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One fateful day, a European monarchy fell to the unstoppable power of popular revolution. It all started with a pocket pistol and M1907.
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Details are few and far between, but it looks like Mauser is set to reboot their classic Mauser 98 rifle with DWM brand markings.
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If you’re an aficionado of high-end guns and catch yourself in the Birmingham-area you should stop by Caliber. Located just a stone’s throw from the Magic City in Homewood the gun store is instantly recognizable. It’s a striking balance of concrete and wood, inviting you in to check out some of the most iconic and sought-after guns in the country.
“What’s really interesting about the opportunity to set this store up is that we were able to have a floor but no ceiling,” said Joe Speer, the gunsmith at Caliber. Inside the gallery, there’s everything from practical Winchester .22s to the exclusive 2 millionth commemorative Browning to the unattainable Izumi Beretta shotgun valued at a cool $250,000.
Don’t worry if you don’t have hundreds or tens of thousands of dollars to drop on your next firearm, they got the everyman covered too. Neatly tucked away in the store you’ll find a plethora of guns ranging from AR’s to Glocks the average Joe can afford. It truly is a store that anyone can walk into with any budget and walk out happy.
In addition to the guns, Caliber caters to the hunter and outdoorsman who wants to look fashionable afield. “We are a gun gallery of course, but we are so much more,” said Cameron Iversen, Caliber’s assistant manager. She showed off the vast selection of shooting shirts, watches, sunglasses, belts, and of particular interest knives and tomahawks.
Iversen explained Caliber features a number of knives in their collection. Everything from the big names like CRKT to local Alabama knife makers range the gamut. Of particular interest in the bladed weapons was the McCoun Tomahawks they had for sale. “Believe or not, we cannot keep these in stock. They are all handcrafted and hand-forged and make for excellent gifts,” she said.
Caliber is a gun store like no other I’ve ever come across. It’s like walking into a car store where you could buy a Bugatti and a Ford Escape all in the same place. If you ever find yourself in Homewood, I highly suggest stopping by. Even if it’s for nothing more than to take in some beautiful guns and friendly conversation.
Since the NRA was founded almost 150 years ago, our adversaries have repeatedly tried to take
us down. Today is no different.
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Chambered initially in .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor, both models of the new Ruger American Rifle Hunter series use Magpul’s new short action Hunter American stocks. Introduced by the Texas-based accessory company as a $300 aftermarket stock last year, the Hunter American has a cast aluminum bedding block and is fully adjustable across length of pull and comb height. The stocks incorporate a Magpul PMAG 5-round 7.62 AC detachable magazine.
The rifles come standard with a 20-inch five-groove heavy-contour that ends with 5/8x24TPI threads and a Ruger Precision Rifle hybrid muzzle brake similar to those used on the Ruger American Ranch series. Other features include a factory-installed, one-piece Picatinny scope base and Ruger’s Marksman adjustable trigger that can be tuned by the user from between 3 and 5 pounds. Overall length is 43.25-inches with all of the stock inserts installed and weight is 9.2-pounds without optics.
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SIG Arms just released sell sheets to dealers for new versions of two of their favored pistols. The P365 gets supersized to the P365XL, and the P320 X5 enters the Legion club.
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Shell Shock Technologies Sponsored Shooter John Vlieger Wins Open Division, Second Overall at the 2019 LimCat Custom and Precision Delta Mississippi Classic
Vlieger has fired over 55,000 rounds of ammunition with Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3cases since becoming sponsored in 2017 and plans to continue using it.
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Magnum Research‘s new .429 DE cartridge shows potential but how does it compare to the legacy .44 Magnum and .50 AE rounds? To find out, Scott with Kentucky Ballistics managed to get his hands all three and pits them against each other on a pine board test while running a chrono.
The new .429 DE is essentially a .50 AE necked down to accept a .44 slug with a sharp 30-degree shoulder and a neck long enough to hold a 240-grain bullet without setback under recoil. Capable of producing velocities in the 1,600 fps range with 240-grain bullets (and 1,750 fps with 210s), Magnum Research says the resulting cartridge has a 25 percent uptick in velocity and 45 percent increase in energy over a .44 Mag from a 6-inch barrel.
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What two things go great together in Texas? You might be thinking cowboys and rodeos but, in this case, it’s trucks and guns. Meet Chris Moss, owner of Hill Country Truck Store and Firearms in Canyon Lake, Texas.
But he isn’t just the owner, he’s also a member, so to speak. He explained he picked a Sig Sauer P365 as his every day carry because of the capacity. The compact pistol comes with two 10-round magazines from the factory. And now that Sig offers a new 12 round mag, Moss said he thinks you just can’t beat having the that kind of capacity in a concealed carry gun
“It has a very crisp trigger pull with a reset, has minimal recoil, and as a compact 9-millimeter,” he said. “I appreciate the gun’s sleek design, and the size is perfect for every day carry.”
Moss said he likes to keep things simple, so what he carries and what he has in his home for self-defense takes the same round. “If I’m ever in a situation where I’m scrambling for ammo it’s always going to be 9mm,” he said, naming Hornady’s Critical Defense as his favorite. “It’s 115 grains of reliable, threat stopping ammunition.”
Prior to carrying the Sig, Moss leaned toward the popular Heckler & Koch VP9 SK. “I am a huge (Heckler & Koch) fan but when Sig came out with the 12-round magazine, I switched saying ‘you just can’t beat that for the money,'” he said.
Moss is currently trying out a new holster, an Exo strike force style, that carries an additional magazine.
“If ya’ll feel like having fun and exploring what we’ve put together at my place, (also known as the “Redneck Toys R Us”) look us up and come on by,” he said.
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Concealed carry without belt loops offers a unique problem to the concealed carry world. How does one safely retain a firearm on body in gym shorts, leggings, skirts or dresses without the security of belt loops? While a host of belly band style options exist on the market, there’s one more that’s recently entered the scene – Tactica Defense Fashion’s Belly Band Holster.
The Tactica Belly Band brings a slightly different take on the belly band style touting itself as a more comfortable and secure concealment option; but does it stack it up to other models and will it make for better on-body concealed carry?Tactica Belly Band Basics
The Tactica Belly Band brings together fabric and a hard-shell molded design, spinning them into one, complete concealed carry design. The belly band offers an elastic, neoprene band fitted with a molded shell in the effort of providing a more secure alternative to the classic fabric belly band. Fastened to the front of the belly band, the shell is canted in what the company says is a more natural grip. The band wraps around the carrier then loops through a strap ring before fastening and securing with hook and loop. The addition of this extra security measure, the strap ring, continues the Tactica Belly Band’s move towards security and retention.
The neoprene band features a steel spring which adds structure and stability while allowing the carrier to tote a gun without that familiar, fabric floppy feeling. Like most belly bands, sizes are specific – starting at small and running to XXXL. In order to ensure a proper fit, Tactica does list its sizing information on site so gun owners can measure for precise fitting. Due to its molded holster, the Tactica Belly Band also requires gun owners to input gun manufacturer and whether they are right or left handed.
The list of gun makers is rather small with most of the popular concealed carry handguns – Glock, Kimber, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield and Walther – represented. However, the company is fairly new, so it’s likely that more gun makes and models will broaden that list in the future.Concealed Carry with the Belly Band
Having tested and evaluated a slew of belly band models in the past, I was curious how the Tactica Defense Belly Band would stack up against competitors. Initially, I noted that its band seems smaller than other belly bands, occupying less space around my midsection. A plus if you tend to get hot and sweaty under loads of fabric, the smaller width feels less constricting.
The addition of a molded shell also elevates this design. Demonstrating the seriousness with which Tactica takes safety, the molded shell protects the trigger while safely retaining the firearm. Retention itself can be adjusted through a set of screws and key wrench, all provided in the nifty zippered pouch the belly band ships within. When the Tactica Belly Band arrived, its retention was a little too tight for my liking. Struggling to remove my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield from its grasp, I adjusted the retention to a healthy balance of security yet access.
While we’re on the topic of the molded shell, it’s important to note that its design differs in that the shell is canted. While wearing, concealed carriers pull the gun from an almost horizontal angle versus a straight vertical draw. The aim is better concealment and what the company says is a “more natural draw” for the carrier. While beginners venturing into the concealed carry world for the first time might be satisfied with this draw, those of us accustomed to no cant in traditional AIWB will find the draw takes some time to feel comfortable and familiar. This is definitely a system owners should train on, putting in time to draw and dry fire before committing to carrying.
Due to its canted design and lack of a claw, wedge or other accessory, the Tactica Belly Band won’t work with every outfit in the closet. Despite providing a deep concealment style, the shell and orientation brings with it some bulk. I wore the Tactical Belly Band in a variety of outfits during the course of testing, eventually learning the holster worked best with looser fitting clothes. In t-shirts and more fitted blouses, the grip of the gun stuck out too far causing an odd-looking protrusion from my midsection. Moving it lower, below the belt line helped some, but negates the purpose of the belly band which is designed to be worn a little higher.
This lack of concealment in tighter fitting clothes is common among belly bands with a kydex or molded shell. It’s the nature of the beast, so to speak, when adding extra layers to a system; however, the safety of a molded holster design far outweighs the fashion limitations. It’s also worth noting that when partnered with looser clothing or patterned fashion styles, the Tactical Belly Band excellently conceals the firearm. With a looser blouse, the belly band covered my Shield with no one the wiser.
Though I experienced difficulties concealing the Shield in every outfit in my wardrobe, the Tactica Belly Band worked exceptionally well at staying in place. Jogging after my kids, running errands and just generally moving about my house, the Tactica Belly Band stayed put, not straying from its original position. I credit that to the company’s decision to add a steel spring embedded into the band material in addition to its strap ring. The belly band’s fabric feeds through the ring and doubles back on itself partially to secure with hook and loop. This tiny addition makes all the difference in adding structure to the belt, which helps it maintain some rigidity even with a loaded 9mm in place.Final Thoughts
Entering into a crowded concealed carry holster market is dangerous business, but Tactica Defense Fashion does so with the backing of a holster that meets the needs of female concealed carriers. Blending safety, retention and the ability to wear yoga pants into one holster, the Tactica Belly Band serves as a good option for those looking for versatility without belt loops. The Tactica Belly Band retails for $69.99.
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Beto O'Rouke's plan to stop gun violence should sound really familiar. Because it isn't his.
LMT Defense this week announced they have successfully relocated their manufacturing plant and headquarters from Illinois to Iowa and are busy filling a huge new military contract.
The company, formerly known as Lewis Machine & Tool, moved from their Milan, Illinois home of four decades to nearby Eldridge, Iowa. The new facility, reportedly more than twice the size of their older one, will better allow for company growth as it consolidates three separate operations under a single roof, which should yield a more streamlined process.
“We are tremendously excited by the opportunities provided by room to grow, expand, and improve our manufacturing processes and capabilities,” said the company in a statement. “LMT Defense was able to quickly and efficiently perform a move, of dozens of class-leading CNC machines, over 120 employees, and nearly 40 years of experience in just a matter of a few weeks.”
While the shift is only about 25 miles south as the crow-flies, LMT president Karl Lewis told local media earlier this year that the atmosphere was more welcoming in the Hawkeye State than in the Land of Lincoln, with a succession of Iowa governors assisting in laying the groundwork for the move.
“For us, Iowa has a better climate,” Lewis said. “The people are more receptive to the needs of business and Eldridge is still part of the Quad-Cities.”
The company last week also confirmed that the Estonian Defense Forces have selected LMT Defense from a field of 12 companies to provide as many as 16,000 rifles to that NATO country’s military. The rifle will be from LMT’s MARS series, including the AR-15 type and AR-10 type rifles, in addition to LMT-produced 40mm grenade launchers. The contract with Estonia, set to run through 2021, includes an option for the purchase of additional weapons through 2026.
The Estonian award is not the first large overseas small arms contract for LMT, as the company is fresh off supplying the New Zealand military with over 9,000 of that country’s new MARS-L rifles. This came after a $30 million deal for DMR rifles with the United Kingdom in 2009.
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From motorcycle-mounted Vickers machine guns to Glisenti pistols and Winchester Trench Guns, this amazing supercut has you covered.
Over a four year period, the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association compiled a series of more than 50 clips of Great War period (1914-1918) guns being fired. The above 40-minute mashup starts with a vintage Matchless motorcycle combination with a sidecar mounted Vickers machine gun and just gets better from there.
Running through the machine guns to include the Chauchat, Lewis, and others, they move into the pistols and revolvers of WWI with everything from the Russian Nagant 1895 and classic Colt 1911 to Spanish .455 S&W clones and a Broomhandle Mauser C96.
Then comes the rifles, ranging from British classics that aren’t seen very often such as the Lee-Metford 1888, Jeffrey 1908 magazine bolt-action rifle .333 Jeffrey (good luck finding that at an ammo dealer!) and an SMLE Sniper to a Russian-contract Winchester 1895 magazine lever-action rifle in 7.62x54R. There are also such neat-o finds as a Chandler Trench Periscope adaptation of a Long Lee-Enfield Rifle and a Winchester trench shotgun slam-fire demo.
More detail on each of the demos over at the HBSA’s site.
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Firearms instructors across the nation will band together to provide free training courses to teachers as part of the annual National Train a Teacher Day on July 20.
The second year running, the day looks to encourage medical, concealed carry, firearms and tactical instructors to offer free training opportunities to anyone who works in a school. The hope is to better prepare school staff for unfortunate events. A collaborative effort originating from ScotShot instructor Grant Gallagher and Trigger Pressers Union founder Klint Macro, the grassroots initiative emphasizes the movement is all-encompassing and doesn’t just set its sights on firearms classes.
“We have an open agenda that if these people are ever in a horrible situation they should have something that they can go to that suits their personal interest,” Gallagher told Guns.com at the Concealed Carry Expo. “For some people that might be getting armed. Some might be interested in using a tourniquet. Some people might want to know tips to secure a classroom.”
The idea formed after the Parkland school shooting. Gallagher said that many organizations were offering free training to school staff but there was no cohesiveness to it. To rectify that, Gallagher and Macro teamed up to focus free training on a national level by coordinating it on one day.
“We felt it would have more impact and would get more people if there was a one day focus. It would spread the word through a variety of different things and that was really the inspiration — to bring free training to teachers.” He added. “It’s happening all over the country on the same day, July 20. For people who are looking after children, it’s free. If you are a trainer anywhere in the country and you’ve got something that you’re offering then we would encourage you to help.”
This year Gallagher says more companies have joined to lend their support including the U.S. Concealed Carry Association and Taser Self-Defense. For their part, Taser Self-Defense is sending two free cartridges per student in addition to brochures and information.
“We think it’s a great opportunity and a great cause to get behind. It’s important to support teachers,” Sara Morrell told Guns.com. “Training is so important. Competence breeds confidence and we want teachers to be competent with their device — whether it’s a Taser device, gun or pepper spray. The more confident and trained you are, the more effective and safe you are.”
Any instructor in the tactical, firearms, concealed carry or medical training fields interested in providing free training to school staff is invited to register a course online for National Train a Teacher Day. Teachers and staff looking for free training opportunities can also visit the National Train a Teacher Day website to find resources nearby.
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When planning to buy a concealed carry handgun people tend to conflate “best” with “small,” but small relates to different people in different ways. Six-foot-two Bert weighing 240 pounds may see a compact pistol as small in his ever expanding waistband whereas 5-foot-4 Ernie weighing 120 pounds finds the same gun too big for his skinny jeans. Therefore, “practical” might be the preferred definition. The best concealed carry handgun is what’s most practical for you.
As the term implies, a concealed carry handgun is one you could carry without alerting others to the gun’s presence. The goal when selecting a concealed carry handgun is finding one that gives you a sense of security, but also holsters comfortably and remains hidden until you access it. While this list will mention brands and specific models, their use will illustrate attributes of handguns as they relate to concealed carry. Here are the five best handgun options for concealed carry.1. Compact Handguns
Gun manufacturers tend to scale down their full-size handguns to fit the compact size as a way to offer another option. That way, the gun itself includes many of the same features as its full-size counterpart but in a smaller package. Features like an accessory rail or adjustable sights and a larger magazine capacity make compact pistols a desirable option for carry. But how practical is it to conceal a compact handgun?
When making a compact pistol, gun makers typically cut down both the barrel and grip by about an inch. What remains is a balanced pistol that allows almost all shooters to utilize a full three-finger grip. While the size reduction does make the gun more practical to conceal, in many cases a compact handgun is comparable to a full-size handgun and maybe still too big to conceal for anyone with a medium to small frame.
The Beretta PX4 Storm Compact is a good example. The Italian gun maker took the full-size pistol and reduced the barrel from 4 inches to 3.27 and the grip from 5.51 inches to 5. The changes make the capable duty weapon still large enough for service yet convenient to carry either open or discreetly.2. Snub-nosed Revolvers
The term “snub-nosed” applies to a revolver with a frame of any size but with a barrel length of 3 inches or less. That description makes it notably different than semi-automatic handguns (besides the cylinder, obviously). Instead of a shortened barrel and grip, a snubby is determined only by how short the barrel is.
Snub-nosed revolvers became popular as concealed carry took on a more mainstream appeal. The benefit to a snub-nosed revolver is simplicity. No matter the quality of the gun or ammunition, the cylinder will rotate with every pull of the trigger.
When people think snub-nosed revolver, they typically envision a Smith & Wesson J-Frame, an indicator that applies to a range of Smith & Wesson revolvers. Although traditionally known to be chambered in .38, there are actually a variety of calibers. On top of that, many economical brands like Charter Arms and Taurus Firearms produce models that closely resemble the Smith & Wesson design.3. Subcompact Handguns
Much like compact handguns, gun makers tend to smush their full-size pistols even more to make their subcompacts. While the smaller dimensions make them much easier to carry, they tend to be harder to shoot. You’re controlling the same caliber on a much smaller platform. None is more demonstrative than Glock pistols.
The Glock 26 is noticeably smaller than the standard Glock 17, yet, still a 9mm Glock pistol with Glock action, superb capabilities and a relatively high round count for its size (10 rounds) thanks to its double-stack magazine. It’s just the grip now only allows for a two-finger hold on a rather bulky handle.
However, other manufacturers start their designs as subcompacts. Kahr Arms, for example, specializes in concealed carry pistols. These are usually smaller, slimmer and more intuitive than the subcompact in a series. A slim subcompact is attributable to the magazine design, what’s called a single-stack in which cartridges fill in one top of one the other.4. Slimline Handguns
A slimline pistol is a subcompact, but we’re identifying it as a category on its own because multiple reputable brands have altered duty-pistol designs to fit the bill. Glock, for instance, has the Glock 43 — 43x and 48 — and Smith & Wesson has the M&P Shield. The effort was to create a smaller gun with the familiarity of their popular base models.
While slim pistol designs are comparable to subcompacts, the identifying factor is that they measure in at about an inch in width. The slimness makes them easier to conceal and the functionality more intuitive. These designs are possible, again, because the manufacturer redesigned the gun around a single-stack magazine.5. Pocket Pistols
Some call these “get off me guns” since they’re designed to be used in a sudden, reactionary way. Like when a robber tries to ambush you as you try to enter your car. In that scenario, things like sights and trigger pull matter very little as you pump lead into the attacker from an arm’s length away.
The best way to identify a pocket gun is when it fits in your pant’s pocket with ease. For such uber concealability the tradeoff is often limited caliber options and reduced magazine capacity. It’s a delicate balance. Gun makers want the gun to hold as many rounds as possible but of a caliber large enough for you to successfully defend yourself.
Traditionally, derringers are seen as the ultimate pocket pistol, but advancements in technology have changed that. Diamondback Firearms, for example, started making handguns ideal for life in balmy Florida, where summer lasts a mere 11 months out of the year. With a Diamondback pistol your options are .380 or 9mm and whatever color matches your cargo shorts that day.Conceal and Carry On
No doubt, smaller is certainly easier to conceal and carry, but smaller isn’t always practical. The best concealed carry handgun should strike the right balance for you. What’s easy to handle and what’s easy to carry.
The American rifle is available in calibers ranging from .223 Remington to .30-06 Springfield. Hunting, more than other countries in the Western world, lingers in America’s DNA. While the number of hunters in Europe and the rest of the industrialized world has declined with the rise of cities, hunting is still a major sport in […]