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Guns in school: ‘We have to be ready in seconds and not minutes’

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:43
Intruders beware: An increasing number of teachers and staff are armed in Ohio schools.Facing the specter of having to respond to school shootings like those at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Butler County and West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County, more administrators and school boards are making the decision to put guns in reach of — or concealed on the bodies of — their employees.
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Tennessee: Farragut to decide whether to start allowing guns in Town Hall

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:42
The Town of Farragut prohibits guns inside Town Hall, but that could change.The Board of Aldermen agreed at its July 27 board meeting to poll city employees on whether the city should remove the sign on its exterior doors that bans guns inside Town Hall.
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Armed homeowner assists in apprehending alleged carjacker

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:31
An armed homeowner helped the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and Hollywood Park police apprehend a man for allegedly stealing a vehicle Saturday afternoon in Northern Bexar County.
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American Tactical announces lineup of shotgun ammo

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:30

The ammunition can be paired with the company’s line of shotguns for optimal performance. (Photo: American Tactical)

American Tactical expands its ammo offerings to now include shotgun ammunition chambered  in 12-gauge, 20-gauge and .410-gauge.

The US manufacturer and importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment announced that the new shotgun ammunition aims to give shooters quality rounds at an affordable price. In addition, each shotgun offered through American Tactical pairs with its ammunition counterpart resulting in the “perfect shooting package for hunters and hobby shooters alike,” according to a company press release.

For home defense, American Tactical serves up the AMTAC line of shotguns available in both pump-action and semi-automatic variations. These guns pair well with the company’s 12-gauge shotgun ammo to offer a complete home defense package. The ammo comes 25 rounds to a box and is priced at $6.99.

Competition shooters firing the engraved Calvary line with wood stock have the choice of three calibers of ammo to include the 12-gauge or 20-gauge for $6.99 per 25 round box or .410-gauge ammunition priced at $11.99 for 25 rounds.

Rounding out the offerings is 12-gauge ammunition designed to coincide with American Tactical’s Road Agent 12-gauge shotgun. Built for hunting enthusiasts, the ammunition is priced at $6.99.

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Armed home invader confronted by resident; several shots fired

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:28
A resident confronted an armed home invader early Friday morning, leading to numerous shots fired, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.
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Alleged home invader shot in Warner Robins

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:22
An armed man was fatally shot early Sunday when he allegedly broke into an apartment in Warner Robins.
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White House says Trump does condemn ‘white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi’ (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:17

A White House statement issued Sunday said President Trump does condemn the bigotry and racism espoused by white nationalists, adding clarity to a clumsy speech blaming “many sides” for ratcheting up racial tensions before the Charlottesville violence.

“The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups,” the White House said in a statement issued to the press.

Trump’s comments Saturday after a car barreled through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist gathering was widely panned for failing to single-out the hate group at the center of it all.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time,” Trump said during a bill signing and then ignored requests by reporters to specifically denounce white hate groups.

Still, the greater clarity did not come from Trump himself, who had also resisted requests last year to denounce white supremacists that publicly supported his campaign. His silence was cheered by the white supremacist website Daily Stormer: “When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.”

When pressed, a White House spokesman Saturday quickly expanded Trump’s comment, saying he was “condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protestors and counterprotestors today.” Then throughout the weekend, Trump Administration spokesmen evolved the response by saying Trump’s comment did cover white nationalists.

White nationalists groups organized Saturday’s march to protest the city’s plans to remove a Confederate monument of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Leading up to the gathering, organizers touted they would “unify the right-wing” to influence American policies regarding immigration and advance their racist agenda.

The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency as violent clashes erupted between protestors and counter-protestors Saturday and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 injured.

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Gander’s new holding company reports ‘record’ Q2 earnings

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00

Gander Outdoors new logo. (Photo: Marcus Lemonis/Twitter)

Camping World, the nation’s largest recreational vehicle dealer and the new holding company for Gander Outdoors, reported “record” second quarter earnings last week.

CEO Marcus Lemonis said the company’s total revenue increased 20 percent to $1.3 billion over last year as it looks to expand its product offerings beyond RVs.

“We delivered exceptional record-breaking results in the second quarter,” he said in a press release Thursday. “We believe these results clearly demonstrate the power and leverage of our unique operating model, which sells a comprehensive portfolio of products and services across a growing database of consumers being driven by our national network of retail locations that cater to RV, boating and outdoor enthusiasts. While our business model has traditionally been focused on the RV owner, we see a much broader opportunity to leverage our products and services across the larger base of outdoor lifestyle consumers.”

Camping World led the investor group that bought over $390 million worth of assets from a bankrupt Gander Mountain, including store leases, intellectual property and its Overtons boating business in April. Lemonis changed the company’s name to Gander Outdoors in May and unveiled a new logo in June. He also announced more than half of the chain’s 162 locations would close as he finalizes leases with the landlords of the remaining 57 storessome slated to re-open in November.

Gander Mountain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in Minnesota court March 10. A separate liquidation company bought the inventory currently on sale across the country.

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Ammo Review: Hornady BLACK targets popularity of MSRs

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00

The 223 BTHP shot well from both an AR platform and bolt gun, and the bullet should perform well on small game and varmints alike. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Whether you call them black guns, AR-style, or modern sporting rifles, these semi-auto rifles perform best when cleaned, maintained, and fed a certain diet of ammunition. While reliability is one major factor in selecting ammunition, Hornady BLACK brings the potential for greater accuracy for longer range shooters and hunters.  Is the ammo worth the price increase over all the other surplus-budget rounds on the shelf? finds out.

What is BLACK?

New for 2017, Hornady’s BLACK ammunition features a wide variety of versatile loads optimized for what they call “America’s favorite guns.” Regardless of the caliber, each box of BLACK is loaded with variations of premium Hornady bullets, each tailored to a specific platform, like AR’s, AK’s, pistols, rifles, or even tactical shotguns.  Though the rounds seem naturally inclined to excel with fit, feed, and function in semi-autos of direct impingement, gas piston, or inertia drive, it’s important to note that BLACK is equally as friendly with bolt or pump guns, suppressed, sub-, or supersonic jobs.

The BLACK 308 is a perfect companion for an AR-10 platform, excelling in the Savage MSR Hunter. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

As with other Hornady products, BLACK is made in the USA and available in multiple bullet types, including A-Max, V-Max, FTX, and Match.  All loads are touted by the company to use a cleaner burning powder (though that secret is of course proprietary).  BLACK is instantly recognizable on the store shelf, as it ships in stark black matte boxes of 20 with glossy lettering and silver reflective labeling, save the 12-gauge which comes in boxes of 10.

I’m not going to lie — the packaging is attractive.  But it’s about the contents.


While one certainly expects the obvious calibers — .223, 5.56, and .308 — in any ammunition touting itself for black guns, Hornady went whole-hog for the initial release, showing a total of 14 caliber and bullet-weight combinations:

  1. 5.45×39 V-Max 60grn MSRP $15.00
  2. 223 Remington FMJ 62grn MSRP $16.67
  3. 223 Remington  75grn BTHP Match $20.00
  4. 5.56 NATO FMJ 62grn $18.33
  5. 5.56 NATO 75grn Interlock HD SBR $25.00
  6. 6.5 Grendel 123grn ELD Match $28.33
  7. 6.8 SPC 110grn V-Max $28.33
  8. 300 Blackout 110grn V-Max $28.33
  9. 300 Blackout 208grn A-Max Subsonic $28.33
  10. 308 Win 155grn A-Max $35.00
  11. 308 Win 168grn A-Max $35.00
  12. 7.62×39 SST 123grn $30.00
  13. 450 Bushmaster 250grn FTX $38.33
  14. 12-gauge 00 Buckshot $16.33/10-round box

BLACK’s reflective labels are instantly recognizable on store shelves against the matte black boxes. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Because BLACK is marketed as a higher end product with performance bullets, it’s interesting to see calibers like the 5.45×39 and 7.62×39 included.  Guns once used primarily for volume shooting with “good enough” accuracy at practical ranges can now be truly shot with accuracy and tighter groups in mind.

Shooters of the .300 Blackout will be pleased to see both standard and subsonic versions available, loaded with A-Max and V-Max bullets, ideal for both target and hunting use.  The 6.5 Grendel is the sole BLACK loaded with ELD-Match bullets and, while we’d like to see greater use of this premium long-range tip, Grendel owners should gravitate to this offering unless they already reload the same.

The .308 BLACK loaded here in our Magpul magzine show off the accurate, performance A-Max Hornady bullets. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Regardless of caliber, a quick look at the entire BLACK catalog of products shows premium bullets in weights intended for serious — and accurate — purposes. The only ones that do not pique particular interest are the 5.56 FMJ and 12-gauge Buck, neither of which shout “premium offering” on paper as do the rest.  Of interest, several of the new choices were available in either identical or very similar versions under the Hornady Custom label, though it’s nice to see the BLACK now tagged at slightly lower prices.  The majority of the bullets — A-Max, V-Max, FTX, and BTHP — are all capable hunting bullets as well, making the line a boon for the growing segment of black-rifle hunters of quarry from coyotes to deer and feral hogs.

We tried out two calibers of BLACK, the .223 and .308, though there are many other options. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Range time

Regardless of the furniture color of the gun, Hornady BLACK performed for use on the range.  We fired the BLACK in .223 75 grain BTHP from both a Rock River sporting rifle and a Ruger 77 bolt gun and found the ammunition very capable in both. Accuracy was better than any other bulk factory rounds we had on the shelf, which are no doubt geared more toward reliability than accuracy.   In fact, it was a quite comparable to some preferred handloads. Additionally, the Hornady BTHP makes a formidable hunting bullet for small-mid sized game. While most black rifles and a majority of bolt guns will stabilize the heavier 75 grain bullets, be sure your rifling is suited to the task.

A mag loaded with .308 A-Max BLACK ready for the MSR. Great for punching targets, but even better for hunting. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

While the small rifle ammunition performed well, Hornady BLACK really excelled when firing the .308 155 grain A-Max through both Savage’s new MSR Hunter and a Ruger Precision bolt action.  At 100 yards, five-shot groups of BLACK A-Max holes were nearly touching, and groups held tight out to the 300-yard mark where we concluded testing.  The .308 A-Max would be very capable varmint and medium-game medicine. There is no reason to limit BLACK ammo to semi-autos either, as it ran cleanly and with the expected accuracy given a premium bullet in a Hornady factory round.  (Though it goes without saying, function and reliability was perfect throughout the guns and options tested. )

Though there’s no good way to quantify the amount of dirt left behind by a particular ammo — it is simple enough to see that some are dirtier than others, especially in AR-platforms.  To that end, there was no unburned powder, excess fouling, or the like when firing box after box of Hornady BLACK.  What the line essentially offers is immediately recognizable, black rifle friendly packaging on store shelves with bullet weights and types not available in most factory of the same calibers.  What’s more, we anticipate additions to the lineup as time progresses, with even more calibers and bullet options.

100 yard group with .308 BLACK from Savage MSR Hunter. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

A not-so-dark-conclusion

Though Hornady BLACK is too spendy of ammunition for mag dumps and bulk blasting away with ARs, today’s modern MSR shooters have come to both appreciate and expect accuracy and that’s where BLACK excels on the market.  Whether you target shoot, appreciate long-range groups, run competitions, or even hunt, BLACK has the bases covered for the majority of typically black gun configurations.  With its premium bullets like A-Max, V-Max, and ELD-Match in weights geared toward accuracy potential, there’s little doubt it will appeal to shooters of all platforms.  If you seek more than the previously-accepted reliable feeding and minute-of-pie-plate accuracy, hit the bench with some BLACK and show us your groups.

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Gun control groups blame NRA, Trump for Charlottesville violence

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:30

The weekend clash left one dead and over 40 injured, mostly from a vehicular ramming (Photo: AP)

Gun control advocates laid the blame for the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend on the nation’s largest gun rights group, citing the National Rifle Association’s provocative rhetoric against liberal demonstrators and support for open carry.

The violence, including a vehicular assault that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others, came as part of a standoff between protesters and counter-protesters gathered at Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park in anticipation of a rally by far-right groups over the removal of Confederate monuments from the park. Though the suspect in the ramming was taken into custody and charged with murder among a host of other crimes, gun control groups placed the blame on the NRA and the White House.

“The violence we saw today in Charlottesville is the result of the dangerous rhetoric and hate speech that the NRA and Trump have promoted,” said Lori Haas, a spokeswoman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, in a statement. “The symbiotic relationship between the NRA, Trump, and America’s far right hate groups cannot be ignored.”

While there was no gun violence reported, the group noted that the white nationalists protesting were legally carrying rifles. “This alone indicates their willingness to use intimidation and deadly force to advance their hateful agenda,” Haas said.

The condemnation was echoed by Moms Demand Action with founder Shannon Watts posting on Twitter, “You built this, America, by allowing @NRA lobbyists to write our nation’s gun laws. Open carry is legal in 45 states with little regulation.”

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to the violence in Charlottesville, which included the deployment of state troopers, as well as the Virginia National Guard.

“I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” McAuliffe said. “The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety.”

In a statement after news of the incident broke, Trump stressed the importance of “swift restoration of law and order,” but it was his blame of “many sides” that was widely panned on both sides of the political aisle as he failed to condemn, specifically, the white nationalists at the center of the incident.

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Glasses cam footage helps convict South Carolina man in near-fatal shooting of officer

General Gun News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:00

A $30 pair of camera glasses helped convict a South Carolina man who was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years behind bars for shooting a police officer four times.

Malcolm Antwan Orr, 29, was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime after a two day trial, according to the Jasper County Sun Times.

The conviction stems from a New Year’s Day incident last year in which Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith responded to a suspicious persons call. When he arrived, he turned on the camera glasses he bought on Amazon and confronted Orr, who ignored the officer.

“Come here,” Smith can be heard saying in the video to Orr, who turned around and walked away, still talking on his cell phone.

Smith follows Orr, who continues to walk away. The officer tells him several times to take his hand out of his pocket, and then threatens to use his Taser. About 40 seconds after stopping to confront him, Orr can be seen pulling a 9 mm handgun from his pocket, pointing it at Smith, and firing.

Several rounds go off, and Smith frantically yells “shots fired” into his radio. Several more rounds are fired and Smith runs back to his squad car. His hands are covered in blood as he pushes buttons on his radio and calls for help.

“Dispatch…I’m hit. I am hit. I am hit in my neck someplace,” he says. “My arms are broken. Help me please.”

Smith sits in his squad and looks around frantically for a while before getting out. A bystander who identifies himself as J. Tompkins can be heard walking up asking if Smith needs anything, telling him he’ll stay there with him. Smith thanked the man and clicked the button on his radio.

“Dispatch, please tell my family I love them,” he said.

“Where are you shot at? Oh my god,” says Tompkins, as Smith appears to be lying on the ground looking up.

Tompkins takes the radio and starts talking with the dispatcher as Smith says it’s getting harder for him to breathe.

“He said he can barely breathe. Y’all please hurry, please hurry with the ambulance,” Tompkins tells dispatch, before reassuring Smith. “Just hold tight man. I am right here with you. I am not going anywhere.”

Emergency responders arrived and Smith survived. Prosecutors said Orr fired eight rounds at Smith, four of which hit the officer.

“If but not for the grace of God and some very good doctors, this would not only have been a murder case, but a death-penalty case,” said 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, the prosecutor in the case.

Dr. James Dunne, the emergency room doctor who treated Smith, testified that a bullet severed a vein in Smith’s neck. Another bullet hit him in the torso, and had to be extracted from his back. He was also hit in the arm.

The jury took less than 45 minutes to return a guilty verdict. Circuit Court Judge Roger Young handed down Orr’s sentence, the maximum for the charges against him.

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9 Critical Concealed Carry Lessons: Ep. 6 Red Dots vs Iron Sights

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:40

As we sit here in 2017, there probably isn’t a bigger controversy than whether an electronic red dot sight is acceptable for concealed carry.

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Daniel Defense: Buy A Rifle, Get $125 Credit!

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:05

In the market for a new AR? Daniel Defense is offering $125 credit and free shipping when you shop at

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The Nock volley gun: The seven shot ‘sea-sweeper’

General Gun News - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 10:00

If you have ever fired a blackpowder muzzleloader, you’ve experiences the mini-fireworks show that results when the powder ignites and you instantly become shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Now imagine that multiplied by a factor of seven. As strange as this may sound, you have just visualized a Nock Volley gun.

Why would you do this?

Naval warfare in the 1700s revolved around sailing ships that would close and board enemy vessels so that their huge crews, sometimes over 800 sailors, could fight it out at close-quarters. Besides minimizing overall casualties, this strategy had strong financial incentives for the attacking party since sinking an enemy battle ship usually meant losing the spoils of war — guns, gold and other trade goods — to the ocean floor.  Accordingly battles at sea were decided by musket, blunderbuss, and cutlass at bad breath range more often than by cannons. And this type of warfare, characterized by close combat with a limited ability to retreat, spawned the need for a different type of firearm…

The design of the Volley Gun

Though the volley gun design — itself just a simple arrangement of multiple barrels fired all at once by a single mechanism — goes back as far as the 14th century, an English engineer named James Wilson, Esq, developed a multi-barreled firearm in the mid-1770s that was a vast improvement on these devices usability in the field. The single weapon had seven .60-caliber barrels, one in the centerline with the other six clustered and brazed around it like a handful of flowers. Muskets of the day often had very long 30 and even 40-inch long barrels, but the Volley gun used relatively short 20-inch long tubes. Originally rifled, after the first few were made the Tudor period Board of Ordnance tweaked the design to use smoothbore tubes without rifling as the gun would no-doubt be used at close range.

A single stock, forearm, trigger, and hammer were married up to this bundle of barrels to make the final weapon. With a squeeze of the trigger, the flintlock dropped down and fired the centerline “number one” barrel. It was the ignition of this first round that set off barrels two to seven at roughly the same time. This phenomenon, known as chain-fire, is every shooter that has ever used a black powder revolver’s nightmare. Nevertheless, with a dedicated barrel for each charge, the volley gun has a slightly higher margin of safety. Recoil was stout on the 37-inch long 11.5- pound weapon but not impossibly so. Even with a trained crew, it took several minutes to load and created tremendous muzzle flash.

Muzzle detail of the seven-barreled Nock Volley weapon.

Production life

The gun was placed into production with the well-known firm of Henry Nock of London in 1780, and by 1787 a total of 608 were manufactured in at least two different series. Part flame-thrower, part sawed-off shotgun, all crazy, the Nock never gained widespread acceptance. The weapon was in the Royal Navy’s arsenal throughout the US Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars but did not seem to play a notable factor in either. Interestingly enough they formed part of the armament of the HMS Pandora on its 1791 manhunt for the munitieers of the famous HMS Bounty. By the 1850s, they were withdrawn from service entirely.

A Nock volley gun (1779-1780) in the Charleston Museum.

Upon his death, Nock passed on the family business to his apprentice and son-in-law, James Wilkinson and today it survives as Wilkinson Swords.

Collectability today

Since only an estimated 608 original Nocks were produced and all are over two centuries old, vintage guns are rare in any condition. The last one to pop up for public auction was in England in 2011 and went for over $25,000 with several replacement pieces.

Nock gun on the auction block at Christie’s of London.

Now be advised that good old Mr.Nock made several other volley guns for fowl hunters for another 20 years and these go for significantly less. The best way to tell a real military Nock from a cheaper civvy is the military one will have the “Tower’ acceptance stamp and “GR” cipher for mad King George (remember him from the Boston Tea Party days?) as they were made during his rule for his Navy.

Reproductions have become popular, as the Nock has appeared in several films and series. These reproductions, mainly due to the cost of producing seven barrels, run much less than an original but are still pricey.

Nonetheless, if you want a giant pepperbox shotgun, you can’t knock the Nock.

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Gear Review: Defcon Gear CAB keeps it on the down-low

General Gun News - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 07:00

Sturdy, gross-motor zipper tabs are appreciated by this reviewer. (Photo: Team HB)

When you get a great rifle, the shopping isn’t over. A bag is a near-necessary accessory to transport the firearm and related gear, or to keep it clean, or to make the presence of a long gun a bit discreet. I recently tested two just such rifle bags, one for AR-platform rifles and another best suited for longer-barreled models. Here’s the scoop:

It’s rifle bag time

Defcon Gear makes an AR/M4 bag that’s both compact and urban-friendly. The Compact Assault Bag (CAB) is made to carry the upper and lower in separate compartments, making the whole works fit into a package that’s 26.5 inches long and 9.5 inches wide.

Defcon CAB outer compartments_pic by Defcon Tactical Gear. (Photo: Team HB)

It can be carried three ways: horizontally using the padded handle, over the shoulder with the padded, ventilated strap that has optional connection points at each of the four corners, or vertically with a web handle attached to one end. The D-rings of the shoulder strap double as a place to attach a carabiner as it hangs in my closet, keeping it compact even in storage.

Room for bulky attachments. (Photo: Team HB)

The bag unzips and can be laid flat to expose two padded pockets inside. Slide the upper into one pocket, the lower into another, even leaving a sling attached if you like, and zip it all around. On the outside, two more zippered pockets occupy the exterior surface. They’re subdivided inside, custom made for carrying a bevy of extra mags.

Before stowing upper and lower. (Photo: Team HB)

Construction is similar to that of office luggage; a medium-weight nylon with black, mid-weight zippers. It’s not built for rough duty; it’s built to blend into an urban environment, and it does that well.

What a great accessory for environments unfriendly to guns. The CAB lets you tote a small or disassembled rifle anywhere, looking like shouldered sports equipment or office presentation gear.  It’s sold only in black, which adds to the office-y look.  A wide, padded shoulder strap is included for easy carry.

The padded shoulder strap is adjustable and can be moved to either side. (Photo: Team HB)

For those with little space in the car or truck, the CAB makes hauling an AR much easier, and less inviting to thieves than a full-length case. Retail is only direct from Defcon Gear at a reasonable $39.99.

Propper serves up one for the long guns

Tactical gear manufacturer Propper makes two similar rifle cases, 36 and 42 inches in length, and 12.5 inches wide. We tested the shorter one, in coyote with contrasting orange trim. It’s also offered in black and olive.

Guns are well protected in this polyester case, which is heavily padded on all sides including a padded rail around the edges. The main compartment zippers have nifty grab tabs that are gross-motor operated, and unlike plain paracord toggles, won’t come off with normal use. Slash corners and wide Velcro straps on the interior serve keep the rifle relatively centered and optimally protected.

Front detail, Propper 36-inch rifle case. (Photo: Team HB)

Across the exterior front are three large pockets. Matching ones on each end there are slotted openings with hook and loop closures that are the perfect height for keeping 30-round magazines organized. These pockets are covered in MOLLE, increasing storage options on this simple bag.

The middle front pocket has both a hook and loop and handsome buckle flap. A panel of loop material on the flap allows room for patches.

Viewing an exterior side pocket from above. (Photo: Team HB)

Like the Defcon CAB, this bag has a convertible, padded, adjustable shoulder strap, plus web handles for vertical or horizontal carry.

A padded rail encircles the opening. (Photo: Team HB)

While bright orange may seem a bit out of the ordinary for range gear, Propper keeps it classy, placing a narrow accent strip of orange on the front middle pocket flap only. Inside, the orange lining enhances visibility and makes it easy to find little parts that inevitably wind up floating around inside the bag. It’s a modern, understated look, suitable for hunters or tactical types.

Orange interior makes it easy to locate stray parts or cartridges. (Photo: Team HB)

This is a simple design for single-rifle carry, and looks great for professional or recreational use. At $69.99 for the 36-inch model, it’s priced a bit below more feature-laden or two-rifle bags.  Propper rifle cases would make a handsome gift or award as well as a good choice to protect your own rifle in transit.

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An Affordable Quality Red Dot: Vortex Sparc AR

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 14:20

Send to Kindle One of the biggest problems in the past with red dot electronic sights is that they existed in exactly two categories. There was the super premium, salt water submergible, dust/ EMP proof, hostage rescue unit rated that cost roughly $800. It was a fantastic sight, but the price point for 1X magnification […]

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To Port or Not to Port? S&W M&P 9L and 40 Ported Barrels — Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 13:17

To port or not to port? As with selecting any pistol, there are drawbacks and benefits. For those who are recoil sensitive and like to plink on the range — Smith & Wesson has got something for you. With the release of the M&P 2.0, there is also some other relatively new expansions from the M&P line. This week I got my hands on two very impressive pieces from the Performance Center, the 9L and 40 ported.

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B.A.M.F. Cobalt Kinetics Team & Eclipse AR-15s — Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:21

Who doesn't love America's favorite rifle — the AR-15. For the last few years, the AR-15 has rapidly become the 1911 of rifles. There are options for customization so thorough that companies like Brownells now ship a special catalog just for the options available. And every time I think everything possible has been done, a company proves me wrong. This week, Cobalt Kinetics shipped two models of rifle for testing, and I was not disappointed.

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Gun Review: Pioneer Arms PPS-43C semi-automatic pistol in 7.62 Tokarev

General Gun News - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 10:00

Intended for Soviet tank crews, mobile recon groups and paratroopers, the Soviet Union manufactured nearly 2 million of these submachine guns, designated PPS43, between 1943 and 1946.
Pioneer Arms of Poland redesigned this historical firearm to shoot from a closed bolt position as an ATF legal semi-automatic pistol with the folding stock permanently fixed in its closed position. (Photo: Hanson Holladay)

Most firearm enthusiasts — especially those with a particular interest in historical guns of 20th century warfare — are aware of the simplicity and reliability of the former Soviet Union’s weapons issued to its Red Army and other branches of service. The PPS-43 submachine gun is perhaps the finest example, designed and built during the Great Patriotic War, or, as we refer to it in the West, World War Two.

At first glance the weapon is quite hideous, its appearance somewhat similar to the firearms of stick figures drawn by children: a horizontal line with two angled extensions beneath representing the handle and magazine — pure, absolute simplicity.

Overall length is 24.2 inches with a 9.8 inch barrel. Weight comes in at 8.1 pounds with a loaded 35 round magazine. (Photo: Hanson Holladay)

It is important to note that the firearm in review is in fact the PPS-43C, which is a modern production of the PPS-43, built at the Pioneer Arms factory in Radom, Poland (Often referred to as the Radom Plant). Like the original, the modern production is designed to chamber the 7.62x25mm, or 7.62 Tokarev pistol cartridge.

Overall, the one major difference between the two — excluding, of course, that one is fully automatic and the other is not — is the permanently fixed folding metal stock on the PPS-43C, done so, of course, for legal purposes (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved pistol). This feature, unfortunately, greatly affects the accuracy of the firearm, due to the user having to hold the weapon out in order to aim with the use of both eyes, just as one commonly does with a pistol, rather than use the stock to press firmly into the shoulder. For the enthusiast with a common cartridge preference (normally available at equal price) Pioneer Arms produces a variant that chambers 9x19mm or 9mm Luger.

Lifting the upper receiver and accessing the internal parts is easily completed by manipulating a locking hatch on the rear of the gun. (Photo: Hanson Holladay)

As a collector of firearms from the Second World War and Cold War era (the PPS-43C being the one exception as a modern production) I personally own, and often shoot a PPS-43C, despite the somewhat rarity of the ammunition. In my experience with handguns, 10 to 15 yards is the ideal distance at the range. When aligning the front and rear sights at this distance the round’s impact is a few inches high, hitting directly above the aiming point. For example: at an indoor range, with a standard silhouette target no more than 30 feet in distance, if one were to align both sights with the throat, the impact would be just above, if not right between the eyes — the windage accurate, the elevation just a bit off.

This PPS-43C, like the original, is cut from — that is stamped out from — a solid piece of steel. In fact, the only non-metal parts of the firearm are the pistol grip coverings; the original were made of wood and the modern are made from plastic. The result is a solid, heavy gun. Because the weight is so great, especially with a fully loaded curved box magazine of 35 rounds (just over 8 pounds), the recoil is borderline non-existent. Although some will surely disagree, firing the 7.62 Tokarev cartridge through this particular firearm results in a “kick” similar to a run-of-the-mill .22 firearm. To cite another example, many have made similar claims with the Thompson submachine gun. The .45 caliber cartridge is extremely powerful with a lot of stopping power, but, because the Thompson is so heavy, the user doesn’t experience intense recoil.

PPS-43C curved mags and 7.62 Tokarev rounds with a little Russian flair. These rounds produce minimal recoil when fired through the PPS-43C because of the weight. (Photo: Hanson Holladay)

At present (Summer 2017), the PPS-43C, in either 7.62 Tokarev or 9mm Luger, doesn’t appear to be readily available through trustworthy vendors, such as, but used models can be found in the $300-$600 range.

In my experience at the range, the PPS-43C does cause a few heads to turn, mostly due to its bizarre, unorthodox look. In my opinion, the firearm is so hideous that it is in fact beautiful though I admit that, because I am quite fond of Soviet guns, I am biased. With military firearms, intimidation, reliability and simplicity are the crucial ingredients, and the PPS-43 (as well as the modern PPS-43C descendent) is one of the finest examples, right alongside the famous/infamous Kalashnikov assault rifle.

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Rise Armament introduces new, high-performance trigger group

General Gun News - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:19

The RA-434 for Rise Armament aims to provide a premium trigger group at a mid-range price. (Photo: Rise Armament)

Rise Armament debuted the RA-434 High Performance Trigger Group designed to combine smoothness and speed to upgrade AR-15 platforms.

The RA-434 is a smooth breaking trigger that offers a crisp, clean release offering rifle shooters better accuracy with less effort. Boasting a quick reset and low overtravel for enhanced speed, the RA-434 HPT features a straight trigger blade available in black or silver. The straight trigger blade is built for enhanced control matched with a lighter-feeling pull weight.

The single-stage trigger boasts a 3.5 pound pull and a skeletonized hammer. Equipped with a drop safety feature, the RA-434 fits most .223/5.56 and .308 AR platforms.

Rise Armament says the RA-434 is the first of its kind, offering a premium trigger group at a mid-range price.

“Customers have been drawn to the extreme value of our triggers, so when designing the RA-434, we set out to continue to deliver quality and performance for a great price,” said Matt Torres, president of Rise Armament, in a statement. “We’ve had numerous requests for a straight trigger, so we’re excited to offer this option.”

The RA-434 is available now, carrying a price tag of $169.

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