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A beautiful water-cooled Swedish machine gun in the hands of The Gunny and Co. (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:00

Exhibition shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss joins the iconic R. Lee Ermey to talk about and fire the rarely-seen Swedish Kulspruta m/36.

A variant of the water-cooled Browning M1917, the 57-pound Ksp m/36 was adopted by the Swedish military just before WWII and was — as evidenced by its Great War trench-combat origin — one of the most reliable sustained-fire machine guns invented.

Originally chambered in the same 6.5x55mm cartridges that Swedish Mausers fired, most were chambered for the spicier 8x63mm m/32 machine gun round– although the one that KJW and The Gunny have has been converted to an easier to find .30-06.

While some 7,600 were produced for Sweden by 1944, just five are here in the States.

It’s great to see Ermey again, and Weiss told last month she had several projects planned with the venerable drill instructor that were cut short by his untimely passing.

If you are looking for more info on the m/36, check out Forgotten Weapons where Ian McCollum has everything to include a manual on the Scandavavian Browning as well as O. Janson’s Gotavapen site on Swedish weapons. You’ll be glad you did.

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Outdoor writers’ group responds to gun control op-ed from some senior members

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:30

A Huffington Post opinion piece led by the President Obama’s former wildlife boss sparked clarification from the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America.

Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, the OWAA is composed of some 800 individual members and about 200 supporting groups “from the broad, modern spectrum of outdoor beats, from shooting to camping, backpacking to kayaking, wildlife watching to mountain climbing.”

However, Dr. Brandon Shuler, the group’s executive director, wanted to make clear that the recent HuffPost op-ed penned by former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Director Dan Ashe and co-signed by at least nine prominent OWAA members — including three former presidents of the group — was not endorsed by the organization itself.

“OWAA respects the rights of all individuals to express their opinions, but as an organization of professional communicators, we avoid advocacy on issues not related to journalism,” said Shuler in a release. “Some OWAA members may agree with points made in the letter. Some may not. But the letter’s content does not represent OWAA policy.”

The letter by Ashe advanced an agenda to curb gun violence through regulations that included outlawing the sale of all semi-auto rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 cartridges, a ban on gun sales to those under age 21, and a “no-fly/no-buy” law that would bar those on terror watch lists or with a mental illness recognized by the Social Security Administration from buying guns. Other suggested measures included a ban on bump stocks, mandatory and universal background checks, the institution of gun violence restraining orders and increased federal gun research.

“(I)n comparison to the 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who have been stripped of all of their rights, and of life and liberty, it is a small price to pay,” said Ashe in the piece, saying, “There are simple, responsible solutions. No one should use hunters and hunting as an excuse to avoid pursuing them.”

The op-ed received condemnation in gun media circles with Lee Williams, a Sarasota Herald-Tribune editor who heads his regular The Gun Writer column, blasting the missive as perhaps “the worst piece of Fuddish propaganda I’ve seen in decades,” going on to describe the gun culture term at length. Similarly, Dan Zimmerman at The Truth About Guns described the Ashe open letter as “The Fudd Manifesto” while The Gun Mag’s Dave Workman branded it as “Fudd Fury,” a sentiment echoed by James Shepherd, editor of The Outdoor Wire.

In many cases, those critical of both the op-ed and OWAA’s tepid rebuke pointed to the 2005 schism in the organization over its lack of perceived support of the Second Amendment which triggered a number of members exit the organization and form the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

“It’s a pretty safe assumption that the war of words that had inflamed passions, fractured friendships, and split partnerships a decade ago has heated up again,” said Shepherd.

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Gunwerks releases new premium, rifle brass line

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:00

Gunwerks adds a new Premium Rifle Brass line to its catalogue. (Photo: Gunwerks)

Gunwerks announced its branching out, adding an all new, premium rifle brass line to its long range shooting solutions. Designed for precision shooters, the Gunwerks Premium Rifle Brass offers consistency lot to lot with extremely tight tolerances.

“Consistency is key,” Mike Davidson, Director of Manufacturing Operations at Gunwerks, said in a press release. “Precision shooters and reloaders need components that eliminate or minimize variables in the equation. This new brass will produce the most consistent ammo available either in our Gunwerks loaded ammo or in your own hand loads. We don’t cut corners, so you know if we’re loading it in our own ammo, it’s good stuff.”

The brass is available in a variety of calibers. (Photo: Gunwerks)

Chief Operating Officer James Christiansen said that creating its own brass will only help Gunwerks maintain its stringent policy on producing high quality materials for consumers.

“Engineering our own brass achieves a few goals,” Christiansen said in a statement. “First, it will improve quality and consistency. We have always sought out the best components available for our loaded ammunition. With this move, we can more tightly control tolerances and quality to produce the best brass and ammunition available.”

Available in quantities of 100 directly from Gunwerks, the brass comes in a zippered, reusable pouch. Brass offerings currently include 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 Win Mag, .300 RUM, .338 RUM and.338 Lapua Mag with prices starting at $71 and topping out at $214.

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Louisiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk as Legislature Adjourns

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:43
Friday, the Louisiana Legislature adjourned from its 2018 regular Legislative Session.
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Indiana felon shoots landlord hours after successful ‘lie and try’ gun buy

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:30

Kenan Abraman shot his landlord hours after buying two 9mm handguns from a licensed dealer in Muncie, Indiana. Abraman has multiple felony convictions and should have never passed a background check, investigators say. (Photo: WTTV TV)

A convicted felon shot his landlord just hours after buying two pistols from a licensed gun dealer in Muncie, Indiana — though investigators don’t understand how the man passed a background check in the first place.

Kenan Abraman, aka Rodney Patterson, submitted ATF Form 4473 to a clerk at Muncie Rural King Supply Inc. for the purchase of two 9mm handguns back in September. The application — riddled with lies obscuring Abraman’s multiple felony convictions and mental instability — came back approved from the FBI within minutes. Six hours later, Abraman shot his landlord, Tony Ong, in the chest after Ong asked for his rent payment.

Muncie Police Detective Nathan Sloan told local media Abraman then barricaded himself inside his apartment as if preparing for a battle with law enforcement.

“We found him behind the door. He was wearing a helmet, a motorcycle type helmet, a lot of thick clothing along with two firearms and some knives,” he said.

Abraman’s extensive rap sheet includes theft, robbery and criminal recklessness. He stabbed his sister in 2009 and a manager at Walmart in 2014, but jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity. All of these charges should disqualify Abraman from legally owning a gun.

“They operate off the information that’s provided to them and apparently this time, it slipped through the cracks,” Sloan said. “Given his past and what we knew about him, he shouldn’t have been able to obtain these guns.”

Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten told local media Abraman’s record appears in the system — under both of his assumed names. He said its the FBI’s job to figure out why the background check still cleared.

“If somebody is determined to beat the system and is resourceful enough and is willing to tell the right kind of lies, the system can be defeated,” Bursten said.

In April, a Delaware County judge sentenced Abraman to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of his landlord. He is currently receiving treatment at the Indiana County Department of Corrections’ psychiatric wing, according to multiple reports.

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Taking the new Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ pistol for a test drive (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 07:00

Smith & Wesson’s new .380 in the 2.0 Shield series gets its “EZ” name from its easy-load magazine, light slide pull, crisp trigger, and low perceived recoil.

To see if the 8+1 single stack compact lives up to the hype, the Mrgunsngear Channel does a pretty in-depth review of the new Smith above and, deviating from the norm, taps in both female and youth evaluators to give the gun a test.

At 6.7-inches overall with an unloaded weight of 18.5-ounces, the Shield EZ is internal hammer-fired– which is a plus for those who aren’t fans of striker guns. It also has lots of safety features including a grip safety, which is rare for U.S.-made polymer framed handguns and includes the option for a factory thumb safety as well.

But how do the test shooters like it? Watch the video.

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Anti-gun activists, Dems attack ‘imaginary 2nd Amendment’ after school shooting

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:30

Friday’s Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas left Democrat lawmakers and gun control advocates calling for change.

In response to the event in the Houston suburb that saw a 17-year-old student kill 10 and leave another dozen injured, Democrats in Congress quickly laid the blame for the incident on the spotty success of moving gun control measures forward in Washington.

“This an epidemic of horrifying proportions, and Congress has made a deliberate, conscious choice to facilitate this slaughter,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who then proclaimed on social media, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment.”

Murphy went on to clarify that his interpretation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms “allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only — to kill as many people as fast as possible,” although reports from Sante Fe state that the suspect in the shooting that killed eight students and two faculty used a Remington 870 pump shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, neither of which would have fallen under the former federal assault weapons ban.

Murphy was joined by Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, who said,”Thoughts & prayers aren’t enough! We need action and legislation,” and New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan who urged, “Congress must act to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence.”

Rhode Island’s U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, sponsor of a current proposal to ban most semi-auto firearms that has 176 fellow Dems signed on, tweeted that, “Every time there’s another mass shooting, I get more pissed off at Republicans in Congress. They are the reason nothing gets done to stop this.”

Among national gun control organizations, the Brady Campaign, Giffords and Everytown all issued statements over the weekend urging action and blaming the gun lobby for Congressional inaction in passing more regulation on guns.

“We need the courage to take on the special interests who say that nothing can be done, that these acts of evil are beyond our ability to control,” said Gabby Giffords. “They are not. The gun lobby and the politicians who receive the NRA’s checks must understand we will not tolerate another vote against our safety.”

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, compared exposing the NRA’s agenda to squashing cockroaches as her organization posted recruitment calls on social media and sent out mailers urging donations to the group under the banner of Students Demand Action. When called out by a conservative website for being a “vulture” for “dancing on graves to blame NRA for Santa Fe High School shooting,” Watts tweeted that she was “Proud to be a vulture.”

Proud to be a vulture…

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 18, 2018

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Bump stock maker Slide Fire has stopped operations

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:00

Slide Fire posted the notice on their website on Sunday (Photo: Screenshot)

Embattled Texas-based Slide Fire Solutions ceased functionality on their website Sunday night and announced they will no longer accept orders moving forward.

The company, the primary manufacturer of bump stock devices in the country, advised that orders placed prior to midnight on May 20 would be processed and shipped but did not address any warranty concerns other than to direct those who need customer service to an email address.

“We thank you for your support,” the company said simply in a statement. Slide Fire’s social media page remained up, although it has not been updated since May 3.

The company, who holds itself as the “sole patent holder of bump fire technology” with numerous patents registered, is named as a defendant in a litany of lawsuits over the use of bump fire stocks at the Route 91 Harvest shooting last October in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and some 850 others injured. This came in conjunction with a flood of efforts, both legislative and regulatory, to ban the stocks and a host of other trigger devices at the federal, local and state level.

Since the news broke of the device’s use in the Las Vegas shooting and looming bans, demand has run high, with Slide Fire frequently announcing on their website that they were suspending new orders until they caught up. The company has also removed the list of retailers who stock the devices from their site – a move noted by the Brady Campaign, a gun control organization behind one of the class action suits.

Slide Fire, based in Moran, Texas, has been granted numerous patents for their stocks over the past decade and has defended their virtual monopoly in the marketplace, forcing competitor Bump Fire Systems out of business two years ago after a lengthy court battle. Approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in 2010 under the Obama administration, the bump fire stock marketed by Slide Fire was pitched to increase firearms accessibility for those with limited mobility among other uses.

Slide Fire’s founder and CEO, Jeremiah Cottle, holds nearly a dozen firearm-related patents and hasn’t elaborated on his plans for the future. “I built something, and a madman is taking it all away,” Cottle, an Air Force veteran, told Bloomberg Businessweek in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that brought negative attention to the niche accessory and the company he founded in 2000.

An estimated 280,000 to 520,000 bump fire stocks are in circulation, according to federal regulators.

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Santa Fe School District denies shooter was bullied

General Gun News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 05:30

A Texas Department of Public Safety officer places crime scene tape across Santa Fe High School on May 19, 2018 — one day after a mass shooting there claimed 10 lives. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times USA Today Network)

School officials in Texas denied reports about coaches and students at Santa Fe High School bullying the teenager who killed 10 and wounded 13 others last week.

The Santa Fe Independent School District posted an unsigned message to its social media accounts Saturday disputing multiple news reports of football coaches and students teasing 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Jr. about “smelling bad,” among other insults.

“Administration looked into these claims and confirmed that these reports are untrue,” the statement says. “With respect for the bereaving families, faculty, and community, please remain mindful of information and how it is communicated. In moments of despair, it is most important we stand together and lean upon one another to get through these tough times.”

Pagourtzis surrendered to police outside an art class just after 8 a.m. Friday, 30 minutes into a shooting spree that left eight students and two teachers dead. School Resource Officer John Barnes underwent emergency surgery for a shotgun blast to the arm and remains in critical condition.

Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady confirmed the names of the victims Saturday: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone, Aaron Kyle McLeod and teachers Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale. “Please keep the families in your thoughts as they mourn this tragic loss,” Roady said.

Police charged Pagourtzis with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant. Investigators said the Remington 870 shotgun and .38-caliber revolver used in the attack belonged to the his father, though it remains unclear how he gained access to the firearms. A lawyer representing the family released a statement over the weekend expressing their shock over the incident.

“While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love,” the statement says.

Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, told the Associated Press she thinks the gunman targeted her daughter after she repeatedly rejected his romantic advances — though law enforcement has yet to release an official motive for the attack. A police affidavit indicates the shooter spared students he liked so they “could tell his story.”

“We are all feeling the grief of this horrific event,” said Dr. Leigh Wall, Sante Fe ISD Superintendent, in a news release Friday. “We are committed to ensuring that our students, family and staff receive the care and support they need during this tragic time.”

The high school will remain closed through Tuesday as federal investigators gather evidence.

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Texas governor to host ‘roundtable’ discussion after Santa Fe shooting (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:00

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he’ll host a roundtable discussion to exchange a diverse set of ideas for preventing future school shootings like the one Friday at Santa Fe High School.

“We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families,” Abbott said during a press conference Friday. “It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas.”

Abbott’s push for legislative action came hours after a 17-year-old gunman entered the high school Friday morning and murdered 10 people and injured 13 others, including two law enforcement officers who had engaged him during the attack. Texas authorities said the Santa Fe gunman took guns from his dad, who legally owned them, and concealed them under a trench coat.

The quickness of the governor’s response likely a lesson from witnessing political action spurred by February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which has had a cascading effect in both the public and private sectors.

The student-led activism, bolstered by gun control groups, successfully lobbied lawmakers in Florida — long considered a gun rights stronghold — to pass sweeping gun control measures and influenced major financial institutions to revise their policies on lending to gun businesses.

What new solutions will emerge from Abbott’s roundtable are unclear. Texas law already permits arming teachers, a subject Abbott praised during his speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting earlier this month (though both Galveston County officials and its educators opt not to). Also, the Santa Fe school had an award-winning school safety plan and had two armed police officers posted on campus.

While policy debate following a mass shooting typically results in a singular solution applicable to the scenario or a measure that seems palatable, Abbott wants to ensure mass shootings never happen again in Texas, so proposals may include solutions unrelated to the Santa Fe shooting.

“The fact of the matter is in the fog of the aftermath of a catastrophe like this the answers are not always immediate, but the answers will come by us working together,” Abbott said.

Abbott explained the roundtable will broach the subjects of “expedient” background checks, strategies to keep guns away from those who pose a danger to others, and providing more resources to schools and to mental health programs. All of which, he added, are included in a policy paper he had planned on revealing next week.

During Friday’s press conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the Santa Fe school’s staff “had done everything that they could to protect” students and teachers from the gunman, but the problem with school security maybe that “there are too many entrances and too many exits” in school buildings. To secure the more than 8,000 campuses in Texas, he said the solution may be “creative” and take a lot of work and cost a lot of money.

Abbott will host the roundtable discussion next week. “We can work together on putting together laws that will protect Second Amendment rights but at the same time ensure communities and especially our schools are safer places,” he said.

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The quest to own a new HiPoint 1095 10mm Carbine (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 06:00

Normally a connoisseur of classic weapons of all flavors, Tim with the Military Arms Channel eagerly sought out one of Hi-Point’s new 10mm carbines.

While he admits to being no advocate of the Ohio-based company’s product line, Tim is a big fan of 10 mike-mike, so he embarked on a journey to bring one home to his esoteric collection.

The budget pistol caliber carbine maker’s new chambering comes complete with a threaded barrel and a choice between two different finishes. The 1095TS features a last round lock back and a rubber cheek rest in addition to the factory threaded barrel which is ready to accept muzzle devices and suppressors– and Tim has a can ready to test it out in the hush zone.

Photos or it didn’t happen, right? Right!

And yes, that is a Primary Arms red dot co-witnessed on the top rail.

MSRP is $389 in black on black or $439 for the Realtree Edge camo. The price point for the basic model is about $75 higher than the company’s banner 9mm carbine and $40 more than the .45ACP variants– but if you are considering picking one up, you should probably watch the above and weigh Tim’s experience.

Also, the “Kill a Commie for Mommy” tee is the best. Unless you are a communist, at which point you may have indigestion.

Speaking of needing some Pepto, how about bump-firing said carbine?

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Undeterred hunters, 86 and 90, bag turkeys on opening day (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:30

Age is just a number when it comes to dedicated turkey hunters chasing longbeards in the Spring.

In the above piece from WJFW, Merrill, Wisconsin’s Marie Skic speaks of her love of the outdoors and hunting. The spry 90-year-old has been heading to the woods for the past seven decades and, with 28 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, she has lots of hunting buddies to choose from.

“She doesn’t want to go home until she gets whatever she’s after. There’s times where we’re in the blind by 5:30 am and it’s getting dark at night and we’re still turkey hunting,” said Marie’s son, Wally Skic.

Shrugging off Butterball, just two hours into this Spring’s turkey season, she bagged a 23-pound bird.

Local Merrill resident, 90-year-old Marie Skic, shot this turkey on opening day of her season, April 18. The turkey weighed 23 pounds, had one-inch spurs and a nine-inch beard. Her son, Wally Skic was “calling in” turkeys for her. (Photo/Caption: MerrillFotoNews)

And she isn’t the only one.

In Raymond, Maine, 86-year-old Lou Haskell was in the woods just before dawn on opening day with his 12-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg 835. Timing knee replacement surgeries so that he would be ready for the start of the season, the Portland Press Herald followed him to the woods to get his story.

Two hours after entering the blind, reporter Mary Pols paints the picture:

Shortly after 7 a.m., there’s a distant gobble. Haskell tries his gobbler call again. As the minutes pass, it seems the gobble from outside gets closer. Or maybe not. He drinks coffee and waits. Then at 7:40 a.m. comes the sound of a hen and a sudden ratcheting up of gobbles, close by. Peeking out of the blind, Haskell spots the tom, about 18 yards away, its blue-hued feathers gleaming in the morning sun. His gun goes up within seconds and the shot resounds through the blind.

Scratch another turkey, one of many Haskell has harvested since age 14.

In a third story, NYUp has David Detlor, of Baldwinsville, New York, who has gone hunting wild turkey every spring and fall since 1973. At 92, he is taking a physician-approved break from his chemo treatments for cancer to make sure he can chase Big Bird this year.

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Night Fision, Student of the Gun launch Accur8 Tritium sights

General Gun News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:00

The Accur8 are a collaboration between Night Fision and Student of the Gun. (Photo: Night Fision)

Night Fision partners with Paul Markel of Student of the Gun to release a new set of tritium sights called Accur8.

The Accur8 Tritium sights are precision-machined from steel and constructed in the USA with Swiss Tririum. The front sight features a brightly colored polymer designed to offer higher visibility in all light scenarios. Front ring colors are available in orange, white and yellow.

While the Accur8 Tritium sights are initially launching for the Glock platform, Night Fision says other sight model options are on the horizon. The company says the partnership with Student of the Gun has been an exciting one.

The sights offer three various front sight post colors. (Photo: Night Fision)

“We are very excited to be working with Paul (Markel) on this exciting project,” said Jacob Herman, Director of Sales for Night Fision said in a press release,” As Night Fision is the countries foremost expert in precision tritium we felt that we had to bring a sight like the Accur8 to market.”

For his part, Markel said plenty of thought and testing when into the design of the Accur8 to ensure success.

“A great deal of thought and testing went into the development of these sights,” Markel said in a statement. “I am pleased to have the Student of the Gun name associated with Night Fision and these sights.”

The Acurr8 Tritium sights are available from Night Fision with a MSRP of $117.

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Vortex Spitfire AR Prism Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:16

Vortex’s new contender in the 1X arena isn’t even a true vintage style Red-Dot sight at all. It is actually a small one power prismatic scope. It isn’t dependent on shining LEDs, lasers, or fiber optic transmitted light upon a lens to create an aiming point. It has an etched reticle that is present without artificial illumination, though it does have supplemental illumination to aid in low lighting conditions.

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Florida Alert: NRA Fighting to Protect “Jane Doe” & “John Doe” in Florida

NRA-ILA News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 15:51
On May 9, 2018 Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB-7026 into law.  The media gleefully reported SB-7026 as Florida’s first gun control bill in decades. Among other gun control restrictions, the bill violates the Second Amendment rights of persons between the ages of 18-21.  Within 2 hours after Governor Scott signed the gun control bill, the NRA filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida to overturn the 18-21 restriction.
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Santa Fe school shooting leaves 10 dead, 10 injured

General Gun News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:30

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Jr, 17, is suspected of killing 10 people and injuring another 10 at Santa Fe High School in Galvenston County, Texas on May 18, 2018. (Photo: Galveston County Sheriff’s Office)

Texas authorities have released a hodgepodge of details about Friday’s shooting at a high school in Santa Fe that left 10 people dead and another 10 injured.

The suspected gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Jr, appeared in court after surrendering to police on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.

The 17-year-old answered “yes, sir” and “no, sir” softly as he responded to questions at his appearance. He accepted a court appointed attorney, but he did not enter a plea. He’s being held without bond in a Galveston County jail.

Pagourtzis walked into Santa Fe High School on Friday morning wearing a black trench coat concealing a Remington 870 shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, according to an affidavit obtained by local media. Authorities received calls about an active shooter at about 7:30 am.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, arriving on the scene at approximately 7:45 am. Officers found multiple victims, including school resource officer John Barnes who was critically injured. Pagourtzis surrendered to police at 8:02 am inside an art classroom.

Nine students and one teacher were killed in the attack and 10 people were injured, including the police officer. Pagourtzis later told investigators that “he did not shoot students he did like so could have his story told,” the affidavit says. Authorities have not identified a motive.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference Friday that investigators found journals written by the gunman that indicated he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting but was too afraid to take his own life.

Abbott also said investigators have not found any warning signs or red flags suggesting Pagourtzis was planning to hurt others. The closest thing was a picture of a “born to kill” t-shirt posted on Pagourtzis’s Facebook profile.

Abbott explained investigators found explosives on the scene and have been careful investigating other locations involved out of fear of more explosives. But he clarified that Pagourtzis took the firearms used in the attack from his father, who legally owned them.

Abbott said investigators are interviewing two other people of interest, including one person at the scene who had “suspicious reactions” to the incident.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said during Friday’s press conference the school staff did everything they could to protect the students and added that the Santa Fe school district was one out of 186 to win a safety award.

“There were two officers assigned to this school plus a roving officer,” Patrick said and explained the town’s police chief was actually on his way to the scene. “In fact, it was the chief who was able, we understand, to pull back the one officer when he was shot and pull him to safety and return fire.”

Authorities said they’ll release more information when more about the incident is understood. The governor also said he’s planning to host a roundtable discussion to search for legislative solutions to prevent future incidents.

“We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

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Pulsar adds new Ultra IR Illuminators to optics lineup

General Gun News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:00

The Ultra IR Illuminators are designed to work alonside the company’s Digisight Ultra. (Photo: Pulsar)

Pulsar introduces new models to its Ultra IR Illuminators series, launching the Ultra-850 IR Illuminator and the Ultra-940 IR Illuminator.

The Ultra IR series is designed to work with Pulsar Digisight Ultra models only, mounting to the side socket on the Digisight Ultra’s frame. Pulsar says the set-up is ideal for serious nighttime, predator, hog and varmint hunting.

The illuminator is designed for hunters stalking their prey under the cover of night. (Photo: Pulsar)

The illuminators supply visual enhancement during lowlight situations to allow shooters to easily and more effectively detect and identify targets. The IR itself boasts variable beam control that allows it to focus from spot to flood based on the shooting situation. The IR’s beam position is also adjustable and aligns with the Digisight’s field of view.

The LED IR illuminator features variable power in order to deliver three brightness settings in total, while the Ultra IR units overall are IP55 water resistant.

The Ultra-850 IR Illuminator and 940nm LED IR Ultra-940 Illuminator are priced at $149.

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Taking a dive into the dark with the Tunnel Rats in Vietnam (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 05:30

Creeping around an underground labyrinth filled with booby traps and hidden dangers armed only with a .45. You just defined a Tunnel Rat.

As covered in the above 1967 short film by the Army, soldiers deployed to Southeast Asia poke around a newly discovered tunnel complex in an effort to reap any intelligence that may have been left behind by the (hopefully) former Viet Cong occupants.

Equipped with an M1911A1 and a Fulton MX991/U anglehead flashlight that put out an impressive 5 lumens of moonglow, so-called Tunnel Rats squeezed down the narrow underground passages that could contain high-value targets including bunkers, headquarters and storage facilities located near, or in some cases even under, American and Allied installations.

But there were efforts to provide a more purpose-built handgun for the job.

In 1966, the Army made a half-dozen tunnel rat kits that included a suppressed Smith .38 with downloaded ammunition for use by these underground gladiators. However, they weren’t liked and weren’t really all that silent due to the escaping gas from the cylinder.

A soldier poses with his Tunnel Exploration Kit, consisting of a silenced .38 S&W, special holster, and a bite-switch activated headlamp. Great trigger D by the way.

Another attempted solution was the 1969-era Quiet Special Purpose Revolver, a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum that was chambered for a very low power .410-ish shell filled with 15 tungsten balls in a plastic sabot. Since the ammunition itself had about as much powder as a 4th of July party popper, the gun was fitted with a short smoothbore barrel and did not need a suppressor. Just 75 of the guns were made.

The QSPR snubby .410 and one of its short-range shells, and yes, that is the whole gun.

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