New gun regulations linked to corruption, crime spike

Groups opposed to the disarmament of law-abiding citizens say the police may be abusing its regulatory authority over gun ownership. Outspoken gun rights advocates made this assertion as key officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are being probed in connection with the supposed sale of 1,004 Chinese-made AK-47 rifles to a security agency, but which somehow fell into the possession of communist rebels. This … Continue reading New gun regulations linked to corruption, crime spike

Killing the Gun Industry

The Philippine National Police (PNP) may soon be the only government agency which can claim to have single-handedly bankrupted a thriving legitimate local industry—the firearms and ammunition industry. This comes at a time when national government, through its various agencies, is supposedly working double-time to stimulate investments and create new job opportunities. The local gun industry’s woes began with the implementation of the Republic Act … Continue reading Killing the Gun Industry

Used gun report: Taurus 24/7 Gen1

By Miguel C. Gil 1970. In our archive of old gun publications from that year, we find a short write-up about a revolver that closely approximates the then-popular Smith & Wesson Model 10 with a 4-inch tapered barrel. Little information was offered about the gun’s origins except it was a “Taurus” and it was “made in Brazil.” Also, the Brazilian revolver had a price tag … Continue reading Used gun report: Taurus 24/7 Gen1

Glock 17 Meets Tara TM-9

By Miguel C. Gil We decided against our initial impulse to entitle this article “the Glock vs. the Tara” because it sounded petty. Pitting the Montenegrin newcomer against arguably the gold standard for polymer-framed pistols would smell like a cheap publicity stunt. But, then again, there are simply too many similarities in their design that one cannot avoid making a comparison. When shooting champ Jethro … Continue reading Glock 17 Meets Tara TM-9

SVI Guns Infinity: Bang & Bling Rolled Into One

By Miguel C. Gil Manny Pacquiao is still on the waiting list to get his! And that pretty much sums up just how hard it is to come by an SVI Guns Infinity pistol in the Philippines. Greyman Elite Trading (GET) is the exclusive local distributor of these uber high-end 1911 variants, every one of which is custom-built to the individual specifications of its discriminating … Continue reading SVI Guns Infinity: Bang & Bling Rolled Into One

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our loyal readers!!

Thank you for helping keep HDJ on the web for another year! We look forward to your continued patronage as we go into our third year of on-line publication. We truly value all your comments, suggestions and inquiries even if we may not be able to respond to them individually. God bless all you upstanding private gun owners out there! You are the true advocates … Continue reading MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our loyal readers!!

U.D.M.C. rifles for the private citizen

By Miguel C. Gil The recently enacted Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act of 2013 is far from being a perfect law. In fact, it contains certain provisions that many gun rights advocates continue to find rather objectionable. Still, it fills-in the ambiguities of the Philippines’ old gun law—which used to change with the caprices of government regulators. It is now in black and white that … Continue reading U.D.M.C. rifles for the private citizen

Tara TM-9: “perfection” from Montenegro

By Miguel C. Gil It would be a mistake to dismiss the Tara TM-9 pistol as just another knock-off of the trend-setting Glock. Yes, it is without a doubt Glock-inspired in its design. Yes, it falls under the economy priced category. And yes, it is made by a Balkan company that many of us have never heard of ‘til recently—the Tara Group. But our initial … Continue reading Tara TM-9: “perfection” from Montenegro

Gimme Ten! Armscor’s hot “new” 10mm auto

By Miguel C. Gil The 10mm Auto is, without a doubt, one of the most under appreciated pistol cartridges ever developed. It may have faded into obsolescence years ago had it not been for a small but dedicated following in the United States. From time to time, a gun manufacturer would come out with a limited run of a pistol chambered for this powerful round—thus, … Continue reading Gimme Ten! Armscor’s hot “new” 10mm auto