Spending a rainy afternoon with Colt’s “Civilian” Carbines

As of this writing, civilian purchases of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as Colt's 6940 and 6920 remain suspended. Commercial sales of the 5.56 NATO and other "high powered" rifle ammunition are likewise indefinitely on hold. Without getting into detail, this situation seems to have come to a head following the Marawi City crisis last year. … Continue reading Spending a rainy afternoon with Colt’s “Civilian” Carbines

Colt Competition Pistol 9mm: Timeless Design Upgraded

While there are quite a few outstanding look-alikes out there, sometimes we feel the yearning to shoot a “real” Colt M-1911. We gleefully did just that when Home Defense Journal was given the opportunity to evaluate a new yet classic offering from Colt’s Manufacturing Company—the Colt Competition Pistol in 9mm Luger. Unboxing HDJ received the … Continue reading Colt Competition Pistol 9mm: Timeless Design Upgraded

Rock Island Armory MAPP FS: Underappreciated Performer

The Rock Island Armory (RIA) MAPP FS pistol has been in Armscor’s menu for quite a while, but it seems that it has yet to stand out in a market already saturated with polymer-framed 9mm pistols.  I got to shoot an earlier model about 8 years ago and it left a good impression, so much … Continue reading Rock Island Armory MAPP FS: Underappreciated Performer

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 … 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 … 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. … Continue reading Sneak Peek: Llama Pistols made by Metro Arms Corp.

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

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

Armscor .22TCM 9R Conversion Kit for the Glock: A Phil-Austrian Marriage that Fits

By Miguel C. Gil The very notion of a Glock pistol chambered for the lightning-fast .22 TCM cartridge is certainly sufficient to fire up the imagination of many gun enthusiasts. Today, thanks to a conversion kit offered by Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor), anyone who owns a full-sized Glock can own this bragging piece! … Continue reading Armscor .22TCM 9R Conversion Kit for the Glock: A Phil-Austrian Marriage that Fits