Fitting a handgun with a shoulder stock typically requires registration with the federal government, a $200 tribute and an interminable wait. What you get for all this hassle is a nifty takedown pseudo carbine more controllable than a handgun otherwise unadorned. However, for a special few stocked handguns exempted from the registration requirements you can enjoy the shoulder-stocked cool without, to quote Star Wars, all the Imperial entanglements.
Wilderness and backcountry survival tactics and gear seem to get most of the attention but lately we’ve seen urban survival getting its fair share of attention too. And rightly so. Thankfully, the gear is mostly the same for each — but there are a few key differences, especially considering whatever difficulty is at hand. Urban survival situations can run the gamut — from a basic inconvenience such as a temporary loss of electricity to a more complex scenario such as an earthquake with a subsequent riot arising from a lack of food and water.
The Brownells Retro BRN-10 comes in two models. The one we received for testing is the BRN-10A with brown furniture, a three-prong Dutch-style flash hider and is cataloged at 9 lbs., mostly from a heavier, fluted barrel. This one weighed 9 lbs., 2 oz. with an empty magazine installed. The second, the BRN-10B, has black furniture, a closed-end Portuguese-style flash hider and a thin pencil barrel paring the weight down to 8 lbs.