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The Double Barreled Shotgun

Posted on 03 February 2012 by David Allred

Another firearm favorite of mine is the double barreled shotgun, or what some call a side by side shotgun. Don’t get the double barreled shotgun confused with the over under. We’ll cover that at a later date.

The first double barreled gun dates back to the mid to late 1700’s and sported an over under look. They were a revolving barrel type of shotgun. Flintlock and percussion rifles were created with two barrels and a hammer on each side of the rifle. Back then, it was the most simple solution to sending more shots down range. If you want more rounds to fire, just add more barrels!

Jason Bourne with a Double Barrel ShotgunMy vision of the double barreled shotgun and it’s power comes mostly from hardcore action movies, like when Jason Bourne takes out a fellow assassin in the middle of a grassy field, or when Frank Castle of “The Punisher” wreaks havoc. One of my favorites is with Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp as he takes out Wild Bill and nearly all of his men. And don’t worry, if you find yourself with a double barreled shotgun, walking forward at a slow pace yelling “NOOOOO,” or, “You tell them I’m comin’…..and hell’s comin’ with me,” you’re not alone.

Aside from movies, the double barreled shotgun has become a popular choice of weapon in video games such as Call of Duty and Doom. Ron Swanson of the TV series “Parks and Recreation” sports a double barreled shotgun. Even Elmer Fudd whips out his double barrel every once in a while. Heck, even Elmer Fudd pulls his out from time to time.

The double barreled shotgun is more than just a shotgun, it’s a symbol that has been used as a weapon of protection. I can’t picture too many people taking a side by side shotgun bird hunting. I’d bet it’s the weapon of choice for every Double Barrel Shotgun Pistolelderly man or woman across the south, when it comes down to home protection. Also, if you run across pictures in the 1800’s, it was often the weapon of choice by stage coach crews. It’s a piece of American history.

Double Barrel Shotgun T-ShirtWhen you pick up a double barreled shotgun, you just feel more manly. It’s the weapon that blows through walls and doors and can blow a man clean off his feet. You can find it in 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 20 gauge and even in a .410. Sawed off, two triggers or one, I’ll take one. Adding it to my Christmas list!

Also, here’s one of my favorite double barreled t-shirts. Click on the image if you’d like to purchase it.

I thought you also might like a few clips from “Tombstone.” Just the good ones, of course!

Wyatt Earp - Hells comin' with me!     Wyatt Earp - The Reckoning "No!"

 

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Dyson LePetit Protector Ring Pistol

Posted on 11 January 2012 by David Allred

LePetit Protector Ring GunTo add to our collection of rare and collectible guns here on The Gunsman, check out this little bad boy. It’s called the Dyson LePetit Protector and was sold primarily to gamblers. I’ve seen both a five shot and a six shot ring pistol and have provided images of both for you below. I know for sure that the five shot ring gun is chambered in 5mm, but the six shot looks to be a bit smaller to me.

How Does It Work?

Petit Ring PistolIf you take a close look, you’ll see three levers. The largest one towards the top is the hammer, the one on the side and in the middle (in this photo) is used to release/spin the chambers. The smallest lever is the trigger.

I don’t imagine the kick on this little package of concealed protection would be anything to Petit Protector Ring Pistolfret about. If anything, when fired, it might feel like flicking yourself on the finger. Each ring gun comes with a tiny flat head screw driver and sometimes you’ll see other tools which are used in ejecting the empty cartridges. If you look really closely at the rounds, you’ll see a little pin near the primer end of the round. That pin is probably the only thing LePetit Ring Pistolpreventing the rounds from falling out the front side of the chamber.

I couldn’t find any evidence of these still being manufactured today and assume that a few of the guns rings in these images are over 100 years old. The quality of workmanship is amazing to me with designs to make the gun appear like a nice fat ring that, if used with a right hook, could render a grown man unconscious!

LePetit Protector Ring GunHow Much Does it Sell For?

I’ve seen the older, more antique ring guns sold for $13,000 online at iCollector.com. However, total sale price included two ring pistols as a set. One for him and one for her. A match made in heaven.

Great collectors item, but if you want to shoot it often, you’ll probably have to get your rounds custom made. I wouldn’t mind owning one of these little pistols for myself.

If you know anything more about the Dyson LePetit Protector ring gun, I’d like to hear about it.

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Henry – Made in America or Not Made At All

Posted on 03 January 2012 by David Allred

You’ve gotta love Henry repeating firearms for their patriotism. If you don’t know what I mean, take a look at their site. In the header of their website, it reads, “Made in America or Not Made At All!”

Henry - Made in America or Not Made At All

Guys, it’s worth the few extra bucks to purchase products that are made in America. From my experience, they’re a bit higher quality than those made elsewhere. The more American made products you purchase, the more jobs you create for your fellow Americans.

Every capable and able American should have a Henry rifle in their home, sitting right above their mantle, next to their night stand or in the gun safe. Let’s support those who support us and this great nation!

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Winchester 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells Getting Jammed

Posted on 29 December 2011 by David Allred

Winchester Shotgun ShellsWhenever my brother and brother-in-laws get together, we always head out to the desert somewhere to shoot. This time, the target was clay pigeons, a few cans of Pepsi, an old pink recliner and some old bottles. The pink recliner and the old bottles were already provided, meaning, they were already there. We brought the clay pigeons, and as for the Pepsi, we had to choose between Pepsi and Mountain Dew…..so it was Pepsi! In my family, Mountain Dew is the nectar of the Gods! It would be a shame to waste it.

We came equipped with three shotguns, a BB gun for my daughter and a .22 revolver. My shotgun is a standard Remington 870, my brother was shooting a Winchester 1200 and my brother-in-law shoots a Mossberg 500. The Mossberg 500 came with a short and regular barrel, and with the shorter barrel, was much more effective on the pink recliner!

We blew through a box and a half of clay pigeons pretty quickly and had a great time. My niece even took a few shots with the Mossberg. The only issue we had was with the Winchester ammo. For Christmas, I received a brick of  Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells from Walmart, and every other one would jam when trying to cock in a new round. The jamming was the worst in my Remington and not as bad with the Winchester 1200, but all three shotguns had issues with those shells.

We eventually made it through the entire brick and rid ourselves of those shells. Luckily, we had also purchased a few bricks of Federal shells, which were great. I’m not sure what the deal is but I’ve seen complaints around the web on forums about Winchester shells from Walmart. The Federal shells we had were also from Walmart. So I’m not so sure if this is a Walmart issue or a Winchester issue.

I’d like to hear from you. Have you had problems with the Winchester shotgun ammo from Walmart?

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The AR-15 Chainsaw Attachment

Posted on 09 December 2011 by David Allred

AR-15 Chainsaw AttachmentAs I was browsing through pictures of the DeWalt AR-15 and the Milwakee AR-15, I stumbled across this bad boy. The AR-15 with chainsaw attachment. I’ve seen various pictures of this AR-15 and thought the soldier picture would be the best one to display. I can see it now…the soldier is heavy in combat and the enemy is getting near. He hears his captain or sergeant give the order to fix bayonets! Instead, he just fires up the ole chainsaw attachment and starts hacking heads and limbs off!

I know…I’m demented.

From the looks of it, the chainsaw can probably move, but only with a small electric motor. I highly doubt it has any horsepower behind the blade, unless there’s something in that little box I don’t understand, but cool nonetheless.

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The Milwakee AR-15

Posted on 28 November 2011 by David Allred

Milwakee AR15If you’ve already seen the DeWalt AR-15 and weren’t all that impressed… maybe you’re a Milwakee kind of guy! No worries, someone has fabricated one of those too. With a mounted scope, a folding bi-pod, a chrome finish and the Milwakee red stock, you’re ready to take out some gophers, prairie dogs or your target choice.  I don’t see a battery pack soldered onto the bottom of the magazine like the DeWalt, but still a nice touch. I’ve always been a DeWalt guy when it comes to drills, but you can’t beat Milwakee when it comes to the quality of their sawzalls! I know that doesn’t have anything to do with the Milwakee AR-15, but if you’re anything like me, you have an appreciation for quality rifles and good quality tools!

I don’t see a price tag below this one, but I’m sure it’s priceless.

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The DeWalt AR-15

Posted on 14 November 2011 by David Allred

DeWalt AR15Having spent some time in the construction field while in college and after building my first two homes as owner builder, this DeWalt AR-15 wasn’t something I could overlook. I’m not quite sure what prompted someone to deck out their AR-15 in the DeWalt yellow, but I like the look.

Dewalt AR-15 Battery MagazineThere are others on the web who actually believe that this is a nail gun that only looks like as AR-15. However, if you take a look at the magazine, it’s an actual AR-15 magazine with a DeWalt battery mounted to the end of the magazine. Not sure how they mounted it, but it looks like a classic case of JB Weld and some black paint!

Also, check out the selector. Instead of it being blank, I assume they’ve converted it to a fully automatic weapon, or Dewalt AR-15 or DeWalt M-16 Selectormaybe a three round burst. But instead of reading “AUTO”, it now reads “Rock N Roll.”Nice touch!

In this photo, the DeWalt AR-15 looks more like a DeWalt M4, with the shorter barrel, Red Dot scope and the extendable shoulder rest. Some of the parts on this AR-15 look new and some don’t. With a brand new AR-15, a little better battery mounting job and the DeWalt yellow, this would be a sharp looking weapon, mounted with all of its AR 15 Accessories. I’ve even seen DeWalt tool cases being DeWalt AR-15 or M4used as cases for weapons. Although using a tool case is a creative idea, tools tend to disappear and a tool thief would get a nice surprise when he opened that case.

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The Barrett M107 .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle

Posted on 07 November 2011 by David Allred

Barrett M107 .50 Caliber Sniper RifleThe Barrett M107, .50 Caliber, Semi Automatic sniper rifle gets my vote on the list of sniper rifles. You’ve seen it in several movies and if you’re into video games, you’ve probably fired it online. This military grade weapon has enough punch to put a hole through the metal back stop at your local shooting range.

The M107 fires a .50BMG round at about $10 each. It’s magazine is capable of holding ten rounds, so at $10 bucks a pop, blowing a hundred at the shooting range won’t be a problem.

The M107 has a range of nearly 1.5 miles yet due to it’s advanced recoil system, flash suppressor and larger barrel, it shoot like a true semi-automatic should.

Barrett M107A1 50 Caliber RifleThe newest version of the Barrett M107 is the M107A1. It’s nearly four pounds lighter than the original M107 making it just over 30 lbs. It’s a heavy rifle if you compare it to the average semi-automatic rifle, such as an AR-15 which weighs in at around 7 or 8 lbs.

You can view the M107A1 at the official Barrett website.

The price for civilians runs around $10,000 -$11,000 per rifle.

M107 Videos

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Use Your Pumpkins for Target Practice after Halloween

Posted on 02 November 2011 by David Allred

Halloween is such a fun and festive holiday. My wife and I have a blast taking our kids out to do some trick or treating. It’s great to see how excited they get as they run up to their first door to say, “Trick or Treat!” In my opinion, Jack-o-Lanterns are the best part of Halloween. The carving is a great family activity and all….but the best part of pumpkins is after Halloween is over. Don’t just throw them in the dumpster, use those babies for some target practice!

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Marlin .22 Caliber Rifles

Posted on 24 October 2011 by David Allred

Marlin Firearms has a great selection of .22 caliber rifles ranging from lever action to  semi-automatic. I was impressed with the diversity of their .22 caliber rifles and have provided this list for easy reference.

Marlin Firearms .22 Caliber Rifles

Marlin Lever Action .22 Caliber Rifle - Model Golden 39ALever Action Rifles

Model Golden 39A

Auto Loading or Semi-automatic Rifles

Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle - Model 60Model 60

Model 60C

Model 60SB

Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle - Model 795Model 60SN

Model 60SS

Model 795

Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle - Model 70PSSModel 795SS

Model 70PSS

Bolt Action Rimfire

Marlin .22 Caliber Rifle - Model XT22Model XT-22Y Youth Series

XT-22 Series

The XT-22 and XT-22Y Series, much like the Model 60, come in many different finishes and styles. You can get it in brushed nickel, black, synthetic stock or camo. It’s available in .22 short, long or Long rifle as well as 17 HMR.

Marlin Firearms has  a great history and is probably number one in the world for .22 rifle sales. I’ve spoken to several people who absolutely love their Marlin rifles and wouldn’t consider buying any other brand. You can pick up a Model 60 at your local Walmart for around $160. Not a bad price for a great .22 rifle.

 

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