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Glock Gen 5 G17 wins Major NATO Military Contract

General Gun News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 02:41

Portugal is hanging up their Walthers and assorted other 9mm handguns in favor of a Coyote Tan G17 complete with a lanyard loop and night sights, reminiscent of the G19X. (Photo: Glock)


The army of Portugal has selected Glock to supply special new Gen 5 G17 models to replace the country’s dated military handguns.

Portugal, a founding member of NATO, fields a 35,000-strong professional army with a history that goes back to the 12th Century. Since the 1960s, the country has relied on a variant of the Walther P38 to fill its needs as a 9mm sidearm. This era is set to close as the Lisbon has selected a Coyote Tan G17 to replace the legacy pistol.

“We are proud to be selected to support the missions of the Portuguese military with the latest generation of Glock pistols,” said Richard Flür, director of international sales at Glock GmbH. “The Portuguese Army is among multiple military and law enforcement entities which Glock strongly supports in the region and we are excited to welcome them to the Glock family.”

The “Exército” engraving simply means “Army” in Portuguese with the rampant lion and sword part of the service’s coat of arms. (Photo: Glock)

According to a press release from Glock, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) launched a tender earlier this year for the Walther replacement. Glock reportedly competed against several manufacturers and was awarded in the tender in late July.

The Portuguese military adopted Walther P38 as the M961 in the 1960s to replace the Luger P08, and it is still in use with that country today. (Photos: Portuguese Army)

The P-38 has been augmented by more modern designs in recent years, such as small buys of HK USP and P30 pistols as well as some Sig P228s, but remains the standard handgun before the Glock deal. Portugal has a long tradition of fielding European-made 9mm semi-autos, as the P-38s, termed the M1961 in Portuguese service, replaced DWM Luger models which in some cases predated World War I.

The country is amidst a modernization program where it comes to small arms, having only recently approved the purchase of FN-made SCAR rifles to replace 1960s-era HK G3 battle rifles, some of which had seen extensive service in colonial wars in Africa.

The G17 was originally designed as a replacement for the Austrian Army’s pistol in 1980 and has since been adopted in later generations by the militaries of Finland, Great Britain, Norway, and others. The Gen 5 model, introduced in 2017, features a reversible magazine catch and ambidextrous slide stop lever, Glock’s new Marksman Barrel (GMB), an enhanced trigger system, as well as front slide serrations.

Sadly, Glock says there are no plans to release the coyote variation of the G17 Gen5 selected by the Portuguese Army to the commercial market at this time. (Photo: Glock)


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California Gov. Newsom signs a Whopping 15 Anti Gun Bills

General Gun News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 01:20

Looking for an HK VP9 in California? Good luck unless you have an off-roster gun. Once Gov. Newsom and the anti-gun groups in the state are done, you will be lucky to get a cap gun! (Photo: Chris Eger/

California upped the gun control ante last week as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 brand new anti-gun bills into law.

The bills, widely opposed by not only Second Amendment groups but in some cases by the ACLU as well, give the Golden State some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Newsom, a Democrat who formerly served as lieutenant governor of the state and mayor of San Francisco, approved the legislative package Friday while representatives of national gun control groups such as Everytown and Giffords were in attendance.

“California continues to be a leader in fighting the threat of gun violence,” said former U.S. Rep Gabby Giffords in a statement released by Newsom’s office. “The legislative package Governor Newsom signed today will help make California safer for all who call it home, and it shows the nation what committed, active, and thoughtful leadership on gun safety looks like. Giffords is proud to have played a strong role in helping craft this package and to have partnered with Governor Newsom, the legislature’s gun violence working group and so many other courageous leaders in California to push these bills to become law.”

The bills include moves to make it easier to seize guns without a trial and place more regulations on firearm sales, ban gun shows at some state-owned facilities and outlaw direct sales of items such as “80 percent” lowers, among others:

AB 12 extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) from the current one year to a maximum of five years. These so-called “red flag laws” allow courts to issue an order to seize firearms and suspend the gun rights of an individual without a trial, putting the burden of proof on the subject. Second Amendment groups have described such measures as “turn in your neighbor laws” over concerns about due process protections.

AB 61 allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a GVRO. Formerly, only family members or police could do so. The ACLU of California told lawmakers this bill “creates significant potential for civil rights violations” and gives the ability to seek such gun seizure orders to “many of whom lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment.”

AB 164 makes it so that any person in California who is subject to a protective order in another state would be barred from buying or possessing firearms in California.

AB 339 requires police to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders, to make agencies more aware of how to use them. Sponsor Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D–Thousand Oaks, said he filed the bill because police only seized guns from about 200 people under GVRO laws the first two years after they were adopted.

AB 521 directs the state-funded UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis to develop “multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death”

AB 645 requires a Surgeon General’s style warning statement on suicide prevention to be placed on firearm packaging in the state.

AB 879 would require, starting in 2024, that sales of “firearms precursor parts” such as receiver kits be conducted through a “licensed firearms precursor part vendor.” This bill was previously vetoed several times by former Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB 893 bans the sale of guns and ammo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego county. The venue has long hosted the very popular Crossroads of the West gun shows, which have been the subject of protest by local anti-gun groups.

AB 1297 lifts the $100 limit on processing fees for police chiefs or sheriffs who issue a concealed firearm licenses in the state. The California Rifle & Pistol Association warned lawmakers that the bill “will result in high and inconsistent fees charged throughout the state.”

AB 1493 would allow someone who has had their guns seized through a GVO order to shortcut out the appeal process and just voluntarily relinquish their firearm rights.

AB 1548 allows the “California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.”

AB 1603 allows the “California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.”

AB 1669 increases gun show regulations on ammunition vendors. The NRA said that “This legislation appears nothing more than an effort to put more cost constraints on gun owners to foot the bill for the massive cost pressures the legislature has put on DOJ in recent years including ammunition background checks and long gun registration.”

SB 61 bans the sale of a semi-auto centerfire rifle to those under 21 years of age and rations such rifles to one in a 30-day period. The bill had been previously vetoed three times by Gov. Brown as pro-gun groups argued it would impact everything from Boy Scouts groups to funds for conservation, which come in part from a federal excise tax on firearms sold in the state.

SB 376 requires that anyone who sells guns more than five times a year, or sells more than 50 guns in that period, to obtain a federal firearms license and meet all state requirements for the same.

A 16th measure, a resolution passed by the state legislature that did not require Newsom’s signature, AJR 4, urges Congress to require background checks for virtually all firearm transfers.

“These new laws pile onto the hundreds of existing laws and, like the others, will be equally ignored by criminals,” said the NRA in a statement.

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Jesse Pinkman is Back: The Curious Guns of El Camino

General Gun News - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 23:30

After a six-year hiatus, Jesse Pinkman, the flawed moral compass of Breaking Bad, has a new film, El Camino, and it has some peculiar firearm choices.

The fictional former cooking partner and student of Walter White picks up where he left off in the franchise, centered in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, in an epilogue to the series that so far has seen good reviews.

Coming on the heels of a crime drama that had so many iconic firearms– and left everyone wanting a push-button surprise M60 in the trunk– you know there had to be some interesting hardware in writer/director Vince Gilligan’s follow up installment. Warning, there be spoilers ahead.

Ruger P-series

Ruger’s P-series pistols were extremely popular and common throughout the 1980s and 1990s. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Coming away with the just clothes on his back, a lot of bad memories, and a sweet Chevy coupé utility vehicle, Jesse also manages to beat feet from the compound where he was held prisoner with a little insurance in the form of a Ruger P-series double-action pistol. A 1980s/90s classic, Bill Ruger introduced the Ruger P-85 in a bid to replace the U.S. Army’s M1911 only to lose out to the Beretta 92/M9. Although the Army didn’t adopt the new pistol, Ruger saw a lot of commercial success with the series in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45ACP, only replacing them with the SR9/SR40/SR45 line after 2007.

Jesse’s Ruger P-series pistol in El Camino looks to be a later model stainless P-89 with a decocker.

Which even spends some time as a shower gun, not recommended.

Kimber Ultra

This Kimber Ultra CDP (Custom Defense Package) II is one sweet carry gun, to include a carry melt treatment for snag-free edges.

Soon into his evasion around ABQ in an effort to find some dough to skip town through the helpful offices of the local vacuum cleaner repairman (rest in peace, Robert Forster, who did his part to help keep the Colt Detective perma-cool), Jesse comes into contact with a bad guy who is ably equipped with a Kimber Ultra series .45ACP 

The El Camino gun, which has Kimber Custom Shop roll marks, looks to be an Ultra Raptor II, with factory standard zebra wood scale pattern grips. (Photo: Netflix)

Colt Woodsman

One thing leads to another and Jesse eventually loses the Ruger, which causes him to borrow a pair of family heirloom guns without permission (which is bad, don’t do that in real life). The handguns, which had been handed down from his grandfather, are a bit dated.

Add poor trigger d to the list of Jesse Pinkman’s bad life choices. (Photo: Netflix)

The rimfire semi-auto, while it could possibly be a High Standard .22LR, looks more like a Colt Woodsman.

One of the most pined-after plinkers in the country, the Woodsman is found on the long list of John Browning’s inventions and was first released as the unimaginably titled “Colt .22 Automatic Pistol” starting in 1915. Remaining in production until the late 1970s, they are highly collectible.

This circa 1942 Colt Woodsman is of the Match Target variety, the guns more commonly came with a pencil barrel. These high-quality pistols made their way into the work of mystery writer Raymond Chandler and were highly praised by Ernest Hemingway.

Lemon Squeezer

The Pinkman family’s lemon squeezer-style revolver looks at first glance looks like an old Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless, a top-break model which was first introduced in 1887 and included an option for factory pearl grips, which the gun has. Offered in black powder .38 S&W and .32 S&W, the Safety Hammerless was well-liked, remaining in production for over 50 years until it was finally retired by the more modern Centennial series J-frames.

It was so popular that it was copied by any number of companies as soon as the patents started to expire. These included Iver Johnson, who made a veritable clone with a few tweaks dubbed the Safety Automatic which despite its name, was a revolver.

The final scene with the Pinkman family heirloom shows a distinctive Iver Johnson bolt pattern on the left-hand side of the gun.

Those grips, tho. (Photo: Netflix)

While most of the older lemon squeezers were made for black powder cartridges, later models were beefed up to take smokeless rounds. Still, Jesse uses the Owl Head pocket gun in a decidedly Wild West-style face-off/shoot out with one despicable hombre, coming out on top through a familiar movie trope, although he may have wished for a Nomex jacket.

Anyway, welcome back, Jesse, or should we say, Mr. Driscoll of Haines, Alaska.

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Grassroots Spotlight: NRA-ILA Fighting the Bloomberg Money In Virginia 2019 Elections

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 20:25
The Nov. 5th election may be the most consequential ever for our Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth. That’s because every seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate is up for grabs and gun control advocates, bankrolled by an out of state New York billionaire, are trying to buy the election.  In contrast, the NRA is focused on our tried and true grassroots model of educating our supporters on candidates’ positions on the Second Amendment, and working to ensure they turn out to vote on Election Day.
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Number of Concealed Carry Permit Holders Increased Again

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 20:17
Last week, economist John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center released “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2019,” his annual report on the number of concealed carry permit holders in the U.S.
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Dick’s Spends Big on Gun-Chopping, Virtue-Signaling Bonanza (But It Will Still Sell You a Firearm)

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 20:12
Ed Stack, the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, wants you to know he’s committed to keeping AR-15s “off the street.” But he’s also committed (for the time being) to selling other types of firearms.
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Virginia’s Anti-gun Politicians Put Politics Before Fighting Gun Crime

NRA-ILA News - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 20:03
Virginia’s anti-gun politicians are serious about attacking law-abiding gun owners, but are indifferent about actual gun crime. As highlighted in a recent report in the Washington Free Beacon by Stephen Gutowski, the Virginia Department of Justice Services (DCJS) has chosen to forego almost $700,000 in federal grants to combat gun violence in order to make a political statement about U.S. immigration policy. 
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Sig P365XL Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:38

I was perfectly content with the standard P365, it has been my everyday carry since I purchased it to do my first P365 article, but then I tried the XL. So how do you make a great little gun even better?

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Sub-MOA All Day! Howa 1500 + KRG Bravo Chassis = Awesome Factory Accuracy

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:10

The Howa KRG Bravo comes with the same accuracy guarantee you've seen on other rifles, but with one important difference: this rifle delivers.

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UTG PRO Scope Rings: American Made & Budget Friendly

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 10:49

I got started in precision rifle shooting when it was common logic that if you paid less than $50 for scope rings you shouldn’t expect to get much out of them. Thankfully, modern machining processes have improved to the point where that’s becoming less and less the case.

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Zero Compromise Optic’s ZC527 Full Review: Best Rifle Optic on the Market?

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 02:45

Zero Compromise Optic is a relatively new company that is shooting (pun intended) for the top spot among their competition, and they have just the product to do it: the ZC527. This rifle scope is packed with features, including locking windage and elevation turrets, rotation indicators, a highly efficient and clutter free, first focal plane reticle, an illumination system with intelligent on/off programming, incredible glass quality and it is all assembled with the highest regard for low tolerance and precision.

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Squeaky Fromme and Her 1911 Pistol: A Whole Lot of Crazy in One Tiny Package

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:09

In the second row of onlookers, Fromme reached underneath her ample robes and retrieved a Colt 1911 pistol from a holster on her left side. Extending her arm she leveled the gun at the President’s midriff at near contact range and squeezed the trigger.

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California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Gun Bills into Law

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:38
Earlier today, Governor Newsom signed the seven anti-gun bills listed below into law.  
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Widespread Ignorance: Americans Wrongly Believe Most Gun Deaths in US Are Homicides and Mass Shootings

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:48
On some level, can you blame average people for getting the facts so wrong?  In light of the news media's ugly blend of profound bias and almost proud ignorance on gun issues, it's entirely unsurprising that the public is deeply misinformed on the subject.  The latest case in point is a fresh survey in which Americans badly miss the mark in estimating the top causes of gun-related deaths.  Voters vastly overestimate the prevalence and toll of homicides and (especially) mass shootings, while sharply underestimating suicides.
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Turkey Ammo that will Dominate Fall Gobbler Season

General Gun News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:00

Fall turkey hunting tactics can be a tricky lot. The late season is never as straightforward as spring’s routine of setting a few decoys, yelping, and in they come charging. Fall involves more technical calling, stalking, or even flock-busting. More often than not, the shots are a bit quicker, longer, or trickier. Here are some knockdown rounds for wily fall-time birds.

1. Federal Premium TSS

Federal Premium is, without a doubt, the leader in the tungsten shot premium turkey ammunition market, and for good reason. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Federal Premium is, without a doubt, the leader in the tungsten shot premium turkey ammunition market, and for good reason. One of the best things about TSS—annihilating knockdown power and wicked patterns aside—is the fact it’s available in .410, 20-, and 12-gauge. Federal’s tungsten-alloy is advertised as 22-percent denser than standard tungsten and 56-percent greater than lead. They also put an incredible number of pellets downrange by using tiny shot like #9, #7, or better yet, blends of 7/9 or 8/10.

Five round boxes sell online from $20.99 to $38.99 or a whopping $4.20-$7.80 per round. For hardcore turkey hunters who put a premium on grand slam, destination hunts, or simply want to make the absolute most of every opportunity the field, TSS is hard to keep in stock. Federal Premium also donates a portion of each box sold to the NWTF.

2. Kent TK-7 Penetrator

Kent Cartridge’s TK-7 Penetrator is one of the most underrated of all specialty turkey rounds on the market, which is unfortunate because they perform. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Kent Cartridge’s TK-7 Penetrator is the most underrated of all specialty tungsten turkey rounds on the market, which is unfortunate because they perform. Where Federal’s TSS uses tungsten alloy, Kent loads with straight tungsten shot, which the company advertises as 38-percent denser than lead with “superior retained energy and knockdown power.” Unlike TSS, however, and per the name, Kent’s Penetrators are loaded solely with #7 shot.

Both the 12- and 20-gauge offerings come in 3-inch shells with an 11,00 FPS velocity. The rounds are considered “managed recoil” so although it’s a dense load, it’s not the most wicked to shoot. Five-round boxes are selling for $22.99 online which equates to $4.60 per round.

Winchester Long Beard XR

Winchester Long Beard XR was one of our go-to rounds before the introduction of tungsten loads, but still, Long Beard is more than capable of putting gobblers on the ground with much more authority than standard lead loads. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Winchester’s black-boxed Long Beard XR was one of the first premium turkey ammunitions to make claims of turkey-taking at extended ranges up to 60-yards. While we can’t always get behind the clean lethality of these ultra-long shots, the fact of the matter is that Long Beard XR patterns very well and is more affordable than the newer—albeit perhaps harder-hitting—tungsten rounds. Copper-plated lead shot in encased in a Shot-Lok cocoon that theoretically holds the shot together longer.

Winchester’s offering is available in both 12- and 20-gauge, with the 20-gauge coming in 3-inch. The 12-gauge, meanwhile, is available in everything from 2.75 on up to 3.5 wallopers. Muzzle velocities range from 1,050 to 1,300 depending on the load. These babies are listed online from $19.99 to $21.99 per 10-round box, putting them about $2.00 per shot, a great bang for the buck.

Hornady Heavy Magnum Turkey

Hornady Heavy Magnums have been around for a few years and they get the job done without all the cost and expensive shot of other specialty rounds. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Hornady Heavy Magnums have been on the market for many years, and they’re still around for good reason. They work. Available in 3-inch 12-gauge or 20-gauge rounds, as well as 3.5-inch 12-gauge, the Heavy magnum is stuffed with simple nickel-plated shot. While there’s no ultra-dense tungsten or specialty metals here, there is a very fair price tag, at least as far as specialty rounds go. Heavy Magnums sell online at $13.99/box of 10, or $1.40 a round, making them the most cost-effective gobbler hitter, by far.

Depending on gauge and options, shot sizes include numbers four, five, or six. The cool thing about Hornady’s Heavy Magnum is they offer not only the turkey specific load but a Heavy Magnum Coyote as well. At 1,300 FPS using the Versatite wad, these loads put out awfully dense patterns for us out to forty yards and advertise “lethal penetration” out to 50-yards.


Specialty turkey rounds capable of hitting harder and patterning farther are all the rage. Boxes of only five or ten rounds are the norm, but you get what you pay for. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Specialty ammunition is great. It is forever changing the face of turkey hunting to include smaller bores and longer ranges. To that end, any of the aforementioned rounds will do everything any gobbler hunter needs, and then some. It’s important to remember, though, that just because a box claims it can kill a turkey at 50 or 60-yards does not mean it can or even should. As always, ethical hunters should spend time at the patterning board as well as understand lethal velocities and shot placement to ensure clean shots for the full joy of a memorable hunt.

Before you snag ammo, you need a turkey gun to go with it. Check out’s inventory of new and used guns to find your next gobbler gun. 

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SAF Seeks SCOTUS Review of Important Illinois Carry Case

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:03

“This is a case that literally begs for Supreme Court attention,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

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High Velocity Meets Low Recoil: The Story of the 5.7x28mm

General Gun News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00

The 5.7x28mm pairs with FN’s Five-Seven pistol. (Photo: Jacki Billings/


Developed nearly 30 years ago, the 5.7x28mm round is synonymous with its creator and parent company FN. Though not the most popular kid on the block, the 5.7x28mm holds some charm for gun owners looking for a unique round to pair with their favorite Five-Seven; but why exactly was this chambering created and why is it worth the often hefty price tag? Let’s take a dive into the history of FN’s 5.7 load and see why some law enforcement and civilians can’t get enough of this round.

Once Upon A Time

The development of the 5.7x28mm is a tale of the cart coming before the horse. In the early 1980s, NATO put out a call to its ammo friends. Disturbed by images coming from Afghanistan of Soviet military forces wearing body armor and advanced helmets, the military alliance wanted a cartridge that offered a little more oomph than the standard 9×19 Parabellum, then common in Western European sub guns such as the HK MP5, Beretta M12, and British Sterling. The new cartridge would be used in a new class of what was termed Personal Defense Weapons. FN heeded the call and sprang into action, developing a new cartridge completely from scratch. After much R&D, that project, which became the 5.7x28mm, was formally introduced in 1990 as the SS90. The 23-grain plastic cored projectile brought with it a muzzle velocity of 2,800 feet-per-second and was described in patent documents of the time as a “Low-recoil projectile with high stopping power.”

The only problem FN faced was delivering a platform that could fire the new load; but that wasn’t a problem for long as the company launched the FN P90 and FN Five-Seven specifically designed to chamber the hot, new load.

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

Three years after its introduction, SS90 was discontinued in favor of an upgrade — the SS190 — and order to accommodate the revamp, FN modified its P90 magazines. Nearly a decade later, after a battery of tests conducted by NATO, FN officially received the thumbs up from the organization recommending it as an effective round. This nod by NATO eventually led 40 nations to employ the 5.7x28mm in law enforcement and military operations by 2006, including the United States’ own Secret Service.

The Specs

When it comes to the 5.7x28mm, what is the secret sauce that makes it so unique? It really comes down to that impressive velocity paired with reduced recoil. Using a rebated rim design and smokeless powder cartridge, the 5.7 offers a .224-inch bullet in several varieties. Similar in length to the .22 WMR and despite being lumped into the small caliber category, the 5.7x28mm packs a punch. In fact, law enforcement and military 5.7 loads are capable of penetrating body armor, though the same can’t be said for commercially available rounds. Packed into the Five-Seven, the sporting version of the 5.7x28mm round offers an effective range of 56-yards and a max range of 1,651-yards.

The high velocity alone is a sweet deal but partnered with less felt recoil, the 5.7x28mm excels. The 5.7x28mm weighs less than the 9×19 Parabellum offering up a recoil reduction of roughly 30-percent. Reduced recoil delivers faster follow-up shots and helps improve accuracy — a bonus of law enforcement and military marksmen.

The Modern Civilian Cartridge

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

Locked down and confined to military and law enforcement for years, a civilian equivalent was eventually launched to consumers. Olin-Winchester briefly manufactured the round before FN, Fiocchi, and Federal became the primary sources of 5.7x28mm rounds. Though FN still only offers the P90 to military and law enforcement, the Five-Seven migrated to consumers wanting some 5.7 firepower. Additionally, those looking to chamber it in a carbine format can look to CMMG’s Banshee 5.7 variant to scratch that itch.

The civilian sporting round is considerably underpowered compared to its duty variants but still makes for a fun plinker for FN 5.7 fans. Despite its expense — both in terms of actual ammo cost and firearms that chamber it — some gun owners are still enamored with the niche load and all the fun it offers.

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Beretta APX Wins Major European Police Contract

General Gun News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 02:44

New APX models released just this year include the gray-framed APX Target, (center), as well as APX Centurion-length RDO and Combat models (top right), Compact/Centurion FDE models (bottom) and the APX Carry slimline (top left.) (Photo: Chris Eger/


Beretta reportedly got a major nod from the Polish national police this month to supply new APX pistols to the agency, beating some tough competition.

The 100,000-strong Polish Policji, as reported by both local media and European gun publications, picked a Beretta vendor over six other companies for a tender to purchase over 4,600 new 9mm pistols. The Beretta contract was considered the most advantageous, garnering 91 points in an assessment by the agency that weighed price, lifespan, reliability, warranty period and compatibility.

The Beretta vendor, Warsaw-based UMO, beat out tenders by suppliers offering Arex Rex Deltas, Canik TP9SF Elites, CZ P10Cs, and Glock G17 Gen 3s. Domestic gunmaker Fabryka Broni (Radom) submitted a bid for their locally-built version of the Walther P99AS— which the Policji already fields in quantity– and was the next closest in the assessment conducted by police headquarters, earning a score of 85.97 points.

While the Policji still has some supplies of older Cold War-era pistol models, such as the 9x18mm Radom-produced P-83 and P-64, in recent years they have been purchasing more modern handguns. The latest contract, for at least PLN 5.3 million ($1.3 million U.S.), will see new APX pistols issued to uniformed Policji officers starting as soon as this year.

Beretta introduced the full-sized APX in 2017, equipped with a polymer frame and a host of competitive features putting it on par with other duty guns. The APX features a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, three-dot sights, reversible mag release, and interchangeable backstraps, but what stands out most is the slide serrations spaced finger-width apart that run the entirety of the slide and the fully flat trigger. Since then, the company has expanded the line with their Carry, Target, RDO, Combat and Compact/Centurion models.


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How to Install a Red Dot on the FN 509

General Gun News - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 01:00

FN rolled out its latest iteration in the FN 509 series, introducing consumers to the MRD Midsize model capable of supporting a red dot. FN does all the heavy lifting in terms of providing what you need to get started – shipping a handy package of mounts, screws and washers ready to pair with some of the most popular pistol red dots on the market. stopped by FN to get the deets from Pistol Product Manager Tom Victa on the best way to install an optic on the FN 509.

Steps to Install an Optic on the FN 509 1. Field Strip the FN

To kick off the mounting process, the FN is field stripped. As always, when disassembling any gun, the very first step is to make sure the gun is free and clear of any ammunition. From there, flip the take-down lever switch down, pull the trigger and rock the slide from the frame of the pistol.

2. Use Torx Wrench to Remove Screws on Cover Plate

Once the slide is free from the frame, grab the Torx Wrench from the tools package. Turning counterclockwise, remove both screws from the cover plate on top of the slide and set aside.

3. Use the Mounting Plate to Seat Optic in Place

FN’s instruction manual clearly labels which mounting plates work with which optics. Using that as a guide, grab the appropriate mounting plate from the tools package. Place the mount onto the slide, then seat the red dot on top of the mounting plate. Use the appropriate thread-locking screws to secure the red dot in place. FN’s mounting screws are thread-locking, therefore, no additional thread-locking materials are needed.

4. Reassemble the FN 509

Now that the optic is in place, it’s time to reassemble. Line the slide back up with the frame’s rail, rocking it back onto the frame. Once it’s seated, flip the take down lever up to secure the slide onto the frame and viola! You’re FN 509 is now ready to roll.


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Select-Fire: FN Factory Tour to see how M240s, SCARs and 509s are Born

General Gun News - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 23:39


In this episode of Select-Fire, we packed our bags for FN’s factory in Columbia, South Carolina to see how they craft the “world’s most battle-proven firearms.”

FN, or Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, was originally formed in 1889 in Belgium, where they have a rich history and are still active today. After initially producing more than 150,000 Mauser bolt-action rifles for the Belgian government and others, they soon entered into a long collaboration with American firearms genius John Moses Browning. This relationship led to the Auto 5, the world’s first successful mass-produced semi-auto shotgun– a design that proved so popular it remained in production for almost a full century.

Browning and FN also produced some of the most iconic semi-auto pistols of the early 20th Century including the Model 1900, 1910, 1922 and the revolutionary Hi-Power, which set the bar for a double-stack combat handgun for generations. For the hattrick, FN also produced variants of the Browning Automatic Rifle, which saw military service around the world, and collaborated with the inventor’s sons and grandsons on commercial designs even as the gun maker introduced its wildly successful FAL series of battle rifles. Today, they still produce the M2 Browning heavy machine gun, the vaunted “Ma Deuce,” which is the Western standard for rock and roll support weapons.

Over the past 130 years, the more things change, the more they stay the same at FN

Speaking of going cyclic, FN came to South Carolina in 1981 to produce the M240 medium machine gun for the U.S. military. A variant of the company’s extremely popular FN MAG 58, the company still makes over 300 M240s in the Palmetto State every month.

The current M240 series, in use by every branch of the U.S. military for the past three decades, is born in South Carolina, often in the hands of workers who are Veterans

Besides the M240, the Columbia plant also cranks out 500 M4 rifles for military contracts every single day.

FN makes roughly 500 M4s every day. After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.

FN’s M4 series is made in Columbia at a rate of 500 per day for military contracts in addition to production for LE and the consumer market.

Other current FN staples include the Minimi–short for the French “Mini Mitrailleuse” or mini machine gun– which was adopted in the U.S. as the M249 SAW along with specialized variants like the Mk 46 and Mk 48; the MK19 40mm grenade machine gun, and the M3 .50 cal.

The ghost of John Browning is very much alive with FN, as his M2 BMG, which debuted in 1921, is still in production. Further, his design innovations are commonly encountered across many of the company’s current offerings.

The company’s past success and the desire to constantly innovate led to the development of modern firearm platforms that have seen adoption across not only military and law enforcement users but on the commercial market as well. These include the FN Five-SeveN, the FN-15, the FNS/FNX, and 509 series handguns, as well as the crowd-pleasing SCAR.

According to ATF statistics, FN produced no less than 45,384 at the Columbia factory in 2017 alone.

The SCAR is an excellent example of a weapon system developed by FN for the military, that went on to be very successful in the consumer market.

The FN SCAR family: SCAR SC, SCAR 16 (SCAR-L) in 5.56 NATO, SCAR 17 (SCAR-H) in 7.62 NATO and SCAR 20 (SSR)

And to see how they are all born, check out the latest Select Fire installment, above.


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