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

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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

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

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 … Continue reading Armscor M22: More than just a 10/22 clone