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BCL102 Review

The BCL102 is a non restricted, semi-automatic, 308 rifle made in Canada. It’s based on the AR102 design, which predates the AR15 design and so it’s not an AR15 variant and can be non restricted with a 18.5″+ barrel here in Canada. Because it’s non restricted, you could use one of these to hunt with […]

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Kriss Vector Review

The Kriss Vector is a semi-automatic Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) in 9mm, 357 Sig, 40 S&W, 10MM and 45ACP. The one reviewed here is a Gen 1, but they have since released a Gen 2 as well. The most unique feature of the Kriss Vector is the recoil mitigation system called the “Super V System” […]

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WK180-C Review

In Canada, AR15s and variants are restricted-class firearms, which means that they’re registered and they go to the range and back; that’s about it. They can’t be used for hunting or plinking and you need the upgraded restricted class license in order to own one. Since that’s so much of a pain, most people would […]

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KM Arms M17S

K&M M17S 223 Review

Way back in 80s & 90s, Bushmaster bought the design for a bullpup rifle called the M17S. It was a short stroke, gas driven semi-auto that uses many AR180 parts in a bullpup configuration. Bushmaster stopped making it but more recently, K&M Arms has brought out an upgraded version of the bullpup rifle and on […]

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Ruger 77/44 Review

The Ruger 77/44 is a bolt action, rotary-magazine fed rifle using the 44 Remington Magnum pistol cartridge. Because it uses a (stout) pistol cartridge, the action is really compact, Ruger can get away with using locking lugs in the middle of the bolt instead of locking lugs at the front, and the rifle is very […]

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Type 81 Review

The T81SA is a semi-automatic only version of China’s Type 81. As such, it’s a gas-operated, semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifle in 7.62×39. The Type 81 uses a short stroke gas piston setup and they were very rare outside of China, until now. Tactical Imports had these made by Poly Technologies in China and imported into Canada. […]

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Browning AB3 Boltface

Browning AB3 Review

The AB3 is Browning’s hat in the ring on an inexpensive bolt action rifle. It combines components cheaper than their more premium X-Bolt (X-Bolt review here) while still offering some of the premium Browning features. How does it fit in the crowded budget bolt action rifle market with the Remington 783, Savage Axis II, Ruger […]

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Savage Accutrigger

Savage Axis II Review

I bought my first Savage Axis about a decade ago. Since then, they came out with the Savage Axis II, a version of the Axis that comes with the much better Accutrigger and a better scope on their package rifles. The Axis continues to be a combination of design-for-manufacturing speed as well as best use of […]

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Kel-Tec SUB-2000 Gen 2 Review

The Kel-Tec SUB-2000 is a folding, semi-automatic, pistol caliber carbine (PCC). Back in 2012, I did a review of the 1st generation of the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 PCC. With a slimmer forend that comes with rails on the top and bottom, generation 2 of the Sub-2000 is a handier, more flexible firearm. The enlarged ejection port […]

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