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The Masai Mara Shotgun by Retay Arms makes its way stateside with select dealers now stocking the semi-automatic shotgun series.
Originating in Turkey, the inertia action shotgun weighs just over 6-pounds and sports a Mara barrel in 24, 26, 28 and 30-inch lengths. The Masai Mara boasts Retay Arms proprietary InertiaPlus rotating bolt system as well as the company’s pwn push-button removable trigger group and removable ejector. The set-up is available as a 12-guage with a 3-inch chamber, though the Turkish gun maker says a 3.5-inch version and a 20 gauge are both in development.
The Masai Mara offers a whopping 15 total configurations. Versions include finishing combinations such as oiled walnut, camouflage and black synthetic options. In addition, Retay offers several variants with factory applied Cerakote finishes on the receivers. Cerakote colors include silver, bronze, grey and satin. For camo lovers, the company offers factory performed water transfer printing with the Max-5 pattern from RealTree and EVO pattern from NextCamo.
Luxury models on the lineup tout oil finished Turkish walnut stocks constructed in Italy by Minelli Wood Products Spa. Stocks bound for the U.S. will be available in grades 2.5 and 3.
All Masai Mara models ship with Italian made microcell recoil pads produced by Cervellati as well as TruGlo sights, a locking ABS hard case and snap cap by Megaline Spa.
The shotgun series can be nabbed through authorized dealers with pricing starting at $799.
Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson’s firearms division, resigned last week, according to regulatory documents filed Nov. 24 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Buckingham said he would step down from his top role at the prolific handgun manufacturer effective Dec. 8 to “pursue other interests.”
Smith & Wesson’s holding company — American Outdoor Brands, of which Buckingham serves as senior vice president — said in financial documents CEO James Debney would fulfill the role in the meantime.
The rugged outdoors conglomerate counts Smith & Wesson as its top-earner in a portfolio of more than two dozen brands including Gemtech, Crimson Trace, Bubba Blade and Old Timer.
Buckingham joined Smith & Wesson’s executive management team in April 2016 after more than a decade at the helm of Brownells. In the 18 months since, gun makers and retailers alike have weathered a volatile sales market reacting to competing political pressures.
From the heights of the industry’s biggest year ever pre-election to the lows of a historically weak summer, exacerbated by rock bottom prices and excess inventory, profits are down across the industry.
American Outdoor Brands reported a $2.2 million first quarter loss in September. Debney, in part, blamed stifled demand after President Donald Trump secured a surprise electoral victory last year. Revenue in the firearms sector fared far worse, declining by nearly half.
“While these conditions may be challenging in the short-term they are not new to us,” Debney told investors in September as he predicted a stronger earnings for the company in the later half of the fiscal year. “Now there is always risk. I can’t predict the future. I’ve got a crystal ball that’s not that great sometimes. So as we think about September, October and November, those are three key data points for adjusted NICS checks that will really tell us the strength of the return of the shopper.”
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Buchanan said AOBC expects annual earnings of no more than $740 million — far behind the record-breaking $903 million raked in last year.
Second quarter financial earnings will be released Dec. 7.
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The New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to prohibit the sale or possession of a controversial firearm accessory.
The bill, A5200, was introduced to the body and approved 7-0 on the same day with an aim to make the sale or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks a third-degree criminal offense in New Jersey.
“There’s no need for bump stocks as accessories to be anywhere in New Jersey,” state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, sponsor of the measure, told the panel, saying she had never heard of the devices until recently. “The state of New Jersey bans automatic weapons for a reason– they are weapons of war.”
Her bill modifies state law so that a firearm affixed to a bump stock constitutes an “assault weapon” while a firearm affixed with a trigger crank constitutes a machine gun. Violations are a felony that carries $10,000 in potential fines and can result in as much as 5 years in prison.
However, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the state’s NRA affiliate, contend the move goes after something that is already banned in the state under a combination of existing laws.
“The legislation would not make anyone safer and would not change the fact that bump stocks are already prohibited in the Garden State,” says the group in a statement. “They would remain prohibited whether the legislation passes or is defeated, so the effort to move the bill appears largely symbolic and calculated to make headlines.”
Should the ban pass the state legislature it would have to be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The term-limited outgoing Republican has often scuttled any attempt at gun control by state lawmakers but in October said he was open to bump stock legislation.
Governor-elect Phil Murphy, a Democrat, is in favor of more regulation on firearms and has publicly stated he is ready to sign any gun control measure vetoed by the Christie administration.
Currently, the devices are unlawful to use in California, Massachusetts, and New York.
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On Veterans Day, Patriot Ordnance Factory invited friends and family to the grand opening of their new 27,000 square foot factory in Phoenix.
Located at at 1492 Victory Lane, company president Frank DeSomma chuckled at the significance of the address number. “Fourteen ninety-two. Isn’t that when Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” he asked.
DeSomma was in good spirits as he anticipated a few hundred people to show up for the grand opening of his new factory. The building sat majestically in the last rays of a warm Arizona autumn evening. DeSomma’s mother and father showed up early and he excused himself. “I got to say hi to mom and dad.” He gives them each a big hug. His mother is proud of her son. “You are amazing.”
The 27,000 foot factory is a long way from POF-USA’s humble beginnings in 2002. “We started out of a two car garage,’ recalls DeSomma. “I used part of my wife’s dining room for the computer system,” he said.
DeSomma worked as an aerospace engineer at the time. His gun company was a side gig. He credits his wife Tracy for encouraging him to pursue his dream. “She’s the one that told me to quit work in my aerospace job and go to work for my gun company,” he said. “Patriot Ordnance Factory wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her. My wife believed in me more than me.”
Following his wife’s advice, DeSomma quit his job in 2004 to pursue POF-USA full time. With son Cody joining him, they set out to perfect the AR-15 rifle. Using innovative new designs, their rifles have been extremely popular. DeSomma credits this to his aerospace engineering background.
In 2017, the POF-USA Revolution rifle was voted Rifle of the Year by the Firearms Industry Choice Awards. “There’s not a smaller weapon platform than that one right now in 7.62 by 51mm,” said DeSomma of the rifle.
The new factory will allow POF-USA to manufacture with even greater precision and diversify its product line. “You’re going to see more diversification of products into other market types of products,” DeSomma said. “Instead of just rifles, you may see pistols, you may see shotguns, whatever. But Patriot Ordnance Factory is not going away.”
The factory will also help create jobs and opportunity in America. “The country you know that gave us freedom, to try things and try to achieve certain things?” DeSomma said. “We chose to keep investing in her because we believe in America. We believe in her being great, and could be better than any nation. Why? It’s simple. Freedom.”
POF-USA is true American success story.
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It turns out that one of the guns handed over to police in a national amnesty this month in the UK had some screen time back in its prime.
As reported by Metro News, a former film worker turned in deactivated German MP40 submachine gun at Bridgwater police station in Somerset. Besides its military use, the demilled 9mm burp gun had a starring role in a 1968 MGM film shot in Europe, Where Eagles Dare, based on the Alistair MacLean war novel of the same name.
In the film, Allied commandos infiltrate a German base, disguised at one point as German soldiers. One of the commandos? Army Ranger Lt. Morris Schaffer, played by Clint Eastwood, who deftly used a pair of MP40s in the film to mow down ‘nassis as needed.
Avon and Somerset Police’s evidence manager, Richard Vise, said they confirmed the gun was a prop and it will be transferred to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
The two-week amnesty, which wrapped up Sunday, was the first national firearms surrender in England and Wales since 2014
Just gonna drop this Where Eagles Dare death count highlight reel right here.
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Knowing what a fan I am of the Canik brand, the US TriStar rep asked if I’d like to test the latest, compact version of the 100 series, manufactured by Canik but branded by the importer, TriStar. Of course, I replied in the affirmative and the experience did not disappoint.
This Turkish 9mm walks a line between true double/single action and single action only. Like a 1911 (or CZ75), the hammer is placed in the fully cocked position upon loading. There’s a thumb safety on the left side, which unlike the 1911, blocks the trigger mechanism from inside only — there is no external slide/safety interface.
For an extra measure of safety during carry, the hammer can be put in half-cock to afford a somewhat longer trigger pull. Or, fully de-cock it for a true double action first shot. Unorthodox as these techniques are when compared to either the 1911 or classic DA/SA platform, they work.
The all-aluminum frame Is another marriage of old and new styling. At 37.3 ounces unloaded, it has a solid feel, and the full-length rails insure that there’s no noticeable barrel deviation when the slide is rearward.
For all its steely qualities, the C100 has a gentler side, too. Between the sights, along the top of the flattop slide, are 10 finely machined grooves. In addition to being decorative, they serve to reduce glare. The front strap is also sculpted in this manner. Plastic screw-on grip panels are textured and adorned with the TriStar “T,” and feature user-friendly indents where the thumb and trigger finger rest. Along with the deeply cut beavertail, the grips make this gun manageable in smaller hands.
The barrel is just 3.7 inches long, and quite low profile. Between the weight of the frame and very low bore axis, recoil is minimal.
On the somewhat cheesy side, TriStar ships the gun with a rubber logo bracelet-style sleeve that fits over the grip. It may please those with very large hands and those who like a lot of grip traction. I found it distracting and removed it after a short trial — a personal preference.
The sights are very pleasant to use. The three-dot configuration is easy to put on target fast. The drift-adjustable steel rear sight has both a U-shaped setting and square opening between the dots. Although all three dots are identical in size, the setting of the rear sights inside the U and the slight forward cant of the front sight make for intuitive recognition of the front sight—it picks up light more than the rear ones. Out of the box, a centered six o’clock hold is what I found to be effective in hitting four-inch plates at 14 yards.
Unfortunately, the owner’s manual claims the sights are tritium, when they are not. In the market space where this gun lives, tritium is not a stock offering anyway.
For what it’s worth, there’s no loaded chamber indicator. Just press check and move on.
Cycling was reliable with Federal and LAX brand brass case and Blazer aluminum case FMJ as well as Precision Delta, and Team Never Quit frangible HP ammunition. When I first saw this gun, I thought that ejection might be a problem – the port is small, smaller than that on a Browning Hi-Power and more like—dare I say it—a Hi Point ejection port. My concern was for naught; the TriStar never missed a beat no matter the ammo type or brand.
The trigger is a long, curved affair with classic appeal. Here I found one of the few triggers I can operate in double action without hooking the first joint of my finger around it. In single-action, reset is clean and barely audible. Travel is appropriate for an experienced person’s carry gun, which is to say it’s there, but it’s not very long.
A funny thing happened at around the 50-round mark. Travel from reset to break got remarkably smooth. It had been, for lack of a better descriptor, a tad soupy but acceptable. After this little break-in period, the travel was silky smooth.
Releasing the magazine is a breeze with a well-defined and sizable, but not ambi, button. Mags fall freely away, loaded or not. The designers of the C100 have obviously paid attention to consumer desires in this regard.
Also riding the line between modern and traditional is the C100 takedown procedure. The hammer of the fully unloaded gun is placed in half-cock, and the slide must be inched rearward less than half an inch to align hash marks on the frame and slide. Holding it there, the takedown pin is pushed, 1911-style, to the left from the right, and pulled out from the left side. With that accomplished, the slide comes right off. The barrel, recoil spring and guide rod are all easily removed for cleaning. It’s an easy-enough process that will still make the 1911 fans feel like they’ve done enough work.
Leaning traditional is the fact that there’s no light rail. Those committed to having a weapon-mounted light will find easier pickings with another model. The lack of a rail preserves the slim, concealment-friendly profile. You can’t have it all.
Current real prices for the TriStar C100 9mm hover just under the $400 mark. It comes with two magazines, owner’s manual, cleaning rod and brush, lock, and loader, all in a hard-shell, padded case. Extra mags retail for around $18.
The TriStar C100 will please the traditionalist who wants a packable gun, the recreational shooter who likes a great DA/SA trigger, and anyone who likes a unique design without sacrificing good handling.
Chris Hirt and Trent Griswold at Bullet Theory Films pit a carbon fiber Christensen Arms rifle in .338 Lapua against an unsuspecting gel block just to watch it dance in slo-mo.
The Christensen Arms bolt gun is super lightweight and it’s topped with a giant hunk of NightForce glass, but they don’t really need it as they rocket a 285-grain Hornady ELD Match– which is rated at a whopping 4,768 ft./lbs. of energy at the muzzle– through the Clear Ballistics block sitting just 31-feet away.
But the effect of the energy transfer, captured at 60,000 frames-per-second, is just magical.
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Displayed on a base made from wood in-lays from the USS Constitution, each pistol in the custom 45-gun limited run will be serialized with a President’s name from Washington to Trump.
Cabot Guns has been teasing the limited public offering since October and pulled the trigger with the full details on Wednesday. Each Trump 45 series pistol will be made from a block of aerospace-grade steel and finished with a high-polish 24-karat gold coating. The display stand included with each gun that contains artifact wood saved from the frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship on the Navy List.
Limited to just 45 guns in the series, each is serialized sequentially in honor of a U.S. President, starting from George Washington (#WASHINGTON01) through Donald Trump (#TRUMP45) and will be made available through a mixture of direct public sales and auctions with sale prices expected to range from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the appeal of the serial number to individual buyers and organisations.
“Making a great American product is how we express our appreciation for President Trump’s commitment to making America great again,” said Rob Bianchin, founder and CEO of Cabot Guns. “The election of President Trump was critical to those of us who value upholding the constitution, especially the Second Amendment.”
Cabot has been experimenting with a Trump commemorative since last December when they unveiled a one-of-a-kind a golden GI 1911 with “TRUMP 45” in all caps along the gleaming slide just months after they debuted a matching pair of $4.5 million pistols delicately crafted from a chunk of the famed Gibeon meteorite.
“Cabot Guns has quickly become the Rolls Royce of 1911s,” says, S.P. Fjestad, author of the popular Blue Book series of gun values “Already very collectible, they also shoot as well as they look. No expense has been spared to make these Model 1911 variations the world’s finest pistols—truly modern-day heirlooms.”
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Arms Cove, an online marketplace for manufacturers big and small to hawk their weaponry, announces it’s now open for business.
Created by individuals within the firearms industry, the Arms Cove marketplace was opened as a means to connect home-based and small businesses with consumers.
“The American dream of owning your own business and making a profit should not be limited by the big online market places,” John Cantrell, owner of Arms Cove, said in a press release.
The company only submits payments through credit card processors who are firearm friendly and offers “top tier website security” to protect transactions. Arms Cove intends to offer an entire section for re-sellers in the future, but for now the listings are limited to manufacturers looking to sell their goods.
Arms Cove takes customer service seriously and, depending on location and availability, is even willing to travel to help set up listings.
Though just recently launched, several manufacturers have already on-boarded and posting listings. Hexmag, High Desert Gunworks, Meaden, Phoenix Weaponry and Surf City Paracord are among the vendors currently offering products on the site.
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J. P. Sauer & Sohn debuted what they're calling the "world's first" heated rifle grip system this month.
California: San Carlos City Council Passes Moratorium Extension to Halt Completion of Turner’s Outdoorsman
Two would-be burglars got more than they bargained for when they attempted to rob a cell phone store in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month.
Surviving relatives of nine killed in Texas church shooting file wrongful death claim against U.S. Air Force (VIDEO)
The relatives of nine victims gunned down at a Texas church Nov. 5 blame the U.S. Air Force for their family members’ deaths, according to court filings, and want to make sure such a tragedy never happens again.
Joe and Claryce Holcombe filed a wrongful death claim Tuesday in what is one of the the first legal actions taken since 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former Airman, murdered 26 people — including their son, John Bryan Holcombe, and eight other relatives — at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
“We want to discipline the Air Force so something like this never happens again,” Joe Holcombe told KSAT News in San Antonio Tuesday. “I just know that God’s in charge and he is going to make whatever should happen, happen.”
Air Force officials earlier this month acknowledged failing to report Kelley’s 2012 assault convictions to federal authorities and directed an agency-wide review of more than 60,000 criminal cases dating back to 2002. So far, officials said Tuesday, multiple instances of unreported convictions have been discovered.
The Holcombes allege in the complaint, however, the Air Force knew about this problem decades before and never did anything about it.
A 2015 review conducted by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General found roughly one-third of all service member convictions weren’t turned over to appropriate law enforcement agencies and criminal databases — a failure uncorrected since auditors first recognized the lapses in 1997.
Military officials at the time agreed with report recommendations to boost compliance, but never followed through on any corrective action — a critical step that may have prevented the church massacre, according to the complaint.
“Simply put, JB Holcombe’s death was caused, in whole or in part, by the institutional failure of the United States Department of Defense, including, but not limited to, the United States Air Force, in that these entities negligently, recklessly, carelessly and/or egregiously failed to report pertinent criminal arrest, conviction and military discharge information of the shooter into a federal database, as was required … ” the complaint says.
Kelley served time in a California military prison after admitting to fracturing his infant stepson’s skull and twice pointing a gun as his wife in 2012 while serving at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He received a reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
Despite his disqualifying criminal history, Kelley bought four guns after leaving the military — including the Ruger AR-556 rifle used in the church shooting. The Air Force’s failure to report his convictions to the FBI meant the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — the database used to verify a buyer’s identity and eligibility to own a gun — would never pick up on Kelley’s prohibited status.
“We have a system in place,” said Rob Ammons, the attorney representing the Holcombe family. “We don’t need more laws necessarily. We need more folks to do their jobs.”
The Holcombe family didn’t specify damages in the complaint, preferring for corrective action first to prevent future tragedies.
“Let’s prevent these servicemen that have been convicted of these violent crimes from getting guns,” Ammons told KSAT News. “Let’s stop that and we’ll worry about the rest later.”
As expected, a House panel green lit national concealed carry reciprocity this week despite intense caterwauling from Democrats and anti-gun groups.
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Tandemkross increases its presence in the Ruger MK accessory arena, recently introducing the Maximus Plus 1 Follower for MK shooters.
The Maximus Plus 1 Follower gives users the ability to load 11 rounds into a standard 10-round magazine. The company says the design is ideal for rimfire competition shooters who are permitted to start matches with 11 rounds on deck. The follower is constructed of durable Zytel in a bright red color scheme, showing shooters when the mag is empty.
“This product is culmination of feedback from our MKIII series Plus1 magazine bumpers,” Tandemkross Business Development Director Bryan Haaker said in a press release. “We listened closely to customer requests and have separated the plus1 function from the bumper and now allow the extra capacity across all the Ruger MK series and generations. For those who want only a consistent positive mag lock, they get the bumper. For those who want more capacity, they get the follower. Anyone who wants both can still get both!”
The Maximus is a simple, drop-in which does not require specialized tools to install. Designed to work with all Ruger MK factory magazine base pads, the set-up also boasts compatibility with Tandemkross extended mag bumpers.
The Maximus offers a MSRP of $24.99, with two followers shipping per order.
The follower works with the following Ruger MK models:
- MKIV Target
- MKIV Competition
- MKIV 22/45
- MKIV 22/45 Tactical
- MKIV 22/45 LITE
- MKIII 22/45
- MKIII 22/45 LITE
- MKII 22/45
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Midwest Industries hinted at a new M-LOK forend designed to bring Marlin lever action rifles into the tactical future.
The design debuted on Facebook to some fanfare, despite limited details. Midwest says the product is currently in production with the forend set to make its debut on the company’s website in the very near future. The gun and accessory maker also announced that its working on another M-LOK forened created specifically for Henry rifles; though no additional details were added.
The M-LOK forend will work alongside most Marlin rifles, offering lever action fans a means to mount lights, lasers and other tactically inspired accessories.
Midwest Industries told its Facebook fans that though the M-LOK forend is unorthodox, it serves a niche group of shooters wishing to meld old-school with new school.
“This product is to maximize the potential of an awesome big bore hunting rifle. This is not to make the rifle tactical. M-LOK was designed as an attachment system for all types of rifles,” the company posted in a comment on Facebook. “This is not for everyone. This was intended for guys who actually use their rifle as a tool and want to add versatility. Low light is a fact of life when hunting and having the option to have a weapon mounted light in dangerous conditions is a huge plus.”
No word on when the M-LOK forend will be available or at what price point.
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In a party-line vote Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee sent a measure expanding carry protections to the floor over howls from gun control advocates.
Stressing the bill, H.R. 38, helps protect the right to keep and bear arms, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said it also contributes to public safety.
“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines,” said Goodlatte in a statement. “Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”
The measure speeding to the floor has 213 co-sponsors including a few Democrats and the support of attorneys general from five conservative states. In its amended version, it would force states to recognize the right of law-abiding citizens with a valid concealed carry license or permit to carry a concealed handgun. Residents of constitutional or permitless carry states would also be recognized. Further, the proposal would open public land currently off limits to concealed carry such as that controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.
A group of big-city district attorneys, under the banner of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, were on hand along with other national gun control groups and police lobby organizations to protest the bill.
“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would be, I think, the single most destructive bill we could pass to affect the public safety we have achieved, and affect it negatively,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Individuals could come in with loaded weapons into New York City, and probably hundreds of thousands when you consider we have 46 million visitors outside the United States into New York.”
The National Rifle Association ranks the issue of nationwide reciprocity, which they argue is “a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws” as a top legislative priority.
The measure could receive a floor vote in the House as early as next week, while its Senate companion has 38 supporters, all Republican.
NICS improvement bill advances
Besides the polarizing carry bill, Goodlatte’s committee also marked up a new “Fix NICS” act, which would add several accountability measures designed to ensure that federal agencies submit the records of criminals, domestic abusers and others prohibited from possessing guns to the FBI-maintained system while giving states incentives to up their own reporting.
The bill, H.R. 4477, passed in a more popular 17-6 vote with bipartisan support.
“There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican.
Meanwhile, the Senate’s version of FixNics Act, S.2135, now has 23 cosponsors (11 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 1 Independent) with both majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer signing on this week.
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