What a time to be alive. We’re now living in an age where dudes are inventing belt-fed 12 gauge fully automatic shotguns in their sheds. The man behind this new innovation it is Derek Miller, who runs his own small little gun company, DM Products. And, while still only a prototype at this stage, his new invention is a sight to see. It might not be massively useful in close quarters combat, but it’s damn cool nonetheless! This crazy gun isn’t perfect yet, the shells don’t rattle through it that smoothly, so the design needs tinkering with, but that doesn’t stop it being awesome. Only question has to be – what are you going to use a fully automatic shotgun for?!
Let’s just hope these things will be used for target practice or display purposes if they ever make it into production. Only the damage you could do with one of these shotguns?! DAMN!
Either way, this thing is incredible. Check it out:
Would you want to own one of these bad boys? Sound off in the comments below!
Top 10 9mm Pistols In The World
10. The FN Herstal FNX-9
Herstal FNX-9 is the best choice for anyone looking for a long-lasting, user-friendly and solid 9mm gun. It fetches $500 and comes with features like, ergonomic frame, safety decocker, and a 1911 redesigned trigger to ensure accuracy, enhanced control and performance. With such features and more you can be rest assured of carrying it for years.
9. The Glock 17 Gen 4
The Gen 4 is Glock’s latest presentation, and it comes with enhanced reliability coupled by excellent value. At a weight of 22.04 ounces and length 7.7 inches it has a large capacity. It possesses enhanced ergonomics, an aggressive handle, replaceable back straps, slide texturing and offers two stage recoil spring. All these and more make it one of the top 9mm pistols of 2014 and you can expect to pay $500-$540.
8. The Walther P99 AS610
At number 8 on the list, this 9mm pistol offers the most ideal point-ability than any other hand gun (Also depends on individual holding the gun). You can sight directly on a target without having to make hand adjustments. It comes with the following features: interchangeable back straps, ergonomic grip, de-cocker, steel fixed, ambo controls and has second strike ability. You can expect to pay $600 for all these features and more.
7. The Taurus- PT92
The pistol many have dreamt for has just become reality as Brazil recently announced the Taurus PT92 as their biggest product for the year 2014. A semi-automatic pistol with double and single action work. At $500 you can expect to get this accurate, well-designed, reliable and comfortable pistol.
6. The Beretta -92FS
At 6th place, the Beretta 92FS is a close competitor to the Glock with all the desired features. This pistol offers double action/single
action abilities. In addition to these features, it also has a decocker, mounted frame and weighs 33.3 ounces. It is very accurate, comfortable and durable. These features and more make the Beretta another 9mm pistol of 2014.
5. The Sig- Sauer -P226
If you are looking for something compact and ideal for concealment, the P226 will do just that and more. The 9mm pistol is pretty similar to the Beretta and Glock, only heavier. At $900 it may scare you but the benefits far outweigh the price.
4. The Baby- Eagle II BE9915R
If you are a Jeff Cooper fan, then you will definitely want a gun that got praise from him. It’s a fine product and for $630 it owes a
great deal to the CZ-75. It’s easy to carry around locked and cocked, weighs 41 ounces, width 1.13in, height 5.75in and a barrel length of 4.52in. The trigger requires double action to ensure safety.
3. The Springfield XD- 9
In third place, the XD 9 is among the top 9mm pistols of 2014. This small and easy to carry hand gun comes with too many features for its size. Features a 19 round magazine, stainless steel 3 sight dots, a trigger pull of 7.7 pounds and more. Its Melonite finish ensures a thick, hard surface, corrosion resistant and accurate follow-up shots.
2. The EAA Witness Elite Match
If you are fairly new to shooting or just in need of a 9mm pistol that offers the least recoiling and the easiest operation, the EAA Elite Match will do all that at a price of $580.It doesn’t have a decocker but has a high capacity magazine. for handling any hostile situations. The design is a much enhanced replica of the following CZ 75 on our list.
1. The CZ-75 SP-01
Coming in as the top 9mm pistol of 2014 is the CZ-75 SP 01, and the latest version to join the CZ 75 family of single action/ double
action pistols. It has a black finish to resist corrosion, enhanced grip to protect the shooter’s hand and to enable deeper grip. The
pistol is a little heavier than its predecessors, offers unerring accuracy, reliability, durability, comfort and above all it’s an
extremely powerful handgun. Added features such as Cold Hammer Built barrel and Secured Night Sights are all to ensure safety in every possible way. A safety stop on the hammer, firing safety-pin and manual safety make the perfect military sidearm for any assault.
AN UNKNOWN SNIPER IS RUNNING AROUND KILLING TOP ISIS LEADERS
ISIS leaders that are fighting out in Libya are being targeted by an unknown lone sniper, who has killed three high level ISIS commanders in just ten days. While the ISIS turds are gaining ground in Libya, the unknown sniper is said to be doing work in the city of Sirte, systematically taking out ISIS commanders one at a time. According to local media reports in the former Muammar Gaddaffi stronghold, ISIS is now searching the city trying to find the unknown sniper, who has fittingly acquired the nickname “Daesh Hunter”. After this check out these Marines who returned (on their own dime) to fight ISIS.
“The killings – reported to be the work of a sniper who honed his skills in Libya’s uprising against Colonel Gaddafi – are said to have sowed panic among Isil’s forces in the city, who have carried a string of arrests and executions in a bid to track down the culprit.
The Sirte assassin’s most recent casualty, according to social media reports from Sirte, was Abdullah Hamad Al-Ansari, an Isil commander from southern Libyan city of Obari, who was shot dead by the sniper on January 23 as he left a city centre mosque.
One eye witness told the al-Wasat website: “A state of terror prevailed among the Isil ranks after his death. They randomly shot in the air to scare inhabitants, while searching for the sniper.”
The identity of the unknown sniper – if indeed it is just one – is now the subject of frenzied online discussion. Many believe he may be a militiaman from the neighbouring city of Misrata, whose security forces fought Isil for control of Sirte in the early part of last year but eventually pulled out.
Adding to the sense of intrigue is speculation that the sniper might be a American special forces soldier, some of whom are thought to be operating in the region to gather intelligence on the Isil presence.” Via –Telegraph
The Lahti L-39 is a Finnish 20 mm anti-tank rifle used during the Second World War. It had excellent accuracy, penetration and range, but its size made transportation difficult. It was nicknamed “Norsupyssy” (“Elephant Gun”), and as tanks developed armour too thick to be penetrated by even this large, powerful rifle, its uses switched to long range sniping, tank harassment and with the L-39/44 fully automatic variant, an improvised anti-aircraft weapon.
The rifle is a semi-automatic, gas operated weapon with the piston located beneath the barrel and ammunition feed from detachable top-mounted magazine with bottom ejection for the spent cartridges. To reduce recoil, the rifle is equipped with a five hole muzzle brake and a padded leather recoil pad.
The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers designed and built by Apple Inc. It has been the primary part of Apple’s consumer desktop offerings since its introduction in 1998-08 (shipped; intro 1998-05), and has evolved through six distinct forms.
In its original form, the iMac G3 had a gum-drop or egg-shaped look, with a CRT monitor, mainly enclosed by a colored, translucent plastic case, which was refreshed early on with a sleeker design notable for its slot-loaded optical drive. The second major revision, the iMac G4, moved the design to a hemispherical base containing all the main components and an LCD monitor on a freely moving arm attached to it. The third and fourth major revisions, the iMac G5 and the Intel iMac respectively, placed all the components immediately behind the display, creating a slim unified design that tilts only up and down on a simple metal base. The fifth major revision shared the same form as the previous model, but was thinner and used anodized aluminum and a glass panel over the entire front. The newest iMac uses a different display unit, omits the SuperDrive, and uses different production techniques from the older unibody versions. This allows it to be thinner at the edge than older models, with an edge thickness of 5.9mm (but the same maximum depth). It also includes a dual microphone setup, and includes SSD or HDD storage, or an Apple Fusion Drive, a hybrid of solid state and hard disk drives. The latest model was announced on October 23, 2012, with the 21.5″ version released on November 30 and the 27″ version released in December; these were refreshed on September 24, 2013, with new Haswell processors, faster graphics, faster and larger SSD options and 802.11ac WiFi cards.
Just when you thought the M134 Minigun was the most amazing weapon ever, the XM556 Microgun shows up. The XM556 Microgun is built by Empty Shell Defense and is still currently in the prototype stages. This little bad boy is chambered in 5.56 mm, weighs 16 pounds and is 22 inches long. Go ahead and add three of these to my Christmas list. “The XM556 Microgun was designed and engineered around the 5.56mm NATO cartridge. This defensive suppression weapon is significantly smaller and lighter than it’s big brother the M134. It was meant to stand in place of anywhere high suppressive fire wanted without the weight or footprint of the larger M134 electrically driven Gatling gun system. The current XM556 Microgun is smaller and lighter than some current 5.56mm beltfed Squad Automatic Weapons currently on the market, with 4x’s the firepower.
XM556 MICROGUN (5.56MM)
XM556 MICROGUN – EMPTY SHELL DEFENSE – WORLD’S FIRST HAND HELD 5.56MM ELECTRIC GATLING GUN
XM556 MICROGUN (100 ROUND DUMMY TEST)
The XM556 is a new platform system that was designed from scratch by the ground up. The parts are not just a smaller imitation of the larger M134, but were designed on its own. An absolutely all new style of bolt was conceived and designed to eliminate current known issues with the M134. The bolts combined with many other improvements have been made to not only extend the life of the gun but reduce wear and reduce or eliminate stoppages.
The gun is sold as a complete weapon system. Some mounts and accessories designed for the M134 will work with the XM556 Microgun to make adoption easier.”
Richard at FullMag managed to get his lucky hands on an incredibly rare and fully functional handheld minigun chambered in 7.62x51mm. This thing gets lighter by the second, just keep that trigger down if you can. Richard tests the effectiveness of some AR500 armor against his new toy, but the recoil is almost too much to handle. Watch the barrels rise as he’s pushed back with every trigger pull.
The Burgess Folding Shotgun is presumably not a weapon that numerous individuals have known about. This uncommon and extraordinary shotgun can be conveyed completely stacked and collapsed in a midsection holster. Ian from Forgotten Weapons draws a Burgess from such a holster in the video above, demonstrating precisely what the gun is prepared to do. Another special element of this gun is area of the pump activity, which can be found on the grasp as opposed to under the barrel like most present day pump activity shotguns.
Sadly, this novel outline was brief. The Burgess saw constrained use as a police and jail monitor weapon before the Burgess organization was acquired and disassembled by Winchester.
Recently, custom-lever action rifles have piqued my interest. Steel and wood is a refreshing change from a steady diet of polymer and aluminum. Besides, every red-blooded American should have a reliable lever action in their stable. So when I stumbled upon Ranger Point Precision (RPP) in Cypress, Texas, I was immediately intrigued. Not only did I like the styling and finish on some of their more popular models, but their short-stroke pistol caliber carbines especially caught my attention. Unique chamber offerings range from .40S&W, .357Sig, .45ACP, 10mm and a nasty looking .44 RIPSAW.
What goes into a Ranger Point Precision build? From their site:
Our conversions are not warmed over factory rifles, but are married from the action up to your caliber of choice. All critical parts are modified to produce an 1894 carbine that runs these shorter semi-auto pistol cartridges faster, smoother, more accurately, and more reliably than a factory rifle.
Faster: Every one of our semi-auto 1894 pistol caliber carbines includes a short stroke conversion. This means that you move the lever significantly less to cycle the action, resulting in faster follow-up shots.
Smoother: Every one of our conversions includes our full action and trigger treatment, for the lightest, slickest action possible.
Accurate: Our conversions are built with quality Douglas barrel blanks, individually chambered, concentric to the bore, and perfectly head-spaced to your chosen cartridge. In addition, our accurizing service can deliver 3 – 5 shots in 1 inch MOA accuracy at 100 yards.
Reliable: Because every action part is modified and/or hand tuned, your converted pistolcaliber carbine will run flawlessly. No feed glitches, no failures to extract or eject. Just go time. Every time.
Unique: Custom paint and wood finishes. Your choice! Add a rail, a one or two point sling, optics, etc.
I was first introduced to KRISS USA, the North American extension of the Switzerland-based KRISS Group, a few years ago at SHOT Show. I was impressed by what the company had to offer in the way of quality and innovation, so I took the Sphinx Compact Alpha 9 mm pistol for a test drive. Since then the company has been working to expand the caliber options of its Vector line-up of carbines, submachine guns and pistols. Recently, it released the Gen II series which includes options chambered in 9 mm. This review takes a closer look at the SDP 9 mm pistol.
The SDP is a semi-automatic pistol fitted with the patented Kriss KSV closed-bolt, delayed-blowback action. This particular model has been configured as a non-NFA item for sale on the U.S. market, thus no shoulder stock. However, the rounded flush cup (QD) sling swivel mount can be removed and replaced with a shoulder stock should the gun owner wish to register the SDP as a short-barreled rifle (SBR) with the federal government.
The Kriss Vector design stands out from other pistol-caliber platforms because of its unusual, but effective, Super V Recoil Mitigation System. Most semi-automatic rifles and pistols employ a recoil system that moves backwards (directly towards the operator) as just-fired casings are ejected. The resulting recoil tends to flip the muzzle of the gun up and away from the target.
In order to reduce muzzle flip, the Super V Recoil Mitigation System utilizes a bolt attached to a recoil assembly that moves downward (toward the ground) instead of directly back. The system is positioned in a space behind the magazine well, which explains the Vector’s somewhat boxy shape. This recoil system configuration has other advantages. It eliminates the need for a complicated gas system. It places most of the gun’s weight directly in front of the grip for better balance. And because the recoil system is not located across the top of the gun (like an AK-47) or behind the action (like an AR-15), the Vector can be configured in a variety of barrel and stock lengths.
The SDP’s two-part chassis is constructed of a tough black nylon fiber composite polymer that is treated with a Cerakote finish to give it the OD green color shown here. Other color options include Flat Dark Earth and Alpine White. It’s topped with an integral aluminum sight rail which arrives fitted with a set of removable Magpul MBUS polymer sights. A 3.5″ accessory rail, below the barrel, can be used to attach lights and lasers.
The muzzle of the 5.50″ barrel is threaded at 1/2-28″ TPI and will accept 9 mm AR-15 pattern muzzle accessories and arrives with a thread protector installed. The non-reciprocating, left-side charging handle folds forward against the receiver when not in use. The serrated bolt-catch lever, located just below the charging handle, is easily operated with the thumb of the support hand, as is the magazine release button. The Vector series is designed to load from Glock magazines. In the case of the SDP 9 mm, it accepts G17 pattern magazines with capacities of 10, 17 and 33 rounds.
The ambidextrous thumb safety lever is positioned above the integral pistol grip. It swings down into the Fire positions and back up into the Safe position. The Gen II smooth-faced steel two-stage trigger has a light 1 lb. takeup and breaks cleanly at 4 lbs. 5 oz. of trigger pull with just a hint of travel after the break. The trigger reset is short with a tangible and audible “click.” The grip features a storage compartment with a hinged access plate and the integrated QD sling swivel mount arrives with a swivel installed. Unloaded, the pistol tips the scales at 6.20 lbs. with an empty G17 magazine inserted.
The pistol’s upper and lower polymer receivers are held together with four takedown pins that can be removed without tools. Field stripping the gun starts by removing the magazine, locking the bolt in the open position to verify that the gun is completely unloaded, and then moving the bolt forward into battery.
Remove three of the takedown pins, the two up by the sight rail and the one located nearest the pistol grip. Separate the upper and lower. Now remove the forth pin, behind the magazine well, and pull the recoil assembly down and out of the receiver. Rotate the bolt to remove it from the recoil assembly and the pistol is ready to clean. The SDP goes back together just as easily.
There wasn’t much information in regard to ammunition compatibility in the SDP’s owner’s manual, so I called a company representative for more information. Kriss recommends that Vector 9 mms be fired with ammunition loaded to at least SAAMI specifications. This is because light target loads or hand loads may not cycle the robust, combat rifle-type action reliably. The Vectors have been tested extensively with +P 9 mm and have not shown signs of distress or excessive wear.
At the range, the SDP ran reliably with every type of ammunition it was fed. Test loads ranged from bulk 115-gr. full-metal jacket practice rounds up to +P hollow points. Test magazines included the Glock 17-round magazine provided with the pistol and a set of the extended 33-round SGMT9G33R magazines manufactured by SGM Tactical. This was my first opportunity to work with SGM magazines and I found them to be solid and reliable. I’m looking forward to trying them in a few more guns.
The 6-lb. weight and recoil reduction system gave the pistol an almost gentle disposition in the felt recoil department. All of the other controls worked properly, although the charging handle was stiff enough that I had to grasp the front of the lower receiver with my shooting hand in order to have enough leverage to cycle it. It’s not a deal breaker per se, but it is something to keep in mind.
For off-the-bench shooting, an adjustable braided paracord Sandstorm Custom Rifle Slings convertible sling was attached via the QD sling swivel port. Creating a push-pull tension between the sling and the pistol helped to steady it for standing shots.
Formal accuracy testing was conducted from a benchrest by firing five, five-shot groups into targets set at 25 yards using the provided folding sight system. The HysKore adjustable #30207 Rapid Fire Precision Shooting Rest, which I’ve found to be helpful during other rifle-action pistol tests, proved to be a very good option to stabilize the atypically shaped SDP. There was plenty of room for the 33-round SDM magazines. Bullet velocity was checked using a Lab Radar chronograph.
Overall, bullet velocities were on par with other semi-automatic 9 mm pistols with barrels that are around 5″ in length. However, the accuracy was better than the typical defensive pistol with groups hovering around the 1.50″ mark.
The new Kriss USA Vector GEN II SDP 9 mm is a rugged, reliable semi-automatic that rifle-action pistol fans will find to be fun and affordable to shoot on and off the bench. Although trimmed-down, pistol-caliber combat rifle actions like this one are not everyone’s cup of tea, the Vector’s features and recoil reduction system make it an innovative and unique option. The system works nicely in the carbine configurations too.
Manufacturer: KRISS USA
Model: Vector GEN II SDP ODG
Action: Closed Bolt Delayed-Blowback Semi-Automatic
Caliber: 9 mm
Steel Components: Matte Black Nitrite Finish
Stock: Black Nylon Fiber Composite Polymer with OD Green Cerakote Finish
Grip: Integral with Storage Compartment
Sights: Magpul MBUS
Barrel Length: 5.50″
Muzzle Thread Rate: 1/2-28″ TPI
Overall Length: 16.75″
Weight: 6.20 lbs. with Empty Magazine
Magazine Type: Glock G17
Capacity: 10+1, 17+1 or 33+1 Rounds
Twist: 1:10” RH.
Rifle Grooves: 6
Accessories: Hard Case, 1 Glock G17 Magazine, Owner’s Manual, Lock
Recently, Michael Humphries posted “Today’s Mighty Mega Handguns,” which discusses some of the largest and most powerful semi-automatics and revolvers available. But where there’s one extreme, there’s always the other. In this case, it would be concealed-carry pocket pistols, which are among the smallest handguns you can buy. Thanks to the ever growing carry market, there are literally dozens of similarly sized pocket rockets to choose from. In order to narrow the list down, I opted to focus on the six smallest handguns I’ve had a chance to handle or work with. Here they are in descending order, from the largest caliber to littlest:
6. Bond Arms Cowboy Defender
Bond Arms advertises its caliber-convertible double-barrel pistols as the smallest, most powerful personal protection you can buy. Take a look around and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything else that can be as easily tucked into a jeans pocket or purse while boasting such beefy big-bore caliber options as the .357 Mag., .44 Spl., .45 Colt and 10 mm. The Cowboy frame does away with the removable trigger guard and sports the company’s compact laminated grip. It ships with a 3.00” barrel chambered to fire .45 Colt and 2½” .410 shotgun shells.
Last year, I used the Cowboy frame and a 3.00” conversion barrel to assemble what is probably the smallest 10 mm pistol available. The Back-Up version of this pistol sports a 2.50” barrel, making it smaller and lighter than the Defender models. However, the 2.50” conversion barrels are only available in a few calibers. I selected the Cowboy Defender for this list because its 3.00” conversion barrels are available chambered in every caliber option the company has to offer.
Model: Cowboy Defender (BACD)
Caliber: .45 Colt /.410
Barrel Length: 3.00”
Overall Length: 5.00”
Slide Width: 0.95”
Grip Width: 1.20”
Weight: 19 oz., Unloaded
Capacity: 2 Rounds
5. Diamondback DB9 9 mm Pistol
I’ve shot my fair share of compact, single-stack 9 mm pistols, including the Glock G43, Bersa BP9cc and SIG Sauer P290. But of all the little 9 mms I’ve tried so far, I can safely say theDiamondback DB9 is the smallest in overall size and weight. Tipping the scales at just 12.8 oz., the DB9 is almost half the weight of the other models mentioned above.
The DB9 is based on Diamondback’s DB380 .380 ACP with dimensions that are nearly identical. However, trimming a 9 mm down to .380 size does have its limitations. The DB9 should not be fired with +P or +P+ ammunition. Shooters need to stick to standard pressure loads only. But then again, from a recoil management perspective, it’s a good idea anyway. The pistol is shootable with solid defensive accuracy but it does require a firm grip to operate properly.
Caliber: 9 mm
Barrel Length: 3.00”
Overall Length: 5.60”
Slide Width: 0.81”
Grip Width: 0.80”
Weight: 12.8 oz. with Empty Magazine
Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
MSRP: Starting at $431
4. Kahr Arms CW380 .380 ACP Pistol
Pocket pistols chambered in .380 ACP continue to offer a useful middle ground between the weaker “mouse guns” (.22 LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP) and the larger 9 mm offerings. At this point in time, there are several pocket .380s to choose from that are about the same size and weight. But one that stands out in my mind as being both diminutive and shootable is the Kahr Arms CW380, which is the budget-friendly version of the company’s P380.
It’s common for pocket-sized .380s to have blowback-operated actions, which makes the levels of felt recoil fairly intense. The CW380 has a locked-breech action that slows the rearward movement of the slide which in turn reduces felt recoil. It also has an excellent trigger with a smooth trigger pull and a wide, rounded trigger face that makes it comfortable to work with.
Caliber: .380 ACP
Barrel Length: 2.58″
Overall Length: 4.96″
Slide Width: 0.75”
Grip Width: 0.78”
Weight: 11.4 oz. with Empty Magazine
Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
3. Kel-Tec P32 .32 ACP Pistol
Today’s gun manufacturers are competing for the pocket space of their customers with ultra-compact .380s and 9 mms. But back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was a demand for as-small-as-possible pistols chambered in .32 ACP. The pistol that probably inspired this .32-caliber arms race was the Seecamp LWS. It was as small and sleek as the then popular .25 ACP pistols while offering a significant increase in stopping power.
The Seecamp’s competitors included the North American Arms Guardian, the Beretta Tomcat and the Kel-Tec P32. We could argue that the Seecamps and Guardians have slightly shorter barrels and grip frames than the Kel-Tec P32. However, the polymer framed P32 only weighs 8 oz., making it lighter than the other pistols mentioned here by 2.5 to 7.6 oz. In my book, that makes it ‘the smallest’ option.
Despite having been overshadowed by larger caliber options, the P32 is still on the market because it is so small and lightweight. There are plenty of useful holsters and accessories to choose from, including the Crimson Trace LG-430 Laserguard laser sight.
Caliber: .32 ACP
Barrel Length: 2.70”
Overall Length: 5.10”
Slide Width: 0.74”
Grip Width: 0.69”
Weight: 8 oz. with Empty Magazine
Capacity: 7+1 Rounds
MSRP: Starting at $326
2. FN “Baby Browning” .25 ACP Pistol
Back in 1969, my dad picked up one of the last Belgium-made FN “Baby Browning” pistols to make it into the country before the Gun Control Act of 1968 blocked them from importation. Don’t let the small size and caliber fool you, these little blued-steel semi-automatics have the clean lines and precision machining of a Swiss watch. The Belgium Brownings are one of the few .25 ACPs that can be counted on to run reliably.
However, this is not the easiest pistol to master. The Baby Browning’s slick, thin grip frame only provides enough room for a one-finger grip. Therefore it tends to buck and twist when it recoils. The lack of a beaver tail above the grip frame exposes the shooter’s hand to the sharp edges of the recoiling slide. As a result, it will bark the skin off the shooting-hand thumb knuckle if the operator is not paying attention (the inside joke in my family is that the Baby’s slide is nearly as lethal as the cartridge it fires).
The FN version of this pistol is no longer in production although they do crop up on the used pistol market from time to time. The good news for those who appreciate this little .25 is thatPrecision Small Arms provides a faithful American-made replica of the Baby Browning in a variety of finish options.
Model: FN Baby Browning
Caliber: .25 ACP (6.35×16mmSR)
Barrel Length: 2.11″
Overall Length: 4.10”
Slide Width: 0.68”
Grip Width: 0.82”
Weight: 9.3 oz. with Empty Magazine
Capacity: 6+1 Rounds
*MSRP: Precision Small Arms Models starting at $799
1. Smallest of All: The North American Arms NAA-22S .22 Short
I remember reading a magazine article years ago in which the writer was laboring strenuously to convince his audience that the double-stack Glock G26 9 mm was the tiniest, littlest, most itsy-bitsy concealed-carry gun anyone could ever hope for. I chuckled to myself thinking that the reviewer must not have ever laid eyes on the truly diminutive North American Arms Minirevolvers, in particular, the NAA-22S chambered in .22 Short. So, here’s a look at this revolver side-by-side with a G26 to give you an idea of how small this mini really is.
I’ve heard rumors of the smaller Minis being tucked inside the cowboy hats and drink cups of undercover police officers who could not carry any other type of firearm during their assignments (but I have yet to confirm if the stories are true). We’ve posted reviews for Minis chambered in .22 Mag., including the Black Widow and Sidewinder. But we have yet to put the NAA-22S or the similarly sized NAA-22LR chambered for .22 Long Rifle to the test. If you’re interested in a review, let us know in the comments below.
Caliber: .22 Short
Barrel Length: 1.13″
Overall Length: 3.63″
Cylinder Width: 0.78”
Grip Width: 0.88”
Weight: 4.1 oz., Unloaded
Capacity: 5 Rounds
You can tell a lot about a national government by its trust of law-abiding, armed citizens. Nations with a functioning government in place were considered and judged based on their rates of civilian firearm ownership, open or concealed carry legislation and other factors. Here are ten of the world’s best countries for gun owners.
The Good: Hondurans may purchase most popular types of shotguns, handguns or rifles for the recognized purposes of self-defense and recreation.
The Bad: The momentum in Honduras is overwhelmingly anti-gun. Decades of violence swayed public opinion and led to a complete ban on open and concealed carry in June 2007. Not surprisingly, these gun controls have done nothing to quell the bloodshed. Honduras retains one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Hondurans are only permitted five firearms, all of which require licensing and registration with the government. All 26 locations where guns and ammunition are sold in Honduras are under military control.
Rate of Ownership: 2.05 percent; however, this includes only registered firearms. Illicit firearms may number as high as 850,000.
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, most semiautomatic carbines of .308-caliber or smaller are allowed.
Concealed or open carry? Prohibited
The Good: As with other Nordic countries, Finland boasts high per-capita gun ownership due in large part to a strong hunting tradition. In 2009 Finnish pro-gun activists fought back a proposal to tighten licensing restrictions.
The Bad: An acquisition license is required to buy firearms, and a separate license is required for each individual gun. Gun owners must declare a reason for ownership such as hunting, target shooting or collecting, but self-defense is not considered valid. All guns must be locked in the home. If the collection includes more than five guns, they must be stored in a safe that has been inspected and approved by local police.
Rate of Ownership: 12.81 percent, however, this rate is based on registered ownership. Thousands of additional World War II-era guns are thought to be in circulation, though estimates vary widely.
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, but only in very limited circumstances; generally, with a collector’s license at the discretion of local police.
Concealed or open carry? Prohibited.
The Good: Rural Serbs have a strong history of gun ownership and licenses can be obtained to buy most classes of firearms.
The Bad: If a prospective gun buyer is denied a license, there is no appeal process. You can’t buy a gun. Shooters are also limited to purchasing 60 rounds of rifle or handgun ammunition annually, not including any rounds expended at a shooting range. Reloading rifle or handgun ammo is prohibited. Handgun ownership licenses are highly difficult to obtain.
Rate of Ownership: 15.81 percent
Allows semiautomatic Rifles? No, except in extremely rare instances.
Concealed or open carry? Permits for concealed or open carry are available to those in “imminent danger,” but they are very rarely issued.
The Good: A fairly high number of Swedes own guns and participate in competitive shooting and hunting.
The Bad: Self-defense is not considered a valid reason for owning a gun, and Swedish self-defense laws essentially render any shooting an unjustifiable one. The gun-control laws are numerous and draconian. Those over 18 may obtain a license from the police to own a gun and must declare their reason for applying: sport shooting, hunting or collecting. Sport shooters must belong to a club for six months before obtaining a license; prospective hunters must pass an examination. Guns registered for sport may not be used for hunting. Swedes are only permitted 6 hunting rifles or 10 pistols, or an eight-gun combination of rifles and pistols (all of which must be stored in an approved safe), and they cannot purchase ammunition for a firearm they do not own.
Rate of Ownership: 31.6 percent
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, pending “special authorization”.
Concealed or open carry? Prohibited
The Good: Canada’s hunting and sport-shooting traditions continue, despite the many successes of its anti-gun lobby. In 1995 the country required every gun to be registered in a federal database, but the scheme was famously disastrous and ceased operation in 2012.
The Bad: Canada has outright bans on pistols with barrel lengths under 4.1 inches, semi-auto rifle magazines holding more than 5 rounds and semiautomatic pistol magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Pistols with barrel lengths exceeding 4.1 inches, long guns with an overall length under 26 inches and semi-auto rifles with barrels under 18 ½ inches (i.e. AR-15 variants) can only be shot at firearms ranges and require a special license. All gun ownership requires a “possession and acquisition license.” Canada’s storage requirements include provisions that the guns be unloaded and rendered inoperable or locked. Forget using them for self-defense.
Rate of Ownership: 23.8 percent
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Technically, yes, though the right is severely restricted.
Concealed or open carry? Prohibited.
The Good: Norway has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world and a permit process to obtain most types of firearms.
The Bad: The right to own firearms is not guaranteed by law, and those seeking a gun owner’s license (required for all ownership) must provide a reason for doing so. License applicants must pass background checks and complete a qualifying course at a shooting range just to keep a gun in their homes.
Rate of Ownership: 31.3 percent
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, with a permit.
Concealed or open carry? Prohibited.
The Good: Want to retire someplace warm and gun friendly? We suggest you stick with the southern United States; otherwise, Panama is the least anti-gun country in Central America. If you legally own a gun, you can carry it concealed; no permit required. Essentially all non-fully automatic guns are legal, even sawed-off shotguns and short-barrel rifles, and there are also no magazine capacity restrictions.
The Bad: Tourists have no gun rights. You must establish residency to buy or import a gun to Panama, and the importation process is expensive and reportedly quite unreliable. Your best bet is to buy a pre-government-registered gun from a dealer, which will require a firearm owner’s license. To get the license you must complete a background check, which can take months, and submit blood and urine samples. The next issue to overcome is that Panama has a diminutive gun culture despite decent laws compared to much of the world. Thus, there are few gun stores and even fewer with a decent selection of guns and ammo. Don’t expect to find the gun you’re looking for (without special order) and plan to pay more than the gun is worth.
Rate of Ownership: 3.06 percent
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes
Concealed or open carry? Concealed carry is allowed without a permit for any legally possessed handgun; open carry is illegal.
The Good: Until 2010, all able-bodied males were required to keep automatic rifles at home or the local armory to provide for the national defense. The service is now voluntary, but voters rejected a 2011 referendum that would have required militia members to store their guns on military bases. The tradition also coincides with a strong culture of private ownership. The Swiss have one of the world’s highest rates of gun ownership at around 29 percent, and also one of the lowest crime rates. So-called “free arms” such as single-shots and bolt-action rifles can be purchased by anyone over 18 years of age without a permit. In 1997, the Federal Law on Arms, Arms Accessories and Ammunition guaranteed a right to ownership.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the same 1997 law that recognized a right to ownership also established numerous restrictions, as did laws that followed. Licenses and registration are required for most gun purchases, including between private citizens. If someone steals your gun and uses it in another crime, you are legally responsible for his actions.
Rate of Ownership: 29 percent
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, with a permit.
Concealed or open carry? Guns may be carried openly with the proper license. Concealed-carry permits are issued on a restrictive basis. Individuals must show “proof of genuine need and tangible danger,” and pass a variety of background checks and a police firearms examination.
2. Czech Republic
The Good: After the fall of the Soviet Union, Czechs sought to restore their gun rights and indeed have some of Europe’s best. Recreational shooting is the third most popular sport in the Czech Republic, behind soccer and hockey. Unlike many European countries, citizens may obtain concealed-carry permits without declaring a reason for doing so. Czech law also recognizes the right to self-defense more strongly than most nations.
The Bad: A Czech court ruled that the right to firearms is not constitutionally recognized. All gun owners must go through a shall-issue license process including background checks and various competency exams in order to buy and own firearms. Even single-shot types must be registered.
Rate of Ownership: Despite having decent gun laws in comparison to other European countries, the rate of ownership is quite low. In 2013, there were only 306,815 firearm-owner licenses and 728,476 registered guns out of a population of 10.5 million Czechs. Overall private ownership rate is about 16.3 percent.
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, with a permit.
Concealed or open carry? Though a distant second to the United States, the Czech Republic has one of the world’s best concealed-handgun laws. After obtaining a firearm-owner license (requires backgrounds checks and various competency exams), no additional permit is required to carry concealed. Up to two guns may be carried concealed at once. Open carry is highly restricted.
1. United States
The Good: The United States boasts the proudest tradition of firearm ownership in the world. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizes an individual right to keep and bear arms, as affirmed by the Supreme Court in the 2008 D.C. versus Heller decision. When America’s gun rights are challenged, the measures are generally beaten back by a large and organized segment of pro-gun voters. It holds the No. 1 spot on this list by a very distant margin.
The Bad: Certain states and municipalities have sought to undermine gun rights through regulation. Some of these attempts have been overturned on Second Amendment grounds, as in the cases of Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. More recently the state of New York’s SAFE Act banned a host of firearms and features.
Rate of Ownership: The United States does not require registration of non-NFA guns, so ownership rates are difficult to quantify. Estimates are that 43-percent of American homes contain a firearm and that 90 million people own a gun. These are by far the world’s highest rates per capita.
Allows semiautomatic rifles? Yes, in all but a few states.
Concealed or open carry? Yes. Thirty U.S. states allow open carry without a permit, 14 require a permit, and six prohibit it. All 50 states now have a process by which citizens can obtain a concealed-carry permit; 39 shall issue, eight may issue, and three unrestricted.