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Minnesota-based Guns.com will showcase its new e-Commerce platform, designed specifically to support local gun dealers, during SHOT Show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from Jan. 22-25, 2019.
“Guns.com is unique in so many ways than other e-Comm platforms in the marketplace. We set out to be different on purpose and you see that right away. We only list for brick and mortar storefronts and we make it very easy for them to interact with us, list products and manage listings,” said Jeff Tesch, Director of Business Development for Guns.com. “With our engaging landing page and intuitive site navigation, we also make it very easy for consumers to shop.”
Guns.com recognized that customers shop online for the best price and more often than not end up buying a new gun from a random dealer who has to ship it to a local FFL. In the end, the money the buyer thought they’d save is eaten away by transaction and shipping fees. And the local dealer is equally frustrated as the same gun sits in their display case. Guns.com’s system merges the convenience of shopping online with the simplicity of buying from a local dealer.
“Our platform embraces a new way of doing business — a modern way of doing business. The future of retail is online and Guns.com has been built from the ground up digital and to operate in a digital world,” said Mark Sims, Guns.com Senior Buyer.
Sims explained, as retail evolves, the Guns.com e-Comm platform will give local shops all across the country a competitive advantage by giving them tools to market online. “Guns.com is a way for Joe’s Gun Shop to literally compete with big box retailers, which have their entire inventory online. We’re using the strength of the Internet to support the littlest guy,” Sims said.
Chris Wiggins, a Guns.com Business Development Manager, added that Guns.com will do way more than just host a dealer’s listing. “It’s our job to make selling guns easier. We have a very simple transactional model. We do all the work of selling the gun by paying transaction fees and managing communication between the consumer and retailer. We do all that for a payment at the very end of the transaction,” Wiggins said. “It’s a simpler way for a retailer to sell online because we take most of the busy work out of the process.”
“You don’t have to have the latest and greatest IT infrastructure, you don’t have to have a full-time IT manager building applications or site structure to sell guns online. If you’re willing to partner with us, Guns.com will take that burden off of you,” Wiggins said.
Visit Guns.com at booth #32203 during SHOT Show in the Law Enforcement showroom on Level 2 and get FREE stuff like hats, coffee tumblers and more!
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The Optika6 has joined Meopta USA’s riflescope lineup, offering a 30mm tube, 6x zoom and zero-reset turrets.
The Optika6 boasts the MeoBright lens coating, serving up edge-to-edge clarity and sharp imagery, according to Meopta USA. The riflescope series provides first focal plane reticle options with DichroTech reticles and battery-free illumination in various conditions. The Optika6 comes in two flavors — the Shooting series and Hunting series.
The Optika6 Shooting series will provide the following models to consumers: 1-6×24, 3-18×50, 3-18×56, 4.5-27×50 in addition to a 34mm model with ED glass designed to prevent chromatic aberration at higher magnifications. The Optika6 series all boast rubber-armored target turrets for a more positive grip.
The Optika6 Hunting series also brings several reticle options to the Optika6 series but in a second focal plane design with DichroTech reticles. The Hunting series delivers the following models: 1-6×24, 2.5-15×44, 3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50. The series includes capped turrets and rubber-armored metal caps.
Both series feature windage and elevation adjustments in MIL or MOA.
“Our goal is to deliver premium, European-quality optics to hunters and shooters at exceptional price points,” Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics, said in a press release. “The Optika6 line of riflescopes does just that while continuing to deliver the excellent low-light performance and optical clarity that has become synonymous with the Meopta brand.”
Garrison said the company split the riflescopes into two series to ease the strain of choosing the right scope.
“We have differentiated our Shooting and Hunting lines to make it easier for consumers to pick the scope that’s right for them, but obviously some hunters will find the first-focal-plane Shooting models more versatile, just as many target shooters will take our second-focal-plane Hunting series to the range.”
Optika6 pricing starts at $499 and tops out at $899.
Washington State Sen. Phil Fortunato just introduced legislation that would require lawmakers to pass a test before they could make new gun control laws.
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When you pit the only live-firing M60A1 in private hands in the country against a Land Rover on its last legs, the outcome is predetermined but nonetheless still interesting, especially in super slo-mo.
With the help of the Battlefield Vegas gang and “Dangerous” Bob Bigando, Full Mag dropped a 105mm projectile from said main battle tank through the running engine of a used Land Rover LR3. While Full Mag’s Richard Ryan says the Rover cost more to fix than it was worth, the tank round made short– yet spectacular– work of the engine compartment. Stick around for bonus footage of a recoilless rifle getting some backblast damage into what is left of the LR3’s hulk.
Guns.com’s own Ben Philipi caught up with the M60A1 at the recent Big Sandy Shoot and got the in-depth details.
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Thompson/Center Arms expands its lineup of T/CR22 rifles adding new camo patterns in Realtree and Mossy Oak.
Chambered in .22LR, T/CR22 will come in Realtree Edge or Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. The rifle comes with a green fiber optic front sight with adjustable rear peep sight. The T/CR22 boasts an integrated Picatinny style rail by which users can mount optics, in addition to a threaded muzzle for suppressors or other muzzle accessories. The T/CR22 tops its design off with a rugged yet lightweight Magpul co-branded composite stock.
“The T/CR22 rifle is perfectly suited for a fun day at the range or an afternoon of small game hunting, and we’re excited to add two popular new camouflage patterns to the line, giving our customers more finish options,” Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager of Thompson/Center Arms, said in a news release.
The T/CR22, decked out in Realtree Edge or Mossy Oak Break-Up, works with aftermarket 10/22 accessories and ships with a one 1-round detachable rotary magazine. The T/CR22 features a price tag of $419.
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Crafted by firearms polymath John Moses Browning in 1917 for the growing National Army being formed to fight the Kaiser and his buddies in Europe, the compact light machine gun was forward-thinking for its time. Unlike the awkward strips used by the bulky M1909 Benet-Mercie machine gun used by the Army, Browning’s new gun could be fired by a single soldier on the move and fed from a box magazine.
Further, as it could it be operated by a sole Doughboy, it added a serious volume of fire to advancing troops as it could rapidly accompany them across “No Man’s Land,” a feature that heavier Vickers and water-cooled M1917 sustained-fire machine guns were incapable of.
This led to the concept of “walking fire” in which the gun could be mounted with its butt against a belt attachment and fired continuously while charging across the shell-marked void to the German trenches was seen as the way to break stalemates in trench combat on the Western Front.
Capable of spitting out .30-06 rounds at 500-600 rounds per minute, the BAR could empty a 20-round detachable box magazine in just two seconds when wide open, which is a hell of a ride if you have ever experienced it.
The original WWI era gun, the M1918 was produced for just two years, with some 102,125 guns made by Colt, Marlin-Rockwell, and Winchester. These guns had no bipod, but did include a beefy checkered forend, sling attachments, and a thin flash hider.
The experimental M1918A1 was made in small numbers in 1937-38 and had a large bipod with spiked feet set forward of the foregrip.
The M1918A2 was brought about in 1940 with a lot of input from the Army. Some 229,000 of these guns were made from 1940-1953 by IBM, New England Firearms, and the Royal McBee Typewriter Company.
They are two-speed full auto only, have a the flat-footed bipod attached to the conical flash hider (usually the first item that GIs threw away), a rate of fire reducer, a smaller uncheckered forend, and a shoulder rest on the butt.
Nonetheless, the big BAR also soldiered on in Korea, Vietnam and elsewhere that surplus military aid from the 1940s lingered.
Today, prices on intact and transferrable M1918s start at about the $10K mark due to the Hughes Amendment and head up from there.
But if you have a pallet of .30-06 you don’t want anymore, they are just the ticket.
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Two men from Toledo, Ohio face federal charges for a gun store heist in the nearby town of Oregon caught on surveillance in November.
Emmanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, stole nearly four dozen guns, six suppressors and four gun bags from Towers Armory just in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2018. According to court documents, the men climbed onto the roof and crawled through the store’s ventilation system, leaving behind trace DNA on a red pry bar abandoned at the scene.
Surveillance footage from a nearby business recorded the men — dressed in hats, gloves and Jason Voorhees masks — loading the stolen guns into a Toyota Camry before driving away. Police later towed the vehicle from Riley’s mother’s house and searched inside, finding a sweatshirt and masks matching the clothing seen on video. Cell phone records place Riley and Whitaker within one mile of the gun store during the time of the burglary, according to court documents.
“There is no place in our society for those who use firearms for violent purposes, including those who steal firearms to further their criminal pursuits,” said Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels to bring those individuals to justice.”
The case falls under the purview of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program targeting gun-related violence in the nation’s most dangerous cities. First launched in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods became the centerpiece of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s strategy for reducing crime across the nation — a goal President Donald Trump set for him soon after taking office in 2017.
“Taking what we have learned since the program began in 2001, we have updated it and enhanced it, emphasizing the role of our U.S. Attorneys, the promise of new technologies, and above all, partnership with local communities,” he said. “With these changes, I believe that this program will be more effective than ever and help us fulfill our mission to make America safer.”
The department awarded $98 million in grants to understaffed local law enforcement agencies and “seed money” to support investigations targeting gangs and traffickers. Some 20 U.S. Attorneys Offices also received 40 additional prosecutors tasked with reducing violent crimes in their respective district. The District of Kansas received more than $294,000 in federal funding last year to help increase weapons prosecutions.
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Battlefield Vegas blew people’s minds with their M60A1 tank firing it’s 105mm main gun at the Big Sandy Shoot.
Twice a year, the Big Sandy Shoot attracts a lot of guns, including many large caliber guns. One of the highlights of October 2018’s shoot was Battlefield Vegas’s M60A1 tank firing her 105mm M68 main gun.
Big gun expert Robert Bigando, who was responsible for prepping rounds fired from the tank at Big Sandy, told Guns.com that the projectiles being fired weighed roughly 23 pounds and were traveling approximately 2,650 feet per second. To do this, he packed nine pounds of gun powder into each enormous 105mm brass shell. According to Bigando, the tank is the only live-firing M60A1 in the country.
Battlefield Vegas is located in Las Vegas right behind the famous Circus Circus resort. It features over 500 machine guns that can be fired in their air conditioned indoor range. In the facility’s parking lot is a military vehicle museum that is free to the public.
Ron Cheney, the owner of Battlefield, has been collecting military vehicles and large caliber guns for years. Battlefield is currently in the process of opening an outdoor experience 25 minutes south of Las Vegas where tourists will be able to drive and fire tanks, shoot artillery guns, and even fire machine guns out of a helicopter gunship at targets in the desert.
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On the eve of SHOT Show, Taurus has moved into a higher level of .22LR offerings from the company by raising the curtain on the all-new TX22 rimfire pistol. The Brazilian-based handgun maker said they wanted a semi-auto that ran like a “custom-tuned pistol but comes at a price point that puts a competition-level handgun squarely in the budget of the mainstream shooter.”
As such, the single-action only striker-fired pistol has a 5-pound trigger with a short reset and fully adjustable rear sights. Suppressor-ready with 1/2x28TPI threads, the 4.1-inch barrel rests inside a 7075 aluminum slide that has been black hard-coat anodized. There are both front and rear slide serrations.
Weighing in at 17.3-ounces, unloaded, the TX22 has an overall length of 7.06-inches. Equipped with a frame-mounted accessory rail, the surface controls include a reversible mag release and an optional ambi manual safety.
Shipping with a pair of 16-shot magazines, the TX22 has an MSRP of $349, which will likely put it in the $299-ish area at your dealer. This puts it in the same neighborhood as the Walther P22 and undercuts the similar Ruger SR22 series, the latter of which has a suggested retail of $439.
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Built in 1912 by the Consolidation Coal Company (now Consol Energy) and named after one of their major investors, the town later picked up the early Thompson, which was advertised in the 1920s as an “Anti-bandit gun,” as added security for the burgeoning mining operation.
“The story we’ve always been told is they use it to guard the payroll when the money would come in on the train,” Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest told LEX 18.
Now, with the gun long ago turned over to the local police, city officials are looking to sell the NFA-regulated mega collectible rather than let it continue to rest in retirement at City Hall.
“It is sentimental, and there are some folks who would rather not do it,” said Depriest. “For what it would ever be used for, it’s too big and too heavy to carry. It’s too valuable to have out in a police car.”
The gun, which looks to be an early 1921 Colt model, is reported by WYMT to have a two-digit serial number. As such, the city is hoping to get between $75,000 and $110,000 for the vintage room broom.
The estimate is not too far off, as a four-digit 1921 sold in 2015 for over $80,000. However, similar guns have sold for closer to the $40-to-$50K mark. Last month, an early Colt tied to legendary FBI agent Melvin Purvis and gangster “Pretty Boy” Floyd went for $69,000 against an expected high of as much as twice that amount.
The move by the Kentucky city to part with their select-fire heirloom is not without precedent.
In 2014, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina asked county supervisors to swap a pair of early transferable Thompson submachine guns for a truckload of 88 new Bushmaster rifles. The sheriff’s Tommy guns were valued at $60,000 and had been gifted to the department by a local tobacco company in the 1930s. Similarly, towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania have since moved to sell vintage “Chicago Typewriters” left over from the Prohibition-era.
Meanwhile, two years ago, police in St. Louis sold 27 of that Missouri city’s stockpile of 30 Tommy guns as part of a $1.2 million deal worked out with a national firearms distributor.
Those interested in the Jenkins gun and the stamp collecting that comes with it can contact the city police department as local officials weigh their options. The money raised from the sale of the Thompson will be recycled into the local PD’s coffers.
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Meprolight USA unveils a new weapon sight, the Mepro Foresight, that serves up tactical data on the transparent optical lens.
The augmented weapon sight offers real-time data to shooters including battery level, sensor data, Bluetooth connectivity and, eventually, a shot counter. Boasting five preset reticles and 10 digital zeroing profiles or user profiles, the Mepro Foresight introduces a built-in compass in addition to an inside leveler. Equipped with a built-in sensor, the Mepro Foresight delivers automatic brightness adjustment to users.
Users can update profiles via Bluetooth on the Meprolight’s mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices. The Mepro Foresight brings an overall dimension of 4.6-inches by 2.35-inches by 2.65-inches and weight of 9.9-ounces.
“The Mepro Foresight is a game changer when it comes to optic solutions for the tactical or sport shooter,” Meprolight USA said in a news release. The Mepro Foresight will appear at SHOT Show but won’t be available until April 2019. No word yet on pricing.
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Cobalt Kinetics unveiled a limited edition Edge rifle — the Winter 2019 Edge — decked out in a sleek white and black look.
Chambered in .300 BLK, the Winter 2019 Edge boasts a 14.5-inch black nitride barrel with 1-in-8-inch twist and Cobalt 7.62 Linear Comp. The rifle pairs its barrel with an M-16 nickel boron BCG and 16-inch M-LOK handguard. Cobalt Kinetics has kicked up the design with other features to include a Hogue over-molded grip, ambidextrous controls and charging handle, extended mag release and DMR Adjustable Trigger.
The design is topped off with the company’s Dual Drop System. The Dual Drop System brings a second forward assist control on the left side of the upper. The second control is mechanically connected to the right side assist as well as the bolt catch. Shooters can press either forward assist to release the bolt.
“This Limited Edition Edge rifle is for the shooter that wants something aesthetically special, that does not compromise when it comes to reliability or performance,” Cobalt Kinetics said on its site. “Not only does this rifle feature a beautiful gloss white Cerakote finish, but it also features fully ambidextrous controls, Cobalt’s patented Dual Drop System and an adjustable DMR trigger.”
Available in either rifle or carbine configuration, the Winter 2019 Edge rifle is running in limited quantities with only 50 set to be made. The rifle is priced between $2,700 to $2,999.
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Three weeks into the new year, it’s still unclear how 2018 stacked up against the rest of the decade in gun background checks — thanks to the longest government shutdown in history.
A spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation confirmed this week the ongoing impasse will delay the release of monthly totals for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System as federal agencies operate with limited staff.
Pending December’s totals, 2018 appeared on track to rank as the second busiest in FBI history for federal background checks — though estimated sales will likely fall to fourth or fifth place.
Background checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, however, the measurement isn’t perfect. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for maintaining licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month.
These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. Throughout 2018, these administrative-type checks inflated monthly totals, but didn’t translate into boosted sales.
Effects of the shutdown, however, extend beyond NICS. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives faces a growing backlog of license applications for new gun stores and NFA weapons.
Field agents, criminal analysts and operations investigators — those keeping tabs on federally licensed dealers remaining in compliance — keep working, according to a report from Boise State Public Radio, but those processing applications for new FFLs or suppressor transfers haven’t clocked in since last month.
The American Suppressor Association said the shutdown impacts applications stacking up at the NFA Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Although the agency is known to use contractors and overtime to process backlogs, consumers will experience a short increase in this process — for now.
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“To guarantee the legitimate right of defense, as president I am using this weapon,” Bolsonaro said as he held up the pen he used to sign the decree. “I signed this decree, created by many upstanding people, so that at this first moment, upstanding citizens can have peace inside their homes,” Bolsonaro explained.
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Governor Northam (D) has a plan to reduce the number and types of firearms Virginia residents can purchase and possess.
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