authentic, they had receivers made by Auto-Ordnance and cost more than the Auto-Ordnance; and...
  3. "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts

    "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts by Jason In a Minuteman loadout, battle belts, plate carriers, and chest rigs provide a tiered approach to a combat load that offers flexibility and scalability. The idea of 1st tier, 2nd tier, 3rd tier resonates with me a lot. To me my 1st tier is always going to be a battle belt, a pistol, pistol/rifle reload(s), survival pouch or dump pouch, IFAK ("Individual First Aid Kit" - Ed.), small fixed blade knife, and pouch for a...
  4. A Blast from the Past: The JS-9

    We all know and love Hi Point firearms for what they are: simple, affordable, and accurate handguns that are short on bells and whistles but long on value. However, do you know that long before the C9, the same company (more or less) marketed a long-slide 9mm pistol that was simpler? We give you the Beemiller JS-9 What is Beemiller? Predating the MKS-marketed Hi Point Company was Mansfield, Ohio-based Beemiller. Incorporated in April 1988 by local resident and former TV-technician Thomas...
  5. Extar EP9 Review

    Extar EP9 Review by Hughewil The Extar EP9 is a 9mm sub gun style pistol. Features Weight 4.1 pounds 6.5 inch barrel Overall length 22.5” Threaded muzzle Last round hold open Glock magazine compatible Overview While the EP9 is not an actual AR9 design it is modeled after one. The lower will take a milspec AR trigger group and it uses a AR pistol tube with a spring and buffer. The entire weapon is made of polymer including the lower and factory trigger. It has a non-reciprocating side...
  6. Why You Need a Muzzle Brake on Your Hi Point Carbine

    Why You Need a Muzzle Brake on Your Hi Point Carbine by Kirk Lawson A Muzzle Brake, sometimes called a "Recoil Compensator" or just a "Compensator," is a device which attaches to the end of the barrel with specific cuts, vents, or holes designed to redirect the combustion gases to reduce or counteract recoil or reduce muzzle rise as the result of firing. While sometimes similar in appearance a Flash Hider or Flash Suppressor is intended to reduce the visible flash from the burning...
  7. What Are Maverick, Stallard, Iberia, & Haskell Pistols?

    In April 1988, former TV technician Thomas Deeb of Mansfield, Ohio incorporated Beemiller Distributing Company. Between 1988 and 1992 when Hi-Point Firearms was trademarked, there were three different firearms made by three different companies that Beemiller sold. These were Maverick/Stallard, Iberia, and Haskell. Today these companies are all still around in one form or another but market their pistols and carbines as Hi-Point through Beemiller. Top left is a Stallard JS-9 9mm, middle left...
  8. The Hi Point Carbine SBR Build

    Sure, you have a couple Hi Point carbines lying around. You got as nice new TS model, an old Planet of the Apes model, and even an old beater that has seen better days. Well, why not make that beater into a SBR? Basically, you turn this, Into this, A SB-what? According to the BATFE, a SBR is a "shoulder-fired, rifle bore" firearm with a barrel of 16 inches or shorter or a firearm that overall length is less than 26 inches. This means that any Hi Point rifle, if it is chopped shorter than...
  9. The Raven: The "Ring of Fire" Pistol That Started It All

    The Raven: The "Ring of Fire" Pistol That Started It All by Adam01364 The Raven has been called the original “Ring of Fire" pistol; the “Ring of Fire” referring to the six firearms manufacturers clustered within 45 minutes of downtown Los Angeles known for producing inexpensive Saturday Night Special handguns. How did this happen? Ask the United States Congress. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibited the importation of small handguns into the United States. Prior to the GCA, numerous...
  10. Rambling Thoughts, the Ruger American Compact vs the Ruger Security 9. Range time and conclusion.

    Rambling Thoughts, the Ruger American Compact vs the Ruger Security 9. Range time and conclusion. by Greg Ritchie The two pistols were shot at a local indoor range from the 5, 10, and 15 yard line. a final round was shot with the target all the way against the back stop which is just short of 25 yards. In an effort to keep a level playing field and round counts the same, magazines were loaded with only 10 rounds. The ammunition used was Remington green and white box 100 round value packs,...
  11. A Tale of the Titans: Italian and American

    A Tale of the Titans: Italian and American by adam01364 The diminutive Titan pistols were inexpensive, ultra reliable little single action pocket pistols manufactured by a small Italian gun maker named Fabrica d'Armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe (not to be confused with Fratelli Tanfoglio) and named the TA27. The unfortunate passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) banned them from importation, but American ingenuity found ways to work around the GCA for many years. As a result, there are a...
  12. In Defense of the Weaver Stance

    Is the Weaver stance dead, supplanted by the obviously superior Isosceles stance? [What is the Weaver stance] Shooting lore attributes the handgun stance known as "the Weaver stance" to Deputy Sherif Jack Weaver, who developed it in 1959 while competing in "Leatherstrap" quick draw shooting competitions. Competing against others using predominantly unsighted hip-shooting methods, he quickly dominated the competitions which lead to acceptance of and praise for his stance. The stance consists...
  13. Rambling thoughts on the H&R Pardner Pump

    Rambling thoughts on the H&R Pardner Pump by Greg Ritchie I needed a shotgun for an impromptu dove shoot that presented itself at the last minute. Off to the local big box sporting goods store to see what they had cheap. The one that struck my fancy was the H&R Pardner Pump in 20 gauge. The Pardner Pump is a Remington 870 clone. I knew about the Pardner Pump, having collected H&R's for a while. But my interest was in the break action single shots. I just was not interested in a Chinese...
  14. Black powder cap and ball revolver loading stand

    If there is anything a Hi-Point owner can value highly, it's a bargain. Well one of the best firearms bargains out there, that isn't made in Ohio by MKS, are reproduction brass-framed percussion revolvers. These guns, often clones of Colt Army and Navy revolvers are some of the most iconic of American hoglegs. You can almost feel the freedom sweep into your arms when you hold one-- and you can typically do that for about the price of a Hi Point pistol. Clint Eastwood in the Outlaw Josey...
  15. The Ruger LCP II and a Comparison to the Taurus TCP

    Ruger LCP II Review: Random thoughts on the Ruger LCP II and a comparison to the Taurus TCP by Greg Ritchie Several years back I felt the need to replace my Back Up Gun ("BUG"). It was a snubby revolver chambered in .38 Special. I felt that one of the small 380 pocket guns would be the ticket. I looked hard at the Ruger LCP, but it was just not what I wanted. The trigger was not to my liking and I really wanted the slide to lock open on an empty magazine. Plus, the slide was a bit difficult...
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