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Magpul is in the mood to flood consumers with new products, announcing another new addition to its accessory lineup in the form of the 5.5-inch Magpul Suppressor Cover.
On the heels of its Rifleman Loop Sling announcement Wednesday, Magpul introduced the 5.5-inch Suppressor Cover. Able to tackle extreme temperatures set off by extended shooting on semiautomatic and automatic fire, the Suppressor Cover acts to protect users and accessories from burn while also quickening the overall cooling process. In addition, Magpul said the can cover serves the added benefit of reducing thermal signature.
“Additionally, it serves as an enhanced thermal insulator and signature reduction device, significantly mitigating mirage distortions to the shooter’s sight picture, reducing the likelihood of impact damage to the suppressor body, and lessening the chance of accidental heat-related injury or damage to personnel or equipment during weapon firing and cool down,” the company said in a news release.
The Suppressor Cover is crafted from heat-resistant polymer that is overlaid onto a raised stainless steel heat shield thus allowing airflow across the suppressor when mounted to the can body with the steel clamps. Though the Suppressor Cover is best used for 1.5-inch outer diameter cans with an overall length of 5.5-inches, Magpul confirmed that other lengths are in the works and will be headed to consumers soon.
Available in Black or Medium Coyote Tan, the 5.5-inch Suppressor Cover from Magpul retails for $99.
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A trigger for the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 is soon to roll out the doors of Franklin Armory as the company announced it’s currently taking pre-orders on the new BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger.
Franklin Armory hinted at the BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger a few months ago, featuring a countdown on its website. On July 4, that countdown ran out and the first batch of BFSIII CZ-C1 triggers became available for pre-order with an expected yet ambiguous ship date of early September.
The BFSIII CZ-C1 is a three-position trigger with position one acting as safe, position two firing one round per pull and position three firing one round on pull and one round on release. Franklin Armory says this setup is ideal for Tactical and Competition shooters looking to gain an edge over the competition.
“The BFSIII provides greatly reduced split times between rounds and the ability to place two separate shots into a tighter group,” Franklin Armory said in a statement.
CZ Scorpion Evo 3 shooters can put their name on that BFSIII CZ-C1 pre-order list via Franklin Armory’s website. The BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger retails for $499.
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As part of a federal initiative to combat gun crime, a North Carolina man will spend 32 years in prison for his role in a dollar store robbery spree across three counties near the state’s eastern border in early 2015.
Thomas Wayne Godard, 25, will serve five years of supervised release upon completing his prison term after pleading guilty in August to two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and aiding and abetting.
U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, Jr. said criminals like Godard and his accomplices, Keenan Dequez Bond and Tremaine Anderson, exemplify why the agency remains so focused on prosecuting violent crime.
“Godard robbed businesses and endangered employees and customers in a way that puts fear in all our hearts. It could have been anyone … working or shopping in these businesses and facing those violent criminal acts and the firearms being brandished,” he said in a Department of Justice news release Wednesday. “This is why we will continue to pursue violent criminals and those who illegally possess and use firearms in our effort to reduce and eliminate violent crime.”
According to an 11-page indictment filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, Godard and his accomplices executed four armed robberies between Jan. 13, 2015 and April 9, 2015 — including at two Dollar General stores, a Family Dollar and the Washington Coin and Pawn shop. The spree stretched across Martin, Edgecomb and Nash counties, according to court documents. The three men were also accused of renting a Chevrolet Suburban for a planned robbery of TD Ameritrade Bank in Wilmington. Police apprehended the men in August 2016, nearly 18 months after the robbery spree ended.
A district court judge sentenced Bond in May to 32 years in prison, five years supervised released and restitution of more than $167,000. Anderson will serve just 6.5 years in prison, according to court documents.
The Department of Justice said the case falls under the purview of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun-related crime across the nation. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the program as one of the county’s approaches to reducing violent crime.
Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017, according to Session. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years.
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Troopers and special agents working for the Virginia State Police will soon have a Sig P320 at their side.
Sig Sauer announced that the VSP had selected their increasingly popular modular, striker-fired handgun as their next official duty sidearm. As such, it keeps alive a lengthy tradition of the agency using Sigs — being currently equipped with various model P229s chambered in .357 Sig and having previously issued P228s as far back as the early 1990s.
“Due to the modularity of the P320 the Virginia State Police now have the ability to easily customize their standard issue firearm for grip preference, without ever compromising the superior Sig Sauer accuracy, reliability, and safety features they have come to rely on,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Sig’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales.
Still a relatively new kid on the handgun market, the P320 was introduced four years ago but since then has since garnered a steady following of law enforcement departments while variants have been adopted by every branch of the U.S. military as the M17 and M18. Due to its modular design, it can be configured in full-size, carry, compact and subcompact models in either 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W or .45 ACP.
According to Sig, the VSP will begin instruction and training on their P320 pistols and officially put them in the field with troopers sometime in 2019.
Speaking to the company’s current New Hampshire operations and the importance that is placed on crafting firearms not only for the commercial market but for use by first responder and the military, Sig released the below video last week.
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Meant primarily for emergency hunting and fending off polar bears rather than parting the hair of a Russian submariner, the C19 rifle is definitely unique to the needs of those that use it.
In the above video members of the Canadian Rangers are shown in Newfoundland meeting their newly issued C19s for the first time and getting the 411 on nomenclature and the rifle’s specifics. Based on the Sako T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) with tweaks for the Rangers as they have to use their guns in whiteout conditions at -50 C weather.
Said differences include an oversize bolt and trigger guard so that it can be used with heavy gloves (you don’t want to touch metal with bare hands when it’s that cold) as well as a high-viz laminated stock complete with the Ranger crest.
The Rangers date from 1942 when the Canadian government was facing Germans landing in the East to set up weather stations and potential Japanese raids in the West. With huge tracts of ice and virgin forests open to invasion, the Rangers were recruited from loggers, miners, and trappers who lived in the wilderness.
Now, 5,000 strong and located in 200 often remote communities the Rangers are paid for up to 12 days of service per year as they keep up their patrols. However, these volunteers are still in large part armed with the same rifle they carried just after Pearl Harbor– the British designed Short Magazine Lee-Enfield in .303. The guns currently in use are Canadian-made Long Branch Arsenal No. 4 MK. I* and EAL models.
Although long in the tooth, the Rangers have used their Enfields effectively in service competitions and in ceremonial duty. As a bonus, the vintage .303s that are being replaced will not be destroyed, but rather passed on to museums, cadets for use in training, and offered to serving Rangers as a donation/gift to preserve their heritage.
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Firefield continues to dole out new accessories this summer, debuting the Verge Series rail system now configured for M-LOK.
Ideal for MSR platform rifles and pistols, the Verge M-LOK Series features a slim handguard that is of a low-profile style. Designed to be both lightweight and user friendly, the Verge system provides a skeletonized design paired with a 6061-T6 aluminum construction. Firefield said the Verge’s build is constructed to “take a beating while continuing to perform.”
Verge M-LOK rails come in four flavors — 7-, 9-, 12- and 15-inch models. The rail system boasts a 7-slot M-LOK rail piece for users to mount their favorite accessories. The Verge M-LOK Series fits most Picatinny and Weaver mounts, according to Firefield.
The M-LOK version follows the Verge’s KeyMod series originally launched in late December 2017. While Firefield hasn’t released specific details regarding pricing on the new M-LOK model, the KeyMod Verge rails start at $77.
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Police in Virginia Beach said the man suspected of firing into a crowd of tourists last week was taken into custody Tuesday.
Ladarius Malik Trisvan, 21, faces six counts of malicious wounding and six counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, according to a report from the Virginian-Pilot.
City officials said none of the six victims, aside from a married couple, knew each other before the incident and were simply walking along the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue just after midnight July 5 when shots rang out.
“There is nothing more important to us than making sure people feel safe and these incidents are particularly disturbing because they appear to have been unprovoked,” said Dave Hansen, city manager, in a news release last week. He noted more than 100,000 visitors flocked to the area over the July 4th holiday.
Virginia Beach Police detained multiple local individuals and charged one with brandishing a firearm. All victims sought treatment at local hospitals and were since released.
Law enforcement declined to provide a possible motive, but told the newspaper it appears none of the victims were targeted by Trisvan.
Police Chief Jim Cervera said the city will consider taking extra security measures to manage crowds during holiday celebrations, such as closing parking lots before 2:30 a.m. or encouraging earlier departures for visitors.
“Gun violence is a growing problem in America,” he said. “The fact that we are the safest large city in the country is of little comfort to those who were injured by irresponsible and reckless individuals who apparently have such little regard for the lives of others.”
A group of Democrats in the U.S. House have introduced a bill to bar Second Amendment rights to those with a past history of animal abuse.
The measure, termed the Animal Violence Exposes Real Threat of Future Gun Violence, or AVERT Act, is backed by lawmakers from California, Massachusetts and New York. Under its guidelines, the bill seeks to prohibit those with a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty from possessing guns, ammo or firearm licenses.
“There is a well-documented link between animal abuse and future violence,” said U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass. “From Columbine to Parkland to Sutherland Springs, these perpetrators of mass gun violence had a history of animal abuse, and addressing this pattern of behavior is part of the solution when it comes to preventing gun violence and saving lives.”
The bill, filed as H.R.6278, would make a misdemeanor charge under Federal, State, or tribal law of a crime involving abuse to or neglect of an animal a conviction that would trigger a lifetime ban on gun possession. Those with previous convictions that had been expunged or set aside, could be allowed to have their gun rights restored.
In recent years, the FBI has begun tracking animal cruelty charges nationwide in a response to lobbying from animal welfare groups seeking more comprehensive data on abuse statistics. In doing so, the groups cited overlaps between early animal abuse and later, more serious crimes, in serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and David Berkowitz.
Currently, legislation similar to Clark’s was proposed this year in New Jersey while other states such as California and Illinois have seen their own attempts at producing laws to link minor animal cruelty or neglect charges to gun rights. An online petition organized by animal rights groups started earlier this year urging Congress to ban gun ownership for animal abusers has just over 250,000 signatures.
Clark’s bill has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary.
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Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the legendary Tommy Gun, announced its new Deluxe model Thompson chambered in 9mm is rolling out the factory and headed towards dealers and distributors.
The Tommy Gun has long been chambered in .45 ACP, but Kahr Firearms Group has revamped the famed design for a modern generation with the model T5-9L20 Thompson.
“The 9mm version is an original design by Thompson Auto-Ordnance in-house engineers, using the original Thompson platform,” the company said in a press release.
The 9mm variant offers a frame and receiver machined from a solid billet of aluminum while the buttstock, grip and foregrip are crafted from American Walnut. Featuring a barrel measuring 16.5-inches, the 9mm model comes with a compensator that adds an additional 2-inches onto the front end. Overall, the firearm measures 41-inches in total length.
The T5-9L20 9mm Thompson ships with one 20-round stick magazine and is now available with a MSRP of $1,364.
"When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?' And I said they should be banned," said Tedra Cobb to a group of teens at a May 18th event.
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A familiar trope seen on screens big and small is to shoot apart a pair of handcuffs to free someone when a key isn’t available, but how realistic is that?
In the above test, Edwin Sarkissian uses a set of Smith & Wesson M100s cuffs, which are pretty standard in LE use, and kind of ironic as the test gun is a Glock. However, barring luck, it looks like the best way to open a set is to invest in a 99-cent standard handcuff key rather than a 99-cents worth of ammo — from a handgun anyway.
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Odds are good if you’re a hunter, shooter or outdoorsman, you’ve given at least a passing thought to survival situations. And no good woodsman goes afield without a gun, though sometimes space and weight concerns are of the essence. Regardless of your level of readiness, budget and style, Guns.com has gone out and found three of the top packable bug-out bag guns for preparedness.The Test
All three of the guns we’ve selected fit our criteria of being capable for both simple defense, sustainment hunting, stowability in a pack, weight and reliability. Here’s where we settled: Henry Repeating Arms AR-7 Survival Pack, Chiappa X-Caliber Set, and the new Midland Backpack.Henry AR-7 Survival Pack
For years, Henry Repeating Arm’s AR-7 Survival has been setting the standard in current production breakdown packable rimfires, and now the company is upping their game with introduction of the new bug-out ready Survival Pack.
So not only are we testing the semi-automatic rimfire rifle which packs completely into its own floating buttstock, but also the quality and usefulness of the contents of the kit. In addition to the standard two, eight-round magazines that normally ship with the AR-7, there’s much more to this box.
Here’s what you get: Datrex concentrated 1000 calorie food packet of four bars; Frontier water filtration straw for up to 30 gallons; ESEE Fire Tool kit; Buck Rival folding knife engraved with the Henry logo; H&H Mylar Emergency Hypothermia Blanket; One hundred feet of green para cord; SWAT-T stretch wrap style tourniquet; and Allen black nylon Henry Survival zipper case with stowage for additional gear and rifle
MSRP on our test US Survival Pack is set at $550, a jump of about $200 if you’re just buying the gun. That’s a tough upgrade sell, until you consider that the kit is already selling on line at various retailers for under four bills, and includes the aforementioned host of Made-in-America products. At 16 inches long when packed away and 3.5 pounds, it is both the lightest and most easily stowed of the three.Chiappa X-Caliber Combo Set
Our Chiappa X-Caliber is a Model M6 12-gauge smoothbore 3-inch chambered shotgun over a .22 long rifle barrel. The barrel length of 18.5 inches makes it a wieldy weapon, even more so when folded nearly in half and measuring the same 18.5 inches. When deployed, the gun’s overall length is 34.6 inches with a svelte traveling weight of 5.6 pounds. Though our test gun came with a .22LR lower barrel, a .22WMR version is also available.
The X-Caliber’s steel and polypropylene stock immediately set it apart in appearance with a love-it-or-hate-it reaction. The gun fires with double triggers and has dual extractors. The X-Caliber wears a fixed front fiber-optic sight and windage/elevation adjustable M1 style rear. There’s a top tang safety and three Picatinny quad rails for mounting optics and accessories.
What really sets the X-Caliber apart is what gives the combo-gun its name: the included pack of eight steel adapters allowing the firing of 12 different calibers. The set of eight adapters are as follows: .380ACP, 9mm, .357/.38SPL, .40S&W, .44 Mag, .45ACP, .410/.45 Colt, and 20-gauge. The adapters come packaged in a portable, olive drab belt pack and drop quickly into the gun’s 12-gauge chamber. Point of accuracy changes slightly depending upon caliber of fire, but all are within killing range inside of 50 yards.
MSRP is a bit shocking at $949 for the Chiappa M6 combo gun with the full eight-insert caliber setup, but that does grant the shooter dozen-caliber shooting capability in a durable, packable firearm without the need to decide on rifle or shotgun. Wily shoppers will be able to find the setup available under $700 now that the X-Caliber has been on the market for a number of years. We’ve played around with the M6 and the adapters for several years now, and the durability is excellent.Midland Backpack
Filling a niche vacated by affordable break-action, single shot, barrel-swappable long guns like the now-defunct H&R and NEF, in swoops a new company called Midland. With ties to the respected Gibbs Rifle Company, Midland launched their first Backpack model shotguns in early 2018 to little fanfare. In unassuming black polymer, the lightweight single shots fold almost completely in half and ship with one interchangeable Beretta-style choke. Retail is a shockingly low $149 regardless of bore choice, including multiple barrel-lengths, in .410, 20- and 12-gauges. A removeable buttpad allows stowage of small survival gear, while a pair of included LOP spacers allow for a more customized fit.
The Midland’s aren’t much to look at, and even less fun to shoot in a sub-five-pound 12-gauge, but they are affordable, get the job done, offer barrel interchangeability, and are easily stowable. Folded length on our 24” twelve is only 24.4.” Best of all, the company will be debuting both rimfire and centerfire rifle barrels by the end of the year, making this a legitimate combo option for backpacking. The most heard complaint? The Midland Backpack comes sans its namesake backpack, but I’m sure survivalists can simply drop the budget gun into their own bug out bag.Survive!
Regardless of your style or budget, there’s a packable survival gun within your reach. As the old saying goes, better to have it and not need it than the alternative. Any one of these three long guns would neatly round out a pack of emergency supplies in case of bug-out, natural disaster, or outdoor adventure. Let us know which gun you’d favor if the SHTF!
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