A very strange hybrid that started off as a Romanian Draco AK pistol which was then converted into a psuedo-RPK. A rear trunnion was installed allowing for the use of a stock again but the barrel length still remains as a pistol. Definitely a one-of-a-kind that would be a fireball spitter at the range. Since it now has a stock, the pistol is reclassified as a Short Barreled Rifle. (GRH)
The much shorter variant of the AKS-74, the 74U is one of the more popular AK builds but requires NFA paperwork since it is a Short Barreled Rifle. There is much debate as to where it’s nickname, the Krinkov, originated. One of the first theories was that the Mujahadeen had captured a Soviet officer with the name Krinkov who was carrying the 74U and the name became synonymous with the gun. This was later debunked when there were no documents or reports of a Soviet officer with that name being captured. (GRH)
Just got this in the mail today and I figured I’d do a quick write up with my initial thoughts on what some consider to be either one of the coolest or ugliest foregrips on the market.
Most people know about the Hera Arms CQR stock and foregrip. I didn’t order the stock yet mostly cause all of the non-California compliant versions are sold out. Anyway here’s the package and what’s inside.
It came with no paperwork or an Allen Wrench for the screws. Luckily I have hundreds of those in my tool box and found one that fit.
It’s smaller than I thought it would be but it’s also light, I don’t have a scale to measure how much it weighs. It has “Made in Germany” markings, a QD mount on either side for your slings, and a textured area where your fingers would wrap around. It seems to be removable because there are 2 screws holding it in place, so maybe different sizes, colors or textures will be available down the line. The texture itself is not very abrasive or harsh, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences.
That just leaves installing it onto a gun. Most images of the CRQ Foregrip are on an SBR (Short Barreled Rifle), where I think it looks the best.
I’ve seen some photos on Google and reddit with the CQR on an AUG and an AR-15 with a 16″ barrel. It didn’t look that good from the pics on full size rifles so I didn’t bother putting onto my AR-15 or AR-10 (yet).
Instead I installed the CQR onto my shotgun, the Origin 12. Given the futuristic looks of the Origin 12, the CQR doesn’t seem out of place as it would on a standard AR-15 with a quad rail. I’ve been trying to find a vertical or foregrip for this shotgun for a while, but none of them matched or felt right. With the CQR it feels a lot more balanced than when I used a standard Magpul vertical grip or AFG.
The CQR fits nice and snug on rails, with zero movement or play. It doesn’t interfere with magazine loading, in fact it kind of helps guide them in. So here’s pics of my Origin 12 with the CQR. It would probably look a lot better if I had the short-barrel assembly but I don’t.
Is the Hera Arms CQR worth it? In my case yes because it feels and looks great on my shotgun, however I can’t say you’ll have the same positive reaction or results with your AR-15. This is one of those parts you’ll love or hate, but because it looks so different, you may be underwhelmed or disappointed when it turns more into an aesthetic eyesore.
Modified shotgun made by Serbu Firearms, the Super Shorty uses either the Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 as the base platform. It is not a pistol or short-barreled shotgun, rather it is classified as an AOW (Any Other Weapon) by the BATFE. Capacity is limited to 2+1, although a slightly longer Super Shorty can hold 4+1. (GRH)
1 & 2) M42 “Duster”. American SPAAG built for the US Army from 1945 until December 1960 and in service until 1988. Production of this vehicle was performed by the tank division of GMC. It used components from the M41 Walker Bulldog and was constructed of all-welded steel. Although designed for the AA role, it was highly effective against unarmored targets in Vietnam. Photos from armourarchive.co.uk
3 to 5) Schneider CA1. French AFV developed in France during the WWI. Although not a tank in the modern sense of the word, not being a turreted vehicle, it is generally accepted and described as the first French tank. It’s development paralleled that of the British. It was armed with a short-barreled 75mm howitzer and two 8mm MGs.
6 to 8) St. Chamond. The second French heavy tank of WWI, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider, the Saint-Chamond was an underpowered and fundamentally inadequate design. Its principal weakness was the Holt tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle’s length and heavy weight. Chamond’s had a tendency to get stuck due to its heavy nose.
9 & 10) ARL-44. French tank produced just after WWII. Only sixty of these tanks were ever manufactured and the type was quickly phased out. The ARL-44 was an unsatisfactory interim design as the “Transitional Tank”, the main function of which was to provide experience in building heavier vehicles. The main lesson learned for many engineers was that it was unwise to construct tanks that were overly heavy, something you’d think they’d have learned from the Char 2C.