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The war in Vietnam saw the introduction of a wide array of new technologies. From smart bombs to night vision and lightweight assault rifles, Vietnam was a proving ground for countless new weapons and the tactics that drove their employment. As a result, flight crews operating Army rotary-wing combat aircraft frequently made up the rules as they went along.
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The AFLoader isn't a tool to assist people loading magazines--it is an automated pistol magazine loader. Give it mags and ammo and it gives you loaded mags.
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As an outdoorsman, I enjoy being afield in all sorts of capacities. While hunting is one of my favorite pastimes, fishing and hiking are a wonderful means of spending time with friends and family and living in close proximity to both the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, there is ample opportunity for both of those activities. I am also, by trade, a Professional Land Surveyor, so my work hours are often spent in the remote wilderness areas.
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As hunting season kicks off, the ScoutLook Hunting app looks to offer more features for shooters in the field with the launch of ScoutTreX technology.
ScoutTreX acts as a digital breadcrumb, using a smartphone’s GPS to allow users to track their journey on screen. Hunters simply tap a small boot icon at the bottom of their smartphone screen while using the app and press “play” to see all movements appear on the map in their preferred color option. The technology tells shooters how far they’ve traveled, average speed as well as the duration of travels.
“More than 1,000 new users per day are logging in and using our mobile tools to hunt smarter,” Josh Dahlke, ScoutLook’s VP of Operations and Content, said in a press release. “We take pride in keeping our apps clean—no gaudy, fluffy updates to clutter the user experience. A new feature was just added to our Hunting app that users will really appreciate: ScoutTreX.”
The app is free and available for download in both Google Play and iTunes.
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A Wisconsin bill that would allow lawful gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit advanced out of a state Senate committee this week, but Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he hoped that’s as far as the legislation gets.
Barrett said he strongly opposes the measure and worries about its potential impact on Milwaukee, arguing the bill would cause more guns to flood the streets in a city where police have already seized more than 2,000 firearms this year, WTMJ reported.
“Milwaukee disproportionally seizes more guns than even major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles,” he said. “We don’t need more guns on the streets, we need fewer guns on the street but where we do need help from the legislature we need more revenue sources so we can continue funding our police department.”
Republican Sen. David Craig, one of the bill’s sponsors, argued it would do nothing to change the firearms purchasing process and so would not have an effect on the amount of guns in Milwaukee or the state as a whole. He also noted that the open carrying of firearms does not require a permit in the Badger State and argued the law should be the same for concealed carry as well.
“For whatever reason, we’ve had this law in existence where if you put a coat on, you’re now a felon, if you have your coat off and you’re not covering up a firearm, you’re not committing a crime,” Craig said.
On Tuesday, the bill was approved on a 3-2 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. It now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.
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After spending nearly eight years in a juvenile detention facility, a man who was convicted of murder at the age of 12 was set to be freed on his 21st birthday, which was Monday.
DeMarco Harris shot and killed 24-year-old Trisha Babcock during an attempted robbery in Detroit in 2009. Harris was 12 years old at the time, 13 when he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his youth in prison.
A slew of caseworkers and therapists spoke on Harris’ behalf in court Friday during a release hearing, and said he displayed exemplary behavior while incarnated, ABC 7 reported.
Jennifer Sloan, an associate clinical director, said Harris, “Not only demonstrated his growth on his own but he has over the years provided mentorship to other youth helping them grow through the process.”
Sloan also noted that Harris was assaulted multiple times while in prison and never once retaliated.
“He walked away, tried to put distance between him and the attacker,” she said.
Likewise, Harris, who could have faced life in prison, told Judge Virgil C. Smith while asking for his freedom he believes he has been rehabilitated in the last seven years.
“Since that day, I’ve grown mentally, spiritually and physically,” said Harris.
Harris said he never thought his time behind bars would have such an impact on his life. In fact, while incarcerated, Harris earned his GED and is currently enrolled in college. In addition, he has received a number of certificates for participating in various university workshops, including nine weeks of culinary arts training.
But not everyone in court Friday felt Harris should be released. In fact, Babcock’s father, Steven, spoke out against it. Babcock accused Harris of playing the system, doing what anyone else would have done for a chance at freedom.
“My daughter’s rights and her life were taken and given to Demarco Harris,” Babcock said.
“He left her there to die. She didn’t die instantly. She was still alive, bleeding profusely and gasping for air,” Babcock added.
Babcock said his daughter is the one who deserves justice, not Harris.
“No, I don’t think he’s rehabilitated,” Babcock said of Harris. “Nobody should be granted rehabilitation after they murder somebody.”
Furthermore, Harris is not required to have further contact with the court after his release.
“The public needs to know about this and be aware that there is a convicted murderer who is walking the streets of Detroit,” Babcock concluded. “And they need to know about the justice system and the flaws of the justice system.”
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The publicly-traded California-based gunshot location service announced this week they have expanded their reach to over 90 jurisdictions with the addition of several new contracts.
Among the new cities recently adopting the network of toaster-sized gunfire detectors are Cincinnati; Jacksonville; Louisville; Newburgh, New York; Pittsfield, Massachusettes; Syracuse; and St. Louis County.
“We are excited to be working with police departments in successfully implementing gunshot detection solutions as a critical component of their gun violence prevention efforts,” said Ralph Clark, the company’s CEO, in a statement. “Cities are seeing positive outcomes and improved community engagement as a result of their agency’s ShotSpotter adoption and integration with best practices execution.”
In Cincinnati, police officials said Thursday their newly installed system has alerted police to more than 60 incidents of gunfire in the past month alone, most of which had gone unnoticed or unreported.
While at least one city in recent years terminated their pricey contract with the company, citing ShotSpotter didn’t help them make arrests or identify crime victims, others have found it more successful.
In April, police in Fresno, California said the technology helped track a gunman on the move in that city, enabling his capture just under five minutes after his first shot was detected. The information, which is delayed less than 30 seconds from the time the shots are fired until an alert registers with the monitoring agency, was forwarded to officers in the field in near real time.
In addition to the cities announced by ShotSpotter, the Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night for a $138,000 expansion of their existing system.
While the increasing use of gunfire detection systems has been cited by gun control advocates as part of their opposition to the partial deregulation of firearm suppressors, Clark told The Washington Post earlier this year his system has already detected suppressed gunfire and has plans to tweak their systems if needed.
“We believe we will have various options ranging from increasing our sensor array density to developing software/firmware to address the detection of suppressed gunfire if it were to become a widespread issue,” Clark said.
The system is already reportedly effective in distinguishing between fireworks and gunshots. In the company’s initial public offering in June, ShotSpotter sold $35.4 million worth of shares on the NASDAQ Capital Market.
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Chicago resident Marnita Carter was targeted for an armed robbery while waiting at the bus stop early Saturday morning, but the suspect was the one who ended up getting shot.
Carter, 54, said she was waiting for the bus when the suspect, 23-year-old Dennis Evans, walked up to her, stuck a gun in her face, and demanded she hand over her valuables. Carter refused. Instead, she struggled with the suspect, eventually got the gun from him, and fired a shot, which struck Evans in the hand.
Carter later told police Evans reacted by saying, “(Expletive), you shot me with my own gun. Now I’m gonna shoot your (expletive).”
Evans got his gun back, but when he tried to shoot Carter, who had been knocked down on the sidewalk during the struggle, the gun jammed. Evans ran away, and Carter, who was so shaken by the incident she could barley speak, thanked God.
“I was shocked that it didn’t go off again,” Carter said. “It was the Lord — that’s what it was.”
A short time after the robbery gone wrong, police located Evans at his mother’s home, about four blocks away from the bus stop. He was arrested and is being held without bail.
[ Chicago Tribune ]
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A Detroit man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a teenager over Air Jordan sneakers earlier this year.
Dante Tyrell Ford, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and firearms charges for the June 6 shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris-Thomas, according to WDIV.
Police say Ford, Harris-Thomas, and a 24-year-old man met so that Harris-Thomas could sell Ford a pair of Air Jordans. Ford got into the backseat of Harris-Thomas’ SUV and the three drove around for a while before Ford pulled out a gun. That’s when the 24-year-old pulled out a gun of his own and the two men wrestled over the weapons.
Ford shot at the man and hit him in the arm. He returned fire at Ford, who then fired another round, which hit Harris-Thomas. He fell out of the SUV, which crashed into a fence. The 24-year-old man called police, and Harris-Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated.
Ford, who was also shot, fled the scene with the Nikes. He was arrested a few hours later after he showed up at a hospital with a graze wound to his stomach.
A convicted felon, Ford is also facing charges for another armed robbery earlier that day. Police say he robbed a 16-year-old at gunpoint after arranging to buy shoes from him.
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Waterfowl hunters are a dedicated lot; heading off to the lakes and swamps before daylight, stringing out decoys, shivering motionlessly in the blind as the morning fog cuts through their best camo jacket, all for the sake of making the skies rain ducks and geese. CZ has just the ticket for those of you who are really serious about filling the skies with shot and bringing down every bird that comes in range, the CZ Swamp Magnum Camo.
Government agencies entrenched in rescue and recovery efforts in hurricane-impacted areas said Thursday agents will remain in these regions “until things are stabilized.”
Some 3,200 workers were already on the ground in Puerto Rico Wednesday as Hurricane Maria — the second major storm to pass through the Caribbean this month and the strongest to hit the island in nearly a century — dumped three feet of rain and destroyed the power grid, leaving more than 3.4 million residents in the dark.
“We have a lot of flooding,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CNN Thursday, noting at least a dozen people had died there during the storm, so far. “There was a major disaster here in Puerto Rico.”
Maria comes two weeks after Hurricane Irma tore a similar path through the Caribbean, killing more than two dozen and leaving the island nation of Barbuda a pile of rubble. A week before Irma, Hurricane Harvey drenched Texas’s gulf coast in more than four feet of rain, causing unprecedented flooding in the Houston area.
The ATF and federal agencies have deployed approximately 500 workers to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Florida, with another 500 on stand-by as needed — all part of ESF-13, an emergency response plan of action implemented by the Department of Justice.
“ATF, leading through ESF-13, continues to coordinate security functions for search and rescue and recovery efforts in all impacted areas affected by Hurricane Irma,” Joshua Jackson, an ATF spokesperson, told Guns.com Thursday. “These same efforts continue now with Hurricane Maria. ATF, and it’s many federal partners, will remain in the impacted areas until things are stabilized.”
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A strip club near Marysville, California, showed a bit of community spirit Saturday by hosting a topless car wash, with all of the proceeds going to two deputies who were seriously wounded while on duty.
City Limits Showgirls collected a total of $2,565 in donations. There was a suggested donation of $15 per car, but the bigger the donation, the better the wash.
“It was excellent,” said manager Hal Meyer. “We were so busy.”
Meyer said the line of cars waiting for a wash stretched about a block. The wash took place under a large tent in the establishment’s parking lot, and Meyer confirmed that no lap dances or other extras were performed and no drivers or passengers ever got out of their vehicles.
Meyer did, however, hand out vouchers to drivers and passengers alike to come back to the club later that night with no cover charge. Meyer said of the 255 vouchers passed out, 41 were redeemed.
The donations collected from the car wash will go to Yuba County sheriff’s Deputies Phillip Bronson and Andrew Everhart, who were seriously injured in a shootout at a marijuana grow operation in August. Both deputies have been released from the hospital, but receive in-home medical care. It’s unknown when they will return to duty.
Dancers from the club said they were happy to have a chance to give back, noting that anytime there has been an issue at the club, deputies are swift to respond and act in a professional manner. Some say they feel safer knowing the deputies are just a phone call away.
The sheriff’s office said they did not endorse the event – although they didn’t publicly condone it either.
[ Sacramento Bee ]
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STI International gives customers more ways to carry, introducing a premium line of kydex holsters designed around the company’s most popular model pistols.
The custom-molded holsters are crafted from tough, heavy kydex for durability. Available in two models, the NERD 3-Gun pistol configuration and RDR IWB, the holsters are designed to give STI fans more ways to tote their favorite guns.
The RDR STI IWB is an inside the waistband design that accommodates the STI DVC Carry, Guardian 2011, VIP and any other 3.75-inch or 3.9-inch STI 2011 without full dust cover or rail. The RDR boasts a modest price of $59.99.
Purpose built for the demands of 3-gun competitions, the NERD holster is designed specifically for the NERD Pistol Coffin pistol. The holster is designed to withstand the rigors of competition while also providing a draw stroke that is consistent and repeatable. The NERD holster is the pricier option, coming in at $164.99.
Both holsters are available through STI International’s web-based storefront.
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