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The Goldilocks of Bipods: Magpul’s New Bipod is Juuust Right

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 13:55

Considering the plethora of other gun-related accessories, it seems like there should be some kind of middle ground between cheap and premium when it comes to bipods. That’s why I was so excited to get my hands on Magpul’s new bipod. Introduced last summer, the Magpul Bipod fills a space that’s been empty in this product category for too long. I’ve been using mine for the last four months, and I have to say — I’m impressed.

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Rhode Island: Gun Day Hearing Scheduled in House Committee on Tuesday

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 13:31
Next Tuesday, March 19, upon rise of the House (around 3:30pm) in Room 101, the House Committee on Judiciary has scheduled a long list of gun bills for consideration
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AG Composites: The Best Stocks You’ve Never Heard Of

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 13:08

One little-known company in Alabama is quietly making incredible stocks for the likes of Kimber and Proof Research. You'll want to know about this little American gem.

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Hawaii: House Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:09
Today March 15th, the Hawaii state House Committee on Public Safety, Veteran and Military Affairs is hearing anti-gun bills SB 600, SB 621, and SB 1466.
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Tennessee: Multiple Gun Bill Hearings Scheduled in the Volunteer State

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:45
Next week, the Tennessee General Assembly has multiple gun bills being considered in multiple committees, and your legislators need to hear from you!
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Florida House panel advances two gun bills backed by NRA

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:09
A House panel has advanced two gun bills, backed by the National Rifle Association, that are reopening a debate about whether people with concealed-weapons licenses should be able to carry guns on school campuses used by churches and store firearms in vehicles on school property.
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Ruger Adds New Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle Model

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:00

If you are a fan of really accurate 22LR semi-autos with a laminated stock and stainless bull barrel, Ruger has you covered (Photos: Ruger)

Featuring a natural brown laminate stock and stainless steel barrel, the latest model to Ruger’s Custom Shop is a competition 10/22.

The new .22LR rifle is feature-rich from its custom dual-bedded 6061-T6511 aluminum receiver with a machined match bolt dual to a fluted 16.10-inch stainless steel bull barrel. The rifle is both optics-ready, with a 30 MOA Picatinny rail, and suppressor-ready, with a 1/2x28TPI threaded barrel. Ruger’s BX-Trigger, a fully-adjustable cheek rest on the stock and an oversized bolt handle with match release are also standard.

When it comes to specs, the overall length of the Custom Shop 10/22 Competition is 36-inches with a 13.5-inch length of pull on the stock while the gun still weighs in at 6-pounds flat. The receiver is a hard-coat anodized black with black Cerakote accents are on the barrel.

The rimfire rifle has a number of accurizing measures added to the mix including a free-floating barrel and an enhanced semi-auto chamber which Ruger says has been proven to increase accuracy without getting in the way of reliability.

The rifle ships with a hard case and one detachable 10-round rotary magazine, as well as swag to include a Ruger Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity, challenge coin, cleaning cloth and decal.

MSRP on the new model is $899.

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The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:59
Republicans are eyeing a path to the House majority that takes them through Trump country. The GOP has already put 55 districts held by Democrats on its target list for 2020. But Republican hopes are highest in the 31 districts that President Trump carried in 2016. That includes 13 districts where the real estate mogul bested Hillary Clinton by more than 6 points.
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Aguila 5mm Ammo Breathes New Life into Forgotten Plinkers (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:00

After a lengthy hiatus, the once-obsolete 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum has returned to production by Mexican-ammo maker Aguila. With the re-introduction of the round, nostalgic shooters can grab their aging plinkers and share a much needed history lesson.

In the late 60s and early 70s, Big Green originally introduced the round along with a pair of bolt-action rifles, the Remington 591 and 592, to compete against the Winchester .22 WMR. While the Remington round outperformed its competitors – and in some ways still does – it failed to gain commercial success.

After manufacturing some 60,000 rifles, Remington ended their production in 1973 and the ammo fell by the wayside shortly after. For decades, many of these original rifles languished in closets and gun cabinets. A handful of gun makers tried to spur interest with offerings chambered in 5mm but nothing really took hold. Now, thanks to Aguila and a revitalized interest in longer-range rimfire shooting, 40-year-old Remington 591 and 592 rifles are gaining popularity.

The signature grip cap denoting caliber was found on both the Remington Model 591 and 592. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The Remington 591 and 592 Rifles

The Remington 591 and 592 share many characteristics. Both feature classic glossy Walnut furniture; a bolt with six rear-locking lugs and two-stage extractor; iron sights, though a scope aids in finding its true range; and a 24-inch barrel with a 1-in-12-inch twist. The rifles differ only in magazine and capacity. The 591 holds a four-round plastic magazine while the 592 features a 10-round tubular magazine.

When shooting, the 5mm rifles perform comparable to a .22 in both recoil and noise. Yet, the new Aguila JHP’s provide devastating terminal performance on winter squirrels. For range, both rifles are more than capable of reaching 200 yards or more. In fact, in a you-had-to-be-there moment, one member of our prairie dog blasting party recorded a kill at just over 300 yards.

Not only does the author’s Model 592 look good, but it’s deadly accurate with Aguila’s new 30-grain JHP rounds. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum

The new Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum rounds differ slightly from earlier versions. The original bottlenecked cartridge held a 38-grain bullet instead of the nw 30 grains, and had an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,100 FPS (though unofficial chronographs have booked it significantly faster, even as high as 2,400 FPS). At its time and in its prime, the 5mm round was blazing fast and trumped the WMR’s 40 grain bullet in both power and accuracy.

The 5mm Mag’s bullet diameter is actually the same as the modern .204 Ruger centerfire. Further, it can hold its own ballistically with both the .22 Hornet and .218 Bee centerfire rounds – quite a feat for a rimfire. Naturally with its ballistics, the 5mm remains ideal for varmint and small game hunting.

Aguila offers jacketed and semi-jacketed 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum ammunition. Both carry an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,300 FPS, which translates to a stellar 325 foot-pounds of energy. A box of 50 rounds retails for $29.99.

The most popular rimfires of the 5mm’s time, from Left to Right: .22 LR, .22 WMR, and 5mm Remington Mag. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

If You See a Remington 591 or 592…

Since Aguila’s 5mm ammunition sells out faster than it can be produced, the company has turned their “limited” run into an indefinite one. Needless to say, the round’s rejuvenation has sparked a slight hike in demand for decades-old Remington rifles. Both models command prices in the $450 to $650 range. Next time you see a Remington Model 591 or 592 collecting dust on a gun shop’s shelf, you’ll give it a good home, feed it some Aguila, and enjoy!

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Maryland: Gun Control Bills on the Move in Maryland!

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:53
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee amended multiple gun control bills before sending them to the House for further consideration.
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Czech Leader Presents Engraved CZ 75 To President Trump (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:00

Babiš gifted President Trump a beautiful CZ 75 Republika, complete with a special serial number. (Photos: CZUB/Andrej Babiš via Facebook)

During an official state visit to Washington this month Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš presented President Trump with a beautiful specially made CZ 75.

Babis and his wife visited the White House and met with the President for the first time last week where he said he was received warmly. “I highly appreciate our traditionally strong ties with the United States as well as the fact that such an important meeting took place in the year when the Czech Republic celebrates the 20th anniversary of joining NATO and 30 years of our regained freedom and democracy,” noted Babis.

As an official token from the Czech people, Babis brought a CZ 75 Republika model for Trump.

Produced by CZUB to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918, just 100 of the guns were produced. They are serial numbered 1918-2018 (Photo: CZUB)

Each is engraved with traditional Czech symbols such as the national motto “Pravda vítězí,” which means “truth prevails,” as well as a Czech lion coat of arms. The guns come standard with a wooden presentation case with a portrait of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Masaryk.

The gun presented to President Trump was serial numbered CSR-1946, in honor of his birth year. (Photo: CZUB)

Babis said on social media that he was proud of the Czech people who invented and produced the iconic 9mm handgun and that the firearm “reminds us that we won our freedom.”

While in Washington, Babis also visited the Library of Congress and the Capitol, laid a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial on behalf of the Czech Republic and visited the 1937 statute of Masaryk, who had extensive ties to the U.S. and helped convince President Woodrow Wilson to support the country’s independence during World War I.

As for the gun, foreign official gifts to the President over a token value are considered gifts to the people of the United States, and the chief executive would have to pay the treasury to keep it. Gifts not bought by the President from Uncle go to the National Archives and typically find their way to public display such as at Presidental libraries.

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CZ 75 Republika in the White House US President Donald Trump received the exquisite CZ 75 Republika pistol as a gift from the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The gun is one of only 100 produced by CZ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovakian independence in 1918. The superbly crafted Republika features rich engraving and is adorned by 24-carat gold inlays and plating. The pistol’s serial number is CSR-1946 in honor of the President’s birth year. We are proud that our product was chosen as a state gift of the Czech Republic to the US president. . . CZ 75 Republika v Bílém domě Americký prezident Donald Trump dostal od českého premiéra Andreje Babiše darem unikátní pistoli CZ 75 Republika. Zbraň je jednou z pouhých 100 exemplářů vyrobených Českou zbrojovkou u příležitosti 100. výročí vzniku Československa roku 1918. Republika je skvěle řemeslně zpracována a bohatě zdobena ručními rytinami a 24karátovým zlatem. Pistole má sériové číslo CSR-1946 na počest prezidentova roku narození. Je nám ctí, že právě náš produkt byl vybrán jako státní dar České republiky americkému prezidentovi. . #CZ #czub #ceskazbrojovka #czfirearms#czguns #servicepistol #military #funwithguns #czp #cz75 #Iknowcz #forthosewhoknow #CZ75republica #limitededition #CZlimited #czechoslovakiaanniversary #americanpresident #uniquepistol #engraving @czusafirearms

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Mississippi: Pro-Gun Bill Signed by Governor

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:49
On Thursday, March 14, Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed NRA-supported HB 1581 into law after it was passed unanimously in each chamber earlier this session. 
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The Awkward ’80s Mossberg 500 Bullpup Shotgun (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:30

This chunky monkey of a 12 gauge was a normal Mossberg 500, other than the “high impact” polymer bullpup stock set-up and twin safeties. To cover the beauty of this wonder gauge, Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel digs one out of his safe, spider eggs and all.

Mossberg made them both under their own banner and their budget Maverick line from 1986 to 1990 in 18.5- (six shot) and 20-inch (nine shot) variants. Sporting a grip safety (!) and ventilated heat shield, the 500 Bullpup came in at just 26.5-inches overall and beat the Kel-Tec KSG to the market by about 15 years.

However, it was not the first bullpup shotgun available commercially in the U.S. That title goes to 1967’s wonky High Standard Model 10.

The what? Check out the below:

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Men’s Trap Looks to Regain Olympic Glory in 2020

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 06:00

Caleb Lindsey looks to end the Olympic drought for Men’s Trap shooting. (Photo: USA Shooting)

Despite Team USA’s position as shotgun shooting powerhouse, Men’s Trap has alluded the team in the Olympics since Beijing in 2008; but USA Shooting looks to change that heading into the 2020 Olympics.

Jessica Delos Reyes, associate director of media and public relations for USA Shooting, told that the lack of men in the last two Olympic games has been a concern for the organization. With only a year left to work towards an Olympic slot, the men of USA Shooting continue to work towards the goal of Japan.

“So we haven’t had a man in the Olympics in the men’s trap event since 2008. That’s kind of been the monkey on our back,” Delos Reyes said. “Our shotgun team kicks butt and takes names. Our women shooters are the best in the world. Our men are getting there too but that’s been something that bothered us because we’re so good at shotgun sports.”

The road to the Olympics is paved with quotas which the U.S. must vie for in order to gain a position to compete in Olympic events. The shooting sports has 15 total events with each country capable of earning two quotas per event.

“You don’t get to just send an Olympic team. Your team has to win what we call quotas which is essentially your countries ticket to participate in the games,” Delos Reyes explained. “So you could have two men’s trap, two women’s trap, two women skeet, two men’s skeet and so on.”

The race for quotas for the 2020 Olympics began in 2018 at the World Championships in Korea and will end sometime in early 2020. Competitors earn quotas through major competition like World Cups held throughout the year and the Pan-American Games held in Lima, Peru. Delos Reyes said while the US shooting team is already ahead of where they were going into the Rio Games, there’s still work to be done and quotas in Men’s Trap to be nabbed.

Delos Reyes said a contributing factor to the lack of medals was the International Olympic committees decision to eliminate certain events via Agenda 2020. Under Agenda 2020, men and women now must have equal opportunities to compete at an equal amount of sports. This means that men’s only shooting events like Men’s Prone Rifle, Men’s Free Pistol and Men’s Double Trap no longer exist. These events were instead replaced by mixed team events.

Lindsey, center, earned the title of 2018 National Champion. (Photo: USA Shooting)

“We were some of the best double trap shooters in the world in the men’s side. So those guys are converting over to essentially a different game,” Delos Reyes added. “Double trap is more spot shooting whereas trap is that quick read and react. Anyone who shoots shotgun will tell you it is the hardest of the shotgun sports.”

The team is stacked with names vying for that Olympic spot but one up and comer looks to challenge the Men’s Trap drought. Caleb Lindsey, a trap shooter based in Pulaski, Tennessee is poised to take on the Men’s Trap quota system. Lindsey maintains a spot on the U.S. National Team in addition to claiming the title of 2018 National Champion.

“I’ve been in competition shooting since I was in eighth grade and I’m a senior in college. I’ve been with USA shooting for about six years,” Lindsey told “ I go to all sorts of matches and I’m trying to better myself and achieve my main goal of getting to the Olympics.”

Delos Reyes says USA Shooting is hopeful Lindsey will turn the tide for Team USA. “We need to win those quotas,” she said. “But I feel very confident that this is our games. We’re finally going to get a gun in the event.”

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Full Auto Friday: HK Operational Briefcase Edition (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:30

The crafty engineers at Heckler & Koch came up with a special briefcase in the late 1970s for those looking to bring a little MP5 with them without drawing too much attention.

Termed the “Spezialkoffer” or Special Case in its briefcase format and “Spezialtasche” or Special Bag in its satchel version, the contraption over the years has generally just been called the Operational Briefcase.

The case version used a solid polymer and aluminum box with a thin plastic lid. Roughly 20x15x5-inches, it was the same general envelope as a technician’s toolbox or a businessperson’s briefcase. The fist that fits inside the glove of the briefcase is the HK MP5K submachine gun held in place by a claw mount.

The “K” is the shorty version of the classic MP5, weighs just 4.4-pounds, and is 12.8-inches long overall with a 4.5-inch barrel. It is much zippier than the standard MP5s and has a cyclic rate of 900rpm. This meant it could drain a 15 or 30-round magazine in either one or two seconds respectively.

Unseen in the best places for the past 40 years, these select-fire man bags have reached a sort of cult status with collectors and NFA enthusiasts.

Not to be outdone, the KGB put together thier own version in 1980, rumored to be used during the Moscow Olympics. In true Russki fashion, they substututed a Kalash for a German room broom.

There is also a MAC-10 homage floating around Texas somewhere.

As well as a UZI version:

For reference, HK still sells such cases today on their German website, for the MP5K PDW and MP5KA4. Of course, all NFA rules apply.

HK just calls it a “Shooting Case” today (Photo: HK)


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Ford Escort Takes a Beating Courtesy of Demolition Ranch (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:00

A 1993 Ford Escort receives a pummeling from a menagerie of weaponry as Demotion Ranch aims to discover what it takes to ultimately kill a car’s engine.

Matt from Demolition Ranch starts out with the usual suspects by way of .22LR, 9mm and even .357 Mag. Quickly things escalate, as they often do on the YouTube channel. Before long, the Ford Escort suffers through an onslaught of rifle rounds including 7.62x39mm and even the big boy, .50 BMG. “Built Ford Tough” apparently extends down to the company’s older models as the Escort’s engine proves more difficult to stop than originally planned.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Guns Of The Irish Army (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:00

Just 7,000-strong, today’s Irish Army has an interesting array of hardware on tap. (Photo: Irish Army)

Enough with the green beer, leprechaun jokes, and Armalite memes, here is the hardware of the modern Irish Army. An outgrowth of the “Old” IRA that fought in the Irish War of Independence, the current Army of the Republic of Ireland traces its origins to 1922 when the country broke with London.

The original arms of the force, supplied in an agreement with the British to the Irish Free State, included Commonwealth-standard Lee-Enfield .303 rifles, Lewis light machine guns, and an assortment of pieces left over from the IRA days to include Thompson submachine guns.

From 1922 through WWII, the Irish Army carried Enfield .303s, Webley revolvers, and the occasional Tommy gun as well as Lewis and Vickers machine guns. Their steel helmets, looking very German, were actually made by Vickers.

They later picked up some P.14 sniper rifle variants made by BSA, one of which recently came up at auction.

The below 1933 film shows the Irish Army, looking very out of place with their German-style helmets, tooling around in Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars and generally mucking about with their Enfields, Vickers heavy machine guns, and other odds and ends.

This WWII-period film, from the Irish archives, shows 1940s additions such as the BREN light machine gun and Boys .55-cal anti-tank rifle in addition to the older hardware.

After a period of armed neutrality during World War II, the Irish modernized by ditching their aging gear for a new generation of small arms which included the FN FAL as their primary rifle, Browning Hi-Power pistols, and Swedish “K” m/45 9mm submachine guns.

The second generation of Irish Army small arms included the FAL, Swedish “K” and the famous BREN gun.

Many of the old guns became very popular on the surplus market. For instance, Interarms imported some 800 former Irish military Lewis guns into the U.S. in 1959, and many of the vaunted “Belgian Rattlesnakes” still in circulation in the states today come from that shipment.

This new hardware saw extensive service in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s as the Irish deployed on dozens of UN peacekeeping missions including the famous mission to the Congo that resulted in the Siege of Jadotville. That battle, in which an isolated company of Irishmen held off a much larger force of Congolese troops and allied mercenaries until their ammo was exhausted, was the subject of a recent Netflix movie of the same name.

The film got the weapons right at least, giving much camera time to the Irish FALs, Enfield snipers, K-guns and Vickers HMGs.

Today, the Irish Army consists of two brigades and the Army Ranger Wing, the small country’s special operations force. In the past couple of decades, they have undergone another generational change in small arms. This has included ditching most of their FALs and K-guns for Austrian-made Steyr AUG Mod 14 bullpup 5.56mm rifles in 1988, phasing out their legacy machine guns with the FN MAG 58, and tapping in the HK USP for the aging Browning Hi-Power.

The go-to modern shillelagh of the Irish military since 1988 has been the Steyr AUG. The military is in the process of an upgrade program to add Picatinny rails and a Trijicon ACOG to the guns in place of the older optics. (Photo: Irish Army)

The Irish Ranger Wing sports HK 416 and 417s with all the aftermarket extras (Photo: Irish Army)

The primary sniper rifle is a series of Accuracy International bolt guns, note the HK USP. (Photo: Irish Army)

And finally, the FAL is still around in small numbers, doing its part. Since 2011, the vaunted 7.62x51mm battle rifle known internationally as “The Right Arm of the Free World” has been upgraded with a Schmidt & Bender optic, bipod and adjustable stock for use as a DMR rifle.

Irish FAL DMR aesthetics (Photo: Irish Army)

And any force that still appreciates the FAL has to be ok. Hell, somebody has to keep the snakes out of Ireland.

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SnapSafe Treklite Serves Safe Gun Storage on the Go

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:30

The SnapSafe TrekLite brings a keyed approach to compact storage. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

While gun owners would like to tote their carry gun on body everywhere, often times that’s not practical. Whether impending air travel or errands around town in firearm unfriendly places prevent carry, gun owners need a place to stash their carry gun. For times like these, a heavy, bulky safe is out of the question. So, what’s a gun owner to do? Procure a lightweight, compact, portable safe of course.

The SnapSafe TrekLite Lock Box provides one such option. Billed as a means to easily carry a gun on the go, the SnapSafe TrekLite appears, on the surface, to be just the option gun owners need. Does it hold up and more importantly is it a viable means to stash guns? took a closer look to find out.

The basics

The SnapSafe TrekLite Lock Box features a portable design centered around gun owners on the go. The extra-large container measures 10 x 7 x 2 inches, tipping scales at just over a pound. The SnapSafe TrekLite comes in two models – a TSA combination lock and a standard key lock. Both options do meet TSA requirements and can be checked in luggage. For the purpose of this review, I took a look at the key lock option.

The SnapSafe TrekLite stows guns but also has the means to secure other valuables like jewelry or medication while out and about. Made from impact-resistant polycarbonate, the portable safe looks to bring a sense of security to owners. In addition to providing a locked box design, the SnapSafe TrekLite also employs the use of a security cable. Capable of wrapping around furniture legs, or car seats, the security cable comes rated up to 1,500 pounds for added security.

The SnapSafe TrekLite offers both discreet protection and security, making it a solid option for car storage on the go. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Inside the safe, the unit offers foam lining designed to cradle valuables and protect them during transit. The lining can be removed for larger firearms or if protection is not required for the trip.

On the go storage

The SnapSafe TrekLite appeals to the traveling gun owner or, at the very least, the gun owner who occasionally stores their gun in their vehicle. I first came to know the SnapSafe while looking for a lightweight option to house my Glock 19 during airplane travel. The SnapSafe, weighing just over a pound, felt like a decent option.

Accompanied by two keys and a cable, the safe fills that no muss, no fuss void. A simple portable option, the SnapSafe elects to forgo fancy RFID or fingerprint tech for the reliable keyed solution – of course, that’s assuming you don’t lose the keys. Though it feels lightweight and easily stows inside a suitcase, the SnapSafe has an air of security to it. It’s not flimsy and definitely doesn’t feel as if it will cave the second it tumbles to the ground. In fact, it won’t. Having taken a few tumbles off my bed to the ground, the SnapSafe was no worse for wear.

The safe provides a notch for the security cable to rest. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The safe outfits itself with interior foam lining placed to protect valuables. At first glance, I was skeptical of all the foam. It seemed to take up too much room, not to mention I often store my Glock 19 in its holster on the go. Luckily, the SafeTech TrekLite offers removable foam inserts. I removed one insert from each side of the holster and voila! Holster and gun fit perfectly.

Though I originally intended the SnapSafe to act as a lightweight solution for airplane travel, it quickly became apparent that it would also work as a car storage solution. While I do not advocate stowing guns in cars, there are times when a quick errand necessitates no gun. In those instances, it’s imperative to have a storage solution at the ready in the car.

The SnapSafe TrekLite’s cable is long enough to secure it to beds, car seats or other pieces of furniture for extra security. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The SnapSafe TrekLite’s compact size and included cable fit the bill when it came to car storage. The thinner build fit neatly under my passenger seat, out of sight, while the cable wrapped around the passenger seat leg securing the safe to the car. If someone wanted the safe, they’d have to deal with removing the cable. The cable itself, has a notch that allows it to rest inside the safe; but it’s not a permanent solution. Once the safe is opened, the cable can be removed if it’s no longer needed.

Is it worth it?

The SnapSafe Treklite is best suited for travelers looking for a lightweight option or concealed carriers in need of a storage option for their car. While the SnapSafe TrekLite is light and easy to tote, it’s not a unit that I imagine could withstand a heavy hammer or a crowbar. Some tools and the safe would most likely open. It’s not a permanent solution, but for those looking for a simple, straightforward option for on the go storage the SnapSafe TrekLite fits the bill. Retailing for under $50, it’s an affordable option.

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Republican Senators Reintroduce Hearing Protection Act

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:30

A Sig Sauer MPX series, with a suppressor. Such sound moderators under the Hearing Protection Act could be transferred just like regular rifles or shotguns rather than with a $200 tax stamp and lengthy wait times required under the NFA. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Hearing Protection Act, to remove suppressors from the layers of regulation required by the National Firearms Act, was reintroduced to the Senate on Thursday.

Proposed by Idaho Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and 12 co-sponsors from a dozen red states, the bill is a repeat of one submitted to the last Congress that failed to gain traction despite GOP control of both chambers. The proposal would reclassify suppressors as firearms rather than NFA-regulate weapons, which would allow them to be transferred after a simple background check rather than current much more extensive process.

“It just makes sense to ease federal regulation of suppressors, which are already legal in most of states,” said U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss, one of the co-sponsors. “Some of the most liberal European nations require their use to reduce hearing-related injuries. This bill would make it easier to offer the same protection to law-abiding American sportsmen.”

Introduced this week as S. 817 the HPA would simply reclassify suppressors to regulate them like traditional firearms. It would not change any laws in states such as California and New York that already prevent suppressors, nor does it get rid of the requirement of a background check. There are currently more than 1.5 million suppressors in circulation nationwide.

The bill has the support of pro-hunting and gun rights groups such as the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association as well as industry organizations like the American Suppressor Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“This firearms safety legislation will enable gun owners to have better access to hearing protection accessories and improve safety for the shooting sports,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF’s senior VP and general counsel. “These accessories have been unfortunately stigmatized and wrapped up by duplicitous background checks, extensive wait times and burdensome paperwork that doesn’t contribute to public safety.”

The measure will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. Meanwhile, a companion piece, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s H.R. 155 has 59 GOP co-sponsors in the Democrat-controlled House.

Duncan’s original Hearing Protection Act garnered 166 co-sponsors in the House last session and was rolled into a larger package of pro-hunting legislation, the SHARE Act, which was reported out of committee but never made it out of Congress.

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How to Safely Store Your Concealed Carry Gun in Your Car

General Gun News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00

Knowing how to safely secure your gun in the car is a must for guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Responsible gun ownership dictates knowing how and when to store firearms. In a perfect world, gun owners always would keep their guns at the ready, but that’s unrealistic. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid gun-free zones. A trip to the post office or a forgotten lunch box that needs to go to school dictates no guns, so where do you stow your piece when all you’ve got is a car?

With nearly 380,000 guns stolen per year, according to a Harvard study, and a 40 percent increase in guns stolen from cars in 14 out of 15 cities, prospering storing a gun in the car decreases the chances of guns falling into the wrong hands. Though the most appetizing solution might appear to be the glovebox, this compartment proves less than ideal. Though most come with a lock and do cloak the gun, glovebox locks are easily jimmied with a crowbar and a little force.

The same goes for the center console. Another popular gun destination, the center console boasts even less safety as most don’t feature any sort of locking mechanism. Additionally, the glovebox and console are so overused by drivers, these locations tend to be the first areas criminals look through after busting into cars.

Storing a gun in the glovebox or console is not optimal for gun owners as these locations tend to be the most sought after by criminals. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Ruling out a standard glovebox and console, the best bet for most gun owners is a small safe residing in the car. While most of us cannot afford to install a full safe setup in our trunk, a compact travel safe often does the trick.

Easily purchased online, these safes work for air travel as well as car travel. Boasting space for one gun in holster, the safe tethers to the actual passenger or driver’s seat, preventing criminals from a grab and go situation. Equipped with a compact, slim design, these safes nestle under car seats to remain out of sight while safely stowing the gun.

Dedicated console safes provide another option for gun owners who are serious about stashing gun. These mount inside the car, replacing the standard console. Built with tougher, reinforced materials, these consoles often use a locking mechanism to ensure all valuables remain safe inside the container.

The safe also tethers to the passenger or driver’s seat, granting even more security. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Knowing the best means to safely store the gun in the car is as important as where you stow it. Excessive handling of loaded firearms often results in mishaps, so it’s imperative that handling is kept to a minimum. For this reason, I suggest leaving the gun in the holster and removing them as one whole unit from the belt. This tactic ensures the trigger remains covered, therefore, preventing any accidents.

From there, the holstered gun tucks into the safe, locked up until time to return to the belt. The steps for placing the gun and holster back onto the body are the same, again, keeping the gun in the holster while placing it on the waistband for greater safety.

Though not difficult in execution, planning to store your gun in the car requires the right tools and the know-how to ensure safety. Purchasing a small safe to affix to the car offers the best means for concealed carriers requiring secure storage on the go.

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