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Sig P365 XMacro TACOPS 9mm Compact Pistol

Sig Sauer has added another member to the already extensive P365 family tree with the P365 XMacro TACOPS model. This 9mm compact pistol takes the P365 in a slightly different direction.

When the P365 XMacro came out late in 2022, it was originally supposed to be a 15-round capacity pistol. But according to Sig, when the process got started, the company took it further to be a ported 17-round pistol. Sig was able to incorporate the high-capacity magazines but keep the original height of the P365. Now Sig has taken that design and removed the slide ports for compensation and a few more magazines to give the market the Sig P365 XMacro TACOPS model pistol.

Sig has updated the P365 family of pistols to include the P365 XMacro TACOPS model pistol. This model of the P365 XMacro is shooter-focused with four 17-round magazines and a RomeoZero-style optic from the factory. (Photo credit: C.Eger/Guns.com)

The P365 XMacro TACOPS, at its core, is a macro P365, with some great features. One of those features folks seem to really like is the extended slide lever. The lever, which according to Sig, won’t cause interference issues with concealed carry holsters. Additionally, the XMacro TACOPS model has the added magwell, like the previous XMacro pistol. The magwell, combined with what looks like the XL slide on the compact frame, gives you a smaller pistol with a decent-sized grip. Go figure.

Sig stated the P365 XMacro TACOPS is a shooter-focused pistol with the most rounds possible. The 17+1 capacity magazine, of which the consumer receives four, helps deliver on that focus. The XMacro TACOPS reportedly comes from Sig with the reliable RomeoZero series optic, taking the pistol’s performance up a notch.

While the pistol does not come with a threaded barrel, Sig stated that not all carry weapons need to be super tactical. The pistol does, however, have a 1913 rail for lights or accessories, and the four magazines that can be used across the P365 family line according to the company. The P365 XMacro TACOPS 9mm pistol from Sig is not on the market just yet (supposed to land in early February) but it is rumored to have a price of around $750-$800.

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Shadow Systems Subcompact CR920P – The Mag Life

Shadow Systems, the Texas-based pistol maker, has expanded its 9mm offerings to include a subcompact pistol with an integrated compensator with the CR920P. This is an upgrade from the CR920 pistol and features a self-locking, self-indexing compensator.

The CR920P does not have a threaded barrel, instead, it has the built-in patent pending compensator. This is to help skirt any issues where end users are forbidden from having a threaded barrel. One of Shadow Systems’ goals with the CR920P was to make use of the space in the attachment with the compensator, without a threaded barrel, that would allow the CR920P to fit into a Glock 48 holster. Thus, the subcompact 13+1 capacity CR920P was born.

Shadow Systems has upgraded the CR920 family of pistols to include the CR920P. This 9mm subcompact makes use of an integral compensator, and no threaded barrel, to keep the package in the same profile as a G48. Initial testers reported 40% less muzzle rise when compared to uncompensated pistols. [Photo credit: Shadow Systems]

The CR920P is built on the CR920 frame and has a slide that features directional serrations in the front, rear, and top of the slide. On the top of the slide sit steel sights featuring a tritium front with the patented Shadow Systems multi-footprint optic cut. The cut allows for direct-to-slide mounting of many brands of mini-red dot sight optics.

Shadow Systems also wanted reliability with its integral compensator design. Using standard-weight factory springs and many different bullet weights, the company tested samples of the pistol over thousands of rounds without cleaning, noting no loss of reliability or carbon lock-out. On top of that kind of performance, the compensator was still just as easy to remove at the end of the testing as it was in the beginning.

Inside the slide is a match-grade, spiral-fluted barrel attached to the machined carbon steel compensator, both with a black nitride finish. The CR920P also features a stainless-steel guide rod and flat-faced trigger. The trigger is also drop-safe and has a 4.5-5.0-pound trigger pull with a crisp and tactile reset.

Noting that recoil reduction can be subjective, Shadow Systems reports that its test shooters reported a 40% reduction in muzzle rise, thanks to the compensator that doesn’t have side ports eliminating the blast being directed at bystanders. The CR920P ships with two magazines, one 13+1 magazine and one 10+1 flush magazine, with magazine extensions available for purchase, and a zipped pistol rug.

The CR920P should arrive in spring 2023, and along with it will be a better idea of pricing as none has been mentioned by Shadow Systems. Some reports have the price near $1,100.

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MDT SRS-X Elite Buttstock Weight

MDT, a multi-country company, has expanded its offerings of accessories to include the SRS-X Elite Buttstock Weight. This weight, when added to the rifle, helps to decrease recoil, and improve the balance of the rifle.

The SRS-X Elite buttstock weight is designed to fit into the MDT SRS-X Elite buttstock which is on the MDT ACC Elite rifle. Weighing in about ¾ of a pound, the weight mounts on the rear of the rifle, giving an extra bit of weight to the rear—effectively moving the balance point significantly rearward.

MDT has expanded its offerings for accessories to include the SRS-X Elite Buttstock Weight. The weight, shown installed on the SRS stock, takes the center of gravity further to the rear to help balance the rifle better. [Photo credit MTD]

MDT states that the weight and shift of the center of gravity have a profound effect on the balance of the system. The company goes on to state that the weight is recommended to offset the weight of an MTU/Straight barrel or heavier muzzle device.

The buttstock weight mounts in the lower pocket of the MDT SRS (Skeleton Rifle Stock) buttstocks. To install, the buttpad assembly is removed, the weight slides into place and is secured with screws, and then reinstall the buttpad. The SRS-X Elite Buttstock weight has clearance built in for the cheek riser guide rods so the weight will not affect any other functions on the buttstock once it has been installed.

With the weight fitting through the buttpad, the underside clearance slot is free for mounting M-LOK accessories to the buttstock with the weight in place. The SRS-X Elite weight is specific to the MDT SRR Elite buttstock and will not fit any other manufacturer’s buttstock. A word of note from the manufacturer: the weight will replace one of the buttstock jellies that comes with the stock so not all five jellies will be used.

The SRS-X Elite MDT Buttstock Weight is available in black and has a t a price of $79.95.

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Surefire XSC Pistol Light for Small Guns

Surefire is an obvious choice when it comes to pistol lights however in the world of compact guns, lights have been lacking. At SHOT Show 2023, Surefire gave us their latest pistol light that was designed around the Glock 43X and 48, the Springfield Hellcat, and the Sig P365. The best part of it all though? The Surefire XSC has a rechargeable battery pack that allows you to charge the light without removing it from the weapon.

Designed around the Sig 365, Springfield Hellcat, and Glock 43x and 48, finally a pistol light that fits your subcompact guns. Holsters are on the market and ready to be purchased for this light.

Surefire XSC

Main Features

  • The XSC provides ambidextrous control with both momentary and constant on.
  • Provides an output of 400 lumens and 30 minutes constant on run time.
    Note: The website says 350 lumens however a surefire employee at SHOT stated that they are seeing around 400 lumens from the light.
  • A removable proprietary rechargeable lithium polymer 3.7V battery allows the light battery to be changed without removing the light from the gun. The battery is also toolless to remove.
  • The charging cradle is included in the purchase and has two charging bays for two batteries to be charged at once. Additional charging cradles and batteries can be purchased separately.
  • Holsters are already being made and sold for this light from companies such as Werkz Light-Bearing Holsters.
  • A natural finger-angled switch provides easy on/off of the light.

Specs

  • Weight: 1.7 oz (48.2 g)
  • Length: 1.94 inches (4.9 cm)
  • Output Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 2,000 Candela
  • Distance: 90 meters
  • Body Construction: Aluminum
  • Finish: Mil-Spec Hard Anodized
  • Bezel Diameter: .78 in (1.9 cm)
surefire xsc on display
The Surefire XSC has ambidextrous controls and the paddles are very ergonomically friendly. They are easy to press and fit the thumb naturally.

The XSC light is available for purchase now and has already been adopted by the United States Marshals, so sub-compact gun users are showing their trust in this light.

Steph Martz is a Veteran of the full time MNARNG force as a Small Arms Repairer and worked to bolster their marksmanship team. Mainly a technical writer and gunsmith within the Federal world she comes with many armorer classes under her belt such as KAC, Glock, every FN weapon in the book, and Small Arms Weapons Expert (SAWE). So, sorry to bore you with the knowledge that actually make firearms shoot. Currently heavily into the long range world she competes in National Rifle League Hunter and various Gas Gun Precision Series.

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Franklin Armory Binary Trigger for Glock

Franklin Armory has been creating binary triggers for a while now. However, this is their first binary trigger specifically made for the Glock. Coming with an entire slide and trigger, this trigger will not interfere with hooded holsters and is very attractive in appearance. With the third/binary position being located on the slide it is easy to reach and manipulate no matter what configuration you are running your Glock in, i.e. with a brace or not. Note that there are three positions: semi, safe, and binary. That safe position allows users to cancel their second binary round, the round fired on the reset.

Franklin Armory’s first binary trigger is almost unnoticeable due to being mounted on their proprietary slide that resembles a Glock side. This resemblance allows standard Glock holsters to fit the firearm and not interfere with hoods.

The G-S173 Binary Trigger

Main Features

  • Fits Glock Model 17-Gen 3, and more models are slated to be released.
  • Selectable binary with a slide-mounted selector.
  • Release round is cancellable, simply pull the trigger for the first round, and if you don’t want the second round to fire switch the selector to safe as you are holding the trigger. When the trigger is released the second round will not fire.
  • Due to being mounted on the slide, there is nothing protruding from the back of the pistol as other Glock binary triggers do. This allows the pistol to still be used with a hooded holster.
  • The Kit includes a slide and a trigger.
  • When using a brace, the selector is still reachable due to being mounted on the rear side of the slide.
glock 17 gen 3 franklin armory binary trigger on display.
This trigger can be run with or without a brace due to being ergonomically friendly. The selector also features a safe option that can cancel the second round on a trigger press.

Coming Soon

This trigger was shown at last year’s SHOT Show, 2022. However, Franklin Armory has since made updates and re-released it this year. Due to this and as Franklin Armory has stated, it is slated to be available for purchase this year and a specific number on the price has not been set.

Steph Martz is a Veteran of the full time MNARNG force as a Small Arms Repairer and worked to bolster their marksmanship team. Mainly a technical writer and gunsmith within the Federal world she comes with many armorer classes under her belt such as KAC, Glock, every FN weapon in the book, and Small Arms Weapons Expert (SAWE). So, sorry to bore you with the knowledge that actually make firearms shoot. Currently heavily into the long range world she competes in National Rifle League Hunter and various Gas Gun Precision Series.

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Tisas Introduces the Night Stalker 1911

Entry-level 1911 lovers rejoice! Tisas, the name of the game in affordable 1911-style pistols announced the new Night Stalker 1911 over SHOT Show 2023.

The new Tisas Night Stalker 1911 is only available in a grey/black Cerakote, but other varieties are sure to follow. (Photo credit: tisas-usa.com)

The new Night Stalker takes a few modern 2011 nods, but is still a slim, all-steel single-stack 1911 based on the Colt 70 Series lock work. As Browning himself intended, the Night Stalker holds eight rounds of 45 ACP.

The Night Stalker is an all-forged pistol available in a dull grey Night Stalker Cerakote finish paired with stark, black aluminum grips. The skeletonized hammer, barrel, ambidextrous safety, magazine release, and slide stop are finished in black Cerakote; as are the extended beavertail, squared trigger, and grip safety.

The left side of the Tisas Night Stalker.
The Night Stalker operates and disassembles like an old GI or Series 70 1911. All you need is a thumb and a little patience to take it down. (Photo credit: tisas-usa.com)

To take aim, the pistol comes with a luminescent tritium front sight and a black-serrated rear sight. The forged carbon steel slide has angular cocking serrations at the rear and is scalloped through toward the muzzle. The frame has a traditional rounded trigger guard but there is a Picatinny rail milled into the dustcover for all your light needs.

The Night Stalker is packaged with two magazines in a hard case. It has an MSRP of $749.99. At the time of this writing, this model will begin to ship during the second quarter of 2023.

Tisas Trabzon Silah Sanayi has been producing firearms in Turkey since 1993. In the United States, Tisas is known for their polymer PX9 pistol as well as a variety of 1911 and Browning Hi Power clones. In 2022, Tisas USA of Knoxville, Tennessee became the exclusive importer of Tisas products.

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DuraMag 20-Rd Aluminum Mag and Suppressor

DuraMag, a well-known Florida-based manufacturer of magazines, has expanded its company to include a suppressor division. Yup, that’s right. DuraMag is getting into the suppressor game.

Since the division is relatively young, think of it starting LATE last year, there isn’t a whole lot of concrete info available for the division or its products. However, the company did show off one of its prototypes at SHOT Show 2023.

DuraMag Suppressor

DuraMag surprised SHOT visitors with a lightweight 3D-printed rifle suppressor prototype. More information should come by Spring 2023. (Photo credit: TFB)

Like many of the suppressors from SHOT, this one relies on additive manufacturing, which is a fancy phrase for 3D printing. The key to using this kind of manufacturing is that designers can get shapes that traditional manufacturing cannot.

Initial reporting on the suppressor line-up shows a monocore design made of very lightweight materials, like a titanium or combination with steel for some durability for the rifle suppressor. An interesting feature of the DuraMag suppressor is the user-operated venting on the front endcap. It is a two-piece design that can be opened or closed by removing the inner piece from the cap.

The suppressor is supposed to be launched in the Spring of 2023 and is expected to be around 6.5 inches in length. As stated before, there is no name yet, let alone pricing, so that info will be coming in the next few months as well.

20-Round Mag

Also from DuraMag at SHOT is a 20-round aluminum magazine in OD Green. Normally, a new magazine from a magazine manufacturer isn’t unheard of, but this is something that the military was asking for. DuraMag delivered on that request.

DuraMag 20-rd OD Green magazine
The US Government asked and DuraMag responded. The company now has a 20-rd aluminum OD Green AR magazine. According to the company, the high-strength magazine won’t flex like polymer and is durable no matter how long it sits in storage. (Photo credit: DuraMag)

The 20-round magazine is constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum for a lightweight but durable magazine. It’s a special edition run with an orange follower. According to the company, the color becomes part of the metal and with its Progressive die tooling, Post Hole design, and fully robotic welding, the magazine will be consistent and reliable regardless of how long it’s been in storage. The magazine has an MSRP of $16.99.

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Daniel Defense Soundguard Suppressors and Chassis Adapter

Daniel Defense, no stranger to unveiling cool products, has officially launched its Soundguard suppressor family along with a folding stock adapter for the Pro series rifle chassis. 

Soundguard Suppressor Line

The Soundguard suppressor line has a 5.56, 30 caliber, and a titanium 30 caliber suppressor. The new suppressor line is said to be a cutting-edge gas-flow dynamic system that eliminates over-gassing and directs the gas forward and away from the shooter’s face.

Daniel Defense launched its Soundguard suppressor line at SHOT Show 2023, including a stainless steel SG-556 and SG-30, and a titanium SG-30Ti suppressor. (Photo credit: Daniel Defense)

The Soundguard powered by KGM lowers impulse noise levels, helping protect against hearing loss. The suppressors have a patent-pending baffle stack and a proprietary coating on the internal components to reduce the firearm’s flash to almost zero.

The Soundguard suppressors will ship with a removable direct thread mount, meaning the suppressor can be used with other direct thread mounts or QD mounts on the market thanks to the HUB standard 1.375-24 UNS thread pitch of the mount. The steel Soundguard suppressors, the SG-556 and the SG-30, are full-auto rated and feature a stainless steel baffle stack and outer tube. The SG-30Ti is constructed from a titanium baffle stack and tube for a lighter package weighing just 15 ounces with the mount.

All of the Soundguard suppressors feature a patent-pending gas-flow pathing that stabilizes the rounds to ensure high accuracy with little POI shifts. The SG-556 and the SG-30 have a price tag of $750 while the SG-30Ti has a price tag of $1,000.

Folding Stock Adapter for Pro Chassis

Daniel Defense also expanded its Pro Chassis family of products and accessories to include an option for a Folding Stock Adapter. It was developed exclusively for the Delta 5 Pro and R700 PRO chassis systems. The adapter installs within minutes and allows the buttstock to fold in, making the rifle smaller for easier transport or storage.

Folding Stock adapter from DD
Daniel Defense expanded its Pro Chassis accessories to include a folding stock adapter. This adapter makes it easier to store the rifle and installs on the rifle within minutes. (Photo credit: Daniel Defense)

The folding stock adapter was constructed with extremely tight tolerances from stainless steel to give the strongest possible lockup and eliminate any play that is usually present with folding stocks. The adapter has a no-button design to help minimize any impact from dirt or debris. Additionally, it allows for easy and direct access to the barrel without having to redo any adjustments.

The Daniel Defense Folding Stock Adapter for the Pro Chassis has a price tag of $199 and is available soon.

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Mepro Tru-Vision Rifle Red Dot First Impressions

Meprolight is the latest optic company to join the rifle-mounted optic fray with their new Tru-Vision red dot. They sent me one to try a couple of weeks ago. Normally, I would run it through the paces, use it in a variety of environments, shove a ton of lead downrange using it as my aiming point, and then give you my overall thoughts in a full-on review. But I’m going to do something different this time: start with my first impressions and issue an after-action follow-up later. So read on today and stay tuned for later.

Early testing included shooting at 50, 100, and 200 yards.

The rifle red dot field is crowded. Many legacy brands such as Leupold, Vortex, and others jumped on the bandwagon long ago and have been steadily improving their offerings over the years. A case could be made that Meprolight has been playing from behind this whole time, with a very narrow red dot selection that didn’t really compete at the same level. Until now.

At least that’s my initial impression. I’ve shot with the other brands, so I have something to compare to Meprolight’s latest version, and I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.

First, the specs, courtesy of Meprolight’s website:

  • Weight: < 285 gr.
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): < 73 x 56 x 68 mm
  • Display Window Dimensions: 25 x 20 mm
  • Aiming point diameter: 2.0 MOA
  • Reticle Pattern: Dot
  • Reticle Color: Red
  • Click Size: 0.5 MOA (0.14 mRad)
  • Brightness levels: 12 Day + 4 Night + Automatic Adjustment
  • Power Supply: 1x CR123 Battery
  • Weapon Mount: Picatinny Rail Quick release (Mil-STD 1913)
  • Environmental: MIL-STD-810

Unboxing

As I mentioned above, the optic came to me a couple of weeks ago, so I haven’t had much time to play with it. When it arrived, I did my usual unboxing ceremony to get first impressions of the customer presentation. I work in marketing at my day job, so I always pay attention to a product’s initial impression to the consumer.

What caught my attention the most about the Tru-Vision’s packaging wasn’t so much the box, although that was very nice and clean, but how Meprolight placed the optic on a tiny pedestal of Picatinny rail like it would soon be mounted on a rifle. It was also sheathed in a microfiber shroud that not only protected it during shipping but can prevent scratches moving forward. Not being a big fan of carrying extra stuff, however, I took the shroud off and tossed it back into the box, likely to never be seen again. But that’s just me. If you like that sort of thing, it’s a nice cover.

Mounting the Tru-Vision took all of five whole seconds, thanks to the Picatinny Rail Quick release (Mil-STD 1913). Knowing I would add a magnifier behind it, I mounted the red dot a bit forward of the chamber, a perfect distance for maximum eye relief both with and without the magnifier behind. Weighing in at less than 285 grams or around 10 ounces, the optic barely added any significant heft to the AR.

Meprolight Tru-Vision red dot with Holosun magnifier
The Meprolight Tru-Vision plays well with any brand of magnifier. In this case, a Holosun 3x.

The optic came with a Lithium 123 battery already installed, so I held the up arrow button and the red dot lit up the window. Next, I fiddled with the up and down arrows, adjusting the dot brightness from impractically blinding down to barely visible. The buttons were easy to use and big enough to easily accommodate my fat digits. That’s when I noticed the pentagonal NV button. Yep, the Tru-Vision works with night vision. Alas, I don’t own any night vision gear, but it’s nice to know the function is built in. In addition to manual brightness settings, the optic also features an automatic brightness control system that enables clear visibility of the red dot in any lighting condition.

Meprolight Tru-Vision, Holosun magnifier, and 30 rounds of .223.
The full set-up: AR-15, Meprolight Tru-Vision, Holosun magnifier, and 30 rounds of .223.

The non-reflective window is gigantic by rifle optic standards at 25 x 20 mm, making aiming with both eyes open easy and clear. The window glass is smooth and even, with no parallax around the edges.

The advertised battery life is ridiculously good, with up to two years claimed on the full automatic setting, which includes sleep mode, auto shut off, and shake up/wake up when it’s time to shoot again.

Zeroing & Shooting

Since no optic is ever zeroed from the factory and I needed a long-distance outdoor range, I reached out to a friend who has a makeshift setup on his farm. When we got there, he had thoughtfully set up targets at 50, 100, and 200 yards. Since I don’t typically shoot my AR farther than that (yes, I know it can be done—I’ve done it—but it’s not common), I settled on zeroing to the 100-yard mark, a common range for an AR point-of-aim/point-of-impact crossing distance.

All seemed in order until I pulled the rifle out of the bag and noticed the Tru-Vision’s battery cover had unscrewed itself. Thankfully, it’s held on by a small tether, so I didn’t have to hunt for it, but it was a bit annoying to have to reseat the battery and screw it back on. This was all before I had fired a shot, so it made me wonder if it would back itself out under recoil. I got it all put back together, turned on the optic, and settled the rifle into the bag rest.

100 yard target using Meprolight Tru-Vision red dot on AR-15
It took only a handful of shots to zero at 100 yards.

The view through the spotting scope revealed the first shot poked a hole in the target at the 7 o’clock position, about seven inches low and left. Each click on the Tru-Vision is .5 MOA, so I cranked it up and right three clicks each. Thanks to generous adjustment screws, moving the dot was super easy with the flathead screwdriver from my multi-tool. Each click was also tactile and audible, assuring me of the changes. Did my adjustment work? Well, the second shot landed on the 9 o’clock edge of the bullseye, close enough for my needs. It was zeroed in my book.

Next, I flipped the Holosun 3x magnifier up behind the Meprolight Tru-Vision to see if it needed any adjustment. My third and fourth shots struck 5 o’clock and 3 o’clock, respectively, showing no need for changes.

 night vision compatibility button
Yes, that’s a night vision compatibility button.
red dot on AR-15
Adjustments are easy with big screws and big buttons.

Satisfied the dot was as zeroed as I needed, I spent the next several minutes poking holes at 50 and 200 yards to see what sort of holdover was required. Much to my surprise, the shots went exactly where the dot was aimed at both distances. The normal holdovers didn’t seem to apply.

Initial Findings

My first impression of the Meprolight Tru-Vision is that it is an easy-to-use, solid rifle red dot that gives other contenders in the space a real run for the money. Speaking of money, it sells for $479.99.

A few things I haven’t tested yet but will for my full review are true battery life, ruggedness, how well it holds the zero, and whether it handles weather. Stay tuned for reports on those items and more in my later review.

One more thing: remember the battery cover issue from earlier? Apparently, it was a fluke, as it held tight the rest of the day.

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Room Brooms: The Top 5 SMGs in Movies

A while back, we talked about the best boomsticks in film, and today, we are going to take a look at the best room brooms in film. Room brooms are what I’m calling submachine guns. Submachine guns are pistol-caliber weapons designed for close-range combat. They really came to be during World War 1 when warfare was constrained to trenches.

In these cases, the room broom was a trench broom. Over time they developed more into close-quarters combat weapons and have slipped into a bit of a niche these days. However, over the years, Hollywood has given us some seriously awesome movies featuring some seriously awesome room brooms, and we’ve gathered the top five.

1. Road to Perdition — The Thompson

The Thompson isn’t the first of the room brooms, but it’s pretty close. It’s certainly one of the OGs of the SMG design. It was used by Marines in the Banana Wars, gangsters at home, and by the military as a whole during World War 2. In “Road to Perdition,” we follow Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, a mobster’s enforcer, and his favorite long gun is the Thompson SMG.

The Thompson is a legendary SMG, and it serves our hero well. (Photo: Dreamworks Pictures)

Specifically the more expensive and fanciful M1921 Thompson. This gun is complete with the gangster grip, the cooling fins, and finely made wooden furniture. Sullivan wears a Cutt’s Compensator, and he tends to prefer the fifty-round drums over the stick magazines. He carries it in a very nice case as well.

He’s a master of the gun and mows down entire groups of bad guys when necessary. He doesn’t seem to aim much, and short controlled bursts aren’t his skill, but he makes music with room brooms.

2. The Dogs of War — The Uzi

“The Dogs of War” is a good film but an amazing novel. Read the novel and watch the film. In the film, Christopher Walken leads a mercenary group in an attempted coup in Africa. “The Dogs of War” is a manual for mercenaries, and it features a number of weapons, including a gas gun posing as an early multiple grenade launcher.

The Dogs of War, Christopher Walket with Uzi
Uzis and Christopher Walken….what could be cooler? (Photo: United Artists)

That’s not the gun we are talking about, we are talking about room brooms, and Christopher Walken carries a full-sized Uzi. Walken’s Uzi also wears a Sionics suppressor which was a premier option for 1980 and would make the gun quite quiet if combined with subsonic 9mm ammo.

His Uzi also wears a Starlight scope which was high speed for the era. It was an early night vision optic, and a suppressed, optically enhanced Uzi would be quite high speed for the era. It would certainly work for commandos on an operation to take down sentries silently and launch their attack.

3. Big Trouble In Little China — TEC-9

Remember what Jack Burton always says…. Well, he says a lot of things. Arguably he’s the perfect example of talk is cheap, and that’s why you should do it often. I love Jack Burton and the film “Big Trouble in Little China.” It’s an over-the-top, crazy movie that would never get made today.

TEC-9 in Big Trouble in Little China
The TEC-9 fits our bumbling hero well. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

Out loud mouth ‘hero’ is in a magical world of demons, monsters, and wizards wielding both his mouth and a TEC-9 at the same rate and volume. He often shoots, wildly missing, and proves himself largely ineffective. He might not be smart or good at much, but he tries, and we love him for it.

The same could be said about the TEC-9. This blowback-operated gun came from the mind of George Kellgren, who was an early adopter of polymer frames. They were notoriously hated by the anti-gun lobby and not super useful for much more than plinking. The gun is a handful, and as the owner of a semi-auto version, I will tell you to stay away.

4. Cobra — Jatimatic SMG

“Cobra” is such a weird movie that it leaves me asking more questions than the film has answers for. Who is the Zombie Squad? Why does he cut pizza with scissors? Why is his first name Marion? Why do the bad guys bang axes? I can’t answer you there, but I can say that “Cobra” likes room brooms, specifically the Jatimatic SMG.

Sylvester Stallone in Cobra with Jatimatic SMG
This movie left me with a lot of questions…but I loved the SMG and laser sight. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Throughout the film, the character of Cobra faces off with a cult of axe-wielding psychos. Their mistake was bringing axes to a Jatimatic fight. The Jatimatic is a Finnish SMG developed in the early 1980s. It’s an open bolt blowback operated SMG with an odd bolt guide that has it going up a seven-degree inclined plane. This supposedly reduced recoil and enhanced control.

As far as room brooms go, it’s pretty unique and not something you see every day. It stands out and looks cool, and looking cool is half the battle. Cobretti tossed a huge laser sight on the top from a little company called Laser Products Corp, which went on to be Surefire. Also, the shoulder rig Cobretti has for the Jatimatic is top-tier awesome.

5. Die Hard — MP5

Yippie kai yay, and you know the rest. Bruce Willis had a bad day in one of the best Christmas movies of all time. This movie is full of legendary weapons from the late 1980s and early 1990s. We got the Beretta 92, the HK P7M13, and of course, the MP5. Well, to be fair, it’s an HK 94 that was chopped and converted to full auto.

Bruce Willis in Die Hard with MP5
I think Die Hard is for sure the reason why the MP5 was ever so famous. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

The end result is an MP5A3 wannabe with the collapsing stock and all. It does admittedly lack the lugs, But we can still love it. At this time period, the MP5 was the premier SMG, and in the hands of the high-tech terrorists led by Hans Gruber, it absolutely fits. Our hero commandeers one of these room brooms from a bad guy named Tony, and honestly, it’s the best Christmas gift he could have ever gotten.

Actually, McClane gets his hands on three different MP5s throughout the movie. One of the coolest scenes establishes McClane as the badass he is by writing, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho.”

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Submachine guns work well in movies. They are bigger than handguns but smaller than rifles. The stock is almost always optional, and the smaller a gun is, the easier it is to fit on camera with the hero present. Add in the easy availability of 9mm blanks and the crazy muzzle flash, and it makes sense that they pop up so often in films.

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