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Vermont: New York-Style Gun Bans and Waiting Period To be Considered in Vermont House

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:04
Vermont gun owners need to make their voices heard immediately as the state moves dangerously close to adopting the same draconian laws as neighboring New York.
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Utah: BLM to host public scoping meetings for new monument plans

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:59
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host four public scoping meetings as part of the ongoing land use planning for Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM).
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Aimpoint Micro T-2 Sights Now in Flat Dark Earth – Quantities Limited!

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:04

“We needed to match our choice of color surface finish with the durability and performance of the Micro T-2 sight,” said Jonas Ardemalm, Director of Commercial Sales & Marketing at Aimpoint AB.

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CCI Ammunition adds to Mini-Mag line with Segmented Hollow Point

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:00

The Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point is the latest to be introduced into the Mini-Mag series. (Photo: CCI Ammunition)

CCI Ammunition expands its Mini-Mag rimfire product lineup, introducing the new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point.

The Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point’s bullet is designed to split into three parts upon contact. This engineering creates three wound channels that efficiently down small game and varmints, according to CCI Ammunition.

The Segmented Hollow Point joins the Mini-Mag series, one of CCI’s most popular 22 LR offerings. The Mini-Mag delivers high velocities matched with flat trajectories. CCI Ammunition says this combination results in a reliable round that maximizes effective range and provides “unbeatable accuracy” to small game and varmint hunters.

“Mini-Mag was CCI’s first 22 LR offering and it’s still one of the most popular, offering unbeatable accuracy, high velocities, flat trajectories and superior reliability,” CCI Ammunition said in a press release. “The new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point combines all of what made the original a favorite with a bullet engineered to split into three equal-size parts on impact.”

The newest member of the Mini-Mag series boasts CCI’s priming and specialized powders crafted to offer clean and consistent ignition.

The 40-grain 22 LR Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point is shipping now to dealers with a MSRP of $9.95.

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Miniguns, FN Mags fit for a Queen (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:30

The Royal Navy this week released footage of the largest British warship to ever take to the seas testing out some of her onboard weapons systems.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is a massive (for the UK) 65,000-ton aircraft carrier second only in size to the U.S. Navy’s own flattops and on par with the Russian Kuznetsov and Chinese Liaoning. While her airwing is currently in what could be termed a “transitional” status and U.S. Marine F-35s will deploy on her until the Brits get their own, she does have a smattering of Phalanx CIWS robo-guns, some 30mm chain guns, and a dozen or so smaller mounts, which are shown at work in the above clip.

There’s lots of gratuitous footage of QE’s M134 GAU-17 miniguns, dubbed the MK 44 in British service, as they spit out 7.62mm NATO at up to 4,000 rounds per minute in addition to L7A2 general-purpose machine guns — the British variant of the classic FN MAG. Both are installed on the big carrier to ward off pesky interlopers such as Johnny Jihad in a rubber boat and curious frogmen poking their heads up.

Also note that the Brits seem to be fans of EOTech holographic weapon sights.

Disappointed you didn’t get to see a CIWS? Here is one below to make up for it, mounted on the Royal Navy amphibious dock HMS Albion. Brrrt…Brrrt…Brrrt.

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A look at the 7-barreled sea sweeper that was Nock’s volley gun (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:00

Ian with Forgotten Weapons got his hands on a weird but massive musket that was designed to unleash a lot of pain all at once.

An English engineer by the name of James Wilson developed a multi-barreled firearm in the mid-1770s that was a vast improvement on these devices usability in the field. The single weapon had seven .60-caliber barrels, one in the centerline with the other six clustered and brazed around it like a handful of flowers. Muskets of the day often had very long 30 and even 40-inch long barrels, but the volley gun used relatively short 20-inch long tubes and — in a very dramatic fashion — the whole setup went off when triggered all at once, or at least that was the plan.

As Ian explains, while the British Army wasn’t a big fan of the design, the Royal Navy hired the well-known firm of Henry Nock of London to make a few hundred of these volley guns for use at sea. Therefore, they went down in history attached to Nock’s name, rather than Wilson’s, and have since become almost infamous for their, often factually inaccurate, portrayal on the big screen.

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Remington may enter bankruptcy court this week

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:30

The Remington Outdoor Company booth during SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Remington Outdoor Company updated a restructuring support agreement with lenders this week, putting the gun giant days away from filing for bankruptcy protections.

In Monday’s agreement, Remington laid out a timeline that set March 18 as the deadline to file a case in federal bankruptcy court. With Chapter 11 protections, the company would continue operating while negotiating with creditors and the court to restructure its nearly $1 billion debt load.

Remington named the newly formed Ankura Trust Company as an administrative agent, a role that manages payments and communications between the borrower and lender. Ankura, which formed in January, specializes in working with companies in “distressed and default situations.”

Initially, the gun maker named Bank of America as administrative agent, but the bank stepped away from the role, which delayed the process. Remington announced plans to prepare for bankruptcy two days before a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The incident sparked national protests that caused investment firms and banks, including BoA, to review their relationships with gun companies.

With the heated political environment, Remington’s owners and creditors are looking for a quick transition. Remington’s owner, private investment firm Cerberus Capital, began building the conglomerate in 2006 to include more than a dozen brands, the biggest being Remington Arms, to one day turn the massive company public. But investors began to back out after one of the company’s products was used in the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.

Once Remington completes its 45-day bankruptcy reorganization plan, Cerberus will hand over ownership to lenders including investment firm Franklin Resources and investment bank JP Morgan in exchange for cutting the $950 million debt load, Bloomberg reported.

The new owners would be responsible for shoring up new financing, some $200 million, to fund Remington’s operations and would sell the company as a whole or in parts, most likely, within a few months after coming out of bankruptcy court, Bloomberg reported. Since the deal comes along as distaste for gun investments grows, new owners would likely be smaller financial firms or possibly even another gun company.

Remington, alongside other gun companies, has seen soft market conditions since President Trump took office. Trump, running against a candidate pushing a gun control agenda, vowed to be a friend to the gun rights community. While Trump in the White House gives hope for a pro-gun agenda, it has hurt sales.

Remington, also like other major gun companies, built a surplus of inventory believing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win and would continue former President Obama’s gun control agenda. Then, after Clinton lost the election, gun sales fell 12 percent nationally and Remington suffered a $28 million loss.

Yet, Remington had laid the groundwork to improve production. In 2014, Remington began relocating manufacturing operations for its more than a dozen brands to Huntsville, Alabama. The company projected that the effort would reduce operating costs by tens-of-millions.

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Holster Shopping with Clay: BLACKHAWK’s Leather 3 Slot Pancake ($99!)

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:43

Finding a holster for a rail-equipped 1911 is like finding Waldo with pepper spray in your eyes. It ain't easy. But I found the solution. Enter BLACKHAWK's 3 Slot Pancake holster.

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School Walkout Organizers Can’t Decide What They’re Protesting

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:28
The protest was organized not simply to advocate for stricter gun-control laws but also to speak out against “police brutality,” “militarized policing,” and America’s “imperialist foreign policy,” according to ENOUGH National School Walkout — a subsidiary of the Women’s March.
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Your Right to Free Speech, Like My Right to Self-Defense, Isn’t Open to Debate

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:27
Today, some students, teachers, and other Americans who share their views are walking out of classes across the country to call for limits on the right of free assembly. Wait, strike that. They're walking out of classes to call for further restrictions on protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Nope, that's not it either. Wait, I have it: they're protesting for greater regulation of self-defense rights. Yup, there we go.
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Grassley slams Florida officials for not attending hearing on school safety

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:26
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blasted a pair of Florida officials on Wednesday for refusing to appear before the committee for its hearing on school safety and gun control measures.
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FBI to improve process for handling tips in wake of Parkland shooting

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:25
The FBI will beef up its procedures for documenting and following up on investigative leads after mishandling detailed tips about the teenager who shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a top official said on Wednesday.
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Inside the Schools’ Gun-Control Walkouts

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:24
It was just past 10:00 a.m. when the scuffle almost became a fight. According to one student, a boy had been throwing ice at a girl, and she retaliated. The crowd surged away from the nexus of the disagreement, giving the pair space. After a blur of red and black (her hair) seemed to collide with a blur of tan (his shirt), the other students, packed into the eastern half of 17th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, refocused their attention on chanting.“NRA, go away!”
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New York: Governor Cuomo Lies Down in Street to Advocate for Gun Control

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:23
New York governor Andrew Cuomo laid down in the street in downtown Manhattan Wednesday alongside high-school students taking part in the nationwide school-walkout protest for stricter gun-control laws.
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Real Avid introduces Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:00

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit boasts a bevy of tools for maintenance. (Photo: Real Avid)

Real Avid launches the Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit, a new tool with an integrated light to help gun owners more effectively clean carbon and dirt build-up on firearms.

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit features three LED lights built into the triangular, ergonomic handle. These high output lights allow gun owners to easily see and clean dirt and carbon hiding in and around firearms. In addition to the lights, the kit comes with tools to make cleaning easier, according to Real Avid.

The cleaning kit sports quick change cleaning tips, seven bits for gun maintenance, brass pick, nylon flat scraper, brass flat pick, hybrid nylon/bronze phosphor brush and swab holder.

“You can’t clean what you don’t see and that’s why we created the Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit,” Real Avid said in a statement.

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit is available now from Real Avid, touting a price tag of $29.

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Court keeps challenge to Massachusetts ‘assault weapon’ expansion alive

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:30

In 2016 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expanded the state’s “assault weapon” ban through a reinterpretation, which brought a legal challenge from FFLs and a firearm industry trade group. (Photo: Healey’s office)

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a move by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to dismiss a lawsuit against her arbitrary expansion of the state’s assault weapon ban.

The challenge, brought by four gun dealers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, took Healey to task for her “enforcement notice” expanding the state’s longstanding ban on certain semi-automatic firearms to include guns that, up to that time, were considered “Massachusetts-compliant.”

Healey argued the case against her was without merit and should be dismissed, citing her decision was based on state law which she, as Attorney General, is tasked to interpret. This week U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman did not concur with that assertion.

Hillman noted that the dealers had been able to widely sell their guns in the state “without sanction, suggesting that the law was previously (prior to the notices in dispute here) settled on this matter,” and that the dealers now must refrain from selling such guns because such sales may be illegal based on Healey’s new interpretation. This, noted Hillman, gave the case reason to proceed.

The court also held it was plausible that the Attorney General’s actions deprived the dealers of property without due process and the vagueness of Healey’s notice leaves open to speculation whether the firearms considered affected fell within the scope of her office’s enforcement, which gives the gun group grounds to continue their challenge.

“Attorney General Healey overstepped her authority when she issued the ‘enforcement notice’ banning certain firearms that have been lawfully sold in the state since at least 1998,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. Keane argues the Commonwealth’s top legal officer opened firearm retailers to criminal charges “without administrative process or input from affected parties,” and violated the Constitution in the process.

In 2016, Healy declared she was banning the sale of “copycat” rifles that shared common parts such as triggers or bolt carriers with AR-15s, AK-variants and others on the Commonwealth’s prohibited weapons list, saying that as many as 10,000 had been legally sold in the state last year. One of the more novel interpretations Healy used in defining what an assault weapon was under the Commonwealth’s law was in focusing on gun actions — which are the heart of a weapon platform rather than cosmetic features such as stocks and grips — through the use of an interchangeability test.

This led to a rush on stores by gun owners seeking to buy the newly prohibited models, as well as pushback from lawmakers and regulatory agencies.

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Three men indicted for multi-state firearms trafficking

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:00

Three men faced weapons and conspiracy charges in federal court last week stemming from a joint law enforcement investigation into a multi-state gun trafficking ring.

Federal agents said Friday Washington, D.C.’s Metro Police Department successfully recovered 22 of at least 55 firearms sold on the street’s of the nation’s capitol last year by residents and cousins Stephon Jeter, 27, and Quran Jeter, 19.

The Jeters were arrested last week in Washington for conspiring to sell guns without a license. Jeremy Carr, 34, of Marietta, Georgia, was taken into custody March 6 for acting as the cousins’ straw purchaser over an eight month period ending early last year.

A federal indictment unsealed last week shows Stephon Jeter and Carr received an additional 12 counts of interstate travel for the purpose of acquiring firearms to deal without a license. Quran Jeter also faces charges for carrying an unregistered pistol, without a license.

The Jeters allegedly asked Carr to buy different firearms — including a Taurus PT 111, Taurus PT 709, Zastava PAP M85, Century Arms PAP M92, and a Smith & Wesson SD9VE — on their behalf between June 2016 and February 2017, according to court documents. Stephon Jeter made at least a dozen round trips from Washington to Atlanta to pick up the fraudulently purchased guns from Carr. He and Quran Jeter later sold the guns to customers in the Columbia Heights area of northwest Washington for triple the original sales price.

Some of those weapons turned up during unrelated arrests. Two other men — David Stewart, 32, and Tyrone Hopkins, 25 — face drug and weapons charges after Metro Police Department officers found guns purchased by Carr in the men’s possession in July and October 2017, respectively.

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Full Conceal now offers gunsmithing services to convert Glock pistols

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:30

The M3D design grants a foldable style to full size Glocks. (Photo: Full Conceal)

Full Conceal, makers of the foldable M3D design, now offers gunsmithing services to allow current Glock owners to convert their full-sized pistols to the M3D style.

Available for Glock 19, 23, 25, 32 and 38 on Gen. 3 frames, the M3D conversion process involves cutting the factory Glock frame and grip in order to make room for the latch and folding trigger. Full Conceal replaces the Glock trigger shoe with a proprietary folding trigger show and adds hinges to the grip. A latch mechanism and folding trigger guard are all also added to the build.

All-in-all the work and extra parts align to allow converted models to fold, granting more concealment to users who still want to carry a full size pistol.

The conversion is available for select Gen. 3 Glocks. (Photo: Full Conceal)

Though the conversion will void any factory Glock warranties, Full Conceal says customers will be covered under its own guarantee and warranty. Under this, the company will repair the gun if it breaks in addition to fixing any defects; however, normal wear, abuse or neglect in maintenance are excluded under the warranty.

Though Gen 3 Glocks are currently the only models eligible for M3D conversion, Full Conceal says Gen 4 and Gen 5 modifications are on the horizon. The M3D Conversion gunsmithing is priced at $749.

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Illinois Senate approves 3 gun control bills on bump stocks, semi-autos

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:00

State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, stumped for gun control proposals on the Senate floor this week. (Photo: Illinois Democrats)

Senators green lighted a trio of House proposals that would tighten regulation on semi-automatics and bump stocks in the Land of Lincoln while a promised veto override lingers.

One bill, HB-1468, heads to Gov. Rauner for review and would mandate a 72-hour waiting period for some semi-autos as well as .50 BMG caliber rifles. Current state regulations have a 24-hour wait on longarms, but sponsors of the move argue more time is needed for guns classified as “assault weapons.”

“Increasing the waiting period to obtain an assault weapon ensures sufficient time to complete a background check and increases the ‘cooling off’ period for those who may cause harm to others,” said state Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, before the 43-15 vote. “Requiring a 72-hour waiting period is a commonsense reform that will help keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Another bill approved by lawmakers, HB-1465, heads back to the House to discuss changes made in the Senate. The measure bars the sale or transfer of assault weapons and attachments, .50-caliber rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds to those under the age of 21. The Senate amendment modifies the language to grandfather the guns, magazines and accessories already owned by adults under 21 while the original House version would make any possession should the bill become law a criminal offense.

The third measure on the move, HB-1467, would make it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess devices described as bump stocks and trigger cranks. It also would allow municipalities to regulate or ban assault weapons. Like HB-1465, it also picked up a Senate amendment before passage 37-16 and returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

Local and national Second Amendment groups oppose the measures, as do many chamber Republicans, while gun control advocates support the legislation.

Gun dealer act veto

Also on deck in the chamber is a planned override vote of Rauner’s veto this week on a gun dealer licensing act.

“I wasn’t able to move to override the governor’s veto today, because the Senate has yet to receive his veto,” said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. “Assuming we receive it by the time we return on April 10, I will move to override it, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in making sure this commonsense measure becomes law.”

Harmon would have to pick up some political allies to make the move happen, however, as the rejected proposal only counted 30 votes on its first run through the Senate and would need to hit 36 for a three-fifths super-majority to pull off an override.

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Catalyst Arms debuts Hammerhead Bolt Knob for bolt action guns

General Gun News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:30

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob comes in red or black and adds extra surface area for a better grip. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

Catalyst Arms unveiled its latest design, the Hammerhead Bolt Knob, crafted to offer more control to precision rifle shooters.

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob features a unique design with a “waist” that captures the trigger finger or edge of the hand, as shooters pop the bolt up for round ejection or chambering. The bolt knob also adds extra surface area to allow for a better grip.

The bolt knobs are easy to install and require no special modifications. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

Constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum, the 1.5-ounce bolt knob measures 1x1x2 inches and is anodized black or red. The device installs without having to permanently modify the equipped rifle. Catalyst Arms says users simply remove the factory bolt and replace it with the Hammerhead Bolt Knob. The Hammerhead Bolt Knob works with bolt handles featuring 5/16-24TPI threads, like the Ruger Precision Rifle among others.

“We created another game changer following our best selling RPR Mag Release Extension,” the company said in a statement. “Our large, oversized solid aluminum knob is designed to provide a secure grip on the bolt handle in any and all conditions.”

Made in the U.S., the Hammerhead Bolt Knob is available from Catalyst Arms, retailing for around $35.

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob comes in under $40. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

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