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COVID-19: An Inside Look at the Past Week of One WI FFL

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:00

The shelves and cases at Brew City Shooters Supply are normally full of inventory. (Photo: Adam Campbell)

A few weeks ago Brew City Shooters Supply’s shelves were fully stocked with firearms and ammo — just a trickle of customers coming through its doors. Then, COVID-19 landed stateside and like many FFLs across the country, the shop saw an unprecedented spike in sales.

Adam Campbell, Director of Training a Brew City Shooters Supply, has been in the trenches at the shop making sure people get the guns they seek. He’s watched many buyers coming in, some for the very first time. We caught up with Campbell to see what the interaction with customers has been like and how the store is working to keep everyone safe with social distancing restrictions in place.

Guns.com: How are you doing? How are you hanging in there?

Campbell: It’s definitely been a very wild last week and a half as I’m sure it has for everyone.

Guns.com: For sure. The first question is, how are you guys approaching this social distancing thing from a management standpoint with people in the store? I’m sure the store has to be very busy right now. How is that working?

Campbell: Oh, it’s insane. I mean, the first thing we did was really just stuff that any business would do. We sanitized everything — every surface in the entire store was completely wiped down and sanitized. Wherever you work, if you work at a building with employees and customers, you are worried about whether or not you’re going to be closed down.

So that’s what we started with. I’ve done a few classes where we got rid of like a desk situation and we spread people out. Spacing people out, controlling the number of students in a classroom on my end. Controlling the number of customers in a store has been a big priority for us. You know, trying to abide by the ever-growing, I guess you can say, restrictions.

Guns.com: Has there been a large demand for you guys to control the number of people in the store right now?

Campbell: Luckily no. The order went through here in Wisconsin that nonessential businesses are to close down. The governor’s order was a little vague, but we’ve been working closely and talking to local law enforcement. I don’t think there has been any more communication with authorities in our business than there has been any other business. In fact, maybe even a little bit less because we’re sort of off the beaten path — you know, people think restaurants, bars, and gyms. Nobody really typically thinks too much about retail stores and retail gun stores, more like big-box retailers.

Guns.com: How long can people expect to wait right now with the NICS and the background checks and everything going on? How long can people expect to wait to get a gun in their hands?

Campbell: Based on my experience is that the rush has peaked more or less and it started to actually wane a little bit. So that’s a good sign. Realistically, this is just of course from our one store. Depending upon your background I would say, like I said at the end of last week, around Saturday or Friday, what we really were just slammed. I mean, there was a line out the door and everything. I told someone, if I could have restarted this week over again, I would have told people you could be waiting five days. You know?

Even though they weren’t going to necessarily wait that long. Just so they would not have the expectation [they would get it quickly]. I’m seeing typically with about a day to two days wait, which isn’t anything crazy. They would come in with multiple people so they wouldn’t trickle in one at a time like we would get approvals with multiple people.

The big issue, too, was you had so many people that were new to guns making their first purchase. They don’t know how it works, they’re not familiar with the rules and laws. So a lot of people I know and a lot of FFLs around the country experiencing this. I’m like “Hey, listen, you’re in a panic. It’s an emergency to you. It’s a crisis to you. But we have to follow and obey the rules and laws.”

It’s interesting because a lot of these people, I know in California particular, a lot of FFL dealers were saying, they’re so busy right now with first-time buyers. They’re really upset that there’s a 10-day waiting period. That’s all these restrictions hubbub. Maybe you should perhaps get involved now that you see what we have to deal with, I thought that was really interesting.

Guns.com: Yeah, for sure. I was seeing a lot of that coming out of California too. It’s like, well, you’re the ones who let the 10-day waiting period happen, you know?

Campbell: Exactly. I really didn’t feel that bad. Of course, in business, you value your customers and you want your business to grow; but at the same time, I don’t think that there’s a worse time in history for people to choose to purchase a firearm than a time like this, you know what I’m saying? Not in the sense of them owning one, but in the sense of the headache and hassle.

You’re not getting the attention that you would get normally. The deep dive in the research that you can do is an issue for me, too. It was more or less like, people who are into self-defense and people who believe in preparing. None of these people are and none of our regulars were scrambling and trying to get to the gun store, right? You own ammo and maybe a couple firearms. Maybe pick up a couple extra things. It’s mostly people that aren’t very familiar with guns, that aren’t very familiar with the industry who are really panic buying and whatnot.

Guns.com: If you could put a ballpark a percentage of the people of new gun owners, people who had never bought a gun before, who came in the past week, what would that be?

Campbell: That is the overwhelming majority. Out of 10 people that came in, I would say roughly 8 to 9 were new purchasers. I would say that the remaining out of that 10 were people that were new or relatively new. Perhaps maybe they owned one firearm and just wanted to make sure they were going to be able to acquire some ammo for their one weapon. I would say there was some, but very few, what I would consider regulars. It was a lot of new people.

Guns.com: What would be your advice to those new gun owners?

Campbell: I mean at this point, it’s a little backward, but I would say do research and training and don’t just learn about the hardware. Don’t just learn about gun safety, learn about the law and learn about legislation. It’s interesting because I meet so many people in this industry who are so knowledgeable.

When you’re into firearms, it’s not like if you’re into like kites or into snowflakes or anything like that, there’s like a whole legal angle you have to be aware of to be a gun owner to be a responsible gun owner. There’s so much extra liability and there’s laws that are written that specifically apply to just gun owners and I don’t think a lot of people realize that.

I would just say absolutely train but go beyond just the gun training. Get involved in and become knowledgeable about the legislative side of it, the legal side of it. There’s a whole different universe, a legal side, which is equally as important in many ways [as marksmanship]. There’s so many misconceptions about guns and the laws around them because there’s so many laws.

Guns.com: Is there anything else you would like to add? Anything you want our readers to know?

Campbell: It’s such a crazy time right now for all of us in the industry. It’s funny because the media and whatnot always portray people that own guns as paranoid. It’s interesting because of all of the gun guys I know, all of the guys that I know that are into prepping and training for self-defense, there’s really no hysteria or anything. In fact, most of the guys I know are kind of more or less just conducting their lives sort of the way they did. Minus, you know, different things like the kids being home from school.

It’s really the non-gun people who are really, really up in arms, sort of like freaking over this. It’s also interesting to me how many people that we’re seeing who were against guns or, you know, supported what they referred to as “common-sense gun laws” who are not talking about that anymore. How many calls that I get from people that I know like that who are now interested in owning a gun and who want to own a gun. Nothing against them, God bless them for it, for realizing something that a lot of us in the gun business already have known forever.

I can’t help but feel how ironic that is. That all it takes a little bit of fear and all of a sudden, they understand something that me and most of my colleagues have known since we were children, you know? I think that’s worth pointing out. I would say, too, if you’re new to guns, don’t be annoying. Go into this new industry and be polite and learn and have an open mind and don’t have an ego. Understand it’s not like buying toilet paper. You know, there’s different aspects to it.

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Lawsuits Fly Over Gun Shop Closure Orders

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:06

Gun stores and Second Amendment groups have been fighting to stay open to allow Americans to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, despite restrictions brought about from stay-at-home orders. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Second Amendment groups and gun stores are joining forces and lawyering up to remain open in the face of state and local orders to close up shop.

While governors in several states from coast to coast– such as Illinois, Lousiana, and Mississippi– have recognized gun and ammo suppliers as “essential” during the COVID-19 quarantine, allowing them to remain open without question, some have gone the other way.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation to keep the Garden State’s gun shops open to the public. Federal District Judge Michael A. Shipp has so far declined to issue an injunction in the matter and has asked for briefs from both the state and SAF at the end of next week.

In Delaware, officials backpedaled from closing gun shops, which pro-gun groups say was the right thing to do.

“This is a great win for Delaware gun owners and the right to keep and bear arms,” said SAF founder and Alan Gottlieb in a statement emailed to Guns.com. “After we sued New Jersey, our threatened lawsuit against Delaware, in which we were partnering with our friends at the National Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition played a key role in bringing about this change of heart.”

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) at first left FFLs off the list of “essential” businesses allowed to remain open, triggering legal action and a split decision by the state Supreme Court weighed in the Governor’s favor. However, Wolf’s office quietly amended his executive order this week to include gun shops on his greenlighted list.

In Texas, state Rep. Dustin Burrows has asked the Texas Attorney General’s office to weigh in on local area gun store closing edicts as a violation of state preemption law. “Finally, let me also say, having access to firearms and ammunition for self-defense and hunting, in times like these, is clearly essential,” said Burrows, a Lubbock area Republican.

In California, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore says gun shops in the county provide a “valuable public service” and will remain open, a stark contrast from Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who has declared such stores “nonessential businesses” that will be forced to close except for selling ammo to security companies or transferring a gun already purchased but not yet delivered due to the state’s 10-day waiting period. The California Rifle and Pistol Association is promising legal action against Villanueva.

Villanueva is also facing criticism from LA County Supervisors, with local media saying the gun store decision in to blame.

Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

Meanwhile, several gun stores are trying to get ahead of the curve through a variety of means. In the Bluegrass State, the Kentucky Gun Co has started what they call the “Nation’s first guns & ammo Drive-Thru” with two gun lanes and one ammunition lane. Others are offering curbside service while in New Jersey, SC Arms of Spotswood reportedly has what is billed as an uber ammo delivery service.

One gun store in North Carolina is determined to remain open because they are also a FEDEX agent, which is deemed an “essential business” type. Some stores are reportedly now also propane exchange agents, allowing them to remain open.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is maintaining a dedicated website and list of COVID-19 information and resources for FFLs when it comes to closing mandates.

“The NSSF is working hard during this national crisis to make sure that our members are allowed to stay in business, providing safety and security for Americans and crucial products for members of the law enforcement and military communities,” says the trade organization. “This includes an effort to inform the Department of Homeland Security on the essential nature of our firearm and ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and ranges – all of which should be explicitly listed as part of our nation’s Critical Infrastructure.”

When it comes to additional legal challenges, the Firearms Policy Coalition has established an official Covid-19 legal action hotline to report infringements of Second Amendment rights.

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The Ultimate DIY Shotgun Course Fun Fest

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

I’m always looking for exciting new ways to have some fun with my guns, and I think I’ve come up with what is quite possibly the ultimate DIY shotgun course. I want to share it with you.

THE COURSE

You’ll need a little land or a friend with some. It’s best to have no neighbors for at least half a mile on three sides and ensure that it is safe to shoot on. You could also use a long driveway, again with no neighbors. Before doing any shooting, verify there are no people or animals out in the field. Always stay in contact with everyone involved to make sure the area is safe and clear before going hot.

An overview of the course. Who would have thought extreme fun could be so simple?

The course is pretty simple. It consists of water jugs sitting on pieces of wood or cinder blocks roughly 3 feet high and 20 yards apart. Wood, especially old blocks or timbers are ideal as they will tend to absorb more shot without the chance of a ricochet. Place them in two rows with a path down the middle for a vehicle to pass.

All of this serves as a starting point. You can always get more creative with placement — just remember safety always comes first! 

You’ll need someone to drive. A pickup truck is great because you can put the tailgate down and sit on it. In my case, I sat on the back of my 1984 Honda 200cc Big Red 3-wheeler. This makes it a bit more challenging.

1984 Honda 200cc Big Red 3-wheeler. They don’t come much sweeter than this.

Always sit facing backward on the vehicle for safety’s sake. Engage the targets as they go by but never swing around with the weapon or break the 180-degree rule.

Trigger discipline is extremely important! Keep in mind that you don’t want to take a header off the end of the vehicle with your finger on the trigger. Always consider the gun loaded so practice good muzzle discipline as well and never point it at anything you don’t plan to shoot. 

You’ll need a multi-shot shotgun. I used my Mossberg 500 series pump-action 12-gauge shotgun. This is a sweet gun and pump-action makes it more challenging. My gun holds five rounds of 2 3/4-inch shells. I also mounted my Trijicon MRO red dot on it. It made it ridiculously easy to aim.

Mossberg 500 series pump-action shotgun with the Trijicon MRO red dot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

FAMILY FUN

I invited my brother and a friend to shoot the course. I gave them a safety course before we loaded up and then I set them loose. They had a blast competing against each other to see who could come out on top. What better way to get people interested in shooting? By the time we were done, both of them wanted to buy shotguns!

You’re going to need a lot of ammo. I bought 100 rounds of Winchester 2 3/4 #8 birdshot. Get the cheap, low power stuff. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

THINGS YOU’LL NEED
  1. A field or some land that you have permission to use with no neighbors or roadways for at least three-quarters of a mile in three directions.
  2. A multi-shot shotgun. I used my Mossberg 500 series shotgun. It’s pump action which makes it more challenging than a semi-auto.
  3. Lots of ammo. I bought 100 rounds of Winchester 2 3/4 #8 birdshot. We could have used 1,000. Get the cheap, low-power stuff.
  4. Water jugs. You can pick these up at the grocery store for less than a dollar. You can also use your discarded empty plastic containers for free.
  5. Pieces of wood to put the targets on. You want the targets roughly three feet high.
  6. A vehicle that you can securely sit on the back of and face backward without a fear of falling off. A pickup truck is ideal. However, in my case, I used my classic, albeit bumpy, 1984 Honda 200cc Big Red 3-wheeler.  
  7. A skilled driver.
  8. Eye and ear protection for all involved.
  9. Don’t cut corners on this stuff, you want to be safe.

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Beat Coronavirus Boredom with a Word Search: Glock Edition

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:30

In an effort to help you beat the inevitable isolation boredom, we at Guns.com are bringing you a variety of fun, entertaining content to beat the boredom blues. For those word gurus out there who want to pass the time, check out our Glock inspired word search.

Click on the image to try out our electronic, Glock inspired word search. (Screenshot: Guns.com)

Head HERE to work on it electronically, or, if you’re an iPhone user you can save the image above and play locally on your smartphone, just follow the instructions below. Sorry, Android fans, you’ll have to stick with the link — we’re still working on a local solution for you.

iPhone Users:

Long press the image to save it to your iPhone or iPad. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

1. Long press the word search image above and when prompted save the image to your phone or tablet.
2. Open Photos, find the word search and click the Share button.
3. Scroll to the end of listed apps and tap “More.”
4. Scroll until you see “Books” and tap that button.
2. Open the “Books” app and you should see the word search in your recents.
3. Open word search by tapping on the image, then tap on the pen button at the top right to bring up the highlighter.
4. Drag your fingers across each word as you spot it to highlight words as you go.

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Black Rifle Coffee & Friends Sing Hilarious Ode to Quarantine

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 02:14

Mat Best and Tim Montana reached out to their friends for clips to create a country song send-up of conditions under the great COVID-19 Quarantine.

With a catchy chorus that runs, “Quarantine, quarantine, drinking whiskey like vaccine, waving at the neighbors, social distancing. Quarantine, quarantine, wearing Lysol like sunscreen, quarantine, quarantine, oh lonesome quarantine,” the video includes cameos from lots of recognizable faces such as Randy Couture, Sgt. Omar “Crispy” Avila and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

Also, can we get an amen to the line about anti-hunting buds calling to bum deer meat and an “extra” AR-15?

All jokes aside, the video gives a shout out to the health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak, a group that Black Rifle Coffee is donating to during these pressing times.

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Kimber Forced to Halt Ops Due to Cuomo COVID-19 Order

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:38

Kimber announced this week they will have to pause production for the time being. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

New York-based Kimber Manufacturing is the latest gun maker to have to pause operations due to state-ordered stay-at-home mandates that do not recognize the firearm industry as essential.

The company, which originally started in Oregon, has its headquarters in Yonkers, New York for more than 20 years while expanding operations to Montana and Alabama. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order last Friday closed down Kimber’s Yonker’s facility– along with Remington’s Ilion, New York location.

On Thursday, Kimber announced that while production continues at the company’s new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Troy, Alabama, due to the large number of parts produced in Yonkers, the Troy facility will have to suspend production on March 31.

“This situation is unfortunate as we were off to an incredible start in gun shipments in 2020 and were running our factories seven days a week,” said Greg Grogan, Kimber president. “We would like to thank our dealers and consumers for their overwhelmingly positive response to our 2020 new products.”

Kimber had introduced almost a dozen new handgun models this year. These guns include the new Rapide series semi-custom 1911s in .45ACP, 9mm, and 10mm; three new Mico 9 models; a trio of new K6 revolvers; three new EVO series carry handguns and a Collector edition Raptor II in a distinctive two-tone black and tan scheme.

Kimber’s Troy-based customer service and repair services remain open to help customers while the Alabama-based Kimber online store is open and products are shipping as long as inventory lasts. Montana based dealer sales and customer service departments also remain open.

Besides Kimber and Remington, gun maker Dan Wesson has had to press the pause button on their production due to Cuomo’s order.

“Much like all Americans, Kimber will be challenged by these closures,” Grogan said. “But no one here has any doubt that we will all soon be back in production and stronger than ever.”

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Blue Collar Prepping with Erin Palette

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 07:37

Stocking up on essentials before an issue arises doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Erin Palette may be the face of Operation Blazing Swords but she also knows a thing or two about survival. A founding member of Blue Collar Prepping — a blog and Facebook group — Palette shares her knowledge and tips on preparing for the unexpected on a budget.

If survivalism is an art form, Palette uses her budgetary know-how to weave portraits of how regular people can stock up, prepare and ready ourselves for tough times. Guns.com chatted with Palette to get the scoop on the modern-day prepper and even grab some tips on how to start your survival stock.

Guns.com: I think for a lot of people, they hear prepping and imagine some crazy hoarder in a tinfoil hat with paper towels stacked to the ceiling in their basement; but the reality is that’s pretty far from the truth. So for those that may be confused by the term prepper, how would you define a modern prepper?

Palette: The pithy answer is “an Eagle Scout with more disposable income.” A more complete answer is that a prepper is someone who acknowledges that disaster, be it personal or large scale, can strike at any moment and is prepared to be their own first responder, to shelter in place, or to self-rescue as necessary — anyone who carries a concealed firearm or a tourniquet (preferably both) and who knows how to use it is some degree of prepper.

Guns.com: What got you interested in prepping and how did you get started?

Palette: I was the aforementioned Eagle Scout and I’ve always been a fan of Batman, so the idea of having the tools and know-how to respond to a crisis has always been appealing. Between the ages of 6 and 11, I lived in Cold War Europe under the constant threat of nuclear war and Soviet invasion, and my family practiced evacuation drills. I’ve also lived in Florida for most of my adult life and hurricane preparedness is just part of living here.

However, I began considering myself a true prepper around 2008 or 2009 when I was coping with the death of a loved one and needed to think about something else and do something with my restless energy. Since I live in a state that is frequently beset by natural disasters like tornadoes and wildfires in addition to hurricanes, I felt I needed to be prepared not just to shelter in place but also to evacuate without losing all my resources. Preppers call those situations “bugging in” and “bugging out,” and so I began to prepare for both.

Blue Collar Prepping shares tips and tricks on how to stock up, bug in, or bug out on a budget. (Screenshot: Guns.com)

Guns.com: I think there’s a misconception that prepping takes a lot of money or that you need to be financially well-off to do it but the site Blue Collar Prepping is all about being prepared on a budget. What are some key things that budget-conscious consumers can do to be more prepared?

Palette: Can I mention how much I hate Doomsday Preppers? Not only did it make most preppers look like lunatics, but in its thirst for sensationalism it rapidly veered into the photogenic-yet-unrealistic preps of people with fully stocked bunkers in their basement. I felt that emergency preparedness is something anyone can do, but if they’re bombarded with lurid TV shows which carry the message “Unless you can sink tens of thousands of dollars into prepping, you’re not doing it properly” they will think to themselves “Well, I can’t afford all that, so I guess I’ll take my chances.” Nothing could be further from the truth!

As I mentioned above, if you have a gun and a tourniquet, you have preps. If you have camping gear, you have the ability to bug out. If you have a pantry, you can lay in supplies for sheltering in place. Here are some quick and easy prepping tips that take little to no extra cash:

  • Every time you go grocery shopping, pick up an extra can of food or an extra bag of dry good (rice, beans, lentils, etc). Pretty soon you’ll find that you have a month’s worth of food supplies.
  • Take clothes which still fit but you don’t wear anymore and place them in a duffel bag or old suitcase along with some spare toiletries like a toothbrush, dental floss, travel deodorant and the like. Now you have to evacuate your home you already have a packed bag.
  • Learn useful skills, such as first aid or how to start a garden or basic auto maintenance. Knowledge weighs nothing and is always with you.
  • Get to know your neighbors. In a disaster, first responders may be too busy to arrive in a timely manner — or at all. If you are on good terms with your neighbors, then you can pull together during an emergency to help each other.

Guns.com: Food and water are always important items to have on hand for survival but how do guns and ammo play a role in preparing?

Palette: They play an important part, to be sure. Being attacked by someone who seeks to harm you is the very definition of a crisis, and having a gun allows me to be my own first responder. In fact, prepping led me to becoming a gun owner! My first gun was a bolt-action .22 LR which I bought so that I could harvest small game if I needed to. From there I bought a larger rifle, a shotgun, and then a pistol for concealed carry.

Security is a vital part of preparedness. If you have something that other people lack (like food, water, or shelter) they may try to take it from you, and you need the ability to say “No, I will not allow you to take this from my family.”

Guns also allow you hunt for food in a true grid-down or SHTF social collapse scenario. A .22 for small game, a deer rifle for big game, and a shotgun for fowling are all useful.

A well-stocked first-aid kit and the knowledge of how to use it proves vital. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Guns.com: The Coronavirus has sent many people scrambling for supplies, guns, and ammo. For those that may be facing a wake-up call of sorts, what would your advice to them be as they start as beginner preppers?

Palette: Every new prepper focuses on the big disasters like economic collapse or nuclear war or the zombie apocalypse — or, in our current situation, an unstoppable super-virus. Trying to prepare for something like that is too much, too soon. Instead, start small and focus on personal disasters, such as “Let’s make sure we have an extra week’s worth of food in the pantry” or “What will I do if a family member is hospitalized?”

Start small and immediate, and then work your way out in both time and scope.

Ahhh the most coveted of all the supplies…at least according to those headed to the store during the Coronavirus pandemic….TP! (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

For all those currently worried about having enough TP on hand — Palette wrote up the following suggestions on Blue Collar Prepping’s blog for surviving without Charmin.

  • “Gather up clean but unusable cotton fabric, like old t-shirts and torn bedsheets.

  • Give them all a good washing.

  • Cut them into toilet squares (4″x4″).

  • Use these as you would toilet paper to wipe after urination.

  • Placed used fabric squares into a lidded container until laundry day.

  • Launder the squares with soap and water to remove the urine from them.”

“For cleaning yourself after defecating:

  • Find a washcloth that you won’t use on your face.

  • Wet the washcloth under a running faucet.

  • Wipe until you are clean. This may require you to rinse the cloth under running water.

  • When you are fully wiped, get the washcloth soapy to kill any bacteria, then wring it out and let it hang dry.

  • Wash your hands as normal.”

 

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Can You Name All Of These Guns?

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 06:32

In April 2017, we filmed the entire firing line at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. There were some impressive firearms along the way– a whole lotta belt-fed and select-fire Freedom. Can you name all of them?

Some of these guns are heavily modified, making them hard to recognize. In case you have questions, we have provided a list below with the correct(ish) answers. But don’t cheat!

Unfortunately, the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot was canceled this spring as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, you can still enjoy the event by watching the short documentary we made about it in 2018.

Enjoy and good luck!

  1. M240 machine gun
  2. Lewis gun
  3. M1919 Browning machine gun
  4. M1919 Browning machine gun
  5. M2 Browning
  6. M240 machine gun
  7. M1919 Browning machine gun
  8. M2 Browning
  9. M2 Browning
  10. M2 Browning
  11. M249 light machine gun
  12. M1919A6 Browning machine gun
  13. German MG 34
  14. M1919 Browning machine gun
  15. BREN gun
  16. RPK
  17. Shorty M1919 Browning machine gun with spade grips
  18. Watercooled Vickers Maxim gun
  19. M1919 Browning machine gun
  20. M2 Browning
  21. M2 Browning
  22. Boys anti-tank rifle
  23. M1919 Browning machine gun
  24. M249 light machine gun
  25. M1919 Browning machine gun
  26. M1919A6 Browning machine gun
  27. M240D with spade grips
  28. M60
  29. M2 Browning
  30. RPK
  31. M134 Minigun
  32. M2 Browning
  33. M240 machine gun
  34. M2 Browning
  35. Czech ZB 53 / Vz.37 machine gun– you don’t see this every day!
  36. There is an M4 under there somewhere. Don’t worry, you will see a few of these as we walk the line.
  37. M1919A6 Browning machine gun
  38. DShK
  39. M240 machine gun
  40. RPK
  41. Czech ZB 53 / Vz.37 machine gun– the only place you are gonna see TWO of these at the same time is Knob Creek
  42. M4
  43. MAC-10, with some aftermarket mods
  44. ArmaLite AR-50
  45. Something built around an M249 light machine gun
  46. M249 light machine gun
  47. M240 machine gun
  48. M2 Browning
  49. M1917 Browning machine gun (Water-cooled)
  50. M2 Browning
  51. M2 Browning
  52. Maxim gun
  53. M4
  54. M4
  55. M240 machine gun
  56. Shorty M2 Browning, “Lil Fat Guy.”
  57. Shorty M1919 Browning machine gun
  58. M4

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First 100 Rounds: A Look at the Smith & Wesson M&P Subcompact

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:00

The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Subcompact is slightly bigger than its sibling, the Shield, but looks to compete in the concealed carry market. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Smith & Wesson is near synonymous with concealed carry and for good reason. With a variety of models, from revolvers to polymers, the company has built its reputation on quality guns perfect for packing.

In late 2019, the manufacturer pushed its concealed carry series further, introducing the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Subcompact. Rivaling the company’s own Shield pistol, the Subcompact M2.0 brings a slimmed-down, easy to manage approach to the concealment arena.

Always on the lookout for new CCW pistols, I tackled the Smith & Wesson M&P Subcompact M2.0 to find out how well it performs.

The Specs

The gun sports an accessory rail for lights or lasers. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Subcompact features a 12+1 capacity with an extended magazine and 11+1 with a flush fit. Measuring 6.6-inches overall, the barrel comes in at 3.6-inches – only slightly longer than the Glock 43. Rounding out its numbers, the S&W features a height of 4.98-inches with a grip sitting at 1.52-inches. Using a polymer frame with a stainless steel slide, the pistol weighs 25-ounces – again, slightly edging out the Glock 43 but that extra junk in the trunk proves useful on the range.

The sights aren’t my favorite and I would have preferred Tritium or another luminescent style. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The handgun brings some versatility to shooters with the addition of interchangeable palmswell backstraps. Shipping with the medium size, I quickly swapped out to the Small for a better fit for my petite hands.

Standard white dot sights line the slide and a small accessory rail adorns the muzzle so lasers or lights can be added as needed.

At the Range

The texture on the grip is a little aggressive and left my hands a tad sore. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

As a lover of the Shield platform, I anticipated the Subcompact M2.0 to perform well but I was honestly shocked at just how well it handled on the range. My Shield, though a faithful companion, is snappy and its recoil takes some getting used to – not uncommon among compacts and subcompact 9mm pistols.

The engineers at Smith & Wesson have seemingly solved this problem with a slightly heavier, larger build. While this might impinge on concealed carry – we’ll discover that as we head further into the testing process down the road – for now, the larger size works well for shooting purposes. My groups were good, follow-up shots were manageable and I really enjoyed sending lead downrange with this gun.

First rounds out of the box and straight on target. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

At my local indoor range, a few months ago, I put 100 rounds total through the S&W as a preliminary test of its capabilities. The Smith & Wesson ran 50 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ as well as 50 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense to get a sense of how it would munch on both styles of ammo. In the course of testing, I had no issues or malfunctions. The gun performed flawlessly regardless of the ammunition brand or style.

Not to mention, the gun feels buttery smooth. From the internal mechanics to the trigger, everything works together offering a pleasant, fluidity while shooting. By far, the trigger on this model supersedes that of my Shield and as I shot the M2.0 Subcompact I couldn’t help but wonder if I should trade in my Shield for this model.

The trigger is nice and smooth. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Final thoughts

The M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact comes chambered in 9mm. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

I’m not nearly done testing and evaluating the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact. We still have a ways to go before I can officially declare it a winner, but, initial 100 round impression is good. I enjoyed my range time with this pistol and can’t wait to dive into its features – and especially its capabilities as a carry gun – in the future.

The Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact retails for $569.

Stay tuned to Guns.com and keep an eye for a follow-up review as I unpack more about this platform.

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COVID-19 Closures Force Some Gun Makers to Pause Production

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 03:36

Some gun makers have been forced to cease regular operations at their facilities over local Emergency Orders. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Through a mix of state-issued stay-at-home orders and other coronavirus-related conditions, some gun manufacturers have had to shut down.

As of Wednesday, at least 17 states had announced often strict restrictions on businesses and operations considered nonessential. While many of these orders make exemptions for firearms industries and guns licensed dealers, others make no such recognition.

CZ-USA/Dan Wesson

Kansas-based CZ-USA announced this week that an Emergency Order closes their facilities in Kansas City, until at least April 23. Likewise, their subsidiary Dan Wesson Firearms facility in Norwich, New York was closed under similar circumstances late last week due to an order from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“For the next 30 days, production and shipment delays are inevitable,” said the company in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience we know this will cause — we hold our nation’s Second Amendment rights to be sacred and are very concerned about the impact that emergency orders will have on our customers. We will work diligently to deliver products as soon as legally possible while maintaining social responsibility and compliance with government orders.”

Remington

Ken Darcy, Remington’s CEO, took to social media on Monday regarding the COVID-19 situation. The company’s iconic New York factory is currently shut down due to Cuomo’s order.

“We are left with 1-million square feet of available manufacturing distribution space in Ilion, New York, the birthplace of Remington,” said Darcy, going on to explain that Big Green has offered the facility up to both state and federal governments during the crisis.

“We are standing by, ready, willing, and able to support in any way we possibly can,” said Darcy. “It would be an honor for our company to donate space for the manufacture of mission-critical products such as ventilators, hospital beds, or anything else deemed necessary.”

In Alabama, where Remington has a multi-brand factory in Huntsville, there is currently no statewide stay-at-home order.

It should be noted that many of the larger gun makers in the U.S. have diversified their operations across a number of locations. For instance, Beretta has factories in both Maryland and Tennessee; Ruger has plants in Arizona, Connecticut, and New Hampshire; and Mossberg makes guns in both Connecticut and Texas.

YHM

On Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order closing businesses that do not provide essential services to close their facilities. The same day, Yankee Hill Machine posted a notice saying “For the safety of our staff and customers alike, we will remain closed until the COVID-19 situation is resolved.”

Companies Refusing to Close

A few firearms makers have made sure their customers and fans know they are very much still business-as-close-to-usual as possible.

In New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered gun stores closed, rifle maker Modern Material is still in production.

“The fellas over at Modern Materiel are still manufacturing and shipping 100% Made in the USA AR-15s,” Modern Material’s Joe Savio told Guns.com.

Likewise, Sons of Liberty Gun Works in Texas posted an image of their crew ready to work.

“Last night we told the crew they weren’t obligated to come in, and we’d understand if they chose to stay home through the madness. We wouldn’t dock anybody’s pay, or think any less of them,” explained the company on social media. “This morning when I got to the shop all the rifle racks were already full… and every bench going full speed.”

Further, ammunition makers such as Federal and Hornady have highlighted their efforts to meet a surge in ammo demands.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has started a dedicated webpage to track both federal and state COVID-19 alerts concerning the firearms industry. The NSSF is urging “all members to closely follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing and take precautions to protect the health of their employees and customers.”

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Americans Want Firearms: Gun Background Checks up Over 300 %

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 01:32

Americans have been seeking to exercise their right to keep and bear arms in growing numbers this month. (Photo: Guns.com)

In the past two weeks, Americans have crowded their local gun stores and online firearms retailers eager to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

As reported by tech website the Verge, Yelp’s data showed interest in guns and ammo had jumped 360 % at the same time that interest in buying water and groceries had been up about 160 percent.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) saw a 300 % increase in traffic on March 16, compared to the same day in 2019. The jump came the day after the CDC released coronavirus guidelines that included restricting gatherings of 50 or more people in the U.S. over the next eight weeks. Going forward, daily background check volumes have been roughly double what they were a year ago.

“Americans are lining up at local gun shops taking stock of their safety concerns and stocking up on guns and ammunition,” said Larry Keane, the NSSF’s senior vice president and legal counsel. “It’s showing that firearms continue to be a desired item and Americans are serious about providing for their safety – especially during times of uncertainty.”

Delays

In states where local authorities conduct background checks through Point of Contact agreements with the federal government, delays for would-be gun buyers were common as state-controlled systems backed up. In Washington, delays stretched three weeks. In Pennsylvania, the state system crashed numerous times, often for hours at a stretch. In Florida, the Tampa Bay Times advised background checks for gun sales were as much as 75 % above average. Oregon State Police handled 19,401 background checks in the first two weeks of March, a rate much higher than normal.

Colorado’s Bureau of Investigation announced that wait times for background checks increased from between five and eight minutes to two days, with a logjam of 5,000 checks awaiting processing. The CBI said they would retask other employees and expand hours to help speed up the process.

Illinois saw 19,000 checks inside of five days alone, which resulted in a backlog with the state.

“You’ve got dealers who won’t release the firearm without the completion of a background check with an approval and so people are now waiting four, five, six, seven days, even,” Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois Executive Director Todd Vandermyde told the Center Square.

Welcome new gun owners!

Among the crowds have been new and first-time gun owners, a phenomenon that has been widely reported.

“We have been slammed,” Todd Edmiston, owner of A&S Indoor Pistol Range in Youngwood, Pennsylvania told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “On the range, it’s usually thin this time of year but there are a few more people, more first-time handgun owners asking about training. On the store side, they’re buying a little bit of everything. A lot of people are talking about self-protection.”

The NSSF asks that every gun owner, especially new ones, study up on the four fundamental safety rules for firearm handling. They are:

1. Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
4. Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.

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Sig Sauer introduces new 716i TREAD AR-10 Series Rifles

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 00:16

New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer this week announced the latest addition to their TREAD series rifles, the 716i.

With a lightweight direct impingement system paired with the company’s TREAD line of semi-customization, the 716i is chambered in .308 Winchester. Standard features include a free-floating M-LOK handguard, a 2-stage Matchlite Duo trigger, and an M1913 Mil-Std top-rail for optics.

Using a 16-inch barrel with a 1-in-10 twist, the overall length of the 716i is 37-inches while weight is 8.5-pounds. The barrel has 5/8X24 TPI threads for muzzle devices.

The 716i is essentially a larger caliber 308 WIN-chambered upgrade to the company’s SIG516-series of carbines, coupled with TREAD-branded accessories. The lower receiver is billed as being ambidextrous while the SLK stock is six-position adjustable. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

“The TREAD brand has gained recognition for offering premium products, at a competitive price point, that are designed, engineered and built with the same quality and innovation consumers expect from any Sig Sauer product,” said Tom Taylor, Sig’s CMO and executive vice president for Commercial Sales. “The 716i TREAD brings the power of the AR-10 platform to the TREAD series and is an exciting expansion to the line.”

MSRP on the Sig Sauer 716i TREAD is set to be around $1,299 and the rifle ships with a single 20-round magazine. This is a good deal less than the company’s 716G2 rifles, which typically run well north of $2K.

Sig Sauer recently won a large international contract to supply the Indian Army with more than 70,000 716-series rifles. 

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Blue Alpha Gear, Cole-Tac to Produce Face Masks for Healthcare Workers

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 05:30

Cole-Tac and Blue Alpha Gear team up to help the healthcare industry. (Photo: Cole-Tac)

As shortages of personal protective equipment place healthcare workers at a higher risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, two companies in the gun industry are stepping up to ensure the medical community is protected.

Blue Alpha Gear and Cole-Tac announced Monday that the two would join forces, in what is being termed Operation Face Mask, to manufacture masks for medical professionals currently fighting the Coronavirus. Dustin Coleman, president and owner of Cole-Tac, told Guns.com in a message that hearing about the shortage of supplies spurred him to take action.

“I kept hearing on the news about the shortage of medical supplies. We have some awesome equipment and even more awesome people that, with some tweaks, could produce the supplies needed,” Coleman explained. “My mindset is ‘adapt or die.’ We can all just sit at home and have the healthcare workers try to battle this alone or we can get creative and find ways to help.”

A host of supplies sits ready to be turned into supplies for medical workers. (Photo: Cole-Tac)

Though the face masks are not considered PPE, they do fall under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidelines encouraging homemade masks when proper PPE is not available. The companies said the masks will be made in the U.S. in Cole-Tac and Blue Alpha Gear’s factories by their employees.

“The hospital workers and first responders should not be at home trying to make their own gear. That is a waste of their time,” Coleman said. “They need to be treating patients and focusing on their job.”

Each mask costs around $5 to manufacture and, as such, a GoFundMe has been set-up to help offset costs. The companies said the goal is to ultimately produce 10,000 masks and to do so would require funds around $50,000. At the time of publishing the GoFundMe had raised just over $3,000.

Operation Gun Mask is using GoFundMe to raise money for the cause. (Screenshot: Guns.com)

Blue Alpha Gear’s Kurt Sills told Guns.com in a message that it’s important to support the men and women on the front lines of this illness.

“In time of great need, medical professional and first responders step up to help us, we’re happy to have the ability to help them back!”

For more information or to donate to the cause, head over to the Operation Face Mask GoFundMe.

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Canadians Flock to Local Gun Stores in Search of Guns, Ammo

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:30

Adam Caruana and Ben Nightingale shoot their Glocks at a gun range outside Toronto, Ontario. (Photo: Igor Dertkin)

Much like the United States, Canada is reporting a surge in gun and ammunition sales as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Much of the ammunition and guns sold in Canada are sourced from the US. Shortage fears are mounting amongst Canadian hunters, sport shooters and gun enthusiasts driving them into local gun shops and stores to stock up. 

While the Canadian government has reassured its citizens that essential supplies such as food and fuel should not be affected by the virus, guns and ammo do not fall into this category. As it stands, Canadian gun retailers routinely wait up to six months to receive new shipments from the US or Europe.

“In no product in our supply chain does it take longer to replenish than in firearms and ammunition,” Wes Winkel, head of the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association, told the Candian Press. Winkel explained that the complicated supply chain is the result of regulations and paperwork in the Canadian firearms industry.

Many first-time gun owners are also encountering the oftentimes difficult reality of buying a gun in Canada. A permit is required to purchase a gun and with the government focused squarely on the Coronavirus, new gun safety courses and permits are in limbo. As a result, many who want to enroll in a gun safety course or buy a gun are currently unable to do so — and there’s no indication of when things may return to normal.

The one silver lining in the situation is that recent discussions surrounding banning guns in Canada are now on hold as the government focuses its full effort on the virus.

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Marc Hampton Talks Prepping for Uncertainty

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:00

Marc William Hampton sits on his custom camo lawnmower with some of his tricked out AR-15s. In the background sits his M35a2 deuce-and-a-half truck. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Former U.S. Army Cavalry Scout and Tanker, Marc William Hampton hasn’t left the military too far behind. Driving a decommissioned M35a2 deuce-and-a-half, he rolls through Radcliff, Kentucky which sits adjacent to Fort Knox. As he drives, some people even mistake him for active-duty military.

Hampton believes in preparation and always keeps at least two months of supply at the ready, including lots of ammo. During times of increased uncertainty, he ups his inventory. Guns.com spoke to him by phone at his home in Kentucky to get his advice on the best way to prep for the uncertain.

Guns.com: Marc, how are you doing?

Hampton: I’m doing great.

Guns.com: Are you concerned about the Coronavirus pandemic?

Hampton: I am. It is something that everybody should take seriously. You don’t want to get sick and people that have gotten sick have ended up in hospitals and/or dead. Of course, that depends on your age and health, well being. If you have preexisting health problems, especially respiratory issues, you should definitely be worried about it.

Guns.com: Have you noticed people around you being concerned?

Hampton: Absolutely. Despite me still working, and I do work in a factory-style environment, half of our workforce is gone. Most of that is due to childcare issues, but I think a lot of it has to do with people just not wanting to be around other people.

AR-15s hanging out on Hampton’s front porch. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Guns.com: Have you made any gun or ammo purchases lately?

Hampton: Yes I have. I bought a significant amount of ammunition recently just because if the economy does crash because of this — even though the economy is stimulated — I do think ammo and guns would be worth more than gold. I could trade a brick of .22 ammo for a loaf of bread if I had to when a wheelbarrow full of money would mean nothing to somebody other than toilet paper.

Guns.com: How much ammo should someone have to be prepared?

Hampton: It depends on where you are and what your situation might be; but I would say for long guns, you wouldn’t want to have any less than 1,000 rounds, handguns probably about 500 rounds, shotguns 500 rounds. Because you can sustain yourself with something like that for quite a long time hunting-wise or defensive-wise.

One of Hampton’s go-to guns: an Armscor VR80 Tactical 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Guns.com: Have you noticed a shortage of guns or ammo recently?

Hampton: Gun sales have gone through roof, so have ammo sales. I bought my ammo fairly early on before the shortage set in; but yes, definitely, ammo has been flying off the shelves and new gun owners are finding out the problems with trying to become a new gun owner. You get put on waitlists and they’re not happy about it.

Guns.com: Do you carry a gun on yourself at all times?

Hampton: Yes I do, unless I’m at work because it is not allowed, but it is in my car. I carry a Canik with a red dot sight. I’m sort of set up John Wick style. I have the whole 3-gun set up pretty much with me at all times.

Hampton’s EDC, a Canik TP9V2 with Leupold Delta Point Pro red dot. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Guns.com: Would you call yourself a prepper?

Hampton: I would, but not in the way you might see on television. I don’t have a basement full of food or ammo. I’m very light on prepping. I have enough food to last me about two months, but I have enough ammo to fight a small war.

Guns.com: Are you still driving your M35a2 deuce-and-a-half?

Hampton: Hell yeah I’m driving it. I’ve been getting some weird looks lately. I just put a new driveshaft in it last weekend and took it out to get food for the geese. I keep livestock because, well, you know, prepping.

I’ve got an inverter set up in it and it’s multi-fuel. I picked up another 55-gallon drum of fuel for it recently in case I have to run it to power the house, but I don’t see the power going out or anything like that. But fuel’s at an all-time low, so why not buy?

Hampton keeps geese and other livestock around his house. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Guns.com: Do you have any advice to someone who wants to get into prepping?

Hampton: It’s easy. Start out with some tough boxes. I started out with two tough boxes and I filled them with canned goods. Now, I have enough food to last me for two months. I didn’t break the bank. I did it as I went. A little here, a little there adds up quickly. You go through it every now and then and you see what’s getting old and you eat it and replace it with new stuff.

As for weapons and stuff like that, go buy something you like and keep it, and keep a bunch of ammo for it and make it accurate and go have fun with it. You’ll save your ass later. It’s really not hard to prep. Just be smart. Don’t be naive. Don’t live day to day getting what you need. You should always have an emergency supply at your house.

One of Hampton’s tough boxes containing food. (Photo: Marc Hampton)

Guns.com: Wise words. Thanks, Marc.

Hampton: You’re welcome.

Get to know Marc a little bit better in the video we made with him a few years ago.

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Beat COVID Cabin Fever with some Classic Gun Coloring Sheets

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 03:37

In an effort to fill the time brought about by the quarantine blues, we went through our Vault of Certified Used Guns for some interesting pieces.

Ranging from an old-school Spanish Astra 600 to a more modern Chiappa Rhino with stops on Colt’s iconic models, some from Beretta, the HK P7, Mauser HSc, and others. For more details than in the sheet, click the link to see images of the actual gun if you like. And for the whole 25-sheet collection in pdf format, click here.

Astra 600

Beretta 21 A

Browning Challenger

Chiappa Rhino 40DS

Colt 1st Model Dragoon

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammer

Colt Detective Special

Colt Diamondback

Colt Gold Cup National Match Series 80

E7 39 CZ 38

Glock G19 Gen 4 (Customized)

Heckler and Koch P7 M13

High Standard Model 107 Military Supermatic Citation

Beretta 92

Mauser HSc

Rob. Fluckiger, Buchsenmacher 5.2mm

Sig Sauer P226 MK25 Navy

Smith and Wesson Model 19-4

Smith Wesson 15-3

Smith Wesson 27-3

Thompson Center Contender

Walther PPK

Walther TP

Colt 1908 Vest Pocket

If you like cool old guns like these, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner, where we always have interesting and curious pieces in stock. 

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Gun Shops Fight Back Against Government Efforts to Close Them

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 06:11

While many states and cities recognize gun stores as an essential part of the right to keep and bear arms, others are ordering them closed. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Across the country, the firearms industry is striving to remain in operation as an essential business despite attempts to trim Second Amendment rights.

State issues

In some areas, actions by anti-gun Democratic governors taking aim at gun shops during declared states of emergency are forcing some to shut their doors. This is a particular problem in jurisdictions where the state government controls the background check process. A dozen states serve as Point of Contact for all firearms transactions, rather than use the FBI’s NICS service.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday announced Executive Order 107 directing all non-essential retail businesses closed to the public to include the Garden State’s licensed firearms dealers. Further, as the New Jersey State Police runs the state’s NICS Unit, this included turning off online services for NICS transactions, a move that will remain in place “until further order by Governor Murphy.”

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs has responded that they will see Murphy in court over the move, one that blocks not only gun sales but also that of ammo.

“Gun rights exist precisely for emergencies like the one the country is facing right now with the Coronavirus,” said ANJRPC in a statement. “Honest citizens must be able to defend themselves and their families from all manner of threats in this type of emergency – not be blocked from exercising their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.”

New York

On Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to restrict all employees of non-essential industries and businesses triggered the closure of Remington’s iconic Ilion, New York factory as reported by local media in the Empire State. The facility will close to all but salaried employees until at least the end of April. Likewise, gun shops are shuttering as well.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf last week issued an order to close all “non-life-sustaining businesses,” a move which did not make an exception for gun shops despite warnings from firearms attorneys that the Governor could not direct such a closure. With threats of lawsuits materializing over the order, Wolf’s office paused over the weekend on the issue while the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court weighed in. In the end, the court sided with Wolf over the howls of three justices who disagreed with the decision.

“In light of the regulatory framework attending the sale and transfer of firearms, the inability of licensed firearm dealers to conduct any physical operations amounts to a complete prohibition upon the retail sale of firearms—an activity in which the citizens of this Commonwealth recently have been engaging on a large scale, and one guaranteed by both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of this Commonwealth,” said Justice David Wecht.

Rhode Island

On Friday, Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an Executive Order pushing the state’s 7-day background check period on firearm transfers to 30 days. The move came on the urging of police officials who asked Raimondo for the increase, which would last until at least April 19.

“There is zero justification for extending the firearm waiting period to 30 days,” noted the NRA.

Notably, in some Point of Contact states helmed by Democratic governors with anti-gun records, firearms industry shops are on the list of “essential” businesses allowed to remain open. This includes Connecticut and Illinois.

“When an anti-gun Democrat governor declares that essential businesses include firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for the purposes of safety and security, that is a really big deal,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a statement emailed to Guns.com. “Every governor should copy the Illinois example when issuing ‘shelter-in-place’ and business closure orders in the face of the Coronavirus.”

Cities and Counties Muscling FFLs

In California, local governments are in many cases giving their area gun shops grief. In the San Francisco Bay area– surrounding the city that forced its gun stores out of business five years ago– San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo declared that such shops are non-essential. With that, local police went by to shut down the city’s sole FFL.

“We are having panic buying right now for food,” Liccardo said last week. “The one thing we cannot have is panic buying of guns.”

In another Bay Area crackdown on a licensed dealer, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office repeatedly told Solar Tactical in Castro Valley to close its doors. The shop’s owner refused at first but reportedly complied after the district attorney threatened him with prosecution.

“A gun store is an essential business because it’s a Second-Amendment right,” Solar Tactical owner Mike Addis told local media. “A lot of our customers are business owners and they’re concerned about looting or they’re concerned about their personal safety in the house.”

Meanwhile, the City of Fresno last week approved an emergency declaration that allows the city to forbid the sale of guns and ammo.

Industry Response

The trade organization for the American firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is striving to have gun and ammo retailers and the like labeled as critically important during times of crisis.

“NSSF is in contact with the White House, Capitol Hill and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advocating that our industry – from manufacturers to distributors to retailers to ranges – be declared by DHS as a ‘national critical infrastructure industry,'” says the group. “The DHS list is only guidance to states and local governments and does not carry the force of law. Therefore, NSSF is proactively working at the state and local level to advocate that our industry be exempted from any emergency ordinances or orders as “essential businesses.'”

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NSSF, Partners Emphasize Gun Safety as Sales Rise, Families Stay Home

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 04:17

The National Shooting Sports Foundation and its partners urge gun owners to keep firearm safety a top priority and are making safety resources widely available as gun and ammunition sales increase, especially among first-time firearm purchasers.

“During this stressful time and with children spending more time at home, the firearm industry reminds gun owners that protecting yourself and your family includes making sure your firearms are stored securely when not in use,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “The last thing any firearm owner wants is to have their gun fall into the wrong hands, particularly those of a child or someone at risk of harming themselves.”

NSSF is working with firearm retailers nationwide to ensure they discuss safe storage options with their customers, whether they are new to gun ownership or experienced. Although safety is something firearm retailers regularly talk about with their patrons, the reminder by NSSF comes at a time when retailers across the country are extremely busy due to rising interest in firearm ownership.

For anyone considering buying a gun, Project ChildSafe’s “Road To Responsible Firearm Ownership” tool discusses the basic safety steps a gun owner can take to ensure responsible ownership.

Project ChildSafe’s “Many Paths to Firearm Safety” video series can also help gun owners understand how to determine the best safe storage device for their lifestyle, as can this Safe Storage Options infographic.

NSSF encourages gun owners and non-gun owners to use the library of firearm safety resources available on its Project ChildSafe website. These include the McGruff Gun Safety videos for young children and an educational video for parents on how to discuss gun safety with children of all ages.

“More parents are assuming the role of educators in their homes, so it’s a good to time have a talk with your kids about gun safety, even if you don’t own a gun,” Bartozzi said. “If you do own a firearm, be sure your family understands the safety rules regarding firearms in your home, and always store guns responsibly when not in use.”

Although the number of fatal firearm accidents is at historic lows, such accidents are almost always preventable. Proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent accidents, as well as deter thefts. Secure storage can also play a role in helping to prevent access by persons going through a difficult time.

Since 2017, NSSF has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to educate gun owners about mental wellness and suicide prevention. In this recent blog post, AFSP discusses taking care of one’s mental health during times of uncertainty.

Also, AFSP and NSSF have developed a Suicide Prevention toolkit to help firearm retailers, shooting range operators and their customers understand risk factors and warning signs related to suicide, know where to find help and encourage secure firearm storage.

Anyone needing help for themselves or others can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or contact the crisis text line by texting TALK to 741741.

For more information on firearm safety, please visit ProjectChildSafe.org.

Guns.com is a proud partner with the NSSF of Project ChildSafe.

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Ammo Makers Strive to Keep up Production, Respond to Demand

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 03:28

Along with a dramatic increase in firearm sales seen coast-to-coast, a run on ammunition has ammo makers cranking up to meet demand.

The climb in ammo sales started slowly this month then spiked in the past week, with Google noting a 1350% jump in internet searches between March 11 and March 17 alone. This came as the mainstream media covered long lines at local gun shops of anxious consumers stocking up on the valuable commodity as part of their coronavirus prepping larder.

With supplies of cartridges running short in most popular calibers both online and in the store, ammo makers have responded to make it clear they are still very much in operation.

Hornaday’s president, Steven Hornady, along with the company’s vice president, Jason Hornady, released a short video on Friday telling consumers they remain committed to production during the COVID-19 crisis.

“What the message is, is that we want you to know we are doing everything we can to ship more, keep people in stock, and keep things moving,” said Jason. “We are dealing with all the challenges that are coming at us– and there’s a new one every hour. Our commitment is to continue shipping and doing our best.”

At the same time, Steven Hornaday released a separate video opining on the panic itself and of the importance of the Second Amendment.

“Our Second Amendment preserves your Freedoms,” he said.

Meanwhile, Federal Premium posted images of employees away from the traditional assembly lines packing cartridge boxes.

Employees at Federal pitching in to help fill boxes with ammunition by hand (Photo: Federal)

“Federal’s President recruited members of his staff to help him hand-pack ammo to fulfill orders,” noted the company on social media. “We are working hard to get you the ammo you need, no matter what.”

It’s not just large ammo makers who are steaming full speed ahead. In Michigan, Fenix Ammunition in Novi is reportedly hiring people recently laid off to help work at the company’s facility to handle the surge in orders.

“Everybody is responsible for their own defense and they’re entitled to do that and so we’re going to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure they have what they need when they need it,” Justin Nazaroff of Fenix Ammunition told Fox 2 Detriot.

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Stalking the Elusive Toilet Paper Roll in the Wild

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 01:53

With the Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020 underway, we took to the woods in search of the ever-elusive tissue roll in the wild.

With the vast majority of TP in circulation in North America hailing from domesticated herds, rolls loose on the range are typically eschewed by the average consumer as they have a perhaps unjust reputation of being “gamey.” However, for those in the know, experiencing freshly harvested wild-caught TP rolls can be life-changing.

They are a bit tricky to find sometimes, so here are few tips.

Due to their size, wild TP often stick to tight trails through the trees (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Camo is essential when stalking TP, as their eyesight is amazingly sharp and they can spot the inexperienced hunter from miles away

Not ground burrowers by any means, TP can sometimes be found bedded down in depressions…

…and other hides

They can sometimes be caught in the open, passing along log bridges and roots over obstacles.

Keep in mind they can often be found on ridgelines as well

Caught at the watering hole.

While typically ground-bound, under the right circumstances TP can be found taking to the trees

Spotted!

As with most woodland creatures, you can see the young does of the species take to the larger and more Alpha bucks during the rut

Don’t worry, no TP was harmed in the making of this post. We love our tissue here at Guns.com. At this point, this could be my 401K

Want more?

Since you came this far and still apparently can’t get enough of this stuff, here are some more TP-related videos that have recently popped up on the gun tubes.

22Plinkster tests out the rolls against CCI Stangers (not a misprint) and 5.7x28mm.

Edwin Sarkissian taps in a Glock 19 in 9mm

And the Gould Brothers bring out the 12 gauge to cover the bases.

Finally, in an honorable mention, the VSO Channel runs a test for purely educational purposes on how long you can use a TP roll as a suppressor cover before the flame sets in.

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