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In celebration of America’s upcoming birthday, Nosler launches a small run of 25 limited edition, Model 48 Independence Day rifles. The M48 Independence Day variant boasts some distinct and patriotic features for gun owners in search of something special for their rifle collection.
Chambered in the company’s all new 22 Nosler cartridge, the rifle touts a Kryptek Highlander dipped synthetic stock as well as a threaded muzzle perfect for mounting a brake or suppressor. With a laser engraved floorplate, the motto “ We the People” rests above an American flag, bringing some American pride to the setup.
The M48 action is constructed to offer a rigid platform for accuracy and durability. The bolt rides on precisely machined action rails while the front of the receiver is squared to true up with the match grade 24-inch stainless steel barrel. The gun serves up a Timney trigger and two-position Rocker Safety. The special run of M48 Independence Day Rifles are priced at $1,995.
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U.S. Sen. Luther Strange reached out to the National Rifle Association to obtain firearms training for lawmakers on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of an attack on House Republicans.
Strange penned a letter to NRA Executive Director Chris Cox following last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, that left GOP House Whip Steve Scalise critically wounded alongside a Capitol Police officer, a staffer and a lobbyist. Lawmakers credited the fast response from armed agents assigned to Scalise as limiting the scope of the shooting.
“As an NRA member and your good friend, I am writing to ask the NRA, as the largest provider of firearms instruction and safety training in the nation, to consider offering a training program to members of Congress, their staff and other personnel that work on Capitol Hill, regardless of political affiliation, so that they have the skills necessary to survive an active-shooter situation and to safely handle a firearm,” said Strange, as reported by the Yellowhammer News. “As was proven this week, proper training can lead to the attacker being neutralized and lives being saved.”
Cox replied that the organization would be willing to provide such training.
The Alabama Republican who recently served that state as Attorney General was recently appointed by now-resigned Gov. Robert Bentley to replace the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions left to become a Trump Administration cabinet member. In his tenure as the top cop in the Heart of Dixie, Strange was repeatedly hailed by the NRA for his actions against gun free zones. Since entering Congress, he is one of only 16 senators supporting the Hearing Protection Act, one of the crown jewels of proposed gun rights legislation.
So far this month at least three bills — HR.2909, HR.2940, and HR.2945 — have been introduced to either make Washington, D.C. an enclave of national concealed carry permit recognition or to make it legal for members of the House and Senate to carry guns.
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The NRA revised guidelines for training courses provided by Carry Guard, its self-defense insurance policy, to include 1911 pistols and revolvers.
“In response to clear feedback surrounding the NRA Carry Guard Level I course announcement, we have modified the required firearm platforms as well as our site language to clearly articulate how firearms will be used in the class,” said Jason Brown, NRA media relations manager, in an email to Guns.com.
“Bottom line: our decision to not include 1911s and revolvers as primary firearms in our initial Level I course was a mistake, and we appreciate the feedback we have received from the firearms community,” he added.
The program will now permit users to bring “all safe, reliable handguns with a capacity of six rounds or more,” Brown said. The course descriptions on the Carry Guard website have also been updated with similar language.
“In response to the clear and overwhelming demand for these firearms to be used throughout the entire course, our instructors have decided to accommodate all safe, reliable handguns with a capacity of 6 rounds or more,” Brown said. “Firearms with less than 6 rounds of capacity will still be allowed as secondary platforms.”
Brown said the Level 1 course — the beginner’s course — will begin in July. Course prices are listed as $850 per student.
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Gear maker Comp-Tac Victory announced the arrival of a brand new color to the company’s Flatline holster series, introducing dark tan to the lineup for 2017.
Dark tan joins black, red, blue and forest green as a color option for the low-friction, pancake-style Kydex holster.
The Flatline boasts the ability to be worn either inside or outside the waist band and comes standard with three sets of tough, nylon belt clips built to accommodate belts up to 1.5-inches wide. Additional clips measuring 1.75-inches can be ordered at an added cost.
Inside the waistband concealers slide the clips over the belt and situate the holster inside the pant line. Outside the waistband wearers, thread the belt through the clip loops for a holster that lies against the pant. Offset loops allows users to adjust the holster as much as one-half inch away from the body.
The Flatline offers ride depth adjustability for drawing and wear height fit as well as tilt angle adjustment from near straight up to 15 degrees forward. The rig also benefits from retention adjustment that provides the ability to set the firmness of firearm retention in the holster.
Comp-Tac says that, as with all holsters, an actual pistol is used in manufacturing to ensure proper and perfect fit of gun to holster.
The Flatline is available through the company’s site and is priced at $69.99.
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Days after Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, authorities have released the dashcam video from Officer Yanez’s police cruiser.
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Travis Mills, who became a quadriplegic in Afghanistan, now classifies himself as a “recalibrated warrior” and is fighting a battle to help military families.
Mills, a retired staff sergeant from the 82nd Airborne Division, runs the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. Mills says it is important to connect to combat injured vets on a relatable level to help instill confidence in them.
“For me personally, I don’t see a lot of amputees whatsoever, especially not quadruple amputees,” says Mills, overlayed in the above video from the AP showing him walking, driving, joking and kayaking. “But I am very confident in myself and my abilities. Where, we bring people in here and we give them a network to reach out to. We give them other families that have the same situation that they go through every day and let them know that here are some tricks or adaptive sports or things you can do as a family to make you feel you are still a part of everything. That you can still keep going.”
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A 19-year-old and his friends took on an armed intruder who broke into a Chattanooga apartment Sunday night, leaving the suspect looking like he recently engaged in a boxing match.
Shane Feeney, 19, who was shot in the leg by the intruder during the tussle, said the incident only lasted about 30 minutes but it seemed like hours.
Feeney was hanging out with some friends when he thought he heard someone outside.
“It sounded like he was messing with a gun,” said Feeney, “So I came back and I was like ‘I don’t know if he is, but it sounds like he’s messing with a gun. I’m going to call the cops.’”
As Feeney called the police, his friends moved to a back room, but when one of them jumped out of a window to go for help, that friend came face to face with the suspect, who was later identified as Calvin Carter III.
Carter held Feeney’s friend at gunpoint and went back to the front door, so Feeney, who was still on the phone with the police, let him in. But Carter heard Feeney on the phone and demanded he hand it over, which he did.
“Whenever he turned around, that’s when I grabbed him,” Feeney said, “And his forearms were still loose so he grabbed the gun out of his waist band and shot me in the leg.”
The tussle continued and that’s when Feeney’s friends jumped in.
“He kept wrestling with me,” said Tucker Williams, who was there that night with Feeney. ”I was like ‘you have one more chance. Please stop.’ He wouldn’t stop and that’s when I punched him in the eye twice.”
Altogether, five people held Carter down as they waited for police to arrive. Carter now faces numerous charges, including first degree attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
[ WRCB-TV ]
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A jury on Wednesday found former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide for the killing of Sylville Smith last summer.
Members of Smith’s family urged people not to get violent after the ruling, according to the Associated Press. Milwaukee erupted into two days of rioting last summer following the shooting of Smith.
Last week, jurors saw body camera footage that showed the incident. In a 15-second clip, Heaggan-Brown stops his police car, gets out, draws his weapon and chases Smith, who falls in front of a chain-link fence and tosses a gun. That’s when Heaggan-Brown shot Smith in the arm, and then again in the chest about two seconds later as he was on the ground.
The case hinged on whether Smith was a threat to the officer as he was on his back and away from the gun. Prosecutors argued that Smith was defenseless, and Heaggan-Brown fired “in point-blank range.” But defense attorneys said the officer was just following his training.
“A gunfight doesn’t end until the threat is stopped,” said defense attorney Jonathan Smith.
The weapon Smith tossed was a Glock .40-caliber Model 22. It had an extended magazine with 23 rounds. Heaggan-Brown has said he thought Smith might have had another gun in his waistband.
“Stop reaching,” Heaggan-Brown could be heard yelling at Smith in the body camera video, which had the audio kick on 30 seconds after the shooting. The officer moved his hand away from Smith’s waist, according to court documents.
The jury spent just two days deliberating. Nine women and three men sat on the jury, and four of them were African Americans.
“There is not joy in a case like this,” said Steven Kohn, one of Heaggan-Brown’s attorneys, after the verdict. “I think we must be mindful that a young man lost his life.”
Outside the courthouse Wednesday, Smith’s father, Patrick, said the verdict was “disrespectful.”
“Don’t give them a reason to take your life,” said Smith’s sister Sherelle. “Do something different in the community, try as hard as you can to be peaceful.”
The night after the shooting last August, as the city rioted, Heaggan-Brown was drinking with a man he met at a bar. They watched television coverage of the riots, and Heaggan-Brown told the man he could do anything he wanted without repercussions. He allegedly sexually assaulted the man that night. He’s been in jail since October for charges related to that incident, as well as allegations he hired prostitutes and recorded nudity illegally. The police department fired him on Oct. 31.
Heaggan-Brown was facing 60 years in prison. His acquittal comes just days after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of all charges for the shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota.
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Caracal USA partnered with GunsAmerica to release the Enhanced F — Limited Edition pistol to a select group of dealers starting July 4.
The release of the Limited Edition pistol marks the first product release from Caracal USA and the company says the new gun aims to commemorate the gun maker’s commitment to supporting the U.S. market.
“We are very excited to get the Enhanced F into the market and into the hands of responsible shooters and enthusiasts who have been waiting for this release,” said Caracal USA Director of Marketing Jae Gillentine in a press release.
The Enhanced F – Limited Edition boasts a striker-fired, polymer frame design chambered in 9mm. The pistol is comprised of a Caracal International frame paired with a Caracal USA slide and is assembled in the U.S. Equipped with a crisp, short double-action trigger, the Enhanced F ships with an 18-round magazine.
The gun touts either 3 dot sights or the “Quick Sight System” which places the front and rear sights on a single focal plane. This allows shooters to acquire a flash sight picture on a target quickly.
The gun comes with a Caracal branded hard case, two magazines, Otis cleaning kit, cable lock and manual.
Priced at $599, the Enhanced F – Limited Edition pistol is backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner.
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A would-be purchaser of a military surplus Finnish L39 anti-tank gun asked the gun store staff if the big rifle on skis actually worked. They obliged him.
Patrick and Nicole with the Kentucky Gun Company in Louisville dutifully took their Lahti out of the shop and checked it in live fire.
Aimo Lahti, the Thomas Edison of Finnish gun engineers, designed his 109-pound semi-automatic VKT-made rifle around the largest 20mm shell the in existence in 1939. Using the Swiss 20x138mmB Solothurn Long cartridge, the gun was readily capable of piercing 20mm of armor at 100-meters and 16mm out to 500 meters with enough pop to put most of the Soviet tanks of the era on the menu.
Patrick says they get them in for sale from time to time, ranging from $7-$12K depending on condition, and they are listed as destructive devices under the NFA.
Laugh now, but if early WWII Soviet tanks come by your house, you’ll wish you had one.
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Bottom line: our decision to not include 1911s and revolvers as primary firearms in our initial Level I course was a mistake, and we appreciate the feedback we have received from the firearms community.
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Russian firearms are a lot of things: crude, quirky, utilitarian, behind the times, perhaps even a good buy. The Mosin-Nagant rifle and the later AK-47 won’t win any beauty contests. Neither would the Makarov pistol of Bond film fame, being little more than a crude Walther PPK knock-off. Another curious pistol in Russia’s 20th century arsenal is the m1895 Nagant revolver — a handgun that was innovative, yet obsolete on the same coin. A handgun so interesting I just had to buy it not once, but twice.A touch of history
Despite its primitive look, the 1895 Nagant has a nearly unrivaled service history. That story started in the early 1890s when autocratic Russia was seeking a new handgun to replace its 44 caliber Smith & Wesson break-top revolvers. Emile and Leon Nagant, who were known to the Czar for their work on the magazine system on their recently adopted M91 Mosin-Nagant rifle, had a solution in mind.
Nagant revolvers had already been adopted by a number of countries, but this new Russian revolver featured a few upgrades that impressed the Czar. In particular the use of a gas-seal cartridge. Originally, this new revolver, picked up in 1895, was produced in two models: a double action officer’s model and a single action model for the lower ranks.
The Nagant revolver would be Russia’s primary sidearm through World War I and was arguably the gun used to execute the Czar himself when the Russian revolution reached its fever pitch as the Bolsheviks strengthened their grip on the country. In true Communist egalitarianism, the two Russian arsenals, Ishvesk and Tula, produced only the double action model from 1918 onward.
Soviet Russia eventually went with a new self-loader, the famous Tokarev pistol in 1933. However, the Nagant handgun was still a prime weapon throughout Russia’s titanic struggle against Nazi Germany during World War II. Production did not end on the Nagant revolver until the war had ended in 1945 and both the Tokarev and Nagant were phased out with the introduction of the Makarov pistol in 1950.
Still the Nagant’s legacy continued. It was exported to various Soviet republics as well as to the Chinese and Vietnamese Communists as war aid. Furthermore, the gun would see service as a Russian police arm and terrorist cache hold over into this century.Features
With such a long history of use, it is surprising just how primitive the 1895 Nagant really is. All in the same, the Nagant embodies late 19th century attitudes toward service pistols in general.
You are apt to find more milling marks on an average Nagant and perhaps even a sharp corner than on other era revolvers. The few screws used in the gun’s manufacture are sitting proud as well. The sights are typical for military handguns of the time with a rudimentary milled notch on the top strap of the frame and a front blade sight that can be adjusted in its dovetail. The gun isn’t necessarily a boat anchor, weighing in at just under two pounds and sporting a handy, tapered 4.5 inch barrel.
Like other military revolvers of its time, it chambered a relatively new, small-bore cartridge, the 7.62x38R or 7.62 Nagant round. Unlike most ammunition, however the bullet is seated completely in the case.
The Nagant loads and unloads via a loading gate on the right side of the fluted cylinder and uses an ejector rod housed under the barrel to punch out the empty cases. The gun holds seven shots and has a transfer-bar like safety as well as a rebounding hammer to prevent the gun from discharging if dropped.
Unless you have a rare single-action model, the Nagant can be fired by either pulling the trigger all the way through or cocking the hammer spur then pressing the trigger. The act of pulling the trigger or cocking the hammer manually is tougher than on most revolvers because of its gas seal design.
A steel block pushes the cylinder forward when the hammer comes back, forcing the recessed chamber over the forcing cone. This, combined with the cartridge that sits higher than the chamber mouth, eliminates the cylinder gap. We know now that the Nagant is one of the few revolvers that can be shot with a suppressor to deaden the sound. Naturally this was not the thought process of the time as suppressors were in their infancy when the m1895 was developed.A note on ammunition
The biggest concern with owning a Nagant revolver is finding ammunition. Military surplus ammunition is one, dwindling option. Readily available 32 S&W Long cartridges may be used in the Nagant, but the gun is not intended to use such ammunition. Factory offerings for 7.62mm Nagant are restricted to mostly Fiocchi and Privi Partizan brands. I assembled a bit of everything when I finally got my hands on a 1944 war-time produced 1895 Nagant and headed to the range for a blast from the past.On the range
The Nagant revolver has a Victorian-esque mystique to it, but the gun will still shoot. Loading the pistol is accomplished by opening the loading gate on the right side and dropping in a cartridge. Manually rotate the cylinder and repeat until the cylinder is full. You get seven shots instead of the usual six. Close the gate and get to firing.
The hammer spur, though well checkered and well in the open, takes a little effort to cock considering all of what is going on mechanically in comparison to a usual revolver. The trigger pull with the hammer cocked in single-action is quite crisp with no movement except for the trigger breaking — but it takes a good ten pounds to break that trigger. You will face about the same effort to fire a modern revolver in double action.
As you may have guessed, the Nagant’s double action trigger pull is even worse. It exceeded my Lyman scale and felt twice as heavy as the single action pull. It does, however have a definitive click when the firing block pushes the cylinder forward and the trigger gets easier toward the end. The effort it takes to both cock the hammer, rotate the cylinder, push that block forward to advance the cylinder forward against the barrel, then break the trigger is, in one word, horrendous. Some shooters can’t even fire the pistol in double action.
The ammunition I used for my shooting sessions included: Fiocchi 98 grain FMJ 7.62 Nagant, Aguila 32 S&W Long 98 grain LRN, and Russian 7.62 Nagant surplus 108 grain FMJ ammunition.
All ammunition was 100 percent in reliability with no dud ammunition or hang fires, especially a concern with the military surplus ammunition which was made back in the 1970s. Recoil was non-existent with the Fiocchi and Aguila loads with a bit more muzzle flip using the surplus rounds, but nothing that could be felt in the hand.
Speaking of “in the hand,” the grip has a bag-type European grip frame with plastic grips and a lanyard loop on the bottom. It fits fully in the hand, but is not overly big. It is more comfortable than it looks, which is the same for pointing and shooting the Nagant in general, despite the hard trigger pull. Even with a bit of shaking trying to pull the trigger in double action, I can empty the gun in a hurry. However I spent most of my range time just cocking and shooting. When that devilish looking needle firing pin goes home, you know that round will be downrange.
I was a bit hesitant to group the pistol as my old Nagant revolver, made in pre-war conditions, was worthlessly inaccurate. Regardless, I decided to shoot both double and single action at seven yard. I managed to turn in a 2.9-inch group with the military fodder firing single action and just five inches in double action. The Fiocchi and Aguila ammunition did better in double action, but the single action groups widened just so slightly to three and 3.2 inches respectively. At 25 yards, it seems the Fiocchi did best with a single action group of six inches. All shooting was done, one handed.
Unloading — the most dreaded part of a Nagant owner’s life — goes as follows: Unscrew the ejector rod from under the barrel and pull it out then twist the ejector assembly to the right. Open the loading gate and punch out the empty cartridges as you rotate the cylinder. Though it is possible to push the case mouths of the Fiocchi cases and let them fall into hand, it wasn’t reliable doing so with the military ammo, whose cases got quite stuck at times. In fact, sometimes the military cases got so stuck it took a sharp smack against a solid object for the ejector rod to punch out a case.
The 32 S&W Long, which has a smaller case than the Nagant round and is not long enough to use the gas seal feature, comes out violently bulged with some cases split open. Know the potential risks of brass fragments before using 32s in your Nagant.
While on the range, I decided to see how fast the Nagant could put lead downrange, partially out of routine and partially out of settling the myth that the 7.62 Nagant is a wimp round. So, I cranked out the Caldwell Chronograph, took a seat and put some bullets into the berm.Ballistics
Russian 108 grain FMJ 1006 fps
Fiocchi 98 grain FMJ 628 fps
Aguila 32 S&W Long 98 grain LRN 576 fps
Note: Chronograph is 10 feet from the muzzle. FMJ= full metal jacket. LRN= lead round nose
After a bit of number crunching, the Russian surplus generated about 243 foot pounds of muzzle energy, outshining the 380 ACP and rising to par with standard pressure 38 Special energies. Fairly eye opening, in my view.Parting shots
If there was ever a misunderstood military pistol, the 1895 Nagant is it. With inexpensive factory loads and some inexperience behind that heavy trigger, it’s easy to see why these revolvers are known for being powerless and only good for executing dissidents. Taken together with the slow loading and unloading process, one would think it would be suicidal to take a Nagant in combat.
Once I got to learn some about attitudes of the times and plenty of trigger time as well, things became clear.
There were more powerful cartridges out in 1895 as were there swing-out cylinder handguns. But the Russians in adopting the Nagant just might have had the best revolver of its class. The gas-sealed 7.62×38 boasts more power than the French 8mm Ordinance or the Austrian 8mm Gasser. Additionally, swing out cylinders were not fully accepted at the time because of field reports of fouling getting under the ejector star.
The Russians went with what worked best. The spring-less ejector rod housed under the barrel was typical of the time as was the heavy trigger pull. It was common practice until “combat” revolver training of the 60s for revolvers to only be fired in double action in a close-range emergency.
The pistol in the early 20th century was primarily meant for officers and cavalry. The officer’s main job was to command, not to fight. The cavalryman’s main arm was the sword or the lance and the pistol was secondary. In other words, the features of the 1895 that we scoff at today were considered adequate for the job.
Despite my exaggeration of the loading and unloading process, the Nagant is still a solid performer, giving useful accuracy while boasting recoil that won’t bother a new shooter. The gun is straightforward to operate and reliability is like—well—a Russian revolver. Unless you handload the 7.62x38mm round, ammunition can be somewhat pricy or result in split cases. Any effort, in my opinion, to shoot the Nagant is worth it whether you appreciate history or want to turn that relic into something a little more useful.
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury is adding Molot-Oruzhie, OOO to the list of banned Russian and Ukrainian separatist companies.