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Birchwood Casey debuts 2-in-1 Gong Target Hanger

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:30

Birchwood Casey delivers the new 2-in-1 Gong Target Holder which offers a double mounting option. (Photo: Birchwood Casey)

The two-in-one Gong Target Holder is the latest accessory to sneak into Birchwood Casey’s lineup of target accoutrements.

The Gong Target Holder serves up a double mounting option featuring a steel hook on one side to hang a steel gong. The other side boasts a spring and bolt mount to attach a steel gong that will resonate with a little more sound, for a more “audible shooting experience” according to the company. The hardened steel hook is finished with a heavy duty powder for durability.

Mounting to standard dimension 2×4 lumber, Birchwood Casey says the Target Holder also works alongside the company’s 2×4 Gong Nested Stand, available separately.

The two-in-one Gong Target Holder is currently up for grabs from Birchwood Casey’s website, touting a price tag of $23.20. For those that want the full Birchwood Casey experience, the 2×4 Gong Nested Stand is also available online with a MSRP of $40.

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Going the Distance: Mossberg MVP Precision in .224 Valkyrie/6.5 CM — SHOT Show 2018

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:20

When we think of the name Mossberg, most of us instantly envision a shotgun. They have been the leader in American shotguns for decades, and recently have been crushing it out of the park with new products like the 590 magazine-fed and the Shockwave. But they are also a powerhouse in rifles. And this year they are stepping into the precision game, with the Mossberg MVP Precision.

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A-10 drops a four-pack of brrrt on speeding Taliban hatchback (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:00

You can run, but you can’t hide from an A-10 Thunderbolt II and its massive GAU-8 30mm cannon will leave a mark that won’t buff out.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command released full motion footage of an engagement betwixt an A-10 and what the service described as “a Taliban vehicle fleeing the scene of an attack in Kandahar.”

The short video shows a light-colored economy car beating feet down a dusty desert road only to be stopped by a string of 30mm rounds from the A-10. Zooming in on the stopped vehicle shows four basketball-sized holes punched in the top of the vehicle before another line of shells is applied for good measure. Although there is no sound in the footage, which has been redacted for operational security, just imagine lots of low “brrrrt” as 30mm foot applies to ass.

According to Centcom, the Taliban-mobile wasn’t out on an afternoon drive in the country looking for an aloha snack bar. “The insurgents in the vehicle were armed with a DShK heavy machine gun, which they had been using to attack the Afghan people,” said the Air Force.

The GAU-8/A, made by General Electric, is a 19-foot long 7-barreled rotary cannon that fires huge 30x173mm shells— each about the size of a catsup bottle as fast as 3,900 rounds per minute. Unloaded, the gun weighs more than 600-pounds.

Airmen feed 30mm ammo for an A-10 through an adapter before loading it into the ammo drum of a GAU-8/A cannon at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. A typical load is 1,174 rounds of the 24-ounce cartridges. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

Airmen remove a GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm cannon from an A-10C. The A-10’s cannon is inspected and cleaned once every 36 months or every 25,000 rounds fired. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

Little wonder the only aircraft designed to carry it, the A-10, which has been out of production since 1984, isn’t going to retire anytime soon, no matter how hard the Air Force brass tries.

If it ain’t broke…

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S&W New Editions to the M&P 2.0 Family — SHOT Show 2018

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:59

Last year, the release of the M&P 2.0 family of pistols was one of the biggest stories fo the year. Unlike other companies, Smith and Wesson seemed to listen to every customer critique over the preceding 10 years and fixed every one of them in the 2.0. Not some, spaced over the next 3 generations. All of them. Right now. Ready go.

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Stacking up a pair of classic Vietnam-era sub guns (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:30

The VSO Gun Channel pits two working full-fun submachine guns against each other that were commonly encountered in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s: the S&W 76 and MAT-49.

The nominally older of the two, the French MAT-49, was designed just after WWII by firearms engineer Pierre Monteil and was super simple to produce and operate. Made from a thick stamping of sheet steel, it had few components to break. Its action was a rudimentary blowback type, which eliminated an extractor. A heavy mainspring, a 7.7-pound empty weight, and a 1.3-pound bolt made the gun easy to control and its relatively slow 600-round per minute cyclic rate made three- to four-round bursts into a man-sized target quick to master.

It was the iconic French weapon used in Indochina.

Stacked against the MAT is the Smith & Wesson M76, which is a U.S.-built version of the classic “Swedish K” or Kulsprutepistol m/45, again, a very basic 9mm that was popular for generations and saw use by Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces types in Vietnam. A straight-blowback action weapon that fired from an open bolt, it hummed out NATO standard 9x19mm rounds from a 36-round Suomi-style stick mag at a controllable 600-round per minute cyclic rate.

But which is better? Thanks to Steve, a recently retired Veteran and SMG expert/collector, they take a stab at it. And be sure to stick around to hear the background on how Steve wound up lucking into the MAT.

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NRA Endorses Screnock for State Supreme Court

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:16
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Judge Michael Screnock for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 
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One-Millionth ACOG, New RMR 2 and AccuPoint Expansion — SHOT Show 2018

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:02

Trijicon was first to the game with the micro red dots, almost a decade ago. The purpose-built sights, sized to fit pistols, changed the game with red dot carry and suppressor ready guns. This year, they take that to the next level with theRMR 2.

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Oklahoma homeowner ‘fired to protect myself,’ ended home invasion (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:00

An armed homeowner was the victor following a shootout that ensued with two suspects during an attempted home invasion last week in Ada, Oklahoma.

“I got my gun out of the drawer because I heard someone smashing in here and I saw a flashlight beam,” homeowner Dennis Reif told reporters.

He heard commotion in his kitchen just before 3 am on Feb. 5. When he entered the room, he found himself face-to-face with Chris Born, who allegedly fired four shots at him but missed.

“I just quickly leveled (my gun) at him and fired to protect myself and he screamed and yelled he was hit,” Reif said, adding he had his trusty .38-caliber revolver. He shot Born twice in the chest.

Born fled the scene with his partner Dustin Hoots. After a short chase with police, Born was caught, but Hoots is still on the run. Two women in a separate vehicle were also arrested. Authorities think they served as look-outs for the two men.

[ KFOR ]

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Arkansas: Proposals Call for Revisiting Parts of Right-to-Carry Laws

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:02
Arkansas legislators want to revisit parts of a state law that allowed concealed handguns to be carried at college campuses, government buildings and other locations by those with additional training.
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California: Newsom launches first campaign ad

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:01
The ad also highlights Newsom’s efforts to bring universal health care to San Francisco residents and being at the vanguard of 2016’s successful Proposition 63, which banned the possession of large-capacity firearm magazines and passed over the opposition of the powerful National Rifle Association.
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Gun rights supporterss turn to Kansas Senate to stop restriction on campus carry

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:01
The Kansas State Rifle Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, has issued an “action alert” to its members, asking them to contact senators and drum up opposition in advance of a hearing Tuesday on House Bill 2042.
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Gun shows banned on Westchester County-owned property

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:00
New York's Westchester County executive has signed legislation banning gun shows on county-owned property.
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Shotgun owned by both the Lone Ranger and Tonto on the auction block

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:30

An engraved Lefever H Grade shotgun that has been owned by both the Lone Ranger (John Hart), who purchased it from his friend Tonto (Jay Silverheels), is up for grabs. (Photo: RIA)

Hi-Yo, Silver, a vintage double barrel owned by both the actor who played the fictional masked former Texas Ranger and the actor who portrayed his trusty sidekick, is up for sale by Rock Island Auction house this week.

The engraved Lefever SXS 12 gauge was obtained back in the 1950s by cowboy actor John Hart from his friend and co-star Jay Silverheels.

“Once in a while we used to find some time & do some shooting together,” wrote Hart in a 2002 letter concerning the shotgun. “We both put quite a few rounds through this double & it’s been a great shooter.”

Hart, a California native who passed away in 2009 at age 91, had a variety of roles before service in the Army during WWII provided an intermission to his acting career. By 1952, he was brought in to play the famous “masked man” in the Lone Ranger TV series where he met Silverheels. A Mohawk Canadian actor and former lacrosse player and Golden Gloves boxer, Silverheels preceded Hart in death in 1980.

The estimated price for the shotgun, which features 28-inch vent rib barrels and 2.75-inch chambers, is $3,500 – $6,000.

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Florida conservation officials approve airguns for deer, turkey

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:00

Florida is moving forward with a plan to allow hunting with big bore PCP air guns, such as the .357-caliber Benjamin Bulldog shown here. (Photo: Crosman)

Last week, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to approve the use of big bore pre-charged pneumatic airguns for large game starting this Fall.

The draft rule, amended with input from hunting management officials, will allow the use of .30 caliber and above PCP guns for deer and .20 caliber or larger for turkey. FWC Commissioners said the move lets Florida join a number of other states that allow the use of large-caliber PCP guns for sportsmen to take larger game.

“Recent innovations in technology have led to specific types of air guns that have sufficient range and power to take big game,” the commissioners said in a presentation on the changes. “Currently, eight states allow airguns to be used to take deer and four states allow them to take turkey.

“Over the past decade, as powerful air guns have become more affordable and commercially available, the public’s interest in using them to take big game has grown. As a result, we are proposing to allow the use of pre-charged pneumatic air guns for hunting deer and turkey on public and private lands,” they continued.

Large domestic PCP gun makers such as Crosman, who market the .357 caliber Benjamin Bulldog and the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow, said they are actively working with states to sell them on the advantages of big bore airgun hunting

“We are very pleased to learn the state of Florida has approved the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow and big bore airguns for use in the general firearms season for big game like deer and turkey,” said Jay Duncan, director of marketing for Crosman. “Air-powered weapons will provide expanded opportunities for hunters across the state to ethically harvest game.”

Previously in Florida, airguns have only been authorized for taking gray squirrel, rabbit, furbearers or wild hogs.

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An Art Gallery in Your Hands! Cabot’s $99,000 1911 – SHOT Show 2018

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:36

Every year at SHOT Show the Cabot booth is always abuzz. No mystery on why that is. Rob Bianchin, Cabot's Founder and President, consistently puts out the cat's pajamas.

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Browning adds new magnum calibers to BPR Performance rimfire ammo series

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:30

The BPR Performance series adds .17 HMR and .22 Win Mag to the rimfire market. (Photo: Browning)

Browning expands its BPR Performance lineup, adding new magnum calibers to the rimfire ammo series.

The new loads, .17 HMR and .22 Win Mag, are designed to offer better accuracy paired with “immediate and devastating expansion.” The ammo is designed specifically for small game and varmint hunters looking for improved lethality.

“Adding a .17 HMR and a .22 Win. Mag. offering to the Browning BPR Performance Rimfire line gives small game and varmint hunters more powerful rimfire options in the field,” Ben Frank, Browning Ammunition brand manager, said in a press release.

Browning says hunters can expect to see the 17 grain plastic tipped .17 HMR deliver velocity at 2,550 feet per second, while the 40 grain jacketed hollow point .22 Win Mag serves a velocity at 1,910 feet per second.

The .17 HMR variant will come in 50 round and 1,000 round boxes with prices starting around $25. The .22 Win Mag will offer the same boxing as the .17 HMR with prices starting around $12.99 for 50 rounds.

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UTG announces new Recon FlexT Bipods

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:00

Recon FlexT Bipods cover both KeyMod and M-LOK equipped rifles. (Photo: UTG)

After the launch of the Recon Flex Bipods in 2017, UTG is back at it again introducing a new set of Recon Bipods called the FlexT series.

The newer Recon FlexT series serves up four models, offers an increased center height for more versatility among a more diverse crowd of long guns. The legs unlock, rotate and re-lock into place via a five-position bi-directional base. The base features what UTG says is an easy to use spring-loaded locking ring which allows for both forward and rearward stow positions in addition to 90- and 45-degree positions.

UTG offers more adjustability in the bipod legs length, helping shooters with extended or longer magazines achieve more clearance. Each leg boasts locking retention thumb wheels to secure height adjustment.

Available in KeyMod and M-LOK, the Recon FlexT Series delivers a center height of either eight- to 11.8-inches or 5.7- to eight-inches depending on model.

Pricing starts at $54.

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Sharp Shooter HQ shows off shooting benches, rifle rests

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:30

Kent Roberts, owner of Sharp Shooter HQ, poses beside the company’s most popular shooting bench at the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show. (Photo: Christen Smith/Guns.com)

Utah-based Sharp Shooter HQ brought their popular rifle stands and shooting benches to the 2018 American Outdoor Show last week in central Pennsylvania.

Owner Kent Roberts told Guns.com Sunday he made the 2,000-mile trip in hopes of stoking interest in his shooting and archery accessories, targeted toward hunting enthusiasts.

“Our benches are very, very stable and very good for long range shooting,” he said. “Probably the sturdiest gun rest there is on the market.”

Roberts and his late brother Brent began manufacturing rifle rests 37 years ago near Utah’s Mt. Timpanogas. Their company, Inventive Technology, flourished until Brent Robert’s death in 2011.

Kent Roberts and his son Brad carried on Inventive Technology’s mission, establishing Sharp Shooter HQ in American Fork, Utah.

Roberts said Sharp Shooter HQ’s bench designs encompass convenience and flexibility, offering adjustable seats suitable for children and modifications to suit both left-handed and right-handed shooters. His most popular benches fold up for easy for traveling and weigh about 27 pounds.

“Because of the way it’s made, you sit on it and then you have the weight of the gun rest … because of the weight that’s on the rest, the gun absorbs all that weight before it hits you in the shoulder, so it reduces a lot of the recoil,” he said.

Sharp Shooter HQ’s rifle rests cost $74.95 and shooting benches start at $179.95.

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Federal Premium announces $20 million contract for .40-caliber training ammo

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:00

A Coast Guard officer from the Cutter Manowar shoots a Sig Sauer .40 caliber handgun at the range at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas Apr. 13, 2017. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

On Monday, Vista Outdoor Sales, the parent company of Federal Premium, announced a contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center for large quantities of .40-caliber frangible ammunition.

The result of a solicitation by the Pentagon last year in which Federal beat out one other bidder, the five-year contract’s cumulative value if all options are exercised is $20 million. According to the company, the training rounds will use Federal Premium’s lead-free Catalyst high-performance primer, which is touted as being a clean-burning primer that delivers consistent performance but does not absorb moisture.

“We’re proud the U.S. Navy for this important contract,” said Jason Nash, senior director of Vista’s marketing team. “Our Catalyst lead-free priming technology is a major breakthrough and we’re excited to see it used by those that protect our freedom.”

According to the award notice, the end-user is likely the U.S. Coast Guard, which has issued .40-caliber Sig P229R handguns since 2005 in place of the 9mm Beretta M9 commonly fielded across the Department of Defense. Though part of Homeland Security, the Navy, through NSWC-Crane, “owns” the Coast Guard’s large weapons and supports the smaller sea service’s ordnance and small arms programs. The Coast Guard, in turn, fills a domestic national security role, deploys units overseas to support Navy missions, and provides embarked law enforcement detachments for select Navy ships. However, it should be noted that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service also uses Sig P239’s in .40S&W, which they adopted in 2008.

The contract is not the first large order from the Pentagon for training ammo landed by Vista in recent months. In January they picked up a $52.8 million award from the Army for 5.56mm MK311 mod 3 frangible cartridges with an end date of 2022.

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Kansas proposal could put NRA gun safety program in elementary schools

General Gun News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:30

According to the NRA, the Eddie Eagle program started in 1988 and has taught over 29 million youth the basics of firearm accident prevention (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A House bill heard in committee last week to standardize gun safety education in Kansas schools would draw in large part from a program organized by the National Rifle Association.

The measure, HB 2460, would base firearm education programs in elementary and middle schools on the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe initiative. The sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita, says the NRA’s program, which teaches kids who encounter a firearm not to touch it, leave the area and tell an adult, sends a good message.

“It’s a great program, out Eddie Eagle bill,” said Whitmer shortly after the proposal’s first hearing in the Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

The hearing, as reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal, drew some pushback from the Kansas Association of School Boards who argued curriculum decisions should be done by local school boards, and from a Kansas City Democrat, state Rep. Louis Ruiz, who called the move an “overreach.”

Under Whitmer’s bill, which would cost an estimated $2,500 for starters, youth through the eighth grade who receive gun safety training would draw from the Eddie Eagle program while older students would take optional hunter’s education courses developed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The state-run hunter’s safety course is already being taught at no cost in 63 schools.

The measure has the support of the conservation agency, the Kansas State Rifle Association and the NRA.

According to the gun rights organization, the program started in 1988 and has taught over 29 million youth in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, the basics of firearm accident prevention. Recently revamped, the group contends it is not about marketing guns to kids, just safety.

“Neither Eddie nor any members of his Wing Team are ever shown touching a firearm, and there is no promotion of firearm ownership or use,” the program’s website says. “The NRA does not make any sort of profit off the program, nor does it intend to.”

The Kansas proposal is not the first of its type. Eddie’s mandatory use was proposed for a gun safety program in Louisiana in 2015, however, in order to pass lawmakers stripped the arbitrary language and made the education optional, allowing educators to draw from other resources. Besides Louisiana, Utah and other states have moved to establish firearm safety programs in public schools.

Whitmer says his bill is set to come up in committee Thursday.

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