“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
Evidence seems to be mounting that the country’s political leadership had a hand in delaying the deployment of reinforcements to the pinned-down Special Action Force (SAF) commandos until it was too late. Former Iloilo solon Augusto Boboy Syjuco points out inconsistencies in the accounts of Administration officials as well as key military and police officers … Continue reading OPLAN Exodus: The Blame Game
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 … Continue reading MAC Amigo: a friend indeed!
A Philippine firearms manufacturer sees healthy export sales in 2013 based on the steady demand growth in key markets overseas. On the TV talk show Practical Business last December 6, Metro Arms Corporation president Hector Rodriguez revealed that almost 90 percent of his company’s production is now exported while only the remainder is sold to … Continue reading Good prospects for PH arms exports
By Miguel C. Gil The introduction of the .22 TCM (Tuason-Craig Magnum) by Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) over a year ago yet again proves man’s enduring fascination with speed. By all indications, it is also proving to be a big commercial hit for the Philippine’s firearms and ammunitions manufacturing giant. But is the … Continue reading .22 TCM: The future of just another fad?
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 … Continue reading HDJ Exclusive: Armscor’s TCM Rifle!
By Miguel C. Gil Social networking sites may be a definitive realization of futurist and author Alvin Toffler’s vision of a “global village.” With the press of a few buttons, we can get in-touch with relatives, old friends and classmates whom we haven’t seen in decades. While intended for “social” use, these sites can also … Continue reading Master key to the 21st century home
Don’t expect the authorities to throw you a party or pin a medal on your chest in the event that you fatally shoot a criminally inclined intruder in your house! In the ideal world, the police should give you no hassles so long as it is readily apparent that your actions were legally justified. In … Continue reading Have a less-lethal option
The shotgun is to firearms what the Swiss Army Knife is to cutlery, it can be argued. There is a shotgun for the hunter, the trap shooter, the recreational shooter, the law enforcer, the home defender and many other shooters in between. Now, that’s versatility! But let us set aside the shotgun’s hunting, sporting and … Continue reading The shotgun approach