Here is a specimen of the much maligned, but actually pretty good quality, Rohm or RG Revolvers imported en masse from the 1950s on up until 1986. Corporate genealogy of the Importers were first Eig Cutlery, then F.I.E. / Firearms Import and Export Company, and then an independent German Owned RG Industries in Miami. Many other distributors had their own names stamped on the RGs, notably FIE and Spesco. Manufacturer of these good solid revolvers was Rohm Gesontheim Germany, hence the corporate initials. Not C&R Eligible until 2014.
Most recently these handguns have been valued in excess of $1 million. One of the most rare and expensive handguns in the world.
Terry Tussey Customs Colt Longslide on Springfield frame hard chrome w/genuine elephant ivory
Tussey is an old school pistolsmith, a one-man-shop practitioner who still zeros every gun he builds himself. “I bought a .45 when I was 17 years old after reading Cooper’s Fighting Handguns. I already had a lathe at home and I started working on triggers. I got hired by [Los Angeles gunshop owner] Martin B. Retting in late ’59 and that was my first paid job working on guns. I’ve actually done trigger work and part-time gunsmithing ever since,” said the veteran customizer.
Tussey worked as a sales rep for Safariland and Colt during the ’60s and ’70s to supplement his gunsmithing sideline. “In ’79, I gave up all the extra stuff and went strictly into building custom pistols, kinda forced out by telemarketing. My middle daughter took over my route selling guns while I made the transition. She did it for no pay, just to help the family out,” said Tussey, a father of four and grandfather of nine.
.577 Black Powder Express, a cartridge invented by the late Samuel Baker who had Holland & Holland build him an express rifle in this caliber.This caliber is generally used for thick-skinned dangerous game such as elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Even among professional ivory hunters of old it is typically treated as an emergency weapon carried by the hunter's gun bearer, reserved for stopping the charge of an enraged, wounded elephant in thick bushes rather than as a day-to-day hunting weapon. Only a few hunters such as James Sutherland did use it as their primary elephant rifle.
The Gen 4 has (changes from Gen 3):
* dual recoil spring (manages recoil better, increases reliability))
* interchangeable back straps (custom fit your hand)
* "RTF3" texture (rough texture frame)
* magazine release that can be switched to use left or right handed
The Gen 3 has (changes from Gen 2):
* accessory rail (for mounting lights or lasers etc...)
* finger grooves and thumb rests on frame
* loaded chamber indicator (on extractor)
* olive drab frames (optional)
The Gen 2 has (changes from Gen 1):
* checkering on the front strap
* serrations on the back strap
* a steel plate with a stamped serial number was embedded into the dust cover
If you plan on accessorizing your Glock then get a Gen 3. There's more accessories available.
The following are the Austrian Ministry of Defense specifications that the first Glocks were designed to meet.
- The design has to be self-loading.
- The pistol must fire the NATO-standard 9×19mm Parabellum round.
- The magazines would not require any means of assistance for loading.
- The magazines must have a minimum capacity of 8 rounds.
- All actions necessary to prepare the pistol for firing and any actions required after firing must be done single-handed, either right- or left-handed.
- The pistol must be absolutely secure against accidental discharge from shock, stroke and drops from a height of 2 meters onto a steel plate.
- Disassembly of the main parts for maintenance and reassembling must be possible without the use of any tools.
- Maintenance and cleaning of the pistol must be accomplished without the use of tools.
- The pistol's construction may not exceed 58 individual parts (equivalent of a P38).
- Gauges, measuring and precise testing devices must not be necessary for the long-term maintenance of the pistol.
- The manufacturer is required to provide the Ministry of Defence with a complete set of engineering drawing and exploded views. These must be supplied with all the relevant details for the production of the pistol.
- All components must be fully interchangeable between pistols.
- No more than 20 malfunctions are permitted during the first 10,000 rounds fired, not even minor jams that can be cleared without the use of any tools.
- After firing 15,000 rounds of standard ammunition, the pistol will be inspected for wear. The pistol will then be used to fire an overpressure test cartridge generating 5,000 bar (500 MPa; 73,000 psi) (the normal maximum operating pressure Pmax for the 9 mm NATO is rated at 2,520 bar (252 MPa; 36,500 psi). The critical components must continue to function properly and be up to specifications, otherwise the pistol will be disqualified.
- When handled properly, under no circumstances may the user be endangered by case ejection.
- The muzzle energy must be at least 441.5 J when firing a 9mm S-round/P-08 Hirtenberger AG.
- Pistols scoring less than 70% of the total available points will not be considered for military use.
|NOT My AR-15|
Well this is the story of an AR-15 nightmare. Don't worry it's not the one about the nasty conservative neighbor who couldn't have any possible need for such a heinous implement and should melt it down and make a solar powered kum ba yah pit out of it. No it is the story of a gun enthusiast's quest to build his very first AR from parts, sounds easy right? Thinking that was my first mistake, the first of very, very many mistakes. Anyone thinking of trying this for the first time should read along on the forthcoming posts as I get them up over the next few weeks. Maybe you can learn a few things from my mistakes. My tale of woe and hard learned lessons will follow soon, right now I need to find a bigger hammer....don't ask.