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Ergo expands its Suregrip lineup, introducing a new Camouflage Ergo 2 grip designed for the AR-15 and AR-10 platform.
The new camo Suregrip provides an over-molded process that results in a different camo design for each individual grip — ensuring no two grips look alike. The rubber featured on the Ergo 2 serves up a no-slip grip to shooters and is “impervious to oils and solvents.”
Ergo says the grip touts an ergonomic design determined to give AR enthusiasts a comfortable fit. through an integrated rear upper extension styled to support the web of a shooters’ hand. In addition finger grooves offer a secure grip on the rifle. An added bonus, Ergo equips the grip with an A2 inner cavity that works alongside aftermarket accessories.
The new camo can be installed on .223 and .308 AR-15 and AR-10 receivers. The Ergo 2 Grip is available now from Ergo with a price tag set at just under $35.
Some in the Peekskill area are taking offense at the decor of a new bar that includes a number of American flags and a replica training rifle.
The Eagle Saloon in Northern Westchester has sparked complaints on a community Facebook group over its Gadsden flag and an oversized rifle mock-up complete with a bayonet, The Journal News reported.
“This needs to be fixed. Not a gun like that on the wall, not in this town,” said one woman, content not to just mind her own business. “In this era, semiautomatics are especially evocative of mass murder … this reeks too much of violent attacks on civilians. Just not a good idea to use it as decor.”
Restaurateur and self-described “avid gun rights guy” Louie Lanza defended the choice of wall art as a tribute to honor the military and law enforcement. He argued the pre-Independence banner was flown by Continental Marines, and the M1 Carbine is not real and its a double-sized training aid with cutaways to show the interior. Such outsized mock-ups were commonly used in the pre-PowerPoint military for instruction in weapons nomenclature and manipulation.
“Both these items represent to the owner the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our military, that have kept this country ‘free and independent,’ ever since the days of the American Revolution,” said a statement on the Eagle Saloon’s social media page. “Our owner is personally a staunch supporter of our military and law enforcement communities and the Eagle Saloon’s décor is meant in part to demonstrate this support.”
Both the post on the business’s page and one at The Journal News referencing the story have been bombarded with support for the tavern as of Wednesday.
A move to sidestep a patchwork of reciprocity laws and agreements between states made it halfway through Congress on Wednesday carrying background check system fixes along for the ride.
The proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a Republican-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate. Both parties saw defections with 14 Republicans– including the head of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky– casting “no” votes while six Democrats jumped ship to support the bill.
“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early,” said U.S. Rep. Hudson, the North Carolina Republican who sponsored the measure.
Hudson’s legislation allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or entitled to carry a concealed handgun. As such it would circumvent the complex series of state and territorial reciprocity agreements that vary from one area to another, sometimes even within the same states.
The measure also included a host of carrot and stick incentives for federal agencies and states to step up reporting of prohibited firearms possessors to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System while speeding up the appeals process for those denied a gun transfer, setting a 60-day window for the latter. The so-called FixNICS language soured the bill for some who support expanded concealed carry rights but were against coupling it with the background check measure. This stand was exemplified by the Libertarian-leaning Massie who publicly feuded with the National Rifle Association over the matter.
The gun rights group trumpeted the passage of the bill they termed a top legislative priority in recent years. “This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying wing. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.”
Gun control advocates, however, are ramping up a campaign to help bar the door to Senate passage on the expansion which they contend, along with top Congressional Democrats, is dangerous.
“House Republicans just ignored opposition from law enforcement and the public in order to eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with dangerous histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns across the country,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown president. “We’ll hold those politicians accountable, just as we’ll hold accountable those who support this dangerous legislation as this fight moves to the Senate.”
Should reciprocity sweep Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump, both the Everytown group and Giffords have promised to meet the federal government in court over the expansion, using the argument that it would violate states’ rights protected by the Constitution.
“I think the structure of what this law will seek to do is unprecedented, and it’s also unconstitutional because it violates core principals of federalism,” said J. Adam Skaggs, chief counsel for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Senate reciprocity bill, S.446, has 39 co-sponsors, all from the GOP, and has been languishing in the chamber’s Committee on the Judiciary since February.
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Thirty years ago, if you wanted a reliable pocket gun, a small .38 Special revolver was the end all and be all unless you wanted to take a gamble on an older, yet well-made .25 ACP. Anything less seemed unreliable. But, times have changed. The .25 is mostly dead and .38 revolvers have taken a backseat to new, more reliable automatics. Guns like the Ruger LCP, the Seecamp and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard epitomize the balance of compactness, power and reliability. And then Taurus upped its game by trying to advance the concept of a pocket gun with the Taurus Curve.
Fully loaded at 13.6 ounces and measuring in at only five inches long, the Taurus Curve qualifies as a pocket gun. The pistol is chambered for .380 ACP, a round that nearly equals the power of standard .38 Special loads. With its six-shot detachable magazines, the reloading aspect is somewhat faster than breaking open a revolver to initiate the reload.
Like others of its class, the Curve has a polymer frame and steel slide. Right away, the complete lack of snag hazards grabbed me by the lapels. The pistol wears no sights and the only obvious high point is the loaded chamber indicator just behind the breech. What Taurus does to make up for sights is a painted crosshair on the back of the receiver where the shrouded hammer rides.
The Curve may appear featureless, but it has a bit more going on. The pistol is equipped with an integral Laserlyte combination laser and light housed forward of the triggerguard. The system is powered by 357 batteries and is activated by a knurled button on the right side of the pistol.
The barrel is cut awkwardly and rounded off to conform to the rounded slide. The grip of the pistol, like so many other pocket guns, is only good for a two-finger grip below the triggerguard, but the stippling on the backstrap and front strap of grip is a smart move.
Unlike other guns in its class, the Curve comes equipped with a detachable belt hook and a trigger sheath so you can carry the gun right out of the box. You also get two magazines, instead of the usual single magazine come with lower-priced “economical” options. The magazines are unique in that the polymer baseplate forms a lip that catches on the inside of the grip. The magazines are released by pinching that base and pulling the magazine free.
Operationally, the Curve has a Browning-style locked breech system that mates the barrel to the slide when the gun is in battery and ready to fire. The pistol has no manual safety and relies on a long, double-action type trigger pull to fire the weapon.
This is typical of many new .380 autoloaders, but one feature stands out—the curve. The grip-frame is curved out to the right-side. This was intended to allow for the gun to be comfortably carried without discomfort or printing through clothing. I will give a clap to Taurus for realizing that the human body is curved and flat autoloaders just don’t cut it sometimes. Taurus—to their credit—thinks outside the box. But for Taurus owners, some pistols are a swing and a miss. Through nearly 400 rounds at the range, I found the Curve to be a near-miss.Eating the ammo of death
On a cold spring day, I set out with the Taurus Curve and 150 rounds of Tul-Ammo .380 FMJ ammunition. This ammunition is steel cased and is known for having ignition problems due to hard primers. If this gun was going to choke, this had to be the ammo to do it.
Loading the two provided six-round magazines were buttery smooth with no issues. The springs gave good, but not firm resistance to being loaded to full capacity. Unlike most blowback .380s, the Curve doesn’t take much effort to rack, but the lack of material to grip is dicey. The swirling mill marks on the slide allow for a relatively good grip on what is a relatively slick, featureless surface.
With daylight shining, it made no sense to use the laser, so I took aim without it. But I was conflicted. The white crosshairs are stuck square in the middle of the slide, not on the top like real sights. It felt unnatural and the receiver covered up a good bit of that 12-inch bullseye target posted at seven yards. I looked over the top of the barrel and saw the loaded chamber indicator—forked in appearance—sticking up in the middle of my sight picture. So, I used that as my sight.
I pulled back the trigger, which felt somewhat mechanical, but smooth with a relatively light release despite it being quite long. The take-up was very predictable and I cranked it right to breaking point and fired again and again. All I got were holes in the target. No malfunctions of any kind right out of the factory grease.
I ended up leaving the range, having expended all rounds without any malfunction. The web of my hand was a little red, but recoil wasn’t so much as to be unpleasant. Though the pistol lacked a full grip, the way it is stippled helped greatly with recoil management. The pistol didn’t jump out of my hand in the least. The fact that the Curve has a locked breech, over a standard blowback action the .380 is designed around, helps absorb recoil considerably. Having a heavy slide beating back violently, rubbing your hand with every pass isn’t pleasant. I did not experience that with the Curve. The gun’s oddly offset grip produced no consequential discomfort or awkwardness. It gripped like a normal pistol and it shot like one, too.
I managed good, semi-rapid one-handed groups at seven yards with my best group coming in at eight inches, but a solid 12-inch group was most typical. Is that good? The FBI has been telling us for years that, statistically, the average distance of a self-defense encounter is seven yards. So, yes, the Curve can put the bullets on target—even without real sights.The mag dump gauntlet
I was satisfied with the Curve. I took it home and cleaned it thoroughly, but no one is really satisfied with shooting cheap, full metal jacket ammo. Hollow-points, with their flattened shapes, don’t feed well in some pistols. Though hollow-points are debatable in .380 caliber, I hauled three different types of ammunition to put through the Curve: PPU 94 grain brass-cased FMJ, Sig Sauer V-Crown 95 grain hollow-point, and Federal Hydroshock 95 grain hollow-point.
On the range, I focused primarily on getting rounds out of the gun, reloading, and doing it again in what I call my “mag” dump tests. Accuracy takes a backseat to function and in this the Curve fails.
Right away, the Sig ammunition gave me a stovepipe jam. One round from the Federal Hydroshocks failed to feed from the magazine into the chamber. The next 150 rounds were nightmarish, but not because of jammed rounds, but light strikes. Between one to three rounds of every string of six shots was a light strike. The hammer came back, flew forward, striking the primer of the cartridge, but the cartridge did not fire. The primer dent was quite small on these and one might chalk this up to the ammunition, but all ammunition used suffered this problem.
Light strikes are especially a big deal in the Taurus Curve because the gun doesn’t have a true double-action only trigger. The hammer is preset and once it fires, the slide must go backwards to reset the slide. You can’t pull the trigger again and get the hammer to strike the round a second time. So, I spent half my time clearing jams.In darkness
I held onto the Curve for quite a while. After it shot through a few magazines of ball ammunition after a good cleaning, I was feeling a little more optimistic. I decided to take the pistol to Spring Guns and Ammo to test the light and laser capability and see if there was a silver lining to this pistol. Perhaps all the fuss really was the break-in period?
The pistol was stoked with the same exact brands as before, but I put my index finger forward and pushed the button that activated the light/laser. I could see it and use it in this dimmer environment. The light illuminated the torso target at seven yards very brilliantly and the red laser looked menacing, though I was sure it was off. The gun’s laser can be zeroed with the help of an included allen wrench to fix elevation and windage to get to point of aim. I did not zero the laser. At this point, 300 rounds in, I wanted to see the Curve run with ammunition you and I may stoke in the gun to save lives. The same problems dogged the Curve as before.
Stovepipe jams happened, but the ever present and unpredictable light strikes kept on coming regardless of ammunition used. Worse, the laser system completely shut off after a few rounds of fire. The recoil must have jarred the laser back to its off position. But I needed it to aim effectively for the test. I pushed on the button hard and it came back, but not for long. After the first magazine, the light had also shut off on its own under recoil. Nearly four hundred rounds in, the Curve should have surpassed any break-in period. But the issues only seemed to amplify.Parting shots
I admit being relatively new to Taurus and their firearms. Putting hundreds of rounds through their flagship gun—the Model 85—left me with a very optimistic view. Though not nearly as refined as other revolvers that I am partial to, the M85 is a great buy and one I can stake my life on. The Curve is no such thing.
On the outside, the gun utilized a new and bright concept and combined it with what we really need in a carry gun in a well machined, well fitted package. But the gun doesn’t function well enough, despite the promising start. I look forward to Taurus perfecting the concept, but for now, it is off my list.
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National concealed-carry reciprocity moves forward today as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 clears the House floor.
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I would like to take a moment to direct your attention over to a cause that is near and dear to my heart. It's called "Raise the Black."
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In what appears to be an effort to garner clicks in the wake of the Texas church shooting, USA Today published an “exclusive” article based on a seven-month-old public document from the FBI.
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Every now and again, someone in my immediate proximity finds out I write about guns. About half a second after that discovery, a question or two surfaces.
With a bill to expand concealed carry protections across state lines set for a House floor vote on Wednesday, gun control advocates are opening their coffers in a bid to derail the measure.
Both Everytown and Giffords have launched six-figure ad buys targeting members of Congress, in each case urging them to oppose concealed carry reciprocity. The groups have also taken to social media with the #StopCCR hashtag to publicize their efforts, offering suggested opposition statements to give to lawmakers.
“The ads call on voters to speak up about this dangerous bill and call on their leaders put the safety of communities before the interests of the gun industry,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords.
Other groups, to include Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, fronted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, are slamming the legislation they say, “would impose weak gun laws on all 50 states.”
It should be noted that both Manhattan and Los Angeles have some of the country’s harshest laws when it comes to legal concealed carry.
On the opposite side of the political spectrum, the National Rifle Association is calling on members across a variety of channels to burn up the Congressional switchboard in support of the bill. Downplaying the addition of so-called FixNics background check system enhancement language to the reciprocity measure as a potential fly in the ointment that would turn off gun rights supporters, the organization says there are inaccuracies to claims it includes an Obama-style gun control push.
“This differs from former President Obama’s efforts, in which he attempted to administratively create new categories of individuals who were prohibited from possessing a firearm,” said the group in a statement rebutting comments from U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., saying the FixNics proposal, “is aimed squarely at individuals like the perpetrator of the recent murders in Texas, who should have been reported to NICS because of his disqualifying criminal history.”
Massie countered with a video arguing that adding any gun control language to the concealed carry reciprocity bill makes no sense and won’t help the measure gain support from Democrats in the Senate.
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Honor Defense continues to expands its color offerings on the Honor Guard lineup, introducing new pops of color for the 9mm pistol.
New color options include:
- Purple Reign
- Acid Green
- Battleship Gray
- Electric Blue
- Enigma Blue
Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense, said the new digs join the company’s other colors which include flat dark earth, OD green and standard black.
“The new colors round out our standard offering and brings our color count to 10 total. These new colors join our standard FDE, OD Green, Black pistols and grips for consumers. We’ve found that color drives sales among consumers and LE. Many of our LE customers prefer the Battleship Gray, FDE and OD Green. The LE/Pro models are now available in those colors,” Ramey said in a press release.
In addition to the colorful creations, Honor Defense says some dealers have begun stocking colored grips as add-ons to the modular Honor Guard design.
The Honor Guard is a single stack, 9mm design that features ambidextrous controls set on a stainless steel modular chassis. The Honor Guard series is priced at $499.
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked state Attorney General Ken Paxton to clarify state law regarding regs for handgun licensees and security teams in places of worship across the Lone Star State.
“The recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs was an immense tragedy, the likes of which I pray to never see again,” Patrick said in a statement released last week. “I know many are thankful for the Texan who stopped this attack through the exercise of his Second Amendment rights, but I believe our state laws provide more protection than many Texans realize. That’s why I asked the attorney general to clarify those laws for all Texans.”
The two-page letter fired off to Paxton seeks for him to explain to what extent those with handgun licenses can carry their guns on church grounds where a gun free zone is not posted and if churches who form their own voluntary security teams are exempt from the state’s initial $400 private security fee and subsequent renewals.
“Next legislative session, I will continue to support initiatives to clarify the law and protect gun rights in Texas,” Patrick said in the letter. “Meanwhile, I ask that you please expedite this request so that churches may know what legal options they have to improve their security.”
The shooting at Sutherland Springs last month resulted in 26 dead and another 20 injured while a neighbor, Stephen Willeford, responded to and exchanged fire with the shooter at the First Baptist Church and was hailed for his actions.
At the end of 2016, the Texas Department of Public Safety listed 1,150,754 million active license holders in the state, among the highest in the nation.
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Though it looks more like a spear gun than a traditional Red Ryder, the belt-fed Air-Ordnance SMG-22 kicks out up to 700-pellets-per-minute.
Powered by CO2, nitrogen, or high pressure compressed air, the SMG-22 can use either a 100-round drum or a belt feed to cycle .22-caliber pellets through the 7.4-pound rifle. Even though it’s not a rimfire, 22 Plinkster taps in with one of these carnival shooting gallery-style air guns to rip through a flock of balloons, a case of pop, a tub of cheeseballs and other items while weighing in on the gun’s design.
Admit it, you kinda want one.
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A federal grand jury on Tuesday handed down an indictment of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate for a pair of felony gun charges.
Garcia Zarate, currently in the San Francisco County Jail, was found not guilty last week of all homicide charges in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle. Facing up to three years on a weapons conviction under California law, federal prosecutors announced the indictment this week on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm, each carries punishments of up to 10 years in prison.
The Mexican national, listed by four aliases on his indictment, had at least seven felonies and five deportations under his belt and was the subject of a federal detainer order prior to Steinle’s death.
Prior to Tuesday’s charges, federal authorities were reportedly seeking to get custody of Garcia Zarate and ultimately deport him.
“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week after the verdict in Garcia Zarate’s local case was announced. “San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, whose office prosecuted Garcia Zarate, said the jury’s decision last week was “hard to receive” but that he respects the decision.
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Savage Arms widens its MSR field, launching a new variant on the MSR-10 Hunter lineup chambered in .338 Federal.
The MSR-10 Hunter touts a compact design coupled with an upgraded Savage 16.1-inch fluted barrel with 5R rifling and Melonite QPQ finish. The MSR Hunter series features Blackhawk furniture in the way of a Blackhawk trigger with nickel boron treatment, KNOXX AR Pistol Grip and AXIOM Carbine Stock. Topping off the AR-10’s design is a free-float M-LOK handguard.
The Hunter series already offers 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win but looks to expand calibers to reach .338 Federal fans. Built on the .308 case, the .338 Federal showcases versatility paired with high performance for big game hunting. The cartridge boasts higher muzzle velocity than its .308 sibling while offering a heavier bullet.
“The short-action cartridge provides magnum energy for devastating performance on game, without magnum recoil,” Savage said in a statement.
The MSR-10 chambered in .338 Federal will hit the consumer market in January 2018, according to Savage. MSRP will be $1,479.
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