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It takes a special kind of scumbag to rob mothers and children outside of a school, but Elivelton Neves Moreira thought he was up to the task earlier this month in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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"Firearm safety is not just a concern in our country, but worldwide," said Omer Kiyani, founder and CEO of IDENTILOCK, in a press release. "I wanted to make our innovative biometric fingerprint trigger lock available to any responsible gun owner across the globe."
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“Time after time, with endless fund raising appeals and inflammatory rhetoric, we’ve seen these anti-rights lobbying groups immediately try to shift blame to the NRA, or the Second Amendment, or the firearms industry, or some mythical loophole in the law,” he observed. “But they never seem to point their fingers at the culprit, and we think it’s time for the American public to ask why?”
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced a proposal to expand hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges in 22 states.
Among the changes, which would increase access to 248,000 acres of federal lands for sportsmen, would be to open Montana’s Swan River National Wildlife Refuge to big game hunting for the first time and Pennsylvania’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to white-tailed deer hunting for the first time. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement this week, stressing the country’s hunting and fishing heritage.
“As stewards of our public lands, Interior is committed to opening access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down this American heritage,” said Zinke. “These 30 refuges will provide incredible opportunities for American sportsmen and women across the country to access the land and connect with wildlife.”
Refuge systems that may be opened for the first time for hunters besides Heinz and Swan River would include Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge which could see wild turkey hunts as could New Jersey’s Edwin B. Forsythe refuge. The Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which straddles Maine and New Hampshire, would be opened to turkey hunters as well.
Michigan’s Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota’s Glacial Ridge and Wisconsin’s Trempealeau refuge would be opened to certain gamebird and small game species for the first time. Those seeking Eurasian-collared dove and Gambel’s quail could find both in New Mexico’s Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge if the proposal is accepted. Likewise, moose hunters could expand their operations to two facilities in North Dakota — the J. Clark Salyer and Lostwood NWRs. Ohio’s Cedar Point and Ottawa refuges may be opened for the first time for some game including deer.
Among the proposed changes would see expanded hunting opportunities in Arkansas’ Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, and California’s San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Illinois would see NWRs at Cypress Creek, Great River, and Hackmatack increase hunting options. Indiana’s Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Maine’s Moosehorn and Rachel Carson refuges, would also see expansions.
In Maryland, the Blackwater NWR and Patuxent River facility could see expansions while Montana’s Charles M. Russell refuge could see more big game hunting. Oregon sportsmen may see more hunting options at the Cold Springs, Upper Klamath and William L. Finley NWRs. In the Beehive State, Utah’s Bear River refuge could see more migratory game bird and upland game hunting as would Pennsylvania’s Cherry Valley NWR.
The National Rifle Association welcomed the news, seeing the expansion as helping to grow the number of hunters.
“Sec. Zinke and I both grew up hunting and fishing and want to ensure that our children and grandchildren have those same outdoor opportunities,” said Chris Cox, chief of the group’s lobbying arm. “Our young people need to get out in nature more and unplug from the digital world. Sec. Zinke’s effort to open up more of our public lands for outdoor recreation will benefit not only our youth but all Americans for generations to come.”
According to USFWS surveys and data, some 103 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population, pursued wildlife-related recreation to the tune of some $156 billion in 2016. These included an estimated 32 million target shooters and 11.5 million hunters.
Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, there are some 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System – a network of lands set aside and managed by USFWS specifically for wildlife. Hunting within guidelines under Zinke’s plan would expand to 377 of those units.
USFWS will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 30 days, beginning with publication in the Federal Register in coming days.
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Firefield expands its series of firearm accessories, adding the new AR Multi Tool to its inventory.
The AR Multi Tool combines commonly used tools into an all-in-one package for easy carrying and maintenance on the AR-15 platform. The 15-in-1 multitool offers pliers, wire cutters and hammer surface in addition to tools allowing users to mount scopes and parts and make adjustments for windage and elevation.
The tool also comes with a bolt scraper for quick and easy maintenance of basic bolts as well as a bit driver with four bits, large flat head, hex wrench, bottle opener, flat knife, small knife, cotter pin puller and metal pick.
Crafted from a durable metal, the AR Multi Tool features spring-loaded locking tools that can be opened with a single hand and remain in the open position during use. The tool tips scales at just over 14 ounces and ships in a carrying pouch for easy toting in a range bag.
“You don’t need an entire box of tools to perform simple maintenance on your AR15, just one AR Multi-Tool from Firefield will do the trick,” Firefield said in a statement. “This versatile, 15-in-1 multi-tool is able to help perform gun cleaning, gun maintenance and optic/accessory mounting tasks on any AR platform firearm.”
The AR Multi Tool is available from Firefield with a retail price of $39.
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Chambered in 7.5x54mm, France built over a million of these semi-successful bolt-action “second line” rifles and they saw lots of service.
Designed before WWII, the MAS Modele 36 was supposed to replace The Republic’s Great War-era stockpiles of Berthier and even older 8mm Lebel bolt guns. They went into full production in 1937.
While some 250,000 had been produced prior to the start of the next war with Germany, occupation meant that the bulk of the MAS-36 rifles made were produced post-war, and they went on to serve the French in their ill-fated struggle to retain colonial possessions in Indochina and North Africa before they were ultimately replaced by the downright funky semi-auto MAS-49 in the 1950s. Ironically, the MAS-36 was only supposed to equip rear echelon troops while the front line guys got sweeter autoloaders, though in practice that didn’t happen.
In the above review by Bloke on the Range, they have a post-war ’36 that was refurbished in arsenal in 1962 — right after the French withdrew from Algeria. As such, the rifle has all the oddball features that make it special to include the nearly hidden cruciform bayonet and the tamper-proof fittings that prevent full disassembly in the field.
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Big bore hunting pistols are all the rage — just consider the myriad offerings debuted to the market over the previous three years, including Glock, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Remington, and now Springfield. With introduction of the TRP Operator, it would seem Springfield Armory has sat back and taken its time to perfect the longslide 10mm. Is that so, or is the TRP just another 10mm lost in the growing seas of dollars and calibers?Meet the Springfield 1911 TRP Operator 10mm
Though the Operator TRP name suggests its tactical roots and intent, features point to the TRP being a serious contender with the other longslide hunting pistols. Here’s what defines the gun. The six-inch stainless steel match-grade bull barrel is housed in the forged steel slide. Measuring a full 9.6” long and 5.5” in height and weighing 45-ounces empty, the TRP is a solid handful of power. The fully-supported ramped barrel offers an extra measure of support for the higher-pressures of the 10mm.
Springfield also offers a 5 inch barreled model TRP, our focus here is the 6 inch longslide. Where the 5 inch version wears a lightweight barrel and a forward bushing standard found on 1911-style arms. The 6 inch version goes off the charts with both a heavy bull barrel and a bushing-less build. That extra inch of barrel grants significantly greater velocities from the round, with a potential for fifty or more feet-per-second. If that’s not enough, the 6 inch Operator has far superior sights with fully adjustable three-dot tritium.
A GI-style, 16-pound recoil spring drives the action while balancing the 10mm’s stout recoil. Accuracy is greatly aided by the SA Gen 2 Speed trigger with an advertised 4.5-5 pound trigger pull. The integral accessory rail is a welcome addition, as is the ambidextrous thumb safety. What the company calls an “Octo-Grip” front strap is actually front and mainspring housing external texturing for added purchase in inclement conditions. The outfit is dressed in quite a mouthful– VZ Alien Dirty Olive G10 grips with metalwork finished in corrosion-resistant Black-T. The whole thing ships in a large SA cardboard box with two 8-round stainless magazines and a roomy embroidered zippered case with ideal for hauling the pistol, multiple mags, and range extras. The kicker to this almost too-good-to-be-true sounding setup? The price is mountain-high, with an MSRP of $1,842.Range Time
The TRP, Tactical Response Pistol, we have here in our hands today is based on the custom professional model that won the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) 1911 pistol contract. Until the 10mm was introduced at SHOT Show 2018, Springfield’s TRP Operator line was only available in .45 ACP, and solely considered a defensive protectorate. Not so any longer.
Right out of the box, the TRP balances well and feels over-built to pack the wallop of the potent 10mm round. The TRP shares much in common with Remington’s R1911 10mm introduced last year, but ups the ante with superior features.
For our purposes, we’re looking at the TRP 6 inch longslide as a hunting pistol. As such, the factory fully adjustable sights are on point, though an optics-ready top mount would be a big plus, sans gunsmithing. The forged steel integral lower rail with five full slots offers plenty of room for lower light or laser mounting. Between the texturing and aggressive VZ grips, there’s plenty of purchase for shooting in the adverse conditions often put forth in hunting environments. The Black-T matte finish is dull and durable enough to excel in the field.
Down to the nitty-gritty, we hit the range with a nice array of ammunition. Sig Sauer Elite Performance, Barnes VorTx, Hornady Custom, Speer Gold Dot, and Remington UMC. Unlike an unfortunate experience with the similar R1 Hunter struggling with reliability, the TRP Operator ran through over a hundred rounds without a hiccup. The slide is smooth and ergonomics on both grips and controls are on point. Our test model’s trigger broke repeatedly around four-and-a-half pounds, much better than we’ve come to expect from a 1911-style sidearm, also a great aid to accuracy. The long sight radius aids in overall accuracy. From a rest, I feel confident putting shot after shot in the key vitals of big game. At 25 yards, three shot groups were repeatedly under 2 inches, with more seasoned handgunners sure to do even better. The TRP is the most controllable, softest shooting 10mm I have had the pleasure to plink with, and certainly one of the finest non-custom production models. This is one pistol that’s as much fun to shoot from the bench as it is to shoot off hand.
It’s no secret that the 10mm comes not only with more potent power than its counterparts, but also increased recoil. Some designs manage that better than others, and the TRP is one of the best. By incorporating a heavier-built slide and bull barrel combination with an optimized recoil spring, the Springfield is ultimately as soft-shooting a pistol in a 10mm as you’ll find anywhere. That all keeps you back on target quickly, and for hunters, ready for a quick follow up shot as needed. Price is all that will hold the Springfield back, as its retailed out at the top of its factory class. When compared with true custom options like the Nighthawk or STI with prices upward of three-grand, Springfield’s TRP Operator suddenly sounds like a bargain. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is the price-feature-desire balance.Conclusion
The Springfield TRP Operator has been more than worth the wait. Though marketed as a tacticians pistol, the longslide version has legitimate use as a hunting pistol for those so inclined–hogs, deer, and other game. The price is steep, but if you’re in the market for a 10mm, you’d be remiss to dismiss the new Springfield TRP Operator based solely on MSRP, as this comes as close to custom in a production gun as you’ll ever find. For a gun never truly intended to be a hunter, the company has knocked out of the park what it never set out to achieve.
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Alien Gear Holsters rolls out a new holster, this time designed for use in the car, debuting the ShapeShift Driver Defense Holster.
The holster comes standalone or in the Driver Defense Expansion Pack, delivering a non-invasive means to secure a firearm in the car without rendering it inaccessible in a pinch, according to Alien Gear. Compatible with the company’s ShapeShift Modular Holster System, the idea for the Driver Defense Holster came as way to help gun owners who need to secure their gun but don’t want a permanent solution.
“The Driver Defense Holster was developed as a solution for those who want less cosmetic changes to their car’s interior, but the same stability you would achieve with other mounts,” Alien Gear Holsters’ mechanical engineer Jacob Shearer said today in a news release. “With the holster positioned in the center of the seat, you can sit comfortably in your car for hours on end while ensuring fast and easy access to your weapon.”
To operate, users can press a quick release button on the current ShapeShift holster and transfer the gun, with trigger full covered, to the Driver Defense Holster in one fail swoop. The car holster also works alongside the company’s Cloak Mod OWB Holster.
Backed by Alien Gear’s Forever Warranty and 30-Day Test Drive, the Driver Defense Holster is available through Alien Gear with a MSRP of $59 for the holster and $33 for the Expansion Pack.
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If you have ever been curious to see what tracers will do when fired into ballistic gel, we have you covered.
The above video comes from the gang at GY6 vids who tested the concept using .22LR, 9mm, and .45ACP rounds at various distances. A couple of take aways: the .22 Tommy gun looks like a lot of fun and a KRISS Vector in .45ACP seems like it eats gel like a monster.
Plus, there is the whole neat-o angle of how the tracer burns into the wound channel left by the projectile in the block.
With that being said, they have promised to bring on the rifle rounds in the next installment, so watch this space.
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Vanguard introduces a new variant on its hunting backpack line, launching the Pioneer 2100RT in Realtree Xtra.
In what the company says is the ideal setup for any hunting expedition, the Pioneer 2100 RT in Realtree Xtra is a 34-liter pack that allows users to safely carry a rifle or bow along with various other hunting gear. The pack comes with a butterfly attachment system that not only secures rifles or bows but also ensures balance.
Using Tricot fabric, the Pioneer 2100RT is both silent and water repellent in addition to delivering both a soft yet durable build. The backpack features an air system trampoline net structure suspended from two aluminum staves alongside an adjustable, padded honeycomb mesh harness. Top and side Hypalon reinforced handles as well as XXL orange silicone zipper pullers and a waist belt with quick access zip pockets round out the design.
Shipping with an orange rain cover for protection and personal safety, the Pioneer 2100RT in Realtree Xtra is priced at $159.
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Officials in Texas said Santa Fe High School will remain closed this week as the investigation into a mass shooting that claimed 10 lives Friday continues.
Classes will resume May 29, the district announced at a press conference Monday afternoon. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Santa Fe Independent School District Police Department will provide beefed-up security for returning students.
In the meantime, authorities will continue gathering evidence at the suburban Houston school while local officials dispel rumors about the investigation.
“Objective criminal investigations of this magnitude are complex, arduous, and time consuming,” Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said during Monday’s press conference. “Considerable time must be taken to painstakingly separate fact from fiction and the truth from rumors.”
According to a police affidavit, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Jr. killed eight students and two teachers with his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber revolver during a 30-minute shooting spree Friday morning. He surrendered to police just after 8 a.m. in a hallway, unable to commit suicide as he’d planned.
Thirteen others, including School Resource Officer John Barnes, suffered injuries during the attack. Barnes underwent emergency surgery for a shotgun blast to the arm and remains hospitalized.
Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady confirmed the names of the victims over the weekend: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone, Aaron Kyle McLeod and teachers Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale. “Please keep the families in your thoughts as they mourn this tragic loss,” Roady said.
Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told reporters Monday he doesn’t think any of the victims were killed by police fire, though autopsies are pending.
“There were minimal shots fired, at least from us, from law enforcement,” he said. “But the individual was still trying to shoot us.”
Police charged Pagourtzis with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant. He’s in solitary confinement on suicide watch at the Galveston County Jail. Few other details surrounding why Pagourtzis snapped have emerged in the days since, though his family and other students have alleged bullying may have played a role. The police affidavit even indicates Pagourtzis spared students he liked “so they could tell his story.”
The district denied the bullying claims in a Facebook statement over the weekend and requested “mindful” dissemination of information out of respect for the bereaving families.
Gov. Greg Abbott — who will host a roundtable discussion this week on school security measures — ordered flags lowered to half-staff and issued a statewide call for a moment of silence Monday morning.
“The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans,” he said. “In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state.”
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Featuring Truglo TFX night sights and an FDE finish, Smith & Wesson’s newest .45ACP M2.0 pistol has a lot to offer right out of the box.
Announced Monday, the newest variant of the M&P45 joins the company’s previous 9mm and .40-caliber offerings in the FDE stable of second generation Military & Police series semi-auto handguns. Besides the obvious finish characteristics, the factory-standard Truglos offer encapsulated tritium and fiber optics for use in either day or nighttime conditions.
The striker-fired 10+1 capacity handgun is 7.9-inches long with a 4.6-inch barrel. Weight is 29.9-ounces. The stainless barrel and slide are Cerekoted with an Armornite finish. Standard M2.0 series features carried over to the pistol include an updated trigger with a tactile reset, low bore axis, molded polymer frame, a quartet of interchangeable palm swell grips, and an 18-degree grip angle.
Retail is $699 and the gun — Smith & Wesson’s only M2.0 pistol in a FDE finish that is chambered in .45 — ships with two magazines.
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Patricia Hill, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was hit with a $500 fine on Monday for vandalizing Chris Cox’s Virginia home.
Cox, head of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, had fake blood sprayed on the stairs of his home in Alexandria. Hill, arrested by Alexandria Police in January for the incident, was seen by a security guard spraying a “red, gel-like substance,” on the steps, The Washington Post reported.
“The motive here is that Mr. Cox works for the NRA; she doesn’t like that. That’s fine. She can exercise her First Amendment right,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maana Parcham, going on to say Hill crossed the line by committing vandalism.
Hill is a research assistant professor in UNL’s sociology department and a member of the gun control group Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, The Omaha World-Herald reported. The protest group stood by her in a statement released Monday calling Cox the “architect of America’s gun proliferation.”
The Nebraska group is separate from another organization, The Gun Melt, which has picketed Cox’s wife’s place of business and NRA headquarters with flyers and signs featuring photos of child shooting victims. However, one of the latter’s founder’s is Amanda Gailey, who is also a UNL professor. The Betsy Riot, an anti-gun shock group that has in the past garnered headlines for their grisly tactics, has also singled Cox in their efforts.
“Mr. and Mrs. Cox have been targeted over the past few months by repeated acts of criminal and unlawful conduct, including having their home vandalized on two occasions,” Cox’s attorney, Elizabeth Locke, said. “These coordinated tactics have crossed the line of civility and human decency.”
Hill intends to appeal.
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