by David Crane [email protected] DefRev just received a very informative update about the "Model No.1" .50 Cal. (50 GI) 1911 pistol from Alex Zimmermann, owner/CEO of Guncrafter Industries, LLC, via email. You can read it by clicking on "Read More" (hypertext) below… "David, The below listed information has a little more information than the web site. Feel free to extract …Read More »
”World’s First .50 Cal. 1911 Pistol” by Guncrafter Industries, LLC
by David Crane [email protected] The following story has been modified/edited from its original state based on feedback from DefRev member "dewatters" and further scrutiny of the Guncrafter Industries website: Well, it looks like there’s a new 1911 in town, and it ain’t your daddy’s. It’s called the "Model No.1", and it’s made by Guncrafter Industries, LLC out of Huntsville, Arkansas. …Read More »
Colt Model 1911 Pistol and Early Prototypes
The following is an advertisement that was submitted to Defense Review anonymously. Normally we don’t publish anonymous posts–and especially advertisements. However, we’re making an exception here as a courtesy to our members and readers who may have an interest in reading about the history of the Colt 1911 pistol and its precursors. We’ll research the source. Here it is: "Just …Read More »
The True Story of the Beretta M9 Pistol.
by Tim Chandler “You’re not a S.E.A.L. ‘till you have eaten Italian steel…” Anonymous Thus begins the sordid tale of the M9 that is oft repeated in gun shops and firearms related web-boards the nation over. Anyone who asks questions about the Beretta M9/92 pistol long enough will inevitably hear about how a bunch of S.E.A.L. team members were killed/maimed/deformed …Read More »
9x23mm/.38 TJ 1911 Pistol Concept: Better Solution than Kimber .45 ACP 1911 Pistol for USMC MARSOC/MCSOCOM Det 1 Unit?
by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 6, 2003 Last updated on 10/11/11. The 1911 pistol that Kimber is currently supplying to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MARSOC/Special Operations Command Detachment 1 operators, according to reports, differs from the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II in several key respects (The following information is, as yet, unconfirmed/unverified): 1) It utilizes Kimber's Series …Read More »
SIG-Sauer 1911 Pistol Coming Soon to a Gun Store Near You.
by David Crane SIG-Sauer, a.k.a. SIGARMS, is going to be introducing a 1911 pistol in .45 caliber very soon. Rumor has it that the guns will be built on Caspian frames (and possibly even slides). This is supposed to include Caspian’s Recon frame. DefRev will research the situation and get as much info as we can. DefRev doesn’t have any …Read More »
Joe Bonar, 1959-2003. Joe, We Will Miss You.
by David Crane I literally just found out about this. Joe Bonar was killed recently in a car accident that was, from reports we’ve heard, caused by another driver. Thank God Joe’s young son, who was in the car with him at the time, only suffered minor injuries, (again, according to reports). Joe was a master gunsmith, the top pistolsmith …Read More »
Kimber Introduces Intregral Light/Laser
by David Crane Kimber appears to have copied the Caspian Integral Light/Laser Rail Mount with their new integrated "Tactical Rail". This, of course, is good news, as an integral rail is always preferable to a screwed-on rail. However an integral rail doesn’t solve the reported reliability problems caused by Kimber’s Series II Safety system, which the author believes can potentially …Read More »
Valtro 1998A1 1911 Pistol. ‘Near Custom’ Combat Gun.
by David Crane Last week, I had the very real pleasure of speaking with John Jardine of Jardine’s Custom Gunsmithing over the phone. That conversation was a real eye opener, as Jardine seems to really know his stuff regarding 1911 pistols and 1911 pistol components. The Valtro 1998A1 1911 .45 pistol is Jardine’s brainchild. According to Valtro USA’s website, the …Read More »
Under Development: P2000 Subcompact Pistol by Heckler & Koch (HK)
by David Crane [email protected] Well, the rumors are true, the Heckler & Koch (HK) P2000 SK Subcompact pistol indeed exists. The P2000SK Subcompact is an even smaller, more concealable version of the standard HK P2000 pistol, which is similar in size to the Glock compacts (G19, G23, and G32). The full size/standard HK P2000 is essentially an evolutionary progression of …Read More »