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With the same compact dimensions as their innovative folding .22LR, the new .22 Magnum version of the LifeCard has a little more punch.
Trailblazer announced the latest installment to their flagship handgun line late last month, saying in an email that, “Offering a standalone .22WMR LifeCard has been the top request from customers this past year.” The new gun is much the same as the standard LifeCard, able to fold into a 3.375 x 2.125-inch package — which the company points out is small enough to fit in an Altoids mint tin or the 5th pocket of a pair of jeans and “no bigger than a stack of credit cards.”
Besides the increase in caliber, the new .22 Mag version has had its internal storage compartment in the grip stretched slightly to accommodate three spare cartridges while a lanyard hole has been added to the frame to allow the 7-ounce gun to use a paracord attachment.
Using a frame and handle machined from aluminum, the barrel and trigger are produced from 4140 pre-hardened steel. The gun is ambidextrous by design and has built-in safety features. To meet ATF guidelines on AOWs, the LifeCard cannot fire when in its closed position.
MSRP is $399, the same price as their standard LifeCard of which the company has sold more than 6,000.
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Law enforcement officers in Western Kentucky stopped a vehicle for an infraction that led to some seriously interesting collectible guns and possible federal weapons charges.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies made a traffic stop in the small Mississippi River town of Hickman last week and found 2.6 grams of “suspected” methamphetamine — with a street value of less than $200 — as well as firearms “suspected to be fully automatic.”
A search of the driver’s home produced more firearms and ammunition including another eight weapons listed by authorities as being fully-auto.
The photos show what appears to be a number of German WWII-pattern machine guns to include an MG34 and a pair of MG42s as well as parts for others. Besides these early roller-locked LMG/GPMGs, there are HK-pattern MP5 parts, several Thompson submachine guns in both M1928 and M1 variants, and an MP40 sub gun that looks to have had its barrel amputated. Of course, the images are not very high resolution and lots of the items look questionable, which could point to anything from airsoft to surplus torched parts kits knitted back together to form display guns common in reenactor circles or non-NFA semi-autos, so there’s that.
The heavy sampling of German belt-fed platforms brought a number of comments on FCSO’s social media to include ” I did Nazi see that coming..,” and “Dude was on his way to defend Normandy from the Allies.”
Many posters urged authorities to preserve the guns should they, in fact, prove to be historic, by placing them with a museum, rather than to destroy them. Others interjected that the weapons were possibly war trophies brought by to the country by returning GIs after WWII or part of a stolen high-value collection. For example, transferrable MG34s can run in excess of $25,000.
The suspect, who is not identified, was charged with improper equipment, drug trafficking, and carrying a concealed weapon. Federal firearms regulators are involved in the case and reportedly have more weapons charges pending.
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Conservation officials in the Green Mountain State say the early numbers for the most recent deer season are positive and are among the best so far this century. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced last week that 18,845 deer were taken in the state’s 2018 seasons, the highest total since 2000, according to preliminary figures.
“The legal buck harvest of 9,993 was 8 percent more than the previous three-year average of 9,267, and the second highest buck harvest since 2002,” said deer project leader Nick Fortin in a statement. “Harvest numbers increased during the archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons. The muzzleloader harvest of 6,066 is an all-time record.”
The bumper harvest provided an estimated 3.7 million servings of venison while biological data collected will provide additional age and health information for research into keeping Vermont’s deer herd stable.
Vermont is not the only state reporting good results when it comes to deer harvest numbers. Sportsmen in Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin have also logged record numbers in the last season.
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It may be presumptuous to think that Alice Tripp carries a gun. If you ask, she’ll give you a lesson in etiquette. “There’s two things you don’t ever ask a Southern woman: her age and if she’s carrying,” she’ll say with a smile.
One might make the determination because Tripp is the legislative director and lobbyist for the Texas State Rifle Association, one of the largest gun rights organizations in the Lone Star State.
Although she wouldn’t say if she was carrying, she would say what she carries. She said she keeps a Smith & Wesson Ladysmith revolver that has an etched rose in the frame. “I carry a very pretty gun but with the +P ammo,” she said. “It’s way more than just pretty, folks.”
In addition to loading it with .38-caliber +P ammunition, she carries her revolver in a very particular way. “I’m not much of a holster person due to my small size so I like to carry in a purse with lots of zippered pockets” Tripp said. “I carry the purse with my firearm pointed straight ahead and with the gun on the inside, next to my body. This way my hand can easily be in the purse pocket with the gun.”
While keyboard commandos may raise concerns about off-the-body carry, Tripp advises women to “think about it, ask yourself what’s appropriate for you, and to decide for yourself what gun you want to carry and how you want to carry it.”
Tripp has been giving that advice since she started participating in the National Rifle Association’s “Refuse to be a Victim” program that brought concealed carry to Texas in 1995.
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A year after their 509 pistol series hit the market, FN this week announced the line has grown to include a new Midsize offering and a black Tactical model.
The 509, essentially an upgraded and enhanced FNS designed for military use as a competitor to the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract, was released last year to an eager market. Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, said the two new variants to the striker-fired pistol line will help better meet the varied needs of discerning handgun shoppers.
“With the FN 509 Midsize and FN 509 Tactical in black, customers will now have four additional FN options in the 9mm striker-fired category to choose from,” said Cole. “We believe that options are always a good thing and we’re proud to provide them to our loyal customer base.”
The Midsize, which retails for $649, has the same 4-inch barrel as the standard 509 but features a frame with a shortened grip. While the chopped-down offering uses 15- or 10-round magazines (depending on state restrictions) it is backwardly compatible with the standard FN 509 17- and 24-rounders through the use of a grip sleeve. It comes complete with fixed three-dot luminescent sights.
The black version of the 509 Tactical has all the same features as that pistol– an optics-ready mounting system with co-witnessing suppressor-height night sights, 4.5-inch threaded barrel, 24-round mags– but with a matte black finish rather than the standard FDE. Retail is $1,049.View this post on Instagram
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Following federal corruption charges, agents found almost two dozen guns in the offices of the longest-serving alderman in Chicago’s history.
Edward “Ed” Burke, 75 has been alderman of the Windy City’s 14th Ward since 1968 when he replaced his father in that position. He was charged with attempted extortion earlier this month in federal court and subsequently resigned from his powerful position as chair of the City Council’s finance committee.
However, buzz generated after the news that the same career “Chicago Machine” Democrat who championed a number of gun control schemes in recent years also maintained some 23 firearms in his office located in the heart of a gun-free zone.
A former policeman and licensed private investigator, a 2012 CBS Chicago report noted at the time he was the only Chicago alderman to have a firearm owner’s card. Local media reports also explained that an 1872 law designating aldermen as “peace officers” allowed Burke to carry a weapon.
While in office, Burke has pushed to outlaw cell phone cases that were shaped like guns, advocated punishing the parents of youth who have firearms, ban guns from protests, and proposed a measure to require financial institutions working with the city to file a “Safe Guns Policy” affidavit vouching that their other business customers adhere to a list of firearm regulations such as prohibiting the sale of “high-capacity magazines” or barring gun sales to those under 21.
Burke now faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.
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Old school hunting: European black powder fan still putting meat on the table with flintlocks (VIDEOS)
A Hungarian front-loader enthusiast takes to the field near Budapest to bag geese, stag and wild boar in some traditional hunting. The Cap and Ball channel first heads out for geese in a snow-covered field by a lake accompanied with a 20-gauge frizzen double barrel flintlock shotgun.
In the below, they take a stab at some red stag with a Pedersoli repro 1874 Sharps .45-70 and open sights.
Finally, looking to put some boar meat in the pot, he grabs a flintlock Jaeger rifle for the trifecta.
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Developed by Philippine-based parent company, Armscor, Rock Island Armory’s new VR80 semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun is headed to retailers in 2019.
An improvement on their VR60 concept, the new VR80 uses a 5-round detachable box magazine but can accept the VR60’s nine- or 19 shot mags. Weighing in at 9 pounds when loaded, the VR80 runs 40-inches overall with its 20-inch contoured Mobi Choke barrel.
Constructed with 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower receivers– the VR60 used a lot of polymer– the shotgun uses a Bufferbolt system in its action as well as a Buffer THS thumbhole stock to help tame recoil, which is good as the VR80 accepts both 2.75- and 3-inch shells.
The controls are ambidextrous while the gun is customizable as it accepts most commercial buffer tube stocks and pistol grips.
Retail is $699 with two five-round box mags and the VR80 will be available at retailers starting March 1.
Legally Armed America goes into a 20-minute review on the new box-fed scattergun, below:
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After over a decade in the parts and accessories business, Zev Technologies brings a brand new pistol to its lineup.
Dubbed the O.Z-9, the pistol blends the control and balance of a 1911 with striker-fire reliability in a package that is modular, according to Zev. The pistol comes chambered in 9mm and features the company’s patent pending steel receiver. Boasting extended rails, the steel receiver offers a solid steel frame that encompasses the entire length of the handgun. Zev says this design allows the locking block to be fully integrated.
The O.Z-9 brings a single take-down pin to the build, located at the front of the trigger guard which locks the removable grip to the steel receiver. This allows for interchangeable grips and future grip upgrades without the need to completely dismantle the O.Z-9.
Zev says all other parts are fully compatible with Glock and Zev components.
“Zev is committed to leadership in innovation and performance, so we invest heavily in design and engineering. With O.Z-9 we’re confident that we are resetting the bar for high performance pistols,” Matt Ridenour, CEO of Zev Technologies, said in a press release.
CTO and Founder, Alec Wolf added, “Today I am so excited to show the world the O.Z-9. After dreaming about this for 12 years it’s great to finally see this project come to fruition.”
The O.Z-9 will join the 9mm handgun market with a price point of $1,679.
A new era of gun owners is coming to the table. Younger and politically more moderate than in the past, this new wave of gun enthusiast is far from the typical stereotype of gun owners.
Sarah Cade embodies the youthful vibrance and passionate authority of a new generation. Cade, team leader of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and self-described liberal gun owner, spoke to Guns.com at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in 2018, about the challenges this new, younger and often liberal or moderate subset of gun owners face within the community.
“I think right now there are two factions in the political community. There’s the old guard and there’s the new guard and there’s some conflict between the two,” Cade told Guns.com. “The number one thing I would say is alienation…I think that what we’re doing is it’s kind of like gatekeeping. We’re keeping away a lot of people that we need for our cause.”
Though this younger generation of gun owners might share more moderate to left-leaning ideals, she emphasizes that this evolving group of gun owners still adhere to the basic tenants of the Second Amendment. Ultimately, Cade said, liberal gun owners are fighting for the same rights and looking for the same things as the older generation — a way to preserve gun rights. The best way to help the cause is to encourage gun ownership. The way to do that, Cade emphasizes, is through personal connections.
“Make individual connections. Actually talk to them one on one,” Cade said. “Just really break it down to the individual level and facilitate ways for people to connect as individuals.”
In an effort to help new and seasoned left-leaning gun owners find their groove in the gun community, groups like the Liberal Gun Club have sprang up to meet the need. Founded in 2008, the Liberal Gun Club is an organization that provides a voice to firearm owners who might not prescribe to a conservative narrative. The group hosts shooting events, conducts training programs and provides a forum for gun owners to chat about firearms.
As the number of moderate gun owners grows, national spokeswoman for the Liberal Gun Club Lara Smith said it’s imperative that the larger 2A community learn the best means to embrace the change. Like Cade, Smith said the best way to bring more gun loving folks into the fold is to openly welcome any person who wants to head to the range. “Bringing people in on a positive note is how we grow our world,” Smith said in a speech.
For some the issue isn’t just inviting newcomers into the gun owning world, it’s about regaining gun rights and influencing public policy using culture as a starting point. The subtle shift in gun owners is one way to do just that, according to Executive Director of Personal Defense Network and instructor Rob Pincus. Pincus said to win the war on gun rights, the gun community must first conquer the cultural battle. The first step, according to Pincus, is to embrace the “other side” of the community by eliminating the concept of “they.”
“How many people do we lose? How many opportunities to influence the culture and improve the image of gun owners and gun ownership and celebrate the expansion of gun ownership, the new numbers of gun owners, the positive experiences….all of these positive things get lost in the fear-mongering, rhetoric, talking points, sometimes nonsensical ‘they,’” Pincus said in a speech. “Let’s go talk to ‘they.” Let’s go have the dialogue.”
Change is often slow and the gun industry, like any, befalls that trope; but change is happening. Slowly but surely a younger audience is coming to the range, more moderate in their thinking but still thirsty for knowledge, training and the Second Amendment life.
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The big news in the gun world this week was Glock released two new concealed carry handguns: the Glock 43x and the Glock 48, both chambered in 9mm. In the years since its release, the single stack Glock 43 has become one of the most popular concealed carry handguns in the marketplace, competing with other […]
Packing a 3-gallon capacity gas tank, the Throwflame XL-18 is capable of spewing flames at over 100 feet! This is definitely not a toy.
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Don't let appearances fool you, this is not a shotgun. It is something completely different. The 12 gauge Remington V3 Tac-13 is a 26.5-inch long semi-automatic firearm with a Raptor grip. Built on an aluminum receiver, it weighs under 6 pounds and holds up to five 2 3/4 inch shells in the tube magazine with one more in the chamber.
There is a popular saying that many gun enthusiasts know, “Buy once; cry once.” Basically, this means that it is generally worth the extra pain and expense to buy a high quality, expensive product instead of many budget options. Vortex’s new optic, the Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 destroys this mantra with its quality construction, many features and high optical clarity all while maintaining an itty-bitty price tag.
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Proof Research builds weapons for the government using space-age tech. They also design state-of-the-art products—such as barrels—for consumers.
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President McKinley was assassinated by a lunatic with a gun so small that no adult could hold it properly. But the president's death changed American history and ushered Theodore Roosevelt to the Oval Office.
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This week I got the surprise of my life with the XD(M) 45. Not only am in love, we already got married in Vegas.
The NASP teaches archery to kids grades 4-12. Last year the NASP conducted a survey and found that 1 in 3 participants go on to try hunting and fishing.
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