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THE LOWDOWN ON THE NEW TPS ARMS M6 TAKEDOWN RIFLE

When the U.S. Air Force was still called the U.S. Army Air Corps, some of the higher ranks decided pilots needed a firearm that could be used to gather food if they ended up on the ground and in a survival situation. The result was the M23D, a 4-pound bolt-action in .22 Hornet built by Harrington & Richardson that folded down to 14 inches for storage.

In the 1950s, the Air Force decided to update its survival weapon, so it turned to the Ithaca Gun Company, which came up with a compact double-barrel that featured a .22 Hornet on top and a .410 shotgun on bottom. It was designated the M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon.

Beyond the two chamberings, the beauty of the M6 was that it could be folded for easy storage and transportation and had ammunition accommodation in the buttstock, along with a squeeze-type trigger that could be easily fired with heavy gloves … after all, this was during the Cold War.

TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN DUTY

While the M6 was reliable and effective, very few made it into civilian hands before being phased out in the 1970s, particularly because the gun was considered an NFA weapon because of its 14-inch barrels and lack of a trigger guard.

However, a civilian-legal version, named the M6 Scout, was brought out with a longer barrel and a trigger guard, but the latter modification prevented the gun from folding neatly for storage. This was a problem that needed to be overcome. The solution was a removable takedown pin that broke the gun into two pieces.

TPS FIELDS THE M6 TAKEDOWN RIFLE

Despite its usefulness and the desire of many shooters to own one, the M6 was never really available in quantity—until Tactical Parts Supply & Arms (TPS Arms) created its own version, the M6 Takedown Rifle, which the company released in April of this year.

TPS Arms started by building replacement parts for AR-15s and the M6 because it was developing what it considered to be an improved version of what many believe to be the best survival gun ever made.

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