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Is The Springfield Hellcat Enough? – TGC News!

October 1, 2019


This week on TGC News, Springfield Armory
Names their gun after a car, Israeli Buls, Wilson Silencers and A pork sword Pistol! Welcome back to another episode of TGC News,
the only gun news show that covers things you actually care about, my name is Jon Patton. We’ve been gone for a little bit so there
is a ton of stuff to cover. Before I get into that, real quick, I just
want to say thank you to everyone that hits like on this video. If you want an internet high five from me,
hit like right now. Okay, how about some news? I suppose we should just jump right into the
big one for this week. The company behind this new gun has seemingly
been unable to shake the controversy that surrounded gun laws in their home state of
Illinois. As I remember it, springfield armory and rock
river were both paying the same lobbyist. That lobbyist was working on gun laws in the
state level and that guy decided it was a good idea to make a carve out where the brands
didn’t have to abide by a certain gun law but the public did. NOT a good look and it really has been a stain
on Springfields brand for a few years since it happened. Every time I’ve ever mentioned them here on
the show, the comments are full of hateful comments. However, the brand is still around and still
surviving so I would bet that news never really made it out beyond the enthusiast level. Either way, They’ve got a new gun and I’ll
tell you what, it looks pretty good. Is it good enough to overcome the stigma? Let’s talk about it. The gun is called the Hellcat. It is clearly aimed at taking down the raining
small 9mm champ, the sig p365. On cursory glance, the gun looks like an XD
that’s been updated. It has a 3 inch hammer forged barrel. Front and rear slide serrations. A distinct lack of a grip safety, the sights
are a u-notch rear and tritium front. The grip texture looks really good. And most importantly, the mags hold 1 more
round than the standard 365 at 11 rounds. The gun will also ship with a 13-round mag. Taking this gun just on the features and assessing
it, things are positive. I like the way the slide looks. Putting my hands on it will confirm or deny
if the serrations work. The Beretta APX looked great on paper but
that was a disappointment in hand. The sights, look great. I love having nearly as many rounds as possible
in the mag so that gets a big ol check from me. And the grip texture, has a little marketing
speak attached because they say it’s pressure activated. Basically what they’ve done is create a dual
layer texture. The outer layer is flattened off and comfortable
but when you press down, you lock into the more aggressive texture hidden below. That’s a really smart idea. This gun, in my eyes, is what a lot of customers
have been wanting. More rounds, smaller gun, good sights, usable
grip texture, and unlike some of the springfield handguns of the past with the grip zone and
grip safety, this seems to lack the nonsense. The MSRP on this gun is the same as the 365
at $599. And this has me wondering, will the consumer
market set aside their frustrations with springfield to try out this gun? I know you guys are probably already firing
up the keyboard now to tell me your thoughts but I’ll tell you what. I think we need to see if this is as good
as it looks. Raise your hand if you want us to review this
gun. This next gun is interesting for a totally
different reason. The company is called Bul Armory and they
are based in Israel. They’re working on reaching into the US market
and are bringing something way off track from their normal offerings. Most of their guns are high end sort of race
guns. 1911 and 2011 style pistols that ooze cool
factor. This new one though? Completely different than that. It’s called the Cherokee and the feature set
is really simple. At its core is a 17-round magazine, that goes
into a frame that has a lot of texturing including some textured finger grooves on the front. Above that, you have a double slash single
action trigger, moving up from there, a slide arrangement very similar to the CZ75 and its
clones. Instead of the slide rails being tucked inside
the slide, the rails are on the outside of the slide and that allows it to sit deeper
in the frame and reduce the bore axis, this is intended to improve control of the gun. The sights on the gun are a simple 3 white
dot set up and the slide has serrations only in the rear. It also comes in full size or compact variations
with either a 3.6 or 4.3 inch barrels. Pretty basic setup. The key here is that the MSRP of the gun is
500 bucks, and they want Americans to buy the compact version so badly that they are
knocking 150 bucks off the top making it 350 dollars. You have to email them directly to get the
deal. [email protected] Normally I wouldn’t be telling
you guys about a deal like that but that is a staggering price drop. Funny enough, there was something about this
gun that really stood out to me, I knew I had seen it before. Then I looked up the Magnum Research Baby
Eagle. It is nearly an EXACT copy with the exception
of the safety position. I have a suspicion that the baby eagle has
been a bul armory gun all along and that bul is just now getting into the US market. It’s tough to say but either way, that price
makes me want to find out if they really are the same thing. There is so much more to cover, I think we
need the mini gun. Izzy, you know what to do! First up in rapid fire are some new silencers
from Wilson Combat. Theres the Quell, which comes in 556, 30 cal
or 9mm variations and weighs in at 15.9 ounces. This is your sort of hard use option. They claim that is the new standard in terms
of a hard use “one size fits all” type suppressor. And to be fair, I don’t know that a really
truly ruggedized hardened stainless steel multi cal can existed before this. Pricing on that starts at 875. They also announced a new 22 can called the
WCR K22. The idea with this one is lightweight and
long term durability. They also say that it has best in class noise
reduction but failed to mention what that number is haha. Other than that it’s fairly simple, 4.4 ounces
in weight, T6 aluminum and user serviceable. Pricing on these starts at $450. We covered Black Collar Arms not too long
ago with their Pork Sword tiny little bolt action chassis. They are now offering that as a complete pistol. What’s neat about it is that every gun is
made to order and they have a configurator thing on the site which is always fun to play
around with. Pricing starts at 899 for the 300 blackout
version and 919 for the 308 version and goes WAY up from there. I built out a 308 version with an optic and
all kinds of other nice trinkets and the price tag was approaching 3 grand. Either way, having a tiny little bolt action
pistol sounds like fun to me. Also new is a gun that I’m covering just for
me. Beretta has announced a new over under aimed
at competition clay target shooters. With help from their shooting team, the new
694 was born. They’re saying that it has improved ergonomics,
an adjustable trigger, a new stock shape around the safety for better peripheral views, and
a new forend design. Its meant to bridge the gap between their
entry level competition guns like the 692 and the top end DT11. I dunno how many of you guys like seeing these
sorts of guns but I freaking LOVE a well built shotgun so there you have it. MSRP on the 694 is 4500. Its funny, I would freak out if i heard that
price on just about anything else, but on an over under, i just go, oh okay. What’s that sound? OHHHH. Yup the struggle bus is back and Colt is on
board. I’m gonna keep this short because I’m sure
you guys have heard about this already. Colt has ceased production of their long guns
for civilians. There were a ton of articles on a national
level stating that this was a result of the anti-gunners winning and an AR company shutting
down because they felt it wasn’t the right thing to make anymore. Colt says that’s not true and that they are
dedicated to the second amendment but long story shorter, they felt that they were not
selling enough guns to justify the cost of doing it anymore. The exact quote is “The fact of the matter
is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced
significant excess manufacturing capacity. Given this level of manufacturing capacity,
we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.” The way I see it, no one wants to pay for
overpriced colt rifles anymore so their sales were in the toilet. This comes on the back of Colt winning a 41
million dollar contract to build rifles for overseas allies. They also claim they will be focusing on expanding
their handgun offerings which could end up being a very good thing for them. Only time will tell. This time our questions are coming from the
TGC Nation facebook group. You need to join there. I would absolutely participate in that. But I personally don’t have the bandwidth
to be the lead on something like that. The problem with gun channels is that they
are all small operations with limited resources. No one has extra time on their hands. If they did, they’d be making more videos. That’s the challenge we face in terms of being
able to put something like that together. I’d LOVE to see a larger focus on education
and spreading the shooting sports. Not just hunting or 3 gun or anything specific. But all of it. Since sandy hook, our community has grown
substantially and I’d love to see that happen without a ban threat causing it. The brand of the gun doesn’t matter. My personal choice is the Underwood Xtreme Defenders, my second choice would be federal HSTs. and if you want to ask a friendly fire question, send it to me over on theguncollective.com! That is it for this week’s show. Guys if you disliked this video, hit that
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