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The flagship model in the Walther lineup, the PPQ, has recently undergone a major renovation. Well, that’s not to say that the PPQ is being revamped, because it isn’t. But it is to say that Walther is adding a new addition to the PPQ line in the form of the Q5. What’s the major difference […]
In what could be a major blow to the firearms industry in the United States, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled today that parents of Sandy Hook victims can move forward with a lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms International, a subsidiary of Remington.
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Smith & Wesson is issuing a safety warning on all M&P15-22 products made before February 1, 2019. These M&P15-22 rifles and pistols may be unsafe to use.
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Texas: NRA-Supported Bills on the Move in the House & Gain Key Support from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick
An Indiana man has been hospitalized and could face criminal charges after he accidentally shot himself in the genitals with a Hi-Point 9mm.
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Germany fielded the Karabiner 98k Mauser starting in 1935 and the 8mm bolt gun soon became the stuff of legends. With that being said, how does the sniper variant perform? To answer that question, Josh Mazzola and Henry Chan team up in the above test from 9-Hole Reviews.
The Germans have always been a fan of sniper rifles– going back to the Scharfschützen-Gewehr 98 model, the Kar98k’s older brother, in 1915. The sniper variant fielded by the 9-Hole crew includes a 1939-vintage Zielvier ZF39 4x scope made by Opitikotechna on a short side-rail mount.
Overall, the old Mauser still delivers, grouping tight even at extended ranges. Does it make it on target over 1K out? Watch the video.
Also, check out the related tie-in where Josh and Henry use a c.1943 Kar98k with irons out to 500 yards, for a comparison.
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Savage Arms is now moving to field their bolt-action turkey shotguns to a wider group of hunters with their Model 212 12 gauge and Model 220 20-gauge offerings. Built on the company’s familiar Model 110 bolt-action, these turkey specials were formerly just available through the Savage Special Order Office, but will now be sold as a regular item through dealers.
Both scatterguns use a blued, 22-inch carbon steel barrels that are free-floating and secured to the receiver using a Model 110-style locking nut. Using Win Choke threads, each comes with an extra-full turkey choke to help put a pattern on toms.
Like other offerings in Savage’s line, the turkey guns use an adjustable AccuTrigger and AccuFit stock system which allow the user to help customize the shotgun to their own needs.
MSRP on the shotguns is $695 for the M220 and $779 for the M212. Both are currently shipping.
A proposal from a Philadelphia Democrat would see use the Pennsylvania State Police begin and maintain a registry of guns and their owners in the Commonwealth.
The measure, HB 768, was proposed by state Rep. Angel Cruz last week. It would require registration certificates issued to those who seek to legally possess a firearm. The non-transferable $10 certificates would have to be renewed each year, for each gun.
“A registration certificate will only be issued to individuals who are eligible to possess a firearm under Federal and State law, who have never been convicted of a crime of violence and have not been convicted of a crime relating to the use, possession, or sale of any dangerous drug within five years prior to the application,” Cruz said in a brief to lawmakers on the bill.
Each certificate would require personal information about the gun owner as well as specifics on the gun such as its serial number. Applicants would have to supply photographs and fingerprints to PSP, who would have 30 days to approve or deny the certificate. Those who are denied would be able to appeal the decision within 10 days but, should that be turned away, would be forced to surrender to the firearm to authorities.
Under current Pennsylvania law, licensed firearm dealers already have to send PSP a record of handgun sales for their database but not long arm sales. The state also maintains their own background check system, the sometimes controversial Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which Republican lawmakers have slammed as duplicative and can sometimes take weeks to process.
Cruz’s bill has been referred to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary committee.
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An effort to close what bill’s supporters term the “ammo loophole” would make mandatory background checks the nationwide norm for ammunition sales.
Under measures proposed in the House by Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Senate by Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, would-be ammunition buyers would have to be first vetted by the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. The lawmakers, allied with national gun control groups, say the move to add controls to bullet sales would help save lives.
Wasserman Schultz’s bill, entered Wednesday as HR 1705 with 54 co-sponsors, would force potentially millions of ammunition purchases into the already swamped NICS clearinghouse where transfers would be approved, delayed or denied. Those with a valid state-issued firearms permit issued within the past five years would not have to submit to a check before they could buy ammo. Exceptions would be allowed for police and the military as well as those sharing ammunition between immediate family, such as spouses, or temporary transfers “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm”
Currently four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey — require firearms licenses for ammo sales but not federal background checks on purchases. Initiatives enacted in California in 2016 and New York in 2013 are closer to the proposed new plan, requiring checks at purchase, but each has a troubled track record.
New York’s mandate, part of the state’s SAFE Act, is in a holding pattern as officials try to work out the mechanics of the program. On the West Coast, California’s Prop. 63 ammo regulations have caused headaches for both dealers and buyers, added fees and wait times to gun owners seeking to buy ammunition, and forced online retailers and small ammo makers to halt direct sales with home delivery. Many would-be California ammo buyers, after July 1, 2019, will have to pay a fee and pass an “eligibility check” performed by the state Department of Justice.
Wasserman Schultz’s California-style bullet control bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Blumenthal is set to introduce a similar measure in the Senate.
A last haven for guns that would have otherwise been scrapped by authorities, an Australian firearms museum is now confronted with the possibility they may have to mutilate their own collection. The Lithgow Small Arms Factory, which crafted Australian Lee-Enfields from 1912 into the 1950s when they switched to making inch-pattern semi-auto FAL rifles, is an icon in the country.
Some two decades ago, a non-profit group turned the facility into a museum to preserve both the factory and historic Australian firearms Staffed by volunteers, they take in unregistered guns during national firearm amnesty periods rather than have them torched by police. “We exist for the community and display a range of artifacts of historical, educational and community value,” the museum said
Now, Lithgow’s collection is the subject of a regulation passed in the Australian state of New South Wales to have museums that store arms make them “permanently inoperable.” Previously, Lithgow and others could just remove the firing pin to deactivate weapons, a temporary move that largely kept the gun intact, just not fireable. What the government wants now is a more drastic method.
“Permanent inoperability involves inserting a steel rod down the barrel of the firearm and welding the muzzle and chamber, welding the barrel to the receiver, removing the firing pin and welding the hole, removing all internal springs, welding internal components and welding the bolt, magazine, external hammer and trigger in a fixed position,” Lithgow said. “By doing this, the firearm will be reduced to a metal blob rather than a genuine firearm.”
The museum is petitioning the NSW government to allow them to leave the current operation as-is. The group argues an “unimaginable loss of history” would occur should the collection be ordered butchered. They estimate that as much as 70 percent of their current holdings would have to undergo the new procedure.
The public petition has 3,000 signatures as of Thursday.
Czech gun company Laugo Arms has transitioned their flagship Alien pistol from prototype to production and it has been approved this month for competition use. The company announced their official worldwide release date for the high-end competition gun at the IWA exhibition in Germany this month.
Currently, a limited run of 500 pistols is slated to be produced in 2019 as Laguo spins up to full-scale production on what is expected to be a $3K-ish standard model. Subsequently, the International Practical Shooting Confederation entered the gun on their list of approved models in Production Divison events.
The innovative-looking handgun, which shares a somewhat intentional likeness to the Xenomorph extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott’s Alien series, has garnered a lot of international buzz in the past several weeks. The 9mm semi-auto has what is billed as the lowest bore axis available on a handgun, with the positioning of its fixed barrel some 1.7mm below the line of the grip axis. With an overall length of 8.5-inches, the Alien yields a 7.3-inch sight radius and 4.8-inch barrel length. With a standard 17+1 round capacity, the gun weighs in at 2.47-pounds, loaded.
Although Laugo has a dozen international distributors lined up to market the gun overseas, no U.S. importer is currently bringing the elusive Alien into the states. However, the company has said they hope to have the gun in the U.S. sometime this summer.
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Competition shooter and all around gun girl, Gabby Franco, took Guns.com through some of her favorite products at SHOT Show held in Las Vegas in January.
Franco’s tour of products began at Walther Arms where Franco shows off the steel frame Q5 Match SF Pistol. The 9mm pistol ditches the polymer frame in favor of a steel design that adds an extra pound to the gun. This weight change, according to Walther, produces smoother, faster follow-up shots. The trigger displays a flashy blue style with a 5.6-pound pull.
“This is the one that everyone has been talking about, “ Franco said showing off the Q5 Match pistol. “Dedicated for competition shooting, but don’t worry it’s also for any enthusiast shooter who wants to get a good, quality gun that can shoot good and also that looks good.”
Continuing through the Walther Arms booth, Franco also showcased the company’s air rifles for Olympic style shooting. Focusing on precision, the air rifles deliver upgraded features designed specifically for competition shooters. Notably, the models boast a multi-directional trigger and fully adjustable stock to allow shooters to fine tune the setup to their specific needs.
Taking the product tour on the road, Franco brought the Guns.com crew to the Liberty Safe booth to preview the new Vault Door. The Vault Door sets itself apart from previous designs in that it opens inward. Fixed to the inside of the door is a release handle and switch which allows owners to pull open the door from the inside of the safe.
“In the event you have like an earthquake and something falls in front of the door and you’re inside, you can pull the door open and dig your way out,” Jamey Skousen of Liberty Safe explained.
Additionally, the Vault Door features military-style locking bars. The bars extend further and prevent crowbars or other tools from prying the door loose.
Finishing up her favorite products, Franco landed at the booth of Red Hill Tactical — a holster maker with the very first Q5 holster. The holster, with a carbon fiber look, was created for Franco’s Q5 competition gun. The holster comes with a unique profile designed around USPSA shooting, which allows competitors to scoop draw while indexing their middle finger correctly. Additionally, the holster uses a unique Kydex construction to help competitors on the draw.
“All of our holsters are shipping with two layers of .08 Kydex so instead of having the flex, when you grab ours there’s almost no flex. So even with the 43-ounce weight, when you put it in there you’re not going to get any of the flex or bounce when you go to draw the gun. You’re going to get a more efficient draw.” Robert King of Red Hill Tactical said.
Check out the full video above to hear even more deets on Franco’s favorite items.
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