DAVIDSON'S Gallery of Guns TV Showcases the Witness Pavona at the Range

EAA's Witness Pavona will be showcased on Davidson's GalleryofGuns TV Monda...Davidsons Anne Marie with Pavona 293x300
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A Turkish Firearms Tour — A Day of Shooting: Day 4

 

Article courtesy of Hand Guns Magazine.

The K2 is a CZ-75 styled pistol scaled up for the .45 ACP cartridge. Designed to take Para magazines, it holds 14+1 rounds, can be carried cocked and locked, and is available now through EAA with an MSRP of $592[/caption] I’ve been to ranges in a lot of places, and you never know what you’re going to get.  I was interested to see what kind of range we’d be shooting at in Turkey.  We piled into our Tahoe at the plant and our hosts jumped into a Ford Mondeo with an assortment of pistols and shotguns pulled off the line, and we drove about fifteen minutes out into the country to a private range.

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A Turkish Firearms Tour — 400K Square Feet of Guns: Day 3

Article courtesy of Hand Guns Magazine. Sarsilmaz' new facility is nearly...
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A Turkish Firearms Tour — The Turkish Riviera: Day 2

A Turkish Firearms Tour — The Turkish Riviera: Day 2

Article courtesy of Hand Guns Magazine.

This is sort of a Turkish “Where’s Waldo?”, taken along the riverfront at Alanya. Find 1. McDonalds, 2. James Dean, 3. Girl kissing a mushroom, and 4. the Mosque.

Most of our second day in Turkey as part of the Sarsilmaz/SAR Arms whirlwind tour was spent traveling to the Antalya region, which is the “Turkish Riviera”.  Picture hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline frequented by tourists, especially Germans and Russians (it’s only a short plane ride for them).Back when my parents were paying my bills, before I had kids, I’d been to Cancun, and Antalya reminded me of Cancun–except just about everybody spoke English.First we flew from Istanbul to the Antalya airport on a domestic Turkish Airlines flight.  To be brutally honest, not only is Turkish Airlines nicer and better run than any domestic U.S. airlines I’ve ever been on, the Turkish equivalent of the TSA is as well.After the one hour flight we took a two hour bus ride on the way to Alanya on the coast.  En route we stopped at Perge, a Hellenic and Roman city of 100,000 that was abandoned in 900 AD, and Ephesus, which has the least damaged Roman amphitheater in the world.We were in Alanya to hunt boar….well, actually, hunt boar in the nearby hills, as wandering around the beaches with a semi-auto shotgun might have alarmed the tourists.  I felt uneasy enough being handed a shotgun in the parking lot of the hotel and told to check it out.  Sure, we were standing in front of several well-marked “Safari Tours” 4X4s, but watching my fellow writers cycle their bolts and shoulder their shotguns while tourists wandered around in the background had me on edge.  Then, when I found out that the vehicle we were heading out in was so small I had to keep the shotgun uncased and between my knees as we drove……add this to the list of experiences in my life where things could have gone horribly wrong….
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A Turkish Firearms Tour: Day 1

Article courtesy of  Hand Guns Magazine.

The view across the Bosphorus strait, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmar and cuts Istanbul in half. As it is the official boundary between continents, that means that half of Istanbul is in Europe and half in Asia. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, much less travel to Turkey to tour a firearm manufacturing plant, but that’s what I did last recently.

I’ve heard it said several times that guns made in Turkey are a great bargain, if they work.  That may sound a bit harsh, but it also is rather accurate….or, at least, it used to be.  The SAR ST10 is a 15+1 capacity 9mm which resembles the HK USP. There are plans for it to be imported to the US soon. In Europe it is offered with either traditional or polygonally-rifled barrels, and it has a forged aluminum frame.[/caption] There are several gun manufacturers in Turkey, but Sarsilmaz is the largest.  They recently opened a huge new facility two hours outside Istanbul, and wanted to show some U.S. gun writers that things have changed.  Their equipment is state of the art, and because wages are so low compared to wages in the U.S. or Europe, they can produce guns at a substantially lower price.

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