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A very special One-of-a Kind Colt. The Wiley Clapp 1911 enhanced by Pete Single now up for auction on GunsAmerica to benefit the USA Shooting Team.
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A new trend in the black rifle gear market is emerging — an intersection of high-quality and high-priced laser gear aimed at the civilian market. Once reserved for soldiers on the battlefield, laser infrared gear is now migrating over to the civilian sector, picking up dedicated consumers along the way. This ain’t your momma’s gear, though.
Priced over a $1,000 and in some cases $2,000, this new genre of laser gear requires a serious financial commitment. So, why are regular, every-day shooters tossing around thousands of dollars to equip their black rifles with the latest and greatest in laser technology? Well, the technology itself has played a massive role in bringing military-grade gear to the civilian level.
The laser industry is a highly regulated one, with the Federal Drug Administration maintaining strict requirements for commercially sold lasers. The administration demands that civilian lasers meet certain criteria that sets exposure and eye safety limits. Previously, these regulations limited the types of commercially available units, relegating them to underpowered and underwhelming devices, however, the tides have turned. As technology improved so did the means of production. The result of which created commercial grade lasers that are as good as their military and law enforcement counterparts.
“Twenty years ago what the military had was going to be the most up-to-date, current stuff and everybody hoped that one day it would flow down to the civilian market,” president of B.E. Meyers & Co., Matt Meyers, told Guns.com. “Now with tactics and technology a lot of the stuff that is coming out commercially is as good if not better.”
Meyers’ company recently took the commercial plunge, diving into the civilian market with the release of its MAWL C1+. The original MAWL was developed for military applications and with the military customer in mind, however, after the original MAWL’s DoD success, Meyers said he began hearing multiple requests for the MAWL on a civilian platform. The company soon went to work on a commercial variant that fit within FDA regulations but kept to B.E. Meyers’ commitment to high-quality, functioning gear.
“We determined that with some new components and some new ways we were doing things that we could actually have a laser that had increased performance as a civilian, legal laser over the military versions of our competitors. Once we figured out that, it was a no-brainer,” Meyers said.
The company tentatively slipped the MAWL C1+ into the marketplace and waited to see what kind of response, if any, would return.
“We put it out there, not knowing what would happen,” stated Meyers. “We didn’t expect how good it would go. … We sold out everything with our distributors in three hours. By the next 24 hours, we had sold out the next month’s worth of production. The next two days we sold out the next two month’s worth of production. Now I think we’re in the third month’s worth of production.”
High-end gear usually comes with high-end prices. Retailing in the thousands, consumers purchasing these products are laying down some serious coin, but the gear makers behind these lasers say the civilian market doesn’t seem to mind dropping wads of cash for solid accessories.
“I think that you have a consumer base who wants to make educated decisions and is spending their money wisely and wants to make sure they’re getting the best. That’s where we’ve seen MAWL be successful,” Meyers said.
Steiner Optics produces the civilian legal DBAL-D2 and DBAL-A3, green laser units based off the company’s military versions. VP of Sales and Marketing Ron Godlewski told Guns.com in an email that while civilians know there are cheaper alternatives in play, they want to boast the best out in the field and on the range.
“Yes, a civilian can buy a very low-priced illuminator, made of some plastic compound and cheap electronics, but when they’ve made the investment in night vision and a high-quality weapon, why wouldn’t they want the same unit used by law enforcement and elite military units around the world?” Godlewski said.
Though the military applications of top-notch laser gear for night vision ops are obvious, some question the civilian applications for products like the DBAL. Godlewski has an answer for that.
“The larger spot beam of the DBAL-D2 made it a perfect fit for low-light and no-light target shooting and hunting. So if an enthusiast has made the leap to night vision, they would naturally look for an accessory that can target with an IR Laser and illuminate with a spot beam – that’s the DBAL-D2.”
In addition to the MAWL and DBAL, there’s another contender in the high-end laser market. EOTech, which has long been synonymous with military level optics, opened up IR laser gear to a new customer base — civilians.
John Bailey, director of marketing and product development for EOTech told Guns.com in an email the company was originally eyeing the law enforcement market when developing the ATPIAL, but civilians have really taken to the design as well.
“For law enforcement, it is another tool in the tool box. In low or no-light conditions, they can use the IR aiming laser and a night vision device and virtually be undetected and give them an immediate aiming dot,” Bailey said. “For the consumer, I believe the draw is to have the same products that the military and law enforcement use. ATPIAL’s can be very advantageous for night predator or hog hunting to provide undetected aiming as well.”
So what’s next for this wave of pricey laser, IR, civilian gear? Is there enough space in the industry and enough interest to compel these companies to continue to innovate on the consumer platform?
“I am not sure,” Bailey said of the future. “I do believe that there could be greater demand for good and better commercial IR (eyesafe) devices. Because they are dependent on night vision, as the NV prices come down, the interest and demand for IR lasers should rise.”
Steiner’s Godlewski summed up his thoughts by saying that the future lies in the interests of shooters. With hog hunting and night vision shooting gaining in popularity, shooters will absolutely need quality infrared gear to keep up.
“As the price for night vision technology drops and goggles become more affordable, lowlight and nolight target shooting and hunting will grow,” Godlewski said. “Night vision goggles are only half the equipment required to own the night. An IR laser and illuminator are mandatory if you want to see what you are targeting and hit what you are targeting.”
Out of all these gear makers, Meyers’ hope is the most infectious. He doesn’t talk with uncertainty about the future, but with the determination that the pairing of intelligent consumers and quality gear will ensure there’s room in the industry.
“The community self-regulates really well,” Meyers said. “It really goes back to you’re going to have something that has value retained in it. It works. It’s going to work five years from now. All lasers are not created equal out there and you do get what you pay for.”
While the exact future of expensive gun gear is uncertain, right now business is good and B.E. Meyers, Steiner Optics and EOTech all seem hopeful and ready to tackle the next phase in black rifle gear.
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After some internal debate with some close friends I have decided to pursue the 76th seat at the NRA Annual meeting.
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A federal air marshal on a flight from England to New York left her service weapon in the plane’s bathroom where a passenger found it, according to reports.
The passenger gave the loaded handgun to a member of the flight crew, who returned to the air marshal, but the marshal failed to report the incident to her supervisors until several days later, the New York Times reported.
The incident happened on April 6 aboard a Delta flight from Manchester to Kennedy International Airport. Despite the incident, the air marshal, who is reportedly a new hire, was assigned to another flight a few days later.
The Transportation Security Administration, which head the air marshals service, told reporters that it was reviewing the incident, but would not comment publicly on the matter.
Current and former air marshals said that leaving a loaded weapon unattended constituted a significant security breach that should have resulted in discipline and an investigation.
“You can’t have inept people leaving weapons in a lavatory,” Craig Sawyer, a former air marshal, told The Times. “If someone with ill intent gets hold of that weapon on an aircraft, they are now armed.”
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German gun maker Heckler & Koch introduced this week the VP9SK, a new 9mm striker-fired pistol that puts VP series features into a compact design.
HK executive, Michael Holly, calls the new gun “the right combination of compact size and firepower for a subcompact.”
What sets the VP9SK apart from the rest of the series is its 3.39-inch barrel putting the overall length at 6.61 inches and weight at 23.07 ounces. Also, the pistol is equipped with an abbreviated Picatinny rails modeled to the polymer frame and comes with two 10-round magazines. However, extended magazines — 13 and 15 rounders — will be available in November.
HK says the new handgun will feature “the highly-rated HK VP precision strike trigger” that “surpasses those found on competitors.”
“(The trigger) has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action break followed by a short positive reset. The result is trigger quality unmatched in most production striker fired pistols,” the company says.
VPSK pistols are made in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany and are well suited for civilian sport shooting, security, military, and law enforcement use.
Like the full-size model, the VP9SK features interchangeable back straps, molded finger grooves and ambidextrous controls. Also, like the standard model, the VP9SK retails for $719. They’re available and shipping now from HK’s Georgia facility.
After living in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and working as a law enforcement officer for more than 25, Prokopios Ziros has developed strong feelings about what firearms mean to a country.
I was born and grew up in Greece, the country that gave the lights of civilization to the rest of the world but somehow they adopted the German law about firearms which meant no guns for no one and no right to self-defense but or only the elite. Greeks fought their enemies for thousands of years and every household was armed and the people were proud to display their weapons throughout time.
After WWII, things changed. No guns were allowed because no one could trust people with guns. I was lucky to end up in the United States in 1984. What a wonderful country this is, a country that guarantees its people their rights to bear arms and defend themselves. The Second Amendment on the Bill of Rights is so important that it upsets me every time I see some ignorant politician trying to create ways to take it away from us with support from people who are clueless of their own laws and regulations. Chipping away on our rights, it will only make us weaker in the long run.
As a law enforcement officer working in a major police department with 25 years of experience, I can safely tell you that most cops want and support law-abiding citizens carrying firearms. Let’s face it, most atheists and liberals disagree with our rights but when something threatens their world they call someone with a gun and pray they will get there quick to help them. Only when in need and despair will people remember their rights. – Prokopios Ziros
Read more perspectives from America’s gun culture in my book We The People.
An armed robbery at a Seattle convenience store Thursday afternoon ended in an exchange of gunfire between responding officers and one of the suspects.
The Seattle Police Department confirmed in a statement that three officers were struck by gunfire, one suspect was killed, and two additional suspects are in police custody.
Authorities say a call came in at 1:18 p.m. about a robbery. The caller gave a description of the suspects, who fled after the robbery and police responded within minutes.
Almost immediately, the suspects were located, but refused to comply with commands to stop. Two of the suspects were able to get away, while a struggle ensued between the third suspect and responding officers. During the tussle, the suspect struck one of the officers over the head with a bottle, then fled on foot toward a nearby office building.
Several more officers responded to the call and followed the suspect into the building. There, an exchange of gunfire occurred and three officers were struck. After the shooting, authorities immediately pulled the injured officers to safety and they were rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
Officers then set up a perimeter and told occupants in the building to shelter in place, while the immediate area was cleared of pedestrians and motorists. SWAT then entered the building and found the suspect, who was dead.
Near the building, police found the second suspect and the third suspect was also apprehended several hours later.
The deceased suspect was later identified as 19-year-old Damarius Butts. The jailed suspects were determined to a Butts’ 17-year-old sister and another 19-year-old male.
Butts’ death was ruled a homicide and according to the coroner, he was shot multiple times. The officers who fired the shots are on administrative leave, as is typical protocol in most departments for officer-involved shootings. However, an investigation into the shooting is underway.
The injured officers, although their conditions have improved, remain hospitalized, although the extent of their injuries is not known at this time. The hospitalized officers were identified as Elizabeth Kennedy, Hudson Kang and Chris Myers. Another officer sustained a hand injury during the incident. He was treated at the hospital and released. The officer who was struck in the head with the bottle was treated on the scene.
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After two years of research and development, Springfield Armory will release something new at the upcoming NRA convention.
In a new teaser, Springfield blurred the item as it discharges in the hands of the user, but for a brief moment at the end of the video flashes the tip. A new pistol? Probably.
The company called it “the next major addition to its broad and diverse handgun family,” but this — an XD, maybe — is designed with specific benefits “to solve persistent handgun user challenges.”
Springfield’s chief executive officer, Dennis Reese, described the gun as a “game-changing” product. “We wake up each morning determined to design and build the tools that help people protect that for which they love,” he said.
The newest addition to the Springfield Armory will be on display at the company’s booth during the NRA show in Atlanta starting Friday morning.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday was celebrated in London Friday with a 41-gun salute, followed by a 62-gun salute.
The 41-gun salute was performed at noon in London’s Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery using first World War-era 13-pounder field guns. One hour later, a 62-gun salute was performed at the Tower of London.
Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, at 2:40 a.m., she became the Queen in 1952 and currently holds the record for the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in Britain, as well as the longest-reigning living monarch in the world.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 21, 2017
[ CBS News ]
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A video shared on YouTube last week shows a security team unload on multiple ships carrying Somali pirates as they attempt to hijack a cargo ship.
One speedboat can be seen coming toward the cargo ship as the security team takes aim and opens fire. The speedboat then crashes into the cargo ship before finally retreating. But moments later, a second speedboat makes an unsuccessful attempt at pirating the ship.
The incident is believed to have taken place in 2012 in the Indian Ocean, but the video only recently surfaced following an attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia last month. The video has since been viewed more than 11 million times in three days.
A California business owner fired at two suspects attempting to steal from his store in Walnut Creek Thursday afternoon and the encounter was captured on surveillance video.
The two suspects, who were dressed in construction gear, entered the OC Watch Company just before noon, while a third suspect waited outside. One suspect was carrying a clipboard and handed it to the owner while saying something about the business’ power being shut off.
As the owner looked down at the clipboard, the suspect sprayed him with pepper spray, while the second suspect smashed a display case. But within seconds, the store owner had his gun pulled and was firing at the suspects as they fled.
The suspects left empty-handed and there were no reports of any injuries.
[ ABC News ]
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The costs McLennan County has incurred since the May 2015 shootout involving rival biker gangs and multiple law enforcement agencies in the parking lot of a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant has already topped more than $700,000, and there appears to be no foreseeable end in sight to the ever-growing list of expenses.
According to reports from the Waco Tribune-Herald, McLennan County has already paid out $208,239 and received $268,527 from the state, as well as a $248,941 grant from the Justice Department – all for expenses related to the case.
County payouts have gone to expenses that included fees paid to court-appointed attorneys for some of the more than 150 bikers facing charges related to the brawl.
Currently, there are about 70 court-appointed defense attorneys, all earning $75 to $80 per hour, in addition to a $50 per hour rate for travel time, as well as mileage compensation.
And with such a large case, comes a large amount of work. In fact, defense attorney Millie Thompson told the Tribune-Herald that, so far, she’s been given just under 873,000 pages of documents to review.
“So, if that is the last one, that would be the number of pages to date,” Thompson said. “And I think I did the math, that if you took 30 seconds to a minute to go through each page, that could take 300 days.”
Thompson called the amount of evidence and information “staggering,” but noted they are bound by duty to review it all.
In addition, the county has had to pay lawyers’ fees for two county officials who were named in pending lawsuits, also related to the case. To date, a dozen federal lawsuits have been filed by individuals who, among other complaints, claim they were arrested without reason or due cause after the shooting. More lawsuits are expected.
However, the majority of the money the county received from the state went to the Jack Harwell Detention Center to pay for housing the 177 bikers originally arrested. That bill was more than $190,000. The state also reimbursed the county $24,500 for the costs of transporting and performing autopsies on the nine bikers who died in the shootout.
Most of the nearly $250,000 granted by the Justice Department was given to the City of Waco to pay overtime to the officers who were present during the incident.
Nearly two years after the shooting, none of the 155 bikers who were indicted have gone to trial. The first trials were previously set to begin this month. However, they were postponed when defense attorneys asked for an extension after they received a massive amount of additional evidence just weeks before the first trials. Currently, the trials are scheduled for August.
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Lawmakers sent Washington Gov. Jay Inslee a measure last week that would require licensed gun dealers to contact state police in the event of a denial on a background check for a gun transfer.
The proposal, HB 1501, passed the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously on Thursday and won House concurrence 83-13 on Friday, sending the bill to Inslee’s desk.
Gun control advocates who supported the legislation welcomed the news.
“We are thrilled that the state Senate did the right thing by holding a vote on the Law Enforcement and Victim Safety bill, passing this meaningful legislation that will help save the lives of women and children here in Washington,” said Renée Hopkins, CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. The group contends there are 3,000 illegal attempts to buy a gun in the state every year.
The language of the proposal wound mandate gun dealers who encounter a National Instant Criminal Background Check System denial through the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a transfer application notify the Washington State Patrol within two business days. The agency, which would establish a new database for the denials, would itself make the information available to Washington sheriffs and police chiefs within two days. Those with active protection, harassment or restraining orders would also be notified if the subject of the order has been denied the purchase of a firearm.
A fiscal note prepared by the Washington Office of Financial Management found the measure, which provides no funding for investigations, would require $1.5 million a year in new expenditures to implement the database and notifications.
Those opposed to the measure argued a number of people are erroneously denied a purchase of a firearm through NICS checks and clearing up such an error can take months, or in some cases even years.
Inslee, a Democrat, is expected to sign HB 1501 into law.
In neighboring Oregon, directives have been pushed by the state’s governors ordering that in the event of a denial by the state’s Firearm Instant Check System, state troopers are dispatched from patrol to the dealer’s location to investigate.
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West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin on Friday said that President Trump can “apply gun sense” should a renewed effort surface towards universal background checks for gun sales.
Speaking to CNN about the prospect of expanding checks, Manchin said, “Donald Trump’s the only person that can do that right now” and that “I truly believe he can make a difference.”
The co-author with Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of a measure to expand background checks to private gun transfers that was defeated in 2013, Manchin has since revisited the concept over the past several months only to lament the support isn’t there on Capitol Hill to push it through. Manchin previously told the New York Times that he spoke with Trump in December 2016, saying the President shared there was a “complete opportunity” for new gun control legislation.
Toomey, whose re-election campaign last year was bolstered with support from Michael Bloomberg in the form of $5.8 million spent through the former New York Mayor’s Independence USA PAC, has pledged to revisit a background check proposal.
Any bill would have to pick up 60 votes in the Senate to avoid death by filibuster then go on to run the gauntlet of House concurrence and earn a signature from Trump to become law.
Manchin, facing reelection in 2018, is a moving target when it comes to gun control. While he is an avowed National Rifle Association member despite the organization’s criticism of him, Manchin opposed West Virginia’s constitutional carry law which was strongly backed by the group. In 2014, he was one of only two Democrats to vote against President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, who drew fire from gun rights advocates over statements he had made classifying gun violence as a public health issue.
“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for America’s number one doctor to participate in political activism,” Manchin said at the time.
Since the new Congress began session Manchin, who has moved up in minority leadership positions, has been among the few Dems to cross the aisle and back President Trump’s more polarizing nominations including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. On the only piece of pro-gun legislation to be signed by Trump so far this year, a repeal of an Obama-era Social Security gun ban, Manchin went with the Republican majority.
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In a ceremony attended by members of the military, Gary Sinise, a strong supporter of veterans, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.
The star was placed in front of The Supply Sergeant, which was founded more than 70 years ago by World War II veteran Jack Arian. It’s a place Sinise referred to in the ceremony as “Jack’s store.”
During the ceremony, actress Patricia Heaton said Sinise exemplifies selflessness, courage, good cheer, hard work, and humility, while noting these are qualities often hard to find in Hollywood.
“I’m grateful for these heroes, and all who continue to defend us,” Sinise said. “It’s a gift to be able to use some of the success I’ve had in the movie and television business to try to do some good for those who serve and sacrifice each day for our precious freedom.”
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) April 17, 2017
[ Associated Press ]
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Magpul announced Friday they are now filling orders for the “the world’s most reliable magazine” that has been recently adopted by the Marine Corps for their small arms programs.
Last December, Magpul announced the Marines had, after a four-year testing evolution, adopted their PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3 magazine for use in all of their 5.56mm platforms. In government-administered tests, the PMAG reportedly cycled 20,400 rounds of “difficult” M855A1 ammo without any magazine-related stoppages. The Medium Tan Coyote color was chosen to meet the needs of the U.S. Army’s Small Arms Weapons Neutral signature reduction program.
Besides being cleared to run with the Devil Dogs, the mag includes standard PMAG features such as their crush resistant polymer construction, aggressive front and rear texture, slim floor plate, body window for visual round count, paint pen dot matrix for marking, and a dust/impact cover to keep crayons and glue out.
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Among those calling on Georgia’s Republican Gov. Nathan Deal to once again veto a measure dropping gun free zones at the state’s public colleges and universities is Atlanta’s new top cop.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, speaking earlier this month with Denis O’Hayer on Atlanta’s NPR affiliate, said she hopes Deal vetoes the measure.
“I just think back to when I was in college and you know, the amount of alcohol that flows there, I just don’t see that there is an upside to this,” said Sheilds, arguing that if there is a problem with crime on campus school authorities would be better off reaching out to local law enforcement for help. “I just think this really has the potential to really not be good.”
The proposal, HB 280, would amend Georgia law to drop some gun free zones on public postsecondary campuses. It was approved by the legislature last month and sent to Deal– who vetoed a similar bill in 2016– for further action. He is fast approaching the 40-day deadline to veto, sign or allow the measure to become law without his signature.
Pressed by O’Hayer about incidents of violent crime around Atlanta-area public college campuses, Shields downplayed the problem saying it was not “significant enough that you can take on the potential downside that will come with authorising it [campus carry] and that is not to say that there is not a component of the argument that isn’t valid, it’s to say it’s a risk analysis– what is the downside that you are absorbing in trying to offset in what has occurred on a few isolated incidents.”
Shields, appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed (D) to be Atlanta’s new chief last December, joined the department in 1995 as a patrol officer and has worked her way up.
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Authorities in the Gainesville, Florida area reported a would-be stickup artist ended up on the wrong side of a police K9 after his weapon of choice broke into pieces and fell to the ground.
In custody is Tyrese Hendrilus Ervin, 15, who allegedly approached an unidentified woman around 10:30 p.m. on April 18 and, putting what appeared to be a small handgun to her head, yelled: “give me the money.” When the woman attempted to get away, the gunman attempted to pistol whip her only to have his “gun” break and fall to the ground. It was later ascertained the weapon was a toy
Fleeing after witnesses to the incident challenged the subject, Ervin was captured by responding police who established a perimeter around a wooded area near the Spindrifter Lounge where a K9 named “Thor” had tracked him.
Ervin was booked on armed robbery, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault, as well as a domestic battery for an incident prior to the Raceway encounter.
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The White House on Friday relieved the nation’s top doctor, known for his controversial statements on addressing gun violence as a public health issue.
“Today, Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration,” noted a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps.”
A former Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician, Murthy was sworn in two years ago as a vice admiral and 19th Surgeon General, to the delight of gun control advocates. He came to the post of “America’s Doctor” following a narrow 51-43 vote of confirmation from a Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate. President Obama nominated the 37-year-old physician for the post in 2013, but his confirmation ran into fierce opposition from Second Amendment advocates over statements he had made in support of gun control as a health care issue.
In a statement issued Friday, Murthy explained why he chose to be relieved rather than resign with two years left in his appointment.
“My reason was simple: because I would never willfully abandon my commitment to my Commissioned Corps officers, to the American people, and to all who have stood with me to build a healthier and more compassionate America,” said Murthy. “While that decision to stand on principle resulted in my termination prior to the end of my four-year term, I know that the Office of the Surgeon General is greater than any one person and its mission must continue.”
The folks at Exos, who make the tactical backpack I reviewed a while back, also vend a leather gun belt. Since the pack is still going strong with a year of regular use, I jumped at the chance to review the company’s new belt.Construction
The Exos Gear gun belt is made in the USA of 14-ounce leather, cut 1.5 inches wide. It’s available in chestnut brown and black. The sample in this test is brown. Exos calls it “English bridle leather,” though the material is thick, like the sweat flap of an English saddle or latigo on a Western saddle.
Contrasting white stitching makes this traditional-style belt stand out in a crowd. Edges are meticulously finished and dyed. The color is consistent throughout.
Holes are punched and finished at ¾-inch increments. They’re consistently spaced and centered.
A stainless steel roller buckle secures the belt. It’s solid, and doesn’t rattle when buckled. The buckle is removable via a two-screw attachment if the wearer wants a change. Note the attachment is screws, not snaps, making the belt stronger than it needs to be.
Hidden inside the buckle attachment, invisible when worn, is a simple “Exos Gear” stamp. I love it when companies don’t force customers to be walking billboards.
The keeper is a single-ply loop of matching leather, and appears to be removable when the buckle attachment is unscrewed. This is the only part of the belt that isn’t made like a Sherman tank. But it need not be in order to do its job.Off we go to the range and town
Most of my time spent wearing the belt has been spent using to hold my inside-the-waistband concealment gun in place. As a rule, that’s at the one o’clock position between my navel and right hip bone. This proved comfortable, though the belt is thicker than the one I normally wear. It’s shown no tendency to get an ugly dent at the rear midline where pressure is put on the belt when I bend over, though over time that will surely become a broken-in flex point.
The buckle isn’t bulky, but it’s not exactly slim either. As with all belts worn as part of my EDC, I rotate the buckle to the 11 o’clock position. Voila, no more mysterious pointy thing protruding from my navel.
Borrowing a Spetzgear suede IWB holster positioned at four o’clock, I tried the belt packing a Glock 23. Though it’s much larger than my EDC gun, the belt remained level and was comfortable for the very brief trial. Drawing the gun did not affect the belt-holster system and things stayed in place as they should.
Pleased with the way the belt performed with compact and subcompact guns, carried IWB, with and without direct contact between holster and belt, it was time to take the load to the outside. The OWB arrangement included a duty-size gun, Serpa-style belt loop holster (I’m aware of the risks, thank you), and belt-mounted double mag pouch. The belt continued its rock-solid performance. The smooth leather is even a little easier to slide gear onto than tactical nylon/Velcro. Four all-day range excursions, including dozens of draws and shooting from prone with no mat, put no obvious wear on this sturdy but flexible belt. What a pleasant experience.Two hooves up
In addition to being a shooter, I’ve been an equestrian most of my life, so being a leather connoisseur is inevitable. This belt has the same quality of stitching, dye, and material as the finest tack. Just like the leather on a good saddle, the belt is solid yet flexible, and resistant to undesirable twists and dents at pressure points. I suspect the leather is sourced from the United States or Europe. It doesn’t have the slightly acrid smell of less expensive, urine-tanned, Indian leather. Assuming the owner exercises even a minimal degree of leather maintenance, I would be surprised if it cracks with age.
Sizes range from 32 to 50 inches. The price on Amazon is $45. Too bad I’m writing this review in the spring and not before Christmas, because this belt would make a perfect, long-lasting gift for a gun-toting friend.
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