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Canadian Rangers still don't have modern guns

Back in October 2011, I wrote about the mostly Intuit Canadian Arctic Rangers, who were due to get a new rifle.  They patrol some pretty barren and harsh land, and are still using WW2 No. 4 Lee Enfield rifles.  They had plans for a new bolt gun as the spare guns that have been cannibalized to keep these guns running are about gone. 

Arctic Rangers on maneuversSeems the Canadian military can't seem to get the money together to arm these 5000 stalwart souls, so for now, they are still on their own.  The project has been pushed back till 2016 to 2021.  If they were to get the standard British  Enfield army rifle, they are probably better off keeping their old guns.  There most likely isn't a chance that the Enfield bullpup would function in harsh Arctic weather.  

When push comes to shove, and it might now that the Northwest Passage is soon going to be very real due to the Great Ice Melt that has been underway for quite some time.  There are several nations that want into the Artic (the US included), not the least reason being access to new  oil fields.  With no ice in the way, Canada may be up for a sovereignty fight.

picture of No. 4 Enfield

A better Liberator?

Double Tap Defense has built a pocket pistol in .45 acp that eerily resembles the Liberator of WW2 French resistance fame.  The pistol does have many advantages over the original, and 60 years of firearm development since then didn't hurt.

Double Tap pistol

Dubbed the "Titanium Tactical Pocket Pistol", this gun has 2 barrels in .45 acp, fired sequentially, and in the event of a misfire has a double strike capability.  Like the original Liberator extra rounds are stored in the butt of the weapon, but are attached to a loading device that is stripped away when the cartridges are inserted into the chambers, quickly reloading the weapon.

Cutaway of Tactical Pistol

There are also several models to choose from.  The frame material can be aluminum or titanium, and the barrels can  be ported or unported, with the prices ranging from $500 to $800 bucks.  Extra barrels can be bought, and even available in 9mm.

Original Liberator

As something that could have been made in 1942 instead of the original Liberator, this pistol would have been a disappointment because it cost way too much.  The original cost about $1.50 to make in 1942 dollars, which would have made this pistol about fifty bucks back then, even if it was possible to build.  For that money you could have just dropped Thompsons and Grease Guns to the French (which we probably should have done anyway).  In the end, however, we lost the will to arm French civilians and dumped most of the Liberators in the ocean. 

Grease Gun

Webley MkI 455

The proprietor of the excellent Wilkinson Fighting Knives Collection shared a  review on a commercial variant of the Webley MkI .455 automatic pistol.  These are pretty rare guns, and he includes a shooting review also.  You can find the review on this page.

The Webley MkI Autoloading Pistol


The Schlund Revolver

Harry Schlund was the works manager of the Knoch Gun Works, a firm that rose from William Tranter's factory after he retired.  Harry kind of inherited the business from George Kynoch and it became the Aston Arms Company.  Schlund invented this revolver and it went through a few iterations, had some Tranter features, but others were his own, and was a solid, if odd, revolver.  

Schlund Revolver

The Schlund Revolver, image from Adams Guns

The pistol was free of obstructions and could be carried in a pocket, and produced without snagging on clothing.  It had a sturdy break open action and would discharge empty casings like a Webley.  The trigger was the difference, and it had a double action trigger of sorts.  The lower part cocked the hammer, which could then be de-cocked, and the upper released the sear, firing the revolver.  To be double action, both triggers have to be pulled at once.  Only about 600 were made before Schlund went out of business, and these revolvers bring around three grand today.  They can be found in many calibers, but this one is in .476.  This revolver is available at Adam's Guns.

Schlund Revolver

Knoxx shotgun stocks

My shoulder has really taken a beating over the last 40 or so years.  An old Enfield 2A in .308 is partly responsible, also the Winchester 12 gauge.  I haven't messed with that tactical 1200 Winchester shotgun in a long time, but after hearing about Knoxx stocks, I think it's time to dust it off.

Knoxx recoil reducing stocks

The stocks are spring loaded in 2 places, without affecting the ballistics in any way.  I have a friend who swears by them (disclaimer: I haven't used one yet) on his Remington 870.  He says birdshot, double ought and slugs all feel the same, and not to bad in the recoil department.  

These stocks are also available for certain rifles,  may be worth a look if you have problems with recoil (and who doesn't?).  Now to be sure, not everyone likes them.  This video complains about the stock smacking them in the cheek so a personal review is necessary.