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Army’s New B&T Sub Compact Weapon on hand at NRAAM

General Gun News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 06:00

The B&T APC9K will almost fit in the palm of your hand– if you have really big hands. (Photos: Chris Eger/

B&T USA had their new APC9K sub guns, recently chosen for a hard-fought U.S. Army contract, on display for the crowd at the NRA Annual Meetings in Indy.

The APC9K was chosen for a small run of guns, dubbed “Sub Compact Weapons,” to arm the military’s Personal Security Details. The contract, which saw as many as 13 gun makers express interest, required firearms, “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage.”

With the stock extended, the sub gun is still under 21-inches overall

The final award, $2.5 million for 350 SCWs, with an option for up to 1,000 of the weapons, stressed that the winner needed to be as compact as possible.

The standard APC9 is a 9mm blowback action three-position select-fire SMG that fires from a closed bolt at a cyclic rate of 1,080 rounds-per-minute. The APC9K, with the final letter in the designation short for “kurz” or short, is a more compact version with a 5.4-inch barrel and 13.6-inch overall length with the stock fully collapsed.

Note the 3-lug suppressor QD attachment and rails to accommodate both BUIS and optics

Interestingly, B&T reps told the APC9 series lower receiver can be configured for use with either B&T’s proprietary double-stack detachable magazines, Glock mags, or Sig Sauer P320 9mm magazines. It should be noted that the Army is currently moving to the M17 and M18 series of pistols, made by Sig, which is based on the P320.

The APC9K uses ambidextrous non-reciprocating charging handles that fold down when not in use

And it is a very compact package

The military originally courted designs from a literal A-to-Z in compact gun makers including Angstadt, Colt, CMMG, CZ, Heckler & Koch, Lewis Machine & Tool, Noveske, PTR, Quarter Circle, and Zenith Firearms before choosing B&T. The company, with Swiss roots, plans on a semi-auto version of the APC9K.

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Indiana Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill at NRA Event (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 05:30

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb last Friday signed a carry reform bill into law while delivering a speech at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

The measure, HB 1284, passed the GOP-controlled state Senate 37-7 and the House 64-17 earlier this month before it was sent to Holcomb. The bill slices fees on carry licenses, allows applicants to register to vote during the licensing process, and expands self-defense protections in the state.

“Removing any and all barriers for lawful carry in our state is significant for the many Hoosier gun owners who want to protect themselves and others,” said Holcomb before signing HB 1284 in front of a crowd full of NRA members at the Lucas Oil Stadium. “This is an important bill. This is an important next step.”

The new law removes all state fees on regular permits, which the measure lengthens to five years from the current four. The price for lifetime permits will be $50, reduced to $40 if the applicant already has a short-term permit. The new fees will go into effect in July 2020.

As part of the bill, Indiana State Police locations, as well as local law enforcement offices that process carry permits, will be designated as voter registration offices, allowing applicants easier access to that process. Further, the new law allows license holders to carry a firearm during religious services at places of worship on school grounds, a practice that was formerly illegal.

Importantly, the bill provides immunity for a justified use of force in certain instances and requires courts to award a defendant’s legal fees when a lawful gun user has to back up their actions in court. “Previously, an undue burden was on the defendant in exercising the right to self-defense,” noted the NRA on the move. “Under the new law, that burden is shifted.”

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Starstruck: The Celebs of NRAAM (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 05:00

The National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting always brings out the celebrities. From YouTubers to politicians to movie stars, you never know who you might find mingling on the showroom floor. played paparazzi this past weekend in Indianapolis, snapping pics of the stars we encountered on the NRA floor. reviewer Kristin Alberts snuggled up to Glock spokesman Chuck Norris. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

22Plinkster snapped at the Federal booth. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Iceman Chuck Liddell didn’t knock us out for this pic. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Ted Nugent giving us a big smile. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Hickock45 and his son John Hickock. (Photo: Ben Phillipi/

Lena Miculek of the Miculek dynasty hanging out at Hoppe’s. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Gun Collective’s Jon Patton checked out a CMMG rifle. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Max Michel, center, and, Kyle Lamb, right, discussed training tactics. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Team Glock from left to right: Michelle Viscusi, Shane Coley and Ashley Rheuark. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Genevieve from Beyond the Unknown said a quick hello to (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Team Ruger shooters Maggie Reese Voigt and Beth Walker. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Competition shooter Mandy Bachman manned the IDPA booth at the show. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Semi Armed Life podcast hosts Mike and Alana were found perusing the Savage booth. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Jessie Harrison signed autographs for fans. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Shooting star and Springfield Armory front man Rob Leatham. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Cam Edwards in the midst of an interview. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Former NRA president and current NRA Board Member David Keene. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Gun Collective Panel boasted a lot of YouTube stars. From left to right: Adam Kraut, Kentucky Ballistics, 22Plinkster, Military Arms Channel, Talon Sei, Mrgunsandgear, We Like Shooting’s Shawn Herrin, TFB TV’s James Reeves, Tactical Toolbox and John Lovell from Warrior Poet Society. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Rob Pincus looking dapper on the showroom floor. (Photo: Ben Phillipi/

Taran Butler and crew stopped by the Sig booth to chat. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

He’s at every show so we consider him a celebrity, the Alien Gear Holsters Alien posing with a fan. (Photo: Ben Phillipi/

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