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Remington, America’s oldest gun company, is reportedly headed to bankruptcy and is in talks with the Navajo Nation as to its post-Chapter 11 future.
The firearms maker, with operations in several states in addition to their flagship factory in Ilion, New York, could file for bankruptcy protection from creditors within days, reported the Wall Street Journal last week. A favored buyer for the company could be the 350,000-member Navajo Nation.
As a sovereign nation under the Navajo Sovereign Immunity Act, the tribe is largely insulated against personal injury claims, which have to be filed in the Nation’s own courts, a factor that could help Remington in persistent civil filings.
The Navajo Nation reportedly offered Remington between $475 million and $525 million in cash in 2018 just after it emerged from restructuring, a deal which was declined at the time. The Navajo Times this week reports the Nation’s Council currently has legislation before it to approve a $300 million investment in an unnamed company.
Founded in 1816 by Eliphalet Remington, “Big Green” today has plants in several states and maintains a corporate headquarters in North Carolina. While they have increasingly been expanding operations in a new mega factory in Huntsville, Alabama since 2014, the company also maintains operations in Southaven, Mississippi and Sturgis, South Dakota.
Notably, the company’s New York plant was forced to shutter by order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year.
In recent months, the company has closed down legacy modern sporting rifle lines such as Bushmaster and DPMS as well as accessory brand TAPCO, a move that has flooded the secondary market with parts branded by those subsidiaries. The 2018 Navajo offer envisioned a rebooted Remington that was centered on rifles and shotguns geared towards hunters, as well as contracts with law enforcement and military with an eventual shift to providing manufacturing jobs on Navajo land.
According to the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturers And Export Report for 2018, the most current data publically available, Remington produced at least 273,246 rifles, 155,480 shotguns, and 33,724 handguns that year.
USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals is one of the biggest and most competitive 3-Gun competitions each year. Originally slated for March 2020, the event was moved to June 2020 due to COVID-19. The reschedule made the competition the first major 3-Gun match and as such competitors were ready to shake off the dust and test their skills. What better way to kick off the competitive shooting season than Nationals?What is Multi-Gun Nationals
Multi-Gun Nationals spans two days, featuring 12 stages and offering unique challenges not commonly seen at local matches. At a local event, there might be one or two stage plans that make sense, while at Nationals the complexity of stages offered various stage plans. In this match, almost every member of a squad had a different plan for stages, all yielding competitive times. This made it incredibly fun! It truly became a mental match.
Stage one was the most talked about. Competitors started on a platform aiming at targets starting at 350 yards out to 650 yards. The kicker here was two paper targets sitting at 400 yards. Paper targets mean there’s no ringing, like you get with steel, indicating a hit. You just hope your hits are on.
There were jungle runs with shotguns and even a stage where competitors used their strong hand to throw a clay before shooting it. Each stage was different and challenged shooters throughout the match with every platform — shotgun, pistol, and rifle.It’s All in the Vibes
The vibe of the match was amazing with a diversity of shooters including women, juniors, beginners, and professionals. While there’s always pressure to perform well, there’s also a large sense of community. Simply put, 3-gunners are family.
Over four days, starting with the pre-match for staff and the main match for general competitors, people work or shoot all day. They gather at the end to enjoy a cold Yingling, stories, and laughter. Something tasty is always being cooked where the campers are parked. From a seafood boil to a steak smorgasbord, we filled up on food, reconnected with old friends, and made new ones. Often in shooting competitions, we compete, go home, and don’t see one another until the next one. To come together as friends strengthen the shooting community and make for a great time.My Results and Lessons Learned
How did I place, you wonder? I disqualified on stage 12 as I transitioned from a prone position. Getting up to run from the right rear of the stage to the left, I broke the 180 Rule with my rifle. The 180 Rule, in its simplest form, imagines the competitor standing in the center of a circle facing downrange or north. Behind the shooter would be south at 180 degrees. As long as the muzzle of the gun stays north, facing downrange, everything is good. If the firearm breaks 90 degrees east or west, it’s a disqualification. Stage 12 saw the fault lines positioned to face the two side berms versus the back berm and as a right-handed shooter, I should have planned my movements better.
A DQ shouldn’t happen, but it’s part of the shooting sports — typically, in every match just under 10 percent of shooters get disqualified. As many say, it’s not if you will get DQ’d, it’s when.
It’s easy to slip into a negative mindset after a DQ or subpar performance. At the end of the day, though, you have to remain professional. Own mistakes, learn from them and overcome. Attitude is everything! After my DQ, I had to step away, take a deep breath, and absorb what happened. Once I calmed down, I set my sights on the next task, pushing on. I went back to my squad and helped them run shooters and reset for the remainder of the day. Just because you’re out of the competition, doesn’t take away from the fact that your squad is still in it.
We are a community and as a member, it’s your job to help others. People won’t remember who won the match two years from now, but they will remember a squadmate who was bitter and had a bad attitude. When you have a poor performance but maintain a great attitude, you earn respect from your peers.Final Thoughts
Overall, Multi-Gun Nationals was an amazing experience. The competition season is now in full swing and I, along with others, can’t wait for the next big competition!
Congratulations to the 2020 Multi-Gun National Champions:
- Overall/Open Division/Military- Joel Turner
- Tactical- Daniel Horner
- High Lady- Dakota Overland
- Senior- Bennie Cooley
- Super Senior- Jerry Miculek
- Junior- Brady Lawing
- Law Enforcement- Keith Garcia
Just nine months after the historic AR-15 maker signaled a curb in selling the rifle through consumer channels, Colt says they are now back on the market.
Last September, the Connecticut-based firearms maker began a hiatus in their sales of rifles to the public while continuing to produce such long arms to fulfill outstanding military and law enforcement contracts– a move they said at the time was only temporary. A market decision and not politics, despite what anti-gun advocates and avowed “we’re coming for your guns” Democratic Presidental candidates heralded as a win in their quest for gun control.
At this year’s SHOT Show in January, Colt told Guns.com that AR-15 production for the consumer market was going to resume once the company’s current rifle production line gets some breathing room on their full plate of military contracts. It seems that time has come.
Now, as first reported by American Rifleman last week, new Colt AR-15s are shipping to dealers nationwide with Mark O’Keefe writing that over 2,000 Colt LE6920s recently left the factory, bound for eager consumers.
Anti-gun advocates are all-in when it comes to making the current District of Columbia America’s 51st State.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted 232-180 last week along party lines in favor of H.R. 51, a move introduced by Washington D.C.’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, to grant statehood to the District. Not a single Republican voted for the measure, which some openly decried as unconstitutional, while the White House signaled disapproval.
Meanwhile, national gun control groups backed by billionaire former Democratic Presidental candidates applauded the prospect of the planned new state of “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.” Such a new entity, the 20th largest city in the country and the smallest state in size, would immediately have two new voting seats in the U.S. Senate, and one in the House.
“D.C. statehood is a gun safety issue,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety in a statement. “It is disgraceful that voters in the District have been excluded from the national legislative conversation for so many years — especially when it comes to gun violence prevention. The Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass this vital legislation.”
It’s not just Everytown– formed from a 2014 merger of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action– that championed D.C.’s statehood. The Brady Campaign also quickly announced its support, saying the current “disenfranchisement is an outrage,” while the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said, “Now is the time to give the 700,000 citizens in the nation’s capital full and equal representation in Congress.”
It should be noted that the District has one of the strictest gun control schemes in the country, including a ban on popular semi-automatic rifles, declared “gun-free zones” that include most of the city, controversial “may issue” carry permits, and mandatory registration of all firearms. The city even banned virtually all civilian handgun ownership until a landmark 2008 Supreme Court ruling forced it to overturn the prohibition. This poses the question that, if D.C., for example, had constitutional carry and would likely come into the Union as a new red state, if the same anti-gun groups would care that its residents were disenfranchised?
While the likelihood of D.C. achieving statehood through an upvote on H.R. 51 by the GOP-controlled Senate, escaping a Presidental veto, and enduring the inevitable legal challenges to its existence is slim, 2020 is an election year which could see both Congress and the White House flip.
One thing is certain, though, the public safety of the planned new state might be up in the air, as a recent union survey of the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department found that over 70 percent of the officers responding are considering leaving the force.
The FNX-45 Tactical is an absolutely unique sidearm, complete down to the “Jason Bourne” grade case it ships in. With 3 high capacity magazines, military-grade design, and all the suppressor factors built-in, this one has it all.
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Rock Island Armory's AL9.0 is a six-shot revolver. The surprising part is that it is chambered in 9mm. The steel frame gives weight to the gun and the low recoil of 9mm makes it pleasant to shoot.
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The Sig Sauer P320 handgun is modular by design. The ability to swap calibers, frame sizes, and more provides a versatility that is driving a massive aftermarket for parts and accessories. Building a P320 is the perfect way to get exactly the gun you want without having to buy a new gun and throw away parts.
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In part 1, I discussed the parts for the build, the legal issues, and converted the bolt carrier semi-auto. In this part, I will continue the RPD build with the barrel installation and head spacing the bolt.
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Since 1934 there have been two cases wherein the legal owner of a registered machinegun committed a crime with his weapon. Only one is well documented.
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Republicans on Capitol Hill have introduced a resolution stressing the importance of preserving the right to keep and bear arms after calls to defund police.
The Second Amendment for Everyone (SAFE) Resolution of 2020 was introduced to the U.S. House this week by Idaho Republican Russ Fulcher, backed by 15 co-sponsors drawn from nine states. The move asks local governments who seek to reduce their local law enforcement agencies to do so while ensuring their local gun regulations do not burden their residents.
“I support the right of Americans to own and responsibly use firearms—particularly during a time when the police’s ability to protect our citizens may be lessened, or even removed in some areas,” said Fulcher in a statement. “People have a right to protect themselves, and this should not be impeded by local, state, or county regulations that have enacted costly, lengthy, and burdensome procedures for obtaining legal, constitutionally-granted gun ownership.”
The measure, introduced as H.Res.1013, would resolve that any jurisdiction that moves to dismantle or reduce funding for law enforcement should check their own local regs and cut away rules that put a crimp on individual gun ownership or access to firearms. The goalposts for identifying such restrictions should be the landmark pro-gun Heller and McDonald cases decided by the Supreme Court.
Fulcher’s office points out that many jurisdictions have mandatory training requirements for prospective gun owners that are so expensive as to tread on Second Amendment rights. Further, reducing police presence in some regions, especially for sparsely-patroled rural areas, could put residents at risk while at the same time placing barriers to legal gun ownership.
The SAFE Resolution has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
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Earlier this year FN launched the FN 503, a slim, 6+1 shot single-stack 9mm that is the company’s smallest handgun in generations, and we have been putting it through its paces.About Time
Once upon a time, FN was known for making the smallest, most compact handguns on the market. These included John Browning’s Mle 1900, Mle 1906 Vest Pocket (which predated his Vest Pocket for Colt by two years), Mle 1910, and the Browning Baby.
Fast forward to the 1980s and all of those classic designs were put to bed. To fill this hole in their catalog in recent years, full-size polymer-framed double-stacks like the FNS and FN 509 have been chopped down to more compact designs, but they were still pretty chonky compared to Mr. Browning’s early guns.
FN, making up for lost time, came correct with the 503 model which debuted in March. The new pistol has a 3.1-inch barrel with recessed target crown which contributes to a 5.9-inch overall length. Some 4.6 inches high, the gun is slim– with a width of 1.1 inches overall.
We found our FN 503 to weigh 23.5-ounces with a loaded chamber and similarly topped-off 6-round mag inserted, and 25.2-ounces with the longer 8-round mag in an 8+1 set up.
The ergonomics of the FN 503 are just what you want from a carry gun. The pistol balances well, even when you factor that it is a stubby little guy, and doesn’t float around in your hand. The rear slide serrations are deep enough to provide plenty of purchase. The extended slide stop and the fenced-off reversible magazine-release have a raised texture.
Speaking about that texture, the grip is aggressive, which is something I like. Some chafe at strong texture (see what we did there) but it is something that can be modded by the end-user with some sandpaper. You can always remove the texture, but it is a lot harder to add it so the fact that the FN 503 is super grippy puts it to the better end of the scale in my opinion.
The gun felt great in the hand, especially with the longer mag inserted, and is well built, with good fit and finish, perhaps better than in many “plastic fantastics” which are often built with economy in mind. The longer magazine, of course, leads to a larger footprint on the pistol. A solution could be to carry the 6-rounder inserted and the 7-round mag as a backup on the “one is none, two is one” mantra of EDC.Reliability
In the course of a few range trips, we ran a bit over 500 rounds through our fresh-from-the-box FN 503, mostly Federal American Eagle 115-grain 9mm. With that being said, we also made sure to drop some Wolf, PMC, and Winchester loads through the gun as well as some with 124- and 147-grain bullets and both FMJ and JHPs. Of those loads, we had one jam– encountered on round #2 which we chalked up to not having the magazine fully inserted. Zero issues from round #3 through #500.
The slide locked back on an empty mag time after time. The mags positively drop free. The full-length steel chassis lends to less “flex” in the firing cycle. A sturdy gun, it proved controllable and was easy to recover, shooting very flat.Accuracy
Trigger pull was right at 5-pounds every single time we tested it, which is a lighter than many polymer-framed guns of similar size, namely the Sig P365 and Glock G43. The trigger is all-metal with a safety insert and felt fairly crisp for a factory striker-fired gun. It did have a little bit longer reset than I would like but it wasn’t anything that ruined my day. I have seen worse. FN describes the trigger as “best in class,” which is probably not that hyperbolic.
The barrel has a polished feed ramp and is target crowned and recessed– something you don’t expect on a palm-sized handgun. Just 3.1-inches with an equivalent sight radius, it is not geared to long-range accuracy but you have to keep in mind this is a slim single-stack 9mm envisioned for concealed carry.
While not breaking out the lead sled and match ammo, close-in accuracy while shooting off hand was decent, with the gun able to consistently pop plates at 10 yards. Pushing out to 25, it was still on paperman torso.Final Thoughts
The FN 503 is a good compromise that delivers a gun with the same action as a full-sized/compact FN 509 but in a sub-compact design that is ideal for concealed carry, deep carry, or as a backup gun.
About the worst rock you can throw at the FN 503 is that, with its single-stack capacity, it is kinda behind the curve when compared to guns like the Sig P365 and Springfield Hellcat. For FN fans looking for a slightly larger double-stack in the same flavor, the FN 509 Compact series, which has a standard 12+1 capacity and the capability to accept all higher capacity FN 509 magazines, could be an option.
We are continuing our test and eval of the FN 503, hoping to push it out to 2,000 rounds while putting at least 100 more hours of carrying on it, so watch this space for that review in the coming weeks.
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Big Horn Armory is back in the 500 Auto Max pistol business! The company has redesigned and improved its AR500 Pistol for 2020 and is now taking orders for this very big-bore AR-pattern handgun.
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