Taurus Curve: Futuristic Concealed Carry

Say hello to the Taurus Curve

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The Taurus Curve is a completely new type of concealed-carry handgun. Designed from the ground up for deep concealment and discreet carry, the Curve is contoured to fit the human body.

It’s an unusual handgun. Small and lightweight at just a hair over 10 ounces, this new .380 ACP subcompact stands alone with its unique bowed frame that lays flat across the hip. Taurus is calling it “the gun you wear” and it fits.

To help tame the recoil of the featherweight chassis Taurus decided to build the Curve on a locked-breach action. This will make the Curve less snappy compared to similar-sized blowback pistols.

Since the recoil is controlled by the locked barrel, the recoil spring weight can be reduced as well. Combined with the fish scale slide serrations Taurus wants to make this a gun that’s easy to rack as well as to shoot.

This is a gun that’s meant to be worn every day no matter how you’re dressed. It doesn’t need a holster with its integral clip and completely dehorned, snag-free surface. Even the barrel is swept back to match the curves of the muzzle.

Should the gun print in tight-fitting clothes no one will make it for a handgun. Hanging down beneath the muzzle is a combination weaponlight and laser sight. This gives the Curve a broad profile that looks more like a wallet than a gun.

With the laser sight and LED light the Curve is designed to be an intuitive shooter. The gun doesn’t have traditional sights although the bore runs parallel to the top of the slide for help aiming the pistol should the light and laser fail.

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That’s unlikely as the laser and light module are manufactured for Taurus by LaserLyte, a leader in laser sights and weapon lights.

The frame of the Curve is completely smooth with a flush activation switch for the light and laser on the right side. The mag release is also flush and built into the six-round magazine.

Somewhat similar to European-style mag releases the magazine is released by grabbing it with the left hand to pull it out. A magazine safety serves as the gun’s only manual safety and the Curve uses a double-action-only trigger to help prevent negligent or accidental discharge.

Of course with a design like this it’s naturally for right-handed shooters and poses problems for lefties.

The controls, besides the trigger, are completely backwards and the curve of the gun makes it go from a comfortable design to a literal pain in the butt but there’s hope.

The Curve has a serialized sub-frame and looks like a modular design similar to the Beretta Nano andSIG P320. If that is indeed the case then it will be possible to pop the internals of the gun and drop them into a left-handed frame.

Since the sub-frame is, for legal purposes, the handgun, grip frames can be sold separately, even online, without having to go through a dealer. A left-handed conversion kit or dedicated lefty model may be in the works.

For now we expect this to be a solid seller for righties, though. With an ultra budget-friendly $392 MSRP the Curve is priced lower than a lot of micro .380s and that doesn’t even consider the light and laser sight module.

The gun comes with a spare magazine and a trigger guard clip. This provides an extra layer of protection when wearing the Curve by eliminating the possibility of something pushing through your clothes and pulling the trigger. The clip is tied to a belt or belt loop and will automatically get yanked off the gun if it ever needs to be drawn.

The Curve is the first of its kind in more than one way. Taurus is going to move a lot of these if just to satisfy people’s curiosity. The Curve isn’t a novelty and Taurus has put a lot of thought into the design, and it shows.

If you’re one of the curious when it comes to the new Curve check out The Gun You Wear.

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Tactical blind fire!

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Tactical blind fire! (VIDEO)

Never underestimate the value of tactical blind fire. And when you’re out of ammo, don’t reload. Throw your gun downrange and hope you knock someone out. Then you can move foreward, acquire their gun and use it to tactically blindfire and move up. Blind fire, throw gun, acquire and move up. Rinse, repeat.

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Shooter Picks the Target, ‘Smart’ Gun Decides When to Fire

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Shooter Picks the Target, ‘Smart’ Gun Decides When to Fire

A Texas company has developed a high-tech rifle that decides for itself the exact moment to fire — enabling the shooter to hit targets with much more accuracy.

“It allows people to make first round hits at extreme ranges, we’re talking 1,000 yards, or 1,200 yards,” says TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble.

An onboard computer does all the work for you, with controls automatically adjusting for accuracy. You lock the target but when you pull the trigger, the gun picks the exact moment to fire.

The firearm, which comes with a price tag of about $27,000 is primarily marketed to hunters, but some critics are concerned about the weapon’s ability to turn novice shooters into expert marksmen.

Schauble doesn’t see it that way, insisting that anyone who wants to purchase one still has to go through the same screening process as he or she would to own any other kind of weapon.

The KRISS Vector: Singlehandedness

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1/06/14 | by You may have heard of it. You may have even seen one. And you may have thought, “only if”.  But despite the tax stamps and “civilian model blues”, this amazingly hyped cutting-edge firearm, the KRISS Vector, is rapidly moving in many shooters’ minds from science fiction to science fact.

What is a KRISS, anyway?

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KRISS Super V, 3D, in advertisement.

Around 2002, the gun world began to hear whispers that the Gamma International Company of Switzerland, led by one Renaud Kerbrat, had an interesting new weapon system on their workbench. Kerbat was an engineer who held a number of patents in both medical equipment and armament and what he presented was, in spirit, a plan for a lightweight submachine gun.

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Folding stocks and short barrels makes the KRISS an easy choice when shooting from cramped positions.

Dubbed the KRISS the gun was built for compactness. It would also use lots of “space age” polymers to reduce weight, yet still would be strong enough to survive hard service. Chambered in .45ACP, it was geared primarily to the world of Spec Ops and law enforcement who were certainly in need of a reliable, updated, hard-hitting room broom

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Quite the head turner…

But, was it really needed?

Even though most militaries have abandoned submachine guns for compact 5.56mm carbines, there remains a small set of professionals who use these weapons when nature calls. After all, subguns, especially the subsonic .45ACP chambered varieties, can be soothing when storming terrorist clubhouses and dangerous drug labs filled with explosive fumes.

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KRISS Super V with folded stock.

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But, does something this sexy really need a reason?

Still, there are those that say, “Five pound plus submachine gun that fires .45ACP?  Been there, seen that.” For instance, the grandpa of the modern subgun, the old 1921-era Thompson with its bimetallic Blish lock weighed in at 9-pounds (without the wooden stock) but could still rip out a box of 230-grain FMJs at 700-rounds per minute. The WWII-era M3 Grease Gun? It weighed 7-pounds but only cost (adjusted from 1945 figures) about $250 to make. Then there is the 5.8-poundHeckler & Koch UMP-45, which has been around since 1999.

So with that being said, how is the KRISS gun any different? Well, my boy, let me tell you about the…

The KSV system

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KRISS KSV system.

At the heart of this innovative new gun is what is known, by the company, as the “Kriss Super V” action. Bottom line: it’s a blowback action, which in itself is not very new. In fact, if you watch how the action cycles you can see that the blowback itself kind of looks like the trusty, toggle action used by Mr. Georg Luger back in the 1900s on his 9mm pistols—except of course that the two-piece toggle is much larger and upside down.

When the gun fires and the round goes off in the chamber, the bolt slides back and forth like your knee kicks out, only backward in a ‘V’ shaped motion. This toggle moves down into a large channel built near dead center of the gun, running along the outside of the magazine well. This housing gives guns using the KSV system their thick, boxy mid-section.

As the bolt gets pushed back by the recoil of the expanding gases in the fired round, it slides down a ramp into the channel, pulling the spent round with it. As the sliding action falls down the ramp, the shell casing is ejected out of a port and the bolt carrier keeps pushing downward and not backward, as in just about every other semi-automatic firearm. When fully exhausted, a recoil spring pushes the bolt carrier/bolt back up to the top of the V, chambering another round.

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Kriss Vector in action.

With this motion, the felt recoil goes downward into the base of the gun, counteracting the muzzle flip that would normally come with firing a round.

Why would this matter?

Well that’s just it.

Grouping typical of a KRISS at 25 meters.

Grouping typical of a KRISS at 25 meters.

Since the muzzle blast and recoil is ate up by a large moving toggle mechanism that pushes back against the gun with almost equal and opposite force, the gun itself remains still. As any marksman will tell you,the more rock steady the gun, the more accurate it is going to be.

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Also, with its low felt recoil, the KRISS Vector can give more sensitive shooters a much needed advantage.

That is the magic of the KSV system. Sure, the Kriss looks super weird—it more resembles an industrial stapler than a firearm. Nevertheless, it is capable of staying rock-steady on target while firing with its very low recoil.

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The company states that in testing done at the US Army’s ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal in which prototype guns were placed on instrumented non-destructive bench-rests, they produced, “…6-inch groups at stand-off distances of 100m.”  In the same tests, the Army noted a reduction in muzzle climb of 90%, and a reduction in felt recoil of 60% when compared to the same figures for 9mm subguns such as the HK MP5.

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The KSV system is also inherently fast. Although KRISS calls it a ‘delayed blowback’, truly the bolt carrier mechanism recoils less than a millimeter per every millimeter of bolt movement when in motion.  In effect, that really isn’t much of a delay. With that being said, the SMG version of the gun is able to go cyclic at 1200-rounds per minute. With a standard 13-shot Glock 21 mag in place that means it can be drained before you can say, “fast.” Of course, larger capacity mags can be fitted, but you get the idea.

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The KRISS Super V fits Glock magazines of varying capacities.

Double tap.

Double tap.

It’s so fast and accurate in fact, that in testing it often puts rounds fired in a two-round/ 0.10 second burst right on top of each other in the target. When we mean right on top, that is not an exaggeration. Lead pulled from berms and gel after two round bursts have been found with both rounds fused together Robin Hood style.

The KSV system allows easy one handed shooting if needed. Big deal you say, as other, more conventional submachine guns such as theUZIHK MP7, and FN P90 can be fired without going dos manos. The thing is, the Kriss can conceivably do this with far greater accuracy.

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The KRISS Vector’s adaptability to singlehanded firing truly sets the weapons system apart from other submachine guns.

The gun was introduced to the world at SHOT Show 2007.

Getting your own

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A KRISS Vector is a guaranteed conversation starter at your local gun range (and a whole lot of fun too).

The original outfit that introduced the Kriss into the states was Transformational Defense Industries, Inc. (TDI), which was a branch of Kerbrat’s Swiss-based firm of Gamma Industries. Today the company has a US subsidiary, KRISS USA, Inc. in Virginia Beach that handles all sales and marketing in the US. However, its headquarters is still in the land of Cuckoo clocks and semi-secret bank accounts.

The outfit has gotten away from the term ‘Super V” in recent years, repurposing it to just refer to the style of delayed blowback action that these guns feature. Current models are all referred to as Vectors. They all weigh about the same (5.2-pounds for the handgun Vector SDP to 5.78-pounds for the carbine) due to their shared polymer furniture and action. They also share the same top/bottom Picatinny Rails, ambidextrous F/S controls, and custom flip-up iron sights.

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Vector CRB.

Vector SBR basic LH angle

Vector SBR basic LH angle.

Vector SDP

The Vector SDP uses a sling instead of a stock as it is officially a pistol.

There is the Vector 16.1-inch barrel semi auto-only (thus civilian legal) CRB carbine. The Vector 16-inch overall with a 5.5-inch barreled SBR short barreled rifle is out there for those who want to get a tax stamp (NFA rules apply).  If you want the short barrel but can live without the folding rifle stock, you can get the Vector SDP pistol without having to pay the BATFE an extra $200.  For the LE/military market (call your Congressman about the NFA!) there is the Vector SMG, a four-position, select-fire subgun.  The first three models run $1800 MSRP but can be found for a little less. So-called TAC versions, dripping with extra goodies cost a good bit more. The rock and roll version is “Contact us for pricing” on department letterhead.

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Vector SMG. Note the safe single 2-shot burst and full auto selector switch.

KRISS CRB SO

KRISS CRB SO.

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You are just now starting to see preowned KRISS Vectors on gunbroker and armslist at slightly better prices.

Since some of the newness is wearing off these interesting KSV system guns, it is not uncommon to find used (semi-auto) variants on Armslist and Gunbroker for around $1400. Still, when you factor that you can get a nice Beretta CX4 carbine and a Glock Model 21 pistol brand new in the box for the same price, you have to really be a fan of the Kriss to want to pick up one.

But do the CX4 or Glock 21 double tap at 1200-rounds per minute one handed?  Just saying.

The Folding Gun

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This was found over at Armament Services International, a place that deals in NFA-regulated firearms. It is also the most awesome first aid kit ever invented.

Although probably not if you, you know, cut yourself on something. Then it’s less awesome, although it would still be pretty cool and remain fun to shoot, especially if you weren’t cut that seriously.

Then you could use the hot brass to sterilize the cut, rub some sand into and keep going.

It may be based off the Ares FMG or its derivatives.

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A Brief History of Fabrique Nationale and their FN2000

A Brief History of Fabrique Nationale and their FN2000. reposted from guns.com

A Brief History of Fabrique Nationale and their FN2000

8/24/11 | by In a nutshell, Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre has a long history of producing excellent high-quality firearms for the military. The company was established in 1889 in order to produce 150,000 Mauser rifles, which had been ordered by the Belgian government. It also at this time entered into a significant and long-term relationship with John Moses Browning, one of the most innovative firearms designers in history, and today the enterprise spans both sides of the Atlantic with a large manufacturing facility located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Under the design leadership of Dieudonne Saive in the 1930s, the company began to develop a series of self-loading rifles, which ultimately would prove to be the foundation for the company’s postwar success. The FN Model 49, the company’s first automatic rifle, was followed by the FN FAL, a superb battle rifle designed around the new standard NATO 7.62mm round. It turned out to be one of the most successful military weapons of all time, being sold to more than 90 countries.

In the 1960s and the 1970s, with the introduction of smaller caliber weapons, FN introduced a derivative of the FAL, the FNC, which was designed around the new NATO 5.56mm round. It was a terrific weapon and highly accurate, but it never went on to achieve the export success of the FAL.

One of the company’s newest weapon systems made its debut a few years ago. It is the FN2000. Chambered for 5.56mm X 45 NATO rounds, the weapon is a conventional gas-operated, rotating bolt design along the lines of the British Bullpup.

Unlike the Bullpup (the SA 80), however, the FN2000 can be fired either right or left-handed. One of the SA-80’s biggest drawbacks was that it was designed exclusively for right-handed shooters, as the spent cartridges were expelled straight into your face if you tried firing it off your left shoulder. Spent rounds from the FN2000 are expelled forwards out a port just to the right of the end of the barrel. Its overall length is 694mm with a short barrel length of 400mm. Its magazine capacity is 30 rounds and like the SA-80 is situated behind the trigger. It is an ergonomically pleasing fully modular assault weapon capable of being fitted for 40mm grenades.

In the ever-evolving world of firearm designs, FN is said to be working on another assault weapon for close-in operations, a mortar system of radically new design parameters, and a sniper system that uses range-finding and best-shot solutions all within the attached scope.