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Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:01
Sweeping new gun laws passed last year by California voters and legislators require those with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to get rid of them by July 1.
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62-year-old Marine veteran shoots 3 home invasion suspects

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:57
A homeowner shot three suspects during an attempted home invasion in Theodore on Thursday afternoon, the Mobile County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives said a 62-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran shot the suspects as they were trying to get into his home on Thomas Road. According to authorities, the suspects have broken into the man's home before and threatened to harm the victim if he reported the incident to authorities.
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Would-Be Burglar Shot By Homeowner

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:55
A man who allegedly broke into a Laurel County home overnight is probably second-guessing that decision. According to the sheriff, Otis Kemp tried to sneak into a home on Hopewell Estates Road. The homeowner was not home at the time, but returned home shortly after, discovering the prowler. The homeowner grabbed his shotgun and fired into Kemp's torso. Investigators say Kemp ran into the woods but was found near the home by a k-9. Kemp has been charged with burglary. He was airlifted to UK Hospital to with non-life-threatening injuries. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be booked in the Laurel County Detention Center.
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Gear Review: Elby Mosin-Nagant sight tool for rifles and carbines

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:45

The author takes aim with his Mosin-Nagant. Note that the bayonet isn’t for looks and these rifles were sighted in with the bayonet on. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

I have a long and stormy history with the Mosin-Nagant family of rifles and carbines which I can bore you with another day. Despite not appealing to American patriotism nor modern efficiency, everyone seems to own a Mosin-Nagant. The aftermarket for this World War II era rifle is nothing short of astounding, though some purists like myself would prefer to keep the rifle in stock military condition. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t pay to have tools to fix potential issues.

Such an issue happened after I decided to dive back into the Mosin fan club. I picked up a 1942 made 91/30 for a handloading project and, off the bench with cheap ammo, I got an amazing group (judged against accurate competitors like the 7×57 Spanish and 6.5 Swedish Mausers). Unfortunately, the sights, despite being fixed in place with the witness mark and sight base aligned perfectly, were well off — about two feet off to the left, peppering my backup target instead of the one in my sights.

The setup for the Elby Range Buddy is as simple as it comes. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

I took the rifle to my shop, locked it down and proceeded and break out the typical Communist solution—a hammer and a chisel (I didn’t have any sickles handy). With the rifle secure, I tapped and later banged on the front sight in my attempt to move it. No dice. Years of rust, corrosion and grit had the front sight tight in the dovetail as if it was welded in place.

Traditional methods failing, I adopted a modern one and took to the internet. After a quick search, I found a cool little sight adjustment tool produced by Elby and distributed by Tandemkross. They have several sight adjustment tools to include one for the 91/30 and a different one for the m44/Type 53 rifles and the early M38. I selected the 91/30 tool, paid the tidy $30 sum and got it in the mail a few days later.

The Range Buddy works over this stubborn sight with ease and precision. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

The Range Buddy

The Elby Mosin-Nagant Range Buddy consists of a 0.75 inch block made from tempered 6000 series aluminum that is slotted to fit over the barrel of the rifle. The real work is done by a steel turn screw threaded into the block. The screw has increments etched on the head for precise adjustments and is torqued using a provided Allen wrench.

On the range, I shot a group to make sure my previous outings were not in error. No hits on the target, but puffs of dirt were kicked up on the right.

A great group, but not the intended target. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

To use the “range buddy”, take out the cleaning rod and remove the bayonet. The buddy will slip over the muzzle with ease. Finger tighten the screw to hold it against the sight base. Next, take the Allen wrench and crank the screw tighter against the sight. This moved over the stubborn front sight with ease and I finally got on paper. To adjust, move the front sight in the opposite direction of where the bullet needs to go. I fired another group with the device still attached and made adjustments on the fly, before I was able to put my rounds right above the intended target.

Next, I removed the range buddy and remounted the bayonet. As the Mosin-Nagant was originally sighted with the bayonet attached, this allowed the bullets to drop lower, to the point of aim — perfectly sighted in about 10 minutes.

Though $30 is a bit high to pay for a essentially a uni-tasker tool, the ease of use, precision of adjustment and the reality of owning a vintage Mosin-Nagant, make it well worth the price. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

A good buy

Some Mosins are more readily adjustable than others, but after multiple wars and plenty of questionable refurbishments, it is wise to have the right tool for the job if you intend to do anything serious with a Mosin. Hitting what you are aiming at is a lot more enjoyable than having to hold over and the $30 I spent on the Range Buddy is a far better solution than beating on the rifle or wasting ammunition.

For quick, precise adjusting and for breaking those stubborn sights, Elby’s Range Buddy is a great buy and a must for the range box.

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NYC DA: Concealed carry reciprocity bill ‘supported, I am sure, by ISIS’

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:26

New York County District Attorney Cy Vance (Photo: Getty Images)

New York County District Attorney Cy Vance offered some interesting takes on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act this weekend, including saying the bill was most likely supported by the Islamic State.

Vance commented on the bill to radio host John Catsimatidis during a Sunday interview on AM 970 in New York. He argued the proposal, which was drafted to treat concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses nationwide, would make New York City more susceptible to violent attacks.

“If that bill passes, I believe the safety, and the greater safety we have achieved will be at risk,” he said.

The legislation, which now has 200 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, would amend federal law to allow lawful gun owners to carry concealed handguns in any state that permits the practice, so long as those individuals are eligible to carry concealed firearms in their home state.

Vance argued an increase in violence could occur if the bill becomes law, as people from states with looser gun laws than New York would be allowed to carry concealed firearms in the city.

“It would be completely legal for a person to bring a loaded gun or guns in New York as long as it was legal to possess them in the person’s home state,” he said. “A guy from Idaho, where there’s no permitting requirement whatsoever, could carry his gun into New York City loaded, into Times Square.”

The prosecutor even went so far as to say that the Islamic State would be in favor of the bill and most likely were following its progression in Congress.

“This bill is supported, I am sure, by ISIS, and let me tell you why and I don’t think I am overstating it,” Vance said.

Though the measure would not affect the purchasing of guns in any state, Vance chose to cite an article from an Islamic State magazine that talked about ways to buys guns in the U.S.

“ISIS points its readers to America and how they could easily obtain guns by going to states where there are no permitting requirements or buy guns in one of the five thousand private gun shows around the country where no background checks are taken,” he said. “So ISIS is paying careful attention to this bill as well.”

Vance added: “I think Congress members have to think long and hard about whether they want to play into the hands of these terrorists. And New York is the number one terror target in the country, John, you know that. We don’t want to have folks being able to buy guns in Idaho, people who radicalize carry them into New York City and be completely legal until they pull the guns out in Times Square and start shooting.”

Vance also cited gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which estimated that two million more loaded guns would make their way into the city if the bill becomes law.

The measure has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, but is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

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2 suspects killed in home invasion caught on camera (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:23

Two would-be robbers were killed by a California homeowner late Wednesday night after they entered his garage and demanded he open a safe, only to find out that’s where the man stored a loaded gun.

The home invasion unfolded around 11:40 p.m. at a home in Brentwood, which is located about 55 miles outside of San Francisco, and part of the encounter was captured on surveillance video.

The two suspects appeared to case out the home before they entered the homeowner’s garage. Although not confirmed by authorities, neighbor Reggie Nichols said the man’s garage was probably open at the time of the crime, as he said it’s almost always open while the homeowner hangs out inside, watching television and such.

Once inside, the suspects demanded the homeowner open a safe, which he did. But unbeknown to the suspects, the homeowner kept a loaded gun in the safe and instead of grabbing loot, he grabbed the gun and opened fire on the suspects.

The suspects immediately ran away from the home, but both were struck by gunfire and died.

Authorities say the homeowner acted in self-defense and is not likely to face charges.

[ KTVU ]

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Good Samaritans step up as suspect brutally assaults cop on California highway (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:23

Two men are being hailed as heroes after they stop to help a California Highway Patrol officer who was being brutally attacked on the side of a highway in Solano County last weekend.

The assault happened around 8:30 a.m. June 17, and witnesses feared the officer was going to be killed.

Joel Jones, a 61-year-old retired sheriff’s deputy and former football linebacker turned pastor, was driving with his wife, Annalisa, when they first noticed the suspect, Gary Coslovich, 49, weaving recklessly in and out of traffic. Coslovisch struck two cars, causing them to lose control, then continued on.

Jones decided to follow the driver and soon thereafter, the CHP officer pulled Coslovich over, but Jones said it appeared Coslovich lost it when he realized the officer was a woman. Coslovich then attacked the officer.

“[Coslovich] punched her, hit her repeatedly, beat her to the ground and started stomping her,” Jones said.

“It was surreal,” Jones added. “It was like I was about to see a murder in front of me.”

The couple called the attack savage and sick. They also believed Coslovich was trying to take the officer’s gun. So Jones made the decision to go help the officer, while his wife began to pray.

Jones used his football skills to knock Coslovich to the ground and soon thereafter, Greg Bunting, a 52-year-old motorcycle mechanic, came upon the scene and decided to help as well.

Jones and Bunting then held Coslovich down on the ground until additional officers arrived on the scene.

Coslovich was arrested and charged with assault and battery charges against a peace officer.

The officer, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released for what was described as moderate injuries.

And as for Jones and Bunting, they say they’re no heroes, they just did what needed to be done.

[ KTVU ]

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Former NY mobster released from prison at 100 years old

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:17

John “Sonny” Franzese plans to spend some time with his family in Brooklyn. (Photo: New York Daily News)


Sonny, center, in his younger days. (Photo: New York Daily News)

An infamous New York mobster formerly associated with the Columbo crime family was released from federal prison Friday at the age of 100.

John “Sonny” Franzese served 35 of a 50-year sentence for bank robbery and, at the time of his release, was the oldest inmate in the federal prison system.

Franzese was an old-school mobster who acquired his wealth and power by old-school means: Loan sharking and extortion, but also had numerous financial interests in several restaurants, topless bars and clubs. In addition, he’s believed to be responsible for the murder of up to 50 people, although he was never convicted of any of those crimes. Franzese was even caught on a wire talking about how to dispose of bodies.

“He’s one of a kind. There’s never been a guy like Sonny. There will never be another guy like Sonny, the last of a dying breed,” said retired FBI agent Robert Lewicki.

Franzese, who did not offer any comments to reporters, left the prison in a wheelchair and later exited a Range Rover with the aid of a walker as he made his way to spend some time with family in Brooklyn. According to his family, Franzese has very little hearing left, bad eyesight, and prostate problems, but still has an amazing will to keep living. His family said he attributes his 100 years to eating right and vitamins.

[ Newsday ]

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Stevie Wonder: ‘You cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves’ (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:14

During a speech at the North Minneapolis Conference on Peace last weekend, Stevie Wonder spoke out against violence, more specifically, where it affects the black community.

“It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be,” the singer said. “You cannot say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and then kill yourselves. Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it. Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”

The conference, which was attended by several hundred people, came less than a day after Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of any charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” Wonder continued. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.”

The singer concluded the conference by performing “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground.”

[ Billboard ]

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When making gunpowder art, the final result comes in a flash (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:10

Wyoming’s Danny Shervin has been “painting” with gunpowder for two decades and says he still gets nervous every time he goes to light a piece.

In the above video from 60 Second Docs, Shervin gives some insight into his process and his art, in which he uses different powders to create a durable image on a fabric canvas or wood panel. He doesn’t use glue or adhesive and carefully spreads each pellet or flake until, once he is satisfied, adds fire to the outline and watches it go.

His art sells anywhere from $45 to $4,500 through his website, but he cautions against running out and slapping some powder on paper to imitate.

“I highly recommend that you don’t try this at home as gunpowder is an explosive and is extremely dangerous,” he warns on social media. “It can lead to serious injury and the smoke produced is very hazardous to your health. I have over 20 years experience working with gunpowder and take all necessary safety precautions.”

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California ‘Mad Max’ fan caught with really short, probably illegal shotgun

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:05

“Ernest claimed he fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max’, a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” said the department, in the driest explanation for a five-movie franchise spanning 38 years. (Photo: Barstow SD)

A man riding a quad late last Thursday night in the desert around Barstow wound up in jail on weapons charges due to some curious items he chose to accompany him.

The Barstow Sheriff’s Department said that Jack Lee Ernest, 49, was stopped on Old Highway 58 and Leona Road at about 11 p.m. on Thursday.

After a pat-down search for weapons, officers found brass knuckles, two large knives and “an illegally sawed-off shotgun, with ammunition tactically attached to it for easy access.”

In California, laws on short-barreled shotguns are pretty strict and require a state-issued permit in addition to the traditional federal National Firearms Act requirements and the image released of the scattergun in question appear to show a single-shot hinge-break action 20-gauge. To escape regulations, the scattergun would have to be at least 26 inches long overall, with at least an 18-inch barrel.

The reason for the gauge, knucks and knives?

“Ernest claimed he fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max’, a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” said the department.

Then again, maybe he is just a fan of “wastelanding” guns, an increasingly popular artificial aging undertaken, often by fans of the game of the same name, to create firearms and props that look as if they are fresh from a post-apocalyptic world.

Either way, until everything rides eternal shiny and chrome, you gotta keep abreast of those NFA and Cal PC laws to stay out of the slammer.

Speaking of which, Ernest is in jail pending $30,000 bond.

As of February 2016, according to the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, there were 13,423 registered short-barreled shotguns in California as well as another 3,884 guns classified as AOWs, some of which could be converted shotguns.

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Police: UPS shooter planned attack, used stolen guns

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:02

(Clockwise) The gunman was identified as Jimmy Lam and carried a backpack with a box of ammunition, as well as two guns: “an assault-type pistol” and a semi-auto pistol. (Photo: San Francisco Police Department)

The San Francisco Police Department released additional details surrounding the shooting at a UPS facility earlier this month that left four dead, including the gunman, and two injured.

According to Friday’s update, investigators think the shooter, 38-year-old Jimmy Lam, specifically sought out some of his victims, but, perhaps, not all of them.

Investigators are still trying to understand Lam’s motive, but think he specifically targeted the victims he killed — Benson Louie, 50; Wayne Chan, 56; and Michael Lefiti, 46. However, they’re unsure why he also attacked the two victims he injured.

Authorities said the shooting occurred during a routine morning briefing at the UPS facility and all but one of the victims were present at that meeting.

According to information gathered from videos and witness accounts, without warning and without saying a word, Lam pulled out a weapon and shot Louie and Chan. Then, seconds later, shot two additional UPS workers, who survived their injuries but have not been publicly identified.

Lam then left the meeting room, calmly walked outside of the building and – again without saying a word – shot Lefiti multiple times. Lam then returned to the meeting room inside.

The meeting began at 8:50 a.m. and police received the first call six minutes later. The department confirmed that all of the responding officers were equipped with body cameras.

When police arrived on the scene, they came in contact with numerous employees leaving the building. Officers led some to safety and – believing it was still an active shooter situation – instructed others to shelter in place.

Within about two minutes of entering the facility, officers located Lam, who was still in close proximity to Louie and Chan. He was still armed and held a gun to his head as officers approached. Officers pleaded with Lam to put down the gun, but he took his own life.

Officers recovered two guns at the scene, as well as a backpack belonging to Lam that contained a box of ammo. The guns were described by the police department as a semi-automatic pistol and “an assault-type pistol” with a 30-round magazine, approximately 20 rounds of which had been fired. Authorities believe only one weapon was fired.

Both firearms were previously reported stolen – one from Utah and the other out of Napa – although it’s unclear at this point how Lam came to be in possession of the weapons.

After the shooting, authorities executed a search warrant of Lam’s home, where they recovered multiple cell phones, computers, and a journal. Authorities did not say what – if any – pertinent information was found within those items.

The investigation remains ongoing as authorities work to determine what motivated Lam.

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Have you heard of the Hi-Point .40 cal by chance? (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:58

Matt down at Demolition Ranch got a “crazy cheap” Hi-Point Zamak special and proceeded to test it out in traditional Demolition Ranch style.

He stacks it rather unrealistically next to an FN 5.7 and other polymer framed guns and admits he is biased from the start, so if you are a Hi-Point/MKS fanboy, you have to suffer through to find out that, at some point, Matt warms to the gun as it just relentlessly chews through .40S&W.

Then comes the abuse including dragging it behind a truck, hurling it into a flesh-eating bacteria-filled (maybe) body of brackish water, smoothing out the finish by running it over, all to find that it just won’t die.

And then the gloves come off, so be sure you check out the last few minutes.

Interesting video no matter where you stand on the Hi-Point argument.

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Pew Study: ‘Majority of Gun Owners Own Multiple Guns’

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 03:55

Pew Research has published a new comprehensive study of America and what it calls its "complex relationship with guns."

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Alps Outdoorz shows off full line of outdoor gear

General Gun News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:05

Alps Outdoorz may be one of the most underrated companies in the industry. While many backcountry hunters know them well for their hardcore meat haulers and backpacks, they actually cater to a much larger audience of hunters and outdoorspeople. We had the chance to spend some time with the fine folks from Alps at a recent Mossy Oak event and we learned firsthand that while they are a leader in innovative pack designs, Alps Brands is also the parent company for Delta Waterfowl Gear and Browning Camping. In addition, they design and create gear for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Here are some products we think not only hunters, but outdoorspeople will like as much as we did.

Zach and Sarah from Alpz Brands show off their NWTF vests, blinds and seats for turkey hunters. Here, Sarah demonstrates the comfort of the Grand Slam vest, built with a removable kickstand frame, adjustable legs, a foldaway padded seat, rear game bag and plenty of storage for calls. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Built specifically for blind hunters who seek all-day comfort on those long sits, Alps has improved their Stealth Hunter chair. Fully adjustable for both height and uneven terrain, able to swivel 360 degrees, the chair is heavy duty while being easily transportable with the included shoulder and compression straps. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Sarah from Alps Outdoorz shows off the new-for-2017 Long Spur turkey vest. Built for the hunter who prefers to hunt on the move, this is lightweight already at 3 pounds, but all its components are modular. The shoulder harness, rear game bag, padded waist belt and call pockets are all removable allowing hunters to customize their vest. Best of all, the large lumbar pack zips off for those run-and-gun hunters who really want to travel light. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Alps Outdoorz is much more than hunting gear. They showed off a full line of Browning Camping items, from various tents to camp chairs and accessories. This Ridge Creek tent sleeps up to five, though it looks like a couple hunters with all their gear could work out of this model on a hunting trip. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Delta Waterfowl is one of Alps brands, and they make gear for the serious goose and duck hunters. Shown here is their new Dog Stand. Its solid yet portable build is designed to keep your furry hunting companion out of the cold water and muck. The height is fully adjustable and the entire unit packs flat and is easy to carry with the integral shoulder strap. Partner that with Delta’s new floating blind bag, and hunters are ready to hit the water. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


One of our favorite products in the Delta line is this Zero Gravity Layout Blind. Not only is it lighter and easier to pack in than most layouts on the market, it’s also one of the most comfortable we’ve tried. As the name implies, the seat is essentially a zero gravity lounge chair, which keeps the shooter off the ground for greater comfort and easy of quick shots. The flared slidewalls taper further out from the blind, allowing a more natural melding into the surroundings. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Closeup of the Zero Gravity blind’s comfort seating. It’s just like sitting in a lounger, but with all the features goose hunters desire. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


One of the most popular of Alps packs is this Traverse X. Not only is it a capable backcountry rig with molded foam suspension, there’s also a bow/gun dropdown pocket, shooting stick/tripod holder, hydration pocket, and a rain cover, but the pack doubles as a meat hauler. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Here we see the built-in, stowaway meat shelf which pulls out from the bottom of the pack. Hunters can easily tuck several quarters of big game behind this shelf, while the pack’s side wings flare out to lash down the load. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


Last, but certainly not least, on our tour of Alps gear is this Monarch X meat pack for women. Built with all the same features as the Traverse X, the new for 2017 Monarch X is just slightly smaller and designed to fit a woman’s frame with contoured shoulder stamps, a shorter torso length, and a more appropriately placed chest strap. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)


The new Monarch X women’s meat pack is the first of its kind we’ve seen on the market. The fit and comfort is spot on, and we can’t wait to get this one out in the field this Fall. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Keep an eye on as we put some Alps products to the ultimate test this fall, hunting the western landscapes with their packs and getting their waterfowl gear down and dirty.

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9 Critical Concealed Carry Lessons: Ep. 1 Stop The Nonsense!

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 08:52

The barrier to entry for a reliable, functional, concealed carry setup is not that high. At no point will you need a thousand dollar ninja star.

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Training: Practice shooting variances for pistol, sitting, empty, one hand

General Gun News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:08

Surely you can imagine a situation where this position would be handy. Contrived or not, as long as you practice, you’ll be proficient. (Photo: Andy C)

I’ve discussed previously that dry fire is important, but also super boring. There’s techniques you can use to make it less mind-numbing and my finding is that keeping things practical as possible goes a long way in facilitating regular practice.

But what should you practice? This depends on your goals — if you want to become a very good competitive pistol shooter, your general practice regimen will be different from somebody trying to improve at benchrest rifle shooting. For this article, I’m going to highlight some general positions and scenarios that most pistol shooters (and many rifle shooters) can benefit from, which I refer to as “variances” — changes from your typical standing square to a target. They’re commonly encountered in the “real world” of defensive shootings and in the fantasy land of competitive shooting, so people who train with these small variances in mind have an edge.

Variance 1: Starting empty

We all practice reloading after emptying our ammunition, but how often do practice getting ammo into it in the first place? In this variance, place your firearm on an object (or inside one to simulate keeping it in a safe or case) with ammunition carriers nearby, and practice picking up the gun, loading it, and getting off your first shot.

I had to experiment quite a bit to figure out this is how I like to put a revolver on the table to load it as quickly as possible. (Photo: Andy C)

Why practice it?

In shooting games, a starting condition with an unloaded firearm is common, and makes a surprising difference in some people’s performance. While many have an excellent reload because they’ve developed the muscle memory, fewer have trained to grab that same carrier from a different position and load it into a gun they don’t immediately have in hand.

In reality, depending on your local laws or in-home conditions, having a loaded and ready firearm close by may not be an option — it may need to be stored empty, but with ammunition nearby. If you intend to use it in the gravest of circumstances, you should be competent at loading it.

  1. Experiment with how you position your gun and ammunition carriers relative to your hands. Angle and condition can all make a difference. Until I practiced this variance, I had no idea how much faster I’d load an empty revolver with it was sitting open on it’s side as pictured, but it makes a huge difference.
  2. Don’t commit to a specific way to picking up a gun. Try using different types of manipulations with the weak and strong hand to get it off the table. You may find something more comfortable for you. The “traditional” way of propping a gun up off a table most IPSC users employ didn’t mesh with me, and I’ve found a different technique works best for myself. But you’ll never know if you don’t train.
Variance 2: Sitting

While being seated is easy, shooting from sitting may not be. There’s a lot of variables — is there a table or steering wheel in front of you? Is a target directly in front of you or beside you? Can you even draw your firearm comfortably and safely when you’re sitting? Sitting and shooting isn’t necessarily a cakewalk — some people do markedly worse shooting the same string or stage sitting as opposed to standing.

A fantastic demonstration of simulated shooting from a car, without the whole car!. (Photo: Andy C)

Why practice it?

How much of your day do you spend sitting? Given the quantity of time we spend on our asses, shooting from sitting should be an essential skill we’ve all developed, but a surprising number of people take it for granted as easy.

Shooting stages with a sitting start or spent sitting entirely are common as well, so if you don’t know how to clear your holster safely from sitting, you might be surprised with a DQ by sweeping yourself.

Practice this variance all kinds of ways; with a target in front of you, offset to the left and right, even behind you. Do it with an object blocking you from the front, like a table, or in a confined space like a car (you can simulate this by sitting in a corner).

  1. You need to practice sitting with all your gear on for the appropriate context: if you’re a concealed carrier, you need to have your ammunition and normal holster where you plan to use it all day and make sure you can comfortably access it. If you can’t, rearrange things or make other provisions.
  2. If you practice this enough, you’ll learn to make use of objects as a brace. A lot of pistol shooters don’t use the perfectly good rest supplied by a table sitting in front of them during stages because they aren’t used to it. If you train to take into account that small potential edge it can pay off in scoring.
  3. Learn when to remain seated and when to stand up. Sometimes, you can comfortably shoot in a pretty big arc without having to move much. Other times you’re better off just getting up.
Variance 3: Full hand

Can you use your pistol well one-handed? One of the biggest benefits of handguns is their ability to be operated single-handed, but not many people practice because it’s difficult and discouraging. But knowing you can put fast hits on a target with only one hand is a huge milestone in pistol shooting.

A perfect example of one-handed firearm operation. (Photo: Andy C)

How about your defensive long gun in the house? That’s a skill rarely practiced that might come in handy!

Why practice it?

The obvious answer is also a practical one: sometimes, you need to hold a flashlight, or open a door. Other times, you need to ferry your small child out of harm’s way, but still need to hold onto your defensive tool. And, of course, there’s the bleak prospect of being wounded — or, similarly but less painful, maybe you can’t use one arm because of a recent operation or medical condition.

Any way it happens, competent one-handed handgun operation is a good skill to have, and knowing you can use a defensive long-gun one handed won’t hurt either. This is one of the most important real-world variances to practice. For competition pistol shooters, if you’re not training one-handed, you’re probably not too worried about scores anyway.

  1. Trying to use a defensive long arm one-handed might make you rethink your choice of gun or plans. If you’d planned to grab your gun out of the safe in the event of a crisis and can’t reliably hold it enough to manipulate a window or door because it’s too heavy, it may be the wrong choice.
  2. Practice opening doors without sweeping your hand. I’ve disqualified a lot of people for doing this!
  3. Practice using a handheld flashlight. There’s many schools of thought on the best way to do this, and you should know what works for you. Gun mounted flashlights are a tremendous advancement in civilian firearms, but things go wrong — you get somebody else’s gun somehow, or the light won’t work or breaks (maybe it even gets shot). While modern gun lights are wildly robust, you’re already training for a horrible scenario — you might as well not conveniently leave out one possibility because you have a lot of faith in your Surefire.
Variance 4: Modified Prone/Lying on Side

Our instincts and the evidence agree that getting low to the ground is a great way to avoid being shot. But we live in a society permeated with barriers that have a gap along their bottom: cars, benches, counters, and so on. All provide concealment and cover to a person who understands how to shoot from a modified prone position.

Depending on who you ask, these are all perfectly valid uses of a flashlight with a handgun, but you can only find out what you like by actually practicing them. (Photo: Andy C)

Why practice it?

This is another skill that is mostly useful for people concerned with real-life scenarios that involve defensive shooting. Learning to shoot lying on your side minimizes your profile, gives you stability, and can give you a huge advantage over a threat who’s not expecting it. But shooting in this position is unusual and it takes effort to maximize the advantages.

For competitive shooters, sometimes the stage designers are jerks and like to make you lay down in mud. Not much you can do here but get them back by beating their scores.

  1. I hated shooting in modified prone until I learned to use my middle finger to use the trigger on my rifle instead of my trigger finger. It’s way more comfortable for me in this position.
  2. Learning to drop down into this position safely with a handgun is helpful for saving time. Practice leading yourself down with different hands or knees and avoid hitting the ground with the gun to minimize chances of activating a magazine release or safety inadvertently.

Next time you’re dry firing and your mind wanders to anything else, consider switching up your practice by introducing one of these variances. It’ll bring your attention back to the task at hand (at least for a while), and while you’re at it, hopefully develop some real and valuable skill.

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Gun Review: CZ-75B semi-automatic handgun in 9mm

General Gun News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:00

Things have come a long way since the magazine capacity of a Browning Hi-Power was impressive. The era of finding “wonder nine” -style handguns particularly wonderful is over. Even the improvement of a double/single action mechanism seems to be less in vogue than in years past. No huge strides in innovation anymore, rather continual small steps of refinement that leave us with a market saturated with high-quality, reliable, affordable pistols.

What this should tell you is that, inevitably, quality designs from a bygone era have proven themselves timeless. People still shoot trapdoor rifles for purposeful, practical and sentimental reasons. Names, like Glock, ring out for a reason. And while it might be a little early to call the CZ-75 design ‘timeless’ (of all the guns of its generation) it may be the one that still sees the most popular use and iteration today.

In this review, I’ll be looking at the CZ-75B, a service version of the original CZ-75 still widely sold both to law enforcement, militaries, and civilians around the world.


The CZ-75 lineage is broad. It sprouts from the original model into a tree of service pistols, specialized racing pistols, and lots in-between. The 75B model is very close to the original with a firing block safety pin. This is an old-school, steel frame handgun, weighing in at 2.2 pounds, featuring a double-action/single-action mechanism, manual safety, and a couple of 16 round magazines.

Takedown involves simply pushing out the slide stop, basic breaking is super easy. (Photo: Andy C)

The 75B’s features are prototypical, at least externally: it uses a manual safety, external ring hammer, and has a 4.6 inch barrel. The magazines are steel with a plastic baseplate. The whole affair comes in a CZ plastic hard case with a cleaning brush, two magazines and a CD manual. Most are 9mm, but they’re available in 40 S&W as well. Retailing at $600, this is a mid-range service pistol with stiff competition in the striker-fired and DA/SA categories from established handguns.

Features-wise the CZ is unremarkable externally. The gun is solidly built without being fat or chunky, and the controls are similarly robust. When operated the safety provides good tactile feedback. The slide stop is easy to find with your thumb and the magazine release is large without being obtrusive. The gun’s sights are a simple, fixed, low-profile 3-dot affair with painted on green dots; upgrades like fiber optics are commonly available. The slide has some tasteful engraving and grip serrations. A pair of plastic grip panels are held on by a single screw.

Captured image of “We’re gonna jit the neet. Handgun with Glock (Photo: Andy C)

Taking apart the CZ is easy and maintenance is a snap. Even a full disassembly isn’t too difficult or frustrating, for those who like to get into the guts of their guns for a deep clean every now and then. It’s certainly not as simple as a Glock, but it’s nothing the average person can’t handle with a little patience and good internet connection. I’ll make obligatory note of the CZ’s internal slide rails that some people think gives the gun greater accuracy. I don’t see any real concrete evidence of this, but it sure looks nice.

With an eye for detail, looking over a CZ, you get an impression of quality workmanship. Even internally, tooling marks are minimal. It has much less of a utilitarian feel than some of its competitors, like the S&W M&P or Glock, while still feeling like a service pistol.

Maker’s marks showing the ountr of origin. (Photo: Andy C)

Aesthetically I think the CZ-75B is one of the best looking pistols ever made, but that’s obviously pure opinion. That said, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody express disdain for their appearance. Its profile is a bit subdued with rounded edges and a smooth overall profile. Its available in a huge variety of finishes, all of which are great in my experience; I went for a two-tone just to stand out a bit, and rest assured, it looked much nicer out of the box.

In use

While the CZ might not have features that jump off the page, shooting it is very pleasurable. The weight combined with an accommodating shape for the hand makes shooting average 9mm loads a comfortable experience. Other models of the CZ-75 take this to the extreme like the new Shadow 2, where the forward weight and overall bulk of the gun make it almost a parody of service pistols. The CZ-75B isn’t a “competition tuned” gun like the Shadow, but it feels right.

The very basic irons are functional but you can always source a replacement if you like something more elaborate. (Photo: Andy C)

The 75B’s trigger is mediocre. It can be tuned to greatness pretty economically with a combination of a visit to a competent gunsmith and commonly available upgrade parts. But out of the box, it’s unremarkable. The double-action pull is long and fairly heavy at around 12 pounds, but is relatively smooth. The single action trigger is light, around five pounds, but has lots of slack in the trigger. The reset is a bit mushy. This is a service handgun, so you can’t expect much more.

The sights are unexceptional, but I’ve never felt the urge to upgrade them for the type of shooting I use it for. I’ve never shot anything beyond 50 yards with it, and the vast majority of my targets are at 15 yards.

In terms of durability, this is a tough gun that works well in adverse conditions. I don’t make a point of abusing my firearms, but my CZ is my Service Conditions handgun, so it’s been through some unpleasantness, dirtiness, and probably been short on lubrication a few times. I’m hard pressed to think of times it’s failed me, and this is a gun that’s needed only routine springs replaced after upwards of 15,000 rounds. I’m impressed with the gun’s reliability and trust it absolutely.

Despite the interior being dirty, it’s well put-together. It’s also really easy to clean with some q-tips and a toothpick. (Photo: Andy C)

In the realm of reliability, of course, any pistol is only as good as it’s magazines. Fortunately, CZ mags are some of the best, in my view. They’re easy to clean and mine are nowhere near wearing out. They’re also reasonably affordable, thanks to the gun’s long service life and continued popularity with competition shooters.

One black mark against the 75B, and CZ designs in general for me, is the low profile of the slide. Sure, it creates a lower overall gun and barrel axis, but it also means there’s less to grab onto. While I only use the slide release for reloads, in the event of an immediate action drill, it’s not nearly as easy to find purchase on the CZ’s slide as it is on an M&P. This isn’t a huge knock against the gun, but it’s worth noting. When you pick one up make sure you try racking the slide by hand a bit to get a feel for it.

Another small criticism I include in the interest of full disclosure is my grip panels are not factory — they’re replacement rubberized ones that CZ sells. I purchased these not because of discomfort with the originals, but because one of them broke. I’m 90% sure it was because I over-tightened the screw that holds them in place, but the stock grips did feel cheap by comparison. On the plus side, these grips are awesome — they give you an excellent purchase and don’t have a cheese grater effect on your hand.

This is a gun that’s seen many thousands of rounds, so there’s a bit of wear around the ejection port, but it works as well as the day I got it. Also, it does not ship with the serial blacked out. (Photo: Andy C)

Overall, the CZ-75B gets a big thumbs-up from me. I’ve loved mine dearly, and it’s served me well across multiple pistol shooting disciplines as an all-around good gun. But it’s just one option in a sea of choices.

Against serious competition

The CZ-75B is a good generalist gun. If you could only own one handgun in this price range, the CZ-75B would get a high recommendation from me. But today, you can get guns that are about as good for less money. And you can get guns that are substantially better for only a slightly higher investment, especially the CZ Shadow or Glock 34.

It’s clear this is an older design, lacking some of the modern bells and whistles that are considered practical, must-haves today like an accessory rail, interchangeable backstraps, and the like. This makes me hesitant to recommend the CZ-75B as a person’s first pistol. It’s not necessarily the best all-around option you can get for your money, especially the fact that it’s just the gun and two magazines.Other similar handguns like the Jericho 941 and the always popular M&P 9mm come with more magazines and range kits with holsters and such.

If you pick up a CZ-75B and fall in love, that’s a good reason to buy it. I doubt it will disappoint you in any way. But don’t shy away from other options, especially if it’s going to be an introduction to the handgun world.


This is a great gun that happens to exist in a world with many great guns of similar type and price. I can’t hold that against the CZ-75B. It has a bit of old school charm and definitely has old school reliability and performance. It’s a damn fine pistol that I’ve used to win matches, introduce people to shooting, and just had tons of fun with. If you get one for yourself, I’m sure you’ll have the same experience.

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Trulock launches Predator line shotgun choke tubes

General Gun News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:00

The Predator series is allows shotgun shooters to take on challenging predatory animals. (Photo: Trulock)

Trulock expands its series of shotgun chokes adding the Predator series to the lineup, giving shotgun shooters an edge when hunting difficult predators.

Predatory animals are notoriously tough to hunt as they boast extraordinary senses and use cover as they move. Trulock says though predators present a challenge, its new Predator series is up for the task.

Each choke in the Predator line is constructed to achieve maximum performance from different loads.

“Whether you are shooting anything from #4 buckshot to smaller tungsten loads, you can select the load you want for your hunt and Trulock’s Predator line will match a choke tube to your choice,” the company said in a press release.

The Predator Choke Tubes measure 4-inches in overall length with a 3-inch forcing cone and a 1-inch parallel section. The tubes are designed to minimize shot distortion and provide dense patterns. Made from a high strength stainless steel, the tubes offer a black oxide finish with a knurled head.

The Predator series is available from Trulock with prices in the $55 range.

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Kahr Arms offers free magazine during summer promotion

General Gun News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 06:00

The magazine promotion runs from June until the end of September. (Photo: Kahr Arms)

Kahr Arms is kicking off its summer promotion, announcing a free magazine with nearly all of its Kahr pistols for a limited time only.

The 2017 summer promotion extends to any new Kahr pistol and also includes the company’s Cerakote finishes as well as special edition handguns.

To qualify, shooters much purchase a new Kahr pistol in any caliber between June 16 and Sept. 30. Kahr will then send one free magazine.

In order to cash in on the free mag, new Kahr owners simply fill out an online form or download the coupon. After downloading the coupon and filling out the paperwork, the coupon may be sent via email, mail or fax along with a copy of the firearm receipt and gun’s serial number. Kahr warns that any coupon not accompanied by a receipt or serial number will not qualify for the promotion.

Kahr says once the correct paperwork is submitted, the process could take up to six weeks before magazine delivery.

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