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CMMG introduces new RipBrace AR pistol brace in two models

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:30

CMMG and SB Tactical bring to life a new retractable AR pistol brace in Micro, pictured above, and Standard models. (Photo: CMMG)

CMMG partners with SB tactical to bring a new retractable AR pistol brace to the market known as the RipBrace.

The RipBrace uses CMMG’s Fastback technology which grants users the ability to pull straight back on the device to extend the brace — negating the need for a release lever or button. The RipBrace comes with personal position presets for user adjustable settings that stick in the user’s preferred place each time. CMMG says the brace is ATF compliant and offers a lightweight and ambidextrous build perfect for personal defense.

“This instant deployment is a one-of-a-kind feature that makes the RipBrace an optimal choice for any AR pistol designated for personal defense,” CMMG said in a news release.

The RipBrace’s design allows it to easily extend without a release lever. (Photo: CMMG)

CMMG intends to offer the RipBrace in two flavors — a Micro/CQB model and a Standard version. The Micro/CQB is designed for use with pistol caliber carbines or any AR pistol in which the user requires a small and compact size. With five present positions, the Micro/CQB model retails just under $200.

The Standard variant is the full-sized version of the RipBrace, measuring 1.25-inches longer than the Micro model. Created for larger caliber AR pistols, the Standard ships with six personal preset positions and a price tag just under $200 as well.

Both the Standard and Micro?CQB model RipBraces are available through CMMG.

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Jon Stewart on Buying ARs: ‘It’s Harder to Adopt a Cat’

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:13

"If other people kill us, we will make (soldiers) go to their place forever. That's basically how Americans learn geography now," he added. "But if we kill each other, we do nothing."

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The Rex Delta makes its debut in the U.S. (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:00

Guns.com got an exclusive look at the new Rex Delta handgun when it debuted at the gun maker’s manufacturing facility in central Europe. Less than three years old, Rex is still pretty new to the U.S., but the new Delta has the potential to make the brand a common name among gun buyers.

Like many new handguns that come to the U.S. market nowadays, Rex followed suggestions from fans and designed the Delta with concealed carry in mind. But unlike other handguns in Rex’s catalog, the Delta replaces the metal frame with polymer and the hammer with a striker-fired operating system.

Along with a handful of other writers, I developed my first impression of the Rex Delta during a media trip out to the Arex manufacturing facility in Šentjernej, Slovenia. For those unfamiliar with Rex handguns, they made their introduction in the U.S. in 2015 with the Rex Zero 1 and Alpha models. Although made in the former Yugoslavian state, they’re imported by the Las Vegas-based FIME Group. However, Arex opened in 1994 and has since become one of the largest gun makers in Slovenia.

For those unfamiliar with Rex handguns, they made their introduction in the U.S. in 2015 with the Rex Zero 1 and Alpha models. Although made in the former Yugoslavian state, they’re imported by the Las Vegas-based FIME Group. However, Arex opened in 1994 and has since become one of the largest gun makers in Slovenia. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

At first, the trigger felt heavy and like it had a slight amount of creep in the reset, but the more I shot the gun, the more I actually liked it. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

Using six new Deltas hot off the assembly line, we fired nearly 6,000 rounds. During the marathon shooting, magazines fell free, slides locked back, and the guns ran pretty much flawlessly. I cannot recall a single malfunction (except when one guy tried to shoot like Sicario, but I don’t blame the gun for these shenanigans — and no it wasn’t me).

Overall, the Delta left a very favorable impression. In fact, I shot so well that I won a shooting competition during the event. However, some of the others didn’t find it as intuitive and company reps fielded suggestions. They noted that in some cases the trigger pinched and the frame sometimes rubbed. While I didn’t experience any of that, the Rex people said they were already in the process of fixing these issues, so I doubt you will experience them in the production guns.

While the Rex Delta had common features for a polymer-framed duty pistol like a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, and three-dot sights, the company also put a nice spin on others. The Delta’s loaded chamber indicator is subtle. While some consider it pointless or worse obtrusive, I thought it was actually quite useful. It popped up above the chamber just enough to be visible and tactile for low light situations, but not enough to be distracting.

I cannot recall a single malfunction (except when one guy tried to shoot like Sicario, but I don’t blame the gun for these shenanigans — and no it wasn’t me). (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

The Delta’s loaded chamber indicator is subtle. While some consider it pointless or worse obtrusive, I thought it was actually quite useful. It popped up above the chamber just enough to be visible and tactile for low light situations, but not enough to be distracting. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

At first, the trigger felt heavy and like it had a slight amount of creep in the reset, but the more I shot the gun, the more I actually liked it. The company lists trigger pull at 5.5 pounds, but it felt more like 6.5 or 7 pounds. While the trigger seemed heavy, the break was crisp, the reset was good, and I stopped noticing the creep.

As I mentioned above, the Delta uses a passive trigger safety instead of a manual one. However, Rex has slides already cut for a manual safety feature and will probably release them sometime in 2019. Lastly, the Delta’s will ship with five – I repeat FIVE – different backstrap options. As a guy with hands that don’t fit anything, I really appreciate the option.

I look forward to getting my hands on a production model for review when they hit the U.S. Expect to see the Rex Delta in stores late 2018 or early 2019.

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Orders for surplus M1911 pistols outnumber supply

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:30

U.S. martial M1911s were in production until 1945 from companies as diverse as Remington-UMC, Singer, and US&S and some are filtering through the CMP. (Photo: National Archives)

The plan to transfer some of the Army’s stockpile of vintage M1911 pistols to the public via the Civilian Marksmanship Program has been met with a big response.

On Tuesday, the federally chartered non-profit corporation tasked with promoting firearms safety and practice announced that they had received and were processing 19,000 packets submitted for a chance to acquire one of the classic .45ACP handguns. That’s more than twice the number of guns in the CMP’s warehouse.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress outlined a two-year pilot program for moving some of the Army’s estimated 100,000 surplus GI longslides to the CMP. Limited to a maximum of 10,000 guns per year, just 8,000 were transferred to the organization last fall by the military from long-term storage at Anniston Army Depot. The solution to doll out 8,000 guns to 19,000 individuals looking to get one? A random number generator.

The CMP said that the numbers have been selected and they are assigning them to packets and are calling those lucky enough to have theirs picked, a time-consuming task they estimate will take as long as 60 days — the rest of the year.

“As we process orders, we will call customers as we work through the list,” said CMP in a bulletin. “Everyone will be notified if their order packet was not accepted so please be patient and bear with us.”

Applicants who get a call will be offered a choice from the grades that are available and will have five days to make payment if they choose a handgun. The guns will range from $850 rack grade to $950 field grade and $1,050 service grade, figures cited as market value. The guns are reportedly a mix between firearms transferred from the Army’s museum system and Defense Logistics Agency arsenal storage weapons that were rebuilt in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Very rare or unusual specimens will be sold through an online auction process rather than the order system. “Currently, we do not have a date when we will begin auction sales. Once that is determined, we will update our customers,” CMP said.

It is not known how many — if any — M1911s will be transferred by the Army to the CMP next year, although the program by law allows for 10,000. Congress would have to authorize an extension of the pilot program in the FY2020 NDAA to continue the transfers past then, a prospect which will likely need the approval of a Democrat-controlled House to proceed.

In the meantime, the CMP is flush with some 99,000 surplus M1 Garands recently repatriated from use by overseas allies in the Philippines and Turkey, with prices on those .30-06 battle rifles starting at $650 for field grade “luck of the draw” Springfield and H&R-made variants.

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Going behind-the-scenes on Hollywood prop guns (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:00

With firearms of all types — including some interesting historical items and iconic fantasy guns — at the ready, specialist prop companies in the film industry have access to huge gun collections.

In the above, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons stopped by Movie Armaments Group in Toronto and talks with Charles Taylor, their managing director, about blank-fire conversions and the issues that come along with that.

For a second take on the same subject, Hank Strange stopped by Independent Studio Services, a big-time prop supplier for television and film production studios, and along with Larry Zanoff of Hollywood, Weapons goes on a tour. (Jump to the 8-minute mark to get to the main course)

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U.S. Coast Guard to train with Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistols

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 05:30

The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is designed to look like Sig Sauer’s live fire P229. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The U.S. Coast Guard will nab Sig Sauer’s Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistols to use during training with its Cadets and Gaurdsmen, Sig Sauer announced Friday.

The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is a premium airsoft gun created to the similar specs as the original P229 pistol. The full-size, metal frame airsoft gun features a one-piece polymer grip in addition to night sights. Outfitted with a Sig rail, the airsoft pistol ships with one 25-round magazine. Utilizing a semi-automatic firing mode with gas blowback, the Sig Air Pro Force P229 replicates firing in the original P229, offering a cost effective means to safely but efficiently train.

“The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol gives the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cadets and Guardsmen the ability to practice gun handling, conduct target practice in various environments, and train in realistic force on force scenarios with a pistol that has the same look and feel of their issued P229 sidearm,” Joe Huston, Vice President and General Manager for Sig Air, said in a press release.

The Coast Guard procured the Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol through a small business set-aside granted to Tidewater Tactical in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Sig Sauer President and CEO, Ron Cohen, said its honor to serve the men and women of the Coast Guard.

“It’s an honor to build Sig Sauer products for use with our nation’s defense professionals and know they meet the highest standards for both quality and performance,” said Cohen. “The M17 pistol has been adopted by every service branch, our TANGO6 riflescopes are being integrated into the weapons systems of our special forces and the U.S. Army, and now we can add the U.S. Coast Guard’s sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol to the wide range of Sig Sauer products in use with the men and women serving our country.”

Sig Sauer says the commercial version of the Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is expected to drop in consumers’ laps in 2019. No word yet on pricing.

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Mother shoots home invader who kicked in her front door (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 05:00

A South Carolina man is facing felony charges following an altercation last week that left him wounded and a mother of three relieved that she had a gun.

Cecil Charles Parnell, 43, is in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of a $50,000 bond on charges of first-degree burglary after police say he kicked in a front door of a home and forced his way into the residence where a mom and her three sleeping children were inside.

Homeowner Ashley Jones told WSPA that Parnell, with an unidentified woman in tow, tried to get inside her house starting around 6 a.m. last Thursday morning.

“He was like, ‘this is my house, let me in. I’m not going to hurt you’ kind of thing, and I was like ‘What do you want?'” Jones said. “After I called the police, I grabbed a gun and went to the top of the steps and was like, ‘I have a gun. I will shoot you. Do not come in my house.'”

After kicking in the door, Jone stayed true to her promise and shot Parnell, wounding him with non-life threatening injuries.

“Any mother is going to protect their kid any way they need to, so that’s what I did,” said Jones, whose family had only recently made the decision to buy a gun.

The woman who was with Parnell was not charged, Detective Nikki Carson told The Independent-Mail, reporting that a neighbor told investigators the same man had banged on her door attempting to get in earlier that morning.

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FN America Announces FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 17:08

FN America is releasing a commercial variant of their Mk 20 called the FN SCAR 20S. Built for SOCOM, the 20S is a precision has a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee.

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Conquering Cover – A Guide to Calling Coyotes Anytime, Anywhere

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:35

When and why coyotes use cover and how it relates to their comfort zones is an often overlooked aspect of coyote hunting.   Understanding this concept and applying it properly will turn your normal morning-only hunt into an all-day coyote killing thump fest!

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Hunting Black Bear in Western Idaho with Hounds

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:20

Hunting for black bear just isn't the same without the help of trained hounds. They're efficient, intense, and make any bear hunt more likely to succeed.

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Tomcat: Beretta’s .32 ACP pocket pistol (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:00

The largest of Beretta’s long-running and popular line of tip-up-barreled “mouse guns,” the Tomcat is the biggest of a small category.

Stemming from the Italian company’s “cat” series of pocket pistols (e.g. Minx, Bobcat, etc.) the Model 3032 Tomcat has been in production since 1996 and is still in Beretta’s stable. The small framed pistol totes a 7-round magazine and weighs 14.5-ounces while coming in at less than 5-inches overall.

Tom Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel talks more about it in the above video. As a bonus, he shows off some other .32 ACPs and tests the caliber out against the channel’s new CPT test. Stick around for it.

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Colorado Springs Gun Shop Owner Offers Free AR-15s to Rabbis

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:40

To Mel Bernstein, owner of Dragon Arms in Colorado Springs, storing an AR-15 in a synagogue is as common sense as any other safety measure. And in the wake of a massacre in Pittsburg that left 11 Jews dead, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. “I don’t really like what’s going on in the country,” he told KOAA. “And I’m offering them a free AR-15 rifle with two magazines and 100 bullets.”

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Looking for Big Mule Deer

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:52

When opportunity knocks, it's wise to open the door—especially when it comes to mule deer. The hunt may be hard, but good advice on locations and attention to weather can improve your odds.

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Tippmann delivers new M4-22 model, M4-22 PRO

General Gun News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

The M4-22 PRO uses a .22 LR design with the look and feel of the M4 platform. (Photo: Tippmann Arms)

Tippmann Arms Co. adds a new model to its M4-22 rifle series, launching the new M4-22 PRO version.

The M4-22 PRO model builds on the company’s .22 LR rifle offering but elevates the .22 design with a tactical look and feel. The .22 caliber semi-automatic long gun sports an aluminum upper and lower receiver alongside a mil-spec compatible build. Offering M4 style controls, the rifle will accept most AR-15 stocks, handguards, buffer tubes and sights, according to Tippmann Arms.

The PRO model boasts similar features to the standard M4-22 Classic to include a solid steel 16-inch barrel, bolt catch, ejection port cover, charging handle and flip-up sights. The rifle tops off the design with a 25-round magazine, Gen2 Grip and 9-inch M-LOK free float handguard.

The M4-22 PRO uses a 9-inch M-LOK free float handguard and M4 style controls. (Photo: Tippmann Arms)

“Here at Tippmann Arms, we are excited to announce the latest addition to our extremely popular .22LR semi-automatic rifle offering, the M4-22 PRO,” Tippman Arms said in a news release. “The M4-22 PRO is a perfect platform for competition and training applications or backyard plinking.”

In addition to the new PRO version, the M4-22 also ships in Classic, Elite and Pistol configurations. The M4-22 PRO is features a MSRP of $549.95.

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Ruger spending $1 million to retrofit American Pistol designs

General Gun News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

Retrofit of American Pistol will cost Ruger $1 million. (Photo: Ruger/Facebook)

Sturm, Ruger and Company expects its recent recall on the American Pistol line will cost the gun maker $1 million and take years to complete.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Killoy told investors last week the potential for slide cracksannounced in October for certain pistol models chambered in 9mm — affects guns with excessive wear and tear, typically averaging round counts above 10,000.

“Which is for somebody — the average customer — that’s probably a couple of lifetimes,” he said, noting the company will repair any slide with visible abnormalities. “But realistically what we’re going to do is, we replace the barrel. The barrel seems to be the offending party in that relationship, but once we replace the barrel the problem pretty much solves itself and goes away.”

The bulletin identified the issue on both duty and compact-sized models in 9mm with serial number prefixes “860” and “862.” The company stressed other 9mm pistols, such as the SR9 and LC9S, are not affected. A sign that the gun may fall inside this range is a silver-colored, stainless steel barrel.

“So, it’s largely a barrel change for those firearms that exhibit any excess wear and then beyond that, the reason they take a long time for these things to wind down is just … it takes a long time to make sure our customers are notified and somebody may be a second owner,” Killoy said.

The retrofit, combined with improved efficiencies, “adversely” impacted Ruger’s third quarter earnings, though Chief Financial Officer Tom Dineen said the changes will pay off in the future. The gun maker reported net sales of $374.5 million through the nine months ending Sept. 29, trailing the prior year some 7 percent.

Despite this and a similar decline in federal background check data,  Ruger said its newest products — including the Pistol Caliber Carbine, the Mark IV pistol line, the LCP II, the EC9s, the Security-9 and the Precision Rimfire rifle — helped boost its sales from independent distributors to retailers by 1 percent. Some 30 percent of Ruger’s 2018 earnings come from these firearms, Killoy said.

“When things slow down to a more normalized pace, I think new products rule the day,” he told investors in June. “And so, as a result, products like the Pistol Caliber Carbine produced up in New Hampshire have done extremely well. We’ve got probably one of the most in-demand items both at the national account level, as well as the independent retailers. And so we’ve been very pleased with the results of those new products, the big four as we call them.”

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Hunt hidden with good vision: Primos SurroundView ground blind (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

Most hunters make use of a ground blind at one time or another. The struggle with such a device, however, is finding the right balance of visibility and concealment. You want to be able to see animal movement but without exposing too much of yourself. The new Surroundview line of blinds from Primos attempt to grant hunters an open view while also keeping them concealed.

How Primos SurroundView Blinds Work

All the features that hunters have come to know and enjoy in Primos’ long line of Double Bull blinds rolls over to the SurroundView, including quick pop-up Power Hub walls. The idea of shoot-through camo mesh is not new, but Primos takes that technology to the next level with one-way see-through walls. In the case of our 180-degree model, there are two see-though walls and two-blacked out, with a total of seven shoot-through ports and three max-view openings. TRUTH camo is intended to hide the blind in a wide variety of terrains. Dimensions on our test SurroundView 180 are 48x48x65 inches and priced at $349.95.

The SurroundView 180 utitlizes three large “windows” as well as seven smaller shooting ports, but the stars of the show are the two surround-view walls with their heavy-duty, one-way, see-thru material. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Detail of the interior of two-way material on the Primos Surround View blind, allowing hunters a clear view out while remaining completely concealed from the exterior. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Like our test 180-degree model, the upgraded 270- and 360-degree versions work the same way, but each grants an extra “wall” of viewing material in place of blacked out panels. Hunters who back their blinds up to unshootable thickets will do well with the 180, but those place their blinds in a location that may allow shooting lanes on all sides will want to pony up the money for either the 270 or 360, both of which get progressively larger in both size and price for $479.95 and $599.95, respectively.

Hits and Misses

While it’s initially a bit of an uneasy and exposed feeling at first to see so much and so clearly when sitting in a ground blind, you quickly realized you’re well concealed as squirrels, turkey, and a nosey young deer wandered past the blind even with significant movement inside. The SurroundView fabric does its job with no problem. The only nitpicky issue, which is minor, Primos includes four sturdy tent stakes, but eight are needed to properly secure the blind from the hubs. All told, the Primos Surroundview blind is a win for hunters. Buyers should consider exactly what model – and how many see-through walls – they need before making a selection from the new lineup.

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Bill Nelson: School Shootings Will Not End Without Ban on AR-15s, Private Gun Sales

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:55
He stressed that criminal use of guns in schools will not end until private possession of commonly owned semiautomatic firearms are banned: “You are not going to solve the problem until you get the assault rifles off the street and until you can get a criminal background check on every transfer of a gun.”
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Illinois: Efforts mount to bar gun possession for misdemeanor crimes against animals

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:54
Clark’s bill would step up enforcement by forbidding anyone with a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty from possessing a gun.
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Rabbis offered free AR-15 rifles by Colorado gun shop. Four claimed them, owner says

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:54
A Jewish gun shop owner in Colorado has offered free guns to local rabbis in the aftermath of the synagogue killings in Pittsburgh.
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You’re Not a Truly Competent Concealed Carrier Until You Hardwire Your Skills

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:51

Carrying a firearm without having the skill to use it effectively and safely can result in unintended consequences like injured bystanders, legal action and serious repercussions for our families.

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