Remington 1911 R1: A twin, not a clone

By Miguel C. Gil Come to think of it, there is little that we can write about the M-1911 A-1 pistol in 2013, that couldn’t have been written by someone else in 1973, or for that matter, even in 1943! But gun manufacturers keep trying to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, in order to fill the seemingly eternal consumer demand for this century-old design. … Continue reading Remington 1911 R1: A twin, not a clone

Armscor XT-22: A cross-breed, of sorts

Photos by Iris G. Gil .22-caliber conversion kits have been produced for the M1911 for almost as long as the pistol itself has existed.  Most conversion kits made over the years entail swapping out the entire slide assembly with one intended for the .22LR. More recently, big names in the 1911 scene such as Kimber and Night Hawk Customs have thrown their hats into the … Continue reading Armscor XT-22: A cross-breed, of sorts

Armscor M22: More than just a 10/22 clone

By Miguel C. Gil                                     Photos by Iris G. Gil It is said that “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.” If such is indeed the case, then the folks at Sturm, Ruger & Co. should be feeling very much flattered, and probably a little bit peeved, by the recent introduction of the Armscor M22 semi-automatic carbine. The growing popularity of fast-paced “mini rifle” events … Continue reading Armscor M22: More than just a 10/22 clone

Girsan MC21 .45: Modern Ottoman’s Pistol

By Miguel C. Gil For a nation whose official motto is, “Peace at home, peace in the world,” Turkey is steeped in martial tradition. Names like Osman I, whose expansion ambitions gave rise to the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is credited for founding the Turkish republic in 1923, are forever etched in world history. Shades of a colorful … Continue reading Girsan MC21 .45: Modern Ottoman’s Pistol

Bersa BP9cc: Surprising Sub Compact

By Miguel C. Gil The Home Defense Journal (HDJ) editorial staff was given an opportunity to evaluate three pistols from the extensive product line of P.B. Dionisio & Co., Inc. in our continuing quest to discover new products to fill the home defense niche. Of these three handguns, the Argentinian-made Bersa BP9cc was the last one we test fired. The fact that it is the … Continue reading Bersa BP9cc: Surprising Sub Compact

Kel-Tec SU-22: More than just a “fun gun”

By Miguel C. Gil We are certain that our readers will appreciate another firearms feature as a respite from our continuing coverage of the Philippine election gun ban. Anticipating limited opportunities to evaluate firearms during the 5-month election period, we decided to test several guns right before the ban took effect last January 13. The subject of this article is the Kel-Tec SU-22—a modern .22LR … Continue reading Kel-Tec SU-22: More than just a “fun gun”

MAC Amigo: a friend indeed!

by Miguel C. Gil Any marketing man worth his salt knows the importance of a name in product branding. Executives of Chevrolet supposedly learned this the hard way with the dismal sales of the Chevy Nova in Latin-America during the 1960’s. Little did they know in the beginning that Nova or “no va” meant “no go” in Spanish! While some say that old story is … Continue reading MAC Amigo: a friend indeed!

Little Titan, big punch

By Miguel C. Gil We first took notice of the products of Shooter’s Arms Manufacturing (SAM) well over a decade ago. The small company’s product line consisted mostly of 1911 clones and a few small-caliber revolvers, if memory serves. At that time, SAM’s 1911s were not visually appealing enough for our tastes but we did take note of the fact that they were very affordably … Continue reading Little Titan, big punch

HDJ Exclusive: Armscor’s TCM Rifle!

By Miguel C. Gil The recent introduction of the .22 TCM cartridge (Tuason-Craig Magnum) by local firearms giant Arms Corporation of the Philippines (ARMSCOR) left much to the imagination as far as its true ballistic potential. Initially chambered only in the company’s high-capacity 1911-style pistol, the brand-new all-Filipino cartridge instantly got the attention of a shooting public thirsty for something new yet something familiar. But … Continue reading HDJ Exclusive: Armscor’s TCM Rifle!

A Contender for the 1911 throne

No handgun has generated such a loyal, almost cult-like following in the past one hundred years as the 1911. From its early utilitarian version intended for the US military, the design has since been refined, and then refined some more. Despite the string of upgrades, however, John Moses Browning’s iconic Government Model remains unchanged where it counts! But we will not go into history. The … Continue reading A Contender for the 1911 throne