Monday, December 31, 2012

2012, A Gunnie Review

It's the last day of 2012. What better way to end the year than with a recap of the new guns added to the armory this year?

We started the year with something very unique:

KRISS Vector.

The KRISS Vector was a huge hit at SHOT Show in January, and I was able to secure one for testing to see what all the buzz was about. It's a lot of fun for a pistol caliber carbine, and draws lots of looks at the range.

Charter Arms Undercover 38.

Charter Arms's answer to the S&W J-frame, the Undercover 38 was the first firearm from Charter Arms that I had ever shot, let alone reviewed.

Charter Arms Bulldog.

Got a chance to review the Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special along with the Undercover. Couple of good, solid little guns.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown.

When I saw the 10/22 Takedown at the NRA convention in St. Louis, I knew I had to get my hands on one. The good folks at Ruger were happy to comply.


Easily the most  interesting firearm I received this year, the handgonne from gunsmith extraordinaire Spear made its debut at the Fifth Annual Northeast Bloggershoot and was easily the biggest hit. You have GOT to love a firearm with NO moving parts!

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38.

Smith & Wesson sent along a Bodyguard 38 - this time, that I could actually bring home - for review to go along with the two M&Ps and the Bodyguard 380. They've really been keen on revamping their line of concealed carry handguns, and the Bodyguard 38 is a new look at their J-frame snubnosed revolvers.

Kel-Tec SUB2000.

I talked to the good folks at Kel-Tec about acquiring one of their SUB2000 pistol caliber carbines for testing at SHOT Show at the beginning of the year, and they were kind enough to send this one along.

Ruger 22/45 Lite.

Courtesy of Ruger, I have a lovely 22/45 Lite Rimfire pistol for T&E. Should be wrapping this one up soon - and it has been excellent.

MG Arms K-Yote.

MG Arms was kind enough to send along the K-Yote rifle for my varmint hunt in Colorado.


Thanks to SIG SAUER for providing this P238 for Testing & Evaluation.

York Arms Conspirator.

Thanks to York Arms for this insanely accurate rifle that I intend to shoot the hell out of over the next few years, and hope to use to good effect on reducing the prairie dog population of Colorado.

The Conspirator was the only gun added to the inventory that wasn't specifically a T&E gun (although you're damned skippy I'll be reviewing it both at the range and in the field). Of the T&E guns that have been reviewed, the majority have gone back (insert sad face here), so they have only been temporary additions to the armory. Some have stayed, though, and I look forward to seeing what next year brings!

So, what did you get this year?

That is all.


Dave H said...

Let's see... a Ruger LC9 when I got my carry permit, then a Sig P238 (based in part on your remarks, so "mission accomplished" Sig!), a Ruger Mark I U.S. bicentennial edition, a Ruger 10/22 carbine (is there a trend developing here?), and a Remington 870 Express in 20 gauge for my fiancee to use when she visits. Oh, and I just finished building my scrapyard AK-47.

It's probably a good thing I'm not eligible for T&E units, else my house would collapse under the weight.

Jay G said...


Like I said, the majority of T&E guns wound up getting shipped back to the respective mfgs, so it wasn't that bad (either on the safe or on the wallet).

Hoping to "adopt" the remainder of the outstanding guns, and looking forward to SHOT Show (in less than two weeks!!!) to talk to the various manufacturers about setting up T&E units for 2013.

Hmmm. There's a post for tomorrow... ;)

Anonymous said...

I missed your send in photos of Christmas guns but dad was kind enough to pick us each up a 45 LC revolver at Cabelas after thanksgiving because....well they are on sale and we "need" something for Christmas. I also got my self a Springfield XD in 45 ACP back in June with several "evil" 13 round mags. So apparently 2012 was the year of 45 both old school and new school for Casa Del Riley.

Raptor said...

2012 was a momentous year for me. Bought my very first gun: a West-German manufactured SIG-Sauer P228.

Next year will feature either a German-made P220 or a pocket pistol for concealed carry. Or, hopefully, both!

Dave H said...

Jay, I'll bet Troy Defense could use some help with their AR-patterned carbine after the deal they had with Dick's Sporting Goods dried up. They'll probably be at SHOT looking for dealers, so they'll want plenty of publicity. Their loss could be your (and our) gain.

PJS said...

That S&W .38 is swell. (Would have fit into a Christmas stocking!)

Anonymous said...

Picked up a few things here and there, but above all, after many moons of debating, mulling over, cajoling, justifying...and most importantly, saving...
Finally pulled the trigger (so to speak) on ordering & received a Barrett M82A1.

I haven't stopped smiling yet!

Jay in WV

Anonymous said...

Bought another Ruger Flattop Blackhawk in .44 Special, this one with the Bisley grip. Will probably be adding a Henry levergun in .44 Mag/.44 SPL in the near future.

Am seriously considering buying a CA Bulldog as well, just to round out the collection. .44 Special is pretty expensive, but I'm liking it more and more. I find it will do everything the .357 will, and is a lot more pleasant to shoot out of a revolver. (Although maybe not in a Bulldog... ;) )

--Wes S.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Just one for me this year -- a Kel-Tec P11. I still haven't internalized the mindset of buying a gun "because I want it" or "but it's just so cool"... I still need to justify the purchases to myself, in that it gives me something I didn't already have. In this case, it's a concealed-carry 9mm with a 10-round magazine. (I'm a big guy, but carrying a Beretta 92 IWB concealed is still a trifle uncomfortable.) It shoots pretty well too.

I did place an order for a Sub2000, based in large part on Our Host's glowing report. It'll probably be at least six months before I can take delivery though; sigh.

Next I have my sights on a decent Mass-legal AR-15, preferably one I can convert easily from 5.56 to .22LR (and that won't require a second mortgage on the house). Suggestions, anyone?

Kevin said...

I added a Sig P239 in 9mm and a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle this year.

TOTWTYTR said...

I swore I wasn't going to buy any new guns in 2012 and I held to that.

All of my purchases were USED guns, sort of.

Let's see.

S&W 3904, S&W 3913, S&W 5904. You kids with your new fangled fire arms. I'll take those 3rd generation semi autos every time.

Oh, one new gun. A S&W 642 which was a warranty replacement for a 442 which suffered from a cracked frame. Yep, S&W replaced a 29 year old revolver for free.

That's some warranty.