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Mark Muller, president of Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, lists the products he personally chooses for his every day carry. Not only does Muller think it’s his right to carry, but he thinks it’s his responsibility.
For his EDC, he chooses a Kimber Super Carry Ultra. He loves the 1911 frame, the quality of the workmanship, the excellent sights and accuracy and the firepower of a .45-caliber round in a small package.
Being right handed, he carries on his right hip outside the waistband with a holster he made himself. He often wears loose untucked dress shirts that offer concealment. He enjoys making leather holsters for himself, his friends and family. “There’s something nice about making your own things,” Muller says.
He calls his gun Thundercock, which was his high school nickname. It’s etched into the back of his holster right above the words: Sept. 11, 2001. The weapon and the fact he carries it daily, is commemoration of the terrorist attacks that took place that day.
For his knife, he carries a Microtech automatic OTF, which stands for ‘out the front’. He loves the speed and ease of use of the automatic knife, and Muller thinks Microtech build awesome knives. Living on a ranch, he uses his knife at least a dozen times a day. Being able to flip it out, operate it and tuck it away with one hand, is perfect for him.
His knife featured a glass-break on one end, but Muller ground it down because it kept poking him every time he went to grab it. Although it’s smooth now, but he can still get through a piece of glass.
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Amid measures green lighting its use as a safety color in three states, blaze pink is faltering in stores and among female hunters.
In late 2017, retailers in Wisconsin reported that its stock of blaze pink apparel moved off shelves at a much slower pace than blaze orange.
“We haven’t had a huge response to it,” Nate Scherper, Vice President of Sherper’s told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’ve really had very few people looking to buy it.” He added, “Most of our female customers prefer the orange over the pink.”
Sherper’s says roughly 95-percent of its hunting apparel comes in blaze orange with only 5 percent offered in blaze pink.
Mills Fleet Farm, also located in Wisconsin, reported less than 10 percent of its goods colored pink, but said that sales had been moderate. “The vast majority of our sales are still blaze orange, however,” said Tim Geschke, the store’s assistant manager.
The most recent data regarding female hunters collected in 2016 by the National Sporting Goods Association showed the number of women downing deers and ducks made up about 13 percent of American hunters, totaling 3.3 million at that time.
The industry as a whole has worked to incorporate and encourage women to take up the shooting sports, but some say the focus on frilly colors might actually have the opposite effect.
“I think it’s really misguided,” Sarah Ingle, president of the Women’s Hunting and Sporting Association, told the publication. “Among the group of women I hunt with, we find it insulting and demeaning.”
While Ingle adamantly contends the color conjures negative connotations, hunter and creator of the Hunt, Fish, Travel podcast, Carrie Zylka, offers a more indifferent approach.
“I really applaud them for trying to do something to promote women in the outdoors and elicit new hunters,” Zylka told National Geographic. “I think that the money invested would have been better placed in some of the outdoor programs like Being an Outdoors Woman, because, realistically, blaze pink or blaze orange, it really doesn’t matter.”
Though some feel the color pink deters female hunters, there are those that prefer the bright femininity that pink flaunts.
“I think the pink is awesome; even the young girls like that,” Liz Menninger, of New York, told The New York Times. Menninger, an avid hunter, whole-heartedly endorsed the introduction of pink in the state’s approved safety color options.
Colorado Sen. Kerry Donovan, who pushed for her state to allow pink in the field, said the inclusion of pink sends a resounding message to girls that they too belong in the hunting arena.
“When I was growing up hunting, I very literally wore the hand-me-downs of my brothers,” Donovan told The InDenver Times. “There was this clear message that as a young girl, I didn’t belong in hunting.”
Regardless of whether pink empowers or detracts from female hunters, one thing seems to remain certain — retailers aren’t feeling a big push to carry more in store.
“I think it was played up in (Wisconsin) and some excitement was generated about it,” Scherper said. “But from our standpoint, it wasn’t going to be revolutionary and so far it hasn’t been.”
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear adds a new holster, the Warrior, and ammunition pouch to its arsenal of gun gear and accessories.
The Warrior holster, a low-profile outside the waistband rig, is fully adjustable offering multiple cant positions in addition to retention adjustments. Retention can be modified through the holster’s Phillips head screws, according to Comp-Tac.
The Kydex holster also cooperates with optics, threaded barrels and suppressor sights delivering more carrying options to users. MSRP on the new rig is $75.
In addition to the new holster, Comp-Tac delivers the Warrior ammunition pouch. Styled to give users a low-profile platform, the slim Kydex set-up boasts a single point retention adjustment design for open or concealed carry.
Sporting an ambidextrous set-up, the Warrior ammunition pouch allows wearers to place bullets facing forward or backward depending on needs. The pouch also comes equipped with adjustable ride height so shooters can place the Warrior pouch were they need for best reload speed and concealment. The Warrior ammunition pouch slips into the market at $55.
Billed as providing up to 50 percent deeper penetration than either original Hydra-Shok or similar loads from competitors, the new series is set to debut this month.
With improved expansion and penetration as its calling card, the new Hydra-Shok Deep — to be offered in a 135-grain 9mm chambering with other loads coming soon — is tested to tunnel 15 inches in bare ballistics gelatin, which Federal says is optimal according to FBI standards. The new line builds on the company’s tried and true Hydra-Shok bullet loadings which were first introduced in 1989 but is more robust to meet modern challenges.
“FBI performance requirements and protocol testing have evolved over time,” said Larry Head, director and chief engineer of handgun ammunition for Federal Premium. “One of the most notable changes has been the desire for deeper-penetrating rounds and more consistency in penetration depths though all intermediate barriers.”
The new loading will be launched at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas later this month.
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Federal Premium Ammunition re-imagines its shotshell lineup, replacing previous turkey shotshell products with three new loads — Grand Slam, 3rd Degree and Heavyweight TSS.
Each new series employs Flitecontrol Flex wad, first launched on the company’s redesigned Black Cloud waterfowl shotshells. The flex wad looks to improve pattern density as well as consistency when fired out of ported and non-ported chokes, the company said.
“The wad’s redesigned rear-deploying brake fins and side-mounted vents stimulate the payload for separation from the wad at precisely the right moment for the densest, most consistent patterns possible,” Dan Compton, shotshell product line manager, said in a statement.
While the trio of new shells all sport the Flitecontrol Flex, they each feature variations offering a more diverse lineup for turkey hunters.
The Grand Slam shells push the range and lethality of conventional loads, packing plenty of pellets within a 10-inch circle — all the while remaining an affordable option. 3rd Degree with Heavyweight TSS utilizes a three-stage payload made from No. 7 Heavyweight TSS shot, No. 6 Flitestopper lead and No. 5 Premium lead. The combo allows hunters to down birds up close or all the way out to 50 yards. Heavyweight TSS tops off the series, delivering a high pellet count, up to double that of similar weight loads, according to Federal.
The Tungsten Super Shot, or TSS, boasts more than 20 percent more density than previous Heavyweight shot and is 56 percent more dense than lead.
“TSS has a density of 18 grams per cubic centimeter and is harder than steel,” Federal Premium shotshell engineer Adam Moser said in a press release. “The increased density retains velocity and the hardness prevents pellet deformation, which improves pattern efficiency, penetration and extends lethal range.”
The series will boast a variety of sizes to accommodate hunter preferences. The new product lines will officially launch at SHOT Show in late January.
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Mexican national Jose Ines Garcia Zarate would have walked free after sentencing last week but instead was transferred to federal custody on weapon charges.
The man tried and found not guilty of shooting Kate Steinle was sentenced by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng to time served on his gun possession charge and was subsequently transferred to a federal detention facility on Friday. Feng swatted away a request by his attorneys for a new trial in the case and sentenced him to three years, the maximum allowable under California law on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Since being arrested he had served past that amount when other sentencing parameters were weighed.
“He has actually spent around 400 days longer than the maximum sentence,” said Francisco Ugarte, one of Garcia Zarate’ attorneys.
The Mexican national, listed by four aliases on his federal indictment handed down last month, had at least seven felonies and five deportations under his belt and was the subject of a federal detainer order prior to Steinle’s death.
According to a release from the San Francisco’s Public Defender’s office, attorney Tony Serra will defend Garcia Zarate on the federal gun charges. Serra is a high-profile activist who in the past has represented Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow as well as members of the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army.
“There was clear and overwhelming evidence presented at trial that this tragic shooting was an accident,” said Matt Gonzalez, chief attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and Garcia Zarate’s lawyer in the state case. “The federal government is free to spend more time and resources on this case, but the facts have not changed. I predict a properly instructed jury will acquit Mr. Garcia Zarate in federal court.”
The handgun which killed Kate Steinle in July 2015 was stolen from a federal agent and found by Garcia Zarate under the bench of a pier wrapped in a shirt. His attorneys argued he did not know it was a gun when he picked it up and threw it in the Bay after it fired. Ballistics experts in the case characterized the shooting an accident as the bullet that Garcia Zarate fired ricocheted off the pavement away from him before traveling another 75 feet and striking Steinle.
Steinle’s family is currently part of a lawsuit cleared to proceed last year by the courts against the federal government over the handgun. In the case, a judge held that leaving a loaded gun in a backpack visible on the seat of an unattended vehicle in a high-crime area of San Francisco by the agent created a foreseeable risk of harm.
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According to some recent headlines, the gun industry is all but collapsed. No one wants to buy guns anymore. It’s all over. While that perennial theme may make for good clickbait, the FBI’s data on trends in the number of background checks done show the real story. Yes, the December 2017 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal […]
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“If something happens in the meantime, this is a Second Amendment opportunity to protect myself that I simply don’t have,” said Perkio.
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With thousands of New York’s lifetime permit holders facing mandatory re-certification this month, some are calling on Gov. Cuomo to push back the deadline.
The myriad of permits, required to own a modern pistol or revolver in the Empire State, are set to expire Jan. 31 under the provisions of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, signed by Cuomo in 2013. However, with some county clerks reporting that most of their expiring permits have yet to be re-certified, Republican lawmakers want the time limit extended.
“Many pistol permit holders in my district have yet to receive the proper paperwork alerting them of the need to recertify,” said state Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. “We must delay the deadline to avoid what will become a bureaucratic nightmare for residents, law enforcement and local officials.”
Clerks across the state have warned that they have had a poor turnout on the free recertification process. In one county only about 1,550 out of 18,000 have completed the process. In another, just 5,000 out of 20,000.
Ortt was joined in his call by several county clerks as well as state Assemblymen Angelo Morinello and Michael Norris. The New York State Association of County Clerks has also asked Cuomo for clarification on a series of questions surrounding the permit issue including what happens to gun owners who fail to update their permits, to include possible court-ordered firearm confiscation.
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski warned pistol owners with expired permits are in danger of a Class A misdemeanor, which can bring one year in jail or three years probation in addition to a $1,000 fine.
“Gov. Cuomo designed a flawed law five years ago, but even worse, he has failed to properly implement many of its provisions, leaving many law-abiding gun owners at risk of being made into criminals on Feb. 1 and losing access to their Second Amendment rights,” said Jastrzemski.
In defending the SAFE Act’s provisions late last year, Cuomo steadfastly argued that New York “got it right” on gun control.
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Lucid Optics continues to expand its optics accessory lineup, adding multiple size QD 30mm mounts.
Lucid delivers standard QD and Pro QD mounts with both options offered in low, medium or high configurations. Additionally, the company also offers an optional 30mm Pro bubble level to eliminate inadvertent tile of the rifle while precision shooting.
The standard QD 30mm mounts are precision machined from 6061 aluminum with a matte black finish. Boasting an adjustable QD lever attachment system, the mounts can accommodate in spec and out of spec rail systems. Lucid says the cantilever “throws the scope out front,” delivering proper eye relief. The standard model comes in with a MSRP of $159.
The Pro QD model offers a little more in the way of features, outfitted with a top ring anti-cant device designed to prevent rifle tilt. The Pro version retails for $165.
Shooters who wish to top off their mounts with the Pro bubble level can snag it from Lucid for $49.
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Primary Arms’ latest micro red dot could be the best value in that category.
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Last month, I was handed the new SIG Sauer Virtus rifle for review, my first test item in the MCX family. Though initially, I was skeptical, the Virtus turned out to be very impressive weapon system. It uses a unique operating system, an entirely new piston driven action developed in-house by SIG Sauer.
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Unconstrained by conventional handgun design, the Bond Arms BullPup9 squeezes the longest possible barrel into the shortest possible pistol. We take a detailed look at this unique bullpup-style pocket pistol.
After a mass shooting occurs, there are messages of condolences for the victims and their families, along with a considerable examination of the shooter and their motives. Liberals then proceed to blame gun laws in the United States and push for more control on the government’s part. One group of people who don’t get much […]
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