* The guns shown on this page are of the same type as the guns currently used on Top Gun Tours shooting events in Prague, and/or offered as "extras" at the end of the shooting event, but actual guns may vary from those shown. Individual guns may be withdrawn from service without notice at any time. If this becomes necessary alternative guns will be provided.
Became legendary following its appearance in the Clint Eastwood movie "Dirty Harry" in the 1970s. Still pretty much as powerful as handguns get and certainly one of the heaviest recoils. Often carried by Park Rangers and others at risk of bear attack. Anything less just wouldn’t work! One of the most popular on the Top Gun Tours with British visitors.
Weight: 1.33 kg (empty)
Calibre: .44 Magnum
Capacity: 6 rounds
This sturdy double action revolver will fire both .38 Special and the more powerful .357 Magnum interchangeably so gives the shooter has the option to shoot either cartridge type according to need. The low shot capacity (6 or 7 rounds) and the higher recoil of these revolvers when compared to semi-automatic pistols are to some degree compensated by the fact that they are generally more reliable and less complex to learn to shoot.
Weight: 1.30 kg (empty)
Calibre: .38 Special / .357 Magnum
Capacity: 6 rounds (Model 686P holds 7 rounds)
Similar to the Smith & Wesson 686 the Colt King Cobra revolver, chambered in the .357 Magnum also accepts .38 Special cartridges.
King Cobra was based on the earlier Trooper revolvers but featured a more modern design with full length underbarrel lug and solid top barrel rib. Its sights are fully adjustable. Like its more powerful twin, the Colt Anaconda (.44 Magnum), all King Cobras were made from stainless steel. The King Cobra is an all-around versatile handgun, suitable for sport, police duty, self-defence and even hunting.
With only 33 moving parts this pistol is a triumph of modern design simplicity. The first mainstream handgun to pioneer the use of a high impact plastic frame. Uses a unique self-cocking system that includes three safety mechanisms which are only released when the trigger is pulled. Popular with many law enforcement organisations including the British Police not least because of its simplicity and outstanding reliability.
Weight: 0.66 kg (empty)
Calibre: 9mm x 19
Capacity: 17 rounds
The CZ 75 is a semi-automatic handgun made in the Czech by CZ (Ceská Zbrojovka). It features high-capacity double-column magazine, sturdy all-steel construction, great accuracy, and superb reliability. Colonel Jeff Cooper, long-time advocate of the Colt 1911, hailed it as the best-designed double-action autoloader available. It has become one of the most popular pistols of its class. As its manufacturer CZ is quick to point out, the CZ 75 is in service with "more Governments, Militaries, Police and Security agencies than any other pistol in the world."
Weight: 0.98 kg (empty)
Calibre: 9mm X 19
Capacity: 15 rounds
Adopted by the US Army just before WW1 this truly is a 20th Century classic. Although now replaced by the Beretta FS92 (M9) as the standard US sidearm it is still in service with some units as many servicemen preferred to have the extra "stopping power" of the .45ACP at their disposal rather than the smaller lighter 9mm NATO round fired from the Beretta. Still very popular in the USA civilian market in an enormous variety of adapted forms, from a defensive pistol to a serious competition pistol. Famous for its outstandingly smooth trigger.
Weight: 1.13 kg (empty)
Calibre: .45 ACP
Capacity: 8 rounds
Standard Red Army self-loading pistol during WW2. Tokarevs were widely exported and, although obsolete now, may still be found in use in many former Soviet states. It is essentially a copy of the American 1911 Colt but simplified for ease of manufacture and use. Although not well made or well finished, the Tokarev is a typically tough Soviet design capable of taking a lot of punishment and still functioning where some more "modern" handguns would break.
This rifle was one of the first of the modern 5.56mm calibre rifles to be used in action. Introduced during the Vietnam War it became an instantly recognisable weapon. M16 rifles are used by many military groups, most notably the SAS, who preferred the M16 over the standard British issue L85A1-SA80 rifle. The semi-automatic version of this which we use on our shooting events in Prague is known as the AR15 or Bushmaster.
Weight: 3.40 kg (empty)
Calibre: 5.56mm x 45 NATO
Capacity: 20 or 30 rounds
A relatively lightweight, easy to use, hard-hitting rifle for motorised infantry. It is capable of semiautomatic or automatic fire modes. Being inexpensive to manufacture and exceptionally reliable even in tough conditions this weapon became the most popular choice for arming conscripts in developing countries, as well as in the former Soviet Union’s armed forces . The AK47 came in two versions. The standard AK-47 version had a wooden stock. The AKS version had a folding metal stock for mechanised infantry and parachute troops.
Weight: 4.3 kg (empty)
Calibre: 7.62 x 39
Capacity: 30 rounds (standard)
The Samopal SA Vz.58 was the standard assault rifle of the Czechoslovak Army from the late 1950s until the mid 1990s following the demise of the Soviet Union. Whilst very similar in appearance to the Soviet made AK47 and shooting the same bullets, the Vz.58 operates a different mechanism (i.e. the gun fires from a closed bolt at all times unlike the cruder AK47). As well as having the same firepower as the AK47 it is also considerably lighter and better made. Shown here is the standard version (SA Vz.58P) with a fixed wooden/composite stock. This rifle is also manufactured in a folding stock version (SA Vz.58V).
Weight: 3.1kg (empty)
Calibre: 7.62 x 39 (same as AK47)
Capacity: 30 rounds (standard)
The Swiss made Brugger & Thomet MP9 is one of the latest generation of ultra compact high tech personal protection weapons. It offers an interim solution between true 'machine pistols' such as Glock 18, and full-size submachine guns, like the Uzi or H&K MP5. The gun is just 30cm long with the stock folded, and only 52cm long with the stock unfolded making it the most compact submachine gun in the world. Made of over 80% high impact polymers the weapon's weight is just 1.4kg (lighter than some handguns!).
This weapon is also available in a semi-automatic version (called TP9) for when full automatic ability is not required. The TP9 is used on both the Six Pack and Full Monty shooting events in Prague.
Weight: 1.4 kg (empty)
Calibre: 9 x 19mm
Capacity: 15, 20, 25 or 30 rounds magazines available
The CZ 550 is well balanced and consequently quick and easy to aim. Controlling elements are simple to operate and easy to reach, (bolt handle, set-trigger configuration, safety, bolt catch, magazine catch). A high degree of accuracy as well as high functional reliability in all environments mean this rifle is a trusted sniper rifle with police and army units.
Weight: 4.2 kg (empty)
Calibre: 7.62mm NATO (other calibres available)
Capacity: 4 rounds
The CZ 750 utilises a Mauser type bolt action and a heavy barrel designed for precise target shooting up to 800 metres so ideal for military and police snipers alike. The rifle is equipped with an adjustable and very sturdy synthetic stock which is designed to be used under even the most severe of conditions. The model used on our shooting event is also fitted out with a Harris bipod to aid stability.
Weight: 5.8 kg (empty)
Calibre: 7.62mm NATO/ .308 Win
Capacity: 10 rounds
This is a specially customised version of the American AR15 but kitted out with ergonomic grips, a heavy match barrel, a high quality telescopic sight and a Harris bipod to aid stability. Designed for shorter range urban use (up to 200 metres). This rifle fires the small but very high velocity 5.56mm NATO round making it ideal for tactical situations requiring a high degree of precision but where a bigger calibre rifle would present an unacceptable risk of over-penetration and therefore a danger to nearby innocent parties (hostages etc). Therefore this type of rifle is most typically used by Police SWAT units. As a semi-automatic it is also capable, if the situation requires it, of firing one or more quick follow-up shots.
Weight: 4.1 kg (empty)
Calibre: 5.56mm x 45mm NATO
Capacity: 10 rounds
This rifle was in service from between 1891 and the 1960s in various Soviet Union countries whenit was gradually replaced by the SVD Dragunov. Originally developed as a standard infantry rifle the Mosin-Nagant was later adapted as a sniper rifle in 1932 incorporating a telescopic sight and was issued to Soviet snipers. It served in many infamous battles on the Eastern Front, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, which made heroes of snipers like Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev (as played by Jude Law in the film Enemy at The Gates 2001).
Weight: 3.9 kg (empty)
Calibre: 7.62mm x 54mm (Russian)
Capacity: 5 rounds
Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle
After World War 2 and the introduction of the Kalashnikov Russia needed a new sniper rifle. Many designers started to work on different designs. The Kalashnikov based design of Evgeniy Dragunov was selected. The new rifle was not designed as sniper rifle, but as an accurate rifle for ranges up to 400 metres. Such a rifle was needed while the Russian service rifle, the AK-47, has an effective range of only 100-200 metres. The new rifle was called SVD, which at first stood for ‘Semipolarnya Vintovka Dragunova’, Russian for ‘Dragunov semi-automatic rifle’, but when it was discovered that the SVD could also be used as a sniper rifle the name ‘Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova’, Russian for ‘Dragunov sniper rifle’ was adopted. The SVD is better known as ‘the Dragunov’.
There are several companies manufacturing pump-action shotguns but the most well known are American manufacturers Mossberg (for the Mossberg 500, 590 and Maverick models) and Remington (for the Remington 870). These guns are very reliable to use and enormously versatile. They easily cope with virtually any kind of shotgun ammunition from tiny bird shot for smaller game to the massive one once lead slug capable of going clean through buildings! They are popular in the USA with users ranging from duck and wild boar shooters, through to police SWAT teams, and are also standard issue in most American police patrol cars.
Weight: 3-4 kg (empty)
Calibre: 12 bore (.729)
Capacity: 5-8 shots
A shotgun is a smooth barrelled gun which fires about an ounce of small lead balls ("shot") which spread gradually as they leave the gun. Shotguns are ideal to shoot at moving targets like game birds, running rabbits, and man made targets like clay pigeons (brightly coloured disks thrown by mechanical throwers). A variety of different shotguns are used for clay pigeon shooting on our shooting events but the most popular type is the double barrelled over-under shotgun. Although different makes of these guns look very very similar to the untrained eye, the main differences between guns are the weight and the balance which effects how "pointable" each gun is. Typical dimensions are:
Weight: 3-4 kg (empty)
Calibre: 12 bore (.729)
Capacity: 2 shots
This modern Russian semi-automatic shotgun has been based on the famous and time-proven Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle design. The "K" version was intended as a security, police and self-defense weapon, and is widely used by Russian special forces (Spetsnaz) and private security services. The Saiga 12K has proven to be both a versatile and effective weapon for close range situations, such as counter-terrorist operations inside buildings.
One of the significant superiorities of semi-auto shotguns in comparison to pump-action weapons is the high possible rate of fire. Even an average shooter firing the 'Saiga-12' can shoot a series of five targets in a bit more than two seconds; a difficult task for any pump-action shotgun regardless of the skill of an operator.
Weight: 3.5 kg (empty)
Calibre: 12 bore (.729)
Capacity: 5 or 8 shots in detachable box magazine
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