Friday, May 04, 2007

Corbon Ammunition - 45 acp Caliber

Corbon .45 ACP "Compact Gun Load"

160-gr. DPX

By Stephen Camp

Corbon ammunition frequently offers the highest velocities for a given caliber and bullet weight of any commercial ammunition on the market. It comes as no surprise that most of it is rated +P. Rapidly expanding bullets, often with fragmentation, have been seen more often than not in ballistic gelatin blocks smacked by their ammunition.

Much of their line utilizes the aggressively expanding Sierra PJHP (Power Jacket Hollow Point), but in more recent times the company has developed a new line of personal protection ammunition. It is designated "DPX" for Deep Penetrating X-bullet and uses a homogenous copper alloy hollow point made by Barnes. The Barnes X-bullet has been long known to rifle hunters, but has not been used as much in the handgun community until more recent times.

Corbon offers DPX ammo in several calibers including 9mm, .38 Special, and .45 ACP.

This article will focus on a new load developed especially for the short-barrel .45 ACP handguns that continue to gain popularity. In fact, the box designates this load "Compact Gun Load". It should also be noted that unlike the majority of their ammo line, this is a standard pressure load.

Bullet weight is given as 160 grains and the listed velocity is 1050 ft/sec.

The Corbon 160-gr. standard pressure load uses a Barnes X-bullet, Remington case and a sufficient dollop of powder to develop a nominal muzzle velocity of 1050 ft/sec from a compact gun having a short barrel. The bullet is homogeneous and features a massive hollow point that measures 0.23" wide and 0.26" deep. This one weighed 160.2 grains. LOA for the loaded cartridge measured 1.25" with very little variation. On the picture at the top left, the groove in the bullet where the case is tightly taper-crimped is visible. Bullet setback is not expected to be a problem with this ammunition.

From what I've seen and read, this bullet will normally penetrate between about 12 and 13" in 10% ballistic gelatin and the buzzword seems to "consistent." Researchers advised that the bullet expands monotonously regardless of what barriers the bullet passes through before striking the gelatin. This includes the dreaded 4-layers of denim that often causes otherwise praised bullets to act like solids.

I do not have access to a controlled temperature environment where calibrated 10% gelatin can be used to the protocols of those following what is called the "scientific method" of testing. Nor have I had the opportunity to shoot anything living with this ammunition. As more and more of this ammunition is used and evaluated, I'm sure that the gelatin data will begin pouring in from various sources. I hope to try this on varmints in the field as well, but for this article informal expansion testing was done by firing into water.

The ammunition was tested for function, accuracy and expansion from three different handguns having three different barrel lengths.

Firearms Used: For this report, a Colt Defender, Commander and Dan Wesson Patriot were used to see how the Corbon 160-gr. DPX would feed, group and expand. The Defender is the compact of the bunch and the genre of pistol for which this ammunition is tailored. It has a 3" barrel compared to the Commander's 4.25" and the full-size Patriot's 5" tube. Each of these pistols is using its original factory barrel.

These three pistols were used with the "Compact Gun Load" from Corbon. I wanted to see the velocity differences as well as if the bullet would perform as well at the higher speeds than those from the 3" barrel.

Expansion was virtually identical regardless of which gun the ammunition was fired from.

Shooting: Though three guns were available, the bulk of today's shooting was done with the Colt Defender since it represents the launching platform Corbon's people envisioned this load for. The ammunition was fired at one distance, 15 yards. This was done from a seated position and using two hands in slow-fire. Some will argue that this is irrelevant in defensive ammo. I disagree. I want ammunition at least sufficiently accurate to allow for a precise shot at greater than arm's length should the necessity arise. One's ability to use a handgun effectively is more a result of practice and skill than ammunition so no "practical" shooting was done with this load.

Chronograph data resulted from ten shots fired approximately ten feet from the chronograph screens and shots fired into water passed through the chronograph screens so that the muzzle velocity resulting in that individual bullet's expansion would be known. If some expanded and some didn't, it might be possible to see a lower velocity thresh hold. (I needn't have worried about it.)

Here we see a 160-gr. Corbon DPX bullet that was fired from a Colt Defender's 3" barrel. The recovered bullet's dimensions measured 0.81 x 0.79 x 0.67" tall. Surprisingly, the expanded bullet weighed 165.2 grains.

Chronograph Data for Corbon 160-gr. DPX

Gun/bbl length (in.)

Average Velocity (ft/sec)

Extreme Spread (ft/sec)

Std. Deviation (ft/sec)









DW Patriot/5




With all three firearms, the average measured velocity exceeded that listed on the box. Extreme spreads were not excessive and the ammunition's consistency should not be a topic for concern.

This cartridge was fired in the Dan Wesson Patriot. The primer's visual appearance is that of standard pressure ammunition. Edges of the primer are still rounded and there is no evidence of even the beginning of a pierced primer. (Note that the primer is sealed.)

This slow-fired group was shot at 15 yards from a seated position and using a rest. It consists of five shots. The POA was the center of the dark bullseye

This 5-shot group using the Commander was fired in the same manner as the Defender and with the same POA.

The ammunition grouped very well from the 5" DW Patriot as it did from the Defender and Commander. The center of the bullseye was also the POA for this group as well. The Commander and Patriot are both sighted in for 230-gr. ammunition at 15 and 25 yards, respectively.

Observations: Though only 100 rounds total were fired, there were no failures of any kind in any of the test pistols. The bulk of the remaining ammo after the chronograph work and expansion testing were done was fired through the Defender. I failed to note the exact round count, but estimate it at roughly double that of the other two guns. Despite the somewhat sharp edges of around the hollow cavity, no gouges were noticed on either of the lightweight pistols having aluminum frames and two-piece feed ramps. When chamber rounds by hand from full magazines, no hesitation to feed was experienced, but this can be as much a function of the magazine as the bullet's ogive or the cartridge LOA. The Defender was used with a Wilson magazine, the Commander with an old Randall, and the Patriot with a McCormick PowerMag.

Ejection was consistent and felt recoil seemed quite similar to standard velocity 230-gr. ammunition, regardless of which pistol was being fired. Obviously, there will be more felt recoil with the 22.5-oz. Defender than the all-steel 5" Patriot, but felt recoil for that pistol felt about like hardball from the same gun. After writing the above, I cranked in the average velocities for the 160-gr. bullets at their average speeds and compared them to 230-gr. at the more or less typical 830 ft/sec.

From the Defender, the figures show that the recoil is approximately 91% of that received from 230-grs @ 830 ft/sec. The Commander was closest at 99% while the Patriot had 2% more than this average ball round.

I then compared these figures to the average velocities for 230-gr. ammunition fired from these specific pistols to compare with the 160-gr. momentum.

From the Colt Defender, Sellier & Bellot 230-gr. FMJ averages 722 ft/sec. Plugging in the numbers and turning the crank yields that the "Compact Gun Load" produces approximately 4% more "kick." The Commander averaged 781 ft/sec with the S&B. With the DPX, there's 13% more felt recoil. The DW Patriot consistently averages 799 ft/sec with the ball load. Using the DPX, felt recoil is 17% greater.

Looking for a common 230-gr. defensive load that I'd chronographed through all three pistols resulted in the following percentages.

Using Winchester 230-gr. "Subsonic" JHP, the Defender averages 774 ft/sec. Thus, the DPX load generates 3% more felt recoil…at least on paper. With the Commander, the 230-gr. JHP did 804 ft/sec. The DPX generates 98% of the 230-gr. ball round's momentum. From the 5" Patriot, Winchester 230-gr. Subsonic averages 889 ft/sec and the 160-gr. DPX produces about 5% less felt recoil.

Frankly, I couldn't tell the difference in actual firing, but perhaps these figures will help readers get an idea of what the load feels like. Keep in mind that felt recoil is very subjective, but this is as close as I can describe it. In no case did I find it either "sharp" or "excessive", just "typical" for the 45-caliber pistol being fired.

Based on my admittedly limited tests, I think that Corbon has a useful load here. The ammunition functioned fine in three different pistols using 3 different makes of magazines and grouped very well. It is a "light" bullet for caliber and this will turn some off from the start, but it may just be what the doctor ordered for people using the compact 45 autos and wanting muzzle velocities better than roughly 800 ft/sec with the traditional weight bullet. Fired from the longer barrels, the bullets did not fragment or fail to expand. I think that the only thing the additional velocity provides is more penetration. From the 3" barrel, this round is designed to meet today's accepted penetration levels. From the longer barrels, it would probably exceed it. The length of the "petals" limits expanded diameter and this has reportedly been incorporated into the bullet's construction.

If you are interested in a fast-stepping expanding bullet for your pocket .45 and prefer standard pressure, you might take a look at this cartridge. If you can control "hardball" in the small guns, I honestly think you will be able to do the same with this.

I've been very favorably impressed with other Corbon ammunition in the DPX line. I'm favorably impressed with this one too.

For those interested, here are some links for articles on other DPX ammunition:

Pricing and other information concerning Corbon's line of ammunition can be found at:

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Beretta Pistols

Beretta 92

Beretta 92

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Italy
Service history
Used by
Production history
Manufacturer Beretta
Produced 1975 – present
Variants See Variants and Development
  • 950 g (92)
  • 970 g (92S/SB/F/G)
  • 920 g (92D)
  • 900 g (Compact/Vertec)
  • 217 mm
  • 211 mm (Vertec)
  • 197 mm (Compact/Centurion)
Barrel length
  • 125 mm
  • 119 mm (Vertec)
  • 109 mm (Compact/Centurion)

Feed system Detachable box magazine:
  • 15, 17 rounds (92, 98 series)
  • 11 rounds (96 series)
  • 10, 13 rounds (Compact L)
  • 8 rounds (Compact M)

The Beretta 92 (also Beretta 96 and Beretta 98) is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy. It was designed in 1972 and production of many variants in different calibers continues to the present day. It is most famous for replacing the M1911 .45 ACP pistol as the standard sidearms of the United States armed forces in 1985 as the M9 pistol.

Although only 5000 copies of the original design were manufactured from 1975 to 1976, the design is currently produced in four different configurations (FS, G, D and DS) and three calibers:



The Beretta 92 pistol evolved from earlier Beretta designs, most notably the M1922 and M1951. From the M1922 comes the open slide design, while the alloy frame and locking block barrel (originally from Walther P38) were first used in the M1951. The grip angle and the front sight integrated with the slide were also common to earlier Beretta pistols.

The Beretta 92 first appeared in 1976 and was designed by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti and Vittorio Valle, all experienced firearms designers on the Beretta design team.


About 5000 copies of the first design were manufactured from 1975 to 1976.


In order to meet requirements of some law enforcement agencies, Beretta modified the Beretta 92 by adding a slide-mounted combined safety and decocking lever, replacing the frame mounted manual thumb safety. This resulted in the 92S which was adopted by several Italian law enforcement and military units. The later relocation of the magazine release button means these models (92 & 92S) cannot necessarily use later magazines, unless they have notches in both areas.

92SB (92S-1)

Initially called the 92S-1 when it was specifically designed for US Air Force trials (which it won), the model name officially adopted was the 92SB. It included the changes of the 92S, added a firing pin safety, and relocated the magazine release catch from the bottom of the grip to the lower bottom of the trigger guard.

  • 92SB Compact (1981 – 1991), shortened barrel and slide (13-round magazine capacity). It was replaced by the "92 Compact L".

92F (92SB-F)

Beretta modified the model 92SB slightly to create the 92F (and 92G) by making the following changes:

  • Redesigned all the parts to make them interchangeable between 92 variants to simplify maintenance for large government organizations.
  • Modified the front of the trigger guard so that one could use finger support for easier aiming.
  • Modified the front angle of the grip to allow for better instinctive aiming.
  • Hard chromed the barrel bore to protect it from corrosion and to reduce wear.
  • New surface coating on the slide called Bruniton, which allegedly provides better corrosion resistance than the previous plain blued finish.

Introduction of polymers

After 1992 Beretta started producing model 92s with some polymer parts, to reduce wear and save production costs. Polymer parts found on newer pistols include guide rods, triggers, safety levers, hammer spring caps, lanyard loops, and magazine bottom plates and followers.

U.S. Military use

Marine Security Guard students perform rapid-fire exercises on the Department of State pistol qualification course Feb. 4 as part of their MSG graduation requirement
Marine Security Guard students perform rapid-fire exercises on the Department of State pistol qualification course Feb. 4 as part of their MSG graduation requirement

When the U.S. Air Force (USAF) began the Joint Service Small Arms Program, Beretta entered the competition. The Beretta 92SB (92S-1) won, but the Army contested the Air Force's methods. There would be several more competitions, and Beretta refined the design of the Beretta 92SB into the Beretta 92SB-F and in slightly modified form the Beretta 92G. These designs were ultimately selected by the United States (Beretta 92F, U.S. Military designation of M9 Pistol) and France (Beretta 92G, French military designation of "PAMAS"). The M9 Pistol was intended to replace the M1911A1 and .38-caliber revolvers and pistols. Over 500,000 M9 pistols were made and the switch-over was largely achieved.

The USAF has scheduled switching over from the early model M9 (92F) to the 92FS standard, according to planning documents. In May 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) posted its intent to award a sole-source contract to Beretta for 3,480 "M9A1" pistols (M9 with an accessory rail, also available to the public from June 2006). In the U.S. Army, selected M9s were scheduled to be replaced by XM8 compact carbine variants. However, XM8 and the entire OICW Increment 1 program were suspended in July 2005. Current model M9s are scheduled for replacement under the Future Handgun System, which was merged with USSOCOM's SOF Combat Pistol program to create the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP) program. The JCP winner is specified as having a number of new features; chambered for .45 ACP, an integrated rail, Day/Night sights, and capable of accepting a sound suppressor. In early 2006, the JCP program was renamed Combat Pistol and seemingly split from the Army program.

Confusing matters, the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) purchased 5,000 Ruger P95 and 5,000 SIG SP2022 (SIGPro) pistols in December 2004. However, these pistols were purchased solely for issue to Iraqi security forces.

Early problems

Disassembled Beretta M9
Disassembled Beretta M9

Beretta had two major contracts, about 500,000 units for the U.S. armed forces and about 230,000 units for the French armed forces. In the case of the Beretta 92G, it was agreed that the French would supply the slide steel to Italy until GIAT could start licensed production. Beretta then decided to use 5,000 semi finished slides, intended for the French, to build pistols for the U.S. military. Soon after the US accepted these pistols, a few 92F slides, (less than 10 total) and some older Beretta 92SB slides started to crack and fly off the frame.

An investigation would later determine that this lot had been made with French steel slides which were determined to be metallurgically inferior. Compounding this was 9mm Luger ammunition made in the US whose pressure far exceeded specifications. It was also discovered that the locking block required a design change to increase its service life. The US military decided to replace their M9 locking blocks after 5,000 rounds, which gave the gun a bad reputation on the civilian market as a gun with a short life. With the new version of the locking block installed however, the gun was a success and the locking block is now rated for 25,000 rounds. However, something still needed to be done to reduce the risk being struck by the back of a slide if it should break. The solution was to enlarge the hammer pin head to act as a slide retention device. A shallow slot in the base of the slider is cut just long enough to clear the hammer pin head during normal travel, but arrests the slide's backward travel if the slide fails. This simple change resulted in the Beretta 92FS. Since then nearly all Beretta pistols are fitted with this simple safety feature.

Tests were also carried out using a stronger closed slide, instead of the now famous cut-away version, but this reduced the ability of the pistol to dislodge sand and debris caught between the barrel and slide. Beretta eventually designed a new slide, one less prone to breakage, by thickening the slide wall at its weakest point. This came to be known as the Brigadier slide. Ironically, although the initial cause of slide breakages had already been remedied, the Brigadier is still sold today as a popular variant as its greater weight helps to control recoil. It also allows the owner to adjust or replace the front sight if so desired.

The trigger spring, which is responsible for resetting the trigger to its original position after each trigger pull, has also been improved. There had been cases where the spring would break which would require the shooter to manually push the trigger forward. Beretta remedied this by changing the spring's design so that each leg is similar, allowing it to be inverted in case one leg fails. Periodic inspection and replacement of this spring is recommended.


The Beretta 92's open slide design ensures visible feeding and ejection of ammunition and allows the barrel to cool quickly. The hard-chromed barrel bore reduces barrel wear and protects it from corrosion. The locking block barrel lockup provides good accuracy and operability with suppressors due to the in-line travel of the barrel. This is in contrast to the complex travel of Browning designed barrels. The magazine release button is reversible with simple field tools. Reversing the magazine release makes left-handed operation much easier.

Increasingly, it has become popular to reduce handgun weight using light alloys or polymers, and polymer parts have started showing up in Beretta 92/96 models too. In 2004, the first internal polymer part to be introduced was a recoil spring guide. Many Beretta owners were displeased with the polymer part just because it was "plastic". The polymer recoil spring guide works as well as its steel counterpart but it is possible that weight of the steel part helped reduce recoil. In 2005 new polymer parts started to appear in Beretta 92/96 series guns. New polymer parts include safety levers, trigger, slide release, lanyard loop, magazine floor, and the disassembly latch.


The Beretta 92 is available in many configurations each with a distinct model name. Combining the various options results in more than 50 different configurations, but the major variants are defined by their operation caliber (92/96/98), operation (FS/G/D/DS) and combination of optional items (Inox/Brigadier slide/Compact length):


Each model name starts with two digits identifying the caliber:

Chambered for the 9 x 19 mm Parabellum.
Chambered for the .40 S&W, introduced in 1990.
Chambered for 9 x 21 mm IMI. This option was introduced in 1991 for markets where it is illegal to own a weapon chambered for a military cartridge like 9 x 19 mm.


FS (standard)
The current production version of the 92F with the only change being the addition of a slide-mounted ambidextrous safety (also acts as decocking lever) and a bigger hammer pin and slot in the slide to stop over travel. It is this version that was adopted by the US Army as the M9 Pistol.
G (no safety)
This version was created for and adopted by the French Military as PAMAS ; it is simply a model 92F with a decocking lever that does not also act as safety lever.
D (double-action, no safety)
The double-action-only variant of the 92F or FS.
DS (double-action with safety)
The double-action-only variant of the 92F or FS that includes a safety.


(2003 –)
  • New vertical grip.
  • Short-reach trigger.
  • Thinner grip panels.
  • Integral accessory rail.
  • Removable front sight (can be replaced with Tritium sight).
  • Beveled magazine well (to enable easier/faster reloading).
(1993 – 2006)
60 g heavier slide (and 1 mm wider) to improve control when firing multiple shots in quick succession. It also includes removable front and rear Novak type sights.
92G Elite IA
92G Elite IA
Elite I
(1999 – 2001)
Pistols with this option include the heavier Brigadier slide and some modifications to the grip and bevel of the magazine well. It was introduced in 1999 and replaced by the Elite II option in 2001.
Elite 1A
This option replaced the standard grip on the original Elite with the Vertec grip but retained the Brigadier slide. A flat hammer spring cap was standard as well as the stainless barrel, decock only feature and dovetailed front sight.
Elite II
(2001 – 2006)
This option replaced the Elite I option in 2001 and includes the same features of the heavier Brigadier slide and removable Novak type sights, but also an extended magazine release catch and skeletonized hammer. This option is available only with the stainless-steel slide.
92G Elite II
92G Elite II
Stainless barrel, slide (frame anodised to match color).
Compact L
(1992 –)
Shorter barrel, slide, and more compact frame (13-round magazine capacity).
Compact Type M
(1992 –)
Similar to the Compact L, but has a slimmer grip that accepts only a single stacked 8-round magazine.
(1992 – 1996)
Shorter barrel and slide of (like "Compact"), but with standard-sized frame.
(1992 – 1993)
Shorter Beretta 92 Centurion
Shorter Beretta 92 Centurion
Single action only. It is designed for sport shooting and includes a front barrel bushing for improved accuracy.
(1994 –)
Heavier Brigadier slide. It is also designed for sport shooting and includes a front barrel bushing for improved accuracy.
(1994 – 2001)
Heavier Brigadier slide, single-action only and also designed for sport shooting, including a front barrel bushing for improved accuracy. It also came with an additional longer barrel that was weighted.
(2001 only)
A limited-edition (2000 copies) commemoritive (of the year 2000) model manufactured in the 2001, featuring the heavier Brigadier slide.
Steel I
(2004 – 2006)
Nickel-plated, single-action-only, collector's model. [Edit: Both single-action-only and single/double-action variants exist. Also used and desirable for competitive shooting because of its steel frame (for added weight & strength), the frame-mounted safety and/or Vertec-style grip-frame that are all found to be desirable features in a competition gun.]

Magazine Capacity

To keep in line with the introduction of laws in some locations restricting magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, Beretta now manufactures magazines that hold less than the factory standard 15 rounds. These magazines have heavier crimping (deeper indentations in the side) to reduce the available space while still keeping the same external dimensions and ensuring that these magazines can be used on existing firearms.


The Beretta 93R is a significantly redesigned 92 to provide the option of firing in three-round bursts. It also has a longer ported barrel, heavier slide, fitting for a shoulder stock, extra forward grip, and an extended magazine. Unlike the other berettas in the 90 series it doesn't have a decocker and very few are around today.


The Beretta 92 was designed for sports and law enforcement use and, due to its reliability, was accepted by military users in South America. The first large contract for the Beretta 92 was with the Brazilian army, for which Beretta set up a factory in Brazil. It later sold this factory to the Brazilian gunmaker Taurus.

Taurus continues to make pistols (under license from Beretta) based on the original Beretta 92, calling it the PT92, the barrel of which is still interchangeable with a Beretta 92. Taurus modified the original Beretta 92 design, and its recent pistols have the magazine release located behind the trigger guard, and different safeties that act as decocking levers when pulled down and trigger locks when pushed up, presenting the end-user with a different variety of safety options.

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Chameleon Weapons Defy Detection

Since 9/11, all kinds of new technologies and new techniques have popped up for detecting concealed weapons.

But they won’t catch everything; far from it. Last week I talked to Anthony Taylor, managing partner of an outfit which makes weapons which can be hidden in plain sight. You can be looking right at one without realizing what it is.

Chamelon card.jpgOne type is the exact size and shape of a credit card, except that two of the edges are lethally sharp. It's made of G10 laminate, an ultra-hard material normally employed for circuit boards. You need a diamond file to get an edge on it.

Taylor suggests that the card could easily be camouflaged as an ID card or one of the many other bits of plastic that clutter up the average wallet. Each weapon is individually handmade so they can be tailored to the user’s requirements.

Another configuration is a stabbing weapon which is indistinguishable from a pen. This one is made from melamine fiber, and can sit snugly inside a Bic casing. You would only find out it was not the real thing if you tried to write with it. It's sharpened with a blade edge at the tip which Defense Review describes as “scary sharp.”

Monday, April 30, 2007


Fenix Digital P2D Black Finish

Fenix Digital P2D Black Finish
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Introduction of Fenix™ P2D (Cree Edition) Flashlight

The Fenix P2D CE is a high-tech, rugged tool that’s perfect for any lighting application. It features six levels of output, which not only allows the user to select the best compromise between brightness and runtime for any given task but also has ability to aid in an emergency. The P2D CE does all this and still retains an incredibly compact size. If you’re looking for solid reliability, digitally regulated brightness, and compact size, this Fenix is for you.


• Utilizes a Cree 7090 XR-E LED with a life of 50,000 hours

• Two modes of output, selected by turning the bezel

• General Mode: 9 lumens (30hrs) -> 40 lumens (5.5hrs) -> 80 lumens (2hrs) -> SOS

Turbo Mode: 135 lumens (1hrs) -> Strobe

• Digitally Regulated for Constant Brightness

• Uses one CR123A battery (not included)

• 8.0cm (L) x 2.1cm (D)

• Made of aircraft grade aluminum

• Durable Type III hard anodized finish

• 38.2-gram weight (excluding batteries)

• Water-resistant (dunkable)

• Toughened ultra clear glass lens with AR coating

• Push-button tailcap switch

• Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle

• Battery not included


Fully press to switch on and turn the bezel to select the General Mode or the Turbo Mode. A soft-press anytime while the light is on will change the brightness levels of a certain mode. Keep the light off for over 2 seconds and the light will turn completely off, restoring the regulation circuit to the default setting.

We are expecting these to start shipping 4/12. A batch of 300 will come in.

This item will be "in-stock" for the first 300. We we run out, your

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pre-order list for 4/20.

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