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Breaking into the spam can has never been more urgent as Magpul announced this week they are now making deliveries of 30-round polymer magazines for the 5.45mm Kalash.
Designed to fit the AK74, MPi-AK-74N, PA md. 86, and others in 5.45x39mm, the mag has a self-lubricating anti-tilt follower and stainless steel spring. While sharing standard PMAG features such as a flared removable floorplate and dot matrix panels for paint pens, the mag also has the bonus of being a U.S. made part for those sweating 922 compliance on their builds.
They only come in black for now and the price at Magpul’s website is $13.95.
YouTuber Blackfish put together this working cardboard Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun that fires paper bullets! Watch the video and make your own.
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With M1 Garands at perhaps the height of popularity and stocks of military surplus ball waning, one manufacturer is offering a solution.
Over 5 million 30.06-caliber Garands were produced, serving as the mainstay for the U.S. and many allied militaries from WWII through, in some cases, the late 1970s. These eight-shot rifles, called the “greatest battle implement ever devised,” by no less a military authority as Gen. George S. Patton, were fed a steady diet of 150-grain M2 ball ammunition, for which their sights were ballistically calibrated.
However, while commercial soft-point hunting loadings are readily available in “aught-six” today, the traditional full metal jacket load has been out of full-scale production in the states for some time. Further, using commercial loads, which are sometimes a good bit hotter or use a different pressure curve, can damage the M1’s oprod or, if they don’t produce enough gas pressure, not cycle the action. While this can be alleviated by a ported gas screw, commercial ammo can also be more expensive and many Garand collectors frown on aftermarket parts.
A workaround for now-exhausted cans of military Lake City M2 has long been overseas stocks purchased on the surplus market from NATO allies such as Norway and Greece. Back in 2005, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a federally-chartered non-profit well-known for their M1 program, was able to wrangle 25 million rounds of 150-grain Greek-made Pyrkal HXP ammo manufactured in the 1970s and smaller quantities of AYR-marked Norwegian Garand food crated in the 1950s, both of which has proved popular in service rifle matches and target shooting for more than a decade.
But all good things must come to an end.
On a recent visit to the CMP’s operation in Anniston, where green ammo crates were once stacked 30 feet high in a warehouse that could hide a Wal-Mart, the organization now only has about 20,000 rounds of surplus ammo left on hand, and that figure is rapidly falling.
What they do have in quantity is a loading they have worked with S&B to develop, a new man M2 FMJ doppelganger loaded to military spec.
Given 100 rounds to T&E, we hit the range to see how they worked.
In comparing the S&B load with legacy milsurp, the grave news right off the bat is that they come in standard 20-cartridge commercial boxes, not in green spam cans already loaded on en bloc clips inside canvas bandoliers.
Meh, we can dream. No worries, they loaded up on surplus, post-war AEC and CMP-marked clips we already had without a problem.
The good news is that the new loads, besides not dating to the days of sock hops and 8-Tracks, do not attract a magnet like the old ones. Also, the primers are noncorrosive, a trick that some surplus rounds cannot always perform.
The big bar of success with the ammo was that it A) worked in M1s with no issue and B) was a similar pressure curve to traditional mil-spec loads.
On the first, we fired 96 rounds through two different GI M1s, a 1944-vintage Springfield and a 1954 International Harvester, with no problems, producing 12 “pings” and a bunch of ragged .30-inch holes on paper in groupings decent enough to want to do a local DCM match with.
We also tested two rounds each in a sporterized Great War-era M1917 bolt gun and a 1970s vintage Remington 742 Woodmaster, for function. It should be noted that the “vintage” load worked in both.
Addressing velocity, we ran a group through a Caldwell chronograph. With a five-shot string registering 2790, 2745, 2713, 2710, 2719 fps, the mean average worked out to 2735 with a standard deviation of 33.5. This was at 168 ft. elevation, 94F temperature, 72 percent humidity and with a 2-mph wind. For comparison, Greek M2 head stamped HXP 74 clocked in at an average of 2741.
When you talk about value, the S&B M2 load brings it at about $0.80 per round with free shipping if bought by the case from CMP. When you consider that Berdan-primed gray-case 168gr FMJ Wolf Military Classic runs about $0.60 per cartridge plus shipping, the only real competitor the load has for bulk ’06 users is 150 grain Serbian-made Prvi Partizan, which is also aimed at the M1 Garand owners market with reproduction GI packaging and, if you shop hard enough and can find it in stock, can be picked up for about $0.75 per round before S+H.
Speaking of packaging, the S&B load is in circulation in both the “GI” white box and in a black and gold box, with some good deals if you poke around.
May the “ping” be with you.
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A father and son fishing on the Kennebec River over the weekend reeled in a bolt-action rifle rather than highly sought brown trout.
As reported by the Kennebec Journal, the rifle was plucked from the river by the unidentified fishermen near the northern end of Canal Street in Augusta. The Remington 700 had three rounds in the magazine but was otherwise in likely unshootable condition.
An accompanying image released by the Augusta Police shows the synthetic-stocked rifle with a bright orange patina on the barrel and receiver, bleedig over onto the furniture. A low-power scope, Harris-style sling post mounted bipod, and adjustible nylon sling completes the rig.
Police, who currently have the gun in inventory and confirm it was not reported as stolen, are at a loss to explain how it wound up in the river.
“I am not able to tell for sure why it’s there, but it is possibly related to some type of burglary, theft or other crime,” Lt. Chris Read told the Journal. “It’s illegal to duck hunt with a rifle, so the ‘oops it fell out of the boat’ doesn’t sound too good. You can’t hunt from that area within the compact urban zone with a rifle.”
It’s not the first time a fisherman got more than a nibble.
In 2014, a man on California’s drought-stricken Castaic Lake reeled in a backpack containing an ATF agent’s badge and gun lost decades prior, while more recent success stories have included a rare Glock-fish in Oakland and a Mossberg shotgun picked up by a spear-o in beautiful Hawaii.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, one of the two inmates accused of killing four fellow inmates at the Kirkland Correctional Institution just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this year, spoke out and gave some insight to the motive behind the slayings.
Denver Simmons, 35, is serving a life sentence for the double murder of woman and her son. Simmons said after a failed attempt at suicide, he saw the slaying of his fellow inmates as a means to get on death row. Jacob Philip, 26, who is also serving a life sentence for the double murder of his girlfriend and her daughter, agreed to help.
After months of “joking” about it, Simmons and Philip devised a plan in March, then carried it out on April 7. One by one, they led each of the four inmates into a cell and strangled them, hiding the bodies within the confines of a prison cell after each murder, as not to spook the next in line.
Once the killings were completed, Simmons and Philip walked to the guard station and told the guards what they did.
The murdered inmates were identified as Jimmy Ham, 56; Jason Kelley, 35; John King, 52; and William Scruggs, 44. Ham had served nearly a decade behind bars for aggravated assault and battery, grand larceny and burglary and was due to be released in November. Kelley was serving time for stabbing his teenage stepson. King was serving time for burglary, theft and larceny. Scruggs was behind bars for the murder of a disabled veteran.
Speaking matter-of-factly, Simmons, who said prison is “just not a good place to live… day in and day out,” shared the grisly details of the behind-bars murders, including the order in which they killed their victims and why.
“Honestly, we could have got staff members,” Simmons added. “But they’re just there doing their job, you know? The people we killed, whether they deserved it or not, were not fine, upstanding members of society. You know, none of us are, or we wouldn’t be in where we’re at.”
But Simmons said the murder of his fellow inmates was all “for nothing” because – due to the fact that he and Philip have been deemed mentally ill – neither are likely to get their death row wish.
Ironically, Simmons previously pleaded guilty to the double murder in order to avoid the death penalty.
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The parents of a four-year-old boy in Longview, Texas, said local law enforcement went above and beyond the call of duty when they surprised the preschooler at his birthday party over the weekend.
Mason Williams loves everything about police, so in a bid to make his birthday party the best ever, his mother called the police department and asked them for, what she believed, was a very big favor.
“I asked them if they minded, just drive by, take a couple of pictures. And that’s all we were expecting and hoping for,” recalled Mason’s mother, Katy, who added that a flash of the lights or a roll of the siren would be extra special.
But they got much more than that.
“First we saw the huge SWAT vehicle, then there were two cop cars behind it,” Katy said. “I yelled at Mason told him there was a surprise for him outside. He ran, looked out the door, and oh my gosh!”
The group of officers came bearing gifts, let Mason play with a remote-controlled minature police car, as well as get inside and look around a real one. The boy’s mother said he was definitely in his element.
Mason’s father, Aaron, said the officers “just really went way out of their way, way out of their way, to make it a special birthday for him.”
Mason’s parents thanked the officers for their kindness, while Katy added she doesn’t think her son will ever forget his fourth birthday.
As for Mason, he said, “I like the sirens.”
[ KLTV ]
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A man was shot after he broke into a woman’s home in Castaic, California, Monday morning around 2 a.m. despite warnings from the homeowner not to do so.
The suspect, 42-year-old John Velasquez, was struck a single time in the chest and last said to be in fair condition.
Police say Velasquez used his pickup truck to block the end of the homeowner’s driveway, which was about one-fourth of a mile from her house. He then walked to the house and began banging on the windows.
The homeowner, who lives alone and runs a dog training facility on her property, warned Velasquez that she had dogs and a gun, but he was persistent and eventually kicked in her back door.
At that point, the homeowner, who was on the phone with 911 the entire time, fired a single shot, striking Velasquez in the chest. When authorities arrived on the scene, he was transported to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Velasquez faces charges for burglary.
There were no reports of the homeowner, who is in her 60s, being injured.
[ Fox LA ]
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A 17-year-old boy is facing charges for the fatal shooting of his best friend at a St. Louis apartment Saturday afternoon, and although the teen admitted to putting the gun to his friend’s head and pulling the trigger, he told police he did not believe it would fire without the magazine inserted.
Edward Hatcher, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 2 p.m., and his best friend, Cliff Edwards, also 17, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. Edwards is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Carlisia Eason lives next door to Hatcher and her family heard the gunshot.
“My sister opened the door and she heard someone was screaming, ‘Call the police he got shot in the head,’” Eason told reporters.
It’s unclear to whom the gun belonged or how the teens gained access to it.
[ KMOV ]
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Jeff Bloovman of Armed Dynamics and Nick Humphries of Practically Tactical go quietly with the vaunted Beretta 71, which has a super cool history.
Marketed as the Jaguar, the M71 used a lightweight alloy frame to produce a 1960s-era pistol that tipped the scales at just 17-ounces. The 8/9-shot .22LR, using a 3.5-inch barrel was very accurate, and, when coupled with an early wipe-style pill bottle type suppressor, was very quiet. The concealable and compact pistol was used by Israeli El Al air marshals and, according to a lot of reports, officers of both the Mossad intelligence agency and Sayeret Matkal military intelligence.
Jeff and Nick use a more modern Griffin Checkmate can in the above video, but you more than get the idea.
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Chicago still doesn’t have any gun ranges within city limits, but in the northern suburbs, a new “gun-try club” opened last month.
The nearly 20,000-square-foot Northshore Sports Club in unincorporated Lake Forest has a quarter million dollar Ferrari in its showroom, according to a local report.
And the luxury doesn’t stop there. The facility, which looks and feels more like a casino or a country club, features a member’s lounge, a cafe, a full kitchen and a locker room with fingerprint-enabled locks. The two shooting ranges are air-conditioned, and there’s a gunsmith on hand.
Oh yeah, and you can shoot a Tommy Gun.
“We’re trying to have something unique,” owner Xiaoda Zhang said.
“We want people who want to be part of a club mentality, who want to be able to network, who might not be completely familiar with firearms,” said Anthony Miniscalo, director of food and beverage. “We want that elite feel for our members that are beyond what’s in the area.”
Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says more and more high-end ranges are popping up all over the country.
“In the old days, it might have been enough to send a target down the line and fire away for half an hour,” he said. “The ranges that are closing are the older ones.”
And a different sort of clientele populates such ranges — those who haven’t shot before, or a young couple on a date.
Members pay $4,000 a year for the first family member, and $2,000 for each additional. Customers can also pay by the hour.
“This is something you’d expect to see in Beverly Hills,” one customer said.
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A chance encounter at a gas station in Lexington, Nebraska, last week led to the capture of a suspect involved in half a dozen bank robberies and two shootouts with police, with the suspicion furthered after the man made a damning phone call from jail to his mother.
Richard Gathercole, 39, of Roundup, Montana, is believed to be responsible for six armed bank robberies over five states in the last five years. Gathercole is also the suspect in two officer-involved shootings, including one which left a California police officer seriously wounded.
While in jail, Gathercole made a phone call to his mother instructing her to “get all the guns out.” She agreed to do so, but also pointed out to Gathercole that his call from the jail was likely recorded. Gathercole’s mother was right.
Soon after the call was made, authorities executed a search warrant at Gathercole’s home, where they found a cache of weapons, including those that matched the description of the ones used in six bank robberies. Authorities also found what was described as explosive devices.
The robberies occurred throughout California, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa, but during the California robbery in 2012, Gathercole engaged in a shootout with a Chino police officer outside of the bank, leaving the officer seriously wounded. The officer has since recovered and returned to the force, but San Bernardino County Prosecutors say they plan to file a charge against Gathercole for attempted murder of a peace officer. Currently, Gathercole is being held on state theft and possession of stolen firearms charges, with federal charges pending.
Authorities say Gathercole caught the attention of sheriff’s deputies last week because he was driving a pickup truck that matched the description of one used in a shooting involving a Kansas State Trooper just one day prior. The shooting occurred on June 19 as a state trooper initiated a routine traffic stop near Goodland. But Gathercole refused to stop and instead led authorities on a high-speed chase, during such time he opened fire on the trooper, who was uninjured.
During the pursuit, Gathercole crashed his vehicle, but authorities later learned that he likely stole a truck from a nearby farm and continued across the Nebraska state line. The description of that truck is what led deputies to him.
“This really is a prime example of being able to call up, turn that switch and work the case even though it’s been dormant while we haven’t heard from this person or active in any other bank robberies,” said Kristi Johnson, FBI assistant special agent in charge.
Johnson commended the cooperation seen between multiple local, state, and federal agencies.
A 62-year-old Marine veteran fought off three home intruders with a handgun last Thursday, injuring all three.
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“If only SIG Sauer would offer the P226 in more configurations,” said no one. Ever. Okay, I couldn’t help opening with a bit of snark, but if you pay attention to the firearms market you know that there are about as many SKUs for the P226 as there have been for G.I. Joe. Enter the P226 ASE. And it’s a beauty.
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The nation’s high court on Monday let stand a ruling against the government in the combined cases of two men blocked from gun possession after run-ins that resulted in convictions for non-serious crimes.
This week, the court declined to take up an appeal sought by the Obama-era Justice Department in the cases of Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General and Suarez v. the U.S. Attorney General. Four Justices were needed to grant the petition but only two, Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor, felt the court should hear the case.
Last September, a 15-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania disagreed 8-7, siding with Binerup and Suarez in a lengthy 174-page decision. In the end, that panel cited the relatively minor sentences passed on the two men as the reason to disregard their crimes as being serious enough to void their gun rights.
Binderup pleaded guilty in 1996 in Pennsylvania to a misdemeanor charge of corrupting a minor — a 17-year-old he was in a relationship with — to which he received three years’ probation and a $300 fine rather than the maximum of five years in prison.
Suarez pleaded guilty in 1990 to unlawfully carrying a handgun without a license in Maryland, which could have resulted in as much as three years in prison but instead received an 180-day suspended sentence and $500 fine.
While neither spent a day in jail, both lost their firearms rights under a federal law that treats those convicted of state misdemeanors which can be punished by two or more years in jail as prohibited firearms possessors.
In the decades since their voluntary pleas, both men have been crime free and wanted to obtain legal guns to defend themselves and their families within their homes, forcing them to take up the matter in the courts.
Attorneys for the men, in a 50-page reply to the Supreme Court petition by then-U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s office, held the men were not dangerous, that “the Government could not carry its burden in either district court” and that, “Given the complete lack of relevant evidence” the 3rd Circuit “had no choice but to affirm.”
The government’s case for continuing to bar the plaintiff’s’ Second Amendment rights was supported in briefs filed with the court by a number of gun control groups including Everytown, the Brady Center, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Binderup was supported by the Second Amendment Foundation.
“While we were confident that our case would once again prevail before the Supreme Court, we’re delighted at the high court’s decision that allows our victory in the Third Circuit to stand,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb in a statement. “We established the principle that people who are convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes cannot be stripped of their fundamental right to keep and bear arms for life.”
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