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Man calls in bomb threat to avoid bar tab (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:45

A 40-year-old man faces multiple charges for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to a Pittsburg business Sunday in order avoid paying his bar tab.

Authorities say Barry Clapperton appeared to be intoxicated during the incident, and was taken to jail on charges that include threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and terroristic threats.

Police were called to Primanti Bros. after Clapperton tried to leave without paying his bill. Officers were waiting for a friend of Clapperton to arrive in order to take care of the tab when an officer noticed Clapperton make a phone call. The officer also heard Clapperton say, “There’s a bomb at Nakama,” a business located next door to Primanti Bros.

Authorities traced the 911 call back to Clapperton’s cell phone, and no bomb was ever found. Clapperton, who tried to flee as authorities arrested him, later told police that his friend told him to call in the bomb in order to distract the officers, so he could run away. Likewise, Clapperton said he wanted to run because he had an outstanding warrant.

[ CBS Pittsburg ]

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4-year-old girl finds loaded gun inside Macy’s bathroom

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:15

An investigation is underway after a 4-year-old girl found a loaded gun inside a bathroom at a Macy’s store in a Grand Traverse, Michigan, mall.

Cody Swy said he was shopping with his two children Friday evening when the frightening incident unfolded inside the men’s restroom.

“Next thing I know my daughter says, ‘What’s this?’ and I say, ‘What’s what?’ and she says, ‘What’s this?’ and I open the door and she’s sitting there holding a fully loaded handgun pointed right at my chest,” Swy said.

Swy said he instructed his daughter to put down the gun so he could come in and get it, then he put the gun in a holster, which was found next to the gun, placed it in his pocket, and found the nearest security guard.

“The main thing that popped in my head was my daughter harming herself holding,” Swy said, noting that the little girl is pretty much his whole world.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

“Love and hold your kids because you never know when your four or three year old is going to pick up a gun in a parking lot or anywhere. They are everywhere, you just have to be careful,” said Swy.

The incident remains under investigation, but thus far, authorities have not found the owner of the gun.

[ 9&10 News ]

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The Ultimate Whitetail Rifle: Tricking Out Your Bolt Action for Fall

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:06

The whitetail deer has to be our most popular big game animal in the Continental Forty-Eight, yet the settings in which we hunt them, and the means with which we hunt them has got to be the most diverse ever.  Entire volumes have been written on what makes up the consummate deer gun, and while I’m not going to attempt to define that within this article, I would like to talk about some ideas to optimize your existing deer rifle, or perhaps to choose a different rifle in order to try a different means of deer hunting.

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Before the noise: Behind the scenes of Knob Creek machine gun shoot (21 PICS)

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is this coming weekend. On Oct. 13- 15. Guns.com will be on hand filming and taking pictures so stay tuned. Here are some photographs taken on Wednesday, two days before the shoot begins.

The road entrance and sign of the Knob Creek Gun Range (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Trucks in the parking lot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Entrance to the pole barn, snack bar and gun shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

The empty pole barn that will be full of vendors this weekend. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

The pole barn that will be full of vendors this weekend. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A vendor arrives at the pole barn. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

The Knob Creek Range gun shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A 20mm Lahti L-39 on display in the gun shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A gatling gun on display in the shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

An MG 42 on display in the shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A stuffed bear and a .50 cal in the shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A Bren light machine gun on display in the shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Lots of guns for sale at the Knob Creek Range. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

US flag on the wall of the gun shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Knob Creek Range. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A cannon and machine guns ready for action on the firing line. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Barrels that will be used for pyrotechnics during the shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Patton magnet in the snack shop. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Stickers on a car in the parking lot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Stickers on a car in the parking lot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A prop used on the cowboy shooting range.

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TrackingPoint unleashes ‘push button mile’ .50 cal Mi50 BA rifle (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00

Austin-based TrackingPoint has paired one of its electronically controlled sighting systems with a production .50-caliber BMG rifle to enable quick and easy shots at extended ranges.

Dubbed the Mi50, the system uses a Barrett M107A1 platform and self-calculates a ballistic solution at the press of a button, taking into account everything from pressure, temperature, and direction to the Coriolis effect. Previously the largest calibers offered by the company for its precision-guided rifles were .300 WM and .338 LM in its ShadowTrax series, with the .50 cal representing a big jump in capability in a “we have the technology” style moment.

While details are scarce (as is the likely used-car-level MSRP) the guns went up for pre-order last week with the first ready for shipment by mid-October according to TP’s social media account.

The above video gives a nod to the sorcery behind the Mi50 while the below shows the gun in action with a one-mile shot taken at the FTW Ranch in Southwest Texas — complete with a resulting bullseye after more than six seconds of hang time.

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Man accidentally shoots neighbor trying to save her from dog mauling (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:45

A dog attack in Detroit on Monday left a woman dead after her neighbor tried to help her by shooting the animals, but inadvertently shot her as well.

Michael Williams, 53, said his long-time neighbor, who he also referred to as a friend, was suffering a vicious attack by what appeared to be two pit bulls or pit bull mixes. The woman yelled at Williams, a CPL holder, for help.

Williams fired his gun, striking at least one of the dogs, but he also hit the woman in the back. The dogs ran off and haven’t been seen since. The woman was transported to the hospital, where she later died.

Capt. Darin Szilagy with the Detroit Police Department called it “a very tragic story” for everyone involved, while noting, “Unfortunately, we’re responsible for every round we fire.”

Authorities said Williams is cooperating with the police, but it’s unclear what – if any – charges he will face at this time.

Williams, who was obviously in emotional turmoil as he talked with reporters, said he only wanted to help the woman, but now he wishes he wasn’t even there.

[ Fox 2 Detroit ]

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SAR USA introduces new striker-fired SAR 9 pistol

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:30

The SAR 9, chmabred in 9mm, boasts a polymer semi-auto design. (Photo: SAR USA)

SAR USA dropped an all-new polymer, striker-fired pistol, the SAR 9, designed for duty, competition and carry.

The SAR 9 boasts a lightweight design, weighing 27.1 ounces, that the company says is accurate and “unwavering in reliability.” The pistol measures 7.5-inches in total length and touts a low-profile construction that channels recoil straight back into the shooters’ hands for better recoil management leading to quicker follow-up shots.

“The polymer-framed, striker-fired semi-auto is made to NATO specs in the 137-year-old firearm firm’s cutting-edge facility,” the company said in a press release.

The new semi-automatic handgun ditches the two-stage trigger feel in favor of a patented, double-action style trigger that is lighter than traditional double action triggers. Additionally, the polymer pistol  is outfitted with metal sights and ships with two 17-round magazines. The company says the SAR 9 fills the need for a top-end 9mm for serious handgunners without a breaking the bank.

The 9mm chambered SAR 9 is imported through SAR USA and features a retail price of $449.

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Top 10 Exotic Hunts That Should Be on Your Bucket List

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:18

Traveling to hunt is something I feel everyone should do at least once; it represents an adventure that can quickly make a hunter feel years, if not decades, younger. An unseen valley, an exotic species, perhaps the need for a different rifle or cartridge, it all adds a flair to the sport we love so much. Now, depending on where you call home, the destinations I’m about to list may or may not seem like an exotic place to hunt, but here are ten places that I’ve either fallen in love with or plan to in the near future.

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Man digs up rifle buried over a year ago to see how it held up (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:15

Coyote Works, a desert and wilderness survival channel on YouTube, planted a Ruger 10/22 in the earth about 15 months ago then went back to see if it sprouted.

Buried in a shallow 14-inch deep hole, the rifle and ammo are inside a sealed ZCORR mylar firearms bag, which is inside a black plastic trash bag, and wrapped in a foam blanket. A desiccant pack and some snacks complete the setup.

Overall, the gun, ammo and mags look really good for what he says is 15 months including a hard winter in the earth. So good that we had to go find the original video from when he deposited the plinker, and it is below. Besides the published date of about a year ago, both the surrounding area and the lead farmer look slightly different, so we can buy there is a time gap between the two clips. Still, keep in mind the terrain is dry desert, so your mileage may vary.

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Ohio police group opposes concealed carry notification bill

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:00

A prominent Ohio police group has come out against a proposal that would lessen the penalties for concealed carry permit holders who do not inform police officers that they are carrying when lawfully detained.

The measure, House Bill 142, was passed out of the House Federalism and Interstate Regulations Committee in September. However, Ohio’s Fraternal Order of Police has since declared their opposition to the bill, arguing it would make police officers less safe, the Associated Press reported.

Under current Ohio law, the failure of concealed carry permit holders to declare they are carrying a weapon is categorized as a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. The proposal would decrease that penalty to a $25 fine.

Jay McDonald, FOP’s president, said officers need to know when a person they are dealing with is armed and argued decreasing the penalties would result in less people disclosing that information. He added that there was no reason law-abiding gun owners should not tell police when they are carrying.

Ironton Police Detective Capt. Joe Ross echoed McDonald’s concerns, telling WBAZ that he always emphasizes the disclosure provision of the law when teaching concealed carry classes.

“It should be on page one,” he said. “To me it’s the most important thing in the book.”

“Lowering the penalty to that is ridiculous,” he added.

Some Ohio gun rights have said they will only be satisfied with a full repeal of the penalties, while the Buckeye Firearms Association has come out in support of the proposal.

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Owner of ‘Muslim-free’ gun range considers governor bid

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:30

Jan Morgan is a conservative motorcycling-riding, gun-toting woman who may run for Arkansas governor next year. (Photo: Facebook)

The owner of a Hot Springs gun range, who gained national attention after declaring her business “Muslim-free,” suggested this week she may seek a spot in the 2018 Arkansas gubernatorial race.

“People have by the thousands come to me and said you’re the only person with a large enough base to do something about the problems we’re having in our state and to deal with the establishment Republican Party that is not listening to the needs of the people,” Jan Morgan told the Associated Press.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Morgan called Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s actions during his first term “completely unacceptable.” She said Hutchinson “campaigns like a conservative Republican but governs like a liberal Democrat.”

Taxes and other revenue-related issues, healthcare, religious freedom, single-sex use of restrooms, and the Second Amendment are among Morgan’s current beefs with Hutchinson, who previously announced his plans to seek re-election, and already has more than $1 million in his campaign account. Morgan said she is currently forming an exploratory committee, and will soon launch a statewide listening tour before she decides on whether or not to enter the race.

Hutchinson has served in public life on and off since the early 1980s, when he started as a U.S. Attorney in Arkansas under former President Ronald Reagan. Since then, he’s served as a Congressman and headed the Drug Enforcement Administration. He also has long ties to the National Rifle Association for which he headed the organization’s National School Shield program in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.

Morgan made national headlines in 2014 after she declared her business, the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, a “Muslim-free” zone. “Because the nature of my business involves firearms and shooting firearms in an enclosed environment, my patrons are not comfortable being around Muslims who align themselves with a religion that clearly commands hate, murder, and violence against all non Muslims,” Morgan said when announcing the decision, which was met with both praise and stark criticism.

Morgan, who said she has thoroughly studied the Koran, the holy book of Islam, called Islam a “terrorist organization.” Morgan also claims that her “life has been threatened repeatedly by Muslims.”

About four months after the announcement to make her gun range “Muslim-free,” Morgan was again thrust into the spotlight after two local residents – a self-described brown-skinned father and son – were told by Morgan to leave the business. The son said Morgan informed them that the range was a “Muslim-free” zone, but when the father asked about the ban, she kicked them both out. Morgan admitted to throwing them out, but said she did so because their behavior was erratic. She said it had nothing to do with the color of their skin.

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Survey: Bump stock ban appeals to majority

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:00

A majority of registered voters surveyed last week support a bump stock ban. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions/Facebook)

A majority of voters support banning bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Nearly eight out of 10 registered voters told Morning Consult/Politico pollsters they either “strongly” or “somewhat” support banning the use of bump stocks — a legal gun modification that mimics automatic fire and is now synonymous with the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Three quarters of Republicans surveyed agreed, as well as 74 percent of gun owners, according to the results, which recorded answers from 1,996 registered voters last week.

The bipartisan agreement among voters mirrors a similar sentiment growing in Congress 11 days after a lone gunman rained bullets down into a crowded country music festival from a high rise hotel on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 and wounding 489 others.

Bump stocks made headlines in the days after the Oct. 1 attack when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed 12 of the modifiers were found in 64-year-old Stephen Paddock’s two-room suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and Casino. Since then, a steady drumbeat of elected officials have tossed out proposals to regulate bump stocks while major retailers, including Cabela’s, have pulled the devices from store shelves.

The National Rifle Association even suggested the ATF reconsider existing regulations on bump stocks, though executive director Chris Cox drew a clear distinction between NRA’s position and widespread calls for a ban.

“We didn’t talk about banning anything,”  he said during an interview last week on Fox News. “We talked about the ATF going back and looking at if these (bump stocks) comply with federal law.”

Not everyone on Capitol Hill, however, appears ready to vote for stricter gun regulations — including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

“If you talked to anybody about a week ago, most people, including myself, didn’t even know what a bump stock was,” Scalise told Meet the Press last week. “So now we’re finding out about it. There are people that want to rush to judgment. They’ve got a bill written already.”

Scalise returned to work Sept. 29 after more than three months in recovery from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the hip sustained during an attack on a group of congressional Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game.

“It’s a little bit early for people to say they know what to do to fix this problem,” he said.

Instead, Scalise says he is open to reviewing existing laws — laws he said Congress should focus on enforcing, rather than passing new ones.

“Frankly, let’s go out and enforce those laws,” he said. “Don’t try to put new laws in place that don’t fix these problems. They only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to own a gun.”

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Kriss USA begins delivery on Defiance DMK22 rifles

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:30

The Defiance DMK22C comes in standard black, OD Green or Flat Dark Earth, pictured above. (Photo: Kriss USA)

Kriss USA announced the new Defiance DMK22 Rimfire Sporting Rifle series has officially begun delivering to authorized resellers and distributors.

The Defiance DMK22 series is a .22LR chambered AR-15 style carbine lineup. Offering two models, the DMK22C and DMK22 LVOA, the series boasts Defiance Low Profile Flip Sights, DS150 adjustable stock and pistol grip.

The DMK22C touts a 16.5-inch, 4140 Chrome Moly barrel with a 1:16-inch twist rate. The 13-inch free floating handguard utilizes an aircraft grade aluminum construction with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny top rail and modular rail section attachment points at the three, six and nine o’clock positions. The DMK22C is compatible with most Ruger 10/22 aftermarket barrels. In addition, select .22LR AR-15 magazines fit and feed in the model, though they do not trigger the bolt catch. The DMK22C variant is also compatible with a few AR-15 aftermarket trigger packs.

The secondary model, the DMK22 LVOA, features a proprietary sporting rifle receiver forged from aluminum alloy and designed to work alongside AR-15 upgrade parts. The model also boasts the War Sport LVOA modular handguard.

Kriss says consumers will have more customization options which can be achieved via a patent pending barrel adaptor system.

The Defiance DMK22C is available in black with a price tag of $699 or in Cerakote Flat Dark Earth or OD Green for $799. The DMK22 LVOA comes in black and retails for $799.

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Federal court rules there is no Constitutional right to sell guns

General Gun News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:00

The U.S. 9th Circuit on Tuesday upheld an Alameda County law barring gun stores within 500 feet of residential properties in a blow to gun rights advocates.

The ruling came from a 9-2 en banc panel of the court in a case brought by gun dealers and Second Amendment groups who contended the county’s zoning effectively put it off limits to new gun stores. The court held that local governments could regulate the sale of firearms so long as would-be buyers were still able to purchase them somewhere in the area and that the Second Amendment does not protect the ability to engage in gun sales.

Writing for the majority, Judge Marsha Berzon noted that there were numerous gun stores, including a Big 5 Sporting Goods outlet, located in the County that had been in operation before the 500-foot rule came into effect, and the new zoning restriction did not burden the right to keep and bear arms as it just limited the ability to open new gun stores.

“In any event, gun buyers have no right to have a gun store in a particular location, at least as long as their access is not meaningfully constrained,” said Berzon.

The case was brought in 2012 by businessmen John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gara Gamaza who found that the county’s zoning made it impossible to find a commercial property available for which they could open a new gun store.

The men attempted during a two-year period to comply with the county to serve the San Leandro area and were initially granted a variance from the 500-foot rule to lease a location 446 feet away from a residential area. However, the Board of Supervisors reversed their decision after a local homeowners’ association who were “opposed to guns” objected, leading the entrepreneurs to seek redress with the courts.

While a District Court upheld the rule, a split three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in 2016 found Alameda County’s regulations unconstitutional on Second Amendment grounds. The majority noted that county officials should provide evidence showing, for instance, that gun stores increase crime to justify such regulations. That decision, however, was vacated and the case sent for retrial before the larger en banc panel earlier this year.

In standing fast against the majority opinion in this week’s ruling, two judges, Carlos Bea and Richard Tallman, wrote scathing dissents with the latter chastising the panel for their logic.

“The impact of this county ordinance on the fundamental rights enshrined in the Second Amendment cannot be viewed in a vacuum without considering gun restrictions in California as a whole,” said Tallman. “I fear today’s decision inflicts yet another wound on our precious constitutional right.”

The jurist also called attention to the continuing trend in anti-gun rulings issued by the 9th Circuit, which has upheld a string of California laws limiting gun rights.

“Our cases continue to slowly carve away the fundamental right to keep and bear arms,” said Tallman. “Today’s decision further lacerates the Second Amendment, deepens the wound, and resembles the Death by a Thousand Cuts.”

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Public Support for Bump Stock Ban at 79 Percent, Says New Poll

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 02:25

A majority of voters support a ban on bump stocks as well as other gun control measures in the wake of the mass killing in Las Vegas, a new poll shows.

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Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move

NRA-ILA News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:10
Today, without considering the unintended effects of such poorly thought out legislation, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives passed Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 with overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  The state Senate could be considering this bill as early as tomorrow.  Please contact your senator and urge them to OPPOSE this legislation!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your senator.
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Spokane Police will add suppressors to rifles, citing concerns about hearing damage

NRA-ILA News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:01
Rifles carried by Spokane police on patrol will soon be equipped with suppressors, a move the department says will protect officers and civilians from hearing damage. “It’s nothing more than like the muffler you put on your car,” said Lt. Rob Boothe, the range master and lead firearms instructor for the department.
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Study Finds One Sick Raven, Extrapolates to Entire California Condor Population

Government News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:24

A recent study is making headlines by continuing to beat the drum against traditional ammunition, arguing that the fate of the California condor is at stake. It’s scientific “evidence:” one raven with high blood lead levels. Rather than conducting a study of the California Condor, researchers published a study of the blood lead levels of […]

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Mark Kelly: Lawmakers who don’t vote for gun control ‘should quit’

General Gun News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

Mark Kelly, co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions. (Photo: Greg Nash/The Hill)

Mark Kelly sounded off about the response to the Las Vegas massacre on Monday, arguing lawmakers who don’t think new gun control laws could help solve America’s gun violence problem should find a new line of work.

Kelly, a retired astronaut, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords and co-founder of gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, spoke on the issue during an Off Message podcast interview with Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere.

“I think if you’re a member of Congress and you fundamentally believe laws don’t work, you should quit,” Kelly told Dovere. “I mean, you really should. You’re in the wrong job. And that goes for anything, including this issue.”

While Kelly repeatedly expressed his frustration, he said he also sees a glimmer of hope with the proposals to ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full-auto fire. Gunman Stephen Paddock had fashioned bump stocks to a number of rifles he used to kill 58 people and injure almost 500 others in Las Vegas last month.

Those proposals have gained bipartisan support over the past week, and even the National Rifle Association came out and said ATF officials should conduct a review of the devices, though the group stopped short of supporting an outright ban.

“They are acknowledging that legislation matters. A lot of these folks have been saying it doesn’t matter, it will never matter,” Kelly said. “They have just turned that argument upside down. And that’s a good thing. You know, maybe people have to be educated, right?”

Kelly also added he thought the Las Vegas shooting should be treated as an act of domestic terrorism, an attack he said was only exacerbated by lawmakers’ refusal to pass meaningful gun regulations.

“Usually, you think terrorism, it’s got to be political or religious or some group—I’m convinced that when a guy goes to the window of a casino and tries to murder a massive number of people—he wasn’t trying to kill 50 people; he was trying to kill 500 people,” he said. “I think the message he is sending is, ‘Hey! I am capable and willing, and I’m going to go out and do this, and I’m going to kill a bunch of people all at once.’ And to me, that is political here in the United States.”

While Kelly and other groups have argued gun control legislation could have a significant impact on violent crime in the country, the National Rifle Association remained firm in their stance that more restrictions would only make things harder for law-abiding gun owners. NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that U.S. citizens would be safer if gun rights were expanded and local regulations overturned.

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator and main sponsor of the proposed bump stock ban, also discussed the issue on Sunday and gave a straightforward response when asked if any law passed could have stopped the Las Vegas gunman.

“No,” Feinstein said. “He passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.”

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Gun Review: The new Glock 17 Gen 5 handgun (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

Glocks – you either love them or hate them. But regardless of the feelings they conjure it’s undeniable that the debut of the Gen 5 lineup spurred heated debate in gun stores across the country. Though many suspected the company was upgrading its handgun series, already touted as “perfection,” the official announcement sent fanboys into a tizzy. The question remained, though. If Glock were already so-called perfect, what could the company do to improve the design?

Luckily, Glock was kind enough to help us procure the answer, lending Guns.com a pair of Gen 5 Glocks – a G19 and G17. I tackled the compact, concealable G19 last month, so now it’s the full-size G17’s turn to go under the metaphorical microscope.

The basics

The Gen 5 series takes an updated approach to the famed Glock design. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The G17 is the full-size brother to the G19, packing more rounds and a bigger frame. While the G19 touts a 15-round capacity, the G17 slides in two more cartridges putting its overall capacity up to 17 rounds in the standard mag. Featuring a barrel length of 4.49-inches on an overall 7.95-inch length frame, the G17 brings a longer sight radius to the table which, theoretically, translates to slightly better accuracy for most shooters.

Tipping scales at 3-ounces with an empty mag, the G17 weighs slightly more than its sister G19 Gen 5. Chambered in the ubiquitous 9mm, the entire Gen 5 series opts for a slight ergonomics redesign with Glock removing the finger grooves seen on the Gen 3 and Gen 4 series pistols. This construction aims to put the Glock in more hands, making it more accessible to shooters with smaller hands. As said shooter sporting child-like palms and digits, I have to say the removal of the finger grooves is one of the better improvements over previous generations. The simple, but effective flat grip allows for a more natural grasp the gun. While shooting, I noted that I readjusted my grip less often between shots leading to overall better accuracy.

It’s a Glock

While we’re on the topic of accuracy, it’s worth mentioning that Glock is, well, Glock and the pistol performs as one would expect. Glock outfitted the latest generation with its proprietary Glock Marksman Barrel, or GMB. The GMB boasts new barrel rifling, which the gun maker says improves accuracy. Does it? Eh, none that I noticed. I shot about the same as I do with the Glock 17 Gen 4. Not to risk the ire Glock fans in the comments, it’s worth noting that my observation doesn’t mean the Gen 5 barrel isn’t an improvement over previous models. However, accuracy is subjective and without advanced tools designed to test the merits of the accuracy claim, I must simply fall back to my own observations which stand – not any perceivable difference between the G17 Gen 4 and Gen 5 models under my testing conditions.

My range experience was what I’ve come to expect when taking Gaston Glock’s legendary name to the range. Every time I pulled the trigger, it went bang. Where I pointed was relatively where I hit. No malfunctions and no hang-ups. It just works.

The Gen 5 series is outfitted with the Glock Marksman Barrel, or GMB. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Throw that plastic fantastic on the ground or roll it in some mud and rest assured that she’ll continue slinging lead down range. That is, after all, Glock’s hold over the industry – its undeniable reliability. The Gen 5 doesn’t disappoint, delivering the same bit of consistency. I made sure to throw it around, get her dirty and run some of the grainiest, nastiest ammo I could throw her able body and surprisingly — she went pew every time. The Glock’s refusal to quit even amid moisture, mud, dirt and grime almost makes you angry – almost.

My only complaint about the stock Gen 5 is the same one you’ll find in all of my Glock reviews – those sights. A standard three dot, white system they just don’t cut it. Though the G17’s sights were at least centered, unlike the G19 Gen 5 I reviewed, they still make aiming a pain, especially in low light. My suggestion to rectify this dilemma is drop on a new pair of sights on it the second you bring home that shiny, new Glock or, better yet, buy the Gen 5 with upgraded sights. It’s worth the extra dough.

Let’s talk upgrades

Aiding in that resistance to the elements is what the manufacturer terms nDLC finish. The barrel and slide are both coated in the complex, giving the platform protection against corrosion and scratches. While the finish might bolster the ruggedness of the G17, it doesn’t do much in the way of fingerprints. As one who obsessively relieves my smartphone screen of the pesky, oily residue I found myself almost just as obsessively cleaning the slide of the G17 after any slide manipulations. In comparing it to my personal Gen 4 G17, it was my impression that fingerprints really grab onto the latest generation more so than its predecessor. While nowhere in the ballpark of being a deal-breaker for the gun, it’s certainly worth mentioning if you lean towards those Type A tendencies as I do. A rag or towel kept handy works wonders to keep the gun fingerprint free.

Moving down the gun, the most notable aspect of the new design comes in the form of a revamped trigger system. Say it with me now, “Hallelujah!” Once I was alerted that the Gen 5 was on its way and that its trigger would feature an improved design, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the series to see if my biggest complaint with Glocks was finally put to rest. Well, was it? Yes and no.

The Gen 5, top, ditches the finger grooves seen on the Gen 4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

While some pickier trigger enthusiasts might still find the new G17’s trigger under-par with some aftermarket options, for most the new trigger assembly is steps above Glock’s previous stock triggers. Gone are the days of the musky, soupy trigger. The gun maker has overhauled the whole system, re-countouring the bottom of the trigger and modifying the trigger pin. In addition, the trigger bar has been revamped to work alongside an all new trigger spring. What does his mean to shooters? A crisper, more responsive trigger reaction and an overall smoother shooting experience.

What could possibly go wrong with such an overhaul? Well, if you’re hoping to upgrade certain piece of the trigger system you’re what we call up the river without a paddle. The trigger assembly design makes interchangeability of specific pieces darn near impossible. Good news for those that prefer to buy and carry stock. Bad news if you like to really kit out your guns, fine-tuning them to your exact specifications.

The G17, though large, is still comfortable to shoot even for petite shooters. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Now onto a feature I have found the most useful – that flared magwell. Boy, does it make reloads a hell of a lot easier. The flared design allows magazines to speedily seat in the magwell, particularly in high stress situations where shooters struggle with fine motor skills. Sure with enough practice any magwell will work, but for the inexperienced shooter just getting into the tac-reload world, the magwell provides a boost of confidence.

Rounding out the new goodies, the G17 drops a little nod to the lefties in the world launching the Gen 5 with an ambidextrous slide stop lever. The ambi lever makes it easier for gun owners, whether right or left-handed, to easily and comfortably manipulate the slide.

Final Thoughts

The Gen. 5 G17, like the G19, delivers the same, high quality performance shooters have come to expect with the venerable company’s name. The G17, though a full size and slightly bigger, offers the same accuracy and reliability. Furthermore, if plinking at the range without the worries of malfunctions or failures is in the forecast, you’d do no better than to have the G17 by your side.

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