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Trayvon Martin’s Mom Runs for Public Office in Miami

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:28

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, announced on Monday her intentions to run for public office in Miami-Dade County. Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman is widely credited with sparking the Black Lives Matter movement, and if elected, Fulton plans to use her position to “empower our communities and make them safer.”

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Federal Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss SAF/NRA I-1639 Court Challenge

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:19

SAF and NRA are joined by two gun dealers, one in Spokane and the other in Clark County, plus four young adults who are directly affected by provisions of the initiative.

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Cabbie Shoots Would-be Armed Robber, Police Say

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:04
A robbery suspect was shot by his intended victim Monday morning at Greenwood Manor Apartments. City police said a local cab driver picked up the suspect on the Indiana State University campus before 10:45 a.m. Monday and took him to an apartment on 19th Street.
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Taking Aim at the Arms Trade Treaty

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:40
Some of the most notable policy victories take time — and they seldom generate banner headlines. Take the Arms Trade Treaty. There’s an excellent chance that you’re saying, “The what?” There was a relatively minor ripple in the news cycle when President Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from it.
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Pepperball’S TCP Compact Launcher Now Available to Consumers

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:34

Pepperball®, a division of United Tactical Systems, LLC and a world leader in non-lethal products is now offering their TCP, the first-ever mini-pistol sized launcher, to consumers for personal protection.

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8x22mm Ammunition for the Classic Type 94 and 14 Nambu Pistol Now Available at Steinel Ammunition

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:22

Steinel Ammunition Co. developed an 83-grain load 8x22mm FMJ round specifically for this popular early to mid-20th century Japanese pistol.

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Working Together to Save the Second Amendment Part II: State Success Stories

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:46
When I started with NRA in 1995, most of the attention our organization received was over legislative efforts in Congress. Firearm-related legislation at the federal level obviously has an impact on far more law-abiding gun owners than what happens in a single state. As I wrote last month, though, Congress often moves at a glacial pace. If you want to see a more rapid advancement in our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, you need to examine what we have been doing at the state level. Although NRA-ILA had been active at the state level since its inception in 1975, the spark that ignited decades of legislative success in state capitals across the country was the enactment of Florida’s “shall issue” Right-to-Carry (RTC) law in 1987.
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Now There’s Irrefutable Proof: Arming School Staff Keeps Kids Safe

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:28
In the latest two horrific school shootings, one at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) high school in Highlands Ranch, CO, and the other at a college in Charlotte, NC, two courageous students lost their lives as they tackled the shooters to stop the slaughter. 
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Judges Matter: Contrasting Court Decisions Demonstrate Importance of Judiciary to Second Amendment Rights

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:09
I’ve said it before: President Trump’s nomination of conservative judges may well be his most important legacy. Here, “conservative” does not refer to political ideology. It means a legal philosophy that seeks fidelity to the Constitution’s original meaning and the plain text of our laws. This contrasts with “progressive” jurisprudence that treats legal texts not as enduring constraints, but as springboards to policies or outcomes judges think best for present times.
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MasterPiece Arms (MPA) Introduces New Colors for their Rifles and Chassis

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:12

Over a dozen new colors and patterns now available for all MPA rifle and chassis orders.

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The Distance Your Holstered Gun Is Useless Against A Knife-Wielding Attacker

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:04

In some cases, officers allowed perpetrators holding edged weapons to close to 10 to 12 feet before drawing. Some were injured. Their rationale? They feared the shooting would be ruled unjustified if they fired on a felon at too great a distance.

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Holocaust Survivor Laments Teens Hijacking ‘Never Again’ Mantra to Push Gun Control

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:48

These children, led by kids from a victimized Florida high school are being manipulated by adults pushing familiar so-called "gun-control" themes. They mislead people into believing that psychotic slaughter of school children can be affected by disarming (or "subarming") the general public.

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FN Announces MK 48 Machine Gun Variant in 6.5mm Creedmoor

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:30

FN this week announced plans to make the MK 48 machine gun, typically chambered for 7.62 NATO, in 6.5mm Creedmoor (Photo: FN)

Virginia-based FN America this week is unveiling a new version of their MK 48 light machine gun chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor.

To be shown off at the 2019 edition of Special Operations Forces Industry Conference & Exhibition in Tampa, the new chambering comes just after USSOCOM’s qualified the caliber last year. Developed from the now-classic FN Minimi, the standard 7.62x51mm version of the MK 48 was adopted by SOCOM in 2013.

The 6.5 CM model of the gun, which is in the prototype stage, features an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height as well as an improved, locking charging handle. The gun has also been updated with an improved, double-notched sear; improved handguard with 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions with a new style bipod; and a more robust feed tray latch.

Both SOCOM special operations units and light infantry such as troops from the 101st Airborne, seen here in Afghanistan, have been using the MK 48 since 2013, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. In a nod to its roots with the FN Minimi, which went on to become the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, the MK 48 is often called the “super SAW” in service. (Photos: U.S. Department of Defense)

Besides the MK 48, which is used by both special operations and light units such as Airborne and Air Assault troops, FN has supplied the military with models of the 7.62x51mm FN MAG — adopted since 1977 as the M240 — and the 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon since 1984. A 5.56mm version of the MK48, the MK 46, is also in SOCOM service as is the FN SCAR and MK 20 SSR rifles. Going back even further, FN is a modern manufacturer of the iconic M2 heavy machine gun as well.

FN is currently one of the five Next Generation Squad Weapon competitors — along with AAI, General Dynamics, PCP, and Sig Sauer — to submit a single NGSW for initial testing to begin sometime this summer to replace the M249 in Army service with a new, 6.8mm, weapon.

In related news, Sig Sauer has been showing off their own new SLMAG lightweight machine gun, a variant of which is billed as a contender for the Army’s NGSW contract. Chambered in .338 Norma Magnum and easily swappable to 7.62 NATO, the SLMAG has a three-position gas setting and is optimized for use with a suppressor– a key aspect of the Army’s next generation of automatic weapons.

The Sig SLMAG (Photo: Chris Eger/

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Ruger Makes Stainless LCP a Regular Offering

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:00

Ruger has made a stainless version of their classic LCP, once just a limited edition run, a regular catalog item. (Photos: Ruger)

Ruger announced this week that their classic LCP micro .380ACP pistol will now be offered in a variant featuring a matte stainless slide. The gun maker first offered the model, which includes forward cocking serrations on the slide and an aluminum skeletonized trigger, in a special “10th Anniversary” edition last year to celebrate a decade of the LCP hitting the market. Now a regular offering, the ultracompact hammer-fired semi-auto uses a blued, 2.75-inch alloy steel barrel and polymer frame. Weight is 9.6-ounces while the overall length is 5.16-inches.

The LCP uses fixed sights and a textured glass-filled nylon grip frame.

The stainless LCP ships with a single flush-fitting six-round magazine that includes a finger grip extension floorplate. MSRP is $299, the same as 2018’s 10th Anniversary Limited Edition model. No word on if the company intends to offer the stainless slide in its follow-on LCP II series of pistols.

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Mauser Teases DWM-branded M98 Rifle Reboot

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:30

The promised M98 DWM is a throwback of sorts to Mauser’s past (Photos: Mauser)

Germany rifle maker Mauser is teasing on social media that a DWM-branded M98 could be on the horizon in coming days.

Based today in Isny im Allgäu in Southern Germany, the Mauser company originally joined with Ludwig Loewe and bullet maker Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik AG to form Deutschen Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken, or DWM, in the late 19th Century. The DWM conglomerate went on to produce the classic Mauser 98 series bolt-action rifles that armed not only Germany but many other countries until it was dissolved after World War II.

This week, Mauser said “The legend is coming back,” showing off images of an M98 rifle complete with DWM roll marks.

“Today connoisseurs still appraise the legendary DWM hunting cartridges and the Mauser 98-actions of the DWM 1908- and DWM 1909-series,” says a landing page on Mauser’s website for the rifle. “Now the old alliance with Mauser is renewed and DWM is back. Stay tuned and learn more about a German legend and interesting products to come.”

When Mauser reformed — sans DWM — in 1950s West Germany, the company concentrated on other rifle and pistol offerings for the commercial market rather than the classic Model 98. That venerable bolt gun was only resurrected in the 1990s in limited production as a safari rifle with high-grade wood furniture in magnum chamberings such as 9.3x64mm and .416 Rigby, later adding Standard models with calibers starting at 7x57mm. No word on caliber offerings or price on the new DWM M98.

Mauser, whose U.S. subsidiary is based in Texas, has made significant inroads into the American hunting market in the past two years with its budget M18 series rifle. Current M98 offerings by Mauser USA are only listed as “coming soon.”

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From Machining to Firearms: Faxon Firearms Rise to Success

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:00

Bob Faxon founded the company after designing the ARAK-21.  (Photo: Faxon Firearms)

Bob Faxon’s journey in the firearms industry began at his kitchen table. Using knowledge accrued within the halls of Faxon Machining, Faxon leveraged his expertise to develop Faxon Firearms’ first product, the ARAK-21. From those beginnings, he built a brand. Faxon Firearms, now known for its innovative parts, accessories and complete rifles and pistols has become a mainstay for consumers looking to improve and elevate their favorite builds; but more importantly, the company is known for its commitment to customers. sat down with the always jovial Faxon to talk about the company’s origin and why consumers are at the root of Faxon Firearms.

GDC: So Faxon Firearms was originally an offshoot of Faxon Machining — which has a hand in many different areas in the industrial realm. What are a few areas people would be surprised to find the Faxon name?

Faxon: Oh that’s easy. We’ve done nuclear. We’ve done aerospace. We’ve done automotive, oil and gas, renewable energy, machining tools. We’re heavily in the defense industry and of course firearms. We even had a part in the Mars Rover — the robot that went around the planet of Mars. We’ve touched most industries.

GDC: Very cool. So what caused the shift into firearms?

FaxonI was watching the Discovery Channel with my sons and they were running down the top 10 battle rifles. The AK-47 beat the M-16. I was absolutely beside myself. I understood the evaluation process and I see the advantages the AK-47 has but I find it unacceptable that the AR-15 is number two. So I got kind of pissed off and I sat down at my kitchen with a little sketchpad. There I designed the ARAK-21. It was developed for four purposes — reliability, features, accuracy and price. It took about a year and a half to get it developed then we started selling it. There’s a very loyal, very dedicated following of people who love that platform. The ARAK-21 really gave us the concept of how we wanted to do things in terms of innovation and service.

GDC: How many times have you given that spiel?

FaxonI’ve done that spiel 46 million times. The guys laugh at me. They ask my wife at SHOT Show: “When he goes to bed at night, does he keep saying that while he sleeps?”

GDC: I’m sure at shows where you’re constantly doing the sales and marketing bit, it gets a bit redundant.

Faxon: Yes, but there’s a variety of people coming through and I personally love it. I always make time to go because it’s the only time where I get to go talk to customers directly. I enjoy talking to the person who reaches into their pocket and pays hard-earned money to buy our product. This year at NRA was really fun because we had the big launch of our pistols, the FX-19.

The FX-19 on display at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

GDC: That’s an interesting point you bring up about interacting with consumers. There are some manufacturers who are less than thrilled to have the average joe coming up to talk shop, but every time I passed your booth at NRA you were right out there in the middle chatting with people.

Faxon: It comes back to our consumer-driven attitude of helping our customers and making sure they’re happy. We’re not just spitting out the same designs. We’re constantly innovating all under that service banner. Our goal is the customer experience. We want our products to shoot as good or better than the guy next to you. We don’t want your buddy to razz you about paying too much for a bad product. If it doesn’t cycle properly if it doesn’t hold a group that’s very frustrating. That’s a terrible experience. So we think about the chain of events from the time the customer buys one of our products to the time he takes it out of the bag at the range.

Here’s what I want — I want our customer to go buy our product, take it to the range, then on the way home with his 15-year old kid in the pickup truck I want him to say, “You see Johnny’s gun? He spent $800 on that barrel and we outshot him twice as good.” That’s the experience I want for our consumers.

GDC: I think that shows from the levels you give the consumers. You have the parts and accessories so that consumers can build their own pistol the way they want and now you have the FX-19 which offers all that assembled. Talk to me about why you think it’s important to give your consumers an array of options when it comes to accessories, parts and complete set-ups?

Faxon: You know, it’s funny. Now my level of ability has risen so that I am excited to buy everything and put it all together, but earlier in my life, I didn’t want to put all the pieces together. My brother would’ve put the pieces together. So it’s important to represent both buyers. Again, we are talking about the consumer and what’s going to be a positive experience for them.

GDC: You keep coming back to the consumer and I can tell by the excitement in your voice that you are really passionate about those that buy your products. Do you think this has to do with having your name stamped on the product? Are you more cognizant of your brand when your brand is you?

Faxon: We take a lot of personal pride in what we make and how we make it. There’s a level of quality there because of (the name). Wearing our t-shirts with the logo and the name, you’re subject to being seen in public and people knowing you are involved in this. I think that accountability is huge. It’s not anonymous. It’s not an entity, it’s us.

I’ll tell you a funny story. I was in an airport recently wearing a Faxon Firearms shirt with one of our guys. We walk up to the TSA checkpoint and the agent asked, “Are you with Faxon Firearms?” I said I am and he said, “I’ve got one of your barrels.” I asked how it shot for him and he said that it shoots great and he loves the barrel. That’s the kind of personal exposure you’re subjected to. I think if that doesn’t do anything else it will motivate you to do your best.

GDC: Well said. Is there anything else you think our readers should know about Faxon Firearms?

Faxon: We understand that things people purchase from us are a want, not a need so we appreciate their business immensely. We are extremely excited that they choose us when they spend their money and will continue to provide a line of products that are deserving of that.

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The Break Down Between Muzzle Brakes and Flash Hiders (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 05:30

When it comes to muzzle devices, there is a lot of confusion between what makes one a flash hider and another a brake. To help cut through some of that is Joe Marler with Daniel Defense in the above video.

In short, flash hiders reduce the visual signature (i.e. the muzzle “flash”) while a brake (not break) is designed with the objective of reducing felt recoil, which in turn increases accuracy. For reference, most of DD’s guns, rifles, and pistols, come with a standard-length flash suppressor installed.

If you remain curious as to the science of how a brake works, check out the below.

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Ultimate Retro CAR-15: 1989 Delta Force Edition (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 05:00

A former Delta Force assaulter walks you through the awesomeness that was his CAR-15 back in the day, to include cardboard, a dive light, and bicycle innertubes.

Before he moved on to becoming the Vickers in Vickers Tactical, Larry Vickers was a career U.S. Army Special Forces guy who served with Delta Force throughout the 1980s. In the above, he shows off a recreation of his personal blaster from the period. The Colt Model 723 was basically a shortened M16A2 carbine that was more developed than the XM177E2 used by Green Berets in the Vietnam era.

His CAR-15 has plenty of things you just don’t see today outside of retro builds to include an upper with a non-detachable carrying handle and a tweaked two-position stock, and that’s just for starters.

As detailed by Vickers, he carried an Underwater Kinetics Super QXL dive light (insert giant sucking sound here as every airsofter and Delta operator fan rushes to search the web for one) that had been wrapped with black innertubes and hose-clamped to the handguard. Other mods include a jungle mag clamp set up with cardboard and 100 mile-an-hour tape and an AimPoint 2000— which the optics company says was discontinued in 1989, the same year Delta Force went into Panama.

“This was a great gun, great optic, a great piece of kit,” said Vickers. “Got me through harm’s way and got me home safely, so I am very partial to this setup.”

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Senate Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:30

The bill, as introduced, would protect those carrying without a permit in states that recognize constitutional carry from the specter of federal charges should they cross within 1,000 feet of a school zone (Photo: Chris Eger/

A bill to keep gun owners in constitutional carry states out of a federal legal pitfall while near a school zone was introduced this month to the U.S. Senate.

The Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act was filed last week by U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, who stressed the state’s pending permitless concealed carry law could pose an issue for those passing near school zones. In short, the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act bans carrying firearms within 1,000 feet of a school zone, with an exception for those with a carry permit. Supporters of the bill fear that those practicing legal constitutional carry may not meet that exception.

“This legislation would help ensure that gun owners exercising Constitutional carry will no longer be stuck with confusing laws about where they can and can’t have their firearms,” said U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, a co-sponsor.

According to sponsors, the bill, filed as S.1506, would cover both local and out-of-state individuals lawfully carrying a concealed weapon within 1,000 feet of a school zone in states that recognize constitutional carry. The move is needed, points out Enzi’s office, because for example a traveler driving along Interstate 25 in Cheyenne will come within the school zone limit set by the GFSZA, which, if the driver is carrying without a permit, could technically be a violation of federal law.

The Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act currently has seven sponsors, all Republicans, and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Kirsten Joy Weiss Turns Gun Range into Bowling Alley (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

Trick shooter and all around gun girl Kirsten Joy Weiss takes to the range, turning it from shooting alley to bowling alley with some shell casings and an AR-15.

Weiss uses empty casings as stand-in bowling pins, taking aim at a cluster of .223 shells for a fun little game focused on accuracy. Weiss encourages viewers to try their own version of the game, changing up the difficulty level by increasing distance from the casings, increasing the spacing between the makeshift pins and using smaller empty casings.

Using the same concepts as bowling, Weiss shoots a strike and a spare. Check out the video to add some fun to your range day escapades.

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