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Starline Brass adds to its series of rifle brass, introducing the popular .243 Win rifle caliber to its cartridge lineup.
The .243 Win cartridge is produced using the same quality control standards as Starline’s other brass offerings and is also boasts a price under comparable quality cases.
The brass goes through multiple hand and machine inspections to ensure no cosmetic or dimensional issues are present. All Starline cases are contained during the manufacturing process to provide a high quality and consistent cartridge.
The .243 Win was first introduced in 1955 by Winchester and is a popular yet versatile cartridge. With its roots in the .308 Win, the .243 touts low recoil and a flat trajectory. The round’s accuracy potential allows it to work in a competitive shooting environment as well on the hunt.
“It is a very versatile cartridge that can be applied on a shooting bench looking over prairie dog town, waiting for a whitetail from 15′ up in a tree, or for hunting several other kinds of game,” the company said in a press release. “The 243’s excellent accuracy potential also makes it a popular choice of competitive shooters.”
The .243 Win is available from Starline in a box of 250 for$124, a box of 500 for $228 or a box of 1,000 for $416.
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The rifle range at the Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL was blazing—both with heat and gunfire this week at the Mossy Oak Summit. The culprit? Vista Outdoor Group, parent company to Savage, Stevens, Federal, Champion, and Butler Creek was showing some of their latest and greatest firearms and ammunition offerings shipping now, all geared toward hunters.
They went heavy on rimfire rifles and ammo as well as lightweight rifles and some of the best hunting ammunition offerings they’ve had in a long while. Here’s what might trip your trigger.
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South Africa has had a long history of armed conflict and, as such, has an equally long history of innovative local weapons designs — so innovative in fact, they’re solution based designs have been copied by manufacturers internationally. With limited budgets South African arms makers have a reputation of doing “more with less” and a good example of this (and one in which we can see elements of Kel-tec’s latest combat shotgun, the KSG) is the NeoStead 2000.Why the NeoStead?
Combat shotguns have been standard issue in militaries around the world since World War 1, when the slam fired Winchester Model 97 fought the Thompson submachine gun hard for the title of trench sweeper. Shotguns are brutally effective in close quarters battle scenarios, especially inside structures (e.g. in door breaching, room clearing et al) as well as being ideal for POW escort. Security and police forces have different rules of engagement than troops, though similar needs, and combat specific shotguns wasted no time cementing their place in these arsenals as well. Security forces quickly found that the most useful combat shotguns were the most compact ones available with as large a magazine as possible. It was with these parameters that a pair of engineers began to design a revolutionary new shotgun.Design of the 2000
Starting in 1990, two South African firearms engineers, Tony Neophytou and Wilmore Stead, began working on a radical shotgun design to fix the problems addressed above. Bullpup firearms, in which the action is located behind the trigger group and alongside the shooter’s face so there is no wasted space in the buttstock, had been around for almost 100 years and the previous, most well known bullpup layout shotgun, the 10 pound, 26 inch overall High Standard Model 10 had been designed (albeit unsuccessfully) in the 1950s.
Neophytou and Stead took this bullpup concept and added more teeth. Instead of one tube under the barrel, they put two six shot tubes over the barrel giving their shotgun a capacity of 12 rounds in the tube and one in the chamber. Through the use of more modern polymers than High Standard had in the 1950s, the NeoStead design came in at two pounds lighter while having about the same overall length as its predecessor.
And in a move completely different from any other shotgun at the time, the pair gave their design a fixed breechface and moved the entire barrel forward to cycle rounds manually through a pump action. This pump action moves the opposite of how traditional shotguns operate: in other words, instead of racking the pump back and then forward to load a round, the NeoStead pumps forward and then back to load and fire.
After 10 years of development and testing, Truvelo Armory of Midrand, South Africa placed the NeoStead into production in 2001.Use today
The NeoStead has been in production in South Africa and has enjoyed steady adoption by special operations units around the world. While it has been exported to South America and Europe, it is currently not approved to bring into the US for sale since, according to the ATF, it serves ‘no sporting purpose’.
When compared to the Kel-Tec KSG or Turkey’s UTAS UTS-15 Shotgun, the world’s other two bullpup shotgun designs currently in production, the three seem very similar in layout. The Kel-Tec, designed a decade after the NeoStead, is slightly smaller (26.1-inches overall and 6.9-pounds unloaded) and boasts a 14+1 capacity. The KSG also uses a more traditional (and familiar to US users) pump-action.
However the KSG runs almost $800 if you can find it and the imported, “KSG luxury model” UTS-15 starts at $1200, which makes the prospect of a US manufacturer making the NeoStead on license here in the States not just a viable option but perhaps a necessity as hard to find imports can go for over $2000. For now, the closest you can get to this South African scattergun in this country is in a video game.
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Browning goes big, adding a total of six new models to the company’s popular Black Label 1911-22 pistol lineup.
The .22 chambered Black Label Medallion and Label Gray are both set to receive full size and compact variants, with the Gray pistol seeing a total of four versions.
The Medallion will be offered in both full size and compact models. Both versions feature a matte black finish slide with brush polished flats and an aluminum alloy frame. The Medallion boasts intricately checkered rosewoood grips with an inlaid gold Buckmark for added flare. Equipped with three dot sights and shipping with one 10-round magazine, the full size version touts a barrel length of 4 1/4-inches while the compact serves up a 3 5/8-inch barrel length. Both versions retail for $669.99.
The Gray pistol will be available in full size, full size with rail, compact and compact with rail models. The series features a machined aluminum slide topped in a gray anodized finish. Outfitted with fiber optic sights and black/gray wood laminate textured grips, the full size offers a barrel length of 4 1/4-inches while the compact slides in at 3 5/8-inches. The full size and compact variants are priced at $699.99 while the railed versions carry a slightly elevated price tag of $719.99.
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For the second time in a year, a jury on Friday couldn’t reach a verdict in the murder trial of the former officer in Ohio who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in 2015.
After 30 hours of deliberations this week, the jury said they were evenly split in the murder and voluntary manslaughter trial of 27-year-old Ray Tensing, according to WCPO in Cincinnati.
The former University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed Sam DuBose during a stop in July 2015. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn’t have it. Tensing told him to take his seat belt off as he opened DuBose’s car door, but DuBose started to pull away. Tensing yelled “Stop! Stop!” before shooting DuBose in the head.
The incident was captured by Tensing’s body camera. DuBose was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and did not have a gun in his car. Tensing said he feared for his life.
Tensing was tried for the first time in November. In that trial, four jurors thought he was guilty of murder, four others thought he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and the remaining four thought he was not guilty. The trial ended without a verdict.
The second trial ended with an even split Friday. Family members of DuBose called for a third trial.
“The family commends the prosecutors for their strong presentation in this case, but we are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose,” the family said in a statement.
DuBose’s sister, Terina Allen, drew parallels to the outrage over the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who died Monday after he was jailed in North Korea early last year for stealing a propaganda poster.
“No one is talking about ‘Otto should have gotten that punishment because he stole a poster.’ No one is ever saying that that was just. But with Sam…his infraction deserves the death penalty? The death penalty? Otto got 15 years of hard labor and they must have tortured this poor man. My heart breaks for his family,” Allen said, her voice cracking.
“But we want the same deference, black families in America want the same deference. Why is it that it’s all about what Sam did wrong when he gets a bullet in his skull. But with Otto, it’s just about how horrible Korea was. We live in the United States of America and can’t get justice. I want President Trump to be upset about what’s happening in the United States of America.”
The mistrial caps a week in which two other officers were acquitted of charges linked to fatal shootings. Last Friday, Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile last summer in Minnesota. On Wednesday, former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide for the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith.
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Newcomer Revic Optics is set to wade into the optics waters introducing its first riflescope product, the PMR 428.
The 4.5-28×56 scope delivers long range performance paired with technology to aid shooters in setting up those perfect shots. Using the Revic Optics ballistic app, shooters are able to upload ballistic data directly to the riflescope via Bluetooth.
In the field, once the target has been ranged, users adjust the elevation turret to the target distance activating the “virtual BDC.” The vBDC takes into account the uploaded ballistic data and performs real time ballistic calculations. The vBDC automatically corrects the distance for inclination, compass direction, temperature and pressure. In addition, total windage correction adjusts for information received from heading, speed inputs and spin drift.
The 34mm tube diameter scope boasts an elevation adjustment range of 80 MOA and a windage adjustment of 50 MOA. The elevation adjustment per revolution is 30 MOA.
“The PMR 428 offers a sophisticated, but unbelievably simple way to compensate for ballisitics. Just dial the turret until the target distance is displayed, all the angles and environmental data are measured on the device and ballistic correction happens faster than you can dial the turret! As our premier product, it sets the tone for an exciting future!” Aaron Davidson, CEO of Revic Optics, said in a press release.
Revic Optics intends to offer the new PMR 428 for $2,750.
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Apex Tactical Specialties announced the re-release of the company’s popular limited Freedom Edition triggers styled in stars and stripes.
The Apex Freedom Edition Trigger Kits boast a red anodized design with laser engraved U.S. flag motif.
The Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear and Trigger Kit for the Smith & Wesson M&P and the Action Enhancement Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit for the M&P Shield are included in the limited run. In addition to the Smith & Wesson trigger replacements, Apex has opted to add the Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit for the M&P Shield as well as options for Glock fans.
Apex’s Glock offerings include the Action Enhancement Kit, Action Enhancement Trigger with Gen 3 Trigger Bar and Action Enhancement trigger.
Though the series offers triggers for Smith & Wesson’s M&P models, Apex clarifies that Smith & Wesson’s new M.20 pistol is excluded from the trigger replacement lineup.
The run of American themed triggers are currently available directly from Apex Tactical’s website, with supplies limited. Prices on the Freedom Edition kits start at $84.95.
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A teenager in California is dead after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot at an aggressive pit bull, and their bullets ricocheted and hit the teen in the chest.
It happened just before 4 a.m. Thursday in Palmdale, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officials say the deputies likely didn’t see 17-year-old Armando Garcia-Muro in the darkness.
Prior to the shooting, the dog had bitten one of the deputies in the leg. Garcia-Muro restrained the dog and the deputies went to call for backup and get medical attention for the bitten deputy. But the 60 to 65 pound dog got loose again and charged at the five deputies. Two of them opened fire, shooting between six and eight times.
The dog was hit and retreated. As the deputies tried to contain the pit bull, they noticed Garcia-Muro on the ground.
“He would give his life for anybody,” said his mother, Roberta Alcantar. “He was a very loving person.”
“He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” said Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau. “Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”
The deputy who was bitten was also struck by a bullet fragment. The dog survived the shooting, but is set to be euthanized.
The deputies who fired their weapons will be on desk duty, per policy, while the incident is investigated.
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Earlier this month, I took part in a prairie dog hunt in Utah with Sauer Rifles and Minox optics. In addition to controlling the prairie dog population, Coda Hunts, an outfitter based in Highland, Utah, took us in small groups to hunt coyotes.
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Californians are well known for their strained far-left anti-gun biases, where a good gun is no gun. Family members, under the new law, includes people you have dated, or ever stayed at your place.
We had the chance to attend Mossy Oak’s Summit at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL. Many of the companies who team with Mossy Oak patterns were on hand to pitch their wares. Here are some of our favorites after spending several days with these fine folks in the outdoor industry:
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Officials have warned that if a budget is not worked out in coming days, state services supporting gun sales and licensing could be put on hold.
With the Washington Legislature unable to agree on a budget, Gov. Jay Inslee this week called a third special session to deliver a state budget before the current one runs out on June 30. If lawmakers can’t make it work, among the list of services slated to be furloughed July 1 in a partial government shutdown are those concerning firearms dealer and concealed pistol licensing.
“The clock is running out,” Inslee said. “There are nine days remaining in the current fiscal year. Nine days that we need the legislators to buckle down and produce a two-year biennial budget for the state of Washington.”
As reported by KOMO News, 32,000 state employees are getting layoff warning slips, sparking angry rallies with attendees urging lawmakers to produce a budget.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the firearms industry, warns the shutdown could provide heartburn to both gun shops and gun owners.
“Firearms dealers and gun owners have reason to be wary of the legislative impasse,” said NSSF Senior Vice President Larry Keane in an opinion piece. “Washington already has some of the most restrictive laws relating to gun sales and transfers.”
The state is one of nine states that act as a partial point of contact for National Instant Criminal Background Check System database checks, with dealers required to use both NICS and two other state databases maintained by the Washington State Patrol and Washington Department of Social and Health Services to vet potential gun buyers. Washington is also one of eight states that require universal background checks for all transfers of firearms, including private sales. Those seeking firearms dealer or concealed pistol licensing also must go through state agencies.
Gun rights groups described the looming shutdown threat as a bellwether against incremental intrusions on the right to keep and bear arms.
“This is one of the many reasons why gun rights groups oppose giving government more power over firearms sales and ownership,” Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation, told Guns.com in an email. “It can be used to stop the normal exercise of our constitutional rights.”
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French officials have said the man who tried and failed Monday to carry out a terrorist attack in Paris held a gun permit and stored a cache of weapons at his home.
Reuters reported the 31-year-old man, who died when he rammed his vehicle into a police van on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, was preparing to be a jihadi fighter at a gun sports club. Despite being on a watch list of radicalized individuals, the man also had a renewed gun permit and a stash of weapons and bomb-making materials at his home.
The day of the failed attack, the man named by officials as Adam D. strapped a Sig Sauer pistol to his body and had placed in his vehicleknives a rifle, thousands of round of ammunition and two large gas canisters before ramming into the police van on the Champs Elysees.
“The scale of the arsenal found in the vehicle shows the size of the planned terrorist attack and the dramatic human cost it could have inflicted,” said prosecutor Francois Molins.
Molins said the man most likely died of cardiac arrest and inhalation of toxic fumes, as orange smoke rolled out of his car after the crash.
Police found in the man’s car a copy of a letter he had sent to several people that day claiming he had joined the shooting club to train for jihadi fighting and had sworn allegiance to ISIS.
Officials also noted the man had frequently traveled to Turkey, one of the main stopping points for foreign jihadists trying to get to ISIS hotbeds in Syria.
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A market analyst and financial writer said Friday the longevity of Smith & Wesson makes American Outdoor Brands stock worth holding onto for the next half century.
“The stock has jumped 25 percent over the last three months as Wall Street begins to realize it was wrong about a so-called Trump slump,” said Rich Duprey, a writer for the investment website The Motley Fool, in an article published Friday. “But with shares still deeply discounted, buying now will reward investors many times over 50 years from now.”
Duprey predicts although its share of gun revenue for American Outdoor Brands will dwindle as the company diversifies to include shooting sports and other aspects of “the rugged outdoors market,” the gun industry’s growth will not likewise fade.
“Political issues have a bearing on the timing of a purchase, but not on the continuing demand for guns,” he said. “That’s key because firearms sales remain on an upswing, and American Outdoor Brands is a cheap stock. It continues to trade at just 10 times earnings, 14 times next year’s estimates, at just a fraction of its expected earnings growth rate, and at a bargain-basement eight times free cash flow.”
Duprey cited a recent report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that found target shooting participation increased 44 percent between 2009 and 2016 — proof that the sport appeals to a broader and broader demographic as time passes.
“New shooters are younger, are more female and increasingly diverse in ethnicity,” Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, said in a blog post earlier this month. “The shooting sports are affordable, accessible, and more inclusive than ever before and people are taking full advantage. Even if the industry has room to become more welcoming and inclusive, our customer base is changing along with the American population. They are buying firearms and going to the range. All are welcome.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed 1.8 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month. Guns.com estimates about 926,000 guns were sold — nearly 57,000 more than May 2016, the busiest on record.
It continues a trend first noticed in March and sustained in April, when estimated sales eclipsed the previous year by 4,400.
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Another Florida sheriff is urging citizens to arm themselves and fight back if they should find themselves in an active shooter situation.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WFTS ABC News that while running and hiding can be a good option during some active shooter attacks, he hopes people will prepare if they should need to fight back themselves.
“If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one,” Judd said. “Become proficient. Get a concealed firearms license and carry it. And if you need to shoot somebody, shoot ‘em a lot.”
“The armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back,” he said. “He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just the sitting duck. Well, the ducks need to shoot back.”
Polk resident Mary Dailey disagrees with Sheriff Judd.
“That’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” Dailey said. “I’m all for your right to own a gun if you are a responsible person, but you should have to prove it.”
Judd’s statement came days after a fellow Florida law enforcement officer, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, made similar comments, calling on citizens to arm themselves and fight back in the event of another attack.
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A majority of Americans who own guns and those who do not each support background checks for private gun sales, according to a survey released Thursday.
The Pew Research Center polled 3,390 adults in April and May about their attitudes toward and experiences with firearms. While the divide on policy issues appears wider than ever on most points — banning “assault-style” weapons and high capacity magazines, allowing concealed carry in more places and arming teachers — the two groups unite on the background check question.
About one-third of those surveyed identified as gun owners, Pew said, and of those, 77 percent said background checks should be required for private sales and at gun shows. Some 87 percent of non-owners agreed.
Nearly nine out of 10 respondents from each group also agreed on banning “the mentally ill” from buying guns.
When dividing owners by political affiliation, the support for denying gun ownership to those with mental illness holds strong across party lines: 88 percent of both Republican and Democrat owners support the prohibition.
Of those owners who identify as Republican or lean right, 70 percent support expanded background checks. Some 88 percent of Democrat or lean left owners agree.
The survey found gun owners’ partisan leanings also coincide with certain behaviors and ideological attitudes about the Second Amendment.
“Republican handgun owners are more likely than their Democratic counterparts to say they carry their gun with them, even if only some of the time (63 percent vs. 45 percent),” Pew said. “Fully 55 percent of Democrats who own a handgun say they never carry.”
The survey found Republican owners twice as likely — 91 percent to 43 percent — to say owning a gun is “essential to their freedom.”
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said the poll results should worry the National Rifle Association, which continues “to oppose popular gun safety policies like background check laws and pushes to dismantle permitting standards for who can carry a hidden, loaded gun in public.”
“Overall, these results are another encouraging sign for the overwhelming majority of us who know we can do more to reduce the unacceptable rates of gun violence we have in this country,” Watts said Friday.
The NRA did not respond to Guns.com’s request for comment Friday.
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