PH firms relatively unscathed by WannaCry

The latest ransomware attack could have delivered an exponentially more severe blow on the Philippine economy had it occurred a few hours earlier, or during office hours on Friday, May 12. However, local firms appear to have been generally spared because most of the Philippines’ workforce had already punched out by the time the “WannaCry” malware arrived to ensnare PC’s and mobile devices Friday evening, … Continue reading PH firms relatively unscathed by WannaCry

Armscor Bullish About Overseas Market in 2017

Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) said it is especially optimistic about the export market this year, following successful bids to supply small arms and ammunition to countries where you would not think to find a Filipino product. The company’s VP for International Sales, Mely Cayabyab  explained that hefty exports have more or less made up for a reported decline in local sales due to … Continue reading Armscor Bullish About Overseas Market in 2017

Rock Island Armory XT .22 Magnum: A Hard-Hitting, All-Purpose Rimfire Pistol

A .22 Magnum-chambered semi-automatic pistol that is reliable, accurate and which holds plenty of rounds has long been on my personal wish list—and if you are serious about your guns, chances are it is on yours too. Luckily, Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) is aiming to please like-minded Pistoleros with its recent introduction of the RIA XT-22 pistol chambered for the potent .22 Magnum … Continue reading Rock Island Armory XT .22 Magnum: A Hard-Hitting, All-Purpose Rimfire Pistol

UDMC’s S22LR “Hantik” semi-auto carbine: A tactical rimfire with a vicious sting

“Hantik” is Tagalog for “Philippine Fire Ant”—which are angry little creatures whose bite is not something you would soon forget, should you be unlucky enough to run afoul with one (let alone a whole bunch of them). It seems this is a very fitting name for United Defense Manufacturing Corporation’s (UDMC) new AR-15-inspired .22LR semi-automatic carbine which, we expect, will draw favorable attention from those … Continue reading UDMC’s S22LR “Hantik” semi-auto carbine: A tactical rimfire with a vicious sting

Sneak Peek: Llama Pistols made by Metro Arms Corp.

A Spanish trade attache told me in an interview about 10 years ago that bilateral trade between Spain and its former colony, the Philippines was a sorry state of affairs. The Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce were then busy trying to accelerate trade between the two nations—which share three centuries of history. He lamented that Spain’s only significant export to the Philippines … Continue reading Sneak Peek: Llama Pistols made by Metro Arms Corp.

Llama Pistols Now Made in the PH by MAC!

The Llama brand is in the process of being resurrected thanks to Philippine gun manufacturer, Metro Arms Corporation (MAC). Llama, which was founded in Eibar, Spain in 1904, had made a name for itself during the better part of the 20th century for manufacturing pistols based on John Browning’s recoil-operated design. However, the Basque firm’s apparent inability to keep up with modern trends in firearm … Continue reading Llama Pistols Now Made in the PH by MAC!

Rock Island Armory M202: Light on the Budget, Heavy on Performance

Have you ever thought of the Rock Island Armory (Armscor) M202 revolver as the handgun of your dreams? I didn’t think so. If you consider yourself a lover of fine guns, then you probably never gave this seemingly unremarkable .38 Special 6-shooter a second look—assuming you even noticed it at all! Yet, this inexpensive double-action revolver may be Armscor’s most successful product in the Philippine … Continue reading Rock Island Armory M202: Light on the Budget, Heavy on Performance

A Pinch of Prepper: Hand-Crank Emergency Tool

We recently came across a dandy little gadget called the “Hand-Crank Emergency Tool,” that may be of interest to both “Prepper” and forward-thinking homeowner alike. We are referring to a rechargeable LED flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren-blinker and power bank all rolled into one—which was among Petron Corporation’s giveaways last Christmas. While most corporate giveaways are little more than novelty items that serve only to occupy … Continue reading A Pinch of Prepper: Hand-Crank Emergency Tool

Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS: Just like Grandpa’s M1911

My two grandfathers, with their starkly contrasting personalities only had two things in common worth mentioning—that they both fought the Japanese occupation in World War 2 and that during which, they both carried the M1911A1 pistol. So, on the occasion of Araw ng Kagitingan (Bataan Day), let us take a look at a Philippine-made reincarnation of the tried and tested M1911 in its classic form—the … Continue reading Rock Island Armory GI Standard FS: Just like Grandpa’s M1911

M1911 A-380 Baby Rock: Armscor’s New yet Familiar Pocket Pistol

By Miguel C. Gil The M1911 380 “Baby Rock” could very well be the most news-worthy thing to emerge from Armscor’s production line in a long time—most notably for the concealed carry segment. Marketed under the Rock Island Armory brand overseas, this familiar-looking piece is not even a true 1911, from a technical standpoint due to its size. It can best be described as a … Continue reading M1911 A-380 Baby Rock: Armscor’s New yet Familiar Pocket Pistol