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Let’s face it, not everyone that carries is a svelte gazelle in a women’s medium tee and yoga pants. For the rest of us, Alex and Don from Top Guns have put together some holster tips that help with EDC options for the chunky set.
As a bonus, they have a segment in the same vein on spare mag carriers and an overview of the series, below.
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The new Genzow is a work of art. The name is taken from Martin Genzow, a German outdoor enthusiast and historian. His life’s work has made him an expert on axes and tomahawks, and the subtle design differences that affect cutting performance.
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Featuring a stainless steel barrel and a heavy duty frame, the first model King Cobra in .357 Magnum has a 3-inch barrel with a full length underlug.
Democrats lead by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday rolled out their most sweeping assault weapons ban proposal since 1994.
The planned Assault Weapon Ban of 2019 targets the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of “military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines,” as defined by the California Democrat and her co-sponsors, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
“This past year, we’ve seen Americans rise up and demand Congress change our gun laws. Banning assault weapons would save lives,” said Murphy, who in the past has spoken out against what he termed “the imaginary 2nd Amendment.”
Besides outlawing 205 gun models by name — Feinstein’s original 1994 ban only listed around 20 specific models — the proposal would also define an “assault weapon” as a semi-automatic with a detachable magazine that included one of a list of cosmetic features that are deemed “military characteristics” such as a threaded barrel, pistol grip or folding stock. This is less lenient than the previous ban which allowed a “features test” that included two such characteristics.
In addition, the measure would expand federal law to ban adjustable stocks, Thordsen-style stocks such as used in “featureless rifles” marketed in states like California, “assault pistols” that weight more than 50-ounces when unloaded, and popular pistol stabilizing braces that have become widespread in recent years. Detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds would be prohibited from transfer and guns grandfathered when the ban takes effect would be required to be locked up when not in use. A background check would be mandatory for future sale or gifting of grandfathered guns, even between two private parties.
Joining Feinstein in her effort to “get these weapons of war off our streets,” are at least 25 other Dems in the Senate who have promised to sign on to the legislation. However, with Republicans in charge of the chamber, it is unlikely the measure will make it out of committee without bipartisan support.
Meanwhile, in the now-Democrat controlled House, Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has been elevated to a leadership position in that body and has since 2011 backed a series of bans on semi-automatics similar to Feinstein’s latest attempt.
Honored to have the support of @Everytown who are leading the charge for sensible gun laws in our country. I'll never stop fighting to keep dangerous weapons of war off our streets. pic.twitter.com/xOYfgZtTaD
— Dianne Feinstein (@DianneFeinstein) October 25, 2018
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The biggest gripe of range day has got to be loading magazines. Not a single shooter I know enjoys the arduous task of loading rounds into often stiff and difficult mags; however, there is one company looking to alleviate the annoyance by making the process a little easier.
Maglula burst onto the scene with an innovative approach to mag loading, offering a variety of devices for just about every shooting platform. The Uplula is one of its products – a pistol mag loading device created for 9mm to .45 ACP magazines. Guns.com wanted to find out if the Uplula really lives up to hype and if it’s worth the nearly $40 price tag.What is an Uplula?
The creation of parent company, Maglula, Uplula seeks to alleviate the sore thumbs dilemma of mag loading while also making the process quicker and easier. Designed for pistol shooters, the Uplula loads 9mm to .45 caliber single or double stack magazines. The company doesn’t just offer an Uplula for pistol shooters, it has various versions of “Lula” depending on what caliber pistol or rifle you prefer.
To use the Uplula, users slide an empty magazine into the UpLula, ensuring that the magazine is seated into place. Once seated, users squeeze the mechanism on the side of the Uplula while pushing down on device. This force causes the Uplula’s press to engage the magazine follower, moving it downward and allowing a round to easily slip into the magazine. When the round is in place, release the side mechanism and pull up on the device to allow the follower to naturally move back into place. The process remains the same until all rounds are loaded into the magazine.Is the Uplula worth it?
When the Uplula was first recommended me, I’ll admit, I didn’t quite understand the fuss. I had been loading magazines on my own for a decade and couldn’t imagine using a device to do it for me. The sore thumbs and fussing as I struggled to get rounds into tight magazines were just par for course as far as I was concerned; but I decided to check out the Uplula and see why it had captivated so many of my shooting friends.
Sitting at my desk, Uplula in hand, I decided to tackle one of my newer Glock magazines that was still a bit stiff and a pain to load. Following the half sheet of included instructions, I slipped the Glock magazine into place inside the Uplula and set about loading the magazine. My first observation, the Uplula definitely preserves thumbs. My biggest complaint over the years loading my own mags is always that it kills my thumbs; but as the Uplula’s press navigates pushing against the magazine follower, my thumbs were spared. This also enabled me to load the magazine quicker as I didn’t have to stop to allow my thumb to recuperate.
Maglula claims that the user can achieve up to one round per second loading. Its claims are pretty accurate. With the Uplula I blazed through the mag loading portion of my pre-range prep tackling several magazines in just a few minutes. On the range, reloading was also quick allowing for more time shooting and less lane time wasted hunkered over my magazines.
Additionally, the Uplula is extremely helpful for those shooters who experience weakened hand strength or have an injury that may prevent them for reloading magazines the standard way. By reducing the amount of force supplied by the hand and instead relying on the Uplula’s press, the device makes it easier for those with less strength in the hand to achieve a loaded magazine.
While the Uplula is definitely handy to have in the range bag, there are some drawbacks. I found that there was a slight learning curve when I first received the Uplula. It wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out, but the included instructions didn’t offer much help. Also, the Uplula shouldn’t replace teaching students or new shooters how to actually load magazines themselves. It’s important that new shooters get the feel for loading their mags the old-fashioned way in the event an Uplula is not on hand.Final thoughts
Available in a variety of colors, the Uplula is a must have in any range bag. Offering shooters a means to quickly and efficiently load magazines, the device saves thumbs and time on the range. While it shouldn’t replace knowing how to load one’s own magazines by hand, it’s a great tool for shooters who lack the hand strength to effectively load mags or who simply don’t want to deal with the exasperating task of mag loading.
Offering compatibility with most major firearm manufacturers, the 9mm to .45 ACP Uplula is available from sporting stores with a MSRP of $35.
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Police say the suspect was found a block away with a gun shot wound to the neck, fatally shot by a woman acting in self-defense.
Local media in Chicago report that the unidentified 25-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop at 103rd and Wallace in the Fernwood neighborhood early Tuesday morning when 19-year-old Laavion Goings, armed with a handgun, tried to rob her.
A concealed carry permit holder, the woman drew her own gun and shot the man, who fled the scene and was later declared dead at an area hospital. Goings, who was shot one time according to the Chicago Sun-Times, had reportedly “had contact” with police in the past.
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Fresh from winning a military contract, Barrett’s new REC10 is ready for the commercial market and will debut at SHOT Show this month.
Chambered in .308 Win, the direct impingement AR-10-style semi-auto has a carbine-length 16-inch barrel and receivers machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum. Featuring full ambidextrous controls, the rifle has a slimline free-float aluminum handguard with M-LOK slots and a full-length Picatinny top rail. According to Barrett President Chris Barrett, the gun recently was selected as the winner of a military tender.
“We’ve been working on the REC10 behind-the-scenes for more than two years,” said Barrett. “Before we bring a rifle to market, we have to know it meets the standards of the most demanding users in the world – the armed forces. Winning this contract further confirms, we’ve done our job.”
Available in either black or FDE cerakote finishes, the REC10 incorporates a Magpul MOE-SL buttstock and weighs 8 pounds wearing Magpul MBUS sights. MSRP is in the $2,750 range and is the company’s first semi-auto .308 offering to the public.
Barrett is giving away a complete REC10 package outfitted with a Leupold Mark 8 CQBSS M5B1 and a host of accessories, valued at over $7,500, during SHOT to help celebrate the rifle’s entry into the market.
— Barrett (@BarrettRifles) January 4, 2019
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Branching out, YouTube gun hobbyist AK Custom turned his talents to create a .410-caliber revolver that looks like something out of a Mad Max movie. Cautioning against trying such shenanigans on your own, he tests his “Thumper” out remotely with a few shells in the above video.
Using black pipe for the cylinders with a steel backplate and a rifled barrel to meet ATF guidelines on how the NFA intersects with the manufacture of shotguns, his DIY Judge (or Thunder 5?) takes shape in the below video. In the end, the big handgun weighs somewhere around 5-pounds and looks a lot like a LeMat revolver from the 19th Century, but it does have a certain garage build panache to it.
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Leupold’s Mark 5HD riflescope series is getting a boost with new MOA models joining the scope family.
The Mark 5HD line will now feature 5-25×56 and 3.6-18×44 MOA models. The 5-25×56 version tips scales at 30-ounces while the 3.6-18×44 weighs in at 26-ounces. Both models boast Leupold’s Twilight Max HD Light Management System. The system balances image color and contrast in addition to light transmission and glare management.
Using a 35mm main tube, the Mark 5HD comes with M1C3 ZeroLock adjustments. Its elevation dials provide 100 MOA of adjustment in three turns on the 3.6-18×44 model while the 5-25×56 brings 120 MOA in three turns. The windage adjustment features a capped design with a zero indication mark on the main tube.
“From the beginning, the Mark 5HD project team set out to deliver riflescopes that had all the features long-range shooters have been calling for, but in a user-friendly package,” John Snodgrass, Product Line Manager for Leupold, said in a news release.
“Competitive shooters across the country have been impressed by what it’s capable of, and we’ve been fielding calls asking for a model designed for the minute of angle shooter ever since. We’re ecstatic to be able to deliver the industry’s best long-range tactical optic to both the Mil and MOA communities in 2019,” Snodgrass continued.
The Mark 5HD MOA scopes will be available with three reticle options: Impact 60, PR1-MOA and Illuminated PR1-MOA. Prices start at $2,399.
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Crimson Trace is prepped to head to SHOT Show in two weeks with two dozen new products to show off to attendees in Las Vegas.
The company announced a slew of new items including red and green laser sights, red dot sights for pistols and long guns, and long range and medium range riflescopes. In its laser sights series, Crimson Trace will unveil the Laserguard LG-422/G, Laserguard LG-459 and Lasersaddle LS-250/G. The Laserguards will feature a red or green diode and are designed for the Sig Sauer P365 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ. The Lasersaddle is Crimson Trace’s Mosserberg Shockwave model, available in red or green.
The red dot sights that will be showcased in Crimson Trace’s booth are the CTS-1000, CTS-1100, CTS-1400. The CTS-1000 is a closed red dot featuring a 2 MOA aiming reticle while the CTS-1100 is a 3.5X battlesight with custom, fully-illuminated Crimson Trace hybrid BDC reticle. The CTS-1400 is an open red dot sight offering a 3.25 MOA aiming reticle and wide field of view.
Crimson Trace says 11 new custom-designed riflescopes will also join the lineup, ranging in magnification from 1-4x24mm up to 5-25x56mm. The scopes offer a bevy of magnification options with generous eye relief. All scopes sport turrets designed for use alongside gloved hands, making adjustments easier. Crimson trace scopes are all fog-proof, shock-proof, water-proof and dust-proof.
Crimson Trace will head to SHOT Show in Las Vegas alongside the rest of the gun industry Jan. 21 to Jan. 25.
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Novekse is back at it with a new rifle series, launching the Gen4.
The Noveske Gen4 brings with it an air of modularity packed with features that will please any AR fan. The Gen4 sports ambidextrous controls, additional rail mounting locations and cable management in addition to a 13.6-degree magazine well angle.
The upper and lower are both built from 7075-T6 aluminum while the rail is made from 6061-T6 aluminum. Available in M-LOK or Keymod configuration, the rail is equipped with vents to allow the Surefire ST07 or Steiner DBAL tape switches to be secured without the use of tie-downs.
The Gen 4 is available in several configurations to include 7.94-inch, 10-.5-inch and 16-inch barrels in either 5.56 NATO or .300 BLK. Boasting colors like Sniper Grey, Bazooka Green and Black, the Gen4 series continues that Noveske style consumers are accustomed to.
“Noveske Gen4 is the latest evolution of our receiver and rail integration. Intentionally designed to not deviate from the Noveske family of product, this new generation of rifle is our most modular, and functional combination to date,” Noveske said in a news release. “All this without compromising the quality, reliability, or signature Noveske design language.”
The Gen4 starts at $2,042.
The leading suppressor trade group confirmed Wednesday that the continuing federal government shutdown is affecting paperwork.
The American Suppressor Association advised that forms used to make and transfer National Firearms Act-regulated items such as silencers, machine guns, and short barreled rifles are not being completed due to the lapse in appropriations for some federal government operations. “ASA can confirm that the NFA Division is not processing tax-paid transfers during the shutdown,” said the group.
However, while the applications have stalled, the payments sent in for tax stamps on NFA transfers are still being processed by Bank of America, as part of their contract with the government, as the financial institution itself is not affected by the shutdown. Once the checks are cashed, the forms are still heading to the NFA Division where they are piling up.
“Politics aside, it’s unfortunate that there’s now another reason why NFA applications are being delayed,” Knox Williams, ASA president, told Guns.com.
The news comes just after a similar NFA reform association warned that the examiners assigned to the NFA Division are deemed “non-essential personnel” and are not working during the shutdown, leaving Form 4’s and Form 1’s to stagnate. As illustrated by statistics maintained by regulators, over the decade between 2004 -2014 the number of NFA forms processed ballooned sevenfold from 193,224 to 1,370,344. Even before the shutdown, this growing mountain of paperwork has led to increasingly long waits even with a host of reforms and reorganizations in the Division.
Williams recommends that consumers and dealers continue submitting forms, because with BfoA still processing tax payments, the first two weeks of the process have not changed, and when the government resumes normal operations NFA Examiners will process forms in the order in which they are received. The ASA has said they will encourage the ATF to assign additional personnel and contractors to the process and authorize overtime to help clear the growing backlog once funds are restored.
“When government functions resume, ASA will do everything we can to make sure that the backlog is attacked as expeditiously as possible,” said Williams.
Ironically, Bank of America spent much of last year publicly distancing themselves from the firearms industry by cutting ties with “assault” rifle makers by announcing they would end financing for manufacturers of “military-style” rifles for commercial buyers.
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A recent analysis of news reports by Everytown Gun Safety revealed that gun violence on school grounds takes many shapes and forms and is a reflection of what’s happening in the society. According to their five years of tracking, school gunfire is just a drop of water in the ocean – each year, more than […]
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Bloomberg-Backed Lawmakers Launch All-Out Attack on Your Second Amendment Rights: Gun Control Bills Pre-Filed for 2019 Legislative Session
In what could have been a tragic reenactment of the massacre that took place at an Orlando nightclub in 2016, a security guard in Huntsville, Al., shot and subdued a would-be killer before he could injure anyone at a local nightclub.
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