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Unboxing the ZVS P20 and P21 Pistols

My first contact with ZVS was with their Shotgun ammunition, as the winner of the first IPSC World Championship in Hungary 2012 was sponsored by them. I used another brand and let’s say there was room for some improvement between how my Molot Vepr shotgun and my ammunition behaved together, so I looked in envy […]

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Slovenian and Slovakian Gun Companies Developing Competition Pistols

Slovenian Arex and Slovakian Grand Power have almost simultaneously announced that they are developing competition versions of their handguns. The Grand Power’s pistol is shown on the top image of this article. It is called X-Calibur Match. The Arex’s pistol is based on their Rex pistol design and it will be called Alpha (see the image below). Both pistols are in […]

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Review: Grand Power P40 – Slovakian DA/SA Full Ambi Rotating Barrel Plastic Fantastic

I’m a long term loyal customer for proven platforms. As many of our readers know, I have shot Glock’s for years. The Austrian wonder pistols are a fine example of what can be done with rampant simplification, but they are not the be all and end all of handguns. In fact, some of the weaknesses […]

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Colt Capitalizes on Foreign Military Sales Program

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Government has released a 7 million dollar award modification notice for Colt Defense’s over 35 million dollar contract to provide M4 and M4A1s in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This modification notice specifically mentions the countries of Georgia, Lebanon, Iraq, Slovakia, Pakistan, and Bahrain.This latest modification tacks on another […]

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Underappreciated Beauty – The Grand Power DA/SA Handguns

As a gun scribe, I have been blessed with exposure to a large portion of the market. With various shooting events conducted on a regular basis, my itchy trigger finger gets quite the scratching, but often enough its shooting the same platforms with little tweaks. While I enjoy watching and being a part of the […]

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Modern Historical Intermediate Calibers 020: The 7.62x45mm Czech

After World War II, the nations of the world retired to lick their wounds and rebuild, but their arms engineers also began thinking about the next war. The war have brought forth a storm of new technologies and inventions, and one of the most significant in the field of small arms was the finally mature […]

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Slovakian 9mm Frankencarbines

Thanks to my friend Jan Lučanský of Laugo Arms for telling me about this company. Originally he was remarking on the Hungarian Steiner Bark that I posted earlier. The Bark9 is actually a Slovakian firearm. It uses a Scorpion EVO3 fire control group and mag well. Well they didn’t just stop there. Here they take […]

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[Big 3 East] Bersa, Grand Power, and 1911s Galore

Rafael of Eagle Imports brought a plethora of pistols to Big 3 East. I will be honest, I did not think much of Bersa until I got to see them first hand. I relegated Bersa handguns to something just higher than Hi-Point and Kel-Tec pistols. Inexpensive and they work but nothing stellar to get me […]

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Happy Bullet Easter!

Thanks to one of our readers, we’ve come across a company in Europe that makes bullets in a variety of colors, 26 to choose from, to be exact. The company is called ARES, and is based in the small town of Nitrianska Streda, Slovakia. They make lead rounds, from a machine casting process, then either use a […]

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The Mud Will Always Get Through: InRange Desecrates A vz. 58

The vz. 58 is a rifle well-known for being easily mistaken for – but totally different from – an AK. Everything down to the locking mechanism, fire control group, and operating mechanism is different from the famous Kalashnikov, despite appearances. In fact, the vz. 58 rifle was a huge achievement for the relatively small country […]

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