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SF Bay Area sweep yields largest number of arrests in ATF history

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:00

Law enforcement agencies on Thursday announced the results of Operation Cold Day, a joint two-year investigation resulting in federal charges on 42 defendants.

The focus of the operation was to bring federal, state and local agencies to bear on street-level gun and drug-related crime in San Mateo and San Francisco counties, spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder said in a press conference at San Francisco Police Headquarters that the operation resulted in the largest number of arrests in the agency’s history.

“We targeted those who created a pipeline to stream firearms into the community and then placed them into the hands of violent criminals,” said Snyder, announcing that over 90 guns were seized or purchased and 115 arrest warrants issued for state and federal crimes.

“These offenders engaged in a wide array of criminal activity to include firearms and narcotics trafficking, auto-theft and burglary,” Snyder said.

The operation began in the summer of 2015, with ATF gathering intelligence on street gang activities while conducting search warrants on targets and performing undercover firearm buys, bringing assistance and response teams from around the country that culminated with 1,000 officers and agents fanning out across the Bay Area this week to make arrests.

In addition to the firearms, 48 stolen vehicles and 100 ounces of narcotics were recovered.

Of the 42 individuals charged with federal crimes by the U.S. Department of Justice, at least 15 were for weapons violations including conspiracy and dealing in firearms without a license, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe detailed others had been hit with state-level weapons charges for violating California law on “assault weapons” and illegal possession of firearms and high-capacity magazines.

In all, some 75 arrests were made this week across the Bay Area, while others are at large.

“This interagency collaboration and the resulting arrests goes a long way to towards addressing gun violence by removing from our streets firearms and those willing to obtain them illegally and potentially use them,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott.

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Tulsa cop acquitted in shooting death of Terence Crutcher sworn in as reserve deputy

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:57

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said he is “loud and proud” of having Betty Jo Shelby join the department. (Photo: Rogers County Sheriff’s Office)

Betty Jo Shelby, the former Tulsa police officer who was acquitted in May of manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed motorist who was under the influence of PCP when he stopped his SUV in the middle of the road last year, joined the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office this week as an active reserve deputy.

“Betty Shelby represents years of experience in law enforcement,” the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “She has always dedicated her life to providing assistance to other individuals, and by agreeing to volunteer her time, energy, and resources to the Rogers County community, she is simply demonstrating the continued passion that she has for her chosen profession.”

Maj. Coy Jenkins said he is “confident in her ability to move ahead in her career and provide the support, direction, and guidance that we all need to complete this extraordinary responsibility.”

Sheriff Scott Walton, who has been an outspoken and vocal supporter of Shelby, said the volunteer position could become a full-time position in the future. Although it’s an unpaid position, the duties are similar to those as a full-time deputy and Shelby – like all other applicants – was required to complete an interview, background check, and firearms qualifications.

After the Sept. 16, 2016, shooting, Shelby was placed on leave, then after the acquittal returned to work in a non-patrol position. But Shelby, who had been with the department since 2011, expressed frustration over the desk job and said she felt “isolated” from her fellow officers in a position that just wasn’t “for” her. She resigned from the Tulsa Police Department in July.

Shelby said she feels honored to have been chosen to work with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.

“As a reserve deputy for the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, I will continue to serve the great state of Oklahoma and strive to improve the relationships between law enforcement agencies, organizations and our community through education and community involvement,” Shelby said in a press conference following the swearing-in ceremony. “I will work and contribute to the sheriff’s department’s mission of providing the highest quality of law enforcement services.”

According to the Associated Press, Shelby plans to speak with a group of fellow officers about what to do when charges follow an officer-involved shooting.

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Report: Guns recovered in Central America traced to non-U.S. sources

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:30

Masked gang members hand over weapons during a symbolic act for peace at Gerardo Barrios Square in San Salvador, El Salvador, on July 12, 2012. (Photo:Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images)

Half of the more than 5,700 guns recovered in Central America last year came from foreign countries, according to a federal report published this week.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released international tracing data Wednesday for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean gathered through the agency’s National Tracing Center.

“Firearms tracing provides valuable investigative leads, specific trend data for ATF and its international partners, and information on the movement of a firearm from the manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify its first retail purchaser,” the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

According to ATF findings, federal authorities recovered 5,728 firearms from five Central American nations in 2016: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.

Agents traced the majority of these recovered guns to foreign countries — or no source at all.

Over 71 percent of the 2,182 guns recovered in Honduras came from non-U.S. manufacturers, according to the report. Likewise, 60 percent of the 152 guns found in Panama, 53 percent of the 623 guns from Honduras and 51 percent of the 2,718 the guns recovered in El Salvador were traced to foreign manufacturers.

Belize bucked the trend, with 60 percent of the mere 53 guns recovered there in 2016 tracing back to the United States, according to the report.

The agency said it is unable to determine whether the firearms were imported directly into Central America or smuggled into the reporting countries.

Analysis of the guns traced back to the United States shows less than a third came from retailers, according to the report. In El Salvador, for example, 50 percent of the 1,329 guns traced to American manufacturers were linked to foreign countries and another 40 percent weren’t traceable at all. About 30 percent of guns recovered in Honduras traced back to American retailers — the highest percentage for any of the five reporting countries.

Overall, Central American traces dropped 31 percent over 2015, according to the report.

The ATF traced more than 364,000 firearms recovered last year in the United States and 129 other countries. Traces have increased nearly 28 percent over the last six years, according to report findings, though remain flat compared to 2015.

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MidwayUSA launches AR-Stoner Discreet Tactical Rifle Case

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:00

The AR-Stoner features WWII inspired artwork on the exterior. (Photo: MidwayUSA)

MidwayUSA expands its shooting gear lineup, unveiling the eye catching, new AR-Stoner Heavy Duty Discreet Tactical Rifle Case to rifle shooters.

Designed to be an inconspicuous means to transport a rifle, the AR-Stoner’s exterior feature’s a shark’s mouth design inspired by nose art from the Flying Tigers of WWII. The bag boasts lay flat construction which allows it to be fully opened when removing the firearm. Equipped with oversized zippers with nylon pull loops, the case also promotes quick and efficient access to the enclosed firearms.

The AR-Stoner is outfitted with a dual density bonded padding system which adds an additional layer of protection for the rifle and any mounted optics. The case also includes a removable padded divider, allowing users to transport multiple firearms at once.

Available in 22-inch, 29-inch, 36-inch and 42-inch models, the AR-Stone Discreet Tactical Rifle Case is currently available from MidwayUSA with prices starting at $32.99.

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Marines want information on buying up to 194,000 suppressors

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:30

Marines of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment have been testing suppressors since last November, now the Marines are asking the industry about buying in bulk (Photo: 2d MARDIV Combat Camera)

The Marine Corps has posted a Request for Information on commercially available suppressors that can work across all of their 5.56mm platforms.

The RFI, posted Aug. 3, is feeling out the industry for current availability of a detachable suppressor capable of reducing the sound of a 5.56mm round to 139dB. To be used by the M4 and M4A1 carbines, as well as the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle — a select-fire HK416 — the Corps is interesting in buying in bulk.

“Future procurement quantities of suppressors could span between 18,000 and 194,000,” says the RFI.

Among the requirements for the devices and their muzzle device is an upper weight limit of 18-ounces and be capable of full-auto or otherwise sustained fire rates of “6 rounds per minute for 16 minutes, 40 seconds.”

The suppressor should be able to operate across the spectrum of current 5.56mm rounds including ball, match, tracer, barrier, and EPR ammo while remaining clear of M203 grenade launchers that may be mounted on the rifle. The can should not adversely affect accuracy but should be capable of accepting both field-applied camouflage (spray paint) and thermal sleeves.

In a twist for many potential manufacturers, the Marines also want a blank firing adapter version of the suppressor of the same size and weight as the original capable of catching a live round.

The Marines have increasingly been experimenting with the use of suppressors for small arms in recent months. While the devices have long been utilized on a small scale and by special units, last year an entire infantry battalion of the 2nd Marine Division started using them in a trial program on everything from service rifles to .50-caliber machine guns. This has been backed up by a series of videos by the Division’s Gunner, CW5 Christian P. Wade, showing off suppressor use and dispelling myths.

Besides obvious tactical advantages, Adam Mehlenbacher, an audiologist who heads up the American Academy of Audiology’s Government Relations committee, told recently that increased use of suppressors by the military could also alleviate hearing loss and audiological complications for many service members and their families.

“Hearing loss and tinnitus are the most common service related disabilities,” said Mehlenbacher, an Army veteran who had deployed to Bosnia and Iraq. “They can have an enormous negative impact on communication ability and quality of life.”

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Browning introduces new shotguns under Wicked Wing banner

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:00

The A5 joins the Wicked Wing series of autoloading shotguns. (Photo: Browning)

Browning announced new addition to the Wicked Wing shotgun lineup, introducing the A5 Wicked Wing and Maxus Wicked Wing autoloaders.

Both guns offer a receiver finished in a Cerakote Burnt Bronze camo while the barrels are finished in Cerakote Burnt Bronze. The waterfowl shotguns feature banded extended choke tubes and an oversized bolt release. Composite stocks and forearms tout a Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camp pattern and are protected with Dura-Touch Armor Coating.

The A5 is constructed with a recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System while the Maxus boasts a power drive gas system. The shotguns allow for some customization, permitting shooters to make adjustments for length of pull, cast and drop. The guns are equipped with a fiber optic front sight and ivory mid-bead sight.

Both models are offered in 12 gauge 3-1/2 inch and 3-inch models with 26-inch or 28-inch barrel lengths. The A5 series starts at $1,829.99 while the Maxus starts at $1,7399.99.

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Texas Professor Trades Geography for Drama to Protest Campus Carry in the Lone Star State

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:51
According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, more than 1 in 3 Americans believe that colleges and universities exert a negative effect on the country. When respondents are grouped by political party, that response is as high as 58%. 
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A Sub-MOA 6.5 Creedmoor for $400? Thompson/Center Compass — Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:50

Since its introduction in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor has taken off like wildfire and Thompson Center (T/C) has delivered a rifle chambered in 6.5 that will go head to head with rifles a few weight classes above it. Thompson Center is one of the oldest names in American hunting. They’re known primarily for their muzzle loading guns that are without peer.

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Guns Trickle in to Australia Turn-in

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:40
U.S. policymakers, NRA-ILA, and even some of the most ardent anti-gun researchers, have long understood that gun turn-in programs do not hinder criminal violence. Despite the overwhelming evidence, the Land Down Under is currently in the midst of a National Firearms Amnesty program that aims to rid the country of its illegally possessed guns. Given the results so far, it appears unlikely the effort will make a meaningful dent in the country’s stock of illicit firearms.
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Washington Supreme Court upholds Seattle’s tax on guns, ammo

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:30

Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess, who introduced the tax legislation in 2015 and has been its biggest champion, said he was vindicated and hoped other cities will follow Seattle’s lead. (Councilman Burgess)

In an 8-1 ruling handed down Thursday, the state’s high court swatted away a challenge from gun rights groups and retailers to Seattle’s controversial “gun violence tax.”

The panel held that large cities such as Seattle under state law can establish and collect local taxes and that, contrary to the lawsuit claims, the $25 fee on guns and up to 5-cents per round of ammunition, does not violate Washington’s preemption law.

“While courts should be dubious of regulations masquerading as taxes (and vice versa), in this case [plaintiffs] offer no convincing evidence that the Ordinance has a regulatory purpose or intent,” said Justice Debra Stephens for the majority. “It is a tax.”

The suit, brought by the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation in 2015, argued the ordinance was a poll tax on the right to bear arms and an effort to drive Seattle’s firearms retailers out of business. As such, they held it violated Washington’s 1983 preemption law barring cities from establishing regulations stronger than the state’s when it came to public firearm policy.

In a dissent penned by Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, the jurist held that the state’s preemption law was clear, saying, “A city tax that singles out the sale of firearms and ammunition for disadvantageous treatment is therefore preempted.”

Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess, who introduced the tax legislation in 2015 and has been its biggest champion, said he was vindicated and hoped other cities will follow Seattle’s lead.

“We knew from the start that we had a strong and sound legal case, and I’m proud that the tax proceeds can continue funding gun safety research and prevention programs at Harborview Medical Center, which is underway right now,” Burgess said in a statement.

Mike Coombs, co-owner of the Outdoor Emporium, one of the firearms retailers involved in the suit as a plaintiff, says the ruling may push him out of the city to get away from the taxes he says are targeting his business, the largest gun seller in town.

“We’ve had to lay off some employees, and that’s been tough, and I don’t see at this point it’s going to get any better,” Coombs told Komo News.

Gun rights groups have painted the tax, now in its second year, a failure as the number of shootings in the city are on the rise while revenues collected have fallen short of the city’s goals.

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Anti-gun 'Run for Something' backs dozens of millennials for office

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:16
All have been through a process created by the group to have local leaders and in-state experts vet their credibility and campaign plans, as well as signing on to Run for Something’s “values criteria”: supporting equal rights for women and LGBT people, favoring abortion rights and backing gun control and climate change policies.
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Seattle's unusual $25 gun tax upheld in state court

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:15
The tax, which took effect in 2016, adds $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the city plus 2 cents or 5 cents per round of ammunition, depending on the type. It raised less than $200,000 in its first year, with the money earmarked for gun-violence research. One gun shop cited the tax in moving out of the city.
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Nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:14
Police forces are cracking down on gun owners in the wake of heightened concerns over terrorism. Some lawyers are now claiming that the police are even revoking legal firearm owners’ licences and guns because of a new array of “indicators” which show a lack of suitability to own them. These include spent convictions, depression, domestic disputes and discord and even neighbour conflicts.
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Is .357 Magnum a safe bet for deer season?

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00

Marlin 1894C in 357 Magnum used for testing. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

Since its invention in the 1930s, the .357 Magnum has been used successfully to game from varmints all the way up to elk and moose.  While the .357 Magnum has long since surrendered the title of “world’s most powerful handgun round” to the likes of the .44 Remington Magnum, the .454 Casull, and the .500 S&W Magnum, among others, it is still a potent and versatile cartridge.  And, as you’ll see, this statement holds especially true when the round is chambered in a short, light, fast handling carbine such as the Marlin 1894C.

In terms of ballistics ,the .357 becomes a whole new animal when chambered in a long gun.  By loading well constructed bullets over potent charges of such relatively slow burning powders as Hodgdon Lil’Gun, Hodgdon H-110, and Allaint Blue Dot, the careful handloader can craft rounds that are more than adequate for deer sized game inside 100 yards.

In general, the muzzle velocity of a .357 magnum bullet will be 250 to 300 f/s greater than the same round fired from a handgun with a 4 inch or 6 inch barrel.  This velocity increase makes bullet selection important.  A bullet designed to expand in a controlled manner at handgun velocities may explosively fragment at carbine velocities.  Such explosive performance is perfect for varmints, but may not result in the penetration necessary to down larger game.  Solidly constructed bullets in the 158 to 200 grain weight range are generally the best choices for big game.

Test procedure

The following four loads were tested for terminal performance in ballistic wax and were found to offer spectacular results.  While not formally tested for accuracy, all loads were found to be capable of grouping 5 shots within 5 inches offhand at 50 yards from my 18.5-inch barrel Marlin 1894C topped with a Williams peep sight.  All primers used in the following loads were CCI 550 small pistol magnum; all cases were manufactured by Remington.  Terminal performance was tested at a range of 50 yards in Bullet Test Tube media, which is essentially a dense, soft wax that generally yields a penetration decrease of 50 percent when compared to standard 10 percent ordinance gel.  Estimated 50-yard impact velocities were determined using ballistic software.

Load 1

Bullet: 140 grain Barnes XPB
Charge: 15.0 grains accurate #9
Muzzle Velocity:  1800 f/s
Impact Velocity: 1566 f/s

Cavitation of the 140 grain Barnes XPB in ballistic wax. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

The all copper Barnes XPB, like the X bullets designed for centerfire rifles, consists of a solid stem and a pre-skived front section.  Upon impact, the front section is intended to open up into razor sharp petals, but at carbine velocities most of these petals broke away from the core completely or flattened tight against the stem.  Overall penetration was 11 inches, and the bullet retained 136 grains (97 percent of its original mass) and expanded to a diameter of .473 inches.

Retrieved 140 grain Barnes XPB bullet. Though the intended petal effect is evident, at the rifle velocity most of this metal broke off or flattened against the stem. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

Load 2

Bullet: 158 grain Remington semi-jacketed soft point
Charge: 17.0 grains of Hodgdon Lil’Gun
Muzzle Velocity: 1900 f/s
Impact Velocity: 1656 f/s

Cavitation for 158 grain Remington Semi-Jacketed Soft Point. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

These bulk, budget, bullets which currently retail for less than $20 for a box of 100, outperformed many of the more expensive offerings available in terms of penetration and mass retention.  The bullet penetrated 6.5 inches into the test block and expanded into a near perfect looking mushroom .61 inches in diameter.  The Bullet’s retained mass was actually 100 percent.

Retrieved 158 grain Remington Semi-jcketed soft point. A near perfect, 0.61 inch, mushroom. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

Load 3

Bullet: Remington 180 grain semi-jacketed hollowpoint
Charge: 15.0 grains Hodgdon Lil’Gun
Muzzle Velocity: 1714 f/s
Impact Velocity: 1574 f/s

Cavitation of Remington 180 grain semi-jacketed hollowpoint. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

While this load offered slightly less penetration than the jacketed soft point outlined above, the cavity left in the test medium was impressive.  Shortly after impact, the hollow front section of the bullet fragmented into four jagged shards, each one tracking on a separate path perpendicular to the primary cavity.  It can be assumed that these fragments would cause a great deal of laceration in living tissue.  The primary bullet fragment penetrated 6 inches into the test material and had a diameter of .55 inches.  Retained mass was 120 grains or approximately 67 percent.

Retrieved in first 6 inches of the testing material. (Photo: Jason Wimbiscus)

Load 4

Bullet: 200 grain Cast Performance Wide Flat Nose, Gas Check
Charge: 13.0 grains Hodgdon Lil’Gun
Muzzle Velocity: 1500 f/s
Impact Velocity: 1350 f/s

Cavitation of 200 grain Cast Performance Wide Flat Nose, Gas Check. This would be a good round for getting through dense bones.

This load offered incredible penetration.  In addition to 10 inches of test material, the bullet defeated an additional 5 inches of soft wax backer placed behind the test block and kept going.  While the bullet could not be recovered to analyze expansion and mass retention, if the cavity left in the test material is any indication, expansion was minimal and mass retention high.  While cavitation, the formation of vapor bubbles that rapidly collapse to produce shockwaves, was not as dramatic as it was with expanding bullets, the heavy hard cast bullet would be an excellent choice for situations when the ability to shoot through heavy bone is a necessity.


While the .357 Magnum from a carbine does not quite match the .30-30 Win in velocity or energy, at 50 yards all of the loads mentioned in this article approach or exceed the 900 ft/lbs of energy commonly thought to be the minimum requirement for deer hunting.  Additionally, the .357 Magnum chambered in a light, handy carbine offers versatility and portability not commonly found with platforms chambered for centerfire rifle rounds.  The carbine can be loaded hot for deer hunting one day, and loaded with mild rounds the next day for hunting small game.  Finding a load for the .270 or .30-06 that will leave enough of a small animal intact to eat is a far trickier affair than loading a small game round for the .357.  Finally, the .357 in a carbine is just plain fun to shoot.  Recoil with even the hotter loads is moderate at best, with most being mild enough to be barely noticeable.  A .357 carbine wouldn’t be the optimum rifle for shooting deer across a corn field, in situations where shots will likely be 100 yards or less, it’s light, pleasant shooting choice for a day in the woods.

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Just hanging out with the Kalashnikov RPK-16 light machine gun (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:45

So you take a select-fire RPK-74, update the ergos and give it a Picatinny rail and a very sweet 95-round drum mag and what do you get? The RPK-16 of course.

Designed to be the Russian military’s new light machine gun, the 5.45x39mm RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova)-16 sprouted from the Rostec state-owned Kalashnikov Group last year and is expected to be placed in service with the Rosgvardiya (think National Guard), internal affairs troops and Army to replace older RPKs.

It draws from the AK-12 program and comes in a few different barrel lengths while including a folding stock that, when swung shut, drops the overall length to just 25-inches. Weight without the detachable bipod and mag is 8.8-pounds.

Now just drop the Hughes Amendment and make some over here to get around embargoes and import restrictions and it’s deal!

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Bad idea day: Firing a pistol while inside a bucketful of gasoline (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:30

Dr. Matt down on Demolition Ranch fell into a pair of green Steyr M9-A1 pistols, so he shot one and tried to blow the other one up while submerged in gasoline.

The video starts off kinda slow but includes a lot of Checkov’s guns before it really gets interesting around the 4-minute mark where the unveiling comes of the Steyr-inna-bucket remote firing contraption. Add gasoline to submerge said Austrian polymer, back up, and see what happens.

Boom or no boom, it is interesting.

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Vista exec: This year ‘most unique retail environment I’ve ever seen’

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:30

The Vista Outdoor boardroom where all the important company decisions are made, allegedly. (Photo: VSTO)

Vista Outdoor sales dipped 10 percent in its first quarter, the company’s top executives reported in financial filings this week.

Interim CEO Michael Callahan told investors Thursday he remains “pleased” with the earnings for the quarter — which ended July 1 — and thinks, despite ongoing inventory challenges, “point-of-sale data indicates the recreational shooter is out there and active.”

Vista owns more than three dozen companies in firearms, ammunition and shooting accessory companies, including Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Speer and American Eagle.

“I’ve been in the industry for more than 40 years and this is the most unique retail environment I’ve ever seen,” Callahan said. “We’re seeing unprecedented change and it’s not likely to go back.”

Vista recorded $14 million in profit for the quarter, nosediving 54 percent over last year. The company’s $279 million in shooting sports sales comes in 19 percent behind last year — a result of “lower demand across all product lines,” said Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan Thursday.

“The markdowns remain challenging, however, we are seeing promising signs,” he said, noting inventory levels of ammo appear to be normalizing.

The overstock of firearms and other shooting products stockpiled before the election, however, could hang around until Vista’s fiscal fourth quarter, Nolan said.

“As we look into the fall hunting season, we’re seeing some encouraging signs there and we’re feeling much better about that,” Callahan said. “But we continue to believe that both inventories and promotional activity is going to be continued through the holiday selling season and perhaps beyond that.”

Callahan stepped into the role of Vista’s interim CEO after longtime president Mark DeYoung announced his early retirement last month — a role he says he is “excited to take on” while the company’s board of directors search for a permanent replacement.

“Despite current market conditions, the Board and I are confident that our diversified portfolio of iconic brands, coupled with Vista Outdoor’s world-class operations and strong customer relationships position the company for long-term success,” he told investors Thursday, reiterating his former boss’s optimism about a rebounding industry.

“So, we have some headwinds and we’re going to continue to face challenges,” he said. “But we are comfortable that given where we’re at today and our approach to this new market that we’re going to be able to achieve our results.”

The company anticipates 2018 sales will exceed $2.3 billion.

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Gunfight Science: One Handed Shooting

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:17

In the world of defensive handguns, those serious about the art are always practicing for worst case scenarios. While we would hope that we would have sufficient time to secure a good grip etc., hope is not a course of action. We must focus on the “what if” situations. One that does not get as much attention as it should is single handed, support side shooting.

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Wal-Mart in hot water over ‘back to school’ gun display

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:15

Wal-Mart has found itself at the center of outrage after a photo of a gun display with a back to school theme surfaced on the Internet.

“Own the school year like a hero” is the chain superstore’s back to school motto this year, but posted above a case full of firearms, it doesn’t exactly convey the message intended by the store.

“What’s seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores,” a Wal-Mart spokesperson said in a statement. “We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened.”

Some reports suggested that the display was in an Evansville, Indiana, location, which Wal-Mart has yet to confirm. Likewise, Wal-Mart is looking into the possibility that the photo may be a hoax or the display the act of pranksters.

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A Street-Legal Shorty Double Barrel? The Pedersoli Howdah .45/.410 – Full Review.

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:01

The new Pedersoli Howdah double pistol from the Italian Firearms Group is an historic design with a lineage that dates back to late 19th century Europe and development of the first Howdah-style double barrel pistols for big game hunters.

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