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You may be familiar with Boomer, the rifle-retrieving fang for hire in Far Cry 5, but 5.11 Tactical decided to see if the trick could be done in real life with an actual pooch.
Tapping in Special Operations vet Rick Hogg and his trusty K9, Duco, the pair worked through the retrieval process gradually until the four-legged companion was able to bring back an actual AR from inside a building. Sure, it’s wrapped in fire hose and tape to keep Duco from needing doggy dental work, but they did prove the concept anyway.
Now if they could get him to run in and bring out a six-pack, that would be great.
California’s high court is set to hear arguments in a long running case brought by firearms industry groups who say the state’s microstamping requirement is unattainable.
The case, challenging the state’s 2007 unsafe handgun modification requirements, is set for arguments in a Los Angeles court on April 4.
Plaintiffs, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, insist the legal requirement for semi-auto handguns to mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing is “impossible to accomplish” and has only worked to artificially limit choices available to California gun buyers. At stake is the ability to purchase newly manufactured semi-auto handguns in the state.
“Since going into effect this ill-advised law has banned the introduction of any new models of handguns into California reducing consumers’ ability to purchase the best and most advanced handguns on the market while doing nothing to improve public safety,” said Michael Bazinet, an NSSF spokesman in a statement to Guns.com.
The suit was originally brought by the trade groups in 2014, arguing that the technology was unproven in actual field conditions and easy for criminals to defeat.
California Superior Court Judge Donald Black dismissed the case in 2015, citing the state had sovereign immunity and further holding the gun groups lacked standing to sue. On a subsequent appeal to the California 5th Appellate District, a three-judge panel later held that NSSF and SAAMI have “a right to present evidence to prove their claim” and the state Supreme Court voted last year to hear the case.
In 2014, just after the California Department of Justice began enforcing the mandate that new pistols submitted for approval to the state’s firearm roster incorporate microstamping capabilities, there were some 1,152 approved models. That roster has since constricted to 791 as legacy handguns, certified for a five-year period, cannot meet the new requirement. For instance, no Generation 4 or 5 Glocks handguns have been approved for sale in California. While handgun giant Ruger has 60 models on the list, all but one is a revolver, which are exempt from the microstamping requirement.
“We look forward to the arguments and are confident the Supreme Court will affirm the Court of Appeal rejection of the state’s argument and permit us to prove that it is impossible for firearms manufacturers to comply with the mandates of the statute,” said Bazinet.
The California Department of Justice and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment or statement.
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President Donald Trump this week unveiled a four-pronged plan of defense against future school shootings, focusing on “hardening” schools, improving background checks, increasing access to mental health services and examining the impact of future policy proposals on curbing school violence.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope,” Trump said Monday of the new initiatives.
The White House’s plan drew plenty of criticism from gun control advocates led astray by the president’s early support for banning rifle sales to adults under 21. Instead, the administration will assemble a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which will study and make recommendations for a range of policy proposals including:
- placing age restrictions on gun purchases;
- entertainment rating systems for violent video games, movies and television;
- impacts of press coverage of mass shootings;
- strategies to enhance youth character development and a “culture of connectedness;”
- repeal “Rethink School Discipline” policies;
- best security practices for school buildings;
- coordination of federal resources focused on preventing or mitigating an active shooter situation;
- opportunities to improve access to mental health treatment;
- best practices for school-based threat assessment and violence prevention strategies;
- effectiveness and appropriateness of psychotropic medication for treatment of troubled youth;
- and, ensuring that findings are sufficiently supported by existing and additional federal, state, and local funding sources.
The administration’s plan will strengthen background checks through support of the Fix NICS bill pending in Congress. The bipartisan effort, co-sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, will incentivize states and federal agencies to upload disqualifying records into the databases feeding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders — under the administration’s plan — will appear in NICS and exist nationwide, allowing law enforcement to remove firearms from dangerous individuals. State will receive technical assistance from the Department of Justice to “carefully tailor” each statute to “ensure the due process rights of law-abiding citizens are protected.”
Trump also called for passage of the STOP School Violence Act, a grant-based program providing for training, technology and technical assistance to help schools identify and prevent violence. He encouraged Congress provide a funding boost in the 2018 federal budget to “jump start implementation” of the program in middle and high schools across the country.
The administration will also audit the FBI’s tip line in search of areas for improvement. Meanwhile the Department of Justice will provide emergency crisis training to local law enforcement agencies.
Trump’s plan to harden schools prioritizes DOJ resources to train armed school personnel on a voluntary basis. The administration will also encourage military veterans to transition into careers in public education, promote a federal, state and local government campaign of “See Something, Say Something” to encourage reporting of suspicious activity, and ask state Attorneys general to audit school districts for emergency preparedness compliance.
The final element of the White House plan addresses mental health treatment. The president pushed for greater integration of mental health services with primary care and family services, as well as programs with options for court-ordered treatment. He also called for regulatory reviews, including a fresh look at Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
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Elite military personnel and law enforcement officials carry SIG handguns in their holsters to this day. The name Sig Sauer is synonymous with innovation and excellence, but it has been a long time coming and recent revelations suggest the gun maker still has some kinks to work out. Here is a quick overview of the […]
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"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a press release.
The White House opted to take cues from gun rights advocates in its proposal for preventing future school shootings with a plan that highlights arming teachers but excludes raising the age limit to buy long guns.
Despite President Trump repeatedly advocating raising the gun buying age from 18 to 21, the White House instead opted to have a panel explore it as an option rather than make it a key component.
“Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!” Trump tweeted on Monday, adding “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”
During meetings on the subject of school safety, Trump said he was willing to buck the National Rifle Association to advance gun laws that would raise the age limit to buy guns and permit law enforcement to “take the guns first, go through due process second.” But after meeting with NRA officials, both parties released statements saying Trump supports the Second Amendment and due process but not gun control.
In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and 15 injured, state lawmakers passed a sweeping gun control bill that included upping the age limit to buy firearms. Immediately after the governor signed the bill into law, however, the National Rifle Association challenged it in federal court.
The White House’s plan, announced less than four weeks after the Valentine’s Day school attack, will immediately establish a federal commission to explore other options as well. Trump appointed secretary of education Betsy Devos to chair the Federal Commission on School Safety, which will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention, including plans for funding training for armed teachers.
White House officials told reporters Sunday that Trump wants Congress to also pass the STOP School Violence Act, filed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah. The measure is designed to provide grants so state governments could improve school security, active shooter training, and implement related technology.
The administration also said it wants to harden school security “just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings,” strengthen the federal background check system, and reform mental health programs, according to a statement summarizing the plan.
For background checks, White House officials said the president will support the bipartisan FixNICS measure to incentivize state participation in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which conducts checks on behalf of licensed gun stores before they transfer a firearm to a customer.
During a meeting with lawmakers, Trump advocated the bipartisan FixNICS measure, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, because the other FixNICS measure was tied to legislation that would permit concealed carry in all 50 states. Even though he supported it, the president described the latter measure as untenable in the current political climate.
Support for Trump’s plan varied. Without mentioning Trump or his plan, the NRA stumped for solutions that mirror details listed in it almost verbatim and also threw support behind “risk protection orders” to strip away guns from individuals who threaten violence or pose a danger to themselves or others.
“These proposals could be done right now. While they won’t solve everything, they will help lead to a broader discussion on how to address a culture of violence in America, which is desperately needed,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s head lobbyist, in a recruitment video Monday. “We can take action and prevent violence and protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans at the same time,” he added.
The National Education Association, the largest representative of U.S. educators in the country, “overwhelmingly rejected” Trump’s idea to arm school staff. “Educators need to be focused on teaching our students. We need solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators. Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that,” said Lily Eskelsen García, NEA president, in a statement. She added that resources should be directed toward providing “more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors” as opposed to guns.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, a teacher’s union, called Trump’s plan to arm teachers “antithetical to the needs of children and ignores the purposes of public education.” She also panned Trump’s political allegiance to the NRA as well as his appointing DeVos to chair the panel to examine school safety plans.
The controversial DeVos gave an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night to discuss elements of Trump’s plan. In the interview, she appeared to know little about the department she was appointed to head and last week was criticized by shooting victims for an apparent indifference toward them. DeVos has been a source of contention because of her stance on privatizing schools over of supporting public education.
“Based on Betsy DeVos’ performance on ‘60 Minutes’ last night, and at Stoneman Douglas High School last week, it’s clear the secretary of education knows little if anything about how to ensure safe and welcoming schools, much less an appropriate environment for teaching and learning,” Weingarten said in a statement.
Gun control advocate John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, criticized Trump for backing away from measures he had favored during televised meetings with lawmakers. “The White House plan is a complete failure of leadership. On gun safety, they shrug and pass the buck to the states. But when it comes to the NRA’s priorities, they’re happy to push for a federal mandate that guts state laws,” he said.
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“This whole country is going nuts/ and the NRA is in our way/ they’re responsible for this whole production/ they hold the strings, they control the puppet,” rapped Slim Shady.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, announces its support for President Donald Trump’s plan to help ensure children are kept safe and that firearms remain beyond the reach of prohibited individuals while respecting the rights of law-abiding firearms owners. “We […]
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Legislation expanding protections in cases where defensive force may be used is now headed to the desk of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.
The bill, HB 168, sailed through the state legislature on Friday after a 26-4 approval in the Senate and a 49-11 vote in the House. The bill widens areas where no duty to retreat exists and provides immunity from civil liability in aftermath of a reasonable use of force.
Sponsors argue the proposal corrects pitfalls in Wyoming’s self-defense laws, namely that its current Castle doctrine only allows for one to stand their ground in their home, while in public they would have to retreat from a threat.
“I don’t want to run,” said Rep. Tim Salazar, R-Dubois, an important House backer of the measure. “I want to defend the life of my 9-year-old that I love — and that means no retreat.”
The measure makes a number of changes to Wyoming’s justifiable use of force and self-defense laws, clarifying that a person attacked in a place they have a right to be has no duty to retreat before they use defensive force. In the event that force leads to a civil lawsuit, the person sued can seek a pre-trial hearing to decide if reasonable force was used, which would result in shortcutting the suit.
While some states never had a duty to retreat, Florida passed the first SYG law in 2005 and now at least 23 other states have similar guidelines.
Gun control advocates were against the measure while state and national Second Amendment groups said it makes critical changes to the state’s law and are urging Mead to sign the bill.
“Wyoming currently has no statutory provision excluding a mandatory duty to retreat for those who are assaulted, without fault, in a place other than the home,” said the National Rifle Association on the measure. “These bills recognize the realities of persons forced into situations where defensive force is necessary, and provide additional protection from civil liability and lawsuits arising from the use of defensive force.”
Mead has not commented on how he will treat the legislation. A Republican, he was endorsed and “A” rated by the NRA during his last election after he signed a permitless carry bill and a measure to strengthen Wyoming’s self-defense statutes.
In honor of March Madness, former collegiate b-ball player and current trick shot 22Plinkster aims to zap an aspirin off a balloon while leaving said balloon intact– all while spinning a basketball.
He has done a few March Madness Trick Shots in the past and this is his like fourth or fifth installment. For the record, he has also seen how many basketballs a .22LR will go through, smoked a weaving ball held by dental floss over a toy basket, upside down shots and even, all the way at the bottom, an old school Plink from six years ago. Enjoy!
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In this gear review, I visit new products of brands that have been landmarks in my shooting life. My introduction to Nightforce scopes was a memorable week, the first time I’d hit a target at greater than 1,000 yards. Gaining competence with the first AK I’ve owned has been enhanced by the American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) mount that holds an optic on the rifle. This test did not begin as smoothly as most, but in the end, the joke was on me.
Nightforce reached out with a request to check out a new optic. What are you looking for, the rep asked. I told him a milling reticle, medium to high magnification, appropriate for a .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor long-distance rifle. ADM ponied up its AD Recon flattop rifle mount with built-in 20 MOA elevation. I waited with anticipation for the scope to arrive.
The box showed up at my door. I tore into the package, and thought something must be amiss. Plain black turrets with logo covers and non-numbered rings seemed to stare back up at me. I lifted the scope out of its cardboard braces and held it up to the window. Crosshairs. Plain black crosshairs.
A new series of exchanges between the rep and I ensued. Someone in the process had misunderstood the request. And, the person in charge of shipping samples at Nightforce was ill, so nothing was going to happen soon.
SHV stands for shooter-hunter-varminter, a four-scope subset within the Nightforce collection. This scope is the smallest of the line, with 3-10x magnification with a 42mm tube. Its turrets have 0.25 true MOA click values for windage and elevation adjustments. There’s also a parallax adjustment. It’s 11.6 inches long and weighs 20.8 ounces. The reticle is on the second focal plane. At 3x magnification, the field of view is 34.9 feet at 100 yards. On 10x, 11 feet of real estate is visible.
What it doesn’t have are some little luxuries I’d associated with the brand after spending time behind a tactical model. There’s no illumination on the reticle, and no zero-stop turret capability. I confess I’m quite spoiled by the latter, as the zero-stop feature has eliminated the necessity of remembering where zero is on my own scopes. For those unfamiliar, turrets equipped with zero-stop capability can be set so the shooter’s own zero at a given distance also reads zero on the dials, assuming they’ve not been turned 360 degrees or more. The SHV does compensate for this by providing a vertical scale showing the number of trips around—the lines are a little hard to see through fogged glasses, but useful.
Okay, this mostly non-hunter said, I’ll figure out a test. My training partner, a lifetime hunter and consummate rifle shooter, held the glass up for a look. Looking back at me, he said, “what kind of scope do you think Carlos Hathcock had,” knowing my novice long-range gear snobbery would be bumped down several pegs by the reference to the famed Marine sniper and one of my heroes.
Attitude re-adjusted, the scope found a home on a Springfield M1A. The ADM Recon was first placed on the rail, its two quick-release levers making this initial step fast. The manual for the mount states because there’s more surface contact with this mount, the screws attached to the rail lockdown levers can tolerate being adjusted less tight than most. Turning the screwdriver gingerly, until it felt snug to the rail, the levers were tucked aside and locked into place.
The ADM mount is made from 6061 T6 aluminum — not the hardest on the planet, with anodized finish. It weighs 8.5 ounces. The rings are 4.8 inches apart, outside distance. The rail adds 1.45 inches to that, for a total length of 6.25 inches.
While the hardening finish should prevent any gouging or deforming of screws from tools, we nevertheless were cautious – too cautious, as it were, about over-tightening.
A custom feature on the recon is the levers. Not only are they solid-locking yet quick-release, they’re also reversible if a person cares to aim them in front-to-rear opening mode, and the braces can be adjusted for rails that are out of spec.
Also nice is the ability to use a regular slotted screwdriver to tighten the mount, though this casual approach would bite me later. As for the quick-release levers, my experience with ADM’s single-lever mount on my AK has earned my trust in their dependability.
With the mount on the rail, the scope was installed and leveled in the vertical rings, which have four screws each. According to instructions, the bottom screws were tightened down firmly, to 25-inch pounds, before the top ones were secured, leaving a proper gap at the top juncture of each ring. This part of the setup was the most time consuming, but also the one that stayed solid.
At the range, the sighting-in began, first with FMJ ammunition. It’s hard not to be struck, and subsequently fascinated, by the extreme clarity of the glass on the Nighforce scope. It’s somehow clearer than looking through the naked eye. The modest 1.97-inch objective lens (that includes the rim) pulls in a surprising amount of light. Maybe this hunting scope trial wouldn’t be as arduous as I’d anticipated.
Things did go badly at first, with some ammo wasted as shots seemed to pick random points of impact after careful adjustments to elevation and windage — the hallmark of a loose mount. Revisiting the screws set on the rail, it seems the manual’s statement that tightness needn’t be a sticking point should be ignored. Tightening them down such that the quick release levers became grit teeth-dent fingers-and set release levers.
After that, the scope and mount worked in perfect harmony. We switched to Sig Sauer’s Elite Performance ammunition, a 128-grain match grade load sponsored for the test. Soon we were hitting targets as small as the 2.5-inch steel swinger on my home range with satisfying consistency, using a slightly high hold with a 100-yard zero. Very pleasing. But would it last?
Since the rifle in this test isn’t mine, its owner took it, scope in place, for a few weeks until a longer-range trial was available. Not only would we find out how the scope fares at ranges longer than 200 yards, after a period of being jostled inside an old-fashioned padded, canvas case in a truck, we’d find out if this setup is serious about holding zero.
Long story short, the setup did quite well. The scope had been zeroed for a point of impact that’s 2 inches high at 100 yards. Loaded with the Sig Sauer ammo and with a literally cold bore on a recently above-freezing temperature morning, a centered but loose, 2.5 MOA shot cluster was the first reward of the day. With a warm barrel, a tighter group showed up, a bit more than an inch right of center.
Even more rewarding were the hits on 10- and 18-inch steel plates at 200 to 500 yards. Though the M1A gas gun is no match for modern precision bolt rifles, the package was accurate enough for taking game at distances that test the limits of 10x magnification.
The Nightforce SHV 3-10×42 is one of the less expensive choices in the Nightforce stable, but should serve hunters very well. Though it’s a bit short on features for a modern scope, the glass clarity is remarkable. Retail prices are in the mid- to high $800s, with occasional sales available for vigilant shoppers.
American Defense Manufacturing’s Recon flattop scope mount seems a solid-enough choice for hunting and tactical use. The company is still small enough that users can purchase direct for $179.95.
While this combination of a modern mount and traditional scope is a bit unorthodox, add quality match ammunition and you’ve got a setup for which Hathcock, if he were still around to ask, would likely give a thumbs-up.
Leica Sport Optics accomplished a first for the company, releasing its very first red dot sight in the Tempus ASPH.
The Tempus ASPH is milled from a single piece of aluminum and offers two versions — a 3.5 MOA dot size or 2.0 MOA. Crafted to grant hunters more speed and flexibility, the Tempus ASPH utilizes aspherical optics to deliver a crisp image of the illuminated dot and a high image quality. The outlined illuminated dot provides for precise shooting, regardless of angle, allowing hunters to quickly identify game and drop targets quickly.
“When hunting, what really counts are factors like speed, precision and safety,” Leica said in a press release. “To help with this, the extremely bright illuminated dot can be dimmed in 12 stages according to the lighting situation, making it clearly visible in sunshine, unfavorable weather or when everything is covered under a thick layer of snow.”
The Tempus ASPH by Leica retails for $599.
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Theatre-made “sweetheart grips” crafted from recycled aircraft canopies were popular in WWII– but this particularly sweet longslide is tied to a key figure in firearms history.
Up for bid at Rock Island’s upcoming April Premier Auction is a Colt .45 GI that once belonged to Brig. Gen. Guy H. Drewry. Never heard of Drewry? His “GHD” ordnance mark of approval graces thousands of wartime rifles and pistols made in New England and, as noted by the Army, the bespectacled professional ordnance officer spent several years assisting in the development of the vaunted M1 Garand and later pushed to have other wartime guns such as the M1 Carbine manufactured and rushed to the front.
While the good General, along with his wife, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, his classic C&R-eligible 1911– still with images of the beloved Mrs. Drewry under each grip panel, head to the auction block next month with an estimated price of $5,000-$7,000.
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Gun rights groups allied with a domestic violence survivor are suing an Illinois housing authority over their “no guns allowed” policies.
The woman said she fears her abusive ex-husband who was recently released from prison on a murder conviction. She has a valid Illinois firearms card but is barred by her lease at ESLHA’s Auburn Terrace complex from having a gun in her home even though it was used to save her life previously.
“This situation is made even more outrageous considering what has happened to Ms. Doe while living at Auburn Terrace,” said Alan Gottlieb, head of the Second Amendment Foundation, one of the groups backing the woman. “We’ve explained how she was beaten and raped in January 2017, and her children stopped the attack only by threatening to use a gun. On two other occasions, Ms. Doe had to call police due to shootings in nearby residences. When the housing authority threatened to terminate her lease due to the gun in her residence, they insisted that the building is safe, so she doesn’t need a gun.”
The lawsuit, prepared by attorney David Sigale in conjunction with the Illinois State Rifle Association, names the housing authority’s director, Mildred Moffat, in her official capacity as a defendant. The filing notes that the authority’s lease specifically restricts firearms possessed by the renter or guests “anywhere in the unit or elsewhere on the property” and the units are subject to “special inspections” at any time. This, argues Sigale, amounts to a program that denies people their Second Amendment rights simply because they are at a financial disadvantage and need government housing.
“Wealthier persons who can afford to live in private housing are not deprived of this right,” Sigale says.
The unidentified plaintiff is described as a customer service representative for a medical supply distributor, who was forced due to family health issues to seek governmental assistance. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the authority’s gun restrictions on lawful owners “because the lease provisions violate constitutional rights.”
Other states have moved to overturn gun bans in public housing in recent years following legal challenges. In 2014, a ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court struck down existing policies prohibiting guns in common areas of the Wilmington Housing Authority as unconstitutional.
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