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Sentry Products Group is now making Hexmag magazines for Glock pistols. And they're sexy!
Working in conjunction with the legendary 3-Gunner Jerry Miculek, Mossberg unveiled this week the all-new, drop-in JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger.
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Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to build and shoot a couple of Polymer 80 handgun frames. I started with the PF940C Compact (Glock 19 size) which now has over 6,000 rounds through it without an issue. I’ll admit I was at first surprised by that. It seems to me that whenever you deviate from the proven recipe of a firearm that it never works as advertised. So it would be safe to say that I was very skeptical when I first laid my hands on one.
Polymer 80’s are “80 percent lowers,” hence the name. This is an arbitrary term that refers to a firearm which is in a stage that is not yet considered complete. These lowers are not serialized and do not require a background check. They ship right to your door and after completion you are considered the manufacturer. Please do check your local and state laws before ordering and building a Polymer 80.What does it take to complete a frame?
When you receive your Polymer 80 it will arrive in a neat little black box. Inside the box will be your un-finished frame with the jig to guide you on your quest towards a completed frame. All the bits to remove material and drill your pin holes will be provided as well. Side note: You can use a Dremel tool to remove the necessary material as well. The only lower parts provided are the rails and locking block.
When you are ready cut and drill make sure you take your time! Polymer 80 makes this a very easy straight forward process but once material is removed it can’t be put back. I’m by no means a “handy” or “crafty” individual but I was able to successfully complete a P80 frame in under 30 minutes.
The tools required may vary depending on what you are most comfortable with. It’s recommended that you use a drill press with the provided large end mill bit to remove material. I have seen this done with a Dremel but it is not recommended by P80. To make your pin holes you will need a hand drill and the provided drill bits. DO NOT use the drill press to drill your pin holes. A good vice is going to be a key component when working on your frame. If you have the ability to move and pivot your vice it will be a huge advantage as well. Finally, I like to finish off everything with some 220 grit sandpaper. This lets me smooth out any rough edges and clean up any pesky nylon blended polymer burs.Purchase of additional parts
What do I need to purchase in addition to my P80 kit? Glad you asked because that’s an important question. The Polymer 80 frames are based off the 3rd generation of Glock. This means you need to use all Gen 3 compatible parts for your lower and upper.
In my experience your standard factory Glock lower parts kits work great in the Polymer 80 frames. All lower parts drop right in without having to fit anything. Lower parts kits are sold all over the internet and typically cost around $50 for a complete kit. You can also source kits that do not have a trigger included, in case you wanted to drop in a high-speed trigger of your choosing.
The upper slide assembly will of course need to be a Gen 3 as well. For the slide and barrel you can go the factory route or with a name brand of your choosing, again as long as it has Gen 3 specs. Polymer 80 does make their own slides if you want to source it from them. Factory slide internals can be found readily available for around $50.
We all know that there are more aftermarket accessories for Glock than most firearms available today. Does this mean they will work with P80 frames? For the most part the answer is yes. All your magazines, lights, & sights will work. Holsters seem to be the big exception with that “yes” though. You’ll most likely need to find a specific P80 holster for your build as Glock holsters typically won’t work because the P80 trigger guard has different dimensions. This makes holstering your P80 into a standard Glock holster a problem. Holsters are not something that you want just an “ok” fit for. I have been using a Squared Away Customs holster for a while now and it has been great! There aren’t a ton of options for P80’s yet but as they become more popular the market will follow.What are some key external features of the P80 frame?
What sets these frames apart from your factory Glock frames? First and foremost, the ergonomics are greatly improved in my opinion. Features like the undercut trigger guard, thumb ledges, mag release relief cut, and extended beaver tail make this gun an absolute pleasure to shoot. These out of the box ergonomic features have been desired by Glock owners for a long time. The finger grooves have been removed and because of this I believe these P80 frames are going to fit a wider variety of hand sizes. My hands didn’t always quite line up with the factory finger grooves and I ended up removing them anyways.
All the popular double stack Glock 9/40 frame sizes are now available from Polymer 80. Released out at 2018 SHOT Show was there newest model, which is the 19L. This model will have the frame size of a Glock 19 but will be able to accept a Glock 17 slide. I am really looking forward to this model. I’ve been a huge fan of the Glock 19L size for a long time.
These P80’s are loaded with value. All the models are priced the same with an MSRP of $160 for your kit. Depending on where you shop and the sale running at the time you can buy a P80 kit between $120-$150.Final Thoughts
Polymer 80 isn’t the first to be creating blank canvas “Glock type frames” but I really think they are the best option available. My frames have run just as good as my factory Glock frames and when I had any questions about P80’s it was met with friendly customer support when I contacted them.
The simplicity and functionality of building a P80 exactly to the specifications of your needs just makes sense to me. If you already have some experience with Glock I would highly recommend looking into a P80 frame. If you do take my advice and buy a P80, take your time and have fun!
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Galco Gunleather overhauled its Scout IWB holster, announcing that the 2018 version will feature some upgrades to make concealment even better.
The company said the new and improved Scout IWB holster will now feature UniClip and Ultimate Stealth clips. Created to fit over belts, the UniClip’s design also works for users who opt to forgo a traditional gun belt. The Ultimate Stealth clip with hook fits neatly inside the waistband or under or behind belts. This construction helps better conceal the holster, according to Galco Gunleather. The UniClip and Ultimate Stealth clips are adjustable for cant, allowing users to place it strongside, in a crossdraw position or in an appendix carry setup.
The ambidextrous open-top holster is designed so that the rough side of its leather is facing out allowing for more stability while concealed in the waistband. The mouth of the holster boasts a reinforced design, granting an easier re-holstering of gun in the the rig.
The Scout makes its debut with a natural finish with black mouth band and models fitting most popular concealed carry handguns. The inside-the-waistband holster retails for $83.
Federal investigators based in Philadelphia analyze 65,000 shell casings annually, according to a new report from NBC10.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began collaborating with the city’s police department two years ago, collecting and examining every bullet and shell casing discovered at crime scenes.
ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Cekeda said the city’s previous methods proved inefficient, but with the resources of the agency’s National Crime Gun Intelligence Center at the ready, investigators apprehend more violent criminals than ever before.
“It allows us to take all of our collaborative efforts and to identify, investigate, and incarcerate the trigger-pullers,” he said.
In decades past, police only tested ballistics for trial, Cekeda said, leaving thousands of shell casings piling up in evidence lockers. With new technology from the ATF, however, investigators tied a 2015 shooting in the city’s Kensington neighborhood to a string of violent robberies attributed to a single suspect — now serving 178 years in prison.
Kansas City, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. manage similar programs — the three latter of which received approximately $1 million in federal funds in 2016 to expand the initiative. The ATF first launched the CGIC in Denver in 2013, where a team of local, state and federal investigators used timely ballistics testing to link over 170 shootings and recommend targeted inspections of gun dealers “identified as sources of crime guns.”
Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, who worked in the Office of Justice Programs in 2016, said the agency remains committed to aiding “local partners …. to drive down crime and maintain public safety for the long run.”
“These new resources will expand community capability to investigate and prosecute gun offenses and support data sharing and other technological solutions to serious violence challenges,” she said.
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UTG offers up a new micro open reflex sight for pistol shooters, announcing the release of the Reflex Micro Dot featuring a 4.0 MOA red single dot.
The RMD stands as UTG’s smallest optic in its lineup. Built on the company’s TS platform, the RMD delivers a 6061-T6 aluminum chassis finished in a matte black anodize. Shockproof, fogproof and rainproof, the RMD delivers a wide 23x18mm FOV lens mounted on an adaptable mounting base that boasts compatibility with Glock MOS (plate 01 and 05) and S&W M&P C.O.R.E. (type 5 space plate plates in addition to other optics-ready firearms with similar plate measurements.
The RMD ships with a low-profile Picatinny plate preinstalled, allowing users to quickly install the RMD on handguns, shotguns and long guns with a Picatinny tail. Utilizing six power intensity settings, the optic aims to tackle various weather and lighting conditions for shooters. Powered by a single CR2032 battery, the RMD offers 240 hours of runtime on the highest intensity setting, with a longer runtime when kept to lower settings.
Alongside the RMD, UTG said its been busy creating mounts to service the new red dot reflex sight.
“UTG has already developed and launched in tandem with the RMD a handful of dedicated mounts to include an absolute-cowitness mount and rear sight dovetail plates for Glock, SIG, and M&P handguns with slides that are not optics-ready,” the company said in a press release.
UTG also added that a green dot 4 MOA model is in the works and coming soon, though no specific launch dates have been announced.
The RMD is available through UTG with a MSRP of $89 while the mounts slip into the market just under $20.
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The New York City Police Department has selected Speer to serve as its ammunition supplier for the next five years, awarding an $18 million contract to the ammo maker.
The long-term contract calls for Speer to provide 124-grain, 9mm Luger +P Gold Dot Duty ammunition. The ammo features a hollow point cavity tuned by caliber and bullet weight to create superior expansion and penetration in targets. The ammo series also boasts steady CCI primers alongside high-powered yet clean burning propellants. The design is topped off with a nickel plated brass case to ensure both smooth feeding and durability.
Speer said Gold Dot was the first pistol ammunition to offer “true, bonded-core bullets.” The ammo’s Uni-Cor build process is both exclusive and works to bond the jacket to the lead core one atom at a time, according to the ammo maker. This prevents core-jacket separation and also creates a consistent thickness.
Speer said its pleased to serve the NYPD. “We are proud to support a majority of the nation’s law enforcement agencies and we will continue to focus on providing the best ammunition to their officers each and every day,” Speer Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink commented in a press release. “We are honored to be the ammunition brand of choice for the nation’s largest agency, the New York City Police Department. Speer Gold Dot duty and training rounds have a 20-year history supporting more than 35,000 NYPD officers who protect and serve their communities.”
Grey Ghost Precision is adding a dash of color to its SPG43 slide series, introducing slide models boasting a new Diamond-Like Coating in three colors.
Now available in black, bronze and flat dark earth the new snazzy slides join the company’s original SPG43 styled in a DLC signature grey. Originally launched at SHOT Show in 2018, the SPG43 showcased Grey Ghost Precision’s Glock 43 stainless steel slide with machined from a billet blank with critical tolerances held to +/- .003-inches.
DLC coating is notable for its high levels of strength paired with hardness and corrosion resistance. Additionally, the coating features inherent lubricity that reduces friction between metal surfaces on the gun.
“We are excited to bring more DLC color options to our customers,” Grey Ghost Precision Vice President of Firearms Jason Curns said in a news release. “With the explosion of aftermarket options for the G43, it was important for us to give our loyal GGP customers more choices to build the G43 of their personal specifications.”
The SPG43 slides from Grey Ghost Precision are available through the company’s website with a MSRP of $349.
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MGM Resorts International filed suit against more than 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas shooting last week, according to documents filed in Nevada federal court.
The umbrella company manages both the concert venue and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the deadly attack from the 32nd floor last October. Some 58 people died and more than 850 sustained injuries after Paddock, for reasons still unclear to investigators, fired into a country music festival on the strip below — ultimately killing himself as police closed in on his location.
“Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants, or any of them, arising from Paddock’s mass attack,” attorney James J. Pisanelli wrote in a 60-page complaint filed Friday on behalf of the company.
The victims listed in the suit sought legal action against the hotel and concert venue in the months following the attack, according to court documents. Pisanelli writes federal law, via the 2002 SAFETY Act, shields MGM from liability because the company contracted a security firm approved by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the music festival.
Debra DeShong, a spokesperson for MGM, told the BBC the lawsuit seeks no money from victims — only declaratory relief. “Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of the victims, the community and those still healing,” she said Monday.
Robert Eglet, a lawyer representing several victims, panned the lawsuit as a desperate attempt to get the case heard in federal court, where he suspects MGM will stand a better chance of escaping liability. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the legal action “quite frankly verges on unethical.”
“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”
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The pack is riddled with nice features. Inside, the back panel is set up for either Velcro- or MOLLE-compatible pouches. The side and rear panels have a foam insert to help it keeps its shape and protect your gear.
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Do you carry a tactical pen? Why or why not? What do you love and hate about it?
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In a scene more reminiscent of Hollywood than real life, Officer William Umana of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can be seen exchanging over 60 rounds of gunfire with two men suspected of fleeing the scene of a homicide.
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A popular bill to allow more opportunities to sportsmen in the state to take deer on both private and public lands was signed into law last week.
The measure, SB 198, picked up just a handful of “no” votes from lawmakers as it passed through the legislature and, veto-proof, was signed by Gov. John Carney, D, without comment on July 11. The move, which scrubs the 1915-vintage prohibition on Sunday deer hunting from state law, was billed as one that could expand the ranks of sportsmen in the state.
“Hunters are the fabric of many of Delaware’s families and communities, and they play a critical role in conservation for our state; however, outdated laws prevent them from the simple, beneficial activity of going out and hunting deer on Sundays,” said state Sen. Bruce Ennis, D, in a statement released through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “I sponsored Senate Bill 198 so that we can update that law for the benefit of our families and our environment.”
Largely banned in the state for a century, in 2016 lawmakers passed an exception that allowed for just five Sundays per season on private and some public lands during which hunters could go after deer. However, with the size of Delaware’s herds expanding, more could be done to keep the population in check. According to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, the harvest for whitetail in the state for last season — over 15,300 deer — set an all-time record. The bill signed this week drops the current limits to Sunday hunting and allows conservation officials to manage it based on resources. Further, the expansion allowing hunters to control deer under depredation programs.
“Prohibitions on Sunday hunting are old blue laws left on the books in just a handful of states,” said the National Rifle Association in a statement, arguing they deny sportsmen access to the outdoor resources paid for through Pittman-Robertson funds levied on sales of guns and ammo.
“Many hunters are prevented from introducing their children or friends to hunting because they are competing against organized sports and other activities on Saturday, which is currently their only opportunity to hunt outside of the work or school week,” said the gun rights group. “Countless hunters stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, both in time and accessible land.”
Nationwide, numbers of hunters are falling. A recent five-year survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported the number of hunters drop from 12.5 million in 2006 to 11.4 million in 2016 although the general population rose by more than 30 million in the same period.
Magpul, in an effort to outdo all the summer slackers, has announced even more products entering its accessories lineup. This time the accessory powerhouse is introducing an all new eyewear line.
Boasting Magpul worthy names like Terrain, Summit and Explorer the series is designed to give consumers robust, ballistic rated eyewear designed for real world activities. Utilizing a TR90NZZ design, the strongest thermoplastic material for eyewear, the eyewear is impact resistant and flexible while also providing a lightweight construction.
The glasses boast oleophobic treated lenses that protect from water, sweat or chemical degradation. The design is rounded out by an eight-base wrap paired with an over-molded anti-slip rubber nose and temple pads which prevent the glasses from slipping while in use.
“We’ve created lenses that meet demanding standards for resolution, clarity and contrast to support a whole range of outdoor activities, ensuring they stay functional when you need them most,” Magpul said in a statement. “Our lens and mirror selections are designed to enhance your visual perception across a variety of changing environments and light conditions, and we offer polarized options throughout our eyewear line to decrease glare while you’re outdoors.”
The Terrain is best suited for medium to large faces while the Summit pairs with small to medium faces. The Explorer is the company’s casual design, designed for users who want the protection of ballistic impact protection but don’t wish to sacrifice style in doing so. All three glasses feature three frame colors for users to choose — black, gray or tortoise — in addition to a range of colored, polarized and non-polarized lenses.
Magpul says a limited number of the eyewear will go on sale on the site immediately with the full lineup available in stores and online in the coming weeks. The Magpul Explorer glass retail for $139 while the Terrain and Summit offer a price tag of $149.
A collector of the unorthodox and borderline eccentric MB Associates GyroJet holds school on the platform that had its own cameo in a 1960s Bond film.
Sean with Really Great Gear, who happens to have several of the vintage rocket guns, touches on their peculiarities and appearance in the hands of “Tiger Tanaka” and assorted ninjas in 1967’s You Only Live Twice in the above video.
ICYMI, the RGG channel also recently did some in-depth test firing of these (very quiet and surprisingly effective for their age) rocket guns in conjunction with Jeff and Danny of the channel Taofledermaus.
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“To feed him, take his lunch box and push it into his tummy like this,” explains Van Cleave, while loading the magazine. “Just remember to point Puppy Pistol’s mouth right at the middle of the bad man. If he has a big fat tummy, point at that.”
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