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BATFE Says Zero Fun Allowed; Can Cannon is SBR

By now, every gun owner knows that when a creative product in the firearms industry is released, the ATF has already considered it dangerous and there’s a good chance it’ll be banned somewhere down the line. I mean, in the last year we’ve already lost the ability to shoulder pistol braces. Doing so could potentially earn you 10 years in prison, further highlighting the absolutely crazy regulations created by the ATF.

You may be wondering, “what has been banned now?” No, it’s not any kind of stock, sight, or trigger group. It’s a soda can launcher. This thing is made for good, clean fun – it can’t launch grenades, explosive devices, or anything other than something with the exact dimensions of a soda can. But still, the ATF decides that this upper receiver with a non-rifled soda can barrel becomes an SBR (short barreled rifle) when attached to a regular AR-15 lower receiver.

I just don’t get it. You can check out the ATF determination letter here for more information:

It’s good to keep up on the actions taken by the ATF to further strip you of your 2nd amendment rights because, after all, slings may be the next thing requiring a tax stamp.

3 Unicorn Guns You’ve Never Even Heard of

The term “Unicorn Gun” is reserved for those firearms that are so hard to find and sought after that you’ll probably only see them once every 100 gun shows. Their scarcity is most likely due to being out of production or for historical value, but every now and again you can find one if you’re willing to pay a premium. These 3 guns are so rare and weird that you may probably never see them in person.

The Graham Turret Rifle

1465361517555sThe only known example of the Edmund H. Graham pattent of September 16, 1856. It’s a horizontal revolving turret gun using a large five-shot cylinder, each separated by 72 degrees of rotation. Now in the NRA museum, estate sales are your only hope to find one like it.

2mm Kolibri


If you’ve ever seen the first Men in Black, I’m sure you remember the Noisy Cricket, an extremely small pistol that packed a huge punch. Well, this is its real-life counterpart, without the exaggerated stopping power. The Kolibri fires a 2.7x9mm cartridge out of a 0.5″ barrel (that’s right, a half-an-inch long barrel).

German Luger RIFLE


The one rifle whose Unicorn status makes me the most depressed is the German Luger Rifle. Take everything that made the Luger pistol famous and put it in a rifle platform that matches the aesthetics of the K98k and you’re set. This is one of the earliest self-loading rifles made and fires the 8mm round that Nazi Germany would continue to use throughout World War II.

The AK of the Semi-Auto Pistol World

The name Kalashnikov immediately brings to mind an image of the infamous AK-47 rifle, usually depicted in the hands of some kind of criminal mastermind or freedom fighter in some African country. Ironically known as the “Right Hand of the Free World”, the AK is the rifle displayed on an unusually large number of national flags. Known for being easy to use, easier to clean, and nearly impossible to break, the rifle’s main characteristics have remained the same throughout the various facelifts it has received in the past 60 years. AK rifles are now made the world over including here in the US – but how about an AK pistol?

No, I’m not talking about the Draco or similar AK-pattern firearms without stocks. I’m talking about a real deal, 9x19mm handgun sporting a 5″ barrel.


The Kalashnikov PL-14, looks like a love child of a Walther P99 and Carcal. Being tested as the prototype sidearm for the Russian army, this pistol boasts an incredible list of features that we’ve come to demand from sidearms:

  • Polymer Framed
  • Modular Grip Frame
  • Interchangeable Backstraps
  • Loaded Chamber Indicator
  • Picatinny Accessory Rail
  • Ambidextrous Controls

Note the high bore axis – this should make for an extremely accurate handgun able to keep shots on target during rapid fire – a trait that only the CZ line has been able to master.

We’ll keep an eye on these but considering the US’ relationship with our Slavic cousins, it could be a very long time until we can put this to the test.

These days, WWII surplus firearms are beginning to become more rare; when you do find them, it’s  always a treat to see a 70+ year old gun. Sometimes the experience can be frightening, depending on the condition the firearm is in. Either way, there’s something breathtaking and beautiful about holding an Inland M1 carbine, an old US Property 1911, or that beautiful and majestic M1 Garand.

We’ve all heard the stories and if you’re old enough, you’ve seen first hand how cheap these rifles were in the 50s-70s. From what I hear, you could buy an M1 carbine for roughly $100 from a store called Woolworth’s.

Well, now the value of these weapons are skyrocketing, and they’re still very rare. If you want to obtain one, your best chances are to comb through gunbroker until you find one at a reasonable price.

Or, you could join the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The program has thousands of refurbished M1 Garands, among other WWII surplus arms. As long as you meet the requirements, you can own one of these rifles for as little as $600.

For more information on how to secure one of these rifles at a great price, check out CMP’s website at

The New AK: The AK-400 Series

The AK platform has been used by standing armies worldwide for more than 60 years and has seen multiple revisions including the AK-74, which changed the caliber from 7.62×39 to the fast and deadly 5.45×39 cartridge. In need of an update since its last popular revision, Russia’s Kalashnikov rifle line has engineered a line of next-generation AK pattern rifles, the AK-400.

The video below shows some of the features of the AK-400 prototype as explained by Larry Vickers during a tour to the Kalashnikov factory in Russia. As you’ll note, the AK-400 receives some modern features including a multi-position retractable stock, Magpul-like storage grip, and quad rail hand guard.

Although this is still a prototype, it’s interesting to see the latest firearms coming from Russia. We’re still waiting on some of the other Russian firearms that have been released in the last 10 years, there’s still hope that Kalashnikov’s new US-based branch (located in Delray Beach, FL) will begin to import or build some of these desirable firearms for the US market soon.

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