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JTS is known for affordable AR and AK style 12-gauge shotguns with 3-Gun shooters and plinkers flocking to these modestly priced guns for their balance of investment and quality. Now, JTS expands into optics, importing over a dozen different types of optics to match their firearms. I was lucky enough to gather a sampling and hit the range.The Micro Dot
Pistol mounted optics are commonplace these days with USPSA even allowing them with the adoption of the “Carry Optics” division. For my test, I worked with the JTSBJ300. Weighing in at less than 3-ounces I barely noticed it on the Taurus Raging Hunter .44 mag revolver. It comes screwed onto a Picatinny baseplate, but some simple gunsmithing can easily adapt it to other plates should the need arise. The battery is located between the mounting plate and the unit, allowing it to quickly return to zero after a swap.
I zeroed it out and put close to 100 rounds of stout hunting loads through the gun. At the end of shooting, I didn’t experience a zero shift or malfunction from the JTSBJ300. Carrying a very reasonable price tag of just $59.99, this tiny red dot optic rounds out its features with five brightness settings as well as an auto shut-off when motion isn’t detected.Getting Bigger
Stepping up to the larger non-magnified optic, I mounted a JTSBJ200 to a Ruger PC Carbine and went to town. At 5.2-ounces it has the heft you would expect from an optic priced over $59.99.
Installation took place right at the range thanks to an intuitive QD mount – literally, just snap it on and you are in business. Again, it zeroed quickly and maintained consistency throughout a 200-round test of 9mm +P Luger loads. The 200 series features four interchangeable reticles that are cycled through with the flip of a rear mounted lever. The JTSBJ200 uses a red or green reticle to compensate for either bright or dim light settings. The optic also comes with six different intensity levels for either color.Stretch It Out
For a more traditional 3-Gun style, I opted for the 1-6 x 24 JFS10249. Weighing 19-ounces it doesn’t feel “cheap” but at the same time doesn’t weigh the gun down like a brick either. Though this optic screams 3-gunner in looks it comes with over 200 minutes of adjustment, pushing .308 rounds past 1,000 yards. Locking turrets proved helpful, as optics like this aren’t generally dialed much after an initial zero. The locking turrets here really made sense. Additionally, this feature helps the scope retain zero through aggressive handling such as in practical shooting competition or hunting applications.
The magnified optic offers a Mil-Dot reticle with 5 mils from the center to the bottom, allowing for compensation of a 5.56 NATO round all the way through its effective range. At just $169.99, this scope certainly gives more features than you would expect.Packing up
Nothing is better for the shooting community than guns and accessories that don’t break the bank and don’t, well, break. I enjoyed my time on the range with these optics and intend to put them into service through the courses I teach.
Kim Rhode claims another win in women’s skeet, taking home the gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation’s World Cup.
Held in Acapulco, Mexico, the World Cup brings shooters from all over the world together to compete for the title of the best. Rhode began the competition with 50 targets in qualification, entering the final in third place with 121/125 targets over two days. Despite holding the third spot, Rhode hustled and pulled out a gold medal win taking 57/60 targets in the final.
“I had an ‘old school power 50’ going into the Final today,” Rhode said in a news release. “It was super hot and windy, but I was able to win the gold!”
This is Rhode’s fourth World Cup gold, taking home the top prize in 2017, 2015 and 2010. Chloe Tipple of New Zealand took silver while Donglian Zhang of China took bronze. Team USA continues its march towards the Olympics, earning quotas it needs to compete in the games.
The product of a Russian state-owned arms maker, the simple drone is basically a flying remote control Molot Vepr-12 shotgun. Developed by the Almaz-Antey concern, the so-called Ognestrel’nyy (Firearm) drone turned heads with Russian defense industry bloggers earlier this month when the company filed patents on the design, which looks like an AK47 with wings.
While the notion that such a device was more than drawing board speculation was quickly dismissed on both sides of the pond, there is now more official confirmation and video of the drone being flown. The vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle produced by the Moscow Aviation Institute reportedly has a wingspan of about 10-feet, its flight weight is 50-pounds, and it has a flight time of 40 minutes.
The payload is a Vepr-12, Molot’s Kalashnikov-inspired semi-automatic 12 gauge.
But you really want to see it in action, right?
Too bad there is less than a zero chance of these ever getting imported.
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Guns N’ Roses tour manager Tom Mayhew found himself training at the Taran Tactical range in Simi Valley after seeing the famous video of Keanu Reeves shredding targets. “I was blown away. I was blown away by his diligence and his work ethic. Just absolutely — it was mind boggling,” he said about Reeves’ shooting skills.
As a fan of the John Wick movies, the video more than piqued his interests. Mayhew explained: “I’m like ‘who on earth trained this guy to do this?’ I studied up a bit and found out it was Taran Butler. I said ‘I gotta meet the guy.’” Then, Mayhew just cold called and Butler invited him over.
I met up with Mayhew at the Taran Tactical range where he picked up his brand new Benelli M2 shotgun customized by TTI. “You could drive a Volkswagon or you could drive a Ferrari,” he said. “What do you want to do?”
Now, hooked on 3-Gun, Mayhew said he has convinced other members of the Guns N’ Roses team to join him at the Taran Tactical range, much like Slash’s manager, Jeff Varner, an avid 3-Gun shooter, inspired him to do. “If you’re going to shoot, why not shoot with the best?” he said. “Get trained by the best.”
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The TT-33 pistol, a common handgun on the milsurp curio and relic market, is popular and was made in the millions but how far does it get on a diet of mud? To satisfy that question, Karl from InRange TV tosses one into a wheelbarrow full of goop and proceeds to give it a go.
Designed Soviet weapon guru Fedor Tokarev to replace the downright funky M1895 Nagant gas-seal revolver in the 1930s, the TT-33 variant was a staple of the Red Army and her Communist allies for decades. Seemingly based on the John Browning’s FN Mle 1903— which the Russians bought by the boatload for police use under the Tsar, the relatively simple semi-auto is chambered in 7.62x25mm, which is popular due to its performance envelope.
Still, about that mud, though…
To be fair, Karl’s test gun is a Chinese-made import that has had the mandatory safety removed and the resulting hole taped over. Fed with Polish ammo, it actually does okay for a while despite his best efforts to slow it down.
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New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer announced this week they have created a special MK25 pistol to commemorate the actions of SEAL Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski.
Slabinski, a Massachusetts-native who made Eagle Scout at age 14 and joined the Navy right out of high school in 1988, served 25 years in elite SEAL units, ammassing 15 combat deployments.
On March 4, 2002, then-Senior Chief Slabinski was leading Mako 30, a reconnaissance team atop Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot snow-covered mountain in Afghanistan, during Operation Anaconda. An enemy RPG attack on the team’s insertion helicopter caused a fellow SEAL to fall onto the enemy-occupied mountaintop below and forced the damaged helicopter to crash land. Slabinski led a furious 14-hour-long action in sometimes waist-deep snow until they could be extracted.
Slabinski was credited with rallying his teammates to rescue a stranded Team member but was not recognized with the nation’s highest combat honor until 16 years after the event.
Presented with the Medal of Honor in 2018 by President Trump, the SEAL downplayed his own actions. He spoke of the fellow servicemen who lost their lives during the operation and those who continue to serve. “This Medal of Honor belongs to the seven Americans killed in action on that mountain top: Neil, John, Phil, Marc, Matt, Brad, and Jason,” Slabinski said during the ceremony at the White House “They gave all, for all of us. This honor is yours, for you are the true heroes.”
The weapons carried by Slabinski that day included a carbine and a MK25 — a Sig P226 modified for the SEALs in a special contract. The rifle, along with items such as his training equipment, is now in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Sig Custom Works has created a special MK25 for Slabinski, uniquely finished with a high polish on the slide with 24k gold engraving while the frame is left in a matte black “as a nod to the warrior.”
The American Black Walnut presentation grips feature the red unit medallion of Slabiniski’s SEAL Team on the right panel while the left grip has the SEAL Trident insignia.
The commemorative MK25 was presented to Slabinski in a private ceremony at SIG’s headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire.
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Recently, I added a Sig Sauer P365 to my handgun collection. Compared to other slim designs, it’s a pretty amazing gun and a solid option for concealed carry. So, the next logical step is exploring new holster options – a task that’s often overlooked with new handguns. Here are five solid options for the Sig P365.ANR Design Appendix AIWB – $68.99
Given that the P365 is the first handgun I consistently carried in the appendix position, the ANR holster preformed wonderfully. Of the two holsters I used in the appendix position, this was probably the most comfortable due to the larger belt clip and the shape of the polymer claw.HazMat Holster Works NV 3 – $65
This is a quick-ship item from HazMat, which means that it arrives in two-to-three days in most cases. It’s nice if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait. But, to be fair, this holster is nearly identical to the ANR, but the big difference is the belt clip width and the claw shape. They both work very well, but the ANR was just a tad more comfortable.Sticky Holsters SM-5 – $29.95
These pocket holsters are a must with any smaller-sized handgun. Whether or not you end up using it as a holster, it’s great for transportation. I carried the P365 in my bag. However, I’m looking forward to using it with shorts when warmer weather comes along.Savoy Leather DTOM 1776 Patriot – $179.99
The DTOM 1776 Patriot holster offers both function and looks. While it works well both inside and outside the waistband, it would truly be a shame to use this as an inside the waist band holster. Frankly, it’s a work of art. Jeremiah Savoy obviously puts a lot of thought and quality into his work. However, the sturdy design was the most difficult holster to take on and off, so don’t expect to just grab it and go. Yet, once it’s on, it’s on. And this quality comes at a higher price.JM4 Tactical RELIC Hybrid Holster – $139.97
The RELIC Hybrid was the most unique of all the holsters I tried. It’s a kydex shell with a leather interior, so it has the rigidness of kydex but with the feel of leather – so less wear on the pistol’s finish. Also, this holster is fully adjustable: swappable carry clips, adjustable cant, and alternate between IWB and OWB. While it worked great IWB, it moved around a lot OWB. But I attribute that issue to the style of belt clips and to my body shape. The holster was rather large for my frame, so I can’t fault it for that. It was definitely the most versatile and for someone who is looking to get one holster to cover all situations, the JM4 Tactical RELIC does it better than most.All Five Holsters
For carrying the Sig P365, all five worked well. Ultimately, I’ll probably use the ANR and HazMat holsters the most, but that’s just me. Hopefully this will help if you’re looking for a great holster to carry your new Sig Sauer P365.
Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments section.
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Republicans in the U.S. Senate have introduced the Freedom Financing Act this week to make sure that big banks don’t close their doors to the gun industry.
The proposal, SB 821, was crafted to keep large financial institutions from denying service to constitutionally-protected industries involved in lawful shooting sports. Introduced by North Dakota Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer last week, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La, has signed on as a co-sponsor.
“It’s not a bank’s job to create policy. They need to leave the policymaking to Congress,” said Kennedy, who has often taken big banks to task for their past position on guns. “Banks should not be able to discriminate against lawful customers on the basis of social policy. The banks should keep in mind that these lawful customers are the same hard-working taxpayers who bailed them out during the recession.”
The bill comes after large banks enacted public policies to deny financial services to manufacturers of some popular semi-automatic guns and on retailers to adopt restrictive sales policies. The move was prompted by gun control advocates after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2017.
Later in 2017, Citibank clarified that firearms dealers wanting to partner with them must ban sales of bump stocks and “high-capacity magazines’ as well as place age restrictions on gun sales and refuse to complete transactions until buyers pass background checks. Financial giant Bank of America followed up on that by saying they would end financing for manufacturers of “military-style” rifles for civilian buyers, later backing up their position by signaling they would sever their relationship with Remington once the iconic gun maker emerged from bankruptcy restructuring.
Earlier this month, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan was grilled by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, in Congressional committee hearings for not adopting similar gun control policies, a move which sparked rebuke from Second Amendment groups against the lawmaker’s actions.
The legislation proposed exempts small banks with less than $10 billion in assets and is limited to protections for those who make, market or sell firearms, ammunition, or sporting goods. The move is supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the gun industry.
“American taxpayers need to be reassured their tax dollars that subsidize insurance and bailout policies for banking institutions aren’t weaponized in an attempt to eradicate a lawful industry because it has fallen out of favor with boardroom bureaucrats,” said Larry Keane, NSSF’s senior vice president and general counsel.
The Freedom Financing Act has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where both Cramer and Kennedy are majority members.
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With the exception of a number of parties engaged in lawsuits against the ban, the federal government’s prohibition on bump stock devices is set to become active on Tuesday.
As gun rights groups and Second Amendment advocates sought a nationwide injunction against the move with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the pending rule change by government regulators to reclassify bump stocks as “machine guns” was set to become effective on March 26. In response, RW Arms, the leading retailer of the devices, announced they would seek to turn in their remaining inventory of bump stocks to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“RW Arms will transfer 60,000 bump stocks to American Shredder in Fort Worth, Texas, to be shredded and recycled under the supervision of ATF agents,” said the Veteran-owned distributor in a statement.
The ban, signed by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker last December, was endorsed by newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General William Barr earlier this month. The move came at the direction of President Trump, who in February 2018 issued a memorandum instructing the Attorney General “to dedicate all available resources to … propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”
The public comment period on the rule last summer garnered over 186,000 submissions, fueled by those on both sides of the hot-button issue. Pro-gun groups such as Gun Owners of America, the Madison Society Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition argued the ban was an unconstitutional overstep. Anti-gun organizations such as Everytown and Giffords, in turn, urged their followers to visit the federal regulations site to log comments of their own, going so far as to pay for ads on social media to help drive traffic.
In the final days before the ban went into effect, courts swatted away efforts to grant a nationwide injunction to let litigation play out but rather handed down limited orders to protect individuals as well as members of involved groups from the March 26 deadline.
Otherwise, owners of the estimated 520,000 devices currently in circulation who do not destroy their stocks or abandon them at an ATF office could face federal weapons charges that carry up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation.
The fourth largest city in Arkansas intends to buy enough Glock 43s to issue them department-wide to local police for use as a backup gun.
The slimline 9mm, first introduced in 2015, has been given the nod by the Springdale City Council to arm police officers and detectives alike. All told, the city will spend $63,398 to buy 146 night sight-equipped guns, reports Northwest Arkansas Online.
“Glock is by far the most common firearm carried by law enforcement in the United States,” said Police Chief Mike Peters.”We issue full-size Glock pistols for our duty carry, and the Model 43 has the same functionality in a smaller, more concealable size.”
The guns will be paid for in a mix of federal grant funds and from the department’s budget and will be purchased from Cruise Uniforms and Equipment, a state Glock distributor.
With a loaded weight of about 20-ounces, the G43 still has a 3.41-inch barrel and a standard 6+1 ammo capacity. As such, the svelte 9mm has proven popular as a police backup gun. For example, the year it was introduced the Georgia State Patrol adopted the gun as a standard off-duty and backup gun with a corresponding policy making its carry on duty mandatory to supplement the primary duty weapon.
It is not just police that like the G43. Immensely popular on the concealed carry market, Glock sold more than a million of the subcompacts in the first three years of production and this year introduced the G43X, a crossover design with a silver PVD finished slide, 10-round double-stack magazine and lengthened grip.
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Two Ohio realtors with concealed carry permits came up against an armed man inside one of their empty properties who said he was going to attack them. The real estate agents, Kyle Morrical and his father Phil Morrical III, encountered Derek Miller inside a vacant house in Hamilton that had been reportedly broken into the day before.
“He told us he had a gun and a knife. He was either going to shoot us or stab us and he punched me in my face,” Kyle told Local 12.
That’s when Kyle pulled his gun and the father-and-son pair held the attacker down while a neighbor called the police. Miller was taken into custody and charged with assault, menacing and trespassing.
“I hoped I would never have to use it because it’s one of those things that you hope you never have to use, but you have it just in case,” Kyle said.
According to the National Association of Realtors, their group’s 2018 safety report found that 43 percent of members choose to carry self-defense weapons. The group represents some 1.3 million members.
The National Rifle Association profiled a group of real estate agents in Ohio in 2015 who chose to get their concealed handgun license following the murder of two realtors on the job.
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SilencerCo recently dropped a video detailing some of the magic that goes into producing one of their Octane .45 suppressors. The Octane, one of the company’s most popular pistol cans, is made in 9mm, .45 and 45K variants using stainless steel CTA (Click Together Assembly) baffles.
While designed for semi-auto pistols, they work great on carbines and sub guns to include the H&K MP5 series.
If this has left you curious about the inner workings of a handgun suppressor and a desire to know more, the VSO Gun Channel covers Nielsen Devices/boosters aka a “linear inertial decoupler” in the below video.
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Michael Burch, an NRA certified instructor from Wimberley, Texas, figured out his carry preferences through trial and error. “That pistol is a Les Baer Stinger, .45 automatic, 7+1, and I use a Wright Leather Works Pancake model holster,” he said.
Burch explained he likes the compactness and reliability of the 1911 design, but he swapped out the aging night sights with combat sights. He said he tried a few striker-fired pistols over the years.
“They were fine pieces [but] I just don’t think that they have the reliability that the 1911 with a hammer has, so I’ve gotten rid of my striker-fired weapons and I’m concentrating on 1911s only now,” he said.
As for the holster, Burch said he tried an inside the waistband holster but found it uncomfortable, so he switched to the open-carry design. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s perfect for me,” he said.
“I would like to carry this weapon until it rusts before I have to use it in a defensive posture,” Burch said. “But if I do have to use it in a defensive posture, I definitely want it to operate when I pull the trigger.
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Both Illinois and New York were told by separate courts last week that the Second Amendment covers stun guns and tasers.
In the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the misdemeanor weapons charges against two men found carrying stun guns were unconstitutional. The first, Isiah J. Webb, was found with a device in his jacket pocket on a public street. The second man, Ronald Greco, had a stun gun in his backpack in a public forest preserve. Each was charged under Illinois law which has no allowances for the legal carry of a taser or stun gun other than by police.
Citing Caetano, a 2016 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that found stun guns to be “bearable weapons” under the Constitution, and the 2008 Heller ruling that the right to bear arms is an individual right, Justice Ann Burke said for the majority that Illinois’s ban on carrying tasers “is facially unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.”New York
On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued the opinion in the case of Matthew Avitabile, saying that the New York resident had a right to purchase a stun gun or taser for self-defense. Avitabile had filed suit against the state in 2017 over the longtime ban on possessing such a device. Under New York law, simply having one of the electronic devices is a misdemeanor offense of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, punishable by up to a year in jail.
“New York’s sweeping prohibition on the possession and use of tasers and stun guns by all citizens for all purposes, even for self-defense in one’s home, must be declared unconstitutional in light of Heller,” said Hurd in his ruling, enjoining the state from enforcing the ban.
Stephen D. Stamboulieh, one of Avitable’s attorneys, told Guns.com: “We are thrilled that the Court vindicated our client’s Second Amendment rights and all those in New York that desire less-than-lethal ways to defend themselves. This is a huge victory for the constitution and we are happy with the opinion.”
Since 2016, a number of states and cities have withdrawn their prohibitions on such electric devices after legal challenges found them unlawful. According to Stamboulieh, only two states, Hawaii and Rhode Island, still ban ownership of tasers and stun guns, even in the home.
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Although Mikhail Kalashnikov himself is not around to weigh in, the Russian arms giant that builds the guns is, and this is what they say about the best AK kung fu grip.
Kalashnikov Concern’s in-house historian, Vladimir Onokoy, shows off the 1950s Soviet example, then switches to a C-clamp, Alexander Petrov’s patented grip (?!) and Onokoy’s own “no-name” grip, which looks suspiciously like Petrov’s.
Of more interest is the sweet AK100/200 series rifle he uses, similar to the one Kalash is set to build in India on a 700,000-gun project for the second largest army in the world.
For a more American (via Poland) take on the Kalash grip debate, Robski with the AK Operators Union weighs in, below.
And, should you prefer a mag well grip, where to put your thumb…
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A judge issued a permanent injunction last week against the Village of Deerfield over a controversial local prohibition on what officials described as “assault weapons.”
The order prohibits the village, just North of Chicago, from enforcing a ban on many popular semi-auto firearms. Unanimously approved by the Village Board in 2018, the ordinance outlawed a host of guns by their cosmetic features, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammo, under threat of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day for violators.
This week’s order, signed by Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Luis A. Berrones, found Deerfield did not have the authority to enact such a ban. Since 2013, Illinois has had a firearm pre-emption law in effect that bars cities and counties from regulating guns and ammunition. Deerfield had attempted to add the ban to their books as an amendment to an existing ordinance, which Berrones took exception to.
“We are delighted with the judge’s decision, which we hope sends a message to other municipal governments that they can’t try to sneak around the state’s preemption statute in an effort to ban legal firearms ownership,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Gottlieb’s group, as well as the National Rifle Association and others, have been challenging Deerfield in court ever since the ban was approved by the village.
As for Deerfield, who is being defended in court by the Brady Campaign, city officials said they are “closely reviewing the ruling” and are keeping “all options available, including the right to appeal the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court.”
Remington announced Thursday they have expanded their Model 700 Mountain Stainless series to include a new chambering for the popular 6.5mm Creedmoor cartridge.
Big Green has been marketing the lightweight but durable rifle for the past several years in a half-dozen calibers popular with Western sportsmen ranging from 25-06 and 7mm-08 to 280 Rem and .30-06 Sprg, so the new Creedmoor offering makes sense.
Across the line, the series utilizes a 22-inch 416 stainless steel barreled action coupled with a Bell & Carlson stock with an aluminum bedding block to produce a rifle in the 6-pound range. The Creedmoor variant features a 1-in-8-inch right-hand twist.
All models in the series come standard with an X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger system and are scope mount ready. Suggested retail price is $1,152 but the 700 Moutain Stainless usually runs a bit less over the counter.
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Magpul said their new PMAG D-50 drum will hold the equivalent of “731 flying hockey pucks” worth of energy, in the form of 50 7.62x51mm rounds. Alternatively, they say that’s the same as “10 Angry Bobcats, 73 Double Cheeseburgers or 167 Matches,” worth of energy. Whatever, it’s Magpul.
Teased earlier this year, the new mag is essentially a bigger version of their tried-and-true 5.56mm D60 but in a larger caliber.
Weighing in at 1.5-pounds (empty) the D50 is capable of accommodating longer-than-SAAMI-spec match ammunition, up to 2.830-inches OAL, such as military M118LR ball. Optimized for use in SR-25/M110 platforms, the new drum includes a translucent window on the rear to keep tabs on the amount of brass inside. Further, it can be disassembled with a flat blade screwdriver.
Price is $149 — as well as the extra 4.5-pounds (when loaded) that it adds to your rifle’s fighting weight. Still, it looks fun in the earlier teaser video below, which is all that really matters sometimes.
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Most don’t know that bargain boomstick maker Harrington & Richardson made a submachine gun that saw service from Guadalcanal to Normandy– but it happened.
A design from gun inventor Eugene G. Reising — who cut his teeth working with John Browning on several firearms — his early 1940s SMG concept looked like a traditional carbine of its day. Featuring a one-piece wood stock to accommodate a short-barreled delayed blowback weapon, his closed-bolt burp gun attained a cyclic rate of over 500 rounds per minute.
Chambered in .45ACP, the stubby select-fire Reising took used low-capacity (for a sub gun) 12 or 20-round box magazines which limited its practicality. The cocking handle, rather strangely, was recessed under the fore end and required the user to tilt or even flip the gun to chamber a round.
The overall length of the M50 version of the gun was 37-inches with an 11-inch finned and compensated barrel. Weight was kept down to 6.8 pounds, unloaded.
The M55 variant, which used wooden stock with a folding wire butt, was just 22.25-inches long with the stock folded.
When compared to its main domestic rival, the M1921/28 Thompson submachine gun, it was much cheaper and lighter. This made the H&R-produced Reising popular with government purchasing agents who snapped up early batches of the M50 and its slightly shorter folding-stock brother, the M55, just as the U.S. was becoming embroiled in WWII.
By 1942, Marines, headed to take Guadalcanal in the South Pacific back from the Japanese, were armed with a curious mix of Reisings, Springfield ’03 rifles (the Devils wouldn’t adopt the M1 Garand until later in the war), Browning BAR automatic rifles, and a few Johnson rifles. Not only the Marines but also the Navy on occasion used the humble Reising during the campaign, with one crewman on a landing craft reportedly utilizing a borrowed specimen to clear a Japanese soldier from a nearby tree “and he come tumbling down like a bird.”
While an interesting concept in a stateside showroom, the Reising didn’t perform well under combat conditions. Marines who were essentially beta-testing the guns soon found themselves with Reisings that were so rusty and jammed that they would not function. By 1943, they were largely pulled from frontline service.
Nonetheless, M50s still soldiered on in the rest of the war, used by Coast Guard Beach Patrol Units and various State Guards back on the Home Front.
The Navy also continued to utilize the H&R SMG as well.
In all, H&R made somewhere on the order of 120,000 M50 and M55 submachine guns then added to those numbers with a semi-auto carbine version, the M60. Today, due to the fact that most left in the states were liquidated from government storage long before the 1968 NFA amnesty and the gun continued to be offered for commercial and LE sales for years after, there are a good number of intact Reisings still floating around.
In fact, Rock Island has at least three transferable M50s up for grabs at their May Premier Auction, starting at about $4,500– which is a comparatively low price for a full-auto Class III gun.
Especially if you have a hankering for taking the beachhead.
Team Sig shooter Daniel Horner earned several first-place finishes at the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, commonly referred to as the All Army Championship.
Horner, a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army Reserves, pulled in first place wins in the Multi-Gun competition and National Match Rifle Course of Fire in addition to being awarded as the Overall Individual Match Champion. Horner also served as a member of the Army Reserves Career Division Team which took the Overall Team Championship title. Horner competed alongside Sgt. Joseph Hall, Staff Sgt. Rafael Fuentes, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Parker with Sgt. Maj. James Mauer serving as team coach.
The All Army Championship runs competitors through “sun-up to sun-down” matches using only U.S. Army issued gear and guns. The competition, which ran Mar. 10 through Mar. 16, is open to Active Duty, Army Reserves, U.S. Army National Guard, Military Academy, College ROTC cadets and OCS candidates.
“The 2019 All Army Championship was an extremely challenging competition that tested both my shooting skills and my endurance. It was an honor to be one of the first competitors to run the U.S. Army’s newly issued M17 pistol in competition, and it was very satisfying to use it to win the match,” Horner said in a press release.
Among the guns used in competition was the M17, the Army’s newest service pistol. Similar to the civilian P320, the M17 features a polymer build chambered in 9mm. The M17 was first issued to service members in the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell in 2017 as part of an initial buy that included 190,000 pistols. The Sig pistol beat out incumbent Beretta for the coveted MHS handgun slot.
In related news, the Guns.com crew caught up with Horner at SHOT Show earlier this year to talk about both the Sig MPX Copperhead and the M400 Tread, below.
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