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Investigators ruled the shooting death of a man during a road rage incident in Clayton County, Georgia, as self-defense. Authorities said they will not release the name of the driver, but they said he returned fire at 34-year-old Zachery Everett, of Rex, Georgia, after Everett opened fire on him.
According to a statement, witnesses told investigators they saw the two men arguing on March 10 around 2 pm while stopped at a red light. Everett got out of his car and approached the other vehicle. After arguing a bit more, Everett pulled a gun and started firing at the driver. The driver returned fire, striking Everett at least once.
After the shooting, the driver left the scene and called police to report the incident. The wounded Everett made it back to his car before losing consciousness. When officers arrived, they found Everett unresponsive inside his vehicle. They had him transported to the hospital where he later died.
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Using the rarely encountered Barnitzke gas system, the Steyr GB went down in history as the gun best remembered as the first that Glock beat out for a military contract.
Designed by Herrs Kepplinger and Schweighofer in the 1960s, the big gas-delayed blowback GB (an abbreviation earned from its curious “gas break” system) boasted an 18-round 9mm capacity, which is still impressive today.
As Austrian-based Steyr had long had a virtual lock on producing handguns for the country’s military, going back to the Roth–Steyr M1907 and Steyr-Hahn M1912s of the old Hapsburg Empire, it seems like the GB would be a shoe-in for Austria’s new army pistol competition.
However, this dream was not to be as the Bundesheer instead picked a new polymer-framed 17+1 capacity gun made by a fellow named Glock, which they adopted as the Pistole 80.
With the writing on the wall, Steyr continued to market the GB commercially until the company dropped the poorly-selling pistol from the line in 1988.
And Tim with the Military Arms Channel has the lowdown on the gun, inside and out, in the above video.
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National gun control organizations still use the former presidential candidate and secretary of state to garner attention for events and fundraisers.
This week, the umbrella organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg emailed invitations to attend some 800 Everytown-sponsored March for Our Lives gun control events signed by Clinton.
“I have always believed in our power to make change if we come together and demand it,” said Clinton. “I hope you’ve been as inspired by these students as I have — now, more than ever, is the time to speak out.”
Clinton, who ran on a platform that often embraced gun politics, has been vocal on social media in recent weeks praising the student-led activists who catapulted to the national scene after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In one tweet, she placed MSD senior Emma Gonzalez in the same category as Giffords and Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts.
To all the students across our country who took part in #NationalWalkoutDay: Never let anybody tell you your voices don’t make a difference. You‘re an inspiration to millions of Americans who know commonsense gun reform is long overdue. We are with you, and we will not give up.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 15, 2018
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 8, 2018
For her continued efforts for gun control, the Giffords Law Center plans to bestow their 2018 Courageous Leadership Award to Clinton at a black-tie fundraiser to be held in San Francisco this summer. The dinner features opportunities at sponsorship ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
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The Hi-Lux brands gains a new addition in the way of the MTD-30 Red Dot Turkey Scope, designed specifically for turkey hunters.
Offering a zero-magnification electronic reflex style sight, the MTD-30 is parallax free granting hunters the ability to quickly get on target and down birds. Featuring a brightness sensor that automatically adjusts brightness to ensure the 4 MOA red dot is visible, the sight looks to prevent starbursts in the sight picture while aiming. The sight’s Max Tac Red Dot boasts an anti-reflective flash-kill device. This feature shields the objective lens from direct sunlight, preventing birds from seeing lens flare.
The MTD-30 mounts to Weaver-style one-piece bases or Picatinny rails using a solid Picatinny rail machined into the housing itself.
“This is one of the toughest electronic red-dot sights built today, featuring ruggedly machined aluminum housing,” Hi-Lux said in a statement. “The MTD-30 is a zero-magnification (1x) electronic reflex type sight that is parallax free – allowing the shooter to quickly get on target and quickly take the shot. The 30mm lenses are fully multi-coated to insure the clearest and brightest sight picture possible with a sight of this design.”
The MTD-30 is available from Hi-Lux with a price tag of $120.
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An appeals court found last week that county officials didn’t have jurisdiction to sue a citizen who complained they had an unlawful gun free zone in their government building.
The 1st Texas Court of Appeals ruled that Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis erred when he filed a lawsuit against a local open carry advocate who had penned a letter to county officials asking that they comply with state law and get rid of a gun free zone. Mathis had taken the unusual step of suing Terry Holcomb, executive director of Texas Carry, who initially raised awareness of the issue, leaving the activist on the hook for as much as $100,000 triggering the intervention on Holcomb’s behalf of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
In this week’s ruling, the appeals court found Holcomb had a constitutional right to send the letter without fear of a retaliatory lawsuit.
Justice Harvey G. Brown, writing for the unanimous four-judge panel, said that Waller County’s beef was with Paxton, and not the concerned gun owner, saying, “Holcomb is not a proper party to any lawsuit concerning the County’s disagreement with the Attorney General.” As such, he overturned a lower court’s 2016 ruling in the case and remanded the issue to the lower court for the purpose of “awarding Holcomb his court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, other expenses incurred.”
Holcomb welcomed the news of the case’s outcome and argued the matter had moved on from courthouse signage to one of a citizen’s right to participate in government without fear of retribution.
“We cannot express enough how pleased we are that the Court agreed with us,” said Holcomb in a statement. “The lawless actions of Waller County simply could not stand.”
For Paxton, whose office is handling the complaint against Waller County moving forward, called the ruling a “great day” for the First Amendment.
“Waller County should be embarrassed and ashamed of using litigation as a tool to silence someone who merely called on it to stop violating a state law,” said Paxton.
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Women are getting due props from Auto Ordnance who announced the new Victory Girls 1911 is officially out the door and shipping to consumers.
The World War II themed pistols celebrate and honor women “whose strength drove industry at home in support of our boys fighting overseas.”
Beginning with a base 1911A1 G1 Model, the Victory Girls is a .45ACP pistol with standard five-inch barrel and seven-round magazine. The handgun measures 8.5-inches overall with a weight hovering around 40 ounces. The Victory Girls touts an adjustable rear sight that can be tweaked for windage and a blade front sight.
Sporting US property wood logo grips, the 1911 has been further customized with deep cut laser engraving of a pin-up girl on the right side with a “Rosie the Riveter” design on the left.
The gun also offers the USAAC Star Roundel on both sides of its frame. Auto Ordnance tops the design off giving the pistol a worn look with a two color Cerakote finish of Armor Black and Gunmetal Gray.
The Victory Girls model 1911 is available now and features a MSRP of $990.
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A Tennessee man faces federal charges for a “lie and try”-style gun purchase at a Walmart near Nashville last month.
Khari Milak Whitehead, 26, of Antioch, allegedly failed two background checks while attempting to buy a semiautomatic rifle “that could hold a lot of bullets” at a Walmart in the Nashville suburb of La Vergne on Feb. 22.
A Rutherford County judicial official committed Whitehead for a mental health evaluation in December after a family member reported his disturbing behavior to the Metro Nashville Police Department, according to a complaint filed last week.
The unidentified family member told law enforcement in November Whitehead became radicalized after watching ISIS propaganda videos on the internet and often lamented “white people are going to get it.” County officials signed two separate court orders for Whitehead’s evaluation on Dec. 7 and Dec. 19, citing his research of mass shootings and attempts to buy ammunition and a sniper rifle.
He also received felony assault charges in July 2013 after brandishing an inert grenade in a “crowded downtown nightclub,” according to court documents. It’s unclear if he was convicted as a result of the incident.
Federal authorities arrested Whitehead Friday for “intentionally making a false statement in connection with the attempted purchase of a firearm.” He faces up to a decade behind bars and a possible $250,000 fine.
Whitehead’s arrest comes days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised a renewed focus on prosecuting “lie and try” cases involving disqualified buyers who lie on federal background check forms.
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CVA adds a new long gun to its lineup of Optima mid-level muzzleloaders, rolling out the new CVA Optima V2 LR.
The Optima V2 LR is a long range rifle CVA says is packed with features to help shooters take on distant shots. Sporting a 28-inch Nitride treated stainless steel barrel that is two-inches longer than the Optima’s other configurations, the V2 LR also comes equipped with a thumbhole stock for added stability. The thumbhole stock is ambidextrous and includes a CrushZone recoil pad for a more comfortable shooting experience.
The Optima line features a smilier build to the Accura V2 LR, offering the same trigger-guard with actuated breeching level, internal parts and neutral center-of-gravity trigger. The V2 also delivers CVA’s Quick Release Breech Plug which requires no tools to remove.
The V2 LR tops off its design with a DuraSight Dead-On one-piece scope mount, CVA aluminum PalmSaver Ramrod and reversible hammer spur.
“The Optima V2 LR is essentially a more affordable version of our Accura V2 LR, which after its introduction two years ago became our number one selling Accura model. We expect the Optima V2 LR to have similar appeal, as today’s shooters are looking for more long-range capability from their muzzleloaders,” Dudley McGarity, CVA’s brand manager, said in a press release.
The 43-inch Optima V2 LR with Realtree Xtra Green Camo retails for $371.
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New cartridges come and go, but several, like the .357 Magnum, have withstood the test of time as a beloved, controllable, and capable revolver round. While higher-end guns like Smith & Wesson, Dan Wesson, or Ruger may be out of the price range for many entry-level or lower budget shooters, Brazilian-based Taurus has hammered out a name for themselves in the reasonably priced revolver market—with not just one, but at least four viable .357/.38 SPL wheelguns.
Taurus Tracker 627
The ribbed and ported barrel of Taurus’ Tracker line of wheelguns has become its calling card. Combined with a buy-me-now price tag and a line of appealing calibers, the Tracker has been a stalwart of the company’s lineup for years. The .357/38 version is certainly one of the most popular. The seven-shot stainless 627 Trackers, with their $705 MSRP, are readily available brand spankin’ new around the $400 mark.
The Tracker is available in either a plain four-inch or ribbed 6.5-inch barrel version, with a fully shrouded ejector rod. It’s a viable blend of hunting revolver, sidearm, and range plinkster. With a stainless frame and empty weight of over 40 ounces, recoil is more than manageable, and the adjustable rear sight makes 50-yard accuracy a genuine article. Furthermore, the gun is plain enjoyable to shoot, whether practicing with high-octane hunting loads or introducing a newer shooter with the lighter-recoiling .38 Specials.
The 627 Tracker, along with its bigger brother Tracker 44, lead the way in lower-priced, medium-sized game hunting revolvers, while both the Tracker .17 HMR and Tracker 992 in .22LR are favorites of small game hunters.
The Taurus 605 line of snub-nosed .357/.38 revolvers are at top of the affordability-meets-concealablity list, making them instantly appealing as a combination carry gun, vehicle defense, and a hunter’s backup arm. The five-round DA/SA wheelgun with a two inch barrel is finished off with comfortable-enough, new style Taurus-logo rubber grips and fixed sights. MSRP on the standard, blued Model 605 is a scant $374, with real world prices often at or below three bills, something mostly unheard of anything other than a rimfire or .38.
While the trigger is nothing to write home about, you’d be hard-pressed to find that in a carry revolver. Though some larger-handed shooters may have issues getting all four digits wrapped around the smaller grips, the tradeoff is a deeply concealable and lightweight companion at 24 ounces and just under 6.5-inch long overall. Accuracy is no better or worse than one would expect from a gun this size, with home defense accuracy more than achievable. Though defense .357 Magnum loads are a handful in any small revolver, the big plus to the 605 is having the option to fire either .357 or .38SPL, from a revolver of this stature and cost.
The 605 variants include a matte stainless version as well as a pair of lighter weight, albeit spacey looking Polymer twins, all with a suggested retail price only slightly higher than the standard blued 605 at $390.
If five rounds and the short barrel of the 605 doesn’t trip your trigger, the Brazilian-based company also offers a lesser-known, but bigger-business Model 608. As we have realized now from the final digit of the model number, the 608 naturally holds eight rounds of either .357 or .38SPL. To pack the extra firepower, Taurus builds the 608 on a larger frame with adjustable rear sights, a beefier grip for the larger-pawed shooters, as well as hand-fit actions.
Both the four- and 6.5-inch barrel lengths come factory ported, and with the heftiest weight of the bunch at over 52 ounces empty, this is a wheelgun with more serious, less concealable intentions. Its $729 MSRP makes it the steepest of the Taurus bunch, putting it more into competition with the bigger manufacturer names and making it one of the lesser known, though no less capable options.
News of the Taurus 692 comes hot off the presses, as their first true multi-caliber revolver capable of firing .38SPL, .357 Magnum, and 9mm from the same gun. Though the Model 905 has been around for some time as a 9mm only snub-nosed revolver, the new 692 does it all in one clean package. The seven-shot, matte stainless is expected to ship later this year in both three- and 6.5-inch barrel lengths, complete with porting, ribber grips, and adjustable sights. The package including both cylinders, as well as the company’s “Stellar” moon clips for the 9mm round, is set to retail in the realm of $660. As we have not yet handled the 692, we are unable to speak about further details or accuracy.
Taurus may not be the name most folks recall when thinking of guns passed down through the generations. But at the price of these revolvers, the quality for the cash is a win, and one hunters and shooters won’t be afraid to take into the woods, stuff into the backpack, or tuck into the truck. With Taurus’ Unlimited Lifetime Repair Policy on all Taurus-USA styles, shooters can let loose with less hesitation. With styles, options, and finishes aplenty, there’s a Taurus .357 for every taste and budget.
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Though originally a winner for an Army contract, Sig officials report that every branch including the Coast Guard has placed orders for the modified P320 pistol platform.
Sig’s M17/18 pistol, the winner of the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract last year, is set to be fielded by not only the land service but the Air Force, Marines and Navy as well as the Coast Guard, according to company representatives.
“All services have been involved in MHS since its inception … and they have all committed to ordering guns,” Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer for Sig Sauer, told Military.com, explaining the other services will begin fielding the 9mm handguns later this year to early next year.
The handguns will begin replacing a host of other platforms, including various marks of the M9 Beretta in the Army. As noted in the Navy’s FY 2019 procurement budget justification for the Marine Corps, 35,000 of the Sigs will not only replace M9s but also Colt M45A1 CQB .45ACP pistols and the newly acquired M007 Glock. In Coast Guard service, the gun will augment the Sig P229R which was adopted in 2005. The Air Force has been quietly acquiring the guns and testing their use for compatibility with aircraft ejection seats.
Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the M17/18 series are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record last year, saying, “[T]he guts and the internals of the military version of that weapon are different than what you’re going to buy in the gun store or what police are going to be fielded.”
The first batches of the M17/18 were issued to troops of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division last November as part of a 190,000-pistol initial buy. The platform will then be fielded to a new Army installation each month until September 2018, except for next March and April.
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Massachusetts treasurer supported state lawmakers in filing a bill to divest the state’s public pension fund from companies that earn through firearm and ammunition sales.
The measure would ensure state money managers — the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board — sell, redeem, divest or withdraw funds invested in companies that generate 15 percent or more in revenue from the sale of guns, gun accessories or ammo.
In a statement, state Treasurer Deb Goldberg described the measure as Massachusetts’ lawmakers standing with gun violence victims and survivors rather than the gun industry.
“In the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, I watched as those brave students from Stoneman Douglas High School stood in the balcony watching while the Florida Legislature did nothing,” Goldberg said. “It is clear that traditional approaches have not worked.”
But the bill is a largely symbolic gesture. The pension currently contains $72 billion, but managers would only divest about $5 million — not even 1 percent of 1 percent of the fund — from six companies under the proposed changes. However, divestment could be prevented if it costs the pension 0.5 percent, or about $360 million.
State lawmakers, Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem, both Democrats, filed a copy of the bill on Monday in the state House and Senate. They echoed Goldberg’s sentiment.
Ehrlich likened the divestment to the government’s strategy on combatting the dangers of smoking. “As a state, we decided to divest from Big Tobacco because of the harm it causes in our communities. It is time we do the same with guns and ammunition,” she said.
In the 1997, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a similar measure forbidding the fund from investing in companies that generate substantial revenue from tobacco sales. Although pension funds missed out over the years on returns from the tobacco industry, money managers still agree with lawmakers’ decision to divest from products that pose negative consequences to populations.
“By enacting this bill, Massachusetts will stand with thousands of individuals and entities exercising their right as consumers to send the message that we must do more to stop gun violence,” said Creem, who represents Newtown, the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
Although gun companies make up a tiny portion of investments for public pension funds, the Parkland shooting, which left 17 people dead and 15 others injured, renewed efforts to divest from the gun industry. States like New Jersey and California, which had already divested from companies that make guns illegal in the state, are currently considering it.
Once Florida teachers, including those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, learned their retirement fund had some $500,000 invested in the holding company for Smith & Wesson, which manufactured the rifle used in the attack, they called on lawmakers to divest.
However, the Florida State Board of Administration pushed back, saying they had a fiduciary responsibility to act on behalf of their clients and beneficiaries, Bloomberg reported.
But in Massachusetts, Goldberg posed her own fiduciary argument, telling local media that stock prices for gun companies are down. In the past year, price per share for American Outdoor Brands declined some 46 percent, for Sturm, Ruger & Company by 5.6 percent, and Vista Outdoor by 21.6 percent.
Also, Remington Outdoor Company, which owns more than a dozen brands including Remington, one of the largest and most iconic gun companies in the country, is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy.
The Massachusetts bill was filed Monday and sent to committee.
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This week, I got my hands on a new Fox A Grade shotgun, presented by Savage Arms. This was not my usual fair, in fact, I felt remarkably underdressed when I started my review. Opening the non-descript outer case, complete with a briefcase style numerical lock, revealing a beautiful red lined felt interior. As I […]
“This is where the Second Amendment comes in, quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?” asked the Democratic congressman.
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A Broward County judge ordered the removal of four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition from a 56-year-old man residing in Lighthouse Point, a community 14 miles east of Parkland.
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