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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.
My second stop of the week was to sit down with Guns.com Ecommerce Manager, Leah Roberts. Joining the company around two years ago, she ensures that Guns.com has the latest and greatest gun inventory. Roberts chatted with me about her decision to join Guns.com, her job duties and who would make the best zombie apocalypse buddies.
Guns.com: So let’s kick this off with what led you to join Guns.com?
Roberts: I had actually been a firearm user for several years before joining Guns.com. I worked in other industries in marketing for a while beforehand. I saw the listing (for the job at Guns.com) and couldn’t walk away from the opportunity. The idea of getting to do something in an industry with a hobby that I love was definitely very appealing. I immediately applied for that opening and have been ecstatic to have the job ever since.
Guns.com: It’s definitely a real pleasure to get to mesh what you love with what you do. I know that some people outside the industry look at Guns.com and assume that we just play with guns all day — which some days we do — but by and large, we have other responsibilities that don’t necessarily center on just heading to the range. Can you give our readers an idea of what you do day-to-day and some of the challenges of being the E-Commerce Manager?
Roberts: It’s researching products, but not just that. It’s deciding what we’re going to put on sale and allocating stock so visitors have access to the newest and greatest thing they’re looking for. I also get our used inventory on the site and decide what goes where on Guns.com — what imagery to use, who to work with, who to feature, etc. My main focus is really on the products.
The challenge is trying to read the audience and figure out what they like and what’s appealing. From there it comes down to finding a way to put that in front of people in a way that is different from everybody else in the industry.
Guns.com: I would say that it is really tough trying to predict what the community wants to see, especially because the industry has so many lifestyles and directions.
Roberts: It can be overwhelming at times but the plus side is you get to learn about a lot of different lifestyles. You know, I probably would have never looked much into cowboy action shooting but through this job, I’ve been able to learn about it and all its details. It’s been neat to venture outside of what I am interested in and learn about what other people like too.
Guns.com: I think that is the most fun part of working at a place like Guns.com, learning about all sorts of gun culture and history. Not to mention, Guns.com is just loads of fun to work at from a cultural standpoint. Historically, we started as a news site and moved into e-commerce but something that has always struck a chord with me is our commitment to representing women, What kind of impact does having a company like Guns.com that so readily supports women in the industry have on the community?
Roberts: Ultimately, it’s good for the Second Amendment and the community. It’s great to see female shooters and getting inspired by that and then seeing other people getting involved. It makes a difference to have a platform and a voice.
It’s been great to work at Guns.com! Parts of our marketing team are made up entirely of women, which you don’t see at other companies. I think it’s important to not just feature women’s ideas but also to welcome us as part of the community. We’re here, you know, doing what we love and it’s great to invite us.
Guns.com: So switching gears from the business side of things, let’s get to know you a little more. What is your background with guns? You said you owned guns before joining Guns.com so what led you to gun ownership?
Roberts: I did not grow up in a family that had a lot of firearms and I’d never been shooting or hunting or any of those things. A lot of my fascination actually came from pop culture — video games, movies, history, all those different things. As soon as I was old enough, I went and got a rifle and then not long after, I picked up my first handgun. Initially, I just wanted to have it. Then I became more serious about self-defense and concealed carrying. So it started with a fascination with weapons overall and it kind of blossomed into more serious training.
Guns: I think it tends to evolve like that. At first, it’s about getting that first gun, then, before you know it, you’re immersed in the lifestyle. So now that you have a few guns, what’s your favorite?
Roberts: Ohh, can I name a handgun and a rifle?
Guns: Sure, that sounds fair. This is a tough question and I realize it.
Roberts: Right now my favorite handgun, and I’ve been carrying it for a few months now, is the Archon Type B with night sights. My first rifle, and my favorite, is the Daniel Defense M4V11. Since I bought it, I have changed out some things and done some upgrades.
Guns: Good choices. So one of the pitfalls of working for a gun company is access to guns. I know all of us that work at Guns.com have a running wishlist of guns we want, so what’s on your shortlist right now?
Roberts: Definitely an FN PS90 but the dream would be an FN P90, right? Also, for some reason, I really want a Marlin Camp 9. For a handgun, I am really liking the CZ P-10. I’ve been seeing people compete with those recently and they seem awesome.
Guns.com: We’re down to the final two questions. First, pink guns — yes or no?
Roberts: Not for me. Maybe because, for a while there, they chose this hideous shade of pink — like, you’re a girl so you must want this terrible shade of pink.
I am digging the Rose Gold that’s popping up everywhere though. So maybe not pro-pink but pro-Rose Gold.
Guns.com: I think, for the record, we need to be clear that Rose Gold and pink are not the same color.
Guns.com: Ok, last question. Zombie apocalypse breaks out. You can choose any three people in the world to help you survive. Who do you pick?
Roberts: Definitely someone with medical training. I don’t know who, but we need a doctor. The next person would be my dad. He’s been a ride or die for forever and I know he won’t leave me to the zombies. The last person would be John Wick. He could be a really great help.
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Florida-based Diamondback Firearms has announced they will begin shipping their new DBX 5.7x28mm pistol in May.
Teased at SHOT Show earlier this year when the gun was in pre-production, the compact braced pistol uses a dual gas piston action with an 8-inch threaded barrel that ends in a muzzle device.
Overall length, with the rear Picatinny-mounted, side-folding brace extended is 25.4-inches. Folded length is 16.9-inches. Alternatively, the brace can be dismounted to provide a more compact pistol that is 16.1-inches flat.
Other features include a Magpul MOE-K grip and a 6061 aluminum hard-coat anodized handguard with M-LOK slots to the left, right, and bottom along with a Magpul handstop kit. The DBX uses AR-15 mil-spec triggers and production models will be offered in either FN Five-seveN or Ruger 57 magazine-compatibility, shipping with a 20-round mag in either case.
Weight, sans brace, is 3-pounds. Running the brace brings the gun up to 3.7-pounds plus optics, ammo and the user’s choice of accessories. Should a DBX owner want to swap out the muzzle device or add a can, the barrel is threaded with a standard 1/2x28TPI pitch.
MSRP on the Diamondback DBX is expected to be $1,299.
Through the end of the month, Beretta is running a sweet $100 mail-in rebate on their new 92X Full Size, Centurion and Compact pistols.
Introduced late last year and hitting dealer’s shelves more recently, the new Beretta 92X is billed as an “all-in-one pistol for today’s shooter.” Based on the classic Model 92 that first hit the market in the 1970s and went on to rapid adoption around the globe as a pistol both for combat use and personal protection, the 92X has been thoroughly updated.
Built on the Vertec profile frame with a straight backstrap and updated grip options, the 92X series all feature a round trigger guard, beveled magazine well, chrome-lined barrel with a recessed target crown, front and back cross checkering on the grip frame, and combat sights with dovetailed fronts. The guns use a steel trigger and mag release.
The 92X series is backward compatible with all 92-series magazines and railed accessories while the front sights and grip panels are compatible with M9A3 models. Internal components square with legacy 90 series parts of similar size while the double-action/single-action types (F/S, G) can be swapped.
See rebate terms and conditions, here.
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There's a been a lot of furor about Idaho's Department of Fish and Game killing 206 elk that were causing trouble for private landowners.
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It’s official! There is a new world record for biggest bow-harvested black bear!
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The Namibian government announced last week a campaign designed to combat the efforts of animal rights activists to ban trophy hunting.
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Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce the M1A™ Gear Up Promotion for 2020.
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A 70-year-old California man was slapped with a $20,000 fine for poaching a trophy buck.
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A deer and shed hunter in Wisconsin recently found what may be the biggest set of whitetail antlers in Wisconsin history.
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Building on their original ECHO line, which was introduced three years ago, the newest sight in the series is available with either a 1-6x or 2-12x magnification, the ECHO3 can be used with 9 different onboard SmartBDC ballistic holdover reticles or it can be paired with any KILOBDX rangefinder.
What’s a BDX rangefinder? Check out this short video to get how that bad boy works.
For those looking to capture great pics or videos of their hunt or target session, the ECHO3 includes a motion-activated MOTAC display that powers up automatically when it senses motion. With 6 hours of runtime using a pair CR123 lithium batteries, the sight has eight color palettes– Red, Red Hot, Black Hot, White Hot, Edge, Tyrian, Iron, and Fire–along with six brightness settings.
Using an included quick disconnect mount with a throw-lever attachment, the company describes the new ECHO model as a huge improvement over traditional eyepiece style thermals, as it is direct-view
“The ECHO3 allows the shooter to sit back and view the thermal display and when targets are identified, the new BDX reticle technology allows for exact aiming solutions in real-time,” said Andy York, President, Sig Sauer Electro-Optics in a statement.
The 1-6x ECHO3 has a 23mm objective lens, a 4.1-inch overall length, and an overall height of 3.1-inches. Weight is 14.5-ounces. MSRP is set at $3,899.99.
For those who want to go larger, the 2-12x magnification ECHO3 has a 40mm objective lens, a 4.7-inch overall length, and an overall height of 3.6-inches. Weight is 16.6-ounces. MSRP is set at $5,199.99.
Both new ECHO3 models will be available sometime this Spring.
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.
My first stop was to sit down and chat with Abbey Clary — the Social Media Manager behind Guns.com’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Joining the company almost two years ago, she carefully curates what you see on our various social platforms. Clary chatted with me about her job at Guns.com and what caused her to make the jump from a big marketing agency to a startup company in the gun industry.
Guns.com: What prompted you to join Guns.com?
Clary: I had been in marketing at a big agency prior to this for about almost four years but, honestly, was feeling a little burned out. I had worked for smaller companies in the past and I really like the culture of startups. I heard about the job at Guns.com, so I applied.
Guns.com: I’m sure that working for a big agency is very different than a startup, so give the readers an idea of what you do day-to-day as Guns.com’s Social Media Manager?
Clary: My main job is to manage the social accounts — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I post news from Guns.com and some additional content we get from either the Guns.com content team or shooters and other people in the industry. I also handle our manufacturer relationships, essentially, just trying to maintain positive relationships with them and working together on different marketing opportunities including all of the giveaways we do at Guns.com each month.
Guns.com: That sounds like a lot of fun but I’m sure some challenges come with the job. What would you say is the biggest obstacle you face?
Clary: Probably the most challenging aspect is keeping our social media new and fresh across all our pages.
Guns.com: Alternatively, what is the most rewarding part of the job for you?
Clary: I would say the people I’ve met in the industry are honestly the most rewarding part. It’s funny to build relationships online or over the phone with people then you finally meet them face-to-face and it feels like you’ve known them for a long time. It’s the cool thing about social media.
Guns.com: Totally agree. The people in this industry are the best! So still on the topic of your experiences at Gun.com, historically we have been a website that promoted women in the industry. There’s a lot of girl power backing the site. What does it mean to you to work for a company that is so supportive of women?
Clary: It’s super important, I think for me personally. Women have such an important role in our industry. It’s really encouraging to see other women who are gun owners and actually shooters and know what they’re talking about.
Guns.com has a small but growing group of females here which is really encouraging as a fairly new female shooter. All the women are really genuine people and it’s really awesome that our company has embraced women in that way.
Guns.com: Absolutely. So let’s dive into a little personal history. What got you into guns and how long have you been a gun owner?
Clary: I grew up around guns. My brothers and dad were all avid hunters. I shot some growing up but nothing too serious. I started working here at Guns.com and it reignited my interest in guns. I bought my first gun through Guns.com and now I have a few guns that I bought from here. It’s hard to look at the site every single day and not buy something.
I still consider myself a beginner, but I love learning.
Guns.com: I definitely agree about buying from Guns.com. I am always drooling over guns we have and keeping a little wishlist of items I want to eventually buy. You mentioned you’ve bought a few guns from Guns.com. What’s your favorite purchase?
Clary: Probably my Heckler & Koch VP9.
Guns.com: I figured you were going to say that. It’s a nice one. We’re going to wrap this up but first, I have a few rapid-fire questions. First gun you ever fired?
Clary: I don’t remember what it was but it was one of my dad’s rifles.
Guns.com: Final question, pink guns — yes or no?
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Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Virginia state legislature last week greenlighted a raft of gun control measures, sending them to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam.
The five bills headed to the Governor include proposals to establish a “red flag” gun seizure mechanism, allow cities and counties to pass their own tough local gun control ordinances, penalize gun owners who have their firearms lost or stolen and forget to report them, mandatory gun lock laws, and removing the ability of local school boards to allow lawful guns on campus.
“A historic step forward—and even more to come,” said Northam, a Democrat, and advocate of more gun restriction, on social media.
Two other measures, which are still in a conference committee before heading to the Governor’s mansion, would ration handguns to one purchase per buyer per month while another requires gun transfers between private parties to first go through a background check.
In each case, the bills passed on largely party-line votes in Richmond after previous versions repeatedly tanked in past sessions while the state Senate was under nominal Republican control. National groups with deep pockets, financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent millions over the past decade in an effort to switch the polarity of the chamber, managing to turn it blue last November.
The bills headed to Northam include:
HB 9: requires lost or stolen firearms are reported to the police within 24 hours of discovery. Gun owners who fail to do this could face a civil penalty of up to $250
HB 421: eliminates the state’s preemption laws when it comes to local communities who want to ban guns in various public places or otherwise regulate their use. Pro-gun groups worry this would create a confusing patchwork of bans across the Commonwealth’s 143 counties and independent cities. It would also allow localities to bring lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.
HB 674: establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the sort of “red flag” law adopted in other states that allows police to request guns be removed from individuals thought to be a danger. The order, which could last for as much as 180 days, would require the individual to petition the court to have their gun rights restored.
HB 1080: would restrict a school board from allowing an individual to carry otherwise legal guns on campus.
HB 1083: restricts access to firearms to youth under 18, with the punishment being up to a Class 6 felony under Virginia law.
Those still in conference committee include:
HB 2: expands background checks to include firearm transfers between individuals. As noted by the NRA, “Under this extreme legislation, even lending a brother your rifle for a deer hunt or letting your daughter borrow a handgun for self-defense could land otherwise law-abiding Virginians with a felony conviction and up to 5 years in jail.”
House Bill 812: restricts handgun purchases to one a month. Violators could face as much as 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
The Virginia legislative session began on January 8. Enacted legislation from this session, in general, would take effect July 1.
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