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According to Jared LaMarche, a gunsmith at Windsor Arms Co., they’re always interested in building unique and rare guns. When they caught wind of Argentinian FMK-3 build kits being available in the US, they got their hands on one.
The FMK-3 is a select fire, blowback operated submachine gun of Argentine origin. It was designed by Fabricaciones Militares in 1974. Approximately 30,000 were produced for the Argentine military, and is still currently in use.
It was based on the U.S. M3 A1 submachine gun, more commonly referred to as the ‘Grease Gun’. But instead of the firing the .45 ACP round like the M3A1, the FMK-3 fires the 9×19mm cartridge at a rate of 650 rounds per minute.
Despite having a good design, Windsor Arms made a few improvements when they built their kit. They added a 3-lug adaptor to the barrel to facilitate quick adding and removing of a suppressor. They also swapped out the factory sights, which they thought were cheap, and added HK-style adjustable sights, such as those found on HK MP5s. Other than that, the gun is stock.
It’s an incredibly smooth shooting and reliable submachine gun. It’s very easy to control, and according to LaMarche, if you were to hold a tin can beside the gun as it fired, you could easily catch all of the ejected brass. It’s got a very consistent ejection pattern of spent shells.
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CCI Ammunition will release new rimfire loads in late January at the industry’s annual SHOT Show held in Las Vegas. On the list of new ammo: a VNT 17 Mach 2 17-grain, VNT 22 WMR 30-grain, Quiet-22 Semi-Auto 22 LR 45-grain lead round nose, Clean-22 Standard Velocity 22 LR 40-grain poly-coated lead round nose and Clean-22 High Velocity 22 LR 40-grain poly-coated lead round nose.
CCI kicks off the new goodies with more introductions in the VNT series. Launched in 2018, the VNT series target varmint hunters and target shooters with a magnum rimfire design. In 2019, the company will add 17 Mach 2 and 22 WMR variants. The newest rounds offer a Speer bullet built with an extremely thin jacket paired with a polymer tip. The design brings flatter trajectories along with long range capabilities, according to CCI Ammunition.
The Quiet-22 Semi-Auto enters the lineup as a load that reduces the volume of standard 22 LR rounds. The load cycles easily through both semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The low-velocity load offers the sensation of shooting through a suppressor without actually using a suppressor or paying that ATF tax stamp for one. CCI Ammunition says the load is ideal for new shooters taking to the range for the first time.
The Clean-22 series features a polymer bullet that reduces the amount of copper and lead fouling in the barrel of the gun. The load also cuts through lead buildup in suppressors.
The ammunition is set to launch Jan. 22 through Jan. 25 in Las Vegas at SHOT Show.
Ed Brown Products and Zev Technologies join up in 2019 to renew their pistol collaboration, releasing the 2019 version of the EB/ZEV 1911.
The EB/ZEV 1911 features a Commander Lightrail 9mm design, fully machined and decked out in all black. The pistol sports Zev Orion slide cuts and a front strap and blended magwell housing boasting Ed Brown’s Alien mental treatment. The pistol’s aesthetics are topped off with matching Alien grips.
The handgun’s 4.25-inch barrel sports a suppressor ready style with Zev dimples, scallops on the lightrail and a recessed slide stop with serrated pin. The EB/ZEV 1911 rounds out its overall design with a Trijicon RMR in addition to tritium sights.
“We are excited to be working with ZEV Technologies on this new collaboration,” John May, Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products, said in a news release. “This pistol takes the strengths of two power houses in the custom handgun business and joins together our talents, providing our customers with the best new products every year!”
The limited edition EB/ZEV 1911 pistol features a MSRP of $4,495.
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Sig Sauer brings a new accessory to consumers, introducing the Sig Sauer Pivoting Contour Brace that will soon be included with Sig MCX and Sig MPX variants in addition to being sold separately.
The Sig Sauer PCB features an I-Beam design, offering a 360-degree pivoting arm. The brace is also equipped with a 1913 rail mounting interface and folds flat. Sig Sauer says this design allows for easier storage of the brace in addition to leaving controls easily accessible to users.
“This new pivoting contour brace has been reengineered to increase functionality,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, said in a news release. “The minimalist design of the brace makes it lightweight, and by design there are more points of contact between the brace and the user increasing control for better accuracy, while the 360-degree pivoting arm only enhances the overall user-friendliness of the brace to enhance the shooting experience.”
Sig Sauer says a portion of the sales of the PCB will be donated to the Honored American Veterans Afield’s Learn to Shoot Again Program. The Sig PCB is available through Sig Sauer with a price tag of $199.
After much teasing, Magpul has finally announced their new PMAG GL9 Glock mags are shipping. Using a stainless steel spring and high-viz follower, the new 27-rounder fits the 170mm length requirement for competition magazines, which is sure to make them popular on both the USPSA circuit and for those running 9mm carbine builds with Glock-compatible mag wells.
Like other PMAGs, the new GL9s include easily removable floor plates and Magpul’s familiar paint pen dot matrix on the base. There are witness holes at the 10, 15, 20, and 27-round levels to help keep up with round counts.
The company says they mags are “compatible with all full-size, compact, and sub-compact double-stack Glock 9mm variants,” although, of course, they extend past the grip.
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Ex-DEA agent gets probation for selling ARs to ‘members of a drug trafficking organization’ on border
Although federal prosecutors sought jail time, citing memories of Fast and Furious gun-walking scandals, the former Drug Enforcement Agency agent was given probation on weapon charges.
Joseph Gill, 42, was sentenced on Monday to five years probation with the first six months of the term spent in home detention after pleading guilty last October to two counts of illegally dealing firearms. While investigators determined he may have been sold as many as 100 guns in private transactions over the past several years, it was the sale of two AR-15s to members of a drug trafficking organization in 2016 that triggered his arrest.
In a memo to the court penned by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Smith prior to sentencing, the prosecutor argued that Gill should receive at least 18 months jail time, followed by three years probation and a $100,000 fine, saying, “He sold weapons when he knew he should not have, and under circumstances which he should not have.”
A former supervisory special agent assigned to the border town of Nogales, Arizona, court documents show that Gill came under scrutiny after he sold “scores” of guns without a federal firearms license. Although at one time he had an ATF Curio and Relics (C&R) license, the type typically maintained by collectors of vintage firearms, he let it lapse. Similarly, he withdrew a further application for an FFL.
In the case of the ARs sold in 2016, Gill purchased three rifles for $632 each through an online retailer in Kentucky and had them shipped to a local FFL in Arizona. He then resold two of them for $1,000 each the next month in two transactions to men that he “had reason to believe intended to use or dispose of the firearm unlawfully.” One of the guns was subsequently recovered by federal agents.
While Gill, charged last August after he resigned from the DEA, later entered a guilty plea that opened him up to as much as five years in prison, his attorney argued to the court that he had an otherwise exemplary career and his crime was “one of willful ignorance.”
To this, Smith scoffed, saying, “The defendant was a sworn federal agent at the time he committed this crime, and he knew what he was doing was a crime and did it anyway—all for personal profit.”
Further, Smith invoked the notorious gun-walking scandal that allowed licensed firearm dealers to sell guns illegally in hopes of tracking the weapons back to trans-border drug cartels. “Perhaps most shockingly, the defendant committed this crime with assumed knowledge of the infamous joint DEA-ATF ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ which resulted in a federal agent being murdered by a weapon that had been acquired illegally by a straw purchaser and had ended up in Mexico,” Smith said.
Nogales straddles the border with Mexico, with part of the city in Arizona and part in the Mexican state of Sonora. Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed northwest of the city in 2010 with a gun that had been purchased by an Operation Fast and Furious subject.
In addition to his probation, Gill received a $15,000 fine, with orders to pay it off $250 per month.
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A classic of unusual penetration test videos, the giant gummy bear is near-impervious to small arms fire. Near.
In the above video, Edwin Sarkissian does the research to see how tough a stack of 10 leviathan gummy bears can really be. Starting with a .22LR from a Lifecard, he works his way up from there against these surprisingly dense fruit gum candies with a German origin. Der Gummibär!
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National Concealed Carry Reciprocity is back on the table thanks to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who reintroduced legislation this week that would allow licensed concealed carriers to bear arms in all 50 states.
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FN America is expanding their immediately successful 509 series with new "Midsize" models, a standard model and a "Tactical" variant.
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The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 greatly expands on the 1994 ban that targets the most popular rifles in circulation today and has no sunset provision.
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Just one day after a gun rights rally in Pittsburgh that attracted hundreds of gun owners protesting the city’s proposed “assault weapons” ban, Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf voiced his support for a complete ban on all semi-automatic weapons.
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Featuring a suppressor locking mechanism four years in the making, the new 338 ULTRA SR from Thunderbeast offers a quick-detach capability that is repeatable. As explained by Ray from Thunderbeast in the above video, the primary difference on the new can is an innovative suppressor locking mechanism that is “bank vault tight” and offers secondary retention (hence the “SR” designation).
The SR mechanism is designed to reduce the number of turns needed to mount the suppressor.
Chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum/.338 RUM, the 20-ounce device is crafted from titanium and has a fully-welded core. Some 11-inches long, the body is Cerekoted in a range of four different finishes– Black, OD Green, FDE, and SURG Brown. TB advises their suppressor will drop the sound on a .338 LM to 135-138 dB at the muzzle with little first round pop.
The 338 ULTRA will be offered for sale starting Jan. 22, the first day of SHOT Show, with an MSRP of $2195.
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Griffin Armament goes Glock with new threaded barrels, the Advanced Threaded Match line, for the Austrian pistol series.
Sporting a compact carry compensator, the ATM barrels are billet machined from 416R chromium stainless steel. The 9mm barrels boast a Black Nitride finish that resists surface wear as well as corrosion. ATM barrels are honed and polished for a reliable performance regardless of ammo brands. Additionally, the barrels sport 1/2×28 threads for suppressor or accessory mounting.
Griffin Armament says the ATM barrels were designed for those who concealed carry.
“Designed with concealed carry users in mind, this barrel gives you the utility of accessory and suppressor support while providing uncompromising reliability. Don’t lose confidence in your carry handgun by using sub par components,” Griffin Armament said in a news release. “Two years of research and testing provided the appropriate knowledge to machine the barrel dimensions for a perfect fitment; providing the best possible accuracy without sacrificing factory reliability.”
The company says the ATM series will ship with a Micro Carry Comp for a limited time. The Micro Carry Comp delivers a low-profile design that fits a wide range of holsters. The comp reduces recoil allowing for faster follow-up shots, according to Griffin Armament.
The ATM barrels fit Glock 17, 19 and 43 models. The ATM barrels are available with a MSRP of $195.
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“After the checks are cashed, the forms are still being mailed to the NFA Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Under normal circumstances, this part of the process accounts for the first one to two weeks of the average NFA transfer. As a result of the shutdown, forms are stacking up as they are received by the NFA Division.”
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The Light Sniper System chassis by MDT has been revamped featuring a new design packed with upgrades.
The second generation 1.4-pound LSS GEN2 chassis features a modular aluminum design with a variety of improvements created to keep shooters happy. The LSS Gen2 sports an ambidextrous magazine release, M-LOK pattern attachment slots on the sides and bottom of the forend in addition to barricade-stop grooves. The barricade-stop grooves are seated ahead of the mag-well. The LSS GEN2 finishes off its features with a side-relieved mag well.
Like MDT’s other builds, the second generation chassis is equipped with a V-shaped bedding surface. The company says this design grants shooters the ability to drop their rifle into the LSS GEN2 without required any additional bedding.
“As we expand our product lines we need to ensure our legacy products stay current to take advantage of our latest modular accessories and components.” Engineering Manager Brad Neels said in a news release. “The LSS is one of the most popular chassis we produce. This update will ensure it remains so.”
The LSS GEN2 works alongside AICS magazines in addition to AR-style pistol grips and buttstocks. The LSS Gen2 prices range between $399 and $449 depending on the action.
Professional competition shooter Krystal Dunn breaks down the secrets of maintaining control of the pistol during the draw and presentation stages.
In the above short from Federal– Dunn is a brand ambassador for Team Federal– the USPSA competitor focuses a lot on indexing and its importance in the draw, especially when it comes to repeatable hand position on the grip.
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The catch phrase for the new AR500 in .500 Auto Max from Big Horn Armory may be the best of the year. “It can handle anything from prairie dogs to Pachyderms to Peterbilts.” That’s some serious stopping power in a platform weighing less than ten pounds. It’s time we learn about that round.
- The .500 Auto Max is the brainchild of Greg Buchel, President of Big Horn Armory in Cody, WY in conjunction with Tim Sundles of Buffalo Bore Ammunition in Salmon, ID. Both gun and ammo were launched in 2018. Big Horn is known for building custom-grade, big bore rifles. Likewise, Buffalo Bore is one of the best in the industry for producing premium, hard-hitting, heavy hunting loads.
- The .500 Auto Max packs some serious wallop. Per Big Horn Armory, “Three pulls of the trigger puts 50 BMG power on target” in an AR-10 platform with reliable extraction. Buffalo Bore states that as of early 2019, “the .500 Auto Max is the most powerful cartridge made for use from any AR platform.”
- Only Buffalo Bore and Underwood produce the ammunition. Starline makes and sells the brass for reloaders. Buffalo Bore is clearly in the lead here, working directly with Big Horn to tailor rounds to the guns. The .500 Auto Max launches bullets from 250 to 700 grains, with many options yet to come, including subsonic rounds. Big Horn warned us to beware early loads from Underwood which were “loaded very hot and dropped primers.” That issue seems to have since been rectified.
- The .500 Auto Max is essentially a rimless .500 S&W Magnum. Reloaded with the same dies and shell holders, the Auto Max uses the same load data as the .500 S&W Mag, save for requiring a taper crimp instead of the standard roll crimp. This is due to the Auto Max headspacing off the case mouth instead of the rim.
- Big Horn Armory is the original and only company building a firearm for the Auto Max. In fact, they build two: the AR500 Rifle and a just-announced AR pistol as well. The rifle retails for $1,999. Our test rifle wears a 1:24 twist 18 inch Barrel, adjustable gas block, picatinny rail, adjustable buttstock, flash suppressor, and ships with a five-round magazine.
For more info on both the .500 Auto Max chambering and the AR500 platform that fires the round, check out our review at Guns.com. If you’re wondering what the .500 Auto Max has to offer over, say the .50 Beowulf or other large caliber AR-15-based rounds, that and other details can be found there, as well as plenty of big hunks of lead going downrange.
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