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A sportsman participating in a hunt organized by a South Florida water district on invasive Burmese pythons bagged the largest ever on the district’s land.
As announced Wednesday by the South Florida Water Management District, hunter Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, brought in a 120-pound female this week that went 17.5-feet in length. The snake, while the largest caught thus far as part of SFWMD’s program to eradicate the creatures, is the third bagged that has gone over the 17-foot mark.
The water district launched the python program last March, structured to pay hunters both for their time spent on the job ($8.25 per hour, up to eight hours per day) as well as a bonus for each of the huge snakes bagged. The bounty forks over $50 for each python brought in under four feet in length with an extra $25 tacked on for every additional foot, meaning this week’s huge serpent could be worth $375. A nest with eggs is worth $200.
Hunters can go on to use the snakes’ skin but the animal’s meat cannot be safely eaten due to high levels of mercury.
Penniston has accounted for 235 snakes on his own since the hunt began, against the District’s cumulative total of 1,859 animals removed, an average of about three per day. The snakes, if combined, would stretch more than two miles.
“Just six months after eliminating the first 1,000 pythons from District lands, this program is about to double that total because of a true team effort,” said SFWMD scientist Mike Kirkland, project manager for the Python Elimination Program. “With the Governing Board’s unwavering support, District staff and a dedicated group of hunters are working to help control this invasive species and protect native wildlife.”
According to a recent University of Florida study, pythons have decimated the wildlife indigenous to the state and have accounted for at least 77 percent of the wild rabbit deaths, robbing native predators such as the endangered Florida panther, birds of prey, alligators, and bobcats of their food source. This figure can be even higher in regions with lots of invasive snakes.
In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, Guns.com brings you one of most famous surrender pistols ever captured by U.S. military forces. We were lucky enough to be at the Rock Island Auction Company’s premiere firearms auction in September where this gun and its incredible history were on display. This golden Walther PPK was once the property of Hermann Göering and was surrendered to Lieutenant Jerome Shapiro during the closing days of WWII in Austria.
Lt. Shapiro and a small group of men went behind enemy lines to capture Göering who was fleeing to American troops as the war ended. For his heroic effort Shapiro was awarded the gun as a war trophy along with the Bronze Star. He kept the gun until his death 1975. After Lt. Shapiro died the gun exchanged hands a few more times before finally making it’s way to RIAC for auction.
Besides the history that comes with the gun the buyer also got an impeccably kept beautiful presentation Walther. It has very detailed factory engravings of the Germanic oak leaf patterns along the slide and frame. Zig-zag borders and gold inlay round out real craftsmanship in this gun. The pistol also comes with the red presentation case which was handed to Lt. Shapiro in the field along with a “mountain of prominence,” according to Joel Korlander of RIAC. This includes letters and signed affidavits confirming it was indeed the property of Göering.
The story of the pistol and its history is fascinating and RIAC has done a great job of laying out the entire story on their site. While it’s estimated price range was $80,000 – $120,000 Korlander knew that prices for historic guns such as this could jump quickly. When the gavel finally struck down this Walther sold for $230,000, almost doubling the high estimate.
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Bridging the gap from the World War II-era guns and locally-made AKs, Communist East Germany cranked out a pretty neat SKS model.
When WWII ended, Germany had millions of Mauser bolt-action rifles and more modern StG44 assault rifles left in the country. However, by the time the Soviets set up their occupied part of the former Reich as East Germany and formed the appropriately proletarian Nationale Volksarmee in 1956, modern small arms had evolved a good bit. With the Soviets working at the time to go worldwide with the Kalashnikov, the East Germans soon started cranking out their own excellent MPi-K models of the AK in the 1960s. However, before that happened, the Karabiner S, Germany’s own version of the SKS-45, was made.
Distinctive due to its Mauser-style sling slot cut into the stock, blondish wood and lack of a cleaning rod, the German Simonov is easy to spot and ended up being used in ceremonial units as well as given away as foreign aid to needy countries in the Communist sphere of influence– notably North Vietnam. This makes them among the most collectible SKS models in the West.
Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons covers the type in the above video.
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Norwegian Police opt for the Sig Sauer P320 X-Series pistol to serve as the standard service pistol for select agencies within its department.
With 8,000 officers and 8,000 civilian personnel, the Norwegian Police act as domestic law enforcement, border control, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and highway patrol for the country in addition to being responsible for judicial orders, criminal investigation and prosecution.
The P320 X-Series features a modular, striker-fired handgun design with various grip sizes. Adaptable for multiple calibers, the P320 X-Series offers a three-point takedown that does not require uses to pull the trigger in order to disassemble. The gun also delivers a striker safety disconnect safety and optional manual safety.
The Norwegian Police put the P320 X-Series through rigorous testing alongside multiple gun manufacturers firearms, with the Sig P320 X-Series coming out on top according to Sig Sauer.
“We initially developed and engineered the P320 pistol for service with the military and law enforcement agencies. Since its introduction, it has been adopted by some of the most elite military and law enforcement agencies across the globe including the U.S. Army as the M17,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of Sig Sauer, said in a news release. “We are very proud to add the specialized forces of the Norwegian Police to this list of elite agencies, and we look forward to developing and expanding this partnership.”
The P320 X-Series is already servicing the Norwegian Police in select agencies.
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The ninth annual Michigan subgun shoot on Aug. 11 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan saw the largest turnout of shooters in its history, especially among females.
Sean Callahan, an engineer and yoga teacher, and his girlfriend Johannah Zabal, a strength and conditioning specialist, drove 10 hours from their home in Washington, DC to attend the event. They made the trek to spend the weekend not only shooting, but with a group of good friends who they only get to see a few times a year at these events. They spent the weekend laughing, shooting, eating and making lifelong memories.
The Michigan shoot was Zabal’s third time shooting in a a subgun competition. Her boyfriend Callahan got her into it. When they first met, she didn’t know he was into guns and shooting as much as he is. He brought her to a subgun event that he was shooting in, and she watched. She thought it was really cool. Until then, she was unfamiliar with guns. So, Callahan taught her the basics of safety and shooting effectively. Now, she’s hooked.
Since her first competition at Knob Creek in October 2017, she’s become increasingly interested in the shooting discipline. Being both athletic and competitive, she’s now giving Callahan a run for his money in competitions. She’s also proud to join a small but proud subgun shooting community that hosts a dozen or so events each year to enjoy their fully automatic firearms.
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With the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I looming, it is only fitting that we take a look at the gun carried by the only President to see combat in the conflict.
While the former Spanish-American War veteran President Teddy Roosevelt volunteered to return to service to fight the Kaiser in 1917, his offer was not accepted by political rival President Woodrow Wilson. Further, although a career Army officer at the time, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower was stuck in training duties stateside and never made it to the front line in France. One man who did go was Missouri-native Harry S Truman, whose past jobs had included farmer and clerk.
After service in a Missouri National Guard artillery unit from 1905 to 1911, Truman, then 33, re-enlisted after the U.S. entered the War and was soon elected lieutenant. With his unit federalized as the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, he was promoted to captain in July 1918 and was soon on his way “Over There” in command of a battery of four horse-drawn 75mm field guns.
“The day Truman assumed command, he faced 200 hungover, foul-tempered, young men who were already detained to quarters for drunk and disorderly behavior,” notes the Harry S Truman National Historic Site about his unit, Battery D.
Sent to the Western Front, his outfit was engaged by September 1918 in the hellish fighting in the Meuse-Argonne region, where ironically his guns would go to help support a tank column commanded by then-Major George S. Patton. Under Truman’s command, Battery D suffered no combat deaths during the war, which ended on Nov. 11, 1918. In all, the unit fired more than 10,000 shells in the war.
Truman had two firearms with him in France, a Colt M1911 .45ACP semi-auto, as well as a Colt M1917 revolver, both of which he kept when he was mustered out of active duty in May 1919. Remaining in the Army Reserve until 1953, he eventually was promoted to colonel, even writing to Bess Truman of having to requalify with handguns while at summer training.
Truman went on to open a haberdashery in Kansas City and became involved in veterans’ organizations. By the 1920s, he was elected as a County Court judge, then in 1935 as Missouri’s junior U.S. Senator during the Great Depression where his past military service led to his involvement on Capitol Hill with the so-called Truman Committee which investigated defense contractor prices.
Eventually, he was President Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President in 1944 and then moved into the Oval Office when FDR died in the midst of World War II. Truman, as commander and chief, later made the decision to drop the Atomic bomb, twice, a move largely credited with ending the war with Japan.
When Truman ran for President on his own in 1948 and was elected, more than 70 surviving members of Battery D marched in his inauguration parade the next year, escorting his car.
In 1957, the former President, Great War veteran and retired colonel donated his M1911, serial No. 227577, as well as his WWI combat uniform and personal equipment to the Truman Library, where they are on display today.
Voters in the Tar Heel State this week overwhelmingly approved a move to add a right to hunt and fish to their state constitution.
The constitutional amendment was approved by more than 57 percent of voters on Tuesday, with more than 2 million in the state polling in favor of the proposal. The measure adds language protecting the right to hunt and fish to the North Carolina Constitution while establishing public harvest by sportsmen using “traditional methods” as the preferred method of wildlife management.
Similar measures have been advanced across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with no less than 21 states adding such language in their constitution, dating back to Vermont who included it in 1777. Most recently, Indiana and Kansas both added it through the voter-driven amendment process in 2016. All of the states that border North Carolina have adopted such initiatives.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Rifle Association, gun industry trade groups and Delta Waterfowl all testified to legislators in support of the North Carolina effort, arguing the traditional shooting sports are increasingly threatened.
“The National Shooting Sports Foundation is extremely pleased that the will of the citizens was heard and the right to hunt and fish is now constitutionally protected in North Carolina,” Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel told Guns.com this week. “NSSF was a leader in the coalition to bring this amendment to the voters and they have made it clear that the hunting heritage and conservation efforts of hunters will be protected from unwarranted intrusion by special interests.”
Calling hunters the “original conservationists” Keane said that sportsmen across the country have raised over $37 billion since 1937 through the sales of firearms and ammunition “to achieve the healthiest and balanced wildlife populations that are enjoyed by hunters and non-hunters alike.”
Statistics from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission show as many as 570,000 hunters buy licenses every year in the state, with more than 20,000 completing hunter safety courses annually since 2011. Last season over 128,000 deer were harvested with firearms in the state. With some $2.3 billion pumped into the state economy by sportsmen, North Carolina received over $16.5 million of that back from the federal government in Pittman-Robertson funds this year based on sales of guns, ammunition and fishing tackle.
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Remington introduces a new Model Seven, adding a threaded version decked out in KUIU Vias camouflage. Available in .300 Blackout and .308 Win, the latest Model Seven features a cylindrical receiver design offering consistent bedding in the stock.
“The Model Seven features the same legendary strength as the Model 700’s ‘three-rings-of-steel’ referring to the steel bolt face, barrel and receiver encasing the cartridge head,” Remington said in a press release.
The threaded Model Seven features a 16.5-inch threaded barrel with a matte blue finish. The bolt action rifle measures 2 3/8-inches shorter than the Model 700 and is best suits smaller shooters or those in dense cover hunting environments. Weighing 5.5-pounds, the Model Seven offers a Picatinny scope base and X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger as well as SuperCell Recoil Pad.
The Model Seven threaded KUIU rifle delivers a magazine capacity of four rounds for the .308 Win and five rounds for the .300 BLK. The long gun is available now with an MSRP of $795.
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Kimber this week raised the curtain to show off a crowded stage of fresh handgun offerings to include the new EVO SP pistol and double-action/single-action wheel guns. The EVO, following in the wake of Kimber’s Micro 9 line, is a series of new subcompact striker-fired 9mm handguns in four models.
Featuring front and rear cocking serrations, front strap checkering, as well as G10 grips and backstraps, the EVO line come standard with an FNC finished stainless steel slide. They are all-metal construction with a 6- to 7-pound leaf safety trigger and ledged tritium night sights. Small guns, they only go 6.10-inches overall while featuring 3.16-inch barrels. Each of the 19-ounce guns ship with two seven-round magazines.
The four models — EVO SP Custom Shop, CDP, TLE, and Two-Tone range from $856 to $1047 MSRP.
Further fleshing out their stable of .357 Magnum-caliber K6 revolvers, Kimber has added two DASA models to the lineup in a 2- and 3-inch offering.
Double action trigger pull is billed as 9.5 to 10-pounds while single runs 3 to 3.5. Each includes white 3-dot sights, knurled hammer spurs, a serrated backstrap, and checkered laminate walnut grips.
Both have an MSRP of $970
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Magnum Research is rolling out a new cartridge for their Desert Eagle series of heavy-hitting handguns called 429 DE, based on 50 AE.
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Henry Repeating Arms has a flight of new rifles and shotguns that run the gamut from entry-level long guns for youths to high-end engraved premium guns.
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“Everytown's five-point action plan provides a clear roadmap for lawmakers, and the first milestone is building a better background check system to ensure that guns don't fall into the wrong hands,” Feinblatt continued.
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Billed as an effective and low-cost training tool, the new CO2-powered air pistol is Sig’s latest offering to those looking to get into the M17 game.
Introduced by the company’s SIG AIR branch as part of their Advanced Sport Pellet line, the .177-caliber air pistol has much the same look, feel and styling as a standard M17 handgun. Featuring a metal slide and polymer frame, the gun tips the scales at 34.4-ounces– which is actually a couple ounces more than the published specs on the military’s 9mm M17 when unloaded. Length, and sight radius, as well as surface control layout is the same.
Notably, the air gun field strips like the Army pistol and includes a functional M1913 rail for accessories. The drop magazine is modeled after the extended M17 mag, which allows for training magazine exchanges, and has room for 20 pellets in an enclosed belt-fed system.
“It handles exceptionally well, is fun and accurate to shoot, and a very effective training tool, especially with the drop magazine for quick reloading,” said Joseph Huston, vice president and general manager of SIG AIR. “Current M17 owners will also appreciate that it field strips like the U.S. Army M17 pistol.”
Capable of firing pellets at up to 430fps, the P320-M17 Air pistol has a current price of $119.
The winner of the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition, the M17 edged out a field of other big name pistol makers and has gone on to be adopted across the Department of Defense as well as by the U.S. Coast Guard as their standard handgun. Special models of the guns are even used by the Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Taking advantage of the largest military handgun contract since the 1980s, Sig has subsequently released a series of commemorative and P320-M17-branded pistols in 9mm in addition to the new air pistol.
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An employee at a food court in Seattle’s busy Center Armory last week sprang into action to help contain a man who had just violently stabbed a woman in public.
The exchange, shown in the above video from King 5 News, shows the employee — concealed carrier Scott Brown — holding his handgun on David Lee Morris just moments after the man allegedly stabbed Gabrielle Maria Garcia in the throat. Brown can be seen maintaining a gap between himself and Morris, holding his attention as the man continues to walk towards him through the crowded urban center. The subject shrugs off pepper spray from a bystander and resumes his interaction with Brown.
Finally, police arrive and authorities move in to taser Morris, taking him into custody.
Garcia, 28, was the mother of Morris’s five-year-old child, over which the two were arguing about custody. She was rushed to an area hospital but later died of her injuries, reports The Seattle Times. She had sought a temporary protection order against Morris last month, who is now under investigation for first-degree murder.
Brown and co-worker Mike Carter had heard the commotion which caused the gun owner and carry permit holder to respond.
“I think about Scott’s heroism,” Carter said. “Do you want someone who just potentially tried to kill his girlfriend and wife — do you want that man’s attention on you?”
Morris is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail and, reports KATU, is expected to be formally charged this week.
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Kimber announced this week their new product lineup for 2019, and along with small tweaks to their usual fare, the company offered something totally new: an all-metal striker-fired 9mm handgun they’re calling the EVO SP. The EVO SP departs from the 1911-style handguns and revolvers the company has historically produced, but Kimber says it’s ready for the real world.
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