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Sixteen of our nation’s senior military officers recently penned a letter to Congress under the banner of the Giffords Veteran Coalition. They chose to lend their military authority and prestige to assist an ongoing political effort to further restrict their fellow law-abiding American citizens’ Constitutional right to keep and bear arms because they mistakenly believe […]
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Honor Defense’s flagship Honor Guard pistol is set to be auctioned off to support the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
The pistol was originally donated for a IV8888 raffle, which was won by Forge Relations. Forge Relations took it upon itself to “pay it forward” offering to auction the gun off to support police.
Upon hearing about the good deed, Chestatee Firearms located in Georgia jumped in on the action, providing custom engraving on the gun, outfitting the pistol with the FLEOA logo emblazoned on the slide. In addition, Eclipse Holsters has donated a custom holster boasting the US flag. If that doesn’t wet the whistle, FLEO tops off the auction package with a custom Benchmade knife, challenge coins and patches.
Honor Defense’s President Gary Ramey said the company is honored to be included in the all inclusive package benefitting law enforcement.
“Honor Defense is privileged to support the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association with this holiday season. Everyone involved in this effort wants to say thank you to law enforcement and ask that others do as well,” Ramey said in a statement.
Proceeds from the auction will go directly to FLEOA which represents more than 25,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.
The auction is set to run until Dec. 21 on Guns America.
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DeSantis introduced a new fit for its Facilitator holster, launching a Glockl 43 variant on the Kydex design.
The Facilitator offers a rigid 0.125-inch Kydex sheet paired with glass reinforced nylon that the company says delivers strength and durability to the set-up.
The holster features DeSantis’ Redi-Lok trigger locking device created to securing the firearm and preventing unwanted parties from snatching the G43.
The holster maker says the Redi-Lok system is located on the inboard side of the system so that it does not call additional attention to itself. The Redi-Lok feature, according to DeSantis, is “totally instinctual” and requires no additional training to deploy.
The Facilitator can be worn strong side or in the cross draw or small of back positions. The slim style holster delivers a concealable rig with 1 3/4-inch belt slots for mounting onto pants. Available in classic black and in right and left handed configurations, the Facilitator features a price tag of $54.99.
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Democrat Doug Jones is facing off Tuesday against Republican Roy Moore for the seat left open by Jeff Sessions earlier this year.
Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has managed to whittle away Moore’s lead in the polls in recent weeks following the controversy surrounding the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and his alleged involvement with several women when they were teenagers. The Yellowhammer State’s electorate will decide if the seat, currently held by U.S. Sen. Luther Strange on appointment by the state’s Republican governor, will stay red or switch to the Democrats, a move which would whittle the current balance of power down between the GOP and Dems to a razor-thin 51 votes in the 100-seat chamber.
Moore has been outspoken in his support of conservative issues, and when questioned on gun rights, showed off a small revolver he produced from his pocket during a campaign stop earlier this summer. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” he said.
The Federal Election Commission holds that Jones has amassed a war chest of some $11 million which is over twice what Moore has raised. Though the National Rifle Association has not endorsed a candidate in the current contest — they previously supported Strange’s attempt to keep the seat before Moore bested him in the Republican primary — the group has spent about $1.2 million on ads directed against Jones. A smaller organization, the National Association for Gun Rights, has pumped about $30,000 to the race, including direct support for Moore.
While Jones omits direct talking points on gun politics from his official platform, he has said in interviews that he was in favor of stronger background checks and the “need to make sure we shore up” the NICS background check system. He also mocked Moore’s revolver display, saying “When you see me with a gun, I’ll be climbing in and out of a duck blind.”
Both candidates have seen a good deal of outside support, with Moore picking up endorsements from President Trump as former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon hit the campaign trail. Meanwhile, Jones has the backing of former Vice President Biden and retired basketball star, Charles Barkley.
Due to wildly diverse polling, poll watchers are calling the race a toss-up though Alabama has not sent a Democrat to the Senate since Howell Heflin retired in 1997.
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A study published last week in the journal Science links a surge in gun sales post-Sandy Hook to a rise in accidental shooting deaths.
Economists Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight analyzed a five-month growth spurt in “gun exposure” following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting and congressional grandstanding about tightened gun restrictions, discovering a purported link many critics deem “junk science.”
“The talking point is going to be: If you have X more exposure to guns, you have Y more accidents,” said David Kopel, research director at the Independence Institute and an adjunct constitutional law professor at Denver University Sturm College of Law, during an interview with Science last week. “And that is true, at most, in this unusual period that is the focus of the study. But it is certainly not true in general.”
Indeed, Levine and McKnight noted a 27 percent increase in accidental shooting deaths overall between December 2012 and April 2013, according to data mined from the Centers for Disease Control. The rate among children spiked 64 percent, according to the study.
The authors tallied federal background check data — a known proxy-measure for gun sales — and analyzed Google searches for “buy gun” and “clean gun” to determine about 3 million additional guns were sold or removed from storage in the months after Sandy Hook. These figures combine to form the study’s definition of “gun exposure.”
Levine and McKnight also studied state-level data and found geographical links to increased deaths among children under age 15. Thirty-one states with a larger increase in per capita gun sales — 1,000 or more additional sales per 100,000 residents — saw spikes in this death rate 16 times higher than other states.
“The fact that the increase in accidental deaths at precisely the time that gun sales spiked is concentrated in the states where that spike was the largest increases the likelihood that the impact was causal,” Levine told Science.
He did not respond to request for comment from Guns.com Monday.
In the paper itself, Levine and McKnight caution against interpreting their results “as representing a direct link between the greater gun sales and these additional deaths.”
“Gun sales represent a proxy for gun exposure in our analysis; they are correlated with an increased interest in firearms, even among current gun owners, as shown in our Google Trends analysis,” the authors write. “We cannot determine the extent to which the impact is driven by sales or greater exposure to existing guns.”
That’s not the only problem critics see with the study, however, noting its narrow scope wreaks of political bias.
“This study of a single mass shooting and a single type of gun violence amounts to little more than a statistical anecdote,” said Gary Kleck, a criminologist at Florida State University in Tallahassee, during an interview with Science. “Notwithstanding its prestigious outlet, this paper is junk science, and should never have been published.”
“This is an anomaly and they picked an anomaly to make a general point,” Dr. Robert Young, a practicing psychiatrist and editor of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, told Guns.com Monday. “It’s an anecdote masquerading as a general principle. That’s not science.”
Young noted decades of statistics indicate deaths from accidental firearm discharges are decreasing, despite a dramatic proliferation of firearms across the country. Most recent estimates suggest Americans own about 300 million guns — meaning the Sandy Hook sales bump may have, at best, increased the supply by 1 percent.
“How can that proportionally relate even to the same period of time in which accidental shooting deaths increased 27 percent? That makes no sense,” Young said. “This is about coming up with an excuse to say, ‘oh we have to get rid of guns and we can’t let more people buy more guns.'”
The National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2017 attributed 489 deaths to accidental firearm discharges in 2015 — the lowest in the council’s 114-year history of injury record-keeping.
Report findings indicate choking deaths occur twice as often as accidental discharges while drowning is six times more likely. The chances of dying during a firearm assault are one in 370, according to the NSC, or three times less likely as dying after a fall.
While Young admits there appears to be a disturbing increase in accidental discharge deaths over the last year, he chides “anti-researchers” for ignoring the impact of defensive gun uses in saving lives.
“So when more guns are sold, more protection ensues, too,” he said. “How can they claim there is necessarily a net harm done at all?”
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When the folks at MantisX asked me to review their updated training system, first reviewed by Guns.com in 2015, I was frank with them about being an eternal skeptic about e-gadgets and sort of a bootstrapper at heart. They weren’t dissuaded. Try it, they said, and give us feedback. After all, the modern MantisX app is quite evolved compared to the original rendition that appeared on Guns.com in 2015.What is MantisX?
This little device is a motion sensor that attaches to the rail of your handgun or rifle like any other accessory. It’s slightly bigger than a stack of four quarters and weighs about the same. For weapons without a rail, the company sells an adapter that fits on the magazine floorplate. Paired with the companion app via Bluetooth, it analyzes trigger press quality and, if desired, speed. The app is offered for Android and iOS.
MantisX works with live fire carbine or pistol, air guns, and dry fire. I used it with two different striker-fired pistols, dry and live fire.
How does it do all that? Lasers—and stuff. I’m a shooter, not a tech person. Company rep Casey Christensen said he detector’s intelligence was developed from analysis and averaging of high-speed video footage of trigger presses, and the understanding that nearly all trigger press errors occur within 10-15 hundredths of a second before break.Starting it up
Perhaps it’s just writer’s luck, but the test device arrived fully charged and ready to go. A micro USB cable gives it a quick charge when needed. It held a charge very well, with no sign of flagging between practice sessions.
The device attaches easily with a slotted screwdriver or dime. There’s no recommended foot pounds of tightness, so I just cranked it until it felt tight without putting lots of pressure on the screw. This is an easy process, so much that it can be swapped between guns during a single session.
Use of the app is quite intuitive. The device remembers data from a particular firearm between sessions, so the initial use of a gun takes a little longer than subsequent ones. The app has a respectable but incomplete menu of common guns in its menu, and allows the user to add unique ones. In this trial, the menu offered only the VP9 Tactical model as a choice for the Heckler & Koch VP9—so I used that. It included several EAA pistol models, but not the fairly new SAR9. No problem. The app allowed me to log that firearm into its memory.Function
A button turns the sensor on, and of course the app must be open also. The phone can be set aside, held by a nearby person, or stowed in a pocket—the latter I found necessary for practicing timed exercises alone.
Choices of live fire options abound. A basic training session tracks trigger movement and provides the user feedback on a per-shot or multi-shot basis. Christensen says accuracy is measured by the sensor’s detection of the last 10-15 hundredths of a second before the shot breaks, signified on the app as a yellow line on target. A red trace line shows “everything after that,” up to one second in bullseye mode.
The app tracks a shooter’s sessions and progress can be viewed in-app. A report card of sorts is generated from each basic training segment. Progress with a specific gun can be viewed retrospectively. Cards can be emailed or otherwise saved as text messages or photos.
A map of where shots actually landed on target is provided, and it’s accurate. Subsequent to that, a clickable diagnostic target diagram is available, with suggestions on the cause and fix for shots grouping in places other than center. While the instructional photos under this “learning” section are clear and well-presented, grammar and actual information leaves something to be desired in places. Diagnostic suggestions based on shot groups should be categorized in the same way as medical advice on the internet. Individual differences can result in non-typical results. Also, a combination of errors can cause a false result on the target’s “diagnosis.” That being said, it can’t hurt to test a suggested fix when practicing without a competent instructor.Beyond basics
Moving beyond basic training, the device also offers timed exercises like a compressed break drill, in which the shooter stages a finger on the trigger and fires at the cue of an audible signal. It’ll also track the time between shots in multi-shot sequences, allowing a shooter to self-evaluate or even the opportunity for some friendly competition with an objective and easy scoring system.
It compiles data on right versus left-handed shooting, but there appears to be no way to select whether that means using one or two hands. For my own purposes, I logged all support-hand shots with one hand and all primary-hand work with two, so as not to introduce an uncontrolled variable. As expected, scores using the support hand were a bit lower.
I compared my own scores for accuracy using untimed, five-shot sequences with two pistols that have very different triggers: the VP9 and the SAR9. These shots represented the first I’d ever done on the SAR9, while the HK is like an old friend. The results bolstered my confidence in the MantisX’s data quality. My score on the new gun was several points lower than on the old one. After a little more time on the Sarsmilaz, scores were virtually the same, within two points of each other.
I forgot one time to change the setting from dry to live fire before an expert colleague ran an impeccable five-yard, five-shot drill. Thanks to my error, his percentage score on that run was in the mid-80s. Attention to detail matters. It’s not hard to do it right, but neglecting to double-check settings can result in inaccurate results.Any flaws?
There are a couple areas I’d prefer be bit different. One is the display color. The chosen setting, i.e., live vs. dry versus CO2 fire, is blacked out rather than highlighted in daylight conditions. MantisX seems to be trying so hard to be tactical black that it’s difficult to read at times—even the red-on-black app logo tends to get “lost” on my home screen.
The compressed break drill appears to be available only for live fire. Perhaps the system can’t “understand” a manual slide reset with the trigger fully depressed. It’s not a huge disappointment, but does limit use in non-range settings.
A clickable set of instructions on interpreting display pages and definitions of terms used in the app would make it more user friendly.
The only real disappointment is that the rapid fire detection failed to pick up the last two rounds of five-shot sequences about half the time. It did still provide interesting data on the time from signal to first shot, and time between early shots in the string. It was enough data that I could infer whether each string was better or worse than the previous one.Conclusion
The MantisX represents one of the best systems available as a tech training aid. Especially when using iron sights, it’s superior to some other laser systems in that it doesn’t force the shooter to focus on the target rather than the front sight.
While it alone cannot make a shooter faster if speed is the goal, the trigger motion tracking function should serve as a useful feedback device to determine what subtleties in technique are helpful or not.
Based on the gun comparison data, I feel the device is highly accurate and suitably reflective of performance.
Consumers can have confidence that the device won’t become outdated. MantisX releases app updates often, so the latest developments are available even to “old” owners. Comparing today’s product to the one reviewed here less than two years ago, the advancements are impressive. These folks are serious about staying at the top of their game with this product.
Ordering can be done directly through the MantisX website. The $149.99 includes the MantisX sensor, microUSB chargeng cable, and a very cool little Pelican case with custom-cut foam to protect and keep track of your investment. Floorplate attachments for n0n-railed handguns are model-specific and cost $25.
At the Blue August gun writers’ conference in Fort Worth earlier this year, the TruGlo company shared big news for hunters, pistol shooters and other customers.
TruGlo rep Pliny Gale prefaced education about upcoming and present products with a little backstory. TruGlo started as, and still is, a small family company, now 20 years old. “We started out with a question: how do I see my sights better?” Gale said.
In addition to the items named here, TruGlo is consistently evolving existing products, particularly titanium, fiber optic, and combination sights, in new formats in an attempt to meet consumer needs.
Truglo gave conference attendees its first public viewing of two new hunting scopes in its Intercept series. One has 3-9x magnification with a 42mm objective lens. The other is 4-12x with a 44mm lens. Both have a one-inch tube. Buyers can choose between two illuminated reticles, either a duplex or a BDC format. The finish on the monolithic aircraft-grade aluminum housing is anodized matte black. Windage and elevation adjust with quarter-MOA clicks, and the knobs have slippable caps to set the user’s zero to match the -0- marks on the turrets. The red illumination is powered by a provided CR2032 battery. The scopes are water and shock resistant, nitrogen gas-filled, have a fog-proof coating, and are covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
Both scopes are slated for release in February 2018. MSRP isn’t final yet, but if prices of TruGlo’s other battery-powered optics are an indication, consumers should expect prices around $200 per scope. “We recognize that coming up with something that’s the best of the best, but the average hunter can’t afford, is not what we want. We started with what the average hunter can spend on an optic, and built the best product we could for that amount,” Gale said.
Participants at the conference got to test the new scopes on a live fire range. The reticle adjustments feel solid enough for this price point. The illuminated reticles appeared more orange to this writer than red. Other reticle lines appeared clear. The scopes responded as they should to changes on the magnification and focus knobs. A TruGlo scope feature is a magnification adjustment collar with a shallow tread pattern and a wide, raised ridge for leverage. This should be a welcome feature for gloved hands in cold weather.
Competition pistol sights
If there was a common theme at the conference, it’s that manufacturers are doing their best to please the competition shooter. TruGlo’s new effort to this end is a new iteration of its TFX Pro sight series, which combines tritium and fiber optic materials for high visibility. The new TFX Pros have a prominent, but blacked-out rear sight and highly visible, tall front sight. The set is designed for fast acquisition and transitions on target. Their raised profile should also accommodate use with modern suppressors.
There is a limitation with the TFX Pro comp sights, but it’s temporary. When they’re released in the near future, they’ll only fit Glock pistols. One set will fit all Glocks except the 42 and 43. Pricing will be set in the $160 ballpark; less than other sights in the line as the plain black rear sight means less tritium to buy.
In hand, the rear sight is textured for a no-glare finish. I’ve never been a fan of plain sights, but I’ll be the first to admit these do invite rapid target acquisition, thanks to both the day-glow effect on the front sight, wide gap in the rear sight blade, and prominence of both. This writer has had more than one set of the company’s tritium-only sights. They have been very durable. Though the long front sight has been criticized as potentially easy to unseat under direct pressure.as compared to a tower-like shape, the sights have stayed solid. It took about 10 years for the tritium on the original set to stop glowing. They’re still usable sights without the glow.
A glowing rebate on handgun sights
TruGlo currently offers a rebate of $20, $15, or $10 for handgun sight products purchased from authorized dealers. Handguns needing an upgrade can get a big one this way, at an affordable price. Better visibility of sights, especially in dimly lit conditions, increases ease of initial aim and keeping sights on target—both of which are beneficial for competitive or defensive shooting. Check out the TruGlo website for details.
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Sheryl Crow is disappointed in the country music community. The Grammy Award-winner believes that more of her peers need to speak out in favor of gun control.
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Would you rather be quiet or accurate? Do you have to choose between them or do this two concepts coexist like politicians and sex scandals?
Not so long ago, I competed in an F-Class match, shooting at a distance of 800 yards. One thing that stood out was the competitors’ finicky attention to muzzle devices, or more accurately, the lack thereof. First, F-class allows none, so there’s that. Second, the chatter on the firing line was that muzzle devices like brakes, flash hiders, and suppressors only reduce the accuracy of a rifle. I have no reason to doubt that, but it did get me thinking.
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Though usually armed with shotguns and custom shells, the gang at Taofledermaus switches it up to do some serious experimentation with the beefy .458 out of an AR platform.
The big ole’ fat SOCOM round, derived from the .50 AE pistol cartridge, is heavy and slow, delivering a brutal amount of energy into a target– and Tao has a series of 300-grain hard cast hand loads spooled up to run against a variety of targets as the Chronos 1.4 HS camera runs at 8,800 frames per second.
“They look like a big ole tube of lipstick, however, they hit like a ton of bricks,” they say.
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Anna Taylor with concealed carry clothier Dene Adams shows how easy it can be to carry no less than seven handguns at the same time as well as other every day carry items.
Rocking a Sig P320 Compact along with a couple of spare mags, Taylor also produces no less than three Glocks (a G17, G43 and a fashionable G19 in Tiffany Blue) before magically materializes with another pair of Sigs, a North American Arms Mini Revolver and a tourniquet to go along with her walking around money, Costco card, an OTF knife and some lip gloss.
Sure it’s a five~ minute commercial for Dene Adams as it shows off their concealed carry Tactical Leggings and active bra (which may or may be NSFW depending on your company), and she admits it is a little overkill– but it does provide an example that you should never underestimate just what someone may have concealed about their person.
Meanwhile, some guy right now is complaining that his J-frame .38 is too heavy.
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John Popp and NRA Museums Director Jim Supica take a break from the exotic and rare to visit with the quintessential American autoloading shotgun, John Browning’s Auto-5.
Designed by Browning in 1898 and patented soon after, the A5 became the first mass-produced semi-auto shotgun when FN put it into production in 1902 and it proved so popular that it remained in production for almost a century across three continents with Remington and Savage both marketing their own version of it. Besides use as a sporting gun– the “Sweet 16” model was long the epitome field shotgun for many outdoorsmen — more than 50,000 A5 variants served in WWII.
As befitting the respected design, the specimin Popp and Supica examine isn’t some minty exhibition model with loads of delicate inlays, but a well-used A5 complete with a split stock held together with electrical tape and a roll of medical tape on around the muzzle to help pick up a bead faster. The gun is somewhat historic, however, as it was given to Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris on his 21st birthday by his father back in 1969.
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