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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody stood her ground on Monday when asked whether in the wake of the weekend's mass murders she’d reconsidered her opposition to a constitutional amendment banning “assault weapons” that could appear before voters on the 2020 ballot.
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News outlets that feature and name mass murderers border on criminality. They don't advance news -- they encourage copycats.
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July 2019 saw a modest increase in the number of firearm background checks over the same month during the previous year.
The unadjusted figures of 2,004,277 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month is a nearly 11 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,806,746 in July 2018.
When adjusted — subtracting out gun permit checks and rechecks by numerous states who use NICS — the latest figure becomes 830,579, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade organization, which is a gentle bump of 1.1 percent compared to the July 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 821,260.
The figure is the fourth-highest for the month in the past 20 years, only bested by the numbers from 2015 to 2017. When compared to the data from a decade before, last month’s figure was a whopping 32 percent higher.
The NICS numbers do not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a concealed carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.
Some 24 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions. Federal regulators previously included Alabama on that list but issued guidance last month that the Yellowhammer State was removed from the exemption moving forward. In related news, Alabama’s NSSF-adjusted NICS numbers for July 2019 was 49 percent higher than July 2018.
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division is set to begin carrying new Daniel Defense DDM4V7 carbines starting this month. The agency, founded in 1895, fields 558 wardens across the Lone Star State — often in areas without any other law enforcement — with a mission to protect the natural resources and people of Texas.
Long equipped with a variety of sidearms, TPWD game wardens also have carried rifles such as Ruger Mini-14s on the job — logging 11 million miles on patrol in 2018 alone. Moving forward, those conservation officers will have new DDM4V7 Mil-Spec rifles on the road and waterways of the state.
“The solicitation for these firearms began in April of 2019,” said Joe Marler, Daniel Defense’s LE sales manager. “TPWD ultimately selected our DDM4V7 over its competition for its reliability, durability, and accuracy. The versatility of the DDM4V7 makes it the ideal service carbine as it can be configured to serve in the many diverse roles that law enforcement encounter.”
The duty rifle selected by the agency is a semiautomatic carbine with a 16-inch barrel chambered in 5.56mm. It features a 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ambidextrous charging handle, swing swivels, and an M-LOK rail section. The TPWD contract guns will also include a Radian Weapons Talon ambi safety selector, Magpul MBUS Pro flip-up front and rear sights, a Magpul angled foregrip, and ERGO Grips rail covers.
Besides enforcing wildlife laws and protecting natural resources, TPWD is tasked with a homeland and port security mission due to the state’s location on the Southern border. Since the agency’s founding, 19 game wardens have lost their lives on the job.
Daniel Defense said the 700 rifle contract will be completed by the end of the year.
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The Smith & Wesson 1917 featured in this article saw duty in all four major wars of the 20th century, then served many years as the personal protection weapon of a respected Texas jurist, before finding a steward in Boge Quinn of Gunblast.
Quinn recently spoke to Guns.com about this gun, which is part of personal revolver collection.
After WWII, it was sent back to the U.S. and issued to a young soldier who took it to Korea with him. After the Korean conflict, the soldier went to college and got his law degree. He then took it with him to the Vietnam War.
After Vietnam, the lawyer was allowed to keep the sixgun. He left military service to practice law and became a judge in Texas.
During this time in the revolver’s life, the judge had it converted for his use as a daily-carry piece. He had a new 4” bull-profile target barrel installed, added a new front sight and adjustable rear sight, bobbed the hammer and installed a set of grips made by the late great grip maker, Deacon Deason of Bear Hug Grips.
The judge carried this revolver daily under his robes for over 20 years. After the Judge’s death, Quinn bought the revolver from his estate. He had the lockwork converted to a butter-smooth double-action-only by Milt Morrison of QPR Gunsmithing.
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15 states have red flag laws allowing guns to be seized, but now Senators from both sides are drafting a federal red flag law.
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With this in mind, I present to you the Poor Improvised Self-Defense Weapon Hall of Shame. These are the “weapons” I see the most often in homes of acquaintances who have convinced themselves that as long as they can get to their trusty chain saw, all will be good in the event of a home invasion.
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A so-called “red flag” bill to allow for temporary gun seizures is being developed in a joint effort between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have crossed the aisle to put the finishing touches on a proposed Emergency Risk Protection Order statute that would allow local courts to authorize law enforcement to temporarily suspend the gun rights of someone thought to be at risk. The proposal would provide grants and incentives for states to adopt such a measure on their own.
“Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others — while respecting robust due process,” said Graham, who heads the important Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday.
First adopted in Blumenthal’s home state in 1999, such laws typically allow for family members or police to petition a court to order an individual’s guns and firearms permits to be seized while simultaneously flagging them in federal background check databases to bar new purchases. The affidavit process can typically either be filed for an emergency ex-parte hearing, which does not require the subject to appear in court, or a more standard hearing where the individual has the chance to present a case to retain their gun rights.
Those who have their guns seized can later petition to have their rights reinstated but opponents to such laws point out this puts the burden of proof on the individual rather than the court system, which can be a costly and sometimes daunting process. The orders typically last for one year but can be extended.
Some argue these types of laws have gone too far in some cases, violating constitutional rights and earning them the reputation of “turn in your neighbor” laws. This has not stopped their increased adoption and expansion in recent years– with some proposals to allow even school employees such as guidance counselors and teachers as well as the employers and co-workers of a subject to file for such orders. Second Amendment groups have blasted the ERPO process, arguing it provides no structure for those deemed at risk to receive help, or those supposedly believed dangerous to be taken into custody. Further, they point to due process concerns and raise the issue that the laws are simply unneeded.
“If a person is an actual threat to themselves or others, or engaging in criminal activity, then there are thousands of existing federal, state, and local laws by which families, friends, or law enforcement can more appropriately and effectively respond to those facts and circumstances,” said the Firearms Policy Coalition on the subject of red flag laws on Monday.
On the opposite side of the coin, local, regional and national anti-gun groups enthusiastically support ERPO laws. A Bloomberg-allied gun control organization in Washington spent $4 million, largely garnered from a handful of wealthy donors, to win support for such an initiative from voters in the Evergreen State in 2016.
Graham and Blumenthal’s legislation could move quickly through Congress, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, this week saying he was ready to heed President Trump’s call for bipartisan, bicameral cooperation on such issues.
“Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part,” said McConnell. “Today, I spoke with Chairman Graham of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Wicker of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Chairman Alexander of the Senate HELP Committee. I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights.”
The Democrat-controlled U.S. House has already passed legislation for universal background checks and other gun control initiatives this session.
Revolvers land in the hands of many new shooters due to their ease of use and efficient maintenance. Wheel guns, as they are commonly referred, feature a standard 5 or 6-shot capacity with calibers ranging from .38 Special all the way to .410 shotshells. For the intrepid concealed carrier looking for a backup gun or even a primary gun to carry, hammerless revolvers bring with them a sense of reliability paired with concealability.
Digging into the Guns.com Vault, I found a few hammerless, snub-nosed revolver options perfect for concealed carry.Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight — $469
Kicking off the list is the Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight. Chambered in .38 Special, this fun, little J-Frame style revolver is capable of tackling +P ammunition for little more wallop in the concealed carry arena. A 5-shot wheel gun, the Model 642 Airweight features a double-action design with fixed sights. Constructed from stainless steel and aluminum alloy, the Model 642 earns its “Airweight” moniker. Weighing in at 14.4 ounces, the gun measures a total 6.3-inches in length introducing a very light and manageable design.
The Model 642 feels great in the hand. Out of all the models I tried out from the Guns.com Vault, the Smith & Wesson was by far the most comfortable. I’m not one to sit and plink with a revolver but I found myself truly enjoying my time at the range with the Model 642, slinging .38 Special down at paper targets. The hammerless construction benefits from a snag-free design ensuring nothing gets caught on the draw and the lightweight build helps it rest comfortably in a holster.
Created as a small-frame defense revolver the Model 642 fills that niche perfectly. For shooters who want a reliable back-up gun or those tethered to revolvers, the Model 642 is a great option. The Model 642 retails for $469.Ruger LCR — $579
The Ruger LCR, or Light Compact Revolver, debuted in Ruger’s inventory in 2009 as a direct competitor to Smith & Wesson’s Model 642 Airweight revolvers. Like the Model 642, the Ruger LCR features a hammerless design created to offer a snag-free function as a back-up or primary concealed carry gun. The particular model I tested from the Guns.com inventory happened to be chambered in .38 Special; however, Ruger offers a variety of calibers to include the power packing .357 Magnum.
The LCR sports a stainless-steel cylinder with PVD finish and a pinned ramp front sight with white bar. Weighing in at 13.5-ounces, the 5-shot LCR measures 6.50-inches in overall length and is capable of firing +P rounds. Like most revolvers, the LCR proves fairly easy to maintain though it can offer some difficulties when it comes to shooting. This isn’t necessarily relegated to just the LCR as snub-nosed revolvers are notorious for taking some time to learn to shoot efficiently, but I felt like I struggled to manage the recoil on the LCR more so than the Smith & Wesson Model 642. An expected consequence of a small, lightweight gun, the recoil isn’t a deal-breaker, but it did require more time and focus to master.
All in all, the Ruger LCR proved reliable fitting perfectly into the concealed carry or back-up gun family. The LCR is a little pricier than the Model 642 Airweight by Smith & Wesson, with the Ruger LCR retailing for $579.Kimber K6S — $899
Rounding out our list of snub-nosed revolvers from the Guns.com Vault is the Kimber K6S. The mightiest snubby on the list, the K6S comes chambered in .357 Magnum with a 6-shot capacity. Weighing 23-ounces, the Kimber measures 6.62-inches in total length with a stainless-steel frame and rubberized grip.
While the K6S offers power, the offset is recoil. Unlike the LCR, which proved manageable, the Kimber K6S can easily tear up hands if shooting volleys of rounds downrange. While the K6S sports a rubber grip, unfortunately, it doesn’t do much in the way of recoil mitigation. In fact, after shooting just 20 rounds through this revolver, I had to slip on a pair of shooting gloves because the force of the recoil had rubbed a dime-sized hole in my palm.
What the K6S loses in comfort, though, it makes up for in power. That .357 Magnum round means business and as such, this little revolver proves to be a veritable option for concealed carry. It’s worth noting the Kimber K6S is the most expensive handgun on our roundup, retailing for $899.Final Thoughts
The Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight, Ruger LCR, and power-hungry Kimber K6S, each bring a hammerless, snub-nosed style to those interested in concealed carry or back-up guns. Available at Guns.com, you can’t go wrong with any of these revolver models.
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Quinn came across the sixgun at a gun shop in Arizona. He immediately fell in love with the beautiful all-blue finish and one-piece genuine ivory grips. After purchasing it at a very reasonable price, he had a friend in the Colt archives research it for him.
Original Colt Sheriff’s Models, which featured short barrels without an ejector rod, are extremely rare. Quinn’s revolver was not originally a Sheriff’s Model but was originally a 7-1/2” barreled .45 Colt Single Action Army, with color-casehardened frame and standard black rubber “Eagle” grips, shipped in 1906.
It was converted to a .44 Special Sheriff’s Model by having a short ejector-less barrel installed, adding a “Sheriff’s Model” style base pin, having the bus for the ejector rod housing milled off the frame, and refinished in all-blue.
The work was beautifully done, and at some point, the one-piece ivory grips were fitted. Seeing as it wasn’t original, Quinn figured he’d have the gun engraved by a friend. The result is a truly remarkable, one of a kind sixgun.
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Mossberg’s MC1sc subcompact handgun line just grew by two as the company this week unveiled a pair of new models with stainless steel slides.
The latest installments, in standard-frame and cross-bolt safety frame versions, come standard with a bead-blasted, stainless steel slide over a matte-black polymer frame. The 3.4-inch barrel, constructed of 416 stainless steel, features a black DLC finish and a 1-in-16 twist rate.
Billed as ideal for everyday carry, Mossberg’s 9mm boasts a six-round flush-fit and seven-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel gives it a 6.25-inch overall length. As such, it is about the same size as the standard Glock 43 which boasts the same magazine capacity. Speaking of the G43, the MC1sc ships with clear magazines but will accept the same Glock 6-rounders used in that Austrian pistol.
MSRP on the stainless variants, both of which ship with white 3-dot sights, is $421.
Introduced earlier this year at SHOT Show, Mossberg reps told Guns.com the MC1sc has been a project more than three years in the making, a process that led engineers to include features such as a Safe Takedown System that allows the handgun to be field stripped without pulling its flat-profile trigger.
For more on the MC1sc, check out the below short review from Guns.com’s Ben Brown.
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Nobody wants trouble. Often, when trouble comes, it is too late to make changes. Asfaleia's Concealed Carry Bags are an option that not only provides for concealed carry but also gives one an optional ballistic armor shield with Level IIIA or Level III armor panels.
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Technique Gear Stories Cooking News Featured Stories GUNWERK’S CLYMR RIFLE REVIEW: 1000 Yards Out Of The Box? by Aram Von Benedikt The Gunwerks slogan is “1000 yards out of the box”, meaning a savvy shooter should be able to take a new rifle out of the case, chamber a round, dial […]
As technology advances, hunters have to keep up in order to maintain any kind of edge that they may have over their competitors when it comes to shooting the biggest bull elk or mule deer buck. AAC has released the Jaeger 30 suppressor in order to cater to the needs and unique style of use that hunters have. This means that the can is made to be rugged, lightweight, compact, versatile and have little or no first round pop.
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The pair of hogs popped out of the South Texas mesquite over 100 yards away and made straight for the deer feeder. I shifted in my seat and got ready for a shot—and for my first hunting experience using the new 350 Legend cartridge from Winchester Ammunition.
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It might seem that hunting season is too far away to start thinking about, but I can tell you that summer can be one of the most critical times to get busy and prepare for the upcoming season. I have three simple summer scouting tips that will help you feel confident and be more successful during your season.
You’ve arrived for your hunt and are eager to go check your water sources. This is what to look for.
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When it comes to leftover tags, a little research can go a long way. I have a few tips that can help you wade through the bad units and come up with some potential great second opportunities.