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“These particular violent weapons are not needed for hunting and have become increasingly the gun of choice for mass shootings,” Portantino told SacBee. “We felt very strongly that the hunter’s exemption needed to be removed for this weapon.”
Ruger is stretching out their Mark IV Target .22LR pistols to include models that come standard with a 10-inch bull barrel.
Building on the company’s legacy of rimfire semi-auto target pistols, the new guns still use the standard Mark IV one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping with no tools. Coupled with a one-piece precision CNC-machined grip frame, the 10-inch barrel is near twice the length of the model’s typical 5.5-inch barrel variant. Even Ruger’s Mark IV Hunter and Competiton models only offer a 6.88-inch barrel.
The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces.
Other standard features include an adjustable rear sight, synthetic grips, push-button mag release, and an ambi manual safety. For those who want to add optics, the receiver is drilled and tapped for rails. Available in matte blue or stainless, the Ruger Mark IV Target ships with a pair of drop-free 10-round magazines.
MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.
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The Axe from Henry Repeating Arms lets the cowboy action crowd flaunt the National Firearms Act alongside their more tactically-minded buddies.
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Need a break and looking to recharge over the holidays with a few minutes of Christmas cheer that includes Enfields, shotguns and .50 cals? Look no further.
Besides our own tip for Tannenbaum harvesting via Mossberg in the above video, we checked out our friends among the guntubes to see what else they had to share.
In our first helping, rimfire aficionado 22Plinkster breaks out a Henry American Eagle 22 (what else?) lever action to see how many fruitcakes the aforementioned can-popper can pop through.
If that doesn’t put some tinsel on your tree, Plink steps up the game with a Henry Side Gate lever action .45-70.
Moving into a period tale, the British Muzzleloaders channel features the story of a Western Front Tommy Atkins, armed with his trusty Short-Magazine Lee-Enfield, sent on a mission to seize an offending Christmas Tree planted by the Kaiser’s men somewhere in No Man’s Land.
And if you came this far, last but certainly not least, we have Black Rifle Coffee Company’s Christmas Eve One-Upper, which proves you can stuff an FN SCAR in your stocking! #PowerLlama
Merry Christmas from the Guns.com crew, and have a Happy New Year!
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The optics-ready subcompact is a polymer double-stack striker-fired pistol in line with the rest of the 509 series with a 12+1- or 15+1-round capacity.
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Instagram just launched the next attack in the corporate campaign to marginalize gun owners. The Facebook-owned social media giant will not allow influencers to be paid to promote vaping, tobacco products, or weapons, according to CNBC.
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Exclusive: A ‘Program of Discrimination’: Kickstarter Refuses to Help Company Making Child Locks for Guns
“I don’t like being discriminated against like this, particularly on a legal product. It really sucks, to be honest. It doesn’t make sense. Why would they want kids to die?”
Some believe that any shooter who doesn’t reload is a fool; others believe that their time is worth more than the money they might save reloading.
The .44 Special is amid a comeback thanks to the popularity of big-bore carry guns and advances in bullet technology. Unlike many other cartridges of similar intent, the 44 Special has earned a very interesting place in the pantheon of American cartridges.
The parent case to the .44 Magnum, the .44 SPL was a favorite cartridge of nearly all sportsmen and outdoorsmen in the years before the introduction of its more powerful descendent. Today’s .44 SPL offers a great deal to both the novice and experienced shooter with both modern and classic bullet types.
We pit the old versus the new in the form of the Buffalo Bore 190-grain Soft Cast and Sig Sauer’s 200-grain V-Crown JHP.Accuracy
The gun used for testing is the now-discontinued Smith & Wesson Alaska Backpacker IV chambered in .44 Magnum. Fun fact: any gun chambered for .44 Magnum can also fire .44 SPL. The 44 SPL is only slightly shorter than the Magnum, so it can fit in the same chamber just like a .38 SPL can fit in the chamber of a .357 Magnum. This allows owners to stretch the utility of their revolver in a way that a modern semi-auto cannot.
The S&W wheelgun is made of lightweight alloy and has a stainless-steel cylinder. It features a 2.5-inch barrel and adjustable sights. Our particular gun for testing boasted VZ grips – though other variants are available in many colors and textures.
The accuracy of these two loads was tested at a distance of 15-yards from a bean bag bench rest. Five, five-shot groups were recorded at that distance. The Sig load averaged 2.75-inches at that distance with no significant deviation. The Buffalo Bore load came in at 3.5-inches with the smallest group registering 3-inches and the largest at 4.25-inches.
There are plenty of cast lead loads that are very accurate, but it all depends on the gun and what that particular gun prefers. I do not fault Buffalo Bore in this category, as it is difficult to get the same type of accuracy with plain lead as you do jacketed bullets. Overall, though, Sig wins in this category.
Winner: Sig SauerVelocity
Velocity was tested at 5-feet from the muzzle over an Oehler 35P chronograph. A total of 10 rounds of each type were fired for average. The Sig 200-grain load came in at exactly 800 feet-per-second with velocity consistent across loads.
The 190-grain Buffalo Bore averaged a surprising 1,059 feet per second, which puts it in the upper end for velocity given the barrel length.
Considering that there was only a 10-grain difference in bullet weight, the Buffalo Bore load knocked it out of the park. We would have liked a little more speed from the V-Crown, as there is certainly enough case capacity to justify greater velocity. The BB load was about 30-percent faster given the same barrel length.
Winner: Buffalo BoreRecoil
When it comes to recoil, there is a difficult call to be made. Because the Buffalo Bore load is made of relatively soft lead, it doesn’t quite bite into the barrel the same way that a jacketed bullet does in terms of friction and thus recoil. Even though the bullet weighs just about the same, it can move 30-percent faster without a huge difference in terms of felt recoil. This puts the Sig load in a bit of a bad spot because it is a very sweet cartridge to fire.
The recoil of the V-Crown is soft and easy. It is well-engineered for a modern carry gun and it certainly means business. It feels very similar to a nice .45 ACP in that it is more of a shove than a hard snap. If you are dead set on carrying a .44 SPL, the 200-grain V-Crown is a great choice.
While it is a great cartridge, the extra power generated by the BB load for a marginal increase in felt recoil is what sets it just a peg higher for this test.
Winner: Buffalo Bore
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Shooting a revolver in a world of semi-automatic pistols is an acquired taste that requires a certain level of skill. The gun used in this testing was fairly light for a .44 SPL of any sort and the trigger pull, while excellent for a packing revolver, did not lend itself to easy double-action shooting. Follow-up shots were difficult with both loads at any distance beyond 15-yards. Firing single-action resulted in better accuracy, however, it was still not a walk in the park.
Firing the .44 SPL in rapid succession is not a truly painful experience, but it certainly becomes tedious with a double-action pull. Overall, there was no real discernible difference in general handling between the two rounds featured here. Both were excellent for their caliber.
Winner: TieGel Performance
The gel performance test was conducted using bare blocks from Clear Ballistics. The performance of the bullets was judged in terms of penetration and expansion. To simulate a general self-defense encounter, the gel was shot at a distance of 3-yards.
The BB load offered a 100-percent expansion rate, but the bullets were quite soft and all of them broke apart in the gel to some degree. The average penetration depth for three bullets was 14.5-inches with some of the pieces spreading along the wound path.
The Sig load behaved much more like a traditional jacket hollowpoint and expanded just after impact. Average penetration for three shots was also approximately 14-inches. Expansion in all recovered bullets was nearly 100-percent. There were a couple of odd phalanges that didn’t open all the way, but all of them by definition had expanded.
The main problem with the .44 SPL is that it is not necessarily designed for barrels as short as 2.5-inches. This is a short gun meant for short-range self-defense, typically in a wooded area. Both of these loads were essentially made for guns that would be carried on the street. While there is a widening range of options for .44 SPL, these two are both excellent choices in terms of ballistic performance.
Winner: Sig SauerOverall
This was a tough one to call. We thought both of these were exceptional options and each had advantages. The main deciding factor came down to bullet speed. Sig ammunition offered equal penetration for less recoil, but it was categorically quite slow.
That said, bullet speed angle made this a difficult decision. Sig really needs this bullet to be around 1,000 feet-per-second, which would put it in a category of its own in terms of marketability. Most .44 Magnum shooters don’t do it with any joy. It would be a fair assessment to say that the majority of .44 Magnum owners only fire a box or two of it a year, with many opting for .44 SPL for practice. Juicing up the speed would not dramatically increase recoil but would likely make it a choice carry cartridge even for people that are intent on carrying .44 Magnums.
All things considered, Sig’s ammo was a bit easier to shoot, was more accurate and offered good gel performance making it our winner in this head-to-head.
With an 8-round triple-locking PVD coated cylinder and target crowned 6-inch barrel, Ruger’s newest GP100 revolver is ready for serious 9mm Luger fans with competition on their minds.
Based on the Ruger Super Redhawk action, the GP100 series has long been the company’s go-to for competition and hunting wheel guns. Their newest model, which uses a cylinder and extractor cut for moon clips to speed up reloading, sports a 6-inch half-lug sleeved and shrouded barrel with an 11-degree target crown for “competitive-level” accuracy.
A Custom Shop model, the new revolver has polished and optimized internals, a centering boss on the trigger and centering shims on the hammer. The revolver comes standard with adjustable rear and a quick-change fiber optic front sight.
The overall length is 11-inches while weight is 45.6-ounces, a factor that will no doubt help mitigate recoil impulse.
MSRP is $1549.
California-based Franklin Armory on Monday posted an extensive response to how ATF is now applying regulations to their Reformation series firearms.
The federal regulators last week posted an open letter on the Reformation, an innovative firearm that uses straight cut lands and grooves instead of traditional rifling. The agency has decided that other regulations in the Gun Control Act of 1968 apply– labeling the firearm the first to be a non-NFA “Gun Control Act Short-Barreled Shotgun,” or GCA/SBS– and they will have to make changes to the current code as well as create new forms to document future legal transactions to consumers. However, such transfers are on hold until said red tape can be found and unrolled.
The three-page response from FA details the past 15 months of wrangling with ATF and has several takeaways. This includes the fact there is a mechanism so that dealers or distributors with Reformation firearms can return them to FA for a refund or credit, and, perhaps most importantly, that consumers who possess Reformation firearms are legally allowed to keep them.
“While we are waiting for ATF to develop the new forms and promulgate new regulations, we will continue to sell our Reformation barreled upper receivers,” notes FA. “Consumers are still allowed to use our upper receivers to build out their own Reformation firearms since doing so does not constitute a dealer to consumer transfer.”
Company President Jay Jacobson, in his closing to the ATF response, said: “Frankin Armory is committed to working with the ATF to bring the complete Reformation firearms back to the market, paving the way for new technologies, and to providing our customers with quality firearms and unsurpassed customer service.”
The full statement can be found here.
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Hailing from a time when there were a pair of German states, West German-made Sig Sauer pistols are increasingly collectible.
The Sig Sauer most commonly encountered today in the U.S. is typically made in a series of factories in New Hampshire, where the company has long put down American roots. In fact, according to data from federal regulators, the company produced a whopping 536,636 American-made pistols in 2017 alone, going on to export about a third of those overseas.
However, when you turn back the clock some 45 years, it was a much different supply pipeline. In 1976, SIG (Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft) of Switzerland formed a partnership with J.P. Sauer & Sohn of West Germany to begin marketing their guns better overseas. This led to the “Sig Sauer” name.
Among their first exports to the U.S. were the 9mm Sig Sauer P220, which had been adopted by the Swiss Army as the P75 pistol.
These early West German-marked single-stacks were typically shipped over with lanyard rings and European-style heel release magazine latches, features that weren’t changed on American-bound Sigs until later. A lot of those early guns were marketed as Browning BDAs in .45ACP.
By 1985, Sig Sauer was producing a new double-stack pistol that otherwise had much the same layout as the 9mm P220– the 15+1 round capacity P226. That gun was a contender in the U.S. Army pistol trials to replace the venerable M1911A1 .45ACP, although Uncle Sam went with the Beretta 92 in the end, reportedly over cost issues.
In the meantime, the P226 was released on the U.S. commercial market and soon became a hit with both consumers and law enforcement customers. With its 4.4-inch barrel and choice of DA/SA or DAO actions, later augmented by the DAK trigger system, the 9mm was also marketed in .357 SIG and .40S&W. Today, dozens of variants of the P226 are in circulation and the gun is still very much in production– now in the U.S.
Vintage “West German” marked P226s, besides their stampings, have several differences from today’s more current offerings. This includes almost pebble-style plastic grips and a distinctive pinned-in breechblock assembly. Further, the slide of those early guns has a different profile from today’s P226 offerings.
While Germany was reunified in 1990 after the Berlin Wall came down and the “West” was officially dropped moving forward, some guns continued to come into the U.S. with the legacy markings for a few years.
Still, if you are looking for a well-made “Old World” gun with a bit of history while still keeping today’s styling, it is hard to beat a nice German Sig Sauer P-series pistole.
If you like interesting and often rare guns like these German classics, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner or look through our entire catalog of more than 3,000 new and used guns of all sorts.
The speculation about this mysterious .277 SIG Fury has practically broken the internet. GunsAmerica spoke directly with an authoritative representative from SIG to get the scoop and figure out exactly what's going on with this cartridge.
The firearms community will see its first-ever award ceremony in January as brands and influencers go head to head in the Gundie Awards to see who comes out on top.
The awards will be presented on January 20, 2020, ahead of SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The ceremony aims to highlight top creators, influencers, and brands in an attempt to promote the gun community in a positive manner.
“With so much negativity in the community in recent months we created the Gundies to bring us together with friendly competition as well as a chance to highlight legacy creators along with up and coming talent,” Ben Stacy of Forge Relations said in a news release.
Voting for the awards began on Dec. 1 and runs until Jan. 1 with eight categories dedicated to influencers and two categories for brands.Influencers
- Best Gun Reviewer
- Most Entertaining Content Creator
- Most Influential Influencer
- Best Outdoorsman
- Influencer of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
- Most likely to survive the Apocalypse
- Best Shooter
- Most Involved in Community
- Most Innovative Brand of the Year
Stacy said that though the concept is new to the industry, the reception has been encouraging. “The overwhelming support the awards have garnered in such a short time has been incredible, We look forward to seeing how things continue to grow throughout the month leading into the ceremony.”
To vote, head over to TheGundies.com before Jan. 1. Users can cast one vote in each category every 24 hours.
It’s worth mentioning for our loyal readers that Guns.com has been nominated in the brand category under Most Involved in Community so head on over to TheGundies.com and show us some love.
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A core mission of Guns.com is to support local FFL’s by giving them a place to easily list guns for sale. The biggest way we do this is the Guns.com Outlet. Here dealers will find a user-friendly interface where they can upload their inventory without having to know every single detail of the gun.
As a result, the Outlet is a place where you’ll be able to find some of the best deals around. “It’s a win-win for both the dealer and the consumer,” said Chris Callahan, Founder of Guns.com, “the dealer gets a place to easily list their guns online and the consumer has a place to find new and used guns at rock bottom prices. If you don’t mind browsing, you can find some collectible gems at great prices.”
When you buy a gun from the Outlet, chances are that you’re going to be supporting a mom and pop operation where gun sales equal food on the table. We’re proud to support a growing number of FFL’s across the country that are finding a convenient way to list guns online. Here are some of the best deals on handguns that we’ve found while perusing through the GDC Outlet.Ruger LCP
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