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TacStar recently debuted new shotgun accessories, adding Carbon Fiber Magazine Extensions for both Benelli and Mossberg shotguns.
The Carbon Fiber Mag Extensions deliver a “unbeatable strength to weight ratio,” according to TacStar. Averaging four times lighter than comparable steel extension tubes, the Carbon Fiber set up delivers durability in addition to weight saving.
“These extensions are about four times lighter than traditional steel tubes; however, they are much stronger,” TacStar said in a news release. “The carbon fiber offers durability and toughness to go along with lightweight, making it the perfect material for extension tubes.”
The mag extensions boast a high visibility follower, machined from solid aluminum, to improve overall feeding in addition to a barrel magazine clamp. Extensions are available in seven-, eight- and 10-shot capacities with the seven-shot adding two rounds, the eight-shot adding rounds and the 10-shot adding five rounds to overall capacity on Benelli and Mossberg shotguns.
TacStar says the extensions, which are easy to install, are in stock through Lyman and retail for $79.
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Although the weapons used to kill 10 at Santa Fe High School last week were not of the type regulated by proposed gun restrictions, some are undeterred in continued calls for a ban on assault weapons.
Reports from the Texas high school have the 17-year-old gunman armed with a pump-action shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver that were legally owned by his father. Nonetheless, advocates for a sweeping ban on semi-autos, such as the AR-15 and others, have increased their demands for gun control measures that include a ban on “black rifles” and the like.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer forecast that school shootings would endure without such a federal prohibition, saying, “Until Republicans in Congress stop blocking meaningful action on gun violence and instead work together to enact commonsense background check laws and ban the most deadly assault weapons, none of us can truly expect this carnage to lessen.”
Hoyer’s words were echoed in the Senate where Dianne Feinstein, author of the initial federal assault weapon ban, stated plainly that, “The time for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks,’red-flag’ laws & a ban on bump stocks is NOW!”
While state and federal assault weapon bans focus primarily on rifles while pistols and shotguns only regulated in part, data from the FBI shows that year over year for the past half-decade more homicides are attributed to handguns by far than any other weapon. In fact, rifles account for fewer murders on average than blunt objects or “personal weapons” such as hands and fists. It should be noted that the assailants in at least two high-profile mass shootings — the 1991 Luby’s shooting and the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting — exclusively used a pair of handguns each to kill 23 and 31 people, respectively.
Shotguns, typically seen as among the most pedestrian of firearms found in the country’s home gun racks and in the hands of hunters and sportsmen alike, are rarely targeted in bans, with exceptions made for those with “military features” that have gotten negative publicity. Even avowedly pro-gun control Vice President Joe Biden championed the use of a shotgun as the staple home defense article while slamming AR-15s in the same breath.
Still, media giant USA Today piqued their ongoing coverage of the Santa Fe shooting over the weekend with a headline that described the killer’s weapons as “less lethal,” a term associated with pepper spray and tasers.
Po Murray, chair of Newtown Action Alliance, released a statement Monday that acknowledged the Sante Fe High School shooter “used his father’s shotgun and a .38 revolver to kill 10 students and educators and injure others,” then proceeded to demand that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan hold a vote on 56 gun control bills, with a pending assault weapon ban on the top of the list. The ban would regulate neither of the weapons used in Texas.
As for gun rights groups, their take on the argument over bans and more regulation on firearms in the aftermath of a horrific mass shooting that it is just a blame game that never loops back around those who actually pulled the trigger.
“They are so preoccupied with demonizing gun owners and eroding the Second Amendment that they have either lost sight of the goal of taking dangerous or deranged criminals off the street, or that was never their intention in the first place,” said Alan Gottlieb, with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “If all they can do is blame innocent citizens while diverting attention from murderous monsters, then it is time to ask these people just whose side they are on.”
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a schedule of roundtable discussions on school security this week in response to the state’s deadliest school shooting in nearly 50 years.
Beginning Tuesday, advocates on both sides of the gun debate will join students, parents, teachers and legislators in three days of dialogue regarding hardening schools, improving mental health services, arming teachers and enacting stricter firearm regulations after a teenage gunman killed 10 and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School on Friday.
“I am seeking the best solutions to make our schools more secure and to keep our communities safe,” Abbott said. “I look forward to hearing from all sides of the debate, and from expert perspectives on these issues. Working together, we can ensure a safe learning environment for students and safer communities for all Texans.”
Texas Gun Sense said Monday Abbott invited the gun control group to participate in the discussions. Executive Director Gyl Switzer called the opportunity “an honor” and said the group will prioritize discussions on universal background checks, safe storage education, extreme risk protection orders and suicide prevention.
“We hope that this will be the first of many productive meetings and discussions that will lead to meaningful improvements in Texas law and reduce gun violence in the state,” he said. “We believe that the time has come for this meeting and we are pleased to participate.”
Friday’s shooting at the suburban Houston high school so far hasn’t inspired the same level of activism witnessed after the Parkland massacre in February. Instead, some Texas officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, think the problem lies in flawed school design.
“There aren’t enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit. You would be talking twenty-five-, thirty-, forty thousand people,” Patrick said during a press conference Friday. “But if we can protect a large office building or a courthouse or any major facility, maybe we need to look at limiting the entrance and the exits into our schools so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people who come in one or two entrances.”
Patrick said the solution might be costly, but its necessary. “We need to do the work and do the money to protect the children the best we can,” he said. “In other words, we may need to harden our schools and make them safer.”
Fewer entrances may have prevented 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Jr. from concealing his father’s Remington 870 shotgun and .38-caliber revolver under a long coat on a hot day unnoticed, Patrick alleged. Instead, the teen murdered eight students and two teachers during a 30-minute shooting spree Friday morning before surrendering to police in a hallway.
Thirteen others, including School Resource Officer John Barnes, suffered injuries during the attack. Barnes underwent emergency surgery for a shotgun blast to the arm and remains hospitalized.
Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady confirmed the names of the victims over the weekend: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone, Aaron Kyle McLeod and teachers Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale. “Please keep the families in your thoughts as they mourn this tragic loss,” Roady said.
Police charged Pagourtzis with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant. He’s in solitary confinement on suicide watch at the Galveston County Jail. Few other details surrounding why Pagourtzis snapped have emerged in the days since, though his family and other students have alleged bullying may have played a role. The police affidavit even indicates Pagourtzis spared students he liked “so they could tell his story.”
The district denied the bullying claims in a Facebook statement over the weekend and requested “mindful” dissemination of information out of respect for the bereaving families.
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“We have to be able to protect our property and our homes,” he said. “People work too hard for things for people coming in a stealing stuff.”
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The National Rifle Association opted to stay a lawsuit challenging age restrictions for gun buying in Florida instead of revealing the identities of the plaintiffs in the case. With the case in limbo, the NRA appealed the court’s ruling denying the organization from using pseudonyms for the two 19-year-old NRA members serving as plaintiffs in the case.
“NRA is unwilling to sacrifice these young adults to the perverted filth, hatred and threats of violence from gun ban supporters,” said Marion Hammer, head of the NRA’s Florida affiliate and former NRA president, in a statement. “We must stand up for the First Amendment right to protect the Second Amendment in court without being exposed to hate and violence from gun ban supporters.”
Although the judge overseeing the case expressed sympathy for the NRA’s reasoning — plaintiffs facing ridicule on the Internet for their political beliefs — he explained the NRA’s request to use fictitious names lacked precedent. Federal law permits using pseudonyms in cases deemed sensitive and the plaintiff faces reputational or economic risk.
Florida lawmakers set restrictions for gun buyers under the age of 21 in response to a 19-year-old gunman with an AR-15 rifle entering a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February and murdering 17 people and injuring 15 others. The measure applies the same age restrictions for buying a handgun to buying a long gun.
A student-led movement pressured lawmakers to pass gun control measures, but the activism also spurred resistance. Some political opponents — including conservative public figures and politicians — pushed back against student leaders by propagating a series of falsehoods, name calling and character attacks.
However, gun rights advocates raised concerns of their own, saying students taking a pro-gun stance received less attention in the media and faced consequences for doing it. Parkland student Kyle Kashuv, who has been hailed by the NRA for his vocal support for the Second Amendment, was criticized and even interviewed by police in April after posting a picture of himself with an AR-15 at a gun range.
The NRA had until May 21 to refile the complaint without the pseudonyms. But, with the case stayed in a Tallahassee federal court, the NRA’s appeal is pending in the U.S. District Court of Appeals in the Eleventh Circuit.
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We are not too far from the time when most handguns will have lasers as integrated aiming systems. Until then, we will continue to enjoy several types of add-on laser aiming systems, each with various pros and cons.
"So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them," writes Holmes.
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Glock secured a contract to supply São Paulo Military Police with the Glock 22 handgun, the company said in an announcement Friday.
The Georgia-based gun maker said it beat out competitors Beretta and Sig Sauer to mark the first time a Brazilian law enforcement unit solicited through an international competition.
“All tests were implemented in a very transparent and public manner as any interested party could participate in these tests as observers,” Patrick Voller, Glock’s America’s managing director, said in the statement.
According to the announcement, the competition included a 10,000-round endurance test without cleaning and a 2-meter drop test from six different angles for a total of 64 drops.
Glock said the international contract will provide 5,000 Glock 22 pistols — handguns chambered in .40 S&W — for the department’s special forces division.
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Sightmark revamps its Ultra Shot reflex sight inventory, introducing the RAM Series as the newest generation to grace the Ultra Shot lineup.
The RAM Series offers three models in total — R, A and M-Spec. The newest sights were designed for close-range use by both civilians as well as law enforcement and military operations. Created for use on the AR platform and shotguns, the RAM series are powered by a CR123A battery providing between 200 and 2,000 hours of battery life. The sights deliver a wide lens for quicker target acquisition that also aids in sustaining a wide field of view.
The Ultra Shot R-Spec, created for target shooters and hunters, offers four reticle options with red or green illumination. Equipped with a new low battery indicator, the reticle now blinks when the battery is low. Featuring 10 brightness levels and slotted for windage and elevation adjustments, the sight retails for $155.
The Ultra Shot A-Spec is constructed from aluminum and shockproof up to 8-feet. The A-Spec supplies the same updates as the R-Spec, but expands its features to include six night vision settings. This addition allows the A-Spec to work alongside night vision devices. The A-Spec comes in at $179.
Rounding out the series is the M-Spec LQD and M-Spec FMS models. Created for law enforcement, hunting and competition settings, the M-Spec series is waterproof up to 40-feet and can handle up to .50 BMC caliber recoil. The fixed mount M-Spec offers motion sensing activation with five minute shutoff with motion activation and 12-hour auto-off to conserve battery life.
The reflex sight also features an integrated retractable sunshade that reduces lens glare. The shade also works to protect the optic from the elements. The quick detach model provides an improved QD lever, maintaining a low profile that prevents the sights from snagging on gear or unlatching during fire. The M-Spec FMS retails for $ $239 while the LQD is priced at $299.
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An Air Force base in North Dakota is looking for some lost ordnance that has gone missing in the past few weeks.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is on the case of a box of 40mm ammunition for a Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher as well as an M240 general purpose machine gun discovered missing from Minot Air Force Base. The 32 grenades reportedly fell off a Humvee in a training area west of Parshall on May 1 and could not be found while the 7.62x51mm machine gun was discovered missing during a standard weapons inventory on May 16.
AFOSI is offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding the return of the grenades, which are “stable if unaltered” but could be dangerous if tampered with, as reported by Lt. Col. Jamie Humphries, chief of Public Affairs for the base.
Those with information are asked to contact the Air Force at (701) 723-7909.
Minot is part of the Air Force Global Strike Command and houses two main units: the 5th Bomber Wing which flies the famous B-52H Stratofortress, and the 91st Missile Wing which maintains 150 Minuteman III ICBMs in underground silos dispersed across the northwest part of the state.
News of the vanished weapons triggered a broadside from military satire site The Duffleblog, who mused that one of the giant 37-ton nuclear-tipped missiles had also somehow disappeared.
“It was just here,” said Lt. Jenna Singleton, a fictional missileer quoted in the parody. “Where the hell could this thing go?”
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Manticore Arms, currently based out of Illinois, brings a flare to the aftermarket accessory arena with aesthetically pleasing parts designed for a bevy of atypical guns that won’t leave consumers penniless in the buying process.
Formed in early 2010, Manticore Arms first developed an improved charging handle for the Steyr Aug. Launched later that year, Manticore’s Sven Jonsson said the majority of time in the early days of Manticore was spent learning the process.
“We saw a niche in the market where smaller run guns, i.e. things like the Steyr AUG, were not receiving aftermarket support and upgrades unlike the mass market guns like the AR-15,” Jonsson told Guns.com. “Most of the time (during the early days) was spent learning the specific 3D software that we now use for everything, building the initial molds and getting our webstore set up.”
Starting from a one man shop, Manticore has grown into a full design and manufacturing company today. Jonsson said watching the company grow and having the freedom to bring interesting products to market has been the most rewarding part of the journey.
“We get to do things the way we want and set the course, even if it is very different from how other companies in the industry operate,” Jonsson said. “We wrap function, aesthetics and value for the price into every product. We are ‘eggheads with a love for guns’ that put that engineering and design experience to work when developing a product.”
What started with a Steyr Aug charging handle has now morphed into a variety of products for multiple platforms. Manticore now boasts parts and accessories for the AK-47 and AK-74 as well as Bren 805, Scorpion Evo, IWI Tavor X95 and SAR as well as AR-15 variants and, of course, the Steyr Aug. The shop serves up products from rail systems, stocks and braces, charging handles, safety levers and muzzle devices.
Jonsson said the company is ever evolving, not satisfied with just producing what’s already on deck.
“(The future is) continued growth and being better well known in the firearms industry, including launching some firearms we are developing,” commented Jonsson.
For now, Manticore is content introducing field gear in 2018 in the form of chest rigs, mag pouches and sling options in addition to a series of shotgun specific products.
With a focus on function and aesthetics wrapped in a value driven package, Manticore continues to push forward engineering and developing an array of designs for consumers who appreciate a little outside the box thinking that doesn’t entirely break the bank.
“If you want accessories or upgrades with good looks and a well thought out designs for a great price we are your people!” Jonsson said.
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