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The U.S. Army is buying another batch of nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from FLIR Systems to the tune of $20.6 million.
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Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced yesterday a lawsuit filed by his office against the 80 percent receiver company, Polymer80.
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May Boyce, 88, owns Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines in Nashville, TN. Last week Boyce shot a man she believed was trying to rob her store. Local police are now charging the octogenarian with aggravated assault. In talking with media, Boyce believes she acted within the law to defend herself and her property. “I did […]
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U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler introduced legislation this week that would further protect the privacy rights of gun owners.
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Unique has been a word tossed around to describe several hunting weapons that find themselves without a category. Weapons like the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow and some big-bore PCP air rifles created their own alt-hunting categories. Now Traditions, the company long known for budget-friendly muzzleloaders and centerfire imports, is the first to carve out a new space with the Crackshot XBR — a rimfire rifle that moonlights as an arrow launcher.What is the XBR Crackshot?
The Traditions Crackshot rimfire rifle has been around for some time as a single-shot .22-caliber rimfire. It’s the addition of the XBR upper, bolts, and blanks that transform a vanilla rimfire into a spicy new platform. To fully understand the XBR Crackshot, one must first be familiar with Traditions basic rimfire cartridge Crackshot break-action rifle. That single-shot .22 LR wears a light 16.5-inch pencil barrel and weighs just a hair over 4-pounds making it an incredibly lightweight option by itself. It comes with a manual trigger block safety and a built-in extractor.
To make the exciting XBR, the Crackshot rimfire platform gets partnered with an alternate upper and will be selling as the XBR combination. Buyers get a complete Traditions Crackshot rifle in .22 LR, but the star of the show is the swappable XBR upper complete with three Firebolt arrows. That XBR upper is easily interchanged with the .22 LR upper, giving shooters two platforms in one package. It’s neither a crossbow nor an airbow, and sometimes not even a rifle. Call it what you will, but the XPR is in a class all its own.
The XBR upper has an inner “barrel” inside a larger shroud, which allows shooters to slide the hollow and nockless Traditions Firebolt over that internal piece. With the arrow in place, breaking open the action reveals a chamber for a proprietary .27-caliber blank that is classified as a .27 Caliber Long. Firing is as simple as loading the blank, closing the action, disengaging the safety, cocking the hammer, and pulling the trigger. The company warns its proprietary .27-caliber blanks are not interchangeable with construction-grade blanks due to pressure concerns. No worry, though, XBR Powerloads come in a 100-pack for a retail price of $24.95 and are readily available online.Is it Legal to Hunt with the XBR?
Since the XBR is technically a rifle using blank metallic cartridges to launch arrows, there’s more confusion than clarity when it comes to the legality of hunting with the XBR. In short, legality varies by state, with very few allowing it for anything other than traditional firearms seasons. Due to its novelty, it’s best to keep an eye on company releases for any legal news or changes. Better yet, contact your state directly before heading into the field with the XBR. Word of caution, though, we contacted our local Department of Natural Resources and received different answers each time, so the saga continues.Field Testing
We were pleasantly surprised by the weight of the XBR, both as a rimfire rifle and an arrow launcher. We already knew the Crackshot rimfire barely broke 4-pounds, but even with the bolt launching upper in place, the rig registers under 6-pounds.
We started our range work by firing the rimfire Crackshot rifle. The rimfire shot with the expected accuracy from a relatively short pencil barrel, but would do just fine for small game, cheap plinking, or even as a starter rimfire for youngsters. Speaking of youth, the length-of-pull on the gun is 13.75-inches, so though it feels like a compact rimfire, the pull is actually full-size. Our biggest knock on the platform, which translates to the XBR, is the trigger. With a trigger pull that measured from 9.25- to 10-pounds on our Lyman Digital gauge, it takes some practice to get comfortable and shoot with the greatest potential accuracy.
Swapping uppers was easy enough to do in the field. The operation requires nothing more than a metric Allen wrench. Removing the forend on either upper allows it to be removed from the open action. The rifle’s forend is held in place by the forward sling swivel, while the XBR uses an Allen-head bolt. The only hitch was that the forend hole on our XBR upper did not align perfectly with the lower and required a bit of minor home fitting.
The platform comes with a Traditions 4×32 optic, as well as three Traditions Firebolt 2216 aluminum 16-inch bolts. The 16-inch Traditions Firebolt aluminum arrows, or bolts, are advertised to fly at a zippy 385 feet per second and, at 30 yards, deliver 94 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.
With the XBR upper in place, we fired bolts at 15, 25, and finally 50 yards and were pleasantly surprised with the accuracy. For hunters accustomed to shooting both compound bows and crossbows, the Crackshot XBR is quite a departure. It’s more than a stretch to consider this an archery weapon with neither string nor nock. Though in its own category, we found the XBR Crackshot to be very capable in terms of trajectory and impact on target. The company advertises capable killing power out to 70 yards, but we only stretched it to 50 yards on the range. Both 3-shot groups and penetration into the bag were impressive at that distance, however. While the trigger does not aid accuracy, the included Traditions 4×32 scope does. The reticle is comparable to the BDC found on crossbows, with four stadia lines for various distances, depending on where the shooter wants to zero.
Though any shooter can enjoy the benefits of the XBR, Traditions is particularly targeting those who may not be physically able to use a crossbow or compound bow. Standard fixed broadheads are recommended, though company reps were confident in the performance of mechanicals opening on impact as well.Feeding the XBR
One of our initial hang-ups was acquiring .27 Caliber Long blanks, but Traditions sells them in bulk 100-round packs for a reasonable enough price. A few boxes should be a long-term supply. Like any of these proprietary systems, unless they hit mainstream popularity, the only place you’ll find blanks, bolts, and any other necessary parts will be directly through the company. We advise stocking up sooner rather than later, just to be sure.
The Crackshot XBR package does not include the quiver or blanks, but both available as additional accessories. In addition to the standard black synthetic, the XBR is also available in two camouflage patterns–Kryptek Highlander Reduced and Realtree Edge. MSRP on the combos is $499 and $579, respectively. For what it’s worth, the rimfire Crackshot rifle by itself in black synthetic retails for $219.
While we were skeptical of both the purpose and enjoyment of the Crackshot XBR, getting it into the field more than quelled those hesitations. The Traditions Crackshot XBR is proof that a weapon doesn’t need to fit neatly into a category to be both enjoyable and useful.
Describing popular hobby gun kit provider Polymer80 as “selling untraceable firearms” to area residents, Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing the company.
Nevada-based Polymer80 is a household name in American gun culture due to the widespread use of their patented “80 percent” AR-15 and pistol frames. The company has long relied on their products as being is well within the ATF’s parameters of what is defined as a “receiver blank,” fundamentally just selling partially formed chunks of polymer that have not yet reached a stage of manufacture that meets the definition of “firearm frame” or “receiver” under the 1968 Gun Control Act.
Racine– an elected Democrat that has been in office in D.C. since 2015 and has been the subject of federal lawsuits from Second Amendment groups over the District’s harsh anti-gun laws— sees the matter of Polymer 80’s chucks of plastic and accompanying accessories much different.
“The Office of the Attorney General is seeking a court order to stop the company from selling ghost guns to D.C. consumers and to get these deadly weapons off our streets,” said Racine’s office in a statement.
The complaint against the company this week in a D.C. Superior Court, argues that Polymer80 is selling “firearms” that violate the District’s gun laws, has failed to “disclose it is not licensed to sell firearms in the District,” and is falsely claiming its products are legal in the District. The legal action is asking the court to block the company from selling “illegal ghost guns” as well as to apply civil penalties, monetary relief, and legal costs.
The action from D.C. is not the first time the company has been in the sights of anti-gun AGs. Last year, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a new interpretation of state law that expanded what constituted a “firearm” in the Commonwealth to include just about anything that could be developed into a gun, specifically “partially-manufactured frames and receivers” and “80 percent receivers.” Polymer80, as a plaintiff in a legal effort backed by the Firearms Policy Coalition, was able to win an injunction in court blocking enforcement of the new policy.
The ATF notes that, while licensed manufacturers and importers of firearms must mark each gun with an individual serial number, firearms made by individuals for personal use do not require serial numbers. The construction of firearms for personal use in the U.S. predates the country’s birth, with early colonists often crafting their own muskets and fowling pieces with the assistance of locks imported from Europe for the purpose.
The U.S. Air Force recently started fielding the new polymer-framed Sig Sauer M18 pistol to units and anticipates to have legacy handguns replaced by 2022.
“The Air Force bought the M9s back in the 1980s, and the design has not really changed since then,” said Merrill Adkison, USAF Small Arms Program Office senior logistics manager. “M9s are larger, heavier, all-metal pistols; whereas M18s are lighter polymer pistols with a more consistent trigger pull and adjustable grips for large and small hands.”
The M18 will also replace smaller numbers of the M11, which is a version of the all-metal Sig Sauer P228, used by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Finally, the new pistol’s ability to use blank firing kits and Simunitions will allow it to replace the long-serving .38-caliber Smith & Wesson M15 K-frame revolver, which is used in training military working dogs.
In all, the USAF is acquiring some 125,000 new M18s from Sig Sauer at a cost of $22.1 million, which breaks down do about $176.80 per firearm– proving it pays to buy guns in bulk! A statement by the Air Force says the new M18 costs “about one-third of what it would cost to buy an M9 today.”Choice of the Marines as Well
While the Army intends to field the full-sized M17s primarily, with M18s reserved for use by individuals and units requiring a concealed weapon, such as overseas training teams and advisors, investigators, special operations personnel, and general officers, the Marines are exclusively choosing the smaller handgun.
As noted in the Navy’s FY 2019 procurement budget justification for the Marine Corps, 35,000 of the smaller Sigs will not only replace M9s but also the Colt M45A1 CQB .45ACP railgun and the newly-acquired M007 Glock.
Sig Sauer recently announced the M18 sailed through Lot Acceptance Test conducted by the Army. While LAT tests allow for 12 stoppages in the course of 5,000 rounds fired, three M18 used went to 12,000 rounds each, with no stoppages. The guns then went on to pass required interchangeability, material, and accuracy tests.
Late last year, Sig Sauer announced they are releasing a commercially-available version of the military’s M18 on the consumer market.
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A study released this month from the RAND Corporation sounds like good news for gun control advocates. There's just one problem: the study is garbage.
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If you’re looking for a pistol that you can use for personal protection, self-defense, and concealed carry, you’ve come to the right place. 9mm striker fired pistols as a whole are the simplest and most reliable handguns that you can own, assuming that you’re going to buy from a reputable manufacturer. Note – for the […]
SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek for defending her title as USPSA PCC Lady’s National Champion, and taking the High Lady title at the 2020 USPSA PCC Nationals for the fourth consecutive year.
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Rhode Island banned so-called “ghost guns” this week in an effort to “prevent gun violence.”
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If you’re looking for deals on firearms, then look no further than the Guns.com Clearance section. Here you’ll find an additional 25 percent off already low prices on Certified Used Firearms. We’ve taken some time to highlight some of the best long guns on clearance. Nab one before they’re gone!Hunt Large or Small Game with Winchester
Whether you want to hunt squirrel with a .22 LR or take down an elk with a 7mm Rem, Winchester has you covered. Winchester produced the Model 63 from 1933 through 1959 and it was an instant hit, eventually earning the moniker “The Speed King.” This beautiful plinker has become a staple of collectors and small game hunters alike, sporting 10 rounds of .22 LR in a tubular magazine. Guns.com has a handful of Model 63s ready for a new home today.
If .22 LR is a little too small, then perhaps a Model 70 is more up your alley. The Model 70 started production in 1936 and has spawned countless variations over the years. It’s now seen as one of Winchester’s iconic models and a must for every Winchester collector. Guns.com currently has Model 70s chambered in 30-06, .270 WSM, and 7mm Rem.
Founded in 1865, Charles Daly is one of the oldest names in the business. The company imports firearms into the U.S. from gun manufacturers, mainly in Europe. A stylish and affordable option these shotguns offer fine wood stocks and simple engravings on the receiver at a good price point. We have a handful in the clearance section in a range of gauges and prices.
Weatherby was built on innovation, producing accurate, big game rounds. That long history and rich tradition continue today with Weatherby’s selection of rifles — perfect for collectors or hunters. Innovation aside, Weatherby rifles are also known for their beauty. A good example would be the Weatherby Vanguard Lazerguard in the Vault. This rifle has a walnut raised Monte Carlo stock featuring engravings on the forend and pistol grip.
If plinkers and small varmint rifles are what you’re after then we have an excellent selection from Browning in a variety of flavors. All of these rifles are offered in .22 LR with choices ranging from semi-auto to lever-action to bolt-action platforms. A few offerings even ship with a scope combo — an ideal choice for first-time youth shooters or rodent hunters in the family.
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The father of some of the largest revolvers on earth also gave birth to a company that today makes some of the smallest wheel guns on the planet.
Formed originally in Salt Lake City around 1971 as the Rocky Mountain Arms Corp, the company that today is North American Arms was founded by a fella named Richard J. Casull, best just known as Dick Casull. As in the father of the big ole thumping .454 Casull cartridge.
A gunsmith gifted with both exceptional intellectual ability and creative productivity, Casull was the holder of more than 20 patents including several filed in the 70s for small, single-action revolvers with a floating firing pin and an improved cylinder lock system.How They Work
These small mini-revolvers were simple, using a 5-round removable cylinder that was held in place by a central knurled cylinder pin. While reloading was slow, requiring the pin and cylinder to be removed from the frame, it is easily accomplished.Production
Casull’s RAMC was an interesting company, producing both large-frame .454 single-action revolvers alongside .22 rimfire mini-revolvers, with the latter being sold at the time for $69 (in 1971 greenbacks, about $435 today). Rocky Mountain eventually changed their name to North American Arms around 1975 while Casull later went on to found Freedom Arms in Wyoming, with NAA concentrating their efforts on mini-revolvers while the newer FA went on to produce more full-sized guns.
With that being said, FA made their series of mini-revolvers, deemed The Patriot, in the early 1980s, which were much the same and included an innovative belt-buckle-hosted revolver that did not cross into NFA territory as the handgun had to be separated from the buckle to be fired and was not concealed inside of it. They have proved popular in gun culture, showing up everywhere from movies to Donald Trump, Jr.’s IG feed.
For the past 30 years, though, NAA has been *the* player in the mini-revolver game. All their wheel guns are made from stainless steel to some of the highest standards in the firearms industry.
Based today in Provo, Utah, they have expanded their line to dozens of offerings over the years to include a short-lived .17HMR-chambered revolver, .22 Short, Long Rifle and Magnum guns; and others.
Moving past the standard single-action/pinned cylinder design, NAA has also produced more user-friendly swing-out cylinder guns (the Sidewinder series) and pivoting top-break action revolvers (the Ranger series).
While they aren’t likely to be carried as a duty gun or used in ISSF Free Pistol competitions, mini-revolvers offer a lot of fun as recreational plinkers, snake charmers, coup de grâce guns for sportsmen in the field, or as a deep carry “get off me” piece where larger handguns cannot otherwise be carried– for instance in non-permissive environments.
Further, they are also conversation pieces and I can vouch that they get lots of attention at the range and have enticed more than one interested observer along for the ride to dip their toe into the pool of the shooting sports for the first time.
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The SIG Sauer M400 Tread Coil is an all-in-one package AR that combines premium upgrades and features at a competitive price.
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After the state assembly voted this year to allow local governments to ban guns on city property, the city of Alexandria just outside of Washington, D.C., decided unanimously this weekend to do just that.
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