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Minnesota artist wins 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, with new hunting emphasis (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:00

Storm’s stamp design was announced as the winner of the contest on Saturday and will go on sale in late June 2019. It is expected to raise $40 million in funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats. (Photo: USFWS)

Scot Storm of Freeport on Saturday picked up a solid win in the annual juried art contest with his acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy.

Beating a crowded field of more than 150 entries, Storm’s stamp design will grace 2019’s $25 Federal Duck Stamp. Established in 1934, some 98 percent of the purchase price of each stamp, required for waterfowl hunting, goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the program’s inception, sales of the annual stamps have raised more than $1 billion for conservation — enough to protect six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the country.

In a change to this year’s contest from past years was a mandatory hunting-related aspect to the art. Besides one of five approved waterfowl species, qualifying entries had to include a hunting-related accessory such as blinds, hunting dogs or waterfowl decoys in the image. The move is part of an overall effort by the Trump administration to grow the number of sportsmen taking to the country’s woods.

The entries included waterfowl pictured with hunters taking aim, admiring the birds and setting decoys. Ducks pictured with shotgun hulls, in front of camouflaged blinds, and even one with the ducks engraved on the receiver of a shotgun were among the submissions.

The full gallery of the 2018 entries is below.

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Simulator could cut down on dog shootings by police (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:30

An initiative by the National Sheriffs’ Association to field a dog encounter simulator geared to responding law enforcement could save some of Man’s Best Friends.

A VirTra use-of-force simulator, developed over the past two years with the National Sheriffs’ Association as part of their Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training program, is being fielded at the Harford County Sheriff’s Department in Maryland. The goal of the system is to cut down on lethal force encounters between police and canines, which can be both tragic to those involved and lead to seven-figure settlements from agencies.

“When an officer winds up shooting a dog, it rips right at the fabric of the community,” says NSA deputy executive director John Thompson in the above video from

The simulator is based on canine behavior science coupled with officer safety measures which are designed to help responders make safe decisions when interacting with pets under often stressful circumstances.

The Hartford program was launched in June and additional pilot programs are scheduled to occur in Orange County, Florida, and Oakland County, Michigan.

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Sightmark adds new cantilever mounts to riflescope accessories

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:00

The cantilever mounts come in 30mm or 34mm sizes. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark delivers new cantilever mounts to its riflescope accessory lineup, looking to offer shooters better performance in competition shooting, hunting and law enforcement applications.

The new cantilever mounts are available in two sizes — 30mm and 34mm — shipping in a fixed configuration,  locking quick detach variant, or fixed with 20MOA for long range shooting. Using 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, the cantilever mounts provide a rugged and durable design according to Sightmark. Fitting any Picatinny rail, the mounts offer a matte black, non-reflective finish reducing glare while the scope is in use.

The mounts attach to any Picatinny rail, according to Sightmark. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark touts the cantilever mounts’ ability to conform to a variety of applications.

“Upgrade your riflescope rings to Sightmark’s new line of cantilever mounts! The new cantilever rings deliver rock solid holds for your riflescope for better performance in competition shooting, hunting and even law enforcement,” the company said in a press release.

Though the cantilever mounts are featured on Sightmark’s website, no information is available on shipping dates or pricing.

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Range day 101: Mentoring a new shooter (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:30

Competitive shooter Julie Golob holds class to cover the bases on a few tricks and tips to introduce a new shooter to firearms.

Running the gamut from basic firearms safety to sight picture and trigger control, Golob, who rings lots of steel on Team Smith & Wesson after a career that began on the U.S. Army’s Marksmanship Unit, lays down the fundamentals. Then comes the fun stuff.

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Nightforce Optics expands ATACR and SHV series

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:00

The ATACR 4-16×50 F1, left, and SHV 3-10×42, right, are the latest scopes to enter the Nightforce lineup. (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

Nightforce Optics adds onto its ATACR and SHV product lines, announcing the new ATACR 4-16×50 F1 and SHV 3-10×42 riflescope models.

Leading the pack is the latest entry into the ATACR family, the 4-16×50 F1 riflescope. The scope delivers a 50mm objective lens designed to perform in lowlight and at longer ranges. Featuring the company’s patented ZeroStop elevation travel, the scope boasts adjustments of 100 MOA or 30 Mils. The scope offers extra-low distortion glass as well as an integrated Power Throw Lever for quick magnification changes. The ATACR 4-16×50 F1 comes in the shooter’s choice of either red or green digital illumination options.

“The ATACR 4-16×50 F1 will meet the demanding needs of law enforcement, hunters who want a versatile first focal plane optic and competitors wanting great glass in a compact package,” Nightforce Optics said in a press release.

The ATACR now comes in a 4-16×50 configuration. (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

The SHV 3-10×42 scope provides an illuminated MOAR or Forceplex reticle designed for lowlight conditions. Nightforce offers a user adjustable illumination control with reticle brightness capable of adjusting based on external conditions. The latest SHV keeps to the original SHV mission of offering shooters and hunters a value driven scope package.

“Nightforce listens to its consumers and each of these scopes were developed based upon feedback of consumers, our dealer base and professionals in the field. As with any Nightforce product we have designed, tested and built these optics to provide performance beyond expectations whether in our premier ATACR line or our more affordable SHV family,” Alan Stilwell, Nightforce North American Sales Manager, said in a news release.

Both rifles are currently available with the ATACR 4-16×50 F1 retailing for $2,500 and the SHV 3-10×42 priced at $985.

The SHV 3-10×42 is Nightforce’s budget friendly scope. (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

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Pro-hunting bill passes House, heads to Senate

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 07:30

This bill amends the Pittman-Robertson Act to make it easier for state conservation agencies to promote hunting. (Photo: Congressional Sportsmen’s’ Caucus)

The U.S. House last week gave a nod to a bill aimed at making more funds available to promote hunting and recreational shooting.

The measure, H.R. 2591, termed the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, passed Sept. 12 on a voice vote. It aims to give more flexibility to state wildlife agencies in using the funds generated from a longstanding excise tax on guns and ammunition, primarily directed at the recruitment and retention of hunters to the sport.

“With a national decline in outdoor recreational activities, Pittman-Robertson funds are shrinking and our state and local habitats are suffering, which is why I have been fighting to give states more flexibility in how they use their PR funds and hopefully attract more Americans to the outdoors in the process,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Scott, R-Ga.

The bill, which passed the House Committee on Natural Resources in May and has nominal bipartisan support, aims to modify the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. This 80-year-old law uses an excise tax levied on all firearms and ammunition sold or imported into the country to perform conservation-related tasks as varied as restoring elk habitat to funding safety programs and establishing public shooting ranges. Paid for by manufacturers and producers, the fund has been pushed into overdrive in recent years because of a spike in gun and ammunition sales. In 2012, the fund apportioned $371 million to state conservation agencies. By 2015, it broke $1 billion and has maintained that level since.

However, in an ominous sign for the future of the sport, although the national population rose in the past decade, recent surveys found that the numbers of active hunters fell by some 8 percent, from 12.5 million in 2006 to 11.4 in 2016.

Under H.R. 2591’s guidelines, $5 million would be made available exclusively for hunter and recreational shooter recruitment grants. The program could use techniques such as social media interaction, media spots, mentoring, and field demonstrations as outreach to educate the public and grow the ranks of the country’s sportsmen and shooting sports practitioners. Current Pittman-Robertson guidelines limit the use of funds for items termed “public relations.”

This, say advocates, translates into a win-win under the “user pay/public benefits” model used in the country for generations and reinforces the relationship between those who buy sporting goods equipment and public conservation. “Recruitment and retention of new hunters means more dollars in the Pittman-Robertson Fund, which directly benefits state-based conservation efforts across the United States,” said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, who support Scott’s bill.

A Senate version of the measure, S.1613, was introduced last year by U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and has six bipartisan co-sponsors. It has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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See what this cowboy shooter uses for EDC (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 07:00

“Five shots. If it was good enough for Sam Spade, it’s good enough for me,” said John Clark, editor of the magazine Cowboy Chronicle Quarterly, referencing the fictional character from a host of detective stories, about his everyday carry.

Clark, who has competed in cowboy action shooting events for nearly 25 years, said his decision to carry a revolver over some popular semi-auto handgun with a larger magazine is based on simplicity and peace of mind. “Pull it out, pull the trigger and it always fires. You only have five shots, but you always know you have them,” he said.

Although some of his shooter friends disagree with his carry preference – because they want as many rounds as possible, Clark argues: “Unless you’re a police officer or someone who has to put themselves in the line of danger, five shots should be enough. If you need more than five shots, you shouldn’t have gone there.”

Clark explained that he’s competed with both 1911s and Glocks and while both are reliable enough they may, at some point, jam. “If you carry and you’re not willing to put in the practice time required to learn how to deal with and clear jams –  and get to the point that you can handle it automatically and without even thinking about what you’re doing – I recommend using a revolver,” he said.

Clark explained that he prefers a Smith & Wesson Model 638 with a shrouded hammer, because the design helps prevent snagging on the draw. He carries the revolver in a Kramer Horsehide Pocket Holster that is custom molded and fits into pant pockets nicely. “It’s meant to go into your front pocket – I like to carry it in my back pocket with a shirt over it,” he said. “It’s completely concealed and draws safely and easily.”

In situations where his Smith &Wesson revolver is hard to conceal, his second-choice gun is a North American Arms Mini-Revolver, a very small, five-shot, 22 rimfire with a folder. “It looks like you’re carrying a pocket knife. Pull it out, unfold it and you’re ready to go,” he said.

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Hawaii seeks to have pro-gun victory overturned, retried

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:30

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Douglas Chin, seen at the signing of a gun control bill with Moms Demand Action advocates in July, said “To promote public safety, we must defend our state laws,” in response to a challenge to the state’s restrictive laws on open carry. (Photo: Chin’s office)

The state is seeking a do-over in a case that said Hawaii’s restrictions on the open carry of firearms in public were not in line with the Second Amendment.

State and local officials last week filed a 114-page request to overturn the decision of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit and send the case before a larger 11-judge en banc panel for a retrial. At stake is Hawaii’s ability to keep its strict limits on the unconcealed carry of firearms in public, which a two-judge majority found in July was unconstitutional.

“The importance of this case is beyond dispute,” argues Hawaii officials in the filing. “The panel struck down carry restrictions that have been in effect in Hawaii in some form for over 150 years. In doing so, it overruled a sovereign State’s judgment on a matter of the utmost concern to public safety. And it did so on the basis of a severe misunderstanding of state law.”

The case involves George Young, whose repeated attempts to obtain a permit going back as far as 2011 were rebuffed in a state where it is notoriously hard to be granted a carry permit of any sort. Young held that his denial of an application for a handgun license stepped on his Second Amendment rights to carry a loaded firearm openly for self-defense outside of the home and the panel agreed. Hawaii law narrowly allows the ability to open carry to a select few — such as security guards — which the state supported in arguments earlier this year. This, the majority held, was just plain wrong.

However, in a 10-page opinion, delivered last week by Hawaii Attorney General Robert Suzuki to Lt. Gov. Douglas Chin, the state’s top lawyer said state law does not limit “unconcealed carry licenses” to just private security officers, and that police chiefs can grant such licenses to those who meet certain standards.

“This opinion validates what many Hawai‘i residents believe, and that is that our firearms laws keep our communities safe,” said Chin, a Democrat, in a statement. “To promote public safety, we must defend our state laws.”

The case has wider ramifications than in the nation’s 50th state. As noted in the filing last week, “If left undisturbed, the panel’s decision will thus deprive States like Hawaii and California of the tools necessary to protect their residents from gun violence that Maryland, New Jersey, and New York have all been found to possess.”

To help buttress their case, the state has enlisted big-name legal muscle in their fight, namely Georgetown University Law professor Neal Katyal, who served as Acting Solicitor General under President Obama.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the 9th is the largest of the 13 U.S. courts of appeals, with 29 active judgeships. Due to its size, it is the only appeals court that conducts en banc rehearings with an 11-judge panel, the rest requiring the full roster. A majority of non-recused active judges from the Circuit have to vote to rehear the case, a move that is rarely granted. Regardless of the outcome, a further challenge to the Supreme Court is likely in the case.

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Radical Firearms donates 300 rifles to LE, military agencies and organizations

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:00

Radical Firearms RF15 created for Rory the Warrior charity. (Photo: Radical Firearms)

Radical Firearms set a milestone for its company, announcing that 300 RF 15 rifles have been donated to law enforcement and military agencies and organizations to date.

The Texas-based company said the weapons have been gifted directly to agencies, police associations, charitable funds and first responder benefits in addition to individual officers not issued a rifle. Radical Firearms has also donated firearms to organizations supporting veterans such Wishes For Warriors, Veterans Helping Veterans, “Ryan the Warrior,” Bikes and Bugs, Texas Adaptive Aquatics, the Texas Frog Fest/Lone Survivor Foundation and local charities.

The donations have stretched across state lines, impacting officers and veterans all over the U.S.

Radical Firearms RF15 donated to Wishes for Warriors. (Photo: Radical Firearms)

Radical Firearms is pleased to share its latest milestone with regard to supporting military charities and first responders — 300. 300 is the number of RF 15 rifles and pistols the company has thus far donated to worthy causes,” Radical Firearms said in a press release.

The company hopes to expand that number even further setting another goal to reach by spring 2019 in addition to encouraging other companies to band together to donate to police and military members.

“Radical Firearms hopes to increase this number to 300 by Spring,” Radical Firearms commented. “We hope all responsible gun owners will join us in lauding all firearm and tactical equipment manufacturers who support local first responders, veterans, and other worthwhile causes.”

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NSSF: AR-15/AK numbers top 16 million

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 05:30

Numbers from the NSSF point to the likelihood that 16 million modern sporting rifles were produced between 1990 and 2016, a period that included the decade-long federal assault weapon ban. (Photo: Chris Eger)

The trade group for the firearms industry says that AR-15-style rifles and their competitors are among the most common in the country.

Figures researched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation show that just over 16 million semi-auto rifles such as AR-15s and AKs have been produced or imported into the country since 1990. Combing through figures from federal regulators and verifying the break out against companies who make selected semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines, termed modern sporting rifles by the industry, the group says guns like the AR and AK are white hot with consumers.

“Modern sporting rifles remain the most commonly purchased rifle by Americans today,” Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president, told

Keane explained the guns are popular in large part due to the inherent modularity of such platforms, which provide the ability to customize them to fit the individual owner and the wide variety of needs they can fulfill. “They are offered a wide variety of calibers and the design of the firearm allows beginners to quickly master safe and accurate marksmanship skills,” he said. “Modern sporting rifles are the choice for millions of Americans for hunting, recreational target shooting and self-defense.”

Subject to a federal ban on “assault weapons” that ran from 1994 through 2004, the NSSF found that the number of MSRs dipped to a low of just 70,000 produced and imported in 1996, but has been climbing ever since. By 1998, even while the ban was in effect, the figure doubled to 145,000. By 2003, the last year of the ban, the numbers of guns broached 380,000. Five years later, with the election of President Obama, numbers hit 633,000. Then, in 2009, a solid 1 million. In 2013, following the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and a wave of gun control legislation both proposed and enacted: 2.3 million.

The estimate for 2016, working with the latest numbers available due which are stymied out of respect of industry confidentiality, are on par with 2013 figures — 2.3 million. For reference, U.S. manufacturers produced some 4.2 million rifles of all calibers and types in 2016.

The number of guns in circulation is a more ephemeral number as, while some have surely been scrapped, worn out, broken or otherwise retired, guns manufactured or imported before 1989 are not listed in the 16 million figure. Likewise, guns assembled from so-called “80 percent” lowers or kits by home builders are not tracked by the industry.

The debate over just how common ARs are has been a matter of legal contention at the federal level for several years.

In 2014, upholding Maryland’s strict new gun control laws, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled that AR-15 style rifles and others “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms.” Blake went on to explain her reasoning that the then-estimated 8.2 million AR-15 and AK-47 based semi-automatic rifles known imported to or produced in the country between 1990 and 2012 represent “no more than 3 percent of the current civilian gun stock.” Even this, she maintained, was highly concentrated in an even smaller “1 percent” of the U.S. population.

In 2016, Blake’s ruling was reversed by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who held that the same figure of guns, coupled with an estimated 75 million magazines “are so common that they are standard” with Chief Judge William Byrd Traxler, Jr. going on to say, “In sum, semi-automatic rifles and LCMs [large capacity magazines] are commonly used for lawful purposes, and therefore come within the coverage of the Second Amendment.”

Nonetheless, Traxler’s ruling was later overturned by a rare en banc panel of the entire court which stood behind the ban in a 10-4 ruling that the Supreme Court declined to review further.

The same year that Maryland’s ban was upheld, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., grilled Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on if AR-15s were in common use, or could be restricted as unusual, in line with the 2008 Heller case.

“In DC v. Heller, the majority opinion written by Justice Scalia recognized that — and I’m quoting, ‘Of course the Second Amendment was not unlimited,’ end quote. Justice Scalia wrote, ‘For example, laws restricting access to guns by the mentally ill or laws forbidding gun possession in schools were consistent with the limited nature of the Second Amendment.’ Justice Scalia also wrote that quote, ‘Weapons that are most useful in military service, M16 rifles and the like, may be banned,’ end quote without infringing on the Second Amendment,” said Feinstein.

“Do you agree with that statement that under the Second Amendment weapons that are most useful in military service, M16 rifles and the like, may be banned?” she asked the nominee.

Gorsuch replied, saying, “Heller makes clear the standard that we judges are supposed to apply. The questions is whether it’s a gun in common use for self-defense and that may be subject to reasonable regulation. That’s the test as I understand it. There’s lots of ongoing litigation about which weapons qualify under those standards and I can’t pre-judge that litigation.”

Feinstein this month returned to the same argument with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Most handguns are semi-automatic,” Kavanaugh said. “And the question came before us of semi-automatic rifles and the question was, ‘Can you distinguish as a matter of precedent?’ Again, this is all about precedent for me, trying to read exactly what the Supreme Court said and if you read the McDonald case. And I concluded that it could not be distinguished as a matter of law, semi-automatic rifles from semi-automatic handguns. And semi-automatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States. There are millions and millions and millions of semi-automatic rifles that are possessed. So that seemed to fit common use and not being a dangerous and unusual weapon.”

In the end, Feinstein concluded that “By arguing that AR-15s can’t be regulated, Brett Kavanaugh made crystal clear that he’s to the right of Justice Scalia on guns,” she said on social media after the hearing. “Even pro-gun Justice Scalia knew the 2nd Amendment did not protect all weapons in his opinion in Heller.”

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Rossi safety warning: Some revolvers may fire if dropped

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 05:00

The warning involves guns made between 2005 and 2017 and covers models R351, R352, R461, R462, R851, R971, and R972. (Photo: Rossi)

Rossi has issued what they term to be a voluntary safety warning for their .38 Special and .357 Magnum-caliber revolvers that may, under certain circumstances, fire if dropped.

The warning involves guns made between 2005 and 2017 and covers models R351, R352, R461, R462, R851, R971, and R972 with serial numbers beginning with the letter Y, Z, or A through K.

“Rossi is developing inspection and repair solutions,” says the company in a release. “Rossi will make every effort possible to ensure Rossi Revolvers will be inspected, serviced if necessary, and returned to customers in a prompt, timely fashion.”

Since the late 1990s, Rossi’s revolvers have been made under contract by Taurus. Rossi does not have any handguns currently listed in their 2018 catalog but does list BrazTech-marked revolvers as having a lifetime repair policy.

Those with a revolver that may be part of the safety warning should stop using the gun and go to where they can verify their serial number and find further instructions. Alternatively, consumers can call (855) 982-8787 for assistance.

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What is Cerakote and why is it on the rise?

General Gun News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:30

A collection of Cerakoted firearms featured on Instagram. (Photos via Instagram; Graphic:

Though black never goes out of style some gun owners are finding its classic look a little too bland, instead turning to Cerakote to achieve a flashy and fun firearm vibe.

Cerakote is, simply put, a ceramic and polymer coating applied to hard finishes in order to achieve bold looks and better protection.

Developed by NIC Industries for firearms in the 1980s, the coating provides a heightened level of durability to hard surfaces making it ideal for firearms and related gear. The coating specifically protects against abrasions, common when training on the range or traipsing through the woods, in addition to delivering corrosion resistance.

As most firearms feature a certain level of steel and/or aluminum, the extra coat of Cerakote reduces the interaction between oils and liquids and the firearm itself. This prevents nasty corrosion from setting in and harming not only the look of the gun but its functionality as well.

The Cerakote finish is thin, measuring only 0.001-inches thick, making it ideal for firearms use. It also bonds well with steel, aluminum and polymer — common materials also used in modern firearm production.

“The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness,” Cerakote explains on its website. “Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.”

While the practical applications of Cerakote are appealing from a protective standpoint, the art behind it has driven a new generation of gun owners to seek out the finish. From bright colors to funky patterns, Cerakote has opened the door for consumers to express their personalities through their guns and gear. The process has exploded in popularity with more and more Cerakote artists and shops cropping up online and on social media, showcasing their creativity. The result — a wide variety of rich colors, fun patterns and unique looks designed to be the envy at any gun range.

“Cerakote is available in over a hundred different colors and because it was originally manufactured for the gun industry, where tolerances matter, it achieves this amazing protection while applied at only a mil of thickness,” Mad Custom Cerakote explained in a blog post on its site.

Unlike many other aspects of the gun industry, applying Cerakote to a firearm or part isn’t a do-it-yourself venture. The process takes a certain level of know-how to successfully complete, according to Cerakote.

“Cerakote is a professionally applied OEM finish, it is not a DIY finish. NIC Industries offers the only one-on-one training program for Cerakote in North America,” Cerakote said on its site.

The Cerakote process begins with the gun disassembled — field-stripping alone won’t do. Cerakote emphasizes during its training sessions that the firearm must be completely and fully disassembled in order for the coating to work properly. The firearms’ components are then de-greased, followed by a blast with garnet sand to ensure no oils remain on any surfaces. Any residual oils left on the gun can cause issues with the coating, thus extra care has to be taken in order to ensure the weapon is free and clear of any oils.

After all oils are successfully removed, the Cerakote finish is then applied using a HLVP spray gun. Skill and finesse are required to ensure the proper thickness of the coating is achieved. Too much and the finish interferes with proper firearm operation. Once applied, all metal parts are oven-cured at 250-degrees while polymer components are oven-cured at 150 to 180-degrees.

Though Cerakote offers advantages, the process does require gun owners to surrender guns to a custom shop; unless, the gun is purchased straight from the manufacturer with a Cerakote already applied. In addition to time spent away, the cost of Cerakoting is another factor that prevents some gun owners from achieving anything other than standard black. Cost, of course, depends on the style and complexity of the design; but even just a basic flat color can knock the price of a gun up by a couple hundred dollars.

For those that choose to Cerakote, however, the price is worth it. “The styles and designs vary from shop to shop but the best custom work is undeniably impressive. In fact, the unique taste and approach each shop brings to the table just serves to create a rich tapestry of beautiful firearms,” Stephen Gutowski said in a piece for The Washington Free Beacon.

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Powder Measuring Redefined: The Revolutionary AutoTrickler V2 & AutoThrow Powder Dispenser Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 09/15/2018 - 20:35

This review is intended to give you an overview of what the AutoTrickler V2 & AutoThrow Powder Measure/Dispenser is, what it does, my experience with it, and why it’s quickly becoming the most popular powder measuring/throwing device in the precision shooting world.

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Big Horn Armory Model 89: A John Wayne Gun for the Modern Gunslinger In 500 S&W

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 18:31

The rifles by Big Horn are beautiful. But the owner of Big Horn said, “We don’t build safe queens, son. We build guns to be used.” That is my kind of party.

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Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II Tracking Test and Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:17

As the flagship of the Bushnell Elite Tactical line, my expectations are high for the XRS II. I'm happy to report that Bushnell hasn't failed.

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New Jersey: Latest Gimmick by Anti-Gun Politicians Is Simply More of The Same

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 15:15
Just when you thought Trenton gun banners had run out of bad ideas, these attention starved politicians simply start recycling stuff that’s already outlawed in New Jersey.
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A quick primer on calculating the twist rate of a barrel (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 13:00

When dealing with a mystery barrel, an easy way to measure the twist rate of the rifling is a must.

Using a cleaning rod, a magic marker, and a tape measure, Chad with IV8888 goes through the basic steps to figure out the bore’s twist, which is needed to calculate ballistics and figure out a rifle’s sweet spot with certain loads.

Good stuff. Pretty soon you’ll be measuring everything in the safe, amazing your friends and baffling your enemies. Or something like that.

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Kahr Arms, Auto-Ordnance shifts service and repair location

General Gun News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:30

Kahr Firearms Group has a new location for consumers to send it firearms in need of repair. (Photo: Kahr Arms via Facebook)

Kahr Firearms Group will soon switch up locations for its product service and repairs for both its Kahr Arms and Auto-Ordnance brands.

Starting Sept. 17, repairs and product returns should be sent to the new service center housed in Greeley, PA. Kahr Arms said the decision to move locations is all in service of customers. “The move will allow Kahr Arms and Auto-Ordnance to better serve our customers,” Kahr Firearms Group said in a press release.

Before shipping to the new location, customers in need of service on their Kahr Arms or Auto-Ordnance firearms need to attain an RMA number. The number can be nabbed from either Kahr Arms or Auto-Ordnance’s websites.

Returns headed to service should now be addressed to the following address:

Kahr Firearms Group
Attn:  Returns Department
105 Kahr Avenue
Greeley, PA 18425

Consumers in need of a return or repair can contact Kahr Firearms Group’s service department via email at or by phone at 508-795-3913, extension 1.

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Pearce says he’d let veterans hunt, fish for free in New Mexico

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:19
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Would-be Waffle House robber armed with BB gun shot by diner with actual gun

General Gun News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00

Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the 24-hour breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South. (Photo: Waffle House)

Police say the foiled robbery of a Georgia breakfast diner may be linked to the discovery of a dead person in a neighboring area.

The Waffle House location on Hwy. 61 in Villa Rica was the site of an early morning robbery attempt Thursday, reports the Villa Rica Police Department. Authorities say a male suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a gun at employees, and said he was robbing the business.

“A customer who was dining inside then shot the suspect and the suspect fled from the restaurant,” said the agency in a statement. Witnesses told police the man left in a small dark-colored vehicle and the gun used in the heist gone wrong, recovered at the scene, was, in fact, a BB gun.

Villa Rica police say they are working with authorities in nearby Carrollton, who recently discovered a dead person to see if the two cases are connected.

Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the 24-hour breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South. Last October, one was robbed for the third time in as many weeks.

The chain in the past has kicked out law enforcement officers and armed National Guardsmen while enforcing their strict “no-guns” policy. This hasn’t stopped defensive gun use by armed concealed carry practitioners in 2015, 2013 and 2012, in each case leaving a would-be robber shot. Last year the chain terminated an armed waitress at a Newnan, Georgia location after she fired a shot in the air on the heels of three fleeing bandits who had threatened to shoot everyone during an armed robbery.

In April, a disturbed man shot four at a Tennessee Waffle House location, leading to a call for more gun control in the state from Nashville’s acting mayor.

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