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The Garmin Xero S1: think of it as your magic wand for learning exactly what’s happening every time you miss a clay bird. It’s like Doppler radar for shotguns.
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I got my hands on the new 457 Scout rifle, the "youth" model of the new 457 lineup. I've been using it quite a bit and I'm impressed. Its approachable price tag belies the quality of its craftsmanship and its inherent accuracy.
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The Kahr K9 played a significant role in defining the concealed carry gun of today and remains as relevant now as it was when it was introduced 25 years ago. Celebrating that longevity with this special edition model was not just a great idea – but perfectly executed.
Jesse James’ life of crime and mayhem lacked the glamor depicted in books and movies. Hounded and harassed to the end he was finally gunned down brutally by a friend.
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The costs and wait times for the installation of red dot sights has kept many shooters stuck with iron sights. Brimstone Gunsmithing wants to help.
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Kimber has let the cat out of the bag on their 2020 catalog and at least 11 new revolvers and pistols are joining the roster.
These guns include the new Rapide series semi-custom 1911s in .45ACP, 9mm, and 10mm; three new Mico 9 models; a trio of new K6 revolvers; three new EVO series carry handguns and a Collector edition Raptor II in a distinctive two-tone black and tan scheme.The Rapide (Black Ice)
With a name familiar in Europe commonly used for a fast express train– and a popular Aston Martin model– the Rapide is billed by Kimber as a 1911 platform built for speed and is both competition and range ready.
The pistol is feature-rich including stepped cocking serrations, slide lightening cuts for faster lock time, a DLC coated barrel for extreme durability, flush-fitting extended magwell, and new V-Cut match-grade trigger. It also comes with Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day/Night sights and black G10 grips.
Sporting a two-tone silver and gray finish, they ship with one 8 round Tac-Mag magazine for an MSRP of around $1,500.New Micro 9 Models
The Micro 9 series of 9mm subcompact carry guns is growing with the new models: a Triari, Amethyst, and a Raptor Collectors Model.New Kimber K6s Wheel Guns
Three new revolvers will be up for grabs from Kimber next year to include a 4-inch Combat, 4-inch Target, and a special Texas edition snub.New EVO Models
Three new Kimber EVO compact metal-framed 9mm pistols will be headed to retailers in 2020. These include two SP Select variants– in stainless and black– as well as a Collector series Raptor two-tone
We’ll bring you more on these in person from SHOT Show in January, where these new models will no doubt be front and center at Kimber’s booth.
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I’ve used a lot of different methods but the best way that I’ve found so far is the Rifle Mounted Data Holder from Hawk Hill Custom. It’s actually a quite simple description of an incredibly engineered product.
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The purpose of the spin-off is to enable the management team of each company to focus on its specific strategies...
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Kimber America is showing off their expanded 2020 catalog with new and updated models for everyday carry, collecting and sport shooting.
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Franklin Armory has two new AR-15-based firearms tailor-fit for the California hunting and sport shooting markets, one chambered in .300 AAC Blackout and the other in .350 Legend.
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Police claim Harper’s latest move violated state laws against carrying a rifle into any establishment where alcohol is served. The Oklahoman reports that prosecutors have already decided to pursue a felony charge against Harper.
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Consumers can “gear up” with Mossberg’s MC1sc pistol promotion. Subject to promotion details outlined below, purchase any Mossberg MC1sc (subcompact) 9mm pistol and receive a DeSantis® Slim-Tuk holster FREE!
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“So here’s what would happen if the manufacture of today’s standard-size rounds were outlawed, and .23, .39 and .46-caliber rounds took their place: Eventually, gun owners would run out of the old ammo, and their weapons would become paperweights,” says Berler.
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In the past 118 years, there has been lots of development in the basic concept of an M1911 pistol. With that in mind, we are here to help break it down.
John Moses Browning’s original Colt pistol, which was adopted in 1911 by the U.S. Army after extensive testing, was a single-action .45ACP with a 5-inch barrel, 8.5-inch overall length and a weight of about 2.5-pounds. The semi-auto used a 7-shot magazine, had negligible sights, and two frame-mounted safeties. A lanyard ring was standard to help keep the pistol attached to the user should it bounce out of the hand, say while on horseback in a cavalry charge.
In short, the first production type of these M1911 pistols looked much like this:
The guns proved a hit with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines who adopted it to replace older revolver models. Starting in 1912, Colt soon offered it on the commercial market as well as to foreign militaries. By 1914, the Royal Norwegian Army had adopted the pistol while British and Canadian military contracts, with the former chambered in .455, signed around the same time. Argentina and Tsarist Russia soon followed suit with their own orders.
While the first combat use of the Colt GI may have actually been in the hands of Canadians fighting in France in early 1915, U.S. Marines carried the gun with them into battle at Fort Riviere in Haiti the same year while American soldiers had them in 1916 on the Punitive Expedition into Mexico, chasing bandit king Pancho Villa.
The M1911 and its later M1911A1 descendants would continue to see action in the hands of American service members in the Great War, the Banana Wars, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War, only being (mostly) retired in the late 1980s. During the same time, the standard rifle morphed from the M1903 Springfield to the M1 Garand and later M14 and M16 series.
After Great War production by not only Colt but UMC and Springfield Armory, by 1924, the now-veteran M1911 was updated to a new standard, the M1911A1. This included a relief cut to the frame at the trigger to allow a better grip by those with smaller hands/shorter fingers, better sights, an arched mainspring housing, shorter trigger, and extended safety tang.
The new M1911A1 looked more like this:
The U.S. military ordered so many M1911A1s during WWII from Colt, USS&S, Remington-Rand, and Singer that the models produced by 1945 were enough to meet the Pentagon’s needs until the Beretta M9 was adopted in 1985. In fact, at least some 90,000 of these vintage pistols are still in arsenal storage at Anniston Army Depot.
Commercially, Colt branched out and produced National Match guns for competition shooters– following in the wake of standard military M1911s which had been customized by Army gunsmiths– and in 1950 began producing what they termed “Commander” series guns. These pistols were shorter, running a 4.25-inch barrel, and lighter by nature of an alloy frame. Similarly, these guns were offered in calibers other than .45ACP, to include .38 Super (which Colt first started chambering commercial 1911s in as early as 1928) and 9mm Luger. Also gone was the lanyard ring.
Going shorter than the Commander, “Officer” series Colt 1911s hit the market in 1985. The gun was styled after the short run of M15 General Officer pistols produced at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal in the 1970s which were made from chopped-down GI .45s already on hand. Colt ran with the concept and released their own Officer models using 3.5-inch barrels and shorter grips, typically with a 6+1 capacity in .45ACP.
Internally, 1911 models saw a big change in the 1970s when a collet bushing, which better centered the pistol’s barrel, replaced with the original bushing design, sparking an era of “70 Series” guns. It’s a major difference to 1911 fans, with many preferring the older 70 Series for competition guns.
The “80 Series,” so-called because it was introduced by Colt in 1983, is a more modern development, aimed at increasing drop safety for carry guns through tacking on additional features such as a safety plunger, with the caveat that it adds some extra trigger smush. Many of these guns, if made by Colt, also had a flat mainspring housing like the early pre-1924 M1911 as well as a solid barrel bushing. Likewise, the small ejection port, common on the pistol since it was first adopted in the age of the Model T Ford, was lowered.
To further explain the internal variance between the 70s and 80s, Justin Baldini, product director for Colt, covers the evolutionary process between the two in the below video.
Moving past the Pony, in more recent generations it seems like almost every big semi-auto pistol maker has made inroads to the popular 1911 market. Today, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Springfield Armory, Kimber and Remington all make assorted 1911s domestically while overseas pistol makers like Taurus, Rock Island, and Tisas make no-frills models for import. One sure bet at SHOT Show every year is that a new maker will cannonball into the 1911 pool.
Today may likely be remembered as the golden era of 1911 production, with the guns still bought, sold, carried, and used extensively even though few are used in military or law enforcement currently. These include competition guns, plinkers, carry guns and just plain old collectibles ranging from .22LR models on up.
Speaking of which, check out this Nighthawk Custom crafted by legendary gunsmith Bob Marvel:
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Though standard iron sights haven’t changed much over the last several hundred years, technological advances in optics have pushed the envelope for handguns. With an array of options from glow-in-the-dark to electronic, Guns.com is here to break down the various handgun optic styles so you can make the best decision for your shooting style.IRON SIGHTS
What many consider “old faithful,” iron sights are a staple on most handguns. While they come in a variety of styles – traditional 3-dot and u-style, for example – there have been some innovations since their inception.
The first major development began with the tritium sight. Allowing shooters to visualize the sights in low light, tritium made engaging targets in dim scenarios easier. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s, tritium was the go-to style for law enforcement and concealed carriers.
The next evolution came by way of fiber optic. Fiber optic sights glow bright — even in normal light. They come in numerous colors and can be installed on narrower sights since they are not radioactive. Today, fiber optic sights dominate the world of upland hunting and competitive shooting.
Iron sight proficiency should be the first step in optics. Long before you toss on a targeting aid or red dot, every gun owner should master the art of shooting with iron sights.MINIATURE RED DOT
Used in competition shooting for many years, red dot sights have decreased in size over the years allowing more gun owners to concealed carry with these optics. Red dots like the Trijicon RMR and Burris Fastfire make target acquisition faster, affording accurate shots at much further distances.
Red dots also offer an advantage at night, making low light shooting easier. Several red dots on the market even feature light sensors that automatically adjust to the optimal brightness.
The downside to a red dot is two-fold. The first is that most standard holsters don’t accommodate them meaning gun owners will need to opt for a customized rig or one specific to red dot carry.
The second pitfall of the design is that most red dots are battery-driven, meaning gun owners have to remember to change them regularly. Generally speaking, most batteries last two years. A good rule of thumb is to change out batteries on your birthday or anniversary each year, so you know they won’t fail you.
For those opposed to battery-powered red dots, there is an alternative – a Dual Illuminated RMR from Trijicon. Using fiber optics and tritium, the Dual Illuminated RMR collects ambient light to automatically adjust the reticle’s brightness. In no/low light, the tritium does the heavy lifting, illuminating the reticle. Keep in mind that this construction tends is a dimmer solution and more difficult to see when drawing.Honorable Mention: Laser Accessories
Though not an optic in the true sense of the word, lasers do deserve some attention as an aiming aid for novice shooters. These tools help shooters produce the gun on target and improve aiming in life-threatening, high-stress situations. It also acts as a heck of a deterrent against predators. Nothing says, “No thanks” like a red or green dot.
Undermounted lasers, like the LaserLyte Sight Center Mass, slide onto the accessory rail of full-size and most compact pistols. Typically, these are integrated with a flashlight like the Streamlight TLR series.
For subcompact pistols without an accessory rail, grip lasers and trigger guard lasers mount to other areas of the gun. Grip lasers, in particular, offer laser activation with a natural grip of the firearm. Made famous by Crimson Trace, these are said to have a dedicated run time of two hours and are a decent option for those running a full-sized 1911.Final Thoughts
Whether you adopt fancy new iron sights, a laser aiming accessory or red dot on your pistol, the most important advice to follow is to train. Each device comes with its own limitations and adjustments, so it’s wise to take some time to familiarize yourself with each platform.
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American Outdoor Brands Corporation announced Wednesday that they intend to split their operation and let S&W stand on its own again.
The historic firearms company, originally founded by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson in 1852, changed its name to AOBC in 2016 after a suggestion from board members that was approved by stockholders. Now, as noted by the company in a press release this week, the current Board of Directors has unanimously approved splitting the company into separate AOBC and S&W entities with the latter focused on firearms. This will allow AOBC to focus on outdoor products and accessories.
Brands under AOBC will include Caldwell, Crimson Trace, Wheeler, Tipton, Frankford Arsenal, Lockdown, BOG, Hooyman, Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry, Imperial, BUBBA, UST, and LaserLyte. Meanwhile, S&W will license brand their accessories through the company as well. James Debney, current President, and CEO of AOBC, will continue in that role.
As for the rebooted S&W, they will include the iconic 167-year old Smith & Wesson and its associated M&P and Performance Center brands as well as Thompson/Center Arms, and Gemtech. Mark Smith, currently the President of the Manufacturing Services Division of AOBC, will become CEO of the newly independent Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.
According to statistics from federal regulators, S&W produced 1,032,450 pistols, 207,384 revolvers, and 265,356 rifles at their Springfield, Massachusetts facility in 2017, the most current data available. This puts Big Blue as one of the largest gun makers in the world.
The split is expected to be completed in the second half of the calendar 2020, subject to final approval by AOBC’s Board of Directors as well as customer regulatory and legal review.
The move is intended to allow each company to have a distinct focus and open up investment opportunities based on a wider investor type.
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Connecticut-based Ruger is adding to their AR556 series rifles with the introduction this week of a model chambered for the popular .300 AAC Blackout cartridge.
While Ruger’s AR556 rifle has only previously been offered in .223/5.56-caliber models, and in the AR556 MPR line in .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster, the Blackout variant is new. Featuring a 16.10-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1-in-7 twist, the new offering has a pistol-length gas system “to reliably function with both the lightest supersonic hunting rounds and heavy, subsonic rounds.”
The rifle also comes standard with an 11-inch aluminum free-float handguard with Magpul M-LOK accessory slots. Suppressor ready, the rifle has 5/8-24TPI muzzle threads capped with a thread protector. In the interest of keeping the user in the right ammo state of mind, both the dustcover and the magazine are marked with the caliber.
For those curious about materials, the barrel is 4140 chrome-moly steel while the receivers are made from 7075-T6 hard-coat anodized aluminum forgings. The 9310 steel bolt is shot-peened and proof-tested inside of an 8620 steel bolt carrier. The inside diameter of the carrier and gas key are chrome plated and the key is staked.
MSRP is $819 but you can expect lower than that when in stock.
Looking for something more compact?
The company earlier this year introduced a .300BLK-chambered AR556 pistol. Using an adjustable SB Tactical SBA3 pistol stabilizing brace and a 10.5-inch barrel, the overall length on the 5.8-pound handgun is 27.6-inches. Equipped with a 9-inch aluminum free-float handguard complete with Magpul M-LOK slots, users can install accessories at the 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions. With an MSRP of $949, we currently price it out at closer to $715, in stock.
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Let’s be honest, how often is the average person going to shoot their chosen EDC pistol? A few hundred rounds to make sure it works, and then stuff it in a holster and not think about it again? Maybe even less? How about we turn that on its end and hold that gun you’re staking […]
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Americans don't realize that the safety promised by "red flag" laws will be dangerously lost, if red-flagged people become enraged