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Fabrique National of Herstal just announced a PDW-style version of their flagship SCAR rifle at this year's Milipol defense expo.
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If Congress does nothing else this year (which is possible), at least they’ll have helped thousands of government-issued M1911s find good homes.
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Slide Fire Solutions has announced that it will be taking orders for bump stocks this coming Cyber Monday.
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With a mandate to transfer the Army’s stockpile of vintage M1911 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program looming, what should those interested in picking one up expect?
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress last week consists of hundreds of sections ranging from reports on the U.S. strategy in Syria to programs authorizing new icebreakers. One of these sections outlines a two-year pilot program for moving the Army’s surplus .45ACP GI longslides to the federally chartered non-profit corporation tasked with promoting firearms safety training and rifle practice. Here’s what to expect.What’s up for grabs?
In 2015, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, disclosed that the military currently spends about $2 per year to store 100,000 Model 1911s that are surplus to the Army’s needs. While 8,300 have been sold or loaned in recent years – largely through the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, which offers eligible law enforcement agencies up to one pistol per full-time officer – the guns still on hand have in many cases been stored since the 1980s when they were withdrawn from service in favor of the then-new Beretta 92F (M9). Production of 1911’s for military contracts largely ended by 1945, meaning the guns on hand date to the World War II-era or before.
On a visit to the “Army’s attic” the Army Museum Support Center at Anniston Army Depot earlier this year, Guns.com was shown crates packed and filled with M1911s pulled from the military’s museum stocks that were in excess of the service’s needs, pending shipment to the CMP once the handgun program got underway. This means there are literally everything from museum pieces on the high-end of the spectrum to stripped receivers on the low end and everything in between.How do you get them?
By law, the CMP can only sell surplus military firearms given to the organization by the Army to adult members of affiliated clubs who meet certain guidelines. These include being a U.S. citizen who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm as well as proving membership in a CMP-affiliated organization and, for those under 60, proof of marksmanship-related activity.
On the bright side, there are literally thousands of shooting and collecting clubs as well as Veterans organizations such as the VFW that are affiliated with the CMP and showing marksmanship or firearms knowledge is as easy as sending in a copy of a concealed carry permit, military service records or proof of participation in a shooting competition.When will they be available?
First off, the NDAA still must be approved by the White House and signed into law. Under its guidelines, no less than 8,000 M1911s — and no more than 10,000 — are to be sent by the military to the CMP each year for the next two years, which will require the Secretary of the Army to implement. Transporting the guns from the Anniston Army Depot across town to the CMP’s warehouses is the easy part. The lengthy process will start when CMP starts going through the mystery crates and inspecting, grading, test-firing and cataloging what is inside, which could take months. Some guns could be incomplete. Others could need significant repairs. The odds of finding a mint-in-the-box specimen that has escaped 70-years of Army life without being issued will be slim, but even those guns will have to be checked and certified.What will they cost?
Military contract 1911s were made by several commercial vendors to include Colt, Ithaca, North American, Remington Rand, Singer, UMC and Union Switch & Signal as well as in government arsenals at Springfield Armory and were often reworked by unit armorers in the field and at depots during their lifespan.
Some extremely rare variants such as 1916-marked examples, “big stamp” guns with oversized property marks, and those with limited runs, as in the case with Singers and US&S, currently garner soaring prices with collectors. Such rare birds, if found in good condition from the Army, will likely be culled from the herd and sold on individual auctions through the CMP’s site, which is customary for sought-after models.
The more rank and file examples would likely be sold graded in varying degrees such as the group does with their M1 rifles (e.g. rack-field-service-special-correct-collector) at sliding prices close to market scale, sorted by receiver manufacturer.
Still, no matter what, the gun will be an actual real-deal “Government Issue 1911” which is a timeless aesthetic that has proved to be popular with a host of gun makers over the past century and never goes out of style.
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Hundreds of victims of the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas are filing lawsuits against the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and its parent company, the organizers of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, and the estate of the man who pulled the trigger, Stephen Paddock.
In all, five lawsuits were filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Reuters. The largest suit included as many as 450 victims.
Fifty-eight people were killed, and hundreds more injured when Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of his hotel room for more than 10 minutes before turning a gun on himself.
Houston-based attorney Muhammad Aziz is heading up the lawsuits and says they were filed in California because that’s where most of the plaintiffs are from. The victims say MGM Resorts International, as well as its subsidiary Mandalay Corp, failed to monitor Paddock’s activities. They allege the company did not adequately train staff members or deploy adequate security measures.
“The incident that took place on October 1st was a terrible tragedy perpetrated by an evil man,” MGM told Business Insider. “These kinds of lawsuits are not unexpected and we intend to defend ourselves against them. That said, out of respect for the victims, we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.”
The plaintiffs say Live Nation, which operates in California, failed to provide adequate exits at the concert, and failed to give proper training to staff members in the event of an emergency.
The victims also sued the shooter’s estate. Paddock is thought to have been worth millions.
Several other lawsuits have been filed since the shooting, most of them in Nevada. One previously filed suit named Slide Fire Solutions, the company that manufactured the bump stock Paddock used. Aziz said the lawsuits filed Monday didn’t go after Slide Fire because many of his clients support the Second Amendment.
“We want to focus on hotel and venue security, not turn this into a gun rights case,” he said.
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Poking around in the marsh of the Dutch lowlands, this group of magnet-armed relic hunters finds everything from 60mm mortar shells and Mills bombs to a relatively complete M1 Garand.
With the ordnance piling up, these wetsuit-clad bros pull up a 2.36-inch M6A1 Bazooka rocket with the fins intact before scoring most of a Garand rifle. Once they clean it up, it proves to be a 1.9 Springfield, which dates to around August 1943– about a year before D-Day and the Allied invasion of Western Europe.
One of the first countries to fall during the German Blitzkrieg, the Netherlands was occupied from May 1940 until the Allies began to liberate the country in late 1944– though Free Dutch Forces fought outside of Holland alongside British and American troops throughout the war. The Dutch also had several large underground resistance organizations that gave the occupiers a bit of heartburn.
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The reward for any information leading to the capture of a killer terrorizing Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood reached $100,000 this week.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay upped the sum to six figures after the Federal Bureau of Investigation pledged $50,000 for tips leading to an arrest. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement promised an additional $10,000 and Rise Tampa guaranteed $20,000.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pledged $20,000 to the reward fund earlier this month.
“Let’s hope this encourages someone with the strength and the fortitude to step forward to tell us who is doing this,” Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a news conference last week.
The beefed-up reward comes after the suspected serial killer gunned down a fourth victim — 60-year-old Ronald Felton — just steps from the food bank where he volunteered twice a week.
A witness described the person who shot and killed Felton as a thin, black male with a light complexion, approximately six-feet tall, wearing all black and carrying a large black pistol. He attacked Felton as he crossed Nebraska Avenue toward New Season Apostolic Ministries just before 5 a.m on Nov. 14.
Felton’s slaying broke a month of relative calm in Seminole Heights as police continue piecing together evidence from the cases of the shooter’s three other victims: Benjamin Edward Mitchell, 22; Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32; and Anthony Naiboa, 20.
Naiboa was found Oct. 19 near 15th Street N. and E. Frierson Avenue, about 200 yards away from the Ellicott Street bus stop where Mitchell was shot Oct. 9. Residents discovered Hoffa’s body Oct. 13 in a vacant lot six blocks away. She was last seen walking through the neighborhood two days earlier. Felton’s murder falls within the same 1-mile radius and investigators believe the cases are linked.
Dugan said during a Nov. 15 news conference the department received more than 2,000 tips in the case, but still don’t know the identity of the killer.
The biggest lead, so far, comes in the form of grainy video footage captured from nearby surveillance cameras. Dugan said Wednesday the man featured in the video appeared in the moments before and after Mitchell’s murder Oct. 9 and again just minutes before Felton’s murder last week.
“Someone has to know who this individual is,” Dugan said. “We are now calling this person a suspect and we need to know who this person is. We need someone who is thoughtful, cares, and has the heart, the fortitude, the bravery to step forward and tell us who this person and give us the identity.”
“I don’t need speculation. We don’t need profiles. We need names. It’s pretty simple,” he added.
Anonymous tips can be submitted online through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay or by calling 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS).
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Precision shooting products manufacturer and supplier, Creedmoor Sports, introduced four new products to its reloading accessories series aimed at making reloading simpler and faster.
The Creedmoor Wilson Case Trimmer Platform, the Creedmoor Annealing Made Perfect Pilot Holder, The 30 Caliber Loading Block and 22 Caliber Loading Block are the latest to hit the reloading series.
The Creedmoor Wilson Case Trimmer Platform is a mounting board for the L.E. Wilson case trimmer, which offers the ability to store nine different case holders. It comes with a polymer tapping block for knocking cases out of the holder. Featuring four rubber feet to secure the platform to the bench, the Wilson Case Trimmer Platform touts a MSRP of $43.95.
The Creedmoor Annealing Made Perfect Pilot Holder keeps supplies organized with 10 different pilots and a brass shell holder grip. Creedmoor Sports says the holes are perfectly sized to keep pilot upright so reloaders can easily find which one is needed for the job. MSRP is set at $22.95.
The 30 Caliber and 223 Caliber Loading Blocks round out the new product offerings. The durable loading blocks feature grooved sides to create and easy to grip area. The white color allows reloaders to quickly identify any spilled powder while a chamfered hole permits easy brass placement. the loading blocks come in 25 and 50 round configuration, with both dishwasher safe. The loading blocks range in price from $11.95 to $14.95.
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Othais and Mae with C&Rsenal go feature-length into the history, development, and variants of the U.S. Springfield 1903 as part of their Great War Small Arms Primer series.
Designed in response to the shortfalls of the Krag–Jørgensen rifle experienced by American troops when fighting Mauser-armed Spanish troops in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War, the stripper-clip-charged M1903 became the standard military rifle of the U.S. throughout World War I (though augmented by the M1917 Enfield) and kept on plugging into World War II (though officially replaced by the M1 Garand).
And if you are curious about everything from the .30-03 and early rod-type bayonets to oddball WWI spin-offs like the Air Service Model, the periscope-equipped trench guns like the Guiberson, the Pedersen semi-auto and Warner-Swasey sniper variants– check out this great video.
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A New York lawmaker is making a bid to bring back federal legislation that would make selling guns to a prohibited possessor worth 20 years in federal prison.
The measure, proposed by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, would make it a crime to sell two or more guns to someone whom the seller knows is prohibited from legally possessing them. It is a repeat of legislation proposed by Gillibrand in 2013 and 2015 that never made it out of committee.
“Over the last year and a half, our country has suffered through three of the five biggest mass-shootings in our history and thousands more Americans have been victims of gun violence on a much smaller scale, but Congress has done nothing to solve this crisis,” Gillibrand said in a statement.
The bill, termed the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act, is named after two teens killed in New York with guns traced to out-of-state origins.
Gillibrand contends there is no federal crime that specifically recognizes gun trafficking. Her bill would modify current law to make it a felony to transfer two or more guns in an instance where there is a reasonable belief that doing so would be in violation of the law. The crime would extend to those directing or assisting others in such transfers. Penalties for those convicted could run as high as 20 years with ringleaders facing 25.
Past versions of the proposal have had the strong endorsement of gun control advocates and community leaders in New York, but failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.
The senator, who assumed the seat formerly held by Hillary Clinton in 2009 after a special election, has long been a champion for gun control and is currently backing measures to revive a federal ban on “assault weapons” and implement a new one on bump stocks.
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With less than two months remaining in 2017, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System appears on track for its second busiest year ever.
Gun dealers submitted just over 20 million applications to NICS through Oct. 31 — about 9.5 percent behind 2016, the single biggest year for background checks, and by proxy gun sales, in the system’s two-decade history.
Estimated gun sales — the sum total of applications submitted to the federal system for its handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — surpassed 10.1 million last month. Compared to last year, sales declined 12.5 percent.
The numbers reflect an industry still re-calibrating under “a new normal.” President Donald Trump’s victory stunned gun makers and retailers alike, many of whom amassed inventory in preparation for a Democratic electoral sweep and the heightened demand it would bring.
Instead, prices tanked as dealers tried to unload product throughout the year. Background checks ebbed and flow more in line with historical trends — a steady sales uptick in winter that bottoms out over the summer, resuscitated in the fall as hunting seasons kick-off.
The industry’s most profitable weeks — aside from short bursts of demand following mass shootings, terror attacks or congressional action — set in Black Friday and extend throughout the holiday shopping season.
Eight of the 10 busiest days in NICS history occurred in November and December, according to federal data. Four of those dates — including its strongest day ever, Nov. 25, 2016 — fell on a Black Friday. Dealers submitted 5.3 million checks in the last two months of 2016 alone.
A robust selling season could upend a year of double digit losses for top gun makers — including American Outdoor Brands, Vista Outdoor and Sturm, Ruger and Co.
“We are not yet seeing the recovery that we expected to see,” said Vista Outdoor Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan during a conference call with investors earlier this month. “Shooting sports has always been a cyclical industry with periodic downturns lasting anywhere from 12 to 24 months. While we may not be at the bottom as of yet, we believe that we are very close and we anticipate that the market will show returns to growth over the next 18 months.”
Estimated sales in October topped 1 million for the first time in six months, federal data shows. Dealers transferred just under 520,000 handguns and more than 480,000 long guns — the busiest month for the category so far this year.
Top gun makers never doubted the ongoing weak demand would eat into their bottom lines. This year’s comps will be particularly difficult given the politically-charged environment bolstering the industry in the run-up to the 2016 election, Ruger CEO Chris Killoy told investors earlier this month. His company’s earnings fell 53 percent last quarter, the gun maker’s second double digit loss this year.
Likewise, American Outdoor Brands — the holding company for Smith & Wesson — forecasted annual profits will shrink more than 18 percent. The company plans to release its latest quarterly earnings Nov. 30.
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Competition shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss flips traditional pistol marksmanship on its head in an effort to break a few eggs downrange by exercising her little finger’s trigger control.
Sure, tapping a raw chicken egg with a stainless Volquartsen Scorpion with a .22LR is child’s play, but when going inverted it is a whole new challenge and takes her a few tries before she can connect.
Also, remember that earpro!
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Concealed carry has evolved from the simple days of a holster on the hip. These days, gun owners tote firearms in an array of set-ups; but one style of holster, in particular, is steadily gaining steam — concealed carry clothing.
The hallmark of concealed carry clothing is that it marries traditional clothing styles with an integrated holster. Undershirts, shorts, leggings, even jackets and vests are now creeping into the holster marketplace sporting handy pockets ready to carry gun owners’ favorite sidearms.
5.11 Tactical, best known for its tactically inspired clothing and gear, boasts several entries in the concealed carry clothing marketplace. Joel Alarcon, 5.11’s Vice President of GMM Consumer Division, told Guns.com in an email that the company’s decision to offer apparel tailored to concealed carry stemmed from 5.11’s booming uniform business.
“(Concealed carry clothing) was a natural extension from our uniform business. We were meeting with our end users and they consistently asked for more casual looking clothes that were built with a tactical mindset,” Alarcon said. “With our expansion into the concealed carry area, it’s really opened up many opportunities for us to provide real solutions to many areas were men and women have historically just been making do with product that wasn’t designed for their needs.”
The company launched several items including shirts, tanks and even jackets for both men and women to allow consumers to tote guns of varying sizes. Alarcon said the reception has been fantastic and is driving further innovation on 5.11’s concealment apparel.
“They’ve been received very well as we’ve been able to bring some real innovation, high performance and comfort to gear that looks great and totally at home in everyday environments like our Apex Pants and Defender-Flex Jeans,” he said. “We’re growing our overall concealed carry offering and you’ll see us expand into performance outerwear, additional packs and bags, growth into women’s specific options and new styles of shirts, shorts and pants.”
Though companies like 5.11 and UnderTech Undercover offer concealment clothing for men, the largest contingency of holstered clothing is aimed at women. Promising to conceal firearms and even smooth figures, women seem to be looking to concealment clothing as a solution to their carrying conundrums.
Marilyn Smolenski founded Nickel and Lace, a holster company that focuses on built-in holster systems for women, after seeing a need for more concealment options for women who couldn’t support a standard or traditional holster. Smolenski said the advantage to a built-in system like the her Luxe Lace Compression Camisole is that women get more bang for their buck.
“The advantage of Nickel and Lace having built-in concealed carry capabilities is that these pockets are versatile,” Smolenski told Guns.com in an email. “The holster pockets can also be used to carry other self defense items, keys, personal items, money, etc.”
Female gun owners have long lagged behind men in numbers, but according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation study in 2015, the minority group is gaining steam in the firearms sector. The study found that women account for the fastest growing gun owning demographic. Since the study’s release at SHOT Show in 2015, retailers have upped their marketing and product offerings to entice more females.
With a litany of “women specific” gear, it’s no surprise that holster makers would seek to find a niche angle to satisfy female gun toters looking for a convenient means of carry. For 5.11 this means adding more options to its lineup of concealed carry gear.
“We’re growing our overall concealed carry offering and you’ll see us expand into performance outerwear, additional packs & bags, growth into women’s specific options and new styles of shirts, shorts and pants,” 5.11’s Alarcon said.
Though Nickel and Lace’s new products have been temporarily put on hold so that it’s CEO can run for an Illinois House of Representatives seat in 2018, Smolenski said the company intends to continue to cater to women.
“Our clothing line has been pulled for the duration of my campaign; however, I am still active with Nickel and Lace and have plans to attend/participate at USCCA’s 2018 expo,” she said.
With the subtle push from consumers looking for alternatives to traditional holster rigs, manufacturers seem to be poised to take on this new contingent of clients looking for an immersive clothing and concealment experience.
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Comp-Tac announced a new shooting vest, the Comp-Tac Armadillo, designed for IDPA shooting matches requiring firearm draws from concealment.
A result of the company’s recent acquisition of Armadillo Concealment, the Comp-Tac Armadillo is IDPA compliant. Built from 10-ounce-weight thick cotton duck cloth, the vest is available in four regular sizes as well as four tall sizes. In addition, the vest comes in a total of five standard colors and can be tailored for every day wear in addition to competition.
Each vest boasts two large Velcro-closed pockets and two smaller upper pockets. Designed for IDPA shooters in need of a lightweight cover garment for concealment stages during matches, Comp-Tac says having a vest that moves freely during competition stages is vital for IDPA shooters.
“When hundredths of a second can make a difference between a pretty good run and winning, it’s critical to be able to quickly and reliably move clothing out of the way to get to your gun – and then have that clothing quickly return to out-of-the way normal carry position during firing,” Randi Rogers, Comp-Tac Victory Gear Sales and Marketing Manager, said in a press release.
Available in tan, grey, blue, red and green the Comp-Tac Armadillo vest is priced at $140. Custom embroidery is optional but does incur extra charges.
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Rankled by news of police officers having their guns easily swiped from personal cars and cruisers, a Tennessee state senator challenged a local reporter to find the handgun hidden in his car.
Republican state Sen. Jon Lundberg told WJHL he was disappointed about the reports that as many as two dozen police guns were stolen in Tennessee since 2010, with three officers disciplined over the matter. Stressing the importance of securing firearms left in vehicles, he gave a reporter a full minute to rummage through his SUV on a $20 bet that the newshound couldn’t sniff out his gun. The amateur bandit failed.
“It’s frankly just a good reminder for folks,” said Lundberg, a concealed carry permit holder.
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Developed by J.L. Cameron and L.E. Yaggi during the Great War to allow Doughboys to pop shots at the Kaiser’s sauerkraut-eating legions across No Man’s Land, this rare trench rifle is up for auction.
Up for bid in Rock Island Auction’s upcoming December Premiere Firearms Auction, this late WWI model (1918-marked barrel) Springfield Armory Model 1903 rifle comes complete with a very hard to find Cameron-Yaggi device, one of several “trench periscope” setups tested for use in that horrible “War to end all wars.”
To avoid the Richard Harrow treatment, the idea was that marksmen could use these periscope-fitted rifles to pick off the enemy– with special attention paid to enemy snipers– while safely utilizing the cover and concealment of a nice muddy trench filled with rats and puddles of mustard gas.
Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a look at Cameron-Yaggi rig, including taking a few shots of .30-06 over a simulated parapet in the above video.
This particular rifle comes from Bruce Canfield’s own collection (he literally wrote most of the noteworthy books on U.S. military small arms currently in circulation) and was featured in a number of books itself.
For a closer look, check out this table-top inspection below.
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