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A self-defense incident in Chicago this week could have ended in tragedy if not for two lawsuits that forced the city and Illinois legislature to allow for the possession and carrying of handguns, according to the organization that brought the lawsuits.
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The gestation period of a Beretta M9 frame is covered in one place and with the help of 18 different receivers to show the work. The M-9 receiver production sequence is explained in 3D with actual frames in various stages of completion in an upcoming auction from Rock Island, ranging from a blank forging to a finished serialized receiver.
Starting with a 7075-T6 aluminum forging that weighs 27.7-ounces, the 65×49-inch board covers the 15 work stations and 42 machines used to cut the forging down to a 6.98-ounce completed receiver that has had 75 percent of the original material removed. Each of the stations is detailed (e.g. “Work Station #10: Mill trigger bar seat, disassembly button, right side & trigger guard area”) with the changes done to the frame highlighted in red.
Not a lot of background as to how the board was used, other than it originated with Beretta USA. The U.S. subsidiary was founded in 1972 and headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland but in recent years has moved a lot of their production to a new facility in Gallatin, Tennessee.
The company started making the M9, a variant of the Beretta 92FS, for the U.S. military in 1985. The M9 was the standard pistol of the Department of Defense until Sig Sauer won the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract in early 2017 to produce a version of their Sig P320 as the M17/M18.
The sequence board has an estimated bid price of $2,500 – $5,000 when it goes to auction on Feb. 14.
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John Moses Browning’s classic belt-fed M1919 proved so popular that it remained the primary machine gun in U.S. and Allied service for more than 40 years. Designed in the tail-end of WWI by the Utah-based firearms genius to be a lighter alternative than his M1917 water-cooled machine gun with a generally interchangeable mechanism, the M1919 was patented in February 1919 and was too late to head “Over There” and fight to Kaiser.
Adopted by the U.S. Army, the gun was air-cooled, which made it perfect for use in tanks and aircraft, weapon platforms that had just evolved to become a fixture of modern warfare.
While some 70,000 early models with 18.63-inch barrels and slotted shrouds were cranked out before 1920, the military wanted something even smaller and soon ordered the M1919A2, a more compact gun ideal for use by horse cavalry.
By 1936, the most common version of the gun, the M1919A4, with its distinctive Swiss-cheese-style ventilated barrel shroud, was in production.
At 31-pounds, it wasn’t light but, with a 24-inch barrel and recoil booster, was reliable and became the standard U.S. machine gun for use in flexible vehicle mounts on Jeeps and tank commander turrets as well as for use in ground roles.
A version with a much faster rate of fire, the AN/M2, was used in aircraft.
By 1943, a handier version of the Browning, the M1919A6, complete with a bipod, buttstock, and carrying handle, was fielded with infantry units late in the war. On the downside, it was actually a little heavier by nature than the M1919A4.
With over 400,000 Brownings produced before the M60 began to replace the gun in service after 1957, the hardy machine gun continued to serve with U.S. allies overseas and is still often encountered in front line service in the Third World. Meanwhile, thanks to the Hughes Amendment, intact and transferrable M1919s today run around the $20K mark.
That hasn’t stopped a number of send-ups, semi-auto versions, and unique variants from being born to fill the demand for these iconic guns.
As part of a weapons deal with the Southeast Asian country of Laos, the Kremlin got a trainload of running WWII relics returned to the Motherland.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the Lao People’s Democratic Republic recently transferred 30 T-34 tanks to Russia by sea to the Pacific port of Vladivostok from where they have been loaded for transport via rail to Naro-Fominsk, home of the 4th Guards Tank Division near Moscow. According to state media, all 30 of the vehicles, T-34-85 variants, date from 1944 and had originally been transferred from the Soviet Union to the country as military aid back in the 1980s.
In running condition and virtually unchanged from when they left their wartime assembly lines, the T-34s will be used by the Russians in military parades and for film work.
First produced in 1940, the T-34 was arguably one of the most common tanks made in the 20th Century with over 58,000 built by 1958 when the design was replaced by more modern T-54/55 series. Over 40 countries used the iconic armored vehicle across the globe but comparatively few remain in active service. Primary users with the vintage Eastern Front bruiser still in inventory include Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.
Laos, one of a handful of Communist states still in the world, used the T-34s in as late as last year when they were being phased out in favor of more viable T-72 tanks provided by Russia.
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Taurus USA released a video this week teasing their latest product, what appears to be a competition-ready, striker-fired pistol.
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True North Concepts officially launches its own brand, bringing a new product to market with the True North GripStop.
Created in 2013, the GripStop brings a barricade stop and vertical grip together into one, lightweight, ergonomic tool. Available in two colors — black and earth brown — the GripStop comes in two configurations, the GripStop and GripStop K. Designed to work with a M-LOK mounting interface, the GripStop devices provide better control for shooters which, in turn, makes for better accuracy on target.
True North is the result of five founders, led by CEO Nathan Murr, dedicated to delivering innovative tools to help folks prepare for “any challenge that comes their way.” The company, in addition to offering their own products, also provides consulting services for defense, outdoor and firearms companies.
“Reading a compass to locate north is simple. To successfully navigate, however, you need skill, intuition and the right tools,” Murr elaborated in a news release. “We created True North to develop products that provide people with the knowledge, ability, and preparedness to be successful. We won’t allow a product to come to market under the name True North unless it serves a need and helps someone succeed in their pursuit. Whatever their goal, we’re here to help men and women gather the skills and the right tools to successfully navigate their true bearing.”
True North says its preeminent focus is shooter related tools that better prep shooters for what they face downrange.
The GripStop can be nabbed from True North and features a price of $51.99.
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Building on the classic J-frame snub, Smith & Wesson’s new Model 442 variant includes factory Crimson Trace laser grips and a Performance Center action. Like the standard 442, the wheelgun is rated for continuous +P use, while the lightweight alloy frame and snag-free enclosed hammer are ideal for a compact carry revolver. Departing from the matte black carbon steel five-round cylinder in the standard gun, the Performance Center model uses a stainless cylinder with polished flutes. Meanwhile, the action has been professionally tuned for a lighter, smoother trigger pull.
“For over 50 years, the J-frame revolver has provided firearm owners with an excellent personal protection firearm, designed to be lightweight and well suited for concealed carry,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center. “The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience.”
Weight is 15 ounces while the 1.875-inch barrel allows for an overall length of 6.3-inches. Suggested retail price on the Model 442 Performance Center is $742. Keep in mind with that price that the CTC grips retail for $229 by themselves while the standard 442 Airweight without the Performance Center tweaks MSRP’s for $469.
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Savage Arms will debut 40 new products at SHOT Show in Las Vegas including limited edition rifles and expansions on favorites.
The company announced its XP scoped rifle series will see an expansion as well as improvements, bringing a new Apex XP and kid-friendly Rascal Target XP to market. The 110 Apex XP will enter the series and will boast Vortex optics while the current AXIS XP will be revamped with a modernized stock.
The AccuFit will now bless the 110 High Country as well as two new bolt-action turkey shotguns with its allowing shooters to adjust comb height and length-of-pull quickly and efficiently. The 110 High Country will offer a long range setup for long range shooters.
Speaking of long range, the company’s MSR 15 and MSR 10 rifles will see new options for long-range shooters in addition to precision and competition shooters. The lineup will still continue to offer the same accuracy and performance Savage fans have come to expect from the company with a “full suite of custom upgrades packaged as standard features.”
Savage Arms also announced a new single-shot turkey gun designed around Federal Premium’s .410 Heavyweight TSS turkey loads. Savage is set to celebrate 125 years in business in 2019 and with that will debut limited edition rifles to its consumers though no specifics have been offered.
Guns.com will be at SHOT Show later this month so stay tuned for full coverage.
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Springfield says the 911 will see Desert FDE, Desert FDE/Nitride, Platinum/Graphite, Titanium, Titanium/Nitride and Vintage Blue/Stainless options. The EMP 4 will soon be available in Desert FDE, OD Green/Desert FDE and Tactical Gray/Black. The XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm will come with the option of Desert FDE, Tactical Gray/Black and Stainless. Rounding out the series, the XD-M OSP 9mm, XD-M 3.8-inch 9mm and XD-M 4.5-inch 9mm will now be featured in Desert FDE.
“Fresh for the new year, Springfield Armory ushers in cosmetic changes to four of its most popular handgun families,” Springfield Armory said in a news release. “With new color variants for the 911 .380, the EMP 4 with Concealed Carry Contour, the XD-S Mod.2 9mm and the XD-M platform, these changes come just before SHOT Show 2019 and are designed for customers to further personalize their firearm of choice.”
The 911 starts at $629 while the EMP offers starting prices at $1,220. The XD-S begins at $565 while the XD-M starts at $623.