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U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week announced they had intercepted and seized 52,601 firearms parts in violation of the Chinese Arms Embargo. CBP detailed that the parts, worth an estimated $378,000, included sights, stocks, brakes, buffer kits, and grips that were shipped in three batches through the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. While China legally exported boatloads of firearms to the U.S. in the 1980s, they are currently one of just eight countries barred from sending guns and ammunition to the country.
“We work closely with our strategic partners to ensure import compliance while maintaining the highest standards of security at our nation’s largest seaport,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport. “This interception underscores the successful collaboration between CBP officers, import specialists, and ATF investigators.”
The current ban on firearms from China was put into place in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton. At the time, the country was reportedly the source of about one-third of all guns and more than half the rifles brought into the U.S. from overseas each year. The firearms prohibition by the Clinton administration came at the same time the White House renewed China’s “Most-Favored-Nation” status for trade privileges despite public outcry over Bejing’s policy of repression on human rights.
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Holosun is pleased to introduce the latest in its lineup of premium micro red dot optics, the HE508T-RD.
Designed and made specifically for the competition shooter, CZ-USA's new CZ All-American Single Trap shotgun resets the high bar for performance and value in a single-shot trap gun.
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With short-barreled AR uppers becoming a standard option, the question “is a pistol or a short-barreled rifle?” comes up more and more. While they may look the same – and are often used the same way – they’re different.
The biggest difference is the former is regulated like any other firearm while the latter requires a rigorous licensing process. But don’t let that scare you. It’s more along the lines of tumbling than gymnastics.
In this article, I’ll dig in and find out what the difference is between an AR pistol and a short-barreled rifle, and which one is right for you.What is an AR pistol?
An AR pistol is an AR-15 minus the stock and, usually, long barrel. Since the guts are still the same, an AR pistol is equipped with a naked buffer tube in lieu of a stock, which, on a rifle, would be built around the tube.
More recently, AR pistols have seen a jump in popularity thanks to a device called a stabilizing brace. While these braces look and can function like a stock, they’re intended to fit around or against the user’s forearm. As the name implies, the brace helps the user stabilize the gun during use.
By the numbers, an AR pistol is an AR-style firearm without a buttstock and a barrel under 16 inches in length. In comparison, a rifle has a barrel 16 inches or longer and is intended to be fired from the shoulder, according to ATF rules.What is a short-barreled rifle?
A short-barreled rifle, or SBR, is a rifle with either a barrel under 16 inches, an overall length of less than 26 inches, or both. SBRs can have a traditional buttstock, whether fixed or telescoping. Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, or the NFA, to own an SBR one must pay a small licensing fee and undergo what can be a lengthy licensing process.Do you want a true SBR or a substitute?
The best thing about an AR pistol is that you can buy it today. There are no extra fees and there’s no additional scrutiny or waiting. You can use an AR pistol in whatever legal manner you desire. While there was once a rule against shouldering an AR pistol, the ATF has since rescinded it.
Those points make the AR pistol sound very appealing, but there are some drawbacks. For instance, depending on state laws and/or configuration, adding certain accessories like a fore-grip to an AR pistol could violate regs. Additionally, regulators may alter or update legal interpretations depending on how new laws are written or court opinions on legal challenges. With that said, don’t let government bureaucracy prevent you from exercising your gun rights.
Outside of the additional cost and lengthy processing time (at least a $200 tax and on average six months), you’re free to use an SBR like you would a rifle. The legality has not changed for decades. Once you have your tax stamp, you can rest assured that your rifle is legally yours.The best of both worlds
In the end, the choice is wholly depending on what you want (and where you live). But, if you want an SBR but need instant gratification, why not get both? As you begin the process to obtain an SBR, go ahead and get that AR pistol.
The Kriss Vector has an unmistakable look. It’s as if someone pulled it out of a science fiction movie. Even the name has a certain cyberpunk-ring to it. And it makes sense. It’s different than most pistol caliber carbines. Although it’s been around for almost a decade now, behind the boxy frame is still somewhat of a mystery.
Kriss USA, owned by the Switzerland-based company Kriss Group, brought the Kriss Vector stateside in 2011. Originally designed as a submachine gun, it’s perfectly sized as a PCC and more marketable in that configuration for civilian sales. Since then, Kriss has released several variations of the Vector and are now on their second generation.
The newest edition is the Special Duty Pistol with a stabilizing brace, or Kriss Vector SDP SB. While many may see it and use it as a PCC, it’s actually classified as a handgun because of the short barrel and lack of a stock. While the brace was designed to wrap around a forearm, shouldering it is also acceptable usage.
The newest generation of the Vector continues to use the legendary Kriss Super V operating system. This mechanism allows the gun’s bolt to move back and then downward into the bottom of the gun. Hence the name “vector,” a reference to the scientific definition.
The Vector operating system effectively re-directs the energy of the bolt, so felt recoil is minimized. Even though the Vector I was using was chambered in a light recoiling round like 9mm, I could tell that recoil was diminished by the Super V. In fact, recoil was so soft it was a little hard to tell when the bolt locked back after the last round.
As for the brace, it rides on a smooth buffer tube. You can’t really adjust for length-of-pull because it moves too much on the tube. However, it is collapsible.
Compared to the Vector gen 1, the gen 2 model has a couple external additions that make it a little more user friendly. The front MLOK rail shrouds the end of the 6.5-inch threaded barrel (1/2×28) and provides some real estate for accessories. The second welcomed addition is the re-designed pistol grip. It fills he hands and makes manipulating the 45-degree safety and trigger a little easier.
The overall size of the Vector is big compared to a lot of the other sub-guns available. At 7.5 pounds, it weighs as much as an AR-15. Even with the brace, it measures in at 18.5 inches, so it isn’t as package as some. Still, you couldn’t ask for much more for performance. Using a variety of ammo, supplied by AmmunitionToGo, the gun ran flawlessly.
The Kriss Vector SDP SB is very comfortable to manipulate. Every edge and grip area is contoured or beveled to streamline the firearm. Even the side charging handle is spring loaded so that it hugs the side when not in use.
For obvious reasons, like availability and popularity, PCC’s are usually released in only 9mm. The Vector is available in 9mm, 45 ACP, and the almighty 10mm. Additionally the Vector also uses Glock mags. Different calibers appeal to a wider variety of consumers. If you like to shoot suppressed then a Vector in .45 ACP would be well suited or perhaps if you are a hunter then a 10mm with more mustard maybe be the way to go.
Kriss offers the Vector in seven different cerakote options. Black will always be in style but if you want something a little different you can purchase one in OD or Flat Dark Earth. If you live in a snowy environment have no fear because Alpine White is also available.
I personally liked the Combat Grey color that made the black controls and rails “pop” on the gun. I really can appreciate when a manufacturer gives you color options like this. It is going the extra step for the consumer.
In an industry where the wheel seems to get reinvented daily, true innovation is really appreciated from my perspective. Kriss has a very innovative design with the Vector and it’s great to see them make improvements to the with the second generation. I think this is a gun that gets overlooked a lot in the climate where PCC’s are very popular. While nothing is perfect, the Kriss Vector has a lot of the characteristics of a great sub-gun.
You’ve chosen your riflescope, and whether the rifle is a small caliber or a bigger bore centerfire, the process of zeroing the scope need not be a dreaded one. Even if you intend to shoot long distance, starting with a 100-yard zero is the basis for everything going forward. In fact, with these simple steps, getting that scope dialed in and punching out bullseyes at football field distances is quite simple.Step 1: Know Your Riflescope
Range time is made much easier when you’re familiar with your riflescope. Take time to learn about the scope itself, as well as the type of reticle. Is it MOA or MIL? That will affect the units of measure to which the scope adjusts as you turn the turrets. How far you adjust depends upon the individual scope, though most clicks will equal one-quarter-inch at 100 yards on the more common civilian MOA riflescopes. Understanding your specific scope’s limits, measurements and functions will ultimately lead to a more efficient time at the range with less frustration.Step 2: Mount and Level the Optic
Whether you do this at home or have the local gun shop mount your riflescopes, the importance of mounting details will set the stage for your accuracy and success down the road. In short, don’t speed through this step. Start with quality mounts rather than choosing the cheapest available, especially for larger calibers that will face the shock of heavier recoil.
Ensure that the riflescope is mounted level and also torqued to the correct factory-recommended settings using an appropriate torque wrench. Most shops will do this for you when you purchase the scope.Step 3: Boresight
After mounting the optic, whether at home or by a gun shop, the next step in the sighting process is to perform a boresighting job. Boresighting simply means that you’re ensuring the scope is aligned with the barrel and iron sights. It’s not only quick and painless, but usually comes included if a shop is mounting the scope for you; however, if you’re DIYing, you’ll need a few simple tools like a laser or manual muzzle insert to complete the task.
This will give you the best start on the range, meaning you’ll most likely ping paper at 50 yards. If you don’t have access to boresighting tools, you can skip this step, but it means you’ll have to start even closer for the next step to save both ammo and frustration.Step 4: Start Close
Because these will be the first shots since the riflescope has been mounted, it’s best to start close so as to expedite the process. Even the best boresighting job does not guarantee the rifle will be directly on target, especially at 100-yards. 50-yards is the most common distance to begin zeroing the rifle on the range.
Take three shots from a solid rest and assess the target. Make major adjustments at this distance instead of going directly to greater distance. Just remember that if four clicks equal one inch at 100-yards, be aware closer ranges multiply the changes, so in that case, eight clicks would make the same adjustment at 50-yards. Once you’ve got clean groupings on target at 50-yards move on to the final step.Step 5: Make Final Adjustments at 100 Yards
Now that you know the exact point of impact at 50-yards and are familiar with making adjustments to the optic, it’s time to swing out to the 100-yard target. While many folks claim you can adequately zero with a single shot, there is too much potential for fluke and error. Shoot a three-shot group before making any adjustments.
While practicing as you plan to hunt or shoot is always the best practice, sighting in the rifle from a solid rest so as to remove the human error element is a good starting point. Some hunters, using a simple duplex reticle, will opt to keep that three-shot group an inch or two high at 100 yards instead of shooting dead center in order to better prepare for 200-plus yard shots.Step 6: Have Fun Shooting
Once you’re confident with where the rifle—and you—are shooting, you’re all set. Don’t forget though, zeroing the scope is just the beginning. Practice is where everything comes together.
Be sure to check out Guns.com’s inventory of rifles perfect for scoped shooting.
Ohio-based Hi-Point has been delivering an assortment of pistols and carbines to the consumer market since 1994 but they can be somewhat difficult to clean and disassemble.
To give the word direct from the company, Mike Strassell, Hi-Point’s owner, goes for a deep dive on the inner workings of the C9 series 9mm pistol in the above 21-minute video. The instruction also helps those with a Hi-Point CF380 or CF380 Comp model as the full disassembly and assembly process is the same.
While not as easy as maintaining a modern revolver or something like, say a Glock, the job of breaking the C9 down to its component pieces isn’t rocket science. Strassell does point out that those electing to tackle the job need to start with an unloaded pistol, empty magazine, a variety of punches (3/32, 1/8, 1/16) a block, assorted screwdrivers, the adjustment tool that comes with the gun, and a small hammer.
As for cleaning once the handgun is disassembled, HI-Point notes in their recently updated user’s manual for the C380/C9 the following process:
BARREL: Clean the barrel as follows:
1. Wet a cleaning patch with a gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant- preservative and run it through the barrel, from the chamber end, several times using a cleaning rod.
2. Wet a bristled cleaning brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant preservative and run it back and forth in the barrel, from the chamber end, using a cleaning rod.
3. Wet a new cleaning patch with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and run it through the barrel once, from the chamber end, with the cleaning rod and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the patch remains clean after being run through the barrel.
4. Before firing your Hi-Point pistol, run a clean patch through the barrel, from the chamber end, using the cleaning rod. Repeat this procedure until the patch comes out of the barrel with no gun oil or cleaner-lubricant-preservative on it. (Note: If you will be storing your Hi-Point pistol, do not perform step 4 until you are ready to use it).
5. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and thoroughly brush the outside of the barrel to remove any dirt or residue.
6. Wipe the outside of the barrel dry with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 5 and 6 until the patch remains clean.
SLIDE: Clean the slide as follows:
1. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and thoroughly brush the bottom surfaces where the slide sits on the frame.
2. Wipe the bottom surfaces where the slide sits on the frame with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.
3. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and, while holding the slide with the muzzle end facing down, brush the breech face and the area under the extractor. Do not use solvents on hydro dipped coated surfaces.
4. While holding the slide with the muzzle end facing down, wipe the breech face with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the patch remains clean.
5. Check all other exposed areas of the slide for cleanliness. If any dirt or debris is found, remove it with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative using a nylon bristle brush or a clean patch.
6. Wipe the exposed areas of the slide that you have cleaned in step 5 with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 5 and 6 until the patch remains clean.
FRAME: Check the frame for cleanliness. If necessary, clean the frame as follows:
1. Wipe exposed parts of the frame with a clean patch that has been slightly dampened with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant- preservative.
2. Wipe the exposed areas of the frame with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.
MAGAZINE: Inspect the magazine for dirt or visible damage. If necessary, clean the magazine as follows:
1. Wipe the outside of the magazine and the feed lips with a clean patch that has been slightly dampened with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative.
2. Wipe the outside of the magazine and the feed lips with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.
After you have cleaned your Hi-Point pistol, lubricate it by slightly dampening a clean patch with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and wiping the outside of the barrel, the inside of the slide and the outside of the magazine.
Your Hi-Point pistol is designed to operate properly with only a small amount of lubrication. Do not over lubricate your Hi-Point pistol because too much lubricant can collect unburned powder and other debris and prevent your Hi-Point pistol from functioning properly.
After you have finished cleaning and lubricating your Hi-Point pistol, and before you assemble it, you should inspect the barrel for lead build-up, bulges, cracks or obstructions and inspect the frame and slide for any corrosion or any visible damage.
In the video on disassembly, when switching to assembly, Strassell warns on what parts not to adjust — such as the drop safety counterweight — and reiterates Hi-Point’s assurances that, should the user observe broken or damaged parts, the factory will “send out replacement parts for free.”
According to statistics by federal regulators, Hi-Point produced 14,805 semi-automatic .380-caliber pistols in 2017 along with another 31,210 chambered in 9mm, all backed up by a lifetime warranty.
The company made headlines across the greater gun community this year, first with their new 2nd generation C9 pistol, to be named the YC9 “Yeet Cannon” after the results of an online public poll. In celebration of the public outpouring, Hi-Point has also released a special version of the C9 dubbed the “Yeet Cannon G1.”
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Initial gun production numbers are in from 2018, showing an increase from the previous year’s figures and the solid popularity of 9mm handguns.
According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 8,669,259 new firearms of all sorts were produced last year. This is up from 8,327,792 released into commerce in 2017.
The largest single category of firearms produced in 2018 was in pistols chambered larger than .380ACP to 9mm, with 2,281,450 handguns logged. This is up significantly from 1,756,618 in the same category reported in 2017.
By further comparison, 11.49 million new firearms were produced in 2016 — a modern record — while just over 9 million were produced in both 2015 and 2014. Earlier in the century, domestic gun production numbers remained largely constant at between 3 to 4 million from 2000 to 2008 and then began surging upwards to the 2016 peak, coinciding with the administration of President Obama.
The latest information comes as part of the interim installment of the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report. These reports, compiled from all licensed gun makers in the country large and small, are delayed a year due to the Trade Secrets Act. Because of this, the full 2018 data, broken down by manufacturers, will not be available until next year.
According to the full 2017 report, the top six domestic makers of 9mm pistols in the country by volume– not counting firearms that were imported from overseas– were Smith & Wesson (606,732 produced), Sig Sauer (368,264), Ruger (163,865), SCCY (150,235), Kimber (98,385) and Glock (94,665).
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Though I am admittedly a pistol girl through and through, I have dabbled in AR-15s like most gun owners. Like adult Legos, these guns piece together quickly and easily. When the opportunity to try my hand at building my own AK-47 arose, thanks to Lee Armory, I jumped on the chance to add to my repertoire of guns. What I didn’t realize, though, was exactly how different the AK building process would prove to be.
Lee Armory, located in Phoenix, Arizona, are AK specialists — building home-grown AKs for Kalashnikov fans. The company also happens to offer an AK Building Course for AK enthusiasts who want to take their fandom and love to the next level by piecing together their very own rifle. Helmed by Josh Leighton of Lee Armory, the class is an intense look into how the storied Soviet rifles are made. With an invitation and some trepidation, I jumped in on a Lee Armory build class to see how an AK compares to building an AR.
Lee Armory had all the pieces of what soon would be an AK laid out waiting to meet the tools that would smash rivets and pound pieces into place. Under Leighton’s guidance, I moved from station to station slowly putting together the AK-47. The steps were involved and as someone who isn’t familiar with tools beyond the basics, it felt a little daunting using all the machinery. Each step presented its own challenges, some of which I turned to Leighton to help me complete.
After a few hours of work, though, the job was complete. I slid the last few pieces of the AK into place and marveled at the firearm I had just built now resting in my hands. There was something so cool and fun about watching the rudimentary shapes of metal come together in the form of the famous AK-47. I didn’t have much time to marvel because the true test was upon us. After all that time and work I put into building the rifle, would it even fire?
Leighton directed me over to the test firing barrel nestled in the corner of Lee Armory’s factory. I placed the muzzle into the large hole of the blue barrel and pulled the trigger. Thankfully, it fired just as planned. After a few test shots to ensure it was truly functional we loaded up and headed to the range for a full test and evaluation.
We spent the first part of our range time sighting the AK-47 in at 100-yards and once that was complete it was all fun from there. Slinging rounds of 7.62 downrange at steel targets, I was met with that satisfying ding signaling my bullets landing on target. I was ecstatic! I sat plinking with the AK I had built myself and it actually worked! The experience was intense —much different from the AR-15 I built several years ago.
I was hit with a realization of exactly why this AK build class is truly beneficial for those that want to build their own AK. Having Leighton there every step of the way to guide me and help me was essential in ensuring I built a functional and safe rifle free of frustration. Walking away from the hot Arizona range, I was really thankful that Lee Armory offers such a service and allowed me to be one of its students.
To this day, building my very own AK is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had and a memory I will surely treasure for years to come.