FN Herstal FS2000 Tactical Carbine

FN Herstal FS2000

The FN Herstal FS2000 is a civilian-legal 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington bullpup semi-automatic, gas operated assault carbine and one mean and deliciously powerful machine!!

Designed by Belgium manufacturer FN Herstal, The F2000 was unleashed upon the world on March 2001 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates during the at the IDEX defense exhibition after six years of development from 1995 through 2001. It remains in production to this day and has served in the Australian led Operation Astute in East Timor as well as the War in Afghanistan led by the United States.

FN Herstal FS2000 Tactical Carbine

Immediately evident is its lusciously modern design with all of the features of a weapon one would expect from playing a video game. In fact, contemporary pop culture has adopted the FS2000 in films such as Terminator Salvation and GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, TV Shows such as the Unit, and various video game series including Battlefield, Splinter Cell, Modern Warfare and Tom Clancy (to name just a few). Its beauty and artful form is brilliantly balanced by its vicious killer design and its ferocious assault capabilities.

Available in the USA through FNH USA at various dealers nationwide (where legal) as well as multiple online venues, the American models include either the 10 or 30 (Standard STANAG) round capacity FS2000 Standard, which are gas operated, closed rotary bolt, bullpup carbines chamberig 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington cartridges, and come complete with a standard M16 Optical sight module.

According to FNH USA, specifications describe the FS2000 as weighing 8.04 lbs (3.65 kg), measuring 27.08 inches (688 mm) in length, 3.2 inches in width (81.3 mm), 10.2 inches in height (259.1 mm) with a barrel length of 17.44 inches (443 mm). Though a semi-automatic, its original mother, the F2000 is capable of a rate of fire of 850 rounds per minute. All models have an effective range of 1,640 feet (500 meters).

FN Herstal FS2000 Tactical Carbine

FN Herstal adopted some of its important features from the P90 submachine guns including the trigger mechanism and the safety system. Its ambidextrous bullpup design facilitates handling, and the magazine catch and release button is installed symmetrically on the pistol grip. The magazine is loaded towards the rear of the body as opposed to the front as most bullpup designs, allowing for a much shorter exposed barrel which is useful during close assault situations. A small lift entry is located at the rear top indicating the presence of a round in the barrel, and the spent casings are collected in groups of two to five, then expelled at the front-right portion of the weapon when a small lift gate is closed, eliminating gaseous debris from smothering the shooter’s face.

Though complicated looking, just a few elements compose the FS200. A quick removal of a pin removes the sight cover and module revealing the Picatinny rail. Most of the exposed steel is made of composite material while the barrel is a chromed hammer forged steel featuring a flash suppressor with an angled cut at the end. FN Herstal claims the barrel can retain its accuracy even after 20,000, non-sustained rounds.

The FS2000 does have some limited aftermarket parts available, most useful of which is the flashlight module replacing the lower front hub. While the FS2000 Standard does not come with the computer programming to carry it, the F2000 is capable of carrying a proprietary lightweight 40 mm under-slung GL1 grenade launcher, capable of firing off a low velocity 40×46 mm grenade.

The FS2000 is a civilian firearms enthusiast’s dream. Ownership is the only proper entity that should be available in a human’s life. Some of the best features in terms of personal use and experience includes the almost immediate recovery from the sights to the target. After firing off a round, you are practically instantly ready for a second, equally accurate shot. Moreover, the powerful 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington cartridges smoothly fly off the weapon as if firing a .22 rifle, yet delivering the brutal and forceful punishment of a .223. For the faint of heart and the light of wallet, purchasing this badboy might be a thrill in and of itself. All of the features and near perfection you get with this masterful instrument comes at a steep price – currently just under $2,200. Nevertheless, this is hands down a machine to own!

Wife shooting an FN Herstal FS2000 Tactical Carbine

Beretta CX-4 Storm Tactical Carbine

The Cx4 Beretta Storm

The Cx4 Beretta Storm is a beautifully designed semi-automatic carbine intended for cartridges and magazines to be interchangeable with other Beretta semi-automatic pistols.

Designed by Italian manufacturer Beretta, the Beretta Cx4 Storm has been in production since 2003 and is aimed at the home defense market, but has also become popular in various police forces and SWAT teams throughout the United States.

Beretta CX-4 Storm Tactical Carbine

It’s unique practical design facilitates chambering, push-button dissemblance for rapid maintenance, dual side customization, and most importantly the ability to load cartridges compatible with Beretta pistols and can even interchange with other manufacturers’ magazines with some costly modifications.

According to beretta.com, the robust polymeric materials, or technopolymers, aided in the highly futuristic and ergonomic design of the Cx4 Beretta Storm which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also extremely versatile offering superior¬†performance, safety and reliability. It’s steel barrel is chrome lined for maximum corrosion resistance aimed at increasing the barrel’s and the overall weapon’s life. It is further equipped with a rubber recoil pad which improves comfort and contributes to a better, more accurate shot by minimizing the time to adjust the sights after recoil.

Similar to the Beretta pistols it is meant to be interchanged with, the loads operate on a standard blowback system, allowing each fired round to set into place the subsequent round through its rearward thrust while simultaneously releasing the spent case. The most widely used interchangeable pistol is the Beretta 92FS and its 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. Among the included cartridge capabilities are the 9x21mm IMI, .40 S&W and the .45 ACP.

The firearm’s physical specifications define its weight as 2.575 kg or 5.68 lbs, its length at 755mm or 29.7 inches which includes its barrel length at 422.5mm or 16.6 inches. The Beretta Storm Cx4 is 63mm or 2.5 inches wide and 190mm or 7.5 inches tall. Load capacities through its feed system include 8, 10, 11, 15, 20 or 30 round plastic box magazines. The Beretta Cx4 Storm comes standard with a 2 position¬†aperture flip sight at the rear and an adjustable front post sight.

Beretta CX-4 Storm Tactical Carbine

In the video on this page, my wife is seen firing a Beretta Storm Cx4 using 9mmx19 cartridges and a holographic scope sight; the Beretta Storm Cx4 is highly customizable and the holographic scope is an excellent example of its customization capabilities. Notice how precise each shot is, connecting each shot with its target precisely and consistently. After her session, she claimed that the recoil was almost completely absorbed by the Cx4 and she had little trouble connecting the sights with the targets after each shot. Additionally, the scope had significantly facilitated her aiming, and the weight of the firearm reduced fatigue and kept her in line with her objectives. As I observed the beauty of the weapon, she was able to fully appreciate its ergonomics and performance.

I wanted to get her this carbine so I’d have an excuse to get myself a Beretta 92, but she turned me down in favor of the insanely expensive and powerful FN Herstal FS2000!

Wife shooting a Beretta CX-4 Storm Tactical Carbine

AR15 Assault Rifle

AR-15

AR-15 Assault Rifle

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic, fully automatic and service rifle known originally as the ArmaLite model 15 designed by Eugene Stoner in 1957 and has been in service since 1958 through present. Several manufacturers claim the AR-15 including ArmaLite and Colt, and it’s most famous variant is the M16 Selective Fire assault rifle. Having acquired the rights in 1959, Colt manufactured the M16 to the U.S. Navy, Army, Airforce and Marine Corps while simultaneously marketing the brand to law enforcement agencies as well as civilian customers. The M16 is highly recognizable as the primary assault rifle during the Vietnam war.

Only the lower receiver assembly is designated as a firearm, which unlike most other rifles, contains the serial number in conjunction with the firing mechanisms. This feature allows upper assemblies to be quickly interchanged and mail-ordered as separate, non-weapon designated parts. The detachable STANG magazines can fire may different types of rounds, but the AR-15 was designed mainly for the .223 Remington and the 5.56 NATO.

AR-15 Assault Rifle

I have the great pleasure of using one fitted with a 40mm grenade launcher. Unfortunately, I don’t have legal access to 40mm projectile grenades and therefore cannot write about their use, but I can use the rifle with 9mm rounds in its magazine. The grenade launcher adds extra weight to the barrel and extra support is necessary to keep the sights lined with the target, but the rifle is excellent at absorbing the recoil from its comparatively small rounds, making each successive shot easier to align and maneuver. If it were a fully automatic version, it would be easy to maintain the current target. For this reason, the M16 is so successful at creating massive wounding and hydrostatic shock with its rapid fire energy.

Because of many factors including its ease of handling, reliability and most importantly, its versatility, the AR-15 will continue to be a popular firearm in the Military, law enforcement and civilian sport worldwide. Beyond that, I think it looks cool and is fun to shoot. I like the rubber grips on some of the models I’ve tried, and I do enjoy the .223 cartridges, which add a nice solid punch.

Shooting an AR-15 Assault Rifle

 

AK-47 Kalasnikov Assault Rifle

The AK-47 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle

The AK-47 is a gas operated selective fire assault rifle designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov for the manufacturing company Izhmash in the Soviet Union from 1944 to 1946. The Soviet Armed Forces ultimately accepted the modernized redesign in 1949 with the designation AK-47; Avtomat Kalashnikova 47 – the 1947 redesign of the Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle.

Infamously known in the Western world as the weapon of the enemy, the AK has been used by practically every opponent of the United States from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, through the Vietnam war and into the War on Terror. Its multiple variants along with cheap, free or unlicensed production made distribution andavailability easy for multiple revolutionary groups throughout Africa and the Middle East, Communist parties in Asia and South America, and drug cartels in Mexico. Its current and most notorious users are the terrorist groups Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

AK-47 Kalasnikov Assault Rifle

Designed primarily for Soviet soldiers to maneuver with large gloves in extreme cold climates, the weapon has large parts and generous spacing between moving parts making it both practical, easy to clean and resilient to multiple weather conditions. In addition, it is easy and cheap to produce making it sometimes easier to illegally manufacture than to smuggle, though both situations are almost equally responsible for the massive global inventory of an estimated 500 million firearms currently available in the world. In Northern Africa, the AK-47 can currently be bought for roughly $30 to $120 dollars, and in Kenya the price is down to 4 cows from 15 in the mid 1980’s.

The reliability and mechanical clearances come at the cost of accuracy, and its primary purpose was for close range battles of less than 300 meters. It has an adjustable rear tangent iron sight measured in hundred meters and an adjustable front sight. It weighs a heavy 9.5 pounds (4.3 kg) and ranges from 25.4 inches (645 mm) for the folding stock up to 34.4 inches (875 mm) for the fixed wooden extended stock and a barrel length of 16.3 inches (415 mm). The gas operated, rotating bolt action produces a rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute when fully automatic, and holds a 7.62x39mm M43 cartridge in a 20 to 30 curved detachable box magazine or up to 75 with a round drum magazine.

Whether it is because I am spoiled with lighter, well built and more expensive American weapons, or simply because of an inherent disrespect for its current users, the AK-47 rifle felt like a piece of junk to me. It was heavy, the wood is cheap, and the firing it is uninspiring and unimaginative. It feels welfare poor after getting its monthly check; a homeless bum with a hard-on. A piece of junk with the ability to kill. The AK-47 shoots inaccurate rounds even at 100 yards, but as a battle weapon proves destructive and reliable, and therefore deserves some respect. Additionally, its vast global use in over six decades proves its reliability and function produced with relative ease and inexpense. Overall though, it’s a bad shot and it’s ugly.

AK-47 Kalasnikov Assault Rifle

Remington 870 a

The Remington Shotgun Model 870

The Remington Shotgun Model 870 is a pump action shotgun manufactured in the United States by Remington Arms Company, Incorporated since 1951. According to the Gun Digest Treasury, the 870 holds the record for being the best selling shotgun in the world with over ten million units sold. Its popularity can be attributed to its ruggedness and reliability as demonstrated by various military and police organizations throughout the world.

The Remington Shotgun comes in several variants including the Wingmaster, Express, Marine, SPS, SPS-T, XCS, TAC and Super Magnum. It ranges from 7 to 8 pounds (3.2 to 3.6 kg) and ranges from 37.5 to 50.5 inches (946 to 1,283 mm).

Its internal tube magazine holds between three and eight rounds with cartridge sizes of 12 gage, 16 gage, 20 gage, 28 gage ad .410 bore. It is a bottom feeder with a side ejector for spent casings.

I normally like to get some shooting in before venturing off into my annual shaman’s journey, and this year I concentrated my efforts on several shotguns and a little trap shooting. After shooting a 20 gage shotgun with perfect precision; connecting at 100% with every disk, I decided to step it up and use the 12 Remington Shotgun – the 870 badboy.

Remington Shotgun

I definitely lost some of the precision and connected less, connecting between 70% initially then improving to about 80%. But what I gained was power and exhilaration! The recoil pushed the cavity between my shoulder and chest with delicate force, and the sounds of each explosion ventured into the air with claim and dignity.

Target shooting straight with the Remington Shotgun has always been near perfect, but the smooth flow of back and forth movements trying to align the sight with the clays was challenged by the sight itself above the barrel. While it may have air pockets to allow for fluid movement, the 20 gage Defender lacked that extra material and was far easier to maneuver.

In the first video on this page, I’m firing a Remington 870 Magnum straight into the range. While the stuffed animals posing as targets don’t even move as the pellets shoot right through them, precision is definitely challenged. However, the shower of pellets penetrate at least portions of the body even at a range of thirty yards. Any closer and annihilation is practically guaranteed. This is what makes the Remington an excellent choice for home protection; at close encounters, a point and shoot action is sufficient to bring down any potential threat, and its 12 gage ammunition offers incredible stopping power!

Nevertheless, the Remington was a far more exciting weapon, and its inspiration set the mood for a twisted evening filled with fury and lethal detonation.

Remington Shotgun

9mm Glock Semi Automatic Pistol

9mm Glock

The 9mm Glock is a collection of polymer and steel semi-automatic pistols that are among the most commonly used handguns in the world; claiming up to 65% of the law enforcement market in the United States, with the Glock 17 9mm reigning in as the dominant force.

Designed by AShooting a 9mm Glockustrian company Glock GmbH in Deutsche-Wagram, its original intent was to replace the World War II era Walther P38 that was the standard hand weapon of the Austrian Ministry of Defense. According to the company’s website, over 2,500,000 units in its multiple variants have been produced since 1982. A pioneer in
synthetic polymers, Glock GmbH paved the way in handgunmaterials manufacturing by introducing the first
synthetic polymer – or plastic – handgun frame.

The standard 9mm Glock 17 measures 7.32 inches (186 mm) and weighs 22 ounces (625 grams). It has an optional 10, 19 and 33 round capacity with 17 being the standard. It is a short recoil operated locked breech that uses a cam-lock system.

Upon first holding the Glock, I could quickly feel its lightweight qualities and how easy it was to grasp and maneuver. As a aligned my sights to the target and controlled my breath, I squeezed slowly on the trigger and finally allowed it to surprise me at the fire. The bullet escaped through the barrel and connected evenly with the target as the pistol recoiled with soft forgiving. A brief realigning was necessary to repeat the process again, and all the proceeding rounds managed to connect evenly and assertively at the center of the objective.

9mm Glock TargetThe 9mm Glock has gained a solid following and reputation for many reasons including its lightweight qualities, reliability, passive safety features and simple yet defined style. As a semi-automatic pistol, it
remains a personal favorite due to its control, simplicity and itsability to consistently attain its target.

I’ve been getting a lot of slack over the years on the Glock being too much of a block, too square or too unsexy. It’s been compared negatively to the 9mm Beretta 92. I’m a big fan of the Beretta, but it’s an unfair comparison because you’re paying almost twice as much for the firearm over the Glock, and the Glock was never
designed to be sexy, but to be intimidating, reliable and practical while being priced well enough to fit the demanding budgets of law enforcement.

So, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Have fun walking down the runway with your sexy Beretta as I shoot 9mm cartridges into the furious darkness of the night with my 9mm Glock.

22 Beretta

Beretta 22

The Beretta .22 LR Practice Kit is designed by Beretta specifically for the Beretta 92 series pistols. It’s main purpose according to Beretta USA is to facilitate practice shooting and training with the already familiar 92 Series. The 22 conversion kit features a matte black finish and includes the steel .22LR barrel, an aluminum slide with FS manual safety and firing pin block, recoil spring, recoil spring guide, a 10 round techno-polymer magazine and a magazine loader. Extra magazines are available, currently with a suggested retail price of about $40.00. Fully adjustable rear and fixed front sights are standard features, and the locking system becomes blow-back. The overall kit, according to Beretta USA, is sold for $349.00.

The .22 LR kit converts all standard frame 92 series pistols which include Target, Brigadier, Centurion and Elite versions of models 92SB, 92F, 92FS, 96, 98F, 98FS, 92G, 96DG, 93D and the 98F CAL. 7.65 MM PARA. They are not meant for the Compact L and M due to shorter frames, 92A1 and 96A1 as well as the Combat, Stock and Billennium versions which are entirely different systemsta .22 LR Practice Kit fires .22 LR caliber cartridges, has a magazine capacity of 10, its barrel length is 5.1 inches (130 mm) and its sight radius is 6.8 inches (172 mm).

My wife decided to take on the Beretta 22 Beretta Target.22 even after firing off some nice rounds with a 9mm Glock; she felt as if she might do better with a lighter cartridge, though I was absolutely impressed by her precision with the 9mm. Nevertheless, she took aim at both the head and the chest, and beautifully connected on both counts. The photograph shows only the shots that connected with the chest, because…. you get the picture and I’ too lazy to edit another photograph. but you can see the target results in the video. Overall, she was happy with the accuracy but felt the gun could do little more than some light target shooting. And as Beretta suggests, this is a practice shooting and training caliber with the main advantage being the overall cost savings from using the much lighter and less expensive .22.