“German engineering” is a phrase we’ve come to associate with high-performance automobiles like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but the concept applies to firearms every bit as much, if not more. This was brought home to me recently as I took a long look at the guns of Heym and Blaser.
Even if you don’t need a last minute gift, buy this book because it’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in the inside story of the most fascinating firearm since Eugene Stoner invented the AR180, which became the AR15/M16 family. What gun could as dramatic in its impact as the M16? What else? The Glock.
Don’t look now, but a brand-new 90-year-old gun company is reinventing itself. O.F. Mossberg & Sons has become a dynamo of innovation, far removed from the staid, stodgy pump-shotgun maker that you might have previously thought ofthe Connecticut-based manufacturer. Today’s Mossberg is not your great-grandfather’s Mossberg.
It’s about that time. Yes, it’s almost the first Saturday in November when the white-tailed deerseason opens in Texas and, as a visit to McBride’s Gun Shop in Austin just validated, it’s gun-buying time. You see, the firearms business can be quiteseasonal, like the ski business or the boat business.
This is a story about guns and motorcycles, but it has nothing to do with the Hell’s Angels’. It’s a story about a rifle that begins in the last century in Aldo’s Harley-Davidson shop in Massachusetts and, now, ends another chapter at PARA USA’s factory in North Carolina.
Magpul Industries, a manufacturer of tactical accessories and developer of the Masada rifle now manufactured as the ACR (Adaptive Combat Rifle)Bushmaster Firearms, has sold a 51 percent controlling interest to private equity group for an undisclosed sum along with an additional $14.8 million in secondary financing to another investment house, Triangle Capital.
Slap me upside the head and call me stupid. The Insider is supposed to have his finger on the pulse of the industry to predict trends, foresee developments and anticipate changes. However, I’ve completely missed one of the most remarkable handgun innovations in the past five years, the surging popularity of .410 revolvers.