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Feinstein’s Scattershot Anti-Gun Bill Badly Misses the Mark

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:59
Democrats promised that if they retook control of the House, gun control would be a top priority. They have wasted little time in seeking to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
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Burris Optics begins official sponsorship of USA Shooting

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:00

USA Shooting is getting a new sponsor in the way of Burris Optics. (Photo: USA Shooting via Facebook)

Burris Optics is the latest sponsor to join the USA Shooting team, making the company the official 2019 optics provider for America’s shooting team.

Under a sponsorship, Burris will offer opportunities to USA Shooting team members and coaches, providing training and events with Burris branded products. Burris announced it will also serve up product auctions to further help USA Shooting with fundraising efforts.

Burris Director of Marketing Ryan Hennig said the two organizations have aligned values, believing in both innovation and education in the shooting sports.

“We have long been fans of America’s shooting team,” Hennig said in a news release. “Educating future generations about the heritage and opportunities in shooting sports is a high priority for us and we believe the USA Shooting team’s 2020 vision can accomplish this. We look forward to our partnership and what we will accomplish together.”

Burris will provide opportunities for USA Shooting team members to train on its optics. Pictured above, the Veracity. (Photo: Burris)

USA Shooting Director of Marketing and Communications Kevin Neuendorf said the Burris sponsorship will ensure athletes and coaches have access to everything they need to reach their goals.

“The USA Shooting Team and America’s top marksmen and women have a clear 2020 vision of maintaining international notoriety and educating the general public about opportunities in competitive shooting sports,” said Neuendorf. “Attaining this vision is not possible without partners like Burris Optics willing to step forward and show belief in what we are doing. We appreciate their confidence in our athletes and can’t wait to showcase the great line of products Burris has available for hunting, tactical and competitive shooting needs.”

USA Shooting is a non-profit organization chartered in 1995 by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the shooting sports. The organization’s mission centers on preparing American athletes to compete in the Olympics, promoting the shooting sports nationwide and governing the conduct of international shooting in the US.

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VA Gov Ralph Northam’s Insane Gun-Grab Proposal

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:53
As Stephen Gutowski notes at the Free Beacon, there’s a truly radical proposal lurking in the Virginia governor’s push for gun control. From a press release: Delegate Kathy Tran and Senator Adam Ebbin will patron legislation to ban the sale, purchase, possession, and transport of assault firearms in the Commonwealth. The bill also modifies the definition of assault firearm to any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
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Trijicon adds news Fiber Sights to iron sight lineup

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:30

Trijicon releases a new series into its iron sights lineup, unveiling the Fiber Sights. (Photo: Trijicon)

Trijicon Inc. bolsters its iron sight series, adding a new line to the mix with the introduction of Trijicon Fiber Sights.

The Fiber Sights utilize fiber optic material similar to what is featured in the ACOG design, bringing a “brilliant aiming point” to the sights while maintaining sight picture. Trijicon says its front sight is highly visible while the rear sight offers a more subdued style to better aid in front sight acquisition.

The Fiber Sights feature a red or green front post. (Photos: Trijicon)

The Trijicon Fiber Sights deliver a thin, bright front sight measuring .110-inches wide with .060-inches in diameter. The sights adopt this design to eliminate target obfuscation in addition to bringing focus to the front sight post. The rear sight and front sight work together to offer a square rear notch measuring .125-inches wide. The rear sight also boasts rounded edges for easier carrying.

“The Trijicon Fiber Sights are designed to withstand daily pistol use. Using advanced fiber optic material and decades of iron sight development, Trijicon has engineered the Trijicon Fiber Sights to feature geometries that promote fiber retention under stress so that end users can be confident that these sights will endure rigorous shooting, holstering and tough handling,” Trijicon said in a news release. “Whether carrying or competing, these bright, thin sights create the perfect aiming point for fast, accurate rounds on target.”

The Trijicon Fiber Sights come with a brilliant red fiber installed in the front with one red and one green replacement fibers in the included package. Fiber replacement packs are also available for purchase from Trijicon.

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Iowa gun rights amendment is back to square one after 'bureaucratic oversight'

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:24
A yearslong, Republican-led effort in Iowa to add gun rights to the state constitution must start over because of "bureaucratic oversight" from the state's top election office. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate confirmed to the Des Moines Register on Sunday night that his office failed to meet a key requirement that would have advanced a resolution first passed in the Legislature last year, which cleared the first of several hurdles required to amend the state constitution.
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Oregon bill would cap magazines to 5 rds, ration ammo to 20 rds/month

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:23
Legislation submitted in the Democrat-controlled Oregon legislature would fundamentally change the state’s firearm laws, recasting them as the most restrictive in the country. State Sen. Rob Wagner has submitted SB 501 for the upcoming session. Wagner’s bill would require licensing for gun owners prior to purchase, outlaw firearm magazines capable of holding more than five rounds and limit individual ammunition sales to no more than 20 rounds every 30 days.
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Va. Governor’s Semi-auto Gun-Confiscation Proposal Could Affect Millions of Residents

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:21
While short on details, Northam's announcement said part of the proposed gun-control package would ban the "sale, purchase, possession, and transport" of undefined "assault firearms" including "any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition." Since the vast majority of semiautomatic handguns and rifles in the state are sold standard with magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds, it appears the proposed ban would affect most firearms on sale in Virginia. Additionally, the announcement of the ban did not include mention of any grandfathering to allow what NSSF estimated would be millions of Virginians who already own such firearms to legally keep them.
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AAC announces new Jaeger 30 hunting suppressor (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:00

Alabama-based Advanced Armament Corp has a new lightweight .30-caliber suppressor they tout as an “experience enhancer.”

The Jaeger 30, borrowed from the German word for hunter, uses a mount and blast baffle crafted from Grade 9 titanium while the outer tube and monolithic core are of 7075 aluminum, a combination that results in a can that weighs in at 13.9-ounces. With a 9.28-inch length, ACC says the Jaeger’s 5/8x24TPI direct threads are compatible with most of .30 caliber hunting rifles currently on the market.

The outer tube is finished in a hard coat anodized coating (Photos: AAC)

When it comes to sound mitigation, the Jaeger is advertised at reducing the sound pressure level of .300 Win Mag and .308 Win below the 140dB mark while .300 Blk drops to the sub-130dB range.

Best yet, MSRP is $449, which makes the new AAC offering substantially less than many comparable cans in its class.

The viability of pitching a .30-caliber can to sportsmen is solid. In recent years, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida have joined the list of now 40 states that allow hunters to head to the field to harvest game with suppressors, with supporters touting enhanced safety and awareness benefits due to the devices. Currently, some 1.5 million silencers are in circulation, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2015.

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If have an SR25, Magpul now has a 50-round 7.62mm mag for you (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:30

Like a bigger version of their vaunted D60 magazine but in 7.62×51/.308, Magpul’s new D50 drum has been years in the making.

Weighing in at 1.5-pounds empty– and 4.5 when stuffed full of 50 rounds– the D50 is capable of accommodating longer-than-SAAMI-spec match ammunition, up to 2.830-inches OAL, such as military M118LR ball.

The D50 is built for use in SR25 style platforms, giving 50-rounds on tap in a magazine about the same height as a standard double-stack 25, and as such could prove popular with military units using M110s. (Photos: Magpul)

Optimized for use in SR-25/M110 platforms, the new drum is similar to the company’s now tried-and-true D60 and includes a translucent window on the rear to keep tabs on the amount of brass inside and the capability to be disassembled with a flat blade screwdriver.

The D50, right, holds 50 rounds of 7.62mm, while its older and smaller brother, the D60, left, packs 60 5.56mm rounds.

Bad news? The only color is black, the cost is $149 a pop, and the D50 cannot be used with other rounds such as .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor.

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Improve Your Beretta with Langdon Tactical’s ‘Trigger Job in a Bag’

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:07

The trigger is the primary interface between shooter and handgun. The pull weight, angle, and length of the trigger are all critical variables in the ability of the shooter to break the shot without moving the sights. This is the very essence of marksmanship in any sport.

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Testing out the accuracy of the .22 Mag NAA for (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:00

The North American Arms .22 WMR mini-revolver isn’t going to be mistaken for a Desert Eagle but the tiny wheelgun proves to be able to hit a surprising range of targets.

Pitted against everything from bars of soap and cellphones to lemons and 600-page paperback books, the gang at Taofledermaus were able to zip through a ton of smallish targets in the above video– at close range.

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New, ‘more contemporary’ Hi-Point pistol promised for SHOT Show

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:30

Hi-Point has recently updated their logo after over 25 years and is hinting at a new pistol design unlike anything they have offered in the past (Photo: Hi-Point)

The Ohio-based anchor of the affordable pistol market is promising to break from their traditional mold and move into a more modern handgun offering.

Hi-Point, which is in the midst of a rebranding of sorts now some three years after their founders death, has few details of their new pistol set for release later this month, but has confirmed that it will include a threaded barrel and will have a standard capacity of larger than 10-rounds, both of which are a departure from their normal fare.

“This is not an old model with a few tweaks like the latest version of someone’s 1911,” said Shults Media, Hi-Point’s PR company. “This is an entirely new pistol of a more contemporary design and yet will retain Hi-Point’s affordable pricing, reliability, robust construction, accuracy and owner following lifetime warranty.”

Founded by Tom Deeb in Mansfield, Ohio in 1993 during the federal assault weapons ban, the company’s first handgun model was the sub-$200 C-9, a simple yet reliable blowback action handgun with a single-stack 8-round capacity. The model is still in production today in a number of finishes and, while Hi-Point offers magazines with a higher capacity than the basic 8-round as the AWB has long since expired, they are still single stacks. Likewise, the company has long shied away from production threaded barrel offerings even though the use of suppressors has expanded phenomenally in the past decade.

According to the most recent data available from federal regulators, Hi-Point, manufacturing as Strassels Machine in Mansfield, produced no less than 69,900 9mm pistols in 2016, a figure only bested in the same category by Glock, Ruger, Sig, S&W and SCCY.

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The Sightmark M-Spec Ultra Shot is high-dollar work at low-dollar prices

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:00

If you’re looking for an optic that puts in high-dollar work at low-dollar prices, give some serious consideration to the Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec. The Texas manufacturer debuted the feature-rich red dot late last year at a $180 price point.

Built from magnesium, the device fixes to a Weaver/Picatinny rail using a quick attach/detach lever. It features digital controls and a host of settings for both brightness and night vision. With a CR123 battery, the Ultra Shot M-Spec can run for up to 2,000 hours on its medium brightness setting. Also, Sightmark said the optic is rated to withstand the .50 BMG cartridge and still operable after being submerged under 40-feet of water. Equipped with dual pane glass and a parallax corrected lens system, the device allows shooters to quickly get on target from point blank range out to the limit of their vision.

While the 1 MOA windage and elevation adjustments are a bit bold for some shooters taste, sighting it in was fast and easy. Once zeroed, I found out just how “Ultra” this optic is. Getting on target was fast, I mean really fast. The Ultra Shot has a great field of view and with its parallax correction letting you keep both eyes open, transitioning from target to target was quick as well. It held zero no matter what abuse we heaped on it, or how many rounds we fired and so far we’ve been quite impressed with its performance.

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Savage Arms broadens its MSR lineup (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:30

Savage looks to strengthen its MSR offerings with more products coming to play in 2019. (Photos: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms bolsters its lineup of MSR products, introducing new models into its MSR 10 and MSR 15 series.

Introduced in 2017, the MSR 10 and MSR 15 are set to see new editions including the MSR 10 Competition HD, MSR 15 Competition, MSR 15 Long Range Rifle and MSR 10 Precision.

“Our MSR lineup of next-generation modern sporting rifles, like all Savage products, reflects the fact that Savage is not just a value brand,” Savage President Al Kasper explained in a news release. “We are a high-quality, high-performance, well-established firearms manufacturer, offering a full line of rimfire and centerfire rifles in a variety of platforms.”

The MSR 10 Competition HD and MSR 15 Competition are packed with features, offering an 18-inch carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel built in conjunction with PROOF Research. Each barrel delivers a ported muzzle brake, providing the opportunity for shooters to tune recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for quick and accurate follow-up shots.

The MSR 10 Competition HD, top, the MSR 15 Competition HD, middle, and the MSR15 Long Range, bottom. (Photo: Savage Arms)

The MSR 15 Long Range Rifle is another new entry, serving up .224 Valkyrie while the MSR 10 Precision comes chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor and .308 Win. The MSR 15 Long Range brings a long range style to the MSR line with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel tuned for .224 Valkyrie. The barrel comes with a two-port muzzle brake for those quicker follow-up shots.

Finishing up the new offerings is the MSR 10 Precision. The MSR 10 Precision brings with it a heavy, stainless steel barrel with 5R button rifling. A “competition-worthy” model right out of the box, the MSR 10 Precision features an 18-inch Arca handguard, Magpul PRS stock and TangoDown Battlegrip Flip Grip which rotates from 24-degrees of rake to vertical.

Savage Arms’ latest MSR products will be featured next week at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

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Springfield adds new model to 911 series with 911 Alpha .380

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:00

The 911 Alpha comes in two flavors — stainless, left, and black nitride, right. (Photos: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory adds to its series of compact 1911s, introducing the new 911 Alpha model chambered in .380 ACP.

The 911 Alpha is a “value-priced variant” that brings the essentials of the 911 platform without breaking the bank. Featuring a frame-to-slide-to-trigger-guard relationship, the 911 features a short reset with 5-pound polymer trigger. Topped with a loaded chamber indicator, the 911 Alpha uses an extended thumb safety for easier manipulation under stress. The 911 Alpha also boasts a fiber optic front sight paired with a white, two-dot rear sight for quick target acquisition.

Measuring 5.5-inches in total length, the 911 Alpha stands 4-inches high. Built from 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum, the pistol uses a 2.7-inch 416R stainless steel barrel and full-length guide rod with flat wire spring for control and a softer recoil, according to Springfield Armory.

“The Springfield Armory 911 Alpha offers a value-priced variant that focuses on the essentials of the platform, while maintaining the quality and handling characteristics the gun is known for,” Springfield Armory said in a news release. “With an MSRP of $429.00, no other firearm in its class comes close to the quality and feature set of 911 Alpha.”

Shipping in either stainless or black nitride, the 911 Alpha comes with a flush 6-round magazine and an MSRP of $429.

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DOJ survey: Most armed criminals don’t get their firearms from gun shows, stores

General Gun News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:30

The survey of prison inmates in state and federal facilities found that, while a third had guns during their crime, most got them in places other than gun stores. (Photo: U.S. Bureau of Prisons)

A survey released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the vast majority of gun-armed criminals serving time obtained their guns on the street or via other means.

The nationwide survey of 1.37 million inmates at the state and federal level, conducted in 2016, found that about a third said they possessed or carried a firearm while committing their crime. Of those 256,400 prisoners, some 43 percent said they obtained their guns from illicit “street” sources such as other criminals, often by bartering stolen goods or drugs. The next leading source, about 25 percent, came as gifts or purchases from friends or family members. About 6 percent were able to receive their guns through theft.

When it came to retail sources such as gun shows, flea markets, firearm stores, and pawn shops, only about 10 percent said they were able to obtain their weapons from such outlets through purchases or trades. Of those, the majority reported that a background check was conducted as part of the sale, although in many cases they did not purchase it under their own name.

In all, only about 1 percent of prisoners who used a firearm during their crime had obtained it through a retail sale.

(Chart: DOJ)

Firearms industry insiders with the National Shooting Sports Foundation said the news comes as no surprise, as they have long noted the steady decline in the number of firearms sourced from gun retailers used by criminals. In 1991, retailers accounted for about 21 percent of guns possessed by state inmates. By 1997, the number had dropped to 14 percent. The survey data released this week showed 2016’s numbers declined to 10 percent.

(Chart: NSSF)

“While the latest survey covers federal inmates as well, our chart above compares only the state inmate data, which has been a consistent metric over time,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president of government and public Affairs and general. “This apples-to-apples comparison reveals that only 10 percent of criminals obtained their firearm from a retailer. Of that small and declining share, the survey shows that about 7 percent of inmates used their own names when purchasing a firearm from a retailer.”

Drawing lessons from the data, Keane pointed out that the survey has “consistently shown that there is no such thing as criminals exploiting a ‘gun show loophole’ to arm themselves for their crimes. Perhaps lawmakers should spend less time on these ‘solutions in search of a problem’ and more time on fixing the background check system, or on any of the issues that voters actually rank as a priority.”

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New DOJ Survey Results Throw Cold Water on Universal Background Checks, ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:13

Democrats didn’t waste any time proposing a universal background check bill and an “assault weapons” ban when they took control of the U.S. House, but a newly released survey from the Department of Justice indicates (once again) that neither policy is likely to reduce crime.

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Wisconsin: Governor Evers Starts Session with Gun Control Push

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:12
With the 2019 Wisconsin Legislative Session convened, Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul are already working with legislators to pass sweeping gun control.
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Iowa: Constitutional Amendment Suffers Setback

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:52
Due to an oversight by the office of the Secretary of State, our efforts to amend Iowa’s Constitution with a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment must start over.  The failure by the Secretary of State’s office to publish notification of the proposed amendment in the months leading up to the November 2018 election resulted in the amendment not being properly certified.  The amendment will now have to be passed by the consecutive 2019-2020 and the 2021-2022 General Assemblies in order to appear on the 2022 ballot.
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Proper Way to Use Cover

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:50

I further contend that you can be involved in a gunfight even if you don’t have a gun. In that situation, my rule about not getting shot becomes all the more important.

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