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Tactical Solutions, best known for its rimfire goodies, says the Ridge-Lite barrel and rail upgrade for the Smith and Wesson SW22 Victory Pistol has officially begun shipping.
The Ridge-Lite upgrade features a fluted six-inch barrel, rail and sights that replaces the SW22 factory barrel. The barrel and rail are constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum with the barrel sporting a stainless steel shank and match grade steel bore. The barrel also offers a 1/2×28 threaded end.
“Our goal in development was to design a highly accurate, light weight barrel that comes standard with a fiber optic sight and rail,” Darin Strickler, CEO at TacSol said in a press release. “We were able to accomplish this goal and are extremely happy with our new Ridge-Lite Barrel.”
The Ridge-Lite setup weighs eight ounces and touts a length of six inches. The upgrade comes in two models — a matte black with matte black flutes and gun metal gray with gun metal gray flutes. The Ridge-Lite is available to order through Tactical Solutions and distributors for $355.
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History Almost every shooter in the US has heard of or seen the Mosin-Nagant rifle, due to the large volume of them that were imported over the last decade or so. The WWII variant was quite readily available and inexpensive until very recently. As it turns out, they have actually been floating around our nation […]
Sturm, Ruger & Company executives told shareholders Monday they do not and cannot support “stripping” gun rights away from millions of Americans “due to the evil actions of a small number of criminals.” That’s how the Connecticut company concluded their letter after receiving a questionnaire by BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest money manager with some $1.7 trillion in active funds, and as investment firms and banks review their relationships with the gun industry.
Influenced by the activism of students and victims after last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, BlackRock said it wanted to provide more information to clients so they could make investments in line with their social values. The investment company asked publicly traded gun companies about their policies and practices so it could better understand the risks involved in the business.
After the 19-year-old gunman murdered 17 people and injured another 15 with an AR rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gun control activists turned to corporate America for action instead of lawmakers who have repeatedly failed to pass new firearm regulations. Major retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart opted to raise the age for buying long guns from 18 to 21, a measure the pro-gun White House briefly considered until abandoning it this week. Dick’s also ended the sale of “assault-style” weapons.
Ruger executives, president and chief executive officer Chris Killoy and board chairman Michael Jacobi, defended the industry’s current standards and warned that altering their practices under political pressure would actually create risk. “Political expediency flies in the face of our fiduciary responsibility as stewards of the Company for the benefit of shareholders. Moreover, many of the proposals being advanced, while well-meaning, run counter to what our customers actually want,” they said.
In defense of AR-style rifles, Ruger executives defined the ability of a semi-automatic rifle as firing one shot per trigger pull and explained Ruger has produced firearms with that basic operation since 1949. “We do not plan to discontinue the manufacture or commercial sale of Modern Sporting Rifles,” they said, adding few are used in crime.
“Thus, their legitimate uses by responsible citizens far outnumber their misuses by criminals, who clearly have serious mental health issues that should prevent them from possessing any firearm,” Ruger executives said.
The company execs boasted about Ruger having a perfect inspection record, saying since 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted five full inspections at its three facilities across the country and inspectors found no violations. “We are extremely proud of our ATF compliance efforts and the robust program we have in place,” the executives said.
“In fact, we conduct our own compliance inspections using ATF protocol multiple times each year at our manufacturing facilities, which include 100 percent verification of all serialized inventory,” they said and added that Ruger also participates in the ATF Access 2000, a system that allows law enforcement to trace Ruger firearms recovered at crime scenes or from criminals.
In response to questions about safety features, company execs said Ruger has been “innovative” in developing firearm safety features. “We were the first to invent a way to incorporate a transfer bar into a Colt-type, single-action revolver, which can help prevent accidental discharges if the user neglects to handle the revolver safely,” they said.
But they criticized smart gun features, which would disable a firearm until a biometric like a fingerprint unlocks it, calling the technology “unreliable, easily defeated, or both.” Instead, they argued, their providing cable locks with new firearms “can help prevent unauthorized access without the complexities and drawbacks of ‘smart guns.’”
On Ruger’s effort to promote public safety, company execs pointed to their support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s FixNICS initiative. The trade group’s program aims to improve the federal background check system without the need for lawmakers to pass new laws. They also said they support other NSSF gun safety education programs, claiming such programs have a proven track record of decreasing gun-related accidents.
Executives clarified that Ruger does not sell guns directly to customers, but rather distributes shipments of guns to independent distributors and wholesalers which supply retailers with inventory. They explained each entity is licensed by the federal government and that before a firearm is transferred to a customer, the customer must pass a background check.
Competitor American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for Massachusetts gun maker Smith & Wesson, published an open letter to BlackRock last week that hit on many of the same points. Vista Outdoor has not yet published a letter and it’s unclear if it will. With brands like Savage Arms and about half a dozen ammo companies, the shooting sports make up more than half of Vista’s sales. But the corporate backlash has also impacted its non-gun related companies, with major retailers boycotting them as well.
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Here are my top five night sights for handguns, in no particular order. Just for the sake of comparison, the sights listed are all for a Glock 19. If you have the proper tools, you can install these yourself, but professional installation is recommended.
The nation’s top law enforcement official said this week the Department of Justice will prioritize school safety and better enforce existing gun laws.
“We are increasing the number of school resource officers, improving background checks and more aggressively prosecuting those who illegally attempt to purchase a firearm, and reviewing and enhancing the way our law enforcement agencies respond to tips from the public,” he said.
Sessions said the federal COPS Program — a competitive grant used to recruit more police officers at the state and local level — will prioritize school resource officers. The DOJ will also provide firearms and situational awareness training to school personnel, as well as participate in the White House’s Federal Commission on School Safety.
The commission, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, will study gun violence prevention proposals — including placing age restrictions on rifle sales — and make recommendations to elected officials.
In addition, the DOJ will focus on prosecuting “lie and try” cases involving disqualified buyers who lie on federal background check forms in order to obtain a gun. The department will also continue working on regulations to ban bump stocks and continue increasing violent crime prosecutions.
Sessions said, through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years. He said Monday the department “is just getting started.”
The DOJ will also provide $1 million in emergency funding to cover the law enforcement overtime costs related to the shooting investigation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.
In an effort to improve the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Sessions said the department will mandate all relevant reporting federal agencies either confirm compliance or create a viable plan to achieve compliance within 45 days. Sessions also called on the FBI to identify jurisdictions with low reporting rates. Meanwhile, he will personally work with state governors and law enforcement officials to resolve incomplete criminal records — a “significant issue” identified by the FBI when examining the system’s shortfalls.
Finally, the DOJ will also use federal grant programs to encourage states to improve the speed, accuracy and availability of criminal records within the databases feeding NICS.
“No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood,” Sessions said. “With these new measures in place, we are better positioned to disarm criminals and protect the law-abiding people of this country.”
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The Australian Border Force is giving owners of Riverman rifles 30 days to turn in their operator-assisted firearms as they look too much like banned weapons.
The Riverman Gun Works’ OAF series rifles are made in Idaho and about 100 or so (numbers vary) have been imported into Australia. Now, as reported by News 7 Brisbane, although a straight-pull bolt action, the gun is now outlawed and officials want them turned over to Border Force.
The “bungled buyback” could cost tax payers down under as much as $1 million Australian (about $790,000 US).
The two-page letter sent to Riverman owners officials state that the reclassification “has been made due to the firearm being substantially the same in appearance as a fully automatic firearm, specifically the Stoner CQB Mod 2 rifle.”
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The first presidential candidate endorsed by the group, the NRA was there when “The Gipper” was presented with a flintlock in 1981 and the Second Amendment group now has the gun on display once again.
The replica Kentucky rifle was crafted by Texas gunsmith Christopher Hirsch for the 40th President and given to him in the Oval Office on Dec. 7, 1981. Reagan asked that the gun be displayed at the NRA museum in nearby Virginia and it was for two decades before it was transferred to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California, but it has returned “home” on loan and is now back on display in Fairfax.
The NRA Museums said: “Sporting a 42-inch barrel, the rifle was made like all traditional Kentucky longrifles — for a right-handed shooter. However, Reagan was left-handed. Hirsch was surprised by this, but Reagan laughed it off and assured him that he has been shooting right-handed for many years.”
The former President noted in his diary that day about the muzzleloader that, “It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of work I’ve ever seen.”
Reagan brought up the flintlock in 1983 when he appeared at the NRA’s 112th Annual Meeting in Arizona and addressed a crowd of “thousands” belonging the group, then ranked at 2.5 million strong nationwide.
Not too long ago, I had a very memorable visit from your officials. They walked into the Oval Office with some members of the “F” troop of the Texas army. Now, when I saw how those fellows were dressed, and what they were packing, I didn’t know whether to stretch out my hand, or make a run for it through the Rose Garden. [Laughter] Well, it turned out they wanted to induct me into the Texas army and to give me a beautiful, hand-crafted flintlock rifle. And I thank you for taking such good care of it, because it’s in your museum now.
The President, who survived an assassination attempt that left him with a bullet in his chest [“Getting shot hurts“] and afterwards wore an “iron undershirt” when going sketchy places such as the UN, had an extensive firearm collection and noted at least one foggy Friday morning spent during his term in office performing maintenance on his guns [“I have 14 rifles & almost as many handguns & they were all in need of oiling & cleaning.].
Of course, Reagan enacted the Mulford Act in California in 1967 and the Hughes Amendment in 1986, but hey, if Mondale would have won in 1984, he advocated banning handguns with barrels less than 3-inches among other restrictions.
Reagan’s full “20-minute speech” at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in 1983 is below.
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Rise Armament adds to its catalogue of AR -15s with the addition of the all-new 1121XR precision rifle chambered in one of long range’s favorite cartridges, the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Rise Armament says they’ve shaved off some weight, bringing the 1211XR to just over 10-pounds. This design makes the heavy-caliber gas gun “extremely portable” all the while promising sub-1 MOA accuracy, according to the company. The precision rifle boasts a 15-inch slim, aluminum handguard with M-LOK compatibility in addition to a Picatinny upper rail system.
“The 1121XR his levels of accuracy that a gas gun has never seen,” Matt Torres, president of Rise Armament, said in a statement. “With its emphasis on accuracy, it helps shooters remove their limits, making virtually any shooter better.”
The trigger is a Rise Armament RA-535 Advanced-Performance Trigger with an overall 3.5-pound pull that the company says is crisp with a short reset for quick follow-up shots on target.
Featuring an easy to clean black nitride finish bolt carrier group, the 1121XR also sports a stainless steel Rise Armament RA-701 Compensator designed to counteract recoil. The rifle is topped off with a Cerakote finish in black, foliage green or flat dark earth. Shipping with a hard case and two mags, the 1121XR is priced at $2,449.
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Dick’s Sporting Goods predicts 2018 could see a single digit decrease in store sales as a result of the company’s new firearm policies announced last month.
Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said although he’s received a “surprising outpouring of support” for the new rules, the company expects flat same store sales, at best, throughout 2018.
“The announcement we made two weeks ago regarding our firearms policy is not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint,” he told investors Tuesday. “There’s going to be the people who just don’t shop us anymore for anything.”
Stack’s Feb. 28 announcement indicated the company would ban gun sales to customers under 21 and permanently discontinue its inventory of “assault-style” rifles. Dick’s operates more than 700 locations nationwide, including 26 Field & Stream stores. The company removed AR rifles from its Dicks locations in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, but will pull all remaining stock from its Field & Stream locations, too, Stack said.
The policy changes come as a response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and 15 wounded. Accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, attacked his former classmates and teachers armed with an AR-15 — a fact which has spawned calls nationwide for age restrictions on rifle sales.
“We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” Stack said in a news release last month. “But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.”
Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean announced similar policies later the same week. REI and Mountain Equipment Co-op even temporarily cut ties with gun manufacturer Vista Outdoor due to the company’s close dealings with the National Rifle Association.
“We believe that it is the job of companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition to work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month,” REI said in a statement earlier this month. “In the last few days, we’ve seen such action from companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart and we applaud their leadership.”
In the meantime, Stack told investors “its too early to tell” how deep the impact of the new policies will be felt. “We’ve seen a bit of a difference in the hunt business, not an awful lot,” he said. “It’s too early to tell how this is going to be impacted, but we’ve got what we think the impact will be backed into our guidance.”
President Lauren Hobart likewise told investors Tuesday the sporting goods retailer’s anticipated recovery in its hunting category didn’t materialize last quarter as weak demand for guns persists.
“The improvement was not as much as we have expected,” she said. “We expect the hunting headwind to continue throughout 2018 and will likely be more impactful as a result of our recently announced changes in our firearms policies.”
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Democrats in the legislature are spooling up to attempt an override of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would add state scrutiny to federally licensed Illinois gun dealers.
Rauner rejected the measure Tuesday in its entirety, saying SB 1657 was redundant and would establish “a largely duplicative state level of licensing and regulation” to the already existing federal oversight on legal gun dealers without improving public safety. The Governor, who has been pressured by Chicago lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign the bill, shook his head to the notion that adding more regulation to gun shops would take weapons off the Windy City’s streets.
“The core issue is not which guns to legally ban or regulate,” Rauner said in his veto letter to legislators. “We have ample proof that such narrowly focused legislative responses make for good political cover, but they do little to stop the illegal flow of guns into Illinois or prevent people from committing thousands of crimes in our state each year with illegal guns.”
The vetoed bill would mandate a $1,000 five-year state permitting process for already federally licensed gun dealers. In addition, it would require background checks and training for gun shop employees as well as videotaping of the businesses’ “critical areas” such as where guns are sold and stored. Exemptions to the requirements for big box retailers such as Walmart drew criticism that the bill unfairly targeted small FFLs.
Emanuel on Tuesday held a press conference with city leaders and gun control advocates in tow to denounce Rauner’s rebuff of the proposal, chalking the move up to an upcoming party primary.
“Now I get politics. I know he has a primary election a week away from today,” Emanuel said. “But he has a primary responsibility when it comes to everybody here and everybody else when it comes to public safety.”
In Springfield, where the General Assembly is in session and voting on a sheaf of gun control legislation this week, work is already underway on a veto override attempt which would require a three-fifths vote and need to pick up more supporters than the bill garnered when it passed initially and in a more compressed window. With many of his fellow Republicans against the proposal, the licensing act took over a year to reach the governor’s hands, passing the Senate last April in a 30-21 vote and the House earlier this month, 64-52. Illinois-based gun makers, as well as state and national gun rights groups are all working to short-circuit such a move.
Meanwhile, Rauner has offered Democrats an figurative olive branch by urging action on taking guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill in the shape of a proposed Legislative Public Safety Group. while continuing to publicly support a ban on bump stocks.
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California: Another Day, Another Gut and Amend, this time to Add Additional Taxes on Firearms and Ammunition
No one would accept, in any other national discussion, the level of ignorance seen in the gun debate
Legislative responses are pouring in to make America’s schools safer and prevent tragedies such as we’ve witnessed in Parkland, Fla., Sutherland Springs, Texas and Las Vegas. Some new laws have already enacted been in state capitals. Others are being proposed in Congress and being put forth by the White House. Before we apply answers, the […]