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"We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack," he said. "To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High, we are with you at this tragic hour and we will be with you forever."
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For military and law enforcement the tripod is an essential piece of kit for situations where the shooter has to be up off the ground to gain a vantage point and yet still be stable enough to make an accurate shot. For precision rifle competition there exists a similar need for a good, sturdy tripod but selecting the right tripod and attachment system can be overwhelming with so many options on the market now.
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Grey Ghost Precision releases MKII versions of its popular rifles, debuting the GGP MKII Heavy, GGP MKII Light and GGP MKII GRIM.
The GGP Heavy, chambered in .308 WIN kicks off the MKII additions with a 7075-T651 billet upper receiver and GGP MKII ambidextrous lower. Featuring a M-LOK handguard, the rifle measure 38-inches in length when extended and 35-inches when collapsed. Tipping scaled at 8.3-pounds, the GGP Heavy sports a match grade barrel with 1×10 twist and 5/8×24 threaded muzzle. The muzzle touts a GGP muzzle brake and Black Nitride coating throughout.
The GGP MKII Light enters the MK II lineup chambered in 5.56 NATO. Designed for home defense or use on the battlefield, the rifle offers M4 feed ramps and ambidextrous lower. Measuring 37-inches with its stock extended and 34-inches collapsed, the long gun comes in at 6.6-pounds. Boasting a 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle break, the rifle is also finished in Black Nitride coating.
Rounding out the series is the GGP MKII Grim, offered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Delivering a 22-inch Proof Research barrel, the rifle also continues the threaded muzzle design with threads of 5/8-24. Weighing 10 pounds, the Grim measures 44-inches in overall length.
“We decided that it was time to step away from the proprietary platform of the original GGP rifles, and remove all compromises; making the MKII versions much more user friendly and simplified,” Grey Ghost Precision VP of Firearms, Jason Curns, said in a news release. “With the focus being that of a more simplistic, yet versatile design, the MKII versions are now lighter (almost a full pound less on each platform) and maintain tighter tolerances across the board.”
The GGP MKII Heavy retails for $2,500 while the GGP MKII Light comes in at $1,899. The Grim is the most expensive of the set, priced at $3,199.
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Smith & Wesson recently debuted a quartet of feature-rich Performance Center SW22 Victory pistols.
Introduced at the 147th NRA Annual Meetings in Dallas earlier this month, the new SW22s offer a choice between a 6-inch fluted or 6-inch carbon fiber barrel with either the standard fiber optic sights or augmented with a Vortex Viper 6 MOA red dot. Besides the target barrels, each include factory muzzle brakes and Tandemkross hiveGrips.
Further, the guns come standard with a Picatinny-style top rail for optics, extended mag release, custom polished feed ramp, an adjustable flat-face target trigger and a beveled mag well.
If you are curious, retail is $682 for the standard models in either fluted or carbon fiber barrels, with the red dot enhanced pair running $868.
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Remington released a new custom competition 1911 this week chambered in .40 S&W. The pistol is a collaboration with competitive shooter Travis Tomasie. It's called the R1 Tomasie Custom.
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Professional firearms instructors across the country will offer free training classes to school administrators and teachers this weekend as part of the first annual “National Train a Teacher Day.”
NTATD, a collaborative effort between ScotShot instructor Grant Gallagher and Trigger Pressers Union founder Klint Macro, will provide medical, concealed carry and tactical training for school staff at participating locations Saturday.
The grassroots initiative sprang up in response to the ongoing debate about arming teachers after a spate of high-profile mass shootings. Even President Trump promoted the concept as effective tool against future attacks.
Rob Pincus, executive director of the Personal Defense Network, argues “teachers with guns” and “arming teachers” remain two different vastly different ideas. He agrees well-trained school staff could — and should — have the right to carry, everywhere.
“Certainly I’m not advocating for school children to be armed, but the teachers that obviously care about themselves and care incredibly about the students they are there to educate, they should have the opportunity to defend themselves in this worst case scenario,” he said in a PDN video. “And I know a lot of them would seek out the extra training that they need.”
ZØRE, an Israeli gun lock manufacturer, will offer a teacher discount program on its products in support of the initiative, hoping it will encourage safe storage of firearms on school campuses. Chief Executive Officer Bruno Escojido said he believes the gun locks “can play a key role in this environment.”
“The ZORE X gun lock is a robust well constructed device. It is by far the best ‘On The Gun’ locking mechanism that I have seen,” Macro said. “Teachers, school staff or administrators that have the ability to be legally armed in school and can not carry on body, should consider this device as a way to secure their particular tool of defense.”
NTATD provides a list of all participating instructors on its website.
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The .40S&W arose as the indirect result of the FBI’s 1986 Miami shootout. If you aren’t familiar with the details surf on over when you’re done here. Any student of small arms is well served to read up on it. Google is your buddy. During the Miami shootout, two FBI special agents were killed and five wounded by a pair of bank robbers wielding a variety of weapons.
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“The first thing I can tell people who are facing this sort of thing in their state is to get as informed as you can," said Mitch. "Then rally all the like-minded people that you can muster. The collective voice will help you sway a couple politicians your way, and maybe you can shut these kinda things down.”
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Among choices for concealed carry pistols, the Glock 43 has been one of the most popular since its 2015 release. It was adopted more or less happily by Glock fans who nevertheless bemoaned its anemic six-plus-one capacity. It even earned a satirical Hitler video for its shortcomings.
The Glock 43 was adopted by throngs of folks who felt it was the best among lots of unsatisfactory choices. Certainly, aftermarket options made it better. Night sights, light attachments, and magazine extensions helped. Lots of us, myself included, carry a G43.
Three years later, SHOT Show 2018 saw the unveiling of the Sig Sauer P365. Online chatter was instantaneous. This new pistol was a strange beast, with a profile strikingly similar to that of the G43, but with a major difference: it was to be sold with two ten-round magazines, one with a flat floorplate and one with a pinky rest, just like the G43. But it seemed there was sorcery involved—how could a magazine not much bigger than the G43’s hold ten whole rounds?
These two firearms have a few things in common, other than size and weight. Trigger weight and travel are similar, with the break on the P365 being less clunky than that of the Glock. Both have roomy trigger guards. Both easily drop magazines without a tug, assuming the release is performed without the meat of the hand running interference with gravity at the bottom of the mag well.
Choosing between these models isn’t a discussion I’d even muster if both models weren’t dependable. They are. I’ve run multiple brands and grain weights through both guns. They just run. To me this is the one critical factor in choosing a concealment gun—it must go bang when it’s time.
The P365 sports forward cocking serrations, a rail, and night sights; the G43 doesn’t. The G43 has a reversible magazine release; the Sig doesn’t, though it’s worth noting that functional issues have been reported by many owners who’ve switched their G43’s to lefty configuration. Obsessed with finger/thumb grooves? The G43 has them.
Having carried and used the P365 for a little more than a month now, in the same holster that used to carry a G43, observations by myself and other shooters have come up with theories about the little gun’s remarkable capacity. One colleague who fired the Sig and is a self-described grip squeezer said the grip’s walls are so thin he feels them flex while using it. I’ve noticed the seeming miniaturization of parts that interface with the magazine. The series of ledges that secure the mag inside the well and comprise the follower/slide lock/side interface are very slim. That means more room for a mag. It’s a long-overdue overhaul of concealment pistol design. However, the G43 remains a contender thanks to a trait of the P365 that’s sure to turn some folks off.
The comparative price of these guns can be considered the difference between the upgrade to tritium night sights on the Glock versus inclusion of that asset from the get-go on the Sig.
Here’s the sticking point: the P365, on most occasions when a human digit is in the vicinity of the slide lock lever during the firing sequence, does not go to lockback when the mag is empty. For a concealment gun that holds 11 rounds, that’s shipped with an extra mag that holds another 10, I can put up with what amounts to an AK-style reload when the firing sequence is sufficiently intense to make a body forget to count.
P365 for the win, for me at least. There are worse backup guns than the G43, and only one I’ve found that I like better: the P365.
Glock 43 Sig Sauer P365
Barrel length 3.4 inches 3.1 inches
Trigger pull weight 5.5 pounds 5.2 pounds
Overall length 6.26 inches 5.8 inches
Overall height 4.25 inches 4.30 inches
Width 1.0 inches 1.0 inches
Weight, loaded 22.36 ounces 25.15 ounce
Capacity 6 +1 10 +1
The Glock 43 in this feature is not entirely stock. It has a custom Cerakote job and a Pearce magazine extension, increasing mag capacity to seven.
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Lawmakers in Rhode Island’s Democrat-controlled Senate panel on Thursday unanimously voted to move a pair of gun control bills to the floor where they could be voted on as soon as next week.
The measures — S.2292, to outlaw various bump stock devices and S.2492, to establish a mechanism to take guns from those thought to be at risk to themselves or others — were advanced by the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Companion bills overwhelmingly passed the state House last month despite significant grassroots opposition.
“While federal law bans fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986,” said S.2292’s sponsor, state Sen. James Seveney, D-Portsmouth, “the bump stock does not technically make the weapon a fully automatic firearm, even though it allows a weapon to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun. This law would effectively ban these horrific devices in Rhode Island.”
Seveney’s proposal would place a prohibition on all types of sliding buttstocks that harness a gun’s recoil to “rapidly fire the weapon” as well as any binary trigger. Those who modify a semi-automatic firearm in the state with any of the defined devices could face as much as 10 years in prison as well as establish penalties for simple possession.
The country’s primary manufacturer of bump fire stocks is set to halt operations in the wake of numerous lawsuits over the use of the devices at the Route 91 Harvest shooting last October that left 58 dead and some 850 others injured. This came in conjunction with a flood of efforts, both legislative and regulatory, to ban the stocks and a host of other trigger devices at the federal, local and state level. Since the shooting, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, and Washington have banned bump stocks while similar legislation is headed to Gov. Dannel Malloy in Connecticut and Gov. David Ige of Hawaii.
The National Rifle Association opposes the bill, saying it “is poorly crafted” and the “only thing this is going to do is put law-abiding competitive shooters in jeopardy of prosecution.”
Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin is firmly behind S.2292, arguing the so-called “red flag” bill will help save lives by seizing guns from those thought to be at risk and displaying warning signs.
“Too often, after a mass shooting we learn about all the warning signs people saw from the shooter and wonder why they still had guns,” Goodwin said. “But the truth is, there isn’t always a legal means to stop them.”
The measure would allow police to temporarily confiscate guns and firearm permits from those deemed by a judge to be a potential threat to themselves or others. The order would be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, barring the subject from purchasing firearms from any licensed gun dealer.
The ACLU of Rhode Island has blasted the proposal for being overly broad and by nature speculative, making it ripe for potential abuse. Gun rights advocates have similar concerns.
“We oppose the bill because we feel it does not have enough safeguards in it yet,” said Frank Saccoccio, president of the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition. “Some of the triggering events are — you go to buy a firearm or you go to buy a second firearm. People do that all the time. Why would that trigger a red flag?”
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo earlier this year directed authorities in the state to use all legal steps to remove firearms from the home of those they feel are a danger, and has signaled that she would sign both bills should they make it to her desk. Going further, she has also called for a ban on “assault weapons.”
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Remington and Travis Tomasie join forces to create a new pistol accepted by USPCA and IPSC, aptly named the 1911 R1 Tomasie Custom.
Chambered in .40 S&W, the pistol offers a 5-inch, ramped, match-grade bull barrel on an overall 8.5-inches of length. Weighing in at 41-ounces, the 1911 R1 Tomasie Custom delivers a stainless steel frame with PVD coating for durability.
The pistol is packed with upgraded features such as an oversized magwell for quicker reloads, a match grade adjustable trigger, fiber optic front sight, lightened skeletonized hammer and machined G10 VZ operator grips.
Team Remington World and National Shooting Champion Travis Tomasie said the 1911 is an exact replica of his own personal set-up.
“The 1911 R1 Tomasie Custom is an exact reproduction of my competition handgun. Working together with Remington engineers, we’ve developed a double stack 1911 that meets my demanding speciﬁcations, and is built with pride in Huntsville, Alabama. Utilizing premium components, this pistol offers the consumer extraordinary accuracy, reliability, and shoot-ability,” Travis Tomasie said in a statement.
He added, “The R1 Tomasie Custom is chambered in 40S&W to meet Major Power Factor scoring, under the rules of the United States Practical Shooting Association and International Practical Shooting Federation. I personally inspect and test-ﬁre every single R1 1911 Tomasie Custom.”
The 1911 R1 Tomasie Custom serves up a magazine capacity of 18+1 and retails for $1,650.
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When the NEMO Executive Order ( XO) came in for review, I was wholly unprepared for what was about to happen. The test model was in 6.5 Creedmoor, which is a plus. Not unique, but not all that common in AR platforms yet either. Still, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to testing
A school resource officer in Lee County, Illinois hailed a hero for taking down an armed intruder said he empathizes with other parents who sent their kids to Dixon High School Wednesday morning.
Officer Mark Dallas, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, said Thursday he remains “humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support,” but prefers the labels of “police officer,” “husband” and “Dad” most of all.
“Mark’s own son was among those assembled in the gymnasium for graduation rehearsal yesterday morning,” said James Mertes, Dallas’s attorney, in a prepared statement Thursday. “He understands, first hand, the grave fears of parents who sent their children to school yesterday, believing them to be safe. With his actions, he has safely returned those students to their anxious parents.”
The Dixon Police Department said Thursday the gunman — identified as 19-year-old Matthew Milby — was transported to Lee County Jail after spending 24 hours recovering from injuries sustained during a gun fight with Dallas.
Police Chief Steve Howell said Dallas confronted Milby just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday inside Dixon High School. Milby fled on foot, shooting at Dallas as he followed behind. The officer returned fire, striking the gunman and sending him to the hospital with non-lethal injuries.
“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation,” Howell said. “With shots ringing through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on. Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”
Illinois State Police investigators said Thursday Milby used his mother’s 9mm semiautomatic rifle in the attack, though its unclear how he gained access to the firearm. He faces three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and awaits arraignment scheduled for Friday morning. No one else was wounded during the incident, law enforcement said.
“Somewhere, in the midst of the chaos, a lesson might be heard: our world truly can be changed when we refuse to hide from adversity but instead run toward it,” Mertes said. “Officer Mark Dallas ran into a hail of bullets. He did so to save the lives of the students and staff he was sworn to protect.”
Dallas joined the Dixon Police Department 15 years ago and began serving as a school resource officer in 2013. He requested privacy and will make no further statements until the investigation is complete.
“Mark’s obligation to serve the law did not stop at the end of his watch yesterday” Mertes said. “He must now follow the proper procedures that necessarily arise after this incident.”
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It is difficult to say the Savage 110 Evolution is a vast improvement over the 110 Stealth, if only because the Stealth was so good to start with. I reviewed the Stealth chambered in 338 Lapua Magnum last summer, and dollar for dollar, it is one of the best guns I have ever picked up.
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s not impressed with a bill he argued was crafted “more for headlines” than for public safety.
In an interview with a WJPF radio show Thursday, Rauner criticized a proposal for state-level regulation of licensed gun dealers that passed the Senate this week. The bill, which is similar to one he vetoed in March, is hyped by supporters as a vehicle to curb illegal gun trafficking, which the Republican governor scoffed at.
“This is the sort of legislation that comes out of the General Assembly under [Illinois House Speaker Mike] Madigan’s Democrats that really just creates hassles for businesses and honest business owners– just red tape, filings and fees and regulations,” Rauner said. “And it really does not improve public safety.”
The bill Rauner vetoed would have mandated a $1,000 five-year state permitting process for federal firearms licensees. In addition, it would require background checks and training for gun shop employees as well as videotaping of the businesses’ “critical areas” such as where guns are sold and stored. Exemptions to the requirements for big box retailers such as Walmart drew criticism that the bill unfairly targeted small FFLs.
Now crafted as a more watered down proposal that shifts responsibility to the State Police for gun dealer certification and eliminates the big box carve-out but hikes the fee schedule to as high as $1,500, it has attracted a veneer of bipartisanship as some Republicans have endorsed it.
“This is the kinda legislation that is really more for headlines than it is to really keep the people of Illinois safe,” Rauner said. “This is political grandstanding and grabbing for headlines rather than get real improvement for the people of Illinois. That happens far too often with Madigan’s Democrats in the General Assembly.”
Instead, Rauner pointed to a bill on gun waiting periods he vetoed Monday and returned to lawmakers with a host of amendments to include a number of proposals including one to reinstate the death penalty for some crimes. That measure is seen by most as a non-starter, although Madigan has scheduled a legislative hearing on the matter next week.
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With the iconic Browning Hi-Power out of production after more than 80 years, a Turkish company has stepped up to the plate with an increasingly popular clone.
John Browning began work on the double-stack, single-action 9mm for Fabrique Nationale of Herstal, Belgium as an evolution of his venerable turn of the century handguns and, by 1923, filed a patent on his work. Though Browning died before the Hi-Power was fully realized, Dieudonne Saive completed the design and by 1935 the revolutionary 13+1 shot combat handgun was ready for production and proved one of the best-loved designed of the 20th Century, only recently put out to pasture.
Now, as covered by Paul Levy in the above from Brownells, the Turkish-made Tisas Regent BR9 now being imported to the states by Ohio-based LKCI could fit the bill for those who aren’t trying to dump a lot of cash into a collectible Browning rollmarked gun. With a barrel that measures 4.6 inches long, it features either an all-black Cerakote or stainless finish and sports wood grips with a distinctive logo. The pistol ships with two 13-round magazines and weighs in at 1.84-pounds, unloaded. According to Levy, they have found standard Hi-Power accessories work.
Price on these new, if you shop around and depending on finish, is in the mid-$400 to low-$500 range, which is cheaper all day than any new Browning HP.
For more info, we have you covered in layers.
Army vet and competitive shooter Graham Baates covers the gun in both a detailed tabletop review and after some range time.
If you are curious how its made, here is the Tisas backgrounder on their factory and techniques
And, for those faithful maple syrup addicted Canadian Guns.com readers, the same gun is marketed in the Great North as the “Canuck” (not kidding), which is funny if one considers that over 150,000 Brownings were made by Inglis in Toronto during WWII and some are still in service with the Canadian military.
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A Pennsylvania cop killer on death row wants the state Supreme Court to toss out his 2017 conviction.
Attorneys for 35-year-old Eric Frein will argue Thursday investigators in Pike County violated his right to remain silent the night he was captured for murdering one state officer, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, and seriously wounding another, Trooper Alex Douglass, nearly four years ago.
Frein led state and federal law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains after gunning down Dickson and Douglass during a shift change at the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, 2014. He was identified as a suspect early-on in the case after a neighbor found his vehicle abandoned in a drainage pond near the shooting, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors called Frein a terrorist and said he ambushed the troopers in hopes of starting a revolution. Frein told investigators he chose the barracks in rural Pike County, about 30 miles south of the New York border, because of the desolate, mountain landscape surrounding it.
In April 2017, jurors found Frein guilty of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, terrorism, possessing weapons of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering others and firing a gun into an occupied structure. He was sentenced to death a week later.
Now Frein’s legal team said investigators refused to let his family’s defense attorney speak with Frein the night he was arrested at an abandoned air strip 30 miles from the barracks. Instead, he was interrogated for more than three hours, during which time he confessed to the killings.
“The questioning at issue occurred after Mr. Frein was read his Miranda warnings, invoked his right to silence by clearly informing the troopers that he did not want to speak about any crime and refused to sign a Miranda waiver,” his lawyers argued in a brief filed in November, according to the Associated Press.
Pike County prosecutors argue Frein never asserted his right to legal representation and balked at claims that victim impact testimony allowed during the trial hurt him.
Although Frein currently sits on Pennsylvania’s death row, it remains unclear if he will ever face execution. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration ordered executions to a halt in February 2015, preferring instead to wait for the results of a Senate task force’s review of the state’s death penalty system.
More than 170 people sit on death row in Pennsylvania and the state hasn’t executed a single one since 1999. Since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty four decades ago, Pennsylvania carried out only three executions.
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A trio of some of the best trick shots in the business, 22Plinkster and the scattergun-wielding Gould brothers, see what each bring to the table.
The level the playing field, they start off with a massive Brno 7.5 FK pistol, then get some speed rounds in a 4-inch plate downrange from a .22, and work in some one-handed clays before finishing up with some modernized Annie Oakley classics. In short, while it may start off slow, it gets better.
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