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Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:10
The Christian Science Monitor describes itself as “an independent international news organization” that wants to “help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.” Its editorial board recently published an article, A seed for society’s safety: Gun buybacks, discussing why New Zealand’s “gun buyback” program could serve as a useful model on how the government can engage with gun owners in this country. According to the piece, the “voluntary nature of gun buybacks – along with the incentive of being compensated – gives them a special place in the worldwide debate over gun regulations.” In the case of the New Zealand program, it is neither a “buyback” nor voluntary. Apart from the quibble that the privately-owned guns have not been owned or sold by the government such that any later relinquishment is, in fact, a “buy back,” there’s nothing optional about the program, unless the decision between surrendering your property or facing hard jail time can be said to represent a real and honest choice.
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Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:47
There are some odd dynamics in international relations. Countries in which people are not free serve on the UN Human Rights Council. Political considerations guide every action.  Of course, the NRA is a single-issue organization so international relations are not usually front and center for us. We’re focused on protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. The horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton gave opportunistic foreign regimes an opening to offer clumsy critiques of the United States regarding our level of violent crime.
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No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:45
Joe Biden has been out on the primary campaign trail working hard. Maybe a little too hard. “We got to let them know who we are,” he recently told a crowd of supporters at the Iowa State Fair. Perhaps the most accurate of the qualities he used to describe himself and his fellow travelers was “We choose truth over facts!” That much we know, Joe.
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Magneto Speed – Clay’s Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:53

What, exactly, is a Magneto Speed, you may be asking? Fair enough. The name says a lot about it, but more on that in a second. If you have ever seen someone shooting at the range with what appears to be a fiberglass bayonet strapped to the barrel, they weren’t roleplaying a Dough Boy with really sketchy props. That was a Magneto Speed, the chronograph that mounts to your barrel.

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Maven Releases the Tiny S.2 Spotting Scope

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:39

Maven's new spotting scope with its compact size and lightweight, could prove to be an essential tool for the ounce-counting backcountry hunter or a valuable addition to a daypack.

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Ruger’s New Bearcat Revolver – Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:57

Spanning six decades of rigorous use and counting, the Bearcat has carved a name for itself as an All-American rimfire six-shooter.

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Franklin Armory’s New “Reformation” Isn’t a Pistol or Rifle and Doesn’t Need a Stamp (Full Review)

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:50

If you purchase firearms based solely on their ability to help you survive the zombie apocalypse, you might want to skip this one. But if you have a sense of humor, a love of weird firearms, and a healthy desire to Stick It to The Man, Franklin Armory’s new Reformation is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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Less Than the Speed of Sound: Testing Remington’s New Subsonic Ammunition

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:45

Late last year, Remington introduced a new line of range ammunition specifically made for use with suppressed firearms, Remington Subsonic, launched in 9MM, .45 ACP and 300BLK.

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The Beltway Snipers: Agents of Chaos

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:40

Setting her baby on a changing table she answered the front door to find a 17-year-old Jamaican named Lee Boyd Malvo. Malvo produced a .45-caliber handgun and shot the woman in the face. Thus began one of the most brutal killing sprees in American history.

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Taurus Adds New Colors to 856UL Revolver Line

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:29

Taurus continues to expand the 856UL revolver line with the new Cobalt Blue color.

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Canadian PM Trudeau Calls for More ‘Common Sense’ Gun Control as Toronto Violence Spikes

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:18

As gun-related violence spikes in Toronto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for adding more “common sense” gun restrictions to the country’s already restrictive firearm laws. Toronto enjoys a relatively low gun-related homicide rate compared to many U.S. cities, but that hasn’t stopped Trudeau from blaming guns for the city’s crime. “Recent shootings have […]

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Red Dawn at 35: The Guns of the Great American Classic

General Gun News - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:30

Opening 35 years ago this week, the film Red Dawn brought World War III to a small American town and the town fought back. Written and directed by noted Hollywood gun guy John Milius — legend has it that 1911-toting bowling purist Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski was partially based on him — the motion picture’s opening act involves Soviet paratroopers dropping on an American high school unannounced, looking to turn the Cold War hot. Within the first 10 minutes of the film, teens who managed to give said Russki sky soldiers the slip begin to reach for the glove compartments and gun racks as signs mount that the invasion is on.

(Caution, big-time spoilers below if you have never seen the film, but then again it has been out for 35 years, so just what are you waiting for?)

M1911A1

Two World Wars…make it a third (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Other than the invaders’ guns put into action as soon as their chutes collapsed — which are a mix of CZ75 and Tokarev TT-33 pistols and Egyptian Maadi ARMs and Finnish Valmet M78s made up to look like Soviet AKs and RPKs — the first American iron firing back is an M1911A1 GI pried from the literal “cold dead hands” of an armed citizen downtown who played the “Not today, comrade,” card when it came to reeducation camp residency. As the venerable longslide made the first two world wars, it is fitting that it showed up in the opening act of the third.

Colt Single Action

You wouldn’t think the Colt Single Action Army would see so much use against Soviets and their Latin American commie allies, but it does (Photo: Colt)

Former high school football standout Jed Eckert (Patrick Swayze), upon grabbing his little brother and assorted soon-to-be-partisan friends from the Soviet drop zone in his sweet Chevy step side, stops off at a gas station/market just outside of town. There, the crew empties friendly shop owner Mr. Morris’s displays of hunting guns and ammo — something increasingly rare in gas stations today. Then, as youth are pulling stumps for the mountains with Mr. Morris cautioning them to not come back, Jed asks his little brother to fetch a vintage Colt 1873 from the truck’s glove box and check to make sure that it is loaded.

“It’s already loaded,” says Matt Eckert (Charlie Sheen).

Oh, you knew it was.

According to IMFDB, aforementioned film-used Colt belonged to Milius himself and in the movie, it is featured prominently, getting more screen time than some of the top-billed actors. Jed, getting “pretty lean on feelings,” even uses it in the film’s final climactic big boss-style showdown, to evict Soviet partisan hunter, Col. Strelnikov, from his meat suit.

Smith & Wesson K-frame Model 15

Fill your hands with a S&W Model 15 K38, the next best thing for when your F-15 is on the fritz

Dropping in with shot down US Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew “Andy” Tanner (Powers Boothe) is a classic blued Smith & Wesson K-frame, specifically a .38 special Model 15. An upgrade to Smith’s Model 10 M&P series of swing-out cylinder medium-framed revolvers, the wheel gun was a staple of the USAF as a bailout gun for pilots and Security Police — and is only now being totally replaced in service by the Sig M18.

Despite access to plenty of captured Warsaw Pact gear, Tanner still carries the big Smith in a raid on a Soviet airstrip although he later picks up a 1911. Why not a Makarov? Because nobody wants that Russki stuff in 1984, that’s why.

Remington 870 Wingmaster

The Remington 870 Wingmaster: for those who ask why they should be different.

Among the extensive collection of common sporting guns borrowed by the crew from Mr. Morris in the opening scenes — a Ruger M77, Winchester pump, and Marlin 336 .30-.30 lever action all make an appearance — a Remington 870 Wingmaster is present and gets a non-NFA-compliant trim to make it handier. Hard to submit Form 1s from behind the lines in Soviet-occupied Colorado. The gun comes in handy when young Robert Morris (C. Thomas Howell) springs from a spider hole to zap a pretty rapey Soviet tank crew who were caught in a feint trap.

Honorable mentions

While not as central to the plot, other great guns make cameos such as the FN FAL, M16, and Ruger Mini-14. Of note, Strelnikov even carries a super cool Finnish-made Jatimatic SMG, a gun that had only debuted a year or two before the film was made and a very unlikely choice for a Soviet super-soldier rocking his babushka’s sunglasses.

Besides the cloned AKs and RPKs, lots of other clones appear in the film including an M60 machine gun, mocked up to look like a Soviet DShK HMG and a wild array of aircraft and vehicles that look closer to something from a Mad Max film than actual Warsaw Pact armor. While today it would be a snap to buy a whole platoon of working T-55 tanks and even a few actual MiGs, such hardware was tough to come by in 1984 during the most frigid part of the Cold War.

Either way, remember the days when John had a long mustache next time you visit Partisan Rock and don’t ever mention that “other” Red Dawn movie again.

(Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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The Beretta M9 Strong Even in Retirement

General Gun News - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:00

The Beretta M9 was the standard side arm for the U.S. military for more than 30 years only to be recently retired by a more modern duty weapon design. The M9 has not only withstood the test of time in the hands of our troops, but also here state’s side with various law enforcement agencies as well. With the current trend of duty weapons shifting away, though, it makes me wonder: what’s the Beretta M9’s place in today’s marketplace?

We already know that the M9 is reliable. You cannot spend three decades as a military sidearm fighting in deserts, on mountain tops, and everything in between only to be deemed unreliable. The M9’s open slide design works to its advantage by not trapping spent brass or dirt in the action. The most common malfunction you may run into would be a failure-to-fire but even that is mitigated by the M9’s strong single- and double-action hammer. This is a gun that will not quit on you with minimal maintenance required.

The M9 has not only withstood the test of time in the hands of our troops, but also here state’s side with various law enforcement agencies as well. With the current trend of duty weapons shifting away, though, it makes me wonder: what’s the Beretta M9’s place in today’s marketplace? (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable shooting handgun than the M9 straight from the manufacturer. This is a full size “fighting handgun” with a nice high beaver tail to allow for a very aggressive grip. Unloaded the M9 weighs 33 ounces, which is heavy and probably not the best choice for concealed carry, but it aids in keeping felt recoil to a minimum. Once the M9 is out of the holster it shoots like a calm lake.

During a 40-year period a gun can develop a lot of aftermarket support. The M9 has an extensive supply of aftermarket parts, holsters, mags, etc. Some of this support is military surplus from extensive service life and some is from the cult like following Beretta has developed over the years. I will say that if you are buying from the surplus market that a lot of the parts and pieces have been well loved. Make sure you do your homework when buying and if you can physically inspect the components that is even better.

You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable shooting handgun than the M9 straight from the manufacturer. This is a full size “fighting handgun” with a nice high beaver tail to allow for a very aggressive grip. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

Thank you to Ammunition To Go for the quality ammo supplied in this review.

Some would consider retirement a death sentence, but others might consider it a time to re-invent themselves. The M9 is still the same great gun that has been carried by our military for three decades. It will need to find a bigger role on the civilian market and I think it really is starting too. There are plenty of gunsmiths out there boosting the popularity of the M9 by tuning them up for competition and concealed carry. For those out there that want to start messing around with a great SA/DA gun or breathe new life into a military classic, the M9 is one of my top choices for you.

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Found on Guns.com: Rock Island Armory M1911

General Gun News - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:30

Rock Island Armory makes affordable 1911s, one of the greatest designs in firearm history. While true believers tend to go after the standard .45 ACP models, Rock Island breaks the mold and offers a 9mm variant as well. The smaller chambering coupled with the sturdy design makes for an affordable training pistol or manageable beginner gun.

With 1911s, you can find models in just about any price range, but for a practical gun like this, Rock Island priced it at a working man’s wage. While just a fraction of what some 1911s retail, this Rock Island 1911 has a performance comparable to those three or four times the price.

The Rock Island 1911 features a fixed front sight with a dovetail rear and a parkerized finish with wooden grip panels that give the gun a classic look. On the range, this model ate through all the Aguila 9mm I could feed it. I personally own one and would recommend this Rock Island version to any beginner who is looking to break into the 1911 platform.

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Gun Owners, 2A Groups Challenge California ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

General Gun News - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:00

California has had a ban on many otherwise ordinary semi-autos since 1989 (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Three gun owners allied with pro-gun groups filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against California officials challenging the state’s “assault weapon” ban. The gun owners — James Miller, Patrick Russ, and Ryan Peterson — argue that the state’s longstanding prohibition on many commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms violates the Second Amendment.

The lawsuit names California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and others as defendants and is supported by the Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, the California Gun Rights Foundation and San Diego County Gun Owners, the latter of which has signed on as a co-plaintiff.

“The government cannot ban the constitutionally-protected firearms at issue in this case,” said attorney George M. Lee, representing the gun owners. “We look forward to proving that the State’s statutes, policies, and practices at issue, in this case, are both unconstitutional and irrational.”

The 19-page complaint argues that the firearms banned by the current law are “exactly the sorts of lawful weapons in common use that law-abiding people possess at home for lawful purposes and exactly what they would bring to service in militia duty should such cause be necessary.” Going on to hold that the Second Amendment is not a second-class right, the filing argues the increasing layers of bans established in California since the state first moved to outlaw certain guns in 1989 continue to step on that right with increasingly heavy boots.

While the three gun owners in the case admit they own AR-15-style firearms, their guns have been retrofitted to have fixed magazines as mandated by state law to be compliant– unlike the same rifles ordinarily found in virtually every other state that has no such requirement. This requirement, outlines the filing, is incompatible with a ruling issued by a federal court in March that found the state’s prohibition on the possession of large-capacity magazines was unconstitutional.

“This is a straight-forward case to protect our clients’ constitutional rights and property,” said John Dillon, an attorney for the gun owners. “The State of California’s ban on these firearms will fail constitutional scrutiny for the same reasons that its ban on firearm magazines did.”

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Giveaway: HK VP9SK and Bravo Concealment package

General Gun News - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 23:30

During the upcoming NRA Personal Protection Expo, Guns.com will team up with industry heavyweights Heckler & Koch and Bravo Concealment to giveaway a carry package that would make any respectable gun owner proud.

The giveaway includes an HK VP9SK, the compact design of HK’s VP handgun series. The VP9SK features all the characteristics of the larger variants but in a more concealable design. With a 3.39-inch barrel, the pistol measures in at 6.61 inches and weighs 23.07 ounces. Also, all VP pistols are equipped with a precision strike trigger, the quality of which gives other duty pistols a run for their money.

And what would a top-of-the-line carry gun be without a means to carry it? Along with HK’s newest pistol, the giveaway includes carry gear by Bravo Concealment. The package contains Bravo’s BCA OWB kydex holster for when you’re at home or at the farm, a torsion IWB kydex holster when you need to be discreet, a Cinturon gun belt to keep your pants up and gun secure, and a mag pouch because who wouldn’t want extra ammo?

Altogether, this giveaway is valued at around $700. Sign up to win the HK VP9SK and Bravo Concealment carry package at Guns.com. The winner will be announced during the NRA Personal Protection Expo in Ft. Worth, Texas. Enter by clicking on the promotional page and entering your name and email between Aug. 16-Sept. 8, 2019.

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Smith & Wesson Bringing Back the Model 648 .22 Magnum

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:30

Smith & Wesson is reintroducing the Model 648 double-action revolver. Chambered for .22 WMR the full-size gun has a stainless finish and a 6-inch barrel.

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California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:13
On Monday, August 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent AB 1254 to the suspense file and rescheduled AB 1669 to be heard next Monday, August 19. On Wednesday, August 14, the Assembly Appropriations Committee sent SB 172 to the suspense file.
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Kamala Calls for ‘Domestic Terrorism Prevention Orders’ to Seize Guns from White Nationalists

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:39

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris launched a new plan this week to combat “violent hate” across America.

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NRA Announces All-Star Lineup of Presenters at 2019 Personal Protection Expo

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:05
FT. Worth, TX. – The NRA Personal Protection Expo, Sept. 6-8, 2019 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX is the nation’s premier event for personal protection, concealed carry, and home defense products and education. 
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