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Top All Weather Firearms For Snow Conditions

Gun News Daily - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 18:56

If there’s anything that can wreck absolute havoc on the finish of your firearms, it’s rain and snow. Traditional firearm finishes such as bluing may look absolutely gorgeous, but they offer precious little protection against moisture, and when rust and corrosion sets in it can absolutely devastate the aesthetic looks and the monetary value of […]

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Florida Alert! NRA's Statement on Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities & Counties

NRA-ILA News - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 15:53
We know a lot of you don't cruise the Internet so we thought this message was important enough to send it directly to you. 
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Massachusetts: Hearing on Bill to Mandate Doctors Push State’s Anti-Gun Agenda

NRA-ILA News - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 07:00
On December 10th, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health will hear House Bill 2005 to impose a mandatory requirement for doctors to ask patients about firearms in their homes and for the type of “counseling” they would have to provide for those who have firearms. This would essentially deputize health care professionals to spread whatever anti-gun propaganda the state wishes.
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Op Ed – Poncho Nevarez Should Resign!

Gun News Daily - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:20

WHY THE HELL WAS PONCHO NEVAREZ ALLOWED TO SIT ON THE PANEL AT THE DFW GUN RIGHTS HEARING AFTER BEING POPPED FOR COCAINE?  Fellow Texans and Gun Rights Supporters To tell you I’m irritated would be an understatement.  As I write this I am downright furious. How our leadership dropped the ball, we may never know.  But […]

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A Very Carry Christmas – The Best Time of the Year

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:39

It has been a great year for all of us in terms of concealed carry new hotness, so that is how I chose to orient my shopping list this time around. If somebody besides Saint Nick comes down your chimney, these are the tools you want.

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NRA's Statement on Second Amendment Sanctuaries

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:05
Read the NRA's statement on Second Amendment sanctuaries. “It is the tyrannical nature of politicians that triggers sanctuary, not the other way around...”
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Background Checks for Family Members?! Bloomberg-Bought Virginia Legislature Seeks to Ban Private Firearms Transfers

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:00
Michael Bloomberg’s bought-and-paid-for new Virginia majorities have wasted no time introducing an extremist bill that would make the Commonwealth one of the most hostile states for law-abiding gun owners.
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Manticore Arms Designs Suppressor for Scorpion EVO

General Gun News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 05:00

Manticore Arms’ Venom Suppressor mounted on the Scorpion EVO. (Photo: Manticore Arms)

Illinois-based Manticore Arms released a new suppressor, the Venom, designed around the 9mm chambered CZ Scorpion EVO pistol.

Manufactured and distributed by Rat Worx, the Venom suppressor attaches to an existing Scorpion EVO pistol, Scorpion EVO Bullpup Kit or other short-barreled rifles with a 7.75-inch barrel. In its ideal state, the Venom maintains the Scorpion EVO’s aesthetics through the use of a forend assembly.

The Venom comes with all the needed materials to mount to the Scorpion EVO. (Photo: Manticore Arms)

To mount, the existing forend and muzzle device is removed and the Venom’s mounting block, muzzle device, and own forend slip onto the Scorpion EVO. To complete the assembly, the suppressor core is the slide into place and the rig is ready to shoot.

Made from 6061 aluminum, the Venom opts for a 12-inch length forend with a weight tipping scales at around 32-ounces. The Venom sports a Type III black hard-coat anodizing, integral QD pocket, Picatinny rail and M-LOK slots on the sides and underside of the rail.

(Photo: Manticore Arms)

“The unique design of the forend and suppressor core allow any underside mounted M-LOK accessories to stay in place even when the core is removed or installed, a feature not seen before in any integrally suppressed forend,” Manticore Arms President Sven Jonsson said in a news release.

Additionally, Manticore Arms says the Venom suppressor’s build features a larger surface area which in turn allows it to stay cooler longer while firing.

The suppressor core. (Photo: Manticore Arms)

“The larger amount of overall material, larger surface area, and approximately 2.7 times larger internal volume than a typical 9mm suppressor allows the Venom to stay cool over long strings of fire,” Jonsson explained. “In testing the suppressor can still be comfortably held even after rapid-fire of over 100 plus rounds in rapid succession and can be fired all day long at a typical firing pace.”

The Venom retails for $449 and includes the forend, muzzle device, and suppressor core.



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Duck Hunting Ammo Brands Sure to Make it Rain Ducks

General Gun News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 04:30

Hardcore waterfowlers need guns and gear that will perform in harsh conditions but also require ammunition that will hold up its end of the smackdown as well. has selected our top three brands of ammunition for duck hunters.

Whether birders choose to go for the highest end metallurgy in shot or opt for plain old steel, take a look at our recommendations to make memories in blinds and boats this season.

Federal Premium Black Cloud TSS and Speed Shok

Federal Black Cloud TSS delivers a proven design worthy of the hunt.

Federal’s Black Cloud ammo has been helping fill bag limits of birds for years but now, loaded with modern tungsten, Black Cloud Tungsten Super Shot is better than ever. The new Black Cloud TSS is loaded with 60-percent TSS shot and 40-percent FliteStopper Steel shot inside the FliteControl Flex wad. Effective patterns range beyond 50-yards and tungsten has been proven to hit harder, penetrate deeper, and hold more density than both lead and steel shot.

That performance comes at a price, though, at $30.99 but if reaching high-flying birds is your forte, this is what you need.


Federal Speed Shok provides affordable ammo to duck hunters.

Sometimes hunters desire high volume shooting and cost-effective hunting ammo, and none fits the bill better than Federal’s Speed Shok lineup These steel-shot waterfowling loads are available in 10-, 12-, 16-, 20- and 28-gauge, each with a variety of shot sizes tailored for your birding needs.

The new Speed Shok uses a lead-free primer and cleaner-burning powder. The Speed Shok retails for $11.99.


Hevi Shot and Steel

Hevi Shot Duck delivers performance for fast-flying ducks.

Hevi Shot Duck is purpose-built for taking small-bodied, fast-moving waterfowl. For those unfamiliar with Hevi-Shot in general, it’s a non-toxic alternative to steel comprised of an alloy of tungsten, nickel, and iron. Like Federal TSS, Hevi-Shot has much greater density and knockdown power than standard steel or lead loads.

Hevi-Duck also boasts a large range of options, available in .410 bore, 28-, 20-, 16- and 12-gauges with multiple loads and shot sizes available. Prices vary, but the average 12-gauge load comes to around $45.99.


Hevi- Steel brings a more affordable option to the table.

Hevi-Steel advertises their loads as flying faster than many steel competitors, with loads running 1,500 FPS versus a more common 1,450 FPS. Hevi also opts for a cleaner-burning powder than many and has offerings in all the popular gauges—10-, 12-, 20-, and 28-gauges with shot sizes optimal for all sorts of waterfowling. Much like Federal’s Speed Shok, Hevi-Steel is a more affordable option priced around $15.99.


Kent Cartridge

Kent Bismuth brings a bismuth design which is softer than steel.

While some types of modern shot, including plain old steel, can be hard on older shotgun barrels Bismuth is softer than steel. Advertised as safe in any choke and for most older barrels as well, Bismuth is non-toxic yet still 24-percent denser than steel. What this equates to is more knock-down power and a larger range than standard steel waterfowl loads.

Kent’s Bismuth is limited in selection and comes in only 12- and 20- gauge options. Prices are higher than steel, but still significantly more cost-effective than tungsten alloys, retailing around $38.99.


Kent Fasteel 2.0 is primed for duck hunting.

Fasteel 2.0 does things a bit differently than other competitors utilizing Precision Plated Steel shot — essentially steel shot coated with zinc. The blended powders are intended to help minimize felt recoil from heavy waterfowl loads. Available in both 12- and 20-gauges, with several shot sizes and shell options in each, Fasteel 2.0 prices hover around $13.99.



Ammunition options are plenty for duck hunters, whether opting for a premium shot like tungsten or bismuth or selecting a more wallet-friendly variant. Regardless of your choice of duck ammunition this season, may you find success on passing birds and the camaraderie of the duck blinds and fields.

Don’t forget to check out the Vault for all your shotgun and ammunition needs for waterfowl season and beyond.

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Michael Bloomberg Pledges Gun Bans, Strict Regulations

General Gun News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 02:26

As President, Michael Bloomberg has promised a series of gun bans, permits, and increased regulations on not only the firearms industry but also legal gun owners> (Photo: Chris Eger/

The newest candidate for the Democratic 2020 Presidental nomination this week announced his anti-gun platform, and it is bananas.

“Mike Bloomberg sees the gun violence crisis as a true national emergency and has promised that gun safety will be a top priority as president,” the billionaire former New York Mayor’s campaign said in a statement along with his platform. Bloomberg kicked off the announcement at a stop in Colorado where he addressed a crowd of gun control proponents.

“As President, I will attack gun violence from every angle,” he said.

Among the promises outlined in his platform, Bloomberg would require:

  • Background checks for all gun transfers, even for private sales.
  • Mandate that all would-be gun buyers to get a permit to purchase a firearm– to include what he terms an “extreme risk screening.”
  • Adopt a 48-hour waiting period for every firearm sale, even for those who already legally own guns.
  • Regulate the distribution of 3D-printing gun files online while moving to ban the publication of such files.
  • Up the minimum age for buying rifles and shotguns to 21 nationwide.
  • Restart the long-expired federal ban on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” which would impact many common semi-autos.
  • Ban all forms of campus carry with the only exception being for police.
  • Require mandatory gun lock laws.
  • Close “gaps” and “loopholes” in the country’s gun laws by expanding lists of who is banned from possessing firearms.
  • Require gun owners who have been victimized by theft to report the loss of their guns under threat of a penalty.

Besides the new restrictions, Bloomberg said he will direct $300 million in taxpayer funds for programs like public health research into gun deaths and to beef up the ATF “so that the Bureau is able to police the gun industry more effectively.”

Speaking of the gun industry, Bloomberg promised to strip away the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) which shields everyone from local gun stores to large firearm makers from frivolous lawsuits. He would also direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to add more regulations “to set safety requirements for gun technology,” a possible nod to a future smart gun mandate.

Finally, Bloomberg intends to establish a national gun control tsar, operating from the White House, with “an interagency hub” at his fingertips.

Last year, the former Mayor personally spent $110 million to elect “candidates strong on gun safety in the 2018 midterm elections” as referred by to his campaign website and helped create the organization now known as Everytown in 2006. According to a report from The Associated Press, Bloomberg’s personal fortune tops $50 billion and he has already paid for almost  $40 million in political ads since announcing his candidacy in late November.

According to poll aggregator Real Clear Politics, Bloomberg is currently polling in fifth place among 2020 Democratic contenders, behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg.

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1960s Cool: The Rarely Seen Gyrojet Semi-Auto Rocket Pistol

General Gun News - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 01:26

Used both in secret agent movies and by real-life black ops teams, the Gyrojet Rocket Pistol was ultra-cool but ultimately unsuccessful.

Invented about the same time as The Jetsons were a hit TV show, nuclear weapons researcher Bob Mainhardt and arms designer Art Biehl came together to form MB Associates (after their initials) to explore rocket projects. In addition to a reasonably popular handheld flare projector, they also looked to produce a series or rocket-firing weapons with an eye towards military contracts.

The long-expired patent #3,212,402 for the Gyrojet was filed in 1962 by Mathew C. Hengel, Arthur T Biehl, and Robert Mainhardt on behalf of MBA and was issued in 1965.

These guns– both pistols, and rifles– would be incredibly light (as low as 16-ounces), near recoilless, and powerful. In effect, they would be multi-shot rocket launchers that could be carried and fired by virtually anyone.

The gun itself was an inexpensive affair. It was made largely from zamak, a zinc alloy (think Hi-Point) with a very thin steel barrel. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

A fixed seven-shot magazine loaded through the top of the chamber like the old Broomhandle Mauser pistol. Since the entire rocket cartridge fired and left via the muzzle, there was no need to eject spent cases. In fact, the short rear slide was only used when you had to open the chamber to load/unload the pistol. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

When the very stiff (15-pound) trigger was fired, a protective guard over the fixed firing pin dropped away and the cartridge was pushed back onto it, igniting the solid rocket fuel inside. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Had the theory behind the MBA Gyrojet series been better proven, it would have likely changed firearm history. However, the end result was a rocket-firing small arm that looked like a flare gun, sounded like a starter pistol, and was almost as accurate.

In the end, while they appeared on screens big and small at the time– notably in the hands of “Tiger Tanaka” and assorted ninjas in 1967’s Bond film You Only Live Twice, they never gained widespread acceptance. Nonetheless, there is some evidence they were used to some extent by MAC-V-SOG personnel in Southeast Asia.

Produced for two years, this Gyrojet Mark II Semi-Automatic Rocket Pistol in the Vault dates from October 1969-– near the end of the company’s existence. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Manufactured by MBA Associates in San Ramon, California, the Mark II pistol uses the 12mm Rocketeer Automatic Rocket, a spin-stabilized projectile that has long been out of production. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

These guns are increasingly collectible and this example in excellent condition comes with the original date-coded MBA-marked box, now 50 years old. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

While we never got jetpacks or moon bases out of the 1960s, we do still have their rocket gun.


If you like interesting and often rare guns like the Gyrojet, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner or look through our entire catalog of more than 3,000 new and used guns of all sorts.


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Witness to Infamy: Pearl Harbor Veteran M1911A1

General Gun News - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:21

The destroyer USS Shaw, shown to the right at the center of a tremendous explosion, was all but destroyed on the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. The photo is an iconic and well-known image of the event. (Photo: National Archives)

A handgun that survived the maelstrom of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, still endures in a place of honor today.

The quiet of that Sunday morning saw two waves of Japanese carrier aircraft swarm over the strategic Hawaiian island port that sheltered the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. With the first planes coming over the harbor at just before 8 a.m.– at least an hour before the Japanese declaration of war against the United States– by 10 a.m. it was all over and 21 ships were left sunk or damaged in their wake.

One of those ships was the USS Shaw, a destroyer that joined the Navy in 1936 and was inside a floating drydock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard undergoing routine maintenance near the battleship USS Nevada.

According to a report filed after the attack, Shaw was hit directly by three bombs at about the same time that as many as two other bombs landed between the destroyer and the dock. This led to a fierce, uncontrollable blaze on the ship that a short time later reached the vessel’s ammunition magazines, triggering a massive explosion witnessed across the harbor.

USS Shaw is shown exploding in a view from across the harbor at Ford Island. The ship to the right is the battleship USS Nevada (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Sailors stand amid wrecked planes at the Ford Island seaplane base, watching as USS Shaw explodes in the center background, December 7, 1941. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A view inside the drydock, then sunk and full of water and oil, the day after the attack. USS Shaw is seen severely damaged in the center of the dock. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

In the aftermath of the attack, over 2,300 were killed, including at least 24 casualties on USS Shaw.

The Pistol

As explained to by the curators of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, a civilian employee of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard in the days immediately after the attack found a damaged M1911 handgun on the deck of the drydock containing USS Shaw. The employee handed it back over to the crew of the destroyer.

The .45ACP GI longslide has Colt rollmarks and patent dates with a serial number, 708104, that puts it inside the 1924 production range for the military. The gun is missing its period two-toned magazine, both of its checkered walnut grip panels, and screws. The pistol’s trigger guard is bent and warped while its front sight is damaged.

Note under the slide stop lever the “WTG” acceptance mark of Springfield Armory’s Capt. Walter T. Gorton, who inspected Colt M1911s from S/N 700,000 to 710,000 for the U.S. Army. (Photo: Pearl Harbor National Memorial/NPS)

Gone is much of Colt’s traditional deep blue finish, replaced by deep pits and scaling no doubt left from burning fuel oil. Although the slide is stamped “Model of 1911” the gun incorporates many of the changes over previous models that would go on to be adopted formally by the Army as the M1911A1 in 1926. Such pistols are referred to as “Transitional Models” by Colt collectors today.

Note the U.S. Army property stamps. Even though a Navy gun, the Army’s Ordnance Bureau proofed and inspected firearms at the manufacturer. (Photo: Pearl Harbor National Memorial/NPS)

While USS Shaw was quickly repaired and returned to service with the Fleet only to be scrapped in 1946 after the war, the pistol that survived the destroyer’s toughest day of service has been on public display with the National Park Service at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial since 2010.

“In anger and frustration, more than one man ended up firing a pistol at attacking aircraft with little hope of striking anything,” notes the NPS on the public display of S/N 708104.

Thank you to Scott Pawlowski with the Pearl Harbor National Memorial for his extended help compiling this article.

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Kimber EVO SP TT & TLE Unboxed at the Gun Counter

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:33

Kimber EVO SP TT & TLE 9mm New for 2019, the Kimber EVO SP (Striker Pistol) was designed to be the ultimate metal framed concealed carry pistol. The EVO SP has a completely snag free design with some new innovative features along with all the upgrades you’d expect to find in a high-end pistol. The […]

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CZ-USA Updates Scorpion Evo 3 S1, CZ Custom Expands on Scorpions

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:20

CZ-USA will soon offer the Scorpion Evo 3 S1 9mm in a micro pistol format with a side-folding SB Tactical brace due to customer demand.

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Zimmerman Sues Martin Family for $100 Million, Alleging They Used Fake Witness to Indict Him

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 11:49

At the center of the claim is the belief that the prosecution’s key witness in the 2013 trial was an “imposter and fake witness.”

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Florida Bus Driver Wants to Carry At Work Following Vicious Knife-Attack

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:29

A Florida bus driver who was the victim of a vicious knife attack last month is now asking his bosses to allow him to carry a concealed firearm at work.  The driver, Schnaider Prophete, made the request before the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Authority’s board of directors on Monday.   An Army veteran, Prophete […]

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Winchester Hits Hard with Xpert Snow Goose Ammo

General Gun News - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 04:30

Winchester Snow Goose brings an ammo offering for dedicated waterfowlers looking for American made ammo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Chasing the sky-darkening flocks of migrating snow geese means one thing for hardcore waterfowlers—high-volume shooting. In the past, the majority of such hunters turn simply to whatever high-brass, fast-moving steel hunting loads they could find. Modern ammunition manufacturers, however, are recognizing the demand for specialty rounds among dedicated hunters — enter Winchester’s Snow Goose.


Meet Snow Goose

New in 2019, Winchester’s Xpert Snow Goose ships in 12-gauge only, but with some intriguing blends of shot. We used both the 3.5-inch rounds loaded with 1-3/8 ounces of blended #1 and #2 shot. We also tried the 3-inch load of the same blended shot size in 1-1/4 ounces moving.

The loads are hot and heavy, moving at advertised velocities of 1,550 and 1,475 feet-per-second, respectively. In addition to the 1+2 shot mix, both of the sizes are also available loaded with BB shot.

What’s Inside

Winchester builds on its proven Xpert line of Steel Shot hunting loads. Snow Goose makes use of the tight-patterning Diamond Cut Wad used in the company’s Blind Side rounds for extended range hunting. The difference with Snow Goose is the payloads being tailored to that specific quarry.

Snow Goose makes use of the tight-patterning Diamond Cut Wad used in the company’s Blind Side rounds for extended range hunting. The rounds patterned well through Beretta’s new A400 Xtreme Plus. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Taking that one step further on aesthetics, these new loads use what the company calls a “low visibility hull and wad” which means a gray tube and black wad. Though the wad certainly stands out in a snowy field the hull goes incognito, concealing well in plowed or barren terrain.

Take ‘Em

Winchester’s Xpert Snow Goose loads are optimized for exactly that kind of quarry with hard-hitting steel shot payloads of both BB and #1&2 blends.
(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Both the 3-inch and 3.5-inch shells patterned very well through our Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus and the CZ Model 1012 autoloaders – running with complete reliability through both guns. Make no mistake, these are some hot loads but were no match for the autoloaders. We wouldn’t hesitate to take them out in the field on the next Snow Goose bonanza.

If you’re a serious waterfowler who prefers American made ammo, the Winchester Xpert Snow Goose rounds are a strong contender. The rounds ship 25-rounds per box or 250-rounds per case. Prices hover around $14.99 per box for the magnums and $12.99 for the 3-inchers.

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Savage Announces New Minimalist Series Rimfire Rifles

General Gun News - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 04:20

The new Minimalist rifles from Savage blend laminate wood furniture with improved ergonomics for a modern rimfire.

Offered in .22 LR (Mark II) as well as .22 WMR and .17 HMR calibers (Model 93) in a choice between green or brown finishes, the Minimalist series consists of a half-dozen bolt-action rifles across the variants. All share the same receiver style and lightweight laminate stock. All come standard with a threaded 18-inch carbon steel sporter contour barrel, 10-round detachable magazine, and a user-adjustable Accu-Trigger.

The Minimalist series comes in either green (shown) or brown wood laminate stock options and a choice of three calibers. (Photos: Savage)

“Minimalist combines the perfect balance of lightweight ergonomics and reliable performance,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing for Savage. “At just 5.68 pounds, they’re perfect for backyard plinking or hunting on the move. You can carry one all day and hardly feel it.”

The brown laminate version of the Minimalist

On Model 93 series rifles the magazines are straight while the Mark II’s .22LR mags are curved. All use readily available 10-round mags with factory 5-round models also in circulation.

All feature a user-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger that can be tuned from 2.5- to 6-pounds.

With an overall length of 37-inches, each Minimalist has a 13.75-inch length of pull. The series comes sans sights but with two short Weaver-style scope bases pre-installed. Suppressor-ready, they have threaded muzzles with a common 1/2x28TPI thread pitch and cap.

MSRP is $359 across the board.


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4 Quick Tips for Better Bird Hunting

General Gun News - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 04:00

The author takes to the fields with a four-legged friend. (Photo: Eric Jezierski/

As the leaves change and warmer temperatures are replaced with brisk, cool breezes many hunters get excited for the opportunity to chase down birds. While few things are better than spending a few hours enjoying the fall weather with a shotgun in your hands, it gets even better when you put meat on the table.

In the spirit of giving, we’ve gathered some tips to help you nab more birds this fall and make your time in the great outdoors even better.

1. Location, Location, Location

Finding a decent piece of property that holds upland or waterfowl can often be even more challenging than the actual hunt itself. Though private property tends to offer less pressure, it can be challenging to gain permission to use the land.

Our pro tip? Take to scouting pre-season, stopping by farms and introducing yourself to the landowner. Showing up sans a gun and camo removes barriers some landowners have against strangers and makes the experience more friendly. If they’re willing, ask to scout the property to see if it’d be a good fit for bird hunting. If they decline, politely thank them and leave. If they’re agreeable, take a quick look and remember to drop by a small gift later to thank them for their time.

Building a relationship with a landowner before hunting season shows that you are thoughtful, respectful and mature. It’s sure to leave a positive impression and, hopefully, get you well on your way to bird hunting.

Choosing the right location can yield better results. (Photo: Eric Jezierski/

2. Rely on a Four-Legged, Furry Friend

No doubt hunters can find, flush, and down birds without a dog; but those who opt for a furry friend tend to be much more successful. Unlike humans, dogs don’t rely on their eyes to locate birds meaning they are better equipped to find and flush them out – not to mention, locate birds after a successful shot. A dog on point also gives its owner the chance to set his or her feet and check surroundings in preparation for a flushing bird.

Playing to your dog’s strengths will help as well. For instance, Labradors are known for flushing birds and work great in tall, thick grass during warm afternoon hours. Pointers, on the other hand, operate best through shorter grass in the morning or evening as birds are actively feeding.

Keen senses aside, man’s best friend is always a worthy companion on lonely, long hunts.

3. Hit the Gym

Whether hunting alone or with a dog buddy, getting in shape before hitting the fields is a must if you intend to tackle a full day of hunting. If you find yourself getting winded on the way to the fridge, it might be time to invest in a solid workout routine to prep for hunting.

Dogs not only make great companions but their keen senses make them adept at hunting. (Photo: Eric Jezierski/

If you bring a battle buddy along in the form of a canine, remember to also ensure they’re ready for the season. Bird dogs love nothing more than bounding through fields looking for birds and will do so to the point of exhaustion. Make sure to prep them for birds by walking a few miles with your pup before taking them out on a hunt.

As insurance, be sure to leave a hunting plan with a friend, neighbor or relative– a simple text can suffice– and brush up on your basic wilderness survival and the expected weather beforehand.

4. Take the Shot

It’s often surprising how many hunters refrain from a shot because they feel unsure about whether they can make a hit. If you don’t take the shot, you most certainly won’t take the bird. That’s not to say you should shoot blindly, but don’t be afraid to take a well-aimed shot after you’ve identified the target.

A little nervous? Take some time to practice pre-hunt. Shooting trap or skeet will help build necessary reflexes in addition to confidence before hitting the fields.

Also, make sure to check out our list of some of the best shotguns for bird hunting.

Happy Hunting

This is far from a comprehensive guide to bird hunting, but these tips should undoubtedly help put more birds in the crockpot. Remember, after a good day of hunting – leave the field better than when you entered it. Clean up after yourself and while you’re at, donate or volunteer with conservation groups. These organizations aid bird populations and ensure happy hunting for future generations.

The plus side – you might also pick up some new hunting buddies or tips and tricks for local hunting areas.

Gear up for your hunting adventures with We have new and used guns and all the ammo you need for a fun time outdoors.

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Gun Industry Report: Almost 18 Million AR-15, AK Type Rifles in Circulation

General Gun News - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 02:48

“The Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today,” says industry leaders. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The firearms industry trade association on Wednesday released a report on gun numbers in the U.S. and black rifles are in.

The report, compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation from data provided by federal regulators, estimated 422 million firearms of all types were produced or imported for the consumer market between 1986 and last year. This included more than 7 million guns in both 2017 and 2018 alone. Another big take away: an estimated 17,740,000 Modern Sporting Rifles are in private hands today.

The MSR term is used for popular semi-auto rifles such as the AR-15 and others.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President in a statement. “The Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly-owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today.”

In other data from the report, an estimated 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition, of all calibers and gauges, were produced last year for the U.S. market. Further, handguns are the most common firearm produced for the past several years. For example, of the 7,660,772 firearms produced or imported in 2018, at least 4,277,971 were pistols and revolvers.

“The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes, and to participate in the recreational shooting sports,” said Bartozzi.


Why “Common Use” Matters

The debate over just how common ARs are has been a matter of legal contention at the federal level for several years.

In 2014, upholding Maryland’s strict new gun control laws, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled that AR-15 style rifles and others “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms.” Blake went on to explain her reasoning that the then-estimated 8.2 million AR-15 and AK-47 based semi-automatic rifles known imported to or produced in the country between 1990 and 2012 represent “no more than three percent of the current civilian gun stock.” Even this, she maintained, was highly concentrated in an even smaller “one percent” of the U.S. population.

In 2016, Blake’s ruling was reversed by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who held that the same figure of guns, coupled with an estimated 75 million magazines “are so common that they are standard” with Chief Judge William Byrd Traxler, Jr. going on to say, “In sum, semi-automatic rifles and LCMs [large capacity magazines] are commonly used for lawful purposes, and therefore come within the coverage of the Second Amendment.”

Nonetheless, Traxler’s ruling was later overturned by a rare en banc panel of the entire 4th Circuit that stood behind the ban in a 10-4 ruling that the Supreme Court declined to review further.

The same year that Maryland’s ban was upheld, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., grilled then-Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on if AR-15s were in common use, or could be restricted as unusual, in line with the 2008 Heller case.

“In DC v. Heller, the majority opinion written by Justice Scalia recognized that — and I’m quoting, ‘Of course the Second Amendment was not unlimited,’ end quote. Justice Scalia wrote, ‘For example, laws restricting access to guns by the mentally ill or laws forbidding gun possession in schools were consistent with the limited nature of the Second Amendment.’ Justice Scalia also wrote that quote, ‘Weapons that are most useful in military service, M16 rifles and the like, may be banned,’ end quote without infringing on the Second Amendment,” said Feinstein.

“Do you agree with that statement that under the Second Amendment weapons that are most useful in military service, M16 rifles and the like, may be banned?” she asked the nominee.

Gorsuch replied, saying, “Heller makes clear the standard that we judges are supposed to apply. The questions is whether it’s a gun in common use for self-defense and that may be subject to reasonable regulation. That’s the test as I understand it. There’s lots of ongoing litigation about which weapons qualify under those standards and I can’t pre-judge that litigation.”

Feinstein later returned to the same argument with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Most handguns are semi-automatic,” Kavanaugh said. “And the question came before us of semi-automatic rifles and the question was, ‘Can you distinguish as a matter of precedent?’ Again, this is all about precedent for me, trying to read exactly what the Supreme Court said and if you read the McDonald case. And I concluded that it could not be distinguished as a matter of law, semi-automatic rifles from semi-automatic handguns. And semi-automatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States. There are millions and millions and millions of semi-automatic rifles that are possessed. So that seemed to fit common use and not being a dangerous and unusual weapon.”

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