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Kentucky Ballistics Takes on Jerry Miculek’s World Record

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:30

Kentucky Ballistics looks to set their own records, attempting to overtake Jerry Miculek’s five-shot revolver world record.

Scott over at Kentucky Ballistics hoped to pull off five shots in under 1.14-seconds, Miculek’s previous record. The man himself, Miculek, showed up to coach Scott through the shoot. Wielding a Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum Performance Center Revolver with 3.5-inch barrel, Scott shot at targets set up 7-yards away. To outshoot the world record he would need to land all five shots on targets in under 1.14-seconds.

Check out Kentucky Ballistics video above to see if he overtakes the great Miculek, or if nothing else to see the man, the myth, the legend run around in a T-Rex suit.

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Gun Control Bill

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:00

Maryland’s Handgun Permit Review Board only sustained decisions by the State Police to revoke permits or deny applications in about 13 percent of cases. State Dems moved to disband the board. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

An anti-gun measure advanced by Maryland’s Democrat-controlled state legislature was rebuffed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday.

The emergency bill, HB 1343/SB 1000, aimed to scrap the state Department of Public Safety’s Handgun Permit Review Board, an organization that weighed appeals for those denied a handgun carry permit. The proposal, which passed the state House 87-47 and the Senate 30-16, was opposed by both gun rights groups and state Republicans, who argued the Board is an important check in Maryland’s gun laws and disbanding it would not reduce crime.

Last week, Hogan agreed. “When given an opportunity this year to adopt tougher sentences for repeat violent gun offenders, the legislature refused to act. However, abolishing the Handgun Permit Review Board is not a solution to violent crime problems,” said Hogan in his veto statement. “It is just another in a long series of politically-motivated and ill-conceived power grabs.”

The HPRB was founded in 1972 by the state legislature and consists of five members appointed by the Governor who each serve three-year terms. The Board takes into consideration handgun permit applications that have been rejected, as well as those for permits that have been revoked, as an alternative to an administrative hearing before a judge. In all, the program costs taxpayers about $23,000 a year.

A report earlier this year cited that 269 appeals were heard by the Board between December 2017 and November 2018, with 77 reversed and 145 modified. The Board only sustained the denials or revocations in 37 cases — just 13 percent of those heard by the panel.

The bill aimed to get rid of the Board, instead forces those who had their applications denied or permits revoked to instead seek an administrative hearing. Hogan pointed out that “would reasonably require applicants to retain an attorney to effectively pursue this review, significantly exacerbating the cost and ability of citizens to pursue their legal rights.”

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Team Beretta Sweeps 2019 U.S. Open

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 05:30

A wall of Beretta shotguns on display. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Team Beretta pulled out a dominating performance at the 2019 U.S. Open in Pennsville, New Jersey, earning 20 podium honors in six events.

The U.S. Open, held at M&M Hunting and Sporting Clays, saw Team Beretta members Zachary Kienbaum, Joseph Fanizzi, Meagan Harrington, Jared Greenwood, Diane Sorantino, Desirae Edmunds and Dominic Gross compete. Kienbaum took the runner-up position in the main event with his Beretta DT11 knocking 188 out of 200 targets. Additionally, he took two champion podium honors and third-place in the Super Sporting, 5-Stand and Master’s Cup events. Receiving fourth-place in the FITASC event, Kienbaum’s performance was awarded the HOA title during the White Flyer All-Around.

Fanizzzi earned a sub-junior podium finish, tackling 186 out of 200 targets with the A400 Xcel Sporting Black Edition by Beretta. He also was awarded three sub-junior champion podium honors in the Master’s Cup, Super Sporting and 5-Stand events. He too won a title in the White Flyer All-Around, winning the sub-junior champion title. Fanizzi is a recent recruit to Team Beretta, joining at the end of the 2018 competitive season.

Junior shooters Harrington and Greenwood pulled out solid performances with Harrington earning a ladies third place podium finish in the main event, ladies champion podium finish in the Super Sporting event and ladies champion title in the White Flyer All-Around event. Greenwood secured a podium finish in the junior 5-Stand event and junior third-place podium finish in Long Bird FITASC.

Team captain Diane Sorantino and team shooter Meagan Harrington earned podium finishes. (Photo: Beretta)

Edmunds took a ladies runner-up and ladies third-place finish in the Super Sporting and 5-Stand matches as well as the ladies runner-up title in the White Flyer All-Around while teammate Gross, another junior shooter, won the junior runner-up position in the Super Sporting match.

Rounding out the team captain Sorantino nabbed a ladies runner-up podium finish in the Master’s Cup event, narrowly beating out the third-place finisher by only two targets.

“With the entire team winning one or multiple podium titles during this competition, Team Beretta shooters surpassed their podium record from last year’s competition by 11 podiums,” the company said in a news release.

Team Beretta will continue to compete this season with the team headed to Columbus, Kansas in June for the 2019 North Central Regional.

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Mini-Mauser: Spending Some Time with the CZ 527 in 7.62×39 (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 05:00

CZ’s 527 American Rifle series has a lot of options, including a suppressor-ready 7.62x39mm with a synthetic stock and it apparently shoots very well when cold. Essentially a mini-Mauser action, Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel picked up one and gets some sweet cold bore shots in the above video.

His is shown equipped with a Q Trash Panda suppressor and what looks like a Tract TORIC 3-15×50 scope. A neat thing is that CZ offers the same model in 6.5 Grendel and .300BLK as well. As usual, Harmsen gives an unbiased review so be sure to drink in the whole thing.

For those who are curious, retail on the stock rifle is $765.67, but we beat that by a good bit. You have to admit, they are pretty good looking guns.

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Texas Emergency Carry Bill Heads to Governor

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:30

Those legally able to possess a firearm could carry them without a license for up to a week in Texas during a declared disaster if Gov. Abbott signs a bill headed his way. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The Republican-controlled Texas legislature over the weekend gave final approval to a bill allowing those in the Lone Star State to carry handguns without a license during an emergency.

The proposal, HB 1177, would allow those complying with a mandatory evacuation order the ability to temporarily carry a handgun without first having to have a license. Approved with a reported one-vote majority as Democrats lined up against the measure, it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for further review.

Texas requires License to Carry permits for both concealed and open carry and issued more than 340,000 LTCs last year alone. HB 1177 would teak state law to exempt an unlicensed person from the requirement if they are carrying while evacuating during a state of disaster. The period would be limited to 168 hours since the evacuation was ordered and only apply to those who can legally possess a firearm.

The bill was supported in its legislative process by Second Amendment groups such as the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Open Carry Texas, and the Texas State Rifle Association. In opposition is the League of Women Voters of Texas and Texas Gun Sense, the latter a local gun control group.

The proposal is like one adopted in hurricane-prone Florida in 2015. The Sunshine State has a prohibition against concealed carry of a weapon without a permit and only narrow exceptions for open carry, such as while hunting or fishing. Neither state currently recognizes permitless or constitutional carry.

While Abbott, a Republican, has not commented on his planned actions on the evacuation carry bill, earlier this month he signed a tenant’s rights proposal backed by Second Amendment groups that bans “no firearms” clauses in residential leases. In the past, he has also signed measures in support of carry reform, campus carry and open carry.

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Factory Tour 1962: Building the M14 at Springfield Armory (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00

The last rifle built for the U.S. military at Springfield Armory was the M14, and historic photos from its production vouch that it was made “old school.”

Put into production in 1959 to replace several weapons to include the .30-06-caliber WWII-era M1 Garand, the select-fire M14 would be manufactured by Springfield Armory, Winchester, Harrington & Richardson and TRW through 1964. In all, more than 1.3 million of these 7.62x51mm chambered battle rifles were cranked out before the line was closed in favor of the contractor produced M16.

From the Armory’s archives comes this series of photos, taken in 1961 and 1962, showing the M14 on the line.

A rough forging for an M14 receiver. This would be milled out to a functional component (Photos: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

Milling out the receiver

Checking an M14 barrel with a borescope, a common task still seen today on the floor of gun factories

Checking the tolerances of a barrel. PPE was kinda optional back in the 1960s.

Turning a block of walnut into an M14 stock

Carving the barrel and receiver grooves in the M14’s wooden stock. While overseas NATO allies used plastic furniture on their FN FAL and HK G3s during the same era, the Army stuck with wood on the M14

Staining and fitting the M14’s wooden stock, a task not too different from the Armory’s past work on the M1 and M1903.

Accuracy and target testing. The M14 proved to be an accurate weapon in service, living on as the M21 sniper rifle and later as a Designated Marksman Rifle through the early 2000s.

Function firing an M14 on full-auto. Note the four spent cases in the air. Besides the semi-auto M1 Garand and M1 Carbine, the M14 was intended to replace the M3 submachine gun, select-fire M2 Carbine, and the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle.

Final inspection after test firing

Packing an M14 for shipment. In all, some 1.4 million were produced by Springfield and three government contractors.

Checking the packing and including cleaning kits and accessories

Transporting M14s in cargo containers. These containers would be boxed in connexes and shipped to bases. The first unit to be equipped with the new gun was the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in 1961, followed by the Marines the next year.

Springfield Armory backed their in-house designed M14, even going so far as to run a 30,000 round test of a production gun in Sept. 1961.

While the government’s Springfield Armory closed in 1968 and today is part of the national park system, Illinois-based Springfield Armory was born in 1974 and has long specialized in semi-auto commercial variants of the M14, today’s M1A. Check the great selection of M1A variants and more inside the Guns.com collection of new and Certified Used Guns.

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California: Precursor Parts Bill and DROS Increase Awaiting Floor Votes

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 16:40
Friday, May 31 is the deadline for bills to pass out of the house of origin. Anti-gun bills AB 879 and AB 1669 are both eligible for floor votes in the Assembly.  Please
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