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I decided to make a Kydex cheek riser and install it on my rifle. I could have ordered one, but making it myself allowed me to customize it to my rifle. Plus, it’s way more fun.
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Despite concerns over low participation in a product recall, a federal judge approved a settlement agreement for a class action suit against Remington Arms for manufacturing millions of rifles tied to a deadly defect.
The public saw in the case a chance for retribution for the millions of Remington rifles equipped with a trigger design linked to numerous deaths and injuries.
The iconic gun maker will payout more than $12.5 million, according to the opinion signed by U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith.
That final tally breaks down into $12.5 million for attorneys representing the class, but they must subtract $474,893 for costs and expenses by the plaintiffs. And then each class representative will receive $2,500.
Costs to retrofit the firearms with a new trigger could be considerably larger because of the more than 7.5 million rifles in circulation. Initial estimates — devised by the number of models multiplied by the cost to retrofit — put the total possible cost at $488 million.
However, Smith reiterated his concern with the low number of claims. In the two years after entering settlement negotiations, only 22,000 owners filed claims.
Nine state attorneys general filed a brief in January saying that the low number of claims will do little to prevent future accidents. With a 0.29 percent claims rate, that leaves about 7.48 million possibly defective rifles in circulation, and absolves Remington of wrongdoing for around $1.4 million.
Yet, both attorneys representing the class and Remington expressed satisfaction over the results. For the final decision, the court adopted their arguments for moving forward.
According to the opinion, with such a large number of rifles circulating in commerce, it’s impossible to determine how many potential class members exist “because a class member could own more than one firearm or a firearm could have been destroyed or owned by someone outside the United States.”
“While the Court remains disappointed with the claims rate, the claims rate does not dictate whether the notice provided was the best notice practicable under the circumstances,” the opinion says. “The claims rate does not govern whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, or adequate.”
The opinion explains Remington satisfied the court in its attempt to generate claims. Over the course of two years, the gun maker launched a website, a social media campaign, sent out email alerts and direct mailers, notices to retailers to display, and ran radio ads.
“In sum, the components of the notice plan were each reasonable methods of communicating with potential class members,” the opinion says, adding that a claims period will run for the next 18 months and will likely increase that claims rate.
While this settlement marks a milestone in the litigious history for Remington, owners of the Model 700 who do not file a claim could still sue the gun maker.
The infamous trigger design, called the Walker Fire Control, has been a feature on Remington Model 700 rifle since the 1960s. The flawed design has been linked to numerous accidental discharges as dust or debris could allow the rifle to fire without the pull of a trigger.
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions took to twitter this week to criticize the Hearing Protection Act of 2017.
In the Monday tweet, ARS claims that a pair of ear plugs “protects your hearing better than a silencer” and that “Silencers do not protect your hearing.”
FACT: Silencers do not protect your hearing. pic.twitter.com/EXe8e4VgmY
— ARS (@resp_solutions) March 13, 2017
The tweet also claims the Hearing Protection Act will endanger communities and make active shooters harder to detect by law enforcement.
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Lawmakers in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have passed a bill that would allow elected county officials to carry guns into courthouses.
The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Bobby Cleveland, passed Monday on an 85-11 vote.
The bill would not allow guns to be carried into actual courtrooms, but would authorize county officials with concealed carry handgun permits to carry guns into the county courthouses in which they were elected. The officials must be performing official duties in order to carry their firearms.
Rep. Cleveland commented on the bill’s passing in a press release, saying the bill is intended to offer public servants more ways to defend themselves while on the job.
“This legislation was written to protect people like treasurers, who are often carrying money to and from the courthouse,” said Cleveland. “These people are the backbone of local government, and they ought to be able to protect themselves.”
Cleveland said he was concerned about the heightened emotions that sometimes arise when government issues are at stake.
“Sometimes folks get so mad at the government, they choose to make rash decisions and act out against an elected official,” Cleveland said. “I don’t want anything like that to happen in Oklahoma, but I also want to prepare our public servants as best we can. We are expecting the best and preparing for the worst.”
Cleveland continued: “Anyone who chooses to carry their handgun will have to have a concealed carry permit, and the guns will not be allowed in the courtroom itself.”
The National Rifle Association has endorsed the legislation, which now heads to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration.
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Glock’s entry into the 9mm single stack universe came in the form of the Glock 43. Boasting similar features to its larger siblings, the G43 meshed Glock’s functionality with a slim profile offering shooters a compact, concealable package.
My interest with the G43 came at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Nashville in 2015. Glock’s 43 announcement dropped right before NRAAM creating fervor among the Glock masses. Glock, of course, had them on hand at a press event and I gained my first opportunity with this 9mm. After firing just two mags, I knew it warranted a second look and a solid review.
And almost two years later, the G43 arrived at my FFL begging to be put through the wringer.Aesthetics
I lovingly refer to the G43 as my “mini-Glock.” Featuring much of the same aesthetics as its full-size compadres, the real difference in the G43 is its notably smaller size. Weighing just under 18 ounces unloaded, the G43 stands 4.45-inches tall with an overall length of 6.26-inches. Width hovers right at one inch while shooters get a 3.39-inch barrel.
All these number boil down to a simple fact – the G43 is compact and this is where she really shines. Slipping into a thigh rig, inside-the-waistband and even ankle holster with ease, the G43’s stature plays well if you need a faithful gun companion without the bulk or bulge of a full-size firearm.
The sights are standard Glock configuration with a front white dot and a rear u-shaped sight. I’ve never been a fan of the Glock standard, finding them difficult to quickly acquire in low-light conditions. I recommend swapping them out for something that is more luminescent in softer light.
While we’re on the topic of swapping parts out, let’s talk about that trigger. It’s no big secret that the Glock trigger isn’t loved by all and unfortunately the G43 makes no improvements on the old design. It’s no better than its predecessors but it’s also not any worse than any other stock Glock.
Perhaps because of this legacy, that squishy, uneven press is no deal breaker. Trigger kits are abundant and easy enough fix — but it’s a consideration if you’re looking for a turn-key gun. (That is unless you’re willing to make do with mush to save some bucks.)
Where the Glock excels, besides the obvious, is the slide and magazine release. Serrations on the rear are perfect for gripping and ripping, while the slide itself moves freely on the rails. There’s no tugging and no frustration, which is helpful when working with students or shooters who struggle with slide technique or suffer from weaker hand muscles.
The mag release on the Glock also deserves a little attention as it is by far one of the best releases in the biz. An often overlooked feature, this one small button makes a world of difference when placed just perfectly and fine-tuned for smooth release. Glock understands that importance and outfitted the G43 with the perfect release.
The button rests in a sweet spot between the grip and trigger that allows shooters to depress with the thumb of the dominant hand without compromising shooting grip. It’s intuitive and efficient, two attributes that contribute to a faster reload. In addition, mags fly out with ease under subtle pressure. This allows shooters to focus attention on inserting a new mag, instead of wrestling with an empty one.
Rounding out the notable features on the G43 is the grip texture. I found it to be less abrasive than Smith & Wesson’s Shield, but not as comfortable as Springfield’s XD line. The texture certainly gives sweaty hands some grip on the frame, but after a day of shooting my hands were a little red and raw. A rubber grip accessory over the top would have made my days at the range less painful. Of course this is not a necessity.Capacity conundrum
Though the G43 boasts a compact size that’s perfect for concealment, there’s one major trade-off for its petite figure. The underwhelming capacity of a mere 6+1 has many experts still questioning Glock’s thinking. With competitors packing at least seven rounds, if not more in their single-stack designs, it’s curious that Glock chose six as it’s definitive capacity.
On the range, reloading is frequent and a majority of my time was spent loading bullets. While it’s always recommended to carry an extra magazine, the G43’s measly 6+1 demands it. Who wants to try to win a gunfight with only six rounds?
Despite this mind-boggling limitation, the G43 succeeded in eating up any ammo I offered it. It’s an admirable quality that has ensured Glock’s reign at the top. From Sig Sauer V-Crown to gritty cheap brass, the G43 didn’t slow down or stop on the range. If I’m stuck shooting just six shots at a time, at least I’m confident that I’m not going to be stopping to clear malfunctions.Home on the range
The 9mm is a snappy round and, packed into a compact frame such as the G43, shooters will feel the recoil. The slimmed down width of the grip doesn’t help disperse that jarring force, so wrists take that impact. Recoil isn’t as bad as the Ruger LC9s, which is unpleasant to shoot for long periods and, with proper grip technique, the recoil will be hardly noticeable for the average shooter. Gun enthusiasts suffering from arthritis or weaker wrists may find the G43 more difficult to manage than its larger sized brethren.
Despite some pop, Glock’s 43 is a workhorse on the range. I put this gun through its paces, slow-firing and then rapid firing and not once did she let me down. Rain, shine, cool temperatures and hotter days, the G43 continued to spit fire despite conditions. She also suffered no failures or malfunctions.
As stated, I’m not a fan of Glock’s factory sights, but there is no doubt that they did the job, allowing me to I hit steel targets at 15 yards with little issue. Groups on paper were decent even after a full day of shooting on the range.Final thoughts
While I found the G43 to be extremely concealable and a decent option for those sporting smaller hands, it doesn’t negate the fact that there are other single-stack 9mm fish in the sea… and at a lower price.
That being said, the 43 is a Glock and that name carries an expectation (and rightly so). If you’re looking for a gun that just works, Glock is it — reliable and functional on the range, it’s a pleasure to own and use simply because it’s so efficient. That said, any shooter in the market for an ultra-compact Glock in 9mm to add to their arsenal will find the 43 fits the bill perfectly.
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The number of guns stolen from gun dealers in Colorado more than doubled in 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports.
The federal agency says some 273 firearms were stolen from Colorado dealers, compared to 121 firearms in 2015 and 56 firearms in 2014.
Colorado is not alone in the uptick in gun thefts. Across the country, a total of 7,858 firearms were stolen in 2016, which the ATF says is a record setting number.
“We are very concerned about the rise in gun thefts. These guns will not be used for hunting or sport; they are destined for future crimes and are a threat to public and officer safety,” said Debora Livingston, special agent in charge of the ATF Denver Field Division.
“ATF is working closely with all the affected police departments in the Denver Metro Area to identify and arrest suspects, recover guns and prevent future thefts,” Livingston continued. “We are also frequently communicating with gun dealers in the Metro Area to inform them of the rise in break-ins and help them better protect their store and inventory.”
ATF agents and local police arrested 15 suspects and seized 55 guns over the past year in the Denver Metro Area. Some of those arrests and seizures occurred at violent crime scenes.
“We believe now that many of last year’s Denver Metro Area burglaries are at least loosely connected, and are not copycat burglaries,” said Livingston.
Most of the thefts took place at night, and 63 percent of the stolen firearms were handguns.
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The Minnesota Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy has approved a bill that would authorize off-duty cops to carry guns where other people cannot.
The legislation, SF 1099, would let off-duty officers carry their guns into certain private venues that otherwise prohibit firearms. The officers would have to pass through the normal security screening and show valid ID proving they are law enforcement.
MPR News reports police unions are backing the legislation, while the Minnesota Vikings organization is not too keen on the idea.
Under current Minnesota law, permitted gun owners can carry firearms in public. However, private establishments have the power to prohibit guns on their properties by posting signs indicating firearms have been banned. Such places include restaurants, malls, and sports stadiums.
In 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the National Football League’s rule that only allows on-duty officers and security to carry firearms. The current bill would override that ruling.
Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, supports the legislation and says it will clear up a lot of confusion off-duty police officers have as to where they can carry their guns.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings find the measure troubling. The Vikings executive vice president, Lester Bagley, says they plan to voice their concerns to lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton.
“We think it will have potential impact on public safety and on stadium security,” Bagley said.
While Vikings games typically have a heavy security presence, Flaherty says off-duty cops never know when they may have to use their firearms to defend themselves and others, citing a knife attack that occurred last year at the St. Cloud mall.
After the attacker injured 10 people, a part-time cop shot and killed the man.
“If this attacker had not been encountered by the trained, armed, off-duty police officer who was capable of confronting him,” Flaherty said, “the attacker would have certainly harmed or killed many more people.”
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A panel of Nevada lawmakers could vote on a bill banning guns in libraries Thursday.
A legislative agenda shows the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled Senate Bill 115 for a work session, just two weeks after a heated vetting that left some Republicans questioning the necessity of the proposal.
“I’m not quite sure this bill is needed,” Sen. Donald Gustavson, R-Sparks, said during a Feb. 28 hearing. “As far as I know there’s no evidence to suggest open carry or concealed carry pose any danger. I’d just hate to create another gun free zone.”
The proposal, a joint effort co-sponsored by Clark County Democrats Sen. Moises Denis and Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, would authorize libraries to preempt state law and ban weapons outright — an exemption so far only given to schools, colleges and daycares.
Denis and Bilbray-Axelrod served as library trustees before becoming state lawmakers and both agreed libraries function as “extensions of the education establishment.”
“I brought it because I felt they were left off the original bill two years ago,” Denis said. “This gives the library the opportunity to do whatever they want. They’ve been gun free for 100 years so to say now that it will change anything, I don’t see it.”
The “original bill” Denis referred to, SB 175, delineates the power of regulating firearms solely to the state Legislature.
A high-profile lawsuit involving the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District settled last year raised questions about whether the preemption law applies to libraries.
The litigation stemmed from the library’s treatment of a woman who openly carried while visiting a public library with her three children in March 2016.
According to court documents filed in April, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police cited Michelle Flores for trespassing at the Rainbow Library after she refused to leave in protest of the building’s ban on weapons like the .38-caliber revolver she wore in a visible holster that day. The library also revoked her privileges for one year, prompting Flores to file suit in district court accusing the library of limiting her constitutional rights to free speech and bear arms.
The library district’s attorney, Dennis Kenney, said the ban wasn’t about Flores’s gun, but rather her “disruptive behavior.”
The district also maintained the Legislature’s preemption law only applies to counties, cities and towns. Libraries, rather, fall into a category of “political subdivisions” that include schools and judicial districts, all of which are distinctly different from the former, the district argued.
Kenney appeared before the committee last month to reiterate Judge Stefany Miley agreed with the district’s interpretation of the law.
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, said despite the lawsuit’s conclusion, he doesn’t believe libraries have the right to ban openly carried firearms.
“I don’t think you’re following the law today,” he said, citing a Legislative Counsel Bureau opinion deeming bans on openly-carried firearms illegal. “I think you are violating the law today. So I understand why you need to bring this bill. You’re violating the law.”
A 75-year-old man was arrested Friday at his home in Ocean County, New Jersey, after authorities learned he was illegally selling guns and ammunition.
“These sales were without the required permits or forms and were considered street level deals,” the Berkeley Township Police Department noted in a press release.
According to reports from local media, the man’s home was located in a senior living community.
An investigation was initiated by the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau after a concerned citizen contacted authorities and indicated the man, John Figlar, may have been selling firearms illegally.
A search warrant was then issued and executed by members of the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau, as well as detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group. Inside Figlar’s home, authorities found what the department described as a “significant weapons cache.”
Altogether, authorities seized 18 firearms, which consisted of handguns, rifles, and shotguns of varying makes, models, and calibers. Additionally, a large amount of ammunition was found – which investigators also believe was being sold illegally – as well as a large amount of cash suspected to be the proceeds from the illegal gun and ammo sales.
Figlar, who was home at the time the warrant was executed, was arrested. He now faces charges for the unlawful sale of a firearms and unlawful sale of ammunition, but additional charges are likely to come, the department said.
“The successful arrest and seizure of these dangerous firearms was due in part to information gathered from concerned citizens who came forward to report this illegal activity,” the Berkeley Township Police Department concluded in a press release.
The department encouraged anyone who is aware of suspicious activity to report it via the department’s tip line at 732-341-1132 x 611. All callers can remain completely anonymous.
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A Tennessee man originally from Britain was found guilty by a federal jury Monday after he sent six suppressors back to the states from that country without the proper licensing or permits.
Paul Gratton, 50, of Murfreesboro, was found guilty of five counts of illegal importation, shipment, receipt, and possession of firearms/unregistered silencers after a two-day trial.
According to court documents, Gratton, who holds passports from both the U.S. and Britain, owns UK Aero, a helicopter servicing business in Tennessee. While traveling to England in 2015 for work and to visit his sick mother who still resides there, he purchased six rimfire suppressors over the counter — which is legal in that country — paying about $50 for each. He then disassembled the devices and shipped some suppressor components to his business in the U.S. via DHL labeled “aircraft-related parts” then carried other parts with him in his checked luggage when returning to the Tennessee.
What tipped off authorities to the action was a call from one of Gratton’s employees to federal agents. The employee turned confidential source forwarded pictures of the parcel containing the suppressor parts as well as text messages and an email from Gratton about the items. Once Gratton returned to the country and retrieved the package, an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives armed with a search warrant paid him a visit at his home and asked about the suppressors.
Calling the items “moderators,” Gratton pointed out five of the devices which were located on a credenza in his office and retrieved the sixth from behind a panel in his workshop.
The ATF inspected the six devices and found they were made by Oulun Työstökeskus Oy, a Finnish suppressor manufacturer. When later evaluated with a Walter P22 pistol at a test range in West Virginia, the suppressors could drop the sound of gunfire by about 20 decibels. The suppressors were imported illegally and not registered to Gratton in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
In motions to the court on the lead-up to last week’s trial, Gratton contended that suppressors and similar devices have no regulation requirements in many countries — such as Britain, and he was caught unaware.
“Indeed, in the land from whence I hail, non-antique guns and high powered air rifles are required to have some accessories prior to use, and strongly encouraged in the remainder of target venues,” he noted. “Indeed, anything from air pistols to shotguns fall in this category as the shooting enthusiasts become more environmentally friendly. Conversely, in American, I have learned (much to the detriment at the hands of a CS) silencers and similar devices have a special set of rules about their purchase and keeping.”
The government countered with the assertion that Gratton had heard suppressors ran as high as $900 in the U.S. and that he went to great lengths to camouflage his actions because he knew he was in violation of the law.
Gratton was found guilty of delivering of a firearm to a common carrier without written notice; illegal shipment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony; illegal importation of a firearm; illegal receipt of a firearm that had been imported; and unlawful possession of unregistered silencers. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. While a hearing for temporary release from custody is scheduled for Thursday, a sentencing date has not yet been set.
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Spanish police announced Tuesday the seizure of 10,000 guns authorities say would have eventually been sold to organized crime and terrorist groups.
NBC News reports the Spanish national police found machine guns, assault rifles, pistols, and revolvers during its raids in northern Spain. Police also recovered around 400 shells and grenades and approximately $90,000, and five suspects were arrested.
Working with border authority Europol, Spain’s national police focused the raids — conducted in the northern cities of Cantabria, Girona and Biscay — on a criminal group known for trafficking and selling guns on the black market.
Officials say the firearms were meant to be sold to gangs and terrorists in Spain, Belgium and France, and that the gun runners “exploited legal loopholes and legislative differences between E.U. countries to divert guns from legal suppliers.”
The gang also reportedly manipulated and reactivated weapons in an illegal workshop near Bilbao, where police say the weapons were “being made ready for sale to terrorist groups and organized crime.”
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