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Prosecutors have ruled the use of force by a Massachusetts cabbie who fought back after he was attacked by two men seeking to rob him as self-defense.
Bristol County DA Thomas M. Quinn III last week said the unidentified Yellow Cab driver was cleared by his office in the Aug. 10 shooting that left one of his attackers, Christopher Dunton, 24, of New Bedford, dead.
“After a thorough investigation, it is clear that the cab driver acted in lawful self-defense and the use of deadly force was justified under the circumstances,” Quinn said, as reported by South Coast Today.
The second robbery suspect, Kyle S. Dawson, 23, of New Bedford, was indicted on multiple felony charges by a Bristol County Grand Jury in early October. According to prosecutors, Dawson and Dunton were picked up just before 1:00 a.m. by the cab driver from a local address and, once in the vehicle, the two men asked for change for a $50 then moved to rob the driver, placing him in a chokehold and pulling a knife.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Digiantnmasco said at Dawson’s arraignment that Dunton held the cab driver by the neck while Dawson held a “black tactical knife” to the man’s side and “said they would shank him.”
The cab driver was able to wrestle free and, a concealed carry permit holder, drew a gun and fired three rounds into the cab at the robbers, striking Dunton.
Dawson, who has a lengthy criminal record, is facing trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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A set of historic Colt revolvers owned by a prominent Union general could fetch more than a quarter million dollars at auction later this month.
Rock Island Auction Company will present the foursome of percussion Colt revolvers engraved by the famed gunmaker himself, less than three months before his death in January 1862.
“This set is easily one of the most important and historic sets of Colt revolvers in existence and was presented in the fall of 1861 during the uncertain early days of the Civil War when the preservation of the Union was in dire risk and the devastation the war would bring was still unknown,” the company said in a preview of the listing.
Samuel Colt presented the set to Brigadier General Andrew Porter on Nov. 1, 1861 while entertaining a group of Union military officials — including Secretary of War Simon Cameron and Gen. George B. McClellan — at his Connecticut home. The set includes two Colt Model 1860 Army revolvers, a Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver and a Colt Model 1862 Police revolver.
Historians theorize Colt presented the gifts to dispel rumors circulating about him aiding the Confederacy in months prior and to “grease the wheels” for future government contracts.
“The presentation of these sets was most likely a calculated stunt by Colt as part of a wider campaign to improve his public image in the face of scandal and also promote his wares to secure both commercial sales and lucrative government contracts as he aggressively expanded his business,” Rock Island said in its listing. “Colt died a little over two months following the presentation of these revolvers on January 10, 1862, making this his last block of presentation revolvers and therefore particularly significant in the history of Colt firearms even besides their connections to various important figures in the government and military.”
Rock Island values the set between $250,000 and $375,000. It, along with other rare and historic vintage firearms, will be offered later this month during the December Premier Gun Auction, scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Rock Island, Illinois.
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The better hidden the hunter, the greater odds of a successful harvest. With more hunters opting to get up-close-and-personal on the ground level using any of the myriad pop-up blinds on the market, they’re only doing half the job if not further camouflaging the unit with brush after initial setup.
While this seems like a simple tip, it’s not always followed. More often than not I have seen ground blinds popped up along fence lines and woodlots with little concern for concealment. Sure, these hunting tents come in camouflage fabric, but wood-wise hunters know that’s just a start. Breaking up the outline of a foreign, square-ish object in a natural environment only serves to better increase the odds of fooling wily quarry.
Here’s how you can be more successful with your setup. Before you even pop up that new blind, choose your spot wisely. Look for natural shooting lanes and animal sign. Also, consider a backdrop for your blind that will allow it to blend in. Sometimes that can be a tangle of brush, leaves, or some naturally hinged trees in the background. Even when that’s not an option, savvy hunters will wander out in search of some matching vegetation to break up the outline of the boxy ground blind. While you may remain concealed inside, and animals are often naturally curious, a square outline is easily noticeable to both critters and other hunters alike.
Use the “brush loops” provided on many ground blinds to attach the vegetation you’ve picked. Make sure to use a mix of natural material. Dead branches can break up the overall outline, while leafy or pine boughs kept away from shooting openings do the most for giving the blind’s flat surface a natural, three-dimensional appearance. Even without brush loops, hunters can still create a framework of forest detritus using paracord or zip ties, with the end goal of breaking up the squarish outline of that ground blind and helping the hunter disappear in the woods. Taking a few extra minutes to better camouflage that tent can only serve to increase the odds of a successful hunt.
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“You need to have the capacity for danger. You need to be dangerous. But you need to learn how to not use it except when it’s necessary," says Dr. Jordan Peterson.
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Remington Arms breathes new life into the Premier Scirocco Bonded rifle ammunition line, reintroducing the ammo into its centerfire lineup.
The Premier Scirocco Bonded utilizes Swift Scirocco Bonded bullets paired with “specially blended powders” and Kleanbore to deliver an elevated performance, according to Remington. Scirocco bullets offer a polymer tip shaped to create less drag. The pure copper jacket is tapered and heavy-based in addition to being bonded to the lead core resulting in a controlled expansion.
Remington said the round’s design is topped off with a secant ogive bullet profile matched to a boat tail base that presents shooters with a high ballistic coefficient with match grade accuracy.
“Premier Scirocco Bonded is some of the most versatile and reliable big-game ammunition offered today,” the ammo maker said in news release.
Remington offers its Premier Scirocco Bonded centerfire ammo in several calibers to include: .243 Win, .270 Win, 7mm Remington Mag, 7mm Rem Ultra Mag, 30-06 Springfield, .300 WSM, .300 Win Mag, .300 Rem Ultra Mag and .308 Win — all in various bullet weights with prices under $65.
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How do you kill a foam board tank? With a flying foam board A-10 Warthog replica armed with the guts of a P90 airsoft gun, of course.
The guys at Flite Test, a YouTube RC aviation channel, built their A-10 from scratch by trial and error and armed it with an airsoft gun donated by Evike. Through the use of Glow-in-the-Dark BBs and an airsoft tracer kit loaded in a pretty big hopper, they can see where the rounds impact and adjust the plane’s aim accordingly.
Weighing in at 28 pounds, the third prototype A-10 takes to the air to destroy a giant moving cardboard tank they made while a P90-armed anti-aircraft team attempts to swat it from the sky.
If you are curious about the evolution of their A-10:
And how they built the tank:
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Bad news for Washington gun owners. The draconian ballot measure known as Initiative 1639 passed into law this week, garnering 60 percent of the votes.
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Crimson Trace’s Lightguard for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol is now officially shipping, according to the company.
The Lightguard LTG-770 light is specifically created for the Shield and Shield M2.0 in 9mm and .40 S&W, offering a 110-lumen LED white light housed on the pistol’s trigger guard. The Lightguard is activated using its dual-side Instant Activation pads. Easy-to-install, according to Crimson Trace, the Lightguard is powered by dual 1/3N lithium batteries. Batteries can be replaced via a rapid-change battery cap on the device’s exterior.
“The Lightguard offers constant light and strobe modes and delivers an extremely light weight of just 1 ounce (approximate) with the batteries installed,” Crimson Trace said in a news release.
Crimson Trace says the Lightguard LTG-770 will be available in retail stores soon as well as on commercial sites selling Crimson Trace products. The Lightguard LTG-770 for the Shield and Shield M2.0 will offer a MSRP of $89.
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Sometimes your friends turn out to not be friends. While deployed overseas as a security contractor I ended up coming up with this rifle drill. The premise of it was derived from the daily task of checking in on our local guard posts.
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Galco serves up the WaklAbout 2.0 holster, a rig that features an integrated spare magazine carrier for an all-in-one holster approach.
A member of Galco’s Concealed Carry Lite line of holsters, the WalkAbout 2.0 features an open top design with reinforced mouth for a smooth draw and easy re-holstering. The holster is outfitted with belt clips that boast are adjustable for cant allowing concealed carriers to place the rig strongside or in the crossdraw or appendix carry positions.
Utilizing an ambidextrous construction, the WalkAbout 2.0 uses interchangeable tuckable clips in the way of the UniClip and Ultimate Stealth Clip with hook. The UniClip is created to fit over the belt, but can also be used without a belt according to Galco. The Ultimate Stealth Clip with hook fits on the waistband of the wearer’s pants. With this configuration, only the clip shows from under or behind the belt.
“The WalkAbout 2.0 offers all the benefits of the Tuck-N-Go 2.0 – with the addition of an attached spare magazine carrier! It’s an exceptional combination of high performance, comfort and affordability,” Galco said in a press release.
Designed for semiautomatic pistols, the holster is available in black and retails for $43.
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Appendix inside-the-waistband carry is enjoying a bit of popularity recently as more gun owners turn to the carry method to conceal their gun. With wearer’s sporting their pistol front and center, how do AIWB’ers prevent printing and stealthily hide their gun? The secret is in the claw or wedge.The Wedge
Usually constructed from some sort of closed cell foam, the wedge gains its unique powers from its ability to be match to what the user needs. Added to the holster, the wedge is placed so that it conforms to the individual’s body shape. Once in place using either glue or Velcro, depending on the set-up, a wedge pushes against the wearer’s body to naturally angle the muzzle of the gun out and, in turn, cause the butt of the gun to rest inward towards the body.
Though consumers can purchase aftermarket wedge kits, usually retailing for under $10, another perk to the wedge is that its inexpensive to make if DIY is your calling. Using closed cell foam – usually found in camping mats and kid’s play foam blocks — or even gel shoe inserts and a little glue or Velcro, AIWB wedgers can make their own wedge to achieve better concealment with their favorite AIWB rigs.The Claw
The claw design is an integrated one, usually accompanying a holster at the time of purchase. The claw, attached to the side of the holster under the pistol’s grip, possess the same intent of a wedge but accomplishes in a slightly different way. While the wedge uses the wearer’s body to angle the gun, the claw uses the belt. Pushing against the gun belt, a claw AIWB rotates the gun and holster so that the grip of the gun pulls towards the body.
There aren’t as many aftermarket claws floating around, as most ship alongside a specific holster. DIY isn’t really an option here either; but where the claw shines is that it’s a no muss/no fuss design. Where a wedged creation might wear down over time, eventually compressing and needing a replacement, the claw – made of the same material as the holster – should hold up long term.Concealment
The most common complaint out of concealed carriers is printing. How do we keep the gun successfully concealed without printing? In the case of appendix carry, body type plays a factor in the case of printing; however, a wedge or claw can rectify nearly any AIWB printing situation with ease. The greatest advantage to the claw or wedge is its angling of the gun. Whether that’s by using a wearer’s lumps and body bumps to its advantage to push the muzzle out, in the case of the wedge, or rotating the gun’s grip inward by pushing against the belt, in the case of the claw, both designs achieve similar results in terms of concealment.
The addition of a claw or wedge into AIWB practically eliminates the printing dilemma — even for petite AIWB fans. A wedge or claw also opens the door for more carry options, permitting users to expand their arsenal to larger subcompacts such as the Glock 19.Final Thoughts
The simple addition of a claw or wedge onto an AIWB holster expands concealed carrier’s options while introducing more concealment into the AIWB equation. Whether concealed carriers choose to DIY with a wedge or purchase a ready-made claw holster, the two devices make concealment in the appendix position readily accessible to more gun owners.
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For those of you with a soft spot for surplus vending machines, this could be hard to watch. Edwin Sarkissian shows up for work with a 6-barreled M134 Minigun capable of spewing 7.62x51mm NATO at just an amazing rate of fire for as long as you have a budget for bullets. Using a retired Coke machine as a target, it just chews it up.
Sarkissian borrowed the minigun from Battlefield Vegas, which is Guns.com’s home away from home when cruising The Strip, after all, what’s not to like about a place that has a fleet of military vehicles and 500 machine guns on tap.
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Introduced in 1979, the Heckler & Koch P7 had a number of innovative features when introduced and an unusual marketing scheme. A product of the West German pistol standards for police guns that yielded the Walther P1, P4, and P5, as well as the Sig P2 (210) and P6 (225), HK introduced their small P7 as a contender.
This semi-automatic 9mm pistol used a lot of forward-thinking features — including a gas piston delay system, 110-degree grip angle, and a squeeze-cocking safety system — to propel itself into gun legend. The thing is, cops in every country have a budget, even German ones, and the P7, while super neat, was only bought in small numbers.
The P7 was even advertised unashamedly by HK as “the most expensive handgun in the world” at the time and some Polizei still use the gun even though it hasn’t been produced in years.
Covering the P7M13 model, with a 13+1 capacity, is Brownells’ gun tech Keith Ford in the above video. For a deeper dive is Life Size Potato, a channel that specializes in curious European handguns, and a companion piece by 9-Hole Reviews including USPA Grand Master Josh Mazzola, below.
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Quinton Haywood, 27, faces 20 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty Tuesday in federal court to taking a shipment of Beretta firearms — including 600 .380-caliber handguns and 54 12-gauge shotguns — bound for a Bass Pro Shop back in October 2017.
Haywood’s co-defendants — Frank McChriston, 33; Keith Lowe, 28; Eric White, 26; and Derrick White, 32 — have not yet entered any pleas, according to court filings.
Federal investigators allege Haywood and the four other men broke into the UPS facility in Springfield, hot-wired two truck-tractors and used the vehicles to move trailers around the lot, thwarting security measures taken by staff. The men then gained access to two trailers containing the guns, a pallet of Justin Brand boots, a dozen cases of soda and “numerous power tools.”
The day after the heist, the men stole a moving truck from Best Way Moving & Storage. The truck was found a week later more than 430 miles away in Seagoville, Texas.
Investigators used cell phone tower records to connect the suspects to the UPS facility and the location of the stolen moving truck, according to court documents.
Authorities arrested Eric and Derrick White at Redneck Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 19, 2017 on outstanding warrants. During the encounter, police found a stolen .380-caliber handgun in Derrick White’s car, as well as an unopened Milwaukee M18 2 Toll Combo Kit and two unopened SOG folding knives.
Investigators also found a Taurus 9mm pistol, two sets of bolt cutters and two key rings in Eric White’s car. The keys matched a type “commonly used for tractor trailer trucks and fork lifts,” according to the Department of Justice.
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Franklin Armory announced it received approval from the California Department of Justice for its new CA7 Pistol. The 7.5-inch barreled AR pistol features a mil-spec pistol forged lower receiver with FST 7-inch handguard.
The gun uses a pistol buffer tube with foam cheek pad and is optics ready. Featuring a standard charging handle, the CA7’s barrel boasts a 1-in-9-inch twist rate. Decked out in all black, the CA7 comes chambered in 5.56 NATO.
Franklin Armory says its committed to helping California gun owners purchase legal firearms and already touts a large selection of CA compliant models to include the DFM Drop-in Fixed Magazine, F-17 series in .17 WSM and CSW, among others.
“This is historic since the CA7 is the only AR pistol approved by the state of California that is not a single shot,” Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson said in a press release.
The CA7 ships with a detachable 10/20 magazine and sports a price tag of $934.99.
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A South Carolina woman used her handgun last week to defend her home and her three sleeping children against a burglar who had broken into her front door. Security camera footage shows Cecil Charles Parnell, 43, along with an unidentified woman, attempting to break into the home owned by Ashley Jones. Jones told WSPA she heard banging on her front door and two people speaking on the porch.
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The contrast between the .410 bore and 28 gauge shotguns rapidly becomes apparent when they are compared downrange.
In the above installment from Buffalo’s Outdoors, he stacks the two scatterguns side-by-side and gives an overview before moving on to a pattern test with multiple loads. While the two are available in a wide range of shotguns, he has a pair of matching TriStar Viper G2s with full chokes on tap, rolling with those as a control.
One thing to keep in mind with 28s, and he points this out, is that there is a lot more diversity on the market when it comes to .410 loads, but he tries to get similar shells to keep it fair.
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Thompson Auto-Ordnance announced its Case Hardened Thompson is now available and shipping to collectors and Tommy Gun enthusiasts.
The Case Hardened Thompson delivers a .45 ACP design and all steel, 18-inch barrel in a 1927 Thompson configuration. The Thompson pairs a Walnut stock with blue steel and a swirling finish to create an artfully designed Thompson celebrating American creativity, according to Thompson Auto-Ordnance.
“When the original Thompson sub-machine gun was made, its design epitomized an era when firearms were works of art crafted in wood and steel,” the company said in a news release. “Auto-Ordnance has kept that tradition alive with its gorgeous blue steel, hard wood stocked Thompson carbines. Now we are taking the art of the Thompson to a new level with our new ‘Case Hardened’ Tommy Guns.”
Thompson Auto-Ordnance says the Case Hardened Thompson is a perfect complement to the case hardened Auto-Ordnance 1911, announced earlier in 2018. The Case Hardened Thompson ships with a 20-round stick magazine and features a MSRP of $1,797. The latest Thompson model can be nabbed by contacting a local firearms dealer.
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A historic U.S. Navy destroyer is close to having a full set of ready “ammo” for the ship’s 40mm gun battery. The USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer that earned an impressive 12 battle stars during her Naval career, has been a museum ship in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge since 1986.
The ship is unique in the respect that, although other WWII-era ships have survived, they were later modified — often greatly — from their original appearance, Kidd was left almost in the same condition as when she was helping to shoot down kamikazes. This has translated into the vessel recently being chosen by Tom Hanks as a set for his upcoming wartime destroyer drama “Greyhound.”
To help further restore the ship to her “correct” WWII look, the museum has been working since 2014 to build 1,200 replica 40mm shells to fill the ready service ammunition racks in the ship’s five 40mm gun tubs. The tubs, containing 14 Bofors cannons, were among the destroyer’s primary anti-aircraft defenses, with each capable of firing a 2-pound 40x311mm shell as fast as 120 rounds per minute– as long as the gun crew could keep feeding it 4-round clips through top-mounted hoppers.
The thing is, you can’t just call Aguila or somebody and whistle up 1,200 inert 40mm shells, so the museum has a plan to roll their own.
Starting with the shell casings, the museum reached out to the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Wing and obtained brass WWII-vintage Bofors casings for free. You see the Air Force has a supply of these around nearby Hurlburt Field in Florida due to the 40mm cannon’s lingering use by AC-130 gunships.
Next, a volunteer bought 300 WWII-vintage Mk-8 clips for the shells from an armory in Virginia to help support the project.
To cap the inert casings, with the help of a grant from The National Association of Destroyer Veterans, Meaux Guns in Baton Rouge has been crafting aluminum projectile replicas.
The Kidd still needs another 300 projectiles to move to finish the project, which will amount to the group marrying up casings, projectiles (painted in correct schemes) and clips then mounting them in racks assembled in the gun tubs, all of which they hope to accomplish by 2020.
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Primary Arms announced the 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR .308 reticle is officially is in stock and now shipping to consumers.
Powered by its HUD DMR reticle, the holdover reticle features target range estimation, bullet drop compensation, wind holds and moving target leads for three target speeds. Boasting a first focal plane configuration, all calibrations are true at all magnifications, according to Primary Arms.
“There is no guessing or ‘Kentucky windage’ with HUD DMR—the scope provides detailed, carefully tested holdover points to apply in a wide variety of real world shooting situations,” Primary Arms said in a news release.
Outfitted with resettable windage and elevation knobs, the scope achieves 0.1 MIL adjustments. Parallax adjustment and partial red reticle illumination are controlled via the same knob location on the left side of the riflescope while a quick adjust diopter ring keeps the reticle crisp and clear.
The matte black anodized finished scope is both waterproof and fog resistant and includes a flip cap for added protection. The 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope HUD DMR .308 model is available now while its counterpart the 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR 5.56 reticle is available for pre-order with expected ship date in late November or early December 2018.
The 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR .308 reticle is priced at $499.99.
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