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The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino has begun testing new radar technology that can detect firearms, knives, and bombs based on the shape of the item.
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Like many other successful cartridges, the .224 Valkyrie was conjured up in a shooting enthusiast’s mind. A “Wildcat” in concept, this new offering from Federal Premium was designed as a ballistic solution to solve an academic problem: how to take “America’s Rifle” to 1,000 yards and beyond.
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Matt with The Armorer’s Bench spends some quality one-on-one time going over the HK53, a shorty 5.56mm carbine reduced roughly to the same size of an MP5.
The Heckler & Koch HK53 was designed in the 1970s as an ultra-compact version of their 5.56mm HK33– basically the West German answer to the Warsaw Pact’s AKS-74U Krinkov or Colt’s various Vietnam-era Commando and XM177 models. They saw some minor export success, and in the U.S. the pre-Homeland Security Border Patrol adopted them for some tactical teams back in the day (hey, Customs had the Austrian-made Steyr-AUG at the same time, so you can see the need for competition).
Today they are just available as clones from Dakota Tactical and others as the parent company moved on to the G36 series some time ago.
Then again there is also the same concept in 7.62x51mm NATO, the near-mythical HK51.
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Savage finishes up 2017 with a Modern Sporting Rifle chambered in Federal Premium Ammunition’s brand new .224 Valkyrie.
Built on the competition-ready MSR 15 Recon platform, the Valkyrie variant receives a small facelift, boasting an upgraded 18-inch barrel with 5R rifling paired with a two-stage trigger. Featuring an Elite Series Cerakote finish, rifle touts an adjustable mid-length gas system that can be fine-tuned for specific ammo for better cycling and performance.
Savage tops off the Valkyrie’s design with a Hogue pistol grip, UBR Gen 2 buttstock and muzzle brake with 1/2×28 threads.
“Savage is pleased to introduce a modern sporting rifle built to squeeze the maximum performance from the hottest new round in long-range shooting,” Savage said in a statement. “Together, rifle and cartridge take the popular MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights in long-range precision and ballistic performance.”
Despite rumors earlier this month on the round’s existence, the .224 Valkyrie was officially launched Thursday by Federal Premium. The round looks to offer flatter trajectories paired with match-grade accuracy and supersonic velocities. Geared towards ranges beyond 1,300 yards, the .224 Valkyrie elevates long-range precision shooting performance, according to Federal Premium.
“The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber,” said Mike Holm, Federal Premium Centerfire Ammunition Global Product Lane Director, in a press release. “It beats the ballistics of all other MSR 15 cartridges, including the 22 Nosler, 223 Rem. and 6.5 Grendel. Plus, it offers comparable performance to larger rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor, with roughly half the felt recoil—and at a more economical price.”
Consumers interested in the .224 Valkyrie offerings can pick up Savage’s rifle for $1,499 starting in late January and then head over to Federal Premium where they have the choice of four .224 loads starting at $12.95.
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Brownells, Auto Ordnance and SilencerCo team up for the SilencerCo Summit Tommy Gun package, offering collectors a customized version of the 1930’s Chicago Typwriter.
The package pairs an Auto Ordnance Thompson SBR in .45 ACP with a SilencerCo Omega 45k suppressor, 50-round drum mag and 20-round stick mag. Additionally, the Brownells exclusive kit comes with two different foregrips and a violin case for a retro yet discrete means of carry.
Boasting an 11-inch barrel, the Tommy Gun measures 32-inches in overall length. Tipping scales at 10-pounds, the Thompson is configurable. Brownells says the design allows collectors to swap accessories to create either a 1928A-1 or WWII M1A look. For an even more compact style, the buttstock can be completely removed to reduce size.
Brownells said the package is made even sweeter with the SilencerCo can, pairing the historic firearm with a little modern flare.
“With the SilencerCo Tommy Gun Summit you get two things that go together naturally: the iconic ‘Tommy’ gun, famed in movies and Depression Era history, and a sound suppressor,” Brownells said in a statement. “Built around Auto Ordnance’s civilian-legal, semi-auto reproduction of the legendary Thompson Model 1928 .45 ACP submachine gun, this short-barreled rifle comes with a fully machined steel receiver and genuine American walnut furniture, just like the original.”
The entire package comes with a hefty price tag of $3,800; but the costs don’t stop there. Due to the short-barreled and suppressed nature of the Chicago Typewriter, consumers will need to drop extra coin on tax stamps and paperwork to be BATFE compliant.
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Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and one of the greatest competitive rifle shooters in history, Lones W. Wigger, Jr., passed away Thursday at his home in Colorado.
Wigger, born in Great Falls, Montana in 1937, was three-time All-American with the Montana State University rifle program and from there entered the Army, serving with the storied Army Marksmanship Unit for 20 years. Besides taking a break to run the 23rd Infantry Division’s sniper school in Vietnam, he was on the U.S. Olympic shooting team five times between 1964 and 1980, winning two golds and a silver.
As noted by USA Shooting earlier this year when they announced an endowment and legacy project in Wigger’s honor, he was also a “24-time World Champion, 33-time world-record holder, and 91-time National Champion” and the organization recently renamed their headquarters the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall & Shooting Center.
As the only athlete to win medals in all three Olympic rifle shooting disciplines, and with the fact he had won more medals in international shooting competitions– 111– than any other athlete in the world, Wigger is a member of Army Shooting Hall of Hame, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame, among others.
“How do you define ‘The Best Ever?’” said 1972 Olympic teammate Lanny Bassham. “Would you add up the total medals won to see who is on top? Would you add up the total number of years he has dominated his sport? Would you take a survey of everyone who has been his competitor, to determine who received the most votes? Would you look at the number of national and world records held? Not only is Wigger the only name at the top of these lists, no other shooter even comes close.”
Wigger died of complications from pancreatic cancer and is survived by his wife of 59 years and family.
Below is Wigger’s last public speech, given earlier this year.
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Defense lawyers for Mexican national Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on Thursday moved to throw out his gun possession conviction, which, if successful, would free him from prison.
Garcia Zarate’s legal team is contesting his conviction on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries up to three years in prison under California law, The Mercury News reported. His attorneys argue the judge did not allow the jury in his trial last month to consider a claim that the man, with at least seven felonies and five deportations under his belt, didn’t realize he was holding a gun until it fired.
The handgun which killed Kate Steinle in July 2015 was stolen from a federal agent and found by Garcia Zarate under the bench of a pier wrapped in a shirt. His attorneys argued he did not know it was a gun when he picked it up and threw it in the Bay after it fired. Ballistics experts in the case characterized the shooting an accident as the bullet that Garcia Zarate fired ricocheted off the pavement away from him before traveling another 75 feet and striking Steinle.
Should the judge not toss the conviction, for which Garcia Zarate is set to be scheduled for next month, his lead attorney says he will file an appeal in the case.
Regardless, federal gun possession charges are pending against Garcia Zarate as well.
Steinle’s family is currently part of a lawsuit cleared to proceed earlier this year by the courts against the federal government over the handgun. In the case, a judge held that leaving a loaded gun in a backpack visible on the seat of an unattended vehicle in a high-crime area of San Francisco by the agent created a foreseeable risk of harm.
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Tulster jumps on the Smith & Wesson M2.0 bandwagon, tweaking its IWB Profile holster design to accommodate the M2.0.
The company said the M&P Tulster IWB Holster fits the original M&P Standard 4.25-inch version in addition to the M2.0 Compact 4-inch model and Full Size 4.25-inch model. The IWB Profile looks to provide an “ultra-concealable” style paired with a minimalistic approach.
Each IWB Profile is distinctly formed to the M&P M2.0 which Tulster says delivers a snug fit and low drag. Offering adjustable retention, the holster supplies a positive “snap” to ensure firearm retention. Adjustability doesn’t stop at retention, however. The holster maker also equips the Profile series with cant settings adjustable from 0 to 15 degrees.
Rounding out the features is the undercut trigger guard created to encourage a higher grip on the M&P pistol in addition to permitting shooters to mag drop while the gun is still holstered.
Available in right or left handed models, the IWB Profile boasts a swath of colors and patterns to choose. The new IWB by Tulster slides into the holster market with a $59.99 price tag.
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In a not so surprising announcement, Springfield Armory cleared up the mystery surrounding its ominous social media posts officially introducing the 1911 TRP Operator in 10mm.
Springfield Armory launched the 1911 TRP Operator in 10mm Friday, offering two models — a five-inch barrel and a long slide six-inch variant. The TRP, or Tactical Response Pistol, is based on Springfield’s Professional Model. Until now, the TRP was relegated to only .45 ACP but it looks like the Illinois based company has had a change of heart.
“We have offered 10mm 1911s from our Springfield Custom Shop for many years but this is the first production 10mm 1911 offering in the Springfield Armory lineup,” CEO Dennis Reese said in a press release. “The TRP 10mm is soft shooting, built for accuracy and takes advantage of the full potential of the hottest 10mm rounds, just as the cartridge was originally intended.”
The TRP Operator series boasts forged steel frames and slides paired with Match Grade stainless steel barrels. The frame and slide are both coated in a self-lubricating, corrosion resistant finish known as Black-T. The finish is crafted to protect the 1911 from heavy use in tough conditions, says Springfield. With weights ranging between 40 and 45-ounces, the full-sized pistols look to offset 10mm recoil with a heavier slide and barrel.
Though Springfield fans speculated Monday that a 10mm variant was on the horizon, there was no clear consensus on which firearm would ultimately get the 10mm treatment. 10mm has enjoyed a boost in popularity, with shooters recently turning to the oldie but goodie for hunting purposes.
Each TRP Operator is outfitted with 3-dot tritium night sights and both ship with two 8-round mags. The 5-inch model serves up a MSRP of $1,790 while the 6-inch model comes in slightly higher at $1,842.
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