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Glock is officially announcing the newest model, the Glock 45. The Glock 45 is an improved version of the military's Glock 19X for commercial and police markets.
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All gun owners recognize the strongly worded warning on ATF Form 4473: providing false or misleading information when purchasing a firearm “is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law, and may also violate State and/or local law.” Even if the FBI denies the purchase, anyone caught lying about a past felony conviction or a mental health issue could face thousands of dollars in fines and years in jail. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests that these “lie and try” buyers almost never come under federal prosecution.
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Derek LeBlanc stood behind the podium at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference, a participant of a panel aimed at advancing the gun rights message, passionately emphasizing the need for activism as it relates to youth firearm safety education.
LeBlanc is president and founder of the Kids Safety Around Firearms Education Foundation. The nonprofit aims to educate youth on firearm safety while also providing opportunities for students designed to keep kids out of trouble.
Since its inception, Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation has worked with thousands of kids to educate them on basic gun safety, the how-to’s of safe gun handling as well as engaging in field trips to the range to better understand guns. All this work has been devoted to creating an informed youth — one that understands the consequences guns inherently carry.
Additionally, the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation has worked to eradicate bullying through anti-bullying campaigns that have even gone so far as to prevent at least one school shooting, according to LeBlanc.
“We teach the four basic gun safety rules that would save their lives if they came across guns. We take that many steps further though,” LeBlanc told the crowd at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. “We also talk abut anti-bullying.”
Unlike other organizations, LeBlanc has taken a unwavering approach of inclusivity. Shying away from ideology and branding, LeBlanc looks to reach past just gun owners with his educational programs. LeBlanc said Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation paints with broad strokes, utilizing a friendlier narrative to draw gun owners and non-gun owners alike into the folds of the program. With 42-percent of the kids in his program hailing from non-gun owning households, LeBlanc’s concerns lie with keeping kids alive and well in his community.
“This is not a right or left issue. This is a safety issue. My goal is to be a uniter, not a divider,” LeBlanc said. “A lot of people don’t like guns, so I have to be able to tailor my message to reach people who don’t like guns. That’s what’s made us very successful. It’s the way in which we’ve been able to present the message.”
LeBlanc’s organization is a boots on the ground, Oregon-based grassroots initiative determined to reduce the number of youth deaths at the hands of guns. Though LeBlanc boasts a reach of 5,400, he seeks to grow that number into the millions. For that reason, LeBlanc told Guns.com after his speech he’s working on mobilizing a safety coalition. Using local instructors and resources, LeBlanc said he’s busy creating connections and a pipeline to roll out his vision nationwide.
“I want to reach as many kids as I can,” LeBlanc told Guns.com. “We got to make sure kids know what to do when they come across guns. Nine kids per day get shot with unsecured firearms…it’s so preventable. All you have to do is properly store your guns and educate your kids.”
LeBlanc is no stranger to violence and, specifically, the role guns often play in subverting bad situations. The survivor of a vicious assault that was resolved with a pistol-grip equipped shotgun, LeBlanc has seen first hand the potential — both good and bad — guns possess. While he emphasizes how thankful that a shotgun was his saving grace during his time of need, LeBlanc also says he sees the possible hazard these items pose to kids. It was this realization that propelled LeBlanc to his current position of activist and mentor.
“We need to carry this torch,”LeBlanc commented. “We have to empower our kids to make safe and responsible decisions when it comes to firearms.”
Though LeBlanc spoke to a crowd packed with 2A supporters, he reiterated to Guns.com that this issue goes beyond political lines. Gun safety isn’t a topic that just concerns the “right” but one that impacts all Americans.
“Just because you don’t have guns in the home doesn’t mean your kids can’t be exposed to them. That’s why it’s so critical for us to reach out to the people who don’t have guns in their homes,” he concluded. “Zero firearm accidents is the only acceptable goal.”
To learn more about Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation and to get involved check out their website at: https://kidssafefoundation.org/
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Judy B. Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas and a new great-grandmother successfully hunted down a 12-foot-long, 580-pound alligator.
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The Georgia-based gun maker Glock introduced on Monday a new compact handgun, the Glock 45, and expanded the Gen5 pistol design to include the Glock 17 MOS and Glock 19 MOS.
For the Glock 45, the company describes it as a crossover design that utilizes a compact slide and a full-size frame. The new gun includes all the popular Glock features like a passive trigger safety, front slide serrations, ambi controls, modular backstrap system, and a Glock marksman barrel.
The Glock Compact Crossover Pistol Model G45 will make its debut at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference next month.
Next, the new Gen5 MOS — Modular Optics System, which was introduced in January — will make the Glock 17 and Glock 19 optic ready for precision shooting.
“The MOS platform offers a convenient way for users to mount reflex sights without costly alterations to an original Glock slide,” said osh Dorsey, Glock vice president. “The resulting combination of optical sighting and the unparalleled accuracy and reliability of the new generation of Glock pistols set a new standard for this class of pistol.”
The G17 Gen5 MOS and the G19 Gen5 MOS will be available for purchase starting Oct. 5 at participating dealers.
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For centuries graveyards had to contend with grave robbers who preyed on the valuables of corpses– and even the corpses themselves — triggering an arms race. Cemetery guns of all sorts were popular in the 18th and 19th Century as a form of primitive booby-trap to deter would-be burglars who specialized in the recently dead.
The gruesome work of some of these Victorian-era nightwalkers was to harvest fresh bodies to sell for use in anatomy training. The solution, as attested to in the above video featuring NRA Museums Registrar Erin Sabatini, was a flintlock blunderbuss set to go off if disturbed, giving those shovel-toting goblins a scare that often included a good bit of shot as well.
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Not to be confused with a handsaw, the Squad Automatic Weapon is a totally different beast. However, it can still hack through lumber.
Because what Texas ranch doesn’t need an FN-made M249, Matt with Demolition Ranch has a SAW of his very own and covers the basics of the gun’s operation in the above video. He then moves to hack a 2×4″ in half via 5.56mm perforation at close range to see if it can be done. For reference, a regular handsaw is more effective, but not as fun.
For more NFA-ish fun SilencerCo hit the range with both an FN M249 and a MK 48 MOD 1 for some trigger time in the below video, complete with one of their Saker cans.
Sure, the soundtrack sounds like they borrowed it from the DJ at an Iraqi wedding, but the machine guns are on point and they run a 300-round string through each.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler confirmed three people died and three more sustained injuries when 26-year-old Snochia Moseley opened fire shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.
Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old male from Baltimore County; Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old female from Baltimore County and Hayleen Reyes, a 21-year-old female from Baltimore City died in the attack. Hassan Mitchell, a 19-year-old male from Harford County; Wilfredo Villegas, 45-year-old male from Montgomery County; and Purna Acharya, 45-year-old male from New York, were wounded, police confirmed.
Police still don’t know why Moseley, a temporary employee at the distribution center, left work less than an hour after arriving for her 6:30 a.m. shift to retrieve a 9mm handgun from her home in Baltimore County. She re-entered the front gate at 8:35 a.m. and began firing on employees 30 minutes later, striking six before turning the gun on herself, according to police.
Susan Henderson, a Rite Aid spokeswoman, told the Associated Press the building where the shooting occurred served as a support facility for a nearby larger building. The company said on social media the incident left them “deeply saddened.”
Investigators said Moseley lived with mental illness and became “increasingly agitated” over the last two weeks.
“We learned again yesterday, that no community is immune from this type of heinous violence,” Gahler said in a press conference Friday. “Harford County overall is a very safe place to live and work, citizens should feel confident their law enforcement professionals are well trained and prepared to maintain the safety of our community members.”
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Apex Tactical Specialties is now taking pre-orders for its new Action Enhancement Kit designed for the FN 509, FNS and FNS Compact pistols.
The Action Enhancement Kits mark the first and only drop-in trigger kits available for the FN pistols. The kits will be begin shipping in early October. The Action Enhancement Kit looks to reduce trigger pull weight down to 5.5-pounds while also offering a smoother uptake and crisper trigger break.
“The patent-pending design of the Apex Action Enhancement Kit for FN’s striker-fired pistols includes Apex’s popular Flat-Faced Trigger mounted on an Apex designed proprietary Trigger Bar which is paired with an Apex Sear,” Apex said in a press release.
The kits are available in four styles — black anodized, red Cerakoted, Thin Blue Line, and Freedom Edition. The kits maintain all factory safety values via its center mounted pivoting safety, according to Apex.
The new kits head out of the factory Oct. 9 and features MSRPs in the $149 to $159 range.
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Biff’s Gun World sits at the crossroads of Old Dixie and Dixie Highway in the small town of Valley Station, Kentucky. From the outside, it looks like just another aging business along the highway, but inside is a collection of items personifying the mind of the man who owns it.
Inside may be overwhelming at first with the volume of items. It’s not untidy as there’s a method to the madness, making it feel more like a museum than a retailer.
There’s the collection of stuffed animals, balloons, buckets, dishes and other random items hanging from the ceiling. Not to mention the deer heads and stuffed animals.
Shelves are packed with a mixture of new and old items much like a surplus store. Guns behind the case and holsters and gun parts on the walls, but also collectors plates and shot glasses. Old gun mags and nudie mags.
Six days a week, you’ll find Sumner sitting in the back on his stool reading a magazine and waiting for customers to ask questions as they peruse his store.
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3D gun developer Cody Wilson was brought back to the U.S. by federal agents and was handed over to state authorities in connection to a sexual assault charge.
Wilson, 30, was returned to the U.S. over the weekend from Taiwan after local immigration authorities reportedly took him into custody and expelled him from that country late last week. Booked into the Harris County Jail in Houston early Sunday, he was released on a $150,000 bond.
“We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case,” said Wilson’s attorney, Samy Khalil of the Houston-based firm of Gerger, Halil and Hennessy. “That’s our focus right now, representing our client and preparing his defense.”
The head of Austin-based Defense Distributed, Wilson has been in the eye of a hurricane of controversy over downloadable gun files that could be completed through additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printers. Since 2013, he and allied pro-gun and free speech advocates have fought to be able to release the files, a prospect that was nearing a resolution through a planned settlement with the U.S. State and Justice Departments only to be halted last month by a court order brought by a collection of gun control advocates and state attorneys general.
Last week, his story took a new turn as authorities in Austin moved to charge him with having sex with a 16-year-old in August, which he met on an online dating site and gave $500 in cash to after their interaction. Believed tipped off by a friend of the minor, Wilson left the country for Taiwan. Although the Formosa-based country does not have a formal extradition treaty with the U.S., they moved to keep tabs on Wilson once it was known he was in Taiwan.
As for Defense Distributed, technology website Ars Technica reported that the company has often operated in Wilson’s absence in the past and, for now at least, it is still business as usual, although DefDist’s Stephen Sheftall was quoted by the publication as saying, “A management restructuring is coming.”
The company’s main products — the Ghost Gunner desktop milling machine, designed to complete AR-15 lowers from 80-percent blanks and 3D gun files through the organization’s DefCAD site— are both still listed as available.
DefDist plans a press conference for Tuesday.
Press conference this Tuesday at 11 a.m. Location TBA. See you soon.
— Defense Distributed (@DefDist) September 23, 2018
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Connecticut-based Colt’s Manufacturing last week was awarded a significant Pentagon security assistance contract.
The $57.72 million firm-fixed-price contract announced by the U.S. Army on Thursday covers delivery of up to 10,000 M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles. The award, issued through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Foreign Military Sales program, is for guns intended for Jordan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan.
Self-defense weapons sold through the program are considered to be a “fundamental tool of U.S. foreign policy,” and can be either funded by the receiving country or the U.S. government as aid. The Pentagon essentially acts as the go-between for industry and the foreign customer looking for materials. DSCA head, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, said that so far this year sales are booming with $46.9 billion in weapons sales to foreign partners and allies in the first half of 2018 alone.
“Defense exports are good for our national security, they’re good for our foreign policy. And they’re good for our economic security. And as the administration and our leadership has said, economic security is national security,” Hooper said in June.
The M4 contract has an estimated completion date of Sept. 20, 2019, and Colt will perform the work at their West Hartford plant. The company markets a variety of semi-auto M4 and M4A1 carbines commercially as well as select-fire variants to law enforcement and military end-users.
In related news, on July 13, the U.S. Army Contracting Command issued a $28.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for an undetailed quantity of “North Atlantic Treaty Organization commercial off-the-shelf carbines,” with Colt, Daniel Defense, and FN competing with Remington to fulfill the order by July 2019.
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The Vietnam-era Army veteran who wrote and taught under the name of N.E. MacDougald passed away last weekend while climbing in Telluride.
According to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Department, Himber and his step-daughter had just finished “the main event,” the most technical portion of the climb, when he sat down and became unresponsive.
Born in 1944, while in the Army Himber served in military intelligence duties in Vietnam and instructed Green Beret units in technical rock climbing. He later went on to become the Survival Editor for Colorado-based Soldier of Fortune magazine and write for a variety of publications over a three-decade career as a survival expert. In later years he conducted seminars and appeared in videos for Panteo Productions on a wide range of prepping, firearm and survival topics.
When contacted about Himber’s death, Soldier of Fortune founder Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown characterized him to Guns.com as “a fine man, a great friend and unyielding patriot.”
As a tribute to Himber, SOF.com on Thursday posted excerpts of one of his books, the Soldier of Fortune Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse.
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An activist group of investors said last week Smith & Wesson’s explanation for writing off $1.5 million in donations to gun rights lobbyists raises more questions than it answers.
Majority Action filed regulatory documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, criticizing the gun maker’s defense as “insufficient” and “impossible to reconcile” with reality after top executives said unreported contributions to the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation didn’t break any disclosure laws.
American Outdoor Brands, the gun maker’s parent company, said in regulatory filings earlier this month the money never supported political projects for either group. Guns.com reached out to AOBC last week for comment, but never received any response.
“AOBC’s conclusory explanation for the above omissions — that the payments were tax deductible and not made for political purposes — is difficult to square with publicly-available information about the NRA-ILA and NSSF, their activities during the 2016 election cycle, and the regulations governing the deductibility of payments to tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activity,” Majority Action’s Sept. 19 filing concluded.
The group’s filing also castes further doubt on Mitchell Saltz — one of AOBC’s five board nominees — and his connections to VirTra Systems, a company specializing in virtual reality gun training simulators. Smith & Wesson insists Saltz’s previous failures to admit he serves on VirTra’s board of directors boils down to nothing more than an “inadvertent omission” — a harmless action considering the company poses little, if any, direct competition to the gun maker.
Majority Action disputes this claim, suggesting the company violated its own policies by turning a blind eye to VirTra’s conflict with the Smith & Wesson training academy.
“Even if Saltz felt that the overlaps between VirTra’s and AOBC’s business activities did not constitute a genuine conflict, the Code of Conduct and Ethics the Board adopted in the run-up to this year’s annual meeting created an unquestionable duty to report, based on the possible appearance of conflict,” the group concluded.
Shareholders will vote on these issues at the gun maker’s annual meeting Tuesday. It’s unclear if major investors — such and BlackRock and Vanguard — will support another shareholder-backed proposal for a gun safety risk report, as both did during Sturm, Ruger and Company’s annual meeting in May.
Majority Action hopes both firms will again side with them and “vote for greater corporate transparency.”
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