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Celebrities don’t have a stellar track record commenting on gun policy as admitted "felon" Ashton Kutcher proved (once again) earlier this year. Rock band The Killers and Jamie Foxx maintained that trend earlier this week.
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In service since 1951, Igor Stechkin’s automatic pistol is a handful and it still gets around today.
Smaller than a submachine gun, the 9x18mm blowback action handgun is select-fire, capable of either semi-auto or going cyclic at 750 rounds per minute until the 20-round magazine runs dry– which is only a couple of seconds.
Used back in the Cold War by Soviet Spetsnaz troops and assorted sundry allies in places ranging from Afghanistan to Angola, the Stechkin APS still gets some use today and, notably, Russian pilots both carried them and reportedly put them into use in Syria lately.
With an overview of the gun, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons has you covered in the above video while he gets some range time in with TWO of the exotic machine pistols (at the same time), in the below. Enjoy!
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Victory First will showcase the all-new V43 Upper Receiver, a custom slide for stock Glock 43 pistols.
The V43 is a direct drop-in slide, precision machined from 17-4PH stainless steel. The drop-in features OEM Glock components paired with a match Victory Barrel. Measuring 6.89-inches in overall length, the Victory barrel sports a 4.33-inch length. Victory First said threaded barrels in “industry standard thread pitch” will also be available.
Founder Matt Jacques said the V43 design arose from a desire to provide consumers with a means to comfortably carry the Glock 43 in AIWB.
“The intent of the project was to simply lengthen the slide and barrel to increase the comfort for concealment, specifically when carrying the gun in the appendix region (AIWB),” Jacques explained in a news release. “This configuration keeps the frame slim, but gives it a G19-ish sized slide and barrel combo. This will alleviate discomfort felt by folks who love the slim profile of the Model 43 but found it unpleasant to carry.”
Now word yet on pricing. Victory First will debut the V43 at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 21 through Jan. 25.
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Springfield is kicking off 2019 with a complete line of AR-pattern rifles, pistols and short-barreled rifles with the Victor series.
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Founded in 1961 and primarily known for manufacturing rimfire and shotgun shell, Aguila Ammunition has been gaining notice and popularity in the American firearms market in the last few years. Aguila also produces high quality rifle and pistol ammunition such as the 62 grain full metal jacket boat tail 5.56 round that we are looking at today.
Aquila designed this round for consistent accuracy at long ranges using the heavier 62 grain projectile to help maintain velocity and included the “boat tail” to provide stability during supersonic and even transonic flight. With an advertised velocity of 3,150 feet per second, this round certainly holds up to its design. Though it was engineered for long range performance, we have found this round to be a consistent performer at close and medium ranges also, making it a great choice for plinking, target or competition shooting as well as tactical training, and even small to medium game hunting.
The accuracy we’ve been getting is just as Aquila advertised as well. Anyone can be a sniper at CQB range but when we pushed these rounds out to just under 500 yards it was no problem to keep the groups tight, well within 1-2 MOA.
Quality control is another things that is helping Aquila’s ammunition gain a good reputation within the US market. They process and manufacture all the materials for the powder, primer and bullets in house, which leads to a consistent product that deliveries reliable performance. Each brass casing is annealed to ensure even ductility and the primers and projectiles are sealed to prevent moisture from entering from either end of the casing.
Overall we are really happy with the 62 grain FMJ rounds from Aquila. They fed reliably, held great groups, are well made, easy to find and competitively priced. It’s not an easy job to stand out in the flooded ammunition market but Aquila is doing a fine job. To quote their tagline “Guns are hungry, feed your firearm”
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New Britain’s Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co. still makes some of the most classic scattergun designs of all time. Originating with Tony Galazan in the 1970s, CSM incorporated in 1991 and today makes Parker shotguns, A. H. Fox models, the Revelation, and others but they are probably best known for their Model 21s– keeping the classic that hailed from Winchester’s golden days still alive.
To see the magic happen, American Rifleman TV goes behind the scenes to take a look at how these fine, high-grade shotguns are made, from the receiver on up.
Oh yeah, and they also make the DP-12 double-pump and AR-15s as well.
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The neighbors who took in Jayme Closs, a Wisconsin teen who disappeared two months ago after her parents were found murdered, were ready in case the kidnapper returned looking for his victim.
“When our neighbor Jeanne came in with Jayme, she said: ‘Get a gun. We don’t know if he’s after us,’” Kristin Kasinskas told Fox News. “So we were armed and ready in case this person showed up.”
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Fix It Sticks adds to its existing list of tools for its Fix It Sticks system, introducing the Universal Choke Tube Wrench, Knife Sharpener, Aimpoint Sight Bit and 3/8-inch Adjustment Wrench.
The latest tools coexist with the current Fix It Sticks tool system and also benefits from the ability to exist as stand-alone products, according to the company.
The Universal Choke Tube Wrench was created for shotgun chokes from .410 to 10 gauge. Offering a flat design, the Universal Choke Tube Wrench is made from solid steel. Bringing reduced bulk to the tool kit, the wrench features an MSRP of $10.
Knife Sharpener features carbine and ceramic V type sharpening inserts, positioned at 22.5-degrees for a 45-degree edge. Precision machined from steel, the Knife Sharpener will enter the Fix It Sticks lineup in February with a price tag of $22.
The Aimpoint Sight Bit looks to help Aimpoint users in need of some adjustments. Using a non-marring polymer, the tool opts for a two-prong style that can adjust windage and elevation adjustment knobs on Aimpoint sights. Also shipping in February, the Aimpoint Sight Bit brings with it a price of $10.
Rounding out the new offerings is the 3/8-inch Adjustment Wrench. The wrench works for scope mount using a LaRue style release system. The wrench is expected to drop sometime in January with an MSRP of $10.
“Like all Fix It Stick bits, these new bits will work with any ¼-inch hex bit driver and of course the Fix It Sticks modular tool system,” the company said in a news release.
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But an excessive amount of steel isn’t exactly fun to carry and is often frowned upon by polite society. Much like guns, for discreet carry purposes, smaller is better.
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Upping their game when it comes to the Remington 700 chassis market, Magpul this week touted their new offering optimized for long actions.
The Magpul Pro 700L chassis, advertised in both a fixed and folding stock variant in three different colors, adds to the company’s line of aftermarket offerings for Remington 700 footprint short actions first announced last year.
Built on a fully machined 6061-T6 aluminum skeleton wrapped in Magpul polymer, the chassis system is fully ambidextrous and can be fitted for either right or left-handed actions after swapping the bolt-cutout plate. Further, the stock uses a reversible cheek riser as well as a reversible 4140 steel hinge on the folding version to accommodate southpaws and cross-dominant shooters. The length of pull, butt pad height, comb height, and cheek riser are all adjustable. For bipods and other accessories, the 700L is liberally bathed in 21 M-LOK (what else?) slots on the fore-end and stock.
The chassis mounts an integrated AICS-pattern magazine well optimized for PMAG 5 AC L Standard and Magnum box mags but works with most other AICS-style pattern long action magazines. Magpul says CIP-length compatibility “may be offered in future variants or through accessory magazine wells.”
Weight is 5.6-pounds and the 700L, which is advertised as “coming soon” is listed at $899 for the fixed stock, $999 for folding. The fixed stock can also be upgraded with an optional folding hinge adapter.
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Grey Ghost Precision announces new slide patterns, the V3 and V4, for its GGP-19 and GGP-17 aftermarket Glock slide series
The V3 and V4 further the goals of the V1 and V2 slides by introducing a hybrid MRDS cut. While the predecessors offered a Trijicon RMR cut, the V3 and V4 bring a modified optic footprint to work alongside the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro. The V3 and V4 ship with three pairs of screws for mounting the Leupold DPP, Trijicon RMR or the G10 RMR cover plate.
“As it turns out, the DPP and RMR share a similar front profile without the bolt patterns intersecting each other. The primary difference in the footprints are overall length, but GGP resolved this with an ingenious aluminum shim plate for use with the shorter RMR,” Grey Ghost Precision said in a news release. “The result is dual compatibility right out of the box, without the need for bulky adapter plates that raise the optic further above the bore axis.”
Additionally, the V3 and V4 deliver new patterns for a stand-out look. The V3 features slide serrations that taper inwards, allowing for a more aggressive grip near the top of the slide. The advantage of this design, according to Grey Ghost, is easier malfunction clearing drills and press checks despite sweaty, muddy or bloody hands. The V4 slides provide a studded micro-scale texture. The texture brings a high level of “frictional grip.”
The V3 and V4 are available for Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock pistol frames. The slides can be pre-ordered now through Grey Ghost Precision with an expected ship date of February. Prices range from $418 to $449.
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When selecting a holster for concealed carry, there are usually several options to choose from in order to customize a holster to one’s liking. While options like color and cant are more obvious choices, choosing between plastic belt clips or metal belt clips might be more difficult to decide. In the grand scheme of concealed carry, which style of belt clip is better?Plastic belt clips
There are two styles of plastic belt clips for holsters – kydex or injection molded – and the design of the holster plays a part on which a company chooses. Though Kydex is known for its rigidity and durability due to its thermoplastic acrylic-poluvinyl construction, it can be pricier than the injection molded alternative. Injection molding involves a blend of molten materials (usually nylon, polymer and sometimes carbon fiber) which makes the process faster and often less expensive; but the tradeoff is less durability over time.
Plastic has won the hearts of many concealed carriers for its lightweight nature and ease. Plastic is often easier to manipulate onto the belt line, offering less resistance. Additionally, plastic belt clips are less likely to snag and tear clothes since they provide a smoother and more rounded design.
Manufacturers may choose to provide various plastic belt clip styles to help concealed carriers achieve certain looks – like a tucked-in shirt — with less printing from the holster itself.Metal belt clips
Metal belt clips bring strength and durability to the table. Metal is a less weak material meaning that it tends to hold up long-term to the abuses of concealed carry. Due to its innate strength, it tends to be heavier on the belt line but can also withstand the rigors of larger guns.
More difficult to manipulate due to little pliability, metal belt clips can sometimes be a struggle to get onto the belt itself; but once in place, metal tends to stay put without the fear or wear and tear on the clip itself. Despite its rugged approach, metal’s biggest downfall is that it is often rough on clothing. Tears and holes in outer garments are a common complaint for concealed carriers who opt for metal belt clips.
Metal clips tend to be more straight forward in their design, offering a traditional clip that slips over the top of the belt.Head to head: plastic vs metal
In the war between plastic and metal, long-term benefits and the regularity in which users check their gear are primary topics to consider. Long-term, metal wins in the fight. It’s rigid design and inherent material strength, give it the upper hand in terms of longevity. Metal takes more time to show signs of wear and tear and is less likely to break due to repeated use. Plastic, on the other hand, has an expiration date and depending on how the manufacturer approaches the clips that expiration date might come sooner. Though plastic is easier to manipulate onto the belt than metal, it requires users to replace it more often than metal, meaning more out of pocket costs to the consumer long term.
Additionally, users who tend to buy gear and never check it, would be better suited for metal. With less points of failure, it will require less maintenance than plastic. That being said, it is highly recommended and encouraged to check gear on a daily basis to ensure that no parts of a holster are showing signs of serious wear, tear or failure.
Plastic does win points for ease of use. Its less rigid design means that it can be easily manipulated onto the belt and can also offer options like J-Clips and C-Clips. Plastic also doesn’t tend to wear holes in clothes the same way that metal does.
Ultimately, though, metal’s tough build and propensity for durability over greater lengths of time and repeated use make it the more solid option for concealed carry.Final thoughts
Though we recommend metal belt clips for their rigidity and long-term capabilities, it’s up to users to decide what means is best for their lifestyle and their holster. It’s important to remember that regardless of what style you choose out of these two options, it’s imperative to routinely check gear for signs of wear and tear and replace parts as needed.
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Other than the “.45 or 9mm” debate, few questions have caused so much heartburn in the gun community as the paternity of the AK47.
For those not familiar with the ongoing debate, German firearms wonk Hugo Schmeisser, responsible for inventing the MP18 Bergmann submachine gun and the StG44 among others, spent six years on a vacation he could not decline in the Soviet Union after the end of WWII. The fact that he was there while Kalashnikov was finishing his AK47 has produced any number of lingering arguments that Schmeisser may have had a hand it the famous rifle’s design.
Maxim Popenker, who (disclosure) works for the Kalashnikov Concern and has maintained the expansive historical gun site Modern Firearms since 2000, has weighed in on the subject extensively in the past, detailing the developmental history of Kalashnikov’s AK-46, which was largely complete before Schmeisser came to the Soviet Union and was even tested head to head against Alexey Sudayev’s 7.62×39mm AS-44 rifle, with the subsequent redesign into the AK-47 winning out due to its better reliability. Further, he holds that while Schmeisser was in Izhevsk under close custody, Kalashnikov was finishing his rifle at Kovrov which was some 900 km away and the two had no contact.
To give the debate a fresh look is KC’s Vladimir Onokoy in the above video, who gets kinda snarky when he reads comments about the international argument into who the AK’s daddy really is. To support his case, he has an StG44 and Kalash to compare directly, in his look for shared DNA. Interestingly, he coughs up an M1 to bark up that tree as well– and brings out some Soviet documents about Schmeisser’s Izhevsk vacation.
In the end, the video was made by Kalashnikov, so don’t be too surprised by the outcome.
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Taurus breathes new life into its revolver line, adding custom colors to its compact 856 Ultralight revolver series.
The latest color offerings include Azure, Bronze, Burnt Orange or Rouge aluminum frames. Contrasting the colored frames are the cylinder, barrel, trigger and hammer finished in either matte stainless steel or matte black carbon steel.
Based on the 856 revolver, the Ultralight boasts an aluminum frame, bringing the weight down to 15.7-ounces unloaded. Chambered in .38 Special, the revolver can accommodate 6-shots. A DA/SA action, the 856 Ultralight brings a trigger pull of 10 to 12-pounds in DA and 4 to 6-pounds in SA. Measuring 6.55-inches in overall length, the revolver stands 4.8-inches tall.
“The 856 Ultralight is based on the standard 856 revolver but features an aluminum frame for reduced carry weight, making it an ideal handgun for easy, all-day carry on the body or off,” Taurus said in a news release. “To accommodate self-defense or target shooting needs, the 856 can be used with ammunition ranging from light target loads to self-defense rounds.”
The Taurus 856 Ultralight revolver ships with a price tag of $359 for the color and black pairing and $379 for the color and stainless steel look.
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Within hours of being sworn in, the new Democrat governor signaled he would sign a controversial bill enacting state-level gun dealer licensing in Illinois.
J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire Hyatt Hotels heir and venture capitalist embraced by gun control groups, defeated Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last November and was inaugurated on Monday. In one of his first moves, his office announced Pritzker’s plan to sign gun control legislation on Thursday that Rauner rejected during his tenure.
The measure, SB 337, passed the Illinois General Assembly without a veto-proof margin last May and Rauner, then running for re-election, promised to drop veto ink on the bill should it be sent to his desk as he did with a similar effort, SB 1657, which the Republican scuttled last March.
In his veto on SB 337, Rauner told lawmakers the law, if enacted, “would create a largely duplicative state level of licensing and regulation of gun dealers on top of existing federal licensing and regulation that would do little to improve public safety.”
Supporters of the effort disagreed but admitted defeat on the bill while Rauner held power in Springfield. However, with SB 1657 still in the legislature, lawmakers put the proposal back in motion last week and swiftly approved it, then transmitted it to Pritzker on Wednesday once the Governor’s Mansion was under new, blue, management.
The measure directs the state police to issue certifications to gun shops on a sliding fee — $300 for an FFL without a retail location, up to $40,000 for those with multiple ones — and requires such dealers to meet a series of new requirements including annual staff training, instituting a gun storage plan and allowing inspections by local law enforcement.
Gun rights groups of all stripes, to include the National Rifle Association, have slammed the proposal as both unneeded and unlikely to cut crime rates.
“SB 337 goes so far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that they would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones,” said the NRA in a statement. “This legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun 5-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business.”
A recent survey of prison inmates released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice found that most criminals in custody, if they used firearms, obtained them from illegal “street” sources, via theft, or through friends and family, not from gun retailers.
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The appeal to the country’s high court of a Kansas man found guilty of an NFA violation aims to “cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”
Jeremy Kettler in 2017 was found guilty of violating federal laws concerning the manufacturing and selling of suppressors and was given a year’s probation on a single count of possession of an unregistered NFA item. With the conviction upheld on appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit last October, Kettler is now pursuing his case with the help of a gun rights group, to the Supreme Court.
“Jeremy Kettler’s petition presents solid, well-argued questions important to all gun owners, and we hope the Court will grant certiorari to decide them,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America and its Gun Owners Foundation legal arm, who is supporting the continued appeal.
The 46-page petition to the high court argues that the NFA, which was adopted in 1934, is unconstitutional and that it is, in essence, a money-losing tax that produces no revenue for the government while effectively criminalizing the devices it controls. Pointing that the taxes charged on the making and transfer of items such as suppressors are only collected by federal firearm regulators and not by the IRS, and that similar failures to pay a $200 tax due to the IRS would not produce a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Kettler’s attorneys argue that the NFA is, in fact, a regulatory scheme.
“In other words, the purpose of this requirement is purely gun control, not tax collection,” says the filing before going on to contend, “The $200 ‘tax’ is just the hook by which the government continues to claim that the NFA is a tax, instead of what it so obviously has become — unconstitutional gun control.”
Making the argument that the Heller case, decided by the high court a decade ago, can be interpreted to protect suppressors– now numbering over 1.3 million– under the Second Amendment, the petition argues that, “Certainly, suppressors are far more common today than handguns were in Washington, D.C. in 2008 when this Court determined that the categorical ban on handguns in the home was unconstitutional.”
Kettler, a disabled combat veteran, came under investigation in 2014 when he posted a video on social media of a suppressor he bought at a local Army-Navy surplus store without a tax stamp or ATF paperwork. According to court documents, the man who sold him the silencer, Shane Cox, did not have a federal license to manufacture suppressors and violated the NFA as he didn’t pay the special tax or register the items in accordance with the act. At trial, the men used a defense that Kansas state law insulated them from prosecution by the federal government, while the court did not concur.
In the end, Cox was found guilty on eight counts of illegally making and marketing firearms and not guilty in two other counts involving possession of a destructive device. Kettler was found guilty on one count of purchasing the unregistered suppressor. Both received probation.
While centered on suppressors, Pratt said this week that Kettler’s pending appeal to the Supreme Court challenges the NFA as a whole.
“GOA/GOF have stood for the right to own ‘bearable arms’ of all types, and firearms accessories as well — including suppressors and machine guns,” Pratt said. “The arguments presented by GOA/GOF cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”
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