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Glock announced its latest pistol, the Glock 19X, reached a significant sales milestone this month with over 100,000 pistols sold in a mere six months.
Developed for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System pistol solicitation, which ultimately went to Sig Sauer’s P320, Glock released the 19X to consumers in January 2018 at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The 19X combines the company’s most popular pistols — the Glock 17 and Glock 19 — into one 9mm platform offering a full size frame paired to a compact slide.
“By combining the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements, this pistol offers proven results and delivers maximum efficiency,” Glock VP Josh Dorsey said in a press release. “These shipping numbers not only validate the earned trust our customers put in Glock, but also, demonstrate Glock’s proven manufacturing and surface treatment capabilities ensuring the company can deliver pistols in the quality and quantity that our customers demand.”
Glock said 19X sales are steadily climbing, with distributors noting the uptick in interest among consumers. “The Glock 19X has helped reinvigorate the polymer pistol market. Its demand and popularity has exceeded our expectations,” Flint Virgets, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lipsey’s, the nation’s leading wholesale firearms distributor, offered in a news release. The coyote colored Glock 19X is priced at $749.
A Denver judge agreed to let an FBI agent carry his firearm again while he considers a possible plea deal to felony charges stemming from an off-duty incident.
FBI agent Chase Bishop, 29, a D.C-based special agent that was visiting Denver for training last month when he allegedly shot a man at Mile High Spirits in the city’s LoDo downtown area, was in court on Tuesday over his resulting charge of assault in the second degree, a class 4 felony.
Bishop’s lawyer told Judge Fran Simonet that the agency strongly encourages agents to carry their duty weapons both on and off duty, according to CBS 11. With that, Simonet agreed that the agent could resume carrying his firearm.
Under conditions set by the court, Bishop is not allowed to drink or use drugs while his case is pending, the Associated Press reported. He reportedly has delayed an evidentiary hearing to weigh a plea deal offered this week by Denver prosecutors.
In a video from the scene of the shooting supplied to Denver 7, Bishop is shown recovering from a dance move before he reaches for the pistol on the floor, apparently firing the gun in the process. He then stands, inserts the handgun inside his waistband in the area of the small of his back, and walks into the crowd waving his hands.
Bystander Tom Reddington, 24, was left shot in the leg and reportedly will have to undergo vascular surgery to repair a major artery.
Under Colorado law, a class 4 felony can bring up to six years’ imprisonment and a fine of as much as $500,000.
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A multi-year lawsuit has come to an end in a settlement that will see the U.S. State Department back away from regulating most 3-D gun files.
In May 2013, Cody Wilson, through his Austin-based company Defense Distributed, created the Liberator, a nearly entirely 3-D printed, single-shot .380 ACP pistol for which he freely shared the plans for online. In the first two days, the files were downloaded nearly 100,000 times.
Then the federal government, specifically the State Department under John Kerry, demanded the plans for the Liberator be pulled from the website until further notice under international arms regulations, citing “the United States government claims control of the information.”
Wilson, allied with the Second Amendment Foundation, challenged that logic in court and won the settlement announced this week that will see DefDist once again post 3-D gun files starting Aug. 1 via Defcad.com. “The age of the downloadable gun begins,” noted the site Wednesday.
As part of the settlement, the government acknowledges that “non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber” such as the popular AR-15 and other semi-autos, are not “military” in nature, which Alan Gottlieb with the SAF said is a huge win. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort,” he said in a statement.
According to Gottlieb, the State Department will move to amend the 1976-vintage International Traffic in Arms Regulations — under which they attempted to muzzle DefDist — and transfer jurisdiction over some arms exports to the Commerce Department. Further, the settlement covers a portion of the plaintiffs’ legal costs and returns $10,000 paid by DefDist to the State Department in ITAR registration fees.
The government had asserted in its defense that it did not challenge the First Amendment right of Wilson to distribute the 3-D gun files domestically, only that it took an exception to the unfettered international distribution of what they argued was information that could be used by others to produce guns overseas.
“Whatever informational value there may be in the process by which 3-D printing occurs, the CAD files are also functional, directly facilitate the manufacture of weapons, and may properly be regulated for export,” contended State Department attorneys in an April 6 filing seeking to dismiss the case. However, just three weeks later, both parties moved to put the case on hold pending a settlement.
As for Wilson, he sees the move as a nail in the coffin of modern American gun control. “I consider it a truly grand thing,” Wilson told Wired. “It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and we helped to do that.”
— Cody R. Wilson (@Radomysisky) July 10, 2018
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“This is the kind of action we need to save lives. While we can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent future tragedies,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
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I will admit my biases up-front. I love these guns and always have. I think I always will. Depending on the day, I choose a J-frame over a slim nine, over a Glock 19 and over lots of other guns. I don’t always, but most of the time I do.
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President Trump announced last night his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court, galvanizing both pro- and anti-gun groups to support or oppose Trump’s pick, respectively.
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Federal Ammunition revamps its website, delivering a faster and easier to read site with load and product information.
Federal Ammunition says the redesigned website features enriched content, action photos and videos that will help shooters “fully immerse” in the hunting and shooting sports arena. Visitors to the site will have access to product information in addition to load selection advice for a variety of game, target shooting and competition ammunition. Customers will also be privy to special promotions via integrated product pages.
“The site allows visitors to experience the world of shooting and learn from the pros in 50 ‘Premium Moments’ stories featuring interviews with country music stars, YouTube influencers and champion shooters,” Federal Senior Director of Marketing Jason Nash said in a press release. “You can also subscribe to the industry’s best e-newsletter and get monthly updates on new products and news; view highlights from social media posts from Federal’s vast network of fans; learn about new products like the award-winning, industry-changing 224 Valkyrie and Heavyweight TSS; and perfectly dial in your shooting with data powered by the ‘Premium Ballistics Engine.’”
Federal Ammunition says the new site is built for viewing and navigation on all devices.
“The new web site signifies our longstanding commitment to quality, as well as educating and informing our consumers of our broad product lines. Leading the charge is our bold new Federal logo which signals a stronger, more focused and authentic branding approach,” Nash added.
Bad-Element, one of the more interesting shops specializing in the Afghan/Khyber Pass-style aesthetic, is working on one really different Kalash.
According to Bad Element, the mashup is an homage to the compact OTS-14 Groza (Russian= “Thunder”) which was a greatly modded AKS-74U chambered in 9x39mm, a special subsonic ammo comparable to .300 BLK used by various Russian counter-terror and special ops types in guns such as the VSS Vintorez.
“Yes it needs a stock and a stamp and a third pin,” they say, seeing progress in the construct they have been working on for the past three years, promising it will be offered in kit form at some point as well as possibly an all-up firearm.
“It runs very well so far,” they say.
Other designs by Bad Element include various open-sided extendo mags such as this 60- and 100-rounder shown off below.
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Aero Precision debuted its July Builder Sets featuring a patriotic Americana theme.
The sets boast three different Old Glory inspired patterns — Battleworn Soaring Freedom by Blowdeadline Custom Cerakote, Pledge of Allegiance by Nevada Cerakote and We the People by Weapon Works LLC.
The July Builder Sets also come with Aero Precision’s recently launched Freedom Lower Receivers. The lower touts a custom engraved graphic of the American flag on the magwell in addition to markings that include ‘Freedom” and a 4th of July styled serial number range.
The July Builder Set joins Aero’s monthly lineup of new Builder Sets. The company has a habit of releasing new sets at the beginning of each month. The popular series is known to go quickly and the July sets are no exception. Though several options still remain, some have already crossed into the out of stock realm.
Prices start at $474 with the July Builder Sets topping out at $599.
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A Milwaukee food service worker with a carry permit had enough after another waitress was attacked by an irate customer.
In the above video from Wisconsin ABC affiliates, a man is seen going behind the counter of the George Webb restaurant on June 29 before he viciously punches a female manager/waitress. In response, a second waitress draws a handgun from under her apron and points it at the man, who eventually retreats.
“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” said Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan in a press release urging the public to contact police with information on the suspect.
“One can only imagine what might have occurred if that employee had not pulled out her weapon,” said Donovan, who represents the District where the restaurant is located. “Sadly, I’m told the co-worker quit her job shortly after the incident.”
The suspect, who is known to police, is believed to have an extensive criminal record, according to Donovan.
George Webb, a chain of some 30 lunch counter-style restaurants across Wisconsin open around-the-clock, said in a statement that they are working with police and employees to “assess current security measures and determine next steps.”
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Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, approved a pair of measures on Monday to make Hawaii’s already tough gun laws even tougher.
The bills, SB 2046 and SB 2436, outlaw a host of bump stocks and similar accessories while cutting the time allowed for mandatory firearm surrenders down from 30 days to a week. Both proposals passed the state legislature with broad support.
“I’m proud that Hawai‘i has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation thanks to our strict gun laws,” said Ig in the signing ceremony at the State Capitol. “At the same time, we must protect the rights of gun owners and hunters to own and use guns safely. This legislation will help us uphold the rights of gun owners while keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unfit individuals.”
The bump stock ban regulates not only the eponymous and controversial firearm accessory but also multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks as well as any part “designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm.” Violators would be subject to a class C felony, with a punishment of as many as five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
In conjunction with the ban, which does not allow for grandfathering of any device currently in circulation or compensates owners for their loss, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced a 30-day amnesty program for bump stock owners to turn in their now-illegal items at any police station.
During legislative hearings on the bill, the Hawaii Hunting Association argued that the measure seemed “purposefully vague and serves absolutely no safety purpose, but instead could make felons out of law-abiding target shooters and hunters who may work on their legally owned firearms for safety, accuracy, or function.” Similar comments were logged by the Hawaii Rifle Association, National Rifle Association and scores of gun owners in over 100 pages of testimony.
Gun surrender deadline
The second bill approved by Ige, SB 2436, cuts the time period that individuals who have lost their gun rights to voluntarily surrender or dispose of their firearms and ammunition before police can move in to seize the weapons. Under current state law, a chief of police can act on a disqualification after 30 days, a figure which will now be reduced to just seven.
The bill’s initial language — supported by Everytown and some prosecutors in the state– set the bar at just 24 hours before police could take action. The groups argued such a short period was needed to save lives, especially in cases of domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders.
Gun rights advocates countered that such a narrow window could subject affected gun owners to an “unfettered search of their home and/or business within hours of being accused.”
Signed SB 2046 now Act 157 prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer and possession of bump fire stocks, multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks – the same devices used by the gunman in the deadly Las Vegas shooting. #HIGov #HINews #Hawaii #BumpStockBan pic.twitter.com/QqDz9pYA5Z
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) July 10, 2018
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The benefits of including a flashlight in your Everyday Carry (EDC) simply outweigh the drawbacks. Even if we remove the tactical or defensive applications of a handheld light, there are many administrative reasons to carry a flashlight.
The Inforce TFx provides great quality and functionality for its price. Operating on two 123a batteries, the 3.75-ounce flashlight beams out a powerful 700 lumens that are perfect for looking for the remote under the couch or the loose can of Spam in the back of the trunk.
But my Marine mind drifts toward how well it performs in training for tactical applications like target identification or assisting with shooting in a low-light environment. There are a number of great Everyday Carry (EDC) lights on the market, but none that combine the modes, output, size, weight and price that the TFx does.
Gripes are few and far between. My only issue with the TFx light is that it doesn’t have a pocket clip. That may seem like small potatoes, but it makes it difficult to carry in a pocket. Without the clip, it could inadvertently turn on like it did for me until I noticed the 700 lumens warming my thigh. But the issue can be easily resolved with a $2.25 pocket clip.
While the clip is an added expense, the TFx flashlight still retains its value at $125 retail (or $80 in-store price) when considering how well it works. The TFX has a high quality beam with a wide spill for searching and hot center for target ID.
Another addition you may want to consider is spending another $19 on an aftermarket mechanical tail cap to replace the electronic. Why would you want to replace it? The electronic tail cap offers high, low, and strobe modes, which are fantastic for an everyday task light. But under the dynamic stress of a real-life shooting, do you really want to mess with mode settings on a flashlight? Even with the extra costs, the total package is still below what you’re going to pay for the competition.
While it is not perfect, it’s one of the best tactical lights available coming in well under $300. So, if you need an EDC light, and if you don’t already have one, the TFx might be the one for you.
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McMillan expands its series of aftermarket stocks, releasing the new Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock for precision tactical bolt rifle shooters.
The A-5 Thumbhole Stock uses the A-5 design while offering a thumb hole design some precision shooters find more comfortable for their specific style. McMillan says for some shooters, the thumb hole design allows for a more aligned wrist, therefore offering a straighter trigger pull during long shooting sessions.
“The Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock delivers on both accounts, making it one of the most comfortable, ergonomic stocks available for precision tactical and long-range shooting,” McMillan said in a press release. “In addition to the thumbhole design, the McMillan Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock also features an available adjustable cheek piece for achieving an optimal cheek weld.”
The Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock features a wide and flat beaver-tail forearm that can rest easily on bags or ad hoc rests. Additionally, the barreled action sits low in the stock providing stability. Available in a variety of colors and finish options, McMillan allows customers to further personalize their Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock with choice of butt plates and pads, cheek pieces, pre-installed pillars and other accessories.
No word yet on pricing.
Gun owners who fail to secure their firearms within the guidelines adopted by the Seattle City Council on Monday could face a $10,000 fine.
The Council, composed of eight Democrats and one Socialist, approved Mayor Jenny Durkin’s proposed city ordinance this week without dissent. The measure mandates firearm storage and penalizes those who do not report missing guns to police.
“Today, we passed modest legislation requiring all gun owners to lock-up their firearms when it is out of the owner’s immediate possession or control and imposing higher civil penalties when an owner fails to report a lost or stolen firearm,” said Durkin in a statement. “These bills will result in keeping guns out of the hands of children and others who do not have a legal right to possess a firearm and will result in less suicides and preventable gun deaths.”
Durkan’s ordinance, proposed with input from City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González and gun control advocates from the Brady Campaign and Everytown, sets a range of civil fines between $500 and $10,000 for those who leave unsecured firearms in areas where minors or those considered “at risk” may find them.
Additionally, it would require those who find that they have lost a gun or had one stolen to notify police within 24 hours. Failure to make such a report would result in fines of up to $1,000.
Rob McKenna, the former Republican Attorney General of Washington, has argued that the plan violates the state’s preemption laws where it comes to firearms. “Is regulation of safe storage specifically authorized by state law? I don’t know that it is,” McKenna said.
The measure will become law 180 days after Durkan signs it and passed with the support of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Moms Demand Action.
Thank you @MomsDemand and @WaGunResponsib for coming to testify in favor of common sense gun reform. The Full Council will be voting on @MayorJenny and I's Gun Safety Ordinance later this afternoon, which would require gun owners in the City of Seattle to lock up their guns. pic.twitter.com/QarXB3d8Xg
— Lorena González (@CMLGonzalez) July 9, 2018
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The company announced this week that their innovative .380 that mimics a smartphone when folded for carry or storage is shipping for those who pre-ordered guns.
Ideal Conceal’s CEO, Kirk Kjellberg, said in a progress update posted Monday that the pre-orders are being sent out the order they were received and promised a line of holsters are close to being complete for the gun.
The Minnesota-made double-barreled derringer made headlines two years ago when it debuted and was supposed to go on sale in mid-2016 with a retail price of $395. However, Kjellberg has since apologized for missed production dates and last fall announced a limited run of “a few hundred” pistols followed by a ramp up to full production in 2018.
As the gun is not capable of being fired from the folded position, the ATF has ruled that it is not an AOW under the National Firearms Act.
We caught up with the Ideal Conceal crew at SHOT Show earlier this year — their first exhibiting at the industry trade show– where they had some mock-ups on hand to give a feel for the gun, now with an MSRP of $500.
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Century Arms releases new additions into its Red Army Standard Ammunition lineup, adding a Hollow Point Boat Tail version of its 7.62×39 as well as resurrecting the 5.45×39 FMJ for AK-47 fans.
The latest 7.62×39 Hollow Point Boat Tail, or HPBT, like the 5.45×39 FMJ is manufactured in Russia at the same factory as the Red Army Standard 7.62×39 FMJBT and .223 Rem FMJBT. Available for the first time in the U.S. for commercial sales, the 7.62×39 HPBT boasts a 124-grain HPBT bullet with bimetal jacket paired with lead core. The round features non-corrosive primers as well as a lacquered steel case for smoother feeding and extraction.
The 5.45×39 FMJ makes its reappearance after a year out of the U.S. limelight. The round touts a 59-grain FMJ bullet with sealed non-corrosive primer and a sealed neck. Century Arms says the company continues to expand the Red Army Standard lineup to give AK enthusiasts more options.
“We are continuously working on expanding the Red Army Standard Ammunition line to offer a wide variety of desirable calibers and we are very excited to offer these new additions to the consumer market,” William Sucher VP of Business Development said in a press release. “Right now, Red Army Standard Ammunition is imported only in limited quantities as we are focused on maintaining the highest levels of quality while we increase production.”
The 7.62×39 HPBT ships 20 rounds to a box or 1,000 rounds to a case with MSRP set at $4.99 per box and $249 per case. The 5.45×39 FMJ ships in the same increments with the 20 round box priced at $5.49 and the case of 1,000 retailing for $274.
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The political divide over gun policy yawned Monday night as President Donald Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nation’s high court.
In a ceremony at the White House, Trump introduced Judge Brett Kavanaugh, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the key D.C. Circuit, as his nomination to fill the seat opened on the nine-justice panel with Kennedy’s planned retirement. Described as a “brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials” by the White House, since his confirmation to the federal bench in 2006 Kavanaugh has penned more than 300 decisions, 11 of which have been upheld by the Supreme Court. A Yale Law graduate, he served as on the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr investigating President Clinton’s administration and later as a staffer to President George W. Bush.
But it was the subject of Kavanaugh’s record of interpretation of the Second Amendment that drew quick attention. In 2011, he dissented from the majority in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Heller II, which challenged the city’s prohibition on “assault weapons,” saying in part, “In my judgment, both D.C.’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and its gun registration requirement are unconstitutional under Heller.” The jurist went on to say that the guns were in common use and are protected under the Constitution.
Pro-gun groups, to include the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation, approved of Trump’s pick.
“Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated his clear belief that the Constitution should be applied as the Framers intended,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm, in a strong endorsement of the nominee. “To that end, he has supported the fundamental, individual right to self-defense embraced by Justice Scalia in the historic Heller decision.”
Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s executive vice president, said his group was encouraged by the nomination, “because by adding Judge Kavanaugh, we might see the high court become more willing to accept and rule on important Second Amendment issues, such as right-to-carry.”
On the opposite side of the canyon, national gun control organizations of all stripes, ranging from Everytown to Giffords slammed the pick, with the Brady Campaign’s co-president Avery Gardiner saying, “This is a judge who sees no difference between assault weapons and handguns, and who has stated that there is no judicial role when it comes to regulating gun ownership.”
In the Senate, with just 51 votes needed to move Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment through, many Democrats are already vowing a “no” vote on the judge. “There is a fight coming, and I’m ready for it,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, before taking to social media and declaring the nominee a “Second Amendment radical.”
Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 10, 2018
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“Given the high percentage of Republicans who view the NRA favorably, it may be extremely difficult for a GOP candidate who opposes the group to win a primary election. Likewise, a pro-NRA Democrat may have trouble emerging from a primary to run in a general election,” it continues.
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With a chopped barrel and full-auto capability, this budget Savage has gone from a .22LR tin can smoker to smoking hot with a 2,400 rpm cyclic rate.
YouTube gun vlogger legend Royal Nonesuch has grown up from the days of backyard slamfire shotguns and, with a Type 07 manufacturer FFL and SOT on the books to make it all perfectly legal, he took a Savage 64F and tweaked it a bit. With a barrel whittled down to just 7-inches on the R&D gun (he plans to use it as a suppressor test bed), the open-bolt modification on the little rifle lets it rip at crazy fast rates of fire.
Now if only the Hughes Amendment wasn’t a thing…
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The rare first and second pattern AKs of Mikhail Kalashnikov have an interesting story behind them. Would you like to know more?
As detailed in the above by Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons, the Type 1 AK (before it was dubbed the AK47) of 1948 used a pretty thin stamped sheet metal receiver that made it economical to make but soon ran into some problems. This, in turn, led to the Type 2 Kalash which used a receiver machined from a solid metal block.
If you are curious about the milled guns– which went into production in 1951 and remained standard until supplemented by the updated Type 3 and finally replaced when the AK went back to an improved stamped design– we have the below video for your approval.
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