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CZ-USA is expanding their line of Shadow-series competition handguns with the new single-action-only CZ Shadow 2 SA.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command on Wednesday announced a contract award to Hecker & Koch worth over $33 million.
The Ashburn, Virginia-based company was awarded a $33.5 modification to contracts for the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.
The CSASS, classified by the Army as the M110A1 rifle, is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) platform chambered in 7.62 NATO. The rifle, which itself is a development of the HK417 series, was first green-lighted by Uncle in 2016.
As its name program name would imply, the rifle is light, weighing in at 8.48-pounds sans optics and accessories. Its primary day optic is the Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power scope on a Geissele mount with accessories to include a suppressor and bipod.
The M110A1 is set to augment existing supplies of the legacy M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, which is produced by the Florida-based Knights Armament Company. KAC introduced its system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch Chromoly 5R barrel and it has gone on to see extensive not only with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard. KAC has a contract through 2024 for its M110 SASS variant.
The SDMR is a variant of the HK-produced M110A1 with a slightly different stock and Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic. The Army is moving to adopt between 5,000 and 6,000 SDMRs to replace modified M14 rifles used as designated marksman rifles over the past decade.
The SDMR was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program in 2019.
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“Before deciding whether to weigh in, we would benefit from hearing their considered judgments — provided, of course, that they are not afflicted with the same problems. But waiting should not be mistaken for lack of concern," Gorsuch concluded.
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Store Clerk on Dead Robber: He made a ‘very, very poor decision in a state like NC, where everyone has guns’
"[The customer] shot him four or five times," said Khawaja. "It happened like in 45 seconds. Like 30 to 45 seconds."
Are you thinking of buying a flash suppressor for your AR-15? There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at the variety of flash suppressors on the market. Factors to Consider Are you looking solely for flash elimination? Reduction in recoil? Something that works, but stays within your budget? Understanding what your top […]
If February 2020’s figures are an indicator of what the coming year has to offer, the firearms industry is in for a booming year. The second month of the year saw a significant increase in firearm background checks when compared to the data from February 2019.
The unadjusted number of 2,776,380 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the first month of the year is a 36.9% jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,028,667 in February 2019.
When the figures are adjusted — removing data for gun permit checks and rechecks by states which use NICS for that purpose — the latest total stands at 1,294,123, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the U.S. gun industry. This number is a 16.9% increase when compared against the February 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,109,087.
Where the increase was all out of portion was in Virginia, where licensed gun dealers saw a 63.4 % increase over the February 2019 adjusted NICS figures.
The Commonwealth is currently amidst a campaign by the Democrat-controlled state legislature for increased gun regulations. In recent days, at least five new measures ranging from allowing cities and counties to establish their own local gun restrictions to a controversial “red flag” seizure bill have been forwarded to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for signature.
When it comes to the national figures, February 2020 is the 10th month in a row that the number of adjusted checks was higher than the previous year’s data.
It should also be noted that the true number of guns sold across the country is likely higher than what NICS figures suggest. The data does not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.
Over 20 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions.
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March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate I wanted to take some time to get to know a handful of ladies working at Guns.com.
After previously chatting with Abbey Clary and Leah Roberts on the marketing and e-commerce teams, I made my way over to the content side of Guns.com to talk shop with Kristin Alberts. Alberts has worked for Guns.com for over seven years as a reviewer. If you’ve read a hunting article from Guns.com, it likely came from her.
Alberts took some time to chat with me about the intricacies of reviewing, misconceptions about hunting and why Chuck Norris should be everyone’s zombie battle buddy.
Guns.com: Being an outdoor writer is not an everyday, traditional job, so to speak, so tell me how you came to be the resident hunting writer at Guns.com?
Alberts: I always wanted to be an outdoor writer and to do something that I loved that wasn’t an office job. I went to college for four years, got my degree in English, with a bunch of minors that were not all that relevant.
Went it work at several different jobs — all in cubicles and offices and hated it. I decided I wanted to be out in the field doing something different, so I got my EMT and paramedic license and spent some time as a director of an ambulance service.
I always wanted to write and I wrote poetry in my spare time. When I saw an ad for Guns.com, looking for people to write gun reviews, I thought this is absolutely what I want to do.
Guns.com: And here you are. So break down what an average day looks like for you while you’re working on a piece for Guns.com?
Alberts: Obviously, hunting is my passion so I am thinking about things as hunting season comes along. I’m looking at the calendar, planning different hunts, seeing which companies I’d like to work with, mapping out content and taking notes.
I live in the Midwest so weather is a factor, cold weather especially. I plan my range days so I can get out there and do some accuracy testing and check different loads. I just kind of work with whatever happens to be in season. So it’s writing, it’s videography, it’s doing what I love.
Guns.com: That’s the best part, getting to do what you love. As a writer, I know that I hear all kinds of misconceptions about reviewers in the industry, namely that we get free stuff all the time. So what are some of the common misconceptions you face as a writer in the industry and also, I’m sure, as a hunter?
Alberts: I think the one big one that you’ve hit on already is that we get free things in return for writing good reviews. I think that is a big misconception because that’s not what happens. If I’m reading reviews from writers that I respect, I want their honest opinion on what they think about that gun. People are spending their hard-earned money on guns and gear that we are recommending or giving them information on and I take that seriously.
I think misconceptions as a hunter, in general, is that we’re just out there for a sport or trophy killing. We have great respect for the animals. We put so much money and time into conservation and also the end of wanting to harvest our own wild organic meat. I love to cook. I love to do field to table.
Guns.com: Well while we’re on the topic of hunting, what sparked your interest?
Alberts: I’ve been a hunter for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, you had to be 12-years-old before you could get your hunting license. I grew up on a farm and I remember standing at the farmhouse when I was probably 8-years-old, waiting for the hunters to come back from the fields so I could see if they had gotten something. I’d hear their stories and take part in cleaning the animals. As soon as I was old enough, I would tag along. I’d go sit out in the blinds and walk with my grandpa and my dad.
Guns.com: That’s really sweet and something I think resonates with a lot of hunters. For many, at least that I know, the love for hunting started at a young age, heading out to the woods with pop or grandpa and spending time together. That’s something really unique about hunting.
Alberts: Absolutely! I hope that the family hunting tradition continues and that for other people who didn’t grow up in a hunting family, those of us who do hunt make them feel welcome and help them.
Guns.com: Well that kind of hits on my next question. There are plenty of men and women who are interested in hunting but just don’t know where to start. I’m kind of in that pool myself, having never really hunted much as an adult. I have no idea where to start and it seems intimidating. So where do people like me begin?
Alberts: There are a lot of resources out there. There are all kinds of hunting skills camps and hunter’s safety is probably the number one place to start. Learn the basics of safety and then from there, go to a skills camp. Check classes out online. I know Wisconsin just started a Learn to Hunt Program geared towards people who aren’t hunters but want to learn to harvest their own meat. They teach you how to do that, where to do it, how to take care of the game. More states are doing that as well.
My biggest advice would be don’t be afraid to approach hunters. Ask questions. Hunters are very willing to share their passion.
Guns.com: Solid advice. Let’s do some rapid-fire questions. First gun you remember shooting?
Alberts: The first gun I remember shooting was a single shot .410 I got from my grandpa. We took it out on a squirrel hunt and I still have it.
Guns.com: What is your favorite gun that you currently own?
Alberts: That’s a really hard question. Can I choose a couple?
Guns.com: I know. I know. It’s a tough one. Sure, give me your top two.
Alberts: The one that means the most to be is an old Belgian Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen I got from my grandpa. He bought it as a younger man and passed it on to me. We hunted with it together. If I sold every other gun, that would be the one gun I’d keep because of the sentimental value.
Hunting wise, I really like the new Savage High Country Rifle. As far as new rifles go, it shoots well. I love it. I took it to Africa, different places and it seems like once a gun goes on adventures with you, it becomes part of your story. Then you don’t want to part with it.
Guns.com: Pink guns — yes or no?
Alberts: Negative, that’s a definite no. I mean, if that’s what floats your boat go for it, but I think you and I believe the same thing that putting pink on everything is a no.
Guns.com: Agreed. Not a fan of pink it and shrink it. Final question. Zombie apocalypse breaks out. You have to choose three people. Who are you surviving with?
Alberts: Chuck Norris would be my first. He can pretty much do anything. I’m kind of into preparedness so I probably would take a couple of local people whose skill sets I know and trust. They are confident with firearms and hunting and also all kinds of mechanical skills.
Guns.com: That’s a good squad, but honestly with Chuck Norris at the helm you probably don’t need anyone else.
Kristin and I had a hilarious time trying to meet Chuck Norris at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Member’s Meeting. If you missed out the first time, definitely catch up on our adventure.
On this episode of Select Fire, we trekked out to Gunship Helicopters in the Mojave Desert to hang out, shoot some cool stuff, and bask in some rotor wash.
Established in 2015, Gunship Helicopters is based at their own helipad on a 71-acre private shooting range about a half-hour drive from Las Vegas. While in town for SHOT Show, we met up with the crew there to see what it is all about.
The helicopter of choice for the operation, an Airbus AS350– popularly known as an A-Star– is nimble and can reach speeds of 120 miles per hour. Among the most popular commercial aircraft around the world, the A-Star is used in everything from medical and law enforcement services– they are popular with Border Patrol– to military use.
For use at Gunship Helicopters, the doors are open so the person shooting can sit inside and be belted in while aiming at steel targets and aircraft wreckage on the mountainside hundreds of yards away.
The pintel mounting on the port side of the modified A-Star can fit a variety of weapons. The go-to for Gunship Helicopters is an FN M249 SAW, the same popular 5.56 NATO belt-fed light machine gun used by the U.S. Army and Marines for a generation.
Running 100-rounds through the SAW from the A-Star while zipping around the desert is an introductory package for Gunship Helicopters, starting at $550. While more than a steak dinner for two, it is still a great deal when you consider you get to hang out of a helicopter and squeeze off a belt of 5.56 NATO.
Other guns include an “M4 out the door” experience, where the client in the gunner’s seat gets an M4A1 with three mags. There are also options for running an HK MP5 9mm sub-gun or a booming M82A1 Barrett. We cheated and arranged to run an FN SCAR 17 for a flight.
There is also an M-134 Minigun option as well. The electrically powered six-barrel Gatling-style rotary machine gun has a high sustained rate of fire– some 4,000 rounds per minute. The price to make it rain with 400 rounds of 7.62 NATO through the M-134 while airborne is a little pricier, like $2,200.
When it comes to safety, Gunship Helicopters is on-point. Guests must complete an orientation, mission briefing and simulation on the ground before getting on the aircraft.
No loose items are allowed in the cabin for safety, with rifles like the SCAR we used attached to the user by a sling with redundant retention. The minimum age to fly is 15– accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
In addition to the gunship experience, the company has a plethora of other offerings for gun enthusiasts including a range with the Barrett M82A1 .50 cal and targets at 800-plus yards, access to armored vehicles like the M113 APC, a Minigun-equipped Hummer, and more.
With the property containing an old circa 1905 copper mine– the Oro Amigo– there is lots of open space and safe targets dot the mountainside, some over 4,000 feet above ground level.
Besides the standard fare which caters to Vegas tourists, the folks at Gunship Helicopters also are available for film work, LE and security training utilizing UTM rounds if needed, skydiving lifts, industry events, defense contractor testing and other things you may want an armed helicopter for. Just give them a call at (702) 467-4613 or shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The question was stunning as it was simple. “Does your life matter more than mine, or my family’s or these people’s?”
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To anyone who thought that Joe Biden might take a moderate stance on gun control if elected president, think again: the former Vice President vowed at a campaign stop in Dallas this week to put Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in charge of his gun control agenda.
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“We are more convinced by Scalia’s majority opinion than Stevens’s dissent."
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Texas Senate and House Committees to Hold Public Hearings on Potential Future Gun Control Proposals in Austin and Houston Next Week!
NRA EVP and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave an address at CPAC 2020 over the weekend.